Watching Until the End

I came really close to not doing day 10 of the Month of Tater. I feel weird doing the blogging thing when people are around. My family does not understand why I do it and look at me weird when I say I am writing a blog post. I’ve not been alone all day, so I was leaning toward not doing it. I did, however, say I was doing this every day this month, so here it goes. I had two thoughts on what to write today. A very shallow post about long running TV shows I’ve watched beginning to end or a deep, introspective post inspired by a line of dialogue on one of those shows. I’m going shallow.

There are a handful of long running shows I’ve watched from the first episode to the series finale. I’ve given up on a lot of shows because I lost interest. A lot of shows get canceled early. These shows lasted a long time and held my interest for the entire run. I’m probably forgetting about some older shows, but these are my memorable ones.

  1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I remember when they announced that Joss Whedon was doing a TV version of the movie. I was very excited and people thought I was weird(I am) for being excited about a TV show based on a mediocre movie. Turns out I was right to be excited. It is still one of my favorite shows ever, even though the Riley and the Initiative storyline was terrible. I also watched the entire run of Angel, but it was a shorter run. I’m sad that I can’t get my kid to watch it.
  2. ER – This is one that almost lost me. As time went by, most of the original cast was gone and they finally hit a season that inspired me to write a blog post that ER was crashing, but I kept watching. Every medical show I’ve watched since has been compared to ER and have come up short. I’m not sure anyone will ever do one as good.
  3. Gilmore Girls – I almost didn’t include this one because I wasn’t sure I watched from the beginning. I realized, though, that I had to have started from day one because I didn’t have access to old episodes easily back then. I have always unapologetically loved this show that most men wouldn’t admit watching. The dialogue was great. I loved the characters(until they destroyed Rory in the Netflix revival). It was a great show.
  4. Santa Barbara – I watched soaps with my mom. I loved Days of Our Lives, but Santa Barbara was my favorite. I watched the first episode and the last episode and most of the ones in between. I doubt I got all of them as I went to college in the middle of the run. I did, however, find other Santa Barbara fan in my dorm and we watched together whenever we could.
  5. Grey’s Anatomy – The show that inspired this post. I was watching the 300th episode this morning and thought about other shows that I’ve watched from the beginning. I love that they still have 4 of the original characters on the show after 300 episodes. I like a lot of the new characters. I hope it’s true that this season will be lighter and funnier. I think it is a better show that way. I don’t plan to stop watching any time soon.

Do you have any shows you started on day one and watched to the bitter end?

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They are All in a Snow Globe

I saw an article yesterday that a character from the canceled Chicago Justice television show will move to Law and Order SVU. I knew that the Chicago Fire universe had already crossed over in to the Law and Order universe. This was just a reminder and made me think about how many shows are now connected.

Chicago Fire, PD and Med are all obviously connected, so that means they are all in the same universe as the Law and Order shows. Law and Order is connected to Homicide Life on the Streets via the character of John Munch.  When Homicide ended, the character moved over to the Law and Order universe. So, now we have connected the Chicago shows to Law and Order and Homicide. Munch ties them in to a lot of other shows. He was everywhere. He appeared in one episode of the X-Files, an episode of The Wire and was mentioned by Luther in the BBC show Luther(all according to Wikipedia.

So now we have Chicago Fire connected to the X-Files, The Wire and Luther. I guess that means of they wanted they could add some X-Files weirdness to a storyline or have Luther visit from the UK.

The connection to Homicide leads us to the Snow Globe. Two characters from St Elsewhere once crossed over to Homicide. That means all of the above mentioned shows are connected to the St Elsewhere universe. In the St Elsewhere finale, it is revealed that everything in the show is a figment of the imagination of an autistic boy looking at a snow globe with the hospital building inside it.

So, next time you watch a show in the Chicago franchise, remember that everyone there is just an imaginary person living in a snow globe.

My Long Awaited(By No One) Survivor Game Changers Post

This week was a two hour episode, but there was no big drama or event that warranted an extended episode. I’m pretty sure the two hour episode was for scheduling. The season started later than usual and still needs to finish during May sweeps, so two hours.

