Friday, October 31, 2008

Any big Halloween plans?

"Oh, you know, the usual: slapping on my sexy nurse duds and rolling tweeners for their chocolate."

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Nooo David Tennant, NOOO!

Upon hearing David Tennant's announcement that he will be done as the 10th incarnation of the Doctor after these forthcoming four specials for this year, I cried, yelled, and cried again. Apparently he had already decided going into the role in 2005 that he was only going to do it for three years. Three years? Three years for the Doctor? Seriously. You are considered one of the top actors in British television and you felt it was only suitable stay in the role for three years? I understand that you don't want to be typecasted or whatever other stupid reasons for leaving the show, but you don't understand the necessary reasons for you to stay on the television series. Here are my reasons why you, David Tennant, should rethink this stupid decision to leave Doctor Who:

1. You are my favorite Doctor. This was a hard decision for me of course. You cannot make these decisions lightly. Really, it was down between you and Tom Baker, the fourth doctor, and you. I always like Tom Baker's awesome scarf, but your sassy sense of humor totally beat him out. Besides, your incarnation's knowledge of pop culture totally won me over.

2. You made Geek Chic awesome again. Who can pull off a better skinny suit than you?

3. The Doctor can only regenerate 12 times. That means he only has two more shots at it, which also means you, David Tennant, are making the possibility of Doctor Who lasting longer than Top Gear, a slim possibility. Only three more people can become the Doctor. Maybe those people will stick around longer than three years.

4. As much as a love Doctor Who, I totally get confused whenever a regeneration occurs. I am already used to one face, character, incarnation, and then I have to suddenly get used to another face, character, incarnation. This is hard work. Super hard work. Not only will I have to get used to another Doctor, but most likely another companion, unless you pick up one in these specials that you are using as a nice gesture for your early departure.

5. I have to wait an entire year until they introduce the next Doctor, so during all of these specials I am just going to keep thinking that you are going to die or something bad is going to happen (which I guess death is also bad too, but I couldn't think of any other examples). I am also going to be thinking who the next Doctor is going to be, and then when they announce who the next Doctor is, I will just start imagining them in the role, instead of you. How does that make you feel?

David Tennant, you have made me sad.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Countdown to BSG Return

Sci Fi Channel's Press Release from last week concerning the return of Battlestar Galactica:


Final Episodes to Begin January 16, 2009

New York, NY – October 16, 2008 – On Friday, January 16, 2009 at 10PM ET/PT, SCI FI’s critically acclaimed drama series Battlestar Galactica will return with the remaining episodes of its 4th and final season. The 10-week run will culminate with the series finale on March 20th.

Picking up from last June’s jarring cliffhanger – the Colonial fleet and their new Cylon allies led by Admiral Adama and the Galactica crew discover Earth to find it a barren nuclear wasteland – the finale season promises to be rife with drama, action and revelation.

Battlestar Galactica is the gripping saga of humanity's last remnants and their struggle to find a new home while fleeing from their deadly Cylon enemies. Redefining the space opera with its gritty realism, Galactica’s intensity, issues-driven topicality, and command performances have garnered it numerous awards, including three Emmys and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. The show was twice recognized by the American Film Institute (AFI) as one of the most outstanding programs of the year. The series is executive produced by Ronald D. Moore and David Eick, and the outstanding ensemble cast is led by Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis, Tricia Helfer and Grace Park.

Being the loser that I am and totally pumped for the return, I created this (but totally stole the idea from The Chicago Tribune)

I am that fracking cool!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Words of Not So Wisdom from RW/RR Challenge: The Feminazi v. The Male Chauvinst

"Robin doesn't know where her strengths lie on this island. I don't want to sound like a male chauvinist, but doing the dishes, she's awesome at it"

No, Johnny, you don't sound like a chauvinist at all. Everyone should know where you believe their strengths lie.

So you say it's Halloween TV time

Yes, it is that time of year again. The time where television shows try to amuse us with Halloween themed episodes and scary antics by our favorite television characters. It happens every year, but do you remember your most fond and cherished Halloween themed episodes, because I sure do. Here are my top ten. Enjoy!

