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I like TV. I like most media, but TV is where I spend a lot of my time. I'm also a fan. Which for me means that I tend to notice tiny details. Things that most people don't give a damn about. I not only notice them but sometimes they are the reason I like or dislike a particular television show.


I especially like noticing details that feel like they are a special secret between me and the creator of whatever show I watch. Maybe a reference in one show to a previous show the creator worked on or another show an actor was in before. It feels like it's a special joke directed at me and anyone else who notices. Now some are clearly intentional and others aren't. Some are coincidences that are only funny to me. Knowing that the guy who did the voiceover for The Wonder Years was also in Breaking Away make me happy.

Some shows really play up some of this trivia knowing that fan boys like me eat it up. Castle does a lot of it. So did Buffy, The Vampire Slayer. Last night two shows gave me a bit of a chuckle. The season premiere of The Walking Dead had the appearance of an actor who played a character on an earlier episode of the show. The character ran into Rick and Carol while they were on a run. The character and his girlfriend were very friendly sweet people who clearly had only survived through unprecedented amounts of luck. The character had dislocated his shoulder and Carol reset it for him. Not long after the girlfriend was found dead, but the guy just disappeared. So anyway, he shows up in the episode and I think, "Hey, that's the guy with the dislocated shoulder!" I also realize that he is now playing the guy who will become The Penguin in the new Gotham television show.

I know this is unimportant, but I told you these were stupid details.

Now, this last one was clearly on purpose and is more generally fun and not so much a private joke for me. On the The Good Wife which usually plays against The Walking Dead. Last night's episode has Alicia guiltily fascinated with a TV show that is clearly a take off of Talking Dead the show that follows The Walking Dead and talks about that evening's TWD episode. Fun!
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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale.

Hmmm. It's probably The Prisoner, but then that whole show was WTF a lot of the time for me. I like it but the whole show had me scratching my head more often than not. I have read people who thought Lost's was confusing, but unlike many people I never really cared how the series ended. I loved all the mystery, the strange clues. Any ending was going to leave me disappointed.Read more... )

Lookee, lookee I finished the meme. It didn't take that long, did it?

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new).

I've taken so long finishing this meme, that I've had several answers to this one. I guess most recently I'm going to try to catch The Cape when it starts. With some trepidation, I'm looking forward to the american version of Being Human. Loved the original, but we'll see. I recently found out that SGU got canceled. I have terrible luck with the SyFy channel shows. I was enjoying Caprica but it's gone. Then there's the The Dresden Files and Farscape that I liked a lot, but were cancelled.

Some non-SyFy I really enjoyed but are now gone. Persons Unknown, was great but it was apparently only planned as a miniseries and then there was Flash Forward. I can't think of anything else I'm particularly interested in following right now. Oh, I think Haven is pretty good.

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 24 - Best quote.

I have a fondness for the opening of The Outer Limits, "There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur, or sharpen it to crystal clarity. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to... The Outer Limits."

I also still like, "[War] is instinctive. But the instinct can be fought. We're human beings with the blood of a million savage years on our hands! But we can stop it. We can admit that we're killers ... but we're not going
to kill today. That's all it takes! Knowing that we're not going to kill today!"
-- Kirk, "A Taste of Armageddon"

But my favorite still has to be Star Trek's opening monologue, specifically The Next Generation version:

"Space, the final frontier....These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Her five year mission: to explore strange new worlds.To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no *one* has gone before."

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 23 - Most annoying character.

I must confess I'm one of the many who never much cared for young Wesley Crusher. No reflection Mr. Wheaton's performance. I thought he did a fine job, considering position he was supposed to play. I just never cared for the whole concept of a boy genius on the bridge. However my annoyance never got even close to thinking of him as the most annoying character. Deanna Troi (affectionately nicknamed "Betamax") certainly got close, especially in the first season. Eventually the show's producers figured out how to handle her a little better but her repeating what had already been established or stating the obvious annoyed me.

