TV update

Sep. 9th, 2016 05:54 am
supercheesegirl: (doctor who - brilliant)
Watched Stranger Things. Aaaaaaaaaah loved it. I was on the edge of my seat for the entire last episode.

Haven't gone back to Call the Midwife yet. Started watching Orphan Black, since I've heard so much that's good about it for so long, but it's intimidating to be starting at the beginning of a long-running series. The only thing giving me hope is the BBC's typical short seasons, so overall there's less to watch than a US show (and they get more done in 12 episodes than US shows get done in 22). I've watched the first two episodes now.
supercheesegirl: (heroes - hiro waffles)
Last time I posted about movies, I had just seen Deadpool. Since then, I've seen both the Mockingjay movies (pretty good), Mulan (hadn't seen it in years), Zootopia (really quite clever; f wants to be Judy Bunny for Halloween), and The Secret Life of Pets (a little more violent than I would have liked, but really cute, and the fluffy white dog was pretty kickass despite all her actions for the entire movie being based on searching for her "boyfriend" dog).

In TV news, I finished Vampire Diaries season 5. I think it's completely jumped the shark at this point. Read more... )

I watched all of The Flash season 1 and totally loved it. He's so sweet and earnest! (Meanwhile F was watching Jessica Jones, which I learned just by walking through the room while it was on that I should not be watching it.)

I'm halfway through season 2 of Call the Midwife and really enjoying it, although there are a lot of downer episodes. Top cryfest moments include: Read more... ) I cried so hard at that one. But it's SUCH a good show and so worth watching.

But now I'm watching Stranger Things and it's really really good! The story is compelling, and Winona Rider is killing it, but they're just doing such a good job of evoking a certain ambiance, not just 1983 itself but a creepy atmosphere where everything has meaning. The way sounds loop together (that a monster makes the same sound as the sprinkler system), the way the musical soundtrack ties in not just to 1983 but to actual events happening onscreen (e.g., "Should I Stay or Should I Go"). I've seen two episodes and I can't wait for more.
supercheesegirl: (heroes - hiro waffles)
I have obviously not been keeping current with my TV watching updates, but to be honest if I post twice a year about TV I'm actually not missing much these days.

I'm almost done with season 4 of Vampire Diaries. I'm getting a little tired of watching beautiful people whine about how immortal they are. I've changed my tune on Klaus, he's one of the most interesting characters, but I'm pretty sick of how paranoid he is. If you weren't such a jerk, everyone wouldn't want to kill you, so just stop being a jerk and you won't have to worry. Anyway, I pretty much only ever get to watch this on my lunch break when I work from home and don't have other stuff I need to do, so at a rate of maybe one episode per month.

We stopped watching Game of Thrones midway through the second season. Not sure if I mentioned that. It was getting to the point where my favorite part of the show was the opening credits; the rest was just such a ridiculous and violent downer that it wasn't even fun to watch anymore. I will likely just stick to the books from now on.

The show I end up watching most of the time when I watch TV is, you guessed it, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. I genuinely love Daniel, though. I had a post on Facebook not long ago in which I posited that parenting would be a heck of a lot harder without Daniel's little songs to get me through. He has a nice little song for everything.

My favorite discovery recently was the BBC's The Gruffalo, closely followed by The Gruffalo's Child, which is my daughter's very favorite thing to watch. Each is only half an hour long, has beautiful animations and thoughtful rhymes, and repetition without making you bored. Although I have questions about The Gruffalo's Child - the gruffalo himself is definitely male, so where did the child come from? Is there a mommy gruffalo somewhere? I mean, he's a great daddy, don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't think the deep dark woods would be a place where you'd meet a whole lot of gruffalo dating options. Anyway, these are awesome, and fun to watch even for people who aren't two.

The other day F showed me the first episode of Garfunkel & Oates on Netflix. I am in love. We've seen the first three episodes now and it's fantastic. My new favorite. And I mentioned it to my friend at work, who went home and checked it out, and ended up watching the entire first season in a single weekend with his boyfriend, so that was cool.

Also, F showed me the first episode of the third season of Inside Amy Schumer, which I'd never even heard of before. Wow is she great. I'm totally on board and into her work. Looks like there's actually a show on TV that I will watch while it is currently airing! (Besides Doctor Who, of course, which we continue to watch religiously when it's on and which I apparently never posted about last fall. I guess I missed more than I thought by not posting a TV update.)

