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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill: 1×17, 1×18, 1×19 & 1×20

Happy OTH Wednesday friends!! I just love these days. Before we get started, don’t forget to follow the best Rob Buckley fans on the web: we love @Robaholics!!! Now then, after a batch of some of my not favorite episodes, we are back with the good stuff. Basketball, cheering, fighting, stripping Ravens and three magical words. So excited to share this with all of you!

1×17 – “Spirit in the Night”

Overview: During a road trip for a cheer competition and basketball game, Peyton continues to try to get back into Brooke’s good graces as Haley tries to balance her relationships with Lucas & Nathan.

Random Observations:

  • “Psycho hose-beast.” Great Wayne’s World reference. An insult I still love using to this day.
  • The scene with Lucas & Nathan makes me think ahead to S6. Nathan comes full circle when he is the one who has to coach a jerk on the basketball court.
  • “I thought one of you was bad enough.” Poor Keith. I’d like to help him set that Dan cardboard cutout on fire. Right after putting it through a wood chipper.
  • Whitey is the greatest. All the yelling and insulting and stirring the pot. What a crack up. I’d totally hang out with him.
  • Do they really take points off for complexion? That seems kind of harsh. And rude. Especially when dealing with teenagers.
  • “I’ll give her a jazz finger.” I LOVE HALEY JAMES. That is all.
  • Mouth’s amazing cheer routine still makes me laugh. He’s really good! Who knew?
  • I DIE at Nathan’s face when the male strippers come out on stage. At all the guys’ faces actually. Absolutely hilarious.
  • It’s so great that they make you think that Whitey is yelling at his team when really he’s yelling at Karen & Larry. Perfect.
  • Love, love, LOVE that Nathan calls Lucas out for his dick treatment of Haley. It says so much about his feelings for her. He wants her and he wants her to be happy.
  • Things are softening between Lucas &Nathan, poor Keith has lost Karen and his business and Brooke is still having a hard time forgiving Peyton. Oh, and Dan is still a huge ass hole.
  • Poor Nathan, all alone in that empty apartment. My GOD his parents suck.

Best Bit: It’s a tie between Nathan pulling Haley into his hotel room for a little kissy time and when she jumps into his arms after the cheer competition. What can I say? I just cannot get enough Naley love!

Ugh! Moment: Lucas telling Haley she looks ridiculous in her cheerleading uniform. SO RUDE. What a jerk.

Fave Quote: Haley: “I’m a born klutz; I almost drowned in the ball bin at Chuck E. Cheese.”

Biggest Question: Didn’t Dan drop out of college his freshman year? What right does he have telling Keith to go to college?

On My iPod: “100 Years” by Five For Fighting and “All Kinds Of Time” by Fountains Of Wayne

 1×18 – “To Wish Impossible Things”

Overview: The Ravens basketball team is up for auction and the ladies are willing to pay, not knowing that everyone will be getting a bit more than they bargained for.

Random Observations:

  • I love that each of the basketball players come on stage showing their real personalities. It’s brilliant. Tim is a dunce, Jake is adorable, Lucas is awkward, and Nathan is perfectly cocky.
  • Dear GOD help me. This entire bit with Nathan on the auction block is flawless. The flexing of his beautiful body, Haley’s facial expressions and of course Peyton’s comments. “It smells like sex in here.” And “That’s a creepy threesome.” I DIE A MILLION TIMES. Which is also about how many times I’ve watched it.
  • Poor Haley. Her face as she watches Nathan & Peyton walk away is kind of horrible. Her vulnerability is written all over it.
  • “I slipped.” And his laugh. GAH. I cannot.
  • I don’t know y’all. I love Mouth and Brooke getting to be closer friends, their relationship is so great, but the side by side lap dance kind of skeeves me out a bit.
  • OMG. Deb & Tim and Dan walking in? PRICELESS!! Talk about WOOPS!
  • Ugh. Lucas. SHUT UP. Quit yelling at Haley for crap you’ve done yourself. Such a hypocrite. But the way Haley explains it to him, how she’s falling for Nathan, how she feels turned inside out by him, it’s just amazing. Her fear and her excitement. She perfectly explains what it feels like to fall in love for the first time. I get butterflies myself just hearing her talk about it.
  • I HATE NICKI. SHE SUCKS SO MUCH. I just want put her in a canon and shoot her far, far away from Jake.
  • Poor Brooke. She breaks my heart in that scene in the car. And then she has to tell Lucas her big secret. Horrible!
  • Brooke isn’t the only one with a bomb to drop. GO KEITH!

Best Bit: Seriously? Nathan strips. Need I say more?

Ugh! Moment: Lucas catching Peyton & Nathan kissing. OF COURSE that’s when he walks up. I can only be thankful that he didn’t blab about it to Haley.

Fave Quote: Haley: “If I look at this tattoo 20 years from now, and it reminds me of how I feel today, I think I’ll be okay with that.”

Biggest Question: Did Nathan actually come on to Peyton? He tries to play it off, and then kind of admits it, but whether out of fear or stupidity, it still feels like he really did.

On My iPod: none (much to my surprise)

 1×19 – “How Can You Be Sure?”

Overview: Brooke and Lucas deal with the aftermath of having sex while Nathan and Haley deal with the issue of not having it.

