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15 December 2007 @ 09:27 pm
the adventure of moleskin continues  
My brother asked me what I thought of the name ‘DJ Trancelot’ as a pseudonym for his future career. (As a disc jockey, that is; not a – drill jumper, or something.)

When I stopped choking on my laughter, I asked why he picked that name – he’d got it from splicing Lancelot and trance, that much I understood, but I didn’t reckon Arthurian legend would be all that popular with the sort of people who frequent trance clubs.

He said, “I thought starting out by calling myself ‘The Lord of Trance’ was too cocky. I want to work up to it slowly.”

Good to know the kid has ambitions.

GG - this show is so horribly, horribly shallow. I love it to pieces. And no, that was not a non sequitur.

Props to whoever came up with the name ‘St Jude’s’ for the school in question – patron saint of lost causes, you know.

I feel sorry for the Bobby Twins, Blair/Serena’s posse, hangers-on, whatever they are. They’re so obviously the Politically Correct Ciphers. I can’t even remember their names – that’s how pivotal they are. You can even tell by the way they act that they know their characters deserve, oh, their own personalities and plot-lines and maybe even a man each. Little things like that.

I liked Blair’s original mom best. She was glacial and not a little scary. This one looks like an OC-reject. She looks like Farrah Fawcett. And her line delivery is atrocious. She and Lily’s actress should have a competition to see who’s worse at acting (that minor task they’re employed to perform). It would be neck-in-scrawny neck.

Oh, Nate. I bet he misses the bit of his brain that was removed during his frontal lobotomy.

Is it me, or did Blair and Nate break up about forty times only to get back together the next ep as if nothing had happened?

Blair and Serena’s sudden return to BFF-land left my head spinning. I thought it would take a little more than a letter and mutual lacrimation. I guess I underestimated the power of pathetic fallacy (it was raining).

Jenny’s character fluctuates all over the place. One minute she getting almost-raped by Chuck, the next she wants in on his lifestyle? And steals the jacket? And breaks up Blair and Nate (for the nineteenth time)? I don’t understand her, and she’s certainly like no fourteen-year-old I’ve ever met. I liked it better when I thought she was sixteen. Hey, I thought Americans go to different schools between when they are fourteen and when they are seventeen! Lies, all lies. Apparently.

I was squealing with delight at the Blair/Chuck. I don’t know why. Bad boys tamed, only woman for the job, that sort of thing. I still think Dan is the cutest and Nate, not at all. Excellent soundtrack, too.

I also began watching Pushing Daisies and Arrested Development now that I have my holidays. I’m not going to last long with either, I can already tell. And this is why.

Every country has its Image, the first thing people think of when someone mentions it. With Ireland, it’s ‘drunkenness,’ ‘leprechauns’ and ‘top o’ the mornin’ to ya!’ While the first is most certainly deserved, the latter two are not. (No one says that, I swear to god.) America ... I’m sorry, because I know it’s not true, but the first thing non-Americans think about America is ‘stupid.’ (And ‘George Bush’, but that’s a natural progression from ‘stupid,’ really.)

And what’s really not helping matters with the stupid Image is the incessant habit, in American TV shows, of things being spelled out re----ally cle-------arly. In case the stupid person in the back row of the canned laughter seats didn’t get it, I suppose. (Don’t even get me started on canned laughter.)

Okay, some events in these three shows needed explaining, I get that.

Most of them didn’t.

Show, not tell, is a golden rule that also applies to television.

I say, give the writers their 8% or whatever, but. On the proviso that they don’t use v/o unless they prove they can do so in a responsible manner.

Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: you give a little love (bugsy malone)
(Anonymous) on December 15th, 2007 09:51 pm (UTC)
wow...ok... I've never heard the words 'stupid' and 'arrested development' used in the same sentence. ever. maybe you just have to get into it, but arrested development was one of the smartest shows on television. maybe it's just the first few shows, where things have to be repeated for new viewers (?). i love both pushing daisies and a.d.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Kitties: blue kitteh + green grassscoradh on December 15th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
I didn't call AD stupid, I called the endless voiceovers stupid (and they weren't as bad in AD as in the other two, but it did take a place on the continuum).

Maybe I needed a voiceover, to make that clear.
uminohikariuminohikari on December 15th, 2007 10:09 pm (UTC)
Most American high schools are from 9th-12th grade? Which is the 14-18 age range. (some, like my own, are retarded and go from 10th-12th though)
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Comic stripscoradh on December 17th, 2007 08:01 pm (UTC)
I tried counting backwards, and that still ends up with 15 years old for 9th grade.

*wails* I don't get it!
uminohikariuminohikari on December 17th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
XDD Take the grade, and add 5 to it. That's the year most kids will start that grade with. However, they usually have bdays during the year and end the year at age 15

(the whole dating a 14 year old is taboo in my school, since 9th graders go to the junior high, but that's not the norm)
ophelia_mar12: havoc in heavenophelia_mar12 on December 15th, 2007 10:59 pm (UTC)
OMG! I love how your brother wanted to name himself ‘The Lord of Trance’. That really is to funny. It reminds me of my sister, who would come up with DJ names. . . . but didn't even DJ or have any equipment! (she still doesn't, BTW....) So, funny!
And, ya, 'George Bush' does naturaly come after 'stupid' in most sentences. . . what 'cha gonna do?? *sigh* He really is an idiot. . . . >__<
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: George Bush and Iraqscoradh on December 17th, 2007 08:03 pm (UTC)
My brother doesn't have any equipment either, but then again, by the time he's fifteen he'll probably have changed his mind another forty thousand times re: career paths.

He is. In fact, he's an insult to idiots everywhere.
Sereniaserenia on December 16th, 2007 01:26 am (UTC)
DJ names can be so funny at times! There's something fun about getting to pick a name for yourself. I remember going through that as an escort.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: ASS: shake thatscoradh on December 17th, 2007 08:07 pm (UTC)
I found that hard enough once, with this lj. Spoiled for choice is the problem, I guess!
jehnt: ad - michael bluthjehnt on December 16th, 2007 11:30 am (UTC)
I actually like the voiceover on Arrested Development. It always felt to me like it was kind of... mocking voiceovers, or something (or maybe because it's so snarky?). It's like the episode where they have the REALLY OBVIOUS Burger King product placement -- done for commercial concerns (the narrator really does move along the exposition), but in a tongue-in-cheek way rather than a stupid way.
every Starbucks should have a polar bear: Bookishscoradh on December 17th, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)
I agree! (And I think I explained why, in another comment). I had just started watching this when I made that post, after being subjected to wearisome and ill-used v/o on PD and, to a lesser extent, GG. PD is a truly dreadful show ... I think it needs its own entry, so I can give full justice to its horridness.