firthgal: (andy - smile)
I'm coming out of hiding just to say that the finale to The Office left me a sobbing mess. What a sweet, hilarious, wonderful, emotional, insightful, nostalgic ending to the show of my life. This show was with me for so long and captured so many of my thoughts and feelings that I could never really express myself, and even though it was wacky and over the top, there have never been any other characters in any piece of fiction that have ever felt so real to me. These people were like a second family and I love how it made the audience feel like a part of that. And even though in the real world most coworkers don't become as close as these people did, it still captured that complicated thing where you are with a bunch of strangers for hours on end every day suffering through the same shit and just trying to survive together, and you do whatever you can to make the day go by easier/faster, you find people that you can have fun with despite the boredom and torture that is called work, and you form a certain affection for these people (even the ones that bug the crap out of you), and it's sad when the group is broken, but the world moves on and new people show up to make the group different, but you'll always remember the good old days.

spoilers )

Perfect ending to a show that I will always remember with the utmost fondness. Even in its darkest days I loved it to death.
firthgal: (raising hope - burt)
So, ever since stupid Drama Fever put Flower Boy Ramen Shop on stupid premium only access, I've been patiently awaiting the free release for episode 5, which was supposed to be today, but it's STILL BLOCKING ME and I'm not going to pay an arm and a leg for something that I can usually watch for free anywhere else. The problem is, Hulu has put episode 6 up without putting ep 5 up, and I can't watch ep 6 before I watch ep 5. The copyright owners have superpowers that have blocked the show from YouTube and Mysoju and crunchyroll and everywhere else. Viki can't even touch the show because Drama Fever and Hulu have a monopoly on it. AND NOW I CAN'T WATCH IT. ANYWHERE. And half the time I can't even get Drama Fever to work, so I sure as hell ain't paying for premium. But this is driving me NUTS. All I want to do is watch my silly show before I have to go to work today. I was promised access today and got nothing. And all of my usual sites are either not working or linking to broken videos. CLEARLY THE INTERNET HATES ME. Auuuuuuuugh, I'm so angry. Damn it, Hulu! Do you know how moronic it is to release ep 6 before you release ep 5 of a serialized show? AUUUUUUUGH.

To distract me from my frustration, I'll talk about last night's NBC shows. Community and Parks & Rec were kind of a letdown, but The Office made me grin from ear to ear, just as it's been doing all season. Somehow The Office has become my breakout favorite show of all time all over again, but in a completely different way than seasons 1-3. Like, instead of being this snarky, kind of dark commentary on office politics and the selfishness of humankind that also managed to have a little heart, it's turned into this feel-good, heartwarming commentary on how people who have spent years working together and fighting with each other can come to love one another and genuinely support each other, and while the snark and zany shenanigans and brilliant character studies of old are still there, it somehow ends up feeling like the show is just engulfing you in a giant hug. It just wants to make you feel happy and content, it wants you to love the time that you spend with these characters and appreciate what each one of them brings to the show, and I love it. I loved the old Office, and this new Office probably could never have worked without the old one, but man do I love the place that The Office is in right now, and I love how shifting the focus to Andy has brought back so much of the heart that The Office had lost in its middling seasons. And I love how this season has illustrated that Andy and Michael are so similar yet so drastically different. So much energy was always spent on trying to make Michael happy, and while Michael yearned for people to love him, he just didn't know how to be part of a group. He didn't know how to make things about people other than himself. It was always "Me me me" with Michael. With Andy, he has that same desperate yearning for love, but in a way where he just wants a place to belong. He'd do anything for his friends. Anything. His driving force is making other people happy, so much so that he usually loses his own identity while trying to achieve this, and I think that's the biggest difference between Michael and Andy. With Andy, it's about the group. With Michael, it was about Michael.

I don't know, I guess I was predisposed to love a version of The Office where Andy Bernard is the star, but I don't think I ever realized just how well his big, sensitive heart would bring everyone together. They are just so much more harmonious and genuinely root for Andy because he makes that face that is so damn heartbreaking every time he fails. Also, I love James Spader, and I love that amidst all the heartwarming moments going on, he reminds us that this is still a work environment where people are competitive and a boss who doesn't really know anything about anybody inevitably makes false assumptions about people. And he does sort of bring back that Michael feel with how he takes over everything and makes it about himself, but he does it in this subtle, laid back way where you barely notice it because he just sucks you in.

Anyway, with Community, I think my expectations were too high since last season's documentary episode was one of the greatest things that has ever graced my television. This one? Not so much. I think perhaps it was a little too over the top for me, which usually isn't a problem, but that's because the show is usually grounded by having the over the topness come from an emotional place, so it just wasn't clicking with me. It just felt like the dean being crazy for crazy's sake, and the documentary format wasn't really adding anything to the story. But then Luis Guzman showed up and shit got real. The dean realized some things about himself that he needed to realize, and his breakdown was positively beautiful and one of the best things that this show has ever done. Until he got naked and painted himself and started doing weird things, but he's the dean, so I guess I expected that. But... I think I would have preferred it if they had just kept that moment serious. I've never been a fan of the dean's more extreme moments, though, so I guess I'll just never agree with the show on that point. I also LOVED the stuff with Pierce. It was stupid, but so, so hilarious.

Parks and Rec was decently funny, but not very memorable. I think I've just lost my emotional connect with this show for the most part, which is unfortunate.
firthgal: (andy - smile)
Guys, The Office is still my favorite. Andy is still my favorite. James Spader still freakishly oozes sexiness. Oooooooh my god, you guys. You guys, you guys. spoilers )

While The Office will always be my comfort food, Community is the one that gets me excited. I downloaded it the second I got home from work and pretty much spazzed out from the second I hit the "play" button. JEFF'S DAYDREAM, OMG. That scene proved that my Jeff/Annie feelings are still alive and kicking. CHAAAAAAAAAANG. Abed's reaction to Cougar Town not coming back till January was the exact reaction I had when ABC did that to Ugly Betty (only I think that was a mid-season delay, like it didn't come back from winter hiatus, which meant they shortened the season and I was sure that they were going to cancel it, and then... they did). Cougarton Abbey! The show's general interpretation of British TV amused me greatly. Troy and Abed's announcement! Jeff realizing that he's madly in love with the study group! Pierce being decent! The Dean having a tremendous amount of interactions full of double entendres! Jeff going crazy! Oh, this show, I've missed it so freaking much. And the little Jeff/Annie bones that the show is throwing at us are most appreciated. Hopefully there will be more in the same fashion.

Parks and Rec was also delightful, especially since the show finally gave us some Ron/Leslie that I have been missing so damn much. Ever since Ben came into the picture, the show has been all about Leslie/Ben, which meant much less Leslie/Ron, which depressed me. I think I'm the only person in the universe who kind of hated season 3. And while I'm not fond of Ben/Leslie, I don't hate them either, it's just... I miss the central focus of the show being the Leslie/Ron friendship. Or, well, I guess that wasn't the central focus, but a lot of Leslie's big moments of revelation in season 2 came from her scenes with Ron, and a lot of the touching scenes came from her moments with Ron, and basically I want them in every scene together because they are the best. I miss them and their perfectness. Basically, Leslie/Ben = zzzzzzz, Ron/Leslie = :DDDDD, so, I enjoyed this ep. But yeah, the love that I had for this show during season 2 is a distant memory, which is quite sad.
firthgal: (Andy - OMG)
Just finished watching the NBC Thursday comedies. Parks and Rec was super hilarious and amazing and OMG LESLIE/RON LESLIE/RON LESLIE/RON!!!! THEY ARE STILL PERFECTION TOGETHER. Seriously, guys, seriously, they always know how to help each other. And I freaking loved the contrast between Ben trying to help her and Ron succeeding in helping her. Ben told her the exact opposite of what she needed, while Ron knew exactly what she needed to get things done. He knows her, and he cares about her, and it's so beautifully subtle and wonderful and adorable and it creates these genuinely touching moments, and just... THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. I LOVE THEM. Platonic or otherwise, they are the best. THE BEST. And nothing will ever convince me that they weren't made for each other. They just... they are one of those relationships that elevate each other's finer points, and they are opposites but sort of the same, and just, I love them. I LOVE THEM KIND OF A LOT. Oh, season 3, Leslie/Ron is what you've been missing, and that's probably why I haven't enjoyed you a whole lot this year. But the camping ep was perfect in every way. Also, ROB LOWE. PLEASE KEEP YOUR DREAMY FACE ON MY TELEVISION FOREVER, OKAY? OMG, I love him. I know that his character isn't all that popular, but I find him quite delightful. Especially his hilariously enthusiastic overuse of the word "literally." But poor Ann. Poor, poor Ann. I was enjoying her being kind of a doof for awhile, but now I miss her being confident and put together. I don't know, I just hate the mind game that Chris is [unintentionally] playing with her. She needs to move on. Fast. But I understand why she can't, because OMG, ROB LOWE, SO DREAMY. [side note: I totally approve of the fact that Rob Lowe was Mitchell Pritchett's first crush ♥]

The Office was also delightful, mostly because I've been missing these people and was super happy to visit with them again. DWIGHT. OMG, Dwight. He was such a badass trader (especially with Kelly. I think I will always find the Dwight/Kelly dynamic intriguingly hot and wish the show would go there), but of course, OF COURSE he had to be taken down by Jim's lame trick. Why why WHY does Dwight always fall for Jim's antics? Is Jim really that great of a salesman? Man, it bugs me, but at the same time, I kind of love how Dwight just can't resist, even though he knows better. He knows that it's just a sham, but Jim has this weird hold over Dwight and it's kind of adorable but messed up and GOD, DWIGHT, WHY DID YOU FALL FOR THAT? I love how you could tell in his talking head that he was a little bit ashamed of himself. ANDY/DARRYL/KEVIN! I loved the twist at the end of that Dallas board game plot. It was quite worthy of Dallas, I must say. Also, the ending. Their faces! Oh, my heart broke right there, because that was basically my initial reaction when I had heard that Steve Carell was leaving. But anyway, I loved how everyone looked sad/shocked/scared there. Just, for 7 years these people have been complaining about him and dreaming of an office without him and how much better their lives would be, but here they are, faced with actual news of him leaving forever, and they DON'T WANT IT. They thought he'd be there forever and they know that no other boss will love them and care about them as much as he does, and he really is like the father of their crazy family sometimes, and they don't know what they're going to do without him. Even Darryl looked sad. Darryl. And Stanley! Oh, my heart. *sniff*

Community was weird, but I enjoyed it, I think. Particularly the ending sequence with the pretty music and everyone enjoying the party.

