I’m Addicted…

to Grey’s Anatomy.

It’s been almost an entire month since I wrote a blog post for a combination of reasons. Work has been more stressful than a retail job should ever be, and my mom had surgery making me a full-time caretaker.

But really, those are just excuses. The reason I haven’t taken time to write a blog post? I’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy. And watching, and watching, and watching. In the last three weeks I have watched 2.5 seasons of the thing and am on a role.

I literally cannot stop watching. I watch it on my computer at home, I watch it on my phone before bed, I watch it at my phone at work even though Netflix uses up ALL THE DATA and I’m aware I shouldn’t but I just can’t stop.

I’m addicted.

It all started about three weeks ago while eating breakfast. I didn’t have long and I didn’t want to deal with the time it took to turn on my computer and find something to watch. So I flipped on the TV and landed on Grey’s Anatomy. Somewhere in season 8.

Now, I watched the show when it originally aired for the first 4ish seasons. But now there were new characters, new things going on, there was a baby and I didn’t know where it came from. A baby that was black and seemingly people shared between white people.

And my brain, in that moment, had to know. But not in the wikipedia, “look it up and move on with my life” way. In the, “LET’S REWATCH THE WHOLE SHOW” way. I was warned not to… but I ignored all pleas saying, “It’s my life and I’ll do what I want.”

And now I can’t stop. I haven’t been this voracious with a tv show since I discovered Bones and then Doctor Who. And I didn’t even get through DW as quickly as this. (Bones, however… well, I finish 5 seasons in about 2 weeks. I wasn’t working.)

So why is Grey’s Anatomy addicting? It’s just another romance doctor drama, right? It’s just another ER, right? Well yeah. But people were addicted to ER too.

1. Attractive People

This is going to seem really shallow, but let’s face it. We like looking at attractive people. And Grey’s Anatomy is a clusterfuck of attractive people. McDreamy, McSteamy, McVet, men and women alike, they are all pretty to look at. I mean seriously, look at these people.

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2. Attractive People Dating

Perhaps an unfortunate truth, but I think people would rather watch attractive people make out and have sex than average or unattractive people. There is an episode of Parenthood where the grandparents start making out in a laundry room about to have sex and I was very uncomfortable, where any other of the younger couples wouldn’t have bothered me at all. Maybe it’s the age thing, or maybe it’s the looks thing, but it is fun to watch attractive people date.

It is more fun to watch attractive people date poorly. If any one statement is true about Grey’s Anatomy, it’s that every single couple in that damn show is dysfunctional and fucked up. They have huge problems like one of them being married or sleeping with a nurse in the break room. Or smaller problems like inability to emotionally connect or commit. Or even smaller problems like, “You fell asleep during sex and I am not going to forgive you for 2 episodes even thought we’re doctors who work 40 hour shifts and clearly need our damn sleep!”

McDreamy, his adulterous wife, and his dirty mistress:

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3. Attractive People Having Lives as Miserable and Fucked Up as Our Own

Let’s be honest. It is nice to see beautiful people having hard lives. It makes all us ugly people feel better about our mediocre lives. Meredith finds out theman she is in love with has a wife, has a mother with Alzheimers reliving an affair she had in her youth with one of Meredith’s bosses, is estranged from her father who keeps showing up at the hospital with his new family, and has a history of sleeping with all the wrong people. And that’s just one character only 2.5 seasons in. The pictures of all the crying are just too painful and grotesque to put up.

4. Anecdotal Plot Lines and Doctor Stuffs

TV viewers of the world like two things. They like ongoing plot. But they also like anecdotes. That’s why we have sitcoms and dramas that have one problem or issue or murder per episode as well as one Big Bad guy who will finally be caught or kill someone at the end of the season and that’s why we have on going relationship plots.

Grey’s Anatomy does this really well. There will be several anecdotal stories per show, usually 3 or 4, which actually revolve around the patients and their needs. In one episode you might have a guy with brain cancer, another pregnant with sextuplets, and another with a tree branch through his heart. And while all this is going on you get to deal with the on going relationships and friendships and hospital politics that takes up the entirety of the rest of the show. We get doctor drama anecdotes and emotional, character driven plot line. It keeps you hooked. You want to see what the next patient is going to hold just as much as you want to know if Christina and Burke are ever going to start speaking to each other again.

And just like and courtroom or murder drama, the patients are never boring. No one ever just has cancer. No, they also have an aneurysm pressing up against their frontal lobe making them hate their family. They don’t just have a cervical tumor the size of a baseball, they also have unwelcome Amish parents.  Everything is so unrealistically interesting that we keep wanting to watch even when we want to close our eyes and make the awkward stop.

So there you have it, why I think I and other people are addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. Now excuse while I go finish Season 3, Episode 13.

CONvergence 2014 Plans

So, CONvergence just ended and I didn’t get to go. 😦 Saddest of days.

For those of you not in the know, CONvergence is a huge Science Fiction/Fantasy/Fan Person convention held in Bloomington, MN every summer that everyone who is anyone attends.

