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National Talk Like a Pirate Day! Arr, 'tis true, 'tis true. If ya be lookin' fer some booty, perhaps ye'd be innerested in clickin' on this here link to a swashbuckling tale of pirates, Commodores, and the birth of legends. It's a whopper of a fish tale. *slips into Large Marge mode: Yep: that was the worst accident I'd ever seeeeeen.*

IN OTHER NEWS: How awesome was the Daily Show last night? Dammit, Bill. I want Clinton back as President. Also: My flist seems divided on the Studio 60 love, and I have to say that I fall on the excited side. I was not "meh" at all. SO MANY INSIDE SNL BITS! I wonder what Al Franken thinks about being represented? (He and his partner Tom Davis - who also had a cocaine problem and was his longtime writing partner - were ceremonially fired, then re-hired and asked to use their political skits again. Nice.) I liked Chanandler Bongg on this, too. He didn't have the exaggerated facial-tics of sit-commyness, so it worked nicely. I like Matthew Perry. He's Matthew Perry in everything he does, so that's a good thing. The religious girl? Could be a cross between Victoria Jackson (Born again Christian) and Nora Roberts, who left in a huff - she had high standards. When Lorne Michaels left in 1980, Jane Doumian took over the show and re-vamped the whole thing. It sucked, she was fired, Dick Ebersol took over, they found Eddie Murphy, they then brought Lorne back a few years later when Eddie left and the show blew. (Anyone remember the Anthony Michael Hall/Joan Cusak/Robert Downey Jr. year? No one else does, either.)

All in all: Studio 60 a thumbs up. Good snappy dialogue - Robert Altman like direction? What's not to like? [ETA] because I'm always forgetting things. The PA chick? That knew who Matt Perry's character was and was all sheepish? That was Tracy from Signs. The girl that worked at a pharmacy and confessed to Mel Gibson about saying douchebag to her boyfriend 97 times? Hahahaha. Just a random thing that finally hit my brain. Whee! I liked her. Sheepish characters make me happy.

For the non-TV watchers, I give you More Trashy Teen Novel mockery! Some people might question the brain cells I'm wasting. Some people don't understand my need for mockage. IT IS A NEED. Not in a mean way (I think) but in a "HA HA, I looooved this shit when I was 13!" way. So I'm poking fun at myself. AT MYSELF. *cries, rends clothing*

We last left off with excerpts here, and a little fun-making here. (Um, the thread there gets WAY off track with some Angel/Connor smut, so just read the first one.)

So Caitlin: beautiful. Dazzling. Charming. And very very clever. Also, very much a one-dimensional Season 1 Cordelia, wheeee! But she's mean because her austere granny doesn't LOVE HER. She's being groomed to be an appendage for her grandmother to make business deals. We are reminded of that OVER AND OVER. And no one knows her secret. *sniffs* They can't know! The social structure of Highgate Academy DEPENDS ON HER BEING PERCEIVED AS AWESOME. The world would end if she fell apart, people. Also, the kids call each other "kids." Man, I did that. Didn't you? "Hey, kid!" "Hey, little guy!" WTF?

So, we find that in her quest to steal Jed away from that Plain and Out Of Style Diana (purlease. Those clothes? Boys are SO into fashion!) that she left a shed unlocked and BAGS OF POISON fell to the floor. Which the 6 year old Perfect Child with Adorable Listhp IMMEDIATELY raced to when Diana was distracted. (Probably making cow eyes at Jed. Or was she?? Bum bum bum!!!) Don't you see? CAITLIN CAUSED THE CHILD TO BE IN A COMA. But Jed thinks DIANA did. So she gets him. But what of her SOUL???

When Caitlin realizes that SHE, glorious, beautiful, dazzling and very very clever SHE caused the accident, why, she does what any self-respecting girl that is dazzling and very very clever does: gets her horse out in the pouring rain (on her birthday, which her Grandmother FORGOT, woe) mindless of the stable man who will likely lose his job - and who figures "fuck that crazy woman. I'm gonna sit in the barn and wait for her to come back - I ain't goin' out in the pouring rain!" She rides until he CROSSES HIMSELF at the sight of her. "Oh, god, Miss Caitlin... What have you done?" Wet clothes, hair, reins clamped so tightly in her fists... Aren't we all weeping for our heroine? But has the rain washed her sins away and left her renewed and reborn?

