May 29th, 2008

amd: monkey block

click clack clickity clack clack click

I don't know if it's all the exercise or my dwindling interest in computer games, but my brain has finally started having writerly thoughts again. Made myself late for work furiously scribbling down dialogue in my notebook during my morning walk.

And as luck would have it, I'm all alone in the office today, so at the very least, I'm aiming to get the rest of that notebook typed into the computer before quitting time. Strike while the iron's hot, right?

ETA: Or maybe it's because my ruling planet Mercury is in retrograde in my sign at the moment. Not sure what that means, but it's meant to be a very good thing.

ETA: Damn, no longer alone in the office. The planet Mercury, however, is still in retrograde.

amd: outer space flyby

wrapping up my feelings on the 2007-2008 tv season

Lost had its season finale last night, more or less bringing the 2007-2008 television season to close. It was a funny television season.

Two shows that I loved so much last season, The Unit and Friday Night Lights, irritated me from the get go this one. I hear that FNL got better as the season went on, so maybe I'll give it another chance now that we're entering summer's television black out.

The Office and Ugly Betty have kept up their quality. Heroes turned terrible. The Riches went off track in the season opener and I've yet to give them another try. And in reality-land, Next Top Model and American Idol got more boring.

Then there were the two immortal detective series. I expected to like Moonlight better, mostly because Jason Dohring (Veronica Mars) was in it, but it never managed to hook me. On the other hand, I quite enjoyed Amsterdam despite having initials doubts. Not that it really matters, both are canceled now, not even getting the all too brief runs of their genre predecessors Forever Knight and Angel.

One of my favorite new shows was a slightly more ordinary detective series, Life, which followed a homicide detective who was framed for murder and wrongly imprisoned, eventually becoming insane, Buddhist, liberated, and a multi-millionaire. And that all happened before the series even starts! It's a great show.

Another favorite was Bryan Fuller's Pushing Daisies. Pure fun wrapped around a skeleton pure angst. What more can you want? I feel like I could watch that show happily for years to come.

Similarly, my other new fave is Gossip Girl is a beauty of a teen soap opera, a bit of Cruel Intentions, a bit of the OC, with a compelling cast and great writers. It's also worthy of note, I think--given previous attempts at that sort of thing--that the best relationship story in the show is the one between the two main adult characters.

I thought the Jimmy Smitts-led Cane had a lot of potential, but we'll never know.

The UK sent over a ton of new Jane Austen dramas, new seasons of Doctor Who and Torchwood, and the sequel series to Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes, all of which have had their moments but haven't exactly had me hammering the torrent sites.

And that brings us back to Lost. This season was a dramatic improvement over the past two, mostly because of the one-two punch of Jeremy Davies and time travel, but I'm still not quite ready to rave again like I did during the first few episodes of season one.

And I guess that's that. At least So You Think You Can Dance is just getting started...