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SOUTHLAND. I'll eat it up, I love it so.

WHY ARE YOU NOT WATCHING THIS BRILLIANT SHOW, PEOPLE!?!??!

Okay, I'll give you a brief pass, because I wasn't watching it until recently, and now I can't get enough. (And say, you can watch full eps online at TNT!) Forget The Wire. Forget any other cop show. This is like Oz, but less likely to leave you wanting to drink a bottle of bleach to spare yourself the horror. It's gritty and raw, is what I'm saying.



SOUTHLAND

Oh my god, last night's episode just killed me. This show is so smart, so emotional, and on the surface, you wouldn't think it was as deep as it really is. Oh, but that's the genius of the ALL FEMALE WRITING STAFF.

(Call yourself a feminist and don't watch this show? Tsk, tsk. Ha ha. No, but really.)

Let's talk about Casper and Sammy. Oh, my heart. Oh, Sammy!! This actor is astounding. I love that he looks like a real person, one, and two, I love that he's such a cop but there's so much more to him. He really wants Cesar to make something of himself. He wants to be a dad (but not with his horrible, crazy wife, and who can blame him, UGH that woman!) and here's this kid that he thinks he can teach and mold, and then that same little wee gang banger starts talking to him about Cormac freaking McCarthy and books and literature. "It's a classic, Ese!"

"I bet you watched Lord of the Rings then read the book."
"Tchuh, I read the book years ago, Homes." LOL, the kid is 12.

And his poor drugged out mom and shit family, and Casper wants Sammy to like his rotten mom and his glee at the freaking cafeteria-style restaurant food and....

From an actor's standpoint, the scene where Sammy takes off running down the street, breaks into the house and grabs Casper, who is sitting there sobbing and holding a gun? Oh my god, that's the shit you DREAM of getting to do. So raw. I sat with my hand over my mouth, so sad as Sammy clutches him in an embrace, crying over the inevitable future come calling. And then he has to throw him down and cuff him. *sob* Just bleak.

Cut to Sammy buying The Road on Casper's suggestion. [How bleak was my puberty!] A story about a father wanting a better future for his son, and leaving him in a shit hole of death and destruction as far as the eye can see, no end in sight. Cut to a poster of "Where the Wild Things Are" with Max staring up at a monster who wants to eat him up.

This show is fucking brilliant, you guys.

And not to mention the hot sex that is Ben MacKenzie, rawr. That would be a great day of work, rolling in bed with him, I'm just saying. :D



And for those that skipped the spoilers so you can catch up, this show is told in a more British storytelling manner: nothing is spoon fed to you, time lines aren't typical US show of "one week has passed in your life and in TV life" and they don't always fill in the blanks for you. It's grown up story telling. You've got to catch that so and so just came out to their partner. That such and such person has a prior with other character. In other words, it's SMART. And I love that the Spanish-speaking characters don't get their lines translated and for the FIRST TIME I heard a censor bleep on some cussing, and laughed, because prior to the bleep the woman said "Chinga tu madre" and I lol'd because you can't say that stuff in English but they get away with the Espanol all the time. I think they bleeped the C word (for ladies.)

WATCH THIS SHOW. Support women writers. Support GOOD TV. Support smart drama that is FREE on basic cable. Write in to get me a job making out with Ben MacKenzie. Lol. (Here's a great post that tells you WHY YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING. Seriously, SUPPORT GOOD TV! *cries*)

Shifting gears, let's talk about why I'm meh about the new "I am the authority on WW2 because I starred in a movie about it," Hanks/Speilberg vehicle, The Pacific.


THE PACIFIC

And I think I know why: they're not making a band of brothers, as in, the guys aren't building rapport with one another. It's individual stories and there are too many of them. In BoB we had them together as a group, bonding over the crazy shit they had to do, over their ridiculous commander (David Schwimmer), over the crazy shit Lt. Spears was rumored to have done "He gave them all smokes!" and that was by the middle of ep. 2. We knew these guys by the way they hung out together, byt he way they leaned on one another for support because they didn't know what was coming and knew enough to be scared of it.

In the Pacific, it's these two over here, this guy off on his own, another guy talking with this one who looks a lot like the other guy... You can't tell a sweeping story like that.

And for God's sake, these are MARINES. These mo fos are the first in, the last out, HOOAH. I have some serious love for Leathernecks, was married to a Marine cadet (even though he was an asshole) and I know how freaking hard their boot camp is, their officers are, etc. That shit needs to be shown and not just have them raiding the pussy Army trucks to show that they're bad ass. The stuff they went through was unbelievable in the Guadalcanal, and I'm just not feeling it on the show. It's guys sitting in the hot jungle shooting at movement in trees. While that's kinda what happened, you have to SHOW ME as a viewer why that shit was crazy. I think they're getting more to "our biggest enemy was the jungle" type story lines in the up coming eps, but I'm losing interest in watching it.

