next_to_normal: (what is this I don't even)
Hope everyone on the east coast survived snowzilla, or whatever we're calling it. Reports are that my area got somewhere between 17 and 24 inches (there is some hilarious ~scandal about the measuring techniques used at Reagan National Airport not being ~officially sanctioned by the National Weather Service, and therefore their 17.8" total is suspect and probably too low).

SPEAKING OF THE AIRPORT, I shouldn't even BE here right now. I should be in sunny, snow-free Florida. Cut for complaining )

On another note, I totally #wontheblizzard, because it was so windy, there is actually no snow on my car? I guess I got the low end of the drift. Since I live in an apartment building, there really is no "digging out" necessary - they shovel all the walkways and plow the parking lot, so all there ever is to do is clear snow off my car, and that's... negligible. I wouldn't park at Dulles anyway, so my plan was to take a shuttle to the airport and hope it all melts by the time I get back, but I probably COULD drive my car if I wanted to. (I do not want to.) 

There has been a sort of entertaining "will I run out of food?" thing happening, as well. Unlike everyone else who went nutso stocking up at the grocery store, I didn't want a lot of food in the house because I knew I was leaving. But because of the canceled flight, I ended up being home - and needing to eat - for an extra day and a half longer than expected. WHOOPS. Turned out I was fine, but if the storm had been worse, and I hadn't been able to make the trip at all, I'd probably be a little concerned about the coming week, lol. On Thursday, one of my coworkers was like, "Just order five days' worth of Chinese food tonight and keep it in your freezer, just in case," and at one point on Friday night, I did wonder if it was too late to order a pizza, lol. 


 (j/k I am fine, I will not starve, but I will be super-sad not to be in Florida)
next_to_normal: (Cordy grin)
We've got a snow day here in DC! \o/ Even though there's no actual snow. We were supposed to get a foot. If I didn't have the day off, I might be very disappointed in you, weather people.

* Following up on yesterday's Catching Fire posters, we now have Katniss, Haymitch, and Cinna as well. I wonder if that's the mockingjay/wedding dress Katniss is wearing.

* Lots of Community tidbits from the PaleyFest panel, plus the study group as puppets.

* Pics from the upcoming (half) season of Doctor Who, featuring the new companion.

* I've linked things like this before, but here's another set of nifty floorplans for a bunch of pop culture homes.

* Also, this article made me nostalgic for Buffy's secondary character episodes, so have a poll!

Clicky for the poll )
next_to_normal: (Downton)
* "This will be the last season of Dexter, we promise."

* Lots of casting announcements for Downton Abbey. Also, who ELSE is leaving the show. This cast is dropping like flies, aren't they?

* New Catching Fire poster featuring Effie Trinket, and one with Caesar Flickerman.

 * The Mindy Project and several other Fox shows have been renewed. Mindy seems to be still trying to figure itself out, but I think there's a good show in there once the kinks are worked out.

* The American Gavin and Stacey remake (which is apparently called Friends and Family) will star Alexis Bledel and Jason Ritter.

* Relevant only to me, really, but if you're in DC, you should check it out: If/Then starring Idina Menzel is doing an out of town tryout at the National Theater! \o/

* Awesome nature gifs.

* What is with the UK and people dressing up like Batman? At least this one apprehended a criminal instead of trying to scale Buckingham Palace.

* What to name your kid to help them get into Yale. (Also: kids born in 1994 are in college now? OMG I FEEL OLD.)

ETA: And Amanda Seyfried wants to play Glinda in Wicked. Unlike most Hollywood actors, though, she seems to have a realistic sense of her limitations.

ETA 2: And a new Iron Man 3 trailer! SO EXCITE.

next_to_normal: (Annie Being Human)
(Because Annie's a ghost, get it?)

And the Halloween meme, snagged from everyone at this point, but in particular encouraged by [personal profile] ever_neutral because she's a filthy enabler:

In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door.' Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and...well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.).

The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!

In other news, apparently we are getting the hurricane to end all hurricanes? Thus far, it doesn't seem that bad, but I have the day off from work, so... \o/ IDK, I don't worry much because I'm on the 6th floor, so it's not like flooding's a problem, and one of the benefits of living in northern VA is that I am on the Pentagon's power grid, and that business is secure as anything, so my power never goes out. I suppose it is always possible that a tree will fall on my car or something, but... meh. I needed a new car anyway.

