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H50 1.15 (also, White Collar 2.10 and Southland 3.03)

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H50 1.15 (also, White Collar 2.10 and Southland 3.03)

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H50 1.15




I loved this one! I got a huge kick out of the plot (lots and lots of lovely plot): faking a natural disaster seemed topical and deeply creepy—especially the contrast between the scenes of panic-shopping and crowds and the shots of empty streets and the deserted harbor—all the chaos coming down to a girl sitting alone with earphones and laptop.

And I loved all the team stuff—everyone determined to stick by Steve and shoulder responsibility equally.

Some other things I loved:

*That natural disasters pose similar problems no matter which state you live in. To wit: disruptions in one’s normal childcare routine. The expression on Grace’s face when Danny told her she had to go with Kamekona so that he could catch bad guys during the tsunami warning was exactly the same expression my kids wear then I tell them they have to spend their snow days doing x, y and z so that I can go do my infinitely less glamorous job. They say “but I wanna be wich chu” in exactly the same tone. Except in Hawaii they only seem to cancel school when a twenty-foot wave of water is bearing down on them, whereas, where I live, they cancel school at the mere threat of a snow flurry. Still, I could relate. Maybe I should teach the boys poker—it seems to be a good life skill in such situations.

Nb: I loved Danny calling Kamekona brother when he picked Gracie up.

* Catherine. That has to be the most elegant and no-fuss solution to establishing a character’s canon heterosexuality without messing up the plotlines ( and slash vibe) I’ve ever seen. I love that the show is completely down with the fact that they spend all their time together indulging in straight-up, angst-free nookie. They seem to like and respect each other, but not to be looking for more. And it seems so much more in character for Steve to have a smart, sexy fuck-buddy with a career of her own, than to be involved in some mushy romance, or to go for random hook-ups with a lady of the week.

* Kono solving the case by paying attention to garbage for the second time in fifteen episodes.

* Danny’s “Oy vey.” Y’all might be counting the “babes” and “Stevens”—and I’ll grant you those are awesome—but my personal H50 drinking game involves yiddishe!Danny. And he’s been coming through for me every week lately. First, “schmuck,” now “oy vey, a tsunami.”

* And, finally the righteous stand this show is making for men without manscaping (and the ladies and gents who love them): first AOL’s consistently gorgeous display of chest hair, now SC’s adorable rug of a belly. Please let them be a role model to all TV-land.



And, catching up on last week:

White Collar 2.10



I don’t have anything very enlightening to say about this one, except that it pretty much encapsulated everything I love about White Collar. Along with the usual beauty and cleverness of everyone involved (oh El!), I love the straightforward loyalty and affection people express towards each other on this show—from Neal sleeping at Mozzie’s bedside (and pushing him around in his wheelchair) to Jones saying “Peter needs us” to Hughes, to the Neal’s expression when Peter got on that horse.

Also, many t-shirts, polo shirts and dark colored button downs were worn.

And, in conclusion, Peter caught the guy by riding him down on a horse. That may have been the best thing ever.



Southland 3.03

And, um, for a somewhat different take on masculinity.



This one broke my heart. Or rather, Ben broke my heart. Though I did appreciate the paralleling of Ben’s situation to Sammy’s somewhat less tragic one.

You could say that both were struggling--not with forgiving unforgivable things--but with the even more basic problem of whether forgiveness—or even the process of moving on—was the right response. Because, okay, Sammy should clearly get over Tammy. But what would it mean for Ben to forgive his mother’s rapist? To stop making her rape the foundational moment of his identity? To forgive his four-year-old self for not protecting her (especially since he now knows she let the guy in)? Who would he be then?

And I admire the show for showing that a very typical (and very masculine) response to that kind of emotional hurt and shame is a vicious, scattershot rage—even for guys who are otherwise good guys. A rage so stoked up it can be ridiculous (Sammy breaking the windows) or just plain scary (it taking three men to drag Ben off the suspect).

Ouch, that’s all I have to say: ouch. I hope both characters dig their way out….

Also—I loved the stuff with Josie and Lydia and Russell. How it was kind of impossible to put your finger on the dynamic going on between Russell and Lydia….And Josie being an asshole, but no less compelling a character for it.

  • I always enjoy your reaction posts. :D

    Nb: I loved Danny calling Kamekona brother when he picked Gracie up.

    Oh, so did I! And the exchange of genuine smiles. :D

    Catherine. That has to be the most elegant and no-fuss solution to establishing a character’s canon heterosexuality without messing up the plotlines ( and slash vibe) I’ve ever seen.

    God, yes. And since Danny has an ex-wife right up the road, it's all out there, nice, yes, fine, now can you guys get half-naked and argue some more, please! This show. :D And Steve is definitely the type to have one in every port. One of whatever gender. *g*

    And I admire the show for showing that a very typical (and very masculine) response to that kind of emotional hurt and shame is a vicious, scattershot rage—even for guys who are otherwise good guys. A rage so stoked up it can be ridiculous (Sammy breaking the windows) or just plain scary (it taking three men to drag Ben off the suspect).

