Favorite Things Part 2

Next up, is:

This is such a great TV show.  It ran for only 2 seasons on ABC from 2007 - 2009.  It was another show that got told it was being canceled about halfway through it’s 2nd season and it tried wrapping up some of it’s loose ends by the last episode.

If you don’t know this show, watch it.  The way the stories are told are just incredible.  The story centers around a pie maker, Ned (Lee Pace), who can bring people back from the dead for less than a minute without any dire consequences but more than a minute and something or someone has to die to take there place.  Ned works with Emerson Cod (Chi McBride) who is a private investigator whose interested in collecting reward money for the deaths.  Along the way Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck Charles (Anna Friel) back to life and the real problems begin.

First, look at the actors in this show:

Lee Pace:

Kristin Chenoweth:

Chi McBride:

Anna Friel:

Ellen Greene:

Swoosie Kurtz:

Plus, a whole truckload of cameos George Hamilton to Paul Rubens.  And the show has Ellen Greene!  Ellen Greene!!!!  For those of you who don’t know she was Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors:

She is such a fantastic character actress!  And Little Shop of Horrors is amazing but I’ll get to that later.

And the show was created by this guy,

Bryan Fuller:

He has created other shows such as Dead Like Me (I’ll talk about that later as well), Wonderfalls and Hannibal.  He got his start writing episodes for Star Trek Voyager and all of these shows are just great as well.

This show had such a unique voice.  From the rich and vibrant colors to the narrator to the way it would blend humor in the show.  And how, especially in the 1st season, it would almost always have a “awwwww” moment between the pie maker and Chuck.

The show tells a love story about two people who can never touch or the other would die.  How do you keep that fresh without it becoming annoying?  This show finds that balance and goes with it.

In the first season, it’s all about “monster of the week” type story lines.  In the second season, they try to go with an overarching villain but it falls apart quickly.  It’s still really worth watching, just to watch the scenes between Chi McBride and Kristin.

Oh, and Kristin Chenoweth and Ellen Greene sing songs in the show.  There is no musical episode but there are random songs that they sing and they are wonderful!  In fact, early on in the 1st season Kristin sings a song to herself in the pie shop (called the Pie Hole) while cleaning up, which is great.  Then the night janitor comes in to clean the floors and has headphones in and she continues to sing and dance behind his back as he waxes the floors.  That’s the moment I fell in love with the show.

The show doesn’t take itself too seriously and allows crazy things to happen to it’s characters.  It was so pleasant to watch this show while it was on the air, it was like a nice gift each week to look forward to.  It has this idealistic view of love and how romance should be but it’s set in such a far off, fantasy place that you know it’s only true in stories.  The 2nd season tried to start dealing with the realities of love between Ned and Chuck but it felt forced and awkward in the show’s format and the side characters like Emerson and Olive and the Aunts become more entertaining to watch.  It’s like Ned and Chuck become a train wreck you can’t take your eyes away from.

I loved how the show made me feel at the end of each episode, warm and fuzzy inside.  When you look at what else is usually on TV like, CSI, Law & Order, Bones, Supernatural, even sitcoms like How I Met Your Mother or Scrubs, while these shows are great and entertaining in their own way none of them in a constant way made me feel warm and fuzzy inside by the end.  And sometimes, that’s what you need at the end of a long day. 

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Favorite Things

I wanted to share some of my favorite TV shows, movies, video games, etc. with everyone because it seems like fun.  But not just a list of them, I want to share they why and the “so what?” factor that they have on me.  So, here goes the first one.

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This was such an incredible show and it lasted only one season.  Half way through the season the show got it’s marching orders and so the creators of the show sped up the story lines to try to give the show some closure.

Some of you will know this show right off and love it.

Some of you will know about this show and hate it.

