Waterlog

Sep. 24th, 2009 04:41 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 43 min.
DISTANCE: 5.4 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 275.6 mi.
DISTRACTION: Dead Zone, "Shaman"
NOTES: Johnny's psychic powers make less and less sense as the series goes on. But they sure are narratively convenient.
SHIRE RECKONING: No change.

Waterlog

Sep. 22nd, 2009 05:33 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 42 min.
DISTANCE: 5.4 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 270.2 mi.
DISTRACTION: Dead Zone, "Dinner with Dana"
NOTES: Callum Keith Rennie as an abusive psycho makes me want to cry. Convincing, though.
SHIRE RECKONING: No change.

Waterlog

Aug. 31st, 2009 04:48 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 43 min.
DISTANCE: 5.7 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 269.8
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone, "Here There Be Monsters"
SHIRE RECKONING: Still somewhere between Weathertop and the River Hoarwell.

This episode made me homesick for The X-Files, most especially "Die Hand die verletzt." I was also, of course, yelling at the TV: "They never burned witches in New England!" But that's just me.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
1. My (rather pathetic) Storytellers Unplugged column for August is here.

2. WATERLOG (yesterday)
TIME: 41 min.
DISTANCE: 5 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 258.1 mi.
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone, "Enemy Mind"
SHIRE RECKONING: In thickets

3. This Dead Zone episode gets points for giving the girl agency. She has hard-earned knowledge that Johnny doesn't; she is an active participant in saving herself. My worst problem with the episode, which is purely my problem, is that the cougar is so beautiful I keep forgetting it's symbolically the bad guy.

4. Shift, Shift 2, Shift 3, and Shift 4 are flash games that make brilliant, and frequently fiendish, use of their medium.

5. I will have more to say about Anna Katharine Green when I've finished reading The Leavenworth Case, but if you're going to be near Milwaukee anytime before the twenty-third, I highly recommend the Milwaukee Art Museum's current exhibition, "American Originals," on Charles Rohlfs' furniture and the paintings of the Eight (Arthur B. Davies, William Glackens, Robert Henri, Ernest Lawson, George Luks, Maurice B. Prendergast, Everett Shinn, and John Sloan).

(Anna Katharine Green, whom I had heard of as the first American woman mystery writer, was Charles Rohlfs' wife; the exhibition and the accompanying book, The Artistic Furniture of Charles Rohlfs by Joseph Cunningham, are concerned to emphasize her collaboration with her husband, and the exhibition store made me very happy by having copies of one of Green's books: The Leavenworth Case, as mentioned above.)

Waterlog

Jul. 31st, 2009 05:11 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 42 min.
DISTANCE: 5.5 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 253.1 mi.
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone, "The Siege"
SHIRE RECKONING: We've crossed the Great East Road. Go us!

I liked the beginning of this episode, with the undercutting of the bank robbery clichés: it's hard to rob a bank in a small town where you've lived all your life. And big props to Stephen E. Miller as the bank robber. Otherwise . . . meh. Predictable every step of the way, and although I can understand why they didn't show the cause-and-effect path from Choice A in the present to Outcome B in the future (especially as choices and outcomes started mounting up), it felt a little bit like cheating--like a hand-wave.

The inclusion of the kid in this episode bugged me because it had a Chekhov's gun feel to it: Sarah hands kid off to Johnny, Johnny hands kid off to Dana (and, really, is Dana Bright anyone to be trusted with a small child?). Kid subsequently disappears from episode, and I swear, the whole time I was waiting for someone to say, "Dana, where's Johnny?" and Dana to be all, "I left him over there," and the kid to have run into the bank to find his mother. But, no, he just got invisibly handed over to somebody else whom the sheriff apparently conjured out of his stetson or something. This is not, of course, an important detail, but it's sloppy storytelling, and thus it bugs me.

Waterlog

Jul. 24th, 2009 05:21 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 42 min.
DISTANCE: 5.3 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 247.6 mi.
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone, "Unreasonable Doubt"
SHIRE RECKONING: This is going to take a while.

Twelve Angry Men, this ain't. I do give them credit for dealing with race head on, even if unsubtly and (in places) clumsily, and likewise with the issue of sexual assault--although there they opened up a can of worms much much larger than they were prepared to deal with, as the awkward little meet-cute with the sports nut and the assault victim at the end shows. Both conversion moments--the assault victim and the hold-out juror--depended far too much on Johnny using his psychic powers to cheat do some social engineering, rather than on the case in front of them. You could even read his speech to the assault victim as blackmail. And the fat fanboy nerd . . . did we have to?

Also, while Anthony Michael Hall does a great job acting when he's not being Johnny, Johnny, as OUR PROTAGONIST, needs a bigger emotional repertoire than the Solemn Look, kthnx.

On the other hand, I got a total fangirl rush for Jim Byrnes.

Waterlog

Jul. 22nd, 2009 04:56 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 42 min.
DISTANCE: 5.3 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 242.3 mi.
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone, "The House"
SHIRE RECKONING: Attacked by Nazgul! Aieeee! Frodo has been pierced by a Morgul blade, and is being packed off Weathertop on a pony.

This episode actually had surprising quantities of win, most but not all of which were named David Ogden Stiers.

things that annoyed me about The Dead Zone today--and things that didn't )

Waterlog

Jul. 20th, 2009 04:19 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 41 min.
DISTANCE: 5 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 237 mi.
NOTES: Apparently the blisters and the shin-splints are trading off. :P
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone, "Netherworld"
SHIRE RECKONING: Still not king. Still haven't reached Weathertop.

This episode owes a lot to Jacob's Ladder. In other news, Chris Bruno is growing on me (although he still isn't Sheriff Bannerman), and John L. Adams deserves an award for NOT phoning in his crap sidekick role.

