Don’t Freak Out

Castle and Chuck make subtle references to Firefly because of Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin. So why not make a subtle reference to Chuck in this Disney movie because of Zachary Levi?

It was a really cute scene, too. It’s so much like the scene in Chuck when Yvonne (Sarah) says it to Zac (Chuck) — “I may have to point my gun at you so don’t freak out!”

And here, Mandy Moore (Rapunzel) says the same thing to Zac (Flynn), when she  tells him about her magic hair. It was too cute. 🙂 I think maybe they knew that a bunch of Chuck fans will watch the movie just for Zachary Levi and not because they’re particularly interested in watching a Disney fairy tale movie.

Anyway, I totally loved the movie because you know, I haven’t matured since kindergarten. Really, I haven’t outgrown that princess stage and stuff, so yeah, I still love a movie with “bad guys” singing songs in a tavern and animals saving the day. And Zachary Levi. Even if you’re just hearing his voice.

P.S. There was also a line that had the word “Terrified” and I wonder if  it’s also a shout out to Zac’s song with Katharine McPhee.

February!

It’s February!

In case you don’t know me, or haven’t really been reading my blog, then I have to tell you, this is my favorite month of the year. 😀 I will give you the following non-girly reasons like because it’s unique — it’s the only month that has 28 or 29 days, and that my sister’s birthday is in February, and that in the Philippines, it’s kinda cold because of the weather hangover from December, but also hot because of the start of summer, but really, the biggest reason is that it’s the location of my favorite holiday — Valentine’s Day!

Why do I love Valentine’s Day so much? I know people hate it and say it’s useless, but… Look, if there’s a holiday for scary stuff (Halloween), then there should darn well be a holiday for love stuff. And so, to celebrate L-O-V-E, I will start the month with a blog entry of some of my favorite romantic dialogue from some of my favorite TV Couples (those I haven’t featured in the entry like this one from February last year).

Chuck and Sarah
(from Chuck)

“Chuck, I fell for you a long, long time ago. After you fixed my phone and before you started diffusing bombs with viruses.” – Sarah Walker, Chuck VS The Other Guy (Chuck S3E13)

So, aside from that Zachary Levi (Chuck) is too cute for words, I love this show because of Chuck and Sarah’s love story. They’re just so cute together. Plus, it’s a geek gets girl love story! And, you know, that’s always nice.

This particular piece of dialogue, I love the most, because Sarah’s actually referring to what happened to them in the Pilot Episode of the series (!!!). Chuck first met Sarah when she went into the Buy More (where Chuck works as a computer technician) to get her fake phone fixed, and then they went on a date, and towards the end of the episode, they found themselves in a room with a bomb and 30 seconds to live. Chuck, despite not being a super spy like Sarah, has mad knowledge of computer viruses (virii?) and so uses that to diffuse the bomb (not realistic of course, but hey, it’s a TV show!). He saves their lives.

Of course, after this, there will be 2 entire seasons where the two of them never say to each other how they really feel, and the audience never knows if Sarah even likes Chuck, so her admission here that she’s been in love with him since the pilot episode, well, it’s just epic. *dreamy sigh*

Buffy and Angel
(from Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

What about me? I love you so much. And I tried to make you go away. I killed you and it didn’t help. And I hate it! I hate that it’s so hard and that you can hurt me so much. I know everything that you did, because you did it to me. I wish that I wished you dead. I don’t. I can’t.– Buffy, Amends (Buffy the Vampire Slayer S3E10)

One the ingenious things in Buffy is how there are statements like these — “I killed you and it didn’t help”, which are kind of funny when taken out of context and if you don’t know the history of the characters, and then they’re used in dramatic scenes.

Amends is the episode where The First Evil appears to Angel and tries to convince him to kill himself because he’d done terrible things in the past when he was a soulless vampire. And Angel nearly does kill himself, going to the top of a hill where the sun would burn him and turn him to dust (because he’s a real vampire). Buffy gets there to stop him, telling him that she loves him despite his sordid history, hence the speech. And then a miracle happens and it snows in Sunnydale, California (the fictitious town where Buffy is set). Because of the blizzard, the sun doesn’t shine, and Angel stays alive. The photo is of him and Buffy walking down mainstreet and for the first time, during morning (well, early morning).

Chuck and Blair
(from Gossip Girl)

Blair: What if we need games? What if without them we’re boring?
Chuck: We can never be boring.
Blair: You say that but, I know you. You’re Chuck Bass.
Chuck: I’m not Chuck Bass, without you.

Chuck and Blair, Reversals of Fortune (Gossip Girl S3E1)

Awwwww! 🙂 I really was hesitant to watch Gossip Girl before because I normally don’t like teen dramas where there are no supernatural elements involved (e.g. I really love Buffy and Roswell (and Smallville — at least, the earlier seasons) but hate Party of Five and Dawson’s Creek) but Chuck and Blair’s will-they-won’t-they was just too cute. And I think me liking them says something because I usually like the Opposites Attract pairings, but Chuck and Blair aren’t like that. They’re so similar you’d think they’d be a boring couple, but like Chuck said, “We can never be boring.”

