diandrahollman: (sherlock)
A few years ago, I recapped an episode of SNL because it was hosted by Matthew Fox, whose movies I was recapping at the time. This despite hardly ever watching the show in recent years because I can no longer remember a time when it was actually funny. I still don't watch it, but I am desperate for a distraction today from the election that nearly caused me a total nervous breakdown and I'm too jittery and unfocused to write fic right now. So I'm going to try recapping Benedict's episode of SNL. Directly on Livejournal. In real time. Without Chrissy. This will probably be a disaster, but it beats spending the night fretting and researching a possible move to Canada.

Here goes nothing. And yes, I have already started drinking.

The cold open begins with a title card for a show called "Erin Burnett Out Front". I have no idea what that is, but apparently it's on CNN. I don't watch cable news. That's why I'm still (mostly) sane. The sound guys are apparently already having a bad night as she is most of the way through her introduction before we can actually hear anything she's saying. I know it's not a problem with the file I'm using because I can hear the audience laughing, but all I hear of her is "mmmmsshiwinvwopfppprrrrrrrr with us to make their case to voters one last time." Now that we can hear her, she finishes by introducing Hillary Clinton live from Florida and the Great Orange Terror from Colorado. We switch to a split screen of Alec Baldwin - who has achieved a Tina Fey as Palin level of greatness with his Trump impression - and Kate McKinnon.

"Erin" asks how they're doing this week. "Trump" says really great, actually, because "they're all still buying it". What, that you're actually human? "Hillary" says it's been a great week for her too and she especially found losing the big lead she used to have in the polls fun. But she says she's not worried because it may be the bottom of the ninth inning and raining, but she's still going to bring it home and has she mentioned she's a Cubs fan? Trump says no, she isn't. Because the polls that aren't rigged are so...they're VERY CLOSE. In fact, he took one himself moments ago of all the voices in his head.

Erin points out that he traveled to four states just today and how does he find the energy for that? He says in his really deep love for America. "And a really big handful of uppers that are meant for racehorses." Erin says oooooookay then. Let's get to the biggest story of the week. Hillary crosses her fingers and mutters "please be his taxes" over and over. No, of course it's the fucking emails again. Erin reminds everyone that the idiot running the FBI sent a rambling letter to congress about maybe POSSIBLY reopening the investigation for, like, three emails that had nothing to do with Hillary. Because this is the new "Obama is a Kenyan Muslim". Trump says he CALLED it and this is why he doesn't use email: it's too risky. Instead he uses a very private, secure site where he can write whatever brainfart he has at three in the morning and no one will ever read it. Erin is like yeah, um...EVERYONE can see your Tweets, Mr. Trump. Trump makes fish faces and says "...really? And I'm still in this thing?" Yeah. Apparently people find crazy, childish bullies entertaining. Or, he concludes, people must REALLY hate Hillary.

Erin points out that it's "highly unusual" for the FBI to announce something like this so close to the election. Hillary is like "yeah, no shit." She says it's almost like the FBI is TRYING to get Trump elected. Trump says that's ridiculous because the FBI hates him. In fact, he's not even sure what the FBI is. He might have to Google that later. An "FBI agent" appears next to him to say he's getting coffee and ask if Trump wants some. Trump says "no, thanks sweetie" and kisses him full on the lips. I'm going to say something I don't think I've ever said before: God bless Alec Baldwin.

Cut back to Hillary, her mouth hanging open. She raises her hand like she's calling for a teacher and says Erin saw that, right? RIGHT? Erin shrugs and says that doesn't seem like much of a story. Back to the email thing. Yep. Pretty good recap of the insanity that has been the news for the past year or so. Hillary makes a loud, frustrated noise and begs Mark Bennet to please just release one of those racist behind-the-scenes rants from "The Apprentice". Maybe one of him dropping the N-word. That would be nice right about now. Erin stubbornly says there's no evidence there is such a tape. Trump leans his mouth right next to his microphone and says there is. Hillary says SEE?! Somebody needs to RELEASE the shit they have on this guy because she has the whole goddamn Russian government - with the help of Julian Assange - airing out every SPECK of dirt they have on her (and a lot that they don't) while he gets a free pass. Trump is like 'here we go with the Russian government again. Even though I have praised him up and down the entire time the Kenyan Muslim was in office, I will still stubbornly claim to not even know who Putin is. Oops. Is that his name? I don't know. I've never met him.' Another guy...or possibly the same guy but now he's shirtless and made up to look like Putin, sidles up to him and announces that he's going to the store and does Trump need anything? Trump repeats the "no thanks, Sweetie" and kiss on the lips.

