all the tv

Oct. 22nd, 2013 10:27 pm
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
Apparently more than 40 days of posting every day wasn't enough to ingrain the habit, as my one-day "no, really, it's okay if I take a break" amnesty for myself promptly turned into 20 days barring a couple of brief Yuletide interruptions, during which my brain started sliding right back to "eh, that's not important enough to post" about things, and "eh, I'll post something tomorrow".

Partly I blame tv, of which there is suddenly far too much - and there's more starting up over the next couple of weeks. I'm already behind! I'm going to have to start weeding things out pronto. It's so hard to break my old conditioning that I should watch all the genre tv I like even somewhat, because what if there's never any more, and what if I don't know what other fans are talking about (only you can cure fannish illiteracy!), and and and. But there's always more, and the options are either to watch ALL the tv and not have time to do anything else, or watch some of the tv and maybe be able to get into discussions or read(/write) fic or watch(/make) vids, too.

Also, though, I've been way more social than usual in the last few weeks, both fannishly and otherwise. I used to know more fans in the Boston area, but we drifted off in different directions years ago and lost touch, so mostly I just hang out with the same very tiny crowd with occasional out-of-town visitors (not helped by my sky-high levels of introversion and homebody-ness *g*). But it's good to meet people, which is what I/we have been doing lately. Good dinners, good conversations, faces to go with names on the internet. Win! It just also takes up a lot of my social energy that would otherwise go into interacting online.

October has also been Wedding Month; I had a post-elopement reception to attend two weeks ago for a dear niece (and her equally dear new husband <3), and last weekend was a friend's wedding, which I'd been looking forward to all summer and which more than lived up to expectations. Both were huge fun, but also pretty social-energy draining.

But really, a lot of it is the tv. I get home at night and there's hours of catching up to do, and then I'm too tired to do anything else.

Still, some stuff I can't give up:

Person of Interest, because oh my show. ♥ ♥ ♥ I've seen that other people are having some issues with this season so far, so mostly I'm just ignoring other people's posts and the chat comm, and avoiding the IRC chat (woe); POI is my happy place and I want to keep that. (So in this one case, please don't comment to point out all the things I should be unhappy about. *g*) I get that people think it's weaker this season, and I just kinda don't care (spoilers through 3x04) )

Elementary: still fun, although I'm still not fannish about it and probably never will be. But I'm always happy to realize my DVR recorded it and I have it to watch. <3

Haven, which never pissed me off last year the way it did some people, and which this year has been making me incredibly happy. ♥ ♥ ♥ (and spoilers through 4x06) )

Grimm, which is back this week (yay!) and which I expect to continue making me happy *g* Certainly the commercials are. <3

The Voice, about which I'm not at all fannish, but which I enjoy a lot. My favorite part is the blind auditions, where I'm not invested in anyone (and don't even watch the backstory bits, so I don't know what sad stories people have), and everyone has an equal shot, and I can just enjoy it all no pressure. But it's still fun even when I have to ff through stressy bits, or worry about people being knocked out. Some of the battles so far have been amazing.

Stuff that I'm sticking with for now, but that may wind up being cut:

Sleepy Hollow )

White Collar (spoilers for season premiere) )

Once Upon a Time (spoilers through 3x04) )

Stuff I've either given up on, or probably will in the next week or two:

Agents of SHIELD; it's entirely possible that by the end of the season it will have shaken out into something I'd like more, but right now it's not there. I just don't care about any of the characters, and several of them actively annoy me. Which makes me cranky, dammit, because MCU is one of my fannish happy places, and I wanted this to be part of that for me. Hmf.

Likewise Blacklist; I liked it a lot right out of the gate, and that hasn't changed, but I don't particularly like any of the characters as people, and... )

And also likewise Once Upon a Time in Wonderland )

I feel like I'm forgetting a dozen different things, but I've been writing this for days, and need to post it to clear my mental queue so I can maybe start posting other things.

And now there is new POI to watch!
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
To keep myself busy and online so I don't forget to register, I wrote up the world's longest, rambliest post. \o/ There are spoilers for practically everything here...

I'm settled in for a nice snowy weekend -- lots of cat food, plenty of people food, clean laundry, and a good parking spot. (... I'm a little compulsive about parking spots in bad weather, after 20 years of unassigned street parking in a neighborhood where snow emergencies mean there are too many cars vying for juuuust too few spots, especially given how many people don't know how to shovel, argh, so we wind up losing potential spots to crappy shoveling jobs. But I digress.)

This is going to be much better than last weekend's 27 inches in 24 hours; it'll be more like 4-ish inches in 24 hours, just enough so I can indulge my hermit-y ways and not budge till I have to go to work on Tuesday.

