firthgal: (comm - pierce)
Well, The Mindy Project has forced me to do what no other show was able to do. I've joined that mess that is called Tumblr. WHY IS IT SO POPULAR? UGH. But there is NOTHING about The Mindy Project on good old LiveJournal, and the fandom for pretty much every show ever has migrated over there, so I guess it was time. But... but... you can't converse! The tags are used for ridiculous commentary instead of organization! WTF is with that? So stupid. You can write something and maybe people will read it and maybe they won't and it's not at all like LiveJournal and AUUUUUUUUGH I HATE CHANGE. I HATE IT SO MUCH. I can't even really figure out how to navigate the damn thing. Is there a way to just have a tag on your dash instead of a person? Or can you only follow people? Pfft, I haven't even figured out how to follow people yet. Or how to get to my dash from the computer. The mobile version is much easier to use, but I'm not sure what all the symbols mean yet. Ugh. Ugh ugh ugh. But maybe now I can find more stuff about Korean dramas and kpop and what have you. But mostly I just wanted to find other people who were freaking over The Mindy Project finale. MINDY/DANNY, HOLY CRAP. I was holding my breath and flailing through that entire scene, and then it shattered my heart. AUUUUUUUUGH, DAMN YOU, SHOW. It broke me but at the same time I think it was handled brilliantly.

New Girl, on the other hand, has kind of disappointed me this season. I was enjoying the slow burn of Nick/Jess, but then they slept together and things got weird and it's just not as fun as it used to be. I mean, I admire the show for not hitting the reset button like most shows do, but it's like the fun was sucked out of their relationship because they're so focused on being perfect for each other instead of just being their goofy selves. IDK, maybe now that they've both affirmed that they want to be together they can relax and the group dynamics can go back to normal.

I've already gushed over The Office finale here.

Community. Oh, Community. IDEK with you anymore. Upon first watch, I wasn't all that fond of the finale, but once I figured out it was all in Jeff's head and not Abed's, it all made sense and it actually held quite a lot of meaning, especially on the Jeff/Annie front. He thinks about her. A lot. He wants her, but he still sees her as something that he could corrupt, which is why Good Jeff can't act on his feelings while Evil Jeff can. The second Annie gets angry at him he has to chase after her and hug it out and he looks so freaking blissful with her in his arms (as does Evil Jeff when he lifts Evil Annie up into a kiss). "Nobody sleeps with Jeff! Not even me." Hilarious yet interesting line from Annie. Good Britta sticking up for Evil Britta was the greatest, probably my favorite moment in the episode. Drunk Shirley was hilarious. Troy vs Troy was adorable (poor Evil Troy, failing so hard at being intimidating that even Good Troy rolled his eyes at him). And the ending speech was lovely, even if it was being cruel with the closeups on Annie during certain moments in the speech. DAMN IT, SHOW. STOP DOING THAT TO ME. He didn't mean it like that! He was talking to the whole group! But, yeah, this episode kind of proved that Annie is very prominent in his thoughts, but it's the group as a whole that truly owns his heart.

I can't even remember the Parks and Rec finale. I think my attachment to that show is long gone. I still enjoy it, but it just doesn't grab me the way it used to.

I miss Go On. A lot. That was the one new show that I thought was a shoe-in for renewal. I guess Matthew Perry + the large ensemble was too costly. But damn was that a good show, and definitely one that they could have eventually built their new comedy block around. Ugh, so much resentment, NBC. So much resentment. At this point I would gladly give up another season of Community for another season of Go On. MR. K, WHAT IS MY LIFE WITHOUT YOU? *cries for an eternity*

On the Asian drama front, I'm still following You're the Best Lee Soon Shin and it is still my favorite. I missed a few eps of When a Man Loves and just dropped it, and that's pretty much happening with Gu Family Book, too. IDK what my problem is lately. I think I just miss romcoms, and Lee Soon Shin is the only one fitting that bill at the moment. Unfortunately, the romcom part of it is only given to us in small doses since it's a family drama, but luckily the drama is so damn good that I'm enjoying almost everything about it. But... yeah, I wish there was more Soon Shin/Jun Ho.

Also, I recently inhaled the Chinese drama Sunny Happiness and adored the crap out of it. Oh did the leading man make me swoon, good god was he gorgeous.
firthgal: (andy - smile)
I find that my Thursday night comedy block is a lot less exciting without Community. Which I figured out last season during its extended hiatus, but... well, now it will never be on on Thursdays anymore, and that's a bummer. Especially since I am rarely home on Friday nights (not because I have a life or anything, but because of stupid work). Speaking of Community, I have been reading a few of the spoilers for the new season and I fear that the show is going to go too broad. NBC's problem with Community has always been its lack of accessibility, but its uniqueness and fandom in-jokes and emotional through-lines have always been what made it so special for those of us who fell in love with it. Without that, it's just your typical wacky sitcom with over-the-top characters participating in crazy shenanigans and re-enacting whatever popular movie is out right now (and of course the first one they do is Hunger Games, which is so NOT a timeless reference, and the show rarely did specific movie parodies so much as it did genre parodies, and just... I WANT MY OLD COMMUNITY BACK). Not that season 3 was all that stellar, but it still had its moments of awesome. I'm hoping I'll enjoy the new season, but I'm pretty sure it's going to feel like an entirely different show tonally.

Anyway, enough about a show that hasn't even had its season premiere yet. The shows that were on last night:

That one with Will Arnett that I can't even remember the name of - AWFUL. Just awful. Ugh, get it off of my Thursday night lineup. I don't remember it sucking this hard during the few eps I saw of its first season. I mean, it wasn't great, but at least it had potential. This ep was just a big old suckfest of genericness and ugh. If they were going to move/kill Community, couldn't they have at least replaced it with something slightly awesome? Like, for instance, Go On, which I will talk about later.

The Office - OH, MY LOVE, HOW I HAVE MISSED THEE. You know that you love a show way too much when you can see all of its many, many flaws and it still makes you smile like a loon. JIM AND PAM. ANNNNNNDY. OSCAR!!!! ANGELA AND HER CATS. KEVIN'S TURTLE RESCUING SKILLS. NELLIE (who I previously hated but somehow felt so much love for in this ep). NEW JIM AND DWIGHT. PHYLLIS. CREEEEEED. MEREDITH. STANLEY. RYAN AND KELLY. AUUUUUUUGH, I LOVE THEM ALL SO DAMN MUCH. What I did not love: Erin/Andy, which should surprise no one. Also, I am not a fan of this new Andy. The show is making him too mean and just ruining everything that he was prior to him becoming the boss. His antics were fun when he wasn't on top (and he rarely ever succeeded anyway), but now? He just looks cruel. And, I'm sorry, but he neglected his job last season over something stupid and Nellie saw an opportunity and took it. I don't see how she's the bad guy for doing that. Was it ridiculous? Yes, but still, Andy screwed up. Making Nellie the new office punching bag is making her lovable, though, so I can see why they're doing it if they want to keep her around, but they are destroying my Andy in the process (of course, the entire Erin/Andy storyline has pretty much killed his character for me anyway). I did, however, adore the line where he was talking to Nellie and he says, "I hate to pull out the B word, but... I'm going to be a real bitch to you." OMG, did I crack up, and that was a glimpse of the Andy that I originally fell in love with. I MISS HIM. Dwight was just superb in this ep (he is somehow hilarious while also being totally heart-wrenching with his emotional turmoil). And I am glad that Jim finally took a chance and is going to do something that he enjoys even though the outcome is uncertain. The older I get, the more I realize that I am a Jim, all wasted potential and slackerdom and making excuses for not doing something with my life and being stuck in a hellhole that I both hate and am weirdly fond of. The fact that he eventually made this choice gives me hope.

