The Vast Wasteland

Sheila's rantings, most likely of no interest, on TV, movies, books, music, etc.

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Location: Seattle, Washington, United States

I live in Seattle, am married, have two cats (one is a genius, the other insane), and am a mild-mannered copy editor by day. I love horseback riding, coffee, reading, TV, movies, music, playing (too much) World of Warcraft, and lying on the couch. This isn't a personal blog, but rather a place for me to vent about movies, TV shows, books, music, etc. Thanks for checking in!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

So, So Tired

Last night, my darling husband and I went to a Massive Attack concert. It was good, but the other concert-goers seemed to have no concept of personal space, and I think I'm still a little buzzed from all the, uh, fumes in the theater. So don't expect any brilliant blog entries from me today.

I'm carefully avoiding all TV blogs because I don't want to be spoiled about who was booted from ANTM last night. (Crossing my fingers it was Jade.)

Also, I'll write about this week's Veronica Mars (Look Who's Stalking) when I've had a chance to rewatch it. (Drunk Logan--so funny, so heartbreaking. Loved that Veronica totally pwned Madison about Lamb. Oh, and I loved Dick's piggy keg, too.)

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

More Veronica Mars Answers

(Nothing too spoilery, I don't think.)

The wonderful Rob Thomas once again answers our questions in TV Guide.

And tonight: a new Veronia Mars! With Gia, whom I love in the same way I love Dick (there's no way to say that without sounding dirty). In other words, I love her as a character--I think she's hilarious--but I'd hate her in real life.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Monday Round Up

Happy Monday my kittens! Just a few comments for you today.

First, Kristin at E-Online (link at left) is having her SOS (Save One Show) campaign. So everyone go vote for Veronica Mars.

Second, I was grossed out twice this week watching TV: first by the vampire episode of Supernatural (blood splattery beheadings--yuck!) and again by the super-bloody voodoo episode of Bones.

Third, I'm excited by the promised Desmond flashbacks we get to see this season on Lost! Hooray!

Finally, this weekend I watched the episode of Gilmore Girls (in season 3) that flashes back to Rory's birth (Georgia is born, also). Loved it!

I'm sadly behind on my book and movie reviews, so expect some this week.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Some Random Thoughts on Aaron Echolls

1. If Aaron did kill Lilly, did he use the Oscar (hee) statue or the (heinous) ashtray? If he used the Oscar, why was the ashtray in the pool? And did he just HAPPEN to have his Oscar with him? Did he hang it from a huge gold chain around his neck? And if he didn't use the Oscar, how the heck does it have Lilly's blood on it? (That's the truly creepy part.)

2. Supposing people (Lamb) think Duncan killed Lilly, how do they think Duncan got hold of the Oscar? Did he lift it while at Logan's house? You'd think Aaron would have noticed it was gone. Did Logan or Aaron give it to him? Why? Hopefully even Lamb will see that this makes no sense.

3. Assuming Kendall planted the statue, with Duncan's hair on it, in the Kane backyard...where the heck did she and Aaron get Lilly's blood? (I'm really hung up on that.) And why wasn't the Oscar destroyed in the Echolls' house fire?

This is strange and very convoluted. I hope it gets wrapped up and doesn't become last year's spy pen.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Veronica Mars Photo o' the Day!

This crazy photo was taken in the Veronica Mars studio's prop warehouse. It's the target deer that was shot by Veronica's (creepy) classmate in his backyard in last night's episode, Nevermind the Buttocks. (Great title, btw!)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Who Would You Like to Ax?

Do you have a list of TV characters you'd like to ax?

My list:
1. Bree's son on Desperate Housewives.
I hate him.

