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Supernatural – Season 6, Episode 7: Family Matters

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It may sound sadistic, but I think part of Dean enjoyed seeing Cas hurt Sam when searching for his soul.  Where did Sam’s superhuman strength come from?  Who pulled Sam and the family out?  I know Crowley’s involved, but, is he doing it alone?  I’m assuming Crowley kept Sam’s soul to make him a “better” hunter.  But what about his choices of everyone else?  Why keep them?  Why follow Crowley?  I feel bad for Dean that he doesn’t know if he can trust Sam.  does Sam want his soul back?

I like how this show is playing with the concept of how much of who we are is wrapped up in the soul.

I couldn’t help but like the alpha, because he reminded me of Hannibal Lector.  They have the same calm, intelligence, and speak in riddles.  Plus, they both know things about that surprises you.

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Medium – Season 7, Episode 7: Native Tongue

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I always feel bad for Allison when the case comes into her waking life (such as this episode where she could only understand Navajo).  Once again, this show illustrates how you have to be careful who you trust, and yet it’s impossible to trust no one.

I admit, Joe irks me.  Some days he’s gung ho about Allison’s abilities, and other times he wishes they were nonexistent.  I could understand if it was a casual increase and decrease between the two.  However, it seems to just be points plotted high and low with no connection.

The parts with the discussion about being careful about what you say and around who, reminded me of “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers, “You never count your money when you’re sitting at the table.  There’ll be time enough for counting when the dealing’s done.”

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Brothers & Sisters – Season 5, Episode 6: An Ideal Husband

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I usually love Kevin episodes, especially when they involve Scotty.  But obviously this episode was not a favorite of mine.  I’ve already ranted on the cheating storyline, so I much focus this post on the new developments.  Justin and I agree on something (finally): Scotty would never cheat.  Unfortunately for Justin, he has to accept, “Well he did.”  Fortunately for me, I get, “Then blame the writers for misrepresenting their character.”  While I don’t condone cheating, I do think they did their best to rectify the situation by placing some blame on Kevin’s coldness (I really wish he’d realize he can show weakness to Scotty), and on missing the affirmations he needs from his husband.  In real life, is that reason enough?  Probably not, but that’s why it’s a good thing this is fiction and I can say with true conviction that Kevin and Scotty belong together.  Which is why I’m glad all the Walkers (and Saul) want Kevin and Scotty together.  Why I’m glad they hold my conviction of “other marriages and relationships are allowed to fail, but not this one.”  And while I know many people with disagree with me, I am more mad at Kevin.  As I said (part speculation), Scotty cheating was more of a plot technique to show Scotty isn’t perfect (though there must have been another way).  But Kevin lying to Scotty because he wasn’t strong enough to be supportive of someone else when he didn’t feel successful, himself?  Thta’s something we’ve seen from Kevin, that’s the reason I want to hit Kevin in the face with a pillow.  Though a bit bittersweet, there was something nice about the ending between Kevin telling Scotty he’s the one he still turns to for comfort (essentially the one he wants to show weakness to), and telling Scotty about his lie, and Scotty sleeping in Kevin’s office.  While I understand them not showing Kevin telling Scotty about this lie, in some ways it would have been nice to see Scotty’s reaction.  But I know the gist: Scotty wasn’t mad and wishes Kevin had told him sooner.  Before I would have held this prediction because Scotty always seemed to have the patience of a saint.  But now I say it because no matter what the writers may do, I still firmly believe that Scotty does love Kevin and does want their marriage to work.  And I believe he know how big of an error he made, and so everything Kevin does will be weighed, and therefore Kevin will be able to get away with a lot.  I don’t see Kevin as taking advantage because he viewed Scotty’s actions as punishment for his crime.  I think both men view their actions as majorly #?*! [thank you Kevin Fowler for the symbols to use] up.  Here’s to hoping both demonstrate the common sense I know they have and stop jeporadizing their marriage.  I feel really bad for the guy Kevin punched.

