4 days, 40 pages

November 1, 2006

That’s what I’ve been doing instead of blogging these past few days, and unlike Snickerdoodle, I’m not even participating in National Novel Writing Month. (With the good money being spent on my behalf to try and get me an education or two, I figured I better resist the urge to sign up for one more Xtreme Writing Event. People are fairly sympathetic when you tell them, gosh, I’ve got a paper due or gosh, I’ve got to write about the time I had the chickenpox for Creative Nonfiction, but if I were to add, on top of that, gosh, I’ve got to churn out a couple thousand words for a speed written novel that I don’t even plan on re-reading myself, I might start getting funny looks. Everyone who knows me has already gotten sick of hearing the words “Moby Dick” come out of my mouth jsut when they were starting to talk about something interesting, although I do try to mix it up and sometimes say “white whale” instead. But this is not to say anything against National Novel Writing Month. You should do it. I did it last year. It’s a blast. It starts today so you aren’t even behind. And I am just kidding about the chickenpox part.) I won’t bore you with an inventory of what needed to get turned in early this week, but I will say that both of my master’s degrees in progress have started catching up with me.

Onward to more exciting topics. Friday Night Lights had a special showing in Studio 60’s time slot this week, which is a little perplexing as apparently that show hasn’t been getting such great ratings either. Is slotting one failing new show into another failing new show’s spot a novel method of killing two shows at the same time? Of course, neither of these shows really deserves to fail, even if I will admit to being as perplexed about whether or not to like Studio 60 as much as the next Matthew Perry loving, Matthew Perry’s ficitional flame hating, and Aaron Sorkin (in this context) on the fencing viewer. Enough with that, let’s get to show that really really doesn’t deserve to fail, yes I mean the football one. The characters are finely nuanced and well-portrayed. I deep and truly heart Kyle Chandler as the head coach who you can never quite be sure whether or not to trust. Will he do the right thing for his team, or will he get sucked into the winning is everything mentality of the desperate little town? I heart the actress who plays his wife, taking the job of guidance counselor without asking her husband if it was okay that she be the one to pull players from the team when their grades get too low. I will cry if the show doesn’t last long enough to show me the newly promoted second string quarteback getting up the nerve to ask the smart-mouthed coach’s daughter out. (She’s blonde and she quotes Melville- heartage.) I love that this same quarterback, with the hopes of Dillon riding on his arm, has to go home every night and make sure his senile grandmother takes her pills and eats. I love that he realizes that believing in himself and his ability to be a game-winning athlete is requires major emotional risk and that he still wants to, even if his dad in Iraq tries to give him the speech about all that matters is if you try. I can’t think of a single clunker in the bunch. Even the goody two shoes head cheerleader girlfriend of the ex-first string quarter back is showing some compelling signs of deep screwed up-ness these days. I know it’s going to be a heartbreaker either way. Cancellation means we’ll lose the Panthers in midseason, but if we get to keep them it probably won’t be a happy ending either. Things don’t end well in the book or the movie, so I am bracing myself for some seriously wrong choices to be made by all the characters. But wouldn’t it be nice to have a show on television that shows people making the wrong choices when it counts and failing when they try their hardest AND waking up the next day to keep going through the same mundane drudgery we all recognize? I have a feeling that’s what this show could be, so once again, please pretty please watch it!

In the giddy haze of football and V Mars, I had completely forgotten that tomorrow marks the return of the star player in last year’s television line-up, The OC! As a matter of fact, Salon today has an article discussing both The OC and V Mars as television shows that are making the transition from high school to college. It talks a lot about how Summer started stealing the show last season and is stepping into spotlight as female lead now that you know who is dead and bured. To which I say, yay! Summer was pretty much the best part of all of last season, with Seth a close second. Except for that unrealistic pot smoking phase. The article does note, that the OC is probably in the last stages of its natural lifecycle, which is fine because most of its leads (at least the deserving ones) seem to have a shot at a decent movie career so we’ll still see them around. This is opposed to its view V Mars’s potential… well I won’t say, it hurts too much… but if you have time after watching FNL… oh fine, if you must, my inner guidance counselor says you can substitute FNL 100 for V Mars 300 and that will be fine. Because I concur with the writer of the article, it is not V Mars’s time to go.


18 Responses to “4 days, 40 pages”

  1. Lauren Says:

    I read that article too! And it’s why I think this season is in some ways soooooo depressing. There’s this horrible sense of foreboding that it’s the last, that’s we’ve gotten our last reprieve and we better get used to it.

    That’s what makes some of the choices Thomas & Company makes so upsetting. I’m like, “This is your last shot! Stop screwing around and make her likable!”

    Also, I wrote the longest reply to your comment EVER. It was so long, in fact, that I just made it a post. A bad, incoherent post, but it’s on the main page nonetheless.

  2. Lauren Says:

    One thing I don’t understand is Zacharek’s obsession with whole chlaymidia (sp?) incident from last season and on Keith dealing with Veronica’s sex life. It really wasn’t, in my mind, the show’s finest moment.

    Although I agree that his season it’s somewhat ridiculous for him to be “Your boyfriend has to be gone by midnight.” In the world of the show, she’s 19. And she looks (and really is) closer to 25, so it makes him look silly to try and treat her like she’s still 16.

  3. Lauren Says:

    Also, you hate Sarah Paulson! No! Although, Harriet is kind of a drag. (Not that I’ve watched lately.) But she did such a good Holly Hunter impression!

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