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31 December 2008 @ 01:06 pm
I'm going to fail my degree because of this  
Hello flist! Remember me. I've been rubbish as per usual. My New Year's resolution is to be a better LJer though, so please stick with me and see how I do. To help you forgive me, I've created a massive 2008 overview to entertain you all. Enjoy.

It's time for the first annual 2008 random awards! Cheer people! A ridiculous amount of time has gone into this massive pic and video spam. So give it a read and tell me where you agree/disagree. Created for picspammy



Best New Female Character
Donna Noble
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God, where to begin? Donna was wonderful, which was a complete suprise to me. I had very low expectations given my dislike for Catherine Tate's comedy show and my apathy towards the character in Runaway Bride. As a very casual Doctor Who watcher (i.e. I love David Tennant) I was completely shocked at the depth of my love for Donna Noble. She was funny, she was fierce, she was heartbreakingly insecure and she was the perfect counterpoint for the Doctor. Her ending was, in my opinion, the worst thing Doctor Who has ever done to a character (more about that later). My brother thinks Doomsday is sadder, but my heart breaks ten times more for Donna Noble, supertemp.


Best Returning Female Character:
Runner up: Blair Wardorf

Joint Winners: Pam Beesly and Miranda Bailey


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I asked Tom and Pete to come early so we could play a prank on Jim at lunch. Pretty awesome, right? I think they're into the idea. They're probably thinking, "that Pam Beesly, she's the coolest sister-in-law on the planet. She's the best! The absolute best."

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Andrew: I’m the guy who dies in a block of cement to try to impress a girl. I’m like Han Solo...in Star Wars...he was encased in carbonite. Oh God, my poor, poor parents, how will they face going to the funeral?
Bailey: Okay Andrew, you’re going to make a lot of mistakes in your life, but mistakes, they’re just pieces. Like this is the foolish piece, but y’know, it’s just a piece. You need to be proud of the whole picture; the whole picture defines you, not just this one piece.
Andrew moans in pain
Bailey: Andrew, hey hey, listen to me, Han Solo was not a loser. Han Solo got encased in carbonite and that was a big mess, but that’s not what he’s remembered for. He’s remembered as the guy who made the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs , braved the sub zero temperatures of Planet Hath in order to save someone he cared about from the big ugly Wumpa. He’s remembered as the guy who swooped down at the last minute to blast Darth Vader out of the sky so Luke could use the force and destroy the damn Death Star. Princess Leia saved him from the carbonite and they fell in love and saved the universe and had twin Jedi babies that went on to save the universe again. Now that’s the whole picture; the carbonite is just a piece. Okay?
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So what, I like science fiction, anyone got a problem with that?

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These two have been my favourite female characters for pretty much as long as I can remember. No matter how bad Grey's is, Bailey is always fantastic, and The Office goes from strength to strength writing Pam.


Best New Male Character:
Prince Arthur

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“You’re dressed!”
“Nothing gets past you, does it Merlin?”


Hah, all the characters in Merlin are loveable, but I always enjoy Arthur centric episodes the most. He makes me laugh, especially when he's pointing out Merlin's buffoonary.

Best Returning Male Character:
Runners up: Robert Wilson, Alex Karev and Emerson Cod
Threeway Tie: Ned, Seeley Booth and Chris Miles


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Chuck: You do realise I can get new bees, I can make a new home for new bees
Ned You love these bees; "a happy hive's a happy home", and you can't be happy if you're dead...
Chuck; The last time I asked you to bring something back to life you said no.
Ned: That was your dad, that would have been weird if not actively traumatic.


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BOOTH: Could Bones have killed Kirby? Temperance Brennan – I've worked with this woman. I've stood over death with her, I've faced down death with her. And Sweets, he's brilliant, he is, but he's wrong. She could not have done this.
BARRON: I didn't ask you your opinion of Dr. Brennan's character. I asked you, did she have time?
(Booth looks to Brennan) BOOTH: Yes. She had time.


