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With the disappointment on the outcome of 2010 American Idol and departure of judge Simon Cowell; I didn’t try to watch the season 10.  But this year I gave it a try, I’ve told myself that there’s nothing wrong with trying besides I’ve wanted to discover new artists for 2012.  I’ve just realized I didn’t get to discover new songs and artist for 2011. 

Funny thing is I actually didn’t watch the first few episodes which are the auditions.  I just listened to it while I was doing other stuff example; I’ve sorted puzzle pieces, wrote blog posts or listened while working from home that was the routine.  I thought that it was the best time to multi-task and it worked.  Came the Hollywood episodes then I started to put my attention to the show.

That was the time I started to come up with my artists to watch for.  And I’ve got at least 2 bets that I’d know would go straight to the 24.  One was Reed Grimm, I think he’s a Taylor Hicks incarnate.  Unfortunately, he didn’t make it to the final 12 which became 13. 

I actually hated having the final 13.  For me having an extra person compromised the actual concept of the show and what made it worst I think they’ve picked the wrong idols like Deandre and Jeremy. Ha-ha!

Anyway, what really made my AI viewing worth my time is the discovery of Phillip Phillips.  I have to admit his looks sealed the deal.  He reminds me of someone close to my heart.  Oops, enough of the sexy thoughts, back to writing the post. Ha-ha!

I’m hoping that he’d win the title but knowing my history the only bet I had that won was Carrie Underwood.  All my bets placed 2nd or 3rd.  I just hope that Phillip would break that curse.  What I really love about him is his individuality.  There’s no single song he performed that I actually recognized.  He made it his own.  Well, some of his songs are too old that I don’t really know but that’s beside the point.  What fears me is his idealism.  I know that he just wants to be there to share his talents but in a contest like American Idol where you get votes and up against artists, who are also good or even better, it pays to be out of your comfort zone and try something new and out-of-the-box that will totally leave the audience awed.  Good thing is he doesn’t sound cocky whenever he defends his song choice or fashion sense.  I just hope that he’d perform something that would overshadow the talent and performance of other idol hopefuls.

And lately I’m beginning to love Elise and Colton it’s more of a back up bets but I don’t think that they’d made it to the finale.  I’m just saying.  I really love the trio’s performance of Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks’ performance 3 weeks ago.  I’d watch this clip at least once a day that’s how impressed I am with the performance.  Good thing I’ve found a high quality link in YouTube that I can share with you.  Enjoy!

I just really hope that he’d win.  For now that’s my wish for 2012 and if he makes it to the finale, I’d fly to LA. Just kidding (I wish!).

 

Better late than never is the appropriate adage for my latest addiction.  I’m really glad that my twitter friend Jon introduced me to Californication.  The show is demented, sarcastic, witty and vulgar trying to be romantic at times and not to forget that it has a lesson and you’ll learn something from it, too.  These are just some of the reasons why I am so addicted but there’s more and she is Becca Moody, the daughter of the main character Hank Moody.  She actually reminds me of Abby Sciuto of NCIS.

Anyway, Becca’s very witty and you’ll love her because she’s matured for her age.  Despite being taken for granted and often ignored by her dad, she never turned her back on him.  She’s sensitive and she just knows when and how to comfort her dad when he most needs it.  Actually I see a little of myself in her.

I’m posting a transcription and clip of the scene where Becca’s trying to teach her dad, Hank about parenting.  I almost cried with this scene, here it goes:

Hank: You know, I know I say this too much, all the time probably, but I was wrong to do what I did. And I was wrong to be so glib about trying to fix it.
Becca: There is no right or wrong, Dad, just the consequences of your actions. You taught me that.
Hank: Well I guess I don’t like the consequences of my actions very much right now.

Becca: I’m always on your side, Dad. Always, even when I shouldn’t be. But I’m sick of it. Get your shit together before it’s too late! I don’t care if you and Mom never say another kind word to each other, but I’m sick and tired of parenting you both. I’m a fucking kid! I don’t know what I’m doing half the time. But I do know this: if you keep cracking jokes, and taking another drink, and pretending that life is one big stupid party, you will miss everything.

