So here you have it.
Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show
It's really difficult to pick an episode of a show that only ran one season - not even a full season - where you really had moments you love in pretty much every episode.
I went with "Bushwhacked" in the end. While it does a good job of showing us more about the Reavers, and has some genuinely creepy moments about them, and some nice crew interaction moments, it was, I felt the most forgettable episode. Which doesn't mean I hate it, it's just not amongst my favorites.
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
I had a hard time with this, because it's a very odd phrasing. I love recommending things that friends then get into, but unilaterally saying EVERYONE MUST WATCH sounds obnoxious to me. No show is going to be loved by everyone.
I think I'll probably go with Buffy, for this one. Not because everyone in the world will like it, but because Buffy is often used as one of the standards of TV, these days. Not always in a good way, but in the way that it's usually held up as an icon of TV, and a classically underrated show. It's also a good introduction to Joss Whedon shows, which I always rec, so it's probably the one I'd say people should always at least give a shot. Because the silly name puts people off, and it shouldn't.
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Ugggh. This is SO HARD. Picking just one is insanely difficult. Every show or character has their Crowning Moment of Awesome. In Buffy, there's that moment when Angelus has Buffy against the wall, and asks her what she has left, and she stops the sword and says "me". In Battlestar, there's the Sleep-Deprived intensity of 33, which is one of the best pilots aired, in my opinion, or Starbuck's standoff with Kat in "Scar". Sarah Connor Chronicles had the AWESOME season two opening sequence, set to "Samson & Delilah". Firefly had. . . god, the "Big Damn Heroes" exchange in "Safe", though really, I can't pick just one.
So yes. This is HARD. But I'm going to go with The West Wing. President Bartlett's scene in Two Cathedrals is powerful, and one of the most memorable moments in the show. But for sheer awesome, I will never NOT love the scene in "The Midterms", where Bartlett gives a Dr. Laura clone a verbal smackdown. Because isn't this just something you WISH WOULD HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE?
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving
Queer as Folk. This was an easy one. A former friend loved the show, and talked about it constantly. I liked pretty, and I liked gay men, usually, so it would seem an easy sell, but she talked about it so much, and at that point our friendship was already on the rocks, that I inherently rebelled against liking it. The first couple of episodes didn't impress me, and I was already hard on my I DON'T LIKE IT idea, so I pretty much was being a stubborn ass about it.
A few months later, I was bored or something, and my sister wanted to see it, so we put it on. And I ended up getting sucked in. It was very much a shiny-gay-boys-having-sex kind of show at first, but it gradually outgrew it, and I came to genuinely love the characters. Was it over the top? Yes. Was it shallow at times? Yes. But that was sort of the point, and it also dealt with a lot of real issues of family, and sickness, and growing up and growing older, and such. So yeah, I fell in love, and still love the show to this day. And later another friend, whom I don't really speak to anymore, but will always remember fondly, and I bonded over love of the show and characters, which felt like a bit of a balm after how badly things had gone with the girl who initially introduced me to the show. ILU Linly, no matter what!
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Most shows have disappointing later lives and seasons, but I went with this because the entirety of the show I found disappointing. I had just watched Sports Night, and loved it, and was getting into West Wing finally, and was excited at the idea of being in on the ground floor of a new Sorkin fandom, but I found the whole show wildly uneven, sometimes boring, and brief flashes of fun surrounded by long stretches of INFURIATING things. (Ugh, the "stalking is romantic" crap makes me nuts.)
So I was pretty disappointed with it, and if I remember right, never even saw the last few episodes.
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times
Uhh. . . there's a lot of these. lol. I've probably watched most Season 2/3 episodes of Buffy this many times at least, and I KNOW I've watched "Once More, With Feeling" way more than that. (Shut up, I like singalongs!) I've also seen pretty much the entire run of Firefly this much, since I would convert new people into it, and watch with them/along with them as it went.
I've also seen most of Season 5 of Angel, or at least the later half, this much, due to my Illyria obsession.
