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September 29th, 2006


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01:31 pm - Tell Me More About TELEVISION?
It's not fun being uninspired, but that also means no new posts, which means no new comments, which means I feel lonely. So I must create new product! Here are some short thoughts on other shows I've watched since Monday:

Gilmore Girls: It was pretty good. There was a lot of talking, and Paris pretty much owned her scene, as completely irrelevant as it was for the most part. I don't think I noticed a Big Difference or whatever with the new showrunner, but I'm also not that astute an observer of such things.

I'm not sure what it says that the event that got the most reaction out of me was Kirk crashing into Luke's diner. I actually put my hand to my mouth. I think we get so attached to inanimate objects because they have no way of defending themselves. They're just there. And since we're the ones who project any sort of significance or personality onto them, we're the ones who are affected.

Does the show care about Lane anymore?

Jericho: The entire time I watch this show, I keep thinking, "Why am I watching CBS?" There's just something so damn CBS about it. And I don't want to keep watching because I don't care about the stupid little town or almost any of the characters, but the concept is still interesting. The thumbtack scene was really great. And I like Heather, the pretty schoolteacher. She's got spunk. The show as a whole feels decidedly mediocre, but it's a very strong mediocrity.

Smallville: It was a lot of crazy dramatic nonsense, but that's Smallville for you. I'm still annoyed that it apparently takes three whole seconds of no Internet for the world to riot. And I don't think magic satellites could reshape the Earth's crust. And I don't know why the exit from the Phantom Zone immediately drops Clark back on Earth, of all possible places. Though it will be fun to see the phantoms wreak havoc in Argentina or wherever that was.

"Is this because I didn't call?" HEE. Also, why didn't you call, Jimmy? You always call! At least, that's what I hear. You'd better not turn out to be a drug dealer with a flaming-panty girlfriend.

Supernatural: The fans seem to love the hell out of this episode, but as an introduction to the series, it was pretty boring. All the talk-talk-talk seemed like things they'd been saying to each other over and over. "You're a bad father!" "I'm a bad father!" "I'm a good son!" "You're a good brother!" "Demons are bad!" At least the Reaper was pretty.

Six Degrees: WHY IS EVERYTHING SO BORING? I just...this was a cool idea, but it's not whimsical enough. It's trying so hard to be serious and profound that it won't just let it happen. I like Damien's story, and Mae has that Mysterious Box going for her, but no one else is really engaging. Maybe I'm just not that into straight drama, which is what this basically is, despite the gimmick.

See, I'm really bad about stopping shows because I get the niggling feeling that if I keep going, it will get better and I will be glad I didn't quit. Which is why I should just not have checked out anything I wasn't sure was going to be really good and up my alley. I want Jericho and Six Degrees to get cancelled so I don't have to decide whether to keep watching them. Why do I keep watching shows out of inertia if they're no longer delivering what I began watching them for? Are diminishing returns really worth my time? I'm such a stubborn completist.

Really, if I were to take a scythe to my schedule, the only shows that would remain would be Veronica Mars, Heroes, and Battlestar Galactica. And, oh, Prison Break, which I sometimes forget exists but continues to entertain me. And I hope last night's My Name Is Earl was better than last week's. If it was, it gets to stay too. There's so much television, and I only have so much time. What's the deal, REALITY?
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From:babsonite
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:38 pm (UTC)
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I am normally a supernatural fan but I didn't find last night's ep that entertaining either. I realized though that I don't really like drama, I'd much rather see funny! Normally the best part of SPN is the myths and how they are updated, and the brotherly banter. They just had a lot of holes to fill with the season finale so...

I tried really hard to pay attention to six degrees, but I couldn't do it.
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From:inigo
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:39 pm (UTC)
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Poor Doctor Who, to be passed over.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I already saw it. The third season doesn't start for months. And I'll watch Torchwood, whenever the hell it starts.
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From:schnappycat
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:42 pm (UTC)
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Two things:
1. Glad you hear I am not the only one who thinks Supernatural seems boring. I thought the pilot was a yawnfest and was feeling bad recently that I gave up. But maybe I shouldn't. Not to mention that Thursdays are already too full.
2. I totally missed Six Degrees last night, and while I am a stubborn completist like you, I might just have to give this one up since I'm not very invested yet. I agree that it is a cool idea, but if you strip away the gimmick like you said, it's just another run-of-the-mill drama. And unlike the crappy Windfall, no actor or character seems interesting enough to suck me in.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I don't think the show is normally that boring. When they're not stuck in a hospital dying, they're out hunting demons! Which has to be fun and exciting, right?
From:mangopickle
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:44 pm (UTC)
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You watch Jericho and not Ugly Betty?

You're foul.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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A more appropriate complaint would be "You watch Smallville and My Name Is Earl but not Ugly Betty?"
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From:ladydisdain225
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm not a huge Supernatural fan but last night's was actually good episode for me - I didn't spend half the ep screaming at them for being idiots, which I feel like I do far too often.

I agree that it doesn't work as an introduction to the show though, because it basically took it for granted that anyone watching was already invested in the characters. To come at that from the outside, well... yeah, it would be boring.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely. I totally understand that I was not the target audience. I hope next week is more fun.
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From:kalbear
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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You don't want How I Met Your Mother? Or the Office? Wow, you really surprise me.

And you're STILL watching smallville? Oy.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I never tried HIMYM because it was on against Kitchen Confidential, which I wanted to watch more and which I really liked. Stupid Fox. I'm DVRing The Office in hopes that I will mainline the UK and US versions in the next few weeks.

