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People of LJ/DW, I beg your brains! I need assistance with teevee-related decision making.

I miss consuming a multi-season narrative in giant bites. I had a few watching projects going, but kinda failed out of extended narrative for a while. Sure, I have the back half of the current Doctor Who season and various other things (like QI and Charlie Jade) to watch. But I want a new show, and I'm having trouble deciding what to watch.

I got partway through s2 of Supernatural before I stopped because it got too scary. Yes, I am a wimp. Suspense and a little bit of gore is all it takes to give me nightmares for a week. And my work is too stressful for me to lose an entire night's sleep. I really loved the stories with the Reaper, though. I much prefer godly forces to "help, I'm stuck in the crawl space of this hotel." If I can hop, skip, and jump my way past the cheap scares and go straight to the awesome epic stories, I'm all for it. Also, I kinda want to meet Cas.

I was about halfway though s3 of Smallville when life got busy, and I never picked it up again. No particular reason, just didn't get around to watching any more. In fact, I have a couple eps that I watched and wrote brain drool for, but waited to post until I had a whole block. The "I have a seeeeeeeeecret but I can't tell you" narrative got old three seasons ago, but I'm always in the mood for more Lex.

And I left poor Merlin back at the beginning of s2, preferring to coast along with just the fandom. I hear s4 is looking WAY up; thoughts?

Do I:
- pick up Smallville again
- give Supernatural another chance
- scrap both and watch [insert awesome show here]

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Date: 2011-11-12 06:45 am (UTC)
serrico: (spnangel)
From: [personal profile] serrico
Give SPN another chance, because Cas is well worth meeting! For the Epic, I'd say you could probably get by with skipping to the last two eps of s2; then, if you think you're up for continuing with the show from that point, I can give you a High Points Guide to S3, after which would be s4's Awesome Epicness of Epic Awesome. And Cas. [/redundancy]

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Date: 2011-11-13 12:38 am (UTC)
serrico: (spnangel)
From: [personal profile] serrico
OKAY THEN. *rubs hands together*

If you've only seen to 2.04, you should watch a bit--no, actually, you should watch a *lot* more of s2, because s2 is tied with s4 in my mind as Best Season. So instead of telling you which eps to watch, I'll give you the list of eps you *don't* have to bother with, or that might be too freaky.

Feel free to skip: 2.06, 2.07, 2.16, 2.17, 2.19.

2.09 might freak you out, but it's a Mythology Ep that will come in handy to have seen later.

Watch as much of everything else as you POSSIBLY CAN.

S3's easier, because a) shorter due to writers' strike, and b) sharp downturn in quality for most eps. Here's the list of what you SHOULD watch:

3.01 (for mythology), 3.02 (necessary for later, but be advised, it's REALLY CREEPY), 3.03, 3.05, **3.08** (aka Fangirl Catnip Christmas Special), 3.11, 3.12, 3.16.

Good luck, and enjoy! *g*

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Date: 2011-11-13 03:13 pm (UTC)
charloween: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charloween
I haven't met Cas either. In fic, sure. But on the show? No. I saw an ad for the series the other week and was all, But that's not what his voice sounds like D: etc.

I've been enjoying Pros (no, really?) and the American version of Touching Evil. I'm going to give the UK original TE a look later this week. Oh, and we've got a Prisoner marathon scheduled for Friday. *cracks knuckles*

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Date: 2011-11-16 09:55 am (UTC)
charloween: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charloween
According to [livejournal.com profile] fides, there's an episode of Pros where they go undercover in a gay support centre. How is this show real.

I can 100% see why in the early 80s British fans would go to the trouble of taping episodes, converting the tapes from PAL, making lots of copies and mailing them to slashy North Americans.

And... no. LOL no. It's not (SO NOT) Burn Notice. At least there, when his character loses everything he knows how to fight back and kick ass. With Touching Evil the impulse control and lack of shame is because he's missing a chunk of his brain due to being shot in the head and dying (temporarily); when the series opens he's returning to work after physical recuperation (after the shooting) and a year in psychiatric care (but he assures his parter he's mostly better now).

