Who doesn’t love traveling to new places? Unfortunately, some places we would like to visit don’t exist. Here is a list of ten fictional places we wish we could visit this summer.
Why? Because the Ewoks are adorable and badasses. They helped defeat the Empire.
Why? “Why not?” is the better question. Quidditch, Apparating, pet owls that are house-trained … Living in the wizarding world would be incredible, but Hogwarts has the added bonus of being the coolest boarding school ever. Hufflepuff pride!
3) Neptune, CA
Why? We would seek employment at Mars Investigations, but secretly, we would visit Neptune to make out with Logan (and Duncan).
4) The Red Universe
Why? Altlivia and Lincoln. Enough said. (Bonus: lots of blimps.)
Why? We want to slay some vampires and drink tea with Giles. (Of course this would be before the town was swallowed up by a Hellmouth. Obviously.)
6) Jurassic Park (with Tom Hiddleston)
Why? Because we want to see Hiddleston communicate with the velociraptors.
7) The New York Institute
Why? Because being a Shadowhunter would be freaking awesome. But mainly because we’d want to meet Jace, Clary, Alec, Simon, Magnus, and every other butt-kicking character from the Mortal Instruments series. And afterwards, we’d stop off at the London Institute circa 1878 to swoon over Will Herondale.
8) Stars Hollow
Why? It may be a small town, but it’s full of big characters. Sure, there are downsides to everyone being involved in everybody else’s lives, but really it’s like having a huge, hilarious family that all live within walking distance of each other. Plus, we would love to eat at Al’s Pancake World, no matter what kind of cuisine he was serving that week.
Why? Where else can you have coffee with Snow White and Captain Hook? I bet if we stuck around long enough, the folks from Star Wars would eventually show up. Storybrooke is basically Disney World without roller coasters.
10) Pawnee, Indiana
Why? Sure, the city almost voted to allow Sweetums to take over their water supply, but what this place lacks in common sense, it makes up in friendship. Also, we will visit any city that had a Star Wars filibuster.
A few days ago, Wired published an article on Kevin Wu’s new project called “Graph TV.” The name of the website is self-explanatory. It graphs a television show based on its IMDb ratings…AND IT IS AWESOME. Please visit the site if you haven’t. Just type in a TV show then internet magic will make a colorful data visualization of your show appear. EXCITING!!! Excuse my overuse of capital letters but I get easily excited by representations of data! After graphing some of my favorite shows, I decided to look more closely at shows by auteurs, like Joss Whedon. The result was an interesting side-by-side look at Whedon’s shows. Aren’t they pretty?!
I included the highest and lowest rated episodes in the graphs not considering the season finale because finales are typically rated highly. All Buffy and Dollhouse seasons had an upward trend, while the first and last episode ratings of Angel’s seasons 2 and 3 saw little change. Not much can be said about Firefly‘s trend line because the episodes were graphed in the order they premiered, instead of the true order. The lowest rated episode of any Whedon show was Buffy’s “Where the Wild Things Are” (6.1) in which Riley and Buffy have a marathon of sex. Other stuff happens but this pointless plotline really stands out. Buffy also takes the crown for having the highest rated Whedon show with a glorious 9.6 for the musical. Other interesting facts are that 28 percent of the lowest-rated episodes occurred during episodes 11 through 13 and 24 percent of the highest-rated episodes occurred during episodes 6 through 8. Like Firefly, Dollhouse was a short-lived show however its overall series rating was the lowest of any show (7.8). And do you know the show that received the highest overall rating? You guessed it. Firefly. I would say congrats Browncoats but the Whedonites are the real winners here. Whedon shows had ups and downs but all of them ended with high overall ratings.
Illustrations by Kevin Wu/Graph TV
While cleaning old folders, I found an article published on August 17, 2002 by Richard Harrington (Washington Post Staff Writer). The article was on James Marsters playing Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I wanted to share these two excerpts:
There was so much hope
Plotting is Whedon’s job. After signing a new four-year $20 million deal with 20th Century Fox Entertainment, Whedon will continue making “Buffy” and its spinoff, “Angel,” for that studio and produce other new series. The first one up is “Firefly,” a sic-fi fall series for Fox that Whedon described as a space-age western, an “anti-Star Trek” with no aliens. There’s also a Saturday morning “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” cartoon for Fox and “Ripper,” a spinoff for the BBC starring Anthony Stewart Head, the English actor who pals Buffy’s “watcher” Giles.
It’s funny how things turn out. Angel and Firefly were canceled and Ripper was never developed. A sad time for Whedonites.
