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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] later_tuesday : List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices, if they're so inclined.

1. Faith Lehane [Buffy the Vampire Slayer]
2. John Connor [Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles]
3. Rachel Berry [Glee - only counts for s1 as I still haven't watched more]
4. Amy Pond [Doctor Who]
5. Brooke Davis [One Tree Hill]
6. Caroline Forbes [The Vampire Diaries]
7. Jaye Tyler [Wonderfalls]
8. Annie Edison [Community]
9. Topher Brink [Dollhouse]
10. Parker [Leverage]
11. Kenzi [Lost Girl]
12. Michael Guerrin [Roswell]
13. Dean Winchester [Supernatural]
14. Cara [Legend of the Seeker]
15. Claudia Donovan [Warehouse 13]

Note to self: Reading the instructions before posting is occasionally useful. JSYK.
paperscout: ((harper's) group; "scooby gang")
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] later_tuesday 

Name a character from one of my fandoms and I'll give you:
a) a fact about them from my personal canon
b) a reason he/she sucks
c) a reason he/she is amazing
d) a thing that I'd like to see happen to them
e) someone that I can't ship that character with


Applicable fandoms:  Whedonverse, Lost Girl, Legend of the Seeker, TSCC, Community, Supernatural, Glee, The Vampire Diaries, Doctor Who (series 5+), Leverage, BSG, One Tree Hill (early seasons), Roswell, Charmed (first 6 seasons), Warehouse 13, Higher Ground, Animorphs, Harper's Island, Smallville (early seasons)
paperscout: ((lost girl) kenzi; at bar)
Year in Review! (stolen - this year - from [livejournal.com profile] failingicarus )

Take the first sentence (or two) from the first post of each month of 2010. That's your year in review.

Jan: Hi, my name is Rachel. I have a long-running secret addiction to Miley/Lilly Hannah Montana fan fiction. (omg why did my year start with this???)

Feb: Things are going alright so far.

March: i am drunk. as usual.

April: Legend of the Seeker got canceled. I want to kill everyone.

May: Honest to God, I do not think I can handle how hot Tabrett Bethell is. (this was followed by a .gif of "the tongue lick" - you know the one)

June: This me, in this timeline, wants to be a writer.

July: Liiiivejournalllll. I've been ignoring this thing for so long that I forgot all the things I was gonna say.

Aug: I read the other day that the only way to write a zombie plague movie now is to make it ABOUT something else -- just being a zombie plague movie is no longer a hook.

Sept: Finally got around to uploading a bunch of icons I'd downloaded over the past year.

Oct: Went to see Easy A today with [livejournal.com profile] proudfoot . It was super awesome.

Nov: Someone yell at me if I don't at least watch the pilot of Vampire Diaries this week.

Dec:
 You ever feel like you've followed someone on Twitter for so long (or been LJ friends, w/e) that you would feel way too guilty to unfollow them even though you kind of really want to?


Yyyyep, that actually does sum up my year pretty nicely, with a few notable exclusions, but oh well.
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] smidgy06 --

Step One:  Make an LJ post. It can be public or friends only, whatever you’re most comfortable with.
The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes, and these wishes can be anything - from simple (a fan fiction written about your favourite pairing), to medium (a DVD you want), to really extravagant (a brand new laptop or car). Just make sure these are wishes for things you really truly want.

Step Two:  Skim through your friends list and see who has posted their own wish lists.
Then - and this is the most important part - if you find a wish you can grant, and it’s in your heart to do so, make sure that person’s wish comes true.  Sometimes a person’s trash is another person’s treasure. If you have a leather jacket you don’t want or a gift certificate you’re never going to use, give it to someone who wants it.

Step Three: Post this wish list any time after November 1st. Then repost it two weeks before Christmas.
You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday fairy--to spread the joy.Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call. There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached.

Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My list... )

Fandom fun

Nov. 8th, 2010 07:55 pm
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Hello new Lost Girl friends! *waves* XD

I'm taking a digital page out of [livejournal.com profile] proudfoot 's LJ and posting a fandom meme in case anyone's interested. Plus it just seems really fun. For the benefit of new LJ friends as well as old, so please feel more than free to comment!

Reply with a show/fandom and I'll tell you the following:
› favorite character
› least favorite character
› prettiest character
› character I wanna marry
› favorite pairing
› favorite episode
› unpopular opinion
 
Cheat sheet for those who don't know my fandoms-- )
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Day 14: Favorite male character

This is a bitch. Tomorrow's is going to be even more of a bitch. But I'm just not going to overthink it and am gonna go with the first three that immediately pop -- shit, the first FOUR that immediately pop into my head. OKAYSTARTINGNOW.

1. Dean Winchester (Supernatural)


(not entirely related, but amazing nonetheless)

I feel like this doesn't really need any further explanation. If I really limited myself to one answer as the topic insinuates (*scoff*), Dean would probably be it. He's really hot, he's a tough dude, he's resourceful, he's hilarious, he's heroic, and yet he's got his sensitive and totally fucked up/broken side too. Dean is awesome. And he really freaking loves his brother. I love that about him. And NOT in an "OMG WINCEST" way, because no, no no no. I am not one of those fans. Dean's had a fantastic arc over the last five years (in spite, as mentioned previously, the somewhat redundant emotional notes the last season kept hammering on), I loved where he ended in the finale, and I'm really interested to see where his story goes next season.


2. John Connor (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles)


(also not entirely related)

The John we got to know is the opposite of Dean in a lot of ways. Yes, they're both hot, and tough, and heroic, but up until the last few episodes of season two, John was still just this scared little boy. Yeah, he stood up and fought, a lot, but he wasn't a leader. He just wanted to be a normal kid with a normal life. And it was great getting to watch him struggle with who he wanted to be versus who he knew he had to grow up to be. That's a lot to put on a teenager, and it definitely made him a really interesting character.


3. Topher Brink (Dollhouse)



I love Topher. I really, really love Topher. He was a totally jackass (albeit a hilarious jackass) in the first season, with brains that matured far faster than emotions and morality. But eventually that all caught up with him, and he was forced to brutally take in the consequences of the tech he'd created over and over again, watching his world crash down around him. As heart-wrenching as it was to watch (what else would you expect from Joss, really?), it was an incredible arc for him.


4. Eliot Spencer (Leverage)



Eliot. Kicks. Ass. I'd be lying if I said there was really much more to my love of him than that. He kicks a lot of ass, looks really hot doing it, and, oh yeah, kicks more ass. If I try to go beyond that, honestly, I start getting confused between show!Eliot and fandom!Eliot (a problem I'll likely discuss at length tomorrow). I read a shit ton of Eliot/Parker fics, and in them, Eliot is just this really awesome, gentle-yet-ass-kicking protector, which you can tell he has going for him in the show as well, especially in certain episodes, but it hasn't been explored as thoroughly as in fics. And I love the dynamic between him and Parker in fandom. It's super lame, because most E/P writers have the characters spot on, and their romantic dynamic makes perfect sense, which MEANS it should make sense in the show, and I'm pissed the writers seem to disagree. ARGHHH. But I just got into a slight disagreement about this on fandom!secrets so I'm not gonna do it again right now. Anyway, Eliot. Ass kicking. Yes.


*Side note: Two of the characters listed had brief romantic entanglements with characters played by Alona Tal. Coincidence....? BTW, she is also awesome and needs her own show.
paperscout: ((spiceworld) emma "sgt bb")
Day 13: Favorite childhood show

I'm gonna assume "childhood" means pre-middle school. In that case, we have a whopping three-way tie between some AWESOME shows.

