October 3rd, 2008

little review

Poem for Friday

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I went to ogle at Halloween costumes and have lunch with perkypaduan at the mall, where we arrived to find crowded parking lots and a long line of people crowding the corridors. Turns out that the WWE's Jeff Hardy was there signing autographs to promote the move of WWE Smackdown to WDCA, whose sister station WTTG brought their weather reporters to introduce him and Kelly Perine, who stars in Under One Roof. A DJ from WPGC, a station that Daniel listens to, was there too.

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After dinner, for the first time, we managed to connect my laptop successfully to the television so we could watch an AVI file on the big screen. So I have seen both parts of the season two premiere of The Sarah Jane Adventures! Which I loved. I know I've admitted this before, but I really like Sarah Jane better than Torchwood, and I don't find it any less adult or less sophisticated...in fact, in many ways I think it's more honest about adult behavior and adult emotions. Collapse )

After that we watched Smallville, which suffered greatly by comparison, with the exception of Lois whom I mostly adore. I was always a bit iffy about Lois and Superman in the movies because she turned into a different person than she was with Clark and everyone else...the whole breathless "you're like a God" and the implication that that was what she really wanted, not to be clever and quick but to meet someone who was so much more so. Smallville's Lois can be impressed by Oliver and people with meteor powers without any of that wide-eyed gooiness, and her sense of humor never lets down. Collapse )

I did watch the whole debate this time, and I must admit that it was in part because Palin is not at all boring to watch. I don't mean that I think she is in any way qualified for national office or an interesting politician or even a particularly skilled debater, though I am impressed at how many policy points she has apparently managed not only to memorize but to come up with clever ways to deliver in just a couple of weeks. Biden's had years and years to think of ways to sound charming. Although he did a pretty good job of staying off the attack and remembering to flash his smile, he still can't capture an audience the way Obama or Palin or Bill or Hillary or others can do, which I suppose is why he's never made it through Democratic primary season. It's very obvious that he knows his material and his values (even though I am so very irritated that everyone feels they MUST be against gay marriage to win a national election), but sadly enough, elections aren't actually about experience, policy and positions.

I kept yelling at the TV: Joe, look at the camera, not the moderator! Joe, don't sigh! Oh shit, Joe, don't roll your eyes! In terms of those little things that shouldn't mean anything but we all know can mean so much with shallow voters, I thought Palin did a good job; she was witty without sounding frivolous, she had clever lines interspersed with rote policy recitations, she bit down hard every time Biden criticized McCain and Bush instead of explaining what Obama would do in the future. Palin still doesn't know crap beyond what she has memorized, which is why she kept saying "But I want to go back to..." and then sticking with what she knows rather than actually answering questions. But she got her talking points in, she played to the camera, she was on all thrusters where Biden seemed tentative (undoubtedly because he'd been ordered not to seem at all attacking).

Considering how much more she had to lose than he did, she must be pleased with her performance. I've been watching old West Wing episodes while folding laundry of late, and I will confess: I find Sarah Palin less annoying than I found Mary Louise Parker as Amy Gardner on The West Wing, even though I agreed with Gardner on most issues and I disagree with Palin on almost everything. It's a real gift to pull off that kind of confident charm while saying "nucular" -- I say again, she was born to be on TV, and should get her own series once she loses this election. She and Tina Fey can play twins.

And on a lighter note, Stephen Colbert is running for President again -- with Spider-Man.