10. "The Middle Earth Paradigm"- The Big Bang Theory

How do you make a group of geeks feel awkward? Invite them to a party. How do you make them feel even more awkward? Make it a Halloween costume party. In everyone else, Halloween is a holiday in which, as said in Mean Girls said, girls dress up as sluts with some sort animals ears, and others wear some sort of generic costume. In Geek world, parties don't have dancing, but they must require costumes, themes for those costumes, and then prizes for the best of those costumes. The show would not be complete without a fight for who gets to be Frodo.

9. "Halloween"- The Office
The Office wouldn't be complete without the dreaded office Halloween party in which everyone feels it is necessary to wear costumes and forget that they are working as adults and not 10 year olds in their 4th grade classroom. While everyone is having fun on Halloween, Michael tries to figure out a way to fire someone, while Pam and Jim attempt to get Dwight a position with another company. The best part of this episode is the interactions amongst the people working. It just reasserts that Halloween should not enter the workplace.

8. "Tricks and Treats"- Freaks and Geeks

Oh to go back to the days when you couldn't figure out if it was cool to go trick-or-treating or go bash mailboxes with your friends. The great dichotomy of everyone episode is comparing the activities of the geeks to the activities of the freaks. Sam goes trick-or-treating with Bill and Neal, while Lindsey decides to go hang out with the "freaks" drive about town causing havoc. Even though the series takes place in 1980, it is the most true to the actual life as a teenager, especially when deciding if you are young enough to still go trick-or-treating which i maintain I am still young enough to do.

7. "Escape from Witch Island"- Dawson's Creek

In an effort to add excitement to a dull school project, Dawson decides to make a documentary, with the help of Joey, Pacey and Jen. The gang head to a small island near Capeside, rumoured to be haunted by the ghosts of some 18th century girls, killed after being accused to witchcraft. Joey finds similarities between her own life and that of one of the dead girls. After some exploratory conversations, Jen and Pacey make the decision to become more than just good friends, albeit on a casual basis causing awkwardness and Pacey's slow realization that he is in love with Joey.

6. "The Slutty Pumpkin"- How I Met Your Mother

Ahh, the Slutty Pumpkin episode. Essentially the same as The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, except, the great pumpkin is a girl dressed as a pumpkin who Ted learned studies penguins and combines Kaluha and root beer to make a drink known as the Tootsie Roll because it tastes like an alcoholic Tootsie Roll whom Ted met at a Halloween Party in 2001. Ted waits around every year because he forgot to give his phone number to this girl, thus causing him to go to the same Halloween party every year awaiting the "Slutty Pumpkin".

5. "And then there was Shawn"- Boy Meets World

Talk about nostalgia. When I think of halloween episodes I always think of this. Even though it didn't air as the halloween episode, it is still one of the greats from a tv series that allowed my uneventful friday nights as a young pre-teen bareable. Pretty much the entire episode is mocking typical halloween-type horror films and uses many of the themes in horror films to carry the plot of the episode. Even Jennifer Love Hewitt makes an appearance as the unforgettable Jennifer Love Fefferman.

4. "Haunted"- Dead Like Me

A crazed serial killer strikes on Halloween, and the reapers must pick up all the souls of the victims. The busy workday cuts into George and Mason's trick-or-treating, while back at home, Joy must casole Reggie into the Halloween spirit following a session with a psychologist. Can't give too much away about this episode because it is the series finale, but isn't that perfect. The halloween episode is the final episode of a tv show about reepers...awesome.

3. "Treehouse of Horror V"- The Simpsons

The Simpsons annual Treehouse of Horror is a look forward to even come Halloween season, but the glory days of the Treehouse of Horror came last century, circa 1994. Treehouse of Horror V told three stories: The Shinning, Time and Punishment, and Nightmare Cafeteria. The most well known story from this episode would of course have to be The Shinning. Pretty much the Simpsons become caretakers of Mr Burns mansion, Homer becomes insane (Jack is a dull boy style) because there isn't a television, tries to murder his entire family, but everything is put back to normal once Homer finds a television. Moral of the story: lack of tv watching may lead to murder.
2. "Spookyfish"- South Park

