Take a Trip To Neptune

About two or three years ago I decided to check out what the buzz was all about and rent Veronica Mars on DVD at my local library. It was early that night when I started Season 1, and only a couple weeks-roughly a month or so later about-I had finished all three seasons. Yep its that addictive. Even though I knew that the show had been unfairly canceled, although the third season happened because the creators knew the show was going to be canceled. But hey a movie is being planned and most of the cast is coming back, which is awesome only if the movie does not suck. Man I sure hope it doesn’t. While the entire group is the reason the show works so well, yet the dialogue is its strongest aspect: the one liners are typically fantastic, and the banter is often hilarious.

I’m often in awe of how the show manages to combine the serious with the comedy in addition to it being very film noir oriented. Veronica and her dad Keith were once at the top of the social ladder until Keith is fired from his job as sheriff and Veronica’s drunken mom takes off. That’s without mentioning that Veronica is raped at a party she goes to after her friend is murdered. It doesn’t get more film noir than that, especially since Keith and Veronica run a detective agency while Veronica deals with the everyday troubles of being a teenager in high school. That’s coupled with the cases Veronica solves, even though Keith wants her to try and live a normal life despite Veronica being obsessed with solving her friend’s murder at all costs. Season 1 deals with that in excellent fashion, but its really Season 2 that is the best season, largely because the stakes are much higher and we actually see more repercussions of Keith and Veronica’s investigations and how they pry into other people’s lives.

What also flows throughout the entire show is her off and on romance with Logan, who starts out as the show’s bad boy and later over protective lover of Veronica, who is my favorite character on the show and is one of its best characters. Well until Season 3-but more on that later. Veronica’s best friend, Wallace is also really fantastic, especially since he often aids Veronica on her investigations and gets her out of trouble as much as she also helps him out. The show really only has one other consistent female character though out its run in Mac, who is wonderful and really funny. However in the end this show goes to really dark places, and can be at times absolutely brutal with twists and turns. Which the third season lacked, among other things, unfortunately. Oh and Season 2 has some episodes that are really suspenseful and exciting to watch.

Ah yes Season 3. Most fans don’t like it, but I still think that Season 3 is good overall. The show’s creators knew that Veronica Mars was going to be canceled, so they desperately tried to stop that from happening by changing some of the format and introducing new characters that were lame. However I did love some of the story lines, mostly the one that offered a conclusion to the rapist that was threatening a local collage campus. Too bad that they also completely ruined Logan for an entire season too, instead of trying to go all out and make the last season just as excellent as the other two. This does not change the fact that Veronica Mars is a great show, one that people should check out.

Just look at those gifs. I can’t even post all of the super quotes that have entertained me throughout the show’s run. In fact that would take up at least five more blog posts. Also I wonder how things would have turned out if Veronica Mars had continued to run on for a couple more seasons. I did have a future version planned out, but I’m sure the movie will come up with something good. Right? RIGHT? It better. Thanks to Kickstarter. Wahoo.

I Want To Believe

I love The X-Files. Its one of my all time favorite shows, and the cast for it rules. Mulder and Scully are one of the best duos in the history of TV, and they have great chemistry with one another. I love their poor long suffering boss AD Skinner, and the Cigarette Smoking Man is a Top 10 TV villain as far as I’m concerned. My favorite episode is hard to pin down, although for now I’d go with “Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man” from Season 4. I love how every episode opens with something creepy, or freaky, or completely ridiculous that makes you think “Whoa. Sweet.” Sure there were sci-fi and horror shows before The X-Files, but I really think that The X-Files changed the genre forever with its mix of science and odd plausibility that was tangible and almost real.

Naturally the show has what most shows have: an overreaching arc and stand alone episodes. The alien conspiracy forms the basis for the show’s arc, and its fascinating how complex and interesting that arc really gets. That arc results in some of the some of the best episodes during its run, although there have been plenty of great stand alone ones too. “Home” is a particularly great and terrifying stand alone episode, among others just like it. “Two Fathers” is a fantastic arc episode that showcases properly what the show is truly capable of. The bond that Mulder and Scully also have is something that runs through the entire show, and of course they have a slowly growing attraction to each other that the The X-Files strung a long a bit just because its more fun to watch them flirt at times and gives the viewers something extra to look forward to each week.