But those of you who are less blasé about such things - stay safe!
next_to_normal: (Deb fuck)
* When I saw this yesterday, I literally said "Wow" out loud: Danny Strong is writing the two-part Mockingjay movies.

* Character descriptions for the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show have leaked. Let the fan casting begin...

* Captain America 2 filming in DC? Best brush up on my stalker skills...

On the fall TV premiere front, I've got my first casualty of the season! I gave up on 666 Park Avenue after one episode. I like Terry O'Quinn, and I liked the premise, but it was just awful in execution, even by the standard of a campy supernatural show. The whole "devil's bargains" thing reminded me a bit of Booth at the End, which, despite being a Hulu web series, is about a zillion times better than 666. So go watch that instead. Sunday nights are way too full to spend time on crap.

Speaking of Sunday night crap, I watched the first episode of Dexter, and was pleasantly surprised - okay, I was flat-out shocked - at how much I enjoyed it. I am not going to suggest you watch it on that basis alone, because from the experience of previous seasons, we all know how quickly it can go completely to hell, and I don't want to Lucy you with the football here. But I actually really liked the follow up to Deb discovering Dexter killing Travis (and thankfully, the romance plot was pointedly ignored). They could've taken the easy way out and let Dexter convince Deb it was just a one-off moment of homicidal crazy, but she gets to be competent as a detective and puts all the pieces together far quicker than I expected. Again, I need to emphasize that it would take practically zero effort to screw it up, and I'm still half expecting that to happen, but this episode was actually pretty promising?
next_to_normal: (Mr. Pond)
Good people of the DC Metro area, [profile] upopa_epops has just alerted me to the fact that Doctor Faustus YES YES THE ONE WITH MR. RORY POND ARTHUR DARVILL is going to be in select theaters on November 8th.

Since there is approximately zero chance any of my friends will want to see it, WHO WANTS TO GO WITH ME? [personal profile] lutamira?

Theater options:

* E STREET CINEMA, 555 11TH STREET NW, WASHINGTON, District of Columbia 20005
next_to_normal: (BFFs)
I haven't done a book review in forever - not because I'm not reading, but because I used to use my journal as a place to keep track of everything I read, and now I have Goodreads for that (feel free to friend me there, btw!).

The book I'm reading now, however, sort of begs to be talked about, because it's all about making friends. MWF Seeking BFF: My Yearlong Search for a New Best Friend, by Rachel Bertsche, is a chronicle of the author's efforts to make friends after leaving her BFFs behind in New York and moving to Chicago with her husband. (There's also a website, and if nothing else, I recommend reading the initial articles that kicked off the whole project.) In order to expand her circle of friends, Rachel decides to go on one new "friend-date" a week for a year. Out of those 52 potential new friends, she's hoping to find a BFF whom she can count on to be there in a pinch (whether it's a ride to the airport or a last-minute pedicure), someone who shares her interests and calls just to say hi, and above all, someone who understands the importance of girl talk.

So let's talk.

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next_to_normal: (Congress vomit)
Having now watched all 10 episodes of K Street, I have come to several conclusions:

1. I totally get why HBO pulled the plug on this one. While I found it enjoyable, if at times hard to follow, I suspect anyone outside the Beltway would find it completely incomprehensible. It's unrelentingly realistic (sometimes painfully so), but it's also insider baseball taken to the extreme. Seriously, it works better as a How-To guide to lobbying than as entertainment. I'm contemplating recommending it to my grad school professor as something to show in class.

2. It was already one of my favorite shows, but I have so much more admiration for The West Wing now, for managing to make politics compelling and entertaining. Because, frankly, from a storytelling perspective, the legislative process has the shittiest plot structure ever. Victories are few and far between - bills stall in committee for years, or they get derailed by idiotic side issues, or the thing you fought for gets traded away for something unrelated, not to mention that entire years are wasted because anything controversial has zero chance of moving during an election year - and even defeats don't happen all that often (and if they do, you can always try again next year). All of which means that not a single storyline in K Street ever gets resolved. Issues ebb and flow in importance, but nothing's ever finished. Which is extremely realistic (I know people who have been lobbying for the same issue for over a decade without success), but it does not make for good television.

