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TV Tuesday: Shows to Clean To

Every May I (attempt to) do a pretty thorough cleaning and sprucing up of my house. I take time off work, I put a little money into projects that need a kickstart, and I give myself an excuse to clean things more than usual. I don’t like to watch anything new during that time because that would mean me sitting and staring at a screen instead of being up and about and cleaning. So I like to put on shows in the background that I’ve seen a bunch of times and don’t feel bad about missing bits of.

This spring, I rewatched:

  • NoahsArc
    Noah’s Arc: one little mention of it in a discussion with a friend and I had to watch the whole series again, minus the terrible movie, sorry boys; it really wasn’t very good. But the series is awesome and will always have a place in my heart.
  • charmed_2
    Charmed: I started rewatching it in December and only made it about 3 seasons in, so I picked up there and finished it off again. I’ve probably watched this show more than any other in the world when it comes to rewatches, but not usually all in a row because I typically used to catch whatever was playing on TNT.
  • StarTrekDS9
    Star Trek: Deep Space 9: I’ve seen the first two seasons several times, which was all I got through during May, but I’ve only made it through the rest of the show once a few years back; this was a nice excuse to fall in love again.

In addition to being great background accompaniment to housework, I love rewatching good shows. There’s something so enjoyable in marathoning a show that I know so well I can recite bits along with it. It’s like a familiar rhythm or song you can’t help feeling part of. That kind of familiarity always makes me smile (even if things aren’t going so well for the characters during that particular episode).

Quiz: Which Charmed Demon Are You?

I started to take this quiz about which Charmed character I am. But I stopped at question three “How do you where your hair?” because I had no idea. My hair be on my head. Where your hair?

Quiz: Which Charmed Demon Are You?

Answer: Banshee
CharmedDemon

Thoughts: Wow. Sorry, men. I knew my singing was bad, but I had no idea it was that bad. Once again, one of these demon quizzes picks up on my preference for justice. This quiz was painful grammatically as well (lots of “sum1″s). What a shame.

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Fandom Spotlight Day 5: Charmed

For the month of April, I’m breaking out of my usual “format” and showcasing one of my favorite fandoms a day, so I will have shiny things to make me smile every day of my birthday month. When I sat down to write the list of my top 30 fandoms, I found the task terribly hard. How do I choose just 30? My apologies to all my beloved fandoms left off the list. I’m using random.org to determine what fandom gets what day.

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Top Ten: Time Loops

I love time travel in my fiction (heck, I’d take it in my real life as well if I could manage it). But what I love the most are time loops. I love knowing what to expect, the humor that comes from repetition, and the clever differences from loop to loop. I love seeing the loops finally broken. As Groundhog Day is less than a week away and as I recently watched Source Code for the first time, what better subject matter for this week’s list?

Mystery Spot

 

Top Ten Time Loops

  1. Groundhog Day- The movie has to be the first one on my list, of course! I usually rewatch it every year on or around Groundhog Day.
  2. Blood Ties “5:55″- It’s honestly been a while since I saw this episode, but it still stuck in my memory. Poor Vicki. Plus, it’s fun to have a character trying to insist to everyone else that they all died… when you’re also dealing with a vampire character who is, technically, already dead.
  3. X-Files “Monday”- a day where everything goes wrong… and then it happens all over again! Not the most paranormal of episodes, but that was fine by me.
  4. Day Break- I’d watch Taye Diggs in anything, but I really enjoyed watching this during its run on TV (I bought it on DVD too). It’s a clever concept to turn into a show, building more and more on every day.
  5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer “Life Serial”- It’s only a portion of the episode, but I still love watching Buffy try everything in the world to satisfy a customer at the Magic Box.
  6. Eureka “I Do Over”- Hey, it’s Eureka, so the time loop concept had the potential to be super silly. Instead, the loop breaks with the one thing I never expected.
  7. Charmed “Déjà Vu All Over Again”- It’s interesting that many of these time loops involve significant deaths (I guess if you’re going to do a time loop show, might as well do something big and kill off some significant characters for shock value; they’ll be back when the loop resets). But several of these time loops are stopped finally because of a death.
  8. Supernatural “Mystery Spot”- This episode came at the exact right moment in the series. Not only is there a reemergence of the Trickster, but Sam’s already facing a future without Dean… and he has to see what that’s like by losing Dean every day. We see what it turns him into in an episode that is equal parts hilarious and seriously deep. Plus, it’s Asia!
  9. Stargate SG-1 “Window of Opportunity”- Another great example of hilarious and tragic rolled into one, with so many great moments from a certain kiss to Teal’c with a thermometer to golf to Jack’s incredibly moving speech at the end. And even though he’s not one of the characters who knows it’s happening from loop to loop, Daniel still has some fantastic moments.
  10. Star Trek: the Next Generation “Cause and Effect”- My absolute favorite episode of Star Trek TNG tops off my list. Though I adore repeating lines along with every loop, I also really love that none of the characters fully remember things from loop to loop, like in many of these types of stories. Yet, some of them get a sense from loop to loop that something is happening.

Honorable Mention Goes To…. Captains Jack & John from Torchwood being stuck in a two-week time loop for five years. I would totally watch that series!

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