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  • Culture and Entertainment

    What I Watched August and September

    I didn’t do a great job at tracking everything, so I may have missed a few things, I feel like I watched 10 Things I Hate About You somewhere in these months.

    August

    Stagecoach
    McLintock!

    September

    The Makeover (Hallmark)

    “If I belonged to a younger generation, I would say,’Dang, he is fine!'” “Might I remind you that is the exact generation we are trying to rescue from such phrases?”

    The Terminal List. Um yeah, skipped a lot, probably should have stopped it early on. Beyond morally questionable. Went from understandable targeted vigilantism (but with unjustifiable methods, aka torture!) to “sucks if you are in my way.”

    The Expanse. Dad has been obsessed with this show since it’s been on Amazon, and so after the above show, I opted to try it. Less overtly, over the top violence, but still I can’t deal with that “amoral” and actually immoral, zero sum, dehumanizing choices and viewpoints. I didn’t pursue past the first episode or so of season two (wasn’t interested in the new people either). I was burned out with moral ambivalence (to put it generously) and violence.

    Cranford and Return to Cranford (a family friend/dad said there is also, “Sick of Cranford”). I got Britbox again, and after stupidly trying some violent shows (Rachel, do you ever learn?). I finally settled on fairly relaxing. I’d had these on my list for forever (aka, mainly because of Tom Hiddleston, hello). Wow, there is a lot of death though, but when I honestly thought about it, in the real time period, there actually probably was more! The last season felt really rushed.

    What If. I’d seen this on a post of Olivia’s and added a few from her list to my TBR. But sometimes those just sit there. I was searching for funny or something on Amazon Prime, and this popped up. And wow, this is a new comfort rom-com (up there with Leap Year, Clueless, 10 Things I Hate About You). My sisters make fun of me for rewatching my favorites very close together, but I seriously might just turn around and watch this again. Super cute and funny and minimal of the stupid miscommunication drama (and when it happens, real grown-up apologies from both parties). Just happiness and comfort. Also, side note, I might actually get a tattoo, I didn’t realize/hadn’t seen, actually feminine ones before. We’ll see. Who is this woman talking?!!!

    More Boy Meets World. I needed some funny, comfort, so I tried to pick up about where I left off in the Spring.

    “Feeny with an earring.”

    . . .

    “Shawn, he’s on to us, he singled us out on the first day.”
    “No, Cory, he singled you out on the first day, you singled me out.”

    ~~~~~

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Anastasia Musical 2022 Tour

    I didn’t grow up with movie Anastasia. The first time my family watched I was a teenager and grounded (!), so I missed out; I’m not sure I watched it until I was an adult. My little sisters did grow up with it. And one of them (L) went on a Northeast trip in 2016 or 2017 and saw the/one of the original Broadway casts, and she came back head over heels for Derek Klena. I, of course, already loved Ramin Karimloo from the Phantom, and I wish I’d just splurged and immediately gone to NYC just for that. I’d 0nly heard bits and pieces from youtube, but I think more of my sisters listened to the whole thing.

    For my 30th I bought tickets when it came to Louisville in 2020. Literally the week before my date (I think they’d done a few performances), our state shut down. It got delayed and delayed and then cancelled. I was dreading driving downtown (I’d only driven twice maybe in my life), so I wasn’t super disappointed (and this is why I miss out on stuff). But my sisters saw it was coming back this year (I’m not sure if this would be the cast that was traveling in 2020 or not), so all of us sisters and my sister-in-law bought tickets. We all dressed up, some buying dresses especially for the event, and I on a budget and because I’m me, made mine, finishing it the evening of and running late to meet the sister I was riding with. Classic.

    So, as I mentioned I wasn’t familiar with the Broadway version, my sisters said it didn’t have Rasputin and that it was attempting to be more realistic (although yes, the magic part was unreal, but there was something unnatural/supernatural about what it took to kill the real Rasputin). L also thought that the replacement bad guy (Gleb) had a lot more singing because of Karimloo. So, yes, while they didn’t literally reenact the murders (thank the stars above), it was artistically displayed with dancing, shots, and the Red Army. I was holding back tears.

    I couldn’t remember if it had “Back to December.” It did and several other songs from the movie as well. My sisters didn’t think that Anya (at least some of us thought she had better voice than the original Broadway singer) and Dmitry (no Derek Klena) had much chemistry, but she sure did with Gleb (Ben Edquist). But then, wow, he kind of stole the show. My sister-in-law ventured to say he might be better than Ramin Karimloo, I don’t know about that but I think I preferred his voice. And oh, he knew he was good, he was sending kisses to the audience at the end! For him alone this is worth going to!

