And Here Are Your Answers . . .

1. The Walking Dead

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“Am I the only one zen around here? Good lord.”

“That’s pretty romantic. Screw around?”
(snorts) “I’ll go down first.”
“Even better.”
“Stop.”

“This is bad. This is really bad.”
“Think about something else. Puppies and kittens.”
“DEAD puppies and kittens.”

It’s interesting. I like The Walking Dead (particularly the later seasons), but it’s not a particularly quotable show. Four seasons worth of material, and I really struggled to pull just three lines. (I did like the one about peach schnapps, but I thought that might be a bit too obvious for current fans.) Obviously, strong dialogue isn’t the only thing that makes a TV show worth watching — acting and atmosphere count for a lot too, not to mention plot and character arcs — but it’s something I highly value in a TV series, and I wonder if maybe this is why The Walking Dead has never quite made the leap from Absolutely Totally Watchable Show to One of My Favorite Shows of All Times.

2. Elementary

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“There is not a warmer, kinder me waiting to be coaxed out into the light. I am acerbic. I can be cruel. It’s who I am. Right to the bottom. I’m neither proud of this, nor ashamed of it. It simply is.”

“Don’t touch any of the first editions. Or Watson.”

“I don’t care which cock I’m holding. I just want to know how it got there.”

I was surprised by Elementary. Maybe I shouldn’t have been, given how much I like both Jonny Lee Miller and Lucy Liu, but I was really worried about this show when it first came out. Not, I think, for the reasons a lot of people were worried: most people seemed either concerned that the American show would butcher the source material (which I clearly didn’t care about, considering I enjoyed Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes) or that it was a copycat and/or could never be as good as BBC’s Sherlock. (Which I kind of always thought was a dumb reason to hate something you’ve never even tried, and I LIKE Sherlock.)

No, mostly I was concerned about genderbending Watson, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned about myself over the years, it’s that watching a consistently unequal power dynamic between a man (who’s Oh-So-Talented and therefore a selfish, arrogant bastard to everyone around him) and a woman (who, in theory, is all competent and independent but always ends up acquiescing to whatever the man needs) makes me want to rip out all of my cartoonishly colorful hair. Which is not what I look for in my television programming.

Thankfully, though, I really like how Sherlock and Watson’s relationship has progressed thus far. I feel like they’re on a more even playing field than other adaptations, and that works for me here. I also like that I can watch how they’re both evolving as characters. As long as they never EVER hook up, I think I’ll continue to enjoy this.

3. Boy Meets World

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“Cory, the first thing I learned on the street is that any judge who spontaneously makes balloon toys will, at the end of the day, actually hang you.”

“This is classic. The locked door, the scary janitor, the bloody warning, and our soon-to-be first victim.”
“Me? Why me?”
“Well, Kenny, it’s certainly not going to be any of us!”

“It was raining. You had an umbrella. I grabbed it, stuffed it down your throat . . . and then I opened it.”

Damn you, Mekaela. I was sure nobody would get this one. I didn’t think anyone would connect horror movie tropes, homicide by umbrella, and spontaneously created balloon toys to a family-friendly sitcom from the 1990’s which now has a sequel on the godamned Disney Channel. I was all proud of myself and everything. I even specifically didn’t use, “You yelled at me! But I’m Topanga!” even though we say that to each other all the time.

Oh well. I was absolutely a Boy Meets World fan when I was younger. Shawn Hunter was one of my very first bad boy crushes. (Not my very first, though. I’m pretty sure that was Gambit.) You could never exactly call the show subtle, but I still like watching reruns now and again for nostalgia’s sake. (Especially the horror movie parody one. That was, shockingly, my favorite.)

4. Young Justice

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“I feel naked, and not in a fun way.”

“I left you behind because you know my backstory. I didn’t want my best pal questioning my objectivity.”
“Dude. That’s what a best pal’s for.”

“If dislike is the opposite of like, is disaster the opposite of aster? See, if things are going wrong, they go right . . . uh, clearly, you’re not feeling the aster. What’s wrong?”

I always have to pick at least one superhero cartoon per TV Quotes Challenge, right? That seems to be a rule I’ve imposed on myself. And I really enjoyed the first season of Young Justice. Well, I should amend that: I initially struggled hard with the first season of Young Justice but eventually became pretty happy with where the story went. At first, though. Man. I basically wanted to punch Superboy in the face, and Miss Martian was inspiring all kinds of feminist rage. I didn’t even particularly like Kid Flash, probably because he kept obnoxiously hitting on the girl who clearly had no interest in him.

