Stuff

Oct. 27th, 2011 09:55 am
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TV is mostly boring lately. It's the pre-sweeps reruns.

* Modern Family was a re-run. I didn't bother to watch (it was on, mind you. I just didn't watch it much).



* A week late on the last Being Erica episode. Eh, episode but... KAIIIIII!!!!!!



* I did watch Suprenatural (late). I thought JM looked pretty good (though age appropriate). The TWOP summary was annoying as hell... but it's TWOP. What else do you expect?



* Revenge. Backstabbing. Spying. Murder. Machinations galore. Yippee! Loved E-manda pegging Tyler and nailing him on his preposterous back story (So how did you land that expensive jet on an island that only has a dirt runway long enough for a prop plane? And why would you suggest that island as a tax haven when they changed their tax laws in the 1980s?) Smart chicks rule! Tyler, your Talented Mr. Ripley routine isn't going to top the female Count of Monte Cristo. You can't con a con, and she has your number. ::rubbing my hands together:: let the games begin. BTW E-manda... glorious red dress.



* So I'm reviewing part of BtVS Season 8 for fanfic and...I still look at it with.. o.O? I can tell by the parts I'm glossing over and leaving out as extraneous material that there's so much about Season 8 that simply did not interest me at all. Too much of it was comic book clap-crap meant for fanboy appeal. The tanks, the guns, the grenades, the military hardware in total, the Nick-Fury-ing of Xander. The 'buck up it's war. People die' patronizing speeches given by everyone from Xander to Andrew (or is that Oz? I swear from the art it's impossible to tell in one panel whether it's Andrew or Oz... I'm going with Andrew, but solely because of the color of his shirt! From the face/hair/posture there is no clue!) Yadda, yadda. This wasn't the BtVS I bought into with the show, and I really disliked their turning it into some weird miss-mash of boy-toy soldier war with panels of generic, nameless girls being lectured to + traditional superhero villain (complete with flying and lycra outfits!). I liked the Goth/Horror/Soap/Comedy show. This stuff...wasn't it.



* Okay, so I've peeked into Days of Our Lives desperate bid to save the show reboot and I gotta call it as I see it -- flop! (bitching behind the cut) Read more... )

Stuff

Oct. 27th, 2011 09:55 am
shipperx: (Default)
TV is mostly boring lately. It's the pre-sweeps reruns.

* Modern Family was a re-run. I didn't bother to watch (it was on, mind you. I just didn't watch it much).



* A week late on the last Being Erica episode. Eh, episode but... KAIIIIII!!!!!!



* I did watch Suprenatural (late). I thought JM looked pretty good (though age appropriate). The TWOP summary was annoying as hell... but it's TWOP. What else do you expect?



* Revenge. Backstabbing. Spying. Murder. Machinations galore. Yippee! Loved E-manda pegging Tyler and nailing him on his preposterous back story (So how did you land that expensive jet on an island that only has a dirt runway long enough for a prop plane? And why would you suggest that island as a tax haven when they changed their tax laws in the 1980s?) Smart chicks rule! Tyler, your Talented Mr. Ripley routine isn't going to top the female Count of Monte Cristo. You can't con a con, and she has your number. ::rubbing my hands together:: let the games begin. BTW E-manda... glorious red dress.



* So I'm reviewing part of BtVS Season 8 for fanfic and...I still look at it with.. o.O? I can tell by the parts I'm glossing over and leaving out as extraneous material that there's so much about Season 8 that simply did not interest me at all. Too much of it was comic book clap-crap meant for fanboy appeal. The tanks, the guns, the grenades, the military hardware in total, the Nick-Fury-ing of Xander. The 'buck up it's war. People die' patronizing speeches given by everyone from Xander to Andrew (or is that Oz? I swear from the art it's impossible to tell in one panel whether it's Andrew or Oz... I'm going with Andrew, but solely because of the color of his shirt! From the face/hair/posture there is no clue!) Yadda, yadda. This wasn't the BtVS I bought into with the show, and I really disliked their turning it into some weird miss-mash of boy-toy soldier war with panels of generic, nameless girls being lectured to + traditional superhero villain (complete with flying and lycra outfits!). I liked the Goth/Horror/Soap/Comedy show. This stuff...wasn't it.



