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Obsession: Eureka

Current Position: Middle of season 3

Summary: [from IMDB] The best minds in the US are tucked away in a remote town where they build futuristic inventions for the government’s benefit.

Why I like it:

  • The story: A normal guy becomes sheriff to a bunch of geniuses whose experiments go hilariously wrong – what’s not to like?! Sure just about every episode is somebody’s experiment exploding and Sheriff Carter figuring out how to clean it up, but each one is new and different, and I love it!
  • The witty banter: Let’s face it – geniuses don’t like to be told “no” Sheriff Carter and his assistant Jo Lupo are all kinds of sarcastic, trading barbs with these brilliant minds that often make me laugh out loud. Plus, the rivalry over Allison between Dr. Stark and Sheriff Carter is always putting them in tight spots together – SO FUNNY!
  • The characters: Most shows have one or two odd ducks somewhere. This show is almost ALL odd ducks. Take, for example, Taggert the big game hunter (I’m still not sure why he’s around Eureka, though it must have something to do with animals). His lack of modesty makes for some really awkward but funny moments. And then there’s Fargo. Oh Fargo. Somebody get you a girlfriend already! He may be a genius but he is so adorably socially inept! Half the time the problems are his fault and yet I find myself yelling at other characters for not keeping things out of his way – it’s like he’s this little lost puppy that I just want to protect!

This is definitely one I’d recommend to everyone! Sure the science-y stuff goes straight over my head, but you don’t really need that to have fun!

 

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Obsession: Melissa & Joey

Current Position: All caught up!

Summary: [from IMDB] After a family scandal leaves Mel, a local politician, alone with her niece, Lennox, and nephew, Ryder, she hires a man named Joe to become the family’s male nanny, or “manny”.

Why I like it:

I’ll admit, when somebody first recommended this to me, I was a little skeptical. I mean, it sounded cute and all, but kinda lame too.

Instead, I was incredibly surprised to find a hilarious sitcom that definitely isn’t just for the kids. Mel and Joe are constantly sniping back and forth at each other over the stupidest things, and each episode had at least one line that was laugh out loud funny (and I don’t tend to be a noisy watcher).

And then, of course, there’s the inherent tension between Mel and Joe. It’s pretty obvious from the beginning that Mel and Joe want each other, but they spend so much time denying that half the lines are funny because of the things they’re not saying.

It also helps that it’s set only half an hour from me. Of course, it’s nothing like what it really is, but it’s still cool to see something close to home. I think it’s interesting that Ohio has become code for “normal” in the media anymore – that should be a discussion topic one day!


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Obsession: “The Snowment”

From: Doctor Who, season 7

Why now?: For the entire month of March, I will be devoting the majority of my media related posts to Doctor Who in celebration of the return of season 7 on the 31st, and the 50th anniversary celebration coming up soon.

Favorite Things:

  1. Clara: Who is she? Why does the Doctor keep meeting her? And why the souffles? To me, Clara represents the writers taking another crack at the River Song type story, and maybe this time they’ll do a better job. I’m so excited to find out who she is, and what’s going on! Plus, I like what we’ve learned already – she’s clever, funny, sarcastic and cool. I can already tell she won’t be yet another girl hopelessly in love with the Doctor, and I’m very glad of that.
  2. The villain: Honestly, who would have thought of snow as a villain. How cool!  I’m still not sure I understand it, but I love it anyway!
  3. The Mary Poppins bits: I love how almost all the Christmas episodes are retellings of famous stories – though most of them only if you tilt your head sideways and squint. It took me quite a while to figure out what this one was meant to be, but once I did, I had so much fun picking out all the bits I recognized.

This is the last Weekly Obsession Doctor Who post, but these are by no means my only favorite episodes. There are far too many to feature them all. Just a few of the ones I missed (and may feature in future events like this): Blink, Father’s Day, Smith and Jones, Partners in Crime, Turn Left, most of season 5, The Doctor’s Wife, and The God Complex.

If anyone would like to contribute this month, there are still a few posting days open – please email me and let me know!


TARDIS Tea

Image from the Adagio Teas website

Recently someone I follow on Twitter introduced me to the wonders of Fandom blended teas from Adagio Teas. While I’ve heard of the company, I had no idea there was anything like this available. There are SO MANY that I want, who cares what they taste like?! Some of the ones that made my wishlist (both for fandom-ness AND taste) are TARDIS tea, Amy Pond, and Donna Noble. I also like the look of several of the Harry Potter ones – Pumpkin Juice for example! [You can find a full listing of fandom teas here.]

River Song's Journal

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Some people want their own sonic screwdrivers, or maybe a bowtie or fedora, but my dearest Doctor Who wishlist item is a River Song journal. As much as I hate her as a character I love, love, love notebooks, and the idea of having one that looks like a leather TARDIS seems awesome! I know you can also find lots of these on Etsy so if you don’t like this one, or it doesn’t look authentic enough to you, you can look there.

What’s on your wishlist?


