Jul. 26th, 2010 11:44 pm
owl: Stylized barn owl (spoon)
Just watched Sherlock on iPlayer; it's pretty good.
Spoilers, mild )


Aug. 26th, 2008 10:34 pm
owl: I am bewildered (bwah?)
Still no sign of the backup CDs for the edition of Windows on the laptop. Also, while our bin was sitting out in the alleyway after being emptied, some plonker came along and practically filled it with their rubbish.

Have been cheering myself up by watching clips of Yes, Minister, after [ profile] doyle_sb4 had reminded me of its existence. On the achievement side, have cleaned most of the house and done a crazy amount of ironing and now will have actual clothes to wear to work.

Meme signup

Aug. 5th, 2008 09:22 pm
owl: pen handwriting; use it for journalling (writing)
I've just put my name in for the DVD commentary challenge. It's a change from the other commentary meme; someone else does the commentary. Off to find one to do myself...some of you sign up so I can do yours.

I don't think I'm going to watch Bonekickers tonight; I don't think I can bear to watch the destruction of all artefacts in the team's vicinity.
Okay, here's a question for you: who has destroyed the greater number of irreplaceable historical artefacts, Indiana Jones or the Bonekickers team?

Indy gives you more bang for your buck, but Bonekickers has more regularity and sticking power. They do it once a week!

I'm no archaeologist, but I was wincing this week.


Jul. 16th, 2008 09:46 pm
owl: Northern Ireland from orbit (home)
I watched Bonekickers on the iPlayer. It looks to me as if if features as much real archaeology as Doctor Who features real physics. Oh, it also features Martha's sister as audience exposition. It'd the sort of thing where there might be an actual true fact in there, but you can't tell amidst all the fantasy, so you have to remember where it comes from so you don't quote it as fact.

The meme that comes round every so often: Choose one of my fics and I'll do a DVD-style commentary for it.
The disadvantage of warm weather: no central heating, therefore no hot water in the tap for the washing up. I'm boiling a kettle and remembering my student days.

This is not my Sam Tyler. Nor is it Gene Hunt. It's not LoM, and it doesn't look like it's an American cop show of any quality. It's just a half-baked mess. It doesn't seem to be a reimagining, just our programme warmed over. These guys aren't Sam and Gene, they're acting Sam and Gene.
So alledgedly Virgin Media (my ISP) is making moves to implement the 'three strikes and NO INTARWEBZ' policy on illegal downloading..

Woez! How shall I get my Numb3rs fix? There is about an 18-month lag time from it being shown in America and it being shown here (and then it's on ITV3 late at night, sigh). [ profile] theoriginalspy, I hope that you keep up with the recaps :-/ *clings to [ profile] theoriginalspy like Charlie to his laptop*

Also BSG, although the lag time is not horrendous. I can wait. Yeah, really.

Incidentally, I first got fannish about both these programs while I was watching downloaded episodes. I'd seen them on television, but they were just something that I watched when they were on (like Diagnosis Murder in university, but much less embarrassing). Guess what I went out and did once I'd got hooked on the downloads? Yeah, I bought the DVDs. So everybody won! The companies got £££ and I got new sandpits! Gah!

(I never download music or films. I have my own source of free music; it's called 'baby brother who gets paid to go to school and hence has money to burn'. Don't know what we'll do when he goes to uni next year, though.)

TV stuff

Mar. 27th, 2008 10:18 pm
owl: (Charlie)
No, I'm not doing a boycott of LJ all by myself. I'm just feeling a bit bleh about doing anything that requires effort. Also bleh about TV at the minute.

Doctor Who is back next week and I only have the tiniest bit of squee in a sea of apprehension. The promotional interviews do not tend to confidence.

I haven't seen the last couple of Torchwood. This is partly due to being away from the broadband and BBC iPlayer over Easter, but not wholly

Have more or less given up on Ashes to Ashes instead of hanging around waiting for it to become Life on Mars.

And Diane Farr is leaving Numb3rs after the current series finishes. Not that we're actually going to see that till about 2011 at the rate it gets over here legally, and the government will possibly have got around to the whole CONFISCATE UR INTARWEBZ 4 ILLEGAL DOWNLOADIN BY THEN. Sigh. I hate that thing where people leave TV programmes. Numb3rs was there before Megan and it will be after, but there are other people who can't be replaced, and it makes me a bit nervous.
Does anyone else have Life on Mars (the song) really really stuck in their heads now?

