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So I finally caught up on all the TV I missed when I was away.

Kyle XY
Wow, they are really starting to ramp up the tension with the conspiracy subplot, aren't they? I am interested in that, for sure (especially the fact that Nicole is starting to make connections between Kyle and Jessi), though I'm actually more interested in the teen dramas (Andy's cancer, especially) and in the suddenly very slashy trio of Kyle, Declan and Foss. Hee! I thought for a minute Foss and Declan were going to throw down for the love of Kyle, in that scene in the warehouse. Even though I still think Kyle and Amanda are too cute for words, I could definitely read Kyle/Declan, if anyone can point me in that direction. Or even better, Foss/Declan with both of them pining after a clueless Kyle.

4400
I'm really enjoying how they are amping up the family drama aspect of the show this season, especially by putting Tom and Kyle on opposite sides of the war, and giving each of them multiple opportunities to betray the other (e.g. Kyle's temptation to inject Tom with promycin, Tom's temptation to take Kyle into custody for his own good, etc.) and having them resist the temptation. And while of course the Diana-Maya conflict can't be quite as dramatic because of Maya's age, we still saw it a bit in the last couple episodes, with Maya breaking into Promise City to warn Collier, and then last week when the two sides had to work together to escape from NTAC, and we saw Diana's unwillingness to trust Maya with the other 4400s. I didn't write about last week's ep (I don't think?) because I was pretty busy, but I totally loved how the two sides got to bond, and especially how the tragedy of Shawn's (temporary) death brought them together. And wow, Tom and Collier giving their lives together? Yeah, that was not slashy IN THE LEAST. And wow, there's a pairing I never thought I'd want to see, but they were practically having phone sex at the end.

Anyway, I was thinking about the importance of family bonds and letting people make their own choices as an overarching theme of this season, which made Richard's decision in last night's episode just completely unconscionable to me. I mean, I get that he was robbed of his daughter's childhood, and that the future turned her into something of a monster--but to just hit the giant reset button so he could reclaim his nostalgic moment of perfect happiness? Was creepy and wrong on SO many levels I can't even begin to say. And it really doesn't matter to me that child Isabelle consented, because by that point she'd de-aged so much I don't think she was capable of giving consent. To just rob someone of their identity that way? *Shudder* To me that actually seems worse than murder. I used to like Richard, but now I think he's more creepy than Jordan Collier, and that's saying a lot for me.

Psych
I don't usually write about this show, because it's very very fluffy, but I always enjoy it. It used to hit my embarrassment squick a little too hard, but now it's almost as if Shawn is a friend of mine so I'm used to him doing stupid embarrassing things, and it doesn't bother me any more--I actually can laugh at him instead. I can't help but notice all the summer shows I love so much this year have a common theme, though: family bonds. Shawn and Gus have been friends for so long they practically *are* family--that's one of the highlights of the show for me, the way they play off each other--and I also love the interactions between Shawn and his dad. I LOVE that his dad made him wear the shirt of hideousity to the track, that completely cracked me up. And I really love how often the plot twists relate to Shawn and Gus's shared past.

This week was especially fun on that level, I thought, because Shawn found out that Gus can be devious and successfully vengeful--something he hadn't suspected, before. I actually adore episodes where Gus gets to shine (I'm really looking forward to next week) because he is *such* a geek's geek: he knows everything there is to know about spelling bees, stamp collecting, dinosaurs (OMG that ep where he still had the dinosaur head he made in 4th grade!!!!!), and whatever else is necessary to the episode. Sigh. I totally have a crush on him which is entirely SEPARATE from my crush on Dule Hill that I've had ever since West Wing.

Burn Notice
asdjdghlkl;'!!! So now Michael has his burn notice! I know it can't be that easy, but I'm dying to know what he finds out about it.

And god, I couldn't love Fiona any more if I tried. Apparently I have a thing for women who can make bombs in under 20 minutes. Who knew?
Also, Bruce Campbell continues to be entirely made of awesome. Seriously, if you're not watching this show, why not? It's the most fun thing on TV.





Mad Men
With this show, I keep saying "one more week, one more week" because it is sucking me in, in terms of the interesting character dramas, but it's just SO damn depressing. Like this week it actually made me sympathetic to Vincent Kartheiser's character, Pete Campbell, even though I thought he was a slimy little troll in earlier episodes. And he *is* a slimy little troll; they just did such a fantastic job of showing how he, like every single other person on this show, is thoroughly and completely trapped by other's people's expectations of him and his assigned role. I continue to adore the period details in this show, but the sense of claustrophobia is almost completely suffocating. And every week as I watch someone plummet out of the window in the credits, I wonder if this is going to be suicide week. (You don't put something like that in the credits unintentionally, I suspect.)




Damages
I haven't talked about this show before, because I only started watching it a couple weeks ago when I'm bored. It's a lawyer drama, starring Glenn Close as a very high-powered attorney who destroys people's lives: her adversaries, her employees, and her own. I wasn't going to keep watching, but it has a very effective hook: the show opened with a woman covered in blood, wearing nothing but a trenchcoat, running down the street and getting arrested, and then they flashed back to a number of months before when that same woman, Ellen Parsons (played by Rose Byrne, who apparently has been in lots of stuff but to me looked like a young Dana Scully, at least in this role) was being hired by Glenn Close's law firm. And of course the mystery is, did she commit the murder, and if so how did she go from innocent to murderer, and how big a role did Glenn Close's firm play in all that.

