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Now that it's June and all, I figure it is an appropriate time to finally finish up my long-abandoned TV of 2009 round-up post. (It's not so bad, is it? June? January? June? January? Whatever, they start with the same letter.) Time consuming though it may be to write up, and perhaps tedious though it may be to read, I do like to have it for personal reference (laaaaame, but true!). So I am just going to slam through these mofos and finish this TONIGHT, OR ELSE. I've got three hours to meet that goal, and clock starts... now! (This might mean that pictures will have to wait until later, though. Also, spoilers for the most recent episodes of: Robin Hood, Royal Pains, Spooks, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, and The Prisoner.)

TV of 2009, part the third and last. I PROMISE. )

HEY, GUESS WHAT, I FINISHED ON TIME! Hey, guess what else? My life is so sad and TV-centric that writing up a brief chronicle of my viewership turns into an all-consuming chore, ahahaha whhhhyyyyyyy. Okay, I'll probably update this with appropriate picspams in time (which coming from me probably means next January or something).
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When did I become such a facebook whore? I used to keep such a strict LJ = fandom / FB = real life divide that basically ensured that I never used FB because... well, we all know my fandom >>>> RL priorities; but somehow I migrated all of my TV talk over there and I'm not sure how it happened. WILL BE REMEDIED SOON. Also, this possibly makes me a total bitch, but am I the only one who gets so annoyed when people make completely boring facebook updates? "____ went to work all day, then the grocery store to pick up paper towels, and now I'm going to bed. Tomorrow I'll stop by the post office." UMMM SORRY, NOBODY CARES. (Haha, this is probably how 95% of the people I'm friends with who don't watch Lost have probably felt about me for the past week or two, but... whatever. I demand to be entertained. How dare my friends expect that I be interested in their lives. Psssht! ...Yeah, all right, this does make me a total bitch.)

[ profile] lalumena gave me some interview questions that I have been stalling on answering because they are just so hard-hitting! I am anguishing over choosing the perfect response for them! Girl, journo has made you positively ruthless.

Meme! )
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New to me TV of 2009. Keep in mind that this is with a self-imposed moratorium on picking up any new TV shows during the fall season, so... this is significantly less unwieldy (significantly more... than it might otherwise have been. Spoilers for: American Idol, Ashes to Ashes, Big Wolf on Campus, Chuck, Crusoe, Dollhouse, Farscape

TV of 2009 )

Aaaand I decided to cut this off because I'm cold and hungry and lazy and will probably never ever never get through the whole thing if I decide to do it as one behemoth of a post (...I am only about a quarter of the way through my shows -- and then you know I'm going to blab like twice as long over Lost and twenty times as long over Robin Hood). So expect future installments soon, picking up with... House! Which I literally never write about any more! And yet somehow I still watch every episode because it is impossible for me to drop a fandom. (PLUS WHAT WHAT WHAT MONDAY'S EPISODE WHAAAAT.)
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One of my unstated resolutions this year has been to post more about movies when I actually watch them, so. Monday. I watched Repo! The Genetic Opera. And I kind of totally loved it. Anyway... I was hesitant to post about this because... well... yeah. I mean. It's the kind of movie that makes me even love Paris Hilton in it (YEAH FOR REAL I KNOW). I know I should be ashamed but I just can't bring myself to do it! I won't consider this a rec post because, seriously, I think you probably know already whether you're the sort of person who would completely love or completely hate it, and I am all over the former category and need somewhere to flail about it -- anyone? Anyone?

Mostly, though, OMGWTFASH between this and Uther I am just overwhelmed by his epic DILF-ness. I feel like that episode of Buffy where the Scoobies happen upon a weekend-Giles singing at the café and Xander is like "OH GOD IT BURNS" and all the girls are like "OH GOD DO ME." For the most part the music wasn't even hugely blow-me-away and/or infest-me-with-ear-worms awesome, but but but "Legal Assassin" is kind of my favourite thing at the moment.

