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22 July 2010 @ 11:40 pm
TV Meme Day 3  
Man, I've already fallen ridiculously behind on this meme...*sigh*  Oh well, here's "Day 3"!

TV Meme:

Day 01 – A show that should never have been canceled. (Moonlight)
Day 02 – A show that you wish more people were watching. (Aguila Roja)
Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV season).

Day 04 – Your favorite show ever
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 miniseries
Day 18 – Favorite title sequence
Day 19 – Best TV show cast
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 show cast

Day 03 – Your favorite new show (aired this TV season):



My favorite new show that began airing this TV season is without a doubt The Vampire Diaries, which, despite superficial appearances and a few slow/cheesy early episodes, is actually an excellent show that, along with Supernatural, was the show to which I most looked forward each week (making Thursday nights that much more awesome for me!).  The first few episodes might be a little slow, but once the plot really picks up (around 1x04/1x05, the ride doesn't slow down, with an extremely intricate, fast-paced plot full of genuinely surprising plot twists every episode (it's nice, to actually have a show that you can't predict all the time!), lots of mysteries and intriguing storylines, and a solid cast with lots of talent young and old playing some great characters; I liked almost all the characters on the show, I'd say, with Ian Somerhalder's ever entertaining badass and snarky Damon as the highlight! ;) There are lots of fantastic character interactions as well, including the best brother duo on TV after Supernatural, Damon and Stefan....

This is definitely no Twilight, the more apt comparison is True Blood, as far as a show that has no MOTW episodes and moves several plots forward and ends with several cliffhangers each week.  Yes, there are teens on the show, but this is no more a teen show than Buffy the Vampire Slayer was, and perhaps even less because BTVS spent much more time at school.  Much as I love Supernatural, its writers could really learn a thing or two about pacing from the VD ones....around episode 16 or so I remember thinking, "Has there really only been less than 1 season?  It feels like we're in season 2 already, so much has happened!"

I think Carina Mackenzie, who writes wonderfully witty Show Tracker articles for the LA Times Entertainment section, sums it up well when she says:

But if "The Vampire Diaries" did one thing this year, it proved itself to be more than just "One Tree Hill" with bite. Story lines never drag on past their expiration dates. Questions don't go unanswered endlessly. Characters are consistent and the entire cast -- down to the tertiary characters -- is believable enough to put most TV actors their age to shame.

So in short, don't hate on it until you've actually seen it...it's worth your time!

I'll try to keep up better now, though this weekend I'll be away in NYC...:)
 
 
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quamquam20: alcide & sookiequamquam20 on July 23rd, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
Really great assessment of TVD. It's a seriously underrated show, and Damon is fantastic.
sherrilina: Damon/Teddy (Vampire Diaries)sherrilina on July 23rd, 2010 01:24 pm (UTC)
Thanks! And yeah, it sure is underrated, suffering like Supernatural from the CW stigma...

And indeed, Damon is so wonderful and entertaining I'd say it's worth watching the show just for him, though there are so many other good aspects as well...;). Ian is a gem...
Amanchuthe_tim_world on July 23rd, 2010 04:41 am (UTC)
I agree about Moonlight. That is all.
sherrilina: Mick/Beth (Moonlight)sherrilina on July 23rd, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
You don't agree with Aguila Roja? ;_; Lol JK

Well at least we can agree on Moonlight then, didn't realize you had liked that one as well! And I do think that one can't really judge VD without actually watching a few episodes of it, post 1x03 as I said.../shrug/ I know if I had judged Moonlight just on its pilot for instance I would never have watched the rest of it, it's such a bad pilot it still makes me cringe to watch it now, much as I love the show...sometimes shows take a few episodes to find their footing.

But people can't agree on everything, like Morgana and Mary Tudor for instance! ;). I forgot to ask in the other post, are you a Gwen fan?
Amanchuthe_tim_world on July 23rd, 2010 11:00 pm (UTC)
I don't even know what that is...LOL.

I thought the plot was well thought of, and I liked that other show called Blood Ties that didn't last. I don't think I've said anything bad about of VD just that I don't like it.

