TakeFiveGal Offers Up Some DVD Favorites

Check In To See Which Shows Are Helping TakeFiveGal Through The Writers Strike

So now that there are maybe 5-6 shows that I’m actually watching in this post-strike world, is there a real need for me to poll my favorite 5 of the week?  Just consider any episode of The L Word, The Wire, Law and Order, Sarah Connor and Friday Night Lights to be the top five for the next few weeks.  At least until Lost and Eli Stone start up at the end of the month.  That said, I thought I’d go a different direction and tell you what shows that were catching dust on my TV on DVD shelf have been pulled out to bide my time until we get 90 new shows a week again (Note:  Season 1 of Friday Night Lights is a permanent fixture in the 5-DVD changer, so I’ve been swapping out the other four slots with the shows below)!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer – I am currently on episode 7 of Season 2, and I couldn’t be happier.  I love re-living these episodes.  Yesterday, I saw the first episode with Oz in Sunnydale.  The first episode with Spike in Sunnydale.  Buffy and Angel’s Halloween misadventures with Xander as a military dude, and Cordelia as snarky as ever.  Was it just me, or were Joss and Co incredibly foreshadowy in these beginning seasons.  Willow with the rainbows all over her schoolbag, and random clothes.  Cordelia with the interest in Angel and Xander saying she’d never come between them, but remember how Cordelia was Angel’s second great love on Angel?  Maybe I’m just watching with a keener eye, since I’ve seen every episode at least 5 times already ha.  Thankfully, I have all 7 seasons on DVD, so I’ll be making my way through them as the winter doldrums/horrid-ness of Celebrity Apprentice continue.

Lost – I’m attempting to relive the first 3 Seasons so that I can remember what the frak I’ve seen on this show since the very beginning.  I’m almost through season 1 again, and I remember how amazing each and every episode was.  I’m not looking forward to season 2, because I’m a huge Anti-Michele-Rodriguez viewer, but we’ll see how my feelings have changed since I let season 2 sit, and I haven’t gone back to it since it was airing on ABC.  My goal is to have all episodes of Season 3 done by January 31, so that I am ready for Season 4 to blow me away.  That’s the hope, at least.

The Office (US Version) – Thanks to a wonderful Target sale, I’ve now got Seasons 1-3 of The Office and they’re so much fun to watch when I need a giggle.  You don’t need to watch all the episodes in long arcs to know what’s happening.  It’s just nice when I’ve watched 4 dreary episodes of Buffy to jump into a lighthearted episode of The Office to cheer me up!

Ugly Betty – I feel like I’d never seen the pilot, even though this is one of the only pilots from last year’s offerings that I had seen early.  Everyone is so much younger and everything was different.  I hated Daniel in the beginning.  As I watch Season 1, I’m falling head over heels in love with him.  Did anyone else notice the incredible out-of-order-ness of episodes 2 and 3 on the first disc?  Episode 2 airs with “previouslies” from Episode 3.  And then we see Episode 3 with “previouslies” from the pilot.  Interesting…I can’t wait for new episodes of season 2!

– After the incredible season 2 we just watched, I had to go back and relive season 1.  Each time I watch an episode, I cannot believe how much I love this serial killer and how I’m rooting for him.  The only weak link in the first season, for me, is Debra, but I really liked her in season 2, so hopefully she stays Season 2-awesome, and not Season 1-annoying in the next season!  And watching Season 1 makes me really mad that we’re done with the Dexter/Doakes dynamic!