|Sometimes you get fulgurites (luzdeestrellas) wrote,|
@ 2007-10-21 17:12:00
|Current music:||The Weepies - Citywide Rodeo|
Man, FNL is still awesome. It really, really is. This ep didn't exactly make me happy, but it almost universally worked for me.
Okay, I have read some reactions, and I can see where a lot of them are coming from--I think Coach being away is stupid. I always did, and I think, given how they've handled it, having him stay and live with doing that might've been more interesting. But I also think it's realistic that he left. They thought they were strong enough to make it work, and their closeness is exactly why it doesn't.
I hate and also love that everyone is so screwed right now, and the team is an awesome mirror of that. It's not just football holding everything together, it's Coach. Take him out, and everything just goes to hell. And I think that's why I loved this ep, because even while it all fell apart, there was hope. You knew, the moment he watched that game, he was coming back, and this makes me unbelievably happy.
Matt fighting Smash on the field didn't feel incredibly OOC, to me. A little bit, given that I don't think there's been enough of the team or that conflict, but he's taken crap from absolutely every area of his life, and the people he'd normally talk to about any of it (Smash might well have numbered among them) aren't there anymore. He's a teenager, too. At some point, if he just kept on being cute and adorable, I'd start not to believe that. Also, dude, was Matt apologising to Coach for the break up the cutest thing anyone has ever seen? I think it might've been.
Julie is still a bitch, but still, imo, believably so. It's been eight months from the end of the last and the start of this season. Her father's away; there's a new kid; and, dude, she's sixteen. I liked last season's Julie a lot more, and I hope she'll go back to that, but I can understand why she's different, atm. And God, Tami at the end. Wah! She has been rocking these last few eps, and I love that this time, she cried and he was there.
I like Carlotta much more than I thought I would when I heard they were introducing a love interest for Matt, because I was worried it was just more of the whole soap drama thing they seemed to be heading for, but she fits in well, I think. Is it adding conflict? A little bit, yeah, but it's not like the idea wasn't floated last year, or like Matt struggling to cope hasn't been a central story point for a long time. And no matter what, whether it was someone at school, or them just drifting apart naturally, Matt and Julie weren't going to continue as cute and happy as they were. It wouldn't have made particularly good TV, not the way that Tami and Eric as a happily married couple does, and I also wouldn't have bought it. They're sixteen. It's already been almost a year, and for sixteen-yos, that's a lifetime. I am not OTP enough about Matt and Julie, not at this stage in their lives anyway, to be upset if they get together with other people.
I agree The singing at the end was a little stereotypical, but I haven't been aware of them playing her like that for the rest of the time, so I'm hopeful they'll make her a fully drawn character, and the way she grew up is obviously going to be part of that.
I only have three major quibbles--the Tyra/Landry is still ridiculous. I really do want to forward through it every time they're on screen together, which is sad, because their scenes are still played really well and are mostly sweet. It's just that nothing happening now couldn't still have happened without the murder, and the murder overshadows the cuteness and the sweetness. Sigh. It bothers me especially because without it, I would watch the eps with almost the same enjoyment as last season.
Well, except for number 2, which is the sudden and inexplicable (unless I missed something) disappearance of Waverley. Please to be explaining that soon.
And number 3, which is still the new coach. I still feel like I did at the beginning, that they could have made him less oMG evil! I understand why they did that--they need to bring Coach back, and they can't do that if they've already got a good coach, but it does make it all seem a little contrived, and their ability to draw unlikeable characters with layers seems to have disappeared.
I dunno. I am the last person in the world who should say this, because I understand completely freaking out and panicking, but I think waiting it out is the only way to go. They're working under a lot of expectation, and--kind of like SPN--they're also starting almost from a clean slate. They won State, so....now what? I am willing to give them a couple more eps to find their feet, you know?
I am so shocked to be dealing with this like a reasonable person.
Also, did I mention? Coach is coming back! I am very excited for next week.
Stardust was pretty awesome. I didn't love it like I did the book, and I don't think it's as good as The Princess Bride, but it was still funny and enjoyable and sweet. I actually now see where some of the gender complaints were coming from, though I am pleased to see that most of what bothered me were changes from the book.
Yvaine felt a lot more passive to me than she is in the book, and that thing at the end, where she can save them because he loves her blah blah blah always rubs me wrong. Um, hello? Let's give her some power of her own, yeah? Some of it's also time, I'm sure, but she wasn't nearly as angry or sarcastic or unaccepting of Tristran as she was in the book, which really makes no sense, given that he enslaved her. And Triston's mother was less interesting (in the book she goes on to rule, right? I'm not making that up?). Why Una couldn't have helped Tristran during the fight at the end I still don't know. And perhaps, you know, as a thought, if Yvaine had been taught to fight when Tristran had, she wouldn't have been so vulnerable and in need of rescue.
I also really didn't like Victoria. In the book she still seems bitchy at the beginning, but by the end, her motivations are revealed and that mostly changes. She's actually honourable, because she's willing to keep her promise. Um, not in the movie. I think I loathed her by the end.
The witches, oddly maybe, don't bother me as much as everyone else. I'd rather they'd stressed the power rather than the beauty (or, you know, at all), but I don't entirely have a problem with her not being fussed her sister's were dead. It's not like sibling loyalty is something valued by the others we see, you know?
Anyway, I think it's still enjoyable as a movie, but it did take some of the shine off.