selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
I had stopped watching The Good Wife in early season 6, not because of the backstage drama, which I only heard about later, but because after the fabulous fifth season, the show seemed to me to lose nearly all the qualities that had made me love it, and when watching something provides you with more irritation than anything else week after week, it's time to get out. I never got the point of hate watching.

Otoh I do have fond memories of a lot of things about The Good Wife, and thus I tuned in for the new spin-off, The Good Fight, centred around Diane Lockhart, the first two episodes of which are now available for watching.

And the verdict is... )
selenak: (Flint by Violateraindrop)
So The Good Wife is finally coming to an end? Two seasons too late for me to care, but it was once an amazing show.

New Civil War trailer: so I was hoping that movie would resolve my Bucky problem, to whit, that I'm indifferent to the character beyond a mild "gosh, what an awful brainwashed life", and indeed I'm starting to have Bucky feelings, but unfortunately, they're all negative ones. I'm completely invested in the wrong sidekick in this movie, because when I watched the trailer and spoilers ensued )

(It helps that I do think superheroes should be accountable to someone who aren't other superheroes. Not insane military generals, obviously, but definitely some institution.)

Black Sails not having much of a fandom on lj or dw, I'm driven to check out the dark side tumblr now and then, and predictably, this irritates me into the need to vent:

which I shall do in a spoilery fashion )

Lastly, trying to find good Clone Wars inspired stories reminds me how many badly spelled and/or badly written fanfiction is out there. Good lord. Thankfully, there are a few bright lights.
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
Am I ever glad I abandoned The Good Wife and my emotional investment in same before all of this went down, because the latest PR attempt to deal with a certain actors-in-the-same-room related disaster completely backfires as the Kings attempt to deflect the questions as if they'd never done an interview before. Seriously, guys, "no comment" would have been better than Read more... )

This is starting to look like good material for a Robert Altman directed Hollywood-on-Hollywood farce. Also, whatever Julianna Margulies next job will be, it's bound to include a huge reality check.

From the bizarre to the real life gruesome: good article on why torture doesn't work, and which interrogation tactics actually DO work. Mind you, sadly it probably won't be read by people who aren't already against torture, but still, good article. Probably more relevant than ever, given Jeb Bush's pro torture stance.

And lastly: one of our living legends in German politics, Egon Bahr, died at age 93. Here is an obituary in English. Perhaps the best way to describe him to non-Germans is that he was a real life West Wing character who really did believe in this whole public service as a calling thing, while at the same time also being West-Wing-style devoted to "his" Chancellor, the late Willy Brandt.
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
Or, to paraphrase Tallyrand about the execution of the Duke of Enghien ("worse than a crime: a stupidity"), it's worse than ridiculous: it's unprofessional.

So, one of the shows I stopped watching during the season that has just finished was The Good Wife. Mostly because a truly excellent season (the fifth one) was followed by a very mediocre one which took back most of what had made the fifth season good and didn't offer anything interesting in its place, instead increasingly going for Greatest Hits Retreats (with characters who had long outstayed their welcome, looking at you, Colin Sweeney), while also losing the ensembleness and character interactions that used to make the show. Now, had all of this not been the case, the fact that this was also the last season for one of the main characters, Kalinda, something which the audience was very aware of since the actress leaving the show had been announced, would not have been that big of a deal to me; while I've always liked Kalinda, she never had been my favourite character, or the key selling point of the show to me.

However, even if Kalinda hadn't been what made the show for me, it HAD been unavoidable to notice that despite the characters of Alicia and Kalinda reconciling in season 3, the actresses hadn't shared a scene together for more than 50 episodes after that. While Kalinda and Alicia talked, it was always on the phone. This year, there was incrreasing speculation about the reasons for this in the press. When it turned out that even in the last episodes, after I had stopped watching, the shared scene(s), when they finally came, were the result of cinematic trickery and green screen, I experienced the most massive eyeroll since that time when Newt Gingrich complained about Bill Clinton not invinting him to the front of the plane en route to Rabin's funeral and named this as a reason to shut down the government. Seriously?

Look, I don't care if politicians behave that way, but I want my members of the acting profession and of tv producing to have certain standards. To wit: no matter how you feel about each other, you do what you're paid for, which is, if you're an actress: acting your character with other actors to the best of your abilities. If another actor is abusing their kids or beating up their spouse or guilty of something similar, THEN, and only then, I could understand someone declaring "I don't want to work with this person, I don't even want to be in the same room with them". In all other cases, it's just stupid and, see above.

