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      Daily Obsession 7-16

      I'm putting off working on the outline for my other book so I thought I'd catch up on a few obsessions.


      Making it with Riki Lindholm podcast:  I am a huge fan of Garfunkel and Oates which is Riki's band with Kate Micucci.  She does a podcast about how people got started in their comedy career.  Most of them are just OK, it depends on the guest, but this one with Tom Lennon was particularly excellent, as well as this one with Kumail Nanjiani.


      Gentlemen Prefer Blondes:  I'd never seen this all time classic.  Marilyn is captivating as she always is, but Jane Russel is the star of the show for sure.  I actually really liked it, although a little bit of the old movies goes a long way with me.


      Falling Skies Season 2, Episode 6 Homecoming

      Falling Skies S2 Ep6 Homecoming


      Our story begins with a quiet morning with Tom and Doc Glass.  They reminisce about the old days and even Tom’s wife.  Whoops.  Apologies and smooches ensue.

      Tom arrives late at Weaver’s meeting.  Weaver is pissed off, but before he can lay down the law, he begins to twitch violently and passes out.  The infection from his leg bite has spread all over his body.  Weaver puts Tom in charge of the Second Mass. 

      Hal and Margret are walking in the woods.  Margret keeps emotionally pushing Hal away.  They bump into a dead body in the woods, then another, then another.  They are kids whose harness has been removed.  They keep uncovering bodies until they find Karen.  Karen comes to, giving all of us a good scare. 

      Tom meets with the Second Mass and tells them he wants to take off for Charleston tonight.  Jamil tells him that they don’t have enough fuel to get to Charleston, they don’t even have enough fuel for another day. 

      Tom and Ben both don’t trust Karen’s sudden reappearance; she is put in a locked room.  She seems like the old Karen, but she is disoriented and upset.  Tom questions her, but she has no real answers.  She is put under guard, but Ben stays with her to get information.    Margret agrees with Ben that Hal might not be objective when it comes to Karen. 

      Weaver is getting sicker.  Tom wants to send Weaver to Charleson, and when she argues, tells Doc “That’s an order.”  That is probably a mistake.  They have an argument and he calls her by his wife’s name.  Ooooh, also a mistake.  Doc Glass takes it in stride since she is a perfect woman.  Tom apologizes and says that Weaver will stay so the Doc can care for him.

      Ben and Karen talk.  Karen talks very convincingly about how much she dislikes the Skitters.  Lourdes has the idea to take out all of Weaver’s blood, heat it to 105 degrees, killing the pathogens, and then pump it back into Weaver.   One of the scouting parties comes back with Pope and Anthony.  Well they weren’t gone long.  Ben and Karen bond over their super powers.  Karen seems to be more powerful than Ben.  When they get close to each other, their spikes glow and they almost smooch.  Hal interrupts and Karen faints.  Hal yells at Ben, saying “What did you do?” and comforts Karen. 

      Jamil makes the super machine that can heat up Weaver’s blood.  Gee, I wonder if this will work or if he will die.  The generator goes out, so Tom has to pump the blood manually.  After the commercial Jamil comes back with a portable generator and all is well.  One of the scouts brings back a ton of gas and oil. 

      Maggie comes to talk to Karen at gunpoint.  Karen plays innocent for a second, but quickly turns badass.  Karen seems to have a lot of intuition about Maggie, I wonder if she can read minds a little.  It all comes to nothing as Karen kicks Maggie’s ass, throwing her against the wall.  As Ben comes in, she throws herself against the wall and acts all innocent again.  She and Ben take off to join the Skitter resistance.  Hal tries to stop them, but Ben chokes him to unconsciousness.  Karen and Ben jump off the top of the hospital and head into the night. 

      Weaver wakes up and seems OK.  Pope wakes up and is not so OK.  He tells Tom that Karen is a spy against the Skitter resistance.  Tom goes to check on Karen and sees what has happened. 



      This episode had no Skitters at all, but managed to tell a good story with no CGI.

      The moment where Karen lifts the bed was a pretty poor special effect.  A lousy magician could have made it look better.

      I liked the relationship stuff between Tom and Anna, but I worry that they are turning her into a superwoman.   


