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Monday Momentum

Filed under: Knitting,Television — folkcat at 12:34 pm on Monday, March 19, 2007

I’m going to try to regain some, at least. After a weekend much upset by snowstorms, undead DVD players, and more, I’m hoping to get back on track today.

I did have a good round of television yesterday. My friend who normally comes on Friday nights to watch some shows with me came on Sunday afternoon instead, after the roads had been reasonably cleared.

Raines

Among the programs we checked out was Raines, the new detective show with Jeff Goldblum. I rather liked what I saw – beautiful, artistic camera shots, a strong nod to the film noir style. The twist comes in Goldblum’s character, Raines’, hallucinations. He has a tendency to “see” the murder victims. They talk to him and all that.

But lest you think we’re looking at a Ghost Whisperer or Medium rip-off – not at all. Raines is pretty clear in understanding that his visitors are hallucinations. Their appearance and behavior change based on what Raines has learned from hard evidence about the victims. They are never able to tell him anything that he doesn’t know himself.

So why do it? Aside from giving the Raines character a quirky attribute – and quirky is so “in” these days – they give us something we can’t get from any other detective show. We, the viewers, get to see Raines’ thought proces. It’s presented visually on the screen for us. We watch his facial expression, and we know he’s realized something – but then, the appearance of the latest victim’s hallucinated form changes, and we know what he’s realized.

We also get to see the biases and assumptions that Raines has to overcome as he learns about the victim. A young woman who he believed to be a simple college student turns out to be a paid escort – and suddenly, his image of her has b00bs two or three sizes larger, her hair is all teased out and overdone, and her make-up stops just short of qualifying her for the clown car. But as the hallucination talks to him, he realizes he’s making unwarranted assumptions – and her appearance returns to the more normal college student again.

I liked Raines. I liked the style. I like the clever writing that shows us not only what he’s learning about the case, but the mental process that gets him there. This has become Must See TV for me.

Into the Home Stretch

I did a modest bit of knitting this weekend. Not as much as I’d have gotten done if I’d felt better or been less distracted by reality. But I can say with a sense of accomplishment that I turned the heel on Sock #2 for Gryphon yesterday, and I’m now in the home stretch. It wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect that he could wear these next weekend.

WIP: Socks for Gryphon, Home Stretch #2

We’ve already got the yarn for the next pair, but I may interject another project in the meantime. It’s not like I’ve got any shortage of works in progress!

2 Comments

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Comment by sarebear

March 20, 2007 @ 2:48 am

It never Raines, but it pours . . .

I just couldn’t resist a bad pun!!!

The first thing that intrigued me about the show is Jeff Goldblum. He just has this intelligent air about him. At first, though, I found the hairstyle jarring, from how I’ve seen him before, but now I rather like it.

I really like seeing his thought process too, although I have interest in the mental health aspect of the show (ie, is he going “crazy” and what would people do if they knew, etc.). And would he be a worse detective if he was on meds (I don’t know if they’ll ever go there, wouldn’t want to discourage the mentally ill from taking their meds!) Although Robin Williams, manic depressive, goes off his meds when he has a live appearance or performance. I say it seems to work for him, so of course it’s up to the person!

That’s no sock, it’s a space station . . . hee hee. I love movie quotes, or messing with them.

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Comment by jen.

March 20, 2007 @ 2:59 am

The socks look great! I know that you originally did the solid heel/toe because you were worried about running out of yarn, but I think it really makes a difference in the overall look. I like the subtle multi-colored yarn in contrast with it.

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