Friday, July 12, 2013

In Which I Drop Some Honesty, With Gifs

This is going to be one of those "honest" posts.  I'll inter-cut it with gifs to keep you reading.
it's feelings singing time.
I'm sure this comes as absolutely no surprise to the scores of people who read this blog (Hi Amber!), but I've been feeling very uninspired lately.  Call it a rut, though it's been lasting a long, long time.  I've even started a few posts-- one about the amazing Postal Service concert I went to last month that I accidentally referred to as a Rilo Kiley concert because I was so into seeing Jenny Lewis, one about books I've read that I was excited about, one about Book Expo America 2013 where there were no star penises but there were tons of laughs and excellent books-- but I've finished exactly none of them.  With the Postal Service one, I was mentally writing it the entire way back home from Merriwether Post Pavilion, thinking about how excited I was to get it all down and how it would be fun to blog again, and then I came home, opened the laptop, and... nothing.  The excitement, the words, the fire-- they all drained out of me in an instant.
much like Dean's coffee
This rutful feeling doesn't just cover my personal blog life.  I haven't written a review for WPP in about a month, despite the fact that I have read some books worth reviewing (in case you're curious, Winger by Andrew Smith and the upcoming Fire With Fire by Richmond native and general awesome lady Jenny Han and her bestie and general awesome lady Siobhan Vivian).  I didn't notice it until I went to update my spreadsheet of Books Read in 2013 yesterday (yes I have a spreadsheet you shut your mouth), and this is the first time I've finished a book since June 19 (thank you, audiobook for Outlander).  I've started a bunch, but they're all in limbo.  That's very rare for me, especially the me of the past few years.
this is how i usually feel about books
Part of it, I know, is burnout.  Writing reviews is hard, y'all.  Especially now, because I know what I like, and I'm growing increasingly tired of reading books that don't compel me.  Being a reviewer means that sometimes you have to slog through a story that you do not care about in the slightest.  I could mark it as DNF (that's Did Not Finish for you folks playing at home), but I really, really hate doing that.  I don't judge someone for it, but I want to finish what I start.  So, when I start a new YA book, and I'm immediately smacked in the face by 14 of the same tropes I've seen in the last 50 books I've read, I just can't imagine going on any further.  I don't want to.
presented w/o comment
There are exceptions to the above.  I've been "reading" this one book since I took the train home from BEA.  It's a short book, and I could've easily finished it on the train, but I reached a certain point where I knew the story was going to break me up inside, so I put it down to finish at a later date.  Now, it sits on my dresser, staring at me, willing me to finish, and I'm too scared and/or sad to find out what happens.  What even is that about?
what IS up,
I've also been trying to write more since I got back from BEA.  Hanging with the authorly types (especially the talented, passionate, creative authorly types who happen to be my friends) showed me that this is what I want to do.  I want to tell the stories I've carried around for so, so long.  I want to get them out of me and on paper and into the world.  But it's the same as the blog thing.  In fact, just yesterday as I walked home from the metro, I started hearing snippets of conversation in my head, and I knew which characters were speaking.  I couldn't wait to get home and get this out, let these two characters share this nonsensical conversation and reconnect.  However, I get home, complete my Getting Home routine, and when I finally sit down, I actually fall asleep.  I could have picked the story up at any point in the evening, with more than enough happy wishes from Hubs (and begrudging shrugs from the Mutt Who Really Just Wants Belly-Rubs), but instead?  I watch super mindless TV and then catch up on other less mindless TV.  Granted, I was spending time with Hubs and Mutt, which is always a blessing and happy-making time for me, but then I start thinking... How badly do I actually want this?  Not bad enough to look away from Exes Wipeout, apparently.

Okay, so this is a lot more honest than I intended, but it's already out so it's staying.
ugh, the accuracy.
My point is, I'm in a rut.  I'm doing my best to break out of it, but it's like my brain is floating in molasses.  It's like I'm caught in suspension, but not in the good way that it sounds like in the Mae song.  I'm just here.  And I don't know how to do anything more than exist right now.  It's got to be me that breaks out of this cycle, but I don't know how to do it.
I'm not asking for your sympathy, and, unless the advice is something magical, I'm not asking for that either. I'm simply stating my facts right now as I see them.  Frankly, it feels kinda good to get them out of me.  Maybe this is what I needed all along, to get these negative nellie vibes out of my brain so that space can be taken up by, like, more song lyrics or, you know, PLOT FOR A BOOK I SHOULD BE WRITING.  I know what I need to do to break free of this, but (and this will be the dumbest thing I've ever said) it's hard to do the hard thing.  But that's what I need to do.  Here's hoping I stop being scared and just freaking DO IT already.
asking life's important question
Anyway, thanks for reading, if you're all the way here.  You right there?  You're my favorite.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Day 30 – Saddest Character Death

Warning: Spoilers for The Wire and Downton Abbey are below.  They are detailed and super-duper-extremely sad-making.  If you haven't watched those series and you plan to and you don't like spoilers, then quit readin' already and get busy watchin'.

I think this post is the reason I didn't update the challenge for a month.

I'm a crier, and I have cried at many a TV death in my day.  I won't tell you the specific ones here, in case that will spoil you, but let's just say that my sofa has seen its fair share of my tears and then some.  The two listed below are the ones that hit me the very, very hardest-- even though I already knew both of them were coming.

First, Downton Abbey's Lady Sybil Cora Crawley Branson
she loved those stupid pants
I had heard all of the rumors about Dan Stevens wanting to leave the show, but I hadn't heard the Jessica Brown Findlay ones at all.  I watched this latest season on a slight delay (as in hours and days after the UK airings), but I knew a big, big death was coming, and I couldn't help myself.  I took to the tumblr, and there it was.  So I watched the episode.  Even with the warning, I wasn't prepared for how entirely heart-breaking it would be.  Stupid Robert Crawley and his stupid pompous fancy doctor!  And Sybil's death scene... that was one of the more harrowing things I've ever seen on TV!  They are all utterly helpless as she seizes and dies while her mother and her husband wail separately and simultaneously.  Tore. Me. UP.  Now, our dear Tom is left all by his lonesome... with Baby Sybil, of course.
Sorry, Tommy.
And second, The Wire's Wallace.
Just looking at this picture makes me want to sob.
The Wire is a hardcode show, and it is not for the faint of heart.  The following paragraphs aren't for the faint of heart either-- this is your warning.  It is also not recommended for people who live in Baltimore but don't know a lot about it.  Basically, you'll start thinking that everyone sells drugs.  Everyone's got them WMDs.  Here's a little backstory to set the cry-making mood.  There are a couple of interweaving plotlines in the first season, and one of them revolves around a gang of teenage drug dealers, including Wallace (played to bittersweet perfection by a baby-faced Michael B. Jordan).  His crew gets robbed by Omar (one of the best characters in the history of television).  Wallace spots Omar's accomplice and calls it in, which leads to said accomplice being tortured and brutally murdered by Stringer Bell (another brilliant character).  Wallace gets a cut of the bounty due to the information, but he also sees what his information wrought, so he wants out.  Unfortunately, that's not how things work for these kids, and so his very best friends are ordered to kill him.

