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UGGGHHHH IT IS A MILLION AND THREE DEGREES HERE RIGHT NOW. AND IT'S ONLY JUUUUUUNE WHHHHYYYYY. But you know, I made a pact with myself not to complain about heat because I know as soon as it's gone I just spend my time complaining about the cold, so... yeah. What I meant to say was -- WOOHOO IT'S A MILLION AND THREE DEGREES, PARTY TIME, EXCELLENT.

I have been taking advantage of the weather, at least. On Friday, we went to Ichetucknee for the first time in many many many years, and yet it totally lived up to all of my awesome childhood memories. Unfortunately, I didn't really take any pictures on account of having a camera that is totally incompatible with floating down a river, but thankfully flickr search is here to assist me in capturing some teensy amount of the gorgeousness (1: I think this photo gets across the "Jurassic Park River Adventure" feel, with the towering trees and winding waterways and DINOSAURS. Okay, just kidding, there weren't any dinos. BUT IT LOOKED LIKE THERE COULD HAVE BEEN. And 2: this one for showing how it changes with the rain, with the INSANE greens and the mist/haze everywhere [because, yes, we did get rained on! It rained sporadically on the drive over but cleared up before we got in the river... but about halfway down, it started up again. It was just a shower, not a thunderstorm, so it wasn't any fear-for-your-life stuff -- but just totally cool, because we could hear the rain around a bend before we could see it, and then once we could see it, it was just a distant disturbance of dots and ripples on the surface that slowly swept its way over to us and UGH, NATURE, YOU ARE THE COOLEST EVER]). (My Locke icon feels so appropriate here, too. LOOK GUYS I'M GOING TO START CRYING OVER LOST AGAIN JUST FROM A TINY SQUARE OF PIXELS. FML.)

While trying to finish up my embroidery project from OCTOBER, I finally decided to watch my Psych DVDs that I got in DECEMBER (HI, SO BEHIND ON LIFE) and, gosh, Andy Berman is so totally the love of my life. I... just... the deleted scenes for "Murder? ...Anyone? ...Anyone? ...Bueller?" are like thirty minutes long, hahaha SERIOUSLY, SERIOUSLY, MY FAVORITE PSYCH WRITER. And in other USA network news, I seriously dug the Royal Pains S2 opener! I think I talked the show down too much in my 2009 TV recap, because right after I wrote that up I went and watched some of the S1 marathon and was like... hey, what, this is actually kind of... good? I think it might be because the three episodes I watched ended up being the three episodes I listed as favorites, coincidentally enough, but still! And then, YES, there was just so much YES YES YES YES all over the premier. In conclusion: YES!! In a different conclusion: EVAN/DIVYA.

Bleargh, okay, I should be writing an essay right now (yes, the one I mentioned three days ago AND STILL HAVEN'T FINISHED. OR IN FACT REALLY EVEN STARTED, BECAUSE EVERYTHING I HAVE WRITTEN IS GARBAGE AND I THINK I'M REDOING IT ALLLLL).
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Follow-up to previous post dedicated to Psych/White Collar squee -- I've said it before and I'll say it again, but I am in awe of USA's branding and audience targeting. HOW DO THEY MAKE ME WANT TO WATCH EVERY SHOW THAT THEY AIR? BECAUSE GUYS GUYS GUYS GUYYYYYS LOOK AT THEIR NEW SHOW:

Covert Affairs

I don't really know anything about it except that 1) based on YouTube comments, it looks like an Alias rip-off? Never watched Alias myself, so I wouldn't know; and 2) IT STARS PIPER PERABO, OH MY GOD I HAVE SUCH A CRUSH ON HER; and 3) IT ALSO FEATURES ANNE DUDEK AS HER ROOMMATE, PLEASE TELL ME SOMEBODY IS WRITING THAT FIC RIGHT NOW, ALL OF MY TV-RELATED LESBIAN FANTASIES ARE COMING TRUE (ETA: it just occurred to me that Anne Dudek's character might actually turn out to be her sister, which would be awkward. PLEASE PLEASE ROOMMATE PLEASE; ETA2: GODDAMMIT IT'S HER SISTER. I HAVE BEEN THWARTED); and 4) Sendhil Ramamurthy is on it!; and 5) the first episode is directed by Tim Matheson, who did two of my favorite Psych episodes ("65 Million Years Off" and "Earth, Wind, and... Wait for It..."); and 6) GUYS I JUST REALLY REALLY HOPE THIS SHOW IS GOOD BECAUSE NEVER BEFORE HAVE I BEEN SO EXCITED ABOUT SOMETHING BASED ON A FEW SECONDS FROM A SUMMER TV PROMO.

