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27 January 2013 @ 09:02 pm
Hello, LJ!  
So, yes, I haven't completely vanished from LJ just yet. Mainly I've been bogged down by RL, despite the semester not even starting yet (this week!).

Patients and my 2nd doctoral exam has been keeping me busy. BUT, my 2nd docs orals were last week and I managed to pass with honors so hooray! What this really means is that my school no longer has cause to fail me out for academic reasons which is a nice relief. They can still kick me out if I do something clinically unethical but hopefully it won't ever come to that. So next stop is Dissertation Land.

In the world of being a good fan, I still need to read awanderingbard's latest Sherlock fic which is now all posted. This is the one benefit to not being able to read things when I want: I can read them all in one go later. Can't wait for that.

In the world of watching things, I'm still going strong with Ripper Street despite the fact that I realize Matthew MacFadyen's acting in it has gotten pretty bad. But it's less him and more Jackson and Drake. I also realized very late in the game that the actor who plays Homer Jackson guest starred on an episode of Elementary. For some reason this blows my mind.
aelfgyfu_mead: brilliantaelfgyfu_mead on January 28th, 2013 02:11 am (UTC)
Congratulations on the exam! With honors! Woo hoo!
formerly lifeinsomniac: GhostSqueejoonscribble on January 28th, 2013 02:26 am (UTC)
Thank you!
The Writer They Call Tay: MERLIN: Hard night studyingawanderingbard on January 28th, 2013 04:22 am (UTC)
Hey babe! I was afraid you'd fallen into the pits of academia. I'm glad you've emerged with honours. I don't pretend to understand how grown-up school works, but good on you for being no longer kick-outable.

Mum and I tried Ripper Street for about five minutes because Matthew Macfadyen is her boyfriend and it was airing after Merlin. We got to the first commercial break before we decided to watch our Merlin Series Four DVDs. Because of weird release dates, I'm currently catching her up with series four as series five airs. In any case, I didn't watch it long enough to discover why Space might think it's sci fi and/or fantasy, and I don't think I care to. We were not engaged at all.

I'm not entirely sure if Matthew Macfadyen is a good actor, so much as very good at looking tormented and cuddly simultaneously. I don't think I've seen him play anyone who was not tormented yet cuddly. Except for in How We Live Now, where he was just a jerk.

I hope you enjoy the story when you get to it! And good luck when school starts again!
formerly lifeinsomniac: Holmes_Elementaryjoonscribble on January 28th, 2013 04:31 am (UTC)

Ripper Street isn't an easy show to get on board. I feel like half of my loyalty with watching it is that I'm in desperate need of a new BBC show now that Merlin is gone. Not that Ripper Street is remotely like Merlin. But still.

There's something about Matthew Macfadyen's acting in this that makes his performance seem increasingly bad with each episode. I feel like the rest of the cast has settled into some sort of pace but he's still flailing around. He's definitely tormented in this one more so than cuddly. Actually, he gets downright intolerable in some episodes but it's largely excused away by the show reminding us that he's tormented.

However, the combined talent of the rest of the cast has me soldiering on with the show. That and I really, really want to know what made Jackson run away from America.
The Writer They Call Tay: DH: Coming Alongawanderingbard on January 28th, 2013 05:02 am (UTC)
We didn't make it far enough to be emotionally involved at all, or even get a good grip on the characters. Neither Mum or I are much for dark things, and she was really only interested in it for Macfadyen, but that couldn't keep her going.

I heard Colin Morgan is in a new tv series or miniseries. Maybe that will help ease our pain, eventually. I wish the BBC would stop cancelling and/or holding hostage shows that I like. I can get all the Who I want it seems, but not what I'm really enjoying.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 28th, 2013 05:05 am (UTC)
It was about three episodes in before I got a handle on the characters. But even then it's more 1 part characterization and 9 parts me being very desperate for a show.

I know Colin Morgan is supposed to guest star on a crime series starring Gabriel Byrne called Quirke that's due out later in the year. Is it that or is he actually in something else as a regular?
The Writer They Call Tay: MERLIN: Merlin finds you weirdawanderingbard on January 28th, 2013 05:21 am (UTC)
Hmm, what I'd read about it made it seem like he was a fairly large player in it, but it looks like you're right, he's only a guest star. It looks like a similar set up to Sherlock, or Case Histories, or Wallander, so it could be a very substantial part in any case.

