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  1. So… Supernatural FINALLY ended. As someone who faithfully watched the first 5-season arc, I did appreciate the finale episode: just Sam and Dean and their ultimate fates after a run so long even Jensen Ackles' pretty face couldn't keep me watching. Raising the cosmic stakes just kept getting more ridiculous season after season… I didn't even make it through the season that jumped the Leviathan for me. I liked that they wrapped up the final cosmic arc in the penultimate episode. I especially really appreciated what a lot of fans on Twitter seemed to absolutely hate: the brothers' final fates were relatively mundane and human but (and the fuming fans seem to miss this) ultimately on their own terms (which was the underlying human theme the final cosmic arc) and in ways that their were completely consistent with who they've remained since season one. I even got misty-eyed. So, yeah, I don't hate the writers, and I don't hate that the only supporting cast cameo was not the one a lot of fans wanted to see. But as a viewer who popped in and out, especially for meta episodes like Scoobynatural, I got the closure I've been waiting for. The Dean-Castiel ’shippers need to get over it. I'm too old to get drawn into cynical writers' room gay-baiting. And the writers left it open to possibility even if it didn't get any acknowledgement whatsoever in the finale. I will say I do believe the way Misha played Castiel's final on-screen appearance was for the “Destiel” fans. — • Speaking of TV fantasy with cosmic stakes, I will say I enjoyed The Magicians as someone who didn't read the books. I enjoyed it more past the first season after which it became (for me) more of the Margot-and-Elliot show rather than the mopey-Quentin neurotic-Alice show— though the alternate Elliot-Quentin timeline was a real highlight for me. I guess I'd say the Magicians was to fantasy what Farscape was to sci-fi. • For all the narrative problems with Discovery, I must say I've gotten attached to several characters: Saru, Tilly, Stamets and Culver, Georgiou, and even new characters Adira and Gray. That Burnham is still a collection of stock narrative elements that hasn't managed a landing to stick is a waste of the actress's talent considering the range she's been given to play but with no satisfying narrative payoff. I'm enjoying season 3 more than the previous seasons now that it's been removed from it's pre-TOS setting to an era where it can become it's own thing the way TNG was. • Despite space orchids and space mechthulu, Picard did get me the most teary-eyed I've ever been over USB drives getting unplugged. • Beyond "baby Yoda," I'm really enjoying The Mandalorian, especially now that it's pulling Mando-lore from the animated Clone Wars and Rebels series into live action. • Anyone watching His Dark Materials? I haven't read the books, but I'm definitely liking the added depth than what was attempted with the Golden Compass movie. Lynn-Manuel Miranda annoys me, though. • On the shallow end, I watch CW's Pandora and The Outpost to vegetate. They don't seem to take themselves as super-seriously as The 100, which— oof, that series finale and its set-up episodes? Just: oof. • For December, I'm waiting on The Expanse and the Doctor Who Christmas episode.
  2. I forgot it was even on until realizing that BB was sports-delayed tonight. Was Bruno silver before this season? Was Carrie-Ann platinum? Derek is as plastic as ever, but at least it isn't Mark Ballas. Quoted the Anne Heche mention because Anne talked about being black-listed by big Hollywood projects for dating Ellen. Part of me cynically suspects that her casting was in part to rehab Ellen's image after all the behind-the-scenes Ellen show drama. Haven't seen Jesse Metcalfe dance yet, but like so many one-show-wonders before him, I'm not expecting much beyond has-been I wouldn't kick out of bed. I don't think Tyra is bringing the glam and the audience ABC was banking on. Ugh… 1-1/2 hrs to Monday night BB… Time to shift the laundry to the dryer…
  3. Wasn’t sure where else to ask this: Anyone else wondering if/when the west coast orange sky wildfire smoke might become a production issue considering most of the comps are outdoors in the bb backyard? Has outdoor air quality come up on the feeds? Also, I hope there’s public comeuppance for the Ian mockers (without influencer sponsorship, how will Nicole support Victor now, much less a Janelle-less wedding, if she doesn’t win?), because I know enough neuro-diverse people, and the “they’re faking it for attention” wears on them even if they expect it. And I wondered if Ian’s recent inability to compete might have been cumulative stress overload that his normal coping couldn’t completely mitigate. For this and so many other instances over the last several seasons, I’m so over Petty Pretty People alliances. But Grodner seems to luuuuuv casting them, especially for their “new school” toxic tactics.
  4. Has it really been 25 years since Xena debuted? I am chakram’d! https://io9.gizmodo.com/25-years-ago-we-got-genres-most-unapologetic-heroine-1845029153
  5. One of the most frustratingly sad things about my mom’s Alzheimer’s dementia: She’s never had to do anything to earn my affection, but for the past several years— and more intensely as time passes— every she effort she makes to do so only results in the opposite reaction. While her intent is to be a material benefit born from her affection, she cannot see— much less fathom— the context in which her actions cause more problems than the benefit she intended. And because Alzheimer’s is degenerative, she can neither understand, nor adapt, nor ever be able to. My well of affection for her is getting depleted by her genuine efforts to fill it. On top of that, the COVID19 social protocols means no day program in the foreseeable future to provide much-needed mental breaks from the non-stop caregiving. I hope my family and I can stay healthy, and that the crisis ends sooner rather than later, because if either of my parents contract the virus, the chances are that an ambulance would be the last time I see them alive due to hospital and coroner protocols. An abrupt and inadequate goodbye. And so much regret to process.