* Okay, so I've peeked into Days of Our Lives desperate bid to save the show reboot and I gotta call it as I see it -- flop! (bitching behind the cut) Read more... )

Stuff

Oct. 27th, 2011 09:55 am
shipperx: (Default)
TV is mostly boring lately. It's the pre-sweeps reruns.

* Modern Family was a re-run. I didn't bother to watch (it was on, mind you. I just didn't watch it much).



* A week late on the last Being Erica episode. Eh, episode but... KAIIIIII!!!!!!



* I did watch Suprenatural (late). I thought JM looked pretty good (though age appropriate). The TWOP summary was annoying as hell... but it's TWOP. What else do you expect?



* Revenge. Backstabbing. Spying. Murder. Machinations galore. Yippee! Loved E-manda pegging Tyler and nailing him on his preposterous back story (So how did you land that expensive jet on an island that only has a dirt runway long enough for a prop plane? And why would you suggest that island as a tax haven when they changed their tax laws in the 1980s?) Smart chicks rule! Tyler, your Talented Mr. Ripley routine isn't going to top the female Count of Monte Cristo. You can't con a con, and she has your number. ::rubbing my hands together:: let the games begin. BTW E-manda... glorious red dress.



* So I'm reviewing part of BtVS Season 8 for fanfic and...I still look at it with.. o.O? I can tell by the parts I'm glossing over and leaving out as extraneous material that there's so much about Season 8 that simply did not interest me at all. Too much of it was comic book clap-crap meant for fanboy appeal. The tanks, the guns, the grenades, the military hardware in total, the Nick-Fury-ing of Xander. The 'buck up it's war. People die' patronizing speeches given by everyone from Xander to Andrew (or is that Oz? I swear from the art it's impossible to tell in one panel whether it's Andrew or Oz... I'm going with Andrew, but solely because of the color of his shirt! From the face/hair/posture there is no clue!) Yadda, yadda. This wasn't the BtVS I bought into with the show, and I really disliked their turning it into some weird miss-mash of boy-toy soldier war with panels of generic, nameless girls being lectured to + traditional superhero villain (complete with flying and lycra outfits!). I liked the Goth/Horror/Soap/Comedy show. This stuff...wasn't it.



* Okay, so I've peeked into Days of Our Lives desperate bid to save the show reboot and I gotta call it as I see it -- flop! (bitching behind the cut) Read more... )

Fringe

Oct. 14th, 2011 09:02 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
Happy dance!  Happy dance!  The ep was a tad slow, but the ending just brings up the need for a happy dance. 

Fringe

Oct. 14th, 2011 09:02 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
Happy dance!  Happy dance!  The ep was a tad slow, but the ending just brings up the need for a happy dance. 

Fringe

Oct. 14th, 2011 09:02 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
Happy dance!  Happy dance!  The ep was a tad slow, but the ending just brings up the need for a happy dance. 

Fringe

Oct. 7th, 2011 09:41 pm
shipperx: (Fringe: Crazy)
I noticed last week that BtVS's David Fury was now listed as an executive producer of Fringe.  And this week Fury was listed as the episode's writer.   Overall the ep was :shrug:  but the end with Walter?  ::shudder::  Oh Walter. ::shudder::

Fringe

Oct. 7th, 2011 09:41 pm
shipperx: (Fringe: Crazy)
I noticed last week that BtVS's David Fury was now listed as an executive producer of Fringe.  And this week Fury was listed as the episode's writer.   Overall the ep was :shrug:  but the end with Walter?  ::shudder::  Oh Walter. ::shudder::

Fringe

Oct. 7th, 2011 09:41 pm
shipperx: (Fringe: Crazy)
I noticed last week that BtVS's David Fury was now listed as an executive producer of Fringe.  And this week Fury was listed as the episode's writer.   Overall the ep was :shrug:  but the end with Walter?  ::shudder::  Oh Walter. ::shudder::

Fringe

Sep. 30th, 2011 09:33 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
Ooh! nice.

I mean, not nice. Of all MOTW, serial killers are the ones I cannot handle very well (there's a reason I don't watch Dexter. Vampires, werewolves, witches, dragons, Medieval douchebags, I can take, because they don't exist. Serial killers freak me out.) But.... you knew there was a but.

