Heh.

Mar. 2nd, 2012 06:28 pm
brinshannara: (you and me)
History repeats itself.

Happy birthday, Gates McFadden. <3

Dude.

Mar. 25th, 2011 02:15 am
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Marina Sirtis was on Grey's Anatomy tonight.

Here's the catch: I did NOT recognize her.

I was like "oh, who's this older woman in the hospital and what's her story?" and then...

Then she spoke.

And I was like "Huh. I know this voice." It just annoyed the hell out of me that I knew the voice because I just couldn't place it, but it was so damn familiar...

So I was looking at her and listening to her talk and then it CLICKED.

THAT WAS FREAKING DEANNA TROI.

/FACEPALM

She was looking old. I mean, I know. TNG was on 20 years ago. But holy shit, I should not have to rely on the woman's voice (with a foreign accent, no less -- not British, not Troi-esque, but something along those lines) to recognize Marina Sirtis. I'm fairly sure I'd recognize any of the other cast members without having to rely on their voices.

Crazy.
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First off, I REALLY need to stop watching Castle in the middle of the night. Gah.

Second of all, this week's show was kind of awesome on a lot of levels.

Spoilers within! )

Meme!

Jan. 14th, 2011 10:51 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] trexphile did an AWESOME phone post meme that I'm stealing. Except I didn't phone it in, I just uploaded it.

http://www.goodchatting.com/brin/lj/sounds/brinmeme.mp3

Your name and/or username
Where you're from
The following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Orange, Coffee, direction, naturally, aluminium and herbs
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house?
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?
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This 30-day thing was a terrible idea.

Day 24 - Best quote

FAR too many to list, but basically anything anyone ever said in Red Dwarf's episode, "White Hole" and then this dialogue from The West Wing's episode "The Midterms":

Chapter and verse. )

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

Well, I plan to give Undercovers a shot. JJ Abrams. Spies. Would it be possible for me not to give it a shot?

Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

Choices, choices... I guess Star Trek: The Next Generation's "The Best of Both Worlds, Part I". Seeing Picard in full-on Borg regalia, saying "I am Locutus of Borg" and Riker saying "Fire!"... But the Season 2 finale of Alias was huge, too. "Vaughn, why are you wearing that ring?" Oh, that kills me every time.

Day 27 - Best pilot episode

It might not be the BEST, but there was something about the pilot for 3rd Rock from the Sun that just had me HOWLING. I think it's a little less funny these days, but it definitely hooked me.

Why am I the woman? Because you lost. )

Day 28 - First TV show obsession - Probably The Dukes of Hazzard. I clearly remember sitting in my basement watching CBS at 8pm on Fridays just to watch "The Duke Boys". It used to be on at 9, with Dallas at 10, but it all shifted an hour earlier in 1982. I was definitely watching The Dukes in 1981 (at the age of four!) because I remember Deputy Cletus and I remember watching The Dukes the next season and going "Mommy, Daddy, where are the Duke boys?!" because their "cousins", Coy and Vance, took over for a year.

Note that at no time during the first run of this show did I have ANY IDEA WHATSOEVER that they had run moonshine. I didn't even know what moonshine was.

Day 29 - Current TV show obsession - No real obsessions right now, but I'm definitely hooked on Covert Affairs. Not sure if it's entirely due to Piper Perabo or because I think the show is cute, but I'm hooked anyways.

Day 30 - Saddest character death - Again, choices.

Mrs. Landingham, The West Wing

You feckless thug. )

Joyce Summers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Mommy? )

Tara Maclay, Buffy the Vampire Slayer (7m49s)

Hey! Clothes! )

And we're done! Never again am I doing a 30-day meme. I apologize for getting [livejournal.com profile] shiningmoon into it and props to [livejournal.com profile] yahtzee63 for getting through it!
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Previously... )

Day 23 - Most annoying character

Ooooh, this is a bit of a toughie.

There's Joxer, of course, from Xena. Drove me up the wall. Although he was kind of funny in some episodes (Been There, Done That and The Bitter Suite to name a couple).

