Saturday, May 27, 2006

In the middle of Even More Catching Up...

Subject: TV
"The Sopranos" will be wrapping up soon, but I still haven't gotten to last week's episode. I don't know if there's actually a new episode this Sunday or they're just recapping the last few, but I expect it's about to end soon. Since I'm "on holiday" right now, I'll be relying on the DVR to take care of things until I do catch up. It's hard avoiding the one obvious spoiler about Vito, though. Not that I wouldn't have seen it coming. That said, the details are still a mystery to me, and I'll get to it when I get to it.

I probably will before "Deadwood" season 3 starts up in a couple of weeks. Looking forward to that!!

"Doctor Who" just finished episode 7 of the latest season a couple of hours ago, but I'm still at least 3 1/2 hours from having it downloaded. Which doesn't matter, because I'm only up to episode 4, the one with Madame Pompadour. Another tres-cool installment -- I swear, they've got the classic formula down pat, yet with enough of a modern spin to make it emminently enjoyable. I can't wait to catch up here; maybe I'll get to the next one (with Cybermen and a whole "steampunk" feel) sometime tonight...

I had recorded "Saturday Night Live" a few weeks back because they were airing a retrospective of Robert Smigel's "TV's Funhouse" cartoons, and finally watched it earlier this week. It was a bit heavy on his "Ambiguously Gay Duo" schtick, which I suppose would be more amusing if I were 12 years old, but overall is kind of a snoozer now that I'm not. But there were plenty of other incisive gags and spoofs and satires of classic cartoons and comics that were completely laugh-out-loud fun. And I needed that laugh right about then. Especially memorable was a Disney spoof where a young girl tells a recalcitrent Mickey Mouse (explaining a lot of the not-so-positive things about Walt Disney's history): "Wait, you're supposed to be funny??" Oh, that was dead-on perfect. *grin*

(A side note: I almost had the chance to go work in the trenches for J.J. Sedhelmier animation, who was the the production company that did a lot of the earlier "TV's Funhouse" segments, but I jumped at the chance to work where I am now instead of pursing that...)

I've got a bunch of HDTV episodes of the last season of "Battlestar Galactica" sitting on the DVR that I haven't watched yet, but I will probably knock those off some time soon.

More catching-up in the Anime departement to follow later...

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