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Nov 10 2014

I Really Miss TV Theme Songs and Title Sequences

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For some reason I’ve had the Dawson’s Creek opening theme song from the title sequence in my head the past couple of hours. I know that the song is called “I don’t want to wait” and it’s by Paula Cole but it will always be the Dawson’s Creek theme song. There’s something special about having an opening theme, it’s one of the identifiers of the show. It differentiates the show to the others around it, even if it is one in the long line of teen dramas the opening will make it stand out from the others. When the television is on and then it starts playing you know what show is about to start and it gives me the pre show jitters. It’s not just Dawson’s Creek, it could be Friends, Fringe, Twin Peak and a whole host of other shows and I’d still get those jitters, I know what show is starting and if the music excites me then I know I have to sit down and watch it quietly for the next hour.

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Nov 10 2014

Lego is Debuting The Big Bang Theory Set

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OK, so if there’s one company that’s dominated the nerd universe for God knows how long, it’s Lego.  But in the last decade they’ve managed to pick up an even larger percentage of die hard fans of games, movie, television, you name it.  Famous figurines from your favorite shows, games, and movies are now commonplace amongst the Lego fan base.  The latest to join in on the fun?  None other than the crew that makes up The Big Bang Theory.

Lego announced Friday that it will be releasing a Big Bang Theory set. It re-creates Sheldon and Leonard’s living room and includes such geek-accurate items as a Rubik’s Cube, a DNA strand, an itty bitty Lego Death Star and Leonard’s board.The proposal includes a trove of minifigures: Howard (complete with NES belt buckle), Penny, Rajeesh (with Cinnamon), Amy, Bernadette, and of course Sheldon and Leonard.

The news came as part of Lego’s announcement of its fall 2014 Ideas projects. With Ideas, Lego fans post their own models to the Lego Ideas website. Projects that get 10,000 supporters are guaranteed an official review by the company.

Will you be decorating with a Lego Penny?  I think the best part of this entire set will be the NES belt buckle on Howard.  And thank God they’re keeping the long hair on Penny.  I think we can all agree the worst part of the show this season is Penny’s pixie cut.  It’s simply unacceptable and I refuse to believe that’s Kaley Cuoco.  Remember how good she looked in season 1?

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Nov 07 2014

The Walking Dead’s Effective Mystery Hook

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Mystery is one of the ultimate tools in powerful storytelling.  It’s one thing to watch a show and be entertained, but when a show manages to get your mind racing to predict what happens next, or what you believe should happen next, that’s powerful.  Pulp Fiction does it masterfully with Jules and Vincent’s briefcase. Lost did it to us for 6 network seasons without giving us a payoff (thanks alot Lindelof).  After 4 seasons and counting it never occurred to me that the Walking Dead does it insanely well too, until last Sunday’s episode.

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Nov 05 2014

The Missing Season 1 Episode 2 Review: “Pray For Me”

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The discovery of Oliver’s drawing in the closing of the first episode of The Missing gave both Tony, Julien and the audience at home a sense of hope that we may find out what happened to Oliver, but like I said in earlier, no one does brilliant but depressing and bleak drama like the BBC.  The police and mayor were hesitant to follow up the lead even though the picture was almost exactly the same as the one Oliver had drawn when he was with his family eight years earlier.

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Nov 05 2014

You’re Doing it Right: Five Anime Series With Epic Openings

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With most Western television taking either the college art project approach of pairing theme-appropriate but relatively static images with an evocative piece of music or the uber-boring voiceover summary narration over quick clips as openings for popular shows, it’s easy to forget about the classic approach of memorable theme songs and videos designed to capture the viewer’s imagination and summarize the show and its characters in irresistible visual ecstasy.

Anime has a long history and thousands of anime series, pretty much all of which continue to take the traditional route of pairing exciting and kinetic visuals with killer music in a way that is designed to pump you up for the show if you’re already a fan, or hook you into watching it if you’re a newbie. It’s becoming almost standard for animes to change their opening theme every dozen episodes (give or take), which to me really speaks of how excited the creators are to showcase their skills and how much the fans look forward to seeing these montages of sights and sounds.

