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24 January 2007 @ 10:19 am
mid-week, hump-day, missing-Lost-day, blahblah...  
So it's Wednesday, and work sucks, and I have entirely too much to do, and I'm impatient for Lost and Bones to return.  

On a personal note, trouble/dumb luck seems to follow my brother like a plague sometimes. 
Monday night he was heading down from Tallahassee after classes and rehearsal, to see the Incubus concert here in Orlando. Tickets for which he bought months ago, that became damn inconvenient when he scheduled Tuesday morning classes. But he is nothing if not stubborn.  His girlfriend was with him, as she'd been up there for a visit since last Tuesday.  As they came down, the weather was shitty - kinda windy and a steady rain that turned pretty heavy on the turnpike.  At about 7:30PM, my parents get a call that he had an accident about 16 miles from the Ocoee exit - he ended up hydroplaning on the wet road at about 60mph, spinning several complete 360s and sliding into the grassy shoulder and slamming the back of his car into a dirt embankment.  Thankfully, no other cars were involved, and neither of the two of them were hurt at all - but he scratched up the side of his car, with a couple of dings - and bent both tailpipes and tore the plastic fascia/bumper cowling away from the tailpipe on the left side.  Both right side tires broke their seals from the rims and were flat.  My folks ended up taking an extra spare to him, but didn't need it as a Highway Patrol tow truck managed to re-inflate his tires and he could drive the car home.  

Had the car not been a Mustang, that is pretty low slung with a tight suspension, it might have rolled, and the catastrophe could have been exponentially worse.  Anyway - he ended up still making most of the concert (see - stubborn), then driving back up to Tallahassee in my mom's car to make it to class this week, all while my folks try to get the car to a shop for the body work needed - already got one of the worn tires replaced.  The kid owes so much $$$ to my parents (also had a previous fender-crunching, front-fascia-tearing accident in Gainesville 2 years ago), he may never be out of debt.  So that was the excitement of Monday night for the fam. 

All that said, here's some commenting for Heroes from Monday and the return of my beloved Veronica from last night.  Cuts to links at W-I, of course:

Heroes: 1.12 - "Godsend"

Veronica Mars: 3.10 - "Show Me the Monkey"

Also will mention that 24 is still, minute-for-minute, the most action-packed and tensely-plotted series on TV.  Season six has really started off with bang - literally. The relevance to current topical issues (terrorism and homeland security-related and such) is striking a good balance right now, to be referential to reality without lecturing or soap-boxing us.  I think both the left- and right-leaning politicos are getting some attention in this nuclear-threat arc so far, and I'm intrigued with how Jack is being portrayed - far from confident, and still pretty lost to what his life means anymore, in the big scheme of things.  Can't wait for next Monday.

Tonight brings a new episode of Friday Night Lights, so my dramatic-quality void this night left by the haituses of Lost and Bones is filled nicely by this gem.  I'll enjoy it as long as it lasts.  Oh, and I forgot in the last update to briefly mention the genius of creator Bill Lawrence, and his entire cast and crew on Scrubs.  Last Thursday was the much-anticipated musical episode, and it did not disappoint at all.  It was as musically- and lyrically-inspired for comedy as "Once More With Feeling" from BtVS was for drama.  Seriously.  I think Scrubs is my all-time favorite sitcom - in both single camera or four-camera/traditional formats.  It's just fucking hysterical.

Two more days until the start of the FX Show that I'll be attending with my dad.  As I think I've already mentioned, I've never been to a Con before, so it should be an experience. The cast of Fanboys is only there on Saturday, so I'll need to make sure I scope all the pertinent details of celebrity meet-and-greet protocol on Friday, to be ready to go with the flow for autographs and photos and stuff.  I had actually ordered a small token of appreciation to give to Kristen - okay, a schmoopy gift - since I'm a fan, but it has taken waaay longer than I anticpated to be shipped, and if it doesn't make it to my house by Friday's mail, I'll miss out on the chance to give it to her. Not a huge deal, but it would be cool as hell if I could gift-it.  FYI, HERE is what I ordered. 

And I am putting off work as much as possible. This is not good.

~ CinJudes ~: vm - veronica - 2.13 - ?que?_cinjudes_ on January 24th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC)
OMG! Jason was born under a star or something wasn't he? Damn! I am so glad both he and Lisa escaped unhurt as just a smidge of fate could have twisted the whole ordeal down a much darker path.

Honestly I can't believe he still went to the concert. I mean, of course he is stubborne, he is a Taurus, but seriously.

KBell giftage is smoopie.

I have to think of something clever to add to your VM review, cause it was damn near perfect.

houseshouses7177 on January 24th, 2007 05:25 pm (UTC)
I had a question about something you added to his review regarding Francis Capra. You mentioned that they shouldn't do closeups until he was better--what's wrong with him?
~ CinJudes ~: vm - weevil - 1.01 - love you long time_cinjudes_ on January 24th, 2007 06:24 pm (UTC)
It seems the internet doesn't even know for sure since now I can't find like anything confirming exactly what is wrong with him, but if you notice since the beginning of S3 his skin has been blotchy and he has been bloated. The scuttlebutt is that he has some kind of illness which he is taking medical steriods for which is making him break out and have weight gain.

Google was not being nice to me today, but I swear it's like almost common knowledge - so it's either true or complete folklore. :/
houseshouses7177 on January 24th, 2007 06:44 pm (UTC)
I had noticed that, but didn't put two and two together. I just thought that he, like Logan, just got...puffy. That's too bad, regardless.
houses: Rich Dude Kryptonitehouses7177 on January 24th, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
Your review was excellent, as always. I have to agree re:Piz, and to me he's suffering from some of the same fan reaction that Riley did on BtVS. He's an excellent character, but coming on Logan's heels he'll suffer.
Jeff: Kristen - B&W - Pulse cap1j_mac179 on January 24th, 2007 07:26 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Some expounding/Logan admiration ahead.

I have no real problems with Chris Lowell - he seems likable enough, and manages well with how Piz is written (he needs a gorram haircut, though). The problem is bigger than him, and lies with how inextricably connected Veronica and Logan will always be (at least to me) for the life of the series.

When a character is brought in to bring tension to that dynamic, the notion negatively sticks in my craw. I cannot see that ever changing - especially with the mojo Jason infuses into Logan as such a multi-faceted good guy at heart who makes dumb decisions sometimes and is perceived as a "bad boy". Plus, his chemistry with Kristen on screen is such that any discussion of other "serious" relationships for Veronica should be moot.

As for the Riley factor on BtVS, I never had a problem with him or his relationship with Buffy, but again I never was on the Buffy/Angel bandwagon, either. Riley was a decent guy who managed to be a quasi-buddy for Xander (always a plus), so I could appreciate him for his purpose. I guess I didn't really care either way, though, about where he and Buffy would end up. I will say that his departure led to one of the better Buffy/Xander moments/conversations in the show. (That, of course, being the ship that floats my boat. ;) )