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19th-Dec-2007 07:40 pm
I approve!
It's been so liberating not really having anything to look forward to on tv lately. That has pretty much opened me up towards the DVD on TV sets that I had yet to crack open. I come home from work. Catch up on my phone calls, do a bit of cleaning and then sit down with some dinner and an episode or two of one of my sets. However the recent sales of Black Friday and the Christmas rush has left me flooded with extra sets. Several of them are gifts but that doesn't mean they won't end up in my hands for eventual viewing. Oddly enough movie viewing for me has fallen on the wayside. Oddness.

I was finally able to finish watching Homicide: Life on the Street. It's really a wonderful show and I've been giving some serious consideration towards OZ and The Wire which have a lot of the behind the scenes people and actors involved. I balked at getting all the seasons of OZ when amazon had a sale because I'd much rather get it as a series set. Granted the chances of HBO going that route are slim but you never know. I did pounce at getting seasons 1-3 of The Wire which I'll be picking up from the Post Office tomorrow. It's a blind buy for me and if the first season fails to move me then I'll more than likely sell the remaining two season unopened but I'm hoping that won't happen. But back to Homicide, I was able to pick up a few songs from the series for consideration if I ever actually try my hand at vidding which I'm seriously jonesing to do. "Blood Makes Noise" by Suzanne Vega is a great Nick song and I'm thinking of "Crestfallen" from Smashing Pumpkins as a Nick/Janette song. Also a great song by Lauren Hoffman called "Strange Man" led me to her album that has a fantastic song called "Persephone" which just screams Natalie.

I also picked up the first two seasons of Veronica Mars as a sort of blind buy. I watched the third season and enjoyed it even though almost every online post about the season that I read was bemoaning the fact that the show was no longer as good as it was before. The general consensus was that Rob Thomas was trying to make the show more accessible to non-fans in an attempt to lift their very low ratings. I've finished the first season and enjoyed it. The second season I'll hit sometime next week although I have to say that I'm not looking forward to the Veronica/Logan stuff. I wasn't a Logan fan at all during the third season and I've been less than enamored with the actor's performance on Moonlight but fans assured me that I'd change my tune once I saw the first two seasons of VM. Nope, hasn't happened. Unfortunately he's got that wounded puppy look that he never seems to shake and he's playing Josef on Moonlight in a very similar way as Logan on VM. As an individual character I've got no problem with Logan. In fact I find his Echolls family dynamics very interesting but when paired up romantically with Veronica I'm just not buying it.

I bought the first season of the Canadian series Beyond Reality was sort of X-Files before XF came along but had some of the same people behind Forever Knight working on it. Deborah Duchene (Janette) guested on it and I believe that Nigel Bennet (LaCroix) did as well. How is it that Catherine Disher never did?

I finally got my hands on The Ultimate Superman Collection with all the movies, the director's cut of Troy, the director's cut of Kingdom of Heaven (which I'm very excited for), and the Aliens Quadrilogy (which my brother is very excited for). The HBO miniseries From the Earth to the Moon is a gift for dad as is the original complete series of Battlestar Galactica.

And lastly I was able to get a hold of seasons 2 and 3 in the original digipack for X-Files which makes me very happy. They were both unopened, in mint condition, and only $25 dollars each. Now I only need the original releases of seasons 8 and 9 to complete X-Files.
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20th-Dec-2007 03:13 am (UTC)
*puts on pimping hat* If you enjoyed Veronica Mars and X-Files is there anyway I can introduce you to the new show, Life? It's only up to 11 episodes so far and it ended it recently just ended its midseason arc. Also, the leads have a similar dynamic to Mulder and Scully...

Plus it's a fun show, quirky with a dash of conspiracy and fun and drama and characters fighting crime!
24th-Dec-2007 03:30 am (UTC)
Life oh now that's interesting. I've heard people raving about Chuck but have read next to nothing about Life. The premise sure does interesting although I have to admit that I'm currently lamenting the apparent loss of Journeyman so NBC is on my shitlist for now.

What would you recommend as a good Life primer? Should I just start at the beginning or are there some good general fan vids out there to help get me in the Life mood?

From taking a gander over at imdb it looks like it's right up my alley and hey Calamity Jane from Deadwood is in it too! And the whole Zen cop angle has me thinking of Bayliss from Homicide and his discovery of Buddhism.

I've always been very reluctant to get into shows that have male/female leads with a Mulder/Scully dynamic because somehow I feel like I'm cheating on them. It's why I've always resisted Bones when it's exactly the time of show I'd love. The only one losing out is me so I think it's time to change my tune. Thanks for rec!
24th-Dec-2007 10:22 am (UTC) - Part I - In which I apparently ramble on about Life
Life
is one of the most brilliant underrated shows this season. For some the pilot started out shaky but I found that I fell in love with the pilot almost immediately, but then again the first episode I got to watch was the eighth episode then I circled back to the start. Plus, I always forgive a show's pilot episode since its that difficult dynamic where the writers are trying to introduce everyone to the show.

Plus, another reason why it suffered in ratings was that
Life
came after
Bionic Woman
which I heard was nothing but terrible.