Anyway, I feel like I'm all cutting-edge with the comedy shows lately. Woot.

I want to check out Orphan Black and get back to Star Trek TNG, but there just is Not Time in my life for TV right now. Reintroducing TV in the form of half-hour comedy shows is about as good as I'm going to get.
supercheesegirl: (muppet *headpiano*)
Today I watched the last episode of season 3 of the Vampire Diaries. Which, according to my past entries on LJ, I have been watching since OCTOBER 2012. That's practically f's entire life. Sigh.

The last episode was really dramatic and exciting, though! Why am I LJ-cutting this? Everyone else presumably saw this over two years ago? )

TV update

Apr. 15th, 2013 10:45 am
supercheesegirl: (conan the barbarian)
Last night we finished season 1 of Game of Thrones. I'm really into it, so much so that I've already started reading book 2 (which I put off doing for years), but man is that show a downer! Can we please kill the Lannisters already? (I know we cannot kill the Lannisters already, and that Lannister deaths are so far off in the future of the books that they may never actually make it to the screen. It doesn't stop me hoping.)

The one plus of being depressed by a TV show every night is that it's inspired a lot of jokes around our house. We play Game of Sleeves with the baby regularly. She also hates the Lannisters and is convinced that sleeves are all their fault.

TV update

Mar. 25th, 2013 01:42 pm
supercheesegirl: (lost - locke wants ice cream)
We finished Freaks & Geeks. It's a shame, they were doing such great things in the last few episodes with developing the characters. They should have had a second season.

Started Game of Thrones. I've been dying to watch this, and I was so so excited as we watched the first episode. Then we watched the second episode and I remembered how devastating the book was. There's a reason I only ever read the first book (I loved the book, I just didn't feel like I could go on and read the next one right away). I'm wondering if I'll end up having issues with all the violence, particularly the cruelty and coldness of certain characters, but I want to watch it anyway. As violent shows go, I feel like I'll get more enjoyment out of Game of Thrones than I would out of, say, finishing Dollhouse.

We're also watching the current season of Community. It's not as good as past seasons, but I don't think it sucks, and there have been some solid episodes.

We left Friday Night Lights with Jason Street getting the job in New York and having a loving reunion with Miss Babymama. I'm happy for Jason. And I don't feel particularly passionate about moving forward, especially not when we have Game of Thrones to dig into. We'll be back soon enough, I'm sure.

TV update

Feb. 25th, 2013 08:45 pm
supercheesegirl: (lost - hurley dude)
Jesus Christ, Downton Abbey. F is threatening not to watch you anymore after this. Read more... )Also, I'm glad they fired Edna.

TV update

Feb. 13th, 2013 02:27 pm
supercheesegirl: (star trek - aieee)
The biggest news is that we finished season 5 of Star Trek TNG. Which is some of the awesomest Star Trek ever. Seriously: the Borg, Gauron and the Klingon empire, Darmok, Hugh, and The Inner Light, and we end with time travel shenanigans. So freakin' great.

Started s3 of Friday Night Lights, but then Jason's woman said she was moving back east and taking the baby and I could. not. handle. that, so we stopped for a while. I'm not even sure how Tammy got the principal job, honestly, there must not have been many applicants. Go Smash, though.

Liked the Doctor Who Christmas episode and I'm interested to see where we go from here.

Still watching s3 of Vampire Diaries. I'm maybe in episode 8. Really sick of Klaus, but that could partly be because I'm only watching maybe 20 minutes at a time and therefore nothing happens.

Maybe halfway through Freaks & Geeks? It's good, but not as good as My So-Called Life. But still good.

Watched all of Black Books. It was great, but I couldn't watch too much of it at once because I just want to kill Bernard. But overall, love. The last episode was excellent.

We started watching the documentary Cave of Forgotten Dreams and it was amazing! But we still have half an hour to go and that was like a week ago! Sigh. Babies.

::edit:: Oh, and we started season 3 of Downton Abbey. But that's slow going, since we are watching the episodes after the fact on F's computer via PBS.com.

