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So let's talk fantasy casting: specifically, for Bram Stoker's Dracula. I know that Francis Ford Coppola interpreted Dracula in his own engaging way back in the 90's and, while I appreciate and enjoy his film (as gratuitous and tweaked as it is), I don't agree with all of his casting choices. Check out the picspam below to see which actors I kept and which I re-cast.

I should note as well that many of the actors I selected are no longer of the appropriate age for the relevant part: but this is Fantasy Casting, which means I don't have to worry about such pesky things as Real Life Age, right? Let's imagine this movie is filmed by a production company based out of Dr. Frankenstein's small Eastern European village a la Mary Shelley's Frankenholes! Neither time nor space are an issue!

I tried to choose images of the actors that showcased them at the appropriate age, anyway; apart from Quincey Morris, whose actor required at least one iconic image of his current age.

Warning: Some nudity of the topless variety in the picspam below.

Enough nattering: behold!

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Episode Title: "Never Kill A Boy On the First Date"
Writer: Rob Des Hotel and Dean Batali
Episode Number: 1.5

Spoilers. And, as usual, I got my script transcripts from TWIZ TV.

Vampire Lore )

Slayer Notes )

Characterization )

Miscellaneous )

Themes )

Giles' Knock-Out Count

Knock-out #2: Vampire Andrew knocks a cross from Giles hand, then throws him across the room. Giles hits the wall, his head slamming into the button to turn on the incinerator, before he falls to the floor, unconscious.

Favorite Quotes

Buffy, to Giles: "Oh, that's great: I kill them, you fence their stuff."

The Master: "'And one of the Brethren shall go out hunting the night before and get himself killed, because he couldn't wait to finish his job before he ate.' Oh, wait. (grabs one of the Brethren by the throat) That's not written anywhere."

Owen: "I've lost my Emily. Dickinson."

Buffy: "There's some new hoity-toity vampire sect in town."
Willow: "That's bad."
Xander: "Well, hey, they're bringing the much-needed tourist dollars."

Buffy: "Well, in that case I won't wear my button that says, 'I'm a Slayer. Ask me how!'"

Buffy: "If the apocalypse comes, beep me."

Giles: "Buffy, when I said you could slay vampires and have a social life, I didn't mean at the same time."


Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Movie
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Origin comic
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.1: "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.2: "The Harvest"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.3: "The Witch"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Viva Las Buffy! comic
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.4: "Teacher's Pet"
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I had to undergo four hours in the dentist's chair last Tuesday, which have left me rather sad in the mouth-department. Also much lighter in the pocket, ugh. It was all incredibly necessary work and involved a tooth extraction, so I've spent the week loving ice packs, soft foods, and vicodin. I also have major issues with my temporomandibular joint, which have no doubt complicated the recovery process.

I think this calls for distraction! So how about a drabble meme?

The first FIVE people to comment in this post get to request ~something~ of any pairing/character* of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal.** If you absolutely can't write, you can offer drawings or icons or something instead (meta? picspams? reasons why that character/pairing rocks/doesn't rock?).

* Note the first: Below, you will find a list of fandoms in which I'm reasonably to well conversant.

** Note the second: I actually don't care if you post this in your journal; you don't have to. If you do, though, let me know where so I can come and request something of you!

Fandom List! )
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Episode Title: "Teacher's Pet"
Writer: David Greenwalt
Episode Number: 1.4

Spoilers, as usual.

Demon Lore )

Vampire Lore )

Sunnydale Lore )

Characterization )

Themes )

Miscellaneous )

Favorite Quotes

Dr. Gregory: "Don't be sorry: be smart."

Mr. Flutie: "Don't say dead! Or decapitated, or decomposing, I'd stay away from D-words altogether."

Mr. Flutie: "We all need help with our feelings. Otherwise we bottle them up, and before you know it, powerful laxatives are involved. I really believe if we all reach out to one another we can beat this thing. I'm always here if you need a hug, (jumps back) but not a real hug! Because there's no touching, this school is sensitive to wrong touching."

Giles on Willow's creative use of the computer: "Right. Wasn't here, didn't see it, couldn't have stopped you."

Xander: "Need should definitely be met as long as it doesn't require ointments the next day."

Xander: "Wow, your hands... are really serrated."

Giles, on the phone: "Frankly, madam, I haven't the faintest idea what time it is, nor do I care. Now, unlock his cell, unstrap him, and bring him to the telephone immediately. This is a matter of life and death!"