30 Rock was hilarious, as usual. Loved the moment where Jack told her he broke the vending machine because he knew it would get her to his office quicker and she started pounding on his chest and saying, "I trusted you, Jack!" Heeeeee! I can't wait to see that put to good use in fanvids. I also loved that Devon Banks figured out that his gaybies were more important to him than his job, and this made Jack realize how much he's missing with his own baby.
firthgal: (uther - badass)
So, I've finally managed to spend some TV time NOT obsessing over Community (read: Jeff/Annie), and oh man, so much goodness to report:

1. Merlin. UTHER AND MORGANA ARE SO MARRIED. SO, SO MARRIED. They are bordering on creepy with this last ep. I mean, logically, they've probably always been on the borderline of creepy, but I just never saw it because I never thought of them as being related. But now it's all so twisted and incesty. And, you know, it's really really hard to think of Morgana as Uther's daughter when they have her flirtatiously egging him into proving his virility to her. That look he gave her, OMG. They need to stop being so sexy together. Anyway, aside from all the deeply incestuous flirting going on in this ep, Uther finally got to be awesome again. He has spent so many episodes this season being a complete dick (and a useless one at that), so, it was nice to see him being badass kingly for a change. That last scene at the dinner table particularly warmed my heart. Oh, those Pendragons! They are so beautiful when they actually express their emotions in healthy ways. And I loved how Morgana's mischievous intentions were totally thwarted! I know she was trying to be eeeeeevil, but she's never felt more like season 1 Morgana than she did in this ep. All playfully goading and watching with bated breath as her men fight in the tournament. As for Merlin and his little Gilly quest, ugh, whatever, WHY DIDN'T YOU CARE ABOUT MORGANA LIKE THAT? I usually roll my eyes when people complain about Merlin not taking Morgana under his wing, because OMG I know I know I KNOW, STOP TELLING ME, but gosh, this ep really cemented the fact that Merlin handled the Morgana situation all so very wrong. Like, Merlin has no qualms about revealing his magic to some random kid he JUST MET, and he makes it his prerogative to teach him about ~good magic, but with Morgana he was just like, "Meh, you're on your own." I get that she was the king's ward, but... she actually told him that she had magic. She was looking for someone to guide her and tell her that magic was good. So, yeah, while I don't put ALL the blame on Merlin for Morgana's downfall, I do see where he went so very wrong with her.

Oh oh oh, speaking of Morgana, I so want someone to do a fanvid to Cold Hearted by the Zac Brown Band. Uther/Morgana, Merlin/Morgana, Gwen/Morgana, it could be any of those. It probably fits Uther/Morgana the best, though. I am too lazy to do it myself. Plus, that song is more about mood/atmosphere, so clearly it would need fancy filters and whatnot. I doubt that many people besides me in the Merlin fandom dig country music, though... But Zac Brown Band is sort of like Mumford and Sons! Only less religious. And not British. And a lot Cajun. Okay, they aren't like Mumford at all, but they've got that bluegrass mixed with rockabilly thing happening.

2. THE BIG BANG THEORY. HOWARD/RAJ HOWARD/RAJ HOWARD/RAJ, OH MY FREAKING GOD. It is rare that my ships are that good to me. Not too long ago I was lamenting to myself about the lack of Howard/Raj shippiness this season, AND THEN WE GET THAT EPICNESS, HOLY CRAP. What made it truly awesome though was the awkwardness between Howard and Raj the next day, and then Raj going, "How come you didn't even call me this morning?" Oh, those two, I love them so very much. Leonard and Penny were completely boring, but I've noticed that Leonard/Penny heavy eps also tend to have great Howard/Raj storylines, so I'm maybe not as against Leonard/Penny as I normally would be? I don't know. This show is best though when it properly utilizes Sheldon, and that did not happen in this ep at all, so, I wouldn't want every ep to be like that. But, you know, HOWARD/RAJ.

3. The Office! I am so very happy that someone finally pointed out to Michael how crappy Ryan is to him. As much as I love how devoted Michael is to Ryan, it kind of hurts my heart when Ryan so shamelessly takes advantage of Michael's unconditional love. But you know what? This ep gave us one of those rare glimpses of Michael where he is actually more aware of things than everyone else is. Where he actually thinks things through and follows his heart. Where he can read people better than anyone else can. He handled the Ryan situation in the most noble and intelligent way possible. He still showed Ryan love even when he knew that Ryan didn't deserve that love, and he knew how to get the end result from Ryan that he wanted. This is why I love Michael. This is why it pains me when I see people tearing that character apart. He just... he has a good heart, and he's capable at the most unexpected times. Yeah, he's a selfish, offensive, clueless idiot most of the time, but when he stops trying so hard, when he actually pays attention to what's going on around him, he's quite an admirable fellow. I just love him so much.

Also, this ep proved that I am Stanley. Awhile back I took that "Which Office mate are you?" quiz thingy and it said that I was Stanley, but I have never so firmly believed that result until Stanley said that he wants to live in the top of a lighthouse ALONE that can shoot into outerspace where he can be away from humanity forever. THIS IS MY DREAM, TOO, STANLEY THE MANLY. Only, you know, it's because I find social interaction to be nerve-wracking, while Stanley just finds it tedious.
firthgal: (uther - badass)
So, I've finally managed to spend some TV time NOT obsessing over Community (read: Jeff/Annie), and oh man, so much goodness to report:

1. Merlin. UTHER AND MORGANA ARE SO MARRIED. SO, SO MARRIED. They are bordering on creepy with this last ep. I mean, logically, they've probably always been on the borderline of creepy, but I just never saw it because I never thought of them as being related. But now it's all so twisted and incesty. And, you know, it's really really hard to think of Morgana as Uther's daughter when they have her flirtatiously egging him into proving his virility to her. That look he gave her, OMG. They need to stop being so sexy together. Anyway, aside from all the deeply incestuous flirting going on in this ep, Uther finally got to be awesome again. He has spent so many episodes this season being a complete dick (and a useless one at that), so, it was nice to see him being badass kingly for a change. That last scene at the dinner table particularly warmed my heart. Oh, those Pendragons! They are so beautiful when they actually express their emotions in healthy ways. And I loved how Morgana's mischievous intentions were totally thwarted! I know she was trying to be eeeeeevil, but she's never felt more like season 1 Morgana than she did in this ep. All playfully goading and watching with bated breath as her men fight in the tournament. As for Merlin and his little Gilly quest, ugh, whatever, WHY DIDN'T YOU CARE ABOUT MORGANA LIKE THAT? I usually roll my eyes when people complain about Merlin not taking Morgana under his wing, because OMG I know I know I KNOW, STOP TELLING ME, but gosh, this ep really cemented the fact that Merlin handled the Morgana situation all so very wrong. Like, Merlin has no qualms about revealing his magic to some random kid he JUST MET, and he makes it his prerogative to teach him about ~good magic, but with Morgana he was just like, "Meh, you're on your own." I get that she was the king's ward, but... she actually told him that she had magic. She was looking for someone to guide her and tell her that magic was good. So, yeah, while I don't put ALL the blame on Merlin for Morgana's downfall, I do see where he went so very wrong with her.

Oh oh oh, speaking of Morgana, I so want someone to do a fanvid to Cold Hearted by the Zac Brown Band. Uther/Morgana, Merlin/Morgana, Gwen/Morgana, it could be any of those. It probably fits Uther/Morgana the best, though. I am too lazy to do it myself. Plus, that song is more about mood/atmosphere, so clearly it would need fancy filters and whatnot. I doubt that many people besides me in the Merlin fandom dig country music, though... But Zac Brown Band is sort of like Mumford and Sons! Only less religious. And not British. And a lot Cajun. Okay, they aren't like Mumford at all, but they've got that bluegrass mixed with rockabilly thing happening.

