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Wow, I'm suddenly back on the Michael train. ;) You have to admire all the planning that went into this week's events. I did not see the car wreck plan coming. *bows to writers* I thought yep, they might be bumping Sucre off. So go, Sucre! ;)

I'm also (who knew?) glad that "the Rainbow Room" is not what the feds think it is.

I'm also VERY GLAD that there was no Tweener and no T-Bag this week.

AND YES! Kellerman! You sneaky bastard! Although Sara has never looked prettier. Bedraggled and forlorn becomes her.

And Stripper!Wife wants Michael and Sara to be together. Awww! (Or, she's hella jealous!)

Wow, I didn't even miss LJ! Lincoln continues to look HAWT. Mahone is about to lose it and his failure with Oscar Shales means that he's that much more determined to get Michael. All in all, very good ep.

In other news, spent the day catching up with The Closer. Anyone else watch this show? I enjoy the playfulness of it. A lot of shows I stop watching because I don't like the supporting cast, but on this show, the rest of the characters I enjoy. Not enough to say, write fic, but it's fun to watch. And I recently realized that Det. Chavez was in a number of flicks I've seen: Clear and Present Danger, The Rock, The Subsitute. (LOL.)

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thelana
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:07 am (UTC)
I love The Closer. It's so wonderful and quirky. Brenda = love.

Did ya notice that one of her people is actually Michael and Lincoln's daddy from Prison Break? Hehe, I think the reason I always want to punch him on PB is because his character is (or especially was in season 1) such a dick on The Closer.

And Stripper!Wife wants Michael and Sara to be together. Awww!

I have so say, I don't like that. It's just an automatic allergic reaction I have when other characters run around signing some couples praises. It comes too close to "tell don't show" for me and the whole strategy reminds me of soap operas (because that's where it is mostly used, I should know, I watch(ed) a bunch of them; Seen too many storylines with villains, half villains or "helpful" relatives plotting to get character A and B together and all of them just coming off the more creepy for it).
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:13 am (UTC)
I enjoy The Closer because this season they seem less gimmicky than S1 (killing someone with nicotine in their shampoo? a woman whose boyfriend turns out to be ... gasp, another waman?) and more about having fun with the characters and the scenarios.

Hmm, actually maybe Stripper!wife is more jealous than wanting them to be together. I think she's thisclose to wanting to join Michael in Mexico herself. So maybe she took some satisfaction in knowing Michael came to her instead and that he needed and trusted her and not Sara.
thelana
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:32 am (UTC)
I think I rather enjoyed the personal storyline in season 1 (with her only getting to know the team). It's odd, but I barely remember most cases (and it's odd for me because I'm mostly a casefile person who values cool cases over likable teams; I can't watch the adorable Numb3rs because the cases bore me to death, but I like CSI: Miami season 1 because the cases were gory). But I'll take your word for it that they were less good in season 1.

Most of the times it's not about the case, but just about sitting in awe in how Brenda sorta pulls them over the table with her skills. I think my favorite cases were the Asian wife killing guy this season (who marries the same type of woman over and over again) and that one time where the mother of a metally handicapped boy organized a hit on her husband. <= that show was so hard to watch because Brenda threatened the boy to get the mother to agree not to take a lawyer.

I actually thought bringing on Brenda's mother this season was a bit gimmicky, as was Breganza and that other guy "losing" a body because they want to go to a baseball game. Not gimmicky in a bad way, but still gimmicky.

I think she's thisclose to wanting to join Michael in Mexico herself. So maybe she took some satisfaction in knowing Michael came to her instead

*nods* At least that makes more sense. Personally, to me there have been too many instances of characters acting as mouthpieces for the M/S relationship (Sucre, Katie) at this point I just only cringe and my mind goes "poor writing crutch". But again, I have been traumatized by soap opera writing, so every time I see it, I just get a mental block and bad soap opera flashbacks (going right back to Sara!!! seeing!!! Michael!!! hug!!! Nika!!! and it's all a big!!! mistunderstanding!!!). Like intellectually I realize that this is primetime and that thefore it should be different, but it's really eerie to recognize these typical old soap opera patterns and plot devices.
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:56 pm (UTC)
I still have a few to watch. ;) I was running around too much yesterday to catch them all. I enjoyed the losing the body one, just because it wasn't so serious. And I enjoy the Hollywood angle, like the weasely lawyer. And I liked it when he popped up again later and was having fun at Brenda's expense. Her mom was annoying but not overly. Breganza?

Darn soap operas, LOL. I think all shows do that, to some extent. It's rare when they don't! I did get very tired of shows where everyone is dating everyone else, like NYPD Blue. (Somehow, I'm letting that slide on Grey's Anatomy, maybe because I expected it to be a soap opera from the get-go, and not super realistic.) Another thing that drove me nuts on NYPD Blue was that everyone talked exactly the same. They were always "squeezing someone's shoes" or talking about "skells." Bleah. That and how did Andy Sipowicz end up with all those hot chicks?

