1) The Travelers
premiere was excellent--I recommend it very strongly--but taken on its own, it's impossible to judge what the show's going to be like week-to-week. Other than "serialised". (Travelers
is a Canadian series that's being co-produced with Netflix [it premiered Monday here, and will start airing on Netflix in December], so rather than going the usual network-TV route of spending the first hour Explaining Everything, it's much more like the first chapter of a novel.)
1a) I remember Stargate
fandom's vocal displeasure over that franchise's treatment of consent/personal autonomy as relates to bodyswap/possession. (That was the gist of it, right? My knowledge is entirely fannish-osmosis-based.) Roughly ten minutes into the Travelers
pilot, it was abundantly clear that Brad Wright must have been paying attention on that score, and is using this show to demonstrate his learnings. (If you're considering watching the show but wary about the premise and want to know what I mean by this, drop me a comment and I'll get spoilery to explain.)
1b) Holy crap, it's already bugging me that I can't spell this show's name with two Ls.
! Is great! No one is more surprised than I to find myself loving a show about baseball! (But then, just as Power Play
wasn't REALLY about hockey and Friday Night Lights
wasn't REALLY about football, Pitch
isn't REALLY about baseball.)
I love Ginny. I love Blip and Mrs Blip (to follow the Perfect Couple naming conventions established by FNL). I keep wanting Mark Consuelos' character to meet and have to deal with Brett Parker. I can't yet decide whether I ship Ginny and Mike or if I like them more as mentor/mentee; my opinion varies with every scene they share.
3) Before the Supergirl
s2 premiere aired, I read a review that called it, basically, the best episode of superhero TV ever made. At the time, I was sure the reviewer was being hyperbolic.
Then I watched the ep.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
Dear Grimdark DC Movieverse,
*points at Supergirl
s2 premiere* Like THAT.
has returned, with Sandi Toksvig replacing Stephen Fry as host, and to my delight, she's as perfect in that role as he was. YAY QI
. (It's my favourite British quiz show. The Big Fat Quizzes are my second favourite.)
5) This Is Us
is not my usual brand of show--it's very very earnest, sometimes to the point of cringeworthiness--but its cast is great, its characters are easy to invest in, and its moments of humour are just so winning.
6) I really wanted Conviction
to be better than it is. However, Hayley Atwell owns the screen every moment she's on it, so I'll probably keep watching.
7) It's Dean/Cas Big Bang season and I've only managed to read one story so far. They just keep PILING UP ON MY KINDLE. C'mon, fandom, why you gotta be so prolific? (DON'T STOP.)
8) Gonna try Class
(the latest Doctor Who
spinoff) tonight. Given Moffat, I'm already feeling uninvested; we'll see how it goes.
9) Since it's almost Halloween, a spooky TV rec: The Living and the Dead
, a Victorian gothic psychological thriller/ghost story starring Colin Morgan. It's a one-season wonder--it aired a while ago and then, very unfortunately, didn't get picked up for a second season--but the six-ep season is almost entirely self-contained: hit stop at the last minute of the last ep to avoid the bet-hedging cliffhanger. And it's GOOD, atmospheric and creepy. Perfect Halloween viewing.This content is also available at http://serrico.dreamwidth.org/876478.html. Comment here or there, whichever you prefer. (Over there, there are comments.)