Day 30 - Saddest character death

LOST



Um... let's go with season 6. That's nice and vague. If you know anything about Lost you know someone is going to die at some point during any given season. Episode details to follow the cut. Who is it this time? )

And with that, I'm done with the meme! :O WAY TO END IT ON A DOWNER!

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Day 29 - Current TV show obsession

SUPERNATURAL



"Obsession" is way to strong a word. The most truthful answer would be Asian dramas, but I made it a point to focus solely on western television for this meme. But, I'm watching and pretty much enjoying Supernatural, so I guess that counts?

For the longest time I ignored Supernatural because I randomly caught one episode and thought it was super boring. But then people were always so crazy for it, so I watched the whole first season a couple years ago and it turned out to be pretty decent. Then I saw a random episode from this past season that was pretty good, so I decided to pick it back up.

Sure, there is a fair share of logic jumps, questionable treatment of women (does every lady have to dress that way? Or, you know, BE A DEMON) and plot holes (HOW exactly do the Winchester brothers pay for everything?) but there are also two super cute boys and pretty decent ~*~supernatural~*~ plotlines.

One random problem I have is that if I discuss the show I always find myself calling Sam "Dean", because Jared Padalecki played "Dean" on Gilmore Girls and therefor will be Dean forever. He was the only boyfriend of Rory's that I liked and I'm STILL bummed she didn't end up with him. I'm pretty sure it's an unpopular opinion, but I could not stand Jess. The only time I remotely liked him was when he ran into Rory when she was in college and was all "Why the hell are you dating that guy?", because Logan... ugh. The less said about him the better.

ANYWAY. Supernatural. I'm halfway through the second season and it doesn't suck! :D

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Day 28 - First TV show obsession

SEAQUEST DSV



I watched a few episodes of this a couple years ago and... it's not a good show. But, when you're 11 and it has a cute boy (Jonathan Brandis was my first major Hollywood crush, and it's so sad what happened to him), a talking dolphin, and undersea adventures, it's pretty much all you could ask for. I was crazy for this show, or at least the first season. Then the network starting dicking around with the broadcast time and the cast.

But still, that first season was the best thing ever in my 11 year old mind. I don't think I started watching The X-Files until well into the second season. Both shows started airing in '93.

I wrote my first ever fanfiction for Seaquest. Perhaps it was a primer for the portion of my life where The X-Files would take over?

It also gave me a slightly skewed vision of pop culture, because for me Roy Scheider will always be Captain Nathan Bridger before Police Chief Brody, because I didn't see Jaws until after Seaquest.

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Day 27 - Best pilot episode

LOST



Pilots are a tricky business as most shows are still feeling their way. They aren't fully developed concepts and the writers as well as the actors haven't become entirely comfortable with the world they're working in. Take my two favorite new shows from last season:

Community had a pretty decent pilot with plenty of laughs and gave a glimpse of what the show had to offer. I recently rewatched it and was kind of amazed by how much everyone has grown into their characters. Later episodes just have such an ease to them compared to the pilot. But a lot of the time, the best shows can hope for is a "pretty decent" first run.

Then there is The Vampire Diaries whose first couple of episodes were so full of stilted, overwrought dialogue and boring that I nearly gave up on it. Luckily, I hung on and was able to watch the show blossom. Some shows never blossom, or they have a great first episode and wither away. It's always a shame when a genuinely good show has such an iffy start. It's dangerous also, because networks seem to have such a short fuse.

Then there is the Lost pilot, which I honestly think stands miles ahead of every pilot I can think of. It was like watching a movie. There was this grand scale to everything: the set, the characters, the story. Then, of course, there was the monster.

Guys... where are we?


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Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

LOST - "Exodus: Parts 1 & 2" (Season One)


Comic courtesy of Lost In Comics


If it's one thing the writers at Lost knew how to do, it was season finales. You could always count on plenty of excitement and one heck of a cliffhanger. And this was the one that started it all.

Honorable mention goes to the season three finale "Through the Looking Glass"... Not Penny's Boat indeed.

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Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)

PSYCH



There are lots of tv shows/mini-series out there that I want to watch like Farscape, Murdoch Mysteries, Generation Kill, Band of Brothers, Friday Night Lights, and many, many more. But, Psych is next up in my Netflix rotation so it gets the dubious honor of starring in this blog post.