Hillary, flailing her hands, points out to Erin that he JUST KISSED PUTIN ON LIVE TELEVISION. Erin shrugs, says that could mean "anything" and she'd really like to get back to the email thing. Hillary makes the loud groaning noise again. Trump says yeah, these emails are a HUGE scandal. Even bigger than Whitewater! Erin says um...that's not quite true. Trump accuses her of "defending" Hillary and being gay for her. Erin points out that that doesn't even make sense. "It doesn't matter because I said it," he says. So now half the country believes it. And by the way, he totes loves the LB community. Erin asks if he means the LGBT community. He says no, just the lesbians and undecideds. The other two can fuck off. You know, the political stuff has always been the one thing this show has done well, even as almost everything else has turned to shit. Now I wonder if that's because it practically writes itself these days. Hillary points out that this is what Trump does: he pretends to be pro gay even though his running mate is all about conversion therapy. He says he's not racist, but the KKK endorses him. This might have happened before the real Trump kicked a black guy out of his rally, calling him a "thug". Trump says no, he doesn't know the KKK. In fact, he has no idea what the KKK even is. Having set up the now predictable joke, a guy...probably the same damn guy again...in a Klan robe and hood appears and says he's going for a run. Does Trump want to come with him? Trump says "no thanks, I'm good, sweetie" and lifts the hood just enough to kiss him on the lips.

Hillary, spluttering, asks if we can talk about this NOW. Erin says yeah...no, they're almost out of time and they really have to get back to this email thing. Hillary takes a meditative stance, takes a deep breath and asks "what is happening?" Nobody knows, dear. Nobody fucking knows. "Is the whole world insane?" Well, America is. Which half of it's people consider to be the whole world, so... She points out that Trump has spent the entire election shitting all over basic human kindness and decency. He's ruined red hats and the color orange for everyone. True story: I glared at some guy who was wearing a red hat before I realized that a) it had nothing to do with Trump and b) he was barely old enough to drive and probably not old enough to vote. I seriously hate this election. Why did I think this recap would help again? She says if people want to elect him president on Tuesday that's fine, but in four years they will come running back to her when they realize their mistake. Yeah. We wouldn't last four years. Please don't do this, America.

Trump says the bottom line is that Hillary is crooked and a liar and she should be in jail and all the other right-wing loon talking points his supporters have been spewing for months. Then he stops mid-sentence and Alec drops the act and says he's tired of yelling this nonsense at Kate. The camera pulls back to show that they're standing a few feet from each other in front of a split backdrop. Kate says yeah, I know, right? This election has been so HORRID. Alec says he feels dirty and asks the audience if they just feel "gross" over this whole thing. The audience cheers. Kate says she knows a way they can feel better about this, takes Alec's hand and runs down the center aisle all the way out of the building.

There's a little montage of them running down the streets of New York, hand in hand, hugging random supporters from the opposite side of the political aisle. So "Trump" is hugging a black guy and some latinos and Hillary is hugging white guys with red hats and shirts that say "Trump that Bitch" (reluctantly). They share a pretzel from a street vendor, kiss babies and get a bunch of people to form a circle and hold hands in Times Square. Then the video stops and Alec and Kate stop running in circles backstage until they're out of breath (at least I hope that's what they were doing) and run back on stage. Alec urges people to get out and vote because "none of this will have mattered" if they don't. And on that high note, "live from New York, it's Saturday Night."

