5 Fandom Friday: Fandoms I Love But Didn’t Think I Would

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I’ve been MIA from blogging (again!) just due to personal circumstances and not having the time or energy to really write. So this is my attempt to get back at it, with a 5 Fandom Friday topic that once I saw, knew that it wouldn’t take that much effort to get to it. Thanks again to Megan (The Nerdy Girlie) and Kristin (Super Space Chick) for the ideas!

So this week’s Fandom Friday is all about the movies/shows/whatever I love but didn’t think I would.

1.) STAR WARS

Truth be told, I was late to the Star Wars game. My first foray into the SW universe was Episode I, and needless to say, SCARRED FOR LIFE. But before The Force Awakens came out, I was determined to watch the original trilogy. After I finally saw it, I totally got the appeal. The original films were amazing and so much fun to watch. Then TFA came out and I truly became a fan; not to the same level as a lot of people, mind you, but still a fan nonetheless.

2.) FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

You know, this was one of those shows that I watched well after it ended and I kinda hate myself for watching it when it originally aired. When it first premiered, I didn’t watch because I legitimately thought it was all about football and football is the one sport that I seriously do not get. So I thought to myself, “Why the heck would I want to watch something about football when I don’t get it?” But years later, after hearing so much about the show, all the critical praise, and really falling in love with a lot of the actors who were on the show, I finally watched it and understood why so many people loved it.

3.) iZOMBIE

I never got into The Walking Dead, so zombies for me were an iffy subject matter. Hearing that this is a zombie show with case-of-the-week stuff, made me really unsure. And it’s not like I ever watched Veronica Mars either, to have a basis on how to judge Rob Thomas shows. So when I went to their first panel at SDCC, it was pretty much to see Robert Buckley (who I love from One Tree Hill), but they quickly won me over. I mean, I was still a little on the fence to how it would all play out in the long run, but it’s definitely one of my favourite shows now.

4.) ORPHAN BLACK

I hate to say this, as a Canadian, but Canada hasn’t had a great track record of creating truly awesome TV shows. Obviously it’s important for me to support Canadian content, but truth be told, Canadiam shows were never that great. The production values looked cheap, despite Canada being home to many TV and film shoots, and there was a lot that was super lame and cheesy. So when Orphan Black quietly debuted, I didn’t think much of it. Turns out, the show was totally up my alley, and it marked the first of many Canadian-made sci-fi shows in recent years to make an impact on US TV.

5.) HAMILTON

I never liked learning history. US history? HA! So when I first heard about Hamilton being a musical about a US founding father, I was like “Seriously?!” When it started picking up accolades and profuse praise from everybody, I decided to finally check out the music. All I have to say is that it is nothing short of genius, and I (like everybody else) completely fell in love with it.

5 Fandom Friday: Dream Crossovers

5fandomfridayCrossovers are what fan dreams are made of, aren’t they? Sometimes they make sense, other times not so much. I’d say it’s a TV sin to make a crossover happen and the end product be terrible. Keeping that in mind, this week’s 5 Fandom Friday is a little on the random side. Picking TV shows, past or present, and essentially mashing them up? Why not? It’s all in good fun. Forget the logic of them happening because they wouldn’t (except maybe one), and I actually wouldn’t want them to happen in real life. But again, all for fun! Also, keeping things short with this one because…time.

1.) Nikita/Alias: Two of my all-time favourite shows with awesome female leads, set in the spy world – obvious enough?

2.) Salem/Sleepy Hollow: Salem, inspired by the Witch Trials of the 17th Century + Sleepy Hollow, which deals with witches from time to time. I’d say there’s enough crazy stuff to crossover with.

3.) 12 Monkeys/Fringe/Orphan Black: Speaking of crazy, how’s this for a three-part crossover?! Time travel, alternate universes, clones – shows that on their own, play with your mind and sense of logic. Together?! Excuse my language, but wouldn’t that be just a great and huge mindf**k?

