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18 June 2012 @ 01:10 pm
Gearing Up for vacation  
I'm still writing the last paper I will ever write for the spring semester of 2012. But I do know that come August, I will literally have a full month off. Sure, I'll probably be reading some stuff to get ready for my huge clinical paper that I'll have to write, but no patients, no major projects, no trips to foreign countries. Just me and massive amounts of free time.

Clearly, I plan on finally finishing up those WIPs that have grown on my LJ the way dust bunnies have grown under my bed. But I also hope to sleep lots and read non-psych books and watch shows.

With that in mind, has anyone on my flist seen Shattered? It's a Canadian police procedural show starring Callum Keith Rennie (of Due South fame) that got one season. The hook is that Rennie's character suffers from Dissociative Identity Disorder due to trauma and his alters appear during times of stress. Given that he works homicide, I'm inclined to believe stress happens a lot.

This show combines two of my interests: psychological disorders and Callum Keith Rennie. I tend to raise an eyebrow at most show's attempts at portraying DID but I always give each attempt a fair viewing. Plus, I mean, Callum Keith Rennie. I watched episodes of that awful TV sequel to The Firm because he was a regular.

The fact that the show only got a season is not promising but again, I've weathered worse material to watch actors I enjoy. And after seeing Battleship for Asano, I've reached a new low.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tay: BB: Oh No!awanderingbard on June 18th, 2012 09:12 pm (UTC)
I think remember CKR being nominated for a Gemini award for Shattered? Hey, I was right. Go me. He even won.

I don't remember the actual show being on, even though I get both the channels it aired on. From what I'm reading, it looks like they screwed it over by showing the episodes out of order and so the plot made no sense. So I don't know if it was an actual lack of quality that cancelled the show, or the way it was aired.

Sorry I can't be more help. My powers of being Canadian have failed me.

I'm pleased you'll have a nice break though. Good luck on your paper!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 20th, 2012 04:46 pm (UTC)
I caught the first episode of Shattered. I think I'm getting an idea of why this show might not have lasted beyond season 1. The acting is quite good but much like Wallander, it's a seriously depressing show. Everything is this slowly sinking pit of sadness and angst so unless the tone picks up a little, I think the audience would feel the need to drink heavily after each episode.

Sorry I can't be more help. My powers of being Canadian have failed me.

Haha! No, not at all. Actually, I do have a Due South-related question for you if you feel like you have a pretty solid working knowledge of that show. A plot bunny is scratching at my brain to do a short ficlet that's a Dresden Files/Due South crossover.
The Writer They Call Tay: Merlin: Thumbs up!awanderingbard on June 20th, 2012 07:00 pm (UTC)
I can give it a go. I think I'm pretty well-versed in due Southian lore, and I'm happy to abet any fic writing from you. Hit me!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 20th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Awesome!

Okay, so I know the circumstances surrounding RayK having to impersonate RayV. I'm curious if you know just how many people know that Kowalski is not actually Vecchio. I know most, if not all, the imain characters are in on the switch. But what about the rest of the policing world?

There was that one episode where they said the station couldn't have an Internal Affairs investigation opened up on RayK because then it would come out that he wasn't the real Vecchio. But surely there have to be other cops in other precincts who have met the real Vecchio. What are they planning on doing when one of these people meet RayK and wonder why the hell he's pretending to be Vecchio? Did a memo have to go out to all of Vecchio's police contacts?
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on June 20th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
I don't think it's ever stated how many people know about Vecchio. I'm assuming they'd want to keep it to as few as possible, but at the same time they wouldn't want to blow the cover by having someone recognize or fail to recognize him. My opinion would be that people who have worked with Vecchio in the past were probably taken aside and quietly told about it. I don't know how often police from different districts would have gotten together. We don't ever see any of them on the show, for example.

But if you needed someone to comment on it, I wouldn't say it was non-canon for someone not to have gotten the message and wonder what the heck was going on. Nor would I say it was a stretch for someone to know about it if you needed them to.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 20th, 2012 09:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I was trying to figure out how likely or unlikely it would be that Murphy would know or not know the real Vecchio.
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry and Murphyawanderingbard on June 20th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Either way you want to go would work, IMO. Do what you want!

If it helps, my headcanon is that Murphy and RayK knew each other from way back. Because I ship them a little. ;-)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 20th, 2012 10:05 pm (UTC)
I'm attempting one of those 5 Times Murphy etc. and 1 Time etc. sort of thing. It's working off the idea that she doesn't know RayK but has heard of RayV. I just wasn't sure if canon had explained if any other cop knew about the switch of Rays.
The Writer They Call Tay: Merlin: Thumbs up!awanderingbard on June 20th, 2012 10:08 pm (UTC)
I don't think it was ever established that anyone outside of the precinct knew. You're good to go however you want to play it.

