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"I'm not ready for this."

How I Met Your Mother, 6x13, "Bad News"
Hilarious, wonderful, amazing, had me in stitches (BARNEY'S DOPPELGANGER: REAL VERSION!!!), and none of that matters because I think all that's going to stick with me is the emotional sucker punch of an ending. 
...heavy. Oh my God, that happened. And it was amazing, emotion-wise, to a depth I honestly did not know HIMYM had. Wow. Did it make me cry? It did. But also swelled my heart with overwhelming, chest-exploding feelings of love for Marshall/Lily and Marshall in particular. I keep watching the end over and over, amazed by how realistic his reaction is. Without being over the top at all, and in fact rather on the quiet and understated side, it just guts you. Take notes, drama shows.

On second thought, since I did rewatch it, highlights: Dr. Stengel, winning my heart as one of the best minor characters ever; owl attack; Viking Lamp!, Ted's feet (Common Sense and Reasonable Discourse!); Ted's HYSTERICAL kickboxing down the hallway; the magazine called "Nekkid" (lol-ing forever), Lily freaking out and refusing to believe it's not Barney, Barney being soundproofed and dressed with blinders, and Robin's new job finding...everything, in montage form set to "Let's Go To the Mall." 

Lowlights: "Scherpoopy" (one, stop being crass, you worthless stupid show; two, that's not even clever wordplay. What about Scherplopsky?), Marshall's parents. WHAT DID I SAY ABOUT NOT BEING CRASS.

Blindlights: How did I not notice the clever hidden-ish countdown? Not even a little bit, not even at all? In retrospect, it seems so obvious, but it's like a saw a few of the numbers and none of them registered as being out of place. Not even the giant random 6 on a file folder.

Straight Confusion: If Barney needs a laser tag partner, why and how is he not asking Robin immediately? That is both illogical and a prime example of wasted opportunity.
Hawaii Five-0, my first impressions

-Two seconds in, I'm admiring one sleeping Alex O'Loughlin (his recycled 60's name is irrelevant to me so far) when I jerk out of my reverie with "What the hell?!"  Nasty, huge tattoos on both arms? Are you kidding me? Oh, please let those be character-specific so I can blame the show. [Edit: Google is not inspiring confidence in this being character-related. OK, this is definitely a problem. I am still making it the show's fault rather than his; obviously it fails for putting him in T-shirts. We didn't have this problem when he wore white coats; I'M JUST SAYING. And Moonlight was too long ago for me to remember, but I can't imagine it was an issue, or I wouldn't have given a vampire show a second chance. /digression]

-LOL NINJAS. [Edit: No, seriously.]

-...ninjas with stun guns. Hot.

-WTF, are they using the actual same terrible 60s theme song and everything? Gross. I don't even know which version of the show I hate more right now; this is just epic badness all around and should in no way have been resurrected.

-I immediately understand the banter you guys like; I agree that it's fun, but half the snark is coming out of such a bland mug that it is not worth my while. This hot/not hot detective banter only works for Law & Order: UK. That said, I would not be opposed to someone compiling all of their back and forth in a giant YouTube clip and/or writing pages and pages of it out in one handy quote-reading place.

-Seriously, why is Scott Caan the face of this show? So much eye candy, and then him. One of these things is not like the others! Also, does he just walk really far away from O'Loughlin at all times, or is he actually 5 feet tall? [edit: 5'5". LOLTASTIC. It is just loltastic to see his tiny munchkin self swaggering all over Hawaii. You don't really mean for me to take anything he says seriously, do you?]

-Daniel Dae Kim, damn, it is so nice to see him speaking perfect, confident English. Think I am crushing a little bit. He has the world's nicest smile.

-Fact: Nobody broods like Alex O'Loughlin. Across all shows, all characters, he broods and it is spectacular. This kidnapping storyline is intense so far, and I love it, although it is mostly making me want to watch a bunch more Three Rivers.

