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07 September 2013 @ 01:25 pm
All right, Idol voting is up for this round, and is open only to community members. This is where I once again urge you to join the community and try it out! therealljidol offers great stories, fun Green Room posts, writing challenges, and useful comments/help from other members. Even if you just want to watch the comm, or try Home Gaming for some of the topics, it's well worth it! Plus, you'd also be able to vote for my entry for this week, which is here, and could really use some support. :)

We finished watching BBC Sherlock, S2 this week. What a place to leave the viewers! No wonder people are so desperate for the next season. Again.

We and our son concluded Arrested Development, S1, which my son really liked. He and I are ready for S2, and my husband is kind of "meh." He liked it the first time he saw it (years ago), but remembers it too well to want to rewatch. It's strange—that must have been far enough back to have "stuck" better, because more recent stuff is mostly forgotten. The ECT plus the chemo created a period of several years that are pretty spotty. But this show preceded that by several years, so it might be "in there" more solidly.

I'm still reading Vampires In The Lemon Grove. Several more stories that don't really "end," but others keep me hooked. There was a really strange one about several U.S. Presidents who were reincarnated as horses living on the same farm, and I just finished a wonderfully absurd satire on tailgaiting at the annual arctic Food Chain Games (for fans of Team Krill, not for those Team Whale blowhards). I'm done reading David Sedaris' Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls (liked it a lot), and I'd hoped to start a new-to-me Harry Bosch book on Kindle... except that the only copy was an Audiobook. Whhhyyyy? Oh, and I'm also a little ways into My Father's Ghost Is Climbing In The Rain. If you guessed that I picked that one partly because of the title, you're right. ;)

So, errands await: post-office, Walgreen's (we're out of Sudafed, and I still have a cold), maybe Target. The cat we'd hoped we might adopt? The shelter sent her to a foster home the day before, to give her a break (from both her location and from watching all her friends leave for new homes). Argh. Well, we'll keep looking.

ETA: Gah! Still haven't left the house, because my daughter discovered that the Ducks game was being broadcast. 2.5 hours later, it still isn't over...

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michikatinski on September 7th, 2013 08:40 pm (UTC)
The opening of the final episode of Sherlock S2 had me weeping in my seat. The *end* of that episode reduced me to a pile of wailing goo.

Their whole spin on Sherlockian lore is rather fabulous, imo.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
Yes! I was a little hesitant to watch the series, mainly because of the modernized setting (cell phones! Texting!)

But the writing and the performances quickly won me over. And that S2 finale... so hard on John AND and on the viewers. *sniffle*
Desireex_disturbed_x on September 7th, 2013 09:44 pm (UTC)
I was almost sobbing at the end of the last episode. Ugh. I want season 3 to come but I fear for John. :( I doubt anyone would take their best friend faking their death very well.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
I felt so bad for John, and I know he won't be happy about whatever Sherlock managed to cook up with Molly. The trauma, PLUS the time left to believe that it's all true? You don't do that to a friend.

And it just demonstrates the truth about Sherlock's ability to understand friendship, really. He feels it, but he has a lot to learn. *sigh*
adoptedwriteradoptedwriter on September 7th, 2013 09:56 pm (UTC)
One of your votes came from me!
Chemo? I didn't know your hub had been sick. Hugs. AW
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 7th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the vote!

My husband had cancer a few years back, and fortunately recovered well. It was a rare but "highly treatable" cancer, which was lucky as it was not diagnosed until Stage 4. What a hard time that year was.

It did help, to find out from other people who have been through chemo, that you won't remember much of that time (and maybe not a year or so afterward), and also that the chemo-like nausea can come back once in awhile. Nobody really knows why, but at least knowing that it's not uncommon helps with your expectations.
CaffieneKitty: sherlock-gigglecaffienekitty on September 7th, 2013 10:59 pm (UTC)
At least you won't have to wait the two years everyone else has for Sherlock Series 3.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on September 8th, 2013 12:20 am (UTC)
Has it really been that long in between S2 and S3? Probably the movies each of the stars were in, I guess.