I've seen a few episodes here and there since it started airing, and I've always greatly enjoyed it every time. I just never made an effort to follow it as it aired, so I've decided to rectify that situation.

And if anyone else has any tv recs they'd like to throw my way, go crazy! I'd love to hear them.

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Day 24 - Best quote

FATHER TED



Just... ALL OF IT. The show is about three priests and their housekeeper who live on Craggy Island off the west coast of Ireland. There is no way for me to explain the brilliance of this show, so you'll just have to watch it yourself.

It is impossible to pick a favorite quote, so here is the first one that came to mind:


Father Ted: It's not as if everyone's going to go off and join some mad religious cult just because we go off for a picnic for a couple of hours.
Father Dougal: God, Ted, I heard about those cults. Everyone dressing in black and saying our Lord's gonna come back and judge us all!
Father Ted: No... No, Dougal, that's us. That's Catholicism.


The entire show is amazing. Just search "Father Ted" on Youtube NOW. Here are a few to start you off:



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Day 23 - Most annoying character

DAWN SUMMERS - BUFFY: THE VAMPIRE SLAYER



Dawn's appearance at the beginning of season five marked the beginning of the end of Buffy for me. Though her presence wasn't enough to negate the awesomeness that was Glory, she WAS supremely annoying. She's the perfect example of everything I hate about angsty teen characters.

I JUST HATE HER SO MUCH.

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Day 22 - Favorite series finale

LIFE ON MARS (UK VERSION)



HEY, LOST. THIS is how you end a sci-fi show. The audience doesn't expect clear-cut answers on everything, but we do expect some kind of payoff for the run around you give us. We want answers and closure. The Life on Mars finale granted that in spades, and was exceptionally well-done to boot.

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Day 21 - Favorite ship

COMMUNITY - ANNIE/JEFF
Yeah, this meme is kind of turning into the Community and TVD show... OH WELL



At the beginning of the show, I doubt anyone expected this to be the overwhelming fan favorite ship. Annie was nursing her high school crush on Troy and Jeff had pretty much devoted himself full time to getting Britta.

Then, "Debate 109" aired and fandom exploded.

Let's just be safe and say SPOILERS for the entire season... in gif form )

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Day 20 - Favorite kiss

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES 1x22 - "FOUNDER'S DAY



SPOILERS FOR THE VAMPIRE DIARIES SERIES ONE FINALE. LIKE, SERIOUSLY. Don't read this if you have watched it, because it might taint what was a damn near perfect way to end the season


SPOILER, BTW )

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Day 19 - Best TV show cast

LOST



There are no words. This entire case was pretty much incredible (and there were SO MANY of them) and responsible for holding the show together when it threatened to fall apart completely. Michale Emerson and Terry O'Quinn perhaps most of all. Even Matthew Fox, who I always remember as being very cute but failing spectacularly on Celebrity Jeopardy back in the Party of Five days (which I never watched), pulled out the big guns in the final season.

I only wish they had gotten more awards show recognition, because they all completely deserve it.

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Day 18 - Favorite title sequence

THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR


This is the full version, so there is an extra verse. Embedding was disabled on all the short versions :/


There are lots of really interesting title sequences out there. Some of the current ones that come to mind are Mad Men and True Blood, both of which I think are really cool. The thing that's missing from those? THEME SONGS.

I love theme songs and I wish more shows had them. And this has to be one of the most memorable for my generation. Everyone knows the words to this, right?

Sometimes I catch reruns of Fresh Prince randomly and... it's a very nineties show. Though, the Carlton Dance is ALWAYS funny.



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Day 17 - Favorite mini series

ROOTS



I don't know that I can actually classify Roots as my favorite miniseries as I don't believe I actually have one, but it is the one that I've seen the most.

For anyone that doesn't know, Roots follows the lives of a family over 100 years (or 10 hours in miniseries time) from being enslaved in Africa in 1750 through the Civil War. It's a story on an epic scale, and given it's size sometimes it falters under it's own weight. Parts of the story are far more intriguing then others, but it's still a great show to experience.

I love the idea of miniseries. They offer a chance to tell a story without having to stretch it beyond it's capacity. I really appreciate that SciFi keeps turning out pretty decent efforts like The Lost Room, Tin Man, and Alice. There are still a bunch of miniseries on my to-watch list like Band of Brothers and Generation Kill.

