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13 July 2008 @ 04:15 am
If Cat Woman, Wonder Woman, Clark Kent and Cher ever fought crime together...  
Things have been kind of slow lately, but that doesn't mean I haven't been productive. In the midst of avoiding spoilers and awaiting the return of my fandoms, some sooner than others, I've been catching up on certain shows and getting addicted to others. The first obviously being FNL, then there's Bones S3 which I do admit I didn't watch fully while it aired, but now I have the time to.

Bones Season Three

In essence, I feel like Bones is one of the few shows that has a mixture of everything which I find enjoyable. Season three took a step up in adding an omnious storyline arc involving a cannibalistic religious cult and intergrated that throughout the entire season. I quite liked that mysterious feel, from the very first episode of the season we got the setup and it transformed itself to something even more as it went along. Also, I'm quite morbidly fascinated by the storyline in itself. This show has gone through all sorts of gross and disgusting kinds of crime of corpses and human remains, and past episodes have explored the concepts and acts of cannibalism. It just fit with the atmosphere that this show gives. Given the normalcy of Brennan, Booth and the team, the conflicts, the UST and hilarity which ensues, from the cuteness of Angela and Hodgins to the connection between Brennan and Booth and their oh-so-obvious attraction to each other, you can't help but love this show.

However, there's that outstanding issue regarding the identities of those associated with the Gormogon. Even though I'd known beforehand that it was Zack based on everyone's reactions to the finale, it still befuddles me. I tried watching the episodes and looking for subtle clues, but I found absolutely nothing. But given the fact that nobody on the cast saw this coming until the finale pretty much says it all.

In all honesty, I thought it would be Sweets. Even though I knew it was Zack, everything points to him. Then again I didn't really like Sweets and I found him very suspicious and strange when he was introduced, so that's just my biased opinion. But you'd think that after all the episodes of him just popping in sometimes not invited at all, being so excited and fascinated with the Gormogon case, that those would be clues. I even saw that Brennan was looking at him strangely, as if she were considering the possibility in the back of her mind. Looking at it perspectively without bias, it could've been a great red-herring, leading us to believe it was Sweets until the big reveal it was Zack, someone that we all know and care about hence the shocking revelation; that whole thing about it always being the quiet ones, etc. But I still think this was a last minute decision to have shock-value, which many fans were NOT thrilled about. Believe me, I've read the reviews and reactions, a displeased fanbase either from shock or anger is not a pleasant enviornment to be around. Then there was the Booth getting shot part which was devastating, even though it was revealed it wasn't for real and he even faked his own funeral to catch some bad guy, it's not something you like to see happen to one of your favorite characters. It's like, want to give me a heart attack show?

Otherwise, I pretty much enjoyed the season. I love Angela/Hodgins like whoa, they are too cute for words. The USTing between Brennan and Booth continues to heat up, with added smooches in the Christmas episode! The Halloween episode with Wonder Woman and Clark Kent (amazing outfits to them all, of course). Plus unlike when she was first introduced, I really like Cam and have grown to her quite well, also the continuity of the Gormogon mystery sparked my interest.


Friday Night Lights, Season One

Came into this show out of curiosity, with my love for Adrianne Palicki, and came out completely loving the entire show. Again I say, I'm not really into football, however I understand the passion of the sport and that is what this show represents. It's the passion that drives these characters and their lives.

My absolute favorite character is Tyra Coulette. I mean hello, it's Adrianne, who I initially started watching the show for, however despite already knowing I would love her character just watching each episode with her present was a worthwhile thing. Though what really made me love Tyra even more was her development from the beginning. At first she just appeared randomly in scenes, usually in connection between Tim Riggins and their not-so-much relationship, however gradually she came into her own storyline with her issues with her mother and her driving desire to get out of that small town. I think that's what really drew me to her character, which was despite her reputation she is determined to get herself out of that town where she doesn't see a substantial lifestyle. She wants more than that for herself. I also love how tough she is, how strong she stays for her family, especially how she takes care of her mother whom she loves but isn't afraid to express her true feelings about their situation. You just start feeling for the poor girl because of everything she has to go through, from her family issues to school troubles to even the disturbing attempted rape scene near the end of the season. Tyra just can't catch a break, and you really want things to go smoothly for her at least for once.