Parks and Rec - Fantastic as always. I hate Leslie being so separated from the Parks department, though.

Looking forward to 30 Rock next week.

Now let's talk about Go On. I had seen people saying that it's a more accessible version of Community, so I had to check it out. I see Community parallels, but they are two entirely different shows humor-wise. But... I like it? At first I was skeptical, but by the third episode I found that I genuinely loved these people. The only one that I am having trouble connecting with is the therapist, which is problematic because I feel like the show is going to make her a romantic interest for Matthew Perry's character, which at this point would just make me go, "Blerrrrrrrrgh." If I ship him with anybody it's his assistant, but really I am a sucker for the whole "can't get over his dead wife" thing. Monk/Trudy was the most epic of all love stories for me back in the day, even though I shipped him with Sharona (but I knew that no one could ever replace Trudy in his heart, and that just got me). I kind of feel the same way here, but since this guy lacks all the issues that Monk had, I think it's safe to say that he'll eventually have a romance, and I am doomed to ship him with his assistant that he'll never get with, because that's what I do. Also, John Cho rocks and I am still super in love with him (I had such a thing for him back in his American Pie days. IDEK why). He'd be my favorite character on the show if Mr. K didn't exist. OMG, MR. K, I LOVE YOU. Why do I feel like there is some seriously dramatic backstory for this guy? There is just no way that he can be the way he is without something seriously traumatic in his past. Which is something else that I love about this show. Even though it's a comedy, it's not afraid to go dark and emotional, and it's not afraid to be sappy either.

So yeah, I am in love with Go On, and I think it has the potential to become my new Community, and I wish it was on on Thursdays instead of that mess that is Will Arnett's show.

Holla!

May. 4th, 2012 12:23 am
firthgal: (Andy - OMG)
I just want to note that tonight's episode of The Office made mention of Korean soap operas. I knew that there was a reason why I am still watching this show.

Speaking of The Office, I feel like the show has taken a drastic decline in quality since it came back from the hiatus. Actually, ever since the Florida storyline I just have not been digging The Office anymore. I don't know why they made Andy the boss and actually let him get his life together if they were just going to rip everything away from him in the end. And all for Erin, who he has absolutely no chemistry with. Because of this very lackluster relationship, his motivation made no sense, and it just made him look like a giant dick for blowing off work and cheating on an awesome girlfriend who genuinely liked him. So, how can I even be rooting for this character that I once adored with every fiber of my being if I can't find the strength to even care about his story? The show has done the impossible and made me apathetic towards Andy, and just... THAT'S AWFUL. Catherine Tate is such a scene gobbler that she's taking away from the ensemble feel, and sometimes that makes me bitter, but then she has a talking head where she kind of breaks into tears over making a work friend and I just want to hug her. But I miss the rest of the office. In the beginning of the season the rest of the office had so much more screen time, and it was glorious. I miss that so much. James Spader is even starting to bother me for similar reasons. He's eating up screentime that could go to the characters that I actually love, and I hate that the show has become all about its big name stars when a long, long time ago it had promised to never do that.

I enjoyed Community tonight, but it seems like a lot of people didn't? I adored the riot scene. Actually, I pretty much adored everything and thought it was pretty cleverly done. But it did kind of feel like it was all setup for what's to come, which makes it one of the less memorable eps of the season, but definitely not one of the worst.

30 Rock also made me laugh a lot, as did Parks and Rec. P&R was funnier tonight than it has been in a long freaking time. And, because I still have latent Ron/Leslie feelings, I must mention the bit where he offered to pay $10,000 just to rent some vans to make Leslie happy. It's moments like those that truly reveal the depth of his caring for Leslie. She matters to him so much, and he never really asks for anything in return (in fact, it would pain him to get anything in return, because Leslie's extreme expression of emotions would probably smother him to death. In fact, most of their fights in past episodes have come from her trying to care about him). Anyway, Ron loves Leslie. They all love Leslie, but for some reason it is Ron's love that always gets me right in the gut.
firthgal: (andy - smile)
I haven't done one of these in awhile, so I'm probably rusty, but I just have to say:

1. Thank god the Florida storyline on The Office is over. It's not that I didn't enjoy the storyline itself so much as I didn't enjoy the office being separated and there being such a ginormous focus on the characters in Florida. And, well, the story was fun in the beginning, but then it just kept going on and on and on and I just wanted them to go back to Scranton. So, yay, it's over! Sort of. Now it looks like they'll drag it out more with Andy/Erin, to which I say BLECH! BLECH BLECH BLECH!!!! Damn it, show, when will you learn that nobody is rooting for Erin/Andy? Well, I shouldn't say nobody, but the vast majority of the audience just does not care about their super awkward, chemistry-less romance. JUST STOP. What the show thinks is cute is just plain nauseating. I love Andy with all my heart, and I am quite fond of Erin, but when you put them together it is just too much obliviousness and goofballiness to handle. Blech. You would think that after three years of the show pushing the ship that they would grow on me, but it's just not happening. STOP IT, SHOW. There is far more chemistry between Erin and the old lady than there is between Erin and Andy.

2. 30 Rock. Jack and his teenage girl nemesis. WHY MUST THEIR BEAUTIFUL CHEMISTRY MAKE ME FEEL DIRTY? Seriously, dudes. It's messed up. They just jive with each other so magnificently that I wish the girl was in her 20s instead of her teens so that their tension could be explored upon. It's just... I love that his nemesis and business equal is a 14 (15?) year old girl that looks completely harmless but totally gets inside his head every time. The actress plays that character so perfectly that I kind of wish she was a series regular (or at least a semi-regular). But then that would just give me more scenes that make me feel dirty for misconstruing their tension. Also, I loved Tracy's Oscar the Grouch line (particularly the bit about Gordon. Only this show would be so detailed with a throwaway joke like that)

3. Parks was its usual stellar self. *shoulder shrug*

Now let's all enjoy this super awesome k-pop video, because I am currently in love with it:

firthgal: (new girl - nick)
My verdict on the shows last night:

Community - SUPER DUPER FLIPPING AMAZING. I think my favorite part just may have been the little acapella transitions that perfectly mimicked Glee. And the shortening of the teacher's name to Mr. Rad. And the Glee song talking about how spinning cameras make everything seem better. And Pierce enticing Shirley to join the glee club by using a chorus of little children who can't sing about Jesus Christ because public school has suppressed their freedom of religion. No, seriously, that Happy Birthday Jesus scene was so freaking brilliant. TOTALLY UNDERRATED SCENE. The Troy/Abed rap was super awesome, but I had already listened to it a billion times before the actual ep aired. Also, Pierce's confusion about regionals was so spot-on. That is basically what I'm thinking during every season of Glee: "What is regionals? Didn't they already have that? WHAT IS GOING ON?" Last season especially confused me, because didn't they go one step further than regionals? Or was there another step before regionals that they skipped in season 1? IDK, IDK, but I love Community for emphasizing that point. And the ~epic drama~ over non-impactful things. And Mr. Rad saying the same things as Mr. Schue but coming off as a total psychopath. Basically, I loved this ep with all my heart, and I'm glad that the show ended on a strong note before this ridiculously long hiatus (I think it's even longer than the freaking summer hiatus. WHY, NBC, WHYYYYYYYYYY?)

