Important PSA

  • Apr. 15th, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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Good news if you've been craving Australian Navy action and drama: Sea Patrol is back!!!

Bad news if you're me: I have to go to work instead of staying home to watch the Season 4 premiere. :(

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OMG Sea Patrol!

  • Jul. 7th, 2009 at 12:06 AM
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I JUST SPENT THE LAST HOUR ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT.

MY LOVE FOR LISA McCUNE AS XO KNOWS NO BOUNDS.

ALSO: BUFFER! SPIDER! EVERYONE!

Re: the preview for next week's episode: !!!!!

(...it makes me feel a bit sorry for everyone for whom Torchwood is the highlight of their television week...)

 

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Sea Patrol Mondays & 3rd person flashbacks

  • Jun. 29th, 2009 at 11:50 PM
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Tonight's episode was really good -- they're sent to respond to a helicopter crash on an island that was used as a nuclear test site. Complications ensue, and then keep ensuing. It's not Shakespeare, or The Wire, but Sea Patrol consistently delivers well-constructed plots with nice character moments that lean towards the underplayed. And according to the preview, next week's episode is called "Ghost Ship"! Complete with ominous voiceover promising certain doom. Yeah, I'm so there.

I've started watching the first season of Sea Patrol as well. It's good, though I'd say the series has gotten stronger since the early days. It's interesting to see Lisa McCune's XO back when she's just joined the crew, when she's struggling to be accepted, ambivalent about how the new posting fits in with her career ambitions, and clashing with the CO. And it seems liked they originally leaned heavier on weaving a season-long arc/mystery throughout the episodes, the first one having something to do with a private marine biology company and a "cursed" island.

Jason Mittell is asking for examples via Twitter of "'3rd person flashbacks' on TV (not character's memory or recaps) to something seen in earlier episodes." Michael Newman suggested soap operas, but my sense is that flashbacks in soaps typically signal a particular character's memory. One possible exception is the "detective gathers all the murder suspects together and reconstructs the night of the crime" where s/he narrates events shown in flashback that s/he didn't actually witness. I'm not sure, but I think Santa Barbara did that 20 years ago with their excellent denouement to the "Who killed Channing Jr.?" storyline. Other people have suggested 30 Rock, Arrested Development, and Damages as shows that use the 3rd person flashback device. It makes me wonder why it's not used more widely.

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Is there a fandom service where you can commission someone to pimp your new show? Because I am terrible at it, and probably have zero credibility given most of the stuff that I watch. Plus, I've never worked out how to include an image in a post, so no picspams for me.

But I want everybody to watch Sea Patrol with me!

It's about the Australian navy, which means that it's mostly set on a boat! At sea! With lots of action! And sometimes pirates!

Um, that's probably not enticing enough, is it?

There are lots of characters, and I'm starting to be able to tell them apart after six episodes! It was hard at first, because they all wear uniforms -- mostly fatigues, but occasional the fancy dress kind. People like uniforms, right? Also they all have nicknames, some of which refer to their positions on the ship and some of which don't, so you have the XO and the CO, but also Nav and Buffer and Swain and Spider and Two Dads. And some that I'm forgetting. But I like them all!

XO XO XO )

Still, the point is, that this show is maybe turning me into a proto-shipper! I'm not there yet, and I don't have any OTPs on the horizon, but -- I'm speculating. And there's plenty to work with -- six or seven guys on board plus three women makes for multiple combinations of all persuasions, even an OT10 if you like.

Anyways, if you're up for a high seas adventure with an ensemble cast, here's your show!

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I wish I were writing about Werner Herzog

  • Jun. 3rd, 2009 at 3:56 PM
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So it's only been a few days, but I am already having misgivings about following reality show demi-celebrities on Twitter. Do I want to know that one of the choreographers/guest judges on So You Think You Can Dance is going through a very bad breakup? And that the show's executive producer called him and "may have saved [his] life"? And that one of his fellow choreographers/guest judges encourage people to Tweet their love and support for his heartbroken colleague, but I didn't, and should I feel guilty now?

In other SYTYCDverse Tweets, one of last year's contestants is falling in love, and they don't want to be falling in love, and they're angry at the person who made them not want to fall in love again, and wow I'm feeling creepily voyeuristic now.

I am also following on Twitter someone purporting to be the sister of Heidi Montag, yet I suspect an impersonator. Should I alert the authorities? Who are the relevant authorities for celebrity realness?

On the television front, following a dangerous flirtation with Jon & Kate Plus 8 and I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!, I made my triumphant return to scripted drama spectatorship last night. My rescue from the flotsam and jetsam of reality TV came in the form of Australian navy series Sea Patrol, which is just as good as it sounds. But also just as good as it needs to be, considering that the episodes feature pirates, offshore brothels, and the occasional rogue monkey. Go, Sea Patrol, go!