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It's Summer TV Marathon time again...

...about a week earlier than usual. Oops?

Anyway, I love to marathon stuff I missed out on the first time around during the summer. Because of Tumblr and a couple of you here on LJ, I started Teen Wolf yesterday at 4pm, and finished at about 11:30am today. Needless to say, I liked it!

It has a very Vampire Diaries vibe about it - sleepy, woodsy town, way too pretty kids with too much autonomy, rival families with secrets, PG language and mostly leave-it-to-the-imagination gore and sex, fun soundtrack. But it also has a Spider-Man-ish secret identity plot - dweeby kid gets powers, falls for a girl, worries about staying in control and protecting his friends and family, tries to do the right thing. I mean, there's even a Flash Thompson type.

But there's an adorable, snarky sidekick secret-keeper. So my analogy falls apart there a bit.

I think there were three things I really liked the most:

1) The handling of the secret identity plot. So many shows stretch it out forever (I'm looking at you, Smallville, Merlin and Dexter) until you're like, "I DON'T CARE, JUST SOMEONE WHO MATTERS FRICKIN' FIND OUT!" By the end of S1 everyone who matters knows. The fact that Allison knows and still loves him is wonderful, and I thought, believably set up.

2) The way that the high school archetypes slowly dissolved. The Mean Girl/Rival Jock/Sidekick/Love Interest/Protective Family walls came mostly down and everyone was in it together, while still remaining themselves. (I don't know where to put Derek, honestly. Broody Older Guy?) I particularly liked Jackson - especially during the whole, "I know your secret and I'm going to tell Allison if you don't give it to me, too" couple of eps. I like that he was smart enough to put it together, not just an egotistical jock. Yes, Buffy did this first, but it was still great.

3) I'm shipping Allison/Scott the most. Sorry, guys, it's true. They're from opposite sides of the war and they're adorable. Plus she knows his secret and doesn't care. It pushes every button I have. Fic? Is there fic? The first 10 minutes of S2 video just made it ten times worse.

Anyway, all of S1 is on Netflix Streaming if you have that, and S2 starts June 3rd.

Now for the rest of the summer. I'm planning on starting Bob's Burgers next, since it's also on Netflix and Hulu Plus.

Anything else you think I should get started on? I don't talk about every show I watch on LJ, Twitter or Tumblr, so it's very possible you'll mention something I've already seen. But then we can squee together? :)

Of course, all of you need to watch Community and Breaking Bad for your summer marathons, just sayin'.



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May. 27th, 2012 09:15 pm (UTC)
so glad to see another Scott/Alison fan.

Honestly, most of the fandom seems to be into Styles/Derek and even though I've got nothing against slash, I just don't see where the pairing is coming from.

At least with spander there was some interaction to base the pairing on, Derek on the other hand barely even seems to realize that Styles exists.
May. 27th, 2012 09:17 pm (UTC)
So true! Oddly, it was all the Derek/Stiles squee on Tumblr that made me curious. What is this show, and is that fanon or canon? And then I thought, eh, I'll check it out, it's a holiday weekend... BAM! Shipping the canon couple. :D
May. 27th, 2012 09:32 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't even mind so much, if the fics at least showed how Derek starts noticing Styles, or gives us a reason why he'd start giving a damn about Scott's sidekick.

But instead they all seem to follow the same notion that bothers me in most Smallville/SPN crossovers. Aka, the chosen guy is instantly smitten by the canon s(t)u, which is the only word I can use for what happens to Chloe, Styles or hell, even Xander in fics like these.

And worst is that it isn't even the characters' fault, they're cool enough. It's just that they're replaced by cardboard versions of themselves that barely hide the writer's self insert.
(it's one of the main reasons I refuse to read any Smallville/SPN crossover that has Chloe as the main character, because I can barely recognize anything from the actual show in those fics)
May. 30th, 2012 07:03 pm (UTC)
Hi. I agree so much with what you're saying about Derek/Stiles. How come we haven't chatted before? I recognize your name from around the TW fandom, but it seems odd that we wouldn't have more formally stumbled into each other over the last year.
May. 28th, 2012 01:05 am (UTC)
Just to tell you (because I'm sure you'll be happy for it) my friend is forcing me to marathon Community with her when she comes down for college. In return I'm having her watch Band of Brothers - which I'd recommend if you haven't seen it! It's a 1 part HBO miniseries and IT'S SO GOOD.
May. 28th, 2012 01:08 am (UTC)
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Give your friend a high-five from me. :)

I watched the first episode of Band of Brothers back the year it came out, but it didn't grab me. Maybe I should try again?
May. 28th, 2012 02:51 pm (UTC)
OH I've been told to watch Teen Wolf by several ppl. I need to ask my twitter feed for the link again, b/c the normal places don't work over in Europe but there's a Europe link that works and I lost it :( But yeah, I wanna watch it.

May. 28th, 2012 03:12 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered (because of my own time overseas) whether HotSpot Shield and a Netflix account purchased with a US credit card would work. That might have been my route if I were overseas now. (In Cairo it was usenet and in Japan it was P2P software and torrents.)

But I hope you can find that link! It seriously took me less than 24 hours to watch it, I was so sucked in. ♥
May. 28th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
Teen Wolf is honestly so addicting. I love it! And I like Allison/Scott a lot as well. Stiles alone is my favorite of anything, though. :) Can't wait for S2 to start up again (you're right in time)!
May. 28th, 2012 06:58 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how many people were watching that I didn't know about! Stiles is pretty fun, I totally agree. But for some reason it was Allison/Scott and Jackson that hooked me hardest. I'm finding that to be unusual in my brief flirtation with TW fandom so far.

Yay for Sunday! Why everything I watch in summertime is on a Sunday, I can't figure out, though...
May. 30th, 2012 07:01 pm (UTC)
Hi. I don't know you, though I've commented on your fic before and I think you may have commented on mine under a pseud. But, Teen Wolf! And Allison/Scott! I'm so happy to know that are others out there who actually like the canon couple. Also, Jackson! We seem to have alarmingly similar tastes. :) Welcome to TW fandom. I hope you're planning on writing fic because we need more that's not the juggernaut pairing. Even if you're not, welcome!
May. 30th, 2012 09:27 pm (UTC)
Heh, yes, that was totally me. :D Did you find me through name checking you on summerstorm's LJ? Thanks for the welcome!
Jun. 5th, 2012 04:09 pm (UTC)
Teen Wolf! I've seen it around and couldn't decide if I wanted to take the plunge. If it's available on Netflix streaming, I think I'm going to give it a try.
Jun. 5th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
Do! It starts off a little ridiculous, but I fell in love with everyone very quickly and now I'm feeling a little obsessed... :D
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