As I’ve said before, the price to be paid for 51 weeks of relative invincibility is one week of a lousy, lousy cold (and even my mighty immune system is no match for two kids under 12 with the flu).
End result: hard to keep the brain moving fast enough to put together a post. So we’re gonna acquiese and offer a lot of very, very brief thoughts:
- On “Dollhouse”: The second episode of “Dollhouse” did such a better job of explaining the premise clearly and concisely while setting up the emotional relationships and ongoing mysteries that I wonder what the hell went wrong in the pilot. Did Joss Whedon choke so badly that he got outwritten by Steven DeKnight? Steven DeKnight, who wrote some of the worst episodes of “Smallville” – and seriously, how shit do you have to be to write some of the worst episodes of “SMALLVILLE”?! (Granted, it’s been years since I’ve seen “Smallville” – frankly I’m shocked it still exists – and as I understand it, DeKnight’s tenure could now classify as “the glory years.”)
Anyway, ratings are to be considered, as it dipped and regained viewers throughout the episode – which is weird. And it’s still doing great on downloads through iTunes, Amazon and Hulu, so if Fox takes those into account, we may see at least the initial run of 13 episodes.
- On Music: I’m setting up a Blip.fm account as we speak, at www.blip.fm/jkholland. I’ll keep things very, very simple until I figure out some advanced features, but basically: every time I hear or think of a song worth listening to, I will post that link. Expect one or two a day, and if anything catches your ear, feel free to ask about it.
- On Libraries: I love libraries, particularly now the ability to request comic books from the entire system via their websites. A realization that I could probably track down Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell’s “From Hell” without paying for the massive phonebook of a thing led me to a marathon requesting session that ended in a Bendis, Morrison, and Moore extravaganza.
Little did I realize they would all arrive at once, in a massive stack that the poor old librarian strained to lift.
When she asked, kindly as she could, What’s the deal with all these comics?, and I realized “I wanted to see what Alan Moore’s Captain Britain run was like” wasn’t a suitable answer, I told her, “My girlfriend’s gonna be away this weekend and I’ll need something to do.” Yes, I lied to a total stranger about why I needed 20-odd comics all at once.
- On links: Recommended reading this week is the A.V. Club, the arts/entertainment wing of The Onion. Always informative, frequently awesome, and home of some of my favorite features, such as “I Watched This On Purpose.” There are a couple new blog posts about the occasional need for mediocrity and why listening to a band’s debut album is probably not a great idea. Go forth.
…And how have you been?