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I was taking a break from watching the Olympics, doing some channel surfing and came across the tribute to the Beatles' first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. It was 50 years ago tonight, and I watched it with my best friend Ginny and her sisters in my livingroom. My parents watched us with amusement and bemusement as we got caught up in the frenzy of the fans. I was particularly taken with Paul, and Ginny thought John was the best. Was it really half a century ago? Makes me feel a tad elderly, but then I see Paul and Ringo on stage performing now and they are pretty damned great for old guys! They've aged very well indeed. Hope the rest of us have done as well.

But still...50 years. Wow. I still remember the words to the songs!
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I just watched the TV movie that introduced the Eighth Doctor. I've never seen it before, and only had heard mention of him in various discussions about the Doctors, so I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this iteration of the Doctor. It felt very much like the new Doctors Who, from Nine to Eleven, in the whole atmosphere and world view. I find myself wishing there were more episodes featuring Eight.

I'm getting excited about the new special Day of the Doctor coming up on November 23. I checked my calendar to make sure I'm not working that day so I can watch it. I'm going to miss Eleven, I've gotten quite fond of him.

TV night..

Oct. 10th, 2013 07:19 pm
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Once Upon a Time in Neverland debuts tonight! I'm really looking forward to it; hope it's as good as OUaT, because I do so want something to watch that I can get into in a good fannish kind of way. There just isn't that much out there of that ilk, sadly. Fingers crossed.

I haven't really been watching Glee, but I will watch the episode tonight. It's the tribute to Finn (and to Corey Monteith) and I'm sure it will be a three hankie kind of episode. It's sad that such a talented young man basically blew his life away abusing drugs and alcohol, and I'm sure his friends and coworkers are very sad; but I'd be surprised if they also weren't a little angry at him too. I didn't know him except through his character Finn, but there's a part of me that just feels pissed at him for wasting his life and his talent. I know, drug addiction is not something that can be dealt with logically, and believe me, I work with enough drug and alcohol abusers to know how little control most of them have, but still I can't help feeling like he chose not to get help. Such a waste of a life.

Elementary is on tonight too. I love this show.

Nice to have a whole evening of shows I want to see.

TV talk..

Sep. 27th, 2013 08:50 pm
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New shows appear on my TV screen, old familiars return, and I'm a bit underwhelmed by it all, I fear. I long for a show that I can feel that old "OMG! it's time for Buffy!" feeling again. I just haven't found it yet, and I think it might be possible that those days are gone, not to be found again. I watched Agents of SHIELD, and was entertained enough, but not carried away by the awesomeness. Maybe that's because I don't know anything about that particular universe, so I don't know the characters. Still has potential, so I'll keep watching.
I watched Glee last night, and I'm afraid I've lost the love I had for it the first two seasons. The singing was fine, and there were a few moments I found heartwarming, but overall I just don't care. One of the things that bothers me most is the just plain nastiness of Sue. It gives an ugliness to the show that I can't get past. So, bye-bye, Glee. You had your moment in the sun..and it's gone.
I enjoyed the season opener of Castle, but it's not exactly a new storyline. Still like the characters, so it's still on my list.
Elementary was good, and I was happy to see Holmes and Watson on my TV screen again. It's a smart, well written show, with characters who care about each other and it doesn't insult my intelligence, so that's a good thing.
I'm impressed by the quality of the dancing on Dancing with the Stars this season, so it's something I'll watch for the enjoyment of seeing all these people dancing their hearts out.
I like a couple of cop/detective shows that are on Showcase: Rizzoli and Isles, a cop show with two tough, smart women stars, and a new detective series which kind of reminds me of the old shows like Hart to Hart and Scarecrow and Mrs. King: King and Maxwell.
The shows I was really enthusiastic about won't be back til next spring: Orphan Black and Continuum.

And the new season of Once Upon A Time starts Sunday! Of all the shows, this one comes closest to hitting that spot that Buffy did for me. I'm excited to see where we're going to go this year. :)
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All of a sudden it's the start of another TV season. I missed the season opener of Bones (mind you, I missed the last half of the last season), haven't seen Sleepy Hollow, caught up with the final episode of Amazing Race Canada and Masterchef online, and also watched the first Dancing With the Stars episode online. I was able to do that because I was working nights this week in CCU, and once I got my patients tucked in for the night there wasn't a lot to do. One thing I like about working in the CCU is that the patients are so much more independent and mobile for the most part, so it's physically easier on me. They also tend to sleep through the night, and all I have to do is monitor them. Hence, time to watch some shows online. We have computers outside the rooms, and I have earphones I saved from my last airplane flight. It passed the time quite nicely. I loved the Amazing Race Canada; it made me want to do more travelling around this country to some of the places I haven't been to yet, like the Maritimes. I'm excited that there will be a second season. Dancing With the Stars was pretty phenomenal for a first show. I was really impressed with Amber Riley (Glee)- that girl can move! Also, Valerie Harper was amazing and inspiring; she was just so filled with joy to be alive and dancing.

