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04 May 2012 @ 10:32 pm
Supernatural: Reading Is Fundamental + House MD  
I'm going to lump both shows together because 1) it saves LJ space and 2) I'd divorced from both but recently found myself entering back into the fray.

So first, Supernatural and a revisit from a familiar face.


Despite him being something of a stereotype, I liked Kevin Tran. This show has never been groundbreaking in terms of giving us characters outside of tropes so having a high achieving Asian-American kid is hardly a surprise. Still, I appreciate any show that tries to increase Asian-American visibility and it wasn't like they relegated Kevin into a ridiculous position. Rather, he was about as well-developed as one can be given a 1 hour format where he wasn't even the main issue at hand. I liked that he had a dream about being the first Asian-American president and I liked that despite his periodic panic attacks (I mean, who wouldn't?!), he was able to do the job set out for him and translate the Word of God. I really, really, REALLY hope the Leviathan doesn't kill him and his mother but that's looking to be pretty likely.

I'm also pretty intrigued by Meg's ultimate plan. I'm guessing it's less of the major world-saving variety and more insurance she's taking out in case the Winchesters lose and she needs something to get her in Crowley's favor.

Now, onto Castiel. I always like seeing our favorite screwed up angel. But I think the writers are at a bit of loss as to what they should do with him. He's clearly a fan favorite but is he still relevant to the story at this point? I hope he is in that he gets to play an essential part in the war against the Leviathans. As it is now, his return felt like either a set up for something later this season or a poor attempt to keep him lingering without any real idea of what he's good for. When Dean asked him what he was going to do now, I wanted to echo that question to the writers. In this particular episode, he was an awkward mix of neutered and blissed out. It would have been something if Castiel still felt some sort of residual guilt or anxiety over the world being peril. But it was like something had been carved out of him and he no longer feels much of anything other than a happy sort of apathy. It was vaguely disconcerting and pretty frustrating. Still, I hold out some hope that the writers have a plan.



Onto House MD. I haven't watched this show in months. I think I skipped an entire season and I probably wouldn't have cared to revisit but this is the show's last season. And even then I might have still given it a pass except it seemed now that the end was nigh, the writers decided to pull out all the stops.


Clearly for many viewers one of the biggest draws of this show was the friendship between House and Wilson. Dysfunctional as they were, they always made sense to some capacity. While they could bring out the worst in each other, they also brought out the best in each other as well. And since this show is about House, I'd say that as various characters have come and gone on this show, Wilson has remained the much needed and loved constant in House's life.

Which is why I'm both intrigued and pissed about the fact that the show's decided to give Wilson cancer before its end.

This really felt like a cheap ploy to me on the part of the writers who are attempting to bring back old viewers with this story line. And dammit, it worked. I desperately want to know which way the show's going to go. Is it going to end with Wilson dying from this and House having to finally for the first time in a long time be truly on his own? Is the loss of his best friend and enabler finally going to push House into actually trying to make human connections with others that isn't so wrapped up in the craziness that House seems to inflict? Or is the show going to have Wilson survive and end it on the note of the show's ending but House and Wilson will go on? Or...or...is this just a huge red herring and somehow House will end up the dead one? 

The finale is entitled "Everybody Dies" which is the nice bookend to the premiere episode which is "Everybody Lies." But the title suggests to me that SOMEONE has to die. Hugh Laurie in an interview said that he believes people will find the finale uplifting. I can't tell if he's being honest or if he's just saying that a smug middle finger to the viewers. I seriously can see him doing either. Or has the last season just been entirely in House's head who has been dead the entire time? ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN.
 
 
 
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on May 5th, 2012 02:44 am (UTC)
I had the worst time watching Supernatural tonight. I wasn't able to watch it alone, and, furthermore, the people I had to watch it with were a constant distraction. I was only able to hear swatches of lines here and there, which has left me overly exhausted and irritable. I had all these Castiel-related reactions that I had to hold painfully inside the entire time. Woe! All my giddy energy from watching the Avengers got shot right to hell! *GRUMBLES MIGHTILY*

Help me, please! What on earth did Castiel say he was hallucinating?? I think I caught that he isn't seeing Lucifer, but everything else was lost to me. And I won't be able to re-watch the show for hours. *tears out hair*

Which is why I'm both intrigued and pissed about the fact that the show's decided to give Wilson cancer before its end.

