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19 October 2012 @ 01:07 pm
hooray tv  
Well I thoroughly enjoyed all my shows this week (and by "this week" I mean "yesterday" because that's when everything airs, ugh), it's nice when that happens.

LOL Tom was killing me in this episode. Tom can be pretty annoying, but his pop culture obsession is definitely one of his funnier attributes. So his screenless week was hilarious.

Meanwhile I enjoyed the Leslie/Ann plotline with the safe-sex campaign and abstinence only education. It was a good example of P&R's ability to lampoon these kind of real-world issues, and I thought it was good at getting its message across while also having everything be ridiculous enough to suit Pawnee. (Marcia is consistently hilarious.) I also liked that it gave us some Leslie-Ann conflict -- their friendship is one of the nicer things about the show, and I like when it's tested a bit. I thought it was good of them to point out that Ann can get lost in her relationships (very meta tbh), but I thought it was maybe a bit abrupt that Ann broke up with that guy. I mean, she could date him without dressing like him. BUT WHATEVER k fine, single Ann is good.

Also April and Ben are cracking me up. I enjoy their friendship a lot.

I liked this episode! That's TWO IN A ROW! When's the last time that happened? Probably s7, at least.

Anyway, I like that Jim is aware he fucked up with Pam and wants to make it up to her. I'm not sure buying her a piece of pie really counts, so I hope it goes a bit further than that, but I could appreciate the effort he put into getting that pie, which I guess was the point. And it's always nice to get some interaction between Jim and Dwight, especially interaction that goes further than just straight-up antagonism. So I enjoyed that.

I liked the Andy/Erin/Nellie plot as well. Well, specifically I liked the Nellie/Erin component of it -- it was nice to see them bond. It's not a secret that Nellie is like 50% of why I am still watching this show (the other 50% being that, admittedly, I'd probably be curious about the final season anyway), so I like that they're making her more into a real person instead of the bizarre caricature she was last year. Hooray! I mean, I knew from the start that obviously Andy would eventually sign her letter -- you wouldn't introduce the plotline if you were going to have him do the obvious thing -- but I thought they orchestrated it pretty well. I was initially hoping Erin would stand up to him and tell him he's being a prick, but I suppose the way it played out wasn't bad since it showed Andy and the audience that Nellie can be "tender with those she cares about", or whatever.

Anyway as usual Creed got the best gag:

I liked this case a lot more than the previous two cases! Hooray. TBF I'm not sure how I felt about the twist~ at the end and I don't know how seriously I could take the super genius child killer guy but at least I was curious about the plot, instead of just waiting for it to go away so we could get back to Joan and Sherlock. Also the title lol "Child Predator" I C WUT U DID THERE

I guess my main complaint would be that I could've used more Joan, but nonetheless I liked the way their dynamic is developing and I found Sherlock more or less likable which is good. I mean, he's still a douche sometimes, but he's a douche who apologizes and seems genuine and I can get behind that. (He's also a douche who likes his work because he legitimately is interested in helping/saving people, which I ENJOY SO MUCH MORE than him just getting off on being right. I haven't read enough of the ACD stories to know which is more ~canon~ but I periodically see people whine that he should be in it FOR THE DEDUCING!! or whatever and lol k w/e enjoy your robotic Holmes I guess.) He's also a douche who is learning to appreciate her presence and what she can/does do for him, which is nice to watch.

His face in that last one: SURPRISINGLY CUTE??

Plus, like I was saying last week, it's nice to have a good reason Joan puts up with his shit -- both because she's a sober companion and she must be kind of expected to put up with some difficult clients, and also in this case specifically because she wanted to help find the little girl and was willing to deal with him to facilitate that. And then he recognized that in her and thanked her for it! Awwwww.

Apparently next episode he goes missing and Joan gets to do some detecting on her own? I haven't seen the trailer but that's what people are saying. I'M HERE FOR THAT TBH.


captaintish on October 19th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
LOL, Creed.