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Jal: I've been thinking about what Chris would have wanted me to say today. The advice he'd give me, which'd be something like, "Know what, babe? Fuck it. These guys know all about me. Tell them about someone else." So I thought I'd tell you about a hero of Chris's: a man called Captain Joe Kittinger. In 1960, climbing into a foil balloon, Captain Joe ascended 32 kilometres into the stratosphere. And then, armed only with a parachute, he jumped out. He fell for four minutes and thirty-six seconds, reaching seven hundred and forty miles per hour before opening his parachute five kilometres above the Earth. It had never been done before, and it's never been done since. He did it just because he could. And that's why Chris loved him; because the thing about Chris was, he said yes. He said yes to everything. He loved everyone. And he was the bravest boy— man—I knew. And that was—he flung himself out of a foil balloon every day. Because he could. Because he was. And that's why—and that's why we loved him



Best Hair:
Serena Van der Woodson

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How gorgeous is her hair? I get pangs of envy on regular occaisions when watching Gossip Girl, but none moreso than in this episode. Gah, it's stunning.


Most tragic plotline:
Donna loses her memory


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DONNA (in Turn Left): I’m nothing special; I’m a temp, no, not even that. I am nothing.
ROSE: Don't you see? Donna Noble, you're the most important woman in the world.

DONNA (in Journey's End: But why me?
NEW DOCTOR (like it's obvious): Cos you're special.
DONNA: Oh, I keep telling you, I'm not!
NEW DOCTOR: No, but you are. (looking at her as if he's just understanding) Oh. You really don't believe that, do you? I can see, Donna... what you're thinking. All that attitude. All that lip. Cos all this time... you think you're not worth it.
DONNA: Stop it!
NEW DOCTOR: Shouting at the world, cos no-one's listening. Well... why should they?
DONNA: Doctor. Stop it.
NEW DOCTOR: (proudly) But look at what you did!


Oh tragedy. What kills me is that she'd just finally understood that she was worth something. What she'd acheived over the season, the way it had added to her character and made her Donna Noble, who was sung about across the universe, it all went to waste. Donna Noble ended up right back at the beginning again. She begged him not to do it, tears in her eyes and yet he did. Goodbye Donna Noble, you were too good for the Doctor.


Worst plot twist
Zach’s the cannibal


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I AM STILL TO ANGRY TO TALK ABOUT THIS. OR GIVE IT A QUOTE.



Best UST AND Best Friendship
Booth/Brennan


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BEST RST
Runners up: House and Cuddy
Winners: Barney/Robin


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Saddest moment:
Tie: Cassie cries over Chris, Wilson cries over Amber


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There's no way a quote will do this justice. Watch it. Now you could say she's crying over Adam, a guy she met like a day ago, but my opinion is that him leaving is just that last straw and it suddenly all hits her. Her biting into that apple, no longer starving herself, as the music swells...I cried and cried.

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GOD THE TEARS. I love you Robert Sean Leonard.



Happiest moment:
Fleet finds Earth


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Man, I know it all goes to pot like seconds later, but look how happy they were for that brief period! Lee almost strips! I was smiling so much. Until later of course.


Most romantic moment/BEST MOMENT OF FICTIONAL TV THIS YEAR:
Jim proposes to Pam


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Pam Beesly: [yelling over the rain] Hey! This is not halfway! I did that math, I had to drive way longer than you. Montclair would've been closer so you have to buy lunch.
[Jim gets down on one knee]
Pam Beesly: What are you doing?
Jim Halpert: I just... couldn't wait.
Pam Beesly: Oh my God.
Jim Halpert: Pam, will you marry me?
Pam Beesly: Oh my God.
Jim Halpert: So?
Pam Beesly: [nodding head] Yes.


AAAAAAHHHH. What kills me is so happy they are, how they're laughing as they kiss. I loved it. They could have ended The Office right there and then and I wouldn't have wanted anything else (except maybe a happy ending for Michael and Holly.