    We had so much fun, and we are hoping to do more events like this together in the future. It’s just so fun to dress up and go places (when I’m not driving).

  • Culture and Entertainment

    More White Collar Quotes

    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Fortunately I keep a secret key logger on my computer.”
    “I’ve never appreciated your distrust in me more.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Well, we talked. Moz told me about his Detroit days, he’d been running street cons since he was a kid.” “Hm notice my lack of surprise.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “I’m a gem expert.”
    “That’s true, and you asked to keep your distance from the FBI, I was doing you a favor.”
    “Oh, by conversing with my arch rival.”
    “Everyone’s your arch rival, Moz.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “The FBI has a gem vault and you didn’t tell me?”
    “Why give an alcoholic a drink?”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Caffrey holding a printing plate for hundred dollar bills.
    Peter “I’m not comfortable with this.”
    “Really, you’re not comfortable? I have the men in black bobsled team breathing down my neck.”
    “These treasury agents are a little skeptical; you look like a twelve year old who just found the lingerie section of a Sears catalog.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Neal, if ever you do decide to grow up, you should realize this one thing, you can either be a con or man, you can’t be both.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    Peter relegated to the sidelines with a suspect’s daughter who asks, “What’s that thing on his leg.” “That’s a tracking anklet.”
    “I have an anklet. Wanna see?”
    “Yeah, oh cute, where’d you get it?”
    “My grandpa.”
    “Where’d he get his?”
    “It’s part of a Federal Release work program where, uhh — I gave it to him, it’s so I don’t lose him.”
    “Are you his grandpa?”
    “Weren’t you supposed to go to your room.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Remember when I said things were getting back to normal between me and Peter?”
    “Yeah, that’s sweet. One sentence in and I already hate this conversation.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Does the Vulture have a partner with expensive tastes?”
    “I have a partner with expensive taste.”
    Later, Peter to Sally and at Neal, “So whoever spent the money almost got you shot?”
    . . .  Neal to Sally “I apologize, but the plan drew out Brower, that should count for half a win.”
    Peter, “I’m going to get us the other half . . .  “We leaked security photos from your shopping spree.”
    Neal, “That way Brower takes his next shot at me, sounds fun.”
    Peter, “I love how we’re always on the same page.”
    Later, “What’s the plan if Brower doesn’t show up at the PO box.”
    “You spend 90 million dollars in 36 hours, he’ll show.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Send out the handsome one.”
    Neal starts getting out.
    “The one in the back.”
    Mozzie, “Consider that a lesson in modesty.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
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    What I Watched April: Why Didn’t They Ask Evans and White Collar