WHAT!? Oh, please tell me that's a typo. Please tell me the show is giving Wilson a dancer or something equally lighthearted instead. Prancer the reindeer, perhaps. Not the OBVIOUS c-word typo you have referenced above. Lie to me, 'Scrib. LIIIIEEE!!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 5th, 2012 02:52 am (UTC)
What on earth did Castiel say he was hallucinating?? I think I caught that he isn't seeing Lucifer, but everything else was lost to me. And I won't be able to re-watch the show for hours. *tears out hair*

Castiel isn't hallucinating anything. He said Lucifer was more like an aftertaste leftover from Sam that's now gone. But he didn't mention anything taking its place.

WHAT!? Oh, please tell me that's a typo.

Sadly no. Honest to god they've given him CANCER.

Not the OBVIOUS c-word typo you have referenced above. Lie to me, 'Scrib. LIIIIEEE!!

The episode just after the reveal was even titled "The C-Word."
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_Gamechangerguardian_chaos on May 5th, 2012 02:59 am (UTC)
Castiel isn't hallucinating anything. He said Lucifer was more like an aftertaste leftover from Sam that's now gone. But he didn't mention anything taking its place.

What, really? What was Castiel saying about seeing "everything" then? I'm asking because I'm finding myself now having to edit 4,000 words that I was just about to POST, all because of Unexpected Absence Of Hallucination!Lucifer. {/fanfiction blogger problems, arg!}

Sadly no. Honest to god they've given him CANCER.

That's terrible. Why does a show have to be shocking suddenly just to be enjoyable? Maybe I'd like a show in which I love all of the characters and I'm not constantly thinking they're going to die. I'm going to develop a complex, I swear. O_o

The episode just after the reveal was even titled "The C-Word."

Bahahaha!!! Oh man, so what does it say about the show that my unwitting attempt at humor is an actual reference to it?
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 5th, 2012 03:01 am (UTC)
I took Castiel saying he saw "everything" to mean he had a new sort of perspective on life so everything seemed interesting and relevant. Kind of like how he was so ridiculously enthralled by the bee earlier.

Why does a show have to be shocking suddenly just to be enjoyable?

I strangely wasn't shocked when I heard the reveal. I was more annoyed and then intrigued. Then again, I'd also forgotten that this was the last season ever so I'd originally thought there was no way Wilson would die. But now...
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.guardian_chaos on May 5th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
I heard someone compare Supernatural's pain-causing levels to an eternally-lasting Reichenbach Falls once. This is an accurate description. I feel as though I've been strangled with barbed wire and smashed into a wall. >_o

Do you know how many episodes are left in the last season of House? I'd fallen so far from that show that I'd thought the final season was already over... *coughs*

That said, I would still be extremely upset if they kill Wilson off. Cancer's not a cold! Just because he spends time around people who have it, doesn't mean he's supposed to catch it himself!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 5th, 2012 03:16 am (UTC)
I heard someone compare Supernatural's pain-causing levels to an eternally-lasting Reichenbach Falls once. This is an accurate description. I feel as though I've been strangled with barbed wire and smashed into a wall. >_o

Yeah, this is why I had to stop with this show. But obviously not completely.

Do you know how many episodes are left in the last season of House?

Three, I think?

Cancer's not a cold! Just because he spends time around people who have it, doesn't mean he's supposed to catch it himself!

Wilson had a moment where he got angry and said an oncologist getting cancer was like the world giving him in the middle finger.

So what did you think of Avengers? (not to COMPLETELY switch topics or anything)
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: YGO_WorthItguardian_chaos on May 5th, 2012 03:23 am (UTC)
I love the show so, so much, but sometimes I want to grab it by the shoulders, let it see the tears in my eyes so it knows I'm being serious, and then beg it to put its characters back together because it is hurting the children.