Most touching moment:
Roslin and Adama


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Video. Such a long time coming and oh so perfect. I adore their music theme as well.



Best Guest Star
Amy Ryan as Holly Flax

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God I loved Holly. She totally made up for Pam being out of the office. She lifted the whole show up.


Best New Couple:
Tie: Chris/Jal, Michael/Holly


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Chris: Jal, look at me. I was perfectly happy killing myself. But then you asked me to try. And for the first time in my life it felt like somebody actually gave a shit. That person was worth trying for. And now, I'd make the worlds record biggest sandwich if you asked me to. I'd kick old granny in the tits. I'd fill the rivers with panda pops. I'd...
Jal: Stop.
Chris: I fucked up big time. I'm more than sorry. I love you Jal. You're my whole world.


Best friends who become more. You'd have to have a heart of stone not to root for these two. They were absolutely brilliant together, bringing out the best side of each other. Such a good couple. Shame about the tragic end.

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This came from nowhere, didn't it? I never thought there'd be a woman perfect for Michael and then *bam* Holly arrived. They were such amazing dorks together. DAMN YOU DAVID WALLACE.


Best Snark AND Best Angst:
Chuck/Blair


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Chuck: They say when you love something you should set it free
Blair: They say when you hate something you should slam the door in its face. (slams door in Chuck's face)
Chuck: I love it when you talk dirty.

Blair: Whatever you're going through, I wannt to be there for you.
Chuck: We've talked about this. You are not my girlfriend.
Blair: But I am me. And you are you. We're Chuck and Blair. Blair and Chuck. The worst thing you've ever done, the darkest thought you've ever had, I will stand by you through anything.
Chuck: And why would you do that.
Blair: Because I love you.
Chuck: Well, that's too bad.



Best Returning Couple:
Ned/Chuck, Jim/Pam


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I actually hesitated before putting Jim and Pam on here, because I haven't been a huge fan of some of the developments this season, but then I was looking through screencaps and gosh I love it when they're smiling. I still love them.

Best Returning Shows:
Pushing Daisies, Battlestar Galactica


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If you're not watching either of these well, a) I strongly dislike you because you're part of the reason Pushing Daisies has been cancelled and b) YOU'RE MISSING OUT. These shows are great. I was wary over BSG, because Season 3 was shaky at times, but I loved almost every episode. Pushing Daisies is like candy floss in TV form, it's colourful and sweet and it makes me smile more than any other show on TV.


Best New Shows:
Privileged, Merlin


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Marco: Go on just pretend like we're not even here
Megan: I'm not talking to myself. I'm just practicing a conversation I'm going to have with a real person a later date. Totally different.

Megan: With great power comes great responsability... shout out to Uncle Ben
[conversation with Sage and Laurel...]
Megan: Uncle Ben is spider-man's uncle, not mine, i just wanted to make that clear


Hah, this show is not going to win any awards, but I sure like it. I literally only watched the Pilot because I was bored over summer, but I was suprised by how much I liked it for such a formulaic idea. Megan is brilliant fun, such a dork and the fabulous Baker twins have grown on me more and more each episode. I love their friendship and I love the beginnings of Sage and Luis (the snark, I'm a sucker for the snark!). Promo.

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Heh, this show isn't going to win any awards either (except maybe in gay subtext), but it makes me giggle. Especially all scenes with Arthur and Merlin. Also, I'm basically in love with the way Bradley James says Guinevere.


Best episodes
Drama: House 4.15/4.16, BSG 4.10
Comedy: The Office 4.14


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The only one of The Office hour longs that has kept me laughing consistently the entire way through. Featuring the best Office prank ever (Dwight on Holly using poor Kevin "That's a button") and the best Office talking heads ever ("The real crime, I think, was the beard", "I cannot wait to go and visit Ryan in prison...") I loved it.

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Dude, what an adrenalin rush. I cannot wait for Jan 15th.

