TV Vegetable – 09 May 2012 – adventures from the edge of the couch

 Welcome to this weeks tv vegetable, my (sometime) weekly round up of some consumed tv, where we are pitching for Cool Whip.

Mad Men (AMC)

More this week on Pete turning into Don Draper, wanting to turn into Don Draper, but not actually realising who Don draper actually is. Pete actually has a lot of the Don Draper in risking what he has, making mistakes with his personal life, cheating on his wife. Where Pete differs is in respect. Pete has earned a lot of respect, but he doesn’t have a creative talent role like Don. Don can trade on his name driven by his creative talent, for example he could afford to be not on contract in earlier seasons, because he was worth it. What he brought was more than enough. Pete however cannot do that, he has earned respect through his talents for bringing in business but he isn’t renowned through the industry for it. He therefore thinks however hard he tries he will never have it, the Don charm, the Don life. What he doesn’t realise of course is that all this came with a price for Don, who made plenty of mistakes and hit the bottom. It might have looked smooth and James Bond-esque, on the outside, but on the inside it was without answers, difficult and destructive. Pete is slowly getting that way with his chatting on his wife (second time this season) and attempt at an affair that didn’t quite pan out. Will it come back to bite him. Well this is Mad men so it might, but more likely will not be mentioned again.

Don had dramas of his own to deal with as Megan got to the point where she realised that she didn’t want to work in the office and be protected by Don, she wanted to do her own thing, follow her dreams and go back to acting. The suggestion is that she might be better in the office, that this might be where her skills lie, but Don has learned enough in his recent life, and is secure enough to back her and give her that choice. Will it have a long term effect on the marriage?  Another thing they do not have in common. Maybe Megan will meet someone more in tune with the times. It has been constantly pointed out, that Don doesn’t get it yet. The end of the episode had Don not quite getting the Beatles track. So will Megan realise they have little in common?

Peggy was upset at Megan leaving seeing it as a failure for herself, and women in the workplace. She got moaned at by Don, but is secure enough now to return the argument to at least make sure she got the fair end. Got to like Peggy. Roger was also still chilled out from the LSD experience, being kind to Pete. Perhaps it is the sort of experience Don needs, but won’t get, at least not that way. It will be interesting to see where it goes. Little Joan and no Lane this week.

– My wife says: Nothing, she was watching my big fat gypsy wedding in the other room

– I say: – Not as exciting as the previous two or three weeks, but this one might have some of the most important plot points heading towards the end of the season.

Game of Thrones (HBO)

Nice scenes with Arya again, first with chief Lannister, and that on edge, don’t discover me, scene with Littlefinger. Did he notice her or not? We were left with enough ambiguity not to know, but this ambiguity serves the story well. Arya then nearly got caught stealing the note, that she could have used to warn Robb, but death gift number two, helped her out. In the book I loved the Tyrion stories the most, followed by the Arya ones, but on the show I think her story works the best. Tyrion’s story is all one of scheming and political manoeuvring, and whilst fun, Arya’s seems to have more dramatic tension.

I loved the scenes as Joffrey, Cersei and co were attacked by the crowd, ending with the dog saving Sansa. His fighting scenes were brilliant, the guy is a beast. I don’t think it is quite clear in the show, that the people were upset because they are pretty much held in the castle grounds, but are not being properly fed, looked after, and therefore not motivated to follow the king. The show makes it seem like they dislike Joff because he is an spoiled idiot which isn’t entirely the case.

Jon Snow’s scenes were beautiful to look at (shot in Iceland), and sort of interesting to follow. What is the significance of him not killing the girl? Osha (pictured above) demonstrated she does have some ways of getting what she wants, staying loyal to Bran and Rickon. What will happen when Theon wakes and finds them gone? What will he do if he finds them?

– My wife says:  See Mad Men

– I say: Why did the other men in black leave Jon to kill the girl, rather than waiting round saying something like “come on then, hurry up and we can be on our way?”

tv dinner (the rest)

The Ultimate Fighter (FX)

Highlights – The crying Geordie fought. He fought a good fight and won. Maybe he has improved a lot in the training with the house. Probably won’t win but could be an outsider. The coaches challenge was also fun. Faber was slightly fortunate to win.

Lowlights – Not so much this weeks show, but since, Cruz has done his ACL meaning the coaches / title fight in July will be off. Faber will likely fight someone for the interim title.

– My wife says: I don’t care which team wins now (because Cruz’s team are 5-3 down).

– I say: Two quarter final fights next week. Cool.

The Killing (AMC)

Not much on the Linden stalker this week, instead we got a visit from child services, ending with Linden and her son doing a runner. That cannot have good implications. We got more time with the boring politician and his tiny campaign team. Stan was persuaded to do a speech clearing the politician of any involvement and laying blame on the media for not helping uncover the murderer. Stan also found out his wife’s sister was involved in the escort website that Rosie was linked with. Why the sister when Stan questioned her about why the police were asking her questions, did not reply with “something to do with my ex-boyfriend, I’m not sure what” is beyond me, but that would not serve the story would it?