    Yessss. And I admire equally that the show (so far) is not shying away from the fallout and the damage, to themselves and to others. I expect that's going to play out as time goes by.







    • I know--the show has this beautiful knack for making characters who could be just awful--Rachel, Catherine--fun, and people you might like to see more of. Mostly by making them, in their brief appearances, seem smart, independent and able to take care of themselves. Other shows could take note :) (except for Mary, but who's counting)--and they have definitely gone in that direction (the competent, independent direction) with Kono, so yay!

      Also, not letting them take up too much plot time, because: it's all out there, nice, yes, fine, now can you guys get half-naked and argue some more, please! *nods*

      And I agree that Southland seems more than prepared to play out the (horrifying?) consequences of its characters' reactions to events. I think I'm too scared to watch tonight. I might need to know what happens before I can see it. *iz a wimp*

      Edited at 2011-01-25 11:56 pm (UTC)
  • The Steve/Catherine dynamic is nicely done and I love how they're both clearly enjoying each other and like each other yet so casual and independent. BAMFS in like. <3 That ep was great, all around, and good twist at the end with the money.

    White Collar is completely delightful.
    • BAMFs in like -- yes! that's it exactly, so much fun! And the money thing is really intriguing!

      Delightful is just the word for White Collar XD
  • i loved the episodes of H50 and white collar! i may have watched that specific white collar episode over 10 times because i loved it so much. -shifty eyes-
    • It was a good week for TV, wasn't it?

      That may have been one of the best WC episodes ever--even without the horseback riding ;) (I may have watched that part multiple times)
  • Yesyesyes to Catherine and body hair! I really like Catherine a lot. She's smart and independent, and I like that they are comfortable with one another and just in it for the sex! I agree that it works so well for Steve, better than any other scenario that I can imagine for him. I think they did a great job introducing her, because now I want her to have more screen time and if their relationship deepened I wouldn't mind as much. (Of course, I'd rather see Steve and Danny getting interrupted mid-coitus, but I guess that goes without saying.)

    Loved the plot this week too. It did feel very real, with everyone rushing to the supermarket and yanking their kids out of school. Down here we have to worry about hurricanes, so the process felt pretty similar, just waiting to see what's going to happen and preparing for the worst. When Grace was telling Danny she wanted to stay with him, I remembered feeling that way when my mom would drop me off at daycare, and my mom even said at that part, "That reminds me of you when you were that age."
    • lol, it's hysterical to think of that scene with Steve and Danny rushing down the stairs buckling their pants and pulling on their shirts!

      The show has done a great job with female characters who might have been just awful--Rachel and Catherine (tho' not Mary, imho)--and making them people you might to see more of--

      And I really like the way they make Danny's relationship with Grace relatively realistic (well, on a TV show scale, that is)--and I'm not a fan of little kid actors in general, but the girl who plays Grace is great. Her seriousness plays off SC's manic-ness beautifully.
  • I just adored this week's H5-0, adored it, would have to write an essay to do justice to all the bits I loved most. The end just about broke my heart - Steve doing his damaged hero bit, doing what was right even though it would finish his career, going to face the Governor alone - and then the team turning up. Team, how much do I love you all?

    And I love Catherine and how they're handling her, if Danny can't have Steve then I'm cool with it being Catherine.

    You know I stand with you on the commendable lack of waxing in this show - men should look like men, not shop window dummies...

    Edited at 2011-01-25 07:41 am (UTC)
    • All three of those scenes at the end were great: the team deciding to do the right thing--then Danny telling Steve to say "it" because it might be the last time--then the scene in the Governor's mansion. Just lovely!

      What constituency is it that wants waxed men? Do they think it will be shocking to children if they don't? That women like smooth skin? *iz confused*

      Edited at 2011-01-26 02:45 am (UTC)
      • Do RL men actually wax? None of the men of my close acquaintance do, but then I tend to mix with (and fall for) rugged outdoor types (I like me a man who is physically competent and gives the impression that he could handle himself in a survival situation...). My other reference group (and yes, luckily there is a crossover, DH is testament to that!) is science geeks, and neither of those groups is particularly concerned with how they look.
        • No, I've never known any RL men who wax, either. BUT, when I got to get my legs waxed (why yes, I do have a double standard here), I sometimes notice that there are men in the, um, waxing precincts. I've always thought they were there because of truly awful amounts of back hair or something. But maybe not--maybe they just wanted to be perfectly smooth....

          It could be a generational thing, too. I'm all for female hair removal, but the sort of bikini waxing the college girls do these days raises the hackles of the old-school feminist in me. But, you know, to each their own--I'd never want to police that stuff.
  • I'm loving pretty much everything they're doing in H5O. It feels like they're getting almost everything exactly right. I just feel spoiled every week.
    • I know! It's like you're holding your breath, waiting for things to go horribly wrong, as they are wont to do on TV shows--and they never do!!

      Feeling spoiled is good!
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