RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

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Wednesday night, the interesting part

American Idol: Heehee, Stephanie's gone!  Score one for the anti-R&B platform I champion.  And Chris Richardson was the second-lowest; a half-score for the anti-muppet campaign too!  (not that there's anything wrong with muppets.  I only object to people who look like muppets with short stubbly hair being described as "hot")

I turned on the results show, but I was really quite focused on Dragon Court (incidentally, this is by far the best form of online entertainment EVER; I've played it on and off since 2000 but have recently been sucked back in).  I only vaguely paid attention to what was happening.  One thing I've missed?  The "Ford music video" of the week. Totally forgot about those, but they're the best part of the results show.  So amusing!

As for the rest of Wednesday...I let Survivor, Bones and Crossing Jordan roll to tape, but by 9:00 I couldn't contain my curiosity any longer.  And of course, because I have two TVs in my room now (my 12-year-old one with crappy reception and occasionally broken VCR, and my 2-year-old one that usually resides in my dorm room), tonight was yet another week where I ended up watching Lost & CSI: NY at the same time.   Well, kind of. I was mostly watching NY, but glanced over at Lost during commercial breaks, evidence-processing montages, autopsy scenes, and most of the interrogations.  (though luckily I didn't skip all the scenes with Adam like I usually do, or I would have missed the 'beer and buffalo burgers' quote!) So...

Lost: "The Man from Tallahassee."  Is it safe to say this was the worst episode of the season?  In my world (that is to say, my Locke-hating, Jate-hating, Ben-disliking world), YES.

Refused to watch even one second of flashbacks.  Also skipped almost every scene between Locke and Ben.  Ben plays an important role in moving along the mythology, so I don't mind that he's still a main character, but I can't stand actually watching him, with his creepy bulging eyes and lizard face and odd tone of voice/speaking style.  Sticking him in with the weird, cagey Locke only amplified my disgust.  Anything pertinent will be summarized for me by other people. 

For example, how Locke ended up in the wheelchair in the first place.  They kept playing it up like this would be a great big amazing reveal, and I could never figure out why.  Who cares how something like that happened?  And it turns out being pushed through a window by your barely-known father isn't any more exciting than a car accident.  You want to really shock me, make the it the result of a magician with a wand and a spell.  Or at least a curse spoken by a spooky old crone.  Throw some black magic in there!  How about hoodoo?  Please?

Anyway, I only watched about 20 minutes of footage.  Next up on my list of annoyances, the Jate scenes.  Actually, they weren't half as bad as I feared they might be given that NAUSEATINGLY "SWEET" promo that ran beforehand. You know the one, that looked like any handful of fanvids up on YouTube?  Like Jack and Kate were star-crossed lovers caught up in an epic, timeless romance?  Look, once upon a time, I might have bought that.  Back in season 1.  But you can't go that angle anymore, not after everything that's happened with Sawyer.  No, just no.   Besides, Juliet is a viable player in the game now.   (Speaking of which, I think I rewound about 8 times that little clip where he tosses her the football and they play around a bit longer before she takes his arm and they go inside.  Aw!  Yep, if I were tuning in for the first time, I'd have believed husband-and-wife from that bit alone)

As for Kate's reaction to Juliet and her potential significance, what's running through my head right now are Grey's Anatomy's Alex and Izzie.  "You didn't want me."  "I know.  But that doesn't mean I want anyone else to want you."  It's nothing if not disorienting that Jack doesn't need Kate, not emotionally and not for the physical rescue.  She came in spitting fire and ready to play the hero, and in the end it just got her locked up.  (though at least she's inside this time.  Doesn't it rain a lot in this jungle? Those cages must have been extra-miserable when it got wet) Poor Kate.

I love how clearly incomprehensible it was to her that Jack wasn't running away at the first opportunity.  She was blind and deaf to any possibility that he might have things under control.  No, he must be drugged, or they must be hurting him or holding something over his head.  Or wait - maybe he made a deal with them, because they're actually fairly civilized people if follow their rules to the letter - and/or beat them at their own mind games.  No, Kate doesn't like that one, which is a pity because everyone would have been so much better off if she'd just trusted Jack to work things out on his own.  Instead she's soft-voiced and teary-eyed and ready to sympathize, clearly wanting to embrace the "they must be hurting him" theory.  She seems unwilling to believe the other one, and when Jack finally gets through to her, she practically wilts, drained of hope, as if Jack's somehow irrevocably changed.   I don't know why.  Unlike YOU, Miss Fugitive, Jack seemed to have a pretty good life pre-crash (daddy issues and divorce aside).  I see no reason why he wouldn't want to go back to that life.  Yeah, he's formed bonds with some of the other survivors, but in a choice between living on a beach with them forever and getting back to civilization, I think the latter sounds pretty good.  And, while I think he was sincere in his intentions about wanting to come back for Kate, realistically that was never going to happen.  The island is too well-hidden from the outside world, especially now after the Purple Sky Incident.  Still, that didn't bother me.  I'm all for Jack starting a new life in the old world with Juliet.  He deserved that much.  In fact, after his 900 million flashbacks, now would have been a perfect time to send him home and off our screens forever.

And then Locke blew the submarine up.  Oh my fucking God, what is Locke's problem?  I know he wants to stay on the Magical Island of Healing forever, but how the hell does letting other people escape interfere with that?  My fantasies lately have been less about cute couples and more about inventive and painful ways to torture Locke as punishment for his infuriating self-serving agenda.

