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Top 10 Buffy and Angel Episodes September 29, 2009

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I forced my roommates to enter Whedon-verse.  They should probably thank me.

Last week, Entertainment Weekly posted an online article delineating the top 25 Whedon-verse episodes ever.  And while I’ve never seen Firefly or Dollhouse (although both are definitely on my Netflix list) I enjoyed the list and I decided to make my own.  Because I can.  So, here we go, Meghan’s top 10 Buffy/Angel episodes.

10. “Grave” Buffy, 6.22

The yellow crayon speech and Evil!Willow will always be two of my favorite things in Whedon-verse.

9. “Chosen” Buffy, 7.22

Although I’m not completely happy with the way the series ended, I still really, really love Spike in this episode. Another tear jerker.

8. “Lullaby” Angel. 3.9

Who would have thought that Darla of all people (or vampires) could and did redeem herself?

7. “Conversations with Dead People” Buffy, 7.7

Terrifies me.  Every single time.

6. “The Gift” Buffy, 5.22

Oh my lamb.  I have no words.

5. “Becoming Parts 1 and 2” Buffy, 2.21 and 2.22

“I love you…” makes me cry like a baby every single time.

4.  “I Will Remember You” Angel, 1.8

What’s worse: not being able to remember or having to?

3. “Hush” Buffy, 4.10

Joss Whedon at his finest.  Who else could pull off a silent episode without getting kitschy?

2. “Tabula Rasa” Buffy, 6.8

Best line ever: “Ready Randy?” “Ready Joan.”

1. “Once More with Feeling”  Buffy, 6.7

Let’s be real.  Buffy plus musical fun?  Obvs, it’s my all-time favorite.

 

Why Glee is my new favorite TV show September 28, 2009

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I didn’t like High School Musical, which is strange, considering my otherwise obsessive love of everything musical theater.

Don’t get me wrong. I was excited when Disney announced the movie musical because I am all about reviving the genre. I watched High School Musical. And I cried myself to sleep because I knew that musicals would never be the same… in a very bad way.

So when FOX announced their newest television show based on an Ohio high school glee club, I cringed. Glee looked just as saccharine sweet and ridiculously annoying as that Disney abomination mentioned above. I really didn’t think I could handle musical theater taking another blow from a program aimed directly at preteens. But as I watched the pilot episode of Glee, my opinion immediately changed.

Will Schuester is William McKinley High School’s passionate Spanish teacher turned glee club director. Schuester was part of a nationally acclaimed glee club in high school and, in the midst of ongoing marital problems, decides to become the new sponsor of the WMHS glee club. He begins recruiting new members and revamping the repertoire to be more modern.

Glee
creator Ryan Murphy is no stranger to high school dramedies. Murphy’s short-lived WB show Popular chronicled the lives of the students at Jacqueline Kennedy High School. Although it was canceled from the line-up in 2000, Popular has developed a cult following and Glee is reminiscent of the biting wit and sharp dialogue of Popular that resonated so deeply with teenage and adult audiences both.

The only problem with Glee’s plot is that it does echo slightly just about every other romantic dramedy ever produced. How many times can we watch the football player turn into the star of the glee club and fall for the quirky unpopular girl who takes everything way too seriously? Regardless of this corny plot point, I have faith that Ryan Murphy will twist it into something no one saw coming. That’s what he did with Popular and I don’t think Murphy will be okay with any more High School Musical comparisons.

I very much enjoyed the cast of the show, but Lea Michele bothered me just a bit. Michele comes to Glee straight from Broadway, and therein lies the problem. When performing on stage, an actor must over-exaggerate his or her movements, facial expressions, and dialogue. Michele’s performance is not bad, it’s just very Broadway and not Hollywood. However, with time, I believe her performance will improve. Regardless of her consistent overacting, Michele’s vocals are incredible.

My favorite moment from the pilot includes a show choir version of Journey’s hit “Don’t Stop Believing.” The use of popular music is part of what attracts audiences to the show and after hearing the cast’s rendition of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” from episode two, I am personally planning on sticking around for the rest of the season.

All in all, Glee is a delightful change from regular Wednesday night programming. Ryan Murphy has created something so deliciously different, audiences, even those with little or no interest in musical theater, will scream for more.

And one thing’s for sure, you’ll never think of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” the same way again.

 

Happy Freakin’ Birthday, Sara!

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I’m blogging from my PW class, which, given is probably not the best idea ever, but whatevs.

