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Nov. 19th, 2013 11:40 pm
meganbmoore: (poi: carter/reese)
Haven 4.10: Well, that was considerably better than last episode.

spoilers )Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries 2.11: Wow, Essie Davis can really sing. I now expect Phryne to sing every episode. (Nathan Page isn't bad either.)

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Ravenswood 1.5: And we've reached the midseason finale already. Overall, while I enjoy the show, it's been disappointing, and not nearly as good or involving as I was expecting. The mystery has potential and it does spooky moments well, but more often than not, I feel like it doesn't really know where it's going. I will watch the second half of the season, though.

Sleepy hollow 1.8:

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Witches of East End 1.7:

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Meanwhile, I'm a good 6 episodes behind on Person of Interest. While I tend to avoid spoilers, things I follow are generally fairly circumspect about spoilers for the show, so I've never had to be cautious. As a result, I kind of got bombarded by spoilers for tonight's episode earlier.

My Reaction. post-soothing dark chocolate truffles and raging on twitter. )
meganbmoore: (poi: carter + walkie)
 129 x Person of Interest (season 1)

poi3 107 poi3 103 poi3 45

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meganbmoore: (aiw: sword)
1.  So, apparently, Into the Woods is being made into a movie, with Johnny Depp as the Wolf.  I'm kind of tired of Depp?  I think I anticipate the movie, though.

2.  My apartment is getting treated for roaches (the whole building, because of some people who just moved out, not because of my apartment) the day I leave for WisCon.  Does anyone know if any smell would be gone by the time I get back, or will the Texas heat make the smell worse while i'm gone, and I should leave half a dozen airfresheners open?

3.  I have my Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries DVDs, and while I hadn't forgotten how delightful the series is, I forgot just how delightful the series is, if you know what I mean.  I watched the extras last night and they didn't really offer anything insightful, they were fun, and about 1/3 of it was Kerry Greenwood running around and gushing about the adaptation getting her books right.  I should maybe bring the first disc to WisCon to possibly force it on people?

4. Sarah Shahi is being made a regular next season for Person of Interest.  I was really hoping for a spinoff about Shaw, but I'll take what I can get.  I am worried about how it might affect Carter's role, though, especially given how little Fusco there was at the end of season 2.

5.  There are supposed to be 5?  It's Wednesday, isn't it.  I think I finished exactly 1 book, but I should do the meme.

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May. 14th, 2013 10:20 pm
meganbmoore: (elementary: b&e)
Continuum 2.4:

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Defiance 1.5: Well that was...interesting.

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Elementary 1.22:

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Person of Interest 2.22:

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Revolution 1.17: So, if I've been doing my math right, in terms of character deaths for recurring/major characters, we're at 6 white men, 1 white woman, and 1 black man.

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May. 7th, 2013 09:57 pm
meganbmoore: (batb: partners)
Beauty and the Beast 1.20: (err...I think that's the latest episode's number)

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Continuum 2.3: The true tragedy of this week's flashbacks was that poofy thing they did to Kiera's hair. The braid itself was fine, but the top poof is not my thing.

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Defiance 1.4:

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Elementary 1.21: Did Holmes just burn a GI Joe at the stake?

spoilers )Person of Interest 2.21: It worries me when a show only has 4 regular characters and one is MIA in the seasons penultimate episode.

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Revolution 1.16:  This was a lot better than last week's episode, not that that would be hard to pull off.

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meganbmoore: (poi: carter + walkie)
 93 x The Borgias (early season 2)
57 x Person of Interest (early season 1)

borgias3 46 borgias3 93 poi2 48


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Apr. 28th, 2013 12:32 am
meganbmoore: (mirrormask: book on head)
Both Revolution and Beauty and the Beast were confirmed for renewals this week, and since Elementary was renewed a while back, all 3 new fall shows that I picked up and am still watching are renewed. This is a first for me.

Beauty and the Beast 1.18-1.19:

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Continuum 2.1:

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Defiance 1.1-1.2: NO ONE TOLD ME STEPHANIE LEONIDAS WAS IN THIS SERIES. EVERYONE IS FIRED. (And with a wig and makeup that makes her look like Jool's extra temperamental younger sister.)

Actually, playing "spot the Farscape makeup" while watching is pretty fun. It wasn't quite as much fun to wonder if I was watching a reworking of the Eureka pilot in large parts of the pilot, though. (I guess the Eureka writers had to go somewhere? Good thing I liked Eureka.)

