Killing Time – November 17, 2010

Ok so here’s the thing. I cannot lie to you all. Posts are going to be what they’re going to be until my body completely evens out again and I’m not sure when that’s going to be. I’m doing better, feeling better, but every so often the blasted thing (and here we are referring to my body) will just shut down and I’ll wake up a day or so later. So that being disclosed, it is totally appropriate that I return with a killing time article since that is exactly what I’ve been doing. See how nicely thematic I made that. That’s the skill, folks. Here’s what I’ve been up to, how about you?
Book: The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich
DVD/Blu Ray: The Fourth Kind on Blu Ray
Music: New Jars of Clay!
Video Game: Spider-Man Shattered Dimensions
Comics: Essential X-Men Vol. 9 by Chris Claremont

Top 5: TV Episodes of All-Time (Comedy Edition)

Last time we looked at the top 5 dramatic episodes and this time we’ll tackle the top 5 comedic episodes of all-time. In many ways, this is much harder. TV as a medium for telling dramatic stories, was largely a failure until the last three decades (with a few exceptions). TV has always, however, been a showcase for comedy. It’s a better format than film for comedy. Try to think of 20 comedic films that sustain the level of comedy expected in a top sitcom through the entirety of their running time. It’s hard. Even really good film comedies have dry spots or parts where the plot turns dramatic. TV episodes run 22-24 minutes and it’s a much better forum for that type of storytelling. So, I’m sure that I’m forgetting crucial eps, but these are my favorite five. I may have to do another list for favorite dramedy episodes, because sometimes a sitcom (MASH comes particularly to mind) will have a serious episode that challenges anything on the drama list, but let’s stick to the funny for now.
1. “Chuckles Bites the Dust”, The Mary Tyler Moore Show
2. “Coast to Coast Big Mouth”, The Dick Van Dyke Show
3. “Over the River and Through the Woods”, The Bob Newhart Show
4. “Thanksgiving Orphans”, Cheers
5. “The Dundees”, The Office

Killing Time – November 1, 2010

Clearly we’re behind and as the staff is going on retreat later this week, we’ll try to pack 2 in a day the next three days. We’ll double up on the RN on Wednesday and today I’ll do what I was supposed to do Friday when I was hip-deep in Rock Band (not that I’m not now but a bit of the fever has worn off).
Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
DVD/Blu Ray: Fringe Season 1 on Blu Ray
Music: Tired Pony (if you like Snow Patrol, you must check them out)
Video Games: Rock Band 3 (I know, shocking)
Comics: X-Men Second Coming by Mike Carey, Craig Kyle, and Chris Yost