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I watch the teevee machine [Wednesday 23 Feb 2011 at 09:25 pm]
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I don't know why I bother to watch Chuck. It was fun for the first season and still somewhat fun in the second but now I don't think I even enjoy it anymore. The plots are trite, the world banal, and the characters unpleasant.

I dislike Chuck with his whining and dithering and his impulse to regard everyone around him as nothing more than rubes in the service of his trite little fantasies. The worst though is his casual lying to and cheating on everyone who trusts him, invests in him, and cares about him.

Sarah's entire character in built on the theory that if Liz Lemon were just less funny and had a better haircut, she'd be every man's fantasy girl. No thank you.

Casey and Big Mike and Awesome and Lester are fun to watch, but they don't carry a show.


Speaking of Liz Lemon, "so, did they make your droids wait outside too?" is my new line for meeting girls in bars. I wonder if it'll work better than "hey, nice rack."


Californication is on again. Now there's a show where I really like the main characters.


I notice that Fringe is always just one thing after another. First it's a police procedural. Then Mark Valley stops showing up in hallucinations and we're chasing after mysterious terrorists from ZFT who may have been the good guys after all. Next ZFT disappears and we never know what they were doing but instead we're in the goatee-verse. And then the goatee-verse is just a proxy army fighting for the first people who lived before the dinoausrs and hid a doomsday weapon that the goatee-verse is going to wield against us by knocking up a duplicate of the protagonist.

The current plot is never related to the previous plot sequences, there is never any coherent world building, and whatever happened just before now is already long forgotten.

I like it though. The current season's goatee-verse adventures and Fauxlivia are a lot of fun. I especially like the way Anna Torv seems to love playing her goatee-alternate's personality. She works differently, plays differently, romances differently, and has a whole different attitude while looking the same. Well, actually I enjoy the whole playful tough girl ensemble she dresses in, too.

Yes, I can see why Peter still has a thing for her.

But I know I'm not likely to ever get an explanation for oxygen shortages, the collapse of Northern California, whatever happened in Boston, expensive coffee, the extinction of the sheep, or anything else. That's just not the way this show works.


Castle, like Chuck, has no nutritional value, but at least it's tasty.


I rented Inception and it was awesome. Gunfights on skis, a sneaky sting operation with a big safe, fistfights and explosives in zero-gravity, and a car chase all going on simultaneously in the same story as the clock winds down is four star movie making.

[User Picture]From: zanthinegirl
Thursday 24 Feb 2011 at 05:17 am (UTC)
re: Chuck; Word. Wordy McWord. I loved the first season and like like you enjoyed the second, but I'm just tired of how they're developing his character. And Sarah is just kind of dull IMO. I like the "Liz Lemon with a better haircut and less humor"; that's exactly the problem!

I do love Casey and Ellie and Awesome and Big Mike and (usually!) Jeffster. And sometimes Morgan, though a little Morgan goes a long ways...

CHuck has been piling up my my DVR. Maybe it's time to pull the plug on that one...
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[User Picture]From: owenthurman
Friday 25 Feb 2011 at 06:11 am (UTC)
It's too bad. Chuck seems superficially geeky which makes me want to like it. But I don't anymore.
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