Hello all. What's new?
Watched some interesting stuff in the past couple of days.
Yesterday, I finished S1 of "The Killing." Damn, that is one GRIM show! It basically starts out with a detective ready to leave Seattle and get married, but she catches a case of a murdered young girl on her last day. The story follows the intertwined stories of her and her new partner's investigation, the girl's family's reaction to her murder, a politician's run for Mayor, and a couple of other issues. The season is 14 episodes, and covers about two weeks, so it's very dense. It's also ALWAYS raining!
It's very powerful and emotionally draining. But season 2 is on-going, so it's not available on Netflix yet. And the first season ends on a cliffhanger of sorts. So, I'm dying here!
The main detective, Sarah Linden (played brilliantly by Mireille Enos) is this dour redhead, who is just trying to juggle her drive to solve this case, dealing with her new partner, trying to be a parent to her son, and her total inability to get the heck out of Dodge so that she can get on with "her new life." She also has a very wicked, dry sense of humor. She's a very memorable character.
Also, on a lark, because I've heard people say everything from "It's AWESOME and so much fun!" to "It's AWESOME because it's so laughably terrible!" I rented the pilot episode of "Pretty Little Liars" from Amazon this morning. Now, this is one whacky show! It's an ABC Family show (more on that later) where four girls have a friend disappear. But, oddly, they keep getting contact from someone seeming to know them, their secrets, and appearing to be their missing (presumed dead) friend. I just had to check it out, and I think after one episode (not much of sample, frankly) that I would come down in the middle of the two opinions I mentioned above.
It is sort of laughably bad. It's clear that they have almost zero budget. A lot of it doesn't even make sense. For instance, they are supposedly in college, I guess (it's hard to tell, honestly), but it looks like high school. And what first day professor in college says, "Hello, I'm Mr. Fitz, your new English teacher?" Huh?!
OTOH, it's vaguely compelling. A number of plot threads and mysteries are introduced in the pilot, and it ends on a huge "cliffhanger."
Here's where the ABC Family thing comes in, though. The ABC Family site only has the last few episodes for viewing, and they are now in S2. No Netflix, no Amazon for free, no way to watch the first number of episodes at all. And my library doesn't have it, either. On iTunes, it's $50/season!!! And I sure as heck am not buying the first season DVDs for such a fluffy endeavor. I mean, what it is about this show?! If I want to watch any episode from any season ever from HBO, I can. Even networks like CW have more viewing opportunities. Heck, so does ABC itself!
Luckily, though, MelCAT, the state-wide library loan program has the answer. So, now I can find out what "The Jenna Issue" is, in episode 2!
X has been out for ages. Not spoiling much.Originally Posted by Lester C.
You got yer handful, hero. LOLOriginally Posted by Lester C.