I am eager for the start of Shield, and for the next season of Castle. I wish Orphan Black's second season was starting, but I think it's not til next spring; also the next season of Continuum, also next spring. Then there's the next season of Doctor Who, and the new Doctor...

I just don't know if I'm going to have time for it all!
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This is pretty cool.
Star Trek Continues

A web series created by fans of the original show. The cast includes James Doohan's son Chris in his father's role as Mr. Scott, and Grant Imahura from Mythbusters as Sulu. I watched the premier episode just now, and find my Trekkie heart to be quite satisfied.

I had no idea this sort of thing was out there. It's the internet being awesome.

OMG. WANT!

Oct. 20th, 2012 05:52 pm
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I know what I want for Christmas.
THIS. Tardis Bookcase
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The new season is upon us, and I hope that it brings some decent shows to watch. Other than Doctor Who, the Food Network and HGTV, summer viewing has been something of a vast wasteland.
I'm looking forward to the return of Nikita and Dancing With the Stars and one or two other shows, like Bones.

Tonight I watched Sarah Michelle Gellar's new show Ringer. The verdict? I think it has some promise of twisty turny plotlines, although it is a bit on the soapy side, at least from the pilot episode. I like SMG, and it took me only about 1/4 of the show to stop seeing Buffy and start seeing her as this new character. I'll keep watching for now.

After Ringer The Secret Circle came on, and I started watching just because it was on, and soon found myself drawn into the story. I had heard of it through an article in the paper, because the pilot was filmed in Steveston, a fishing and tourist community just outside Vancouver. I recognized it, and it's kind of fun to see a familiar place transformed into another world. The show seems aimed at a younger audience than me (well, so is most of the stuff on TV I think, LOL) and I kept thinking I should see what else was on, but kept on watching, and in the end I found it intriguing and interesting enough that I'll tune in again.

Then there's my favourite Monday night guilty pleasure, Dancing with the Stars; I am eagerly waiting for the first show to see just who has potential and who has two left feet.

I read that Bones won't start until November, and then there will only be 13 episodes this season because of Emily Deschanel's pregancy.

Be nice to have more than reruns and food shows to watch.
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I have in my hot little hands a copy of the newest Dresden Files novel, Ghost Story. Whoooohoooo!

I started it this afternoon. 3 chapters in now.

Oh, Harry.

Also, I'm watching the first Harry Potter movie Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (or for you Americans, the Sorcerer's Stone), on TV. My goodness, they all look so young!

I missed this week's episode of Torchwood. Totally forgot about it. I've never been that much of a Torchwood fan, really. Doctor Who is more my thing. Still, I did like what I saw of this new show.
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I stumbled across an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer tonight while I was channel surfing. It was one of my favourite episodes from season three, The Wish. I haven't watched Buffy for quite a long time, but this drew me in again and made me miss the show all over again. I miss the characters, the stories and most of all I miss the sense of excitement I felt when I saw a new episode and rushed over to the ATPO board to find out what everyone else thought about it. Those were heady days for fandom, for me at least. Sad to say that a lot of the thrill has gone out of it, and so many have drifted away from ATPO and other fan sites since Buffy and Angel went off the air. There are shows that I really love, that I look forward to seeing, shows that I will rewatch on DVD, but none of them bring that sense of involvement and connection that Buffy did. I miss the wonderful conversations, the arguments, the philosophizing..and if I had a wish, it would be that somehow we could find that again. Oh, well, life moves on, stories end, and we have to find new ones to follow.

Still, I miss my show something fierce tonight.

Buffy was the show that brought me into the wide world of the internet, and introduced me to so many fine people, many of whom are here on LJ still. For that, I will always be grateful, and Buffy will always have that special place in my fannish heart.

There are other shows and fandoms I appreciate and love: off the top of my head I would name these as being closest to what I felt for Buffy, but they never quite have that something else that makes Buffy "my" show. Shows like Farscape, Babylon 5, Doctor Who and Battlestar Galactica, wonderful as they were, and are, never generated that kind of intense conversation. They were more shows I watched on my own, occasionally finding others to talk to about them, but never on the level that happened with Buffy, and Angel.

Oh, Show. I miss you.

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