Video )


ETA3: Hahahaha oh man this is the definition of secondhand embarrassment. ETA4 (I promise I will stop editing this entry eventually): AND THERE'S A LONGER VERSION.
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Peter quashes Neal's attempts to pick up cute boys in bars:

This brings so much joy to my life in so, so many ways.
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A thousand gestures of gratitude and affection for the warm birthday wishes and commentspam. I think the post has now reached the point where my computer goes into a brief coma while loading it, so... mission accomplished. :D

I can't believe I'm leaving on my Grand Travel Adventure tomorrow. Tomorrow! TO. MORROW. And, true to form, I still haven't packed anything because ahhhh I hate myself. Whatever. (I'm sort of on schedule, anyway; I had some sewing I wanted to finish up this morning [which I still didn't finish, WHOOPS, but hopefully I'll wrap it up tonight], and then break for lunch, and then I was going to devote a solid three hours to packing, then head out to Wal-Mart for all of the stuff I realize I still need while packing, then finish packing, then nap so that way I can stay up for Lost tonight and yet still get up at 3AM tomorrow so I can catch my flight. So! I just finished the lunch part, and I figure I've earned a brief LJ interlude.)

Also, I KNOW THIS IS EXTREMELY LAME AND WHINY OF ME, but I'm being such a big baby about all of the TV I'm going to miss. I mean, it's inevitable that I would be antsy about missing Lost, but HOLY EFF LOOK AT THESE SPOILERY PREVIEW SCENES FOR THE NEXT EPISODES OF PSYCH AND HOUSE. DAMN IT ALL. I... will... survive... but not without many sighs of frustration and disappointment.

TV I am kind of not all that upset about missing: CHUCK. WE ARE ON A SERIOUS OFF-AGAIN PHASE. Everybody is such a farcical version of themselves right now. It's really depressing. I can't even get properly excited about Casey scenes any more. Also, Chuck? You're kind of an asshole. And definitely a bad boyfriend. Like, okay, I get that that's partially the point of this arc, but I feel like the show is really at its most distasteful right now, so whether or not it is arc-reliant I am starting to lack the motivation to see it through. PLEASE RESOLVE AND REFORM BY THE TIME I RETURN, MMKAY.

TV I am thrilled I got to see before leaving: THE LATEST EPISODE OF LEGEND OF THE SEEKER. I MIGHT POSSIBLY HAVE DIED OF GLEE. Spoilers for 2.13 Princess )
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I may have finally reached that age where birthdays are to be dreaded rather than celebrated; but thankfully the internet is an ageless wonder, an anomaly of time and space, and a perfect venue for a "Things That Make Me Happy!" post! AND YOU CAN PLAY ALONG! (Seriously, please do.)

I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years, nothing's gonna touch you in these golden yeeeeeeeaaaaaars!! )

I'd like to keep this open until I leave on Wednesday, so please! Spam away! Picspams, gifs, fanvids, basically anything in the history of ever that you feel like linking to or flailing over... all expressions of joy and happiness are welcome.
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I am never going to finish this recap, am I? I don't know why I'm so demotivated this time around; in years past, it has always been my favorite bit of my year in review. Possibly I am just getting bogged down... um, yes, you can probably see why I needed to implement that "no new shows" rule. So, anyway, TV I Have Seen! Spoilers for: House, Legend of the Seeker, Leverage, Life on Mars, Lost, Mad Men, Merlin, NCIS, Psych, Pushing Daisies.

