Chris Walsh (chris_walsh) wrote,
Chris Walsh

Meme, Day 1!

I got this via octoberland and kradical, and -- why not? it gets me writing -- I'll start answering. The following are 30 movie questions and 30 TV questions to answer over the next 30 days.

Movies: Day 01 - The best movie you saw during the last year

Among new films, probably either Coraline or District 9. Insanely, in a year that had 10 Best Picture nominees at the Academy Awards, District 9's the ONLY nominee I've seen so far!

In revival showings, probably The Iron Giant, at Cort and Fatboy's January screening.

TV: Day 01 - A show that should have never been canceled

I'm tempted to say a TV show that shouldn't have been ALMOST canceled: Babylon 5 almost wasn't going to get its planned fifth season, so J. Michael Straczynski accelerated the storytelling in Season 4 to get to the climax that he had planned. And when it did get renewed, jms had to scramble to create the story that would be told over that fifth season, and I think that permanently hobbled the season. The fifth season was worthwhile for only three episodes: the final finale (the one with jms's sole onscreen cameo), the Neil Gaiman one and, less obviously, the new Season 4 finale that Straczynski did, the one with the flash-forwards to 100, 500 and 1,000 years after the events of the show. I wish the show had had its fifth season guaranteed from the start.

But that's not really what the meme is asking, so here's a more standard answer: the 1998-1999 ABC program Cupid. Rob Thomas, the future creator of Veronica Mars, created it, and Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall starred, and it was about the nature of love and it was dramatic and it was FUNNY. I'd go as far as to say that Cupid did not have a single bad episode; even the similarly truncated Firefly had at least one bad show. I was moved to donate to a "save Cupid!" drive when the show was threatened with cancellation. It went towards a planned ad that would've run in a Hollywood trade paper saying "Don't Give Up On Love!"; when news came down that Cupid was doomed no matter what, the organizers (with the OK of us who donated) gave the money to the Elizabeth Glaser AIDS Foundation instead. (Irony of ironies, the final episode of Cupid aired the week of Valentine's Day...maybe Valentine's Day itself, if I remember right.)

Later, the issue got confused with A) Simon Cowell producing a brief-lived completely different show with the same title and B) Rob Thomas getting to reboot Cupid a year ago, with a new cast but somewhat haphazardly updated scripts, and that didn't last. So I have to explain what the heck Cupid was. And I still think it's a shame that Paula Marshall, who I immediately liked, didn't have a successful show until (and this is relatively speaking) the sitcom Gary Unmarried.

The rest of the meme questions for future reference:

Day 02 - The most underrated movie
Day 03 - A movie that makes you really happy
Day 04 - A movie that makes you sad
Day 05 - Favorite love story in a movie
Day 06 - Favorite made for TV movie
Day 07 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 08 - A movie that you’ve seen countless times
Day 09 - A movie with the best soundtrack
Day 10 - Favorite classic movie
Day 11 - A movie that changed your opinion about something
Day 12 - A movie that you hate
Day 13 - A movie that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 - A movie that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 - A character who you can relate to the most
Day 16 - A movie that you used to love but now hate
Day 17 - A movie that disappointed you the most
Day 18 - A movie that you wish more people would’ve seen
Day 19 - Favorite movie based on a book/comic/etc.
Day 20 - Favorite movie from your favorite actor/actress
Day 21 - Favorite action movie
Day 22 - Favorite documentary
Day 23 - Favorite animation
Day 24 - That one awesome movie idea that still hasn’t been done yet
Day 25 - The most hilarious movie you’ve ever seen
Day 26 - A movie that you love but everyone else hates
Day 27 - A movie that you wish you had seen in theaters
Day 28 - Favorite movie from your favorite director
Day 29 - A movie from your childhood
Day 30 - Your favorite movie of all time

Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best t.v show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First t.v show obsession
Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death
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