Category: Television

Thrilling Thursdays: A Buffy Halloween

Y’all know I love Joss Whedon, my Dragon*Con Countdown from 2010 even featured three posts on why Joss Whedon should direct musicals (here is Part I, Part II, and Part III, they offer a persuasive argument I promise).  You didn’t really think we’d get through Halloween Month without a Joss Whedon-centric post, did you?

Joss Whedon, of course, does Halloween quite well.  Three Buffy the Vampire Slayer episodes are Halloween-centric, “Halloween” from Season 2, “Fear Itself” from Season 4, and “All the Way” from Season 6.  In the Whedonverse, Halloween is the night that most vampires and demons take off and go underground, as they deem Halloween “cliche,” but of course nothing really ever goes as planned in Sunnydale.

We’ll talk about “All the Way” first because it is the weakest of the bunch.  Season 6 is the season that polarizes the most Buffy fans, because it is full of angst and there isn’t really a unifying Big Bad.  I know that most people would rather see Buffy slay vampires than bills and plumbing problems, but I actually found Season 6 really brutal and quite real.  Also, it has “Once More, With Feeling,” how can you hate on that?! So, you know, I’m in the minority.  However, I am in general agreement with those who think that one of the major problems of Season 6 was Dawn.  This is a pretty Dawn-centric episode, so it isn’t the best.  However, there are some great points–mostly those which take place in the Magic Box, with Anya dressed as an “Angel named Charlie” and Xander as a pirate (guess he knew he’d be needing that patch at some point, huh?)  But overall this is mostly an episode about teenage boys, and how they are all vampires who want to eat you.  You know, I bet Stephanie Meyers saw this episode of Buffy and it inspired the Twilight series.  Curse ye, Steven S. DeKnight, curse ye!

Image from FanPop.com.

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Work of Art Liveblog, Episode 2: Art Movement

Once again it is Wednesday, and once again it is time for another amazing Work of Art episode and a hopefully amazing Work of Art liveblog.  Just a refresher: last week we met our fourteen contestants, who had names like Sucklord and Jazz-Minh (ungh), and the contestants weathered their first challenge.  The artists took kitsch and attempted to make it art.  Michelle won with her gorgeous totem pole and paper skeleton installation, and Ugo lost with his incredibly boring, incredibly red wall hanging thing.  Farewell Ugo, you were pretty, but boring, just like your piece was.

Farewell, Ugo.

This week it looks like we will be introduced to something called Parkour (ungh).  Also, Lisa Loeb look alike Kathryn will do some really ugly crying!  Excitement!

9:00:  And we’re off!  Everyone is nervous to see who returns from the six contestants who were asked to remain.  And no one seems really upset that Ugo is the one who got eliminated.  However, everyone talks about Ugo like he has just died: “He was a nice guy.”  Of course Sucklord offers: “Nice guys finish last.”  Thanks, Sucklord.  You’re an asshole.

9:01:  And it appears that we are going to see China in that awful red dress that has a HOLE IN IT at the beginning of every episode this season.  Disaster.

9:02:  6:30am wakeup call from Simon, who shouts “wakey wakey.”  Oh, he’s adorable.  He is taking the group on a “journey.”

9:03:  And their destination is…a brick yard, with China standing in the middle, wearing what looks like a poncho that was knit by Big Bird.  Disaster.  And then: SURPRISE!  Lots of athletic dudes start vaulting over the walls.  Oh and a girl too!  They are the members of New York Parkour, and Parkour is some sort of movement thing?  They don’t really explain much, I assume if I want to learn more then I will have to Google “Parkour,” but I’m too lazy to do that now, sorry guys.  Edit 10:06:  Okay, I Googled Parkour.  Here you go guys, Parkour.

9:04:   The task is revealed.  The artists will be split into two teams and will create a piece on “movement.”  Except, every artist is going to create his or her own work, and that all has to mesh into one team work, or something like that.  I foresee egos and disasters.  Excitement.

9:05:  Team one is the “Sucklord” team, and team two is the everyone else team.  China and Simon leave the artists to talk with the Parkour folks and to brainstorm.

9:06:  Michelle wants to do a pooping piece.  Michelle?!  Sucklord is all “WTF does that have to do with motion.”  Evidently Team One is going to do a piece on digestion.  Okay then!  Team 2 is going to do a piece on migration.  Somehow this seems better to me than digestion, but that’s probably just because I am squeamish and don’t really need to know what goes on in other people’s bodies.

9:07:  Um so Jazz-Minh, who is crazy and a B, starts doing flips and such across the yard.  She decides to try to take some photography of herself and another Parkour person doing backflips, because this will somehow work for her artwork.

9:08:  Team Two wanders around New York and goes dumpster diving, in an attempt to find art materials.  Team One walks around New York, takes pictures, get confused, talks about uncertainty, and motion.  I’m sort of bored by this already, guys, and my cat just started eating the Halloween decorations, so this commercial break is well timed!

