Jane loves television

JJ

Another television post! I really don’t want this blog to become all about television, and I promise it won’t. However, I had to write about one particular episode this week.

Criminal Minds: This episode was called JJ. That in itself was nearly enough to make me cry, because, as most people know by now, the powers that be at CBS decided that, for financial reasons, AJ Cook (the actress who plays JJ) had to go. There has been so much said about this decision, and my own initial reaction (as my friend Katy can confirm) was somewhere between shock and outrage. I have tried to be philosophical about it since then; it is, after all, only a television show. Also, as much as I love the character of JJ (I had a big old girl crush for a while back there), I don’t think that she is bigger than the show, and I would never claim nor threaten to stop watching it because of her departure.

These were my thoughts before this episode aired, however. Of course, I am not going to stop watching, I love the show too much. But I have come to realise just how much I love the character of JJ, and just how big a mistake has been made with this decision. The episode was great, and allowed AJ Cook to leave with a little dignity, and with her head held high. Anyone who follows any of the cast of Criminal Minds on Twitter would have been able to recognise their sentiments being acted out on screen. Everyone was in disbelief about the fact that she was going; nobody, not one of them, was happy about her leaving. Reid repeated “They can’t just take you away from us” twice. Hotch tried to get Strauss to pull some strings to allow her to stay, to no avail. It was all quite moving, as it just hammered home the fact that AJ Cook didn’t want to leave, none of us, as fans, wanted her to leave, and none of her castmates wanted her to leave. It’s one thing to get rid of a character in some huge storyline to boost ratings, or during sweeps, but its quite another to do it for financial reasons, possibly to the detriment of the show.

The crime that the profilers had to solve was compelling, though, as the review at TV Fanatic says, it did get rather overshadowed by the whole JJ storyline. It was refreshing to see that the victim of the crime actually turned up alive, despite essentially being fed to sharks.

I had a little cry at the end, especially when JJ was saying goodbye to the team. Nothing would have pleased me more than to see Hotch give her a hug when he said goodbye. However, knowing Hotch as we do, of course he wouldn’t have hugged her. It is Hotch, after all.

AJ Cook looked stunning in this episode, by the way. Girl crush has made a brief reappearance.

It doesn’t look as though JJ is going to be replaced in the near future, and as such, we are going to have a heavily male-dominated show for a while. Don’t get me wrong, it’s nice to watch Hotch and Reid on a weekly basis (not so much Rossi, and I really don’t like Morgan all that much). But it was also nice to see JJ, a really strong, independent woman on screen, balancing a demanding job with motherhood and seemingly doing it rather well. I think the people who made the decision to sack AJ Cook have made a big mistake, but I am more than willing to continue tuning in to see how things turn out.

Jane loves things

I’m worried television is going to take over this blog if I’m not careful, and I don’t want that at all! So. because I’ve been very busy salivating over various different things recently, it’s time to share some ‘things’. I’ve found a lot of jewellery that I love, as well as some lovely clothes.

A couple of bits from Etsy first. A seller called Ouma has some gorgeous dresses; my favourites are this striped carnival dress, and one called Allison Wonderland. Another find on Etsy, though this dress is now sold. And let’s face it, even if it wasn’t, my waist isn’t small enough to be able to fit into it! It’s lovely though.

 

paisley dress at forever 21

 

Forever 21 is a brilliant shop – I went a couple of times while I was in the States and really wishedthat I had more money to spend in there. It’s not unlike Primark, very cheap and cheerful! I really like this paisley dress, it would be great for autumn with some chunky tights and nice boots. At only $20.90 it’s a bit of a steal!

What I want most this winter is a military jacket, and this one from New Look is very nice, as is this one from Topshop, though I don’t think it would be too warm. I also like this military cardigan, also from Forever 21.