Oh - whoops, one more problem with the Jack/Kate scene, I hate the way he mentioned Sawyer and Kate was instantly on guard.  "What did they tell you?"  Like she was ashamed of it or something...seriously, what the hell.  I'm gonna spin it that she simply didn't want to rub it in his face.  Yeah, that's it.
Voice: Kate loves Jack.  Totally and completely.  She's ashamed of sleeping with dirty Sawyer in the equivalent of a one-night stand.
RS: Hi everyone, have you met Voice?  Her purpose in life is to provide sarcastic commentary.  One her character traits is when there are two popular ships involving a shared character, she likes to pick the opposite one of me, and then proceed to flaunt it.  I believe her OTP is Doggett/Scully. 

Best parts of the episode: 1) Sayid calling Alex by name and telling her she looks like her mother.  2) Danielle watching her daughter from the safety of the underbrush, tears in her eyes.  Aw.  Rousseau deserves a little happiness after all these years.  I can't wait until there's a scenario that actually lets them meet face to face. 

Oh heck, I just love Alex in general.  I love how she's like the rogue princess of Othersville.  She breaks the rules a lot, but she never gets in any real trouble because she knows just how far she can push.  The other adults yell at her and occasionally physically remove her from certain places, but that's as far as it goes, and the rest of the time she just drops Ben's name to shut them up.  Are there no other teenagers besides Karl in this compound?  There are kids, but I suspect they're all from Flight 815, and nobody else seems anywhere  Alex's age.  That probably contributes to a good deal of her entitlement as well; nobody knows how to handle a teenager so she ends up mostly being treated like an adult.  Except unlike the adults, she clearly doesn't agree with a lot of the practices that go on around here.  Like the caging of prisoners.  Fulfilling the teeange rebellion role, right on schedule.  Hence the subversiveness and almost inane curiosity to seek out - and more often than not help - any Lostaway she meets.  Though I would like to believe she doesn't have the same attitude towards Locke after he held a gun to her head. 

CSI: NY - 3.19, "Daze of Wine and Roaches"

Ewwww.  Ew, ew, ew.  Who in hell would wear a cockroach?  I don't care if the thing is so encrusted in rubies and emeralds it can barely walk; it is a bug.  A dirty bug with little crawling feet and waving antenna, which is disgusting and more than enough to make me scream in horror and freak out. You do not proudly display it anywhere on your body!  You know how Lindsay jumped away from the cockroach-covered curtain?  My reaction would be a lot like that, only immediately followed by a lot of screaming and jumping around, randomly shuddering for about an hour afterwards and freaking out every time a strand of my own hair touched bare skin, thinking it was a bug crawling on me.

And how insane do you have to be to revere roaches to the point of not only letting them crawl all over you, but killing a person for trying to harm one?  You know, I can see rage if you come across a guy lighting a dog on fire or kicking a kitten to death.  I can see anger if you find someone determined to poison the entire rabbit population.  I can even understand how you might be disgusted with someone using not-particularly-humane ways to deal with a rat problem.  But who cares about BUGS? 

While I didn't find anything particularly spectacular or stand-out in this episode, I think the cases were memorable.  The one because it was gross, and the other because...well, when was the last time anyone died in full period costume? 
V: CSI's last season finale?
RS: Don't help hinder.
I know I complained about the rich-people storylines in Miami, but I loved it in New York - simply because of the French Revolution-themed setting of the crime.  I like anything French.  And the idea of a costumed benefit is cool.  But I felt cheated when the guillotine didn't malfunction in such a way as to cut the woman's head off.  Surely somebody could have snuck a blade into that thing?  Would have been much better shock value than simply a poisoned chocolate causing her to expire.

[Random point of irritation: I know pronouncing the l's in "guillotine" is not technically incorrect, but it still sounds wrong to my ears.  (just like pronouncing the t in "often")]

I am deeply disappointed that everything was indirectly the fault of the "sociopath" 15 year old.  I really liked her at the beginning, and was thinking to myself how nice it was to see an intelligent and well-mannered teenager who did not spend her time drinking, partying, sleeping around, and/or scoring drugs.   It's rather rare on these shows, which theoretically makes sense given that smart and well-mannered teenagers aren't generally mixed up in crimes, but still - can't they ever just be friends or relatives of the victim of the week without also being involved in said victim's death?

Okay, character development, such as there was.  First, Lindsay.  "Wow, what is she on?"  It was like she'd been shot full of Happy.  Seriously, she was bubbly and bright and chipper; I barely recognized her.  She was so enthusiastic she was almost over-eager in her first scene.  "Whee!  I'm back in the field again!  No more being stuck in the lab or conveniently bitten by cobras!"  But I'll forgive the borderline-giddiness because it's possible that I've just forgotten what she used to be like before all the baby weight dark angst from the past started dragging her down.  There was lots of snap banter with Danny - and with Flack, too!

Lindsay: Thought you caught the U.N. case?
Flack: Oh, I did.  Saturday night in the city, Linds, you know how it is.
I am amused in equal parts by his smirk on "oh, I did" as well as "Linds."  This is promptly followed by amusing exchange over the bottles of wine in the vault, a contrast between Danny's reaction - "million dollar grape juice" - and Flack's admiration for fine labels, reeling off a list of fancy names I've never heard of and certainly can't spell.  Lindsay falls more on the latter's side, exchanging grins at Danny's expense.  Hee, I love it when she and Flack share scenes. 

Lots of nice D/L moments too, nothing specific I can point to (though I'm sure other people can) but just a nice, positive working dynamic and enough shared smiles and looks that I'd consider subtle carryover from the preceding episode without needing to actually call attention to it.  Excellent. 

Oh.  Yes.  And there was something about Deputy Inspector (formerly Captain) Gerrard, but he does not interest me unless Flack is directly involved in the conversation. 
Tags: american idol, csi: ny, dragon court, lost, tv commentary

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