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Hrarrrghh grhhwh mrrhrh braaaaaains

I was going to finally upgrade my machine yesterday (have felt too blah/depressed to do it earlier) when I discovered that I don't have some of the software I'll need for a reinstall. I spent a while looking for it, then finally decided it was too late and I needed to get to sleep.

Then I couldn't fall asleep anyway and ended up mainlining Hawaii Five-O and The Walking Dead until 5AM. Ack!

They did a good job with the Hawaii Five-O remake. I mean, it's completely ridiculous, but it's fun. However, Grace Park is not a very good actress. She's not bad, and it's perfectly fine as she's not in a particularly demanding role, acting-wise, but I feel like there could be more brought to that character (which would also require some more interesting writing). I thought Alex O'Loughlin was a terrible actor when I first saw him in Moonlight, but he grew to be a sort of... comforting presence. His acting is probably still bad (I'm not objective enough to tell anymore) but he gets away with it because of his harmless charm.

Oh man, I love love love The Walking Dead. Like initially, I just got in on the zombie stuff because my RPG character's boyfriend was into zombies, but after watching the first 4 episodes, I have warm, fuzzy feelings now when I see decaying, disemboweled corpses shambling down the street!

The show is based on a comic book, but they seem to have taken a lot of inspiration from 28 Days Later and possibly the latest BBC incarnation of Survivors. I especially appreciate the beginning scenes where everything is quiet. No soundtrack or anything to really emphasize the absence of (living) people.

It's tough to be original with a zombie show, but they did a good job with keeping things interesting and putting the main character in tense, dangerous situations but without that Resident Evil survival horror game sense of OMG WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!! inevitability. And the Shaun of the Dead reference where they pretend to be zombies was pretty awesome. :)

There's a few subplots, but not too many to be confusing and they're all interesting. There's only 3 episodes left this season, apparently. I want more...... brains......

(There is no actual brain-feeding in the show. It's all flesh- and gut-eating. Massive zombie city populations can't afford to be picky, I guess.)

[ Edit: Also, Glenn is awesome. I love that his expert knowledge of the city that comes in so handy comes from being a pizza delivery guy, haha. ]

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I think Michael Weatherly (NCIS) is one of the most charming people on television, I judge everyone by his charm.

Oops, I just realized I didn't actually reply to your comment, but to the post instead, ack. I said:
Did you ever watch Dark Angel? He was so attractive in that and he spent the entire series in glasses and a wheelchair.

I did a bit, but jessica alba annoyed the stuffing out of me.

Did you ever watch Dark Angel? He was so attractive in that and he spent the entire series in glasses and a wheelchair.

omg, i had SUCH a freaking crush on Eyes Only! surpassed only by my crush on Max. and then Alec came along, and there was so much flailing, it was, like, the prettiest cast EVER.

Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie are the only 2 people who have those full lips and actually look good. I watched Dark Angel as reruns and was like OMG THAT'S JENSEN ACKLES!!!!!!!!! and got all excited and then HE DIED AT THE END OF THE EPISODE and I was so disappointed. :(

i love that your zombie love comes from the marty that lives in joolzie's head. it's like, almost meta. i don't really know all the way what that word means, despite holding a lit degree, but i like using it.

also--3 eps left?? it's a 7 episode season? wtf? i need moar zombies, dammit!

ellery's lending me some of the comic books, which i hear are way more hardcore and will probably make me cry. i'll let you know how they are!

It's all very strange. I almost called him as my imaginary friend, but he's actually my imaginary friend's friend from someone else's imagination...

There's actually only 6 episodes. :( :( :( But the good news is that it was picked up for a second season, and that will be 13 episodes long. :D

Comics are always hardcore, haha. Or, I guess the ones I read given that there are no superheroes in them.

However, Grace Park is not a very good actress. She's not bad, and it's perfectly fine as she's not in a particularly demanding role, acting-wise, but I feel like there could be more brought to that character (which would also require some more interesting writing

Whoa! I have to step in here and defend Grace Park. She did very good work on Battlestar Galactica, and I don't think that was a fluke. I think the blandness of her work on Five-O to date is almost wholly attributable to how vanilla the writing has been for her character and how little she's really been given to do.

Well, my opinion is that if someone is a very good actor, even in a lousy role they're still able to do a good job. Very few people fall into that category. Most actors can do a good job under certain circumstances, e.g. Jensen Ackles on Supernatural was great until they started making him cry a lot.

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