The third Sherlock of season 2 was much, much better than A Scandal in Belgravia, but I'm not sure yet what I think of The Hound of Baskerville. I want to watch that one again before I make a judgement about it, because I'm not sure I really got it the first time.

Anyway, back to The Reichenbach Fall. I honestly thought it was quite good; Watson was great, Sherlock was great, and I thought they pulled off the emotional stuff fairly well. Sherlock even managed it on top of the roof of the building, when he was about to kill himself—or pretend to, anyway. I wasn't completely sold on Sherlock's emotional meltdown, but then again, he was faking it anyway; so in that sense, Benedict Cumberbatch did an even better job than most actors would have done, who might have made it even more realistic.

I am slightly worried that Steven Moffat won't be able to explain what happened in a satisfactory way, and I am mostly worried about this because of A Scandal in Belgravia—"I am Sherlocked"? Really??? Who on Earth thought that was a good idea? Much better to have just not told us the secret to Irene Adler's cell phone, rather than give us such a horrible, horrible pun.

I am so glad there is going to be a third season, Steven Moffat has done quite well with Sherlock, even if A Scandal in Belgravia was a total bust. I didn't even know that there was a question about it not continuing, so I wasn't as surprised as I might have been to hear that the third season has already been commissioned. I just kind of assumed it would be.

I am determined to read all the Sherlock stories this year, now. I will! I will! That and Lord of the Rings.

In other news, I also watched the new season's episode of White Collar. Um ... it was pretty terrible. They went a little too far towards cheesy for me—really, Neal picked up a shield while hiding in the van? Really? That was just too much. And I may have forgotten what had happened in the earlier episodes, but I can't believe that Keller would just take credit for the treasure recovery—he would want to take Neal down with him.

In completely other news, we had dinner with the cousins today. They were less unbearable than usual, but I could see (slightly ... not that much) how my cousin had lost weight while in India. It's not that obvious, though, I don't know why everyone's so worried. She did just eat rice for two months, after all; anyone would lose weight on that.

New policy

Dec. 11th, 2011 08:59 am
I am thinking about installing a new policy in my life: no TV except, once a month, when I take an entire day for myself and don't interact with people. I think this will help me stay emotionally happy (wow, I can't believe I just wrote that), but will also let me keep up with my TV shows. Hopefully this will let me waste less time hunting around for episodes, and will make me feel better about myself because I spend less time just wasting away.

Hopefully it will also make me feel less bad about watching TV all the time, because I have planned it that way.

There will of course be two or three shows I don't mind watching the rest of the time, only when new episodes are on: Doctor Who, White Collar, and NCIS, I think, for the moment, anyway. Burn Notice is starting to make me a little unhappy, especially this week's episode, where Vaughn tells Michael that Ansen (?) is trying to rebuild the organization that burned him. 1) I still don't really get what the organization is, or what it is trying to accomplish, or why Ansen is trying to do anything that he's trying to do. 2) I wish that a new storyline would happen, rather than the same things over and over again. Jesse is a great addition to the team, and possibly the only reason I still watch it—and I like him because he's new.

Covert Affairs is interesting, and has gotten better this season, but it has its problems. Warehouse 13 is a lot better than I originally thought, but I am not devoted to it (despite all recent evidence to the contrary). Psych is still good, but like Burn Notice, I am getting sick of the same story over and over again—it's refreshing that Psych and Julie have gotten together, but we hardly ever see them together, so it doesn't have a huge impact on the episodes. What else ... NCIS is still good, as it Merlin, but I mostly feel like I watch them because I don't have anything better to do. I want to get something better to do, except I don't want that something to be stressful.

I kind of want to watch Legend of Korra as it comes out, but I also feel like I will like it a lot more if I watch them all at once—I love it, and I don't mind that it's a kids show (it's even better because of it), but I worry that I won't be able to buy the cheesiness if I don't saturate myself in it.

