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Second post of 2008! Equally crowded.

Can I just take a minute to say how HAPPY I am that late-night talk shows are back?  I have missed them like whoa, and by "them" I mean "Jay Leno." 
Because I can't tell you how many nights in the past two months I could have used a good laugh before tackling my next paper.  David Letterman always strikes me as the most boring, dry, dull man on the planet, and his so-called banter with the band leader is not so much "funny" as "painfully awkward," while Conan O'Brien is a spastic little monkey whose sketch characters have a tendency to stray too far over the vulgarity line (I hate you, Triumph).  And there's a guy on after Dave, but he's so far in 4th place I don't even remember who it is.  Is that Kilborn's slot?  Leno, on the other hand, not only has great back-and-forth with Kevin Eubanks, he consistently cracks me (except when he invites Ross the Intern to go somewhere.  Then I wish him a slow and painful death). 

To my delight, the past two nights have brought not only funny-as-ever monologues, but a beloved JibJab premiere and John Melendez in a mankini.  Yes, this latter item seems like it would be a bit visually scarring, and it kind of is, but on the other hand I was so sure they were going to have him wear it over clothes or some similar cop-out that when I saw it, I just burst out laughing and couldn't stop.  HEE!  This completely makes up for the fact that Jay is 0 for 6 on interesting interviews/musical acts so far, which is probably a testament to Hollywood stars who don't want to seem like they've stopped supporting the WGA's cause.  (speaking of which, I think I've been very good about not whining except in underhanded jabs during episode reviews, but just know that my resentment burns a little deeper each day)

Next order of business: Speaking of things going my way, Hilary Clinton came in 3rd in the Iowa caucus.  THIRD!  HAH!  That's even better than Obama sweeping first.  But I'm not going to be able to breathe properly until she's officially out of the running, so...keep losing, please.  In other news, Republican Party, please get your acts together, because Mike Huckabee makes me kind of uneasy and I really don't think I want to vote for him.  DISCLAIMER: This section is not up for debate on why I like or dislike particular candidates, because I don't have a list of reasons for you.  I just feel like mentioning my opinions.

Third order of business: let me clear out another survey I've got lying around...I know there were quite a few The Year in Sum types to choose from, but I'm just going with the one I saw most recently. 

1. What did you do in 2007 that you'd never done before?
Tried alcohol, took my driver's test.  Not on the same day.  Oh, and I found (and made heavy use of) the bike path I've been looking for by school since I was first enrolled.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Because I can speedily look this up on the blog, my resolutions last year were:
1. Un-abandon my [paper] journal and write more often than 1 page a fortnight.  Yep!  It took me until July to start writing again, but I managed to fill most of a notebook by Christmas.   I've started to abandon it again, though...
2. Get 2 A's on my transcript.  I only had one semester to work with, and I only got 1 A.  Half successful?
3. Tag my Xanga entries consistently; also retro-tag the past five years.  Yeah, that didn't happen, because life just isn't as easy to categorize as fandom.
4. PRACTICE DRIVING.  If possible, obtain driver's license.  Done and done.   The fact that I have not driven since August and have probably erased all my progress is irrelevant.
5. Find out what wine tastes like.  Accomplished.  Answer: bad.

This year...I'm not sure.  Almost everyone on my f-list has mentioned some variation of spending less time on the computer.  Nah, don't think so.  In fact, I know where I'm going to start with my resolutions.

1. Get 8 million NP in the bank on Neopets.  I'm currently at 6.4 mil, so this should be achieved with relatively minimal time and effort.  THIS IS A WORTHWHILE GOAL.
2. Maintain, if not improve, current GPA.  Would require just above a B average.
3. Stay on campus and work over the summer. 
Any job will do; I just need money and experience, and it's easiest to get it through school.
4. Finish "Clockwork Silence" and at least one new story.  Lofty writing goals I have!
5. Use my planner diligently.  I will not go so far as to say "Procrastinate less," because we all know life wouldn't be worth living if I weren't writing papers the night before they were due and simultaneously despairing of my ability to finish by the time class started, but I'm going to write down every assignment.  You'd think this would be easy for an organizationally-obsessed mind, and I used to be really detailed about it - I've saved all my planners since the beginning of high school because of their wealth of info - but I didn't do it last year, and this year I basically gave up on it by mid-October.  That was a bad idea.
6. Write in my journal at least once a week.  I really must produce more regular entries, especially ones that are not merely pasted-in copies of things written on Xanga.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Strictly speaking, the new baby at Thanksgiving was my mom's cousin's daughter's.  I'm not sure what relation that makes her to me.  I keep looking it up, but then I keep forgetting.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
I'll say yes...a high school & college classmate.  Technically he died the day he disappeared in December 06 (fell through lake ice and drowned, for those who don't know), but it wasn't until April that they found his body to confirm it.

