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.
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.
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!