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Vlog Season 3 #2 – Gilmore Girls Revival!

23 Oct

New video!

After hearing the news earlier this week that Netflix is apparently bringing back Gilmore Girls, I HAD THOUGHTS, and I decided to film them.

What do you guys think about Gilmore Girls coming back?

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Vlog Season 2 #5 – Favorite Christmas Episodes

19 Dec

Time for the last new vlog of 2014!

In keeping with the holiday spirit, I decided to talk about a few of my favorite Christmas episodes! After the video, I wrote about a few more I didn’t have time to include in the video.

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Vlog Season 2 #2 – Gilmore Girls

8 Oct

This week’s video is a few days early because I’m going to be at New York Comic Con on Friday!

After Gilmore Girls was added to Netflix streaming on October 1, I knew I had to do a video about the show. I talk a bit about how much I love the show and what, in my opinion, made it so great.

Were you guys as excited as I was about Gilmore Girls hitting Netflix?

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Vlog Episode #6: Thanksgiving Episodes

23 Nov

My newest vlog for The Daily Elixir is up! This week, I talk about some of my favorite Thanksgiving-themed episodes.

For the first time in ages I actually fit pretty much everything I wanted to say into the final edit, so no extra rambling! *gasp*

I will be taking my next scheduled week of the vlog off – as you may have noticed from the lack of posts here and my twitter babbling lately, it’s been an extremely busy few weeks. Thanksgiving is also going to be tough this year, as it’s the first major holiday I’ll be celebrating since my father died in June. So I need a break. But I will be back in December with a new episode – and I would love to hear from you guys as far as what you’d like to hear me talk about going forward with the videos. Sound off in the comments!

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Vlog!

15 Jun

Well, it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

I’ll have a longer post sometime in the next week or so explaining where I’ve been and what’s been going on in my life, and I should hopefully be posting more regularly again as well.

In the meantime, I started a vlog! I’m submitting it in the hopes of becoming part of the Geek and Sundry Vlog network, but even if that doesn’t work out, I plan on continuing to make video content for this site. I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions!

UPDATE: The Geek and Sundry voting is LIVE! My video page is here. You can vote once a day. Please vote for me!

 

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Top 5 Favorite TV Episodes

31 Aug

To the outside observer, it probably looked like I’ve been a huge slacker about posting anything but my weekly roundup posts lately. That’s only partially true. The reality is, I got so caught up in making this list of my favorite episodes of TV, EVER, that I agonized over choosing the right episodes for way way longer than I should have, considering even as I’m writing this I’m actively trying not to change my mind. In any case, I thought it would be fun to take a look at some of the TV episodes that have stuck with me over the years, the ones that I find to be a cut above everything else out there. I’ve made no effort to hide my Whedon fandom around here – I mean, this blog’s title is a Firefly reference – so it should come as no surprise to you that this list is fairly Whedonverse-heavy. 😛

As usual, in no particular order:

Firefly – “Out of Gas”

This episode was the easiest selection on the list, as I consider it my favorite episode of anything, ever. To me, this is about as close to perfect as an episode of TV gets. Not only is the main story great, but the use of flashbacks to finally show us a glimpse of the beginnings of the crew of the Serenity ties the whole thing together beautifully. I’ve always thought of this episode as basically being the audience’s glimpse at just how much Mal cares for the ship and his crew – and it reads like a love letter by the end of the episode.

This episode aired (or at least, was intended to air) as the 8th in the series unfortunately short run of 14 episodes. By this point, we’ve gotten fairly invested in Malcolm Reynolds and his crew of misfits aboard Serenity. So when the episode begins with a look at the ship floating in space with no power, apparently abandoned except for an injured Mal, it hooks you in right away – you just have to know what happened to the ship and her crew. I know I’ve complained about this framing device recently, but when it’s done well – as it is here – it can be an extremely effective storytelling tool.

And so we find our heroes trapped on a ship with a busted port compression coil – and no working engines or life support as a result. Zoe, in an attempt to save Kaylee from the explosion, has been left badly injured. As time runs out on their remaining air, Mal ships everyone off on the shuttles and decides to stay in case someone answers their distress call. As he’s left to himself, he begins to reminisce about meeting each of his crew members. Part of what makes the flashbacks so effective is that they lighten up the episode – things are looking pretty bleak – and the moments of levity provided  are a perfectly timed reprieve from the growing tension aboard Serenity. I mean, what better way to lighten the mood than to watch Mal outsmart Jayne and trick him into joining his crew? Or finding out that Zoe didn’t like Wash when they first met him? In addition to providing some laughs, these glimpses of the past also raise the stakes of the current situation, making the idea of the ship and crew being lost more real and painful to consider.

