Apr. 23rd, 2011 09:28 pm
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"no opinion. they are condescending."
  1. Random things about Soulmates that I loved:

    1. Leslie calling Ron on her team for hypothetical hockey games, because of course she would, they’re BFFs; and his tiny smile and little huff like he completely approves, because he understands why she’d want him on his team, and because the only reason he’d even play the game is if Leslie asked him to - they’re BFFs. Oh you guys. Favourite friendship on this show.

    2. I LOVE HOW SMART PEOPLE ON THIS SHOW ARE. They’re not all White Collar-competent (I haven’t talked about this, but that show hit my “people being extremely intelligent at their jobs” kink very hard), and they’re not all smart in that ‘decent grades in school’ way, and yes, some of them are absurdly naive (Andy more than others), but they’re not emotionally-stupid—they can read situations and they can read the people they’re closest to pretty easily.

      And then beyond that, these characters do something about it. Andy and April are the exception to this because they’re both young and have had their feelings regularly, frequently distorted by proximity to one Ann Perkins (I think he still likes her! / I think she may still want me!), but the older characters are wonderful. Leslie in particular is so refreshingly straightforward in her interactions with every adult on this show: she kind of liked Justin, she kind of liked Dave, she understood both of them kind of liked her back, so they dated. When she didn’t think it was going to work any longer, she left it alone, and she moved on.

      She knew about Ben. Leslie and Ann have discussed this before! (“He seemed so into you!”) And she asked him out! I’m probably getting too gleeful about this, but the other show I’m crazy-invested right now in is The Good Wife, and I spend every scene moaning about how stupid everyone in the show is about talking properly about their feelings and being quietly devastating when no one else is looking. ([livejournal.com profile] hyacinthian understands.) That Ben’s heart-eyes and his way of getting slightly dorky about Leslie’s general existence haven’t exactly escaped her attention is giving me a lot of joy, especially because it’s being reciprocated. Oh, you two.

    3. Ben was using the snow globe museum love to have something to talk to Leslie about pretty obviously, but he loves her wildflower mural without even knowing she loves it!! That’s almost nauseatingly perfect. ‘Shipping these two has been one of the most delightful ‘shipping experiences of my life - they’re obviously going to be something, they’re both not going to be dumb about it, they’ll both have to figure some things out but it’ll all work out. I’m not anxious that they’re going to pull away from each other, and I’m not worried about the writers dragging it out. They’ll get there. I’ll just...smile stupidly at them from the sidelines and flail every time one of them smiles unrestrainedly at the other. (I mean, really. They don’t even pretend to reign themselves in. Amy’s gorgeous little smile and how happy she looked when talking to both Chris and Ben at the end of the episode was perfectly played.)

    4. I don’t talk about this enough, but Tom is really such an excellent character: on one side we have him been hilarious because Aziz Ansari delivers every line with so much style and such perfect timing and with his brilliant facial expressions, because his comedic genius is severely underrated but by god does he bring it every week, and then we have the other side - a Tom who’s surprisingly really good at his job, who knows how to schmooze and how to interact with different people to get things done, who can sometimes be sweet and aware of how exactly to tackle certain situations. Soulmates was way more about the former than the latter, but it made people talk about him, so I’m not fussed. His talking head about his nicknames for everything was flawless (I lost it at “chicky chicky parm parm”, I think), as was his three wishes, and his Dating Leslie song.

      And then we had him talking to Ben post-kiss (side-note: so satisfying to have Leslie know exactly what to do to shut the man up and have it work. every time.), where he seemed to needle him about how not-bad Leslie was at kissing almost knowingly, which is glorious. He’s on to him, too. And I love that he made it clear right off the bat that he wasn’t actually interested in her - it didn’t seem to be a matter of his own pride, as it could’ve been - he just wanted to make sure that Ben knew there wouldn’t be anything there.

      (Also a few days ago on TWoP someone said that she’s decided that Tom/Ann could be building up quietly in the background and they’d be the series endgame, and I’ll say it now: I LOVE IT. I love it so much. I have decided I ‘ship it.)

    5. Chris was fantastically utilised in this episode, which is a relief - his ‘quirks’ are pretty one-note and having him be a joke rather than an actual part of a storyline could get tiring, so I really loved the way they used him against Ron and with Andy.

