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15 May 2019 @ 05:39 am
Television Meme, Part 4  
If you could be a guest star on any show, which one would it be?
I would absolutely love to visit the set of The Expanse, and honestly I wouldn't care if I were just a minor character or simply an extra. I adore the show and it would be an opportunity of a lifetime to just be part of that process and to even be part of the story. I'm torn on whether I would want to be a Belter or a Martian.

Also, while this is more of a streaming webseries than traditional television, I would love to be part of Critical Role somehow, either as a guest playing a character in their current campaign or a one-shot. Since I'm new to playing D&D I think a one-shot would be more appropriate, since it wouldn't really screw up anything with their main game and it could just be for fun. And hey, it would be an interesting concept to kind of invite fans of the show to be part of it, like running little one-shots to get familiarized with the rules of the game and to have the privilege of being part of the world that Matt created -- even though, yes, he did write a campaign guide book so fans could do that at home themselves, but y'know, it's more fun to think about the possibly opportunity of experiencing it in that way. Hell, it doesn't even have to be D&D related since they have their own content as a company and do their own little segments, which could also be fun to be a part of as well. Just, anything involving Critical Role in whatever fashion, as a guest player or a guest in general for whatever they do. Yes, I've thought a lot about this.

Are you a fan of will-they-won’t-they plots?
It depends on how well-done the actual content is. Most shows, unfortunately, want to drag it out as long as possible which can become a chore to get through. This is especially true if they continue throwing obstacles between the two characters that doesn't allow them to further progress, and even more if they do end up together but more unnecessary obstacles are thrown in for the sake of drama. The "will-they-won't-they" only works if there is a genuine build-up and eventual payoff, and most of this comes with good pacing and writing which, sadly, doesn't always happen.

How do you feel about bottle episodes?
I love them. Whenever there is a bottle episode it usually allows time for the writing to focus on the characters, their interactions and relationships with one another, and to really give a deep look into them individually with whatever is happening at that point in the narrative. Not many shows, especially ones that are plot-heavy, really have time to delve into those character moments and by having a bottle episode it can be an excellent entry into character-driven storytelling. It also gives actors a chance to really get into the meaty part of their characters that otherwise wouldn't be the focal point in any other episode, and that is what I live for, to be honest.

Do you prefer proper opening credits, or a simple title card?
It really depends on the show. There are shows that having a proper opening credits adds to the enjoyment of said show, and sometimes you feel bummed if you missed it because it is an immersive experience (Battlestar Galactica is a unique example of this, where the opening credits would have a literal supercut of random scenes from the upcoming episode tacked on at the end). While other shows simply don't need an opening credit sequence, just have a simple title card or even a mini-sequence but not a full-length one.

Favourite TV show theme song?
I could seriously be here forever because there are a lot that I love and think are amazing. Though because I am absolutely obsessed with the show at the current moment, as most can tell, the theme for The Expanse is quite exceptional, which I consider it to be on par with Battlestar Galactica's main theme. It's just so beautiful, the gorgeous vocals (sung in Norwegian) attached with the imagery make for a wonderful opening. Even the shortened version of the theme they used for some of the episodes really gives me chills. Most of the score by Clinton Shorter is phenomenal, and the theme really gives an idea of how spectacular it is.


In other television news, it appears that Blindspot has been renewed for a fifth and final season. Now, I don't watch the show (though it's been on my radar, just haven't gotten around to it), and while it seems that they're giving it a proper sendoff I'm mostly just excited because that means Ashley Johnson will finally be free to rejoin Critical Role full-time! I know, it seems weird and kinda bad for celebrating, but she's basically been sporadically absent since they started streaming their game in 2015 due to filming. She Skyped in whenever she could, but it was never quite the same as when she's actually physically there at the table. So now, while she will have to go back soon, it will be for the last time and probably shorter due to the final season being shortened.
 
 
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author_by_night: From Pexelsauthor_by_night on May 15th, 2019 01:23 pm (UTC)
Most shows, unfortunately, want to drag it out as long as possible which can become a chore to get through. This is especially true if they continue throwing obstacles between the two characters that doesn't allow them to further progress, and even more if they do end up together but more unnecessary obstacles are thrown in for the sake of drama. The "will-they-won't-they" only works if there is a genuine build-up and eventual payoff, and most of this comes with good pacing and writing which, sadly, doesn't always happen.

I agree 100%. See: Angel and Cordelia on AtS. Although Joss Whedon also doesn't like happy couples, so.

Also, the lack of basic communication. I get that pursuing a romantic interest is difficult, but... sometimes it's ridiculous. I get that even in real life, sometimes you're not really sure if pursuing the person is the right thing to do in that moment. But sometimes it's like "well, it started raining and we got distracted, so I decided not to say anything." JUST SAY IT'S IMPORTANT AND CAN YOU GO INSIDE AND RESUME THE CONVERSATION.

I also have trouble buying how long some of these WTWTs last when they keep dating, then breaking up, then dating, then breaking up. I can buy that feelings can last a very long time, especially when nothing happened - that I think is harder to move on from, in a way, because you never really know what could have been. You didn't break up, you just never dated, so you can't even say you tried. I can also understand getting back to someone after ONE attempt failed. People get back with exes all the time, and are very happy that they did. However, while I do know of people who have gone back and forth repeatedly, those relationships also... weren't the healthiest, and in the end I think a lot of people who keep going back do so because it's beneficial (or they think it is) more than realizing they have a true love they almost threw away. Which doesn't always end horribly either, I know people who basically just settled into somewhat platonic partnerships and seem very happy, but sometimes it just means you're either passionate or miserable. That's not healthy, and yet that's where it feels like some of these WTWTs would lead IRL,

Edited at 2019-05-15 01:26 pm (UTC)
Renée: TSCC. John/Cameron.rogueslayer452 on May 16th, 2019 04:28 am (UTC)
Although Joss Whedon also doesn't like happy couples, so.

