13 June 2010 @ 04:14 pm
TV Meme: Day 4  
Day 01 - A show that should never have been canceled: Firefly
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching: In Plain Sight
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this TV season): {White Collar & The Vampire Diaries are pretty but shallow; Royal Pains is shallow but pretty}
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever: I'm not certain I need to explain what I love about these shows. It's kind of obvious, yes?

Babylon 5. Complex storyline, building towards the great war. Seasons of set-up and payoff; mysteries presented and answered. The uncertainty of whether the show would have a fifth season distorted the war timeline but that doesn't change that the series itself is made of awesome.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Joss Whedon writing. Excellent ensemble cast. Funny. Heart breaking. Clever. No re-set at the end of each episode.

Stargate SG-1. This surprises no one, I assume. :) I have sort of a personal connection to the characters of this show. As an archaeologist, I obviously identify with Daniel on those occasions when he's being an archaeologist. I have a pretty, blonde cousin who's a hotshot pilot in the Air Force and an uncle who was a hotshot pilot in the Navy. No real connection to an alien. Sadly.

I especially love the early seasons when non-violence was always the answer and resorting to violence first brought failure. I thought it was a refreshing outlook for a show involving the U.S. military.

Firefly: Only one season but what's there is perfect.

Queer As Folk: Maybe this one needs explanation? The last season was almost entirely garbage and the ending still enrages many fans. QaF was on the forefront of the change in societal attitudes here in the States towards gays and lesbians. I don't know how much credit it can really claim given the hundreds and thousands of people were working every day for years for equality and change -- but it put a face the viewers knew and loved on bashing, homophobia, institutionalized prejudice, pride, "conversions," and flying your own freak flag.

Farscape. I'm cheating a little here because I haven't yet watched all of my DVDs. What I've watched, though, I love and I've seen the end of the show which is heart-breaking and good. The chemistry between Crichton and Aeryn is explosive. They just might be the hottest het couple ever on television.

Supernatural. Honestly, I'm most in love with Season 3 & 4 and with the premise of Season 5. But re-watching the series from the beginning, I see a lot more breadcrumbs being dropped as the storyline built up to the Apocalypse story line that I thought was sweeping, grand drama; it was refreshing and unlike anything else on television. Disappointing that it didn't pan out as well and that the pacing seemed off. Not only home to much gorgeous eye-candy but it's eye-candy that can act so it's doubly pleasurable to watch. This would have been mentioned sooner but the gender issues trouble me and I haven' yet made my peace with them.

Other shows I've really been enjoying but haven't seen all of: The Tudors, Six Feet Under, Nip/Tuck, True Blood, and Sports Night.

Day 05 - A show you hate:
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite TV show:
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite TV show:
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch:
Day 09 - Best scene ever:
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn't like but ended up loving:
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you:
Day 12 - An episode you've watched more than 5 times:
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show:
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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[identity profile] casett.livejournal.com on June 13th, 2010 09:23 pm (UTC)
I think the point of the question was to make you choose oh indecisive one!

I would have said Firefly. Rewatch starting at work on Tuesday (we have TV/movie day Tuesdays and Thursdays)

I was never a big Babylon 5 fan and never watched Queer as Folk but I agree with the rest although I am only part way through Season 2 of Farscape.
Mish: Bab 5 -- Vir's Being Nibbled By Cats![identity profile] hsapiens.livejournal.com on June 13th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
I *am* indecisive on this. For me it's like being asked to compare apples and band-aids: my choice depends on what I need at the moment.

I can't pick Firefly over all others because it didn't have enough time to develop a deep, meaningful story. Not the show's fault, I know.

Babylon 5 had trouble S1 because the captain was a pretty stiff actor, but even that played into a huge, pivotal story reveal. There were layers of brilliance in the show, even if sometimes JMS made his rhetorical point with Thor's hammer or if the acting at times lagged. Also? The CGI was pretty damned awesome for its time.

p.s. Love the icon!
[identity profile] casett.livejournal.com on June 13th, 2010 09:48 pm (UTC)
I've rewatched the few episodes of Firefly so much, it counts as a very long-running series :D

Yes - gave up on B5 after Season 1. Saw an occasional episode after that but since I wasn't following consistently they didn't make any sense. I should maybe try it again but I think I have burned that bridge.
Mish: Jack -- Man of Action w/ Red[identity profile] hsapiens.livejournal.com on June 13th, 2010 09:55 pm (UTC)
I think Bab5 suffers now from its sound work; all too often it sounds like actors entering and exiting a stage set. But otherwise, it's still compelling story telling. I would urge you to give it another try because it is NOT your typical good vs. evil clash of the titans, one-ring kind of story. It's thinky and philosophical.
[identity profile] shadowserenity.livejournal.com on June 14th, 2010 12:28 am (UTC)
B5 is brilliant. I say that having not watched most of S1 (I hate Sinclair) and a good chunk of S5 (I know they were wrapping it all up). When people rave about BSG being complex scifi, I say "go check out B5!"
Mish: Bab 5 -- Susan Ivanova[identity profile] hsapiens.livejournal.com on June 14th, 2010 06:27 am (UTC)
I think that B5 may be the most complexly plotted and planned show ever. I haven't seen every show ever made, of course, but it's a single-vision show and I LOVE the story ins and outs.

BSG started with so much promise and I loved it on par with the shows up there but they strayed from what I loved by around the S1 finale and never went back full-time to the stuff I loved most. I think it wasn't well-planned beyond the 1st season. Very sad waste of one of the best first season of the entire decade.
[identity profile] shadowserenity.livejournal.com on June 14th, 2010 08:31 am (UTC)
The Shadow War arc was amazingly planned. It's a shame JMS had to mess with the timeline since he wasn't sure they'd get a fifth season. The rush at the end of the fourth season wasn't good.

I completely agree with you! (oh gosh, finally someone who thinks BSG strayed when I do!) For the rest of the show, it had good moments (particularly the Cylon moments), but it just didn't have the same passion as the first season. I remember when the first season ended, I was in top fangirl mode.
[identity profile] mesmerising.livejournal.com on June 14th, 2010 11:36 am (UTC)
Mmmm, SG-1...!! And I really gotta sit down and seriously give Farscape a go... I've seen the first ep and wasn't too impressed, but I keep hearing about how it's wonderful and amazing and aaaaaargh, I can do this for Ben Browder and Claudia Black!! <3333333
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