(This is one of those times when I remember why I have "testament to my bad taste in everything" as a tag.)
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In doing my Year in Fiction recap last time, I had the most fun -- and blew the most time! -- doing my TV post; and, as 2008 began drawing to a close, I sincerely looked forward to going through the same process again in putting together a TV of 2008 retrospective. Yet once work actually began... I. Wow. Holy balls, guys. I WATCH SO MUCH FRIGGEN TV. When exactly did that happen? Looking over my post from last year I felt a bit ridiculous about how many new fandoms I had picked up, but between now and then my list has just about tripled. Um. Err. Yeah. Oops? I apologize in advance for the rather epic nature of this post, then. Definitely not dial-up friendly. Spoilers for the most recent seasons of: American Idol, Big Wolf on Campus, Chuck, Crusoe, House M.D., Legend of the Seeker, Life on Mars, Lost, M*A*S*H, Mad Men, Merlin, The Middleman, Psych, Pushing Daisies, Stargate: Atlantis, Stargate: SG-1, Star Trek: DS9, Star Trek: TOS.

Television of 2008 )
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From [ profile] dollsome:

1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by asking you 5 questions.
3. You should then update your LJ with the answers to the questions.
4. You should include this and an offer to interview someone else in the post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed you should ask them 5 questions.

My questions! )
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The Great Boy Band Reorientation Project, Part... I don't even know at this point; way too many for me to retain any shred of dignity: Rewatching Model Behavior! HEY JULES, HOW'S IT SHAKIN? Oh man, I forgot how many pearls of awesome were in this movie: "But I swear, all that stuff about you and me turning that island shoot into our own personal Blue Lagoon? That was TOTALLY my publicist talking!" Heeee! :D

I'm so glad I don't have class until 1:00... and, yes, I'm probably the only person who gets up a full five hours before my first class just so I can watch Disney Channel original movies on YouTube. (Speaking of which, gosh, how bad do I want to rewatch Zenon? I was listening to the Protozoa concert scene the other day and had a hankering. Also, all time favourite DCOM? Johnny friggen Tsunami. Somebody needs to put that mess out on DVD already.)
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Am I the only one who has absolutely zero memory of this version of the "I Want You Back" video? I'm familiar with the billowing tinfoil but, man, it pales in comparison. I guess they went back and reshot it when they started getting popular...? (Gee, I wonder why?) Well, at any rate, thank you dear sweet YouTube for schooling me in my NSYNC history because, ahahaha, it is wonderful. Actually, I can't decide if it's better or worse than the time the Backstreet Boys went to DS9...

Wow. I swear I will stop posting about boy bands. ...Eventually.

(But, seriously, this is all sparking so many fascinating questions I haven't contemplated since, say, I was first old enough to drive. For instance, do Lance and Joey ever get to sing??)

(Also, I sadly don't think I'm going to have time to do a proper Merlin flail this week because, ummm, it might be apparent that I keep getting distracted from homework, but I'll feel bad if I don't post so I'll just sum up my feelings by saying that I LOVE THIS SHOW SO MUCH. IT'S RIDICULOUS. AND YOU SHOULD ALL BE WATCHING IT.)
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You guys might want to step a few feet safely back to avoid catching my germs because I think I'm officially sick. Hacking cough? Check. Perpetual sniffles? Check. Zero desire to get out of bed and go to class? Well... that's probably business as usual. But I think I have finally succumbed to the recent chill hanging in the air. (Seriously, what is this nonsense? 60F? And it's barely October? I thought I stayed in-state for school to avoid this sort of thing. North Florida, you're fired!)

(At least it gives me a proper excuse to finally use this icon -- which I've been waiting to do since I made it over a year ago. VICTORY AT LAST! Going through a six-icon rotation unfortunately requires an occasionally stifling amount of pragmatism. But sometimes your soul just needs to cry out "ANTIBODIES!!", you know? More personal trivia: "The Immunity Syndrome" was actually the first TOS episode I sat down and watched straight through, start to finish, back during my freshman year; and it will thus always hold a very special place in my heart for sparking a glorious love affair. It's probably also responsible for ingraining in me from the get-go a preference for Spock/McCoy, ha.)

