dhae_knight_1: Redefining HOT(ch) (HOT(ch))
So... I'm not a huge fan of Hotch and Beth. And then I thought, after watching the latest episode - hey, what if Jack doesn't like Beth? And because we can't have Jack talking to Hotch about it, let's stuff in Spencer as the middle-man.

Cue some 1200 words of angst and heartbreak between Jack and Spencer. And an ending that kind of begs for a second story.

Really, CM? Really? I should just take the plunge and rename you Criminal Plotbunnies! :-D
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
Well. This is the third time I try to watch SG-U, and to my great surprise it's actually not as terrible as I remembered.

Okay. It's still terrible, just not unwatchable any more. And I've just had a couple of eps where Daniel and Jack guests, so that helped. Damn, I've missed RDA's ability to do some small thing, completely unrelated to the scene, that makes it all about 15 times more enjoyable to watch.

If there's one thing about SG-U, it is that it's so God damned predictable. Every single time something unexpected happens, it's bad. Every single time something new happens, it's worse. Every episode is pretty much a compilation of; "Okay, they're screwed. How can we make it worse?"

It gets pretty tiresome over time. :-/

ETA: I also suspect I woukd care more about the big season 1 cliffhanger where everyone's in peril, if this hadn't been standard fare in every freaking episode all season through. Really.
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
Yep. That's a mouthful.

Homeland first. I would like to like the show. There are some really good actors, and the story is mildly interesting, but I'm not far enough removed from discovering just how Mandy Patinkin walked out on Criminal Minds that I can be even remotely sanguine about his presence in Homeland. He's good. He's really, really good, but how any showrunner can take a chance on him after pulling something like that not once, but twice in his career? Yeah. I don't get it.

NCIS. I expected to like '200', and I suppose I did. Sure, it felt unbalanced, and every time we cut back to the case of the day, I needed a minute to reorient myself. And a couple of scenes were complete letdowns, as far as I was concerned. But... there was good stuff, as well, and Mark Harmon is an amazing actor.

White Collar. My new crack. I adore that show so much, and it's brilliant antidote to the darkness of Criminal Minds. Also? Neal and Peter are probably the gayest leading men I've seen since SG-A. Seriously. And El. Oh, how I adore El. El and Peter is a thing of beauty. A functional marriage between two strong, smart adults. So awesome it hurts.

Grimm. Yeah. I like it; I like the style, I like the banter, I like the poor sergeant who is their snarky go-to-guy. I love the even more snarky blutbad go-to-guy. But, dear God, 10 episodes in and I'm wondering if Portland Oregon is seriously the city with no professional women. The main characters are all guys. Pretty much the only woman you see on a semi-permanent basis is the girlfriend. And you don't see her a lot, and she hardly ever gets to be awesome. I miss women!
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
Wow. I feel like I need to get a testosterone-antidote or something. Especially after seeing Captain America, who excelled by actually having a non-alpha male as the super-powered hero. Banner is Alpha. The General is Alpha. His nemesis, Blonsky, is Alpha. It's a freaking testosterone-battle to see who has the biggest balls. Blech!

In related news, I just could *not* look at Blonsky pre-Hulking and not see that guy from Lie To Me. Made for a rather... surreal introduction.

Pretty much I feel the same as I did after watching the first Hulk. As if the fact that 'hulk' in my native language means 'sob'. Yes. I do want to cry about how bad that was... :-(
dhae_knight_1: Hotch calls bullshit (Bullshit)
I don't like Beth. There. I said it. I don't like Beth. I find her slightly creepy and utterly unneeded. I would have far preferred a different way of getting Hotch 'back on the horse', so to speak.

... and, basically, I don't really see why we need Hotch to have an on-screen girlfriend?
dhae_knight_1: Hotch calls bullshit (Bullshit)
I really didn't think it was possible that a slash fic involving only two guys that didn't even mention any women could be misogynistic. I now know better. Also, said fic contained violent abuse (as in; beating your partner purple (yes, that was the description of the bruises covering his *entire* backside)) with no better warning that BDSM.

Fandom, I am disappoint... :-(
dhae_knight_1: Hotch calls bullshit (Bullshit)
Watched part one of Category 6 (a SyFy "original" from 2004), solely for the pleasure of watching Thomas Gibson in something other than CM.

I went into it, expecting the worst (yes, I've previously watched Boa vs.Python for David Hewlett, let us never speak of it again!), but was actually pleasantly surprised! The only anvil-like cliches takes place in the weather-office, but I didn't see the adultery in the happy family coming from a mile away, nor did I spot the daughter's criminal boyfriend. Even the overblown storm-chaser has redeeming qualities!

And, okay, so the last 10 minutes of the first part wasn't exactly stuff of shock. Of course everybody we've met, who are even remotely weak, ends up trapped somewhere without power and a mega-storm heading their way. Of course they do! But I'm actually kind of curious as to where they're going with some of the stuff they've introduced, as well as the whole infidelity-thing.

In short: Not as bad as expected, and Gibson, for some reason, actually looks older than he does in first-season CM?

ETA: OMG it's funny to see a Hotchalanche in a different character. Part 2 just got a hundred times better! XD

dhae_knight_1: Redefining HOT(ch) (HOT(ch))
So I'm watching 3x15 A Higher Power for, like, the 15th time because I'm writing fic about it, and I think, yet again, that mrs. Baleman seems incredibly familiar, and I finally think, hey, I've got my iPad at hand, I might as well just check. Cue a painfully hard *facepalm* when I look her up and realize she's Gabrielle from Xena. You know, that TV-show I bought recently because I had a craving for re-watching? Yeah... that.

