...nor have I given up on my quest. I've been...*ahem*...distracted.

However, I have recently finished the first season of "Torchwood" and have begun upon the second season of "Legend of the Seeker" (Good news for those still wanting to see the first season: it seems to have returned to the Netflix Instant Queue!). This should give me some excellent grist for the mill, as it were.

The last few eps of "Torchwood" nearly all made me cry. A prime exception: episode 1.12, where spoiler-tastic things happen ). Okay, so maybe I did cry a little for that.

Wherein I ponder spoilers )
So yes, I'll watch more "Torchwood" - I just about have to now - but I'm not sure it'll ever occupy the same place in my heart as "Doctor Who." Then again, I'm not sure it's meant to.

I'm about to start in on the 3rd season of the new Who, and looking forward to it, but I decided a break from the British was in order, so I went with...well, Australian, which is so much better. Besides, I've been meaning to watch more "LotS." I really like that show; I thought about buying the DVDs, but I'm sure if I wait a bit, a "Complete Series - Both Seasons in ONE!" pack'll come out. ...probably just after I buy them individually; that's usually the way it works.

Also, it takes my mind off of this week's cliffhanger episode of "Castle" (because how could you doubt that I'm still watching it?). ARGH! And, of course, the end of season 1 of "Torchwood" decided to hang me on a cliff a bit as well. So, yes, cliffs galore for me to hang off of. It's nearly my bedtime (don't ask), and no doubt I shall go to bed with dreams of Captain Jack dancing *coughwithacertainsomeoneelsecough* in my head.
Just wrapped up season 1 of "Legend of the Seeker." And it's safe to say I enjoyed it. I really like this show, so it's little surprise it got cancelled. (Seriously: "Firefly." "Wonderfalls." I could go on, but I shall show some self-restraint.) At least there's one more season to console myself with.

As a brief warning: I will mention certain things about the shows, but nothing that's overly spoilerish. No major plot details. Still, if you don't want to know ANYTHING, you might want to just skip the whole entry. ;)

In addition to the rigid black/white morality I mentioned last time, there's a lot of worry over free will and the various ways it can be stolen from someone. In this world, both the good and the bad guys have the ability to turn someone into their thralls, and both sides use this ability often. The only real difference is the good guys handwring over it, and bemoan the loss of a person's free will.

I'm not sure how much good that does, in the grand scheme of things. The lesson seems to be, "Taking someone's free will from them is bad...unless you're a good guy, and you're really sorry about having to do it." Which is odd from a show that had an entire episode devoted to understanding your enemy and being better than they are (in the sense of "Just because THEY slaughter innocents, doesn't mean WE should"). I thought that was a great episode, where Richard gets to visit a D'Haran captain's family, and where the Resistance fighters are little better than the D'Harans themselves. Richard got a real lesson in the fact that every man he kills is someone's father or son or brother.

...and then next episode, it's back to slaughtering those nasty D'Harans, left, right and center. Which, y'know, combatants on the battlefield, blah blah blah. But still. TV writing.

More TV writing shows up in the next to last episode: "I am going to be perceptive and figure out this obscure but obscenely helpful clue! And now I will be needlessly stupid with this information, just to draw out the drama. Also, when I DO finally clue in the Only Person Left who can help me with this? I will do so in the worst possible way, in a way that I KNOW will cause them to react strongly and negatively to the idea!"

But, yeah, drama. And TV writing is TV writing, so I can't really hold it against the show.

One thing I don't get though: he's the Seeker of Truth. I'm not really sure what truth he's supposed to be seeking? Maybe we find out in Season 2. In the meantime? Pretty boys with swords and magic, hot chicks with daggers and magic, and...well, just lots more magic! And the occasional Aussie accent, which I love.

Y'see, the show is populated with Australian actors. In the beginning, everyone sounds American. But as the show goes on, and more and more extras are needed, their ability to shed their Aussie starts to drop. Oh, the main actors are fine, and Darken Rahl, as the big evil baddie, is required to sound Foreign (though he doesn't ever sound Aussie). But the extras we get in are really starting to slip; it wouldn't surprise me if, by the end of season 2, some random villager comes up to Richard and says, "G'day, mate! Ah, Sword of Truth is it, eh? Bonzer!"