So Wallace shows back up because he wants to get his life back together.  He sees his friends, and at first he's all happy.  Then they point a gun at him with shaking hands, so naturally Wallace wets himself and cries.  And then, his best friends pull the trigger and kill him.  It's awful.  I will never forget it.

Hubs had watched this episode before me, and (again, because I am a spoiler reader) I already knew what was coming, so I asked him, "How sad is it?"  He replied, "It's not too bad."  YEAH, "not too bad" = tears pouring down my cheeks faster than I could wipe them away and pressing my hand to my mouth to keep from sobbing breakdown-style.  "Not too bad," my aunt Fanny.  Just remembering it makes my chest ache.

This is a depressing post.  To make up for that, here's a gif of my favorite part of While You Were Sleeping.
omg best

Monday, April 29, 2013

Day 29 – Current TV Show Obsession

I have two.  Duh.  Because I listen to Keith Mars and always take back-up.

New Girl
This has essentially been My Jam since the very first episode-- I mean, Zooey's character's name is Jessica, she sings as she speaks a lot, and when she lists her DVDs, it's like she just looked at my own shelf and started naming titles.
Also, I do this often. Gif from here
I didn't think it could live up to its first season of actual-LOL hilarity, but somehow, this season has been even LOL-ier.  We cackle through just about every episode, from soup to nuts.  Who's that girl?  Who's that girl? (it's me)
gif from here
Game of Thrones

This is the newest new obsession.  I held off on watching for a long time because I knew I'd love it, but I really didn't think I'd love it this much.  Hubs and I blew through the first two seasons in about a week and a half, so now we have to wait each week for new episodes.  We have to do what common people do.  Common people like you.

I'm getting off track.

So yeah, when you first start watching, the violence and graphic nature are kind of... difficult to watch.  Now, I'm like, "STAB THROUGH HIS ARMOR!  CHOP OFF HIS HEAD!  GO GO GO!"  One of the most recent episodes ended with an amazingly bad-ass attack that caught me off guard (as I haven't read the books), and it made me want to stand and applaud.  Heck yeah, you are Daenerys Stormborn of the House Targaryan, of the blood of old Valyria!! Yeah, it's violent and yeah it's not always as good to women as it should be, but... man, do I love it.  I hear that the blood and gore and terribleness will only get worse from here, and I'm way too excited about it.  I've even stopped reading spoilers!  I KNOW.

And Tyrion Lannister aka Peter Dinklage.  I love me some Dinklage.  Man is too talented and too hilarious.  It shouldn't be allowed.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Day 28 – First TV Show Obsession

As a lifelong fan of TV, it's hard to gauge what my first TV show "obsession" was.  Should I go with something from childhood like My Little Pony or Strawberry Shortcake?  What about a show I watched mostly in reruns, like Saved By The Bell (which most kids of the 90s know aired every day 4 times a day, and you betta believe I watched all 4 episodes daily, which means I have seen every episode of the OG SBTB at least a billion times) or Boy Meets World?  For this, I decided to go with the show I chose for me as Must See TV, even though the ads told me that's exactly what it was.

This was another show I watched with my family, but it was one of the first shows I really chose to watch that made me feel like a grown-up.  It wasn't a sitcom with kids my age in it, and occasionally there would be jokes that went over my head, but it was my appointment show.  Seeing as I was a busy kid in high school, it was hard to have appointment shows (what with the band practices or play practices or chorus practices or clarinet lessons getting in the way) (yes, I was that artsy kid), but this was the first.  It also helped carry me through my freshman year of college, which is always a weird, weird year.  My roommate and I would watch the late night syndicated reruns, and it was one of the first things we bonded over.  I still think of her every time I see The One After The Super Bowl.  It also also helped carry me through another tough time in life.  I was there for them, and they were there for me too.

Another fun fact: I'm somewhat of a Friends trivia genius.  I have retained a ton of information about these 6 characters, which is sad considering they aren't real people.  Oh boy, I may quote Scrubs a lot, but this show... this is my home base.  Brother once tried to challenge me to a duel.  He lost, though not by a landslide.  He was a worthy opponent.  I still kicked his ass, though.  So, take that.
credit to
Rumors circulated recently about a  Friends reunion.  Personally, I wouldn't want that.  I loved this series, even in its not-as-funny years (though, that 9th season finale!! SO funny!), but I think it ended on a perfect note for itself.  Everything doesn't need a reunion just because.  It would be fun to find out what the characters are up to now, but it wouldn't be the same, and it shouldn't be forced.

In closing, one thing I do when I'm feeling down or blue is watch blooper reels on YouTube.  I definitely frequent the Friends ones, because Matthew Perry is legit hilarious and Lisa Kudrow has a GREAT laugh.  I've watched them so many times, but I always laugh.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Guess who's back? Back again!

Jeskuh's back.  Tell a friend.

Honestly, whoever reads this should know by now that I only blog when I have something to say, or when I'm doing a challenge or a list.  Yes, I'm aware I was in the middle of a list that I didn't finish.  Well, here I am  to tell you that I will be finishing my 30 day challenge one month late.  Hoo-dee-hooooo.  Be on the lookout for those posts coming to a blog near you (aka this blog.  This blog is where they will be.).

Since you came by here to see some new content, here's a video from Mental Floss where John Green teaches you 50 Weird Laws.  Have a good day!  Learn something!

Monday, April 8, 2013

The Margaret Thatcher Story

I have a Margaret Thatcher story.  Because I have a story about everything.  And so, on the day of the Iron Lady's passing, I share my story with you.

