Archives for posts with tag: TV

Show I’ve Marathoned This Summer:

  1. Suits (Season 1)
  2. Bent
  3. Doctor Who
  4. Secret Diary of a Call Girl
  5. Awkward (Season 1/Beginning of season 2)
  6. Teen Wolf (Season 1/Beginning of season 2)
  7. Fringe (Season 3) – Rewatch
  8. Pushing Daisies (Season 2) – Rewatch

Show I’m Currently Watching (Airing Now):

  1. Suits
  2. White Collar
  3. Bunheads
  4. Saving Hope
  5. Teen Wolf
  6. Awkward
  7. True Blood

Show I Plan to Watch:

  • Sherlock

 

Suggestions?

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My latest television obsession is Misfits (only now I’m caught up so I have to wait for new episodes like every body else), and it’s got me thinking a lot about the way that I am, and what kind of super power I might have. I’ll explain why those two things go together.

See, the premise of Misfits is that a group of five teenagers (they’re really like early twenties but calling them young adults would be weird) are doing community service (they’re on probation for committing various crimes) when this freak storm happens, they’re all struck by lightning, and they end up with weird powers. At first the powers seem completely random, but really they’re all related in some way to the characters central feelings, actions, or wants.

For instance, one of them used to be a star runner but he was caught with drugs, so he was ban from competitive running for a year. Only time he had ever done anything wrong. He ends up with the power to rewind time (the caveat of course is that it only happens when he is deeply affected by something- and even then it can be hit or miss. Plus the whole changing the past consequences thing)

The shy, kind of weird kid who just wants to be accepted gets the ability to become invisible (at first it was involuntary and happened when he felt excluded or unseen)

There are also more weird powers- things that aren’t as run of the mill. One of the original five, a girl who oozed sex appeal and disinterest, makes people violently desperate to have sex with her whenever she touches them (yeah, it’s a problem).

The storm also affected other people in the area, including a dairy loving coffee shop worker who ends up with the ability to control dairy products with his mind (he calls it lactokenisis). It seems like a totally useless power until he starts killing people with the dairy products they’ve eaten– then it’s fucking scary.

So it makes me wonder, what kind of power would I end up with? I worry about the future a lot- would that perhaps result in psychic foresight? A long standing fear of mine, grown especially prominent lately, is that people don’t actually like me or want me around– superhuman charm, or maybe reading minds? In a discussion that I don’t entirely remember with Lipkin about super powers once he said something about my ability to generation images and ideas, so maybe I’d be able to project things from my head into reality? Obviously I’ll never know (unless we get a power granting freak snow storm here in Reno), but I still wonder. It says a lot about a person.

If Belen had a power, I think it would be some kind of superhuman luck. We joke that Belen “always wins. Even if it’s not a contest.” So maybe her power would make it impossible for her to lose. The catch of course would be that everyone around her could lose, so obviously friends and family would become big targets for mustache twirling villains.

If I come up with some other ones later I’ll add them. What would your power be?

In honor of my 100th post, I wanted to make a list of recommendations for books, movies, e.t.c. What I discovered is that when you make a list of recommendations that long, it really just becomes a list of things that you like (which is not always the same as a recommendations list).

At any rate, here it is (in no order other than the one I thought of them in. Since WordPress hates me, you’ll just have to take my word for it that there are 100) :

100 Recommendations (AKA Things I Like)

TV Shows:

  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Lost
  • Freaks and Geeks
  • Veronica Mars
  • The Vampire Diaries
  • Prime Suspect (US)
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Young Americans
  • Parks and Recreation
  •  White Collar
  •  Revenge
  •  New Girl
  •  Everwood
  •  The OC
  •  (Early) Grey’s Anatomy
  •  True Blood
  •  Firefly
  •  Psych
  •  Gilmore Girls
  •  Bones (The last season or so is iffy)
  •  Roswell (Seasons 1&2)
  •  Dead Like Me
  •  Dollhouse
  •  My So-Called Life
  •  Party Down
  •  Kitchen Confidential
  •  Pushing Daisies

Books

  •  A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  •  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  •  This is Where I Leave You
  •  The Abhorsen Trilogy (particularly Lirael)
  •  The Feminine Mystique
  •  The Road
  •  Good Omens
  •  The Crucible
  •  You Shall Know Our Velocity
  •  The Catcher in the Rye
  •  Fahrenheit 451
  •  Julius Caesar
  •  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
  •  Negotiating with the Dead
  •  Picnic Lightening

Movies

  •  The Dark Night
  •  Easy A
  •  Atonement
  •  An Education
  •  Serenity (after you watch Firefly)
  •  500 Days of Summer
  •  Citizen Kane
  •  Good Will Hunting
  •  TiMER
  •  The Life Before Her Eyes
  •  Moulin Rouge
  •  Exit Through the Gift Shop
  •  Elizabethtown
  •  Tales from the Script
  •  Momento