Parks and Rec - SO BEAUTIFUL. I'm not gonna lie, the ending made me tear up a little bit. And everything involving Ron made me go, "Awwwwwwwwwwww" in a high pitched squeal while clutching my hands to my chest, because his love for Leslie was so apparent in this episode. She affects his emotions so deeply, so much so that he was tearing up a little in front of the camera, and he wanted so badly to give her the greatest gift that she could ever receive, and he got so bummed when everyone took over his idea and made it into something that he couldn't participate in no matter how hard he tried, and he was all down on himself and it's just heartbreaking when things don't go Ron's way because he looks so defeated, and he just wanted so badly to let Leslie know that he gets her like she gets him. And in the end he did. He totally did. He did that thing where he just knows how to make her smile, how to lift her up when she's down, how to inspire her to follow her heart, how to make her world right again. It was just this simple gesture that was so grand to Leslie, and it was beautiful, and I loved it. I also loved that Jerry's reaction to Leslie giving him socks was, "She gets me." Hee.

The Office - Made me laugh and warmed my heart, which is all I really ask for out of a Christmas episode. The one thing I didn't like was the re-emergence of Andy/Erin. Every time I think that the show is finally done with that train wreck, they bring it back, and I hate it. Absolutely hate it. They are just awkward and uncomfortable to watch. That is my beef with them. And Andy's current girlfriend seems normal and sweet and she actually likes him and WHY would he even try to ruin that? Seriously, show, seriously, don't go there. Keep Andy's love life mostly off screen, please. Unless, you know, you finally decide to hook him up with either Oscar or Kelly. Also, I was kind of digging Erin/Robert California. I... I don't know why. Because James Spader is creepily sexy in everything that he does, probably. And I seem to ship Erin with everyone BUT Andy.



K-drama Update:

Flower Boy Ramyun Shop - Still owning my soul, still impressing me with every episode. This just may end up being my favorite drama of the year. It's just so shockingly well done that I can't get over it. It's ridiculous and laugh out loud funny, but it's also so, so good at being emotionally resonant. I love it. A lot. But I am torn between the two leading men. It's clear that Chi-soo is the one that boils Eun-bi's heart, but the Onion/Pillar is SO good to Eun-bi, and he's adorable and stable and knows his heart, and I just really want him to end up with who he loves. But Chi-soo is so charming despite his spoiled brat persona, and he's so genuine in his confusion over his feelings for Eun-bi, and Eun-bi is the one and only thing that he has ever had to work hard for, and he is so very into her. Boy has it bad. And Eun-bi clearly gets the sexy feelings for Chi-soo, while she sees the Pillar as the safe choice, the warm choice, that familiar choice. Chi-soo is young and frustrating and blunt and stupid and gorgeous and sweet and annoying and sexy and rich and crazy and ooooooooooh how she likes him. But... I kind of want them to eventually outgrow each other and have Eun-bi end up with the Pillar. I don't know, this show makes everyone so damn lovable that I just want them all to be happy.

Brain - still loving it, but the subs are taking so damn long. The show kind of reminds me of Sign a little bit. I don't know why, because the shows are nothing alike, but I guess it's because my love for the show feels the same way that it did for Sign. And it's more of a plot-based show than a romance-based show, but the romance is very much there and full of UST (at least, in the first six eps the UST was kind of out of control, but now that they've kissed the UST has simmered a little, especially since they are now acting like it never happened. Pfft).

Color of Woman - This one hadn't even been on my radar, but it's one of the few dramas that actually got an ep with complete subs this week, so I watched it. And then I figured out that the lead actress is Jin Joo from Warrior Baek Dong Soo, which pleased me greatly, and she's pretty darn amazing in this. The plot is fairly typical rom-com stuff, but the characters are already so well-drawn out and the chemistry among the entire cast is perfect, and I'm already getting to the point of being torn between the two lead guys and I've only seen one episode! But one dude is her first love (I assume? I guess technically he's just her ex whom she had a misunderstanding with, but I assumed that they were each other's first love) and the other dude is her old friend who she is so completely comfortable around and he's been quietly, unrequitedly in love with her for like 10 years, and you know I can't resist best friend ships. I just can't. And I love the "other woman" character in this, because she is the lead's buddy and they have this weird competitive yet fond relationship with each other, and there is even one scene where the lead sees her walking through the lobby and she has a glow around her and this song is playing and the lead character is smiling and kind of proud to know her. And then they go and get revenge on the dude that two timed them. But anyway, this drama is adorable and I'm pretty sure I'm going to love it to the end. We'll see.

Me, Too Flower - Tried watching it but was quite bored through most of the first ep. There are so many dramas airing at the moment that I'm pretty sure I won't continue with this one (although if this lack of subs for everything persists, I may end up watching this one out of desperation)

Padam Padam - want to see it, but it's another case of no subs. I think Drama Fever is supposed to post it today though, but knowing my luck it will be premium access only. Fricking Drama Fever. They never used to do that! *huff* Oh wait, I just looked, and they posted both eps! And it's not restricted! So, I'll probably post my thoughts on this one later.

Man of Honor - for some reason I just haven't been enticed to check this one out, even during the few weeks there where there wasn't much to choose from.

Tree with Deep Roots - People seem to be really into this one, but I couldn't get through the first ep back when I tried. I really want to give it another go, but again, with all the dramas out right now, probably won't.

Fermentation Family - Don't even remember what this one was supposed to be about.

What's Up - Got tired of waiting for the subs to finish and went ahead and watched it with the partial subs. It was okay, but it failed to hit me with the awesome. In fact, it was pretty boring. I guess I expected more singing? I don't know. But, you know, I wasn't all that into Dream High at first either, and that one eventually became one of my all-time favorite dramas, so, I'll at least give it another ep or two before I decide on this one. So far the Hades character was the only one that peaked my interest.

I think that's it? Good gracious, Korean cable, where have you been all my life? I love having way more options now, but on the downside, subs for everything are taking ages because everyone is watching something different. I also wanted to check out Vampire Idol and You're Here You're Here You're Really Here (awful title), but I can't find those anywhere. Thank goodness Dramabeans recapped Vampire Idol (but it really just made me want to watch it even more). I was also thinking about checking out Saturday Night Live Korea, just out of curiosity, but... it would probably be a waste of a download since I wouldn't understand the majority of the jokes.
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: (comm - annie jeff 2)
Community - SAASKLDHADFSKJLFJKDSFHSFFKLJEFFANDANNIEJEFFANDANNIEJEFFANDANNIE!!! *ahem* Brilliant episode. I love it when this show challenges itself, and this ep was possibly the most ambitious it's ever been. It ran the risk of being terribly repetitive and losing our interest, but I was fascinated the ENTIRE TIME. All of the timelines were fantastic, but clearly Troy's wins. Especially when he looks at the troll and goes, "YOU!" all dramatically. And the tag was epic. I expect that its ramifications will resurface some time in the future. In fact, I'll be disappointed if it's never revisited. And did I mention Jeff and Annie? I MELTED. SEVERAL TIMES. Even though the moments amount to nothing since none of them happened on the real timeline, but, you know, it still pleased me. Actually, I'm not sure what the real timeline was, but I choose to believe that it was the last one, especially since it's continuing the theme of the group being just fine without Jeff (actually, they tend to be better off without him, which probably hit him in the gut). I love that Jeff is finally accepting that he loves the crap out of these people, and now they are becoming self sufficient and it's scaring him.

