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Yes, I'm talking about television again. It's weird. I'm actually watching television at the moment (not at this precise moment, obviously, but I mean in general). For ages the only television I've been watching is Doctor Who and Top Gear, which barely manage two dozen episodes a year between them. But I have used strange and complex feats of mathematics, and discovered that I watched four programmes this week. Four! Count them! Well, it'll be five if you count Atlantis, but I don't know yet if that's going to be permanent. New television, folks. With no dubious floral print ties, no car chases featuring gratuitous Jaguar Mk IIs, and no blatant switch from VT to film whenever anybody steps through a door. It's really quite bizarre.

First up there's Sleepy Hollow. No spoilers, but if you get the chance to watch this one, watch it. It's ridiculously enjoyable. The cast is great, and whilst the premise is nothing especially new, it's made so well that I can't see anybody caring. It's a bit like Poltergeist: The Legacy in the first series, before it got all po-faced, and stopped having fun in its demon chasing. Or Buffy The Vampire Slayer minus the teenage angst. Ichabod Crane, as a man who has stepped from 1781 straight into 2013, is hilariously modern and liberal in his viewpoints, but he's also endlessly entertaining. And frankly who gives a damn about logic anyway, when there's demon chasing, and headless horsemen, and a bouncy script?

Then there's Agents Of SHIELD, which I know hasn't got everybody excited. I love it though. Couldn't begin to tell you why, although a fair chunk of it is probably down to Coulson and Lola. It's a bit wobbly at the moment, like a newborn deer that hasn't quite made it to its feet yet, but I can't help watching it with a silly grin. Also, Coulson and Lola. And Coulson not being dead, which is an excellent starting point for anything, let's be honest.

Next up we have Hostages, which is utterly ridiculous, but has a very good cast. A surgeon is about to operate on the President, when she and her family are taken hostage, and she's ordered to kill her patient. She has to hopefully not do that, whilst also not getting her family killed. It's completely preposterous, and I have no idea how they're hoping to make it last one season (it's looking very unlikely that it'll get a chance to even think about a second). The cast make it all work though, and I really like the surgeon and her husband. For one thing it's nice to have a show that revolves around a middle-aged couple, and for another, they're both really good characters. And yes, I only watched it originally because he's Jimmy from The OC, but it paid off. And now it's almost certainly going to be axed. But whatever, television. Some of us still appreciate good nonsense.

The other thing I'm watching at the moment is Orphan Black, which I'm not quite sold on, but the story is definitely getting more interesting as it goes along. The pilot was a bit shaky, but then most pilots are. Again it has a completely ridiculous central concept, but the cast handle it well. I like Detective Art. I don't like the completely pointless boyfriend. I like Soccer Mom Clone, and I especially like Felix, who is the best babysitter ever. It's a bit of a complicated plot, but they're giving us a bit more information each week, which is good. Take note, Lost. Mysteries can only go so far.

So yeah. Television! Since that seems to be the only thing I'm capable of competently discussing around here, that's quite a good thing. And Sleepy Hollow is genuinely awesome, and Agents Of SHIELD has clearly been made especially for me, so don't worry if you don't like it. I'll like it for you, I'm good at that. Now I'm going to go and give Atlantis another go, because last week was just the pilot. I don't care if I don't like it though, as Sleepy Hollow has been renewed for a second season already. For once I have not been the kiss of death for television! I have no faith in my ability to extend this new streak of good luck to Hostages, but it's a start. Unfortunately I have to face a family get-together tomorrow, so I may very well be facing the axe myself.

Families are boring. There is nobody I'm related to who chases demons or has a flying car, and none of them have ever been frozen in time for two hundred and forty years either. It's not like I'm asking a lot, for goodness sakes. Just one little secret agent? Time-travelling Ancient Greek? I'd even settle for a sociopathic FBI agent with a grudge against the President. At least it might improve the small talk a little.

*grumble grumble grumble*

Yep, shutting up now.


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Oct. 5th, 2013 03:38 pm (UTC)
There is nobody I'm related to who chases demons or has a flying car, and none of them have ever been frozen in time for two hundred and forty years either.

