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18 May 2007 @ 09:06 pm
Week of TV in Review  
Okay, well here are my thoughts on the shows I watched this week.


24
It was good. I enjoyed it. Yay for Mark Bishop not dying! The grandfather stuff was a little stupid, but it still felt like 24 again. I haven't been very fond of this season. The Kiefer scenes were great.

I love Tom.

But seriously? CTU should have better security by now.

Only two hours left...season finale Monday


Smallville

Okay, you know what? I really loved this finale. I've seen a lot of complaints about the S6 finale, but it worked for me. I didn't mind all the Clana because it worked fine for this episode. Lex was evil and played it very well. Poor guy. I always feel bad for him. He always gets the short end of the stick. But he's still evil. Clark was good. I like to see the unheroly side of Clark because it shows he's human.

Lois was awesome. She's so iconic Lois is makes me smile.

Chloe was fantastic. Alison Mack is a great actress.

Lionel wins though. John Glover is so my secret older boyfriend. Seriously. The man is a fine actor and he holds this show together. Good or evil or gray. Doesn't matter. Each time he rocks.

I was annoyed by the "deaths" in this episode because really some characters are just not expendible. It looks like they might be writing Martha out by sending her away to DC. (Btw, nice touch with Martha telling Clark to leave the farm.) Lionel I am worried about. Clark we know will live. Lois was dead but brought back to life. We all know she lives. No way is Lana dead - that was a complete set up "fake your own death" scene. Lex won't die. Chloe I doubt is dead. Maybe she regenerates or something. I just don't see the writers getting rid of her. So all the drama about the characters is kind of not there. it's just waiting to see how they get out of it.

Still, the SV version of Bizarro? Nice :)


Supernatural

You know, I think I liked Pt1 better than Pt2 in terms of story. I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with the finale. I pretty much figured that Dean was going to sell his soul to save Sam. And to give him a year is convenient because that will coincide with next season's finale. I sort of got the vibe that this episode was written is SPN wasn't renewed. Not even a cliffhanger finale. That just makes me sad. I am all about the drama of cliffhangers.

The high points of the episode were JA's awesome acting, the return of their dad even if briefing, and Bobby just plain rocks. I also liked the concept of the churches, the railroad lines and the crypt. That was nicely done. But still. I was expecting more and I was down that I didn't really get it. I hope next season is good.


SG-1 Bounty

Okay, so technically this was last week's SG-1 episode but I couldn't watch it until tonight. I watched it with my mom and we both had a good laugh. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.

Okay, Cameron and Vala are just perfect. I love that TPTB have been putting them together more and more this season because they are comedic gold. They just ooze chemistry. It's a shame that they couldn't make Cameron the object of Vala's affection if they must have ship on this show because those two just work so well. I don't want anyone hooking up mind you and I know they won't go that way because of Farscape, but I really enjoy their scenes together.

Daniel in the library/museum place was cool. He was so Daniel that it made me squee. I knew that the lady was a bounty hunter, but SG-1 is pretty much always predictible. Sam and Lee at a science convention? Awesome. Lee is just so funny. I was under the impression he had a wife and kids though. Maybe they split. Lee still rocks, though.

Teal'c and the Jaffa...he used a staff weapon! I almost died. That was so good to see again :)

Cameron, Vala, and his parents. Too funny. The reunion wasn't bad.

Really, this episode wasn't bad. It wasn't their strongest, but it wasn't bad. I was expecting something horrible. Everyone remained in character. Vala even pushed off someone's advances because she was married. All of these were nice touches. It was very Cam and Vala centric, but that didn't bother me. I am here just to be entertained and it worked for me. So, surprisingly, this episode was 5 out of 5 for the second half so far


SG-1 Bad Guys

This was another ep I had some reservations about. I'd seen some of the scenes via an interview I'd watched back when we found out the show had been cancelled. No AT in this episode (why?) as Sam was in Washington briefing the president. Hank's smug little satisifed smile? Brilliant.

