You can’t trick a Trickster.   

Man. Thursday TV totally screws with my sleep schedule every week. I want to watch every show that night because I don’t want to be accidentally spoiled and I want to read what people have to say about them. But there just aren’t enough hours in the night. I end up staying up late every Thursday night and having to drag myself out of bed kicking and screaming (inside) every Friday morning. Clearly I have a problem…

Survivor: Fiji
I didn’t watch this last week and, truthfully, if not for the fact that I transcribe/spoil the show over at TV Clubhouse, I don’t think I’d have watched it this week either. In fact, I almost forgot it was on. Still, I did watch and I didn’t think it was all that bad. The Have vs the Have-Nots is a stupid twist and not just because, as [info]eolivet pointed out last week, it’s already being done on The Apprentice. No, it’s stupid because people who are dehydrated and exhausted from lack of food and fire are not fun to watch on TV. And, in a game like this, you can see how it’d be hard for that team to ever claw their way out of the hole of defeat. It takes strength and lucidity to win these challenges. The longer they have to “survive” on nothing while the other team lays around farting their days away (sadly I do mean that literally), the weaker and less capable of pulling off a win they will get. I just have to wonder if the producers really thought this one out.

So, no personalities really struck me as stand out in anyway. Except maybe Sylvia but she’s totally a marked woman. I don’t know that her tribe’s eyes could role further back in their heads than they did when she made that remark about picking out a leader. She needs to get a little better at reading the reactions around her before she starts thinking she’s capable of leading anyone.

Earl’s going to be in for a big shock when he comes back to find Erica gone and Sylvia still there. I hope he points out how stupid that was to his team. I don’t know what spooked them all so much. They lost. Clearly Erica was right and they should have been listening to her. Maybe she shouldn’t have yelled at them but I can see why she got frustrated and was trying to make herself heard. Instead of thinking about that, the team decides she’s a huge threat and eliminates her. Dumb.

And, uh, I guess that’s it. I didn’t really meet enough people on the other tribe to have any comments about them. Boo seems like a clumsy idiot and I really wanted to turn the station when he was using that ax. I’m not generally a squeamish person except when it comes to things like that. Maybe I was an empath is another life because I could almost literally feel the ax slicing through his hand and the pain that followed. He better watch himself, though, because he won’t last long if he keeps doing things like that. As his own tribe members said, he’ll hurt himself right out of the game.

Grey’s Anatomy
Naturally this episode, being part two of three, isn’t going to be re-aired tonight. I almost chose to watch it online but, since I was already in the other room and I knew people would be talking about it today, I decided not to risk getting spoiled. And, man, was it good. Some part of me, even knowing how unlikely this is, hopes that they actually do kill off Meredith. She’s my favorite character but it’d be an awesome shocker. However, like I said, so completely unlikely given that she’s the title character.

I will say that I wondered how the hell they were going to explain her being alive. It felt like she was in that water forever. I had no concept for how long it took Derek to even realize she had fallen into the water much less be able to find her given how far she must have sunk before he started looking for her. I don’t want to get annoyed by the timing so I didn’t go back to check how much the others had done and moved around before Derek pulled her out of the water. That aside, I thought they did a nice job of not having her wake right up. That would have been completely unbelievable. Instead, I loved her waking up to Denny and Dylan.

As for the rest, Izzy’s drilling of that guy’s head freaked me out. It’s the hand slicing thing above all over again. I can’t imagine what it’d be like to be Izzy having to control herself so completely that she’d be able to stop drilling as soon as she felt the pressure release. Eeep. For a second, I forgot her probation so I was confused when she told the guy she’d just been “watching” for weeks. When it clicked, I was blown away at how they’ve been setting that up. Nicely done, writers.

It was nice to see the little girl who was with Meredith get found by her mother, but I was so busy trying to figure out if she had some symbolic meaning that it kind of took away from that scene for me. I liked how everyone was so wrapped up in their portion of the day that they weren’t thinking about Meredith and where she could be at all. Except for Cristina, of course, but then she only cared because she had something to tetll her… not because she could sense that something was wrong. I thought that was also nicely done by the writers because it did seem like she had some kind of connection with Meredith at first. And she did but it wasn’t any kind of superhuman connection. It was that of a friend who wants to talk to her best friend, her “person.” Because there are more ways for someone to realize you are missing, like Addison wants, than just because they know something may have happened.

