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Wow, that is the way to release your sneak peeks. Take the edge off a really exciting part that happens halfway in early, but reserve something like 4 shared scenes beforehand, plus one for the immediate aftermath, and still leave room for the ending to knock it out of the park.

Oh, this is terrible. I'm never going to get any work done (paying or self-assigned) if I just keep staring at Ben & Ryan all day. Why are you so tailored to my wishes, show? And also doomed? Ugh, the internet chatter for Off the Map is just absolutely dead. TWoP kicked the show to permanent hiatus. LJ ignores it across the board. Even professional reviews are increasingly hard to scratch up, and those of course are extra-short and do not focus nearly enough on my Ship of Dreams, even though it is front and center all of the time. I need to find the eight other people in the world who are watching this show, brainwash them to my shipping views, and spontaneously force a fandom to exist.

Oh, also, I remembered that I was going to watch Prentiss's last episode of Criminal Minds last night, which put a kink in my Mr. Sunshine plans. Briefly. Ultimately, despite being the least funny episode of the series to date, it still won the second half hour, although I compromised by channel-flipping during commercials.

Mostly what I saw in the latter half was Emily getting pistol-whipped (I think? I was just a second behind; she was reeling from something), her on the ground, some team worrying, Morgan being an ass for reasons I was not really clear on, as even in the first half hour I was not really paying attention...and then I came back and landed on a tombstone.

Me: WHAT THE ACTUAL FRAK. I WAS IMPLICITLY PROMISED THIS WOULD NOT HAPPEN. This better be some kind of fake tombstone while Emily jets off under a secret identity.
Next scene: new identity it is!

So as long as she's not dead, we're good. Goodish. How does the actual fandom feel?

To be honest, the biggest kick I got out of this episode was hoping sniper fire would take out New Girl, because it continually fascinates me how all the blonde women who don't wear glasses on this show look the same, and they keep getting rid of them but they seem to spontaneously regenerate.

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muzzy_olorea
Mar. 17th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
*shields eyes from CM spoilers though I am seriously tempted to look BUT I WON'T. Will watch in a couple of hours*

In my epic ER marathon, I am up to and currently watching the episode with Eric Daniels (Shaun Sipos) from Life Unexpected in it and it was important for me to tell you this! LOL.
rainbowstevie
Mar. 17th, 2011 11:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, stay strong. My spoilers are just a short responsorial burst that will merely ruin the suspense without providing anything of value.

I am much more interested in the ER comment, though! How does the sullen-and-heartless character work for you? I had a grand time with it. And, oh, you're up to episodes with Sarah now, right? Any thoughts on that storyline?
muzzy_olorea
Mar. 18th, 2011 01:20 pm (UTC)
For a start I had to squint to check that it was actually him! LOL! I felt sorry for him considering how much his mother had screwed him and his brother over though I was sort of willing him to go into the room to say his final goodbyes. Then at the end when we found out that he had persuaded her to commit suicide and how callous he was about it - that shocked me.

Well, the background to ER is that I got stuck about Season 10 (I think it was 10, I can't remember any more) where I thought the episodes had gotten really bad and it wasn't retaining my interest so I skipped ahead to Season 15 and watched the last season which, considering basically the whole cast was different, was like watching a whole new show. Therefore, my immediate reactions to Tony (and therefore to Sarah) are Season 15 based in that I absolutely loved Tony/Sam (we'll ignore the bit where he sleeps with Cate Cassidy) and thought that they were great for each other because they both had two "troubled" teenage kids. So I loved Season 15 Tony and Tony/Sarah-ness.

