Dear Season Finale of Criminal Minds: THANK YOU FOR OBLITERATING MY SHIP WITH A SINGLE LINE OF DIALOGUE. A rather mean one, too. ::facepalm:: Oh, well. Why start paying attention to canon now?
Okay, it was time for House to end about 3 years ago, but I do like the way they did it. Yes, bringing everyone (but Cuddy) back was hokey, but c'mon, tell me you didn't want to see Cutthroat Bitch one more time. Glad the writers didn't forget that the House/Wilson relationship was the heart of the show and made that central to the ending. No, I don't ship it, but HOLY SHIT THEY LITERALLY RODE OFF INTO THE SUNSET TOGETHER. Ahem. I actually like that we're left with the question of what will become of House once Wilson's gone -- in my mind, the motorcycle trip ends in a grand Thelma and Louise. Anyway, not perfect, but about the best they could do with what they had, I think.
Hugh Laurie's "Swan Song" was great -- I always like it when the actors/hosts/whoever manage to give credit to the behind-the-scenes people in creative ways. And it's always so fun to be reminded that Hugh Laurie is, at heart, a very British comedian playing a grumpy American. And Jesse Spencer plays the violin? He is not currently in my pants... why?
Proposal: television shows (particularly dramas) should last no more than 5 years. I know I'm not saying anything radically novel here, but deep down, every fan knows this. Even if the shows haven't flamboyantly jumped the shark by then, that's when themes and underlying plotlines start to get repetitive and tedious, so the writers start inventing crazier and crazier shit to try and get out of the rut. The problem with most TV shows is that, in order to work, everything must generally return to normal, if not by the end of the show, at least within several episodes. Why we can't seem to deviate from that formula, I don't know -- I guess it's just what audiences expect. The proliferation of "procedurals" (dig my alliteration) has entrenched this even further.
In order for a show to get away from this formula, it has to have a limited run, a planned narrative arc with a set end date. I will give Heroes credit for trying to do this with seasonal "volumes," but their writers obviously discovered Turkish black mule heroin sometime during the second season and THAT went flying off the rails. I'm trying to think of a scripted dramatic television show I liked and watched all the way through which ended with its dignity intact, and I'm having a tough time coming up with one. Possibly Lost, but I lost (ha) track after the fourth season or so. Most of my very favorite shows died horrible, lingering deaths.
Anyway, When I Am in Charge, TV shows will have a 5-season maximum. Then we will have fond memories of them, instead of having to pretend later seasons simply do not exist. I'm looking at you, X Files.
Day 22: Favorite book you own - ???
I… think I own all of my favorite books? But if this means “favorite book in your collection,” then I’d say it’s a very old Complete Works of Shakespeare, owned by my great-grandmother and given to me by my grandmother.
I also have a small, no-frills Selected Poems of T.S. Eliot that’s been with me on four continents. I don’t know; sometimes you’re in Manchester or Adelaide or Osaka and you just want to reread “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” I should have asked the customs people to stamp it along with my passport.