Speaking of friends, what is up with Izzy’s hate of Callie? I just don’t get it. I really like her but then she says things like that to George and I just… don’t. Honestly all great and whatever but it’s his life and it’s totally not her place to say shit like that to him. I suppose that is me relating to George because of some friend drama I’ve currently got swirling around me. And she’s surprised that he doesn’t want to move back. Because that’d make for a comfortable home environment! Anyway. What I was getting to here was that I don’t think there’d ever be a good time for Izzy to unleash that on George but it felt even more inappropriate at this moment. Even if it was in the middle of a speech about the power of believing.

Uh, there was more but I’m starting to forget what I wanted to say. I’m eager to see how this all concludes next week. I’d love for them to shock me out of my socks but I’ll settle for a happy ending instead. /tongue-in-cheek

Ugly Betty
I love this show. I have so very little to comment on about it this week because I loved it all. Who knew I’d be loving it this much from reading my thoughts at the beginning of the season. Ok, first, how awesome that Charlie was CHARLIE. I adore Jayma Mays and I appreciate the show’s shoutout to Heroes by giving her the same name. It worked well because I recognized right before Henry said her name and then I just laughed. Too many of my shows have the girls in a triangle trying to be friends so as much as I’d like Bety to be-friend Charlie, I kind of hope that’s not what they decide to do.

I did like that this episode’s theme was all about friends and what forges friendships and relationships. Mark trying to be “besties” with Christina. Wilhemina trying to win back the editor slot by being Alex’s friend. Justin’s dad learning to accept his son. Betty discovering a new friend only to realize there’s a huge barrier between them ever truly being friends. Even Daniel having to make amends and rebuild a friendship in order to get the woman that he wants (well, wants this week at least). Overall, I thought they did a great job of carrying the theme throughout the episode. Plus, hey, funny that the storyline included a blizzard given how snow has been a factor in so many people’s lifes this week.

In conclusion, I loved this episode even if I don’t have much commentary on any of the bits and pieces. Oh, wait! I forgot to be happy that I was right about Daniel’s dad covering up for his mom. I don’t know if it’s the writing or Judith Light but I was almost sympathetic to her even knowing she’s a murderer. What will Daniel do now that he knows the truth?

The Office
Even Joss directing wasn’t enough to stop me from fast-forwarding through Michael talking to the Ryan’s Business class. Grrr. Of course, it made the last scene all that much better. I actually cried when he showed up and loved Pam’s painting of the office. He has these really unexpected moments of sweetness and greatness that you want to write Michael Scott off but you just can’t.

Plus, he might be severely lacking any self-awareness but that doesn’t mean he’s not paying attention to the stuff around him. .That he knew just how to “punish” Ryan for what he did is great. I laughed as soon as I realized that Ryan would be stuck in the desk across from Kelly. There’s some nice continuity there too.

I was a little disappointed that Jim didn’t show up at the art show. Not surprised but still disappointed. I was also disappointed that no one else was willing to show up and support Pam. I can’t decide if I think Oscar and Gil’s comments really are true or not. I suppose they are in a way since, while I think Pam is a very sincere person, she isn’t the most honest (or courageous). I was still sad for her, though. Especially when it was obvious that Roy didn’t have any real interest in her efforts and was just showing up to earn points. Poor Pam. You got yourself into this situation but I feel for ya.

The bat stuff was pretty damn funny but I wish I hadn’t watched the damn YouTube video with Joss and those clips because I wasn’t as amused by them as I would have been. Not for lack of funny so much as for lack of freshness. Although, I think Karen is actually what took away some of my enjoyment. I don’t know if it the way she was playing it was intentional or not but it felt so odd. Either she wasn’t even bothering to try and fool Dwight because she knew she didn’t have to or she wasn’t actually all that into playing along with Jim’s joke or Rashida was having a bad week. I’m going to assume it was intentional and hope that it was supposed to indicate that there’s trouble in Jim/Karen paradise. Not because I want there to be trouble but because it was so odd that I want it to have had more of a reason than “no need to try and fool Dwight.”

As for Joss directing, I wonder if I hadn’t known he was directing if I’d have noticed anything different? I thought the camera was a little more… jiggly? That was in the actual office. However, it was the car scenes where I really noticed the difference. I actually liked that Joss kept Michael in the frame and used the rearview mirror to show us Ryan instead of using the method we usually get in car scenes. It did give the camera a little more freedom to focus on one person while still letting us see the other’s reaction, just as we do in the office setting. Other than those two things, I couldn’t really tell that it was anyone different than usual behind the camera. And, as I said before, I don’t know if I would have noticed those at all if I hadn’t specifically know it was Joss’ episode.

