megotelek: (baby doctor)
Day 1 - Your fav song
Day 2 - Your fav movie
Day 3 - Your fav TV program

Again with the hard choices. There are the shows I loved in the beginning (or for most of the run) but got frustrated with near the end and only really watched the last season out of obligation (Friends (loved seasons 1-4, very meh from then on), Gilmore Girls (loved seasons 1-4, hated Adultery!Rory and the whole Yale plotline and April), Buffy the Vampire Slayer (loved seasons 1-5 and most of 6, disliked Spike/Buffy and really disliked Buffy in S7).

Then, there are the shows I loved to pieces but were killed before their time (Wonderfalls, Firefly).

Not to mention Star Trek in all of its incarnations, but mostly TNG because it's what I watched growing up.

But I have to say, in this moment in time, my favorite TV show is Doctor Who, with Battlestar Galactica (the reboot, obvs) a close second, only because it's over now. Caprica notwithstanding, of course.

Day 4 - Your fav book
Day 5 - Your fav quote
Day 6 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 7 - A photo that makes you happy
Day 8 - A photo that makes you angry/sad
Day 9 - A photo you took
Day 10 - A photo you took recently
Day 11 - A photo you took 10 years ago
Day 12 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 13 - A fictional book
Day 14 - Non-fictional book
Day 15 - A fanfic
Day 16 - Song that makes you cry
Day 17 - An art piece
Day 18 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 19 - A talent of yours
Day 20 - A hobby of yours
Day 21 - A recipe
Day 22 - A website
Day 23 - Youtube video
Day 24 - Whatever tickles your fancy
Day 25 - Your day in great detail
Day 26 - Your week in great detail
Day 27 - This month in great detail
Day 28 - This year in great detail
Day 29 - Hopes, dreams and plans for the next 365 days
Day 30 - Whatever tickles your fancy
megotelek: (chase the morning)
My personal favorite episodes:

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet - "There's SOMETHING on the WING!" People, you might want to listen to him -- it's William Shatner!

It's a Good Life - Before Billy Mumy was Lennier on Babylon 5, he was the creepy kid that sent people to the cornfield. The more you know...

Time Enough at Last - This one breaks my heart. I cry every time I watch it. And am eternally grateful I don't need glasses to read.

To Serve Man - "It's a COOKBOOK!"

Eye of the Beholder - Good twist, still relevant.

SyFy is airing a marathon today, so I'm stocking up to hopefully see episodes I've never seen before (there always are some!).
megotelek: (penny halo)
After twenty-six years, Reading Rainbow is going off the air. Apparently teaching kids how to read is more important than teaching them the love of reading, according to the powers that be.




Linda Simensky, vice president for children’s programming at PBS explained that PBS felt that the mechanics of reading, not teaching the love of reading, should be the priority. “We’ve been able to identify the earliest steps that we need to take,” she said. “Now we know what we need to do first. Even just from five years ago, I think we all know so much more about how to use television to teach.”


That's just sad. I learned to read when I was very young (honestly, I don't remember not being able to read) and I watched Reading Rainbow religiously. I loved the show, partly because it exposed me to new books, and partly because it was hosted by Geordi LaForge LeVar Burton. I also watched Star Trek: TNG religiously...

Which is why I remember one episode of Reading Rainbow in particular:

megotelek: (anthonyhead)
I know, I know. I'm not dead!

I've been super-busy for the last month or so, what with basically working two jobs (they finally hired my replacement at the job I left in April, so after he's trained I should be off the hook).

Jessica came down on Wednesday (she left yesterday), and we had a great time!

Really, audience? Really? )

Also, I have a new toy:



Found it for $85 (refurbished) through Amazon. Score! Though, I have apparently now tainted the house, so we may have to do an Apple-exorcism at some point.

Also-also, we watched the US premiere of Merlin last night. It was good (Giles as Uther Pendragon!) but weird (Prince Arthur the jerk? Young Merlin with young Arthur?). I know the legend has lots of variation and many different versions, but given that my previous exposure to it has been The Once and Future King, Mary Stewart's Crystal Cave series, and Disney's The Sword in the Stone, it's a little jarring. And yet, I'm willing to cut it some slack because it's a BBC production, and if anyone can take liberties with Arthurian legend, I think the British probably can.

