Idol Thoughts: The Top 12

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This week the Top 12 was introduced and then whittled down ever so slightly to the Top 11. They sang the songs they auditioned with on Wednesday night and a “party” song on Thursday for the theme “Get This Party Started”.

The highlight of the week for me was Joey Cook’s rendition of ‘Fancy’ by Iggy Azalea. I’m always a fan of musicians taking well known songs and turning them on their heads – when done well, it’s always a lot of fun and Joey Cook did really well in my opinion.

Adanna Duru sang ‘Runaway Baby’ by Bruno Mars and continues to be fantastic. She was one of my Top 3 this week so either she’s rising the ranks or other people are falling behind. Or both.

The judges seemed super amped up about Rayvon Owen’s rendition of ‘Burn’ but honestly I didn’t love it. He sounded out of breath and out of his element. Wednesday night he sang his audition song, ‘Wide Awake’ and it was MUCH better and firmly in his wheel house. I didn’t think Rayvon could go wrong but he stumbled this week for me. That said, he’s still in my Top 3 because:

I was kinda disappointed in Jax this week and thought that Clark and Quentin were just okay even though the judges seemed super jazzed about them. I really like Nick when I’m watching him but I’ve noticed that I get less excited about his performances by the time I get to my computer to type stuff. But like the folks mentioned above, he also got all 20 votes from me this week. So.

Also can we talk about Daniel Seavey? I get it – it’s a novelty that he can pretty much sing even though  he’s basically a baby. But why is he still here? He’s a sweet kid but he’s nowhere close to the other contestants vocally. Also apologies to Maddie Walker who I’ve pretty much never blogged about. Her voice is nice, I LOVE her hair but her music simply isn’t my cup of tea. I will acknowledge that she did a good job this week – probably her best vocal to date.

Who are you loving on Idol this season?

Who are you so completely over?

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weekly geekly links: 1.23.15

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Behold: three geeky links for your weekend:

CBS is working on a Supergirl tv series and they’ve cast the lead role.  The idea of an actress from Glee starring in a super hero show honestly doesn’t thrill me but I’ll try to keep an open mind. Though super hero tv shows are popular, they usually don’t hold my interest long anyway. Am I alone in this?

Geek Mom shared where to find the geekiest teas. I’m supremely intrigued by Adagio Teas selection of fandom inspired teas created by their customers. I might have to look into this further around the holidays unless someone wants to buy me some now. ::hint hint::

Have you seen the previews for the new show Backstrom (or even watched it?) Apparently some people at Entertainment Weekly are equally skeptical about Backstrom and they’re equally tired of the toxic anti heroes that have permeated our culture for a long time now. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big fan of snarky sarcastic jerks (Iron Man, Sherlock, Craig Ferguson) when it feels fresh and right and is written to perfection but it’s become so common now that I’m almost over it.

Extra:

the only football news i could get excited about:

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Lamenting the loss of Selfie

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No, not that kind of #selfie. I’m pretty sure the art of selfies is still raging strong, offering us a plethora of duck faces and inside peeks at people’s bathrooms for years to come.

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No, what I’m mourning is the loss of ABC’s Selfie which premiered this Fall only to be canceled in early November after harsh reviews and low ratings. Though the rest of the episodes that had been shot up to that point were slowly released on Hulu, I was disappointed to watch the “final episode” which aired on December 30 and frankly didn’t tie up the plot enough at all. [read: They didn’t freaking kiss!!!]

But the thing that bothers me is those awful reviews of Selfie, like people just didn’t get it. I know with a plot that #basic that maybe people totally didn’t understand that the premise of Selfie is literally Pygmalion. And maybe Average America is reading that and going “Pyg-whation?” My Fair Lady, guys. It’s My Fair Lady. Remember, Family Guy did a spoof of it that one time? “Ohhhhh that. Yeah. That was great!” Well so was this.

I hear your complaints.

Was Eliza absolutely over stereotyped and ridiculous in the Pilot? YES. That’s kind of the whole point. She was the walking stereotype for the modern, Internet obsessed, Instagram loving, partying too hard, self absorbed 20 something and she was working it out. I don’t know if people didn’t get that the whole point of the show is Eliza’s character development or if they didn’t enjoy that harsh light of reality shining on their faces when they realized that the show was making fun of them. #sorrynotsorry

But I can’t talk about Selfie without talking about the extraordinary cast. Maybe this is lost on you people with your lack of BBC America but Eliza is played by Karen Gillan. THAT Karen Gillan, you sweet little Whovians. Or THAT one if you are more of a Marvel Comics fan. The point is, this is an actress with range that should blow your mind. Her portraying the character of Eliza Dooley was an extraordinary feat – she was amazing. And even in her character’s most vapid moments, she managed to bring heart to her role and make you root for her.

And John Cho did a stellar Henry Higgins who literally took my breath away a few times. Nerds will remember that Cho starred as Sulu in the Star Trek reboot and was also in the Total Recall remake. Not to mention Harold & Kumar, American Pie and more importantly that time he was the literal saving grace of Matthew Perry’s awful show Go On. I could go on. Cho was a phenomenal straight man to Eliza’s antics and he frequently gave me all the feels.

I was so grateful that Hulu had the good sense to pick up the show’s remaining episodes, even if it meant having to remember to go to Hulu and look for them over the weeks and navigate their terrible website. It was worth it for the weekly fix and being able to thoroughly enjoy the show until it basically just ended at mid-breath and made me go all slanty faced and ranty about it. :/

Bottom Line: This show had an incredible cast, the writing was superb and the on screen chemistry had me fangirling all over the place. And now it’s over and I’ll never get my happily ever moment. I know shows get canceled all the time – we geeks have our share of brilliant shows that were canceled too soon (*coughs*firefly*coughs*). But I would be remiss if I didn’t take the time to defend this one and throw my gauntlet down about it.

