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An abysmal well from which I could draw bucket upon bucket of writing sustenance to quench the thirst of an army facing a season of hellish desert combat is the subject of television. The reason I have not done this (at least I think I haven’t) since starting this little blog is partly because back then, I used to actually watch a lot of television. So much in fact, the most important advent in technology was the larger capacity DVR provided by my cable carrier at the time. This is in the time of the iPhone 4 coming out- and I was concerned with having more space in my Tivo… That should tell you something. Suffice to say- I didn’t want to expose to the world how much TV I actually did watch. Because though I enjoy it to no end, the fact I can always see more than one side to a situation told me, that’s pretty damn couch potato to watch that much TV, or it would at least appear to be to the reader I thought, so I refrained. Am I saying that I regard critics of other mediums as their negative stereotypes might suggest? The food critic being a fat ass that eats too much? The tech critic or reviewer a recluse socially inept nerd that got along better with his electronics than he did his peers in his youth? Yes, I am. And mainstream media agrees I think. I’ve not seen the depiction of a skinny food critic or a socially adept tech writer unless it’s a woman to this day. And remember- I watch some TV.

What’s different now? I’ve long since cut my cable and pocket that monthly sum, a move I consider both convenient and frugal, as well as defiant to the ridiculous charges we, well all of you pay for simply turning on the television to stay in sync with your friends and co-workers, or to indulge in some entertainment, or both. If someone did a study I’m willing to bet they may find that a larger percent of the population puts more money into having cable than they actually put in their savings accounts each month. A premium package costs anywhere between $80 (with the less desirable and bad weather susceptible satellite service) to upwards of $200 a month with a mega media conglomerate like Time Warner who puts nothing but frustration into their brand of customer service (if you judge by their service).

In any case I’m not here to go over the injustices of American media- there are plenty people writing about that and when they end up disappearing I won’t be on that bus to no where. I’m here to snap off some quick reviews of some shows I still do watch. Because I do still watch shows of course. How? Well I download everything I want to watch. Yes I subscribe to both Hulu and Netflix periodically. I don’t maintain a consistent subscription because I’m proud to say- I’m not riveted to the television anymore. It’s not winter either, so I’m not home directly after work hiding from the elements. Between subscription months though I download shows from a popular torrent sharing site I won’t mention here. If you want to know more you can google the very word “torrent” or search for a show’s name with the word “download” and it won’t take you long to find the same resources I use. I will say the site I use is Kick Ass in how it does it’s thing and I have no need of another. I use the app Vuze to manage downloads as well as convert and stream any media from my laptop or desktop to any device that’s networked. Yes- think about that. It’s incredibly convenient. You move a file around by dragging and dropping it in the right section of Vuze and your device, Playstation, XBox, NDVD, whatever it is that’s attached to both your router and your TV can see Vuze and it’s content- and show it to you.

Now I may not be watching True Blood with you on Sunday night, but I’ll be watching Monday night that’s for sure. And the other part of this being my current viewing habit is because it affords me the control I need when setting entertainment like TV at it’s appropriate priority level in life. Have you seen how many shows are on, on a Sunday night? Right now, if you wanted to stay current for Monday morning water cooler chit-chat let’s see…

You’d be watching in no particular order;
True Blood
Masters of Sex
The Last Ship
The Strain
Falling Skies
The Leftovers
and
Ray Donovan.

All very good shows in their own right. They may not all be your cup of tea, but if you even watch half that’s 3 hours of your evening… You’re done. Seven hours of viewing time if you like it all… all of which start after 8PM… So if you do watch it all- you’re going to bed at 3AM- IF they let you, because they don’t all start at 8 or 9. Some are on at 10, so your second choice can only be seen at 11, third at 12, etc. It’s ridiculous. Why? Because if you’re like most people, don’t you have to go to work Monday morning? and sure- sure you say that’s seven shows, I can watch one a day till it all comes back around again- but no. Because that’s just on one day. Monday’s got a couple shows you like, Tuesday too, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Saturday too. There’s too much TV on unless you bank it in a DVR for a binge watch, if you have a DVR that big, or save up to wastefully buy the DVD set when and IF it comes out, or subscribe to one of the services mentioned earlier- or be the sucker at the table who missed it. Network shows for example, most likely will not be put out on DVD. They may be repeated nowadays, but only during the season or on rerun when they’re off season. Try scheduling that. They might be recast on Hulu… but maybe not?

