January 10th, 2010


still replying to Yuletide comments

...man, it's going way faster now that the archive isn't under massive load. "Skill Set" and "Sam in Casablanca" are done; "Killing Elvis" is almost done, so I just have "The Cable & Deadpool Yuletide Special" to go.

Had a nice walk with the dogs today. Took them up to a big natural area and let 'em run. They got a couple of good runs with the deer, first one right off the bat. Second one, Cigarette didn't see the deer until I repeatedly pointed them out. Boswell, Ma's dog, is ten -- still pretty spry for a ten-year-old standard poodle, but his eyes are dimming a bit, so he didn't see the deer in time. He stayed behind a while, but then came back to me. Cigarette kept up the chase, and the funniest bit was that more deer came out behind her, so she was chasing and being chased at the same time. Bos and I moved forward along the trail, figuring the deer would leave 'Retz in the dust and she'd make her way back to a point just ahead of us. This is what usually happens, and what did here, except on the way back she flushed a fox. So Boswell lit up and started running, and joined up with her, and they chased the fox back to its bolthole. Boswell was very pleased by this, but Cigarette refused to see the game was up and kept running in circles. Then we took a nice long loop around. We probably did two and a half or three miles all told. The dogs slept for much of the afternoon.
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Thoughts on LEVERAGE

So I started watching LEVERAGE (thank you streaming Netflix). It's not my type of show, but I see why it's caught on with fandom, because the cast and characters are winning enough. Well, sort of; I quite like Hardison, Parker, and Eliot, and would happily watch their show, but could care less about Nate and Sophie, despite quite liking Gina Bellman. The show feels too much like TV to me -- too stagey, too formulaic, too smug and sure of itself. It doesn't have a sense of tension, which is sad because the terrific pilot did. Seriously, I know it's hard to do plots and cons and switchbacks on a weekly basis, but the pilot really felt like its own nifty animal, while the series feels like the inevitable TV knockoff. I think Livia nailed it ages ago when she said that it felt like the show jumped to happy and shiny too soon; the characters don't feel like real individuals so much as they feel like individuals whose first obligation is insuring the perpetuation of the TV series. Which, of course, they are, but it shouldn't be so transparent.