Musical Artists

  •  The Fray
  •  She Keeps Bees
  •  Young the Giant
  •  Gregory and the Hawk
  •  Rilo Kiley
  •  Neko Case
  •  Death Cab for Cutie
  •  Adele
  •  Ingrid Michaelson
  •  The Pierces
  •  The Hush Sound
  •  Stars
  •  Regina Spektor
  •  The Weekend
  •  Florence + The Machine
  •  The Morning Benders
  •  Sleigh Bells
  •  Girls
  •  Nada Surf
  •  Imogen Heap
  •  Sufjan Stevens

Foods

  •  German Potato Salad
  •  Cafe Rio Salad
  •  Cafe Rio Salad with Pork (Yes, it gets two numbers depending on if it has meat or not)
  •  Mediterranean Pizza
  •  Pasta Salad (My mother’s, obviously)
  •  Kidney Beans (in a dish of some kind)
  •  Chips & Salsa (so underrated)
  •  In’n’Out Fries
  •  Quiche
  •  Tatter Tots
  •  Hash browns
  •  Criss-Cross Fries (Do you have a problem with five of these items being potato products? Blame my mother- that and steak are all she ate when I was in the womb)
  •  Mango Spinach Salad with Tangerine Balsamic (a dish of my own creation)
  •  Artichoke Hearts
  •  Crunchy Rice and Red Beans
  •  Macaroni and Cheese
  •  Chicken Fingers (when I’m eating meat)
  •  Egg & Cheese Croissant Sandwiches
  •  Peanut Butter Cookies (best when made by Molly Rautenstrauch)
  •  Shrimp and Corn Salsa Quesadillas
  •  Hummus and crackers (or hummus and pretty much anything)
  •  Falafels

I had my journalism midterm yesterday and one of the questions was about recent trends that are changing television and what we think that will mean for tv in the future. Part of my answer was about increased viewer participation or involvement, and how we may one day see Choose Your Own Adventure style television. While it was mostly an off-handed comment, it got me thinking about getting what you want.

I bought my sister a modern Choose Your Own Adventure book for her birthday one year, in an attempt to get her to read more. The end result was her not reading it at all because she attempted to read through the entire thing rather than select and skip parts as directed. This was not because she didn’t understand the concept, but because she felt she might be missing the better story or missing something important- a girl after my own heart. (There is probably some philosophical insight to be had from that incident, but that’s for another time.

While getting what you want is immediately satisfying, how long that satisfaction stays is debatable– it can be pretty fleeting. When it comes to things like television, we all have the couple that we love or want to be together, the character we want to get what’s coming to them, the things we want to know more about and the things we are tired of hearing about. As a fan and a student of storytelling, I’m torn between wanting what I want and knowing that what I find really compelling is when I don’t get what I want- when I get a taste, but not the whole cake. This is two fold, firstly, no matter how much I love a show or its characters, I don’t always know best- somethings things just aren’t in the cards. Or at least, not yet- which brings me to the second part- wanting something and not getting it creates tension and anticipation. It wouldn’t be hard to argue that tension is the root of all story, and the more tension has led up to an event, the more satisfying it is when we get what we want.
Granted, there is the issue of dragging things out for too long, or trying to create tension where there naturally is none, but for now let’s just assume that the people in charge know about pacing and chemistry.
If we got what we wanted from the get go- let’s say a favorite couple united- the characters haven’t earned it and neither have we, the viewers. If you’re not willing to stick it out, do you really want it? Is it really worth it? Does it really mean anything?

Also, sometimes what we think we want is not really what we want, when all is said and done. And sometimes, not getting what we want means getting something even better that we didn’t even know we wanted.

I went to a Creative Writing Club meeting. I really enjoyed it. I pretty much just listened while they workshopped, but it was really interested. In particular, two poems that were workshopped were really great. There’s something wrong with that sentence but I’m not going to fix it.

When they were talking about the poems I kept thinking of Alex. “What is the poem’s project?”

I’m gonna submit something for the next meeting. I’ll probably write something new, but I may use something old if I decide there’s something I really want to get some eyes on.

I think it will be really good for me to have something else to do, and something to keep me writing. Eventually I’ll submit some screen writing, but not for the first week.

I have a really positive feeling about this.

Also, tonight’s episode of Vampire Diaries was really great. I enjoy watching with Belen and Alexis a lot. It’s fun because Alexis loves it as much as I do, and Belen knows almost nothing about the show so we get to explain stuff to her and try to make her understand our undying love for Damon. I like the routine of it. I definitely missed Thursday night laundry, cause that was a highlight of my week first semester last year.

I think that’s all I have to say for now- I’ll put posting this week on my to-do list.