    6. The Chris-Andy and Ron-April parallels were fucking adorable. Of course Andy would bug Chris to buy him something (“I said only one!”), and of course April would ask Ron to buy two crows just because they were cheap (and of course Ron would buy them just because they were cheap, too). The Ron-April dynamic is especially wonderful. I adore them both and I adore seeing the joy they get from each other. Seeing Ron smile at anyone makes me spectacularly sappy, I think. oops.

    7. I love Kyle being Jerry’s Jerry. This is why your shoes are never shined, sir. Even Jerry doesn’t like you.

    8. Leslie’s perfect man is the Phantom. Also her “fuck you, Ann!” is wonderful - I like how much more frequently the characters on this show swear compared to other comedies.

    9. Andy/April are effortlessly perfect together. I love them very much.

    10. Ben loves the wildflower mural too! (I know I already said it, whatever.)

  2. The Office was fantastic. Mindy Kaling’s always been pretty deft with balancing out humour with freely emotional scenes, I think, and I think you could see it best with the song they sang for Michael - they didn’t break the perfection of that song with a joke or something to tone it down, they just cut to Michael saying what we’d all figured out by then - it’s going to hurt like a motherfucker. IT ALREADY DOES, THOUGH. IT ALREADY DOES.

    I mean, everyone sang for him, even the people who wouldn’t even bother with things like this. I teared up, I can’t even lie. My love for this show started in 2007, and in many ways it was my first real exposure to an actual fandom - with beautifully-written fic, and people who felt equally strongly about these characters, and people who thought equally hard about what scenes could mean or how they played into the overall structure of the series. (S2 and S3 are still gorgeous writing on that level, I think, structurally - S3 was weakened by the way they dragged Jim/Pam out, but I think it worked overall.) I haven’t been around this fandom for well over a year at this point, but not having Michael around is final and kind of depressing. It’s the end of The Office as I’d once known it.

    Next week. :/

  3. Community was surprisingly funny, I think. I like being able to like this show! I don’t think they sustained it, but the first ten minutes were brilliant, and overall I think they handled the clip-show concept really well. Also: called Jeff/Britta after the Halloween episode. Also: the little bits of the adventures they've had off-screen were maybe my favourite moments of this show ever - glee club! ghost cowboy town! glee club!

    I’m disappointed with 30 Rock. This show really doesn’t work in the one-hour format, and it felt more like an extended “remember this old character? remember this joke? sometimes Liz makes up words!” callback episode than it should have - and at the same time, somehow, it felt too rushed? How does that even work? Jenna’s storyline was all over the place. The episode itself was fine, and definitely better than most of S4, but still.

  4. Have I mentioned that Cougar Town is my second-favourite comedy on TV right now? I think it balances humour and emotion a lot better than Scrubs used to, and I think the ensemble is fantastic, etc., but really I just wanted to say how much I love the women on this show. On paper and at first glance these ladies are all pretty stereotypical ladies - the shrill high-maintenance mother-type, the sharp, cool, mean and sly type, the young, ditzy, easily-emotional type - but I really love how fully-fleshed out they all are, and how much they own themselves. They are strong and independent and aren’t one-sided at all - and I love how much they love and support one another, because fictional ladies being nice to one another is ridiculously rare and this makes me happy. This paragraph of love was prompted by Laurie’s Walk of Awesome in the second episode this week - own it, girl.

  5. Doctor Who’s finally back!!! !!!! !! This show airs right in the middle of when I’m asleep, so when I’ll watch it depends on how early I wake up for it, but you guys, I’m fucking psyched. New Matt Smith Faces! River Song! Amy Pond! Rory Williams. (I love the guy, but I’m hoping the sixth series does enough for his character than my ‘.’ turns to an exclamation point. I’m waiting for it, show.)

-- rachu

Date: 2011-04-23 01:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] peasantings.livejournal.com
I haven't seen most of the Community episode yet, but I watched the part where they pay homage to that specific fanvideo, and I'm kind of doubled-over laughing.

Other things I laughed super-hard at: Kyle being Jerry's Jerry! That was perfect! I cheered. Andy buying a pinwheel! Tom's "Dating Leslie" song. (I think I kind of need an AU fic where we imagine what Tom would be like dating everyone in Parks & Rec.)

And my favorite Leslie description of her perfect man remains:

"I want someone with the brains of George Clooney, in the body of Joe Biden."

Date: 2011-04-23 02:38 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] irishmizzy.livejournal.com
I have watched that Seasons of Love clip every single time someone links it and it never fails to make me cry. SO GOOD, MINDY. Augh, I'm not ready for next week. I will never be ready.