I've started watching Foyle's War on TVO recently. It's not new, but it's filling in my British crime drama need at the moment.
formerly lifeinsomniac: Merlin Waitingjoonscribble on January 28th, 2013 05:48 am (UTC)
I'm willing to take Colin Morgan in anything. He deserves more jobs. Because, man, the last two episodes of Merlin killed me.

I'm using Death in Paradise and Ripper Street to tide me over before Being Human begins.
The Writer They Call Tay: MERLIn: All wet from saving the dayawanderingbard on January 29th, 2013 01:04 am (UTC)
Series Five is still airing here, but I know from a few spoilery gifs on Tumblr that Mum and I are going to be bawling our eyes out.

I tried Death in Paradise awhile back and I was liking it, but the stream was dodgy, so I didn't get far, and I haven't had much inclination to watch things on the computer since my migraines started acting up. I'm not on as much as I used to be, and so when I'm on, I want to be writing and doing art things, and watching things seems to take up too much time. I was hoping PBS or TVO would pick it up at some point. I was hoping for Parade's End, too, but since HBO has picked that up, I doubt it's suitable for Sunday night family viewing. I'll have to wait for DVDs, I guess.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 29th, 2013 01:07 am (UTC)
I cried at the most random moments in the last Merlin episode. I think I made it through all the bits where the Tear Factor was high but then some random scene came along with good background music and I was gone.

Ah, Parade's End! I've been meaning to check that out.
The Writer They Call Tay: BB: Oh No!awanderingbard on January 29th, 2013 01:12 am (UTC)
Oh God, the music always gets me in everything. I still can't hear that lonely little oboe in the LOTR theme without tearing up. Boromir! *sobs*

PBS' website is being a bitch about upcoming programmes. They're like 'hey, Downton Abbey?' and I'm like 'no, I would like to know what else you're showing' and they're like 'we're showing Downton Abbey, that's all you need to know'. Not that I mind Downton Abbey, Mum and I were both in tears over it last night, but I want to know what's upcoming. Where are my British mysteries and costume dramas?! It looks like they might be showing something with Amanda Abbington in it, at some point.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 29th, 2013 01:18 am (UTC)
Once you watch the last Merlin episode I'll be able to share more, but there was a somewhat random scene toward the end where the music kicked in and I was bawling.

I feel like I'm in the minority (with perhaps comedian David Mitchell) when I say I find Downton Abbey to be terrible. I watched two whole seasons so I can't say I didn't give it a chance. But something about it rubbed me the wrong way. The only reason why I'm glad I ever watched is so that I could understand the Steve Colbert sketch with some of the cast members that parodied the show.

Is the show with Amanda Abbington the Mr. Selfridge show with Jeremy Piven? I've been trying to get PBS to tell me when they plan on airing that.
The Writer They Call Tay: Dresden: Harry confusedawanderingbard on January 29th, 2013 01:24 am (UTC)
Mum and I really like Downton, but to each his own. It's soapy and ridiculous, but...*shrugs*. I can totally see David Mitchell's point in everything he says, but, as you and I've discussed, you can like something without liking all of it.

'Tis Mr Selfridge! My PBS is saying March 31st, but it might vary by region. We got an HD tv and HD cable and now our PBS station is different from our old one and I'm very lost. Poirot was on after Downton last night and I firmly informed it it should be on on Thursdays. It didn't listen.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 29th, 2013 01:31 am (UTC)
I think I'm just allergic to Julian Fellowes. Perhaps it's hereditary. My mom tried to watch Downton Abbey and couldn't make it past the first episode.

Is PBS airing the 12th season of Poirot? I'm waiting for BBC to kick off the 13th and last season (sob!).
The Writer They Call Tay: RJ: Juliette balconawanderingbard on January 29th, 2013 01:34 am (UTC)
To be fair, I still don't get Gosford Park and that was apparently a masterpiece. I mean, I enjoy the pretty, but I have no friggin' clue what's going on half the time in that movie.

They're airing the old, old series where I am. I think two or three? Somewhere in there. I don't think we'll get the next series until the summer sometime. There's another thing I will cry over. Curtains made me feel sick to read, and David Suchet is so cuddly. I'll be besides myself. Do you know if they've cancelled Marple? We didn't get any new ones last year, here. I know Lewis is on it's last series, too. Everyone is leaving me!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 29th, 2013 01:37 am (UTC)
My feeling about Gosford Park is similar to my feeling about Haywire in that I really didn't understand what people were watching and loving.

