Wednesday TV: #Arrow + tangent

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I’m surprised by how much I like Arrow, a story of a masked vigilante trying to fight injustice in his hometown.  But I’m going to be honest, a huge part of my enjoyment comes from the shirtless Stephen Amell working out in every single episode.  Although, the reason why they show his character’s fitness regimen is to try and make the idea that one can turn themselves into a superhero/vigilante more plausible.  Funny thing: this is not the part I find most unbelievable.  My issue is that I simply cannot get over that the story takes place in a made-up city.  It may sound ridiculous, but this has been a cause of concern for me since I first saw Batman, Forever in 1995.  As a child, I considered myself somewhat of a geography connoisseur (I studied my US Capitals place-mat daily) and I remember asking my mom where Gotham City was located.  When she told me it wasn’t a really place, I was aghast.  Not only was this movie asking me to believe in a masked superhero with a fear of bats, it was asking me to believe that this was taking place in an American City in an unnamed state.  Obviously asking way too much of me, my imagination couldn’t grasp this concept.  And it’s been that way ever since.
But back to Arrow: the characters live in the fictional Starling City, a place overrun by crime (remind you of Gotham? It should).  But for the show’s establishing shots, they take turns using an aerial view of Liberty Place (as Queen’s Headquarters) and the NYC Skyline for the bulk of Starling City.  Each time I see those shots, I’m taken out of the lovely TV-induced haze I sit in and am reminded that this is fiction.  I think the greatest part of watching TV is the escape (and ‘shipping couples, please see my post below) – when a show doesn’t allow for that (or when my mind doesn’t allow for that),  I will never enjoy my experience quite as much as I could.  But, despite the show’s locale and my weird aversion to it, I’m enjoying the episodes as each dives further into the mythology of how “Arrow” came to be.  I’m also impressed thus far with the show’s use of flashbacks (which Lost perfected so I judge other shows harshly) and the B storyline of Oliver’s best friend, Tommy, who I can only assume will eventually become Arrow’s greatest enemy (in the spirit of Spiderman, of course).

TV Romance: ‘Shipper Life

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TV Romance … I don’t think I’ve ever seen a show without it (even shows devoted to crime scene investigations throw their characters a romantic prospect every once in a while).  In fact, I get so wrapped up in my characters’ romANTICS that I can go through the entire spectrum of emotions during one episode of my favorite CW show (I watch a TV show like others watch sporting events:  I cheer, I yell, I cry, I throw things).  In fact, a old term just came back into the TV lovers’ vernacular: Relationshipping, or known more commonly as ‘Shipping (a ‘shipper is one who ‘ships).  Wikipedia defines ‘shipping as “a general term for fans’ emotional involvement with the ongoing development of romance in a work of fiction.”  I am a HUGE ‘shipper –  every show I watch, I have at least one couple I’m ‘shipping over.  So below are some of my favorite romantic moments from the couples I’ve ‘shipped the most.

Ok listen, Summer, it’s not like, like now that me and Anna broke up, I’m now choosing you, ok? Cause the whole reason that we broke up is cause for me, it’s always been you, Summer … it’s always been you.  And I’ve tried to fight it and I’ve tried to deny it, and I can’t … I can’t do it.  You’re undeniable.
– Seth Cohen to Summer Roberts, The OC Season 1 (current status: a flash forward in the series finale saw these two lovebirds getting married.  And I KNOW they’re still together)

You wanna know how many women I’ve slept with over the last 10 years?  Hundreds!  Maybe more, I don’t know.  I barely see their faces.  I married Wendy because I was lonely, because I got tired of the endless disconnect.  It was just a sad time-out.  Because when I’m inside someone, there’s only one face I see. When you came home, it was like some kind of sign to me.  Like my past coming around to give me another shot to do this different, better.  And now that chance is running back to Chicago.
– Jax Teller to Tara Knowles, Sons of Anarchy Season 1 (current status: married with two kids as of Season 5)

