And now for something completely different

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Random stuff:

— Watching one of the old episodes of Doctor Who that features Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart after watching an episode of Monty Python that has a sketch featuring comic takeoffs of British military types adds a whole new layer of… something… to the experience.

— I’ve been wanting to point this out for a while: CSI Miami’s Horatio Caine character has become a joke worldwide. Proof: in the episode “Utopia” from the last season of Doctor Who, David Tennant’s Doctor does a Caine-sunglass-thing in reverse in one scene (instead of putting on his eyeglasses to make the “Horatio Caine quip” remark, he takes them off). I couldn’t believe it when I first saw it; that’s just a little too meta even for one of Russell T. Davies’ scripts. Somebody slap that man.

— Speaking of David Tennant, there’s a snippet here of a review of Casanova from the Guardian that describes his character as: “bouncing and jumping and throbbing through the part like a human erection.” Yup, the Guardian reviewer called Tennant a dick. Secret Tory voter? Or just another case of the Grauniad strikes again? (IR, most likely the insular British reviewer didn’t know American slang.)

— You want to clean your innards out? The heck with all those fiber supplements, ladies — eat some corn. I was going to go run a few errands. That was before last night’s veg out (corn broccoli carrots on brown rice) kicked in. Well that’s one way to lose weight.

— Speaking of CSI Miami, the show’s tendency to have all its scenes, including the aerial beach shots, filmed in saturated orange color, is very annoying, and makes Miami look like no place on Earth. (Maybe Gallifrey.) I can tell you right now that having grown up and lived most of my life in Miami that we rarely have an orange sunset, much less an entire environment that looks as if it were drenched in Tang. Even when all of Central Florida was on fire back in the Nineties and the smoke came all the way down south we didn’t get that effect. (Everything just looked sort of dull grayish-brown, like, you know, ash.) I guess it’s the show’s way of saying “We’re not Miami Vice, this isn’t the Eighties, etc.” Well I’m sorry to inform everyone that Miami Vice’s famous white-pink-aqua color scheme wasn’t an effect; Miami really did and still does look like that, not like a vat of orange juice with buildings in it.

7 Responses to “And now for something completely different”

  1. Paco Says:

    You do get some beautiful sunsets in Miami, but Andrea’s right: if it weren’t for the water, one might get the impression that the show was filmed after one of Tim Flannery’s proposed sulphur-dusting flights.

  2. Patrick Chester Says:

    Perhaps it’s really Miami on Mars.

  3. Andrea Harris Says:

    Hm. Orlando is Mars. Miami is Venus.

  4. kc (prairiecat) Says:

    Andrea, it’s not just the corn…brown rice is good for that, too. All I have to do is eat an orange or grapefruit. And my timing usually couldn’t be WORSE! Trouble now is, I’m hungry…cheddar & fire roasted tomato Triscuit sound like a good snack?

    I can’t watch Horatio – something about the guy makes my skin crawl.

  5. Andrea Harris Says:

    Grapes. I have to be careful when I eat grapes. That’s why I usually get my grapes from a bottle.

  6. rinardman Says:

    They do “punch up” the colors, but it does make the show look amazing in High Def.

    Now, if they could just “punch up” David Caruso’s acting…..

  7. Andrea Harris Says:

    If they could just punch Caruso… (Aw, actually, “H” is kind of growing on me…)

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