I'm not sure why I'm still watching Smallville. Allison Mack has some sort of special power over me.
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From:dachelle
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:56 pm (UTC)
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I still haven't seen Supernatural from last night yet (my mom made me promise to wait to watch it with her), and I don't watch any of the other shows, so I have nothing to add. I just wanted to say hello. Hello!
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From:dachelle
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:58 pm (UTC)
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Also, I did think MNiE was better than last week, if still not up to the quality of some of the best episodes from S1.

Why don't you watch The Office?
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From:alannaofdoom
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:57 pm (UTC)
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...didn't watch any of these, so I don't really have anything to add.

But I will anyway!

I was watching CSI last night, which was good, and Marg Helgenberger is a peerless actor, but WHY WON'T THEY RESOLVE ANY OF THE MYSTERIES ALREADY? Guys! I go to Veronica Mars for long, teasing mysteries. I go to you for a nice twisty wrapped-up-in-one-ep-or-at-the-most-two mindbenders. WRAP IT UP ALREADY.

(Although, also: Monica Keena = awesome. I have to go watch Undeclared again. I forgot how great she is. "Who has access to the property?" "Well, just me and Izzie. And the nanny. And the maid. And the contractors. And the caterers. And the gardeners." Hee. Perfect delivery.)

I wanted to watch Ugly Betty but missed it somehow. Damn. When I was in Spain that telenovela was the obsession of all. Everyone. And then came the controversial! episode when she was NO LONGER UGLY and we all talked about it for weeks and it was SO AWESOME. Gotta remember to watch next week.
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From:magnolia888
Date:September 29th, 2006 08:59 pm (UTC)
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I am a sort of-fan of Supernatural, but everything you said was pretty true. The dialogue does tend to be a bit "on the nose" and it's basically pretty boys chasing demons.

And you need to clue into The Office. Just sayin.'

But otherwise, VM and BSG are my only "must-sees." (I haven't seen Heroes yet, but now that I know Adrian Pasdar is in it, I'm afraid I'll be roped in.) I also watch Lost and PB and MNIE, but if I were forced to cut them from my viewing schedule at gunpoint, I'd be okay. Especially MNIE, which is on very thin ice.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:05 pm (UTC)
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I've been hearing FANTASTIC things about the next two episodes of Heroes, so I'm even more excited about it. And I forgot to mention Lost, which hasn't started yet. I would keep that.

And fie on thin ice. Randy is still hilarious.
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From:erinkayehashet
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:00 pm (UTC)
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I actually couldn't disagree with you more about Six Degrees. Damien's the character I find the least interesting, and I'm very interested in what happens. My roommate doesn't watch much TV because he says he can usually predict what's going to happen next, and he likes SD because he has no idea what's coming next.

You're still cool, though. :) And I agree with you about GG. I don't watch any of your other shows.
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:17 pm (UTC)
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I have a DVR, and watching TV without people bothering me is FUCKING AWESOME.

Sookie's whisking rant was a spot-on imitation of ASP's style. Lorelai's car analogy wasn't.
Aw! I loved her car analogy.
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From:gymble
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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It was a lot of crazy dramatic nonsense, but that's Smallville for you.
Well, yeah. But I just can't seem to abandon this show. I don't know why either. The plots stopped making sense a long time ago. Lana is annoying. Lex's storylines are awfully inconsistent. Everyone keeps getting knocked unconscious as soon as Clark shows up (really, he needs to wear a warning sign). The love triangles are annoyingly repetitive and don't actually go anywhere. (Although, for once, is there no girl that's in love with Clark? That's refreshing.) And it requires massive suspension of disbelief. And yet I keeping watching. Go figure. At least we got "Kneel before Zod!"

I could see how last night's Supernatural wouldn't be great for a new viewer since it relied heavily on knowing and caring about the characters. I did enjoy it, but then I don't look for too much from this show. It's fairly low key and easy on the eyes. Unlike the other VM/Supernatural fans, I don't get all fangirly about it. It's usually entertaining and that's all I ask.

I loved the GG episode. I thought the banter was spot on and I have no idea what some people are talking about with being able to tell the showrunner changed. I'm not thrilled with Lorelai or Luke right now, but since I'm not a huge 'shipper for this show, I can deal. I do wish that Lorelai had gone to see Luke when she heard about his diner getting smashed up.
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From:mcfeste
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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It's funny that you had that feeling about Supernatural, because all those things that read as repetitive to you were actually not. Sam and John (the dad) did fight whenever they were together, but otherwise, to date it's been more implied than talked to death that he was a bad father. Same with Dean being a good brother -- they've been pretty show-don't-tell about that so far.

But we all know why you're watching, anyway. Patience, grasshopper! Only six more days!
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
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Why didn't they even show her in the promo? WHY? GIVE ME SOME SUGAR, BABY.
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From:horsefacehannah
Date:September 29th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
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I echo the How I Met Your Mother love from above.
And last night's My Name is Earl wasn't better than last week's - it's getting to the point where I wouldn't bother watching it if it wasn't paired with The Office.

TV is eh-ing me recently. Watching it is getting to be a chore.
OH MY GOD WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME???
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From:spectralbovine
Date:September 29th, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
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FOR SERIOUS, KAREN. WHAT IS GOING ON.
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From:lonesomepioneer
Date:September 29th, 2006 11:06 pm (UTC)
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I tried to watch Supernatural, but they kept calling the one who wasn't Dean-from-Gilmore-Girls "Dean," and it was confusing. Also, it was very gray and nothing was funny. Though yes, the reaper chick was pretty.

And I want scenes from Lane and Zach's marriage, stat.

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