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22 April 2015 @ 12:16 pm
First, let me get my Grimm rants off my chest.

I loved early Season 1, with Nick and Munroe chasing baddies and Munroe snarking and Nick discovering that Wessen (I refuse to spell that as the show does) are not automatically bad. But while I like Hank, Nick and Munroe working together just had more spark than Nick and Hank. Over time, Munroe has been all but 'defanged' and pushed to the background (and while I like Rosalee, Munrosalee as Scooby-Gang backup and little else is a total snooze). Wu continues to be awesome (SO awesome), Captain Reynard is all kinds of hot and mysterious, but Juliet is beyond annoying, Adelin has always bugged me (and the entire Royals subplot is HUGELY boring to me), and Hank is still no more interesting than he ever was. Looking back, I think the Nick&Munroe was a detour caused by Russell Hornsby breaking his leg, but the thing is... that just worked a whole lot better. I can't help missing it. :(

Okay, I'm done. On to work overload, writing the drabbles from last week, and a quick mention of Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs: 2, which we watched last weekend. The plot is kind of mundane, but the surprise!Food-creatures in it? Fabulous! Flamangos! Hippotatos! Melephants! The art team on that must have had a lot of fun. :D

I've mentioned our cat, Jinx, whom we've had for a year and a half now. We got her when she was four, and she's more trustful (less hissing and biting, and I've never had a cat who did either). She's still very Jekyll and Hyde, either sweet or randomly infuriated. :O She's calmer and less irritable than when we got her, though, so I'm hoping that continues to improve.

She is by far the most playful adult cat we've ever had. This usually wears off as cats get older, but she still plays with her own tail (if she can't persuade our son to play with her) and really likes human+toy games. She has her own weird little rituals, too:

Tail-ambushing: She sits up for a moment, gently paw-paw-paws the floor in front of her, and goes into waiting mode. Then she'll whirl and pounce on her tail. Wait... pounce! Wait... pounce! Her tail is too short (and she's too wide) to chase it, so this is all "ka-THUMP!" *pause* "ka-THUMP!" when she's doing it. The floor-pawing is the strangest part. What is that all about?

Human+Toys: She will leave the sofa and get down on the floor to iniatiate this, unless she's already on the floor. Ether way, spotting our son is what puts her in "Must play now!" mode. Once she's sure he'll play with her, she stretches baaack, then forwaaaaard, and then flops over onto her side and waits. Stringy things are fun (both paws flailing, little pink mouth-of-doom biting the air), or milk-jug-rings/bandaid-wrapper-bowties. She is big through the middle (sadly, probably not chubbiness, but there's nothing we can do about it). Our son likes to wave the toy at her, and then drop it behind her neck. She turns over to grab at it... but her bottom half arrives from its own timezone, about 3-5 seconds later. This is endlessly amusing to all the humans in the house. ;)

Our other cats played with strings/pencils on their own (they were happy to play with us, but they didn't initiate it). I guess this is one of the upsides to an animal with a more demanding personality? Though when she starts the play "moves" and our son has to go to bed, he sometimes tries to placate her with her catnip bat. I tell him this is like babysitting a toddler with television. ;)

Argh, I guess I'd better get back to work. But at least I'll be thinking about fat little black kitties while I do it. \o?

Cislyncislyn on April 22nd, 2015 09:05 pm (UTC)
Yeaaaaah, I've got some Grimm rants too (I catch up with it every three weeks or so over at a friend's house, because no cable here). Juliet has always been my least favorite character. Her combo of insecurity + lying about everything (why tell the truth when you can lie instead?!) is just so annoying and frustrating to me! Mrf. I like Hank and think he's pretty awesome, but I agree with you that the drama, tension, and fun that arose from Munroe and Nick working on things together is now loooong gone. Sigh.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 22nd, 2015 09:38 pm (UTC)
I love Munroe's fluffy heart, but it's when it's in contrast to his surface that it's so striking. When he's all Cardigan Homebody as his normal behavior, it flattens his character out. Plus... I love testy!Munroe, and Hank is just not very complex.

