But! I do love looking at pictures of all the dresses. And I have to say, Miley Cyrus? I thought she had the best of the night, divided though public opinion may be. One person snarked "Perhaps she wanted to look like a snowy Christmas tree." Which...come to think of it, she kind of does, and it's fantastic Especially with the lovely fitted bodice and actual wide shoulder straps, as opposed to the strapless, halter, or asymmetrical look most women sport. I am so in love with this dress it's not even funny.
Frieda Pinto's blue was lovely, but would have been better if both sleeves were done in that sheer, lacy style. I despise asymmetry, in case you haven't noticed. I kinda liked the pattern on Beyonce's, and I'll even overlook the straplessness, but I cannot deny that it was way too tight with a ridiculous fan-out at the bottom. But Reese Witherspoon's even-more-debated blue and black dress? Um, gorgeous, although the straps were slightly distracting and this is one instance where she'd have looked better without them. Kate Winslet's was rather pretty too.
II. See this list? I violently disagree with everything on it except #10 and possibly #5. And I'm more ambivalent about #4, but that's only because I tend to ignore the news in every capacity. If I didn't, they would be a perfectly valid source.
I just...there are certain attitudes I hate, and one of them is the constant insistence from the likes of people who frequent TV Squad that traditional network TV is dead. Because, no, it isn't. I don't have cable or a DVR, and I only have an HDTV because it was a present because it was on super-sale and the TV I brought to school didn't work. I prefer network shows to cable ones. I like watching TV online, but I also like watching it on TV so that I can pretend to be productive during commercial breaks, and sometimes watch stuff I otherwise wouldn't bother to look up of my own volition. Quantity is important, and I don't want a year-round schedule - I want a long vacation in the summer to explore other interests without knowing I'm missing something. *pants* There, did I combat everything?
(oh, and as for #6? I'd kill you if that happened. I love being able to push a button and catch a good movie I don't own or have to go out and order, and I ESPECIALLY love the fact that the Morality Police both cut the worst bits out of R-rated movies for me and automatically mute all the swear words I most hate)
III. I never got around to seeing most of ER's season 12, but I caught a random rerun on TV the other night, one where Neela apparently sees for the first time a tape Michael made for her in the event of his death. It produced a massive spike in my hatred of Neela/Simon. And the hypothetical Neela/Ray. Basically my gut reaction was "God, I miss when her storylines were awesome and didn't suck all the time."
IV. House: 5x16, "The Softer Side"
Opening Scene: I want to assure you that your child can live a perfectly normal life...
Me: *throws up hands* OMGWTF I DO NOT BELIEVE I AM DEALING WITH THIS AGAIN. *smashes head into desk* Was there some ripped-from-the-headlines story all the medical shows decided to pursue at the same time? And unlike on Private Practice, it's pretty much the only storyline, so I can't ignore it.
Or can I? Yeah, I totally can. Not least because I saw every bad decision Thirteen made from a mile away, and I could have lost my voice screaming at her in frustration.
In other news, I continue to shockingly not care about Foreteen, or whether or not they're dating, although must admit that watching Kutner and Taub screw with them was pretty fun. I really don't like either one of them, especially as once upon a time Foreman and Thirteen represented the NON-annoying half of the New Ducklings, but I've sort of been forced into a corner of enjoying the comedic relief they bring. Rats.
Finally, in storylines I actually care about, I'm still not over the shock of House being genuinely pleasant and happy - methadone high or no, the fact that he managed to behave that way for an entire episode was incredible to watch. More importantly squeeeeee for the House/Cuddy scene at the end! All dark and angsty and a little bit raw. *loves*
Oh, and on a shallow note, I really loved Thirteen's necklace at the beginning. Seemed a tad inappropriate to have a long dangly necklace getting in the way every time you leaned over, as doctors do quite a bit, but was still pretty.
V. This week and last week are pretty much the only times I've watched an episode of 24 straight through. From a relatively objective perspective, with no information beyond what I've seen in the last two weeks, I have to say I find it spectacularly easy to trust Dubaku. Despite his clear evilness, he's very attractive, and as soon as he started sweet-talking that girl again, I found myself falling hypnotically under his spell. I mean, if I were her, I'd totally believe he cared about me! The FBI makes up lies! African politics/war are so screwed up anyway, it's hard to keep track of who's right! And even if the agents were telling the truth, well, evil terrorists can fall in love too!
It doesn't help that every time I see Jack Bauer, I feel an incessant need to punch him the face, with a nail gun, at all times. I thought he was supposed to be the hero of this show? Why is my gut feeling about him one of hatred and loathing, then? (on a related note, when that women started slapping him and asking him if he ever felt anything - my question exactly!)
I've also come to the conclusion that the women on this show seem to be preternaturally silly and/or gullible. Even the President seems sort of wibbly and useless right about now, with nothing to do except cry over her husband (it's totally her fault he got shot, isn't it?) and fight with her daughter. Am I supposed to feel that way about all the women?
Except for Chloe. Chloe's always seemed pretty cool.
