Archive | October, 2011

And another thing

28 Oct

I was thinking more about how much baseball is screwing everything up and realized that it’s also going to cause poor Chuck to get absolutely terrible ratings tonight. (Yes, it premieres tonight! Watch it! Not baseball!) At least NBC has already said it’s the last season (sob) so I don’t think they’ll be paying too much attention to how it does. Sigh.

Also, just saw this Fringe promo, and it made me giggle.

“I know this must be confusing for you, but something’s happened.” “Baseball happened.” Very nice.

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I hate baseball.

27 Oct

WHY did the Cardinals have to win tonight’s game? WHY?? Before tonight, I didn’t care at all who won or lost the World Series, but the delay yesterday plus the Cardinals win today means that the final game will be tomorrow which means I have to wait ANOTHER week for Fringe. And right when Peter finally came back! Why couldn’t you have just won, Texas? Why?? Both teams are officially on my enemies list. JUST LET ME WATCH FRINGE.

Downton Abbey episode 6

25 Oct

So, I know this blog has basically become “Stacey talks about Fringe and Downton Abbey” but I have to discuss the last episode of Downton. I just have all these feelings, you guys. Spoilers follow for anyone who hasn’t been watching this season, of course.

So, I actually kind of…didn’t…like this episode (that was very hard for me to say). The trailer was better than the episode, which is actually becoming a very common problem with this show. I’ve just come to the conclusion that Downton’s pacing is pretty bad. Part of it is a technical thing–I remember in the first episode there was this one scene that cut off so abruptly I thought that the video was messed up, but nope, it was just a very weird edit. But mostly the pacing is off just in terms of how the plot is moving along. I complained before about how time is being rushed through incredibly quickly (and it’s been confirmed that Sybil is 21 [even though she should be 22…], Edith is 25, and Mary is 27 so they’re basically all old maids by now), but at the same time a lot of the actual plots are moving at a glacial pace. Like Sybil and Branson, who had literally one 45-ish second scene in this episode. I feel like this sums it up best:

It really is getting ridiculous. Especially considering the fact that even though he told her how he felt two years ago, it’s really been more like four years. There’s dragging out a plot point and then there’s dragging out a plot point, if you know what I mean. And then there’s Anna and Bates, who’ve basically become, for me, the will they/won’t they from hell. Pretty much every episode goes like this: Anna–“Oh Bates! I love you! Let’s be together finally!” Bates–“Yes! [Insert obstacle here] is finally gone! Let’s get married!” (10 minutes later) Bates–“Anna. It turns out [insert obstacle here]. We have to wait some more.” Anna–“That’s ok! I love waiting! Waiting is the best!” It’s passed the point of being dramatic. Now it’s just silly.

But moving on to more general things, can someone please tell me the point of bringing in this burned soldier claiming to be the supposedly dead Patrick Crawley, spending a huge amount of the episode on him, and then just having him leave? Presumably never to return? That just seems pointless. And then there are the character issues: as amusing as I found the scene where Violet tried to find another cause that Isobel could be a martyr for so she’d leave and stop trying to keep them from reverting Downton back to a private house, I feel like Isobel really should have seen through it. And would have as written last season.

Basically, there is no way I’m going to stop watching, and I’m still pretty obsessed with the show, but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that season two is nowhere near the quality of season one (though season one did have the miscarriage-by-slipping-on-soap, which is pretty bad…). Julian Fellowes just really needs to chill out with the time jumps, work out his plotting/editing issues, and stop trying to string out every relationship and make everyone suffer. Please.

Oh hey Peter

20 Oct

So, I never actually commented on last week’s Fringe, but: Peter came back! Yay! And now there’s a nifty new promo for next week’s episode (there’s no new episode this week because of baseball. Baseball is stupid.) :

There are screenshots of the whole promo here so you can look at what was going on at the end. It looks like Peter’s building something, Olivia’s fighting with some new (?) lady, and Walter’s getting some sort of injection. Oh, and the coin is back!

Can it please be next Friday?

Downton Abbey, Again, Some More

13 Oct

Sad, but true. (Click to enlarge)

My brain on Downton.

Random Downton Abbey Musings

11 Oct

So, if the very first episode of Downton Abbey was set in 1912, and now we’re all the way up to 1918, why is everyone still repeating clothes from the first season? These people are supposed to be rich! They could at least get poor Daisy a new dress. Even servants shouldn’t have to wear the same exact thing for six years. Also, at this point, Sybil is 21 or 22, which means Edith has to be at least 23 or 24, putting Mary at 25 or 26 at the youngest. And yet Lord and Lady Grantham aren’t concerned that two of their daughters are old maids and one is approaching old maid territory. You’d think at this point they’d be throwing them at anyone and everyone, even with a war on. And apparently the third season is going to be set in the 1920s? Julian Fellowes needs to chill out with these time jumps or the actors aren’t going to be able to play their characters anymore. Plus the time jumps make it so we miss some pretty important character interactions and also aren’t really reflected in how characters are acting all the time–for example, (spoiler!) Branson first told Sybil how he felt TWO YEARS AGO, even though it’s only been four episodes for us, and she’s still waffling. And that was after he’d already been pining for three years. Poor boy.

Anyway. Just commenting. These are the things I think about while I should be studying for midterms…

Fringe promo: Here is Peter Bishop

4 Oct

Yes.

Also, unrelated to the promo, but seriously guys, how awesome is Anna Torv. I did not need to be worried about that old promo showing the two Olivias wearing the same thing with the same hair because 1) it isn’t going to be a regular thing and 2) I would be able to tell them apart. Seriously, I was fast forwarding and I went a little too far and just from that brief glimpse I got of Olivia and how she was standing I could tell it was the other Olivia. So, good for you Anna Torv. You win all the awards!

But anyway, back to the point of this post: Peter! Yay!