this show is clever

Criminal Minds: 12x18
  • Rossi - the only father figure Reid has left 😿 
  • I guess when Reid is gone, they just give lines about really random things to another agent?
  • JJ’s so good with parents. I really love seeing her shine in that role.
  • Walker has a teenage daughter? How old is he??
  • I really loved the plot with the unsub, but there was no profiling??? What was his name? Why did he do this? What behavior did they look at?? Plz satisfy my poor psychology major heart.
  • Calvin Shaw is shady as heck. 
  • I really admire the writers for trying to do this longterm plot line, but I feel like they’re really struggling to pull the weight of both an “unsub of the week” and a “Reid’s Shawshank Redemption” in every episode. In the great words of the wise Ron Swanson:  Don’t half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.
  • Okay that was probably really clever because it shows him who used the supply and who was in on it but -

This season got real dark real fast. Please get my baby out of there before he becomes an unsub!

It continually baffles me that Elementary isn’t mentioned very often on tumblr. It’s like four seasons of televised, well-done Sherlock Holmes fanfiction. Just for starters:

  • It casts the criminally under-appreciated Lucy Liu as the show’s version of Watson
  • The show’s creator has been holding the line for four years that Sherlock and Joan will NOT hook up because “it’s too easy,” and the show “doesn’t need it.”
  • It doesn’t downplay Sherlock’s (canonical) addiction to heroin, and in fact turns his recovery and continued sobriety into an issue he constantly struggles with
  • Sherlock’s character is well-balanced as a rude, arrogant, anti-social misanthrope who is still capable of being kind and treats those few he considers friends with respect
  • Likewise, Joan is intensely empathetic and nurturing to people in need, but does not tolerate bullshit (Sherlock’s especially) and is perfectly capable of beating up grown man a hundred pounds heavier than her with a police-baton
  • Sherlock teaches Joan cane-fighting (a fighting style he had in the books), and is an avid beekeeper (another detail from the books)
  • Sherlock and Joan share a pet turtle named Clyde. He paints.
  • The cast orbiting Sherlock and Joan are diverse, three dimensional, and exist as more than cannon fodder for Sherlock to prove his superiority at every turn.
  • Ms. Hudson is a trans woman (played by a trans actress) that cleans up Sherlock and Joan’s place when she’s not cohabitating with her sugar daddies
  • The mysteries are pretty cool and creative detective stories
  • Lucy Liu herself has said that a non-sexual relationship is more “dynamic” and “interesting” to play and considers the lack of romance between them a “sacred” part of the characters
  • The show is unabashedly practical when it comes to sexuality: Sherlock has arrangements with women that are non-romantic but respectful, and has suggested that Joan is “dissatisfied” with traditional relationships and might be more inclined to an open or even polyamorous relationship
  • I can’t even ruin it but just…Moriarty is magnificent
  • Again: a male and a female lead in a deep, significant platonic relationship based on mutual respect.
ELI5: Why people say "pardon my French" right before/after they swear?

In the early 19th century, intellectuals and those well-traveled would often drop French words into the conversation to show how clever they were. They would then point out that the word they had just used was French, often to embarrass someone nearby who was less fluent in the language.

To counter this, the less well-traveled (often poorer) people would, after swearing, loudly proclaim, towards those that had previously used French in the conversation, “Pardon my French.” - The latter stuck.

Explain Like I`m Five: good questions, best answers.

Why is SKAM so popular,

you may ask.

If you’re new or feel the same, read this:

1. This show is super clever. You have to pay attention to every little detail, cause everything is for a reason.

2. It is from Norway. You haven’t heard much about what Norway is like, have you? 

Neither have I. But now I think I’m falling in love with it when I start knowing more and more about this beautiful country.

3. It is happening live. YES, by LIVE I mean you get messages characters exchange and little parts of the episode which airs on fridays. You get these clues live like it was happening right now. And through the whole week almost everyday you get new clues.

4. Beautiful styling. Norwegian teenagers dress like they are taught that in school but you’ll never see expensive clothing or a new dress every freaking scene. They wear the same clothes combining them and looking incredible.

5. This TV show is KIND. Although characters make mistakes as if they were REAL people, they learn, grow and change. Real bad shit happens to them but they find their way out. They TEACH US.

6. The last but not least: ACTING SKILLS. These little young people act like they have been actors for a century. I’m honestly amazed by each one of them. They act 100 times better than hollywood stars of their age. 

