Jan. 19th, 2017 10:37 am
frelling_tralk: (BB Walt and Jesse by stolen-garden)
Give me a character and I'll tell you:

Why I like them

Why I don't

Favourite Season:

Favorite episode:

Favourite Line:

Favorite outfit:



Unpopular opinion:

A wish:

An oh-god-please-dont-ever-happen:
frelling_tralk: (David and Gillian commentary)
I just got more interested in The Good Wife spin-off, although I can't actually link to the deadline website for some reason, LJ keeps calling it spam? But I read an article on there today which makes The Good Wife spin-off sound promising enough that it will most definitely be on my watch-list in February

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Other new shows I plan to check out are Luke Cage, The Good Place, and The Gilmore Girls revival. And then my returning shows are The Vampire Diaries, iZombie, The Big Bang Theory, Empire, and Pretty Little Liars. I also need to start catching up with From Dusk Till Dawn and Wentworth

How about everyone else, what shows are people planning on watching this year? :)
frelling_tralk: (iZombie Liv red by foxfabled)
The CW Fall Schedule has been announced

I know that this won't be popular with a lot of my flist, but meh I really feel like the CW have gotten O/T with superhero shows now, Friday is starting to look a bit out of place with the rest of the weeks line-up! :P I'm disappointed that there doesn't seem to be much space for anything else on their schedules at the moment, iZombie, The 100, Reign, and Riverdale are all being held back for mid-season. I assumed that iZombie had been picked up for 18 episodes again like last year, but apparently not?

And it's looking like The Good Wife spin-off is confirmed now CBS plans 'Good Wife' spinoff led by Christine Baranski
frelling_tralk: (The Good Wife by fracturedshapes)
Unpopular opinion apparently, but I kind of loved The Good Wife series finale.Read more... )
frelling_tralk: (The Good Wife Will and Diane)
Urgh feeling really aggravated with The Good Wife right now! I know that most people liked season 6 the least, but for the first half of that season at least I was happy with the character work and relationships, when they all came together for Cary's defence it felt like they were people who cared about one another. But now? Diane and Cary barely felt like a part of Alicia's world for most of the season, it *should* have felt like quite a shocking betrayal for Cary to be pushed out in favour of Diane joining forces with Alicia, but these characters all feel so detached from one another these days that you barely get the sense that they ever did have a history with one another. When was the last time that Alicia was even in the room with them both at the same time?

In season 5 I cared about Cary and Alicia striking out on their own partly because of how that shock up some of the core relationships, Will's response to the news and his freaking-out at Alicia mattered to the characters, just as Will and Diane's relationship always made it easy to care about all of the firm politics going on, but now in season 7 it's very much a case of who cares. It feels like the only character that the writers care about servicing any more is Alicia, and their only goal is to end the season with Alicia divorced, independent, and a name partner with Diane. I don't get why Diane is suddenly now fixated on wanting to partner with Alicia though, she was the one that didn't want Alicia back at the firm a few episodes ago, and it was Cary's suggestion to bring Alicia back.

Seriously poor Cary! First Alicia convinces him to let Diane in on the start-up firm that was his dream, then they basically turn his ideal firm into a carbon copy of the firm that he wanted to escape from, and then Alicia lies to his face about Diane's plan to cut him out and have an all-female firm. Well not that I'm sure the writers have any of that straight, with Alicia's reference recently to how she was offered partnership in the firm by Will, they all seem to have forgotten that the original L&G firm is now owned by Louis Canning

If anything it would have made more sense to end it when Alicia and Cary started up their new firm as the new Will or Diane, or even when Alicia and Lucca were setting up their own practise, if they really wanted to end it on Alicia being in a good place and setting out on her own. This whole storyline is just a complete rehash of her becoming a partner at an established law firm (L&G in all but name frankly), only with barely any stakes this time
frelling_tralk: (Dollhouse B&W by rocklogic)
Which TV shows did you start watching in 2015?

