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a day late and extremely short episode reations: Merlin 3.05; HI 5-0 1.04; SPN 6.03.

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a day late and extremely short episode reations: Merlin 3.05; HI 5-0 1.04; SPN 6.03.

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Okay, the Merlin and H50 reactions got a little long this week--and the SPN one (I finally watched the ep tonight) is a little truncated. I think I need to go ponder everyone else's reviews to glean their wisdom.

Merlin 3.05

I transcribe my family’s reaction to the opening of the episode:

Me: Why are Merlin and Arthur running?

The five-year-old: Ninjas!

The nine-year-old (older, and more sociologically precise): Temperate Rainforest Ninjas!

Exit Merlin and Arthur, pursued by the TRNs, who manage to wound Arthur with their mad archery skillz.

But then I got confused again. Last week, there was a guy with a leg wound. So they decided the best medical procedure was to get his shirt off pretty damn quick. This week, Arthur got shot in the back with an arrow. Like, you know, in upper half of his body. And rather than getting his mail shirt, etc., off him, so that he could, maybe, I dunno, try to clean the wound or something, Merlin just lets him lie there, on his back, in the dirt and leaves, while he ineffectually tries to magic him better, and then cries.

I’m willing to accept the medical ineptitude of everyone on the show (the Dark Ages were pretty dark, after all), but it’s hard to believe that the show let a perfectly good opportunity to get someone’s kit off slip by. (Not that I keep track or anything, but the last time Arthur was had an upper body injury and ended up unconscious at the mouth of a cave while Merlin did magic stuff—in 2.14—he spent at least half of the episode shirtless, bloody and bandaged. That was a good episode. Maybe Merlin was crying because he’d tried to conjure away the shirt and failed).

Still, on the bright side, it was another chance for Arthur to spend some quality time unconscious while Merlin did magic stuff. Bradley James must look forward to it every week; they probably get in a body double, and he catches up on his texting or something.

That’s about all I have to say about the episode. I usually enjoy the episodes that bring up the whole “do not meddle in the equations of life and death” thing, and I liked this one fine, even though it was pretty much a retread of things they’d done before (with Mordred, for one).


H50 1.04

It’s been a pleasure watching larger and larger swathes of my flist succumb to the sunny, bickery badassery of H50 this week *waves to y’all*

I think I might be a little bit seduced by the high production values, myself. It’s been a long time since I watched a big-budget network cop show, and part of me is just going—Helicopters! Locations! Music! Shiny! Though it would all be for naught without the equally shiny chemistry of the cast.

Does anyone know how long Scott Caan’s ACL surgery/recovery affected the scripts/filming? Poor guy—it can’t have been fun to have to keep working through that (though, didn’t he tear it doing some ridiculous extreme sport?). Of course, it has its pros and cons.

On the one hand, the scenes of Steve and Danny sitting around literally bickering informants into submission were pure gold this week—who needs fists when you have snark? And you really can’t complain about the Steve-Chin partnering-- That has to be the prettiest rescue party ever to have rescued anybody.

On the other hand, I missed action!Danny. And all the great bickering that could have gone on during the rescue mission:

S: Aw, gross, man! Why didn’t you tell me you got airsick?

D (not at all apologetic): I dunno—it was never an issue back in Jersey, where the cops stayed on the ground like they are supposed to--none of this boats, trains and freakin’ helicopters bullshit.

Or:

D: Okay, Steve, when I made that Apocalypse Now allusion back in the restaurant, it was joke. Get it? A joke. I did not mean “let’s take a trip to the freakin’ jungle and go all Martin Sheen on these sons of bitches.

S (ignoring him and pointing): Watch out: snake.

D (muttering): Never get out of the boat, never get out of the boat.

S: What’re you talking about, Danno? We came in a helicopter, not a boat. Remember? With the puking?

Of course, if H50 had a fully functioning kink meme, I would now be expecting lots of porntastic “How Danny really hurt his knee” stories, along with some lovely, unrealistic h/c in which the knee makes it really hard for Danny to shower properly, and Steve has to help him.

In other news, the show seemed to be trying hard to humanize Steve this week, what with the flaky sister and her news of angsty family relationships, and his weird kindness to Dana, who married the armed robber. I guess I can see why they’d do it, though I, personally was fine with crazy-military-guy!Steve.

