Archive | December, 2011

Downton Abbey: An Observation

20 Dec

So, I watched season one of Downton Abbey with a friend today (bringing my grand total of people I’ve gotten obsessed with Downton up to six, yay!). When we were on episode two, at the scene where Carson’s vaudeville past is revealed, I suddenly noticed this in the background:

Sybil Crawley: Paper-Eater

Yes, that is Sybil, apparently eating some paper.

Anyway. That’s all. Just wanted to point that out.

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Misfits + Homeland = dkfj;lsajdfioajrel

18 Dec

Oh my goodness gracious. I just had the most intense 2 and a half hours of my television watching life. I decided to watch the season finale of Misfits before Homeland. Big mistake. Of course this was the episode when what was a slightly gross, weird, inappropriate little show that I can’t help liking turned into the most depressing thing in the history of ever. LADY SYBIL KILLED ALICIA, YOU GUYS. I was so excited that the actress was going to be back, and then my inner monologue during the episode went something like this: “Ha, Sybil’s drinking! Ha, Sybil’s swearing! Ha, Sybil’s making out with someone! Uh oh. Sybil’s angry. Sybil’s got a knife. NO SYBIL NO.” (My feelings about actual Sybil have now become much more complicated. This is why actors need to stick to one role.) I can’t believe they killed Alicia. I knew as soon as Rudy put the idea of some spirits coming back for revenge into her mind that she was going to figure out that that’s what she was back for, but I thought they’d stop her before she killed anyone. But I was so, so wrong. And now Simon’s dead too! Even though he technically already died…oh, time travel. And now they’re stuck in this endless, awful loop of Alisha dying, Simon traveling back in time, back-in-time Simon getting together with Alisha, back-in-time Simon dying, Alisha getting together with present Simon, Alisha dying, Simon traveling back in time…That’s not romantic, that’s terrible. And now they’re both off the show, which is also terrible. I don’t know if I’m even going to keep watching next season. Sigh.

So anyway, after that fun fest, it was time for the season finale of Homeland. Which was pretty much 90 minutes of me tensely clutching a pillow. And I spent most of it wanting to shake almost every character and yell at them to just believe Carrie already. It was so incredibly frustrating. And then I wanted to shake Carrie for deciding she was wrong when she was so very right! Brody is a terrorist! Get with the program, people! I almost wish that Brody had gone through with the original suicide bombing plan just so Carrie would be vindicated (even though I’m glad he didn’t so we can have another season). And now she’s getting the shock therapy just when she finally remembered about Brody saying Issa in his sleep, which I have been waiting for and waiting for, and if she forgets that someone is getting punched in the face. But I bet she will, just so the next season can keep drawing out the whole “Carrie knows but no one believes her, Carrie is convinced she was wrong, Carrie is convinced she was wrong about being wrong but no one believes her, Carrie is convinced she was wrong” cycle. Unless she remembers and tells Saul and they start a secret war against Brody cause no one believes them, which might be fun to watch. Also, we still need to find out who the mole is…that plot line was dropped tonight, but hopefully it’ll be picked up again very quickly next season! All I know is, no matter what else happens, in the end the show had better get everyone falling at Carrie’s feet begging for forgiveness for doubting her. And now I need to go look at some pictures of kittens or something.

Golden Globes Nominations 2011

18 Dec

I’ve finally emerged from finals hibernation and am on break! Woohoo! Now I can catch up on the gazillion hours of television I have to watch. But first, I have got to write about these Golden Globes nominations. So first, the good:

  • So much Homeland! Best Drama, Claire Danes for Best Actress, Damian Lewis for Best Actor.
    If Claire Danes doesn’t win, something is seriously wrong with the world. Anyone who disagrees needs to watch last week’s episode.
  • New Girl was nominated for Best Comedy. I know this show isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I love it wholeheartedly.
  • Amy Poehler was nominated for Best Actress for Parks and Recreation. And just like Claire Danes, if she doesn’t win, something is wrong.
  • Downton Abbey got a Best Mini-Series or TV Movie nod (even though in Britain it’s considered a normal series, not a miniseries, but whatevs), and the wonderful, amazing, delightful Maggie Smith got nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