I really need to get into more new shows, I don't think that I did pick up any new shows this year other than Daredevil! I'm currently watching The Vampire Diaries, The Good Wife, The Big Bang Theory, Pretty Little Liars, Doctor Who (all pretty old now), and the only newish shows that I'm following are iZombie, Daredevil, and From Dusk Till Dawn. Otherwise most of my tv time goes to re-watching my DVDs of older shows

Oh and I am currently watching early seasons of How I Met Your Mother on Netflix! I watched season 1 a while ago and always meant to catch up with some more, then I subscribed to Netflix for Jessica Jones and found that HIMYM was on there as well, so I've just caught up with seasons 2 and 3.

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2015? Why?

I hate to say this because my flist has been so enthusiastic about this show and I really wanted to join in the squee, but...Jessica Jones :( It's not that I didn't like it at all, it was nice seeing so many different female characters on-screen for a start, but I just found that the episodes were really feeling like a misery slog after a bit. I was the most invested after the first episode actually, I really liked how that whole Noir vibe with the voice-overs reminded me a bit of Veronica Mars, and then the ending with Hope certainly left an impression, but as it went on I found myself struggling to get invested. I read this interesting article which I think that sums up a lot of what I was struggling with? 13 episodes of trying and failing to catch Kilgrave just doesn't appeal to me as much as shows that have individual episode cases, as well as the serialised element. The pacing was really dragging for me when it was all so serialised, I couldn't get through an episode without it starting to feel like a chore :( And David Tennant still doesn't do a lot for me

And I talked more about The 100 at the time, but I'm still not sure whether I will watch any more of that show or not

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2016?

Amazon's "Man in the High Castle" is on my watch list at the moment, and The Originals, Luther, and Prison Break are all on my maybe list if I can find the time

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frelling_tralk: (TGW Alicia and Cary by flatlined)
Final thoughts on the rest of The Good Wife season 6 )

Ultimately I felt like season 6's biggest misstep was to drop the law cases of the week. Normally I prefer shows that focus on a continuous narrative, but I think there could have been a better balance this year, previous seasons always had quite a few cases which would really draw me in. At some point though the show became all about the politics, and there was barely any legal drama going on at all. Also the main cast felt really disconnected from each other, it feels like something's been missing since Will's death? I'm not even Will's biggest fan, but at least when he was still around there was that sense of them all working as a team, and there were smaller moments when you saw a warm friendship between say Will/Diane, Alicia/Kalinda, Will/Kalinda etc. Season 6 had some nice moments for Alicia and Carey (if very sporadic), but otherwise there just weren't the same character moments and sense of closeness this year, there weren't even any particularly engaging cases of the week, the show became almost solely about exploring Alicia's character and her campaign. Even the final cliffhanger fell flat, season 5 has already explored Alicia starting her new firm, and that story had real impact with how betrayed Will and Diane felt, it's hard to feel very excited about her starting up yet another new firm when the stakes feel so much lower this time
frelling_tralk: (The Good Wife Will and Diane)
I don't really have a ton to say about Doctor Who this week, tbh the ~base under siege~ episodes with the guest cast just aren't really my thing. I mean I don't want to sound negative about it, it was definitely a good episode still and actually one of the stronger example of that format (I didn't care for The Hungry Earth or The Almost People two-parters at all, this was definitely a step-up from them for me), but at the same time it's just not the type of episode that I get particularly excited about :shrug:

I've been trying to catch up with season 6 of The Good Wife so that I can watch season 7 live, so far I'm caught up as far as 611

Zip your pants, shut your mouth and stop banging the help )

And I should really stop gossiping about this lol, but Julianna Margulies says there's no feud with Archie Panjabi She basically says that "There's no animosity on my part...It was shot the way Robert wanted to shoot it", and she suggests that there were scheduling conflicts because of Archie filming The Fall. But then Archie tweeted in response to the article, saying that The Fall wasn't in production at that time (I didn't think it was because I knew that Gillian Anderson has been busy filming Hannibal so far this year), and that she was in New York and ready to film that scene at the time. Umm oops
frelling_tralk: (Community Britta frown)
Ausiello asks the King's about the final scene of Alicia and Kalinda being shot separately with green screen, and why those characters have been deliberately kept apart on-screen. They keep trying to sidestep the question but Ausiello doesn't let up

The Good Wife Creators Break Silence on 'Kalicia'-gate, Insist 'There Was No Attempt to Dupe Viewers'

I thought that Ausiello handled it very well actually because the King's seemed very defensive and were pretty rude at certain points IMO when they were acting like Ausiello was just after sleazy backstage gossip on why Archie and Julianna dislike one another, but in fact he was always putting it in terms of how it affected the show that Alicia and Kalinda's character couldn't be in a scene together, i.e "As showrunners, how much of your energy got devoted to keeping these characters at arms’ length — and were there specific instances where it may have hurt the storytelling, like Will’s death and Cary’s imprisonment?"

