Why I didn’t watch the Oscars…

There are a lot of reasons I could list for not watching the Oscars (namely the fact that while I want to see most of the movies that were nominated, I’m too cheap to see them before they’re out of theaters … and then I probably won’t anyway) but last night there was one that came out above all the rest.

THE WALKING DEAD

Three simple, true words.

How gives a rat’s ass about what color Liza Minelli’s hair was (electric blue, just like her pantsuit – according to my morning Googling) when you had the chance to watch an entire hour of Norman Reedus and Emily Kinney (the only people on the episode) killing it so beautifully that I now want a spin-off featuring just them, all the time. Rick and Carl who? It’s Daryl and Beth for me.

Is it November yet?

Since my last post wondered about why it can’t be October yet, for The Walking Dead reasons, I thought it only appropriate for this post to wonder why it can’t be November yet, for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire reasons.

See, the second trailer for that movie came out at ComicCon and, well, I need to see this movie. Yesterday.

Why?

Let me show you…

Now you know, I’m waiting for November with very good reason.

Is it October yet? I need my zombies…

Zombies of The Walking Dead variety, I mean.

See, Comic Con is going on right now (and most of what I know about that I learned on The Big Bang Theory but I digress) and AMC released a four and a half minute trailer for the first half (that’s right, just the FIRST HALF of the season that starts October 13) and (excuse my inner fangirl here but) Oh. My. God. does it look freakin’ amazing!!!

WordPress is suddenly stupid and I no longer no how to embed a video in a post anymore (which I wanted to do because you need to see this) so please, please, please follow this link and see how much you want to watch it…

Did it work? Can you see the video there? If not, oh well. Oh sweet! It worked. Just a little copy and paste magic needed!

I’m fangirling too much to say much about it but the fact remains that, I want to watch this. I’ve never been so impatient for October!

Ramblings of a post-apocalyptic mind…

Confused by the title of this post?

So am I, and I wrote it.

“Mind” might not be the exact right word, but it’s the best I can think of. So allow me to explain my post-apocalyptic mind…

It’s more of a mindset, I suppose. You see, I’m very much into all things post-apocalypic lately; The Hunger GamesRevolutionThe Walking Dead and that realization has got me wondering why I’m so into all things post-apocalyptic.

The ever trusty Wikipedia defines post-apocalyptic fiction as, “… (is) set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized),” and goes on to say that there was a rise in the popularity of the genre after World War II when the threat of nuclear war hung heavily over the world.

So why is popular now? With me and with so many other people.

Is it because, as a society, we’ve become so disillusioned with the economy, politics, and the general decline of society itself that we fear, and are therefore preparing for, a post-apocalyptic world? Or have we simply become so attached to our material world that we’ve tired of it enough that we’ve begun to imagine life without material things ruling our every thought and action? Or, and this relates most to The Walking Dead and other supernatural post-apocalyptic fiction, are we confronting our fears about the great, ever-present unknown by including such fantastical things as zombies, vampires, and aliens?  Are these worlds, semi-imaginary at best, simply easier to deal with  than what confronts us everyday?

I don’t know the answer to why we love post-apocalyptic worlds. I don’t even know why I love them. I just do. And that’s enough for me.

It’s also why this post was definitely rambling…

Too cheap to make it look real: television in the dark

Have you noticed the same disturbing trend on your favorite television shows that I have? I’m not talking about the nearly pornographic amount of raunchy sex jokes in sitcoms (I’m not complaining!), just to be clear. I’m talking about dramas and action shows where everything important (i.e. murders, fight scenes, chases, investigations, strategy sessions, etc.) seems to happen at night or, if nighttime just doesn’t work, in a house with no lights on. You’ve noticed this, haven’t you?

I get that it’s expensive to make a television show, especially one that really does utilize all of what would seem to be more common in a movie. But there has to be a better way. Someone in Hollywood really should have the brains to figure out how to keep me hooked on a show because of what’s actually happening on it rather than keeping me hooked because I’m tilting my head every which way and wondering “who said that? I can’t see anything!”