-Oh, there's his show name -- Steve? OK, confession, the weirdest part for me right now is that I think I like him better with this short hair than I did the wavy locks on Broody Mick St. John. Like, possibly a lot better. Possibly this is the foxiest he has ever been, as proven by the fact that I am willing to use embarrassing words like "foxy" because "hot" just won't quite cover it. 

-Little sister damsel-in-distress rescuing, best! Problem is, that only took 15 minutes. What the hell is the rest of the hour for?

-Chin lifting and "I love you and I'm really sorry about what happened to you today." *purr*

-Awww, sad goodbye hugs. I love this. I don't know any older brothers in real life who are that touchy-feely, but it always works so beautifully on TV. Even if if it is hard to care about Mary as an individual due to her being played by Taryn Manning, who always looks like an underfed crack ho.

P.S. Is it Kono, the woman on the team? She's objectively pretty and enhances the background, but she did not make an impression on me. This is not a negative, unlike my feelings on all the other super-boring people, just an objective fact.

IN CONCLUSION: Yeah, bailing; don't plan to make a habit of watching this. I got so bored that at 9:30, I was genuinely amazed the show was not over. I felt that way again at 9:45. I think one episode was worth it just for the Hotly Protective Big Brother mode, but it's just not for me.

I still want Numb3rs back.

Also for "The Back-Up Plan" to hit the library in non-rental version. Either/or.


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Jan. 5th, 2011 05:04 am (UTC)
Hahaha, somehow you hate most of the things I adore about H50. HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE? Lol.

Ah, well, you gave it a shot. :D
Jan. 5th, 2011 07:43 am (UTC)
Am I hating? ...I guess I am. To be honest, this is not quite on par with the rage cloud one gets from a CW show or NCIS: LA, though; I could probably be convinced to watch it more often if I am bored, especially as it conveniently has no timeslot conflicts.

Basically, you should watch this space for chatter about it in the future, because I have spent the past hour on YouTube, and after running out of Moonlight clips I started typing this show into the search box. I am really getting kind of gleeful over the snarky banter. As much as I want to hate what's his name (do we really call him Danno? Or is there something less stupid? Because so much of this series' tongue in cheek references to the original I cannot stomach), it makes me laugh ridiculously hard.
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:35 am (UTC)
Haha, I don't know about hate. Maybe strongly dislike is the proper term.

It really is just a fun show with a ~family~ theme that keeps cropping up. Danny is just tiny and angry, and if you really don't like him my advice is to give the episodes where he interacts with his daughter a shot because it's terribly sweet.

I say give it another shot when you've got a chance, it really is just taken for fun. ♥
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:41 am (UTC)
...I forgot that he had a daughter. %(*#&%3! (the 3 is clearly important) Yeah, that helps.
Jan. 5th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
Things I have been surprised about, Hawaii Five-O edition:

Scott Caan: surprisingly more awesome than expected from the first episode.

Steve and Danny: surprisingly entertaining as a duo.

Kono: surprisingly more awesome than you'd expect from the token chick.

My feelings about Hawaii Five-O is that it is completely predictable and kind of silly, but immensely fun to watch Steve and Danny and Chin and Kono hotting up my TV.
Jan. 5th, 2011 07:45 am (UTC)
That last sentence pretty much sums up what I would LIKE the show to do, even though so far it fails in practice.

(I say this, and yet I cannot deny that your other three things also seem true)
Jan. 5th, 2011 11:01 am (UTC)
Haha the theme tune is my FAVOURITE thing about the show (lol, that makes it sound like I hate the actual show itself. I don't!!!).

This is the show one show I am currently watching just because the cases are pretty interesting and it's sharp and snappy (obviously, only being halfway through its first season!). I don't have any feelings about the characters themselves. (Well, obviously I like them otherwise I wouldn't be able to stand watching).

I thought that this episode was one of the best of the series so far, although to be fair, they all seem to be of fairly consistent quality.

played by Taryn Manning, who always looks like an underfed crack ho.

THIS!!!! I was so surprised that I actually ended up liking her in this episode. I think because it did show her as being pretty smart by photographing the evidence and trying to do her own investigation. I really didn't like her in the first episode she appeared in.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Apparently half my flist has been watching this without my knowledge! WHAT IS ITS STRANGE POWER. Of course, the concept of watching anything for cases died out long ago in my world, so I guess you've got a fair excuse.