And that reminds me, we need to see last week's episode of Community...
supercheesegirl: (doctor who - inspector spacetime)
The primary purpose of this post is to share my frustration that we alone of all Doctor Who fans are apparently not subscribed to BBC America. It appears to be a FIOS SuperMegaBundle channel, when we only get the normal bundle. Most frustrating is the fact that, when we view the channel guide and select the option to only see subscribed channels, BBC America shows up in the list, but then we click on it and are told that we are not subscribed. FIOS YOU ARE TEH LIAR.

Consequently, we did not get to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special marathon that ran all day on Tuesday. Nor have we yet watched the new Christmas special, much to my extreme dismay. For some reason, we do get some BBC America shows On Demand, so probably the Christmas special will be available to watch in a few days, but ARGH, EVERYONE ELSE HAS SEEN IT ALREADY.

Further consequently, because we were not watching Doctor Who all day on Tuesday, we put on I think TBS, which was running A Christmas Story back to back for hours and hours. We left it on all day, and in between normal interruptions like opening gifts and eating meals, I think I finally managed to see the entire movie. I had only seen a few random scenes when I was a kid and had thought it was stupid, so I was pleasantly surprised at how funny it was and how much I enjoyed it.

TV update

Nov. 27th, 2012 04:46 pm
supercheesegirl: (heroes - hiro waffles)
We finished the second season of Friday Night Lights. I continue to love Tim Riggins. Smash got me all teary a few times this season. Really enjoyed Landry's character development, too, and loved Tyra on the volleyball team. Haven't started season 3 yet.

I'm in the third season of Weeds. It's simultaneously painful (because these characters make the WORST DECISIONS) and hilarious. Nancy's brick dance FTW.

We're caught up on Doctor Who. Disappointed in the end of the Pond/Rory era. Read more... )

I'm around six episodes into the third season of Vampire Diaries. I watch it in 10-20 minute increments while I'm breastfeeding. I'm going so slowly that I'll probably finish season 3 around when season 4 ends in real time. This show is my guilty pleasure; F teases me, but I love my trampires. However, BabyGirl is getting way more interactive and easily distracted these days, so I don't think I can get away with watching it while I feed her anymore. Hopefully I'll still get to watch it occasionally.

We finished My So-Called Life. Heartbreaking how good that show was getting when it got canned. They had set up so many really compelling long-term plotlines! We've now added Freaks & Geeks to the queue because I've never seen that either.

Halfway through the fifth season of Star Trek TNG. This season is fairly awesome: we started out with Gauron rocking the Klingon empire and Worf reclaiming his honor, and moved directly into Darmok and Gilad at Tanagra! I'm also kind of amazed at how quickly Alexander has grown. If we're only in the fifth season, he should be like three years old. Ah, well.

In searching for another half-hour comedy, we started on Raising Hope. Haven't gone back to it yet. Love Martha Plimpton, though.

TV update

Oct. 4th, 2012 09:41 pm
supercheesegirl: (doctor who - inspector spacetime)
F and I finished the first season of Friday Night Lights. I adore this show, which I completely wasn't expecting. I had thought it would be a Dawson's Creek sort of thing, but instead it's an almost documentary-like story of life in a small Texas town as all the inhabitants obsess over the local high school football team. The characters have real depth, from the coach and his wife to the quarterback to the used car salesman who lives for the team. And Tim Riggins is my absolute favorite, which I wasn't expecting at all when we first started watching. Can't wait to start season 2.

Caught up on the first four episodes of Doctor Who season 7. We typically watch TV at night while I nurse the baby, so I have to do my Doctor Who dance very very carefully. I exclaim with delight over the writing at least once per episode.

Still slowly working through My So-Called Life and Star Trek TNG. Tonight we met the Duras sisters.

The third season of Vampire Diaries is up on Netflix now. No idea when I'll have time to watch it, if ever. Maybe sometime when F is out of town.

I'm trying to think what else. Finished Tin Man at the end of my maternity leave. Loved it, but really wanted like ten more minutes at the very end.

In the realm of comedy, I've been watching Weeds. I think I finished season 2. It's really sharp and funny. We've also been watching Black Books, which is British and ridiculous and just plain fun.
supercheesegirl: (doctor who - brilliant)


finished first two seasons of Vampire Diaries. Ian Somerhalder makes the whole show. I enjoyed referring to the Grille as "the Bronze", especially in the episode where they finally got a band in there and the whole place got trashed.