And by the likes of shows like Lost, The Black List, Elementary and The Mentalist, we can’t discount network for it’s quality. They’re still competitive for sure, and they’re worth tuning in for.

Lastly, not that I’m trying to get anyone else to cut their cable and put that money in a savings account for a well deserved vacation or anything, that decision is on you… But even I forget one of the bes things about going of grid like this so to speak… It’s the fact that I don’t watch commercials people. The shows I download are com-plete-ly commercial-less. Black screen to next scene. So whoever is providing these for their fellow share-ers out there is kind enough to omit all commercialism from them. An hour show is in the 45 minute viewing time zone. Not only do I enjoy not having my brain trained to have ADHD or whatever it is every 5 minutes, but I’m saving time in whatever I choose to see anyway. Sure- premium cable shows don’t have commercials, you’re right. But you paid for that, and I’m watching it for free. Basic cable does have commercial interruption, and I don’t pay to miss those either.

OK! So I don’t watch as much TV any more and I keep the habit inconvenient enough to be managed to an acceptable level, and convenient enough to be streamlined and at my fingertips when I call on it, not the other way around. I’m not forcing myself to watch a show because the DVR will erase it if I don’t, I’m not choosing to watch a show based on what the DVR will allow me to because it’s busy recording three others, or missing a show because it conflicts with other recording times or they’re just not streaming it via any service at all. It’s all under my control now and if I get to it when I get to it.

Allllll that being said… want to know what I have bookmarked for download?

Get ready. Because the last person who asked me what shows I like to watch almost shot themselves as the list went on and on. But again, keep in mind, I’m not watching all this every day. Some is off season, some is on season but I’m letting it pile up, and some, very little in fact, I choose to watch before bed after a long day at work, the gym and school. And come to think of it, looking at the list now… some of it is even cancelled, or they are shows I haven’t even downloaded to watch yet- but I’ll indicate each as I go down the list, and give a quick little recommendation if not a review, which is why we’re here.

Rectify – Excellent thought provoking drama
Dominion – Slightly cliché but compelling theologically based action drama.
Gang Related – I’m currently letting this one pile up for a binge viewing (DLPU)
Satisfaction (US) – Somehow this “real people” drama came to my attention- DLPU
Graceland – Highly recommend this undercover police drama. Good actors and decent writing.
Extant – Giving this a try. Sci-Fi, so I have to… so far not liking the attempt at suspenseful endings.
Suits – Excellent legal drama with an absolutely likable and attractive cast- all of them.
The Bridge (US) – Excellent quirky police detective drama.
Covert Affairs – I was with this for the first season, and have been letting it pile up since – lost interest.
Perception – Big fan of the main character actor, but it’s piling up- will definitely catch up one day.
Under the Dome – A Stephen King story, so I have to see where this goes. I think he’s a bit overrated.
Longmire – Pretty good modern day western police drama.
True Blood – Last season of this silly show. It’s fun.
Masters of Sex – The entire show is piling up.
The Last Ship – I’m a military show buff, so I must see this. So far not bad.
Halt & Catch Fire – Totally missed this show and binge viewed it in one night. Great nerd drama.
The Strain – This is going places I didn’t expect. Sci-Fi sort of fantasy horror kind of thing. Intrigued.
Falling Skies – Big fan of Noah Wiley- Ended up liking the show through my doubts.
Ray Donovan – The quintessential tough guy takes on the world drama. Love it.
The Leftovers – This seems indulgent to the spectating of the main character- but interesting so far.
Hell on Wheels – I grew to really like this old western drama about the building of the trans continental railroad.
Power (2014) – Co-workers asked me to watch this- I’m feeling it’s a low brow partner to Scandal
The Killing – I’m a sucker for the darkness perfected in this murder mystery detective drama.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon – I can’t keep up with a nightly show like this but it’s fun when I do.
Real Time With Bill Maher – Feed the high brow- no pun intended.
The Daily Show – Feed it some more, but again, it’s Daily, so I can’t keep up. Brilliant though.
The Soup – Feed the low brow. Hilarious and scary at times.
UFC Fight Night – When I can keep up with the evolution of pugilism I do.
24 – I mean to see this entire series, but it seems neurotic to me in it’s attempt at action.
Hemlock Grove – When I can be tolerant of the extremely strange, I’ll get through this horror online series
The Ultimate Fighter – Pugilism 2.0
The Art of… – just a very cool “how do they do it” kind of show.
Californication – This show is finished actually, last two seasons weren’t 100%, but overall a lot of fun.
Penny Dreadful This show is well done horror. Love it.
Nurse Jackie Love this character drama. One of the few at the top of my must see now list.
Orphan Black – Season two awaits the opportunity for viewing. Interesting, but a little cliché.

