Check out this new short film released by BBC! SPOILERS!
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Hello Whovians! I know everyone has their own take on what are the best Doctor Who episodes. Here are my top 5 Matt Smith episodes in no particular order.
1. “The Eleventh Hour”
When Tennant left, I felt particularly sad. He was “my” Doctor after all. But Matt Smith did not fail to make me smile and his regeneration was a nice change from the Doctor I knew and loved.
In “The Eleventh Hour” Smith’s dorky, old soul Doctor débuted (and so did Moffat’s grand Amy and Rory storyline that spanned 3 seasons). For the first time, it felt like Doctor Who was more about his companion, in this case a sassy young Amy. Amy first appears as a young girl who is the first to encounter the new incarnation of the Doctor. After some fish sticks and custard, the Doctor tells her to pack her bags because he’ll be back to whisk her away in the TARDIS. When the Doctor finally returns, Earth is under an alien attack and the young girl he left behind is all grown up. Amy’s life has revolved around the disappointing moment the raggedy man left her waiting.
What I like the most about this episode is the chemistry between Amy and the Doctor. Their bond is set from the beginning of her childhood and evolves throughout 3 seasons. Not only is the angle of DW cleverly changed, but it is also enhanced. The story of Amy (plus Rory) and the Doctor is one of true friendship. The Doctor is present through the various stages of Amy’s life like a real friend, and “The Eleventh Hour” is our own little glimpse into what will be just the start of their adventure.
2. “Vincent and The Doctor”
What is not to love about this episode. Vincent Van Gogh and the Doctor! The title says it all. In this episode, the Doctor and Amy visit a museum and see something strange in Van Gogh’s painting. They travel back in time to see what it was he drew.
They find that monsters are chasing the eccentric painter. Catch is: only Van Gogh can see the creatures. When the Doctor explores what is happening, it becomes clear Van Gogh isn’t crazy at all. This episode is entertaining and interesting. I was enthralled by the storyline and all the art references. For any art lover, this episode is an interesting take on what “really” happened to the painter. Maybe he wasn’t crazy after all.
3. “Pandorica Opens & The Big Bang”
I love Riversong! For that reason alone, this episode rocks. But what gets this two-parter on my top 5 is how much more we learn about Doctor. Although the Doctor is powerful as the only living Timelord, he is also susceptible to downfall. The Doctor seems larger than life after all he is a sexy alien that saves the galaxy from evils and injustices time and time again but there’s always one person that knows his vulnerabilities: his companion.
In this episode, Riversong summons the Doctor to the Pandorica where the most frightening creature of all is imprisoned. Following that lead from Riversong, the Doctor investigates Pandorica, only to find he’s been trapped by all of his enemies.
Like I mentioned before, Moffat focuses on the companion rather than the Doctor. In these episodes, we see how important his companion really is… His companion is the only person the Doctor completely trusts and it is through her eyes that we experience the story. But what happens if that bond is exploited? That question had perhaps never been asked to this extent. These two episodes are very fantastical in an outrageously fun and emotional way—very Whovian episodes. Plus, Roman Rory! Who wouldn’t want a dude to wait for you for thousands of years?
4. “Let’s Kill Hitler”
Well let’s see. You’ve got a time machine; I’ve got a gun. What the hell! Let’s kill Hitler.
And with that epic quote this episode won my heart. In this episode we meet Mel, Amy’s childhood best friend who always gets herself into trouble. She hijacks the TARDIS, so she can kill Hitler. But in true Who style, they all just ends up saving him (hello paradox!). After they save Hitler, they discover another plot to murder Hitler is already in place by a secret agency that can make human replicas and live inside them like a huge Google office inside a robot. When Hitler shoots Mel (as all this madness is occurring), she regenerates into…Hello Sweetie… Riversong! However, even though this looks like the Melody we know and love, she has a very different MO than just flirting with the Doctor. Riversong attempts to kill the Doctor by poisoning him with a kiss…. How femme fatale of her.