The way they're handling the girls on Cougar Town is so excellent, I love it. Remember in the beginning of the series when everyone was borderline unbearable? THANK YOU FOR FIXING THAT, SIRS. I still can't get over how they hired more women to do that. SUCH A SIMPLE, EFFECTIVE ANSWER. I tip my imaginary top hat to them.

Date: 2011-04-23 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eachtoeach.livejournal.com
Ah! I'm so excited that you're using LJ regularly again!

YES x a million to all of your Parks thoughts. Especially the characters being emotionally smart. Let's face it, these are adults. They've been dating for years. They know how things work and how to read people. Yes, sometimes, in real life, it can get complicated, but it's not always like that. Parks continues to be refreshing in so many aspects, including this one. And I DIED at Jerry sassing Kyle!

I have watched The Office bit with the singing too many times. It makes me feel too many emotions. Mixed ones too. I am so so sad Michael/Steve is leaving but seeing everyone participate in the song was so heartwarming in a way. Here's this guy who just wants people to like him. Yes he can be stupid and overzealous, but his heart is always in the right place. And seeing this office full of people do something like this for him was just so incredibly moving. Next week is going to be very very hard.

The women on Cougar Town are incredible. They honestly make a show that could be trite so joyful to watch. I'm so glad I have this show a chance! I wish there was a larger fandom, though.

DOCTOR WHO DOCTOR WHO! Remember when I first started watching it back in November?! Greatest decision ever. I too really hope they do something for Rory because, as much as I love him, I don't feel as strongly about him as I do the rest of the cast of characters. But he has the potential, so BRING IT THE FUCK ON!

Date: 2011-04-23 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shornt.livejournal.com

Date: 2011-04-24 03:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joirerson.livejournal.com

Date: 2011-04-23 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] diamondrocker.livejournal.com
You encapsulated everything about why I love the "Soulmates" ep, and everything about why I love parks in general. I don't have the ability to write coherently about this show yet - if I tried to type anything out, it would pretty much consist of: "RAINBOWSSSS AND SUNSHINNNNE AND THIS SHOW VOMITS RAINBOWWSSS AND JOY ALL OVER, AND MY EYES, THEY SEE STARS AND SPARKLES AND I WANT TO SHRINK EVERYONE AND STICK THEM IN MY POCKET THEY ARE ALL TOO ADORABLY AMAZING TO LIVE AND I LOVE EVERYONE IN THIS BAR EVEN ANN, AND OMG SOOOO MANNNY RAINBOWWWWS."

I thoroughly enjoyed this week's community - the stronest points were definitely the new scenes from all the hijinks they got up to between episodes - and I think it was definitely one of the strongest eps in a very up and down season. Yes, it went more for cleverness and irreverance with this episode than heart and irreverance, but it still worked. AND THE DEAN SHOULD HAVE WON LIKE, 70 AWARDS FOR HIS OVERALL PERFECTNESS.

OH GOD DOCTOR WHO. I need to hunt down a link STAT. The excitement is eating me alive, but I know I'm gonna be DYING for the next part the SECOND this first ep is over. OH MOFFATT WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO US????

Date: 2011-04-23 11:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hmsharmony.livejournal.com
The Office was really, REALLY wonderful. I'm pretty sure that Michael crying was actually Steve Carell crying (that, or he's one hell of an actor!).

Doctor Who was so wonderful!! I hope you enjoyed it. <3

Date: 2011-04-24 02:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kasuchi
;____; oh gods I just watched the Seasons of Love clip and omg Rachu. I love that song. I love that scene. It was lovely and wonderful and perfect and ;____;

Date: 2011-04-25 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mollivanders.livejournal.com
That Ben’s heart-eyes and his way of getting slightly dorky about Leslie’s general existence haven’t exactly escaped her attention is giving me a lot of joy, especially because it’s being reciprocated. Oh, you two.

Oh, feelings. I second your comments about emotional maturity (and swearing) in this series. It's so refreshing compared to how other shows are run. Also, you've tuned me into Ann/Tom. Surprise ship could happen!

Cougar Town is all about awesome ladies and the men who show up in their show ;)

Date: 2011-04-26 08:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombie_boogie.livejournal.com
As always, your Parks and Rec thoughts are perfection on toast. Especially the stuff in point number two. How much do I love that Ann and Leslie had The Ben Conversation at some point? So much. And Leslie's face was so, so, so perfect throughout.


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