South Park is always known for their holiday episodes, from Timmy's retarded turkey to the Christmas poo, but when you think about great South Park Halloween episodes, yes many come to mind, but everyone remembers Spookyfish. Pretty much the plot was a bunch of beings from an alternate universe (the 'other' South Park) show up in the real South Park (very Doctor Who style) and cause havoc. The "spookyvision" of the episode really did increase the scare-factor of the show, I know Barbra Streisand scares me constantly.
(I couldn't embed this, so go watch it there)

1. "Halloween"- Buffy the Vampire Slayer

My all time favorite Halloween episode has to be Halloween from the second season of Buffy. It is a running joke from the series that Halloween is the safest day of the year for the slayer because Vampires think of Halloween as a day of rest and don't hunt of Halloween, but every other year Buffy had a Halloween themed episode. This episode is great because it questions they what if scenario of what if someone cast a spell on everyone to make them into the costume they are wearing. This would mean small children would turn into witches and goblins, but most importantly, adults would turn into military soldiers (Xander), Damsel in distress (Buffy), and a slutty ghost (Willow).Happy Halloween television watching!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Only 8 Days until Halloween

Don't Blink. Blink and you're dead. Don't turn your back. Don't look away. And don't Blink. Good Luck.

Now Available for Your Viewing Pleasure: The Outer Limits The Complete Series

Forget watching Sci Fi marathons, that is not necessary anymore for The Outer Limits. You can now own the entire series of The Outer Limits on DVD. What is The Outer Limits you say? First I will gasp to myself, second I will silently judge you, but third I will tell you what The Outer Limits is. Some say that The Outer Limits was a rip off of The Twilight Zone, I tell those people to set themselves on fire. Alright, Outer Limits is very similar to The Twilight Zone, but Outer Limits has more of a science fiction leaning, as opposed to the fantasy approach of the Twilight Zone. Each episode of the series was episodic and not serial. Each episode having their own plot twists, characters, and story line. Each episode would be introduced by the control voice introducing the viewer to the story being told that episode.

Why do I like Outer Limits? Well Gene Roddenberry was influenced a lot by many of the monsters introduced in the series. Many of the monsters were reused in different episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series and were mentioned throughout the series. The Outer Limits influence on Star Trek carried on throughout both series. Even when the original Outer Limits ended, many of the writers and people involved in the Outer Limits decided to work on the set of Star Trek and continue the Gene Roddenberry- Outer Limits connection.

So now when you are sitting on the couch flipping through the stations and come across an Outer Limits marathon on Sci Fi, just think that you could be watching this on dvd. Yea, think about that.

Also available for your viewing pleasure:
For more Sci Fi marathon watching- The Incredible Hulk The Complete Series
For the teenager (I mean mutant teenager) in us all- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Season 2
For those wanting some original programming- The original Knight Rider The Entire Series

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

When did tv shows become so partisan

When I watch television I don't think that the particular show I am watching will fulfill my partisan lining, but apparently according to the Nelson Ratings system, people of certain partying leanings watch similar television. I could understand this if it was all obvious leanings, such as Republicans watch the Bill Engvall Show and Democrats watch It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. These are actual television show party leanings, but there are other shows that I wouldn't think would have such leanings. Maybe that is because I watch them, and I don't understand why they would be popular amongst democrats and not republicans, and vice versa.

Looking at the Democrat leanings, I immediately look at I Love New York. What makes that show more akin to the party of the people as opposed to Rock of Love which is more akin to the Grand Ole Party. I am pretty sure I watch both and that most people I know watch both. They are both on VH1, many times would air following each other, but still have party leanings. I could stereotype here to figure out why they have their particular partisan alignment, but I will do that in my head, as you are probably doing right now. Eff it, essentially what they are saying is a show about a crazy black woman Democrats like and a show featuring an entire house full of rednecks would obviously be favorable to Republicans.

What makes this list even more interesting is aligning your television show watching with the particular partisan audience it matches up to. I like South Park, Doctor Who, The Colbert Report, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, but none of the shows that are supposedly equal to both party television watchers. Does that make me a flip flopper because I don't specifically align myself with my fellow party television watchers? Should I start watching Damages because I am a Republican, because I can't stand that show? Or, should I start watching Ax men because I am a democrat because I don't particularly like any of those crazy job shows on the History Channel. I would really like someone to explain to me why a British show has a Republican leaning, that still doesn't make sense to me. Maybe it is because The Doctor wears those nice suits. Republicans like their suits.

