alexiscartwheel: (aj reads the news)
[ profile] lunamystic introduced me to two amazing fanvids this weekend!

I can identify the episodes of most of the scenes. I have clearly seen The West Wing too many times!

In which we discovered that costume dramas have lots of rain. And that Richard Armitage is really swoonworthy.
alexiscartwheel: (cj)
Comment to this entry and I'll pick three of your fandoms. You must then update your journal and answer the following questions:

01: What got you into this fandom in the first place?
02: Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
03: Favorite episodes/books/movies/etc.?
04: Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
05: Do you think that more people should get into this fandom?

[ profile] jo_blogs gave me Gilmore Girls, Firefly, and The West Wing. Interesting choices, because they're all shows that I love but don't really talk about that much.

My answers. Some spoilers if you haven't seen the shows in question. )

Just Sayin'

May. 6th, 2009 09:55 pm
alexiscartwheel: (aj reads the news)
Now that Justice Souter is retiring, President Obama should seize the opportunity to appoint Edward James Olmos to the Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Rahm Emanuel can devise a secret plan to fight inflation.

If you don't understand what I'm talking about, you need to watch more West Wing.
alexiscartwheel: (cj)
When you see this, quote Leo McGarry....

"We've got separation of powers, checks and balances, and Margaret, vetoing things and sending them back to the Hill!"

Video Spam!

Sep. 3rd, 2008 11:17 pm
alexiscartwheel: (Default)
I banned myself from reading the news, because it was making me angry, and from TV because the convention is on every channel. But never fear, there is distraction on YouTube!

So I was watching some random video and a thought came to me. (It happens sometimes. When I'm not busy forgetting what to type into Google searchbars or walking into my furniture.) "I bet someone's made that video by now," I thought. And someone had.

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. )
alexiscartwheel: (cj)
The other night [ profile] d4ni was looking for the third season of Doctor Who and saw a comment claiming that the episode "Blink" is the best episode of any TV show ever. I thought it was a pretty awesome episode, a lot like an eerie, open-ended monster-of-the-week X-File, but with "timey-whimey" stuff. But is it the best episode of any show EVER? How do you even figure that out without first watching all the shows ever produced? And who'd want to do that?

This led to a discussion of our personal favorite TV episodes, and Danielle of course wanted a definitive favorite episode from me. (Ahh! Decision making!) She picked two episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, neither of which I've seen, so I couldn't really argue. (My Buffy knowledge is haphazard at best, based on viewing a smattering of episodes during the summer I had mono.) I'd just like to mention, for the record, that she cheated on her own challenge.

I considered cheating too, but I managed to narrow it down with one. Of all the series I have watched, I think the best single episode is "Two Cathedrals," the second season finale of The West Wing. President Bartlett attends the funeral of his long time secretary, Mrs. Landingham. In the same day, he gives an interview disclosing that he has Multiple Sclerosis, and has to decide whether or not to run for a second term. Martin Sheen is at his best, especially during his scenes in the National Cathedral. The staff are also excellent; they're confused about their futures, but still devoted to the President. I absolutely love the final sequence leading up to the season end cliffhanger, accompanied by Dire Straits' "Brothers in Arms." It's amazing stuff.
alexiscartwheel: (cj)
Oh, how I need a Laura Roslin icon. Alas, I already have six, and I decided that I can only upgrade my LJ account once I find a job. So the amazing Laura Roslin will just have to wait.

For the unenlightened, Laura Roslin is the President of 12 Colonies on Battlestar Galactica, and she's pretty kick-ass. A lot of colonists are skeptical about having the former Secretary of Education as the new President, but she performs admirably under incredibly harsh circumstances. It seems like most of her government's decisions have life or death consequences. That's pretty heady stuff for a woman who never expected to suddenly become a wartime President. Plus, she's the fulfillment of a religious prophecy! Who doesn't love that? (Too bad she's dying of cancer. Her death is even part of the scripture. That's a major downer. Lead your people to safety, but you don't get to stick around to enjoy it.)

In real life, if the President started believing that she was some sort of prophet, I'd be more than a bit worried. Although it makes for an entertaining story on BSG, I think that politicians should try to separate their political decisions from their religious beliefs. Not in the sense that politicians should be amoral, but in the sense that politicians should not try to force others to live according to their personal religious views. I think the best TV example of this is the episode "Take this Sabbath Day" from the first season of The West Wing. President Bartlet, a Catholic, decides not to stay an execution because, although he thinks capital punishment is wrong, he also feels a responsibility to carry out the laws of his country. It's a beautiful episode, and my tiny summary doesn't do it justice at all.

Which brings me to the current election season...

High Minded Political Debate )

Apparently I'm a Liberal. Surprise! )

Seriously though, don't mess with President Roslin. She'll throw you out the airlock.
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