Anyway, even though I found a few scenes to be a bit jarring, this was an overall good episode. The beginning and the end sold me on the episode. Again, Vala and Cam pretty much owned the episode. I guess people who feared this would become the Cam and Vala show have something to justify their claims. Honestly, it doesn't bother me much. Not much bothers me these days, it seems.

Of course, since this took place in a museum, concerned the Stargate, had a scientist that was basically their planet's Daniel Jackson, and because it felt with artifacts might make me a bit biased ;)

I loved Cicero. I loved Vala's line when Cicero basically confirmed he was the planet's Daniel. I bounced in my seat when Daniel did his explorer's speech. I loved that Daniel made a really rotten "bad guy." The look Teal'c gave Daniel was priceless. And Daniel was so adamant about the whole good first contact thing and then he got shot. HA. I *missed* that Daniel. We don't get to see that Daniel very much. That is the Daniel I enjoy.

Nice to see Daniel and Teal'c actually in scenes together. Loved the Die Hard reference. Daniel was clueless and Teal'c knew right away. (I admit, I didn't get it either.) Vala actually got to do some thieving things. Cam was great just being Cam. I also liked comfirmation on what their rules are in making first contact and how it's dependent on technological level. Makes sense.

But what made the episode work was the end. Our heroes survived, but the event was covered up. God knows what happened to Cicero. And then you could hear the disappointment in Daniel and Sg-1 over being unable to reach them, but also knowing how that goes. That not so perfect ending was great and very satisifying more so than some of their more recent endings.

Really, aside from a couple of cringe worthy scenes - yes I am looking at you, Daniel - and the over the top security guard that wore out his welcome before he even said his first line, I really liked the episode. That is 6 for 6!

Next week's episode concerns me...

In other weekly news, I'm still plodding with my S/D Fic and think I'll settle on idea number 2 since idea 1 will take forever for me to finish.

I'm also thinking of putting some of my ideas/half finished stories up for adoption. Some I am keeping to finish myself, but some fanfic I know I'll never get to. We'll see.

And I also got another poem published. Yay!
 
 
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6beforelunch on May 19th, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)
Bounty has grown on me. I was very 'meh' when I first saw it, but later I decided to just go along for the ride and not try to analyze it and it was much more fun.

MS said in his blog that a lot of Bad Guys ended up on the cutting room floor. Apparently, there were scenes that made Daniel's behavior more understandable. Personally, I thought the rant was one of the funniest things ever even if it was a little out of character, but I'm holding out hope that the deleted scenes will be on the DVDs.
aurora_novarum: teddy danielaurora_novarum on May 19th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
Deleted scenes on a dvd? That would be wonderful, but don't hold your breath.
Working for the Mandroid: Intensemoonshayde on May 19th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
No, I'd heard that there was a possibility of deleted scenes on the DVDs too.
aurora_novarum: daniel by moonshaydeaurora_novarum on May 19th, 2007 02:10 am (UTC)
Really? Cool.
Working for the Mandroid: Languemoonshayde on May 19th, 2007 02:02 am (UTC)
I don't take Tv as seriously anymore. The fandom intensity has worn off on me with just about every show I watch. I just don't get worked up very much anymore. It's nice and sad at the same time.

Bounty was all about the fun for me. Not a special episode, but it amused me. And the guys were hot in it.

*shallow moment*
aurora_novarumaurora_novarum on May 19th, 2007 01:55 am (UTC)
I'm avoiding your Smallville comments because I haven't watched it yet. And you KNOW I'm not bothering with your Supernatural ones, heh.

Since AT was in "McKay and Mrs. Miller" on SGA, her contract let her be off for one SG-1 ep, this must have been the one.

Yay for Cam's parents (but--Kansas?) I loved Daniel in the library too.