Now I've gone back and am finding out about this whole Neela/Tony and Neela/Tony/Ray thing and how the whole Tony/Sarah thing started .... I thought Meg was really creepy the way she felt like she owned Tony but then she died so that's okay. I felt sorry for Neela that she got caught up in the middle and that Sarah hated her. But the Tony/Sarah thing itself! Wonderful! (I'm just up to the bit where Tony is wondering whether Sarah is biologically his - obviously I know that she's not due to my Wikipedia-ing). Again though this may be because in my head after the series finale Tony/Sam live happily-ever-after with the whole family dynamic so this all leading up to that. It's funny how if you know how it all ends up it completely distorts your viewing of it. Like I read on Wikipedia what happens to Ray and all I can think of now is that although I like Neela, she has been stringing him along and treating him rather badly (even though I didn't actually really like Ray at the start - but I have a feeling that watching 'Nikita' distorts my feelings on that too now) and I don't know how he can be so patient (especially after he loses both his legs!) in that they end up living happily-ever-after together (though I'm guessing there's still a few episodes for developments in that department).

Anyway, the short answer to your question is that yes, I am liking the Tony/Sarah-ness. It's one of the things that has made this show interesting again after the waste of time of seasons 10-12.

Also how much of ER have you actually seen? I presume the last few seasons but from when? I think for awhile I thought you had watched the whole show but I remember you saying last week that you didn't really know all the early characters.
rainbowstevie
Mar. 18th, 2011 09:46 pm (UTC)
(we'll ignore the bit where he sleeps with Cate Cassidy)
wait what now?? I have not yet gotten to Shiri on IMDB; I was not aware of this! Now who was this hookup with...*furrows brow* Dr. Daria? Dari...OH MY GOD! OH MY GOD, Daria was my favorite (and I was a thousand and ninety percent on board with that hookup anyway, sorry); how is it through all these episodes of Life Unexpected, Daria's glasses totally blinded me to who the actress was?!

SORRY, BRB, GOTTA SPAZZ ABOUT THIS FOR A WHILE. I have a lot more comment to dig into, and will actually open up the dialogue a little, when I get back.

Edited at 2011-03-18 09:50 pm (UTC)
muzzy_olorea
Mar. 18th, 2011 10:00 pm (UTC)
LMAO!!!!! I am legit laughing about the fact you didn't recognise Shiri Appleby. Haha! <3 <3 <3

I thought it was kind of weird that after their one night Daria herself agreed that it was a one-time thing. It was like that was enough for her to get over her crush instead of intensifying it!

I take it from that old review that you come down on the side of Tony/Neela? Although I think I'm Tony/Sam, Ray/Neela (Michael/Neela) OTP I don't actually mind the Tony/Neela. I get the feeling that from where I am now though that it is all leading up to some epic meltdown (hence Ray with no legs?). I actually quite liked the Simon/Neela but again that was before I had seen Neela with anyone else.
rainbowstevie
Mar. 19th, 2011 12:40 am (UTC)
Maybe he wasn't that good? :P

I, officially, come down on the side of "Tony/Daria or bust," because I was never completely satisfied with any of the women he dated. Neela was a stopgap, but they lacked sufficient chemistry (I wound up angling for her & Dubenko in the end after Michael). No romantic interest ever really could live up to the joy precedent set by interacting with Sarah, though. That's probably why I am so opposed to your OTP, irrational jealousy about two extra people commanding his attention.

Simon made my "Five Worst ER Doctors of All Time" list, so...:P But yeah, the love triangle blowup in season 13 is pretty spectacular. Hence Ray with no legs. Although that part is mostly his own fault. That pairing isn't so bad in the end, I suppose. I like hearing other shipping perspectives for a change.

I feel like I need to number my paragraphs; I had something else I was going to say about Sarah in season 13 - we started out talking about season 13, right? - and now I've completely lost that train of thought. Glad you like it, though. Season 13 was the unexpectedly golden year, as far as I'm concerned.

Oh, and to answer your other question waaaaay back up there in the first post about how much of ER I've seen, I have a pretty solid grasp of seasons 6 to the end, with some knowledge of 5 mixed in there. Everything before that is a hazy blur of only scattered episodes.
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