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Television: June 2011’s TV

July 28, 2011 2 comments

Almost a month late, we have the June round-up posts. This month started with games and now it’s time for a look at the month’s television:

Nobody seems to want to look forward this month.

Image sources: Holtz, Brennan, Daenerys, John and Dale

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TV: May 2011’s Television

Far later than intended, we have the May round-up posts, where I write a little about all the media I consumed throughout the month (June’s will hopefully go up next week, but haven’t been worked on at all yet). This month we start with the television I watched.

There are far fewer portraits this month but it's not because I watched much less television. Read on for the explanation.

Image sources: The Host, Holtz, Brennan, Jonathan, The Doctor, Daenerys, House and Dale

Outside of this intro text and the above image everything was pretty much all written and ready to post by the 31st of May, so there was really no excuse for it not to go live on time. I’m doing things slightly different this month, commenting only on the shows that I feel I have something I want to talk about (and only doing images for those ones), so let’s get to it:

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Television: April 2011’s TV

It’s time for each of April’s round-up posts, a quick overview and assessment of all the entertainment I consumed during the month. Having finally been on time enough last month to make goals this is the first proper opportunity to see whether I was able to meet them. This month kicked off with film, then it was books and then the month’s games, and we finish with April’s television.

Six new additions this month meant making this image wasn't any less time consuming.

Image sources: Doyle, The Host, Francis, Enoch, Brennan, Jonathan, Kitty, Rick, Alexei, The Doctor, Daenerys, House, Phil, Hope, Brian and Nicholas.

There are sixteen portraits in the image above (each representing a different season/series), compared to fourteen last month, twelve in February and just five in January. Despite that increase I did actually watch less television this month (which I’ll talk about in the goals section below), it just happened to cover more individual programmes. Let’s get to it:

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TV: What I’m Watching

November 21, 2010 Leave a comment

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This post is a round-up of every TV show I’m currently watching week to week, in alphabetical order and with no more than one paragraph per programme. I’ve split it into three posts and this is the third. General spoilers will probably follow for the season being discussed and anything preceding it:

Modern Family (Season 2)

I don’t really have much to say about this except that I’m still enjoying it, it’s a solidly entertaining comedy and I like all the characters.

Stargate Universe (Season 2)

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TV: What I’m Watching

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

 

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This post is a round-up of every TV show I’m currently watching week to week, in alphabetical order and with no more than a paragraph or two per programme. I’ve split it into three posts that will all be up within a week (they’re already typed and scheduled), and this is the second. General spoilers will probably follow for the season being discussed and anything preceding it:

Community (Season 1)

The very first episode makes a point of listing all the different types of people who attend a community college, which sets up the main cast that spans many generations, from youngsters fresh out of high school all the way up to Chevy Chase’s considerably older Pierce. What I like about the cast is that they’re all students and therefore all equals, none of them have actual authority over any of the others, despite the variety. The show wisely centres on ex-lawyer Jeff as the main character, who thinks he’s better than the college and hopes to breeze through it all as easily as possible, while the others mostly do their best to soften his cynical world view. So far it’s proven to be a very funny show.

Dexter (Season 5)

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TV: What I’m Watching

November 17, 2010 Leave a comment

 

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This post is a round-up of every TV show I’m currently watching week to week, in alphabetical order and with no more than a paragraph or two per programme. I’ve split it into three posts that will all be up within a week (they’re already typed and scheduled), and this is the first. General spoilers will probably follow for the season being discussed and anything preceding it:

Bones (Season 6)

I’m going to bring up “will they, won’t they?” relationships a couple of times in these posts (which I’ll shorten to WTWT), and Bones is a series that has created an obvious connection between Brennan and Booth but has resisted acting on it, not least because Brennan herself plays things a lot more clinically and less emotionally than Booth, who is a firm believer in True Love and things of that nature. I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t head in that direction eventually (though I’d prefer they leave it until the final ever episode), but for now they’re firmly grounded in WTWT territory and in Bones I don’t find that to be a bad thing.

To finish off the last season Brennan and Booth both left for different places around the world and this season looked like it was going to go in a slightly new direction thanks to the entire old team being disbanded and into new things (including different professions), but by the second episode almost everybody and everything was back in place and the show is back to its normal formula. That’s no bad thing though because Bones is still a fun show.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Season 3)

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TV: I wish the Simpsons aged

August 1, 2010 1 comment

Lisa's Wedding

Wikipedia quote: ""Lisa's Wedding" is the 19th episode of The Simpsons' sixth season, which originally aired March 19, 1995. The plot focuses around Lisa visiting a carnival fortune teller and learning about her future love."

As should be clear from the image above, the 1st of August 2010 was the date of Lisa’s wedding in the episode of the same name, which back in 1995 was still fifteen years away. Lisa was twenty-three and met Hugh at university, where they fell in love and planned to marry. That kind of flashforward is a common way for a programme to explore a future the show itself won’t reach, but the great (and sad) thing about The Simpsons is that it’s turned out to have a longevity few shows ever do, especially cartoons, to the point that it’s reaching the dates it used as a far off future.

But of course, the Simpsons don’t age. They’re forever trapped at the ages they were when the series started, stuck permanently in the same roles, regardless of how many times they celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and Christmas. That’s pretty standard for a cartoon but if the show’s creators had decided to age the characters with each passing year things would have been so very different now.

Caution: The rest of this post almost becomes fanfiction in its speculation.

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