Random Observations:

  • Damn it Karen. You’re making a HUGE mistake!!! TOO SAD!!
  • Here Lucas, let me shove the stick I just peed on in your face. Poor them though. Super scary.
  • “I am up.” Yeah Nathan, I’ll bet you are. Looks like everyone is getting a surprise! Nathan does not seem stoked about Haley’s tattoo.
  • Ugh. Nicki. Go die in a deep dark hole.
  • Oh Haley. “You can get a tattoo removed Nathan.” Yeah. With a ton of really painful skin grafting. I can’t really blame Nathan for being confused.
  • “I can’t breathe when I’m around him and when I’m not around him, I want to be. I’m just… I’m totally in love with him.” Butterflies. AGAIN. As always, Haley finds a way to perfectly express those falling in love feelings. If only I could find a way to bottle them and sell them on the black market. I’d make a fortune. If I didn’t use them all up myself. And even though it should be weird, considering the history, Peyton has been just the right person for Haley to talk to about all of it.
  • Piss off Dan.
  • Fun fact about me: I absolutely LOVE SO MUCH the way James says “comfortable,” pronouncing every single syllable. He still does it in interviews to this day. It makes me swoon. I am weird.
  • Now that THAT’S out of the way, I can only imagine how Haley must be feeling, like she’s not enough, like he doesn’t want her. It must be chewing a hole in her.
  • OUCH. Lucas & Karen. Their conversation (and the slap) is just heart crushing. One of the last things a parent wants to hear from their teenage child.
  • “Wow. There it is.” As;dklfjspdgjsdpgjspdfjspojdspfj!!!!!!!!!!! SO MUCH CLAPPING AND GOOFY GRINNING!!! I just love them. So much. There are no words to express it. It makes me want to explode from the inside out. Also, the song is PERFECT.
  • The Coda for this episode is SO sad. The song does not help. “Everybody hurts.”

Best Bit: Obviously. Nathan and Haley exchanging their first of many “I love you’s.” Is there a sweeter sound anywhere?

Ugh! Moment: Lucas & Brooke. The bitter exchanges, the name calling, the lying about a pregnancy? It’s all terrible. Really terrible.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Haley, you got a tattoo for god sakes. It just freaks me out a little bit because obviously this whole thing with us means a lot to you. I just don’t want to do anything to pressure you. Or drive you away. Even though sometimes I can’t help it. Just like I can’t help that I fell in love with you. Cause I did. I love you, Haley. And it scares me, a little bit, but, there it is.”

Biggest Question: What was Brooke’s motivation for lying to Lucas about the pregnancy? Just to make him sweat, to punish him?

On My iPod: “Heaven” by The Fire Theft

1×20 – “What Is And What Should Never Be”

Overview: Haley throws her first big party and Nathan gets his first job. One goes slightly better than the other.

Random Observations:

  • FYI, this episode is named after one of my favorite Led Zeppelin songs. Supernatural also has an episode named after it. GREAT tune.
  • I used to have huge, amazing parties at my first apartment but I never remember it getting that trashed. Maybe my friends were nicer than Nathan’s? I don’t blame him at all for escaping to Haley’s house. BTW, it’s like the CUTEST THING that he just crawls in her window to actually just sleep with her. Makes me all squirmy!!! In the good way!
  • At this point, shouldn’t Peyton & Lucas just do it? The damage has been done. Why not get a little something out of it?
  • Before “I love you,” Haley’s tattoo really had Nathan freaked out. Now? Do you notice the look on his face when he sees it? Priceless. “Tim, go home!”
  • I love Brooke but at this point in the show, she’s never really been all that friendly to Haley. Not to mention, she’s currently fighting with two of Haley’s actual good friends. Pretty sure she has no right to be all that butt hurt about the party.
  • Nathan’s pretzels are so sad!! Is it ok that I really want to laugh at him and then give him a great big hug? And how does he make even a pretzel ball cap look so hot? What is up with that? “Isn’t that what they used to call your mom? Hot & Twisted?” Oh Nathan. BE MORE EFFING ADORABLE PLEASE!!!!!!
  • Have I mentioned before how much I love the Lucas & Keith moments? Lucas really was the lucky one of the Scott boys when it came to father figures. And then Karen and Keith and a baby? Excuse me while I go sob.
  • I hate seeing Brooke with Nicki and continuing to be such a bitch to Peyton. I understand her pain but Brooke is better than this and it sucks to watch her get so low.
  • CHICK FIGHT!! Nicki gets in one hell of a bitch slap. Slunt is CRAZY. And Lucas’ slutty secret is spilled. He is so screwed. And this time, not in the good way.
  • Poor Nathan. He works, doesn’t get to party, his apartment gets thrashed, he gets arrested AND has to deal with Dan on top of it. Thank God he has Haley.
  • Brooke crawling into Peyton’s bed somehow feels so right. After everything, they have both been crushed by the same boy. And the song by The Cure that plays is superbly chosen. GREAT scene.

Best Bit: Nathan throwing Dan a pretzel from the floor and watching him take a bite. Awesome. Eat mall dirt ass hat!

Ugh! Moment: Every time I have to look at Nicki’s face. Have I mentioned that I hate her skanky ass?

Fave Quote: Haley: (to Nathan) “I’ll kiss you later.”

Biggest Question: In the very beginning, when they want us to think that Nathan is in bed with another chick, but really isn’t, is that actually James? Or just a really great look-a-like?

On My iPod: “I Belive In A Thing Called Love” by The Darkness & “Apart” by The Cure

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Mach 2 With Your Hair on Fire

Hope everyone had an AWESOME Memorial Day Weekend!

Mine was spent as it should be: celebrating with great friends and honoring the men and women who give their lives to serve and protect this great country of ours.

Our annual Air Show trip happened a few weeks earlier than usual due to other summer plans but I could not be happier about it! We were able to travel down to Long Island, NY to see the magnificent Navy Blue Angels and all of their glorious opening acts at the Jones Beach Air Show. Lots of sun, lots of fun and LOTS of jet fuel!