    Why Didn’t They Ask Evans. This was so good. Just the perfect length and loved the scenery, wanted to steal some of Frankie’s clothes (well the dress she stole from her mother).
    “Frankie, I hope you won’t be offended if I tell you I’m not quite ready to kill myself over you yet.”
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    White Collar. I watched this in April and May I think. I loved this, then it turned sour for me at the end of season 2, beginning of season 3, I wasn’t expecting that so soon. I dislike that the build up of maturity and trust got torn down and reset. Terrible plotting, and I just felt the writing got weaker. After I sulked I came back and watched a bit more of season 3 in June, it bounced back a bit. I didn’t get back into it the same way, and I’m not sure how much more I will watch since I know there are other things I won’t like (Neal’s love life, I’m Neal and Sara forever, also felt like they rushed that a bit in season 3 considering how 2 left off).
    This show has such snappy dialogue, I love it. I got lots of quotes, and I think I could have got more. I’m splitting this into two posts. I think I accidently mixed up some of the chronology though.
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “What, you need me for this? You’re uncomfortable around the six year old.”
    “I don’t speak that language.”
    “I do?”
    “Yeah, you do, Peter Pan. Come on.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “He’s . . . odd?”
    “In a good way.”
    “Who is this guy?”
    Later, knocking
    “Mrs. Suit, I take it.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Ok, I don’t have it.”
    “Look at that, telling the truth, did it hurt?”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Isn’t that the place where you put Neal when he was first released.”
    “They have an interesting no heat policy.”
    “I don’t need amenities. Just give me a wall, a tv, and a bed and I’m happy.”
    “Are you serious?
    “Yeah.”
    “Peter mi casa su casa.”
    “Su casa is not even su casa.”
    Later
    “I’ve got to check into my hotel.”
    “No, no, no, motel, motel, with an ‘m.'”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “You’re letting the pantsuit use you as bait to catch Wilkes? Doesn’t that strike as insane?”
    “I’m going to a club, the feds will be outside”
    “This is the same Wilkes that wants you dismembered right?”
    “Dismembered is slightly overstating it, you are being paranoid.”
    “Paranoia is a skill, the secret to longevity.”
    My thoughts precisely.
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Mozzie still won’t tell me what he does for a living, do you know?”
    “I know enough not to ask.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “What’s your plan a gun in the glove compartment?”
    *Pause*
    “That’s your plan, a gun in the glove compartment!”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Admit it Peter, we’d make a pretty decent team.”
    “Bank robbers.”
    “I see you smiling, come on the infamous Caffrey and Burke, we’d be legends.”
    “Yeah, I can see the wanted posters right now but it would be Burke and Caffrey.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “I want this guy.”
    “Hell hath no fury like a Fed scorned.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Stay here and read it. ‘There are many things which a wise man might wish to be ignorant.'” “Emmerson.”
    “Very good. “
    “‘All of your quotes are getting on my nerves. Peter Burke.'”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “What are you doing in a Federal building dressed like Truman Capote?”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “What exactly is the nature of your relationship with Gina?”
    “Intellectual, literal, ongoing.”
    “Is he stalking her?”
    “I’d have to look up the legal definition.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “I haven’t slept since this whole thing started.”
    “Stomach hurt?”
    “A little bit.”
    “Got that parched thing happening.”
    “Yeah, my mouth’s a little dry.”
    “Hold on to that feeling. Remember it the next time you decide to infiltrate the den of a mobster on a whim or something equally cockeyed.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Neal came by; we had a nice little chat.”
    “Is he in one piece?”
    “Yes, I left him whole.”
    “Good, I prefer him that way.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “She has three known alias, she knows how to hide someone. Come on Peter, if you went on the run.”
    “I wouldn’t go on the run.”
    “Yeah, but if you did.”
    “Yes, I’m sure it’d be your fault.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “You stole one of Stan’s Murciélagos?”
    “We commandeered it.”
    “You G men and your manifest destiny.”
    “Mozzie how would you like to participate in a government sanctioned con?”
    “Involving a dirty Marshall, Stan, and one of his prize Lamborghinis, how about yes.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “It’s hard to picture you at a big financial firm. Been a life changer.”
    “That’s true.”
    “In some alternate universe you’d be wearing corporate ties, doing power lunches, flying corporate jets.” “Doubt we’d have ever met.”
    “Well, maybe, under different circumstances.”
    “Well, that’s true. You might’ve have robbed the company.”
    “Yep.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “I’m not working on anything.”
    “Which means Mozzie’s working on it.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “I hope I’m not interrupting.”
    “Oh no not at all, you are but a welcome and striking reprieve from the bureaucratic oppression in my midst.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “Hey, let’s make this quick, I need to get back to the office.”
    “Oh, first week and you are already a corporate shill. My condolences on your recently departed integrity.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
    “No.”
    “Come on, Peter.”
    “No, no. The FBI is not gonna pay for your combat training.”
    “Think about what I could do for you guys if I knew how to fight.”
    “No, No, I’d rather not. New York is safer is if Neal Caffery is lacking in at least one skillset.”
    “Yeah what about self-preservation?”
    “You’ve done pretty well with the whole running away thing.”
    ~~~~~~~~~
  • Culture and Entertainment

    Bridgerton Season Two

    Life must be hard for Anthony Bridgerton what with managing family finances, micromanaging his siblings, cold-bloodedly shopping for a suitable bride, drinking, whoring.

    “It was just a bee.”

    “There was a bee.”

    “Did you tell the viscount about the bee?” Oh, he knows, he knows very much about the bee sting.