The King's were constantly side-stepping the question with comments like, "We’re writers and we love writing these characters, so we were thrilled at any chance to have new dynamics." Then when Ausiello keeps bringing up that the issue was in not having the actors film in the same room for the much hyped-up Alicia and Kalinda scene, their response is "we’re making the show every day using tricks, like if you’re in a car and there’s green screen and it looks like Chicago out the window but that’s not exactly where we are" and "Just so we’re clear, Josh wasn’t really killed. We faked those gunshots. We fake everything in the show" Because necessary special effect shots are the same as having to use green screen to get two actresses in a scene together? And your "trick" obviously didn't work if most of the audience immediately picked up on there being something off with the scene

I'm really starting to lose respect for the show, I can't decide whether to catch up on season 6 or not at this point :( And also it's so inaccurate when everyone keeps protesting that the lack of scenes make sense because of Alicia and Kalina falling out in season 2's finale. That would only track if their lack of scenes happen after season 2, instead season 3 sees them gradually repairing their friendship (Alicia was inviting Kalinda to drink in the bar with her again in the season 3 finale!) They weren't besties again of course, but in season 4 they were back on friendly terms, indeed their phone calls in season 5 were always civil enough, so it makes no storytelling sense how all on-screen interaction completely ceased in seasons 5 and 6
frelling_tralk: (TGW Alicia and Cary by flatlined)
Okay I really really really loved season 5 of The Good Wife, it's definitely the best season yet IMO (with season 2 being my next fav).

I really liked how the splintering of the firms was handled, I ended up so torn between wanting F&A to be a success, but at the same time I couldn't not cheer for L&G as well! It was interesting how much the characters flaws were laid out there, especially with Alicia and Will. Will seems to take betrayal VERY personally, he was already very unfair with Diane earlier in the season, granted she gave that interview trashing him, but his response seemed really out of proportion when he was immediately determined to drive her out and forget their friendship. Ditto the shock of Alicia leaving with their top clients really brought out a ruthless side of him. His imagining bringing Alicia to tears on the stand was especially creepy to witness, I'm surprised that they were willing to bring him down that low considering what they had planned in episode 15 for his character...

And this season really saw Alicia drop that façade she always had of wanting to be good, or wanting to be perceived as good, even though she is getting as dirty as everyone else at this point. Sometimes I look at you and wonder if you've changed, or if you were always this way )
frelling_tralk: (The Good Wife by fracturedshapes)
The Good Wife Faked Alicia and Kalinda's Reunion

Apparently body doubles and camera tricks were used to make the scene seem authentic.

As most of us Good Wife fans are aware, Julianna Margulies and Archie Panjabi have a (rumored) history of off-the-set animosity for reasons not yet understood. It is speculated that Julianna has disliked Archie ever since Archie won her Emmy the first season before Julianna (who has actually won twice). There are no real receipts as to why their cold war has occurred and lasted for the past several seasons and neither of the actresses or any of the other Good Wife cast has made any specific comments about this (even though interviews with some of the cast an the creators seem to touch on the subject in a vague manner fueling this rumor).

I keep reading rumours about Julianna and Archie having problems working together, but wow I just can't imagine what could be happening on the set of The Good Wife that the producers and the network would agree to waste the budget on green screen in order to allow two actresses to film their scenes separately??
frelling_tralk: (Chlark Vessal super kiss)
Smallville's John Schneider Dislikes Man Of Steel's Jonathan Kent

“I love Kevin, and I love what Kevin does. But I didn’t care for one scene in there, where Jonathan was advising Clark to do something that was self-serving, it was tell a lie, I can’t remember exactly what it was. I think Jonathan Kent is the best dad perhaps ever depicted on television. And I don’t mean my work, I just mean the man I was fortunate enough to play. He was a great father, and I don’t think the one in Man of Steel was a great father. He had some flaws that don’t belong in a comic book. I really had wished that had been me.”