Do we get a new episode next week? I never know with this show because my taping of it always cuts off abruptly.

PS: I totally forgot my favorite freaking moment of the night. Kelly all indignant about Dwight’s intention to kill the bat until it came dive bombing at her and then she was all, “KILL IT! KILL IT!! KILL IT!!” HAHAHA. It’s funny because it’s true. You know you’d be doing the same thing. “Aww, cute bat, don’t hurt it…. It tried to attack me! Kill that lil’ mofo!”

Supernatural
Thank goodness for [info]cadhla. I love that this show now has so many new fans but I had begun to doubt myself and my reactions to the show this season because the majority of those new fans don’t love this show for the things that I love it for. But then there’s Seanan who has loved the show since before it premiered and she and I almost always have the same reactions to episodes. I find it comforting that I’m not completely alone!

So, yeah, this episode? Probably my favorite of the season so far. SO MUCH LOVE. It helps that I knew they had actually paired with Weekly World News on it. Then they made it so fucking hilarious that I actually had to pause the show several and wait for myself to stop laughing so I wouldn’t miss anything. And, then… THEN they ended it in what I’m going to call classic X-Files style but, really, is also a big component of the horror genre and it’s unending sequels. The guys think they’ve solved the case but, no, the Trickster lives on unbeknowst to them.

Of course, they should have known. I called it as soon as the bed and disco ball didn’t disappear. I’m a little surprised the Trickster took the risk of them noticing that but, then, I think he liked going to head to head with the boys so maybe he was sort of hoping they’d keep playing. I haven’t read many reactions to this episode yet but I did see one that made a comment about the boys having a Trickster after them too. I beg to differ on that point. That would defeat the purpose of tricking the guys into thinking they’d killed him and also not make much sense given what we know about Tricksters. They enjoy the chaos and mischief they cause. They want to be free to create it, not busy following a bunch of hunters around. It’s better to trick the hunters into thinking they’ve won so that he can get back to his fun. Plus, as Seanan pointed out this morning, “Dude, he meant it when he said he liked their style.” I’m pretty confident that we’ll see him again, eventually.

I’m glad they didn’t succeed and not just because I dig those kind of endings. I’m also glad because it was ridiculously easy for them to defeat a demi-god. In fact, it was so easy that I’m also surprised they didn’t find that suspicious. Guess that’s where screwing with their heads for so long actually helped the Trickster. It made it impossible for them to see what they were dealing with and flustered them enough that they were just happy to have solved the problem rather than think about it anymore.

But let’s get back to the funny. First with the “THEN” which was made of awesome. Heh. I must admit that I was slightly spoiled about this part… I think it was in the teleconference I attended that Kripke talked about wanting to address how these two guys who spend all their time with each other day in and day out are eventually going to hit their breaking point with each other. I think that was around the time they were breaking or writing this episode… although it may have been just over the horizon. Either way, I knew we were eventually going to get an episode where they’d be sick of each other and I’ve been waiting for it all season. I give the boys credit, my sisters and I would never have lasted this long before going off on each other.

I adored their different versions of what happened throughout the week. Loved that Kripke and co. used things the audiience have noticed and commented on and had the brothers picking those very things out. Things that you generally accept about your friends and family but do drive you crazy at times. I have to give kudos to the guys and their acting in those scenes as well. They did a great job of taking on the persona the other one was “remembering”. Dean’s view of Sam, and himself, was fucking hilarious. Especially later when he had Sam hugging the guy on the lawn outside the building.

So, yes, in the end I have way more love for this episode than I’m seeing from most everyone else. Not that people hated it or anything, but whereas most people can’t wait to squee over the angsty episodes, I can’t wait to squee over these type. I love that this show doesn’t really have a norm. Their norm is that they are constantly trying fresh approaches and not afraid to try something different. All I can think is that it must be great fun to work on a show like this.

The OC
Man, oh man, did this episode remind me that this show is almost over for good. Sniff. I’m so glad that it was all about Seth and Ryan instead of being about the couples. Because I needed that. I didn’t realize how much I needed it but Ryan and Seth will always be my OTP on TV. And I don’t mean that in a gay way. So, how much do I love that they are blood brothers now?! SO MUCH. And the meta joke there was funny.

I’m glad that these two got a last episode that was about them being together and getting through something because of their friendship. Seth’s listing was an awesome way to give us shoutouts to the history of the series without having to resort to flashbacks. Because, really, Ryan punching someone in the face has been something that never goes away. Heh. I loved the little acknowledgment that everyone was rooting for Ryan to punch Johnny in the face. Oh, so true.