Parks and Rec - RON AND LESLIE RON AND LESLIE RON AND LESLIE!!!!! I love them. Which you already know. But this ep just re-emphasized why. They get competitive, she ruins something he loves, he accepts that she's more awesome than everyone ever, and then she realizes that she totally broke him and fixes him so that he's better than new. And that works the other way, too. They challenge each other and genuinely care about each other and know how to make each other smile. They know each other better than anyone. I LOVE THEM.

The Office - ANDY! Oh, my Andy. Interesting side note: when I was 13, I had a super huge crush on Stephen Collins. I would tape every ep of 7th Heaven and watch them on an endless loop just for his scenes, and I watched The First Wives Club a billion times just for him, so, it's kind of fitting that he is playing Andy's father. It's just sad that Andy's father is such a douchewad. But, we expected that, especially after that quote a few seasons back where Andy mentioned that he was originally named Walter after his father but then they had it changed after his brother was born. OH ANDY. His entire personality just makes so much sense now, and I just want to hug him. He will forever be that little boy that is desperately seeking approval from his father. My heart has always broken for Andy when he tries so desperately to win people over and fails miserably, but tonight? His dejection was felt so thoroughly that I actually wanted to reach into my television and strangle everyone. Also, I loved the bit where Andy got angry and knocked the tray out of that one dude's hands, because sometimes this show is terrible at continuity when it comes to Andy, so it was nice to see some of his anger issues resurface for a brief moment. Also, Erin and Kelly's hats, OMG. Dwight and Jim = ♥ ♥ ♥
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff 2)
Community - POOR TODD.

Parks and Rec - Ron and Leslie Ron and Leslie Ron and Leslie for always. She is the only person that he would ever actually do fact checking work for. He has discussions with her that are longer than a minute. He never makes her think that he doesn't know her name. LOOOOOOVE. Yes, I realize that they barely had any scenes together last night, but that never stopped me before.

The Office - ANDY. ANDY ANDY ANDY. *grabby hands* Also, I am now tempted to grease up the floor at work and scoot boxes across it.

Vampire Diaries - DAMON. MY BEAUTIFUL, MESSED UP DAMON. I love it when he's being bad. I just do. Damon's not a good guy, and I love it when the show reminds us of that. Of course, this was neither shocking nor horrifying like they've done in the past, but at least it was a little bit of the old unstable Damon that I love so much. He's not Stefan. He hates being compared to Stefan. And poor Damon has spent his entire life being compared to him, always unfavorably, everyone asking why he couldn't be more like his brother. And when Damon is actually being a good guy, when he's actually doing the right thing, it's still not good enough. He's still not good enough, and that kills him. I love Damon. Always have and always will, but I love him for the mess that he is, not the reformed bad boy that Elena (and most of fandom) is trying to make him out to be. But he's also not pure evil. He wants to be good, he's just bad at being good.

Back to Community, this season has completely reawakened my Jeff/Annie love and I want so much fic. The sad part? All the good writers in the fandom have pretty much moved on. I don't blame them, because season 2 made Jeff/Annie look pretty hopeless, but this season has really kicked up the UST, and GOD I want good fic! I was never really into the porny times with these two so much, but now? I just want them to make out forever. Jeff's sudden fixation with Annie's boobs (not the monkey) has me all hot and bothered. But I also want angsty fic where Annie breaks his heart. Where he is just gobsmacked in love but too afraid to face it, and Annie gets tired of waiting for him to really open up to her, and she becomes the one that got away and he ends up bitter and old and alone but he always smiles when he thinks of her. I WANT JEFF TO SUFFER. I have no idea why. I guess because everyone always assumes that Jeff would break her heart, but I've always thought that it would be very much the opposite, whether it's because she outgrows him and wants something more, or because he keeps her at enough of a distance that she just stops believing that he loves her. Or something. I don't know, all I know is that I want angsty fic where Annie breaks Jeff's heart. I also want present time fic where Annie gets an actual boyfriend and keeps it a secret from Jeff because he always sabotages her relationships and she actually likes this one. And I wish that I wasn't so lazy so that I could actually write that Community as a K-drama fic that I've had in my head for ages where I would attempt to insert every single k-drama rom-com trope that I could think of (actually, it's not exactly laziness keeping me from doing it. It's like ever since I started working again, every single creative bone in my body has disappeared. Not that I've ever been all that good at fic writing, but at least I was able to get my ideas to form into actual stories. Now I just stare at a blank screen because my mind can't think of words. It's sad. Very, very sad. I will always blame work for this. Always).
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: (Andy - OMG)
FUNNIEST EP OF COMMUNITY EVER, Y/Y? OMG, I loved it. Call me lame all you want, Community, but I love the mockumentary style more than any other when it comes to sitcoms. I think that is mostly because The Office has defined my taste in comedy throughout my entire adulthood. Before The Office came along, I was pretty much just into dramedies. I think the last sitcom I had watched religiously before The Office was Newsradio (or maybe The Nanny?), so, yeah, there were quite a few years in between there that were sitcom-less for me. Anyway, I freaking loved getting to see these characters through that mockumentary style. We got to be inside their heads more than ever before, and the style allowed every single character to have their moments. Just... I loved it. It was awesome. I wouldn't want the show to do that every week, but, you know, it was nice for a change. Anyway, I loved everything about this ep, but most especially Troy. Every time the camera was on him I could not stop laughing at the top of my lungs. The dude worked it tonight and he barely said a word. I LOVE HIM. HE IS SO ADORABLE. Pierce was super awesome, and I so very much loved the Britta/Pierce scene, and the Pierce/Annie-ness of this ep was so adorably sweet (and kind of heartbreaking in that Annie is so oblivious). Loved Jeff and Britta being each other's fathers. Loved Jeff and Annie sitting close together (shut up, allow me my brief moment of shippery delusion). Loved Shirley's talking head. Loved loved LOVED the Jeff/Pierce confrontation that was very reminiscent of something we would see on The Office. And, just, brilliant episode all around. LOVED IT.

Do you know what else I loved? THREAT LEVEL MIDNIGHT, OMG. That was more epic than I had imagined it would be. Oh, Michael Scarn, you crazy mofo. GOLDFACE. RANDOM MURDER SCENE. GO PUCK YOURSELF. CLEANUP ON AISLE FIVE TIME. RANDOM DANCE SCENE. ANDYYYYYY! OMG, I loved it. I loved it all.

30 Rock was also hilarious, but not all that memorable. Same with Parks and Rec. I think I was just too blown away by The Office tonight to really remember anything else (I missed Community since I was at work, so, I actually just watched that one a few minutes ago, hence my better memory of that one).
firthgal: (comm - chang yun-fat)
1. Loved Community! TROY AND ABED! ♥ CHAAAAAAAAANG! OMG, Chang, I love that dude. And I am still getting all giddy over any and all Chang/Duncan interaction. I have no idea why I ship them, but I just can't help myself from seeing the subtext. I JUST CAN'T. They're both so lonely and pathetic and they have this crazy tension between them where they hate each other but also understand each other more than anyone else does. Jeff's text at the end! So sweet. I did not dig the Pierce scenes in this ep. I found the bits with Andy Dick to be kind of tacky, in all honesty. Other than that, this ep was pretty much perfection.