Umm I haven't seen Man Of Steel yet and I'm not totally sure what moment he's commenting on, but since when did Smallville's Jonathan Kent never advise Clark to tell a lie or be self-serving, the Kent's on Smallville were constantly advising Clark to lie and telling him how vital it was to always protect the secret?!?

And meme taken from my flist!

Give me a fandom (or more than one) and I'll tell you:

Character I'd let hang from a cliff
Character I'd frak or make-out with
Character I'd marry
Character I'd wrap a blanket around
5 favorite characters
3 OTPs
Funniest character
Prettiest character
Most bad-ass character
Character I'd like as my BFF
frelling_tralk: (The Good Wife by fracturedshapes)
I was pretty disappointed with season 4 of The Good Wife in the beginning, it seemed to lack a compelling overarching plot to drive the season, the firm having money problems again felt very played-out, as did Peter's campaign. And what's up with Carey being so under-utilised, did he even see the inside of a courtroom before the mock trail in 414??? The season did pick up a LOT towards the end though, but many of the early and middle episodes definitely weren't among my favourites

The Good Wife season 4 )
frelling_tralk: (The Good Wife by fracturedshapes)
Well it looks like LJ is down again on internet explorer, hopefully this isn't going to be a long-running issue!

And I'm still gradually catching up with my shows, I have now completed season 3 of The Good Wife :D

The Good Wife )
frelling_tralk: (Rose/Nine kiss by smilebackpretty)
Just finished watching the first two seasons of The Good Wife, and wow what a great show! Again I seem to be at odds with fandom opinion though oops, shades of Luke/Lorelei all over again, because I really couldn't get into Will/Alicia that much, instead I found myself rooting more for Peter and Alicia to make their marriage work. NOT the popular opinion I'm sure :P Idk I actually didn't like Will's character that much. And I don't mean in the sense that I really hated seeing him on screen or anything like that, I found him an interesting character, just not a very likeable one.

This might sound odd, but if anything I found Peter to be the more idealistic character in some respects, while Will comes across as the sleazy lawyer who would compromise his morals every time if you paid him enough... I'm guessing that many of the audience will never get past the sex with hookers while Peter was married to Alicia, and don't get me wrong that's understandable, but to me he came across as genuinely remorseful and wanting to do the right thing now. Whereas Will might on the surface be the more romanticised character for Alicia to get together with, the old college roommate still carrying a torch for her and not a cheater like Peter, but eh I don't know. Their moment at the end of season 2 was very well-done mind you, and I'm not opposed to them hooking up, but they're not really a couple that I'm particularly rooting for either

I found myself caring way more about Will and Diane's partnership than Will/Alicia actually, them successfully outplaying the new partner in 216 and taking back control of the firm was AWESOME <3 And Diane's relationship with Gary Cole's character I also loved as well :D

I'm so glad that they made Eli a regular for season 2, he quickly became one of my favourites. I was surprised at how early they downgraded Peter though. He appeared in practically every episode of season 1 (I think he may have maybe missed one or two?), but then in season 2 he seems to only appear every other episode and barely be a regular any more? Towards the end of the season especially it seemed like he was only making the bare minimum of appearances, so that even when he did appear in an episode it would be just one or two scenes. Is the actor just not available? There were several episodes where I would have thought it would have been more sense to include him :shrugs:

And lol Carey was played in the exact same smug way as Logan was in Gilmore Girls, suggesting the actor might not have a ton of range, but in both roles I somehow still find him so so charming *g*

Kalinda I don't really have a ton of thoughts on. I was intrigued by her in the beginning, but as the show went on I find her a bit much at times if I'm honest, everything about her just seems designed to be ~cool and mysterious~ and I never felt like I got to know her as a character. The fall-out over her one-night stand with Peter was effective though, I felt really horrible for her when she was breaking down in the elevator and when Alicia was being so cold. I can understand Alicia feeling hurt and needing to take a step back and re-evaluate their friendship, but then Kalinda was in kind of a no-win situation as there really wouldn't ever have been a good time to bring up her past with Peter...I hope those two manage to work things out in season 3


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