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Thoughts on Agents of SHIELD: Nothing Personal: I don't think... )
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Oh CRIPES I need someplace to talk about tonight's Agents of SHIELD. Anybody up for discussion?
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I watched the pilot of this season's Dracula; I'm in love with this premise. Love what they're doing to Dracula's morality, what they're doing with Van Helsing, and what they've done with Mina's profession (I detect a hint of influence from Barbara Hambly's Those Who Hunt the Night in that). I'm not yet sure I love the execution, to be fair. But I'll keep watching to see!
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Sunday's Once Upon a Time cracked the shell of its heteronormativity, how about that. One can criticize the who, the how, the how much, and the what now, but they did do it, and that's pretty great.
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And now, a serenade composed in honor of the second episode of Agents of SHIELD:

I like this shoooooow
I like this shoooooow
I like this shoooooow
I like this shoooooow

*sings repeatedly*
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Okay, I was eager for Agents of SHIELD and enjoyed it very much. Don't love it any less now.

But I was completely blown away by the pilot of The Blacklist. WOW. The twistiness and the "go to hell if you can't keep up" pacing, and James Spader, holy heck. There was a moment when I said, oh my god, that's so vicious, I can't keep watching this if they're going to...and I hung on frantically fast-forwarding through commercials and then saw the next twist they played on that and, whoa, just, wow.

Of course people are drawing The Silence of the Lambs parallels. The structure invites it. There are many resemblances. You know what one of them is? They're both really, really good. Yow.
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Every so often I try to add a new sitcom to my tv lineup...

...and all too quickly, discover why this is mostly a dumb idea. Ugh, I thought Mom actually looked promising.
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Watched the pilot for Sleepy Hollow; I'm not a big fan of horror, and it wasn't powerful enough to make me love it. It has a minor original spark, okay, but not quite ringing with me. Still, I'm delighted to see more women of color in main and supporting roles in television. Could the future of the show feature lots of witch trial material, maybe? I love working up heady internal outrage over that particular bit of American history. That would keep me watching.
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Game of Thrones: I finally gave in and read A Dance With Dragons even though I was trying to save it, because I couldn't allow myself to read anything marked for spoilers even if those spoilers might only be revealing stuff in the show or this season. Was afraid it might reveal things in ADWD, so, I went ahead. I think the show is compressing things admirably while making some of the books' Moments of Awesome even more awesome. This is very likely my favorite show on television at present.

Hannibal: It should go without saying, never watch Hannibal while eating. I like the show; the "is this a dream or is actually happening?" element is jarring, though, because you honestly cannot tell. They are going for the freakiest of serial murder premises/leitmotifs/dioramas imaginable. This article by Aja Romano delighted me about how the 'ship wars on this one are just insane, because "of course you can 'ship a fleshthirsty psychopath, but god forbid you should make him gay" is just too hilarious. (I see where all the Grahamibal is coming from, though. I'd even read it.)

Doctor Who: Back when Moffat wrote the occasional Doctor Who episodes, the Moffat "filler" episodes were my favorites. Now Moffat writes the story arc episodes, and now I love Moffat arc episodes and get bored with the filler ones that he doesn't write. It's strange, because I used to enjoy the arc episodes for being arc episodes and the filler were top-notch, but now the filler ones don't feel top-notch to me any longer.

Still watching (and enjoying) Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Arrow, and Glee.
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Lost -It has nothing to do with shark-jumping; I'm just at the point where I can let you go. Those two characters finally hooked up, so that tension's over; let me pretend they skipped off hand-in-hand and lived a breadfruit-and-campfire Blue Lagoon existence. And for the record, I'm not keen on seeing how Locke got into that wheelchair; his backstory's crappy enough.

Prison Break - aw, man, I'm trying to leave you. But I can't quite yet. Every single episode, it's all, "We have a plan, we have everything all planned." And then it all goes to hell and Michael never has a plan B, ever, and has to pull it out of spit and thin air right on the spot. It's addicting. And how the hell did T-Bag go from "that scum please let him get killed" to "T-Bag, you delightful bastard, please let him not get caught just yet!", I ask you?

The Black Donnellys - I saw the pilot. I really liked the pilot. I am satisfied with the pilot, really, it was like a 45-minute movie that needs no more exposition, I got it. We're done here.

Justice -It's gone, too bad. No more chances to see Spy Daddy Victor Garber act like I'll hurt myself on the steeliness of his cock/eyes/posture/allasamething if I try to get around him, nossir.

Battlestar Galactica - No chance I'm bailing here. In one more hour of television, I will know, I anticipate, what's up with the fate of, y'know, that character. And even if that does remain unsatisfying there're enough plot threads all through this thing to keep me. I had the chance to get the answers on a spoiler site and I just took one peek and then closed it right up, no no no no I will wait. I'm glad the season's ending, though; television's got me really exhausted.

Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip -This is my FAVORITE show this season, and I hate being teased like this. They're going to show the last six episodes? They're not? The show's cancelled? It's as good as cancelled? Maybe not? ARRRGH. Okay, just give me the series on DVD after you kill it, and I'll sit over here and nurse my bruises.

Ugly Betty -You're funny.. But baby, I'm so tired, and I need plot that doesn't involve shocker sex change operations. And the humiliation factor has gone over my threshold.

Vanished -I'm glad you were taught your lesson, writers: don't kill off your most interesting character because you're not getting the ratings. I bailed before the network did.

Sons and Daughters -Doesn't anyone remember this little comedy? I'm sorry they killed it.

Kidnapped -You were even less clever than Vanished. I'm glad it's cancelled. I liked the kid, though.

Veronica Mars -I do love this show to pieces; Veronica and her dad have had the best sparring/affectionate dialogue on television for three years. I hope they give it another year.

Numb3rs -I may waffle on this one for a bit, but I never got over the cast switch after season one. I love my Charlie but I just don't think he's enough.

24 - I've seen every minute of Jack Bauer that was ever produced; "Dammit, Chloe!" is part of my everyday vocabulary. I LOVE YOU JACK YOU ARE MY HURT/COMFORT BOYFRIEND.

The Office -How is it that this show has never crossed my humiliation threshold? Probably because Michael deserves every minute of it. I have no other comedies on my schedule, so, it stays.

The Riches- Oh, hell. First five minutes and I am so hooked. Eddie Izzard fakin' an American accent (listen to him say, "Yeah, a bit," ha) and Minnie Driver and her strangely beautiful Novocain cheeks was enough to get me to tune in. And now I gotta keep watching. Hell.

Doctor Who, The Shield, Torchwood- I'm ready! Bring on the next season!

April 2017



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