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What happens when you have the TV on in the background while you are working.

Adam and Jamie. In Victorian morning coats and top hats. Looking shoppingly dapper and quoting Jane Austen.

Mythbusters is officially the best thing on television.




I'm starting to be a little distressed by how much I like certain things about Criminal Minds, which I have been half-watching in reruns ever since I noticed Mandy Patinkin was on it, and since I decided that Matthew Gray Gubler could be my television child bride. Because, dude. Check out his website. (Which seems to be down right now, but here's the cache.)

(He can't be my television boyfriend, because he's like a sixteenth my age.)

Geeky boys, so hot.

The show is sometimes exploitative and the plots are a little painful and it's a little too ripped-from-the-headlines.... but it has three different strong female characters. And a fat girl who can dance. And an alpha geek. And more than one character with an ethnicity other than white Californian. And many of the actors actually can, when given half a chance.

And it keeps doing things that stun me a little. And taking some chances that made me sit up and go, "huh." Many of which revolve around the Gubler character, and his family secrets, and the hints that he's worried a bit about his own sanity. (His mother is non-functional schizophrenic, and there are hints that sometimes he himself sees things, and hears voices that explain things to him.)  Also, giftedness seems to have a correlation with mental illness, and he's the kind of scary creative so-smart-he's-not-quite-human character that that TV so often completely screws up, except this one is playful and his team mates adore him and mother-hen him (because while he's a supergenius, he's also twenty-four or so), and he's also stupidly courageous.

And pretty good at manipulating people.

I wish I'd thought of this character, in short.


Dear Brain, and also CBS:

I realize that I have been hanging around with the slash crown too much, and they're rubbing off on me to the extent that I expect to start treating any evidence of affection or concern or rivalry between male characters as OMGTHEY'RESODOINGIT any second now. But I refuse to let you slash Mandy Patinkin with anybody. No matter how much I also like the other guy.

So stop it.

He's mine.

--OH

Comments

re: Criminal Minds.

Word. Although I don't feel the slightet desire to slash any of them, because they'd pobably just go along for the clinical experience (as opposed, say, to the Boys of NCIS, whose brains would explode in ways that would amuse me).


It is WRONG that I enjoy this show so much more than CSI:NY. I mean, Mandy P, yeah. But Gary S! Is there no justice in this world?

Bah.
Dear Suri:

Please never make me think about Michael Weatherly with his pants off.

Love, Bear.

...I know what you mean about CSI:NY. There is not enough Robert Patrick and Dennis Haysbert in the world to make me watch The Unit.
P.S. the slash thing. It was more an "Aww, Mandy's so cute when he's worried."

...and then I realized that my friends had contaminated my brain, and had to go scrub it out.

Because, no.
Oh, and did I mention the conjuring-up-images thing?

I love the conjuring-up-images thing.

*love*
Adam and Jamie. In Victorian morning coats and top hats. Looking shoppingly dapper and quoting Jane Austen.

The mind boggles! What myth were they busting?

I have been hanging around with the slash crown too much, and they're rubbing off on me

No joke! I found an MP3 of the song "What was Robinson Caruso Doing With Friday on a Saturday Night" and have been in fandom so long that I was actually surprised by the heterosexuality of the answer.
The mind boggles! What myth were they busting?

Toast. Butter-side down. "It is a truth universally acknowledged...."
I love Criminal Minds...like you, I started watching it just because Mandy Patinkin was in it...and enjoyed it much more than I had expected. Haven't gotten to see it recently though :(
My favorite episode so far has been the one where they interview the "two" serial killers just before their execution. That was a serious tear jerker, and definitely raised all kinds of interesting ethical questions one doesn't usual see on a prime-time show.



*has mad love for your icon*
Icon love!
*swoons*
That episode was totally the convincer for me. It was very, very good.

Like, real television.

Last night's rerun--it's the one where Reid has to perform fake surgery on the hostage taker--was also very impressive.
Love the icon!
Heh...Hour bit about Adam and Jamie made it necessary for me to add this entry to my Memories. :D

As someone in write_away once said, "Mythbusters are God."

Chantal
They have shown to me The Truth that any urban myth can be duplicated if you're willing to use enough explosives in the process.

Also that Buster doesn't get a big enough paycheck.
LOL! No, Buster doesn't! I just hope they give him a good health insurance plan--and Accidental Death & Dismemberment insurance, as well as term life. He needs it! (g)

Oh, wait--Buster's dismemberments are usually done on purpose, so maybe he couldn't get AD&D.

Chantal
Argh! You would start liking a show that made me want to throw something through my TV. To be fair, I only watched one ep, but the stupid in that ep made my brain hurt and I thought Garcia was a pale ripoff of Abby on NCIS.
On just about every level other than the cast, it's a much better show than NCIS.

And I love Garcia. She's not a bit like Abby. (Who I love even more.) But they would be a LOT of fun to go bowling with.
Maybe I just happened to watch their worst episode ever.
Well, the scripts are not universally great.

But I like its politics and its sense of character: they're... more nuanced than those of NCIS, with a tender side that makes the brutality of the world that the characters move through stand out.

Item, the best episode I've seen so far (discussed above) included our protagonists desperately trying to prove the accomplice to a serial killer innocent on the eve of her execution.

And her obstructing the hell out of them. And the punchline--and the resolution--were quite gutsy, and very sad. No attempt to soften it: just a big wallop of "Life is not fair, and sometimes we take a hit for the team not because it's right but because it's better than the other thing you could do, even if that would save you some grief."

Item, the ep I watched last night involved the team trying very hard not to kill a delusional schizophrenic who had taken a commuter train hostage.

The problem with NCIS is that the *only* thing it has going for it is the cast. Which is enough to keep me watching, and pretty bloody outstanding, given what they have to work with.