  6. Catching up… so the hammies got told about the impact of the virus on the world outside the house on March 15, 2020, and all got COVID19 status letters from family. Arisa literally called in her hosting (video) from home for Thursday’s show. Executive producer actually admitted that they're really not sure whether or not the situation might affect production. Have-Not status has been stopped to keep the hammies physically healthy. Gamewise… Still amazed we've had an episode 2 DoR and this past week had two… 2… TWO ejections? And now another hammie wanting to DoR? Yeesh. And only… what… ONE actual eviction? on… what week is this? Four going into five? Jeez. We’re not even anywhere close to jury. So… the season is down at least one double eviction. At least jury should still work. It'll just be isolation at some property in the cottaging region north of Toronto. If social distancing protocols are still in place by then, will the finale reunion with non-jury evictees by via Zoom? To me, Carol seems like Nico: should never have applied. Jamar and Kyle pinged my red flag radar (yeah. yeah. mixed metaphors) more than most of the others, including Min who I can’t stand but seems to have better game (or at least convincing game face) than most of the house combined. The audition screening of potential hammies and deciding on some of this season’s 16 feels… flawed considering 1 DoR, 1 potential DoR, and 2 ejections. Though not sure what could change during the audition process It definitely disrupts hammie strategies, alliances, and HoH decisions. Most of the remaining cast is so milquetoast, I want Min in the game as long as possible to keep things from getting terminally boring. Min has Ika’s I-will-f’g-shred-your-letters energy.
  7. Jamar has skeeved me out for most of his stay. I’m not gonna miss his weird crotch-grabbing body roll. At all. Ugh. Much as I can’t stand Min, even she doesn’t deserved that level of skeevy attention. Again: Ugh. Side note for mods: think my post in General Reality can get moved into this thread?
  8. Was catching up on BBCAN Season 8 week 1 and… one of the two designated potential evictees (night 1 twist) decided to self-evict. Yep. That happened. Week 1. Episode 2. Nico self-evicted in the DR, and BB production informed the other HG's that he had already left the house. BBCAN host Arissa, attempting to stave off social media backlash on the self-evicted, asked the viewing audience to be kind because there’s no way to know what else beyond the game factored into the decision. I guess the most generous thing to say is that he definitely wasn’t ready for the intensity of the BB experience. Personally, I think he telegraphed his lack of resilience with the loud shallow bravado coming into the house, and just kept cracking as the comp losses piled up. He didn’t even see the point of campaigning, and didn’t even try. So he literally wasn’t ready for prime time. Can’t even imagine if he’d show up for finale even if he was asked. Incidentally, the night 1 twist was that there was no week 1 HoH comp, but rather a comp elimination between the 4 least popular of an online viewer poll based on the HGs' posted intro videos. As with previous seasons, the official website is https://www.bigbrothercanada.ca with geo-locked videos (VPN with a Canadian proxy required to watch outside of Canada). The season motif is comic book super heroes/villains with the interior house design more comic book drawing board, art supplies, and different comic book styles. It’s also been announced to be a “super-sized” 12-week season. The HG’s busts in the HoH decision chamber get replaced by a monotone version when they get evicted. ET Canada coverage of the self-eviction: ET Canada preview of the week 1 challenge: Forgot to mention: the two gals outlasted the two beefy guys because the gals took a grounded posture while the guys were just posing upright with awful centers of gravity, never once considering taking a posture cue from the gals. Oh, and unlike the preview clip, the car chassis’s fell when the HG’s let go of their rope.
  9. My dad got discharged today. No more fluid in his lungs. Adding his weekly dialysis schedule to the daily grind.
  10. My self care for the past hour+ was watching this on repeat (when it came up in my YouTube suggestions) and having a cathartic cry the whole time: ETA: I wondered if it was just the lyrics triggering the tears, so I revisited the Kelly Clarkson version, but nada. Rewatched this version, and the tears came back. Must be my connection to Matt Bomer’s character arc on Doom Patrol (DC Universe) that makes this version a more cathartic touch stone for me. Anyway, it gave me some mental breathing space, so I thought I’d share in case it could do the same for someone else.
  11. The trolling ones cluelessly obtusely opine “I prefer my Trek narratives without social commentary” that unfortunately show up on my YouTube timeline because I’ve liked Trek-related videos. As a fan of the Scott Pilgrim movie, I keep wanting Alison Pill’s character to break out in head-banging drum solo. I also really like the sharp-tongued Irish(?) Romulan who’s adept at both English swear words and technobabble. Still weird hearing four-letter words spoken around Jean-Luc Picard much more frequently than ever before. I will say, though, the narrative layered onion of intrigue needs to start picking up the pace getting peeled.