2. THE BIG BANG THEORY. HOWARD/RAJ HOWARD/RAJ HOWARD/RAJ, OH MY FREAKING GOD. It is rare that my ships are that good to me. Not too long ago I was lamenting to myself about the lack of Howard/Raj shippiness this season, AND THEN WE GET THAT EPICNESS, HOLY CRAP. What made it truly awesome though was the awkwardness between Howard and Raj the next day, and then Raj going, "How come you didn't even call me this morning?" Oh, those two, I love them so very much. Leonard and Penny were completely boring, but I've noticed that Leonard/Penny heavy eps also tend to have great Howard/Raj storylines, so I'm maybe not as against Leonard/Penny as I normally would be? I don't know. This show is best though when it properly utilizes Sheldon, and that did not happen in this ep at all, so, I wouldn't want every ep to be like that. But, you know, HOWARD/RAJ.

3. The Office! I am so very happy that someone finally pointed out to Michael how crappy Ryan is to him. As much as I love how devoted Michael is to Ryan, it kind of hurts my heart when Ryan so shamelessly takes advantage of Michael's unconditional love. But you know what? This ep gave us one of those rare glimpses of Michael where he is actually more aware of things than everyone else is. Where he actually thinks things through and follows his heart. Where he can read people better than anyone else can. He handled the Ryan situation in the most noble and intelligent way possible. He still showed Ryan love even when he knew that Ryan didn't deserve that love, and he knew how to get the end result from Ryan that he wanted. This is why I love Michael. This is why it pains me when I see people tearing that character apart. He just... he has a good heart, and he's capable at the most unexpected times. Yeah, he's a selfish, offensive, clueless idiot most of the time, but when he stops trying so hard, when he actually pays attention to what's going on around him, he's quite an admirable fellow. I just love him so much.

Also, this ep proved that I am Stanley. Awhile back I took that "Which Office mate are you?" quiz thingy and it said that I was Stanley, but I have never so firmly believed that result until Stanley said that he wants to live in the top of a lighthouse ALONE that can shoot into outerspace where he can be away from humanity forever. THIS IS MY DREAM, TOO, STANLEY THE MANLY. Only, you know, it's because I find social interaction to be nerve-wracking, while Stanley just finds it tedious.
firthgal: (true blood - bill)
ANDY'S HALLOWEEN COSTUME ASDHJKLFHJASDH;KLJ!!!! As if I couldn't love that boy more than I already do. Is it sad that I knew what his costume was long before the explanation? Also, JIM AND PAM AND THEIR DORKY SELVES. ♥ ♥ ♥ I have no idea what Kelly was (either time, though possibly the second costume was Katy Perry? Maybe?) Don't know what Ryan was either. And I love Michael for being my lame comedy soulmate, because he was FREAKING MACGRUBER, OMG I LOVE HIM. I am disappointed that he never said, "Let's go pound some Cunth," though. WHAT UP, MICHAEL SCOTT? Gabe was super adorable, but sadly not as epic as Dean Pelton's take on Lady Gaga. My favorite part of the ep, though? The cold open (especially the Kevin/Phyllis switch out). I LOVE YOU STANLEY THE MANLY.

Community was entertaining, but I think I'm starting to get tired of their high concept episodes. I did love that this one got to focus on Troy and Troy/Abed, and the surprise hookup that happened in this ep had me laughing like crazy, but I kind of hate how characterization seems to fly out the window this season (especially with this ep and the Apollo 13 ep). I don't know, I am just feeling a strange disconnect from the characters of Community this year, and that never once happened last year whether I liked the episode or not. Meh, that being said, this episode was really funny and well done, but once again it left me feeling an emotional disconnect from everyone except for Troy and Abed. Also, I am not a horror/monster movie fan, so I didn't understand any of the references at all (which probably explains why I didn't enjoy this one as much as Modern Warfare or Contemporary American Poultry). Heck, even with Modern Warfare I didn't particularly like what happened character-wise, but I felt that the show pulled off the action/apocalypse parody within its own universe so beautifully, whereas this ep felt a little less natural (same with Contemporary American Poultry vs the Apollo 13 ep, though with CAP I loved how it was both a parody episode and a great character/ensemble episode). Bah, in short, season 2 is still not doing much for me, though I still find this show 20 times funnier than most everything that's on TV right now. (seriously, if this show gets canceled because of the utter crap that is Outsourced, I will be so freaking angry. I've tried watching Outsourced, several times, but ugh, I cannot stand it one bit. Offensive, condescending to both its characters and the audience, and simply NOT FUNNY. Am I alone in this??? Because I really feel like I am. It's nice that the show brings some diversity to American television, but it sucks that the writing comes across as so very racist and NOT FUNNY)

The Big Bang Theory was pretty funny tonight. Especially Sheldon and his text-based computer game from the 1980s. &hearts &hearts &hearts Ha, actually, it so reminded me of when my oldest brother used to make us play Dungeons and Dragons with him and it was pretty much just really stupid stuff like:

Him: (in a ridiculously serious voice) You're walking in a cave and come to a door, what do you do?
Me: Uh... open it.
Him: You can't, it's locked!
Me: I find the key and open it.
Him: You can't find the key! There is no key!
Me: Okay, fine, I turn around and go back.
Him: You can't! All pathways are blocked except for the locked door!
Me: This is stupid.
Him: No it's not. You just don't have any imagination.
Me: *sigh* Alright, I cast a spell on the door and it opened.
Him: You can't do that! No spell can break its lock!
Me: I blew the door up with a spell.
Him: Can't do that!
Me: Why?
Him: Magic won't work on this door!
Me: OH MY GOD, I HATE THIS GAME, YOU ARE JUST MAKING STUFF UP. I'M LEAVING, NERD.
Him: It's not my fault that you aren't smart enough to figure out how to play this game.
Me: OH MY GOD, I WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE RIGHT NOW.

Yeah, that's pretty much how it went. To this day I still don't understand the basic rules of Dungeons and Dragons.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was pretty good tonight, too.

Spoilers. What? Spoilers? For this show? Oh yes. )
firthgal: (true blood - bill)
ANDY'S HALLOWEEN COSTUME ASDHJKLFHJASDH;KLJ!!!! As if I couldn't love that boy more than I already do. Is it sad that I knew what his costume was long before the explanation? Also, JIM AND PAM AND THEIR DORKY SELVES. ♥ ♥ ♥ I have no idea what Kelly was (either time, though possibly the second costume was Katy Perry? Maybe?) Don't know what Ryan was either. And I love Michael for being my lame comedy soulmate, because he was FREAKING MACGRUBER, OMG I LOVE HIM. I am disappointed that he never said, "Let's go pound some Cunth," though. WHAT UP, MICHAEL SCOTT? Gabe was super adorable, but sadly not as epic as Dean Pelton's take on Lady Gaga. My favorite part of the ep, though? The cold open (especially the Kevin/Phyllis switch out). I LOVE YOU STANLEY THE MANLY.

Community was entertaining, but I think I'm starting to get tired of their high concept episodes. I did love that this one got to focus on Troy and Troy/Abed, and the surprise hookup that happened in this ep had me laughing like crazy, but I kind of hate how characterization seems to fly out the window this season (especially with this ep and the Apollo 13 ep). I don't know, I am just feeling a strange disconnect from the characters of Community this year, and that never once happened last year whether I liked the episode or not. Meh, that being said, this episode was really funny and well done, but once again it left me feeling an emotional disconnect from everyone except for Troy and Abed. Also, I am not a horror/monster movie fan, so I didn't understand any of the references at all (which probably explains why I didn't enjoy this one as much as Modern Warfare or Contemporary American Poultry). Heck, even with Modern Warfare I didn't particularly like what happened character-wise, but I felt that the show pulled off the action/apocalypse parody within its own universe so beautifully, whereas this ep felt a little less natural (same with Contemporary American Poultry vs the Apollo 13 ep, though with CAP I loved how it was both a parody episode and a great character/ensemble episode). Bah, in short, season 2 is still not doing much for me, though I still find this show 20 times funnier than most everything that's on TV right now. (seriously, if this show gets canceled because of the utter crap that is Outsourced, I will be so freaking angry. I've tried watching Outsourced, several times, but ugh, I cannot stand it one bit. Offensive, condescending to both its characters and the audience, and simply NOT FUNNY. Am I alone in this??? Because I really feel like I am. It's nice that the show brings some diversity to American television, but it sucks that the writing comes across as so very racist and NOT FUNNY)

The Big Bang Theory was pretty funny tonight. Especially Sheldon and his text-based computer game from the 1980s. &hearts &hearts &hearts Ha, actually, it so reminded me of when my oldest brother used to make us play Dungeons and Dragons with him and it was pretty much just really stupid stuff like:

Him: (in a ridiculously serious voice) You're walking in a cave and come to a door, what do you do?
Me: Uh... open it.
Him: You can't, it's locked!
Me: I find the key and open it.
Him: You can't find the key! There is no key!
Me: Okay, fine, I turn around and go back.
Him: You can't! All pathways are blocked except for the locked door!
Me: This is stupid.
Him: No it's not. You just don't have any imagination.
Me: *sigh* Alright, I cast a spell on the door and it opened.
Him: You can't do that! No spell can break its lock!
Me: I blew the door up with a spell.
Him: Can't do that!
Me: Why?
Him: Magic won't work on this door!
Me: OH MY GOD, I HATE THIS GAME, YOU ARE JUST MAKING STUFF UP. I'M LEAVING, NERD.
Him: It's not my fault that you aren't smart enough to figure out how to play this game.
Me: OH MY GOD, I WANT TO PUNCH YOU IN THE FACE RIGHT NOW.

