Mary Tyler Moore

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Dec 29, 1936 – Jan 25, 2017

She lived, she breathed

She experienced and rose

One episode at a time

Changing the world

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After The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is one of my favorite shows on TV right now (even though I hardly ever watch it on traditional TV). I have enjoyed watching every season so far up to the first half of season 7 through Netflix and other various means. The show hardly ever varies from one season to the next except for a location change or new deaths but it’s the interesting characters that have kept me in. Cheap plot gimmicks aside and the usual Rick goes crazy and then decides to fight the system formula and this show always manages to keep me anticipating what is up next.

The main villain for season 7 is a brutish man named Negan and the rest of his biker gang known as the Saviors, who all are known as Negan together. He controls the stock of weapons, food, and other essential items (even taking away the mattresses).

As for how this show will eventually end, whenever that is, I hope the producers don’t settle for some cliche ending like the one on Lost. Or that this was all a complex dream of Rick Grimes, the main hero of the series. I am hoping the show goes the route of eventually finding a cure for the zombie virus (which was a brief idea by Eugene a few seasons ago) or that our survivors have developed an immunity to the zombie walker virus that activates when one is bitten or dies. I can even imagine Daryl taking one last look at Rick before he rode off into the sunset on his motorcycle. Or maybe they eventually reach Washington DC and the final shot is of the tattered American flag slowly waving in the calm post-apocalyptic breeze.

I sure hope the show isn’t dragged on for too long and ends as long as the ratings stay positive.

 

 

The Boxed In Poet

Day 253 - Shadow in the TV

I never knew it was in me but,
This poetic vein has been found,
Developing and being nurtured,
Becoming more and more sound
Starts off with just a simple thought,
Then turns to skipping and hopping,
Until it burns like a hot iron wrought
And I could really go for it
And be an inspiring scribe
If I had the money and means to travel
And maybe even get to climb
But so far I’m a boxed in poet
With my TV and everyday channels
The outside is there,
But I’m getting lazy
The only way I’ll snap out this
Is if I get a job
Or something makes me


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Express Yourself!.”

Do you love to dance, sing, write, sculpt, paint, or debate? What’s your favorite way to express yourself, creatively?

My Netflix Addiction

Never has one online site given me more satisfaction and hours of endless entertainment than the addicting nature of Netflix. As soon as I start watching one TV series, I usually chow through the first season in about two to five days depending on the length of season. I watched the entire six seasons of Lost in about two weeks (enjoying and understanding it better – so that’s why there was a smoke monster), the entire nine seasons of How I Met Your Mother (what happened to this show in syndication?) in about six months, since I had to wait for the ninth and final season to appear on Netflix, all five seasons of Breaking Bad in about a month (inspiring me to search for all of the songs used in every season – it was quite a diverse and unique soundtrack…bitch!), and all eight seasons of Dexter (spoiler alert – the last three seasons totally jumped the shark – seriously, a lumberjack?)

When has not having cable or satellite ever made more sense?

As the name of the prompt today is sanctuary, I would call Netflix my place to get away, especially on my personal laptop where I can watch content at my own pace and privacy with high quality sound being pumped from my headphones into my ears. Whenever I am feeling so amped up and disconnected from myself, I prefer to hit up the streamies and watch the next episode in that great series I am currently involved with, which is sort of like dating someone for a long while before the money and other interests run out and you move on to the next candidate (can i date?) – bad analogy? Perhaps.

Netflix is a comforting thing, a truly enjoyable experience. It is a place I go to whenever I am feeling stressed, need to recollect my thoughts, find my happy place, or just figure out when I am finally going to start watching House of Cards. I see it as a great way to replace the boring parts of my life with the exciting, interesting lives of the actors and actresses decking it out in some of my favorite series and movies.

It is quite hard to leave a viewing session once I get my teeth sunk into an intriguing series, because for one thing, Netflix automatically starts a ten second countdown to the next episode, along with a juicy description of the next episode that makes me say, after already watching seven episodes in a row, “Just one more and I’ll go to bed.” But, of course, that rarely, if ever, happens. Thanks, Netflix, for turning me into an internet zombie by night (though this is nothing new).

I have to admit I’m a Netflix addict, judging by my constant urge to continue that TV series I had started the day before, or scroll endlessly for a decent movie to watch (any misleading images for action thrillers?) As I already mentioned, it involves me packing it all in for an extra stimulating all-night viewing experience that has a rollercoaster of scenes and audio bits from episodes or movies replaying in my head throughout the next day that I had already spent the wee hours of playing and rewinding to parts of episodes or movies I simply missed or didn’t catch the dialogue clearly from. Do I need a life? I think so, but it’s time to catch the next episode of the quite forgotten sci-fi series The 4400, which I believe is already set to jump the shark by the end of the second season.


 In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Oasis.”

Please Stop, CBS

A restaurant that removed your favorite item from the menu, a bad cover of a great song… Write a post about something that should’ve been left untouched, but wasn’t. Why was the original better?


This is a minor twist of the prompt; I am writing about what should be left alone and will ultimately be ruined if it is not. Stop me if this ends up sounding like an iMDb review.

I might not have been around when it originally aired on television, but The Odd Couple starring Joel Klugman as the laid-back Oscar Madison and Tony Randall as neat-freak Felix Unger is a true classic. I only recently watched the show on a classic TV station called MeTV that is free and it was brilliant – nothing could replace it…but wait…I have just heard that a remake of the series is in store for next year…and it stars Matthew Perry…oh, the horror! Anything having Matthew Perry as the lead actor is bound to fail, just look at his recent history in TV world trying to be #1: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip – flopped; Mr. Sunshine – didn’t see the sunshine for very long, only lasting one season; Go On – had some potential but ultimately couldn’t survive the notorious TV chopping block (hence, the picture). On Friends, he worked well as a secondary character, bouncing off of other characters such as Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) and Joey (Matt LeBlanc). I’m sorry, but I don’t know what CBS is thinking (the original channel of The Odd Couple). Perry is just not a funny enough comedian to take a comedy and make it great. He’s too stiff or doesn’t have enough enthusiasm to really make me like him.

Just leave this timeless classic alone. Don’t ruin something that would surely make Neil Simon roll in his grave right now. I’m pretty sure he is already covering his ears for the negative feedback this rehash is going to receive. Doing a remake of the The Odd Couple is like trying to recreate Michaelango’s cathedral masterpiece. The first one will always be the best – any attempted replica just isn’t the same, doesn’t have the same meaning. Let Felix and Oscar rest in peace.

So CBS, in the words of the Beatles:

But as always, I may be totally wrong with my opinion, like I probably will be with my top ten reasons why Disney will botch Star Wars.


NoShaNo: November 8: After one week

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