Criminal Minds does *not* have the cast--though Patinkin is outstanding, of course, and Gubler is really impressing me, for his age--but it has a lot of other stuff going for it.
Thank you. I don't watch a lot of TV, but my mom does and we saw the episode you mentioned yesterday but missed the name of the show. I've been wondering what it was since then.

One thing that bothered me though.

They had snipers in place with a two shot solution.

As I understand it, when the bad guy shot the person late in the show, I believe that standard operating procedure is to take the shot if the target starts shooting for any reason.

I just saw episodes of NCIS and The Unit and the one with the guy called Ducky and the guy called Gibbs.

And Law and Order Special Victims Unit

These things make me think that I may actually be missing something by not watching the TV very often.

On that note, Commander in Chief is a little heavy handed with the foreshadowing. And I can't believe that the Secret Service doesn't monitor the President's teenage daughter's electronic communications. Hell, if she isn't using a device that they provided for her, they are doing something wrong.
I think they lost the shot when Reid tackled the shooter--or that's the handwave I'd provide. IE, one of our guys is in the way, we do not shoot him.

The only current TV I watch is NCIS (That's the one with Ducky and Gibbs), this show, Mythbusters, and a couple of Brit imports. (Hustle and Doctor Who.)

Which is more than I should, or have in years, but hey.
Hum, The only episode of NCIS I've seen is the one where the male head of the group (there is a woman who seems to be his boss but she is off screen most of the time) comitts a felony or two and completely screws the coverup twice. Obviously he is bad at breaking the rules.
The problem with NCIS is that the *only* thing it has going for it is the cast. Which is enough to keep me watching, and pretty bloody outstanding, given what they have to work with.

Sad, but true. Like you, I watch NCIS for the cast, not the scripts. Maybe I'll give CM another shot on your say-so. :)

(Anonymous)

Do you watch Bones? Once I got over my annoyance at them using Dr. McCoy's name (g) and got over the fact that it is different from Crossing Jordan, it's kind of grown on me.

But then, I also watch Dog The Bounty Hunter, so what do I know? :)

Chantal
Are you asking me or Bear? :)

I do watch Bones occasionally-- after I got over trying to make the TV Tempe be the same as the Book Tempe which you cannot do, they are not the same person at all. It's not too bad. Though all three shows (Bones, NCIS & CM) are *horrible* about having their characters do stuff that will contaminate their crime scenes, despite, you know, supposedly being 'all that' with forensics. :)
I hate the fact that I don't hate Bones as much as I want to.

I just love that wee lad.

in a take him home and feed him up kind of way.
so in need of a sandwich.
I stumbled onto Criminal Minds one night when nothing else was happening. I really like detecting shows, but I really liked the whole setup of this one even if it is network TV. The Closer has exceptional casting and I just like Kyra Sedgewick and how she's portraying her character.

Hustle really surprised me, since it's a rather slick show. I like the characters immensely, but I haven't seen enough of it to really make more comment.

And Mythbusters should be on everyone's Must See list. I mean, how cool is it to disprove/prove urban myth?
You can't have Dr. Reid; he's mine. Mine mine all mine. And yes, I'm more than twice his age and I don't care.

Ahem. I've been watching the show since it started because, hey, Mandy Pantinkin. But Reid caught my eye, and other portions of my anatomy, quite quickly. It fascinates me how very very brave he is, not only physically but emotionally as well. It's as if he missed that whole defending your heart and image lecture most males seemed to have internalized. I wanted, af first, to say it's childlike but it isn't. Children have no idea of the risks they're taking; Reid does and he goes ahead. And he's a geek! And cheekbones! And and....

MKK
It fascinates me how very very brave he is, not only physically but emotionally as well. It's as if he missed that whole defending your heart and image lecture most males seemed to have internalized. I wanted, af first, to say it's childlike but it isn't. Children have no idea of the risks they're taking; Reid does and he goes ahead.

He totally is. I'm in love with him because that particular aspect of his character reminds me very much of *my* character, synchronistically named Matthew. (Otherwise they're not too much alike.)

He's geeky and sometimes too intense to remember his sense of humor and sometimes he can be a little bit of a jerk.... but it's funny, because when he *is* a jerk, it's totally calculated.

The bit from the episode with the family killer, where he intentionally provoked the guy who's been falsely convicted of the crime by asking him if "continued the cycle of abuse" is just great.

And there's the whole egolessness thing. He will ask for reassurance, and he'll show fear (even sometimes when he doesn't feel it), and he's just generally such a fantastically cute geekboy.

I love that character *a lot*

And he has his moments of emotional cowardice too--the thing with his mom. That was just awful.
Egolessness! Yes, that's it! Thank you -- I have had SUCH trouble articulating this thing. Eek is that the time? Much rush.

MKK
it's interesting to see how many people here started watching criminal minds because of mandy patinkin (me too). and yes, it is so . very . much . better than NCIS (which i watch because of abby, but which is otherwise a fairly typical bellisario and makes me roll my eyes a lot). much stronger and more nuanced characters as well as more nuanced plots. there is also not a single character i dislike, while on NCIS i wanted to strangle kate and dinozzo pretty much every episode.

didya know that pauley perette (who plays abby) has a master's degree in criminology? i found that amusing.

the unit has surprised me a bit. not that i'll be adding it to my regular schedule (what there is of it), but the episodes i've seen were a lot less rah-rah than i had expected, and i like that they don't go for pure action, but include the life at home as well. but it's still too ... theatrical for my taste.

and i can't for the life of me get into CSI:NY. i don't know why not. it leaves me completely cold. i don't even like CSI:miami because of the giant ego that is horatio / david caruso, but i'll watch that over the NY show any day (because at least it has bullet girl).
David Caruso makes my eyes bleed.