Life on Mars (U.S.): The Complete Season (2008)


A few weeks ago, I settled in to watch the extremely long pilot to Terra Nova. Naturally, I was drawn to this show because I like a good thrill and my ornithoscelidaphobic tendencies led me to believe I could be deliciously scared after watching it. I was, however, disappointed after the first episode. Now I will save my “pilot Terra Nova” rant for another time, but sitting through that two hour monster episode, all I could think about was how sub-par I found the acting. I mean, the main character (played by Jason O’Mara) seemed stiff—not at all like the man I was pretty sure played some cop who was mysteriously sent back to the 1970s to solve crimes in that show that was canceled a few years ago.

 

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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (2010)


There are some days where I  wish I had a house staff. As I am writing now, a pile of dirty clothes sits neglected on the laundry room floor. My closets need organizing. The puppy could definitely use a bath. In the kitchen sink, the used dishes seem to be breeding like bunnies. My entire house could use a good deep cleaning. While I am at it, I would love for someone to make me a delicious, homemade chocolate cake. Alas, the domestic staff in this home consists of one person: me (and I’m not exactly the best housekeeper in the world). But still, a girl can dream…

 

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Day 121: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)


A lot of people complained when Netflix introduced its new, sleek layout. But not me. No, I kept my lips sealed. I tried to give the redesign a chance and after a while, I became accustomed to it (note, I didn’t say that I liked it). Sure, it was somewhat convenient to have all seasons of a television show under one umbrella category; but how was I supposed to mark my queue progress since I couldn’t take shows off my list until I either (1) watched the entire series or (2) gave up and removed it? So I just decided to review things as I normally would, but just keep them on the old queue until the series was done. I’m not making much progress here.

 

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Day 120: Misfits, season 1 (2009)


Every now and then, I stumble on to something unexpected—a show that I know nothing about (not even any of the actors in it). Let me assure you, finding one such title is quite an accomplishment as I read a lot of entertainment news, watch a fair amount of television, and consume trailers as fast as companies can make ’em. I like to think I have my finger on the pulse of what to watch. However, I was surprised when Hulu kept recommending that I watch Misfits because I didn’t even know it existed. And from the commercials I couldn’t tell if it was a weird superhero series, a wacky British comedy, a teen show, or something in between.

 



Day 118: Nip/Tuck, season 1 (2003)


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Some days writing these reviews isn’t easy for me. Sure, I can (and do) attribute this to writer’s block a certain percentage of the time, but that’s not always the case. You see, it’s the “average” shows that are the most difficult to write about. I can’t rave about them, yet they aren’t awful enough to be “good-bad.” It’s in this gray area that Nip/Tuck, season 1, falls.

 

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Day 116: Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)


Maybe I’ve had too much time on my hands for introspection lately, but I’m beginning to wonder if I would have been a super villain (albeit a dorky one) in an alternate universe. I seem to have a lot more characteristics in common with them than perhaps the “average” person would. For example, I tend to be quite reclusive. I spend much of my day in my “lair” (OK, home office, but that just doesn’t sound as ominous) hatching schemes (in all honesty, I’m writing, but that doesn’t really drive fear into the hearts of men unless they are being forced to read the Twilight series). And, for someone not working in the science field, I wear an awful lot of lab coats.

 

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Day 109: The Social Network


Never let me borrow anything from you. I mean it. While I would take care of said item, I would have it in my possession for far too long. I would awkwardly tell you that I have been meaning to watch/read/whatever you lent me and dance around the subject each time we see each other. Then, I would start to hide in the back room when you came over to avoid having a conversation about what I thought about whatever it was you let me borrow. And, you see, because you lent it to me, I can only assume that it is something you hold dear to your heart. Hey, it was special enough for you to buy it, so you must like it. Maybe I hate confrontation or I could just be awesome at procrastination; but chances are, it will take me a long ass time for me to finally get around to checking out what it was that you thought was awesome enough for me to check out. Most of the time, I am disappointed, but  try to skirt around the issue when asked what I thought about it. It’s basically like a judge on American Idol telling a contestant how great they look in those clothes instead of what they thought of the actual singing. I hate lying, so I will totally go in to avoidance mode (I get a plus 2 to this if I wear my ring of deflection).

 

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Day 102: Get Low (2009)


Sometimes I see an actor on screen and I just know that I have seen them in something else recently. Usually this feeling does not include the “big names.” I know who many of the A-listers are, I could knock out a mean game of Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon for most celebrities without too much effort (yes, even without the aid of the interwebs), and I can usually pick out stars in roles before they were famous (I’ll take Ben Affleck in Buffy the Vampire Slayer the movie for $200, Alex). However, it is usually the actors who are either just emerging on the scene or those who often play the supporting roles that make me rack my brain. Typically, I try to figure out what show I recognize them from on my own; but as a last resort, I consult the plethora of online resources (read: imdb).

 

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Day 85: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (2006)


Oh, blog! How I have missed you. We haven’t really seen much of each other lately and I feel bad about that. When the new year started, I had such high hopes for us. I made a commitment to catch up and write/post about the shows I had seen. In fact, I even reminisced about the times when I would post five days a week. Although I am not a really a believer in New Year’s resolutions, I intended  to start the year off right—with four weeks of five posts per week. As you can see, I didn’t even make it through the second day. Doh. I guess I just got distracted with other things (keep shiny objects away from me if you want my attention). I really don’t want to point fingers here, but I will. It’s all Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip‘s fault! There, I said it. Now I feel better.

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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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