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20 May 2019 @ 03:04 am
Television Meme, Part 5  
Which actor do you think deserves an Emmy for their work on TV?
Emmy Rossum for Shameless. I say this because, while I haven't watched the show in its entirety yet I have seen a handful of sporadic episodes and clips, and believe me when I say that the claims from fans that she absolutely deserves one is accurate since, not only did she give some of the most powerful emotional performances, she was also basically the entire backbone of that entire show. Combined that with how she fought to get equal pay and that she has left the show recently (her own decision, if I recall correctly), I think she deserves that level of recognition for holding the show up on her shoulders since the beginning. So, an Emmy for Emmy, please.

Aside from her though, I don't know, there are so many actors who I think deserves an Emmy. Or just any recognition for their hard work on television. Sadly, those kinds of awards only focus on what's popular or what creates the most noise, which isn't to knock the actors who do get nominated/win, but that's why so many amazing actors get snubbed during awards season.

Who would be your dream cameo on your favourite show?
Richard Armitage on The Expanse! I say this because, aside from The Expanse being one of my favorite shows lately, he's been involved with a lot of projects that have surprised me over the years, the main one being him playing Francis Dolarhyde in Hannibal, which genuinely surprised me in the best possible way. Him in a Bryan Fuller show? That was beyond awesome (which is why I'm saddened that Bryan is no longer attached to American Gods because I would've loved to have seen Richard there, as well). But seeing him broadening his horizons with different kinds of roles and projects and genres, I think the one genre he hasn't done yet is science fiction. The Expanse has a lot of complex characters and a very rich kind of world-building that it's the kind of meaty project that he would most likely be into, considering his previous role choices and how dedicated he is with getting into the characters he portrays. Him having a cameo role, no matter if it's just for one episode or for a few episode arc, would be amazing, imho.

As for the role he'd play, I'm down for whatever, but in my mind I think him playing a Belter would be fascinating simply because I would love a.) to see the kind of tattoos his character would have, and b.) hearing him speak Belter Creole. For someone who has done a lot of audiobooks and has spoken Dwarvish in The Hobbit, I think it's fair to say that this man knows how to use his voice.

Do you tend to quote TV shows a lot? Have you ever started using a word/phrase because of a TV show?
I think this just naturally happens, especially for shows that I love and have rewatched dozens of times. Certain words or phrases tend to get stuck in my head and it just becomes part of my everyday vocabulary. I have adopted using Buffyspeak from BTVS since I began watching the show, and I constantly use 'frak' thanks to BSG (even though I still use 'fuck' a lot, it's just interchangeable in my mind). And I often quote shows because, well, let's face it some shows are just damn quotable that it's hard to not do so. Even if it's not with anyone else, I'll most likely just quote or say things by myself because that's just how I am.

What’s one show you could probably write a 2,000 word essay on, and what would be your topic?
Let's be real, two-thousand words is far too short in comparison to the kind of meta I tend to write.

But my mind immediately went to Heroes, and while I may have touched on this subject before in the past I think, in retrospect all these years later, I would write about what went wrong and what could have been done differently after the first season. I would lay out where I envisioned the direction of the show would go and how the story would have been concluded. Even though I stopped watching after the second season and never went back to it, I still think there was potential with the concept that unfortunately was never fully explored.

I would also write an essay about Battlestar Galactica, specifically about the series finale, why I loved it and examine the reasons why most of the fanbase didn't, and to also see if it could have gone a bit differently. In the same vein, I would also take a critical look back at the series as a whole and see how it holds up especially in today's current political climate and social issues. Same with Caprica and examining the show as it was, and what would have happened had the show continued on with the brief glimpse that we was in the finale epilogue.

And because it's very topical right now, I would write an essay about what went wrong with Game of Thrones and what an adaptation of A Song Of Ice And Fire could have been.

Basically, I have a lot of opinions on various shows that I could do elaborate essays on about specific things. I often get the inspiration to want to write something, like a piece of meta or essay, but aside from how much work it takes to properly articulate my points in those kinds of things I'm not sure people would be interested in reading them. Not that I wouldn't put something out there that I was passionate about anyway regardless if people read it or not, but it does take a lot of time and effort to formulate my thoughts that for it to go unnoticed is kind of, well, idk.

Do you use subtitles while watching TV if you can?
Oh, absolutely. And this ties into another question on this meme so I'll just put my answer to that here, I do watch a lot of foreign media and I do use subtitles for those, so that's the obvious answer for that. But I just think that subtitles are often underrated by most because it isn't just for foreign shows or for the hearing impaired. It can be useful in many ways. It's why I don't understand when some people get so huffy when they have to read subtitles.
 
