Sunday Seven on Monday. So let’s make it 8.

Ok, so ABC didn’t renew Last Resort.  Bastards!  It took me awhile to warm up the the show, but now I’m hooked.  Here’s why.

Seven Ok, Eight Reasons I love Last Resort

Andre Braugher as CAPT Marcus Chaplin of Last Resort

Andre Braugher as CAPT Marcus Chaplin

Terrific actors—and characters:

  • Andre Braugher, of course.  He’s the reason I wanted to watch the show.  He’s a commanding presence, playing the smart, savvy, and honorable CO, Captain Marcus Chaplin.  Ah, but is he crazy?  Or just crazy enough?
  • Robert Patrick as COB Joseph Prosser

    Robert Patrick as COB Joseph Prosser

    Robert Patrick (yes, T1000 Robert Patrick!) as Chief of the Boat (COB) Master Chief Joseph Prosser.  He was terribly contentious in the first two episodes, but he’s softened a bit.  Heck, he’s even developed respect for the crew’s senior female officer, LT Grace Shepard.  He’s nearly everything a COB should be.  And he gets the best lines.

  • Scott Speedman as LCDR Sam Kendal

    Scott Speedman as LCDR Sam Kendal

    Scott Speedman as XO LCDR Sam Kendal.  Also smart and honorable, he’s a little more hot-headed than his CO.  He’s the “people person” who cares greatly about his sailors.  He’s been loyal to Chaplin and they’ve enjoyed a great rapport.

Girl power:

  • Daisy Betts as LT Grace Shepard

    Daisy Betts as LT Grace Shepard

    LT Grace Shepard, daughter of a Navy Admiral and third senior officer on the Colorado, has proven she’s tough (having been nearly killed by a Russian special operative), capable (commanding the Colorado on a dangerous mission), and not afraid to make tough decisions (leaving Navy SEAL James King to die in order to save the life of her crew).

  • Jessy Schram as Christine Kendal and Amber Reeser as Kylie Sinclair

    Jessy Schram as Christine Kendal and Amber Reeser as Kylie Sinclair

    Back in the U.S. of A., two previously boring and/or obnoxious characters team up to become better than the sum of their parts.  Sam Kendal’s wife Christine is branded a traitor along with her husband.  When she lashes out at reporters, she gains the attention of Kylie Sinclair, a privileged defense contractor with a prototype “cloaking device” (my words) on board the Colorado.  Both know the government is lying and set out to prove it.

Great chemistry:

  • Ordinarily, we think of male/female chemistry, but the relationship of CO and XO is unique.  Braugher and Speedman both interviewed they’d never experienced a relationship like theirs before.  Chaplin and Kendal respect each other immensely.  They challenge each other, and pick each other up when needed.
  • Camille De Pazzis as Sophie Girard

    Camille De Pazzis as Sophie Girard

    Don’t worry, there also great male-female chemistry.  Happily married Sam Kendal finds himself attracted to Sophie Girard, the beautiful French scientist in charge of the NATO Early Warning Station.  The feeling is mutual, although Sophie’s not burdened by a significant other.  While in a drug-induced stupor, Sam hallucinated he was with Christine, but was actually kissing Sophie.

  • Daniel Lissing as SEAL James King

    Daniel Lissing as SEAL James King

    And then there’s just pure lust.  SEAL James King has developed a “good” relationship with island bartender Tani.  But he has a contentious relationship with LT Grace Shepard, the Colorado’s senior female officer.  She wants to know what the SEALs did in Pakistan; he points out her weaknesses whenever he can.  After they defuse a bomb together, they have hot “I’m still alive!” sex on the beach.  It was beautiful to behold.

And I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface.  Stay tuned for more in my own personal Last Resort media blitz.

[All photos courtesy of ABC]

I love the sound of jackhammers in the morning

We’re having our sidewalks repaired this week.  This morning I woke to the sound of jackhammers outside my window.  It wasn’t terribly bright outside, so I checked my alarm clock.  It was 7:freakin’:30!  Whatever happened to the work day starting at 9:00?

Of course, if this was last year, I’d be pulling into a parking spot near Baltimore by 7:30.  So I probably shouldn’t complain too loudly.

The work started yesterday (but not at 7:30!).  We had to move our cars, but I’d misread the notice and parked in a spot that was also supposed to be vacated.  So yesterday’s morning surprise was that my car had been towed.  Mid-morning I strolled outside to find to find the sign for the towing company (since I didn’t have the phone number at home) and ran into the grounds maintenance guy.  Apparently he’d knocked on my door and phoned me.  Yes, I’d been asleep.  And I used to be such a light sleeper.

Thankfully, they towed my car to another space in the condo complex, and not offsite.  Not only is the towing charge significantly less (over $100 less), I don’t have to find a ride to the car lot.

A;; in all, pretty lucky for pulling such a big goner.  All in all, pretty lucky for pulling such a big boner.  (The first sentence was typed with a cat sitting on my chest, blocking the screen.  I decided to keep it in to see how bad it was.  It’s actually pretty good—I thought it’d be a lot worse.)

Fall Housekeeping

I’ve been trying to write (i.e., blog) every day, but since the fall tv season has begun, I’ve been spending all my time at SciFi Chick(s).  (And I’m still behind!)  More importantly, I’ve been trying to read more blogs, especially those dedicated to writing.

