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Note to Mark:

Sweet Jesus Louise, dude, put a moratorium on the all-cap posts until Restless at the least, okay?

Note to everybody else:

Wanna bet he busts out the all-caps for one of the Faith eppies? Or will he defy all logic and do it for Goodbye, Iowa or something like that? OR BOTH???

This entry was originally posted at http://gabrielleabelle.dreamwidth.org/367108.html. There are comment count unavailable comments on the DW side. Comments are welcome on either side. Due to massive SPAM issues on LJ, anon comments are only on the DW side.

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ruuger
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
Word. The Initiative is not a bad episode but it's hardly worth all caps...
gabrielleabelle
Mar. 16th, 2012 04:00 pm (UTC)
Indeed. I think it's a delightful episode and wonderfully entertaining but...

Yeah, it's not that great.
elisi
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
He's like an excited puppy. EVERY time he sees the ball he'll bounce like something demented... It's kinda sweet? I'm not really a dog person, but in small doses I'm OK.
gabrielleabelle
Mar. 16th, 2012 04:01 pm (UTC)
Hmmm. I am a dog person, but I've never been fond of the yippy types.
elisi
Mar. 17th, 2012 03:03 am (UTC)
I'm not saying I *like* it, but he's obviously a puppy, so expecting him to be anything else is clearly not going to work.

I'm hanging in to see if he will actually stick with his 'I love complex, morally grey character development MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE!' when it comes to Spike and Buffy in S6... Because that's a rather significant litmus test.

Also, reading his stuff requires zero brain cells, and I'm currently too busy to concentrate on anything more.

Edited at 2012-03-17 07:03 am (UTC)
gabrielleabelle
Mar. 17th, 2012 09:47 am (UTC)
Well, yes. But I reserve the right to comment on it.
elisi
Mar. 17th, 2012 11:26 am (UTC)
Oh absolutely. The number of times I have ALMOST made a comment on one of his posts, saying 'Mark dearest, there's no point in talking about how OLD you feel, since the Buffy viewing demographic will be largely older than you, plus you sound like a teenager who's had too much sugar... And we're used to meta.'
rahirah
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:24 pm (UTC)
:wince: I gave up. A puppy piddling on the floor with excitement is only endearing for so long.
gabrielleabelle
Mar. 16th, 2012 04:02 pm (UTC)
Heh. I'm almost at that point. I started skipping over his personal life stuff. Then I just started skimming the whole thing. Most of the posts basically just summarize the events of the episodes with a generous dosing of exclamation marks. Not enough to hold my interest.
eilowyn
Mar. 17th, 2012 12:36 am (UTC)
That's the metaphor I was looking for.
lakrids404
Mar. 16th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
Agree, but mostly i read his post because, some of his commenters? are also first time viewer, and much more down to earth.
gabrielleabelle
Mar. 16th, 2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
That's what I've heard. I tend to avoid the comments sections for non-LJ stuff, though. Cause I'm a wuss. :/
boot_the_grime
Mar. 16th, 2012 04:37 pm (UTC)
CAPS CAPS CAPS
I normally find it charming (Mark without CAPS? Like Spike without British slang, Giles without glasses, Xander without jokes, Buffy without Buffyspeak...) but an entire review in caps? And about The Initiative? Especially when he's shouting how WONDERFUL Riley is and how PERFECT he and Buffy are for each other.
(And about a SONG at the party. What?)

I'm still really curious how he'll react to the future plotlines - everyone is waiting for him to see Willow/Tara, but I'm expecting him to love it, and I'm much more interested how he'll react to Spuffy because I have no idea if he'll love it or hate it or what.

But I'm equally interested in other first viewers - whose reviews are often more interesting (and less tiresome to read, in this case since THERE AREN'T SO MANY CAPS) than his.

Edited at 2012-03-16 08:39 pm (UTC)
gabrielleabelle
Mar. 16th, 2012 06:04 pm (UTC)
Re: CAPS CAPS CAPS
(I had no clue what his thing about the dog scene was about!)

I'm still really curious how he'll react to the future plotlines

I'll take a guess: He'll be SO SHOCKED!! The show actually WENT THERE! HE HAS ALL THE FEELS! Ohmigod!! Lots of flailing! THEN JUST UNABASHED LOVE along with a wariness cause he KNOWS JOSS WHEDON IS GOING TO TORTURE HIM.
boot_the_grime
Mar. 16th, 2012 08:08 pm (UTC)
Re: CAPS CAPS CAPS
There will probably be stories about feeling unwanted in season 5 and about his bad relationships in season 6, and lots of letters to Joss and writers of specific episodes. But hopefully he'll realize that not everything the least bit shocking/surprising should be in CAPS, because if The Initiative is all in caps... should be expect to see a lot of reviews all in BOLDED CAPS?

OTOH he can write a decent review when he's not capslocking and going OMG all the time (the review of Bachelor Party is far more readable than the one for The Initiative).
gabrielleabelle
Mar. 16th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
Re: CAPS CAPS CAPS
Yep, agreed. Though I'm not reading his Angel reviews cause I don't dig on that show enough, he has written some decent stuff in the past.
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gabrielleabelle
Mar. 16th, 2012 09:33 pm (UTC)
He'll hate Pangs because of its handling of the Native American issues.

But yes to New Moon Rising. He'll be all capslocked over that sucker.
slackerspice
Mar. 17th, 2012 02:12 am (UTC)
Ughghghghghghghg.....*

*Translation: Mark, you are watching a show that's discussed in mothefucking college. Step up your game for fuck's sake - being all HAPPY and FEELS and CAPSLOCK isn't gonna cut it.

Compared to most of the meta I've read (including your stuff on Buffy in Season 6), it's like popcorn.
gabrielleabelle
Mar. 17th, 2012 09:48 am (UTC)
Heh. I guess S5 and S6 will be the real trial there, won't it? :)
slackerspice
Mar. 17th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
I'm personally betting that the first part of his "The Gift" review of him staring in blank horror because Joss killed Buffy again.
ladycallie
Mar. 17th, 2012 02:53 pm (UTC)
I tend to read/skim several episodes at a time, which is more enjoyable, because you can cut through the spastic flailing. Which I enjoy, but more and more I find myself muttering "poor fucker" to the computer screen, because he still hasn't completely caught on to how Whedon works. I love his joyful discovery of the show, and the first time reactions are moments that we've all shared, and it's fun to see someone else go through the shock, but so much of my understanding and love of the show comes from the rewatches. The layers of genius aren't always visible the first time through. Plus there's a kind of viewer evolution that happens after you've seen it once (or dozens) of times through.
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