Although I didn't watch much Babylon 5 much part of what stopped me was Londo Mollari. I never bought his accent especially since no one else of his race seemed to have an accent even close to his. I won't talk about the Bozo the Clown haircut. Anyway he is certainly in the running. Let's not forget Twiki from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. Anyway those are a few that come to mind.

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 22 - Favorite series finale.

I genuinely loved the end of Angel. It was a strong episode independent of it being a finale. In fact, it remains one of my favorite Angel episodes. So many good scenes: Lorne as he goes off to do his part telling everyone he would do this, but afterwards he would be gone.

After Lorne shoots Lindsey, Lindsey: "You killing me? A flunky?! I'm not just... Angel... kills me. You... Angel... [dies]"

Illyria turning into Fred to comfort Wesley as he dies.

In the fight between Angel and Marcus Hamilton, Hamilton: Let me say this as clearly as I can. You cannot beat me. I am a part of them. The Wolf, Ram, and Hart. Their strength flows through my veins. My blood is filled with their ancient power.
Angel: Can you pick out the one word there you probably shouldn't have said? [he vamps out and bites Hamilton, draining his blood] Wow. You really are full of it!

I especially like that Whedon leaves most of the group still fighting evil:

Illyria: Wesley's dead. I'm feeling grief for him. I can't seem to control it. I wish to do more violence.
Spike: Well, wishes just happen to be horses today.
Angel: Amongst other things.
[A horde of demons and monsters is bearing down on Angel's team.]
Gunn: Okay, you take the thirty thousand on the left…
Illyria: You're fading. You'll last ten minutes at best.
Gunn: Then let's make 'em memorable.
Spike: And in terms of a plan?
Angel: We fight.
Spike: Bit more specific?
Angel: Well, personally, I kinda want to slay the dragon. Let's go to work.

I realize that some people think that that left the entire series up in air, but I disagree entirely. It pretty much wraps up all the individual storylines and starts them off on a new adventure. Anyway, I loved it.

I also enjoyed the final episode of Stargate SG-1 Mainly because it was so very different from the regular show. It's a complicated plot setup, but the short version is that the SG-1 gets stuck in a "time bubble" outside of our time (or at least so slow it might as well be) and the team must eventually spend their entire lives together on a spaceship. What I really loved is it gave me the opportunity to experience this group of people living their lives. It was a small quiet storyline that I found to be a comfortable little goodbye to their fans.

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 21 - Favorite ship.

Hey there, a question I already have an opinion on, it's been awhile! I have always thought Serenity from Joss Whedon's Firefy was a beautiful ship. Especially because it looks like a working ship with the dents and scars to prove it. I'm also getting very found of Destiny from Stargate Universe for similar reasons.

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 20 - Favorite kiss.

Wow this really isn't my kind of question. I just don't remember things like that. I'll confess to looking through YouTube for inspiration. I'm sure there are others, but the only one I can come up with is: The kiss between Kate and Sawyer while they were in the cage on Lost.

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 19 - Best t.v show cast.

Probably West Wing, but I could say Sports Night? as easily. In comedy, M.A.S.H, WKRP in Cincinnati, Fawlty Towers all have great all round casts. In SF, Deep Space 9's cast did a fine job.

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 18 - Favorite title sequence.

Title sequences are not something I pay attention to much. So I had a hard time coming up with an answer to this one. A title sequence that had the most emotional effect on me was probably The Outer Limits. It was most likely the age that I saw it, but that narrator saying, "we control the horizontal. We control the vertical..." got me all goose pimply.

Another that struck me was the first episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation. Now, I'm a big Star Trek fan and was really looking forward to the new show. Hearing Patrick Stewart's voice saying "... To seek out new life, new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before." Changing that one word made me so optimistic that the new show would work out. Turned out I gave up on the show about halfway through the first season and didn't really start watching it again until the fifth or sixth because so many of my friends said it was getting better. It did get better and I have some fond memories of the show even though it isn't my favorite.