    I just  . . . like . . . how everyone is so either “discerning” if they notice or just gradually “putting it together” that Anthony actually likes *Kate.* As if he isn’t smoldering at her all the time. Yes, I’m sure the reason why he’s staring at Kate 90% of the time its out of hatred, and that other 10% when he can’t, he’s  being boring and insipid with (the boring and insipid) Edwina because he cares for Edwina. Right.
    Oh. And he’s reeeeeallly, reeeeeeallllly fighting off his feelings too. That’s what following her around, staring some more, shoving aside any other men, etc. That, that is what that means.
    I just don’t get that he thought they wouldn’t immediately have an affair when he married Edwina. I mean if his this “restrained” now. That maybe, just maybe, possibly, just might be more scandalous than a simple breaking off of a courtship. Nope, let’s propose to the sister he doesn’t actually want. Let’s go and try and marry her and look at her sister. Because of “avoiding scandal” and “being honorable.” Honorable my eye. Honorable, because affairs are honorable. Yep, breaking an engagement, fleeing a wedding would totally be more scandalous than coming home from a super quick honeymoon and having an affair with her sister.
    And then once the wedding is off they have to do this farce and dilly-dally. Seriously run away and marry her. The extramarital stuff with a lady is 10000% worse than anything you’ve yet done dude. Also made NO sense for her. None. She had WAY too much self-respect for that. This scene and the weird shilly-shallying instead of getting married rather a buzzkill. Y’all we know they had the hots for each other. Avoiding a scandal would have them GET married.
    Honestly the book (which I skimmed and which is super disgusting, also Kate is a pushover) part where they have to get married because of the bee sting part (which .  . . is just an absolute gem of scene in the move) would have made much more sense. He keeps saying he is a gentleman (I do not think that means what you think it means). And dude, when has that stopped you?
    It’s funny, this season had less actual sex scenes but WAY more thirst ones.
  • Culture and Entertainment

    What I Watched March 2022

    Bridgerton, both seasons. I’ve written about season 1 already. I’ve got thoughts on season 2 coming up.
    Lady Bird. Rather sad.
    Silver Linings Playbook. Extremely difficult to watch. Also, what the heck exactly? I need to ask my medical sisters (sister 2 is a nurse (all nursing students have a psychiatric nursing course plus anything in their experience in hospitals), sister 3 works in a children’s psychiatric hospital and just got her public health degree and is going to start a nursing program, and sister 4 is working in a downtown hospital and is in nursing school) their opinions, they mentioned this movie among others when talking about mental illnesses, I think sister 2 said it was accurate?
    Win a Date with Tad Hamilton. I watched this after watching a Topher Grace interview. On his side it was cute, he’s quite a funny actor. I don’t find it inspiring or fun to watch the dumb innocent, essentially bimbo girl role.
    Brooklyn 99. I watched up to season 3 before getting bored. I realized I think oftentimes I need more going on in my shows. For example in Castle, Psych, and White Collar, the characters are solving intricate crimes AND are funny AND there is romance. Whereas here, it seems the focus in mainly on the humor which for me doesn’t always hit and isn’t enough for me and the romance is not the greatest. In addition to getting bored Amy’s sycophancy is rather triggering and just really not funny. However, some humor that I did enjoy was Gina and Boyle. I feel like that could have gone on longer or maybe even been a “thing.” (I realize I wrote on this show for Feb as well, oh well.)
    Rewatched some New Girl. I think I was mad the first time that Coach got replaced (even though he was only in one episode) that I don’t think I fully realized how hilarious Winston is. 2 great moments. 1) His earring phase and Nick’s reaction. 2) When he takes his car without realizing the stowaways in the back and is singing “Popular” in a really high voice and then discovers said surprise in the back.
    Started a few episodes of Kim’s Convenience. I got distracted by other shows, plus I find domineering fathers personally triggering. I think I might try more, since thanks to Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings I have crush on Simu Liu.
    Derry Girls. I think I tried this in March or April, again, also would like to watch more. I think I only got a few episodes in.
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    The New Persuasion 2022: Alcoholic Anne and Weed Wentworth

    My sister sent me a text bewailing the new trailer for Persuasion 2022, so I watched it. I could barely make it through, and my sister’s texts seemed to imply she muted it at some point. My sister said Americans shouldn’t be allowed to adapt Jane Austen. All of my sisters and my sister-in-law planned to watch it this weekend.

    I’m not sure what the filmmakers were aiming for in tone. I doubt serious. Was the love story supposed to be taken seriously and the overall tone light, is THAT what they were attempting? Ha. As plain comedy, not clever or funny. As parody, the same. So much vulgarity. The “innuendos” were so bald they weren’t innuendos, nor remotely clever in any way. Again, was that supposed to be parody?

