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22 April 2010 @ 01:17 pm
Happy Birthday to clex_monkie89!  
I hope you're having a great day, Clex, and that the customers are not being evil. Let there be cake and commissions and all good things! \o/

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Tonight, I will NOT forget to watch flashForward (some interesting turns there lately), or the other two thirds of my 9pm triumverate. Still a week behind on Fringe (got waylaid by Netflix discs—S1 of "My Name is Earl" and S2 of "The Riches").

More and more (don't judge me!) I find we're watching huge parts of Glee with the mute button on. Both of us hate Pop music, and lately I'm finding that Rachel makes everything sound like Pop to me. She has an amazing voice, but there's a generic bright splashiness to her sound that is both earbreaking and also tends to "level out" the actual melody for me. Mostly, I'm watching for Sue Sylvester. It's funny that the show depicts her character as straight, because she doesn't come off as straight**. She's very masculine (not in a plaid-flannel-shirt way, but in a Machiavelli-in-a-tracksuit way). But then I guess the reality is that Sue really doesn't like other people much at all, regardless of their gender. They're annoying and beneath her, just waiting to be crushed under the running-shoe-heel of her next big scheme. Which is exactly what I love about her...

Speaking of cantankerous characters, I'll admit that I'm disappointed that fake-Martha-Plimpton hasn't died on 24 yet, because I really hate her. I'd like to throw skeavy-CTU-nerdboy on the fire too (I haven't even bothered to learn his name. I just want to hurt him). Also, what where they thinking, putting Chloe in charge of CTU? Chloe has no people skills at all, apart from not stabbing you with a fork every time she wants to and occasionally remembering to sneer out "Sir" at the end of some insubordinate comment. These, of course, are all the reasons Chloe is awesome! But not so much a leader. And what was the President thinking, telling Jack to back off from the truth? You don't thwart Jack Bauer! Hah! Thank goodness he's finally stopped being sanitized and is now back to his fully insane and awesome potential. \o/

We're caught up on V again. I love Elizabeth Mitchell, and my weakness for Morris Chestnut could be entirely shallow, but damn—just look at him! So long as those two don't get hurt I'll be happy. Now, emoSon and alienBarbie are another story. I just want them to go away...

On a random note, last month's Men's Fitness magazine featured Ryan Philippe on the cover, and I find that I always think of him as a less-pretty version of Jensen. Much like Kate Beckinsale could always be prettier by just being Evangeline Lilly instead.

ETA: Actually, it's my gay hairdresser who immediately assumed Sue was gay, which is the kind of thing that makes female P.E. teachers everywhere cringe. I tend not to think of her as having a sexuality, mostly because I could swear that at least half the time she looks at other people, the main thought in her head is probably "Die! Die! Die!"

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BEWARE OF JENMAR.clex_monkie89 on April 22nd, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Aw, thank you, Karen! ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Birthdayhalfshellvenus on April 22nd, 2010 11:23 pm (UTC)
You're so welcome! I hope that today, at the minimum, everything goes smoothly for you and that people treat you like the Queen you deserve to be well! ♥
Chat Noirmaster_chatnoir on April 22nd, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
I love Elizabeth Mitchell, and my weakness for Morris Chestnut could be entirely shallow, but damn—just look at him! So long as those two don't get hurt I'll be happy. Now, emoSon and alienBarbie are another story. I just want them to go away...

AMEN to all of the above! Tho, personally, I'd prefer emoSon and alienBarbie to be ground under the wheel of a very large steamroller. But I adore those names. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 22nd, 2010 11:22 pm (UTC)
Actually yes-- I'd like a much crueler death for them.

I was going to refer to alienBarbie by a slightly different (and more species-specific) name, but I didn't want to have to use a spoiler-cut for it). ;)
colleenishcolleenish on April 25th, 2010 01:52 am (UTC)
Much like Kate Beckinsale could always be prettier by just being Evangeline Lilly instead.
Okay, I totally cannot agree with this - I personally believe it's the other way around. *g* However, the *way* you said it - seriously made me LOL.

As for Rachel on Glee - yes, what you said, yes. Monotone is definitely not the right word, nor is flat, but there is a certain ... blandness to her that I find irritating. I wish they'd let Mercedes and Tina sing more. I like that show quite a bit, but I often find it weirdly more enjoyable in theory than in actual execution (if that makes any sense at all, heh).
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Violinhalfshellvenus on April 25th, 2010 07:44 am (UTC)
:D Really? I find Kate B. pretty, but very bland-looking. Evangeline Lilly has the green eyes and the greater "presence," in my book.

but there is a certain ... blandness to her that I find irritating.
I call it the "American Idol" influence. Everyone is striving to belt out songs like some cookie-cutter version of a Pop Idol, and they've lost their individuality (and thus, musicality) along the way.

All of that histrionic wailing makes virtually all of the song "equally intense," which perversely has a flattening effect.

Think of Van Morrison, and his slightly froggy sound, or Bill Withers-- who wasn't afraid to bend the rhythm along with the notes because he was always feeling his way through the song. It's world of difference.

I prefer Mercedes singing, because it IS more individual sounding (though I loved last week: "Then y'all just bring me out to wail on the last note." It's funny because it's true!)

I find the "plot" of Glee fun, and I liked the early episodes much better than the current ones-- not in terms of the characters (still about the same), but musically it was more interesting when it was less "polished."

If you've ever seen "Groundhog Day," there's a recording of Ray Charles singing "You Don't Know Me" under a couple of scenes where his voice cracks and he strains over some of the notes, and it's still the most moving performance I've heard of that song yet. And I say that as an utter pitch-fanatic!