5. What countries did you visit?
I didn't leave my U.S. of A borders.  In fact, I only left my state borders once, for Thanksgiving.

6. What would you like to have in 2008 that you lacked in 2007?
A college degree.  :)  Also, a job.  By which I mostly mean money, as it was in short supply this fiscal year.

7. What date(s) from 2007 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
To be honest, I think only one (well, two) of them is really going to stick for the rest of time -
July 21: HARRY POTTER SEVEN
July 22: "The Mourning After." 

I mean, I've already forgotten the other days that seem like they would be important, such as the exact day I officially withdrew from college for the semester, the day I got my license, and the Minneapolis bridge collapse.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Either FINALLY getting my driver's license, or successfully completing this past semester at school after the mental freakout in January. 

Oh yeah, and the fantastic amount of material pertaining to episode reviews on this site.  Mustn't forget that.  ;)

9. What was your biggest failure?
Not working.  At all.   Plus that whole dropping out in the first place...

10. Did you suffer any illness or injury?
The now-ubiquitous cavities...otherwise just a few colds.  And one really bad day of fever where I was so consumed with pain and exhaustion that I called my mother in a whimpering panic because I couldn't remember what you were supposed to do when you got sick.  Like take Tylenol.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Hmm...well, all my garage sale finds were pretty fantastic.  Off the top of my head, I got a few pieces of jewelry that I now wear all the time, plus my big wooden jewelry box, my doggie purse, the old-school My Little Pony I'm looking at, and Roller Coaster Tycoon...

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
A high school friend I reconnected with; she's been very supportive over on Xanga, plus she gave me a ride home for Christmas.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Oh, a few select people collectively known as the Writer's Guild of America.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Textbooks and food ate up the biggest percentages, I think.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
About 50 different spoilers for my various shows (Danny goes to support Lindsay!  Grissom and Sara have a dog!  Jim + Pam+ bed-and-breakfast!), Pirates 3, Harry Potter 7, and in non-fandom things, the weekly Thursday-Saturday rush of going to garage sales.

16. What song will always remind you of 2007?
Oh, God.  There are literally a hundred, which you will find out when I (eventually) post the list I've been tracking all year.  10 that jump to mind, though, include:

Fidelity - Regina Spektor
Liar- 8mm
Enter One - Sol Seppy
Innocence - Avril Lavigne
Lupin's Tale - whatever stupid HP-themed band name it was...
Your Ex-Lover is Dead - Stars
What Goes Around - Justin Timberlake
Hey There Delilah - Plain White T's
Nolita Fairytale - Vanessa Carlton
Life Less Ordinary - Carbon Leaf

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder? Bit happier
ii. thinner or fatter? about the same
iii. richer or poorer? hahaha POORER

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Creative writing.  I didn't even have enough to fill out the end-of-year fic meme this time around.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Sitting at the computer while being too scared of my homework to start it

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
I spent it at relaxing at home

21. Did you fall in love in 2007?
Only with certain 'ships.  Quite a lot of ships, actually.  I'd list them, but I think there might be over two dozen.

22. How many one-night stands?
that's...not really my thing

23. What was your favorite TV program?
HEEEEE!  At the beginning of the year, my favorites were Lost, CSI, and CSI: NY.  For summer, So You Think You Can Dance ruled the roost.  And come September, The Office took over my soul.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn't hate this time last year?
See "people whose behavior made you appalled and depressed."