4.) The Mindy Project/You’re the Worst: Mindy is like an ode to romantic comedies, Worst is like the anti-rom-com. When I put it that way, it makes it seem like the two shows are completely different, but I’d like to think Mindy and Gretchen would get along pretty well.

5.) iZombie/The Flash: They’re both DC comics-based shows, airing on The CW, and filming in Vancouver – so why isn’t anyone talking crossovers? I mean besides the obvious of there being no “superheroes” on iZombie. But just imagine Cisco, being the fanboy that he is, interacting with Liv and Ravi, and finding out about the existence of zombies.

So many other shows I wanted to attempt to crossover with another show, but couldn’t find a good fit or the right reason: Suits, Happy Endings, Jane the Virgin, Chuck, One Tree Hill, Fresh Off the Boat, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Parks and Recreation. Oh well.

5 Fandom Friday: Favourite Fandom Phrases

5fandomfridayI’ve been neglecting the blog. After a well-rested vacation, I came home to a lot of work and have just been so busy. When I saw the prompts for August, I knew I had to at least do this one. But of course, I forgot and didn’t get to it. So this is me, sharing some of my favourite fandom phrases/quotes a week later.

FRIENDS – “If you know it through a wall, you know it too well!”

I love Friends. What else is there to say? As far as phrases go, I feel like I always say “Could you BE…?” and half the times I say “Oh my god”, I hear Janice’s voice. And I will find an excuse to yell “PIVOT!” But this is one of my favourite lines because, well, doesn’t it just explain us as fans? I mean you watch or hear something often enough, and you can just figure it out from just about anywhere/anything? We’ve all been there.

ONE TREE HILL – “Always and forever”

I loved OTH, but more than anything on that show, I loved Naley. This line was them, and I’m tearing up just looking at that gif.

FRINGE – “You belong with me”

Speaking of lines that make me cry…I mean, like come on, Olivia and Peter! The way she said it just kills me every time I watch it.

NIKITA – “Live the lie until the lie becomes your life”

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I could’ve continued the sappiness, and pick a Nikita/Michael quote, but this one is just so meaningful. Being spies/undercover agents, they have to forget who they are and take on these roles. Sometimes they have to immerse themselves into their cover, that it does become their life. It’s a quote that gets said a lot on the show, and as the characters grew, so did the meaning of the quote.

HAPPY ENDINGS – “Suh cyuht”

So many quotables! But I have found myself incorporating “Suh cyuht” (“So cute”, Penny and Alex-style) and also “A-Mah-Zing” into my life a lot. It’s kind of just engrained in me at this point.

HONOURABLE MENTION:

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER – “On your left!”

Every time I hear the words “on your left”, no matter the context, I instantly picture this scene and just laugh.

5 Fandom Friday: Nerdiest Things I’ve Ever Done

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This week’s Fandom 5 is all about the nerdiest things we’ve done. As I started thinking about this week’s topic, I thought I was going to have trouble making the five, but once I started digging in a bit, well, let’s just say I nearly forgot how much of a nerd I was growing up, even if I didn’t realize it at the time.

1.) Going to Cons

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That initial decision to go to San Diego Comic Con. For the longest time, I didn’t really know this idea of being a geek, and I feel like it stems from not quite negative but a stigma of sorts from general society of what it means to be a geek/nerd. Then me being a fan of a lot of things, pop culture-wise, and not necessarily being the “stereotypical geek”, I just felt like I didn’t belong in this group somehow. Like I was a fake. I knew one thing for certain was my love of TV and movies, and hearing about SDCC year after year, I just got it into me that I wanted to go. At that point (this was nearly three years ago), I hadn’t done a trip on my own and it was sort of me wanting to do something for myself. So my one cousin (who I didn’t realize was so much like me. Distance will do that to you.) and I made our first trek to SDCC in 2013. Still one of the nerdiest things I’ve ever done, because I just hadn’t experienced anything like it. I did go to FanExpo to get a sense of it in 2012, but we all know SDCC is a whole other level.

