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28 April 2010 @ 05:22 pm
Happy Birthday Druuuuuu!  
Though I'm tempted to say "Drvvvvvvv" instead! Hope you're having a wonderful day, with appropriate caking and universal kindness and nothing remotely like suspicious breakins or the like.

If I can improve your day with a drabble, please let me know! ♥

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I'm behind on my friends' page again (I don't seem to read it at all over the weekends these days), but I'm hoping to get caught up again.

Last Friday I was awakened by the sound of "RRRRrrrrrr... RRRRrrrrr..." and some construction equipment on the street. Someone's chainsawing a tree, I thought. When I opened the windows to my home office, I saw that it was OUR tree. Nuts. By late yesterday all three doomed trees had been removed. Now the yard looks weird and kind of barren (despite all the other landscaping). The foreman was photographing stuff on Monday, because it turns out that one of the County Supervisors drove by and read him the riot act about there being nothing wrong with the trees (Hah!) and them not being county trees (they are). So on top of everything, the guy has to protect his job. Whee. I'm still disappointed that all three trees had to go—couldn't even one of them have stayed healthy?

This weekend included biking with Christopher (who needs a bigger bike—jeez, the complaining and the stopping!), running on Sunday (too hot!), pruning trees in the backyard for four hours, and getting to Christopher's haircut on Monday night (Return of the Werewolf. What a mess...)

We got caught up on Fringe (whoever cast John Noble in that series gets my undying love—he's totally breaking my heart these days), and started S2 of The Riches.

I also have some minor thoughts on last week's SPN, 2x19:

It was great to see Sam and Dean working together again for a change, and for someone to shoot Dean down before he even opened his mouth. Plus, the humor was fun.

But... cannibal gods? Really, Kripke? And they weren't even the Aztecs or Incans or any of the other gods who were regularly afforded human sacrifices... :(

I realize that we routinely consider other people's gods to be mythology (hey, as an Agnostic, Christianity is also a mythology to me). However, while some have largely been left behind (the Norse gods), others are still being actively worshipped even now (the East Indian gods). Respect for other peoples' beliefs says that you need to keep that in mind, especially before you start painting them in a savage light.

I plan to rewatch Dean spotting Ganesh (I looked away at the wrong time!), and I could listen to Odin trash-talk the Chinese God until the end of time just because that kind of squabbling is very in-character for most of the pantheistic gods (the Norse, Greek/Roman gods all had that in common).

Having said that, I find it odd that the Norse gods were so over-represented. Also, Loki <> Trickster, despite their similarities. Loki was actually evil, not just prankish, and that's the wrong veneer for an archangel to be wearing (which didn't work particularly well in the original retconning either). Also, Baldur could not have been more OOC. Baldur is the God of Light, a Christ-like god. He would not for a minute have stood by while the other gods were readying their human feast. Which was all kinds of disgusting, and seriously—the gods couldn't have consumed souls instead of eyeball soup? Ugh.

I enjoyed the scenes between Gabriel and Lucifer very much (so heartfelt, and you could feel the love beneath their epic disagreement). Losing Gabriel, as well as the Lucifer-killing knife, not so much...

For the coda, let me just say that we had Pestilence at the Wincon prom this year in the form of girlguidejones, and she was much shinier and more mystical than the plague-carrier in this episode. Thank goodness for that! Though those were some effective scenes, weren't they, especially in the car at the end? I was somewhat distracted for all of that, first because it pinged my gross-meter and second because Matt Frewer is really tall and looked so much like an ordinary guy that I found myself doubting that it WAS Matt Frewer.

In summary: evil porn ("of age" warning—yick!), bad god-mixing and maligning, Dean never knowing when to shut up with his authority issues, and a twinge of regret (I'll miss old Gabriel and his fun-tastic episodes).