Yeah, that's pretty much how it went. To this day I still don't understand the basic rules of Dungeons and Dragons.

It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia was pretty good tonight, too.

Spoilers. What? Spoilers? For this show? Oh yes. )
firthgal: (deniro)
COMMUNITY IS CLEARLY THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. Okay, before the hiatus they did a buddy cop parody, and then tonight they brought us THE MOST BRILLIANT GOODFELLAS PARODY IN THE HISTORY OF ANYTHING, OMG. Not only that, but they worked in a very iconic shot from The Godfather. I love that Jeff was Diane Keaton in that scenario. Oh, oh, best of all? They used the exact music (and zoom-in shots) from my favorite Goodfellas scene (which probably proves that I am a bit morbid since it's the scene where we discover that Jimmy has whacked his entire crew, but seriously, that scene is so well done, and I love what the show did with it here. I was laughing like crazy). Oooooh, this show. I freaking love it. That episode was brilliant.

30 Rock? Meh. I think I am beginning to get very detached from this show. It made me laugh, but I just don't feel the love that I used to. Like, you know how I have such an affection for the characters on The Office and Community and Parks & Rec, and how my love for those characters can usually save any ep? I just don't feel that for 30 Rock. I still think the show throws off some brilliant lines, and it is hilarious in general, but sort of forgettable lately, which sucks, because I remember when this show had been my favorite of the Thursday night lineup and I used to quote the heck out of it, and I can't even really explain why I don't feel that love anymore, because not much has actually changed. I guess it's just that the honeymoon period is over? And now I'm getting tired of the same old thing every episode? I don't know. I still enjoy the show, I just don't love it, and I find myself enjoying the supporting cast way more than I am enjoying Jack or Liz, which is weird, because it used to be the other way around (though I still enjoy Jack and Liz together the most). Basically, I don't give a hoot about Jack's love life, because it bores the hell out of me, so I wish they'd stop focusing on it so much. I don't much care for Liz's either, but at least her adventures in the dating world are freaking hilarious (I will always hold a weird fondness for Dennis. And Wesley Snipes). And it's not even that I don't like Jack's girlfriends (in this case), because individually they are okay characters, just... I'd rather be watching Jack with the main cast rather than random guest stars. He feels a bit disjointed from the show. Anyway, the first ep was much funnier than the second ep. And now I probably sound like a hypocrite because his girlfriends were in the first ep and not the second, but I enjoyed Jack more in the second ep, and I enjoyed everyone else more in the first ep. In conclusion, I MISS PARKS AND REC.

The Office! Ooooooh, show, why do you insist on showing me these utterly hilarious and adorable Michael/Erin scenes that make me ship the hell out of them, only to make them not a ship? Just... not cool. But keep bringing me those scenes, because aside from Michael/Dwight, they are probably my favorite relationship on this show right now. SERIOUSLY, THEY ARE SO BRILLIANT TOGETHER. The show needs to keep exploring that chemistry, and I basically mean that in a platonic way, but obviously I would not be opposed to a romance there because they just... work, in their own weird way. I seriously need to continue that Michael/Erin fic that I started months ago simply so that I can get this ship out of my system, because I do not need to fall for yet another Office ship that has no chance in hell of happening. BUT THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL TOGETHER! I love how Michael thinks that she's weird, and I love how she thinks the world of him even though he's an insensitive jerk to her quite a lot, but she also seems to bring out these super sweet moments from him that are totally understated and natural and so utterly beautiful to watch. And I think it's interesting that we've gotten way more character development from Erin in the three one-on-one scenes she's shared with Michael this season than anything she's shared with Andy. I just... ugh, I hate how the writers have made Andy and Erin glued at the hip, because they are both just so much more interesting when playing off of other people. Yeah, it's cute that Andy wanted Erin to have such a great day, and yes, the fact that their personalities basically mirror each other makes them oh so suitable for each other, but DEAR GOD, LET ANDY HAVE HIS OWN STORYLINE. PLEASE. They've managed to sneak in an Erin storyline here and there since the whole romance started (and they were wonderful), but every stinking Andy scene has been about nothing but Erin. UGH. I thought it would get better once they got together, but... nope. I just want my Andy back. *cries* This season would actually be near perfect for me had this romance never popped up. But anyway, I need to stop ranting about them every time I talk about The Office, because I'm sure you all are ridiculously tired of me having the same rant over and over and over again, so, I'll stop. BUT SERIOUSLY. No, no, I'll stop. Let's focus on the epicness that was GABE'S NO-NONSENSE DECISION MAKING SKILLS. Oh, Gabe, I'm pretty sure that you are my new favorite. I AM KIND OF IN LOVE WITH HIM. "I should probably get involved with this, but... I think my time is better used with the Cookie Monster incident." God, my heart broke for him so hard in the end. Sometimes I forget how cruel these people can be until outsiders come in and get pooped on (heck, look how long it took for Andy to be accepted as one of them). But, yeah, I sympathize with Gabe way too much, because he's such a sweet soul who is clearly lost when it comes to being assertive.
firthgal: (deniro)
COMMUNITY IS CLEARLY THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH. Okay, before the hiatus they did a buddy cop parody, and then tonight they brought us THE MOST BRILLIANT GOODFELLAS PARODY IN THE HISTORY OF ANYTHING, OMG. Not only that, but they worked in a very iconic shot from The Godfather. I love that Jeff was Diane Keaton in that scenario. Oh, oh, best of all? They used the exact music (and zoom-in shots) from my favorite Goodfellas scene (which probably proves that I am a bit morbid since it's the scene where we discover that Jimmy has whacked his entire crew, but seriously, that scene is so well done, and I love what the show did with it here. I was laughing like crazy). Oooooh, this show. I freaking love it. That episode was brilliant.

30 Rock? Meh. I think I am beginning to get very detached from this show. It made me laugh, but I just don't feel the love that I used to. Like, you know how I have such an affection for the characters on The Office and Community and Parks & Rec, and how my love for those characters can usually save any ep? I just don't feel that for 30 Rock. I still think the show throws off some brilliant lines, and it is hilarious in general, but sort of forgettable lately, which sucks, because I remember when this show had been my favorite of the Thursday night lineup and I used to quote the heck out of it, and I can't even really explain why I don't feel that love anymore, because not much has actually changed. I guess it's just that the honeymoon period is over? And now I'm getting tired of the same old thing every episode? I don't know. I still enjoy the show, I just don't love it, and I find myself enjoying the supporting cast way more than I am enjoying Jack or Liz, which is weird, because it used to be the other way around (though I still enjoy Jack and Liz together the most). Basically, I don't give a hoot about Jack's love life, because it bores the hell out of me, so I wish they'd stop focusing on it so much. I don't much care for Liz's either, but at least her adventures in the dating world are freaking hilarious (I will always hold a weird fondness for Dennis. And Wesley Snipes). And it's not even that I don't like Jack's girlfriends (in this case), because individually they are okay characters, just... I'd rather be watching Jack with the main cast rather than random guest stars. He feels a bit disjointed from the show. Anyway, the first ep was much funnier than the second ep. And now I probably sound like a hypocrite because his girlfriends were in the first ep and not the second, but I enjoyed Jack more in the second ep, and I enjoyed everyone else more in the first ep. In conclusion, I MISS PARKS AND REC.

The Office! Ooooooh, show, why do you insist on showing me these utterly hilarious and adorable Michael/Erin scenes that make me ship the hell out of them, only to make them not a ship? Just... not cool. But keep bringing me those scenes, because aside from Michael/Dwight, they are probably my favorite relationship on this show right now. SERIOUSLY, THEY ARE SO BRILLIANT TOGETHER. The show needs to keep exploring that chemistry, and I basically mean that in a platonic way, but obviously I would not be opposed to a romance there because they just... work, in their own weird way. I seriously need to continue that Michael/Erin fic that I started months ago simply so that I can get this ship out of my system, because I do not need to fall for yet another Office ship that has no chance in hell of happening. BUT THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL TOGETHER! I love how Michael thinks that she's weird, and I love how she thinks the world of him even though he's an insensitive jerk to her quite a lot, but she also seems to bring out these super sweet moments from him that are totally understated and natural and so utterly beautiful to watch. And I think it's interesting that we've gotten way more character development from Erin in the three one-on-one scenes she's shared with Michael this season than anything she's shared with Andy. I just... ugh, I hate how the writers have made Andy and Erin glued at the hip, because they are both just so much more interesting when playing off of other people. Yeah, it's cute that Andy wanted Erin to have such a great day, and yes, the fact that their personalities basically mirror each other makes them oh so suitable for each other, but DEAR GOD, LET ANDY HAVE HIS OWN STORYLINE. PLEASE. They've managed to sneak in an Erin storyline here and there since the whole romance started (and they were wonderful), but every stinking Andy scene has been about nothing but Erin. UGH. I thought it would get better once they got together, but... nope. I just want my Andy back. *cries* This season would actually be near perfect for me had this romance never popped up. But anyway, I need to stop ranting about them every time I talk about The Office, because I'm sure you all are ridiculously tired of me having the same rant over and over and over again, so, I'll stop. BUT SERIOUSLY. No, no, I'll stop. Let's focus on the epicness that was GABE'S NO-NONSENSE DECISION MAKING SKILLS. Oh, Gabe, I'm pretty sure that you are my new favorite. I AM KIND OF IN LOVE WITH HIM. "I should probably get involved with this, but... I think my time is better used with the Cookie Monster incident." God, my heart broke for him so hard in the end. Sometimes I forget how cruel these people can be until outsiders come in and get pooped on (heck, look how long it took for Andy to be accepted as one of them). But, yeah, I sympathize with Gabe way too much, because he's such a sweet soul who is clearly lost when it comes to being assertive.
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff)
COMMUNITY. THIS SHOW IS STILL THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. Oh god, the Jeff/Annie moments were pure adorableness. They really do see through each other's defenses better than anyone else. Is it weird that I kind of ship Shirley with Abed's dad now? They had some sparkage going on. Really. They did. And Shirley's kids are so freaking adorable! And Britta and Troy continue to be hilarious together. Troy's grandmother is a total HBIC. And she would order me to get a switch if she heard me say that. PICTIONARY WINDMILLS ONLY LEAD TO VIOLENCE. Ahahahaha, OMG, that was the greatest thing ever.