Moving away from clothes now, I found a pretty cool shop called Modcloth, which has a cassette purse that I love! It’s not too expensive, either, at $8.00, but I much prefer the idea of making my own. I can’t imagine that it would be too hard to do, just a tape or two and a zip. If I went to more gigs, I would say ‘it’s ideal for gigs’, but I don’t, so I won’t. Another cool purse is this french fries one, although I think it would make me hungry every time I took money out of it. Lastly from Modcloth, a funky hat that would also be perfect for the winter – I like it because it doesn’t have too much of a peak, and it looks very warm!

I don’t have a doll’s house, but I love these cake slices! I think it is just because they are miniature, anything tiny is instantly cute! This Etsy seller actually makes miniature cake earrings too though, and I can get right on board with any kind of unusual earrings. My favourites are this Vanilla Cream pair, and these Cream Puffs. Awesome.

A few more bits now that I have found. From Etsy, again, a Forest Friends cookie cutter set, including a squirrel and a hedgehog. A fun way of passing messages with Capsule Letters; I think they are very cute! I also found a shop called Lochers. It’s a bit strange, it has some nice stuff, but also some weird things, like jewellery with rude words on! I am not offended especially by rude words, but I don’t really want to wear them around my neck. I do, however, like this necklace, called The Stakes Are High. I like the playing cards in the vial.

 

the stakes are high

 

A couple of elephant bits to end on, then. I love this brooch, from Etsy seller Third Planet. Also, this necklace, also from Etsy, is gorgeous. I am sure there are more elephant things out there that aren’t on Etsy, I just haven’t found them yet!

Jane loves television

A couple more television reviews for this week – only two, because the Glee one is going to be quite long and I don’t want to bore anyone!

No Ordinary Family: Wow! I really enjoyed this! I knew that I probably would, but it was even better than I was expecting. It has got some really bad reviews, and it is in a terrible time slot in the states (up against Glee and NCIS). I can understand some of the criticism; a lot of people said that it was too much like a live-action The Incredibles, but I don’t really agree. I thought it was good fun. It was fun waiting to see what each member of the family would have as a superpower, and I knew that the son would, of course, end up with something. It’s also not dissimilar to Heroes, but it has a warmth that Heroes didn’t have, probably because it is centred around a family. Whilst I was watching it and enjoying it, I did wonder where things might go next, because it can’t just be about them discovering their powers. Then the bank robber with the super human speed turned up, and I realised that it probably has plenty of places it can go, and some of them will end up being quite dark. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it pans out.

Glee: The long awaited and much-hyped Britney Spears episode. I can’t really decide how I feel about it. I generally liked the songs (though Baby One More Time wasn’t really all that good, as far as I am concerned). But the storyline? Let’s face it, there wasn’t one. It was like Ryan Murphy thought, “I really want Britney in this episode, how can I do it? Well I can’t, so I’ll just have them all hallucinating about her, and never mind the plot.” I know that Glee is all about the music, but I enjoy the storylines too, and I honestly think if you took this episode out, you wouldn’t lose any coherence of storyline, between last week’s episode and this week’s (though obviously time will tell). In last season’s Theatricality, Glee paid tribute to Lady Gaga, and whilst it was amazing, they did only two Gaga songs. This episode boasted five Britney songs, and yet it wasn’t amazing. I honestly don’t think they needed Britney herself to be in the episode either. They managed a whole Madonna episode last season without a cameo from the lady herself, and that was one of the standout episodes to date. Britney’s cameos felt completely forced, and totally unnecessary. And bless her, for someone who has actually starred in a film, she can’t really act, can she?

Having said all this, there were some positives, not least Brittany herself. Her monologue at the beginning explaining why she didn’t want to ‘do Britney’ was genius, and delivered in the perfect Brittany way. Emma was back (she was missed last week), and with her she brought the unspeakably hot John Stamos. What an incredibly good looking man he is. Also, how funny did Rachel look against Finn in the locker room – so tiny! I wish Artie would lose his ‘street’ way of talking. Is this a new thing or is that just me? “Yo, Spears is fierce yo,” is not really something that I need Artie to say. Ever. And funnily enough, Will has gone from being mega attractive to being mega annoying and ever so slightly creepy. Weird. My favourite song of the episode was either Toxic or Me Against the Music. Also, You Are the Only Exception – the only non-Britney song of the episode. Both very good. I tried to pick a favourite quote from the episode, but seeing as it was an epic episode for Brittany quotes, I leave you with a selection of my favourites.

