September 19th, 2017
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Who got more songs in the Top 40, Idan Amedi or Static & Ben-El?

I suspect it'll be Amedi on the basis of him simply having had more singles this past year, but I'm not committing to anything until the full list is out (two and a half hours in we're still in the 20s).

Also Galgalatz prepared a medley of literally all of Static & Ben-El's hits (on the basis of the kids winning Persons Of The Year two years in a row), and good fucking luck not grinning through it. I'm also pretty sure they just put it on for the second time.

And even as I type this, another Idan Amedi song is up. It's almost as if he released half his latest album as singles over the past year or something. /sarcasm Still not complaining, though.

ETA. OOF. Basically Galgalatz's site did something Weird and I missed half the 20s, and that would be how and why I heard that medley twice. And Yuval Dayan's Leilotai, not that I regret, as it's pretty, but. Shows how much brain I have today.

ETA 2. It's 17:39 and we're in the top five. I found the listing of everything released so far, and the clear leader in charted songs is, unfortunately, Eden Ben-Zaken. Omer Adam is giving her serious competition and he's significantly less annoying, so. However - actually, wait. We hit the Big 3, I need my attention.

ETA 3. Todo Bom came in only at third, and the anchorwoman sounded positively insulted and fairly pissed off. Second place was totally meh, and - Song of the Year just announced and yeah, okay, if the cute boys had to lose, it's to the written-by-Dudu-Tassa song that seriously fucks with one's expectation of whether the speaker in the song is male or female. (The singer is male, but singing in other-gender is a Thing That Happens around here.) So if the boys had to lose, okay, I'm good with this.
September 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hagar_972 at 01:43pm on 14/09/2017 under
Rewatching this episode felt a lot like the first time did - which is a good thing! Everything that worked still works, and that's always nice. And as for the things that didn't work as well... well: this episode gets a get-out-of-jail-free card on that one, so to speak.

Both of this episode's plots have a fakeout/bait-and-switch thing going on. On Johnny's side of the plot, the answer to "Where's Clara?" is "Right here", and the answer to "What do the Hullen have to do with this?" is "Nothing." On Dutch and D'avin's side of the plot, the stakes are not what they seem to be.

Two out of these three things have big-ass tells. On the Clara end of things, it really stands out both that Ollie is written an awful lot like Clara, and that she knows things - and acts like she knows people - in a way that doesn't line up with her being fresh from the factory. On Dutch and D'avin's side of things, I remember watching this episode the first time and thinking that the "restore the comm stack" mystery felt a lot as if it was cut-and-pasted from pieces of other episodes - I was thinking s01e05 in particular - and that parts of it (like Dutch in that hallway) felt video-game-like in an odd way. (This, too, goes under "a lot like the first watch" - the same things stood out to me again, in the same way.)

I'm wondering how we're meant to read Turin's leadership. On the first watch I thought we were meant to read him as competent, and was irritated because the way I look at it he really wasn't. On rewatch, knowing how this is going to go, I wonder if this was really a case of the metaphorical seams in the writing showing (and he was meant to seem competent) or if the show was trying to telegraph that actually, Turin's not the shit. If anyone has opinions on this one, I'd love to hear them!
September 11th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hagar_972 at 11:15am on 11/09/2017 under , ,
We're a week out of the autumn Holidays, which makes it New Album Season. And given what Aviv Becher and Hadas Kleinman's music is, it's also a thematical match.

New single under cut. )

ETA. ...well, shit. I think I have a new favorite performance of שיר ללא שם (Untitled Song).

Under cut. )
September 8th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hagar_972 at 06:57pm on 08/09/2017 under ,
When I watched the episode the first time, when it aired, I remember hesitating over whether or not I thought this was a good ep, and eventually classifying it as "workman-like": checking all the boxes, but still lacking something. Now, with the whole season out, it's a lot easier making up my mind: the monster speech is still awesome and the hackmod plot is still cool (it's the only part of the episode that's better on rewatch) but overall, this ep was - what's that word - oh, right: conceit, in the literary device meaning. That is: this ep is structured to look S1-ish, but it's actually really not - it doesn't actually mean to add detail to the world the characters inhabit, or to tell us something meaningful about the characters. It is, indeed, workmanlike: it's here to do a job, and that job is move the war plot forward. The hackmod plot is the only thing that genuinely isn't part of the war plot, and I suspect that's what makes it the most compelling - it isn't a veneer for something else.

