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16 September 2010 @ 11:21 am
Removing my off-calendar confusion...  
AAAAARRRRR! Matey. (apparently, that hasn't happened yet! Oops)

Am I caught up on White Collar? I think Hulu has the latest episode, and we're in hiatus now, and I can't imagine the mid-season would end at 2x09. So, probably yes.

We're creeping through Psych on DVD. Finished S3 last night, so onto S4. We finished Life, and I don't recall all the story threads being tied up so completely when the show first aired, but that could be because I missed S1. And yeah, an S3 would have been nice...

Garret Dillahunt really rocked the socks off of Roman in that show. The guy has been very busy (Terminator:SCC, Burn Notice, No Country For Old Men), but I never found him sexy until his role in Life. Roman is a sociopathic Russian crime lord (Dillahunt did a great job with the mannerisms of the character, I thought). He's beefy, he's hairy-chested (totally not my thing!), and yet the hormones rise up to salute him every time he's onscreen. It's mystifying.

Last week, I found myself tooling around at imdb.com looking for Not!NathanFillion. He was in an episode of Life (the same year he was on 24 and also played Gillian's husband on Lie To Me). There are some actors/actresses whose names I canNOT remember, and who will always be Not!SomebodyElse to me. For instance, Not!AlanRuck who was in Dark Angel, and Not!ZooeyDeschanel (on White Collar a few weeks back, and the picture there doesn't do her justice).

Speaking of Lie To Me, I wish I were enjoying this season more. S1's weakness was that the B-plot took up as much time as the A-plot, but was far less interesting. I missed several episodes of early S2, and that doesn't help. I liked S1 Torres much better (the most interesting character after Cal), and I'm oddly irritated that Gillian's idea of business attire is still cocktail dresses. She looks great, but it's just... weird. Cal, meanwhile, is still that mixture of smart, abrasive, cocky, unpredictable, and charming that only Tim Roth could pull off so well. Other than Hugh Laurie. ;)

I haven't said much about SPN, and it's because I wasn't happy with S5 and I fear S6. So many people are all asquee about it that I'm keeping mum and being glad that they're so happy. I remember what that was like.

A bunch of people mentioned Hawaii-5-0 yesterday as a show they're looking forward to, so I'll be giving that a try. And seeing if Hulu carries Terriers, which looks intriguing. :)

/!Talk-Like-a-Pirate Day

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mercurybard on September 16th, 2010 06:53 pm (UTC)
Normal! Diane Farr! I love her, and, no, that picture doesn't do her justice. (She played FBI profiler on Numb3rs and a hippie mom on Roswell and why the hell do I have so many screencaps of Walter Bishop looking confused in my Photobucket...?)

Here we go!

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
That's right, she WAS in Numb3rs!

In White Collar, she had dark almost-black hair and not the mondo-eyeliner, so she looked much more like Zooey Deschanel. I really liked her Numb3rs character, even though I didn't much watch the show.

And yes, that other guy IS Normal. I've seen him since then, and I always have to play around with "Is that Alan Ruck? Or that other guy?" most of the time. ;)

and why the hell do I have so many screencaps of Walter Bishop looking confused in my Photobucket...?)
It's a frequent state of mind for him. :) Walter is the #1 reason I watch Fringe, much as I love Olivia and the job Anna Torv does with that character. Or better put, despite her awesomeness I might shy away from the show because of its excruciating fake-science weirdness. But Walter's enthusiasm for it all (and his OWN epic weirdness) forces me to watch anyway. ;)
mercurybard on September 16th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
The show floundered in the last couple of seasons (since she left, actually, though I don't know if that's because of her absence or because both brothers' story arcs went places that didn't interest me).

The only problem with Fringe is that it makes Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King unwatchable. At least the scenes with Walter in them. Because you know it's not Walter, but he looks and sounds like Walter, and the disconnect just doesn't process.

I like weirdness, and I love people being in love with their weird jobs, so Fringe is awesome for me. Tannim and I will watch shows on our computers in our rooms and holler back and forth across the hall. Walter and Mozzie from White Collar are the two characters most guaranteed to induce "DID YOU HEAR WHAT HE JUST SAID?!?"

And, YES, in regards to Olivia and Anna Torv.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
The only problem with Fringe is that it makes Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King unwatchable.
Hahahaha! It's so true!

But if I had to choose, I'd pick John Noble for Walter every time. Not just for the funniness, but for the way he utterly broke my heart again and again in late S2. *sigh*

Walter and Mozzie from White Collar are the two characters most guaranteed to induce "DID YOU HEAR WHAT HE JUST SAID?!?"
XD I have that same reaction to both of them. For Walter, I usually just burst out laughing. For Mozzie, it's often, "Wait, what? Did he say what I think he just said?" The idea of him living in a storage locker is beyond perfection for me. :)

And, YES, in regards to Olivia and Anna Torv.
Some viewers apparently find her 'cold,' which I don't understand at all. Because she has an available and believable kick-ass mode? Because she's professional even in the most bizarre circumstances? We've seen so much compassion and vulnerability from her (gorgeous well-roundedness) that I can't help but think 'cold' is a sexist criticism of her not being a helpless flailing female or something. :/
mercurybard on September 16th, 2010 09:12 pm (UTC)
That episode where he wanders away from Astrid and the little old Asian lady collects him was heartbreaking.

