Day 119: Prison Break, seasons 2, 3, & 4 (2006-2008) –Clearly I must have some deep-seeded desire to punish myself


If there is one thing I should learn to do, it is to quit while I’m ahead. Although if I had to add more than one item to that list I would also include: speaking a new language, how to make my mom’s homemade spaghetti sauce, and being able to do a J-turn—each of which is an important skill in its own right. However, for argument’s sake, let’s say that today my lesson should have been to quit while I was ahead. Pop quiz, hot shot, and I failed. I failed miserably.

 

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Day 99: The X-Files, Season 3 (1995)


As I have been diligently working my way through my Netflix queue week after week, I have come to the startling realization that I do not have significantly fewer titles in my list (I wanted to use the word “queue” here, but already used it in the sentence. Overusing a word is one of my weird writing pet peeves). In a rare introspective moment, I tried to understand why, over seven months, I have barely even made a dent in my shows (still wanted to use “queue”–damn you, you seductively perfect word). While the constant stream of releases to DVD and instant streaming is to blame for about 70% of my problem, I may have stumbled upon a personal quirk that accounts for an estimated 20% of my titles. I will be honest here, the remaining 10% is just crap (also, I feel very parenthetical today. (deal with it)). Crap, I am so tangential today—what am I, a geometry equation? (Eat it, Euclid).

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Day 96: Prison Break, Season 1 (2005)


Believe it or not, I never used to watch much television (says the person who DVRs so many shows that she has to watch several series on hulu because she can only record two things at a time). I guess that I used to watch a lot more movies in the theaters back then. I guess the theater experience was less irritating back then. Suffice it to say, there is a little gap in my personal television viewing history. I didn’t really watch Lost. I heard rumblings about Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy. I don’t think I even knew what Firefly or Battlestar Galactica were (and I call myself a geek!). Although, in my defense, I have since seen Firefly countless times. As DVDs of TV shows became more prevalent, I started adding a bunch of stuff to my queue. Funny enough, I am realizing at this moment, that I didn’t add the shows I just named to my list. Crap, I guess I have to add them to see what the hubbub was about. Yeah, I know. Stop yakking and get to the reviewing.

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Day 81: Bones, season 5 (2009)


I am not sure if I am the only person like this, but sometimes I crave junk food. Now, I don’t mean the somewhat socially acceptable junk food like homemade baked goods or an upscale restaurant’s fancy take on the Ding Dong. I’m talking about deciding to eat something that you are embarrassed to put on the conveyor belt at the checkout. If you are lucky, the clerk won’t point out this item of shame—personally, I tend to become unusually focused on the ATM screen at these moments. These are the food items that you carefully hide under the fresh bunch of carrots or stack cereal boxes around it so the people behind you won’t judge you. Sometimes, I casually knock over the package of toilet paper over it, just so I don’t have to come to terms that I am actually planning to consume the product. Usually this is Doritos (or some other food that is a color not naturally occurring in any environment….but, mostly Doritos).

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Day 63: Sherlock (2010)


I have one word to describe the first season of Sherlock, and that word is: Wow! Although I pretend to be hip to entertainment news, I was somehow unaware of the existence of this show. A friend recently told my husband and me about it, and we were able to catch the first episode when it aired on PBS. It was love at first viewing. I don’t know how to explain it, we just clicked. We laugh at the same jokes, we don’t have any extended periods of uncomfortable silence, and we finish each other’s sentences. You know how it goes. I should probably thank the friend that introduced me to the series that changed the last three Sundays of my life from bleh to “omg, the new Sherlock is on tonight.” I usually don’t do shout outs in my posts, but thanks, Brad– I owe you one (just one…he he).

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Day 31: Shutter Island (2010)


Warning: This review contains spoilers. Although, I will clarify that these are “mild” spoilers because most of the potential “spoiled” part of the film I could see coming….from way, way, way far away (or, in Lucas-speak—“a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” is how far I could be and still guess what this film had in store for me).

 

In Shutter Island, federal marshal Teddy Daniels (Leonardo DiCaprio) investigates the disappearance of a patient at a maximum security mental asylum in the 1950s. He takes his new partner, Chuck (Mark Ruffalo), on the case and they attempt to sort through the layers of lies, truth, and crazy ramblings in an effort to discover what happened to the missing patient. The island is totally remote and inaccessible except by a special ferry that is suspiciously hampered by a storm…. Hey, wait! Doesn’t this sound eerily similar to Jurassic Park? (And I thought the patient rambling about dinosaurs was just insane… he may have actually been onto something.) Keep reading…



Day 25: Bones, season 3 and 4


I think I may have had my fill of Bones for a while. I ravenously watched the first two seasons. I even enjoyed most of the third season. But I am about halfway through the fourth right now, and I have to put my gluttonous consumption of this show on hold for the time being.

 

Season three seems to have been cut short by the writers’ strike; as there are only 15 episodes instead of the usual 26. During this season, the team solves their typical crimes and deal with the daily lab drama—all while chasing a cannibalistic, conspiracy-theorist serial killer. I don’t know if they were in a rush to finish the season or they just took the easy way out, but it takes a turn for the weird and unbelievable. However, on the plus side, they introduce a new character, Dr. Sweets (played by John Francis Daley from Freaks and Geeks), as a psychologist and profiler. While it took me a couple of episodes to recognize him as an adult—and without his comic books, Dungeons and Dragons accessories, or his membership card to the av club– I found him to be an interesting addition to the team.

 

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Day 24: Dexter, season 4, discs 3 & 4


I would be lying if I didn’t admit that watching the fourth season of Dexter gives me weird dreams that border on nightmares. The show can be pretty messed up at times, and this season may have been the creepiest—namely because of John Lithgow. I have mentioned his role as one of the most disturbing serial killers portrayed onscreen before, but I could probably reiterate that he really deserved the Golden Globe he won for this role. For once, one of those awards shows got it right.

 

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Day 21: Bones, season 2


About halfway through the second season of Bones, I realized I was actually watching the series for a love story. A love story? What the heck, me? I found myself powering through the season to find out if two of the characters end up together. No, sadly, I wasn’t worried if the two main characters, Bones and Booth, hook up. I was more interested in the side story of Angela and Hodgins. What have I become?

 

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Day 20: Dexter, season 4, discs 1 & 2


Oh, Dexter, we have a problem. Well, several problems to be exact.

 

First, why do you keep ending episodes with cliffhangers? Now I am dependent on the mail to bring me the exciting conclusion of your latest escapades. I feel like a needy young girl who just started to date a guy she really likes. Only instead of checking the phone to see if he has called, I keep checking to see if the mail has arrived. Please don’t leave me hanging like this.

 

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