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Because of course I do watch too much TV, and my beloved ancient Sky+ box is getting ridiculously full up again, I seem to spend most weekends at the moment in a frenetic catch-up... The trouble is, however many shows I watch get cancelled every year, I can still find a couple dozen things to keep track of, and the damn things all get transmitted at the same time.. it's a tough life.  I do of course have a few hundred far more serious things to stress about, but it's strangely comforting to rather worry about not watching everything instead.  Makes more sense to my narrative-addicted brain, somehow...

Hmmm.. in the interest of trying to keep track of everything:

House is ticking over nicely, but it is just ticking over.  They've kinda run out of steam with all the shippy plots (I'm really supposed to be interested in freakin' Taub? Seriously?) but it's perfectly pleasant watching everthing pootle along.  The Cuddy episode was really quite lovely, though.. the lady herself was very cool, and it was the first time you get a real sense of what actual (fictional) medical administration is really like (and why I don't want to get any  more involved in said administration than I already am, lol). It's buzzy and exceedingly stressful and I'm always entertained by how many medical doctors are willing to trade off their clinical time to become managers.. but that's another story.

Also today was the 99th and 100th eps of Bones... lordy, five years already.  And 100 was a kinda-classic (Zack was back! Hodgin had squiffy hair! Angela really realy wanted to be back in Paris!) with a totally different spin on the usual, and the pay-off to Booth mooning around being in lurve for the first few post-coma eps.. and it was also exceedingly bittersweet.  But the more you think about it, the more sense it makes - if Brennan had made any other choice, they couldn't really work together anymore, and she's not ready for the trade-off yet.  It's not a question of non-affection, or even not loving him (the JFK ep was the tell, they made that very clear) but timing, and how the world resettles itself afterwards... I like it.  I've always had a soft spot for this show, right from the post-modern freakery of very loosely basing it on an author's life, rather than the books (except they then stole the name from the books, and made the author character write books about the real-life author.. and then my brain started hurting).  It settles for being silly sometimes, but it's well-written and acted (I loved so much of Booth's dialogue in the 100th ep) and the characters are fun. Ticks all my boxes, anyhoo..

Brothers & Sisters I veer between adoring and vaguely liking..  Kitty's lymphoma storyline was heartrending, right up to when they lost me at that exceedingly silly version of a bone marrow transplant (as they tried to make clear before she went through with it, transplants are harsh.  A '3 weeks later' cutaway doesn't work for me one little bit, given that there are still about a million things that can go wrong for years afterwards and they've lost me completely with the whole miraculous recovery/running for Senate thing).  Also, given that they're probably gona have to kill Robert off (cue much gnashing of teeth), it's lost its sparkle a little at this point... I'm almost certainly going to hit the fastforward button next time Kevin starts stressing about the surrogacy, gah!

Legend of the Seeker is, as per usual, my total guilty pleasure - although I'm surprised sometimes at how well it measures up to more 'worthy' stuff.  The cinematography in 'Perdition' last week was kinda fantastic, Hero/House of Flying Daggers inspired (it certainly outdid anything in the unfortunate Clash of the Titans) and this week's epic silliness of 'split!Kahlen' was so much fun I sat there cackling most of the time.. we finally got them together, except obviously the partial-reset button kicked in and restored Kahlen doesn't remember a damn thing. But before that we had ultra-reasonable Kahlen ordering executions left right and centre whilst shagging a strapping prince she'd just confessed, and 'emotional' Kahlen whimpering and getting all jealous (but she did finally get her night with Richard, ho hum).  After she confessed herself and we had to sit through the magical pregnancy tests... oh lordy, it was daft.  But fun! And so wonderfully shippy ;o)


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