But, I really liked the fact that this episode took advantage of Fringe's current situation and let us enjoy it, see the deeper implications of it, and drop a thematic hint about the season along the way.

So back to the age old question of nature or nurture. What makes you what you are? Is it what is in you? What you experience? Your history? What you learn along the way? What if you'd zigged left instead of right. Would you be someone different from who you are? And what if someone who was important in your life hadn't been there. Would you be different then?

Thinky-thoughts! I love it when shows provoke those. More detailed thoughts behind the cut )

Fringe

Sep. 30th, 2011 09:33 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
Ooh! nice.

I mean, not nice. Of all MOTW, serial killers are the ones I cannot handle very well (there's a reason I don't watch Dexter. Vampires, werewolves, witches, dragons, Medieval douchebags, I can take, because they don't exist. Serial killers freak me out.) But.... you knew there was a but.

But, I really liked the fact that this episode took advantage of Fringe's current situation and let us enjoy it, see the deeper implications of it, and drop a thematic hint about the season along the way.

So back to the age old question of nature or nurture. What makes you what you are? Is it what is in you? What you experience? Your history? What you learn along the way? What if you'd zigged left instead of right. Would you be someone different from who you are? And what if someone who was important in your life hadn't been there. Would you be different then?

Thinky-thoughts! I love it when shows provoke those. More detailed thoughts behind the cut )

Fringe

Sep. 30th, 2011 09:33 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
Ooh! nice.

I mean, not nice. Of all MOTW, serial killers are the ones I cannot handle very well (there's a reason I don't watch Dexter. Vampires, werewolves, witches, dragons, Medieval douchebags, I can take, because they don't exist. Serial killers freak me out.) But.... you knew there was a but.

But, I really liked the fact that this episode took advantage of Fringe's current situation and let us enjoy it, see the deeper implications of it, and drop a thematic hint about the season along the way.

So back to the age old question of nature or nurture. What makes you what you are? Is it what is in you? What you experience? Your history? What you learn along the way? What if you'd zigged left instead of right. Would you be someone different from who you are? And what if someone who was important in your life hadn't been there. Would you be different then?

Thinky-thoughts! I love it when shows provoke those. More detailed thoughts behind the cut )

Fringe

Sep. 21st, 2011 05:29 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
From EW.com

Spoilery stuff behind the cutRead more... )...It goes back to our major theme: Our experiences are who we are.   {...}Wyman says. “One of the themes we’re really interested in getting into this year is the impact we have on each other’s lives. We’re defined by the connections we make, and who we know, and who knows us, and how we define other people.”


Read more... )+ The opening credits will be orange this year
Read more... )

Fringe

Sep. 21st, 2011 05:29 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
From EW.com

Spoilery stuff behind the cutRead more... )...It goes back to our major theme: Our experiences are who we are.   {...}Wyman says. “One of the themes we’re really interested in getting into this year is the impact we have on each other’s lives. We’re defined by the connections we make, and who we know, and who knows us, and how we define other people.”


Read more... )+ The opening credits will be orange this year
Read more... )

Fringe

Sep. 21st, 2011 05:29 pm
shipperx: (Fringe Cast)
From EW.com

Spoilery stuff behind the cutRead more... )...It goes back to our major theme: Our experiences are who we are.   {...}Wyman says. “One of the themes we’re really interested in getting into this year is the impact we have on each other’s lives. We’re defined by the connections we make, and who we know, and who knows us, and how we define other people.”


Read more... )+ The opening credits will be orange this year
Read more... )
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I'm not sure what it is that make certain storylines 'work' for me, why they're something that intrigues me and makes me want to think and talk about them.  At any rate the three that interest me most at the moment (in no particular order).



Being Human

I'm really enjoying this plot.  It's chewy.  Those who watched last season know that Mitchell did something horrible.  I've really enjoyed how they have not let that slide, and how they have used that to reinforce their metaphors. 

Being Human has always had that underlying subtext that vampirism is addiction (and far more clearly than BtVS/AtS ever did, because, honestly, I don't think BtVS/AtS ever did work that way... beyond lip service.  AtS might say that it was a metaphor for addiction, but it was never shown in a convincing light.  There might be 'falling off the wagon'- like  dialog occasionally, but there weren't cravings, etc. 