So the plot thickens. What role does Riversong play in the Doctor’s life? Why is she trying to kill him? And because we know they have a great bond in the future, what happens that changes her mind about killing him? This episode answers a lot of those questions and more. The special bond between Riversong and the Doctor develops into something that’s very distinct from that of the Doctor and his companions. This episode gives us a glimpse as to how Riversong’s love of the Doctor begins and why it becomes so pivotal to both of their lives.
5. “Asylum of the Daleks”
In this episode, Rory, Amy, and the Doctor are beamed onto a huge Dalek ship (they could have done this from the beginning to get rid of the Timelord #justsaying). As if this whole idea wasn’t terrifying enough, the Daleks summoned the Doctor so he can help destroy the asylum of the Daleks located in a world just below the Dalek ship. The Daleks say those other Daleks are incredibly dangerous and insane Dalek on Dalek crime is no joke. After the Daleks provide the Doctor with companions (Amy and Rory), they are forced to help the Daleks or else extermination yadda yadda. So the power of three is hurled onto the scary planet. Geronimo!!!
Best things about this episode: Rory and Amy are having marital issues and we don’t know why but we know the Doctor will fix it. The Doctor doesn’t understand what makes these Daleks “insane” and this idea of insane Daleks seems kind of redundant to everyone else too. We meet Clara who helps the 3 navigate through the asylum. We then find out that she’s…. BIG spoiler HERE…. a human who was converted into a Dalek. ßThis is a huge deal because she returns not once but twice—during two different time periods. The Doctor is completely perplexed as to who she is and how she could be in so many different places in time. We meet all the kooky Daleks that are nuts because of the Doctor. Plus, Eggs…Eggs…EggsTERMINATE….EXTERMINATE.
(Of course) “Angels Take Manhattan”
“The Wedding of Riversong”
“A Town Called Mercy”
“A Good Man Goes to War”
“The Impossible Astronaut & Day of the Moon“
What’s your favorite?
Bonus! Check out my favorite Tennant episodes: https://cubangalgonegeek.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/always-bring-a-banana-to-the-party-best-david-tennant-doctor-who-episodes/
For anyone who knows anything about me…lately, I have been seriously into Doctor Who (thank you Netflix for making it possible to watch 60 episodes in 3 months). Anyway, my favorite Doctor is the Tenth, David Tennant. Maybe he’s my fav because he’s my first (tee-hee) or maybe because he just simply knows how to rock the role of the quirky Timelord from Gallifrey perfectly. I think it’s the latter, but you know, Whovians may have a difference of opinion. Here are three of my favorite Tennant episodes (this was so hard!). Anyway…Allons-y, Alonso!
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“The Girl in the Fireplace” by Steven Moffat
There’s no easy way of summarizing this episode, but I can try to give you the highlights! Some scary aliens from a weird spacecraft are threatening Officer Ripley Madame de Pompadour, King Louis XV’s mistress. Just in time, the TARDIS lands inside the creepy stalker spacecraft, and the Doctor finds out about the shenanigans. The Doctor (besides being smitten by Madame de Pompadour) wants to save her from her odd alien stalkers. The Doctor has to find the right moment in her timeline to be able to save her. What this spaceship wants with the Madame, no one knows for sure, but the Doctor must help King Louis XV’s mistress make-out get away safe and sound.