Monday, October 20, 2008

ummmm...When I'm VP, all the leaders in the world are gonna finally meet me

Anatomy of the Law Show

After spending the weekend pretending to be a fake lawyer and mocking the legal system, it reminded me of the fake world of television lawyers. There have been everything from pretty legitimate law shows such as Law and Order (and its many children). There have been comic law shows, such as Night Court. Then there have been funny, dramatic, but still actually accurate law shows like Boston Legal (wait, I think Boston Legal is the only one that can fit in that category).

When analyzing a good law/ quasi legal show, one must first identify the accuracy of the stories being presented. Law and Order in its early days had shows of typical homicide type stories. It reminded you of what life is like as a lawyer trying these particular cases. Now, they have outrageous stories that are so unfamiliar to the real world, that you feel like you are viewing into the world of super-law, as opposed to what one would do if they actually veered into that profession. Yes, Law and Order makes shows based on actual legal trials and important headlining stories from around the nation, but it veils the Manhattan District Attorney's office as the most glamorous legal job anyone could have (ummm...).

Most shows are not as "formal" as Law and Order, in that they are not just lawyers sitting around arguing cases. Many create this sexually tense, angered, obviously not real office settings. There is Boston Legal where everyone is having sex with each other, LA Law where everyone is having sex with each other, The Practice where everyone is having sex with each other, oh and Night Court where everyone just hates the fact that they are working at a night court, oh and everyone is having sex with each other. Remember people, sex sells, and when you can't get hot lawyers wearing skimpy clothing, actual sex sells.

Even with new shows such as Raising the Bar, the prosecutors and the public defenders have immense sexual tension between one another. My friend who worked at public defenders office all of this past summer, can account that a public defender would not sleep with a prosecutor, unless very drunk or said prosecutor wore a very short skirt (said friend is not a feminist). Practice settings are essential to create a law melodrama. People don't like constantly watching trials, well the majority of people don't like constantly watching trials (unfortunately I interact with people who do). Television viewers need sex, hate, love, and crazy alcoholics (that is you Denny Crane). Practice settings aren't real or accurate, but they keep me interested in a mundane themed show.

Finally when assessing a good legal show, one must look at the accuracy of the show to real life, regardless of the content, or the interactions amongst, but focus on what the show tells us about law. Law and Order reminds us that good will always come through in the end, meaning that "good" is the prosecution and "bad" is the defense. It makes me think that NBC is trying to brainwash us with "good versus evil" mentalities when it comes to law. This I define as not being accurate. Night Court makes us think that everything that happens in a law is funny, that most cases are stupid, but that life as a lawyer could be fun, not well paid, and something that could fill a 30-minute time spot.

There have been many law shows on television, but really none capture the actual legal reality that Boston Legal does. Yes, most of the time it is over the top, and many times the lawyers act ways in the courtroom that would most likely get them in contempt of court or even disbarred, but the cases presented and the arguments made on the show are as close to accurate that one is going to get in a legal based show. Balancing entertainment with a profession that really isn't entertaining to most of the public is hard. Boston Legal is one of the only shows that can do that while still presenting great legal story lines.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Trekkies Unite

New picture of the Bridge from the new Star Trek movie.

Anyone see Harold in the corner and check out those Vulcan ears on Sylar.
One more picture

Lets follow that up with some crazy Doctor Who news


'Children in Need' Could United All Surviving Doctors
(stolen from Wired)

Sunday was a big day for Doctor Who news -- or at least for a fierce rumor fans hope is genuine Who news.

November's BBC Children in Need telethon made it a tradition in recent years to feature some sort of Who special as part of its fundraiser programming. Last year's show offered a Steven Moffat-written mini-episode, "Time Crash," bringing together current Doctor David Tennant and '80s version Peter Davison.

