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20 October 2012 @ 04:08 pm
I Am Behind On Everything That Matters....  
....this includes my schoolwork, reading of fic that some fabulous writers have put up, and writing chapters of my own fic.


But apparently I use whatever little time I have to watch TV shows. I caught up on the latest episodes of White Collar.

I fear this show is slowly going the way of Psych for me. In that the main character doesn't change nearly enough for me to continue to invest in him and I just start to get annoyed. The whole thing regarding Neal's father started out as an interesting plot point. I'm actually still really intrigued by the elder Caffrey and want to see how he'd affect the dynamics between Neal and Peter on a face to face level.

But the journey we had to take to unpack this story started to get on my nerves. I understand Neal's upset about Peter's action that caused Sam to go underground. I get it. Peter made an error in judgement. It wasn't good. But Neal's absolute inflexibility about just how unforgiving he was over it started to get to me. Mainly because Peter in this partnership has been exceedingly patient and always trying to give Neal yet another chance after the latter's fuck ups. And yes, I get that this is part of Neal's character in that he doesn't trust easily and has a tendency to flee physically and emotionally when he feels he's been betrayed. But really at this point in their relationship if he can't extend some sort of a courtesy to Peter, I sort of give up. I see it's that Demanding Child mindset that might have worked back in season 2 in this Neal As the Child/Peter As the Parent scenario. But by this season surely Neal needs to have grown up a bit more than this.

Given the cliffhanger they gave us, I'll no doubt carve time out of time I should be using for other things to watch a few more episodes but something needs to be shifted on White Collar because I'm rapidly starting to just not care that much about Neal's antics.

In other media news, caught the latest episode of Elementary. I'll do a separate review for that later.

I also started watching Person of Interest. Mainly because I caught the tail-end of an episode while waiting for Elementary and it got me intrigued. I've watched about half of season 1 now and it's the kind of show where some episodes are truly excellent while others are truly dull. I am enjoying the partnership between Reese and Finch. They're both awkward and damaged in different ways. Or rather they just might be dealing with their similar damages in completely different ways. But in any case, the characterizations are enough to keep me going past some dull plots and improbable technobabble.
aelfgyfu_mead: Gusaelfgyfu_mead on October 20th, 2012 08:47 pm (UTC)
In that the main character doesn't change nearly enough for me to continue to invest in him and I just start to get annoyed.
I'm still watching Psych, but it's mostly for Gus!

I've been annoyed with this season of WC too. Brilliant Husband figured out a couple of episodes in advance who Sam was, and I was surprised how little I care. I'm frustrated with Neal. We see him learning, and then he reverts and makes the same old mistakes! I want the writing to be better.

I started watching for Neal, but I switched to watching for Peter and El some time ago.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on October 20th, 2012 08:54 pm (UTC)
I started watching for Neal, but I switched to watching for Peter and El some time ago.

Yeah, I also made the switch but I was less annoyed with Neal and more just increasingly interested in El and Peter. But now I'm just irritated by Neal's character in general. Something needs to change and STICK. This constant back and forth is frustrating.
X-parrotxparrot on October 20th, 2012 09:25 pm (UTC)
That's a general...not problem so much as just the way it is with USA shows, I think? They have formulas and they stick to them. Which means that eventually they get boring, because there's never any real advancement or development of characters or relationships.

I actually don't think this is a bad thing for TV shows - a lot of shows I get majorly frustrated by when they try to 'shake things up' and end up losing the elements I most enjoyed. There is something relaxing about tuning into a show knowing what you're going to get. But it does mean I eventually get bored and check out of them...but that leaves me room for new things on my roster, so no harm done!
quickyfant: selective realityquickyfant on October 21st, 2012 08:19 pm (UTC)
Somehow I didnt get the news that White Collar had started again, and then I downloaded all the episodes and watched them in insane marathon. I had thought that watching them in such a rush was the thing that made me think that I wasnt as invested in WC as before, but truly I just cringed through the whole "We are done" tantrum...not even Peter and El awesomness could make me smile this time.

I need to watch the new episode of Elementary! :)

I started watching Person of Interest when they released it, I like the show very much! And I am watching season two now! I am excited about the show.

I hope you are not too stressed! :)