I give it 1 1/2 thumbs up. Half a thumb is denied because I find the two main male characters, Nolan and Datak, annoying and uninteresting and can tell that (A) they'll be everywhere and (B) I'm supposed to find Datak complex and fascinating, and Nolan roguish and charming (which I might, if they dial back the "chauvinism is cute and charming if it's coming from a scruffy white dude" bit a lot. I did start liking Jack Carter and Pete Lattimer after a little while, though, and all 3 are that same type of "all American white dude who isn't booksmart but has great instincts" thing SyFy seems to required almost all their main characters to have. I suppose I may eventually like Datak, too.) I do appear to be invested in their respective family dynamics, though.

I think this is connected to a video game, but i know little about that.

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Elementary 1.20: Wow was this episode potentially triggering on various levels. (Though i liked the episode overall, but what a mystery plot to have for one of the few episodes I manage to catch live, and so not hear rumblings about beforehand.)

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Foyle's War: Series 8: Set in 1946, the "final" (look, this is I think the 3rd time BBC has said "no more Foyle ever," so I figure there's a 50/50 chance they'll just keep cancelling it until Michael Kitchen says he's too old to keep this up) series starts with Foyle returning to England from America after the events of Series 7, and promptly being recruited by the foreign office (and then promptly recruiting Sam). The series largely focuses on the beginnings of the Cold War and England's post-war political and economic condition, and spymistress Hilda Pierce shows up and runs everything in every episode. Though overall feel is shaken up from previous series, a little bit closer to The Hour and The Bletchley Circle at times, but still excellent. Fair warning: the last episode deals fairly heavily with war crimes and PTSD.

Person of Interest 2.20:

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Revolution 1.14:

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I think I'm current on everything but Bomb Girls, Nikita, and The Borgias.  The first 2 only have a couple more episodes to air this season( or ever in one case, possibly in both) so I might as well wait, and I just haven't been in the mood for The Borgias.

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Apr. 20th, 2013 01:54 pm
meganbmoore: (sinbad: nala: yellow)
I watched Arrow up until about halfway through the episode where Laurel's mother showed up and Helena returned, and somewhere in between Roy calling Thea a "rich bitch" and Diggle referring to Helena as "your psycho ex-girlfriend," I realized not only was no woman between the ages of 20 and 30 was ever going to appear of the show without being thrown at Oliver, and, remembering spoilers I've read about Shado, the only way the comic book ladies were going to appear on the show and still be allowed to fight is if they were evil killers (and I'm still rather enraged from earlier in the season when Helena and Dinah/Laurel were made rivals who apparently can't stand each other over Oliver.)

The Lady Vanishes: A BBC TV movie that, like the Alfred Hitchcock movie, is based on Ethel Lina White's novel The Wheel spins, in which a young woman travels by train from Croatia to England in the 30s. On the train, a woman from her compartment disappears, and the other passengers in the car claim she never existed, leading the rest of the train to believe the young woman is delusional because of sunstroke. I can't compare it to the book or the Hitchcock movie, but I enjoyed it a lot, though I question Our Heroine's love interest falling for her while believing she's insane and would benefit from temporary instutionalization, and Our Heroine has some very cringeworthy xenophobia in the first half (it doesn't go away in the second, but she seems to have realiazed that xenophobia is not cool and only causes problems after a while) but her xenophobia is actually an important plotpoint, as opposed to the narrative agreeing with her when she's going on about how people in other countries should learn English for the convenience of British tourists and it's silly to speak any other language.

Person of Interest 2.19:

spoilers )As both Arrow and Once Upon A Time appear to have abruptly been cleared off my slate (maybe I'll netflix them when I'm over my current annoyance- and I'm still very behind on Bomb Girls, Nikita and Beauty and the Beast, but I intend to catch up with them, and I think The Borgias is back too), I'll take a moment to list new/somewhat new-ish shows that I've been thinking about checking out (not including some Asian shows I need to watch and a few other British series that have finished airing):

The Americans
DaVinci's Demons (though not until I've heard feedback that isn't about "ZOMG SEX")
Deception
Defiance
On Top of the Lake
Orphan Black
The Vikings

Please feel free to PM me trigger warnings for any of the above(misogyny, rape, racism, homophobia, ableism, the woobifying of white men who like to engage in the above, and excessive gore) or leave non-spoilery general warnings in the comments. Graphic sex for the sake of graphic sex/shock value/"being edgy" also isn't exactly a favorite thing of mine and is a bit of a turn off. (I actually have seen a list of trigger warnings for TotL and am pondering, as I can handle most in a narrative that handles them properly, but I'm not sure about all of them at once.)

