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02 May 2008 @ 10:47 am
Tee vee!  
harumpf. I don't know why I can't do this fic - obviously my hind-brain thinks there's something wrong with it, and I keep telling it -"JUST WRITE THE DAMN PORN" but instead I've read fifteen pages of LOST forum pages.

So now you know I'm crazy. Cuz Kate is not my favorite character, but man, is there a TON of bashing - page after page after page. And it's moderated -- I hate to think what a non-moderated forum is like. *shudder* It's making me like her, just out of sheer spite.

Oh, and some of you will find this familiar -- apparently the actress is TEN YEARS YOUNGER than her on-screen romantic partners. OH THE HORROR! STFU people.

It's interesting, poking around over there. I find a lot of the comments about the episode's pacing and structure very eerily similar to comments about this season's BSG. I think some people are having a bit of a struggle figuring out that the era of the stand-alones in both shows IS OVER. Both shows have definite end points now and both are arc-ed out to that ending (with, I'm sure, SOME wiggle room in LOST, because their end is still two seasons away, and lots of things can happen in between). Both shows have giant ensemble casts spread out all over hell, so some storylines simply can't fit in a given episode, and both shows are thinning out that cast so there's not quite so many people to deal with (a.k.a. secondary character blood bath). So many similarities, even in the fandoms.

So anyway,

I like that the flashforwards are now starting to form a sequence - a future history in a sense, at least of the Jack, Kate, and Hurley side of things. Now we just have to figure out how the Sayid -Ben side fits in.

Aaron with his stuffed killer whale made me choke up a little, since my little guy loves toting around a stuffed blue whale.

Poor Rousseau - I was hoping she would actually make it after all. *sniff* But we're definitely thinning the herd the last few eps. I hope we still somehow get her story, though unless we go to the flashback format next year I don't know how that could happen. But, maybe it's better she stay mysterious and cool, rather than turn mundane. But I want more Mira Furlan on my television, stat!

Rose once again proves she's the most sensible person on the island. As others have said, she doesn't say a lot, but what she says is always Very Important.

Jin is a badass, of course. Though I'm still trying to figure out WTF Charlotte's purpose is, in all this. I can see why Widmore/his flunkies would get Miles and Daniel. Naomi was meant to be the heavy. But Charlotte? Aside from her mad Korean skillz (heh), she doesn't seem to have a purpose on the team yet. But methinks she's going to be the method Sun gets off at the least.

It is funny over at the forums that people have been bitching about the Kate-Jack-Juliet triangle, and yet now that Juliet has, to appearances, bowed out of it, they're bitching about THAT. *rolls eyes*

Claire!! NOOOOOOOOO! That was not how I wanted baby Aaron to get separated from her and become one of the O6. Hopefully they'll find her eventually... And what the HELL did "Christian" say to her to get her to leave? Or was she somehow, er, bewitched into it?

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And, speaking of Dead Daddies who are not really their daddies and making their children/loved ones do bad things...

Supernatural: Long Distance Call

I'm glad I can now watch the show live, since it was conflicting with Lost, and well, Lost won once it started. Since I can never be bothered to actually watch eps that I have stored for some reason, this is my first Supernatural in four eps, I think. Something like that. (I am however, completely spoiled for everything in between, since I always read people's reactions and the recap).

Anyway, it was kind of like slipping back into a comfy sweater. It's not a show I THINK about too much - it's lacking to me in the kind of puzzles and meta that I like in Lost and BSG. But I do like the creepy episodes and the individual characterizations of Sam and Dean are, always, the most important bits of the show. Both Sam and Dean are totally fraying at the edges, snapping at each other, Dean grasps at straws ...

And I want to know whether JDM ACTUALLY phoned it in. *snorfle*

This was definitely a creepy episode. Ringing telephones that aren't attached to the wall are ALWAYS hella creepy, by definition. Little children who then ANSWER said creepy telephone also are creepy.

Someone called it the Verizon!Demon. Awesome!

ONLY TWO MORE EPISODES! That's gotta mean a cliffhanger doesn't it? *whimper*

I am totally unspoiled for both these shows so don't go telling me stuff, 'mkay?

In the meantime, I am VERY SAD that I can't watch full streaming eps of BSG during the day anymore (DAMN YOU SKIFFY!). It was fun to discuss with east-coasters when they're, like, awake. :(
Jeffrepr0b8 on May 2nd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
Lost and BSG are the only to shows on TV I watch, and so I know exactly what you're talking about in terms of the parallels, and I agree wholeheartedly.

And while last nights episode of Lost was the first one this season that I thought had tempo issues, I think the writers have done an excellent job of telling stories within the big stories. Which is where I think BSG is failing. The small stories don't seem to be related to the big stories...heck, none of the stories seem related.

But I do disagree about the thinning out of secondary characters. While I'm sure I would be less upset if I'd been getting a steady diet of Athena, Helo and Anders, instead we've seen more of Tory Tigh and Tyrol than we have most of the primary players. I get that they are the final four, and that I'm supposed to be interested in them, but it's just not happening for me.
lizardbeth: Helo - Anderslizardbeth_j on May 2nd, 2008 10:52 pm (UTC)
hm, well, I guess I really don't see BSG that way, like, at all. *g* I think it's ALL related. Or at least I can guess where it could connect up, even if the show ultimately proves me wrong. But then part of my enjoyment of the show is and always has been sliding everything into a single narrative. I like making all the disparate pieces fit and speccing on the direction, and for me, none of that has changed. In fact, to my mind, this season is the most obviously planned and every thing DOES count toward the finale, it's just the puzzle of HOW.

Which is what LOST has done this season as well. Both shows are on that train to the end, and especially with BSG, this being the last one. I like, off a single camera shot, being able to say things like "Tory thinks Baltar's talking to her, but he totally isn't, and whoa is something bad coming down the pike because of that." It feels like EVERYTHING has some sort of meaning (whether it does or not, I feel like it COULD), where in past seasons that patently hasn't been true.

And re: the FF, I like watching them all melt down in their various ways. Such a contrast to Boomer from way back when. But, eh, I know it sucks when the characters featured are the ones you don't care about, or care about less, so I get where you're coming from. I mean, come on, two whole episodes with less than thirty seconds of Anders?! I was definitely all "HELLO I'D LIKE MY SAM NOW PLZ" lol, but at least I had the consolation of knowing the action was going to go back to him, after dealing with the aftermath of Cally.

*frowns* hopefully that all makes some sense, even if you're obviously not watching from the same fannish place as I am. I know mine is a bit, er, atypical anyways.

But it's definitely good to see you poking around on LJ again! :D
I haven't been at Kindreds or Skiffy or my SG forum in ages; I just stay huddled up here. So I'm glad you're here again.

Edited at 2008-05-02 10:54 pm (UTC)