Which is why I simply adore the Taylor family, who are my second favorite characters in the show. First of all, despite how their initial feelings were of Tyra when she and Julie befriended each other I really liked how they gradually warmed up to her. Mrs. Taylor especially since she encouraged Tyra to continue her education, and when she entered their house I definitely felt that an environment like that of the Taylors would be good for her. Healthy, even. Positive, encouraging, keeping her in check with her academic achievements.

The Taylors themselves, I love them. Coach and Mrs. Taylor, even Julie. I feel they are a positive energy to the small town of Dillion, trying to do their best when sometimes the odds are against them.

I actually thought I would dislike Lyla, but she evolved very nicely. Some of her actions and behaviors in the beginning irritated me, but when she started falling back to reality and lifting the blinders that kept her in fantasyland I started liking her more and more. From her standing her ground when people were going against her to her completely turning a cold shoulder on her father. She started toughening up and coming to her own, and I liked seeing that kind of transformation. I also liked seeing the possibility of a Tyra and Lyla friendship.

As for the other characters, I do like Jason even though he's made some mistakes regarding his relationship with Lyla. But for someone who's paralyzed having to deal with difficulties and life-altering changes, it can be hard to accept and to move forward. I also like Matt and Landry, and let's not forget Tim Riggins. As for the characters I DON'T LIKE are Buddy Garrity, as that's quite obvious. I'm kind of indifferent towards Smash, as I neither like or dislike him. He just doesn't strike me as the other characters have just yet. I'm not fond of Tyra's mother, even though I know she's wounded she doesn't really have much to offer her daughter other than repeated heartbreaks.

This show really has a lot of character connections, from family and friends to romances, which are all brought on by the passion and dedication of football as I mentioned. Football is only secondary but again, it's what brings them all together in the first place. From them starting off the season to ending up going to State, although I suspected them to lose the State game because sometimes even the best teams lose the big ones, and it would've seemed kind of realistic but heh, I could live without that. There are other matters more important than football, and I think that's what really spoke to me about this show. While football is seen as the only out for some characters, like Smash, it's proven by many arcs dealt with in S1 that winning isn't always everything and depending on football to make your life shouldn't be one's main priority. There's other matters to consider, and between the filming styles and music and casting, that's one of the major things this show brings to the table.

It's not about football, it's about life. That's the main tagline of the show, and it's absolutely correct.
 
 
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himhilienhimhilien on July 13th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
I'm not reading either of these reviews because I want to watch both shows eventually and you know me and spoilers.

I do have to say I love the subject title of this entry.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 14th, 2008 04:14 am (UTC)
I do hope you will soon, because I really love both shows and to have you on board would be excellent. :)
Tracy: Nerdalexwhitman25 on July 13th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
As for Bones , I was not thrilled with the direction they took, but it was mainly rushed because of the strike. They planned on leading up to the reveal more, but didn't have the time to with the strike. So it came off horrible and was not done well at all. I wish they would have just postponed wrapping it up until next season, but I guess they wanted it wrapped up beforehand. Sweets was a red herring and I knew he was looking too obvious to actually be the apprentice, but I thought with the loss of time maybe they would have to end up going there.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 13th, 2008 08:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, the strike pretty much had a major impact on many of our shows with trying to find a resolution to storylines in a shortened amount of time. I thought that overall despite what they did to Zack that it was a good season, and had they the full season extension it would've gone further. I would've preferred it be Sweets because while kind of obvious it makes sense and his character was expendable anyway, rather than it being one of our own that you never saw coming through all the three years he's been there with us.
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Renéerogueslayer452 on July 13th, 2008 09:10 pm (UTC)
Which explains the abruptness to this deciding factor so late into the show and how nobody knew until last minute. IMO, as devastating as it would've been to kill off Zack, I would've preferred that instead of making him the Gormogon's apprentice. The way they did it made no sense and it was just randomly selected. I get wanting to have the actor back and with the paid and all, but I don't know. I guess had the season panned out sans strike it would've just been fine but, the strike messed everything up.
Shawna: Roomatesshawnalasex on July 13th, 2008 08:42 pm (UTC)
I agree but i like buddy garrity ,bc s2 he warmed my heart,i dont like smash ,oir his mom .........
Renée: Blair Waldorf.rogueslayer452 on July 13th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't gotten to S2 yet, but we'll see where that goes with Buddy. I'm no fan of Smash, but I do like Mama Smash based on her actions given in S1 with her son and other characters.
Shawnashawnalasex on July 13th, 2008 08:54 pm (UTC)
we talk after yu watch s2 bc i really dont leak anything
glassnowdrop on July 13th, 2008 09:27 pm (UTC)
gah. i hate that it was zach, but to be honest i would have hated if it was sweets, too, cos i really liked him. but oh well.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 13th, 2008 09:40 pm (UTC)
LOL @ icon. XD