 
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Laura: Russian Dollviolateraindrop on May 20th, 2019 10:23 am (UTC)
The Emmys also like to stick with one show until it's over. Yes, the second season of The Handmaid's Tale didn't win anything, but I don't understand why it was nominated so many times. I bet S3 will get nominated no matter the quality. I'm surprised they 'dropped' House of Cards at the end. Then there's the fact that The Americans has never won Outstanding Drama Series or that Keri Russell never won an Emmy. At least Matthew Rhys got Lead Actor for the final season. I can't really take the Emmys seriously tbh.

I have never watched a show in a language I don't understand. I always stick to English and German...apart from The Bridge and Mayans MC which both have longer Spanish dialogue.
However, I do sometimes watch English media with subtitles. It kinda forces you to be a little more involved and concentrate on the dialogue. I watched a lot of Castle Rock with subtitles and I think it made me enjoy the show more.
Renée: Sense8. Riley Blue.rogueslayer452 on May 20th, 2019 10:55 am (UTC)
I also don't take the Emmys (or most award shows for that matter) seriously anymore either because it's become kind of a joke at this point. Like obviously I'll be happy if an actor or show I like gets nominated or wins anything, but the whole performative aspect of the ceremony itself is just so whatever to me. And clearly a lot of the time it's a popularity contest, and when it comes to Emmys genre television barely gets any sort of recognition so, y'know.

I think this mostly stems from me getting exposed to things like international music back in the early 00s, listening to songs in a different language even if I had no idea what they are saying (and then looking up the translated lyrics online later, if I could find any). And since music is very universal as a whole, I view storytelling as the same way so watching a show or movie in another language is no big deal for me. Of course back in the day if you were watching something, like an Asian drama or anime, if it didn't come already subtitled someone would end up subbing it which would lead to...interesting translations that weren't always accurate, but you got the idea of what was being said.

Basically, what I'm saying is that I'm very chill when it comes to subtitles and I'll watch anything foreign as long as it looks interesting, subtitled or not. I do agree, though, that subtitles does force you to concentrate more than normal and in that way I can understand how that can be frustrating for some to read first and then watch what is happening, but I guess it's something I've done for a long time that it's just normal for me to process.
Laura: The Expanse: colorsviolateraindrop on May 20th, 2019 12:09 pm (UTC)
I'll be happy if an actor or show I like gets nominated or wins anything
Same, but I've never sat down and watched an award show. Wait, that's not true. I used to occasionally watch the MTV video music awards(?), but that was 15 years ago...
I remember during the early seasons of Supernatural people were hoping Jensen would get nominated and I just thought "That will never happen."

In Germany, everything is dubbed which is something that makes you rather lazy when it comes to watching foreign media. I suppose a lot of Americans are the same, consuming most media produced in the US itself.
To be honest, I don't really have a problem reading subtitles and watching at the same time, but I still never do.
I watched a movie in the Netherlands once where everything is subtitled (apart from kids movies) and I was trying to read the subtitles which I, of course, didn't understand.
Renée: Dark Matter. Five.rogueslayer452 on May 20th, 2019 12:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I also used to watch award shows a lot more when I was in high school (esp the MTV Music Awards), and perhaps I have nostalgia glasses on but I remember them being way cooler than they are today. Perhaps it's because pop culture has changed with how the Internet/social media is in that it's not really a "big deal" anymore to tune in, whereas before you had to watch these events live until it reran on television again to see what happened/who won/etc.

I suppose a lot of Americans are the same, consuming most media produced in the US itself.

This is definitely true, yeah. If you want to watch something that was produced elsewhere, you have to actively go search for it yourself.

Edited at 2019-05-20 12:23 pm (UTC)
noybusiness: Platypusnoybusiness on May 21st, 2019 09:00 pm (UTC)
I am writing an essay about what went wrong with Game of Thrones.

I use subtitles/captions for everything I watch (except in those rare cases where none are available).
Renée: House Targaryen.rogueslayer452 on May 22nd, 2019 01:38 am (UTC)
I've been reading a lot of hot takes lately on what went wrong with GOT and it's seriously so cathartic. I mean, I stopped watching the show years ago and I stopped caring about it, but with it finally being over and most fans being pissed off by the final season, it's nice knowing that there are plenty of people free to rant about it.
noybusiness: Torynoybusiness on May 22nd, 2019 01:47 am (UTC)
Well, it's not a rant. I'm sure you didn't mean that literally, but going over the reasons why something fails both continuity and the moral responsibility encumbent on an artist whose art is consumed globally is not ranting, and should not be weakened by describing it as such. You mean "vent".

Edited at 2019-05-22 01:59 am (UTC)