Back to the Beginning

So I was thinking that after my lengthy absence, a re-introduction is needed. However, I am way too lazy for that. So this is what you get:

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Totally rules to live by, no? (I left about a zillion things out of this hasty sheet of notebook paper. Sue me).

In other news, I’m super excited for the new BBC show Black Orphan. The trailer during the Christmas episode of Doctor Who looked fantastic! But as usual the BBC is making me wait a long time for their super awesome programming. Refer to my post on my love/hate relationship with the BBC.

As for the Christmas episode of Doctor Who, can we chat about that for a moment? How much do we (and of course by we, I mean me) love our new companion!?! Oh how I heart her so. I foresee nothing but awesomeness for the young Clara.

In terms of companions, I’ve always been Team Rose. She was my first. And I loved her for it. I hated Martha (although I LOVED her on Torchwood), and wasn’t really a fan of Donna. I did, however, fall hard for one Amelia Pond. I’m not sure it was actually Amy that I loved or the way the Doctor interacted with her. But that relationship pulled me like none has since Rose.

But I really feel like this chick is totally going to hold her own against the Doctor. And this is going to be a fun ride! Must get TARDIS so I can go to March 30th.

And a quick side note for the future of this blog; I’m hoping to post at least twice a week going forward now that I have the easy ability to do so. (Plus it will totally count toward my goal of writing at least 60 minutes a day. Two birds and all).

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Oye With the Poodles

I’ve been watching a lot of Gilmore Girls lately.  It’s one of my favorite shows, like, ever.  It has dialog I aspire to someday be able to write and characters I hope to someday create.

In the episode “Last Week Fights, This Week Tights” we find Chet, Tana’s boyfriend, losing a bet and being forced to speak only in clichés.  I have to try this.

I often speak heavily in TV and movie quotes (I’ve never done a whole day though!), but I’ve never done clichés.

I have to work tonight so that won’t work, but tomorrow I’m going to attempt to speak only in TV and movie quotes (as it’s much easier than clichés) and if I can pull that off, maybe I’ll work up to clichés.

I’ll update you later in the week on my progress.  I may have to write an explaination on my hand.

This is totally going to be one of those things that makes my husband go, “You’re weird.”  Cool.  I could use a dollar or two.

Aren’t words just the most, to say the least?

The Monster Behind Door Number Three

As much as I love, love, love, The Walking Dead, I think zombies may have run their course.  Just like vampires before them.  So I ask you, what monster is behind door number three?

What will be the next scary thing that we use over and over until we just can’t take it anymore?

Will it be something we know well? Ghosts? Werewolves? Witches?

Will be something that already exists, but is less established? Headless Horsemen? Mummies? Frankenstein’s monster?

Will it be some kind of hybrid? A human dragon? A Godzilla fairy?

What I do know is that I am ready for it.  I’m so tired of vampires and zombies. (Full disclosure: If they mixed up vampires and zombies with other stuff, I’d still watch them, but it’s all vamps and zombies all the time.  Other monsters exist too!)

So what do you think is behind door number three?

Inspiration

I’ve been totally lacking for inspiration lately.  For this blog anyway, I have plenty going on in my normal life.  When I decided to start this blog, I thought it was going to be awesome; all Doctor Who and Joss Whedon.  But I’m realizing that it’s hard to ‘talk shop’ everyday about the same topics without seeming stale.

So as you may have noticed, I’ve been branching out a bit and talking about my writing (which continues to consume my life) and my TV habits (some of which are definitely geekier than others).

But last night as I was watching hockey, (Full disclosure: I watch a LOT of hockey.  It’s a total non-geeky obsession of mine.) I fell asleep!  At about 9pm.  I think that sums up my geekiness in a nutshell.

Oh and this:

This is a snapshot of my bookshelf.  Yup.  I’m that girl.  Twilight meets Nietzsche.  Can you tell which one’s been read more?

Supernatural Story Vs Character

What makes a story?  I think I may have mentioned earlier that I’ve been making my way (among other things) through Supernatural.  I’m close to the end of season 6.  The show is currently about halfway through season 7.