And is it just me, or is LJ being cranky tonight? I expect the usual suspects are busily discussing Anna Nicole Smith's baby again. *glares at [ profile] ohnotheydidnt*

Question: who is the woman in this promo for Gridlock? IMDB is being extremely unhelpful, and I think I've seen her somewhere and it's annoying me.
I can't believe it's over. Spoilers )
THAT spoiler for later in Series 3 )

Last ever Life on Mars tonight. I wonder if I'll be brave enough to watch it live.
Yesterday we did a great deal of cleaning and tidying—the stairs haven't been so clean in months—and also a slight book cull. We have finally convinced the parents that what we need is not fewer books but another bookcase, and they say we can get an Argos one this week. There is not such thing as too many books, only too few bookshelves.

I also sat down and watched the tapes of the ITV Austen adaptations.

Mansfield Park: First mistake was casting Billie Piper as Fanny. Emma Woodhouse, certainly, Elizabeth Bennett, perhaps, Fanny Price, definitely not. Once you have Billie Piper, playing her as shy and delicate becomes difficult. So instead she ran and skipped and giggled all over the place. When sir Thomas said his line about William finding his sister at 18 too little changed from his sister at 10, I remarked, "Yes, she still hasn't learnt to use a hairbrush." I don't think she had her hair (which mysterious didn't match her eyebrows) tidy or a bonnet on her head throughout. Speaking of costuming, could we ever have an Austen adaptation that knows the difference between and evening and a morning dress, or doesn't have the heroine running and even riding without coat or hat? And the Bertram boys seemed to have a bit of difficulty in getting fully dressed before they left their rooms, too. And what on earth was up with that waltz at the end? Fanny and Edmund waltzing, WHAT?

Mansfield Park is a great long book; squashing it down to less than two hours was never going to be satisfying. I could see why they removed Mr Yeats, and thus Julia's elopement, and the trip to Rushworth's house, but I can't see why Fanny's coming-out ball was changed to a picnic, or why she was left alone at Mansfield instead of being sent back to Portsmouth in disgrace. I know that's it's an irresistible temptation to expand on the book's conclusion and how Edmund noticed the giant anvils dropping all round him, but it did make him look even more gormless than when he was in love with Mary.

The Crawfords were pretty good, though, and Maria, and Lady Bertram before she inexplicably woke up and played matchmaker at the end. And Edmund and Fanny managed to have chemistry while still being believable that he was in love with Mary.

Northanger Abbey: As this is the shortest of the books, it suffered the last from the compression, IMO. Catherine was played by an age-appropriate actress, and was very sweet and convincing. Henry was really quite fanciable, too. The one thing I didn't like was having Isabella sleep with Captain Tilney—she had much to good an eye for the main chance to do that. It made her seem a victim, as well, and Captain Tilney much worse than in the book. I hadn't realised those novels that Catherine was reading were quite so dodgy, either.

Persuasion: This is my favourite of the novels, and I don't think that any adaptation could satisfy me. This one was definitely too short, giving me the impression of a mad rush. For instance, Anne's little nephew has his fall while they are dressing for dinner, and Charles and Mary go off before the surgeon is fairly out of the door. The conclusion was a sort of hybrid of the cancelled and final ending of the book (Jane Austen changed it for a reason, you know), and takes place while all the characters seem to be running all over Bath (hatless, of course) only to end up back where they started. I liked Anne, though—and Captain Spooks was most attractive. I thought they did the explaining the backstory—most necessary in Persuasion—pretty well, too. I can't help wishing, though, that it had been twice the length, the Bath part especially.
Well, not the whole week, but Tuesday and Thursday anyway.

Life on Mars

Plasticine Sam is cute! The Beeb should make merchandise versions. In fact, they should do a whole episode in animated format.


Start of episode: he walks! He runs! He skateboards! Something is not right here....Oh, he's being sarcastic, it's ok, he hasn't been replaced by an ET House-clone.

In between: Patient's family: What's that injection? Cuddy: It's magic potion. I like to call it "0 to 60 in ten seconds".

End of episode: Oh, bad House. If you were a GP you would have booted yourself off your list by now.

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Nov. 13th, 2006 10:20 pm
owl: Miles Vorkosigan: We have advanced to new and surpising levels of bafflement (milesbaffled)
So tonight Spooks had terrorists all over the Thames barrier. The fact that I'm reading Brothers in Arms at the minute is entirely fortuitous.

I'm glad that the episode didn't stop ten seconds sooner than it did.


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