This was the episode I fell in love with Tennant as the Doctor. It is evident that Tennant’s Doctor knows when to charm Madame de Pompadour, rave about inventing banana daiquiris, and relish in the decadence of French parties. But most importantly, Tennant exposes the emotional turmoil of the time traveler. “The Girl in the Fireplace” is the perfectly analogy of how a Timelord lives his life. Always trying to find the right instance in time, always out of sequence, always grasping for meaning, the Doctor can never carpe diem, for every day is not a day, but a bunch of jumbled up moments. Perhaps Moffat was foreshadowing his future plans for the Doctor’s romantic life with Riversong. Maybe, he was alluding to the Doctor’s inability to commit himself to Rose, but mostly, I believe he was exposing the audience to the Doctor’s failure to connect to anyone outside of the TARDIS. How impossible must it be for the Doctor to find the right moment in his own life when he knows no mortality or time, and even more impossible, would it be for him to meet someone that shares that same experience? The somber ending of “The Girl in the Fireplace” is a reminder that the Doctor cannot have a proper timeline—a real one with a beginning, a middle and an end. Tennant’s Doctor seamlessly conveys a quiet melancholy about the Timelord’s lonesome destiny that makes this episode heartbreakingly memorable
“Human Nature” and “Family of Blood” by Paul Cornell
The Doctor is human?! My fantasies have come true! “Human Nature” and “Family of Blood” take place in the 20th century in a small school, where the Doctor and Martha are hiding from the dangerous Family of Blood that wants to use the Doctor’s energy to prevent themselves from dying. In order to successfully dodge the bloodthirsty aliens, the Doctor uses the Chameleon Arch to turn himself into a human. However, the machine leaves him without any memory of who he really is: a kickass Timelord that needs to save the universe and hates pears. The only person who knows his true identity is Martha, and she is too busy admiring the Doctor’s cute arse under strict orders not to reveal the Doctor’s identity until the precise moment before the danger reaches its climax (the Doc’s memories are inserted into a watch that she must give to him at the right moment).
What’s interesting about this storyline is that it is less sci-fi and more drama. Both episodes mostly focus on the Doctor’s inner-turmoil as he tries to figure out his identity and destiny. As a human being, the Doctor is merely a professor, who falls in love with his coworker. He is no more different than Martha, Rose, or Donna. His story is simple and realistic. The Doctor feels like humans do and has the possibility of living a normal human life. As much as the Doctor loves his human form, we (the audience and Martha) know it will not last. Tension builds as the Doctor’s impending heartache becomes evident. And as the memories of his identity start seeping through in the form of series of sketches and stories the Doctor starts logging in a journal, the realization that his happy human form is an illusion becomes increasingly apparent to himself and everyone around him. And one question remains after the aliens are gone and the Doctor goes back to the TARDIS: Can the Doctor ever be happy and fulfilled as a Timelord?
“Blink” by Steven Moffat
Don’t blink. Don’t even blink. Blink and you’re dead. They are fast, faster than you could believe, don’t turn your back, don’t look away, and don’t blink. Good luck.
This is possibly the most iconic episode of Doctor Who since the new series began. And it is rather awesome indeed! Although Tennant is barely in “Blink”, his terrific dialogue is a pop culture reference. This episode follows Sally Sparrow as she ducks tries to understand what is going on in her wacky life. Let’s see what;s going with Sally….scary statue angels are coming to life, her best friend has gone missing, and the DVDs she watches contain a bizarre “Easter Egg” (that is seemingly talking directly to her).
Moffat’s “Blink” is brilliantly acted, but mostly, it is the thrilling, scary, and engaging plot that mesmerizes the Who audience. Moffat demonstrates that Doctor Who can be frightening as well as magical. I won’t ruin this one too much for you, but what really rocks is the way this episode defines time and time travel. It really dives into the Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey and follows up with an interesting paradoxical ending. After “Blink”, you won’t close your eyes anywhere near a statue again… guaranteed.
And yes there are more amazing Tennant episodes that I honorably mention below. What’s your favorite Tennant Who episode?
Some MORE of my favorites:
“The End of Time”
“Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead”
“Voyage of the Damned”
“The Planet of the Ood”
“Love & Monsters”
“The Christmas Invasion”
“The Idiot’s Lantern”
Finally! This Top 20 list took me a while to compile and write. I carefully chose some of the geekiest crushes I have had (and some I know my friends have had) and tried to make a list that was universal and versatile. I didn’t discriminate cartoon or video game characters as you’ll see. So please do take a gander, comment, or just agree to disagree. Either way, I hope it’s as entertaining for you to read as it was for me to write. Special thanks to Gricel and Edward who helped me write a few of the crushes I wasn’t too familiar with. 🙂 Cheers!