Parks and Rec! Loved it. April totally owned this ep, she was so, so wonderful. And Leslie was adorable, as always. And Ron! Getting pwned by Mark! That... was kind of awesome. I always take a weird pleasure in seeing Ron get knocked off of his high horse. It's glorious.

The Office! Okay episode. That talking head where Michael says something like, "Let's examine this. Jo likes Michael. Jo invites Michael to her house. Jo doesn't like Michael anymore," and he has that completely vulnerable look on his face, that lost look where he just doesn't understand, and then he buried his face in his hands like he was about to cry, that is a perfect example of why I love Michael as much as I do. He just... he means well. He always means well, but he always screws everything up by trying way too hard. He goes overboard and it freaks people out and he doesn't realize this because he is SO socially stunted that he can't read the signs, and OH how my heart aches for him. It was just one of those moments where he was a fragile child that really needed a hug. MEGADESK. Also, Kevin's talking head was excellent. As was Andy's "kilt" (I totally ship Erin with her foster brother, by the way. OMG, I CAN SHIP HER WITH ANYBODY BUT ANDY, APPARENTLY. I could feel my nose turning up during their "kiss" or whatever. I hate that they nauseate me. "Andy" should never be thought of in conjunction with "nauseate").

30 Rock! Okay dudes, I am in love with Liz's new man. All it takes is an English accent to win me over, I admit it. I AM TOTALLY OKAY IF SHE MARRIES HIM. And... I feel weird saying that, but seriously, IT'S THE ACCENT. And I am so worn out on the whole Jack/Liz issue that I think I am finally coming to terms with the fact that they will only ever be bros, no matter how perfect they are for each other. They get emotional completeness from each other, and seek out physical completeness with other people. I guess I'm becoming okay with that. It's just, you know, they should have both with the person that they end up with rather than splitting it between two people. That's all I'm saying. BUT ANYWAY, I APPROVE OF BRITISH DUDE. I am still meh about Avery, but she is twenty times better than Elisa.



Obligatory Christoph Waltz Discussion



So, you know how he was going to be Freud, but now he's not? Okay, 1) I am sad that he had to grow that massive beard for nothing, and 2) as much as I don't want him to end up being typecast as a villain, I am kind of happy that he chose Water for Elephants over The Talking Cure. From what I've read, The Talking Cure sounds like it's mainly a sexual romp between Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley with a few occasional appearances by Sigmund Freud, whereas Water for Elephants sounds like it contains a more interesting role for him, and Christoph has admitted that he's more drawn to darker characters, and... well, I don't blame him for choosing the psychopath over the psychiatrist. I just don't. The thing is, The Talking Cure will probably get way more attention than Water for Elephants will. And people will roll their eyes at Water for Elephants when they learn that RPattz is the main star. *guilty* But again, August sounds like a way more interesting character than Freud, so I am very much looking forward to this. [sidenote: I totally ordered Water for Elephants from Amazon the other night, so he better not drop out of this one] Even worse? I am seriously psyched to see The Green Hornet. He was so excited about it on Leno (or Kimmel)! He kept professing his undying love for Seth Rogen! So, I am eager to see it (and he is bearded for that film, so I suppose the beard wasn't all for nothing).
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff)
COMMUNITY. THIS SHOW IS STILL THE LOVE OF MY LIFE. Oh god, the Jeff/Annie moments were pure adorableness. They really do see through each other's defenses better than anyone else. Is it weird that I kind of ship Shirley with Abed's dad now? They had some sparkage going on. Really. They did. And Shirley's kids are so freaking adorable! And Britta and Troy continue to be hilarious together. Troy's grandmother is a total HBIC. And she would order me to get a switch if she heard me say that. PICTIONARY WINDMILLS ONLY LEAD TO VIOLENCE. Ahahahaha, OMG, that was the greatest thing ever.

Parks and Rec! Loved it. April totally owned this ep, she was so, so wonderful. And Leslie was adorable, as always. And Ron! Getting pwned by Mark! That... was kind of awesome. I always take a weird pleasure in seeing Ron get knocked off of his high horse. It's glorious.

The Office! Okay episode. That talking head where Michael says something like, "Let's examine this. Jo likes Michael. Jo invites Michael to her house. Jo doesn't like Michael anymore," and he has that completely vulnerable look on his face, that lost look where he just doesn't understand, and then he buried his face in his hands like he was about to cry, that is a perfect example of why I love Michael as much as I do. He just... he means well. He always means well, but he always screws everything up by trying way too hard. He goes overboard and it freaks people out and he doesn't realize this because he is SO socially stunted that he can't read the signs, and OH how my heart aches for him. It was just one of those moments where he was a fragile child that really needed a hug. MEGADESK. Also, Kevin's talking head was excellent. As was Andy's "kilt" (I totally ship Erin with her foster brother, by the way. OMG, I CAN SHIP HER WITH ANYBODY BUT ANDY, APPARENTLY. I could feel my nose turning up during their "kiss" or whatever. I hate that they nauseate me. "Andy" should never be thought of in conjunction with "nauseate").

30 Rock! Okay dudes, I am in love with Liz's new man. All it takes is an English accent to win me over, I admit it. I AM TOTALLY OKAY IF SHE MARRIES HIM. And... I feel weird saying that, but seriously, IT'S THE ACCENT. And I am so worn out on the whole Jack/Liz issue that I think I am finally coming to terms with the fact that they will only ever be bros, no matter how perfect they are for each other. They get emotional completeness from each other, and seek out physical completeness with other people. I guess I'm becoming okay with that. It's just, you know, they should have both with the person that they end up with rather than splitting it between two people. That's all I'm saying. BUT ANYWAY, I APPROVE OF BRITISH DUDE. I am still meh about Avery, but she is twenty times better than Elisa.



Obligatory Christoph Waltz Discussion



So, you know how he was going to be Freud, but now he's not? Okay, 1) I am sad that he had to grow that massive beard for nothing, and 2) as much as I don't want him to end up being typecast as a villain, I am kind of happy that he chose Water for Elephants over The Talking Cure. From what I've read, The Talking Cure sounds like it's mainly a sexual romp between Michael Fassbender and Keira Knightley with a few occasional appearances by Sigmund Freud, whereas Water for Elephants sounds like it contains a more interesting role for him, and Christoph has admitted that he's more drawn to darker characters, and... well, I don't blame him for choosing the psychopath over the psychiatrist. I just don't. The thing is, The Talking Cure will probably get way more attention than Water for Elephants will. And people will roll their eyes at Water for Elephants when they learn that RPattz is the main star. *guilty* But again, August sounds like a way more interesting character than Freud, so I am very much looking forward to this. [sidenote: I totally ordered Water for Elephants from Amazon the other night, so he better not drop out of this one] Even worse? I am seriously psyched to see The Green Hornet. He was so excited about it on Leno (or Kimmel)! He kept professing his undying love for Seth Rogen! So, I am eager to see it (and he is bearded for that film, so I suppose the beard wasn't all for nothing).
firthgal: (lassiter juliet - first date)
1. I should never, ever drink soda pop (or anything with caffeine), because it pretty much keeps me wired for at least 10 hours. Like, I don't even want to know how long I'd stay awake if someone gave me a Red Bull. I'm guessing a week and a half.

2. Lassiter is clearly Juliet's soulmate, and I wish Psych would just consciously embrace this fact. Also, funniest episode of Psych ever, yes/no? It was definitely the most enjoyable ep since season 2. Also, even though there were angsty looks betwixt Shawn and Juliet, it totally didn't bother me, because CLEARLY LASSITER IS JULIET'S SOULMATE. The ending with the ex made me roll my eyes though, because you know it's just saying, "Hey, lookie here! FUTURE CONVENIENT LOVE TRIANGLE, BIYATCHES." Which means Shawn and Juliet will probably be a couple next season. Which means I will need a designated Psych barf bag come summer time. Although, maybe once they're an actual couple the stupid angsty looks will stop, which will be a total plus. But CLEARLY LASSITER IS JULIET'S SOULMATE. He just is. Also, he's tall. Just saying.

3. I enjoy Ugly Betty way more when I am shipping Betty/Marc/Amanda than when I ship Daniel/Betty. It didn't used to be like this, but post season 2, that's just a fact. I am kind of ready to finally just say screw Daniel/Betty, let Betty's happy ending be that she starts a magazine of her own with Marc and Amanda. What kind of magazine, I have no idea, but, it would be theirs, and it would be awesome. (I'm totally lying, I am still hoping for my happy Daniel/Betty ending, but there's no plausible way for it to happen in 6 episodes, therefore I've come to terms with the fact that it's just not going to happen). Also, why no preview for next week? Are we getting a repeat yet again?