And yes, Mom, that is a Fringe mood theme.

gleeful

May. 20th, 2009 07:57 am
megotelek: (lorelai adelaide)
The best show you're not watching (because it won't officially premiere until fall) is Glee. They showed a special preview of the pilot last night after American Idol, and I'm totally in love with it.


From the moment Rachel auditions for glee club with "'On My Own', from the seminal Broadway hit Les Mis", I was hooked.

It'll be up on Hulu for the next three weeks, check it out!

megotelek: (kara)
So. This was a chance to catch our breath and set up the (sure to be) dizzying plunge to the end of the series. Before I get into my thoughts on the ep, check out this video from Bear McCreary (who does the music):

I love love loved this arrangement of "Roslin and Adama". And the beautiful B-theme that shows up at the end of the episode...

Some days I really hate this job. )

Questions I still want answered:

Who/what is Kara? Or who/what enabled her to resurrect with her Viper?
What is the truth of the Opera House vision as related to Hera, Roslin, Athena, Six, and Baltar?
What are Head!Six and Head!Baltar? Is there an entity controlling them? If so, who/what?
What happened to Boomer? Will she get back together with Tyrol?
megotelek: (lost watership down)
My brain might not recover enough from Lost to be completely with it when we watch BSG tonight...oh well.

It points north, John. (SPOILERS) )
megotelek: (two vipers)

What.

The.

Frak.

I love this show, even as it pummels me for an hour until I surface and wonder what the heck just happened...

SPOILERS! )



I don't know where it's going, but I know it'll probably hurt a lot more before we get to the end. And it'll be awesome.

megotelek: (roslin gigglesquee)
So excited!

John got me seasons 2.0, 2.5 and 4.0 on DVD for our anniversary (completing my collection) and we watched the 4.0 special features last night. My personal favorite: Inside the Secrets of the Behind the Making of the Music of Battlestar Galactica: Revealed, a hilarious little mini-mockumentary from Bear McCreary on the music of BSG (including such gems as Edward James Olmos growling like a bear and James Callis improvising his own Baltar theme music). Priceless!

So help me, I will not be at work late tonight, I can tell you that! Oh, and if you're DVRing it tonight, remember to set it to go over, because it's supposed to run long.

Only 10 hours left and counting...

megotelek: (bellereading)
Ahh, Thanksgiving. Leaving aside the fact that I'll be baking like a madwoman tonight (work late, then choir, then somehow I have to wrangle a pie together before we leave for the in-laws tomorrow) I've been assembling my post-Thanksgiving TV viewing. Now that I have so many of my favorite shows on DVD, I'm going to put together a Thanksgiving special! Currently on my list:

1. Gilmore Girls - "A Deep Fried Korean Thanksgiving" (The girls finally hit their eating limit!)
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer - "Pangs" (Spike tied to a chair, Anya describing Thanksgiving as "a ritual sacrifice...with pie", and Xander hit with revenge-syphilis? Good times!)
3. Friends - every single Thanksgiving episode, but most memorably, "The One With All The Football", "The One Where Underdog Gets Away", "The One With The Rumor", and "The One With Chandler In A Box"
4. WKRP in Cincinnati - "Turkeys Away" (I'm so excited I have this on DVD now! "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly!")
5. (if I can find it) The Bob Newhart Show - "Over the River and Through the Woods" (otherwise known as the drunken "moo goo gai pan" episode)

Anybody have any other favorite Thanksgiving episodes of TV shows? :)
megotelek: (mathnet)
Ok, Mythbusters ranting coming up. Some of it kind of overdue.

The 'fainting goats' segment from the first or second episode this season. How is that a myth? Also, they completely ignored the fact that goats started to be bred for this trait specifically so that they could put fainting goats in with a flock of sheep. When wolves went for the flock, the goats would faint and the wolves would go for them, rather than the sheep. Live bait, if you will. I would think that would be interesting enough to put in the show -- you know, how they used to talk to experts? Folklorists? Anyone? Bueller? (No, "goat fancier" doesn't count) But still, they did a really really sloppy job of researching this one.

