Friday, April 13, 2007

Random TV Stuff

It's really funny to see the comments about this week's Lost. Over HERE we have "this is the best episode of the season...Elizabeth Mitchell Emmy...etc." and over THERE is whining about "I knew it all...clumsy writing...stupid characters acting stupidly."

Is it perfect? *snort* No. Is it as good as it was in the first season? Definitely not. Do I still love it more than nearly anything else I watch? Absolutely. I'd give up anything but Supernatural before Lost.

The whole thing about Juliet setting them up was not, to me, obvious. I was aware the entire episode that it was a possibility--but I didn't want it to be true. I thought it was great that they didn't leave us guessing, that they showed us at the end that she'd manipulated them with as much mastery as Ben has manipulated her. But to me, where she stands is still up in the air. What they did to Claire is horrifying--but did Juliet go along with Ben's plan because she didn't want Claire to die? Because she still thinks if she keeps cooperating Ben will let her go? Or because she's been fully inured in the Others' way of thinking?

The complexity is pure genius. Any issues with the dragging out of major plot points, I blame ABC for. Given the opportunity to do it THEIR way, I am confident the writers would have done a tighter job. They make mistakes--they're human, for goodness sake! They admit it and try to fix it. But then, I have to admit I may be the only viewer who didn't hate Nikki and Paulo.


I was so excited while reading Entertainment Weekly tonight that I squealed and woke up Number Two, who called me in to her room to rebuke me for waking her just when she'd finally fallen asleep. Whoops!

But I couldn't help myself. After months of eagerly checking the "What to Watch" section for a bit about Supernatural and rarely getting it, WOW.

A few weeks back I e-mailed Alynda Wheat to thank her for mentioning the show (though all she really did was tweak the fans for flooding her with post cards) and ask for some more attention--a Must Watch of the Week to start, followed by a review in the main TV section, a cover feature, and even an Obsessive Fan of the Week. Well, this week, they did the MWOTW! Dean and Sam, covering half a page! Okay, they only gave the episode a B+, and they tweaked the fans but good ("It might be too much awesome for you, Super fans..."), and made fun of two very talented actors ("'Natural high: Ackles and Padalecki work on their befuddled stares"). They still featured it! Thank you, Alynda Wheat!


I'm kinda actually depressed by TV right now. Veronica Mars isn't on until May 1. No Smallville or Supernatural until next week. Only five more episodes of both of those and Lost. Dresden Files failing to impress.

Did I mention only five more episodes? Before the desert that is summer haitus?

And worst of all, the second part of the finale for Supernatural is on the night we start our writers retreat!!!!!!

What? Did you say, "Take heart, Heroes returns in a week!"? Thanks, but I find it difficult to care much. Dunno why.


Okay, there is one good thing. Drive starts Sunday. Please check it out. It's on Fox in a two-hour premiere at 8:00 EDT, followed by the second episode in its regular time slot at 8:00 EDT on Monday. Some professional reviews are slightly lackluster, but the "professional fan" buzz is very good. Nathan Fillion deserves a hit, as does creator Tim Minear, also known as the scribe of my very favorite Firefly episode, "Out of Gas."


Victoria said...

Wah! I want new Supernatural now!

Natalie Damschroder said...

Patience, Vicki-san...

Aw, hell, I do, too!

MaryF said...

Ooh, I didn't know Tim Minear wrote Drive.

I can't wait for my EW, which usually comes on Monday.

And I have to watch Supernatural on the Net this week - it's preempted here! If only I knew who to complain to - because Lynda Carter's Smallville is on this week, too, also preempted.

Natalie Damschroder said...

Ooh, I didn't know Tim Minear wrote Drive.

Yep! Makes it more appealing, doesn't it? :)

If only I knew who to complain to -

If it were me, I'd find the affiliate web site (here it's and find the "contact us" link and see what's there. Apparently, my local affiliate is owned by ClearChannel (big surprise, they own everything) and there are e-mail links for all the staff, like the director of operations and programming. Give it a try!

Trish Milburn said...

I'm looking forward to new epis of Smallville, Supernatural, Veronica Mars, and Heroes. Let me just say that it burns me up that Who Wants to Be the Next Pussycat Doll got better ratings than VM. I'm constantly amazed at the viewing public.

Natalie Damschroder said...

I'm not, Trish. I mean, they have a much bigger demographic. The group labeled "boys who want to look at boobies" covers ages 10 to 100+, right? It's harder to find people who would rather watch a smart dramatic program.