1. Ghostwriter

Arguably my first ever favorite show. It's the first I can remember anyway, besides the stock shows every parent made their kids watch (i.e. Sesame Street, Barney, etc.). I was totally obsessed with it. Read the majority of the books that went along with it. To this day, I can write in the code the bad guys used in the pilot episode as fluently as I can write English. And yes, I still get tons of weird looks when people notice I'm doing it. But hey, it's become habit when I'm writing in public. Ghostwriter basically set the stage for me to become the slightly deviant spy/stalker I am today, cuz I'd always make my friend Lyssa go with me to spy on all the neighbors and write their (really non-interesting) happenings down in a "casebook." The Nickelodeon Harriet the Spy movie, which used the same black and white speckled Mead notebook, only furthered this. Anyway, this show definitely had a huge impact on the way I turned out. It's cool cuz I've actually talked to a couple of the cast members on Facebook/Myspace since I've grown up. I'm nerdy like that :P



I'm still really bummed I never got to see the majority of the New Ghostwriter show, because even though I'm sure it wasn't nearly as good as the original, I heard more of the mystery of Ghostwriter himself was revealed, and I'd just love to see it. It's one of the few shows I haven't been able to find online anywhere in the digital era, but I'll keep diligently searching. One day...


2. Big Bad Beetleborgs (/Beetleborgs Metallix)

Oh the regret that I haven't seen all of this show either! But it ran for a lot of episodes. I wasn't allowed to watch Power Rangers growing up for whatever reason, yet somehow by 4th grade I was allowed to watch Beetle Borgs. Even though my pre-10 year old years were filled with repeated viewings of Star Wars and Christopher Reeves Superman movies, Beetle Borgs was, in a way, my first prolonged exposure to superheroes. And on-screen creatures (a vampire, a werewolf, a mummy, and a phantom were the supporting cast) -- though I'd been reading supernatural books since I took off my Dr. Seuss training wheels and crawled into a library. It was a silly show, but I loved it. And I'm fairly certain it's where my love of fight sequences started, and my love of superpowers was cemented. I have a sketchbook back home somewhere filled with weapon designs and villains. You know, back when I actually did stuff instead of surfed the internet all day.




3. The Secret World of Alex Mack

I didn't have cable growing up. But every year before we drove to Minnesota to visit my grandparents, my mom would let me pick out some books to buy. One year, probably in 3rd grade or so, I bought Into the Land of the Unicorns (still waiting to read the third in the trilogy, which FINALLY came out like a year ago) and a media tie-in for The Secret World of Alex Mack. See? Even when I was a kid I was reading "fan fiction" for shows before watching them, even if it was "professional" fan fic. Seriously, my destiny was determined long ago lol. But I didn't even realize it was a show until I brought another one of the books to my parents' friends' house and their kid told me about it and gave me the books he had, cuz he was too old for them by that time. And this started the long tradition of begging my grandmother to tape every episode that aired and mailing them to me from Minnesota. It also marked the first time I started picking out my own clothes (I went to a private school for grades 1-5 that had uniforms so clothes had never really mattered). Unfortunately, those clothes were to match the ones Alex wore on the back of every book as closely as possible. Aka...overalls, a plaid shirt tied around the waist, and a backwards cap. Alex Mack and private school are to blame for the fact that I have absolutely no fashion sense whatsoever. But it was a great show. And I'm still bitter that the season 1 DVDs feature Jessica Alba when she was in like ONE EPISODE. Larisa Oleynik > Jessica Alba. Also, Nickelodeon REALLY needs to release the rest of the series on DVD. *sob* Though I own 'em on bootleg. And have never seen most of the last season, including the finale. Too painful!

paperscout: ((degrassi) ellie hallway)
Day 12: An episode you've watched more than 5 times

Hmm. I'm pretty sure the only episode that meets this qualification is Degrassi:TNG "Whisper to a Scream." I'd say possibly also the 2-part Buffy pilot, and Angel "Salvage" and "Orpheus," but I'm thinking those are more around 3-5, and the Angel episodes I probably didn't rewatch in their entirety cuz season 4...meh. I've never been much for rewatching. I get bored too easily. Which sucks, cuz I really should watch things multiple times. S'how you learn and all.
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Day 10: A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

This is an easy three-way tie between some of my favorite current shows.