25. What was the best book you read?
I think Harry Potter kind of wins by default, but...oh no!  That's a lie.  It's a 3-way tie between Sara Gruen's "Flying Changes," Celia Rees' "Pirates!", and Elizabeth Enright's "Gone-Away Lake."

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Probably the "Rent" soundtrack (from the movie), Keri Noble or Maria Mena, plus after having been introduced to "Samson" the year before, I started listening to a lot more Regina Spektor.   ...OH!  How could I forget Jordin Sparks?  Silly me. 

Oh yeah, and in December I discovered that I love Hanson.  That was pretty great. 

...I love how there is absolutely no crossover here with "songs that will remind you of 2007"

27. What did you want to get?
A job and DVDs of The Office, neither of which came my way.

28. What was your favorite film of this year?
Definitely "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End," heartbreak and all.

29. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
I turned 21 and hung out in the living room at home with my parents, watching American Idol.  Because I am AWESOME.

30. What one thing made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
LiveJournal! 

31. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?
Hmmm...I don't know an overall word to describe it.  Mostly sweaters or long-sleeved shirts with conservative necklines (avoiding layers) and jeans or slacks with ballet flats or mules in cool/cold weather; fitted t-shirts and jeans or capris with sandals in summer.  Continued to resist wearing blouses and other shirts with a collar and/or button-down front, which I despise.  Lots of earrings and necklaces, no makeup. 

32. What kept you sane?
TV.  TV and things related to TV, including but not limited to: reading personal and professional blog reviews, spoilers, fanfic, recaps, writing my own episode reviews, and forum discussion.  Books, garage sales, my dog, and the general freedom involved with seven months of living at home nearly obligation-free also helped fix my brain after junior year broke it.

33. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Orlando Bloom is still the reigning champion (or Josh Groban, when I can tear my mind away from film), but Patrick Dempsey gave him a definite run for his money, and I'd come running if you promised me anything with Josh Holloway or Eric Szmanda.  Oh, and I fell pretty hard for Neil Haskell as long as SYTYCD was on.   

34. What political issue stirred you the most?
I bristled any time someone disparaged President Bush, but I've been putting up with that almost since he was elected, so I don't know that it was specifically relevant to 2007.  I think I mostly managed to avoid politics this year, so...oh wait, I have one.

Okay, it's not a *real* one, but I got fired up about an event that happened at school when I wasn't even there - our neo-feminist of a president, in an obsessive quest to prove that We Are Every Bit As Good As The Boys, banned student workers at St. Ben's working in "public" positions (front desks, tour guides, etc) from wearing St. John's apparel on the job.  Apparently this made it look as though we lacked sufficient pride in our own school.  It was more than a little pathetic, if you ask me.

35. Who did you miss?
Hmm...I missed my friends at college for a little while, but then I remembered that I see them online more often than in person, so I really wasn't missing out on much.

36. Who was the best new person you met? stunt_muppet (yes, as in "solely through LJ."  What?  I didn't meet all that many new people in real life, and none of them were people with whom I had anywhere near this much in common)

37. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2007:
I don't learn my lessons, people.  Unlike my fellow college seniors, I don't feel that I've particularly grown or matured.

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year!
You be good and don't you miss me
Two more years and you'll be done with school...
--"Hey There Delilah," Plain White T's.  This is quite literally the reason I fell in love with the song when I heard it the first week in September.  I had to keep repeating the second line over and over to remind myself that this was temporary and there were better things to come.

Voice: Nice choice.  I have a much more fitting one, though:

I'm a very quirky girl
Live in front of my TV
A million girls like me

I have no remote control
I can never change the world
So unreality is all I want to see
--"Nothing is Real," Fisher

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Now back to your regularly scheduled episode reviews, starting with a doubleshot of CSI.

Allow me to summarize this first episode by quoting the original spoilers from YTDAW: "Did you ever wonder what Catherine was like back when she took off her clothes for money and did drugs and was part of Las Vegas' seedy underbelly? Well...Warrick is doing his best pre-CSI Catherine impression here. He also pops pills like he's Dr. House, sleeps with strippers like he's...well...I'm pretty sure House slept with strippers. Or were they prostitutes? Whatever. All that's missing is the limp. And a limp might be in the cards for Mr. Brown since he and Grissom, his former mentor, the man who stood up for him many a time, have a bit of a tiff. Warrick, we hardly knew ye." 