NO.

Or has it? This is all BOOK ONE. Ahahahahaha!!! GENIUS. Oh, she gets Jed in Book One. Under false pretense, I might add. Because she lets Diana take the fall. She lets Diana LEAVE SCHOOL in DISGRACE, omg. And she gets her man - but loses her SOUL.

Jed finally kisses her (which she wished would go on forever), she confesses about her parent's deaths and her Grandmother's Austere Nature, and we have the following: (italics are property of Joanna Campbell and Francine Pascal - I ain't claiming it. The rest is mine.)

Jed lifted a hand and gently wiped the tears from her cheeks. "Oh Caitlin," he whispered. "How could they do this to you?" For a long moment he looked deeply into her eyes, his fingers caressing her cheek. When he finally spoke, his voice was husky. "I don't want you to feel unloved anymore."
"Sometimes it's hard not to."
"But I love you."
Caitlin swallowed, barely believing what she was hearing. "You - you do?"
"Very much." He smiled softly. "I thought you knew."



"I- I couldn't have. You just stand about in your clean cut and well-fitting tan cords - never letting me forget you're from Montana in your plaid shirts and cowboy boots, while I stand about looking glamorous in jodhpurs and indigo JUMPSUITS with my flashing eyes and raven-hair. We just look beautiful - we don't emote. Unless I'm being evil and plotting revenge. I mean... Do you ever hear from Diana?"

"No, which is conveniently allowing me to fall in love with you until everything blows up in my face. Say, let's get to book 2 so that can happen. Then we can devote the rest of the book to the PSA."

Caitlin raised her perfect face, gave a tiny, kittenish pout with her perfect rosebud lips, blinked her thick, sooty lashes - allowing her violet eyes to peer through them like a panther in the jungle - and demurred, "Yes. It is 1985, and the girls of the world need to learn about Anorexia Nervosa, which is apparently brought about by being NERVOUS."

"I love you Caitlin. I want to spend a paragraph emoting now, like all 16 year old boys from Montana do. Mmmm, 16 year old boys from Montana..."

"Jed? Brokeback Mountain won't be written for a while. Let's talk about fashion. Or me."

"I love you, Caitlin."

"You said that already, Jed."

On to Book Two.... HEEE HEE!

Except not for a bit, because I'm going to buy NEW SHOES, joy! I mean, YARR! (Miles walked today: 9.56 according to my cool, new pedometer.)

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likeadeuce
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
I heard something about the Christian character being based on one of Sorkin's exes, though I don't know who that would be.

Anyway, I really liked the show, and I didn't particularly expect to, so I have hopes.
stoney321
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh, nice! I don't know much about Sorkin's personal life, aside from his own troubles with cocaine (WW got a little preachy to me there for a bit, not to mention coming on during Get Kids Bathed and To Bed Time)

I liked it, too. Looking forward to where it can GO. :D
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southernbangel
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
I LOVED the show last night. I have always loved Sorkin's dialogue and last night was a great example of the rapid-fire non-sitcom-y delivery. I adore Matt and Danny as BFF, and I love Amanda Peet's character, Jordan. Then again, I'm a big AP fan ANYway. So, there you go. I'm interested to see what they do with Harry's faith. It's interesting to see a religious/faithful character that's. . . normal, and not a stereotype* of (a) the 7th Heaven variety where everyone is perfect and lovely and YAY!!GOD!!! or (b) the hypocritical, bigoted, spiteful Christian.


*Not playing the "woe is me and my mainstream religion!" card. I just think it's refreshing to see (so far) a religious person whose faith is very important to her, but she still manages to be cool. :D
stoney321
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
I really liked it, too. And yeah - she's religious, but not a wacko. I did like that the 700 Club was mentioned as a show hosted by a bigot, but I liked that she did it because she's inspired by people who have nothing but their faith. Nice touches. I REALLY am looking forward to where it all goes.