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Best Sporting moments:
Wimbledon, Olympics


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Okay, I am biased because I adore tennis and I live in the UK, but Wimbledon is always my favourite event of the year. This year was great, it gave us one of the greatest finals of all time and, for the first time since FOREVER, a genuinely adorable British champion. Okay, that might have not got anywhere but here, but our junior girl Laura Robson won the Junior Wimbledon crown (she's only 14!) and is already light years ahead of Andy Murray in my esteems. She has a crush on Marat Safin! He wrote a letter to her! So sweet.

And then the Men's Final. I can't remember being so wound up in a game of tennis EVER. That fourth set tie break, omg, I get flaily just thinking about it. Those passing shots! I was screaming. I'm going to embed a video here, it's just worth it (you should maybe watch it in HQ on Youtube though).



Then the Olympics:

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Best year for Great Britain ever. So many amazing victories. We came fourth guys! And we're teeny tiny. That being said though, DON'T WANT IT IN LONDON.

Favourite tennis players:
Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Giles Simon and Novok Djokavic.


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Shh, I love tennis players. You should too. They're funny. Especially when trying to get to grips with classic English Christmas tunes. Example:




Best Web
Tina Fey as Sarah Palin on SNL, Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog


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GENIUS.

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ALSO GENIUS.


Best Cast:
Merlin


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"Don't worry Merin fans, I have the magic phrase *sings* "Je ne comprende pas, je suis anglais."


I'm embedding a video here as well. I love them, the cast video diaries are AMAZINGLY good fun. Bradley James is probably clinically insane. You should watch this even if you don't watch the show




Best Movie:
Persepolis


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I haven't seen this mentioned anywhere really, but it was definitely the best thing I saw at the cinema this year. Trailer.

Best Moment:
Obama presidency


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AMAZING.

BONUS VIDS:
Buzzcocks was amazing this year:


As was Strictly!

Best Show Dance EVER? I think so ♥


The caps came from all over the place, mostly found through google, but most of the Merlin caps came from awakencordy and most of the office caps came from such-a-dork.com. If you recognise any of your caps please tell me and I'll credit you right away!
 
 
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merveille123: chosenmerveille123 on December 31st, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
This is such a great list, and special kuddos for mentioning Persepolis, such a touching movie!
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: office us; a smile is the lightsweet_like_choc on January 2nd, 2009 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) I'm glad other people loved Persepolis, I saw it a while back but it's stuck with me all through the year.
Little Hutt: Sid/Cassie night outlittlehutt on December 31st, 2008 01:51 pm (UTC)
Amazing picspam, it must have taken you HOURS :) I loved Persepolis and I'm discovering the awesomeness that is House M.D.. Chris/Jal broke my heart and Tina Fey mended it!
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: gg; i wonder if the waltons ever did thisweet_like_choc on January 2nd, 2009 07:12 pm (UTC)
Man, it really did take hours. It was my pet project! Who needs to study anyway? :P I'm glad other people liked Persepolis, I was beginning to think it was only me in all of LJ. My heart is still broken over Chris and Jal, but Tina Fey did distract me :) I just marathoned 30 Rock for the first time (while compiling this actually) and I further appreciate her genius now! Anyway, thanks for commenting!
yume360yume360 on December 31st, 2008 04:05 pm (UTC)
awesome list! really well done
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: misc; except for death and paying taxessweet_like_choc on January 2nd, 2009 07:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you :) Glad you enjoyed it!
one day I'll be sand on the beach by the sea: westwickhollydoodle19 on December 31st, 2008 05:30 pm (UTC)
Merlin. And Strictly. Great Picspam!

Oh, and the olympics. :) But I also DO NOT want them in london
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: gogi; non-judging breakfast clubsweet_like_choc on January 2nd, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
Heh, thank you. This year was the first time I've really got into Strictly and by the end I was addicted :)

Gah, I don't think many people want them here. We'll just have to grin and bear it I suppose. I cannot image how it's going to compare to Beijing!