Was it really as bad as it sounded?  Let's find out. 

CSI, 8x9, "Cockroaches"

A word which here refers to mobsters, as in "they pop up everywhere, seemingly indestructible like ~"  The mob is a good use of Vegas territory, really, and I heartily approve of this plotline.  I had to pick a slight bone with the beginning, because the opening chase scene really did not need to go on for three full minutes before the CSIs showed up, but other than that I have absolutely zero qualms with the storyline so far, which has taken me on a number of twists and turns and kept me absolutely fascinated.

I also heartily approve of the fact that Catherine is getting shafted on screen time, Warrick and Greg are getting it in heaps, and there are as yet no signs of a replacement for Sara.  In fact, I'd probably be a lot happier with this episode if I didn't know that the internet had already trashed it to pieces.

Okay, I admit, when I saw the preview with Warrick screaming "NOOOOO!", my first impulse was to burst into hysterical laughter at its melodrama.  When it became apparent that I wouldn't get to actually watch the episode for at least a couple of weeks, I cracked and started reading peoples' reactions, which were overwhelmingly negative.  Especially to Nick's intervention moment - unfortunately, even Television Without Pity got into the action, and once I read THAT review, it was all over.  As much as I adore Nick and Warrick's friendship, and as much as I want to hug Nick to pieces for his concern (Or as The Recapist's Annie most truthfully put it, under normal circumstances he would have been "hotly stern, hotly worried, and hotly compassionate"), I cannot watch the scene without the words "Lifetime" and or "Hallmark Special" flashing across my brain.  Stupid internet.

The reaction posts on YTDAW are cheering me up, though, which is good because as a whole, I didn't think Warrick's personal storyline was too bad, neither in writing nor in acting.  I get that people are complaining about recycled material, but I've been putting up with Abby relapsing into alcoholism for the 63rd time over on ER; a former gambling addict latching onto pills doesn't seem that reprehensible to me.  And also, IT IS WARRICK DRAMA.  WARRICK DRAMA IS GOOD.  It's criminal how little camera time the man gets, so whatever brings him to the foreground is fine by me. 

I have to wonder if the writers intended Tina to be as much of a quagmire as she ended up being, though.  What part of their marriage was happy, exactly?  The first week?  Every time we hear from her they're in a worse fight, and not even the divorce was enough to write her off - oh no, now they're in vicious legal battles and she's pregnant with some other guy's child.  Warrick doesn't even need the pills at this point; he's already a 1-man soap opera.         

At first I was incredibly annoyed with the clunky way in which Warrick claimed that Sara being gone was messing him up, because okay - I'd buy that from Greg, certainly, and perhaps Nick, but how often do Warrick and Sara even look at each other?  Come on now, writers, take your minds off the strike and pay attention to your characters!  But then I realized it was supposed to be clunky, as Warrick was just trying to latch onto an excuse.  I choose to believe that Grissom recognized it for the BS it was, which explains his subsequent less-than-sympathetic verbal bitchslap about not screwing up his work.

Speaking of which, look what happens without Sara around: he regresses all the way back to season 1.  The angry season 1 Grissom, I mean.  I don't think he's ever scowled so much in an episode without Ecklie.  So much for Warrick being the rock of the team!  Is it bad if I sort of liked all his confrontations with Grissom, though?  Of particular love was when he decided go harass the undersheriff (brilliant move there), who promptly hollered for Grissom, who in turn just grimaced in anticipation and then kicked Warrick off duty for the night. 

And while that was pretty great, it didn't even compare to him later kicking Warrick out of the club.  "So you WANT to get fired!"  Poor Grissom, his team, it is imploding before his eyes. 

The trippy dream sequence, though, pretty much failed hardcore. What the *hell* was that??  I...think that weird drunk/high striptease of Warrick's might possibly have killed his hotness for me.  Permanently.  This is a problem because under normal circumstances I would be very happy to ogle Gary Dourdan's chest.  This, however, I'm going to stick right up near the Danny/Lindsay THING THAT NEVER HAPPENED level of grossness, otherwise known as "things which a CSI show should have been preemptively banned from attempting with its main characters." Ew. 