In non-new-TV news, I finished revisiting canon for RareWomen (more accurately: I skimmed it a while back, planned and plotted, and rewatched all the scenes with the character who will be the subject of my fic) and am sad that there will be mo more of it ever. I also watched the first season of Sarah Shahi's shortlived Fairly Legal and simultaneously enjoyed it a lot (though I didnt enjoy the fact that her character is apparently white, and so want her to be secretly adopted) and wasn't really surprised that it didn't last long, as it doesn't fit easily within any strict "categories," and USA likes its categories. Very disappointed the second season apparently wasn't released on DVD, and probably won't be.

(PS-I've read your comments re: Adam Horowitz and rape-apologia and nod with each of you.)

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Apr. 2nd, 2013 11:56 pm
meganbmoore: (white collar: sara/neal: scamming)
Just scratching the surface of what I'm behind on, but progress is progress?

Elementary 1.18:

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Once Upon A Time 2.15-2.16: I liked the episode about Snow's mother about as much as I expected to (A LOT). I liked Cora's backstory less than expectedm due to the fact that, as much as I like Cora's ruthlessness and ambition, that was the biggest "missing the point of your source material" yet of the series. The fact that I can consistently care less about Rumples and now Neal every episode is approaching the miraculous.

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Very much looking forward to what they do with Snow and Regina next. I know I'm still a couple episodes behind, but I'm not particularly interested in what I understand to be the main plots of the next 2 episodes. ("The Stranger," and August. Part of me is still recovering from the abject boredom and pointlessness of the Whale episode a while back.)

Person of Interest 2.17-2.18: I have no deep thoughts, but I hope the HR plotline is wrapped up by the end of this season.

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White Collar 4.14-4.16:  Hilarie Burton really does the Audrey Hepburn look well, doesn't she?  (Still not thrilled with how her hair keeps getting lighter and lighter.  Though I think she was usually blonde before WC?  And yes, when people change their hair in my shows', I obsess over it.)

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The trailer for Graceland that was at the end of the WC finale looked quite dull.

I've also been catching up with Pretty Little Liars.  You may recall that I was very in love with it a while back, and then suddenly stopped talking about it.  That's because it was group watching, and we all got sidetracked.  But I'm about 1/4 of the way through season 3 now, and loving it.  But wow, what is it with Melissa and pedophiles?  Like EVERY SINGLE GUY she's been interested in has chased after at least one teenaged girl way too young for him, and some more than one.  Is the woman just a pedophile magnet, or something?  I'm actually very fond of Melissa, but her taste in men is just horrific.  (Oddly, while I don't care for Ezra and find Aria/Ezra icky in general, not to mention boring, it's also very much a "wrong because of their ages" thing?  Like, I don't get the same pedophile vibe from him that I do from Ian, Wren or Garrett, and actually get why they're compatible?  It's just the NO STOP DATING YOUR STUDENT DUDE, GEEZ part.  I suppose it helps that Aria was the pursuer there and Ezra spends half his time apparently inwardly berating himself, BUT WHY MUST THE PLOTLINE EXIST?)

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Mar. 2nd, 2013 11:26 pm
meganbmoore: (elementary: b&e)
Beauty and the Beast 1.13-1.14: Sssssooooooo much sisters stuff and partners stuff in these episodes!

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Elementary 1.16-1.17:

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Lost Girl 3.1-3.6: The season opener was awful in 90% of aspects and I'm going to forget it exists. It got better after that, though.
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Nikita 3.11-3.12:

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Once Upon A Time 2.13-2.14:

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Person of Interest 2.15-2.16: I suspect certain parts of this fandom were in agony over these two episodes.

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meganbmoore: (poi: carter + walkie)

Beauty and the Beast 1.10-1.12: Every time I see Bridget Regan in something besides Legend of the Seeker, I have to pause and think about what a tragedy it was that they died her hair black for that.

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Nikita 3.7-3.10: I think I'm in another one of those "I have no idea what to think of what they're doing, so I'll just watch Nikita shoot things" phases, it seems.