4. The Middle still totally delights me, and tonight there was a story about Brick's first sleepover and it was with a kid that constantly acts like a cat, and, that kid was totally my nephew. Right down to his Asian-ness! It was a little scary. But seriously, the mittens, the talking in meows, the clawing at curtains... totally my nephew.

5. I also let Charlie Brown's Valentine Special play while I was surfing the net, and, I don't think I ever quite realized as a kid how in love Lucy is with Charlie. When I was little, I always thought she was just a big bully, but watching it now, and thinking back to the cartoons I saw as a child, it's pretty clear to me that Lucy had a thing for him. Also, Peppermint Patty and Marcie totally went on a threesome date with Charlie Brown. HOLY CRAP. I never knew that the Peanuts strips were so progressive. And now it's obvious that Marcie is not a lesbian as everyone likes to proclaim. She is very clearly bi. Also, Snoopy kisses Charlie a lot.

6. I rewatched Scott's Tots last night because I think I'm seriously shipping Michael/Erin (I even started a fic! Which will probably never see the light of day, but I wrote a paragraph that I am quite fond of!), and, I forgot how much I actually loved this episode. Andy doing his baby voice! Michael doing his Elvis voice! (and saying "Well, thank you, thank you a lot" instead of "Thank you, thank you very much") Michael being unnecessarily mean to Erin! Dwight doing spot-on imitations of Kevin, Stanley, and Toby over the phone! Erin adorably singing the little rap song about Michael in the car! And... Michael snapping at her. ERIN MAKING MICHAEL FEEL BETTER, despite the fact that he did nothing but constantly put her down! Michael realizing in that moment what a douche he's been without anyone having to outright tell him! Erin's little smile after Michael tells her she's been doing a great job! Michael asking her what her hopes for her future are! MICHAEL AND ERIN HARMONIZING ON THE MICHAEL SCOTT RAP! Andy actually doing things unrelated to Erin! And speaking to people that aren't named Erin! Dwight and Ryan making an alliance to BRING JIM DOWN, a plotline that has been completely forgotten about by the writers and probably most of the audience! Basically, I really loved this ep, because it was full of the painful, cringe-worthy Michael and the sweet, genuine, insightful Michael, and the ensemble actually got to be useful. I think maybe even Angela had a line? Possibly? You remember her, right? Does she even still work there? Sometimes I wonder. You all know I love my Andy, but sometimes I think the screentime that is being given to Andy/Erin is preventing those little ensemble moments that I love so very much. A random comment from Creed, Meredith being gross, Stanley rolling his eyes, Phyllis being sweetly catty, Angela being cattishly catty, Kelly being dramatic, Oscar being put upon, Kevin giggling... it feels like the season is really veering away from all that, and I'm pretty sure it started when the show got serious about Andy/Erin. I wouldn't mind it all that much if Andy and Erin were capable of being funny when they're together, but... they're not, and Scott's Tots is a perfect example of the fact that they are utterly hilarious when playing off of pretty much anyone else. *sigh* That whole star-crossed, adorable overload didn't work with me for Jim/Pam, nor did it work with me for Michael/Holly, and it's really not working for me with Andy/Erin. I just wish The Office would stop playing the same love story over and over again. Michael/Jan and Ryan/Kelly managed to be completely unique love stories of their own, so I know this show is able to do a non-Jim/Pam formula, I just think they've forgotten how.

Ugh, I did not mean to whine about the downfall of The Office! I should be in bed. So, I'm going to go... get in bed.

OH! OH! Before I do that, everyone and their mother should read On Being Felicity (Or, Annie Edison Likes the Simplicity of Lists) by [livejournal.com profile] piecesofalice, because it's utterly brilliant. It's everything I've ever hoped and dreamed to find in a Jeff/Annie fic (and it has a whole lot of other stuff that I never even fathomed, because, well, I'm not that awesome)
firthgal: (lassiter juliet - first date)
1. I should never, ever drink soda pop (or anything with caffeine), because it pretty much keeps me wired for at least 10 hours. Like, I don't even want to know how long I'd stay awake if someone gave me a Red Bull. I'm guessing a week and a half.

2. Lassiter is clearly Juliet's soulmate, and I wish Psych would just consciously embrace this fact. Also, funniest episode of Psych ever, yes/no? It was definitely the most enjoyable ep since season 2. Also, even though there were angsty looks betwixt Shawn and Juliet, it totally didn't bother me, because CLEARLY LASSITER IS JULIET'S SOULMATE. The ending with the ex made me roll my eyes though, because you know it's just saying, "Hey, lookie here! FUTURE CONVENIENT LOVE TRIANGLE, BIYATCHES." Which means Shawn and Juliet will probably be a couple next season. Which means I will need a designated Psych barf bag come summer time. Although, maybe once they're an actual couple the stupid angsty looks will stop, which will be a total plus. But CLEARLY LASSITER IS JULIET'S SOULMATE. He just is. Also, he's tall. Just saying.

3. I enjoy Ugly Betty way more when I am shipping Betty/Marc/Amanda than when I ship Daniel/Betty. It didn't used to be like this, but post season 2, that's just a fact. I am kind of ready to finally just say screw Daniel/Betty, let Betty's happy ending be that she starts a magazine of her own with Marc and Amanda. What kind of magazine, I have no idea, but, it would be theirs, and it would be awesome. (I'm totally lying, I am still hoping for my happy Daniel/Betty ending, but there's no plausible way for it to happen in 6 episodes, therefore I've come to terms with the fact that it's just not going to happen). Also, why no preview for next week? Are we getting a repeat yet again?

4. The Middle still totally delights me, and tonight there was a story about Brick's first sleepover and it was with a kid that constantly acts like a cat, and, that kid was totally my nephew. Right down to his Asian-ness! It was a little scary. But seriously, the mittens, the talking in meows, the clawing at curtains... totally my nephew.

5. I also let Charlie Brown's Valentine Special play while I was surfing the net, and, I don't think I ever quite realized as a kid how in love Lucy is with Charlie. When I was little, I always thought she was just a big bully, but watching it now, and thinking back to the cartoons I saw as a child, it's pretty clear to me that Lucy had a thing for him. Also, Peppermint Patty and Marcie totally went on a threesome date with Charlie Brown. HOLY CRAP. I never knew that the Peanuts strips were so progressive. And now it's obvious that Marcie is not a lesbian as everyone likes to proclaim. She is very clearly bi. Also, Snoopy kisses Charlie a lot.

6. I rewatched Scott's Tots last night because I think I'm seriously shipping Michael/Erin (I even started a fic! Which will probably never see the light of day, but I wrote a paragraph that I am quite fond of!), and, I forgot how much I actually loved this episode. Andy doing his baby voice! Michael doing his Elvis voice! (and saying "Well, thank you, thank you a lot" instead of "Thank you, thank you very much") Michael being unnecessarily mean to Erin! Dwight doing spot-on imitations of Kevin, Stanley, and Toby over the phone! Erin adorably singing the little rap song about Michael in the car! And... Michael snapping at her. ERIN MAKING MICHAEL FEEL BETTER, despite the fact that he did nothing but constantly put her down! Michael realizing in that moment what a douche he's been without anyone having to outright tell him! Erin's little smile after Michael tells her she's been doing a great job! Michael asking her what her hopes for her future are! MICHAEL AND ERIN HARMONIZING ON THE MICHAEL SCOTT RAP! Andy actually doing things unrelated to Erin! And speaking to people that aren't named Erin! Dwight and Ryan making an alliance to BRING JIM DOWN, a plotline that has been completely forgotten about by the writers and probably most of the audience! Basically, I really loved this ep, because it was full of the painful, cringe-worthy Michael and the sweet, genuine, insightful Michael, and the ensemble actually got to be useful. I think maybe even Angela had a line? Possibly? You remember her, right? Does she even still work there? Sometimes I wonder. You all know I love my Andy, but sometimes I think the screentime that is being given to Andy/Erin is preventing those little ensemble moments that I love so very much. A random comment from Creed, Meredith being gross, Stanley rolling his eyes, Phyllis being sweetly catty, Angela being cattishly catty, Kelly being dramatic, Oscar being put upon, Kevin giggling... it feels like the season is really veering away from all that, and I'm pretty sure it started when the show got serious about Andy/Erin. I wouldn't mind it all that much if Andy and Erin were capable of being funny when they're together, but... they're not, and Scott's Tots is a perfect example of the fact that they are utterly hilarious when playing off of pretty much anyone else. *sigh* That whole star-crossed, adorable overload didn't work with me for Jim/Pam, nor did it work with me for Michael/Holly, and it's really not working for me with Andy/Erin. I just wish The Office would stop playing the same love story over and over again. Michael/Jan and Ryan/Kelly managed to be completely unique love stories of their own, so I know this show is able to do a non-Jim/Pam formula, I just think they've forgotten how.

Ugh, I did not mean to whine about the downfall of The Office! I should be in bed. So, I'm going to go... get in bed.