    It almost felt like they were trying to imitate the 2020 Emma; you can’t do Persuasion with bad writers and filmmakers, Emma’s story works with an actually well-written light comedic adaptation. Like my sister said, those filmmakers understood Jane Austen. My sister in law said Pride and Prejudice could have been done with a similar tone (again with actually talented filmmakers), and I said, yes not the moody, melancholy, melodramatic tone Pride and Prejudice 2005 was done in, again something JA would have mocked. I feel like this Persuasion was so bad, Jane Austen might have been beyond mocking it.

    It felt like it was written by a woman with the mind of a pervy ten year old American boy (I’d originally just said the boy, but my brother said no boy would write or read Jane Austen, true). We did laugh at some lines. Sometimes because they were actually funny or the situational comedy was funny (one sister thought Mary particularly good), but mostly just because everything was so awkward, uncomfortable, and absurd.

    Everything was s. p. e. l. l. e. d. out like we were six year olds. See, my daddy is arrogant. See, I am the good person (are you though?). The modern language. The breaking of the 4th wall which Anne did in the 2008 Persuasion and which is a particular pet peeve of mine, this Anne made 10x more annoying by attempting to be mischievous . . . or something. Nothing about this Anne made it at all believable that she was persuadable. So the plot and title didn’t make sense.

    Several of the girls thought Wentworth was the ugliest man ever and were disappointed Henry Golding wasn’t the leading man. Wentworth definitely looked working class and not a gentleman. I didn’t think he was ugly, but when he started talking, his expressions and eyelids were so off, we determined he looked high. Which pairs well with Anne, since she was an alcoholic.

    I and another sister thought Charles Musgrove was the best-looking. What was Anne thinking? However, a) she didn’t deserve him (honestly I liked Mary better than her, not that Mary deserved him either), and b) we wouldn’t have received that gem of a dinner scene had she accepted him nor that scene I mostly missed of him carrying Mary like a sack of potatoes.

    We watched maybe two-thirds before the guys came back, and we had supper. They asked us, after our complaints why we were still watching, and to see if we’d notice, bumped the time up 20 minutes. Oh, we noticed, I was watching the clock the whole movie to see if it was almost finished. I paid less attention to the last 15 or so minutes they’d left us (oddly, no one wanted to go back to where we’d actually paused).

    Oh, I also thought maybe they were trying for Bridgerton effects with some of the modernization (except they picked bad (i.e. horny alcoholic “heroine”, vulgar simplistic puerile language) or unrealistic modernization and didn’t blend it in, and it doesn’t work, JA is set it it’s time, Bridgerton is fantasy (in so many ways) and Bridgerton picked well and blended well by comparison (like the costumes and the music, LOVED those, also, clearly talented people behind that, unlike in this movie).  Y’all, Bridgerton is silly, silly, silly, but it is at least funny (although perhaps not always intentionally), bright, light, pretty, and cohesive. Persuasion  2022 makes Bridgerton look brilliant.

     

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Happy Independence Day!

    american flag
    (creative commons photo from pexel)

    Yesterday, I was searching for Patriotic/Revolutionary movies to watch. And ended up watching Top Gun (more Americana/Patriotic than Independence Day, but I couldn’t psych myself up to watch The Patriot quite yet, meant to watch it today, but I think I’m going to have to think about that a bit more).

    Anywho. I’m currently red (sunburn, oops), white (no tan), and blue (my eyes) at the moment. I spent some fun time in the pool at my parents. So did Bjorn, minus the fun. Maybe he’ll get used to it eventually.

    Also, the Spotify picks for the 4th were pathetic, so I’ve started my own playlist here.

     

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    Toxic Romantic Myths in Movies

    This was supposed to be the end to my romance myths series.

    I think sharing this video about the terrible romantic ideas promoted in movies is a good end to my series of posts.

    I’m just stunned about how many people think like this in real life. Including people who mock Hallmark movies. I watch them because they are light and romantic, not because I believe the pie in the sky philosophy, I think actually their fluffiness helps to emphasize their unreality while other romantic films “grittiness” blurs the toxicity of the choices and characters.

    I don’t think until each person analyzes themselves and their values and what they expect.

  • Culture and Entertainment

    Castle Notes

    Again, in my drafts since October.

