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TV watching
Monday 4th April 2016 8:48 pm

I've been gradually working my way through all the stuff I have taped on my PVR. I've done all the hour long documentaries and now just have the TV series to go. Which feel like the harder bits...

But then I got distracted yesterday and watched an episode of Quantum Leap - The Americanization of Machiko. It had been on my mind after I'd watched a documentary about time travel in sci-fi that mentioned Quantum Leap. The episode is about a sailor who returns from two years in Japan, with a Japanese wife. Who his mother doesn't approve of. Because it's Quantum Leap of course it all turns out all right in the end.

It just reminded me how good Quantum Leap was. And how much I should resist the urge to watch (nearly) all the rest of the episodes (I've never felt the need to rewatch Lee Harvey Oswald, the Evil Leaper stuff or the last episode).

It is a lot easier to have time to watch these things at the weekend. Partly because I can watch them during the day, while Missy is asleep. In the evenings she wants to play (and I want to play with her too) or she'll be noisy drinking or chewing the bars. Sometimes it can take me a whole evening to watch something an hour long.

But I can't blame her for building up a massive load of things to watch on my PVR because most of it was from last year (and some from the year before), and I only got Missy after New Year.

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What I’ve been up to
Sunday 31st May 2015 7:54 pm

Working mostly. This week had four working days in it and I did more than five days worth of hours just in those four days. That sort of thing doesn't really leave much time or brain for anything else.

I have been watching Red Dwarf, on the basis that it's short, doesn't require too much brain (since I know it all already) and it's funny, so cheers me up. I actually started with X - Lemons to be specific, because the Jesus joke is still funny. Then I went onto IV, V and VI. Which was the right way round to do it. And then I decided to watch some of them with the commentary turned on instead.

The commentaries seem like they put the actors in a room and left them to it. They mostly discuss the guest actors and the lighting. They do sound like they're having a fun time watching them together. It turns out that Chris Barrie doesn't remember most of the episodes, apart from being oiled in Terrorform.

I also rewatched a one-off thing from 1999 called Hunting Venus. When I originally saw it I liked the music so much I bought the soundtrack (I've never really bought much music). But I bought it on tape, since I didn't own a CD player at the time (I've also always been behind the times on music formats). I wanted to get it on CD, but it was long since discontinued. And then earlier this year I looked it up on eBay and found it cheap. Listening to it in the car made me want to rewatch it. It's not out on DVD (unsurprisingly) but various people have put it up on the internet.

It's about a band called The Venus Hunters who had a hit in the early 80s. Fifteen years later they're brought together to perform one last time. It's full of 80s music and I really like their hit (which was written by Jools Holland). It stars Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey, which was probably why I watched it at the time. But it also stars Ben Miller, who I'd never heard of back then. Oh, and Neil Morrissey plays a woman, which I'd forgotten. He's very good at it as well. It was a fun thing that doesn't require a brain either.

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TV catchup
Sunday 7th April 2013 7:31 pm

I woke this morning feeling terrible, so I spent this afternoon doing nothing but watching TV. I haven't caught up on everything - it would probably take me a week to do that - but I have now watched last week's TV (among other things). So it's been a productive day from that perspective.

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Mumbling on TV
Saturday 6th April 2013 9:11 pm

I hate it when TV programmes are full of people mumbling. Doctor Who is a particularly bad offender. I have to turn the TV up to twice the usual volume to hear what they're saying, and then when you get an action scene it's so loud I have to turn it down again. Somewhere along the line I miss bits, but get the gist - if I get really confused that's what the rewind button is for.

Being Human was even worse for mumbling, and worse than that, they also whispered! I had to turn the TV up really loud and turn the subtitles on and then sometimes the only way I knew that someone had said something is because the subtitles told me.

I don't get why they have to do this. Surely with all the technology they have these days they can pick up what the actors are saying - and if not, ask them to speak up!

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A complaint about cliffhangers
Saturday 21st January 2012 4:05 pm

I've complained about cliffhangers before, but this one is directly related to Sherlock and the cliffhangers at the end of both series. I'm not going to spoil what happens, not least because I don't actually know.


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A lot of words
Sunday 6th February 2011 4:29 pm

After a week of doing not a lot except for a bit of work and watching a lot of Stargate and Quantum Leap (and not a lot of TV - I have now have three episodes of Taggart, two of Midsomer Murders and two of Being Human to watch), I am finally pretty much better. Better being a relative term.

Although I am really annoyed that as of Tuesday, the channel that showed Chuck and Leverage to those of us without Sky or cable, is now only for people who have Sky or cable. And I suspect the chances of either of those two programmes being on Freeview are small. So annoying. The stupid thing is it would be cheaper to buy them on DVD (never mind rent) than to get Sky just to watch 40 episodes. Or in my case, not quite get round to watching for ages.

On the positive side, this week I have been working on my Big Bang fic. I have 3000 words - of plot notes. But I found last time that if I write down exactly what's in each scene it makes it easier to write the scenes. And it's easier to move them around at the plotting stage than at the writing stage. Now that's done I have 30 scenes. I ought to start writing on Monday really. It's just that the first 13 are from Jack O'Neill's point of view and I've not written from his point of view before. Although I have now watched so much Stargate that every voice is starting to sound like him.

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Why I hate cliffhangers
Saturday 23rd October 2010 9:32 pm

I hate cliffhangers in TV programmes. The reason why I've thought about it now (and ok, only just got round to posting about it) is because at the SJA panel last week someone asked why each episode was split into two parts. The reason was that the people making the decision liked cliffhangers. And in some of the commentaries on the Doctor Who DVDs some of the people have said how much they prefer the old format because they had cliffhangers. I think they're crazy.


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About TV
Friday 17th October 2008 10:26 pm

I feel like I've watched a lot of medical programmes recently. I watched a random episode of House last night and got about halfway through before I considered leaving the room. Generally speaking, I found it was like a whodunnit without any way of knowing whodunnit without a medical degree. With added horribleness that could lead me to leave the room. But I got through the whole thing, which is more than I've done with Casualty, where I left the room and locked myself into the bathroom before it occurred to me that I could just turn the telly off.

I watched a couple of episodes of Scrubs. I didn't think much of the first one, but I warmed to the characters by the second. And thanks to E4 I've now seen all of season 6 and thanks you youtube I've seen all of season 5. There's hardly anything medical in it, so I like it.

Then there was Doctors from Monday with Sylvester McCoy in, where they were clearly having a dig at Doctor Who. Nevertheless I enjoyed it, apart from the soapy bits where I had no idea what was going on. Although what accent Sylvester McCoy was trying to do, I don't know.

Now I've set the video for all the stuff I want to tape while I'm away. Which only comes to seven different programmes, one of which finishes next Thursday anyway. Typically, Spooks starts a week on Monday, while I'm away. When I went to Belfast it started while I was away - although I could watch it there, if only on BBC1.

I'll have to find time to watch it all when I get back... (along with Atlantis, Chuck and Pushing Daisies)

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