TV of 2009 )

WELL WOULD YOU LOOK AT THAT, this post is done for now and it's not even 1:30AM yet. I had to cut myself off at Robin Hood or else... yeah. Hmm. Badness would ensue; I'll save that for a later date.
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Not watching new White Collar until tomorrow but, after getting caught up with everything yesterday, I felt the need to make a pre-emptive photo post.

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I think my comment notifications have been getting messed up/delayed lately, so sorry if I'm slow in replying. (I just have to keep every thread I'm following open in a different tab and F5 repeatedly. Oh, what a tragic life I lead!)

More importantly... IT IS PSYCH DAY! YESSSS!!! Here follows a one woman party post, but do feel free to jump in if you so desire.

You want me to get up there with eggs Benedict all over my face? Canadian bacon in my hair? Hollandaise dripping down? I need zing! )

Okay, off to go do something productive. Like rewatch all of S1. HORNSTOCK!!! ...What.
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Comment to this entry and I'll pick three of your fandoms. You must then update your journal and answer the following questions:

[ profile] teh_maskmaid chose for me to post about Star Trek, Psych, and Merlin.

Fandom thoughts contained within! )
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TV update about Things That Are Not Robin Hood:

MERLIN. IS STARTING IN THE US. SUNDAY THE 21ST ON NBC. THIS IS EXCITING. I can finally rope all of my fellow Americans into watching it, ahahaaa VICTORY WILL BE MINE. I was just poking around the NBC site a bit, though, and is it just me or are their promos a bit, uh... lame? And kind of unrepresentative of the show? It seems to come across more as Corny Generic "It's Your Destiny!!" "With Lens Flare, Even!!!" Fantasy (See, We Even Have A Dragon) as opposed to THE MOST AWESOMELY MAGICAL THING THAT HAS MAGICKED ITS WAY INTO YOUR LIVING ROOM. Maybe I'm just watching with a hypersensitive eye because I really really really want the show to do well State-side, but I do worry that the promos fail to capture the gorgeous, sweeping epic elements of the show; so instead I'm just linking all of my friends to the BBC preview. You better do justice to this show, NBC, or you can expect some serious finger-wagging from me in the future! (ETA: I was just watching the news with my dad and, oh, NBC was just waiting to bust out the awesome ads! The preview they aired was all about Merlin/Arthur and their special "destiny"; hopefully it will soon appear on the interwebs so all can share in my glee.)

Speaking of other fare from NBC and its subsidiaries, oh look! Yet another new USA original series! I was remarking to my mom the other day about how clever USA is with its branding -- they have found their target audience and are convinced to make them watch every single thing on USA ever because, hey, if you're enjoying one of their shows chances are you'll like all of them! In the mood for a quirky procedural dramedy? They've got you hooked up 24/7, damn them. As if I didn't already watch enough TV.

So we went ahead and watched the pilot for Royal Pains. I'm not fully sold on it as a new Best Thing Ever show, but I think I enjoyed it enough to check out a few more episodes. General impressions:

- Hank and Hank's Soon-To-Be Love Interest are boring. And then some.
- EVAN AND DIVYA ARE AWESOME. AND THEN SOME. And I think I'm already shipping them (although honestly, I was even just from the promos. "Don't objectify me, sidekick." Ohhh I'm in love).
- ...Okay, I maybe wasn't being completely fair in my first point. I do get where they're setting up Hank and Jill's mission to counterbalance the riiiich people everywhere, which I do appreciate. I think I just had a kneejerk reaction to a description of the character as the "Robin Hood of medicine" and, well, we all know the grand legacy of Robin Hood and My Issues. Ahem. Anyway. Plus I guess he had to play the reluctant hero to establish the tone of the show... I don't know.
- Or, hmm, maybe I do know?: I think what's throwing me is that he's playing the lead of an enterprise that he's not fully invested in yet. Of course I'm going to have to draw parallels to Psych, and Evan is totally this show's Shawn, so it's just weird that the one being motivated to push their business along and introduce all their wacky adventures is the supporting character instead of the star -- who is instead the level-headed, too-cool-for-this-nonsense one. Well, yes, the opposing personalities are a staple of buddy comedies. Again, see Psych! But, in addition to leveling out Shawn, Gus still flows along with his partner's nonsense and has a fair bit of his own; they're the "opposites who complete each other" as opposed to "opposites who, well, are nothing alike and kind of incompatible, really," which is more of what the Hank/Evan dynamic seems.
- Sudden realization: Divya is totally Gus. She's got the car full of pharmaceuticals and everything! Sweet. Further proof that the program should really just be about her and Evan.
- ...And further proof that mostly I just miss Psych. A lot. IS IT JULY YET?
- And back to the show at hand -- good bits were the two teen patients; much of the Hank/Evan banter ("I love you!" "I like you!"); the bar of gold (...I don't even know. It cracked me up); ANDREW MCCARTHY IN THE PROMO FOR NEXT WEEK WHAAAAT. I don't even like him (eternal Pretty in Pink related prejudice, I'm afraid). And yet I'm still excited.
- ETA: I just watched the preview clip for next week on the USA site (I know I've already said this for Psych, but USA has the best sites for their shows, seriously) and I am muuuch more sold on the Hank/Evan relationship after watching that. Well, yay. And yet also boo because now I might be held captive by still more programming, noooo.
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Sorry for all the Lost spam, but I'm working through the extras on the S4 DVDs and the deleted scenes are kind of the BEST THING EVER. There's even a whole Kate/Sayid scene just for me!