I'm not sure whether Bitsie (god, that name) wants off the show, or is pregnant (I thought I detected whopping baby-bump in a recent episode), or what, but I can't imagine why her character needs to be so obnoxious. She generates too much histrionics-- even in Nick, who had a bout of, "I'm sorry you all had to hear that, but let's move on and enjoy our evening, wait no, I can't, God, I can't handle this I must now run out the door!" and suddenly turned into a Drama Queen. And why? :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 23rd, 2015 02:03 am (UTC)
there's a leak in the boat! :D the food puns were the only reason i wanted to see cloudy 2.

i'm right there with you on grimm. the royals are all stunningly boring to me, i never liked adalind, i think i cared about juliet for about five episodes, and the fact that every. single. person. in portland seems to either be wessen or know about them caused my disbelief to suspend so far it broke. on the other hand, i still like wu, and reynard continues to be pretty hot in a suit. but i don't care if i miss it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on April 23rd, 2015 02:25 am (UTC)
Hah, I see you know the movie! I don't normally like puns, but they were put to good use there. Also, I kind of like Flint's dad, whose unibrow looks very much like his mustache. The occasional glimpse of actual eyes is always funny to me.

Last week's Grimm episode implied that ONLY Wessen commit evil/crimes, which was ridiculous and annoying. Not as annoying as Juliet or Adalind, but still. :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on April 23rd, 2015 02:38 am (UTC)
have they ever done an episode where it looks like the crime was committed by wessen (how do you spell that, anyway?), but in fact it was just ordinary human criminals? because that would be cool. like, surprise! no esoteric research required. no weirdness. no hiding shit from the mundanes. just normal run-of-the-mill policework.

(i never actually saw cloudy 2! just those two gifs on tumblr, and a bunch of completely adorable and deliciously punny food concept art.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 23rd, 2015 06:26 pm (UTC)
have they ever done an episode where it looks like the crime was committed by wessen (how do you spell that, anyway?), but in fact it was just ordinary human criminals?

Wessen SHOULD be spelled with a double S (because "Wesen" is pronounced VAY-zen), but the show went the ignorant route. :(

I think there might have been _one_ episode where the criminal was actually a human? But otherwise, it's all wessen all the time. They should at least try to give the appearance that the department (and Nick and Hank) have "non-Xfiles" work on a regular basis. ;)
swirlsofblueswirlsofblue on April 23rd, 2015 05:32 pm (UTC)
I've only seen up to half way through season 2 of Grimm, but yeah, I'm already getting the sense of this. Nick Monroe dynamic was awesome. Also Munroe is my favourite character. Also one issue is that seems to feel the need to ram things down the audience's throat, in a feat of spoonfeeding that's highly unnecessary. Eg, with the ones where the kids are taken by the woman drowning them, they told the audience many many times about the three-prongued river map of the lady's mo. I'm fascinated by the royal's plot and I want to really like it, but it just doesn't seem to have follow through. I don't really understand the point of Juliet.

Jinx is an awesome cat name. And she sounds adorable.

Edited at 2015-04-23 05:33 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 24th, 2015 04:56 am (UTC)
The suggestions for other "black cat" names were vetoed by my daughter, who wanted to name her things like "Maggie" (I prefer not to give people names to animals), or Mrs. Hudson (which would REALLY have been a random, passing fad). I once knew someone who had four black cats, named Midnight, Badness, Blackness, and Boo. Awesome!
Sallyi_smell_apples on April 24th, 2015 03:38 am (UTC)
Argh, Grimm! We watched the first season and were super into it... then a few weeks after that finished we caught a lot of ads for season FOUR starting. Um what. Did a search and found one channel was airing season four, and the other was re-airing season one... once a week... at this rate it's going to be July before they get around to season two :/
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 24th, 2015 06:15 am (UTC)
Oh, watching U.S. shows on Australia's schedule is so hit-or-miss. This is one of the things that drives people to Torrent!
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on April 24th, 2015 05:07 pm (UTC)
playing kitties are endlessly amusing
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on April 24th, 2015 05:17 pm (UTC)
Especially when they're being silly and have no idea...</i. :D