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This pic from yesterday’s Pats game makes me smile. 🙂

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Spoiler Alert! I finally realized that one of you is watching this show from the beginning and has not gotten to Season 3. So if that’s you, don’t read this. 🙂

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Forgive me for this because I watched last night’s episode at 11pm after a long – but great! – day. This will probably not be coherent.

  • I’m gonna say it. I want to see Peggy and Pete hook up again. Their one scene last night was full of between-the-lines goodness.
  • Betty, Betty, Betty. How much longer are you going to stand by your man? How much longer should you?
  • I like the parallel going on with Betty and Don. Both can’t stand the home life they’ve pigeonholed themselves into.  Betty wants to be more than a housewife, Don doesn’t want to be labeled as anything. That’s going to explode at some point.
  • Don, drinking and drugs while driving? Tsk, tsk.
  • “Grunt once for yes” – hehehe
  • ‘You were my secretary. And now you have an office and a job that a lot of full grown men would kill for.…Put your nose down and pay attention to your work because there’s not one thing that you’ve done here that I couldn’t live without.” – Oh snap!
  • I don’t like that teacher and I don’t like where that’s heading.
  • Once again, I enjoy the episodes that are more about the office than not. But I did like this one. It was nice and ominous.

Okay, I need to watch it again to get a fuller picture. Don’s now stuck for 3 years. Something tells me that ain’t going to go well.

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If you didn’t watch the season 2 premiere of Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, shame on you and don’t read this post until you do!

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I may not be well-versed in Battlestar Galactica yet but that didn’t make last night’s Dollhouse season premiere any less exciting. Here are some thoughts, please forgive me if they are a tad off as I watched this at 6 AM this morning while my houseguest was getting ready for her tests.

  • I’ll save my gushing over the guest stars for last.
  • Love Olivia’s haircut.
  • Amy Acker FTW! I probably should have watched the last two eps from season 1 again as I didn’t remember how Dr. Saunders, aka Whiskey, left off. Really enjoyed her crazy side. I know Ms. Acker is on another show this fall but I do hope we get to see more of her on Dollhouse, especially the budding relationship between her and Boyd.
  • I still enjoy Eliza Dushku on here. I don’t get why some people don’t.
  • I like Topher much more when he’s doubting himself than the smug stuff we saw last season.
  • Victor and Sierra are cute, glad we got to see that little scene at the end.
  • So Paul Ballard is very lost, that was obvious. What was also obvious was that he was going to end up being Echo’s handler. Did we really have to waste an episode setting that up?
  • It seems that this episode put things on fast forward as far as trying to get the story to “Epitaph Part 1”. Echo is already wanting to find her true self and help the others. In other words, Echo is already on the mission we saw her trying to complete in “Epitaph”. We all know how FOX is and we all know that we were extremely lucky to get another season out of this show. Will we be getting a third? I really doubt it. And I think Joss Whedon knows it.
  • Disturbing yet highly entertaining to see Paul be so physical with Echo in the plane hanger. Tahmoh Penikett got a lot more to do in this episode than almost all of last season. I really enjoy him on here. I like that he isn’t a totally good guy. He has some kind of sick obsession with Caroline beyond just trying to rescue her. I hope we get to see more of this guy’s backstory (as well as Boyd’s).

Guest Stars – Enter the world of geekdom

  • Alexis Denisof, I’ve missed you so very much since Angel went off the air. It was great to see him again. Loving the American accent or rather his own accent as opposed to the Wesley British. That suit did look good on him. I’m curious to see if he’s a good guy or a bad guy (in as much as any character can be on a Whedon show). I’d like to see him more good than bad I think but I could settle for just seeing more.
  • So Battlestar fans, is there a reason Jamie Bamber was not using his normal British accent on that show and thus denying us of a truly sexy voice? Really loved him here as the villain. And I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I loved him and Helo Ballard duking it out. What I would really love is if he joined the show. We need a British guy on Dollhouse. And that hair! 🙂

So what did you guys think? I thought it was a solid episode for the first of a season. I’m anxious to get back into the mythology side of things where we left off last season but I understand why they can’t just jump right back into that. I don’t have much hope for the show lasting beyond this but at least it ought to be enjoyable until it ends.

And now I need to spend some more time with Battlestar…

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Spoiler Alert! Don’t read if you didn’t watch this episode of The Office!