Yes, I am wrong in the head.

In case you never watched it, this also feels like an appropriate time to share the Michael Emerson/Elizabeth Mitchell video podcast for "The Other Woman" because they are both so gosh darned cute in it! How do such adorable people play such manipulative, often creepy and morally ambiguous characters? I am in awe.

Best things about tonight's Psych 3.12 Earth, Wind, and... Wait for It... )
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Proof that I am possibly a hypochondriac: after viewing in close proximity to one another episodes of both Lost and M*A*S*H involving main characters requiring an appendectomy, I have been experiencing pain in that general region all day. Probably just cramps, but -- IT COULD BE MY APPENDIX AND MAYBE THE TV WAS TRYING TO SEND ME A MESSAGE!! Hey. It could happen.

It is interesting, though, to see how much overlap I notice between shows now that I watch waywayway too much TV. For instance! This week's episodes of both Lost and Leverage featured similar gags involving Hot Pockets (both of which made me cry to the television screen, "But that's what the protective cooking sleeve is for, hello!" Maybe they weren't cleared to show its miraculous patented technologies on screen). Then there was the earlier noted incident over the summer where both SGA and Psych had their teams get attacked by hostile monkey forces on the same night, no less. Oh, and both SGA and Legend of the Seeker aired an episode entitled "Identity" within the same week of each other in which a guest actor unwittingly swaps bodies with one of the leads.I seem to have wracked up an impressive ability to recognize the guest stars in basically everything, too. You'd think this might be an incentive to watch less TV, but if anything I'm more motivated to hone these skills and absorb more pointless knowledge. Also, speaking of (TOTALLY AWESOME) actor crossover -- more pimping for Leverage! Both Danny Strong AND Sam Anderson in the next episode! The showrunners must be soooo smug in their geek street cred, sheesh.

To revisit my topic that got cut off last time, more thoughts on the Lost S5 opener. Spoilers! )

Man, I've been using the same Lost icon for a really really really long time. </ random observation>
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Ohhh Psych, how I have missed you! Although technically this is its second week back... Well, apparently it takes a Lassiter-centric episode to get me motivated enough to post.

3.11 Lassie Did A Bad, Bad Thing )
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In doing my Year in Fiction recap last time, I had the most fun -- and blew the most time! -- doing my TV post; and, as 2008 began drawing to a close, I sincerely looked forward to going through the same process again in putting together a TV of 2008 retrospective. Yet once work actually began... I. Wow. Holy balls, guys. I WATCH SO MUCH FRIGGEN TV. When exactly did that happen? Looking over my post from last year I felt a bit ridiculous about how many new fandoms I had picked up, but between now and then my list has just about tripled. Um. Err. Yeah. Oops? I apologize in advance for the rather epic nature of this post, then. Definitely not dial-up friendly. Spoilers for the most recent seasons of: American Idol, Big Wolf on Campus, Chuck, Crusoe, House M.D., Legend of the Seeker, Life on Mars, Lost, M*A*S*H, Mad Men, Merlin, The Middleman, Psych, Pushing Daisies, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: TOS.