Some of the highlights (see above) included the F-22 Raptor, the C-130, the P-51 Mustang, the Canadian Snow Birds and of course the STUNNING F-18 !!

I love all fighter jets but have a special place in my heart for the blue & gold F-18s that make up the Blue Angel squadron. These are the best of the best. And, the best dressed!

After an amazing day at Jones Beach, we also had the opportunity to visit the Blue Angels where they rested. Such beautiful girls!

Sneaking onto the air strip with a photography class was also fun. Too bad none of us had actual cameras. I was able to snap one great photo with the crap camera on my phone:

Day Two: We visited the museum located on the airstrip that we had previously sneaked on to. So many great things to see!! Too bad there were so many people. Damn tourists always around to ruin my picture opportunities. And I mean tourists other than me. What was really great to see were the many veterans that were there to visit the museum and to see the Blue Angels. I am in awe of every one of them. So many great men & women have given so much to make this country great. And not just this country but other countries as well.

Like I said before, the Navy Blue Angels are the BEST OF THE BEST! See for yourself!

I also picked up some seriously awesome gear!! All military related, of course.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you would like to learn more about supporting our troops at home and abroad, please visit USO.org

If you would like to see some of our real Navy in action on the BIG SCREEN, go see Battleship!! In theaters now! Read my movie review here!

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill: 1×13, 1×14, 1×15 & 1×16

Happy #OTH Wednesday! How awesome is it that it’s the 23rd? I know, I am such a nerd. This week has been super heavy with the OTH nostalgia as the UK finished up the series and The CW here in the states re-played the final two. One Tree Hill is in the air! Don’t miss all of the OTH goodies at the end of the recap!

1×13 – “Hanging By A Moment”

Overview: Whitey and Haley both get a little help from Nathan, Peyton is guilt-ridden by what happened with Lucas and Keith is anxious for Karen to get home. A little too anxious.

Random Observations:

  • How awesome is it that Nathan is shirtless in Haley’s dream? I mean, why wouldn’t he be? We know where her mind is at.
  • I forgot Dan & Deb were still going to therapy. That’s not a waste of time with Dan or anything.
  • I think it’s kind of ballsy for Lucas & Peyton to make out right there in the hall. Isn’t high school like FULL of blabber mouths?
  • AWKWARD!! Brooke telling Peyton she’s falling for Lucas right when they’re about to drop their big secret? Yikes.
  • “I don’t want to go with my dad. I want to be with you.” *sigh*
  • Dan is just AWFUL to Keith. Makes me crazy. That is not how brothers should treat each other.
  • Haley has every right to be mad at Lucas. I think what he’s doing behind Brooke’s back is terrible. He should have broken up with her right away. And why is he all up in Haley’s business about Nathan again? They’re wonderful together!!! Shut up Lucas.
  • I love the conversation between Nathan and Whitey. It’s so indicative of their relationship. And then Nathan lets his sweet little boy side show and it’s just very heartwarming. He says exactly what Whitey needs to hear.
  • The first time I saw that car accident it made me jump out of my seat. Quite unexpected.
  • I love how that doctor already knows Lucas will need surgery after just glancing at him for a second. He’s good.

Best Bit: Nathan teaching Haley how to shoot a free throw. SO EFFING CUTE. You can tell that he loves that there is something he can help her with after everything she has helped him with. It’s all over his face. And she is so worried about impressing him still. I just love it.

Ugh! Moment: Stupid Nathan. I am not saying that he should lie but maybe telling Haley why he went after her at the start was not the brightest idea.

Fave Quote: Whitey: (to Nathan) “You were in the library? Temperature must’ve dropped in hell.”

Biggest Question: Should Dan have moved Lucas from the accident scene like that? What if he had a broken neck or something?

On My iPod: “Pink Bullets” by The Shins

1×14 – “I Shall Believe”

Overview: Lucas lies unconscious in the hospital after the accident and drama continues to flow around him as Peyton, Nathan, Haley & Keith all feel their own kind of guilt.

Random Observations:

  • UGH!!! I absolutely HATE when Nathan and Haley are fighting. Haley has a right to be upset and Nathan was kinda dumb for sharing the whole truth but can’t they just move past it right away? For me?
  • Oh man. Keith and Karen. Before it all goes bad. They are so sweet. He kissed the top of her head. I love that.
  • Lucas is out cold surrounded by all the women who love him. Except Haley who can’t bring herself to go see him. AWKWARD.
  • Nathan: “How’s Lucas?” Haley: “Like you care.” Nathan: “Haley, come on. That’s not fair. Look, we’re not tight, but I don’t wanna see the guy in the hospital.” Haley: “Why? Because if he’s out of circulation, then you can’t use me to piss him off?” STOP IT YOU TWO!! JUST STOP!!
  • I have to give Brooke props. I am not sure I could ever just hang out with my boyfriend’s mom whom I just met while said boyfriend was in a coma.
  • My mom found out about my first tattoo while I was in the hospital too. Best way to break the news. They can’t get that mad then.
  • Moira Kelly is a really pretty crier.
  • BLECH. Dan. Good God. Just give the woman a damn divorce.
  • Peyton has great conversations in this episode. With Karen, with Haley and with Nathan. She’s kind of a screw up sometimes but she gives good advice.
  • Nathan and Lucas have been strangers and enemies and now Nathan is helping him drink water. Weird.
  • When Haley cries, I cry. Starting when Nathan goes to see her in the café. Even this early into their relationship, Nathan knows that Haley needs Lucas and vice versa and he won’t stop until he helps her. The crying carries all the way through to the end when she crawls into Lucas’ arms. Best friends forgive each other. SOB CITY.