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I’ve already said some things about last night’s The Office on some of your livejournals but here’s some more expanded thoughts:

  • Let me begin by saying that I did really like the episode and I’m still enjoying the show as much as I ever have.
  • That being said, I really don’t like this co-manager twist. First and even though this is a fictional office, having two bosses with seemingly the same level of authority doesn’t work. If Michael were to work in the corporate office this would work but it’s going to confuse the lines of authority which is very important to a functioning office. Michael isn’t going to be able let things go and Jim is going to end up stepping all over him. The only way I see this as a good move for the show is if it is ending soon. Because Jim is going to either be very good at the job and replace Michael completely (an excellent way to end the series) or Jim is going to be horrible and end up leaving the company which he should do anyway. Second, I agree with Sarah that, as fine as John Krasinski was last night, I like goofy Jim better than serious Jim. Okay, it is out of my system now.
  • Andy’s cheese plate rundown was fantastic. If The Office was football, Ed Helms would be Randy Moss.
  • Yay for Dwight/Toby! They make an awesome pairing, though who doesn’t compliment Dwight well? Toby yelling out “You asshole!” to Daryl’s sister was the highlight of the night and the season – so far (we do have a wedding coming up you know).
  • Love that the Ryan/Kelly fiasco is still going beyond all logical sense. Someone do a comparison shot between Seth Meyers and BJ Novak. They could play brothers – really smartass brothers.
  • I laughed so hard when the cheese cart rolled out of the conference room by Michael’s foot. Don’t know why but the visual got me.
  • Any episode with David Wallace is an instantly better episode.
  • The cold open was great and nicely cringe-worthy. Poor Oscar. I continue to be amazed at how Steve Carell can say these things with a straight face even once.
  • For me,  the most grounded part of the episode was when Michael showed David Wallace Jim’s file with all the complaints and then Wallace referencing that with Jim listening in. All these seasons we’ve enjoyed Jim’s pranks and now we see it come back to bite him in the butt and rightly so. Well played by all.

So that’s that. I can’t tell you how excited I am for the upcoming nuptials of Jim and Pam – no I don’t consider this a spoiler as pictures and talk of the 1 hour episode are everywhere. If you didn’t know JAM was getting married on the show soon then you’ve been living under a TV rock. Anyway, that episode is October 8th which sadly means I will not see it October 8th as that is my first night working at the theater. I once again have to say thank God for DVR!

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Spoiler alert! Obviously you shouldn’t read this if you did not watch the latest episode of Glee from last night.

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This was a weird episode as far as tone goes for Glee when you compare it to the prior three. Not to say it wasn’t enjoyable though. Thoughts:

  • Even though it was completely ridiculous and would never in a million years happen, I couldn’t help but love the football dance at the end. Those players can move!
  • How cute was Kurt’s music video at the beginning?
  • Little low on the music this week it seemed. I kinda miss just watching the glee club but, based on the previews for next week, it looks like I won’t have to wait much longer. Apparently the big song number from next week is already making the rounds online and on iTunes.
  • I cried a little bit when Kurt came out to his dad. I liked how they played this scene with the dad not thrilled but still being as supportive as he can be. Seemed more realistic to me than a big shouting match or something like that. Plus, I liked that the dad said he knew already. In my experience, you usually know before the person actually tells you.
  • Quinn needs to go away. She is the epitome of the stuck up, popular girl from high school and it irks me that she’s stealing attention away from the geeks in glee club that I actually care about and identify with.
  • That being said, I was very surprised that she’s pregnant. Glee somehow finds a way to straddle the sublimely absurd (footballers doing a choreographed number before a snap? Only in my dreams!) to the harshly realistic. Lima, Ohio, is on the opposite side of the state from where I grew up but that “Lima Loser” mentality is very strong in the Midwest. I’m glad that it isn’t Finn’s baby and I look forward to knowing more about his best friend (can’t remember his name).
  • I feel for Rachel. She’s got a gift and of course she’d want to showcase it.
  • Anyone else starting to see a pattern on this show regarding gender? Not to get on my soapbox but most of the women on the show are portrayed as selfish, arrogant, bitchy and/or immoral with slight exception to Will’s love interest who has some serious issues. The guys on the other hand are portrayed as lovable losers that just need some guidance. I feel bad even saying it cause I really do love the show but it’d be nice to have one of the girls win at least once.
  • My celeb crush on both Matthew Morrison and Cory Monteith (Finn) continues…
  • I’m going to be doing that “C you later” thing all day. 🙂 I already enjoy doing the “L” to the forehead when the show comes on.

