Archive for December, 2011

Another CW guilty pleasure. I know, I know, the first step is admitting you have a problem so I’m admitting it. Sometimes I like the CW! I used to like the WB too, but that was when Buffy and Angel were on it. Can I use my hardcore Buffy love as an excuse for why I was willing to watch the Ringer in the first place? Honestly I had no choice. It was Buffy (Sarah Michelle Geller) meets Mr. Fantastic (Ioan Gruffudd) meets Richard Alpert (Nestor Carbonell) and last but not least, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring). These are all actors I already loved, so I gave up and gave in. And I’ll be honest, I’m glad I did. I don’t know how long I’ll be glad, but for now, I’m in. Let’s talk about the Ringer. Spoilers ahoy!

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The funny thing about The Vampire Diaries is the source material was before True Blood and Twilight. I remember when it first started being advertised, and everyone called it just a duplicate of the vampire popularity. It predated the Buffy series too, and we all know that materials derive from other materials and you could say it just took from Anne Rice and blah blah blah. I don’t mind that all the Vampire mythos take aspects from one another, it just amused me that the mainstream vampire fans blew this show off in the beginning. I did too, but for different reasons. I was pleasantly surprised, and I’ve been watching for awhile now. Here’s my look at midway through season three, and opinions about the show. Spoilers below!

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The Big Bang Theory being a popular show on television baffles me. It has from the beginning. A show about geeks and nerds for geeks and nerds being beloved by the mainstream? How is that even possible? At least part of it has to do with the fact the geeks are inheriting the earth with every passing year, but my parents for example love this show. There are plenty of jokes that fly over their heads – and mine when it comes to science – but there’s something about it that’s endlessly charming. Maybe because it’s self-deprecating. It loves its characters but it doesn’t mind mocking them either. It knows the subject material isn’t typical, but it manages to translate for the average viewer. How it manages to do this is beyond me, but it succeeds, and I’m happy about that. Too often bad TV is embraced – ahem Two and a Half Men – and smart TV is ignored – ahem Community. This one managed to slip by. Go figure. I’m a geek and nerd myself, so you can just imagine how much I love everything this show represents. 😀 Spoilers for season five ahead!

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Over seven years ago I heard about a sitcom pilot airing soon and Alyson Hannigan was going to be in it. I am a huge Joss Whedon fan so I try to follow most of what his people do. I didn’t know much about the rest of the cast outside of Neil Patrick Harris, who I knew was on Broadway and used to be Doogie Howser. I saw the pilot when it aired and I was completely hooked by the last line of the episode. Like most people I was faked out into thinking that Robin was going to end up the Mother, but when Ted said “And that’s how I met your Aunt Robin” I was intrigued. I haven’t missed an episode yet, so this is my mid-season recap/thoughts on season 7 so far. There are spoilers ahead and a lot of rambling.

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Since a lot of shows have now entered their holiday break, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at the first part of the season and talk about what is/isn’t working as a viewer. These will probably be long and rambly, I warn you. First up I’m going to do one of my favorite new-ish shows, Hawaii 5-0. This show surprised me because I didn’t expect much of it when it first premiered, and quickly fell head over heels in love for this beautifully-styled crime procedural. Plus it has that damn catchy theme song.

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This is one of those Christmas movies we both completely agree on, and because of that we decided to look at it together and talk about what makes the Nightmare Before Christmas such a fantastic holiday movie.

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