I find myself a touch devastated that Candy got murdered, though, because for being a stripper and all, I kind of liked her.  I mean, Warrick's Wail of Woe still made me snicker, but once followed up with "This is wrong!  She didn't do anything!", his grief was suddenly raw and palpable.  And not so much like "Oh God, my soulmate!", but like Holly Gribbs flashbacks, because Candy was an innocent victim and Warrick is, in an indirectly direct sort of way, responsible for her death.  And wow!  That's a cliffhanger.  Fortunately, I can watch the conclusion right now.  As soon as I mention a couple of other last points:  
 
a) The guy that showed up with bruises under his arms - is he a recurring character?  I'm sure we've seen him before.  He has a very memorable face.  Possibly a lawyer?  Or he's just a member of the Hey, It's That Guy! club who makes his living trolling the crime drama circuit.
b) The scene with Gedda in a towel was quite possibly the grossest part of the entire season.  And apparently, he reminded my dad of Fat Bastard.  THANKS, DAD, THAT HELPED. 

8x10, "Lying Down with Dogs"
Okay, that just blew "Cockroaches" out of the water.  I've been looking forward to this episode for a while, knowing its subject matter, and my thoughts are still rambling and incoherent because I feel like I've just taken a handful of caffeine pills; that was so many different levels of WHOA.

If you know anything at all about me, you know that I love animals, and also that I generally prefer them to people.  I've been educating myself on animal cruelty since the age of 11 and am routinely amazed by the things that people haven't heard of.  As a result, I've been looking forward to this episode taking an anti-animal-abuse stance, which seemed to be the greatest thing since they highlighted canned hunts.  And you know what? It was.  If I have one complaint, it's that there was so much to do with the dogfighting issue that the hour almost felt overstuffed trying to include Warrick's storyline on the side.  But I can also spin that a different way, which is that there was not one single minute of wasted screen time in this ep.

Well, possibly the uncomfortable Hodges/Wendy interaction.  He's just so pathetic, it causes me physical pain.  It also causes me pain that he's become more rather than less integral to the show as the years go on, because I cannot stand him at all.

Back to good things!   I don't know; the case was great.  All the characters introduced in were intriguing in different ways, including the horribly hypocritical dead woman, and then along came Tommy, who was the most adorable and endearing kid ever.  The gentle way he was handling and talking to the Shepherd with the bandaged head, so Nick could swab its mouth, made me absolutely melt.  My mind was already off and running with ways I could insert this character into my Annabelle Roby storylines (oh, and did we mention his last name being Halpert?  Icing on the cake).  My exact words after this scene were "Awwww, oh, I love this kid!  Please don't make him the bad guy?"  So naturally, they did.

*weeps in corner* Of all the people it could have been, I didn't care, I just didn't want the murderer to be him.  Sweet people like that can't be killers!  Look, I sympathize with wanting to kill people who hurt dogs, and being overcome with rage that such a horrible person is not only getting by free and clear, but being publicly lauded as a humanitarian...but the actual manner of her death was just so brutal and visceral (however fitting that might be) that I couldn't seem to make one of my usual allowances for it.  You don't do that!   When they started looking at the husband, I perked up, thinking that possibly the kid hadn't really done it, but instead during his confession had just gotten so heated up thinking what he *would* have done to her that he took credit for it.  I mean, I've certainly made it clear a number of times that people who torture and/or kill pets deserve to die, but that doesn't mean I'm about to go around stabbing those people myself. 

Then I remembered his "history of violence" and realized it was, in fact, all over for him.  *HEADDESK*  Maybe his jury will be more sympathetic than I was.  Oh, wait, one more note of outrage - so maybe he didn't get footage of the fights, but wouldn't the stuff he did have have been enough to bring Miss Fake Humanitarian up on charges of animal abuse?  Or were the people in charge being stupid and sticking to some "bigger fish to fry" stance?