But eventually a lot of that got better (I actually thought what they did with Miss Martian’s storyline was pretty clever) and I really grew to like the show a lot. Robin and Artemis are easily my favorites, and Aqualad’s not too bad himself. I do want to see the second season, but I accidentally came across a few things that are going to happen, and I’m not sure how I’m feeling about that yet. I’ll still try it out eventually, though, especially if they finally put it up on Netflix Instant. (This whole ‘only one season on Instant’ thing? It’s bullshit.)

5. Touching Evil

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“I was clinically insane for a while there, but I’m all right now, near enough. Hey, can I have your goldfish?”

“The first thing you have absolutely no control of: where you’re born. You can leave, but it haunts you like a ghost. And then you come back and you are the ghost.”

“G-man by day, g-string by night.”

I was fairly confident nobody would get this one right, considering it’s a very loosely based remake of a British television show, only lasted one season, and is only available — so far as I know — on Youtube. (I watched it in the midst of a ‘I need to see everything Jeffrey Donovan’s ever done’ obsession, which actually didn’t go very far. I mostly just watched this. But I briefly CONSIDERED watching Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 because, man. That shit looks hilarious.)

I really liked Touching Evil, though. It was an interesting procedural, and it had a pretty great cast: Jeffrey Donovan, Vera Farmiga, Bradley Cooper, Kevin Durand, and Pruitt Taylor Vance. Donovan and Farmiga, in particular, had wonderful chemistry, and I wish the show had run longer. Or, at the very least, that they’d also put it on Netflix Instant or possibly DVD because Youtube does not have the best quality in the whole world, and I actually wouldn’t mind owning this one.

6. The Vampire Diaries

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“Aren’t you worried that one day all the forest animals are going to band together and fight back?”

“You have a friend?”
“You say that with such a discouraging amount of surprise.”

“I mean, did you learn nothing from the moonstone in the soap dish?”

The moonstone quote is basically a dead giveaway to anyone who actually watches The Vampire Diaries, but I couldn’t help myself. I laughed so hard at this line. It had to make the final cut.

On recommendation, Mek and I started watching The Vampire Diaries on Netflix and — once you make it past all that awful diary writing in the first few episodes, oh my GOD, it’s so bad — it’s actually pretty fun. I like a lot of the characters (Elena, sadly, is easily my least favorite), and the snarky sense of humor is great. Damon gets a lot of the best lines and most of the love, but I’m also an unapologetic Stefan fan because I think he’s pretty hilarious. (Although, clearly, the best character is Caroline. She’s certainly the most improved character. Oh, there’s a list in that.) And the pacing of the first couple of seasons is ridiculous, and by ridiculous, I mean AMAZING.

Unfortunately, I started having some problems once the Originals came to town (and, more importantly, didn’t leave town, at least, not for quite a while, anyway, not until they finally got their own spin-off and left Mystic Falls behind). I’m behind on the last season (which had its own set of frustrating problems), but since I already know most of what happened, I’m considering just starting fresh with Season Six and hoping for the best.

7. Leverage

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“You do NOT let Vicki Vale into the Batcave! Ever!”

“RIDICULOUSLY dangerous. It’s like a danger cupcake with murder icing.”

“I need her to be the stick.”
“Well, remember that time I was the carrot and stabbed somebody?”

Another show I’m watching on Netflix because it was recommended to me. Mek and I watched the first season at a leisurely pace, swapping back and forth between this (which was my pick) and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (which was her pick). But once we got to the second season, we suddenly started speeding through it and are now currently on the last season. We’ll have to see how it ends, but it’s a fun little heist show with a lot of enjoyable dialogue, geeky references, and likable characters.

Well. Mostly likable characters. I love Parker, Hardison, and Eliot. I very much enjoy Sophie. And if I could occasionally dropkick Nate into another state, I would probably be a much happier person. (Not that he’s terrible, exactly. I am just so very often annoyed by him.)

8. Six Feet Under

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“You hang onto your pain like it means something, like it’s worth something. Well, let me tell you, it’s not worth shit. Let it go.”

