Gotta get my TV-groove back

31 10 2006

From tomorrow, I have pledged to update every day for a month so I am going to have to get some serious TV watching in. For the past few days, literally all I have watched is That 70s Show which rarely warrants anything more than a cursory mention of Hyde’s weird hotness i.e. he is hot/cool on the show but not necessarily in pictures. See Exhibit A below.


However, things are getting serious. I can’t just keep posting pictures of Danny Masterson every day. I think that would be cheating. I have no real qualms about updating my normal blog but this one is a bit more tricky… what with all the TV watching required and all… Oh well, wish me luck, people.

My eyes are still square, honest

23 10 2006

My recent lack of regular or substantial posting is not due to the fact that I have renounced TV and all it stands for.  I have been watching more than my fair share as usual but I have not been watching anything worth talking about.  I am not having the best time of it at the moment, so I am watching anything to take my mind off things and nothing that requires me to think too hard.  And if I have to post on here, then some thought about what I am watching is required.  To tide things over,  here are my impressions of my TV-watching week:

  • That 70s Show is still keeping me entertained.  Hyde is still pretty sexy and Eric is still cute.  Kelso is still dumb but entertaining and Fez the same.  Donna is pretty and kicks ass and Jackie is annoying but sweet too.  It is like friends only they are all younger, and you have fantastic clothes and music and references.  Plus they all smoke dope, which whilst I do not find it in itself to be particularly clever (Just Say No to drugs, kids), it is fugging hilarious when it’s done on primetime TV.  I am now picturing Ross, Rachel, Monica, Chandler and Joey sitting the The Circle getting stoned.  It would probably be called The One where They Get Stoned.  Or something.
  • I have finally finished watching Jane Eyre after getting confused with the BBCs scheduling and not realising I could have watched the final episode last week.  In any case, it was good.  Not great but good, and I still want to read the book as I am intrigued to know if Charlotte Bronte was as racy as it seems from the adaptation.  Jane Austen never has people kissing who aren’t married and yet Jane and Mr Rochester kiss.  A lot.  Not that I am a prude but I am just interested to see if times had really changed that much in 30-odd years.  Actually thinking about how things were in 1972, times probably had changed that much.
  • I have watched the first episode of Robin Hood which I thought was great fun.  The characters seem to be well-rounded (for example the comic foil, Much, was the archetypal side-kick but also showed a vunerable and emotional side when asked about the violent crusades from where he and Robin had just come.  Robin is quite charming and handsome enough to get away with it but not too much to be unbelievable in the role.  I still have a couple of episodes to catch up on and given the good start, I think I will persevere.
  • I tried to watch Firefly because it came from the great Joss Whedon but  just couldn’t get into it.  It doesn’t help that I can’t help thinking that the Sci-Fi Channel missed the very beginning of the first episode because when I tried to read the TWoP recaps, they didn’t seem to match what I had just watched.  We have borrowed the spin-off film Serenity so I will give that a go, and if I like it, maybe try the DVDs of Firefly.  I want to like this so much because anyone who can make Buffy and Angel, is a TV-genius. 
  • This season of Extras has now come to an end and it didn’t disappoint.  De Niro was good but the scene with the sexy pen was just priceless.  Stephen Merchant is just brilliant.  I read that the actress who plays Maggie, Ashley Jensen, has a part in Ugly Betty, a new show in the US.  The show sounds fab and I am hoping that her appearance will mean some interest over here so that they pick it up on one of our channels.  Jessica from TWoP (who recapped the final couple seasons of Dawson’s Creek) is recapping it so reading those would enhance my enjoyment I am sure. 

Another show I would like to see over here is Heroes.  The review of this show were mixed when it first came out but things seem to be improving and I am hearing more and more good things.  The fact that Erin is recapping also means I would like to watch/read – its just not the same reading the recaps if you haven’t seen it.  The laughing-through-the-nose-in-recognition is the main reason I read TWoP recaps.

We’re all alright!

14 10 2006

I am back watching That 70s Show which is on two channels twice daily so I get four episodes a day to watch. Season 1 is cute because Eric and Donna are still just getting together and all the actors look so young and fresh-faced. The writing is not quite up to speed yet though so it’s not that funny all the time. Season 4 is funnier and is the only season (except for the last after Topher left) where Donna and Eric are not together. It also has Luke Wilson playing Kelso’s older brother who Donna dates. The Wilson brothers are dreamy. It’s weird because they aren’t actually that good looking so it just goes to show how a cool attitude and a sexy voice can take you far. It’s what makes Hyde appealing because, frankly, without his sunglasses, he looks a bit weird.

So it begins

12 10 2006

running corridor running stairs guys chasing bullets lift intercom wig acrobatics gadgetry funkass dance beats sirens more running another corridor fight squealing tyres the eiffel tower

yowser that’s a good start to the episode!!!

Quick summary:

In this episode Syd goes on her first mission for SD-6 as a double agent. Will starts digging on Danny’s death and Syd tells him to back off. Jack starts working in the SD-6 office. Syd goes on a mission to find a nuclear bomb and manages to accidentally arm it. She goes to Marshall for help disarming it instead of the CIA and gets Vaughn into hot water. Considered too young and inexperienced to be her handler he is re-assigned as they realise how important Sydney is as an asset. She goes to Cairo to get back the nuclear bomb for the CIA but must take care for SD-6 not to find out. The episode ends on a cliff hanger as she recovers the nuclear core.

