i’m still watching…for now

hiroI’ve watched Heroes Petrelli & Sons since its inception, and stuck with it through all the craziness* thus far.  Chopping off Usutu’s head before even giving him a name may well be the last straw for me.  I’m unsure as to whether I’ll watch another episode or not.  Things have just gone down the tubes, fast.

A drama between the Petrelli’s and the Bennet’s?  I might hafta pass.

And yet – I watch The Hills.  I love it because it’s so tragically…tragic.  Nothing beat the evil grin on Spencer’s face last week after Heidi showed her behind [totally wasted] at a company function – and ended up getting fired.  Completely transparant to everyone except Heidi, Spencer’s like a puppet master when it comes to her.  Which is actually painful to watch sometimes, but ultimately makes great trash tv.

gossip-girl_lThen there’s GG, which could now be called ‘The Slow Corruption of the Humphreys’.  It’s definitely the prettiest show, though.  Best clothes, by far.  Also my fave of the 3 mentioned here. [Heroes used to have this honor, but keeps killing all the brown people.  GG doesn’t pretend to give brown people weight in the show, and I’m ok with that – be straight with me from the beginning.  I’m not looking for a complete overhaul of American tv in 3 Easy Steps™.]  And lovely of lovelies, we’ve got an arc including the Sicilian from The Princess Bride.  Inconceivable!

I’m not apologizing for my tv habit, though.  That’s my thing.  Everybody’s got their thing – and that’s mine.

*craziness: first and foremost – killing DL. from there? not naming The Haitian, cutting Hiro off from the rest of the heroes, totally forgetting about Micah (and Monica), introducing Maya in the first place, and only keeping Christopher Eccleston for like, 3 shows.

6th grade

still in 6th grade

Maybe I’ve said this before, but when I was in the 6th grade, there were these popular girls who considered themselves to be *the awesomeness*.  I wasn’t part of that group, but I didn’t really care.  I’d never been part of that group, no matter what school I went to…except for maybe kindergarten.  But anyway, one of the girls had a birthday party and invited all the popular girls, and all the 1st rung peripheral girls, except one or two.

The party took place and all the uninvited were blissfully unaware until somebody spilled the beans.  I don’t remember who, I don’t think I actually ever knew.  But somehow, everyone who cared found out.  And got their feelings hurt.  So-called friend turned against so-called friend, and the 6th grade wars began.

All of this had taken place without the rest of the class [the dudes and the very, very peripheral girls: new kids, band geeks, well – that was pretty much it] even knowing any of this was going on.  But our teacher caught the vibe and took note.  When the hostilities started disrupting class [as in: notes passing about so-and-so, treacherous looks, staring, general to complete inattention to class] Mrs. V finally said something.  By then, the rest of us had a clue, but figured it was no big deal.

And really, which part of this entire scenario has seemed like a big deal?


So Mrs. V decides she’s not going to get any learning into these wayward children until they work out their differences and reunite as the dysfunctional family that they had previously been.  She allows them to leave our social studies class and go work on their *own* community building, right outside the classroom door.

As luck would have it, I had to go to the bathroom during the festivities.  For real. (Seriously!)  Though I couldn’t help being interested in what could possible be keeping these girls out of class for so long.  So when I walked out of the classroom, I found that I had to step over some of the girls becuase they were sitting in the hallway, directly in front of the classroom door.  [This was private school, hallways weren’t that wide.]  They stopped talking when I came out, and I said excuse me and kept going.

When I came back, several of the girls were crying.  Some of them were hugging.  And I’d heard a bit of what was going on – “I thought we were friends!”, “We are friends!”, etc.  I thought they’d worked it all out.

They remained outside of class for about 45 minutes.  When they returned, everything was all better.

From this experience comes my hypothesis about the 6th grade:

There are many people [in my experience it has very often been women, but I have also encountered men who fall into this pattern of behaviour] who treat friendship as some sort of novelty.  They often delight in having drama in their lives, and prefer to create the drama, if possible.  Loyalty is not a high priority for these people, neither is honesty.  Most likely, your first warning about your dubious position as their friend will be related to one of those traits.  Thankfully, these people tend not to be able to fool anyone most people for very long, and their disloyalty/dishonesty becomes apparent rather quickly.

