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08 April 2009 @ 12:54 pm
Why do I always do these picspams when I should be revising for upcoming exams?  
Hello flist! I return once more into the land of LJ, with a fairly pretty picspam to ease me back in.


The current challenge over at picspammy is Scenes and Sequences and they've had some seriously gorgeous submissions. My all time favourite scenes have been beautifully picspammed and it's lovely. I knew I could never do something along the lines of Casino Night in The Office or the ending scenes of BSG S1, because my terrible colouring skills combined with my lack of any real software mean my picspams don't come out half as pretty as they do in my head.

Still the real variety of scenes had me thinking about stuff that I don't rank along all time classic moments, but that I still loved and that might slip through the cracks of this month's challenge. The very first one I thought of was this one. (Spoilers through the end of S1)

Ugly Betty is never going to be remembered as one of the world's great television shows. It can be brilliant and cracked out, and it always brings a smile, but it is not classic fare by any means. Still, I think the end of S1 ranks up with some of my favourite finales of all time. I adore this sequence, and to get the real effect you seriously need to watch the clip on Youtube, because so much is about sequencing with the music.

We open on Justin performing in the school play (he was originally understudy, which begs the question, how many freakishly talented kids does this school produce?). Hilda (Betty's sister and Justin's mom) is watching him in the audience, upset that her fiance (and Justin's father) Santos is not there. Unbenownst to her he went to buy a present for Justin and ended up getting held up in the shop.

I never liked Santos. I was at some points ambivient, but mostly I thought they could all do better. Still the way this sequence is orchestrated had me bawling, and I still get tears in my eyes everytime I watch it. When he gets shot (SPOILER) and it cuts to Justin dying as Tony I shiver. It's so well worked. Using Justin's song as a backdrop to sum up all the storylines that have played out over the episode is a stroke of brilliance, and how damn talented is that kid? Gosh.

The true killer in the sequence though, is Ana Ortiz, her reactions as Hilda and her collapse at the back of the hall are so well played. Her sobs underneath the music *sniff*.

Anyway, look at the pretty pictures, watch it on Youtube and maybe shed a tiny, tiny tear for a character that no one really liked anyway.

"Could it be? Yes, it could.
Something's coming, something good,
If I can wait!
Something's coming, I don't know what it is,
But it is
Gonna be great!


It's only just out of reach,
Down the block, on a beach,
Maybe tonight . . .

BANG. I cannot emphasise enough how I adore the symmetry of this moment, with the cutaway to Justin dying on stage. It's just about perfect.


Hold my hand and we're halfway there.
Hold my hand and I'll take you there

Sniff. Okay, also, I'm off to NYC (for the first time!) tomorrow for 3.5 days! It's a birthday trip and I am super excited. I need recommendations of what to do/see/where to eat etc. Obviously my time is limited and I want to see as much as I can, so any ideas would be seriously welcomed.
Katharina: Ats Wes/Fredsubtle__sarcasm on April 8th, 2009 12:28 pm (UTC)
This scene was AMAZING. I expected a fun happy finale and then THAT HAPPENED and I was crying my eyes out, but it was amazing.
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: movies; widening horizonssweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:10 pm (UTC)
I know! I'd been watching this happy comedy all season and then *bam* tragedy. It was such a brilliant end though!
Joshblueymcphluey on April 8th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
I remember when this first aired, it was easily one of the best finales that season :D
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: bsg; memories buried deepsweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Oh definitely! I remember not expecting much and then being blown away! Thanks for commenting :D
a reason to fight: Sophia Bush - When We Were Youngareasontofight on April 8th, 2009 12:35 pm (UTC)
Gorgeous picspam. I haven't really watched UB since late S2, but I did love S1. That ending was so sad.

Have fun in NY! So exciting. I have been there but it was about 10 years ago so I can't remember much. Do the Empire State Building, eat fattening food and go shopping. That's all I can recommend. :)
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: costume; breathe in that airsweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I still sort of watch it, but not every week, more in bursts when there hasn't been much else on. I really enjoyed the first season though.

Thank you! I'm so excited. So much to do in such little time :D
i tried my best to leave this all on your machinemy_maverick on April 8th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
Wow, that scene gave me chills. Good choice for a picspam!
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: merlin; have you some sort ofsweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's such a great scene. Also, I love your icon :D
Tally: ITH: Usnavi and Sonnymusical_junkie on April 8th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
This scene is just so heartbreaking. I can't listen to any of the songs from WSS without thinking about it.

Also, *is totally jealous you're going to the city* I haven't been in a year, which is how long it's been since I've seen a musical, which is just wrong.

Food: The food court in Grand Central (there's also one in Rock. Plaza, I believe) is a pizza place called Two Boots which is FANTASTIC. I eat there four or five times whenever I'm in NYC. Also, Junior's, while touristy, is still a pretty good place to eat before catching a show.

B'way shows: In the Heights, Hair, and West Side Story. (My #1 rec is In the Heights, because it's not touring yet. Hair has gotten fantastic reviews, and my friends who have seen it are in love with it. If you like WSS, I suggest the revival.) Also playing, Avenue Q (which is INSANELY FUNNY), Guys and Dolls (which has gotten okay reviews but a good cast), 9 to 5 (which I don't know very much about, but a lot of the people on my flist like it), and Wicked (if you can get tickets.) Try and get your tickets cheap online (there are a number of websites available via Google search.)

