1. What got you into this fandom in the first place?
2. Do you think you'll stay in this fandom or eventually move on?
3. Favorite episodes/books/movies, etc?
4. Do you participate in this fandom (fanfiction, graphics, discussions)?
5. Do you think more people should get into this fandom?
lizamanynames gave me: CSI, Numb3rs, and Alias.
1. Gil Grissom. Let me give you a bit more detail: my second year at university, my friend whitemartyr dragged me along to watch CSI as she often did. "It's a great show!" she said. The episode turned out to be "Slaves of Las Vegas," and my friend apologized for traumatizing little naive me. (This ep might have traumatized me regardless of when I saw it; BDSM will never not squick me.) But this is the episode where Lady Heather basically reads Grissom's mail, making him tea because the civility and ceremony puts him at ease in a world which values neither. That was the beginning of my fascination with him.
The other answer is a Labor Day marathon on Spike TV. I'd never realized that CSI actually did character growth until I watched half a season in a row. I was a goner after that.
2. I don't think I'll ever stop loving the show or watching reruns. But with Grissom gone the show holds a lot less appeal for me.
3. Favorite episode is probably "Stalker." Nothing like giving George Eads a chance to show his acting chops, and a CSI in this much danger is rarely done on this show. "Butterflied," with its focused location, stunning writing, Grissom (well, GSR) angst, and dark overtones is a close runner-up.
4. I participate in this fandom in a very limited way--I've read a smidge of fic, and written a bit myself, but I don't hang around fan sites or get into involved discussion anymore except on my own journal.
5. I think CSI is on its way out, but if you like a detailed procedural mystery with fun characters and great acting, please, check the show out on DVD! It deserves the high ratings and public acclaim it's gathered over the past several years.
1. This one is all feliciakw's fault. I saw previews for Numb3rs, and thought, "Oh, here we go with someone else trying to cash in on the procedural boom, only with math. BORING." But Felicia watched a few episodes, told me that Charlie the math genius was basically fanon!Blair, and bugged me to at least watch the next couple of episodes. So the next Friday night I tuned into "Sabotage," and the rest, as they say, is history.
2. I always eventually move on from my fandoms, in an active sense. But this one may stick with me the way The Sentinel did (I'm still writing and thinking about Jim & Blair).
3. Hard to choose! Season 1, as a whole, is remarkably strong. I loved "Killer Chat," mostly because I ship Larry/Megan and adore the Larry & Charlie friendship (and because no show has ever written out a character temporarily in such an awesome way). Other favorites include "One Hour," "In Plain Sight" (shut up, it's a good ep), "Arrow of Time," and "Spree"/"Two Daughters."
4. Do I participate? Um yeah. I co-mod a comm for discussion of canon, real_numb3rs. I write fic--quite a bit of fic, actually. I read fic, including for challenge comm numb3rswriteoff, and rec it. I belong to a mailing list (Numb3r Crunching), have my fic in a Numb3rs-only archive (the Cal Sci Library), and occasionally drop into the numb3rs.org forums.
I *have* cut back on discussion, especially on forums at places like Television Without Pity, because I am sick to death of freaks who think that characters like Megan Reeves aren't strong female characters, and whose only involvement with the show is to find anything to nitpick they can think of, rational or not. (GO VENT YOUR NEUROSES IN ACADEMIA, PEOPLE.)
5. Heck, yes. I extend a special invitation to viewers who enjoy family relationships (more functional than not), solid, realistic character work over time, geeks presented in a favorable light, or (most recently) a positive yet realistic depiction of someone entering faith. I would love to drag some of the kickass gen writers over from SPN fandom, because while we do have good writers, we don't have enough of them!
1. I moved to Los Angeles the year season 3 started, was very confused when I saw the season premiere, and my friends handed me the box set of season 1 and said "Start here." I plowed through the first 2 seasons and watched the rest of season 3 like a fiend.
In large part this has to do with Sydney, a character whom I could always relate to; she did what she had to do, but who she really was, a lovable and loving girl with an easily breakable heart and great desire to live a normal life, was what spoke to me.
2. I have essentially already moved on from Alias--I will someday rewatch the first two seasons, I think, but after season 3 I kind of gave up on the show.
3. Anything where Will get a large role. *g* Or Weiss. I adore them both. Um...my favorite ep I cannot recall the name of, but it's the one where Sydney and Will and Jack go to dinner at Arvin and Emily Sloane's home, and everyone is keeping secrets from everyone else. Freakin' awesome.
4. I never participated deeply in this fandom. I did write a fic, and I still read fics if I run across a good one. yahtzee63, rj_anderson, and nomadwriter, I'm looking at you.
5. The first two seasons are amazing television, funny, exciting, full of thrills and emotion. Sure, more people should get into it!