Basically, he's broken and he knows it. The impulse control and shame thing means he's more nakedly emotional than any other hero-of-a-cop-show I can think of. The character is mentally ill, very empathetic (er, not in a science fiction way), and childish (playful, quick to anger, not dealing with polite bullshit). He cries. He's not suicidal, so much as reckless. He's snarky and charming and misses his daughters (who live with his ex-wife; he lives in a crappy motel). Few actors do chronic woobie like Jeffrey Donovan. (Get him, Ben Browder and Nathan Fillion together for a show about PTSD'd vets - in the future, or the present, or heck, the French Revolution - and bring on the grimdark wacky pain olympics!) Wait, was that out loud?

BUT in amongst the grimdark stuff there's also wacky! Not signposted wacky, but little character flourishes, mostly as Donovan's character interacts with the world around him (at the bottom of the frame, or as an understated beat at the end of a scene. There's a great (blink-and-you-miss-it) moment in the pilot where he is handed a flashlight, and at the very end of the shot he quickly looks directly at the business end, turns it on, and does an adorable AUGH LIGHT! BRIGHT! BRIGHT LIGHT IN MY EYES! blink/head-shake before following everyone else to raid a building. In another, he doesn't break the flow of an angry conversation with his partner (while washing a car) to poke at soap bubble floating by his knees. That kind of thing.

Did I mention Ronald D. Moore has a writing credit? And Atticus Ross worked on the music? Yes.

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Date: 2011-11-17 01:58 am (UTC)
serrico: (profitcrazy)
From: [personal profile] serrico
WATCH TOUCHING EVIL. I didn't know it was on the table, which is why I didn't say that earlier.

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Date: 2011-11-17 08:44 am (UTC)
charloween: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charloween
If you need copies, we can get you copies. (Also, vids went in the mail last week, so you should see them soon!)

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Date: 2011-11-17 08:53 am (UTC)
charloween: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charloween
TE gives him pained, menacing and bored moments - don't get me wrong - but he's playing a guy who doesn't see the point of macho posturing anymore (or he may never have, mumble spoiler for the first thing you see in the pilot mumble mumble).

12 episodes: CKR guest stars in one, Peter Wingfield is in a few, shot in Vancouver with lighting plans left over from the 90s, still not tapped for DVD release.

Aw, can there be a little frippery? Like, a flashback to a ball or something before they go angst on the battlefield? OH MY GOD I was just thinking about how little I know of the French Revolution to provide more possible context for this series that needs to happen, and then I thought Nelson and Napoleon and THE BATTLE OF THE NILE. :D :D :D

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Date: 2011-11-17 08:41 am (UTC)
charloween: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charloween
Hee! Glad I could clarify (in, like, lots of paragraphs).

The show defines what it means by that pretty early on in the pilot (hnnnnnnngh want to tell BUT CANNOT DESTROY JOY OF MOMENT). Fair warning for slight embarrassment squick but OTOH at the same time spoiler warning for chiselled abs.

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Date: 2011-11-19 10:03 am (UTC)
serrico: (profitcrazy)
From: [personal profile] serrico
Can I just say that I love how thoroughly you've embraced this show after having not been aware of its existence less than a year ago? It does my foisting-media-upon-unsuspecting-people heart GOOD. *wipes tear*

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Date: 2011-11-19 10:31 am (UTC)
charloween: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charloween
What can I say? Given the hilarious-but-problematically-misogynist 70s and 80s (and 60s) TV I've been watching, it's so refreshing to re-watch something a) recent and b) actually good.

There's only so much high camp a girl can take.

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Date: 2011-11-17 01:57 am (UTC)
serrico: (merlinaxe)
From: [personal profile] serrico
(Get him, Ben Browder and Nathan Fillion together for a show about PTSD'd vets - in the future, or the present, or heck, the French Revolution - and bring on the grimdark wacky pain olympics!) Wait, was that out loud?

...

.....

...I WANT THIS. Throw in Damian Lewis, too, though.

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Date: 2011-11-17 08:54 am (UTC)
charloween: (Default)
From: [personal profile] charloween
APPROVED.

Also, possible setting/context?: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nelsonic_Band_of_Brothers

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