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13 January 2015 @ 08:48 pm
Quick Fire TV for 2015  
I'm in a strange space where I can't work on my dissertation because I'm still collecting data and I'm done with internship applications as well as my classes. So I find myself with more downtime in the evening than normal. Of course, the entire day of seeing patients doesn't leave my brain terribly ready to be productive at night but I can watch some new (at least for me) TV.

My viewing list so far that I haven't done a full review for elsewhere:

1) Broadchurch: I got through the first season in preparation for the second season. Huge tragic tales all around in this show but the acting is pretty compelling. I got frustrated with many of the characters but the performances really sold it for me. I've only seen the first episode of the 2nd season thus far. James D'Arcy and Eve Myles have joined on for the second season with D'Arcy getting placed again in the role of a possible villain.

2) Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D: I'm finally done with the first season. So, I was completely spoiled for all the major surprises for this show which probably did take away some of the emotional impact I may have felt. But, knowing what was going to happen did give me an interesting viewing experience for the season as a whole in terms of characters. While I do not like all the regulars on this show, the ones I do like I love with a passion. Onward to season 2!

3) The Musketeers: I recently watched the first season for this BBC show. I don't know how I feel about it. I really liked Peter Capaldi as the Cardinal but the musketeers themselves are played by rather dull actors. One is Santiago Cabrera whom I last saw as Lancelot in Merlin. In watching this, I feel like he may just basically be playing the same character with just a tad more rogueishness. The rest are all very pretty in an Abercrombie + Finch sort of way but I feel like everyone can almost swap their roles around and the effect would be the same, acting-wise. The incidental music is written by Murray Gold, composer for many a Doctor Who music, and is probably the best thing about the series.

EDITED: And because I just found out: Richard Armitage will be playing Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal! I think he'll make a good Dolarhyde, although my dream casting for that role was Lee Pace. I guess dwarf beats elf in this one.
 
 
 
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 14th, 2015 03:30 am (UTC)
I didn't get very far into AoS, but it was at a time when I was having a lot of anxiety attacks and anything remotely 'scary' was setting me off (and what constituted 'scary' was often a surprise even to myself), so I don't know if I tried it again if I would like it more. I just didn't care enough about anyone to feel that bad about abandoning it.

Agent Carter is making me very happy so far, though.

I think the Three Musketeers was the first 'grown-up' book I read, and I have such a huge soft spot for it, and it's one of those things where I love any adaptation of it. So I was excited but The Musketeers, because of Santiago and my love of the story, and I wanted to watch it, but BBC Canada put it on on Sunday nights, when literally every other programme I watched in a week was on, and we couldn't DVR the channel it was on or any more than one thing at a time. But two weeks after it started airing, our DVR broke and we got a new one that could DVR multiple things at a time, and on the channel it was on, but then that had a faulty hard drive and by the time it got fixed, it seemed like I wouldn't know what was going on anyway. And they've marathoned it a few times, but I never managed to find the marathon at the beginning, and I've just felt like I was never meant to watch it. But I guess maybe that I haven't been missing out on much.

It's nice you have time for TVs, though! And time at all, really. Sometimes I worry that you just School all day long, and I feel bad for you.

Edited at 2015-01-14 03:32 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 14th, 2015 03:43 am (UTC)
so I don't know if I tried it again if I would like it more. I just didn't care enough about anyone to feel that bad about abandoning it.

I mainly kept on with it because I'd heard it gets better and they do tie in a lot of what's going on in the MCU. But it's probably a show that I would end up dropping if my schedule starts to become hell again.

but I never managed to find the marathon at the beginning, and I've just felt like I was never meant to watch it. But I guess maybe that I haven't been missing out on much.

The show just feels a little slow. There's lots of fighting and things but everything felt like it was stretched out so they could have 10 episodes as opposed to three.

Did you watch the The Three Musketeers movie that came out with Matthew MacFayden and Luke Evans? The BBC show took some liberties with the source material but at least they didn't put in a zeppelin.

Sometimes I worry that you just School all day long, and I feel bad for you.

Aw, thanks. Now that I'm on the end half of my grad school, things feel a little freeing.
The Writer They Call Tayawanderingbard on January 14th, 2015 03:58 am (UTC)
Did you watch the The Three Musketeers movie that came out with Matthew MacFayden and Luke Evans? The BBC show took some liberties with the source material but at least they didn't put in a zeppelin.

See, the thing about the movie was that aside from the steampunk elements they added, they followed the story relatively faithfully. Like, more faithfully than I've seen in straight adaptions. I have never been a stickler for canon, though. I don't get too het up when they change things. I even like the Dutch musical version where every character dresses in a different period of clothing and Milady does a Fosse inspired dance number in leather pants about how much she hates men.

Aw, thanks. Now that I'm on the end half of my grad school, things feel a little freeing.

That's good. Everyone I know who is/has been through university has head a nervous breakdown to some degree. I feel like there's something wrong with the system somewhere that it's causing so many mental health issues. I hated elementary and high school to such an extent that the idea of going back to school for anything is really horrifying to me, and all this stress everyone goes through has done nothing to sway my opinion that I just don't need that in my life.

Edited at 2015-01-14 03:59 am (UTC)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 14th, 2015 04:09 am (UTC)
See, the thing about the movie was that aside from the steampunk elements they added, they followed the story relatively faithfully.

I think I mentally peaced out when showed up with the machine gun. It's like I could handle everything else until we got there.

I haven't read the books in forever but I think the BBC series pulled some stuff from the books and then did a lot of original fill ins. They did do one episode that used the Man in the Iron Mask plot line which was probably one of the more interesting episodes.

I feel like there's something wrong with the system somewhere that it's causing so many mental health issues.

I think some people have ideas that grad school is a place where you learn, surrounded by like minded people and with faculty who are interesting and supportive. So it becomes hard when the environment actually pushes you to work yourself to the bone and never show you're weakening, lest you be ousted.
aelfgyfu_mead: Melinda Mayaelfgyfu_mead on January 15th, 2015 02:22 am (UTC)
So which AoS characters do you love? I'm wondering if they're the same ones I do!

I want to watch Broadchurch s2—yes, the acting was compelling although I found the story terribly upsetting (and some of the characters' actions inexplicable). BBCA gets it March 4, so I'm hoping to stay fairly unspoiled. It won't be easy.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on January 15th, 2015 03:01 am (UTC)
I basically love Melinda May and probably Coulson. The latter I probably love less than Melinda but I find him way more compelling in this series than his appearances in the movies.

Melinda May could have really become a stereotype and I was sort of bracing myself. But Ming Na Wen plays her really well and gives her layers which elevates her decently written character to amazingness.

I wish I liked Fitz and Simmons more but I tend not to respond well to characters that shows insist I adore so I think my own stubbornness of "You can't tell me what to do!" is getting in the way with them.

It would be not exactly accurate for me to say I like Ward but I liked how they used his character.