2. Anyone on Desperate Housewives.
Actually, come to think of it, I hate them all.
3. The no-lip man on Without a Trace (Jack Malone).
He pisses me off for no real reason. Actually, I think it's his lack of lips that pisses me off.
4. Jess on Gilmore Girls.
Keep in mind, I'm only partially through season 3, but...Jess. Must. Die.
5. Dr. Evil Spawn on Grey's Anatomy (Alex Karev).
Hate, hate, hate. Die, die, die.
6. Sawyer on Lost.
He's been dead to me since the frog-squishing incident. Hopefully soon he'll be dead to everybody.
7. Any/all of the "cottages" on House.
Oooh, maybe they can all die together in a fiery crash, and Dr. House can half-heartedly try to save them but fail....

Monday, April 17, 2006

Veronica Mars Photo o' the Day!

I'm back, my kittens! And here's a Veronica Mars Photo o' the Day for you. This is a picture of the poster that was made to collect money for the dead students' yearbook spread (from last week's episode, I Am God). I'm still waiting for a T-shirt with the angel-bus design and the words "We'll never forget," by the way. Who's gonna design one and put it on Cafe Press?

Friday, April 07, 2006


Hello readers! I'm mostly better now (cough, cough), and wanted to let you know that I'll be on vacation next week--so probably no posting. If you need me, you can email me (see profile). Until then, happy tube viewing!

P.S. wasn't that episode of VM on Wednesday amazing? OMG! Weevil! Logan! Wallace! WTF is up with Jackie?! And Lost was great too. Not-HenryGale is so, so evil. I'm sad Mollie Sue got sent home on ANTM...I was *so* rooting for Jade to get the boot. Oh, and Ducky, thanks to you, all I can think about during the judging of ANTM is Tyra's bangs...

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Another Rob Thomas Interview

An interview with Rob Thomas from TV Guide.


The mysteries are piling up on UPN's Veronica Mars, and fans want to know: What was Kendall up to in that shower? Will Logan's lost love, Hannah, return to Neptune? And what will next season be about? In an exclusive Q&A, Mars creator Rob Thomas addresses these and many other burning questions submitted by readers.

Question: Maybe you can clear something up for us fans. Was Kendall planting or removing something from the shower [in last week's episode, "The Rapes of Graff"]? And was that Duncan's or Logan's shower? — Margaret
Rob Thomas:
Duncan's shower. (We tried to make that clear with the photos of Duncan and Veronica at the beginning of the shot, but they did go by rather quickly.) She was in the act of removing.

Question: I just finished watching "The Rapes of Graff" (loved it). Is that the last time we'll see Hannah and Troy? — Elizabeth
No one's ever really dead on Veronica Mars. Even when they're dead.

Question: You hinted that it was possible for a die-hard fan, which I am, to guess next year's mystery. But could you point me in the right direction? — Laurie
I can't — or rather, I won't. I don't want to confirm anything to anyone. Just ask yourself what case seems a bit unresolved that we may reasonably come back to next year.

Question: I've been watching since the beginning of Season 1, but I'm not sure I've ever heard what PCH stands for. Can you clear this up? — Alicia
Happy to. PCH stands for Pacific Coast Highway, a stretch of highway that runs along the California coast. Not the fastest way to get anywhere, but stretches of it are amazingly beautiful. The full name for the gang is the PCH Bike Club. They are PCHers for short.

Question: Will we see Veronica's mom again? — Anita

Question: I think I remember you saying in an interview that Veronica would go to the prom, but only for a short time. Who does she go with? Please tell me it's Weevil. I see them going together, not as a date but to prove who killed Felix or to deal with the Fitzpatricks... like a "cover" date. — Kerry
There will be a version of prom, but I don't want to spoil it for everyone. I just saw the first cut of our "prom" stuff, and I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I think the fans will dig it.

Question: I love your show and never miss it. How cool that the tour guide at Hearst College [in "The Rapes of Graff"] said he was from Wheaton, Illinois — that's where I'm from. What made you pick it? — Diane-Audrey
I did not, in fact, pick Wheaton, Illinois. John Enbom, the episode's writer, chose it. I'd ask him, but it's 6 am and no one's in the office yet.

Question: When are we going to see Keith and Wallace's mom together again? — Kathleen
You'll see them in a scene together in the finale, but I'm not sure that's going to be the kind of "together" you seem to be hoping for.

