Monday, March 29, 2010

Entertaining Me

Whew, I've been absent a while. I actually had some things to talk about, too, and haven't found time or energy to post! Sorry. :(

So, here we go, I think in chronological order...

Life UneXpected
I'm done. Haven't watched the last two eps (three now), because the thought of watching shrill, whiny Kate makes my skin crawl and my stomach heave.

Still in, because I do love the family interactions (as Mary says), but not eager to watch each episode.

Thursday Night
I cannot BELEEEEVE how much I watch (i.e. DVR) on Thursday night. Starting next week, when everything's back, I'll have five shows to watch. Still loving all of them. (FYI, that's Bones, FlashForward, Fringe, Supernatural, The Mentalist; have to make sure there's no misunderstanding about that LOL.)

Anyway, Supernatural...

While I won't put "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" up on my top 10, I loved the episode. I mean, besides the fact that Bobby without a hat is just WRONG. And that as good as the actress playing his wife was, I liked the one from "Dream a Little Dream" much better. This one was too old, really—she matched Bobby's real age, not the age she would have been when he killed her. Still, she did a lovely job.

I won't rehash everything everyone else is talking about (the gore, the funny, the heartbreaking), but I wanted to talk about the thing that a lot of people took at face value and were disappointed with: Death.

Yeah, at first analysis, it seems kind of odd that after War's and Famine's level of power and destruction, Dead seems kind of lame. He raised 20 people? In Bobby's town? To send Bobby a message we never heard? Um...okay. Anticlimactic much?

HOWEVER! I have a theory, borne immediately of that oddness. I wondered if Death's power is diminished because his brothers' is gone. War and Famine aren't dead, as far as we know, but the source of their power (ring, souls) was taken from them. So maybe Death just doesn't have the juice, like if the brothers have a synergistic power relationship.

Plus, we've had hints about Lucifer. He's still powerful, of course, can never doubt that, but his vessel isn't strong, and it's weakening. Zachariah said Lucifer couldn't do much until he found a vessel, so it's almost a no-brainer that if his vessel is deteriorating, so would be his control. Maybe the message to Bobby was desperation, because he needs Sam so badly. Or maybe it's just a taste of what's to come.

So that left me feeling, in the end, like the show wasn't lacking, it was actually chock full of interesting stuff. :)

Friday with Jason Manns
Hot friends, hot music, what more can you ask for? Jason was as, this was definitely the best concert yet. He played "Journey"! I don't think he's done that at any other venue I've attended. That's my definite favorite. He also did "Perfect Spot," my second favorite, and a couple of new ones from the CD, which I of course purchased and had signed.

How to Train Your Dragon
Believe it or not, this is the movie of the year. At least, so far. I have high hopes for Iron Man 2. But really, HtTYD was sweet, and funny, and incredibly rendered (even in 2D—3D is fine, but too expensive for not a big enough difference). The characters were all very well wrought, the storyline nothing really unique but still very well written. The flying scenes and fight sequences were exciting, and I got teary more than once, even letting out an "oh!" near the end. EVERYONE should see this movie.

There was only one thing that was kind of negative, but not enough to ruin the movie, of course. I don't understand why the Viking adults sounded like Scots while the Viking kids sounded like whiny Americans. The voices were all great and fit their characters (or the characters fit the voices), but it was a little weird. I guess we don't know what Vikings sounded like?

Random Comments

Nestor Carbonell is fantabulous.

Felicity totally belonged with Noel.

Human Target gets more interesting every week, especially as they bring back secondary characters from past episodes; love Leila, where's Martin?

Nathan Fillion rocks my socks.

I just remembered, my kid accidentally deleted Modern Family, and it's (hopefully!) sitting on my iPod right now. I'm off to watch it! (Or pout, if it didn't sync properly...)

What has been entertaining YOU lately?


MJFredrick said...

You're right about Nestor.

I heard a theory that Bobby didn't pass along all of Death's message. I don't think he's done.

I'm hearing wonderful reviews for HTTYD, but will likely wait for DVD.

I am excited for April, when Clash of the Titans is coming out, Avatar on DVD, and the new Jeffrey Dean Morgan movie! WOOT!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Yeah, I thought that about Bobby's message, too. Not like the show doesn't have a history of withholding stuff like that. LOL

That makes me sad, waiting for the DVD.

I did hear a rumor somewhere that you were interested in the CotT movie... I didn't know JDM had one coming out, though. I'll have to check it out!

MJFredrick said...

I don't go to first-run movies often. I didn't even go see Gerry's new one over Spring Break!

LOL on that rumor. JDM's is called The Losers.

My word verifications--nuckedd. Hmm.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Yeah, I admit to being a bit of a movie fanatic. :)

The Losers looks great! I'd heard about it early on but didn't realize it was coming up so soon. JDM and Zoe Saldana! I'll be there!!!

nuckedd. HA.

Susan Kelley said...

My daughter and I sped home from her National Honor Society induction ceremony so we wouldn't miss Supernatural. I had to force her to stand still for some pictures. Priorities, don't you know. Haven't been to a movie for a while but will probably next go see Iron-2.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Yes, priorities are important! Good thing she didn't have to miss the ceremony. ;)

Ava Quinn said...

I've been thinking about taking my urchins to see the Dragon movie. Looks like they'll be able to handle it.

Like MJ, I will be seeing Clash of the Titans this month - in 3D. I mean it this time!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

There's lots of fighting, Ava, but nothing graphic. Just lots of action.

Yay, Clash! LOL

Cindy Procter-King said...

I can't wait for Iron Man 2. I've been watching THE PACIFIC on HBO Sunday nights. My niece is after me to start renting seasons of BREAKING BAD. I need to catch up on MAD MEN, too. But for now I'm drowning my brain in reality TV. Amazing Race, Celebrity Apprentice, American Idol. The less I have to think, the happier I am.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Oh, Cindy, Cindy, Cindy. Amazing how different tastes can be between people who seem otherwise so compatible! LOL

I don't know about The Pacific, I don't have HBO so it's not on my radar. Breaking Bad is too dark for me, Mad Men too smug (or at least that's my perception, which could be totally false), and I hate reality TV! LOL

But then we connect on Iron Man 2, so I guess it's okay. :)