Best Bit: I think it takes a LOT for Nathan to go and sit and talk to Lucas while he’s unconscious in the hospital. It’s great proof of how far he has already come and how much he cares about Haley. It’s also a great illustration of the weight Nathan is carrying. He thinks comatose Lucas is the lucky one?

Ugh! Moment: When Karen tells Keith to leave. I understand why she’s upset, but it still hurts my heart. Keith was so close to getting what he always wanted and then BAM!

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Look, I know that it was wrong to go after you for the reasons that I did. I can’t apologize for it. I’m glad I did it. I’m not that person anymore. It’s because of you.”

Biggest Question: Where does Haley find all of her weird hats?

On My iPod: “I Shall Believe” by Sheryl Crow

1×15 – “Suddenly Everything Has Changed”

Overview: Lucas is home from the hospital and must face the women in his life. All of them.

Random Observations:

  • Poor Brooke. She tries so hard. And she just has no idea. Sucks.
  • Did Deb actually think that Dan would just give her an easy divorce?
  • Oh my God Peyton. The wacked out phone excuse? WEAK.
  • “What’s wrong with the old you?” I love you Nathan Scott. You’re just the sweetest. Ever.
  • Good Lord. Those two ass holes are literally fighting over Nathan. Poor kid. I just want to slam their heads together.
  • Oh Brooke. Hanging out with your ex’s mom? You are not making things easier for yourself. Poor girl needs some love.
  • OMG THE LYING LUCAS!!! So bad!! I cannot deny the chemistry between Lucas and Peyton but what they do to Brooke is so shitty. But Lucas does have a point with Karen about Keith. That sucks.
  • I seriously cannot say enough about what terrible parents Deb & Dan are. The manipulating from Dan? The lying from Deb? They should both be in jail. Right after I stab them nearly to death. Ass hats.
  • It was a nice sentiment Peyton but it was a bit too late. Whether you continue your relationship with Lucas or not, the damage has been done.
  • “Come on! You said you would do anything to help me and this would really take my mind off things.” Who could ever say no to that face? Ever?

Best Bit: Is there a question? When Haley sings to Nathan for the first time, Lord help me. Joy’s voice is just magical. I get chills. And his face as he watches her? KILL ME NOW!!

Ugh! Moment: Realizing that Brooke saw Lucas and Peyton on the webcam. Of all the ways to find out…

Fave Quote: Nathan: “I realized that if I’m gonna live in the moment, I just wanna live in it with you.”

Biggest Question: Did Lucas honestly think he would get away with messing with Peyton behind Brooke’s back?

On My iPod: “Elsewhere” by Sarah McLachlan (sung on the episode by Bethany Joy Lenz) and “I Can’t Make Me” by Butterfly Boucher

1×16 – “The First Cut Is the Deepest”

Overview: Dan continues to manipulate everyone around him as Lucas, Brooke and Peyton deal with the fallout of a love triangle gone wrong.

Random Observations:

  • That look Nathan throws Peyton after she asks about the car is just ADORABLE. Half “shut up” and half “I’m a snotty brat.” Love it. Also, his DSL promises are very charming.
  •  “I’m sorry for the way things ended last time Nate.” “Whatever.” Nathan Scott. Please stop being perfect. It’s really not fair.
  • Lucas is SUCH A BRAT!!! I seriously just want to smack him and put him in time out just like I would a toddler acting the exact same way.
  • Oh my GOD I hate Nicki. So much. She totally wasted a drink and then also is a whore bitch from hell. And why does she keep setting things on fire?
  • Lucas is such a slut. That being said, I would totally have sex on a carousel if no one was around. Kind of awesome.
  • Peyton and Jake and Jenny are darling. And then Jake calls his little girl “Angel.” My word.
  • Friggin A. Poor Nathan. He feels abandoned and betrayed. And has every right to feel that way. Nice one Deb. Thank the heavens for Haley. “How does it  feel to be abandoned mom?” Yay for emancipation!
  • And yay for Brooke slamming the door in Lucas’ face.

Best Bit: Honestly? Not one of my favorite episodes. But if I had to pick one moment I liked it would have to be Haley’s face when Sheryl Crow walks into the café. And then Nathan gently telling her to settle down.

Ugh! Moment: Nicki kissing Lucas’ arm and licking his fingers. Gross.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Thanks for the car dad. Now I can get away from you whenever I want.”

Biggest Question: I don’t know what the emancipation rules are in North Carolina but at least one of Nathan’s parents has to sign off on it, right?

On My iPod: “The First Cut Is The Deepest” by Sheryl Crow

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Don’t forget to pick up all of your essential Naley accessories!!

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Don’t own One Tree Hill Season One yet? Buy it here:
One Tree Hill: The Complete First Season

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My friend and vidder extraordinaire, Kianna (@kiannak23 on Twitter) has created yet another amazing One Tree Hill fan vid. A definite must watch. Have tissues near by!!

Have a GREAT week y’all!!

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My Interview: Thomas Galvin

Just so you all know, Thomas Galvin (@thomascgalvin on Twitter) was the very first Vampire Diaries recapper that I followed RELIGIOUSLY!! When I got my sister hooked on the show she was stationed overseas and did not have regular internet access. I was so in love with his recaps that I would print them out and mail them to her through the US Navy Snail Mail. Just so she could enjoy all of the same wonders I was enjoying here in the states. Thomas also blogs on a number of other topics with the same great humor and he collects goodies from around the web so that I don’t have to. His blog (Thomas-Galvin.com) is one of my favorites so be sure to check it out. Thomas is now also a respected novelist! Please buy his awesome book, Sire here. Between writing amazing recaps and writing his sequel, he took time to answer some of my favorite questions!