I'm a Star Trek fan. Which means I'm very aware of a very famous case of a leading actor managing to piss off the entire supporting cast with his ego. Did said supporting cast ever let that influence how they played their characters' emotions towards his character? Nope. And say what you want about William Shatner, but he never pulled a stunt like this, either. (If he had, we'd know by now.) And he actually worked in Sci Fi, where the use of what used to be blue and is now green screen is justified.

Mind you, I'm blaming the producers, too. If they didn't have the strength of character to put their foot down and declare "no matter what differences you have privately, your characters are supposed to be on screen together, so get in the studio already, ladies", they're failing their profession just as much.

I mean. This is show biz. Theatre, film and tv are full of feuding actors who worked together regardless because that was their job. (And it provided us with lots of entertaining stories, too.) I refuse to call this "diva like behavior", because divas, female and male, actually know better. They're professionals.
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In conclusion: that was it, for me. The fifth season was fantastic, but this one is the proverbial whimper, and I just don't have the time anymore.
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
In short: Lemond Bishop and Frank Prady related plot parts yay, Colin Sweeney related nay, because by now Colin Sweeney episodes tend to be terribly repetive.

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selenak: (Gwen by Cheesygirl)
Briefly, as Darth Real Life is pursuing me:

1.) Managed to finally catch up with The Good Wife. The show continues to be in high form. Good to see the writers address the spoilery motivation question for Alicia )

2.) Also managed to watch the first two episodes of season 2 of Broadchurch . Colour me impressed that Chibnall actually found away to explain why team Miller & Hardy are still in Broadchurch after the previous season's events. And Olivia Colman & David Tennant continue to make a great on screen duo. Also I'm pleased the new characters so far are four women and one man, as opposed to the reverse, not to mention the casting: Charlotte Rampling! Meera Sysal! Didn't know the lady playing the defense attorney before, but so far she's good. And hello again, Eve Myles, I HAVE MISSED YOU on my tv screen. If we're doing "one step from Doctor Who", then so far it's DT as D.I. Hardy, of course, Reverend Rory Paul, Chibnall as writer and now Eve Myles as Claire. In further news of "it's a small British actors world", the one new male is played by James D'Arcy, who also currently plays Edwin Jarvis in Agent Carter.

3.) And last month I watched the first two seasons of Rev., a British sit com consisting of half an hour episodes. It's still a small British acting world because Olivia Colman is in that one, too, as the lead's long suffering wife Alex. Said lead, the Reverend Adam Smallbone, is played by Tom Hollander, whom I last saw as the villainous Cutler in Pirates of the Carribean. Now all I know about the Church of England I learned from fiction - Susan Howatch's Starbridge novels and Anthony Trollope's Barchester novels - but I still felt amused and touched by this series, which manages to build up a good ensemble around its premise of a vicar with an inner city London church and all the problems you'd expect. It manages to make its lead flawed but sincere (with compassion and kindness) while also using satire and tackling actual social problems. Adam's Archdeacon, whom at one point he dubs "the dark lord", is a master of the constant sardonic put down and could be straight out of both Howatch and Trollope. (Or, if you're a Blake's 7 fan: think Avon working for the Church of England, but with the same Chris Boucher written dialogue.) He's not a caricature, either, and has excellent spoilery taste in something ). Other guest stars include Amanda Hale as a curate, Ralph Fiennes as the Bishop of London and Hugh Bonneville having a blast as an oily tv personality vicar, Adam's arch nemesis, but it's really the ongoing ensemble that makes the show: Adam and Alex (who is a solicitor), Nigel, Adam's grumpy No.2, who thinks he could do the job much better, Adoha the parishioner with a kink for men of the cloth, Colin the homeless guy whom Adam regularly shares a smoke with and Ellie the headmistress.
selenak: (Londo and Vir by Ruuger)
First world problems: no Good Wife or Agent Carter yet for me (come through, Itunes, come through!). Also Darth Real Life keeps me really busy these days. Still, I have had an unexpected attack of Vir (from Babylon 5) feelings. He really is one of the most endearing characters ever, and one of the few where the balance between loyalty/friendship and individual conscience works just perfectly for me. Vir's affection for Londo at no point means he accepts Londo's rationalizations for wrongness. And he doesn't just have scruples, he does something about this (as in: actively helping, see Abramo Lincolni). Conversely, he never gives up on Londo, and imo that's a big part of why many a viewer doesn't, either. And lastly, the fact that it's Vir who makes Londo finally turn around and face himself/his deeds/G'Kar in The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari is possibly my favourite part in my favourite dream episode: "I'd miss you." "And I suppose I would miss you", and he turns around; still one of my favourite examples of two characters saying "I love you" without using these words.