BtVS worked on the concept of demons representing Buffy's 'demons' (her inner demons, demons she had to face) and Angel and Spike were created and born in that context.  Angel and Spike's journeys weren't their own until further down the line.  And, quite frankly, there's always been something almost  Calvanist in the Whedonverse with all it's dependence on the Chosen/Elect and the damned (and everyone else) ...with the occasional boon given to free will. 

Vampirism in the Whedonverse always seemed to be far more about those concepts to me (and even some odd parallel to the concept of Original Sin).  Vampirism in BtVS/AtS is a curse, an edict, or a judgement.  It was more about falling prey to ones demons or subsuming (or  Spike/Angel case an effort at) overcoming some  'fate' and  fixed destiny.  Whedonverse vampirism was completely bound up in the concept of souls and curses and whether or not vampires had any choice but evil.  Were they even allowed to have free will?  {Go team Spike free will!} Basically, in the Whedonverse it always seemed to me to be more of a dialog about the struggle of free will versus a somewhat Calvanist doctrine of fate, destiny, and inevitability, thus the emphasis on souls, being "Chosen", prophecy, etc.... which was always amusing to me because Whedon is an atheist). 

Being Human's vampirism is very, very much a metaphor for addiction.  The rationalization, the backsliding, the struggle.  It's so easy to see Mitchell as some heroine addict and all that would entail.  He fits far too well the sort of thing you see when you watch "Intervention" on A&E (as well as the problems of a drug addict that grew up down the street from me who was a nice guy when sober and yet could never overcome addiction and who in the end became a very real-life monster before his suicide).   The aftermath of last year's story is being played out with this years and we see the way that Mitchell explains and avoids those things and how that is all very much a part of not only who he is but who he has always been and how that has very much informed his whole vampiric existence.  And the story has worked very much in Annie's metaphor as well.  Annie, the ghost.  Annie who denied to herself that she was in an abusive relationship, painting a happy face on it, eplaining it away, even as it killed her, leaving her trapped in that place.  She was a victim, invisible to many and unable to actualize herself.  She has a history of falling into destructive relationships, of living vicariously through others, being the kind of 'giver' that doesn't understand that she needs to stand up for herself.  Ah Mitchell/Annie your weaknesses were bound to...er... bind you.   I've liked the way this story has gone and the way it's been quite subversive about its vampire romance trope.



Big Love  

Yeah, last season was teh crazy, and this season is much the same.  However, I really enjoy just how freaking screwed up these people are. (I've even gotten my mom into loving this show.  Bill Hendrickson amuses the hell out of her).  Bill is such a self-serving douche.  He really, really is. Oh, he's so goooooood.  So righteous.  He goes on and on about serving God and begging God "why are you testing me so?" while he is so, so, so oblivious that he's a douchebag!  Dude, it's not "God" directing you to do a host of self-serving things.  It's your collosal, oversized ego!  Oh, and your penis!  "God" doesn't tell him to pick fights with wacked out cult leader Alby.  'God" didn't tell Bill to build a casino.  "God" didn't tell him to run for the Utah State Senate.  Nope.  That was all  Bill.  He totally overlooks what he inflicts on the people around him with what he does, especially his cult-o-sister-wives and for his long suffering business partner.  How much shit has he made them all take and eat?  Because he thinks he's their 'priesthood holder.'  Bill is a piece of work.  So 'good', so 'righteous' ...such a self-serving douche. 

And I've really enjoyed all the massively screwed-up sister-wives and their own dysfunctions that have led them into this life with Bill. Read more... )All these people are so very, very screwed up (and so very righteous and 'godly' about it.  "God" tells them to do all these things. 'God' really really wants them to be rich and powerful and smite all their enemies too.  And when things don't work it's because 'God' is testing their faith so they double down) . I can't help it.  It's a trainwreck that I cannot help but watch.



Fringe
Mmm.  Yummy sci-fi that hits so many kinks. 

I love Olivia as a heroine.  She's smart, competent, brave, and she tries so very, very hard.  And, her life has been such shit.  Her mother died.  Her step-father abused her.  She was used as a medical guinea pig in shocking horrific medical experiments as a kid that damaged her in ways she can't really explain but which also gave her and eidetic memory and the ability to walk between parallel universes. She has such a difficult, difficult time forming relationships, but her heart does love deeply.  And things just never quite seem to work out for her.  Yet she tries so hard to be fair and adult about it.  She breaks my heart.  I want her to be happy, damnit!  (It hurt seeing her happy last night.  It's so rare to see her happy, and we the audience know... something... is going to come down on her like  a ton of bricks soon.  So, even as she's glowing with new found happiness, I'm going "Poor Olivia"...)