Aw, thanks Erin. That may be the first time anyone has used the words “respected’ and “novelist” that close to my name before. Usually it’s more like “Novelist? What’s that? Like, do you sell ‘novelty’ items in that shady store with no windows in the seedy part of town?” And then they call security.

You have written a novel set in a brand new vampire world. Who is your favorite vampire of all time?

There are a lot of vampires that make me happy in my pants. Obviously Damon Salvatore is my current go-to for snark with a side of fangs, and Spike (from Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer) was always good for a laugh back in the day.
But the iconic vampire, for me, is Angel, also from Buffy. Anne Rice had already introduced the “vampire with a soul” motif, or at least “vampire with a conscience,” but Angel was really the first character that did something about it. He didn’t sit around getting emo all over the carpets – at least not all of the time – he actually went out and tried to make the world a better place.
The “monster who fights monsters” is one of my very favorite characters, and the modern incarnation really started with Angel. Without him, we probably wouldn’t have Stefan Salvatore, and I probably wouldn’t have Michael McKenna.

According to me, television is better than it has ever been. Of everything you’re watching right now, what is your favorite?

This is going to be shocking and controversial, and I’m sorry for the flame war that I’m going to unleash on your blog, but The Vampire Diaries is the best show on television right now. No other show blends humor, horror and hormones as well as TVD, and the show’s breakneck pace it unmatched.

You recap a lot of genre shows. Have you ever thought about throwing your unique style on a show that is set in the “real world”?

Not really. I’m a huge genre whore, and I have a really hard time getting interested in the mundane. Also, genre shows are kind of absurd on their face – no one really believes a two-hundred year old vampire is going to enroll in high school, no matter how cute the cheerleaders are – and that lends itself to my kind of absurd humor.
Also, recapping two shows at a time nearly kills me ever week. I don’t have room in my life for any more. Also also, if taking on another show didn’t kill me, my wife would.

Anything you watch that you wish you could just give up?

Summer is on its way, and an interesting thing happens to television … it starts to suck. More people are out playing in the Big Blue Room, which means fewer eyes on the shiny magic box, which means fewer advertiser dollars, which means a lot of reruns and also-rans get tossed at us.
All of my favorite shows – TVD, TSC, Grey’s, and  House – are either done for the season or just about to wrap up. And in their place … I’m honestly kind of not looking forward to recapping Teen Wolf and True Blood this year.
But here’s the thing. I don’t watch any show because I have to. I’m not paid to do this. When I watch a show, it’s because it’s awesome, or because it has the potential to be awesome.
True Blood has really gone off the rails the last couple of seasons. I could not care less about Lafayette’s devil ghost baby problem or Sam’s werehorse fetish. But there are enough brilliant moments to keep me coming back, like when Russel Edgington ripped a guy’s spine out on national TV, or Eric drank from a guy’s heart like it was a vampire Capri Sun. I don’t want to give up True Blood, I just want it to live up to its potential.
Teen Wolf has a lot of elements that could work really well together. Stiles is easily the best character on that show, and I wish he was the werewolf instead of Scott. Derek has a lot of potential as a brooding badass (and he has a really sweet car), Chris Argent is stone cold, and his daughter has this unusual buttoned-up sex symbol thing going on.
I just get the feeling that the show runners aren’t exactly sure about what story they want to tell. Last season basically flipped a coin at the beginning of each episode to decide if Derek was treated like a good guy or a bad guy, and Scott spent more time worrying about making first line than about the mythical hell beast intent on destroying everything that he loves.
But, like I said, there’s potential there. I really hope the show lives up to it this season.

Most of the decisions have been made as far as network cancelations, renewals and pickups go. Anything you would give a limb to get back? Anything you wish would die in the fires of hell?

I’m really bummed that The Secret Circle didn’t get picked up for a second season. That show was really uneven, and like Teen Wolf, I don’t think the show runners knew what story they were trying to tell.
The thing is, in the last five or six episodes, they figured it out. There were a couple of weeks where TSC was actually better than TVD, and the season/series finale set up some fantastic plots. I would gladly trade an entire season of topless Anna Paquin to see what happened to the Balcoin children.
And no, there really isn’t anything I want condemned to the infernal depths. Like I said, this isn’t my job, so I’m allowed to change the channel. I don’t begrudge people their favorite shows.
Except Fox News. Seriously, fuck those guys.

Of all the new shows that came up in 2011/2012, was there one that you were expecting to love but just couldn’t?

The Lady and I were looking forward to Smash, but it just never grabbed us. Scandal is good – aside from the OMG THIS IS SUPER IMPORTANT AND AWESOME musical two-by-four they keep whacking the audience with – but it isn’t great.

Vampire Diaries Season 3 is over and out. Do you have a stand out character? A stand out story line?

Evil Stefan, bar none.
I kind of hated Stefan after Season Two. The only reason he existed was to agree to Elena’s stupid / suicidal plans and cock-block his brother. I hate goody-two-shoes characters, and Stefan was just insufferable.
And then he went on a six-state bender, leaving a trail of exsanguinated sorority sisters behind him, and everything was awesome again.
I’ve never seen Paul Wesley in anything else, and I had no idea what he was capable of. His turn as the Ripper made me realize that PW is actually fantastic, and Stefan’s cardboard personality is a choice. I really can’t say enough for what that storyline did for my opinion of the actor and the character he plays.
I really hope they do something similar with Bonnie next season. She’s been a lot better lately, and I’m all aquiver at the idea of her going to the dark side.