HI LEE!
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julia_here
Sep. 19th, 2006 04:38 pm (UTC)
rlf_17* is also very hot on Studio 60, so we may well end up watching it here, when SciFi is done with Dark Angel. But, damn, Dark Angel! Speaking of what's wrong with television these days, start with a hot, politically loaded science fistion show, and then strangles it in its crib by shifting it around the schedule so even its biggest fans can't find it.

Julia, Mr. Space being a big Sorkin fanboy, he'll probably want to watch, assuming he ever starts coming home before 10pm

*Never posts on lj, mod at the S'cubie Board, female PhD working on alcoholic fruitflies.
stoney321
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
It's clever, fast-paced, and only a little preachy so far. Aaron Sorkin gets a bit soap-boxy for me after a while, but I really REALLY like the actors on this show, and the writing is (as usual) better than most TV fare not on HBO. I highly reccommend it!
lettered
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
Dude, I wanted to watch S60. I forgot it was one. I've never seen the West Wing, ever. Heard it was good, though. I just don't watch tv enough.

Anyway, HAHAHAHHAHA! Oh Caitlin, your heart is a walnut but if you got naked on a bed for a whole episode with Buffy and Spike fucking beside you, I'd ...still want David Boreanaz. But oh Caitlin, if you ...were a pirate?

ZOMG stable man/Jed forever!

lettered
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:05 pm (UTC)
I meant, forgot it was on. duh.
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brandil
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:37 pm (UTC)
::not reading the caitlin spoilers::

::hides eyes::
stoney321
Sep. 19th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
Okay, I'm wrapping up 2 and 3 today, I bought envelopes (paid and addressed) for you, then TBQ, so you should get them this weekend, hurrah!

WHEE CRAP FIC!! (Dude, pay attention to how many times Coke is name dropped. This series is ALL about the brand names! Hee!)
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thebratqueen
Sep. 19th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
OMGYAY!!!!!
stoney321
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:01 pm (UTC)
SOON, PRECIOUS. Sooooooon.
a2zmom
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:02 pm (UTC)
I have to give s60 more of a try. So far the attitude that what they're doing is ZOMG so fucking important bugs me.

From everything I've read the writing partners are based more on aspects of Sorking himself and his own personal wet dream that he was begged to come back and save WW.
stoney321
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
I really got that impression in the very beginning, yes, but then i just got the pressure from the individual's careers, not realy Life Changing Stuff on TV. But then, I'm not the smartest chick around. I'm reading this teen crack, after all. *g*

AHhhhhhhh. (re: Sorkin coming back.) But seriously, it's following Franken/Davis pretty closely too. Could be coincidental - I'll admit publicly I don't know much about the man's personal life.
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entrenous88
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
she confesses about her parent's deaths

Oooooh, she killed her 'rents with poison too? This book sounds totally fascinating! Also, I want lavender eyes, or whatever it is Caitlin has!

*props chin on hand*
entrenous88
Sep. 19th, 2006 07:36 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHAHA!

Throw some more italics in there, why don't I?
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stoney321
Sep. 19th, 2006 10:46 pm (UTC)
JED IS SO ENSNARED! But he has a mind of his own! Will it last? Can she maintain the LIES? Or will she - beautiful, clever, dazzling Caitlin grow the fuck up? Ahahaha!

I really did like both - yay for TiVo!! *hugs you*
hellziggy
Sep. 20th, 2006 03:23 am (UTC)
Yes! I watched the pilot of S60 a couple weeks ago and I loved it!
I really liked Matthew Perry. I never watched any West Wing or Due South, and I know nothing about Sorkin, but I plan on sticking w/this show for a while.
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
I really liked it, too. I hope it doesn't get preachy...
demonqueen666
Sep. 20th, 2006 03:35 am (UTC)
...Goddammit, I had a lot of stuff I was going to do today, and then you had to go and distract me with your lovely Sparrington story!!
stoney321
Sep. 20th, 2006 03:12 pm (UTC)
Oh, did you like it? D'awwww. (I like it, too, so I'm glad to hear that!) Thank you so very much!!

*loves Sparrow/Norrington LIKE WHOA*
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