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19 January 2010 @ 06:02 pm
Life Unexpected Pilot  
The Entertainment Weekly review of this had me DVRing the Pilot and I was pleasantly surprised.

I am about leery of how they're going to navigate Cate, Nate and Ryan, but everything else was pretty nicely top-notch that I'm willing to give it some room to grow. The acting overall is excellent, especially Britt Roberston as Lux (stupid-ass name, though, LOL!), and I like all of the characters thus far. Which brings us to the above-mentioned triangle. I was thinking early in the show that it was a good thing they cast the very likable and adorable Kerr Smith as Ryan, Cate's boyfriend/fiance, because that gives them a rooting chance as opposed to just wanting the happy cliche of Cate and Nate finding each other. But then we got a sense of the feelings/attraction between Cate and Nate, and they were talking in the bar and there was chemistry and then, bam! they slept together and I was like whoah! I wasn't expecting that, especially followed by her patching things back up with Ryan. So yeah, leery about how it's going to play out. But again, everything else was so good, that I'll see where it goes.

What I really liked was how Lux didn't have this horrifically dreadful life, but it not good either. How she wound up in foster care, how Cate found out that things had played out, it was all very gently done without in-your-face drama and the show did a wonderful job with the background of all involved in setting up why Nate and Cate do want to be there now, and how.

My only real complaint is yuck! to Shiri Appleby's hair in the preview for the next episode. Do. Not. Want. Other than that, though, yeah, this is good. And hee! tot he Christian/lion video. I've never seen that before a month or so ago and so loved that reference ... and totally get why they were all crying. It was nice little things like that that really helped set the characters and moods up. Well-done. I look forward to more.
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Arabian: Sheldon & Pennyarabian on January 20th, 2010 06:01 am (UTC)
I found it for you here. Not on Hulu, Sidereel or CWTV.com yet, but that link should work. It is an enjoyable show, hope you like it.
Lisa: kaley: ots smilingweasleytook on January 20th, 2010 01:19 am (UTC)
Hmm. I've heard good things from a few people so far, but I have to admit I was pre-biased against it. Really, I have no rational reason to feel that way other than all the commercials comparing it to "Gilmore Girls". When commercials tell me that a new show is like an old show that I loved, I just think, "Ehhh. I'll just watch my Gilmore Girls DVDs."

I don't really need another TV show in my life right now, but I'll keep an eye on this one. If it doesn't crash and burn, maybe I'll give it a try eventually.
Arabian: KaleyCuoco02arabian on January 20th, 2010 06:03 am (UTC)
Ah, I could never get into Gilmore Girls simply because Alexis Bleidel's voice makes me want pour acid in my ears, so .... I tried. (But, OT, man, how awesome must it have been for you that Jim presented with Lauren Graham!) If it stays good, I'll keep you aware of how it's doing. :)

PS: Love that icon of Kaley! She's gorgeous. :D
too much going on omg: made of awesomediamondrocker on January 20th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
i just watched this tonight, and yeah, i really kind of liked it. Lux is great so far (but omg she looks like Mollee the moppet from sytycd), and I enjoyed the chem btw Nate/Cate, but like you am wary/curious to see how and where they're going to take that relationship, esp w'/ such a likeable boyfriend in Ryan. I could see them being able to really stretch out the Nate/Cate reconnect over a few seasons, instead of doing an insta-reunion w/in the show's first season. why rush it?

and i thought it was esp hilarious that there's a mini WB reunion w/ Kerr and Shiri. dawsons plus roswell = TOTAL HIGH SCHOOL FLASHBACK.

but yeah, so far so good. i'll def. watch again next week.
Arabian: Mr. and Mrs. Coacharabian on January 20th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
Oh, I did like Mollee (one of the few, LOL!), but, yeah, I can see the resemblance. I agree that they did a good move by possibly prolonging the connection between Cate and Nate. I think they can get the idea of which viewers prefer and go accordingly with that.
Cynical Bitch: jim parsons & kaley coucounicorn23 on January 20th, 2010 02:57 am (UTC)
I only watched this because Shiri Appleby is in it (if you know me by now, this is only for purely shallow reasons, heh). It was a very cute pilot episode and I'm totally on board. Lux is very likable and didn't annoy one bit unlike a lot of teenagers in other shows. Britt is outstanding - great casting. And I love how her eyes and the actor's eyes who plays Nate really look similar. It's still a bit jarring to see Shiri being her mom because Shiri can pass for someone in her early 20s!

It's not like I need another show to watch but here we are. :)
Arabian: Sheldon & Penny - Lights Camera Actionarabian on January 20th, 2010 06:06 am (UTC)
Great, great casting, I so agree, and yes, I was thinking during the youtube searches that they did a great job of casting because they really do look alike.

Yup, here we are.
Blanche: Alias - Willblanche_ on January 20th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
I was also pleasantly surprised by this show. I went in not really expecting much, but ended up really liking the pilot. Good acting, good characters and a good plot. I haven't watched the preview for the next episode thought, so I have no thoughts about the hair.

And Christian the Lion is awesome, I always cry when watching that.
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Blancheblanche_ on January 20th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Oh, well it's certainly shorter.
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Blanche: Buffy - Bronze kissblanche_ on January 20th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Probably. At least the actors are still the same.