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.

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SDCC 2015 Wrap-Up – Day 3

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Saturday was once again an early morning. I had the idea in me to go for the Agents of SHIELD signing, meaning I had to get in early for the exhibit hall line. Once in Sails, I was in the 4th line, thinking that was pretty good. WRONG! By the time I got down to the Marvel booth, the line was already capped. How does everybody get down there so fast?! Lesson learned: don’t try to go for autograph signings at the Marvel booth. I think I stood a better chance had I gone to the FOX ticket drawing for the Salem signing instead, but oh well. I wasn’t in a total rush to get anywhere, so I stuck around Marvel anyways and waited until the Agent Carter signing to catch another glimpse of Hayley Atwell and James D’Arcy.

The Last Man on Earth panel (L-R): Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, EP Chris Miller

The Last Man on Earth panel
(L-R): Moderator Kristin Dos Santos, Will Forte, Kristen Schaal, January Jones, EP Chris Miller

After about 10 minutes at the signing, I made my way over to Indigo Ballroom and caught the second half of the Last Man on Earth panel. The show was definitely one of the surprises of last season, and was weirdly funny. When you’ve got Will Forte and Kristin Schaal as the leads, plus January Jones doing comedy, you’ve got to expect that the show is slightly offbeat. Now like I said before, I caught the panel halfway through, so it was a shock to me that there was no time for fan questions. What did they even do for the first half then? And has anyone else seen this happen before at Con?

Childhood's End panel (L-R): Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, director Nick Hurran, writer Matthew Graham

Childhood’s End panel
(L-R): Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, director Nick Hurran, writer Matthew Graham

Next up was the panel for Syfy’s Childhood’s End. The miniseries is based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel of the same name, and deals with an alien invasion that leads to a kind of utopia on Earth. I’ve never read the book, so I don’t actually know what I’m talking about. Charles Dance, Mike Vogel, Julian McMahon, Daisy Betts, Yael Stone, and Georgina Haig are among the cast. It’s a miniseries that will air in December, so not like there’s a whole lot to commit to; if I remember, I’ll check it out.

12 MONKEYS panel! (L-R): Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, Todd Stashwick, EP Terry Matalas, EP Travis Fickett

12 MONKEYS panel!
(L-R): Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo, Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, Todd Stashwick, EP Terry Matalas, EP Travis Fickett

Then it was time for my #1 panel of the day (maybe the whole Con): 12 MONKEYS! It’s obviously one of favourite new shows, with some of my favourite people, and I was just SO EXCITED that they were coming to SDCC this year, after passing on it last year. I somehow lucked out and managed to find a spot in the first row of Indigo, though to be fair there was still like 10 feet of space between that first row and the stage, so it was close but not SUPER close. It was great hearing from the EPs and the cast talk about what they’re looking forward to for the second season and what we the audience can expect following the events of the season one finale. EPs Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett tried their best to give us an idea of what they’re planning without getting too spoilery, while the cast (including new series regulars Barbara Sukowa, Emily Hampshire, and Todd Stashwick) mused about some of their favourite lines from season one. No surprise, everyone pretty much loved anything Emily aka Jennifer Goines said. There was also a funny moment where Barbara was just talking about time and space on the show, everyone is listening intently, and then she went “I have no idea what I’m talking about.” You just want to believe everything Barbara says, as if she actually is Jones; doesn’t matter if it makes no sense, the way she says it, sounds like total truth.

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During the Q&A portion, I was going back and forth thinking about whether or not I wanted to ask a question. I had a question ready; it’s just me and public speaking is ehhhhh. So in a moment of “Ahh f**k this, I’m doing it!” (not unlike 2 years ago), I made my way to the microphone…and once again, made a fool of myself by not getting my words out properly, as I wanted to say them.

