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Alright, this isn’t a whole piece on reasons why yours truly is great (that should be self-explanatory.) But it is a list of five things I’ve written for KSiteTV in the past couple of months, in a lame attempt to save face and prove that the hiatus from this blog wasn’t pure neglect. Rest assured, The Bearded Awesome will be up and running for the summer season, beginning with a new Life/Society article this week and a new fun little TV-centered series next week. Until then, here’s a sample of my other pieces from the past two months (the rest of which can be found here.)
Like any show with as much longevity as Smallville, viewers came and went–ratings dipping from 8 million to 2 million over the ten years proved that. Ask anyone about the best episodes of the series, and you usually get things like “Pilot”, “Rosetta” , “Memoria” and “Crusade” from the early years. There are lots and lots of people who left the series about mid-way through, and most casual fans you’ll talk to probably stopped watching it during season four (those witches really turned a lot of people off.)
It’s to be expected; people simply lose interest in keeping up week-to-week at a certain point. If they come back, it’s usually for the well-marketed “event” episodes–the 100th and 200th episodes, big superhero team-ups like “Legion,” “Justice” and ”Absolute Justice,” and the series finale. And while those are fine and good, just because they’re the ones the that get talked about the most doesn’t mean they’re the best the show has to offer. In fact, there are tons and tons of little gems from the show’s later years that casual or former viewers probably missed out on. There are plenty more (or less) depending on who you ask, but here are 15 underrated episodes I’d recommend to veteran and new viewers alike.
Community is a show on thin ice, on a network on thin ice, in a new era of television also on thin ice. Whether you’re a fan or not, Community has now become the poster show for everything that’s both wrong and right about television and its fans: there are plenty of viewers, but few of them watch it live. It won TV Guide’s Fan Favorite of 2011 contest. IGN voted it Best Comedy of 2011. In TV.com’s 2011 poll it not only won Best Series, but also Best Comedy, Best Comedic Actor (Donald Glover) and, hilariously, Most Underrated. With fans on the internet outnumbering fans in the ratings, Community is representative of the age of online media and its effects on the industry. And as NBC struggles to find a place for it in their schedule, the network might be missing an opportunity to make the next big leap in current media.
Check out my full piece at KSiteTV–a little lengthy, but it’s worth it!
In case you were wondering, more original blog material will be coming in the next couple of days.