I was very pleased that JR won. His dancing consistently moved me to tears -- it was as beautiful and graceful as Joe Montana used to be moving a football down a field in the last two minutes -- poetry in motion. I greatly admire him for rising above the trials and tribulations life has brought him -- he is a terrific person. The win truly could not have happened to a nicer guy. I was surprised that Rikki Lake made it to the end, based on her beginning, but she turned out to be almost always better than everyone but JR, and she deserved to make the finals, in my opinion. I would have placed her second, though. Rob Kardashian was the biggest surprise. I had never heard of him before he showed up on this program; I was aware of his sisters, but not in a good way. If they show up on something I am watching, I always turn the channel or shut off the TV. He was nowhere near as obnoxious as I expected him to be. And then he turned out to be somewhat of a regular guy, and he worked very, very hard. I think he deserved to be in the finals, too. But I would have placed him third. I did not vote in this season until JR sprained his ankle, and then I voted for JR the last two weeks. There have been a lot of seasons I enjoyed more than this one, and definitely a lot of seasons where I had actually heard of the contestants moreso than I had this season, but I enjoyed this one for what it was. And Carson is always a hoot -- they ought to have him come in once or so every season, if only for costume advice!
So far as who is the best dancer of the three celebrities, I do believe it is J.R., by a bit. He dances so beautifully I am continually moved to tears or laughter, just as they intend. But Rikki Lake has been a big surprise, and Rob Kardashian is indeed peaking at the right moment. It is the first time I have watched (did not watch all seasons) when I would not be angry if my favorite did not win. They are all very, very good, in a short period of time. Talent and effort. This has been a good season.
I totally forgot that this show was on. I happened upon it channel switching at 8:21 (Mountain time), and jumped. "Oh, yeah, Bones is on tonight." It seems to me that once the shark has been jumped, it swims away, and cannot be unjumped. I have seen most of this season's episodes, as in, all or part of each of them, but I remain disgusted and unimpressed. The relationship between Brennan and Booth is ridiculous and not believeable. There are moments when each actor seems to come alive, and insert some of the spark which we saw in the earlier seasons, but most of the time, the actors seem as dead to each other as they seemed last year. The relationship felt different after Emily Deschanel married in her real life. What gives?
Kimball Cho is the principal character I watch this show to see, and I really enjoyed the interaction with the pink-topped hooker. She seems to be the only one to have noticed that he has on-going back problems since being hit by that car. I think that he offered her the job as a confidential informant for several reasons, one being to give her a source of income so that she will not have to work so hard at her first job, one so that he has a legitimate reason to keep a protective eye on her, one because he actually liked her, and one because she proved that she can deliver the information goods. It has been a long time since any mention was made of the lady friend of his who got beaten up in the attempt to get him off the murder case of his friend. They may no longer be together. I gather that it is unprofessional and perhaps forbidden to have a relationship with a CI, but possibly a friendship is allowed. I believe he can use a friend. Cho has never seemed too close to Van Pelt. He seems mostly professional with Lisbon. Rigsby really aggravated him by telling the lie which Cho was forced to back up against his better judgment, and I don't see him forgetting that any time soon. They appear to be team members more than friends. The only time he seems particularly happy is when Jane pairs up with him -- they are hilarious together. But easy. It is hard to tell. The pink-topped hooker is right that Cho likes to put on the "Iron Man" face. Jane did indeed literally back-pedal when Lisbon brought up Red John. How handy for him that the victim's husband showed up at just that moment! Had he not, I expect Jane could have talked his way out of discussing that which he is not ready to discuss. I backed out of a discussion on the phone recently which I did not wish to have then, and steered the conversation elsewhere; Jane (or his writers) is (are) way better at manipulation than I am.
