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The 2014 Obsessive Viewer Holiday Buyer’s Guide

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It’s officially the holiday season and let’s face it, it’s hard to shop for people. Whether you define yourself as an Obsessive Viewer (ahem, trademark Matt Hurt and ObsessiveViewer.com) or you have one on your shopping list, there’s no denying the minefield that comes with shopping for someone who loves movies and TV.

If you’re not sure what to get your movie/TV fan (or you want to show your friends and family what you want), I’ve put together this list of potential gifts. Clicking the links will take you directly to Amazon where buying the item will help support The Obsessive Viewer blog and podcast.

For 2013’s Obsessive Viewer Buyer’s Guide click here!

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OV’s 2013 Holiday Buying Guide – The Best Blu-Rays & DVDs for Every Obsessive Viewer

Well, the holiday season is upon us and the time to get your Christmas shopping done is rapidly dwindling. There’s a little over a week left until Christmas and if you are hard pressed to find the obsessive viewer in your life a Christmas gift this year, look no further.

Below you’ll find a list of some of the best Blu-Rays and DVDs you can get that will keep your loved one happy and busy into the new year.

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Mr. White and Detective Mackey: Two Anti-Heroes, Two Finales

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Now that Breaking Bad has ended and the dust has settled on the wave of articles, criticisms and adulation toward it, I feel compelled to write some thoughts. And it’s just in time for tomorrow’s final season and complete series blu-ray releases.

If you heard The Obsessive Viewer Podcast’s analysis of the finale, you would know that I had some slightly dissenting opinions about the end of Walter White and Heisenberg. Particularly, my opinion was rooted in his role as an anti-hero.

I wrote this while I was still comprehending the events of Breaking Bad’s final run of episodes. In the aftermath of Felina, I saw countless comparisons of the show to The Wire, which I firmly believe is in a class by itself in the television pantheon. What I saw surprisingly few of were comparison’s between Breaking Bad and The Shield. Below I recount how each series and each anti-hero’s final bow. Enjoy and don’t forget to follow me around the internet with the links below.

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How I Met Your Spinoff – Why I’m Looking Forward to HIMYD

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CBS recently gave a pilot order for a HIMYM spinoff titled How I Met Your Dad. Being a huge fan of HIMYM and being generally against the idea of spinoffs, I was surprised how much I like the idea of this spinoff. Watch me defend myself below. Follow me around the Internet.

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Addressing the Allegations of Sexism in HBO’s The Newsroom

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I will be upfront here; I’m a bit out of my element with this post. I watched season 2 of The Newsroom in a vacuum, completely free from all internet chatter be it reviews or tweets. You can read my thoughts on the season itself in this week’s The Week in TV post. In this post, however, I would like to address something that surprised me.  Continue reading

Belated Emmys Wrap Up

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I’m not big on award shows. I don’t like the self-congratulatory nature of them and I can’t stand the politics behind it. Having said that, I didn’t watch the Emmys. I thought about it, I even intended to watch them and livetweet them the next morning. But I didn’t bother. I’ll still share a few thoughts about them here, albeit several days later. Continue reading

OV’s Favorite How I Met Your Mother Episodes

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Tonight my pick for television’s most consistently funny sitcom begins its final season. The 9th season of CBS’s How I Met Your Mother will see vast changes to the storytelling structure of the show. The entire season will take place over one weekend with various jumps forwards and backwards in time. Adding to the changes, we now have the Mother cast and ready to win the hearts of the HIMYM fan base and Ted.

It’s going to be sad to see HIMYM take its final bow, but it’s also a time to celebrate. In honor of tonight’s premiere, I have compiled a list of my favorite HIMYM episodes. I was originally going to confine myself to a ten-episode list but after 8 seasons that is just impossible. Instead, I’ve chosen two episodes from each season to put into the pantheon of great sitcom episodes.

You can read my list below. It would have been far too difficult to rank these episodes, so for the sake of my sanity I’m presenting them in chronological order.

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Trilogy Time: The Obsessive Viewer Team on the Star Wars Saga! [Obsessive Friends: Mike & Tiny]

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OBSESSIVE NOTE: Last weekend The Obsessive Viewer Podcast team met in Evansville, Indiana for one of our own’s Bachelor Party. The Bachelor Party included a private screening of the original Star Wars trilogy. It was a great experience and I asked Mike and Tiny to write up their thoughts on the weekend. Read our thoughts below and be sure to follow Mike and Tiny on Twitter at @IAmMikeWhite and @ObsessiveTiny.

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Pitching “Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers” to Christopher Nolan

Here’s something I wrote for House of Geekery. Hope you guys like it and follow that site on Twitter @HouseofGeekery.