Edit: Although, according to canon for both shows, Fraser and the Rays and Murphy all work at the 27th District, so technically speaking, they work at the same station. I guess Chicago only has 26 Districts, so the 27th District is like '555' in Hollywood phone numbers. But you could fudge it and move one set somewhere else if you need to.

Edited at 2012-06-20 10:10 pm (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 20th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'm going to completely ignore the fact that they work in the same precinct. Mainly because having one cop workin with a Mountie and another with a wizard goes above and beyond one station's quirky quota.
aelfgyfu_mead: Kermitaelfgyfu_mead on June 18th, 2012 10:03 pm (UTC)
Hurray for the last paper! Hurray for finishing fics and getting sleep and reading books for fun and watching tv!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 20th, 2012 04:47 pm (UTC)
Hurray for my future life in August!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: DTamers_BeautifulNightguardian_chaos on June 19th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
All right, free time! Awesome! I hope you have the best August that has ever been.

And after seeing Battleship for Asano, I've reached a new low.

Psshaw! You could do far worse. I've watched some horrendous TV for the sake of characters I've loved. I watched an entire Lifetime movie for that child actor who played young!Harry Dresden. It was a movie about the kid meeting a Wiccan! How could I resist pretending he was Harry!? I simply couldn't!

I am continuously amazed by the width of your TV shows knowledge. I haven't even heard of so many of the shows you've seen. Shattered sounds intriguing, if only because I'm visualizing it as a show about Bruce Banner as a detective. Which is hardly an inclusive analysis, but for now, it entertains me, so I shall permit the idea to linger. *G*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 20th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
I watched an entire Lifetime movie for that child actor who played young!Harry Dresden. It was a movie about the kid meeting a Wiccan! How could I resist pretending he was Harry!? I simply couldn't!

This is the exact same reasoning I used to watch the same actor in My Babysitter's a Vampire.

Shattered sounds intriguing, if only because I'm visualizing it as a show about Bruce Banner as a detective. Which is hardly an inclusive analysis, but for now, it entertains me, so I shall permit the idea to linger. *G*

I think if Shattered starred Bruce Banner, it would bring it some much needed levity. I've only seen the first episode but if the show keeps going the way it is, I might have to stop simply because I wouldn't be able to handle its overly suffocating depressed tone. The angst of this show isn't the sort that makes you sit up and do character analyses. It's the more slow sinking sadness that makes you want to curl up and cry silent tears.

Acting's great, though.
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: BBT_NerdDance!guardian_chaos on June 21st, 2012 12:08 am (UTC)
Ahahahaha! Okay, good to know we're on the same page here. ;)

The angst of this show isn't the sort that makes you sit up and do character analyses. It's the more slow sinking sadness that makes you want to curl up and cry silent tears.

Acting's great, though.


Oh gosh, the way you described that... So basically there are a lot of deaths, mental breakdowns, and crying, then? But at least it's well-acted! Mmm, soul-suckingly delicious.

Speaking of soul-sucking (and this mini-rant has nothing to do with any of your above post), I painted a fantastic piece of art yesterday as a birthday present for a friend. It was lovely...glorious even! But then I painted a clear gloss coating on top of it, and left it outside to dry. I came back an hour later, and there are now dead bugs all over it, their little feet trapped by the sticky, drying gloss. My painting turned into flypaper! I AM GOBSMACKED, 'SCRIB. I'm telling you this because I only just realized it happened. I apologize for your being the first person I spoke to after my artwork was destroyed by mother nature's terrible, buggy wrath.

MUST IT ALWAYS END IN TEARS? *collapses into a pile of sorrow*
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on June 21st, 2012 12:21 am (UTC)
So basically there are a lot of deaths, mental breakdowns, and crying, then?

I've only seen the first episode but based on that, it's less sort of histrionic displays of sadness and more just this slow, all encompassing atmosphere of depression. Kind of like an incredibly humid day. Only instead of moisture, everyone is surrounded by a cloud of SORROW.

My painting turned into flypaper!

GAH! Oh noes! Damn insects!! That's horrible. This only furthers my general sentiment that insects ruin just about everything. It's also tragic that artwork has been destroyed!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: SPN_IDon'tUnderstandThatReferenceguardian_chaos on June 21st, 2012 12:32 am (UTC)
Comparing melancholy to humidity is a painfully apt description. Oh wow. I really like that. Maybe it's because it brings to mind the awful word "MOIST." XD

And yes! Life-ruiners, these insects! It's a space painting, which means it's a bunch of planets hovering in a nebula-like cloud full of gold and silver stardust. Maybe I'll tell my friend they're SPACE BUGS. Yes, I'm sure she'll be fooled. I might be able to salvage the art later, with a toothpick or something. I'm trying not to think about it. I'll figure out the "peeling bugs out" process when the drying finishes. It's going to be fuuuuuuuun. Oh gosh. Haha.