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Life: Not For Nothing


My show, my show!  He is back!

YMMV.


I LOVED this one.  Let me count the ways.  Comme ca:

1.  I LOVE it when Charlie knows stuff because he's been in prison.  I love that like I love the ice cream drips from between the cracks of a cherry dip-top from Hole in the Wall.  /obscure hometown reference. 

Most awesome:  The way he moved to shut Tate up, as he started pounding on the desk.  He knew about 30 seconds before anyone else did.  "This is how it starts."  Guh.  And he was just a step ahead, the whole episode.

I also liked how he refused to call the professor "Professor", instead calling him "Warden".

2.  When Life gets the music right it's absolutely magic.  They did that this week.   

Lyrics:  "I've seen the demons but they didn't make a sound... I've seen the people, but they didn't make a sound."  Which brings me to...

3.  That device they used in the open.  Where Charlie didn't speak until the very end, just before the credits.  (And then says,  "Kinda freaky deaky.")

That reminds me of other times when you realize that the show is doing something really stylish and you get to have fun on two levels.  Like, you know when all of a sudden you realize that a very long scene is all one shot?  Like, you say, "Wow, I don't think I've seen an edit yet..!  That's very flashy and cool, to me.

When I realized that Charlie wasn't speaking, it made me smile and also focused my attention.  It also worked great for the scene...moving to the reveal that they were on a college campus.

4.  They also used that four-shot frame thingy!  (A few of you might know what that makes me think of.)

5.  ROBIN WEIGERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6.  Tidwell was awesome.  Interviewing that HITG who played RW's partner.  "Wife number?"  "One."  He whips out the wallet photos of all his wives.  "Jasmine.  Third wife always has a name like that.  Amber or something."  (Also that guy?  Donal Logue?  Damian Lewis?  There's a whole separate line item in that budget for sunscreen.)

7.  I actually hated one thing:   The fraternity.  Cause all day, 24 hours a day, no matter what time you drop by, there are girls bouncing around in bikinis doing Tequila bongs.  That was just ridiculous.

8.  Charlie was intense this week!  "Because I am about 3 seconds from deciding that I just don't like you."  And when he went off on Tate!  And he fixed the professor with the Eyes of Don't Fuck With Me and told him to open the door.  And when he went off on the professor!  Loved him.  Very hot.

9.  My partner'ship!  Charlie really loses it with the professor and yanks him violently out of his chair and drags him fast toward the door.  Reese?  In that split second.  Opens the door for him.  Totally in step.  NOT trying to calm Charlie down or diffuse anything.  Complete trust and synchronicity.  Makes me so happy.

Somebody get us to 11.
 

Comments

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marymary
Oct. 11th, 2008 04:56 pm (UTC)
OMG I forgot my favorite moment!

Charlie is distracted and won't answer his phone. Ted answers.

"It's your partner. She says there's a dead guy? She wants to know if you'd like to catch who killed him."

Adam Arkin's delivery of that line was priceless.
tuesday_suit
Oct. 12th, 2008 12:49 am (UTC)
"It's your partner. She says there's a dead guy? She wants to know if you'd like to catch who killed him."

Adam Arkin's delivery of that line was priceless.


YES!!!!! You stole my favorite moment. ;-)
gatsbyfan
Oct. 11th, 2008 05:08 pm (UTC)
I totally agree. I loved this episode too. It was fantastic. Love Arkin in the beginning too. Love his interaction with Charlie. He is always so patient.

I liked how Charlie was always one step ahead of the others because he's been there.

Donal Logue's character with the "wife number?" bit was funny. I agree liked the wallet with the photos. I love that he told the guy to get on with it and kill himself so he could call the cleaning crew... knowing that the gun was unloaded. It was a bit extreme but he knew the guy just needed to get this out of his system.

I like how afterwards he explains to her and gives her the photo. That was sweet. I like when he shows his soft side.

I also liked the part at the end when Charlie is talking to the kid explaining the first year years are going to be the hardest but you don't have to be there. You can go anywhere in your head. He's the only guy there (besides Arkin's character) who truly understands.

Must get some new icons
marymary
Oct. 11th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
I also liked the part at the end when Charlie is talking to the kid explaining the first year years are going to be the hardest but you don't have to be there. You can go anywhere in your head. He's the only guy there (besides Arkin's character) who truly understands.

Yes! That was great.

I know, I have three! and I feel like I need more.
aunt_deen
Oct. 12th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC)
I'm posting drunk right now. Which means I'm looking very carefully at each letter. Strangely enough, posting drunk means posting perfect because I've corrected about twenty mistakes so far.

Yay, Robin Weigert. I love her. I still don't know why she was demoted.

Agree on the stupid frat scene, but hey it contained the superhot Charlie scene. He doesn't get to be a true badass all that often.

tuesday_suit
Oct. 12th, 2008 01:05 am (UTC)
I haven't watched the whole thing yet and I took notes on the back of my auto insurance policy, so they might be a bit scattered. But my reactions so far:

How much do I love Adam Arkin? So. much.

"What does that mean?.........You're trying to figure that out." And of course answering the phone and the dead guy comment. BWAH!!!

"Ted is on parole and he lives in a room above the garage." Snort.

"Four officers and two have to stay in the hall with the kids."
"Leaving only two to perform the search."

She aced the math portion of this episode. :-P

I really liked what they did with the security camera shot, with the screen divided into quarters. Not sure why, but that struck me as cool.

Another thing that made me laugh: "We searched [the piano box]. No weapons. Also no piano."

I'm guessing the cop is a recurring character? He's hilarious.

