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I watched two of the Amazon Prime Pilot Season pilots this weekend; Amy Sherman-Palladino should have a helluva hit with The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, about a 1950s Jewish Manhattanite who finds her talent for stand-up comedy. I'm not saying it will be the next Gilmore Girls, but the concept is fresh and the dialogue deliciously funny. Please, everyone vote for it! It would be a tragedy if that one didn't get at least a season.

Oasis looked like the sort of SF series I would love, but I'm telling you, I can't take one more series that pretends to be hard SF and turns out to be "We traveled to a faraway place and all started seeing hallucinations of our loved ones" bizarro creepshow. No. No more of that ever, please! *goes back to waiting for the next season of Westworld instead*
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Agents of SHIELD season finale reaction post:
Short version: HAPPY )
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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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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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Anyone seen this commercial? Many reasons to love it:



Not just the implication that "naughty librarian" is something she finds an entertaining, sexually empowering concept, but that the commercial let both a man and a woman confirm the "Get 'em" in turned-on breathlessness. Beautiful. (And it's funny!)
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Gacked from [livejournal.com profile] the_con_cept: Television of 2011 meme

Which TV shows did you start watching in 2011?
U.S./Great Britain: Downton Abbey, Camelot, Game of Thrones, The Borgias, Once Upon a Time, Revenge, Homeland, Grimm. Japan: Usagi Drop, Tiger and Bunny, Ao no Exorcist, Bleach, Nodame Cantabile, Princess Tutu, Chibi Devil, Hell Girl, Trigun, Ouran High School live-action. (Tried and quickly abandoned: D-Gray Man, Darker Than Black, Uragiri wa Boku no Namae wo Shitteiru, Nabari no Oh, Petite Cossette, Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt. Tried and put on hold: Durarara, Seka-Ichi no Hatsukoi, Break Blade, Deadman Wonderland, Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei)

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2011?

Grimm was fine but I'm not so much into the horror aspect. I couldn't get into The Borgias, so, that one went. (I looked at My Little Pony. I really did. I wanted to fall in love with it. Didn't happen. Oh, well.) And there were a host of anime series I gave at least one episode but they didn't click (see above). I'm on hiatus from Bleach, somewhere around episode 70. I would like to resume it but am not sure when.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2011? Why?

I would like to try more comedies but it rarely happens. I keep meaning to start The Big Bang Theory.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2012?

I'll keep on with the current ones, but I don't really know of any new ones showing up.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2011?

Any reality show I happen to wander past. Don't like reality shows as a whole. I need plot. (Okay, I confess to an irrepressible fetish for Say Yes to the Dress and the "which of the three houses will we buy" shows.)

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2012 unless things significantly improve?

I hung on with Homeland for a little longer and I think it's kept me, but I might not go past one season with it. And I read something in Entertainment Weekly that criticized The Office, saying watching it is "starting to feel like work," and I realized I agree. The new uberboss is just so depressingly overwhelming.

Which TV show impressed you the most in 2011? Why?

I'm really enjoying Once Upon a Time but what surprises me most is that mainstream audiences are too! And Revenge surprised me in making its premise work for me even without a direct character-to-character translation in its modernization.

I loved Game of Thrones and Camelot like mad. I'm sad about Camelot. They say couldn't secure the leads for more, darnit.

Which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?

I can't wait for the next Game of Thrones season. I'm sure I'll stick with that one all the way through. I can't imagine I'll ever drop Doctor Who, either. I don't feel the backlash disappointment that everyone else seems to feel for Glee; I really love the show and can look past its flaws.
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So I've watched all the episodes of Once Upon a Time, and two episodes of Grimm.

I love Once Upon a Time. I love fairy tales and fantasy settings and True Love's Kiss and happy endings and a touch of bittersweet is just fine too, and the balance between the fairy tale setting and the mundane world in this show is done ever so precisely. If there were any less of the fairy tale setting I'd be chafing for more, but I would dare to say the balance is just right, like Goldilocks's porridge. Did you like The 10th Kingdom? If so definitely check this out; it has quite a similar feel. And I just read an article in Entertainment Weekly that says it's "TV's highest-rated new drama among adults." Lot of qualifiers there but I hope that means the ratings will keep it going. Yay!

Grimm, on the other hand, is well-done but I don't love it. I'll watch it a little more of it but it's, well, grim, so you can't complain it misrepresents itself. It's clever and manages to go places I didn't expect but it's horror, not so much fantasy. (It gives me the same vibes I used to have when the Datlow/Windling anthology of The Year's Best Fantasy was first published and half the stories were horror and I was jumping out of my skin every other story, yelling, "This is Fantasy?" at the thing. Some years later it renamed itself The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror and I said, "Thank you, cripes!") Y'got your police procedural, y'got your serial killers...nothing wrong with that if you like that kind of thing, but I could go for a little more True Love's Kiss sweetness. Those of you who like Supernatural should give this a look. (And the horror element is exactly why I bailed on Supernatural, too.)
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Started watching Case Histories, started watching Homeland...I don't think I will stay with either. I have to conclude that I like my Jason Isaacs and my Damian Lewis suave. Sorry, guys, you're wonderful actors in any role. It's just me.
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I'm having no luck with Google or IMDB, so I'm turning to my flist.

Sometime in (I think) the early 80s there was a "Twilight Zone" type of television show (the scary short vignettes sort of thing) that featured this episode: Historical piece, takes place in France, young rogue (probably a thief, I forget) is condemned to death by guillotine. His girlfriend plots to set him free. Tradition says that if the executioner dies, the next man who was to die will be set free instead. The girl sleeps with the official who can tell her what day her lover's scheduled to die, then, armed with that knowledge, sets out to seduce the executioner. The executioner (naturally a lonely pariah) grows exquisite roses; she catches his eye by pretending to be a rose-seller, displaying roses that she has secretly dyed a brilliant color. She pretends to befriend him, has dinner with him at his home, sleeps with him and in the morning (the morning of the execution) poisons his breakfast porridge. (There's a bit where the executioner's housekeeper serves fruit for dessert the night before and the girl says something like, "Thank goodness! When I saw the cake batter I thought we were going to have one of those too-rich desserts." The housekeeper coldly says it wasn't cake batter, it's porridge for monsieur's breakfast tomorrow.) Her lover is jaunty on the scaffold in the town square that morning, knowing the plot. The executioner proves to be of exceptional constitution and actually makes it out of his home and to the square, but collapses. When the condemned man demands to be set free as tradition dictates, the collapsed executioner sees the girl standing over him, who squeaks "Die!" at him under her breath. He understands the whole plot at that moment and with his last strength gets to his feet and to the scaffold, as the condemned man is forced into the guillotine, panicking and screaming (girl also panicking and screaming). The executioner gets as far as raising the guillotine blade, then collapses next to the scaffold. A doctor picks up the executioner's hand to check a pulse, pronounces him dead. "I win! I win!" screams the condemned man from the guillotine. The doctor drops the executioner's hand--which falls, dead weight, upon the release bar for the blade. Shot of the blade just beginning to fall, cut to black.

What the hell was the name of this show/episode?

ETA: Found! Through the grace of [livejournal.com profile] bethbethbeth and a little internet persistence on both our parts, it's "Guillotine," an episode of the '81-'82 series Darkroom, hosted by James Coburn. Not on DVD, it appears. Well, I have a place to start looking, at least!

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