2. I... think I'm starting to enjoy Perfect Couples. WHAT IS THIS, I CAN'T EVEN...

3. The Office. Blech to Michael/Holly, and BLEURRRRRRRRRRGH to the reemergence of Andy/Erin. DAMN IT, SHOW, LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE. Ugh. I can't believe the show is making Gabe a self-involved jerk in his relationship with Erin just to bring back the Andy/Erin vibes. UGH. UGH UGH UGH. STOP IT, SHOW. Is it too much to ask for the show to just leave Andy's love life alone? HE WAS DOING BEAUTIFULLY THIS SEASON. Until now. Ugh. The only things I really liked about this ep were Dwight rocking Michael, and Jim and Pam being all giggly and naughty. And Kevin teasing Oscar. Kevin teasing Oscar will never not be adorable.

4. Parks and Rec. HILARIOUS. Loved this ep, though not as much as I loved the Tammy ep from last season. Also, I think this ep finally made me warm up to Ben/Leslie a little? Just a touch. I was mostly still shipping Ron/Leslie like crazy. But Ben's total dorkiness in this ep seems to have won me over, especially the bit where he was asking about Leslie's relationship with Dave.

5. 30 Rock. LOVED. 30 Rock is totally being the MVP of the Thursday night lineup this year. Absolutely hilarious ep, and never have I loved Carol more. Why wasn't he like this sooner? Why can't he stay? Why am I so in love with Matt Damon lately? I just don't know (well, actually, I do. It's because he won my heart in True Grit). And am I crazy, or was that John Cho being a Canadian meth dealer? Anyway, awesome ep, and once again the show unintentionally ships the crap out of Jack/Liz.
firthgal: (dream high)
So, yesterday I was not feeling so swell, so I called into work yet again, and... well, I made this silly vid that NO ONE WILL EVER WATCH, because... that's what I do when I'm not feeling so swell? I don't know, I don't know, but here you go:



My first vid in ages and I do it to Dream High. BUT I COULDN'T HELP MYSELF. I am so, so in love with Jason/Pil Suk that it's sad. I have been watching their scenes obsessively and swooning like crazy. And the latest ep just sent them into angsty territory, and OMG I LOVE THEM. LOVE LOVE LOVE. I was fearing that the show would just throw them together after Pil Suk's transformation, but I freaking LOVE the fact that during the process of losing all that weight and working so hard to achieve a goal, she realized that doing it for Jason was crazy and just ended up doing it for herself (which was what Jason wanted, but obviously she doesn't know that yet). And I love that Jason just wanted her to lose weight so that she could debut, and not for any other reasons. He already liked her, already cared about her and worried about her, and while he was gone he kind of realized that he did like her. But, of course, after her transformation he is now fully aware that he's attracted to her, but oh do I love Pil Suk for realizing she's outgrown him. And, really, she still likes him, but she wants him to want things. She wants him to be motivated to work for something, and she's sacrificing in order to do that. And, I just love how they both kind of get each other to do the things that they need to do without really letting the other one know about it. Oh, oh, and best part? Even though Pil Suk has told him that she doesn't feel as strongly for him as she did before, and even though he is angry at her for pointing out that he has no direction in life, she still left a lollipop on his locker like always, and he still took it. HOW ARE THEY SO ADORABLE EVEN WHEN THEY'RE FIGHTING? I just don't know. But I love them, and I can't wait to see where the show goes with them. I know that they only get a few minutes devoted to them in each ep, but somehow it's become the most intriguing and well done romance on the show. I &HEARTS THEM KIND OF A LOT.

I was not too fond of my Thursday night shows this week:

Community was great in parts and mediocre in others, but overall the ep wasn't to my taste. I loved the music though. And Annie's pantomimed sex scene with Abed. And Britta's righteousness. But I spent a lot of the beginning trying really hard to follow what they were saying and a lot of it went over my head. Once they started playing though it got pretty funny. Just... well, it's hard to be interesting when the entire plot is all talking and they don't actually get to show us any of this stuff that they're talking about, but I thought the show did a fairly good job in doing what it was trying to do. But, yeah, the ep just wasn't for me. I don't know. I think I still harbor bad feelings towards AD&D because of my oldest brother (not only did he try to force me and my other brother into playing, but there were many weekends where he and his AD&D buddies would take over the basement for HOURS at a time and me and my other brother weren't allowed to go down there, and that's where all of our toys were! *huff*) I think this is one that will be hilarious upon repeated viewing because I think I just missed a lot of the jokes the first time around. Also, I love Pierce and I hate that he's been such a douchetastic villain in the past few eps, and his character is just getting more and more depressing. I mean, I sort of do love that aspect of him, but I think I preferred him being the douchetastic, oblivious old fool as opposed to the crazy, intentionally hurtful villain that he's become. But, I guess it's necessary to show that Pierce isn't always as harmless as the characters (and sometimes the audience) like to think he is. It was perfectly understandable for this ep though to emphasize his evilness, since the sci-fi fantasy parody required a villain. Basically, I thought it was a great ep for what it was trying to do, but it's not one of my favorites.

The Office was kind of blah. The show emphasized all the reasons why Michael/Holly has never appealed to me. They are carbon copies of each other, and I hate that the show just translates that into being true love (it tried to do that with Andy/Erin, it accomplished it with Jim/Pam, and now they're just being ridiculous with Michael/Holly). But, I can't even find the strength to care anymore, really. Michael is narcissistic, so it makes perfect sense that he's in mad love with Holly. What doesn't make sense is that she just randomly appeared in his life and is exactly like him in every way. But, whatever. Michael needs his happy ending, I guess. Also, I still love Erin for disapproving of Michael/Holly. At least someone is there to voice my complaints! It somehow makes Michael/Holly easier to accept.

Parks and Rec was an even bigger blah for me this week. Nothing much happened, and nothing much made me laugh. This was the first disappointing ep of that show for me in a long time.

30 Rock was probably my favorite show of the night. Made me laugh quite a bit, and I enjoyed the commentary on the Jack/Liz friendship (like Liz pointing out that she does way more for him than he does for her lately, and Jack making it clear that he chose her as a friend and not the other way around. For some reason those bits pleased me). Also, I thought Liz posing for the pics was hilarious and not about her being gross. She did it for Jack! It was all for Jack. ♥ I love that this show has completely rejuvenated itself this season. I don't quite know what changed, but they're doing something right. Probably because they're actually letting Jack and Liz be friends this year. I don't know what the heck was going on last season.

Vampire Diaries! Nothing super shocking happened, but I still really enjoyed the episode. Caroline! ♥ Oh, my heart. I am sorry, Tyler, but I don't think that I can ever forgive you, even though I understood where you were coming from. But it was Caroline, you douchehead! The Stefan/Caroline scenes were beyond awesome. I freaking love those two and wish they could get more scenes together, but their chemistry is kind of wonderful and unintentionally hot and I don't think the show has any intention of ever going there, so I guess they don't want to lead the audience astray. BUT THEY ARE SO WONDERFUL TOGETHER. As for Damon... *sigh* Sometimes I wonder why I adore him so much. He is such a bastard! But, I can't seem to resist complex villains (or... anti-heroes, I guess would be the more accurate term. But sometimes Damon is a villain, so it's hard to tell. But I guess since he's not a villain in relation to the heroes of the story, he doesn't count as a villain).
firthgal: (vampire diaries - damon)
Community - Blah. It was kind of boring, to be honest. You know what's weird? Annie and Pierce are my favorite characters, and this ep was centered around them both, and yet I just didn't enjoy it very much. It had its moments, but for the most part I kept zoning out. The highlights for me were the Chang scenes and Jeff trying to correct his sexting snafu (and his non-conversation with Abed. That Abed, he's so judgmental!).

