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Tv shows I'm watching ...

I've been watching a few of the new shows. They're not screening in NZ yet, but I've managed to find a site which has the episodes available.


Arrow

Not bad. I'm not sure I like the fact that Green Arrow/Oliver kills. It sort of goes against the whole superhero not killing thing, but then I don't see this Green Arrow as a superhero as such. Don't get me wrong. Stephen Amell plays the part well but I just don't relate to him as well as I did the way Justin played him in Smallville. Then again, I've only seen three episodes so far and I have to give it a chance.

I really don't like Oliver's mother. The fact that she has had something to do with what happened to Oliver and his father really rankles. Personally, I think she's a lousy mother and I hope to see Oliver learning the truth.

I don't like the guy who is supposed to be Oliver's friend. There's something that just rubs me up the wrong way about him. I do like the bodyguard though. He's not taking any of Oliver's crap.

I won't give this a mark out of ten. As I said, I've only seen three episodes, so I have to give it a fair shake.


Beauty and the Beast

I didn't really take to the show the first time around and I'm not sure about it this time around. While it's nice to see a Kiwi in a leading role in an American tv series (yeah, how did that happen, btw?), the fact that it's a remake of a show that was a bit strange to begin with isn't winning it any points.

And Kristin as a homicide detective? I don't know. I guess I still see her as Lana Lang because it just does not seem to be a good fit. No offence to Kristin. Maybe if I'd had a chance to see her in a meatier role, I might have bought it.

I don't think I'll be seeing much of this one.


Elementary

Well, I was never a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes but I do like a good detective show. I like his deductive reasoning, even if it is difficult to follow him at times, but then that's Holmes. I admit I do like this modern take on it.

I read some comments bemoaning the fact that Holmes is a recovering drug addict or that he's detached. If anyone knows their Sherlock Holmes, they would know that he is quite detached. As for the drug addiction, well, according to what I've read, the character used drugs anyway. Besides, why put so-called heroes up on a pedestal? There is nothing wrong with having a few character flaws.

Anyway, this promises to be one to watch.

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babydee1
Feb. 19th, 2013 07:27 am (UTC)
Yes, yes and yes - fully agree with you on all thee counts and for all the same reasons.

Arrow: Stephen Amell plays the tortured soul very well, but...I don't know. The writing for everyone else is very poor. It's like a bad Smallville redux, but they've forgotten that the protagonists are not teenagers who need their parents shadowing their every move. Laurel's father irritates me. I know he lost a daughter, but the girl was a slag who cheated with her sister's boyfriend. And he tries too hard to micromanage the child he has left. I would understand it if Laurel were younger, like Thea's age, but she's a grown woman.

The same is true of Oliver and his mother. I kept watching and wondering why she insists on him being in certain places at certain times, and 'be in bed before ll!' and all that shyte. Also, at no time did any of them even try to understand what he went through on that island. Selfish buggers.

I agree, Oliver's mate is as shifty as quicksand. The only relationship on the show with any credibility is Oliver/Diggle (Ogle? Doggie? LOL!!!) I have a theory that he may end up being Cyborg, but I'm not too interested or invested in the show to pursue it. But I'm watching, because it's a superhero franchise, and I love my superheroes, especially the flawed ones. :-)

Also: Love triangles? Again?? Really, CW???

Beauty and the Beast: I did try to watch this, but I barely made it throught the first episode because I just. can't. see. Cat the Homicide Detective. All I see is Lana Lang playing dress-up with a badge (she still speaks with that annoying whisper, and she still looks like a high school teenager, and the only thing that will change that is a completely new look. She needs to do a Miley Cyrus, stat. It doesn't even need to be as drastic as Miley, but at the very least, cut the Lana hair. If she got a pixie cut, she'd look a hundred times more believable.

Elementary: Ah, my favourite show at present. Love the breaking of the mould by making Watson a girl (and a woman of colour, at that). :-) Absolutely on board with Holmes being a recovering addict, and LJM plays the part so freaking well. The writing is excellent, the supporting characters are great, and even when the cops express their skepticism of Sherlock's postulations, they done so with respect. This has the potential to be a long term winner; most crime shows do, come to think of it (Law & Order, CSI).

So yeah...great minds think alike. :-)

Edited at 2013-02-19 07:35 am (UTC)
phoenixnz
Feb. 19th, 2013 07:37 am (UTC)
Is it me or are they just rehashing the Green Arrow story using old plotlines from shows like The Pretender or using a direction they started to explore in the beginning with Oliver in Smallville. And what is with them using the Luthor mansion - redressed, of course, but still recognisable.

I have to admit I kind of like Lucy Liu as Dr Watson, even if I didn't like the actress at first. I hated her in Ally McBeal, not that I saw much of that, but loved her in Charlie's Angels (the movie).

Ha - I have to admit I did like Kristin's look in SV season eight. Much more grown up. Pity she didn't keep it.
babydee1
Feb. 19th, 2013 09:39 am (UTC)
"Is it me or are they just rehashing the Green Arrow story using old plotlines from shows like The Pretender or using a direction they started to explore in the beginning with Oliver in Smallville. And what is with them using the Luthor mansion - redressed, of course, but still recognisable."

Oh gosh yes, this too. Everytime I see it, it go "Stately Luthor Mansion!" And they didn't redress it enough, in my opinion. It'll always remind be of Lex and the MB. *sniff*

And yes, Kristin did cut her hair after she left Smallville, and she looked absolutely gorgeous...but when she returned for her five ep arc, they made her wear a hairpiece. For some reason, the CW is determined to make her an eternal teenager. *sigh*



eternal_moonie
Feb. 19th, 2013 09:35 am (UTC)
Absolutely LOVE Arrow! Thinking about trying out for a fic soon. Expect Roy in it too.

I've never watched a single episode of Beauty and the Beast.

phoenixnz
Feb. 19th, 2013 04:02 pm (UTC)
One episode of B&B was enough, trust me.
crazy4ew
Feb. 20th, 2013 04:04 am (UTC)
Hee.... here's my 2 cents FWIW...
Arrow gets better n better having seen ALL the eps so far, ditto on Mom though -all I can tell you is the plot thickens.. :) besides, he's easy on the eyes. Like you, I see him totally differently from SV Ollie. Totally different kind of show. And to think I was determined NOT to like this show!

B&TB - don't like it at all. Watched one ep and decided it wasn't for me.

Elementary - Another show that took me by surprise, and I LOVE that he is flawed. I think JLM is fantastic in this role and I love Lucy Liu with him. I'm hooked. And to think I thought pairing him with a female Watson was a bad idea.
phoenixnz
Feb. 20th, 2013 05:33 am (UTC)
I like the novelty of the female Watson. I'm certainly prepared to give Arrow more of a chance.
svgurl
Feb. 21st, 2013 09:47 am (UTC)
Elementary! ♥ It is one of the two shows I'm keeping up with this season and I thoroughly enjoy it.

Besides, why put so-called heroes up on a pedestal? There is nothing wrong with having a few character flaws.
Exactly! And I like that they gave Holmes and Watson a reason to meet/have constant interactions/live together. Honestly, I don't think that he's that detached either in this version. He has a different way of showing affection but it is pretty obvious to see that he cares about Joan, Gregson and even Bell.
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