Britney/Brittany

“He discovered America.”

“This room looks like the one on that spaceship where I got probed.”

“Please don’t pull out all of my teeth. When I smile I’ll look like an adult baby but with boobs.”

“Like roofies?”

“Are you a cat?”

“It’s Britney. Bitch.”

“It looks like a Jewish cloud.”

“Finn can fly?”

Jane loves television

Following on from last week’s post regarding the season premieres of all my favourite programs, I thought I would do a quick review of all that has happened. There are, of course, spoilers within.

i heart television

Grey’s Anatomy: A good solid episode to begin the eighth season. We picked up some weeks after the events of the season finale in May, which I think was a good decision. It allowed us to get distance from the actual shooting, but using flashbacks and some sessions with Dr Perkins, we were able to see how everyone has been coping. And the answer to that, is not very well, for the most part. Derek is speeding and getting arrested, Lexie had a breakdown whilst treating a patient, Meredith still hasn’t told Derek about the baby, and Cristina seems to have married Owen mainly as a reaction to being threatened at gunpoint. It all makes for some good drama though, and I’m glad that we are getting to see the fallout of the shooting. My favourite quote from the episode came from Meredith (to Cristina): “Derek is the love of my life, but you’re my soul mate.”

Glee: I have no major complaints about this season opener of Glee, though it was not a stand out episode. I enjoyed New Directions’ Empire State of Mind, though I don’t think there is really any need to let either Artie or Finn rap. I feel like the list of people in Glee that can’t rap grows by the episode – Matthew Morrison, Kevin McHale and Cory Monteith definitely need to take a back seat when it comes to rapping. The duet/sing-off of Telephone by Sunshine and Rachel was enjoyable, mainly due to Sue’s “Shut up!” that ended it, but I wasn’t overly struck with any of the other songs. I enjoyed Coach Beiste’s debut though, she’s a great match for Sue, and should hopefully elicit some gems from Sue over the coming weeks. My favourite quote of the episode is, inevitably from Sue: “Boobs McGee, you’re demoted to the bottom of the pyramid, so when it collapses, your exploding sandbags will keep everyone safe from injury.”

Cougar Town: I love that we had a nod to the will-they-won’t-they wrangle over the name change with “Still Cougar Town” in the credits! Jennifer Aniston made her guest appearance in this episode as Glenn, Jules’ therapist who turned out to be a bits nutso. Another great cameo though, playing against type as Lisa Kudrow did. I wasn’t at all disappointed with this episode, it did really well to slot right back into the groove it found for itself last year. I love Grayson and Jules together, and love how Jules refers to their relationship as their “grayson-ship.” My favourite quote  came from Travis this week: Emilio Estevez movie marathon. The Estevez Festivez…I’m thinking of reinventing myself in college…” ‘Estevez Festivez’ made me laugh out loud.

NCIS: NCIS is one of my favourite shows. I love the team, I love how they work together, and generally I love the storylines and the crimes they have to solve. I was, however, left a little underwhelmed by this whole Reynosa storyline, both now and in the lead up to last year’s season finale. I don’t know why, I just think that they introduced it to ensure a cliffhanger of sorts at the end of last season, which was fine. But surely to goodness, Gibbs wouldn’t be able to get away with having murdered someone, when the director of NCIS knows all about it? Having said that, I like Vance a lot, and I am glad that he is coming down on Gibbs’ side a little more these days. I particularly enjoyed the scene where the car screeched to a halt in front of Alejandro and the two of them got out and got right up in his face. Teamwork can make the dream work! I’m looking forward to next week when we can hopefully get back to normal.

