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12 December 2009 @ 07:34 pm
 
It would be nice if I could redirect my thoughts to things I should be thinking about, but I don't seem to be able to do that. I keep telling myself that this is the weekend in which I am going to write something, but that never seems to happen. I suspect it's all psychological and I have some kind of severe block on attempting to actually write a chapter, but whatever. I don't really care, and I don't really know how to motivate myself without caring about the end product.

Instead I continue to watch due South. (This is more a symptom than a cause.) I think I have finished what should actually be called season 3, even if seasons 3 and 4 are all lumped together on the US DVDs. Things:

--I am actually not sure whether it's character or tone that I continue to balk at slightly.

--But I still love it when Fraser puts up the polite, rule-bound Mountie wall, and then is totally devious behind it, as in "Asylum."

--While it is going to be very, very hard to top my sheer devotion to "Red, White, or Blue," "Mountie on the Bounty" was deeply pleasing in its red-serge silliness.

--I continue to miss the brown uniform. (It did make a brief appearance in one of the episodes--I forget which, now--but it was not enough.)
 
 
 
clean all the things!!!: buttonsthepresidentrix on December 13th, 2009 06:00 pm (UTC)
I've only just started the first season with the new Ray, and I find him quite funny, but I think I already have a whiff of the off-putting... whatever it is that you're sensing, as well. I guess the show was picked up and restarted by new creators, so I can easily see how some creative changes may have been a condition of that new start, but there is something odd about the new flavor.

The old series had its farcical moments, but I sort of believed the characters were real people. Curiously, I still believe Fraser is real, but ever since he came back and everyone was playing as if the new Ray was still the old Ray, I feel like everybody else is only pretending to still be themselves, so as to fool him. But even I don't know quite what I mean by this.

Still, I'm on board for the silliness, even if each episode continues to seem more like a silly play someone wrote about Due South than it does an actual episode of the show...

(P.S. Am glad I finally caught up on 'Witness,' because that episode was awesome! Fraser in jail! Giving everybody good books to read!)
tempestsarekind: due southtempestsarekind on December 13th, 2009 10:23 pm (UTC)
The old series had its farcical moments, but I sort of believed the characters were real people.

That's as good a way of putting it as any, I think. I feel ridiculous for being put off by the show's silliness, because it's *always* been silly, but I think that what you're pointing to is the real problem. And maybe part of my issue with Ray Kowalski is that his "origin story" is so odd: Fraser and Ray Vecchio have issues with their fathers that really resonate, even if we learn about them most often through the surreal method of their being haunted. But I can't find anything to connect to in Ray's story in "Eclipse."

And yay! for "Witness"! I love that almost nothing disturbs Fraser's equanimity--except the mistreatment of library books, about which he totally gets riled up. I guess that is what happens when you are raised by librarian grandparents.