I was a little burnt out on the printed word this past weekend, so even though I took the weekend mostly off from work (my version of taking the weekend off is still answering some emails, finishing a manuscript and sending several off for FLEs. Sad.) I didn’t get much reading done. I did read Born in Death by JD Robb, which I’ll talk about in another post, but mostly I caught up on some TV.
First, I’ve been recording the second season of Doctor Who on the DVR but I hadn’t watched one episode since it started at the end of September. Sunday and Monday, I got completely caught up and now have to wait for the next new episode to air in two weeks. Which kind of sucks because last week’s episode was a “To Be Continued” episode. Argggh.
Anyhow, I do like David Tennant as the Doctor, though I still have to admit to missing Christopher Eccleston. He had this fun, quirky way about him that I enjoyed. But David Tennant does an excellent job. However, there is something stopping me from totally enjoying this season and that’s Rose. I actually liked Rose’s character last year, but this year she’s getting on my nerves. She’s always giddy and laughing at inane times, which drives me batty. I think they’re trying to have her portray the giddiness of falling in love, but instead I just want to slap some sense into her and tell her to act like an adult and stop giggling, for God’s sake!
I have to admit that I loved the episode where we got to see Sarah Jane Smith and K9 again (for those who aren’t familiar, she was the Doctor’s companion for 80 episodes back in the 70’s so there’s some serious nostalgia with bringing her back, and it created a nice conflict, with remembering the Doctor has had previous companions–who’ve aged). I thought the actress who played Sarah Jane had aged beautifully and was quite gorgeous. And it took me 15 minutes to figure out that the headmaster was Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Anthony Head). I’ve always liked him–and he has a lovely singing voice, tool.
Something interesting about Sarah Jane, though, is that the writers of Doctor Who (Russel Davies) have developed and are in production with a series called “The Sarah Jane Adventures”, featuring Sarah Jane (duh) and her 13 y/o neighbor trying to combat evil alien forces. Interesting. Of course, this will be her second spin-off series from Doctor Who. They tried one called K9 and Company but that only made it to a pilot episode.
So there are 5 episodes left in the season, but now that I’m all caught up, I might actually get to watch them on Fridays. Or maybe not. The nice thing about DVR is that I could fast forward past all the commercials for Battlestar Galactica. Which I’m behind on (like several seasons behind, lolol) so seeing the commercials feels like mini-spoilers.
I also started to get caught up on CSI. I was actually only two episodes behind so I watched one last night. I ended up making Josh watch with me because, for those who watch it, it was the episode where they have the coroner’s inquest for Greg’s “homicide” of the young man during the “swarm” killings. I made Josh watch it so he could experience my frustration at people trying to blame Greg for this boy’s death. No no no! I know it’s a TV show, but I was still frustrated. Life is about personal choices and that boy made a choice to kill and hurt others and now his family wants to blame Greg because he was killed while Greg saved the life of the man that boy was helping to kill. Grrrr. This is one of my hot button topics, people not accepting responsibility for their actions–or the actions of their children/loved ones and instead blaming others.
There was a case in Virginia recently where a car thief was killed while trying to jack an off-duty officer. The thief was using a gun to try to steal the car. He ended up being shot by the off-duty officer. The thief’s family? Said it was the officer’s fault and that he should have just let him have the car. Yeah, all the officer’s fault that that young man made bad choices. It’s always someone else’s fault. Grrr again.
ANYWAY! I still have one episode of CSI to watch, but I have to say that I think last season and this season of CSI have been the best two seasons of the show. I think the episodes have been grittier and had greater emotional impact. Very cool.
Last on our viewing agenda this weekend, we watched the movie UltraViolet. Oh dear God. What an awful, awful movie. I can’t think of anything I’ve seen recently that can compare to how bad this movie was. About a month ago we watched Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which I giggled my way through (because I loved the book and the humor tickles me) and Josh thought it was awful. I am willing to bet every book I own that he thought UltraViolet was much worse!
Next up, we have to catch up on Veronica Mars. We’ve not watched one episode this season, so that will be a weekend project. Then we can start on Battlestar Galactica again and maybe, by this time next year, we’ll be ready to watch with the rest of the world 😉