I’ve got to take a break right now and get back to the rest later… This is my second seating trying to get this post done… It’s easier to download and watch a show here and there it seems, than to actually chronicle them all. In total there are 128 shows on this list. There are some good ones down there I’ll add descriptions or opinions to next time. I’m considering taking this a little more seriously too and maybe starting a page on TV reviews, but we shall see.

Crisis
The Pete Holmes Show
Fargo
Game of Thrones
Vice
The 100
Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey
Turn
Orange is the New Black
Last Call with Carson Daly
Tosh.0
The Writers’ Room
Silicon Valley
Comedy Underground with Dave Attell
Hannibal
Revolution (2012)
The Mentalist
Saturday Night Live
Grimm
Elementary
Reign
Suburgatory
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Person of Interest
Chicago Fire
The Blacklist
Hawaii Five-0 (2010)
Blue Bloods
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Bates Motel
The Tomorrow People (US)
Resurrection (2014)
Vikings
The Following
Community
Scandal
Being Human (US)
House of Lies
Shameless (US)
Bitten
The Walking Dead
Talking Dead
Helix
Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Mr. Selfridge
Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory
Wahlburgers
Episodes
Black Sails
Banshee
The Bachelor
True Detective
House of Cards (2012)
The After
White Collar
American Horror Story
Dracula (2013)
Sleepy Hollow
Sherlock
Hostages
Strike Back
Real Husbands of Hollywood
Homeland
South Park
Sons of Anarchy
Boardwalk Empire
The League
Eastbound & Down
Hello Ladies
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Low Winter Sun
Talking Bad
Breaking Bad
Dexter
Satisfaction (CA)
Siberia
The Newsroom (2012)
Do No Harm
Joe Rogan Questions Everything
The Glades
Magic City
Luther
Doctor Who (2005)
Southland
Monday Mornings
Last Resort
Hunted
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
Damages
Hit & Miss
One Man Army
Comedy Central Presents

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I have 74 Tivo Season Passes… Too much?

January 31, 2011 Leave a comment

A friend recently said, “you watch all those shows, I was gonna ask you about this one” and it got me thinking. As if it takes much to get me thinking anyway. When I say it got me thinking I only mean it got me thinking more.

And yeah, I guess I do “watch all those shows” and it is as horrible as it sounds. But considering that via my little productivity tracking system, I’m increasingly productive (the numbers don’t lie) in the last couple of months, I can’t feel too guilty about pressing play on a favorite show if I’ve earned it. And usually that’s done with this laptop on my lap anyway- so even if I have earned the right to do nothing for a couple of hours, I rarely take myself up on it without wrestling with the guilt of doing nothing for a while beforehand. Welcome to my world.

Besides, this friend tends to be a downer too- and they like to criticize a lot but I wonder, if they’re unemployed (unlike myself) and pretty much in the same place in life that I’m in, what do they do all day, and not watch any shows they would later ask about and probably enjoy?

It may be helpful to know many of my friends are artists in their own right and/ or involved in or ardent admirers of the arts, media, drama, etc. Hence the love of media, and the irresistible urge to take it in when possible.

In any case, if you don’t have RCN in New York then you don’t mess with Tivo unless you go out of your way to. Yeah you can go out and buy a Tivo and subscribe to the service, but who needs another bill, is my motto. The consolidation of services is the name of the game if you ask me. Companies who invest in this effort are the companies that will last. But that’s food for another blog. here and now i’m going to break down my Season Pass Content to get a little snapshot of my personality in entertainment choices.

By the way I like the Tivo, it’s simplified enough, has a large enough capacity and offers a spill over option by making it possible to transfer your shows to yourPC via their software- because when you have 74 Season Passes (sorry, a Season Pass, if you don’t know, is a Tivo DVR menu item that automatically records all the episodes of a show for you as they come up for viewing) you might not actually watch the shows as they’re recorded and run out of space on the DVR. For me, that’s the poker shows that I enjoy once in a while, and can only watch back to back when I do. They pile up and sometimes a whole season will go by and I haven’t pressed play. It’s good to be able to take those shows and move them to my PC or laptop for viewing otherwise, or if I buy the upgrade to the software I can convert their code to play on my iPod or whatever. THAT is handy for sure- because I can definitely justify a season of the World Series of Poker on a flight or an episode or two of Poker After Dark on the commute (when I’m not listening to a language podcast that is- currently, Japanese. Learning is a productivity point).

