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Watching... [Mar. 3rd, 2008|12:42 am]
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Insomnia is still keeping me awake, so I'm getting a bit done, and a bit watched. Managing a couple of episodes a day of different shows. Here's some of the more recent.

Smallville is still watchable but only because I've seen it all prior to this and want to see how they finish it.

ReGenesis took me a while to get into, but by mid-season it had found its stride and drew me right in.

Dexter season 1 was great. Really clever and entertaining. And someone just gave me season 2! Looking forward to watching it.

The Dresden Files only just kept my attention, but turned a corner halfway through the first season and hooked me. Hard to say what changed, it just suddenly became a better show. I think maybe that the stories became more interesting, and the writing better.

Supernatural is still pretty fun and well-written. The groundhog day episode was great fun, with a wonderfully dark serious edge.

Torchwood season 2 has been a good watch. Not groundbreaking, but enjoyable. From now on I may just pretend season 1 never happened.

Stargate Atlantis - I'm a half dozen episodes into season 2, and it's never boring. I don't know that it's good enough that I would buy the series on DVD, but I'm certainly enjoying watching it. Ideal check-your-brain-at-the-door entertainment.

Terminator - The Sarah Connor Chronicles I like to pretend that Terminator 3 never happened. It was an alternate universe where John Connor ended up a waste of skin. Watching TSCC, is another alternate universe, but a good one. I expected the series to be rubbish, but actually it's quite good.

Coupling is an amazingly well-written sitcom. I'm two episodes into season four, and even with the loss of Jeff, the show is still great.

Star Trek - Remastered - I downloaded the Doomsday Machine episode of this to check out the new CGI effects. They've actually been handled with a surprisingly delicate touch, so we don't get updated versions of the models, or classic 60s camera work interspersed with flashy digital camera moves - in fact, for the most part they've stayed fairly faithful to the composition of the original shots. There are some nice touches and additions that aren't terribly jarring, and shots that still look rather crappy. My biggest complaint? The Enterprise has a slightly more metallic white look to it, which with the more realistic lighting, looks a bit flat and grey. As the flagship of the fleet, I like the brilliant white of the old shots.

Boston Legal season 1 - I only had the first half of the season, and I devoured it. Very clever, very funny, and James Spader and William Shatner are having an absolute ball with characters that can be astoundingly over the top, and yet still capable of great subtleties.

Doctor Who - and of course I've been rewatching the first season of the original series in preparation for the Doctor Who panel at Swancon. Needless to say I'm loving it. Up to The Aztecs tomorrow!

Quantum leap season 2 is fairly entertaining as well. When I haven't watched it for a while my opinion of it drops, then I check out another episode and am hugely entertained. It's just a very enjoyable series.

Top gear is a show I've already made it clear I like. It can be variable, but overall, great personalities and entertaining TV.

Mythbusters is back on, and like Top Gear the people involved in making it are half the reason to watch.

South Park varies in quality from season to season, but I'm finding the one currently screening on SBS to be rather good, and back to what it does best - biting social commentary.

Drawn Together season three... why did they bother? First season was actually rather clever at times. By the latest season however, the sexism, racism, and 'wrong' humour is all that's left, and it's no longer outrageous or cutting edge, merely tiresome. Really not worth the time.

Skins I started watching on rachelholkner's recommendation and I love it. Very cleverly written at times, managing a great mix of outrageous silliness and hard-hitting character studies, it's one of the better written shows on TV. Near the end of first season now so a bit late to check it out, but if it gets a repeat, well worth checking out.

[User Picture]From: talmor
2008-03-02 04:31 pm (UTC)
Sadly there won't be any more Dresden Files episodes, I gather the pilot wasn't taken up. While it was a fun series, I much preferred the original books (by Jim Butcher), they are simultaneously darker, scarier, and funnier...
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-03-02 11:25 pm (UTC)
Well, the series is certainly good enough that I'm wanting to check out the books, so that's good :)

Got about 3 episodes to go until I finish the show's run of 12. The previous three suddenly jumped from being kind of ordinary, to rather watchable, so I hope the season ends well.
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[User Picture]From: mondyboy
2008-03-03 10:41 am (UTC)
The books are great. I've read all but two.
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[User Picture]From: sonictail
2008-03-02 07:13 pm (UTC)
a couple of episodes a day you say?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-03-02 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah, only a couple. Monday nights is my big night with four shows on TV.

Most of the others, like ReGenesis, Dresden Files, etc. I've added at most a half-dozen or so episodes since my my last post on the subject over a month ago. I haven't watched any more episodes of Masters of Horror season 2, Journeyman (actually, I won't be watching any more of this at all), Eureka, Q.I., Samurai Champloo or original Twilight Zone. No reason with most, just haven't gotten back to them.

Did make a serious dent while in Melbourne, because for a chunk of the time I was exhausted/sick, so watching stuff was my main passtime. And over the last few days the cold seems to be making a reappearance, so I might get through a few this week as well.

