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  1. The character who actually surprised me the most (as someone who saw parts of RH as a kid here and there when it was first broadcast) the first time I saw/revisited the show on SN was Jack. The only thing I knew/remembered of Jack from decades-old viewing was as a widower who deeply missed his wife and adored his daughter, and who was basically a stand-up guy. I was surprised to see what a real jerk he was soon after the start of the show. In one way, I could see how complex a character he was, that here was someone who had abandonment issues so much so that he, while honest enough to say things like he had no intentions of getting married, he didn't want kids, etc., fell so hard for someone that was really not like most of the women he'd been with. I mean, Mary was a lot younger than he was, she hadn't been around, she was still childlike in certain ways as far as basically being a happy person who idolized her brother and hadn't had any significant relationships. As much as I enjoyed their chemistry, and ML and KM had it in spades, there was also something scary about Jack's almost immediate intensity about Mary...like, how could this child/woman make an emotional wreck (from his own doing, not hers) out of this sophisticated, jaded, older man? Then again...I suppose such a story is as old as time! Anyway, it was really something to see a character whom I had thought was like a benchmark of intelligence, honesty, solidity, be someone who went to such emotional extremes within himself that he caused so much emotional pain to someone he loved.
  2. So...anybody else biting the bullet and watching the rewind one last time? I figured, oh, why not. Although, admittedly, I still do ff Delia a lot. I could never bring myself to like the character no matter who played her. You can really see how new a show and how new an experience it is for a lot of the actors. A few of them haven't quite gotten into the skin of the characters yet. You can see people looking at the camera or looking at the cue cards, or waiting for somebody to cross from point a to point b before they say their next line. Michael Levin and Kate Mulgrew seem pretty natural from the getgo, though, in terms of knowing their characters.
  3. Three episodes in and I just turned this one off before the halfway mark. I'm finding it kind of boring. The actors do nothing for me and, with that, the show becomes just another dime a dozen for me. Alex OL reminds me of Joseph Fiennes in Flash Forward and is about as interesting. I did watch the original so there are definitely comparisons going on in my head, particularly of McGarrett and Williams and it just ain't happening for me and it's not merely a nostalgia thing (I liked the original well enough but I couldn't name you a single episode). I mean, I love the original Star Trek and Shatner and Nimoy yet I enjoyed Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto portraying those iconic roles. I'm not against remakes if done well and have some semblance or spirit of the original. With H5O, I feel like they're using the theme song, the names and the gimmicks (Book 'em, Danno) and they've just slapped it on an otherwise generic cop show. Just don't remake Cannon with Jim Belushi, please, or William Devane as Barnaby Jones...
  4. I've been watching Eureka on the Syfy channel and this actor, Kavan Smith, recently joined who reminds me so much of a young Larkin Malloy. Tell me I'm not crazy.
  5. Never On Top, It's Considered Egregious. RAISIN
  6. I hope we get to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as John Winchester at least one more time. Every other main character (and some not so main ones) on the show has died (some more than once) and come back.
  7. Oh, I couldn't stand April and Draper. They bored me to tears. I only saw the last few years of the show when it was originally broadcast, so I only saw them towards the tail end before they ended up leaving but I was bored by them then and just as bored by them now when I watched the videos. I thought of that triangle as drippy Draper and his drippy women. I hadn't seen Deborah before the videos. Part of me liked her because she was a female cop. Another part of me found her indecisive, something of a tease, and letting her personal feelings towards Raven interfere with her job (course, Derek Mallory did the same thing!). Nicole does not die from the illness, and the actress was actually replaced. And, yeah, LL was gone before the show ended. In retrospect, her replacement reminds me of a young Laura Koffman type. I actually liked Gavin (I prefer dark hair) and his unibrow. Someone mentioned on the Soap World board that she was the female Eliot Dorn and I agree. The way she was written then was usually reserved for a male character. Using sex to get what she wanted without really forming an attachment. Being totally consumed by whatever she needed at a given moment. Having no parental instinct whatsoever. She used men as a means to an end until they didn't really serve her purpose anymore. It was actually a bit jarring to me to see how antagonistic she and Geraldine were to each other when in the last years, they loved each other like mother and daughter.
  8. She didn't turn into April. But she did get less selfish. She became a better mother to Jamie and when Logan returned to town, he ended up falling in love with her again, rather obsessively trying to get her away from her husband but she stayed with Sky. There's a nice scene up on youtube where Raven is basically breaking Logan's heart but trying to do it gently. Unfortunately, right after that, Logan got murdered and Raven was wrongly accused.
  9. Sky & Raven Whitney. They were raising their baby daughter (Jasmine, I wanna say was her name) as well as Raven's young son, Jamie Swift. Last scene of the show I believe was Sky & Raven finding a sword on their doorstep. I think they briefly had a detective agency but that ended before the show did. And Raven was more heroine than villainess towards the end. Jodi and Preacher were not together at the end; they had broken up and he was taking off with Liz Correll (sp?) (played by Marcia Cross) and Jodi got involved with (I think his name was) Jeremy. After Nicole's death, Dr. Miles Cavanagh married Beth Correll (Liz's sister). My memory is a bit spotty but I think Beth was a shrink and did a radio show. Detectives that were still around I think were Chris Egan (female), Damien Tyler, Calvin Stoner (who, after his wife Star died, found love again with lawyer Didi Bannister, although I'm not sure if they were still together by the end). There was Cliff Nelson and Mitzi. Mike and Nancy Karr. Geraldine. :::Sigh::: After all this time of waiting for when Larkin Malloy began on the show, AOL Video goes kaput.