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The Post Dragon*Con Doldrums: Couch Time

Guys, my life right now is a little slow.  We’re in the post Dragon*Con doldrums so there’s just not much to say, but I want to keep y’all entertained with my witty life commentary and fun stories.

So, what am I doing right now?

Well guys, the new fall television season is running and running strong.  I should probably be embarrassed about the fact that so many shows I watch are on the CW but, whatever, I can have the television taste of a 12-year old girl if I want to.  I mean, it isn’t my fault that The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl are on the CW.  And if I want to give the new show Ringer (guys, come on, BUFFY) and the new whacked out season of America’s Next Top Model (farewell Brittany, you were gone too soon, we hardly got to re-know ye, also isn’t Shannon from Cycle 1 a little old to be on the show?) a chance?  Well?  That’s my prerogative.

See those two in the center? Yeah, they're not on Gossip Girl this season. Win.

Oh I’m also a little embarrassed to admit that I totally watched The Secret Circle last week.  WHATEVER, it is on right after The Vampire Diaries.  Again, I’ll give it a few more chances.   Look, I’m only semi-employed, and one can only apply to so many jobs a day!

So what else am I watching nowadays?  Well, Glee was on last night, and it is as horribly awesome as ever.  Or maybe that should be awesomely horrible.  You know that Glee is slipping when your Glee-obsessed little sister’s Facebook status is “was hit with a harsh reality tonight: Glee is actually a really bad show. And I no longer really have any interest in it…”  DISASTER guys.  Still, I’ll watch Glee, in the way that one watches a train wreck.  You just cannot look away.

Oh you know who does Glee better than GleeSesame Street:

This is spot on, maybe the Sesame Street producers should take over Glee.  They’ve nailed the longing looks and the glitter!

Since the new Zooey Deschanel show, The New Girl, was one right after Glee I just kept on watching.  The show wasn’t as dreadful as I thought it would be.  Zooey’s quirk stayed mostly cute and endearing as opposed to whacky and obnoxious.  That Douchebag money jar is a funny gag as well.  I’ll give it a few more views.

Oh man sidenote guys, i just learned that Shannon from Season 1 of America’s Next Top Model is still a VIRGIN.  WHAT?! (For those who don’t know, America’s Next Top Model‘s shtick this season is bringing back crazy bitches from past seasons, that’s why we have this mix of hot mess happening).

I am also being weird and playing a video game, which never happens, I lack hand-eye coordination so I don’t play video games.  However, this Portal thing has me hooked, it is a puzzle game (I hate puzzles also) but it is sort of fun and has this macabre sense of humor and guys, THE CAKE IS A LIE.

THE LEGO CAKE IS A LIE.

Y’all should play Portal if you haven’t yet.  You’ll start seeing little boxes and Portal guns everywhere.

I promise that soon I will start writing about things that are not television or video games, I’m just having some major couch time this week!  Dexter doesn’t help, of course, he’s been ultra-snuggly this week, and how can you disturb a happy cat when he’s snuggled up next to you on the couch?  You can’t.

So there’s nothing to do but play more Portal.

Fall Television is Here!

I know, I know, I’ve disappointed y’all today by not posting about Dragon*Con or my general disenchantment with Steampunk.  I can’t help it guys, fall television is back!  The Vampire Diaries happened tonight and I am happy to report that it hasn’t missed a step!  Holy balls guys, if you aren’t watching The Vampire Diaries then you need to get on it.  This show is ten million times better than it needs to be and every episode has at least one WTF moment.  And the cast is all extremely good looking and extremely compelling, especially Ian Somerhalder as sexy awesome Damon.  Also this episode we learned why Stefan is called Ripper and it isn’t at all for the same reason that Giles was called Ripper and guys, amazing, WATCH THIS SHOW GUYS.

So yes, the reason I did not spit up a blog post tonight is because I was totally watching The Vampire Diaries.

So in lieu of fascinating content about the nerd world I’ll give you this video that I found floating around the internet last week.  If you haven’t seen it yet then you need to watch it right now.

Oh man guys.  I bet it wouldn’t surprise you at all if I told you that this is pretty much exactly what my internal monologue sounds like.  My favorite games to play in my head are “Wig or not a wig,” “Weave or not a weave,” “Real boobies or fake boobies,” and “Fat or fetus.”  So when Belle is all: “I TOLD YOU IT WAS A WIIIIIIIIG” my little heart jumped with glee.

Anyways, watch, enjoy, watch again, it will keep you entertained until I can come up with some actual content.  Or, you know, until I turn off the CW.

An Epic Performance of Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home)”

So last night I was watching Breaking Bad, which is the best, when a (SPOILER) recently deceased character reappeared in the best way imaginable, via an Epic Performance of Karaoke Wonder.

That is the dearly departed Gale, doing an amazing karaoke rendition of Peter Schilling’s “Major Tom (Coming Home),” with what looks like Hindi or Sanskrit or Thai subtitles.

Breaking Bad really just knows how to grab you by the heart and/or balls and punch you in the throat doesn’t it?