    I’ve been on a Castle binge (and seriously, way more addicted than to any show that I’ve watched in awhile, years maybe). My sister introduced me to castle almost a decade ago, I want to say when season 4 or 5 was running, I think it was before it was on Netflix, because I think I was relying on the ABC app or something. I seem to be most familiar with season 4 (and I know I started with Gates as captain not Montgomery). I know I didn’t start off watching from the beginning, I’d seen some earlier episodes though. And I know I didn’t finish it, got bored waiting on the next seasons plus it was rather dark for me. But I started from the begining on Hulu this time, yeah, the earlier seasons, SO good. I feel like the writing is not quite as pithy and witting, but then I’m also not paying as much attention (also quote post coming).

    And SO many Hallmark actors, more than any other show I’ve watched (meaning Psych and Parks and Rec because the other few shows I’ve seen wouldn’t be likely to have Hallmark actors). I mean like multiple each season for the first few seasons. Also baby Chadwick Boseman. And Jane Seymour (who also is in Hallmark).

    I love the trio of Castles/Rodgers. The hilarious mother son relationship, the sweet and funny father daughter relationship. I love Castle vs Beckett (that Benedict Beatrice dynamic, always does it for me). I love the detective “siblings.” The older sister Becket followed by Esposito then baby Ryan. I love Ryan and Esposito, double trouble.

    I was too caught up in the show to bother to catch all the quotes, so I had to go digging to find some, and I still am not sure these are all the good ones.

    I’d skip “A Slice of Murder” and “Recoil”, the first I didn’t know about and didn’t skip fast enough, the 2nd put me off Castle the first time and was a lingering memory of resistance to rewatch.

    When I was starting to rewatch I was getting pretty jumpy (actually I still am) in the dark plus just too scared so I started skipping a lot of the beginning crime occurrence (nice of them to organize it neatly like that). I also think the music keys me up the most really. If you are like me, I’d advise this.

    Wild Rover. Where I first learned how to pronounce Siobhan as Espo does. I know the Irish mob pops up a lot and granted this show was two decades ago, but from what I can find it’s not (nor has ever been) one crime syndicate and it’s not active or very powerful in NYC right now. Apparently prohibition was the heyday and it was the first organized crime gang in US? Also learned that such gangs aren’t bounded by countries. I learned recently the Italian Mafia worked in Italy and U.S., I mean not just separate entities. The Mafia pops up in Castle too, but Seamus Dever/Kevin Ryan is Irish American, so I think they threw the mob more maybe in for that character and actor.

    I was just wondering how Ryan could have kept his secret from Bobby S. But then NYC is massive, I was wondering, what is the relative population to my state. 2x. NYC has 2x the people in my entire state. So yeah, I guess he could get away with that.

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    Castle Goes Sideways

    Also in my drafts since October.

    So I was going merrily along watching Castle into season 6 thinking, wow, no sour note, hey I can watch it to the end. Ended on a dramatic note, not anything out of character or style.

    Started on the sour note. Castle and co. have worked and known each other for years. C and B are committed. And now all of the sudden she doesn’t trust him, even after he’s been framed more than once before. Also there was a memory case before but this one is far too unbelievable and absolute than that one episode case. And trying to add in childhood trauma that Castle (CASTLE! the one who pushes Beckett to re-open her mother’s murder investigation, who is open and aboveboard) has? Um, no, if he’d had that it would have surfaced before (and its not needed, his story is just fine, he doesn’t need a copycat Beckett story, that is Beckett’s story). Adding something this late in the game is implausible.

    Then the “trauma” caused by this upside down mixed up plot twist causes them to A) Not want to get married . . . why? They’ve already committed. They’ve had MUCH MUCH worse things happen to them. And they are both serious about what they take serious (Kate is serious most times, Castle can get goofy, but when he means it, he means it). Kate is no nonsense and Castle only nonsensical when he’s being goofy, not soap opera nonsensical. This soap opera stuff is so unlike which leads me to B) Not only are they acting like they suddenly aren’t committed because of “trauma” despite actually previously experiencing real trauma and being MORE committed, they haven’t had sex. Really? Castle always wanted to sleep with her and Kate doesn’t have such a waffling sort of attitude once she commits. Suddenly they aren’t communicating. Sorry, they had that trope (and it fit then) early on about expressing interest (and it made sense then on her side, on his not as much). They’ve always been great at communicating.

    And then it just didn’t seem to get the tone right after that. Most of the previous episodes in the previous season were serious (some more than others) with humor as an aside, as extra. Now it’s goofy all through with “serious” as an aside. That’s not Castle. It’s Psych. And with Psych it works with the characters and that was the intent. It doesn’t work with Castle characters.