I hate using the term “guilty pleasure” because I never feel guilty about TV but, is there something you’re embarrassed to admit you watch regularly?

Erin, I’m a thirty-something straight guy who writes about teenage vampires. “Embarrassed” left town a few years ago.

Favorite television character of all time:

Tough But Sensitive Snarky Ass Kicker Guy. That’s more of a Jungian archetype than a character, but he manifests in Greg House, Damon Salvatore, Dean Winchester …

Favorite Television moment of all time:

The entire arc where Angel lost his soul was fantastic, and there were so many great moments. Like in Innocence, where Angel told Buffy he “thought she was a pro,” and she falls into bed sobbing. Or in Passion, where Angel leaves Jenny Calendar’s corpse in Giles’ bed, with opera music playing. But the best moment was probably in Becoming – Part Two, when Angel gets his soul back but Buffy has to kill him anyway, and Buffy says “close your eyes,” and then she stabs him, and then Sarah McLachlan starts playing, and, and … yeah, that left me gutted.

The show you wished would have never ended:

All good things come to an end. Eventually, no matter how talented you or your writers are, you run out of stories to tell about a particular character in a particular universe.
I love House, but it feels done. Same with Buffy … the “season nine” comics were pretty solid evidence that everything that needs to be said about Buffy has been said already.
It would have been really nice to watch Firefly unfold, though. That show was mishandled from the start. It was something really special, but the network never gave people the chance to find that out.

If you could say one thing to all of the current TV watchers what would it be?

Most TV watchers don’t need to hear anything from me, but there’s a very small, very vocal minority who need to be sat down, given a lollypop, and told that the world will not end if $ATTRACTIVE_MALE_CHARACTER doesn’t end up with $ATTRACTIVE_FEMALE_CHARACTER.

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Movie Review: Battleship

***THIS REVIEW IS SPOILER FREE!!!!!***

My GOD I loved this movie.

I want so much to be unbiased about it but that’s something very hard for me to do considering the content. I come from a Navy family. My cousin was a navigator on an F-14 Tomcat for 8 years (for those that don’t know jets, that’s the plane they fly in Top Gun). My husband was in the Navy when we met, a weapons control specialist serving on board an Atlantic fleet destroyer. My sister was a tech serving on board the USS Ronald Reagan when part of this movie was filmed on her ship. I love the Navy. And this movie was ALL NAVY.

The film, directed by Friday Night Lights creator Peter Berg, also featured the stunning (and very funny) Taylor Kitsch (my favorite Tim Riggins, also from Friday Night Lights) as a charming but troubled Navy lieutenant and his much more responsible brother played by Alexander Skarsgård of True Blood fame. So, if big boats with lots of guns aren’t your thing, these gorgeous guys might be.

In all honesty, the movie was so much more than I ever thought it could be. Big names aside, it also featured real US Army and Navy veterans and paid real homage to not only our brave men and women serving, but those of our allies as well. There were so many beautiful moments that gave tribute to the United States Navy, past and present. Moments that showed the real power and fight that these great people put into their work every single day on our behalf.

Also, there were explosions. GREAT ones. The action sequences and gun play were some of the best I’ve seen on film and some that my husband, as a Navy veteran, will talk about for years to come. It was intense and fun and constantly surprising. Jesse Plemons (another Friday Night Lights alum) and Brooklyn Decker provided a very entertaining supporting cast. I had initially worried about Rihanna as an actress and was concerned that she’d muck the entire thing but she proved to be a delightful addition to a really fun movie.

Other highlights: Fighter jets, an almost entirely classic and 90’s rock soundtrack including AC/DC and Stone Temple Pilots, Taylor Kitsch in a towel, super scary aliens AND MORE. Did I mention the gorgeous Navy ships yet? LOVE.

If you are looking for a good time at the theater this summer, a reason to throw your hands in the air and shout out loud, PLEASE go see this movie. You won’t regret it.

If you would like to learn more about supporting our troops at home and abroad, please visit USO.org

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Supernatural Recap: Survival of the Fittest

You guys!! I’m scared!!! It’s our last Supernatural Friday for Season 7 and that means lots of drama, lots of angst and I am sure more than a few surprises. I like surprises. Sometimes. I don’t think I’m going to like the ones the Winchesters have in store for us tonight though. I am super stoked to see Baby back in action, maybe even as excited as Dean. And I always love the “Carry On Wayward Son” moments. But still, I’M SCARED!! Can the boys get Dick? Can they fix what’s going on with Bobby? Hold me SPN Family!! Hold me tight!

