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off topic: My Lubbin Hubbin

Season 5

Season 5

The Closer season premiere was Monday, something I’ve very much been looking forward to. My hubbin stopped on his way home and picked up Hostess Cupcakes to celebrate (he would have gotten Brenda’s Ding-Dongs but the store was out).

See? Proof of his love por moi.

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The Pink Trench of Love

First things first: how about that seriously awesome pink trench?? I MUST have one!

Looks like the Gabriel/Daniels situation has been resolved by losing Daniels. Too bad. She had one of the best lines in Season 1:

(to Sanchez) You have to be *this tall* to ride my ride.

And speaking of Sanchez… they are really giving him room to grow recently and it’s fantastic. One of the things that draws me back to this show is how well developed ALL the characters are and how they never seem to run out of material for them. Especially Provenza and Flynn. Of course, Tao continues to be my personal fav.

So go out and get a box of Ding-Dongs and set the TiVo. Brenda’s Boys are back on the scene, y’all!

off topic: an ode to Bones

 

Back in the Scooby-tastic Buffy glory days of yore, Angel (and by extension David Boreanaz) was not my latte of choice. Xander was my main man and Spike, lovely Spike, my main vampire (until of course Joss let the teenaged girls take the writer’s room wheel while he was off birthing Firefly – but I digress).

 

Angel spun off to LA in a convertible and I showed up occasionally out of curiosity but didn’t stick around for much after the first few episodes. For me Angel was always too broody and adolescent girl dark hero stereotypical and I couldn’t fathom a good reason to watch a whole show full of that. I’m told I missed most of the fun.

 

So when David Boreanaz popped up on Bones, I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention. I have a terrible tendency to pigeonhole actors within the roles that stick most firmly in my mind. As a former early devotee of a show he was instrumental in establishing (I have his action figure, for pity’s sake) I was happy to see him getting work but I didn’t feel at the time that the show was something that would interest me.

 

Boy was I off the mark.

 

bones-21In my late night journeys for something to fall asleep to, I’d come across Bones in syndication on TNT. Didn’t pay much attention to it until recently. Then for some reason I sat and watched an entire episode. Then another. And another. I love cable. So I told the TiVo to fetch which led to sending the hubbin out for season 1 on DVD last week. Last night, I picked up season 2. I love DVD.

 

Previously I let the set up, the casting, and the SciFi worthy lab toys turn me off. I mocked my dad for watching it. When oh when will I learn my lesson? First House, then Bones, and now NCIS. I bow to dad’s wisdom and follow obediently in his footsteps. Anyhoo.

 

bones-3The writing is a great deal of fun and more importantly strong. The cases are interesting and the why-dunnit plots make sense. I have a weakness for team based shows that explore the dynamics of why they work – and why sometimes they don’t. Bones does not disappoint. But in particular the pairing of Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel is crucial the ying yang set up of their characters – he is the wildcard intuitive and she is the stubbornly logical (a nice flipside, btw, to the more traditional male/female character archetypes). They make an excellent duo and their chemistry is dead on. IMHO, a lot of that is due to Boreanaz.

 

One of the things I appreciate most is that Boreanaz is very charming. His Booth character is fun and gets to dance around and poke mostly gentle sticks at the more grounded Bones character. But the powers that be have decided to not mire him in that dimension. Every now and again he gets a chance to pull out the dark, broody Angel within. There’s a moment in season 1 at the end of The Woman in the Garden in particular that gives me the happy shivers. And that contrast makes for a really amazing watch. I am now addicted. And happily so.

 

So Mr. Boreanaz – fly, be free. I’ve got you tagged with a tracker so I can keep up.

off topic: BSG & Caprica

Just this very morning I decided to do a little housecleaning. No, not my actual home (tho it is in desperate need), but rather the TiVo’s Season Pass list. It, too, was in desperate need – evidenced by the fact that the #1 slot was still Battlestar Gallactica and #2 Stargate: Atlantis.

What can I say, the wheels of my personal bureaucracy grind exquisitely slow.

Bear in mind that this marks the first time in the history of our TiVo that NO SciFi channel series are even on the list, let alone absent from the top 5. Zero. Nada. Zip. Very freaky for us.

So imagine my delight when curiosity prompted me to check this morning  on the status of Caprica. Ladies and gentlemen – we have an air date! Ok, maybe I’m late to the party (wouldn’t be the first time) but hey, at least I didn’t miss it.

caprica2I think I’m the only BSG fan in my immediate vicinity that is at all interested in Caprica. I guess time will tell if I remain that way.

So mark your calendars, nuggets. The battle for humanity has a beginning. And it’s April 21.

Hold the frakin phone!!!

I decided on a  whim to verify the air date and what did I find? That Caprica will not actually air on SciFi. Instead it will be released on DVD and as a digital download. TVGuide.com confirms it. Apparently the full series was pushed back to 2010. Very interesting… at least to me.

off topic: Battlestar Galactica

bsgThe end of an era?

Not quite. Caprica is “coming soon” and this November we will be treated to BSG: The Plan. Can’t blame ’em for wanting to milk every last drop out of the ol’ cash cow. And I stand ready to do my part to help them.

The series finale for BSG ran on Friday. Now, three days later, I find I’m still processing what I saw and how I feel about it. You have to admit, it’s been a pretty complicated six years. First a little personal background: I was a huge fan of the original series (even at the tender age of six…) and I faithfully tuned in whenever it would pop up in syndication over the last twenty odd years. Although now, unfortunately, after the “re-imagining” I have some trouble watching it at all.

My favorite part of this reimagined rollercoaster ride has to be the miniseries. Of all the bajillion DVDs we own, that is what I pop into the player most consistenly. It fulfilled the promise of its premise and in the context of the series as a whole – and most significantly to me – it offered hope.

Which regrettably dwindled with the human population as the seasons marched inexorably along.

It’s safe to say I’ve been unhappy, or more accurately dissatisfied, with seasons 3 and 4. They pointed the Galactica in a number of disparate and really sooper dark directions that didn’t fly for me and made me feel they lost sight of some of the basics set up in the miniseries and the first season (hope, anyone?).  I was simultaneously bummed and relieved to hear season 4 would mark the end of the journey for our intrepid survivors. So many shows run for ages past their expiration dates and you end up not wanting anything to do with them in the end (The X-Files, anyone?). Needless to say, I’ve been curious as to how Moore and Eick planned to wrap up this epic journey.

It’s tricky. To me it feels like a whole lotta nothing’s been going on since January. I would’ve thought they’d use their limited remaining time more wisely and tie off plots lines that have been flapping around out there like unfinished macrame in the wind. They dealt brutally but effectively with Dualla and Gaeta. Personally, I’d’ve preferred that strong hand in several other areas. But then, this wasn’t my show to write.

I’m not going to indulge in the bitch slapping blow by blow of the finale that I’m sure is being handed out elsewhere on the web. But I will lay down some of my finale impressions:

WARNING: SPOILERS!

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off topic: it just don’t get better than this

Yes, it’s a big ass link. But well worth the click.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/c0cf508ff8/prop-8-the-musical-starring-jack-black-john-c-reilly-and-many-more-from-fod-team-jack-black-craig-robinson-john-c-reilly-and-rashida-jones