eleanorjane: Ziva David, captioned 'a few deadly sins' (ziva)
Posting now before bed because I don't want to spoil tomorrow's daily happiness, but:

Casting spoilers for NCIS, original flavour. )
eleanorjane: Ziva David, captioned 'a few deadly sins' (ziva)
...one thing I really, really like about NCIS - both Original Flavour and Hot and Spicy Los Angeles - is that it gets gender stuff pretty much right. There aren't as many female characters as I'd like, but those that exist are all unique individuals with as much interesting baggage, skills and camera time as the guys. There might not be many women, but those that are there are very much more than the "token chick", and it's a welcome relief from far too many other shows.

Also, apropos of nothing, we had our first SWTOR raid tonight. Surprisingly fun.
eleanorjane: Kate Beckett, looking gorgeous. (beauty)
So I'm catching up on Castle, since I'm about a year behind (or I was until today's marathon episode binge) and one thing has really struck me:

They do modernity really well.

That is, they're constantly referencing modern communications technology - not in the super-secret espionage sense, but they're constantly referring to blogs, Twitter, social media, in a way that makes it very clear that the writers get it. It doesn't feel forced, or hammered in in an attempt to prove they're hip to what's groovy, daddio.

I can't help but compare it with the other procedural I watch, NCIS (and NCIS: LA, but they're informed by the same principles so for arguments like this it's the same show, really) and it's so obvious that their writers don't get it. They make laboured references to things like "MyFace" and other artificial thinly-disguised real-world analogues; they run the occasional blog-related storyline that inevitably depicts all bloggers as failed, frustrated, obsessive wannabe-journalists. And social media as a dangerous, scary world that inevitably gets you killed because it's full of psychos.

And then there's Castle, where Beckett routinely instructs Ryan or Esposito to check social media for chatter on the topic du jour; where Rick Castle routinely does Twitter searches from his smartphone; where Castle mentions leveraging the power of his social media fanbase positively.

It's nice to know there are some TV writers (on shows aimed at adults) that do understand their audience, because despite its success I can't help but think NCIS really doesn't any more.

Fridayish.

Apr. 24th, 2010 04:46 am
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Today's [community profile] fannish5:

Name 5 characters you think would have a good time hanging out with you and your friends - in your world, not theirs.

1. Tim McGee (NCIS), because he's basically just like my friends, except for the day job. (If any of my friends are federal agents, they haven't told me...)
2. Marten Reed (Questionable Content), because we're just like his friends, only less crazy and therefore somewhat more relaxing. :)
3. Sam Axe (Burn Notice), because he's incredibly laid-back, and easy-to-please, and this part of the world entirely understands the 'gentleman of leisure' lifestyle he aims for.
4. Hermione Granger (Harry Potter), because, well, birds of a feather flock together.
5. Abby Sciuto (NCIS), because she could have a good time hanging out with anybody.

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And now for a weekly roundup, since I'm trying to shake myself out of this uncommunicative rut I'm in.

This week in Eleanorland: )
eleanorjane: The one, the only, Harley Quinn. (Default)
Swiped from [personal profile] helens78 and a couple of other places ;)

Here's a theme that goes "post your five favorite TV shows in no particular order, and answer questions!"

I'm going to answer this for 'my five favourite shows ever', not 'right now', so:

a. Farscape (OH MY HEART)
b. Futurama
c. Star Trek: The Next Generation
d. NCIS
e. Castle

Fun stuff here! )

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