So if you’ll have a time to spare, you’ve got no better thing to do and you want to watch a totally cracked up show, I highly recommend this show.  I’m betting my bottom dollar on this, you’ll enjoy the show.

A week ago I was just telling my new friend Jon from twitter that I think he’s going to be a good father because he loves kids and he’ll be such a good catch for women.  Then he replied that when the time comes that he’ll father someone he wants to be like Hank Moody of the show Californication so he recommended me to watch it so I’d understand his point.

Since I’m sometimes bored with my life and I’ve got True Blood and re-runs of Sex and the City on my list, I’ve decided to give Californication a try.  The show has 4 seasons already and it has only 12 episodes that run about 25 to 28 minutes per episode so sparing half  an hour didn’t sound too big of a deal.

The series revolves around Hank Moody, a novelist plagued by personal demons. He blames his longtime writer’s block on a variety of reasons, ranging from the hedonism of Los Angeles to the departure of his girlfriend Karen. Hank constantly deals with the consequences of his inability to say “no” to drugs, sex and alcohol, while trying to show his family that he can be a good, responsible, caring father to Becca and a monogamous partner to Karen. (Credits to Wikipedia.org)

I really find Hank Moody a little annoying because he tends to make things complicated when everything shouldn’t.  And he keeps on beating around the bush when he can just blurt it out in the open.  Well, I think that’s exactly what the character is all about since he’s a writer.  I love his wits though.  His lines and sarcastic way of delivering the lines are actually appreciated.  I wouldn’t be finishing the entire season 1 in two days if I didn’t like the show, right?

I’m quoting one or two samples of his quotable quotes, an example of sarcasm, “”Apathy kills, but I don’t care.” An example of how sleazy he is, “I won’t go down in history, but I will go down on your sister.” I can’t quote too much because you wouldn’t appreciate it unless you’ve seen the scene.  These are just two of the hundreds, I think.

And aside from Hank, the character that I actually adored is his daughter Becca.  She’s taken for granted by Hank at times but she knows that Hank loves her so much.  She’s sensitive and you can totally feel that she loves her parents.  I just love how Hank and Karen’s style of upbringing her.  Totally liberated and westernized.  Believe me, I grew up with that same style and I ended up totally okay. 

And another reason why I love her is because she’s matured.  She doesn’t speak her age.  She told Karen her mom when she’s starting to have second thoughts about making the right choice of abandoning her marriage to another guy just to go back and take the risk with Hank once again.  “He is who he is, Mom. You knew that when you jumped into the car with us. If you’re worried you made a mistake, that’s not his fault. You have to love him for who he is, not his potential.”

See what I mean?  If you want a light funny family drama with graphic and lewd scenes about sex and lessons on parenting all rolled into one, Californication is a highly recommended show for you.  It’s like a having a good laugh while learning new stuff about life.  Give it a try then tell me how you find it maybe we won’t just end up sharing thought about the show maybe we can do more.  Just kidding I’m just trying if there’s a Hank Moody in me.  😀

What is static?  It is a noun, it is the crackling or hissing noises on a telephone, radio, or other telecommunications system.  It is what we hear from the television when it has signed off.

You might wonder why on earth am I thinking of static all of a sudden.  Well, it is brought about my Six Feet Under addiction.  Static was the title of the 2nd to the last episode of the show.  This is one of my favorite episodes in the series.  It was the episode after the very heavy and saddening episode of Nate’s funeral.  I literally felt heaviness on my chest area after watching the funeral.  I felt like I’ve lost someone special even if I don’t exactly love Nate or maybe I’m just in denial.

Anyway, the conversation between Nate and Claire in the graveyard caught my attention.  This reminded me why I love the show.  After days of thinking of an inspiration or topic for my blog then I just hit the jackpot.  Here’s what has transpired:

Claire: Why did you have to die? It really sucks. Everything’s unraveling since you’re gone.

Nate: That’s not true.

Claire: It feels that way. I miss you. I miss you so fucking much!

Nate: I miss you, too.

Claire: You know how I always used to tell you, you weren’t Dad, after Dad died? It was such a waste of time thinking that way.

Nate: No, it’s just part of how you dealt with it. It kept you from missing Dad so much.

Claire: No, it kept me from ever knowing you as much as I really could have, and now you are so completely fucking gone! It’s just …

Nate: Claire –

Claire: What? It sucks!