The best one with Mozzie is when he just casually put that limo in neutral and rolled right over the fleeing criminal.

I want to punch all the people who call Olivia "cold". She's one of the most well-rounded characters on television.

It's endlessly fascinating to me at how they took your standard issue Man in Black and the too-smart-for-her-own-good scientist's daughter and genderswitched both roles and made it work.

...and my computer just decided to play "Showbiz" by Muse, which is my Michael/Lincoln song. ;)
CaffieneKitty: bobbywhatthecaffienekitty on September 16th, 2010 07:17 pm (UTC)
Talk like a Pirate Day is the 19th of September. It's set to pop up on my Outlook at work, but it's on a Sunday this year, ah well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Huh?halfshellvenus on September 16th, 2010 07:35 pm (UTC)

It started to crop up on the Net a few days ago, and the 15th seemed to be marked as The Day.

Perhaps it's too many people getting excited ahead of time. :0 Apparently including me. o_O
cindytsuki_no_bara on September 16th, 2010 07:31 pm (UTC)
how did the last episode of white collar that you saw end?

garret dillahunt played the unsub in an episode of criminal minds and now every time i see him in something i expect him to be a murdering sociopath. he makes a good sociopath, tho.

depending on how the season starts, we can sit in a corner at wincon and bitch about spn together. :D (personally i'm kind of surprised i haven't been accidentally spoiled yet, what with all the squee. i think last year by this time i'd been spoiled for at least one thing, possibly two. but so far, so good!)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2010 07:39 pm (UTC)
Ha-- I remain unspoiled, as always! And people have been very kind about hiding things under cuts.

I live in an unspoiled world for virtually all shows I love. It's usually better that way. ;)

The White Collar I last saw had Agent Burke undercover as an accountant (the character was just adorable in that episode) and some other spoilery stuff that you know about and I won't mention. *koff*

I didn't like S5 (hated the mytharc, and that was most of the show), and I've really despaired in the lack of brotherlove for years now. Kind of an "I watched five seasons of Supernatural, and all I got was heartache" kind of thing.

Garret Dillahunt is whom I secretly refer to as "The man with a mouth shaped like an M." Because it is. And yet, HSH told me that he saw him on an ad for a show where he played a normal Dad.

When the weekly TV guide came out, it turned out that he'd mistaken Garret for Peter Krause. *ahem* ;)
cindy: fangirltsuki_no_bara on September 16th, 2010 09:02 pm (UTC)
i think you have one more white collar before the hiatus. i really liked the accountant!peter one, just for neal saying "do you ever wish you'd taken that option?" and peter emphatically saying "no". because if he'd done that, he never would've met his wife. *hearts*

i hope (but without much conviction) that spn s6 will be less mytharc-y, or just less of the previous mytharc. i don't think they'll do the show without a mytharc, but i really wish whatever they have planned is a lot lighter on angels and demons and lucifer fighting each other, with the boys expected to take opposite sides. hmph.
blazeorfadeblazeorfade on September 16th, 2010 11:39 pm (UTC)
I love Garret Dillahunt. He's that kind of Scary!sexy. He's plays a Psychopath so well. My fave appearance of his was in Burn Notice. He does accents really, really well. When I first saw him in Life, I thought he really was Russian. BTW, I missed S2 of Life*sigh* did they tie up any of the main plot before the unfortunate cancellation?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 16th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
He's got a kind of cold confidence that works really well for sociopaths (and cyborgs!). He was great in "Life"-- very convincing as a Russian to these American ears, right down to the speech hesitations (Russians seem to think and choose their words more carefully than many other cultures).

S2 of "Life" is available via Netflix, and I thought they tied up all the main plots very well in that final episode. Surprisingly well, watching it via DVD-- as I said above, it made me wonder if they'd added a teensy bit of material to the DVD version of the final episode, or if it just made more sense after finally seeing S1. S2 is pretty confusing if you haven't seen S1!

I read "Unwind," BTW. You'd recommended that as your favorite Neal Shusterman book, and I really liked it. Fascinating, sad, and very creative.
blazeorfadeblazeorfade on September 17th, 2010 12:59 am (UTC)
Glad you enjoyed it. Isn't it funny how people feel gratified if someone enjoys something they reccomend(Just a stray thought).

I have a couple of friends from Russia and he got the mannerisms so right. I wish they'd make a S3.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 17th, 2010 01:02 am (UTC)
I have a couple of friends from Russia and he got the mannerisms so right.
Including the facial expressions and the body language. Really solid work! :)

I know what you mean about books, especially ones you really love. :)
tidal_racetidal_race on September 17th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
You have one more episode of White Collar to go. You might want to put off watching it until it comes back from hiatus though. The ending of the episode will probably make you not so happy. I think I can say that without being spoilery... It is a mid-season finale so of course they did a cliff hanger.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 17th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
I think that's probably helpful, so I appreciate it! There were some questions about the mid-season finale for the USA Network Last Author Standing competition, which made me wonder if I'd seen that episode yet. Apparently not.

I am so very much not a fan of cliffhangers. Even one week sometimes seems like too long. :(