And I thought that EW's Ken Tucker did a great job of explaining the show:
 

At its big, red, throbbing heart, the show tells the story of a love so powerful, it crosses universes: When Peter was seven, he died. His brilliant-scientist father, Walter, having discovered that there was a parallel universe containing doubles of everyone here, transported himself to that Other Side and brought back that universe’s Peter, to love and to cherish. In doing so, he created not just a rift in the universes (which are now dangerously, explosively out of balance), but also a rift between father and son (when Peter discovered who he really was, and grappled with the idea that he belonged to another Walter, a “Walternate”).


You've got your tortured redemption arc with Walter, the mad scientist who did such horrible things in the past in his pursuit of 'science', horrible things to Olivia (one of his test subjects) and to Peter (in an effort to 'keep' what wasn't his) and to all his other test subjects.  He has the oppressive, overwhelming knowledge that he may well have destroyed not one but two worlds and has caused untold suffering, and all he wants is to make things right.  To see Peter and Olivia happy and to prevent the apocalypse... that he caused.

And you've got that Olivia/Peter thing that  is oh-so-starcrossed... and on a ticking time clock of an apocalypse where their relationship is pivotal.. and which may require Peter's death.   This year so many of the episodes are clues to what is important to the mytharc (even if they're MOTW) or metaphors for the dynamics of the entwined relationships of Olivia/Peter/Walter... as well as things concerning the alternative_universe dopplegangers of both themselves and their friends.  

Throw in some zeplins, an intact World Trade Center, an alternative-history (MLK asn't assassinated, Nixon was never impeached, Kennedy is still alive.  An Alternative Olivia, an Alternative_Walter, an Alternative_Fringe {but no FBI...})  in the same but subtly different alternative universe, and pop me some popcorn while I sit in front of a television because I'm a sucker for this stuff.
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I'm not sure what it is that make certain storylines 'work' for me, why they're something that intrigues me and makes me want to think and talk about them.  At any rate the three that interest me most at the moment (in no particular order).



Being Human

I'm really enjoying this plot.  It's chewy.  Those who watched last season know that Mitchell did something horrible.  I've really enjoyed how they have not let that slide, and how they have used that to reinforce their metaphors. 

Being Human has always had that underlying subtext that vampirism is addiction (and far more clearly than BtVS/AtS ever did, because, honestly, I don't think BtVS/AtS ever did work that way... beyond lip service.  AtS might say that it was a metaphor for addiction, but it was never shown in a convincing light.  There might be 'falling off the wagon'- like  dialog occasionally, but there weren't cravings, etc. 

BtVS worked on the concept of demons representing Buffy's 'demons' (her inner demons, demons she had to face) and Angel and Spike were created and born in that context.  Angel and Spike's journeys weren't their own until further down the line.  And, quite frankly, there's always been something almost  Calvanist in the Whedonverse with all it's dependence on the Chosen/Elect and the damned (and everyone else) ...with the occasional boon given to free will. 

Vampirism in the Whedonverse always seemed to be far more about those concepts to me (and even some odd parallel to the concept of Original Sin).  Vampirism in BtVS/AtS is a curse, an edict, or a judgement.  It was more about falling prey to ones demons or subsuming (or  Spike/Angel case an effort at) overcoming some  'fate' and  fixed destiny.  Whedonverse vampirism was completely bound up in the concept of souls and curses and whether or not vampires had any choice but evil.  Were they even allowed to have free will?  {Go team Spike free will!} Basically, in the Whedonverse it always seemed to me to be more of a dialog about the struggle of free will versus a somewhat Calvanist doctrine of fate, destiny, and inevitability, thus the emphasis on souls, being "Chosen", prophecy, etc.... which was always amusing to me because Whedon is an atheist). 

