Man, I don't read LJ for a few days and I totally miss Veronica Mars
fandom exploding into a giant wankfest!
I've been catching up by reading grave_watchers
. I have to say, it's pretty impressive for a show to suck so badly that it inspires its own fans to start a campaign to get it canceled. (Of course, that's mostly hyperbole; the community is basically a place for fans to snark about the show, not waste their time actually campaigning
to end it when 1) there are many more important issues going on in the world and 2) everyone knows it's going to get canceled anyway.)
Anyway. I spent an inordinate amount of time reading that community today and I found it highly entertaining. And, I admit, cathartic for the part of me that still held out a tiny bit of hope based on how awesome VM
's first season was.
Actually what I'd really
like to see is a campaign for 1) less offensive portrayals of strong women on television and 2) the immensely talented Jason Dohring to get a job far, far away from the VM
There also interesting conversation about male writers and their clueless attempts at "feminist" protagonists going on at gendervision
. I'm not participating, because I think I pretty much got that rant out of my system during Buffy
, but it's good to see the conversation continuing.
Other thoughts on the world of television...
* I keep seeing that baseball video game commercial that uses the Nirvana song "Breed." I think I can actually hear Kurt Cobain turning over in his grave every time the damn thing airs. I really want to track down everyone who was involved with making this happen and slap them across the face. HARD.
Surely someone out there is organizing a boycott against this company and every product it's ever been involved with, right?
* South Park
is having a good season, although I thought last night's episode was the weakest so far. I loved the plot around the kids, but nearly fell asleep during the lice part. Clever idea, boring execution, maybe?
* John Bolton is an unbelievable asshole! I mean, I knew he was widely regarded as an asshole, but I was still mindblown by how horrible he actually was on The Daily Show
the other night. He wouldn't even let Jon end the interview! (And it's his fault that the interview ran long and they didn't have time for Stephen!!) And also, dude, facts don't stop being true no matter how vehemently you deny them. And it was awesome that Jon brought Doris Kearns Goodwin on the next night to back up his argument about the diversity of Lincoln's cabinet.
* I would say The Colbert Report
is on a roll lately, but I think it's been on a roll since it premiered, actually. Still, it seems that nearly every night I watch it I am struck by how brilliant it is. This week's Willie Nelson episode was particularly classic. Between the hilarity of the comedy and the stunningly incisive and biting wit of the satire, I regularly think that this show is one of the greatest things I've seen in my life.
Hmmm. I should try and get tickets again. And I never did write up a report last time. Let's see... the highlights:
* I got there at 3pm; it was snowing so they let everyone wait inside.
joined me and we were seated in the front row.
* Stephen ran along the front row giving everyone five from both directions; both of my hands touched Stephen's!
* Someone asked him about his ice cream flavor and he said he gave a pint of it to Jon Stewart who "ate half and had sex with the other half." The slashers went insane with laughter and squee.
* He kept screwing up The Word and having to do it over, but he remained hilarious and good-natured the whole time. You can actually see it jump a bit in the aired episode where they had to cut it together to get it to run continuously. At the end he apologized to us and thanked us for remaining enthusiastic despite his mistakes.
* After the first segment, when he talked about NYC-distributed condoms, he began throwing condoms into the crowd like parade candy. I now own three NYC condoms touched by the hand of Stephen Colbert.
Oh, and Tuesday was Stephen Colbert day
in Oshawa. How awesome is that? Is there nothing that Stephen Colbert can't do?