And fanservice? I could do with some more of that. Though there's not exactly a dearth: both Darken Rahl AND Richard seem to enjoy walking around in shirts that are slit nearly half way down their torsos, to reveal those rippling pectorals. Hell, getting Richard out of his shirt is as simple as having him practice with his sword or making him go for a swim. Drop a pin, he'll take his shirt off. (I'm not complaining.) Kahlan walks around in outfits that barely restrain her ample bosom. It seems to be a requirement for her to show off cleavage at all times. So, yeah. I'm just saying, I hope season 2 drops more pins for Richard and gives us more pretty outfits for Kahlan. Also, more explosions. Zed does this great sort of circle blast in one ep that he really needs to do more often. Magical explosions FTW.

I am not exactly kicking myself for missing out on this, but I'm very glad to be catching up on it. I'll probably start mixing "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" back into the viewing mix though; since LotS had such a limited viewing window, I wanted to be sure I didn't miss out. I'd've gone NUTS if the streaming had ended before I'd seen the end of the season.

Also? That one D'Haran guard who wanted to get in Richard's pants? I'm STILL laughing about that. And we're not talking flowers and chocolates here. We're talking the skeevy way most prison guards look at female prisoners in bad pornos. The look on Richard's face...

Here's to more adventure, more comedy, more romance, more magic and, L-sama willing, more shirtless Richard in season 2!
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( Aug. 28th, 2010 09:07 am)
I've just started episode 11 of the first season of "Legend of the Seeker." So just about half way through.

Gotta say, I like it so far. I was discussing it with a friend yesterday:

[13:56] Me: I think I'll drink my Italian Lemon Ice and watch more "Legend of the Seeker"
[13:57] Friend: heh
[13:57] Friend: I saw the first ep of that, maybe the second? Wasn't something I stuck with tho. I'd read some of the books you see :-P they kinda ruined it for me
[13:58] Me: yeah I know they're different. but I haven't read the books yet, so.
[14:00] Friend: keep it that way
[14:00] Friend: the series sounds like it might actually be good!
[14:00] Friend: the books turned quickly to drek, however
[14:00] Me: I'm enjoying it so far.
[14:01] Friend: waaaay too much emphasis on bondage and S&M for my taste by the second and third books. I think I got partway through the 4th and said "I'ma done here!"
[14:01] Friend: the first was ok though
[14:01] Me: lol well, from the vid I saw there's still some of that in the show.
[14:05] Friend: yeah, it was present in the first...just not as, erm, 'front and center' as it became

So I may or may not pick up the books. We'll have to see. The show has a very rigid morality, in that "Right is right and wrong is wrong" sort of way. It doesn't like gray areas and won't abide them. I'm not saying that I disagree with any of it, by the way. So far, my stance on things is in line with Richard's/The Seeker's/the Author's.

Edited to Add: Hello, Death Penalty episode! Again, I doubt I'm going to disagree with their stance, but it's like I can go down the Moral Hot Button List. Anyway, back to the entry.

But I also know that growing up with morality like this has led me to do questionable things. Things that are no one's fault but my own and what was, for me at the time, a rather twisted psyche. And I know that real life doesn't work out like it does in books. Richard runs risks that he perhaps shouldn't, because he's not just risking himself but everyone else who depends upon him as well. In the show (and in the books?), that works out in the end. Life isn't always so accommodating. But then, I guess that's why it's called fantasy.

Also? Though that vid I linked in the last post (and referenced above) is, quote, "hot like burning," I'm going with the hetero ship here because they went straight for one of my buttons.

Spoilers )

Though, while I'm thinking about it, the Mord-Sith? Yeah, bondage-tastic. Doesn't stop Bridget Regan from looking smokin' hot while dressed up as one though. Yikes. Also, Mord-SITH? Lucas fanboy much?

*coughs* Anyway, I'm enjoying it. I start classes on Monday, so this weekend I'll be spending with the Seeker of Truth.

...and occasionally that vid, because whether I support that ship or not? HOT. OVEN MITT HOT.
"Doctor Who" and "Torchwood" have been put on hold for "Legend of the Seeker" for two very good reasons:

1) The first season of "Legend of the Seeker" is only available streaming via Netflix through Sept. 1st, and,
2) [personal profile] montanaharper sent me this, which is nothing but pure sexy in vid form.

I'm only on the second ep, so more when I've seen more. Oh, my reason for not watching this in the first place? I'd heard it was based off a series of books, and I tend to get tetchy about seeing the adaptations before reading the original source. Same reason I haven't seen the Harry Potter movies. *waits for the shrieking and hissing and screaming to die down*

Shut up, I've read the first book. It's on my list. Why do you think I'm DOING this? Honestly, Fandom, settle.

So no, I still haven't read any of the "Sword of Truth" series, but...but it's easy to watch NOW while it's streaming, so I'm taking advantage of it. Also, pretty boys are pretty. :3



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