February 7th is October 19th!! – Guest Post

Welcome the Lovely Jenn to Head Over Feels, everyone!  She posted a FANTASTIC piece about Community’s return on her blog yesterday.  And I thought she said it better than I ever could…she’s much better than me about keeping her rage and/or despair reined in. 😉 –Kim

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Well, folks, it has been officially announced that Community will return to our lives and small screens on February 7th, 2013 at 8PM.

I know what you’re thinking.

You’re thinking: “But… wait. That means the Halloween episode will air on Valentine’s Day.”

Yup.

You’re thinking: “But… wait. February 7th is a Thursday. That means we’re replacing 30 Rock, right? And that means we’ll be back in our old time slot, facing the same competition we have for the last three years.”

Yup.

And you’re also probably thinking: “But… wait. Thirteen episodes would take us into May, without any breaks. And the middle or end of May if we DID take weeks off. So that means we’re not getting a back nine.”

 Yup.

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A Head Over Feels Halloween

Posted by Kim

First of all, Sage and I were both incredibly lucky considering Hurricane Sandy.  Neither one of us lost power, even though Sage lost the internet for a brief time.  I feel sort of guilty that my biggest crisis was the fact that we got down to 1.5 bottles of wine by the end!  And like any good pop culture/TV Junkies, we passed the time by marathoning TV shows…Sage went with The West Wing and Being Human (The UK version naturally), while I went with some Classic Doctor Who (my first experience with Tom Baker!  I can see why people loved him so) and old school Grey’s Anatomy.  Not a bad way to pass the time.  Things are sloooooooowly getting back to normal here.  Subways are still out, so my office remains blissfully closed until further notice.  Yay!

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Second of all…HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

While we didn’t QUITE take Barney Stinson’s advice about slutting up for Halloween, Sage and I planned months ago to go as sassy versions of the Tenth and Eleventh Doctors.  Luckily, Sandy waited to strike AFTER our big Halloween plans!  We knew we wanted to go as SOMEONE from Doctor Who and we ultimately decided to go as Doctors, as we felt that there would be more pressure for accuracy had we gone as Rose or Donna Noble or Amy Pond.  I am pretty proud of our results!!

ALLONSY!!

Fezzes are cool.

We were also quite impressed with the pop culture cleverness of our friends at the party and of our friends on Twitter.  Peruse more Halloween Geekery after the jump!

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Your Weekly Dose of Rose and Ten Feels – Playlist Post #2

– Posted by Sage

Rose and Ten Forever

If you love and hate their precious faces in equal measure, they’re probably your OTP.

As promised, we’re devoting one post a week to spotlighting five songs on our awe-inspiring Rose and Ten playlistRead Kim’s first playlist breakdown post here. This week, I’m walking you through five more selections and why they’re reminiscent of the best OTP in all of time and space. Ugh, I could write about these two all the live-long day. Pop open your Spotify, queue up Rose and Ten, and get ready to re-feel all the feelings.

“Just Like Heaven” – The Cure

“‘Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick 
The one that makes me scream,’ she said 
‘The one that makes me laugh,’ she said 
And threw her arms around my neck 
‘Show me how you do it 
And I promise you I promise that 
I’ll run away with you 
I’ll run away with you.’
Spinning on that dizzy edge 
I kissed her face and kissed her head 
And dreamed of all the different ways I had 
To make her glow 
‘Why are you so far away?’ she said 
‘Why won’t you ever know that I’m in love with you 
That I’m in love with you.'”

In my weird brain, Robert Smith sat down with a pot of tea and decided to write a song about the Doctor and Rose Tyler. The first verse is pure Series 1. The Ninth Doctor was born out of war, and carries that cynicism and world-weariness on his back. And then Rose comes into his life – this blond bundle of curiosity, compassion, and joy. As MATT SMITH SAID TO ME ONCE, “seeing the universe alone is different to showing the universe and letting someone else experience it.” Things change for The Doctor as soon as he starts looking at the world through Rose’s eyes. I’ve always been partial to the theory that Ten is who he is because, when he regenerated, Nine was so in love with Rose and in awe that she basically sacrificed herself to save him. He’s always wanted to be better for her and now he has the opportunity to literally become the man she needs. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that, folks.

Cute lyrics, right? It’s all spinning around and magic tricks and love and fun. Right? RIGHT?

Then this:

“And found myself alone alone 
Alone above a raging sea 
That stole the only girl I loved 
And drowned her deep inside of me .”

It’s basically “Doomsday” set to music. Ugh. Let’s move on.

“Long Live” – Taylor Swift

“Long live all the mountains we moved
I had the time of my life fighting dragons with you
I was screaming, long live the look on your face
And bring on all the pretenders
One day, we will be remembered.”

“And you take a moment
Promise me this
That you’ll stand by me forever
But if God forbid fate should step in
And force us into a goodbye
If you have children someday
When they point to the pictures
Please tell them my name.”

In the special features on the Series 2 DVDs, David and Billie do a visual commentary for “Doomsday.” Even though they both admitted to being devastated by filming the goodbye, that wasn’t the last scene they shot together.