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Person of Interest 2.11-2.14:
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I don't seem to be in the mood for Lost Girl or Scandal.  (By which I really mean "I don't feel up to dealing with Dyson, Vex or Fitz.")

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Dec. 15th, 2012 02:43 pm
meganbmoore: (once: apple?)
Arrow 1.8-1.9: These episodes were...entertaining, but not particularly interesting a lot of the time? I dunno.

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Beauty and the Beast 1.8-1.9:

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Elementary 1.9-1.10:

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Nikita 3.6: Interesting note to go on hiatus with.

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Once Upon A Time 2.9:

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Person of Interest 2.9-2.10:

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The Secret of Crickley Hall: 3 part BBC miniseries based on a novel by James Herbert. Rather excellent gothic horror, even if most of the elements were fairly standard. Parents and their two daughters move to big house in the countryside a year after their son goes missing, house just happens to be the site where refugee children drowned in the cellar in WW2. Very creepy and spooky, interesting mysteries, lots of women of various ages and types Doing Things. Very much recommended if you like the ghosts/haunted house/gothic variety of horror, but a strong warning for child abuse, as the hosts of the refugee children were abusive. The majority of the abuse is offscreen, but it's pretty central to the plot.

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Dec. 2nd, 2012 12:10 am
meganbmoore: (borgias: totally no incest)
Arrow 1.7: So Oliver can almost run fast enough to chase down a motorcycle? Uhm...no. Actually, that alone makes everything else look realistic. Also, this show is determined to get an actor from every genre show ever to show up.

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Beauty and the Beast 1.7: Kind of bored by Vincent's angst (and sad at the return of the implication that Catherine has some responsibility for his behavior) but deeply amused by the fact that his shower apparently has random chains hanging in it. Vincent, why do you have chains in your shower? Or are they JT's? Still loving all things buddycops, and I enjoy this week's Dude In Distress bit.

Elementary 1.8: This week's mystery was prtty good, but I mostly enjoyed Holmes's excursions into Denial Land and Watson's exasperated expressions over it. Also, I have no idea if Alfredo is meant to be recurring, but I hope he is.

Haven 3.10: Don't know how I feel about this one. (Mostly on the Jordan front.)
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Nikita 3.5:

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Once Upon A Time 2.8:

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Person of Interest 2.8: This episode was fabulous for Carter's expressions. And I can't help but think it was originally scripted to be a Valentine's episode.

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Revolution 1.10: QAnd now we have a 4 month hiatus.

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The Paradise Series 1: Based on a book by Emile Zola and altered to be British, The Paradise is set in a Victorian department store (though the series sometimes has more of an Edwardian feel) of the same name, focusing on a shopgirl, Denise, and her employer, Moray. For a large chunk of the series, the focus is divided between Denise and the other women who work in Lady's Wear and Denise learning about business (in the first episode, she tells one of her roommates, Pauline, that contrary to Pauline's beliefs, she doesn't have a crush on Moray, but rather, that dhe wants to become her own version of him. True at the time, and I wish they'd stuck with that as the driving force of her arc so that I could have daydreams of her leaving and starting her own successful business and poaching the other women in Lady's Wear when she did.) and Moray's plan for expansion and ambitions, as well as his courtship of Katherine (probably the most complex and interesting character in the series), an aristocrat with an influential (and rich) father whose support Moray is after. I'm not a big fan of Moray and the latter episodes are (IMO) bogged down by a romance that doesn't feel necessary, but it was pretty good and should satisfy most peoples fashion and ,female interaction/relationships needs, and the setting is certainly different from other UK period dramas. A second series has been commissioned and I'm looking forward to it, though I imagine it will be very different in a number of ways.

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Nov. 24th, 2012 09:42 am
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
Covert Affairs3.15-3.16:

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Haven 3.9: I actually could have gone for this one lasting a few episodes.spoilers )

Once Upon A Time 2.7: This was pretty good despite some terrible dialogue, and apparently combining two episodes into one. I mean, Once doesn't exactly have the best dialogue ever, but it's usually better than this.

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Person of Interest 2.7: Apparently on tumblr, there's some sort of wank between PoI and Sherlock fans because PoI fans were referring to Finch as "their hedgehog" and Sherlock fans took offense. I have no idea what the significance is, but it certainly created some imagery when watching the episode.

