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Oh no! Did you hear that David Arquette and Courtney Cox are splitting up? That's so sad, I liked them as a couple. :(

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I'm not going to cut for Gossip Girl this week, because there's no spoilers in my wrap up. I REALLY hate this season so far. I was so excited that no annoying Taylor Momsen would be present, but... alas, it's not so. There's too much Vanessa, and the only characters I actually don't loathe are Blair and Serena. I even hate Chuck, and not in a fun way. It's a real bummer when even your guilty pleasure show gets so annoying it's not fun anymore. Oh, and Juliet? Sucks extra hard.

Whereas Castle, on the other hand, becomes more and more wonderful and charming every week. *snuggles Castle* Castle's family, especially, continues to rule the universe. Steampunk Castle was the coolest thing ever. Besides when he dressed up as Captain Tightpants last Halloween.

Oh, and BOO TO THE NEW BOYFRIEND! BOO!

And a huge AWWWW to that ending.

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I don't know if I've mentioned this to you guys yet, but I've become an absolute The Big Bang Theory JUNKIE (I'm on my third watch-through in a row), and the cutie who plays Penny was in a really HORRIBLE riding accident -- she's sort of okay, now, but UGH listen to the story she told on Ellen!



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30 Day Memes, Day 03

Your favorite couple: Why are these questions so HAAAARD? Um... although I love the idea of TV Eric/Sookie, I'm not crazy about Sookie, so that would just be gratuitous to get Eric naked (not that there's anything wrong with that.) I have to say Jessica/Hoyt. They're so damn cute and tragic, I can hardly stand it. Plus... weirdly hot. Note for the record: I still want to see Eric and Sookie get together so we get more naked Eric. Plus, Bill and Sookie as characters are kind of annoying together, although I don't dislike Bill at all. Also, Alcide is freaking hot, so I wouldn't mind seeing more of him naked, either. If that means Alcide/Sookie, what are ya gonna do?

Still want more naked Eric more than anything, and I'd like to see Pam in a steady thing with a hot chick.

Day 3 - least favourite character: This often gets me lambasted in Angel fandom, but GOD I HATE CORDELIA after season 1. And it's not because of the aborted, forced nonsense that was supposed to be C/A, either (if they had done it differently -- and, you know, if Buffy had stayed dead -- I might have been on board). The character was a favorite in Buffy and Angel Season 1, but starting in Season 2, when Angel's complete nervous breakdown and loss of identity became all about HER, the character just went downhill faster and faster, imo, until I was really happy when she was GONE. (Now, let us separate fiction from real life, kids, I know some fans have a problem with that. My hatred of Cordelia and happy dance when the character was GONE is in direct opposition to how I felt about the poor actress and how fucking SCREWED she got by Mutant Enemy. Seriously, I have a hard time thinking of an actress --that I know about, anyway -- who was treated worse on TV for getting pregnant. They knew it was illegal to fire her, so they wrote the crappiest possible storyline that completely disrespected the character and was really dumb in execution, leaving seasons 3&4 a steaming pile of crap that the show barely recovered from before it got canceled.)

I shed a tear for Angel in "You're Welcome," but I sang Ding Dong the Witch is Dead after. Yeah, that's right.

Not to be unfair, I loathed Eve too, but she was only there a short time. I got the idea of the character, but the execution, again, was really, really bad.

least favourite character - Hm. Another tough one. I'm going to have to go with Riley. Bad idea, bad execution on every level. That Noxious spent so much time and energy trying to shove him down our throats made absolutely sure that I would hate him that much more, and humiliating Buffy with that Into the Woods nonsense sealed his fate. I confess, I enjoyed his appearance in S6's As You Were, but... other than that, just no.

I hated him so much in S4, I wrote a crack fic that had him getting eaten by a vampire cow. That's how much I hated Riley. It was too soon, he was too lame a character, and as I said, his storyline was just... dumb. Poor Marc Blucas. I bet he had no idea what he was getting himself into at the time.

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lunalelle
Oct. 13th, 2010 01:46 am (UTC)
I was really sad when I heard that Courtney Cox and David Arquette were separating - for a while or forever. I'm a big fan of the Scream trilogy, and the story of them falling in love on the set was just perfect. And they made it 11 years.