On the challenges of playing Spike
The other challenge is “keeping rail thin. I’ve been after a body type since I got on the show. When I came to L.A., I was 200 pounds and working—and then I got the role. Playing a vampire for six years, hard to be hungry, but I’m a metaphor for hunger, psychological and sexual.”
I knew about the painful peroxide treatments Marsters went through but I didn’t know he was trying to achieve a famished look. It must have been very difficult to maintain the “Spike” look for so many years.
Well, my friends, it’s official: we survived our first fan convention! I know, I know—it’s shocking that we could have gone this long without ever having attended a real con, but it finally happened, and I have to say Awesome Con definitely lived up to its name. And I’m not just saying that because we got to meet Nicholas Brendon. (But that did account for about 80% of the awesomeness.) We saw a good number of Jedi, Whovians, superheroes, and even a couple Disney princesses. Being a huge pop culture nerd, I felt like I was finally able to let all my fanaticism loose without having to worry about being considered “weird” or “obsessed,” as I so often feel when I’m around “normal” people. I tried to cover as many fandoms as possible, so I wore my Admiral Ackbar “IT’S A TRAP!” shirt with my Harry Potter earrings on day one, and my Captain Hammer shirt on day two. (One cheeky exhibitor asked me, “So I’m just wondering, what is your hammer?”) All in all, it was a crazy, fun, exciting, generally awesome experience and I can’t wait to go back next year.
Here are a few tidbits of knowledge that we picked up during our time at Awesome Con…
Break out the kazoos and funny hats! It’s Joss Whedon’s birthday!
Forty-eight years ago today, the world changed forever when Joss Whedon was birthed from his mother’s womb. Legend has it Joss started composing comedic musicals and killing off beloved characters as early as age three. Years passed and the world carried on, often oblivious to the subtle changes evoked by Whedon in popular culture, human consciousness, and, yes, even the laws of physics. By his fourth decade, Joss had established a devoted and rather unhealthily obsessed fan base through his groundbreaking work in television, despite the best efforts of the Fox network, as well as being repeatedly overlooked by some “important” television awards, which aren’t even really that special because Cyndi Lauper has one so how hard can it be? As word of his brilliance spread throughout the lands, there were still many who did not know of his Jossomeness. Then one day he directed a film about superheroes and latent homosexuality, and it took the world by storm. These days, people still occasionally call him “Josh,” but at least now when they do it, they’re no longer saying, “Who is Josh Whedon?” They’re saying, “Hey, that Josh Whedon sure is swell!”
Join us in celebrating the birth of our fearless leader, perhaps with a shindig or a hootenanny to mark this momentous day in geekdom. I for one will be celebrating by wearing my Firefly shirt while watching Buffy and drinking from my Avengers mug.
Let’s also take a moment to acknowledge Joss’ wonderful mother, since this day would not have been possible without her. Thank you, Lee Stearns, for giving the world Joss Whedon. And thank you, Joss, for all the joy (and sometimes gut-wrenching sadness) you’ve given us over the years. I’m not sure you’ll ever know how much your work means to us. Happy birthday.
-Mary & Louise
Have you ever loved a movie, a book, a TV show, or an icon so much that you decided to get it permanently inked on your body? Well, these people have. Today, we salute them. This week’s Top 5 Tuesday features our favorite pop culture related tattoos, from Star Wars to Joss Whedon.
Ringer is not Buffy. Ringer is its own show, but sometimes I just can’t help but make a comparison.
From Ringer Promo 1×18 “That Woman’s Never Been a Victim Her Entire Life”
From Buffy the Vampire Slayer 5×08 “Shadow”
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Once upon a time, there was a TV network called The WB, and it was wonderful and great, and it had a frog in a top hat as its mascot. These were simpler times, better times. Before Jersey Shore, before Pretty Little Liars (no offense), before The Pussycat Dolls Present (yeah, that was a real show you guys), before TV became a cesspool of reality drivel and bed-hopping teens with no moral compasses. The WB may have thrived on shows with bed-hopping teens, but at least their teens had heart, and occasionally made you feel something other than disgust for them. Okay, this has taken a turn from “nostalgia” into “rant,” so I’m just going to get to the point. The WB was a great network, and it brought us some truly amazing shows. In honor of Top 5 Tuesday, I present to you, our top 5 classic WB shows…
Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear Mary, happy birthday to you! On this most excellent occasion, may your birthday be filled with joy and wonder, and not scary monsters and unfortunate surprises, like Buffy’s always are. Enjoy another year of being awesome!
-Louise & George Clooney & Meryl
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! (Or, happy League of Women Voters Day, if you’re Liz Lemon.) And what a wonderful coincidence that it happens to fall on a Tuesday, making it the perfect excuse for me to celebrate Top 5 Tuesday by counting up our top 5 declarations of love on television…