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04 February 2014 @ 10:05 pm
Catching up a little bit...  
We've seen the Sleepy Hollow finale (a combination of "Oh, no!" and "Yessss!"), and the series finale of Dexter (Awwww...). We're current on The Blacklist and Almost Human, and almost there on White Collar and The Following. Still haven't started watching Justified yet, though, or gone beyond 3x01 of Sherlock.

The Following is something I always feel we might imminently give up on, since the murdering/death-worship aspect is just too disturbing. If it weren't for Kevin Bacon, we'd have quit last year. L&O: SVU just seems flat since Elliot left (and getting worse), and The Mentalist is no longer fun. We tried The Good Wife again, but there's still too much Will and Cary for both our tastes. We're probably the only viewers who don't like those characters.

Oh— also caught up on Grimm, though not enjoying the Royal Family subplot much. Note to show's writers: there is no "Oregon Highway Patrol." In fact, many states do not have a highway patrol! They have State Police, who handle cross-jurisdictional crime and (indicentally) often also highway traffic. California has a highway patrol, which apparently is why they need the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI). I totally thought the CBI was a fictional creation of The Mentalist, until it showed up in a Lincoln Rhyme novel, too.

I've finished several good books, including More Than This, Long Division, Speaking From Among The Bones (a Flavia De Luce mystery), and Blood Work (a solid Michael Connelly novel that is NOT one of the Harry Bosch series). Currently reading one of the Jack Reacher novels, and I have "Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies" waiting next.

Some fun links:

* Knitted Boov, for the 1-2 other people on my f-list who have read The True Meaning Of Smekday (which more of you should read! It's great!)

* Which Sherlock Holmes Character Are You?, a fun quiz that pegged me as Watson. Probably not surprising?

All right, I have a story to polish. Back to editing!

Maz (or foxxy!): Michael Lolztuesdaeschild on February 5th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
Tried the quiz - Now where's that high-functioning sociopath of a brother of mine?!! ;)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2014 05:47 pm (UTC)
Mycroft, really? I could easily have seen you as a fellow Watson, but still. So, ARE you, in fact, the government? ;)
Maz (or foxxy!): Sara Loltuesdaeschild on February 5th, 2014 05:54 pm (UTC)
Really! I was sort of expecting Watson too...or Mrs Hudson so Mycroft was a bit of a surprise. Seems I am, in fact, the government. And now I'm worried!! ;)
cindytsuki_no_bara on February 6th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
a knitted boov! that is so cute.

i'm not a fan of the royal family subplot on grimm either. i just want to watch nick and hank and wu, and also monroe and rosalee. and juliette.

what's beautifully unique sparkleponies? do i want to know?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 6th, 2014 01:27 am (UTC)
I mostly want to watch Nick and Munroe, with sides of Hank, Rosalee, Juliette, and Reynard. But the whole political machinations side of things doesn't interest me, and I don't like the blond woman at all, so that's mostly a combination of Snooz and Good god, what a waste of Shohreh Aghdashloo!

Beautifully Unique Sparkleponies is a book written by Chris Kluwe, which I'll assume has essays and such. The title comes from a blog post he made in response to a Maryland senator's attempts to bully-pulpit against gay rights. Links to the whole story are here, which includes access to Kluwe's original tirade, and then to the followup with toned-down language that is more cracktastic than toned-down, at times. "Alas and alack, my tophat has fallen!"

I figure it has to be worth reading at least some of it. He's a smart and articulate guy. :D
cindytsuki_no_bara on February 6th, 2014 01:56 am (UTC)
i remember that blog post! there was a lot of love for chris kluwe. i bet the book is interesting and entertaining.
tidal_racetidal_race on February 7th, 2014 09:05 am (UTC)
We have "State Patrol" where I live as our state police officers/highway/freeway enforcement and I think they're colloquially referred to as highway patrol sometimes. I wonder if Grimm used highway patrol for legal reasons or if it was just a flub.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 13th, 2014 01:03 am (UTC)
I hadn't thought about the legal reasons at all-- though other shows use "California Highway Patrol" and "CBI," which are real entities.

It's probably just my kneejerk reaction to something that feels like ignorance of the Pac NW, despite the show being set there and using such great locations. :D
tidal_racetidal_race on February 13th, 2014 01:14 am (UTC)
I often wince at what shows/movies that aren't filmed locally do to the PNW, so I hear you.
hybridxlove: Sugarhybridxlove on February 15th, 2014 01:06 pm (UTC)
You have excellent taste in shows... who is 'we'? You and hub?

White Collar is one of my favourite shows, and I got into the first season of Dexter, but then I heard how dissatisfied fans were with the finale and I just completely dropped it.

The Following is such disturbing and chilling show, I can't help but to love it. To me it's not freaky or scary, it's the suspense in it that I really enjoy.

I recently tried The Blacklist, another great show! The concept isn't new though, it reminds me of both White Collar and The Following. In White Collar we also have a con helping the FBI/Police to solve important cases. Caffrey doesn't have such big agendas like Reddington does... but still, the idea isn't new. And it reminds me of 'The Following'in the sense that Reddington has many loyal 'helpers' in his missions. I really love his mysterious relationship/connection with Lizzie. And I adore Reddington as a villain, he's so enjoyable. I'm also curious about Lizzie's husband. I'm at episode 105, so I still have a few to look forward to!

Might I also recommend Breaking Bad? I think you'd enjoy it, to me it's one of the best shows I've ever seen.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 18th, 2014 07:34 am (UTC)
Yes, my husband watches the shows as well.

I was one of the people dissatisfied withi the Dexter finale, though I enjoyed most of the series overall. Lots of wonderful characters, and I enjoyed the growth of Dexter himself. I think it's worth it.

The Following has so much sickness in it that it overwhelms me. One of the recent episodes hit a note that was so wrong and so disgusting that I'm ready to be done with the show. There's also that, "Everyone is a secret follower" aspect. Of a death-worshipping serial killer? There are so many followers that it's become more ludicrous than the Red John hunt in The Mentalist!

I like The Blacklist as well, and the twists and turns under the stories (I also wonder about Lizzie's husband, who seems to be cast to look like a "cute nerd.")

I've heard raves about Breaking Bad, but both my husband and I have serious issues with drug-based storylines. We quit on "Weeds" after the Pilot, and didn't even watch the disc of Breaking Bad we'd ordered from Netflix. Between the drugs and my husband's having cancer at the time, it was a bad mix.

Burn Notice was fun for about the first 5 seasons (the final season was a mess), and we also enjoyed The Bridge. Have you tried some of the older, interesting shows like Reaper and Dead Like Me and Pushing Daisies? All three of those are mixtures of drama and comedy, but all really good!