Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

Death Note: If Only It Happened Like That…

We would have been spared from all the drama. Although, I really love drama, and drama loves me.

What’s Up With Nour?

These days, I feel like a stranger in my own country, but in a good way, and my discoveries concerning the hip and new seems never-ending. Apparently, Turkish drama shows are the latest and the hottest trend that is sweeping the Arab channels recently, and viewers have been watching them religiously and cannot seem to get enough of them.

The other day, I was in my uncle’s house upon receiving a dinner invitation, which I gladly accepted. After dinner, I’ve been asked about my major and my career, and as I passionately rumbled on regarding my interest in the field of Social Psychology, the antique clock in the hallway stroke ten times. Suddenly, my cousin shushed everybody in the room, and she silenced me from talking by shoving a sock in my throat.

Okay, that was a lie but I swear I saw her doing that to me in her eyes.

It didn’t take me too long to figure out that the dubbed show was originally Turkish, but I was confused on the choice the producers made on making them speak Syrian instead of Arabic, which was the default option in Arabic dubbed shows. However, I was morbidly inquisitive on the decision of exchanging the Turkish names of the characters with Arabic ones. I mean, if the Arab viewers are comfortable with Spanish names in dubbed Mexican soap operas, then why abandoning the consistency with the Turkish names? I kinda find it a little bit insulting, but I guess anything that keeps the viewers away from watching “a maid turned into a rich woman after having an amnesia” is finely approved by me.

Why Superman Sucks & Batman Owns

Out of all DC Comics characters, Superman is the one hero that I think he sucks major ass. I never got interested in his story, his comics, his cartoon, or even his movies. Even though I have some admiration for Smallville, Clark Kent is certainly not as compelling as other superheroes out there. And by other, I mean Batman. Of course, I’m not going to set here and be all judgmental without giving any convincing reasons. Allow me to share with you my personal list on why Batman kicks the crap out of Superman (which he actually did in The Dark Knight Returns) anytime.

  • Batman had a much more tragic childhood; watching your parents die is infinitely worse than hearing your biological parents died without ever having met them.
  • Batman’s crime-fighting style is based more on intelligence and planning while Superman almost always relays on brute force.
  • Batman is a detective, a scientist, a master of disguise, and a martial arts expert; Superman is a burly asshole in a red cape with big muscles.
  • Even though both characters steadfastly refuse to kill their enemies under any circumstances; it’s just a hell of a lot harder for Batman, which makes his attitude toward mercy all the more admirable.
  • It’s five times harder for Batman to do anything, which Superman takes for granted on a daily basis, yet he often does it a hell of a lot better.

Why I Like Shin Chan More Than Family Guy

First and foremost, I’m not going to favor one show and debase the other. I really like Shin Chan and I really like Family Guy but since the time I was introduced to Shin Chan, I’m starting to look at it as the funnier, smartly written and favorable “family” show.

What attracts me to Shin Chan more is the novelty of the jokes. For example, there are no consistencies in term how the gag is presented to the viewers. In Family Guy, the formula started fresh but then it became redundant and honestly quite dull; it’s still stuck in the whole joke-followed by-flashback cliché. With Shin Chan however, expect the unexpected as each episode has a theme and each joke is centered on that particular theme.

Another thing I like about Shin Chan is the flexibility. You see, Shin Chan has been translated and dubbed in more than 13 languages, and it has been easily edited as well. Even though the content of the show is original, it is so straightforward and universal that allows more freedom to the writers to come up with jokes and gags that are recognizable in their respective culture and targeted audience. I for one completely in love with the recent English dub; the dialogue and humor are extremely adult-oriented, with many sexual contents, black humor with slight references to popular American culture. But I also get encouraged to watch the original Japanese that deals with many social issues within the Japanese culture, and thus experience the show in a whole different level. However, in order to appreciate Family Guy, you have to watch it in the original “McFarland version”. Also, bear in mind that the English dub of Shin Chan has to be approved by the Japanese produces first before it begins to air stateside.

In the end, it’s all about which type of jokes are suitable for your liking. Family Guy has the outrageous and albeit offensive feel, the “Oh my God I cannot believe he said that” kind of joke. Shin Chan is more like “how do they come up with these stuff” type of joke where some of the scenes are so uncomfortably true and the dialogue is slightly memorable and smartly funny. In the end, I adore both comedies but if I were stuck in the desert with one show to choose between the two, I pick Shin Chan without hesitation.

Oprah’s Va-Jay-Jay

Courtesy of The Soup

The Last Supper!?

