hjea: (bbc-sincerely your little dorrit)
Whew, another week of work down, and I have the actual weekend weekend off! (I work 4 days on, 2 days off shifts, so sometimes my "weekend" is actually the middle of the week.) I finally started giving tours this week as well, which was a little nervewracking at first, but I think it's gone really well so far! It seems that as long as you have a uniform, and speak with some authority, people will believe just about anything you tell them! ;D We've also had to work around a film crew for the last few days who have been doing location shots in our museum. Quite interesting, however inconvenient: for a while today they blocked the ONLY BATHROOMS and the escalator, but c'est la vie, le art will out, etc. etc. And if down the line you ever find yourself watching an obscure German film called Two Sisters about a woman who works in an anthropology museum in Boston--THAT'S US! (And yes. A German film, set in Boston, being filmed in Halifax. I don't even know.)

Now I feel there's a lot I should catch up with, O Beloved Flist Of Mine! Don't forget that [livejournal.com profile] sword_of_lies's Second Kinkathon is still going strong! I've already written one thing over there andomgitsrpfspecialhellhereicomechoochoo and hopefully I'll get to add some more this weekend!

Great things in BBC land! The Supersizers Eat... has finally come back after a year, and Sue and Giles are as side-splittingly hilarious as ever. Especially last ep with Sue's impression of an Eighties Sloane Girl. Flipping priceless. :DDD Casualty 1909 has also graced us with its presence. I love it, the show's like ER, but British and set in the past! Win-win-win combination, I say.

Also keeping me occupied are my Little Dorrit DVDs that finally arrived, yaaaaaaaaaaaay! Remember last December when I promised I would stop obsessing after the last episode aired? LIES. )

I also managed to find The Detective Murdoch Mysteries on DVD which makes me very happy, as it is both a) the first thing I ever saw Keeley Hawes in, cue ginormous girlcrush, and b) A decently done costume drama set in Toronto (Hyper-Cheesy CBC series, take note)! That never happens! And it's so exciting to have a city you know be recreated in the past like that, recognizing street names, and going "ooh, I've been there!" I mean, I have been to London, where 99% of costume dramas seem to take place, but there is a big difference between the familiarity of three days versus seventeen years. ;)

Aaaaand that's about it for now in the life and times of my working world and television consumption. Onward, weekend!
hjea: (a2a-alex hopes you're happy)
Hello internet!

I've got four days of work under my belt now, and I think it's going well! Very museum-y. Lots of history. I'm quite pleased.

And the Chief Justice of Canada was there yesterday and I got to give her a mock-Immigration Interrogation! I asked her if she was smuggling any sausages into the country. Yes, you read that right. ;DDD

ANYWAY, HOW 'BOUT I TALK ABOUT TV FOR A BIT?

Ashes to Ashes 2x07 )

And speaking of my ol' friend Auntie Beeb, I thought both the second series of The Supersizers Go... and Casualty 1909 were supposed to air this May. And they didn't! What's up with that? Stop boinging me around like a yoyo, BBC. It isn't nice. :(

But in happier news The Summer '09 Buffy Marathon continues to go swimmingly! Though I've realized that watching season six with two squeeful Buffy/Spike fangirls is just a *titch* tiresome. Afraid my eyes are gonna get stuck in a permanently rolled sort of position. ;P
hjea: (lots-stop: it's seeker time)
So Legend of the Seeker episode 12 was ... )

Which leads me to talk about spoilers and speculation about the 1x13 promo )

Since the world is still spinning merry-go-round-like thanks to my wicked case of vertigo, I mostly sat around on my butt today. Finished a book (The Merlin Conspiracy. I &hearts Diana Wynne Jones and her crazy, crazy worlds), watched some of Our Mutual Friend again (which I've decided is definitely the Dickensian story of two awesome women, and three really creepy men), and, because I'm super cool, knitted a sock for Kermit 2.0


In't he sweet?


If I was smart, I would probably start thinking about what kind of school work I should get done this break but... I'm really rarely smart about these kind of things. Mmm... *stretches*... reading week. :D

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Jan. 1st, 2009 05:08 pm
hjea: (a2a-alex hopes you're happy)
I last posted icons in September. Wow. Maybe my other resolution should be to make more icons. Or do more fandom things in general. Because I really need to talk about television more than I already do. ;)

[1-4] Ashes to Ashes
[5-6] Chuck
[7-9] Little Dorrit
[10-13] Pushing Daisies
[14-17] Supernatural
[18-22] The Office
[23-24] Wonderfalls


More here )
hjea: (bbc-sincerely your little dorrit)
I've watched Cranford three times this month. Yes, this month (once between exams, once with my cousin and once with my parents). You just wish you were as cool as me. ;)

I definitely get into grooves with my television viewing (see this fall: knitting and Supernatural marathons), and this has been lately ruled by and large by the BBC. Not that there's anything wrong with that -- they do do the holiday season especially well. But still, since I've been home I've watched Sense and Sensibility and Little Dorrit (yes, again) with my sister (though in both cases she disappeared and watched the second halves without me). AND I watched the Lark Rise to Candleford Christmas special. And Doctor Who was Victorian so I'm counting it. And now that my mum's been exposed to the trailers from the Cranford dvds she wants to watch Bleak House, which I am obviously up for. So...