In March of 2007, Hubs (who was simply Boyfriend back then) and I went to visit some awesomely awesome friends in London.  It was a super fun trip full of adventures and pubs and crazy weather and crumpets with Nutella.  Essentially, I've wanted to go back since the moment I left.  Also, going to London with someone who studied British history makes for a busy, busy trip full of atypical destinations.  You don't always know what you're getting into, but it usually turns out great in the end.  One of those destinations was the Imperial War Museum.  I had no idea what to expect, but it was actually one of my favorite stops on our trip.  The museum is comprehensive with a capital C, and so I wouldn't recommend trying to see all of it at once.  Your brain will not be able to take it.

Anyway, so we're there on a lovely gray afternoon in March, and there were all sorts of vehicles in the atrium, and Boyfriend's running from place to place telling me what they all were ("This was the smallest boat to participate in the Dunkirk evacuation!  Take my picture!").  We notice that the atrium is starting to get kind of full, which we think is strange for the middle of the week, but being DC people like we are, we understand the randomness of tourists.  Then, we notice that it's filling up with older gentlemen in bright red jackets holding musical instruments.  This is admittedly a bit weirder.  Then, we get pushed back into the sidelines-- not like we're being cordoned off, but just being kept to the side.  The band starts to play, and I peek around the shoulder of a older woman dressed in a smart green suit standing a few feet ahead of me to see what all the fuss is about.  I see another older woman next to the band, smiling and carrying on.  They play "Happy Birthday," and we all sing along.  During the weird commotion, I take a moment to look at the smartly dressed woman nearby.

And I swear it's Margaret Thatcher.

I turn back to Boyfriend, who's snapping some pictures of the Birthday Girl but mostly taking a moment to admire the total randomness of the moment.  I want to tell him that I think I'm standing, like, an arm's length away from Margaret Thatcher, but then another thought pops into my mind: is it really Margaret Thatcher?  Or is it just an older woman in fancy clothes and you simply think it's her because she's of a certain age and British and wearing fancy clothes and you're an American tourist?  So, I don't say anything.  I look at her once more, take a peek at the Birthday Girl who is simply beaming and loving the attention (we ask and find out she's a famous war-time singer who's celebrating her 90th birthday), and then move on out.

That night, we go back to our friend's place in Brixton, and I take a minute to do a quick search.  A news article pops up for the celebration of the 90th birthday of Dame Vera Lynn, the Forces' Sweetheart, which occurred earlier that day at the Imperial War Museum.  And who was in attendance?

Sometimes you're that American tourist.  Sometimes you're right.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 27 – Best pilot episode

Ehhhh, I have no feeling about this.  My choice is The OC pilot, because I've watched it about a billion times and I never tire of it.  I also think it really works on its own.  It tells you everything you need to know about the series in 42 minutes.  That's a well-done pilot.

Here are two reasons I like this pilot so much-- Ryan meets Sandy, and Ryan meets Seth.  I love The Cohens.

Also, Pushing Daisies because it's called "Pie-lette."  It's also really good in that same way of telling you everything you need to know about the series.  The whole struggle is right there.  I love the 2nd episode of Pushing Daisies more than the Pie-lette, though.  Olive sings in the second episode.  It's kind of brilliant.  It was the exact moment when I know this show would always be in my heart.  She did it again in the second season with "Eternal Flame," and I loved it just as much.

I'm going to fall down a rabbithole of Pushing Daisies videos now.

Day 26 – OMG WTF? Season finale

I don't have a ton to say about any of these topics, so this might seem a bit uninspired.  It will be more stream of consciousness.

There have been so many WTF finales in this world, but the two I remember the most are as follows:

*Grey's Anatomy Season 6 Finale, "Sanctuary/Death and All His Friends"
Geez, this episode was a cry-maker.  There's a shooter in the hospital and he wanders around taking characters out.  They'd had this storyline of merging two hospitals, and a ton of the new characters just weren't all that great.  There was one in general named Reed Adamson that people flat-out hated and probably wanted to shoot in the head.  And then she died by getting shot in the head.  It was rough.  I basically sobbed for the entire two hours.  Ooooh, also the one where George got hit by a bus.  That was crazy too.

*CSI Season 5 finale "Grave Danger"
This is also known as "the CSI episode written and directed by Quentin Tarantino."  That's how you know it's messed up.  It's the one where Nick is buried alive, and the team is left clues to see if they can find him.  There's also a camera feed in his coffin so the team can see him lose his shiz while he's in there. It's also rough.  I basically sobbed for the entire two hours.  I hope you're seeing a pattern here.

*The OC Season 2 finale "The Dearly Beloved"
Or, when Marissa shoots Ryan's brother.  This one hit me super hard because of the fight between Ryan and Trey.  Dude, that fight is bruuuuutal.  Also, this was the first time I'd ever heard Imogen Heap's "Hide and Seek."  That song is hauntingly beautiful.

Now that I've sufficiently bummed you out, here's a video of Black Simon and Garfunkel singing "Thrift Shop."

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Day 25 – A show you plan on watching (old or new)

So behind, so behind, la-la-la-la so behind.  And you know, I kind of care but also, I'll get it done.  I'm not worried.  I've been really good about my other blog challenges in the past.  Plus, I need to give myself a break.  No guilt here.

Oh, you didn't come here to read my mental nonsense?  You wanted to hear my opinion about TV and such?  Well, la dee dah, then.  Here you go!

What new show do I plan on watching?
Halt and Catch Fire, a new AMC show.
Why do I plan on watching it?
My bb Lee Pace and his delectable Eyebrows will be starring in it.  Also, it's about the early 80s and IBM, which are two things I am fond of.  It's a long story, starting in the early 80s and starring a dude who works at IBM who goes by the name of Dad.  My dad works for IBM, is what I'm saying.

What old show do I plan on watching?
Parks and Recreation.  Because I haven't watched it yet.  I hear it gets better after the first season, which I assume is because Adam Scott joins the cast, and he's a party down kind of guy.

See what I did there?
(More posts will arrive shortly)

Monday, March 25, 2013

Day 24 – Best quote(s)

I may have added the (s) to today's (technically yesterday's) entry.  Because I simply cannot pick one.  This is my most quoted in everyday life show.

It's Scrubs.

I've actually been on a ban from watching Scrubs, a ban started by The Hubs.  He said I watched it too much.  He's not wrong.  I'll try to break these into Quotes That I Love Because They Are Good and Stuff That Always Makes Me Laugh.