In this age of DVD, streaming, and DVR consumption some people (like myself) have made it a habit of skipping past the minute and a half or so of opening credits sequences in favor of getting the show on the road. But here are five anime with opening sequences I never skip because they are just that awesome. Continue Reading »

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Nov 05 2014

Should You Be Watching Bob’s Burgers Instead of Family Guy?

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The first time I watched Bob’s Burgers, my girlfriend convinced me to do it. I did NOT understand the appeal; it just seemed like a bunch of fart jokes (not that those can’t be funny….). I thought it was just some show only fringy art kids liked. However, she, being my lady and all, convinced me that there is more to it than toilet humor…..so I gave it another shot. Within watching two episodes I was completely hooked. This show is hilarious, and its’ fans are rabid.

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Nov 05 2014

What’s Next For The Last Airbender Universe After The Legend of Korra?

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The Legend of Korra is currently marching through its final season, or “book” as it’s known on the show. It’s had four, which is one more book than its predecessor series, Avatar: The Last Airbender, though I will say I am waiting to watch book four all at once, so I won’t be discussing what’s happened in it so far for this article.

Rather, I’m wondering what happens next once it wraps.

I remember being overjoyed that The Last Airbender was going to live on after its failed M. Night Shyamalan movie adaptation. A whole new series? It was almost too good to be true. And The Legend of Korra has delivered in every way. I’m not sure it’s exactly as good as the original series, but even if it’s 90% as good, that makes it better than most anything else on TV.

What’s becoming clear is that The Legend of Korra has demonstrated that the series may need a new home that isn’t Nickelodeon. The third book was yanked from the airwaves after falling ratings had Nick deem it unfit for broadcast. Now the entire fourth book is streaming online every week instead of on TV as well. The show is being treated like a webseries rather than arguably one of the best things on TV today, and one of the best animated shows ever. Continue Reading »

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Nov 04 2014

Can You Pass This Cosmo Kramer GIF Quiz?

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After being on hiatus for over a year I’ve decided to step back into the ring and talk about some of my favorite shows of past, present, but mainly past.  I’m the old fart on this site.  The dude in his mid 30s who misses the 80s, Atari, NES, the beginning of Seinfeld, the end of Cheers, when Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler were funny, and you know, anything else.   So today I figured it be best to start off with one of the best sitcom characters of my generation:  Cosmo Kramer…

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Nov 03 2014

Sherlock’s John Watson vs. Elementary’s Joan Watson

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Who knows if we’ll ever be able to answer the age old question “which show is better Sherlock (BBC) or Elementary (CBS)”. By age old I mean the two year old question that fandoms of both shows have been arguing about, and will most likely be arguing till after they have long ended. Personally I believe that Sherlock is a better television show by far, the writing, directing and acting are far superior to that of Elementary and it doesn’t seem like a television show, each season feels like three different films and when it’s airing the whole of Britain comes to a stand still.

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Oct 31 2014

Who Would Your Buddy Be in the Big Bang Theory Drinking Game?

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I’m a geek tried and true. My wife just informed me as I was writing this that while I might be a geek, at least I’m a cool sexy one. (shout out to her for the compliment) We’ve seen a resurgence in the geek/nerd way of life in the past 5 years and I would dare say that it could be largely in part to the Big Bang Theory’s popularity. (look at the numbers – 23.4 million viewers can’t be wrong!) While multitasking this evening watching the latest episode and browsing the internet I ran across the Big Bang Theory Drinking Game. As I skimmed the challenges I looked over at my wife and asked her – “if you were to play a drinking game and had to choose one of the characters from the Big Bang to play along with you, who would you pick?” Her answer was surprising, she went with Amy Farrah Fowler without much hesitation. Granted, she is hilarious and quite studious but I doubt that I’d want to hang out with Amy for too long or she might get the wrong idea after a few sips from her margarita.

