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Ok, I still have not watched Pandora yet. I have a horrible, horrible fish-out-of-water squick, so I bailed five minutes into it. Eventually I know I will woman up and just made myself push through my discomfort (especially because people I trust really liked the ep), but it may not be until right before the new eps start. So much for my unbroken streak of SV reviews since season 5.

I actually haven't really been watching much live TV, other than about a billion Thanksgiving-themed shows on the Food Network, but I have to make two comments on tonight's "The Good Wife," which totally rocked:

Is it just me, or did Kalinda basically offer to beat up Peter's call girl for Alicia? (And then in my head, Alicia said you don't really have to, it's the thought that counts, and they had sex.) Is there slash written about those two yet? Because if not, there really really ought to be.

And yet, just proving I am fickle or at least polyamorous at heart, I (like Alicia) was kind of turned on by the fact that Peter blackmailed the call girl into leaving his family alone. In fact, it's pretty much the only time I actually liked him in the entire run of the show.



In un-live television--or I supposed you could call it undead television, ha ha ha, I have finally watched the bazillion episodes of Vampire Diaries I'd been taping but sure I would never watch. Curses on you, friendslist! I was all set to abandon this show, but you all insisted it actually becomes good, and you just had to be right, didn't you. In fact, it was good enough that I stayed up way past my bedtime catching up--good enough that I may just give up watching FlashForward altogether and watch VD live, because frankly I'm finding VD a hell of a lot more compelling than FF.

And in other media adventures, I saw not one but two very hilarious comedies this weekend. (Not billed by their creators as comedies, but I call them as I see them).



2012: Definitely worth seeing for the LULZ, and for the special effects, but OMG it's unbelievable to me anyone made it out of the movie alive, because John Cusack's character is not just a walking Darwin award throughout the whole thing, he actually drags his kids along for his Darwinian stupidity. (Like: Gee, here's a fence in a national park labelled "DANGER WILL ROBINSON." I am hiking with my 6 and 9 year old. Do I (A) turn around like a sensible person, or (B) toss my kids over the fence and climb over myself, because, hey, those fences are just to protect other people from danger; I am protected by the whole protagonist-of-the-movie effect.) The number of the times he chooses (B) in this movie is just mind-boggling.

Also, the special effects, though fun, were just a little too DEEPLY SYMBOLIC, like the crack through the Vatican ceiling that ran right through the place where God and Adam's fingers were touching. RLY? RLY? I laughed so hard I thought I was going to injure myself.





Twilight: New Moon
Pluses: Lots and lots of hot guys running around half-naked. Beautiful Pacific Northwest scenery. Emo that goes so far over the top it's down the other side, and if you're a great big cynic like me you will laugh and laugh and laugh, probably in places that will have all the true Twilight lovers shooting you really dirty glares. Also, that really campy Italian vampire council--they were a hoot.

Minuses: More manpain, and womanpain, per square inch than your average mutual suicide pact among teens.
Dear Stephanie Meyer: the thing about Romeo and Juliet is that it's usually assigned in the ninth grade because only 14 year olds (or people stuck at that emotional level)think that suicide because the one you love most is gone is deeply romantic. The rest of us realize that if Romeo and Juliet hadn't been stuck in their solipsistic emo melodrama, they wouldn't have needlessly killed themselves.

The fact that you make your supposedly 109-year-old vampire act less mature than Romeo (or for that matter, than his 18-year-old girlfriend?) NOT ATTRACTIVE. Actually, though I've read cleolinda's summaries so I know how this all ends, I cannot for the life of me see why anyone would choose Edward over Jacob. But I also can't see what's so special about Bella besides her big ol' Marysue-osity, so, you know, I'm probably not the target audience. And yet despite my annoyance that it took Bella months and months to get a life after Edward dumped her, at least she has the excuse of being a teenager. SRSLY, what is Edward's excuse?

And why on earth would anyone choose him over hot werewolf boy? It boggles my mind.

Also, I was seriously pissed that they killed off Graham Greene, and for no good reason that I could see.

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clari_clyde
Nov. 25th, 2009 08:52 am (UTC)
A review of the book makes a case that Volturi = Vatican. I can’t judge though, I haven’t gotten that far. But I feel proud of myself, I finished two chapters today and tomorrow will start the fourth chapter of Twilight. Or I could totally blow off Twilight and read another volume of X/1999 of which I am more horrendously late to the game. OMG, how did I miss the apocalypse in 1999!?

Speaking of late, October was horrible to me and I missed two episodes of TVD. But I’m otherwise caught up. Besides, mid December, CW will be doing a TVD marathon for a week, just in time for finals week, yay, perfect timing!

Back to New Moon: Team Edward vs Team Jacob. Blah blah, why? I don’t see the point over fighting over Bella. She’s so passive. That’s my issue with Edward and Bella in the first movie — he’s a stalker and she’s passive and they angst over… I have no clue. And now you’re saying that Edward has the maturity of a teen? I guess that’s what happens when you repeat high school too many times.
norwich36
Nov. 25th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks for that link, though I have to wait until I'm not on dial-up to really appreciate it. I think you're very brave to try to actually read Twilight.

Yeah, I saw that about the Vampire Diaries marathon, which is good because I think I missed an ep or possibly two in between watching it live and taping it.

I can't see anything about Bella that is attractive to anyone, but I can't see anything about Edward that's attractive either, so I guess they're well-matched?
clari_clyde
Nov. 26th, 2009 01:23 am (UTC)
Hahahaha, stoney321 gives each book its very own special review, I’m putting them into my lj memories because they’re all oh so special.

And I’m not brave for reading the books as much as curious. A review I read said that Meyers has this ability to create a mood one can get lost in. Well, I haven’t seen it yet but, I’ll see. I’m considering this a study in pop literature. JK Rowling didn’t have the most beautiful prose but she wove some damn good stories complete with unforgettable characters, emotional climaxes and plot twists. I’m trying to see what Meyers compensated with.
mskatej
Nov. 25th, 2009 10:43 am (UTC)
THE VAMPIRE DIARIES IS AMAZING. It's fun, sexy and unpredictable. I totally support your decision to watch it live instead of stupid Flash Forward, if only because the dialogue in TVD is approximately one billion times better. I can't believe I just said that but in this case it's actually true.
norwich36
Nov. 25th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
It is true! And the characterization is more interesting, and Damon is a far better villain than the conspirators on FF.
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norwich36
Nov. 25th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Mark is a pretty bad investigator for, you know, a professional investigator. Plus I'm really not into *anyone's* personal life, with the possible exception of Demetri's, and yet the show is totally focusing on that rather than the broader conspiracy, so it usually ends up boring me.
shopgirl318
Nov. 30th, 2009 09:26 am (UTC)
Your post is pretty funny! TVD is really good, I told myself I wasn't going to watch it either but broke down and ended up recording and watching b/c I watch Bones on thursdays. Damon is not only a villan but a smart one with purpose, direction, blah bla blah. You would think that FF being on a bigger network with a bigger budget that it would be better than a small network show. I think Heroes proved that one. I know some may disagree but I always thought Smallville was better, it has its flaws but it was well rounded when it wanted to be. As far the episode Pandora, I didn't care for it save for a few scenes, it was a choppy/jumbled mess. lol. I loved Clois though.
norwich36
Nov. 30th, 2009 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, with all the money FF probably has you would think it would be better.

I can't really comment on Pandora until I watch it.
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