To be honest, I have never gone. My convention of choice was always Anime Detour. But with my love of anime fading and my other nerd qualities growing, I really wanted to go to CONvergence. It didn’t happen, but that’s okay, it won’t stop me from planning for next year.

Anyone whose been to a convention can attest to the same convention fact: They are stanky. Seriously, the body odor is intensely pungent. This happens for a few reasons. The first is that there are literally thousands of people in attendance and the hotel the convention takes place in is just not meant to hold that many people. The body odors mingle and BAM, gross smelling air. Another big reason is that most people are in costume and they are sweating up a storm. Costumes are hot, wigs are hot, pretty much everything about dressing up for a convention is hot. And hot means sweaty. And sweaty means BO.

But the biggest reason that cons smell so bad is that people just don’t shower. For some reason being smelly and gross is just the preferred modus operandi for these nerd boys (yeaaah, I’m gonna blame it on the boys).

So, I have made a decision about CONvergence 2014: A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I am going to dress up as Axe Body Spray.

I’m going to give you a moment to take that in.

That’s right. Axe Body Spray. Specifically, this Axe Body Spray:

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Axe Twist, chosen for it’s bright colors and fun designs.

Now, never one to be literal, I have some plans for the costume. For starters, I will not be making any large cylindrical costume out of cardboard. That is not my style. Black pants, a black shirt, and sewn on yellow/green details and the AXE logo will suit my purpose just fine. A green wig, a hairpiece made to look like a nozzle, and, my favorite part, a utility belt loaded up with all sorts of Axe Body Sprays so that I can help out any unfortunate passersby who made need a little bit of a scented pick me up.

So, over the next year I will blog as I create my costume. Step 1 is to buy the wig so that I can match the green fabric accordingly! I have narrowed it down to two choices:

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Or

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I am leaning towards the shorter wig due to expert advice from a good friend and long-time awesome costumer.

So there you have it. Random blog of the week.

Questionable Content

Ok, ok, I am really late in updating this week. It has to do with that all that messy personal stuff that no wants to read about.

Webcomic Week Two!

So this week I am going to talk about the absolutely fabulous webcomic Questionable Content by the amazingly talented Jeph Jacques. (Updates Monday – Friday) (Lookit all those adverbs and adjectives I used, I’m such a fancy writer.)

This is a webcomic where I get to smile and brag, “I’ve been reading it from the beginning!” And that is really saying something. Today marks the 2,483rd comic in this long running series. It started back on August 1st of 2003 (That’s TEN YEARS. Seriously, that’s so freaking cool, a 10 year webcomic run). And the comic has come a long way.

Comic 1:

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Comic 1695:

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Comic 2842:

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LOOK AT THAT. The art has advanced tenfold! (1 fold a year. :P) And it has been absolutely wonderful to watch the webcomic evolve.

So what’s it about and why do I love it so much?

What its all about. You know the show Friends? If they had all lived in a little town in Massachusetts, been indie rockers, had talking robotic computers (And Roombas!) and been generally more badass… they would have been Questionable Content. It’s a webcomic about friends, romance, and being unique and different. The cast of characters is actually quite extensive but it mainly follows Martin (The guy in the TEH shirt [NO. He doesn’t always wear that shirt. The first and latest non-4th of July comic just worked out perfectly for my timing.] It is his favorite shirt though, obviously), his roommate Faye, and Faye’s boss at sassy Coffee of Doom Dora. There’s also OCD and germaphobic (but getting way better!) Hannelore, anime/manga/WOW nerd Marigold, pervy PC robot Pintsize, lesbian librarian Tai, and many many more.

Why I like it:

It’s not 100% realistic. Between the robot computers, ipods, and roombas and a trip to an intensely futuristic space station, Jeph has allowed himself some wiggle room with reality.

It’s hilarious. Seriously, just read the comics above and tell me this webcomic isn’t a hoot. I definitely wouldn’t read it if it didn’t make me laugh.

There’s an ongoing story. Every story has arcs, but QC is following it’s characters lives. Lives are messy and sometimes their stories aren’t as linear as we’d like them to be. Jeph is wonderful at moving the story along as if it’s real life. And while there are random one hit comics here and there, this isn’t the bulk of the comic and I appreciate that. (I’m having a little beef with another comic right now.)

It talks about serious issues. This is probably the reason that QC held me in the first place. It’s very real and it’s not afraid to talk about real stuff. Not only the pain of failed relationships and job suckage, but divorce, suicide, therapy, the inability to trust, to be intimate, sexuality. Recently Jeph introduced a character who is transgender. A very brave move, and if you can be proud of someone you don’t know, something I am proud of him for. This comic refuses to stay on the surface of human pain and emotion and that really draws the reader in.

So read Questionable Content! Seriously, if you haven’t it’s a real shame because it is basically the webcomics of webcomics. Even people who don’t read webcomics read QC. And it won’t take too long to get caught up. 10 years worth of comics isn’t that many right? 😀

 

(Everything belongs to Jeph Jacques, okay? The art, the characters, everything. None of it is miiiiiine!)

http://www.questionablecontent.net