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Writer's Block: Almost like a song

How would you describe your ideal romantic partner in six words?

witty, ribald, considerate, steadfast, fun, loving 

I'm Wash! Woot!

Your results:
You are Wash (Ship Pilot)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
70%
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
60%
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
60%
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
55%
Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
50%
Inara Serra (Companion)
45%
Alliance
45%
River (Stowaway)
40%
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
30%
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
30%
A Reaver (Cannibal)
10%
You are a pilot with a good
if not silly sense of humor.
You take pride in your collection of toys.
You love your significant other.
 
Click here to take the "Which Serenity Character are you Quiz": http://www.seabreezecomputers.com/serenity

True Blood ... The Fourth Man in the Fire

1.  Wow, the vampire goo remains were extremely gross.  Reminded me of the goo in a tub on Bones.
2.  I knew I didn't like Jason's new girlfriend.  Now I know why.  That was absolutely reprehensible.  That poor vampire! (nice writing though, to make the vampire the victim of a hate crime)
3.  Good writing re: Jason.  That boy is dumb as a box of rocks but damned if they didn't actually make me like him a little this week.  The parental guilt certainly explains a lot of his abhorrent behavior.
4.  Cemetary sex = teh hotness.  Wowz, that was seriously erotic. Soft p0rn tastic.  Bill is an attractive man.
5.  There is something seriously wrong with Tara.  Why does she keep flipping out on Sam over and over.  I like them as a couple.  I hope Tara's exercism does her some good.
6.  Ok, seriously, who is the killer.  I don't think it's Sookie, Sam, Tara, Bill or Jason.  I thought it might have been the coroner's assitant, but no.  Is it the PTSD guy?  Gosh.  I cannot figure it out!
7.  A nudist, Sam?  That is the dumbest excuse ever.
8.  I was so worried something was going to happen to Lafayette!  My friends and I were like, no, be careful, don't mess with that vampire!! O_O
9.  I'm finally starting to understand a little bit of the fuss about Eric.  Bathtub ftw.
10.  Some of the best lines ever this week!  We all particularly liked:  
         "Jesus Christ, I wanna lick your mind" - Jason
         "Just like my Aunt Fern, 'cept, she don't tolerate Mexicans" - Arlene's Son

Bones Sucks v.2.0

In list of the Perfect Pieces in the Pond, I would like to address my previous concerns:

7).  ZACK IS GORMOGON'S ASSISTANT?!?!?!  WTF.  This makes absolutely no sense.  There was zero foreshadowing.
      A.  Zack doesn't know the value of life? Really?  Brennan/Hodgins buried alive.  Being blown up (twice).  Iraq.  None of this taught him anything?
      B.  Zack is easily controlled and/or vulnerable?  Really?  How many times has he stood up for himself?  Punched Jack?  
      C.  Just because someone's socially akward doesn't make them a sociopath.
      D.  Zack does not match Sweets profile.  At risk youth?  Zack is nearly 30.  He's not anyone's definition of "at risk" prior to this episode.
      E.  Zack has been on the show 3 YEARS and this is the first clue.  There was literally NO FORESHADOWING.
      F.  Being logical does not make you amoral.  Does it?  Were they just trying to contrast Zack & Brennan?
      G.  BTW - Where is Zack's family in this episode?
      H. Changing the cast of a show for no reason (Eric Millegan did not ask to leave) is bullshit.  This is jump the shark territory.  I like Sweets but characters are not interchangable.  This show is different than the average procedural because it's character based.  YOU CAN'T OBLITERATE THE CAST OF A CHARACTER BASED SHOW WITHOUT RUINING IT!  I hope I'm wrong.

Wait - nothing has changed!  This episode didn't fix any of these issues.  In light of the season opener, the answer to F is yes.  They did this to the character solely to contrast Zack and Brennan (and to get rid of Eric Millegan).

I'm torn.  I want to forgive this show so I'm going to but this episode didn't fix any of the underlying issues.  "Promise you won't kill Sweets" is my new favorite quote.  I guess that's gotta be enough.

Bones: The Man in the Outhouse

1).  New Girl = incredibly annoying.  Ugh, I hope Sweets phone call doesn't mean she'll be coming back.  Also, could this be more ripped off from House?  New female job candidate comes in, gets fired, but ends up dating the secondary characters.  Rotating lab candidates?  Can we please just get Zack back?  It's not like this show cares about reality:  Booth hired a stalker to do the FBI's job tracking a suspect.

2).  Sweets = funny.  I have to say he's won me over; I was angry at him for replacing Zack (and for being in the lab for no reason in a very unrealistic way), but he's been good for consistent laughs and pathetically endearing so . . . good on John Francis Daley.

3).  The fact that they film these episodes out of order is major lamesauce.  You can't break up Angela & Hodgins and then totally ignore it in the next episode.  CHRONOLOGY MATTERS!  Oy.

4).  The Booth/Brennan chemistry was about 1,000 times better than last week.   It's the same issue (Booth jealous of Brennan's sexual relationships) but way more convincing.  Last week's plot seemed very mechanical; there was way more emphasis on "Look we're in London!' than the plot or characterization between Booth and Brennan.

5).  All in all a MUCH better episode than last week. 

The Dark Knight: What an amazing movie.

