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01 February 2018 @ 02:51 pm
Duh-na-na-na-na-na-na-na-duh-na-na-na-na-na-na-na... BATMAN!  
Awhile back, I mentioned seeing LEGO Batman on a Target TV commercial. One of you said that "Batman plus LEGO lobsters" was a reference to the LEGO Batman Movie, which prompted me to move it up in our Netflix queue. Oh, man...

Right from the beginning, which features LEGO Batman narrating the unfolding of the producers' credits and free-associating on what they mean (or don't, or might), it's clear that The Weird will be freely embraced. I rewound parts of the movie to revisit the Joker's cadre of evil (which included Polka-Dot Man and Condiment Man) and some of Batman's rejected disguise costumes. There was also the Bat-tantrum, which involved flopping around the floor in various L-shaped rotations and shouting, 'No! No! No!". Overall, I also love how clearly Batman hates the Bruce Wayne part of his life. Bruce Wayne really IS a guy who lives in Batman's attic, in both a physical and emotional way. Bruce is the mask Batman is sometimes forced to adopt in order to deal with the real world...

In TV viewings, I'm kind of aggravated with The Blindspot. I had a real weakness for Woobie!Roman, and RelentlesslyEvil!Roman seems to lack convincing motivation. Also, I've just wanted to smack Jane these last several episodes. Mysteriously, Zapata is evolving from a soldier into a fashion plate, and I'm wondering why the major shift in style and clothing? Going from pants 24/7 to skirts and dresses 24/7 seems pretty extreme to me. I've always found pants much more comfortable, and dresses wouldn't have been prohibited earlier, so why the sudden change? Apart from male demographic appeal, I mean, since that bleeds into a lot of areas independent of what's true for a given character.

For The Blacklist... I was not expecting the smoking hot chemistry between Ressler and his nemesis (I'll call him The Fixer). Whoo. I wish the series had done more with that. Also that the mid-season events would have turned out to be a "No wait, not really!" development instead of something that actually happened. :(

In personal news, I have a date for the surgery to remove The Lumptm. The biopsy results were benign, but they want to get this thing out and make sure that's true overall. And also to keep it from getting larger. It's between muscle layers, so there may be some awkwardness in getting all of it (and not wreaking too much havoc on the surrounding muscle). Here's hoping there are no side-effects with nerves in the arms or pecs afterward...

False Spring arrives in a few days, a little late this year (we've passed the end of January). Highs around 70 are expected here, for perhaps 7-10 days? No idea how far back toward winter we'll lapse afterward. This is one of the weird things about this part of the Northern Sacramento Valley. We have false spring nearly every year around this time, and overall our worst winter weather is in December. January and February are usually a little milder. Everywhere else I've lived, January and February are the worst months. Aka, when you're hating the December weather, you also know it's only the beginning...

This is probably not a welcome idea to those of you in the northern and eastern parts of the U.S., where record cold weather is on the rise. :(

deathbymutationdeathbymutation on February 2nd, 2018 12:13 am (UTC)
Yeah Ressler and "the fixer" have crazy good chemistry and I'm verging on shipping it. Also I stopped before that episode where you know what happens and their facebook page actually spoiled me the day after it aired so I haven't worked up to watching it. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: TVhalfshellvenus on February 2nd, 2018 01:31 am (UTC)
Aw, dang it! I was disappointed too, because I WAS shipping it by then. DAMN, but The Fixer is hot. He looks at Ressler like he simultaneously wants to punch him and set his pants on fire with the power of smolder...

deathbymutationdeathbymutation on February 2nd, 2018 03:21 am (UTC)
I cannot find a single fic for them. :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 2nd, 2018 07:38 am (UTC)
:( I wish they'd been given more time to let that chemistry play out. Some of the most interesting and unexpected results on TV shows come from deciding to keep a character who was intended to be temporary, usually because that character had pizazz or some kind of chemistry with others that made scenes come alive.

Spike on "Buffy". Boyd Crowder on "Justified." Those are characters who really shook things up!
digitalwavedigitalwave on February 2nd, 2018 08:45 am (UTC)
Some false spring would be nice. We're supposed to have a wind chill in the single digits in the morning. Brrrr!

Good luck with the surgery, sweetie. Muscle pain is no fun.

The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 3rd, 2018 06:58 am (UTC)
Oh, that sounds awfully cold! I sure hope your home heating is in good order!
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on February 2nd, 2018 01:35 pm (UTC)
The one good thing I can say about these cold snaps is that they tend to stick around for maybe a couple of days at the most this time of year. For instance, we're having one this weekend on Super Bowl Sunday, but then it goes back up to the 40s with rain Monday night. That's just fine with me, LOL!

We've been watching a lot of anime lately on Netflix -- er, I mean SO's been watching a lot of it. I'm usually playing on my phone/tablet. One thing we've discovered that we both like is Counterpart over on Amazon. They're being very stingy with the episodes, though, in that you cannot binge them :(
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 3rd, 2018 07:18 am (UTC)
Short blips of cold aren't so bad-- though your pipes might not like it much! But weeks and weeks of it can really wear you down.

We would LIKE to be watching Counterpart, but we don't have a Starz subscription, and it seems not to be available on Hulu or Netflix. HalfshellHusband really wants to see it!
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on February 3rd, 2018 11:48 am (UTC)
We only have the Starz subscription because of Outlander, LOL. We never canceled it after this season ended because they haven't said when the next season starts. We just happened to trip over Counterpart and fell in love with it.

Do you have Amazon Prime? I believe Starz is free for the first month with it. That's how we got it.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 4th, 2018 07:07 am (UTC)
We're borrowing our son's Prime Account for TV viewing purposes, so I don't think we can get our hands on it that way. Too bad! I've been following J.K. Simmons since his Cardigan Psychologist days on Law & Order. :)
Vice Captain of the Universesweeny_todd on February 3rd, 2018 09:04 am (UTC)
the lego batman movie is on my list!

ahhh is this the latest season of blacklist? (six? I think it's six isn't it?) I was watching that with mum and dad but now I am not there... hmmmm. I haven't even put TV watching into my time table XD
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 4th, 2018 07:08 am (UTC)
The Lego Batman movie was fun! I think you'll like it. :D

This is the most recent season of The Blacklist, which seems like S4 or S5 to me, but the truth is that I've completely lost track!
passing_through: basket of yarnpassing_through on February 5th, 2018 12:40 am (UTC)
I completely skimmed over The Blacklist comment because I hope to get caught up one day soon. That's one of those shows that I like to let build up and then marathon several episodes at a time, which means it's easy for me to lose track of. I'm somewhere in season three or four, I think. I'll have to check couchtuner to see what my last episode was.

I hope all goes well with your surgery and you're not in too much pain and your recovery is swift and without too many complications.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 5th, 2018 06:50 am (UTC)
I tried not to be too spoilery about The Blacklist. When you run into Ressler and The Fixer, I think you'll know. It'll pop your socks off.

I'm hoping the surgery goes well, too. It's not for three weeks yet, so it'll be a while.