Can I just say I knew Summer and Taylor were stupid to be up in the attic when they had yet to feel any of the after shocks? STUPID! I know they were all wrapped up in their concern for Pancakes but I was a little surprised that Taylor didn’t even bring up the stupidity of going up there given what might happen. I was glad, however, that she finally got the chance to make up with her mother.

Much like I liked that Kaitlin finally started to accept Frank. I was about to call bullshit on the show when it first seemed like Kaitlin and Julie were alone in the ice cream shop. For one, there were people going into the shop the last we saw. For another, of course there had to be at least one worker there. I still find it hard to believe that Ice Cream Guy was the only worker on duty but I’m handwaving because I just don’t care at this point. It’s cute that he’s had a crush on Kaitlin and not surprising that she had no idea. I’m glad that he was faking them out about the pier because I kept trying to figure out how that could possibly be true. Then he faked his asthma attack to stop Julie and I knew he’d been lying about it.

Of course, everyone recovers way too quickly at the end. I have to handwave a little harder about this part but I don’t mind because I liked the scene with all of them walking out of the hospital together. I’m pretty sure we’re about to flash forward in time so I didn’t mind so much that we get one last shot of the group at this time together. I’m amused that they destroyed the Cohen residence. Nicely symbolic of the end of the series. Sure, it wasn’t the last episode so yes we’ll see that they’ve either rebuilt or moved somewhere new but that is the point. Newport is no longer the Newport it has been for the past four years and it’s time to let it go. Sniff.

On my schedule for Friday & Sunday: Psych, The Amazing Race: All-Stars (Premiere!), The Apprentice: LA, Desperate Housewives, Brothers & Sisters, and The L Word

3 Responses to “You can’t trick a Trickster.”

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    julia_here says:

    Up here in the diametrically opposite corner, I find myself having the absolute opposite reaction to GA. I’ve hated it since the ferry crash (this part of the country is ripe for disasters of most kinds, but that one is less likely than the Space Needle turning into a giant sparkler and emitting a cloud of alien swamp gas) and there were so many niggling details interfering with my suspension of disbelief last night that I couldn’t get on board for anything.

    Julia, just cranky about it, as a perusal of the top part at S3 will explain in detail

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    spectralbovine says:

    Although, I think Karen is actually what took away some of my enjoyment. I don’t know if it the way she was playing it was intentional or not but it felt so odd. Either she wasn’t even bothering to try and fool Dwight because she knew she didn’t have to or she wasn’t actually all that into playing along with Jim’s joke or Rashida was having a bad week. I’m going to assume it was intentional and hope that it was supposed to indicate that there’s trouble in Jim/Karen paradise.
    I loved that Karen got to do a prank, and I liked that she wasn’t Pam. I don’t think she did a bad job, exactly, but it was clear that she…wasn’t Pam, you know? I loved her very deliberate delivery of “But, Jim, this GARLIC BREAD is cold!” It was just deliberate enough to be pointed but too deliberate to be perfect, you know?

    I agree that the only Joss touches were, like, the jiggly camera and the differently shot car scene.

    Then they made it so fucking hilarious that I actually had to pause the show several and wait for myself to stop laughing so I wouldn’t miss anything.
    I couldn’t breathe, Rae.

    I have to give kudos to the guys and their acting in those scenes as well. They did a great job of taking on the persona the other one was “remembering”. Dean’s view of Sam, and himself
    Absolutely. Jared Padalecki has had two great weeks in a row.

    So, yes, in the end I have way more love for this episode than I’m seeing from most everyone else.
    Wait, how can there not be love for this episode?? It’s SPN’s “Bad Blood”! Come on now!!

    I love that this show doesn’t really have a norm. Their norm is that they are constantly trying fresh approaches and not afraid to try something different. All I can think is that it must be great fun to work on a show like this.
    Yeah, absolutely. And I no longer feel guilty about loving the show because of that. I can tell that the people behind the show LOVE it and have a great sense of fun, and I respect that.

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    westcoastlovin says:

    I’m not going to make it through the end of The OC. Like, I really don’t think I will. It’s amazing how re-attached I’ve gotten to this show. At this point, the stuff like Ryan’s super fast recovery didn’t bug me because we needed that cool flashy shot of them walking out. AND WHY DID THE PREVIEW FOR NEXT WEEK MAKE ME CRY? I’m so so screwed.