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Tuesday Night: Must See TV

 Agents of Shield: 
Tuesday night hosted the pilot episode of ABC's new show A.G.E.N.T.S of Shield.  After a summer of hype if this show was a dud there were going to be alot of disappointed fans.

We were not disappointed - and if social media can be trusted - the large majority of the 12 million viewers (with a 4.7 in the golden demographic & a spectacular 14 share) are thrilled with how things played out.  

There is so much to love about this show if you are a superhero fan (and even if you aren't) - the call backs to the marvel universe were laced throughout the show, but they weren't so thickly applied that if you didn't have a clue about the movies or the characters or marvel verse in general that you would be lost. It was just the right amount to thrill the ready made fan base and not enough to alienate the new folks.

I did see a few naysayers who were saying it was a bit over the top - and yes it was if you tuned in expecting to see something akin to NCIS or White Collar or Burn Notice - it's a superhero genre - of course the characters are going to be a bit over the top - know what you are watching and don't expect it to be anything other than what it is. 

There was plenty of action, humor, mythology and syfy to go around.

I am head over heels in love with the characters of Fitz and Simmons (FitzSimmons as they are loving called) because they are a "unit".  They are delightfully nerdy, geeky, and best of all British - I could listen to them talk all night long.  I love Melinda May even though we didn't get to see much of her in the pilot episode - I hope that changes - she is all kinds of ninja warrior awesome.

Coulson - no words necessary if you are in the Verse - otherwise - you are missing out by not knowing who he is.... take my word for it.

I am less in love with the 2 leads - Agent Grant and Sky - I hope they grow on me. I can see the show playing to the shippers with these two, but I really hope they don't go that route.

Very excited to see if they can maintain and grow their boo yah viewers (their numbers right out of the gate are the 4th highest on TV for a pilot episode).

I did end up watching my DVRed NCIS and I was very disappointed with the episode.  I don't  want to go into detail with my issues because I don't want to come across as a bitter fan who got burned by the show and now hates everything about it because that's not the case at all.  I have simply moved on emotionally and now can watch and really "see" the faults where before I didn't want to.

The episode ratings were the 3rd highest NCIS premiere with 20.2 million viewers but with a dismal 3.6 rating and only a 11 share.

I predict that next week's episode (Ziva's farewell) will be one of the highest rated of the series - they sure are promoting the heck out of it and I know it's the last hurrah for Ziva fans and Tiva fans.  

I think the NCIS folks should be a little worried about AoS.  I know that the difference of 8 million viewers is a pretty comfy buffer, but I am very curious to see how the ratings are affected when the new rating systems go into place later this fall.  The old antiquated and (most say) inaccurate Nielson system is getting a reboot and further more shows watched on other media such as ipads and phones and will be counted as well as DVR data.  The fans are more tech sauvy and the system is just now catching up.  Also some folks are specualting the Nielson families will be changed out with the reboot (it's a big secret as to how often the families are changed) so "habitual" viewing may also affect the ratings as new viewing blood comes into play.  

Alot of folks forget that unless you are in the "family" - your viewing habits don't count -  a reboot is needed.

Monday Night: Must see TV

I spent the summer catching up on the five seasons of Castle and last night was my first live viewing of the show.

I have caught snippets of different episodes, but never a whole episode (and frankly what I saw during those snippets didn't inspire me to watch further).

But a dear friend gently but firmly twisted my arm into a promise to watch. The first two seasons were not okay - I had to literally force myself through some episodes because I kept comparing the show to NCIS and Castle/Beckett to Tony/Ziva and in my shipper fangirl heart there was no comparison. Besides Beckett's hair and wardrobe were bothering me - she looked like a school marm - not the hot sexy detective that everyone was talking about. When I watched Rick Castle I only saw the Captain from Firefly. I was clearly missing something.

About half way through the 3rd season the show seemed to find a rhythm and I soon found myself immersed in the Castle world.