Oh yeah, the other characters.  Justin we covered.  Sarah, I’m glad she decided to marry Luc.  Kitty, I’m glad her and Jack didn’t work out (wow, he seemed flaky this episode).  And through all of this, what did the writers do: brought back all the old cheating storyline (did the mention both Tommy and Julia?  Either way. . .)  which means, they’re sucking me back in with recalling all old details.  I just hope that next week Kevin and Scotty make up and Kevin goes back home and this is one storyline they keep buried.

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Supernatural – Season 6, Episode 6: You Can’t Handle the Truth

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Oh, the truth.  How we think we want it until we have it.  At times it would be nice to have, but think of all the things you would have said if forced to tell the truth.  I think sometimes it’s best to withhold the truth, not only because people don’t need to know and don’t care about every detail of our lives, but sometimes it’s better for all than the fight that would take place.  and I say this as someone who believes in honesty.  It’s just that I also believe in avoiding petty fights.  I am so glad the truth came out about Sam.  I’m sure Dean is too.  I also wager we both wonder, is it really Sam then?  One of Sam’s major characteristics was caring; if you compared them to the Hardy Boys, Sam would be Frank, wanting to make sure their plan was foolproof, while Dean would be Joe, shooting first, asking questions later.  At first I was irked the previews showed what was wrong with Sam.  Though as my mom pointed out: we still don’t know who took it, why they did, and who brought Sam back (which I’m sure is related).

(P.S. The image is of Truth)

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Brothers & Sisters: Season 5, Episode 5 – Call Mom

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I liked this episode up until the end.  We finally get to see Kevin and Scotty’s new place, and (more or less) find out who Kevin is working for.  I loved Kevin pepping up Nora.  He was too adorable saying “Me!” when Nora asked what she had ever accomplished.  And I’m glad Tommy’s not forgotten (see Spearchucker [M*A*S*H], Eugene [The Big Valley], Chuck [Happy Days], and Adam [Bonanza] to some extent).

I wish with Sarah thinking Luc was cheating, she would have mentioned that once it’s happened (Joe), it’s hard not to expect it to happen again.  I’m glad Luc finally proposed (though I wish Sarah didn’t seem to be contemplating it in the previews).

I’m glad to see Justin moving on, though it’s hard to believe he’d get a date that quick; plus, he had just gotten the courage to buy a shake, why would he accept a date so quickly?

I’m still having a hard time with the Kitty/Jack storyline.  I get that she’s lonely and misses having a man around.  But, there’s an inconsistency which isn’t sitting with me where she seems like she’s moving too fast and can’t decide if she is or not.  If she just went on dates with him without sex, I might feel it a good compromise.

I’ve always liked the relationship between Sarah and Scotty.  I remember them talking about where she’ll find a man and Scotty pointed out he was living in his car when he met Kevin, and when Sarah dreaded her guy was living in his car, Scotty said all the good ones were.