The best story this week was on the island at the Indian casino. Linden was warned, then escorted off. Poor Holder was getting a link to investigate, via the casino, then he got jumped, and ended the episode being beaten. Early indications for next week show Linden going looking for her partner. Has something bad happened to him? I doubt he will be dead, he is practically the best thing about this show. But what?

– My wife says: Why did Linden and her son run from the child services, isn’t she a cop? How would she ever get away with this?

– I say: Does much go right for Holder. He nearly went off the rails at the beginning of the season,

Next week I may take another look at Veep, and Nurse Jackie. Enjoy.

Lexicon word of the day: kund.

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15 comments on “TV Vegetable – 09 May 2012 – adventures from the edge of the couch

  1. crubin says:

    It’s a shame I don’t watch any of these, so I have no witty response. That being said, I think the lead actress in “The Killing” is very talented. She had a role in “Big Love” back in the seasons when it was still good. I suspect we’ll see her more in the future.

    • Elliot says:

      I think she got a lead actress nomination at the globes (or whatever the tv awards are). The Killing is one of those shows which is ok, could be really good, but just has a few things that are either dull or annoying. As it is a serious show, that stuff matters.

  2. Smaktakula says:

    What the heck is a “kund?” I looked it up on two different sources with no results.

    I have seen none of those shows, but my wife watches “Game of Thrones.” Actually, I’m sure it doesn’t say much for my intellectual prowess that the only things I regularly watch on television are baseball, South Park and the Avengers (the cartoon kids’s show, not the Steed & Peel one).

    • Elliot says:

      A kund is “a tank or small reservoir in which rainwater is collected for drinking”. I usually put the definitions in the lexicon word lists on the menu above (usually for my use!).

      I can’t watch baseball I’m afraid it is a bit slow for me. I watch soccer (hey I’m from England), ice hockey, and since moving to the states have gotten into UFC.

      • Smaktakula says:

        Well, you’re obviously Americanized, as you referred to soccer by its proper name, not confusing it with the great American sport of football as so many ‘ferners” seem to do.

      • Elliot says:

        I was just being kind. Normally I would refer to it as football and not that elaborate game of catch your call football 🙂

      • Smaktakula says:

        Well, honestly I think the sports are psychically connected. In football (that is to say, real football) there’s a great deal of physical contact. In pretend football, while there isn’t the contact, players–despite being untouched–are hurled to the ground with the same force as if a linebacker clobbered them.

      • Elliot says:

        Honestly I have nothing against American football other than it is a bit too much stop and start, (I’ll watch some of that, but I don’t have a team to follow). It is actually that which makes it more physical, it is all short burst and impact. I don’t understand why it is called football as feet are rarely used. The football where you do use your feet is less about physicality these days and more about skill. Most fans (unless you are Italian) don’t like the fake falling and rolling. It really is a shame that it isn’t a big sport in the US because in the rest of the world it is the biggest sport, and it would be good for the US to have more competitive players. Maybe with more kids playing it these days the standard in the MLS will improve.

        If you want to see what I mean, compare the global audience of the Superbowl with the global audience of a league game between Liverpool Vs Man Utd. That’s not to play one up, just to illustrate that many in the US do not realise just how big globally the sport is.

      • Smaktakula says:

        In all seriousness, I agree that soccer requires a very high degree of athleticism. But simply the baffling prevalence of mullets in the sport alone should serve as a warning to the sport’s cultural dangers.

      • Elliot says:

        It would if there were more mullets in the audience. You cannot trust a footballer for fashion tips, after all, their brains are mostly in their feet.

  3. Jeannie says:

    I don’t know why I’m so drawn towards Mad Men but I am. Maybe because i grew up in the 50’s and 60’s and the setting of the era is familiar? Or maybe i just like rascals…;)

    • Elliot says:

      It could be that it is well written with interesting stories and characters. Growing up in the era, you probably have more to relate to it. Do you see bits and think, it wasn’t like that, or the reverse?

      • Jeannie says:

        the one thing that comes to mind is the sex. I’m sure the philandering went on but in those days it wasn’t acceptable for the most part to openly unfaithful, or promiscuous. It was very hush hush…even the free love of the hippies wasn’t acceptable. Not openly anyway.

  4. Ann Marquez says:

    I don’t watch any of these either. Actually I don’t watch much of anything. Leo is hooked on Game of Thrones so I’ve overheard some/a lot of that. But I really wish I’d started out with Mad Men. Maybe I’ll Netflix someday? 😉

    • Elliot says:

      I don’t watch too much tv but I do like a good drama show. Sunday seems to have had several good shows on for the last few months.

      I think the first four seasons of Mad men are on netflix streaming. I would recommend it, I thought it took a few episodes to get going but once it did, it was worth it.

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