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Blood Ties

[BTW, I owe a couple people comments in a discussion or two, and will get back to them eventually. It just calls for more in-depth than I've been in the mood for.]

Amused that BT and Dresden Files (which, incidentally, I'm enjoying immensely, despite having no particular urge to post about it) both had incubus eps within a few weeks of each other. More amused that this incubus turned out to be a red herring. The writing bar was definitely raised on this one, and I'd love to see it stay there. Much tighter and less predictable, with no lapse (and arguably an increase) in wit and character zing.

Kyle Schmid seems to be getting more comfortable in Henry's skin. Possibly assisted by the fact that Henry's libido looks to have been arrested at seventeen along with his appearance, and is causing him to act said age with Vicki. *snerk* Which is in turn eliciting the appropriate reaction from her. You want her to take you seriously, my friend, that ain't the way.

The olive-snatching bit cracked me up, once I figured out what the hell he was doing. Not sure why the visual misfired, and can't think of what they could have done differently to make it clearer. Possibly it's a delayed effect of the weird bit in the pilot where he masked the marks on Blonde Snack's neck by just passing his hand over them (I was like "Okay, no licking on Lifetime? Lots of sex but no saliva? WTF?") Maybe if that hadn't been stored in my head I would have had a clean slate to just see a high-speed grab. It read fine the second time, but that was after I had backed up the first one trying to figure it out.

As I was telling taraljc recently, I've also been liking what he's doing with this Henry being much more volatile than what I remember from the books. It could very easily have just been the latest incarnation of My Cranky Is All About My Violent Vampire Instincts OMGWoe, which I'm all for but has been pretty much driven into the ground at this point. But he's coming off more like My Cranky Is Genetic And A Bit From Being Spoiled Rotten. Really saw that in his pouting about the failure of his mojo charm to get the desperate housewives to offer up all their secrets. "My father killed the King of Scotland. Yes, I play golf." *doublesnerk* The human-level Skywalker Tudor temper also makes more sense with the parameters of this universe -- he's got a comparatively sweet deal, with really not much to be all Angsty!Vamp about (apart from the Christina issue).

All this will, of course, be moot if Vicki ends up staking him and beating Mike to death with her nightstick. About which she must be daydreaming at this point. Her attitude is pretty much the only thing making it possible to watch the boys' behavior without switching the damn thing off, even though -- thankfully! -- the triangle isn't nearly as much the focus of things as the promos have been making out. (Lifetime might be looking to bring the geek girls to their yard -- which we tend to avoid in droves -- but I guess they still have to sell it to the regulars on the usual terms. But wow, do those spots get laughable!)

And yes, I'm calling them boys, and will continue to do so as long as they act like it. I'm thinking after this one Cellucci might be getting a grip -- for all that he was lying through his teeth that he wasn't jealous, it is ultimately rooted in concern for Vicki, and I'm getting the sense from that conversation that he might make a bit more of an effort to keep his focus on that going forward. If not, well, then he will have to be smacked. Because if causing a jealousy demon to go a fair way toward pulling Henry's head off with its bare hands isn't loud and clear, I'm not sure what would be. Dylan Neal's style still isn't quite meshing for me, but either the fit is improving a bit or I'm getting used to it. And it's okay to some extent anyway since he should fit awkwardly into Vicki's "new world."

Not much Coreen this week, but what we got was cute. And another liar heard from, because little girl, so not buying the "not sexually frustrated." The incubus certainly appears to have disagreed. And you're striking out with Prince Slutbomb, FCOL. Whatever the reason for that might be -- because she seems more interested in what he is than who, or because she's not a challenge, or because it might piss Vicki off in a counterproductive way, or because her voracious occult research is bumping up against Henry's "No! Magic bad!!" prejudices. Or any or all of the above, plus probably some stuff I haven't thought of. In any event, the whole dynamic is entertaining -- Coreen striking out with Henry, who's striking out with Vicki, who's ready to dump both their adolescent (or adolescent-behaving) asses in a cold shower.

I don't see this becoming Deep And Meaningful Television any time soon, but it's shaping up into the good crack. :-)

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taraljc
Apr. 13th, 2007 07:02 pm (UTC)
I think he's not taken the very willing Coreen up on her offer specifically because she belongs to Vicki, and he so want in less-than-willing Vicki's pants right now....
wiliqueen
Apr. 13th, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think that's most of it at this point. It became a lot clearer this week, I think.
taraljc
Apr. 13th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Also? you are RIGHT ON THE MONEY with Hank being a spoiled brat. The more I read about teh real Henry D. Richmond, the more I think he must have been a total pain in the ass....
wiliqueen
Apr. 13th, 2007 07:32 pm (UTC)
*nodnodnodnod* What you get when everyone around a kid treats him like he's loading his diapers with gold. Add in "centuries of positive reinforcemnt," and it's no wonder he's incorrigible.

I'm rather entertained that the version of the story he told Vicki made it out to be All About Christina And Their Grand Passion, when I seem to recall from the books (and rather suspect it's the case here too) that a good chunk of the motivation was "Wow, do I not want to end up with Dad's job, but asking him to stop trying to designate me as heir would...not go over well. I think I'll run off and be dead now."
taraljc
Apr. 13th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm still in the process of re-reading the books (and I got the omnibus with teh short stories). Henry's backstory pops up in the weirdest places as flashbacks, so I keep missing bits.....
wiliqueen
Apr. 13th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
I only ever read the first three, and didn't know there were short stories. :-) Will get around to rectifying that...er...sometime.

I just have vague memories of him being just as happy not to have ended up king, TYVM.
neadods
Apr. 13th, 2007 07:37 pm (UTC)
More amused that this incubus turned out to be a red herring.

The background bit of Henry and the incubus bitching about modern women was worth the price of admission right there!

I am getting pissed off that the TV execs are apparently doing a dickswing by putting Dresden on at the same time as Blood Ties, presumably in the same sort of "them or us!" idiocy that had them pitching Lois and Clark right against SeaQuest. Honestly, you'd think that they haven't realized that VCRs are cheap these days.
wiliqueen
Apr. 13th, 2007 07:49 pm (UTC)
The background bit of Henry and the incubus bitching about modern women was worth the price of admission right there!

Oh, good gods, yes. *cackles*

I didn't realize SF had moved Dresden -- brainiacfive has been flying solo on recording duty -- but my hunch is it has more to do with giving it the benefit of Galactica's slot than with directly competing with BT.

Which is still annoying, but second in lameness to Lifetime launching BT when BSG was still in said slot, and building up to the season finale to boot. I'd suspect sabotage, except it's more likely that they're probably just not bright enough to realize how much of their potential audience was watching BSG. Never ascribe to malice what can be explained by incompetence...
ceridwyn2
Apr. 13th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)

I don't see this becoming Deep And Meaningful Television any time soon, but it's shaping up into the good crack. :-)

Yes it is quite that.

And plenty of eye candy, for all around.
wiliqueen
Apr. 13th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
Luckily they're succeeding with the one, because I wouldn't stick around just for the other. ;-)
ceridwyn2
Apr. 13th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
I was particularly referring to Christina Cox as the eye candy, but to each their own. :)
wiliqueen
Apr. 14th, 2007 01:04 pm (UTC)
I just meant eye candy alone can't keep my attention on a show. And I don't think she could be solely eye candy if she tried. :-)
ceridwyn2
Apr. 14th, 2007 02:14 pm (UTC)
No, eye candy alone can't keep my attention to a show. Many a show has lost my interest that way. The writing is improving, becoming tighter, and the actors are getting more comfortable with their roles.

The dynamics are starting to sort themselves out. I like the snark, too. :)

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