No review today.

Just though I would let you know that the book Liv was reading down by the pier was a graphic novel named ‘Black Hole’ by Charles Burns. It’s about a bunch of teenagers who do alot of psychoactive drugs, have sex and get STD’s…which causes them to become deformed…like they grow tails…and shit.

That bunch is probably still more tame than the Skins’ characters.

It’s truly disturbing. Great illustrations.

A Literary Ficus.

 


My owners have seen fit to move me over to this location http://misanthropicficus.blogspot.com.

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Quiet times here for a TV addicted Ficus. Hiatus breeds contempts. Ficus breeds baby Ficus. Whatever that means…

I thought I might as well discuss Glee. Never felt the emotion myself. Good show though. Sometimes….

Firstly, I love Glee. I don’t luv Glee like OMG! But I do love it…like omg.

I do consider myself a gleek, newly born into the land of gleekdom.

I’m a new convert to glee-stianity, a politically active member of the gleecrats.

I mean the gleeks shall inherit the earth, right? (This is my favourite pun)

See, I watched the pilot when it first aired and I liked it, but I got sidetracked and the show fell from my radar.

Well, a couple of weeks ago I spotted the first season on ebay, bought it and watched it in a week. I have now caught up to the current episode.

I love it’s heart and its humour…. But, man, when it is bad it is horrific. Like nigh unwatchable. Like literally I have fast-forwarded through a couple of episodes.

Where do the problems lie?

Here, there, everywhere really…

1. Which Glee?

First of all, I subscribe to the theory expounded over at AVClub about the ‘three Glees’. That is, the 3 Glee creators Murphy, Falchuk and Brennan all have competing visions for the show. Consequently, whoever writes an individual episode writes it in a certain way. Murphy’s the over-the-top crazy, big-budget, theme episode guy. Falchuk’s the message, smaltzy guy. Brennan writes the more sombre, melancholic, cathartic episodes. Being misanthropic I tend towards Brennan but I do like certain episodes by each of the creators. The problem is, this makes the show very erratic and unpredictable. Sure, it’s part of the charm but it’s also very frustrating to watch.  And let’s be honest. Season 2 has magnified these inconsistencies. One week the characters seem to be heading in a certain direction only to be thrust in a completely different one as a different creator takes the reins. How can there be realistic character development with 3 versions of each star randomly appearing each week? Will is a prime example of this. He has probably suffered the most from the chef’s broth fiasco. One episode he’s chicken and pea, the next he is minestrone. The next he is smoked salmon…huh? Imagine how the viewer feels! The result being a character which is devoid of any real identity. He’s each creator’s mouthpiece…and a fracking irritating one at that.

This is probably the main issue which hinders Glee from being a truly ‘great’ show. It lacks a cohesive vision and a coherent set of characters.

Tune in tomorrow for another reason why I’m a little ‘meh’ on Glee.
Keep watching your dvds
Until next time
Ficus.

Dair Watch: Poll

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Dan-Blair Watch
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Damn you hiatus!

Damn you CW!

Anyway, I have created the first and only facebook page dedicated to honouring our favourite GG couple:

FB Group: Dair- Our Favourite Inter-borough Couple

…So I have succumbed to pop-cultural pressure and reverted to the ‘Dair’ moniker to describe our favourite inter-borough couple. Blan is dead. It really did kind of suck anyway.

Wow. What to make of tonight’s episode? It was perhaps the biggest cliffhanger known to man-kind, as the instant Dan and Blair kissed and morphed into Dair, Gossip Girl whispered xoxo and that was that.

I enjoyed the episode. I liked the fact it demonstrated how good Dan is for Blair. She is no longer the shrill, hyper-active, vindictive classist cut-throat bitch. Well, she is…but she has definitely mellowed. Moreover, it finally addressed the question of whether Dair even exists. Was it all in the Ficus’s mind? It’s a resolute NO!

Dair recognise they may indeed have feelings for each other that extend beyond a common appreciation of the arts. Sure, it’s a friendship which is built on shared interests and their mutual intellectualism. But it has grown into something on an emotional level partly inspired by their loneliness.

I guess we want know what the kiss will reveal until… April!!!! (NOOOO!)

I still have concerns that a relationship between the two can’t endure. I sure hope it does. The specter of Blair and Chuck (Buck?…Chair?) still hangs over Dair like the ‘Dark Mark’.  But Chuck and Serena are caught up in their own melodrama and I hope this continues.

Dair is the centre of Gossip Girl romance. Dair is the centre of Gossip Girl fandom.

Viva la Dair!

Until next time

XOXO Ficus

I had heard of these but I always thought they were more of a myth…like Communism or Jesus.

They’re webisodes featuring animated flashbacks into Dexter’s past.

From what I’ve seen so far they seem quite intriguing. They might at least help fill the void of a Dexter-free TV schedule for a while.

Enjoy.

