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TV is GOOD Again!!

Hello!

Guys…I'm compelled to make a post because you know what? TV IS SO GOOOOOD AGAIN!!!

I'll go behind the cut to blather on, but I'm all excited about so much stuff right now. Some new and a few new to me, but fairly recent, and a couple upcoming ones I'm excited about.

So…behind the cut I go for gushing…

First up: Defiance. Guys, there's so much potential here. There's a Farscape vibe I'm loving and I've watched the pilot ep more times than I'll ever freely admit to (okay, like seven, sue me. LOL) Now, I'm known to rewatch stuff a lot, but aside from Arrow, Doctor Who and Orphan Black, nothing has really grabbed me enough to rewatch. Defiance had me from the opening scene. :D

Speaking of Doctor Who and Orphan Black…BBC America owns me on Saturday nights. I'm loving the new companion, which honestly…after the Ponds, didn't know if I would fall in with the new one or have to get used to her. Moffat played it well by introducing her WAY early in a totally non-conventional way, IMO. Then again, his method of dovetailing so much stuff and carrying little bits and pieces from episode to episode and series to series is something I truly love and enjoy.

Orphan Black? What can I say? This show is rich and complex and never does quite what I expect and I LOVE THAT IT DOESN'T. Sarah (and her many incarnations) is intriguing and Felix…OMG…he rocks! I almost fell off my chair laughing when he pulled babysitting duty and threw a twisty twist (don’t want to spoil anyone, but if you've seen the episode, you KNOW what I mean) in that cemented him in my heart as the BEST of the BEST pseudo-sibling EVER. LOL

Seriously, with a show that's got so many things going on, Felix brings some airy fun to the table.

Let's see…what else? Arrow is still my go to fave. It just gets better and better. The way the island scenes weave into the current timeline is so well done. And I like how it unfolds slowly, revealing little pieces of information/pertinent details to show how Oliver's experience there shaped him…then overlay that with how being back is smoothing off some of the jagged edges he had to develop while stuck on the island. I don't know…it really works for me.

I can't wait to see what direction they take Tommy, Laurel, Thea, Roy, and hell, even Moira. The push and pull and back and forth shades of gray tend to make a show for me and Arrow has a bunch of all the above. Felicity steals every scene she's in and she's just a great third to Oliver and Diggle.

Another thing I love is sometimes finding clues on a rewatch. Things that maybe don't seem overly important but end up playing a part in another episode. Nothing major, but small details like that make me happy.

Next up, Lost Girl. What a season! Seriously, so much happened. Who knew I'd end up loving Vex so much? LOL Anyway, I can't wait for more. I want answers. I mean, we got some much needed ones, but they spawned like a zillion more. Awesome, right? Exactly.

Still watching Castle for fun and enjoyment. Watched Monday Mornings and found it entertaining but a little lopsided. Not a bad show at all, but maybe needs some time to find its footing.

Hmm…what next? How about new to me shows? The ones I tend to mainline after they're aired their full seasons?

First up: Banshee. Totally effed up show, but I completely love it. I don't even know what to say about it except it sucks me in. Sometimes it's so raw it feels like a scab's been ripped off but I have to know what comes next. LOL Interesting characters who I probably shouldn't root for…yet I do.

Strikeback: I watched the first series with Richard Armitage and Andrew Lincoln and fell in love. The second and third series are kind of a departure from the original but then again that's not necessarily a bad thing. I'm five eps in to the second series, but I've seen a bunch of the eps…just not in order. LOL

Anyway, Stonebridge and Scott currently own my soul. Both are flawed but I'd be happy to have them rescue me if I got trapped somewhere I shouldn't be. They get shit done. Sometimes in majorly effed up ways, but yeah…who cares. LOL

Blargh…thought about getting into what I'm looking forward to, but the brain is sleepy. Warehouse 13, for one, but everything else just went *poof* Wait! Longmire in May and whenever the TV gods decide to show Jamie's new show The Smoke, I'm totally in. Seriously, half my family is involved in the fire and EMS service so I'm really looking forward to seeing how it's done in the UK. :D

Okay, gotta hit my bed. More updates in the very near future.

Catch everyone on the flip!

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thrace_adams
Apr. 21st, 2013 01:41 pm (UTC)
OH I'm totally hooked on Arrow and funny that, the exact reason you like it, I totally gushed about to the hubs - how clever it was weaving the islands stuff in with the new stuff - like word for word what you said (in my own words of course LOl)

I need to watch the first season of Longmire and then you know watch the new one LOL.