I can't say much about the attractions and whatnot, because it's been a very long time since I've done any of them, and it really just depends on what you have time to do. Plus, I only go to NYC to see B'way shows.

That was probably way too much information, but you asked for it.
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: misc; except for death and paying taxessweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:30 pm (UTC)
I know! Whenever I hear the songs I flashback to this scene.

Thank you so much for all the info. I'm definitely going to try and get to Two Boots, looks yummy!

Sadly WSS is my brother's least favourite musical so that probably isn't an option. In the Heights looks good though, I might see if I can find some cheap tickets. I did really want to see Guys and Dolls (Lauren Graham!) but I had a read through some of the reviews, which has put me off a tad. I saw Ewan McGregor and Jane Krawoski in it here a few years ago which was fantastic, so this one would have a lot to live up too! Wicked and Avenue Q I've seen but my family hasn't, I think they'd like Avenue Q the best, so I might try for that one as well, if it's like here the tickets are fairly cheap as musicals go!

Thank you for all the info :D

hoidraconianfreak on April 8th, 2009 03:21 pm (UTC)
I LOVED this scene. I actually did kind of like Santos after he started getting his act together for Hilda and Justin.
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: ad; I've made a huge mistakesweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:32 pm (UTC)
I was sort of on my way to thinking more of him before he got killed! I think I must have liked him more than I thought because I was so sad!

Thanks for commenting :D
Lindseylittle_linds on April 8th, 2009 05:09 pm (UTC)
Ugh, this scene really was amazing! great picspam!

I live in NYC and, oooh, you can see the real West Side Story right now on Broadway! That's my next show I want to see. Also, as far as food goes, if you like burgers, go to Burger Joint. It's in the Le Parker Meridian hotel on 47th, I think. Best burger ever. Seriously.

Umm, since you have limited time, I might skip the Empire State Building cause it's expensive (like $30 or something) and can take a long time waiting in line. Maybe walk across the Brooklyn Bridge (amazing views!) and take in a show and just walk around NYC. You could also try the Statue of Liberty which is awesome, but can be cold (it's snowing today!)

I'd go to Rockefeller Center maybe (you can go to the Top of the Rock which I believe is cheaper and has shorter wait time) and obviously Central Park! :D
Lindseylittle_linds on April 8th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Also, if you need any tips or directions about how to get somewhere, just message me :D
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: vm; to be fair- I am your patronsweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I'm glad so many people love this scene too :D

Man, I can't go see WSS because as much as the trip is for my birthday, the whole family is going and my brother loathes it. It's sad but true! I'm definitely going to try and check out that burger place, I just put a little asterix on my map! I love a good burger more than pretty much everything :D

I'm going to try to get to the Brooklyn Bridge, and hopefully the Rockefeller Center also. I think we're thinking of doing a boat trip as well, and seeing the Statue that way. It's pretty weather dependent though, I'm sad it's so cold, it's been pretty nice here and I left all my winter clothes in my flat back at uni. I'm going to have to dig some old ones out!

Thank you so much for all the info and suggestions, it's so useful!
sunnytyler001: Ugly bettysunnytyler001 on April 8th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
*loves Ugly Betty*
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: pd; the facts were thesesweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
It's so much fun :D

Thanks for commenting.
Minnie From Trinidadpink_elephant89 on April 8th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Guh, season 1 was seriously amazing. so sad it's gone so downhill.

great spam!
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: movies; the swan's escapedsweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 09:34 pm (UTC)
Season 1 was brilliant and it hasn't quite reached those heights again. It's still pretty enjoyable though!

Thanks for commenting.
sloan: wonderettes: winter wonderlandtimeofyoursong on April 8th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Oh man, way to kill me Ana Ortiz. This scene broke my heart into tiny little pieces the first time around.

Also, I don't know you, but re: NYC - if you want to do a musical on the cheap (well, as cheap as theatre gets, I suppose), I'd give The Marvelous Wonderettes a try - they have student rush tickets available 95% of the time and if that isn't an option, broadwaybox.com has a discount code that allows for tickets under $50. Plus, it is a lot of fun. Just a pure, happy go lucky show. If you want to go all out, though, I'd say Next to Normal or 9 to 5 - they both just started previews and are basically the front runners for this year's Tony awards (particularly Alice Ripley in Next to Normal and Stephanie Block in 9 to 5).
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: misc; except for death and paying taxessweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
I swear, she breaks my heart a little everytime I watch this. She's brilliant.

Thank you so much for the suggestions. The newest musicals on Broadway obviously haven't made it over here yet so I have no clue what's good and what's not! Next to Normal looks really interesting, I'd like to see if I could check it out!
Nadinemalicat on April 8th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)
I bawled like a baby when I saw this scene. I was hoping for Hilda,Justin and Santos to be a happy,little family and then this.So sad *sniff*
A dreamer dreams, she never dies: bsg; go-to-tough-girlsweet_like_choc on April 8th, 2009 10:58 pm (UTC)
Aw, I cried too! I actually didn't realise how much I wanted them to be a family until he was dead! Too late then :(

Thanks for commenting!
TattooedSiren: uglybetty handstattooedsiren on April 8th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Great picspam. These scenes get me every time.
mixtape_reveriemixtape_reverie on April 9th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
This scene would be 10x better without the circle wipe... the editing on this show is so hokey it never fails to pull me out of the scene and remind me that it's all fake.
rockettttt, yeahhhboo___you_whore on April 9th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
this scene was so heartbreaking :(