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Jan. 25th, 2009

I was watching The Railway Children 1970, Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins edition, which is the one I grew up with. Wikipedia terrifies me by informing me that the boy who plays Peter is now 54. Good lord. I had never realised what a difficult life E Nesbit lived until I read this article from the Guardian.

I just watched Being Human on BBC3 and if that doesn't get a slash fandom the size of Merlin's in short order I would be astonished. I had avoided the pilot due to laziness, Toby Whithouse issues (I may have slightly hated a little bit the retcon involved in School Reunion) and then hearing that it had been recast so there seemed to be little point in seeking it out and having to get used to a cast change.

George, who is a beleaguered woobie werewolf longing for normality, shares a house with Mitchell, a vampire who is less reformed than he might be. They discover that the house is haunted by Annie, who has died in somewhat murky circumstances and remains deeply in love with her fiance. It reminded a great deal of a remix of Buffy, This Life and Ultraviolet, but in all the positive ways The vampires would appear to have a plan which is starting to accelerate -- we don't know what these are but the vampire who continues to approach Mitchell hints and threatens some future disaster.

I am a little worried that all the women in it are either depressive and unconfident or sneeringly wicked. Annie is sweet but a bit chicklit-style depressive and unconfident. Further, I fear that the less pleasant side of slasher fandom will use George's irritation with Annie to make her "the bitch that gets in the way of the one true love of two misunderstood woobies" etc etc. That would be tiring.

It's not perfect but compared to Demons? Shakespeare.

An excellent thing:
Wuthering Heights by the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you’ve seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own on DVD (or VCR tape).
50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape
44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars
39. Monty Python
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted
35. Alias
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5
31. Deadwood
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf
25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
20. Blackadder
19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South Park
16. Doctor Who
15. Heroes
14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files
08. The Wire
07. Friends
06. 24
05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons

Where is all the good fiction for my current fandom? I can't have read it all already. That would be disappointing.


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Jan. 25th, 2009 11:15 pm (UTC)
The pilot is definitely well worth tracking down. It was excellent. As was this version.
Jan. 25th, 2009 11:17 pm (UTC)
I just read your review. You thought nearly the same as me, only in a more articulate fashion. Thanks for the advice; now I have the characters as they are presently, I might go hunting for the pilot.
Jan. 25th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
I really liked it! I loved the pilot and was sad that they recast Mitchell, but have to say new-Mitchell is excellent and if anything it's sharper and more frightening than the pilot. Very funny, too.

You should definitely seize upon the pilot, it's great.

I gave up on Demons this week. You're right, this was Shakespeare in comparison: it was all, ooh you ARE going there, that's quite interesting.

LOL at jazz-Wuthering Heights.
Jan. 25th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
I *know*. I am so glad that there's a fantasy series on somewhere right now which is not completely lowest-common-denominator stupid. Demons was better yesterday but it's still fairly daft and in thrall to Buffy while pretending it's not.

I am definitely going to go in search of the pilot now.
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Jan. 25th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Okay, that's a bit terrifying. How was Frost/Nixon? I was planning to go today but rain and laziness intervened.
Jan. 26th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
>George, who is a beleaguered woobie werewolf longing for normality, shares a house with Mitchell, a vampire who is less reformed than he might be.<

...I thought I was over vampires, and I've never been that into werewolves in visual media (they were just fine in written fiction, but less well in special effects) but somehow the thought of a werewolf and a vampire house-sharing strikes me as utterly charming and something I must see.
Jan. 27th, 2009 07:40 pm (UTC)
Hrm. I may have to track that one down. I've been re-watching the first season of Buffy and feeling oddly homesick for it, so something new might jolt me out of that.

THE UOGB IS FUCKING AMAZING. I had a spell last summer where I went through everything of theirs on YouTube because they're one of those few fantastic things in life that just fill my little heart with pure GLEE. ::plays over and over again::
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