Probably the one episode of anything I've seen the MOST times though, is Firefly's "War Stories", because for some reason, when anyone's watching the series, I will ALWAYS come in on that episode, and when they were re-running the series, I ALWAYS ended up turning that one on somehow.
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Ohh, hard. As a kid I LOVED stuff like Thundercats, and my ultimate childhood shows were He-Man, and She-Ra. I learned to tell time with He-Man, since as a kid we lived in a motor home, for a brief time when we moved from Jersey to Florida, and I would ask how long it was until we got places, and my mom would tell me "two He-Man's", so that was how I judged time before I learned to actually read a clock.
But the earliest not-cartoon, not-kids' show I remember really, really loving was The Young Riders. Horses! Boys on horses! PONY EXPRESS. (I was obsessed with the Pony Express as a kid. Don't ask me why.) I also had a HUGE crush on Buck as a wee!Dena.
So yeah, probably The Young Riders.
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Why is this meme so hard?
My gutcheck, instant reaction is Mal Reynolds. And I think that's probably the most valid. Jed Bartlett, Dean Winchester, Xander Harris, Michael Weston, Alec Hardison, Eric Taylor, Damon Salvatore, Buck, Dan Rydell, Sokka, Saul Tigh, Alec McDowell, 9, Mason, Guster Burton, Brian Kinney, Derek Reese, Keith Mars - I love a LOT of characters. (Not even counting movies and books!) But Mal is the one character that I think I've never lost any love for. Maybe it's because the show didn't live long enough to lose its momentum, or lose track of itself.
Mal is damaged, at times dark, eminently practical, but still has enough heart to care for his crew, to take in strays (despite his protests), and to keep flying. He loves his ship, and cherishes freedom and refuses to lay down. But despite that grit, he believes himself defeated, most of the time. He's not going to be the best fighter in a given place, not with Zoe and Jayne around, he's not going to be the smartest in a room, not with River and Simon there, he's not the best - but he's a leader, and he thinks on his feet, and he's MAL. I love him.
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Faith Lehane. Again, that was my instinctive first name, and I started to rethink that, but I think that it probably stands.
I love a LOT of ladies. Angela Montenegro, Buffy Summers, Cordelia Chase, Kara Thrace, Toph Bei Font, Princess Azula, Nicolette Grant, Fiona Glenanne, Madeline Westen, Cara Mason, Max Guevara, Original Cindy, Georgia Lass, Donna Moss, Donna Noble, Abby Bartlett, C.J. Cregg, River Tam, Zoe Washburne, Kaylee Frye, Parker, Debbie Novotny, Dana Whitaker, Ellen Harvelle, Sarah Connor, Toshiko Sato, Veronica Mars, Anastasia Dualla, Dr. Camille Saroyan . . . lots more.
But Faith is that character that I will watch every time she's on screen, that I like to see crossed over in every fandom EVER. She's sexy, she's screwed up, she can kick pretty much everybody's ass, and she's awesome.
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
. . . Gossip Girl. There's other goofy shows that I like, but I totally feel guilt for liking it. It's trashy, it's over the top, it's RIDICULOUS. But it's SO FUN. Chuck Bass and Blair Waldorf are insanely fun to watch be manipulative. (And Blair can also have a charming vulnerability, though I like her best when she's in uber-bitch mode.)
It's a teenage soap opera, and I should have outgrow that stuff, but I apparently TOTALLY HAVE NOT.
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Hmmm . . . I probably would have said The 10th Kingdom, which was not a GOOD miniseries, but I loved it anyway because I am a sucker for fairy tales.
But since I just finished it, I'll probably change my answer to The Pillars of the Earth. It's brutal. It's hard to watch. It features rape and misogyny and a lot of other problematic things, but to me, it did make them HORRIFIC, which made it tolerable for me. It was also very well acted, and while it was soapy in parts, it was compelling. And lets face it, I am an easy sell for Eddie Redmayne and Ian Mcshane. It was worth watching, and since my entire household got addicted, I'll call it my new favorite.