Ok, one more thing: super-contrived and cutesey romances (like Charlie/Claire and Hurley/Libby)! AUGH! Esp. on a show like Lost, where I wish they'd just embrace that it's supposed to be a dark show and go with that. Libby always creeped me out, anyway. Her big character arc she was supposed to have was going to prove me right, I think!
thelana
Sep. 6th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
Guh, I love evil Hollywood lawyer guy, he is awesome. Love all his episodes, he is just so deliciously swarmy. I think I squee when he comes on screen. That whole thing with the gift Schillinger Pope (his name is Pope, right?) gave her and that she isn't allowed to see and gets curious about? Hilarious.

Yeah, soap opera writing moments give me the oddest sense of vertigo in a "this shouldn't be here/one of these things doesn't fit" kind of way. I am more accepting of it on shows that are openly soapy (like Smallville for example) as well. It's kinda odd, it's not really about all/any dating/relationships, it's all about how they are written. For example I find Cameron/House on House very "psychology writing" rather than soap writing, while the Cameron/Chase one night stand came closer to being typically soapy (note: I like neither pairing). On the other hand, soap moments in shows like CSI or Without A Trace often feel like they have the worst of both worlds, on one hand this certain rigidity and lack of communication between the characters that is more typical of action or procedural shows and on the other hand the lazy/clumsy soap writing.

Ah, don't remind me of Charlie/Claire. *shudders* I'm not sure whether they really crossed the soap opera writing line that often, but boy, it didn't matter I could be bugged by them fully based on themselves. Just why or why did they have to get back together? Hurley/Libby bothered me much less because (1) I have seen like only two episodes where they were together (2) with the whole "Libby is a fellow patient who might have been stalking Hurley" there was at least the potential of the pairing being non-cutesy in the future even if she hadn't died. Charlie/Claire are just icky sugar overdose even when they try to be something else.
philomel
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:40 am (UTC)
So glad the "Rainbow Room" had the twist it did, because I was rolling my eyes when that agent went to the trouble of clarifying it to Mahone.

Lincoln's not my type (do I have a type??), but even I thought he looked lickable with his dress shirt all unbuttoned and flowy.

I was feeling very underwhelmed by the first two episodes, but this one seems back on track with the action. The car sequence had me in such suspense, I actually had to turn away to catch my breath. hee. Prison Break channels The Great Escape. :)
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
If Mahone, with his super powers of observation, stepped into the C-Note house at all, he'd pick up on that, definitely. He will not be happy with that agent!

Ahh, you don't like the hunky, scruffy, broody types? Perhaps this is why you're not a Jack fangirl? ;) I vastly prefer Linc to Michael, but when Michael uses his big brain (which he only did for the first time this season in this week's ep), that goes a long way toward making him more attractive. But Linc's hotness factor has shot way up since they got out.

I was thrilled to get LJ back (and I think his absence is partly why I was so 'meh' on those last few eps of last season), but this week really was firing on all cylinders. And Great Escape - I was so shocked the first time I saw that. It has such a lighthearted mood and then the end. GAH!
ficangel
Sep. 5th, 2006 01:20 pm (UTC)
I was rooting for C-Note, too! Which shocked me, because he's a whiner and I'm not generally fond of him. But, aww, loves his wife and kid. I'm pretty sure that he's a dead man walking.
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
Agreed. Not overly fond of the C-Note, but somehow they're making me root for him not to get caught. If it's a choice between him and Sucre (or Abruzzi), I will gladly see C-Note go down, though.

divide
Sep. 5th, 2006 01:33 pm (UTC)
I thought yep, they might be bumping Sucre off. So go, Sucre! ;)

I thought so, too. He and Michael are my two favorite inmates; I was definitely breathing a sigh of relief!

Bellick is even creepier when he's lost everything. Oh man, I wonder how Michael and Linc are going to get away from him.
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC)
Yep, they can't kill off Sucre! As I said to foxxcub, he's the Hurey of PB!

And Bellick is indeed creepy. This is turning into a the dramatic version of Midnight Run, with all the people after our guys!
tychoelite
Sep. 5th, 2006 01:51 pm (UTC)
The way they were showing it, they promoted the episode to make you think Sucre wasn't going to make it. At first I was all, 'You can't kill him!' Then they showed all the C-Note scenes and I was all, 'Take him, just don't hurt C-Note!' So we'll have to see where that one goes. I have a sneaking suspicion that either Sucre or C-Note will go back first... They're both being ver reckless :(

I'm also VERY GLAD that there was no Tweener and no T-Bag this week.

I can't tell you how happy I am to hear someone else say that :p
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
Yes, take C-Note so we can keep Sucre! ;)

Although I'd rather lose Tweener first. T-Bag, I think we're stuck with.
foxxcub
Sep. 5th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
Man, I would've WEEPED if they'd offed Sucre--yay him for not playing stupid and trying to outrun the train!

