Tuesday, September 20, 2011

[Hodgepodge of Thoughts, Reactions, and Observations]

I've seen two of the three new shows I intended to check out this fall, and so far, they're grandslams in my book.

2 Broke Girls? Surprisingly entertaining, and managed to avoid overdoing sitcomy stereotypes. Oh, some of the characters are stereotypical, at least when you first meet them, but as you get to know their characters (particularly the characters for whom the show is named), they really manage to transcend the "spoiled rich girl gone broke (ala The Simple Life) or trying to understand how the little people live" (she's not as clueless as she seems) and the "streetwise girl with a heart of gold" (usually the character with whom you want to sympathize, but she's actually got few issues to overcome). Definitely promising.

New Girl, though, that one's moved straight to the top of my must-see list. She so dorky, so unabashedly nerdy, so awkward... I feel like I'm seeing what my life would be like if I were a little more traditionally attractive. Maybe. It may just be Elizabeth Bennet syndrome. Either way, though, I felt like Jess and I were soul sisters.
Schmidt: I'll be, like, your guide.
Jessica Day: Like Gandalf... through Middle Earth?
Schmidt: Probably not like... okay... first off, let's take the Lord of the Rings references and put them in a deep, dark cave where no one's going to find them.
Jessica Day: Except Sméagol...
[whispers] He lives in a cave.
Awesome. And I've decided that creepy guy from Walmart last week needs to donate to the Douche Jar. Fo' sho.

Eureka, don't go! SyFy, you officially suck for not renewing my favorite American dramedy on cable. Get rid of shows like Eureka, but keep wrestling? On a channel, badly-spelled but still, called SciFi?? C'mon. Let ESPN or Spike have shows like that. There are more of us geeks out there than you realize who have only become aware of some of these gems in their last seasons! That cliffhanger, though? I have to wait 8-10 months to find out what happens?!

Seriously, people, it's my love of an escapist story--a lifelong love affair--that led me down the English major road and all its unemployable (full-time, anyway) glory. I couldn't care less whether a book is canon or not; I just love a good story that employs clever dialogue, wit, and wordplay. It's also the root of my obsessions with:
  • Lord of the Rings
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Eureka
  • Warehouse 13
  • pretty much any classic screwball comedy
  • The Eyre Affair
  • Wee Free Men
  • Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre
  • Doctor Who
  • The Batman tv series from the 1960s (cheesy, but on purpose and very tongue-in-cheek)
  • British humor in general
  • and more
In other words, it's the stuff that's enjoyable just based on the plots but become downright fascinating and hilarious when you've got the knowledge, education, and awareness to pick up on the depth added through references, nerd-in-on-the-joke one-liners, etc.

So look out, World! Any remaining hesitation to reveal the nerd-chic chick within that survived graduating from "The Harvard of the Midwest" *chuckle* is gone now. I shall henceforth let the dork shine like an honor instead of shame, and if you can't handle that or find it mockable, then good riddance! I'm me, and I feel good about it.


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