Wednesday, June 13, 2012
I have managed to avoid almost everything Revenge related the past ten months. I watched the pilot last fall but it was not until this week that I returned to the Hamptons to savor this addicting piece of brilliant trash. Although Emily VanCamp annoyed me on Brothers & Sisters she is the perfect center for all the twists and turns the shows writers take us on. I am only a few episodes in but I am in hard!
My only complaints are the far too obvious green screen usage, especially in scenes outside Emily's beach house. They are often very distracting and given the show is shot in California, they should be able to find a proper beach set. Connor Paolo, though likable is not especially believable as Declan (although kudos on the great TV character name), he fit his role on Gossip Girl better. All is forgive however with any and all appearances of Josh Bowman and his pouty lips. As great as Josh looks in a towel, I actually prefer him in his white (and tight) pants that the show likes to put him in, at least of course until Labour Day!
'My curse has always been seeing beneath the skin, the muscle, the bone to the stark reality.'
Robert J. Guttke
'Yes, he was certainly wonderfully handsome, with his finely curved scarlet lips, his frank blue eyes, his crisp gold hair. There was something in his face that made one trust him at once. All the candour of youth was there, as well as all youth's passionate purity. One felt that he had kept himself unspotted from the world. No wonder Basil Hallward worshipped him.'Oscar Wilde
'I really can't see any resemblance between you, with your rugged strong face and your coal-black hair, and this young Adonis, who looks as if he was made out of ivory and rose-leaves. Why, my dear Basil, he is a Narcissus, and you -- well, of course you have an intellectual expression and all that. But beauty, real beauty, ends where an intellectual expression begins. Intellect is in itself a mode of exaggeration, and destroys the harmony of any face. The moment one sits down to think, one becomes all nose, or all forehead, or something horrid. Look at the successful men in any of the learned professions. How perfectly hideous they are!'Oscar Wilde
'Yes, Mr. Gray, the gods have been good to you. But what the gods give they quickly take away. You have only a few years in which to live really, perfectly, and fully. When your youth goes, your beauty will go with it, and then you will suddenly discover that there are no triumphs left for you, or have to content yourself with those mean triumphs that the memory of your past will make more bitter than defeats. Every month as it wanes brings you nearer to something dreadful. Time is jealous of you, and wars against your lilies and your roses.'
'The soul is a terrible reality. It can be bought and sold and bartered away.'
Benjamin Godfre by Robert Guttke
I feel sort of hesitant excitement with the return of DALLAS to the airways tonight, close to 21 years after it's last airing in 1991. I remember being intrigued with the prime time saga as a kid, although I was usually being sent off to bed on Friday nights just as Lucy was getting juicy. It was one of the only shows my parents sat down to watch together and when I got a bit older I joined them. Sadly by then the show has pretty much lost the luster of it's early years. Thanks to the airings on the old TNN and the DVD's of course, I returned to Southfork to catch up on the doings of the Ewings.
J.R, Sue Ellen and Bobby are all returning as regulars with Cliff, Lucy and Ray also making small appearances. TNT has pulled out all the stops in marketing the 10 episode summer series and it will be difficult to live up to the hype and the history.
Dramatic Music highlight some classic DALLAS moments:
Besides Josh Henderson (who is sex on a stick) the new cast seems rather bland... If classic DALLAS doesn't float your boat, maybe this incredibly cheesy clip of Josh from Leeches might...