birdienl: (Tea answer)
The series I regularly follow have all finished for this year and I wanted to give my quick thought about all the season finales.
Be warned, there are spoilers about the last episodes of the mentioned seasons under the cut!

Grey's Anatomy season 10

I have to finish something here. Nothing feels finished. None of it feels finished. )

Once Upon a Time season 3

What the hell are you doing? You're depriving me of a dashing rescue. )

Elementary season 2

You have this kind of pull, like gravity. I am so lucky that I fell into your orbit. )

The Good Wife season 5

They just said they're going to destroy us in 48 hours. That changes everything. )

 And now it's time for some summer viewing! I have already started with some short period drama series I didn't get to watch when they aired, but I also want to try something new contemporary. Will you help me decide what to watch?

[Poll #1971206]
birdienl: (Winter)
Which TV shows did you start watching in 2013?
I started watching Elementary and I watched the first three seasons of Primeval over the summer months. I also watched a good few miniseries, one of them BBC's The Village and ITV's Mr. Selfridge, which I believe are getting second series

Which TV shows did you let go of in 2013?
None really... I haven't watched the second series of The Paradise yet, but I definitely will. I also hope to finish watching season 4 and 5 of Primeval. Two long-running series that I watch unfortunately ended in 2013: Foyle's War and Inspector Lewis (though you never know with Foyle's War I guess)

Which TV shows did you mean to get into but didn't in 2013? Why?
There are always going to be shows I hear about, which are recommended by fellow bloggers etc. Arrow, Beauty and the Beast and Nashville are on my 'might be interesting' list. But for now I just don't have room for another long running show...

Which TV shows do you intend on checking out in 2014?
I'm interested in The Mill, a Channel 4 mini-series about mill workers during the Industrial Revolution which I believe hardly anyone has seen.

Which TV show impressed you least in 2013?
For miniseries, I was least impressed with The Village and World without End. The first because it was just too dreary and hopeless, the second because the writing and acting were sooo bad it was laughable. For long running series, I was definitely not impressed by Doctor Who's 7th series (some episodes excluded). I'm so done with Moffat's writing style....

Which TV show do you think you might let go of in 2014 unless things significantly improve? And which TV shows do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?
Last year I answered The Good Wife to this questions (first part), but it has really improved this last season! I might sometimes think about letting go of Doctor Who, but I probably wont. The good thing about DW is that it can be so vastly different from episode to episode, there are always some in a series you will enjoy.

Which TV show did you enjoy the most in 2013?
There is is again, the most difficult question of these kind of memes... Let me at least split it into mini-series and recurring series. For mini-series I'll say The White Queen. I know it was not very historically correct, but it was just so pretty and enticing etc. For recurring series I thought Call the Midwife series 2 was absolutely great: wonderful acting, poignant subjects mixed with the appropriate lightness and great period detail. But I can also say The Good Wife, because I was getting so bored with it a year ago, but now I'm totally into it again!

birdienl: (Dr Who)
It's that time of the year again, when many regular tv shows end for the season.... Here are my thoughts about the finales of the shows I watch. Be aware there are spoilers under the cut!

Doctor Who series 7

It better be important. I was in the middle of destroying some very pleasant primitives )

Grey's Anatomy season 9
You made me a better doctor tonight, Dr. Webber. Thank you. )

Once Upon a Time season 2

Shall we stop this thing now, and then resume bickering. )

The Good Wife season 4

You promise me that you will never put me through the same thing again. )

And now for the really important question: what shall I watch over summer? I'll of course 'work' on my period drama watch list, but I would also like to watch at least one longer series. A few new series started this year about which I've heard lots of good on blogs and here on LJ. Will you help me decide which one I should give a try?

[Poll #1914316]
birdienl: (Default)

I've loved The Good Wife since I first started watching it for it's great acting and complex and realistic characters. But lately I've been loving it for another reason also: the portrayal of the marriage of Alicia and Peter.

It is (as far as I know) one of the very few examples of modern shows and movies which treat a marriage as something worth fighting for. Most contemporary tv shows see marriage (or relationships in general) as something which can be 'discarded' when it's no longer interesting, or when one of the persons involved falls for someone else. It is refreshing, and for me as a Christian, wholesome, to see a couple on tv fighting to maintain their relationship, even after something devastating as infidelity. Because, yes, it is horrific what Peter did to Alicia, sleeping with other women and even a prostitute. And I can fully understand Alicia to not want to see him or live in the same house as her husband. I can also see the attraction between her and Will. I'm a hopeless romantic, so I'm not immune to the look of devotion on Will's face when he looks at Alicia. 

But I'm also glad that from the beginning we saw Alicia realized that what was between her and Peter: their love, their marriage vows, their years of life together and ofcourse their children, was not something to throw away. I love that they realistically show them fighting for their marriage. Not just within a few episodes, but with babysteps forward (and sometimes a few steps back). Peter changing and working to regain Alicia's respect. Alicia accepting his apologies and again seeing the good in him.

I've read many fans of the show voicing their discontent over Alicia and Peter staying together. Why don't they just divorce? This sentiment was even voiced in-show (episode 4x01 'I fought the law'), by a reporter interviewing Alicia. Here Alicia sharply contradicts the 21st century 'doctrine' that women should just divorce their husband when he commits adultery. 

Reporter: So, I'd like to ask you this Alicia. Why do you stay with your husband? Why not divorce? Other wives who have been betrayed like this divorce.
  Alicia: Because I don't want to.
Reporter: Isn't that setting a bad example to women everywhere? To be such a... doormat?
  Alicia: I like my husband. I respect him. He's flawed, but I've grown to accept that. And I committed to a marriage. I don't like breaking commitments. 
Reporter: Isn't that dragging women back to the '50s? Women have all the obligations and men have all the freedom? 
  Alicia: I don't know, this isn't about women or the '50s. This is about me.

I respect The Good Wife for daring to show a different way out of marriage troubles then divorce in todays culture. I sincerely hope they continue along this path and in time make Alicia and Peter restart their marriage fully. 

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