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Revenge: I'm current, but forget what the actual episode numbers involved are. This season is doing plot things that I don't really care about (Pretty much most plot things not directly related to Emily) and so I'm having trouble paying attention to some of it, particularly given how irritating I find the narrative's attitude towards Amanda and Ashley to be this season. Really, I don't know. I liked the first couple of episodes of the season a lot because of the Emily/Charlotte/Victoria focus but the episodes since have left me cold despite my affection for some of the characters. I'm starting to wonder if it's one of those series that has a excellent first season but only really had about a season's worth of truly maintainable plot. (TBH, there seemed to be a fair bit of that going around last fall.) And, unfortunately, it's having the same problem as Once Upon A Time, which is an overabundance of (typically scruffy) white dudes in roughly the 30-40 range being shoehorned in and taking attention away from the more interesting characters and storylines. (Revenge, at least, was nice enough to cast J. R. Bourne and Michael Trucco as two of theirs, so at least there's some actor affection going there, but their characters pretty much exist to give a couple white guys things to do outside their relationships with women, so...) This is made even more annoying by the fact that right now, Revenge is probably doing the worst of the shows I'm watching in terms of female character relationships and how the women treat other women. Only Charlotte, apparently, is allowed to have anything positive in her relationships with other women, and even then they're all lyin to or manipulating her, and while Emily can somehow find sympathy for all the men in her life, she seems to have nothing but contempt and disdain for other women, particularly Amanda.

Revolution 1.8:

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And because I didn't get around to posting on last week's TV until after this week's Revolution aired:

Revolution 1.9: Not exactly filler as it was mostly character development (apparently largely designed to cater to shippers) But the only real plot momentum was with Rachel. My thoughts on Rachel are that I am very happy that this TV season and this show in particular is providing me with plenty of mothers who are morally ambiguous if not outright shady and have things going on besides thier kids while still being written as sympathetic and loving their kids.

Scandal 2.6: Have we actually had two whole episodes and no Fitz? Is it early Christmas?
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The latest Arrow and Beauty and the Beast were good but felt like filler with a few important bits thrown in. Elementary was interesting on the Watson front but the Mystery Of The Week was brought down by a trope whose execution I didn't care for with Gregson's old partner.

I've pretty much finished Rich Man Poor Woman and Naniwa Shounen Tanteidan, the two jdramas I started a few months ago and got sidetracked from. "Pretty much" because, the last time I looked, the last episode of Naniwa hadn't been subbed yet. RMPW floundered a lot in the middle but got back on track in thel ast two episodes and had a pretty strong ending. Naniwa was pretty hit-and-miss in terms of the cases, but the characters and character interactions were great. I also finished season 4 of Fringe, which had a lot of interesting ideas going on but seemed determined to strip Olivia of agency in as many ways as possible. Like with AltLiv's storyline in the second half of season 3, I keep wanting to write up a rant but dissolve into inarticulate raging before I even get started. Then there's season 4 of Parks and Rec, which was largely very fun (as expected) but while I like Leslie/Ben and Leslie running for office, I dislike how it seemed to isolate them from the rest of the cast for large chunks of the season, and I'm unable to comment on Ann/Tom.

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Nov. 11th, 2012 12:09 am
meganbmoore: (10k: virginia white)

Arrow 1.5: My main thoughts are (1) Show, why can't you give Byron Mann a shave? There's a very nice looking man under that beard, but you can't really tell, (2) Moira, you would be my favorite forever after this episode, except that Laurel is Black Canary (even if they're just going to tease us about it forever and probably not follow up on it for ages) and that's kind of stacked way too high against you, (3) well, at least someone pointed out the biggest logic facepalm in the show and tried to fi it (ok, a big logic face palm, maybe not actually the biggest) and (4) can we just have Laurel and Oliver learning to be friends for a while and getting to know each other again and maybe a lot of grovelling and working for it from Oliver instead of pushing how they are Meant To Be? Please.

Covert Affairs 3.13-3.14:

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Haven 3.7-3.8: The Claudia Black episodes!

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Nikita 3.4:

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Once Upon A Time 2.6: I enjoyed the present parts of this as much as I expected to, but didn't like the flashbacks as much.
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Person of Interest 2.6: Did I mention this season is like awesomely crackstastic fanfic in the cases? Because it really is.
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Revolution 1.7: Well, someone on the writing staff certainly likes Peter Pan.