I loved Zack, so it was such an emotional blow. I knew what was going to happen before but watching it just made it worse. IDK, I still love this show but, due to imediate decision making this wasn't one of their best moves. I guess I could rationalize it, but I just can't. Nothing added up. Sweets was kind of annoying though he was a nice guy, but I would've thought an expendable character would be more appropriate.
glassnowdrop on July 13th, 2008 10:59 pm (UTC)
yeah Zach was definately my favourite character, and it just made me angry.

And the worst part is, with booth's 'death' and catching gormagon, they didn't NEED to make one of them involved. it would have been an acceptable episode without it.
Robyncakes: david and puppet adorablebitterbird on July 14th, 2008 01:23 am (UTC)
I was so sad it was Zach I really couldnt see why he would do that and it all felt a bit weird and not right to me, I adored Zach though. I knew Booth couldnt be dead but that funeral part had me worried a bit for a while too!
thats a nice way to look at FNL! are you starting S2 now?
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 14th, 2008 01:40 am (UTC)
Exactly how I felt. I mean, it's Zack! He may be awkward and kind of impressionable and clueless about certain things, but he not a killer. But I guess that's what happens and that's precisely what Caroline said, people like the Gormogon pick those weaker than them to brainwash and manipulate to do their bidding. But I never expected it to be Zack, someone like Zack who is intelligent and shouldn't be thrown into such situations where he knows right from wrong. It did feel out of place, but because it'd been decided that he would be the apprentice so late into the season that's why.

I'll be starting S2 of FNL very soon. :)
Jennifer: misc_xtinajenniferkaos on July 14th, 2008 03:35 pm (UTC)
I've always been a big fan of Bones. Partially because of my massive crush on David Boreanaz. I had to stop watching Season 3 because One Tree Hill and Gossip Girl went to Monday nights and I could only watch one thing at a time. I am catching up on reruns and I'll buy the box set when it comes out. It's a great show!
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 14th, 2008 09:09 pm (UTC)
It definitely is, and yeah David was the initial draw to the show when it first premiered. But now I love pretty much everyone, and David and Emily have such amazing chemistry together. I'll always know him as Angel from BtVS however I think he's better as Seeley Booth, the tough yet sarcastic FBI agent. Heh.
sunshine: fnl: castaliasagent on July 14th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
FNL is pretty amazing. Just because it's pretty realistic. I actually like everyone. Sort of. Some I have a complicated relationship with, but I like the bunch of them. I even like Buddy, which was a surprise. Smash is one of my favourites, for some reason. Tyra I like too and Lyla. They should definitely become mates :D
Renée: Blair Waldorf.rogueslayer452 on July 14th, 2008 09:15 pm (UTC)
I think that's the reason why I fell in love with the show, the realistic portrayal. All the actors have this knack of creating their characters so vividly and so true. But yeah, FNL is good.