Well, that wasn't so bad. What do you mean I'm not even ten minutes in? Fuck.
diandrahollman: (movies)
I'm hoping to be able to work on fanfiction for the rest of the summer, but in the meantime I realized I forgot to update my Torchwood/Doctor Who recaps. I'm also working on The Desolation of Smaug. I might have that done by the end of the year, but I make no promises.

http://diandrahollman.tripod.com/moviereviews/torchwood.html
diandrahollman: (quantumleap)
I'm hoping writing a recap will kick start my muse into writing some fic. As you can see from the recap, she's a little rusty.

http://diandrahollman.tripod.com/moviereviews/torchwood_0108.txt
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Or has this television season been really disappointing so far? Maybe I'm not watching the right shows? Or I'm just not getting into them. :(


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diandrahollman: (quantumleap)
I am making progress on "Another Life"! Unfortunately, not fast enough to have anything ready for posting, so here's another "Torchwood" recap in the meantime. :)


"Torchwood, episode 1x02: Day One"


In which Gwen has several brain farts, Owen is a pervert, Jack is a whore and Chrissy and I get drunk. )
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It has been two years since I last did a recap on my website. And since doing recaps usually has an added bonus of A) putting me in a good mood and B) jump starting my muse into writing fanfic because hey, writing is writing, I figured it was time I try to get back on that bicycle. Unfortunately, "World War Z" doesn't come out for another year. So I recapped this instead because I thought it might be fun. We'll see how it goes.

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"Torchwood, episode 1x01: Everything Changes"


Wherein everybody is introduced and questions are asked that will probably never be answered )
diandrahollman: (books)
I've been hanging on through this season so far, hoping against reason that it would go back to the fun, flirty ho-yay goodness that made up most of last season. (Okay, maybe it was only half. Things always look better in hindsight.) But I think I'm ready to let this one go. I could put up with the ridiculously cheesy...everything...that made me want to bang my head on a wall. I could put up with the fact that the ho-yay factor has taken a serious nose-dive as of late. But I am BORED. So much so that I'm barely even paying attention to 90% of any given episode and I barely even notice, much less care.

Add to all of this the fact that in the last episode, Danny - the SENSITIVE one - seems to have transformed into a giant dick. First, he strong arms a drunk into searching for something to give his daughter for Halloween when...um...the guy SAID he didn't have anything and clearly wasn't expecting any kids coming to his door, and then he practically wipes his ass with the locals beliefs. Oh, and he manipulates the landlady of an apartment building into selling him an apartment for WAY below price, only to back out at the last possible second and guilts his friends into do all the heavy lifting for him because he's cheap.

I'm not sure if the writers just suddenly forgot that *Steve* is supposed to be the somewhat insensitive meathead (along with forgetting how to write Steve/Danny banter if the last few episodes are any indication), but I'm not sure I want to stick around to find out what else they plan to forget this year.
diandrahollman: (movies)
So........the premise is interesting. The writing is good. Michael Emerson is awesome. The only problem I see so far is that they could literally have chosen anybody for Jim Caviezel's role and they chose a guy who looks like any emotive capability has been botoxed out of his face. At least that's the only explanation I can think of because DUDE, CHANGE YOUR EXPRESSION ONCE IN A WHILE. Ugh.

Fandom meme

Aug. 2nd, 2011 08:10 pm
diandrahollman: (books)

Stolen from janie_tangerine. Sounds kinda fun. :)

Leave me a fandom and I'll tell you:


The first character I fell in love with:
The character I never expected to love as much as I do now:
The character everyone else loves that I don't:
The character I love that everyone else hates:
The character I used to love but don't any longer:
The character I would shag anytime:
The character I'd want to be like:
The character I'd slap:
My five favorite characters:
My five least favorite characters:
My deep dark fandom secret:


Fandoms: Lost, X-Files, Alias, CSI:NY, NCIS, The Mentalist, Fringe, House, Heroes, Twilight (don't hurt me), Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Troy

I'm sure there are others, but that's all I can think of right now...
diandrahollman: (Default)
Really? You guys are not even being subtle with your hackjobs anymore. I'm finding myself taking a complete mental vacation throughout the majority of your episodes, only surfacing during moments of snarky ho-yay banter between Steve and Danny (which almost always take place in a car because you guys are clearly all about formulas). Well, okay, I surface when Alex takes his shirt off too, but script writing has absolutely nothing to do with that. I can't hear a word that comes out of his mouth when he's half undressed. He could be reading a phone book for all I know (or care).

I should just fast-forward through the rest of the episodes - which appear to be scenes from generic cop shows and old episodes of CSI stitched together haphazardly - and just focus on these brief moments of sparkling wit (and pretty) in what would otherwise be a pretty damn dreadful show.