I was sort of hoping that Erin would go tell Andy off for being the way he's being (which I'm still mind-boggling over, because it is SO OUT OF THE BLUE), but the way it worked out was actually better for his character, because it showed he still has some goodness in him, I guess.

Yeah, I didn't like this ep as much as the last one, but it was better than the first two of the season, so that's good?

All the gifs of Elementary make me want to try it again (I watched about 5 minutes of the premiere before losing interest), but UGH, CRIME PROCEDURALS. Tell me truly, is it less boring than most crime dramas?
Kali: dw :: ten :: they will obey me_thirty2flavors on October 19th, 2012 07:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah I was hoping for Erin to tell him off too, especially because he's been a prick to her recently as well -- but I get why they did it the way they did. I'm curious to see if the Nellie/Andy animosity continues or if this was kind of their way of putting it to rest a bit? I can see it going either way.

This ep wasn't as good as the previous one, but I still liked it and I liked it more than the first two episodes this season I think, so that's good. I've never liked Andy much but he's been particularly awful this year, that's the only thing that leaves me scratching my head. I get why they want him to be rude to Nellie (even if I think it's stupid -- YOU REHIRED HER, ANDY, and by 9x01 it's been MONTHS since he hired her in 8x24 or whatever so what gives??) but he's being terrible to other people too, including his girlfriend. Why, Andy?

I don't watch many crime procedurals ...well, any, really, so I can't compare. I will say I don't care much about the crime aspects and am just there for Joan and Sherlock, but I'm entertained enough by them to keep watching and look forward to new episodes.
captaintish on October 20th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Oh my, that post on Tumblr where you're talking about him- it's like YOU BORROWED MY BRAIN, TOOK OUT ALL MY THOUGHTS ABOUT ANDY AND PUT THEM IN ARTICULATE FORM. THANK YOU. (Hee, I just discovered how to do caps lock on my iPad). "Irritating but harmless" is the best description for Andy that I've heard. For me he even graduated to "kinda loveable" - enough that I was totally shipping him and Erin. And now in this episode I was actually rooting for her to break up with him.
Opal: ELEMENTARY STAN 4LIFEshinyopals on October 19th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)

and in the ACD stories he's sort of both... he has to be right about things b/c that's what he does, but you get a sense he actually cares about the people involved and wants to help them. So yeah, HE WORKS.

Looking forward to next week for Joan being awesome.
Kali: act :: are you disrespecting me?_thirty2flavors on October 19th, 2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
HMMM good to know. I don't particularly concern myself with whether or not Elementary is "canon" but I did wonder a bit since people didn't seem to agree.
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Kali: act :: hrh catherine tate_thirty2flavors on October 19th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
It's not quite up there for me yet, and I didn't like the premiere all that much, but the other three episodes, particularly last week's, I've enjoyed a fair amount. It reminds me about of s7 which is what I was hoping for -- I thought s7 had been their strongest in a long time, because with writing out Michael they had something to aim for. Now they have to wrap up everyone's stories, and I think that kind of direction really helps them.

I think that's why the show kind of went off the rails at some point. Like s1-s4 were all about getting Jim and Pam together, but once Jim and Pam were together the show had no real purpose again until they had to write Michael out. Then he left, and again the show floundered pointlessly. Now that they have to wrap it up for everyone, it's looking in better shape. I feel like plotlines will actually go somewhere -- Jim and Pam's, and Dwight's, even Nellie I assume will have a child by the end of the season.

To this episode specifically, I go back and forth on Erin too. I think Andy/Erin started off cute but became insufferable sometime in its, like, 3rd season of shenanigans, so I haven't liked Erin a lot lately because so much of it has been tied in with Andy/Erin. But she was sweet here, and I really liked her stuff with Nellie.
obstinate, headstrong girl!: elementary | partnerszombie_boogie on October 20th, 2012 04:10 am (UTC)
I've been up and down on Tom, but I thoroughly enjoyed him this week. I think what made his storyline really click was the loving details - the references were so specific that it was clear that someone internet-obsessed wrote them.