Being Human's vampirism is very, very much a metaphor for addiction.  The rationalization, the backsliding, the struggle.  It's so easy to see Mitchell as some heroine addict and all that would entail.  He fits far too well the sort of thing you see when you watch "Intervention" on A&E (as well as the problems of a drug addict that grew up down the street from me who was a nice guy when sober and yet could never overcome addiction and who in the end became a very real-life monster before his suicide).   The aftermath of last year's story is being played out with this years and we see the way that Mitchell explains and avoids those things and how that is all very much a part of not only who he is but who he has always been and how that has very much informed his whole vampiric existence.  And the story has worked very much in Annie's metaphor as well.  Annie, the ghost.  Annie who denied to herself that she was in an abusive relationship, painting a happy face on it, eplaining it away, even as it killed her, leaving her trapped in that place.  She was a victim, invisible to many and unable to actualize herself.  She has a history of falling into destructive relationships, of living vicariously through others, being the kind of 'giver' that doesn't understand that she needs to stand up for herself.  Ah Mitchell/Annie your weaknesses were bound to...er... bind you.   I've liked the way this story has gone and the way it's been quite subversive about its vampire romance trope.



Big Love  

Yeah, last season was teh crazy, and this season is much the same.  However, I really enjoy just how freaking screwed up these people are. (I've even gotten my mom into loving this show.  Bill Hendrickson amuses the hell out of her).  Bill is such a self-serving douche.  He really, really is. Oh, he's so goooooood.  So righteous.  He goes on and on about serving God and begging God "why are you testing me so?" while he is so, so, so oblivious that he's a douchebag!  Dude, it's not "God" directing you to do a host of self-serving things.  It's your collosal, oversized ego!  Oh, and your penis!  "God" doesn't tell him to pick fights with wacked out cult leader Alby.  'God" didn't tell Bill to build a casino.  "God" didn't tell him to run for the Utah State Senate.  Nope.  That was all  Bill.  He totally overlooks what he inflicts on the people around him with what he does, especially his cult-o-sister-wives and for his long suffering business partner.  How much shit has he made them all take and eat?  Because he thinks he's their 'priesthood holder.'  Bill is a piece of work.  So 'good', so 'righteous' ...such a self-serving douche. 

And I've really enjoyed all the massively screwed-up sister-wives and their own dysfunctions that have led them into this life with Bill. Read more... )All these people are so very, very screwed up (and so very righteous and 'godly' about it.  "God" tells them to do all these things. 'God' really really wants them to be rich and powerful and smite all their enemies too.  And when things don't work it's because 'God' is testing their faith so they double down) . I can't help it.  It's a trainwreck that I cannot help but watch.



Fringe
Mmm.  Yummy sci-fi that hits so many kinks. 

I love Olivia as a heroine.  She's smart, competent, brave, and she tries so very, very hard.  And, her life has been such shit.  Her mother died.  Her step-father abused her.  She was used as a medical guinea pig in shocking horrific medical experiments as a kid that damaged her in ways she can't really explain but which also gave her and eidetic memory and the ability to walk between parallel universes. She has such a difficult, difficult time forming relationships, but her heart does love deeply.  And things just never quite seem to work out for her.  Yet she tries so hard to be fair and adult about it.  She breaks my heart.  I want her to be happy, damnit!  (It hurt seeing her happy last night.  It's so rare to see her happy, and we the audience know... something... is going to come down on her like  a ton of bricks soon.  So, even as she's glowing with new found happiness, I'm going "Poor Olivia"...)

And I thought that EW's Ken Tucker did a great job of explaining the show:
 

At its big, red, throbbing heart, the show tells the story of a love so powerful, it crosses universes: When Peter was seven, he died. His brilliant-scientist father, Walter, having discovered that there was a parallel universe containing doubles of everyone here, transported himself to that Other Side and brought back that universe’s Peter, to love and to cherish. In doing so, he created not just a rift in the universes (which are now dangerously, explosively out of balance), but also a rift between father and son (when Peter discovered who he really was, and grappled with the idea that he belonged to another Walter, a “Walternate”).


You've got your tortured redemption arc with Walter, the mad scientist who did such horrible things in the past in his pursuit of 'science', horrible things to Olivia (one of his test subjects) and to Peter (in an effort to 'keep' what wasn't his) and to all his other test subjects.  He has the oppressive, overwhelming knowledge that he may well have destroyed not one but two worlds and has caused untold suffering, and all he wants is to make things right.  To see Peter and Olivia happy and to prevent the apocalypse... that he caused.

