this week in media consumption
October 25, 2013
How about that Captain America: The Winter Soldier trailer? Yeah, I’ll just be watching that a couple more times today.
Agents of SHIELD is still stumbling along. I really liked that bionic eye episode — good story there. My favorite thing is the relationship between May and Coulson and how she’s trying to protect him without looking like she’s protecting him, because she knows something’s wrong. But gosh, the rest of the cast, the rest of everything — still entirely milquetoast. So much potential, but the show can’t seem to bring itself to push beyond adequate.
Then I watched Sleepy Hollow because of all the buzz it was getting. And I was shocked, because I really like it. Interesting characters, different characters, Clancy Brown, cute scruffy men in period clothing, clever secret histories, actual horror (I think it was the second episode with the witch? Actually scary!). It’s another urban fantasy TV series and it’s doing things right. I’m engaged. Did I mention cute men in period clothing — speaking Middle English? (A for effort on including spoken Middle English in a prime-time TV show — especially not calling it “Old English,” which is actually Anglo Saxon. B minus for accuracy, since there were multiple distinct dialects of Middle English — none of which were spoken in 1590, when the community ostensibly existed, and which was well into the Early Modern period and would have been mostly understandable to modern English speakers. But hey, Middle English on prime time TV!) iO9 talks about how to make ridiculous stories great, in reference to Sleepy Hollow.
The time traveler episode of Castle was about my favorite episode in a long time. Arrow has also started up again, and I’m loving it as much as ever. Favorite quote so far: “Mom, will they shoot us if I try to hug you?”
I’ve finally started mainlining the third season of Lexx. Still loving it, especially because the “Fire and Water” storyline is so very steampunk. Actual airship pirates!
What I’m reading: The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater. Of all the YA books I read last year when I was on the Norton Award jury, many were “Book 1” in a new series. The only “Book 1” I read where I had any inclination to pick up the sequel was Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys, which is one of the best examples of a multiple p.o.v. ensemble cast of characters I’ve ever read. I could learn, reading that book. After reading a bunch of non-fiction and slogging my way through several problematic novels, I really wanted to read something I could dive into and swim around in and play. The Dream Thieves is it. This time, I’m loving the language. She can really put a sentence together. Deep happy sigh.
I’m saving Iain M. Banks’ The Hydrogen Sonata for my vacation in a couple of weeks.
And that’s what’s on my mind lately.