Why does everyone keep declaring this show the best of the television season? Do they love it for the same shallow reasons I keep hanging on even though it drives me crazy?

Ugh. When did television become so boring and formulaic? Oh, right...it was when all the TV big wigs decided to declare "Lost" a failure and avoid anything remotely ressembling a mythology at all costs. "Brothers & Sisters" annoyed me last season, but it could become one of my favorite shows this season because it's one of the few left with characters that have DEPTH to them.
diandrahollman: (quantumleap)
 Sigh. I really thought I was going to love you. Of all the crappy new shows added to the roster this year, you seemed to have the most promise. But now, every other scene I find myself trying to remember why the hell I wanted to watch you in the first place. You're like CSI: Hawaiian Islands but with clunky dialogue and hack-writer plots. You waste Daniel Dae Kim and Grace Parks' talents by relegating them to "background character with occasional spoken lines" and "damsel in distress" every damn week.

Then you come up with one of those frustratingly brief scenes of Steve and Danny bickering like an old married couple or Alex O'Laughlin takes his shirt off and dives into the Pacific and I remember.

My point is...does Alex really need to wear pants in every episode too?

No, wait...that's not it.

What I'm trying to say is: less bad CSI rip-off and more banter, please. And give Daniel and Grace more interesting things to do once in a while. Alex's dripping wet six pack can only hold my attention for so long.

Love (well, maybe not *love*, per se),

Diandra
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After the wreckage that was the Oscars I was looking forward to seeing the Emmys where several people I actually liked were up for awards - a rare occurance since I don't have cable - and many of them seemed to have a real shot at winning. But once again, every award went to shows I don't even care to watch. Furthermore, "Lost" was completely screwed over in EVERY CATEGORY IT WAS NOMINATED FOR (I'm pretty sure everyone in the audience at least expected it to win best drama or, you know, SOMETHING) and, once again, Hugh Laurie was completely ignored. The one bright point as far as I was concerned was Jon Stewart winning best variety show. But even that was an example of the Emmy voters awarding all the same damn shows they've awarded for at least the last two years in a row. Every other person who won already has at least one award and yet they didn't vote for Tony Shaloub. I DON"T UNDERSTAND THESE PEOPLE!!!!

ETA: Okay, and Jane Lynch was a high point, but everyone could see that win coming a mile away.
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Since I did so well on my Oscar predictions, I decided why not try my hand at predicting the Emmy winners this Sunday? Yes, that was sarcasm. I was sure "Avatar" would win. Can you blame me? Anyway. This should be interesting because, unlike the Oscars, I haven't watched the Emmys in years. Mostly because I don't get the channels half the shows the voters nominate are on and I get bored watching a bunch of people I barely recognize from shows I've never seen give long winded thank you speeches. But I'll actually be watching this year, so I'll give it a shot. As you can see from my avatar, I may be a little biased, but I'll try not to let that affect my judgment.


Awards that have already been announced: 


Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series
Glee • Mike O'Malley
Glee • Neil Patrick Harris
Modern Family • Fred Willard
Nurse Jackie • Eli Wallach
30 Rock • Jon Hamm
30 Rock • Will Arnett

Well, gee. Neil Patrick Harris was nominated for a role in a comedy musical show? And he won? Shocker.


Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series
The Closer • Beau Bridges
Damages • Ted Danson
Dexter • John Lithgow
The Good Wife • Alan Cumming
The Good Wife • Dylan Baker
Mad Men • Robert Morse
24 • Gregory Itzin

Itzin? Are you kidding me? I know he was really damn good when he did a guest stint on “24” back when the show still had some shreds of self respect, but really. For a show that was supposedly "snubbed" by the Emmys it sure was nominated for a bunch of random awards.


Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory • Christine Baranski
Desperate Housewives • Kathryn Joosten
Glee • Kristin Chenoweth
Saturday Night Live • Tina Fey
Saturday Night Live • Betty White
30 Rock • Elaine Stritch
Two And A Half Men • Jane Lynch

Karen McClusky? Really? And I guess now I know why SNL is suddenly up for acting awards. Raise your hand if you *didn’t* see this one coming. Oh, put your hand down, you smart alec.


