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Huh? How did THAT happen?

So I watched this week's Flash Gordon over lunch, and am abjectly shocked, because my response (aside from the inappropriate glee of "Ding dong, Detective Cardboard is dead!") was "Dude! If they keep making THIS show, I'll actually want to watch it, instead of hanging in there for whatever little Gina fix they see fit to give me!"

(I know I keep saying it and saying it, but seriously. DALE FRELLING ARDEN. It can't be THAT hard to give her some agency and/or plot that you don't miss if you blink. And it may be my imagination, but they might actually finally be figuring out how!)

In fact, if they had been making that show all along, things would probably have been such that I wouldn't have had the inappropriate glee.

Color me stunned.

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vretallin
Jan. 15th, 2008 07:52 pm (UTC)
I whole heartedly agree.
wiliqueen
Jan. 15th, 2008 07:57 pm (UTC)
I literally had my mouth hanging open, going, "Wait, have I been hit on the head, or is this actually good?" There have previously been all of two episodes I considered fairly solid (both of which were, thankfully, written by the staffer with whom I'm acquainted, so I can look her in the eye in the now-unlikely event that I run into her somewhere), but this was actually good.

If I'd given a rodent's posterior about Joe based on what they'd previously done with him (and the swan song belatedly and pretty definitively proved it wasn't the actor's fault), it would have been REALLY good.

Stunned.
vretallin
Jan. 15th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
ROFLOL. I totally know what you mean. I have been watching the show regularly since it started and was shocked they started last week with a decent plotline they continued through and now it's starting to actually 'go somewhere' and interesting. The actor for Joe, was definately directed to go in a very poor direction. But killing him will help the show greatly.
havocthecat
Jan. 15th, 2008 07:54 pm (UTC)
(aside from the inappropriate glee of "Ding dong, Detective Cardboard is dead!")

OH, MY GOD, THEY KILLED HIM? I can't even remember his name. How sad is that?

Maybe I need to start watching Flash Gordon again, if Dale is behaving more awesomely than before.
wiliqueen
Jan. 15th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Joe. And I've literally been BEGGING THEM OUT LOUD to get rid of him for most of the run of the show. At first it was "Let him in on the secret or get rid of him," because he was just so awkwardly shoehorned. And taking up most of Dale's screen time with the Triangle of Pastede On Yay, which didn't exactly make me any happier.

Then they let him in on the secret and it DIDN'T HELP, and he promptly got his badge yanked on account of the STUPID, and pretty much ever since then I've been going "Oh, dear God/dess, PLEASE put him out of our misery," because he was so obviously never intended to be anything but a plot device anyway and it was just PAINFUL.

And while I think this one pretty definitively proves it wasn't the actor's fault, I'm still scratching my head wondering how it's physically possible to have zero chemistry with Gina. At first I thought it was deliberate, and TPTB were trying to sledgehammer the wrongness of the match, but then it was just "Wow, he's really supposed to be in love with her and actually want to marry her, and there is no possible way to tell that except that the script says so. WTF?"

But yep, they killed him. And pretty darn well. Would have been REALLY well, had he actually had a chance to be a character.

I've been reading interviews with Gina and thinking "Okay, either that woman has the most bulletproof positive attitude on the planet, or things are going to get a WHOLE lot cooler in the back half of the season." I'm actually having hope now that it's the latter!

ETA: Also? Aura is getting interesting. Yes, you read that correctly.

The brain, she is positively short-circuiting.

Edited at 2008-01-15 08:21 pm (UTC)
cheekygal
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:03 pm (UTC)
I have been boggling on Aura's development of late. She's got sneaky political ideas? Can hack into networks without Daddy Dearest finding out? Cool!

Plus, I died laughing during the episode when Flash interrupted Terek and her would-be incestuous make-out session with the news that they were siblings. The looks on their faces were so 'Damn! Maybe we can snog just once and pretend we didn't hear him until later?'

This is not a great show. But it's becoming a teensy bit more than an extremely guilty pleasure.
wiliqueen
Jan. 17th, 2008 04:34 pm (UTC)
boggling on Aura's development of late. She's got sneaky political ideas? Can hack into networks without Daddy Dearest finding out?

No kidding! And even more astonishing... Anna Van Hooft can be convincing at it? I found her very much the weakest link at the beginning -- all she had was the "I am spoiled brat, see me pout" thing, so she needed to be selling it for all she was worth, and I just didn't see it. She seems to do better with this stuff.

Edited at 2008-01-17 04:34 pm (UTC)
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