Everyone forgets the show’s great use of humor, too, as displayed in the hilarious classics “Clyde Bruckman’s Final Repose” and “Jose Chung’s ‘From Outer Space'” in Season 3. Despite the fact that the last couple of seasons were not very good, with the show jumping the shark and having a mediocre mess of a series finale, The X-Files is still a great TV show. Not to mention being one of the handful of shows I’ve ever watched that made me regret not having seen it all the way through from the beginning on TV, and also being one that I’ve binged on heavily via Netflix Instant Viewing. “The Truth is Out There,” indeed.

Social Media Is a Funny Thing

Or basically how I stopped hating and learned to love the hashtag. Still I’m wondering how some of my all time favorite shows would have fared in the era of Twitter. 24 would have made for some fun statuses, but I’m glad that while waiting to watch an episode at times all I had to do was avoid RT when it came to spoilers. Which is funny considering that Fox is considering bringing the show back. I would have had to skip all social media on the night Lost aired, because it was bad enough that some people on RT would spoiler the show so easily-Twitter would have made things worse. However there are some upsides to Twitter that I find handy.

Namely that you can live tweet your thoughts to the cast of the show you are watching as it airs. I actually got Yvette Nicole Brown to respond to and favor one of my tweets this year as I viewed an episode of Community Season 4, which was really cool. That’s always fun to get a famous person to like what you are saying about the show they’re putting their full efforts into. Not to mention the amount of Twitter accounts for TV shows is numerous. Doctor Who has several and I decided to follow only two of them just so I could keep track.

Since Twitter isn’t going anywhere (or Facebook for that matter) I suppose utilizing them to promote TV shows and share your fandom is the only way to go. That said, please go easy on the spoilers. In this day and age its easier to use DVR and the Internet to keep up with TV than viewing it live.

Why Look Back When You Can Look Forward?

Look I’m guilty of indulging thoughts of nostalgia just as much as the next person. Currently I am following a “Fuck Yeah 90s” tumblr and over the past year I’ve viewed Nick’s late night airing of some of their classic kids shows. The fact that Netflix Instant Viewing is featuring shows such as Dexter’s Lab, Johnny Bravo, and Powerpuff Girls-shows that I grew up on-is enough to make me excited to revisit the past. At the same time however nostalgia seems to be rather dangerous to me in certain ways. Especially considering that a a large chunk of rich white males probably long for the good old days when women were second class citizens, gays stayed hidden, and minorities didn’t have a say in anything. Just keep that in mind, folks.

Really though nostalgia clouds the past all too well, making the so called good old days seem better than they really were. Wait no the 1990s really were awesome, and I had a good time as a kid, and the shows were great, and…..stop. Look was that a fun decade? Yes. However we have Netflix, more powerful gaming systems, better picture quality, cheaper electronics (and bigger TVs) and the shows are just as good as they were back then, maybe even better. Have the movies gotten worse? Eh its always been a wash-you are likely to find as many awful movies in any given year as you are likely to find good ones. From my experience the majority of film offerings in any year are mostly mediocre, with the awful and the great ones being the outliers, the ones we are more likely to remember instead of the “Meh” films. Let’s be honest too folks: most of the time our politicians suck. Was Bill Clinton great? Not if you were on welfare (he kicked many people off the rolls), or a homosexual in the military. Not to mention some of the awful people he pardoned at the end of his term…but hey the economy was good, right? Yeah. But the economy could be good again, and soon. Unemployment recently went down actually.

Even worse though is that longing for the past good times prevents people from moving forward. Its nice to share glory day stories, but its even better to go out and make some new great memories. Unless of course you are really old, in which case then sure all you have is your memories. But that doesn’t mean you should engage heavily in nostalgia even then. Its always best to try and make the most of the time you have now, and find something new to fall in love with. I think we as a people should move forward, or maybe even sideways, or via the crab walk. Hey at least there’s some hope in new progress. Maybe. Now if you excuse me I have to continue going back through The X-Files. On Netflix Instant Viewing. I’m on Season 6….

Netflix Instant Viewing Rules

Mostly for TV shows, though. They need to upload more films. Still I recently got into Lost Girl, and its a fun and entertaining SyFy show with a halfway decent cast. The plot is a bit out there, but if you get past that (and if you ever liked Buffy or Angel) this might be your type of show. Hopefully I finish the two seasons of it already available before Season 3 comes out. For some reason I prefer two of the non-main character characters on this show, and it seems to me that most TV shows these days the main character is not my favorite. This could have always been the case with a lot of TV that I watch, though.

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