I knew a guy who was a virgin and didn’t know what the big deal about sex was. Then he had sex. Then he wanted to have sex all the time. I’ve watched a few episodes of Doctor Who but I admit while I liked it I didn’t know what the big deal was. Now I know what the big deal is. So maybe it’s like the person who has had sex but has never had the sort of mind blowing sex that makes you realize what sex is all about. (Pause while I consider my mother reads this blog then move along because writing.)
This episode was amazing. And that’s kind of annoying because I was pretty content not being a raving Whovian. I mean already with the Classic Star Trek teen years, Buffy, Firefly, Supernatural. I’m becoming a walking billboard for the borderland between fandom and resisting fandom.
Doctor Who: “Listen”, written by Steven Moffat, directed by Douglas Mackinnon (BBC Television)
It should be noted that while I watched the first season of Game of Thrones I did stop watching it some time ago. The reason is very similar to something a coworker said today about not watching movies, “It just doesn’t seem like a good use of my time.” Now, this shouldn’t imply that I make the best of every moment or even that I don’t misuse my time. I just don’t see the point of this sweeping epic outside of some catharsis and the catharsis isn’t there for me.
So to catch up on Game of Thrones in the quickest and least painful way possible I watched Screen Junkie’s Idiot’s Guide to Game of Thrones. This gave me a quick overview of plot developments since I last watched an episode and was thankfully free. To watch the particular episode nominated for a Hugo Award I bought it on Amazon Prime. Dear Hugos, you need to figure out a way to get kickbacks from the stuff I purchase just for you, love, me.
Game of Thrones: “The Mountain and the Viper”, written by David Benioff & D. B. Weiss, directed by Alex Graves ((HBO Entertainment in association with Bighead, Littlehead; Television 360; Startling Television and Generator Productions)
I saw the pilot for the Flash shortly after it aired on Hulu. To rewatch with a more critical eye I purchased it on Amazon Prime. Retrospectively the pilot was good enough to continue watching another fifteen or so episodes.
The Flash: “Pilot”, teleplay by Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, story by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg & Geoff Johns, directed by David Nutter (The CW) (Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Television)
Next TV show, conveniently free with Amazon Prime: Grimm. I watched the first season when it aired and half way through the second season but my joy in it lessened and I have not watched it since. Instead of trying to catch up I’m going to just watch the one episode up for the Hugo Award and see where I go from there.
Grimm: “Once We Were Gods”, written by Alan DiFiore, directed by Steven DePaul (NBC) (GK Productions, Hazy Mills Productions, Universal TV)
OK, so technically it is “Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form” but let’s just call it TV. As with anything that’s up for a Hugo I feel like I can’t watch a single episode or read the second in a series but rather need to review within context. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to pull that off with Dr Who but I have watched a number of classic episodes and a few of the new ones and feel sufficiently educated to vote. Meanwhile through Netflix I have watched the first two seasons of Orphan Black which ended with “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried” the season two finale.
Orphan Black: “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried”, ” written by Graham Manson, directed by John Fawcett (Temple Street Productions, Space/BBC America)