Nate: Stop listening to the static.

Claire: What the fuck does that mean?

Nate: Nothing. It just means that everything in the world is like this transmission, making its way across the dark. But everything – death, life, everything – it’s all completely suffused with static. [makes static sounds] You know? But if you listen to the static too much, it fucks you up.

Nate has made so much sense.  Listening to static is like listening to the whole world but yourself.  Static is the state where our pain is greater than everything that we feel but we end up denying ourselves to feel it.  It is like being afraid to be vulnerable because we are too afraid to admit it to ourselves, too afraid to see the people surrounding us to see that we are grieving.  It’s trying to be strong for everyone except for your own self.  Nate was right when we listen to the static, it is the time when we all start to fuck up.  Static is nothing.  The world that we know is too chaotic to listen to.  When we try to do things just for the world we end up with nothing.  It’s total injustice to our existence.  It is the opposite of the fulfillment of our existence. 

A death of someone we love shouldn’t put us in static.  Life begins not only when someone is born more often than not, life begins when someone else’s dies.  I don’t know when did I start accepting death and embracing its role in our lives.  And I’m assuring you this when you start to appreciate death, it is the exact same time that you’d appreciate life.  This is why I plan to seize the day and live every day as if it was my last.  Today when I hear of death I only think of how I enjoyed my life and how thankful I am for each day I have lasted on earth.  I guess that is how Nate wanted his family to be.  A life built on acceptance and a life less static.

 

With all the news about the end of the world last week, I’ve realized how indifferent I am about the topic.  I am a firm believer of seizing the day and that makes me be at peace with the idea of death.  Many have considered it morbid while some doubted my weird point of view.  But, I just think that I’ve lived my life at the fullest and I try to enjoy everything that comes my way.  I try my best not to expect anything not only to be satisfied but to have less chances of frustration as well.

 

Anyway, I think another reason is because I loved watching Six Feet Under.  Six Feet Under is an American drama television series created and produced by Alan Ball. It premiered on the premium cable network HBO, spanning five seasons with 63 episodes. The show revolves around members of the Fisher family, who run their funeral home in Los Angeles, and their friends and lovers. The series traces these characters’ lives over the course of five years. The ensemble drama stars Peter Krause, Michael C. Hall, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick and Rachel Griffiths as the show’s seven central characters. (credits to wikipedia.org)

 

Six Feet Under received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its writing and acting, and consistently drew high ratings for the HBO network. Six Feet Under has frequently been described by critics as one of the greatest television series of all time as well as having one of the greatest series finales of all time. (credits to wikipedia.org)

 

On one level, the show is a conventional family drama, dealing with issues such as interpersonal relationships, infidelity, and religion. At the same time, it is a show distinguished by its unblinking focus on the topic of death. Each episode begins with a death – anything from drowning or heart attack to sudden infant death syndrome – and that death usually sets the tone for each episode, allowing the characters to reflect on their current fortunes and misfortunes in a way that is illuminated by the death and its aftermath. The show also has a strong dosage of dark humor and surrealism running throughout. (credits to wikipedia.org)

 

Aside from the good and strong plot, what I loved with the show is the use of characters having an imaginary conversation with the deceased.  For example, Nate, David, and Federico sometimes “converse” with the person who died at the beginning of the episode, while they are being embalmed or planning or during the funeral. The show is trying to capture real life by representing one character’s internal dialogue by exposing it as an external conversation which is like a concept of conscience and role playing of our subconscious mind.

 

To wit an example of this conversation is Season Four Finale Episode’s last scene when David woke up in the morning and went down and had this conversation with his father.

 

Nathaniel Sr.: You aren’t even grateful, are you?

David: Grateful? For the worst fucking experience of my life?

Nathaniel Sr..: You hang onto your pain like it means something, like it’s worth something. Well, let me tell ‘ya, it’s not worth shit. Let it go. Infinite possibilities, and all he can do is whine.

David: Well, what am I supposed to do?

Nathaniel Sr.: What do you think? You can do anything, you lucky bastard, you’re alive! What’s a little pain compared to that?

David: It can’t be that simple.

