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06 November 2009 @ 01:23 pm
I...may have watched six episodes of Due South yesterday (the whole last disc of S1), when I got home and found that it had arrived from Netflix. The last three episodes broke my heart, completely--and I wasn't expecting it at all.

Also, dear show: thank you very much for naming episodes after lines from Hamlet. (First we had "Hawk and a Handsaw," and last night I watched "Heaven and Earth"--oddly, I assumed that this was in fact a quote from Hamlet when I first saw the title, but I went for the wrong line: I assumed it was "Heaven and earth, must I remember?" bypassing totally the ridiculously famous "There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio..." Though my line fits the episode too, quite well in fact.)
cschellscschells on November 6th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
That was a lot of hard work, and you should be proud of your accomplishment! We watched that show through Netflix not too long ago--lots of good stuff, although the cars they drive... *shakes head*
tempestsarekind: gilmore couch potatoestempestsarekind on November 6th, 2009 07:18 pm (UTC)
Oh, I know, the cars! Were all the cars really that big and clunky in the early '90s? Can I really have forgotten that? (It actually makes the car chase scenes hard to follow, since I frequently can't tell the cars apart.)
Neaneadods on November 6th, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how fast shows become vintage, doesn't it? All the 80s detective shows with people flailing around to find telephones to give a vital clue in time is pretty hilarious in the day of the cell phone.
tempestsarekind: danielle laugh [ever after]tempestsarekind on November 6th, 2009 11:10 pm (UTC)
Yes--and even when they did have cell phones, they were huge! Early episodes of The X-Files are such a kick that way.
Spackle: doctor who: tardis on the edge!spacklegeek on November 6th, 2009 09:07 pm (UTC)
when I first saw the title, but I went for the wrong line: I assumed it was "Heaven and earth, must I remember?"

Haha! Nice. I actually performed that soliloquy last week, in addition to the scene with Horatio and the 2 guards telling Hamlet about the ghost directly after. It was ... intimidating. But I think I've got it in my head for good, now. :D
tempestsarekind: hamlet/horatio OTPtempestsarekind on November 6th, 2009 11:12 pm (UTC)
Well, it's a good thing to have in one's head! Though I would also be intimidated, having to perform such a thing. Or anything, really...

Any particular reason for the performance?
Spackle: autumn roadspacklegeek on November 6th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)
One of my classes this semester is on storytelling, which sounds a lot sweeter than the class actually is, unfortunately. But, of the three performances we have to give, one had to be a dialogue without narration - so, basically, a theatre piece. And, because I'm a dork and love Shakespeare, and also Hamlet, I chose that scene. Then, when I realized it wasn't long enough, I decided to add Hamlet's soliloquy, which made me break out in a bit of a (metaphorical) sweat (actually, take that literally, too), but I think I did okay, ultimately.

I enjoy performing things. And I competed in my high school's Shakespeare Competition for three years, and had a good time with it. So, yeah. :)

(The final piece has to be a narrative, with dialogue. I'm doing a scene from McKinley's Sunshine. HEHEHEE.)
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on November 7th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
I'm doing a scene from McKinley's Sunshine.

AWESOME. I hope there will be details forthcoming!

I'm teaching for a Shakespeare class with a performance element in the spring, and I have no idea how I will handle that. I have no performance experience to speak of. It will be an adventure, I suppose...
clean all the things!!!: liz lemonthepresidentrix on November 9th, 2009 08:20 am (UTC)
I love that you are watching Due South right now, too. I saw the pilot on Halloween, and it was so great, and I've been meaning to keep watching! (They're all on youtube!)
tempestsarekind: geoffreytempestsarekind on November 9th, 2009 05:30 pm (UTC)
I saw that in one of your posts, but I didn't want to crash into your journal, all, "omg Due South what did you think???" Though I think I might have crashed another one of your posts, all "omg Benton Fraser I think I love him." Oops.
clean all the things!!!: my herothepresidentrix on November 9th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
You can Fraser-squee at me any time you want! He is HANDSOME and PRINCIPLED!

And I didn't know it was poor etiquette to pick up on and comment regarding random asides in a journal entry. There is so much about the interwebs I clearly do not know...
tempestsarekind: geoffreytempestsarekind on November 9th, 2009 07:23 pm (UTC)

I know! And for me, actually, I think that it's largely the principled quality that *makes* him handsome, because while I love Paul Gross as Geoffrey Tennant in Slings & Arrows (see icon), I didn't spend a lot of time practically swooning over him.

I don't think it *is* poor etiquette to comment on random asides! I just felt like, "Self, get a grip. Stop looking for opportunities to fangirl Fraser." So I didn't comment. There's no rule--it was just my embarrassment talking. :)
clean all the things!!!: kaylee umbrellathepresidentrix on November 9th, 2009 07:31 pm (UTC)
Eeeee! He gets to be in another cool show after Due South! I had not put the two actors together. I mean, the one actor in the two places. Yeah.

More Paul Gross to love! (I feel that if Gross is your last name, you are really going to have to strive to grow up totally excellent, aren't you? It's that or live up to your name).
tempestsarekind: all the world's a stagetempestsarekind on November 9th, 2009 07:49 pm (UTC)
Ha ha, yes--you wouldn't want it to be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

As for S&A--I looooove it. I mean, I would, since it's about people caring passionately about Shakespeare, but it's a lot of fun. And Geoffrey is manic. And there are ghosts!
clean all the things!!!: cylon and garfunkelthepresidentrix on November 9th, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, and as to the performance aspect of your next class, WOOT! That sounds like SO MUCH FUN.

I have a little background in Readers Theater, so I love just reading aloud. But I don't know if I could give you any great ideas since most of the shows I wrote for my sort of readers theater club in college were done with narrative texts, which gives you a lot more freedom and room for creativity assigning the dialog. (I like to let the characters speak their own narrations, as if confessing to the audience, as well as deliver their actual dialogue. And I like playing around with more than one person speaking single sentences, exchanging back and forth but as if they were just one voice - or one voice with another voice breaking in to make rude, protesting asides. Etc. But Shakespeare is perfect the way he is. So you don't get to mess with him in order to promote performability, haha).
tempestsarekind: martha at the globetempestsarekind on November 9th, 2009 07:56 pm (UTC)
It will be interesting. I wonder if I would have taken this class, as an undergrad: I might have stayed away, in spite of my Shakespeare-love, because I'd be terrified by the performance part! So I hope we get enough students (the enrollment cap is pretty small, but there is another Shakespeare class--a more traditional lecture course--on offer as well in the spring).

I've definitely been wanting to think more about performance and character of late, and I haven't yet found a way to *teach* Shakespeare effectively, so I'm hoping I'll learn something, as well as the students!

ETA: Oh, also, I don't think I'd ever heard of Readers Theater before! What an interesting concept.

Edited at 2009-11-09 07:57 pm (UTC)