Here we go… these are listed in no real order other, as I don’t really understand the way Tivo handles priority. Does it prioritize in escalating order (74 to 1) or in number order (1-74)? I’ve gone in there and moved a show up or down if it gets cut off early and I’m robbed of a climactic ending, but not knowing the order I usually park the show next to something that’s off season so it doesn’t happen again. In my defense I haven’t needed to hunt down an ending of a show more than once, and I felt the appropriate shame afterwards.

Lights Out FXHD

A former heavy weight champ, the actor that started the “his name is Robert Paulsen” chant in the movie Fight Club, deals with the aftermath of his controversial last fight before retirement and life’s pressures as they lead him back to the ring in direct opposition to his wife’s demands and his children’s concerns for his health. Form the first episode it had me hooked. This is drama for the lover of tough guy underdog roles. Count me in.

The Ricky Gervais Show HBOHD

No explanation needed, simply hilarious.

Episodes SHOWHD

Matt Leblanc returns to television but this time, respectably. It’s actually a very funny show, to my surprise, and any show with eye candy like Tamsin Greig, I’m in.

Californication

If you don’t know, get in the friggin know, good show.

The Walking Dead

Ditto.

In Treatment

Your first glimpse at the contrast in my taste, and/ or personality. This is a show that appeals purely to the intellect. If it’s not listed as an “Intellectual Drama”, it should be. Though the second season did less for me as far as providing interesting psychological analysis because they seemingly wanted to take the spotlight away from the patients and put more of it on the main character played by Gabriel Byrne , it still entertained, because that character seems to be pretty screwed up.

Eastbound & Down

Yeah I won’t be watching these two back to back, but I wouldn’t do without the hilarity that comes through my TV via this show.

Dexter

Again, if you don’t know, now you know.

Stargate Universe

Yes, I am a nerd, and this spin-off of the original show, that stemmed rather brilliantly from the movie, is miles above the rest. This show is what modern Sci-Fi should be. Put it right up there with BSG.

Off the Map

The pilot was available on iTunes for free, and desperate to un-bore my commute, I downloaded it (pre-Japanese classes)… to my surprise, I liked it, and so I got the Season Pass. there is no shortage of sensitive drama here, and I can be either in or out of the mood for that- You can only do the “oh I’m a sensitive doctor trying to redeem myself somehow” so much, but there’s also mucho eye candy here, more for the men than the women, so I’m in. Also, as much as I detest being cliché in any way, I can’t help but like to hear some well spoken Spanish and a sexy Spanish accent coming out of the tube.

Thats the first ten on the list. As much as I want to get into as much detail with the remaining sixty four shows- wow that’s really striking me as a lot now- I do have some other stuff to do today so let me just run down the rest of the list real quick…

Hawaii Five-0

Blue Bloods

Boardwalk empire

Fringe

CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

Men of a Certain Age

The Mentalist

Spartacus: Gods of the Arena

The Event

True Blood

House

Lie to Me

The League

Dark Blue

Outlaw

Chase

Rubicon

Southland

Community

Flipping Out (yeah, what?)

Rescue Me

Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory

The Real L Word

Sons of Anarchy

Louie

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

White Collar (reluctantly. I hope he finds his girlfriend, she’s hot)

Eureka (eh, ok)

Covert Affairs (Piper Perabo)

Poker After Dark

Haven (it’s X-files-ish)

Tosh.0 (in actuality I hate this guy)

Law & Order Los Angeles (giving it a chance)

The Defenders (kitschy)

LA Ink: Fresh Ink (I’m a sucker for a tattoo’d girl, and the art is sometimes amazing)

Ugly Americans (I don’t cry when this gets pre-empted)

Rules of Engagement (deserves the attention Two and a Half Men gets, a show which is ultimate shit if you ask me)

Russel Simmons Presents Stand Up at the El-Ray (to date, not one episode of this show has recorded? Perhaps the Tivo is empathic as well, and notes my negative feelings towards played out black-comedy)

The Penguins of Madagascar (my inner child)

Fanboy and Chum-Chum (I dare you to watch one episode and tell me you do not want to see Chummy again)

Strikeforce Challenger Series (i’ts good to remember the importance of self defense)

Robot Chicken (hilarious)

Shameless (giving it a chance, seems kitschy)

Machines (nerd)

Human Target (I was interested, but episodes don’t record, so whatevz I say)

30 Rock (indispensable, but see what I mean about the priority?)

Skins (I pretend they’re older… or do I?)