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I'm current on Beauty and the Beast, Elementary, and Scandal and am enjoying all but have nothing new to say about any. Though, as much as I enjoy watching Scandal for every important character but Fitz, I have no idea what the writers are thinking with the main plot.

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Nov. 4th, 2012 01:08 am
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)

Arrow 1.3-1.4:

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Beauty and the Beast 1.3-1.4: I feel I've watched all these mystery plots before in various other shows but I don't care because I just enjoy watching Catherine and Tess running around being buddycop and the show not feeling it has to bend over backwards to reassure us that they aren't lesbians. (Though, since the show appears determined to be all het all the way, I can't help but think they'd be better off doing Tess/Evan than trying to force a Vincent/Catherine/Evan triangle, because the Catherine/Evan thing mostly feels like the writers assume two people that pretty will HAVE to want to jump each other and so have other characters assuming the same when the characters...don't come across that way, really.) These episodes seemed to devote a lot of time to Vincent making up his mind, which is ok since it had a bunch of Government Conspiracy stuff going with it, but I can only take so much "I must hide from the world so no one will see me! But I'll leave the pretty cop notes and run out to save people every 5 minutes BUT NONE MUST KNOW I EXIST!" and am ready to get back to Catherine and her official and unoffical buddycop adventures.

Elementary 1.5: I think I liked this mystery more than the earlier ones. They're definitely getting better at them. But I mostly liked learning more about Joan's past (even though we didn't learn as much as I thought we would) and being amusedc at Sherlock's less-than-secret obsession with it.

Nikita 3.2-3.3: Well, these episodes took care of the doubts the first episode of the season left me with, and could be summed up as "Nikita: the suprspy who saves other women, and her sidekick, the first girl she saved." Actually, 3.2 might be my favorite episode of the series so far, but it did play into a lot of excellent narrative tropes, and the writers appear to have watched Hanna between seasons.

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Once Upon A Time 2.5: Much better than last week, but that wouldn't be hard to achieve in my book.

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Person of Interest 2.5: The first half of this episode was absolutely hilarious. In general, the series seems to not be taking itself quite as seriously as it did in the first season, and I think it's stronger for it. I had actually forgotten that there were dangling threads for the ongoing plotline this episode went back to, but that's ok. It's always good to see Zoe Morgan, even for that little amount of screentime, and I think this was Gloria Votsis auditioning for Lois Lane. Hopefully she'll be in more episodes, since White Collar seems to have written her out.

Revolution 1.6: I don't know who thought a promo that went "Will Charlie be forced to prostitute herself to save her friend? MEN WILL DISCUSS IT AND DECIDE." was more interesting than the actual plot of the episode, but whoever it was really should not be left in charge of promoting shows again.
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In non-currently-airing US TV news, I've watched season 3 of Warehouse 13 and it was its normal campy delight and had some interesting changes and developments (only somewhat marred by the horrific decision to give Joanne Kelly straight hair. Not that it actually hurt the character or her looks or anything, but sometimes I get attached to character/actor hair, and in this case, Joanne Kelly with straight hair is just wrong.) until the last couple episodes, in which in all became Gloom and Angst and Drama and I was pretty much sitting here going "......whhhhyyyyyy....." and then the DVDs ended with a Christmas Special that appears to be set during the first season (maybe early in the second) in which Harry Dresden is being stalked by Santa, and so at least the DVDs ended on a happier note, even if the season didn't. I'm also 9 episodes into season 4 of Fringe and I was really really enjoying the new status quo (especially the changes to Olivia and Nina's relationship, even if they still had few scenes together) and hoping it'd be like Eureka and make the radical change permanent, but apparently changing things back to the way they were before is the main goal of the season. Also, why can't Olivia have a partner without developing a romantic interest in them? (Or even just a partner who isn't a white male close to her in age and with a compatible sexual orientation.)

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Oct. 27th, 2012 03:44 pm
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)

Covert Affairs 3.12:
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Elementary 1.4: I think they were trying to make up for Watson not having as many scenes last week. I approve.

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Haven
3.6: Pretty solid Haunted House episode, properly spooky and creepy, and I was surprised all named characters made it out alive. Though the main thing I came away with is that Claire is a Buffy fan. Something of an underuse of Iain Glen, though, but I highly anticipate Claudia Black's arc.