I'm pretty sure Marple hasn't been cancelled. They have three or four new episodes that haven't aired yet in the UK. But I guess there's always the chance it might be the last season, though I haven't heard anything.

It feels like after Merlin announced its cancellation, I was made suddenly aware of all the other shows that were leaving. Why? WHY?! I mean, best of luck to everyone moving onto new things but...WHY?!!
The Writer They Call Tay: Misc:  exiled to Mantua (Shakespeare)awanderingbard on January 29th, 2013 01:41 am (UTC)
Oh God, Haywire! What hell was going on there? God. I mean, again, the pretty, but nope. No clue. My only compliment for it was 'hey, that fighter lady isn't a bad actress' and then I found out they'd dubbed all her dialogue with someone else, anyway.

I haven't heard anything about Marple either, I was just wondering because usual it has it's new episodes with Poirot, and there wasn't any last year, and the year before that there was only one. So I wondered if they'd cancelled it, or run out of 'hey, it's that actor!'s to have in it, or something.

Why? WHY?! I mean, best of luck to everyone moving onto new things but...WHY?!!

This is how I feel about everything. 'Yay, so glad you're getting popular! Don't go away!

Edited at 2013-01-29 01:41 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 29th, 2013 01:46 am (UTC)
The new Marples do indeed have actors that made me go, "Oh, hey! Hi!" Surely the BBC can't run out of those.

This is how I feel about everything. 'Yay, so glad you're getting popular! Don't go away!

I feel this is starting to happen with Cabin Pressure and Martin. On one hand, I get that if John Finnemore wants to do more after the alphabet ends, he probably doesn't want to hold the entire thing hostage to Cumberbatch's schedule. But dammit, I love the current crew of MJN Air. No one is allowed to leave!!

But I hold out some hope maybe it won't happen given that Cumberbatch has managed to fit in the Neverwhere radio play into his schedule. As did a host of others. Now that's also a "Oh, hey! Hi! Hi!" of Brit actors.
The Writer They Call Tay: CP: Captain Martinawanderingbard on January 29th, 2013 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm hoping Cumberbatch will be able to squeeze them in. He's somehow recorded two episodes of Rumpole and the radio version of Copenhagen, too, so I do think he can probably fit it in. If he doesn't get too expensive. He doesn't seem to need sleep, so that's a bonus.

I can see how the series might be winding down, too, though. I don't want it to, but if it goes where I think it will, I could live with that. I'd rather have everyone leave happy than go on without the original cast, I think. I mean, I trust Finnemore to write a quality new character, but... I don't know. Hopefully we'll get some more letters or numbers or something out of him yet!
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST. Kirk_HappyWithoutAPriceguardian_chaos on January 30th, 2013 06:29 am (UTC)
They can still kick me out if I do something clinically unethical but hopefully it won't ever come to that.

Well darn. There go your plans to fuse a patient's head to a shoe, I suppose.

I still need to read awanderingbard's latest Sherlock fic...

What I've read of awanderingbard's new Sherlock fic is lovely! But that's expected for her, isn't it? I'm not at all surprised. :)
The Writer They Call Tay: SHERLOCK: Mrs Hudson hugglesawanderingbard on February 28th, 2013 10:16 pm (UTC)
I was just reading back through these comments, for Reasons, and I saw this one, which I hadn't seen before and it made me smile. So I thought I should say thank you. It's so lovely to come across someone talking about you and it's nice things being said! Thanks for making me smile.


Edited at 2013-02-28 10:17 pm (UTC)
Astoundingly fond of avocados and rainy weather.: ST_Spock_HappyLogicguardian_chaos on March 8th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
It's very deserved! I feel terrible about my crappy response time for your wonderful writing lately. I suppose I've been focused on my own stuff instead. URG.

In any case, your writing is definitely worthy of love, m'dear. I'm glad I made you smile. ^_^
The Writer They Call Tay: CP: Arthur is happy - a lotawanderingbard on March 8th, 2013 05:09 am (UTC)
Oh, pshaw! Don't feel bad! I love my g_c comments and i will take them as frequently or rarely as they are given, and have no bitterness about it at all. I'm happy you're writing again!

Thanks again for the lovely words. :-)