Crushing it!

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I was going to save this one for later in the week, but let’s talk TV Crushes – those characters that get inside your brain and keep you coming back week after week after week for more, sometimes to shows that aren’t even very good.

Here we go: My Biggest TV Character Crushes!

  • Karl “Helo” Agathon, Battlestar Galactica – see, he’s the reason this one got bumped to earlier in the week, because this is it: the week I finally finish BSG, learn who the final Cylon is and try to control myself from lovingly stroking my laptop screen every time Helo’s face comes on it.  I mean, in terms  of personality and character development, he’s certainly not the most well-developed on BSG.  He is the strong and silent type, enjoys taking the moral high road when given the choice and cuts a pretty romantic figure what with his entire plot-line that I won’t spoil for you, but there are long stretches where he doesn’t do much but walk around and press buttons and call out military orders, you know?  Still though:

So say we all: YOWZA!

  • Pacey Witter, Dawson’s Creek – I mean, obviously.

Obviously

  •  Logan Echolls, Veronica Mars – Something about a bad boy with a vulnerable side. He started out as such an obnoxious asshole of a character and managed to turn into one of the most lovable and heartbreaking TV characters I have ever known.  I used to marvel at his face’s incredibly capacity for expressing emotions, particularly longing and pain.  Plus he’s very tall and broad and boy did he love Veronica.

Love the necklace, especially.

  • Mr. Bates, Downton Abbey – He’s not the best looking on this list, and yes, he’s a bit crippled (but as Anna says, “not very crippled”).  But ask yourself – did he kill his wife?  You know he didn’t, because he is the best man in the entire world, EVER.

Yeah, I went for it instead of a photograph.

  • Luke Danes, Gilmore Girls – Holy smokes, guys, I think we’ve just traced “my type” back to its origin.

I also like his personality, in case you were wondering.

  • Rupert Giles, Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Okay, okay, when I originally watched this show my crush was Xander and then Spike but honestly, I always knew that I found Giles sexy even when I was 15 years old.  He has a core of bad-ass and scholar, wrapped in a tweed waist-coat; the librarian in me swoons.

His nickname as a youthful miscreant was “Ripper” but now he is a school librarian!

  • Zach Morris – All those schemes and the ability to stop time and that blond blond hair.  Siiiiigh.

‘Sup, Preppy?

  • Eric Gotts, Wonderfalls – Mostly it’s just his face, but a little bit about how nice he is and what an amazingly, exceptionally good show Wonderfalls is.

Save him from her!

  • Ned the Pie Maker, Pushing Daisies – 1. He makes pies 2. He’s wonderful 3. He cannot touch people and it’s the saddest thing. 4. He makes pies.

Oh to be Lonely Tourist Charlotte Charles.

  • Cappie, Greek – My biggest EVER TV crush, did you know?  The “Rob Thomas hair” and the secret smarts and also he loves pie and I cannot do him justice in words, I’ve realized!  I include a Youtube clip of Cappie-lights, which doesn’t even come close to doing him justice either, but unless you go start watching Greek it is the best we’ve got.  Also, you should go start watching Greek.

Might I recommend a Cappie-cino?

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Shuffle up and deal…

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Continuing the riff on this week’s theme: Hey!  My iPod is On Repeat!

(Fair warning: I have already scrolled through my first three songs – prepare to have your mind blown with high-quality, certified-awesome taste in music.)

Song #1: “One More Time With Feeling” by Regina Spektor off the album Far

My history with this song: Regina Spektor is probably my favorite singer of songs, and for sure my favorite singer of songs who is currently singing songs and is a woman.  The album Far came out in Summer 2009, right after I finished graduate school; I was all existential-crisis-y looking for a job.  I suppose as a balm to the fact that I could hardly even find jobs to apply for, and that when I did, I managed to do stupid things like get my phone number wrong on my resume, I began a summer-long rereading marathon of Nora Roberts’ romance novels.  I only remember that I had this Nora Roberts’ sesh because I also happened to be listening to Far on repeat at the same time.  I am fairly sure that for the rest of my life whenever I hear a song from this album, I will be instantly transported to the fictional Manhattan bar Lower the Boom, the setting of more than one Stanislaski-family romance.

worst cover ever, right? still - SUCH a good book. Ish.


Meanwhile, as regards this particular song off the album Far – it’s not my most favorite, but I still like it a lot.  I also appreciate that its title reminds me of the Buffy episode “Once More With Feeling.”(The song I’ve included below?  Also on my iPod, just in case you had any doubt)

Awful/Great?  Obviously Regina is excellent stuff, even though I can imagine she does not appeal to all.  I would prefer not speak to my Nora Roberts habit at this time.

Song #2: “Holland, 1945” by Neutral Milk Hotel off the album In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

My history with this song: Got the album senior year of college from Mia, who used to supply me with a steady stream of awesome music from bands I had never heard of.  Still listen to it all the time.  Love this song the most, particularly the phrase “the world just screams and falls apart”, which I once used as the title of a mix CD that I made during a time of moderate depression.  Use this song on my gym mix for treadmill-running, for which it is incredibly well-suited.

Awful/Great?  I warned you that you would have bow down to my good taste.  Everyone agrees that Neutral Milk Hotel are geniuses (don’t they?).  Plus – young adult writer/my hero John Green also loves them, which is enough for me.

Song #3: “Gonna Get Along Without You Now” by She & Him off the album Volume Two

My history with this song: I used to have a record with this song on it when I was kid that I would listen to all the time.  It also had songs like “What’s New Pussycat?”  (sung by children, not Tom Jones), “The Name Game” and the “3-6-9, the goose drank wine, the monkey chewed tobacco on the streetcar line” song (is that supposed to be a children’s song?  because in addition to the vice-ridden activities, the monkey gets choked and they all go to heaven in a little rowboat.  I don’t think it is a children’s song after all, but it remains pretty excellent…).

Anyway, when She & Him Volume 2 came out, I was really thrilled to hear the cover of “Gonna Get Along Without You Now”, which I hadn’t thought about since I was like 7.  I don’t really like the rest of Volume 2, besides this song actually.  I do , however, pretty much like Zooey Deschanel’s new TV show New Girl…which I feel is somehow relevant to the conversation, even though it isn’t really.  I am loving the character of Schmidt, in case you were wondering, and I look forward to continued romantic tension between Nick and Jess.

schmidt's sweet 'mono is the stuff of legend

Awful/Great? I feel like some people probably hate the She & Him and Zooey, and others love them and her.  Still – I suspect this song gives me a little more cred than the Justin Bieber that could have (and still might, later in the week) come up in this game.

Stay tuned – there might yet be some Bieber in this if that is your thing!