First of all, I would like to greet everyone “Happy End of Ramadan”.

And secondly, if you think for a sec that I decided to renew my ties with running (which is the reason for the "Marathon" title), then I’m telling you that you’re an idiot.

I spent the holidays watching DVD’s. Last Saturday, I spent cash to buy DVD’s of Cougar Town, Modern Family, the third season of the Big Bang Theory, and the first two seasons of Castle.

For a day I lay in front of the TV set as if I was a beached whale, where my stretch marks are seen in the open and I can freely scratch my ass while eating whatever is left on the fridge.

Yup, you love me right now.

I like Castle. Castle is like Bones. The difference is that in Bones, Booth is the muscle (although Castle has done his share of “swash-buckling” moments). Kate Beckett is a New York City cop that became Richard Castle’s peg for his upcoming novel. Castle is a best-selling author that as connections in high places and underneath her strong woman image, Beckett is a very huge Castle mark. Castle’s first season only had ten episodes. I already finished eight episodes a few days back and I finished the season hours after lunch.

Stana Katic is hot. She reminds of those old Hollywood stars’ faces where glitz and glamour ooze. Nathan Fillion is cool and snarky.

Even if I had both complete episodes, I resisted on watching the second season because it’s kind of lengthy.

Here is a fact for you people: A program needs to allocate at least 20 percent of their airtime for their commercials. This is the ideal number (as per my college professors and the people I interviewed for my OJT). While the Philippine broadcast industry has decimated this theory (since programs here have “volatile” durations), in the US, it still exists. For a sitcom like How I Met Your Mother, a regular 30-minuter, the ideal duration for the series is 24 minutes. For a crime series like Castle that runs for an hour, 12 minutes is allocated for the commercials while 48 minutes is for the show. Plus unlike in the first season, the midseason replacement which turned out to be a success returned with 22 new episodes.

That’s like... long.

Anyway, The Big Bang Theory is a 30-minute show. Even though this is a sitcom that pokes fun on nerds, it poked the hearts of many as well (naks). Jim Parsons, who plays the uber-geek Sheldon Cooper, won Best Supporting Actor at the 2010 Emmy Awards. As of this moment I am episodes away from finishing Season Three. The story, which was created by the guys that brought to life Two-and-a-Half-Men, revolves around four nerds and their hot neighbour Penny, played by 8 Simple Rules alumnus Kaley Cuoco. They have a Jewish nerd that is ultra horny. They have an Indian nerd who in order to talk to females, need alcohol to prep himself. They have Sheldon who always have a say on life in general and then there is the story of Leonard and Penny. Unlike in past seasons, America has learned to love these guys even if they talk about things that couldn’t be understood by normal minds. One indication is that they added a comic book store as where the nerds hang out. They are also going in various comic cons where they meet a ton of fanboy false gods like Stan Lee, Peter Jackson, Wil Wheaton, Leonard Nimoy, among others.

If there is some connection between the two... in Big Bang Theory, Sheldon mentioned how he is pissed at TV mogul Rupert Murdoch for cancelling the sci-fi series Firefly after a season. Even if you’re not a nerd, Firefly is Star Trek... but with less robotic characters which is why it could rule. In Castle, Nathan Fillion played the lead in Firefly. When he bonds with his daughter, they would often play laser tag and Nathan would do his former character.

As the end of the day draws near and September 11 greets the world (I was happy when they are re-building the World Trade Center), I am hoping to start at least another DVD.

By the way, if you find a Firefly DVD in Quiapo, St. Francis, or in Circle-C, please let me know.

Game over.


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