jona: a sleeping panda (panda - sleeping)
In short, and not very analytical, just because.

The Good Wife: This show has been making me kind of depressed. >_< I was never very fannish about it but I always looked forward to it, but the season 6 election storyline, combined with the showrunner's apparent unwillingness to actually shake things up, and many once-interesting recurring characters having outstayed their welcome, have me really very... bored. Last week's episode was a bizarre 42 minute exercise in treading water, and worst of all is that I don't think I like Alicia anymore. :-| There's something going wrong when I'm more on Peter's side in the whole infidelity issue than Alicia's, and having read some backstage gossip I wish I could unsee (but that would explain a lot), I'm having some RL bleedover too. It's all very sad.

Jane the Virgin: it's a bit funny in that like The Good Wife, this is a show I really wasn't going to touch because the title put me off. But damn, is that an adorable show.

The Fosters: I'm not really watching watching this, so technically this doesn't belong on the list. I checked this out last year, very belatedly, because somehow I had missed that there was a TV show about a lesbian couple and their biological-adopted mix of kids. It kind of sounded like something I would like and could potentially like a lot (lesbians! found families!), and, well. I will give it one thing: Teri Polo as one of the mothers is really amazing, and when the plot isn't too stupid, I really enjoy her character. But from the start the show wasn't helped by an ill-advised star-crossed lovers plotline, plus it turns out I have a limited patience for watching a particular style of American (TV?) parenting. Also, in general, this is a show where everyone continously makes terrible choices, and whenever the choice is, 'Do I do this slightly uncomfortable but basically sensible thing where I get help with my problem and, like, don't break the law?' vs. 'Do I do the thing that is easier for exactly five minutes but guaranteed to blow up in my face later?', GUESS WHAT THEY DO. I think hatewatching is too strong a term because I don't feel that strongly about it; I basically get an episode now and then to see who is picking door #2 this week. And get a kick out of Teri Polo being a nommy lesbian.

The Americans: is having an absolutely amazing third season. Somehow I don't click with the fandom at all, so I'm just enjoying it all by my lonesome, and quietly shipping the two married leads something fierce.

Second Love: Kame's spring drama, concluded last Friday with just seven episodes. Spoilers for the whole thing, though not very deep )

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: A recent trial. I don't know what to make of that one yet. The lead is extremely likeable and I enjoy the mix of funny with the macabre premise, but... IDK yet.
jona: (bunnies incognito)
I don't know if it's just the day I've had (looooooooooooooooooooooong and on low blood sugar) and that I'm feeling kind of loopy, but I think this may have been my favourite The Good Wife episode... ever?

Not deep. )

That is all.
jona: (JE - Akame hello there)
Post accumlated over a good while. I don't watch this much TV in the span of a week. >_>

Vikings: I gave this a shot because I read reviews that made it sound appealing. ('Spartacus without the up-close gore' was a summary that sounded very appealing to me.) I really enjoyed the first episode, Spoilers for eps 1-3, I guess. )

Bomb Girls: the unfortunately worst-written show I am currently watching, but I still mostly keep up with it because the premise is so good, and some of the characters are wonderful even if they have to bumble their way through not very great scripts. Some thoughts on the current season. )

Orphan Black: I'm not invested in this show but it is very, very good. The lead actress is fantastic, and they burn through an incredible amount of Stuff Going On in just 45 minutes while still giving the characters room to breathe. It's even funny, too! I have promised myself to pace this one out so I can use the eps for cycling, because they are excellent for distracting me from stupidbike for the entire 45 minutes.

Project Runway: my guilty pleasure show, which I hadn't watched in a while because it became boring and too much about the drama. So the whole team season idea turned me off; I expected that to be even more about just drama and personality, not people getting shit done. So when I was desperate for some mindless 11 pm entertainment, I was pleasantly surprised to realise that it's much less about drama and much more about 'professional cooperation', and at the moment looks like the most fun Project Runway season in years.

The Americans: I'm probably teasing [personal profile] jae most unfairly by mentioning it but then not writing much about it, but I get that out of my system in her DW every week, so. :-) This is a rec, though. Hands-down the best new show on the block, if you ask me. Though it probably helps a bit if you were at one point in your life a bit of a Cold War nerd.

The Good Wife: has had a few plot clunkers in a row, and is starting to get a little boring. That makes me sad. T____T
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
-- I'm back from Scotland, thought I was getting sick, didn't get sick, am trying to get used to going to the office again. T_____T

-- I came back from Scotland with a Wii that pretends to be Japanese so I can play Joysound Karaoke and apart from the fact that ALL the decent mics in ALL of Germany must have sold out over Xmas (no joke!) it works, and La Paloma and I sang our way through Bryan Adams and U2 one drunken evening. (Then she made the mistake of wanting to check out Madonna songs and I realised they have Don't Cry For Me Argentina and it was DOOOOOOM, heh heh.)

