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.

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. 

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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).

Groovy baby

9 09 2006

I have finally watched all the episodes of That 70s Show that I had recorded on Sky+; it makes for a great distraction while trying to decorate! Favourite quote:

“It was the funniest, bloodiest, most rabies-filled day ever!

I have now watched to the end of the penultimate season and I am a bit sad that Hyde and Jackie split up and it’s weird to think there is a whole series without Eric after he left since he is the funniest character… Since I am not sure when new episodes will be shown that is all for That 70s Show for now… ah well, it was good fun while it lasted.

p.s. I am resisting it because I know he is not all that in real life, but I can’t help lusting after Hyde.


Ciao Bello, Josh

7 09 2006

Until yesterday, I have been in Italy since Friday and so have been without TV for five days.  It is probably exactly what I needed because I was getting just a little bit obsessed with the whole Pacey and Joey storyline in Season 6 of DC.  In fact, even being in this beautiful Alpine village, I am still mulling it over in my mind.  And I must admit I was more than just a little bit excited about getting back so that I can watch Season 6 properly, which I started last night!  I was doing so well – I had watched nearly the whole of Season 5 without skipping anything but I just found it impossible not to skip to the Jacey bits meaning I missed the vast majority of the last season – a season I have never actually seen.  Still now that I have got that (nearly) out of my system, I started watching it again last night and have got back to the part when Eddie returns so I have to watch again poor Pacey get his heart ripped out , which is not that fun to be honest. 

I have had to start thinking ahead to my next TV project because, lets face it, I only have 5 hours (or 7 episodes) of DC left to watch so except for rewatching my favourite bits, I must make a plan!!!   I am thinking, Angel.  I bought the first season but didnt get round to watching it all and have since lent it out to friends.  So I think that is the perfect place to start since I already have the DVDs – I just need to get them back from friends.  We also have some Family Guys DVDs we still haven’t watched and also the first season of Scrubs, which we borrowed from the same friends that borrowed Angel.  Add to that all the That 70s Show episode to catch up on, I am quite sure I wont have to worry too much about filling my Dawson void. 

One last thing…  Alias Season 5 countdown: 75 days!

I heart YouTube

23 08 2006

Just found Mila’s and Vilmer’s punk’d clips on YouTube.  So funny.  “It’s a fake dog” – HA!!   I find it much funnier when they are friends of the Kutch.  Also?  Danny Masterson is not as sexy as Hyde.   In answer to my previous pondering on this subject.

10 things I love about Hyde

22 08 2006
  1. His sunglasses
  2. He is too cool for school
  3. He has cool t-shirts
  4. He fights The Man
  5. He emotes with his left eyebrow
  6. He is hot
  7. He has cool bracelets and other accessories
  8. He has cool boots
  9. He has nice arms
  10. His sideburns.  They are sexy.  Did I mention that already?