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. (Yes, yes I'm way behind. Never mind the applicability of the day numbers. I'm just keeping the numbering because I'm anal that way. I'm slow at this but I'm still having fun answering them when I can, so moving right along :-) Today's is:

Day 17 - Favorite mini series.

You know a favorite of mine is still the first I ever saw (the first ever done, I think), Roots. It came out my senior year of high school. It's not like I didn't know the history, but it was such very powerful television for me. I could also add several BBC shows. It seems to be the way they do television over there and I think it's a form that really works for television. How many television series have I seen that started out so wonderful and went to crap because they were constantly needing to keep the, "ball in the air"? A few other mini series, I really loved are: House of Cards, Fawlty Towers and a few of the Black Adder stories.

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Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show.

I suppose it would have to be the few "reality" shows that I do enjoy. The one I'm most embarrassed by is Big Brother. I watch a couple so called reality programs. Some others are Survivor, and The Amazing Race. I really can't defend my enjoyment of Big Brother or Survivor they really do cater to showing off the worst in humanity, but The Amazing Race, I think, is a show that tries to use the format to expand people's awareness of the world. During the show there are many tasks that need to be performed before contestants can move on to the next country. Often the tasks are jobs or pastimes that the people in the country they're in do all the time. It gives the contestants and the viewers an opportunity to get a taste of what it's like to live and work in these other cultures. Granted, it's a shallow and televised version of these tasks but I think it's a worthwhile attempt

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Day 15 - Favorite female character.

As I've said before I have trouble with favorites. There are lots of female characters that I enjoy. CJ from West Wing, Willow from Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Capt. Janeway from Voyager Etc. but I'm trying to come up with a few characters that people wouldn't think of at first. On HBO there was a show created and written by David Milch who created the The Sopranos. His follow up series was called Deadwood. Which was critically acclaimed and although really hard to watch at times, had some amazing characters and stories that I still think about today. The show was largely a Western about the town of Deadwood in South Dakota. This is very early in Deadwood's history. The town is not much more than a general store, a couple of bars and a whorehouse. One of the less expensive prostitutes is a woman named Trixie (played by Paula Malcomson who now is on Caprica, a very impressive actor IMHO). She is close to the bottom of the social structure having almost no power except whatever personal relationships she can develop. You wouldn't think of her as having the resources to help anyone in any way, but on several occasions she works things out to benefit many of the women in the town. She doesn't seem to worry about the social position of those she helps and she gets very little notice and even less credit for her actions. She helps fellow prostitutes, rich wives, whoever she thinks needs help. The entire show is about power and how its exercised when there's little government to enforce any rules. Most of the stories in the foreground are men fighting other men for something. Trixie uses her skills and knowledge to help support the very least powerful in town, the women. I love how differently she moved in this cruel and selfish place.

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Day 14 - Favorite male character.

In an effort to mix things up a little, I'd say a favorite male character of mine is Dr. Miguelito Loveless played by the amazing actor Michael Dunn from the The Wild, Wild West. Yes, he was largely a stereotype, but at least the character was played by an actual little person (I'm embarrassed to admit that I'm not sure that's the correct term anymore. Little person feels to me like it's wrong, but I've seen it used by people in his situation. If I'm offending anyone please give me a hand with better terminology.) Dr. Loveless is of course the bad guy, but he is West's arch nemesis. So at least he's a very good "bad guy". Michael Dunn would have been a major actor if he had been a little taller. IMHO He demonstrated how good an actor he was to have a career despite his height.

He also had a major part in one of my favorite Star Trek episodes. Here's a good example of Michael Dunn's work. It's not his best, but there's one of my favorite television moments here.

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Day 13 - Favorite childhood show.

Probably Dark Shadows, I remember having to rush home in order to see it. I think I got out of school at 3:00 and Dark Shadows began at 3:30 (or something like that). Anyway, I had to get right home in order to see it from the beginning. Anybody remember the storyline of the kissing ghost? I haven't Googled it but I believe the ghost was a young Kate Jackson. She was a Victorian ghost who would appear periodically and smooch on people. Anyway that's one of my earliest television memories. I also really loved Jonny Quest. It was a must-see on Saturdays.