There's Dawn Summers, in basically all of Season 5 and most of Season 6 of Buffy. I pretty much hated her right up until Seeing Red.

There's Lana Lang from Smallville. Sadly, I got sucked into most of the first six seasons of this show and put up with the ever-annoying Lana and the almost more annoying pining over her by Clark. Ugh.

There's Bill Compton from True Blood. I swear to God, if I hear him say "Sookeh!" even once more, I may resort to physical violence.

Ultimately, though, I think the most annoying character has to be virtually anyone from The Office these days. They're all driving me insane. I used to like Jim and Pam and could even tolerate Michael to an extent, but these days, they're all driving me nuts. Jim and Pam have lost their minds. Dwight hasn't changed terribly much, but I never did like him. Angela is pathetic and desperate. Michael has always annoyed me. Andy has gone from being relatively amusing to being ultra stupid. I think Creed is probably the only character left on that show who is even remotely amusing to me these days. And that's why I'm done with The Office.

Coming up... )
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Previously... )

Day 22 - Favourite series finale

"All Good Things...", Star Trek: The Next Generation

Yes, I stated that as my favourite episode of my favourite show way back on Day 6. But it holds true. It is my very favourite series finale. TNG went out while it was still popular. Some of the seventh season episodes were a little uneven, but some of them were brilliant and the show, overall, was still a great one. I think that going out on such a beautiful high note is what every series strives to do.

"Five card stud, nothing wild. And the sky's the limit."

Oh, TNG. I miss you!

Coming up... )
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Previously... )

Day 21 - Favourite ship

Again, there are three major contenders.

#3) Xena and Gabrielle, Xena: Warrior Princess



If I'm not mistaken, this was my first real same-sex 'ship. While it was not my first disappointment in terms of 'shipping (a 'shipper's life is not easy; you're destined to get your heart ripped out a dozen times), it is definitely one of the 'ships that captured my imagination. The important part in 'shipping is that it affects you, personally, not that it necessarily gets resolved on-screen.

#2) Willow and Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer



There are no words to express how amazing this relationship was.

#1) Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher, Star Trek: The Next Generation



My very first official fandom. My very first official 'ship. I waited seven years for that Ready Room kiss. It was in this episode, pictured above, The Naked Now, that I fell for Captain Picard and Dr. Crusher. That's the very second episode.

In my head, The Great Bald One and The Auburn Goddess are living together in Labarre, France, post-movie-era. Never you mind that hussy Kamala, or that devious wench, Vash. Ignore Nella Darren. Don't even think about that bimbo from his time in The Nexus. And, as far as I'm concerned, Anij from Insurrection was an exceedingly poor substitute for Beverly.

Honourable mentions include:
Janeway/Seven, Star Trek: Voyager (Gina Dartt's fault!)
Jack/Irina, Alias (I just wanted those two to bury the hatchet and be a family again.)
Sydney/Vaughn, Alias (I squeed like a squeeing thing when they got together.)
Julian/Jadzia, Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Lois/Clark, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
... probably too many more to mention.

Coming up... )
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I increasingly feel that I don't have the dedication for 30 days of doing something like this, even for something I love as much as TV...

Previously... )

Day 19 - Best TV show cast

Probably Friends. While you could do without Phoebe or Joey on occasion, the show wasn't complete without them. Phoebe's craziness ("... dance around naked. You know, with sticks.") and Joey's hilariousness ("What is Joey's favourite food?" "Sandwiches!" "The name of Joey's childhood imaginary friend?" "Maurice!" "His occupation?" "Space cowboy!") really added to the more serious storylines we saw with Chandler and Monica and Ross and Rachel. They were the newest of the group, given that Ross and Chandler had gone to college together and Rachel and Monica had been to high school together, but the show wouldn't have been the same without all six of them.

Honestly, can you imagine a Friends series without Smelly Cat or Dr. Drake Ramore?

I didn't think so.

Day 20 - Favourite kiss

Oh my GOD, so many choices. I've managed to narrow it down to the top three, and a bonus kiss that isn't from a TV show.