Read more... )

Anyway, really enjoyed cracking out on this show overall.

 

Still working on ST:TNG and My So-Called Life with F. We also started Friday Night Lights, which I'm really into so far. We just finished the BBC's Jekyll, which was great. Steven Moffat can do no wrong. I watched the first two episodes of Tin Man and it was awesome, but now I need to wait for F to catch up. Finally, I started on Weeds, which is really good so far.

 

Only two more weeks of maternity leave, which makes me want to cry. I'm back at work after Labor Day, at which point F takes over for four weeks, so at least we won't be leaving her with strangers trained professionals quite yet. But how did I not know before how nice it is to have a fat little baby to cuddle?

tv?

Aug. 6th, 2012 10:55 am
supercheesegirl: (heroes - hiro waffles)


I'm almost done with Vampire Diaries, and the Olympics aren't going to last forever. Poll: what should I watch next? I'm hoping for something F won't be that interested in, something not too violent (I can't handle things like Dexter anymore), and nothing with an intricate plot that relies heavily on dialogue (since my viewing experience is often interrupted by baby needs and I'm often a little distracted). Ideas?

supercheesegirl: (lost - locke wants ice cream)
Last night I made F sit through Sleepless in Seattle. He'd never seen it, and, well, I'm nine months pregnant. He also made me a pitcher of virgin pina colada. He is a good man. There was a lot I didn't remember about the movie, but mostly it rewarded my expectations, and F agreed that it was a fun movie (which I'm interpreting to mean that he didn't think it entirely sucked). I think this means that, in the contest of "What do you mean you never saw that?!", I'm on tap for Rocky next.

In TV news, we watched the last season of The Wire. That show is completely amazing and I'm so sorry it's over. Now I have to get my kicks from things like this.

We also finished season 3 of Torchwood. Damn, the last season is completely worth sitting through the first two seasons: really solid, tight storytelling, and a plausible conclusion. Although my favorite moments in the whole show are the moments with Spike. It just entertains me so much that the accent he did for Buffy is solid enough that he can take it on a British TV show. Yay for Spike.

Finished season 2 of Sherlock, too. So much love for that show, but the last episode was a major WTF. Not sure how they're going to pull that out, but looking forward to a new season at some point.

I finished the first season of the UK Being Human, which I liked very much. Good character development over the course of the season. (I also loved that George got a guest spot on Sherlock in the Hound of Baskerville episode, which was just ridiculously appropriate.)

Still working on ST: TNG (halfway through season 4) and My So-Called Life. I've been watching the current season of Design Star too, which is frivolous fun. And I don't remember if I mentioned that we watched the end of the current season of Community? The video game episode was the best pretty much ever, but overall I was really happy with the end of the season's story arc. Concerned about next season, of course, but we'll see what happens.
supercheesegirl: (lotr - eowyn)
I think I forgot to post about our Lord of the Rings marathon in March. We watched all the extended editions, back to back, and had friends over for an all-day party. F got a projector from the college where he works so we were able to project the movie up on the wall. We had to hang towels and blankets over all the windows so our house looked like a combination meth lab/blanket fort, but it was totally worth it. It was an awesome and oddly exhausting day.

Last night we watched the new Muppet movie. Really fun and enjoyable. I liked the introduction of Walter's character and found him really sympathetic at first (although he got on my nerves a little bit later). I loved all the celebrity cameos - my favorite was probably Senor Chang, but there were so many good ones.

So far this year, still not a lot of movies, but the overall quality of the movies watched remains high!

In TV news, we watched both seasons of Downton Abbey, which was so good and enthralling that I completely forgot we had left Torchwood sitting at a moment when a major character just got shot in the chest. Dang. So we're back to Torchwood a bit, and still watching My So-Called Life. Star Trek TNG is backburnering for now. We're caught up on season 1 of the Cumberbatch Sherlock and I'm dying for more. Also, I started on the UK Being Human while F was out of town last week - I'm three episodes in and really enjoying it.

The current season of Community is the only thing we're watching regularly in real time. It is excellent.
supercheesegirl: (doctor who - inspector spacetime)
This year's Hugo nominees are posted: http://www.thehugoawards.org/hugo-history/2012-hugo-awards/. I haven't read any of the novels, but I am completely in love with the fact that Community is up for a Hugo for the fantastic episode "Remedial Chaos Theory". Neil Gaiman will get it for "The Doctor's Wife", and rightly so, but just the fact that Community was nominated makes me squee.

