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TV show meme

Which TV shows did you start watching in 2011?

Farscape, Ringer, Unforgettable, The Secret Circle, Once Upon a Time, Grimm, The Borgias, Merlin.

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2011?

None, really.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2011? Why?

None. I gave everything that seemed worth watching a shot.

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2012?

Fringe, maybe, unless I put my Netflix membership on hold again out of sheer boredom.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2011?

Farscape. I think it's one of those things you either love, or you don't particularly care for. I am still slogging through it, now in Season 4, but man, half the time it makes no sense whatsoever. TV writers need to be taught the difference between effective surrealism, absurdity, and symbolism vs. just being incomprehensible.

I suppose I should pay more meticulous attention to each episode, but I can't be bothered. It has its moments once in a while, so I slog.

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2012 unless things significantly improve?

Ringer is on the endangered list. The "cry rape" story line is too triggery for me to put up with the rest of that convoluted mess. The Secret Circle needs less soap bubbles and more newt.

Possibly the CSIs, if CSI starts sucking without Catherine.

Which TV show impressed you the most in 2011? Why?

Once Upon a Time is proving better than the pilot would have suggested. I like the non-linear way it is telling the back story of the characters, and how it is embellishing the fairy tales to make them more complex and interesting. I think of this show as "Lost" in reverse—characters from a fantasy place all trapped in the contemporary U.S. together.

And I am hoping, like Lost, it is able to successfully reinvent itself each season without losing its charm or forgetting its roots. Lost was brilliant in that respect.

Merlin was a real surprise as well, and a bit of a new TV obsession for me.

One thing I don't like about it is the poor Morgana character development. If you want an effective villain, you have to give some glimmer of her having the sorts of character weaknesses that lead to such villainy, and show a more gradual evolution of the character as she falls prey to those weaknesses, and that's something they just didn't do very well.

Also, the politics of the show are a bit dodgy. Maybe I've watched way too much Deep Space Nine (in fact, I'm sure of it), but showing nearly every Freedom Fighter character as corrupt and evil and having the heroes essentially being collaborators who are playing a very long game and allowing innocents to die in the interim.... Well, it makes me uncomfortable.

But the show hits so many of my story kinks I can grumpily overlook these flaws. It still has gorgeous scenery, myth, swords and sorcery, secrets and secret identities, a charming, powerful, overlooked hero, interesting complex family relationships, long lost parents, faeries, trolls, dragons, and griffins.

And ironically, I seem to have developed a Merlin/Morgana thing after Servant of Two Masters. More in a Epic Destined!Enemies kind of way, although I would not object to a few brief moments of hate lust.
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Which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?

Back in the day, friends managed to talk me into not divorcing Angel after the crappy ending to Season 4. But most shows do not have my heart the way Angel did.

Although I will probably watch Farscape to the bitter end just to say that I watched it. But the stuff that is brand new this Fall? If it annoys me in the new year, it gets deleted from the DVR recordings list. I just don't have the time.

Shows I watched and loved that aren't mentioned on this list because I started them in another year

Criminal Minds is back to the old school show, which is a relief.

I wouldn't say I "loved" True Blood and Dexter this season. I watched them mostly to find out what would happen next. But I will continue to next season. And I am watching Leverage. It is okay.



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Dec. 23rd, 2011 07:51 pm (UTC)
What's your take on Grimm?
Dec. 23rd, 2011 08:12 pm (UTC)
It's very one-note. Every week, it's another human-animal thing. They're going to run out of animals.

On the other hand, I like the notion of a Grimm, and the different ways the various half-creatures react to him. And they are working on some kind of his-girlfriend-finds-out story line that's interesting
Dec. 23rd, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Yea, I agree. I have several recorded that I haven't seen yet because they're all so similar. I hope they find a way to vary it some--I like the actors and the writing of the individual episodes is OK at least.
Dec. 23rd, 2011 09:32 pm (UTC)
Yes, I'm not sure how the show creators sold it to the network with such a bland take on fairy-tale creatures. It doesn't seem like the kind of thing they can keep up for season after season, not so far.
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:55 am (UTC)
I gave up on Ringer awhile ago; also Secret Circle. Just didn't hold my interest.
I'm totally charmed by Once Upon a Time, love it.
Still watching Castle and Nikita.
Farscape is one of my favourite shows of all time, but I understand why a lot of people don't feel the same way. It can be a bit of a chaotic mess sometimes, but I love it anyway.
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:05 pm (UTC)
I think the problem with Farscape, for me, is that I work on other stuff while I'm watching it, and you need to pay really, really, close attention to follow the plot. Part of the reason I could handle that with Angel and BtVS is I watched each episode twice, once pausing every minute or so to take notes. With Farscape, I just find myself thinking over and over, "Now what's that for? Why are they there? When did they introduce that?" Not the good basis for watching a complicatedly-plotted television show.
Dec. 24th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC)
The only reason I've stuck through all of Ringer so far is that I have nothing else to watch on Tuesday night.
Dec. 24th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
I like Unforgettable, despite the fact that it's a bad-guy-of-the-week show and not very arcy. But I don't *need* to have anything to watch on a given night; the DVR makes all that moot.
Dec. 24th, 2011 07:37 pm (UTC)
I recognize this is an option, and yet, am slave to the TV schedule.
Dec. 24th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
Hah, the DVR finally allowed me to watch TV in the way I always wanted to. Most shows are on too late for my brain.
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