Buffy: "Yeah, well he taught me: you do your homework, you learn stuff."


Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Movie
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Origin comic
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.1: "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.2: "The Harvest"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.3: "The Witch"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Viva Las Buffy! comic
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Viva Las Buffy! by Scott Lobdell and Fabian Nicieza.

In some ways, this comic reads like fanfiction. As far as I can tell, this wasn't written by anyone who actually worked on the series. Therefore, I think that this mostly falls under the category of non-canon. (Of course, this same team of writers also came up with Slayer Interrupted and Notes from the Underground, both of which I now want to read.)

The heart of the story was good: Buffy continues killing vampires for a while and even follows some to Las Vegas to bust up a huge ring. She doesn't know what she's doing: she only knows that she's meant to kill vampires, so she rushes in and relies on her powers to save her. She has no strategy, no sense: she relies on instinct alone. She's also going through an emotionally trying time (identified as the Slayer, lost her Watcher, got kicked out of school, her parents are fighting), so maybe she's even trying to take herself out of the picture (though subconsciously) by being reckless.

I like how that contrasts with Pike actually thinking things through: he's trying to figure things out and comes to recognize what Buffy can't. He sees her self-destructive behavior, but he's too insecure in his relationship with her to call her on it. He also doesn't figure he has a right to considering his background of delinquency (although that just gives him the authority to back up his statements). Of course, he still has his blind spots: he doesn't see that there are certain strengths a Slayer with friends has that one who stands alone lacks. Anyway, he ends up trying to take himself out of the picture (consciously).

This collection of comics also does a good job of setting up the dissolution of Buffy's parents' marriage. They're painted as a stressed family, slowly collapsing under the weight of misunderstanding and lack of commitment. Also, the Joyce here is the understanding and interested Joyce of the television show. That's a comfort, considering the ridiculous Joyce from the Origin comic. (Oh, yes, I've heard since that, in terms of the show, the Origin story doesn't exist. Only the hinted-at back-story in the show is canon.)

However, this collection's revisionist in that it includes Dawn and gives us scenes of how Giles came to be Buffy's Watcher. Dawn fits in well-- she's background noise and she is characterized properly. Giles, though, is not Giles as we know him and he's casting spells left and right. Actually, the Watcher bit was one of the weakest parts of the book-- it's just kinda thrown in there and I don't like the way they portray Giles. The Giles of this comic simply is not characterized properly-- he doesn't ring true with the Giles of the show.

They also included an Angel subplot, which was the second weakest part of the book. He's still going by Angelus at this point and his presence in this story is rather amorphous. They bring him in all strong and silent and then give him lines and emotions that don't fit later (begging Buffy-- who still doesn't know he exists-- to forgive him when he ends up vamping a man to get out of an pocket in time, etc.). His lines don't fit within the supposed show storyline nor within the context of the comic. It really just made me even more annoyed with Angel's character, though they did a good job of making ironic comments on the later situation between Buffy and Angel. For example, there's a point where Pike is watching Angel walk away and he thinks, "Happily ever after? I got about as much of a shot as THAT guy does..." Hah.

The Big Bads were interesting, though: they were Siamese twins, only one of which was a vampire. I feel that this would be physically impossible, but they were really scary and interesting. And, when one of them died, the other one had a very interesting, understandable, and avaricious reaction.

And, lastly, the thing that bothered me the most was that Buffy showed no tendency of wanting to return to being a normal girl in this graphic novel. I know I've argued before that, in her heart of hearts, Buffy (eventually) doesn't actually want to BE normal. But she's always saying she does, and I think she'd be saying that even more vehemently at fifteen when her parents' marriage is on the rocks and her Watcher is dead. (However, seeing as how I just found out earlier that this same team wrote Slayer Interrupted, I guess they get to this a bit later on. Slayer Interrupted is the graphic novel wherein Buffy's put in the mental hospital.)

The artwork is really pretty, though.

Overall, I'd say give this one a miss. It doesn't really add anything to the Buffy mythos and mostly just detracts. If you want to know what happened between LA and Sunnydale, just imagine that Buffy ran away to Las Vegas with Pike for a few weeks, then had a break down and ended up in a mental hospital for a few months. Anything you imagine, within reason, oughta do it.


Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Movie
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Origin comic
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.1: "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.2: "The Harvest"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.3: "The Witch"
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Title: Disposal Procedures, Step 1: Appropriate Footwear
Rating: PGish for the barest suggested sexuality.
Characters/Pairings: Pam, Jessica; hint of Pam/Jessica.
Word Count: 107
Spoilers: Spoilers for 3.1 in that it references Jessica's plight covered in that episode; my drabble deviates from the established story, however.
Disclaimer: Neither True Blood nor the Southern Vampire Mysteries are my sandboxes; I just like playing in them. All fun, no profit.
Summary: Pam's vanity for shoes extends to encompass her associates.

Drabble behind the cut. )
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Episode Title: "The Witch"
Written by: Dana Reston
Episode Number: 1.3

The usual spoiler warning applies.

Witch Lore )

Characterization )


They continue playing up the theme of there being a huge generation gap preventing adults from understanding children and vice versa. However, I'm more interested in the other theme at this time: that of victimization, fairy tale style.

This story is a fairy tale at its root. Beautiful and accomplished woman becomes trapped by her circumstances (saddled with a husband and a baby). Beautiful woman comes to resent her life, and is wronged when she's cast off for another woman. She pours her resentment into her child, eventually stealing her daughter's youth and beauty out of the desire to recapture her glory days. As a witch, she begins a string of gory spells in blind pursuit of her goal and is foiled by a person with genuinely good intentions. She's locked in a prison of her own making for all eternity, and her daughter, returned to herself, walks free into the Wood.

I like how they handle the theme of victimization. While the rest are quick to blame Amy for the terrible and disfiguring spells they think she's committing, Buffy says:

"It's not Amy's fault. She only became a witch to survive her mother."

This is a loaded statement. It points out that a victim can often be driven to do terrible things to escape that victimization (i.e., go against their true nature or commit crimes in order to become that which is desired by the abuser), but it also points out what can happen to the victim over time. Even when the actual abuse stops, it never really stops. It's still going on inside the victim, and this leads to a choice, sometimes one that has to be made again and again: will the victim become the victimizer, become that which she hates, or will she rise above what was done to her and prevent the legacy from continuing? I've been faced with this before, and I was strong enough to rise above it. Sadly, Amy later proves not to be so strong.

Miscellaneous )

Giles' Knock-Out Count

This episode allows the debut of the "Giles' Knock-Out Count" section. Much later in the series, I was struck by Giles' comment to the effect of, "Well, I've been knocked out. Now I know I'm back in Sunnydale." Although he got knocked out a lot, I never realized how much of a running gag it must have been backstage of the show. So I've decided to keep track on the re-watch.

So, this would be Knock-Out #1. Catherine sends a table rocketing across the floor, which crashes into Giles and shoves him hard against the wall. He crumples to the floor, unconscious.

Favorite Quotes

Giles:"You have a sacred birthright, Buffy. You were chosen to destroy vampires, not to... wave pompoms at people. And as the Watcher I forbid it."

Giles: "But that's the thrill of living on the Hellmouth! There's a veritable cornucopia of, of fiends and devils and, and ghouls to engage. ... Pardon me for finding the glass half full."

Xander: "Oh, huh, I laugh in the face of danger. Then I hide until it goes away."

Xander: "First vampires, now witches. No wonder you can still afford a house in Sunnydale."


Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Movie
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Origin comic
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.1: "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.2: "The Harvest"
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Behold! 50 The Big Bang Theory icons!
Comment, credit, enjoy!


Icons blinded me with science! )
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Episode Title: "The Harvest"
Writer: Joss Whedon
Episode Number: 1.2
Notes: This episode is technically a two-parter with "Welcome to the Hellmouth" being part the first.

As per usual, spoilers abound.

Buffyverse Mythology )

Vampire Lore )

Characterization )

Themes )

Miscellaneous )

Favorite Quotes

Willow: "Oh, I, I need to sit down."
Buffy: "You are sitting down."
Willow: "Oh, good for me."

The Master: "My ascension is almost at hand. Pray that, when it comes, I'm in a better mood."

Giles: "Alright. The Slayer hunts vampires, Buffy is a Slayer, don't tell anyone. Well, I think that's all the vampire information you need."

Xander: "They can fly?"
Buffy: "They can drive."

Giles, to Willow: "Well, then help me. I've been researching this Harvest affair. It seems to be some sort of preordained massacre. Rivers of blood, Hell on Earth, quite charmless. I'm a bit fuzzy, however, on the details. It may be that you can wrest some information from that dread machine. ... ... That was a bit, um, British, wasn't it?"