But still, who cares, when a show can make a “how long you two been married” joke work fifteen minutes into the fourth episode?


SPN 6.03

Okay, I finally watched this, and was pleased to see the epidemic of shirtlessness I noted on Merlin last week spreading to America’s heartland.

And, while the whole Staff of Moses thing was a little Raiders of the Lost Ark for me (also, Show: naming the kid with the staff Aaron? A little much, imo), I did enjoy having Cas (and his deep bond with Dean) back quite a bit, especially with his wonderfully re-charged disapparating powers (“I need myrrh”).

It was a little disconcerting that Balthazar turned out to be the guy from Fringe. I kept expecting him to tell Cas about this nifty way of moving between alternate universes he knows about.
  • i had no idea why merlin was trying to help arthur's back injury by rubbing that thing on his forehead like that was going to heal the injury LOL.

    i loved the episode of H50! i need to read some fic where steve takes care of danno XD

    i approve of the shirtlessness. i approve alot.

    Edited at 2010-10-13 04:16 am (UTC)
    • There is never anything wrong with shirtlessness (which is why a show set in Hawaii is a good thing. Arthur Pendragon should be a model to them all--

      and yeah, I pretend to mock, but I'd read that fic about Steve helping Danny shower faster than anyone :)
  • Does anyone know how long Scott Caan’s ACL surgery/recovery affected the scripts/filming?

    So he's really hurt? Wow! I didn't know that.

    I liked how they tried to humanize Steve this week - I like him better now. He's a little more than just a ridiculously beautiful badass now. :-)
    • Yeah, it's real--and I was wrong--he didn't hurt it doing extreme sports, but doing stunts for the show (here). Surgery and so on, poor thing--but I don't know how long it affected things....

      And Steve/Alex does do some nice soulful eyes, so I guess I can forgive the humanization ;)
  • Yeah I was surprised by the missed opportunity for shirtless Bradley too. Maybe it was too cold that day or something. I think it's because of the dragon. He automatically adds two grade points to any episode he is in. I feel bad but I really want Morgana to just die. I know it ain't gonna happen but she's transparently evol and makes everyone else (but Merlin) just look so dim for not catching on. *sigh* I dunno. I loved the character the past two seasons, but she's just not doing it for me this year. It's just so unsubtle.

    H50 continues to kick ass and yay for the Steve-Chin ho bonding. I hope to see more of that along with more just more Chin and Kono dynamics. I think they're really sweet together. I really hate the actress who played Steve's sister.s She always plays the same annoyingly flakey pseudo-badgirl and her voice just drives me up the the wall for some reason. PLus she's not attractive enough to play Alex O's sister. /shallow

    SPN I'm feeling decidedly uncritical about this week thanks to Cas and his profound bond with Dean. It's kind of pathetic that all really need is to see those two gazing significantly at each other a couple of times and episode to make me happy. I'm sad that he won't be back for a while but next week is the epi directed by Jensen so yay for that.
    • *hugs you for watching all the same shows I do*

      I completely agree with you about the dragon (always awesome!) and Morgana (getting to be ridiculous). Is the evol thing going to go places? Or is she just going to smirk all season? Even my 5 yr old thinks it's hysterical--

      One good thing (among many) about H50 is that the whole cast is great--so if SC isn't around as much, it's sad, but seeing the other team members interact more will be awesome.

      The only thing I could think with the sister was that they were introducing her so that they could have an episode later where she gets in trouble or something...

      No, I'm with you on just enjoying having Dean and the newly badass Castiel back together. I'm sure you can guess that my favorite moment was when Cas grabbed Dean's hand and slit it open without warning--

      I feel like I'm not quite as engaged with SPN as I have been (I can't really care what's going on with Sam, for instance), but I've been enjoying the episodes, and not feeling the epic hate I felt for a lot of the S5 episodes.
  • It was good having Chin and Steve partner up. It worries me a little that the show wouldn't have done it if Caan hadn't hurt his knee. Because I love the quaternity as much as I love Danny+Steve, and Chin is awesome! But we did get Steve and Chin in the helicopter in the jungle so I can't complain.

    Your dialogue for that happening with Danny is spot-on. Maybe we'll get something like that later.