1. Supernatural

This show seems like it's tailor-made to my interests. Demons? Check. Siblings? Check. Overarching mythos? Check. All-male cast? Errr. Wait. I didn't request that. I generally don't watch shows that only have dude protagonists. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's because I feel like I can't always relate to them. Maybe it's because it feels unbalanced (I generally don't watch all-female protagonist shows either, Charmed being an exception). I'm really not sure. I just usually don't care for them. Actually, now that I think about it, a better reason may be because usually shows and movies like that tend to have "token," two-dimensional female characters, which seriously irks me. But Supernatural does not. It's an incredibly well-crafted show (recent redundancy in emotional notes aside) with really well-developed characters - both major and minor. And I fuckin' love it.


(ignore the subtitles, it's the only version I could find that allowed embedding)


2. Doctor Who

Doctor Who always struck me as super cheesy. And, let's face it, it is. I had no interest in watching the first four seasons of the current series, and now that I've watched 2.5 of them, I agree with my first instinct. But this last season has been really well-written in terms of story. Some of the character work is really bugging me, especially after the finale, but I'm going to wait until the next season to comment more on it. Not sure where it's going, but I do know I'm enjoying it.




3. Leverage

I don't watch TNT/USA shows. It's not that they're bad, but they're kind of all the same. I'd meant to check out Leverage for awhile because of Christian Kane, but just kept putting it off and putting it off. And then the thing that always happens to me happened. I was reading fan fic for one show (Buffy), clicked on the author's profile, started reading other stories she'd written, wound up reading a (realllllly OOC) Leverage one, decided I wanted to know more about the character (Parker), researched the episode guide, picked an episode, watched, and boom. In love. Leverage is still a procedural with occasional emphasis on character and backstory like the other TNT/USA shows, but damn do I love these characters! (Minus Nate, of course.) It's such a nice variety, and they don't feel like characters I see on other shows.

paperscout: ((angel) faith "when it rains")
Day 9: Best scene ever

I don't have a "best scene ever," I don't think. I'm gonna shoot off a couple favorites.


Angel, Five by Five - "I'm bad! I'm bad. Please. Angel, please, just do it." (38:00 - end)



One of my favorites. Beautifully unexpected, yet somehow the only logical conclusion.


Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Ourselves Alone - "I trusted you. I loved you."

SPOILER WARNING - [video link]

I don't know or care what specifically Riley meant by that, but the palpability of betrayal was so heartbreaking. In spite of the fight scene that followed being somewhat questionably choreographed, it was a good scene. And I realllllly wish I had known Dan Thomsen was the writer when I met him at that party.


Higher Ground, Babe in Arms - The bear statue. (4:04 - end)



Only Shelby would run away to be by herself after she saved someone (and denied it). It's a simple scene, but I love it. And I think it's where my love of being alone outside at night started.


I wanted to pick a Dollhouse scene with Topher, a Supernatural scene with Sam & Dean, and something from Dead Like Me, but there were too many to choose from and none that jumped out immediately, so I'll save gushing about those shows for another day.
paperscout: ((jake gyllenhaal) the "fuck me" look)
Day 7: Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show

behind the cut )
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Day 6: Favorite episode of your favorite TV show

Sorry guys, I have a lot of catching up to do because of Comic Con. Everything will go behind a cut so I don't destroy your LJ friends' pages too badly!!

And here we go )
paperscout: ((popular) mary cherry "delusional")
Day 5: A show you hate

Again, I can't just choose one. But here, we're sticking to two current shows.

