Tuesday, December 18, 2007

One of the best seasons of a television show ever

Or so said Jul after we (finally...one day late and yes that really does equal finally) watched the largely satisfying second season finale of Dexter.

This is from a person who enjoyed the first season, but didn't even consider it in her top echelon of shows last year. And though I absolutely did consider it in my top echelon and in fact at times called it my favorite show on TV, I have to say that the arc of this season was far more entertaining and felt less contrived than last year's.

The great thing about this to me is that Dexter is based on Jeff Lindsay's novels...or more correctly, novel. While the first season very closely mirrors Darkly Dreaming Dexter, the first novel in the series, this year the writing staff decided not to follow the rest of the books, but instead venture off on their own dark path for America's favorite serial killer.

Bold, scary decision. I know a number of people who thought they would fail, or at least that this season would suffer because they didn't have the structure of Lindsay's second novel to rely on. Also, in an only halfway related note, I remember seeing a comment recently on DHD or one of the other more or less strike-related sites where the person basically said that novelists deserved their royalties because they create everything, but TV and movie writers don't because everything is gangbanged (I'm paraphrasing...slightly).

To both of these thoughts I say: suck it. I'd put this season up against any other work of art or entertainment in the medium of your choice. The early season character growth of Dex and especially Deb, the seductive creepiness of Lila, Doakes finally feeling like more than a one-note character, and then the ridiculously awesome ratcheting up of the tension over the last 5 or so episodes...damn fine storytelling. Now I just hope our spec can live up to the real thing...

Monday, December 17, 2007

And now it's time for...nothing new

That's what I bring you. Mostly due to lack of time. 'Tis the season of parties...and family visitors...and annoyingly long colds. All that fun stuff, you know.

And I've had a couple of days at work the past few weeks where I literally had meetings from the moment I arrived until I left for the night. Which wouldn't be so difficult were I not expected to do the job of a script coordinator as well as an assistant to two writer-directors.

Not that I'm annoyed at having to, you know, work at my job, I'm just saying there hasn't been any downtime.

Heck, Jul and I even got season 4 of The Wire about 10 days ago and just watched the first few episodes last night. Those of you who know us will know how big of a deal that is.

Anyway, life goes on, writing sort of kind of doesn't really happen, people continue to march around in circles and in four days I'll be MIA until New Year's Eve (party at our apartment, BTW).

Until next time, True Believers, here are things I've found recently that interest me, and by found I mean that I stole them from all of you. Enjoy reading yourselves!

Those poor AMPTP companies can't even catch a break in the virtual world.
Why MTV sucks and/or ways to show your support (not of their suckiness).
One good thing about the strike: the net's never been so funny.
Another way to help.
Welcome to planet Spaceball.
Jul+Pink Raygun=Love. That's not quite right...