I greatly enjoyed the first three seasons of Supernatural.  Around season four the show kind of turned on it head and went far away form the original story of the show.  But I feel a lot of mainstream sci-fi shows do this.  It’s kind of to be expected.  I think, if How I Met Your Mother has taught us anything it’s, that if you keep one long solo story arc, after 7 seasons, no one is going to care anymore.

“But hey, you said you were towards the end of season 6! Why are you still watching?” (That’s what I imagine a lot of you are crying).  And it’s true.  I am still watching.  But not for the story.

I know that without a story you have nothing, but I’ve always been a character girl.  I’ll take good, solid, interesting characters over plot any day (see How I Met Your Mother above).   And as much as I hate to admit it, I love these two characters.  (Full disclosure: I love Dean.  Sam, if he wants to go back to Hell, well that might not be so bad).  I cared enough about these characters to follow them down through the bizarro rabbit hole just to make sure they made it to the other side okay.

A few episodes ago the story started heading (in my opinion) back on the right track.  Time will only tell (or memory, if you watch the show in real-time) if it stays on this path or veers off again.

At the end of day, it’ll take a lot of garbage and  nonsense, a whole lot, of garbage and nonsense before I give up on characters I love and care about.  A story will hold me for a season, characters will keep me for a series.

How do you feel about story vs character?

Totally Team Dean

The Fades

I’ve been loving The Fades on BBC America.

I was riveted for the first three episodes.  I couldn’t tear myself away.

Then came episode four.  I don’t know what happened.  I should have been interested.  Paul’s DEAD!  It’s sci-fi so sure, he could come back, but still!  A new stranger comes to town to try to explain what’s going on.  I should have been DYING to listen.

But I wasn’t.  I found myself constantly reaching for my iPod to check Twitter and my email.  I was going to the bathroom and getting drinks not during the commercial breaks.

I watched the episode Sunday morning since it was on the DVR.  About halfway through I stopped watching and canceled my series pass.  It was a little impulsive and I”ll probably go back and finish the episode later in the week, but I was so disappointed that I acted rashly.

If anyone watches this, could you tell me what’s wrong with me?  Was the episode as good as the others?  Did I just not get it?

Help!

Canceled Too Soon: Caprica

In my first post of this series, if you’ll recall, I talked about Terriers.  In this post I’m going with Caprica.  If someone hired me to make a show that was more opposite of Terriers than Caprica, I don’t think I could.  It’s amazing how you can love two shows so much that are so dissimilar.  Which I think means, both shows had brilliant writing.

Caprica is everything that Terriers isn’t; in the very best of ways.

Caprica starred Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, Allessandra Torresani, Magda Apanowicz, Sasha Roiz, Brian Markinson and Polly Walker in a world that took place 58 years before Battlestar Galactica.  (Full disclosure: I’m working my way through BSG now, but I haven’t finished it.  You don’t need to know anything about BSG to enjoy this show).

Caprica uses futuristic styling and beautiful images to tell an amazing story.  I truly believe that this story could have been set anywhere and it would have been just as powerful.  Caprica shows how humans created the first Cylons that would later attempt to destroy humanity as retaliation.  If you’re not a sci-fi geek, I may have just lost you, but hang with me.  Please.

The core of the story doesn’t really have anything to do with Cylons or robots or virtual reality.  The story is really about humanity and where we are heading as a society.  (At least that’s what I took from it).  We may not to able to staunch ourselves in a virtual reality or fly to other planets, but we can exhibit the same emotions here on Earth.

A lot of Caprica is steeped in religion.  To believe in only one true God is be a terrorist and persecuted.  Religious zealots drive a lot of the story.  This unfortunately is a huge problem in our society today, but it is amazing to watch.

Religion and culture are at the forefront of this show, which to me, is what makes it so interesting.  I also think that was why the show didn’t get a lot of ratings.  While yes, it was without question, a BSG prequel, I don’t think there was enough BSG in it, to keep the true BSG sci-fi fans happy and wasn’t marketed to people who would enjoy the cultural aspects of this show.

As with Terriers (and all the shows will show up here in Canceled Too Soon, I encourage you to watch.  Caprica only got 18 seasons so you could, conceivably rip through it on a weekend.  And you should.