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Jun. 28th, 2017 04:57 pm
tara: (TOS: Kirk has a gun and tight trousers)
It's all very well saying, "I shall update at least weekly!" The trouble is finding something interesting to talk about when your life is all PhD research and house hunting. We're still awaiting the s32 for the flat I talked about last week, and nothing else interesting has come on the market. I know that winter is traditionally a slow time for real estate, but it really sucks when you're desperate to buy.

I spent last night in Warragul with Mum and Tricky. When I got there, they weren't speaking to each other after a very barky morning ;) When Mum is cross with him, Trick always sits by me with a look of "See, Tara's not mad" on his face, which is very manipulative of him and very smart :D

I have been enjoying being back playing Dragon Age. I'm not loving aggressive Hawke and am very glad that I'm playing a female character for this run-through because I have issues with aggressive men and really don't want to be playing one. Still, I want to try all of the personality types once and I shall play sarcastic Hawke forever once this run-through is done. I have definitely decided to romance Merrill, because she just works better with this Hawke, although there is zero sign of Hawke getting anywhere with that yet and I'm about a third of the way through act two. It's very different to romancing Anders, who basically throws himself at you, or Fenris, where there are heaps of flirt options to choose. Still, Merrill has the best accent of the lot of them, so she's worth a little more work ;P I feel very accomplished because I already have Fenris at 100% friendship, which is no mean feat when you're playing an aggressively pro-mage run with a blood mage Hawke :D

I'm also watching quite a bit of The Bill right now, because it's like a warm blankie to me. I've watched through s1-3 and started on s4 last night. I am a bit sad at the moment because s4 means no more Galloway and he's one of my favourites. Oh well, eventually he will be reborn as John Boulton... and then messed up by the dreadful character changes at the end of his run.

We're also watching Next Gen s3 together at the moment, so I have lots of special interest support right now at least :)
Okay, this will sound very silly, so I warn y'all ahead of time.

Last night, I felt truly happy for a while. And it wasn't because of people I care for, or an exciting event, or anything like that. It was because the Bill was actually good.

Okay, for that to make sense, I think I need to fill you in on the background.

I've been watching The Bill since the very beginning. I was a very tiny kiddie back then, but it was one of my father's favourite shows, and I'd sit in the lounge room with him every week to watch it. When I recently bought some s1 videos, I was surprised at how much I could remember of the episodes, given my age when I initially watched them.

In my opinion, the best periods for The Bill were the first couple of seasons, and then the period when CID rocked and was filled with such fantastic characters as Rod Skase, John Boulton, Tom Proctor, Tosh Lines, Jaaaack Meadows, Chris Deakin etc etc etc. Of course, if you know anything about the Bill, you'll know that the only one of those characters who's still there is Jaaaack. And his hair's gone now, so I'm not sure if he is able to be as Jaaaack-y.

And with the loss of those characters, which began to happen *before* the actual departure of John Boulton, when the writers decided that he was actually a Big Pussy, rather than Well Hard, so began the downfall of The Bill.

The plot lines became trite and relationship based. We were subjected to The Dave And Polly Melodrama and the changing of Tony into a completely unrecognisable prick. Most of the best characters left, and were replaced with people like Debbie bloody McAllister. Sure, a couple of changes were Of The Good. Chandler is far more interesting than Brownlow ever was. Paul Riley is cute and laconic. Kate Spears is gorgeous. But the story lines faltered and failed.

And, for the first time in my life, I contemplated Not Watching.

Last night's episode in Australia was the concluding part in the Britanniamania arc. The first of the four episodes didn't grab me particularly, mostly because it was concerned with setting up the premise and the undercover roles. But then bang - bang - bang - three absolutely BRILLIANT episodes that left my heart pounding and my mind spinning.

Britanniamania was dark. It was powerful. At times it was a little scary; at times it was hilarious. We delved into characters, not through The Bloody Obvious, but rather through their actions. And it was good. I watched and I absorbed and I cried a little in the end and I Loved The Bill All Over Again.

And that means a lot to me. It's only a television show, but it's also a constant I've always had in my life, right back from when I was only... what?... four?

And if it's good, then it makes me bloody happy. Because I feel like a part of me is whole again.

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Congratulations Sth Korea, BTW. Fantastic game last night, and you should have seen me trying to barrack at a volume that wouldn't wake H. Not sure whether I succeeded when they kicked the golden goal ^_^

*sob*

Jun. 4th, 2001 12:03 pm
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Just realised that Tom's last episode is less than a month away on The Bill *scream*
This sucks.
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