I'm trying to keep these fairly short because rambling doesn't make for an easy read, and because otherwise I will be here altogether too long. Some quick round-ups for episodes that I don't have much to say about: Bones was really rather FABULOUS and I don't know that I can say much more than that; CSI: NY was also very good, and I don't know about other people, but the Flack storyline is breaking my heart (and also the other thing made me Super Happy because I'm all about Flack-love); and I've yet to watch The Unit but it's a double, so I'll watch them together. Also, Life was very funny, but I confess to not having anything to say about it, and also not having any clue whatsoever about that last Dani and Tidwell scene. No, seriously, I was watching it and I just didn't understand what the fuck was going on.
I am really enjoying this series, mostly because I don't take it too seriously, and because I don't find it embarrassing. I do find it quite suspenseful sometimes, even though I know that each episode will end with the return of the status quo, and I have a deep fondness for each and every one of the characters. It's just well put together, I feel. I really like each of the character stories that we're getting and the previews for 1x10 make me Super Happy. No lie.
The funny thing about the show is that it sometimes assumes that you know nothing about the legend/mythos/history (and so fucks with it to its heart's content) and sometimes assumes you know quite a bit (and so bases some key plot points or reveals around this assumption). For example, the show kind of assumes that you have a vague knowledge of the various characters present - namely, Arthur, Merlin, Morgana, and Gwen, and even Lancelot. It assumes that you know about Excalibur, and Camelot, and the Knights, and the code and whatever else. There are even some in-jokes, though: Geoffrey of Monmouth is a great example of that. Canon is pretty loose with all of these characters and stories, and necessarily so for the kind of story that is being told.
But then you have reveals like the one at the end of The Beginning of the End, and I wonder what that ending is supposed to be about for people who don't know the histories/stories/legends&c. (Basically: Mordred is Morgana's son; he kills Arthur eventually. Here's the real trip: some stories suggest that he's actually Morgana's son with Arthur, but that's obviously not being played with here.) The end of Excalibur is also surprising to me, because it implies understanding of the Lady of the Lake stories. Except Nimueh is the Lady of the Lake, and in the show, she's supposed to be the evil incarnation, as opposed to the benign.
I'm not saying there are holes because I know that the show is playing with loosely established themes and what have you, but it's just interesting to me that that's how they've decided to do it. It reminds me a lot of how Xena and Hercules used to deal with Greek Mythology, and I kind of love that.
To conclude: yeah, I watched Xena. One of my favourite shows ever, mofo.
Continuing the established tradition: STILL BATSHIT. I'm beginning to wonder where the Ashby story is going, but from the look of the trailer for episode 8, I figure we're getting there soon enough. (I fucking LOVED when he fell over that plant pot at the beginning. That kind of physical humour is rare, but I did find it very funny.)
Hank's story with Damian's mother was standard fare, though not as good as last week's; I liked Hank's conversation with Becca, but I don't know. I feel like this show sometimes makes me hypocritically misogynist because I spend a lot of time wondering why Hank has to apologise to Karen (and this one time, Becca) when they don't want him around/won't keep him honest.
Holy cow, the Runkle household is a damn riot, and I love how Charley is all YOU ARE GOING TO YOUR MOTHER'S HOUSE. That was really great! I love Charley and Marcie (oh, Marcie!) and somehow they've become the most compelling part of the show for me which is terrible, especially since I normally can't stand Charley's plots.
- a lot of this episode was very sad for me. This is a town of screw-ups, and it was just really heartbreaking in a lot of ways. Tara's 'exorcism' and then the reality of that; Jason's hopes for Amy and Eddie, and then the reality of that; Bill and the young girl; Sookie and her Entire Life ATM; and Bellefleur Jnr.
- The stupider Jason gets, the more I love him. I don't know what the hell is up with that but he really wants this thing with Amy and Eddie to work out and then the way that ends up is really very sad. Amy is a fucking nutjob, and to me the scariest thing about her is that her logic is actually pretty sound. Amy is someone who believes in the whole of things, and she doesn't believe that vampires come in to that whole, living thing, because vampires are dead. And she's quite Kali-like in a lot of ways because everything is creation to her, and everything she knows is deconstructed to fit her world view. So when she says to Arlene and Sookie that she'd do anything for Jason, the idea behind that is really horrible, because she'd tear down world order, I think. She scares the shit out of me, anyway.
- Tara is kind of the opposite of Amy. Tara isn't about the bigger picture; she's all about cutting through bullshit and seeing things as plain as they are, and that hurts her ultimately because she can't accept the remedy that Miss Jeanette provides her. Mostly because to Tara that isn't a remedy. There is no magic for Tara. There's just the horrible truth: her mother is a terrible person who treated her awfully. Tara brings her own world down again and again because she tries to buy into her mother's lie, and ultimately is unable to. (And then she opts for self-deceit, but Sam won't let her, and then she's basically a hole, not a whole.)
- Sookie's world view is changing rapidly, so her frustration here is so in-character and something I'm sympathetic to - more than when she was all het up about Tara/Sam. Shut the fuck up. I loved that. a/ because it was pretty funny in itself; b/ because Sookie's problems her whole life have been about things that she can hear; and c/ because the more her world changes, the less she is the Sookie we met in the pilot. But even here she's that same girl. The intensity of her interrogation of Sam matches the intensity of her interrogation of Bill. But she was discovering Bill; she's rediscovering Sam. Sookie's life is a microcosm of the world: everything is changing.