But now on to the list of the bad:

  • There was a lot of love for Homeland, but one very important person was left out: Mandy Patinkin. He’s one of the best, if not the best, actors on the show. Plus, he’s Inigo Montoya, so he automatically deserves every award.
  • Parks and Recreation was not nominated for Best Comedy. Glee was nominated, and Parks and Recreation wasn’t. GLEE. Of course, I do watch Glee, but pretty much at this point just out of the hopes that it will suddenly snap back to how it used to be, because it generally sucks. WTF, Golden Globes nominators. They must have stopped watching after the first half of the first season. And apparently never started watching Parks and Recreation, because it deserves to not just be nominated, but to win. Hmph.
  • No Friday Night Lights love. Not a single series or actor nomination. What about Kyle Chandler? What about Connie Britton? What about all of the supporting actors and actresses who are also awesome? Why are you ignoring my darling show when it can’t win any awards ever again because it went and ended? Break my heart, why don’t you. I’ll just go rewatch Kyle Chandler’s Emmy win and feel better about the world…
  • Not a single nomination for Fringe either. Not even for John Noble, who deserves basically every award in the world. And Anna Torv has now played at least six different versions of Olivia, and played them all well. That deserves at the very least a nomination. And Fringe in general is wonderful and better than most of what’s out there and needs to stop being ignored by awards shows, pronto.
  • Elizabeth McGovern got the Best Actress nod for Downton Abbey. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying she’s bad, but she’s certainly not who I would point out as the best actress on the show. I think Michelle Dockery (Mary) deserves to be on that list instead, for sure. Mary may not be my favorite character, but she’s certainly a well-acted one.

I think that’s about it. I’ll just have to hope the nominations I am happy about turn into wins, and if/when they don’t, feel even more strongly that awards shows are stupid. Except for when they give awards to the people I like.

Parks and Recreation: Citizen Knope

8 Dec

I just watched Parks and Recreation the same night it aired! It’s a miracle! Anyway, that episode was intensely adorable. I just love this show so much. They really fooled me–when Leslie’s campaign advisers left, I was like, well, it’s sad, but they have to keep her in the Parks Department. But then, no! The whole office is coming together to help run her campaign! Is it legal? Ethical? I don’t know. I don’t care. My heart is very warmed. The whole rest of the episode was perfect too, what with all of Leslie’s Christmas gifts (the best, in my opinion, was definitely the automatic door closer for Ron, though Jerry’s socks are a very close second), the return of Jean Ralphio, Leslie’s word cloud (featuring both Downton Abbey and Hogwarts. A woman after my own heart.), Ron’s frustration with gingerbread (really, I think the wood replica was a better idea…it wouldn’t have been as cute or as delicious as a gingerbread house, but at least it would have lasted!), the PCP, the Friday Night Lights shout out, and general Ben adorableness. But of course NBC had to go ruin it by showing an ad for Fear Factor immediately after it. So quickly after it that even though I was already starting to fast forward, I still caught a horrible glimpse of a woman covered in bees. Why do you do this to me, NBC? I thought I was free of these terrible ads five years ago! Sob.

And another anger note: This was the last episode until January 12. I hate this stupid fall finale thing. Just let me watch my shows, TV schedulers! I already have to deal with Fringeless Fridays, Mondays without Gossip Girl, and Wednesdays without Modern Family; in a week I’ll start having Tuesdays with no New Girl or Glee and Sundays with no Once Upon A Time; must you take my Thursdays from me also? Even worse is that the hiatuses are always over winter break, so when I finally have time to watch everything, nothing is on, and then it all comes back just in time for me to go back to school, when I have to actually do things other than sit around and watch television. Blargh.

So uh, yeah. Parks and Recreation = good, Fear Factor and fall finales = bad.