  • I love The Road So Far. Always. It’s emotional and informative at the same time. Though, I don’t remember seeing Lucifer in there.
  • LOL at Dick giving Canada to Crowley. Though I think the Canadians are getting the better end of the deal. I’d rather be possessed by a demon that eaten alive by one of those black blooded monsters.
  • Frick & Frack = Sam and Dean. That is hilarious. Will Crowley take the deal? Who will he double cross?
  • Naked. Covered in bees. And poor Sam had to miss it.
  • Dean is being picky about nuns. Why does that not surprise me? “Let’s bone this nun.”
  • I love wacky Cas. SO FUNNY. Monkeys and flowers and lipstick. Dean tries so hard to be patient with him.
  • I. Love. Crowley. I love his reaction to Crazy Cas, to the boys, to Meg. Why does this show insist on making me love the villains?
  • Lady Bobby. He is not right. That is going to be a messy situation to clean up. Ugh.
  • Awwww!!! Cas is made them sandwiches!! That is pretty cute. I kind of would have like to see him comfort the pig.
  • Who is this blonde chick? And what does Dick want with her?
  • Bobby has LOST IT!!!!!!! So bad!!!
  • Dick made more Dicks.
  • Ouch Dean. We all know this was all Cas’ fault but Dean is so harsh sometimes.
  • Oh Bobby. We have to say goodbye again. I knew we would. But it still sucks and hurts and I will miss him. Though not as emotional as his first goodbye, I still have tears to give. Will we ever see him again?
  • Cas and his games. Ok, now I am getting frustrated.
  • I KNOW WHAT’S UNDER THAT DROP CLOTH!!!!!
  • Forgiveness. Dean can do it!!
  • BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Oh Em Gee!!! Talk about Impala porn. So shiny and loud. Very good to see her.
  • Wait???? And Meg gets to drive her??? And get her all smashed up?? WHAT? That was less than satisfying. Also, I like “Born To Be Wild,” but I was really hoping for “Highway Star.”
  • So did they get Dick??? Did they get all the Leviathan?? BLACK GOO EVERYWHERE!!!!
  • Where is Dean?? WHERE IS DEAN?????
  • I want to giggle at Crowley calling Sam “Moose” but right now I am just kind of pissed.
  • Oh no. Dean. And Cas is just going to leave him alone there? In Purgatory? Surounded by the monsters he put there? GREAT. JUST EFFING GREAT!!!

Well friends. We only have 5 effing months to wait to see what happens. Will Sam be able to spring Dean from the dark, spooky place? Will Cas come back? Do they still have to go around killing all of the left over Leviathan? SO MANY QUESTIONS. And no answers until the fall. See you all then! Until then, Keep Calm & Carry On!

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Retro Recaps: One Tree Hill: 1×09, 1×10, 1×11 & 1×12

Happy #OTH Wednesday to my OTH Family! Thanks for continuing to make these days happy for me! Before we get started this week, a HUGE Congratulations to Rob Buckley!! His new show 666 Park Avenue has been officially picked up and will air this fall on ABC. Be sure to follow the wonderful ladies over at (@Robaholics) on Twitter for all the delicious Rob details!

1×09 – “With Arms Outstretched”

Overview: With a big game coming up, Nathan needs a little help. The illegal and bad for you kind.

Random Observations:

  • Come on. That cocky grin is on his face from the moment he enters the screen. And then he grabs her and kisses her and then she giggles and then he says “I’ll kiss you later.” If that does not make you want to giggle scream into a pillow while kicking your legs in the air you have problems. SO MUCH SQUEEEEE!!!
  • Lucas does not give Brooke the most romantic or fun book.
  • Dan is such a shit. Every time he tears Nathan down I want take one of his fingers with a pliers and a blow torch. “I’m happy mom. Dad loves me.”
  • I love these little talks Lucas and Keith have. They’ve got such a great relationship.
  • “My heart’s racing too. That’s what happens when I’m around you.” GAH! KILL ME!!
  • Dan kinda has a  point about Whitey. Dan is a total f**k face to his son but Whitey puts a lot of pressure on Nathan too.
  • Brooke’s Weird Science impression is phenomenal. The moment I really fell in love with Brooke Davis.
  • “I’ve been kissing Nathan.” How friggin adorable is Haley James? I’m very relieved that Lucas doesn’t give her more of a hard time about it. He’s growing.
  • “That’s how it works. People are mean. Life’s a bitch.” Beautiful philosophy Nathan. Makes me want to slap him and hug him at the same time.
  • LOL at Mouth for calling Dan: “He who won’t be named.”
  • Oh Deb and Dan. This is where it starts to get really ugly. Can’t really blame Deb for wanting to stab him in his sleep though.
  • That break in his voice, her eyes near tears, his honesty, her concern. I CANNOT. This scene gets me every damn time I watch it. Stunning moment for the two of them. “Haley. Let me stay with you tonight.”

Best Bit: From the moment he enters her doorway until the moment she closes that same door behind them both. If possible, it means more the 2nd time around because you know that that’s the moment he fell in love with her.

Ugh! Moment: Happy, hot kissing!! And then he won’t listen the first time Haley tells him to slow down. So bad.

Fave Quote:  Nathan: “When I fell to the floor tonight, I was so scared, I was so terrified. Then I saw you, and I promised myself that if I could just get up, I’d walk over to you… I’d tell you how much I need you and how much I want you… and nothing else matters.”

Biggest Question: I have never taken “performance enhancers” but would they really effect someone’s aggression levels so quickly?

On My iPod: “Rain King” by Counting Crows, “Fallen” by Sarah McLachlan and “Re-Offender” by Travis

1×10 – “You Gotta Go There to Come Back”

Overview: Lucas makes a choice between the two girls who want him who had no idea who he was a month ago and in the wake of Nathan’s little experiment, Whitey cancels basketball.

