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17 June 2013 @ 08:56 pm
Sometimes I forget TV still happens when I'm not watching  
In which the fandom bit of me bites and I roll merrily through the things I've been watching recently.

Apparently I haven't thought about The Listener in more than a year, so I zipped through season 3 and of course season 4 is now happening, but the thing is, ???  I mean, yay for developing the concept but I find it much less charming than it used to be.  Possibly because I never clued in when IIB became the new centre of show, in my head the heart and soul are still on the streets and in the hospital.  It also got me thinking, and somehow the vigilante man-on-the-street is more interesting to me.  Possibly a bias gone back to Early Edition.  Once it's a police procedural, it's a police procedural.  Disappointing, because the cast seem super awesome, great fandom.

Also Emma was a mini series, how did I not know this?  With Romola Garai, no less.  And Jonny Lee Miller, and he totally did not overact, there was one moment where he did something odd and it played very well.  I did a bit of reading and a critic noted that they pull out the loneliness of all the characters in Emma, which is a rather remarkable observation.  I mean, they basically rewrote all the dialogue and hauled out the ordinary humanity behind the scenes, which is shocker enough, but reframing the story - "lonely" is one of the things I never saw in Emma, the book.  It's like my mind has been blown.

TV binging, yeah.  Only I wound up marathoning through Elementary so not as much new stuff as I meant to be watching.  2007? Persuasion still adorable and lovely, such a weird little movie and book.  1995 version vastly more awesome, there's a gravitas to the characters, Wentworth in particular, which we lack in the later version.  To be fair, I think this is partially because the latter Wentworth looks too young already, I can't imagine him very different when they first met, and without that gulf of history the point is rather lost.

At least Top Shot is back and being awesome!  I wish they'd hauled in Tara though, I know she technically wasn't super impressive but she was the first female and part of clique awesome and who knows how far she would have gotten?  Alas, Full Metal Jousting was cancelled, I just found out, but I have to say - I really think it's less about History not liking real history and more about the fact that someone WAS going to die on that show, eventually.  And I still guiltily watch Dance Moms, only they just started a new season on like ep 22, how does that work?  Did we hiatus when I wasn't watching and this is year-round now?  (American Ninja Warrior on soon yes?)

Argh.  Too many awesome shows are waaay too long to dive into, and/or I am under the impression they are too solemn, serious and tricky, which is a little ironic, but my brain is flighty.

Oh, Defiance is love.  I wish they'd kept SGU around, and Defiance feels a little vague, probably because it's world and character based rather than plot, but it has an amazing cast, including Dr. Arthur and Dr. Fred!!!  And the chick from Mirrormask!  And Jaime Murray!  And Grant Bowler who it turns out I remember from Farscape, and who I fell in love with on Adrenaline Junkies so basically YAY.  Is it doing okay in the ratings?  Will it be cancelled?  What happened to W13?  Are they cancelling it to cancel it (as ratings have been dropping like rocks) or is this a mutual decision to move on?
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atatteredroseatatteredrose on June 18th, 2013 06:03 pm (UTC)
Re: Honestly I watch old shows mostly.
Heh! I think I mostly only watch Canadian TV, sci fi (which is often Canadian), and strange competition reality shows XP

I do like Hutton, though really this was a leftover from my landcomm'ing days and one of the only headers I didn't make as a gift. At some point I should probably revamp (oh dear, I haven't even watched the last season of Leverage yet.)
c_canadensisc_canadensis on June 18th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Ah, I need to watch that Emma. Is the Persuasion the one where she runs after Wentworth near the end? I couldn't take that one, love the 1995 one.
atatteredroseatatteredrose on June 18th, 2013 05:38 pm (UTC)
The 2007 involves quite a lot of running, yes, and not just at the end. Though to be fair she does a spot of running in the 1995 one, but then that's just at the concert thing and it fits very well, much like the one thing Mills does in Emma, which I won't spoil. (It's 4 hours, which is a rather tidy length, though it's occurring to me that Jane Austen's couples spend very little screentime together, on the whole.)
c_canadensisc_canadensis on June 21st, 2013 07:10 pm (UTC)
In general yes, very little screentime, which is why lots of the movies make up scenes to insert. When I reread Sense & Sensibility I'm always surprised at how little you actually see of Edward relative to Hugh Grant's presence in the movie. I think the couple in Northanger Abbey maybe get the most interaction time?
atatteredroseatatteredrose on June 21st, 2013 07:32 pm (UTC)
I caught a break on S&S because there was a point in my life where Alan Rickman very much reminded me of a creepy science teacher I had, so I avoided the movie or make sure to be multitasking.

I've not seen NA, and can barely remember reading the book, ikes! I don't know any of the actors like, ever, is there a version I should find?
c_canadensisc_canadensis on June 22nd, 2013 01:31 pm (UTC)
I love the movie of S&S but it is always a bit sad when the movie overwrites your memory of the book.
NA is kind of neglected. There was one made around the same time as those others you were talking about but I don't think I ever got around to seeing it. There's a very old version (late 60s, maybe??) that uses a lot of horror-movie-type music which was pretty hilarious for the melodrama, but I wouldn't call it a great adaptation. Some people don't like the book but I quite enjoyed it, mostly because it has the snarkiest love interest and I'm amused by the almost meta-commentary where Austen addresses the readers directly.
Sparkymoon_blitz on June 19th, 2013 10:09 am (UTC)
I don't mind IIB, but I do miss the set-up of season 1 (and the storylines they dropped from it!). There's just something about Toby being a paramedic who occasionally helps out the police that I like, and I'm said that the show didn't stick with that. I do like the IIB crew though, so that helps. There's a fandom?

Dr. Fred is in Defiance?! Cool! I only watched the pilot episode and have been holding off on seeing the rest due to hearing some sketchy things about later episodes.
atatteredroseatatteredrose on June 19th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
My issue with IIB is that I was accustomed to the first cop, and then they cycled in the IIB crew, which has always felt... clinical? I love seeing Kris Holden-Ried on, and McCluskey has a decent relationship with Toby anyway, but Klein and Clark are just sort of there. Compare to Ryder (who's name I didn't even have to look up), who I feel I know personally and thus fits with that initial vibe.

There are people on Tumblr who enthuse, and apparently the cast is responsive and into twitter and liveblogging and such, I'm losing track of what "fandom" means *g*

He is he is! Sort of a secondary character, but a good arc. Most of what I hear about is the lesbian relationship, it's not a great show but I've certainly watched worse. And the father/daughter relationship IS the heart of the show, and IS pretty darn awesome.