And you've got that Olivia/Peter thing that  is oh-so-starcrossed... and on a ticking time clock of an apocalypse where their relationship is pivotal.. and which may require Peter's death.   This year so many of the episodes are clues to what is important to the mytharc (even if they're MOTW) or metaphors for the dynamics of the entwined relationships of Olivia/Peter/Walter... as well as things concerning the alternative_universe dopplegangers of both themselves and their friends.  

Throw in some zeplins, an intact World Trade Center, an alternative-history (MLK asn't assassinated, Nixon was never impeached, Kennedy is still alive.  An Alternative Olivia, an Alternative_Walter, an Alternative_Fringe {but no FBI...})  in the same but subtly different alternative universe, and pop me some popcorn while I sit in front of a television because I'm a sucker for this stuff.
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I'm not sure what it is that make certain storylines 'work' for me, why they're something that intrigues me and makes me want to think and talk about them.  At any rate the three that interest me most at the moment (in no particular order).



Being Human

I'm really enjoying this plot.  It's chewy.  Those who watched last season know that Mitchell did something horrible.  I've really enjoyed how they have not let that slide, and how they have used that to reinforce their metaphors. 

Being Human has always had that underlying subtext that vampirism is addiction (and far more clearly than BtVS/AtS ever did, because, honestly, I don't think BtVS/AtS ever did work that way... beyond lip service.  AtS might say that it was a metaphor for addiction, but it was never shown in a convincing light.  There might be 'falling off the wagon'- like  dialog occasionally, but there weren't cravings, etc. 

BtVS worked on the concept of demons representing Buffy's 'demons' (her inner demons, demons she had to face) and Angel and Spike were created and born in that context.  Angel and Spike's journeys weren't their own until further down the line.  And, quite frankly, there's always been something almost  Calvanist in the Whedonverse with all it's dependence on the Chosen/Elect and the damned (and everyone else) ...with the occasional boon given to free will. 

Vampirism in the Whedonverse always seemed to be far more about those concepts to me (and even some odd parallel to the concept of Original Sin).  Vampirism in BtVS/AtS is a curse, an edict, or a judgement.  It was more about falling prey to ones demons or subsuming (or  Spike/Angel case an effort at) overcoming some  'fate' and  fixed destiny.  Whedonverse vampirism was completely bound up in the concept of souls and curses and whether or not vampires had any choice but evil.  Were they even allowed to have free will?  {Go team Spike free will!} Basically, in the Whedonverse it always seemed to me to be more of a dialog about the struggle of free will versus a somewhat Calvanist doctrine of fate, destiny, and inevitability, thus the emphasis on souls, being "Chosen", prophecy, etc.... which was always amusing to me because Whedon is an atheist). 

Being Human's vampirism is very, very much a metaphor for addiction.  The rationalization, the backsliding, the struggle.  It's so easy to see Mitchell as some heroine addict and all that would entail.  He fits far too well the sort of thing you see when you watch "Intervention" on A&E (as well as the problems of a drug addict that grew up down the street from me who was a nice guy when sober and yet could never overcome addiction and who in the end became a very real-life monster before his suicide).   The aftermath of last year's story is being played out with this years and we see the way that Mitchell explains and avoids those things and how that is all very much a part of not only who he is but who he has always been and how that has very much informed his whole vampiric existence.  And the story has worked very much in Annie's metaphor as well.  Annie, the ghost.  Annie who denied to herself that she was in an abusive relationship, painting a happy face on it, eplaining it away, even as it killed her, leaving her trapped in that place.  She was a victim, invisible to many and unable to actualize herself.  She has a history of falling into destructive relationships, of living vicariously through others, being the kind of 'giver' that doesn't understand that she needs to stand up for herself.  Ah Mitchell/Annie your weaknesses were bound to...er... bind you.   I've liked the way this story has gone and the way it's been quite subversive about its vampire romance trope.



