Radiation by Fiona Rae


It was all a dream

I really hope that Lost doesn’t turn out to be the collective fantasy of a bunch of hippies on spiked Kool-Aid, because after the Life on Mars hibernation-sleep ending, and House’s Vicodin hallucinations, I don’t think I could take it. Admittedly, House’s fifth-season ending was the logical end to his drug-fuelled self-loathing, but Life on Mars? After the initial surprise wore off, I was kinda annoyed. It’s like Dallas – if it all turns out to be a dream, it risks rendering everything that came before meaningless. Plus, Gretchen Mol’s hair was really annoying. When does the commander of a mission to Mars get time to fiddle about with her hair like that? Bah.

Hallucinations are totally the ending du jour this year – Booth seeing Stewie on Bones rounds out the set. What’s the bet that if Bones and Booth get together in the final on Sunday, it’ll be all in someone’s head as well?

Honourable mention for services to hallucinations must go to Shortland Street, however, for having Ethan Pierce pop back up in Maia’s padded room. Nicely done. I know, that was so two weeks ago, and it’s true, there’s been some Shortland Street slippage. Episodes are stacking up on the PVR like stacky things. I blame reruns of Gilmore Girls on Vibe. It’s the crack or, for New Zealand viewers, the P, of comedy-drama and Amy Sherman-Palladino is my dealer. Sweet, sweet zinger lines that give you a little bump of serotonin. Lorelai to Rory: “Did you have a bad dream again? The one where you meet Christiane Amanpour and she’s really stupid?” Zing! Lorelai on the phone to Luke: “Where are you now?” Luke (in his truck): “Oh, about 10 minutes from If I Lived Here I’d Blow My Brains Out.” Zang! Paris to Rory: “People like you. You’re quiet. You say ‘excuse me’. You look like little birds help you get dressed in the morning.” Zong! At least 10 pop culture and/or literary references per episode. Kapow!

Amy Sherman-Palladino, where are you now? The Return of Jezebel James was a bust, but it seems she’s been adapting the Amy Cohen novel The Late Bloomer’s Revolution for HBO. Sarah Jessica Parker is in the cast, according to Variety. Lauren Graham, on the other hand, has been on Broadway.

Good news everybody.

Fringe is replacing Lost on July 1; also, the second series of The Big Bang Theory starts on the same day, as does Primeval, the series with logic holes so large, herds of T rexs could thunder through. Silly fun.

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