Television

3rd December
2008
written by Steph
Damn. I was really hoping that Dallas & Toni would somehow bounce back from their difficulties and squeeze into the final three. This has been a season filled with teams that I either disliked actively or just couldn't get behind. As Tony so eloquently put it, the teams this season have either: been stupid, appeared to dislike each other, or been a combination of the two. Dallas & Toni were the one team I could root for, because they clearly have a stable, loving, and functional relationship. Unfortunately, losing their passports and all of their money (honestly, I would have been freaking out if I were in Russia without my passport... who cares about the money?) was an obstacle they just couldn't overcome. It's extra sad because they really seemed to be hitting their stride in the last leg, in which they actually managed to finally come in first. (more…)
21st November
2008
written by Steph
I have a confession to make: I am a big fan of bad reality television. Don't get me wrong - I like good reality tv just fine as well (ever since I started watching The Amazing Race in its fourth or fifth season, I haven't missed an episode... also, I own several seasons of Project Runway on dvd, and really enjoy Top Chef too), but there is something immensely satisfying about low-brow reality television. Maybe it is that these shows allow for awkward trainwrecks that far surpass anything even the most creative person could ever come up with, or maybe it's the complete wackadoos who inevitably feature on such shows... I don't know. It's like poutine - all junky and bad for you, and yet oh so satisfying. It is a problem, I realize. (more…)
10th November
2008
written by Steph
On the season premier of "30 Rock", Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy have the following exchange:
Jack: “We may not be the best people.” Liz: “But we’re not the worst.” Both, in unison: “Graduate students are the worst.”
Seriously? Is this true? I think graduate students HAVE it the worst, but surely we are not actually the worst. People should feel bad for us! Really! This is more like it (sorry for the sketchy quality at the beginning of the clip): (more…)
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