Important Fantastic Five Friday Annoucement!

In an effort to keep the Fantastic Five Friday fun going, I’m going to start listing the upcoming topics on a page. I’ll be doing my best to keep this up and hopefully it’ll force me to stick to my schedule.

Here’s the problem I’m running into.
I usually come up with the ideas a few days before the post. Sometimes even later (I know, but sometimes my brain doesn’t like to cooperate). That being said, I want to know what other kinds of topics you’d like a post about. Do you want me to keep with just the Movie/TV themes? Are you wanting to see more about the actors? What would you think if I added video games to the mix?

Since it is no longer just me doing this I really want your input, if you have any ideas for future FFF topics, just let me know!

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Then and now…

I’m not going to lie, the main reason I didn’t post last week is because this is my 100th post, and I felt like it should be something interesting.

The first post I wrote was supposed to be all awesome about why I love television so much, instead it came out a bit preachy. As I have no desire to preach to my readers (all five of you), I’m just going to do a then and now post.

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I’ll Be Right Back!

Due to the fact that I am moving and my brain can’t seem to handle work, blog and packing. I’m taking a brief hiatus until after I move.

I PROMISE I’LL BE BACK.

In the mean time, if you have any movies you think I should review, or TV shows that you’ve suddenly become addicted to, let me know. I love hearing of other peoples addictions.

Regular posting will resume July 16th.

Summer Schedule

With the finales of all my shows airing in the next week or so, I’ve come to the realization that I need to find some new things to post about on this site.

I could do more movie reviews.
Or start another weekly meme.

I’ll of course continue to do the Fantastic Five Friday.
And as my summer shows premiere I’ll do the reviews for them, too.

But what do you guys want to hear about?
I could add book reviews to my list (though, in all honesty, I read pretty slowly and there are far better reviewers. *cough* Angel *coughcough* Meg *cough*)
I am going to start adding plays/shows that I see to my list of reviews. Again, those may be few and far between.

I’ve considered reviewing video games, but, it takes me forever to play through a game.

So here’s what I want from you dear readers, if you have an idea of something for me to watch or rewatch or marathon, leave a comment and let me know. I’m all for taking some of your ideas and pretending like their mine.
Just kidding, I’ll totally give you credit.

 

[Fantastic Five Friday] Five Favorite Sidekicks from TV and Movies


inspired by Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday

Here is how it works: It’ll be a weekly meme here at The Weekly Enthusiast. Each week I’ll post a new Fantastic Five list that I will answer here. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join, whether you have a TV/Film blog, book blog, personal blog. All I ask is that you link back to The Weekly Enthusiast on your own Fantastic Five list and comment on this post so that everyone can check out the other bloggers lists.

If you don’t have a blog, leave your answers in the comments and get to know other fellow bloggers.

Five Favorite Sidekicks from TV and Movies

The term “sidekick” always has a bit of negativity to it. Here are five sidekicks that break that cliche (in my opinion)
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[Fantastic Five Friday] Five TV Relationships that I Will Go Down With.


inspired by Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday

Here is how it works: It’ll be a weekly meme here at The Weekly Enthusiast. Each week I’ll post a new Fantastic Five list that I will answer here. Anyone and everyone is welcome to join, whether you have a TV/Film blog, book blog, personal blog. All I ask is that you link back to The Weekly Enthusiast on your own Fantastic Five list and comment on this post so that everyone can check out the other bloggers lists.

If you don’t have a blog, leave your answers in the comments and get to know other fellow bloggers.

Five TV Relationships that I Will Go Down With

(this phrase is often used on tumblr. “I will go down with this ship” = I really love this relationship)


Booth/Brennan
So far, this is the relationship I have waited the longest to come to fruition. A lot of my main ships have on and off periods, where they’re actually together, but then fall apart, then back in love. Booth and Brennan have taken the LONGEST time. I really adore the give and take of their relationship. Especially this season with Brennan being (spoiler?) pregnant, we get to see Booth being a little more overprotective than he usually is. Still, to this day, my favorite episode with them is “The Santa in the Slush”. They share such heartcrushing (a Bones word) moments it’s hard to give up on them (and trust me, I’ve come close).

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Castle/Beckett
Similar to Booth and Brennan in many ways, their banter and back and forth keep this relationship stable. The longing glances and gentle touches have every Castle fan over analyzing everything they do or say. Which just comes with the territory when it comes to shippers. I love the amount of respect that Castle and Beckett have for each other. They may fight and annoy each other to no end, but when it come right down to it, they have an incredible amount of respect for one another.

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Daniel/Vala
When Vala is first introduced in season 8 of Stargate SG-1, I loved her. I loved the way she picked on Daniel, I loved the way she bent the truth, I just loved her. She was the perfect blend of snark, sass, and heart. Her intentions were alwaysmostly good, and Daniel could see that. After Daniel comes back from ascension/death (for the… third? time), I wasn’t sure they were even going to try to give him a love interest. In some ways, I understood why they didn’t. I mean, his wife was taken over by an evil alien and one of his best friends had to kill her. It would take a while for a person to get over that. The way the relationship grew between Vala and Daniel through the last seasons of the series was really amazing, every time the two of them were on-screen together, you couldn’t help but want to push them together and say “Now kiss!”


