I know a couple of my regular readers will enjoy the following:
For those who don't recall, Henry Gordon Jago and Professor Litefoot were the local protagonists that aided the Doctor in my third favourite* Dr Who episode: The Talons of Wen-Chiang (w Robert Holmes; d David Maloney). [Although truth to tell, I preferred Li H'sen Chang, whose portrayal by John Bennett raised the show to 3rd favourite.]
[* And to quell questions as to my first and second favourites, they would be Pyramids of Mars (because of Set and his minion) and Robots of Death (because of D84 and the realistic portrayal of a human crew caught in a situation they never really imagined) respectively. Honourable mentions go to the two Peladon serials (simply because Alpha Centauri of the Federation is one of my favourite alien protagonists), Mission to the Unknown (because it was the only story where the Doctor never appeared and was a teaser for The Dalek Master Plan) [and of course Genesis of the Daleks, Death to the Daleks, Planet of the Daleks, and all the other Dalek episodes written by Terry Nation and not subsequently butchered by the director, because, well ... Daleks!], and ... <grin>]
Fanny: What's the problem!
Nanette: What's! The Problem!
Fanny: They just lopped my head off!
Nanette: Game of Thrones style!
Fanny: With no warning!
Nanette: Ned Starkked her!
Michelle: I'm re-reading. I see nothing about a head, a guillotine, an evil boy king with mommy issues...
Michelle: I'm picking up a wee bit of snark here, so I'm going to take my toolbox and leave you to spiral down the rabbit hole you jumped into. Send a postcard!
[Quite enjoying the dialogue of Bunheads.]
I have just seen episode 8 of the third season of Young Dracula.
Loved the last episode of Young Dracula. Not only have the actors perfected their roles, the writing is still top notch. Although still over the top.
VLAD [Watches ball roll past him in corridor chased by Scottish Terrier]: What are you doing?
INGRID [in wheelchair at end of corridor]: Can't you see? Playing with my food, of course!
[Ingrid is admittedly my favourite character, and not just because she is played by Clare Thomas. But rather that, while trying to be a totally homicidal vampire queen (in vampire society it is not so much a glass ceiling that vampire women have to break through to even be noticed, but is rather more akin to a glass basement ceiling), but the occasional moments where there are still traces of Vlad's influence in caring for Breathers (and cute puppies). And, of course, the Count is always fun. Insane, but fun. Not to mention his estranged wife. It is much improved without the Branaughs and the Van Helsings, as you get to concentrate more on the vampire politics and family problems among the Draculas - which was always the best part of the first two seasons.]
Happy! Happy! Discovered. mostly by accident, that the long-delayed third season of Young Dracula is showing on ABC. Although sadly, they have skipped over the four year gap between series 2 and 3, so we didn't get to see Ingrid as Countess Dracula, making the streets of Stokely run red with blood. <sigh>
Inspector Spacetime is the Dr Who parody from Community (which is a rather good show once you get past the first 18 or so episodes of series 1 - this was where the donuts given the writers were seriously laced with ergot).
"Okay, I'm just gonna say it out loud. There are times when going crazy looks attractive. And I'm not talking about becoming charmingly eccentric. I've already got that covered nine ways to Sunday. No, I'm talking about purposely emigrating to the land of lunacy. That special psychological zip code where The Ancient Laws of Behave Yourself no longer apply. My "reasoning" is simple. It takes a great deal of effort to sustain a conservative, trustworthy persona. Surrendering that effort would involve, from a Freudian perspective, a conscious dismantling of the super ego - that part of the psyche entrusted with enforcing parental and socially approved actions. And therein lies the allure of going full frontal wack-a-doodle. The constant energy required to pass as normal would suddenly become available for doing and saying whatever pleases me in the moment. Imagine it. The id and libido completely unbound by any and all moral or cultural restrictions. Hmm... Probably won't need the shrink anymore... might need a lawyer. "
Chuck Lorre Productions
Really enjoyed the first episode of The Bazura Project, a six part look at sinema produced by the ABC (as witness the guest appearance of David Stratton as a psychiatrist in what is probably his ultimate speaking role). The first episode's theme was "violence." Currently available via ABC iView if you missed the first episode.