The Office - This one was quite adorable. Anytime that Andy gets ample screentime, I am pretty happy. I am so easy. So, so easy. Like, I don't even quite remember anything great about this episode except for Kevin being charming, but man did it make me smile. ANDY!!! HE IS SO ADORABLE! And this ep made me remember how freaking hard I used to ship Andy/Kelly. DID YOU SEE HOW IMPRESSED HE WAS? DID YOU SEE? Also, I loved Michael's pep speech to him at the end. It is so very lovely when the show reminds us that Michael is sometimes a great boss/mentor. Oh! Oh! The cold open! MICHAEL SCOTT AND DAVID BRENT LOVING UP ON EACH OTHER. It was quite beautiful, really. And Gabe! Gaaaaaaaabe! Gabe. Your love of pretentious/annoying films is totally going to make you lose your lady love. And, okay, Gabe, dude, WALL-E is equally as pretentious/annoying as those other films, so you would have totally loved it. Ugh, I hate that movie. Shrek 2, however, is awesome. BUT PLEASE, DEAR GOD SHOW, PLEASE DO NOT REVIVE ANDY/ERIN. YOU WERE FINALLY GETTING OVER THAT BORING MESS. AUGH, DO NOT GO THERE AGAIN. But clearly the show was trying to turn us off of Gabe/Erin by showing how he takes advantage of her poor Scrabbling skills, but... DIDN'T WORK. THEY ARE STILL MY FAVORITE. Oh, but surely Andy and Erin are ~soulmates because of their compatibility in movie choices. You know it! *gag* I'm sorry, I really do go on about this in every post, don't I?

Parks and Rec - Cuuuuuuuute! Oh, Rob Lowe, I love you, please marry me. Have I mentioned how dreamy Rob Lowe is? Yes? No? Yes? ROB LOWE IS REALLY, REALLY DREAMY. And Ann's dorkiness around him just endeared her to me more than ever. In fact, this whole episode was great for Ann. I don't think I've ever really appreciated her until this episode. Also, RON AND ANDY. ♥ I... still am not on board with Leslie/Ben, or Ben in general. I don't know, I don't know. Everyone keeps talking about what a great foil he is for Leslie, but I'm not feeling it. Like, at all. I think Ben just has to come into his own as a character for me to dig him, I guess. He's kind of like early Ann in the sense that he's the straight man without a whole lot of personality of his own yet. That talking head after Leslie's speech? I feel like that was a typical Ron line (when he's being sweet) and it just didn't seem right coming out of Ben's mouth. Bah, I hate that I am having issues with Ben. It reminds me of my issues with Brandanowitz, only I don't loathe Ben like I did season 1 Brandanowitz.

30 Rock - SO FREAKING HILARIOUS, OMG. It has been a long damn time since I've downloaded an ep of 30 Rock for rewatch, but I had to for this one. HAD TO. The Tracy/Liz stuff was amazing. ROBERT FUCKING DENIRO. WITH A BRITISH ACCENT. Random return of Dennis!!! Jack's very girly pronunciation of "Hello" that never fails to crack me up! OPERATION RIGHTEOUS COWBOY LIGHTNING! Dramatic music and significant looks! Oh, I loved it. Love love loved it. Even if I wasn't quite sure what the show was making fun of when Liz went on her rant about music manipulating people into feeling emotions to a half-assed resolution. I assumed they were bagging on Lost, but I wasn't sure. Maybe it was just everything, because a lot of shows do that nowadays. I don't know, but now I really, really want to make a multi-fandom fanvid set to that song with ~significant looks~ that aren't in any way romantic. I even kind of started one! But, the project requires too much commitment, and I am beat, so, I don't think I'll ever finish it beyond, like, 30 seconds, but we'll see.

VAMPIRE DIARIES, HOLY CRAP.

HOLY CRAP!

Spoilers )

Also, with all the werewolf/vampire forbidden love vibes going on in this ep, I can't help but be reminded of the Filipino soap opera Imortal. AHAHAHA, I AM SO LAME, AS IS THAT SHOW, but it's what I keep thinking about whenever Vampire Diaries eludes to the oncoming battle between the vampires and the werewolves.
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff 3)
I hate that I am ALWAYS scheduled to work on Thursday nights. Like, they'll give me a half day and make it at night, and I am convinced that it is just the world's way of torturing me. Because tomorrow? Tomorrow I get off at 6:00pm. WHY COULDN'T THAT BE TODAY'S SCHEDULE? AUGH. At least I got home in time to see The Office, 30 Rock, and Parks & Rec. Next week I won't make it home in time for any of those. *cries*

Anyway, my reactions (which I will try to keep short, because I should be in bed right now):

1. Community - I was really enjoying it until that last scene. Blah. But, upon rewatch, I actually found the episode to be pretty amazing. ESPECIALLY THE BATHROOM SCENE. DID YOU SEE HIS FACE? DID YOU SEE IT? Also, Shirley and Andre are so, so beautiful together and Andre made me tear up and please tell me that they will last this time! Because seriously, that last shot of Andre smiling at Shirley. ♥ Also, this happened:

VINDICATION AT LAST )

2. The Office was super hilarious. And I've fallen even more in love with Michael/Erin, if that's possible.

Spoilers )

3. Parks & Rec! IT'S BACK! FINALLY! OMG, how I have missed this show. And it came back to us with an absolutely flawless episode. Andy/April!!!!!! RON! And, okay, I know I've said this before, but good lord is Rob Lowe dreamy. So, so dreamy. SO dreamy. I know that the show added him to its roster mostly for shallow reasons, BUT I DON'T CARE. HE'S BEAUTIFUL AND HE MAKES ME HAPPY. Technically, I thought this show was fine without having any eye candy, but I have to admit, the eye candy does make it just a touch more enjoyable. I still am not too fond of Ben, though. I think I am rejecting him because the show is making him such a blatant love interest for Leslie that I'm just like, "Blech." Which is weird, because I was never like that with Dave (I adored Dave so very much).

4. 30 Rock - LOVE! LOVE LOVE LOVE! I really enjoyed this ep. Everyone was utterly hilarious, and the Jack/Liz UST vibes were back in full force. It was wonderful.
firthgal: (daniel betty - the end)
Whose brilliant idea was it to send the kids back to school in the beginning of August? WHO WAS IT? BECAUSE I KIND OF WANT TO STRANGLE THEM RIGHT NOW. OMG, August is our hottest summer month, and of course this is the hottest summer in recorded history, and of course this is the year that they choose to send the kids back so extremely early, and OMG WHAT IS THE SCHOOL BOARD SMOKING? AUGH. I was sweating buckets today just waiting for my nephew at his bus stop. Just imagine how much worse it is for the kids stuck on that non-air-conditioned bus.

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?

Honestly, I'd have to say that my cutest ship is Ron/Leslie from Parks & Rec. They are just so adorable and fluffy and they never fail to have the sweetest feel-good moments of anyone ever. They just make me smile like a loon, always.



