Erin Watches: Glee, Elementary, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Black Rock Shooter May 10, 2013Posted by Erin Ptah in Erin Watches, Fandom.
Tags: Black Rock Shooter, Doctor Whoniverse, Elementary, Game of Thrones, Glee
Last night I dreamed my computer was stolen. Was fine the instant I woke up and realized it hadn’t been real, but while it was ongoing it was terrifying. (The thought of so many WIPs lost forever…)
The last time I had a really bad dream was after watching Dollhouse’s “Epitaph One”. Makes sense. Losing your memories and losing things you wouldn’t be able to reconstruct without perfect memory are of a kind :/
And speaking of TV, some things I’ve watched more recently…
Finally managed to kick it.
The episode that did it was the one where Ryder opens up to his teammates about his childhood molestation, and everything about it is badly handled or not resolved or not even addressed, and it just hit me that, wow, this show is never again going to tackle anything in a way I want to watch. Will keep up with canon via the Autostraddle recaps for the sake of reading fic (some of which is actually worthwhile!), and that’s it.
This show is really pretty good.
I enjoyed the BBC’s Sherlock, mostly (and I still haven’t seen The Blind Banker, which probably helps), but Elementary has been offering up a lot less flash for a lot more substance.
Speaking of flash and no substance! Most of this season has been depressingly thin. Lots of dramatic speeches, very little of the action and effort that makes those speeches earned. Lots of talking up the Great Mystery of What’s Going On With Clara, taking up time that could be used to investigate the mystery, or to develop Clara as a character who’s engaging in her own right beyond being an object of unusual time phenomenon. An episode with a ton of running around in the depths of the TARDIS where we get one or two cool scenes…and then a lot of generic scary being-chased-around-by-monsters.
And then came The Crimson Horror, and it was more fantastic than it had any right to be. Humor! Action! Jenny being fantastic. Strax being adorable. (“Horse! You have failed in your mission!”) A good old-fashioned megalomaniac of a villain. Teamwork! A mystery where the clues came together in meaningful ways, without leaving things hanging to be un-addressed for the next couple of seasons (are we ever going to find out why the TARDIS exploded?). Plus that one poor proper Victorian dude fainting every couple of scenes.
Granted, Clara doesn’t have much to do besides be in trouble, get rescued, and inspire a couple more people to ask about the Great Mystery, but in such a team-heavy episode (with lots of other female characters having significant and well-written interactions, no less), it’s forgivable.
[ETA: No, wait, I completely forgot! Clara did get a moment of awesome. Things needed to be broken, and the Doctor was all “I have my sonic screwdriver!” and Clara was all “yeah, well, I have a chair.” Spoiler alert: the chair worked.]
Can we have a Vastra/Jenny spinoff yet? And can all the episodes be like this? Please?
Game of Thrones
For the most part I have no idea what’s going on in this show. I just watch for a handful of characters being awesome. Particularly Dany.
Black Rock Shooter
I have no idea what’s going on in this show either, but in this case there’s a chance I might actually put it together.
It’s gripping and dramatic and visually stunning, and I’m going to be a solid fan whether it comes together at the end or not. (Though hopefully it will.)