Also, his line here, “I’m not Chuck Bass, without you.” is particularly sweet because a lot of times in the show, he says the line “I’m Chuck Bass.” as the reason for why he’s so great and why everybody should be intimidated by him, etc. But it’s totally true, that he would be nothing without Blair. They’re just so great together.

[EDIT 2/1/2011] And after watching the latest episode, S4E13 Damien Darko, I think it totally holds up. Chuck’s current storyline — the fight for Bass Industries, and his new affair with the “enemy’s daughter” is just boring. (And Blair is a little out-of-character in her storyline with Dan as well. But I can’t help but be biased and like their story still because I love Dan, too. (or actually, Penn Badgley))

Mal and Inara
(from Firefly)

Inara: You two sound like you’re quite a match.
Mal: Maybe you’re right. Maybe we’re soulmates.
Inara: Yes. Great. I wish you hundreds of fat children.
Mal: Can you imagine that? Me with a passel of critters underfoot? Ten years time I could teach ’em to —
Inara: Can you leave me alone for five minutes, please?

– Mal and Inara, Our Mrs Reynolds (Firefly, Episode 6)

So, Firefly isn’t exactly known for the romances between its characters, and Mal and Inara are actually the pair with the least amount of attention (OK, maybe it’s it’s a toss-up because they at least had the Heart of Gold episode, while there are no Simon-Kaylee centric episodes (Wash and Zoe have War Stories)) and they also never got together (not even in the movie), but how great were their banters, huh?

“It’s what they’re not saying.” A fan said of their relationship and yeah, that’s really what made it great. Without actually saying anything as direct as “I like/love you”, but you see it in the way they interact that they have deeper feelings for each other. The quote I mentioned here is from Our Mrs. Reynolds where Mal “accidentally” marries a girl from a planet they just passed, and Inara just gets so jealous. She couldn’t even stand him talking about possibly having kids with the other girl.

I love it. I love subtle stuff like that. Also, I really like it when characters get jealous because it’s a way of acknowledging their feelings without being direct. They’re way more interesting to watch than the cliche of blatant declarations of love in airports.


So, that’s 4 couples for now. Maybe I’ll write about movie couples in the future. In the mean time, have a happy February everyone! 😀

Let’s Talk Firefly

Mal speaking Chinese.

River and Jayne growling at each other.

A new episode of Firefly? I wish. But nope, it’s just our dear actors showing that after 7 years, they, just like us, still haven’t gotten over how great the show was.

I didn’t even start watching Castle because I was curious about whatever happened to Nathan Fillion after Firefly. After all, I didn’t watch Firefly until after I started watching Castle. And Chuck, too. I wasn’t even planning on ever watching Firefly since I’m not a big fan of the wild west (although I am a fan of sci-fi) but my obsession with Chuck led me to watching ComiCon panels on YouTube and inevitably witnessing the mania for Adam Baldwin, simply because he was, once upon a time, the man they called Jayne.

So there. I have now watched each episode of Firefly at least three times, and the movie Serenity at least four times. There is just something about it. And I can learn all the words in the ‘verse and still not be able to explain it. All I know is that I’m not the only one who feels this way. And you only need to look at any website dedicated to Firefly, and you’ll know, that all of its fans are obsessive like this. And, just like in the introduction of this entry, I guess the actors are, too.

In both shows, Castle and Chuck, Nathan Fillion and Adam Baldwin have been making subtle references to Firefly. They’re so much fun to spot and it’s just so cute to know that they’re still thinking of the show-that-was.

In Season 2 (Episode 6) of Castle, Nathan donned his Captain Mal costume for “Halloween”. In Season 1 of Chuck (Episode 11), Adam’s character John Casey, referred to his car as “shiny”. And I guess there have been other references that I might’ve missed, but I definitely didn’t miss the ones that were in their episodes in this week.

Both in Castle and in Chuck, both last Monday night, both Nathan and Adam and (bonus!) Summer Glau (who played River in Firefly) just reminded me so much of the fun that Firefly was.

In Chuck, Summer Glau guest-stars as one of the Gretas–the CIA agent that changes every week at the Buy More. Although Greta’s played by different actors, he/she doesn’t really have much to do and hardly ever interacts with the main characters. But this week, she does, and with John Casey to boot. Because she’s such a hottie, the non-CIA agents of the Buy More (Lester and Jeff) do some investigating into her life. So as not to blow her cover, Casey tells them that she’s a petty thief stealing head massagers from the Buy More. Afterwards, he and Greta have a conversation wherein she tells him that she’s disappointed in him because he used to be this great agent, and was now just a glorified babysitter of salespeople in retail. But what made that scene was how she growled, indicating frustration, just like how Casey growls, and he growls at her right back. It’s shallow and it’s not even really a Firefly reference, but you know, River did a lot of times mock the crew of Serenity, most especially Jayne (since he’s the easiest to mock). And growling at John Casey, well, isn’t that a way of mocking him as well?