Once Upon A Time 2.4: Well, it was only a matter of time before this season churned out an episode I didn't care for. I think I'm going to try to banish everything that didn't involve Red in general or Belle telling off men for trying to control her. And the last scene. At this point, my dearest wish is for Cora to off Rumples and become the main villain of the series, which would be much more interesting to me. BTW, I'm assuming that all the people talking about how "daring" and "unusual" it was to have an episode without Emma, Snow or Regina has never actually watched another episode of US tv before without blinders, because there's nothing remotely unusual or unprecedented in women (or anyone besides straight white men) being shoved to the side so that men can be developed, especially if they can be developed via violence towards women. (All I'll let myself say about the main plot-talked about it too mych elsewhere already-is that while I quite dislike Belle's dad, I think the show expects us to find it illogical for a parent to flip out upon learning that their kid is shacking up with the god of evil who terrorized the world for centuries and enjoys randomly turning people into plants and animals for kicks.  Then again, his role here was purely an attempt to make umlpes look better by having someone else do bad.  Oh, and Charming seems to be raiding his daughter's wardrobe.)

Person of Interest 3.4: This week, Reese crashed a romance novel.

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World Without End
ep 8: Pretty solid ending there. Ralph and Godwin needed to suffer a lot more (naturally, the villain I kinda wanted to escape and run away to be evil elsewhere seems to have had the worst death) but I'm glad this show remained true to the end in not coming up with reasons for us to excuse their actions and sympathize with them. Philippa summed up Ralph best when he was all "I know you always wanted me!" ie, "Yeah, you got a rough deal and I felt bad for you, but then you turned into a creepy raping murderer and that went away." Which is pretty much this show (and Pillars of the Earth) is about villains. A nice contrast to all the "but you don't understand HIS PAIN that drives him to be evil which we will primarily show via misogyny and racism, because we know fans are willing to look past that" that we get in so many shows. Not as good as PotE, but still worth watching. (As a side note, I'm very fond of Caris's outfit from this episode.)

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Oct. 20th, 2012 09:29 pm
meganbmoore: (ftt: little mermaid)
Arrow 1.2: So, Oliver appears to have spent a good chunk of the last 5 years practicing his delivery of "YOU HAVE FAILED THIS CITY." No, really, he seems very proud of it.

I'm going to watch every week hoping that the new episode will be the one where Laurel starts to become Black Canary, even though I know it will be futile for quite some time.

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Beauty and the Beast 1.2: This episode was about 10% angsty manpain, 10% sisterly bonding and 80% WOC buddycops. I approve of this ratio, though could do less with the angsty manpain if Vincent is going to be setting off my "creepy no" meter like a lot of his scenes this episode did. Vincent, I liked you better in the pilot, where you were bland but nice, and not setting off my stalker alert in a way that I might have to take seriously, as opposed to "oh, CW...". (Right now I feel like their relationship is Vincent going "I pine for your purity but we cannot be but I will stalk you for your protection and tell you to avoid me!" and Catherine going "You will lead me to my mother's killer! You will be very useful and I will not let you escape helping me! Oh, and you got I really bad deal so I feel pretty bad for you.") Also, I'm glad this show is giving Kristen Kreuk lots of action scenes.

Covert Affairs 3.11: That was certainly a short midseason hiatus. What was that, 3 weeks? 4?

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Nikita 3.1: This episode had a lot of really high points, but opened on a sour note by having Ryan do the intro narration? WTF? THAT'S NIKITA'S JOB. Never got over the WTF there, and both the beginning and ending of the episode made me feel like the writers are more interested in Ryan's troubles and struggle than the rest of Team Nikita, including Nikita herself, and I don't like that feeling. (If I want a show focusing on the struggled of an intelligent educated white dude adjusting to a stressful new job and responsibilities, I have a few dozen other options.) But what it does right it still does right, I just hope the current direction doesn't overtake everything that was good in the first two seasons.

Once Upon A Time 2.3:

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Person of Interest 2.3:

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Revenge 2.3:

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Revolution 1.5:

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Elementary, Haven and World Without End were all pretty good, but I don't have much to say about them. Most of Scandal was good, but the "romantic" plotline reached new heights of icky and creepy.

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Oct. 6th, 2012 11:20 pm
meganbmoore: (covert affairs: gimme tv)
666 Park Avenue 1.1: Well, that was...dull? It has potential and I'm curious about a few things, so I'll try to remember to check out thenext fewepisodesto see what characters it focuses on. But really, my main thought was "Doesn't Satan have better things to do than tempt white people?"

