So me and my friend Kate were going to go out to a bar and dance tonight, but while we were killing time at my apartment before the DJ started playing (we didn't want to get there before. Boring.) we decided to watch the Payley Festival Buffy Reunion panel, and now we've decided to just stay home and watch Buffy episodes.

We'll probably have more fun this way, (We've got drinks here!!) but most people will probably think we're just losers.

I thought you guys would understand though. :D
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( Jun. 8th, 2010 01:00 am)
It's past midnight, so it's late, but it still could be worse.

Day 05 - A show you hate

I can't think of any dramas or sitcoms I actively hate, but I generally dislike reality TV shows. With the exception of So You Think You Can Dance, which I watch with my mother and sometimes I watch the America's Next Top Model marathons with my little sister. I don't care for all the drama, but I like the challenges they are given and to see the photographs at the end.

But one reality show I absolutely hate is:

I Love New York

I don't know if this is even still on, but I hated that show. Loathed it. And my roommate last year watched it ALL THE TIME. It drove me up the wall. I think this show and all others like it are stupid, petty and obnoxious. And of course there is always going to be second one or a third, because they obviously care more about getting a renewal of the show than finding "true love" or whatever crap they are trying to sell in the advertisements.

Shows like this make me want to shoot myself. And the TV.


Days under here. )

Edited: "I generally dislike reality TV shows in general." *snorts* Way to be redundant, Sarah. That's fixed now, though I left it like that for an embarrassing amount of time.
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( Jun. 6th, 2010 06:35 pm)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

So, I was having a hard time deciding between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Supernatural. I fell in love with the characters of both shows, both inspired me to write more than any other show, and I got seriously into both of shows--talking to the TV, jumping up and down when something great happens, crying when something sad happens. But the thing is, I've just recently discovered both of these shows, and am still riding the high that comes with falling in love with a show (and with a fandom), I don't now if my love for Buffy will fade with time (I doubt it) or if my passionate obsession with Supernatural will stop soon after the series end. (I hope not.)

So I'm not going to pick either.

Instead, I'm going to talk about a show I grew up with, and have loved all my life and that love has never faded. I seriously doubt it ever will.

Star Trek (TOS)

I have SO much love for this show. I love the cheesy music and the dramatic lighting. I love the way Shatner pauses in his speeches and how the camera will close up on him all the time. I love the Styrofoam sets and how all the rocks Kirk picks up for weapons look like they way less than a pound. I even love how Kirk finds and abandons a love interest almost once an episode, and I love how ridiculously easy his shirts ripped.

I especially love the ridiculous alien costumes. Like this one, for example:

But most of all I love how, in contrast to other sci fi stories like Star Wars or The Matrix, this show is hopeful about the future. It's not about how the human race ruined itself and the earth, or about how another species took over and enslaved them, or how corrupted the government became. It's about the human race surviving long enough to go out and explore the universe, not to conquer it but to understand it and to make peace with all the other planets and cultures out there. The crew of the Enterprise are always meeting a violent culture that hasn't developed yet and trying to help them grow (either by leaving them alone to do so, or trying to impart some wisdom to them) or coming across a race of people far more advanced than the human race and then leave with the hope that humans will get there too at some point.

I think that in a time when everyone is stressing out about war and racism and global warming and denied rights, its a good show to rewatch just feel hopeful that, yeah we'll get through all this somehow.

And that's my more optimistic side. I don't show it very often, but Star Trek always puts me in that kind of mood.

Also? This show is ridiculously slashy. I mean, it was like, the start of slash fanfiction. And it's no wonder when you watch Spock and Kirk together. Or Spock and McCoy, or McCoy and Kirk. Just. Slash abounds.

Days under here )
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( Jun. 5th, 2010 04:29 pm)
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v. season)

White Collar

I love this show. It's funny and quirky and the characters are amazing. Also, it's like, the slashiest show ever. Seriously. The show slashes itself. I would give you proof through a description of the TOTALLY AWESOME FINALE, but I wouldn't want to give it away. ;)

What's more the fandom is awesome. Mostly because it manages to slash Peter and Neal without vilifying Elle, Peter's wife. (Who is just, SO awesome, everyone just can't help being in love with her.) I've never seen so many OT3 stories in a fandom before.

And if you don't like to slash? You should still watch it. Because the relationship between the guys is still awesome on a friendship level. And like I said before, Elle. Is amazing.

And so is Mozzie. I love him too. &hearts

If that stuff doesn't get you to watch the show than you should do so simply because Matt Bomer, who plays Neal, is gorgeous.

And yes, you do get to see him shirtless on the show. Twice. Just in season 1.

Interested yet?

Days under here )
I was so tired yesterday that I just feel asleep around six in the evening without posting this. Oh well.

Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching.

So, I'm going to change this a little (Yes, I know, I never keep to the rules) and talk about a show I wish more people had watched. Because I really wish it hadn't been canceled, even if it did have five seasons (more like four and a half), but mostly because I just really want to talk about it.

Boston Legal

I love this show. My mother was the one who got me into it, she rented the first season and watched it and then tried to get me to. At first I just rolled my eyes and was all "Oh, great, another law show," but she pressured me into it, assuring me it was fantastically written so I gave it a try and I am SO GLAD I did.

It IS fantastically written, and the characters are ridiculous and awesome and so funny. The cases the show deal with range from serious and heart breaking to out of this world insane--and even then there is usually a twist that brings on the serious side. It was running commentary on social events and the mind set of people here in America, and a lot of the (admittedly, over the top) speeches that they (mostly the character Alan) gave really made you think. And the show is constantly breaking the fourth wall in the funnest ways--many times to bitch about the network it was on because they kept doing this to mess them up--and I love stuff like that.

But my favorite thing has to be the relationship between Denny Crane and Alan Shore (played by William Shatner and James Spader). Denny is a big time lawyer living off the memory of his glory days who might possibly have Alzheimer's (though he refers to it as the "mad cow"). He's constantly trying to prove that he isn't as gone as the rest of the firm believes he is while at the same time trying to be as weird and crazy as possible--sticking smoking cigars in his ears (keeps them guessing, he says), dressing up as a flamingo for Halloween, shooting people with paint ball guns, buying a custom made blow up doll in the likeness of his ex-lover and still friend Shirley Shmidt, and trying to sleep with just about everyone. His character constantly makes ridiculous statements, and it's hard to tell when he's being serious and when he's just being Denny.

Alan is Denny's best friend and only came to the firm because of him. He hits on just about everyone and in a really oily, lecherous way, and yet somehow this becomes an endearing quality, because despite his sarcasm and the way he is constantly at odds with everyone (besides Denny) he is a good person. He's usually the first to jump on a soap box and preach at the jury, and he often takes the seemingly stupid, ridiculous or hopeless cases and then argues them in a way that shows you how not stupid they are at all. He tends to befriend the weirdos in the firm-- the people who get put down and not taken seriously, and is always there to help them out or defend them. He's extremely passionate and very good at this job, though half the time it seems everyone at the firm hates him. (He's totally my favorite character. I LOVE him.)

Denny and Alan are ridiculous together-- they take trips to a fishing lodge in Canada where they end up spooning, they wear matching Halloween costumes (flamingos!), they dance with each other in Denny' office, they go to the spa together and share a milk bath, they have sleep overs where they eat popcorn and smores and Alan ties himself to Denny so he won't get up and walk off the balcony in the middle of the night because of his night terrors, and at the end of every episode they sit together on Denny's balcony and drink scotch and smoke cigars. Their relationship sometimes seems like a father and son one, sometimes it seems like they're married, and sometimes they fight--over Denny shooting a homeless man with a paint ball gun, or whether or not Alan can sleep with Shirley, Denny's ex--but no matter what happens it obvious that these two love each other very, very much. Their devotion to and support of each other make this show, in my opinion, and put more traditional story line loves--the epic romance, for instance--to shame.

Flamingos. &hearts &hearts

So. Even though the show is no longer airing, you should still GO WATCH THIS SHOW.

And then write me fanfic.

List of days under here. )
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( Jun. 2nd, 2010 10:45 pm)
So it seems like everybody on my flist has been doing this, and I've really enjoyed reading every one's answers, so I'm finally giving in. Let's hope I manage to actually post every day.

Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled.

It was really hard for me to decide between Firefly and Veronica Mars since I loved both and believed neither of them should have been canceled, but in the end I had to go with Firefly. Mostly because Veronica Mars got three full seasons (even if the third season wasn't as good as the first two, in my opinion) and Firefly got one small season, that wasn't even aired in order. (Of course, it also got a movie, but when watching it it just made me more sad that the show got canceled--all that potential it had to be such a good show. *sigh*)

List of days under here. )

Huh. I just realized that I don't have a Firefly icon. I'm going to have to fix that. But for now, the Castle icon with Nathan Fillion will have to do.
So I've spent the last few days working on coloring this Merlin portrait. I think it turned out alright, even though it kinda looks like he's pursing his lips, and I didn't mean for him to be. In any case, I like it better than the pencil version.


Bigger version under here )

Or check it out on my Deviantart account.

Now, I just need to do one of Arthur. Possibly Morgana. And Gwen.
Bradley James is a Labyrinth fan, which, for those of you who don't know, is my favorite movie of all time. &hearts

Can I just marry him now, please?