I first noticed the propensity toward darkness when I watched the original CSI. The series started out in a brightly lit lab, the kind you might see on any true crime show. But then, perhaps since the crew was the graveyard shift, the lab got dark … as dark as the houses where people were murdered and the crime scene investigators got by with only flashlights. Criminal Minds followed suit quickly enough although, apparently for dramatic effect their flashlights were even smaller – and mounted on their guns.

I don’t watch either of those shows with any regularity anymore and it has a lot do with the darkness fact. Sadly, I’ve noticed it invading other shows that I love too (NCISHell on Wheels, and The Walking Dead, for example).

On Sunday, I watched the season finale of Hell on Wheels. For an hour and forty-five minutes, they built up to this massively spectacular and bloody battle between the railroad men and the Sioux Indians. The battle happened in five minutes and it was all in the dark, lit only occasionally by someone (you were never quite sure who) lighting something (you were never quite sure what) on fire. It was irritating in the extreme to not know who was fighting who and who was living or dying.

On Monday, I watched the newest episode of Revolution. There was a chase scene where someone got bit by a dog and someone shot a dog. I missed half the scene before I figured out who did what and where. Then there was what was obviously a key strategy discussion (you could tell by the ominous music) but it was so dark it was hard to tell who was saying what. I’m not good enough to have the actor’s voices memorized, not in a show with such a big cast. I suppose, though, that those are the pitfalls of making a show about the lack of power. However, the powers that be are not off the hook … the chase and the strategy – they could have happened in DAYLIGHT!

I’m not old and I’m not blind so I feel sort of silly ranting about this but it bugs me and rants are what blogs are for.

Downton Abbey.

So I just watched the third episode of Season Two of Downton Abbey.

First reaction?

How in the world did I manage to let myself miss Season One????

I’m so mad at myself right now. I really need to pay more attention to PBS. We all should, really. This is quality programming that involves no staged reality whatsoever. It’s rare and, being on PBS, probably in financial danger here in America.

But I’ll get off my soapbox now, and return to the glory that is Downton Abbey.

I’d heard of it before. I knew it was “the” thing in Britain and I wanted to see it. Then, unfortunately, I forgot about it until I watched a few minutes of The Golden Globes the other day and it won something. Tonight, I didn’t have anything to watch so I was flipping through and accidentally stumbled onto it.

What a happy accident!

I’m fascinated already and, to be honest, very distracted trying to blog about it because I’ve got another screen open as I try to find out just what I’ve missed in a season and two episodes. I will watch next week, I’ve promised myself that.

I don’t know how many episodes are in Season Two, but if they’re still airing episodes when the show I’ve been waiting to come back (The Walking Dead), Rick and the gang will just have to face the zombies without me. It doesn’t get any better than World War I England.

Hmm…I wonder how many other posts mention both Downton Abbey and The Walking Dead?

The Walking Dead: Season Two

I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t seen it (why haven’t you???), so I’ll just summarize my thoughts as I watched the 90 minute season premiere…

  • Yay! No walkers! And WATER!
  • Uh-oh, walkers!
  • No, little girl…don’t!
  • Run, Rick, run!
  • No, little girl…don’t!
  • Poor woman.
  • Eeeeeeeewwwwwwwwww.
  • Stupid old man, why’d you do THAT?
  • Aw, you redeemed yourself, old guy!
  • Stop being mean to the little boy, Shane!
  • Yeeps! Walkers in a CHURCH?!?! WTF!
  • She’s so going with him…
  • Where is she? She’ll be back before the end of the show, right?
  • Finally being nice to the little boy, about damn time.
  • Aw, pretty deer.
  • OH CRAP, SOMETHING BAD IS GOING TO HAPPEN!!! I JUST KNOW IT!!! *covers eyes* I CAN’T WATCH! DON’T PEEK! I’M PEEKING! *covers eyes more firmly*
  • OH HOLY CRAP, WHY, WHY, WHY, WHY???? JUST WHY? And WHOOOOOO!

And there you have it. What did you think?

Oh, and no, I didn’t deliberately leave out all  names besides Rick and Shane. I honestly can’t remember any of the other names. The show is that good!