Outstanding Guest Actress In A Drama Series
Big Love • Mary Kay Place
Big Love • Sissy Spacek
The Cleaner • Shirley Jones
Damages • Lily Tomlin
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit • Ann-Margret
Lost • Elizabeth Mitchell

If you say so. Really, the only one in here I’ve seen is “Lost” and while Elizabeth is awesome I’m not really sure why she was nominated here. It seems like a last ditch effort to recognize her for a role she should probably have been recognized for three years ago. 
 

Outstanding Special Class Programs
ABC's LOST Presents: Mysteries Of The Universe - The Dharma Initiative
82nd Annual Academy Awards
Avatar: Enter The World Of Pandora (HBO First Look)
The Daily Show: Ask A Correspondent - The Meaning Of Life
30 Rock: Webisodes
63rd Annual Tony Awards
Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony

Can we talk about the irony of “Avatar” being nominated in a category against the academy awards that totally snubbed it? HA! Unfortunately, this is a category that is usually won by an award show, and since my understanding was that this was the most boring Oscar telecast in recent memory a Tony upset isn’t all that surprising. Suck it, “Hurt Locker”. For the record, I have seen exactly one of the nominees (the first one, naturally, which was awesome).


Outstanding Stunt Coordination
Chuck
FlashForward
House
Human Target
24

FlashForward actually won something? Huh. Not much of a consolation prize. I would have guessed “Human Target”, but that’s just me. 

 
Outstanding Commercial
Anthem • Absolut
Coke Finals • Coca-Cola
Game • Mars Snack Food US/Snickers
Green Police • Audi
Human Chain • Nike
The Man Your Man Could Smell Like • Old Spice Body Wash

OH MY GOD, REALLY??? I never would have seen that coming! I’m so shocked! [/overblown sarcasm]

And the rest... )
diandrahollman: (Default)
It's been well over a month since I started posting this, hasn't it? See, this is why I can't be trusted to do daily memes. Sigh.

Days 1-8
Days 9-15
Days 16-22

Day 23 - Most annoying character -
Tom Scavo. See Day 11, re: why I'm not watching "Desperate Housewives" anymore. HORATIO CAINE!!!!!! Number one reason Miami was the first CSI I gave up watching!

Day 24 - Best quote -
As disappointed as I have been with "X-Files" in hindsight, I have cited this quote a few times: "just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you". I've also been quoting "Get Smart" a lot lately. Mostly Zigfried ("Zis is Kaos! We do not [rude noise] here!").

Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new) -
I'll probaby watch that new JJ Abrams show in the fall because I'm obviously his bitch. And the new "Hawaii 5-0" because it has Alex O'Laughlin and Daniel Dae Kim and I want to see if it is possible to actually die of manpretty overload. I've also been intending to watch "Moonlighting" for a while.

Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale -
I'm trying to think of something other than "Lost", but all I can think of is "I...take thee, Rachel." Maybe "you've been missing for two and a half years", but..."we have to go back!" was the ultimate mindfuck. And they killed Charlie. And actually contacted the rescue boat. Yeah, "Lost" wins.

Day 27 - Best pilot episode -
I usually give new shows two episodes to grab my attention because half the time pilot episodes are pretty weak - the show doesn't really kick into gear until episode two. The two exceptions to this that spring to mind are "Alias" and "Lost", which grabbed viewers by the throat and *demanded* attention. I want to give the edge to "Lost" because those first scenes were jaw-droppingly awesome (also possibly because I didn't see the "Alias" pilot until a year later and I was probably spoiled by then). My father always refused to watch "Lost" until I gave him my season 1 DVDs and told him he had to at least watch the pilot episode. I figured if that didn't suck him in, nothing would. He's on season 2. :)

Day 28 - First t.v show obsession -
Probably "Gilligan's Island", but the first one that brought me into online fan activity was "X-Files".

Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession -
I know "Lost" is over now, but...yeah, that's still my answer. I haven't found anything to replace it.