The two hours starts with a merge, but a merge with a twist. There was a merge feast, but there was also Jeff letting them know that they could only have the feast if one person from each tribe agreed to give up the feast. I, of course, proclaimed to my daughter that I would volunteer to give up the feast. She pointed out that I was not starving and was, in fact, eating pie while making this proclamation and that it isn’t that easy. She might have a point. Culpepper and Tai agree to sit out and the rest feast. That’s really the only excitement of the first hour. Zeke tells the Varner story to the merged tribe, Andrea wins immunity and it is pretty clear that Michaela or Hali will be voted out. It ends up being Hali after Cirie decides to try to save Michaela and Hali is the first member of the jury.

The second hour has a little more scheming and game play. There is a reward challenge and some naked Tai at the reward. The immunity challenge is one that Ozzy has won twice. It comes down to Ozzy and Tai and Tai eventually wins. Then the scrambling starts. Andrea wants to get rid of Culpepper or Sierra, Zeke wants to get rid of Andrea. Andrea finds out and then goes after Zeke. Debbie and Sierra decide to try to take Ozzy out. The votes at tribal were weird. Zeke voted Aubrey. Cirie votes Sierra. Debbie usess the extra vote on Ozzy even though it wasn’t really necessary. I really don’t understand what was with the Zeke and Cirie votes. Weirdness from Debbe is to be expected.

Nothing surprising in either vote. Ozzy still hasn’t figure out that being a provider is not enough to stay in the game. He’s never seemed to learn the social part of the game. I’m still not sure who is allied with who at this point.

A Very Emotional Survivor Game Changers

Caution: Spoilers ahead:

 

I should have known something big was gong down in tribal council last night. After the normal “previously on” and the scenes of the tribe after tribal, we moved quickly to the reward challenge, saw brief scenes from the two tribes and then moved on to the immunity challenge and then to what I will be writing about: tribal council.

At tribal council, Jeff Varner started out trying to explain to the tribe why they should vote out Ozyy instead of him.  In doing so, he talks about a secret alliance between Ozzy and Zeke. Of he had stopped there, everything would have been fine. Unfortunately, he did not stop there. He turned to Zeke and asks him why he has not told them that he is transgender. He then goes on to say that this shows he is capable of deceit.  Zeke looks like he is in shock The rest of the tribe, to their credit, immediately turn on Varner telling him, rightly, that no one has the right to out someone. Varner tries to backtrack and says he is sorry, but I’m sure at that moment he is only sorry it didn’t work. I guess he thought the tribe would either agree that this means Zeke is deceitful or perhaps be bigoted enough to vote him off for being trans. In the end, they don’t even need to officially vote. Probst asks if he is correct that Varner is going home, they all agree and off he goes.

There have been a lot of villains on this show. Many people have done despicable things to try to win the money. Outing someone on TV has to be the worst. You have to be a pretty terrible person to 1. reveal such personal information without his permission and 2. think that Zeke being trans is a reason to vote him or his alliance out. I’m glad he is out of the game.

 

 

Survivor Game Changers: Debbie Does Delusion

It’s a little late because this week is weird and needs to end, but here is my weekly rambling post about the recent Survivor episode. Let’s see if I remember anything.

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We start with the arrival back at camp after the Malcolm debacle.  No one is happy with JT.  JT tries to convince them that he is innocent. No one is buying it.

We move on to the reward challenge. In the middle part of this is a balance challenge. Before the challenge starts we get a rare look at the teams deciding who will do what portion of the challenge. Debbie declares that she has an incredible sense of balance, so she will do the balance portion. Of course, we got this glimpse because Debbie obviously does not have an incredible sense of balance and takes forever to complete her part of the task. Her tribe loses and she goes even crazier than she was before. She declares that Brad is a dictator and that she had no say in who did what and in another rare Survivor moment we get a flashback to her saying she will do the balance portion. Back at the camp, in a bout of alternative facts befitting a member of the Trump administration, Debbie declares that Hali was the one who took forever while she, Debbie, zipped right across. She screams, she does push-ups, and is just crazy in general.

Meanwhile, JT and Michaela fight over sugar intake. Sandra eats all of the sugar to make them fight more and we have JT and Aubrey vs Sandra and Michaela with Varner as a swing vote.

I can’t recall much about the immunity challenge except Michaela killing the digging portion and Culpepper killing the slingshot portion of the challenge. In the end, Sandra and company head back to tribal(I can’t remember the tribe names). Before tribal, Sandra does a masterful job of convincing JT that he is safe and that they are all voting Michaela. So convincing that he goes home with an Idol in his pocket. How does a return player this late in the run of the show go home with an idol in his pocket? He has been the outsider from the beginning and his closest ally went home at the last tribal. He had no reason to feel so secure that he wouldn’t play the idol. Dumb.