I can't really THINK of a lot of memorable miniseries offhand. I love Neverwhere, but in a campy, OMG IT'S SO BAD SOMETIMES, kind of way. (Excepting the Marquis de Carabas, who was Patterson Joseph, and was awesome.) The Battlestar miniseries that started the series was good, but the series was better. I never watched Band of Brothers, or Generation Kill. Ummm. . . I watched North and South as a kid, but don't remember it well. Ditto with V.
Oh wait! Tie with Angels in America, which I didn't see until a few years ago, but loved.
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
I don't pay attention to most title sequences. I loved Firefly's, because it's a nostalgia thing, I think, and the theme just made me go "Oh, SHOW." Probably my favorite is for a show that I like, but don't love, Lie to Me, which has a very interesting display of facial features and such for their credits, and my mom LOVES the show and insists on watching the credits every time, so it's the one I know the best.
My LEAST favorites are Dexter and True Blood, both of which are very effective for what they are, but are uncomfortable/icky to watch. Dexter, even though it doesn't actually do anything disturbing, it's just filmed to make you feel uncomfortable.
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
The West Wing. There's been a lot of good ensembles, Firefly, Sports' Night, Buffy, Leverage, Scrubs, Friday Night Lights.
But West Wing had a HUGE, very well-respected cast, and regularly shuffled in some fairly outstanding guest stars. And while a lot of the cast switched in and out, the core group of Martin Sheen, Allison Janey, Stockard Channing, Dule Hill, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, John Spencer, and Bradley Whitford was pretty universally stellar.
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Damnit. I can't think of one. I'm not one who sits on pins and needles waiting for people to OMG KISS ALREADY, usually. I like first kiss STORIES, but on TV, it usually just passes me by without me taking a lot of note.
I'm going to go with Willow and Tara's first onscreen kiss that I remember. It was during The Body, and Willow was freaking out about Joyce's death, and Tara grabs her and kisses her, and after so many "VERY SPECIAL EPISODE" lesbian kisses where a lead is bi-curious for one episode for the sake of an exploitative lesbian tongue kiss session that is then forgotten about, it felt very real, and very organic.
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Mal/Serenity. Dean/Impala. Heh.
My OTP's, the ones that I really love and adore above all others, are mostly all book fandoms, or movie fandoms. TV, I tend to be more flexible. I like a lot of ships.
But offhand, some of my favorites are:
Firefly - River/Simon, River/Mal
Supernatural - Dean/Sam
Burn Notice - Michael/Fi
Who/Torchwood - 9/Rose, Jack/Ianto
Friday Night Lights - Tami/Eric
Gossip Girl - Chuck/Nate, Chuck/Blair
House - Wilson/House
Legend of the Seeker - Kahlan/Cara
Leverage - Alec/Parker, Alec/Eliot, Eliot/Parker/Alec
Merlin - Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana
Psych - Gus/Shawn
QAF - Michael/Brian, Justin/Brian
Skins - Tony/Sid
Sports Night - Dan/Casey, Dan/Casey/Dana, Dana/Casey
Sarah Connor Chronicles - Sarah/Kyle, Sarah/Cameron, Sarah/Derek, Derek/John
True Blood - Eric/Godric
Vampire Diaries - Damon/Stefan, Damon/Stefan/Elena, Damon/Stefan/Katherine
Veronica Mars - Veronica/Logan, Veronica/Wallace
West Wing - CJ/Danny, Jed/Abbey, Donna/Josh
White Collar - Neal/Peter/El
For overall favorite though, I'll go with Neal/Peter/El and Merlin/Arthur, at the moment, since they're the ones I've been actively searching out fic for.
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
This is hard to pick since MOST of my favorite shows ended after being cancelled, not with a planned finish. That said, most of the ones that DID plan an ending sort of had already gone downhill.
I'm going to go with the Angel finale. Angel lost a lot of its way over the years I think, but for me, the charm of the show came BACK fifth season, and fifth season was my favorite. "Not Fade Away" was a bleak ending, and very open. We saw them fighting the good fight, standing together, and after that - we didn't know what happened. I know Buffy Series 8, and the Angel comics followed up, but I LIKED not knowing what would happen, but suspecting that that was the end of their road.
