However there were 3 big oops for me in the pilot. First he had a sort of heart attack and was taken to the hospital where he "died" then recovered and walked out. The hospital never checked his ID nor noticed he was a cop with a badge and a gun. Surely that's the first thing checked out for insurance purposes and to notify the next of kin? Later it turned out that he was once a famous furniture maker. He made a beautiful desk and when his friend (and possible son) took it to a gallery, the people there didn't seem to be able to detect that it was newly made. Then at the final flashback when he recovered from the immortality rite (and why didn't the NA shamans use it on their own people?) the camera pans to some teepees in the background. Now I'm certainly no expert on NA but from what I've read, teepees of this type were the product of the dwellers on the Great Plains like the Sioux and the Cheyenne as several buffalo hides were needed in their construction. Also prior to the acquisition of the horse in the late 18th century, they were unable to wander very far, certainly not to Manhattan. The series makers probably thought that all Native Americans were alike and simply wanted a generic symbol that we would recognize as NA :(
He also joked about having 609 girlfriends! Now if this is true, he's had more than one a year, as it's only been 366 years since he was gifted/cursed. Maybe he had to go through so many in his quest for his one true love but it makes him out to be not very nice (we met one old girlfriend who stated that he just left her one day). With the mystery and the flashbacks "New Amsterdam" comes across as a derivative of "Highlander" and "Forever Knight" (he even mentions vampires in such a way that could be taken to mean they exist in this 'verse). I am certainly not in love with this show or its hero but I'll continue to view it as long as there's nothing better in that timeslot (on Thursday though Fox is trying it out opposite "Lost" so I may end up taping it if I feel like it).
CBS has decided to play with us - we are going to get "Jericho" in 2 distinct mini-seasons without repeats (like "Lost"). The current one will end on Nov. 29th with a cliffhanger, there'll be a 10-week hiatus and then it will return on Feb. 14 with a recap episode followed on the 21st by an original ep dealing with the town before the disaster and I assume the rest of the original eps of the season. Read about it here. I don't know if it's such a good idea (it appears the cliffhanger won't be resolved until the 28th) but what do I know about broadcast programming strategy? I do know that it's opposite "Bones" and as long as "Bones" is showing original episodes I'll only be peeking in on "Jericho".
Someone named Lena Headey has been chosen to play Sarah Connor in the TV version of "The Terminator". She's gorgeous and I find it hard to picture her in the role (she's also British though look what Hugh Laurie has done). Linda Hamilton was a pretty woman who was willing to make herself look like an ordinary woman thrust into an extraordinary role - the mother of the savior of humanity. It's only the pilot so it may not even become a series or if they make it into a series Lena may no longer be Sarah - remember Biff Regan?*
BTW for Linda Hamilton fans "Beauty and the Beast" S1 is coming out on DVD in February. I loved the series way back when (OMG can it really be 19 years?) until it took a very wrong turn in the third season.
*She played Willow in the BtVS pilot.
I know that a lot of people out there love "Supernatural" and I must admit that the leads are incredibly handsome but the show is a throwback to the early days of television when women were either victims or villainesses. Few, if any, of John's colleagues that the boys have encountered are female. The show, for all the eye-candy, leaves me feeling excluded as if demon-hunting was exclusively a male perogative and best left to the menfolk. I had enough of that sort of mindset on TV shows when I was a kid so I'll continue to be only an occasional viewer of the show.
*Consilio et prudentia (sneaky is best): old school motto of Lord Brett Sinclair ("Greensleeves" ep 11).
CHUM, a Canadian media conglomerate, is making a TV series called "Blood Ties" from Tanya Huff's Blood novels featuring Vicky Nelson, a private investigator and Henry Fitzroy, vampire and bastard son of Henry VIII (read more here). I have read and enjoyed the books and what intrigues me is that like Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Comte de Saint-Germain, Henry Fitzroy actually existed and suffered from a mysterious end. I can just imagine other writers who would like an historical vampire scouring history books and googling for the perfect person to be "vampired" *g*.
