Grey’s Anatomy Rewatch: Who Comes Between Me and My Man

meredith and the shepherdsSomewhere in the middle of…I think Season Eight? I quit watching Grey’s Anatomy. It wasn’t any kind of “I hate this show!” rage quit, it was just that I got a little behind. And then I got a whole season behind. And it just snowballed from there. The last episode I remember watching was the alternate reality episode where Meredith was engaged to Alex.

I tried to do a big rewatch and catch-up last summer in time for the start of the new season, but life got in the way and I quit right after George died (but before the funeral). This year I’m trying again. I’m pretty positive I won’t actually be done in time for the season premiere, but I’m hoping to be all caught up by the end of October. I’m mid Season Four right now, so we’ll see.

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Community: The Annie of It All

5X3_Jeff_and_Annie_huggingI don’t know if I’ve said this yet on this blog, but here goes. I absolutely loathe the idea of endgame couples. I hate that word, I hate that idea, I hate people who use that word to win arguments over which ship is better. I hate it. It makes my skin crawl.

Part of that stems from the fact that I don’t like the idea of soul mates, in real life or in fiction. I’m firmly on the side of choice. Of waking up every day and choosing to be in this relationship. Of working at it. Of knowing that love is not enough, and that sometimes things fall apart even if you’re so right for each other. And of knowing that one failed love isn’t the end of the world. I guess that’s what really gets me about soulmates. Sure, on one hand its nice to think there’s one perfect person out there for you, but on the other hand there’s far too much room for error.

And that’s true of the television world as well. There’s far too much room for error when it comes to crafting a soulmate love story.

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Spartacus Rewatch: Becoming the Monster

spartacusWhen Spartacus got released on Netflix a few months ago, I absolutely devoured it. Seriously, I took all four seasons and was finished in just a few days. The last season I watched in basically one sitting, not finishing until close to 5am. I loved it. So much so that I pretty much immediately forced my sister to sit through my rewatch so I could have someone to obsess over it with. Sadly, she doesn’t live with me, so we were forced to marathon a few episodes at a time with weeks in between. So it took a little while to get through.

Truth be told, I think taking it a little slow the second time around was a good thing. It allowed for some breathing room, some thoughts and feelings to finish percolating. And having someone else watching with me, and someone who often has vastly different tastes when it comes to favorites (she does not share my love for Agron), gave me an opportunity to talk through some things. Particularly, we talked a lot about Season Four and how completely different it was from the rest of the series, and how absolutely necessary that was for the show to end in any kind of satisfying way while still holding on to its historical accuracy.

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Leverage Rewatch: A Very Distinctive Man

It’s funny, I wasn’t planning on doing a complete rewatch of Leverage any time soon, and eliot spenceryet here we are. I actually have a kind of schedule (because I am a majorly too organized dork) of what I’m watching, catching up on, or starting over and Leverage was not on that list for a while. But I guess a couple of weeks ago I needed something to put on while I folded laundry or something like that and one thing led to another. It screwed up my whole schedule, but it’s such a good show that I guess I can forgive it. Not to mention it gave me an opportunity to reorganize my viewing calendar and I like planning things.

Like I said, I’m a giant dork.

The thing about rewatching great shows is it’s always such a treat to discover something new about a thing you already love. Maybe there’s a character that never really stood out to you before or a piece of the puzzle that just all of a sudden clicks with you. There’s always something you missed.

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Community Rewatch: Gimme Zombies After Midnight

I don’t know if I’ve ever mentioned this, but I communityzombies1am a chronological girl. I have a very hard time with stories with weird timelines and I can’t do anything out of order. So if I want to reread the third Harry Potter or I’m going to dive back into Grey’s Anatomy after quitting in Season 7, I have to start at the beginning. I tell anybody I recommend Parks and Recreation to that they have to just get through Season One before they get to an excellent show, and I still make myself sit through it whenever I go to rewatch the show myself. And I will never be someone who watches Dr. Who since it’s virtually impossible to watch it all from the beginning.

But there are a few exceptions to this rule. I think there are a handful of shows, each with one magical episode that I will watch on its own at any time. How I Met Your Mother‘s “Slap Bet” is one of them. “The One With the Embryos” from Friends is another. “American Duos” from Psych. That one episode on Bones where Max is on trial. Glee‘s “Blame it on the Alcohol.” And from Community, it’s “Epidemiology.”

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