The build team. Lately, I've come across people who haven't seen the first few seasons of the show and have wondered if it's "as good" without the build team. If you ask me, it was ten billion times better without the build team and we don't need them now! They are so sloppy when they test their myths and there has been more than one occasion where I came up with a bunch of variations or test parameters they should have included (like a CONTROL on one of them, for cripes sake! Scientific method, anyone?). I know it's more "entertainment" than "science" now, but at least Jamie and Adam used to explain why experimental procedures were important, and so on.

I don't mind having a build team that interacts with Jamie and Adam, but I don't think they should get their own segments. Clearly, the internets do not agree with me. But I think Jamie and Adam deserve center stage for the whole show, and then they can have "supporting" players as needed to test the myths.

Grr. Maybe I need to stop watching the show now and get the first few seasons on DVD.

megotelek: (smug abby)
NCIS premieres tonight!

I'm not sure if I'm excited, or nervous, since they broke up the team at the end of last season. Excervous? Nercited? This week on "When Portmanteaus Fail You"...

So we'll make it a double header with Heroes, since I didn't get to watch it last night because of choir. *bounces*

Also, if I get a sec I'll try to do a recap of the cracktastic movie we watched over the weekend, Body Double. Even more lolarious is that the old reviews I can dig up (it came out in 1984) are swooning over Brian De Palma and his HOMAGES to HITCHCOCK and then I just crack up more...I swear, I'll write about it! Maybe tonight!

grrr...

Sep. 6th, 2008 07:35 am
megotelek: (american eyes)

And in the "this website shouldn't have to exist" category, the Sarah Palin Sexism Watch. Featured excerpt (emphasis mine):

People Magazine polls readers:
If you were facing the same family issues as Sarah Palin would you have accepted John McCain's offer to run for vice president?

Suggested People Magazine poll:

Q: If you were Barack Obama, with two young daughters at home, would you have run for president?

Oh, that's right. We'll never see that poll. They don't ask the question unless they think there might be something wrong with the choice. Did it ever occur to these people that maybe Todd Palin is there to help raise his own kids?
 
I will give Hillary props for refusing to deal in the sexist politics, though. I understand if you don't agree with Palin's values or positions on the issues (I happen to like and agree with her and am thrilled McCain picked her), but these blatantly sexist attacks are reaching a new low. It's as if our so-called "journalists" can't tell the difference between a VP candidate's children (and the long-held standard that they should be off-limits) and the latest Lindsey Lohan/Britney Spears scandal.

Ugh. Anyway.

From the Department of WTF: Anthony Edwards Returning to ER (!) - We stopped watching ER after Dr. Greene died, and I STILL can't listen to that version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" without getting teary (just LOOKING for that clip made me teary). But I guess I'll have to tune in on November 13 to see what they do with this. And spend the entire time going, "Who ARE these people?" Though, I like the idea that Mark's ghost will haunt everyone. And how exactly will they do flashbacks now that Anthony Edwards is six years older? Hair dye only goes so far, people!

Also, ER IS STILL ON?!
megotelek: (lost watership down)
AAAUUUUGGGHH!!!!

Ahem. Okay. On to the show. Or, what bits I can put together into coherent sentences before I have to rewatch it again. And again.

Huh.

May. 8th, 2008 11:20 am
megotelek: (kiefer)
So...[personal profile] ravenclawed, was NCIS everything you hoped for and more?

Yeah...I'm not sure either.


Hrmph.

I miss the Ziva who can kill you 27 ways with a pencil. And isn't afraid to let you know it. Does that make me weird?

Oh, another plus: Abby on skates! And cute Abby/McGee banter!
megotelek: (lorelaisurprise)
So, John and I started watching The Office...

We watched all of season one on Thursday night (only 6 episodes) and I'm REALLY trying to be good and wait for him to get home from work today before starting season 2. Really. I also, uh, should clean the living room & kitchen and do laundry and change the sheets on the bed....I'll get to that in a second.