The Late late Show with Craig Ferguson* (funny man)

Perfect Couples (the one correspondent from the Daily Show, my god. Otherwise seems to be written by the same characters who wrote for the male lead’s previous show- and I dropped that show two eps into it- so we’ll see)

Conan* (the best)

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart* (it’s how I make sense of the news- a daily staple*)

The Colbert Report* (can’t do one without the other)

63 Comedy Central Presents (I toy with the idea of stand up)

Nova Science Now (brain)

NOVA (there’s a difference?)

Rizzoli & Isles (yes, a low point, but they’re hot and well, they’re hot)

Scrappers (sad, and occasionally funny)

American Pickers (don’t see what the fuss is about, but the office girl is tattoo’d hotness)

An Idiot Abroad (brilliantly funny)

Being Human (curious, but it’s not recording?)

Stand Up Showdown 2011 (see #63)

Wonders of the Solar System (great show)

Mutant Planet (also)

CBS Sunday Morning (am I getting old?)

So what have we learned…

We have learned that if I want to have to turn my head towards the TV and up from my laptop or away from the paintbrush or pen and paper- that I want to see a beautiful woman- for the most part. Otherwise, it seems I want something either really funny, dramatically or intellectually stimulating. It seems I want to be informed, but obviously, by the daily get-home after work run down; CBS Eve News, Daily Show, Colbert- by default- I don’t want to take any of it seriously.

Or I am so angry about it I refuse to.

I think when summer eventually rolls around- the Tivo DVR is going to explode cause I’m not gonna be home enough to keep up with any of this.

Blog Entry, One Productivity Point.

True Blood; Shut Up Sookie, Shut Up!

Who else is is sick of Sookie?

This season seems to be gearing up steadily episode by episode. Nicely done. Nicely done. With the exception of a little note here and there, I can’t say I’m disappointed. I’m not one of these end-all be-all has no life glued to the TV or seem like it die hard series watching shlubs, so for me, if I happen to notice that Bill could have easily outrun the werewolves in the first episode and I ask myself- well why would he stop and slaughter them if his intent was to get back home in the first place… I won’t be a dick about it and I’ll let it go.

As it turns out, or is turning out, we are seeing that Billy bill, the faggy-est vamp, is to my suspicion, some kind of a double triple secret under cover other agenda having lieing sack of shit 007 vamp- so far as we can tell. His stopping unecessarily for a bunch of stank wolves makes sense now that we see how he wanted to infiltrate the Missisipi King’s lair.

My prediction is that Bill and Eric are truly the bestest of buddies and to some extent- they’re working together. They have a history according to what we’ve seen in previous seasons and they’re quite vague about that history aren’t they?

In any case, back to my original point…

I hate Sookie.

She is the most annoying character on television that I have ever known of. Almost as annoying as The Greatest American Hero, or Jon Cryer’s character on Two and a Half Men or whatever that series’ name is. I could rip my friggin head off rather than be exposed to too much of any of them.

That said, I really enjoyed Sookie’s possible death in this last episode. If even for a moment it was nice to imagine the series going on without her. Enough of her stupid self indulgent bla bla blaaaaaa lectures and advice to everyone who isn’t asking. If I have to hear her say the words ” well I think…” followed by another empty headed ridiculous collusion of words that if given a choice would probably not allow themselves to be united in any kind of sentence for the purpose of communication coming from her mouth in that stupid southern accent of hers again I think I’ll gut myself and rabidly gnaw on my own entrails unitl I pass out to be able to escape the torture of the experience.

Brilliant writing if that was the intent I have to say.

I want someone to come in and punch her dead in the face like Bill did Lorena a while back- but like, every other scene as she starts saying something. “Well I thank..” PUNCH! “but yall know whut eye thank?” PUNCH!

I’d definitely enjoy the series alot more if that were the case.