And I hope that after this show’s success they get discovered.

That is why it cannot and must not be copied in ANY remakes.

Thank you.

So, in episode 7 of Legion, the very American David (played by the very British Dan Stevens) imagines a second, more rational version of himself…who happens to be British. Then while in conversation the American David imitates a British accent poorly and the British David mocks him for it.
Is it any wonder I usually need a Tylenol after watching this show?
Headaches aside that was super clever meta.

lemony snicket is the anti-snape. he loved Beatrice, but when she rejected him he accepted it and when her and her husband died he spent his life trying to keep her children safe all while showing how clever and incredible they all were.

I can't believe I have to clear this off...

…but let’s make one thing clear ok?:

Dark & Edgy (or Deconstructive) storytelling =\= Clever Writing


Happy & Idealistic themes =\= Dumbed down writing


Cynism/Idealism Scale is not inherent to the quality or cleverness of ANY writing.

A dark show can still be stupid or have poor quality or lighthearted and cute show can be a master piece, the key word here being could.

(It’s also fine to prefer one tone over another but again is NOT related to its quality as media)

Anyway here is an itemised list of the reasons why I’m loving Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries so much:

  1. Miss Fisher is obviously a badass but also she’s not young! She’s Of A Certain Age and she still lands the absolute hottest dudes. The hottest dudes. The hottest dudes
  2. It’s the Carousing Good Guy trope but a lady!
  3. Her lady-loving doctor friend Mac wears the most wonderful suits and she is amazing and I want to kiss her
  4. What kind of a name is Phrynie. It’s absurd
  5. Super old-school anti-procedural. Like Jonathan Creek but without all the British cringiness. Like Star Trek but instead of space stuff it’s murders and instead of space it’s set in Australia.
  6. I didn’t even know Australia had a ‘20s until I watched this show. Upon closer study, it seems plausible
  7. Miss Fisher is absolutely ruthless, clever, dangerous, insightful, and willing to go to any length to solve her case - including playing any number of fanciful parts, scaling large buildings, getting herself nearly poisoned to death, and otherwise putting herself in physical and emotional danger - and she does all this without having to sacrifice her love of pretty things. She scales those buildings in beautiful hand-tooled Italian heels. She is always impeccably, gorgeously dressed, and doesn’t ever change that about herself, even when she starts being taken more seriously by the police force or when she is doing serious detective work like interviewing wicked murderers or hunting for the man who killed her sister. Miss Fisher is only ever entirely herself.
  8. She adopts strays like no one’s business.
  9. There’s something very appealing about the story of a woman who has seen terrible, gruesome things, decided afterwards to dedicate her life entirely to pleasure, and then (almost despite herself) ended up becoming a philanthropist and a den mother and a doer-of-good. I have seen this story many many many (many, many) times from a male perspective, but not so often from a female viewpoint, and Miss Fisher does it without ever begrudging what she’s become. She’s infinitely more graceful than every other good-guy-against-his-better-judgment story I’ve watched or read.
  10. THE END

WOW has it really been 7 years since I drew anything Invader Zim related? I was going through an IZ phase at the with IZ appearing on Nicktoons and I loved Gir to death. Looking back at the show now, It’s aged very well and way more funny than I remember! Invader Zim, Clone High and Chowder are my top favorite shows with clever writing!

‘Falling’ for the ‘fraud’

You know, something I’ve always liked about sherlock was how well it integrated into the modern world. Though sherlock is an insane genius, their story always seemed somewhat feasible. Yes, the moriarty plot was intricate and bold, but it still worked? It still felt real? The whole concept of Sherrinford and eurus is just SO out there and entirely unrealistic- making sherlock feel like a fantasy for the first time.

and then I think that maybe this was intentional? Just as how moriarty set out to expose sherlock as a fraud- to discredit his genius and the magnificent crimes he had solved. Destroying not just sherlock, but his entire image. To me, that’s what TFP seems to be doing to the entire BBC Sherlock franchise…it is so unlike everything we had seen up until this point. The one episode seems to discredit the magnificence and realism of the entire story, that the show wasn’t as wonderful or as clever as we thought, that the writers and producers were not making subtle script/set suggestions. WE are now saying the show isn’t clever, that moftiss wasn’t as smart as we thought, that they drew us in only to lie and cheapen the plot….JUST AS the public did as a build up to and result of TRF. Moriarty convinced the public that sherlock was a fraud, and sherlock did not try to defend himself, he let it happen. TFP convinced us all that BBC Sherlock/moftiss were not as clever as we thought…and they have not responded, staying silent, letting it happen. 

