i… i unironically love james blunt.

So clearly I’m falling down on the job because I didn’t bother to write anything about 30 Rock or The Office today.  I was too busy downloading “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover” by James Blunt.

I’ve been hearing snatches of these songs all over the place, often in parody sorts of things, situations where someone needed a song conveying an OVER THE TOP AMOUNT OF ANGST.  But the first time I actually heard either one was when I watched a Doctor Who fanvid, a shippy Doctor/Rose vid, set to “Goodbye My Lover,” and mock me all you like for my shipper tendencies but the song stuck with me even though I had no idea who it was by.  So today I finally bothered to look them up and listen to them properly and… and… I’m in love.

What is wrong with me???  Clearly I need some Flobots or White Stripes or something to clear my palette and remind me what my usual taste in music is…

recasting state of play

The BBC miniseries State of Play has been on my to-watch list for some time now.  I haven’t gotten around to actually watching it yet, but even so I know it must be awesome, because it has pretty much every single one of my favorite BBC actors except David Tennant in it.  I definitely need to make time to see it before the American remake comes out later this year.

When the original BBC cast was so amazing, how do you recast it with Hollywood types without losing that high level of awesomeness?  Whoever did the casting for the remake really rose to the challenge.  Allow me to explain.

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science meets entertainment

This article caught my eye in USA Today this morning – partly because my educational background is in science, and partly because in the print version of the article, there are side-by-side photographs of Spock from Star Trek and Temperance Brennan from Bones.  Um, okay, interesting juxtaposition.

The article is about the increasing emphasis on accurate portrayals of science and scientists in the media – it mentions Doctor Manhattan’s quantum physics in Watchmen, the antimatter bomb in Angels and Demons, etc.  It’s an interesting read, but in annoyed me a bit because it seems to be dissing Spock, my favorite-ever fictional character.  Someone is quoted as saying, “The scientists you see today are not Mr. Spock, they’re human, and that’s a real change.  Even if they’re depicted as über-geeks, they are still interesting people you’d probably like.”  Excuse me?  Are you implying that Spock is not an interesting person I’d probably like?  What universe’s version of Star Trek have you been watching?

life 2×19: 5 quarts

According to River Tam, the human body can be drained of blood in 6.8 seconds given adequate vacuuming systems.  Good news for this week’s blood-stealing murderer, as it meant they had plenty of time left over to get away.  Seriously, this show always has the strangest murders – remember the woman wearing angel wings who was thrown off a building?  And the buried Zen master with the flower and the “I’m With Stupid” t-shirt?  Well no, you probably don’t, seeing as how I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the universe who actually watches this tragically underrated show.

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still detoxing from fotc

If you, like me, are still wishing there was just a bit more Flight of the Conchords out there somewhere so that you could get another fix, you’re in luck.  Turns out Mel has her very own video blog!  All the clips are worth watching for the true FotC fan, but my favorite has got to be the one from March 16 (at the top of the site as of today), thanks to Doug’s lurking in the background and commenting.  I love Doug.  I think he may be my favorite character, other than Bret, and Jemaine, and Murray.

what makes star trek, star trek?

According to this article from TrekMovie.com, the writers of the new Star Trek movie have promised that we will see all of the following in the film at some point.

  • McCoy saying “Damnit, Jim, I’m a doctor, not a [whatever]!”
  • Scotty having an “I’m giving it all I’ve got, Cap’n!” moment
  • Kirk cheating on the Kobayashi Maru test
  • A bitch fight (okay, the phrase they used was “insult fight”) between Spock and McCoy

This list pretty much proves to me that these guys do “get” Star Trek.  I’m so excited to see this movie.  Quinto’s Spock and Urban’s McCoy in a TOS-style battle of the wits!  That’s going to be a joy to watch.

a flight of the conchords post-mortem

Now that this show has, as far as anyone can tell, ridden off into the New Zealand sunset, I find myself mulling over just what it was that made it so fabulous.  Of course it’s easy to say “the songs!” (or even just “the lulz!”) and leave it at that, but the truth is, as fun as the music was it wasn’t the only thing that made FotC, the TV show, great.

The subtle, deadpan humor made such a great contrast to the over-the-top musical numbers, and the two leads didn’t hog all the great lines – Murray, Mel, Dave, and even less-important characters like Doug and Greg all made contributions.  And that’s not even mentioning all the excellent guest characters, like Jemaine’s friend the mugger, the Crazy Dogggz, the members of the Tough Brets, Brian the Prime Minister, all the various girlfriends… each one was a memorable part of the show.

Another thing I always loved was the attention to detail.  I mean, even the costumes are part of the humor – Jemaine’s denim shirts, Bret’s penguin-print pajamas, Murray’s 1970s suits.  Whoever was in charge of this sort of thing clearly made a big effort at continuity, and continuity warms the cockles of my TV-lovin’ heart.  Whether it was Bret’s hair-helmet or Jemaine’s “camera phone,” the same little site gags would pop up over and over again, rewarding consistent viewers and making the Conchords’ world feel like a real (if bizarre) place.

Any successful show has a lot of elements that make it what it is.  In any case, my Sunday nights will seem empty without my weekly dose of Bret and Jemaine.