  12. I’m glad the first episode of Picard was as good as it was. The pre-broadcast social media trolling (especially by Discovery haters) was rough. But what encouraged me was Sir Patrick saying he only got involved once he was convinced that it wasn’t just a retread of the TNG era which he’s moved on from (and The Orville has covered quite well), and he seems genuinely excited that fans will finally get to watch it. The Magicians continues to impress me despite the obvious budget constraints. I suspected the twist on last night’s episode (S5,E3), but it’s a credit to the writers that I was hoping my suspicions weren’t true. I loved Elliot’s emotional arc calling back his timeline with Quentin, and relieved that Alice wasn’t her usual level of her cloying self when he revealed it to her. The way they organically work in crass interjections and in-universe cross-media cross-genre meta commentary (deliciously delivered by Elliot and Margo, with honourable mentions to Josh and Fen) is still so well baked into the world-building and characters that I actually enjoy it. The Crisis crossover on the Arrowverse was entertaining. I spent so much allowance money on the original comic series as a teen, but tempered my fan-boy expectations due to the obvious restraints of tv financial budgets (which makes the comparisons to Endgame unfair) so I wasn’t overly underwhelmed. I was completely caught off guard by EM’s cameo onscreen with GG (which was apparently filmed mid-December the same week that the first 3 parts aired, produced at the apparent request of Warner Bros execs). TBH, between the MCU and Arrowverse bringing major narratives to a close, I— as a longtime superhero comic book fan— don’t mind taking a break from most of the genre on film/TV for a while. I’m watching the final season of Supernatural just to get the narrative closed off in my head. I’ve only read the Wikipedia episode synopses of the last 3 seasons, and not in any hurry to watch the backlog.
  13. Just checking in. I’ve been more engaged in chat than here on the forums lately. My dad’s in the hospital undergoing long overdue dialysis. Skipping over most of the ongoing background old-man–man-child background drama, on Saturday he got scared by his inability to take in air (which seemed to come on— tho less severely— during the first multi-day stretch of below 15F/-10C temps, so he thought it was due to the severe cold and assumed it would get better when the weather got warmer) and FINALLY agreed to go the ER. I told him I thought it was related to the kidney disease he was in denial of having, and made sure before going that he committed to getting dialysis if that’s what the doctors recommended (on a previous ER visit, he decided to go home rather than undergo dialysis). It was fluid in his lungs. Actually excess fluid throughout his body. And his blood protein numbers were dangerously 9x normal. Major symptoms of late kidney diseases. [SMH emoji]. Fortunately, the blood chemicals that might have triggered a heart attack in other kidney disease patients were far below those levels. He got admitted and is going through a week of daily dialysis from gentle to normal to get his body used to the process which will be ongoing for the rest of his life (though they’ll also trying to determine if he’s eligible for a kidney transplant down the road). He could have spared himself having a central line dialysis put in if he had agreed to the process when he was first diagnosed before his symptoms got this bad. He could have gotten an arm implant that’s easier to maintain years ago. Did I mention he’s an old-man–man-child? Between this and dealing with my mom’s Alzheimer’s (it gets really rough when she gets in a time-concentrated loop of asking the same questions about my dad), I’m completely fried this week. [bandaged head emoji] Hopefully I’ll get into the brain space to drop into chat from time to time when the main shows start. Just gets tough when life gets a whole lot more real than Reality TV. TBH, the live snark on chat is the only reason I even watch any of our shows anymore.
  14. GoT SPOILERS: I think the series finale was better and actually more satisfying than I expected, though it DID NOT AT ALL EXCUSE any narrative sins of the past “two” seasons. As much as I really hated episode 5, I actually don’t object to Dany’s turn. Rather, that it wasn’t earned over the past 2 seasons. Foreshadowing and “hitting” plot points on an outline are not the same as writing actually convincing character development. GRRM had suggested 4 full seasons post-season-6/A Dance with Dragons, but instead we watched an extended single season with a really long hiatus in the middle. I’ll guess that Dany’s turn happens in the forthcoming books, but with a much more believable descent. Ditto with the whole Night King threat thread. And given GRRM’s reputation, he may very well go beyond the outline he gave the show runners (I refuse to refer to them with the same abbreviation as a venerable tabletop RPG) for the characters we saw on-screen. Time to see if any of my friends have the audio books I can borrow. As far as what happened on-screen that I haven’t seen expressed elsewhere yet: Seems to me that the Iron Throne itself lost the Game of Thrones to a wheelchair. One take I have seen, tho not as wide as others: for all practical purposes, Tyrion ultimately “won” the Game as Hand of the King to voluntary figurehead Bran the Broken Plot Thread.
  15. Arya all gonna watch the GoT series finale or have you Cersei’n enough? That last episode was Varys unsatisfying. I could barely make Sansa it. Definitely damaged the Bran as far as a lot of fans are concerned. Jamie they’ll Tyrion the plot around for the better, but I don’t see Dany way that can happen at this point. Still not sure whether I’ll miss it when Aegon. And perhaps I’m Drogon this post too long.
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