In another fandom entirely: Neat article by Russell T. Davies and Aidan Gillen on the creation of QUEER AS FOLK.
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
...well, I'd be pretty proud of myself for having a hit show in its sixth season firing on all thrusters, for starters. No, but seriously, I do have some complaints but generally I'm in awere of what The Good Wife pulls off and continues to pull off. Stll, in the spirit of the prompt, and hidden under a spoiler cut so that readers who are one or several seasons behind are safe if they choose to be:

Spoilers have to do with moving in many ways )

December Talking Meme: The Other Days
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
In which I'm seriously starting to wimper about two characters.

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selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
I only had the chance to watch this now, due to Darth Real Life.

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selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
Due to having been on the road, I only got to watch this one now.

Well now... )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
In which the creators of The Americans have a cameo which is distracting for me and makes crossovers difficult (and here I thought Alicia could represent Henry and/or Paige when they try to sort out their citizenship issues decades later), but also made me smile. Oh, and the episode continues to prove this show is just sublimely confident in itself, and justly so, in its sixth year.

Reporters don't like irony )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
I had the chance to watch one more tv episode before hitting the road again, and thus:

it's the first time we did this, isn't it? )
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
Operation Catching Up With TV continues with last week's episode of The Good Wife.

Now that's how you do a season premiere! )
selenak: (Malcolm and Vanessa)
Alas, I won't be able to watch The Good Wife or Manhattan for another week (don't spoil me!), but I can get a hold of the Sleepy Hollow season opener; watch this space. Meanwhile, the weather is splendid, meaning the Aged Parents & self spend most of this week outdoors, and thus there isn't much internet for me. But there is some.

Since the Yuletide nominations are open now, Penny Dreadful fans, shouldn't we coordinate our efforts to get as many characters as possible nominated? (However, I'll have to drop my Vikings intentions since this year you can nominate three fandoms, no more. I definitely want Penny Dreadful and The Americans, which leaves me with just one slot for one of my cracky historical RPF ideas.

Also: it's always a pleasure when a poster you appreciate discovers an old show of yours for the first time. [personal profile] local_max is watching Twin Peaks, and has been writing Twin Peaks meta already. The owls are not what they seem!

Lastly: for some reason, I can't copy a link to The Guardian anymore on this iPad since the latest update, so, without links: you may or may not have heard about the current kerfuffle that unfolded when Hilary Mantel's short story The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher and an interview accompagnying it in which she mentioned having carried it with her for thirty years got published. Now on the one hand, as Lisa Appignanesi points out in one of the commenting articles I can't link, either, given that assassination plots against public figures who did in fact not get assassinated have a long tradition in fiction, both of the written, tv and movie kind (she mentions The Day of the Jackal for Charles de Gaulle, and Nicholas Baker's 2004 take on the assassination of George W. Bush, which didn't get him called "sick and deranged" or in need of a therapist or a visit by the coppers). But on the other, the interview with Mantel that went with the publication of the story contained something I objected to as well, and it wasn't the idea of killing off Margaret T. in fiction. (Or for that matter, anyone in fiction. I mean, were it a public figure I actually care about, like, say, Patrick Stewart, I certainly wouldn't read it, but I wouldn't call the pitchforks, either.) No, it's Mantel something I also recall Antonia Fraser saying once, and several others when commenting on Thatcher: calling her a "psychological transvestite" (or, to give the context: The idea that women must imitate men to succeed is anti-feminist. She was not of woman born. She was a psychological transvestite. (Mantel) or "honorary male" (Fraser, who also called Elizabeth Tudor this when comparing her to Mary Stuart), in other words, a woman who isn't really a woman, not entitled to be treated as a woman. Which, just: no. "Woman" isn't a title you can deserve or can be discarded of.

Speculating, I would guess where this comes from: if you're a woman seeing yourself as a feminist, and loathe a female politician, you're unconformtably aware that there is an eons old misogynistic tradition there of vilifiying any woman in power. On the other hand, this politician truly does do and say things you can't stomach, and which you'd have no problem attacking were they voiced and done by a male politician. So your psychological and emotional out is to declare that this woman doesn't deserve any type of female solidarity because she's not truly a woman. I get the mechanism of that, but that doesn't make it less objectionable for me, because, to repeat: nobody gets to decide who is or isn't a woman. Margaret Thatcher did a great many things which left lasting damage to British society. She also was beyond any doubt a woman. (And let's not even get into the use of "transvestite" as a negative.) And it should be possible to hold forth on why her policies were objectionable without feeling the urge to strip her of her gender.
selenak: (Alicia and Diane - Winterfish)
I watched these directly after another, so the reviews will be intermingled.

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