# 20 Tuxedo Mask (Voiced by Rino Romano, Toby Proctor and Vince Corazza)
Tuxedo Mask is a sort of gateway drug into the world of animanga boy crushes. Not only does Tuxedo Mask fit the gallant, masked crusader role, he’s a man of independent means. How many teenage boys do you know who own their own apartment and have top grades? He’s the kind of guy every high school aged manga/anime geek girl dreams about. Who doesn’t love a guy with roses for weapons?
Tuxedo Mask: When you’re uncertain or worried, I’ll be there for you. I may have no power, but you called me here to you. If you need me… …I’ll give you… the strength of my soul.
#19 Big Pete and Little Pete (Mike Maronna and Danny Tamberelli)
The Adventures of Pete and Pete
Pete and Pete are some delightful gingers. Growing up, Pete and/or Pete showed me how cute redheads with freckles can be. After they spent that whole summer trying to find Mr. Tastee and being scared of their shrinking shadows, I knew just how awesome they really were. I think they might have been the original hipsters with their tats, flannel, grungy look, and odd sensibilities. Not only did they make Petunia dance, they made my heart dance.
Older Pete Wrigley: She’s a girl, and she’s my friend, but she’s not my girlfriend.
Younger Pete Wrigley: Now begins the Age of Pete!
#18 Zack Morris (Mark-Paul Gosselaar)
Saved by the Bell
Time out! Zack Morris was the first man that bamboozled his way into my heart, so of course, he had to be on the list. Obviously, this isn’t the geekiest of crushes, but hey, Zack is pretty cheesy … it has to count for something. Besides, what other Bayside alum could get higher SAT scores than Jessie Spano, manage the Hot Fudge Sundaes, and still take Kelly to the Prom (Damn that Jeff from the Maxx. I’ll never forgive you, home wrecker!).
Kelly: Why aren’t you at the prom?
Zack: Oh, is that tonight? Gosh, I must have forgotten?
Kelly: There must have been 100 girls who would love to go with you.
Zack: Actually 106.
#17 Alistair (Voiced by Steve Valentine)
For anyone who has played the DND-like video game, Dragon Age, Alistair is probably one of your favorite companions. His awkward virgin ramblings, offbeat comedy, and sweet nature are charming even in the middle of an epic battle. And if you are so lucky, you can romance this handsome Grey Warden and share a tent with him. I know my elf was more than happy to see him in his boxer briefs (didn’t know those were around in Ferelden, but I guess so).
Alistair: That’s what I’m here for. To deliver unpleasant news and witty one-liners.
#16 Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox)
Doctors are sexy. And who else would you love to be stuck on a creepy, fantasy island with other than Dr. Jack Shephard?! He knows how to lead a team; he has a hot temper and always tries to do the right thing. His five o’ clock shadow brings the girls to the Dharma Initiative yard.
Kate Austen: Kind of stinks, huh?
Jack Shephard: What that?
Kate Austen: Being told not to come along. Now you know what it’s like to be me.
Jack Shephard: Does that mean I should wait 20 minutes and go anyway?
Kate Austen: Touché.
#15 Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie)
I don’t need to explain this one too much: David Bowie, Muppets, magic, and David Bowie. His crazy hair and crystal balls juggling act was just to much awesome for one movie. So, he is an evil kidnapper? We all have flaws.
Sarah: Give me the child.
Jareth: Sarah, beware. I have been generous up ’til now. I can be cruel.
Sarah: Generous? What have you done that’s generous?
Jareth: *Everything*! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for *you*! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations. Isn’t that generous?