What I Meant to Say: “Hi! I’m Thi from Toronto. Also the one who’s incessantly and probably annoyingly tweeting your praises all the time. Been such a huge supporter of you guys, since the very beginning, because you are some of my favourite people who have worked on some of my favourite shows/movies like Nikita, Fringe, Center Stage – and in consideration of that, I wanted to know if you guys have a wishlist of guest stars that might include your former co-stars?”

What I Actually Said (more or less): “Hi I’m Thi. Umm I’m from Toronto…I’m the one who’s incessantly and annoyingly tweeting you all the time…[They asked me my Twitter handle and then said “Oh yeah, sure!” like they knew, but probably don’t because it’s Twitter, and we don’t have the Twitter relationship I think we have lol] Umm…sorry, I’m nervous… umm it’s just that it’s rare that people who worked on an old favourite show, Nikita, is now doing my new favourite show. So in the spirit of that, I wanted to know if you had a wishlist of guest stars you want for the show, maybe like your former co-stars…?”

A lady who was sitting next to me was kind enough to take a pic of me asking a question (and making a fool of myself)

A lady who was sitting next to me was kind enough to take a pic of me asking a question (and making a fool of myself)

Amanda, taking the cue as I just meant Nikita, passed it to Aaron, who talked about how great it was to work with Noah Bean again, and having Xander Berkeley be on the show for a couple episodes, even though they didn’t share any scenes together. Then Aaron talked about how Travis and Terry have been kinda sorta talking with Shane, so maybe something will come out of that. Great answer from Aaron. I did want to hear Kirk talk about his Fringe co-stars as well, and just hear Amanda talk about Center Stage (just because it’s one of my favourite movies) or Suits, but obviously that didn’t come out in my question, so fail. Yeah, note to self for next time I might want to ask a question: WRITE IT DOWN.

Agents of SHIELD signing at the Marvel booth! Total craziness.

Agents of SHIELD signing at the Marvel booth! Total craziness!

So after the panel, I made my way back to the convention center, took a little time and once again made my way to the Marvel booth, in anticipation for the SHIELD autograph signing. After that debacle in the morning, I still wanted to stick around to see the cast, instead of attempting to go to Ballroom 20 for the Grimm and Outlander panels. I am so glad I was there. Sure, it was a long time standing around in that crowd of craziness, especially since they were running late, but the cast was just so nice to the fans. Clark Gregg and Chloe Bennet being at the end of the table, kept going down to sign autographs for people in the audience whenever they had like 30 seconds. And even after they were done signing for all the people who got the tickets, the entire cast went down and signed/took pictures for as many people as they could on their way out. Needless to say, I got lucky and managed to get autographs from Iain De Caestecker, Henry Simmons, Chloe, Elizabeth Henstridge, and Ming-Na Wen! (I suck at taking selfies, so wasn’t going to try and get pics with them.)

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My final stop for this busy day was the panel for Salem! Just to see Shane West obviously…and the rest of the cast too. The biggest question going into the panel was whether the show was coming back for another season, and straight out of the gate, EPs Brannon Braga and Adam Simon announced that WGN had indeed renewed the show for season 3! I don’t talk about it much, but let me tell you, this is a bat-shit crazy show and I so thoroughly enjoy it. Most of the talk about S3 was focused on fates of the characters on the show, following the crazy events of the season 2 finale. They also threw out some ideas of what they were looking at moving on with the series, namely other witch covens that might pose a threat to our Salem witches, but they do still want to focus on our main characters.

SALEM panel (L-R): Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, EP Brannon Braga, EP Adam Simon, Seth Gabel, Elise Eberle, Iddo Goldberg

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(L-R): Moderator Eric Goldman, Shane West, Janet Montgomery, Ashley Madekwe, EP Brannon Braga, EP Adam Simon, Seth Gabel, Elise Eberle, Iddo Goldberg

I did contemplate asking the same question to the Salem cast, as I did the 12 Monkeys cast, but before I got to my “Ahh f**k it!” moment, someone beat me to it! Saved me from looking like a total dork in front of Shane…again lol. The EPs contemplated the idea, saying that there are witches everywhere, so maybe they can try to work Maggie into the show. Good answer! You know me, always there for my Nikita cast!