  1. Seeing Ingrid Michaelson in concert.
  2. See the Fray with Natasha.
  3. See the Fray a second time and still knowing all the words to every song.
  4. Walking around Boston and taking pictures of everything.
  5. Getting lost with my Dad and talking about how confusing Boston is– even after we’ve been there twice.
  6. Being in New York this summer and: Going to the MET, MOMA; eating at PB Co.; becoming a subway master; getting mistaken for an NYU student and pretending to know when graduation was; seeing part of the Berlin wall; Going to Grand Central station and identifying the bridge under which several White Collar scenes have been shot; NY Public Library!
  7. Getting sunburnt in Arizona after weeks and weeks in the snow.
  8. Kisses.
  9. Getting my first paycheck.
  10. Spending my first paycheck.
  11. Listing to this perfect playlist from Tony Lucca’s “Devil Town”
  12. Hearing my little sister talk about all the things she’s doing in school and the responsibilities she’s getting and loving.
  13. Talking with my sister about her future and the colleges she wants to go to.
  14. Seeing every episode of Buffy the Vampire  Slayer — most of them several times. Then watching the show with my mom and getting her addicted.
  15. Laundry and TV nights with Karyn and Maddy.
  16. Getting cross-faded with Angel Harper and laughing at every little thing.
  17. Making up drinking games for TV shows, with Belen.
  18. Getting my tattoo.
  19. Seeing that tattoo every day and still loving it.
  20. Feeling infinite for any and all of these reasons as well as many that I didn’t list.
I need to make most lists like this.

“Wreck of the Day” is a really good song for that. “Driving away from the wreck of the day and I thinking of calling on Jesus. His love doesn’t hurt so I know I’m not falling in love I’m just falling to pieces.” Something about that always just hits me.

I’m feeling a mix of sad and frustrated, but also it was a good day so I have to take account of the happy even if it’s not really at the forefront.

As relatively easy as the transition here has been, I still feel like I don’t belong. But I think that has more to do with my own feeling of being out of place than it does with UNR. I just don’t know what I’m supposed to do to get people to invite me to parties, or ask me to hang out, or even just respond to the majority of my text messages. Of course saying that makes me feel like I’m just paranoid and that I’m making something out of nothing, but it just sucks hearing people talk about the parties they went to, or the stuff that they did and all I have to talk about is the TV I’ve been watching. I spend more time with fictional people than with real people. I don’t want to sound like I’m feeling sorry for myself, but to a certain extent I guess that’s exactly what I’m doing. I just need to… vent some.

Why do I feel like I have to qualify everything I say? I’m so worried about the way that I sound

And that’s a whole spirally train of thought that I can’t follow around because there isn’t an answer. I really should be writing in my journal where I worry (a little) less about how I sound, but I figured the blog needed up an update. I’m gonna try and find something to get me in a better mindset and then I’ll come back and write about the good things from today.

I am slowly building an excellent collection of television episodes on my computer- travel is going to be so much better now.
I’m also building an excellent collection of gifs, thanks to tumblr. Don’t know what I’ll do with them, but that’s inconsequential.

I’m going to see the last Rainbow show of the season tonight with my mom, Yang, and her mom. I’m really excited just to go back and see everybody. I miss the staff in a different way then I thought I would– I think because I spent a year without mentors, basically.
For some reason writing about that put me in a much better mood. Today has been kind of a hard day, I’m not even sure why.
I may update when we get home from the show tonight. maybe I’ll try and talk the crew into froyo afterwards. :]

I started reading Alone Together by Sherry Turkle, which is Hampshire’s common reading for the fall. It’s about “why we expect more from technology and less from each other.” I read the first 20 pages today and found it to be really compelling. (Initially I was less than thrilled that it was the common reading)

It made me question why I started this blog. I’m still thinking on that, but I suppose it’s a mix of things- some vanity, and a desire to feel like people are hearing/reading/seeing what I’m feeling/saying, but also my propensity to document things. I like artifacts, but keeping things digital means no physical space is taken up by all the things I collect (which is good and bad, and a topic for another time).

I signed out of my facebook and twitter as a means of deterring myself from using them for a while. Obviously I could just sign back in if I wanted to, but it makes it more of a conscious choice than something I do out of habit. I don’t know if I’ve ever signed out of twitter before. I don’t think I want to delete either of them at this point, because there are actual uses to those things, but mostly I use them to waste time and keep myself occupied- which is clearly not productive, and possibly even destructive. I’m still connected to tumblr and this blog, but… baby steps. Plus, I spend way less time on those particular modalities (which the sparseness of this blog can attest to).

Side note- started watching Parks and Recreation today. Really funny show, but a little depressing/ironic for marathon viewing. It’s probably just as well that my dad whisked the tv away. Also started watching Eli Stone, but I was getting a little bored with how totally Eli centric the story lines are. I’m pretty sure that gets better with time, but I think I’ll spread out those viewings a bit.
Also started a TV notes page in my notebook.