VI. NCIS: 6x17, "South By Southwest"
Hello, God? It's me, Stephanie. I'm just calling for a location check, because I seem to have died and gone to heaven.
I'm literally just gaping at my screen in shock right now. GIBBS/ABBY. HORSES. HORSES WITH GIBBS. (though unfortunately not Abby) Woohoohoohoo!
1) First, let me register my delight whenever Abby appears at crime scenes. I love how she always looks so conspicious and/or like a lady off her rocker, freaking out the local law enforcement a tad when Gibbs waves her over. I think my favorite thing about it is the parisol she always has clutched in her hands. People don't give enough credit to parisols anymore.
Furthermore, Abby appearing at crime scenes usually means she has some kind of personal connection, which I love because of all the options for a personal episodes, Abby's tend to be the best. In sum, she's amazing. And I also like the fact that this wasn't completely "her" episode either; she just had a significant stake in the beginning and then it relaxed into a regular case (albeit one where I thought Ziva got pushed into the background more than the others, as did Ducky).
SQUEE moment: See, this is all I ever ask for - Abby agitated and fretting, and Gibbs putting an arm around her shoulders in comfort. *slips into bliss coma*
(Ooh, and I almost forgot about the "Give yourself an attagirl" comment later on, which she does with great enthusiasm, though it's rendered redundant since he goes ahead and says it anyway)
I need to register a complaint, though - what do you mean, Gibbs forgot Abby's birthday last year?! We had an entire subplot about this! Gibbs never forgets! Abby got testy and hurt and passive-aggressive for a full day, only to find that he'd slipped a present in without her noticing, and the point was that Gibbs would never forget her birthday! Fail on continuity, writers.
And finally, I must say that I thought the painting was really intriguing, and I kind of wish I had a copy to hang on my wall. Even in poster form. I tend not to say that about art, but I am a sucker for scenic pictures, and if they happen to include a little girl reading a book, well...
2) Hey, show, remember that thing I said about toning down your soundtrack pimpage? While an overhead shot of driving through the desert IS a slightly more appropriate type of scene, I still should not be able to tell when you're highlighting the soundtrack.
3) Is it too much to ask that we have a little less Tony/McGee bonding and a little more snappy Tiva banter? While it was funny to see them stuck bunking on the ship overnight and then fake-painting (especially squabbling over technique vs. lack of!), I feel like I've been missing the latter lately. Then again, maybe it was worth it to hear McGee yelling "Screw your Uncle Clive!" and the response of "McCranky! You need to chillax!"
4) On the other hand, I approve of a Gibbs/Tony bonding. Particularly when there are horses. Oh God, where do I start...Ziva's cheerful little goodbye wave as Tony gets sent off on a trip to Arizona! TONY'S COWBOY BOOTS. Or...
Remember that time Gibbs held a baby, and it was the hottest thing ever? Or that time he somehow made a sweatshirt look good while hitting baseballs with Mann? Yeah, you can forget both of those now, because Gibbs out in the western desert, tacking up a horse (complete with bedding roll behind the saddle!) and occasionally making low, soothing noises to calm it down when it started skittering? Yeah. Guh. And that's *before* he starts out as the leader of this ragtag little band, and suddenly the episode turns into The Best Western Ever Filmed.
But I'm getting ahead of myself. You know how I normally only have time for one gruff, gray-haired man on this show? The sheriff is the exception to that rule. I loved that guy! And I loved him and Gibbs just instantly clicking with unspoken words and shared looks while Tony struggled and flailed most cartoonishly. (points for trying, though, Tony. *pats* *hides muffled laughter*) Also, the camping out in the semi-open, with horses tied nearby? Best guys-night-out ever. (get your minds out of the slashtastic gutter)
Then they finally find the reclusive artist...and it's Rousseau! (who still knows how to wield a rifle) OMG! BEST DAY EVER. And then, thennnnn, they convince her that she's got to get off the mountain, and what does she have? A pack burro. Do you know how much I love pack burros? I don't think you do. Not nearly enough people own them. Man, it's like this episode just time-warped several decades back. At least until the Helicopter of Death shows up, and I suddenly have the oddest series of X-Files flashbacks.
Best Western Ever: Lots of galloping! Bullets flying! (but nobody shot the horses, for which I was desperately grateful) Gibbs sitting tall on the saddle, authoritatively calling out orders and making my little heart explode. And then (somewhat unrealistically) facing down a line of bullets - in a related note, that is one bombproof horse; where'd you find him? He's a keeper - and putting his time-tested sniper skills to work by taking out the helicopter pilot with one shot to the head. Helicopter go crash-explodey. I'd care more if I wasn't so worried that they'd shot the sheriff - luckily he appeared to be all right.
5) If there was one thing I didn't like so much in this episode, it was the mysterious soliciter in London - Tony so obviously wasn't going to inherit the big bucks that it felt like a waste of time to keep referring to it. At best, I figured he'd gotten maybe a thousand pounds. Admittedly, was not expecting that he OWED 10k + interest...
6) I'm going to go replay the wondrous scenes of Gibbs on horseback now.