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Obsession: “Human Nature”/”Family of Blood” story arc

From: Doctor Who, season 3

Why now?: For the entire month of March, I will be devoting the majority of my media related posts to Doctor Who in celebration of the return of season 7 on the 31st, and the 50th anniversary celebration coming up soon.

Favorite Things:

Okay, seriously? You have to ask?!

  1. The Doctor as a human. I remember the first time seeing this one, after about 2 minutes in, I really believed they were going to tell me that the Doctor wasn’t real – just some dream this guy in the 1920’s had. I would have HATED THEM FOREVER if they did that. It is totally not fair to tell me this wonderful story and then actually come out and say “oh by the way it’s not real.” They didn’t, but they did such a good job that for at least half the first episode, I thought they would and I would have to stop watching the show.
  2. Tim Latimer. Can you say adorable?! I love this kid (not really a kid actually, since he’s only a year younger than me, but you know). Some kids are really awkward about acting, and you can tell the casting agents took whoever they could get to play them, but he really does justice to the part. Plus, he has my favorite line said about the Doctor to-date (the one about fire and ice and all that stuff) AND that scene at the end! *sigh*
  3. David Tennant. I know, this could be said about most of the episodes, but seriously. DAVID TENNANT. His performance as the split personality John Smith and the Doctor had me in tears many many times. I wanted him to stay human, because his relationship with Joan was adorable, and he was so perfectly… human! At the same time, I hated myself for not wanting him to change back because that would mean no more Doctor. *cries* SO. MANY. FEELS!

So far, no single episode/story arc has been able to top this one for my favorite. There’s just so much about it that I love!

If anyone would like to contribute this month, there are still a few posting days open – please email me and let me know!


We are so lucky to have Kristilyn here to share her thoughts as a first time watcher of Doctor Who for our celebration this month! Take it away, Kristilyn!

A Newbie Vs. Doctor Who

by Kristilyn

Winter Distractions & Reading In Winter

 

I’m not really sure where to begin with this, but Anne had asked me to write something about my experiences being completely new to Doctor Who for her Doctor Who month, so here goes!

 

For a long time, I had wanted to watch Doctor Who. There was this mystery about the classic TV shows that had me itching to finally watch one – shows like The Twilight Zone, Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, etc. These shows have tons of devoted fans and a part of me really wanted to see what the fuss was all about. One day, I decided to finally start watching one of these shows and settled on Doctor Who.

 

This was one of those decisions that I will never, ever regret.

 

At first, the show was very … strange. The music seemed kind of old-fashioned, very Bond-like, maybe a bit cheesy, and the show itself was kind of silly, and very British. But I persevered! After I watched one episode, I watched two episodes, and then three … time went on and before I knew it, I was at the end of the second season feeling like I was losing a limb. There weren’t enough Kleenexes to appease me.

 

At this point, I realized I had a wee bit of an addiction (ask anyone who knows me, they will tell you this!). For a good month, I would talk about things in terms of how they related to Doctor Who. I would see how the show comes up in a lot of blog posts or just random YouTube videos. I would scour Pinterest to find any Doctor Who pictures I could find – pictures that had my favourite Doctor and my favourite companion.

 

I realized that I was now one of those people – a Whovian. I was someone who would forever be in love with the show, even when it makes me mad and especially when it makes me laugh and smile with delight. I know that I will be crushed with each regeneration, and that I will bounce back while watching the new Doctor find his new footing. I know there will be companions I love and companions I hate. I know that I will forever be driving in my car with an itch to listen to the songs ‘I Am the Doctor’ or ‘Westminster Bridge’ – which will then lead me to listen to the entire 6+ seasons of the score I have on my iPod.

 

In the end, I realized that one is never a Doctor Who newbie for long. After just one season, I felt like I was a part of the Doctor Who world, ready to take whatever it would throw at me. I can’t wait to see what the show brings in the coming years!


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Obsession: “Girl In the Fireplace”

From: Doctor Who, season 2

Why now?: For the entire month of March, I will be devoting the majority of my media related posts to Doctor Who in celebration of the return of season 7 on the 31st, and the 50th anniversary celebration coming up soon.

Favorite Things:

While I certainly loved all the episodes that came before Girl in the Fireplace, this is where I first started obsessing.The premise has the Doctor discovering a fireplace on board a spaceship that leads to Madame de Pompadour’s rooms in the 18th century. This is such a mystery that of course he can’t rest until he has solved it.

I think this is the one that made me realize just how sad time traveling could be. The connection between the spaceship and the 18th century isn’t quite right, and time runs funny on either side. I won’t give away the ending, but when one person is living several years for every five minutes the other lives you just KNOW it’s got to end badly. Most people say this is the episode that really cemented David Tennant as the Doctor, but for me, this is the episode that finally made me obsess over the series. Plus, I think this is my favorite single episode story arc, though “Blink” gives it a run for its money.

While I wouldn’t suggest starting Doctor Who with this episode, I would definitely suggest hanging on until you get there, if for some reason you can’t seem to get into it at first.

If anyone would like to contribute this month, there are still a few posting days open – please email me and let me know!