Random Observations:

  • How awkward was that scene with Booke and Peyton both in Lucas’ room? The start of ship wars that will go on for years and years and years.
  • Oh Naley. I cannot handle the cuteness of their cuddles and their bedhead. And I am so thankful that Nathan was honest with Haley about his intentions after the last time they were in her room together. It was needed. Go him. And then after she kisses him and when she nestles back into her pillow with that sigh and that HAPPIEST GIRL ON THE PLANET grin (do not get me started on the her little foot touching his back), she embodies every girl on the planet when they are first falling for a guy. Just so perfectly portrayed.
  • Lucas is pretty on point about Peyton. As right as the two of them might be for each other, she is covered head to toe in issues.
  • I would never be ok with anyone packing my bag for me. How do they know what I want to wear? How do they know what underwear are my favorites? What if they forget the proper shoes for each outfit? Dan is awfully presumptuous.
  • While it would be really embarrassing to catch your friend’s kid with whip cream and condoms, I think Deb oversteps just a tad by going Keith. People should mind their business. Brooke is right, maybe she should look at her own son (pre Haley of course).
  • Haley really is the worst artist. Did you see those posters? Yikes.
  • You’re not my mommy! Lucas is such a brat sometimes.
  • Daddy Jake is kinda hot. Actually, not much about Jake isn’t hot.
  • If I ever found myself on the golf course with Dan Scott I would do more than scream at him. I would hit him a few times in the head with that club and then drown him in the water hazard. WHAT A DICK.
  • The start of live music in Tree Hill. And Gavin! YAY!!

Best Bit: All of the boys playing basketball together on the River Court while all the girls watch.

Ugh! Moment: Nathan realizing he’s the fallback choice for what was supposed to be his parents’ romantic weekend away. Gross.

Fave Quote: Nathan: “Hey, look it’s not about sex with me, okay? When you’re ready, I’ll be too.”

Biggest Question: Did I totally forget or black out a conversation Brooke and Peyton had about Peyton being totally over trying to make anything happen with Lucas?

On My iPod: “Re-Offender” by Travis, “Everything” by Fefe Dobson and “I Don’t Want to Be” by Gavin DeGraw

1×11 – “The Living Years”

Overview: Basketball is back on but everyone still manages to find time for other activities.

Random Observations:

  • How awesome would family counseling with Dan be? Answer: as much fun as poking yourself in the eye with a BBQ fork. Or so I imagine.
  • I don’t get Brooke some times. Who doesn’t LOVE the smell of a library and old books?
  • “I’m gonna go put this back.” Lucas is pretty cute with that rake. I wonder where that rake is when a certain someone shows up in season 4.
  • “I think you’re really brave to consider rethinking who you are.” Every single moment they share is just …. I die.
  • Not gonna lie, kinda surprised that Nathan even knows what a ratchet is.
  • Nathan and Haley kind a make me want to go get drunk on the beach with my husband. That shit looks wicked fun.
  • Ugh. Lucas shut up. You can get drunk and get tattooed but Haley can’t skip one class to hit the beach?
  • Is it even legal for Peyton to be home alone that much?
  • I think Brooke hit the nail on the head for their current situation. Lucas is getting something he wants from both girls.
  • “I don’t want to see you change. I like you. And I like the fact that someone like you sees something in me.” Dear Lord.
  • A SWEET MOMENT AND A NICE WORD FROM DAN SCOTT? I must be dreaming.
  • Nathan giving up basketball is kind of emotional for me and I can’t remember if it was the first time I saw him rip off that name sticker or not.

Best Bit: Definitely when Haley throws up on Dan. Nathan said it: “How great was that?” I have pretty severe vomit phobia but for some reason I can watch her barf in his lap over and over and over. And all of their faces!! Laughing FOREVER.

Ugh! Moment: Dan flirting with the waitress in front of Nathan and then yelling at him in public. This guy. Seriously.

Fave Quote: Lucas: (voiceover) “And the little prince said to the man, grownups never understand anything for themselves and it is tiresome for children to be always explaining things to them.”

Biggest Question: Are the people who work at Dan’s dealership in the habit of giving Nathan keys to any car he wants, any time he wants it?

On My iPod: “Harder to Breathe” by Maroon 5 and “Everywhere She Goes” by Across The Sky

1×12 – “Crash Course in Polite Conversation”

Overview: Peyton has a scare when she thinks something is wrong with her dad. Lucas offers to help her with that and a few other things.

Random Observations:

  • Just so all of you know what a old lady I am, I used to watch Nathan’s grandpa on Major Dad.
  • Within the first 30 seconds of meeting Dan’s parents you can almost understand how he became such a twat.
  • Keith is positively thrilled with himself at inviting Whitey to dinner. Love it.
  • Brooke is pretty selfless about sending Peyton off with her boyfriend. And considering what happens…. Makes me feel bad for her.
  • Nathan: “Haley, you got that look.” Haley: “What look?” Nathan: “The look you get when you wanna tell me something, but you don’t really want to tell me.” Haley: “No I don’t and you shouldn’t know that look yet.” He probably knows a lot more about you than you realize Miss Haley James. Just so he can KILL ME.
  • Most uncomfortable family meal EVER. I mean, Royal YELLS at Haley. And everyone is coming down on everyone else and lying and spilling secrets. I would have to be so drunk for that.
  • Dan has an honest moment with Nathan and Nathan snaps back at him. Good for him. Dan earned that after everything he put Nathan through.
  • Poor Peyton. I cannot imagine having to identify a body you think might be your loved one. Makes me think of another time that happens and now I think I’ll go cry.
  • “I have to beat him, Haley. it’s the only way I’m ever going to be free of my dad.” Very sad.
  • Worst dinner party ever followed by the most awkward breakfast ever. Haley really is a genius. Skipping that was very smart.

Best Bit: The Leyton hookup is so hot and intense and emotional. And the song is SO good. I kind of love it even though I know it’s wrong.

Ugh! Moment: Every time Royal digs at Keith.

Fave Quote: Royal: “You answer the door in your underwear?”

Biggest Question: Did Royal give Karen money over the years? Was he aware of what his son had done to Karen? Was Karen ok with Royal while being NOT ok with Dan?

On My iPod: “Maybe Tomorrow” by Stereophonics

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