3. Okay, this is what I do for a living. And I'm more aware than anyone that politics and lobbying aren't nearly as glamorous as Hollywood makes them seem. But it never really occurred to me before exactly how boring it is to watch lobbyists do their thing, lol. Basically, we have the same conversations over and over with different people until we can recite the pitch in our sleep. And then we do it all over again. And the conversations are typically so esoteric and "in the weeds" that we don't even understand half of what we're saying, and that is just not the kind of thing normal people want to listen to. Again, props to Aaron Sorkin, who managed to make a discussion of THE U.S. CENSUS, of all things, interesting and funny.
next_to_normal: (oratorical snob)
Just started watching the short-lived series K Street (can we say relevant to my interests? lol). It's a weird amalgamation of fact and fiction, a semi-scripted improv show with actors John Slattery and Mary McCormack alongside real-life politicos James Carville and Mary Matalin as the principals in a DC political consulting firm.

I am kind of not surprised it was unsuccessful, because I imagine it would be a little confusing and probably not nearly as fun to play the "OMG it's [real politician/journalist/etc.]" game if you're not a politics nerd like me. It was all shot on location in DC, too, so I'm also playing the "OMG I know exactly where they are/have been to that Starbucks!" game.

The filming is in the mockumentary style - handheld camera, unpolished shots, no scoring whatsoever (but no talking heads). Since much of it is unscripted, there's a lot of arguing and talking over each other, which is realistic, but can be hard to follow at times, especially if you're not familiar with the issues. Although, even being from 2003, the debates are still pretty topical. For example, in the second episode, the firm tries to get the RIAA as a client, and I am having serious flashbacks hearing all the discussion about copyright/piracy issues, lol (it hasn't changed much since 2003...).

While we are talking about the intersection of my two favorite things, I've also been watching the Hulu series Battleground, another mockumentary following a Wisconsin Senate campaign. Doesn't have quite the same sheen of realism, but it's very funny!
next_to_normal: (snowman)
Now with even more bruising and three times the mucus!

Well, I had to do something to top the Thanksgiving table mishap, right?

Anyway, happy new year! Hope everyone had a lovely seasonal and/or religious holiday of your choice. I'm delighted to come back and see so many people now crossposting from DW (I like to think it was my persuasive post that convinced y'all), and I've had SO MUCH to catch up on that I've been reading/commenting sporadically, but I definitely welcome recs if I missed something devastatingly interesting.

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Dec. 5th, 2011 08:55 pm
next_to_normal: (Fred happy)
Hope everyone had a nice weekend. One of my friends from college came to visit, so we had lots of wacky adventures, including:
  • mocking the pathetic White House Christmas Tree (seriously, I didn't think it was possible to be worse than last year, but congratulations, Obamas, you have now presided over the Charlie Browniest White House tree ever),
  • visiting the Old Post Office (which is apparently becoming my go-to place to take visitors),
  • coveting the First Ladies' clothes at the American History Museum,
  • going to see a fun Broadway-parody musical version of A Christmas Carol,
  • eating excessive amounts of French food,
  • bathing in the nostalgia of the Muppets movie, and
  • going to Baltimore to see Noel Coward's Private Lives.
All of which was extremely excellent. Except that tree. God, that awful tree. Even the tourists were making fun of it.

ETA: Recorded here for posterity, the National Christmas Tree:

In other news, I am now officially graduated. (I know I've said that, like, twice now, but this time it's totally over.) I got the results back and I passed my exams, which means I can finally recycle the gigantic stack of papers from all my classes that I've been saving. I thought about tossing them as soon as I handed in my exam, but I figured that would be tempting fate, you know?


* How drunk can you get at your office Christmas party? This handy guide will tell you!
* Facebook History of the World
next_to_normal: (VM camera)
Hey hey hey! Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes (I think I got around to them all, but if I didn't, please let me know! I'm not hatin' - just overwhelmed, lol.)

As you may know, this week is Spring Break for me, so I took the opportunity to take a week off from work, since I had no classes. It was supposed to be relaxing yet productive, but if I wanted to relax, I probably shouldn't have bought a house, you know? I've just about got the mortgage stuff straightened out (after a minor "OMG this is so expensive, what was I THINKING???" freakout earlier today), and I'm having the home inspection done on Friday.

I did manage to have some fun this weekend, since the oh-so-Irish [personal profile] mcmegan came to visit and we went to the Shamrock Fest in DC. Lots of Irish bands, lots of people in crazy outfits, and a LOT of fried food (my stomach was not pleased), but the main attractions were Hotspur - Megan's like a superfan or something, they know her by name! - and Dropkick Murphys, both of which were great.

