|Sometimes you get fulgurites (luzdeestrellas) wrote,|
@ 2007-10-08 00:19:00
|Current music:||Bruce Springsteen, Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out|
|Entry tags:||tv-friday night lights, tv-supernatural|
What would Tim Riggins do?
I have signed up for Yuletide. I'm sort of scared of it, because it produces so many awesome stories. musesfool is entirely to blame, and you should all tell her that when I crash and burn. I don't think I offered anything I'd really regret if I had to write it, but then again, maybe I only think that because I haven't seen what I'll have to write.
I think I'll sign up for spn_holidays, too, and hopefully that should be everything between now and Christmas. I thought about something for Firefly. I haven't written anything for it in a long time, but I haven't seen anything for it, and I figure I'll take that as a sign.
In other news, and in things I have been thinking about since Thursday, TV!
First, the SPN premiere.
There were things in The Magnificent Seven I loved--the family that slays together stays together, and Sam's completely matter-of-fact acceptance of it, so certain, and while Dean wasn't even there to hear it; the conversation at the end; and Bobby being awesome. There were also things about it that completely underwhelmed me. Ruby's entrance was pretty much everything I expected it to be, and I get that the fighting with unbound, flowing hair is just what TV does to girls, but it is no less irritating for knowing it. Is she an awesome, competent hunter, or is she not, you know? However--I'll be saying this a lot--it was the first ep. I'm not about to base my entire opinion of her on just that short scene.
The number of people in the ep did take away from the Sam Dean feeling of it, but they had to show that other hunters were involved in this war, and that there's mistrust and blame of Sam and Dean. It was also not as impressive a plot as I think the seven sins could've been; it makes it all the more baffling that it was such a short ep, but there were again some interesting moments--they set up the knife thing, and Sam's powers, and they introduced Ruby. It wasn't great, but it was, in many respects, kind of a pilot episode, so I'm not planning to judge the season on it.
I also, yes, I hope that's as obvious as Dean's whole, "I have a year to live; watch me live it!" thing gets, and I understand that not everyone liked it, or thought it was even in character, but I think 1. Kripke wrote it. Kripke writes some awesome stuff when he's good, but sometimes, he kind of sucks. He sucks especially at dialogue and subtlety, which, you know, is what was needed here. And 2. Dean is an idiot. He didn't want Sam to know why he couldn't look for a way out, and he doesn't fully understand yet how much Sam needs him, and he thinks if he can make Sam believe he's okay, maybe Sam won't go killing himself, literally and metaphorically, chasing down an answer. It's tactless and insensitive; of course it is. But, um, it's Dean. Sometimes he is completely tactless and insensitive.
And just as importantly, he's scared, and the master of denial. For the first four eps of last season, he was angry and hurt and falling apart and pretending not to be. Now, he's just fronting in a different way. He'll freak out eventually, but it's only been five days, and he's got Sam alive and safe, and no demon on his ass. Like everything else, I think they're putting things in motion for later, is all.
I think it was an ep with four months' and two seasons' worth of expectations resting on it,and it was always going to be hard to meet that. Yes, it wasn't as awesome as I would've liked, but it's not fair to compare it to IMToD, imo, because IMToD had answers to give and a resolution to offer. This ep is all setup, so I am okay with it not being the best thing to ever happen on TV.
I do still worry a little that there's going to be less Sam and Dean, with two new characters and even Bobby getting so much more time, but I am also completely spoiled, and some of what's coming up has potential to be absolutely awesome.
And then there was FNL.
Um. I knew what I was getting going into this, and I didn't think I was as invested as I apparently am, but I hate the One Tree Hill plot twist. It is illogical and not at all organic, and so obviously a ratings grab. Nothing about it makes sense. In the version I saw, Landry hit the guy while he was attacking Tyra, which made dumping the body stupid, and in the version that went out, he hits the guy as he's walking away, which makes hitting him at all inexplicable, and, imo, utterly out of character for Landry. It doesn't belong in this show, which is about every day life, and how it's the small things that make and break it (Jason aside, but at least that twist was a believable , if horrible, consequence, and it also served the narrative purpose of the story, because so much of this show is about how football affects their lives, both positively and negatively). I just. And the attack itself in Mud Bowl isn't less horrible, but I remember being completely shocked and horrified, and now every time I see it, I will know this happened, and my viewing of it is always going to be impacted by that. It was just so awful when it was this random, senseless act, and now there's all this unnecessary drama of him coming back to stalk her, and, you know, killing him.
This show could have done an awesome job of dealing with Tyra's response to the attack. It does emotional hurt so well, and I would have loved to have that be Tyra's arc, and to see her and Landry come together gradually, and I feel like all of that has just been thrown away.
Coach and Mrs. Coach! So awesome, and so hurty. Tami crying, and completely unable to speak broke me, and I feel so bad for Coach, who is in this horrible position, where he loses something whichever way he goes. I think it was a decision that was never going to end well, but I like that they're handling it with this level of subtlety. I don't see any major twist, where there are affairs and blah blah blah blah, because they are Coach and Mrs. Coach. It'll be the smaller things that break them, and even then, I don't think they'll shatter.
I loved Coach and Julie so much. I loved him yelling at her (um, it was maybe kind of hot), and then supporting her and being such an excellent father. I could watch the scene with them in the car all day.
I'll tell you what I do not get. I do not get the people who think Julie was wildly ooc, or a bitch, or any of the other things I've seen written about her. I've seen teenagers done so that they're OTT and irritating as fuck, and they should probably be, I dunno, drowned in a nearby ocean, but Julie felt completely believable to me. I don't know the teenager that hasn't been terrified of becoming their parents, and she's going out with The Saracen. It's much harder to be happy when there's so much pressure on her to be happy.
Matt was cute and adorable, and ditto for Landry, before it all went a bit wrong. More Mama Smash would rock, and I'd like it a little more if new coach wasn't so obviously inferior to Eric in every single way, but they have time to work with that. They made Matt's dad sympathetic--kind of--so it's entirely possible.
I have my doubts about Lyla's story. The bit with Timn was hilarious, but the prayer felt kind of easy, and nothing I haven't seen before on any number of shows where a character gets religion, but again, opening ep. Could still be awesome.
In conclusion, it is mostly too early to say yet on both of them. I will continue to try to be hopeful, because I don't much like the alternative.