My only concrete plan for today is to sign up for Vividcon, yay! I can't believe it's already time again. All my fannish plans keep winding up on the backburner, but at least maybe this will kick the vidding in the butt, because if reg is here, deadlines are nearly upon us.

I've grabbed a bunch of tv that I probably won't have time to watch, but it looks interesting enough that maybe I'll give it a try at some point, like The Americans and Cracked. I'm banking them for the moment, for some day I'm looking for something new to watch and can marathon through.

I've been watching a bunch of other stuff, though. A couple I've only seen the pilot for so far:

Zero Hour )

The Following )

And then there were the shows that ended recently:

Leverage )

Fringe )

Alphas )

And then, of course, there are the shows that are currently airing and ongoing. Anyone else remember how, 15 years ago, we used to fret every year that this year would be the last year of fannish tv? How we hung on cancellation news, because if X got cancelled, what would we watch?

I kinda miss those days, to tell you the truth. How is there this much tv all the damn time? I feel like I never talk about any of it, because I'm always racing to catch up to just watching it. And for all that I tend to really like the summer shows, man, I miss having a few months every year to catch up on stuff I missed, or rewatch things, or get involved in complicated discussions about What! Might! Happen! (... with other unspoiled people, because for me the fun is guessing, not knowing in advance).

So instead, have a bunch of brief overall reactions to shows, with only a little specific commentary, just so people have some idea of what it is I'm watching these days:

Person of Interest )

Elementary )

Lewis )

Once Upon a Time )

White Collar )

Revenge )

Shows that I'm waiting to come back:

Grimm )

Burn Notice )

Haven )

I know as soon as I post this I'll come up with another half dozen shows I meant to mention. Oh well.

I would write about the reality tv I'm watching, but this is already an absurdly long post. Suffice to say, my favorite shows -- Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef -- still have me, but I'm burning out from overload, and less invested every season. All three shows have had aired four complete seasons since December 2010, and all three are in or about to start another season. I hate to give any of them up for completist reasons, but man. I am just burning out.
arduinna: Neal watching Peter smile, White Collar (peter'n'neal)
I have got to learn to finish posts when I start them, so they're actually vaguely timely. Instead, here I am trying to get this post up before this week's ep airs in a few hours. *shakes head*

So season three premiered this past week, and I watched, and spoilers! )
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
I watched Big Eden this week - it's been on my mental to-watch list since I saw [personal profile] gwyn's vid for it a few years ago, and it was every bit as sweet and warm and happy-making as I'd hoped it would be.

What I was not expecting was a scene that showed off Tim Dekay's very nice abs. Bonus!

Which I felt the need to share. *g* I didn't want to bother with embedding a video, so I went with an animated gif instead. The clip is a bit long for that (and I didn't want to cut too many frames out, to keep it relatively smooth), so unfortunately the file size is a bit big. The version under the cut is the smallest I have (cropped and half-size), and it's 2.2 MB, so give it a minute to load.

pretty spoilers for a Big Eden scene *g* )

I don't want to kill anyone's bandwidth by putting it in the post, but here's a link to a larger version (still cropped, but full-size -- 7.8 MB).

For the record, this is what Peter would have looked like 10-11 years ago, back when he was dating and marrying Ell...
arduinna: Neal watching Peter smile, White Collar (peter'n'neal)
I keep meaning to post about White Collar. I'm watching a lot of tv I really like, but WC is my hands-down happy place; I stop and rewind the DVR to catch the commercials, even, because just the sight of those characters makes me grin from ear to ear. I've been enjoying this season hugely, and I can't wait for eps to come back in January.

spoilers for tonight's ep )

(And in case someone is reading this who doesn't know me: please no spoilers of any sort for upcoming episodes, from plot to casting - thank you!)
arduinna: Neal watching Peter smile, White Collar (peter'n'neal)
They've finally set a release date: July 13th. (My sympathies to anyone vidding this for Vividcon, ouch.)

Details on tvshowsondvd.com, including box art and suggested prices.
arduinna: a tarot-card version of Linus from Peanuts, carrying a lamp as The Hermit (Default)
I just got an email from tvshowsondvd.com, with this subject line:

TVShowsOnDVD.com - Release added for White Collar

To which I barely kept from shouting YAY out loud (bad idea, at work), and happily clicked in, to see:

"We've added a release for "White Collar" to the site. "Season 1"
hasn't officially been announced, but Amazon.com is currently taking
preorders for the set. The set will ship on the official release date,
but you can lock in your order now, and if the price of the set is
raised between now and the release date the current price will be
honored."

*shakes USA Network to make White Collar dvds fall out, dammit*

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