Rebcake (rebcake) wrote,

Buffy isn't everything, I guess

There are many, many entertainments!

I'm up to date with (USA airings) and eagerly awaiting new episodes of these:

Agent Carter, The Americans, Castle, Downton Abbey, Elementary, iZombie, Mozart in the Jungle, Mr. Robot, The Muppets, Orphan Black, Sherlock

The Golden Globe wins for Mozart in the Jungle and Mr. Robot? Totally deserved, IMO. iZombie is fun, and based on a friend's comic book, whose drawings make up the credits and the scene transitions, so that's nifty. We finally got around to getting a DVR a couple years back, and so we mostly watch everything in a couple of TV party nights with the neighbors, who have no TV. When Downton is done, we'll be back to once a week.

I'm somewhere in the middle of these, so I probably won't comment elsewhere until I get caught up:

The Bletchley Circle, Call the Midwife, Fargo, How to Get Away With Murder, Jessica Jones, Outlander, Sense8

Yes, I know some of these are old news.

What I'm planning to get to, any day now:

Man In the High Castle, A Young Doctor's Notebook

Movies I saw in the last couple of weeks, thanks to "for your consideration" discs:

Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Dope, The Martian, Mr. Holmes, Trainwreck, Spotlight

I liked them all, although Trainwreck sort of devolved into predictability toward the end. I've still got The Danish Girl to watch.

For some reason, I've got a lot of ex-pat English, Welsh, Irish, and Scots friends in town. One of the cool things about that is the annual Robert Burns Night Supper, complete with haggis! This year's event ended up turning into a David Bowie tribute toward the end, with some really terrible sing-alongs, and also some not-so-bad ones.

But after listening to all those delightful Scots-accented readings from earlier in the evening I was in the mood to watch more Outlander, but it ended up being an episode with which I had some problems. Both Sides Now, the 8th episode of the first season, kind of went off the rails for me, which you would think would have happened earlier in a mystic time-travel romance. But in this episode, the heroine is nearly raped not once, but twice in the same day. By different men, miles and miles apart. Admittedly, she was so attacked back in the first episode and I get that life in the old days was nasty, brutish, and short, but really? And why is it always the redcoats (English) who try to rape her? The Scots are all on best behavior — except when they are so drunk that she can essentially push them away if she's not interested. It's ridiculous. I guess this is some sort of common romance trope and I was fooled by the time-travel into thinking we were in a different kind of story. But now I'm wondering if it's anything I want to spend more time with. I was already sort of poo-pooing the conceit of Diana Gabaldon, author of the books on which the show is based, for cooperating with this project while disallowing ANY fanfic because her characters are so close to her heart. Close to her pocketbook, more like. /rant

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