The first warning means it’s time to get out.  Divest, do not give them sensitive information, as this is currency for a 6th grader.  Should you stay in the relationship, you will most likely be harder hit next time.  There were girls in my class that had stabbed each other in the back and remained…friends(?).  They accepted that the relationship would never have trust.  If this is what you’re looking for, stick around.  Otherwise, run for –

Oh I can’t say it.  I’m reminded of all this by the Hills.  The strange relationships between Audrina, LC, Lo, Stephanie, and Heidi just take me back to 6th grade.  Watching the show is like being able to eavesdrop on that hallway meeting back in school.  So when LC and Audrina cried and hugged and said they wanted to be friends again, I had déjà vu.

To me, it was silly to watch those girls sit out in the hall, working out their personal issues, as we were doing our actua school work.  Now, I don’t really mind 6th grade shenanigans.  As long as the culprit is still in the 6th grade.

Speidi crashes the party

Because The Hills is about drama.  It’s Steph’s bday party and how would it be if there wasn’t a good clash between LC’s crew and Speidi?

Lo looks so old, but I’m likin’ her more these days.  Lo’s always saying just what she thinks.  [“The people who matter get along.” Ha! “I’m glad we talked.” HA!]  Audrina’s definitely coming off bad in these first two episodes.  And she seems a tad too vapid to be able to redeem herself.  What a shame.

Meanwhile, Kelly Cutrone is SO wanting to get a ton of publicity from this show.  It’s kinda hilarious how obvious it is.  And we all coulda predicted that girl getting fired, and Whitney getting her job.  I kinda feel like I’d like a bicoastal life – at least for a little while.  Maybe it’d get old, I dunno.

As for Stephanie – is LC the only one who doesn’t know she’s transparent?  At the end of the day, she’s Spencer’s sister.  That’s one thing Spencer has right.

I definitely like that Brody left the moment Speidi got to the party, he may be kinda lame, but at least he has a personality.  This Doug fellow is like a dead fish.  No personality.  Yawn.

Anyway, I’m having a party of my own tomorrow night, so I gotta get some sleep.

the company that comes

Cuz I admit that I am into the Hills.

famous. for no reason.

famous. for no reason.

It’s the premiere, tonight, and I am loving it.  Trash tv at it’s finest, ‘the Hills’ is a little piece of what’s wrong with America and I love it too much to quit.  Sad, but true.

(Note the vacant look in Whitney’s eyes.  As though there is nothing behind them.  And you thought it wasn’t a candid shot.)

Tonight, LC’s decided to throw a bday party for Audrina to try to smooth things over with her and Lo.  Everyone except LC knew this wasn’t going to work.  For some reason my sister loves Lo.  [I think it goes back to the Laguna days, and I don’t go that far back with the show, so I don’t get it.]  Lo gets on my nerves though.  The editing makes it look like she’s just being rude to Audrina [who, in Lo’s defense, is a bit of a dimbulb – evidenced by her continued dalliance with the now-famous Justin-Bobby].

In the villain arc, Heidi’s sister comes to town, just as Spencer’s moved back in to the apartment.  I will never understand why anyone would want to be with Spencer…other than money I suppose [which Heidi doesn’t seem to need].  He is the opposite of attractive, in my opinion.  [Sometimes I throw up a little in my mouth when I see him.]  Anyway, Heidi’s sister comes to spend some time in LA and heeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Spencer!  ::shudder::  Not the welcome, I think she had in mind.  She tries to be delicate, but ends up with a very thinly veiled comment about how Spencer is cutting Heidi off from her friends and family.

Best moment so far?  The break, where the VJ du jour [I don’t know her name] talks to Heidi’s sister (Holly) live, and mentions Spencer’s rudeness.  Holly stumbles all over herself trying to be diplomatic.  Cuz we all know Heidi’s all into him…and they’re supposed to be getting married and everything.

As much as I like this show…I can’t do this 6th grade BS between Lo and Audrina.  Because I seriously lived this crap.  In the 6th grade.  Ok.  Well.  Not me personally.  But I watched all this crap go down when I was in the 6th grade.  To the point where these girls got permission [I do not even know how this worked] to get out of class and sit in the hall and talk about their feelings.  It was like – 6 of them.  And I think it was all about some birthday party that some of them got invited to and some didn’t.