      C, this episode was low on surprises and had no real suspense.  There was some good character stuff, but I don’t expect to be able to predict every beat of an episode.  I didn’t even notice until a second viewing that there were no Skitters at all in the episode, so that shows how involving the characters are.  Still a very predictable episode. 


      Second Watch:

      Drew Roy, Jesse Schram, and director Greg Beeman join Wil this week.  Jesse is very sweet and forthcoming talking about her process of being Karen and her return to the Second Mass.  Apparently when Jesse kissed Connor in the episode, that was a conspiracy between the director and Jesse and Connor had no idea it was going to happen.  Funny story.  Jesse talks about the physicality of the role.  Greg reveals that Steven Spielberg is very involved with the creation of the creatures.   A good episode overall.


      Recent Obsessions 7-15

      Sorry it has been a while since my last Obsession post.  I've been finishing my novel, which is keeping me pretty busy.  However, I did consume a few interesting things.


      Immortals:  This movie was way better than I thought it would be.  I love Greek Pantheon stuff, and this did not disappoint.  The opening half hour or so was a little dark, but I loved the take on mythology.  There were several moments in this movie where a cliche set up happened, then the film makers took it in a non-cliche direction. 

      Aliens:  The second movie in the quadrillogy was less dull than the first one, but we were watching it on TV, so there was the usual edited scenes.


      Morning Glories:  My friendly neighborhood comic deal put this graphic novel in my hand and I really liked it.  it is about a group of high school kids who are taken to a mysterious, evil, boarding school.  Lots of cool things are happening in the story, I've got the next two graphic novels, so I'm excited to read them all.


      Falling Skies Season 2, Episode 5 Love and Other Acts of Courage

      Falling Skies S2 Ep5

      Love and Other Acts of Courage


      The story opens with Red-eye and other Skidders screaming into the dawn, weird.  Oh shit, now Ben is screaming too, this can’t be good.  Hal and Margret share a moment of quiet.  It is nice to see them together, they have been slow-building this for many episodes now, it’s good to see it move forward.

      The silence is broken by a series of explosions in the nearby town.  The Second Mass goes in to investigate and see if it is another resistance group.  Tom assigns Matt to guard the medical bus and Dr. Glass.  This was a smart idea from Tom.  Giving Matt a job where he feels useful, but also keeps him out of the fray.  Good job, writing staff. 

      When the Second Mass gets to the battlesite they realize that only Mech on Mech fighting could have caused this.  Hal finds Rick, the boy they unharnessed last season, underneath a Skidder.  It almost looked like he was being protected from the blast.  He has glowing back spikes, just like Ben.

      Weaver comes in the med bus to interrogate Rick, Dr. Glass looks at his infected leg, it is much worse.  Ben is still missing, so Hal finally tells Tom about Ben’s glowing spikes.  Rick wakes up and leads a small force to Ben…and somebody else?  Rick and Ben are protecting…holy shit!  It’s Red-eye!  He’s talking through Rick.  Red-eye says he is fighting against the Overlords too.  The other Berserkers and Weaver want to kill him, but Tom convinces them to take Red-eye captive instead.   

      Hal, Margret, and a couple of Berserkers are on a scouting mission looking for hospital supplies.  Things do not look good for them.  Mechs come stomping by, and Hal and Margret share a long intimate moment in the back of a car.  I really like these guys together.

      After they bring Red-eye back to camp, Tom and Ben argue about the Skitter rebellion.  Ben goes in to exposition mode, telling about the enslavement of the Skitters.  Tom remembers the torture at the hands of Red-eye, but Ben reminds him that Red-eye also spared his life.  Ben claims that Red-eye wants to work with the humans to resist the Overlords.

      Tom begins his talk with Red-eye through Rick.  We find out that the Overlords are coming to kill him.   Hal and the gang find a clean, unstripped hospital, jackpot!  Margret gets real with Hal about her brain cancer.  She even lets Hal feel the holes in her skull, which should be creepy but is sweet instead.  Hal and Margret smooch, but Margret runs away from him. 