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Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5.

Oh my goodness! See, I like to re-watch television shows. I re-watch most TV I like. Certainly all of the Star Trek franchise (except perhaps for Enterprise, but I'll catch up on those soon I'm sure. West Wing, Sportsnight Buffy, The Vampire Slayer, Angel, Dark Angel, Dead Like Me, probably most of Gilmore Girls. There's lots of others but those are some that I've watched five times or more.

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Day 11 - A show that disappointed you.

I have a few television shows that have disappointed me. The two that I can think of right now are Heroes. Which started out as such a fun show. Very comic bookish, with real good guys and the real bad guys. Just enough character ambiguity to keep things interesting. Then it turned into such a mess! It got to the point that not only couldn't I keep track of who was a good guy and who was a bad guy. I couldn't even keep track of who had what superpower. *sheesh*. Another older show was Sliders. I loved the concept and even sort of liked the characters. I kept hoping it would get better, but it just kept getting worse and worse. I will never forgive the show for what they did to Wade Kathleen Welles and if you thought Jerry O'Connell couldn't act! He is bleeping Olivier compared to his brother.


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Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving.

Probably Sportsnight, Aaron Sorkin's television show before West Wing. I had no intention of watching the show. I thought a show about sports news announcers? I am not a sports fan. not even a little. I couldn't imagine that they would do anything with the show that would be interesting to me. I'm not even sure how I ended up watching the first episode. It probably just came on after I watched something else and I was just too lazy to turn the channel. After about 10 minutes he had me. Sorkin has a way with dialogue which is a big plus for me. Anyway after the first episode it was my must-see show for the two seasons(?) it was on television.

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This television meme was snagged from [personal profile] autographedcat by way of [personal profile] serenejournal. The idea is to answer one question a day from the list below. Today's is:

Day 09 - Best scene ever.

Hmmm. I may have to go back to the scene in Thirtysomething, that I wrote about earlier. I really should keep all these questions in mind. I find that I'm repeating myself a little and if I paid more attention, I could include more television shows as illustrations for my answers. Oh well, that's awfully organized and I'm just not in the mood. Anyway you can see the scene I'm talking about here. Again, it's the introduction of a major character to the show, Miles Drentell. Miles is the head of an rich and prestigious advertising firm that Michael and Elliott may be forced to work for. Now Elliott is on board with the idea of working for Miles. He sees it as an opportunity to work with the "big boys". Michael sees it quite differently. He really thinks it's selling out and although he's willing to because he has a family he needs to help support. His pride won't let him ask for a job.

Miles seems to think highly of Michael (so highly, that later on in the series Miles tries to apprentice Michael to become the heir apparent.) However Miles is the top dog at his advertising firm and would like to hire Michael. But only if Michael comes to him. Now the scene I like is in Miles' office. He starts by regaling Michael and Elliott with a story of Buddhist monks writing prayers on parchment that are dropped into a mold that will be used to make a Bell for the monastery. He's showing off. He talks about how they're rearranging offices at the company and finding themselves with enough space to bring on a new creative team. Then as he is pointing to the area on his blueprints where the new office will be he uses his thumb to show exactly where he wants that creative team to be right under his thumb. It's just a marvelous physicalization of the entire relationship Miles has with Michael and Elliott.

And you know, now that I've written this I can think of half a dozen other scenes that I like just as much. Oh well this will have to do.

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Day 8 - A show everyone should watch.

I'm only good at shoulds when it's what I should do (and then I think I'm a little too good). So I will mention a couple of shows that might be interesting to people that they may not have seen. One of them is Justified, Starring Timothy Oliphant as a popular Elmore Leonard character Raylan Givens featured in his short story "Fire in the Hole".

Surprisingly enough I'm really enjoying Stargate Universe, which is a spinoff/sequel to Stargate SG 1.

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