    Steve and Danny are so adorable I don't know what to do with them. <3<3
    • They are so adorable it's hard to know what to do except run around in circles flailing and giggling.....

      But it's also great that the whole team is so awesome that we welcome the chance to have more of all of them--I would have enjoyed a whole episode of Steve and Chin tracking through the jungle, for instance!
  • I missed action!Danny too! Gah, I selfishly hope he heals soon. Although the fact that the injury was somehow Steve's fault made me laugh.

    Agreed about crazy!military!Steve. I don't need them to humanize him, I need him to be awesome all the time. Also, this: But still, who cares, when a show can make a “how long you two been married” joke work fifteen minutes into the fourth episode? EXACTLY. ♥

    Also, this show needs a functioning kink meme! I vote that you start one.

    Somehow I still don't have an icon for this show. :(
    • What? Are you implying that I might want to shirk my familial and professional responsibilities to find a way to foster more H50 porn? Shame on you!

      Okay, yeah, I would love to, but--no time! Maybe if everyone's in the mood over Thanksgiving we could have some kind of lighting porn exchange....

      Meanwhile, here's a very fun, slashy fic, if you haven't seen it already: Comfort Levels

  • (no subject) - ex_calamity172
    • I'm pretty ecstatic to hear this, and something tells me I'll be even more ecstatic to read it. :D
    • okay, kitty, I feel bad, I do, but here's the thing you gotta understand about us humans. We are extremely susceptible to muscles and banter. And tattoos. And waves. And motorcycles. Yeah, motorcycles. So, you can't get too mad at us, we're weak creatures, not strong like you cats *g*

      *sends you extra treats to make up for it*
  • Temperate Rainforest Ninjas!

    This may be my new favourite description <3

    I watched Supernatural and that episode of Fringe within hours of each other. So Sebastian Roche is officially all over my TV screens.
    • There are so many kinds of ninjas in the world that you really need to be precise in your classifications. Especially when they are coming at you with arrows. My boys have taught me this important life lesson. ;)

      And yeah, that guy just has the face of a wizened alternate reality rebel angel, so I guess it stands to reason...
  • "D: Okay, Steve, when I made that Apocalypse Now allusion back in the restaurant, it was joke. Get it? A joke. I did not mean “let’s take a trip to the freakin’ jungle and go all Martin Sheen on these sons of bitches."

    Yes! This is exactly how it would have gone!

    "...though I, personally was fine with crazy-military-guy!Steve."

    Me too :)
    • Yeah, you know Danny wouldn't have let him off the hook for Tropic Thunder antics. Not that I'm knocking having more time for Chin Ho!

      *mourns crazy-military-guy!Steve*

      Edited at 2010-10-14 03:45 am (UTC)
  • Balthazar was tormenting me with his familiarity. I finally looked him up on IMDB only to discover that he played none other than Jesus Christ in an indie movie from years ago named Household Saints. Talk about disconcerting.
    • Wow! Well, he does have the face of a wizened rebel angel from an alternate universe, so I guess it stands to reason. (and Fringe and SPN both shoot in Vancouver, so maybe he was just around...).
  • My problem with this Merlin was that the first three minutes? Is exactly what I'd been waiting for since the start of the series: Merlin and Arthur, in a forest, Arthur is seriously injured, Merlin can't magic him all better (could also work on a battlecamp, with Knights all around). But that's what I want for one whole episode! Surviving, evading enemies, making it work by the skin of their teeth, not having a dodgy old coot show up and move the plot to something completely unrelated! Damn. Will have to make do with fic.

    I was so happy to see Cas last week, it's not even funny. *happy sigh* And I still haven't seen the pretty people froliking on the beaches in kevlar #4.
    • Merlin and Arthur, in a forest, Arthur is seriously injured, Merlin can't magic him all better (could also work on a battlecamp, with Knights all around). But that's what I want for one whole episode! Surviving, evading enemies, making it work by the skin of their teeth, not having a dodgy old coot show up and move the plot to something completely unrelated!

      THIS! I didn't want an episode of more Morgana wrangling--tho' the dragon is always cool.

      The amazing thing about the other show is how the Kevlar doesn't weigh down their frolicking at all. (see it when you get a chance--the manly flirting is pure gold)
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