Question: Would you ever consider continuing Veronica's story in a novelization form? — Heather
Yes. We're in discussions about this right now.

Question: I may have missed it, but why is Eli's nickname "Weevil"? — J.S.
We've never explained this. To tell you the truth, I named him Weevil for the pilot, because I liked the sound of it — it rhymed with "evil," after all. A couple episodes later, I needed to give him a "real" name, and "Eli" contained letters in "Weevil," so that's what it became.

Scoops on Your Favorite TV Shows!

I'm back *cough cough* and mostly better. I'm shamelessly filching the below scoops from this week's "Ask Ausiello."

CONTAINS SPOILERS--Don't read if you don't want to know!

Question: What happened to Vincent on Lost? Last we knew, Shannon was taking care of him.

Ausiello: Get that packing slip ready, Brent: We'll see Vincent in next week's episode and then again in the finale.

Question: You said that last week's episode of Lost would reveal a surprising link between Locke and Sawyer. What happened?

Ausiello: A line of dialogue was excised to make the link more subtle. But trust me — it's there.

Question: Somehow, I don't think that it is a coincidence that Locke's father was a con man just like Sawyer.

Ausiello: See— I told you it was there.

Question: I shall now ask the question that everyone has been asking: WTF has happened with Michael and Walt? When will their hiatus end?

Ausiello: Didn't I already tell you guys we'd see Michael again during May sweeps? And I'm guessing where there's Michael, there's Walt.


Convince me in 43 words to start watching Veronica Mars. Ready? Go!

Ausiello: 1) Kristen 2) Bell 3) Enrico 4) Colantoni 5) Kristen 6) Bell 7) Jason 8) Dohring 9) Kristen 10) Bell 11) Kristen 12) Bell 13) Kristen 14) Bell 15) You 16) Might 17) See 18) Blushing 19) Guy 20) Again 21) Kristen 22) Bell 23) Clever 24) Writing 25) Kristen 26) Bell 27) Kristen 28) Bell 29) Kristen 30) Bell 31) Kristen 32) Bell 33) Kristen 34) Bell 35) Kristen 36) Bell 37) Kristen 38) Bell 39) Kristen 40) Bell 41) Kristen 42) Bell 43) VinnieVanLowe. How's that? Oh, and you might want to start with tonight's episode, which Rob Thomas tells me "may be our best of the year, so far. It narrowly edges out last week's." And last week's was damn near perfect, if you ask me.

THE 4400
I'd like some scoop on The 4400.

Ausiello: Wouldn't we all? We're going to meet a woman named Sara who claims to be Maia's sister. But she may have a secret agenda. (And no, this is not the top-secret role that Tippi Hedren will be playing.)


Can you give me any new scoop on House?!

Ausiello: In the May 23 season finale, Dr. Buguphisass is confronted by a patient he wronged in the past.

Any Supernatural news?

Ausiello: We're going to get Meg's backstory soon. And the season finale is essentially a three-part episode airing April 20 and 27 and May 4, which finds the Winchester clan (including Papa John, played by Grey's Anatomy's Denny) going after the demon that killed their mother. When they discover that the beast is planning to strike again, they set a trap that goes horribly wrong.


This is one desperate fan here! I want my Desperate Housewives scoop!

Ausiello: The finale script is still being tweaked, but I have it on good authority that one Housewife will find out her spouse is an adulterer and another will discover she's expecting. And neither one will take the news well.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Sicky Sick

I've come down with a cold, so posting might be sporatic until I'm feeling better. Yesterday, I lay on the couch delirious (well, stuffed up anyway) and watched Gilmore Girls and Veronica Mars on DVD.

Gilmore Girls: I've watched through the first 4 episodes of season 3. I hate Jess. I hate him a LOT. I love Dean--he's the idealized, non-threatening, totally dishy first boyfriend that we all want (but no one gets). Please go away, Jess.

Veronica Mars: I watched through episode 10 of season 1. That's An Echolls Family Christmas--my all-time favorite episode. It's been really fun to watch through the first season again.