Next week, as my daughter says, there is a lot going on in one hour of show: merge, exile island and a visit from a mysterious contestant.

 

 

My Favorite Movie Of Each Year I’ve Been Alive

I saw a post on Patton Oswalt’s Facebook about this. His was a joke, but I decided to do mine. I am taking time at lunch when I should be reading to compile the list, thus falling further behind in my reading goal. Also – I am just googling movies of each year. I might miss something.

1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

1970 Patton

1971 Dirty Harry

1972 The Godfather

1973 Papillon

1974  Blazing Saddles

1975 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

1976 Rocky

1977 Star Wars

1978 Grease

1979 Warriors

1980 Airplane

1981 Stripes

1982 Fast Times at Ridgemont High

1983 Outsiders

1984 Beverly Hills Cop

1985 Better Off Dead

1986 Top Gun

1987 Raising Arizona

1988 Heathers

1989 Dead Poets Society

1990 Edward Scissorhands

1991 Cape Fear

1992 My Cousin Vinny

1993 This one was tough – Tombstone edges out Groundhog Day

1994 Pulp Fiction

1995 Toy Story

1996 Scream

1997 Grosse Point Blank

1998 Waterboy

1999 Office Space

2000 Remember the Titans

2001 Shrek

2002 28 Days Later

2003 Elf

2004 Shaun of the Dead

2005 Hitch(based on the movies listed, this year in movies sucked)

2006 The Departed

2007 The Mist

2008 Gran Torino

2009 Zombieland

2010 Easy A

2011 Crazy Stupid Love

2012 Avengers

2013 The Internship

2014 Guardians of the Galaxy

2015 The Martian

2016 A lot of movies left unseen – Deadpool so far

Now, these aren’t necessarily the best movies. Just the ones I like the best. Some just based on which one I watch every time it is on TV.

 

Survivor Game Changers Thoughts

Survivor used to be the only show I insisted on watching live. My daughter would get popcorn and we would watch the show together. I would live tweet the show and read tweets to her as the show was happening. This all changed at the end of last season when I changed jobs and had to start working on Wednesday nights. Now we watch delayed when I get home from work. Since I can no longer tweet the show, I thought I would try a weekly blog post the day after. I didn’t take any notes this time because I didn’t decide this until this morning, but after this week I will try to take notes and maybe include some of the things I might have tweeted had I been watching live.

I would start this first post by saying that I realize that armchair quarterbacking the game is a lot easier than playing the game and I’m sure I would make plenty of mistakes in the heat of the moment if actually there. Now, on to the show:

I used to complain about returning contestant seasons and longed for new faces. We have had a few seasons of new faces recently so I was ready for some familiar faces, especially since many are favorites of mine. It does change the dynamic of the first episode for me as a viewer. If it is all new faces, I spend the hour trying to decide who I might like and who I might root against. This can change as the season progresses, but it is all about getting to know the players. This time I know the players so I have some favorites going in and can focus more on the game play. I have to say that the game play surprised me from the start when Jeff said there was a tool kit in the water and only one tribe went for it. I don’t get Malcolm saying that there was no point because Ozzy went for it. Are you already conceding that he is a stronger player? Shouldn’t you want to prove otherwise, especially with a major reward at stake? I think they just made a mistake and tried to cover it up with that statement.

I’m not surprised that Ciera went first last night. She’s not someone you look as being vital to winning challenges and she was the first to start openly talking strategy. I like her and would be more disappointed if there weren’t so many other favorites still in the game. I was surprised by the second boot. Your team is losing challenges and you vote off a strong challenge player and keep a weaker player who has already won twice? I know some strategy is to keep her assuming no one will award her a third win, but everyone loves her. I would not want to sit next to her in front of the jury. Now you have made your team weaker and kept a bigger threat than Tony in the game. I don’t get it. I also don’t get having Varner out in the water and Micheala on shore and then not even letting her help at the end. I know they don’t know much about her, but I see no reason to keep her on the sidelines. I don’t have much of a feel of the other tribe yet, so I have no comments on that end.

Favorite scene:

Tai and JT and the chickens. I side with JT on that one. You aren’t there to marry the chickens. You are there to win the game.

Rooting for – Malcolm, Ozzy, Michaela

Rooting against – Sandra, Cirie, Tai

The Ozzy and Cirie thing because I like Ozzy and it seems like it will be one or the other gone first.