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Day 08 - A show everyone should watch

I'm not presumptuous enough to say that everyone should watch anything, but one show that I think is worth watching is Babylon 5.

It's far from a perfect show--the dialogue is sometimes clunky, the acting often uneven, and the special effects generally haven't held up. What B5 offers is some of the best plotting and character development anywhere. The first season is full of throwaway lines that later prove important, and mysteries that are all eventually solved--in logical fashion, in ways that are satisfying and make sense and suggest that the writers actually planned things out from the beginning. And all of the buildup makes the climax incredibly affecting.

But you do have to get through the first season to really appreciate it.

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Day 06 - Favourite episode of your favourite TV show

Since the question is favourite rather than best, I'm going to go with "Bastille Day." This episode is the first time Lee really takes a stand based on principle, knowing that there might be a personal cost, and that willingness to do the right thing is the main reason I love the character, so this episode is one I tend to rewatch.

Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favourite TV show

It's a toss-up between "Black Market" and the series finale. I think I'm going to go with "Black Market." This is the infamous episode that features not one, but two characters who come out of nowhere and are never mentioned again despite the episode's claim that they're incredibly important to one of the main characters. I think they could have gotten away with introducing one character this way, but two doesn't work. There should have been foreshadowing and there should have been follow-through and the absence of both is lousy writing.

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I spent yesterday at a Dragon Boat Festival party, playing Mahjong and eating zongzi, and now I'm behind. Thus, two days in one!

Day 04 - Your favourite show ever

I've loved so many shows at different times for different reasons, Buffy and The X-Files and Firefly and Farscape. And there have other shows I've been passionately fannish about and whose characters I've loved, like SG1 and SGA and Forever Knight. Choosing between them is hard.

I think immediacy is going to win this one, though. I'm going to go with the new version Battlestar Galactica, which is both excellent quality and a show that I play with fannishly. Even if I did hate the ending. (Ask me again in a few months, and I may have a different answer.)

Day 05 - A show you hate

The Bachelor. It's possible that I'm being unfair because I've only seen about half and episode, but the concept is so utterly disturbing that I dislike it on principle. (I feel the same way about The Bachelorette.)

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Day 03 - Your favourite new show (aired this TV season)

I'm going to go with The Good Wife again because I think I only picked up two new shows this season, and other one is more "guilty pleasure" than truly excellent television.

And since I've already talked about why I like the show, today I'll limit myself to one more reason: Kalinda Sharma (the law firm's PI) rocks.

Kalinda Sharma, played by Archie Panjabi

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skieswideopen: Emily Prentiss from Criminal Minds (Criminal Minds: Prentiss)
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching

Am I watching any shows that seem unduly unpopular right now? I think most of the shows I care about are doing okay. Bad timing on this, really, since most things at high risk of being cancelled have been cancelled.

I'm going to go with The Good Wife, because it's not a show that I see come up often on my flist. I wasn't sure how that show was going to go, but it's ended up giving us some truly excellent female characters--layered and nuanced and complicated, with interesting friendships between them. And it passes the Bechdel Test pretty well every episode. I just hope it retains that focus, and doesn't shift too much toward her husband next season.

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Since everyone else is doing it too...

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled

Firefly, of course, mostly because I want to know what deep dark secrets Joss Whedon buried in everyone's past. But that's a common wish, so I'll go with a less obvious one instead.

It's a Canadian show about a centuries-old man who made a bad decision when he was young, and is now seeking redemption for the immense suffering that came about because of his decision. The limitations of his condition mean he's forced to pull away from the mortal woman who's rapidly falling in love with him for fear of endangering her, and every week we get flashbacks showing events from his past that are somehow related to his current situation. No, not that show.

The Collector aired for three seasons between 2004 and 2006. The main character is Morgan Pym, an ex-monk born in Nuremburg, Germany in 1322. As a young man, Morgan sold his soul to the devil in order to bring back the woman he loved after she died of the Bubonic Plague. They got ten years of happiness together, and then the devil came to collect on his end of the deal. But instead of sending Morgan to hell, he offered him a new deal: if Morgan would help the devil collect souls from other people whose deals were up, he'd be allowed to stay on Earth.

Fast forward to 2004. Morgan's now assigned to Vancouver, collecting his weekly quota of souls. (Well, really only one soul per week. He has a lot of free time. Especially since he doesn't sleep.) And then one day he's inspired by one of his clients to make a new deal: he gets forty-eight hours to help each of his clients try to make amends for all the damage their deals have caused. If they succeed, they get to avoid hell and go on living. And so Morgan gets to spend his days trying to help others achieve redemption, knowing there's almost no chance he can do the same for himself.

The shows had its share of flaws, and some parts that didn't really make sense (like the devil's motivation for agreeing to this new deal). But the creators say they had a plan, and I want to know what it was. The devil on the show is portrayed as so clever and powerful that it's clear he has to be getting something out of this deal, and I want to know what, and how it twists back on Morgan, and whether Morgan actually finds a way to outsmart the devil in the end. Basically, I wish it had been around longer so I could have found out how it was supposed to end.

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