We also got our picture taken with a leprechaun:

It's a different sort of awesome ladies picspam )
next_to_normal: (cupcake)
And now for the rest of my holiday adventures, which are so numerous and awesome that they required TWO whole posts (my therapist would be so proud)!

(Icon especially for Kelly, who immediately craves cupcakes every time I say the word.*g*)

This one is slightly picspammy )
next_to_normal: (Default)
Hey, long time no see! It's been a busy week - once again, I need a vacation from my vacation. I am so glad I took this week off from work, but it wasn't exactly the most restful time!

We ended up getting about six inches of snow on Sunday, which torpedoed my plans to go to the Flyers' practice with Megan. Fortunately, I got out of shoveling, because my dad was awake at 5 am (as always) and decided to shovel the whole driveway before my mother and I were even awake. His reasoning? "I was up. What else was there to do?" My mother said, "You could've at least waited until the SUN came up, you know."

I did get to see Megan on Monday and exchange gifts (yay!), and then that night my mom and I went to see This is the Week That Is, which is an annual comedy/improv show about current events and politics and such. Musical + politics = totally up my alley, so this is the third time I've gone. And this year... I was IN the show. They always do a couple of skits where they bring an audience member up on stage. This year, they'd decided they were frustrated with current party politics and were going to start a new outsider political party, so they needed someone to lead it. And they picked me!

It was awesome and hilarious, because they asked me where I live and what I do for a living, and according to my mother, the looks on their faces when I said I was a lobbyist in Washington were like, "OMG this is too good to be true." But then when I told them I lobbied for musicians, I became the only audience member to ever get their own theme music. \o/ My mom (and the cast) said I was great and didn't seem nervous at all. I like to think that my five years spent in drama club were not in vain, lol.

Anyway, Tuesday we drove back to Virginia at the crack of dawn and came home to a slightly traumatized Chelsea. She saw my dad come in the door first, and she hissed at him! She's only ever hissed at Patches! Fortunately, he interpreted it as her being a good little watch cat, scaring away strangers. :) She was all clingy as usual - she doesn't like it when I go away for several days at a time, and you can tell she missed me because she actually slept under the covers in bed with me. Usually she just lays on top. But I gave her a catnip toy and all was forgiven. (Adorable pictures forthcoming, as soon as my camera charges.)

Chelsea is, of course, much smarter than Patches, who got the same toy, but seemed to have no idea what to do with it. Patches did like the toy my mother got for her, but for some bizarre reason, she only played with it when no one was watching. We'd hear the ball going around the track, but when we went to investigate, as soon as she spotted us, she'd immediately stop. This led to several instances of us hiding behind doors or around corners, peeking out to see her playing with it, and then ducking back around so she wouldn't see us, hands over our mouths to keep from laughing out loud. :)

While my parents were here, we went to see the White House Christmas tree (kinda ugly - my mom said it looks like it's wearing a giant condom, lol) and ZooLights at the National Zoo (unimpressive, but I'm a bit spoiled by Longwood Gardens). We also had to take a ride around to see neighborhoods where I've seen condo listings, and of course we all like the most expensive one best.

This is already a bit long, so I'll save Kelly's and my wild adventures for tomorrow - again, hopefully with pictures! (Kelly, send me the ones you took on New Year's Eve and I'll post them up!)
next_to_normal: (Buffy sigh)
I've been getting more serious about the whole condo-buying thing this week. I started the process of getting approved for a mortgage and have been talking to a realtor. And I can feel it already starting to stress me out.

I think the trouble is that I feel pressured to buy something, no matter what it is or how much I like it (or don't). Because of course I can't afford the place I really want - something that's not closet-sized, walking distance to the Metro, in a nice neighborhood - which is not really that much to ask except that everything in this area is absurdly expensive. (There are condos that cost more than my parents' four-bedroom HOUSE.) But at the same time, I know that mortgage rates are really low and the market is already starting to recover and so now is the time to buy and I don't want to miss the opportunity. And then I've got my mother saying, "You're just throwing your money away on rent!" and I need to build equity and whatever.

But, you know, buying a condo is kind of a big commitment. I'd have to expect to live there for at least five years, and I don't want to be stuck living somewhere I'm not happy just to build equity. But it seems like I'm supposed to just buy something, anything, and suck it up until I can afford to buy something nicer.