Glee is still one of my favorite shows on TV. Watching it makes me so…gleeful.

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Can you tell I listened to Dr. Horrible on my way in today? 🙂 Some thoughts for this too-warm and muggy Wednesday:

  • Yes, it is late September and it is too warm for my liking. My apartment gets no air and is on the third floor so it is still decently warm in there. Enough that I have had to have my air conditioner on at nights. I’ll be really happy when the temps start going down for real.
  • I’ve been using so much of this space lately for television and I apologize if that’s getting boring for people. I’ve realized, two weeks into the new fall TV season, that I’m not watching more television than I did over the summer believe it or not. The difference is that over the summer, I was watching shows on DVD, reruns, and a lot of random crap on the channels nobody watches. Now, I’m watching all new stuff. A lot more fun!
  • Jon Stewart made me cry just a little bit last night. I’ll let you go figure out why.
  • Good friend Katie is coming tomorrow to stay with me for a week. Very much looking forward to it. We always seem to have a good time here in Boston. Today is going to be rough though as the apartment is not even close to ready for a guest. No sleep for me tonight.
  • I have not been following politics or the health care debate much at all lately. I only feel semi-guilty about this. I did see Pres. Obama on Letterman on Monday night and I feel pretty much the same way I felt after Obama gave that speech a few weeks back. If what he is saying is true and if what he is proposing actually can work, I’m all for it. It’s horrible to say but I think I got burned out on this stuff during the election. I have to make an effort to start reading more of the news.
  • For those of you who are curious, I will be working at the theater again this season but not as much as last year. I already have the schedule through November and it is fairly light. Also for those of you who are curious, I only have one shift with that person and not until mid-November. 😦
  • I am absolutely shocked that the NFL and coaches allow players to Tweet during and after games regarding games and work. Some of these guys are getting ridiculous. A linebacker from the Redskins started going off on fans that were booing the team. Go find what he said because it is pretty horrible. If I were a Redskins fan, I’d seriously consider switching teams. Luckily (so far), the Patriots seem to be keeping a lid on that kind of thing. ETA: Here is the link from SI.com. Apparently the guy has left Twitter now.
  • Working on a big project here at work since Monday. Hoping to get it done today but we’ll see. This one is a bit out of my league.

Ok, I have one television related thing to say:

  • Am I the only one really digging Bob and Jillian working together on Biggest Loser this season? They are pretty dang cute together. They even wore matching outfits at the weigh-in! I wonder if you can write fan fiction about a reality show…

One of these days I’ll have something important to say on here. 🙂

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Finally got around to watching the latest episode of Mad Men.

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Thoughts:

  • Can’t hold it off. That scene with the British Pete getting his foot hacked off by the John Deere was made of awesome. I “had” to rewind it a couple times just to process what had happened. I especially loved the blood splattering on the guys. The whole scene was great. Pete catching Peggy as she fainted, presumably due to too much champagne, was a little golden nugget thrown in. To cap it all off, we get an excellent joke from Roger – you know, the one about the foot in the door – and the image of the janitor wiping off the blood on the window works on so many levels. It was great and so surprising!
  • I can’t blame little Sally. I’d be screaming my effing head off if a doll I threw out the window suddenly appeared on my dresser in the middle of the night. How that girl sleeps at all in that room with so many creepy dolls is beyond me.
  • I like that Don, at least in the episodes I’ve seen so far, appears to be a caring father to Sally. She certainly isn’t getting any support from her mother. Betty has obviously replaced her father with this baby explaining her insistence on the name Eugene and her general bitchiness to everyone else. I know I’m not far into the series but I really can’t stand Betty.
  • Come on, you knew that smile was going to be wiped clean off Don’s face.
  • Poor Joan. I swear I know the actor who plays her husband from somewhere. It’s driving me crazy.
  • I laughed really hard when uppity British guy wrote in Sterling’s name on the chart.
  • Seriously, no one is going to be fired for the John Deer incident?
  • So is Don now going to take over Mr. One Foot’s position? Is that what I was supposed to make of that?

I have to say that this episode was the first I’ve seen of this show to make me really excited after watching it. I have to rent the first two seasons at some point though Mad Men is competing with Battlestar Galactica and now Big Bang Theory for my catching up viewing attention.

Man, that foot thing was so cool!

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