Sherlock is the only other exception to the policy, I think, and that's because even though it is a "TV show" it is still more like a series of connected movies. Plus, there are only three of them, so it hardly counts.
In order to induce a greater degree of sanity into my life, I am going to list below the TV shows that I have watched since I got to college.  Beware:  this is a lot longer than I wish to admit.

Shows I watched the entirety of:
  • Monk
  • Gilmore Girls
  • 24
  • Prison Break
Shows I started but am no longer up to date on:
  • Psych
  • House
  • Bones
  • Royal Pains
  • Covert Affairs
  • Switched at Birth
  • Torchwood*
  • Fairly Legal*
Shows I currently watch:
  • White Collar
  • Burn Notice
  • Suits
  • Doctor Who
  • Merlin
  • Sherlock**
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender**
*These are shows where I tried to start watching them but only got a few episodes in before I abandoned them—unlike the others, which I watched for at least a season, these shows never really grabbed me.

**These are shows that are not divided up exactly into the same season 1, season 2, etc. thing, but which have second parts that I intend to watch when they finally come out.

Okay, that actually wasn't quite as bad as I thought it would be.  And on the plus side, I watch a lot fewer movies now—I pretty much only watch TV at the moment.

In order to add a bit of nerdiness to as many posts as I can, I note below a few trends:
  • USA has a lot of shows that I like.  I watched Monk and Psych for a long time, but no longer like them as much; and I don't think I'll keep watching Psych when it starts up again at some point this fall.  Unfortunately, USA also has a lot of shows I don't like—mostly, shows that seem like "lite" versions of other shows.  Namely, Covert Affairs seems like a softer and less realistic version of Burn Notice, and Royal Pains seems to be trying to imitate House.  White Collar and Suits, however, are new twists, which might be why I like them more.
  • Fos is definitely not my favorite station.  Both Bones and House have their moments, and they can be quite funny; but they're a little disgusting and best watched at a distance.
  • British TV would have amazing ratings if everyone watched exactly what I watch.  Torchwood is the only British show that I don't like.  I wish I could say it was because the lead is American, but it isn't:  Captain Jack Harkness is serious instead of funny, there are a lot of chopped off body parts, and the supporting characters are boring.  It's a little unfortunate, because I think it's great that Jack is basically gay in Torchwood—but the original Jack actually hit on women, too, which made it a lot more entertaining.  In Doctor Who, iinstead of being a sort of gay angst type of thing, it was just a Jack thing; but the moment Jack got serious, Gwen became an important character, and everyone talked with a Welsh accent, I got lost.
After some back and forth on my classes, I've finally settled down to my thesis, phonetics, plant evolution, and human evolution.  Japanese has, sadly, been left behind.  After not doing any Japanese last weekend, and then panicking because I was supposed to write an essay for Tuesday that I didn't do, and after not turning in the homework on Monday, and after missing class two days in a row to go to the dentist ... it just didn't seem worth it.  If Japanese is going to be that big of a headache all term, it's not worth it.  I don't want to spend that much time learning to write anyway, and it meets every single day.

So basically, sad but pretty much inevitable.

On the other hand, that means that means that I am currently only taking three classes, because my thesis hasn't started yet; and one of those classes is Human Evolution.  The class must be filled with freshmen, because the professor thinks we're all idiots.  I can't decide whether that's a good thing or a bad thing; it is definitely too low level for me.  Hopefully it will just be this beginning section, where we cover basic evolution and genetics.

Anyway, this basically means that all my classes so far are easy, and I am actually ahead on the reading.  This is actually encouraging, because it means not only will I (theoretically, anyway) have more time to work on my thesis when my advisor gets back, but I also might not actually be totally crazy when I think that I might want to study evolution in grad school.  It depends a lot on how my thesis goes, and how the Year of Staring at Fossils goes (hopefully it will happen!), but I am encouraged by this admittedly short test period for me, studying evolution.

In actual news, I went to a talk yesterday by the authors of Stealing Rembrandts, and, in typical me fashion, asked a lot of questions, so one of the authors decided to give me a free copy of the book.  Yay!  It'll be like reading about White Collar, just ... real, and probably not so high-tech!



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