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July 19th, 2015


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12:42 pm - Rain and Television, Post #38
After several extremely dry weeks in what is purportedly the Rainy Season, the pattern, as they say, changed. Friday night brought an inundation, and yesterday and today we have had clouds and rain whenever the sky feels like it. Master Danger is not enjoying this, but I am.

However, the rain is making me more than usually somnolent. (This is unlike me. I usually find rain and storm pleasing and inspiring.)

So, beyond duties that Must Be Done and some writing work, I have spent time these past evenings catching up on Grace and Frankie on Netflix. Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin are doing such wonderful work here, telling stories we don't necessarily see -- with the necessary caveat that these are upper-middle-class characters, which IS the kind of character we usually see. Anyway, I find myself amused and entertained.

(However, I will regretfully acknowledge that despite his chops as an actor, Martin Sheen is someone I just do not warm to. Ever. Not even in The West Wing. Sam Waterston, on the other hand... BLESS.)

(However again, boy, Ernie Hudson has aged super-well.)

But my heart of course belongs to Jonathan Strange and JS&MN. Episode 6 has aired here, and I can only say the following non-spoilery things: 1) Childermass is fabulous; 2) I am super-ready for Stephen Black to take control of his own story; 3) I refer you to the "fuck you"s I gave some moments a week ago; 4) Jonathan, honey-lamb, NO. (Bertie Carvel tho. All the applause.)

What's entertaining you these days? May you have a plenitude of things to enjoy!

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From:fishsanwitt
Date:July 19th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
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I am looking forward to seeing JS&MN.

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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 08:02 pm (UTC)
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It's so good! :) I hope you enjoy it when you see it.

Happy Sunday!
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From:wildrider
Date:July 19th, 2015 05:00 pm (UTC)

Strange!

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What a great episode it was! Oh, Jonathan! (Wow, Bertie - SO scary amazing!)

I can't imagine everything all in the next episode - I'm breathless with waiting!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 08:03 pm (UTC)

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SUCH a great episode. And Bertie C is just a marvel. He'd better get buckets of awards for this.

Next week is going to be traumatizing, K! Awesome, but traumatizing. [holds on with you]

Hugs!
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From:mobile_alh
Date:July 19th, 2015 06:42 pm (UTC)
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Hooray for rain (I wants me some).

Slowly catching up (though without episodes 1&2) and I totally support your Jonathan/Arabella love, as who could not?

Trying to pace myself, as watching TV before noon seems to me the first step down the slippery slope to poor white trashdom (yet I do it anyway on occasion).

Almost recovered from Comic-Con, yay!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 08:04 pm (UTC)
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As soon as we catch up with our annual total, I'll send some rain your way too.

(I wish I could, seriously.)

Glad you're back safe from Comic Con, glad you're on the Jonathan/Arabella train!

Hugs hugs hugs!
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From:paratti
Date:July 19th, 2015 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Sends fortifying tea ahead of the last episode.
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From:anne_d
Date:July 19th, 2015 06:51 pm (UTC)
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With you in the Jonathan, oh, dear no - last night was gutting, to put it mildly. Carvel is an amazing actor.

Edit: This was supposed to be a comment to L, not a reply to another comment. Brain is not communicating with fingers today.

Edited at 2015-07-19 06:52 pm (UTC)
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From:paratti
Date:July 19th, 2015 06:58 pm (UTC)
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No worries.
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 08:06 pm (UTC)
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Last night's episode was very intense, and Carvel's Jonathan is largely the reason. He is just great, and doing justice to the excellent material.

Also, the ravens effects are awesome. :)

Hugs hugs!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 19th, 2015 08:05 pm (UTC)
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Not enough tea in the world!

[lays in supplies of tea and tissues]

Hugs hugs, mate!
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From:gwynnega
Date:July 19th, 2015 10:01 pm (UTC)
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Really, you don't like Martin Sheen? Mostly I love young Martin Sheen. Sam Waterston, however, I far prefer middle-aged. :-)
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From:laurawise
Date:July 20th, 2015 11:26 am (UTC)
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I warm to young Martin Sheen a bit more than middle-aged or old Martin Sheen. :)

Cheers and hugs, and an umbrella for the RAIN!
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From:heron_pose
Date:July 20th, 2015 02:05 am (UTC)
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I like Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston fine, but it didn't seem to me that they had any chemistry. Perhaps I am wrong... I would watch Lily Tomlin all day long, though.

I think I will need to binge JS&MN; haven't managed to catch it yet, but I do look forward to it, as does the Tall Man.

[HUGS]
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From:laurawise
Date:July 20th, 2015 11:31 am (UTC)
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No, I agree that Sheen and Waterston don't have any chemistry, which makes the overarching story of G&F problematic. TOMLIN and Waterston do have that chemistry, which is an even bigger problem. (Sheen and Fonda's lack of chemistry is of course appropriate.)

Tomlin's just extraordinary in this: she takes what could be a stereotype and makes Frankie layered and real. Fonda's not QUITE there, but I like what she's doing anyway.

(And of the children, I love Brianna and Bud.)

Hugs hugs hugs! Happy day!

(PS. I hope you and the Tall Man like JS&MN!)
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From:janus_74
Date:July 20th, 2015 02:55 pm (UTC)
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Glad you got some rain, even if you're not finding it as inspiring as it usually is. Hope the week ahead is good!
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From:laurawise
Date:July 20th, 2015 07:21 pm (UTC)
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And it's raining again! I am mostly pleased. :)

Cheers and a happy Monday, T!

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