And this is where I falter.  The end was the reason my sister called me at 11:00pm.  The end was the reason I forgot my agreement with a Facebook friend not to post anything B&S related until 11:00PT.  The end was the reason I ranted at work and caused a co-worker to say, “Now I want to go home and watch that episode”.  The end was the reason I went out of my way to search for a spoiler, an explanation for the ending.  I’m trying to think of the last time I was this passionate about a TV show.  All I can come up with was the episode of B&S that ended with a K/S fight (the next episode had them making up with Kevin asking if Scotty had started loving him again, and Scotty saying he never stopped).  But my feelings were closer to those of when I read Leaving Fishers, and wanted to throw the book more than once (I might have actually thrown it).  The line between reality and fiction was blurred for as this felt like more than just my favorite couple being ruined.  It’s hard to explain, but I’m usually the type to trust the writer(s) to know their characters well enough that anything the characters do is within character for them (fanfic writers and changing writers don’t get that respect from me).  Therefore, when a character acts up (aka, does something I dislike), I get mad at the character.  But due to the love and image I have developed for/of Scotty over the past four seasons, I can’t get mad at him.  But more so, I can’t believe Scotty is the type to cheat.  It just doesn’t align with everything we have seen from him.  Which makes me want to blame the writers.  Problem being, I’ve spent four seasons thinking these were the most detail-oriented writers ever.  There was not a detail left unexplaiend.  But between the two, I have to blame the writers, because I simply cannot believe Scotty would cheat on Kevin.  I blamed them last season for mimicking Queer as Folk too much as of late, and this, goes with that.  I loved that they were using Kevin/Scotty to break stereotypes of same-sex couples, and one of those stereotypes that I thought was important of them to break was the question of fidelity.  But I can no longer count on them to do that, so apparently it’s just me now.  But perhaps more than that, the writing surrounding the incident had too many kinks for me.  First of all, why is it every time one of them is ready for a kid, the other isn’t?  Secondly, how did Scotty get through the episode not showing any signs and then when Kevin says a compromise for wanting a kid, Scotty suddenly remembers the affair?  And at the beginning of the episode, he was distraught again over Kevin’s long work hours, which should be translated over to him not getting any as one of the things he misses about seeing his husband.  It worked last time.  It makes him seem smug when he reassured Sarah that Luc wasn’t “getting it” elsewhere.  But more than that: he was so broken when he found out his dad was having an affair, why would he do that to Kevin?  Why would someone who vowed that when he was committed to someone he was faithful, break that?  Why would he be so cool, and be upset with Kevin being a workaholic, only in the end to drop a bomb like that?  I just can’t believe that’s how Scotty is.  And, on top of it all, the cheating storyline is getting real old, real fast.  I used to say B&S was better than a soap opera or Desperate Housewives because everyone wasn’t sleeping with everyone.  However, let’s count the number of affairs (sexual or not): William, Joe, Tommy, Walter, Julia, Kitty.  And the number of non-marital cheating: Justin, Kevin.  And those accused of cheating: Luc.  With that list, was it really necessary to have Scotty cheat?  And the previews are supposed to make you want to tune in next week, but seeing Scotty argue that he felt he owed Kevin honesty and Kevin argue that Scotty owed him fidelity and that Scotty was the one person who was supposed to love him more than anything.  How is that supposed to make me want to watch next week?  Of course I will, because I’m hopelessly addicted, and part of me is hoping that (somehow) things aren’t as bad as they seem.

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Supernatural: Season 6, Episode 5 – Live Free or Twihard

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I loved them acknowledging Twilight and the (pre) teen (plus) current obsession with vampires.  Keep in mind this is coming from someone who groaned the second time they had vampires on the show, because nothing else had been repeated.  One thing I’ve always loved about this show is how they’ve taken folklore and shown how if it were real, it would be a lot worse than we make it out to be (as entertainment.)  It’s like Dean said in an earlier episode (season 1, episode 10: “Asylum”), “You seen a lot of horror movies, yeah?…Do me a favor, next time you see one, pay attention. When someone says a place is haunted, don’t go in.”

I’ve been suspicious of Sam since the beginning of this season.  Something dawned n me as to why: he’s acting like he did in Dean’s visions (or whatever you want to call them) of Sam as the devil.  He’s just so emotionless, like bad acting (and I mean that of Sam, not Jared).  I’m glad that Dean sees it too.  I also like that Samuel is catching on (even if I still don’t trust him).

In some ways, it’s weird to see them hunting the same thing for more than one episode, but at the same time, it’s nice to see not every puzzle is easy for them to solve (after all, in its most raw form, hunting for them is a puzzle).

I miss the Sam that was the computer geek researching everything.  It seems so long ago Dean asked, “Am I boring you with this hunting evil stuff?”

Sidenote #1: I once wrote a crossover fic between Supernatural and Medium, and I totally forgot Sam and been a medium for a while (what happened with that storyline?)

Sidenote #2: Dean and Kevin (Brothers & Sisters) go to see a psychic. . .  (Let me remind you of what Dean said upon his first meeting with Missouri, “Don’t know? You’re supposed to be a psychic, right?”)

