For the love of TV

It may come as a surprise to people but I really like watching TV. Like, REALLY! I can take or leave movies but would hate to be without tv shows in my life. They’re so much better than movies because they don’t end after 90 – 180mins or have terrible sequels (even if they do generally have terrible seasons after the 5th) that ruin everything! I’m looking at you The Matrix..

I took a look through my tags and over 4 years I have only ever tagged 6 posts as TV. Considering the amount of time I spend watching TV shows (and that I’m a moderator on a TV forum), it’s really not enough.. more than that I’ve never even mentioned Gravity Falls which is one of my favourite shows ever! How could this be?

So I thought today I’d give you my 3 favourite shows that are currently still running.

1. Gravity Falls

Gravity Falls is an animated show on Disney (but don’t let that put you off) about twins Dipper and Mabel’s summer with their Great Uncle Stan (Gruncle Stan) in Gravity Falls, a place of mystery and some down right creepy things. Unlike a lot of animated shows targeted at kids, Gravity Falls has an ongoing storyline throughout the episodes to find out all the mysteries that Gravity Falls is hiding.. and there are a lot! Many people say Gravity Falls is like an animated LOST.. you know, if the LOST writers hadn’t been winging it for much of the show.

Even though it is considered a kids show it definitely is a lot of fun for adults too as we’re the ones that will get all the jokes.. plus there is an episode on time travel! What’s not to like.

2. Rick and Morty

Another animated show but this one is definitely not for kids! As with Gravity Falls there is a storyline.. although it’s lost a bit in the weirdness of each episode but there is continuity which I like. This show isn’t going to be for everyone.. it’s pretty out there and sometimes just plain stupid but it’s hilarious all the same. 

Rick and Morty is about, well.. Rick and Morty. Rick is a mad scientist and Morty is his grandson that Rick brings along for his adventures and sometimes he keeps the family at home distracted by gadgets they’ve never seen before. Currently there is only 1 season but the 2nd is meant to air later in the year/early 2015. So you have time to catch up and be somewhat confused at how this became a show and think about how awesome it is.

3. Doctor Who – NewWho

I’m not sure I really need to say what Doctor Who is about, it’s been around forever, everyone should already know. Just in case though, Doctor Who is about a Time Lord who travels through time and space in his Tardis (basically a spaceship that can go anywhere, anytime.. although sometimes it’s really bad with navigating time) and usually has a companion along for the ride. 

I prefer the older seasons and David Tennant (Ten) was my favourite doctor. The video above isn’t the first episode, or his first episode, but is one of the best of the series. If you haven’t seen it, you should definitely give it a try!

Chickens Don’t Clap!

Finally, after waiting for months and months and also years and years for there to be new Arrested Development, I got to watch the 4th season over the last couple of days.

I was a bit scared to watch it in the beginning. Could it really be better than the original 3 seasons? As one of my favourite shows I was worried they’d ruin it by bringing it back (which is something I’m also scared about with the Veronica Mars movie – I backed it all the same, because it’s Veronica Mars!) and it wouldn’t be as funny or as clever.

Watching the first few episodes of Season 4 I was thinking maybe I was right and that they’d made a huge mistake. It was mostly the character introduction that did it though and I guess that was required for people just jumping on the Arrested Development bandwagon. After getting passed that and seeing the season and episodes unravel it was pretty awesome seeing how they’d planned it.

Each episode is character centric (which I’m not sure I liked but it still worked) and you really only get to see the story from their perspective until the next episode when the same events happen but revolving around a different character. As the season progresses you learn more and more about the same events and it gets smarter as more is revealed, although I’m not sure it’s as funny as it used to be.

It’s sad to see that there is very rarely any scenes or episodes based off the entire family though. The interaction between the family members is really missing and it also means no crazy parties or speeches that never happen, however many of the old running jokes were included – even if the chicken dance didn’t make an appearance, or Franklin for that matter – although the ‘Her’ Anne/Egg jokes got a bit much, and I used to love that joke! Especially Egg.

I am really hoping for a 5th season, mostly to see if they explain Lindsay’s face (because Portia De Rossi doesn’t look like that outside of Arrested Development – if it weren’t for her voice I wouldn’t have recognised her initially) and what the deal was with the ending of season 4.

Oh, and to see the return of the chicken dances!

Quite A Commitment

Recently Jarrod and I finished watching Smallville. Just for those that don’t know, Smallville has 10 seasons, 22 episodes per season and 42 mins per episode. If you add that up you end up with 9240 mins, or 154 hours, or just under a week.

Yes, even though I wasn’t too keen on Smallville I said “Sure, why not?” when we were deciding what to watch next those many months ago. It took us weeks of weekends to get through and many “next season is better” (Jarrod) and “Oh man, why doesn’t he just tell her already!? God, I hate Clark!” (me) comments but we finally made it.

About 2/3 through watching I found this video from College Humor “Lets Have a TV Baby” which seemed relevant except we just dived in, with no such conversation… good thing it didn’t turn out like The West Wing right? Granted, if someone said “You’ll be watching Smallville for the equivalent of a week… and 158 episodes will include Lana Lang” I might have reconsidered the decision.

