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22 May 2012 @ 12:33 am
Bunheads  
This doesn't premiere until mid-June, but the pilot is available to watch early via TV Line. It's Amy-Sherman Palladino's new show, so you know, that is both a good thing and a bad thing.

Warning: There's a pretty major spoiler in this post -- major enough that if you're at all interested in watching the show that I don't think you should read this until you have.

Bunheads

I don't have much to say about this, tbh. lisal825 asked me to make a post so we can discuss it without spoilers, so. This is the post.

- The characters of Stars Hollow always walked a fine line between being amusing and grating to me, and Bunheads is kind of the same. I kind of felt like I was watching Emily Gilmore play Miss Patty.

- The total lack of diversity is annoying, but it's nice that the show is completely focused on female characters. I liked the younger part of the cast better than I expected, and I assume their dynamic will be fleshed out more over the course of the first season.

- My fave snarky moment was Michelle's crack about domestic beers, which is a philosophy I totally share. If you're gonna drink the empty calories, at least drink something decent!

- Hubble was kind of... like, he did seem very kind. But it's obvious that he didn't really know Michelle, he was just enchanted by her stage persona and infatuated with her. The stuff he said about understanding her was very generic. You want to laugh? You want to travel? You want to be challenged? I mean, who doesn't. The gifts he showered her with, the flowers -- it all felt superficial. She agreed to marry him while she was super down and wasted, and they were obviously on the path to disappointment IMO. So um, maybe it's a good thing insofar as the show goes [seriously this is a spoiler!] that he died at the end. I was like OH MY GOD when it happened. IA with Amy that it's what made this pilot memorable. She upends her life (even though her life sucked) and marries this guy and has about two hours where it seems like hey this might actually work out (even though IMO it wouldn't have) and then BOOM, HE DIES.

So what did you guys think? Will you watch this summer?

So far I'm thinking my summer shows will be River Monsters (I looove that stupid show), SYTYCD, Bunheads, Newsroom (the new Aaron Sorkin show on HBO), Political Animals, and Royal Pains. Oh, and I'll catch up on S2 of The Killing once it's finished its run.

I want to talk about S1 of The Killing for a sec, actually.

The Killing

After I watched it, I went to HitFix and read back a bunch of their recaps and the finale interviews and stuff. And it made me realize how much of a totally different experience it must have been to just watch all of it over the course of a few days instead of two plus months. The reviews for the end of the season got more and more middling, until the second-to-last episode, which is primarily about the son of the main character (bb Shawn from Psych!) going missing. There's a lot of character work, but it's a slow slow slooow episode. Everyone seemed to love it, but when I was watching all at once it was this total anomaly that slowed down the story to a halt, and it just stood out like a sore thumb. I was bored. I wanted to fast-forward. But for fans of the show watching in real time, it was one of the best episodes of the season.

There were also a lot of complaints about a lack of character development, but I felt like I got to know all the characters and got a glimpse of their lives over the course of the first season.

I also didn't totally hate the ending like most fans. It was a copout, but it was a typical TV copout and I wasn't really happy with the conclusion of the mystery anyway because there were still so many unanswered questions, it didn't really make that much sense to me. But it was a little depressing that a character I grew to like over the series turned out to be so sketchy.

You can also totally tell that this isn't an American production. Just the way it's filmed, the casting, the look of the show. I wasn't surprised to find out the showrunner is Danish and that it's an American adaptation of a Danish TV show. It was also funny how many people popped up in this that I didn't even recognize. Everyone just looked so different. Alona Tal, hey gurl!
 
 
 
mechacha_75mechacha_75 on May 22nd, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
I wasn't bothered by the S1 cliffie. It was very typical but not that annoying.
However S2 is at a halt. Until episode 7/8 the most interesting part is Linden/Holder's flirtation.
I still love the show and its pace though. A sucker for slow-paced stuff lol!
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myfriendamymyfriendamy on May 22nd, 2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
The Hubbell relationship was set up strangely, like on the one hand it is like a fantasy--a wealthy man comes out of nowhere and rescues the girl from her miserable living conditions and takes her to a place called Paradise, lol. And he wants nothing more than to love her and take care of her, etc. (so yeah even though it is clear he doesn't really know her, he seems to want to love her no matter what which is something I think a lot of people hope for!) But on the other hand, he lives with his mother and Paradise is a strange town, etc.

[Spoilery]But I liked the end because I think it killed the fantasy obviously, but also sets up the potential for a really interesting almost Ruth-like dynamic between Michelle and Fanny. I really liked the honesty of their conversation at the bar, and even before the end reveal, that was starting to sell me on the show. I'm curious to see where it goes!

Also I was looking at the cast picture and it's all female. It's just a nice break from all the cast pictures I've seen in recent weeks that are either all male or all male and one female. ;)


About The Killing, I'm realllly curious to see how they wrap up the second season because it definitely feels like there has been more character stuff in some of these episodes...which hasn't bothered me entirely, some of it is really good but I think maybe it all comes around to a bigger point. The experience of watching something all at once as opposed to week-by-week is really different, sometimes I think I catch less when I watch it all at once but also I tend to remember things better because I've just watched it. :)
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myfriendamymyfriendamy on May 23rd, 2012 05:06 pm (UTC)
That would make sense as motivation.

btw I read that Smash ended with one of the characters maybe pregnant and not sure of who the father was, lol.
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the purple light of a summer night in Spain: d: permanent eclipse of the sunthemis on May 23rd, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)
I'm gonna keep watching Bunheads because ... obviously and also I love a good Turning Point reference (or even a bad one) and if it sticks around maybe Baryshnikov will guest star?!?!? Mostly I thought it was charming. It could get twee and saccharine, like GG, but maybe it won't.

IIRC from my time watching The Killing as it aired, what irked me wasn't the slow pace but the very procedural format, except it was a one-step-forward-two-steps-back sort of thing. I always knew the first fifty minutes of each episode were a red herring - and then the first fifty minutes of the next episode - and the next - and the next ...
The evil tickler: Phantom - Christinestaceyface on May 24th, 2012 09:03 pm (UTC)
I saw Bunheads and it seemed alright. I mean, like you said, the characters were walking a very thin line between grating and amusing. But I'm really glad that the ending happened the way it did and sorta killed Michelle's little fantasy. I'm not sure if I'll keep up with it, but since I don't have many shows to watch over the summer maybe I'll keep it on my radar.

Btw, I love River Monsters as well! Who knew fishing could be entertaining?
bellesbellsbellesbells on June 27th, 2012 05:47 am (UTC)
Re: Bunheads

I miss hearing ASP's way with words, and I heart Sutton Foster, so I already knew I'd be watching the show before it aired - unless it was obscenely horrendous. And it's pretty all right so far, Foster handles the ASP dialogue very well, and so I will.

I was like OH MY GOD when it happened

Yeah, that completely took me by surprise too. I think ultimately it was a good decision because the whole marriage thing was such an iffy premise anyway that didn't make a lot of sense, and its only purpose was to put Michelle in Paradise (and have the relationship she has with Fanny). I kinda just want them to get past the explanation portion and get down to the actual show.

I only watched the first 2 episodes or so of The Killing when it aired. Just kind of lost interest. Maybe it is a show more suited to a DVD schedule than a week to week schedule? I'm not sure. I remember liking the way it looked with the rain and the atmosphere, and I liked the two detectives (presumably the mains, I guess), but when it came to the actual case I wasn't interested enough to keep watching.

Alona Tal, hey gurl!

Meg's in The Killing? Huh.