Now, reports claim the seven surviving actors who played The Doctor will reunite for this year's special. That means Tennant and Davison would join Tom Baker, Colin Baker, Sylvestor McCoy, Paul McGann and Christopher Eccleston for a reunion fans thought was impossible.

As for the 10th version of the Time Lord, Tennant is either walking away at the end of 2009's four special episodes, or he's looking to sign on through 2011. The only announcement on the situation that matters will come from the BBC and Tennant.

Now all we have to hope for is a Doctor Who movie and I am set, well not for life because that would mean that I have little to live for, but it would make things better. Veronica Mars movie might set me for life. Rob Thomas, you know you want to make it...yes, you do.

Don't mock me!

It's been too long...but I'm back! So lets start with...

I love Leanne!

All the other seasons of Project Runway have been so predictable, ok maybe the first season wasn't, but that was just because I was mad Austin wasn't in the final three. BUT I was super excited last night when Leanne won. Her line was the best and her clothes were great the entire season (but I really don't have any authority or knowledge in the area. I dress like a homeless person). Also, I really didn't want Kenley to win. She is so negative, says the person who is always negative. Maybe if you hadn't yelled at the judges every time they criticized your work, then maybe you would have had that contract (not that you deserved it). Also, you stole Jerell's spot. Now Project Runway is moving to Lifetime, which is dumb because I watch Bravo constantly, and I never watch Lifetime because it is depressing, but so is life (no pun intended, well maybe a little intended). The next season is also taking place in Los Angeles which is also dumb because New York is the epicenter of US fashion, which I learn every week on The Hills (did I just admit that?). Yea I know, right. Not fierce.

Anyways, farewell Project Runway, us Bravo lovers will miss you.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Now Available for Your Viewing Pleasure: Part 2- Sports Night 10th Anniversary Edition

Yea, this show was great and was canceled. This show had great writing, great acting, critical praise, and a large cult following, but ABC decided that it wasn't fit enough to remain on air. Who stared from Sports Night? umm everyone. Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives fame, Joshua Malina aka Will Bailey from West Wing, William H Macy who is in effing everything, and that kid in Dead Poets Society who was obsessed with Chet Danberry's girlfriend. Who wrote the series? Well that would be Aaron Sorkin who created a little known series call The West Wing.

The premise of the show was about a fictional Sports Television news show and the pitfalls that would occur. I always enjoy a television series that doesn't just rely on the typical tv cliches: police procedural drama, legal drama, and medical dramas. It is as if everytime a network can't steal a television series from another country that just try to figure out another way to spin some type of procedural shit. Back to Sports Night, they pretty much made fun of sports news shows such as Sportscenter using the rapid fire speaking Aaron Sorkin is known for from West Wing.

The show was canceled after 2 seasons by ABC, but after being given offers by mutiple other stations such as HBO and Showtime, Sorkin decided to go against those offers and focus on his developing series The West Wing. Looking back on it now, I kinda want to punch him in the face, but also I love my West Wing, so I guess I can't hate too much.

For Your Viewing Please: Part 1- Beauty and the Beast The Complete Series

I like when they release television shows on dvd that no one remembers. Well I remember this show because my mom used to watch it all the time and it scared the shit out of me. How do you explain Beauty and the Beast? Well if you think it is similar to the movie (the one where candles sing and dance and clocks say witty things), then you are somewhat right. Pretty much the television show was teenage mutant ninja turtles meets Romeo and Juliet meets that Goo Goo Dolls song Iris (god I loved that song back in the day).

Essentially the plot is about Vincent who is a cat like man-beast who is a noble man and lives in the sewers and Catherine, an assistant district attorney working in New York. Pretty much Catherine is over worked, doesn't have a life, etc then meets man-cat-beast living in the sewers. Love becomes inevitable. The scary part about the entire series is that Vincent remains the beast throughout the 3 seasons, allowing his inner beauty to remain the focus instead of a dying flower and witch casting a spell on a castle. So as a young child watching a cat-man-beast really can begin to get to you.

Now available in non-sewer dvd stores everywhere.

Also available (keeping it in the family)
My dad's favorite math solves everything show- Numb3ers Season 4
My Brother's favorite non-talking Brit- The Best of Mr. Bean Vol 2