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State of the Summer: June

*looks at last posting date* Oh, my, nothing here in two weeks?

Well, okay, there are reasons for this, in order:

1) My bigbangbigbang rough draft is nearly done! I have one more scene to write, and it's clocking in at almost exactly 15,000 words. Yay! It's evil!Wil/Penny + the gang and not the best thing I've ever done, but maybe with the help of my betas, I can shape it up by final posting time in August.

2) Summer School at community_tv. This has been rolling along since the last week of May. It's been fun, but time-consuming! I hope I can actually write more fic for it once the BBBB is in the can.

3) The summer TV marathon! This is the REAL reason I am so absent. I've been power-watching TV for all of June, and I figure I should give you the breakdown of how it's going.

FINISHED
Mad Men - liked, will watch in July when S4 starts
Breaking Bad - ADORED - will write fic for PB X, and wait in agony for next March
Better Off Ted - liked it a lot! Wish it wasn't cancelled.
Vampire Diaries - liked, will probably catch up in chunks as long as it's up against Community

IN PROGRESS
New Doctor Who - I just started Series 4 (Ten and Donna) and wow, this show is addicting! I've been watching 3-9 episodes a day since the middle of last week. Right now, these are my thoughts on S1-S3:
  • S3=S1>S2 - I honestly did not expect to be wowed by S3, because I don't remember much talk about it on my f-list, not like S 1,2,4 and 5.
  • Nine>Ten - but I still like Ten. I think it really is true that your first Doctor is your favorite. We'll see with Eleven.
  • Martha>Rose - I did like Rose, but Martha just seemed more awesome. I do already expect Donna to be my favorite Companion just based on two episodes.
  • The Master>>>>Daleks>Cybermen - I can't remember any other recurring villains, but there probably were.
  • Captain Jack: thumbs up
  • Moffat episodes are THE BEST. I've liked the Davies finales a lot so far, too, as well as standalones here and there. But I've haven't HATED any episode, not one.
  • Also, it took me until the end of S3 to realize that the Companions had their own theme music! *feels like a BAD musicologist* Maybe it's just that Martha's theme was so haunting that it stood out for me.


Spaced - It's super cute! Love Simon Pegg. Up to 2.02. I would have started watching sooner if I'd been told it has:
  • Geek humor / Pegg's character works in a comic shop
  • Absurdist humor / fun with tropes


ABANDONED
Friday Night Lights - I watched five episodes and could NOT go on. I do not denigrate anyone who loves it, it's just not for me. Here are my reasons:
  • It's about football. I do NOT follow sports in the slightest.
  • It reminds me of West Texas (where I went to college) in not a good way
  • It reminds me of the politics of teaching (coaches and music directors have a lot of similar issues) WAY too much
  • It's drama with a capital D. I don't think I laughed once. And I've discovered that I cannot watch a full-on drama with no humor. Even Breaking Bad, as violent and serious as it can be is filled with black humor. Comedy>Drama - always. I mean, just look at my fandoms!


STILL ON THE LIST
Black Books
Drop Dead Diva
Cougar Town
United States of Tara
Iron Man: Armored Adventures
Party Down
Sanctuary
Primeval
Castle
The IT Crowd
No Heroics

I'd love your thoughts on my thoughts! :D

As for summer TV I'm watching as it airs (or soon after): True Blood, Leverage, Burn Notice, Psych, The Good Guys (which is SO funny!)

ETA: I'm also thinking about trying Covert Affairs, Rubicon and Louie this summer.

Comments

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narniadear
Jun. 29th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
THANK YOU FOR THE MARTHA LOVE! I have nothing against any of the other companions. In fact, I love everyone everywhere on that show. Except Micky. He can fall off a cliff. But Martha NEVER gets the lovin' she deserves. She is just so freaking awesome.