#3) The Ready Room Kiss from All Good Things...



I STILL get swoony.

#2) Every single Willow/Tara kiss from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but especially the one at the end of Entropy.

Here's the dialogue that precedes the kiss:

TARA: Things fall apart, they fall apart so hard..
WILLOW: Tara?
TARA: You can't ever... put 'em back the way they were...
WILLOW: Are you okay?
TARA: I'm sorry, it's just... (sigh) you know it takes time. You can't just... have coffee and expect --
WILLOW: I know.
TARA: There's just so much to work through. Trust has to build again, on both sides...you have to learn if... if we're even the same people we were, if you can fit in each other's lives, it's a long and important process and ... can we just skip it? Can you... can you just be kissing me now?



The one time in her life Tara actually acts her age, which is something that Willow, Xander and even Buffy get to enjoy now and again, and it's followed by the episode Seeing Red. Which aired on my birthday. Thanks, Joss. Really.

#1) Dax and Lenara kiss in Dax's quarters, from Rejoined.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvfJRLTNmUI

The first real same-sex kiss I ever saw, barring a really lame episode of Roseanne. The kiss in Rejoined is just so meaningful, so poignant, and the best part about the entire episode is that it's not because they're two women that their love is forbidden. Here's the conversation between Kira and Bashir that explains the concept of "reassociation" and you can tell that the fact they're both women doesn't even faze either Kira or Bashir. (5m58s, but I love this whole intro.)



The bonus:

The kiss in the flower shop between Rachel and Luce, from Imagine Me & You. (1m23s)



What every forbidden kiss should be. Apologies for the cheesy music video, but there's basically no video clips of this movie anywhere. Note that I completely forgot this was from a MOVIE, not a TV show. Because I am clearly sleep-deprived.

Coming up... )
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Previously... )

Day 18 - Favourite title sequence

Honestly... the one intro I never, ever, ever skip, ever...



That's the extended version with another verse, but oh, how it still amuses me to this day.

Also, I have fond memories of actually driving around West Philadelphia with friends while in Philly for a Star Trek convention. Good times. :)

Coming up... )
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Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Day 05 - A show you hate -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "All Good Things..."
Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "The Child"
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch -- "Seinfeld"
Day 09 - Best scene ever -- All the quiz scenes from the Friends episode, "The One With the Embryos"
Day 10 - Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving -- "Weeds"
Day 11 - Day 11 - A show that disappointed you -- "Ellen"
Day 12 - Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times -- "Attached"
Day 13 - Day 13 - Favourite childhood show -- "Transformers"
Day 14 - Favourite male character -- Clark Kent (Dean Cain)

Day 15 - Favourite female character

Part of the reason I've taken FOREVER to get to Day 15 is because I struggled with this a lot.

On the heels of Dean Cain's Clark Kent, I wondered about Teri Hatcher's Lois Lane, because I did really enjoy the character. But that didn't feel right. How about Dr. Beverly Crusher, whom I've always adored? That didn't feel quite right, either. Willow Rosenberg? Tara Maclay? Nope, not what I was looking for.

I thought about Kimberly Brock from Picket Fences or any number of characters from All My Children (Julie Chandler, Hayley Vaughn, Erica Kane, Mona Kane, Bianca Montgomery, Maggie Stone, Frankie Stone) and a couple from Guiding Light (Olivia Spencer, Natalia Rivera) and even from One Life to Live (Kelly Cramer) but discarded them all.

How about Irina Derevko, who sits there happily in my icons? Tempting. But she's not my favourite because she's, you know, a vicious killer at times. ;)

After contemplating various others, like CJ Cregg, any number of women from The L Word, Nancy Botwin from Weeds, skimming over Dana Scully, briefly considering Juliet and Sun from Lost and hell, Erica on V (played by Elizabeth Mitchell as well), I finally realized which character I admired, rooted for, sympathized with and generally felt for more than any other.

She's a character who has always made me want to smile, laugh, cry or be terrified depending on what was happening to her on screen at the time. I've always enjoyed watching her do damn near anything, whether it's tailing her best friend's boyfriend, making out on the job, diving off a hotel balcony into a swimming pool, spending some quality time with her mom...