1. Warehouse 13

God. I really loathe this show. This show is everything that is wrong and demeaning about sci-fi. I thought it was going to be decent since Jane Espenson co-wrote the pilot, but I don't understand what happened.

First of all, the characters are incredibly cliche. The dorky "playboy" agent and the tough, "somebody-needs-to-break-my-walls-down" female agent. I mean, really. And from what I've seen of the show, all that lies beneath the cliches are more cliches. The dialog in the pilot episode was probably the worst dialog I've ever heard in a recent, American, network/big-name-cable show. Super contrived, attempting to be witty but failing MISERABLY, and just way too on the nose. To be fair, I'm going to watch the rest of season one at some point just to validate my opinions, but I have very little doubt I'm right about this.



But neither of these issues is the biggest problem I have with this show, the reason why I think it is a giant blemish on the name of science fiction. Watching sci-fi, you automatically have to suspend disbelief. A lot. You have to accept worlds and ideas and science/magic that are sometimes really far beyond anything the builders of our future as a society have even conceptualized on paper yet. And I will more than gladly do all this if you can convince me of this world. If you tell me vampires can only be killed with stakes, beheading, and fire - okay. Vampires probably MOVE really fast, and are really strong, and it may be super hard to get to them. If you tell me a spaceship is going to jump into hyperdrive and go insanely fast - okay. Whatever powers the ship and/or jumps it into lightspeed may break, or need time in between jumps. Hell, I'll even believe a fuckin' blue telephone box that can travel through time and space, because the "technology" is "explained" and sometimes it takes them to the wrong place, and sometimes it rips holes in the fabric of the universe. Basically, I will believe in all these things because they also have equally believable limitations, something we can relate to in our reality. What I absolutely cannot and will not believe, is a stupid little vat of goo that can somehow stop every historical/magical object from being potent and wreaking havoc. No. No, no, no. That is bum-fucking stupid and the worst, repetitive example of deus ex machina. No thank you.


2. Grey's Anatomy

See Children's Hospital. 'Nuff said.
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Day 4: Your favorite show ever

I've been putting off this meme on purpose (suck, I know) because I've been too tired to properly attempt to figure out an answer for this question. I still am, but I'm only getting further and further behind.

I'm trying to decide between four different shows. One is still on the air, one I am in the middle of watching, and two I have somewhat secretly never watched in their entirety, or in order. So it's hard to make a definitive decision. Instead, I'll be wishy-washy and just give reasons for why I love all of them. And I know it's cheating, but considering HOW MUCH TV I watch, and have watched, in my quarterlifespan, it's not cheating anywhere near as much as it would be for some people.

1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

You guys knew this was coming. I didn't watch Buffy on the air, nor have I seen the last, um, 5 seasons in order. Truthfully, I haven't seen most of seasons 3, 6, & 7 at all. I started watching the show for realsies senior year of high school, and I've been putting off completing it because I love it so insanely, deathly much. Same is true for Angel.

I love the camp in this show. Things like Xena are a little much for me, but Buffy manages to be campy in a very self-aware kind of way (much like certain should-have-flopped episodes of Supernatural, imho), and still manages to strike you with all the right emotions if you're *actually* watching and not just writing it off as a shit show. I think it has an amazing line up of characters starting out - hits all the right dynamics. It's witty without being as over the top as a lot of wannabe-Buffy writings I've read. I know there are people that disagree, claiming teenagers wouldn't say the things Buffy & her friends say, but there's a level of awkwardness and purposely poor wording that lends believability. And as often as the show includes love stories, they aren't the end-all-be-all like they are in a lot of teen dramas, and that is what really sets it apart for me.

Plus, I mean, hell, it has the best damn musical in a TV show I've ever seen. And I'm pretty sure I've seen all of them.