- Sam, Sam, Sam. This episode was permeated with stories about hidden identities, and I liked that we got this snapshot of Sam's past. He, too, is an outsider, so his attraction to Sookie takes on a different sheen in that light. I don't really have a lot to say about him because I don't really know that there's more to say than what the episode showed us: he feared rejection, and he kept his secret, and now it's out, and someone knows. What next?
- Motherfucker: ADMIRAL CAIN.
- AND ED DANVERS OMG. Have I ever mentioned how much I love Zeljko Ivanek? I have loved him in every role I've seen him in, from Homicide through to Damages. Goddamn, he is brilliant.
- The vampire tribunal was FAB. I loved seeing that court system and I loved what Vampire Danvers was saying about times of need, and being above humans, because the irony was that the tribunal looked like a meeting of a pack of wolves. I loved the introduction of the girl, and I loved how again and again this show deals with primal nature: sex, food, death, all in one. The girl's death (and rebirth) is a direct representation of all three of these, and the way the tribunal crowds in as Bill feeds really compounded what a communal thing this rite is. Death and birth. Birth and death. The scenes were short and sparse, and I loved them, and I can't wait for more of this particular plot. (I think this show sometimes has very interesting things to say, anthropologically.)
- Arlene and Rene are so damn cute. Rene, especially, warms my heart. I think they're so funny, and such a great unit, and Arlene is such a damn character. Oh my.
- NEXT EPISODE PLS.
I really liked the narrative cuts. They didn't seem to serve a lot of purpose, but I have a yen for non-linear narrative, and if the episode had been chronological I'd probably have cared less.
I don't have a lot to say, really, except that I'm sorry that Cromartie is down, and Sarah's flip out at the end was really, really amazing, and totally broke my heart.
Oh man, Gibbs' gut is a-talking! I know some people are having issues with the supposed retcon on Agent Lee, but I'm thinking something happened to make her 'turn', so to speak, and she's working from a trapped position. Answers in the next episode, I'm assuming.
I really enjoyed this episode. Jethro's self-doubt is so sad, and Ducky backing him up is wonderful. I want to link this back to Hiatus (tip: everything links back to Hiatus) but I think I'll wait until the next episode airs. Looks like it's back to the series' arc.
Matthew Gray Gubler really hit it out of the park this week, and whilst this episode didn't live up to my unrealistic expectations, I can live with that because he really was amazing, and Reid began to get some closure, and JJ had her baby. (Also, see: unrealistic.)
I really don't have all that much to say about this episode other than the above. I'm pleased that the culprit didn't turn out to be Mama Reid because I think Diana Reid is so fierce, and I didn't want that to be another notch in Spencer's wall of woe. I also hope this isn't the last we see of her.
Bring on the next episode, y'all.
- Okay, so, Izzie has a brain tumour, are we all agreed? I could really have done without a recurrence of the Denny story because as much as I love Jeffrey Dean Morgan, I did not give a shit about that plot until it came to its woeful conclusion. And damn, Alex, your choice in women leaves much to be desired.
- I was all behind Melissa George's character until she cut herself, at which point I was over her. (Was the erased story that she and Meredith had some lesbian-trialling in their past?)
- Mary McDonnell. Oh. Oh. That whole story was so frustrating to me! Especially because the music colluded you into thinking she was a nutjob, and then the show went, HA HA YOU'RE AN UNKIND PERSON. Fuck that.
- Little Sloane in Little Grey? Ugh. UGH. And godfuckit, I wish the residents would just teach the interns already. THAT WOULD ACTUALLY BE AN INTERESTING STORY FOR ME TO WATCH.
- I kind of liked that Meredith half gave a fuck what was going on with Lexie, but it was annoying to me that it was the sex and not the self-harm.
- AHOY THERE CRISTINA/NEW DOC. I'm shallow: that was hott.
- To conclude: SO FRUSTRATING. THIS SHOW. Wtf.
I actually had very few issues with this episode. I hate that story-inside-a-story bullshit that they sometimes pull because I think it's really boring and really cheap, and I also think that Jared Padalecki cannot act for shit. Seriously, the flashbacks were painful.
I know that there's a lot of debate in the fandom right now, and they're interesting debates because I think the idea of consent is one that is oftentimes washed out by the population at large. I will say that those debates aside I have no quarrel with Sam/Ruby but I wish it was a little more retributive - less about desire, and more about loathing. I'm a twisted fuck sometimes, but there's so much emoboy angst going on there that it could be fuelled to greater use than making us yawn.
HILDY! Hildy can hear angel fm! I would love to see where that goes, and I'd really love if she was a recurring character in this season because the idea behind her is so fascinating to me. I'm also really interested in working out what Dean's hell story is supposed to be about. The arc stuff that was thrown about this episode was pretty well put together. Did I mention my plot fetish? Hmm? Just saying.
I really hope the TBC doesn't lead to absolutely nothing, the way the previous one did.