This is very true, I find that there are very few couples in his shows that get a happy ending.

Also, the lack of basic communication. I get that pursuing a romantic interest is difficult, but... sometimes it's ridiculous.

It really is, and it's so frustrating. I can understand wanting some kind of conflict, something to kind of get the tension of certain circumstances, but it doesn't work most of the time because I don't think a lot of writers know how to handle it properly. Characters constantly not communicating when it could so easily be done is by far the most frustrating thing to watch. And this goes for any kind of fiction, television, movies, books, etc. Most of their problems would easily be avoidable if characters just talked with each other.

However, while I do know of people who have gone back and forth repeatedly, those relationships also... weren't the healthiest, and in the end I think a lot of people who keep going back do so because it's beneficial (or they think it is) more than realizing they have a true love they almost threw away.

Also very true. I don't think anyone who has gone back and forth with the same person multiple times are actually in a healthy or stable relationship, they are deluding themselves into thinking that because of familiarity it's the safest option but they aren't moving forward to make themselves or that relationship better. In fiction it's the same thing, because the writers focus on the obstacles more than the actual repairing or growth of the relationship. Many of these WTWT will end up becoming that very same on/off again relationship that never goes anywhere, never evolves, and most likely will have the characters be miserable just for the sake of drama and ratings. It truly is frustrating because the audience knows that things can improve if the writers let them, but some writers think that adding unnecessary conflict is the only thing that will keep audiences engaged which is not really true.
Laura: The Expanse: colorsviolateraindrop on May 15th, 2019 02:25 pm (UTC)
I'd totally just stand in the background of a scene in The Expanse! Seeing some of the sets would be enough.

I completely agree about will-they-won't-they plots! B99 did it rather well with Jake and Amy, but most show drag it on for far too long. I'm pretty sure Whiskey Cavalier wanted to do drag it out for a while, but now it's canceled after S1, I bet nothing will come out of it. It kinda worked on The Mentalist, because they actually went beyond their main storyline which was kind of holding them back I guess, but otherwise that also would have dragged on for six(!) seasons without a conclusion.
The biggest insult to fans is still Tony/Ziva on NCIS. They did the WTWT for nearly 200 episodes, they had one kiss(?) on screen and yet had a child together...
Renée: Dark Matter. Five.rogueslayer452 on May 16th, 2019 02:55 am (UTC)
I think since it's become so expected now in fiction, especially with television, I don't think most shows know what to do when it comes to WTWT. Some of them utilize the trope to the best they can with good writing and natural progression leading to some good results in the end of that journey, but the majority of the time it's not done for the sake of the characters and their relationship but rather for the ratings, which is a bad sign. And audiences can tell when it's forced and not genuine. This can become quite disastrous when it becomes queerbaiting, too, which is even more disturbing when mainstream media plays off that WTWT trope for that reason, but that's another rant entirely.
orangerfulorangerful on May 16th, 2019 03:38 am (UTC)
I really want to make The Expanse theme my ring tone... can't quite figure out how anymore, iPhones are so confusing LOL
Renéerogueslayer452 on May 16th, 2019 04:30 am (UTC)
I don't think I've had a customized ringtone in forever. I know there is a way to do it, but I just choose the least annoying sounding one among the default selection and just place my phone on silent/vibrate, lol.
orangerfulorangerful on May 18th, 2019 02:22 am (UTC)
I made a Buffy ringtone back when I first got an iPhone and also when I had a Mac and it was something to do with GarageBand blah blah blah. But I don't think that is the case anymore.

I still have the Buffy ringtone LOL.
goldenusagigoldenusagi on May 20th, 2019 12:51 am (UTC)
I know! I used to have all these custom ringtones from TV shows on my old flip phone, but the iPhone makes you do it differently, and I'm sure I could figure it out, but I've never been motivated to. I don't know why it can't be as simple as "I have this sound on my phone, set this sound as my ringtone," whether that's a theme song or your cat meowing.
Galadriel.: BSG ✽ Frakkin' angel!sixphanel on May 18th, 2019 09:55 am (UTC)
I just wanted to tell you that I've started The Expanse! I had no idea this show existed before I saw you comment about it, and finally I decided to watch it myself! :D I've only watched the pilot so far, but it's making me wonder why I haven't watched other scifi shows after BSG ended!

Like usual, thank you for the recommendation!
Renée: Inara Serra. Smile.rogueslayer452 on May 18th, 2019 10:15 am (UTC)
OH, YAYY! :D I AM SO HAPPY! Seriously, I'm so happy that you're finally watching it. Not only because I love the show so much, but it's just awesome scifi all around. The first season is a bit slower than the rest of the show since it focuses more on the mystery/noir build-up, but it still moves quite steadily that it still keeps you engaged with it and it is a great introduction to the characters and the world-building. But seriously, if you loved BSG this will definitely fill that BSG-shaped hole in your heart. It is quite a space opera, and you're in for quite a ride. :D

I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it, whether it's during/after you've finished the first season or once you binge through all current three seasons. :D
goldenusagigoldenusagi on May 20th, 2019 12:52 am (UTC)
Someone linked the credits to The Expanse the other day. Just the credits make me want to watch the show.
Renée: Dark Matter. Two.rogueslayer452 on May 20th, 2019 02:47 am (UTC)
It is so good. Seriously, it's honestly one of the best scifi shows I've seen in a long time, and one of the best shows on television right now imho.