From BBC Sherlock, Post TRF:

Post TFP:

Need I say more…?


Gonna be honest though, without the new season coming soon, I would have probably never heard of this show ever. BUT BOI IS IT GOOD !! 

It’s honestly one of the most clever shows I’ve ever seen, there are a LOT of silent moments when the animators completely understood this “show don’t tell” motto and I LOVE THAT !! (also, I’m in love with Aku’s design, like it’s so good ???!!)

I’m currently halfway into season one and the only thing I wanna say is: seriously Jack, you’re in the future and everyone wants to kill you, stop trusting everyone.  

I know that the majority of people hate it… but Sonic Boom is one of my favorite shows of all time.

Not only is it wonderfully clever while still managing to be simplistic, the characters are hilarious, and it is wonderful at cheering me up whenever I’m down. Whenever I start feeling just a little too angsty for my liking, I go to Sonic Boom for support.

Originally posted by shinyfroakie

Like this gives me actual joy.

Life suddenly seems a little brighter knowing that Sonic Boom is around, a glimmering gem in the middle of all the hate and negativity. The show doesn’t let other people get it down. It keeps going strong.

And that’s something I admire about it.

Also, it gave us this.

  • random person: *compares Donald Trump to Voldemort*
  • me: YESSSSS.
  • my thoughts: Except he's not a Slytherin -- he's impulsive, rash, hot-tempered, and puts a lot of value on his public image and how people see he shows no resourcefulness, self-preservation, or loyalty to his inner-circle, since he had multiple divorces and only seems focused on himself. So basically he's an evil Gryffindor! ...Wait. What about Hillary? SHE shows resourcefulness, cleverness, and loyalty to her inner she is methodical in her decision-making, can be incredibly flexible, and will kiss up to people to get her way. And of course she was vilified by people who mistook her cleverness for deviousness--OH MY GOD, HILLARY IS A GOOD SLYTHERIN HOLY COW.

Guys I just

fuckin’ love Pushing Daisies

I mean first of all, it’s a lighthearted, whimsical, colorful, romantic show about a necromancer who resurrects murder victims, asks who killed them, kills them again and then collects the reward money

And the color palette is so bright and jovial, and everyone has fun jobs like lighthouse keeping, candy making, dog show hosting, horse racing, scratch ‘n sniff book making… It’s such a fun world

Chuck and Ned have the most wholesome romance on TV, their entire relationship is just “Hi, I’m here to genuinely love and support you and discuss our problems in a healthy manner because I want you in my life”

And even though Ned can’t touch Chuck, that’s actually… not really a drama point on the show?? You would think that with their predicament, it would be a hugely angsty and dramatic element of the show, but they pretty much exclusively use it as a device to show how clever they are at overcoming their unique situation

The dialogue is just so fucking clever?? I still reference the show regularly, and it was cancelled in 2009! They took every opportunity for witty, unique dialogue and boy, did they use it

And we get the perfect balance of Ned not wanting to abuse his abilities and completely abusing them for mundane reasons. He totally uses his powers for money - both by the aforementioned murderer catching and by buying rotten fruit on the cheap to “resurrect” into ripe fruit for his pies (what a clever man, bless)

And you could easily argue that Ned is asexual (b l e s s)

I just love this show

WTF was all this about?

If Redbeard is Sherlock’s memory of his dead best friend Victor Trevor (who was murdered by Sherlock’s sister) turned into a dog… why Vernet? Why all those mathematical formulas? Why the date 6/1/74? Or the Hex colour #611174?

We never get to see John’s note but we are shown this? Why?

Is it soooo funny to fool your audience, sending them on wild goose chases? Usually, in a Sherlock Holmes story, the reader has a chance to figure it out, but we hadn’t, because they simply led us on to feel clever. They showed us stuff that meant nothing at all. And that isn’t clever, that’s just unfair. An audience doesn’t like it to be fooled. Especially when there is no punch line to it. It hyped our expectations for a clever reveal that wasn’t delivered. Instead, they played their arrogant game with us. How much do you have to hate your audience to deliberately take the piss like this?

God, I hate this so much!