Anyway. I feel like I have a lot of things to write about - the end of Lost season 2, Side Jobs, a couple movies I've seen - so I'll try to get to those sometime soon. If I can just tear myself away from browsing condo sites... (I keep checking the same sites, hoping for an open house to pop up that's in my price range, even though I know that nothing is going to have changed since the last time I checked. Yay for neuroses, right?)
next_to_normal: (do not disturb)
And once again, I disappear for several days at a time. I can't help it, my parents keep coming to visit, and they keep me absurdly busy.

This time, it was because I had off on Thursday for Veteran's Day, so my mom and I both took Friday off to make it a long weekend. I had my Remicade treatment on Thursday, and my mom took the bus and arrived around dinner time.

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next_to_normal: (delightful and delicious)
Ack. I seem to have disappeared for several days again. Happy post-Halloween! What kind of costumes did everyone wear? I dressed up as a lame person who didn't do anything Halloweeny, though I did eat a jack-o-lantern cookie. My mom came to visit for the weekend (my dad was supposed to come, too, but he ended up having to work), so we were busy doing lots of other stuff.

On Friday, we went to the Newseum, which is a super-awesome museum about the history of journalism and news coverage of major events. It's HUGE, so they give you a two-day pass, though we managed to see just about everything we wanted to in one (very long) day, but we definitely skipped some things. Since the biggest news coverage tends to be about disasters and horrible things happening, it can be kinda depressing and possibly disturbing (they have exhibits on 9/11 and Katrina), but they also have stuff like the greatest moments in sports and interactive exhibits where you can be a reporter, in order to, as my mom said, "balance out the depressing with fun!" Also, they have one of the best museum food courts I've ever been to (second, perhaps, only to the American Indian museum, but I am biased toward any place where I can get buffalo burgers and fry bread). It's somehow connected to Wolfgang Puck, and so the food is really good, though obviously kinda pricey.

Saturday was the Jon Stewart rally, which I probably wouldn't have gone to if my mother hadn't been here. Nothing against Jon Stewart, but if you've seen one ridiculous mob scene on the Mall, you've seen them all, and getting into and out of the city is an absolute nightmare. (No matter how well-prepared Metro claims to be, they are always overwhelmed by the crowds.) But apparently, on the bus down here, some girl asked my mom if she was going to DC for the rally, and my mom was all flattered that she looked like someone who was a fan of Jon Stewart, lol. (She was expecting it to be all folks my age, but there turned out to be a lot of older people there, too.)

Anyway, the crowd was ridiculous, as predicted, so we missed the first hour of the rally, since it took us so long to get into the city. We never actually made it onto the Mall - we tried a few different spots before ending up on Independence Ave. directly to the side of the stage, which meant we could hear what was going on, but couldn't really see anything except the teleprompter. The best part of the rally was actually seeing all the clever and/or random signs people brought with them. (I think my favorite was the one that said, "The people behind me can't see." Of course, he was over on the side where we were, so there wasn't really anything to see.) There are pictures up on the website.

After the rally, we ended up using our Newseum tickets again (we figured it would be less crowded than the free museums) and had a late lunch at the food court, hoping the crowd would thin out in the meantime. But when we ventured back out, the Metro stations were still packed, and it took us about two hours to get home (it usually takes me 45 minutes during rush hour). I was surprised, though, that the crowd was generally well-behaved. I did not once have to use physical violence, lol, and I only had to yell a little bit when people wouldn't move so we could get off the packed train at our station.

Sunday was supposed to be a relaxing day, but somehow we ended up going to look at condos? I'm not sure how that happened. I mean, I am thinking about moving sometime in the future (no sense in paying all that money in rent if I know I want to stay here for a while, and it's the best market for a first-time buyer), but I've only just started seriously considering it, and probably wouldn't be moving for at least another six months or so. (My lease on my apartment is up August 1st.) Anyway, we started talking about it, and then I was looking at condos online, and we picked out four places with open houses. Except yesterday was the Marine Corps Marathon, so half of the streets in Arlington were closed, so we only managed to make it to two of them. It was a pretty dumb idea to go out while the marathon was going on, but we didn't realize quite how widespread it would be. Anyway, I will not be making any offers just yet, but I did meet a nice, friendly real estate agent who was willing to spend quite a bit of time giving me condo-hunting advice, even though I clearly could not afford the place she was showing. :)

