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03 April 2006 @ 10:44 pm
Prison Break and 24-Ness  

There was both good and bad in tonight's Prison Break. The Lincoln/Michael backstory did not kill me (although Michael crossing the line with Veronica nearly did, and sheesh-- could that woman be dumber?).

Of the bad-- Sara. God, the whole drug addict thing-- why? So stupid and pointless, and I liked her a lot LESS after that. I'm of mixed minds about her running into Bellick at her Meeting-- it's plausible that he'd direct her to that job, AND that she'd just shoot him down the way she did (which made me cringe). Coincidental, but not deadly. And it lays a foundation for later animosity :D

Semi-bad: Lincoln bumping into Sucre in his getaway burst. Just... why? Why even go to that stupid "Lost-motivated" place? Just quit it. It makes your show look like schlock.

Funny: Sucre robbing the SAME liquor store again (dumbass!) and apologizing for it-- and for needing more money this time. Really, it was kind of sweet and so Sucre.

Best parts: Michael telling Lincoln he's tired of being the older brother to Lincoln, the whole Wall-Morphing and a chance to really look at some of the stuff on there, and finding out that Kellerman's been perkyEvil for a very long time. T-Bag's whole creepy story-- AND his manipulative attempts on that poor woman while he was in jail-- that was fantastic. And, on a shallower note, Linc with a hair profile and the beard stubble, ala "Blade Trinity." God, that's a good look for him.


And on the 24 front:
  • What, has the president's wife started taking her meds midway through this day? Her 180 character shift is giving me whiplash.

  • Bro-Prez... still love you. And your dearly-departed brother. Just... smooth for me, a little. Read me the phonebook in your fine-cut suit. And when you're tired, your brother's ghost can take over the talking, and Jack Bauer after that. Really-- I could enjoy this whole show with my eyes shut just listening to these three actors talk.
  • Aaron, you're a buckethead but I secretly love you anyway.
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    The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on April 4th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
    some of his anger towards Lincoln is anger towards himself for always buying into Lincoln's shit and for always trying to clean up after him, make excuses for him.

    *nods*

    That makes a lot of emotional sense to me.

    Well think of this way, the brothers had 3 years before Michael committed his crime to reconnect and be the ones we see on TV today. So I don't of it as too rushed. It's TV time, yo.

    I hate arguments like that. Stop making excuses for the writers. It is their job to show us. It's not our job to make up stories so their stories make sense. Their stories should make sense on their own.

    Plus, "well they reconnected as Michael visited Lincoln in prison" still doesn't believably translate into "I want to squeeze the life out of you when we hug, and I cry constantly when your life is in danger" for me. Unless the "reconnect" consisted of Michael thinking how hot Lincoln looks on the other side and how he just realizes he really wants to fuck Lincoln but can't because there's a glass wall between them, it doesn't make much sense for me emotionally ;p


    Same goes for the "Well it is an unrealistic tv show, stop complaining when the writers do something wrong.". Doh, what's wrong with calling writers on it when they do something less than perfect? It's called con-crit.
    mooyoo: M/L - Sides walkingmooyoo on April 4th, 2006 07:52 am (UTC)
    It is their job to show us.

    Yeah, I made the "show don't tell" argument, that I don't want to just assume that they reconnected or hear that they love each other oh so much now, I want to see how they reconnect, why they love each other oh so much.

    "I want to squeeze the life out of you when we hug, and I cry constantly when your life is in danger"

    Hahaha, and awwww. *wants some lovey, non-tragic M/L fic now*

    "Well it is an unrealistic tv show, stop complaining when the writers do something wrong.".

    Blech. There are some things that I can go with for the sake of the story, but I get really frustrated when it feels like the writers are just being plain sloppy. And either way, it'd be nice to say that the show is 100% perfect and there's nothing to complain about, but it's not, and it's worth discussing when it could and should be better. But I guess loving a show means never finding any faults with it and never, ever pointing those faults out *eyeroll*
    The Good, The Bad and The Lana: brothers cagedthelana on April 4th, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
    But I guess loving a show means never finding any faults with it and never, ever pointing those faults out *eyeroll*

    Dude, that couldn't be further from my POV if it tried. If I love something, I want it to do well, I want it to do better, that's why I point out faults so they can be fixed.

    It's like the Emperor's new clothes situation. It's not "love" to not say anything. It's love to point out where something is off so the person you love doesn't embarass themselves.

    If I don't love a show, I don't complain. I just stop watching. I'm not the type to watch a show just to be bitter about it and complain. I just give up caring.

    Complaining = sign of caring.
    mooyoomooyoo on April 4th, 2006 08:10 am (UTC)
    Like watching a soap opera vs. a serious drama - a soap you can laugh at and poke fun at and just watch for the silly drama, but a more serious show you want some semblance of reality, and when you care enough to really put thought into it (whether positive or negative), it shows that you, you know, care.
    The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on April 4th, 2006 08:16 am (UTC)
    Yeah, like I said in the thread for the previous episode, it pretty much makes the difference between something being a fun show (like... The A-Team or Stargate Atlantis) and something being a *good* show. And I kinda have the delusion that I'd actually like Prison Break to be a good show.

    If I get the impression that the show doesn't care enough to fix their mistakes or care about continuity and character development, then how can I be passionate about the show? If they don't care enough, that causes the same non-caring emotion in me. And I'll eventually move on to other shows. Again, not that Prison Break is in any danger of that yet, just saying, it's all about the attitude.
    The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 4th, 2006 05:53 pm (UTC)
    I hate arguments like that. Stop making excuses for the writers. It is their job to show us. It's not our job to make up stories so their stories make sense. Their stories should make sense on their own.

    WORD. It's TV-- I'm not supposed to have to WORK to understand your story. And if you're making it random and laughable, well then-- Le Shark, C'est en l'Aire. (or crap to that effect).

    And along with the writers (not their best effort here)... casting directors! Do your job, or get out of the way!