The interviews I've seen regarding season eight say they want it to be happier. Which is a confidence boost! This episode made me sad, though. The characters seem to be in such hopeless mindsets. If they were Sims, I would have clicked on them to force them to do what I wanted them to, and all would have been right with the world again.

Wilson had a moment where he got angry and said an oncologist getting cancer was like the world giving him in the middle finger.

Ha! And...um... *sobs* too, I suppose. Despite everything, I'm going to guess that was a decently acted, fairly emotional scene? It sounds like it would be.

So what did you think of Avengers? (not to COMPLETELY switch topics or anything)

Eeeee!!! I completely LOVED it!! I had all of these pre-standing attachments to every character, and I think my caring about them made it all the more glorious. Will you be around in about 20 minutes? I can rant with you about it. :D
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 5th, 2012 03:27 am (UTC)
I'm going to guess that was a decently acted, fairly emotional scene? It sounds like it would be.

It was...uncomfortable. I can't quite explain it succinctly as a lot of things were going on when Wilson finally said this line. But it certainly echoed everything I felt about his cancer.

The characters seem to be in such hopeless mindsets.

This is my big problem with the show right now. Dean and Sam seem so depressed constantly that even scenes that are supposed to be funny just fail for me because underneath it is such intense tragedy and depression. The Winchesters need something good to happen to them soonish.

Will you be around in about 20 minutes? I can rant with you about it. :D

Indeed I will be!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_Rainguardian_chaos on May 5th, 2012 03:55 am (UTC)
This is my big problem with the show right now. Dean and Sam seem so depressed constantly that even scenes that are supposed to be funny just fail for me because underneath it is such intense tragedy and depression.

I am starting to wonder if we are being led intentionally towards the 2014, "The End" universe. Future!Castiel and today's Castiel had some scary similarities. And the kicker? Sam seems to be the only one willing to really try to help Cas right now. Counter that against the fact that Sam was gone in the 2014!verse, and the symmetry continues.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 5th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC)
I long for the days when Dean and Castiel were friends. Like, actual friends. Not this shell of a relationship the show's got going on.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_Rainguardian_chaos on May 8th, 2012 03:51 am (UTC)
Interviews do claim that Dean and Castiel's relationship will be less strained by the finale. I live in endless, desperate hope that this is true.

By the way, a re-watch of Reading is Fundamental is a thousand times better than a first viewing. I don't know how it's happened, but I've watched the episode three or four times in the past two days, and I have been unwittingly won over. I'm puzzled. O_o
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 8th, 2012 04:01 am (UTC)
Interviews do claim that Dean and Castiel's relationship will be less strained by the finale.

One lives in hope. I was going to say it can hardly get more strained but you know what? The writers will find a way if they want.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on May 8th, 2012 04:17 am (UTC)
It's strained, yes, but I suppose it makes sense... I would feel strained around a friend who went behind my back, swallowed a bunch of souls from Purgatory, ran around killing angels and healing blind men, oh, and then had a mental breakdown that led to him becaming a pacifist who likes bees and pities unhappy dogs. It would take me a moment to figure out where I stand in all that. XD

I just want Sherlock + Castiel beekeeping fic. Is this too much to ask for? Goodness, the potential! *squeaks* Why has this not been done yet?? Fandoms, get on this!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 8th, 2012 04:21 am (UTC)
I just want Sherlock + Castiel beekeeping fic.

I strangely cannot see Sherlock as he is right now raising bees. Holmes, yes. But not Sherlock.

At least not yet. Maybe things will change when John gets married.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: Sherlock_Heart+Mindguardian_chaos on May 8th, 2012 04:34 am (UTC)
Maybe I can because I've actually worked with bees. It's a methodical, calming practice that still requires a lot of attention to be done right. Plus, it's out of the way and yet still connects to a larger picture. As a distraction, or just a way of curing boredom, or through watching its effects on the land around it (we always had better flowers, when we had bees) it certainly works.

Maybe things will change when John gets married.

I'm really curious if that's a direction the show's going in. I'm tempted to completely deny that's an aspect of Sherlock Holmes at all, that John finds love and gets married at some point. It seems strange to think about.