Disclaimer: It's me doing the reccomendation at 6:30am in the morning...
Definitely liked the structure of the finale of the latest season of Dr Who. Very nice visual imagery and very nicely self-referential, which is only to be expected given the premise of the episode. Although there was lot that was purposeful teaser stuff for the trailer. And I did quite enjoy Amy's reaction to her realisation as to exactly who she was at the end of the episode.
Love Bites [TV]: This TV series is not, as the name may suggest, a vampire series, but rather a rom-com with each episode featuring a loosely connected set of vignettes that riff on the theme of love. There is a core cast of that provides some sort of connection between each episode (such as being neighbours, friends, or relatives), and an impressive supporting guest cast that provides most of the fodder for each episode (thus avoiding the sit-com problem of everything continually happening to the same people). How impressive a supporting cast, you may ask? Well, how about Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13) and Isaiah Mustafa (Old Spice commercials) as square-jawed can-do NASA astronauts in the latest episode. Awesome.
Although I think Isaiah might be getting ever-so-slightly typecast these days.
Disclaimer: I am a romantic at heart, so this show may not appeal to my more cynical (realistic?) friends.
Just a quick note to say that I quite enjoyed the ABC show Rake, starring Richard Roxburgh as dissolute defence barrister* Cleaver Greene. Probably because his character is very much the Trickster, causing chaos to all those involved with him, but escaping the chaos himself by the narrowest of margins. And they handled the end well. You see, the thing about chaos is that while it is constantly changing, it never actually changes. For good or ill.
Catch it on iTunes if you have missed it so far, you'll probably enjoy the dry wit.
* Or barista (episode in-joke).
In many ways this is a problem I often see with role-playing games. There is very little attempt at resolution. It is very difficult to point to anything and say that at this point the character has entered into a new stage of their life. Instead the reward tends to be the opportunity for more of the same. [Like pinball, the reward for the game well played is the ability to continue play.] The gamemaster, like the Freudian psychotherapist seeks to entangle the character with the plot of their campaign, generally without ever giving the character the chance to ever truly win free. But storis, especially the mythic adventure stories that we prefer to play, tend to have a much greater attachment to Jungian symbolism. To grow, the characters must be able to exit, stage centre.
Just some idle thoughts.
There may be many reasons that I'm enjoying Lost Girl, but I think actress Ksenia Solo may definitely be one of them. But then again, I've always been an absolute sucker for anyone that has such hauntingly brilliant grey eyes. For comparison, the titular star of the show, Anna Silk, has eyes that are retouched using CGI when she does her thing; they are still outshone in brilliance by Ms Solo's peepers.
And she makes a realy cute pseudo-goth too.
I'm not sure it's valid comparing the show to Buffy as some critics have done, but it is definitely going to be on a par with True Blood, even just measured as eye candy. I'm hoping beyond hope the writer can attain the elevation that the concept deserves though, but I don't know, without stealing from a good urban fantasist, that she will be able to do so. [And there is such a good one living not that far away from where they shot the series too.] Michelle Lovretta has always struck me as a much more formulaic writer of TV shows, and may not have the subtle touch required. Still. Fingers crossed. And if all else fails, I can watch me some real pretty eyes. <grin>
I do have to say that Mark Gatiss did as good a job on the third episode of Sherlock as Steven Moffat did on the first episode. Although both having the same director helped with the little visual touches. Although I was vaguely disappointed that [REDACTED BY THE THOUGHT POLICE], when I think that [EATEN BY CTHULHU] in order to stay true to stylings of the literature. I look forward to seeing the next few episodes which are apparently screening later in the year.
Did anyone else thing that the Baker Street Irregular was rather surprisingly cute? Or was it just me?
Steven Moffat strikes again! I highly recommend A Study in Pink, which is the first episode of the three part BBC series Sherlock, which does for Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson what he did for Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde in Jeckyll. Excellent characterisation. Brilliant dialogue. A splendid reinterpretation. Definitely a must-buy DVD.
And Dr Watson is treated properly!