DSCN2104DSCN2069I had every intention to attempt and make my way into Hall H for the WB/DC TV panel, because of how much I adore the casts of Arrow and The Flash, plus I wanted to see Victor Garber (forever known to me as Jack Bristow aka Spy Daddy!) However, by the time the Salem panel was done, I was so tired and hungry, I just couldn’t. Plus, I felt bad that I hadn’t even had a chance to have dinner with my other cousins who made the trip to SD as well. Family bonding time won out.

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

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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.

Geeky Confessions

Back in September, Mariko of the Gamerwife blog started a link-up getting us bloggers to admit our geekiest confessions. I started writing the post at the time, but then I had other big blog post ideas I wanted to get written out and then life got in the way, so this post got EXTREMELY neglected. Anyways, better late than never, I wanted to finally reveal my confessions for which I realize I have quite a few of.

StarWars

As someone who claims to be a film nerd, even I find it a little blasphemous to admit that I’ve never seen the original trilogy. I don’t know why, but I just never watched it. And I feel like I’ve heard/read so much about it, that I don’t even need to see it. Except I’m fairly certain I still do need to watch it. Somehow I got convinced by my brother-in-law and sister to actually watch Episode 1, and of course that turned me off (Jar Jar Binks, anyone?) so I didn’t even watch the other two in the prequel trilogy. Now with Episode 7 coming from J.J. Abrams this year, I REALLY should get a jump on working on the original trilogy.

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In relation to the first confession, I’ll admit I know a lot about movies…even the ones I haven’t actually seen. Back to the Future? Seen bits and pieces when it’s been on TV, haven’t had time to fully commit and watch the full trilogy. Classic 80s movies – Say Anything, Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller? Nope. Blade Runner? Nope. Fight Club, Seven, The Usual Suspects? Nope, on all counts. Basically, I’ve done a really good job at pretending I’ve seen a lot more movies than I have.

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This is the extent of gaming throughout my life: Tetris on the old school Gameboy; King Kong and Duck Hunt on the original Nintendo; Crash Bandicoot and a couple other games on the original Playstation; Diner Dash, Candy Crush, Angry Birds, and those games on the iPhone/iPad. That’s it. You ask me about Halo or whatever the big video games are, and I will only have a vague idea of what you’re talking about because my brother-in-law is a gamer. And tabletop games? I had no idea what they were exactly until I went to SDCC.

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I can never fully explain why I like some of the shows I like, other than the fact that I enjoy watching them. Shows like Hart of Dixie and The Big Bang Theory are fun to watch and they make me happy. Because heaven forbid we need another cop procedural show right? I love being different and liking all the shows that I do. But having such varied tastes means that, with a few exceptions, I end up liking/loving underrated shows that end up getting cancelled way before they should. It frustrated me (and still does) that not enough people watched Nikita. Sure, we got 3.25 seasons (the fourth season was only 6 episodes, which was SO not enough to wrap things up, even though they did it admirably considering) but I wanted more!

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There are just some shows I don’t get or I’m just not into, despite them being these popular shows. Game of Thrones? I watched the first three seasons and a bit of the fourth, then realized I didn’t really have much interest in it. I wanted to be in the know, so I watched it, but I was not able to recall half the things that happened. The Walking Dead? Couldn’t get past the first episode. [Funny side story: I volunteered at Fan Expo last year and got assigned to handle the Norman Reedus autograph line for a few hours. When asked by my supervisor if I was cool with it (like was I going to fangirl?), I was all like “Yeah, whatever. I know who he is. I don’t watch the show but know who he is.”] Doctor Who? I honestly didn’t know it was a big thing until like three years ago, again when I went to SDCC.

I could probably confess on some other things but I’m just gonna leave it at that.