So I was humming the song from the credits of The Office and YouTube-surfing, and found this:



It is....so perfect. Taylor as Michael (although Michael makes Taylor look like the coolest guy EVAR), Kirk as Dwight, Rory and Jess as Pam and Jim (what can I say, I helplessly root for Jess over the protests of...well, everyone I know), and Dave as Ryan the temp. Because sadly, he was a temp on GG also...
megotelek: (fluppygiggle)
Apropos of nothing, I'm trying to catch up on the last season of Scrubs, and I was over at TWoP reading the quote thread...

This was probably one of the Dr. Cox rants I laughed hardest at when I first watched the episode...and when I caught the rerun...and every single time I read it...

Dr. Cox: Carla, I have a six-month-old child. I'm gonna be one of those weird old guys who brings my son down to the park, where everybody is like, Hmm, is he the dad? Is he the grand-dad? Is he the grand-dad's grand-dad? And, oh, my God! Why is he pushing a traffic cone on the swing while his five-year-old little boy is in the mud crying? Is--is he taunting the little boy? No! He can't even see the little boy! And, now look, he's actually taking the traffic cone, putting it in the mini-van, and driving away while the little boy cries and the traffic cone sits quietly and watches 'Finding Nemo' on DVD.
megotelek: (deadliest catch)
Wow...lots of stuff to talk about this time. First of all, I was playing the Deadliest Catch game on the Discovery Channel website...it's like Oregon Trail with crab! Although, you don't get to pick the actual crew members from the show...I was sad...I wanted to pick Edgar! There were some experienced girl deckhands and senior deckhands to pick from though, so that was nice. I made $200,000 my first time out - not bad for a greenhorn skipper!

This weekend was very movie-heavy...we went to see Live Free or Die Hard on Saturday, which was excellent. I mean, it's a Die Hard movie...you get tough-as-nails Bruce Willis John McClane, and his daughter, and stuff blows up. Do we really ask more than that? I don't think so. It was awesome.

Then, John and I hit the preview screening of Transformers on Monday night. I kind of delayed writing about it, because the only thing that came to mind yesterday was OMGSOCOOLTRANSFORMERS!!1! which really isn't the most articulate review I could give. I'm still not quite back to my adult self yet...I swear, I was an 8-year-old again in that theater. Surrounded by other 8-year-olds...and their Nintendo DSs and cell phones. We were sitting up high in the back, so we had this grand vista spread out before us of every type of electronic device one could possibly have. It was...kind of startling. And made me feel very old. And jellus...I want a toy! Again, 8 years old.

Ahem...where was I? Right, the movie. My only complaints were that there were a couple of jokes that really didn't need to be there and will prevent younger kids from being able to watch it. At least, if they have halfway responsible parents, it will. And, they didn't put the new theme song in the movie. It's the freaking theme song. Regardless of who liked it or didn't like it, the fact that it did, at least, have the original tune in there was a plus! I, personally, liked it. And it is on the soundtrack, so that's something.

Other than that, I was squealing with glee throughout the whole movie. I loved that they asked Peter Cullen to do the voice of Optimus Prime (he originally voiced him for the cartoon...I don't think anyone else has ever done that voice, come to think of it...) because it made it feel very authentic. Jon Voight was fantastic as the Secretary of Defense, and Shia LaBeouf was great in the lead. At one point during the movie, it finally hit me...he reminds me of a very young John Cusack. And, since I adore John Cusack, it worked for me!
megotelek: (Default)
Ex 'Grey's' Star Cites Racism for Firing - I...I have no words...

Racism? Seriously? No, it couldn't be because you used an anti-gay slur, denied you did, and then used it again in public backstage at the Emmys Golden Globes (Oh, come on, it's not like they mean anything anyway...of course I can't keep them straight!). Of course not. But any doubts I may have had about Isaiah Washington are completely gone now...I'm glad Burke won't be back on Grey's.
megotelek: (ggplay)


Set to "Handle With Care" by the Traveling Wilburys. Enjoy!

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