Leo/Piper
I’m pretty sure I shipped them before I knew what shipping was. All through the series of Charmed they were the couple that I most wanted to see happy. Above Andy and Prue, above Phoebe and Coop, above them all. Leo and Piper had been through the most and deserved to be together in a happy family with their two beautiful (both as babies and as adults) boys. For a paranormal show, they were surprisingly realistic. They had hard times, disagreements, silly jokes, jealousy, long distance relationships, and pretty much anything else you can think of. If there was ever a couple in television that deserved to be together, it was them.

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Luke/Lorelai
This relationship just frustrated me. In a good way (if that is possible). Every week I’d just stare at Luke and Lorelai’s interactions on my television and think “How is it possible that they don’t see it? Everyone sees it. HOW DO THEY NOT SEE IT?!?!?” This happened (and continues to happen during my re-watches) in every single episode. They finally get together and Rory has to be a pill and ruin it all. All the tension leading up to that moment. The moment with Luke and Lorelai on the porch of The Dragonfly, when Luke just says “Will you just hold still!” All the waiting had been totally worth it for that moment. Then they have to go and break up and be all angsty.
See?! It’s still frustrating.

What television relationships do you love?

New Obsession: Downton Abbey

Today, I was supposed to be posting a recap and review of last night’s Switched at Birth. But instead, I have spent all day (and all last night) watching the first season of something else…

Lord Crawley sees his family heritage, especially the grand country home Downton Abbey, as his mission in life. The death of his heir aboard the Titanic means distant cousin Matthew Crawley, a Manchester lawyer, suddenly is next in line and accepts moving onto the vast estate with his even more modernist, socially engaged mother, who clashes with his lordship’s domineering, conservative ma the dowager. Marrying off the daughters is another concern. Meanwhile the butler presides over a staff which serves the family but also lead most of their entire lives in the servants quarters, intriguing amongst themselves.

For months, I’ve had everyone tell me I need to watch this show. I have heard amazing things about it, and everyone I know seems to love it. But I have to be really in the mood for a periodical TV show in order to watch it. I’ve been known to have full periodical themed weekends where I watch, basically every movie inspired by a Jane Austen novel along with the A&E version of Pride and Prejudice (you know, the one that is three hours long). But I have to be in one of those moods.

Last night, while scrolling through my HuluPlus account, I saw that the first season was available streaming. I clicked, thinking that I’d only get through the first episode then I’d head to bed. I didn’t plan on it sucking me in. Three hours later, I had to force myself to turn off the television and go to bed.

Though the show has merit to watch it on its own, the prime reason I decided I would watch it was for this woman.
Dame Maggie Smith (aka, Professor McGonagall in the Harry Potter films) was the reason I even knew this show existed. I’m one of those people who will watch shows just because an actor is in it. She is one of those actors. And I’m glad that I picked this show up for her.

Though the pilot (like all pilots) is a bit slow, after the second episode is when it started to get really good. With the introduction of Matthew and his mother Isobel (played by the great Penelope Wilton, who also played “Harriet Jones, Prime Minister” in Doctor Who), things really start to get interesting within the families.

One of the ways that this show differs from most period pieces is that it shows the lives of the staff. Most shows and movies have the staff as background characters that occasionally speak. The staff of Downton Abbey all have their own lives, and more importantly, their own stories.

This show does an excellent job at balancing the stories between members of the staff and members of the house, keeping both storylines equally interesting and easily remembered. With a cast this big, it’s easy for a character to become forgotten. The writers of this show remind us of what each character is going through every they’re brought on the screen.

If you’ve considered picking this show up, but are a bit weary, I highly suggest you give it just a few episodes. Don’t stop at just the first one. It’s worth the time you put into it.

“I’m Gonna Risk It”…. on The Finder.

When Hart Hanson announced last year that he wanted to do a Bones spin-off I was a bit upset. Mostly because, for me that meant that he was seeing the end of my beloved Bones and was wanting to get under his next project before it capsized. Not having Bones on my television would break my heart, even though I know it has to end eventually. I’m not ready for it to end yet.

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Movie Reel` Carolina

Starring: Julia Stiles, Shirley MacLaine, and Alessandro Nivola.
Rating: PG-13

SUMMARY
Carolina Mirabeau was raised ‘free-spirited’ with two sisters by eccentric, domineering grandma Millicent in the country. Carolina’s city neighbor, talented and witty Jewish author Albert Morris, is her best friend, confident and the wacky family’s favorite guest. Yet she gets engaged with Heath Pierson, an ‘all too perfect’ upper class brilliant Britton, whom she met in the TV studio where she’s fired as dating show candidates-screener. But the past and some truths catch up with all of them. (Summary from IMDB.com)

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[Recap/Review] Switched at Birth ` Self Portrait with a Bandaged Ear

RECAP
As Angelo makes Regina a business offer, Daphne finally confronts him about the reason he left. Meanwhile, Melody’s opinion of Bay and Emmett’s relationship doesn’t improve when he gets in trouble. And the Kennish’s entire case against the hospital is put in jeopardy when they learn some new disheartning information about their lawyer. (Summary from TV.com)

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