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What’s On TV – Batman

List Item:  Watch half of the 1001 TV Series You Must Watch Before You Die
Progress: 228/501
Title: Batman
Episodes Aired: 120
Year(s): 1966-1968
Country: USA

I selected Batman as a 1001 TV Show as I figured that my husband’s choice of Black Mirror would be dark enough that we would need something lighter to serve as an antidote… or at least could run in parallel as this list is long enough without each entry taking 2-3 months. Well, here I am having watched a buttload of Batman episodes having been emotionally thrown for a loop by the fourth episode of Black Mirror (‘Be Right Back’, which is just a powerhouse) – so I think I made the right call.

When I was an especially tiny kid, there would be repeats of Batman on the television which I used to enjoy watching. It would be the same slot that, on other days, would show I Dream of Jeannie and one of my favourite shows from the 1960s – Bewitched. Through this early exposure and the osmosis of this series being a cultural reference goldmine, watching these episodes of Batman was weirdly transportative.

Batman as the franchise is pretty ubiquitous as being this darker side of comics where the likes of Superman operate in the the light. The fact, therefore, that they made a groovy 1960s family-friendly version with a dollop of camp is actually incredibly weird. Like, I’m glad that someone was on some edible at the time when they green-lit production as this is such a classic piece of pop culture, but the tongue is so in cheek throughout much of the show that it’s drilled through and licking the show’s ear.

What makes it work, however, is the level of commitment by Adam West and Burt Ward. If they were half-arsing it Batman would have crumbled, but they are so into their roles (ridiculous as they can be at times) that you kinda go along with it. There’s a scene in one of the King Tut episodes, for example, where Batman starts dancing really stupidly… and because of all the other times we’ve seen him and because of the general tone of the villain it’s… oh who am I kidding, that scene is downright ridiculous.

At the end of the day, Batman succeeds in being what it wants to be – a light-hearted comic book caper that uses Dutch angles and visualisations of sound effects to make everything larger than life. It’s a pity that it kinda lost it’s way a bit after the first season (Batgirl not helping things there), but it’s hard to deny the level of influence.

My Lego Centrepieces

Hello! It’s been a long month and a lot has happened! Well, I am writing this in the summer and can only now properly post these pictures since my (now) husband wanted me to keep these under wraps for the day of the wedding.

Well, I can post these pictures now.

List item: Build something truly awesome out of Lego
Status: Completed

Okay, so awesome is a pretty subjective. However, in my eyes these are pretty damned awesome so I consider this all ticked off. Especially since I designed all of them.

Totoro was the first that I designed. We figured that each table should have a Lego design that reflecting our interests. Since My Neighbour Totoro is one of my favourite films, and since I have a large plushie version sat opposite me a lot of the time I am on my laptop, it made sense to make one featuring him.

This penguin (based on Gunter from Adventure Time) was probably the easiest one to build of the designs. It used to be a bit more complex, but issues regarding the available shades of Lego bricks made me simplify this one a bit. Others were far more effected though. Despite being the easiest it still took the better part of an hour to build.

In order to make all of these we had to order 1300+ pieces of Lego. 400+ of these were just the black 1×1 pieces since they made up the outside of most of the outsides. The story is the same with this Lego Lego Batman. A lot of black being used here, but also the only use of the pale yellow.

Whilst all of the others had an original image that I pretty much copied from, this cat (and the below dragon) were ones that I designed using an amalgamation of different ones. Mainly because my original attempt at a cat design was pretty damned pitiful.

The issue with this cat is the tail; it snaps off rather easily when you carry the design around. We managed to avoid this when we put it on a resting board, but (like all of these) they were an absolute devil to get to the venue.

This dragon is, if you ask me, the best of the centrepieces. It was the last one that I designed and was the first one that was actually built. The dragon is an exception since it was not done after a shared interest in the way that the others were. This dragon was made in honour of our newborn niece – previously known as ‘draakje’ or ‘little dragon’ before the gender was known.

It was one of the more difficult to design and build, but it was definitely worth it. Well, all of them were worth it – but this is definitely my favourite.