In my opinion, this episode showcases Nathan Fillion at his finest as well. He did a lot of great work as Mal, getting the opportunity to show off both his dramatic and comedic chops, but this episode is a particularly great episode for him. We see all sides of Mal – his protective side, his stubbornness, his determination to save his ship, and a bit of his wit as well via flashbacks. But my favorite scene comes at the end of the episode, after the crew has returned to save Mal’s life – thanks to Zoe’s insistence that Wash go back for him. Groggy from the drugs, Mal starts to fall asleep, only to jerk awake again. “You’re all gonna be here when I wake up?” he asks with concern. The crew assures him they will be, and Mal smiles, saying “Good, that’s good” as he falls asleep. It’s perhaps the only moment we see Mal as vulnerable in the whole run of the series, but it speaks volumes to how much these people mean to him.

I could ramble about this episode forever. It’s just that good. If you haven’t watched it or Firefly yet (and seriously, what are you waiting for if you haven’t?!) I highly recommend checking it out.

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Top 5 Most Disliked TV Characters

25 Jul

A few weeks ago, I posted about my favorite TV characters ever. I thought it would be fun to also post about my LEAST favorite characters ever. Not the kind of characters I love to hate – like Gus Fring (Breaking Bad), Glory (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), or Gaius Baltar (Battlestar Galactica) – but characters whose mere presence on-screen made me mad. In no particular order:

Connor, Angel

I am a huge fan of Angel. I think season 5, especially the second half, is some of the best work Joss Whedon has ever done. On the flip side, however, is the travesty that is season 4 (with the exception of the Angelus arc which was excellent), and the majority of my issues with that season stem from the presence of Connor. The character was, I’m sure, meant to be sympathetic – I spent my life in a hell dimension! I have major daddy issues! – but mostly came across as whiny. It didn’t help that he spurned all attempts at help or friendship from Angel and company. I could understand him rejecting Angel, but to have Gunn, Fred, and the lovable Lorne reaching out to him as well – he has no reason to dislike or mistreat those people. And then, of course, there was the Cordelia debacle. Cordy’s storyline in season 4 is a issue worthy of entirely separate post worth of ranting, but the creepy relationship Connor developed with her was just GROSS. He was also, in my opinion, a total dumbass in not noticing that Cordelia was clearly not herself during her pregnancy. I’m sure that was perhaps the point, but it didn’t make it any less frustrating to watch since I was already totally grossed out by the whole thing anyway.

I will say this – they have done some great things with Connor in the Buffy and Angel comic books that have made me appreciate the character a bit more, but I still cringe whenever I watch those episodes of Angel. And it took me almost a full season’s worth of Mad Men episodes to stop associating Vincent Kartheiser with the character and wanting to punch him every time he came on screen. Now I just want to punch him because he’s Pete Campbell, at least. 😉
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My Favorite TV Characters

11 Jul

I’m not at San Diego Comic-Con right now, as is probably pretty obvious since I’m blogging and not out having fun. I’m bummed about it. But I’ll have my own convention-going fun to report on in October (New York Comic Con, woohoo!), so in the meantime, I’m distracting myself by bringing you the first in what I’m planning on making a summer-ish series of lists of some of my favorite (and not-so-favorite) TV-related things. Today’s list: my favorite characters. This was hard. There are a lot of honorable mentions because I cheat. I probably could have listed at least 5 more people, but I didn’t. You should be proud of me. 😉

Malcolm Reynolds, Firefly

I could easily have just listed pretty much the entire crew of Serenity, but I decided that would be a boring list. So of course, my Firefly love fell to the captain, Malcolm Reynolds. You’ll notice a trend in this list – that I like somewhat flawed characters – and Mal is no different. He’s got a past that haunts him and can’t stay out of his own way a lot of the time (he does basically commit crimes for a living). But he’s fiercely loyal to his crew, and he loves his ship. I love the layers of his character – he comes off rough at first, but once you’re on his crew, you are on his crew, and he’ll do anything for you. Watching him struggle to protect those his cares about (and avoid those out to do him harm) is a fascinating journey.

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