And Stripper!Wife wants Michael and Sara to be together. Awww! (Or, she's hella jealous!)

I tend to read it as a little of both, LOL.

I've always liked The Closer, although I've only seen one ep this season. The only reason the show works is because of Kyra--she IS the show. And I always enjoy J.K. Simmons. ;)
foxxcub
Sep. 5th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
Also?

http://community.livejournal.com/splodefromcute/284727.html

OT, but I thought you'd like it! I about weeped at the cute.
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
SO DAMN CUTE! *bounces*
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
I think we were all in the same spot there, Don't Kill Sucre! And they've said no one is safe so ... it's an easy conclusion to jump to. Not that he's gonna get a free pass this season, but he's the Hurley of PB, isn't he? You can't kill him! *matches icons*

I like Kyra but I enjoy everyone else too. It's definitely better written than a lot of shows I could name! ;) And the supporting characters aren't working overtime to be wacky and memorable like, on, say, Bones, so that's a relief.
foxxcub
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
IMO, The Closer is a lot like House: the main lead character is totally awesome, but I really could care less about all the supporting people. They just don't interest me!

he's the Hurley of PB, isn't he?

That's a great comparison, LOL. He so is. :D
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:35 pm (UTC)
I guess I should clarify: On Bones, House, and RM, I actually LOATHE 90% of the supporting characters so on The Closer, I don't love 'em, but they all skate under the radar, LOL. It's very hard to write a show around a main character and get the supporting characters right. I guess I like them being in the background and not taking up their own screentime, so much. Every time I've tried to watch Bones, I end up ffing through the non-Boreanaz parts, heh.

foxxcub
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
I caught the end of Bones last week before watching Justice. I'd never seen it before, but I liked the chemistry between Boreanaz and Bones!Chick.

I wish you'd give Rescue Me another shot, LOL. Yes, the supporting characters are annoying at first (except Lou, OMG, John Scurti is made of awesome, seriously), but they grow on you! And DEAN!
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 06:20 pm (UTC)
Eh, that chick bugs me. Maybe she's improved since the first few eps, where they had this recurring gag where every time someone mentioned a pop culture reference, she'd look irritated and say, "What does that mean?" *grits teeth* It was really bad when DB namedropped Mulder and Scully because the Bones kids can only DREAM of being that good. Well, at any rate I'm glad he's gainfully employed.

And I'm sorry, but I'm really, really done with RM. Esp now that Dean is gone! (And yes, I liked him, of course!) The last ep I watched was the one where Tommy pours alcohol all over himself and nearly torches himself and I just thought, "Yeah, I'm done." And the other guys in the firehouse continued to rub me the wrong way more and more each week. *shrugs* Although, the widow of his pal, the one he was sleeping with, she was in the last 2-3 seasons of Homicide, so that was fun to see her again. And I liked Diane Farr.




fosfomifira
Sep. 5th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
I started watching The Closer only because it was on before Battlestar Galactica. Much to my surprise, I ended up enjoying it as much as BSG. One of my favorite things about it is its sense of humor. As you say, it's playful, which is rare for most cop/crime shows.

halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
I caught a few eps this season but I'm so bad about watching cable shows during the summer (and I didn't tell my TiVo to tape them!) so it was fun to catch up. I was a little disappointed in the first season, since I'm always comparing cop shows to my beloved Homicide: Life on the Street, but now I'm enjoying this for itself. ;)
fosfomifira
Sep. 5th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
Ah, Pembleton, how much I miss you ...
mediocrechick
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
The thing that bothers me about the car wreck: if they have the body parts in plastic bags, won't the lab figure that out? I might be wrong and I maybe watching too many forensics shows but still....why didn't they take them out?

And yes! No Tweener this week! But it looks like he's going to be back in next week's ep. :( Can't they kill him off already? And if they kill Sucre, I'll be very disappointed. But I think the person who's going to be killed off is Abruzzi. Were't they going to kill him in S1 anyway? Hmmm... The thing I wasn't expecting was Kellerman being in that group with Sara. I was all like "WTF?" He's such a creepy little character.

I like The Closer too. Not a fanatic though....it's a good summer show when there's nothing else on, you know? :P
halfdutch
Sep. 5th, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
I know -- unless they had actual dead bodies, instead of blood in a bag (TM), that's not gonna fool anyone!

Hmm, Abruzzi being offed would be a bit sad. He's one of the baddies I enjoy, because he's not all psycho, all the time. There's actually some rang there, LOL. And Kellerman stalking Sara is the creepiest thing ever. RUN!

The Closer is enjoyable but not essential. *nods* But I watched several eps in a row, and for the most part thought, 'Yep, that was satisfying,' and that's so rare, LOL.
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