I'm keeping up with my capping amazingly well so far this year. Right after my previous post I watched Sherlock, so I capped that. And I've been inching along with my Good Wife, Fringe and Farscape rewatches, capping all the while. This weekend I got a craving for Terminator: TSCC, so I resumed capping that. And I finally got my Downton Abbey DVDs, so the first three episodes are done and done! Oh, and I'm sure I got some Community episodes squeezed in there, but linking that would require me going to another gallery so...
I have lots and lots of TV to watch every week, and I'm doing pretty damn well keeping up for a sweeps month (or is March a sweeps month? Or was that only last year? I'M SO CONFUSED. Oh wait, it was special last year, right? Because of the switch-over to digital. Or something...)
Reality shows first:
I'm hoping Blaise takes it all. I thought Dale or Angelo might have had a chance to beat him, but since they're both gone now, the threat has passed. (While Dale was tons and tons better this time around, I find his food to be very one-note. And yes, he's an Asian chef, but instead of rising to the challenge when a competition is outside of his expertise, he always fell flat by not thinking outside the box. Angelo, on the other hand, was capable of thinking outside the box, but honestly, I've always been completely bored with his flavors).
It would be nice if a woman could win, I guess, but while Antonia's food always sounds yummy, I rarely find it extraordinary. Carla will undoubtedly cave under pressure - as she is wont to do. And I'm not even gonna mention Tiffany, because the idea that she is a real contender here is ludicrous.
Why yes, I am watching this solely for Boston Rob, thanks for playing along at home. He is the only reason I've ever watched Survivor and I'm pretty sure that once he's out, I will be too. (If I wanted to see this show, I'd watch the Swedish original - where, by the way, I saw the Redemption Island thing many a season ago.)
The Amazing Race
Didn't care one whit that Kris and what'sherface were sent packing, all I care about is that my faves are still in the race. And by that I mean THE COWBOYS. WAY TO COWBOY UP, COWBOYS! After that first stage of the race, I was pretty worried about them. But not completely frantic, because if things had been really and truly dire they would never have edited it that way.
Still can't stand Luke and Margie, but mostly because my memory is very long indeed. And Mallory started getting on my last nerve in the very first episode when she not only called on Jesus to help her, but saints as well. Yes, because the most worthwhile thing your Savior can do is make sure that you win the first leg of The Amazing Race.
I'm loving that they don't just get the information handed to them on a silver platter, they have to actually figure stuff out with every clue. I'm pretty sure that's what it was like in season 1, and then they've just been spoon feeding them route info. I say make it hard, make it so that people need to have at least some knowledge and common sense in order to get where they're going.
I'm really worried about what's going on with Fringe in the last few episodes. First the Baby o' Doom. Now, I'm not automatically hating on babies the way most of fandom is, and I can see that it is the only real way to create conflict for Peter's choice, because without a baby, he may have a twinge of "oh, but I started having feelings for Faux!livia", but there would never be any real doubt as to which side he'd fall on. But with a baby in the mix? Honestly, he'd kind of be a monster if he didn't choose the alternate universe. But still, a baby? It feels like such a cheap ploy.
Oh, but what I really hated was this week's episode and the whole "they met as children, SEE HOW THEY WERE DESTINED FOR EACH OTHER?" crap that I find to be the most treacly and useless trope in all of storytelling. Just ugh!
I started watching Fairly Legal, which I'm enjoying because it gets Sarah Shahi back on my TV screen. It's fun and bubbly and nothing to get all worked up about. Also, Leo is the best!
I lost momentum around episode 5 and have let the episodes pile up since then, but a couple of weeks ago I started catching up and now I'm thoroughly enjoying the ride. I'm kind of rebelling against Nikita/Michael, though. There's just something about their inevitability that annoys me. Probably because it's so heavy-handed.
That said, oh my god, I can't wait to find out what the hell Michael is going to do now that he's found Nikita's lair and he must have figured out about Alex as well! Bring on Thursday!
And last but not least: Comedies
The Big Bang Theory
I'm so ready to drop this show. And this week, with the Chuck Lorre/Charlie Sheen brouhaha, I've finally been made aware that the creator of this show is also the creator of dreck like Two and a Half Men and if I think the show is ever going to be as good as I think it could be I'm sorely mistaken. Instead, the show will just continue to devolve into a mess of boring and sexist crap and I'm better off stepping away from it now before I hate it irrevocably.
I will miss Sheldon, though. And Penny (she could have been great).
I'm bored, is anyone else bored? I had such high hopes. I mean, Matthew Perry! And Allison Janney! How can you go wrong? Well, they found a way. I think it's probably the old-school format that puts me off, because it could have been pretty great if they'd taken some risks.
Parks and Recreation
While the show was on hiatus (FOR-EVER!) I'd forgotten how much I started loving it last season, but it quickly hit home. I've loved every single episode so far, and almost every storyline. (Ann, look at your life, look at your choices! Following a guy around like a puppy, why are you doing this? And a guy who you've only known for a couple of months, what are you thinking?! Also, déjà vu much? What is it about Rashida Jones's characters that make them think dropping everything for a guy is a smart life choice? At least Karen would also be out of a job, but what's Ann's excuse? Temporary insanity, it has to be.)
Ben is the perfect addition to the cast and boy, he's such a smitten kitten. And really, who wouldn't be?
I know that Leslie Knope hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell of winning Fandom March Madness, but man, I really want her to, because she is just FLAWLESS. I love her to death and I want everyone else to.
But I'll settle for Troy Barnes winning the whole thing. Which I don't believe he will. My flist makes his inevitable triumph seem like a sure thing, and if my flist was the only one voting, I'm sure he'd win with little to no problem. But I doubt fandom at large is as awesome as my flist and I'm sure House or someone equally non-worthy will once again - inexplicably! - make it the final four. But we're going to give him a run for his money, of that I'm pretty sure!
YOU GUYS, TOMORROW IS MARCH. BRING ON THE MADNESS!