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21 September 2011 @ 12:15 am
Catching up with the tube...  
New TV shows are starting up this week, but we're still finishing off older stuff because that is how we ROLL.

We finally saw episodes 9 and 10 of Game Of Thrones last week. Oh, show—you made me suffer through your gratuitous exploitation of women and excessive gore (raw goat-heart eating, for the love of god), and this is how you repay me? I know the show is bound to the book's storyline, but still—I want to grump. :(

I adore Raising Hope, and the S1 finale was fantastic. If the show hadn't gotten renewed, you couldn't have asked for a better final episode than that. So many surprising revelations about the characters' pasts (especially Jimmy), and so many pieces that tied into the show's premise. It was fantastic.

The grownups tried out Leverage and enjoyed it (Aldis Hodge's character really shines). We also watched Raising Arizona with the kids on Sunday. That is by far my favorite Coen Brothers' movie, and I still think it's one of Nicholas Cage's best too.

I'm mainlining S6 of Supernatural, but probably won't finish before Friday. I'm glad I didn't watch those eps real-time, given the whole robo-Sam quagmire. I may wind up recording S7 and watching that on delay too. We'll see.

And Chuck? We're 4-5 episodes from finishing last season, and honestly didn't expect it to get renewed. Probably would have sped things up if we'd realized!

Finally... we saw the premiere of Ringer, and that's one hour we'll never get back again. I have a soft spot for Sarah Michelle Geller, but that was truly terrible. Well, at least it'll keep us from getting quite as overloaded when the prime time season hits full swing...

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cindy: fangirltsuki_no_bara on September 21st, 2011 03:03 pm (UTC)
i love raising arizona. "put down that baby, you warthog from hell!" everyone in it is so dryly funny, and also the music is really good.

i also love leverage but you really have to be willing to suspend your disbelief for a lot of the cons. but the team is fun to watch, especially hardison and parker and eliot. age of the geek, baby. :D

i actually liked soulless!sam, altho it took a few episodes, and i think i liked him mostly because he wasn't evil - he was kind of morally neutral, in a black&white good-vs-evil sense - and the show didn't try to make him so. and it was such a relief to have him NOT be portrayed as potentially!dark!sam. that said, i'm not sorry he gets his soul back, because after a while i really missed him.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 21st, 2011 05:23 pm (UTC)
everyone in it is so dryly funny
"Son... you got a panty on your head." I love Nicholas Cage's wild hair in that movie, and his kneejerk politeness even when he's robbing someone. Also the fact that he keeps robbing the same convenience store.

i actually liked soulless!sam, altho it took a few episodes, and i think i liked him mostly because he wasn't evil - he was kind of morally neutral, in a black&white good-vs-evil sense
Yes-- this is actually what you might expect, too. He's amoral, and most of the time he tries to do the right thing because he already has that pattern of saving people/killing things ingrained in him. But I have put up with too many seasons of Sam&Dean being estranged from each other. I was ready to be done with that after S2, honestly, and it's the main subthread of every season. It tortures me. :(
cindy: spn - dean facepalm (by mixedbatch)tsuki_no_bara on September 21st, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
and that he courts ed as she's taking his mugshots! it's so absurd but so much fun.

>>But I have put up with too many seasons of Sam&Dean being estranged from each other. I was ready to be done with that after S2, honestly, and it's the main subthread of every season. It tortures me. :( <<

me too, and after awhile it annoys the hell out of me as well, and i wish the ptb would get past it and find some other way to inject angst and drama into the show. which is the other reason i wanted sam to get his soul back, so he and dean could be real, true brothers again.

(i don't hold out a lot of hope for s7, but we'll see, maybe for once the boys will stick together and stay on the same page for an entire season, and maybe not lie to each other at every opportunity.)
alienmom: leverage parkeralienmom on September 21st, 2011 03:48 pm (UTC)
raising hope is back for a second season. premier was last night. or here if you need it:

www.megaupload.com/?d=YU6DAM3B

i love leverage! parker is my favorite character, that crazy girl!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 21st, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
We did actually see it last night- I was so surprised (and pleased!) to see it listed with an "N" for new episode.

Loved the finale. Good god, I never could have imagined the neo-Kiss getup being in Jimmy's background. SO unexpected. :0
alienmom: leaves of coloralienmom on September 21st, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
up until this morning i had not watched raising hope. because of you, i'm 3 episodes into it and can't stop LOLing!

thanks! i can sure use a good laugh! =]
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 21st, 2011 11:17 pm (UTC)
You hadn't seen it before?

Oh, I love it. It has such unexpected humor-- sometimes dark, sometimes ironic-- but the thread of "family sticking together no matter what" is just as strong.

Plus, Maw-Maw is a riot. Wait until you get to the 'Jenga' episode. I could fangirl Chloris Leachman all day for what she's doing with that role.

And who knew I'd come to like Martha Plimpton so much, in her adult acting years (after hating her throughout her teenage acting years)?

I'm so glad you've discovered it, and are having fun with it. This makes my day! \o/
happy is as happy does: WWHD - Leveragehappywriter06 on September 21st, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC)
I love Raising Arizona! I remember watching that at my grandmom's because she had cable. That movie still holds up.

Back when I watched Leverage, Hardison was my fave.

I watched Ringer. I'll give it a few more episodes. It being a pilot, I cut the show some slack. I think there was too much going on.

I'm on the fence about S7 of SPN. I will be watching.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 21st, 2011 05:30 pm (UTC)
That movie still holds up.

It's as funny as ever, I think. And I see that they put some real effort in their chase scenes, too-- while still making them funny. The whole movie is loony-tastic.

It being a pilot, I cut the show some slack.

In all honesty, I can't think of a single show that I liked after hating the Pilot, and after having suffered through 2-3 more episodes of The Dollhouse for Joss Whedon, I feel like I've paid my dues. Plus, the scene on the boat in the pilot (with the painfully obvious greenscreen effects) made me lose all hope.

I'm on the fence about S7 of SPN. I will be watching.
I'll watch eventually, no matter what. But in retrospect, I find myself wishing I'd bailed out after the S2 finale. I haven't liked the show's mytharc in a long time (hated S5), and when the only shows you like are the comedic ones, that's a bad sign. That's where X-Files went for me, all those years ago. :0
happy is as happy doeshappywriter06 on September 21st, 2011 07:09 pm (UTC)
Those scenes on the water made me cringe. The only show I can think of that I went on to like after hating the pilot was Friends.

I'm mostly lost when it comes to SPN but I can't not watch. I guess it hasn't gotten to S4 PB levels of stink yet for me.
Chat Noirmaster_chatnoir on September 21st, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
I love Raising Hope too! I keep telling ppl to watch but no one listens. They're missing out. It's so sweet and funny.

"You won't get me before you take Betty White!" :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Yay!halfshellvenus on September 21st, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
They're missing out. It's so sweet and funny.

It really is-- BOTH of those things. It has a good heart underneath the humor, and I love the unapologetic dippiness of Burt, Virginia, and Jimmy.

Plus, Maw-Maw. The revelation that, in her lucid moments, she can FIX STUFF was absolutely awesome. :D
Maz (or foxxy!): Super Squirreltuesdaeschild on September 25th, 2011 01:36 pm (UTC)
I've long had a soft spot for Sarah Michelle Gellar too so thanks for the heads up about Ringer...I don't need to waste an hour of my life now!

A shame though. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 27th, 2011 05:43 pm (UTC)
It IS a shame! I was hoping she'd found something worthwhile to return to TV for, but sadly... no.

Yark. :(