I don't know about you guys, but being sick often induces a certain amount of regression to childhood. I want snuggly nap time; I want my mommy to feed me hot soup; I want to stay home from school and curl up on the couch watching cartoons all day. This time around, though, it's manifested itself in an entirely different way: pop music! Those of you who watch [ profile] cap_it may have noticed a brief flurry of Britney Spears music video caps the other day. Instead of thinking, "Grooooan enough with the cap!spam, already!" my reaction was more along the lines of, "OH MY GOD REMEMBER HOW AWESOME THESE USED TO BE??!" followed by a hurried scramble to go rewatch them all on YouTube.

And. And. Ahahaaahaha oh goodness. I know I've revealed before my deep dark secret of how much I used to fangirl Britney back in the day; and, well, old loves never die, I suppose. I didn't know it was possible to derive such delight from three minute snippets of overused visual effects, group choreography, and disturbingly catchy songs. I'M SO IN LOVE.

Crazy! All of the enticing midriff close-ups, heeee! And Melissa Joan Hart! I have quite vivid memories of reenacting this song at my friend's twelfth birthday part.
Oops! ...I Did It Again! One word: EPIC.
Lucky! Her cellphone in the backstage interlude is probably my favourite part. Well, that and the glitter throwing. She's like a sparkling fairy of happiness! Too bad the video ends on a gloomy note -- but it's so appropriately old Hollywood. Gasp! Did I just accidentally discover thematic consistency in a Britney Spears music video concept? *head explodes*
Stronger! I... actually have no idea what is going on here.

I think the saddest part is that I distinctly remember watching every single one of these on "Making the Video."

Then through the addictive glory that is YouTube's "Related Videos" list, I ended up indulging in a bit of an NSYNC retrospective, too. I was never into them as much as I was with Britney, buuut that doesn't mean I enjoyed these any less. These guys have some of the most consistently cracked out video concepts ever, and it. is. glorious.
I Drive Myself Crazy! So many silky jammies, so little time. More cellphone LOLs. Also, man, this video takes quite a vindictive turn for a love song...
Bye Bye Bye! The sensation! Again with watching too much "Making the Video," but I remember all the hype about this and we were all totally excited for it to come out and went home after school and watched the woooorld premieeeere on MTV...! And then we were gossiping about it at swim practice afterward and one of the girls was so disappointed because her mom said she wasn't allowed to watch it -- too much pelvic thrusting! Ahahahaha. My sympathies, friend.
It's Gonna Be Me! This totally used to be my favourite. Why? I have no clue. For a while it replaced, "Guess what?" "Chicken butt!" though, with a rousing chorus of, "Guess what?" "IT'S GONNA BE ME!" on the school bus.
Pop! I wish there was a better quality version of this up... And, really, I think this might be one of the few where the song probably cracks me up even more than the video. That said, the "...I'm tired of singin'!" sequence is... oh God... hahaha brilliant.

Well, sick or not, it is probably time for me to get ready to go to class anyway, but if you feel like indulging in your own tragic bubblegum pop past feel free to share more in the comments.
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I was feeling quite self-satisfied last night when I managed to peel myself away from the computer at the not-totally-ridiculous hour of about a quarter to midnight and head to bed.

And then, of course, I couldn't fall asleep.

("Time to establish normal sleeping patterns before going back to school!" the sensible half of my brain says. "But... but... think of all the Stargate we could be watching!" counters the other half. ...You see my dilemma).

I turned to my old standard method; viz., popping on the headphones and cruising the frequencies for some music to help me sleep. Fact: the radio is about a thousand times more awesome in the middle of the night. Less morning chatter, more "When did my adult contemporary station suddenly turn into a jivin' disco party mix on Saturday nights? *scandalized* *but intrigued*" My ultimate late night radio guilty pleasure -- Delilah. Oh yes, I listen. And occasionally cry, even. "OH MY GOD CYNTHIA FROM TEXAS EVEN THOUGH HE'S A JERK I AM SO SO SORRY THAT YOUR EX-HUSBAND WENT TO JAIL BECAUSE YOU CLEARLY AREN'T OVER HIM BUT GIRL DON'T FORGET YOU ARE SMART AND BEAUTIFUL SO DON'T BE AFRAID TO LIVE YOUR LIIIIFE!!" Although often ridiculous, it is sometimes genuinely sweet; and it plays the perfect sort of late 80s/early 90s "smooth (AKA boring) hits" for me to fall asleep to.