The last scene that David and Billie shot as the Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler was the final scene of “The Satan Pit.” They’ve materialized on a space station stuck in the orbit of a black hole; saved as many of the crew as they could; defeated what may have been the actual devil; and come close to actually dealing with how they feel. (“If they get back in contact – if you talk to Rose – just tell her…tell her…oh, she knows.”) They’re safely back in the TARDIS when crew member Ada asks, “You two…who are you?” The Doctor looks at Rose, smiles, and says, “Oh…the stuff of legend.”

They couldn’t get through it without crying.

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5000 Hits! Party Post Time!

Posted by Kim

As New York City braces for Hurricane Sandy, allow Sage and I to take a moment and squee.  5000 views of our blog in its first month!!!  I know Sage will agree with me when I say that starting this blog was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.  We say all the time that it would not have been nearly as much fun had we not done this together.  I’m so glad to be writing with such a brilliant partner and friend who not only understands all my feels but also inspires me everyday.  XOXO.

And to everyone who has taken the time over the past month to read and share THEIR feels, be it here on the blog or on Facebook or Twitter…THANK YOU!!  We love you all and look forward to sharing much much more with you.

And now…enjoy some party gifs.  I’m going to go get a few more bottles of wine.  I’m some how feeling that my current stash of 5 bottles won’t get us through this storm…

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“I hope no one minds if I live-tweet this bitch.” – Parks and Recreation Recap

Leslie and Ann costumes
Parks and Recreation
Season 5, Episode 5: Halloween Surprise, Director’s Cut
– Posted by Sage

Every day of our lives, we all make sacrifices to get us to where we know we need to be. Most of them are so tiny, we hardly notice them. We forgo an hour of extra sleep to make it to the gym. We’re nice to people we don’t particularly care for, because we want them to treat us well. This episode of Parks was about sacrifices that are not so tiny and the moment when we decide to give up things we want for the things we want more. Ron trades in his treasured peace and quiet for a real shot with Diane and her family. Ann gives up the comfort she finds in dependency to live a fuller life on her own. And Ben and Leslie…well, I’ll get to them.

Ron is still seeing single mom Diane (Lucy Lawless). She’s, like, the perfect Ron Swanson girlfriend: pretty, chill, and maybe secretly a warrior princess. She stops by the Parks department with her two adorable, wound-up daughters to invite Ron to come trick-or-treating with them. Andy can’t think of a better way to spend an evening, so he begs an invite too and demands that they go at primo candy time.

All is going relatively well on Halloween night, until Diane is called away on a “Vice-Principal Emergency,” leaving Ron and aspiring officer Dwyer alone with two little princesses. And one of their tiaras breaks. Fact of life: Sisters who are this close in age have to have THE EXACT SAME THINGS. If there isn’t two of everything, there will be no end to the tantrums. Problem-solver Ron knows how to fix this though – he breaks the other tiara. Now no one has one! Equality restored. Commence conniption. Even cool Diane gets a little riled when her crying children are returned to her. Ron doesn’t know how to apologize or doesn’t think he needs to. He’s almost ready to accept the end of something promising, just because the presence of her kids will complicate his life. April sees straight through the stoic Swanson face (“Oh my god, you are so sad.”) and suggests he make an effort to smooth things over. He shows up to Diane’s house with make-nice gifts (flowers, candy, grout cleaner), confesses his obvious unfamiliarity with tiny humans, and promises to work on it. Then he offers to teach them how to saw.

Now, on to the Surprise portion of “Halloween Surprise.” Spoilers beyond the cut. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

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Why I’m Breaking Up with Fringe, an Unpopular Opinion

– Posted by Sage

Severing ties with a series is not something I take lightly. In fact, I usually hang on too long. I’ll get through an entire season and realize that I wasn’t really paying all that much attention.

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Who’s Nancy Botwin married to now? Somehow, I missed that part.

JJ Abrams’s Fringe premiered on Fox in 2008 and is now in its final season.  I’ve dutifully kept up with it since the start, Hulu-ing on Saturday mornings to see which parallel universe or time warp Peter, Walter, and Olivia find themselves in that week. It’s the home stretch. And I’ve given up.

On paper, Fringe is made for me: Joshua Jackson, time travel, sexual tension, Michael Cerveris, and an obvious homage to The X-Files. Now, after four years, I have to admit to myself (and to you) that Fringe and I just never connected emotionally. Peter and Olivia are separated by a dimension? Meh. Astrid and Walter bond over lab work? Ehhhh.

Jennifer Lawrence Shrug

Oh well.

Also, I just have no earthly idea what’s going on anymore. What started out as a Monster-of-the-Week procedural with a hint of coming apocalyptic drama has reinvented itself so many times that I’ve completely lost track of the story. What universe are we in right now? What timeline? What ever happened to Fauxlivia and Walternate? I’m sure JJ has told us, but for the life of me, I can’t remember.

