Television shows and Mini Series watched on DVD in 2006

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  • December
  • Six Feet Under - Season 5 : ****
  • Arrested Development - season 3 : ****
  • Arrested Development - season 2 : ****
  • Arrested Development - season 1 : ****
  • November
  • Carniv├ále - season 2 : ***1/2
  • September
  • Lexx - season 3, volume 4 : ***1/2 (rating for the whole series)
  • The Prisoner vol. 10 : *** (rating for the whole series)
  • The Office (UK) series one :***1/2
  • Lexx - season 3, volume 3 :rating withheld until end of season
  • Lexx - season 3, volume 2 :rating withheld until end of season
  • Lexx - season 3, volume 1 :rating withheld until end of season
  • August
  • Coupling - season four : ****
  • The Prisoner vol. 9 : rating withheld until end of series
  • The Prisoner vol. 8 : rating withheld until end of series
  • The Prisoner vol. 7 : rating withheld until end of series
  • The Prisoner vol. 6 : rating withheld until end of series
  • July
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season seven - episodes 14 - 22 : ***1/2
  • The Prisoner vol. 5 : rating withheld until end of series
  • The Prisoner vol. 4 : rating withheld until end of series
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season seven - episodes 1 - 13 : rating withheld until end of season
  • The Prisoner vol. 3 : rating withheld until end of series
  • Monk season two (episodes 9 to 16) : (Whole season rating) ***
  • June
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season six :***
  • Coupling - season three : ****
  • Lost - season one : ***1/2
  • May
  • 24 - season four :****
  • April
  • Queer as Folk - season four :***1/2
    So I didn't end up getting the sixth season of Buffy as I had hoped since it was mistakenly brought back to Ontario after my sister promised she would leave it behind. So it is off to the library and number 20 on the hold list. Fortunately I am basically next in line for a bunch of TV series that I am eagerly wanting to watch so I only had to wait a week for Queer as Folk to become available. Not quite as good as the last couple of seasons but this is still quality top notch television. And I laughed and laughed at the way they handled going to Toronto (where the show is actually shot) in one of the shows, it was hilarious.
  • March / April
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season five : ****
    A marvellous return to form almost as good as season two, a rewatch of both might make me flip there positions but for now I will keep the second season in it's top spot. I lot of things happened in this season and the ending screams out for starting the next season as soon as possible. Fortunately I should be getting it later today.
  • March
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season four : ***
    Overall I am enjoying these Buffy seasons but I can't help being disappointed that they can't seem to live up to season two. Also I am not sure if I might have been better to watch Angel simultaneously with this season as there was obviously some crossover in some of the stories.
  • February / March
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season three : ***
    This season didn't quite live up to season two, which I liked much better. I guess I wasn't really impressed with the central story this season. Neither the Mayor or Faith really did that much for me, and I was a bit disappointed with the season's end as well. Still an enjoyable show I just hope its not all downhill from here. I believe I have heard that season five is the best so I am hoping for a return to form in the season's to come.
  • February
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season 2 : ****
    Well I got this much sooner then expected, my sister lent us the 2nd and 3rd seasons after we returned the 1st one. I liked this season a lot more then the first. I think the main story arc was more interesting to me in this time then in the first season. Already started on season three!
  • January
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer - season 1 : ***
    My Sister has been a huge fan of this show since it first started, I on the other hand have watched an episode here or there but was never really drawn in. So a few years ago when she started buying all of the seasons on DVD I figured it would be a good time to find out what all the fuss was about. Of course when I asked to borrow it she had already lent the first season to a friend and then she usually works in another province 8 months of the year and then she came back for some work at home but I forget to ask for it and she heads off again until finally about two and a half or three years later I finally get to borrow it. And you know its not half bad. I must say that in an initial viewing experience I like Joss Whedon's Firefly much better but it is my understanding that Buffy gets better in the latter season's and I definitely liked enough of what I saw to explore a little farther. Hopefully it won't take another three years to borrow season two.
  • Jim Henson's The Storyteller : ***1/2
    Ah nostalgia, I have quite fond memories of these from when I originally watched them on TV during The Jim Henson Hour. Some of the stories are much better then the others but all nine are wonderful. The one story I remembered most (The Solder and Death) was also my favourite for this watching as well. I must say that Mr Henson left us much much to early.