In truth, my favorite quote is from this video.  It's the last thing Kelso says.  However, this whole entire video is why I like Bob Kelso as a character.  This episode happened to me at a time when I needed it most.  In fact, I needed it today quite a lot as well.  Maybe I should just favorite it and watch it daily.

So basically, that's the Favorite.  And this one.

All the rest of these?  Stupid hilarious scenes from a show that brightens my day.

Best and most comprehensive Dr. Cox rant.  I wanted to pick my favorite quote, but I honestly can't pick.  I also love Dr Cox in this moment here so very much.

And here is Neil Flynn being hilarious for 8 minutes.

Oh and Drill Fork.  And Bob Kelso's two thumbs.  And MY MACHINES.  And this so many times.  This isn't even scratching the surface.

Hubs requested I add this one, which is his favorite.

omg i love scrubs.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Day 23 – Most annoying character

Whoops, I missed yesterday!  I'll blame it on having a wonderful day date with The Hubs.  We went to see My Neighbor Totoro at at theater in the district, and I simply adored it.  I haven't seen the vast majority of Studio Ghibli movies before, and I must say, I have enjoyed every single one wholeheartedly.  Totoro, though... it was just so wonderful.
I wanted to put something cute up here, because I'm about to go on a bit of a rant.  It's okay, though.  It's Most Annoying Character day.  There can only be one, and she annoys me very much, especially lately.

Rachel stinkin' Berry.

Look, I get that the point at the beginning of the series is that Rachel is annoying.  I know that her annoyance is sort of part of her charm.  I get it.  I do.  But it's been a couple of years now, and I'm just... I'm really tired of watching The Rachel Berry Show.  Lea Michele is enormously talented.  She's got a voice that I can't comprehend.  Girl can wail.  But... I'm kind of over it.  I want to know more about other characters and less about her.  Why is it that so much of the New York storyline follows her and not Kurt?  Or even when if involves Kurt, it's him talking about or worrying about her.  He had his own life.  Chris Colfer also has a voice I cannot comprehend.  LET THE BOY SING.

It's possible I'm still a twinge bothered that she got into this fake NY performance school after she flaked on her audition when Kurt didn't get in and he nailed his.  Yes, I know it's an entirely unrealistic TV show that I should have broken up with a long, long time ago.  Suspension of disbelief and moving on.

I'm very open that I'm only watching Glee at this point to hear Chris Colfer and/or Darren Criss sing.  I know that's not the point of the show.  However, if I have to sit through one more oversung solo, especially one oversung popped out solo of a RADIOHEAD song, I don't know what I'm going to do.

Clearly, I won't stop watching.  These are all idle threats.  But either give Rachel something to do besides diva out, or GTFO.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Day 22 – Favorite series finale

Look, so Lizzie and Darcy finally kissed yesterday, and it's been basically all I can think about because SERIOUSLY such a fangirl I love it.  It's actually made me feel so fangirly that I haven't been able to read a book I've been dying to read for over a year because, while well-written and entirely entertaining, it's also really angsty and I ain't got time for that right now.

Which is why it's super random for me to use this as my favorite series finale, because it is full of angst.

It's Six Feet Under.


SFU is definitely one of my top 5 favorite shows ever.  I always get a little scared to tell people that because I feel like it marks me as a super morbid person.  But it was just so good.  I started watching almost right from the beginning (yay super cheap college cable with HBO!), and I fell in love with it, with all of it.  What can I say?  I'm a fan of stories about death.

Which is exactly why I love the series finale.  Everyone dies.  Seriously.  Six Feet Under was always about death (literally), so they showed the deaths of every main character.  It's effing perfect.  Below is an almost 10 minute long video that shows the end of the finale.  I remember watching this at my parents' house the night it aired, crying my Fisher-loving eyes out.  The Fishers were one completely jacked up family (and you'd be lying if you said any member of that family was crazier than Ruth, because Hooch is crazyeeeee) but goshdarnit do I love them.  They've been with me through some very trying times, and I'm grateful to them for keeping me afloat.

(side note: Peter Krause is way more Adam Braverman than Nate Fisher at the beginning of this.  Also, I cry every time Ruth sees him on her deathbed.)

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Day 21 – Favorite ship

I have many favorite couples, but just one OTP.  This has been my OTP since before I knew what OTP meant.  This is the couple to love, the couple to end all other couples.
Cory Matthews and Topanga Lawrence!

I just love them, okay?  I watched so, so much Boy Meets World back when it aired, but I got particularly bad about watching it in reruns on The Disney Channel after I graduated college.  I stayed up until 3 am crying over these two.  They were made for each other, yeah?  They complement each other and understand each other.

So you better believe I'm so excited about Girl Meets World.  I'm not expecting it to be the greatest thing ever, but I still love the fact that it will exist.  Danielle Fishel herself tweeted out the below pic with the caption "Cory and Topanga... together again."  I say, squeeeeeeee.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Day 20- Favorite Kiss

Since I can't choose Lizzie Bennet Diaries since freakin' Lizzie and Darcy haven't KISSED YET (fingers crossed for tomorrow!!)... I already talked about this topic.  Like, 10 months ago.  All of those choices still apply.  In fact, I was going to talk about Jim and Pam again.  But... I already did.  And you don't want to read something you already read.  You already read it already!

Instead, let's talk about how JMU IS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT!

I can't help but be excited.  I know it's sports and I really don't care all that much about sports, but I will always have a special place in my heart for JMU.  I met some of my favorite people there.  Like my husband.  Without JMU, I wouldn't have this guy in my life.  And that would be a tragedy.

And speaking of that guy and his tuba playing days, the JMU Pep Band has been getting some coverage for being, well, the JMU Pep Band.  I mean, they're no Peppas, but they hold their own.  Their big thing now is a cover of (warning, the video link included is reeeeeally random) Gogol Bordello's "Start Wearing Purple," as JMU colors are purple and gold.  It pretty much rocks my face off.  So, to celebrate our big win, START WEARING PURPLE.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Day 19- Best Cast

Yesterday, while washing dishes, I serenaded my dog with the Perfect Strangers theme song.  She seemed to enjoy it.  She's also not very bright?  She probably thought I had a treat.  Or she's standing tall on the wings of her dreams.

So, today...