      Tom is unconvinced about Red-eye’s arguments, but he is listening too, coming around. Clearly this is where the storyline is heading.  Margret tells Hal they are “partners” and that she has is back and he has hers, but that is all.  Hal asks for more but is denied.  Hal, Margret, and the redshirts are under fire from the Overlord death squad.  Maggie is injured but Hal comes back to save her.  Weaver and the Berserkers come to kill Red-eye, while Tom, Ben, and Rick say no.  Weaver orders Tom to move, but he refuses the direct order.  Red-eye breaks out of the cage, proving that he could do it all along.  Rick takes a shotgun blast to save Red-eye. 

      Hal drives the med bus while Doc Glass works on Maggie.  Rick has a few last words for Ben, and then croaks.  Ben is torn between his loyalty to Red-eye and his father, frankly the fact that there might even be an argument makes me feel like there is something fishy going on with Red-eye too.  I don’t think he is quite as innocent as it might seem. 

      The Second Mass escapes to the hospital facility.  Maggie is resting in the hospital bed.  Hal says that he “needs” Maggie.  It looks like he is going to say “I love you,’ but Maggie cuts him off.  Instead, she asks him to sit by her bedside.  This is also very sweet and innocent.

      After Doc Glass goes to work on Weaver with good medicine this time, Weaver chews Tom’s butt about disobeying an order and confides that he doesn’t trust Ben completely.  Tom admits that he doesn’t either.  Wow, that’s a thing to say.  Tom tells Weaver that he doesn’t know what he would do if he has to make a “hard choice” between the Second Mass and his son.  Tom and Weaver share a lighter moment where they discuss their early dislike for each other and their current respect. 

      They get the generator going at the hospital and all the lights come on.  In the jubilation Tom and Doc Glass slip away, presumably for some naked time.  Whoo hooo!  The story ends with Ben and Matt dangling their feet over the edge of the hospital roof.  Ben confides in Matt that he will be leaving soon.


      It wasn’t a huge surprise to find out that Red-eye is fighting against the other aliens.  Clearly he was significant in some way.  But I assume he was the one that put the worm in Tom’s eye, so clearly his motives aren’t entirely pure. 

      I like shows that show a monstrous looking creature that isn’t evil.  That kind of anti-xenophobic characterization is fun and needs to be in more pop culture.  I’m excited for a Skitter/Human team-up.

      The Hal and Margret stuff was very sweet this episode.  Clearly they are headed together but they keep mentioning Karen, so I assume she will be back to complicate things soon.

      RIP Rick, you won't be missed nearly as much as Jimmy.


      Grade: A-  This episode had a great mix of action, surprises, new plotlines, and intimate personal moments.

      Second Watch:

      Second Watch features writer and producer Remi Aubuchon, Connor Jessup who plays Ben, and Drew Roy who plays Hal.  Wil asks Connor about his new workout regimen.  Remi talks about Margret’s cancer scare.  Drew talks about Hal’s relationship with his brother.  Connor gives some interesting insight into Ben’s rage at the Skitters and his hope in the Skitter rebellion.  Wil is really on his game tonight; the questions are seamless and roll right into each other.  He is really hitting his stride.  Sara Carter pops up on the Skype and talks about Maggie’s relationship with Hal.  Ooooh, good question from the audience this time.  Maybe they aren’t all just ringers.  This was easily the best episode so far.  It was light and funny.  I’m very encouraged!


      Thanks to, ksitetv,,, and threeifbyspace for the pictures!


      Daily Obsession 7-5

      I didn’t consume a lot of TV or movies yesterday, reruns of Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, Big Bang, and Suburgatory, but while I was ripping out the bathtub in the kids’ bathroom, I listened to several podcasts.


      Girl on Guy Podcast:  Comic Aisha Tyler (Archer, Friends) hosts a podcast where she interviews all sorts of interesting people.  Today I heard one with stand-up Dana Gould and another with World Series of Poker champion Joe Haschem.  Her podcast is pretty sexy, but not nearly as sexual as the other one I was listening to today.


      Having Sex with Katie Morgan Podcast: Katie Morgan is the porn star who was in Kevin Smith’s Zach and Miri Make a Porno.  Now she does a podcast on Kevin’s Smodcast network where she gives sex advice.  It can be fun in small doses with liberal fast forewards.