My idiot-being cred? Just rose by about a million, didn't it?
dhae_knight_1: hugs (hugs)
So... that was Criminal minds, up to and including the last aired episode. Excellent! *starts watching again, from episode one, with an eye towards writing fic* :-D
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
So... ever since Hotch revealed that his favorite album is the White Album, and ever since I listened to it, I've been thinking that 'While my guitar gently weeps' is kinda perfect for a Hotch-centric vid. Only... would that be too sappy?
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
Okay. I confess. Hotch is absolutely my favorite character; the one I bleed for and cry for and spend way too much time thinking about.

But there's so much juice, there, so much hidden and hinted at, and it's all damn fascinating!

Like Hotch's dad and the question whether he abused wee!Hotch or not.

My take on it is that he did, and here's where it gets interesting. The show gives two causes of death for 'dad'. A heart-attack, and cancer. So what if there wasn't one dad, but two?

Hear me out, here. What if Aaron's birth-dad was the one abusing him? And his mom didn't do anything (at least from wee!Hotch's POV) to stop him. Assuming that Aaron and Sean has the same dad (although, really, they don't look very much alike, but I suppose one could take after the dad and one the mom), what if, not long after Sean was born, mom took him and Aaron and left abusive!dad.

She got remarried, and new!dad was the lawyer, who died of cancer. And abusive!dad died of a heart-attack. IMHO, this could explain a lot of things WRT Aaron, Sean and the canon inconsistensies.

Also - entirely non-CM-related. Thank god for my kitten. There's nothing quite like an insistently purring cat when you're having a panic-attack for no discernable reason.
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
Valley of the fucking creepy living dolls? Reid is a bad-ass! Also... Yum! I like his new wardrobe. Am now writing wardrobe-fic.

Hotch... Oh, Hotch! From Rossi and Hotch talking about ex-wives and the daughter-prostitute who didn't understand why anyone would divorce Hotch, straight on through Haley's death and single!daddy Hotch, I seriously just want to pet him. I'm truly impressed with Gibson.

Morgan's brief stint as team lead? Meh. Spent the entire vamp-episode in L.A. thinking about what an amazing cross-over that could be with Vampire, the masquerade, and with Morgan getting to meet the Prince of the City, but having to defer to Hotch, becausr, let's face it, Hotch could totally stare down a centuries-old vampire boss.

Also? I would absolutely pay for an NCIS crossover. Hotch and Gibbs would spark like crazy, Tony and Morgan would be exchanging dating-tips. Reid would adore Ducky (and vice versa), Abby and Garcia would get along like a house on fire. And Emily and JJ could have a crack at telling Ziva why crusing on a co-worker is a phenomenally bad idea, and how she should really grab CIRay while she's got him.

Not to mention the headache Hotch could cause Fornell... XD
dhae_knight_1: facepalm (facepalm)
Wow. Haley doesn't get Hotch *at all*, does she? "This is who I am!" "No, this is what you *do*."

At that point, I really think the best thing she could do was to walk out and leave him, 'cause if she thinks he could be happy working 9-5, putting away swindlers and forgerers, she really don't get what it is he does, or why. :-/
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
Okay, Revelations? First up, that's some pretty amazing acting all the way around.

Second? The Hotch/Reid friendship is so freaking canon! Seriously; Hotch mentors Reid (okay, would have thought that would be Gideon). And when the chips are down, Hotch is the one Reid trusts to get his hint, not Gideon. Rightfully so, since it seems Gideon would have dismissed it as Reid being delusional or something.

And again Gideon freaks me out with his little monologue. That guy is pretty unhinged, sometimes.

Oh, also? I absolutely adore the little pre-case scene with the film-canister rocket. Reid entertaining the girls, Hotch being all stern and boss-like - but then softening up. And that smile when he turns away? Noo... I have *no* idea where all the fics of the girls setting the two of them up comes from... XD
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
Got a good start on season 2. Gideon is occasionally... extremely creepy. When Elle was shot, in the waiting-room when he tries to convince himself that 'she'll understand I did the right thing'? That freaked me out.

I love how the characters evolve. How Hotch having a child means he can no longer maintain his professional distance in cases involving children. Or how Elle really didn't get over getting shot.

Also? Hotch might as well change his name legally to HOTchner. I need an icon to that effect. Mnuh.

BTW - how long did it take me to figure out that I knew Spencer's mom from Glee? O.o XD
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Wet)
God. LDSK. Hotch. Reid. ER with unsub. Guh.

... that's the actual extent of my brainfunction after that episode. I surrender. I'm hooked.

Primeval

Sep. 7th, 2011 08:08 pm
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
So... just watched the last of Primeval season 5. Wow. And... WTF? What was with that ending? Is there going to be a sixth season? As far as I can read ITV's own webpage, season 4 was the last, so... not very helpful.

I'd say, overall, I find the latter part of season 3 the weakest. From Cutter's death and the season out wasn't terribly enjoyable, despite the idea of bringing in historical eras. And I liked season 4 better than season 5. The whole mystery about 'who's the bad guy' was watered out terribly by Philip turning out to being a good guy in the end.

Then again, while I think all bad guys need a reason to be bad, I do so enjoy an unappologetically bad guy.
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Love at first insult)
So... I've given Merlin a bit of thought, lately, and - bearing in mind I still haven't seen all of season 3 - I think I've got an idea about what turned it from a must-see, entrancing series into something I can take or leave and - subsequently - primarily leave.

And... I'd better put this behind a cut... )

Well. That was my two... dollars. What do you think?
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
... and just because I'm bored to death, today. A few Merlin-vids, for your enjoyment )

Enjoy!
dhae_knight_1: My kitten Zasha (Default)
Okay, just had a Merlin-binge )

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