Jesus, watch any Vietnam movie and you'll see how to make it look miserable, hot and freaking scary. They are getting the raggedness of the equipment and soldiers right, however. Ugh, I want to hand bathe them all. (Rawr. Sorry, I'm the prototypical female that loves a man in uniform, I can't lie.)

The guys sitting in the frozen woods of Bastille getting shelled was so much more dramatic (visually on screen) than one of the most challenging battles in the history of the Pacific Theater. Those marines were outnumbered something ridiculous by the Japanese army and I'm just not getting the sense of it. It's just faceless "Japs" in the trees. Pfft. They should be doing a better job. Lecky is the only character I kinda give a damn about, and it's only because he's the one I can remember. He's the Randleman in the story trajectory - ep. 3, single out one person and tell their story. (Except Randleman was bad ass because he fought his way out of danger, Lecky got to hang with a great family and have sex. I mean, hey, good for him, but ISN'T THIS A STORY ABOUT THE WAR? A PART OF THE WAR THAT DOESN'T GET DUE DILIGENCE?)

Pfft. I'll watch next week, but it's not as gripping as the writers/producers would like to think it is. It's coming off as a Very Special Episode of the Pacific Theater. Then again, if they had Tootie freaking out over Jermaine Jackson in an ep, I'd totally watch. :D




I want someone to write a 10-ep story for HBO about the women kicking ass and taking names back in the States for some equal opportunity story telling. Guys get all the juicy parts and it's not fair. Harumph.

Also, I still love LOST and am along for the ride, happily.

And it's always good to know that I'm not as big as geek as I think I might be. Because other people clearly have way more time on their hands. (And I'm grateful they write stuff like this.) And if I ever start up a corporation, it's going to be called either Cyberdyne or Weyland-Yutani. Or Cyberland-Yutanidyne. Lol. g33k l33t!

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shipperx
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
I agree that The Pacific seems disjointed. And they really needed to cast guys who looked more different from one another because I frequently have difficulty with who is who. Thus far BoB is markedly superior.

And Lost is still some of the best (and confusing) fun on TV.
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
They DO all look similar! Then you put them in a uniform and I'm left scratching my head...
voodoochild9
Mar. 31st, 2010 03:50 pm (UTC)
I want someone to write a 10-ep story for HBO about the women kicking ass and taking names back in the States for some equal opportunity story telling. Guys get all the juicy parts and it's not fair. Harumph.

Well, not a mini-series but I wrote for last year's NaNoWriMo I was writing a story about a woman (well, girl more like it) who's fiancee is shipped off during WWII and long story short, she falls in love. With a girl.
The only reason I didn't finish it was because I was WAY in over my head that November and it was in first person POV from the main character Patricia and it was kind of a depressing headspace to put myself in. ("I'm so alone without John! ;_;" or whatever the name of her fiancee was >_>)

Eh. One of my many unfinished works. :I
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:23 pm (UTC)
UM THAT STORY SOUNDS AWESOME. And man, huge works of fiction like a novel take forever, so don't beat yourself up that it's not done!

And now let's finish that up and sell the rights to HBO so we can make a kick ass miniseries about it. :D
voodoochild9
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
LOL, YEAH?

Yeah well, 50,000 words is a pretty short novel but still! (I don't even think I cracked 3,000 words)

I still need to find the notebook I wrote part of my epic fantasy quest in. I'm hoping I don't have to rewrite it D:
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
YES. I'm all about the female perspective in typically male-centric stories. (As in, WW2.)

Well! Looks like you have an awesome project ahead of you to get working on! Ahahaha.

Ooooh, I hope it turns up. That's a miserable feeling.
voodoochild9
Mar. 31st, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
With upcoming lezzie sex? (LOL, I'm kind of...dreading coming up to that point xD)

Dude, I have so many unfinished stories I don't even know where to begin. I'm a crummy writer XD

YEAH, especially since my co-writer (and awesome idea pitcher) in college in Blacksburg :/
ethrosdemon
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:00 pm (UTC)
I already gave up on The Pacific, way to make war boring, assholes.

You know what made BoB awesome? THE CAST. I am just not feeling these noobs (except Jon Seda who I have loved since Homicide).

I am holding out on Southland being picked back up because they keep advertising next week as the Season Finale and NOT The Final Episode. I'm not usually so naive, but you know how I feel about this show.
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:24 pm (UTC)
DOUBLE TRUE. HOW CAN IT BE BORING?!?!?! I swear, one more episode is all they're getting out of me.