Yep. Sydney Bristow is my favourite female television character.

Day 16 - Guilty pleasure show

Most 1980s-era sitcoms. Everything from The Golden Girls to Family Ties to Growing Pains to The Cosby Show. I'll sit and watch these reruns over and over again. At the moment, I've been watching a ton of episodes of Perfect Strangers on YouTube, courtesy of someone calling himself (or herself) The Masked Mypiot, which just cracks me up.

Day 17 - Favourite miniseries

Gotta be V. :)

Coming up... )
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Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Day 05 - A show you hate -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "All Good Things..."
Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "The Child"
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch -- "Seinfeld"
Day 09 - Best scene ever -- All the quiz scenes from the Friends episode, "The One With the Embryos"
Day 10 - Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving -- "Weeds"
Day 11 - Day 11 - A show that disappointed you -- "Ellen"
Day 12 - Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times -- "Attached"

Day 13 - Favourite childhood show

I watched a lot of television as a kid. I watched everything from Sesame Street and Mr. Dressup to Read All About It! and The Polka Dot Door, from Today's Special and The Electric Company to The Muppet Show and Fables of the Green Forest, from Readalong to 3-2-1 Contact.

I also watched a lot of cartoons and sitcoms and loved The Dukes of Hazzard and Dallas. (When I was five, we happened to be in Texas and drove through Dallas and I "da-da-DAH-da-da-da-da-da-daaaah"ed my way through the Dallas theme for the entire 20 minutes as we passed through the city, much to my parents' annoyance.)

My favourite show was nearly a tie, but childhood memories pushed the winner just past He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.



The Transformers was probably the defining TV show of my childhood. I will not watch these newfangled movies that threaten to (and probably do) ruin what was a great show back in the day.

My favourite character was Bumblebee and I grew to adore Starscream (who I never noticed had the same voice as G.I. Joe's Cobra Commander. Seriously.) because he was constantly talking about deposing Megatron when you knew Megatron could crush him if push came to shove.

My friend C and her brother B and I would play at Transformers when we'd play make-believe. We actually went through three major fandoms, to be honest; Superfriends, Transformers and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. And when we did play Transformers, it was my favourite. The stories we created are still with me; I remember them so very clearly. I remember her brother, B, being Optimus Prime and being all selfless and brave and stuff in our stories. We really took to our favourite characters and embraced them. We watched the show daily in syndication and could have named damn near any transformer, Autobot or Decepticon, you'd care to challenge us with.

Having said that, all the stuff including the 1980s movie and beyond kind of left me blah. I cried when Optimus Prime died and could care less about Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime.

Here's the first season intro.



Day 14 - Favourite male character

I've given this one a lot of thought. The favourite female character list is extensive. But the favourite male character list is kind of lacking.

I mean, there's always Jack Bristow, from Alias, who is just the baddest bad-ass ever.

There's Ted Mosby, from How I Met Your Mother, who basically is a slightly different (also male) version of me.

There's Jed Bartlet, from The West Wing, who was pretty much amazing.

There's even Bo Duke, from The Dukes of Hazzard, who was my first-ever TV crush.

And don't get me started on Star Trek characters, or we'll be here all day.

Ultimately, it's got to be:



Dean Cain's Clark Kent on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

The show went downhill once Lois cut her hair and started eating frogs (long story) but Clark was always Clark. He was just this normal guy with an admittedly big secret and he always tried to do what was right. This version of the Superman legend was really good at explaining that Clark is who this individual is, while Superman is what this guy can do. Clark was some guy, not a dorky clod the way Christopher Reeve's portrayal was. Clark, in L&C, was likable and funny and occasionally angsty and I loved him. I also thought Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher were equally hot at the time (I'd definitely go with Teri Hatcher over Dean Cain these days, but he's still very cute!) so that also helps. ;)

I love the complexity and depth that we got in this Clark Kent. And it's Clark that I really like, who's my favourite. Superman's just several of his abilities and talents. Clark was just so relatable, which is hilarious, considering he's, you know, an alien. ;)

So there ya go, days 13 and 14 together.

