Friday, November 28, 2008

How We Do Thanksgiving

What follows is a more or less complete list of television shows referenced during Thanksgiving dinner this year. Keep in mind, my uncle is a minister, so my sister and I didn't dare dwell on some of these references for too long.

-Futurama
-Dirty Jobs
-Columbo
-Frisky Dingo
-The Office
-Dancing with the Stars
-It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
-Banacek
-Top Chef
-Monk
-Batman: The Animated Series
-House
-Stunt Dogs (We made this show up. It's either dogs doing tricks or people in dog costumes doing tricks. Either way, we would totally watch it.)
-The Colbert Report

So, yeah. Thanksgiving with my family is almost entirely what you would expect.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

I Would Have Been So Thankful for This...

Happy Thanksgiving!




On an unrelated note, I was watching Fringe this week, and it opened with a scene where a Massive Dynamic employee was attacked by butterflies. Sure, it was a good episode, but it would have been so much better if this guy:




had been a suspect.


"You are no longer butterflies. Today, you are Murderflies!!!"

Yes, I know it was actually Brock who said that line, but it felt appropriate.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Myndi Was Right!

-Yes, I have neglected the Swear Jar. Badly. I mean, I've been writing up a storm over on spunkybean and that's pretty well stretched me to my limits. Plus, Mysterious Don has co-opted all of my regular content anyway. Seriously, next year the Venture Bros. recaps will probably be over there. I'm thinking of maybe narrowing my focus here so I can really concentrate on something, or else just regularly posting short bits. We'll see. The point is, we're not dead yet.

-Speaking of all things Venture, my finale recap will get done very soon. As I said, spunky-writing is very time-consuming, and "The 25 Days of Christmas Episodes" may well break me. Anyway, I actually sat down to recap, and I realized how well-written those two episodes are, and I started paying more attention to structure than getting all the references. If you have the two-parter setting on your DVR, take a minute to notice how well they set up the characterization of all the leads in record time. There's also a big hunk of exposition that manages to be entertaining, juggling all sorts of characters, and an elegant solution to the clone problem. Good stuff. But don't worry, I'll be explaining the "Tralfaz" name drop soon enough.

-Hey, you know who's awesome? Walter Bishop from Fringe. Just putting it out there.

-OK, it turns out Myndi was right. She's been on me to watch The Big Bang Theory for a while now. Last year, I reviewed the pilot, and I hated it. Boring and sitcommy and anti-intellectual, and I pretty much closed the book on it. But usually Myndi is right about things, so I gave it another shot. You know what? This show got pretty good. It's not going to replace 30 Rock, but it's funny. So, yeah. Adding another show to the schedule and publicly proclaiming the correctness of Myndi.

"I can't watch the Clone Wars TV show until I see the Clone Wars movie. I'd prefer that George Lucas disappoint me in the order he intended." That? Is funny.