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Shiny New Obsession Love

6 hours ago: I don't want to get too attached to this poor doomed baby.

HAH, HAH, HAH. So. Since then, I have spent pretty much all night (sleep, work, what?) diving into this show/fandom and messily splashing all about with no organization at all. Wikipedia had informed me that the videos I saw stopped with 2x07, and then very strongly suggested that I view 2x08. So, I did, bouncing through it for the Eric/Lux parts (and accidentally picking some other stuff up along the way). In two parts, then:

A) SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. After that last scene, are there are actually even any people still against this? I mean, I'm sure there must be, what with the technical illegality and all. But. It is just so damned PRETTY. And soul-fulfilling. I theoretically realize that even if this show weren't dying this relationship would probably not last. But then I actually look at the scenes and go, "BUT WHY NOT," because it seems so lovely and mature and compatible. And whenever they wrap an episode, I have nothing but this giant sense of contentment and peace.

And since I'm still a gibbering idiot on the rest of it: public handholding! weekend getaways! wedding dancing!  Somebody actually just pulled out the "we have to stay in a hotel room overnight together" trope, and didn't exploit it at any point -- no "accidental sleep spooning," O.C. style, or even an awkward morning? Well, that's just disappointing. No, no, I'm proud of you for what you did with it instead. Still:

"The last heart I want to break is yours."
My notes: HOW IS SHE NOT MAKING OUT WITH HIM RIGHT NOW. OR FIVE MINUTES AGO. OR AS LONG AS THEY HAVE BEEN IN THIS ROOM. (Wow, look, you see? You see how fast the obsession is taking root? Six hours ago I was a sane woman who looked at him and went,  "Eh.")

B) General reactions to other brand-new-to-me characters: Hah, Cate is kind of fantastic, and though her physical features are all like the opposite of Lux's, she is still exactly the same level of INTENSELY PRETTY. I love her.  I say this after she spent most of my first meeting with her being publicly trashed, so that is some strong love.  I also love...Tasha? Whoever she is/where she came from, I like her whole bunches too.

But mostly: up to this point, I have been afraid I'd have to ship Cate/Ryan on married principle, even though it still didn't seem like the show's endgame. It turns out: Ryan is not cute or appealing in the slightest, while Baze has a BLINDINGLY ADORABLE puppy-eyed face. Also curls. Why have I never seen this guy in anything before?  I don't actually know what to ship here, as I think I'd like several episodes of them as simply being friends and coparents first...but you also know how fast I tend to go from that to WEDDINGZ & BABIEZ PLZ. (except wait, they already had the baby. That might fast-fast track it). Um, in conclusion: Baze.  Baze's girlfriend, however, do not want even in an independent capacity. 

tl;dr: I feel very strongly that Lux is the central beacon of the show, and while I like her parents (and maybe her aunt) loads, I find all the other peripheral adults obnoxious and thus consider scenes of her parents' lives to be giant wastes of time unless they are interacting with her. Sorry, Muzzy!
 


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But wait, that didn't fill six hours. Truth is, first I went trolling about all over LJ looking for reviews to give me a taste, followed by professional reviews when LJ was not sufficiently forthcoming (damn you, tiny loser network that reaches no one), and then I was here and there on Wikipedia stuffing random bits -- by no means a comprehensive overview - of trivia into my brain...and then it was time for the two most recent episodes.

Just in time for me to be full of extra-special Pushing Daisies rage that this show is about to go over the edge just when things start to rev up and get really complex and interesting. I've been gradually skipping less and less of the episodes, in much the same way I acclimated myself to Glee, so here's where my brain's at now:

A) Sam is a fucking pain in the ass, who wastes valuable Lux screen time, and should be hit in the head with a heavy-duty shovel ASAP.

B) Bullpuckey, why is Cate pregnant? I can't undo babies. I can undo marriage vows under the right circumstances, but children are there forever, annoying thorns in the side reminding you that JD/Elliot and Ross/Rachel can never ultimately pull off the fairytale ending 100%. ...I might have some specific grudges, and I don't even like those couples.

C) Overall feelings? I don't know; deep down I am impressed with its quality but as a thoroughly spoiled viewer, this series is a loaf of bread and I just want to tunnel through it for the soft middle and leave the rest behind. I don't have time for anything that is not sheer gold. Aww, I can't help it, I sort of love when they are in panicked secrecy mode (relatedly: yes, yes, you could get arrested any day now. Make the most of it and quit wasting valuable kissing time). Or even better, this mode: 

"Don’t you get it by now, Lux? For you, I’d do anything."

D) Next step: fanfic.  *blanches* I...don't even know where to start. And I don't really want to start, given that canon has been so adept at delivering on the dream list, and I am sure this fandom is not big enough to have very many writers who won't screw it up.

Whew, I'm exhausted. Shiny New Obsession Love takes a lot out of you.


P.S. Good morning, flist! Don't you hate when you go to bed and wake up to find that I've been throwing a wild all-night party and turned into someone unrecognizable since you last saw me?