I agree with you on Monday Mornings - I hope it finds it's footing. And what is this new Jamie show you speak of, Smoke?

And I'm LOVING Doctor Who - Clara is very enjoyable - she reminds me a bit of River so it should be an interesting ride.
mlsky
Apr. 24th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
OH I'm totally hooked on Arrow and funny that, the exact reason you like it, I totally gushed about to the hubs - how clever it was weaving the islands stuff in with the new stuff - like word for word what you said (in my own words of course LOl)

YAY!! Seriously, the show had me from the opening moments, but it's really kicked it up a notch lately. I seriously can't wait for Wednesday nights. :D

Longmire is an enjoyable watch, IMO. It's a slower pace, but I like the way the characters interact.

The Smoke is about fire fighters in the UK, how they put themselves on the line all the time, yet many have to take on additional jobs/work to make ends meet. From what I've read, it looks like the additional jobs/work will prove to be really interesting. :)

Yep. Clara is pretty awesome. Very different from Amy/Rory, which is good, IMO. I also like the mystery element of trying to figure out exactly what her story is. I have so many theories my brain hurts. LOL
thrace_adams
Apr. 24th, 2013 07:58 am (UTC)
I agree about Arrow, it's definitely gotten better. I adore Felicity - wish she would get more screen time.

I've seen a few epis of Longmire and enjoyed it, but it's hard to come by over here so I"m gonna have to track it down when we get back. Maybe Netflix.

Ahh okay. I thought Jamie was doing Monday Mornings on TNT - did that get canceled? Or is he doing both?

And YES Clara - I love the mystery surrounding her and can't wait for them to finally explain over the course of the season.
mlsky
Apr. 27th, 2013 02:19 am (UTC)
OMGS! Felicty rocks! I'm sort of crossing my fingers we will see more of her in the next season. :D

From what I've read, Jamie will do both series. If MM gets renewed, he should be finished up with The Smoke. :) More Jamie on my TV is deffo okay with me. :D
kdbleu
Apr. 21st, 2013 01:46 pm (UTC)
Isn't Defiance the best!!! I've only watched it three times, and I'm feeling really good about that now. :D I feel like I don't even have coherent words about Defiance. It's like real sci-fi. With aliens, moody bad-ass girl aliens and elements of steampunk and I'm so excited. *squeeeee*

I am also loving Orphan Black. The cast is fabulous, but it's the fact that the show never quite goes where I think it's going to go that amazes me. Like someone sat down and intentionally twisted each potential trope, not a lot but enough.

You know, Monday Morning wasn't bad, you're right. It felt dated to me, like it would have been very intriguing fifteen years ago, when ER was starting to fade. But now it's missing it's angle. It needs a more specific POV. Four of the doctors are brain surgeons, what if that was the angle? Being the hospital all those cases are brought to? Or to be slightly more inclusive what if it was THE trauma hospital but the focus was on not three to four cases but one big case that may or may not involve everyone but effects everyone. It didn't help that I ended up really disliking Hooton and being distracted by Gato most of the time because I knew I was supposed to like him but I didn't.

Also, Ty and Tina was the most boring romance ever. I kind of wanted her to be dead just because it would be the more interesting choice.


Oh, oh, oh... the first episode of the new season of Warehouse 13 was on my ondemand last night. OMG, it's good. Guest starts of love!!! :D

Edited at 2013-04-21 01:47 pm (UTC)
mlsky
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:23 am (UTC)
Isn't Defiance the best!!! I've only watched it three times, and I'm feeling really good about that now. :D I feel like I don't even have coherent words about Defiance. It's like real sci-fi. With aliens, moody bad-ass girl aliens and elements of steampunk and I'm so excited. *squeeeee*

YES!!! And I'm feeling really good about the potential after seeing the second episode. The character interactions are totally making the show for me. It's got quirky moments, creepy vibes, suspense, humor, just everything, IMO. :D

I am also loving Orphan Black. The cast is fabulous, but it's the fact that the show never quite goes where I think it's going to go that amazes me. Like someone sat down and intentionally twisted each potential trope, not a lot but enough.

YES!! I'm even kind of excited to see where the boyfriend angle goes...after pretty much calling...well, I'll stop so I don't spoil anyone, but you know what I mean, right? Second ep, I had him pretty much pegged. But the coolest thing is not being able to anticipate what they'll do because they NEVER go exactly where I think. LOL Seriously, I love that.

