Monday, February 20, 2012

My Apartment - Feb 2012

A video to share my place with folks, especially my sister Suzie and brother Jason who live far away and haven't seen it yet. It's pretty messy and I'm still not totally unpacked since I moved in last July (not it's February), but I'm hoping to clear things away. I've also been thinking recently a lot about intention; and although I came to this apartment unintentionally I go have some intentions for it.

As I say in the video I want to do something, and I want to share - so this is that beginning.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

126. Rewatch all TV I own on DVD - The X-Files (Season 1)


Mega-List Updating: 126. Rewatch all TV I own on DVD - The X-Files

Season 1 Check In.

I just BURNED through Season 1 of The X-Files, I honestly am not sure how I managed to watch the 24 episodes in just over 2 weeks especially considering there is a lot of great new programming on. I might have still been sick when I started, but whatever the reason I'm happy I did it because it's a really great show and it will take me a long time to get through all the seasons so I might as well get started.

That being said, I don't want to race through it as unlike others that I re-watch, I don't half watch it/half do something else with The X-Files. I *watch* it. Eyes on screen, all the time. I keep tabs on Mulder and Scully, looking for pieces that may thread into the larger arc, guest stars, if they identified (correctly or at all) the monster/focus of the week, if it was resolved, etc. Okay, occasionally I glance at my knitting..., but in general it's a full-focus-viewing experience. Maybe that's what's drawing me to it, because I want to have focused attention.

I really enjoyed re-watching Season 1 and I wonder if it will end up being my favourite season; it certainly feels like the one I know the best. I vividly remember when the series started and was an avid watcher then as well, taping it as it was on a time I often worked or was out (Fridays if I remember right), and then would watch in the wee hours when I got home or at a friends house. I can't believe that was back in 1993. Almost 20 years ago. Wow.

It's a pretty strong first season and although there are ones that really grossed me out (1.19 Darkness Falls), there are so many episodes I loved. In particular I really loved the pilot episode, even though there are some over dramatic moments, it still shines as a great introduction to the characters of Mulder and Scully, and has some great lines and moments. I also love how quickly they established the strength of Scully's character, and the banter between Scully & Mulder quickly and easily forms within just a few episodes. It's wild because so many of the ideas in terms of the paranormal they go through on this show I now see time and time again on other TV shows, but often this was the first place I'd heard of it. The season has some great guest stars, some really scary concepts (1.08 Space and 1.13 Gender Bender both really freaked me out) and possibly my favourite episode ever of the series: 1.07 Ice; which I now know was an intentional homage to the 1982 John Carpenter film The Thing.

After watching the finale of Season 1 of The X-Files earlier this week, I did really want to dive into Season 2, but I also felt really strongly about taking a moment to think about the season, write to about it here and check in on my thoughts which are mostly that it rocked. I was also slightly avoiding having to dig through the huge MESS of stuff that the season 2 discs where hiding behind (see below). Ah, the reality of small spaces and often lead to 'piling'. Sigh.

But, the happy news is, now that I've taken that moment and dived behind that piles, I can jump on to Season 2! Woohoo!

I track my X-Files viewings over at Get Glue, if you are a Get Glue-r you can see my updates here!


Update on 113. Watch Stargate SG-1


Mega-List update time! So I knew taking 'watch Stargate SG-1' was an big task, but holy moly I feel like I've been watching it FOR-EV-ER! And I'm not done. Started in July 2011 and I'm getting closer, but still not done. 128 episodes in and currently watching Season 8 (of 10) as it runs Monday - Friday on Space. They shifted the time from 6pm to 7pm earlier this year which totally messed me up, but I've since adjusted and now am back to seeing almost every episode, and I'm really thankful they continue to show it. Although my general natures is being a completist, I'm giving myself some leeway on this one when I've missed chunks of it when I'm covering festivals and such and considering there are 214 episodes I think it's okay to miss a few.

It's kind of strange to have been watching the series for so long now and continuing to stick with it even though I'm not a super fan or even really understand the world, logic, science or everything that happens. There are even some regular characters that I likely couldn't name. It's a lot of time to dedicate without having that energy behind it, especially for me. But again, the times I've considering stop watching it I always get won over by an amazing episode or moment that makes it worth it. Often guest stars win me like S7Ep03Fragile Balance with Michael Welch (who is fantastic in a very unique, and funny role), S7Ep07 Enemy Mine which had Michael Rooker and S6Ep05 Nightwalkers with Michael Eklund. Ha, who knew guest stars name Michael would win me over?

Characters do tend to be what keeps me with any series and I do like the main case and have also been quite taken with one of the reoccuring characters. But, it's odd that I'm a healthy way into Season 8 and there are characters I've heard about that STILL aren't on the show yet! I mean, there is only so much left. I'm actively not doing the time math to find out when I will sum up because if I had realized it would take this long going in I might not have done it (and I'll pretend to forget that when I tackle other 10-ish-seasons shows!).

My last GRR on the show is that I was tracking it pretty religiously on Get Glue (as well as my own spreadsheet of course), but at some point the page I would check into was deleted, likely as there were duplicate Stargate pages so I had to start again from 0 check ins. That did *not* make me happy! I want that super-dooper-elite-fan sticker! Ah well, just one of the many bumps I've had along the way, but I'm not going to let it get in my way! Carrying on I go!

If you too are a Get Glue-er, you can see my updates here.


Weekly Catch Up: Welcome March!

Whelp, we made it through February and all the SNOW, so I'm happy it is now March. I'm not fooling myself, I know March is still ...