Not only is this the best cast on TV, it may be the best cast ever.


This show is mah jam.  It could've been so not this good, but the cast really makes it something else.  They all have such chemistry together!  And not just the couples, though Peter Krause and Monica Potter are superb together.  The four Braverman siblings?  Any combination of Braverman siblings?  (Personally, I liked the recent pairing of Crosby and Julia to give us the younger sister over achiever and older brother slacker).  The parents with their kids?  The kids with their cousins?  Mae Whitman with any person she talks to?  It's just lovely to watch.  Even Buzzfeed thinks so.

Of course, this is where I would show you all the videos of how this cast is the best.  Sadly, there aren't many up on the 'Tube (copyright infringement, blah dee blah).  But there is ONE.  And it's worth your time.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 18 – Favorite title sequence

Caution: an extremely RANDOM video-filled entry will commence.... NOW.

I'm kind of a title song junkie.  I actually have 100 of the best title sequences loaded on my iPod (thanks, parents!), and I know the lyrics to A LOT of them.  It's sort of one of my secret savant talents.  Some of the ones I still remember all the words to and love in a very nostalgic way are below, though my number one choice isn't because of nostalgia or because I know all the lyrics (though I do).  The reason I picked True Blood as my favorite title sequence is because it's sort of perfect.  If you'd never watched one episode of True Blood, you'd know exactly what you'd be getting into just by watching this.  Warning: somewhat NSFW, especially if you try to catch all of the frames (there are lots of body parts).

This one is a nostalgic favorite between me and my bestest bestie ever <3 p="">

This one?  Yes!  I'm positive that I will know this monologue for the rest of my life.  I will be able to recite this on my death bed.

Hee!!  Technically, this is another one that tells you everything you need to know about the show.  I miss title credits like this, with the leads being zany and nonsensical.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Day 17 – Favorite mini-series

Let's act like you don't know what I'm about to say.  That was fun, right?  All right, you wanna hear it here it go:

Pride and freakin' Prejudice, yo.

Confession time: I've never actually read the book all the way through.  I KNOW I KNOW I'm terrible.  However, watching this BBC mini-series is as close as you can get.  I will also admit, I do love the movie more than the mini-series, which many would call a blasphemous statement, BUT I see this for all of its goodness and perfection.  The first proposal, for one, is amazing in its awkwardness (see above) and wonder.  I mean, this is the reason why Colin Firth has had such a successful career.  It's this.  If you love Colin Firth in anything (especially if you love him in Bridget Jones's Diary), then you owe it to yourself to watch this.

The Lizzy here takes a while to grow on you, but it's that pair of fine eyes that wins you over.  Mini-series!Lydia is more ridiculous than ever (as is her mother who is so over-the-top), Mini-series!Mr. Collins is grody to the max, and Mini-series!Darcy sisters are properly awful.  This Jane, though?  Not the prettiest girl in the town.  Not. At. All.

Honorable mention: the similarly plotted North and South from 2004.  It's like P&P light, starring an extremely broody Richard Armitage.  Thus, totally worth your time.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Day 16 – Your guilty pleasure show

Dark and light.  Night and day.  Apples and... anti-apples.  I'm a firm believer in understanding both sides of the lines.  So, while I enjoy TV that makes you think and pushes the limits, I also like to have at least one show I watch solely to have some time to let my brain relax.  I still think they are good, but it's more about being entertained than thinking the show is actually good.  I've had many shows like this over the years, but this is my current guilty pleasure.

It's unbelievably cheesy, the CG is atroooocious, the acting is occasionally (?) spotty, but I'll be danged if I don't end up entertained by it every week.  It's just plain old fun, and I'm a sucker for fairy tale retellings.  It's got some of the same writers and producers from Lost, so I get a wee bit nervous that this will end up in the disappointing pile in a few years, but for now, I always tune in.  I will always find you, Once Upon a Time.  Here are a few reasons why:
i miss you, sheriff graham...
bloody pirate!
Charming and his grandson

It's also getting me to like Michael Raymond-James and forget his creepiness from True Blood.

Day 15 – Favorite female character

OH HAI I totally forgot to update yesterday!  Here's my excuse, are you ready?  So, I went to the gym yesterday after work.  I usually go to the treadmill but decided to change things up and ride one of the bikes instead.  It took a little bit of oomph to get going, but after a while, it wasn't so bad.  Somehow, I ended up being on the bike for about 45 minutes-- go me!  And I didn't even feel that terrible!  As the night wears on, though, my legs are like... UM, WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?  And then as I tried to sleep last night, I was like Clair Huxtable after her aerobics class taught by her sister Debbie Allen.

Either way, that's my excuse.  It's sort of fitting, considering I just posted all that stuff about the Huxtables earlier this week.

Anyway, so what are we at?  OH, that's right, Favorite Female Character.  Much like the male category, I have a few.  Clair Huxtable, for one.  That woman is F-I-E-R-C-E.  And, of course, Buffy Summers.  Amber Holt.  Tami Taylor.  Liz Lemon.  Daisy Steiner.

There are two, however, that are my favorite of all favorites: Lorelai Gilmore and Veronica Mars.  In looking through my blog, though, I've already written about both of these ladies.  And in the same entry, no less.  SO, to give you something new to read about, I give you a NEW choice for favorite female character.

Claudia Jean Cregg.
So many things I want to say about CJ.  Basically, CJ is a goddess, a wonder, my spirit animal.  She keeps up with Josh Lyman, with Toby Ziegler, with Leo McGarry, with the coolest president this country has ever seen, and she does it all with grace and awesomesauce.  She's not afraid to say what she thinks, and she doesn't back down.  Just watch these.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Day 14 – Favorite male character

Another day, another easy choice for the challenge.  There are a number of guys who could hold this title-- Chandler Bing, Logan Echolls, Shawn Hunter, Ned the Pie Maker, Dan Rydell alongside Casey McCall.  I could really go on and on.  Instead, this is a newer addition to my TV favorites lists, and the reason I love it so?  This guy.
Nathan Young (played to perfection by Robert Sheehan), Misfits

I love Nathan because he is straight up hilarious (which we all know is the way straight to my heart), but I also love him because he has many, many layers.  His humor sometimes hides his deeper emotions, though often his humor is just... him.  He's a little bit of a sociopath, but in the nicest way.  He's loyal and blunt and probably annoying as all hell, but he's also charming as all hell, which is why the other 4 delinquents keep hanging around.