Waterlog

Jul. 17th, 2009 04:12 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME 43 min.
DISTANCE 5 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 232 mi.
NOTES: Return of the dreaded shin-splints. Managed to work through them, though.
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone, "Enigma"
SHIRE RECKONING: Following cunningly hidden path toward Weathertop. Sam is reciting poetry.



things that irritated me about The Dead Zone today )

Waterlog

Jul. 10th, 2009 04:24 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
TIME: 43 min.
DISTANCE: 5 mi.
TOTAL: 227 mi.
NOTES: An advantage of exercising in the afternoon: since it is the least productive part of the day for me, I actually look forward to getting away from the computer.
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone 1.3, "Quality of Life"
SHIRE RECKONING: Two miles to the foot of the Weather Hills!

1. There was too much slow-motion portentous hockey in this episode, but they get points for the kid demonstrating agency and common sense.

2. Anthony Michael Hall is sure working that Martin Sheen impression for all he's worth. ETA: Where by "Martin Sheen" I mean, of course, Christopher Walken.

3. David Ogden Stiers is lovely lovely lovely. Also hateful.

Waterlog

Jul. 8th, 2009 05:31 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
TIME: 43 min.
DISTANCE: 5.3 mi.
TOTAL: 222 mi.
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone 1.2, "What It Seems"
SHIRE RECKONING: Still slogging toward Weathertop.

Okay, I'm sorry, that is not Sheriff Bannerman. There are many other things I could say about melodrama and undoing all the really lovely subtle stuff King does in the novel about the part wherein Johnny Smith is NOT a hero, and knows it, but I'll just go with the complaint that, you know, King HAS an explanation of what the "dead zone" is, and it's (a.) creepy, (b.) poetic in an intensely practical way, and (c.) plausible. All of which puts it ahead of the platitudinous blather provided by the show.

otoh, it is a pleasure to watch David Ogden Stiers doing what he does best.

Waterlog

Jul. 6th, 2009 04:19 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (Default)
TIME: 41 min.
DISTANCE: 5 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 216.7
DISTRACTION: The Dead Zone 1.1, "Wheel of Fortune"
NOTES: So the weight-lifting gloves keep me from getting blisters on my palms, but now I get blisters on my fingers instead.
SHIRE RECKONING: Still slogging toward Weathertop.

The Dead Zone is possibly my favorite Stephen King novel. So you will understand that my reaction to the TV show is to nitpick every deviation from the source material TO DEATH. That said, I am actually legitimately grumpy with the way their changes have made Sarah Bracknell look stupid, shallow, and dishonest.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 45 min.
DISTANCE: 5 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 211.7 mi.
DISTRACTION: Due South, "Asylum" (yes, that does mean there's another DS write-up in the near future)
NOTES: Remembered weight-lifting gloves this time. Much better.
SHIRE RECKONING: We can see ruins on the Hills.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 45 min.
DISTANCE: 5.2 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 206.7 mi.
DISTRACTION: [livejournal.com profile] mirrorthaw Wiiing
NOTES: Need to remember the weight-lifting gloves.
SHIRE RECKONING: Slogging along toward Weathertop.



The male trainer in particular needs a Drown Trainer In Bucket button.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 50 min.
DISTANCE: 5.6 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 201.5 mi.
DISTRACTION: "The Secret Scepter Affair"
NOTES: I've watched enough MfU episodes enough times that I'm starting to recognize their sets. Given how unobservant I am, this is saying something.
SHIRE RECKONING: We've left the Marshes behind (yay!) and are heading for Weathertop.



It's much harder than it needs to be to find the Wii Fit's Activity Log. I'm just saying.
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 51 min.
DISTANCE: 6 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 195.9 mi.
DISTRACTION: "The Mad Mad Tea Party Affair"
NOTES: I think this would easily be my favorite MfU episode if only the Innocent of the Week could act. (Apparently Zohra Lampert can act, so she must have been having a seriously off day or something.)
SHIRE RECKONING: We're not quite to the eastern edge of the Marshes.

Waterlog

Mar. 26th, 2009 09:29 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 25 min.
DISTANCE: 2.7 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 189.9 mi.
DISTRACTION: 2nd half of "The Yellow Scarf Affair"
NOTES: Any excuse to leer at Robert Vaughn's ass is a good excuse.
SHIRE RECKONING: Still in the Midgewater Marshes.

Waterlog

Mar. 17th, 2009 10:21 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 24 min.
DISTANCE: 2.5 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 187.2
DISTRACTION: the first half of "The Yellow Scarf Affair"
NOTES: Why must it ALWAYS be a Thuggee cult? (Steven Spielberg, I am so looking at you.)
SHIRE RECKONING: Midgewater Marshes. Good thing this is imaginary, or I'd be eaten alive by now.

Waterlog

Mar. 13th, 2009 12:53 am
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 49 min.
DISTANCE: 5.3 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 184.7 mi.
DISTRACTION: "The Fiddlesticks Affair"
NOTES: The homoerotic subtext in the blackmail scene is really not so much with the sub. Which lends a nasty sting to Illya's remark about once having been a gentleman.
SHIRE RECKONING: Midgewater Marshes.

I could have done without the insomnia chaser. :P

Waterlog

Mar. 10th, 2009 09:53 pm
truepenny: artist's rendering of Sidneyia inexpectans (valkyries)
TIME: 49 min.
DISTANCE: 5.3 mi.
TOTAL DISTANCE: 179.4 mi.
DISTRACTION: "The Deadly Decoy Affair"
NOTES: I remain a slave to David McCallum's left eyebrow.
SHIRE RECKONING: We have camped in the western part of the Marshes.

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