Runners up go to Buffy, Dead Like Me, and Carnivale, I think. Possibly also The Tudors, which was a frustrating show at times, but I liked the end bringing back all the women he done wrong.
Day 23 - Most annoying character
It's easy to relegate angst-magnet, later characters like Dawn and Connor, from Buffy or Angel, to this, but I ended up LOVING Dawn and Connor, so I'm pretty atypical.
For me, it's a toss-up between Cameron, from House, Kate, from Angel, and Ruby from Supernatural. All women, which makes me feel guilty, but OMG do they annoy me.
Cameron was just so inconsistently written, and the character was grating, inconsistent, and had all the ~womenly feelings~ of the group, that she annoyed me. I loved Cuddy, though recent seasons have me annoyed at the writers for what they've done to her, and I loved Amber while she was on. 13 I usually like. But Cameron I just loathe, and always have.
Kate just grated on me too. She was BORING, which was my number one complaint. I also thought the actress who played her was dull and lacking any kind of range, and the storylines written for her were obnoxious. (OMG, the badass tough cop lady has DADDY ISSUES. SHOCKINGLY ORIGINAL.) So yeah, I hated Kate.
And Ruby. . . ugh. Honestly like 80% of my problem with Ruby was that NEITHER VERSION of Ruby can act. Ruby 2.0 is better, but the first one was AWFUL. I also didn't like how she was used. I would have rather kept Bela around than her, and I think that added to my abject dislike of her.
Day 24 - Best quote
Quotes are where I live. I LOVE dialogue, I love quotes and moments and there is nothing that can suck me in faster than snappy dialogue, just like nothing can drag me into a song faster than a nice turn of phrase in lyrics. So picking one is SO HARD. The Two Cathedrals speech in West Wing, with the last, bitten off "You get Hoynes". Wesley's last speech to Illyria, about his perfect last day. Any of a hundred bantery moments on Sports Night. King Silas and Jack's exchange on the stairs in Kings. Kara's toast to fallen pilots, in BSG, or her speech to the nuggets when she's teaching them to fly. The opening speech from Carnivale, where Samson ends with "And man forever traded away wonder for reason", or Cox's rants on Scrubs (Hugh Jackman!). God a million others.
I would have gone with the Biblical smackdown from President Bartlett, but since I used that already, I'll go with one of my favorite Buffy moments:
Buffy: "Does it ever get easy?"
Giles: "You mean life?"
Buffy: "Yeah. Does it get easy?"
Giles: "What do you want me to say?"
Buffy: "Lie to me."
Giles: "Yes, it's terribly simple. The good guys are always stalwart and true, the bad guys are easily distinguished by their pointy horns or black hats, and, uh, we always defeat them and save the day. No one ever dies, and everybody lives happily ever after."
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
I have a very long list of stuff I still need to watch. I think next on my list, other than finally finishing Heroes and Lost, is Deadwood, which has Timothy Olyphant, and everyone says it's really good. But mostly, Timothy Olyphant. I am shallow.
I also want to see The Wire, Community, Treme, and a bunch of other stuff.
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
These days, I watch everything on TIVO, and am usually quite a ways behind, so when there's HOLY HELL cliffhangers, I'm usually behind enough that I don't have to wait to see what happens.
Sarah Connor Chronicles is the most obvious, because it ended on a huge cliffhanger/change, and then we never see where it went from there, and I STILL weep for that.
But probably as I watched, the one that genuinely SHOCKED me the most, was Supernatural's Devil's Trap. At that point, we didn't KNOW if we had a second season, or if the boys survived the crash, and the end of the show could GENUINELY have been a crash that possibly killed all three Winchesters. And no one saw the crash coming, so it was a very jarring, OMG moment.