    And them sneaking off to get married. If they were going to do that, they wouldn’t have planned a wedding first and wouldn’t have done it so flippantly. I actually think eloping might not have been too out of character. But the way it was done certainly was.

     

  • Culture and Entertainment

    October Shows and Quotes (Loki, Only Murders in the Building, Castle, Boy Meets World, M*A*S*H)

    I don’t see that I posted this, and I love sharing excellent quotes, so here goes.

    Loki quotes. I loved the first two I think episodes before amazingly poor writing ruined it.

    “A double cross by history’s most reliable liar.”

    “I don’t need your sympathy.”
    “Good, because I’m running out of it.”

    “I’d never stab anyone in the back; that’s the most boring form of betrayal.”

    Only Murders in the Building quotes.

    “I can’t tell if you are acting or not. ”
    “Oh, believe me, when he is acting you can tell.”

    “You are scoring a murder mystery not DJ-ing a hobbit’s wedding.”

    “I know there is a part of you that misses me, that misses the magic we made.”
    “Oliver, I loved our shows, it’s setting money on fire I don’t care for.”

    “The headlines of the Times next was: “Splat.”

    “You bought in because I was confident and charming and young.”
    “You were around 58.”
    “. . . The false arrogance of youth.”
    “Again, you were nearly 60.”

    Oliver, getting out of his car which he has been driving and running to the passenger’s side, “No, no, you drive. I’ve got to record. And also my driver’s license expired 25 years ago.”

    More Castle quotes.

    Double trouble at the comic convention bar:
    Ryan, “This is like the Halloween from Hell.”
    Espo, “Oh yeah, this is probably to low brow for you, huh? You’re probably into the boring-a** intellectual kind of sci-fi like Gattica or 2001 the Monolith, what the hell was that?”
    Ryan, “Don’t ask me, no, no, swords and sorcery, that’s more my thing, like Lord of the Ring.”
    Espo, “Yeah, I can probably see you as an elf,” looks him up and down “. . . or a hobbit.” Walks off with a smirk.

    “Deep cover, I can’t believe he didn’t tell me.”
    “Espo, he didn’t even tell Jenny.”
    “Yeah, but I’m his best friend, she’s just the wife.”
    “Thus proving why there is no Mrs. Esposito.”

    Beckett to Castle, “Are you okay?”
    “No, Mrs. O’Leary, I’m not okay. I happen to like my legs and yours too. And why is your husband paying bikers over 5 grand for a stripper’s phone?” (I’m screaming. This episode.)

    Later, O’Leary to Beckett, “Kitkat who is this guy?”
    Castle “Kitkat?”
    Beckett, “This guy is Richard Castle, my future husband.”

    MAS*H quotes (this felt more summer so I shelved it after an episode or two).

    “If you do to the army what you did to this college, America is finished.”

    “You want to raffle off a nurse?”
    “Is that what I said?”

    “Since when are you interested in the Bible?”
    “I peeked at the end, Frank, the Devil did it.”
    “Hey, don’t get physical Frank, you’ll blow your sainthood.”

    “Henry, you have no idea what it’s like to share a tent with a guy who thinks he’s all 12 disciples.”

    Boy Meets World quotes. Not so much rewatching as skimming a bit for the best Eric parts. I didn’t get very far, my attention span is excellent. Also, the actor who voices Bernard in Adventures in Odyssey made a brief appearance in the rave/anniversary one

    “Topangas like totally strange.”
    “Strange is in the eye of the beholder, Mr. Matthews. I for example have a young neighbor who sings along with his little sister’s Barney records.” (I don’t know what the “normal” age of Barney watching was supposed to be, but I remember it was a point of mocking to say “you watch Barney.”)

    “How long have you been up there?”
    “Long enough to watch you swap spit with a Feeny” . . .

    Later. “Nice? She’s beautiful, I mean it’s the most incredible girl I’ve ever kissed.”
    “Which puts her at the top of the list of what, two?”

    “I understand that you two did a little detective work tonight.”
    Eric, “Sorry we ratted on you mom.”
    Cory, “It was me, I folded under torture.”
    Eric, “Yeah, Dad said, ‘Hello’.”

    “All these years pretending to be my close friend.”
    “Close? As in Philadelphia is close to . . . Neptune?”

    “Us, on the radio?”
    “Yeah, see if you can’t squeeze it in between doing nothing at school and nothing at home.”