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03 March 2010 @ 11:04 pm
 
I'm rewatching Dead Like Me in the garage while biking on rainy days. I'd forgotten that the Pilot had so much sadness in it, and that the show de-gayed George's Dad's affair later and reworked how people became Reapers and when they were "done." Still, what an immensely creative show!

L&O: SVU—whoo! Beecher and Keller reunited and kissing-close! I think my head almost exploded there for a moment... That's better than the episode in the previous hour. WTF were they thinking with Kathy Griffin's character? That was one of the most knee-jerk, excruciatingly ridiculous portrayals of feminism and lesbianism I've ever seen. The amount of baiting and manhating made it nearly unwatchable, as if the intent was to defame that viewpoint. I don't know—is it just me? It wasn't the "ideas" on display so much as the relentless extremism of how they were delivered. Gah! I've always thought of this show (and the franchise) as LBGT-friendly in the past, but this was a hatefest.

I don't quite know what to think of Chuck this season. It's moving away from the elements of the show that I liked, including Chuck's innocence and the antics at the Buy More. And while I'm not a Chuck/Sara 'shipper, I'm not an anti-shipper, and I prefer the ache and the possibility to the idea that they might be moving on. Plus, the Lana Lang thing scares me—Smallville's producers ruined their show with their obsession over that actress, and I'd hate to see that happen again. Don't let the pretty make you stupid, show! Conversely, I have mixed feelings about Brandon Routh's character. He actually seems quite nice, and shallow-me boggles over the handsomeness, but I don't think he's good for Chuck. Though I'll bet somebody's writing slash or threesome-fic already...

Did I mention that we watched The Asylum's verion of Sherlock Holmes? After that article in Wired, we couldn't resist seeing how they were going to tie those crazy plot elements together. Surprisingly, the dialogue was fairly good, and the writers actually managed to make sense of their wacky story. Next up, Snakes On A Train.

Speaking of Wired, this product-testing review just cracked me up. Good thing most of us don't go camping in the jungle. :0

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she said mysteriously: beautiful brutalityresounding_echo on March 4th, 2010 05:01 pm (UTC)
Word on L&O:SVU. I normally enjoy Kathy Griffin and welcome LGBTQ storylines on the show, but this was awful, both in terms of show-quality and the political ramifications.

As for the second episode...OMG. I couldn't believe I was watching it. And you know with a different actor in Lee's part that scene would have been staged A LOT differently. :fans self: I need to watch some OZ!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2010 05:40 pm (UTC)
Whoo! Icon-gasm!

And you know with a different actor in Lee's part that scene would have been staged A LOT differently. :fans self:
At least SVU honors its slashy fans, as opposed to mocking them like some shows...

Word on L&O:SVU. I normally enjoy Kathy Griffin and welcome LGBTQ storylines on the show, but this was awful, both in terms of show-quality and the political ramifications.
This is one of those areas where I no longer feel confident that I know how the gay community will feel about something, but that episode definitely pissed me off in terms of its implications about the LBGT community that some people are likely going to take as gospel and seem to me to be incredibly wrong.

There was an article in my alma mater's magazine, "Where Have All The Lesbians Gone?", that similarly hacked me off and I've thought about blogging about it, but there's always the possibility that I'd wind up inadvertantly pissing off people that I don't mean to, and so I'm simmering over it in silence. And I'm torn over whether to send an email response to the article, because 1) I can't claim to speak for the lesbian community, but 2) I'm not sure the author referenced in that article should be either! SO much wrong. :(
cindytsuki_no_bara on March 4th, 2010 06:00 pm (UTC)
i don't think i ever saw the pilot for dead like me. i knew george's dad had an affair - wasn't there an episode where she either met the girl or met someone who made her realize holy shit, my dad had an affair! - but did they really imply in the pilot that it was with another man? cool.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
It was CLEARLY another man in the Pilot, and then they backtracked later to replace the man with some random female student. Like that was even necessary-- you're weren't supposed to really "like" either of George's parents much. Clancy had the affair (regardless of who it was with), and Joy was enraged at worst and prickly at best. Though you do have to feel for her, with such difficult daughters (and then losing one of them). God, if Reggie was my child I'd be locking myself in the bathroom 24/7. :0

Loved the show, though-- the episode where Roxy tried to rage-Reap a guy who then decided she was God was hilarious. And there was the bizarreness of Der WaffelHaus (and poor Kiffany, the waitress), where random yodeling music would surface in the background from time-to-time. ;)
cindy: fangirltsuki_no_bara on March 4th, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
the one problem i had with dlm was that i didn't like ANYONE from george's family, including george. mostly i felt sorry for them. but i had a hard time liking them. i'm kind of impressed they intended dad to have had an affair with another man, but why did they have to retcon that? hmph.

i loved kiffany. she was so long-suffering. the episode where the reapers had to fill out their evaluations and kept trying to get her to help them was priceless. and der waffelhaus showed up in an episode of stargate! sadly none of the reapers - or kiffany or the cook - did. the damn place made me want waffles almost every episode.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on March 4th, 2010 11:59 pm (UTC)
mostly i felt sorry for them. but i had a hard time liking them.
I know. I do think George herself improved over time, mainly because of Delores. Even though Delores was Insanely Devoted To Everything, her work ethic wound up rubbing off on George a little. ;)

You know, just the NAME "Der Waffelhaus" makes me want waffles. Rube's crispy bacon binges weren't a lot of help either. *Glagggggh* (Homer Simpson drool noise)