How do you know? The first rule of these sorts of things is that you're not allowed to tell anybody ever and have to pretend to have a boring life. It sounds as if all your relatives are prime suspects, as it were... ;-p
Oct. 5th, 2013 10:20 pm (UTC)
None of the people on TV are remotely good at pretending to be normal, though. Wesley rode into LA on a huge motorbike, telling anybody within earshot that he was a rogue demon hunter. Giles had a house full of swords and questionable reading material (and he owned a magic shop). Doctor Derek pretended to be an anthropologist, but wasn't fooling anybody, especially when everything he did got attacked by demons (and his butler got hacked to death by minature ghost demons). Coulson speeds about the countryside in a bright red, shiny, classic Corvette that flies. Atlantis Jason keeps turning slo-mo whenever he does anything a bit dramatic. These are things that you notice. :p

Besides, demon-hunting and whatnot aren't what you might call conventional. My family does not exactly embrace diversity, to put it mildly. But if a giant helicopter whisks somebody away tomorrow because they're suddenly needed to save the world, you'll be the first to know. :)
Oct. 6th, 2013 12:37 am (UTC)
everyone at my house is crazy about Orphan Black, I'm enjoying Agents of Shield, though mostly for Coulson and Lola and Ming Na's character. Haven't tried Sleepy Hollow, but we might.
Oct. 6th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
"Sleepy Hollow" is well worth it. I can't see it going anywhere deep and meaningful, but there's a frisson of real threat about the demonic bad guys, which gives the show a sort of "Buffy" vibe. This week's demon in particular had a nicely creepy edge to it. Good to see a male/female lead duo with no romantic angle as well. Crane is loyal to his long dead/maybe dead wife, and Abbie is very much her own woman. So far anyway. I hope they keep it that way.
Oct. 6th, 2013 11:37 am (UTC)
I wasn't as keen on Atlantis this week, probably because the TV was getting a signal so I wasn't impressed by a screen full of pictures. I liked how the older female characters kept attacking him - he got his "guns" out for nothing, ha. And Jason was moaning he didn't fit in this week, after saying he didn't fit in in the present day last week; make up your mind. Kids, eh? I am suspicious that the makers think fat people=funny though.
Oct. 6th, 2013 03:20 pm (UTC)
I don't think I'll bother with "Atlantis" again. It's too jokey for me. I know we're supposed to think that family TV can't be too serious, but it used to be. Nowadays you're not allowed to scare the kiddies or something. And the fight scenes are rubbish.

"Robin Hood" was largely rubbish, I know, but at least it had Richard Armitage taking it all seriously, and being awesome in the process. The only bits of "Atlantis" I've seen so far that aren't played mostly for laughs are the bits between the king and queen, and they barely qualify as cameo roles. Grr. And you're right - there were a lot of fat jokes about Hercules last week. Mind you, clever people are clearly funny as well. And two "comedy" sidekicks is two too many for me.

Oh dear, I really am very hard to please!
Oct. 7th, 2013 11:02 am (UTC)
Old kid's TV was terrifying! I've seen old Avengers so my standards for fight scenes are low.

I didn't watch 'Robin Hood' as it had Keith Allen in and I can't stand him. Hopefully the King & Queen will have something to do later on. And wasn't bull jumping in Crete too? Atlantis needs renaming.

Never mind; maybe your family will all turn out to be secret govt. assassins.
Oct. 7th, 2013 01:58 pm (UTC)
Keith Allen... yeah. I liked him in this, though. His Sheriff was brilliantly creepy around Armitage's Gisburne. He played up the slash for all he was worth, and at times it was pretty dark and twisted stuff for the time slot. Sometimes he overacts far too much, but his scenes with Richard Armitage were worth watching, especially during season two. Shame they all got personality transplants for season three.
Oct. 7th, 2013 12:51 am (UTC)
I just downloaded the first episode of Sleepy Hollow to watch. :D
Oct. 7th, 2013 02:00 pm (UTC)
Cool. :) I hope you enjoy it. I've been pleasantly surprised to see how popular it's become. It's early days of course, but so far it's been such a lot of fun.
Oct. 7th, 2013 08:39 pm (UTC)
I just finished it and loved it. :D
Oct. 7th, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)

Episode four this week. Looking forward to it.
Oct. 9th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Orphan Black by the end. And I'm looking forward to trying out HOstages as well as Sleepy Hollow. If I ever catch up with the shows I'm already watching.

It's possible you have a crazy time traveler in your family, but you just haven't met them yet. Time travel doesn't become possible until 2021. It's possible that you are the crazy time traveler in your family.
Oct. 9th, 2013 06:38 pm (UTC)
I have to wait until 2021?! I don't think I could be the time traveller then, or I'd have travelled back and given myself a time machine by now. Woe.
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