#14 Darth Vader (Voiced by James Earl Jones)
Star Wars IV, V, VI
Like bad boys? Darth Vader is the definitive bad boy. He might be the greatest and most recognizable Jedi gone rogue, so you better believe he’ll bring your heart to the Dark Side. And sure, he might be overambitious (really, a DEATH star?!), but alas, there’s nothing sexier than a man with a lightsaber and an evil plan.
Darth Vader: I find your lack of faith disturbing.
#13 Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård)
This tall, blonde, scruffy Nordic vamp gets on the list because of his dashing good looks and badass attitude. Eric is perhaps one of the best characters in the True Blood series. He has all the traditional sexy vampire characteristics, but there is more to him that meets the eye. His sweet feelings for Sookie and tragic past experiences give him depth while making him even sexier….It was love at first bite.
Sookie Stackhouse: [In reference to Godric] He’s your maker, isn’t he?
Eric Northman: Don’t use words you don’t understand.
Sookie Stackhouse: You have a lot of love for him.
Eric Northman: Don’t use words I don’t understand.
#12 Scott Pilgrim (Michael Cera)
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Well, for me it’s a no-brainer that Michael Cera had to be somewhere on this list. He has so many unforgettable geeky and cute roles. However, perhaps the most iconic of his characters is Scott Pilgrim. As he fumbles awkwardly into your heart, Scott Pilgrim also fights until the death with your evil exes. Ah, nothing like devotion you can measure in coins and 1ups.
Scott Pilgrim: You once were a ve-gone, but now you will be-gone.
Todd Ingram: Ve-gone?
# 11 Brodie (Jason Lee)
We’ve all been there… gone out with guy that was straight out of a Kevin Smith movie a little self-absorbed and childish. Yet, there is something amazingly charming about Brody in Mallrats. Perhaps it’s his witty, sardonic nerdy speak that keeps you wanting more. Or maybe you love men that are outspoken about children playing on escalators. Either way, with his quiet desperation about his break-up and hilarious monologues, Brody definitely makes the list of one my top geeky crushes.
Brodie: You’re gonna listen to me? To something I said? Hasn’t it become abundantly clear during the tenure of our friendship that I don’t know shit?
#10 Edward Scissorhands (Johnny Depp)
Someone with the sort of enigmatic charm as Edward Scissorhands possesses is a dream come true for an angsty teen girl. Edward Scissorhands is a bewildered, silent creation that gets thrown into a world he can’t fit into to, and his only connection to this new world is his love of Winona Ryder a striking blond beauty that is seemingly perfect. He is indeed the perfect emo crush: gangly, awkward and ridiculously handsome. And don’t forget, he can make a landscape art inspired by you. HAWT.
Bill: So Edward, did you have a productive day?
Edward: Mrs Monroe showed me where the salon’s going to be.
[turns to Peg]
Edward: You could have a cosmetics counter.
Peg Boggs: Oh, wouldn’t that be great!
Edward: And then she showed me the back room where she took all of her clothes off.
#9 Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen)
Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Whether as a ranger, hobbit-minder, or king, Aragorn is a LoTR fangirl’s dream crush. He’s a one-woman sort of man, falling in love with Arwen at first sight despite her being a highborn elf and he a mortal human. A fierce warrior, he’s at all the major battles in the fight for Middle-Earth, but his ultimate reward is getting to live out the rest of his days with Arwen. It’s a fairy tale sort of crush. What elvish girl wouldn’t give up immortality for him? Plus, isn’t a sweaty Viggo exactly what the doctor ordered?
Arwen: Do you remember when we first met?
Aragorn: I thought I had wandered into a dream.
Arwen: Long years have passed. You did not have the cares you carry now. Do you remember what I told you?
Aragorn: You said you’d bind yourself to me, forsaking the immortal life of your people.
Arwen: And to that I hold. I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone.
[hands him her pendant]
Arwen: I choose a mortal life.