“This is my . . . uh, my girlfriend, Brenda.”
“I prefer the term ‘fuck-puppet’.”

“There’s just so many months I could have loved you better.”

I loved the hell out of the first two seasons of Six Feet Under. I then struggled HARD with third season because I suddenly despised almost every single character (I think David might have been the exception, and even then, Keith was driving me crazy) and, as we all know, likable characters is a Big Issue with me. So I dropped it for a while, always intending to go back to it, but never quite did. (Per usual, this is mostly Mekaela’s fault.) I’ve seen bits and pieces of later seasons, and I know how the series ends, but I haven’t actually watched it. I really feel like I should save that until I actually watch the series in full. (Which will probably be on my own. Damn it, Mekaela. LeverageTeen Wolf? When have I steered you wrong?)

9. Cougar Town

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“I hate documentaries. They’re too preachy, and you can’t clap when someone dies because it’s real.”

“I think we’re both going to have the ‘You’re Hooking Up With My Mom’ Hamburger.”
“What’s on that?”
“Who cares? It’s free.”

“I ate dead baby lasagne?”

This is that show I tell my geeky friends I watch, and they look at me like they don’t know who I am anymore or maybe just don’t want to. And I’m like, “But! But! There was that mini Community crossover event, remember?” And they’re like, “Yeah, but it’s called COUGAR TOWN.” And then I sigh and just give up, knowing I’m doomed to always be the friend who watches the TV that other TV fiends scoff at.

But terrible and almost completely inaccurate name aside, Cougar Town is actually a pretty good show with a great cast and some hilarious dialogue. I sometimes tire of all the Jules Cobb crazy, but I feel a special snarky nerd connection to Travis and Ellie says a lot of the things I want to say and don’t because I sometimes pretend to be a decent human being. (Stop laughing. I totally do pretend. You have not seen the worst of me.) And for all the wacky antics, this show can be surprisingly moving when it wants to be. I’m really glad TBS saved it (however temporarily) from the inevitable ABC chopping block.

10. Criminal Minds

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“When a woman tells a man about her feelings, she doesn’t want him to fix her. She wants him to shut up and listen.”

“There are many paths to the same place. Trust me.”
“Just so you know, you sound like a fortune cookie.”

“Can you guys do me a favor?”
“Anything.”
“Can at least one of you look like you’re going to see me again?”

I was totally obsessed with Criminal Minds for a while. I still like it, but you know, it’s on like its tenth season or something, and I checked out two or three years ago now. I really think TV shows, but especially criminal procedures, should probably cap out at six or seven seasons, max. Still, I love Reid. I love Prentiss. Morgan and Garcia are awesome. (I’m actually not a shipper, but it wouldn’t bother me all that terribly if they did get together. I can see arguments for both.) The only character I never really cared about was Rossi. And maybe Gideon. Like, I liked Gideon because Mandy Patinkin is great, but I also thought the team dynamic was a little more interesting without him.

11. Firefly

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“They say the snow on the roof is too heavy. They say the ceiling will cave in. His brains are in terrible danger.”

“We need to resort to cannibalism.”
“That was fast. Don’t we have rations or anything?”

“Bye now. Have good sex!”

I’ve resisted using Firefly for these quotes challenges thus far because it’s probably the most quoted show on the internet, and I knew there was absolutely zero chance that I could pull three awesome quotes that nobody would know. But I tried to at least stay away from the ones you always see on buttons. Like, I figured that “curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal” was probably not the best way to go, no matter how perfect it was.

Firefly was like fourteen episodes long and aired over ten years ago and is still one of the biggest cult shows ever. Some people hate it (which I just don’t understand) and some people are still infuriated at FOX for canceling it (which I kind of get, although I also think those people had seriously unrealistic expectations on how far a sci-fi western show where people mostly swear in Chinese was going to go). I won’t lie: I was pretty devastated when it got cancelled, but I’m also not one of the people who are still clamoring to see it magically come back to television, either. Cause, yeah. I think that ship has sailed, you guys.

I have my Firefly box set, my Serenity DVD, and my memories. Ultimately, I’m okay with that.

12. Veronica Mars

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“So my Grandma Reynolds was always saying, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. I wish she was still alive because I’d really like to ask her what she suggests for when life gives you chlamydia.”