Criminal Minds: I appreciated the fact that Criminal Minds didn’t try and create another huge cliffhanger at the end of last season, involving one of the team. As previously mentioned, we had Derek in a small amount of danger, but it was quite clear, even at the end of last season, that he was going to be fine, and that the real cliffhanger was going to be whether or not the Prince of Darkness killed the girl he had kidnapped. Of course, this being Criminal Minds, there was no guarantee that he wouldn’t, but luckily, JJ had the skills required to talk him into releasing her. A fitting send off for JJ I suppose, she’s off next week, so it was nice to give her a chance to shine in her penultimate episode. I do feel, however, that all the writers have done is given fans another stick to beat them with. “Look, see how great she is? Why get rid of her?!” seems to be the general reaction to the episode. A good episode then, but I am so over Derek and his anger. He bores me silly, and his repartee with Garcia really doesn’t do much for me, except it usually gives her a chance for some great one-liners.

Private Practice: Most of the way through this episode, I was a little disappointed, for one main reason, Having spent the majority of last season building up to something happening between Sam and Addison, this episode jumped back in, some weeks after the season finale, and we learnt that something had happened between the two of them, but hadn’t worked out. By the end, though, it seemed as though they were trying again, as they were in the bath together! So that’s good, I hope we see lots of them together. Taye Diggs is a very good looking man. Also in this episode, Pete and Violet got married, having spent most of last season either ignoring each other or at each other’s throats. We also got some talk of Amelia visiting Derek in Seattle, and we know that there is going to be another crossover episode soon, so I am looking forward to that.

Blue Bloods: One of the new shows that started last week, and  I actually enjoyed this one more than I thought I was going to. As previously expected, Tom Selleck still looks good, and that’s always a bonus. The show itself is actually really quite good. It manages to blend the crime procedural with a family drama, and I think it does it well. Donnie Wahlberg as Danny Reagan looks like being the tortured Afghanistan vet with anger management problems,and his little brother James is the innocent new recruit to the family ‘business’ of the NYPD. I’m looking forward to the next episode.

That’s all for this week, this will be a regular post, but probably won’t be as long, as I won’t review every show each week. I’ll be watching some of the other new shows later this week and letting you know what I think of them.

Jane loves links

racing at goodwood

Hello all. As I said last week, I was lucky enough to go to the Goodwood Revival festival last Saturday. I don’t have a great interest in cars or aeroplanes, but I wanted to spend some time with my friend Vicky, who lives nearby and had managed to procure us some tickets. It was actually a lot more fun than I had anticipated it being, as, being the Revival, all of the cars and planes were classic, and therefore much more fun than if they had been new. Also, everyone had got dressed up in vintage clothing, and looked so good! I didn’t, as I didn’t really have time to think of something to wear, but if I go again, I will definitely dress up! I also got to see  Martin Brundle racing, and James Martin was there with one of his classic Ferraris. A great day!

vintage plane

So, on with some links that I have found. Some hair links first. I adore this braid that I found via one of my favourite blogs, Where the Lovely Things Are. They’ve made it into a hat accessory on Honestly WTF, but I love it as a braid. I wish I could do it! Also, some examples of different fringes, also found on Where the Lovely Things Are. I love a good fringe, as I have said before. Time to experiment with different types, maybe?

I found another good Tumblr (apparently there are quite a few out there), called mi casa es su casa. Lots of fun photos of different houses and homes. I particularly enjoyed this one, of which you can see further photos here. It’s so unusual!

Autumn’s here, it’s official. And boy am I glad! I love summer, I love wearing flip-flops and skirts, and all that, but autumn stole my heart a long time ago and no amount of sunshine can ever really expect to change that. I love the weather, the feeling of the evenings drawing in, and most especially, I love the clothes that I get to wear! Joanna Goddard at A Cup of Jo, and Melanie at You Are My Fave (some more favourite blogs) had some picks for autumn clothing. I wish I had more money so I could buy the lot!

Glee has returned to US screens, and by the power of the internet, I have watched the first episode. Prior to its (fantastic) return, the New York Times spent some time on set and took some great behind the scenes photos. Similarly, Rolling Stone magazine took some on-set photos at Mad Men – a series that I love, though am nowhere near up to date with. And talking of Mad Men, how ace are these cards? I love them!

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