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Meme: TV Talk

Can't believe I'm doing another meme so soon.

But as helen_c so aptly put, it's an irresistible way to procrastinate...

Taken from helen_c, who got it from silwyna, here's my TV talk...

Let's talk about TVs...

Back in the Day: 5 TV Shows You Loved As A Kid


Okay, I didn't watch much TV when I was a kid.  So these are the shows I watched in my teen years (and two of them are Chinese)...

1. The Legend of the Condor Heros  (the version played by Barbara Yung as Huang Rong)
2. The Return of the Condor Heros  (the version played by Andy Lau as Yang Guo)
3. Star Trek
4. MacGyver
5. Remington Steel

Who Would You Do?: 5 TV Characters You Would...Well, It's Self-Explanatory

1. Lee Adama
2. Nick Fallin
3. Lee Adama
4. Nick Fallin
5. Lee Adama

What can I say, I'm rather discriminating.  Lee or Nick???  Ahhhh... Naughty Nick lost by "a nose" ;)

What? No, No, I Don't Watch That...: 5 Guilty Pleasure TV Shows

1. SpongeBob Squarepants
2. Cowboy Bebop (my favorite Japanese anime)
3. La Femme Nikita
4. seaQuest DSV
5. Monk

Wow: 5 TV Moments You Still Remember (And Probably Won't Forget)

1. The Grand Finale of Star Trek: TNG:  It gave me goosebumps when Q told Picard at the end of "All Good Things..." that the exploration they so sought was not "the limited reaches of outer space", but "the limitless boundaries of the mind,"  Q also warned Picard that "the trial never ends"; which essentially says "the journey goes on."  Such a clever ending that elegantly summarized the entire premise of the show.

2. Battlestar Galactica, the Miniseries:  there are actually several moments that are equally unforgettable for me--the moment Laura told Lee "Captain Apollo has a nice ring to it, don't you think?"; the moment Lee told Doral "Lady's in charge"; the moment Bill screamed "Lee!" thinking his son had perished with the nuclear detonation; Lee and Kara's reunion after the holocaust, and finally, Bill and Lee's bittersweet reunion toward the end (oh the hug!)

3. The Guardian, Lolita:  Nick and Barbara's "date".  Barbara is the secretary at Children's Legal Services.  At night, on his way out, Nick caught Barbara crying alone because her date had stood her up, again.  He almost walked away, but on second thought, asked her to join him for dinner.  Together they went to Nick's normal hangout and met Jake and Amanda who works with Nick at his father's law firm.  Amanda, who has an obvious crush on Nick asked Barbara how did the two meet.  Barbara deadpanned:  "Oh Personals.  He was looking for a plus-sized woman, and I was looking for a cocky sugar-daddy."  Jake cracked up, but Barbara stared him down straight-faced:  "You think I'm kidding?"  To my utter amazement, Nick went along without missing a beat:  "This is actually our third date.  I thought it was time to, you know, bring her around and meet the family."  Amanda and Jake's wide-eyed speechlessness was priceless.

4. Battlestar Galactica, Tigh Me Up Tigh Me Down:  Ellen Tigh (may she rest in peace) playing footsie with poor Lee.  Lee's discomfort and embarrassment caused by his "auntie's" wayward foot was too funny.  I almost "died" at the look on Lee's face when Ellen pinched his butt!

5. Battlestar Galactica, Crossroads I&II:  Again two moments that are "imprinted" in my brain--Lee's confrontation with Bill where he told his father he won't serve a man who questioned his integrity; to which Bill responded: "And I will not have an officer under my command who doesn't have any." ::heartbreaking:: Then there's the moment where Lee gave his testimony on the stand.  From the beginning where he defiantly refused to testify against his father; to the part where he perceptively observed "We are no longer a civilization, we are a gang..we make up laws as we see fit"; till the end where Lee looked over at his father saying "This case is built on shame", the entire scene (over 6 minutes long?) blew me away!

"Tossed Salads and Scrambled Eggs": 5 TV Theme Songs You Know (and Love) By Heart

1. Battlestar Galactica theme by Bear McCreary
2. The Guardian theme song "Empire of My Mind" by The Wallflowers
3. The Guardian season one theme by Mark Snow (yes, the same guy who did the theme for X-Files)
4. X-Files theme by Mark Snow
5. Cowboy Bebop theme songs (both opening & ending themes)

Eh: 5 Shows You Just Can't Get Into

1. Farscape (I think without BSG, I might've liked it...)
2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
3. Sex and the City
4. Desperate Housewives
5. Any of the reality shows (What?  I'm cheating?  But they are equally uninteresting to me, and I can't tell one from another)

The Starting Line-Up: 5 Channels You Go To First When You Sit Down to Watch TV

1. Mostly ESPN (G got hold of the remote control) or Boomerang/Cartoon Network/Nickelodeon (son's hogging the TV).
2. Scifi (if new Battlestar Galactica episode is airing)
3. CNN or Local News (when I'm working out)
4. Occasionally NBC or TNT if I happen to catch Law & Order: Criminal Intent playing
5. Even more occasionally USA Network if Monk happens to be showing

This Is An Environment of Welcoming, and You Should Just Get the Hell Out Of Here: 5 TV Characters You Could Do Without

1. Helo on BSG
2. Farrah Fawcett's character on The Guardian (can't even remember the name of her character)
3. Shannon on The Guardian (I did remember her name.  She's the daughter of Farrah Fawcett's character)

I'm sure there's more, but I can't think of it right now...