As usual, my words cannot do justice to Nathan.  The video below is full of Misfits spoilers and is also all kinds of NSFW (language-wise), but it's full of the funnies.  If you find any of this to be even a little bit funny ha-ha, go to Hulu and watch the first 2 seasons of Misfits.  In stories of worlds combining, Robbie here will be starring as my favorite character Simon Lewis in this summer's latest YA movie adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.  I'm excited and NOT excited for everyone to love him as I have loved him, and there will be joy.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Day 13 – Favorite childhood show

This entry will be video heavy.  There is no show from my childhood that I love more than The Cosby Show.  Simply hearing the theme song(s) takes me right back to the living room, with our old TV and the red carpet and the comfy sofa.  Family time with us was also family time with the Huxtables.  I loved how their family seemed just like ours (only funnier), despite the obvious differences between us (the biggest being that they lived in that fancy, beautiful brownstone in Brooklyn!).

Below are just a few of my favorite bits, starting with my favorite bit.

Phylicia Rashad is basically the HBIC.

(I've thought of this moment so, so, SO many times over my lifetime.  Regular people.)

The best part?  Almost every single one of these scenes takes place in the SAME ROOM.  Man, I sure did love that living room.
(And with this, I'm all caught up!!)

Day 12 – An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times

I don't understand how I'm supposed to talk about any other TV show besides Veronica Mars because OMG DID YOU SEE DID YOU SEEEEEE!  AAAAAAH.  I'm trying to justify spending $350 to get Jason Dohring/Logan Echolls to record me an outgoing voicemail.  Hubs isn't in agreement.  He's such a hater.

Oh yeah, but I'm not talking about Veronica Mars today... though I'm fairly certain I've seen the entire series 5 times.  I've seen oh-so-many TV series more than 5 times (for Friends, it's more like 20 times).  This particular episode of this particular show gives me lots of happiness.

How I Met Your Mother, season 2, episode 9... "Slap Bet."
This episode is a new classic not only for the slap bet which is amazing, but for the introduction to Robin Sparkles.  If you haven't seen this, I cannot remotely do it justice with my words.  So let this video do the talking.  You won't be soar-y.

This is back when HIMYM gave me all of the happies and didn't disappoint me like it kind of is right now.  JUST SHOW US THE MOTHER ALREADY, SAGET.  This episode is made for a rewatch, though.  So hilarious, every single time.  The audio commentary is pretty great too.  Yes, I've watched this episode enough times that I've watched it with commentary.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Day 11 – A Show That Disappointed You

If you don't know what show I'm about to drop right here, then you clearly don't know me.

Show.  Seriously.  It started so strong.  SO STRONG.  That pilot!  The polar bear!  The message in French!  THE FIRST, LIKE, TEN MINUTES.  And the rest of that first season?!  Man, oh MAN.  Compelling as all hell.  It's like the longest best movie you've ever seen.

Then the writers were like, oh you like mysteries?  Well, here's a BUNCHA stuff.  We're not gonna solve any of the original questions either.  We're just keep giving you MORE USELESS STUFF.  So I tried to break up with it.  Then, the Season Three Finale happened, and so...

Yeah.  By that point, it was announced it was going to Season Six and I stayed in just to stay in but SERIOUSLY.  LOST.  OMG.  WHY.

the numbers are bad.

Day 10 – A Show You Thought You Wouldn’t Like But Ended Up Loving

So, two more days of two posts a day.  Are you just loving all the extra jeskuh time?  I know you are.  I've been enjoying this challenge very much.  It's reminding me of shows and episodes and quotes and things that make me happy.  I tried to get Hubs to let me restart Friday Night Lights last night after writing about it.  He wouldn't let me, though he did let me restart another show I haven't watched for years.  But more on that later.

For today, I have a story.  Um, duh.  I always do.  My topic today is a show I thought I wouldn't like but ended up loving.  The show in question: 30 Rock.
I was excited to watch it when it first aired, though I was more excited about Studio 60, and I was confused by all the sketch comedy based shows all airing at the same time and my brain can only hold so much knowledge, y'all.  So then, we watched it.  And we didn't really think it was that funny.  Hubs and I gave it a few episodes, mostly because all of the funniest people we knew and trusted were like, "OMG FUNNIEST SHOW EVARRR," but... we couldn't see it.  Thus, we bid it adieu.

Two Thanksgivings ago, my SIL is like, "Jes are you seriously not into 30 Rock?  You have to go to there!  Have you seen yourself?  You are Liz Lemon!"
chocolaaaate. p.s. thanks for the pic, elizabeth.
So, I gave it another go.  And that, as they say, is history.  Awesome history.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Day 09 – Best scene ever

This one will be short BUT that's because this is the EASIEST CHOICE.  This video includes my favorite scene of any show ever.  No ifs, ands, or buts.  No second choices.  It's this.  It's Spaced.  It's the gunfight, y'all.

What I love about this video is that it gives you all the background you need to understand why the last 2 minutes are so hilarious.  By the by, if you haven't watched Spaced and you're a fan of Shaun of the Dead and/or Hot Fuzz, you need to watch this show, like, yesterday.

Best ever, right?  EVER.  Spaced is the perfect example of how British shows get it right.  There's no filler.  There's no time to screw up and jump the shark.  It's just humor and nerd jokes and a slice of fried gold.

Day 08 – A show everyone should watch

Yes, I know I'm behind.  I wish I wasn't.  However, I'm behind because I took a weekend to relax and unwind and hang out with almost all of my besties (all except the BEST BESTIE).  So, while I'm sad to be behind, I'm not sad for the reason.  So, I'll do 2 posts today and 2 tomorrow.  We we we so excited.

What show should everyone watch?  Friday Night Lights.

Why should everyone watch this?  Well, there are so many reasons.
For that.

For her.

And this kid right here, YES this kid.  Also?  (Keep on scrolling)

Yeah, absolutely that guy.

Also, it's some of the best writing and acting and music and camera work and stuff that's ever been on television.  So. So. So. SO. good.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Day 07 – Least Favorite Episode of Your Favorite TV Show

I'm posting this from the Blogger app again so sorry for the lack of gifs and stuff. I got called out by a certain Elizabeth... So I thought I'd post a short & sweet something to try and keep from being too behind. Plus, this one's kind of easy.