Some of you will be like,

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This show aired on NBC during the 1999 - 2000 season.  Director and Executive Producer of the show, this guy:

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Mr. Judd Apatow.  He and along with this guy, 

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Mr. Paul Feig, who was the creator and exectuvie producer of the show.  The show was loosely based off his book,

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I adore and love Paul Feigs’ work.  He is fantastic.  Some of his other works include:

Director:

The Heat

Bridesmaids

Lots of episodes for:

The Office

Arrested Development

Parks and Recreation

He’s also an actor, writer and producer.  Great, funny guy.

I know the moment I fell in love with this show.  Towards the beginning of the pilot epsiode there is a dinner scene with the mom, dad, and the two kids, Sam and Lindsay.  Here’s the set up:

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And the following conversation happens:

Jean Weir (Mom): You know, I ran into Mrs. Patten today at Farmer Jack. And she said that she saw you smoking.
Lindsay: Well she’s crazy. Mom, I can’t believe you. You seriously think I would start smoking?
Harold Weir (Dad): You know, I had a friend that used to smoke. You know what he’s doing now? He’s dead!
Lindsay: Daddy, if I started smoking I would tell you.
Mr. Weir: Oh. Good. Now I don’t have to worry.

Mrs. Weir: Alright, kids. HIgh school is for learning but it’s also where you should be learning to socialize. That’s what high school dances are all about.
Lindsay: No they’re not. It’s a chance for popular kids to experiment with sex in their cars.
Mrs. Weir: Lindsay!
Mr. Weir: Hey!
Lindsay: I mean, if that’s what you want me to do then I’d be happy to go.
Mr. Weir: You know, there was a girl in our school, she had premarital sex. You know what she did on graduation day? Died! Of an overdose. Heroin.

Mr. Weir: You know who used to cut class? Jimi Hendrix. You know what happened to him? He died! Choking on his own vomit.
Lindsay: Daddy, I skipped Latin.
Mr. Weir: Oh. Well I can understand why you wouldn’t want to learn about that. It’s only the building block of our language.
Mrs. Weir: Well I’m just glad your Grandmother wasn’t alive to hear about this.
Mr. Weir: You can’t cut corners in life! You know who cut corners? Kennedy! Kennedy cut corners when he was running the Bay of Pigs. A lot of good men lost their lives because of it. You know who else cut corners? Janis Joplin.
Lindsay: Dad! What are you talking about?! You don’t make any sense. I just cut class and guess what? Everybody’s still alive. Just leave me alone!

After this scene, I knew this was going to be a great show.  Just the way the dialogue flowed and how the kids interacted with the parents, it just felt very natural.  And the dad, Mr. Weir, became one of my favorite characters.

As I watched the show I felt I connected more with the geeks, like Sam,

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I think I made this face in gym class before.

I liked how it showed the all the hardships of high school, I was a junior in high school when the show was on, so I could really relate to it.  But the show made it realistic, not something over the top or soap opera like.  We saw with shows like Beverly Hills 90210 how there were no real characters and everything is manipulated.

The show also had some good actors in it when they were just starting out like,

Seth Rogen

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James Franco

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Jason Segel

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And Busy Philipps

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This show will always have a soft place in my heart.

Now, the “so what?” moment.  What makes this show about teenagers in high school different from all the others?  I think it has to do with there being a heart to the show.  So many times you see shows about teenagers and you can tell it’s being written by people who’ve never had those experiences and the way they approach it is just awful.

This show was all about there characters living in this world of the high school together and trying to make the best of this forced experience.  Early in the pilot we know Sam is getting bullied at school and his sister Lindsay has to step up and protect him.  Sam in not grateful for the help and Lindsay feels trapped because doesn’t matter what she does, it’s never the right choice.  The show allows these characters to search for the “right choice” for them, it be smoking pot, cutting class or wanting to date the head cheerleader, it’s about them searching for a way to survive high school.  When you’re in high school, that’s all you want, is to survive and maybe that’s why this show reaches out to me so much.

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kittydoom:

sexy-salmon-loki:

The Avengers 1978 movie promo

BONUS:

I had to explain the Hawkeye joke to my boyfriend. Because I’m old.