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
I think I already touched on this, but, I'd go with BSG's "33". 33 was a compelling start to the show and reintroduction to characters we met in the miniseries, while also serving as an entry point to people who hadn't seen it, and introducing a wider cast, and giving us a sense of the tension and hopelessness of their situation.
Runners up, I think I'd go with "Serenity", for Firefly, even if they never showed that as a pilot on air, and Lost's pilot was pretty damn good. Veronica Mars', too, was an excellent pilot that led into one of the best season on TV.
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
I touched on this earlier, but if you discount He-Man and She-Ra, then it was definitely The Young Riders.
I crushed on the boys, wrote horrible Sue-fic in my head, and anxiously awaited the series every week. I remember watching it with my parents, who also liked it, and that I insisted on watching it as it aired when I was visiting my aunt and uncle, and that episode was like, one of the few with a sex scene, which was SUPER UNCOMFORTABLE TO WATCH WITH FAMILY when one is a kid.
But I loved it, and it firmly established both my habit of crushing on Native American boys, and loving the angry boys. (Hi Jimmy and Buck.) My tendencies showed early, since my favorite thing was bantering between the boys and Teaspoon, and I was bored by Lou and Kid's romance.
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Avatar: The Last Airbender, which I devoured and am FULL OF LOVE FOR and The Vampire Diaries, which is my favorite currently-airing show, I think. I'm not sure how that happened, but I refuse to be ashamed.
Avatar is AWESOME, and anyone who hasn't watched it needs to. There are kickass ladies. (My love for Toph and Azula CANNOT BE CONTAINED), and amazing boys. There is banter and family and love and talking. There is a complete story arch wherein characters GROW AND CHANGE. There is a unique and charming world. There is a FLYING BISON. There is Aang, who is young and endearing and sweet, and Katara, who is fierce and determined and mothering. There is Zuko, who is angry and stubborn and kickass and also the most awkward dork in the world. I will probably squee in a whole post about this. (SOKKA, ILU!) But I love it. And am full of EVEN MORE RAGE about the movie adaptation, now that I know the awesome of the original.
And The Vampire Diaries. . . it started out slow. It's not anything hugely original. But it's ENTERTAINING. Things actually happen. Elena is likable, and often proactive. Damon is snarky and evil, but not quite. Stefan is mopey, but give him some blood or get him drunk and he's entertaining. The drama and magic is often just different enough to surprise me. The peripheral characters are all AWESOME. It's just a FUN show. And the sheer PRETTY of the cast doesn't hurt.
Day 30 - Saddest character death
Ugh, this is so hard. Leo McGarry, from West Wing was devastating, because it was accompanied by the real-life death of John Spencer. Fred's death in Angel was sad, but I think I was more affected by Wesley's death, later. Joyce's death on Buffy was heartbreaking. Ianto on Torchwood hurt, and all the more so because it was just SO BADLY DONE, but I think Donna losing her memories was a lot more painful to watch. Tara on Buffy was awful, and much as I loved Oz and Willow (and Xander and Willow), breaking up Tara and Willow made me SO SAD. Wash and Book were both AWFUL, but since they technically happened in the movie, I'm not counting them. Kutner on House was shocking and out of no where and stark because of it. Vic's death on Queer as Folk killed me, and made me want to hug Debbie so much. And Mrs. Landingham on West Wing was a killer too. John's death on Supernatural was sort of inevitable, but still well done, and Derek on Sarah Connor Chronicles was done in such an offhand, part of the chaos way that it almost hurt MORE (Though I think him shooting Jesse off camera was more affecting for me.) And Ike dying on he Young Riders was probably the first time I remember crying at something on TV.
But I think the one that comes to mind first, and that hits me the hardest is Dee on BSG. There is this horrible sense of inevitability leading up to her suicide. The sweet smiles, the happy laugh, all on the heels of this horrible, earth shattering disappointment. And then it happens, and she's gone, and it's this giant, horrible thing to some people, and yet the fleet just keeps ticking on and on, and there's nothing that can be done about it. She's just one more face that's gone, and that just struck me as so incredibly sad.
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