In Castle, the story’s about UFOs and government conspiracies, so it’s really more a shoutout to The X-Files, especially given the Castle-Beckett dynamic, which can be paralleled with Mulder and Scully. But there was still Firefly magic towards the end where Castle (played by Nathan Fillion) ran into some Chinese factory workers and had to speak to them in Chinese so that they’d leave the room. Wondering how he learned to speak Chinese, Beckett asks him, “Semester abroad?” And he replies, “No, a TV show I used to love.”

And didn’t we all used to love that TV show? 🙂

TV, What Happened to You?

And here I was so excited about the new seasons of The Big Bang TheoryBones, Chuck, and House. But so far, everything (except for Chuck) has been a letdown. 😦

SPOILERS are here. If you don’t watch, don’t read.

Chuck

I’ll start with Chuck because that’s the one show that I still really really love. In fact, I actually love it more than last season. 🙂

First, Chuck and Sarah are finally together! 😀 And I think it’s just right. 3 seasons of the back and forth thing was just enough, and the best part is that despite them being together, there are still a lot of issues to get through, and so they don’t get boring.

Second, although Chuck’s family and Morgan all knew about his spy life at the end of season 3, I’m kind of happy that they’re trying to keep it a secret again from Ellie and Awesome. I don’t know why some fans think it’s evil to keep Chuck’s spy life a secret from his sister. I mean, that’s the show! Can’t they picture how boring it’ll be if Chuck goes to a spy mission and just tells Ellie, “Ok, I’m off to a spy mission now, bye!” 🙄

Third, the reinvention of the Buy More! I have to admit, having it become a full-fledged CIA base was a great idea, because the Buy More antics were getting old by Season 3, and it was totally not believable that nobody would notice Chuck and Casey’s absences. But now that it’s a CIA base, with slides leading directly to Castle, well, it’s just cool. And I’m happy that Jeff and Lester are still in it. Because what’s the Buy More without them?

Fourth, the search for mom arc. I’m not really all that fangirly about the whole OMGLINDAHAMILTON!  thing. But I’m glad that there is an overall arc to this season. I like it more than seasons that are episodic, and the arc would form only on the last 3 episodes or something. The best shows are the ones that have like an ultimate goal that you’d get snippets of per episode, but also individual adventures for each episode (e.g. Buffy the Vampire Slayer).

The Big Bang Theory

Right. I’m having more and more doubts about this series. Last season wasn’t particularly good. There were some funny episodes, but the other episodes were just blah. I think this show peaked on its second season, and everything’s downhill from there. 😦 Of course it’s sad, because I really really like this show. But now it’s just… 😕

First, I HATE AMY FARRAH FOWLER. I didn’t like her when she first came (at the season finale no less!) and I don’t like her now. Maybe she provided a few laughs and I would’ve been entertained for one episode, but having her as a recurring character is just 😡 grrrr!! The show doesn’t need another Sheldon, and frankly, she’s worse than Sheldon because at least Sheldon has that child-like endearing quality. Amy Farrah Fowler is just… Grrr!! I much prefer Ramona Nowitsky from Season 2 as Sheldon’s “girlfriend”.

Second, although I love Sheldon, I really hate that the series has become a “Sheldon show”. In Season 1 and 2, there were episodes that centered around the other characters, and they were funny, and they were great. But now, it’s like everything is about Sheldon, and as much as I love him, because of all the attention around him, I am now sick of him.

Bones

Yeah, so, it’s totally NOT believable that Booth and Bones are still not together after 5 seasons, but I am willing to believe that (it’s a TV show after all, and not supposed to be realistic) if there were other aspects of their lives that they had character development. But so far, it’s been episode after episode of the same thing and I am now more interested in the other people in the Jeffersonian. You have to know that something’s wrong with your show when your leads are less interesting than the supporting characters. Even the interns are now more interesting to me than Booth and Bones.

And what was up with the episode this week? It was a total excuse to feature the “Jersey Shore lifestyle” and while I guess it’s fun for the writers to poke at pop culture, I don’t think the audience of Bones are the kind of people who like The Jersey Shore show anyway. It was pretty painful to watch for me. They’re taking Bones’ awkwardness to the extreme, and it doesn’t work and it’s not funny.

Oh, and I wish they got a better actress to play Booth’s love interest. Although I’m not thrilled to see him with another girl, I understand the necessity for it, since he and Bones aren’t together yet. But they hired the wrong actress. I mean, sure, she’s pretty, but she and David Boreanaz don’t have chemistry. It’s just weird seeing them together.

But I will say this: the show isn’t beyond salvation. I’m happy to see Bones getting jealous and avoiding dealing with her feelings. So I hope they do something useful with this and have a really great episode soon.

House

I HATE HUDDY. 😡

’nuff said.

P.S. I actually also watch How I Met Your Mother, but it’s too mediocre (I mean the entire series and not just the season) that I don’t want to waste my time commenting on it.