Hello blog friends! I feel like I’ve been absent forever, even though it’s only been a couple weeks. I haven’t been doing much book-reading, so I haven’t had anything to talk about!
Except that, oh, right, it’s RIP time and I totally have things to talk about! My lack of books lately stems partly from the fact that I have been kind of obsessively watching television, and luckily for me said television is totally RIP-appropriate. Here’s a synopsis of what’s been invading my brain lately (possible spoilers if you haven’t seen these things yet!):
omg Doctor Who. I was a little nervous going into this half-season because it had been so long since the end of the last one, and because I knew that the format was going to be very different — standalone episodes rather than the giant season-long arc that I enjoyed so much last time. And indeed, I was a little iffy on the relative shallowness of the stories, but at the same time it was nice not to have any cliffhangers! Of the five episodes, I’d have to say my favorites were the first, Asylum of the Daleks, and the last, The Angels Take Manhattan. Asylum I liked largely for the character played by Jenna Louise Coleman, who will be back at Christmas to play the new companion. If said companion is anything like Oswin, or is somehow Oswin (you never know with this show), I will be very very delighted. Angels, on the other hand, I liked for all the most RIP-y reasons, like mystery and noir and time travel and scary Weeping Angels. The only downside is that both Scott and I were very very sad for about two days after watching this episode. Strangely, that just makes me like this show even more…
I had tried to watch this show maybe a couple of years ago, but I didn’t make it past the first two episodes. They were okay, but not something I was super-interested in. Even when I started seeing star Colin Ferguson everywhere, and found out that Cool People Wil Wheaton and Felicia Day were involved, I was like, maybe. Then Scott got a hold of it and watched two and a half seasons in seemingly no time at all, and I was like, hey, wait, let me catch up to you and we can watch it together! And, yes, the first few episodes were still only kind of okay, but two seasons in I am hooked. I really like the characters and the way they interact with each other, I am amused by the weird and implausible science, and I like the way the show has several different large mysteries to solve so that it’s always making progress on something. I wouldn’t call this great television, but it is fun and absorbing and often delightful.
Okay, so I’m not really technically watching this show, but Scott is (are we noticing a pattern here?), and so I’ve overheard a lot of it while doing other things. I really did not like the first few seasons of this show, and so avoided it, but Scott showed me some of the funnier and meta episodes (i.e. one that takes place at basically a Supernatural convention, one that manages to takes place on the set of Supernatural) and I thought those were wonderful. The show does funny really well; I watched in full a few episodes toward the end of last season that involved a main character being possessed by Lucifer, but instead of Lucifer being, like, standard evil, he was more like little-brother evil, singing terrible songs and being generally annoying. This season I’m back to overhearing things, but maybe once they get rid of the teenager (or bring back Misha Collins, my favorite!) I’ll be interested again.
Got any more fun and/or weird shows for me to watch? My books might not thank you, but I will!