Monday, 26 December 2011

Happy (belated) Christmas

So, I am still working on my next post for 30 Days of TV, but apparently being a perfectionist means these things take longer than you expect.


As it was Christmas Day yesterday, and Boxing Day today, I thought I would post a collage of images from Christmas episodes from some of my favourite shows:




I hope you like it :)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

The things wrong with Glee's 'I Kissed a Girl'


I had wanted this to be a balanced post, I really did. However, it's just not going to happen.

I don't write recaps for shows in this blog, and I'm not about to start, but I felt compelled to write about Glee's latest episode: I Kissed a Girl. I'm not going to tell you what exactly happened in the episode, so if you don't know, AfterEllen's Heather Hogan posted a recap on Wednesday.

Friday, 25 November 2011

Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)

For once, I am actually going to answer the question properly, as there are plenty of shows I plan on watching, but I am only going to blog about one:

Friendship

I've been thinking about the subject of friendship recently, about what it is and what it's not.

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Day 24 – Best quote(s)

I had planned on making to this a Buffy special, but then I heard news that a friend of mine came out to someone important in her life, so I decided instead to make this a coming out special as a gift to her. Before any pedants say anything, yes they're not quotes but more like whole scenes. To which I say - tough, go get your own blog. :-P.

So, here are the best ones I've seen, in no particular order...

Monday, 14 November 2011

Results of Politics Test from OKCupid

You are a

Social Liberal
(80% permissive)

and an...

Economic Liberal
(15% permissive)

You are best described as a:

Socialist




Link: The Politics Test on Ok Cupid
Also: The OkCupid Dating Persona Test

Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Bechdel Test and other issues concerning women in movies

First of all an admission. Yes, I can objectify women with the best (or rather, worst) of them. I went to see Real Steel the other day on the strength of how hot one of the actresses was, so for me to come down on this kind of behaviour would be truly hypocritical.

However, even in the shallow mood I was in when watching this movie I was still struck how Evangeline Lilly's character Bailey was sidelined in the movie. For the first three quarters of the film she's not seen out of her father's old gym once. Also? The only characters she talks to for the *entire* movie are Hugh Jackman's character, Charlie, and Charlie's son Max. All she talks about is Charlie and the things he did in the past, things he does now and what he could do in the future if only he tried hard enough. She owns a gym and she knows about robots for frack's sake, surely that should have given the creative team a lot of scope to develop her character? Charlie goes touring with robot fighters, a mechanic would have been useful to have on the road, no?

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Day 23 - Most annoying character

I'm sure in my many many years of watching TV, I have been more annoyed by a character than the one I'm going to blog about, but I can't get him out of my head, so it has to be him. Sorry Kevin McHale, but it has to be done.

glee; artie; jazz hands








Monday, 17 October 2011

Day 22 – Favourite series finale

I suppose the decision for me is whether to take "series" to be the US meaning (the whole TV show) or the British meaning (just one season, in US parlance). Wellll I suppose what I could do is talk about my favourite series (US meaning) finale for a US show and favourite series (British meaning) finale for a British show, just to be controversial. ;-).

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

National Coming Out Day


Happy National Coming Out Day everyone! For those who don't know what it is, here's the Human Rights Campaign page.

As I said in my last post, I'm bisexual. Even if I wasn't though, LGBT equality is still so so important, as no one should feel in fear of their lives or discriminated against because of who they love or because they were born the wrong gender.

For the occasion, Wetpaint has compiled a list of their favourite coming out moments in TV, so I shall leave you with that, enjoy!

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Coming to terms with my sexuality - twice

This post was inspired by a conversation I had last night with a Twitter friend who I started speaking to about Pretty Little Liars and Glee.

For those who don't know me, I'm an out bisexual woman. At least I am now. When I was 14 I knew I was interested in girls because I had the hugest crush on one of my best friends from secondary school. There was also Anna Nolan in the first series of Big Brother who was an inspiration.

