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Monday catch-all

More than once last week I started to write a journal update and every single time I got only a couple paragraphs in before I realized that it was so dull I was boring myself. So I decided to spare ya'll and just not post.

So, here's a catch-up summary of the Week in Television that is hopefully not (too) boring.

First, Bones... There was soooo much to love about this episode, but also a lot to be annoyed about. Once again, this show is feeling more like fan fiction (albeit pretty darn good fan fic) than network television. Jealous!Booth? Check. Brave, protective "knight in shining FBI armor" Booth? Check. Shirtless!Booth? Check. Booth-in-Jeopardy? Check. Brennan-in-Jeopardy and Saves-the-Day Booth? Check. Check. Hugging, crying and extended physical contact? Major check. It's all good, right? Not quite, because they had to go and telegraph the fact that Adam Baldwin was the bad guy less than five minutes after he first appeared on screen. And the key thing? I'm surprised ya'll couldn't hear me screaming THE KEYS, YOU BLOODY MORONS, THE FREAKING KEYS! I know the characters on my TV couldn't hear me because Brennan just kept going on and on about irregular crenellations and absolutely failing to make the most obvious connection in the world until my head was about to explode.

Then, there was Veronica Mars. Was it me, or was this episode kinda... boring? First of all, no Wallace. Secondly, no Veronica/Logan interactions, except that one look at the end, which I admit was very nice. I did love the Corny stuff, and the Mac stuff (but wherefore art thou Beav?), and the Dick stuff (boyfriend Kryptonite *snorfle*), and I even liked Jackie and Veronica together. But the whole gay students thing felt kind of self-conscious to me, somehow. I dunno, I can't explain it, but it didn't quite sit right. Which is weird, because usually this show excels at handling high school outcasts and social tensions. And what's up with Veronica running to tell Keith that Terrence Cook has a locker full of explosives after Jackie had just told her that Terrance was using Woody Goodman's hanger? Come on, Veronica would never miss a detail like that when it was handed to her by the Exposition Fairy on a silver platter.

And then there was The Doctor. Despite the fact that Frodo inexplicably failed to record the second episode (and I still don't know what that was about because my season pass was set right and I had plenty of disk space) so I had to stay up until midnight to watch them both, I really liked it. It seems to have just the right amount of that familiar BBC cheesiness that I remember from old school Doctor Who (the effects, the music, the muddy directing, the WTF plots), but not so much that it's actively bad. The writing in the first two episodes was snappy and Christopher Eccleston totally rocked. I'm not so sure about Rose yet, but I think she may grow on me. And I do at least appreciate seeing a woman who's actually got hips on television for a change. I'm not totally addicted yet, but I'm definitely intrigued. Although, when it comes to updating sci-fi television classics, it's not even in the same ballpark as Battlestar Galactica. I'm just saying.

Um, West Wing? Yeah, crap like last night's episode is the reason watching WW has felt like a chore the last two years. An entire hour devoted to characters I don't care about arguing strategies for an election campaign I don't care about. *yawn*

Grey's Anatomy, on the other hand, was very solid. Not knock-my-socks-off fantastic, but enjoyable. Loved George getting tough with Christina, loved Addie's juju, and loved, loved, loved all the Burke/Christina stuff (especially at the end, when she didn't want Burke to ask George to leave after the scene with Alex).

Whew. Okay, I think I'm caught up now.

In other news, we had a few people over for dinner last night and I made the Once Upon a Time in Mexico cochinita pibil and a pitcher of sangria. And then I made the mistake of having half a cup of coffee after dinner and ended up completely unable to sleep last night. Now I'm tired and the weather is rainy and gross today and I don't feel like doing anything. Bleh.

Comments

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astridv
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
re: Bones. That ep is indeed like a fanfic, a good one luckily. I'm happy they didn't mess it up.

absolutely failing to make the most obvious connection in the world until my head was about to explode.

To my shame I must admit that I never made the connection. But then, I was majorly distracted by all the ongoing shirtlessness.

But during 'Superhero in the Alley' I was grumbling at the tv for the first half hour, because not one of them wondered where the comic artwork had come from... which was such an obvious question to ask.
alanao
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:50 pm (UTC)
Although, when it comes to updating sci-fi television classics, it's not even in the same ballpark as Battlestar Galactica.

Blaspheme! Mind you, I don't watch Battlestar Galactica. But you'll probably change your tune by the time you see The Doctor Dances. Certainly by the time The Parting of Ways airs.

I agree about Veronica Mars... Woody probably thought that blowing up a bunch of rich kids (including his own daughter [that's fucked up]) would gallvanize the 09er parents into incorporating Rich Neptune into a city, with a real police force. Just like Woody wanted. But then Dick had to go and get a limo, and no one cares about non-09er kids.

West Wing was lame. Lame! That whole episode should have been about 3 scenes long (Vinick breaking his hand, Bruno finding the briefcase and Vinick & Santos in the kitchen). That Republican woman drives me crazy. I was happy to see Toby, but would have been happier to see Donna or maybe if they had addressed the fact that Leo's just not around anymore.
austin360
Mar. 20th, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
All the stuff you said about VM, WW, and GA? Totally agree. I hope this week's VM rocks. Word on the street is that from here on out, it gets really, really good. *hugs Logan*

How was the pibil? I'm sorry I missed it.
franlock
Mar. 20th, 2006 06:44 pm (UTC)
I agree with you about VM. It was lame. I was very disappointed. And the thing with Terrence Cook at the end? Can anyone say "Predictable"? My bet is that he's being framed.
mikijean
Mar. 20th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
But you make such good cochinia pibil. And you have your own spice grinder!

VM was disappointing, and I think this--in addition to the ep just being connective tissue--has a lot to do with it being the first ep after a long break. I'd probably live with it as tissue moving us between great eps, but this is what I get for sticking out months of VM-less life? I'd ask for more Cassidy, but he's now joined Lily and Mac over on Big Love, so...

And I tried to watch TWW. I really, really did. And every time I turned it on, Alan Alda was going on about something. I love Alan Alda. No, I really do. And he still isn't Toby or Josh or CJ or, heck, even Ed or Larry. Promo monkeys strike again--I don't even get to see the familiar faces that didn't leave the show.

I also tried to watch Doctor Who but was creeped out by the skin pancake thingy.

I am, however, impressed that you were able to critique Bones--I thought the bopping and singing would do you in. ;)
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