LOL. Mary Tudor was a bit wacked in the head. *cough*BloodyMary*cough*

Oh, I love Gwen! ;)
sherrilina: Mary Tudor (The Tudors)sherrilina on July 23rd, 2010 11:53 pm (UTC)
Lol I know, but you said you only agreed with Moonlight, when AR was also mentioned below it, so I was joking about that! :)

And okay you've seen some of VD then? And oooh I loved Blood Ties as well! Funny you should mention it right now, today is the anniversary of Fitzroy's death (as I learned from a post on my Tudortalk mailing list), and I had joked that he hadn't really died, but was a vampire living in Canada rn! ;)

I was referring to the character on the Tudors, but honestly, I think that whole family was somewhat wacked in the head, one way or another! ;). Look at Henry for instance....and Elizabeth had a very high-strung personality, clever as she was...:p

And okay then, I've noticed that sometimes those who love Gwen aren't overly fond of Morgana, and vice versa, so I was wondering if you fell into that category.

Amanchuthe_tim_world on July 24th, 2010 12:48 am (UTC)
LOL I just saw Moonlight and went MOONLIGHT!

Yes, and I'm just not into it. LOL! I need to buy it on DVD soon, but it's on my wishlist. He's not only living in Canda, but fighting crime as well. :P

I think it was inbreeding that did it. Heh.

I love the girl who plays Morgana (OMG SO PRETTY!), but Morgana just bugs me for some reason that even my brother can't explain since he's not fond of her either.
sherrilina: Katie McGrathsherrilina on July 26th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
Lol, I can relate, Gwen bugs ME as well for a reason I can't fully pinpoint...;). Although admittedly I enjoyed her character more in the beginning of the show than later on...Have you seen Being Human? The girl in that one I almost feel is what they were trying to go for with Gwen's character, but didn't quite succeed...

At least we can agree on the epic prettiness that is Morgana! :)
Amanchuthe_tim_world on July 27th, 2010 01:17 am (UTC)
I don't watch that show...LOL

:D
sherrilina: Mitch/Annie (Being Human)sherrilina on July 27th, 2010 01:21 am (UTC)
Ooh well you should! Its another fun, cute British show!

*has no power and can't watch anything rn, boo*
Amanchuthe_tim_world on July 27th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
Awww!
bagelsvswaffles: Carolinebagelsvswaffles on July 23rd, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
I so agree! "The Vampire Diaries" defied my expectations! I wasn't expecting much and the first few episode were what I was expecting, but as the season progressed, it just got better and better. The characters have so many layers and the show has such an extensive back-story. I hate when it (and "True Blood") get thrown into a category with "Twilight" because it's so much more than a human/vampire love story.
sherrilina: Damon/Teddy (Vampire Diaries)sherrilina on July 23rd, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
Seriously, when you look at the amount of time actually spent on the romance storyline, it's not that much at all...again, no more than Bill/Sookie or Buffy/Angel--as on TB, the first 2 or 3 episodes are more heavy on the romance as they establish the pairing, but then the meaty stuff comes in..

And yeah, the backstory is one of my favorite parts as well (forgot to mention it), hope we get even more flashbacks next season...

Also, Caroline! <333
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [twilight] rosethedoingofit on July 24th, 2010 06:45 am (UTC)
I've heard really good things about The Vampire Diaries and after this review, I'll definitely have to bump it up to the top of my list (especially because I've just gotten hooked on True Blood!)! :o)
sherrilina: Eric (True Blood)sherrilina on July 26th, 2010 12:00 am (UTC)
Yay! :D I hope you like it as much as I do...I wish it'd come out on DVD already so I could marathon/rewatch it more easily.

And also yay for getting hooked on TB, have you completely caught up yet?! :) I got hooked on TB last summer, and not only caught up on and watched the TV show as it aired, but also read all 9 books that were out in the book series it's based on...
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [bladder] marchthedoingofit on July 27th, 2010 10:16 am (UTC)
I've seen maybe the first four episodes of this season? Catching up on True Blood is one thing I'm looking forward to when I get home! :o)

Are the books worth reading?
sherrilina: Eric (True Blood)sherrilina on July 31st, 2010 04:52 pm (UTC)
(Boo I was typing this up on my Blackberry a few days ago and it got erased accidentally after writing a lot, so I left it for a little, but now I'm redoing it!)

Have you caught up already then? You only had two more episodes to see, I only recently saw 3x06 because I had to wait several days, thanks to a power outage from that recent storm Sunday that knocked out hundreds of thousands....did your family lost power, or were they okay because of the nice underground lines in NoVA?

The books *are* worth reading, I think, they are different from the show, in some ways better, in some ways inferior, and still enjoyable in their own right. There is enough that Ball also changes and adds to the show compared to the books that reading them won't necessarily spoil everything for you either....if you do read them, make sure you get to at least chapter 4 or so in the first book, because I'm warning you, the first chapter or two SUCKS so badly, it seems like it's written by an 8 year old--BUT it gets so much better, I promise, my friend felt the same way about the beginning of the first book, but then got hooked and kept wanting to borrow the next one (too bad you're leaving again so soon for Egypt, you could have perhaps borrowed some of them from me!).