Aragorn: You cannot give me this.
Arwen: It is mine to give to whom I will. Like my heart.
#8 Captain Kirk (William Shatner)
What makes Kirk crush-worthy? One word: Sex. Kirk had the first interracial kiss on television with Lt. Uhura, he’s made out with a green lady alien, doctors, lawyers, he even traveled to the past and “hooked up” with a female biologist, simultaneously bringing back the whale population on Earth, since they were extinct by Kirk’s time; thereby, saving the Earth from destruction and restoring a species. How’s that for sexy?
Capt. Kirk: Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.
#7 Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)
Harry Potter (all of them!)
You couldn’t wait ‘til he turned 18—for totally harmless reasons of course! Harry Potter is a cute little nerd with magic. It would be any little girl’s dream to have him as a friend or a boyfriend. For my squealing inner 12-year-old girl, Harry Potter is a must-have on this list, and it isn’t just the butter beer talking. 😛
Ollivander: He’s after you, Mr. Potter. You really don’t stand a chance.
Harry Potter: I suppose I’ll have to kill him before he finds me.
#6 Garrus Vakarian (Voiced by Brandon Keener)
Mass Effect Trilogy
Anyone who has ever played as female Shepard in the famous RPG, Mass Effect knows all about the lovable Turian, Garrus Vakarian. I know I’m not the only person that can look past his rough exoskeleton and appreciate the sarcastic, dark, and ever-so loyal Garrus. And that voice! His sexy, raspy voice puts a spell over me. He can talk calibrations with me anytime.
Commander Shepard: So when should I book the room?
Garrus Vakarian: I’d wait if you’re OK with it. Disrupt the crew a little as possible. Take that last chance to find some calm just before the storm. You know me, always like to savor that last shot before popping the heatsink.
Garrus Vakarian: Wait… that metaphor just went somewhere horrible.
#5 Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch)
Being a lit geek, I automatically fall in love with every sexy British literary character, but I must say BBC’s Sherlock is by far my fav literary crush. This extremely clever, sarcastic, obsessive psychopath genius is everything I would want in a freelance detective and in an unattainable crush. Someone that is so smart and so completely emotionally void poses a challenge sure, but challenges can be intriguing and entertaining. Take me to 221B Baker Street, stat! My heart is Sherlocked!
Sherlock Holmes: It’s obvious, isn’t it?
John Watson: It’s not obvious to me.
Sherlock Holmes: Dear God. What is it like in your funny little brains? It must be so BORING.
#4 Lee Adama aka Apollo (Jamie Bamber)
One word: Towel. Apollo is by far the sexiest member of BSG. With his awesome leadership skills and sexy come-hither stares, Lee Adama makes me wish I were battling Cylons on Galactica. I’ll be his Starbuck anytime… as long as he promises not to hide his killer bod under a fat suit. K? Thanks.
President Laura Roslin: You are the right one, Lee. You have always been the right one. My only concern about you is that you’re so hellbent on doing the right thing that you sometimes don’t do the smart thing.
Lee Adama: Well, I’ll try to be smarter, and wronger.
#3 Special Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny)
If you are anything like me, I started watching The X-files for the aliens and stayed for the Mulder. Agent Mulder, with his brown shiny hair and nerdy love of all things alien is exactly who you would want to rescue you from scary space invaders. And of course his sex appeal goes up a notch whenever you think of the crazy sexual tension between Mulder and his beautiful partner Scully. Yes, I believe!…in Fox Mulder.
Special Agent Fox Mulder: Whatever happened to playing a hunch, Scully? The element of surprise, random acts of unpredictability? If we fail to anticipate the unforeseen or expect the unexpected in a universe of infinite possibilities, we may find ourselves at the mercy of anyone or anything that cannot be programmed, categorized or easily referenced.
[Pops a sunflower seed into his mouth]
Special Agent Fox Mulder: What are we doing up here, Scully? It’s hotter than hell.