I just have terrible associations with the theme from the original series. Which is associated with my deep bias against all pre-1980s live action TV.

Did not realize the sister had been on before. Oh, crap. Does that mean I have to track that one down and watch it too? Because this could be a slippery slope.
Jan. 5th, 2011 10:36 pm (UTC)
Haha! I'm usually all about the characters rather than cases too apart from this and Criminal Minds. Somehow in the past couple of years I've gone from watching mainly procedural dramas to mainly non-procedural dramas and of the former, only the aforementioned two are the ones which I don't find it a chore to watch (though I hear Aj Cook is going to be on SVU soon so I'll have to watch that episode).

I've never actually seen an episode of the original series but obviously the theme tune was a huge hit in its own right, especially the version by The Ventures, which is why I love it. I think I'm with you on probably hating all pre-1980s TV. I don't like old films and the ONE show my Mum actually watches is Columbo where they show you who did it at the start so I definitely can't understand the appeal of it! Lol.

Yeah, actually she might have been in two previous episodes (at least that's what imdb is trying to tell me! As you can probably tell, most of this show evaporates from my brain the minute I finish watching an episode ...) and the last time we see her, we see her discovering the toolbox with all the evidence in.

Jan. 5th, 2011 11:13 am (UTC)
I also completely missed the numbers
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:48 pm (UTC)
I feel better now that we're forming a little club of number-missers. On the bright side, this is an excuse to watch it again and delight in watching them all appear. With your new understanding of what to watch for, it's like they're glowing.
Jan. 5th, 2011 12:32 pm (UTC)
I completely missed the numbers.

Heh. Everything you dislike about H50 I like. I don't typically like tattoos, at least not too many, but somehow he makes them work. I suspect, but I'm not sure, that they are character specific because his character is a Navy Seal. Not saying he doesn't have a tattoo irl, but arm tattoos are a pretty common Navy thing.
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:47 pm (UTC)
Why am I not surprised that I feel the opposite, despite no prior knowledge of anyone's preferences? :P I forgot to go back and add my approving comment about him being a Navy Seal...still does not excuse the tattoos for me, but enhances his character enough make up for some of it. Your explanation makes sense, though. That was my first thought until Google confused me.
Jan. 5th, 2011 03:24 pm (UTC)
HIMYM—This episode left me with my jaws open and my eyes tearing. Honestly, I didn't see it coming and I was taken aback. It was a good ending, but I expected comedy not heart-wrenching drama.

Daniel Dae Kim does have a sweet smile.
Jan. 5th, 2011 09:34 pm (UTC)
Right?? For quite a few seconds I kept waiting for the punchline, or at least some kind of inappropriate laughter, because it was so completely unlike this show.
Jan. 5th, 2011 06:30 pm (UTC)
Yes, the new version of Hawaii Five-O uses the same theme song as the original. I think there are some people who would have been seriously pissed off if it hadn't been used, because I have heard some claim that it is one of the greatest TV themes of all time.

Yes, Kono is the female member of the team. And she was a he in the original version.

I have a problem with the opening sequence for the new series -- it's way too short. They did get a couple of things right though -- opening with the wave and ending with the flashing blue light. Go to YouTube and check out the original series' opener; you might have a better appreciation for the theme. Or check out these renditions of the theme:


Jan. 5th, 2011 09:44 pm (UTC)
Do these hypothetical people also use "campy" as a synonym for "great"? Because that I could understand...

Thanks for clearing up Kono; I remembered hearing about the gender change but I wasn't sure the name was right.
Jan. 6th, 2011 12:43 am (UTC)
Why do you consider it campy? Now, if you were talking about the version with lyrics sung by Sammy Davis, Jr., I might be inclined to see your point . . .
Jan. 6th, 2011 05:27 pm (UTC)
It just sounds...over the top, ostentatious, and reminds me very much of that Simpsons episode that flashed back to the original Radioactive Man series.
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