Yeah, there are complicated relationships between characters. The Tim, Lyla and Jason triangle I was torn on which side was correct, I mean Jason was on the victim end but everything got turned around and it's so confusing. But again, that's life. I haven't started S2 just yet but after the S1 finale I kind of want a Tyra/Lyla friendship to be formed, if not that than a truce between them. I loved their conversation in that last episode, because they really saw each other on the same level.
amanda_1951 on July 14th, 2008 11:56 pm (UTC)
I love Bones so much. I agree with what you said about the show combining so many different elements that interest me. I especially love that Brennan's favorite Halloween costume is Wonder Woman, and that she could so take Catwoman in a fight. Haha. I ended up watching all of the episodes on Fox's website; well, I watched most of them. I think it conflicted with something else I was watching for a while, but I don't remember now.
I was really disappointed with the finale. I read online that there was a lot of speculation that it was all a dream or something because of some of the outlandish scenes, like Booth in the bathtub with his beer hat, but I think it was only like that because it was so rushed following the writer's strike. From what I understand, the man who plays Zach (whose name escapes me) has been told he could come back for guest spots in the future, but he was ready to move on from the character, so I'm not sure how that will pan out.
And yes, FNL is also fantastic. I think Tyra is one of my top three characters as well. I like that she has such a good heart and is trying so hard despite the crappy hand she has been dealt. I also love Julie because I feel like she is almost Tyra's opposite. She is so naive and just doesn't seem to understand how good she has it sometimes. She is the typical teenage girl that I think most people can identify with.
All in all, I think I just love your taste in tv shows. Haha
Renée: Blair Waldorf.rogueslayer452 on July 15th, 2008 04:41 am (UTC)
With the reactions of the Bones S3 finale, I do admit I was disappointed too and kind of shocked even though I already knew based on what other people thought of it. Believe me, I've seen the rants from people and it wasn't pretty. Although because I like theorizing I kind of rationalize the possibilities and would Zack be a candidate to be the assistant and protege of the Gormogon? I'd think so, but it's the fact that this was a decision made so late in the game the continuity just didn't fit. That's my main problem.

I mean surely, Zack is an impressionable guy and while intelligent he does tend to be kind of naive and innocent, which is the reason why the Gormogon choose him. IDK how they'll integrate his character, other than random visits to the psych ward by the others. It just won't be the same without Zack in the lab, and that's the depressing part.

I agree with you about Julie. I've heard people complain about how bratty she seems but seriously, she's a teenager. Teenagers are bratty and irrational and do make stupid decisions. And while she and Tyra are opposites I do like their friendship, because it gives a benefit for both of them. Tyra to see that there are good things on the other side of the fence if she challenges herself and makes an effort to achieve her goals academically, and Julie to see how she can grow up without growing up too fast. I like that.

Hee, thanks darling! I have a range of fandoms and shows, and it varies to what I like now and what I'll like down the road. Heh.
OhBoothohbooth on July 15th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
See, to me, Zach was the obvious choice. I kept thinking of something Sweets said in Brennan's dad's trial, that she could justify murder because she is completely rational. Zach is even more rational than Tempe, so yeah, I saw it right off the bat, and I have been saying he was the apprentice since they figured out there was one, BECAUSE of his 'reappearance' after Iraq...no matter how rational you are, going to war (even if you have a tiny role) changes people.
Renéerogueslayer452 on July 15th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I try to rationalize the decision of making him be the apperentice, and was it plausible? Absolutely. But I never once could consider him an obvious choice. I also agree that war changes people, and since Iraq isn't a fun and joyful place to be perhaps that could be a nice way to reason and give background to where he was in the beginning to how he became in the end of S3 and how he managed to get involved with the Gormogon. I do understand that. However in the episodes before the finale there was nothing indicating that he was the apperentice.

I never thought Zack would be killer, but as I said it's a plausible assumption because cults do get inside other people's heads. Making the rational into irrational and with Zack, someone who's been to war and has seen so many horrible and irrational things, there's no telling where his mind was once he returned.

I guess what really bugs me of this is the lack of continuity, the decision to make him the apperentice so late into the season, and the fact that it was Zack Addy, a beloved character, of all people.
OhBooth: Ruby WTF?!ohbooth on July 15th, 2008 03:42 am (UTC)
Well, and if you paused when 'Zach' came out of the closet and stabbed the attorney guy (or lobbyist, whatever) it was clearly not him...like at all...
Renée: Ruby. Amazing crack.rogueslayer452 on July 15th, 2008 04:44 am (UTC)
Precisely. Which is why making him part of the Gormogon's recruitment inconsistent with what we saw beforehand. I mean after the fact I can see how they could make him that, but IDK. Those kinds of things, even if they're small, really irritate me. They should've kept the killer entirely cloaked or something.

And now you reminded me of that scene, which scared the BEJESUS out of me. O_O