5 Fandom Friday: My Apocalypse Dream Team

This weeks 5 Fandom Friday topic was thought up by Kendall Ashley of Distracted Blogger and it couldn’t be more suitable for an October topic.  Halloween is in the air and Fear the Walking Dead has been airing so a potential apocalypse is a thing most people start seriously considering again.  Escape routes and food preparation are all well and good but it’s your apocalypse team that’ll really determine whether you make it or break it.  When I hear the word apocalypse my mind immediately jumps to zombies so that’s why I’ve chosen the folks I listed below.  In order to be a part of the team I’ve drafted, there would have to be some kind of really special thing that happens to me before the apocalypse strikes because otherwise I could never have the best of the best just banding together to protect little old me.

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1. Buffy (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) – If Buffy’s zombie slaying skills are anything like her vampire slaying skills I would not stray far from her in a crisis.  She’s has years of experience and training under her belt and I would feel completely comfortable putting my life in her hands and following her direction and if you think otherwise then you might need to get your head checked.

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2.  Black Widow (Marvel Comics) – Natasha is well trained in martial arts and her weapons skills are a force to be reckoned with so I think Black Widow is a no-brainer when it comes to wanting to survive.  Plus, if she could introduce me to my Spider-Man once things got sorted out I would be forever grateful.

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3.  Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) – Katniss is yet another badass female that I would trust completely on my Apocalypse dream team.  She has a strong moral compass and her physical and mental abilities are equally up to par.  I might also ask her for some archery lessons between running from campsite to campsite.

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4. Shane Walsh (The Walking Dead) – If you haven’t been following me since The Walking Dead started airing on AMC, you may not know just how much I love Jon Berthnal’s character Shane (I assure you that my feelings toward Robert Kirkman’s comic book Shane are VERY different).  I’ve defended him time and time again and I will continue to do so.  He thought Rick was dead.  He took Lori and Karl under his wing as his family and did what was best for them.  He was the guy making all the tough decisions before Rick finally stepped up to the plate (that honestly took FOREVER) and if it weren’t for Shane Walsh that group of people would’ve died long ago. Kristin and I even made our own Team Shane t-shirts during Season 1.

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5.  The Winchesters (Supernatural) – If we’re dealing with demons of some sort, I definitely want these guys on my side.  If not, they’re the perfect end of the world eye candy so it’s really a win-win situation any way you look at it.  Also I really wanted to include this gif because it makes me smile uncontrollably. DEAN<3