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Watch the Ladies of Downton Abbey Play Cards Against Humanity

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My first thought after watching this video at EW.com was “how did they get such tame cards?” Do you think they just chose carefully to keep the video from being too racy or was it just random luck? Or do my friends and I just have horrible senses of humor? My husband insists that 80% of the deck is this tame and good natured but I remain skeptical.

Still, any chance to hear Mrs. Patmore say bitches is a good day in my book.

Thoughts on: The First Three Doctors

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You may have picked up on the fact that my husband and I are giant Doctor Who Nerds or Whovians. We have seen all the of seasons of the newest reboot of Doctor Who which includes all episodes from 2005-present. We have been anxiously awaiting a new episode on BBC America since Christmas.

So you can imagine we were all kinds of delighted when we noticed that Netflix has now compiled Classic Doctor Who episodes in one handy little link on Netflix Instant. We spent the weekend watching episodes from the first three doctor’s collections of work. The collections or seasons are pretty sparse with just four episodes each for the first two doctors but I actually found this to be a nice manageable way to get a taste for each doctor and sample 20 years or so of Whovian history.

We are about halfway into the fourth collection of episodes, The Three Doctors (1972) which actually has all three of the first three doctors working together to solve an attack at Unit HQ. So while I am certainly not an expert on the first three Doctors, I have seen enough to throw in my two cents on each of them.

The First Doctor (played by William Hartnell) played the doctor from 1963-1966. To be fair I’ve only seen 4 or 5 episodes of Hartnell’s (mostly The Aztecs) portrayal as the Doctor but if I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t a fan. His version of the Doctor felt a bit stiff and boring and occasionally mean. He didn’t seem to have that urge to Save the World that his later incarnations had and I didn’t necessarily buy him as this amazingly brilliant guy who could figure anything out. The show itself just wasn’t as fun. If this had been my first introduction to Doctor Who, I’m not convinced I’d still be watching…

The Second Doctor (played by Patrick Troughton) starred in Doctor Who from 1966 to 1969. He is definitely a much sillier Doctor and appealed to me quickly in the Mind Robbers episodes that I watched as well as his stint in The Three Doctors in the 70’s. He is much more youthful as the Doctor and has that amazingly intelligent thing down. Perhaps this had more to do with the era in which he played the doctor than anything, but either way it made for a much more enjoyable watching experience. My six year old Whovian fanatic son would agree with this assessment. I also really liked his companions in the Mind Robbers a lot, where I never really took a shine to the first doctor’s companions.

The Third Doctor (played by Jon Pertwee) played the Doctor from (1970–1974). Netflix has a lot more of Pertwee’s episodes available to watch and luckily for me I like him perhaps best of the first three. He has the same smarty pants quality but charm to spare as well. His companions have been intelligent but not boring and his story lines good though the first couple of episodes were a bit trying on my patience as they mostly featured the other actors (members of UNIT and the bad guys, etc.) and though the plot was interesting, the good Doctor definitely made the shows worth watching. Luckily he got a lot more screen time as the episodes progressed!

That’s just my take of course. What did you think of the original Doctors? Who were your favorites / least favorites?

You aren’t seeing double: This post is cross blogged at Jen’s personal blog.

THOUGHTS ON THE CURRENT DOCTOR, MATT SMITH.

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Remember when I complained incessantly that David Tennant was lame and that the only true Doctor in my heart was Christopher Eccleston? But then thanks to Tennant’s amazing powers of brooding and a few really great side kicks (Martha & Donna) I slowly grew to enjoy David Tennant and maybe even kind of really liked him.

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So of course the universe could tell that I was starting to get attached and gave us this guy. Don’t get me wrong, he’s fine. He seems to truly love this awesome job he’s gotten himself and the writing continues to impress so of course he says cool stuff. But… he’s no David Tennant and certainly no Christopher Eccleston. And I feel as though something has changed.

He doesn’t seem as… Amazing as the previous two doctors. Instead of whisking in and saving the day and making bad aliens quiver with fear, he’s kind of getting by on the skin of his teeth frankly and squeaking by on reputation still. I know he’ll save the day in the end because 50 years precedence kind of establishes that it’s likely but instead of him seeming like a Bad Assed Time Lord who knows all and always has a plan he seems more like a really smart kid who might figure it out eventually.

I know. I’ve complained before and come around, but really? I’m not pleased. And also is it fair that my husband now gets to look at her every night:

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And I’m stuck with Matt Smith and Rory?

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I mean it’s not like they are hideous or anything but… they kind of make David Tennant seem insanely hot by comparison. Or maybe David Tennant really grew on me a lot more than I realized? Or maybe it’s that the previous two doctors were like men old enough for me to consider attractive and not nearly prepubescent? Okay that’s not fair, according toWikipedia Matt Smith is actually two months older than me, but STILL. That’s not the point.

The point is that apparently I don’t handle change very well yet and I’m annoyed with the Doctor Who universe for making me miss this face so damned much:

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Also, doing a google image search for David Tennant as Doctor Who, by the way, yields some pretty hilarious and terrific results. I miss corny freeze frames that make me giggle incessantly.

Stay tuned for the inevitable future post about how Matt Smith isn’t that bad and the next new Doctor Who is apparently terrible. Poor guy (or gal??) hasn’t even applied for the job yet and I’ve already got it out for them.

You aren’t seeing double: This was cross posted at Jen’s personal blog.