Angel: "They really don't like me."
Buffy, sarcastic: "How could that possibly be?"

Xander: "Well, the part of my brain that would tell me to bring that stuff is still busy telling me not to come down here."

Xander: "I don't like vampires. I'm going to take a stand and say they're not good."

Buffy: "So, Giles! Got anything that can make this day any worse?"
Giles: "How about the end of the world?"
Buffy: "Knew I could count on you."

Luke: "Ladies and Gentlemen! There is no cause for alarm. Actually, there is cause for alarm. It just won't do any good."

Luke: "Tonight is his ascension. Tonight will be history at its end! Yours is a glorious sacrifice! Degradation most holy. What? No volunteers?!"
I love how offended he sounds that no one volunteers.

Buffy: "There's something you forgot about, too. Sunrise! ... It's in about nine hours, moron!"

Buffy: "Well, we averted the Apocalypse. I give us points for that."

Favorite quotes continued... )


Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Movie
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the Origin comic
Analysis of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 1.1: "Welcome to the Hellmouth"
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In honor of Big Bang Land's Big Bang, I made a number of The Big Bang Theory icons and six headers. The balance leans heavily toward Sheldon (and Penny!), but all the major characters are represented at least once (including Leslie Winkle and Bernadette!).


The header above is 700x350; all remaining headers are 750 x 350. Five more below!

+5 Big Bang Theory headers )


Comment, credit, and enjoy! Here's a preview:


28 icons )

I do requests, so if there's different text you want on any of these, just let me know! (I make no promises as to the timely fulfillment of these requests, however! ;))
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Day 30 - Saddest character death

There are a couple that have deeply affected me: I cried pretty hard over spoiler ) in Battlestar Galactica; it was just so sudden and largely inexplicable and she was so lost. I also spent some time crying over spoiler ) in Angel, and I'd just like to say Joss Whedon is an asshole who really likes to milk character deaths for maximum pain. In keeping with that, spoiler )'s death in Buffy the Vampire Slayer was also deeply affecting. (As was spoiler )'s death - possibly the most affecting of all, but it was also the only correct and true conclusion to S5. Plus, spoiler ).)

However, when I tried to determine which one had been the worst, the saddest, and the most infuriating, there was really only one answer:

Spoilers for Lost. )

Quixote agrees with me, but wanted to mention another death that affected him deeply and when he was very young:

Spoilers for Classic Who. )

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Day 29 - Current TV show obsession

Quixote and I share an answer on this one: Doctor Who.

I don't have near enough memorabilia to my liking, but I expect that'll be remedied in time. Right now, I have my iPhone kitted out DW-style, with TARDIS wallpaper and Nine's theme as my ringtone. I wanted to make the TARDIS landing sound my text-receipt signal, but the iPhone apparently won't let you change that (at least not in the same manner as the ringtones). I'm also plotting to get a blue police box-skin and a clear case to complete the conceit. ;)

Quixote and I are rewatching the series now, starting with the excellent Mr. Hartnell and going on. This is quite an undertaking, plagued with horrendous trials such as missing episodes. But we mean to triumph as much as possible!

I should also append here that my secondary obsession is currently The Big Bang Theory: I only began watching the show in March, but I already own S1 on DVD, have hunted down and watched the original pilot, joined a challenge community for the show, made a ridiculous number of graphics for it, purchased a Lizard-Spock expansion shirt, and even written fanfic (thus breaking a ten-year fanfic dryspell). I've also probably read more Penny/Sheldon fanfic than is strictly healthy, but I don't regret a thing!

Short answer on this, our penultimate 30 Days of TV meme, I know. Thing is, though, that I have to be up at 3:55 AM to work from 4-8, so I'd best be getting some sleep.

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Day 28 - First TV show obsession

At first, I was sure that my first TV show obsession was My Little Ponies, what with my riot of those heavy plastic darlings and the Flutter Ponies and their underwater kin and the MLP castle and so forth. However, upon reflection, it is the movies that I remember most closely.

The television show that inspired my most fannish behavior the earliest was therefore She-Ra: Princess of Power. Not only did I have quite a few action figures, but I also had a She-Ra outfit comprised of the headdress, vambraces, sword, cape, etc. On the playground and at home, I would regularly play-act original stories in Etheria.

Curiously enough, and in spite of my outfit, I would most often cast myself as Catra or Shadow Weaver, although we were usually doing delightfully Bad Girl things independent of the Horde.