There's clearly something to be said for being a latecomer. :D
CaffieneKitty: sherlock-pondercaffienekitty on September 8th, 2013 12:29 am (UTC)
The series have so far been about 2 years apart each time. Series 1 aired in 2010, Series 2 in 2012, etc. I kind of like having that much time between goes, it gives more of a chance to write and theorize etc.
cindytsuki_no_bara on September 8th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
team whale blowhards! hee, punny.

what on earth is my father's ghost is climbing in the rain about?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 8th, 2013 05:30 am (UTC)
"Blowhards" is my term (and it was oddly appropriate), but the narrator in that story goes on and on about how arrogant Team Whale's supporters are, and how spoiled, with their plushy beluga mascot suits and such. It eventually becomes clear that these are literally the Food Chain Games, in which Team Krill loses to every other team year after year, since they are at the bottom of the food chain. That's part of why the irony of the tailgating and fan stuff is so funny!

The "My father's ghost" book is about a young man coming home to Argentina a his father is dying, and discovering parts of the real world he was unaware of as a child (the political disappearances, for instance). Not clear yet whether the father was on the side of the protestors or the people who made disappearances happen. The title was so lyrical, though-- how could I resist?
Didn't want to beanyonesghost on September 8th, 2013 09:50 am (UTC)
Dagnurbbit, I still haven't seen the last episode of Series 2!
I'd say #spoilers -- but, well, I've seen so many Tumblr gifs at this point that I feel like I've watched it in stop-motion with the sound off.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 8th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
I hope I was pretty vague up there. There were some spoilers in the comments, though-- sorry about that.

I'm not a big fan of cliffhanger endings, which used to be something only U.S. shows did as a form of "renewal insurance." They're obnoxious, though, and if you don't get renewed then you've left your fans permanently dissatisfied. Yay?
Didn't want to beanyonesghost on September 8th, 2013 05:43 pm (UTC)
No worries. I've read most of the ACD stories at this point, so (having seen the title) I kinda had a feeling something was up.

Yeah, renewal insurance is sort of annoying. Most US shows would end just fine after x seasons, so the fight for six seasons and a movie is dubious at best. Of course, after the end of the final season of Farscape, everything else seems sort of paltry.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on September 9th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
I'm watching Burn Notice to the bitter end right now, and wishing they'd quit a year ago. Same for Buffy-- 1 or 2 seasons too long. I'm not sure I own the last season-- it was dreadful.

Didn't watch the final season of Prison Break, mostly quit on Supernatural after S5 (and wish I'd quit after S2), and never did finish watching S5 of Chuck.

The Simpsons, though? Still funny, a gazillion years later. Still weird, which is its strong suit. ;)
Maz (or foxxy!): Irritated Michaeltuesdaeschild on September 9th, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
The final episode of Season 2 Sherlock!! The buggers!!! Season 3 can't come quickly enough!!

Best not to mention the word Ducks in your hearing then!! ;)

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Duckshalfshellvenus on September 9th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
Wasn't that a wrenching finale? S1 was too, which seems very unfair to viewers!

I'm eagerly awaiting S3, though I expect that about 3 episodes later I'll be feeling very similar to this all over again. ;)

The Ducks won their game (a LOT-- 59 to 10), and it was great to see them play after their coach ran off to join the pros. He built a fantastic style and engine out of the Ducks, and I'm hoping the new coaches (who got promoted up out of the background coaching team, like he did) can keep it going. AND perhaps learn that when you encounter a team that shuts down your running game... you need to have another style of play available. :O

Edited at 2013-09-09 04:27 pm (UTC)
Maz (or foxxy!): Sweet Boytuesdaeschild on September 9th, 2013 05:35 pm (UTC)
TV shows always do that to us with season finales, don't they?!! But Sherlock has made an art form of the cliffhanger and I've no reason to believe Season 3 won't be exactly the same! It's so good though and the casting is brilliant, even down to Una Stubbs as Mrs Hudson. She's a bit of a national treasure in Britain. :)

Fifty nine - ten is a pretty hefty win! I also love that a team promotes from it's ranks rather than bringing in a big name and it's always a good idea to have a Plan B!! Go, Ducks!!

And your icon?!! Donald Duck is my hero!! Well, after Wentworth Miller and Tom Hardy...because my best friend says I remind her of Donald when I'm annoyed!! I think I'm half way to being a Ducks fan!! :)