#2 Doctor (David Tennant)
Alons-y! David Tennant makes any Whovian gush with his version of the Doctor. This Doctor’s whimsical attitude, delightful jokes, emotional unavailability kind heart, and boyish good looks make him a geek girl’s dream come true. Don’t you just want to ruffle his hair and hop on his TARDIS? Oh, if only I was as lucky as Madame de Pompadour, Rose, Martha, Donna… (the list goes on)!
Tenth Doctor: I’m the Doctor. I’m a Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey in the constellation of Kasteroborous. I’m 903 years old. And I’m the man who’s gonna save your life and the lives of all 6 billion people on the planet below. You got a problem with that?!
#1 Han Solo (Harrison Ford)
Star Wars IV, V, VI
Who doesn’t love a bad boy? Han Solo is the ultimate crush for any geeky gal. This Star Wars bounty hunter is the quintessential rebel with a heart of gold. Those big beautiful eyes and pouty lips would melt the heart of any gal in the galaxy. The best thing about Han is his confidence. Not only does he shoot Greedo first and doesn’t even flinch, he never apologizes for any of his other antics. Han Solo is just a regular space dude with a crazy amount of mojo and an insufferable need for danger. SWOON.
Princess Leia: I love you.
Han Solo: I know.
I’m ready to talk about some bloody British shows! I have obsessed over what to watch on my instant queue many times only to realize the Brits have taken over Netflix instant (and thank goodness). Shows like Dr.Who, The It Crowd, Dowtown Abbey, The Office, Sherlock, and Spaced are just a few of the Brit programs that are being offered on instant. I decided to take advantage of the free offerings and discovered two of the most enjoyable series that I should have watched a long time ago: Sherlock and Spaced.
Sherlock is a modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s iconic detective stories. In the series, Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his sidekick John Watson (Martin Freeman) solve unusual mysteries, just like in the Doyle stories. However, Sherlock adds its own elements of modernity. Holmes is a desensitized genius (some call a psychopath) and consulting detective who is completely antisocial and oblivious to anyone’s feelings. Watson is an Afghanistan vet who comes back from the war wounded physically and mentally (his walking with a cane plays a big role in his character development). Both men are completely isolated at the beginning of the series. It is only when Holmes and Watson agree to be flatmates that Holmes realizes he has found his new partner in solving crimes. The duo is hilarious together and has perfect chemistry which makes the running gay couple jokes all the funnier. The first season is only 3 episodes long, but each episode is like a mini-film running an hour and a half. This bite-size season is perfect—leaving the viewer wanting more while developing the story as a perfect segue into season 2.
Appealing to all things dorky, displaced, and young adult about me, Spaced won my heart immediately. It’s difficult not to love a series that stars Simon Pegg and Jessica Hynes, but it is really hard not to love a series that is laced with witty quips and quirky young characters. Spaced has dark humor (darker and geekier than the Brit sitcom Coupling) and is more in the realm of Seinfeld ratherthan Friends. The show centers on twenty-somethings, aspiring comic book artist Tim (Pegg) and aspiring writer Daisy (Hynes) who pretend to be a couple in order to rent a flat that is “for professional couples only.” These flatmates develop a friendship (and maybe more) that revolves around their fear of facing adulthood. They are accompanied by a variety of friends: an emo artist, a lecherous landlady, and a war-obsessed crossing guard to name a few. The full two seasons of Spaced are on Netflix Instant which is my main issue with the series…there are only two seasons. I wish I would have gotten to see more of Tim and Daisy and their Brit sexual tension—a tension that is exacerbated by Scrabble and bad poetry (when you watch the series, you’ll know what I mean). I can say that Spaced has been the most relatable sitcom I have watched since I have been in my twenties.
So next time you are browsing around your Instant Queue wondering what to watch next remember: Go Brit or go home! I have no idea what that means, but you should definitely watch Sherlock or Spaced when you get the chance.