el diablo robotico (platypus) wrote,
el diablo robotico

the TV meme is baaaaaaaaaaack...

Let's catch up a bit, shall we?

Day 09 - Best scene ever

I have a hard time coming up with particulars for meme questions like this, but I'm going to go for Graduation Day, the third season Buffy finale, when the Mayor turns into a snake and the entire graduating class whips off their gowns to reveal that they're armed, because that was pretty awesome. And unexpected. Buffy gets off to a slow start, but by the time they graduate from high school all the slowly built characters and relationships pay off enormously. To be honest, I think this should've been the series finale; after high school, the show flounders around a lot. I realize this would preclude a lot of later awesomeness, like Hush and Restless, but I like it when shows go out on high notes.

Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving

Yeah, that would be Firefly. I watched The Train Job on Fox, rolled my eyes at all the 'ain't's and cowboy crap, and gave up on it. I wouldn't try it again, no matter how good Ken told me it was; now and then I stuck around long enough to see a scene or two that looked okay, but I was very sure I did not like the show. Then I got Ken the DVD set for Christmas, and was obliged to sit through it. And I loved it. I still resist shows that everyone tells me I am obliged to watch and love, though. SO THERE.

Day 11 - A show that disappointed you

Battlestar Galactica (the remake). It got off to an incredible start with the miniseries and 33 and Water. The next four years were a slow-motion swan dive. The biggest flaw? NOT ACTUALLY HAVING A PLAN. Every single week, the intro promised us a plan, and meanwhile Ron Moore was making shit up because it sounded good. The sheer amount of squandered potential is staggering.

Runner-up: Dollhouse. After a crappy start that probably shook off a ton of viewers, it became truly awesome by the end of the first season. But Joss and co. knew it was doomed, and chose to give us an interesting conclusion with a glimpse of the future in Epitaph One. Fans might have cursed Fox to the skies for killing the show just as it found its legs, and fantasized for years about how wonderful a second season would have been... except they unexpectedly got that second season. And it sucked. The first few episodes were too dense to bring in new viewers, too shitty to keep old ones. By the time they woke up and realized there was really, truly no way they'd get a third season, it was too late to do more than cram in plot in an awkward attempt to reach the future we'd seen in Epitaph One. None of that was anywhere near as good as the hints had been, because when they wrote Epitaph One they didn't actually have (or, to be fair, need) any plan to get there. Had the show just been killed off after the first season, we'd all be imagining the much better second one that Fox stole from us. (This is why I'm sort of glad, in the end, that Firefly was cancelled -- as someone said, it hadn't had time to disappoint its fans. But, oh, I hated Serenity. If that was the second season, even a rushed version of it, I'm glad we didn't get there.)

Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times

Um... I'm really not sure. I'm going to hark back to Day 9 up there and say that we've watched the Buffy episode Restless several times as a Tivo suggestion, because Giles' musical number is awesome. I've watched most Doctor Who episodes twice, some more, but I can't say five for sure on any of them. I really don't re-watch stuff a lot; I don't spend much time watching TV at all, and we own very few DVDs.

Day 13 - Favorite childhood show

Sorry, but more Doctor Who. I probably started watching when I was seven or eight, when my brother watched it on PBS. I loved the whole idea of the Doctor randomly kicking around the universe in a police box getting into trouble, and K-9 appealed to me (my earliest memories are a muddled mix of Three and Four, and I really can't say what I saw first). And, yes, it scared me. Especially the Autons. I had a fear of being strangled by phone cords or suffocated by malevolent plastic things for a while. Thanks, show! The Daleks scared me, too, because they were so implacable and inhuman. You could run all you wanted, but they'd just glide along and exterminate you. And their voices were creepy.

Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best TV show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First TV show obsession
Day 29 - Current TV show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death
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