Day 30 - Saddest character death -
Sun and Jin. I didn't cry when it happened, but I did feel nauseous and a little short of breath (apparently I have a deep seated fear of drowning). Dell's death on Private Practice was really tragic too, but - like many of the other major character deaths on television that spring to my mind - there was a significant ammount of anger and frustration obscuring the sadness so I'm not sure I would count it. Also? I seem to have a tendency to watch shows where character deaths don't necessarily mean they will never be seen again (or are even dead at all - "Alias" being the prime example).
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Days 1-8
Days 9-15

Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show -
I don't know if anything I watch anymore qualifies as a "guilty pleasure". I watched a couple non-consecutive seasons of "Dancing with the Stars" because it was the only reality competition show I could tolerate but I fast-forwarded through half of the performance episodes and didn't even bother with the results shows. And the last one I saw was the one Kristi Yamaguchi won, whenever that was, so I'm not sure I would count it.

Day 17 - Favorite mini series -
"Roots". Great acting, epic story and it has aged amazingly well. I think everyone should be required to see it in American History class, but it's too long for that to be realistic.

Day 18 - Favorite title sequence -
I usually fast-forward through these, so I'm not really sure. Though the fact that I watched the opening title sequence of "Quantum Leap" about 50+ times and never got tired of that song says something, I think. But it probably says more about the song than anything.

Day 19 - Best t.v show cast -
"Lost". JJ Abrams always seems to have good luck with casting, but he really hit the jackpot with this one. They're all amazing.

Day 20 - Favorite kiss -
The first one to leap to my mind is Vaughn and Sydney's epic first kiss in the middle of the SD-6 rubble. That whole episode was so stunningly game-changing that I spent the next week wondering if I had dreamed it.

Day 21 - Favorite ship -
I assume it doesn't have to be het. No ship has ever been as fun and rewarding for me as a fanfiction writer and reader as Jack/Sawyer.

Day 22 - Favorite series finale -
I've probably seen a lot of series finales, but I don't remember much about many of them. I guess that says something. The ones I remember clearest - mostly because many are recent - that went out on their own terms (i.e. had a *series* finale and not just a cancellation cut off) are "Gilligan's Island", "Quantum Leap", "Friends", "Everybody Hates Chris", "Alias", "Lost", "Flashforward" and "Prison Break". Of those...probably either "Friends" or "Lost" but they're so different that they're impossible to compare to each other.
diandrahollman: (jackred)

I haven't even turned my computer on in two days because I finally bought an Ipod and I've been too busy downloading apps and setting about 100 channels on Pandora. Yeesh. Hopefully all this time sunk into it will be worth it when I go to France. I already have a few apps that are useful for travel (maps, translators, wifi finders). Does anyone know of some other really good apps - preferably free or at least cheap?

So since I didn't have my computer on I almost missed the Emmy nominations yesterday. Apparently Matthew Fox was nominated for an Emmy for the first time ever. To which my response is pretty much IT'S ABOUT #*%@& TIME!!!!! YES!!! :D I'm not sure if the people who vote for the Emmys use the same reasoning as the people who vote for the Oscars (where they are likely to vote based on past performances more than whatever role is actually being nominated) so I'm not sure what his chances of actually winning are, but it would be awesome if they gave it to him for what may be his last performance on television. It might make up for all the years of him being overlooked.

On a completely different note...are people in Minnesota actively insane? I had a call from a woman at work asking if we would be able to make a delivery to her house WHILE TORNADO SIRENS WERE BLOWING IN THE BACKGROUND. I know some cities are a little trigger happy and blow those things when a severe thunderstorm is three counties away, but...after about twenty tornadoes ripped through the state in A DAY last month maybe you should, I don't know, GET THE HELL IN THE BASEMENT WHEN THE SIRENS GO OFF AND NOT ASK OTHER PEOPLE TO ENDANGER THEIR LIVES?!
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Days 1-8 here

Day 09 - Best scene ever -
I have absolutely no idea how to answer this because it's *such* a broad question. Best action scene? Best dramatic scene? I want to say the opening scene of "Lost" with everyone stumbling around the smoking wreckage and getting sucked into still-running propellers and whatnot because that was pretty epic and totally sold the show.

Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving -
"Fringe". Actually, I thought I would love it, didn't like it much after the first couple episodes and then grew to really enjoy it. "Alias" too, come to think of it but that pilot episode was much stronger so I was sold on it faster.