Back at work today. :( Much less fun. How was your weekend?
next_to_normal: (sick Cordy)
My parents were here this weekend - my mom took some time off from work and came down Thursday afternoon, so on Friday we went to the Smithsonian Museum of American Art. We went particularly to see the Normal Rockwell exhibit, but the whole place is pretty awesome. We ended up spending about five hours there. My dad arrived on Saturday, and we all went to Abbey Road on the River, which is a big Beatles tribute festival at the National Harbor. We got to see quite a few cover bands, but of course the best ones are always the ones who dress up in the Sgt. Pepper costumes. :)

Since it was a holiday weekend, my parents stayed until Monday. I have to confess to feeling somewhat overwhelmed, and like I don't have nearly enough time for myself. I was in New York Friday through Sunday, had one day to recover, and then classes started again, which meant not getting home until 9:30 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, and then Thursday my mother showed up, and I've been occupied ever since. I have class again tonight and tomorrow, and it feels like it takes so much effort to just keep going. It's immensely frustrating that work and school and homework demand so much of my time, and I have zero motivation to do anything about it, which doesn't bode well for my GPA.

Other than catching Mad Men (since my mother wanted to watch it, too, and I am very excited that she's so into it - finally, after me telling her to watch it about three times), I haven't had time to watch any TV, not the shows that are currently on or my Netflix project. I did manage to finish Dexter season 4 after my parents left last night, but who knows when I'll have time to write up a reaction post. Plus I still have reviews for A Little Night Music and In the Heights to post. I just want to watch TV and write blog posts, is that so much to ask?

I think that part of my frustration/anger/listlessness lately is a medication issue - which, incidentally, raises a new complication with this DW set-up. I'd like to talk about that kind of stuff here, but I want to be able to restrict access like I did on LJ. It's easy enough to create a personal filter on DW, and I'm pretty sure I can add OpenIDs to it (maybe [ profile] stormwreath can help me experiment with that?). However, I know that a lot of people are reading my posts via RSS feed, which means that only my public posts will show up. So how will you know there's a personal post you can read if you can't see it? I suppose I could make a public post saying, "Hey, personal filter post ahoy," so you know to come to my journal and look for it, but that seems... awkward, not least of which because I'd be telling people who are not on the filter that there are posts I don't want them to read.

Any suggestions?

next_to_normal: (Erica headtilt)
Well, this is quite a landmark weekend for me. First, July 3rd was the one-year anniversary of my move to DC. Yay! Second, obviously, was the 4th of July. I celebrated by going to the pool, then heading to a friend's house for a barbecue and watching fireworks on the Mall, which was pretty awesome.

And today marks the 60th day of my posting streak. Yep, I have posted every single day for two months, with nearly 100 posts in that time. This is the longest unbroken string of posts ever on my journal. Go me!

I also need to express Epic Woe at the lack of [ profile] penny_lane_42 lately. WHERE ARE YOU LAUREN??? YOU ARE MY TV TWIN! COME BACK!

Speaking of TV, I finished season 1 of Rome. I liked it, but I have very little to say about it. I will admit, I had a lot of trouble following it in the beginning, because I couldn't tell the characters apart. The only people I recognized were Polly Walker (from Caprica), Suzie from Torchwood (whose real name I don't remember), and Kevin McKidd (whom I completely can't buy as an ancient Roman. He's just so... Scottish). Everyone else was a jumble (too many old guys, mostly), and so I had to follow along with the Wikipedia episode summaries to know what was going on. After a while, it got easier, once they used people's names enough times to match them up with faces. (Am I the only one who thinks that the guy playing Caesar looks like Alan Rickman, lol?)

Pretty much my entire knowledge of Roman history comes second-hand from my college friends who were classics majors (um, I remember Catullus), so I don't know how historically accurate it is, but the costumes and sets sure look spectacular.

It seemed rather rushed at the end there - when Cassius finally appeared in, like, the third to last episode, I thought, "He kinda came out of nowhere. He's rather important, and we're just meeting him now?" And I felt like they were trying to make Brutus sympathetic, but didn't really spend enough time on it, so it comes off as kind of half-assed. I did think the assassination scene (um, spoiler? Everybody knows Caesar dies, right?) was (gruesomely) well done, though. Happy birthday to me? lol
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