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Michael Bay digging his nails into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles has become a big source of geek contention across the Internet since it was announced. “Ninja Turtles”, as it will be called, would drastically change the origin of the heroes in a half-shell. In this iteration the Turtles would be alien in origin and as a result, nerds the world over cried foul. It was eventually announced that the movie would honor the source material. The damage was still done, though.

Years of remakes, reimagining, reboots and pre-imaginings have left me desensitized to the war currently waging between the fanboys and the evil empire of modern Hollywood. Recently my detachment and boredom led me down an amusing path. That path ended in four amusing words.

Christopher Nolan’s Power Rangers.

It’s a mighty morphin’ idea, no? Here’s my pitch detailing how Hollywood could turn something that took millions…

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The Obsessive Viewer Fall TV Preview

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Well, summer is winding to a close and television fans are starting to look toward the fall TV season. Here I’ve made a list of the shows I am looking forward to the most and a few new series that have piqued my interest. Obviously I can’t cover them all, so let me know what shows you’re most looking forward to this fall.  Continue reading

The Most Tragic Television Moments (According to The Obsessive Viewer)

Before you start reading, I must warn you that this is a SPOILER HEAVY list, obviously. Read at your own discretion.

I wrote this in response to the end of season 3 of Game of Thrones. When I first started watching the series, I wanted to read each season’s corresponding book before I watched the adaptation. Given the length of the novels, my impatience and fear of being spoiled I stopped about 1/3 of the way through the second book and got caught up on the series.

Thankfully, I avoided all spoilers for the end of season three. What I got in return was one of the biggest “HOLY SHIT” moments in recent television memory. It’s the moment everyone has been talking about and now that I’ve finally seen it, I’ve been inspired to make a list of the most tragic moments in television. Enjoy.

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What I Want from the Under the Dome TV Series

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I finished reading Under the Dome last week. I haven’t read much about the show, for fear of spoilers, but I did read the character bios. Dome Day is tomorrow and today I’d like to share some thoughts on what I hope will be included in (and excluded from) the novel. Read on for my vision for Under the Dome as a television series.
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Could Under the Dome Be the Next Lost?

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First and foremost, I admit this is a ridiculous claim and I am being slightly facetious when I make premature comparisons to Lost with a series I haven’t watched yet. Besides, Lost had so many contributing factors tied to its success, that it would be difficult, maybe impossible, for network television to have a serialized show capture the hearts, minds and imaginations of so many viewers and “armchair showrunners.” Continue reading

The Dos and Don’ts of Adapting Stephen King

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Today I’m kicking off what I’m calling “Stephen King Week” here at the Obsessive Viewer blog. Each day this week I’ll be posting something Stephen King related as I eagerly count the days until the series premiere of Under the Dome.

We’re now seven days away from “Dome Day” and it’s got me reflecting on why I enjoy Stephen King so much. Admittedly, he has a bit of an issue with ending his stories. I won’t dispute that for a moment. I’m okay with it, though. I don’t believe an ending should make or break a story.  When I finished The Dark Tower series, I didn’t obsess over the last 50 pages. I sat back and marveled at the 13 month, 3,946 page long journey I had just completed.

It’s why I love television. You can follow a series like a long novel and, if it’s handled properly, your reward will be years of character development and a mental, emotional bond with entirely fictional characters. That’s precisely why I am looking forward to Under the Dome‘s TV adaptation. I have that special twinge of caution that comes with the anticipation of any new series, sure. But for the most part, I’m very excited about it. Continue reading

The Obsessive Viewer’s Favorite Pilot Episodes

Pilots are interesting beasts in the television world. They’re used to convince a studio to shell out more money for more episodes. In order to do that, a pilot needs to succeed on several more fronts of storytelling than any other single episode. A pilot needs to introduce the major characters of a series in an engaging, often standalone, story that will leave the audience clamoring for more.

Furthermore, a good pilot needs to rely on a strong cast to build a rapport in a short period of time. Writers working on pilots also have to gauge possible long-term onscreen relationships completely blind of actors’ chemistry. Because of these factors, I live by one steadfast television-viewing rule:

Never judge a show by its pilot.

But some series have such strong pilot episodes that you can and should judge them on the pilots. And so, here I have compiled a list of some of my favorite pilot episodes. They aren’t necessarily my favorite shows ever, and they aren’t exactly the best episodes of said shows. These episodes are just the most engaging series-starters that I’ve seen. They also introduce the characters and story arcs in a highly satisfying way.

You can click the episode titles in the list to buy them digitally on Amazon.

So enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think of my choices in the comment section. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @ObsessiveViewer and like the blog on Facebook.
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