I just didn't know if I liked exclusively women. Because there was also Xander in Buffy and Brad Pitt. I inched out of the closet after telling 3 of my friends I thought I was bi.

Day 21 - Favourite ship

I've been shipping since before I knew shipping was a thing. When I started watching Buffy I wanted for ages for Xander to wake up and see what was right in front of him - Willow. Well, that was until Oz turned up and swept her off her feet, and then it was Tara... Oh damn it, I must have just been a Willow shipper .

Anyway, my favourite ship (with steep competition from Emily and Maya in Pretty Little Liars, HG and Myka in Warehouse 13 and Rizzoli and Isles), if you hadn't guessed already, are these two lovely ladies:

Brittana pinkie love








Monday, 26 September 2011

Day 20 - Favourite Kiss(es)

Well this post is going to be quite difficult. Why? Because I'd like to award it to these two:

Brittany & Santana: Glee Live in Dublin
However, I feel I can't because this happened in during the Glee Live tour and the nearest they got to kissing on Glee itself was a nuzzle.

I'm going to cheat here and name *three* favourite kisses.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

Day 19 – Best TV show cast

Right, well I took a pause to make sure I did this post justice. However, I have since realised the longer I leave it the more amazing it'll need to be to justify not posting for so long and I've probably already left it too long to be able to write a good enough post so I might as well just post now...

Thursday, 15 September 2011

A(nother) pause

Well, whoops, it looked like I forgot about this blog.

The next day due on 30 Days of TV is "Best Cast", and I want to try to do this justice, so I'm going to have to leave it for a while as I have a conference to go to from Saturday until next Wednesday...

Who am I kidding, no one's reading this :-p

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

A critique of the coverage following the lifting of the lifetime ban on blood donations from men who have had sex with men

For those of you who don't already know, last week it was announced there would no longer be a lifetime ban on men who have had oral or anal sex with men (MSM) giving blood. Men will now be able to give blood a year after they last had sex with another man.

Day 18 – Favourite opening credits

Mmm, this takes me back to a time when all shows had opening credits before the title card was made popular by Lost.

Anyway, to the question... Most opening credits become annoying after the second time of seeing them so become skippable.  This is mainly thanks to the music.  There are two honourable exceptions though:

Monday, 12 September 2011

Day 17 - Favourite mini series

Only one I can think of which I genuinely enjoyed was the Battlestar Galactica one before the series proper began. So, yeah, I'll go with that. I'm sure there are others because Lord knows the UK is swimming in 5 day "events" but none of them spring to mind (probably because they're mostly forgettable).

Friday, 9 September 2011

Day 14 & 15 – Favourite male & female characters

Favourite male character
Even after all these years the answer is and probably always will be Xander. I first noticed him during The Pack. In fact I can tell you the exact moment I noticed him:

Xander in The Pack









This is a guy who's normally all sweet and goofy and I love him for that but to get the teenager I was at the time to pay attention he had to get possessed by a hyena and act like a douchebag for a whole episode. Though I will have to say - eating a live pig ain't hot.

Favourite female character
Do I have to pick just one? Really? Can I not have three? No? OK then...

Santana does Valerie








Excuse me, my brain always stops functioning after looking at the hotness that is Ms Naya Rivera many times over. Santana is played by someone who could be genuinely called "a triple threat" unlike some other members of the cast I could think of. Naya can sing, she can dance and goddamn she can act. She makes Santana the best thing about Glee. Even back in the dark days when she got barely any scenes she brought out the amazing-ness in Santana with her partner in crime Brittany and boy, did it pay off. Bit part to recurring character through to regular all in one season. She should be the lead of this show but instead Ryan, Ian and Brad would rather make it the Rachel, Kurt and Finn show. .

(Oh btw, if I could have had three, the other two would have been Brittany and Willow, in case you needed it spelling out ;-))

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Day 13 – Favourite childhood show

If I'd been posting this before yesterday, I would have totally said Count Duckula. However, my opinion has been rather adjusted by the news that CITV are bringing these lovely puppets back:










Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Day 11 – A show that disappointed me

OK, does this mean a show that disappointed me in its entirety or a show that was good and then didn't live up to its earlier promise?