The Last Supper – Star Wars

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The Last Supper – Battle Star Galactica

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The Last Supper – Super Smash Bros. Brawl

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HAPPY EASTER EVERYONE

The Australian Open

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I have been keeping a close eye on the Kuwaiti blogsphere and I’m still wondering why anybody hasn’t mentioned anything about the Australian Open. C’mon people. Just because you don’t see sweaty men running after a ball doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching (not to be disrespectful to soccer fans). Although I don’t exactly watch every single match, but I definitely watch the most important ones and whenever I see myself not doing anything else and there’s a game on. And for your pleasure only, I’ll share with you my favorite tennis players, 2 men and 2 women just so you won’t call me sexist.

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o Won 12 Grand Slams singles (3 Australian Open, 5 Wimbledon. 3 U.S. Open)
o Named Laureus World Sportsman of the Year for a record third consecutive time
o European Sportsman of the Year 2007

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o Three-time Grand Slam champion
o Holds the longest winning streak on a single surface in the open era
o Remains undefeated in his career at the French Open, having won all 21 matches

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o Won two Grand Slam singles titles
o She is the fifth-ranked female player in the world
o She beat Serena Williams to take the Wimbledon title at the age of 17 in 2004

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o Ranked third in the world on the Women Tennis Association (WTA) tour
o The #1 Serbian player

Passport To Europe

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These days, I’m following a morning ritual that puts a nice smile on face and a greedy envy in my heart. I simply wake up at 10:30 in the morning, and after my regular “bathroom routine”, I set behind the TV, channel on the Travel Channel, and a bowl of cereal/plate of waffle on my hand. On 11AM, They air a show called “Passport To Europe” that is featuring a lucky bitch named Samantha Brown that goes everywhere in Europe and dine in the best places out there. I die a little bit inside every time she goes to Italy or France, especially. And for your pleasure and mine, I have made a top ten list about the places I’d like to visit around Europe, in no particular order.

Here’s a question: If I am set to travel to all the places in my list in one trip, alone. How much will it cost me (along with expenses and living costs)?

A Night With Nick @ Night

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There is nothing like spending the night alone in your cozy apartment and, your TV is on Nick @ Night, watching a marathon of Mad About You (one of my favorite sitcoms of all time). Since I don’t have a school tomorrow because my professor has cancelled the lecture, I decided to waste my time tonight and eat my heart out in Häagen-Dazs’ cookie dough ice cream flavor. Yup, I totally ruined the workout I had today, and you know what, I don’t really care.

PS: We need something like Nick @ Night. Showtime’s Paramount Comedy Channel (now called Comedy Channel) just doesn’t cut it.

New Shows To Watch This Fall

Pushing Daisies

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  • Premier: October 03, 2007 (ABC)
  • Plot: Pushing Daisies is a “forensic fairy tale” that focuses on Ned, a pie-maker with a mysterious ability to make the dead live again. The gift is not without its complications, however: if he touches this being a second time, they’ll be dead permanently. If they live for more than 60 seconds, somebody else nearby will die.

Back To You

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  • Premier: September 19, 2007 (FOX)
  • Plot: The main characters of the show are Chuck Darling and Kelly Carr. They were co-anchors of a Pittsburgh news program and had great on-screen chemistry, despite constant quarreling off-screen. However, Chuck left to take a job elsewhere. After an embarrassing comment he made resulting in his firing from a large market (LA), Chuck returned to Pittsburgh.

Gossip Girl

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  • Premier: September 19, 2007 (CW)
  • Plot: Gossip Girl revolves around the lives of socialite young adults growing up on New York’s Upper East Side who attend elite academic institutions whilst dealing with sex, drugs, and other teenage issues. Featuring an ensemble cast, the series mainly centers on the lives of former best friends. The series is narrated by a seemingly omniscient character, “Gossip Girl” who runs a blog about her fellow Upper East Siders and consequently stirring the pot and creating potential rivalries in this exclusive and vicious circle of friends.

Big Shots

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  • Premier: September 27, 2007 (ABC)
  • Plot: This is the story of four friends at the top of their game… until the women in their lives enter the room. Lines between boardroom and bedroom blur when these competitive but dysfunctional CEOs take refuge in their friendship, discussing business, confiding secrets, seeking advice and supporting each other through life’s surprising twists and turns.

Journeyman

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  • Premier: September 24, 2007 (NBC)
  • Plot: Dan Vasser thought he had it all: a loving wife, a great son and a steady job. But life suddenly throws him a curve ball. Dan finds himself traveling into the past with a purpose, impacting people’s lives for the better,and sometimes the worse. While doing so, Dan reconnects with Livia Beale, his ex-fiancée, whom he lost in a mysterious plane crash. Now armed with the knowledge of the present, will he be able to save her? What would that mean to his own future? And how would it change a man who thought he had it all?

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