Nathaniel Sr.: [putting his arm around David and pulling him closer] What if it is?

The series opened my eyes to see life in a different perspective.  Embracing the fact that death is inevitable instilling in my mind that I should live each day as if it was my last day on earth.

 

I have yet to finish the series and I’m down to the last 9 episodes.  I can’t wait to see the ending since 2 of my friends who have followed the show as well said that it is probably one of the best series ever made and has the best season finale ever.

 

Have you ever had the feeling of opening a box and seeing anything but what you’ve expected? Or not getting something you’ve been promised?  

Disappointment is a psychological result, it is a subjective response related to the anticipated rewards.  Some people recover quickly, others mire in frustration or blame and worst some become depressed.

Okay I’ll give you an example and explain why I came up with the exact opening statement.  I just found out over the week end that ABC just cancelled Brothers and Sisters.  I know that series end, shows end.  Ending is like death it is inevitable.  I am fully aware of that but what’s disappointing is how it came to an end and how it ended.  It’s like 2007 again when The CW Television decided to end Gilmore Girls.

These shows have been loved because of the story line, rapport of the casts and effective acting.  It’s just really saddening to see these shows end.  I say yes it matters how long a show has been there but getting a good and memorable ending is something the fans deserve.  It’s called giving justice to the show itself, its existence.

Seeing the news about Brothers and Sisters’ cancellation has been my major disappointment last week.  It has overtaken two frustrating situations in my life lately, one is my failure to attend my youngest brother’s wedding and the second one is being sick for days. 

Again, some people recover quickly, others mire in frustration and some even gets depressed.  It’s been 4 years now since Gilmore Girls ended and I can still feel the frustration maybe with Brothers and Sisters’ cancellation, I can try being depressed this time. Nah, I’m just kidding ha-ha.  I’m ending my post with a heavy heart; I just need to remind myself of this so I’m posting this video.

Finally I’ve found the news about Supernatural’s renewal for another season.  I can’t believe that Dean and Sam has been part of my life for 6 years and it’ll be 7 next year.

Based on what I’ve read, Supernatural is one of the most lucrative franchises on television. With a series of Supernatural novels from HarperCollins, a mini-series of Supernatural comic books from Wildstorm (DC Comics), a pen & paper role-playing game, trading cards, shirts, posters, calendars, figurines and lately,  a Japanese anime spin-off series.

I’m really happy with this news but I hope that season 7 will have heavier and meatier plot than season 6.  I’m quite disappointed with how the story revolved with the current season.  I find the plot all over the place and it lacked continuity and coherence.  I wasn’t satisfied not until episode 18th came up.  I was actually afraid that the show would end horrendously.

Anyway, I’m keeping my hopes up and with the current episodes’ story, I’m thinking positive about it.  Plus, I’ve just noticed recently that Misha Collins is a regular of the show already.  And I think, season 7 will be discussing more of Castiel.

For those who are not a fan of the show, Castiel is the angel that first appeared in the fourth season, and is used to introduce the theme of Christian mythology to the series.  In the series, Castiel brings Dean Winchester back from Hell, and helps Dean and his brother Sam in their battles with various demons and angels. As an angel, he possesses a number of superhuman abilities, including the ability to kill demons with his touch.  Initially, the character demonstrates little emotion, though his interactions with Dean have humanized him to a degree.

Unlike a stereotypical portrayal of television angels, Castiel does not help people, and is willing to kill innocents if needed. Collins originally read for the part of a demon, as series creator Eric Kripke did not want fans to find out that angels were being introduced to the series.  Critics and fans have responded favorably to the character. In response, the show’s creators expanded the role in the series. Castiel is older than he seems having remembered how evolution began but was stopped by Raphael as he was going to step on a fish that crawled on land and other events in human history. (credits from Wikipedia)

With this being said, I think there’s a lot of room for Castiel’s story in the series especially when the show have recently introduced the storyline of Castiel being in cahoots with Crowley.  Who wouldn’t be thrilled to find more about it?  I just hope that season 6 will end with a bang and a great cliffhanger.  Never mind if it’ll give me sleepless nights just as long as it’ll give the show a better ratings and following.  So for all the Supernatural fanatics out there, I guess our hunting days aren’t over yet.

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