2. Angel

I loved Angel before I really loved Buffy, and truthfully, I may like it more. It's more mature, and more dark, but I really haven't seen almost ANY of the last three seasons (shut up, shut up, I'm going to finish them all before the year is up), so again, hard to say for sure. But my favorite thing about Angel is that it has a wonderful tendency to take characters that I absolutely could not stand, or who were generally "bad" characters in Buffy and give them totally believable arcs where they become really relatable, lovable characters. Cordelia, Wesley, even Faith and Darla have some redemption in Angel.



They definitely made some mistakes, which is another reason I'm hesitant to watch it, and even though it's possible I may *like* it more than Buffy, I don't think it's a better show (from what I've seen). I think it could have been, but Joss *was* working on three shows at once, so I guess it's not surprising things weren't as amazing as their potential.


3. Supernatural

The one show I've seen in its entirety! Unfortunately (or rather, VERY fortunately), it's not over yet. And I'm a bit nervous about next season. But seasons 1-5? Fantastic.

I was a bit slow on starting this show. Generally I don't watch shows that don't have female lead characters, mostly because I just don't relate to or care about the "typical guy" storylines that have been in most of the shows I watch. But Dean and Sam both definitely have lovely storylines that I relate to and care about. And as [livejournal.com profile] greenhoodloxley has pointed out, watching their sibling relationship play out over the course of the years. As much as I shipped Dean with Jo, and Sam with (real) Ruby, I love that they've stuck with each other above all else, and that the writers never fell back on a romance to keep fans interested in the show. While that's resulted in what I feel is an absolutely ridiculous, unjoinable fandom, it's made one of the most consistently amazing shows I've seen on TV in a long time.

It does have a lot of plots I've seen before, but generally tends to do them in intriguing ways. At the very least, something happening with the creature-of-the-week lets us see deeper into one of the characters' current inner battles. And they're some fucked up boys, so that's always a good thing. Supernatural has also managed to take a lot of plot ideas that shouldn't have worked (going into TV land, Christmas specials, fan conventions, etc.) and pulled them off seamlessly. (The only episode I thought was a bust was the black and white "Monster Movie" ep. Great idea, I just didn't like how it played out.)



But what I really enjoyed about this show was how season one made it seem like it was "just" a procedural-type supernatural show with a thread of "oh hey, gotta find the yellow-eyed demon" for the season arc, but then once we hit season two...season three...things started tying back in. They had this master plan with this amazingly well-crafted series arc already woven in. Not some shit where they ask a lot of questions and never answer them (*cough*Lost) but a truly well thought out mythology. It was a wonderful thing to realize, and I can only hope season 6, though outside of the original plan, continues to be as great.


4. Dead Like Me

And this is the show that really sparked my omg-I-don't-know-what-my-favorite-show-is-anymore! dilemma. I'm halfway through season two - the final season. There were hardly any episodes of this show, but I love it so much I literally cry at the thought of not being able to watch any more episodes. That usually doesn't happen when I start watching a show post-cancellation.

I think it took a few episodes for Dead Like Me to find its footing. IMHO, that happened shortly after the character of Daisy Adair replaced Betty. I hated her at first, but damn if she isn't the most intriguing to me now. This show is really fantastic at throwing in subtle character reactions and comments that are important to development later. Just little things, not highlighted by in-your-face camera angles or slow mo or whatever other "tricks" TV shows use on "stupid" audiences to make sure we "get it." And every. Damn. Episode of this show is character driven. Whatever happens in the plot is purely to reveal more about character, while still usually managing to be a very cohesive story, generally with a central theme between plots.



If I had to guess, though, I'd say the fact that it was so strictly character-driven was also its downfall. I would have liked to have seen some overarching mythology gradually revealed, some mystery they were trying to solve about the great beyond. Conspiracy, even. And it feels like it's starting to do that a little where I am now, but I don't know how far it gets by the end of season two. And knowing Bryan Fuller's other works, and his...intrigue with disaffected twenty-somethings, I'm not sure it ever would have had more of a point.