But of course, that’s not what’s gonna happen is it. I’ll have to put up with her nonsense and try and enjoy every other storyline as much as I can. Crossing my fangers of course, hoping and praying, that maybe, just maybe someone will come in out of no where and BAM!

Sook goes down like a sack of potatoes just as she opens her big ass mouth.

Shut Up Sookie! Just Shut the Fuck Up!

True Bluhhhd.

June 14, 2010 1 comment

Maybe I should start a TV review section?

Caught the action packed season premiere of TB last night and was not disappointed to say the least.

Here’s what jumped out at me;

Pam got hotter? Whatever actress Kristin Bauer did, it works. Last seasons it was a strange experience being into a character’s implied hotness, but not actually into her for a flaw here and there that made it otherwise interesting elsewhere on the screen. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it last night- which is a good thing since really I don’t want to know what if any work has been done – but whatever it was I wanted more.

Here’s a thought; her character sucked some hotness out of Alexander Skarsgård’s Eric- Because seriously, even a straight man such as myself can see a brother should’a hit the gym before shooting began. I wouldn’t let my girlfriend watch Generation Kill for how Al showed off the ripped abs- but c’mon dude- way to make a Vamp look lazy. Sookie’s reaction to Eric standing buck naked in front of her after V-jammin’ (the dancer?) in hyperspeed should have been more believable- but wasn’t thanks to your less than Ryanesque physique (Ryan Reynolds most notably in Blade; Trinity). How dare you not do some ass buster squats or something on a show where a character like Lafayette is probably going to make your pasty white ass look like a pair od skinny melted mozzarella sticks anyway- ya should’a gave it all you had!

Sookie, the ever droll and over-rated Ana Paquin’s character- thank god, didn’t get MORE annoying. Just the usual amount of unsolicited opinionated “it’s all about me” white southern girl BS from that character. Let’s hope they keep it that way- Last season I almost found her too much to bear. Whoever writes her got it just-to-the-limit right last night. She builds up on the annoying and right about when you start to consider forwarding her scene (if youre smart enough to be DVR delaying), then they shut her the F up and went to the next scene. If Rutina Wesley’s (one of the sexiest black women on TV right now- and thats a very short list) Tara wasn’t flipping out and successfully triggering my ignore-a-crazy-bitch attention span- I might have enjoyed her jumping on Sookie alot more. But as it was I could only care about one character in that scene and that was Nelsan Ellis’ Lafayette. Who incidentally, got a little short changed for a season opener. You know how we love being all up in Lafayette’s business. From the previews of the rest of the season though, we’ll get to see more action from the show’s resident flamboyant yet proudly masculine representative.

Jason Stackhouse is still a dumb ass. And delightfully dumber than ever. It would be interesting if we got a showcase on Ryan Kwanten’s range as an actor some way- some how- this season. I always find it interesting when an actor plays aloof or just plain stupid. Unlike comedy, like lets say with Jack Black’s style- you know a lot of his personality is incorporated in all he does on screen- but to play a dumb ass- you know there’s talent there that’s likely trained otherwise. it would be great to see that range on the same show.

The fit’s gonna hit the shan when Tara finds out who really shot her man-stud isn’t it?

Both Stephen Moyer’s and Sam Tremmell’s characters, vampire Bill and shapeshifter Sam are gay in my book- but I didn’t want to see it. I thought it was hilarious and executed to perfection as far as timing goes – how they put that on screen. That was a great moment of suspense- Hotchcock, no pun intended- coudn’t have done it better.

But otherwise I’m not impressed by either of their performances. I think SM’s work is elementary and without depth. I’m willing to concede that perhaps he’s saddled with the limited Paquin who’s best work- although just as cookie cutter- was in, ironically Interview with a Vampire… no wait that was Kirstin Dunst, I mean The Professional… no wait, that was Natalie Portman, with Gary Oldman who played the famous Dracula… I mean The Piano, yes I was mistaken with notable childhood performances but no, not Paquin, to her credit there is The Piano- where she was just as fucking annoying!

Interesting- I never realized till now, AP’s trademark is to be mother fucking annoying?

But I digress; SM has no excuse for sub-par hamacher schlemmering when in a scene all on his own. He sucks. Again, no pun. ST… I absolve thee. Simply because the character is supposed to be a schlub. So for all I know- any putting down I may do is actually a compliment to your skill, such as it is with Kwanten’s chops if I were to call him stupid.