So, even though I'm still busy moping about Tommy Halpert going to jail, I can be easily distracted by how much I loved Nick in this episode.  Originally I was a bit disappointed by the fact that they held this subject matter until after Sara was gone, because come on, how GREAT would that have been?  She didn't have much to say during "Unbearable," given that she had all kinds of other personal stuff to deal with immediately following the blowing up at Ecklie/getting suspended/crying and confessing childhood trauma to  Grissom in her apartment, but 10 to 1 says she would have had plenty to say on this subject.  It could even have compounded the stuff that drove her to leave in the first place - being faced with the onslaught of not just innocent human victims but animals as well.  And we could have had a closing scene with their dog!  (hell, we still could have had one with Grissom if we hadn't had to wrap Warrick's storyline for the night instead.  A Petersen PSA doesn't count!).

BUT: Nick more than made up for her absence.  In addition to confirming my long-standing suspicion that he's a dog person (and always had dogs growing up), he was at the height of compassion tonight, starting with his look of unease at the pitifully shivering Chihuahua and continuing on when he asked what would happen to the confiscated fighting dogs...and then looking furious and frustrated by the fact that it's not illegal to train them to fight.  (which, what?  Isn't dogfighting illegal?  Then why isn't the training illegal?  At the very least, don't the training methods fall under the category of animal cruelty?)  It was at this point that I declared "NICKY, MARRY ME."  The outrage in his eyes right there = very, very hot.  An outrage which will later be equaled by disgust at the man who whistled and looked the other way while his wife was murdered by a poor and confused kid.  And a truly impressive amount of sympathy while listening to said kid's confession.  At this point, I declared that if the episode did not end with Nicky visiting the shelter and adopting a dog of his own, I was going to be ultra ticked.  (and ultra ticked I was, not least because this gave at least one Nick/Greg slash writer an excuse to put their own spin on that fantasy)

On the dogfight itself: I've heard a lot of people complaining that the fight was unnecessarily graphic and shouldn't have been as detailed as it was.  To which I say, nonsense.  It wasn't just something they threw in for atmosphere while the police arrested a gang member or something; they were specifically highlighting how gruesome and horrific dogfighting is.  It's not like they actually had dogs ripping each other apart.  I think they needed it to be like that for the story, and in fact, I would have been disappointed if they'd watered it down.

Speaking of which, the brown dog lying on the ground in defeat, bloodied up and too hurt to move, had a face just like my dog, and I didn't need the sad music to bring tears to my eyes.  I literally started crying.  True, dead and/or dying pets always do that to me, but that's why I think this scene was one of the more effective and well-done sequences of the season.  I'm SO glad I waited to watch this until I was home, so I could immediately go comfort myself by petting my dog.  (Well, once I'd calmed her down anyway...she'd been sacked out on the floor by my feet while I was watching, only to leap to alert with hackles raised at the sound of growling and snarling, ready to fight off these apparent canine intruders).   

Okay, and now to quickly speak of other things:
Nick speaking Spanish!  I have no idea what words he and the wife of Hannibal's owner exchanged, which frustrates me a little, but then again French exchanges pop up surprisingly often, so I should be grateful for those.  And I am always up for characters speaking multiple languages. 

I do not know how to feel about Doc Robbins and the band.  Part of me wants to say "Hey, that's awesome!" and the other part of me wants to respond with "Yeah, but I don't actually care about Doc Robbins.  Also, how obviously pandering was that to Robert David Hall's interests?"

I also do not know how to feel about the fact that there's an IA guy floating around who can outsnark Brass.  "So today's the first day of the rest of your life."  *giggle*

Brass/Grissom confrontation FTW!  "You should have put him in your car and driven him home yourself!"  Yes, Griss, you should have.  Come on.  This team's built a family around you, remember? 

Angry season 1 Grissom's still here, I see, threatening to fire Warrick again if he doesn't shape up.  He has a valid point, and it still thrills me a little bit when he's frustrated enough to start yelling at people, but...eh.