I can't help but wonder if I'm going to explode in a volcano of petticoats, etiquette, lack of female suffrage and an appreciation for well-coiffed men. If it happens, maybe send me some sci-fi and other obnoxiously modern stuff to snap me out of it.

But I'll let you know.
hjea: (robin hood-robin/marian forest!otp)
Toronto is rainy and vaguely warmish, so pretty much like Halifax. I'm driving to Ottawa tomorrow with my cousin (we'll be there for about an hour, see my friend, pick up my other cousin and the baby, and then drive back, oy gevalt) so I hope that I'll at least get to glimpse snow there! But there's still 10 days until Christmas, so I'm optimistic that some fluffy white stuff will show up before then. This is the only time of year I'm partial towards snow, winter! Don't disappoint me now.

You remember how nearly a year ago now, the Robin Hood writers decided to be "shocking" and kill off Marian? Yeah. Well, every time I feel I've pretty much come to terms with it, I let myself go and watch old episodes, and read fic, and then get really irrationally upset again. IT WAS SO GOOD (especially all the fic). AND IT WAS FUN. AND REALLY, REALLY ROMANTIC AND HOT AND LOVELY (cuz have you seen Jonas and Lucy?) AND THEN THEY RUINED IT. AND I STILL DON'T KNOW WHYYYYYYYYYYYY.

And now it's got me wondering if it's why I'm so reluctant to watch Merlin. Because I've been burned by cheesy, horribly anachronistic, retellings of British legends before, and oh yes, they start all sweet and innocent and we-would-never-do-anything-see-how-fun-and-non-serious-we-are-here-have-a-unicorn AND THEN THEY BREAK YOUR HEART. (Not to scare off any Merlin fans, I really hope you keep enjoying it. And I'm sure the BBC would never take another something silly and fun and effervescent and then... You know this totally doesn't work 'cause y'all are Who fans too. YOU KNOW HOW IT IS. BE PREPARED.)

So Robin Hood heartbreak still in place? Check. Tried to turn to Life on Mars for a balm, but then of course you have the Ashes to Ashes Spoilers ).

So I could turn to American television, except The Office has been kind of disappointing of late, and Chuck is sweet and fun but nothing too substantial and Pushing Daisies is WONDERFUL and is better and better with each episode but I can't watch it now without constantly reminding myself that its expiry date is completely un-cheeto like and is instead fast-approaching.

SO... Robin Hood breaks my heart, Life on Mars just makes me wibbly, American tv is a wash, Slings and Arrows is over and done so let's not get into the Canadian options, and REALLY IS IT ANY WONDER I CONSTANTLY CYCLE BACK TO MINISERIES AND YES THAT MEANS OH, MR. CLENHAM, I MISS YOUUUUUUUUUUUUU! Yeah that whole "I'm not going to talk about Little Dorrit anymore after it finishes" was a total lie.

The obvious solution would be to give up on tv all together but... pfft. Like that's going to happen. ;) No, I'll just read more fic, and watch Robin/Marian scenes of awesome super-spyness, and remember that when it was good, it was good.

(And fervently hope that Jonas and Lucy have future projects together, with 100% more hot make-outs and 100% less stupid death. *G*)
hjea: (bbc-mr clenham and his hat)
So those of you a leeetle tired of me flailing myself to bits over Little Dorrit should be relieved, because it is now over. *sniffs* BUT THAT MEANS I STILL GET TO TALK ABOUT IT ONE MORE TIME.

Episode 14 )

Okay! So... when's the next miniseries?
hjea: (bbc-clenham: lookit the faaaaaaace)
Little Dorrit's back! Episode 13 )

ONLY ONE MORE EPISODE LEFT! THEN WHAT WILL I DO WITH MY LIFE??? GAH.

Somehow I think doing my Christmas shopping/knitting and spending time with my family is supposed to be the correct response.

Flight to Toronto tomorrow morning. I should probably start packing.
hjea: (bbc-sincerely your little dorrit)
Because five days is far too long a wait for the next Little Dorrit episode. I've decided. (Obsessed? Who's obsessed?!)

