Sunday, April 24, 2011

Better Off Ted: Always Quotable

Veronica: Ju! Ju! Ju! Ju!
Ted: What are you doing?
Veronica: Deflecting your whiny bitching with my happiness shield.

Oh show, I miss you. 

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Day 25: 30 Days of TV - Show You Plan on Watching... But

Day 25 - A show you plan on watching, but haven't gotten around to yet (old or new)

Now, when I had started this 30 days back in December the answer to this was Friday Night Lights, but I've finally got around to plugging through since it was on Netflix watch instantly.

And, holy hell.... what took me so long?

I can see how this show is hard for some to get into as it is at times, so devastatingly true to life, but also it can show you the moments of pure love and joy. It hits really too close to home and that is scary for some viewers.

I'm finally going to be caught up this weekend and get to start in on the second airing of the last season on NBC, appropriately on Friday nights.

Everything pulls together seamlessly sometimes making me forget that I'm watching a fictional show from the editing and camera work that at times feels like you're watching a reality show.

The actors are giving the fluidity to block and act like they would on stage, the cameras coming to find them, they talk as we talk: over each other, improper sentences, and with beautiful simplistic nature.

I have soft spots for most all of the characters that they brought in: Smash Williams, Jason Street, Tyra Collette, Lyla, Julie, Landry, and Tim Riggins. But the stars of the show are the Taylors, Eric and Tami: the football coach and the coach's wife. They transcend how we have seen the study of a marriage, the give, the take, the ability to fight and forgive.

Yes, this is a show that centers around the use of sport as something that can bring together or tear apart a town. That can help bring belief and pride to teenagers who are never told they are anything other than worthless.

And as I just finished up this season four finale I'm in tears again. As much as I love Buffy, Veronica Mars, and The X-Files.... Friday Night Lights is hitting me somewhere different than any other show I've watched.

For that I'm sad that I took so long to get into Dillon, Texas... but I'm happy I'm finally able to experience the brightness of Connie Britton and Kyle Chandler as the Taylors.

Ceasing Ramble.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Day 24: 30 Day of TV - Best Quote

Day 24: Best Quote

There are quotes from previous shows that I've mentioned that hold a lot of meaning to me:

Grey's Anatomy - 5x19 - Elevator Love Letter by Stacy McKee

But they always come. They're my people. People keep you going. People are better than no people.

Six Feet Under - 5x12 - Everyone's Waiting by Alan Ball

You can't take a picture of this it's already gone. 

But you know what...

The best quote for me?

Is better watched than written out. It is from Parks and Recreation - 2x10 - The Hunting Trip by Daniel J. Goor.

Leslie Knope: [giving excuses why she shot Ron Swanson to the Park Ranger, each excuse is punctuated by a quick cut to another excuse]: I got that tunnel vision that girls get. I let my emotions get the best of me. I cared too much, I guess. I was thinking with my lady parts. I was walking and it felt icky. I thought there was gonna be chocolate. I don't even remember! I'm wearing a new bra, and it closes in the front, so it popped open and it threw me off. All I wanna do is have babies! I'm just going through a thing right now. I guess when my life is incomplete, I wanna just shoot someone. This would not happen if I had a penis! Bitches be crazy. I'm good at tolerating pain; I'm bad at math, and... I'm stupid.


The number of times that I have said, "Bitch be crazy" is in equal par with the other part of the NBC one-two punch, "I want to go to there" by Liz Lemon. 

It's a Poehler-Fey thing. 

Ceasing Ramble.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Day 23: 30 Days of TV - Most Annoying Character

Day 23: Most Annoying Character

I know. You thought I had died. No, honestly I got stuck on this entry. I have a lot of characters that had annoyed me, but the most annoying character?

I had thought about Gaius Baltar from Battlestar Galactica, but he was interesting sometimes and short, which I found endearing as he smarmed next to Tricia Helfer.

Then I moved onto Nikki from Heroes and she almost won, until I realized that she didn't annoy me as much as this next character.

Callie's pointing at the winner. The baby on Grey's Anatomy, which I like to call Plot Device Sloan-Torres... I'm pretty sure that's what they're going to name her. It's the number one on my list.

Normally I would find annoyance in the actor's portrayal, but here I'm just annoyed with the entire existence of the child.

Is it slightly growing on me? Eh.

If in the next episodes I see the sometimes adult acting characters of Arizona, Callie, and Mark to be able to hold conversations with one another that are not the same exact conversation they have been having since the realization of the inception.

So while the first mentioned characters were annoying in the way they were changed Plot Device just annoys me in the actual conceptual idea of lazy.

Was it the easiest way to create conflict amongst an already shaky trio of relationships? Yes. It was the easiest way. (See previous rant)

So Plot Device, you might become a person I care about, but mostly I wish I could have been calling you Adoption Story or Interesting Donor Story.