Day 11 - A show that disappointed you -
Probably a tie between "Desperate Housewives" and "24" for much the same reasons. They started getting repetative and boring and some of the characters - certainly on Housewives - were reaching Horatio Caine levels of annoying.

Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times -
I know I've watched many episodes of "Alias" and "Lost" two or three times, but I don't think I've ever watched *one* particular episode of anything that many times! Though there may have been an episode of "Diagnosis Murder" when I was in junior high because I was in love with Charlie Schlatter, but I don't remember much about it anymore.

Day 13 - Favorite childhood show -
"Gilligan's Island". Don't laugh. I was in love with the professor. Though now I think I've grown to love "Quantum Leap" more.

Day 14 - Favorite male character -
This is more difficult to come up with than a favorite female character because there's *more* of them that stand out. Seriously. Television is very male dominated. I love Chi McBride's characters on "Pushing Daisies" and "Human Target". I also love House and Patrick Jane but none of those characters are the sort of people you'd want to spend a lot of time with unless you hate your life. Walter Bishop and Tony Dinozzo would drive you batshit insane. I always adored Melinda's husband on "Ghost Whisperer", but I stopped watching the show after two seasons and I understand he changed drastically after that. Maybe Scotty on "Brothers and Sisters". Or Peter Bishop possibly.

Day 15 - Favorite female character -
Olivia Dunham is pretty much the only strong female character who hasn't disappointed me yet. Well, Elizabeth Mitchell's characters haven't either, I guess. Nora Walker would be pretty high on the list but that's probably less to do with the awesomeness of the *character* than the awesomeness that is Sally Field.
diandrahollman: (jacksawyer)

Comment with a fandom and I'll tell you my:

One True Pairing Ship
Canon Ship
"If this happens I'll stab my eyes out with a spork" Ship
"You are one sick bastard" Ship
"I dabble a little" Ship
"It's like a car crash" Ship
"Tickles my fancy but not sold just yet" Ship
"Makes no canon sense but why the Hell not" Ship
"Everyone else loves it but I just don't feel it" Ship
"When all is said and done" Ship


I *think* all of my fandoms are listed in my profile. Pretty much anything from the filmographies of the actors listed is fair game too. There might be others, but I can't think of any of them right now...
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I really wanted to do the "Lost" meme that was going around in the weeks leading up to the finale, but I didn't think I could even answer half the questions on it (what's a tumblr?). Also, several of them would have been duplicated with answers in the television meme, so...

Taken from [livejournal.com profile] danadoggett . I'm obviously bad about post-a-day memes, so I'll probably post this in batches. Here's the first eight days worth:

Day 01- A show that should have never been canceled -
I was always bitter about the 2002-03 television season because my three favorite shows were all cancelled with only one even making it to season end...and ending on a cliffhanger. But..."Pushing Daisies" and "Moonlight" (seriously, what were they thinking with "Moonlight"?!)

Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching -
Not sure I would actually wish for that - other than in hindsight when the show is cancelled because not *enough* people were watching. I think there's a point when the audience is *too* broad and the show becomes watered down because TPTB is trying to appeal to *everyone* including casual "viewers" who just have the television on in the background and don't even care what's on. Though I do wish more people I knew in my real life had watched "Lost" because I feel like the only people I could really talk to and trade theories with were on LJ.

Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season) -
"Human Target". Chi McBride is awesomesauce.

Day 04 - Your favorite show ever -
"Lost". No contest.

Day 05 - A show you hate -
I want to say "Survivor" and all the other "reality" show crap that has been filling space on the television schedule, but...I don't watch them. Other than that one partial episode of "Survivor" that I had to watch in television studies class that made me want to gouge my eyes out. But I should probably focus on shows I watched more than fifteen minutes of, so...I have to go with "24". I used to like it, but it became so repeatative and stupid that I grew to hate it. It eventually got to the point where the sound of that tick-thump tick-thump made my teeth clench.

Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show -
An episode is just an arbitrary division of time in the epic mythology that was "Lost". They often blended one right into the other in my mind (except for "Across the Sea", which stood out in a *bad* way).

Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show -
Well, that Bai Ling episode was pretty useless. I think "Across the Sea" may have trumped it though.

Day 08 - A show everyone should watch -
[see day 02]

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