DO YOU SEE THEIR ADORABLENESS? I love that they genuinely care about each other even though they're just co-workers. These are two people who will do anything it takes to protect each other, to make each other happy, to do what's best for the other person. They've both made sacrifices for each other on several occasions, they've both grown as people for having known each other, they eat breakfast together for dinner, they tease each other, they nag each other, she packs him bacon for long trips, and... THEY ARE ALWAYS SMILING AT EACH OTHER LOVINGLY. I'M SORRY, BUT THEY'RE ADORABLE. Leslie manages to turn Ron Freaking Swanson into one of the sappiest dudes in existence, so, you know, I can't resist them. I just can't.

Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?

There are several, but I think I'll go with Daniel/Betty from Ugly Betty for this one, because I was pretty much shipping them simply from reading the premise of the show. And after watching the pilot, I just thought that it was a given that Betty and Daniel were supposed to end up together, because 1) they were the focus of the show (at that time), 2) they were super adorable, and 3) they brought about the most character growth in each other than anyone else did (which pretty much stayed true throughout the run of the series).



Even when the show was awful, even when Daniel and Betty were relegated to having less than a few throwaway scenes here and there and nothing more, even when Silvio Horta said it would never happen, even when I convinced myself that it would never happen, I was still rooting for them. I was still watching the show purely for them, and even though we didn't get the great payoff that we should have gotten there, at least we got something. Daniel/Betty will always be special for me precisely because I was with them from the very beginning and stuck it out all the way to the end, no matter how rocky the journey was (there were several times where I just wanted to throw in the towel, but they kept pulling me back in).

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (daniel betty - the end)
Whose brilliant idea was it to send the kids back to school in the beginning of August? WHO WAS IT? BECAUSE I KIND OF WANT TO STRANGLE THEM RIGHT NOW. OMG, August is our hottest summer month, and of course this is the hottest summer in recorded history, and of course this is the year that they choose to send the kids back so extremely early, and OMG WHAT IS THE SCHOOL BOARD SMOKING? AUGH. I was sweating buckets today just waiting for my nephew at his bus stop. Just imagine how much worse it is for the kids stuck on that non-air-conditioned bus.

The 30 Day Shipping Meme
Day 18 - What is the cutest pairing?

Honestly, I'd have to say that my cutest ship is Ron/Leslie from Parks & Rec. They are just so adorable and fluffy and they never fail to have the sweetest feel-good moments of anyone ever. They just make me smile like a loon, always.



DO YOU SEE THEIR ADORABLENESS? I love that they genuinely care about each other even though they're just co-workers. These are two people who will do anything it takes to protect each other, to make each other happy, to do what's best for the other person. They've both made sacrifices for each other on several occasions, they've both grown as people for having known each other, they eat breakfast together for dinner, they tease each other, they nag each other, she packs him bacon for long trips, and... THEY ARE ALWAYS SMILING AT EACH OTHER LOVINGLY. I'M SORRY, BUT THEY'RE ADORABLE. Leslie manages to turn Ron Freaking Swanson into one of the sappiest dudes in existence, so, you know, I can't resist them. I just can't.

Day 19 - A pairing you've rooted for since the beginning?

There are several, but I think I'll go with Daniel/Betty from Ugly Betty for this one, because I was pretty much shipping them simply from reading the premise of the show. And after watching the pilot, I just thought that it was a given that Betty and Daniel were supposed to end up together, because 1) they were the focus of the show (at that time), 2) they were super adorable, and 3) they brought about the most character growth in each other than anyone else did (which pretty much stayed true throughout the run of the series).



Even when the show was awful, even when Daniel and Betty were relegated to having less than a few throwaway scenes here and there and nothing more, even when Silvio Horta said it would never happen, even when I convinced myself that it would never happen, I was still rooting for them. I was still watching the show purely for them, and even though we didn't get the great payoff that we should have gotten there, at least we got something. Daniel/Betty will always be special for me precisely because I was with them from the very beginning and stuck it out all the way to the end, no matter how rocky the journey was (there were several times where I just wanted to throw in the towel, but they kept pulling me back in).

Next time on firthgal's journal... )
firthgal: (Andy - OMG)
My initial reaction to Community:

OH MY GOD!

spoilers )

Parks and Rec - RON'S DESPERATENESS TO SAVE LESLIE'S JOB. Oh, you guys, that brought me so much delight. In fact, the entire ep did, as usual (except for the very end, but even that amused me because of Tom's comment).

The Office - I enjoyed it. Especially the IT guy (who really, really reminded me of a white John Lloyd Cruz, which tells me I've probably been watching too much of these Filipino soap operas and films). Michael was awesome. But... yeah, there was nothing really of note about the finale, especially since there were no ongoing story arcs to conclude.

30 Rock - FUCK YOU, 30 ROCK. FUCK YOU. You're lucky that your comedy is still brilliant, because you suck ass at story arcs. Hey, guess what Tina Fey? By trying so damn hard to evade a Jack/Liz romance so as to not change the dynamics between them, YOU'VE COMPLETELY CHANGED THE DYNAMICS BETWEEN THEM. Fuck this shit. The Jack/Liz relationship was the only thing that kept this show grounded and gave it heart, but now it's just... crap. They barely interact, and when they do, the interaction just doesn't have the same charge that it used to. Ugh. UGH. And when Liz finally gets a completely hilarious boyfriend that pretty much everyone loves with a passion, LIZ DITCHES HIM FOR MATT DAMON. BULLPOOP. Whatever, show. Whatever. I still love Kenneth and Tracy and Jenna and Pete and Grizz and DotCom.

The 30 Day TV Meme
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Uh, that would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, definitely. I avoided it like the plague for many years, and then I watched it all in the span of three months or something and fell in mad, mad love with it. I even came to the conclusion that it's one of the most brilliant shows to have ever been on television.

Day 11 - A show that disappointed you

That would be Private Practice. I fell in love with that show purely for the Violet/Cooper, and then season 2 came along and acted like Violet/Cooper never happened, and I gave up on the show once I realized that it would never revisit their unrequited romance, and based on reaction posts from other people, I am so freaking glad that I gave up on the show so quickly, because it sounds like it's utter torture to watch (I mean, really, Cooper/Charlotte? Seriously? That's what the show ran with? Blech).

the days )
firthgal: (Andy - OMG)
My initial reaction to Community:

OH MY GOD!

spoilers )

Parks and Rec - RON'S DESPERATENESS TO SAVE LESLIE'S JOB. Oh, you guys, that brought me so much delight. In fact, the entire ep did, as usual (except for the very end, but even that amused me because of Tom's comment).

The Office - I enjoyed it. Especially the IT guy (who really, really reminded me of a white John Lloyd Cruz, which tells me I've probably been watching too much of these Filipino soap operas and films). Michael was awesome. But... yeah, there was nothing really of note about the finale, especially since there were no ongoing story arcs to conclude.

