I do wish I'd bothered to go out and look at the lunar eclipse last night, now I've seen everyone's photos of it this morning. I was vaguely aware of it, but didn't quite register that it was actually going to be a total eclipse, at a perfectly civilised hour of the evening. Oh well - your photos were good, anyway, all of you.
This morning I saw the episode of Angel from season five where he turns into a puppet. Lots of fun. I am really loving season five, actually. I know some people think it went a bit off the rails there - especially people who don't like Harmony. But I love Harmony, and I love the general tongue-in-cheek feel of season five as a whole. It's reminding me quite a lot of Hercules: the Legendary Journeys. There's a lot to be said for a series whose format is well-enough established to start playing around with it a bit - and while I know it can be overdone, I think Angel had very much earnt the right by season five. I've still got quite a lot of it to go, and I know some quite Dark Things happen later on. But that's all good for the balance, and overall it feels so far like a good way for the series to go out.
On a similar note, I also saw the episode at the end of season two of House where he gets shot on Monday. Sheer brilliance. And it's interesting how often format-breaking episodes like these are actually used very successfully to push the overall plot-arc of a series along. Like the way Singing Buffy brings out important revelations about Anya and Xander's relationship, as well as Willow and Tara's. Similarly, Angel-as-puppet is finally able to act on his attraction to Nina-werewolf, in a way that regular Angel can't (not to mention what's happening meanwhile between Wesley and Fred), and House's hallucinations after being shot cause him to request a treatment that will (temporarily, I know) remove the pain in his leg, and to adopt a more sensitive approach to his patients. Three cheers for all that.
Right. Now I am going to spend the rest of the day catching up with my Italian. We're supposed to hand in homework every couple of weeks, but I think I've done so about twice so far over the whole course. Bad Penny!