I would so watch this version of The Avengers.  It wouldn’t be any good but it would be entertaining.  Especially Paul Lynde as Loki, that would be awesomely bad.

Paul Lynde as Loki: (After being punched and thrown about by The Hulk):  Oww, that hurt.  Who would do that?  That’s just rude.  I’m just going to pick up my limbs and go.

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Is this a real poster?  Because if it is, I want it!!!  I would hang this up in my  room so badly.
I just got done watching the 4th season of Modern Family and Billy Dee Williams makes a guest appearance as himself and everyone was remembering from different movies but no one was saying Star Wars.  Until Phil at the end of the episode brings it up, the first thought he had when he saw him and I thought, yup, I’m Phil when I grow up.

Is this a real poster?  Because if it is, I want it!!!  I would hang this up in my  room so badly.

I just got done watching the 4th season of Modern Family and Billy Dee Williams makes a guest appearance as himself and everyone was remembering from different movies but no one was saying Star Wars.  Until Phil at the end of the episode brings it up, the first thought he had when he saw him and I thought, yup, I’m Phil when I grow up.

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insanelygaming:

Joel and Ellie vs.The World
T-shirts available on RedBubble
Created by philtomato

This is amazing!!!  Great idea for a shirt!

insanelygaming:

Joel and Ellie vs.The World

T-shirts available on RedBubble

Created by 

This is amazing!!!  Great idea for a shirt!

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dorkly:

Mass Effect EDI Cosplay
This AI cosplay gets an A+(I).

This is someone’s cosplay for EDI from Mass Effect.  This is great!!!  How?!  I don’t … But … What? … Amazing!

dorkly:

Mass Effect EDI Cosplay

This AI cosplay gets an A+(I).

This is someone’s cosplay for EDI from Mass Effect.  This is great!!!  How?!  I don’t … But … What? … Amazing!

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ctowngaming:

Game Over!
Follow Me For More Video Game GIFs and Art! 

I remember getting most of these GAME OVER screens when I was a kid. So much anger and when this screen came up.  Especially that dog from Duck Hunt, so much anger towards that laughing dog!

ctowngaming:

Game Over!

Follow Me For More Video Game GIFs and Art! 

I remember getting most of these GAME OVER screens when I was a kid. So much anger and when this screen came up.  Especially that dog from Duck Hunt, so much anger towards that laughing dog!

(Source: gameweiver)

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dorkly:

Bioshock Rapture Family Photo
No gods or kings – only cosplayers.

I just finished playing Bioshock and I am currently playing Bioshock 2 and this family picture is just precious … well, as precious as Rapture families can be.  Great cosplay costumes!

dorkly:

Bioshock Rapture Family Photo

No gods or kings – only cosplayers.

I just finished playing Bioshock and I am currently playing Bioshock 2 and this family picture is just precious … well, as precious as Rapture families can be.  Great cosplay costumes!

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dorkly:

The Last of Us Clickers Cosplay
Don’t get double-clicked.

I just got done playing The Last of Us and it was an awesome game!!  The Clickers were terrifying and when this showed up on my dash, I had horrible flashbacks and went very quiet.

dorkly:

The Last of Us Clickers Cosplay

Don’t get double-clicked.

I just got done playing The Last of Us and it was an awesome game!!  The Clickers were terrifying and when this showed up on my dash, I had horrible flashbacks and went very quiet.

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edwardspoonhands:

jizzzyrichardpignoodles:

jizzzyrichardpignoodles:

slutpotential:

90s90s90s:

In 1988, Seth Green played Alyson Hannigan’s date in My Stepmother Is An Alien. Nine years later, he played her boyfriend on Buffy The Vampire Slayer.

This is freaking adorable.

Alyson Hannigan and Seth Green then and … well, I guess then, since that was 16 years ago from the Buffy picture.  I feel old, I remember both of these pictures well.

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