infinitejest: (lost: don't tell locke)
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 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 20 - Favorite kiss

To figure this one out, I first reflected: Which kisses do I actually remember from various television shows?

The answer is: not many. Well. I remember plenty of kisses from True Blood but, to be fair, I've watched that recently and there are so very many of them. I also remember many of the kisses from Pushing Daisies, probably due in no little part to the involved conceit and them all taking place through plastic film.

I dredged up a few that I feel are important on a not-very-involved level, like the culmination of Scully and Mulder's relationship or how sweet and beautifully understated the Roslin/Adama kiss was after so much waiting.

But there were only two that really struck me with a thrill to think of even now, and it is these that must be my favorites. One of those is the Spike/Buffy kiss of S6... er, the one in the house that fell down. This is potentially not a popular opinion, and the whole season was problematic on a number of levels. Also, I don't have the wrist-resilience to really get into a proper discussion about it, so let's leave that one alone.

Therefore, my favorite kiss would be:

Spoilers for Veronica Mars S1! )

Quixote insists he has no answer for this question.

P.S. Ack, I almost forgot the Nine/Rose kiss...! However, my feelings on that one are complicated by wishing she'd had a better one with Ten and twisting in complete irritation over how RTD set that whole situation up. So, not an unvarnished favorite right now.

30 Days of TV: The List )
infinitejest: (doctor who: mad man)
Day 14 - Favorite male character

This was surprisingly not as difficult as I might have imagined. As I refected, I did come up with several candidates: Security Chief Michael Garibaldi, Ambassador G'kar, Number 6, Fox Mulder, Admiral William Adama, Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Dean Winchester, Castiel, Emerson Cod, Brock Samson, Abed, Captain Murphy, and so on. But, really, one male in particular occured to me that just left all the others as distant seconds.

The Doctor. He's brilliant; is there really anything else to say?

The illustration above is done by Paul Hanley, and you can see the original here. He's also done one with the Valeyard that I quite like.

Quixote agrees with me, but he's stipulated that two others must be mentioned as close runners-up:

Quixote's two other choices... )

30 Days of TV: The List )
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Day 13 - Favorite childhood show

I missed posting this yesterday thanks to the aforementioned chronic health condition; in fact, it's kicking my ass right now. Dizzy spells, pain, and nausea != good times, by the way, but at least the Internet is a fascinating place and can provide some distraction.

Much like in my response to "favorite show ever," I can't tell you one show I watched as a lass that is inarguably my favorite ever. Instead, I'm going to list the several I favored between the ages of 4-13ish. Also, I'm interpreting this as "favorite shows as a child" rather than "favorite shows meant for children while a child":

Batman: The Animated Series
Count Duckula
Darkwing Duck
Doctor Who
GI Joe: A Real American Hero
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Inspector Gadget
My Little Pony
She-Ra: Princess of Power
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The A-Team
The Pirates of Dark Water
The Transformers

Sort of in-between childhood and teenager-dom, I would add Quantum Leap, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Deep Space Nine as favorite programs.

I'm probably forgetting shows that should be on this list, and I'm consciously leaving off Mr. Roger's Neighborhood and Sesame Street because I don't remember them so well.

As for Quixote? He's spent a long time arguing among Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, The A-Team, Buck Rogers, and Doctor Who. So I've just made him list all of them. ;)

30 Days of TV: The List )
infinitejest: (doctor who: bad wolf)
Day 09 - Best scene ever

I feel like I should be prefacing each of these posts with the reminder that my answers are constrained by what I can remember when I sit down to do this meme. I do put a good measure of thought into each question, going down the lists of my favorite or important television shows, probing my memory for "best scene ever" examples, for example. But I don't have an eidetic memory, so I have to rely on whatever my mental net can pull out of the mess of my media memory at the present. I'm sure if I had longer to ponder the question, I'd come up with more or different answers; however, with an on-and-off 24-hour consideration here in the summer of 2010, this is what I came up with.

Also, I have chosen to interpret "best scene ever" as "coolest, most bad-ass (optionally hilarious) scene ever."

I think I'll go with a top 5.

Note: I've included links to these scenes where possible for those who want to relive them; if you haven't seen the episodes in the first place, however, I don't recommend watching them out of context!

5. Mal first demonstrates his unique brand of negotiating in Firefly.
This is one of those quintessential scenes from the second episode ("The Train Job") of Firefly that firmly demonstrates these protagonists are not entirely Good Guys. It also does so in a macabrely funny manner. It's part of what made Firefly such a strong and compelling show.

