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Hello, BIG nod to Blood Trail! Just in case we might forget that Peter Mohan is a fan of the books, and not just a showrunner who happened on a cool project. :-) Out with Tanya's werewolves of London(, ON), in with a cat burglar named Felicia who is an actual Black Cat. *crickets* Okay, it's funny if you're a merry Marvelite, moving along...

Loved seeing Ellen Dubin. She brings so much class and a unique presence to everything she does, no matter how small or odd the part (not that this was either). And you just know that, on most shows, the casting of Felicia would have been more along the lines of her little sister. It's hard to realize how much we lose by those parameters being so narrow until we see them challenged. I would love this show even if it didn't do that, but love it that much more for giving us unmistakably grownup actresses as characters like Felicia and Elena.

The initial exchange about Henry drawing Mike into his new story and being "sorry" to kill him off was a scream on its own, but the running gag? Priceless. It's so easy for something like that to go a step too far and lose the funny, but this hit it just right. Even better, it gave us a nice clear gauge of the current state of the dynamic between the two guys without having to hammer it as a topic of its own.

And there's poor Mike stuck holding the "complicated" bag again, this time having to give Vicki's trademark line to Vicki herself. And wow, oh, wow, does he hate it. He's in such an awful position -- with the exact same drive that Vicki has articulated before, that now that he's seen these things he can't just turn his back, but he doesn't have the luxury of her free-agent status.

Coreen's absence was odd. Not so much that she can't have a couple days off now and then, but that nobody remarked upon it. Especially seeing Henry and Vicki up to their eyebrows in research without her. It felt weird enough to be distracting, and a throwaway "it would be nice if she hadn't picked this week to go off to Convergence" or something would have helped.

Hmmm. I'm less chatty than usual. I liked it, but guess I'm not all afire with thinky-thoughts. Definitely rubbing my hands in anticipation for next week, tho! :-)

xposted to bloodties_tv

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ariestess
Oct. 20th, 2007 09:46 pm (UTC)
Am watching the ep now. We've known about this ep for MONTHS now, thanks to Ellen herself. Am actually quite enjoying it, and I don't watch the show itself. I'm only watching for ED...

And now to finish the ep, then send an email off to ED about it...
wiliqueen
Oct. 22nd, 2007 01:28 pm (UTC)
Am actually quite enjoying it, and I don't watch the show itself. I'm only watching for ED...

This wasn't even a prime example of it, IMHO.

I'm torn between applauding Lifetime for pushing their programming envelope, and despairing that most of my friends missed getting in on the ground floor of a great show mostly because of the channel it was on.
ariestess
Oct. 22nd, 2007 11:53 pm (UTC)
I just didn't get into the show because I didn't know the books...and I wasn't sure I was interested in "another vampire show", you know? But I might give this one another shot...
wiliqueen
Oct. 23rd, 2007 12:08 am (UTC)
It's not totally off in left field from the books, but definitely functions independently. I haven't read them in 15 years, and only remember the vaguest of broad strokes. Although the moment I saw that Christina Cox was Vicki, I was pretty much toast. :-)
neadods
Oct. 21st, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
It was a pretty interesting take on the book, considering that they're not allowed to actually use the book. (Which is a pity, because it's my favorite of the series.)
wiliqueen
Oct. 21st, 2007 05:52 pm (UTC)
Mine too. I think it probably still would be now, though there were only the three when I read them.
neadods
Oct. 22nd, 2007 12:06 am (UTC)
What she did with the dynamics among the werewolves was the most innovative take on it I've ever read, far more so than the episode was allowed to be.

Besides, the book had the little wolf boy whining "Everybody gets to bite someone but me!"
wiliqueen
Oct. 22nd, 2007 01:18 pm (UTC)
I really gotta get around to rereading those again soon.
kevenn
Oct. 21st, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
I caught up on this show(just started watching this season - so 2 whole episodes=caught up for me) this weekend. I'm liking it so far. Thank gods for the DV-R, otherwise, it so wouldn't be happening. LOL.

Henry is hot. :D
wiliqueen
Oct. 21st, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC)
Don't believe Lifetime's marketing babble -- they pulled a Skiffy, and this is actually the middle of the first season.

If you want to get caught up for real, you can get all of them from iTunes or stream them on the Lifetime website. :: innocent crack-dealer whistle ::
kevenn
Oct. 22nd, 2007 08:50 pm (UTC)
Free on the website?? Herm. . . :D
studiesinlight
Dec. 8th, 2007 09:45 pm (UTC)
Catching up on BT: the werecat episode
>"Okay, it's funny if you're a merry Marvelite,"

And some of us are. So's all good. ;-)

Coreen's absence was indeed odd, and could have used a quick nod as you describe for the sake of continuity. If the fear of continuity was in anyone's mind, they might even have done it without naming her -- "your/my assistant" would have served.

Mike holding the bag -- his captain thinks he's stupidly bullheaded, his partner thinks he's getting dangerously stubborn; he's right but he has to come back with his hands empty -- was striking here, and I imagine it's something that's going to happen habitually. The PI is the center of this story, so when a bag needs to get held, it's going to be shunted off to either officialdom (Mike) or the underworld (Henry) so that Viki can wash her hands and get on to the next serial installment. This is sort of the same thing as Henry handling, offscreen, the hiding of Very Dangerous Magical Items.

I have not read any of the books on which the series was based, but I was less impressed with the shapeshifter aspect of this story than I would have been before I discovered the "magical romance" genre of romance novels, from where I am now sick to death of communities of shapeshifters. There's certainly nothing wrong with this incarnation of it, but a few years ago I would have thought it was unique, while now I think it's just a better than average use of a common trope.

>"unmistakably grownup actresses as characters like Felicia and Elena."

I also appreciate the grown-ups -- and that's my major take on BT's aspirations: it wants to be "the Buffyverse all grown up" ;-) -- but "Elena" is a name that is escaping me right now . . . ?
wiliqueen
Dec. 9th, 2007 02:49 am (UTC)
Re: Catching up on BT: the werecat episode
from where I am now sick to death of communities of shapeshifters.

I can understand that. The book this ep took some cues from (the way their licensing contract works, they can adapt or cherry-pick as they see fit) was published in 1990 or '91, IIRC, so it wasn't quite as common then. :-) But they were still looking to twist on it a bit by moving it away from the original werewolves.

Mike holding the bag ... was striking here, and I imagine it's something that's going to happen habitually.

And escalate, of course.

This is sort of the same thing as Henry handling, offscreen, the hiding of Very Dangerous Magical Items.

I hadn't thought of that, but very true.

but "Elena" is a name that is escaping me right now . . . ?

The Gorgon from "Stone Cold."

Edited at 2008-08-14 02:09 pm (UTC)
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