All in all Smallville was… OK. Mostly. It has a similar format to Buffy (which I like) with an overall season ‘BigBad’ and individual episode villains to deal with. Even still I didn’t find it as good and the BigBad mostly ended up being too easy to beat after all the hype they’d received.

I do, however, enjoy Lex! Evil Lex, crazy Lex, paranoid Lex, farm boy Lex, I like them all! Michael Rosenbaum did a pretty amazing job with him and I would have loved to see him there for the entire show. Even just for those crazy paranoia episodes that came with nearly ever season.

Oh, and Zod was pretty cool too.

I’m not sure I could ever sit down and watch it all again. Well, other than to point out to Jarrod that:

1. The Lana/Clark ‘moments’ at the end of each episode for the first few seasons is a thing, and
2. There was definitely some attraction between Clark and Lex.

Go back and watch it, you’ll see.

A Time for Glee

Dear Glee Writers,

I have, just now, become up to date with Glee Season 2 and I was wondering if you realised that the Gleeks (and everyone in Lima) appear to live in this alternative universe where time doesn’t matter? Also, how is it that New Directions can be so good without ever having to rehearse?

Being that I am now re-acquainted with Glee means I have been introduced to the newest cast member, Blaine and also Dalton Academy. I’m wondering if the Dalton Academy boys are so brainwashed that they wear their ugly blazers and grey pants all day, every day? I’d really like to see a bit of skin if you wouldn’t mind. Or even if they could try taking off the tie. Baby steps after all.

A big gripe I have with this season is the RHPS episode. Where was Puck? I know he was meant to be in Juvie but why was he written out of this episode? I had such high hopes of seeing him as Frank N Furter! I think a piece of me died when Mercedes ended up doing it – fortunately Sam got to be Rocky. I’ll admit he was kind of perfect for that.

I’m not sure you’re aware of this but have you noticed that Rachel and Finn are kind of the Kate and jack (Lost) of this show? Basically, what I’m getting at is that no one actually like their characters! I tend to fast forward or mute anything that either of them has to say and if I could wipe the image of Finn’s terrible zombie impersonation (which I wouldn’t have thought would be a huge stretch for Finn) from my mind I would.

But seriously, you need to explore your other characters a bit more. What about the gorgeous Puck (and not his ‘thug’ scenes don’t count) and Santana? How about a bit more Tina? Really, anything to have a bit less Rachel.

You really have a lot of work ahead of you to come back to the standards of Season 1. I recommend having Puck and Blaine walk around with no shirts to begin with. I’m sure you can work it out from there.

Yours Sincerely,

Kalliste

Favourite finds of 2010

I’ve been able to find some great new things (online and offline) in 2010 that have kept me interested throughout the year. Here are 5 of my favourites:

1. Favourite new TV show: Modern Family
I think this might have started in 2009 but it wasn’t aired in Australia until 2010. This was actually a hard one to pick just one awesome TV show of 2010. I didn’t think it would happen, Lost finished up and I thought that might be the end of the TV world as I know it. Then there was Modern Family, what a smart and hilarious show! I want to be a Dunphy yo! I hope it just gets better and better.

2. Favourite blogger: Rose
I was really lucky that one day Rose commented on my blog. I love her posts be them corny or heartfelt or informative (even though I don’t understand much of the tutorials… but that is because I’m lazy) they are all great. I can’t wait till my reader pops up telling me there is a new post over at lifeasrose. Her layouts are also super awesome!

3. Favourite new Forum: JoltMB
This is an awesome and incredibly active forum. The members are really nice and they are actually in my age group! Well, mostly, I might be on the older edge of that but it is nice going to a forum where the majority of the members are older than 17 and understand how tough it can be to pay rent and bills.
Jolt also has this great stamp TCG which the admins put a heap of effort into making sure it is always fresh and fun. It is the first time I’ve ever seen something like this at a forum.
Oh and the neat thing? They’re having a double coins day on the 29th Dec! So hurry up and join! ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and tell them Kalliste sent you.

4. Favourite new drink: Watermelon Gatorade
I know you might not think this is important but let me correct you, IT IS! This might be the most awesomest drink ever. It actually tastes like watermelon rather than watermelon flavouring! My local shops is the only place I can find it and it sometimes goes for $4 for 600ml so I wait for them to put it on special ($2) and then buy like 10 bottles!! And drink them all in a week. It is all sorts of delicious.

5. Favourite author: Jane Austen
So I know she isn’t new to 2010 but she is new to me for 2010. I’ve never been one to read the classics but after watching Lost in Austen I decided to give it a shot. I just had to know what the big deal was about Darcy. Once I got past all of them language barriers it has been a lovely read. I’m hoping to build up my collection.

So there you have it, the standard and weird. You better go try that Gatorade and now! ๐Ÿ™‚ But first, let me know what new finds you have enjoyed in 2010.