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29 April 2010 @ 11:57 pm
Those 1s and 0s won't move themselves...  
My current work PC is just barely able to browse the Internet, meaning that I can't even get to most of the internal sites, let alone stuff like Weather Underground and LJ. So I'm still slogging around back on April 27th right now.

Cycling adventures: apparently, those ugly red dangling things over male turkeys' noses (snoods?) grow over time. On Monday, I passed what must have been a teenaged turkey who had more of a rhino-horn thing going on instead. I also saw the fluffy black cat I'd spotted the week before (probably visiting the parkway from a nearby house), and nearly hit a squirrel who was sitting right in the middle of the path working on a nut or something. I whistled and whistled, and it just sat there. "Hey!" I said as I went past, and it looked up like, Buzzuh? A few rides ago, someone kindly alerted me to the rattlesnake that I'd assumed was a twig (as usual). I gave it wide berth, and I could see the flat head and those telltale chubby cheeks. Honestly, though—the rattlesnakes in this part of the country aren't that recognizable if you're zooming past. They don't have that diamondback pattern, and if they're not sandy-camouflage-colored then they're blackish (the ones in Oregon are black with rings). I don't expect a rattler to look like either of those things! And how did I find this out, you might ask? From random fact-chasing at Wikipedia while I was looking up snake info for my blog-blurb on Snakes On A Train a few weeks back.

Re tonight's SPN, 2x20 , I really envy those of you who don't find the show problematic these days. You probably didn't spend the last half of it grousing "Stop me before I retcon again" at the screen.

I liked the return of Crowley (just because), and Bobby vs. Crowley even better, but that storyline with Sam's friend from college was unnecessary and just felt wrong.

The show seems to be retconning Sam as someone who was always destined to be evil, and could be kept on that demon-track if they just pushed him a little. Well, I remember S1/S2/S3 Sam very clearly, and that isn't who he was. The beauty of Sam was that he always had that hope, that belief in humanity and in the larger good. Where he is now isn't something I believe in—it's more like he's been pushed into that corner so that Kripke can work the story arc he's after, despite how it craps all over Sam's characterization, and that bugs me. And yes, I know I've said that for at least a year now, but it hasn't gotten better.

Randomly, I also feel kind of cheated out of Matt Frewer this episode. What, he cost too much? They're saving him for next week (or never)?

The part where I wish all the slashy text/subtext had been aimed at Sam and Dean, well... hey, at least the show isn't outright mocking my 'ship right now.

Speaking along those lines...

Last night's L&O: SVU reminded me that I'm a slash-lover to the core. I'd never heard of anyone being THAT into pyromania, but the whole scene of Elliot pushing that kid's buttons with the matches and burning paper, and the sexual undercurrents in all of that... whoo! *fans self* I haven't seen Chris Meloni dial up the sexual tension on anyone like that since Oz and it woke me up in all kinds of places I didn't even know existed. I would seriously rewatch that scene at least 2-3 more times. Wow.

flashForward seemed to be hinting at pre-futures and possibly alternate-futures this week. Am I mistaken? All the back-and-forth gets confusing.

ETA: Ahnold is on Leno, and I really enjoy him. *waits for massive defriending*

 
 
 
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on April 30th, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
last night's spn was a lot of ooc, wasn't it. i admit i liked the way they tied demon!brady into sam's stanford days, mostly because it didn't feel like they had to shoehorn it in to fit the plot - maybe because we know so little about stanford, the ptb can do almost anything with it - and i thought sam asking bobby about pushing back a possession was kind of a sam-ish thing to say, if INCREDIBLY DUMB, but maybe because i've thought since about the middle of s2 that the ptb were setting sam up as the "omg going over to the dark side!" brother, the fact he's apparently always had guardian demons didn't bother me, and i figured all of brady's "you're just like me, we both have evil inside us" was more a demon taunt (and the ptb going "see? see? EVIL") than anything else. i mean, i don't think sam's the potentially-evil brother any more than i think dean is, and all the ptb finger-pointing doesn't make him so. i totally agree with you that he's always had goodness and hope inside him and has never come across as someone who would ever take dark over light.

i was more focused on how ooc dean was - trusting crowley? REALLY, dean? what part of "demon" don't you get? - but in retrospect you're not wrong about sam. as with a lot of things the ptb are changing him just to serve their plot, instead of changing the plot to serve him.

i also felt cheated out of matt frewer! it looks like next week's horseman is death, which means the boys will have already gotten pestilence's ring. a lot of potentially interesting stuff happened off-screen just so the ptb could try to make us see sam as OMGEVIL some more. hmph.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Sam & Dean Genhalfshellvenus on April 30th, 2010 08:53 pm (UTC)
It wasn't shoehorned, but I thought it was unnecessary and its only purpose was to say that Sam would be "eventually evil" or whatever, which I don't approve of at all.

You're right, Sam asking Bobby about demon-possession DID seem very Sam... and damn, was that ever a dumb idea. I'd hate to have him try it. *cringes*

Dean with Crowley was more plot-service, and kind of weird. It was as if the writers liked the two of them annoying each other more than whether or not that seemed in-character.

Randomly, I'm suddenly wondering if Brady was played by the same actor who played Morgan (the Devil's backup heir) on "Reaper." He seemed kind of familiar.

Matt Frewer was too much fun not to see again. Let him sneer at people, the way he does. That's why we love him!
Kronette: TW-CoEkronette on May 1st, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
Just a quick note on Brady - he was Whitney on Smallville. Someone pointed it out because I recognized him but couldn't place where *g*.

Oh, and if you'd care to read my rant about SPN, it's here: http://kronette.livejournal.com/235701.html. Basically, sadly, I think I may be done.