So, now we see, Audrina’s the one who’s the actual *beep*.  “We’re never gonna be friends.”

This season looks like it’s gonna be good.  Best real life soap opera ever.

dirty Lo, dirty

For all the speculation about just how real The Hills is, I think they get the editing just about dead on.  It’s amazing to me that these girls have truly become stars [in the new definition of stardom].  Heidi, Audrina, Lauren and Whitney are on the cover of my newly received Rolling Stone.

I think the status of politics right now has a lot of people primed for full-on avoidance of all things ‘serious’.  I know I’m in that boat.  I quit on the whole election business sometime not too long after “super”-Tuesday.  [so super we still don’t know who it’s gonna be]  I’m so tired of all the crap.  I mean, I feel like I don’t really like either one of the candidates anymore, and I was really excited about this election cycle back in January.

So now I’m all up in ‘Speidi’s business.  [Spencer and Heidi, for the uninitiated]  I’m not sure why I hate (you know, the tv-hate.  not like, serious hate.  cuz I don’t actually care that much) Spencer so much – but he’s an excellent villain for the show.  He’s annoying, and embarrassing.  And while LC despises him because of the supposed illicit tape, I despise him because of how he is with Heidi.  Once again, the magic of MTV editing.

Speidi was on Tyra last week, the day after that whole prostitution episode.  I tried to watch, but I think one Tyra show is my limit.  I did see that Spencer is absolutely adamant that the tape exists.  Interesting that supposedly [if it exists] Speidi’s never seen it.

Of course, according to Rolling Stone, Lauren hasn’t seen Heidi’s awful music video.

So the feud is like, so serial.

And really, when Heidi’s not with Spencer, I could be on her side as much as LC’s.  Lauren gets on my nerves sometimes.  it’s something to completely get my mind off all the crap.

And now I’m invested enough to feel bad for Audrina – even if she is back with Justin-Bobby.  Cuz Lo has totally edged her out to be the new roommate/sidekick/friend.  Perhaps this will be some new drama for next season.

Looks like I’ll be watching either way.

um. it IS so middle school

This crap between LC and Heidi is freakin’ childish.  I understand the desire of loyalty from Spencer and Heidi, since Stephanie is Spencer’s sister.  But really, either squash it altogether or quit “running into each other”.

And I cannot even believe Audrina, Lo and Lauren are cohabitating.  Seems like a bomb that’s just waiting to go off.

Overall, though, I think MTV gets the editing right.  For better or worse, this is LC’s life.

And maybe one day it’ll work out and you’ll get married.  Cuz that’s what i really want!  ~Lo

(ps: justin-bobby finally got a haircut.  he looks halfway human.  now all we need is jason castro to follow suit.)

the return of justin-bobby

You know, Kristin (wikipedia says she’s an actress – I wouldn’t go that far) really missed the boat. When the first season of Laguna Beach came on – she was the star. Undeniably.

LC was a hanger-on. She was Kristin’s semi-nemesis with Stephen, but didn’t get a whole lotta airtime. Season 2 pitted the two girls against each other, and gave Lauren greater visibility.

The kids graduated, and Lauren parlayed her new-found reality stardom into even more reality stardom ~ and The Hills.

We are now on the third season of The Hills. And LC has shown herself a savvy business-woman, using the show to get paid. and fame. and a job. and a better job. Stephen’s coming back on the next episode.

Unbelievably, people I know her name, her life, and side with her on crazy drama like this crap with her and Heidi Montag’s bf, Spencer. [Heidi wins the award for very worst music video of the decade (if not all time) with this precious gem, shot by her then-snookums, Spencer.]

And the piece-de-resistance: Audrina, LC’s current roommate, who used to be good friends with Heidi, but isn’t so much now, because of the Spencer/Lauren thing – exacerbated by the fact that Brody (Spencer’s old bff) chose LC’s side in the split – is back to talking to her ex-bf Justin (who for some reason wanted to be called Bobby, and is now called Justin-Bobby by Lo and LC because of the ridiculosity of that whole thing) but they’re not actually together.

If you can follow all of that, you’re an addict [like me] and it’s time for the twelve steps.

#1. Admit you have a problem…