First off, Children in Need aired! There's New Who! Squee! So, here we go: ( spoilers for Time Crash )
Also, I watched the pilot episode of Moonlight and ( spoilers -- not squeeful )
( spoilers for Blood Ties -- The Devil You Know )
( spoilers for Numb3rs -- Primacy )
( spoilers for Dexter -- through 'That Night, A Forest Grew' )
( spoilers for Heroes -- Four Months Ago )
Bones, House, Boston Legal: Big fan in a non-fannish way. Bones makes me gleeful just about every week, House is quite emotionally satisfying, and Alan is a better friend than Denny deserves.
( spoilers for Smallville 7x08 -- Blue )
( spoilers for Supernatural 3x07 -- Fresh Blood )
Lastly, and more seriously, as anyone from popfandom already knows -- Lou Pearlman is a skeezy asshole who deserves to rot in prison for the rest of his life.
I wanted to wait until all of my 'non-summer' television was over before I posted this, and Doctor Who had to go and air oddly, crossing over between fall-spring television nearly into summer. But now it's done and I feel able to sum up how I felt. So, in alphabetical order, what I watched this year:
( Bones/Numb3rs )
( Boston Legal )
( Supernatural )
( Torchwood )
So, three of the returning shows that I'm watching this year feature pairs of brothers working together (Numb3rs, Prison Break, and Supernatural). A large part of why I'm watching the shows are because they're about strong, interesting sibling relationships.
Which brings me to a point -- where are the women? Where are the really good brother-sister or sister-sister shows? Joss Whedon should not be the only person in television capable of creating an interesting brother-sister relationship that drives the narrative forward (if you do know of any shows with strong, interesting b-s or s-s relationships, I would be thrilled to know about them).
The interesting thing (to me) is how Simon-River actually follows the 'format' of all three cited brother-brother dramatic relationships -- the younger sibling is the smarter of the two, the older starts out as/tries to be the physical protector of the two. The most straight-up example of this dynamic is Numb3rs, where Charlie and Don are pretty much set in their roles -- I doubt that we'll ever see Charlie shoot a bad guy to save Don, instead, he always uses his brain to help save his big brother (I admit to the possibility of being wrong). Supernatural also tends more toward this side of the scale -- Sam is the victim more often than not, the researcher more often than not, the one who went to college (each of the younger siblings is spot-lit in their series for 'having gone away to an important school' -- Charlie to Princeton at thirteen, Sam to Stanford, River to the Academy at a young age, Michael to Princeton).
Prison Break and Firefly each take a slightly different approach. While it's implied in Prison Break that Lincoln took care of the younger Michael, in the series itself, Michael is the rescuer of his older brother (who does still try to protect Michael, though Michael has, so far, always had it enough under control not to need Lincoln's help). In Firefly, we start out with an older brother-protector/younger sibling-protected dynamic but, by the end of the series (and into the movie), the roles have pretty much equalized, with River being the more proactive fighter.
( Spoilers for all four shows )
Because watching television is my healthy way of coping with stress.
There really has been some very interesting stuff with siblings recently -- I don't remember television having so many great sib-pairs in the past, though my knowledge pre-Joss can be limited. What are the great television sib-pairs pre-Simon and River (because I would so be all over watching older stuff with great sib-work)?
So, I adore the Eppes brothers (and I like father Eppes considerably more than his counterpart on Supernatural, though daddy Winchester is hotter), but I'm also really enjoying the other quirky characters. Larry is a delight (particularly in this thing that appears to be happening with Megan -- I hope they take that drive together soon!), I love that Megan and Colby seem to appreciate Charlie's number thing more than... the chick in the first season. What was her name? I remember that her actress was Sabrina Lloyd, but I am blanking on the character name. Anyway, it's cute how they'll let him go on even when they do get what he's talking about (I'm thinking mostly about Megan in Toxin). They really do seem to like him, which is all kinds of nice.
I mostly like Amita, though I don't love her after she made Charlie get all sad eyes on us. Still, she is played by Dana the Vampire Slayer, so I have faith in the actress.
I have also now developed a total crush on Agent David Sinclair (Alimi Ballad). Has his actor been in anything else fannishly-known? I'm sure that I've read his name somewhere.
So, the first time that I tried to watch Numb3rs, jic and I just watched the episodes that happened to be airing the two weeks we were trying it out (they were the building/jumping episode and the clown episode).
It didn't catch with me at that time. Still, I did want to give the show another try, hopefully from the beginning (I'm very fond of starting at the beginning and getting character/relationship introductions). So, I did that, this last week, gave the first episode a try to see how I liked the show that way.
I liked it so much more than before that I've now started in on watching the second season. I really like the whole 'family' vibe that the Eppes have. I like the mix of work and personal that they have going on. I like the secondaries -- Terry and David, and Larry and Amita. The show is still a little more... openly emotional than I'm used to, but having the context of watching from the beginning, it doesn't bother me this time around.
Also, Charlie and Don are really, really hot. As a set, I actually do find them a smidge hotter than the Winchester brothers (Charlie's pretty hair! Don's gorgeous smile lines!). It's interesting how, on the one hand, they are more extreme than the Winchesters (in terms of brotherly dynamics, Charlie's genius sets him further apart from the world and makes him far more sheltered than Sam could ever have dreamed of being) and yet they are also less extreme (in terms of absolute lifestyle).
I really need to stop watching new things. I like too many of them.