If it's the first question I'd have to go with The Killing, for reasons I explained here.

Monday, 5 September 2011

Day 10 – A show I thought I wouldn't like but ended up loving

This is incredibly easy, why can't all questions be like this?










Day 09 – Best scene ever

How do I begin to answer this one?  There are many things that can make a scene good: the emotional depth, lighting, direction or humour.

Bah, no, I can't do this... NEXT!

Saturday, 3 September 2011

A pause

I'm going to have to pause the 30 Days of TV meme because:

  1. I unexpectedly had to work on Thursday, so couldn't draft yesterday's and today's posts as I'd hoped, and
  2. I have a wedding to go to today, and I think my best friend would object to me missing it for a blog...
On the wedding theme, I've got "I'm getting married in the morning" going through my head, even though it's not my wedding I'm going to... What an odd head I have.

Thursday, 1 September 2011

Day 08 – A show everyone should watch

Hm, this is a tough one because the world would be an incredibly boring place if we all had the same tastes, wouldn't it?

OK, rather than thinking deeply about shows I know of that would appeal to a wide range of people, I'm going to throw a bit of a curve ball:














Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Day 06 – Favourite episode of my favourite TV show

Well as I've already said my favourite show is Buffy, so only question is what is my favourite episode from the show. Without a doubt, it has to be the one with these chappies:











Friday, 26 August 2011

Day 02 – A show that I wish more people were watching

This one's a bit tough for me because I don't really pay attention to ratings, but after a little research (if you can call checking Wikipedia research) I decided upon this one:

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Day 01- A show that should have never been cancelled

After going through the now cancelled shows I miss in my mind, I decided upon:

Joan of Arcadia

30 Days of TV

Hello and welcome to my new blog where I will be writing about the various TV shows and films I love.  To start me off, I will be following the meme 30 days of TV.  I'm hoping that having to blog once a day will get me more into the habit of blogging and hopefully encourage me to update my other blog more too.

Thursday, 28 July 2011

It doesn't matter if Global Warming is happening - energy efficiency still makes sense

Yesterday when going through the many many tweets I favourited I came across the following post which rips apart the theory that carbon dioxide will lead to the Earth's temperature increasing by a few degrees in the next few decades.

I can't pretend I understood all of it. However, the overriding impression I got was "so what?"

Currently as a species we are dependent on oil. Oil prices are currently being driven up by what's going on in the Middle East. Also, sales of oil have propped up dictatorships all across the region. Surely rather than sitting and moaning that increasing levels of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere isn't going to lead to as much of an ecological disaster as we think we should be trying to wean ourselves off this commodity?

How can we do this? As far as I can see the best way would be to invest in alternative technologies such as solar, wind and tidal power. Also, increasing the energy efficiency of cars and other vehicles makes sense as then we won't have to use as much of an expensive resource. Who's calling for both of these? The climate change lobby including Caroline Lucas and George Monbiot. So, uh, why don't we just invest anyway?

Friday, 24 June 2011

Different approaches to the same problem

Right, I want to start off by saying I adore Johann Hari's writing. He's written fantastic articles in the past which sometimes teach me things I hadn't known before and other times resonate exactly with what I'm already thinking.

However, a while ago he wrote something that I didn't only disagree with but I thought was verging on dangerous. I said at the time I didn't agree with a lot of what he said in this article, including the dodgy uses of statistics which he apparently got from an article in the Guardian. My response apparently got me blocked, which I wailed about at the time.

A response to the article that I agree with [in words I couldn't hope to write] can be found here.

Friday, 10 June 2011

Syria

It is with great sadness that I have been reading about the events in Syria in recent months.

Although I have been fascinated and excited to watch people grabbing democracy else where in the Middle East, I can't help worry about Syria.