Today is my roommate and best friend Sara Patchet’s 21st birthday.  Get excited.  She even wore her hot pink birthday ribbon to class this morning.  It’s pretty legit.

After Pride tonight, we’re going to BJ’s to get delicious dinner and pizookies.  Also, Sara will be taking her first legal drinks.  It’s very very strange for me to think that I now have a friend who can legally buy alcohol.  I mean, sure, I have a ton of friends from high school who have babies and even a few who are married, but there’s something about the whole legal purchasing of alcohol that just gives me a mega wiggins.

It’s going to be even stranger when my college friends start getting married because then I’ll feel really really old.

For now, I’ll settle with the legal alcohol.

 

Hell Week September 20, 2009

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This week has been awful.

I mean, really, terrible, made-me-want-to-kill-myself AWFUL.

Let’s start with our game last Saturday, which really is when the badness started.  We had Pride practice in Everest at 11:00 and it started raining at about 1:00.  Then it didn’t stop.  Until FRIDAY.

I’m not even kidding, it rained for almost an entire week.  Never in my life have I been so miserable because of the weather.

If that wasn’t bad enough, we had to stand in the pouring, freezing rain for all four quarters, even though it was pretty obvious that we were going to win by a pretty huge margin after the second quarter.  Did they call the game?  Did Mr. Britt take pity on our souls?  Of course not.  And I was already sick.  It only made it worse.  But we won, so hey. Small victories, right?

I also seem to have a tendency to bite off a little more than I can chew, so I was frantically trying to finish my profiles for the Visitors’ Guide, my freshman experience story for the yearbook, and also finishing my edits for the twirler story.  UGHHHHHHH.  I really love my major, but sometimes I get really really tired of words.  Sometimes, I wish they didn’t even exist, but then I realize what I just thought and I hate myself a little because without words, how would we read? Or speak? Or write?  Then I feel like a traitor to all my fellow writers.

Somehow though, I managed to get through it all without pulling my hair out and without even bursting into tears.  I have come to realize that my many emotional break-downs from last year can be blamed on Housing and Food.

Also, I’m now officially published on Blogcritics.org.  Yeah, I mean, I guess I’m pretty legit.

I kind of epic failed having a theme for this week’s entry, but hey, it’s been a hell of a week.  I like to call it, Hell Week.

 

The Time of Our Lives September 15, 2009

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The Time of Our Lives album artwork

The Time of Our Lives album artwork

There’s a lot of hate out there about Miley Cyrus.

Sure, she has more money at 16 than most people will have in their entire lifetimes and her demographic consists basically of preteen girls who hang on every word of the hit Disney show Hannah Montana.  Oh, yeah, and having a famous father probably doesn’t help her street cred any either.

But Cyrus’s new Wal-Mart exclusive EP, aptly titled The Time of Our Lives, debuts a new sound for the budding songwriter.  Sure, a few of the tunes are still obviously aimed toward her younger fans, but as a 20-year-old college junior, I honestly believe that the EP contains some of Cyrus’s best work to date.

The album’s first single “Party in the USA” is so catchy it will probably be stuck in your head for weeks after just one listen.  “Party” is rather reminiscent of Cyrus’s early work and is one of the aforementioned tracks specifically placed for her younger audience, but the lyrics about going to clubs and dancing with friends can be appreciated by fans of every age.  I’m sure that like 2007’s “See You Again,” “Party” will be remixed and redone until it’s played in just about every dance club in the United States.

The other five solo tracks showcase Miley’s ever-growing range.  Listened to in order, the EP plays like a mixed tape of every successful pop diva from the turn of the century.  “Kicking and Screaming” reminds me of Ashlee Simpson.  “Time of Our Lives” sounds like a slightly younger Katy Perry.  And “Talk is Cheap” could just as easily have been performed by Avril Lavigne.

While channeling different pop artists for every song may come off like Miley is being lazy and trying to imitate rather than make her own art, the beauty of it is that Miley has combined every aspect of what made Simpson, Perry, and Lavigne resonate with their audiences and turned it into very much her own thing.

An added bonus to fans of both Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers is a live version of “Before the Storm,” a collaboration between the two Disney creations.  Even though I actually don’t care very much for the boys named Jonas or for live material, I thoroughly enjoyed this recording.  The song’s rich harmony and the contrast between Cyrus’s lower, darker voice and the Jonas’ higher, more feminine voices make the song one of the most beautiful songs ever released by either artist.