-- I had my first post-new-hairstyle haircut today. Not that much of the perm left, but it still looks okay. I again had to tell the lady after the fact to take off another centimeter, though. What is it with hairdressers afraid to cut off hair?

-- There have been two friending memes on DW that looked interesting to me and I missed the 'reasonable' timeframe for both. GRMPF!

-- I am still undecided over tab vs. new laptop vs. neither. Those of you I haven't bored stupid with my angst yet can loook forward to the longer version soon.

-- La Paloma and I are making mini-holiday plans for Easter. Exciting!

-- Bomb Girls is back! I watched the first episode of the second season and I'm really, really loving it, and sometimes want to babble on about how catnippy it is, but I don't think anybody but me is watching it.

-- Why can I not keep my kitchen clean? Why?
jona: (GKS - fight-oh!)
Based on [personal profile] jae's recommendation, I have been acquiring & watching episodes of Borgen, a Danish TV series about a fictional Danish Prime Minister.

I agree that it is one of the better political shows I've watched in recent times, with some very excellent storylines. However, I'm not really feeling the love (yet?). Below are my impressions after watching the first six episodes, and I welcome discussion of why maybe X isn't as bad as I think it is. *g*

What I really like so far: Read more... )

What I kinda/maybe/really don't like: Read more... )

Despite my misgivings, this is a qualified recommendation still. The peevish stuff is very Jo-specific stuff, so if you like shows about politics, or just want to listen to a really funny language that isn't Dutch for a while, go get yourself some eps and see for yourself.
jona: (ikea man)
So while I was in Berlin and when I wasn't puking my guts out, I watched the first two episodes of the new season of GoT. (Ep 2 leaked early.) It's been... interesting in places, boring me in others. It's also made me go and rewatch parts of season 1 -- I say parts because it was the sort of skip-watching I do when I take breaks between writing stuff or getting other shit done -- and I was going to post about some of my observations, and then got lazy, and then [personal profile] rheasilvia posted her interesting take on season 1 and it reminded me that I had the odd thought that's been swirling around my brain.

Season 1 revisited
Rewatching season 1 when you've already learned the relevant backstory -- sometimes more, from reading book spoilers -- the first season doesn't really hold up on rewatch. I think the first time around I was enthralled by the production values and the acting; the second time around, I really started to notice how you have about one scene of Shit Happening for every scene of Infodump, and that is not a very good ratio. As I said in [personal profile] rheasilvia's comments, there's really a lot of Stellar Actor 1 meeting Stellar Actor 2 in Impressive Set and they pretend to Taunt each other which allows them to Infodump about King Somethingorother and the Battle of Wherever and Remember When We Did Shit. Instead of anyone doing shit. The dialog's well written and even better acted so they think they can get away with it sometimes three times in an episode, but on rewatch, I don't think they're getting away with it as much as they think.

Sansa's still my girl, though. On rewatch, I think she's the only character I genuinely care about, my Special Honey who needs a Happy Life. (*sigh*)

Spoilers for LATER BOOKS underneath, also on white-text, for the extra cautious, about other characters I may or may not like )

Sex & Violence & No Videotape
I realised this after watching the first two episodes of season 2, though there's nothing particular in them that set it off, just a continuation of a theme. And that's that the sex and rape stuff is starting to make me very, very uncomfortable.

This reaction weirds me out a little, because I can't really put my finger on why I'm starting to find this objectionable. Because, two things. 1) I'm actually interested in how books and TV approach sexual violence; in general this is something that makes me look more, rather than away. So it's not that I'm OMG HORRIFIED that it's there. 2) I think that if you have the kind of power structures that are established in a setting like this, it's actually more honest to not chicken out on what that means for women, sex, and the combination. So yes, soldiers treating themselves to some raping of local women when a battle is over or a lord going 'Oh, I guess I'm in the mood to have the milk maid' is stuff I find entirely plausible, and I appreciate texts that acknowledge this in frank terms rather than a) being wishy-washy about it or b) having it happen but only to extras, not women characters you actually know.

So I really don't know why GoT gets me in some really uncomfortable spot. And not a way I think I'm meant to be uncomfortable. Somewhere along the episodes, it's started to tip from 'a frank look' to 'oooh look how edgy we are with all the rapin' and our FRANK LOOK', which is different. And IDK. I can't even put my finger on why or where it happens.

