Watching television can be fun; binge-watching it can be even better. There’s something really fantastic about being sucked completely into a show — its plot, its characters, its actors. It’s like being consumed by a really great book, where suddenly whatever is entertaining you transports you to an entirely different world.
If you're an avid reader of our blog, you probably already know we’re enthusiastic television watchers. So over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting you with our favorite shows in sci-fi/fantasy, comedy, and drama to binge-watch. You're welcome!
Why Tim Loves It: For a lot of shows, the pilot episode doesn't completely pull you in. It usually takes a few more episodes before you are fully committed. "Lost" was not one of those shows. After the first ten minutes of the pilot episode, you are completely hooked. I did not start watching "Lost" until after the second season had been released to DVD, but once I started watching, it was the only thing on my television for weeks. I can't tell you how many times I said to myself, "just one more episode." Of course, that always turned into four episodes.
By the time "Lost" ended, there was a lot criticism about how it ended and questions that were left unanswered (why was Walt so important??), but it didn't take away from the adventure that was the show. Each time it ended, there were new questions and mysteries that you couldn't wait another minute to be answered.
Ultimately, "Lost" is character-driven show; you will love some of them, you will hate some of them, but they all bring something special to the show (except Nikki and Paulo). If you have not watched Lost before, it's definitely something you should add to your queue.
Where to Watch it: Netflix
Now that our Independence Day celebrations are over, we're talking about weird baby names, dogs who perform good deeds, and kid movies done right.
Unique baby names
Last week, everyone was up in arms about the news that Kim and Kanye had named their first daughter North... West. Not that it matters what I think, but I don't hate it. I think it's kind of funny. Anyway, this week, it came out that 146 other babies in the U.S. joined the "unique baby name" bandwagon — they were all named Khaleesi, a made up word from the George R. R. Martin "A Song of Ice and Fire" books and HBO's "Game of Thrones" television series. The name means "queen" in the Dothraki language. To be fair... Daenerys Targaryen AKA Khaleesi has definitely had some of the best scenes in all of "Game of Thrones." So I will reserve my judgment.
What do a heart-wrenching episode of an HBO show, a singing 8-year-old in a music video, and sloths have in common? Absolutely nothing, but we are talking about them this week.
Game of Thrones Reactions
Technically, what happened in last week's episode of "Game of Thrones" was public knowledge prior to its air date, since George R. R. Martin released the third book in his series in 2000. But not all of us have read his novels and instead only watch the HBO series... SO THE EPISODE HURT. I won't say anything except: why? And why am I such a masochist? And why does George R. R. Martin hate us so much? Sigh. Thankfully, I'm in good company. Videos of "Game of Thrones" fans reacting to the episode have made their way around the internet. (NSFW language at the source.) The episode has effectively divided the entire fan base into "show watchers" — people like me, who will not speak of such a mortifying experience — and "book readers" — those who knew what was coming and thought it was toootally funny when the rest of us were horrified. TV watchers unite! ...As we cry ourselves to sleep waiting for the season finale this weekend.
I, like pretty much everyone else, am a huge fan of "Game of Thrones." My favorite show, "Parks and Rec," makes gratuitous references to it (especially Ben, who is crazy-obsessed with it) and it's all over the place. This week a "Game of Thrones" meets "FRIENDS" mash-up made its rounds on the internet. Check it out, along with a "Star Wars" tribute and "Parks and Rec" references to the show! (Game of Thrones spoilers ahead... obviously.)
While I liked "FRIENDS," the show wasn't exactly known for it's deep, riveting plot lines but rather, it's fun, light-hearted moments. "Game of Thrones" is the complete opposite. The show is all about the serious (it loves death and misfortune). So imagining "Game of Thrones" as an awesomely-'90s sitcom is fun.
Even though we have to say goodbye to my favorite zombie show tonight, at least we get to say hello to my favorite fantasy show. Bye "The Walking Dead," hello "Game of Thrones." Last week we linked you to "The Walking Dead" finale promo, so this week, here's a peek at what's ahead in season 3 of "Game of Thrones."
Which Sunday night shows do you watch?