Flicking Through Netflix: The West Wing (First Impressions)

Apparently I like political dramas. This is particularly strange given the fact that I hate actual politics. But I do love shows like House of Cards and Designated Survivor, where I find the politics fascinating despite my distaste for the subject in the real world. Still, good characters go a long way into making me interested in a story. This, along with a very strong recommendation from my mother, made me check out The West Wing, a popular political show from the early 2000s. I went into it a little wary, especially given the current state of the world. But I did want to give it a shot. However, not having seen the complete first season yet, I do want to just give my first impressions. So, these are my initial thoughts on The West Wing.

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Christmas Merry-Thon: A Charlie Brown Christmas

“Isn’t there anyone who knows what Christmas is all about?” -Charlie Brown

Did you know that the 12 Days of Christmas refers to the 12 Days AFTER Christmas? It’s true! …I think. I’m pretty sure I heard that somewhere before and I’m not just using that as an excuse to do Christmas blogs after Christmas. Anyway, I have decided that this year I’m going to be looking at some Christmas specials and movies for at least 12 days, possibly longer if the Christmas spirit stays with me. I am going to be looking at some old familiar favorites and some things I have never seen before. And for our first Day of Christmas, we’re gonna take a look at a classic special that airs on TV at least once a year. Does it actually hold up or is everyone looking at this one through rose colored glasses? This is A Charlie Brown Christmas.

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Crypt-ober: The Bewitchin’ Pool (The Twilight Zone)

You’re traveling to another dimension. A dimension not of sight and sound but of mind. There’s the sign post up ahead. Your next stop, the Twilight Zone. The original Twilight Zone show needs no introduction. Rod Sterling’s dulcet tones are known throughout the horror anthology community. His show was a landmark, an incredible mix of horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and intrigue that was never before seen. But how did it end? Did it end on as good of a note as everyone wanted? Let’s find out with it’s very last episode, The Bewitchin’ Pool.

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Crypt-ober: Ghost Ship (Tales from the Cryptkeeper)

ARR, MATEYS! Baton down the hatches and prepare to be boarded! Today’s salty sea story is all about a ship of ghostly pirates. Of course, we’re all familiar with ships that have skeleton crews if you’ve ever seen the Disney Pirates movie. Ghost ship stories are nothing new to the horror genre. There have been stories regarding cursed treasures and ghoulish pirates for almost as long as there have been actual pirates. But can the Cryptkeeper spin a good yarn regarding swashbuckling buccaneers or is this ship sunk? Let’s find out. This is Ghost Ship.

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Crypt-ober: All Booked Up (Tales from the Cryptkeeper)

I love to read. It’s one of my favorite ways to pass the time. I love reading so much that I often carry a book with me wherever I go. A good book can make a long car trip into a fun adventure, a suspenseful mystery, or a chilling horror story. The right book can really spark the imagination. Of course, not everybody likes to read. Take today’s main character, Greg. Can the Cryptkeeper give us a story to die for? Let’s find out. This is All Booked Up.

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Crypt-ober: Gorilla’s Paw (Tales from the Cryptkeeper)

All horror fans know about the story of the Monkey’s Paw. It’s an artifact that can grant your fondest wishes… Well… Sort of. You just have to be careful what you wish for. And that’s definitely the theme in today’s tale. Can the Cryptkeeper weave a good tale around this ghoulish type of artifact? Let’s find out. This is Gorilla’s Paw.

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Crypt-ober: All the Gory Details (Tales from the Cryptkeeper)

Journalism is hard work. I would know. I studied journalism in college. It can be really tough trying to find a good story that will please both the readers and your boss. Sometimes you really need to think outside the box to find something good. But what happens when you find a story that seems impossible to believe? Let’s find out. This is All the Gory Details.

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