challenge: ten shows

I just really wish I could have been on MasterChef Junior
I mean you get to friggin cook for Gordon Ramsey
And all the kids are so nice and supportive of each other
And the judges are soo positive
I mean a girl starts crying cause she thinks her mashed potatoes are too salty
Which anyone might do because they were under a lot of pressure
And Gordon comes round and tastes them. He says that they’re not too salty, she just needs to stir
And he wouldn’t leave until she smiled again
This will draw in so many kids who realize they want to be chefs
This show is just so freaking cool OK?


Day 09 - Best scene ever

There are a lot of prompts in the challenge that I don’t have definite answers to, including today’s. I settled on the scene from my favorite Doctor Who story, “The Impossible Planet”/“The Satan Pit,” from which I got my ship tag for the Doctor and Rose: #I believe in her.

In a class on epic literature my sophomore year of college, I wrote an (awesome, IMHO) informal essay on the Doctor as a modern variation on an epic hero. He’s larger than life, his life is a journey, he’s extremely wise and experienced, he embodies the show’s values, and he’s extraordinary (“Among Time Lords he is a renegade, and among everyone else he is a Time Lord”). However, the presence of the companion provides a twist on the epic formula. I wrote, “The Doctor is a modern epic hero, but the presence of someone less epic but just as heroic fighting at his side or in his place, teaching him, reminding him of his values, and sharing the show’s spotlight with him provides the show with a down-to-earth and thoroughly, intimately human quality that balances the epic aspects.” I wrote about how the show allows ordinary humans to take part in the Doctor’s epic as his equals and, beginning with Barbara “YOU OUGHT TO GO DOWN ON YOUR HANDS AND KNEES AND THANK US” Wright, to demand the respect they deserve. I started this post intending to quote my essay only once, but it’s more convenient to keep quoting myself than to try to rephrase thoughts I’ve already put into words, so here’s another quote summarizing my point about the balance of the Doctor and the companion: “It’s the companions who balance him out and let the viewers themselves feel they have a place in the epic world of the show, and it is often the most epic of episodes that best bring out the importance of these people and their species.”

“The Satan Pit” is one such episode. To quote noted Doctor Who-watcher, essay-writer, and Doctor/Rose-shipper Anna Woozapooza:

“One more episode worth mentioning is “The Satan Pit” (one of my favorite episodes as well as a thematically relevant one) in which the Tenth Doctor comes face-to-face with a creature implied to be the inspiration for the Devil in religions across the universe. This is another episode with an exceptionally vast sweep, even for Doctor Who, which the Doctor describes as a “grand scheme of gods and devils.” The monster has set a trap for him: if he destroys it, he also sacrifices his companion, Rose Tyler. Despite being a proud and capable hero, at this moment he does not fight the battle by himself. Instead he puts his faith in twenty-year-old human Rose from a London council estate: “If I believe in one thing, just one thing, I believe in her,” he declares, before destroying the gravity field that keeps the monster’s planet from falling into a black hole, and trusting Rose to complete the task of being a hero—rightly, for on her own she overcomes the part of the creature that tries to escape, and with some luck she and the Doctor are safely reunited. “The Satan Pit” confronts the Doctor with possibly the most powerful and evil enemy he has ever met, all for the sake of an intimate climactic moment in which he declares that his faith lies with his companion—a general statement about the show, as well as one specific to this situation—and hands the heroic reins to her.”

This paragraph, while it worked very well for the purposes of my short essay, only begins to cover why I love this scene. The first additional thing I need to mention is that I reeeaaally ship Doctor/Rose. They were my OTP until a couple months ago; they’ve been surpassed (more on that later) but they’re still at #2. Even though they’re apart, this scene is mega-romantic. The Doctor loves Rose so much that the “devil” himself uses her as a sort of hostage to force the Doctor to let him escape. But the Doctor tells the “devil” to his (quite scary, honestly—that’s another great thing about this episode) face that he’s underestimated Rose, that she’s not just a victim, and that above any god, he believes in her. He’s right to believe in her. By ejecting Possessed Toby from the escape vessel, she shows quick thinking, huge courage, and selflessness. She shows that the Doctor has changed her for the better: knowing that the ship is falling into the black hole, she says, “But we stopped him. That’s what the Doctor would have done.” And she shows up the haters who say she was useless in season 2.

