Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Hey, guys! I'm in the middle of a freelance graphic design job that I do every year at this time. So I'm spending a good bit of my time in front of my Preciousss (otherwise known as my Mac) and not playing with felt and fabrics. Also I'm eating soup. Lots of soup.
In completely unrelated news, how about that new X-Files episode? Love it? Hate it? I was underwhelmed, but my Schmoopie loved it. We are long-time X-Files devotees so we were both curious about this revival. I tend toward pessimism for sequels, but I'll wait and see about the next episode before I call it.
Now entering the realm of my opinion: I thought it was pretty forced and choppy and had zero chemistry. I really don't like the jaded place that the Mulder/Scully relationship is in right now. Also the painfully long rant from Mulder trying to mesh the many season's worth of carefully constructed alien conspiracy theory into the current government plot twist was quite a reach, even for him. I guess sometimes it's hard to recapture that mojo. And what is up with Mulder's hair?
But now...I'm sparked with the desire to revisit all my favorite awesome episodes, including Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose and Bad Blood with Luke Wilson, as seen above. *Sigh* Sheriff Hartwell is dreamy, isn't he, Scully? Look at Mulder's face. Priceless. I so love this one. Clever, quirky, downright funny. Perfect showcase for their differing approaches. Schmoopie's favorite is Home, but I find that one so disturbing I can hardly bring myself to watch it again. Gah. That one rose up from some pretty dark interior places from whoever wrote it. It forever creepified the normally romantic Wonderful! Wonderful! for me. Watch at your own risk.
Spoiler alert: I've also just finished this novel. I have a mixed reaction. I was so drawn into the historical setting and the beautiful writing and the flashback style of story telling but have to tell you it I was Most Displeased with the ending. I fell so in love with Werner and Marie-Laure that I have to admit I had constructed some kind of hopeful, idyllic future life for them in my head. I don't require books to have a happy ending, but Mr Doerr spent so much time carefully weaving the threads of their fate together and drawing the knot closed it seemed inevitable they would end up tightly bound. Letting it go...what are you reading?