“Mr. Echolls, I was wondering if I could have a word.”
“Anthropomorphic. All yours, big guy.”

“Hotdog!”
“Hotdog?”
“It’s an expression of excitement and enthusiasm. Joe and Frank Hardy and I used to say hotdog all the time while we were waiting for the carhop to bring us our malteds at the drive-in.”
“Drive-in?”
“I hate you.”

Oh, Veronica Mars. You were brilliant and hilarious and often frustratingly uneven. You were also cancelled before your time, although you now have both a movie and a meta spin-off web series, neither of which I ever thought which actually happen, at least, not if you asked me two years ago. I would like to edit the holy hell out of Seasons Two and Three (or just entirely rewrite Three), but whatever your flaws, you were still precious to me, and Veronica Mars will remain both one of my favorite detectives and favorite female heroines of all time.

All right, that’s all. Thanks for playing, everyone.

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5 Responses to And Here Are Your Answers . . .

  1. Teacups says:

    I didn’t know Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries was even available in America, or that anyone outside of Australia had heard of it. What did you think?

    • I think I commented on this in a different thread. I know you weren’t a particular fan. Let me see if I can find what I said . . . ah, here it is. Okay, thoughts on Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries:

      I actually just finished watching the first season of Miss Fisher. I like it more than you do, although the bad guys are nearly always predictable and I wasn’t crazy about how the season closed out. I found Foyle’s master plan to kind of a letdown. Miss Fisher’s ability to do everything under the sun occasionally makes me roll my eyes too, but her Mary Sue-ness bothers me less than it probably ought, possibly because it’s just such a silly fun show, but also because I feel like, when it comes to detectives, it’s usually the man who knows everything and can overcome any obstacle and blah blah. So, I like that it’s a girl for once, even if it’s all a bit cheesy.

      I like, too, that Miss Fisher gets all the men, though I’d be happier if all the men she flirted/slept with didn’t seem like total skeevy creepers. I do actually like Jack quite a bit, though; he’s a big part of why I like the show as much as I do. I totally ship these two characters. I also rather like Essie Davis as Miss Fisher. In general, I like the main cast quite a bit. The butler’s funny, and I like Bert, and Dot definitely grew on me. (It’s funny that I know this actress from two things, and her religion is the defining characteristic in both roles.)

      I also really like Doctor Mac for the few episodes she’s in. It’s funny to see the actress outside Farscape, although I recognized her immediately. Her voice is very distinctive. I’ll admit, in the first episode, I was definitely getting a shippy vibe between her and Miss Fisher, and I would have been all for that. But, hey, that’s what fanfiction is for, right?

      All in all, I think it’s a fun little show. Nothing exactly groundbreaking, but decent. I’ll admit, though, if I were to find out that the actor who played Jack had left after Season One, my interest in trying out Season Two would drop considerably. He’s my favorite, and sometimes it’s hard to decide how much I’m watching a show for the show itself, and how much for one of the characters.

      • Teacups says:

        What bothered me about Foyle was that his master plan seemed OOC with his behaviour through the rest of the show. He’d seemed quite clever and logical and self-possessed, and then in the space of a single episode, it comes out that he’s a raging lunatic who thinks he’s an Egyptian pharaoh and needs to murder people with particular birthdays to ascend into his kingly afterlife. Couldn’t they have foreshadowed that a little, so his extremely insane plan wouldn’t be so out-of-left-field and kind of silly? I don’t think they even mentioned anything about Foyle’s interest in Egyptian mythology before this, and it did end up being rather central to his character, his diabolical plan, and the finale as a whole.

        Oh well. At least he gave us the milk scene, which was genuinely creepy and one of my favourite bits of the whole show.

        Honestly, I could easily overlook this sort of plotty stuff if I liked the non-plotty parts more. What really bothers me is, yep, the Mary Sueishness of Miss Fisher, and especially the half-assed way they tackle social issues.

        I know a lot of these sorts of shows have ridiculously talented detectives, but this one doesn’t even try to balance her out with flaws, or explain where she learned all this shit. (Personally, I find her kind of irritatingly superior and manipulative, but I don’t believe I’m meant to.) She just starts detecting in the first episode for a lark and instantly seems to know everything about how to do it – down to examining bodies and crime scenes. Standing up to villains and solving their dastardly crimes all comes easy to her, mentally and emotionally. She came into the show like this, and with no real problems except her shoehorned in dead-sister backstory. So she has nowhere to go as a character, and between her skills and a lack of formidable villains, the stakes are pretty low.

