In our deepest of hearts, we here at PCR are fans, and our favorite thing to do is share what we’ve fallen in love with. So, this week starts a new weekly article, where each of us will share something we’ve loved in the past week. Because that’s what being a fan is all about, isn’t it?
Angel: Family Guy’s current Emmy promotion. While I think it’s a long shot that Family Guy is going to walk away with an Emmy this year, watching them take pot-shots at the competition has been way more entertaining than I ever suspected. The scene, originally from the Family Guy episode “Patriot Games”, has been dubbed over with audio specific to each nominee this year and features Stewie beating Brian to a pulp for even considering voting for another show. All of the clips can be found here, on the WheresMyEmmy Youtube page.
Leshia: I’ve never been particularly interested or inspired by Spider-Man’s sizable corner of the Marvel universe, but the last couple Amazing Spider-Man arcs really go to show what a talented team of writers and artists can pull off, and this week’s issue #603 is easily one of the best of the bunch. Fred Van Lente does that thing where he takes something that should not be interesting in the slightest and makes it absolutely awesome, the something in this case being the Chameleon horning on in Mary Jane’s big return to the book. I hear you asking, “Wait, the Chameleon? That makes no sense! The Chameleon is just a poor man’s shapeshifter who dispenses with embarrassing puns like Barasket Oballma!” Oh, ye of little faith. Not only is he a force to be reckoned with, sweeping through Peter Parker’s life and doing damage that I genuinely can’t wait to see the fallout of, but he’s interesting. He’s creepy and cunning and has a deep, messed up sense of loyalty to the people he kills. Just because he ends their lives, doesn’t mean he can’t make them that much better, at least from his perspective. And since his awesome, complex perspective is what takes us through the entire issue, we get an awesome, complex comic book out of the deal to boot.
Stefanie: The third season premiere of Mad Men pretty much owned me. Everything from Sal finally getting a little something to Peggy acting like the HBIC she is was fabulous. Trudy Campbell is perpetually adorable, Pete’s temper tantrums always entertain and I’m ridiculously excited to see where they go with Betty this season, now that she’s let Don come home. For me, though, the highlight so far is Joan’s story. Though barely touched upon, Christina Hendricks’ comments about the storyline in recent media combined with her ability to let just the barest hint of trepidation slip through Joan’s unshakable façade have me hoping fervently for more in the weeks to come. I love any chance, too, to see her and Peggy interact, two sides of the same coin.
Chantaal: True Blood. As if my sudden status as the True Blood writer of PCR isn’t enough, Sunday’s episode completely won on all counts. From naked Alexander Skarsgard (thank you, universe, thank you) to Godric and Eric’s extremely touching scenes, True Blood is setting the stage for Eric to take over as darling of the show. As I make my way through the books (I read Club Dead in a four hour sitting this week), I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Trace: After a run on XBOX Live, “Do You Want To Date My Avatar?” by The Guild has been uploaded to Youtube and has officially been stuck in my head since then. Written by Felicia Day with music by Jed Whedon, the song is set to a great beat and has some hilarious footage of all the castmates dancing in costume. The Guild, for the few of you readers who don’t know, is a webseries based on a group of players who play a MMORPG much like World of Warcraft. The song poses the question in its title and is sung chiefly by Felicia Day, who is also creator of the series. I’d say she steals the video, but Jeff Lewis and Sandeep Parikh rapping had me in hysterics. Unsurprisingly, the whole thing is amazingly entertaining and a little goofy, but I’m not sure I’d ever expect anything else from this group. The song is currently available to buy on Amazon and iTunes, but you can watch it on youtube here.