Gimme More: 5 Shows You Can Never Get Enough Of

1. Battlestar Galactica
2. The Guardian
3. Rome
4. Pride & Prejudice (BBC production with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy)

That's it.  I can't think of another one where I felt the sense of loss when I get to the end...

Waaaaa!: 5 Shows You Still Mourn Losing Prematurely

Like I said, there aren't many shows I'm reluctant to part with.  From the above list of 4 shows I can never get enough of, 2 of them had completed their stories.  So that leaves me with only two:

1. The Guardian
2. Battlestar Galactica (still think it should get a fifth season)

Headdesk!: 5 Shows You Wish They'd Killed (or at least ended) While They Were Still Good

1. seaQuest DSV (the first season was good, then it went downhill)
2. Law & Order (it's been on for way too long)
3. La Femme Nikita (it got too contrived after the first couple of seasons)
4. Prison Break (watched the entire first season on DVDs over one weekend, but the second season just couldn't hold my interest.  The format of the story gets old after awhile)

Again, I'm sure there's more, but it's Friday afternoon, and my brain is fried.  So I gave up.  

Comments

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silwyna
Jan. 26th, 2008 12:05 pm (UTC)
Yay, you did it :o)

I also loved Remington Steele; for a while Pierce Brosnan was my personal hero LOL

I like your moment from The Guardian; I don't think I have ever seen that episodes, but I just know I would have loved that scene.

As for Pride & Prejudice; I adore that movie. I have got the new version on DVD with Keira Knightly, but the guy playing Mr. Darcy ... it's just not the same *shakes head* Colin Firth was the perfect actor to play that character, IMO.

Very interesting answers :)
xwacky
Jan. 28th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Pierce Brosnan! I was quite heart broken when they picked Timothy Dalton over him as the next James Bond after Roger Moore.

As to The Guardian episode, I had posted that particular one on YuTube a while ago. If you are interested, you can see it here. The said scene is in Part Two (I had to break it into parts because the length restriction imposed by YuTube).

Mmmm... Colin Firth IS the perfect Mr. Darcy! Although if I haven't seen the series, I'd never guessed. I saw the movie with Keira Knightly as well. But after seeing the version with Colin Firth, the guy in the movie just doesn't do it for me. Also I thought Keira was a bit too pretty and too young as Elizabeth...

On the other hand, I can't wait to see Atonement, directed by the same director and starred Keira Knightly...
helen_c
Jan. 26th, 2008 01:40 pm (UTC)
Yay for the MeMes! Loved your answer--and I think the BSG mini, as a whole, is something I will never forget. The sheer brutality of it, the creepiness in the first few minutes when the Cylon actually enters the base (::shivers::), Baltar when he realizes he doomed his planet/people, Bill screaming Lee's name...

And I agree on Seaquest; what the hell were they trying to do with that second season??
xwacky
Jan. 28th, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
Hehe, surprised I'm not the only one who saw Seaquest! It was so sad to see such a great premise laid to waste. Believe it or not, I even watched the last season after they renamed show (seaQuest 2032 instead of seaQuest DSV), and marveled how bad it had become! A while ago, I was shocked to read Jonathan Brandis, the actor who played Lucas, the teenage computer wiz on the show committed suicide!

And Yay for BSG mini! :) Although truthfully speaking, things didn't get exciting for me until Lee showed up on Galactica. I know what you are thinking *wink*, but before he showed up, things were kinda formulaic to me: you have the wise and fatherly Commander that is beloved by everyone; the dour slightly tainted counter part who served as the second in command; and the hotshot maverick pilot who reminded me none other than Tom Cruise's character from Top Gun. But Lee's appearance changed everything! :D
helen_c
Jan. 29th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Believe it or not, I even watched the last season after they renamed show (seaQuest 2032 instead of seaQuest DSV), and marveled how bad it had become!
The ten episodes after they come back from the planet? I never got to see those; it never aired anywhere where I live, and I never wanted to hunt them down. I have my dignity, you know?

I heard it was set in the future?

A while ago, I was shocked to read Jonathan Brandis, the actor who played Lucas, the teenage computer wiz on the show committed suicide!
I know! I had a crush on Lucas... ::blushes::

But Lee's appearance changed everything
At first (for the mini and S2), I was watching for the ensemble. I started to really *see* Lee during the mutiny storyline... I guess what I remember the most about the mini is the fact that the humans lost the war, and everything and everyone they knew... "The ones who died are the lucky ones," stayed with me, believe me. :)
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