So it appears that Warrick's storyline wasn't so much wrapped this week as "set up to be a season-long plot arc."  Considering what a chill I got from that ending, though, I have to say that I am more than totally on board with this idea, in my eternal optimism that there is going to be more to the season.  SHOW, HOW ARE YOU STILL SO AMAZING IN SARA'S ABSENCE??  I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS DEFIANCE OF REASON.  But it's better than the alternative, so I'll take it.  Good show.  *pats*

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lieueitak
Jan. 4th, 2008 08:44 pm (UTC)
because Mike Huckabee makes me kind of uneasy Oh, what's not to love about a man who uses the law to protect people who torture and kill stray dogs? ;-) As for Clinton, it's not surprising she came in third in Iowa. Mock caucuses for a while now have shown that Obama's support in the state is strong. And she wasn't as organized in Iowa as Edwards and Obama were. More than that, I think there is the idea out there that she WILL get the nomination. At this point, it seems natural that the perceived underdog would win. Or maybe I should say this: robots never lose so don't hold your breath, :-)

I agree with you on the dogfighting in CSI. To me, the scene wasn't unnecessary at all. At the same time, I don't think the scene was all that powerful, given that the fighting didn't look remotely real. Animals play that way all the time so I was kind of rolling my eyes at the whole thing. Until they showed the dead dog. That was really sad. :-(

Training dogs to fight is illegal, and it drives me crazy that the show would say otherwise. Dogs can be born aggressive, but you have to WORK to make them fighters. Working them to exhaustion is cruelty but in a lesser sense. Not properly socializing your dog is cruelty that is punishable - just as using live animals as bait to train the dogs. And in most cases, these animals require medical attention at some point; denying that is a crime.

Frankly it's probably not all that hard to get a conviction with dogfighting. The problem is that the punishments aren't all that harsh; new fighting rings spring up overnight, and the only ones who really suffer are the dogs and bait animals. :-(
rainbowstevie
Jan. 5th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
At this point, it seems natural that the perceived underdog would win. Or maybe I should say this: robots never lose so don't hold your breath

*clamps hands over ears* Not listening! Not listening! The mere thought of Hilary Clinton in office makes my vision goes dark and fuzzy around the edges.


Training dogs to fight is illegal, and it drives me crazy that the show would say otherwise.

Oh good...I was hoping that was the case. I was trying to look up Nevada's animal protection laws, but the internet proved unhelpful. I know what's happening in the world of animal cruelty, but I'm less up to speed on how it's dealt with in the legal system.
muzzy_olorea
Jan. 4th, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
Yes yes yes you should post more! I love reading your posts! :)

I agree the thing that baffled me the most with the whole Warrick storyline was that he blamed it on Sara leaving - I mean WTF they haven't had any personal interaction since they disliked each other in early season 1!!!!!
stunt_muppet
Jan. 5th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Who was the best new person you met?
*hugs* It was such a lovely surprise to meet you too.

my first impulse was to burst into hysterical laughter at its melodrama.

Oh, so was mine, don't worry. But then, that happens whenever anyone on any TV show or movie melodramatically shouts "NOOOO!", because I still can't think of any circumstances under which an actual human being would do that. And Nick's confrontation with Warrick struck me as far too reminiscent of one of those "Intervention" programs that I refuse to watch.

Oh, and I was as puzzled as you were by the tripped-out sex scene. My only guess as to exactly why that happened was that they were trying to show off that they had a Very Famous Direc-tor behind the camera and he could do something wierd and get away with it. Doesn't mean that it worked, but at least now I have sort of an idea why it was there.

I am fairly certain Bruise Guy has been on CSI: Miami. You remember that episode where Frank's wife hired a PI to figure out if he was unfaithful, and he ended up a suspect when they found the girl dead? I think Bruise Guy was head of the girl's PI agency in that one.

Also in agreement with your conclusion that the second episode was so much better, mostly for the lack of histrionics and Camera Wierdness.
rainbowstevie
Jan. 6th, 2008 01:09 am (UTC)
they were trying to show off that they had a Very Famous Direc-tor behind the camera
Of course. Like when they got their hands on Quentin Tarantino. (I'm still head-desking over "Nick's Autopsy") I wish they would stop it, though; it's very nearly as annoying as Miami's stupid screen tricks.

I think Bruise Guy was head of the girl's PI agency in that one.
Hmm...still not remembering him, per se, but that makes sense. This franchise loves its guest stars entirely too much.
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