Ahem. Before She-Ra, I also had imaginative adventures with He-Man's crew and, if I adopted the identity of a character there, it was either Teela or the Sorceress (although in my games, the Sorceress was never so closely bound to Castle Greyskull). I also liked to imagine I was a female counterpart to Cringer/Battle Cat who wasn't so scared in everyday life.

So. Yes. That's how I rolled.

Quixote, on the other hand, answers Battlestar Galactica. The original BSG was the closest he could get to Star Wars on television, and he was enamored of the constant and repetitive space dogfights. And human on machine violence. So enamored that he didn't even notice they were using the same shots over and over again to save on their budget. He used to run around and make the Cylon noise and do the little zippy thing over his eyes with his fingers, pretending that he was in fact an insidious Cylon searching for humans to annihilate by the command of the Imperious Leader. He also had the lunchbox.

Yeah, that definitely sounds like a wee husband of mine.

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Day 27 - Best pilot episode

In October of 2004, I was living in Japan. I'd just started a new job teaching English; at my branch, I met and became fast friends with B, who invited me over to her place and promised a show that had to be seen to be believed.

After working, going out to dinner, and then making our way back to Ikuta, we settled in for the pilot of a show called Lost. I'd seen some references to the show around Livejournal, but nothing much more. Her mother was taping the show and mailing them to her once she'd gotten a few recorded.

An eye opened and then SHIT GOT REAL. The pilot was heart-pounding and disorienting and wholly absorbing. We eagerly watched everything her mother had sent and spent hours talking about it when we should've been sleeping for work the next day. (Luckily, we were both scheduled to work the afternoon shift.)

Lost has literally one of the most arresting pilots I have ever seen. I've been gung-ho on many shows from the first episode, but I've never been as floored and swept away as I have been by Lost.

I was responsible for Quixote's conversion; he'd vaguely wanted to watch Lost for a while, but never really managed to start. When I returned from Japan, we borrowed the first season of Lost from an associate of his and another fan was born.

Or, in Quixote's words: "After watching the pilot of Lost, you didn't just feel the desire to watch the next episode, you almost felt the need. And that continues throughout the entirety of the first season."

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Note: There are massive spoilers below for The Venture Brothers, Supernatural, Lost, Battlestar Galactica, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale

I always seem to get behind these on the weekends, and this one is no different. What is different is that a family tragedy is behind the delay. I should be attending a wedding in a few hours, but there's now no wedding to attend.

I can't think of many season finales that completely blew my mind, so let's do a short list of those that made me and Quixote flail. In order of increasing flail:

5. The Venture Brothers, S1: "Return to Spider-Skull Island"

Not only does Rusy have a tumor that ends up being surgically removed only to skitter away and scientifically engineer itself a robot body so that it can kick Rusty's ass... but the boys run away in a fit of jealousy, get "scared straight" by the Monarch in jail, and then get themselves blown up (for keeps!) by the Monarch's henchmen.

4. Supernatural, S1: "Devil's Trap"

This cliffhanger had me scramblin for the Internet to double-check that the series had actually been renewed, because it was so macabrely perfect that it could've served as a suitable end to the show. It was and I sighed a sigh of relief... but, holy hell, it would have worked.

3. Lost, S5: "The Incident"

We get our first glimpse of Jacob, along with his mysterious counterpart. Just in time for Ben to kill Jacob, stabbing him repeatedly at the behest of John Locke. Who, and here's the shocker, is not actually John Locke. That was the most upsetting thing for me, realizing that Locke was actually dead and something terrible was wearing his face.

2. Battlestar Galactica, S1: "Kobol's Last Gleaming" (Part 2)

Sharon's not just a Cylon, she's a sleeper agent! There's a military coup! Apollo is arrested for mutiny! Starbuck abandons her post to pursue the Arrow of Apollo! But, most shockingly... Sharon manages to shoot Commander Adama twice in the stomach before the episode ends. At that point in time, as Quixote says, no one knew if the show was going to be back and Edward James Olmos with it. A truly shocking moment. (Luckily, I didn't start watching until S2, so I just scrambled to secure the first of the second season episodes after I finished my DVDs.)

1. Star Trek: The Next Generation, S3: "Best of Both Worlds" (Part 1)

Captain Jean-Luc Picard is no more, Locutus of Borg having taken his place. Commander Riker orders the Enterprise to fire upon the Borg ships containing our former beloved captain. It doesn't get more OMG WTF than this.