Thanks for commenting :D
government-created killer nano robot infectionnobodysomeday on January 1st, 2009 12:38 am (UTC)
I had to comment because OMG THAT SHOW DANCE WAS SO AMAZING and I am so relieved to find someone else on LJ who loves Strictly too. ;)

Happy new year!
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: the oc; so what if I did rent asweet_like_choc on January 2nd, 2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year too! Here's hoping 2009 is brilliant :D

I LOVED Strictly this year! It's the first time I've watched it all the way through, and I was addicted. I loved Tom and Camilla! They were ridiculously adorable. They obviously had the public support but I'm so glad their last dance was that good, it made it even better. I smile every time I watch it!
government-created killer nano robot infectionnobodysomeday on January 5th, 2009 08:51 am (UTC)
Yay, me too! I have to say I am a seasoned veteran though, so it's no surprise I was still addicted. ;) Tom and Camilla were always my favourites, the show dance was amazing and well worth them winning. He wasn't the best technically but had the whole package I think. I won't tell you how many times I've watched the show dance on youtube... ;)
Meghan: tv | skins | chris & jalhandlet on January 1st, 2009 04:46 am (UTC)
My prediction for 2009: I'm finally going to cave and watch Merlin. That video diary was kind of fantastic. And hee, I saw that ATP Christmas video last week! So hilariously cute.

Really, your whole list is pretty awesome. :D I agree about Donna -- she was amazing, and for me, her end was so, SO much sadder than Doomsday. At least Rose still had all her incredible memories of what she and the Doctor had done, right? (And honestly, Doomsday didn't even make me that sad. At least it didn't freaking devastate me like Journey's End.)

And Jal and Chris were definitely one of my favorite couples, too. Reading Jal's speech about Chris almost made me cry again!
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: dw; the greatest story never toldsweet_like_choc on January 2nd, 2009 07:26 pm (UTC)
The ATP video arrived in my email inbox and made me smile so much. I even smiled at Andy Murray! Miracles can happen!

Yes, watch Merlin! It's fairly cheesy and predictable with such bad CGI that you have to laugh (staples of the BBC) but it has so much heart and it's crazy fun. All the behind the scenes stuff is wonderful though. Bradley James in particular just cracks me up.

Donna's end devestated me. It was awful. Doomsday did make me sad, but I'm fairly sure that was partly down to the emotive music. I always wanted Rose to move on from the Doctor anyway, the fact that she didn't is also slightly tragic. I don't think I'm ever getting over Donna's ending though. In my mind it never happened, and she's off saving Planet Earth without the help of the Doctor.

I was in tears rewatching all the Jal/Chris stuff on Youtube. Those last two episodes were so tragic, gah!

HAPPY NEW YEAR :D
an australian flying beaverfrozenmolasses on January 2nd, 2009 04:47 am (UTC)
EPIC! <3333 Much love to Gossip Girl (Chuck/Blair snark is total win), The Office, and Pushing Daisies. And Dr. Horrible FTW!

Oh, and Obama, gotta have Obama. ♥ this is great.
an australian flying beaverfrozenmolasses on January 2nd, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
Oh right, and Privileged is adorable and totally overlooked. Right and Donna, LOVE Donna.
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: misc; hair blowing in the breezesweet_like_choc on January 2nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Hee, thank you! I actually prefer Chuck and Blair bitching to each other to them making out. SNARK FTW! Privileged is totally overlooked. It's because of the cheesy concept but still!

Thank you for commenting and adding to the Donna and Obama love (totally the best things to come out of 2008)!
Nikistatictv on January 2nd, 2009 05:10 am (UTC)
THESE ARE ALL WIN!
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: ga; secret smilesweet_like_choc on January 2nd, 2009 07:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed it :D
the air i breathe is stained with ink: Donna; made of awesome!missymeggins on January 12th, 2009 06:14 am (UTC)
There are so many fabulous things on this list but I just adore you for your nod to Donna!! She is by far the best new character of 2008 (and possibly my new favourite character of all time). I just adored her beyond words and it still kills me what they did to her. I can't even talk about it. It makes me so sad.
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