I think Marc Blucas tried really hard to make Riley work, and I liked Riley as a character, but it was like the writers couldn't find his voice.
theantijoss
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:10 pm (UTC)
I was really sad when I heard that Courtney Cox and David Arquette were separating - for a while or forever. I'm a big fan of the Scream trilogy, and the story of them falling in love on the set was just perfect. And they made it 11 years.

I know! I heard Regis & Kelly talking about it, I think, and they mentioned part of what was so sad is that they seemed like such a stable Hollywood couple, and that hardly ever happens. I hope they work their issues out and get back together.

I had a problem really choosing a least favorite character on Buffy -- I mean, I've disliked a lot of characters, including the main ones, to various degrees over the seasons. I had to go with Riley because at the time, I couldn't stand him or what he did to the character of Buffy. Of course, the same could be said of Spike later on, so... that's one of the problems with setting down an answer to some of these questions! LOL

I think poor Marc wasn't ready for taking on this role and what he would face doing so, and the writers had REALLY not thought him through beyond, "We really want to do this Initiative thing and we have to get it in there somehow, so let's force a new relationship on Buffy that totally doesn't work and forget it's effect on other parts of show!"
menomegirl
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:20 am (UTC)
Wheeeeeeee! Day 3! *bounces*

Jessica/Hoyt: ♥

Now, let us separate fiction from real life, kids, I know some fans have a problem with that. My hatred of Cordelia and happy dance when the character was GONE is in direct opposition to how I felt about the poor actress and how fucking SCREWED she got by Mutant Enemy. Seriously, I have a hard time thinking of an actress --that I know about, anyway -- who was treated worse on TV for getting pregnant.

Agreement. While I never really warmed to the character, I mightily dislike what ME did to Charisma.

I liked Riley back then and still do now... but everyone knows that, LOL! :)
theantijoss
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:18 pm (UTC)
Time has definitely softened my feelings for Riley. It was more in context at the time that I couldn't stand him, and that was more about the writers than the character himself. It was too fast, I know I wasn't ready to move on, and he was just kind of shoehorned in there to make the Initiative work. I had serious issues with the fact that the writers didn't seem to want to accept that a lot of fandom didn't like him, so they just kept writing more and more ridiculous storylines for him (which did the character a TERRIBLE disservice as well -- I mean, vampire hookers? Really?), and the last straw was when Xander LECTURED Buffy in Into the Woods, which felt to me like Noxon lecturing fandom for not adoring her baby.

Now, in later years -- I have a completely different view of Season 4. It still felt like Buffy, and I actually feel sorry for Riley (and Marc, really!) and the position he was in.

The truth is, I've disliked a lot of the characters at various times, to various degrees, in the series. Riley just seemed the easiest choice. Sorry! :( *hugs*

Jessica/Hoyt! W00t! I just lovelovelove them. The irony of their cute first love thing with their troubles is wonderful... and I can't WAIT to see what the effects of his drinking her blood and his mother's machinations are!
menomegirl
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:21 pm (UTC)
HE DID? O_o

I might have missed the last couple of eps. *woe*
theantijoss
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:29 pm (UTC)
You mean the Xander lecture? Or the Vampire hookers? Those were in Season 5. BAD BAD BAD. That was a terrible way for the character of Riley to go out. Like I said, I wasn't a fan, but I was glad he got to redeem himself in Season 6.
menomegirl
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
NO! Jessica/Hoyt.

I've seen all of Btvs and Ats-I watched them as they were airing, silly. Hmm, the Xander thing: I liked what he said, just not the way he said it. He put the onus all on Buffy and it wasn't all her fault-no break-up is ever one person's fault.

And hmmm, the vampire "hookers". Firstly, I hate the vampire = hooker analogy used in that episode. Because they had taken such pains to make Angel biting Buffy look so damn erotic. I understood why Riley did it, especially after the Dracula thing. So to have Buffy equate the biting with Riley "cheating" really irritated the hell out of me.
theantijoss
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:54 pm (UTC)
OH! You missed the last couple of episodes of True Blood season 3? You must catch up, and I'll leave it at that! ;)

Oh, the vampire hooker thing. I SO agree with you on how just... ridiculous and forced that was. I believe someone else in this conversation said the writers had no idea what to do with Riley after the Initiative arc was over, and to some degree, I think that's true.

You know, in retrospect, sometimes I think that Xander's Riley lecture was at least in part projection -- if Xander couldn't have her, he'd rather see her with another nice, normal guy than her preferred man-monster. ;)
menomegirl
Oct. 13th, 2010 03:05 pm (UTC)
sometimes I think that Xander's Riley lecture was at least in part projection

Oh, I agree with that. Totally.

