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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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Anne's Weekly Obsession

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Doctor Who

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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

Image from Think Geek

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?


Anne's Weekly Obsession

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Doctor Who

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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!

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Doctor Who

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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.

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Anne's Weekly Obsession

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Doctor Who

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Obsession: Doctor Who

Current Position: All caught up!

How it started: Somewhere around summer 2009, I got the 2005 season 1 out of the library, because I’d heard good things, and I was heading to England for study abroad in the fall. In the space of 2 weeks, I’d watched the entire show through what was released so far, and have stayed caught up ever since.

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:

Too many to mention them all! I love everything about the show! I love that:

  1. They change it up every few years and sort of regenerate the show itself.
  2. Doctor is quirky and funny and a little bit sad.
  3. The answer is hardly ever easy.
  4. I never know where they’re going, and am rarely right in my predictions.
  5. Characters die, and furthermore, they STAY DEAD (a near impossibility on American television)

And so many more things. So join us this month as we celebrate the wonderful-ness that is Doctor Who. You never know what will come up!

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Anne's Weekly Obsession

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Obsession: Long-arc stories

How it started: I honestly don’t know, but if I had to guess I’d say Harry Potter. That or The Unicorns of Balinor series that I loved when I was in Elementary school. For television, I think I only really got into the LONG stories when I started watching Doctor Who, though I did like them before then.

Why I like them:
I think it all comes down to the mystery here. I absolutely LOVE trying to catch all the “clues” as we go through and figure out what happens next in any medium. So often the week-by-week episode format of television is so wrapped up in the miniature story arc that there isn’t much time for mystery. Giving a story line more time to develop, say over the space of 5 episodes, or 10, or a whole season, gives the writers time to really flesh out the story and have the wonderful moments that make the stories so special. For example, in a week-to-week, like say Castle or Bones it takes YEARS to develop a big story, because so much of the time is being devoted to the little stories. On the other end of the spectrum we have TV shows like Doctor Who, Sherlock, Heroes or Once Upon a Time and movies like the Avengers films that spend the majority of their screen time devoted to a larger story, with only a few episodes devoted to “monster of the week” storylines. I love this! These are the shows that will give us little clues about things that will happen and ways the characters will develop. One of the reasons the first season of Heroes was SO acclaimed was because they knew exactly where they were going, and how they were going to get there from the beginning. Almost every single episode was necessary to the others (I can think of only one exception), and it all FIT. There was no part that could be viewed as bulking up to meet a time quota. (Of course, in later seasons the show floundered a little bit, because they knew a little TOO WELL what would happen at the end of season 1, and didn’t know where to go from there. Oh well.)

There are, of course, some exceptions to my love of BIG STORY. If I love a character (or something else about the show, but I’m mostly a character girl) enough I will find a big story there somehow (like when I was obsessed with Lois and Clark. There was big story there, but boy did it take them forever to get it out there!) If nothing else I will MAKE UP MY OWN big story for them, writers be damned! (I totally believe that Spock has a story somewhere that tells us how he mellows out between the Original Series and the 2009 movie. They may not have told it, but it EXISTS, and is therefore HEAD CANON for me. Also, I’d like to believe that various episodes through The Original Series show interesting long-arc character growth, but I know you have to turn your head sideways and squint to see that one, so I don’t mind if you disagree.)

One day, I would love to open a TV channel that is entirely devoted to these long-arc type shows. For any script to be considered, the writers would have to submit both the first episode and a short summary of the last episode, as well as proof that they know EXACTLY what each season was meant to accomplish, should the show continue, and with a definite end date (to avoid another Heroes fiasco). Of course, I’ll never have the money, but I bet you I would watch at least 80% of the shows on that channel. Somebody make it so!

Do you prefer longer-arc stories, or one-off monster of the week type stories?