OH! OH! Before I do that, everyone and their mother should read On Being Felicity (Or, Annie Edison Likes the Simplicity of Lists) by [livejournal.com profile] piecesofalice, because it's utterly brilliant. It's everything I've ever hoped and dreamed to find in a Jeff/Annie fic (and it has a whole lot of other stuff that I never even fathomed, because, well, I'm not that awesome)

My shows...

Dec. 4th, 2009 12:10 am
firthgal: (andy - smile)
So, my plans for seeing the new DeNiro film tomorrow? Totally foiled by unexpected babysitting duty (which popped up this afternoon as well). Bah! Oh well, I ♥ my nephew more than I ♥ Robert Fucking DeNiro, so, it's all good. Maybe I'll go on Monday. :/

Anyway, Thursday night shows!

Community - good ep, but not great. I loved Annie the most, as per usual. I am kind of bummed though that her first time was not with a teacher as most people had assumed. Or maybe just I assumed that, I don't know. But anyway, Annie was super adorable, and that's really all I care about when you really analyze my feelings for Community. Also, OVER THE TOP SPOOF! HELL YES! I love that movie way too much, and Abed was just spectacular at pulling it off (right down to the backwards baseball cap!) And the Troy/Abed was out of control tonight. I do not understand why the fandom is not flooded with fic for them.

Parks and Rec - I freaking love this show for giving me so much Ron/Leslie goodness lately. Why is this not a ship that the fandom is picking up on? Why is it only me and maybe three other people that totally dig them? BAH! They are married, and Ron is totally whipped. I love them. Originally I hated the icky vibes going on between Ron and Tom's wife, but it brought us such epic Leslie calling out Ron scenes that I totally forgive the show for going there. The whole Andy/Ann/Mark thing is so damn tiring that I sincerely hope that is finally over now and that Andy can get an actual story with actual character development like he had in season 1. Seriously, the one bad move this show made between season 1 and season 2 was breaking up Ann and Andy. The show had a lot of heart there and now that's just shot to hell. Oh well, nothing can be done about that now. As long as the show keeps hitting me with epic Ron/Leslie moments, I'm good.

The Office - I actually really, really loved this episode. I expected to hate it simply because it looked like it would be so painful, and... well, it was painful, but not in a bad way?

Spoilers )

30 Rock - I enjoyed it! Particularly Frank. He totally stole this episode. But the Jack/Liz scenes were adorable as always. And I loved Jenna being the sane one for once.

It's Always Sunny - I actually really enjoyed this episode! I am pretty sure that's because it FINALLY teamed up Mac/Charlie and Dennis/Dee/Frank, which are my preferred team-ups (this season has focused way too much on Mac/Dennis, which is probably my least favorite). Mac and Charlie being totally gay over Dolph Lundgren in a plush tank top amused me greatly. The stuff about penetration did not (I so do not like Dennis when he's with the boys, and yet I love him when he's with Dee. I'm thinking this is because he's always talking about banging women when he's with the boys and they're always like, "Uh... wehatewomen, but sure! Boobs are great!" Ahahahahaha, I'm sorry, but Mac definitely has some repressed homosexuality going on. He did dig doing it with the transexual, you know). Anyway, I enjoyed this ep.

And now I will try to take a 3 hour nap before I take my parents to the airport. Do you know what sucks? I will be out on the town before McDonalds opens up for breakfast. That is just no fun for me. What's the point of going into town if I can't have McDonalds? Well, you know, besides seeing my parents off. But no McDonalds = wasted trip. I so wish there was a McDonalds by my house. I can't believe we don't have one. They're everywhere, damn it! Right, going to bed now. I hope. This is wicked early for me.

My shows...

Dec. 4th, 2009 12:10 am
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So, my plans for seeing the new DeNiro film tomorrow? Totally foiled by unexpected babysitting duty (which popped up this afternoon as well). Bah! Oh well, I ♥ my nephew more than I ♥ Robert Fucking DeNiro, so, it's all good. Maybe I'll go on Monday. :/

Anyway, Thursday night shows!

Community - good ep, but not great. I loved Annie the most, as per usual. I am kind of bummed though that her first time was not with a teacher as most people had assumed. Or maybe just I assumed that, I don't know. But anyway, Annie was super adorable, and that's really all I care about when you really analyze my feelings for Community. Also, OVER THE TOP SPOOF! HELL YES! I love that movie way too much, and Abed was just spectacular at pulling it off (right down to the backwards baseball cap!) And the Troy/Abed was out of control tonight. I do not understand why the fandom is not flooded with fic for them.

Parks and Rec - I freaking love this show for giving me so much Ron/Leslie goodness lately. Why is this not a ship that the fandom is picking up on? Why is it only me and maybe three other people that totally dig them? BAH! They are married, and Ron is totally whipped. I love them. Originally I hated the icky vibes going on between Ron and Tom's wife, but it brought us such epic Leslie calling out Ron scenes that I totally forgive the show for going there. The whole Andy/Ann/Mark thing is so damn tiring that I sincerely hope that is finally over now and that Andy can get an actual story with actual character development like he had in season 1. Seriously, the one bad move this show made between season 1 and season 2 was breaking up Ann and Andy. The show had a lot of heart there and now that's just shot to hell. Oh well, nothing can be done about that now. As long as the show keeps hitting me with epic Ron/Leslie moments, I'm good.

The Office - I actually really, really loved this episode. I expected to hate it simply because it looked like it would be so painful, and... well, it was painful, but not in a bad way?

Spoilers )

30 Rock - I enjoyed it! Particularly Frank. He totally stole this episode. But the Jack/Liz scenes were adorable as always. And I loved Jenna being the sane one for once.

It's Always Sunny - I actually really enjoyed this episode! I am pretty sure that's because it FINALLY teamed up Mac/Charlie and Dennis/Dee/Frank, which are my preferred team-ups (this season has focused way too much on Mac/Dennis, which is probably my least favorite). Mac and Charlie being totally gay over Dolph Lundgren in a plush tank top amused me greatly. The stuff about penetration did not (I so do not like Dennis when he's with the boys, and yet I love him when he's with Dee. I'm thinking this is because he's always talking about banging women when he's with the boys and they're always like, "Uh... wehatewomen, but sure! Boobs are great!" Ahahahahaha, I'm sorry, but Mac definitely has some repressed homosexuality going on. He did dig doing it with the transexual, you know). Anyway, I enjoyed this ep.

And now I will try to take a 3 hour nap before I take my parents to the airport. Do you know what sucks? I will be out on the town before McDonalds opens up for breakfast. That is just no fun for me. What's the point of going into town if I can't have McDonalds? Well, you know, besides seeing my parents off. But no McDonalds = wasted trip. I so wish there was a McDonalds by my house. I can't believe we don't have one. They're everywhere, damn it! Right, going to bed now. I hope. This is wicked early for me.
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1. COMMUNITY. I'm pretty sure that this is now my favorite show in the universe. Oh, how it brings me so much ridiculous glee. GO TONGUE CHANG. HANDSOME HOBO. THE GRAVY TRAIN.



OMG, I LOVE THIS SHOW. And I am such a dweeb that the end kind of made me tear up a little bit. What the hell, dude? It was so ridiculous, and yet... it totally got me. Oh, Abed/Troy, you are beautiful. Also, we got way more in the Jeff/Annie department than I had expected we'd get (I mean, no repercussions from last episode, but Annie had all kinds of glorious comments for him tonight. And the little looks! Gah, they are so adorable). Also, ANNIE/SENOR CHANG. Oh god, best opening ever. Also, THE TAG. Don't want to ruin the joke, so I will put my exclamations under the cut. Chevy Chase, I love you )

2. PARKS AND REC. SO VERY MUCH LESLIE/RON. OMG, IT WAS GLORIOUS. Possibly even more glorious than the ep with Ron's ex wife. I've been saying it from the pilot, but the latest episodes have showcased it even better: LESLIE AND RON NEED TO END UP TOGETHER. They just, they really bring out the best in each other in this really weird way, and no matter how hard Ron tries to find excuses to not like her, she just keeps surprising him with her wonderfulness and he can't help but love her at least a little bit for it. More importantly, he can never say "no" to her. Clearly this is love. Mmmhmm. Anyway, I know they'll never be canon, but I love the show for exploring their friendship (I doubt that anyone but me and [livejournal.com profile] doesnt_go_away have even thought about them in a romantic way, so, yeah, I really have no hope there. But oooooh are they adorable!) Leslie was so kickass awesome in this episode. Also, Andy/April was slightly disturbing, and this is coming from someone who digs older guy/young girl pairings, but that was just... wow. I think because Andy was sort of aware of the inappropriateness? But the weird thing though is that it was Andy that was getting taken advantage of. Oh, Andy.