What would you recommend as a good Life primer? Should I just start at the beginning or are there some good general fan vids out there to help get me in the Life mood?

For a primer, I should point you to vonnie_k, the queen of
Life
pimping also you can mosey on to my LJ where I pretty much... uh, obsess over the show. fourteenlines also has a picspam of
Life

There's also Patterns, a brilliant vid by halycon_shift but it's a bit spoilery for the whole show but I recommend as soon as you finish watching
Life
watch Patterns.

And the whole Zen cop angle has me thinking of Bayliss from Homicide and his discovery of Buddhism.


Ooh, I didn't know about Bayliss and Buddhism! Another thing to make me watch the show!

I've always been very reluctant to get into shows that have male/female leads with a Mulder/Scully dynamic because somehow I feel like I'm cheating on them. It's why I've always resisted Bones when it's exactly the time of show I'd love.

Hmm... It is kinda like Mulder and Scully dynamic with the male lead as the tall quirky, out of the box thinking man and the petite female partner as the straight laced by the book officer but different. Kinda.

Charlie Crews is more outwardly calm and you never quite know what he's thinking but under all that zen is a huge well capable of violence and rage (he was, after all, wrongly imprisoned for 12 years) and Dani Reese is... as someone mentioned.. a whole lot more damaged, a little less a believer on faith but as awesome as Scully was.

One of the appeals of the show is that it isn't just about Charlie Crews from the get go we're shown that Reese has her own set of problems and ISSUES (the capitals are deliberate because Reese has enough issues to... she just has a whole lot) outside of Crews' story but one of her fantastic aspects is that she doesn't let her train wreck personal life affect her work. In fact it seems she has this Rule: Life =/= Work.

Plus half the fun of watching
Life
is the variety of faces she pulls whenever Crews does something weird/annoying/random, which is pretty much all the time. And despite how different Reese perceives themselves to be Crews and Reese are very much dedicated to bringing criminals in and they have the most awesome 'gotcha' expressions ever (see icon).

Oh, and Lt. Davis (Calamity Jane) is also fantastic as their boss I don't know how Robin Weigert does it but she manages to make Davis so much more fantastic. You can't really get a read off her but you get the sense that as much as she wants to get rid of Crews she also really appreciates that Crews is a good detective and that Reese and Crews are fast becoming one of her best detective teams in the department.
24th-Dec-2007 10:24 am (UTC) - Part II - In which I continue rambing about LIFE

At its heart
Life
is more than its conspiracy/procedural aspect, Life is really about broken, damaged characters who struggle to stand up from the pit they've fallen and become better. It's telling that Rand Ravich (the creator) specifically instructed his director that
Life
should be full of light and it is, unlike other crime shows that revel in playing with its dark filters. And LA isn't just a background, LA becomes a third character to the series, Reese and Crews don't just coop themselves up in their offices when trying to puzzle out a crime. They eat mexican foods in the street, discourse about cases in parks they *use* LA.

And my God, the music! They just use music in the most amazing ways especially in the penultimate 11th episode where everything comes together with all the continuity and clues poring in and it just leaves you breathless.

As for
Bones
I find that Booth and Brennan's dynamic is more... Moonlighting sort of way than Mulder/Scully. Honestly though I don't know if I want to see Reese and Crews together yet, I love how organic their partnership is growing from just barely tolerating each other to OMG so in synch they could share a brain thing they've developed but it's *so* hard NOT to ship them with the... and the.... It's just
really
hard.

And, wow, did this get long fast or what? I, uh, better stop here or else I'd just go on and on and on and... Yeah, stopping now.

I just hope you'll love the show as much as I did!
1st-Jan-2008 07:26 pm (UTC) - Re: Part II - In which I continue rambing about LIFE
Thanks so much for all this great info. I'm definitely going to be checking out Life.

For some the pilot started out shaky but I found that I fell in love with the pilot almost immediately, but then again the first episode I got to watch was the eighth episode then I circled back to the start. Plus, I always forgive a show's pilot episode since its that difficult dynamic where the writers are trying to introduce everyone to the show.

I don't think I've ever watched a show straight from the pilot. Part of it is concern that the show might not last a full season and get yanked just as I'm starting to love it i.e. Miracles but mostly it's that I wait till a show has a definite rhythm before checking it out.

Ooh, I didn't know about Bayliss and Buddhism! Another thing to make me watch the show!

I highly recommend Homicide to anyone who likes watching complex characters. However Bayliss' conversion to Buddhism doesn't happen until the show's 7th and final season. But when it does happen it plays a substantial role with his character.

And my God, the music! They just use music in the most amazing ways especially in the penultimate 11th episode where everything comes together with all the continuity and clues poring in and it just leaves you breathless.

As if I didn't need another reason to check this show out. I'm such a sucker for shows that use music so effectively. Visually it's all kinds of awesomeness but the music whore in me is all "Music=happiness".

And, wow, did this get long fast or what? I, uh, better stop here or else I'd just go on and on and on and... Yeah, stopping now.

I just hope you'll love the show as much as I did!


LOL, I adore enthusiasm in any fan. It's so contagious and can be just as effective in converting a newbie as a well thought out entry.

Now I've got Life posts to read, images to see, and episodes to watch!
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