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Oct 29 2014

Top New BBC One Drama to Keep an Eye On: The Missing

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No one does brilliant but depressing and bleak drama like the BBC, and their new show,The Missing, certainly fits the bill. The Missing revolves around Tony (James Nesbitt) and Emily (Frances O’Connor) who are dealing with the loss of their son, Oliver (Oliver Hunt), who was abducted during a holiday to France eight years ago. Even if you’ve never been through the horrifying experience, which is unimaginable to most, everyone still knows that it’s the worse thing that could happen to someone. Unfortunately for us cases like this happen all the time and often have no resolution, just like The Missing. It reminded me a lot of Madeleine McCann, Ben Needham and many other children that have gone missing over the years and although it was upsetting to watch it was still very compelling.

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Oct 29 2014

Take a trip to Whitechapel this Halloween

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No, I don’t mean go to Whitechapel and take one of those Jack the Ripper tours even though they are pretty cool. I mean Whitechapel the ITV television series, a detective drama that initially follows police officers attempting to catch a Jack the Ripper copycat killer. I know, it doesn’t seem like the type of thing that you would usually watch on Halloween because it doesn’t feature an endless amount of blood and gore with an immortal villain, but can you think of something better? I’m genuinely asking because I can’t. I think that I, and probably plenty of others, have become desensitised to all the horror movies that are thrown our way this time of year. I’ve been watching things like Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday the 13th since I was a child (says a lot about my parents) so it doesn’t really have an affect on me, I even watched Paranormal Activity without even flinching. Gone are the days when people would run out of a cinema screaming which I still can’t believe they did.

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Oct 28 2014

Why the Star Wars Rebels Pilot is Basically a Swedish Fan Massage

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Rightly or wrongly, I sorta feel a responsibility to weigh in on significant pieces of Star Wars news. Probably because my taste in those movies is all wrong but so, so right. Star Wars Rebels is kind of the big story happening between whatever crazy scoops people have landed on Episode VII. The story takes place between the Prequel and Original trilogies, following a group of characters on the fringes of the infant Galactic Empire. Superficially, its semi-well put-together, with a brisk approach to action and dialogue weighed down by animation that’s honestly just kinda fug.

But that’s not what bothers me. I can deal with (or at least ignore) mediocre Star Wars television. The real issue I take here is that the Rebels pilot is really just fan service — likable fan service, sure, but fanservice all the same. In fact, by the end of its pilot, REBELS has clearly established itself as the most fan-wanky piece of Star Wars cinematic history to date.

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Oct 27 2014

Fox’s Lone Star and 6 Other Short Lived Shows That Deserve More Love

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Every year television networks broadcast several new television shows hoping that they’ll be able to get a few hits on their hands and renew it until it stops being a cash cow. In all honesty most of the time the shows that they pick aren’t great and if justice actually existed then they would be the ones that were shown the sharp side of the axe, but networks have shown me time and time again that there is no justice in the world. Year after year plenty of brilliant shows get shown the door, and often they have a very vocal fan base that attempt to salvage the show in any form they can. Many short-lived shows have found their places in peoples hearts and lived on in some way, recent cases of this include Firefly, Veronica Mars and Pushing Daisies. For every one of these shows that garner the adoration of fans and have made some sort of a comeback there are about ten others that don’t garner that much attention. This list gives you my breakdown of recent short lived shows that haven’t received anywhere near as much love they should’ve done.

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Oct 27 2014

Syfy’s Z Nation is My New Guilty Pleasure and Should Be Yours

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I’ve given up on SyFy shows for quite sometime now even before the whole Sharknado craze. I wasn’t too keen about the whole idea of Z Nation when word first broke out. It was immediately thrown to the “pass” pile. It’s also another zombie themed television and god knows the entertainment industry is overrun by the flesh eating undead. However, I was surprised when people were passing the world along  that it was actually an enjoyable show. It’s not as dramatic as The Walking Dead, but it was quite endearing in its own low-budget kind of way. Let’s pick apart why Z Nation is worth diving into the zombie genre once more.

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