Last night I happened to be in the middle of listening to Genesis' "In Too Deep" when I gave myself a sudden case of the giggles because, well -- for some reason I've always connected this song with House/Wilson, and that is... so very, very lame. On so many levels. Once I started thinking about it, I realized that I actually have a tendency to do that with a lot of lame songs. You know, songs that are waaaay too embarrassing to ever include on any sort of fanmix, and yet that you can't help intimately associating with a particular show/ship/character/etc. A few of mine:

House/Wilson: ...I have no idea how/when/why I subconsciously appointed Genesis with providing the soundtrack for these two, but there you have it. "In Too Deep" (AHAHAHAHAAAA THE VIDEO MAKES IT ABOUT 125,947 TIMES BETTER *WIPES EYES*) as previously mentioned.

I know you're going, but I can't believe
It's the way that you're leaving,
It's like we never knew each other at all
It may be my fault,
I gave you too many reasons for being alone
When I didn't want to
I thought you'd always be there

Perfect for upcoming S5 post-Amber angst Y/Y?? And then "That's All" (IF POSSIBLE EVEN BETTER THAN THE LAST VID) offers a nice Wilson perspective (fits BEST ca. S2, I think):

Turning me on, turning me off,
Making me feel like I want too much
Living with you's just putting me through it all of the time
Truth is, I love you
More than I wanted to
There's no point in trying to pretend
There's been no one who
Makes me feel like you do

Star Trek: TOS: If I had the proper clips from the show, I would vid this one in a heartbeat. I mean, I can visualize it perfectly as an OT3 vid, and it's what plays in my head every time I listen to Michael Bublé's rendition of "I'm Your Man".

If you want a partner, take my hand
Or if you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I'm your man
If you want a boxer
I will step into the ring for you
And if you want a doctor
I'll examine every inch of you

(Most ridiculous lyric ever? "Howl at your beauty like a dog in heat"? WHO WRITES THIS STUFF? And yet... I love it shamelessly.)

Robin Hood: I'm pretty sure I've already shared this one, but it's so perfect that it bears repeating. Robin/Marian (!! I KNOW!) to the Beach Boys' "Wouldn't It Be Nice":

Wouldnt it be nice to live together
In the kind of world where we belong
Maybe if we think and wish and hope and pray it might come true
Baby then there wouldn't be a single thing we couldn't do
We could be married
And then we'd be happy

Coincidentally, I love it for all of the reasons I ultimately don't ship Robin/Marian: it's youthful and sweet and over-idealized and way unrealistic for their situation. But, still, d'awww... it would be nice.

And, err, I think I already shared my embarrassing Guy/Marian pick.

SGA: Okay, the other thing that convinced me that this "ridiculous fandom songs" thing was a decided trend and not just a freak occurrence -- I also listened to my Emmy Rossum CD a bit last night, and "The Great Divide" (with a bonus PotO vid, as if we somehow needed to up the dork factor on this) has inexplicably become a central SGA song for me. I picture it, like... you know, mid-disaster McKay? Worn paper thin and hating the world but somehow using this moment to remember what he's fighting for and who he's fighting beside.

Help me calm this hurricane
Before this moment slips aways
Are you listening?
Don't turn away when I say
I need you

I think what makes me happiest about this is my complete and utter assurance that Rodney would, like, actively loathe it. *cackles*

Finally, this is suuuuch a silly John song: Adam and the Ants "Los Rancheros":

Soon my worries
Will be gone
There's a bullet with my name on it

To make me feel less epically lame, I now invite you all to share your own goofy inner soundtracks (fandom or otherwise).
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I don't believe in coincidences. And here's another addition to my long list of reasons why:

So I just finished marathoning SGA earlier this month, falling victim to its irresistible charms of slashy undertones and cracked out storylines. Then last week [ profile] goodnightsong reintroduced me to "Big Wolf on Campus," which, uhh, wow I sure don't remember it being that overtly gay when I used to watch it in middle school, but that's about 99% of the fun. It's delivered in conveniently bite-sized episodes nice for fitting in between homework sessions, and I snacked my way through the first season and just started on the second last night. And. Ha haaaa!!! Second season occasionally credited co-producers? Paul Mullie and Joseph Mallozzi. XD XD After nosing around a bit, it seems the show only gets one mention on Joe's blog in which he kinda disowns it: I moved into live-action with my writing partner Paul Mullie, working on a teen comedy called Student Bodies. After work on various shows, some good, some not so good, some not even not so good (Big Wolf on Campus, Lassie, Largo Winch, The Lost World) we were invited to pitch for Stargate SG-1. Pssht, Mallozzi -- I think you mean some of the not so anything-other-than-AWESOME! (You know he secretly loves it. I mean, how can you work on SGA and not have a fondness for a family horror drama stuffed to the brim with ridiculous pop culture references and badly written female characters and canon mpreg and need I go on??)
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Why is American Idol the weirdest effing show ever? And why am I still watching it anyway? I swear it becomes a more surreal experience every year, but it's kind of weirdly magical. I started out yesterday without any real emotional investment in the finale, yet it took all of about five minutes for me to start getting wibbly about the performances (especially Cook's The World I Know. The crying! And the winking!). And now having everybody come back on again...! Awww!! I was just congratulating myself on my progress from a ridiculous obsession last season to a more casual viewership this year around, but I do still love everybody quite a lot anyway.

Although seriously if they really do pull that Elvis mess again this year... *FROWNS AND DISAPPROVAL*

ETA: Bahaha American Idol at Disneyworld? I still haven't gotten used to the Hollywood Studios name change, either; it was a confusing experience all last semester because half the signs on I-4 hadn't been changed from MGM Studios.

And Blaaaaaaake! Um. Clearly I love this show more than I am willing to acknowledge.
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Okay. I have a confession to make. In my previously professed longing for more scifi while I'm waiting to finish up with DS9, I... I...


And what's worse, I like it. I mean, I expected it to be at least enjoyable on a hilariously bad sort of level, but I really truly legitimately have a big ol' TV crush on Stargate: Atlantis. With my usual impeccable timing, I've chosen the week of finals to dive headfirst into the show, and have already watched five hours of it in the last day or so. But... buuuut!! It has Beckett's Scottish accent! And Sheppard's amazing gravity-defying hair! And repeated turkey sandwich jokes which are slightly nonsensical but which make me smile every damn time anyway! In essence... bahhhh I'm so in love. AND UNASHAMED! (...Okay, slightly ashamed.)
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Pushing forward in my quest to watch everything Star Trek: TOS before the end of the summer, my sister and I watched The Final Frontier a few days ago. Perhaps this is only further testament to my bad taste, but I freakin' loved it -- one of the most entertaining movies I've seen all summer. I just don't understand why everybody hates it so much! Well, let me rephrase that; I spent way too long reading online about everything that is wrong with the movie, and while I certainly see some of the points, none of them kept me from enjoying myself while watching.

Cut for spoilers and geekery and fangirling )
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Today we were pulling out of the school parking lot onto the highway, and somebody pulled up next to our car. Like half of the student body, they had the volume on their stereo pumped up as high as it could go, and the song that was playing was "Toxic." My sister remarked on how much she liked that song and inquired as to who performed it.

Me: You haven't heard this song before?
Nickie: No.
Me: Oh. It's that new Britney Spears song.

People who know my sister will understand the humour of this situation. Now, I am not a huge fan of Britney, but I don't hate her with a burning passion, either. However, like a large number of young girls, I went through a slight teeny bopper stage somewhere between the fifth and sixth grade and, lucky me! That was right when nice pop artists like NSYNC and Britney Spears were coming out. So, yes, I do in fact own a Britney Spears CD and my sister would make fun of me for it so much. Every time I would listen to it she would tell me how horrible it was and how much of a sheep I was for listening to it. Eventually I drifted towards other interests (mainly those of the geeky variety, so I'm not sure it counts as improvement).

Anyway, I now have license to make fun of my sister as much as I want. Not that I would, because she is a wonderful person, but I can enjoy the knowledge that if I wanted to I would be completely entitled to do so.

(Unrelated, but, ahhhh this song has been stuck in my head for the last week!)


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