Did anyone else notice how Crews didn't speak for the whole entire teaser except for "Oh yeah, kind of freaky-deaky" just before they smash cut to the credits? Or the banner that passes for the credits. Why doesn't anyone do proper credits anymore? BSG does. That's why it's the best show on TV.

I'll be back.


Edited at 2008-10-12 01:06 am (UTC)
marymary
Oct. 12th, 2008 01:28 am (UTC)
Hey, tues! So glad you're watching Life.

Sorry, didn't mean to steal your favorite moment! We can share it. ;-)

Did anyone else notice how Crews didn't speak for the whole entire teaser except for "Oh yeah, kind of freaky-deaky" just before they smash cut to the credits?

Yeah, I did! My number 3, above. That was very cool. I hate to be a broken record (well I guess I don't hate it that much, or I'd cut it out) but Season 1 is even more stylish, IMO. There are some shots in Season one that are so cool looking that they remind me of graphically enhanced movies...like...misreall, what am I talking about? You know...

Hold on, I'm going to make an icon to show you, because I can't remember the tagging to put a picture in my post. /pathetic
tuesday_suit
Oct. 12th, 2008 06:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I did! My number 3, above.

Yeah, I re-read your list and noticed. Missed that the first time around. Obviously. :-P

marymary
Oct. 12th, 2008 01:32 am (UTC)
Ok, I don't know if you'll get what I mean from this pic, but there is something cool about the way they shot the previous season, even moreso than this one.

And though I LOVED this ep, season 1 is funnier. *goes to buy DVDs*
tuesday_suit
Oct. 12th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
*adds season 1 to Netflix queue*

*updates membership to include 1200 movies at a time*

Between Life, CKR stuff, recs from Flips and a few things to keep M happy, I'll need it. :-)
tuesday_suit
Oct. 12th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
It's Sunday and I have the house to myself. What say I live-blog for a bit. M'kay? M'kay.

"Want the short answer, or the long?"

"Short."

"Because."

Hee!

Hot wings, pizza, and fruit coming down the stairs on carts. Part of this balanced breakfast. :-P

Ooh, the ex-wife on the phone. Charlie was in prison? I need to see the first season of this show.

"Coming home and finding out most of your life has left for Jersey."

Ouch. :-(

"He went with a stripper for his first wife."

You have to wonder why he's divorced.

Did anyone get the feeling the professor warden is just playing with all of them and he'll turn out to be behind everything? He's creeping me out, just hovering in the background.....

"Please hold." BWAH!

"And me being me." Head tilt. Not-amused smile. I love this guy.

Hey, Crews agrees with me about Professor Warden. Neat-o. The dude's squicky.

And there's not!Stanley naming the charges. He's a smart guy, and I'm finding him even more humorous here than I did on WW.

Aww, Charlie is giving Will advice about prison.

And there's a bigger mystery, which I like, too. Always nice when they give you something to wonder about at the end of the episode. And Crews has a giant brown paper bag stuck on the end of his closet? Interesting.

Loved it, looking forward to next week. Thanks to Mary for dragging me over here. :-)
aunt_deen
Oct. 12th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
Sober now.

This was the first time I went a whole episode without finding Tidwell annoying even once. My favorite bit was mentioned above when he said, with that perfect hand-slapped-on-forehead air, "He went with a stripper for his first wife?"

And I agree, mary that I love it when Crews knows things because he was in prison. That "there's us and there's them" bit was just made of awesome. I knew he was ramping up for it, the guy is such an asshole, he's being the quintessential prison guard, and Charlie was just going to open up a can of whoop-ass all over him.

Ooh, the ex-wife on the phone. Charlie was in prison? I need to see the first season of this show.

You really, really do. Because all the stuff you noticed is so much cooler when you know where it's coming from. Shove it to the top of the queue.



marymary
Oct. 14th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)
And there's a bigger mystery, which I like, too. Always nice when they give you something to wonder about at the end of the episode. And Crews has a giant brown paper bag stuck on the end of his closet? Interesting.

He used to have this whole hidden room, behind his closet, that had walls covered with paper, and the paper covered with photos, newspaper articles, handwritten notes...and lines and words connecting all of them. It was a map of Charlie's case. He was (and is) trying to figure out who framed him and why, and who killed the people that he was convicted of killing. Every episode, he would find a new piece of the puzzle and put it on the map. He has some of the answers now. And the map is gone now. I won't tell you how, cause I thought that ep was cool.

And that's why he's rich and why he's a detective. He was in prison for 12 years. He sued and won millions of dollars, and was reinstated to the force as a detective. The uniformed cop with the moustache is his ex-partner.

And there's not!Stanley naming the charges. He's a smart guy, and I'm finding him even more humorous here than I did on WW.

Yeah, Ted is great. He needs more to do, and I think he's going to get it soon...
marymary
Oct. 14th, 2008 01:02 am (UTC)
Oops, He didn't USED to have the hidden room. He still has the same hidden room, just the map has been destroyed.
aunt_deen
Oct. 14th, 2008 01:56 am (UTC)
I just rewatched it this morning.

Another bit I loved was when Bobby came over to Charlie at the beginning and was all, "You know what this reminds me of?" and Dani was looking at him funny as he rambled on about horror movies set on haunted spaceships and after he left Charlie turned to her calmly and said, "He was just seeing if I was okay. And I am."

And then later they bonded over getting lots of pizza and fruit and spicy buffalo wings in for the kids who had been eating that revolting tasteless mush.

Bobby rocks.
marymary
Oct. 18th, 2008 05:24 am (UTC)
I'm very late in replying, but I did love that exchange between Bobby and Crews and Reese. Crews always knows everything about everybody, which is kinda hot.
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