Of Singing Songs and Late Shows


Whovians, you need to see this! I just found a video — a quite recent one given how difficult it was to find a video that can be viewed from the UK — and it features Miss Karen Gillan in Craig Ferguson’s The Late Late Show. And what’s more interesting than two of my favourite Scottish people talking about Scotland-y things and Doctor Who? Singing, that’s what!

Karen Gillan sings a song… in Gaelic. How awesome-tastic is that?!

Below is a YouTube video, but it can only be viewed in America seen as it’s on the CBS Channel. If you can’t see it, here’s a link to the video in the bing website. Hope it works! This is just too cool to miss.

Over and out.

Random Question #27


Would you rather have Starbucks or Jamba juice right now?

Uhh, what one earth is a ‘Jamba juice’? It sounds like an American thing, much like Starbucks but then again, I’m familiar with that coffee franchise. I love me my coffee. Either way, I’m feeling like having a nice hot cup of coffee right now, seeing as I’m ready to drop dead from sheer exhaustion.

Last night, I had a Supernatural marathon instead of revising for the maths mock exam the next day, so this morning I’m sincerely regretting my lack of common sense… or self-control. But what can I say? I’m in the middle of Season 3 of Supernatural and I’m hooked on the bromance-y angst! Or is it angsty bromance?

Huh. I really need caffeine. Ugh.

Over and out.

WATCH: Doctor Who Minisode and Christmas Trailer


Brand New Doctor Who Christmas Special Minisode Reveals a Very Different Doctor.

Well, what are you waiting for? No explanation necessary. If you’re a Doctor Who fan (or perhaps just have a passing interest in the show), then all you have to do is click that link! You’ll see this squee-worthy mini episode — a prequel of sorts — featuring the post-Pond Doctor and his three friends trying to adorably to cheer him up. Gosh, I miss Who humour!

Also, there’s a YouTube video in the comments somewhere of the episode trailer and let me just say: whoa. It’s going to be an epic episode and what’s more, it seems that the new companion Clara is from the past. That’s certainly new! …Well, new to this revamped series, at least. My knowledge of Old Who isn’t that good >_< Anyway, I’m simply excited to see what this ‘old’ companion can bring to the table.

Oh, and if by chance you can’t find the trailer video, HAVE NO FEAR. It’s posted below! *cheeky grin*

Marxism + Leverage = an interesting essay topic


This is what happens when you teach the Marxist critical reading to a teen whose life revolves around TV shows. While I’m not as big a fan of Leverage as I am, say, Doctor Who, I still follow the show like a bloodhound (which is ironic because I don’t like dogs).

It was a simply task, given by one of my English teachers a couple of weeks ago: apply a Marxist critical reading on any text you choose. I chose a TV show. Frankly, I’m quite proud of it. Read it below and judge for yourself.

Applying a Marxist critical reading on TNT’s Leverage, focusing on the show’s opening introductions: The rich and powerful, they take what they want. We steal it back for you. “Sometimes, bad guys make the best good guys.” We provide… leverage.

One of the main arguments of Marxism is that the consciousness of men does not “determine their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.” This is easily applied to the group of five thieves working as ‘good guys’ in the American television series Leverage, primarily on the hacker Alec Hardison, thief Parker and mastermind Nathan Ford. It is a modern spin on the venerable Robin Hood tradition – to steal from the rich and give to the poor.

Alec Hardison is a science fiction fan, a self-proclaimed geek and is readily equipped with a dry sense of humour. Raised by a foster parent, Hardison has honed the exceptional skills needed to hack into any type of electronics and will very rarely get caught. He has led the life of selfish crime until he agreed to work with Nathan Ford, an ex-insurance fraud investigator, and several other members, one of which is the socially awkward Parker.

From a Marxist perspective, it is seems that the lives that Hardison, Parker and Nathan lead are “largely conditioned” by the economy. Hardison’s passion for all things technological undoubtedly paved the way for his interest in hacking security systems, bank accounts and the like. An African American foster child such as Hardison could not have grown up the way most children did – he may not have lived in poverty, but money and the need for worldly possessions would have been a great factor when he became a hacker.

Arguably, Hardison did not necessarily choose the life of a hacker inasmuch as the life of a hacker chose him, as Marxism states, “your social circumstances determine much, if not all, of your life.” You will not see a hardworking, middle class adolescent with a strong, healthy family relationship get arrested for identity theft. No matter what opportunities Hardison was given growing up, he had considered the life of crime as the best option available, which is very similar to Parker’s situation. She experienced an abusive childhood and has lived in several foster homes before finally becoming a professional thief, boasting the ability to pick locks and pockets, crack safes and utilize acrobatics in order to navigate around laser trip wire security systems.

