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30 September 2008 @ 09:46 am
the season premiere of "Life" (and some spoiler-y comments about "Heroes" in the comments)  
My favorite detective show Life got off to a good start last night. An interesting serial killer storyline in the forefront and the big ongoing mystery riding shotgun. Charlie Crews isn't quite where we left him at the end of season one. Back then he was at the top of a slowly building manic tempest of craziness and desperation. He's calmed back down now, which is good, because it'll be fun to see that build slowly back up. Especially since Damian Lewis handles that transition so well.

Sarah Shahi and Alan Arkin are back in excellent form as Charlie's very different partners. I'll miss seeing Robin Weigert (Deadwood) if she's truly gone, but I think her replacement as Charlie's boss Donal Logue is probably a good fit. The show, in my opinion, wrestles with the same struggle between light and dark that's going on inside Charlie. Weigert's sad, conflicted character just added to the considerable darkness, wheras Logue's adds to the fun, punching a few more holes in the darkness.

And speaking of the fun, here's a triptych of Sarah Shahi herself...

 
 
Listening to: California Snow Story - "Summer Avenues"
 
 
 
walrus damnitdylanevl on September 30th, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
What do you think of new Heroes?
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on September 30th, 2008 04:07 pm (UTC)
I think:

--They they better not ruin my favorite character (Ando) by giving him permanent powers.
--I find it odd that Claire had two secret uncles: one she had a big crush on and one who cut her head open and took out part of her brain.
--I kind of liked the Bennett-Sylar team.
--I hope evil Future Claire kicks everybody's asses.
--I don't think there's anything they can do to make Mohinder interesting again at this point. Even evil Future Mohinder is probably boring.
--I would not be opposed to evil Future Claire making out with the super speed girl.

How about you?
walrus damnitdylanevl on September 30th, 2008 04:41 pm (UTC)
Man, now I gotta write some dom-sub speedster-Claire fanfic. So many possibilities! (And damn Claire's hot with the dark hair.)

I'd kinda like to see Ando get powers and maybe step up a bit. I'd hate to see him lose his boyish ways-- something Hiro tends to lose when he's in "hero mode".

Mohinder seemed to be turning into Beast from X-Men. I concur there seems to be little of interest left for his character (aside from introducing superpowers to the masses.) Nightmarechica and Elle could go away too.

But all in all, I'm excited to see how the story unfolds. The Bennett-Petrelli-Sylar team will be an interesting dynamic.
ghibli_geek on September 30th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
I watched a few episodes of this "Life" you speak of just now, because you posted about it, and the only thing that bothers me about it is that the guy conducted the documentary sounds like Ryan from the Office when he's asking questions, which is unsettling. That is all. Oh, except for - do you still need dice?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on September 30th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
Heh... I've heard other people suggest he's the interviewer as well. Personally, I think the interviewer is star Damian Lewis doing a slightly different version of his American accent.

And dice... yes! We haven't really played yet, so I haven't been too desperate, but yes.
ghibli_geek on September 30th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I will construct the set today. The bag, I will sew tomorrow. It is done! My will is law!
Diary of an Ass Monkey: silly: craigassmonkeydiary on September 30th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Sweet! Dice bag by Lady Crowley!
lipbylipbylipby on October 1st, 2008 01:16 am (UTC)
HOly moley that's some delicious ass.
jerolj on October 2nd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
I love Life - best cop show on TV. The chemistry between Damien Lewis and Adam Arkin is wonderful.

Heroes? I haven't missed an episode but really don't get me started on all the things that are wrong with that show. But the Sylar/Bennett team might just save it, provided Mohinder and Peter are executed for crimes of extreme naivete and stupidity.