        Often the show will deal with issues like race, gender, class, or sexuality, and any unsympathetic characters will be prejudiced, while everyone in the main cast either voices no opinion or is remarkably open-minded, Miss Fisher most of all – she’s so perfectly liberal in every way, she might as well be a goddamn time-traveller. I guess they don’t want to run the risk of offending anyone or making the characters unlikable by acting at all prejudiced. Which is funny, because I find the notion that the only people who fall on the wrong side of history were general assholes anyway to be such a simplistic, whitewashed way of dealing with this shit that it’s actually kind of insulting.

        I get that the show wants to be light and frothy. And hey, I am totally on board with period shows basically ignoring the shitty parts of history because portraying the reality would be too dark for the show’s tone or characters, or because they have a story to get through and don’t want to open up that can of worms. But if a show is going to tackle that shit, every other episode, then I expect them to at least make an effort to portray the matter with some complexity or realism. (Also, given the show wears its progressiveness on its sleeve, it annoys me that the damsel-in-distress role usually goes to Dot or Jane, and the primary love interest was changed from Lin to Jack.)

        On a similar note, and kinda going back to the Mary Sue thing, how can Miss Fisher act as she does so freely? She’s the first female P.I. in Australia, going round sticky-beaking in every murder in Melbourne, sleeping with every attractive man she crosses paths with… Why isn’t this ruffling more feathers? Her money and her title might protect her some, but it would also probably make things worse in a way, as being such a high profile figure would draw far more attention than if she were just your average working stiff.

        After that B-plot where they figured out Foyle was still alive, I developed this imaginary version of the show where Dot and Hugh are the leads, rather than Phryne and Jack, and it solves all my issues with the show.

        This show is supposed to be sort of speaking for the people who were at the bottom of society’s ladder, and often victimised because of that. I think it would make a better story if the one seeking out justice for these people was actually one of them, or at least a lot closer than our actual heroine is. (I imagine the backstory about how she used to be poor was an attempt to rectify this.)

        You’d have to give them more depth, and maybe alter one of them a bit so our leads would be a little less same-y, but that’s perfectly doable. What I like about them good protagonists is that as shy, timid people with no experience (which would, in my head, be portrayed more realistically) and without the authority to do as they please, they’d face a great deal more obstacles, emotionally, intellectually, and socially speaking. Not only would this be more compelling, but that in spite of these things – particularly the bit about having to overcome their own shyness and nervousness – they’d still persevere with PI work out of a desire to see justice for the people usually taken advantage of and ignored… I think it’d actually make them a great deal more admirable. They’d have much more oppotunity to grow and change as people, too, so we’d get to see our protagonists actually go on a journey.

        We could alter the first episode’s plot a little so Dot sets out to clear her own name, or her friend Alice’s. And, fed up with the way people like her are treated by their employers and the police, she just keeps doing it. Meanwhile, Hugh’s frustrated with his experience of corrupt, lazy police work by his superiors, but as a constable, he doesn’t get to call the shots. However, he can quietly give Dot access to some police info and resources, which she uses to investigate cases a little more thoroughly.

        I think Phryne should still be on the show in small doses, as Dot’s employer – Dot likely would still have to supplement her P.I. income as a maid, and as Phryne would have a very lax, choose-your-own-hours approach to employing servants, it wouldn’t really impede her detective work. No longer having her PI-ness to occupy her time, and seen entirely from the other characters’ point-of-view, Phryne would just come off as this kind but nutty, flaky, thrill-seeking hurricaine of a woman with a lot of crazy possibly-true stories about her activities. I think she’d be quite the scene stealer.

        We could pretty easily keep Cess, Bert, Jane, and Mr Butler. I’m not entirely sure how we’d connect Mac to Dot or Hugh, but I want to, because she is pretty awesome. Maybe Jack could be the Reasonable Authority Figure out of the higher-ups at the police station, somewhat aware of Dot’s involvement in cases and Hugh’s assistance, and not entirely approving, but willing to look the other way so long as they keep getting results.