Buffy has some random bits, but my least favorite episode is this one from Season Two when Buffy was in its greatness called "Go Fish." It's like swim team meets Swamp Thing, and it's pointless and gross... Except for the part when Xander wears a Speedo. That part's okay.

When I'm back at my laptop, maybe I'll add some fun pictures of that or possibly more nonsense from this. Until then, I hope you enjoyed this text-only post typed using only my thumbs. Ain't evolution grand?


I know I'm falling behind, and I do apologize!! I had busy work stuff and now I'm out of town without my computer (I'm actually posting this from the Blogger app which I've never used before!). I swear, good stuff soon!

Until then, cheers, you beautiful creatures! <3

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Day 06 – Favorite episode of your favorite show

[Warning: this might be a bit of a downer]

Yesterday, I talked about watching sad videos in preparation for this entry.  Why would I watch sad videos to prepare to talk about my favorite episode of my favorite show?  Whedonites know why.

Because my favorite episode of Buffy is the best episode of Buffy which is also the saddest episode of Buffy.  It's called "The Body," but if it were an episode of Friends, its title would be "The One Where Joyce Summers Dies."

I've already talked about this episode here, so I won't repeat that.  What I wanted to do is post a video of Anya giving her monologue, which is amazing.  I wanted to say it's the best part of the episode, but I really don't think there's one "part" that's any better than the other.  The whole thing is exquisite to watch; it's television at its finest.  Sadly, I can't find any videos of it.  Below is a transcript.  I think of Anya's speech often.  It's exactly how I've felt on too many occasions.

"But I don't understand. I don't understand how this all happens. How we go through this. I mean, I knew her, and then she's- There's just a body, and I don't understand why she just can't get back in it and not be dead anymore. It's stupid. It's mortal and stupid. And-and Xander's crying and not talking, and-and I was having fruit punch, and I thought, well, Joyce will never have any more fruit punch ever, and she'll never have eggs, or yawn or brush her hair, not ever, and no one will explain to me why."

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Day 05 – A show you hate

So, I thought today's choice was my favorite episode of my favorite show, so I spent way too much time looking at sad videos and gifs and things, only to find out that it's a show I hate.  That's something, huh?

There is only one show I've ever actively avoided ever, and that's Two and a Half Men.  I don't even want to actually talk about it.  I just CANNOT ABIDE by it.  No. NO.  It's terrible.  And unfunny.  I have never seen anything on it that I actually thought was funny, and I don't understand why so many people like it.

That's... really it.  You were ready for a big ole rant, weren't you?

Instead, here are some videos of things that I like.

Day 04- Your Favorite Show Ever

(I swear I had this all written yesterday like it should have been, but my evening was weird so I forgot to post but HERE IT IS OMG LOOK)

This... well, this is a tough one.  I have tons of favorite shows ever, and it all depends on what mood I'm in.  I've answered this question before with Gilmore Girls, FriendsScrubs, and Six Feet Under, and those answers have all been right at one time or another.  However, if I'm considering my TV watching "career" as a whole, if I really look back at the show that's affected me most, that grabbed onto my heart and brain and eyeballs and didn't let go, that was there when I needed it... there's only one show that fits that description.

I didn't watch Buffy when it first aired, and while I regret that decision, I don't think this show would've meant as much to me as it does now.  I watched the first season on a whim, and I totally loved it.  I'd been wanting to ask for other seasons of the show for my birthday... and the day before said birthday, my grandfather passed away.  Hubs had already gotten me the first 2 seasons as presents, so whenever I needed to separate myself from the family and distract myself from the grief, we hid away and watched Buffy kick some ass.  In the weeks that followed, I basically devoured the show, hiding away in my bedroom and watching episode after episode after episode.

So, this sounds totally unhealthy, and I agree it probably wasn't the best way to spend my time.  However, at that time in my life, it was exactly what I needed.  Joss Whedon, you are a genius and I am so grateful for you.  Thank you for this show, and for all the shows that have followed.  Also the movies.  And the comics.  Dang, I am such a Whedonite.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

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

Short and sweet today, guys.  Not much to say on this topic, unfortunately.

I haven't picked up any new shows this TV season, which is rare.  Right now, I'm more in a catch-up-on-old-stuff phase rather than a pick-up-new-stuff phase.  Also, I'm getting more webseries like The Lizzie Bennet Diaries and Squaresville.

However, the only show I keep up with with that was new this season is The Mindy Project.
this picture is kind of terrible.
I don't think it always works, but it was a good way for me to spend the half hour between New Girl and Parenthood.  I thought the pilot was downright hilarious.  Plus, Chris Messina.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Day 02 – A Show That You Wish More People Were Watching

I like to believe that I have pretty standard taste in TV shows, but it's constantly proven to me that I don't.  This is especially true when it comes to sitcoms.  While I can find comfort in a show that uses the same tropes since Ozzie and Harriet graced the screen, I usually find that sort of thing to be boring and unfunny.  Show me something new, TV show.  Don't go for the obvious joke.  Earn my laughter.

There's been one show over the past few years that has done all of these things and more, and it always on the verge of falling into the nothingness.  That's why my show that I wish more people were watching IS:


I will admit that something's been a little off since it returned in February (which, incidentally, was also October 19th), but those first three seasons... well, that was a sitcom like they had never been done before.  It poked and pointed at the genre to find what makes it tick, and then it made fun of it.  The kicker for me is that it airs against The Big Bang Theory, which always kills in ratings and which I don't find to be funny in the least.  I've watched multiple episodes, and I just don't enjoy it.  They go for the easy joke while Community goes for "Remedial Chaos Theory."

If you haven't already, watch some Community.  At least watch "Remedial Chaos Theory."  If you don't laugh during the timeline when Troy gets the pizza... well, I don't know if we're allowed to be friends.

Friday, March 1, 2013

30 Day TV Challenge Day 01

March sure did sneak up on me.  For the past 2 Marches, I have done 30 Day Blog Challenges, and I didn't want to drop the ball!  So, even though I've been the worst blogger ever lately and even though I'm not sure if anyone even checks these out anymore (um... do you?), I've decided, MARCH MEANS CHALLENGES.  I've done music, I've done books.  What other form of media do I adore and talk about a LOT?  Um... oh that's right: TELEVISION.