It helps that season 3 is probably the best season of TV I've ever seen. It has the best arc, the best villain, and some amazingly gut-wrenching and terrifying and FUNNY moments I've ever experienced. Each episode is like a full cinematic experience for me. *love love love*

I do love Donna though, but season 4 just didn't have the snap for me that season 3 had. I just finished Season 5 with Eleven and it was...interesting. I do like Eleven quite a bit and there were some real gems there. I think the finale was worth the whole season, actually. :D

Ok, I'll shut up. It's best not to get me started on Doctor Who. ;D
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:37 am (UTC)
I think there was only one person on my f-list while S3 was airing that loved Martha. Everyone else was pretty silent, while dragging out the I LOVE DONNA guns later, and Series Five has just been an EXPLOSION. Maybe more people I know are watching?

So my love for her surprised me. And yes, Series 3 just seemed like episode after episode of good TV. Who knows why we both loved it, and the rest of the world was meh about it.

It's okay. I promise to post a final batch of thoughts after finishing S4-5, then you can talk at me all you want. :)
solitary_zero
Jun. 29th, 2010 09:50 pm (UTC)
Big whoop for Doctor Who love! ISN'T IT FANTABULOUS!? 8D I'm surprised that you like S3 so much. S2 is definitely my favourite, bar 'Love and Monsters' - are you sure you didn't hate that one!? XD. I really didn't get on with Martha very much, I think mostly because I'm such a Rose/Ten(and Nine :3) shipper. I think she could have been a really awesome character had RTD not done the whole unrequited love idea. Angsty Ten is not a fun guy :/. But Donna is ace - she was so refreshing after Martha to me. Their reunion in the first S4 episode was just too hilarious XD.

And yay for the Moffat love too! :D His S4 episodes were the first Who I ever watched, and man I was hooked - they certainly are good 'uns :D. With S5 having just finished over here, I think I prefer RTD's finales as well because they're that bit more insane and exciting (though the S3 finale still continues to baffle me). I think Moffat tends to go for the more sophisticated approach, but at the expense of a crazy romp sometimes...

Either way, S4 is a blinder, as is S5 - I hope you enjoy them! :D
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:41 am (UTC)
Based on my f-list, I thought I'd love S2, and then it turned out to be my least favorite! Sorry... but I guess everyone is different.

AND LOL, "Love and Monsters"? I actually tweeted my love for that one! (I did that with all my fave things - Moffat, the Master, etc.) It's outsider POV, filled with secret identity issues and funny! Hit every button for me. And you hated it? ROFL. I'm probably alone in that, I bet.

A "blinder"? Don't know the slang. :D
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revengent
Jun. 29th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
NINE > EVERYONE ELSE

okay, yeah, he was my first Doctor too, and I love Ten (less so in the post S4 specials though) and I LOVE Eleven, but Nine will always be my Doctor. I will forever be angry that he only got one season and no special :(

lol, I like Rose unlike most. But I like Martha too, but Rose more? idk. But I like all compainions so.

When I think about it, S3 was really good, but the finale kind of scarred me, with the troll/whatever Doctor. Freaky LOL.

Yeah, that's it I think.
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:47 am (UTC)
Nine was my first, and I wish he'd been given more time, too! Why did he only get one series and no specials? Do you know the background?

Rose seemed to me to be the "avatar of the new audience", you know? She saw him through our eyes - learning everything new, like the viewers who were not Classic Who watchers. And so in some ways she seemed... less fully formed? I don't know. I tend to like female characters who are either smart, feisty, sarcastic or experienced. She was young, fresh, optimistic, emotional and needy... IDK why I like those characters less on TV.
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penumbra
Jun. 30th, 2010 12:02 am (UTC)
I didn't really like the third series but I loved Martha dearly. I didn't like Rose, although I didn't dislike her during the first series (her dynamic with Ten was jus obnoxious D:). I also liked Donna but Steven Moffat's characters are just my favourites.
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:49 am (UTC)
I really did like the third series - I'm so surprised! But everything else so far I'm totally in agreement. I really look forward to seeing Moffat's characters in action!
babettew54
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:22 am (UTC)
Wow, that's a lot of TV!

I am committed to watching more TV this summer.

I have Community on my DVR. I'll probably watch it better on my DVR than that link you sent me. It's a lot easier. The first episodes were a bit slow, but I haven't given up on it.

I'll be watching Castle too. Other than True Blood, The Closer and SYTYCD, that's about it for my summer.

