Post by Ian J. Ball Post by Ubiquitous
What did you watch?
Just soaps, and the problematic ep. of "Fantasy Island" that I only
soaps: DOOL - Gwen, who really is a miserable coward, fails to tell
Jack the truth, and instead runs with Xander's lie that she was a
former prostitute. [roll] Chad tries to convince RedAbby to come home
(I wasn't sure if he made any headway). After Doug forgets who Tom and
Alice were(!), Julie hauls him to Kayla who starts running tests. EJ
beats up Xander who swears revenge on him (I hope Xander *kills* the
f***er!!) Marlena deftly deflects Johnny's hustle for cast - at this
point, I am convinced this *is* a con, as Johnny has no script, no
story idea, or *anything* for this "movie" of his! If I was Marlena, I
would have laughed him out of my office when he admitted that!
GH - EVOL!!1! Peter pulls a gun on NuNina and Phyllis and apparently
intends to kill them. As Sonny and Jax are distracted, and Valentin is
too far away to get there in time, it looks like curtains for them!!...
Spencer and Nikolas unite together to bicker with Valentin, which
EVOL!!1! Esme found to be a "turn on".(?) I guess Maxie and Brook Lynn
are OK again, and Austin does agree to take Maxie to Carly's wedding.
Ava is leaving town because of the "stalker" and tells Carly that she
intends to leave Avery with Carly. In the end, Josslyn confronts
Spencer about being aliased as "Victor" earlier.
Fantasy Island (OnDemand: first 10 minutes, recorded: rest) - "Twice in
a Lifetime" (ep. #5).
At least there was more to this one than ep. #4 - there was at least
some ambiguity. At the end, the guest claims she "chose herself", but a
more careful reading of it was that she realized that she was going to
ruin *both* of these guys' lives!! (the non-Indian dude, she forced to
live with her mother and then ruined his career and dream!! the Indian
guy she fails to provide children too and then gets him *killed*!!) so
really any sort of "feminist posturing" with this episode rings
Meanwhile, the pilot's fantasy is to have a "fling" with Roarke, who
obliges, though at least partly grudingly.
I don't think this show works nearly as well with just "one guest"
per episode. They would be smart to go back to the 'more than one
guest' per episode format, esp. for season #2 (if there is one)...
Y: THE LAST MAN
Watched the first two episodes and was pleasantly surprised. It sucked m
right in. Well-written, plot not full of holes like most shows of this type.
was afraid this was going to be one of those soapy shows that merely uses a
apocalypse or some other grand event as back drop for a lot of angsting abou
relationships, but so far that's been kept to a minimum.
Show starts three week out from 'the event' which allows them to introduc
characters and give them the needed backstories. Then we start to se
indications that something is happening. People start to find animals (rats
dogs, elk, etc.) lying dead in pools of blood. And then it happens. In th
mid-meeting at the Pentagon, the Secret Service approaches the president an
tells him Israel has had a mass-casualty event and has gone dark and they nee
to get him to a secure location. As he's being led out, Speaker of the Hous
Diane Lane asks for more information only for the presidents face to tur
black and blood pour out of his nose and mouth. He collapses, as do all th
male military officers and Secret Service agents. Then we see New York i
chaos, planes dropping out of the skies, etc. After that, the show skips ahea
several weeks as the government tries to deal with massive economic collapse
imminent power and water blackouts, and millions of starving women rioting i
One nit I had is the woman who is an operative in a covert government hi
squad-- the character is introduced working undercover, having infiltrated
domestic terror group and building a bomb for them, which she then remote
detonates when they come to pick it up, killing them all. Her boss says for
her next assignment she'll be embedded as a Secret Service agent on the
president's detail due to a credible threat. And sure enough, she just shows
up at the White House and starts working on PPD. There's no way someone who
hasn't gone through the training could just show one day and fake it. It would
become painfully obvious within minutes that she had no idea what she was
I did like how the show (perhaps unintentionally) torpedoes the whole
trans-testicle nonsense about how gender is a construct and people can be
whatever they want to be.
When the calamity hits and all the men drop dead in huge gouts of blood, none
of the trans-testicle women who are pretending to be men die along with them.
And none of the trans-testicle men who are pretending to be women escape its
deadly effects. It's almost as if nature doesn't give a fuck about "trans
rights" and "social justice", which is a strange message to see coming from a
Hollywood production these days. Hence myself suspicion that it might be an
As we see in the show, it's not just human men that are affected. It's males
of all the world's fauna. Granted, we've only seen it affect mammals so far,
so maybe reptiles, insects, and fish are immune, but nevertheless, this is an
ecological disaster of tremendous proportions. It would be one thing if it was
just people and humans went extinct with no men to reproduce with, but if all
mammalian species are affected, the entire biosphere is likely to collapse.