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Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show

TRUE BLOOD



In reality, I don't feel that guilty about watching True Blood. It's kind of like the Mad Men of trashy shows: it's really good at what it does. Alan Ball has taken a kind of balls to the wall approach with this show - pretty much anything and everything goes. There is humor, horror, drama, and lots and lots of sex and blood. LOTS. Like, it can get a little ridiculous.

But it's all kind of fantastic because it's so well done. There is always something new and exciting happening and there is just no chance of you ever getting off the crazy carnival ride that is this show.

Something I wanted to say about this past episode. SPOILERS: There is no way that Franklin is dead. Does Tara not know anything about vampire lore? You gotta stake that asshole or remove his head from his shoulders. Smashing it isn't going to do anything. Though I loved that she finally got to fight back. Also loved her and Sookie kicking some werewolf butt.

Are we going to get some Tara and Alcide action? Sookie really doesn't need any more admirers and Tara deserves some gorgeous werewolf love.


I read the first book in the series the show was based on, hoping to find some of the same magic, but was sorely disappointed. I thought everything fell kind of flat in comparison to what you see on the screen.

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Day 15 - Favorite female character

BONNIE BENNETT - THE VAMPIRE DIARIES



Seeing as I picked a male character from Community I might as well pick my favorite female character from my other favorite new show of this past season: The Vampire Diaries.

Actually, I think TVD does a pretty decent job with it's female characters. Elena approaches the issue of having a vampire boyfriend with a lot more sense than a certain other brunette. Caroline reminds me a lot of Shannon from Lost in that there is a lot more to her than what people are willing to see. Even Vicki, who I couldn't stand got pretty cool once she was turned into a vampire. Katherine is Katherine and deliciously evil at that.

Then there is Bonnie, who is Elena's best friend. She learns at the beginning of the show that all those silly stories her grandmother used to tell are completely true: she's a witch. After some time to adjust Bonnie takes to her new found powers immediately. She's strong and smart and will protect those she loves no matter what. She's all kinds of awesome.

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I also totally ship her with Damon, which is difficult because she kind of wants him dead.

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Day 14 - Favorite male character

TROY BARNES - COMMUNITY



Questions like these are a bitch and a half because I'm always changing my mind. To make things easier, I decided to just choose from this most recent television season. Then it was a matter of picking between Troy and Damon from The Vampire Diaries, because they are both great in very very VERY different ways. But Damon gets enough love, and Troy is often overshadowed by Abed and his pop culture references and Joel McHale and his body on Community, so Troy it is!

As I mentioned in my Community post a while back, Troy was on the rode to a football scholarship before an ill-advised keg stand landed him at Greendale Community College. He's... not exactly the sharpest tool in the shed, but Donald Glover plays him with such an easy-going, silly charm it's hard not to love him. I, personally, think he's hilarious.

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Day 13 - Favorite childhood show

MUPPET BABIES



YEAH YOU HEARD ME.

I wasn't like all you cool kids with your Transformers and Thundercats. Some of my earliest memories were waking up before everyone on Saturday morning, heading downstairs, and watching Muppet Babies.

They don't make them like they used to - There's a Star Wars clip in the opening theme!



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Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2x06 - Halloween



Until a few years ago when I picked the first season up cheap at Half-Price Books, the only season of Buffy I owned was season 2. It's my favorite season, and I'm not quite sure if I own season 2 because it's my favorite or if season 2 is my favorite because I own it. But there is no denying that season 2 is great. You get the introduction of Spike AND Oz and you also get "Halloween" which is just a fabulous episode. It's funny and clever and all the great things about Buffy wrapped into a tidy little package.

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Day 11 - A show that disappointed you

FLASHFORWARD




There have been plenty of shows that have disappointed me over the years, but the most recent culprit was FlashForward. As most of my media consumption time is devoted to various Asian dramas these days, my western shows of choice are few in number. For a very long time, one of the most important in the line-up was Lost. As Lost was ending I was on the lookout for a new show with cool mysteries and a tendency to piss off it's audience. I thought FlashForward would be that show.

At first glance, it had everything: huge secrets, cool FBI agents, and nice special effects. The pilot was good... and that was it. Lost's first season was kind of incredible, so it's a little unfair to judge a show by that high a standard, but FlashForward didn't even come close. Before Lost got buried under the weight of itself, it was an interesting show about people stuck on this crazy-ass island. FlashForward was just boring and I hated all the characters. I made it through a few episodes and then gave it up because it wasn't worth the effort or time.

Here's hoping next season is better.

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