I didn’t expect to like this at all, especially in the wake of disinterested/negative reviews from critics, but this is good pop television, especially in the second episode, a sort of slightly more awkward younger sister of Leverage, but with plenty of chemistry between the cast and especially between Katherine McPhee as Paige and Elyes Gabel as Walter. It’s not great and some of the exposition is clunky but it’s entertaining and likable and hits all the right emotional notes. I’m hooked. Also? Elyes Gabel is hot. Continue reading
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So I had FEELS after Audrey died on 24: Live Another Day. So I wrote about them on Sound on Sight.
One of TV’s most beloved romances is that of Logan and Veronica (affectionately termed “LoVe” by fans) from Rob Thomas’ cult classic Veronica Mars. The romance and the series had enough power and pull to drive a wildly successful Kickstarter and a reasonably successful film. Coming back to 24 for24:LAD, it struck me for the first time that one of the most famous lines from the Veronica/Logan romance, while it doesn’t quite entirely fit that couple, does, seamlessly, describe Jack and Audrey.
“I thought our love was epic, you know? Spanning years, continents, lives lost, blood shed – epic.”
The scene is highly romantic, but the actual content of this famous line is not reflective of the couple’s relationship. Their romance does not include lives lost and blood shed, and while it does span years by the time the film comes around, the epic hyperbole of this statement is simply not reflective of the kind of stakes at play in the series.
Yet it’s a perfect description of the romance that Jack and Audrey live out and the kind of obstacles they overcome. Their romance literally spans continents – when Jack is captured by the Chinese Audrey travels to China to look for him, is captured, Jack returns to the U.S., and the two reunite a year later when Audrey is also brought back from Chin (and when the two reunite in Live Another Day, it’s in London). Their relationship also endures for five years, through lives lost and blood shed: Jack kills (or lets die) Audrey’s husband; Audrey is badly wounded during events Jack is caught up in, and later tortured by the Chinese for Jack’s sake. By the time the two reunite in London, their relationship has endured years of absence, violence, loss, and each thinking the other was dead. They’ve spent the majority of their relationship apart, have pulled through both thinking the other was dead, Audrey’s severe PTSD after her torture, and the past years of Jack being missing under the radar and Audrey married. Yet nothing has changed about their relationship – when they reunite for a few brief moments that connection still rings true, steady and certain as it always has for them. By the time Live Another Day comes along, you really do believe that nothing on earth can separate or overcome this couple.
One of my much-loved television shows that is relatively unknown here in the U.S. is the Australian series Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries. It’s witty, it’s suave, it features one of the most compelling, long-simmering small-screen romances of all time…what are you waiting for?
via Magnetic Disturbance
Needtobreathe has released a new album, Rivers in the Wasteland, and you can hear it in all its glory on Relevant. RT
Fast Company has a great analysis of the contrast between the working lives of Danes and Americans, and the happiness levels thereof. “Some non-Danes wonder if Danes ever work. Not only do Danes tend to leave work at a reasonable hour most days, but they also get five to six weeks of vacation per year, several national holidays and up to a year of paid maternity/paternity leave. While the average American works 1,790 hours per year, the average Dane only works 1,540.” RT
NPR’s Marc Hirsch has an on-point analysis of the writing flaws of New Girl – “It’s not because there wasn’t any narrative juice in a Nick/Jess pairing. Their relationship could have been the story of Jess gradually dragging Nick in the direction of becoming a put-together human being. It could have been the story of the tension between a bright-eyed optimist and a schlumpy underachiever. It was neither, because the writers don’t seem interested in picking a lane and seeing where it leads. Instead, they constantly fidget from one to another, always at the last second and always with almost immediate regret at not having made a different choice.” RT
Dawson’s Creek showrunner Kevin Williamson says that he had no idea how many people liked Joey and Pacey, and that up until the last moment he still planned to have Joey and Dawson get together. (Claire’s note: horror!) RT
Heirs has me, heart and soul. It’s not that it’s a particularly well-written show, but the romance within it has that spark of sheer, achingly real magic that I look for in my favorite romances. I’m obsessed with the below music video. (Note: you can watch Heirs online on Dramafever). The song is a stellar cover of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball” by Sam Tsui and Kylee.