2.) “Stalking” the Nikita Set

Nov. 12, 2012 - Waterloo Airport for episode 3x10 "Brave New World"

My love of Nikita is just beyond. If you read this blog regularly or follow me on Twitter, you know that by now. Cast of actors I loved (Maggie, Shane, Lyndsy, Melinda initially; then Aaron, Noah, Devon, Dillon, Lyndie) in a great show that filmed in and around Toronto – they were my life for four years. Every chance I could get to be near the set, when I found out their filming location, I tried my damned hardest to go (within restraints obviously – I don’t live in Toronto so it was infinitely harder to be so close, yet so far). Of course every single time I came close, but failed miserably at meeting any of the cast members. During that same time that Nikita was filming, I cared much more about other stuff filming, trying to catch Suits or Covert Affairs filming as well. After Nikita wrapped, I haven’t cared as much…although 12 Monkeys DOES film in Toronto, as does Orphan Black, but I’m not obsessed about finding locations. I don’t really need to constantly feel like I’m failing.

3.) Warner Brothers and Paramount Studio Tours

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Because seeing TV/movie magic and sets of some of your favourite shows is awesome. Though doing these studio tours are even more nerdy when you can answer pretty much every question the tour guides ask you.

4.) Sabrina the Teenage Witch

I LOVED Sabrina when I was younger. I can’t remember why, but I did. Enough to write a fan letter, mailed it, and found a signed cast photo get sent back to me months later.

5.) Entertainment + School

Throughout my entire education years, I pretty much found every excuse to incorporate my love of entertainment into school. Started off with talent shows in elementary school, then wrote papers/opinion pieces on what was going on in pop culture at the time for extra credit in middle school. Whenever I had to be creative in high school, I always used TV/movie character names. I remember senior Econ class, saw one of the topics for a project being “Salaries of Celebrities” and I was completely all over that, just short of simply yelling out “MINE! CALLED IT!” Every time I was able to tie-in media to any of my university papers, I was damn happy: Minority representation in the media, gender equality and representation, adaptations (for a movie course obviously). In my Speech Comm course, we covered three different types of speeches and what did I talk about? Music downloading, the Writers’ Strike, and movie sequels. I wrote a thesis on attending concerts! Also took classes on history of music and pop culture AND music in film. It’s not like I went to a media school and did this; I was a sociology major.

So yeah, those are the nerdiest things I’ve done in my life.

5 Fandom Friday: Most Binge Worthy Shows

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Getting back into the 5 Fandom Friday swing of things and this week, we’re talking binge-worthy shows. To be honest, I don’t even binge-watch shows that often. In a lot of cases, I can only watch maybe two or three episodes of something in a row, before I either have to watch something else or go do something else entirely. The times that I do end up binge-watching a show, it’s usually a comedy and I turn it on just while I’m doing something else or I’m like “I just want to watch something quick before bed” – next thing I know it’s 5 episodes later. So here are my most binge-worthy shows.

1.) FRIENDS

Always have and always will love Friends. So good and funny, and insanely quotable. I remember one summer I made it my mission to go through a season a week. More recently, my cousins and I had Friends going, while we worked on our 1000-piece puzzle (this was during my trip to Disneyland at the beginning of the year).

2.) HAPPY ENDINGS

Three seasons was not nearly enough to spend with these funny weirdos. My usual go-to episodes are “The Kerkovich Way” or “The Marry Prankster”, and then I continue on from there.

3.) PARKS AND RECREATION

I think I binge-watched seasons 2 and 3 while on one of my vacations, which had gotten me all caught up to watch season 4 live, and I just couldn’t get enough! They were just the best; I miss it.

4.) CHUCK

The Nerd Herders at the Buy More – so entertaining, so funny. Again, there was one night I was scrolling through Netflix at like 11 p.m. and I’m like “Chuck! Let’s watch one episode…” and I stayed up an extra 3 hours.

5.) NIKITA

What, you thought I’d make it through one TV-related list without mentioning one of my favourite shows ever? HA! It’s one of the few exceptions to my typically “comedy-only” binge-watching. I loved everything about this show and will do a mini-binge just because.