I've thought all the cases on Elementary have been fine. Nothing like ~oooh spectacular, but enough to keep me interested. This week's was particularly good for what it brought out in Sherlock - I really, really liked seeing him being so openly vulnerable and frustrated with regards to this kid. It brought out an interesting side to him. I really like the humanity they bring to this Holmes - he obviously enjoys being clever and unravelling mysteries for the sake of the mental challenge, but you can also clearly tell that he has a lot of empathy too. He got mad at that guy in the pilot for exploiting someone mentally ill, he warned the woman last week about defending her evil twin, and this week he seemed very rattled by this kid. He's not just a mystery solving robot. The way they play his assholery is great too - it's not just "look at this quirky supergenius!" They are clearly highlighting the fact that he's damaged. And yeah, he apologizes! And genuinely seems to be warming to Joan! And it wasn't just the apology that I really liked, but the fact that he acknowledged that he's really difficult to work with. And of course Joan is always being flawless and not taking his shit. I just... am really appreciating this show's choices. He favours her. God.
Kali: dw :: donna :: in my wedding dress_thirty2flavors on October 20th, 2012 05:31 am (UTC)
Yeah, the danger with jokes like that is sometimes you can tell they haven't been written by someone who's really in the know -- just surface-level jokes. P&R is generally pretty good about going past that, which I've appreciated before when they reference stuff I know (like Harry Potter, Twilight, Game of Thrones) and appreciated again here. And LOL god his real-life "pinterest" board just killed me.

Yeah, I really liked Sherlock this week. He had his moments of being a dick, but he apologized and seemed to learn from them which is the important thing with me. And more specifically, like you said, I appreciated how invested in the case he got -- especially when he was trying to convince Gregson to let him talk to Adam and was like "you know I wouldn't do anything to jeopardize a little girl's life". Having him be so concerned about the vicitms is a really good, humanizing touch. It makes him seem like a real person, or at any rate at least a hero I'm more inclined to root for.
lorelaisquared: PR: Leslie Knopelorelaisquared on October 20th, 2012 08:03 am (UTC)
Parks and Rec was AWESOME last night! I often find Tom to be a bit too annoying and OTT but last night he was hilarious. His paper iPhone and fake pintrest board were hilarious. And Ron trying to help him get rid of his addiction by taking him into the woods was hysterical. It's not often we get these two alone together and it was comedy gold.

I'm hoping they're going to carry on with Leslie's current storyline. I'm looking forward to seeing her really fight for something, especially after how easily she gave in on making behind the scene's deals for the whole swim team thing.

OMG April and Ben are the best! They've been so funny this season. Whoever's idea it was to pair them together in DC should win an award because it's hysterical. Their little bit at the end where they went all "Robot" had me laughing until there were tears in my eyes. Keep it up show!

OMG That Community vid, it is perfection and basically encapsulates everything I love most about Community. I love how pointed and truthful it is. Now please NBC can you get this show back on the air now, because we need more of this. This cast is brilliant, let them shine! (and please don't shove them off to die on Friday nights)
Kali: comm :: bottle episode_thirty2flavors on October 20th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)
Yeah I'd be interested to see this Leslie story develop. Leslie's generally her best when she has something to overcome and it sounds like this would be a good thing to create that. I hope it isn't just totally forgotten about by the next episode because it was only a plotpoint for this one.

April and Ben ARE hilarious. I'm a bit sad they're away from the rest of the group, but at the same time getting Ben away from Leslie for a bit is doing wonders for me lol. I don't mind Ben/Leslie in theory but I find both of them more interesting as characters independently of each other, and putting them in a long-distance relationship is allowing for a lot of Leslie/other people Ben/other people scenes, which I'm really enjoying. HOWEVER I miss Ben and Tom interacting because that was some of my favourite interaction.

I MISS COMMUNITY SO MUCH. I have gone from being wary of s4 to just being really impatient for the show to come back. Even that little clip made me so excited to see everyone again. COME BAAAACK.
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melodilymelodily on October 29th, 2012 07:49 am (UTC)