Anyway, mainly to further fuel my impatience: MINI SPAM TIME!

Arthur and Amy Love Each Other! version picspam )

WEDDING NOW PLEASE.

high kicks

Dec. 5th, 2008 09:19 am
hjea: (bbc-sincerely your little dorrit)
Yeah, so I'm back to talking about Little Dorrit again.

Episode 11 )

One thing I'm confused about: the show usually airs on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but this week the Beeb website says the episode is airing tonight. But it says Scotland only. Does that mean we, the general public downloaders and hackers of iPlayer excellence, won't get episode 12 this week? And if so, when is it airing?? I WANT IT NOW.

Wow, this week has made me whiny. *g*

And Pushing Daisies was excellent! (obligatory why-oh-why moment) Olive just... Kristin Chenoweth is my hero. Going head to head with Muffin Buffalo (who seems to have had success outside the trailer park) and singing and detecting and... Emerson! And Lily! And Chuck--oh, it's all so fantastic and cliff-hangy and I want more.
Though you know really my favourite part was the plastic-wrapped spooning. ;)

The Office was so-so for this episode, but I did get a kick out of Dwight's wedding plans. Yeah. Like that was going to go over well.

TELEVISION IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN UNIVERSITY.

ETA: BWA. Now I feel vindicated: BBC Receives Thousands of Complaints After Dropping Little Dorrit for Shannon Matthews documentary (as in, not cancelled, just pre-empted) AND TOO RIGHT TOO. I kind of love how the rest of the article is one big complaint about the Beeb's scheduling shenanigans. *firm nod*

Now... where's my Episode 12??!!
hjea: (bbc-mr clenham and his hat)
Ha ha, more attack of the Little Dorrit. I shan't cease until the WHOLE WORLD is under the spell of Mr. Clenham and his hats.

Episode 10 )

NEXT EPISODE PLEASE.
hjea: (bones-playing detective)
Television is absolutely my antidote to stress these days. Thus my continuous spamming of Little Dorrit because everyone ever should be watching it it's so fantastic and pretty and Matthew MacFadyen and Eve Myles and everyone and YAY!

Episode 9 )

In other news, I think the subtext from tonight's episode of Bones was that Brennan and Booth should be having babies. No, really. Watch the episode -- it's totally what they're getting at.

Aaaaaaaaaaaand now I'm going to try and find Pushing Daisies. It's a busy life. :DDD
hjea: (bbc-mr clenham and his hat)
You know that point in the term when your nerves have become so frayed that suddenly everything seems funny? Yeah. I spent half an hour loitering outside a church the with three other people, considering whether we could choir crash the Bach concerto going on. (As an example: THEM "Which section are you?" US "Er... the middle one?") It was cold, there was ankle-high snow, it was really stupid and not funny and we were giggling like a pack of maniacal hyenas on laughing gas. Thank you, university.

Also, I know there's only six days between one episode of Little Dorrit and the next, but it is still too fracking long!!! I have a Mr. Clenham addiction and I need my fix. Thus I spent far too much of the day I should have been doing work compiling Arthur/Amy scenes from the episodes that have aired so far. A waste of time maybe, BUT I ENJOYED EVERY MINUTE.

Also known as ARTHUR AND AMY LOVE EACH OTHER! PART ONE. )

The BBC: Giving what tattered shreds of my sanity remain something to focus on since 2005. I should really update my Great Miniseries Review list sometime soon. Though maybe I'll wait until the term is actually over.
hjea: (bbc-mr clenham and his hat)
I'm throwing myself into the BBC's Little Dorrit right now, and stubbornly ignoring anything else that may be happening in TV land. Because the latest episode just made me want to wrap Mr. Clenham in cotton fluff and kiss him, and that feeling is a lot better than that other thing I could be feeling about that thing that may or may not have happened, but has probably happened, else where.

Yeah. British television is definitely the place to be tonight.
hjea: (farscape-exactly where you need to be)
I'm going through my yearly Farscape Renaissance right now, which, funnily enough, usually coincides with the busiest time in my school year. But no matter! For this show is pretty, and witty, and crazy, and fun, and heartbreaking, and romantic, and wonderful. And just happens to have muppets. Anywho, I was watching some of my favourite season one episodes, and lo and behold, have decided to grace this LJ with a picspam. *g*

1x11 - 'Til the Blood Runs Clear )

I've also been listening to FAR too many dvd commentaries with Ben Browder and Claudia Black, but it's really, REALLY, hard not to fall in love with them both whenever I do. They're both hysterical, both passionate and intelligent, have so much love for the show and obviously so much love and respect for each other. Kinda just makes me wish Farscape had gone on forever.