The Dark Knight.  9.5/10  
           What an amazing movie.  The audience was so into it.  It's always so cool to see a film which brings back that feeling of awe to the 
           movies.  And I didn't even see it in IMAX!  Why it rocked:

1. Technologically riveting.  The stunts are amazing.  Phenomal.  More "real", less CGI.  There's actual character development happening during the stunts.  The first car chase scene in a long time where I didn't feel bored because I've seen it before.  The stunts actually seem dangerous.  I felt personal vertigo looking down at the city and I was worried for Batman.

2.  Heath Ledger.  Was there ever any doubt about this casting?  Was there ever another Joker?  No, no there was not.  The first moment he walks on screen is like an supernova.  A perfect performance.  If he doesn't win an Oscar for this performance, then the academy is full of it.

3.  The amazing ensemble cast; Heath Leger and Christian Bale are getting all the props but everyone in the cast just sparkles.  Every scene crackles with energy and how could it not?  Gary Oldman, Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, Aaaron Ekhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal.  It's great to see comic book movies hiring real actors (cough, cough, Fantastic Four).  I'm known for my appreciation of Gary Oldman, but, wow, what a great portrayal.  Nice to see him doing a different roll.  Very "real" and moral.  Michael Caine & Morgan Freeman get all the best lines.  Aaron Ekhart is great as the golden boy.  Maggie Gyllenhaal is beautiful, but what's great about her performance is that she feels "real" (like Jim Gordon).  She goes home and night, brushes her teeth, puts on her pjamas.  You know?  She also feels like a strong woman, which is impressive given her limited screen time.

4.  Amazing screenplay.  How about that?  A comic book movie with a moving, realistic, solid plot.  Who would've thought?

5.  As a Chicagoan, it's very cool that the film was shot in Chicago.  The whole lower/upper Wacker Drive thing is very cool.  It's so awesome to realize that I live in Gotham! 

This thing blows every other movie this year (comic or not) out of the water.  I thought we were having a great comic book summer to begin with. Wow.  My ratings for comparison:

9.5/10 Batman
8.5/10 Iron Man
7/10 Hellboy
6/10 Hulk

 I'm definitely seeing this again.

Bones Sucks

My first posting in my journal is a rant about Bones.  My favorite show.  I feel nauseous when I think about the finale.  I've just gotten too wrapped up in this.  I was waiting all week for the episode; looking forward to it.  Now I feel like somebody punched me in the gut.  It sucked.  It was poorly written and poorly plotted.

1).  Why waste the 2nd to last episode of the season on American Idol and a fake Booth shooting.  
2).  See 1.  The Booth shooting is irrelevant and a ratings stunt because they didn't address it.  1 punch?!  That's it.  Doesn't anyone else in the lab have any feelings about this?  Isn't Zack affected by this?  Doesn't it show him something about the value of life?
3).  What's with Sweets?  The characterization is all over the place.  Is he a sympathetic character or an asshole?  Why would Booth/Brennan voluntarily put up with this shit?
4).  The bath tub scene, while mildly amusing, should have given way for some plot stuff.  More foreshadowing?!
5).  Jack knew that it was Zack when he gave him the drugs.  Which is awesome.  
6).  See 4.  The acting on this show is amazing.  Which pisses me off all the more!  What a waste of an awesome cast.
7).  ZACK IS GORMOGON'S ASSISTANT?!?!?!  WTF.  This makes absolutely no sense.  There was zero foreshadowing.
      A.  Zack doesn't know the value of life? Really?  Brennan/Hodgins buried alive.  Being blown up (twice).  Iraq.  None of this taught him anything?
      B.  Zack is easily controlled and/or vulnerable?  Really?  How many times has he stood up for himself?  Punched Jack?  
      C.  Just because someone's socially akward doesn't make them a sociopath.
      D.  Zack does not match Sweets profile.  At risk youth?  Zack is nearly 30.  He's not anyone's definition of "at risk" prior to this episode.
      E.  Zack has been on the show 3 YEARS and this is the first clue.  There was literally NO FORESHADOWING.
      F.  Being logical does not make you amoral.  Does it?  Were they just trying to contrast Zack & Brennan?
      G.  BTW - Where is Zack's family in this episode?
      H. Changing the cast of a show for no reason (Eric Millegan did not ask to leave) is bullshit.  This is jump the shark territory.  I like Sweets but characters are not interchangable.  This show is different than the average procedural because it's character based.  YOU CAN'T OBLITERATE THE CAST OF A CHARACTER BASED SHOW WITHOUT RUINING IT!  I hope I'm wrong.
8).  Gormogon is no one.  This is like the worst kind of cheating in writing.  It's like JK Rowling in reverse.  Everything here is coming out of left field.  It doesn't originate anywhere.  There were no clues!  I know this show is character based, but you can't have a procedural with the procedure.  You can't just skip all the steps and jump to the end.  Raise your hand if you'd guessed who Gormogon was?  No, I didn't think so.  HE DIDN'T EVEN HAVE A NAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First Moonlight, then this.  Television hates me.  I'm going to give Bones a couple of episodes to make this up to me and if they don't, I'm done.

On another note, how awesome was House last night?  Excellent writing.  Another debbie downer but excellent nonetheless.  Wow was I depressed last night after Bones and then House.  Debbie downers.  <sigh>

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