Big Love  

Yeah, last season was teh crazy, and this season is much the same.  However, I really enjoy just how freaking screwed up these people are. (I've even gotten my mom into loving this show.  Bill Hendrickson amuses the hell out of her).  Bill is such a self-serving douche.  He really, really is. Oh, he's so goooooood.  So righteous.  He goes on and on about serving God and begging God "why are you testing me so?" while he is so, so, so oblivious that he's a douchebag!  Dude, it's not "God" directing you to do a host of self-serving things.  It's your collosal, oversized ego!  Oh, and your penis!  "God" doesn't tell him to pick fights with wacked out cult leader Alby.  'God" didn't tell Bill to build a casino.  "God" didn't tell him to run for the Utah State Senate.  Nope.  That was all  Bill.  He totally overlooks what he inflicts on the people around him with what he does, especially his cult-o-sister-wives and for his long suffering business partner.  How much shit has he made them all take and eat?  Because he thinks he's their 'priesthood holder.'  Bill is a piece of work.  So 'good', so 'righteous' ...such a self-serving douche. 

And I've really enjoyed all the massively screwed-up sister-wives and their own dysfunctions that have led them into this life with Bill. Read more... )All these people are so very, very screwed up (and so very righteous and 'godly' about it.  "God" tells them to do all these things. 'God' really really wants them to be rich and powerful and smite all their enemies too.  And when things don't work it's because 'God' is testing their faith so they double down) . I can't help it.  It's a trainwreck that I cannot help but watch.



Fringe
Mmm.  Yummy sci-fi that hits so many kinks. 

I love Olivia as a heroine.  She's smart, competent, brave, and she tries so very, very hard.  And, her life has been such shit.  Her mother died.  Her step-father abused her.  She was used as a medical guinea pig in shocking horrific medical experiments as a kid that damaged her in ways she can't really explain but which also gave her and eidetic memory and the ability to walk between parallel universes. She has such a difficult, difficult time forming relationships, but her heart does love deeply.  And things just never quite seem to work out for her.  Yet she tries so hard to be fair and adult about it.  She breaks my heart.  I want her to be happy, damnit!  (It hurt seeing her happy last night.  It's so rare to see her happy, and we the audience know... something... is going to come down on her like  a ton of bricks soon.  So, even as she's glowing with new found happiness, I'm going "Poor Olivia"...)

And I thought that EW's Ken Tucker did a great job of explaining the show:
 

At its big, red, throbbing heart, the show tells the story of a love so powerful, it crosses universes: When Peter was seven, he died. His brilliant-scientist father, Walter, having discovered that there was a parallel universe containing doubles of everyone here, transported himself to that Other Side and brought back that universe’s Peter, to love and to cherish. In doing so, he created not just a rift in the universes (which are now dangerously, explosively out of balance), but also a rift between father and son (when Peter discovered who he really was, and grappled with the idea that he belonged to another Walter, a “Walternate”).


You've got your tortured redemption arc with Walter, the mad scientist who did such horrible things in the past in his pursuit of 'science', horrible things to Olivia (one of his test subjects) and to Peter (in an effort to 'keep' what wasn't his) and to all his other test subjects.  He has the oppressive, overwhelming knowledge that he may well have destroyed not one but two worlds and has caused untold suffering, and all he wants is to make things right.  To see Peter and Olivia happy and to prevent the apocalypse... that he caused.

And you've got that Olivia/Peter thing that  is oh-so-starcrossed... and on a ticking time clock of an apocalypse where their relationship is pivotal.. and which may require Peter's death.   This year so many of the episodes are clues to what is important to the mytharc (even if they're MOTW) or metaphors for the dynamics of the entwined relationships of Olivia/Peter/Walter... as well as things concerning the alternative_universe dopplegangers of both themselves and their friends.  

Throw in some zeplins, an intact World Trade Center, an alternative-history (MLK asn't assassinated, Nixon was never impeached, Kennedy is still alive.  An Alternative Olivia, an Alternative_Walter, an Alternative_Fringe {but no FBI...})  in the same but subtly different alternative universe, and pop me some popcorn while I sit in front of a television because I'm a sucker for this stuff.

Fringe.

Feb. 25th, 2011 09:09 pm
shipperx: (Fringe: Crazy)
Okay. Wait. What?
Read more... )

I also LOL'd at the retro entry. Hah!

Fringe.

Feb. 25th, 2011 09:09 pm
shipperx: (Fringe: Crazy)
Okay. Wait. What?
Read more... )

I also LOL'd at the retro entry. Hah!

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