4. Buffy finds her inner core of strength in "Becoming: Part Two."
I couldn't find a decent clip of this one, sadly: in the season finale to the second season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, her vampire boyfriend Angel has lost his soul once more and become the terrifying Angelus. Naturally, Angelus has stalked Buffy and his game culminates in a good, brutal round of taunting battle. Since I can't find a clip, allow me to quote from Alexander Thompson's transcript of the episode:

Transcript here! )

3. Daleks vs. the Cybermen from New Who.
This is my optionally hilarious choice: in the season finale ("Doomsday") of the second season of the new Doctor Who, you have this extended scene of the Daleks and the Cybermen smack-talking each other. I was hysterical with laughter the first time I saw it, which helped some considering I was sobbing with heartbreak by the end of the episode.

2. Ambassador Delenn, Defender of Babylon 5
I love Big Damn Heroes: Delenn is the quintessential definition of one such in Babylon 5 and this is one scene by which that is incandescently apparent. The fierce temperance of her words and the way the Earth Alliance warships don't even hesitate before leaving always has me shouting "Fuck yeah, Sea King!" Or, you know, something like. The scene is from "Severed Dreams" (3.10).

And the most kick-ass scene?

1. Battlestar Galactica to the rescue on New Caprica.
If you plan on watching Battlestar Galactica, but you haven't seen through Season 3, don't read this! That said, this was one of the most amazing scenes in the show, even while being immersed in a bunch of sub-par aspects of the show fore and aft. When Adama dropped the Galactica into atmo in "Exodus: Part 2", I'm pretty sure I punched the air with amazed glee. Watching them launch the vipers and then do an FTL jump away sealed the deal: I was crowing that Adama had huge, titanium cajones.

Quixote says that he concurs with most of my choices.1 He adds that he considers the closing scene of "Time Enough at Last" from The Twilight Zone to be one of the most iconic scenes ever. He also wants to mention the closing scene of The Prisoner in "Fall Out" for its sheer WTF?! scene awesomeness.

1. I can specify that he's not including Buffy the Vampire Slayer in his echo.

30 Days of TV: The List )
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A friend of mine turned me on to Fandom!Secrets, which I have found myself compulsively reading ever since. I managed to miss a totally brilliant Doctor Who-related secret that was posted yesterday, though, until she pointed out.

Just. You guys. I'm putting it behind a cut, even though it's not large as graphics go. However, it's a bit spoilery. Not so much that you'd recognize it if you've seen nothing of S5. If you've seen a number of episodes, though, and are not up to date, you'd spoil yourself.

Clever Doctor Who-related secret is clever... )
infinitejest: (doctor who: mad man)
Besides work, I spent this weekend reading an interesting-yet-slow book of British folklore research before finally finishing my last final today, yay!

After a day full of study, of course, and fic after fic of BBT Penny/Sheldon because I couldn't stop and I was introduced to [personal profile] damalur!

So, in the realm of "my fandom gets inside me":

Saturday night, I went to bed with a stomachache. I then spent the entire night dreaming that the Doctor was trying to fix me, but begrudgingly because one of his Companions wanted it so. And which Doctor do you think I dreamt of then? was One. Yes, my dear Mr. Hartnell was very curmudgeonly at me and insisted on my taking these pink pills which were rather too large for me to swallow in my ill state. I ended up crushing them up in a cup, pouring in some water from the tap, and chugging as many times as it took to get the bitter medicine down. It tasted awful.

But the approving expression on the Doctor's face made it all worth it. And, weirdly enough, he kept wavering between One and Four (my original Doctor).

Yeah, I don't know. These things happen.
infinitejest: (doctor who: bad wolf)
Although it hurt to see him go, I have decided that it was right that Ten went out the way he did. Ten was the iteration of the Doctor who succumbed to hubris: if you stood against him, Heaven wouldn't be able to help you. Especially after Rose was trapped in the alternate universe, the Doctor began swinging closer and closer to embracing phenomenal cosmic powers. And that whinging speech he subjected Wilf to in his finale? Angels and ministers of grace defend us from such self-important grand-standing.

I still love him. I'll miss him. But he went the only way he ever could, desperately wanting to stay and never prepared to give it up.

Anyway, all this is to say that I think the below video perfectly captures Ten's story arc and core character:

infinitejest: (doctor who: wibbly wobbly)
RTD has always done some amazing things, one of which is the fact that he brought Doctor Who back to television. The only problem is that he keeps being allowed to go on too long, and then he inevitably spoils things.

Doctor Who: The End of Time, Part II )

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