MS described in his blog that there was 20 minutes cut of "Bad Guys"...including some of the explanation of Daniel's spiral downwards to his very out of character breakdown. That explains a lot (I grade this ep on a curve because it was the ep filmed when the cancellation was announced--but that guard, oy! I liked the team's reactions to him, but...oy!).

Why does next week's concern you? (Eep! Seven days to finish my ep tag for it!)

Good luck with the ficathon! (Mine's at the beta's, huzzah!...er, I mean, I'm feeling better about getting mine in time).

Putting fanfic up for adoption!? Oh noes!

Yay for published poetry! Happy Snoopy Dance!
Working for the Mandroid: Hatmoonshayde on May 19th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I have too many fanfic ideas. Rather put them up for adoption where someone can do something amazing with them instead of me just rushing through or never getting them done. But we'll see. They might not even be worthy for adoption anyway.

I don't know about the out of character stuff for Daniel. I'm a hard sell so those scenes that got cut would have to be something fantastic. I liked the both episodes anyway.

And Smallville was good. You should try and catch it somehow.

And...yes, next week's concerns me. Looks Teal'c centric, but they better sell the idea well.
aurora_novarum: SG-1 Kickin Assaurora_novarum on May 19th, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
I taped Smallville, just haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet.

Poor plot bunnies. *pets them*

Looks Teal'c centric, but they better sell the idea well.

Ah, I see. I would say more one way or the other, but then you'd hit me for violating the spoilerphobe code of conduct, so I'm biting my tongue...and my typing fingers.
Working for the Mandroid: Clarkmoonshayde on May 19th, 2007 11:45 am (UTC)
Yes, hush ;)

Oh you taped Smallville! Yay! I didn't get to see last week's. I tried youtube but um...they took it down fast. They only left an incomplete ep up so I saw parts LOL
suzannemarie on May 19th, 2007 02:28 am (UTC)
I figured out as the episode was ending that the guard = the offworld version of Felger. A slightly less obnoxious version of Felger. But I didn't really mind him much.

Hey, congratulations on the publication! :)
Working for the Mandroid: and beyondmoonshayde on May 19th, 2007 11:43 am (UTC)
Oh no. He was Felger. I hate Felger.

I wasn't opposed to the idea of the inept security guard. I just thought they went a little too far with him in most scenes. Some scenes he was fine.

I did rather enjoy the episode, though, overall.

And thanks!
crayonbreakygal: sg1 dude isiscaugheycrayonbreakygal on May 19th, 2007 05:50 am (UTC)
I just thought that Daniel was channeling Jack there for a few moments. Daniel and Teal'c were just too funny together. I loved the episode bunches if just for the laughs.

Bounty was good too. A little more background into Cameron. Too little too late, but still.

Oooh, poem published. Congrats.
Working for the Mandroid: SG1moonshayde on May 19th, 2007 11:41 am (UTC)
There were definetely a couple of scenes where I was like, huh. You're channeling Jack. You two need to be separated again.

I think all of old SG-1 channel Jack from time to time though, just in different ways. Since I've always seen Jack and Daniel as the same deep inside, just having different ways of handling the same problem, it's no big stretch to imagine Daniel could easily pick up Jack. Just like back in S6 Hammond mentioned Jack was talking like Daniel. They all rub off on each other. Makes sense after all the time they've spent together.

Even Sam is a lot looser and less tense of a person. Teal'c has let his humor shine through more and more. I think they've all been influenced by Jack and in turn have influenced him. I love that :)
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Working for the Mandroid: Writemoonshayde on May 19th, 2007 11:38 am (UTC)
You don't like Sam much anymore? Aw. While Sam from S1-3 will always be my fave (and even S6), Sam in S7 and S8 bugged me. The stories they gave Sam in S7 didn't really do much for me and then in S8 I loved her sometimes and cringed other times. I have nothing against Pete, but the whole romance aspect of her life became too dominating. I like soldier and scientist Sam the best.