But none of the plot clusterfuck would matter, if only these characters prompted the teensiest emotional response. The Peter and Olivia love story has never felt urgent or vital. Peter and Walter’s strained and repaired father/son relationship is touching, but the show has gone back to that well so many times. Honestly, I was most invested in Olivia’s friendships with Lincoln and Charlie, who *spoilers*, are sadly no longer with us. Returning to The X-Files comparison, I’ll note that that the thread of that series also became tangled and impossible to follow in the later years. But character development and relationships remained crucial. I was so attached to Mulder and Scully that, for a time, I refused to watch the Doggett/Reyes episodes. That probably wasn’t the outcome Chris Carter intended, and I now think those seasons are some of the series’ best, but that’s how much I love those characters.

I’m sorry, Fringe and Fringies. I wanted to love it. I really did. But life is short and TV is great. It’s time to cut the fat, pare down the schedule, and move on to other things.

Peter Bishop

Why I’m Breaking Up with Fringe, an Unpopular Opinion

– Posted by Sage

Severing ties with a series is not something I take lightly. In fact, I usually hang on too long. I’ll get through an entire season and realize that I wasn’t really paying all that much attention.

Sleepy bunny

Who’s Nancy Botwin married to now? Somehow, I missed that part.

JJ Abrams’s Fringe premiered on Fox in 2008 and is now in its final season.  I’ve dutifully kept up with it since the start, Hulu-ing on Saturday mornings to see which parallel universe or time warp Peter, Walter, and Olivia find themselves in that week. It’s the home stretch. And I’ve given up.

On paper, Fringe is made for me: Joshua Jackson, time travel, sexual tension, Michael Cerveris, and an obvious homage to The X-Files. Now, after four years, I have to admit to myself (and to you) that Fringe and I just never connected emotionally. Peter and Olivia are separated by a dimension? Meh. Astrid and Walter bond over lab work? Ehhhh.

Jennifer Lawrence Shrug

Oh well.

Also, I just have no earthly idea what’s going on anymore. What started out as a Monster-of-the-Week procedural with a hint of coming apocalyptic drama has reinvented itself so many times that I’ve completely lost track of the story. What universe are we in right now? What timeline? What ever happened to Fauxlivia and Walternate? I’m sure JJ has told us, but for the life of me, I can’t remember.

But none of the plot clusterfuck would matter, if only these characters prompted the teensiest emotional response. The Peter and Olivia love story has never felt urgent or vital. Peter and Walter’s strained and repaired father/son relationship is touching, but the show has gone back to that well so many times. Honestly, I was most invested in Olivia’s friendships with Lincoln and Charlie, who *spoilers*, are sadly no longer with us. Returning to The X-Files comparison, I’ll note that that the thread of that series also became tangled and impossible to follow in the later years. But character development and relationships remained crucial. I was so attached to Mulder and Scully that, for a time, I refused to watch the Doggett/Reyes episodes. That probably wasn’t the outcome Chris Carter intended, and I now think those seasons are some of the series’ best, but that’s how much I love those characters.

I’m sorry, Fringe and Fringies. I wanted to love it. I really did. But life is short and TV is great. It’s time to cut the fat, pare down the schedule, and move on to other things.

Peter Bishop

Your Weekly Dose of Rose and Ten Feels

Posted by Kim

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Whenever I want to be reminded of the flawlessness of our Rose and Ten Playlist, I go to YouTube. Why, you may ask?  Because nine times out of ten I can find a fan video to any song featured on the playlist.  Which of course means that Sage and I are not the only ones who have had Doctor Who (or more specifically, Rose and Ten) feelings about certain songs.  Seeing these videos makes me feel less alone in my madness.  It’s nice.  Yes, I may still be as “mad as a box of cats“…but I am definitely not the only one.

We’re going to start spotlighting playlist songs once a week.  Obviously, there are spoilers for anything that has aired…so if you are new to Who or plan on watching Doctor Who in the near future (Samantha, I am talking to you) you may want to avoid this post.

“The Man Who Can’t Be Moved”, The Script

“Going back to the corner, where I first saw you…”

This was actually one of the very first songs we added to the playlist on the epic day of its creation.  For me, it really brought up the image of Ten going back to see Rose one last time in “The End of Time, Part Two”.  Can we discuss that moment?  It destroys me.  He knows he is about to regenerate and he goes back to see every single one of his companions, and he saves Rose Tyler for last.  And he finds her at a time where she has yet to meet him, so she has no idea who he is.  He’s just some guy who tells her on New Year’s Eve that he thinks she is going to have a really good year.  She has no idea that he’s the love of her life.  But he DOES know.  And Tennant’s FACE in that scene.  It’s marvelous.  He knows that she is going towards him and away from him all at the same time.  I can’t.   It’s too much.

“Cause if one day you wake up and find that you’re missing me and your heart starts to wonder where on this earth I could be…thinking maybe you’ll come back here to the place that we’d meet. And you’d see me waiting for you on the corner of the street…” (This also reminds me of their epic run towards each other in “The Stolen Earth”)

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