Sherlock

Mar. 12th, 2012 07:05 pm
supercheesegirl: (soldier buddies)
Last night we watched the first episode of the Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock series. I really freakin' loved it. Read more... )

tv update

Feb. 21st, 2012 09:39 pm
supercheesegirl: (doctor who - inspector spacetime)
F and I are almost finished with Star Trek Next Gen season 3. However, we're holding off on the last episode a little bit, because I noticed that it was a two-parter and I totally remember being traumatized by the cliffhanger when I was ten years old, so we're waiting for a time when we can watch the last s3 ep and the first s4 ep back to back. Also, it's time for Wesley to go to the Academy already.

We watched all of season 1 of Torchwood and the first two episodes of season 2. Read more... )

Our To Watch queue right now includes Downton Abbey (because everyone and their moms won't freakin' shut up about it), the last season of The Wire, and Twin Peaks (I've had the box set for over a year now). And I don't know when Walking Dead is coming back, and when or if Community will be back. I'm also kind of hoping to keep up with the Celebrity Apprentice just to see George Takei ohhh-myyyyy all over The Donald. Haven't seen the first episode yet, though.

TV update

Nov. 21st, 2011 01:38 pm
supercheesegirl: (doctor who - inspector spacetime)
I'm in love with my new Doctor Who/Community icon so I'm using it as an opportunity to make a quick TV post. Here's where we are with pretty much everything:

Doctor Who: We watched all of season 6. I was not exactly in love with River's newly revealed backstory, but at least it was interesting, and it seemed to be pretty carefully plotted. At some point I'm looking forward to watching the last 2-3 seasons over again to see if it all really adds up. I liked the last episode and knew that some sort of trick was coming up (F was predicting a Doctor made of Flesh, but what they actually did made perfect sense). I love this show and I'm totally missing it right now.

The Walking Dead: We watched all of the first season and the first two episodes of the second season. My god is this show tense. And intense. I'm glad there are only six episodes per season. I can only watch this show during full daylight, preferably on Saturday morning.

Community: The current season is so far not as good as the last two seasons. It just seems like our heroes are even more cliqueish, self-absorbed, and annoying than they've ever been before. I'm wondering what happened to poor Todd and when we'll see him again--the episode with Todd was my least favorite one. However, there have been some standout episodes (so far everything that's happened in Troy & Abed's apartment has been fantastic, including the alternate universe episode and the one where Annie moves in). I also like the Troy-Fixes-Things ongoing subplot and the potential for conflict with the AC Repair school. Predictably, I loved it when Britta introduced Abed to Inspector Spacetime, and I loved it that Inspector Spacetime came up again in later episodes.

Big Bang Theory: We're working our way through season 4 (halfway through disk 2). New Year's Eve was pretty funny.

Star Trek: TNG: I made F watch the first episode of the third season even though we're in the middle of all this other stuff. We were between Netflix disks and I didn't want to watch something dark, so Next Gen it was. Oh Wesley.

Dollhouse: I'm about halfway through the second season and I don't know if I'll go back to it. F has already decided he's done. I was just starting to get really engaged with it, and then Adele turned into Super Cold Bitch when she gave the dollpocalypse plans to the evil overlords, and that turned me off big time. The show is so violent and I don't know if I want that in my head anymore. And it's not like I don't know what happens at the end. Although based on the description on Netflix, I'm pretty sure that Echo gets sent to The Attic in the next episode, and that I'd kind of like to see.

We also accidentally caught an episode of Work of Art, a Bravo reality series where a group of artists are forced to make artwork on a weekly theme and get eliminated if their work isn't profound enough. I'm completely hooked and now I'm trying to see all the previous episodes. I hate most of the female artists, especially Michelle, but I love Dusty and the Sucklord. The Sucklord makes the whole damn show, which I think is the real reason why they haven't eliminated him yet even though he's been in the bottom three a few times.

In video game news, I preordered the new Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword, and it should be arriving today or tomorrow. With the special gold controller. So once I start playing I doubt I'll have a ton of time for shows that don't make me happy (Dollhouse especially).

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