THE CAST WAS THE BEST. Holy shit, Lt. Spears. Lutz. Randleman. (But that's Mike Cudlitz, too.) I freaking loved BoB.

I don't think it'll get cancelled, they've spent too much on it and seem very invested. Who's naive now, baby? :D GOD DAMN, THIS SHOW. <3 I'm so glad you beat me up and made me watch it.
ethrosdemon
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've wanted Cudlitz to spank me and make me call him daddy for a loooooooooooooong time. Then he put on a cop uniform. HOLY SHIT, LET ME HEAR YOUR GUN BELT SQUEAK, BABY!

Ok, we can pretend away reality for now. It's just too raw, maaaaaaaaan.
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
I AM SUCH A SUCKER FOR A UNIFORM I CAN'T EVEN.

NO. Kassie, No. I refuse to believe it will be canceled. They are all over pushing it on the channel, on the TNT home page, they are all about people catching up, they will give it a chance, I KNOW IT. *claps to make Tinkerbell live*

Also, they get secret glee out of the pinche puta culo swearing, and they want to keep doing it, I KNOW THIS. Also, I need more Regina King. NEED.
ethrosdemon
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
I JUST DRANK YOUR KOOLAID, WHAT IS THIS WEIRD FEELING?
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
IT IS CALLED HOPE IS IT NOT GLORIOUS?!
fitofpique
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:11 pm (UTC)
Forget The Wire.

BITE YOUR TONGUE!
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
THAT SHOULD TELL YOU HOW GREAT IT IS PIQUE. (Zomg, you need this show in your life. NEED.)
fitofpique
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I watched Southland from the beginning! I haven't watched the latest round because I'm waiting for all the episodes to air, but I will get to them eventually. I loved it and thought it was very strong on a lot of fronts, but I never reached this level of excitement about it. The Wire is killing me in every conceivable way though, and I am only halfway through!
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:39 pm (UTC)
OKAY. Just making sure that you're on board. I think with S2 you are going to get hooked like you got some primo medical grade shit, I'm telling you.

And let's be honest, The Wire is amazing television, too, but Southland needs viewers so we can get MOOOOOORE.
gabzilla
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
possible spoilery opinions within..
Southland FTW!!! It's phenomenal - loved it from the start, and I'm proud to be part of the Culditz Army http://twitter.com/Cudlitz ... it's been great hearing him rip apart NBC for letting the best show on TV go, and continuing to drum up enthusiasm for the show. You can tell he's got a lot of passion for the fantastic material that they've got. LOVE Regina King, HATE HATE HATE Sammy's wife - Augh! Somebody beat her with a clue stick please. Such torture to watch Sammy deal with all her shit. When will it be the last straw?
I hate that I don't have HBO for the Pacific - just have to wait until it's on DVD. Somebody should make a mini about the woman test pilots of WWII - Go WASPS! Check out http://www.amazon.com/WASP-Among-Eagles-Woman-Military/dp/1560988703/ref=pd_bxgy_b_text_c for a fascinating read about what those women went through for their country - and not even officially recognized until the late 70's if I recall.. Now *that* would be a GREAT series.
LOST is still awaiting me on the DVR, but I love every little bit of it so far.

stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
Re: possible spoilery opinions within..
Cudlitz is too cool for life, omg. I love his blog on the TNT home page where he answers questions. He's just awesome.

THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE WOMEN ON TV. It's incredibly frustrating as an actress to see that for every 3 or 4 male roles there's ONE female role. (And don't even get me started on voice over work and the lack there of.)
dampersnspoons
Mar. 31st, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
There are so many moments in The Pacific that could have been more monumental, had we cared about the story. I haven't watched last week's episode yet, but when the first episode had those quick expositions of characters (and honestly, I didn't even realize we were to be focusing on those guys because they were such sterile back-stories) and all of a sudden they're under attack... it just doesn't have the same appeal/suspense/thrill as it should being in that situation. When he's standing on the shore, looking at all the dead bodies after they shot that one surviving soldier...it should have been more. It should have touched me more. Maybe I'm desensitized to war after seeing so much, but I know that can't be true because I'm not made of stone.

And holy stolen scene from Saving Private Ryan with the boats coming up on the shore, only...tricksters! Totally no war happening. It just fell flat and has absolutely nothing pulling me in to see it every week. And this is an important war! This has some serious shit in it! So why does it feel like, 'This week...on The Pacific... SGT. Bilko gets a hot lady pregnant!' ?
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 05:37 pm (UTC)
DING DING DING. Everything here, yes. I just... don't care about them, yet. There hasn't been anything to MAKE me care. The moments with the actual guys? That's the only stuff that is getting me, and it's still not enough.