And again I’ll mention the Eric character to emphasise what IS possible in a role… observe what Skarsgard does with Eric as far as depth. Go back and see the backstory in season two if you must- see the contrast in his other work. Juxtapose that with Moyer and you can almost see where SM is standing off stage to copy what he can off Skarsgard during his scenes, but he’s coming off like a hack.

Goes to show how it’s not talent that gets you somewhere in TV land- its probably a few other things-  we can only imagine some sucking going on there too- but no bloodshed.

Other than that- I’m not impressed by what the general media seems to be touting as points of interest- the attempted suicide of such and such – I mean c’mon, like mother like daughter- right? Save the drama fo’ya mama.

The wolves to be faced by Bill- maybe they’ll turn into laughing hyenas when he over acts at them? “I should warn you… I fed” Yeah, and I’m fed-Up with your hammyness. But no, its inconsistent and anti-climactic. If he’s running through the forest at V-speed… uh, why did he stop to fight some Were’s? Couldn’t he technically outrun them all the way back home? Cheap cop out by the writers to make pseudo suspense for the 2nd episode if you ask me.

The homosexual and almost wet dream Sam had… again, not suprising and clarified for you in the dream itself- Sam took Bills bluuhhd. So of course he’s gonna have man-lust for him. Them’s the breaks. You better be secure in your sexuality if you let a vampire help you out with some bluuhhd. They better not cop-out and have some fun with that little detail between the boys. SM actually had some good believability there… hmm, food for thought.

And Jason of course- we all know he’ll get over it. Theyre gonna have to kill someone off this season to make us go WOW! So how about we start speculating on who that may be?

For a real treat on suspenseful season cliffhangers- watch yourself this season’s Breaking Bad- that shit was off the fucking hook! I really didn’t care who took Bill- nor would I have cared if they took Sookie- just if they had teased by making me think they wouldn’t bring either of them back!

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OK,OK, I watched Lost too…

But I’m not gonna go blogging on it, so sorry to the the vacuum of that ilk…

Instead here you go, you can listen in on a conversation and get my thoughts on it that way…

10:33 AM

M~: that was my fave part… Juliet and sawyer
I almost lost it
Claire and Charlie
Kate and jack

Yours Truly: yeah she can illicit a response that actress
freckles was killin it in that dress

M~: lol
ye she looked dope 

YT: it was all about Jack btw
it was all in HIS head

M~: yesss
it was all in his perspective
the closed it with his eye closing 

YT: he was Lost

M~: I’m gonna watch the Kimmel thing tonight, I was out cold right after

YT: it could be said all of it happened in his mind, after the plane crashed and he wandered through the bamboo forest injured, dying, that’s why everyone dies in water
yeah I couldn’t watch it either

M~: ye there’s so many ways to interpret
they did that on purpose – yes they’re all literary references 

 YT: all the names of the characters, authors he’s read

 YT: yeah I thought that a while back, but they talked abt it in the interviews
cute I thought, but now I see 

 M~: ah I was about to say that 

 YT: poor Jack
father issues, love issues, no son issues

 M~: ye he was the center of it all 

 YT: I don’t like how it all wraps up for me

 M~: what do u mean 

 YT: I want someone
else’s version 

 M~: ah
they’ll be lots on the blogs today. EW.com has a good one but won’t be up until after 12p EST

 YT: find one for me that’s nice and tight, because it kills it for me to think of Jack lying on the beach with a head injury and dreaming all this up – this fight between good and evil, this insecurity of not being able to keep the girl, this wanting to be a hero, reluctantly, never having a son, this basic thing – the flash of life before your eyes one has before one dies
– an embolism dream comprised of all the literature he’s read, all the desires he’s had, the unfulfilled unfinished feeling of a man trying to put it all together in a last ditch effort to be ok with his bad luck of being on a plane that goes down in flames

A metaphor for his life

 M~: that’s a good way to summarize it
  well written (exp)!

YT: copy paste and credit me, lol 

M~: noooo 

YT: but it’s not the ending I want

M~: ye I know, that’s why it’s a little disappointing 

YT: it’s sad, like seriously they can rename it- “Poor Jack” 

M~: lol so true
  or “lost in Jack’s head” 

YT: none of it ever existed- it was all his imagination built on his life and the ppl he saw last
  or…
  spirit dreams
  limbo… “Where are we?” he asked his dad

M~: I hope the producers like come out and explain things at one point

Yours Truly: Me too.

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