I love your thought about having one case be the focus on Monday Mornings. Maybe, if they're renewed, we'll some shifting dynamics there. While I like Gato for the most part, I totally get what you're saying. Honestly, Sydney is the one who really sort of frustrated me. And I can't really say why except she sort of remained a one note character. The one who prangs everyone on the head with the obvious counterpoint to everything? Eh, not sure, but I would have liked to see her develop a little more.

Oh, oh, oh... the first episode of the new season of Warehouse 13 was on my ondemand last night. OMG, it's good. Guest starts of love!!! :D

Ohhh. I'll have to see if it's available still. And watch in real time of course. LOL Very excited to hear about awesome guest stars!! Woo!
kdbleu
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:57 am (UTC)
I am an episode behind on Orphan Black. I need to watch! The other thing I really like about Orphan Black is that it tells on story well. It's Sarah story and everyone else feeds that. I appreciate the focus.

I tend to agree about Sydney on MM. Although she was the only female character that seemed to have any personality at all. In fact the only characters I really felt had personality were Park and Buck. Ty was getting close, but Gato, Hooten and Sydney were all just bombasts. And seriously Tina should have died, that would have been interesting.

I actually may watch the W13 premier again. It was sooo good. :D
mlsky
Apr. 27th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
Ohh. I agree about Orphan Black and telling one story really well. With the clone angle it could easily get out of hand, but so far, they've done a wonderful job of peeling back layers on the others without detracting from the main focus. *nods* So well done.
brokenmnemonic
Apr. 21st, 2013 03:57 pm (UTC)
I watched the Defiance pilot through a couple of days ago, and I'm going to keep watching - it feels like a show with a lot of potential, and the writers have acknowledged that they've taken a risk by not telling the viewer much about the background universe early on. I struggled a bit with the pilot, I think because it felt like they were rushing a little to introduce the characters in broad strokes, but I'm hoping that as the show keeps going we'll see more nuance brought in. It's always tricky to pull an ensemble show off, and I'm still at the point where I can't remember character's names :P I'm a sucker for a good post-apocalypse show, though. I think I'll have a better idea about some of the things in the show when they've shown a bit more - little things, like the way 41 people died in the battle, but the crowd at the Mayor's speech looked like sixty or eighty people, and I don't know if I'm meant to think that the battle inflicted devastating losses, or people aren't that interested in politics and the Mayor in Defiance.

I'm a little nervous that the show and the computer game are linked together so closely, with one influencing the other - that makes me worry that characters may end up changing based on what happens in the game, rather than what I see on the screen, which could feel a bit jarring. Or I could be worrying unnecessarily!

Hmm... based on how excited you are, I may have to go and find copies of Oprhan Black to watch. A lot of the shows I've been watching are reaching the end of their season, so it'll be great to have Warehouse 13 and Longmire back :)
mlsky
Apr. 24th, 2013 02:37 am (UTC)
it feels like a show with a lot of potential

Yes! Truly. I'm quite thrilled about the possibilities. :)

and the writers have acknowledged that they've taken a risk by not telling the viewer much about the background universe early on. I struggled a bit with the pilot, I think because it felt like they were rushing a little to introduce the characters in broad strokes, but I'm hoping that as the show keeps going we'll see more nuance brought in.

Oddly enough, I rather liked the broadstrokes introductions. It totally reminded me of Farscape's first episode, which did something similar when they plopped Crichton down in the middle of Moya and didn't explain much of anything. I don't know, it works for me. :)

little things, like the way 41 people died in the battle, but the crowd at the Mayor's speech looked like sixty or eighty people, and I don't know if I'm meant to think that the battle inflicted devastating losses, or people aren't that interested in politics and the Mayor in Defiance.

*nods* I see your point here. I do think we'll get a better idea of the population numbers. I'm sort of thinking the point of mentioning the 41 dead sort of showed how that loss affected Amanda personally, instead of Defiance as a whole. And she did mention some numbers in the second episode, so I think we'll get a better feel for certain. :)

I'm a little nervous that the show and the computer game are linked together so closely, with one influencing the other - that makes me worry that characters may end up changing based on what happens in the game, rather than what I see on the screen, which could feel a bit jarring. Or I could be worrying unnecessarily!

Here's hoping it's unnecessary. :D I'll be honest, I'll have a bit of a hard time if characters change based on the game simply because the game, from what I've read, is set in a different city. I can get behind some elements bleeding through from one to the other though. I think it'll be interesting to see how this concept works out.

OH! I hope you find some Orphan Black and enjoy it as much as I do. I also really love Continuum and just realized the second season is going to be starting very soon. I thought it would have a longer break...glad it doesn't!!

Great to hear from you!!
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