*holds out for webisodes*

Also -- The Office! I really liked last night's episode, so much so in fact, that it almost made up for there being NO PUSHING DAISES THIS WEEK. Almost. But I just kill myself anytime Jim and Dwight form any kind of alliance. It's wonderful.

*huggles Office writers*

So thank you, television in general, for key distraction time in this essay-ridden part of the year. It's awesome.

...I think I'm going to go watch Little Dorrit now.
hjea: (office-jim loves you)
It's been AWHILE since I cleared out and posted some icons. Of course... there may be a very good reason for that.

[1-3] Ashes to Ashes
[4,5] Bones
[6,7] Chuck
[8-10] Doctor Who
[11,12] How I Met Your Mother
[13] Pushing Daisies cast
[14] Robin Hood
[15-17] Supernatural
[18-21] The Office
[22,23] Our Mutual Friend
[24, 25] Crossover



100x100 sized fun )

THE OFFICE AIRS IN 24 HOURS. HOLD ME.
hjea: (dw-weeping angel peek-a-boo)
A while ago, I watched about half of the first episode of Ashes to Ashes, thanks to my significant Keeley Hawes girl crush, but spent most of that half-episode feeling like I was really missing something. So I turned it off and decided I would watch Life on Mars first before I watched anymore. And then I did nothing about it.

So yesterday I finally decided, "heck I'm not doing anything other than convalescing from the consumption round two, (I don't really have consumption - I'm just a hyperbole!junkie) maybe I'll watch an episode of Life on Mars." Fastforward to me at two o'clock this morning finishing the first series.

I LOVE SAM TYLER!!!!!!!!!!!

As if I need another reason to geek out over the Beeb )

And I have things to say about the gorgeous cinematography, and the atmosphere of everything. How all the smoke hovering EVERYWHERE in the department wants to make me choke in sympathy - but how perfect it is. How Sam and Gene's approach to policing follows the very stereotypical brains vs. guts scenario, the rules vs. instinct, (which is pretty much what Bones is as well, and I love it) and how well it works. So yeah, I could go on. But series two is downloading and I want to watch it now. *G*

(Totally unrelated: The Office finale is tonight! OH GOD, I'M EXCITED. HOLD ME.)
hjea: (bones-playing detective)
Aw, Bones is back. Yay. I missed it. This show makes me happy in a way that most procedurals about dead people fail do to. Is it because the whole cast is ridiculously good-looking? Probably. Do I care that I'm really a very shallow person when it comes to my TV discernment? Not really.

Wasn't the best episode (race car/bike/things = *yawns*), but I did enjoy Booth's clay horsie. And the weird-as outfits he and Brennan were wearing.

What I am NOT impressed with however, is having to put up with commercials again. Haven't we moved beyond them yet, TV? Can't we follow the Beeb's model and just have things before and after, with no breaks in between? And for the record, this is just a friendly suggestion and not at all a part of my World Domination via the BBC plan.

*whistles*

Last question, TV: Why is every show ever coming back this week. This is not good for the studying. And yes, I blame YOU.
hjea: (Default)
This is my fiftieth icon post! Neat, huh? While I'm not going to claim I've exactly mastered the art, it nice's to have the proof that I have improved. (I'd like to thank my early Microsoft Paint days, and Paint Shop Pro for teaching me about that pesky resizing thing, and Photoshop for always labelling your colours...) Yay for 100x100s!

[1-3] Angel
[4-5] Bones
[6-11] Battlestar Galactica
[12-13] Farscape
[14-18] Pushing Daisies
[19-21] BBC miniseries



we're under here )
hjea: (bbc-i'd shake hands with mr. thornton)
Others may have noticed this phenomena, but thanks to the AMPTP's continuing theory that writers probably shouldn't get fairly compensated for the work they produce, we are now experiencing a significant dearth of American programming. But do I despair? (Well, a lot of the time, yeah. Witness my Pushing Daisies!WOE But besides that) Do I seek out other more... British stations to fill my entertainment requirement? HECK YES. A CELEBRATION OF THE BBC IS AT HAND.

But I've already talked at great length about programs like Doctor Who and Robin Hood (*surpresses urge to burst into tears*). No. Now I'm going to talk about that great British enterprise... The Miniseries! Specifically the Period Dramas, which absolutely encompass all that we understand about the BBC to so many of us North Americans. (That, and the news read in really great, posh accents.) Also, my local video store has an entire section devoted to these babies so, when I'm not studiously studying that is, you know what I'm doing with my time.

So because I am awesome, and/or I'm avoiding writing my essay, here is Heather's Great BBC Miniseries Review, in no particular order )

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