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 bbc.co.uk

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).

The longest DVD

21 09 2006

I am still watching Season 3 of DC and last night, despite watching these episode several times (albeit not in full) now, it still got me when Pacey looks at Joey plaintively and utters “Its over isn’t it” and a big fat tear rolls down his cheek.  I was choked up.  Tears threaten to fall – AGAIN.  I am also newly flabbergasted at the following:

  • Dawson’s proprietory behaviour.  Erm, Dawson?  You do NOT own Joey.  She can do what she likes with who she likes. 
  • Andie who equates Pacey kissing Joey months after he and Andie have split up with her shagging Loony Mark whilst her and Pacey were still together…I just don’t get that.  At all.
  • Aunt Gwen and her meddlesome ways… she knows that Pacey and Joey like each other and yet she forcefully shoves a reunion with Joey under Dawson’s nose.  Like, none of your beeswax, bitch! 
  • The entire episode The Longest Day.  I cannot tell you how annoying I find how almost all of the characters behave in this episode.  Only Pacey seems to be reasonable and he ends up getting shafted. 

I can see me watching these through to the end of the series again which means nothing new to write about on here which sucks.  I will just have to make some insightful fresh comments or start watching something else to supplement my DC viewing!  I love this pic of the cast in the series finale:


The hubs has just bought the Band of Brothers DVDs and I started watching them with him.  Now I am all for a bit of wartime action but while I was watching, I could not escape the feeling that I was missing a perfect opportunity to watch more Dawson’s Creek.  Which made me feel hella shallow but hey… 

The new series of Extras started last week, which a hilarious performance by Orlando Bloom.  The next episode is on tonight, with David Bowie.  I have just downloaded the Ricky Gervais podcast which will be good viewing for my commute.