@Carla, You're right, it would be hilarious to see Leonard use the roommate agreement against Sheldon. That had not occurred to me. I like Amy, and I would like to see Sheldon become a more socialized individual. If one pretends for the sake of argument that these people are real, not TV characters, it is not sensible to assume that things will always remain the same. Bernadette and Howard will be marrying, and presumably, reproducing. Howard will have other interests besides being a fourth at whatever game the guys are playing. Leonard is already capable of a sustained relationship. He sent the doctor away, not vice versa, a few seasons back. Whether it is with Penny or with someone else, Leonard will also pair up and move out. Raj is cute, educated, intelligent, rich, and Indian. He even can be charming, when he is not drunk. Eventually, he will solve the "selective mutism" problem and pair up, or he will return to India. Sheldon is unlikely to acquire another such set of friends, and as much as he continually comments upon how little he needs people, he needs them. Moving on to the "next step" in the relationship, as they put it, is logical. Jim Parsons was on a talk show the other day, and he said that he is going to be 39. He holds his age well, but this is not going to work forever. Sheldon needs to mature, within the limits of his theoretical ability, if he indeed has Asperger's Syndrome. So, as the episode involves moving on, I liked it. I am somewhat concerned about the level of drinking the writers are having Penny do lately, though. I don't see very many story lines where a drunk girl is very funny. Cheers used to have a lot of characters who drank to excess, but seldom or never became drunk. Penny is getting drunk, and drunk females are vulnerable. I am not sure I want to see where this is going ...
@Janet No, Michael never shuts up. I, too, was hoping never to see EJ again. I never liked her character, and I did not care for the way she got her team killed, either. I'm hoping that Kat is correct, and her reappearance is just to wind up that story line and perhaps fill in more info on the box of mysteries Gibbs has in his basement. Tony can do a lot better (although I am not a fan of him getting together with Ziva.) EJ is a cowboy, and she does not listen to those who know more than she does. She's dangerous.
You all make me sorrier than I already was that I do not get to see this series until it comes out on DVD the following Autumn. I am very curious. John, have you read the series of books on which this show was based? Deb does know in the books. She does not like it, but she understands, and sometimes, she uses Dexter and his skills for her own purposes. I ask because your comment made me think about other directions the TV series could go if she finds out about Dexter. The same way as the books would be one way. She could arrest him and send him to prison, but that would kind of end the series. What else? Carissa, what do you like about Deb? I find her more annoying every season. I learned to have a foul mouth to survive in a work environment once, but Deb does not HAVE to do that -- the rest of the police seem to manage nicely without being obscene. I have other issues with Deb Morgan, but that is the one which irritated me the most last month when I got the DVD's for season 5. I am curious which season individuals found the best? I preferred season 1, although my favorite episode, which is the most often re-watched, is the one where Sgt. Doakes got blown to smithereens. Didn't care for him, either.
Hope and Maks deserve to be eliminated Tuesday. They clearly are not as good as the other three pairs. I do hope that J.R. Martinez has not seriously injured his ankle; the look of serious pain after he completed his second dance was very concerning. He is usually so upbeat, and a tough soldier is not one to show pain that way. It worries me -- I have permanently sprung my own ankles, and I know both the pain, and the difficulty it can cause in some of those moves. Until this injury, I really had thought that he would win. Now, maybe not. Rob Kardashian is indeed a surprise.
Barring insanity on the part of the writers and several characters, part of the question about whom it is that Barney marries has been answered. It will not be Nora....
If Sheldon does indeed suffer from Asperger's Syndrome, which has been posited by many (including health care professionals) but never confirmed by the show's creators, then no matter how many steps he takes towards normalcy, he is never going to get all the way there. The early seasons were very funny; I have the DVD's, and re-watch them often. I also watch the reruns now that they are syndicated in the USA. But to watch a bunch of characters stuck in a time bubble while the actors who portray them age is unsatisfying, eventually. Change happens. I think that the writers on this show are doing a good job of exploring the ramifications engendered by the relationship of these characters to Penny, and thence to their other girls, by extrapolation. Sheldon has been changed by his interactions with Penny, as have all of the guys, a little or a lot. These folks are heading into their thirties, and as funny as a group of science fiction fan/science geeks are, such folks do get into relationships, and they do get married. I know quite a few of them personally. Where do you think the next crop of science fiction fan/science geeks is going to come from, anyway? They breed just like everyone else does. I do not mean to sound argumentative. I just believe that the writers of this show are striving to make their story lines and their characters open to a lot of possibilities, which should increase the longevity of the show. Because while characters in a time bubble are funny, when it is explored, there is nowhere else to go. And the show dies. I do disagree that Mayim Bialik cannot act. I have been watching her since she played the young Bette Midler character in Beaches. I think she is very good. She is not Elizabeth Taylor; that is not her skill. I believe her as a frustrated female scientist, and counterpart to Sheldon Cooper. They go well together. I think casting her was an inspired choice. The whole show is well-cast.
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