The wonder years

The Wonder Years that I ordered last week has arrived today! All of 6 seasons, spanning from 1988-1993, crammed into 8 DVDs!

The Wonder Years was about the growing pains and uncertainties of a teenager Kevin Arnold, with the turbulent 60s-70s US as the backdrop. There is plenty of nostalgic and contemplative music from that period, which I feel was also a big drawcard. This TV series will always have a special place for me (along with Happy Days as a matter of fact) probably because I had recently completed high school and was fresh into university and was still able to relate to some of the issues portrayed in the series. The quality of the video is actually not very good, seemingly recorded directly from normal TV broadcast. But heck, I will take this bootleg collection any day since it seems more and more unlikely that this series will to ever be officially released the entire series because of licensing rights for the numerous songs (more than 200 according to a reviewer on Amazon) used throughout the series.

A quote from the show sums up the trials of growing aptly. read more

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Happened to come across this MTV on youtube tonight – in fact this was the first time I had seen the MTV or the lyrics. This was one of my favourite songs during my PhD days. Really brings back many memories from my trip to Europe, although this song always made me feel homesick at the time…

ps. This video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KoEi1zXwBg is no longer available, as of January 2011.

Doctor Who – Journey's End

Just finished watchig the final episode to the current season of Doctor Who – the fourth series since the show was resurrected in 2005. Frankly, since rediscovering the show of my childhood years back in 2005, I think the Doctor Who series has been getting better and better. If anything, and perhaps as a sign of the sentimentalities of our times, we get to see a more human-like and at times temperamental Doctor as compared to the brilliant but slightly distant Doctor of the 70’s and 80’s.

The final episode, which is actually part of a 2-episode season finale and aptly titled “The final journey”, in a sense ties up many loose ends. After the hustle and bustle, everyone had someone to return to, or almost anyway. In the end, the parting of ways was almost matter-of-fact, without the emotional attachments we are more used to in previous episodes/years when Doctor’s companions left the show.

Catching up with the Time Lords

Recently was quite fortunate to get access to some Doctor Who (the official BBC site, and public-contributed information on Wikipedia) videos – all episodes of the Ninth Doctor as played by Christopher Eccleston as a matter of fact. After an absence of more than 15 years, interrupted only by presence of the 1996 telefilm, Doctor Who finally made a return to the air waves in 2005 in its ninth incarnation. I may add, after all these years, the Doctor has not really lost his charm on me!

For those who are unfamiliar with the BBC TV series Doctor Who, it “is in fact the longest-running science fiction television series in the history of broadcasting, a series that began on the BBC1 network in the United Kingdom in November 1963 and ran until 1989.”, according to Outpost Gallifrey which is seemingly the most comprehensive site on Doctor Who at the moment. It was eventually returned to TV in early 2005 for all new adventures.