Ficus

I don’t ask for much from Skins. If they give me some character evolution and a few laughs, I sleep like a log…or a Ficus. Like on Pokemon when Charmander evolved too quickly and then Ash couldn’t control Charizard. I slept for 34 hours after that episode. Good times. Funny too.

Fire Pokemon aside, I think it is no coincidence that the two best episodes of this nascent generation have been the episodes where we have actually seen character growth.

First we had Rich’s episode. Nick’s episode was perhaps even better. More transformation. More emotion.

We really didn’t know who Nick was before this week’s episode.  He appeared like the cliché’ popular guy; bit of an ass, kind of mentally deficient and sexually proficient. Hmm….rhymes.

Well, not true. (Not about the sexual proficiency. I wouldn’t know…clumsy though)

It was just his skin. No big surprise really. But it was a skin that wasn’t easy to maintain. He had to try so hard to maintain a rather buoyant, upbeat and happy facade that when it broke down it was like a system failure. System failure!  System failure means riveting television.

He started the episode as rugby star, subservient to the general dickheadery of his generally dickhead dad. By the end, he has told his hilariously South African coach to bleep off, got dumped by his quasi-fake girlfriend and told his father to stop being a bleep.

Whereas Frankie just continued to have awful hair. Mini continued to pretend she was like so totally awesome and Liv was like so un-defined I couldn’t tell if she was in italics or not…or bold.

So why do the girls’ episodes pale in comparison?  The girls are fairly static. They may internally recognise their problems but so far they don’t seem to do much about it.

Why is this? Misogyny by the writers? Misogyny by the Ficus? I think not. I am female after all….well I think I am, the sex of ficus is rather ambiguous…like Frankie. (Oh no he/she di’nt!). Seriously though, she annoys me. Are the writers trying to make her the sexually ambiguous compass of this gen.? She appears out of nowhere. Says some stuff and then wanders off…back to Neverland. She did the same in Mini’s episode. Maybe she’s like the gatekeeper to the secrets of the gang? She’s at least the gatekeeper to hell.

On Mini though, it was to see her finally drop the pretense and flip Nick’s ass to the curb…Though I’m not really sure she did.

Next up. Allo. Aloe-vera? Hallo? Whatever his name. The ranga one.

It’s a male episode so it’s going to be great.

Until next time

Here’s hoping Frankie does something with her fracking horrible hair

Ficus

 

…paintball war that is.

Although it was their best episode to date, I’m really surprised to read that the Community series finale will take place during another school-wide paintball war.

For a show that prides itself on never using the same premise more than once, it seems rather contradictory to replicate an episode.

Source: TV Line

There was no progression in their relationship this episode. Sure, Blair admitted she ‘needed Dan’, but it really didn’t appear to have any deeper meaning. They watched a film together, this time actually together…but I really didn’t feel any spark, Dan could have very well been a wells-spoken Labrador.

This episode convinced me, more than any other, that the Blan’ romance may not in fact emerge from our favourite duo. It seems like the relationship has hit its highpoint, a friendship built upon the prospect of solitude forged in the fire of Mout doom…I mean  from the ashes of of lost soulmates.

It’s a momentary reprieve for viewers from what appears to be the inevitable reconnection of the now stale Blair-Chuck and Dan-Serena combos.

In a way, I have found peace with this. A friendship between the two seems far more sustainable, in terms of the show’s future, than what could only be a fleeting romance….Or could it be?

Until next time

XOXO

Ficus

Just when I think I‘m out…they pull me back in!

Good Morning upper-east siders, brooklynians, citizens of the world.

I was truly captivated by this episode. The Dan-Blair duo re-emerged from the abyss of episode 14 to feature heavily in this rather wonderful Valentine’s episode.

What better way for our favourite couple which isn’t a couple to become a couple then on the most romantic day of the year?

Well, it wasn’t to be and in the end  and I’m glad. If they do end up together the emotional pay-off is going to be even greater. Sure, the love (?) is now only in its infancy…But it is ALIVE!…(?)

First a brief recap of events.

Blair discovers Chuck has real feelings for Rena. Dan is there. He comforts her. He touches her hand. She pulls her hand away. They watch Rosemary’s Baby together (via phone).

It was very touching to see Dan’s affection for Blair following her realisation that Chuck may have feelings for someone else. The feelings are evidently mutual. Blair did something un-Blair like in submitting Dan’s article. The scene in which they bonded over Rosemary’s Baby was quite poignant in its portrayal of two lonely figures, growing closer…ever closer.

I think there are two ways this could go down. I see a scenario in which Serena’s words about Blair’s ‘Secret Valentine’ come to fruition. The writers are doing their best to really build their relationship in a nuanced and totally Un-Gossip Girl like manner. On the other hand, the narration at the end of the episode about Dan and Blair finding solace together as two lonely figures may belie the fact this is merely a transitional relationship. Serena and Chuck are busy so they become friends.

Whatever the case, their on-screen chemistry is undeniable. It’s awesome. Yippee!

Until next time

XOXO Ficus