        I am kind of glad they didn’t end up doing it this way, though, even though I think I would like Dot’s Murder Mysteries way better. If Ashleigh Cummings were the protagonist here, she probably couldn’t have been the protagonist on Puberty Blues. Which was, quite unexpectedly, my favourite teen show and Australian show ever – at least for the first season – and casting her was sort of genius. So I obviously couldn’t change that.

        Actually, I’m not sure if scheduling conflicts with Miss Fisher was still the reason for her greatly reduced screentime in Season 2 of Puberty Blues, ’cause it sure came off like there was some weird behind-the-scenes explanation there. It was a bummer, and if Miss Fisher were to blame, I would be so annoyed.

        Why, may I ask, is Jack your favourite? I find that interesting, because I know a lot of people who watch this show, but the only one who’s professed any liking for Jack is my friend’s mum. She always says that it’s because he’s attractive, so. I found her reaction to the show pretty amusing – she found it so disappointing, it actually made her retroactively dislike the books.

        I heard that they were better and tried them out, then gave up after the first one spent about a page describing a pretty dress that Phryne bought for a party. The shop lady was even gushing about how she hadn’t met anyone else fit to wear it; it was a terrible reading experience. However, my Grandma’s become a big Miss Fisher fan, and there are a lot of books, so at least I know what to get her for Christmas for a very long time.

        • Yeah, the Egyptian shit drove me crazy. Mek said she thought they foreshadowed it once (although I don’t remember how) but I was rolling my eyes pretty hard during that finale. Milk scene, though, was pretty creepy. Agreed.

          I don’t disagree with the majority of what you said, but I can’t pretend that so much of it bothered me, either. Like you make a lot of good points about the history and social issues, but that mostly didn’t trouble me while watching the show. Character complexity, on the other hand — well, it hasn’t killed the show for me YET, although I foresee it being the thing that will eventually keep me from continuing the series. Like, I’m okay that Phryne doesn’t have much in the way of flaws or nuance right now, but after a couple of seasons where she (or anyone else) fails to have any kind of character development, that’ll be a big problem. Same goes with her manipulating people: she did annoy me at a couple of points during this season, but I was okay with her for the most part. Honestly, that strikes me as pretty par for the course with the Genius Detective Who Knows Everything. (Sherlock, Patrick Jane, House, etc, etc.) Still, all the Genius Detectives Who Know Everything piss me off eventually for just this reason, particularly because they so rarely suffer any kind of consequence from their actions. So I expect that will drive me batty eventually.

          I don’t know that I need to show to center around a different protagonist, but I’d like it a lot better if the supporting characters had much more to do, or if there were a couple of protagonists. Miss Fisher AND Dot, for example. (Or Miss Fisher and the Doc.) Although I’ll admit that Hugh doesn’t do a lot for me. He has a couple of cute moments, but he’s such a guppy that I kind of despair of him.

          I’m afraid I don’t know if I have a very satisfactory answer for why I like Jack so much. I don’t look at him and think, “Oh my God, he’s the sexiest thing alive!” But I do actually think he’s attractive. He makes these facial expressions that I like — I find his exasperation surprisingly appealing. I also generally buy him as a competent police officer, even though he lets Miss Fisher get away with everything. (Which annoys me, but slightly less than when the gender roles are reversed. Then it REALLY annoys me.)

          My sister just read the first book because it was like 99 cents or something. She gave it two stars, which, I mean, it’s out of five, not ten. Still, it’s hardly high praise. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her give anything below 2 stars before.

      • Teacups says:

        Oh, yeah, there are a lot of superior, manipulative detectives – indeed, I’d say that there are a lot that are worse about it than Miss Fisher is (including Sherlock and House; I haven’t seen any of The Mentalist). But most of the time they’re supposed to be a bit of a dick like that, whereas I don’t really get the impression that we’re meant to see Phryne as superior or manipulative, and certainly not to frown on her for it. I find it’s portrayed like we’re meant to find it just funny and charming.

        I wish they would portray her superiority and manipulative streak in a more negative light; or at least acknowledge it like they do with most of these characters. The Asshole Genius archtype may come with it’s own problems, but at least they’re fucking trying for a developed, balanced character. I feel like MMMM isn’t even making an effort.

        Oh, the show’s been renewed for a third season, by the way. It seems pretty popular, although it’s probably a little hard on the network’s small budget. So you’ll have at least two more seasons of it, if you want to keep watching.

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