The Mallory Project

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Sherlock vs Big Bang Theory

Sherlock Holmes (the Cumberbatch version) has a lot in common with Sheldon Cooper, but is way better.

Sheldon’s “quirks”, his aversion to sex, his OCD tendencies, his brusque behaviors, even his nerdiness (totally a word), are used as punch lines. The audience is supposed to see him and think “oh, ha, ha, ha, good thing I’ll never be like him!”

Sherlock has similar “quirks”. He seemingly avoids sex, he has OCD behaviors, he’s brusque and sometimes rude, and he’s a bit of a nerd (about science and facts, not pop culture). But it’s used to show how brilliant he is. The audience is supposed to see him and think “wow, I wish I was like that.”

He’ll say things like “I don’t have friends”, and you think “he’s kind of a jerk”, but 15 minutes later, he says “I don’t have friends, I have one” and he’s redeemed. He’s a weird fellow, but he’s smart and brilliant and loyal.

Sheldon says jerky things, but doesn’t get redeemed. He has almost no qualities that show why Leonard, Howard and Raj want to spend time with him. And even when one or two nice qualities show up, they’re immediately overshadowed by a crude joke, a jerk remark, or a punch line at Sheldon’s expense.

Basically what I’m saying is, Sherlock is a show for nerds. Big Bang Theory is a show making fun of nerds. And we get bullied enough in our real lives. Do we really need a TV show bullying us too?

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My biggest problem with Once Upon A Time

My biggest problem with Once Upon A Time right now is Aurora.

I have nothing against the character. She has grown on me (she was actually kind of plucky in that one episode). And I like the actress.

It’s just that she looks nothing like the character in the movie.

Not really a huge deal. But here are some comparisons.

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1. Emilie de Ravin, the actress who plays Belle. Notice that she’s blonde?

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2. Belle from the movie Beauty and the Beast. Notice that she’s brunette?

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3. Emilie de Ravin as Belle on Once Upon A Time. She’s brunette! Just like her cartoon equivalent.

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4. Sarah Bolger, the actress who plays Aurora. She’s brunette.

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5. Aurora from Sleeping Beauty, a blonde.

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6. Sarah Bolger as Aurora. She’s still brunette!

And see how Belle’s dress is a lot like (cartoon) Belle’s dress? But Aurora’s outfit is nothing like (cartoon) Aurora’s outfit.

It’s not a big deal, really. But they took pains to make sure
-Snow White looked like Snow White
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-Cinderella looked like Cinderella

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-Ariel looked like Ariel

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Why not make sure Aurora looks like Aurora? It just doesn’t make sense to me! They’ve been so careful with all the other characters, doing a wonderful job with casting. It feels like they dropped the ball on this one. It’s not that hard to find a good blonde wig or a box of bleach.

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Reality TV

So I came upon this article on hellogiggles’ Tumblr, and I had a pretty strong reaction to it. I’ve posted a link to the article, plus my reply (which was originally posted on Tumblr, before I copied it here.)

REALITY SHOWS CAN STOP NOW
by Akilah Hughes
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She has a point. Reality TV has gone too far.

But when she goes into her “solving the world’s problems” paragraph, she lost me. TV isn’t supposed to be solving the world’s problems. Did Seinfeld solve any of the world’s problems? Did Gilligan’s Island? No. TV is supposed to be entertainment, a way for us to FORGET the world’s problems. Honestly, I’d rather watch American Idol than a documentary on genocide in Rwanda. Most people would. Sure, I watch some depressing shows (Grey’s Anatomy always makes me cry) but I watch them to be entertained, to be taken away from the problems of my real life and the misery that headlines the news.

But that being said, I would much rather turn on a smart, scripted show (like Scandal or Community) than garbage like the Kardashians.

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Homeland

I originally intended this to be an insightful review of one of the best shows on TV, but my brain isn’t working right now. Maybe it’s NaNoWriMo, maybe it’s just me being tired, I don’t know, but I’m just not very eloquent right now.

Anyway, Homeland is without a doubt, one of the greatest shows on TV, not just right now, but ever. It’s smart and keeps you on your toes. One thing will happen in episode 3 and you’ll think “that’s stupid, that would never happen”, but in episode 7 you find out there was a logical reason for it.

There are spoilers from here on out, so if you haven’t seen the past few episodes, stop reading now.
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Earlier this season, Carrie dumped all her meds down the toilet. There was a small but ferocious uproar on social media. “Carrie wouldn’t do that!” “Won’t her dad and sister notice?” “How irresponsible!”

But several episodes later, we see Carrie in the restroom, unwrapping what looks like a tampon.

Except it’s a pregnancy test. A positive pregnancy test.

She puts it in a drawer with dozens of other positive pregnancy tests.

Is this the reason Carrie dumped out all her meds? Is this the reason she’s been getting sick? Why she refused the coffee Quinn gave her?

But the biggest question of all: who’s the father? Hopefully we find out soon! (There are only 3 episodes left this season, after all.)

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Community Season 4

I’ve been a fan of Community since day 1. I own the first 3 seasons on DVD, and I have watched each episode four or five times; including the commentary. The first ever spec script I wrote was Community. I once watched the entire first season in one day.

I was among the fans dismayed to hear that creator Dan Harmon had been fired. Dan Harmon is the reason Community is Community.

Actually, that’s not true. Community wouldn’t be Community without the cast and the writers. But Harmon is the spine of the show, while the cast and writers (and fans!) are the organs and skin and hair. (Man, I Britta’d that metaphor.)

Jeff Winger would be an unlikeable jackass if he was played by anyone but Joel McHale. Annie would be whiny and immature if not for Alison Brie. You can say that sort of thing for all the actors (especially Jim Rash.)

This season, Community has been as funny as ever. I loved the Inspector Spacetime Convention, and I’m wondering when someone is going to greenlight that as a real show (though not Pierce’s version, without the pesky space and time travel.)

My issue with this season is Donald Glover. Or rather the lack of Donald Glover. He plays Troy Barnes, the ex-athlete who isn’t so bright but has a good heart. He’s Abed’s best friend, and now Britta’s boyfriend. And he’s one of the funniest characters.

But Troy hasn’t had any big storylines this year, except for his new relationship with Britta. Which happened very suddenly. They’ve been flirty-flirty since season one, but no mention of it, until this season’s premiere and WOW they’re in bed together.

Troy is famous for being Abed’s best friend. But the writers are trying to make Abed “grow” this year, which means moving him away from Troy. Which doesn’t leave Troy much to do.

So I hope that during the course of the rest of the season, Troy (and Glover) get more storylines.

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