Trying my best to write!! Have fun watching the tube!! :D
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:51 am (UTC)
Do you have the whole series on DVR? Wow! And yes, the first few have seemed slow to others, you're not alone. Honestly, if you watch the first 12 and still don't feel it? You probably won't. But I think the second half of the season is mostly BRILLIANT, so I'd hate for you to miss out on it. :D

Oh, Castle! I should really put that on my list. ♥
bistyboo1974
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:13 am (UTC)
Moffat episodes are THE BEST.

ITA! Maybe it's because the first Doctor Who episode I ever watched was written by Moff, but I still think he's my favorite Who writer.
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:35 pm (UTC)
They are really super-fun, aren't they! I love how much they make you think about love and loss and time's effect.
stolenpostit
Jun. 30th, 2010 03:46 am (UTC)
Oooh I knew you were watching Doctor Who, but Spaced too?! Seriously two of my favorite shows ever :D

I definitely agree on Nine>Ten (Nine is my fav) and Martha>Rose. Martha is so underrated, she is amazing. Donna is my favorite, but I think Martha really deserves lots of love in the fandom (sadly, she doesn't get it so much D: )

Can't wait to see what you have to say about Eleven. IMO, he is fantabulous :D
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Yes! I've been meaning to watch Spaced for AGES. Don't know why I put it off.

Martha showed up in three episodes of S4 already, which makes me very happy! With that and the mysterious appearance of Rose, I assume that's all leading up to something. DON'T TELL ME, I'll see them soon enough. :D

I can't wait for Eleven! The hubbub surrounding him is what made me finally give in and watch!
oldromantic
Jun. 30th, 2010 04:46 am (UTC)
Heck yeah, Castle! (although, for some reason, I thought you were already watching it) You will not regret! :D

I so cannot wait for Psych to begin! Two weeks! *jumpy*
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
Nope, I think I watched part of the first episode and then stopped. Not sure why. If I marathon it, it will be better, I think.

YES! I'm already so 'psyched' I can hardly stand it. :D
damalur
Jun. 30th, 2010 05:10 am (UTC)
DONNA >>>> THE UNIVERSE. I love Donna, Martha, and Rose all madly, although I tend to talk the most about Rose because I fan Ten/Rose like crazy. Martha definitely deserves more love.

I'm so excited to read your BBBB fic! And so sorry you didn't care for FNL; I do get that it's not for everyone though, and wow, you're right - there is barely a lick of humor in the entire show. Makes me wonder why I like it so much!

Is Vampire Diaries worth adding to my watch list? I've been straddling the fence on that...
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:53 pm (UTC)
Rose was sweet and fun - I definitely liked her, but I definitely have more in common personally with Martha, and OMGSOMUCH with Donna. (I'm up to 4.07 now).

I hope you like it! The first reactions I got to the fic from my betas made me worry a TON, but hopefully I've improved the issues they had enough that people will still like it. It's no masterpiece, for sure, though. A light romp, as seems to be my style in BBT fic.

Lots of people like FNL a ton! It's just not my style. :)

I felt Vampire Diaries was soapy fun. Nothing too angsty, just the right amount of intense. Several surprises and twists. I'll tell you the same as people told me... watch at least the first seven before deciding. The general high school social drama feel of the first few is gone by then.
kookymorgan
Jun. 30th, 2010 09:41 am (UTC)
THANK YOU I TOO LIKED MARTHA BETTER THAN ROSE!!
I mean I liked her dont get me wrong, but Martha I thought was more spunky although some of the direction I felt they lost their way a little...

I too am a Ten Fan all the way, Ecclestone is a brilliant actor and without him paving the way I dont think We would of had David, theres so much energy that goes with his performance and he can do sorrow like no one Ive seen....

You will I hope be pleasently surprised with Matt, I too was hesitant But I have to say I Really have grown to love 11!!

True Blood is about my favourite show on right now, maybe because its the only show lol, they certainly are going up a notch this season wouldnt you say?

Castle I would suggest is a good bet, a little repetative, but the leads esp Nathan just make me come back for more!!
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC)
Martha is definitely more spunky and just plain smart. She comes up with ideas and she has more agency. Rose was full of heart, seeing the personal, human side of the problem where the Doctor couldn't. Martha seemed a better balance.