30 Rock - FUCK YOU, 30 ROCK. FUCK YOU. You're lucky that your comedy is still brilliant, because you suck ass at story arcs. Hey, guess what Tina Fey? By trying so damn hard to evade a Jack/Liz romance so as to not change the dynamics between them, YOU'VE COMPLETELY CHANGED THE DYNAMICS BETWEEN THEM. Fuck this shit. The Jack/Liz relationship was the only thing that kept this show grounded and gave it heart, but now it's just... crap. They barely interact, and when they do, the interaction just doesn't have the same charge that it used to. Ugh. UGH. And when Liz finally gets a completely hilarious boyfriend that pretty much everyone loves with a passion, LIZ DITCHES HIM FOR MATT DAMON. BULLPOOP. Whatever, show. Whatever. I still love Kenneth and Tracy and Jenna and Pete and Grizz and DotCom.

The 30 Day TV Meme
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving

Uh, that would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer, definitely. I avoided it like the plague for many years, and then I watched it all in the span of three months or something and fell in mad, mad love with it. I even came to the conclusion that it's one of the most brilliant shows to have ever been on television.

Day 11 - A show that disappointed you

That would be Private Practice. I fell in love with that show purely for the Violet/Cooper, and then season 2 came along and acted like Violet/Cooper never happened, and I gave up on the show once I realized that it would never revisit their unrequited romance, and based on reaction posts from other people, I am so freaking glad that I gave up on the show so quickly, because it sounds like it's utter torture to watch (I mean, really, Cooper/Charlotte? Seriously? That's what the show ran with? Blech).

the days )
firthgal: (comm - annie jeff 2)
I feel like I've been away from LJ forever, but in actuality it's only been 2 or 3 days. Hm. But anyway, I have a backlog of comments and PMs to answer, which I will! Eventually! Now that I've finished watching I ♥ Betty la Fea (and yes, I feel just as empty now as when I finished the original version. *sigh*)

But anyway, before I get to Ugly Betty talk, here are my Thursday Night TV reactions:

1. Community - HELL YES. JEFF/ANNIE 4EVR!!!1!1!1!! ♥ ♥ ♥ No, but seriously, they were on fire tonight. I LOVE THEM SO VERY MUCH! And Troy with his natural plumbing talents! And Senor Chang with his keytar aspirations! And Abed with his accidentally offensive movie quotes! And Pierce! Oh, this show, I love it. Especially when Jeff and Annie make googly eyes at each other and then blush.

2. Parks and Rec - Loved it, as usual. Ron was my favorite, as usual. April and Andy were adorable yet dense, as usual. *sigh* Rob Lowe dazzled me with his pearly white smile, as usual (he's like a Ken doll!). I am enjoying Leslie's new man, even though I still 100% believe that Ron and Leslie were made for each other. Ann made me giggle! She so rarely gets to be the goofy one. So, basically, I enjoyed this ep, and I am especially loving the April/Andy angst that manages to be rather subtle but still pretty obvious (and kind of heartbreaking).

3. The Office - Andy! ANDY!!!!!!!! Oh, you guys, my Andy is so back. ♥ Er... that's pretty much all I have to say about the ep. It made me laugh! A lot! So, that was good.

4. 30 Rock - Meh. I am enjoying this show a lot less without my Jack/Liz enthusiasm. However, I still found the ep funny, just, you know, it bugs me so much when Jack and Liz are trying so hard to find "the one" when all evidence points to the fact that they are each other's "one," especially since that passage that Liz was reading at the wedding shouted "THAT'S JACK AND LIZ" at me, and then Liz proceeds to stall the wedding simply because Jack asked her to in text form. She didn't even think about it, she just did it! And if that's not love, then I don't know what is. Not only that, but she just freaking lit up when she realized he was there. THEY COMPLETE EACH OTHER, SHOW. WHY CAN'T YOU FIGURE THIS OUT ALREADY? Liz can't find the right dude because none of them are Jack. You know it, I know it, Hong Kong knows it, so, COME THE FREAK ON. I... I really didn't mean to rant. I enjoyed the episode! I did! Especially Dennis! And Wesley! But you know how I feel about my Jack/Liz. I miss the show focusing on their awesomeness.



Okay, so, as I mentioned earlier, I've finished the Filipino version of Ugly Betty. It was INSANE, but I enjoyed it immensely. What I loved about this version so much is that the romance between Betty and Armando was genuine throughout the whole show. They started as boss and employee, and Armando actually resented Betty at first since his father made him hire her (probably an homage to the American version, as was Betty walking into the plate glass window), and a lot of the first few eps happened a lot like the original, except this Betty wasn't so naive, and while she was a little scared in the beginning, she started to stand up for herself and make Armando realize what a jerk he was, and their dynamic really reminded me of the American version, especially once they started getting closer. They really did become good friends, but Armando was kind of clueless (again, he really reminded me of the American version of the character once he got out of his jerky stage). And the more time Armando spent with Betty, the more he realized that they click with each other on every level. When she wasn't with him, he felt incomplete, and that was before his feelings even started getting romantic. I loved how, when he was on vacation with Marcela and feeling trapped, he opened his computer and watched the video Betty had given him, and he gets this warm look on his face and then just bursts out laughing during the part where she's laughing, and for this one moment he feels free, but then thoughts of Marcela come into his mind and he starts crying. GUH! And I like how it took certain moments from the original and completely changed their context, like the handkerchief moment, or Betty's botched makeover (which was intentionally bad in this version because she thought that Armando's feelings weren't real). Basically, what I loved the most about this version is that it took the same story but looked at it from a legitimate point of view rather than having the romance be deceptive, so instead of Betty and Armando's problems arising out of betrayal, the problems they faced were about people looking down on them for their romance/people thinking they were mismatched/people thinking that Betty was the waitress or the maid instead of Armando's girlfriend. And ooooooooh were they adorable together. The courtship was well-paced and beautiful and the show knew when to focus solely on them. But then the bad stuff started happening, and then Armando did a really, really stupid thing that broke my Betty's heart, and it was a long, long road to recovery, some of which I enjoyed immensely, but also some of which I thought went on for too long (which was mainly the bit where they were separated for so many episodes, but I actually think the separation was a lot shorter than the Colombian and Russian versions).

So, while I really, really enjoyed the romance, to the point where I maybe even loved them more than the original Betty/Armando (maybe), the show went wrong in a lot of places. Namely, all the scheming. My god, I always thought that the American version had too much scheming going on, but it was nothing compared to this one. Nothing. I got so sick of Daniela's schemes that I just wanted to reach into my computer and strangle her. Especially since she kept blaming all of her family's problems on Betty, which was so insanely ridiculous. And Armando's father was such a jackass, I freaking hated him, but then he became sympathetic, but then he turned into a jackass again, and the dude just had the poorest judgment in the world for trusting Daniela even after she destroyed the company, and he has the nerve to treat Betty like dirt after she restored the company to its full glory, and just... ugh. Tragedy upon tragedy fell on Betty's family (and her romance with Armando) because of Daniela's scheming and Roberto's stupidity, and in the end they all get forgiven like nothing happened. UGH. So, yeah, the show stretched itself too thin with the soap opera theatrics, but at least they kept the romance perfect. What I loved about the original was that even though it was a soap opera, it really didn't feel like a soap opera since the problems the characters faced were realistic, and the show made every single character so very human. This version failed in that, but I don't think it ever set out to do that. Anyway, it kept the romance very real and sweet and heartbreaking and adorable, and it kept the Pengson family moments very real (most of which made me cry like crazy), so, I enjoyed this version very, very much, even though quality-wise it really pales in comparison to the original.

And now I'm sad since I'm out of versions to watch. I still want to see the German version. WHY IS IT NOT ON YOUTUBE, DAMN IT?

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