Leverage is based on our current society, meaning our economy is their economy. We live in a capitalist economy, meaning the untitled individual and those who are not in the government can impact our society. Bill Gates, for example, is in the Top 5 of Forbes World’s Most Powerful People of 2012, while Mark Zuckerberg is in the Top 10. It is very rare to find in a first-world country such as America who does not know how to work in a Microsoft OS or run an active Facebook account. It is culturally accepted to know how to use the computer and the Internet, and so people learn to use them. They cannot run away from it: “minds aren’t free at all, they only think they are.”

The concept of the TV show is not to glorify crime by featuring talented criminals as protagonists. On the contrary, it exposes the shortcomings of the law by humanizing the ‘bad guys’ and uncovering the corruption in the ‘good guys’. The rich may take from the weak, but the likes of Hardison, Parker and Nathan steal them back. As the mastermind, it is Nathan’s job to think two steps ahead of the target. With the experience accumulated for being an ex-insurance fraud investigator, Nathan is familiar with all the ploys, cons and scams in the book. He is the only character in the show that did not begin on the wrong side of the law; instead, he was forced to become the leader of a band of thieves due to the circumstances surrounding his young son’s death. The insurance company he used to work for has backed him into a corner where he believed the only way to exact justice was though a con.

Nathan believed it was his choice to turn into a criminal, but because of his situation, the decision was already made for him. The bad guys might make the best good guys (there is nothing like getting to know your enemy by becoming like them), the fact remains that Nathan and his team are still breaking rules. Hardison, Parker and Nathan will constantly be known as the hacker, the thief and the mastermind, no matter the complexity of their characters and personalities. They have been objectified by the society there are set in.

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The Big Bang Theory Effect


It all started with an innocent remark form my friend. I’m going to apply the Marxist theory to ‘The Big Bang Theory’, she says, as it was assigned for homework in my English Lit. class. Then there was a good, solid ten minute discussion about television shows and TBBT was mentioned, followed by a comment from my Psychology teacher the very same dayintelligence can be perceived as attractive. It’s not an exact quote because my memory sucks like a straw, but that’s not the point. My point is that WHY IS THIS SHOW FOLLOWING ME?!

I’m not complaining or anything — hell, I like this show. This is simply an observation that somehow overcame me during Psychology class. I mean, my teacher was right. Nowadays, intelligence equals attractiveness. With the onslaught of the superhero films like The Avengers (and various forms of the franchise) and TV shows like The Big Bang Theory, the whole nerd-esque look is gaining momentum.

It’s now ‘cool’ to like nerdy things. Brainy, as they say, is the new sexy.

Yeah, sorry. I just needed to plug this in. I think it’s perfectly relevant.

I’m not saying being a nerd automatically means you’re intelligent, or that being intelligent makes you a shoo-in to be a nerd. Frankly, I don’t know what I’m trying to say here other than TBBT is following me. (I’m caught up on the series, just to let everybody know.) Anyway, below is a lovely paper written by that friend I mentioned at the beginning. Her name is Lizzie and here’s a link to her blog.

Enjoy reading!

An aspect of Marxism says that‘Marxism is about how your social circumstances determine much, if not all of your life.’ This idea can be applied to the TV show The Big Bang Theory and the characters of Leonard Hofstadter, Sheldon Cooper, Raj Koothrapali, Howard Wolowitz and Penny. The show centres on these characters, which are scientists, except for Penny who is an aspiring actress and waitress at The Cheesecake Factory. This particular episode of TBBT is a Christmas episode in which Leonard’s mother, a psychiatrist, visits Leonard and Sheldon. Marxist theory can be applied to this episode as Sheldon and Beverley Hofstadter discuss previous events that have happened. Sheldon refers to Leonard as having ‘narcissistic personality disorder’ caused by ‘unresolved childhood issues’. Therefore, Leonard, according to Marxist theory, is the way he is because of the social circumstances in which he grew up. Sheldon refers to Leonard as ‘coming from a remarkably high-achieving family’. Leonard also explains how his Christmases went as a child, which was unusual to Penny’s Christmas traditions. This sort of childhood and experiences that Leonard had explain the reasons for his behaviour as an adult. Leonard now enjoys Christmas more, because he never got to enjoy traditional Christmases as a child. Contradictorily, Sheldon, who is more blunt and seemingly cleverer than Leonard, grew up in a family with more traditional values and celebrated Christmas as most Western families do. Combined with Sheldon’s personality, his social circumstantial experience of Christmas as a child determined his attitude toward Christmas as an adult. These are more specific examples of applying Marxist theory to this episode of TBBT.

