Once Upon A Time (season 5)

When “Once Upon A Time” started back in 2011 I absolutely loved it. That first season was so much fun. I loved the heroes and I loved the villains (Regina aka the Evil Queen is awesome). Unfortunately seasons 2 and 3 weren’t quite as enchanting, but I kept watching in the hopes that the show would recapture that spark that made it so enjoyable in the beginning. I rarely give up on shows after I’ve gotten invested in them, even when I probably should. There have been exceptions, of course, but I generally soldier on until the show is cancelled and finally put out of its misery. Luckily everything started to turn back around in season 4 of “Once Upon A Time”. The first half of the season included characters from “Frozen” which was just OK, but the second half of the season revolved around the villains. That’s when it got fun again. And season 5 has been great so far. It’s definitely one of my favorite shows this year (probably second to “Doctor Who,” but I’m sure that’s not a surprise). I’ve just got my fingers crossed that “Once Upon A Time” continues to be so entertaining.

As a side note, the actor and actress that play Snow White and Prince Charming on “Once Upon A Time” are also off-screen husband and wife. I read somewhere that they are big Disney fans, which I greatly admired. Then one day this spring I saw them at Disneyland with their new baby! I was star struck, but I didn’t want to bother them by being a fangirl. So I just watched as they walked past me. Imagine seeing Snow White and Prince Charming at Disneyland!

Thank goodness for technology

Thank goodness for technology. I was getting caught up on this season of “Arrow” this afternoon when I accidentally deleted the most recent episode before watching it. Oops! Obviously I still have some things to learn about my DVR. Luckily cable TV providers aren’t the only game in town anymore. (Actually the first place I looked for the episode was Time Warner’s On Demand catalog, but it wasn’t there. Two strikes for cable TV.) Instead I turned to my iPad. It only took a few minutes to download the CW app and start watching last week’s episode. Not too many years ago I would have had to wait for summer reruns to see whatever I’d missed! But now with readily available episodes of just about every television show you could ever want to see streaming online, my little DVR mistake made no difference at all. I love it! I’ve been under a lot of pressure at work lately and watching TV when I get home each evening helps me unwind. Unfortunately it also keeps me from getting an optimal number of chores done around the house, but it’s a small price to pay for stress relief. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to relax and watch Sunday’s “Once Upon A Time” before going to bed!

90’s guilty pleasure

“My heart is in my hands
My head is in the clouds
My feet have left the ground
My life is turning around and round
And every voice inside my head is telling me to run like mad
Oh bows and arrows, stars and sunsets
hey hey hey yeah, hey hey hey yeah
Every heartbeat, every kiss just
Makes me wonder what all this is
Suits of armor, hearts and arrows
Hey hey hey ye-eah!”

“Run Like Mad,” Jann Arden

“Ugh, why am I watching ‘Dawson’s Creek’ for the first time in ages? My intellectual level momentarily took a turn for the worst when I stopped channel surfing at the WB network. I think I am just trying to avoid the inevitable astrodynamics project that I should be working on.”
04/05/00 webpage post

I was in college when “Dawson’s Creek” premiered, but I didn’t start watching it then. Mostly because I didn’t have reliable access to a television until my junior year, but I also seem to remember wanting to avoid such a clich├ęd teenage drama. I was already basically living one myself! But when we got cable in our rooms in my sorority house and my roommate started watching it on her TV I was kind of stuck. And the wildly popular WB show was just as cheesy as I’d always feared. But that didn’t stop it from becoming my guilty pleasure! The relationship storyline was just too compelling! Who would Joey pick? Dawson or Pacey? Everyone had an opinion! It was just the kind of escapist television that I needed after a long day of classes, club meetings, seemingly endless homework, and sorority ridiculousness. One of my roommates even had a poster of Joshua Jackson on the ceiling above her bed!

But what I wanted to write about today is the “Dawson’s Creek” theme song. Earlier this week I was getting ready for work in the morning and I saw that “Dawson’s Creek” was on ABC Family. So of course I had to watch it for old times’ sake. And at the beginning of the episode I noticed something was different – the theme song! Everyone who ever watched even a single episode of the WB juggernaut back in the day knows that it was Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait” that heralded the beginning of an hour of teen angst. The show and the song were practically synonymous. But these days it’s been replaced by Jann Arden’s “Run Like Mad” in syndication (an on Netflix when the show was available for streaming). Apparently this was originally intended to be the opening credits song, but it was replaced at the last minute with something newer and more popular. It’s a shame because I actually love “Run Like Mad,” but it was never a full length song so I can’t buy it and put it on my running playlist. I guess I’ll just have to catch the 45 seconds of it that do exist on ABC Family reruns!