Without further ado, I bring you:

Day 01: A show that should have never been canceled

This has always been a problematic phrase in my opinion, because what "should" and "shouldn't" be canceled are two very objective things.  I don't think lots of shows should have been canceled, but with hindsight, I'm glad that they were so those actors could go onto better things or that show can be remembered as being something greater due to its limited selection of episodes (the latter is why Firefly isn't my choice right now).  I decided to go with one show (and one honorable mention) that didn't get the chance it deserved by the people running the network.  They didn't listen to the critics, they didn't listen to the audience, they ignored the multitude of awards, and they unceremoniously tossed it into the TV Graveyard.  At least it was only mostly dead.

Of course, I'm talking about Arrested Development.  Maybe the show would've lost some of its fire a few more seasons down the line.  Maybe we wouldn't have loved it with the great nerdy fervor that we do.  However, I don't believe Fox understood the show nor did they give it the opportunity it truly deserved.  They prematurely shot their wad on what was supposed to be a dry run if you will, so I'm afraid they had somewhat of a mess on their hands.

Thank goodness for Netflix who will come in and help change many of those poorly chosen words.

Honorable Mention
Just trust me on this.  Do you love Adam Scott?  And Lizzy Caplan?  And Ken Marino?  And Jane Lynch?  I know you do.  You also SHOULD love Martin Starr and Ryan Hansen.  You should've watched this show when you had the chance... except Starz didn't tell anyone it was on.  Stupid Starz. I'm positive all of these actors have moved on to bigger and better things, but you should really see them all together, hating everything, serving hors d'oeuvres in their pink bowties. 

Saturday, January 19, 2013

My LBD Feels Are Stars I Cannot Fathom Into Constellations.

But I'm sure as shooter beans going to try.

I've previously discussed Pride & Prejudice on my blog here, and I've also mentioned The Lizzie Bennet Diaries way back here when it was in its early days.  Now, we're 80 episodes in (not counting Q&As or Maria of the Lu OR LYDIA!!), and I can't believe what this little show has become.  I'm consistently blown away by it-- not only the incredible acting (every single cast member! every one!!), but the writing, the characterization, the modernization, the abs.  I mean, seriously.
We the viewers have now reached the point in the story where things are starting to look up for Lizzie and Darcy, and Lydia is getting cozy with Wickham.  In the source material, Lizzy visits Pemberley the house and sees an entirely new side to Fitzwilliam Darcy, while a teenaged Lydia is most likely being utterly ridiculous in Brighton, but the reader doesn't know this because Jane Austen doesn't show us.  Here in LBD, our Lizzie visits Pemberley the company and see an entirely new side to William Darcy (how long do you think he's had the newsie cap & bowtie in his office in case he needed them? "On short notice" my Aunt Fanny) while our Lydia has her own vlog, where we can see her relationship with Wickham unfold before our very eyes.  In Lydia's video on Friday, she's starting to show her sadness in fighting with Lizzie (rather than just her anger), and Wickham's like, whatevs, Lizzie dumped me first, she's the worst, you're so much better than her.  It's manipulative, it's gross, it's painfully obvious, and it's brilliant.

We've reached a tipping point in the overarching story.  I honestly don't know where it's going to go or how dark they're going to take this.  And that darkness is the reason I wanted to blog today.  I've been going kookoobird crazy reading everything I can about LBD, including some very insightful things on tumblr (you read that right).  I came across this piece that really got me thinking.  Is Lydia's story really that much darker here than it is originally?
In my opinion, yes.  Yes it is.

Part of it is because I care far more about this Lydia than I ever have THAT Lydia.  Modern Lydia, portrayed exquisitely by Mary Kate Wiles, is so much more than her literary counterpart.  Book Lydia is silly, frivolous, one-sided, nonsensical.  All she wants to do is flirt and party, and she never thinks of any consequences for anything she does (I assume most of this is because she's only 15).  She is the second worst literary sister ever, right after Amy March.  LBD Lydia is silly and occasionally frivolous as well, but she's also extremely caring and bright, more effervescent than frivolous.  In most of her videos, however, there's this hint of Other to her, like there's so much more bubbling just beneath the surface that she's absolutely terrified to show.  That's what makes her a compelling character.  I see new sides to her.  Because I care about her in a whole new way, I care WHAT happens to her.

What also makes it darker is the LACK of knowledge we have going forward.  P&P is 200 years old this year (that's gonna be a helluva cake), so the reveal of Lydia & Wickham running away isn't news or a new shock.  Also, times have changed A LOT so running away and living together unmarried is not *as* scandalous as it once was.  Also, as far as plot goes, we know that Wickham tried to convince Georgiana to do the same with him years ago, and it didn't work.

LBD has pulled some twists on us.  A proposal of marriage became a lucrative business proposal.  A sprawling estate became a successful company.  Kitty is actually a cat.  What we don't know is... what happened between Wickham and Gigi?  Lizzie knows, but she won't tell.  Whatever it was, it's bad enough that she wants to keep Wickham away from her and her family, to actively hate him rather than be bummed that their "relationship" fizzled out.  Now that she and Lydia are fighting, though, she can't keep Wicks away from Lydia, nor would Lydia even remotely listen if Lizzie tried to tell her to stay away.  Lydia is 21 years old, and she feels she has the right to see anyone she pleases.  The underlying uncertainty at play here is scary.
The age is another reason I believe this is darker.  Book Lydia is 15, and she acts 15.  I think the BBC miniseries shows this the best when it has the hotel scene of Wickham and Lydia together, and you can tell Wicks is like, is this giggling girl actually worth the trouble?  He looks relieved when Darcy shows up, as if he's still in the wet shirt rather than a top hat.  Personally, I never felt that Lydia was in any real danger.  Here, though... it's a different situation.  What did Wicks do to Gigi?  Why is he laying on the charm with Lydia?  Why is he isolating her from everyone?  What is his endgame?  It can't just be to run away together.  I feel in my gut that it has to tie back to whatever he did to Gigi... and I love LBD Gigi so I don't even want to think about what awfulness LBD Wicks has wrought upon her.

Again, we're at a tipping point, and I don't know which way the wind is going to blow.  Maybe it will go someplace dark and twisty, or maybe I'm being emoier than usual and I need to cut back on the Dashboard.  It doesn't matter.  All I know is that I'll be on the edge of my seat from now until the end of the series (which I hope is never because please don't leave me ever).
from the awesomely named
(p.s. can this be canon please?)