Elementary 1.2: Smoother than the pilot and they toned down on the filters the pilot seemed to have. No deep thoughts, but I really hope we aren't going to have a woman forthe victim every episode. It reminds me of why I'm not a fan of procedurals. I found Holmes more aggravating than I did in the pilot but less so than I have in other versions, and I'm glad they toned back on the "instabuddies" feel the end of the pilot had. Much more interested in Watson and her parents than with Holmes angsty London secret.

Haven 3.3: It's like the goauld invaded and became organ harvesters...

No strong opinions-largely a solid, entertaining episode-but I don't think I like how they seem to be changing the Duke/Audrey/Nathan dynamics this season.

Once Upon A Time 2.1: In most ways an excellent return. In one way...not at all.

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Person of Interest 2.2: Well, no one involved in this episode has ever been to Texas. WE HAVE GOOD HOTELS HERE GUYS I PROMISE. And our police offices have better security. And the vast majority of us do not, in fact, own crossbows. (Sadly.)

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Revenge 2.1: Most of my thoughts can be summed up as "flaily mcflailalot."

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Revolution 1.3:

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Sep. 29th, 2012 01:31 pm
meganbmoore: (poi: carter + walkie)

Haven 3.1-3.2: So, uhm, Eric Balfour is, naturally, allowed to do whatever he wants to with his hair (Though I'm not sure the long hair actually suits him. It might grow on me, though.), but couldn't they have done something so that Duke didn't suddenly have radically different hair in the same scene that we left off with last season?

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Person of Interest
2.1: I was very happy thinking the season was kicking off with The Machine trolling Reese.

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Revolution
1.2: Yes, yes, it's kind of terrible but it has lots of fun stuff at levels where I do not care. (If it took itself a bit less seriously, it'd be a shinier version of a campy 90s TV show.) And as glad as I am that the show realizes its own worldbuilding makes no sense (save that's it's worldbuilding really is "WTF THAT"S NOT PHYSICS!") I hope we don't have Aaron ranting about it every episode. Also, please keep the hot and competent woman of color who likes swords and blowing things up.

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Sinbad 1.8-1.12: Err, did we change writers? Because they seemed to forget everything from the first seven episodes except "Jamil died in the pilot, Taryn is evil" and...had a completely different feel, and not for the better. Still, entertaining enough that I'll watch the second series, if there is one.

spoilers )World Without End ep 4: Does anyone know how long this is supposed to be? I honestly can't tell from the pacing or progress. It still feels like all the plotlines don't quite go together and there isn't as much of a centralized driving force vas I'd like, but I enjoy it aside from the abuses the women have to suffer through. (Though, using PotE as a model, I'm assuming the majority of the victims will get some degree of justice and happyness and the abusers will have horrible things happen to them. Though I was hopeful and then cruelly deprived with Ralph in that regard this episode.*) There's still a lot more of that than in PotE, and I'm wondering if the popularity of Game of Thrones affected that? I haven't read the book, but comments on it and the series that I've read are either "*bleep* it Follett, can't you go two chapters without raping a woman?" or "There's more rape in one episode than the first half of the book!" Which makes me think it's probably that it was all in the book, but not as clearly spelled out and so a lot of people didn't notice unless women were being accosted in the woods and thrown on the ground screaming.

The main draw, really, is Miranda Richardson as the Mother Superior who is smarter than everyone else but constrained by annoying rules. Though I'm a bit weirded out by her fixation to get Caris to be a nun, even though I get her perspective in that.

*In the first episode, I thought that Ralph was hotheaded and had some anger issues made worse at the time because he had to serve the man who killed his father and took his lands, but thought he was a character I'd end up liking. HOW WRONG I WAS ON ALL COUNTS. It saddens me to think that he probably carries Richard and Aliena's DNA.

The Elementary pilot was slightly different from the leaked version, though mostly just the music. (For the better.) This isn't the first time I've watched the actual airing of a pilot a few weeks after watching a leaked version, but it's the first time it's been a show that has each episode be largely self-contained instead of metaplot driven, and so instead of looking for things I may have missed before I spent a lot of time goin "I wish I was watching the second episode..." I still haven't watched Downton Abbey, and Scandal's return snuck up on me. I haven't decided if I want to watch Last Resort yet. Dichen Lachman is my main interest.

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