The comparisions to NCIS continued, but this time NCIS came out on the losing side. Castle episodes were cohesive, fun, dramatic and not full of plot holes big enough to drive a chevy through. Andrew Marlow is a heck of show runner and after watching 5 seasons in rather quick succession I can say I didn't see one retconn and while the Castle/Beckett pairing has had it's ups and downs - both professionally and personally - the storyline was never angst for angst sake. Every obstacle served the purpose of moving them forward both as individuals and as a couple.

And while I can't say that I ship them (I think T/Z has ruined me for shipping) I want very much for them to succeed. Castle and Beckett are the main characters - no doubt about that; but the supporting characters get alot of meaty scenes and I love the bromance between Esposito and Ryan - they are such fun to watch. They play off each other great and there is none of the snark that NCIS uses to get a laugh. Refreshing.

I am looking forward to the new season and I think I just might have found a new favorite show. Time will tell - but it's looking good.

The BlackList:
Airs on NBC opposite Castle, so I DVRed it. I saw the promo for the show earlier this summer (my post from 07/27/13) and it looked... interesting so I added it to my must see list.

I watched it after Castle and I have to say James Spader is campy, creepy fun. This will stay on my DVR for the foreseeable future and fans seem to agree to me. The social media buzz for this show today has been off the wall and it won in it's time slot in both total viewers and the golden demographic.

I think this show is going to give Castle a run for the viewers week after week and that is good news for the fans as both shows should be bringing their A game to the 10:00 p.m. Monday night time slot.

Tonight I am settling in with A.G.E.N.T.S of Shield and NCIS on my DVR. I don't know when and if I will ever watch the NCIS episode, but the Ziva fan part of me insists that I record it just in case. Besides, with things like this happening
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My shipper heart might demand it later on down the road - when then the pain has dulled and maybe I don't care quite as much.

I hope you all are enjoying your new Fall shows; I will be back tomorrow with my thoughts on AOS.


New drama from HBO: True Detectives

Adding this to my DVR.  
When I kicked NCIS to the must see TV curb - I was worried that I wouldn't find anything to fill the void - looks like those fears were unfounded. 
So much to look forward to this season.  I like it!

Congratulations to NCIS LA's Daniela Ruah

who is expecting a baby boy with boyfriend David Paul Olsen (brother of co- star Eric Christian Olsen).

the rumors have been rampant for weeks, but Daniela confirmed it this morning.

30 day yoga challenge

Starting another yoga 30 day challenge on Sept 1. 

In conjunction with my 1/2 marathon training - I will have no life.

Good thing I gave up fandom!  

where Kathi has lost her mind

The stuff of nightmares....

 As a "owner" of hundreds of ebooks - this is scary.... especially since we really own nothing even though we may have spent hundreds of dollars....


It's a ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE!!! Are you in?

You can totally blame this brainchild on [personal profile] ophelias_heart from this post in [personal profile] proseac 's journal.

It seems that I am lacking in having a Zombie Apocalypse (PIP) Plan in Place - because we all know it's not a matter of if, but when the zombies will be lurching onto our doorsteps.

I am guessing that I am not the only one deficient in this area, so it might be fun to develop our plans together.  Are we gonna hunker down in our well stocked and fortified safe places and wait it out or will we be on the front lines ready to sacrifice blood (and possibly brains) in defense of home and loved ones?

While we are at it we might as well throw in some fic with our beloved characters meeting up with the zombies.

How would Team Gibbs fare against the zombie hordes?  I can totally see LA's Hetty kicking butt and taking names in a one woman battle against the undead.  What would happen if a Time Lord encountered a zombie army?  Could Coulson and his Agents shield mankind against impending doom?  We know Castle and Beckett have experience when it comes to zombies, so maybe a cross-over fic is in order.

If there is a hard and fast rule about zombies - it is that there are NO rules, so we can make this is as serious or as cracky as we want.

How about it?  Are you in? 



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