And no, it's not you: think about that scene in Saving Private Ryan where he's slowly getting stabbed on the staircase "Wait, wait, wait!" and that shit chokes you up and runs a shiver down your spine. Some guy holding an automatic gun and getting burns? Why was that a big deal? (Technically I know why, but THE SHOW ISN'T TELLING ME. bah.)

LOLOLOL at Sgt. Bilko.
a2zmom
Mar. 31st, 2010 06:56 pm (UTC)
I might give Southland a try over the summer.

I love Lost. I have no idea what the hell is going on, but whatever. (And if Desmond gets killed I will be every, very upset.)

I tried reading that time travel explanation. I realized that my life wasn't going to last that long. (Was that in English? Because it didn't seem it.)
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
It's such a good show. I think there's a little fear that it won't get renewed (it was picked up by TNT after NBC canceled it) but I have faith.

LOST. Oh, man, I'm not even trying to speculate, just watching what I get. And loving it.

(And lol, it was hilarious, right? And so earnestly meant!)
roonilwazlib6
Mar. 31st, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
I EFFING LOVE SOUTHLAND. I was so happy when they decided to show the second season. <3
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 09:33 pm (UTC)
IT IS SUCH A GOOD SHOW OH MY GOD.
dovil
Mar. 31st, 2010 08:52 pm (UTC)
I will totally watch Southland once it screens here. But forget The Wire?! NEVER!

I'm not spoiling myself for the Pacific, though I did quickly look at a comment and had to laugh because one of the reasons why I never got into BOB was between the dark lighting and the cast looking so samey I could never tell anyone apart from each other. Whitey all looks the same to me, ha!
stoney321
Mar. 31st, 2010 09:31 pm (UTC)
Southland is fantastic. (I can hook you up if you want a taste, love, you Crack Dealer.)

Ahahaha, I just can't tell them crackers apart, neither. Other people say they have different hair color, or something, but... *shrug*
knotted_rose
Mar. 31st, 2010 11:12 pm (UTC)
Have you read this blog?

http://www.leelofland.com/wordpress/

It's a former cop who critiques shows like Castle and Southland. He can't praise the latter enough in terms of realism.
stoney321
Apr. 1st, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
Well that just cinches it, huh? :D Thanks for the link!
otempora541
Mar. 31st, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Off Topic but...
Hey, just wondering- did you ever read the 19th wife by David Ebershoff?
stoney321
Apr. 1st, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Re: Off Topic but...
No, I think I was under the impression that it was a memoir - and most LDS/FLDS memoirs are bore-ing. That actually looks very interesting, I'll check it out, thanks.
otempora541
Apr. 1st, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Off Topic but...
It's a work of fiction about Ann Eliza Young and the story of a very FLDS-like sect, and I hoped to get your perspective about it.
cappy
Apr. 1st, 2010 02:09 am (UTC)
Love love love Southland! I was so thrilled TNT picked it up when NBC got a case of the stoopids.
stoney321
Apr. 1st, 2010 12:41 pm (UTC)
I love how REAL it is. I love cop shows, but this feels like a documentary, you know?
darksideofstorm
Apr. 1st, 2010 02:58 pm (UTC)
So, thanks to this post I just downloaded and watched all of the available Southland episodes. In one day.

I'm sold: it's phenominal.
stoney321
Apr. 1st, 2010 03:18 pm (UTC)
IMAGINE I AM KISSING BOTH OF YOUR CHEEKS AND BUYING YOU A PONY.

Imagine that. <3
chinawolf
Apr. 3rd, 2010 11:53 am (UTC)
Some people seemed to think that the writers were pushing buttons too unsubtly with the Sammy storyline, but I totally loved it, for all the reasons you pointed out. Also, hi, I just linked to this post in my own 'why are you not watching Southland? Please, please watch Southland' post, I hope that's okay.

You made a very good point about this being more like a UK show, trusting its viewers to be grownups and not having to be told every single last detail about something to be able to make sense of it. It shouldn't be rare, but unfortunately it is - definitely one of the most precious aspects of Southland.
stoney321
Apr. 3rd, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Hello! I'm just getting into SL, so it's always great to meet new people that are into the show. And I know no one reads profiles anymore, but rest assured that if I make a public post, it's cool to link to it. :)

I love UK dramas for just that and wish that more US shows would let the viewers grow up and stop spoon feeding the audience that "this is a joke, this is where you should feel sad, here's blah blah exposition." None of that here, which is just fantastic. Plus, the bonus of it being a smart show in its own right.
kseenaa
Apr. 5th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
g33k l33t FTW! X-D That cop-show sounds damn interesting though, I must say. :-) I hope they'll start showing it on swedish television. Hey, they started to air True Blood, so there is hope!
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