Coming up... )
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Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Day 05 - A show you hate -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "All Good Things..."
Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "The Child"
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch -- "Seinfeld"
Day 09 - Best scene ever -- All the quiz scenes from the Friends episode, "The One With the Embryos"
Day 10 - Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving -- "Weeds"
Day 11 - Day 11 - A show that disappointed you -- "Ellen"

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




Attached. Seventh season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's the episode where Captain Picard and Dr. Crusher are abducted and then are given a tricorder to break themselves out of their prison by a double-agent type person, and then they head for friendly territory on this planet that is applying to become part of the Federation. They're linked together basically at the brain and are privy to each other's thoughts, dreams and feelings. I had been shipping these two for YEARS by the time this episode came out, so I was SO EXCITED when I saw the promo. Which, thanks to the awesomeness of YouTube, is here:



If you want to see the hideousness of the dress Beverly wore at the end of the episode, here's the last 6 minutes of the show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi3n4sAI9FA

And you also get to see him lean in ever-so-slightly at about 5:15 and see her pull back, at the door. Oh, memories of discussing this in detail with the old crew...! :) I can still recite parts of this from memory.

So yeah, definitely more than five times. Probably closer to thirty, maybe forty times. My tape got really snowy. :)

Coming up... )
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Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Day 05 - A show you hate -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "All Good Things..."
Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "The Child"
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch -- "Seinfeld"
Day 09 - Best scene ever -- All the quiz scenes from the Friends episode, "The One With the Embryos"
Day 10 - Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving -- "Weeds"

Day 11 - A show that disappointed you

This isn't fair of me, not at all, but Ellen disappointed me. 13 years ago, Ellen DeGeneres came out in real life and then her character came out in an episode called The Puppy Episode, which instilled in all lesbians an intense desire for a toaster oven. ;)

This episode is not what disappointed me. I loved it. It was perfect in so many ways.

What disappointed me were the episodes, most of them, after The Puppy Episode.

It's so easy to look back and judge after being steeped in 21st century ideology and society. Canada has had nationwide same-sex marriage legalized since 2005. Marriage in Quebec since 2004 and 2003 in Ontario and BC. Ellen came out six years before same-sex marriage was legal in my province.

So I really shouldn't be disappointed in the episodes that followed the coming out episode. I shouldn't be disappointed with how Ellen didn't deal with the gay thing enough or dealt with it too much. I really shouldn't judge it from the position of being firmly in the 21st century.

But I do. So it's disappointing. I don't put all the blame on the show, though; I am disappointed in ABC cancelling the show after the fifth season. I am disappointed in the ABC affiliates who did not air the coming out episode. I am disappointed in the advertisers who threatened to boycott the network because they were brave enough to show what they did.

Ellen paved the way for Tara and Willow's relationship on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, paved the way for Will and Jack (and even Karen) on Will & Grace. Ellen was what gave lesbians visibility on television that lasted beyond an over-hyped, ratings-based same-sex kiss like the one between Neve Campbell and Olivia d'Abo on Party of Five, or Wynona Ryder kissing Jennifer Aniston (and Jennifer Aniston then being kissed by Lisa Kudrow) on Friends. Ellen gave us so much in terms of visibility and acceptance that it feels wrong to be disappointed by it.

But it could have given us so much more, if only people (the network, the affiliates, the advertisers) weren't such cowards.

Coming up... )
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A few hours late on this one. My bad!

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Day 05 - A show you hate -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "All Good Things..."
Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "The Child"
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch -- "Seinfeld"
Day 09 - Best scene ever -- All the quiz scenes from the Friends episode, "The One With the Embryos"

Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

Any number of shows could fit in here. Alias or Star Trek: The Next Generation, Murphy Brown or Saturday Night Live. But the one that is probably the most shocking is Weeds.