Cyrus is growing up and her music is maturing along with her.  There’s no question in my mind that she will be around for a very, very long time, immortalized forever in the hearts of millions of squealing preteen girls who enjoy the rhythmic dance tunes and those few, brave older fans who turn to Miley’s softer break up songs for comfort after experiencing a bad relationship.

All in all, The Time of Our Lives is no Thriller or Abbey Road, but when you consider her age, that shouldn’t be a surprise.  Cyrus has room to grow, and I personally plan on going along for the entire ride.

 

It’s (Still) Football Time in Oklahoma September 8, 2009

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We played our very first football game on Saturday.  And, let’s face it, unless you’ve been hidden under a rock since then, you know how it ended.  You probably also know that Sam Bradford (aka My Future Husband) has a second degree sprain in his throwing shoulder that will keep him out for two to four weeks.

It was probably a good thing I didn’t actually see him get injured because I’m pretty sure they would have arrested me for storming the field.

When the second half started and I realized that my friend Landry Jones (we’ll get to that in a paragraph or two) was playing instead of MFH, I was in a way very very happy, but also very very sad.  I knew that if anything was wrong with MFH’s shoulder, it wasn’t good for me.  It wasn’t good for him.  And it most definitely wasn’t good for Oklahoma.

FML.

So.  On to Little Landry Jones (and I say little, but really I mean 6’4″).  I went to my history discussion and completely expected to hate it, which I did, but I also got to meet little Landry.  Not to mention Dominique Franks, Carlee Roethlisberger (Ben’s little sister), and Jenny Vining.  They loved me when I baked for them (which it was really for French, but I didn’t tell them that).  Anyway.  I love Landry Jones.  He spent basically all of last semester cracking me up whether he knew it or not (I’m willing to bet most the time he didn’t).  I was very sad for  Sam when he got hurt, but I was also very proud of how Landry played.

And it’s kinda pissing me off.  Because people in the media keep ripping Landry apart.  It’s very true that he’s not Sam Bradford, but let’s be real, no one is.  Well, except Sam Bradford.  Now, I don’t know that much about football.  But I do know that Cowboys Stadium is ridic and that anyone would have been off at that game.  Look at Sam’s first half stats for confirmation of that statement.  Plus, Landry had seconds to prepare himself to go into the game.  Unfair.

So maybe I really am a glass half-full kind of person.  Or maybe I just don’t want to accept that we might have the worst season in a very long time.  Or maybe I just have faith in something bigger than me (that absolutely cannot be a Texas fan).  Either way, I still love my school, love my football, and love my quarterbacks.

Both of them.

 

The Duggars are CRAZY September 1, 2009

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The Duggar Family poses shortly after the birth of 18th child, Jordyn-Grace.

The Duggar Family poses shortly after the birth of 17th child, Jennifer.

So.  I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but the Duggars of TLC’s “18 Kids and Counting” fame are expecting their 19th kid.  And to this I say, “Really?  REALLY?”

I feel like this cannot be healthy for anyone involved.

For those of you who don’t know, the Duggars are part of this Quiverfull movement, which basically means, have all the sex you want, use no birth control, and God will give you kids when he deems it necessary.  I have no problems with being religious and having complete faith in God, but I think this might just be a little extreme.

Apparently, the Duggars have found some fame (infamy?) on their TLC show, but whether the people who watch it do so for the positive message of faith or just for the entertainment value (because watching Michelle sit around and breast-feed child No. 18 while the rest of the family does laundry and cooks never gets old) remains to be seen.

However, I think the part that bothers me most about the Duggars is what they’ve done about naming their children.  Because all 18 of them have names that begin with the letter ‘J.’  In order: Joshua, Jana, John-David, Jill, Jessa, Jinger, Joseph, Josiah, Joy-Anna, Jedidiah, Jeremiah, Jason, James, Justin, Jackson, Johanna, Jennifer, and Jordyn-Grace.

Gag me. With. A chainsaw.

The oldest, Joshua, was married last September, and he and his wife, Anna, are expecting their first child next month, a girl, to be named Mackynzie Renee.  Luckily, Joshua and Anna have decided to use the letter ‘M’ rather than ‘J’ to avoid confusion.  So little Mac Duggar will have an aunt or uncle younger than her.  Fabulous.

In all seriousness, I appreciate the fact that the Duggars are raising their children to have such an unfailing faith in God because it’s definitely something you don’t see everyday.  But think about this: if each Duggar child has 20 children, that means Jim-Bob and Michelle will end up with 400 grandchildren.

I’d love to see Christmas at that house.