Maybe it was the writers not knowing what to do with Riley. I don't know. But he was good for Buffy for a while. He made her happy, however short a time it was and so I'm fond of him.

theantijoss
Oct. 13th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
Plus, there's the huge and adorable factor, which whether I liked the character or not, I cannot deny. And I hear Marc is an absolute sweetheart as well.
harsens_rob
Oct. 13th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
I liked Riley, but the writing was weak and after the Initiative storyline, they just didn't know what to do with him... very much like Dawnie after S5 was a wrap.
theantijoss
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:22 pm (UTC)
I'm kind of stealing my own response from above. ;)

Time has definitely softened my feelings for Riley. It was more in context at the time that I couldn't stand him, and that was more about the writers than the character himself. It was too fast, I know I wasn't ready to move on from Angel, and he was just kind of shoehorned in there to make the Initiative work. I had serious issues with the fact that the writers didn't seem to want to accept that a lot of fandom didn't like him, so they just kept writing more and more ridiculous storylines for him (which did the character a TERRIBLE disservice as well -- I mean, vampire hookers? Really?), and the last straw was when Xander LECTURED Buffy in Into the Woods, which felt to me like Noxon lecturing fandom for not adoring her baby. I found Buffy's running to catch the helicopter one of her most humiliating moments, when she had already made her feelings perfectly clear.

Now, in later years -- I have a different view of Season 4 (if not necessarily 5). It still felt like classic Buffy, and I actually feel sorry for Riley (and Marc, really!) and the position he was in.
a_mistletoe
Oct. 13th, 2010 11:00 am (UTC)
So word on the Cordelia mishmash. To skew the story arcs so wilfully when the show was called Angel for a supporting role just smacks of vindictive male chauvinism.
Also, if they were so down on the actress having a real life they should have left the character in Pylea or even better, have Harmony snack her to death.

I also agree on how Angel's breakdown was subverted in Season 2 to make it about Cordelia's 'pain'. What did she lose? That line when Angel saves them all in Epiphany that he really hurt her is Cordelia at her worst. At no point did she try to help or understand Angel. Pah!

Having said all that my least favourite female character was Fred.
theantijoss
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:26 pm (UTC)
Aw, I kinda liked Fred. Of course, I liked her better when she became Illyria. ;)

Oh, don't get me ranting about Season 2 and Angel's supposed "friends". Their complete lack of support for him, added to making him CRAWL AND BEG for their forgiveness just... GALLS me to this day.

As far as S3 goes, there should have been a truly profound storyline for Angel. Instead we were dealing with nonsense from Key-raption to the Crapture. WTF?
a_mistletoe
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:45 pm (UTC)
Fred was body-jumped long before she became Illyria. However, Illyria was a much more interesting character than Fred in q white coat, or Fred the demonic language expert.

I thought the series really lost its way once it went to Pylea. Everything after that seemed to lose the characters and their motives in the sillier plots and new characters. Darla would have been so much more interesting not pregnant and with Dru in tow. That would have challenged the team way more than Holtz who threatened a lot but ultimately was a waste of time as an enemy. Pursuing Angel and Darla would have been more his meat than being a babyDaddy.
theantijoss
Oct. 13th, 2010 02:56 pm (UTC)
I agree about the show's direction. Frankly, I don't think they had any idea where to go with it, and it wandered back and forth, never really gaining a true identity (although as you say, I would rather they had stuck with it's season 1/early 2 flavor) until season 5, and that was a completely different show than the one we started with.

Pylea. *spits*
a_mistletoe
Oct. 13th, 2010 03:09 pm (UTC)
Oh Yes. Season 5 was just.... let's start again with new characters whose faces you may recognize but who bear absolutely no resemblance to the people you saw in Season 1 and 2 except one of them may be a vampire (but you can't tell because he sits around in sunlight and rarely shows his true face or his soul bearing search for redemption).

Oh and Spike will save the day. Bah!
menomegirl
Oct. 14th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC)
*runs in*

I thought the series really lost its way once it went to Pylea.

Yes it did. Because Lindsey left, haha.

:)

*runs back out*

theantijoss
Oct. 14th, 2010 01:26 pm (UTC)
Lindsey was SO awesome. His character arc was really interesting. And you know... he was (and is) really hot. ;)
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