It ties in a bit with the violence. I also got myself very spoilered for the books. Now perhaps I'm being unfair taking this out of context and in context it's an entirely different animal, that's entirely possible. In fact, I'm very open to those more knowledgeable correcting me, because unlike the sex stuff, this is about things I have not seen on my screen yet! At the moment, having read about a number of things that happen to characters -- whether I like them or not -- later, I'm getting a distinct sense of torture-porn. You know, that 'just how horrible can I get lulz aren't I so GRITTY!'

And even moreso than in the case of the rape issue, I can't really object intellectually, because I do think lots of things human beings will do to each other when you let them and they have the power to get away with it can be pretty horrible. But it's actually worse than Spartacus (OMG LOL, 'worse than Spartacus'...), where the violence really wasn't 'for me' but looking away just did the trick and I never felt actually offended. Hm.

A few less ponderous things about season 2, eps 1+2
Also under cut AND white text )
jona: (Default)
So, Spartacus. I don't actually think I ever mentioned I am watching this. Well, 'watching', depending on how you define it. I am possibly a very very weird audience for this show. I 'watch' it because I am incredibly intrigued what kind of kink and nudity and insanity they're going to come up with next, because this show clearly lives to do crazy shit. On the other hand, I frequently 'watch' it shrunk to the size of two postage stamps in a corner of the screen and looking at other stuff, because I am actually a total wimp about on-screen violence. The spurting blood, I can handle, but Spartacus just loooooves cracking people's skulls open and having their teeth shatter and hearing bones break and things ripped off people, and while I read that this apparently all looks fake, it still wigs me the fuck out. Hence I 'watch' without actually looking at the screen much for long long stretches and only tune in for the kink-and-nudity bits. (Which, funnily enough, don't actually do anything for me either, but it is always interesting what they do. And frequently makes me go, 'in fandom, this would be called idfic.')

Here's my complaint, though. Has the dialog gotten noticeably worse? I know they've always done the very stitled faux-theatre-ish thing, but I don't remember it being this painful from the first season. And, really, if you're 'watching' a show at the size of two postage stamps in your screen corner, the dialog sucking really gets problematic!

ETA: LOL this week on Spartacus! Read more... )

PS: this is very random in the context of fucking, skull-crashing Romans, but in the context of TV-I-am-'watching': Saiko no Jinsei no Owarikata, aka Pi's Undertaker Drama. Oh. My. God. You know you're in trouble when you fail to meet the Kami no Shizuku standard of 'interesting.' I had high hopes for this show, because a) it seemed to have interesting, quirky characters, b) Pi has really good hair, c) and gets good lighting, d) I found the details of burials interesting (people in Japan apparently get put in gift boxes when they're dead!), e) the female detective is a little bit hot pretty, and f) did I mention Pi is pretty? But I'm up to ep 3 now and the plots? Just suck. Ep 2 had thirty minutes of plot and fifteen minutes waffle. Ep 3 had fifteen minutes of plot and thirty minutes of PREACHING. As much as I would love to know what happens to the disabled sister and watch the female detective puke all over Japan after more drinking rounds with Pi, I am afraid I am unable to stomach the preaching. And having five people explain what happened... ten minutes ago. On screen. (Srsly, this is like a record even for Jdramas.)

I'm sorry, Pi. ;__;

jona: (bunnies incognito)
Life, what life?
I kind of want to post an update on Things Wot Have Happened only They Were Mostly Boring and IDEK. Largely recovered from Meisa freak-out; discovered my emergency sleeping pills were making my heart race; got prescription-grade sleeping pills instead; developing a mouse arm no no no this will be so inconvenient; exercise bike is broken; suspected boss of sulking at me but was proven wrong; went on blind dates; got nice free shopping out of MAMAAA's broken arm; still not King.

On TV:
The Good Wife, episode 3.15: was it just me or was this episode... surprisingly boring, and actually kinda... bad? >.< These are not words I usually associate with TGW, but it just utterly failed to grab me.

I may have to stop watching Grey's Anatomy again. I've had an on-again, off-again low-stakes relationship with this show, where I get sucked in by some of their better dramatic arcs, and eventually get ticked off by some of the dumber dramatic arcs and a set of ethics where the person who ~feels the most~ tends to be in the right, no matter how illogical or unprofessional they are. But the last two seasons, I was practically enchanted -- I thought the shooting and the aftermath was incredibly intense and followed up well, and they've done the best 'Lesbians Want A Baby' storyline I've seen anywhere. (Seriously, I was so URGH when that started, and then it turned out AMAZING, complete with Mark's involvement. I loved it.)