So yeah, I might have spent too long today going through youtube videos of behind the scenes stuff from Merlin, but I have seriously fallen in love with this show, and I only wish that I hadn't gotten into it so soon, or that it was a summer show, because season 3 doesn't come until September so I now have to wait just as long for it as I do Supernatural.


That doesn't help the whole making-it-through-the-hiatus thing.
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( May. 25th, 2010 05:33 am)
So, I've added a Merlin banner to the rotating header line up. Used two of the promotional shots because they were huge and shot against a plain gray background which made them beautifully easy to edit with.

Here's a smaller version of it for anyone who's interested and doesn't want to refresh my journal page a million times until it comes up. (Like I had to to do so I could see how it looked.)

Header under here )
So, I'm only four episodes into season 2, and I have to say, as much as I'm enjoying this show, I'm not really digging how they're handling the romance in it this season. Last season I thought it was cute--tentative flirting, banter, awkward moments--all good stuff there. Now it just seems very abrupt and over the top. Especially Lancelot. All his conversations are so dramatic and flowery they make me cringe.

Also, I sometimes think the score is a little over-dramatic, especially when coupled with excessive slow motion scenes.

All this is balanced by several good things though: the banter scenes between Arthur and Merlin (there needs to be more!), the strong friendship between Morgana and Gwen, and just Morgana's story line in general--her unsteady relationship with Uther, her developing powers, the weird/creepy bond thingy she has going on with Mordred. I'm interested in how this is going to pan out.

These things make the annoying romance stuff a little easier to deal with.
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( May. 14th, 2010 11:39 am)
Dude, I just thought of something. I mean, if the ending with Chuck means what I think it's implying.

Cut for spoilers )
What. The. Fuck.

Chuck? What? Sammy? What?


I just. I don't even know.

I'm just going to cry a little, and then try to speed up time by the force of my will so that it's already time for Season 6.

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( May. 6th, 2010 11:20 pm)
Was I the only one not so impressed with this episode?

Thoughts under here. )

God, I am so hungry. I haven't eaten solid food since Sunday night, and I can barely choke down the pudding and jello I do eat. Today when Supernatural started my sister sat beside me and ate Taco Bell. I wanted to like, rip the food out of her hand and throw it at the wall. I don't care how hungry she professed to be, I haven't really eaten in almost five days and it was cruel to taunt me like that.
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( May. 4th, 2010 05:17 am)
Guess what flist? Having your tonsils ripped out kinda hurts.

And waking up twice an hour to force down water and popsicles sucks, but I accidentally slept three hours straight and when I woke up my entire throat was dry and on fire and that sucked more.

Haven't made way though any of those recs yet, mostly because my uvula is so swollen it feels like it's choking me, so I have to lay on my side, which isn't the best position for reading on the computer.

I have started watching Merlin to keep me occupied in the times I'm not sleeping. Started shipping Merlin/Arthur about seven minutes into the first episode, of course.

The dragon scenes kinda annoy me thought. It's always the same thing: you can't fight destiny Merlin, you are one side of a coin Merlin, I'm going to be boring and cryptic and then dramatically fly away Merlin, so you should just. stop. coming. back.

Thoughts and spoilers here. )

I was disappointed that we didn't get to see much outside the hotel. Now I can't go on about how the scenery definitely wasn't Indiana, and how their Muncie was lacking the railroads, weird five way stops, massive amounts of liquor stores and tattoo parlors (college town, hello) and the ghastly amount of potholes in roads. Though I do have to say that that must have been a very long detour from I90, since it runs near South Bend, which is almost three hours north of Muncie.
Finally managed to watch it today.

Not going to say much, except that I like Eleven. :) Still missed Ten, but Matt Smith had me grinning though out the episode. Also, I really liked the camera angles in this episode, and just the general feel of it. (With the exception of the weird connect the dots cellphone thing.) I'm a little less worried about Steven Moffat taking over after this episode, though still a little wary about whether or not he's going to sacrifice character development for flashy plots. We'll see.

Also, is anybody else having trouble with Livejournal today? It's such a pain in the ass here lately.
Title: Take a Load for Free
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing/Characters: Gen. Sam, Bobby, Castiel
Warnings/Spoilers: Spoilers through 99 Problems
Summary: Coda to both 5x16 and 5x17.
Notes: I started this as a coda for 5x16, but didn't finish it. After tonight's (last night's?) episode I was inspired to complete it. Title taken from the song The Weight by The Band.

Sam tried to tell himself that it wasn’t the first time Dean had taken off after a particularly taxing hunt, or even a taxing conversation, and clung to the small comfort that it probably wouldn’t be the last. It had better not be the last. )

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