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So I don't know if I liked Dexter season 2 more than season 1. It seemed like a connector season; Dexter does change at the end of it, and there's a high-tension conflict, but I just didn't feel as connected to the characters as I did at the beginning. For me, the whole pull of Dexter is to end up rooting for the serial killer to kill some more, and we didn't get to see a lot of him at work this season. I was also a little confused about Dexter's sexuality; in season one it's well-established that he's not a sexual being, and that he has to fake his sexual relationships to appear normal, which is difficult for him. I know the theme of this new season was to show that Dexter does have emotions, albeit twisted, and that his relationships do matter to him, but I don't think the sexual switch-flip was explained very well. One season he doesn't enjoy or need sex, and this season he does? I thought it didn't work that way. I wouldn't harp on it, except his sexuality was used as a major plot point in hooking up with this sort of evil woman.

Still a good show, though.

I also watched Doctor Who season 2 on Netflix. Man, I don't know about this show. On the one hand, every British person in the world is a fan of this show, so I know it MUST be good. On the other hand, some episodes are so frustrating to me, an anal-retentive fan of fake science.

I mean, okay, so they travel to that alternate dimension on accident. That's fair enough, I can go along with that. And all the people in this dimension are being brainwashed by the little earbuds that everyone wears to stay connected to the news and everything. O I C WUT U DID THAR, SHOW. It's like iPods! Neat.

Except when the news reports come in to people's earbuds, it happens to everyone simultaneously and everyone freezes in place.

Uh, if these earbuds are so ubiquitous, wouldn't anyone driving a car at that moment have a horrible crash? I mean, I guess it looks cool to have everyone freeze in place, but it just doesn't seem likely that this is how the technology evolved, even in a crazy AU.

It just seems like sometimes the script writer has a great, creepy image in their minds of what a scene should look like, and they'll do it whether it makes sense or not. And in pretty much every case, there's a permeating fear that something alien (almost always using technology) will steal some part of our humanity or change us in a way that makes us unhuman. (Like, uh, when the television alien/monster needs to feed off our energy, it steals our faces? WTF? Why does it steal just one aspect of our corporeal form? Why wouldn't it take our whole bodies? What is it about the face that would feed a life form?)

But then there are some fantastic episodes, like Love & Monsters, which was everything an episode of TV should be. And the two-parter for The Impossible Planet & The Satan Pit was very cool. It just seems wildly inconsistent, but I guess that's how it is when you hop from one time to another.

And is it okay that I don't really feel bad that Rose is gone? I mean, she's fine, living it up with a rich dad in an alternate dimension. And sure, so she can't time travel anymore, and that must suck, but did she seriously think she could do it forever. COMPANIONS DON'T LAST FOREVER. We already learned that lesson in the ep with Giles as a bat thing. (Except he never actually turned into a bat thing because he didn't need to? So why did the other bat things turn into bat things!?)

I AM PROBABLY THINKING ABOUT FAKE SCIENCE TOO HARD. HERE ARE SOME CUTE CHICKS DRESSED UP AS DALEKS. [livejournal.com profile] echidnite, it is my professional opinion that you are way more than passably attractive.

Sometimes I do things besides watch TV, but not today.

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Date: 2009-04-11 02:42 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] brewsternorth.livejournal.com
No worries: I've always thought of Season 2 as the weakest of the bunch, and you've pretty much crystallized why.

Seasons 3 and 4 are better, though they still have some of the same weaknesses.

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Date: 2009-04-11 06:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady529.livejournal.com
What [livejournal.com profile] brewsternorth said.

And I wasn't really that upset that Rose left either, esp. when season 3 came along : )

The Lady 529

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Date: 2009-04-11 11:26 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] random-nexus.livejournal.com
I think, yes, try not to think about it too hard. I do the same thing and get myself all wound up. *pat pat pat* If it helps, like I said, it's not just you.

Edit: Okay, now I want a dalek costume! Those are way fun!

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Date: 2009-04-12 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] favoritedarknes.livejournal.com
I was really not all keen on watching Doctor Who at first (me and Sci-Fi's don't get along very well) but somehow I was convinced by a member of my flist and said "What the hell, it won't hurt", especially since it was so linked to the series I started watching, Torchwood. So I gave it a go and well... I ended up quite liking it. I do try and get over some aliens-trying-to-take-over-Earth shit and other stuff like that, cos it's TV after all (it's not all supposed to make sense LOL ), but I really like the scripts, characters wise.

Also, series 3 & 4 are much better in my opinion :-)

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Date: 2009-04-12 05:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] triedunture.livejournal.com
I suppose I will stick with it for one more season and see how I feel then. After all, I gave Smallville 4 or 5 seasons and it did NOT deserve that.

If one wanted to start watching Torchwood in conjunction with Dr Who, when would be a good time to start? Does Torchwood "start" at some moment that coincides with Who?

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Date: 2009-04-13 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] favoritedarknes.livejournal.com
Only you can be the judge if you like it or not ;-)
As for Torchwood, someone asked the same question so here's the link to the comm, hope it helps : Time line

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Date: 2009-04-14 07:23 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] georgeodowd.livejournal.com
I wonder sometimes if I am one of the few who actually liked Rose and felt like crying when she left the show. It just wasn't the same for me after she was gone. It is entirely likely that this is due to the fact that I had an unruly crush on her.

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Date: 2009-04-15 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] empressaurelius.livejournal.com
Yeah, Dexter's sudden sexuality in season 2 just smacked of bad writing to me, but oh well. You'll probably like season 3!

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