2015 Stuff I Liked: TV

I never used to do year-end lists.  Reason being, there’s no way in hell that any person could watch every show on TV, or listen to every album released each year.  Maybe they could watch every movie, but even that would be a stretch unless they were actually being paid to do it.  So there’s no way I can honestly say what I think is the “best” stuff released each year, because I can’t watch/listen to it all.  That’s why I’m calling  these lists “Stuff I Liked” rather than “Best Stuff” – I can’t really tell you what was the best out of ALL the things, but I can certainly tell you what I personally enjoyed.

Let’s start with the TV list (which, I’ll be honest, may or may not be the only one I do this year.  We’ll see).  Once again I am going to split my list into hour-long shows and half hour shows, just because it makes it easier for me.  Here goes …

Hour-Long Shows I Liked in 2015

You know what’s crazy, and what I didn’t realize until I started writing this?  My 2014 list had 6 total shows in the “hour-long” category, and a whopping 4 of those shows have dropped off the list this year.  That is a 66.7% failure rate in my 2014 list’s holding power.  What the hell happened??  Because so many shows dropped off, I’m going to have a section at the bottom to explain why, for each of them.  But for now let’s look at my 2015 list:

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2015 Stuff I Liked: You’re the Worst

Youre-The-WorstHeh.  O.k., just like my Jessica Jones entry in my 2015 Faves post, it turns out that I have more to say about You’re the Worst than I should probably be shoving into that post.  And it’s likely not a coincidence that I also had just barely finished YTW‘s season 2 when I started writing that post.  But guys, I really love this show.  So I’m gonna type a few paragraphs about it.  Here’s what I have to say:

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2015 Stuff I Liked: Jessica Jones

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O.k., this is actually an unplanned offshoot from my ‘2015 Stuff I Liked: TV‘ post.  I made the mistake of typing the Jessica Jones entry less than 2 hours after I finished the season, which meant that I had far more to say about it than I probably would have if I had finished it 6 months ago.  But you know what, this is a good show, so I’ve got a lot to say about it.  Here it is y’all:

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TV Shows That Fell Off My Faves List in 2015

In last year’s ‘2014: Stuff I Liked‘ post, I had a section at the end to talk about shows I had given up on in 2014.  I want to start off this post by saying that this list is NOT that.  At least, not for the most part.  Only one show in this list falls into that category.  The others are shows I’m still watching but just not enjoying quite as much, plus another show that dropped off the list for reasons beyond my control.  But I thought it was a notable list, especially because as I pointed out in my 2015 Faves list, my failure rate of hour-long shows from 2014 to 2015 was 67%.  That ain’t good.

So here it is, shows that were in my 2014 list of TV favorites, but did not make the cut for 2015.

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Mockingjay 2: Tossing Out the Blockbuster Rulebook

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From the moment I finished reading the Hunger Games novels back in 2011, as the first Hunger Games movie was already starting production, I worried about Mockingjay.  It’s hard enough to make a PG-13 movie series about kids being thrown into an arena and forced to kill each other, and to expect general audiences to want to watch said series.  But to follow the story through to its fairly bitter and sobering end, and expect people to keep sticking with it, was beyond what I could imagine.  I was 34 when I read these books, and as I closed Mockingjay after finishing its final page, all I could think of was, I am a fully-functioning adult, and I feel like I need therapy right now.  How in the name of all that is holy could a 12 year-old read this and be o.k.??

At that point, all I hoped for from the the movie adaptations was for them to be decent, and to get enough of an audience that they could make all 3 movies (well, 4 – it’s basically a given these days that studios will split the last book into 2 films for the extra cash-grab).  And then The Hunger Games was released in March 2012.  And it became the 11th highest-grossing (domestic) film of all time.  And then Catching Fire was released in November 2013, and it made even more money.  It was the highest-grossing film of 2013 (domestic), and surpassed the Hunger Games to become the 10th highest-grossing movie of all time.  Not only that, but The Hunger Games was a pretty damn good movie, and Catching Fire was flat-out fantastic.  All of this was about a billion miles past what I could have ever hoped for from this series.

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‘The 100’ Analysis #2: Rubicon

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Note: This review was originally posted on my “Silly Fangirl” blog, but I’m porting it over here to get this blog started.  The original post is from September 9th, 2015.

If you missed my 100 analysis #1, you can catch that here.  By the way, I’m still in the phase where I call it “the one-hundred” instead of “the hundred” and I just can’t seem to get out of it.  I need to convince some of my real-life people to watch so I can say it out loud more often, lol.  Anyway.

Just to re-iterate what I’m doing here, I’m examining this show from two very specific angles.  I’m delving into two key points in the series (or what has aired so far which is the first 2 seasons) when I realized that this show was not quite like anything else I had ever seen on TV … or anywhere for that matter.  My first analysis was on “Spacewalker”, and also on the entire Clarke/Finn relationship, and how it progressed from the pilot through Spacewalker.  For my second analysis, I’m going to focus on “Rubicon”.

WARNING: Like my last review of The 100, this review contains SPOILERS.  LOTS AND LOTS OF SPOILERS.  TURN BACK HERE if you have NOT seen the first 2 seasons of this series in its entirety.  Seriously.  If you haven’t seen the entire show and you continue past this jump, you’re an asshole.

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The Plopper Discovers ‘The 100’

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Note: This post is from my “Silly Fangirl” blog, and was originally posted on September 5th, 2015.  I’m just porting it over here to my new blog to get it started.

Hey look at this fancy new show I’ve discovered!  O.k. fine, “new” might not be an entirely accurate description.  But it’s new to me, and that’s what matters.  It only took me 2 seasons to discover it!  That ain’t so bad, is it?  It’s not that I didn’t know this show existed; I did.  As a matter of fact, Matt Barber, former editor of Chuck and coincidental friend-of-a-friend, was an editor on it in season 1.  It even got positive reviews from critics, from what I saw on Twitter.  So why was I so skeptical?  Well, it takes a LOT for me to get into a new TV show these days.  There are just sooo many shows on the air right now, how the hell does a girl decide??  What finally swayed me to check out The 100 was Mo Ryan, one of my favorite critics since the Chuck days.  She’s always said good things about this show, and they only seemed to get better in season 2.  Plus, someone I know on tumblr started posting a bunch of 100 pics and memes and gifs recently, and it must have wormed its way into my brain.

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