As anyone who knows me knows, one of my ex-girlfriends had a pretty bad marijuana habit. While initially in our relationship, her use of marijuana was occasional and fairly infrequent, towards the end of our relationship, she was getting high before work, at lunchtime (at work, in her truck in the parking lot), after work when she came home and again before bed. My personal stance on drugs (and drinking and cigarettes) has always been "no thank you" and I was okay with my girlfriend smoking on occasion, but it soon got to the point where I couldn't take it anymore. My stance on drugs has since hardened and I now have a much lower tolerance for anyone in my life getting high.

That's why it's so hilarious that I love the TV show Weeds. I mean, here is a show that is not only legitimizing and normalizing the use of marijuana as a recreational drug, but showing a woman selling it to maintain her lifestyle? And it even gets worse; Nancy gets into more and more trouble as time goes on. It's like a trainwreck.

It's ridiculous. I should hate this show with everything I am!

But I don't. I love it. I think Mary-Louise Parker is amazing, I love Andy and Silas and Shane. Even though I see Doug and think of Weekend Update with Kevin Nealon, I still think he's just hilarious.

Coming up... )
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Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Day 05 - A show you hate -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "All Good Things..."
Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "The Child"

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch



Seinfeld is one of those shows that I didn't really watch when it was on the air. I never liked it when it was on the air, but that's more of a function of me not catching the first five minutes of any episode I sat down to try to watch.

Seinfeld is funny, clever and a variety of other words, but why I think everyone should watch a few episodes of it is because it's completely been embraced by pop culture. References to soup nazis, being the master of your domain, "man-hands", "yada yada yada" and the like are still all over the place today. I think that, like it or not, Seinfeld became an integral part of North American pop culture in the 90s and even in 2010, much of the show is still relevant. Silly and funny, but relevant. :)

Coming up... )
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Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Day 05 - A show you hate -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"
Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show -- "All Good Things..."

Day 07 - Least favourite episode of your favourite TV show

Probably The Child. Troi over-acting, no Dr. Crusher, the mere presence of Dr. Pulaski, not to mention the fact that Troi was impregnated without her consent...

Pretty much the only good thing, IMHO, about this episode is the introduction of Whoopi Goldberg as Guinan.

And Riker's beard.

Coming up... )
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Again, a little late.

Previously:
Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"
Day 05 - A show you hate -- "Everybody Loves Raymond"

Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show

This is not an easy choice. Like [livejournal.com profile] shiningmoon, I have half a dozen episodes right off the top of my head that I can think of. Do I go with Attached, do I go with The Best of Both Worlds, do I go with Cause and Effect or The Game or Remember Me?

In the end, I have to say that though I love all those episodes I named and, in fact, love so very many TNG episodes, they saved the best for last.

All Good Things... was the perfect blend of all the best parts of TNG. You had a science-fictiony dilemma (the time-travelling) and a moral/ethical dilemma (Q judging humanity). You had character development (Captain Beverly Picard?!. You had snapshots from the beginning with the transfer of command and Data and O'Brien talking in Engineering ("burn the midnight oil").

Yes, there's a glaring error in the technological side of the plot; the anomaly isn't created by three beams from three Enterprises. There's two Enterprises and a Pasteur.

Yes, it's kind of mushy in parts.

But ultimately, Star Trek: The Next Generation wasn't a science fiction show. It was a show about humanity and the human condition. All Good Things... makes us laugh and I still cry at the end. It's a great rollercoaster, a great ride, and an amazing episode overall.

Also, the stardate 47988 is totally stuck in my head because of this episode and has been part of various passwords of mine since 1994. :)

Coming up... )
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Previously:
Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled -- "The Five Mrs. Buchanans"
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -- "The Big Bang Theory"
Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this season) -- "V"
Day 04 - Your favourite show ever -- "Star Trek: The Next Generation"

Day 05 - A show you hate



I hate Everybody Loves Raymond. I don't know why, really. I don't think Ray Romano is funny at all. I don't even like Peter Boyle in his role on this show, although I adored him in The X-Files episode entitled "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose" and various other roles.

I would rather watch Wheel of Fortune (another on my list of hated shows) than this one. Just not my style, I guess.

Coming up... )

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