3. THE OFFICE. I really enjoyed this episode. Michael was absolutely fantastic. This was one of those eps where I can't imagine how on earth so many people seem to have so little sympathy for this character, because he was just so innocent and well-meaning but still terribly self-centered, and he's so much like a child that for some reason I seem to forgive him for just about anything. But tonight he was just pure adorableness. THE TWIRL. THE TWIRL WAS AMAZING. SCREW EVERYONE THAT TOLD HIM NOT TO DO IT. Oh god, WHO LET THAT MAN NEAR A MICROPHONE? HAS DAVID WALLACE LEARNED NOTHING IN THE FIVE YEARS THAT HE'S KNOWN MICHAEL SCOTT? And, I will not lie, Michael was so damn inspiring that I was really, really hoping that he'd come up with some wacky idea that saves the entire company in that idiot savant way of his, and I am still kind of holding out for this. MICHAEL SCOTT WILL SAVE THE WORLD. Oh, speaking of saving the world, RECYCLOPS! I loved the detailed story on Recyclops' fall from grace. Only Dwight would put that much thought into a character that appears once a year. Also, POLLUTICORN. Was it Polluticorn or Polluticore? Polluticore makes more sense, but Polluticorn brings up funnier images in my mind (like, a dude with a unicorn style horn on his head, and obviously he uses this to stab Recyclops in the eye), so... I'm kind of hoping it was Polluticorn. Also, THE RETURN OF OSCAR/ANDY, HELL YEAH! They were pretty much a married couple as they were finding their way to their seats. And Andy encouraging Oscar to speak his mind! See? Do you see how wonderful they are for each other? How comfortable and smiley they are around each other? How much more delightful they are than Andy/Erin? DID YOU SEE? *sigh* I don't think I'll ever be able to fully let that ship go.

4. 30 Rock was... not so great. It wasn't bad, it's just that all my other shows that were on before it were much more pleasing. Tracy and Tracy Jr. totally won this episode, they were adorably hilarious. The Liz storyline didn't do much for me tonight. On the Jack/Liz front, I just want to point out that spoilers )

5. It's Always Sunny. I think my love affair with this show is over, because it's just not doing it for me anymore (and yet I keep watching). I don't know, it just doesn't seem as funny as it used to, but the critics have been calling it their best season. I just don't get television critics sometimes. [sidenote: it may have just been one critic as opposed to a collection of critics, but in general, people seem to really be liking this season]
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1. COMMUNITY. I'm pretty sure that this is now my favorite show in the universe. Oh, how it brings me so much ridiculous glee. GO TONGUE CHANG. HANDSOME HOBO. THE GRAVY TRAIN.



OMG, I LOVE THIS SHOW. And I am such a dweeb that the end kind of made me tear up a little bit. What the hell, dude? It was so ridiculous, and yet... it totally got me. Oh, Abed/Troy, you are beautiful. Also, we got way more in the Jeff/Annie department than I had expected we'd get (I mean, no repercussions from last episode, but Annie had all kinds of glorious comments for him tonight. And the little looks! Gah, they are so adorable). Also, ANNIE/SENOR CHANG. Oh god, best opening ever. Also, THE TAG. Don't want to ruin the joke, so I will put my exclamations under the cut. Chevy Chase, I love you )

2. PARKS AND REC. SO VERY MUCH LESLIE/RON. OMG, IT WAS GLORIOUS. Possibly even more glorious than the ep with Ron's ex wife. I've been saying it from the pilot, but the latest episodes have showcased it even better: LESLIE AND RON NEED TO END UP TOGETHER. They just, they really bring out the best in each other in this really weird way, and no matter how hard Ron tries to find excuses to not like her, she just keeps surprising him with her wonderfulness and he can't help but love her at least a little bit for it. More importantly, he can never say "no" to her. Clearly this is love. Mmmhmm. Anyway, I know they'll never be canon, but I love the show for exploring their friendship (I doubt that anyone but me and [livejournal.com profile] doesnt_go_away have even thought about them in a romantic way, so, yeah, I really have no hope there. But oooooh are they adorable!) Leslie was so kickass awesome in this episode. Also, Andy/April was slightly disturbing, and this is coming from someone who digs older guy/young girl pairings, but that was just... wow. I think because Andy was sort of aware of the inappropriateness? But the weird thing though is that it was Andy that was getting taken advantage of. Oh, Andy.

3. THE OFFICE. I really enjoyed this episode. Michael was absolutely fantastic. This was one of those eps where I can't imagine how on earth so many people seem to have so little sympathy for this character, because he was just so innocent and well-meaning but still terribly self-centered, and he's so much like a child that for some reason I seem to forgive him for just about anything. But tonight he was just pure adorableness. THE TWIRL. THE TWIRL WAS AMAZING. SCREW EVERYONE THAT TOLD HIM NOT TO DO IT. Oh god, WHO LET THAT MAN NEAR A MICROPHONE? HAS DAVID WALLACE LEARNED NOTHING IN THE FIVE YEARS THAT HE'S KNOWN MICHAEL SCOTT? And, I will not lie, Michael was so damn inspiring that I was really, really hoping that he'd come up with some wacky idea that saves the entire company in that idiot savant way of his, and I am still kind of holding out for this. MICHAEL SCOTT WILL SAVE THE WORLD. Oh, speaking of saving the world, RECYCLOPS! I loved the detailed story on Recyclops' fall from grace. Only Dwight would put that much thought into a character that appears once a year. Also, POLLUTICORN. Was it Polluticorn or Polluticore? Polluticore makes more sense, but Polluticorn brings up funnier images in my mind (like, a dude with a unicorn style horn on his head, and obviously he uses this to stab Recyclops in the eye), so... I'm kind of hoping it was Polluticorn. Also, THE RETURN OF OSCAR/ANDY, HELL YEAH! They were pretty much a married couple as they were finding their way to their seats. And Andy encouraging Oscar to speak his mind! See? Do you see how wonderful they are for each other? How comfortable and smiley they are around each other? How much more delightful they are than Andy/Erin? DID YOU SEE? *sigh* I don't think I'll ever be able to fully let that ship go.

4. 30 Rock was... not so great. It wasn't bad, it's just that all my other shows that were on before it were much more pleasing. Tracy and Tracy Jr. totally won this episode, they were adorably hilarious. The Liz storyline didn't do much for me tonight. On the Jack/Liz front, I just want to point out that spoilers )

5. It's Always Sunny. I think my love affair with this show is over, because it's just not doing it for me anymore (and yet I keep watching). I don't know, it just doesn't seem as funny as it used to, but the critics have been calling it their best season. I just don't get television critics sometimes. [sidenote: it may have just been one critic as opposed to a collection of critics, but in general, people seem to really be liking this season]
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Is it really at all surprising that I would rather talk about Merlin than my Thursday night shows? I mean, LOOK AT THIS UTTER SEXINESS, HOLY CHEST HAIR. Please tell me I'm not the only one who wants to sit on his lap. Also, Uther and Morgana are totally married. Which we already know. But it's always nice to see it confirmed in promo pic form. As for episode 2x08 itself...

Spoilers )

Okay, now that that's out of my system:

1. Community! Once again, hilarious, and once again, I am really, really in love with Annie. And I love Jeff so much more when he shares one-on-one scenes with Annie. In fact, I enjoy everyone more when they share scenes with Annie. I think my attachment to her is unnatural. And the tag scenes keep making me ship Abed/Troy a ridiculous amount (the preview for next week just increased that urge by 150%).

2. Parks and Rec! Another good episode. The thing is, I don't like what they've done to Andy. He was my favorite character in season 1, and now they've just sort of threw him out of the main plot and he is now obsolete, but they are making up ridiculous excuses to keep him around, and he just looks more and more moronic with each episode, which sucks, because he's one awesome dude. I did enjoy the ending though. Leslie and Andy working together is always a good thing. Also, I love that Jerry is the butt monkey of this show. His reactions are just so utterly perfect, I love him.

3. The Office! Once again, not a whole lot to say about this episode. It kind of hurt my soul a little bit.

Spoilers )

4. 30 Rock! Jack and Liz married. And Tracy and Liz should just be roomies all the time, because they are magnificent together. Also, spoilers )

5. It's Always Sunny. Once again, blah. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either. At least Dennis took his shirt off. That's something, I guess. And we got to see Green Man again. And Mac continues to show signs of repressed homosexuality (of course, all these dudes do, but Mac was especially gay tonight. It was lovely).
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Is it really at all surprising that I would rather talk about Merlin than my Thursday night shows? I mean, LOOK AT THIS UTTER SEXINESS, HOLY CHEST HAIR. Please tell me I'm not the only one who wants to sit on his lap. Also, Uther and Morgana are totally married. Which we already know. But it's always nice to see it confirmed in promo pic form. As for episode 2x08 itself...

Spoilers )

Okay, now that that's out of my system:

1. Community! Once again, hilarious, and once again, I am really, really in love with Annie. And I love Jeff so much more when he shares one-on-one scenes with Annie. In fact, I enjoy everyone more when they share scenes with Annie. I think my attachment to her is unnatural. And the tag scenes keep making me ship Abed/Troy a ridiculous amount (the preview for next week just increased that urge by 150%).

2. Parks and Rec! Another good episode. The thing is, I don't like what they've done to Andy. He was my favorite character in season 1, and now they've just sort of threw him out of the main plot and he is now obsolete, but they are making up ridiculous excuses to keep him around, and he just looks more and more moronic with each episode, which sucks, because he's one awesome dude. I did enjoy the ending though. Leslie and Andy working together is always a good thing. Also, I love that Jerry is the butt monkey of this show. His reactions are just so utterly perfect, I love him.

3. The Office! Once again, not a whole lot to say about this episode. It kind of hurt my soul a little bit.

Spoilers )

4. 30 Rock! Jack and Liz married. And Tracy and Liz should just be roomies all the time, because they are magnificent together. Also, spoilers )

5. It's Always Sunny. Once again, blah. It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either. At least Dennis took his shirt off. That's something, I guess. And we got to see Green Man again. And Mac continues to show signs of repressed homosexuality (of course, all these dudes do, but Mac was especially gay tonight. It was lovely).

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