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Detroit Red Wings: October 18-24 (5-1-1)

About the Detroit/Anaheim game on 10/23: As a Detroit fan, I’ll say I thought the Ducks got the shortend of the stick.  I think it was right not to call Kronwall (it looked like he hit him from the front, and there are only supposed to be calls from the back), but the first two penalties on Anaheim shouldn’t have been called at all.

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Brothers & Sisters: Season 5, Episode 4 – A Righteous Kiss

It took me a while to like this show.  But when I finally did, I fell hard.  I used to love the writing, how every detail they included was meticulously planned, how they didnt’ kill people off because they wanted off the show.  Yes, I said “used to”, and it pains me.
For one, this love/hate relationship between Justin and Rebecca is getting old.  Does this seem healthy to anyone?
Secondly, I’m questioning if amnesia works the way they’re writing it.  Do you really go from remembering to not remembering and back again?  Why does she keep looking for William?  Why can she remember Nora and her house, but not Rebecca?
I love Kevin, but I can’t see him sewing.  But I also don’t see him cooking except for the fact that he had cooking advice for Kitty back in season 1, but even then he said the sentence was “too gay” even for him.  And I guess that’s the phrase I keep coming back to with Kevin: is that too gay for him?  Which might be a little odd for me, because I’m determined Kevin has a soft spide amongst all his edges and sarcasm.  But I expect it more in the form of him and Scotty trying to set up Saul.  The three (Scotty wasn’t there right?) guys and Sarah, for some reason, made me feel like there was too much estrogen in the room.
What is with them calling their mom Nora?  I had the same complaint with Gilmore girls.
And despite my reservations, there was some stuff I liked:  I’m glad Kitty thought they were moving fast.  Scotty was cute saying hi to Jack.  Scotty and Kevin were adorable trying to set up Saul, and Saul was hillarious taking the bite.  Watching Saul trying to date someone makes me think of his exes (mainly Henry and Milo).  What happened to them?

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Supernatural: Season 6, Episode 4 – Weekend at Bobby’s

I’ll admit, I missed the episode where Bobby made the deal with the crossroads demon.  It was nice to come back to that, because Bobby isn’t the type to roll over and die.  And Crowley is one of my more favored antagonists (probably the accent – which is technically fake, as Sheppard was born in England).  I liked seeing his son (anyone know who played Gavin?), and how he flickered in and out of view (spirits don’t do that much on this show).
Part of me is surprised they didn’t think sooner to burn the bones of the demons to kill them.  Maybe they thought it didn’t work on a spirit the way it does on a body.  Maybe they thought it would be too hard to track down who the demon was in real life.  After all, if they have a name, it’s usually their “demon name” (how do they get those)?
Have I mentioned I love Bobby’s phones?

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Medium: Season 7, Episode 4 – How to Kill a Good Guy

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With each episode I watch, the more I doubt Ariel is old enough to be going to college (according to IMDB, Sofia Vassilieva is 18 this year).  It was sweet she wanted to make nice with her sisters before she left.  I like how she grabbed the bull by the horns once she figured out her grandpa was talking about Bridgette (though I will say I figured it out before her).  I didn’t think they’d kill Lee, but part of me had its doubts.  After all, actors don’t seem as committed to projects as they used to be.  No matter how close to death Captain Kirk (think the original Star Trek series, not the movie) seemed, you knew he was coming back for the next episode.  These days, most writers kill off a character when the actor doesn’t want to return.
I’m just a bit peeved we didn’t get to seet he proposal/wedding/baby birth (well, at least some passing comment at least).
What is with these people who meticulously plan a murder and then brag before it’s complete?  I’m glad Lee was rescued, but I’m amused at the people who brag (on shows, like this incident), because they wind up shooting themselves in the foot.  It’s a little ironic that Lee foguth so hard with Allison that his brother wasn’t a killer, only to wind up almost getting killed by him.
I’m a little annoyed Allison keeps realizing taht her dreams can be deceptive/biased, only to forget it again.  And what was with her being so open with the sherrif in Yucca (who by the way I just found out was Luke Duke) about where she got her information?

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