I've gotten back much of my love for her in S9 and S10 because I feel like she's been able to get back to her roots. She's lighter and more upbeat, like a huge burden has been lifted from her, but I understand that as she has matured over time and that Jacob's death really impacted her and caused her to reexamine her life.

I've had more issues with Daniel than anyone else, but he's been back to more Daniel-esque this season, so he's been winning me back.
aizjanikaaizjanika on May 21st, 2007 02:09 am (UTC)
You know, I think I liked Pt1 better than Pt2 in terms of story.

I'm not sure if I did or not. I wasn't that interested in the special kids story, but I liked it well enough. I liked Part 1 better, just because I liked all the angst and there was nothing in the episode that I didn't like. *g* I'm not a fan of the Roadhouse, so how could I not like that? I love Bobby, so I was thrilled to see him. I love the angst, so that was all great.

I have to say, I was a bit disappointed with the finale.

I was too a bit--not completely, but...

I pretty much figured that Dean was going to sell his soul to save Sam.

Yeah. I know they were probably leading up to that all season, but it was just so obvious that I was hoping they wouldn't go there.

And to give him a year is convenient because that will coincide with next season's finale. I sort of got the vibe that this episode was written is SPN wasn't renewed. Not even a cliffhanger finale. That just makes me sad. I am all about the drama of cliffhangers.

Kripke said in an interview months ago that he didn't want to end this season on a cliffhanger. He wanted to do things differently. He said he likes to have pay-offs more frequently than a show like Lost, so he wanted to wrap things up a bit. I thought that part of it came off well. If the show hadn't been renewed, it would have been an okay ending, but there's still a lot to explore in season 3. I'm less sure I'm going to like the turnaround in season 3, but I *loved* it in season 2, so I'm hoping for the best. :-)

Then again, I'm not really a fan of cliffhangers. *g*

The high points of the episode were JA's awwesome acting,

I know. I never would have guessed he had this in him just from watching Dawson's Creek. He was good on DC, but he was basically a straight man on that show--kind of a goody two shoes good guy. If I had seen Dark Angel, then I would have known. *g*

the return of their dad even if briefing,

I loved it, but after I realized this meant that John probably won't be back--not even as a spirit. :-(

and Bobby just plain rocks.

He does! He doesn't make up for John not being there, but I really love him as a character. I think they brought him along nicely. We still don't know much about him either, other than about his inner character (he's smart, he's loyal, etc.), so it might be cool to find out a little more about him. *This* is so much better than the instant family/info dump they tried to do with the Roadhouse people. I'm actually curious about Bobby now.

I also liked the concept of the churches, the railroad lines and the crypt.

hehe That so totally went over my head. *g* I mean, I got the concept of the railroad lines forming a devil's trap, but I watched this twice and don't recall them mentioning churches or whatever. *g* I think I have a serious problem with paying attention or something. hehe (Last week I didn't even notice that there were dead bodies at the Roadhouse. I seriously thought it was empty. I even totally missed Dean touching Ash's burnt up icky arm! *g*)

That was nicely done. But still. I was expecting more and I was down that I didn't really get it.

Me too. I felt a bit let down at the end, and I didn't really understand why until I watched it again. I liked it better the second time, because I could just relive the angst without worrying about the story. *g*

I hope next season is good.

Me too. I'm a bit concerned because ratings have been down for the last few weeks and, apparently, this finale had the lowest ratings that the show has ever had.

Still, I have hopes that the show will be good. I wasn't sure about season 2 either, and it turned out to be better than season 1 in a lot of respects. The few missteps were mostly rectified, too.

I didn't read your reviews of the Stargate episodes, because I haven't watched them yet. Lyraeinne and I are watching them together, but she was taking one of her finals at the time the episodes were airing. She's home now, so maybe we'll have time to watch them soon. :-)

I did watch the Smallville finale, and I'm not yet sure what I think. It reminds me of the season 9 finale of SG-1. *g*