The characters of Leonard, Howard, Sheldon and Raj can be explored through Marxist theory. Their ‘social circumstances’ are their jobs as scientist: Leonard as an experimental physicist, Sheldon as a theoretical physicist, Howard as an aerospace engineer, and Raj who works in the physics department as a specialist in particle astrophysics, and all of them at Caltech University. Their occupations, according to Marxist theory determine their consciousness. This is according to the Marxist statement: ‘It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness.’ The group of best friends and co-workers form a group of what is the epitome of all that is geeky and nerdy. They enjoy playing video games and are interested in comic books and sci-fi such as Star Trek. It could be said, due to Marxist theory that these men do not engage in their hobbies and enjoy it because they think they do, but they do these hobbies and enjoy it because of their position in society as clever scientific thinking men. Their social circumstances and positions in society determine what things they enjoy and the hobbies they prefer. They think that they personally choose their hobbies, but according to Marxist theory, ‘choice is [but] an illusion’.Their minds are not free, they only think they are.’ The way these men make a living set the conditions for their social, political and intellectual lives. Hence, the conversations and experiences that they share actually occur as a result of their occupation or social circumstances as scientists. Because they are scientists/clever people, they think and speak and act like scientists/clever people.

Merlin’s Beard!


That title? A little Harry Potter joke to commemorate the best-est Media class ever, which I had today: our teacher played a Half-Blood Prince on the laptop while he had one-to-one sessions with each student. Oh, and by the way, I’ve got a Distinction. Can anyone say booyah!?

But, surprising as it is, this post will not be about Harry Potter. It will be about this amazing thing right here:

Colin Morgan, you flawless human being (Series 5 of Merlin)

I am serious. This show just kills me — and I mean that it the nicest way possible. What sucks about following TV shows is that there are breaks in between series (I know, shocker). It’s a little known fact that I’m not a patient person… I’m inherently selfish when it comes to my TV shows. I like watching them all in one go. Sometimes, I deliberately wait until a season ends before I watch it. It’s a strange habit, but there you go.

Anyway, the wait for “the proper shows”* to air again is positively harrowing. Merlin, Doctor Who — and don’t you get me started on Sherlock. As a big fan of the three shows, it’s safe to say that I’m part of the fandoms more or less.

My favorite hangout is Tumblr… and the occasional LiveJournal community.

The thing is, I’ve seen so much hate surrounding the Merlin series. Something about the poor narrative arcs and acting… and you know what? Who the hell cares? You can say all the bad things that you want about how badly the writers have treated Lancelot, how cringe-worthy Morgana’s heavily-made-up-face-and-smirk routine going on, and how there’s homoerotic tension between Merlin and Arthur, but at the end of the day you can’t escape the fact that it’s a successful show.

Having dabbled in the fandom, I’ve seen the fans that the show has. The show must be doing something right.

Okay, that’s my rant pretty much over and done with.

Bottom line:

  1. Colin Morgan is flawless
  2. I’ll be eagerly waiting for the fifth season of Merlin to air, and
  3. How about the third season for Sherlock?

Over and out.

*This is just a reference to the shows I consider “improper”… like reality TV. And competition shows. It’s just not my thing.

The Doctor, The Olympic Torch and the Fangirl


I’m sorry for posting about Doctor Who again but… THIS. It’s not David Tennant, but oh well. It’s enough for me.

Just this. Cue the fangirl screams.

I mean, I’ve gone all crazy about the Olympics recently and, as you know, I’ve been crazy about Doctor Who for years. So yeah. THIS. THIS. THIS.

I swear, this will be the last post about DW for a while… ^^

Good as Gold, a Doctor Who Mini-Episode


Did you know that Doctor Who created mini-episodes? I certainly didn’t, though in my defense, I’ve only been in the country for less than a year. From what I can gather through my infinite resources (the Internet), come lucky kids get to work with the DW franchise and have their script made into a proper mini-episode.

Isn’t that just awesome? I wish I could do that! I’m not exactly a child anymore, but I’m one at heart!!

*sigh* Here’s to unfulfilled dreams. *cheers*

On a lighter note (but still on DW), my Media class has been assigned to research a certain genre of your own choosing and then presenting a film proposal about it. Well, I chose musicals and guess what?

I’M BASING IT ON DOCTOR WHO!!

Specifically, it’s about a Whovian who creates trock music. The soundtrack? Chameleon Circuit, of course. The main character is all tortured soul and angst, while his ‘savior’ comes in the form of this girl — I know, it’s a cliché boy-meets-girl narrative. But, it’s a trock musical. What more can you want?

Over and out.

Doctor Who Season 7: Teaser Trailer


Sorry, but this is another fangirl post.

I found out through Tumblr that Doctor Who has a teaser trailer for   this upcoming season. Apparently, it was released to the general public via the Official Doctor Who Convention and I am so hyped up you won’t even believe it. I mean, at just my first run viewing of the thing I saw Arthur Weasley and DI Lestrade (!!), both from the Harry Potter and Sherlock fandoms, respectively.

Cue my fangirl screams of “squeeeeeee…!” *I want this because of reasons*

Pardon my teen girl colloquialism but like, I am so freakin’ excited it’s unreal.

my emotions right now summed up in this .gif