This season, though, we have: Spoilers )

I've also watched all the episodes of Once Upon A Time that are currently out. When this show started, some of the reviews and promo materials totally put me off, and then it wasn't even a blip on my radar. But I was looking for stuff to watch while I was on the exercise bike, and gave this a shot, and... it's not Great TV, but some of the stuff it does, it does very well. I love the way they've remixed some of the fairytales -- for a show that's built on very well-known stories, it's managed to surprise me quite a number of times! I don't love so much the bad fanfic plot turns that hinge on people not telling each other things, or spoilers for episode 13 ) or telling each other useful things like 'if you really love me, meet me by the candystore at 12.03 on Sunday WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOUR BUS WAS LATE'.

But these whinges aside, I'm really finding it quite entertaining. I hope the bad fanfic plot turns won't frustrate me too much as they draw out the Queen's plotting and evil overlording.

On fannish things:
For the... third year in a row, maybe, I'm eyeing the Remix challenge with some... interest. I really love the idea of it, and that particular challenge, but somehow the reasons I never signed up before still haven't gone away. *SULK*

Basically, the dilemma is this. The qualifying rules work against me signing up as ME, because the only fandom I qualify in on my own is BSG. And since you have to offer to write in at least one of your qualifying fandoms, that does not make this a very appealing thought. I'm just over writing BSG.

The 'no pairing guarantees' rule, sensible as it is, works against me bullying Solo into signing [personal profile] haikuesque up. We'd qualify in JE easily as [personal profile] haikuesque, but if we get matched up with a writer of PIN and KOKAME my endless guilt will be... endless. (Not that I'd be keen to write Pin and Kokame as me, either, but I'm a little more ready to gamble than Solo.)

SO THIS IS HARD. I guess I could always try to write a few drabbles before sign-up starts, but really, where'd be the fun in anyone remixing a drabble that I wrote randomly just to qualify?

On Japan:
WE HAVE TICKETS TO ALL THREE TOKYO DOME SHOWS. Thanks to the amazing adorable [ profile] rindiggfelt! YAY!
jona: (bunnies incognito)
I have been an avid watcher of The Good Wife since it aired. You wouldn't know it from my posting habits don't hit me Jae but I am, kind of, like, a fan.

So now I've watched the finale of the second season, and never mind that I have sort of forgotten how to write about episodes, but I just have to say:

Spoilers up to the finale )
jona: (JE - Yamapi crossed arms)
It's hot here.

Well, not really hot hot. But somehow I'm not coping well with the arrival of summer. (And I wanted the cold to end as much as anybody.) Feeling very groggy and ready-for-siesta here, for no good reason.

I have mostly climbed out of my post-weekend blues and now only occasionally hate on small furry animals, English grammar, and dirty dishes. Also little brothers, printers, [censored], Solo's network connection, [also censored], and sometimes [you don't want to know], but... on the whole, better!

Here's some TV I've been watching that isn't about KAT-TUN and that I would feel moved to talk about more if I still remembered how.

The Good Wife: Hands-down my favourite non-Japanese show at the moment, and in a long while. I find pretty much everyone on it interesting, I find the cases interesting, and who would have thought that I would have a moment of HOLY WOW! over latest ep spoilers )

I'm a bit sorry I don't post about it more; I do love reading commentary on the episodes and I usually have to troll friendsfriends to find any. I'm weirdly unaccustomed to writing about shows where I'm not interested in fic or other creative engagement with the show, just enjoy watching.

In Plain Sight: Still works for me, and some eps Mary just knocks my socks off. They do the abrasiveness just right, where sometimes she's annoying but never so much it feels like writerly indulgence. Though it may be the rare show where I actively hope they won't go shippy with the lead couple.

Parenthood: ...yeah. Not something I necessarily expected to find interesting, either. I checked out the first two eps out of boredom and because of the involvement of some FNL people, and despite it being a show about, well, parenting in the widest sense, it has a surprising number of characters I find very charming and worth my time. The rhythm of the dialog and comedy also generally works well.

I thought I had to kick it off my viewing list a few weeks ago when two episodes in a row it seemed to dip into soap opera, and plot turns only came about because people didn't tell each other things in really stupid ways. (I'm also really not fond of a certain plot strand ) But then it picked up again, and I kinda wanna know how things work out.

Though I also wish that TV didn't constantly treat fathers acting like lunatics over their daughters' dating life as funny and lovable and cute, and instead called them out for being jerks. But again, I don't really expect any different anymore.

Master and Commander is still a fucking awesome movie, BTW. Also the only one I can recall where I've now watched the behind the scenes documentary three times.

Oh, and we posted our [ profile] kizuna_exchange story to [ profile] haikusociety: Amigo, rated Teen. Thank you again for the beta, [ profile] ina!

Final, non-TV word: Ya know, I am pretty uninvested in British politics, to the point where I'm astonished how uninvested I am that not even my usual across-the-globe social democrats-equivalent reflexes are stirring much. But I must say I'd be a little sadface if Gordon Brown lost because he called a bigot a bigot.


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