One post for yesterday's and today's related questions.
Day 28 - First t.v. show obsession
My first obsession was with Twin Peaks, I suppose (in 1990), although it was not nearly as bad as last year's obsession with the first series of Being Human and this year's with Life on Mars.
Day 29 - Current t.v. show obsession
Current obsession with a t.v. show: Life on Mars; obsession with a current t.v. show: none.
And now the end is near: last question tomorrow!
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
I take this to mean a real pilot, not just a first episode. I only know of a few, and of these I love the Due South and Twin Peaks ones. As I didn't see the Due South pilot until I'd watched some of the series, I'm choosing Twin Peaks. It did what a good pilot is supposed to do: it drew me in and had me hooked in no time.
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
It had been my understanding that Philip Glenister didn't want to do a third series of Ashes to Ashes, so the cliffhanger ending of 2.08 took me completely by surprise at the time. Only later did I learn that a third series had been commissioned.
Something similar happened with Nurse Jackie. I thoroughly enjoyed this show, but the final episode (or so I thought) ended in chaos. It all but killed my love for the series, until I read on IMDb that there was going to be a second season. (And, as I now see, a third one as well. How silly of me to think they would quit so soon!) Anyway, looking forward to it.
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
The Devil's Whore is the last title in my John Simm project (for the time being);
I've also bought Blackpool, because this gif made me curious:
Only the first series of Slings & Arrows was shown here at the time, but I have all three and I plan on watching the whole thing this coming autumn;
and I don't think I've ever seen the complete Black Books, only random episodes. I should probably remedy that. Fortunately they have both series at my library. [ETA: apparently there were three series made, oh well.]
Day 24 - Best quote
My love for language-based comedy means I have many, many favourite quotes, but most of them aren't as funny when read out of context or if the characters are unfamiliar. Therefore I'm picking only one today, Basil talking to himself in the Fawlty Towers episode "Communication Problems" (1979).
Several variations can be found online, but Belgian TV conveniently repeated the episode last Monday, so I sat poised, pen in hand, to check whether I had the quote word-perfect. I hadn't, but I do now.
"What was that?"
"That was your life, mate."
"Oh, that was quick. Do I get another?"
"Sorry mate, that's your lot!"
Day 23 - Most annoying character
I am pretty sure we are meant to agree with Blackadder that Lord Flashheart is an arrogant git, but my dislike was such at first that I could barely watch him whenever he was on screen. (Nothing to do with Rik Mayall, it was purely the character.) It took some rewatching before I understood, and cracked up at, a rather crude joke of his and after that I couldn't not like him any more.
Other characters I have found annoying include: Daisy in Dead Like Me; Buster in Arrested Development; Lucy in Being Human; Alex in series 1 of Ashes to Ashes; and also somewhat in series 3, because she seems so taken with Jim Keats, whom any person in their right mind can see is an utter creep.
But the start of the third series of Mistresses has reminded me how much I want to slap Katie. She must certainly win first prize here, with Trudi from the same series coming in a close second.
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
The first time I saw "Goodbyeee" (the Blackadder Goes Forth finale) I hated it with a vengeance. I actually shouted at the TV that "this is supposed to be a comedy, for god's sake!" Other series of Blackadder had ended in death, but they were still funny. This one was just bleak and depressing.
Over time it has steadily grown on me though, and nowadays it's not only my favourite Blackadder Goes Forth episode, but also one of the best series endings I have ever seen.
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Runners up: Mitchell/Annie from Being Human.
Whereas Annie's relationship with George is purely sister/brother, with Mitchell we can sense a mutual attraction. They'd make a good couple. Mitchell's being a vampire can be dangerous to his love interests, but since Annie is a ghost, he doesn't have to worry about accidentally killing her.
They sort of half-kiss in episode 1.04 and it is sweet and cute, and although they are both distracted by others in the second series, the final episode shows that they do have a deep connection. It has been hinted that their relationship may develop into something more in the third series.
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I was quite happy to ship Gene/Alex during Ashes to Ashes, but when I started watching Life on Mars I knew this was the real deal. Sam and Gene belong together.
A lot of credit for that has to go to the actors and the people who cast them. I don't think LoM could have been anywhere near as good without John Simm and/or Philip Glenister. Apart from being great actors, they also have fantastic chemistry together. Their body types complement each other and perfectly match their characters' personalities. I read somewhere that Gene is like a bulldog and Sam like a terrier, which is so apt (and something the US remake got spectacularly wrong).
The Sam/Gene dynamic is definitely the most important aspect of LoM. Even the creators have said that the real love story is between them. Although they often fight they develop a mutual respect and friendship, and they need each other to become better people. Gene, who may seem like a big bully but is protective of his team in general and of Sam in particular, shows remarkable patience whenever Sam has one of his crazy spells. Sam/Gene = my OTP forever.
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Day 20 - Favorite kiss
This one had me stumped for a while, until I remembered my guilty pleasure show. Out of the many Beecher/Keller kisses on YouTube I picked this one, because it is just a sweet kiss with no added Drama:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8Ix-ylfwk4 (do not click if you don't want to see two men kissing)