...and remember, always use a condiment.
Thanks, I'm here all week. I may be in traction after today, but I'm here. Between finishing (subject to FHA approval) the dumbass paint job required of us for the refi, and letting a friend's personal-trainer-type son work me through almost an hour of squats (matched the little brat for weight right until the end when he put the damn belt on), I need to stop for a bit.
Plenty of things have finished and started in recent weeks. All of them contain spoilers to one extent or another, so click at peril:
Has it only been three weeks since Surprise Mofo?
Erm, no. It's been four, but still.
I figured LaGuerta was heading for the toaster, and neither she nor the writers disappointed. As for HOW they did it, my jaw is still swingin' in the downward and unlocked position
. For those tense seconds, I followed the camera to all three faces, wondering, who's Deb gonna shoot?
All three possibilities- her boss, her brother and herself- seemed open until the gun went BANG! You kinda knew that Dex was the least likely to be shot, but the way this series messes with death, who could be sure?
One thing I learned from this interview with Late Maria's actress
is that Jennifer Carpenter ad-libbed the post-shot shot where she ran to Maria and hugged her. That takes chops.
As will untangling all of this in time for the eighth and final go of it next fall. Since Deb used her own gun to do the deed, she's either gonna have a lotta 'splainin to do, or she (and probably her bro) will likely have to go to ground. That will make it even harder to maintain continuity in the threads among the established characters at Miami Metro and with the two of them. Plus Hannah. And who knows who else will come out of the woodwork, living, dead or mostly dead?
Having such a gap since the prevous episode, and now another one before the next, has made it harder to process what happened this Christmas. It all seemed a little scattershot to me- the crucial-to-the-arc point got made well enough and we now have our new Companion, who sort-of is
the same person JLC played in the season premiere- but I got a bit lost understanding the villains of the piece, and couldn't really make much of the Victorian Silurian running all about with her lesbian lover, sometimes in Sherlock Holmes character. Wonder if CBS will now rip THAT off.
I know that Moff is aiming to have more standalone stories this time out, but with the Doctor, there's always an arc, only it can run forward, backward and sideways, sometimes all at the same time, so I'm hoping that once we get back to our usual weekly wait to understand it-all, it will be easier to make sense out of. Least as much as I ever can
Officially, for only two weeks, but we've already been fed a Christmas special-style extra off our Season 2 subscription, a couple of making-of's, and then a double-up of episodes on the first night of Season 3 followed by the third which we watched yesterday.
All more of the usual strong same, as Fred and Carrie develop the range of characters that Keep Portland Weird. The Nina's Birthday episode, last week's, was the weakest of those so far; a lot of their characters fall into the world of Overly Anal, and while I love it with the bookstore wymyns, I found Nina's version if it to be hard to watch.
The milk board ads are cute, but this season has yet to really match "put a bird on it" with that or anything else.
BTW, nice interview with the real Carrie here.
Just one so far- and the BBC radio iPlayer seems to be working for us Revolutionaries now, so you can catch it here
Comments I've seen put it down the list of favourites, but I liked it quite a bit. I don't recall Burling Day ever starting off a season, and the script worked in all the tropes of that set of stories in a fresh and fun way, I thought. Plus, Arthur finding even newer ways to be annoying; endless loops of code (including Ouagadougou Ouagadougou!), and the return of Yellow Car!
It's awesome that Benedict Cumberbatch is sticking with the programme, given all the award-winning stuff on his plate. Wonder if we'll get a Star Trek
joke worked in over the next few weeks.
Back to these nail-biting football games now.
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