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OAUT: Still watching, still commenting on friend's reviews. But I am not particularly invested in the Frozen storyline. And Emma/Hook: DO NOT WANT. Hook was way more interesting before he was ret-conned to be Emma's love interest. Curious to see where they will go with Regina's dilemma, Regina/Henry, Emma/Henry, Regina/Emma.

Also watching: Gotham, CSI, Criminal Minds, Vampire Diaries, Grimm, Stalker, Manhattan, Forever, The 100.

Word to the wise about Forever. This show will doubtless be canceled. Too many people will go into it thinking "Highlander," and compared to Duncan McLeod, the main character Henry comes across like a Poncy!Wanker!Sherlock Holmes.

Gave up on: Sleepy Hollow. I like crack as much as the next person, but it's not my brand of crack. I'm more a season-2-of-Lost cracker.

Might give up on: Gotham. I just have a visceral distaste for corruption, even if the point is to play it up so they can then show Jim Gordon fighting it. Might give up on The 100 if it's just more Lord-of-the-Flies teenaged moral ambiguity. And Vampire Diaries remains that show I watch and then ask myself, "Why oh why am I wading through this thigh-high histrionic crap again?" Yet like an automobile accident, I keep staring at it.

Manhattan is my favorite currently-airing show. I mean, dude, Scientists! Even if their end game is horrific, the narrative acknowledges this. We see the divide between the nerdy puzzle-solving and angst-ridden rumination. And the metaphors! The "toxic" atmosphere created by putting security above scientific collaboration, the fact that implosion will only work when disparate elements of the scientific teams "come together" against the dysfunctional compartmentalization.

The one thing I wish they'd do more of is feature actual historical scientists, not just their fictionalized ones. Oppenheimer is a ghost on this show, rarely seen, obliquely referred to, rather than depicted as a hands-on scientist. And I am hoping that at some point, Edward O. Teller shows up. He was kind of a hawkish nut-ball (allegedly the inspiration for Doctor Strangelove?), but with this show featuring the families so heavily, he'll doubtless roll into town with his wife and infant son, Paul, who was my dissertation advisor in graduate school fifty years later. Yes, I am two degrees of separation from the bomb.

Looking forward to the return of Grimm. This show has one of the crackiest arcs (and, well, basic premise) ever, but the characters are great. Okay, Nick and Juliet are a little dull, individually and together, but everyone else is fun.

And some day to return: Orphan Black, Orange is the New Black, The Americans...



Oct. 17th, 2014 11:33 pm (UTC)
I'm having problems with a personal year-two syndrome with Sleepy Hollow. In the recent past I really liked season one of Nikita and Arrow and found season two of those almost unwatchable thanks to significant changes in cast and tone, probably to attract a wider audience. Sleepy Hollow has had a dramatic increase in the amount of air time for what were minor characters, which at least for me waters down the appeal of the show. I don't know if I'll keep watching, but I know I'm not really enjoying it as much as I did.

I agree with you completely on Gotham. I just don't like that kind of corruption story.

I've been surprised by Forever. There really isn't a lot to praise that's new and different about it, and as you say any one expecting a new Highlander any time soon will be massively disappointed. But so far I do look forward to watching it each week. I guess to my own surprise I like Poncy!Wanker!Sherlock Holmes. ;o)
Oct. 17th, 2014 11:36 pm (UTC)
Highlander was Cracktastic in many ways, but it always took itself seriously. Forever seems to have a Fantasy-Show chip on its shoulder.