Jo, you can’t say something like that to me and expect me not to kiss you. So that’s exactly what I want to do.  I’m gonna kiss you in about 10 seconds.  And if you don’t want me to kiss you … well, if you don’t want me to, I guess then you’re just gonna have to stop me.
– Pacey Whitter to Joey Potter, Dawson’s Creek Season 3 (current status: ended up together in the series finale, will be together forever, end of story)

Okay, here it is: your choice.  It’s simple … her or me.  And I’m sure she is really great.  But Derek, I love you, in a really, really big pretend-to-like-your-taste-in-music, let-you-eat-the-last-piece-of-cheesecake, hold-a-radio-over-my-head-outside-your-window, unfortunate way that makes me hate you, love you.  So pick me, choose me, love me.
– Meredith Grey to Derek Sheperd, Grey’s Anatomy Season 2 (current status: happily married with one child as of Season 9)

…What I’m about to say is probably the most selfish thing that I’ve ever said in my life.  I just have to say it once.  You just need to hear it.  I love you, Elena.  And it’s because I love you that I can’t be selfish with you, why you can’t know this.  I don’t deserve you, but my brother does.  God, I wish that you didn’t have to forget this, but you do. [compels Elena to forget the conversation. When she lifts from her fog, he is gone]
– Damon Salvatore to Elena Gilbert, The Vampire Diaries Season 2 (current status: Elena just broke up with Damon’s brother, Stefan, in the latest Season 4 episode.  A new episode airs tomorrow and it might be the start of “Delena!”)

Look, I don’t talk a lot about stuff and I really don’t trust people. But I trust you … and I wanna make it, this, work.  No matter what.  And if we ever get down from here, maybe we can talk about it.
– Ryan Atwood to Marissa Cooper, The OC Season 1 (current status: the writers killed off Marissa in the Season 3 finale.  I’m still not over it)

Logan: I thought our story was epic, you know, you and me.
Veronica: Epic how?
Logan: Spanning years and continents. Lives ruined, bloodshed … epic.  But summer’s almost here and we won’t see each other at all. And then you leave town… and then it’s over.
Veronica: Logan…
Logan: I’m sorry about last summer. You know, if I could do it over…
Veronica: Come on. Ruined lives? Bloodshed? You really think a relationship should be that hard?
Logan:  No one writes songs about the ones that come easy.
– Veronica Mars and Logan Echolls, Veronica Mars Season 2 (current status: the untimely, unfounded and unjust cancellation of the show in Season 3 left viewers with a romantic cliffhanger.  But I imagine Logan and Veronica are together, because that’s how it should be).

TV Thoughts on 11/27/12

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It’s Tuesday!  Meaning it’s my favorite night of television.  In fact, I like so many shows on Tuesday that I can’t even DVR them all.  And not even all of my shows were on tonight!

On a given Tuesday, here is the breakdown of what I watch: The Voice Results Show, Ben and Kate, Emily Owens MD, Happy Endings, Sons of Anarchy.  I now watch The New Normal and New Girl on Hulu – I can wait a day for those two (and New Girl has been noticeably inconsistent this season, I’m a bit ashamed).

And now, show by show, I will collect my TV thoughts:

The Voice Results:  I am going to be SO angry when Cassadee Pope makes it into the top 4.  But I will get over it as long as Nicholas Davis, Amanda Brown and Trevin Hunte are in there with her.  The results show is insanely boring and I fast forward everything except the actual results.

Ben and Kate: This show is so adorable – it’s sweet and simple and doesn’t try too hard.  I do wish they’d utilize Maggie Elizabeth Jones (the precocious 6-year-old) a bit more because she’s awesome. And can I please vote Leslie Grossman in as a series regular?  I think her character could be perfect for Ben … just a thought, Mary Cherry FOREVER!

