The Gates

Woo!  Another stripe in the can.  Boom.  The purple yarn is starting to give me fits though.  I love the color, but it keeps getting all twisted, so I find myself rolling the yarn ball over and over again to untwist the yarn.  Oh well.  Mild annoyance at worst.  It’s certainly worth the extra effort if I get a beautiful Season 18 scarf out of this at the end.

You may note that I still haven’t finished The Mind Robbers yet, but I’m afraid it’s just too hot to watch it today.  What’s that you ask?  What does temperature have to do with my tv choices?  Well, allow me to fill you in.  You see, when it’s hot I turn on the AC, or at least, a fan.  Today it topped 80°F here in Madison, so I had a fan going full steam.  When I have a fan on, it’s somewhat hard to make out the words on the shows I’m watching.  I tend to watch DVDs with the subtitles turned on throughout the summer.  Sadly, Netflix instant doesn’t have a subtitled option.  The Mind Robbers is a pretty old episode, and the sound quality isn’t the greatest to begin with.  I want to make sure I hear everything correctly, so I guess The Mind Robbers will have to wait until a cooler day.

Instead, I’ve been watching The Gates.  A friend suggested I check it out.  (Thanks Dogboy!)  I’m really enjoying it.  It’s not a great show, but it’s a lot of fun.  It’s kind of like a darker, supernatural Eureka (another show I really enjoy).  It chronicles the tawdry suburban lives of the inhabitants of a private community called The Gates.  Said inhabitants include vampires, werewolves, witches, even a succubus.  Good times.

Like Eureka, the first episode has a new sheriff and his family coming to town.  The sheriff, of course, has no idea what he’s in for.  Hijinks ensue.  Well, less “hijinks” than subterfuge, machinations, intrigue, and scheming.  It’s all good, semi-trashy fun.  It’s pretty clear they’re capitalizing on the recent success of supernatural media, and I’m 100% okay with this.  I like this kind of stuff, and I think it’s great that I have so many more choices these days.

I do have a few complaints however.  The first is the fact that this show is just too “glisteney.”  What I mean is there’s something about the lighting that causes reflections in every drop of moisture on set.  I have to assume this was an intentional choice, but I’m not a fan.  It makes everyone look like they’re about to cry.  I find it rather distracting.  Also, everyone is too damn pretty.  I know that’s normal for television, but the people on this show are all so gorgeous they’re practically plastic.

They also managed to include one of my little pet peeves in an episode I watched today.  A character cut himself to demonstrate how quickly he can heal.  Cliche, I know, but that’s not my problem.  What bothers me is that when this bleeding slash healed up, it healed without a trace, and lo and behold–no blood!  So are they trying to tell me that werewolves’ blood disappears after prolonged contact with the air?  Or that the healing process somehow sucks it back into their body?  (That’s not what it looked like.)  Or were the continuity folks just sloppy?  I’m guessing the latter.

In addition, the episode I’m watching now started with that old chestnut of a plot device: an exciting, suspenseful thing happens, and then BOOM, it’s “24 hours earlier.”  I’m not sure why that gets on my nerves, but it always does.

Anyway, these little complaints are all just that: little.  Overall, I’m enjoying this show, and it’s providing a great backdrop for all the minor chores I’ve needed to get done lately.  I’d recommend The Gates to anyone who enjoys vamps and wolves and magic like I do–especially if you’re also a fan of trash tv.  This doesn’t fall squarely into the “trash” realm, but it’s definitely skirting the gates.

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