But overall, it's probably the only show that's ever made me think about what I'm doing with my life now, and my future now, as opposed to just pine over what I could have done differently in the past. It's a lovely, lovely show, and I wish very much that I had more of it waiting for me.

And the movie doesn't fuckin' count because Mandy Patinkin and Laura Harris aren't there.


Honorable mentions: Charmed, Roswell, Higher Ground, Popular, Dollhouse, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
paperscout: ((bridget jones) gay/no sexy cylons)
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season)

I'm going to count that as last season since it's summertime now. Originally I would have said Glee, but though I'm behind about 5-7 episodes at the moment, I just didn't like where the show was going. Moving so quickly, missing great opportunities for emotional beats and character development (not to be confused with plot progress, as mentioned, they did that rapidly enough). FlashForward had some great potential in the "lesser" characters, but, IMHO, made some poor casting *and* character choices for leads. Ultimately, the show failed so I guess it's irrelevant anyway.

So I guess I'll go with a less than enthusiastic tie between...

1. Modern Family

I do love this show. They use a lot of gags that are tired and trite in regular sitcoms and somehow turn them around and make them fresh in a family-oriented show that features a lot of younger kids. I'm not entirely sure how they make it work, but they do. It's a really funny show, and so worth catching week to week.

This is my favorite scene from the pilot. Cameron and Mitchell adopted a baby and Cameron is trying to tell his family...




2. Caprica

I've only seen about 4-5 episodes of this so far, which is why I hesitate to include it. But pickings were super slim last season, and I did absolutely love the pilot of Caprica. I've heard it only got better towards the mid-season finale (the second half of season one hadn't aired yet) so hopefully once I get that far, I'll feel more confident about having included it here.

So the pilot of Caprica was like watching BSG as a high school drama. Which to me, is awesomeness. Halfway through the episode, they destroyed the viewers' sense of what the show was going to be about (to me, anyway) and while I'm...a little disappointed, I guess, in the direction that took, I highly respect the balls it took to do that, and the way it was handled. If the show keeps getting better and manages to build an awesome plot arch while developing the younger characters, then I'll be in for the long haul. Though it wasn't my favorite just because of personal tastes, BSG was brilliant (up to the last couple episodes anyway), and I hope Caprica manages to develop a similarly strong emotional core.

Here's a promo for the first season:



Side note: If you're a bit iffy on sci-fi, as I am (I mostly watch supernatural stuff-- there IS a difference), it's still worth giving this show a shot. It's not a "ship show" like BSG was, and it's more about...advanced gadgets and the birth of a new technology, while revolving mostly around the families effected by and affecting this change in the world and humanity.
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Grabbed this from [livejournal.com profile] greenhoodloxley.

Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled
See the rest of the questions here )

This is a tough one. I have a lot of favorite shows that were canceled prematurely, but I'm gonna call this a tie between two.

1. Firefly

This show is on every list of the top shows that should never have been canceled. I'm not being original. I know. But anyone who knows me knows my devotion to Joss and his shows. As much as I love Dollhouse, I chose Firefly over it because I feel like it could have had more longevity since it wasn't a specific pre-plotted conspiracy like Dollhouse. I will say, though, that as great as I thought Firefly could have been, as it was, it was not one of my favorite shows. It just didn't last long enough. But the potential was definitely there. And I'd way rather watch Morena Baccarin be a classy whore than an alien Michael Cera look-a-like, not gonna lie.

Awesome reimagining of the Firefly theme:


2. Arrested Development

Another cliche, but also chosen for longevity. Arrested Development, in my opinion, ties with It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia for best comedy show ever. And what was so awesome about Arrested Development was all the in-jokes that required you to watch the whole series. Usually with comedies you can just pick up the show whenever, but this show rewarded the viewers for watching every episode by actually providing like, arcs and shit lol. Nice change.

Runners-up: Dollhouse, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Dead Like Me, Drive, Popular, Legend of the Seeker

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