Some observations:

After the action-packed start we move straight onto my other favourite ingredient of this fantabulous show: Sydney and Vaughn. Interacting. This scene particular is so cute. Sydney is talking at 500 mils per hour giving Vaughn the low-down on all her contacts and missions for the baddies SD-6. He tries to get a work in and she is talking and talking. Finally he says “its not your job to give me the plan, I’m giving you the plan” ooooh snap!!! These two start this series as they mean to go on, snap, crackle and popping their way through missions and traumas. Also holster alert!!!

Now as I mentioned before I wasn’t around in the beginning .. I started watching this just as season 4 was starting but I understand that Will was much hated and a lot of fans didn’t like him. I don’t get it. He is cool, smart, cute and he asks questions that any rational normal person would ask – he’s not to know that he is inadvertently putting her life in danger. It also makes for an interesting clash of her very ordinary home-life and her very extraordinary work-life. I will always be a Sydney/Vaughn ‘shipper but that doesn’t mean I can’t like Will, OK?

Over at SD-6, Syd struts through the security check – all business heels and flicky hair. She bumps into Marshall, SD-6’s techie. Bumbling and rambling and so very cute and funny. And then Syd’s SD-6 partner Dixon: “We kill ourselves to do the right thing, meanwhile the bad people keep coming back.” It’s so sad that he thinks he is working for the good guys.

Still at SD-6, Sloane brings Sydney to a boardroom only for her to be confronted with her father. I love it when Jen and Victor (Jack) work together. Even this early on when they are new to each other. She asks him if he knew that SD-6 were going to kill Danny and ask she speaks she lets out the tiniest whimper. She is just awesome in this scene. I fear I am going to be saying that a lot.

We have the first of many scenes this season of Syd writing our her mission on a paper bag for the CIA. I cant watch these scenes without thinking of the spoof that was done. That spoof makes me practically wet myself every single time.

Then we have another cute scene between Syd and Vaughn, where they discuss her counter-mission. They are still warming up to each other. She doesn’t trust him. He tries to chit chat and she just wants to get down to business. NO! not like that (you have a filthy mind)… well not yet anyway.

Her first mission/counter-mission involves her wearing some dodgy blue rubber dress that looks totally impractical and not really that attractive. Maybe some guy out there can explain the appeal of this so-called sexy outfit because I don’t get it.

And finally:

Favourite Vaughn Moments:

  • Vaughn worries about her and Weiss reminds him his girlfriend’s name is Alice (HA!).
  • Vaughn convinces Devlin to give Sydney a chance and Weiss calls him Balls Of Steel
  • Vaughn and Syd fight after she goes to SD-6 for help with the nuclear bomb and he gets petulant “its reflected on both our permanent records, FYI”
  • And, of course, the holster scene at the beginning of the episode

Favourite Quote:

Don’t tell me to hold the phone I’m sitting on a ticking nuclear bomb!!!

Screencap of the day:

Furrowed brow? Check.
Sharp suit? Check.
Purty green eyes? Check.
General hotness? Check.


Pictures courtesy of Double Agent

Apologies for the pause in transmission

10 10 2006

Life has rather rudely got in the way of my Alias watching so I have unfortunately not been able to watch any more than the pilot up to now.  I am aware that I want to give it my full attention and a hell of a lot of my TV watching is done whilst I do other things (housework, coursework, eating, surfing the ‘net etc etc).  I have however been keeping myself occupied on a much more casual basis with the following:

Jane Eyre  Its been yonks since I have watched a BBC dramatisation and I am so glad I remembered to set this up on Sky Plus.. I watched three episodes in a row last night and I am hooked!  Shamefully, I have never read the book (something I aim to recitfy as soon as I have finished reading the two books I have on the go at the moment Emma by Jane Austen and The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde) so I do not know the story (well, I kind of know what happens but not the particulars).  Also the girl playing Jane is pretty good and Toby Stevens’s Mr Rochester is very watchable. 

 jane_rochester_1.jpg     courtesy of

That 70s Show  For some reason Trouble seems to find it impossible to show these episodes in order so I have been watching mainly the last season along with some other random season (maybe 3 or 4?) interspersed.  I am not convinced the show is actually as funny without Topher Grace and also, dare I say it, Ashton Kutcher.  Its watchable and all, but not side-splitting by any means.  I will carry on with though as its great filler for when you need 30 mins of laughter.

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart  We watched this when we were over in the States and thought it was great.  Again its a good filler because its not that long.  Its great satire and Jon Stewart is just hilarious.  I wish I could say something more insightful but I am all out of insight.  Also he had Dave Gorman on, a British comedian who I love.

Extras  Ricky Gervais is brilliant.  I wasn’t that sure of the first season of Extras… I think after The Office expectations were too high and it didn’t really gel for me.  This new series, however, is just so good.   So far we have had brilliant cameos from Orlando Bloom, David Bowie, Daniel Radcliffe, and a host of famous faces from British TV.  It still has that cringe-factor which makes you hide behind you hands (like when he kneed a dwarf (midget? little person??? oh shit I am trying not to say the wrong thing here so apologies if I offend…) in the head and knocks them out. 

Tonight I aim to watch episode 2 of Alias (and perhaps do the ironing at the same time).