Sep. 19th, 2011

eruthros: Mai from Avatar: TLA mid-fight, with sunlight glinting off her shuriken (Avatar - mai kicks ass)
I made a usb stick full of palate-cleansing media to keep around for watching after I watch Doctor Who (because I can't seem to stop watching it, but it makes me sad and angry). So I pulled things based on all your recs and on things that were findable in time - it's all things that are funny or beautiful or delightful or well-written or full of amazing complex women and people of color who talk to each other or all of the above, so it has things for most kinds of bummed out tv-watching. It's not perfect media or anything, but it's all (theoretically) restorative in all different ways. And because some of y'all might also have this problem with some shows or movies sometimes, I thought I'd report what's on it:

  • Ranma 1/2 (for the nostalgic-for-the-nineties value, and for the laughter)

  • Princess Tutu (the first couple eps - I've never seen it but lots of people have recced it)

  • Princess Mononoke (pretty!)

  • The Middleman (art crawl! \o/)

  • Bringing Up Baby (because Katherine Hepburn is amazing, and Cary Grant makes a great straight man, and there's a leopard)

  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (we could learn an important lesson about friendship and working together and trusting each other. And we could sing along with Winter Wake-Up, too, as necessary.)

And stuff I'll be adding:

  • Dark Angel (the first couple episodes - I've actually only seen a couple of eps of it out of order back when it was airing)

  • Xena (misc stuff like "A Day in the Life" and the time loop one)

  • Sailor Moon (I haven't seen it since I saw it on tv in the nineties, dubbed and scrubbed of "offensive" content)

  • Toshokan Sensō (never seen it, it comes recced and, come on, alternate history library wars!)

  • Gokusen (not scifi-y, but on the other hand, inspirational teaching!)

I would've put Avatar: The Last Airbender on there, but seriously, I have used it for this purpose so many times in the last year that I need a break. Or Legend of Korra. Or both. And eventually I will find a way to watch Revolutionary Girl Utena with subtitles. Yeesh, the internet.

As I watch stuff off the stick I'll probably replace it with later eps from the same serieses, depending on what I find interesting. More recs always welcome! The bigger the bummed-out-by-tv collection, the better, because this media selection still doesn't seem big enough to cover all the contingencies. (What if I want angry activist palate-cleansing?)

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