Yesterday on Park Avenue (a very exclusive part of NYC) I walked past a discarded Xmas tree and it's not even Xmas! All I could think of was that someone had bought it to make an apartment Xmasy then left for a long vacation in Palm Beach or Aspen or Bermuda throwing out the tree so they wouldn't return to a pile of pine needles. There's nothing sadder in the days after Xmas than walking past all those trees lying on the sidewalk waiting for the garbage trucks. Ever since I read Twilight Time I keep thinking of what Xander said about Xmas trees: “You know, they aren’t really. Live, I mean. I mean, they look alive and everything, but they’re actually dying right there before your eyes. It’s kind of nasty to think of. There’s something kind of heartless about cutting a tree down, hauling it home, decorating it up while it’s dying, and then after the holiday’s over, you just throw it out to finish dying somewhere where you don’t have to look at it fall apart.”
One more thing: on Tuesday "Bones" was a repeat so I watched "NCIS" and found out that Jethro Gibbs is an ex-sniper. Well so is Seeley Booth of "Bones". Thanks to the wonderful world of television programming we now have the only 2 (I don't think there are there any others)ex-snipers on TV going up against each other. I know who I want to win.
I adore "As Time Goes By" which stars Dame Judy Dench and a cast of actors who look amazingly like real people. It's a sweet little series made up of moments in the lives of these endearing characters focusing on a couple in their 60s and their relatives, none under 30 and some actually over 80.
I believe that unlike "Till Death Do Us Part" which became "All in the Family" and "Steptoe and Son" which became "Sanford and Son" these shows are untranslatable just like "Absolutely Fabulous" (I hear that Roseanne bought the rights years ago and to this day there's no sign of an American version). American shows tend to focus on the young and/or gorgeous so it's refreshing to see something a bit closer to reality.
If you're in a quirky mood go to the ljs of miroza_cat (The City Journal of an Irish Cat) written from a cat's POV and her apprentice shandri_cat.
Horses and bears and Walt oh my...what is going on in "Lost"? I keep thinking of the TOS ep "Shore Leave" where the crew visited a planet that was an alien amusement park and all their secret desires came true. The Losties appear to be on a Shore Leave island in the Pacific version of the Bermuda triangle. I like the theory that those mysterious numbers are co-ordinates of that island. And lastly I must admit that everytime I hear the name Dharma I automatically think where's Greg?
I'm now officially in the holiday season mood as last night TNT aired "A Christmas Story" which is my favorite holiday movie. It's sweet and sentimental yet Shepherd's ascerbic wit keeps it from being cloying. I also like (carryovers from my childhood) "March of the Wooden Soldiers" and "Mr Magoo's Christmas Carol" which IMHO is the definitive version as far as I'm concerned *g*.
Came across an ad in today's Daily News which had a store that doesn't have sales clerks but "sales counselors". Since the store was selling high-tech stuff I guess counselors might be necessary but it still looks weird or maybe, since I haven't bought anything high-tech in a while, they're now commonplace.
For my friend stretfordditto and other fans of Georgette Heyer I came across this today: A Heyer of a Slayer, Book 1 (warning WIP).
I just found out that Alan Bell, producer of "Six Feet Under", might be making a TV series based on the vampire novels of Charlaine Harris (http://www.variety.com/article/
These shows have some BtVS crossover fanfic potential as I can picture Graham, Riley and Sam becoming involved. This is especially true for "Surface" as Nim and his kin could be considered demons. In the past ignorant superstitous humans would've called any non-human a demon regardless of where it came from--outer space or another dimension. Maybe demons are actually aliens.
Speaking of accents as an American I find that many British actors cannot do good American accents and I'm sure the opposite is true too. In BtVS we were blessed by the fact that Marsters and Denisof were very good at Britspeak or so I'm told by nativespeakers.
On another note I'm so pleased that Lazuli, lit_gal, riani1, tabaqui, authoressnebula, nwhepcat and others have updated their fics. Such abundance makes me extremely happy.
If JM isn't in tonight's "Smallville" for at least more than the 15 seconds he was in the season premiere I'm going to...well I don't know what I'm going to do but I wish I could teleport to the producers and read them the riot act. I'm suffering from JM-deprivation!!!
If I'd have had access to a computer then I would've gone to mock_the_stupid for a good laugh.
I watched "Nova" last night where they had a segment on goldfish surgery!! Admittedly it wasn't one of those tiny ones but one weighing a pound but still... I wonder if the vets treat tarantulas (just out of curiousity--I don't have one)? Check out the surgery at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/