Not counting the DW's in my tally, since I'm going through them for a panel, though I'm enjoying them, naturally :)
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[User Picture]From: rachelholkner
2008-03-02 11:09 pm (UTC)
I grabbed the DVD of Skins at JB yesterday. Looks like it's got all the video diaries and extra stuff for each episode. Yay!
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-03-02 11:20 pm (UTC)
Cool! I'll be adding the DVD to my ever-growing list of shows I have to buy.
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[User Picture]From: kimberlyfdr
2008-03-03 12:32 am (UTC)

Random Drive-By

Stargate Atlantis - I'm a half dozen episodes into season 2, and it's never boring. I don't know that it's good enough that I would buy the series on DVD, but I'm certainly enjoying watching it. Ideal check-your-brain-at-the-door entertainment.

If you like commentaries or behind the scenes information at all, I would strongly suggest getting the SGA DVDs. I've never been someone who listens to commentaries, but when I was renting the SGA DVDs I accidentally put one on (David Hewlett and Martin Gero together) and....yeah, the commentaries are worth the price of the DVDs alone.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-03-03 02:05 am (UTC)

Re: Random Drive-By

I love extras on DVDs, especially commentaries. There are bad ones naturally, but a really good commentary is great entertainment in and of itself, plus they can also furnish you with all sorts of extra info on the making of a show.

Thanks for the recommendation. I'll see how I progress with SGA as to whether I buy them or not, but I certainly know enough people who would be likely to own them to get a loan at some point :)
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[User Picture]From: king_espresso
2008-03-03 01:17 am (UTC)
Try Primeval. Series Two gets very gritty in places and the cg monsters are all good.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-03-03 02:05 am (UTC)
I've got the DVD. Just need to hope no one buys it off me *grin*
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From: kadeton
2008-03-03 04:54 am (UTC)
I've found Sarah Connor Chronicles to be pretty woeful so far, other than in a River Tam Beats Up Everyone sense. Terrible re-use of movie lines and hopelessly elaborate plot devices have made me cringe. Plus, I just can't shake the feeling that Future John Connor sent back a sexy terminator rather than the familiar Gubernator type because his extremely limited social contact during his adolescence meant that his masturbatory fantasies were drifting towards either overly-muscled men, or his mother.

If you missed the premiere of Jekyll on ABC1 last night, I'd recommend checking it out. I rather enjoyed it.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-03-03 06:55 am (UTC)
I suppose I can see all the ways in which it should have sucked but it doesn't. If this was an sf series not based on the Terminator universe, I'd quite like it. As it is, I do like it, but just treat it like Battlestar Gallactica - same base ideas, different universe.

I've seen all of Jekyll, variable but over all quite good. Unfortunately I didn't like the ending, but that may have been personal taste. I'd certainly still recommend it as a worthwhile watch though.
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From: duntov_475hp
2008-03-03 06:51 am (UTC)
Insomnia... I often wonder how much responsibility it holds for the lack of my own... sanity. Seriously, I'm legally and technically insane.
Mythbusters and Top Gear... LOVE 'em! In fact I reluctantly take credit for the redo of the Jato Impala redo. I went to the board and stated all sorts of things that were wrong. Shame the car completely blew up. Those were some nice mags, too. Whatta waste. (By the way, speaking of cars, I just bought a 1956 Chevy Belair! It's nothing more than a rolling chassis but still... it will be fun to rebuild!)
Top Gear, the trip to America they had was a BLAST!
If you ever want find a show called Cities of the Underworld. if it's unavailable to you I can record it to DVD and send it. Though we have NTSC here, I think you run on PAL format.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-03-03 07:13 am (UTC)
I wrote about Top Gear a few weeks back, urging people to watch it because it was the Reliant Robin Re-usable Rocket episode. Great stuff.

The visit to the US where they had to buy cars for under $1000 and travel across the country was amazing... and really scary when they got to the South!

Cities of the Underworld looks intriguing, and it's available as torrent files, so I'm going to have to give it a look. Thank you! :)
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[User Picture]From: mondyboy
2008-03-03 10:44 am (UTC)
I haven't been that enamoured by Torchwood Season 2. Yeah, it's better - but only in the sense that the episodes have less of a cringe factor.

Joe Lidster's episode (ep 8) was rather good. And I liked Meat and Adam (eps 4 and 5), even if Meat suffered from swooping camera syndrome. But, none of the episodes have been outstanding or so good that I would watch the series if it wasn't loosely connected to Who.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2008-03-03 12:00 pm (UTC)
none of the episodes have been outstanding or so good that I would watch the series if it wasn't loosely connected to Who.

Which is fair enough. I still wouldn't own it on DVD, but I am enjoying watching it. If it had been as bad as first season though, it may have gotten two episodes before I gave up on it. That said, the most recent storyline has felt like a bit of a worthless exercise, though episode 8 was very good.
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