  10. Speaking of Sharon Gabet, I'm noticing, as I did then, that she smirks a lot, or lets this little grin cross her face, even when the scenes are supposed to be angry or serious. I always wondered if it's only to play Raven in that coquettish way, as something of a "cat who swallowed the canary" or as a gameplayer (like, okay, you got me there but I'm gonna get you back kinda smirky smile) or if it's just Gabet having fun with the scenes. Don't get me wrong, she was one of my favorites, but when she grins like that in between yelling at somebody or getting her game thwarted, I wonder if I'm watching Raven or Sharon.
  11. Some of the folks who have collections of the post 1981 episodes say that there's not a whole lot of music so that reason seems to be called into question. Also, if I remember, that was the reason/theory given by Claire Labine when she was asked by someone from the SoapNet board and only afterwards, it was what SN themselves claimed. There is also the question of why they told people that the reason for the previous rewind (the one before this one) was so that new fans could see the show from the beginning. In other words...if it's indeed the music rights, why was this never said until recently?
  12. I saw The Messengers and Deja Vu. The Messengers is your standard "family moves out to the country after the teenage daughter experiences a traumatic event and bad things happen in the new house" story. As soon as all the main cast appears on screen, you pretty much know who the main victim and who the evildoer are going to be. Predictable and below average. I thought Deja Vu with Denzel Washington as an ATF agent was pretty good. Someone sets off a bomb on a ship, killing hundreds of people. Simultaneously, a woman's body is found in the water but she was not on the ship, she was murdered separately but the two incidents are connected. Denzel hooks up with a department of the FBI that has a device that can observe anything 4 days in the past--they can't go back further and they can't fast forward so it's always 4 days prior. So they spend a lot of time watching the woman in the days prior to her murder and trying to piece together the events leading to the bombing. Meanwhile, Denzel is falling in love with the woman as he's watching her in the past and begins to question whether she is alive or dead. Good stuff.
  13. I saw Freedom Writers and The Blackboard Jungle. Same concept, 50 years apart. Both very good. Really shows that the more things change, the more they stay the same. Actually...one of my favorite movies is the one Poitier did in this vein a decade after TBJ, To Sir, With Love.
  14. Happy Feet. Saw it this weekend. Cute movie. Robin Williams doing Ramon's voice with that Spanish accent (think Hank Azaria in "The Birdcage", lol) was the funniest thing, especially when combined with Ramon's movements. I can imagine the animator trying to match that penguin's movements to Robin's performance. "Without us, the chickas got no boom."
  15. It was good but kind of predictable. As soon as we were introduced to Pete, I knew he would turn out to be the killer and that he would probably bite the dust at Linda Blair's hands. Actually, he reminded me a little bit of that actor on a Fox show...I think his name is Peter Gallagher?
  16. I thought that was a new car? It looked different to me anyway. I thought Dean finished the demolition job on the old one when he smashed it up in grief and anger. It looked to me like their friend (I forgot his name) gave them another car??
  17. I love how the show builds stories around urban legends or, in next week's case, actual historical people. After reading the pre-vue for the show, I had to look up online just to see if the guy named as "America's 1st serial killer" was real. Okay, anyone else getting sort of a "half sister" vibe from Joanne, I think is her name? I've been wondering ever since she and her mother appeared, if that girl is John's daughter. That, and the fact that Dean isn't as all over her as he usually is with pretty girls, leads me to think she's going to turn out to be their sister. I hope John somehow gets brought back. If Buffy's rotting corpse can be reanimated without making Buffy a murderous zombie, there's got to be a way for John to come back.
  18. Is anyone watching? I love this show. It fills that "Buffy" void for me. I wish they hadn't killed Dad off but, given the nature of the show, I suppose he could always turn up again. Like soaps, characters don't always stay dead or, rather, stay buried, on these types of shows. And I like the different folklore and urban legends they use. I wonder what the secret about Sam is. Obviously there's something special about Sam that even he is not fully aware of. I'm thinking he's something along the lines of a would-be-slayer or special like the characters in "Heroes"...that there's something about him that either he alone or with others like him can destroy the demon(s).
  19. I like it, too, although Tony & Kate are/were my least favorite characters. I used to ff their "banter" because it was that annoying. When it was Kate that was killed off instead of one of the others, I was happy. I like Ziva much, much better. I haven't seen the season premiere yet, though. (I tape everything and watch days later, usually).
  20. In the theater - Walk The Line (Johnny Cash fan here...and Joaquin did a great job, I thought) Rental - Good Night and Good Luck But since I saw it months ago, the movie I am most madly in love with is "Mad Hot Ballroom" (as you can probably guess) and it's a documentary. The kids are adorable...some of them awkward, definitely, but some of them dance better than most adults I know. Plus I love the soundtrack, especially the Spanish songs.
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