"Mr Henson left us much much to early." Exactly. Listening to Harry Belafonte's "Turn The World Around" makes me cry every time.

I don't think I am familiar with that song, was it written about Jim Henson?

"Turn the World Around" was written by Harry Belafonte and performed during his guest appearance on The Muppet Show. As he tells it the song is based upon an experience with a Guinean griot. It is a performance of the highest order by two of the greatest movers for human rights and acceptance that we shall ever see.

Henson was forty-three years old at the time, Belafonte was fifty-two. A dozen years later the Henson family asked Belafonte to perform the song at Jim Henson's funeral service.

According to my recollection there were many unique Muppet Show events connected with the performance of "Turn the World Around." There was the only dissolve from backstage into an onstage performance as well as the only continuation of a musical number through the last commercial interruption. This means that the show ended without the closing theme.

There was also the Great Gonzo's first tuneful trumpet playing (longer than a single note, that is.) A happy, singing and dancing(!) Statler and Waldorf without a final joke. Harry Belafonte and not Kermit the Frog has the final word, "Goodnight, all." Finally, a set of beautifully designed African mask Muppets.

If you've seen it you remember it.

Harry Belafonte explains "Turn the World Around" to Fozzie Bear:
In a litle village I met with a story-teller. That storyteller went way back into African tradition and African mythology. He began to tell the story about the fire, which means the sun. About the water and about the earth.

Then he pointed out that all of these things put together turn the world around and that all of us, we're here for a very very short time. And in that time that we are here there really isn't any difference in any of us if we were to take time out to understand each other.

The question is: Do I know who you are? Do you know who I am? Do we care about each other? Because if we do, together we can turn the world around.

Turn the World Around - Harry Belafonte
(each verse repeats several times)
We come from the fire, living in the fire
Go back to the fire, turn the world around

We come from the water, living in the water
Go back to the water, turn the world around

We come from the mountain, living on the mountain
Go back to the mountain, turn the world around

Oh, oh so is life
Ah, ha so is life

Do you know who I am?
Do I know who you are?
See we one another clearly?
Do we know who we are?

Oh, oh so is life
Abatwa ha! so is life

Water make the river, river wash the mountain
Fire make the sunlight, turn the world around

Heart is of the river, body is the mountain
Spirit is the sunlight, turn the world around

We are of the spirit, truly of the spirit
Only can the spirit turn the world around

Oh, oh so is life
Abatwa ha! so is life

The song also contained a number of firsts for me personally. "Turn the World Around" was in 5/4, the first song I ever heard that wasn't in 4/4 or 3/4 (6/8.) It was the first time I heard either a djembe or a tama. And it was the first time that I had heard of Harry Belafonte.

Civil rights activist over five decades, best-selling musical artist, actor and model (he is gorgeous to look at) Belafonte has had an uncompromising career like no other. The first interracial sign of affection on American network television, the conception and impetus behind the "We Are The World" recording effort and, just last week, a stinging criticism of the current American administration he has not rested and he will not be moved.

On the sad day when Harry Belafonte finally passes every obituary of his will include mention of his performance of "Turn the World Around" with what he called "the greatest group of singers I've ever worked with, the Muppets."

I do remember the performance, just not the name of the song. After asking my question I did a search and realized which song it was you meant. I did not realize that it was performed at Henson's funeral though.

I assume that it wasn't as searing a performance for you as it was for me. I also assume that the impression it did make was memorable.

Harry Belafonte recently made some "controvertial statements" and then appeared on CNN to "explain." His exchange with Wolf Blitzer reminded me of Belafonte's fearless integrity. He didn't back down one inch. I wish that members of the American administration had the courage to appear on television in a similar forum.

It also made me wish that the MSM held politicians to account over their words and, more importantly, their deeds just as vigorously as they do an entertainer in his seventies. And it made me wish that Wolf Blitzer was asking members of the Bush administration about the substance of Belafonte's charges and not just covering the controversy.

It is akin to covering the Great Chicago Fire and concerning oneself solely with the flames and not the effect the flames are having on people, buildings and so on.

Glad you're digging Buffy. Best TV show ever! :-D

(Though Firefly and Angel are extremely close runners-up.)