The Bearded Awesome

TV/Media Commentary and Societal Insights. With a Beard.

Monthly Archives: December 2011

“Chuck Versus the Baby” Review

Check out my review of the latest Chuck episode on KSiteTV–my first review for the site! What a way to start off the new year, eh?

Speaking of which…happy new year!

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Buffy Already Did It, Part 2: Supernatural Season 6

It’s common knowledge among our generation that Buffy the Vampire Slayer played a big role in the development of TV series.  If you’re a moderate TV buff, or have visited TV Tropes even once (seriously, there’s a Buffy reference on almost every page) you’re probably aware that many tropes in current serialized genre shows–Big Badshalf arc seasonsweirdness sensorsChekhov’s gunsheavy continuity–were either invented or popularized by Buffy.  Even if you don’t like it, you can’t deny the impact it’s had on how we watch TV.

Unsurprisingly on shows within the same genre or airing on the same network, there’s bound to be even more similarities in plot structures, characters, etc. Sometimes, though, the similarities and parallels border on eerie.  Surely the writers might have similar genre shows in the back of their heads, but at a certain point it just seems weird.  Two shows specifically brought me to writing this up, both of which are cult genre shows that originated on The WB Network–Smallville andSupernatural.  

Check out my entry on Smallville‘s final season here, but today I’ll be comparing the season 6 of Supernatural and Buffy.  Read it after the jump!


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4 Reasons Why I Would Never Choose to be a Gay Guy

I’ve been “officially” out of the closet for a little over 9 months now, and while at first I was just kind of “meh” about it all, after getting out of the comfortable college atmosphere and thrown into the world of working 9-5 and still living with my parents (who don’t know I’m gay) I’ve started to make some observations. Nothing profound or monumental, just logical conclusions about where my life is headed.

Let me put this out there–I’m proud to be who I am and all that, and I don’t hold any malice towards what life has handed to me at all.  I also figure that once I settle down and actually do the “man having relationship with man” thing, any semblance of insecurities will continue to die down.  However, there are things that will occasionally pop up in my brain and make me realize “Holy shit, this kind of sucks hard sometimes.”  And thus, regardless of scientific evidence, my belief that homosexuality could not be solely choice comes from the idea that I sure as hell wouldn’t have chosen it.

Before you jump to conclusions about that statement, read on to see my explanations laid out in a way that in-no-way-whatsoever resembles a Cracked.com article that I in-no-way want to write for one day.

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Premature Thoughts on Ultimate Spider-Man TV Series

I’ll admit, the wound left by The Spectacular Spider-Man‘s premature (and ill-timed) demise still hasn’t healed yet.  So it’s no surprise that the show following it is going to have to work reaaaaaally hard to find a place in my heart where I’m not constantly thinking in the back of my head “Greg Weisman could do this better.”

There hasn’t been a TON of information released about it, but I did feel like listing some of my thoughts.  There’s a lot more discussion on the what I don’t like section, but only because what I do like is so much more straightforward, and much of what I don’t like is based on speculation.  Overall, I’m just on the fence and still waiting for what’s to come–this is all based on preliminary stuff, so the only thing to do is wait until its ever-nearing premiere (slated to be sometime in the next few months.)

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Buffy Already Did It, Part 1: Smallville’s Final Season

It’s common knowledge among our generation that Buffy the Vampire Slayer played a big role in the development of TV series.  If you’re a moderate TV buff, or have visited TV Tropes even once (seriously, there’s a Buffy reference on almost every page) you’re probably aware that many tropes in current serialized genre shows–Big Badshalf arc seasonsweirdness sensorsChekhov’s gunsheavy continuity–were either invented or popularized by Buffy.  Even if you don’t like it, you can’t deny the impact it’s had on how we watch TV.

Unsurprisingly on shows within the same genre or airing on the same network, there’s bound to be even more similarities in plot structures, characters, etc. Sometimes, though, the similarities and parallels border on eerie.  Surely the writers might have similar genre shows in the back of their heads, but at a certain point it just seems weird.  Two shows specifically brought me to writing this up, both of which are cult genre shows that originated on The WB Network–Smallville andSupernatural.  

 I’ll be spotlighting Supernatural in the next entry, but today I’ll be comparing the final seasons of Smallville and Buffy.  Read it after the jump!


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The Beard is arbitrary, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t Awesome.

This is the whole first post thing where I explain my intentions with the blog, I guess, right?

Well, this is going to be a bit of an experiment.  For now, there will be three types of things published:

1) Media analyses/reviews (mostly TV, as that’s my forte, but occasionally movies and comics) in article form
2) Life and Society articles, using the pop culture-y mindset I’ve gained from my media analyses to make my little insignificant 20somthing insights entertaining and enlightening (and similar to what you’d find on Cracked)
3) The most experimental (for me) part of it–a comical video series of essays/reviews/retrospectives on forms of media (again, mostly TV, and in a form similar to some producers on ThatGuyWiththeGlasses)

In any case, look forward to an ever-evolving style–if something seems to be hitting more of the right notes, the blog might shift focus.  We’ll see.

The next few articles will be ones that were posted on my Tumblr before it became more of a “reblogging funny pictures” blog.  They fit into the style I want this blog to be (for the most part) and aren’t yet out of date.  After this, I’ll start posting some new stuff, and hopefully by mid-January, episodes of the video series will be ready to launch!

My qualifications?  I’ve written numerous unpublished and undergraduate research on the likes of Power Rangers, Gargoyles, the Superman franchise, and more.  But I imagine “unpublished” is the key word here–so here I am, sort of “self-pubishing” my insights, analyses and sometimes parodies in entertaining and funny ways.  Oh, did I mention I won a contest on IGN once and won a TheCW Prizepack because I wrote about how much Smallville meant to me?  That was really awesome.  Also have something called a “Liberal Arts degree” and it involves this kind of stuff sometimes, but no one really pays much attention to that.

In any case, I hope you enjoy this little ride.  I hope you find something entertaining and enlightening, or you learn to look at oftentimes overlooked forms of media a little differently.

Enjoy!  And savor the beard!