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)

At any given time, my husband and I tend to have several television plans in the pipeline: last year, these watching projects involved all of The X-Files, all of Supernatural (which I'd enjoyed, but Quixote had never seen), Pushing Daisies, The Tudors, and a ton of Penn & Teller's Bullshit.

Here's what Quixote and I have lined up for the rest of the year:

Star Trek - We're watching TOS now (me for the first time) and entertaining thoughts of carrying it over into a rewatch of TNG and then to Deep Space 9.

Doctor Who - We're re-watching all of Classic Who at an extremely casual pace, and I don't expect us to finish before next year. We'll probably carry it through to a New Series rewatch as well.

Deadwood - We keep hearing good things about this show, so it's our summer project now that we're out of new Doctor Who episodes and all of our other shows are on hiatus except for True Blood and Burn Notice.

And my independent project:

House - I'm watching this one slowly on my own, although Quixote tends to be in the room when I do watch them (but painting or gaming or something like). House amuses me, and I've always found the errant episode incredibly absorbing.

I'm also toying with the idea of Madmen and How I Met Your Mother, but we'll see what I feel like after I've got a season or two of House under my belt.

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Day 24 - Best quote

Another difficult and poorly-worded topic! Do I share my favorite quotes? Or the quotes which I think are the best? And in what way best? Most dramatic? Funny? Philosophical? Most representative? I don't know, and I couldn't decide. Also, the sheer amount of work it'd take to ponder each of my favorite shows enough to dredge up favorite quotes? Not an attractive prospect.

In the end, Quixote and I decided to share those quotes most quoted around our household. To wit:


"Pod 6 is jerks!"
-Captain Murphy, Sealab 2021.
I couldn't find a link to any video, so here's an Ode to Captain Murphy instead.

"Bullshit! God has horns."
-Terry, True Blood.
1:18-1:20. Link contains spoilers for True Blood S2.

"Tea. Earl Grey. Hot."
- Captain Picard, Star Trek: The Next Generation.

"And what do you say to a cup?"
"Feck off, cup!"
- Mrs. Doyle and Father Jack, Father Ted.

"Bowties are cool."
- The Doctor, Doctor Who.

I'm not sure what that says about us, but there you have it.

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Day 23 - Most annoying character

When someone asks me about television and most annoying characters, young Wesley Crusher immediately springs to mind. (Sorry, Wil Wheaton.) He's just a kid, yet he knows everything, but the adults never listen to him even though he's so often proven correct (at first)! ...and it's all really just Mary Sue Goes to Starfleet.

Quixote concurs!

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Day 22 - Favorite series finale

The problem I have with this question is that so many of my favorite series have not had actual series finales. Or, you know, they're still on the air (yay!). Also, of my favorite series, the ones that did have series finales tended to be incredibly underwhelming or downright awful (I see you over there, Lost).

All that said, I have go with Star Trek: The Next Generation. I remember watching it in real-time at 13, feeling sad and yet also satisfied with the send-off of my beloved Enterprise and her crew. At that time, I felt like the finale had done right by the show. (I haven't re-watched an appreciable run of the series in the past 16 years, so I don't know if I'd feel differently as an adult.)

Also, curmudgeonly Picard is totally awesome and, while I don't normally support barking at housekeepers, his grumbling about Darjeeling breakfast tea1 is classic.

In any case, the Star Trek: The Next Generation finale was a far cry better than The X-Files overdue close, Buffy the Vampire Slayers' poor stab at epic-level battles, Battlestar Galactica's teeth-grinding nonsense, Lost's contemptible malarkey, Angel the Series' cliffhanger, etc.

Quixote reflected long and hard, finally concluding that he had to go with The Prisoner. The first time he watched it, he felt like he had gone mad. He describes this experience thusly, "The first time I watched this, I had a 102 F fever, and it was in the middle of a hurricane. I thought that I had gone insane." He continues to describe the finale as a magnificent episode with the balls to continue being quintessential The Prisoner: never apologizing, never flinching, and reveling in itself as a great, big unraveling ball of WTF allegory.

Also, he adds, it had the absolutely fantastic spectacle of 6 slaughtering brightly-colored henchmen to the Beetle's "All You Need is Love."

And there you have it.

1. There's a bit of an amusing anecdote in my continued mis-remembering of Picard's interactions with the housekeeper re: Darjeeling vs. breakast tea.

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