Emily Owens, MD: I am completely enamored with Mamie Gummer.  It may not be the greatest show writing-wise (no quick wit like in Vampire Diaries or in the ghost of Gossip Girls past), but Emily Owens is a character the majority of us can relate to.  In fact, to me she is Lizzie McGuire all grown up – but instead of having an animated inner-self, she has an inner monologue voiceover.  And I KNOW the people related to Lizzie McGuire (when Lizzie got a bra, I got a bra.  It was a deep connection that has never been broken).

No Happy Endings tonight, but it is without a doubt my favorite comedy on television.  And the show deserves MAJOR credit for bringing itself out of obscurity and becoming a recognizable force of comedy.  Also the banter between Damon Wayans Jr and Eliza Coup alone is enough reason to watch/adore this show.

Sons of Anarchy: Wow. Just … wow.  Every damn week it’s wow.  I started watching this show from the beginning a few months before season 4 aired.  I had heard about it but wasn’t sure if I would like it … oh how wrong I was.  Kurt Sutter has created one of the most dynamic serialized shows I have ever seen.  A Hamlet-esque story set in the world of a motorcycle club called Sons of Anarchy or SAMCRO, the show doesn’t shy away from taking a conventional storyline and blowing it up with more twists and turns than even an episode of Grey’s Anatomy season 2 could muster.  This week was the penultimate episode of Season 5 and one test after another was thrown at our hero, Jax, now president of the club since he pushed out Clay, the man who killed his father and married his mother (like I said, Hamlet).  We see Jax, a man who headed up the presidency with promises of bringing SAMCRO back to its glory days before Clay, slowly turning into the former president he despises.  It will all come to a head next week in the season finale, and I for one cannot WAIT.  If you’re reading this and have never seen the show, check it out on Netflix.  One of the best TV decisions I’ve ever made.

Glee & Revolution: Complaints

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Dear Revolution,

If you’re going to namedrop the Greater Philadelphia Area, please use our locales correctly. You cannot see the Philly skyline from the ground in West Chester. There is also no giant river separating Philly and West Chester. And on another note, please put Charlie’s damn hair in a ponytail – no girl I know would trek across America in a post-apocalyptic world with her hair in her face. The fact that her hair is always down is the least believable part of the show to me.

kthanks!

Love, Jessie

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Dear Glee,

I used to love you. LOVE YOU (please see my itunes bill from 2009-2010). And then, you fell. Fell SO FREAKIN HARD. So here are my ideas:
YOUR ORIGINAL CAST WAS THE BEST CAST. STOP TRYING TO REPLACE THEM WITH THIS SAD SACK BUNCH OF NEWCOMERS.
Give Burt Hummel his own storyline a la Rachel in NYC. People love Mike O’Malley.
I implore you, Glee executives who won’t be reading this, to go back at watch the Original Song episode. TROUTY MOUTH FOREVER. Cheeky stuff! Better yet, GO WATCH THE PILOT. See what this show was SUPPOSED to be about.

Love, Jessie

Starting a blog

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Truthfully, I’m starting this blog for me, not for you.  TV, Movies, Celebrities, Music, Theater … the world of Pop Culture is my nexus.  I comment on everything (constantly on Twitter, sometimes on Facebook) and I’m always thinking about the world of entertainment … I thought it might be nice to have a place where I can put all those thoughts.

I’ve been lucky enough to work in Los Angeles for the past 3 years, starting in the mailroom at a talent agency and working my way to become an assistant for two of the greatest people (and producers) in Hollywood.  While I always knew I wanted a part of the entertainment industry, I’m still not sure exactly what part I want to play.  But I do know one thing: I used to love writing (short stories and poetry mostly) and I’d like to go back to that.  I think I judge my abilities more harshly than I ever did growing up because I see how much true talent there is in LA and I worry that I won’t compare … before I even put pen to paper.  So I’m hoping this blog will be an inspiration, a collection and a place where I feel free to write again.