And since I spent much of my surprise!holiday (caused by no power in my work building either) reading Wolf Hall, I had lots of thoughts about it I was going to share with you (before the comment in progress got erased), but sadly I don't have time to reconstruct them right now....in short the portrayal of More still irks me, I think Cromwell's portrayal is almost Sue-ish (he has a little temper, but otherwise is perfectly perfect in every way, and can do everything, speak a bajillion languages, is the cleverest person ever, etc), I find the style a little confusing and annoying at times (namely the way she refers to Cromwell as merely "he" all the time, even though there are often several "he"s in the scene, and half the time I have trouble working out who's speaking, or have to go back and work it out...).

BUT in spite of these irritations, on the whole I am enjoying the book, and I hope I can finish it before I have to return it to the library/find another copy there, but I doubt I can, I'm still not even halfway through it, just so much to do! :(
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [tb] jessica means chainsawthedoingofit on August 7th, 2010 03:52 pm (UTC)
Eek - I'm behind again, mostly because my computer died, heh. I figure that I should really catch up on everything else before going back to True Blood, mostly because I have yet to finish S4 of The Tudors (I'm about halfway through 407 - I couldn't fall asleep last night, so I ended up watching 406 and the first half of 407) and S3 of Robin Hood... Bah.

ANYWAYS. Yeah. I'm going to have to see if I can find them somewhere! Somehow I don't think I'll be able to get them in Egypt, but maybe I can talk someone into bringing them over... :o)

Ah! I want to hear more of your Wolf Hall thoughts (when you have the time and inclination to recall them of course!)! I do agree with you to a certain extent re: Cromwell's Mary Sue-ish-ness (and re: Mantel's writing style! I think it's mostly very lovely (you can see why she won the Booker!), but, as you said, I did have to page back to figure out who the heck she was talking about more than once!), which is why I think the sequel will be so interesting! She's going to go from Jane Seymour to his downfall, and it'll be interesting to see how she deals with it... I also liked A Place of Greater Safety, also by Hilary Mantel. It's about the French Revolution and I think does a pretty good job developing everyone - their flaws and their strengths. It's also a bit of a brick, fyi. :o)

We're going to have to start talking about True Blood soon... I'm guessing that Eric is one of your favs? :DDD
sherrilina: Mary Tudor (The Tudors)sherrilina on August 12th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
Ooh have you finished season 4 of the Tudors yet?! I really liked the finale, it was very emotional, and had some very artistic and visually stunning sequences...I'm very sad that it's all over! :( I only finished it like last week or so, it took me a long time as well. I find it funny you chose to catch up with it before TB though, b/c last summer I basically stopped watching season 3 of the Tudors because I was distracted by marathoning TB! ;)

Let me know when you're caught up in TB, we should discuss it soon...yep, Eric is my fave! ;)

And yeah, still reading Mantel, and it's not just More, she pretty much demonizes EVERYONE that Cromwell later does harm to, dragging them down to raise Cromwell up and make him look better and more justified in harming them. For instance, (assuming the musician Mark in Anne's employ is Mark Smeaton) it's almost laughable the way Mantel makes Mark act like a total asshole, and has him make those awful remarks about Cromwell, when it is so unnecessary and unsupported in facts (I mean maybe he was, but we don't know that, and I don't think a servant who is rude to his masters would go far in life), and all to make it okay when Cromwell brutally tortures him, no doubt! Likewise Anne, Henry Norris, and William Brereton (all of whom are executed on trumped up charges HE fabricates) are also portrayed as horrible people, again so that it won't seem as bad that he is ending their lives. Even More, I hear, was much more friendly with Cromwell than in this book, but no, let's make him the worst villain ever so Cromwell is okay to help bring him down/kill him as well! It's just so heavy handed, it's eyeroll worthy, especially when combined with Cromwell's Sueishness. In the words of one reviewer of the horribly biased and flimsy Joanna Denny bio of Anne, it's like Mantel is a teenage girl who decided that Cromwell was the coolest thing ever, and everyone else was, like, WRONG!