This is my first experiment in cross-posting to other journals; we'll see if it works.

Comments

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yaycoffee
Aug. 14th, 2007 05:42 am (UTC)
Yay for another Kyle XY fangirl! I would be SO happy if the fandom of this show would WRITE FIC. I need some Kyle/Declan. I might try and write some, but that's not the same as it being there for me already. ;-)
norwich36
Aug. 14th, 2007 05:49 am (UTC)
Yeah, I know. Where is the slash, peoples????
bittermint
Aug. 14th, 2007 05:53 am (UTC)
I just discovered two communities -- kyle_xy_fic and kyle_xyslashfic. There've been a couple of pretty good Kyle/Declan fics posted in the last few weeks. Haven't seen anything with Foss yet, but considering my longtime love for Nick Lea, I'd love to! ;)
norwich36
Aug. 14th, 2007 04:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for those links!
bop_radar
Aug. 14th, 2007 07:03 am (UTC)
That's a whole lot of TV! Should I be watching any of it? :D
norwich36
Aug. 14th, 2007 03:51 pm (UTC)
All of it is good, but at this point both 4400 and Kyle XY have enormous backstories. Psych and Burn Notice are both fluffy fun, in different ways (Psych is about a fake psychic who solves crime by extreme attention to detail; Burn Notice is about an ex-spy) and neither requires much investment. I suspect you'd like Burn Notice better than Psych.

I actually think you'd like "Mad Men" best of all of these, if you like period drama, but I have to warn you, it's quite depressing. On the other hand, it has Vincent Kartheiser, who I know you like.
serenography
Aug. 14th, 2007 02:39 pm (UTC)
I don't watch any of those shows. Actually, I don't watch very much TV at all anymore. But I did catch a bit of Damages the other night because I LOVE Rose Byrne - she was my choice for Lois Lane in the new movie. It looked like a good show, but I have yet to add to the tivo rotation.

I saw the preem episode of KyleXY - it didn't really grab me. He actually sort of bugs me, but I can't put my finger on why.
norwich36
Aug. 14th, 2007 03:54 pm (UTC)
Damages is definitely a well-written show, but it's not cheerful, that's for sure.

I kind of agree with you about Kyle in Kyle XY--he has a very alien quality about him that works for the show, but I don't find him in any way attractive. But I didn't see the premiere--I started watching the second or third ep. It's actually the family I love more than Kyle himself. It's actually a very good family drama with scifi overtones--the parents relationship with the kids is realistic and supportive without being cloying or melodramatic, like most tv family dramas. I kind of want the Tragers to adopt me, honestly.
duskwillow
Aug. 14th, 2007 08:21 pm (UTC)
Kyle/Declan/Foss scenes were awesome! I loved the teamwork.
I hope they'll plan a rescue operation, they can't just leave him there!

And Josh/Andy are too adorable. ♥

Jessi was interesting in this episode, I feel that if she'd been given a chance Kyle had she wouldn't be so...creepy?

Still didn't see last Psych episode. :(
norwich36
Aug. 14th, 2007 11:37 pm (UTC)
I totally think Jessi is who Kyle would be if he hadn't been fortunate enough to be adopted by the Tragers. That's what makes her sympathetic to me, despite the fact that I'm sure she's the one that beat up Lori.

And yeah, Josh/Andy are REALLY cute. They just better not kill her off!
beachkid
Aug. 15th, 2007 12:56 am (UTC)
I totally think Jessi is who Kyle would be if he hadn't been fortunate enough to be adopted by the Tragers.

i completely agree, and it's something which totally had me gleefully snickering into my diet coke whenever jessie and declan were eating each other's faces.
norwich36
Aug. 15th, 2007 01:44 am (UTC)
Oh, totally! That's classic triangulation, really, having Declan fall for Kyle's female double.
suex
May. 9th, 2008 01:46 am (UTC)
Okay, so behind the times here, but I got into this series because of you, so I feel I owe you a comment and a thank you for steering me in its direction.

I'm all up to date with it, well I've got Season 4 arriving in the mail but I think I've seen most of the episodes, and it really is a great series. Although I'm having a little trouble with Kyle, he's the same actor that played the jerk in the Smallville episode Visitor. :/

Now, I'm not sure which came first, but I think its probably The 4400 considering the other is only in its Second Season, but is Heroes a total rip off of this series or what. You could even say that The 4400 is loosely based on the FOTW episodes of Smallville, but I love the background that has set up "The Freaks".

Anyway, wanted to thank you for pointing me in the direction of this great series and with a bit of luck I might drop by when Season 5 starts. BTW any idea when that it is, it seems to run in the off-season, so I'm not sure on the scheduling.

Thanks Norwich.
norwich36
May. 9th, 2008 04:51 am (UTC)
Unfortunately I think they have cancelled the 4400, which really does suck, since it was an awesome show.

I'm really happy if my reviews introduced you to new shows you wouldn't have otherwise liked! (I myself managed to miss this whole season of Kyle XY, but I'm sure I'll catch up when the DVDs come out).
suex
May. 9th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC)
Oh no!!! Did they at least finish the series off? I hate it when they do that so far into a show. No respect for the remaining dedicated fans. Grrrrrr!!!!

And I often wondered if Kyle XY was related to the Kyle from The 4400. Are the two connected?


norwich36
May. 9th, 2008 10:50 pm (UTC)
And I often wondered if Kyle XY was related to the Kyle from The 4400. Are the two connected?

Not as far as I know.
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