Television of 2008 )
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I have accomplished all of ONE of my goals for this vacation by finally beating Zelda! WOO AND HOO. AND ALSO OW HAND CRAMP OWWWW but wow so totally worth it. That was probably the first time I've really gotten into a video game since... uhhh... Yoshi's Island, when I was about eight (although, pssht, I am still the undisputed GRAND MASTER of that game -- except, oh, my sister recently got the DS version which is about a jillion times harder, holy crap. I sat down and played for about thirty minutes and kept getting 99%s on everything, argh!) so it was like an entirely new experience in getting involved in storylines and characters and exploring and puzzle solving and, seriously, SO. MUCH. FUN. (Except of course for every part that had to be completed with Epona. Sorry, but the horse friggen sucks and I was about to crush the remote with frustration during the mounted battle with Ganondorf, aaaaaarrrrgh! AHEM.) Of course my sense of accomplishment is inevitably coupled by sadness that it's all over -- but there are still plenty of things for me to go back and finish up (Cave of Ordeals! Totally kicked my ass around level forty or so the first time I played it! Poe Souls! I still need about fifteen more! Bugs! I'm missing the last six!). In conclusion, MIDNA IS THE COOLEST and I will most probably be replaying this game some time in the near future (either that or getting the virtual console version of Ocarina of Time because, yes, more video games are exactly what I need!).

In other news, Robert Picardo is awesome AND IS GOING TO BE IN THE ATLANTIS MOVIES YES YES YES. Let's not talk about the part where the show is over after tonight. SOB.

In other other news, Psych returns! I'm so excited! And, seriously, I love that NBC shows all have great official websites and, in my greatly researched opinion, Psych's is far and away the best of the bunch. Words cannot contain my anticipatory glee over all of the teases in the advent calendar (okay, trying to keep it spoiler free here, but -- LASSSSSITER!!!!!!!! ...Interpret that as you will), and then I went through this morning and did all of their new quizzes. My knowledge of Psych guest stars is embarrassingly extensive, apparently. Also, Carlton and I are totally Meant To Be (I didn't even cheat! Honestly, I thought I was going to get Gus).

To wrap up... I was just watching some DS9 last night while working out so... here! Have some Kira being gorgeous. Ohhh, would outer space even be half so fun without holosuites?
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My sister, home for the holidays, has recently taken up harassing me for episodes of SGA to catch up with. OH, BEING FORCED TO WATCH TV. MY LIFE IS SO HARD. So we're in the middle of season three right now, just got through the two-parter -- and, well. Just sayin'. BUT. Those episodes can totally be retconned to where John returns with the primary motivation of rescuing Woolsey, right? RIGHT. Of course I'm right. Awww, I love those two. HAVE I MENTIONED HOW MUCH I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO "VEGAS"? IS IT JANUARY 2ND YET???

Speaking of other shows recently on hiatus -- no Chuck until February! Or Pushing Daisies until... January or February, probably! Or Merlin until later than that! So a brief last-gasp-of-2008 babble about each:

2.12 Chuck vs. Santa Claus )

Pushing Daisies 2.10 The Norwegians )

Merlin 1.13 Le Morte d'Arthur )


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The Great Boy Band Reorientation Project, Part... I don't even know at this point; way too many for me to retain any shred of dignity: Rewatching Model Behavior! HEY JULES, HOW'S IT SHAKIN? Oh man, I forgot how many pearls of awesome were in this movie: "But I swear, all that stuff about you and me turning that island shoot into our own personal Blue Lagoon? That was TOTALLY my publicist talking!" Heeee! :D

I'm so glad I don't have class until 1:00... and, yes, I'm probably the only person who gets up a full five hours before my first class just so I can watch Disney Channel original movies on YouTube. (Speaking of which, gosh, how bad do I want to rewatch Zenon? I was listening to the Protozoa concert scene the other day and had a hankering. Also, all time favourite DCOM? Johnny friggen Tsunami. Somebody needs to put that mess out on DVD already.)


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