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Kristin

12 Best Christmas Themed Episodes on TV

Christmastime is hands down my favorite time of the year.  I always do everything I possibly can to enjoy each moment of the holiday season before it ends and I’m forced to wait until next year to celebrate again.  Some of my favorite traditions include helping my mom bake Christmas cookies (this year we baked gingerbread cookies, raspberry thumbprint cookies, pecan danties, almond crescents, butter cookies, and rainbow cookies in Christmas colors), driving around aimlessly to admire all of the festive lights, watching some of my favorite movies (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Elf, A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Santa Clause, Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer, It’s a Wonderful Life, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Home Alone, Love Actually), enjoying way too many of Starbucks’ gingerbread lattes while visiting all of the holiday shops and Christmas trees set up around New York City, reading some of my favorite stories (Nicholas Was… a short story by Neil Gaiman, Batman Noel [which Jen & I just did a Super Villains Comic Book Club episode about], Polar Express, Tim Seeley’s Hack/Slash Christmas issue and Christmas Trees by Robert Frost), decorating everything in sight from my house to my desk and even my car, and loudly singing along to the Christmas music I grew up listening to (as Buddy the Elf says, “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear).  Well this post has turned into a list of all of the Christmas entertainment I love, but the purpose was to focus on television episodes.  Below are my 25 favorite Christmas themed television episodes in no particular order!
1) Buffy the Vampire Slayer – ‘Amends’ (Season 3, Episode 10) – Amends is the only Christmas episode of Buffy that was made in all eight seasons.  In this episode Angel is haunted by his past by the forces of the The First Evil, and Buffy struggles to get rid of the Bringers.  The episode ends with a beautiful snowfall in Sunnydale.
2) Batman: The Animated Series – ‘Christmas with the Joker’ (Season 1, Episode 2) – The Joker escapes from Arkham Asylum on Christmas Eve on a Christmas tree and begins to wreak havoc in Gotham.  He kidnaps Commissioner Gordon, Barbara Gordon, and Harvey Bullock, and the gives Batman and Robin until midnight to save them.
3) Doctor Who – ‘A Christmas Carol’ & ‘The Doctor, The Widow & The Wardrobe’- In ‘A Christmas Carol,’ my favorite Doctor, the charming number Eleven, attempts to save his companions Rory and Amy who are trapped on a space liner in a strange cloud belt.  The Doctor has to convince the Scrooge, Kazran Sardick, to help and he does so by trying to change his past and make him into a nicer person.  The following years’ special ‘The Doctor, The Widow, & The Wardrobe,” is a Narnia-esque fairy tale in which two children happen upon a present the leads to an alternate universe.  The universe is inhabited by a bunch a treelike people who are attempting to escape through a human vessel.
4) Supernatural – ‘A Very Supernatural Christmas’ (Season 3, Episode 8) – Sam and Dean chase a pair of Pagan gods who have assimilated themselves to society but still require a yearly sacrifice.  The pair sell Christmas wreaths which ultimately ties them to the murders.  All of their victims are mysteriously pulled up their chimneys before disappearing forever.
5) Tales From the Crypt – ‘And All Through the House’ (Season 1, Episode 2) – The episode begins with a woman murdering her husband in order to get his life insurance money.  Afterwards she is chased all through her house by an escaped mental patient who is dressed in a Santa Claus outfit.
6) Smallville – ‘Lexmas’ (Season 5, Episode 9) – Lex Luthor, one of my favorite characters on Smallville, is shot and he slips into a coma.  During the time he is unconscious he is visited by his deceased mother’s ghost and she shows him what his life would be like if he denounced his father Lionel.  Lex sees himself happily married to Lana who is pregnant with their second child.
7) Adventure Time – ‘Holly Jolly Secrets Parts 1 & 2’ (Season 3, Episodes 19-20) – In which, Fin and Jake find the Ice Kings video diary and try to decipher it in an effort to discover the Ice King’s deepest secret.  In part 2 of the special, the Ice King tries to steal his video diaries back from Fin and Jake.
8) The X-Files – ‘How the Ghosts Stole Christmas’ (Season 6, Episode 6) – Mulder and Scully spend their Christmas Eve investigating a haunted house in Maryland where a couple had made a lover’s pact and died together so they would never have to be alone.  Now the ghosts of the dead lovers are trying to convince the new living couple who move into the house to make the same pact.
9) Kim Possible – ‘A Very Possible Christmas’ (Season 2, Episode 16) – Kim is forced to travel around the world searching for Ron after a very thoughtful Christmas gift he plans for Kim goes awry.  Ron and Drakken bond over a Christmas special they both love called Snowman Hank, and Kim and the rest of the Possibles save the day.
10) The OC – ‘The Best Chrismukkah Ever’ (Season 1, Episode 13) – In this very Seth Cohen centric episode, Seth struggles to keep his family together by celebrating Chrismukkah, a holiday he invented as a child which combines Christmas and Hanukkah.  Meanwhile, Seth is also struggling to choose between Anna and Summer.  He makes the same mixtape for them while Anna gives him a homemade  comic book starting Seth as the hero, and Summer dresses up as Wonder Woman.
11) 3rd Rock From the Sun – ‘Jolly Old St. Dick’ (Season 2, Episode 12) – The High Commander played by John Lithgow, prepares his alien family for their first Christmas on Earth by cutting down a Christmas tree from someone’s yard which results in his arrest.  Meanwhile Sally gets a job wrapping presents at the mall, and Harry as one of Santa’s elves.  Although, Harry becomes enraged when he discovers that he is not in fact working for the real Santa.
12) The Big Bang Theory – ‘The Bath Item Gift Hypothesis’ (Season 2, Episode 11) – Shledon, already skeptical about the holiday season claiming that Christmas is just a ripoff of the Pagan holiday Saturnalia, has always been against gift giving.  Once he learns that Penny has gotten him a gift, he struggles to find something for her that will be worth an equal value.  Once he learns what Penny’s gift is, Sheldon is uncharacteristically overcome with emotion, and it is the first time we see Sheldon embrace Penny in a hug.
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