Tennant is good, I agree. I miss the cheeky, carefree feeling Eccleston had, though. I'm not a huge fan of ANGST. But Tennant is good at balancing it, so I enjoy his performance.

They are definitely making True Blood S3 interesting! Lots going on, some of the annoyances I had with certain characters are missing. I still like Bill and don't know what people see in Eric, but eh. :)

I heard Castle was repetitive. As long as Fillion stays fun, it'll probably not bother me too much. We'll see!
kookymorgan
Jun. 30th, 2010 09:42 am (UTC)
ps, dont let the Donna youve seen put you off when she returns, Catherine did a great job and made up for Donnas annoying crap in the specials xxxx
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:00 pm (UTC)
Actually I loved her in the Runaway Bride. She was hilarious. ♥ And now I've watched up to 4.07, so I'm totally on board with her awesomeness. :)
jtptan
Jun. 30th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
If you've been through Martha you've seen one of the creepiest episodes in the series - some people don't mind them at all but I find the Stone Angels to be one of the actual keep-looking-behind-you scariest villains in new who. You're not up to the library episode, which is the other stand-out from Who as a 'scary' episode for me but I won't say anything yet since you're not there...

Donna is by far my favorite companion (though one of the companions in the fifth season comes close). Rose was okay and Martha had her moments, but Donna was the bff the Doctor needed and is also made of pure awesome.

Nine vs. Ten
I find it hard to decide which I like better. I feel like Nine didn't get enough time at it, if that makes sense. I actually left the show at the end of series one and one of the reasons was that Nine was gone. I came back to it about... two years ago I guess and caught up because somebody sold me on Donna, lol. Once I came back to the show I found that I did really like Tennant when I actually like... gave him a chance. Which I didn't before and felt bad about. But i meant I watched seasons 2 and 3 all at once, and 4 mostly as it aired, and doctor who binges are the best kind.

Oh wow that's long. Okay. /rant
htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC)
I heard so much about the Weeping Angels that I was honestly expecting them to be scarier! If I hadn't been spoiled, I might have been more creeped out. :D Still LOVED the episode, though. I'm watching the Library episode next! (already that far)

The Doctor definitely needs a BFF. I love all the "oh, we're not married/together" silliness.

If binges are the best kind of Who watching, I'm doing it so right! What will I think of S6, I wonder...
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htbthomas
Jun. 30th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
If you can, go back and watch from Nine. A lot of people who started with S5 have done that and enjoyed it.

I hope you like Breaking Bad. I feel like our tastes don't coincide that well - we both like Superman and some other things, but so many other things we're opposites about. Still crossing my fingers. Hard. :D
thrace_adams
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:43 am (UTC)
I love love love Doctor Who...and Donna is my fav. Although I loved Rose too. And of course Captain Jack :)

Can't wait to hear what you think of Season 4 :)
htbthomas
Jul. 1st, 2010 03:56 am (UTC)
Donna is pretty darn awesome! I'm actually through 4.12, I'll be finishing up tomorrow, along with all the specials. Probably have to wait for after July 4th weekend to do S5, though!
saturn_shumba
Jul. 6th, 2010 04:58 pm (UTC)
Hello! Just wanted to drop a line to let you know I friended you (I love your Community community like no other).

In regards to this post...YES SPACED YESSSS. EVERYONE SHOULD WATCH IT, IT IS THE BEST.

And I'm really surprised (and delighted!) to see that you liked Martha over Rose...we are few and far between! I became such a dedicated Martha fan that I would rather watch Doctor Martha than Doctor Who. Not that I hate The Doctor but...MARTHA WAS AWESOME.
htbthomas
Jul. 6th, 2010 08:24 pm (UTC)
Friended you back! And thanks about the comm, I'm so pleased about how it's going!

I really loved Martha, and it was super great to see her in S4 eps being more awesome. Donna was great, but I adore Amy to bits! I'm watching part 2 of the S5 finale right now. I wish some of the RTD characters could come back later...

I've been taking Spaced slowly as I marathon Doctor Who. But I should be finishing it up very soon, :)
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