 
 
 
cindy: ganesha (by apiphile)tsuki_no_bara on April 29th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
"let's talk about the elephant in the room. not you." hee. i really liked the brief elephant appearance of the elephant god. and props to the ptb for finally demonstrating an awareness that there are other powerful gods and other major belief systems out there besides the christian one, altho i was annoyed they had to make them all people-eaters. seriously, guys? cannibals? it was like code for "these are monsters and must be put down" which is lazy writing and a bit offensive, and kind of demotes them from "gods!" to just "eh, demons".

i couldn't figure out if gabriel was saying he just pretended to be loki (altho wouldn't other norse gods have realized he was faking it?) or if the show was trying to make them the same person.

but i loooooved matt frewer as pestilence. he has the perfect face for it. and hey, sam and dean working together! like brothers! without all their angsty baggage weighing them down! it was a little like a throwback episode that way. and sam saying "the next time i say we keep driving, maybe we should KEEP DRIVING" was adorably little-brother-i-told-you-so.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
They finally acknowledge other belief systems (aside from their demons and baddies, which they've completely abandoned in the last 2 seasons), but then they do it badly. Argh! Just a little more effort, and that would have been a universal win. :(

I think Gabriel would have had to pretend to be Loki since the beginning of time-- and maybe he has. The real mistake, I think, was making the Trickster turn out to be an archangel (ouch), and then additionally retconning him to be Loki. Stem the fail-bleed, please! Don't deepen the wound!

I loved Sam's comment, because Dean rarely listens to him and this is a clear-cut example of when he should have. :D
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on April 29th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
>>The real mistake, I think, was making the Trickster turn out to be an archangel<<

i was so, so annoyed when they did that. a lot of people seem upset that gabriel's dead now because they'll miss him, and all i can think is "the ptb should've let him be the trickster and introduced someone else as the archangel" and i can't bring myself to be too bothered. i liked him as the trickster. and i might've liked him as gabriel better if the retcon hadn't come across as the ptb trying to shoehorn EVERYTHING from previous seasons into the biblical apocalypse mytharc and make it all fit their celestial-brother-issues storyline.

dear dean,

LISTEN TO YOUR BROTHER OCCASIONALLY, OK?

younger siblings everywhere went "yeah, i know how that goes...."
Clair de Lune: divers - roadclair_de_lune on April 29th, 2010 05:47 pm (UTC)
I feel your pain about the trees. I used to have three poplars in front of my living room and bedroom windows. Said windows face a high school playground, and a couple of years ago, the high school's peeps started rebuilding and adding buildings. Here went the poplars :-( I now have a view on a always-under-construction playground and I had to kiss good bye the nice freshness the trees provided in the summer.
Two years later, I'm still ranting about it at the first occasion I have - as you can see ^_^
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yikeshalfshellvenus on April 29th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
And who can blame you?

Trees, especially the big ones, can provide beauty, hide the ugly, and give lovely shade/scent/atmosphere.

There's an eyesore house in our neighborhood, where I finally decided that the owner was likely manic. She had every single possible variety of daylily planted and labeled, while the rest of the garden was overgrown and full of weeds. What a mess!

The people across the street from her planted a grove of redwoods (these are evergreen connifers) that both screened out the view of her yard, gave the illusion of personal privacy, and helped block out the scorching Western sun in the summertime.

The new owners cut the trees down and relandscaped this past year, and I could not believe they'd done that. Why would you expose that view, after someone conveniently took care of it for you? o_O
Kimberley: Walterlampshade_days on May 2nd, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
Fringe! Oh gosh, as soon as Peter woke up, I could tell he knew, and I was so upset that Walter didn't get to tell him in his own way. And the look on Walter's face when Peter said, "I am not your son!"? *wibbles* John Noble is phenomenal.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on May 4th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
This season has just been incredible, from a dramatic standpoint. the woo-woo "science" so strains credibility that I just let it roll over me, but the underlying family story... *wibble*

Oh, Walter, I feel your pain, and yet I understand Peter's too. *cries*