We should Skype sometime to chat more easily, do you have one? What time zone are you in, anyway?
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [tb] shipwrecks of modern agethedoingofit on August 12th, 2010 08:38 pm (UTC)
Actually, the reason that I wanted to finish The Tudors first was because I knew that I wouldn't be able to stop watching True Blood once I started, ha ha! ;oP But yeah - I LOVED the season finale (and Brandon's last mistress, actually, and I wasn't expecting to because she was such a cliche, but she ended up being awesome and heartbreaking all at the same time), especially the way that the wives were integrated, although I would have loved to've seen Kitty Howard, too. Jonathan Rhys Meyers did a phenomenal job as old!Henry, too, which I guess I wasn't really expecting? Not because I don't think he's a good actor, but because it was so hard for me to picture, you know?

Semi-unrelated: do you know of any (fiction) books that cover Mary's early years as queen? Sarah Bolger has made me fall in love with her x 1,000!

But yes - I think that True Blood is next ... along with Pillars of the Earth! And Eric is one of my favs, too, along with Jessica, heh!

Totally re: Wolf Hall, although I tend to come down slightly more pro-Cromwell than pro-More, although I maintain that it's possible to like both... ;oP I guess I just really loved Hilary Mantel's writing style and I appreciated having an alternate perspective on the period although, as you say, it's not necessarily 100% unbiased, heh. I hope you didn't hate it too much, though!

And yes, please! Let's definitely skype! It's sort of strange right now: Egypt is usually seven hours ahead of the East Coast, but it's Ramadan right now, so we're only six hours ahead of you. What time of day is good for you? Are you working (if yes, than maybe a weekend would be better)?
sherrilina: Mary Tudor (The Tudors)sherrilina on August 16th, 2010 02:48 pm (UTC)
Okay first off, before I forget again--I love the icon! :D. I need to get myself an E/S icon sometime, glad you like them over B/S! :p

And I agree about Brandon's mistress, I liked her more than I thought I would as well, though I was still sad that he and the duchess remained estranged until Death--Catherine/Charles was pretty much my favorite pairing on the show, the only couple I liked really...(since I never shipped Henry/Anne). And Henry was good in the end, though the sudden wheezy voice was kind of a funny shock! :p

YAY for liking/being more interested in Mary b/c of the show!!! :D. You just made me so happy, hearing you say that, since she's long been the Tudor who has interested me most, since it is through her story in the novel Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer (which I highly recommend BTW, though I'm afraid it only covers her growing years, up to the beginning of Jane Seymour) that made me interested in the Tudors in the first place. It's one reason why I like the show so much, it's the only thing I've ever seen (besides this really crappy home made movie online that came out later anyway) to really show her youth, and focus on her in the Anne Boleyn years and later, make her a main character, and show her in a somehwat sympathetic light (though this changed towards the end, and became a little too much in some ways, IMO--I don't think she's be saying she'd be ready to burn hundreds of heretics at that age, she didn't think she'd need to burn more than a few at the beginning of her reign!). I definitely did like Bolger's portrayal though, for the most part! :)

I actually haven't read any FICTIONAL books about her early reign besides "The Queen's Fool" by Phillipa Gregory, which was kind of dull (and from another person's POV anyway) and which I never finished)...I do hear great things about Hilda Lewis' trilogy, which begins with "I am Mary Tudor," and apparently the second book "Mary the Queen" is about her reign, though these books are out of print (but at least I've seen the first book available on Amazon.com used). Another one that covers her childhood and reign which is by a supposedly good author and which got decent reviews on Amazon is "In the Shadow of the Crown" by Jean Plaidy, which is still very much in print! ;).

In any case though, I obviously don't care much for Mantel constantly referring to Mary as "the talking shrimp"...*rolleyes* I admit I was actually kind of thinking "in your face, Cromwell!" When his daughter Anne died, since he had been going on about who strong and badass and perfect she was, and how she could eat the Princess Mary for breakfast, when Mary managed to recover from getting sick, and strong little Anne didn't! (Which I'm sure wasn't the reaction that bit was supposed to generate, but which Mantel's annoying Sueifying/insulting dismissal of characters I like combo provoked in me).
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [deadwood] alma in redthedoingofit on August 21st, 2010 08:36 pm (UTC)
In some ways I feel like Bill and Sookie deserve each other, but I adore Eric - he's so enigmatic and captivating and powerful and attractive and everything! And that dream that Sookie has about him! GUH. So yeah. ;oP (Although I think Jessica and Hoyt are my very favorites, heh.)

I actually found Mary sympathetic all the way through the end - you could see her responding to everything with the only coping mechanism she knew, poor dear, and Sarah Bolger was absolutely incredible and fierce and everything! <333

I'll add your recs to my Amazon wishlist, thankee, and I'll let you know when I get around to reading them... Cairo makes everything complicated!
sherrilina: Eric (True Blood)sherrilina on August 24th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Lol, deserve each other in a negative or a positive way? :p. Because I only think so in the former meaning...everything Eric/Sookie though (all the dreams, the real interactions) is definitely hot, and hotter IMO! ;). I'd say E/S is my OTP (perhaps because of the books), but J/H closely follow, they are just too precious and adorable! <333.