I think I didn't know how much I wanted this episode to be better on rewatch until I articulated why it wasn't. But in retrospect, that this ep was mostly one thing (promoting the war plot) pretending to be another (a case episode expanding the universe) was really showing. In addition there's also the seams-showing problem the whole season had, like the team being suddenly able to physically take on Hullen, or Olie going into sleep-mode (if "two face" was someone her mods were programmed not to attack, she wouldn't have gone out after the fight).
September 6th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] hagar_972 at 11:20am on 06/09/2017 under ,
The most charitably I can describe this season is "uneven". It opened well and closed well, but the middle was a mess, with at least one episode being outright bad.

e01 was passable; it did get the job done, though, and it made a solid basis for the joy that s02 was. s03 was also Actually Good - or could've been, if not for the seriously atrocious biology.

e04... well. Both what was good and what was bad about it may be summed up as "Gay space Vikings in purple furs". Gay, hippie space Vikings in purplse furs. Which on the one hand, this episode was hysterical and also really cute; on the other... well. The ridic factor was as high as you probably think it was.

e05... in retrospect, I think part the problem was that they tried fitting in too much, both into this episode specifically and into the season as a whole. S2, with all its problems, at least had a solid plot/time ratio. S3 sacrificed too much in order to move events as quickly as they did. e05 had strong visual and thematic callbacks to past episodes, such as the S1 finale or the S2 Sabine episodes, but I don't think they tried to do anything with those. The other part of the problem is that the seams were showing - too many handy coincidances, and at least one case of plot-stupid (or: how long it took D'avin to react). The saving grace of this episode would be that one scene with Fancy and - Kitaan, that's how they spell her name. Another problem with this episode was sacrificing several side-chars to give Dutch pain (no, really, from an extra-story perspective, that's exactly what it was), of which one was an older Black woman.

Now that I think of it: it would've been better to lose Turin and keep Banyon instead. She was a hell of a lot more fun, just as potentially annoying to Our Heroes, and not a fucking moron. (Can you tell I don't appreciate Turin's arc this season, or indeed just how much screen time he got.)

e06 had wonderful potential with the Scarback necropolis, but unfortunately, the potential remained just that - a tantalizing hint, and nothing of substance. Additionally, in this episode too the seams in the plot were showing, e.g. why were people form outside the Quad given a Quad funeral, what were the Nine even fucking doing at a RAC service and also, how did Louella ever swap the seeds.

e07... e07 I'd forgive a lot because of what they did with D'avin. Early S1 D'avin was pretty much a bunch of coping mechanisms held together in the approximate shape of a person; S3 D'avin didn't just heal into being his own person, he grew into being able to hold the moral arbiter role that other chars keeps holding him in (Alvis was the most obvious about this with the "center of gravity" line), into being able to accept responsibility for others and into being able to thrive on that responsibility - and e07 was the culmination of that arc. (And Fancy again: the first time we saw him show more skin then just his face, and the episode used that.)

The other plot of this episode was done well, but... to much recycling of tropes on Aneela's side of things, and I'm really not okay with the specific tropes used. (The pricness locked in her tower, and all that jazz.)

e08 was plain fucking bad. It had one really good D'avin moment, and that's pretty much it.

And then e09-e10 were Actually Good, for the first time since s03, and with even worse handling of science. (They had a sound travel in space. Exactly.) Again with too much Turin, some seams showing (how does everyone in Old Town know there's a war, exactly?) and discarding secondary chars to give Dutch pain, but the plot was overall good and held. I'm not sure if my problem in writing about those is that I need more time to unpack, or that they just don't jive with earlier episodes, and it feels as if I actually watched two different shows. Presently, I suspect the latter: I just don't know how to put the pieces of this season together, because they were too different from each other.

I can only hope S4 (the show was renewed for S4-S5, giving it a known finish line) will be more even, and with less seams showing.
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posted by [personal profile] hagar_972 at 10:26am on 06/09/2017
* The weather decided it wasn't okay that most everyone were so happy with autumn beginning, so we got more summer-y weather for a few days. It should break over the next few days.

* I mean, the autumn-y days were still hitting +30C, just only for a couple hours around midday instead of all daylight hours.

* Yesterday I had two things in Tel Aviv with five hours between them. [personal profile] ernads helped with about three of those.

* My period decided to show up yesterday, because of course it did. Yesterday it was pretty well-behaved; today is working up to - okay, losing a blood unit will probably not happen, but half a unit is a possibility.


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