Comments

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muzzy_olorea
Dec. 4th, 2010 11:33 am (UTC)
Don't go to bed yet! Discussion must be had! LOL! (Or when you get up ...)
Baze/Cate all the way!!! Liz (showrunner) said that Baze/Cate probably would have been the endgame, especially since that's what the fans want but now it's (probably) cancelled, we won't get to see it because realistically it is too soon for them to get their happy-ever-after (something I have to agree with).

I knew that you'd ship Ryan/Cate, at least partly! I was about to write that in my comment to your other post before I saw this one. He is adorable in Season 1 and though I am Baze/Cate, I do like Ryan. HOWEVER, this season he has been a real douche and the whole Ryan/Cate has just been a disaster ..... I think you basically do see her regretting she chose to marry Ryan. This makes me sad because, like I said, I do like Ryan and I wanted them to have at least a season of happiness!

The funniest thing about what you said is that most of the people I know who watch find Lux really irritating and tend to love the show for the adults. I am more patient with my characters and I don't mind her but she does have some moments where she annoys me a bit.

You HAVE to watch Season 1 though. I know there's no Lux/Eric but as a whole it is a much better season and you'll fall in love with Baze/Cate in the last few episodes of the season and and you'll get to explore the whole screwed up Cate/Lux relationship that is so angsty and twisty but full of love ....

I am actually 3 episodes behind (I had lost a little faith in the show because of the way the Ryan/Cate imploded, like, the episode after their wedding. God, I know they have to keeps things ~dramatic~ but they didn't even have a happy marriage for a split second!) and now I need to catch up ASAP to keep up with you. LOL! I'm sad (but not surprised) to hear that Cate's pregnant as she really didn't want another child (but Ryan did and she felt forced into it, I think). =/ Man I NEED this show to have at least ONE more season so we can move towards Baze/Cate whilst keeping it realistic. Poor Ryan but if you watch Baze/Cate moments throughout the two seasons, that really is the show's OTP and with the way Ryan/Cate has been so angsty, we don't even need to have seasons and seasons of filler before Baze/Cate is realistic. *sigh*

Also, if you didn't know this by now, Sarah Mclachlan performs on this show!
rainbowstevie
Dec. 5th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
Re: Don't go to bed yet! Discussion must be had!
Ever since I heard that they weren't picking up the back 9 this season, I've been baffled as to why this was the only straggler on the whole lousy network -- were there just not enough naked/drunk teens for the demographic, or what? -- but now that I've seen it I REALLY don't get it. And am simultaneously sad and relieved to hear of Baze/Cate being probable endgame but now not having enough time to explore it. I too agree that there's not nearly enough time to get there from here in the few episodes that remain, but at least there's a happy thought to hold onto.

The thing with Lux is that I can see where she'd be annoying, but somehow I see her flaws and don't mind them? Maybe it's my steady YA-novel diet, but I feel like all the ways she screws up are understandable because you can see it from her perspective. Then again, I say this having seen entirely different episodes than you.

I think you basically do see [Cate] regretting she chose to marry Ryan. This makes me sad because, like I said, I do like Ryan and I wanted them to have at least a season of happiness!
Aw, sheesh, now I'm kind of in line with your thoughts, which seem pretty reasonable. I am not a fan of immediate marriage regrets; I may be far from an ardent shipper of these two (particularly with his attitude), but am not so far gone that I want to wreak havoc and devastation on it. I can see where you'd be disenchanted with season 2.

I will do my best to see season 1 at some point! What has been distinctly lacking is a lot of parental interaction with Lux, and even aside from my Baze/Cate leanings (which: definitely looking forward to any and all moments), I definitely want to see more of her & Cate. I figure those things will thoroughly make up for the lack of Eric. It'll be like a bonus prequel for me. ;)

Lastly: I did NOT know Sarah McLachlan performed on this show. How did I hear about the crossover and not hear this part?
muzzy_olorea
Dec. 5th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
were there just not enough naked/drunk teens for the demographic, or what?

THIS.

This is my rage with television viewers the world over. To be fair, this isn't even the network's fault, it's the viewers. You can have an awesome drama without all the sex and trashiness of 'Gossip Girl'. I watch 'Parenthood' too on NBC and because that's a heartfelt family show minus sex and drink, that too is struggling in the ratings (I don't think as badly as Life Unexpected and hopefully not "in serious danger of being cancelled" badly but still it's pretty low down in the rankings despite the fact it has an A-list cast).

The other show on the CW I watch is 'Nikita' and although there's no sex on that (so far), it's one of those shows that shouldn't even BE on that network in the first place so that doesn't count.

So so happy to hear that Baze/Cate have your support! I just watched 2.08 last night and am sad that we haven't had many heartfelt Baze/Cate moments in the latter half of the season so far.

You can watch Sarah's performance here. She performs my favourite song of hers!
rainbowstevie
Dec. 6th, 2010 02:47 am (UTC)
Thanks for the link -- I've never heard that song before. Is it new or old?

I have to admit, Parenthood hasn't really captured my attention, but like FNL I like the *idea* of it and I'm surprised it's not doing better. Well, not surprised -- annoyed that this is always how it seems to go for shows like that.

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