Have you watched the latest epp yet?! When you do let me know what you think...(though perhaps in my post on this subject, since we are woefully OT here rn! :p).

And glad you still liked Mary to the end! :) A movie I'd recommend as far as showing her in a positive and sympathetic light during her early reign is "Lady Jane" (with HBC as Jane acting very young and different than she does now)--it's inaccurate on the Jane front, but the Mary scenes are wonderful, especially since she, you know, had Jane executed (out of necessity), so it's incredible that theyu actually made her sympathetic in the film!

Oh Amazon.com, I still have an online gift card I need to use with them that I won in a photo contest....are you going to come back to the states over Christmas?
sherrilina: Catherine of Aragonsherrilina on August 16th, 2010 03:32 pm (UTC)
Mantel cont...
(Lol I decided to break this up so I wouldn't need to worry about losing that longass post as often happens, and then having to retype it on my Blackberry...;))

And I don't think it is necessarily that new of a perspective, not as far as portraying Anne very negatively at least--that's pretty common in fiction, the more fresh and daring thing would have been for him to portray Anne in a more positive light (it would have made sense, since they were kind of religious allies and he was helping her become queen in the first place), but to just show her as a horrible person to make your protagonist look better when he helps bring her down? Totally lame, IMO. I mean, I understand Anne being seen as the Antichrist in a book about Mary, I'm sure she did see Anne that way, but I don't think there's an intrinsic reason why Cromwell should see Anne in a bad light besides making him more sympathetic as he helps kill her...I think The Tudors was def. Better on this one. Also I don't like the religious lecturing...

I still need to finish it though, I'm still only about halfway through and I've checked it out so many times, diff copies and now from multiple libraries...my mom said yesterday that she didn't think I'd ever finish it! O_o I wish I had more time to read, it's hard when I'm a slow reader and want to spend what little free time I have watching TV or going online though...:s

I forgot my name, and drowned.: [tudors] anne's paintingthedoingofit on August 21st, 2010 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Mantel cont...
to portray Anne in a more positive light
This for sure. I kept thinking that this would happen, actually, mostly because (as you said) they were religious allies... But yeah. *shrugs* I definitely agree with you here because Cromwell's attitude to Anne is something that I'm generally not too excited about. :o/

No pressure to finish on my account! I feel like I go through phases with respect to reading: I'll read 24/7 or I won't read at all for days! So definitely no pressure, especially as it looks like you've got something else on the docket. :o)
sherrilina: Mary Tudor (The Tudors)sherrilina on August 21st, 2010 09:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Mantel cont...
Lol, well there's pressure from the library...but yeah, I'm not in much of a reading mood lately, nor in the mood to do anything really except watch Dr. Who! :p. I'm rather obsessed right now and marathoning like crazy through it in a way I haven't done since I was watching Supernatural last fall...have you seen it? If not I would highly recommend it! :D

(Lol I just read a part where he slights Francis Weston, another future victim, all I can think is, "What a surprise, another of his victims happens to be an asshole anyway!" :p)
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [lw] jo eats an applethedoingofit on August 23rd, 2010 07:49 pm (UTC)
Re: Mantel cont...
I have seen Doctor Who, but only a very little bit - only this most recent season, actually! I keep meaning to start going backwards, but there's always so much good television to watch (and by watch I mean catch up on... Hellooooo True Blood!) that yeah. ;oP Eventually I'll get there. :o)
sherrilina: 9/Rose (Doctor Who)sherrilina on August 24th, 2010 07:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Mantel cont...
Lol okay well after you finish catching up with TB and other good TV you should definitely check out DW, I am thoroughly hooked now and very much enjoying it! :D To give you an idea of my current level of obsession, this past Sunday night I was all, "Meh, TB is on. Wish I were watching DW right now instead!" :p (I'm currently awaiting a disc with one special that won't stream for some reason--I suppose it's just as well though, since I need to seriously picspam tonight! ;)
I forgot my name, and drowned.: [firefly] sudden but inevitable betrayalthedoingofit on August 25th, 2010 10:01 pm (UTC)
Re: Mantel cont...
I'm plowing through Season 3 of Robin Hood right now. Up next: True Blood and this most recent season of Mad Men! And then Doctor Who! :o) Lots of exciting things coming my way, I think! ;oP