“The Impossible Planet” and “The Satan Pit” do that beautiful Doctor Who thing where they’re very grand and very intimate—pretty much exactly what my essay was about. I love the mystery these episodes build around the planet and the Beast and I think they provide just enough answers to gratify the viewer (me) while still leaving plenty for the viewer (me) to wonder about. We do get to see the “devil,” and it’s…somehow not disappointing. Although Doctor Who is known for its silly-looking monsters, this is one monster whose appearance is genuinely impressive. Other than what it looks like and what it wants, however, we end up understanding little about it. It’s hard for even the Doctor to wrap his head around the idea of the beast coming from “before time,” let alone for me. What is it? Where did it come from? What was there “before time”? (Isn’t that an oxymoron?) How did the beast get into the universe? What do the drawing on the wall depict? Who trapped the beast, and how? Is it really the devil? I don’t know, and while I really want to know, I also don’t want to know, because no answer could ever be as delicious as the mystery. The climax of the story is not concerned with answering these questions; rather, the questions create a captivating background against which the struggle of the Doctor and Rose against the mysterious but undeniably evil thing plays out. In that struggle, they guide each other and demonstrate their love for each other. The “grand scheme of gods and devils” lays the groundwork for little human Rose to have her cosmically important and heroic moment and for the godlike, epic Doctor to declare his faith in her.

To summarize, the climax of “The Satan Pit” is among my favorite scenes in TV history because it allows the viewer to enjoy tantalizing cosmic mysteries, a thrilling high-stakes, fast-paced sci-fi/fantasy plot…and the pure, earnest love story of a renegade alien who chose, out of all the gods and devils and angels and creatures in the universe, to love and revere an Earth girl.

The stuff of legend.

Write down your 10 top shows and then tag at least 10 friends to do the same.

I was tagged by castleramblings

Veronica Mars
Friday Night Lights
Sports Night
The West Wing
The Good Wife
Game Of Thrones

(Man, I have worshipped so many shows that I could not bring myself put on this list because they were/are embarrassingly bad television.)

Tagging lightedwindows, hermionesmydawg, ncis-los-angeles, zerotolove, typingtess, toucheblye, @aprylynn, shiningbeaconinthenight, effie214, almaharperlee

Booth: He’s got no sense of discretion, that kid. Typical squint.
Brennan: I don’t know what that means.
Booth: Well when the cops get stuck we bring in people like you. You know, squints. You know to squint at things.
Brennan: Oh you mean people with very high IQs and basic reasoning skills.
Booth: Yeah.

Ten favorite shows: #2 Bones


I was tagged by: @commanderoswald

Rules: Name 10 favourite characters, from 10 different fandoms, then tag 10 people.

1. Commander Lexa (AKA Heda Leksa) - The 100
2. Lauren Lewis - Lost Girl
3. Olivia Dunham - Fringe
4. Alicia Clark -FTWD
5. Amy Raudenfeld - Faking It
6. Dana Scully - The X-Files
7. Clara Oswald - Doctor Who
8. Gail Peck - Rookie Blue
9. Alex Vause - Orange is the New Black
10. Cosima Niehaus - Orphan Black

This was extremely difficult as I don’t watch many shows and all my top characters are from The 100… I spent time thinking for most of them :P

I tag: @flailinswan , @commanderdebnam-edyjolti , @clexaforever21 , @the-100-clexa , @girlofmy0wn , @hedasquid , @alyciadebnam , @commanderhearteyes , @clarkesquad , @oktevia

write down your top 10 shows and then tag at least 10 friends to do the same.

Tagged by guesswhofern

I already answered this, but I went with quality tv shows instead of top 10 shows I’ve worshipped and adored - which is a different list - so I’ll do it again.

NCIS: Los Angeles
Stargate: Atlantis
Legend of the Seeker
The Mentalist
Being Erica
Hart of Dixie


fangirl challenge: [two/ten] tv shows

everyone on this planet, at some point in their lives, has had a major case of the feels. those days when your heart is just too small to hold the big things you’re feeling. today’s one of those days. we think of your emotions like these unique personal fenomenon, that no one’s ever felt what we have felt. there’s a basis in science for every emotion we feel. anger, love. as a scientist, I know there’s nothing magical about makes us feel something for someone else. but then I see her smile. man, that cannot be science