Along the way, I’m trying to clean up both here and at SciFi Chick(s).  (This being a continuation of the Overholt Overhaul.)  I’m sorting through my categories and tags (now that I kind of understand how tags work), weeding out the duplicates and developing some consistency.  At first it was crazy daunting, but I’ve come up with a manageable approach by doing a little bit each day.

I’ve also updated my links, taking out the dead links and adding some new ones that I really like, including a whole section on writing.

The one new non-writing blog is one I found yesterday called Fresh from the… (oven and television).  I thought about putting it  under “Awesome Stuff,” but that category’s mainly for help with WordPress.  What I love about Fresh From The… is the way it’s organized.  It’s divided into two main topics (baking and television) in a way I’ve never seen before; plus the top menu and the rest of the sidebar are interesting and easy to follow.  And the writing is delightfully clever, with a dry humor that’s right up my alley

Kudos to Jen,  the author!  Man, I wish my mind worked like that.

The Gray Age

I got my hair cut yesterday.  No big deal, I know.  But this was the first time in many years that I didn’t get it colored as well.

Several years ago I decided  would “go gray” when I turned 50.  An over-50 coworker told me that wouldn’t happen.  It didn’t.  I then decided I’d go gray when I retired.  Now that I am retired, perhaps it’s time to embrace my age.

In my lifetime I’ve had may hair colors, going from baby blond to toddler red, eventually growing into a mousy brown.  I started coloring my hair 30 years ago, at the urging of my best friend.  First it was just highlights but grew into something more, especially as the gray hair became more abundant.  Over the years, I’ve been many shades on the Goldwell color chart.  My hair stylist says I have a complexion that looks good in anything.  And now she says I’ll look good with silver hair.

I don’t know.  She cut the hair in a cute style, but now it’s much lighter.  (Not all the color has grown out or faded, so  it’s not a drastic change.  Yet.)  I left the salon not feeling ecstatic.  I like looking about 10 years younger than I really am.  The gray will likely age me, and I’m not sure I’m ready for it.

I know I shouldn’t complain about aging.  After all, consider the alternative.

Yes, it’s another blog

After three posts about DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk and wanting to write more, I decided to dust off the ol’ SciFi Chicks blog.  I figure it’s a more fitting place to discuss television shows of a scifi/fantasy/horror nature than here, where the subject gets mixed in with all sorts of other crap stuff.

What better way to stretch my writing muscles than to actually write something?  And since I have a few posts about sci fi shows running through my head (while a big long post sits in my draft box here), I’ll be heading over there shortly.  Hope to see you there!

A big ol’ “Awwww”

Remember my concern that the Cartoon Network series DreamWorks Dragons: Riders of Berk highlight the dragon Toothless and not just Hiccup, Astrid and the other teens?  I was pleased to report that the first two episodes did a fine job of showing the adorableness of Toothless and stressing how important he is to Hiccup.

Well, the “premiere” (which was actually the third episode, but the first to air in its regularly scheduled time slot—Tuesdays at 7:30 pm ET) far exceeded any hopes I had for the series.  We had a couple scenes reminiscent of the movie, including an adorable Toothless moment; followed by a wonderfully touching sequence showing Toothless rallying the other dragons to save not only the humans, but also the other critters.  Yes, I teared up, and I’m not ashamed to say so.

Now, I don’t expect all episodes to be so Toothless-centric; but for the time-being, I’m content.

Color me surprised!

I noticed my DVR was recording last night.  Unsure of what I was recording, I checked it out, and to my delight,  Riders of Berk had a one-hour premiere.    And here I’d been wondering what to watch on a Sunday evening.

The show was basically two separate episodes, so I’m not sure if these will be repeated later this week, or if they were something extra.  The first episode dealt with the unruliness of  the dragons, eating all the crops and setting buildings on fire accidentally.  The second explored blacksmith Gobber’s attempts to cope in a world where metal weapons were no longer needed to slay dragons.

Both episodes were cute and I found myself laughing out loud several times.  Perhaps my favorite moment was Hiccup telling Toothless that, among other things, Gobber taught Hiccup what he needed to know to make Toothless’s tail.  I was quite pleased how they highlighted the Hiccup/Toothless relationship.  In fact, all the other teens have grown quite fond of their dragons.

I was curious about the voice talent.  I was confident Gerard Butler wasn’t available (or too costly) for Stoic.  But Hiccup, Astrid, Fishlegs and Tuffnut were voiced by their movie counterparts (Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and TJ Miller respectively).  Notably absent were those who’ve hit the Big Time, Jonah Hill (Snotlout) and Kristen Wiig (Ruffnut).  I was surprised Craig Ferguson wasn’t voicing Gobber, but he does have a full-time gig with his talk show.

But they did get some great “new” talent:   Tim Conway plays a dim-witted, silly Viking, and Stephen Root voices Mildew, the village grump.  And I see from IMDB that Mark Hamill is set to play Alvin.  I hope Alvin remains the “poor-but-honest farmer” introduced in Cressida Cowell’s second book “How to Be a Pirate.”  Oh, this should be fun!

(Disclaimer:  Way too many actors mentioned in this post to tag them all.  Sorry if I skipped one of your favorites!)