19 9 / 2014

This skippable list is by Danielle Riendeau!

Farscape is my favorite sci-fi series of all time. It’s creative and weird, it does interesting, progressive things with gender and sci-fi tropes, it’s colorful and funny and sometimes incredibly dark. Star Trek, it is not (though, John, the central human character, LOVES Star Trek).

But! The show really fumbled around to find its footing early on. So here are my recommendations for Watching the 1st season. Skip everything not listed here.

Episodes skipped: 21 out of 88.

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02 9 / 2014

Kyle Aufderheide pointed me at this really good list of skippable Person of Interest episodes by Matt Fowler.

29 8 / 2014

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This skippable list was made by Cotton Rhetoric!
The Odyssey is one of the oldest, most canonical, and most influential works of literature in history.  It’s also effing long and by most accounts a slog.

When I teach this book, I recommend the below skips to my students.  (Of course, as we all know, most students’ respond by skipping the book entirely.  This was even mentioned in one of Anthony Burch’s pre-HAWP videos.  The lightsaber duel one.)  But if your high school experiences with the book haven’t soured you on it entirely, I’d recommend the same skips to you.

For all of this book’s wonders, and it is one of my favorites, it does have a ton of extraneous rambling, as even most of its fans and scholars admit.

Note: the line numbers are for the Fitzgerald translation, in my opinion the best.

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01 8 / 2014

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This list was submitted by Hilary Brown!

The X-Files is a science fiction show that ran on Fox from 1993-2002. It chronicles the investigations of FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who explore unexplained cases of paranormal and extraterrestrial activity. Mulder is a fervent believer in the paranormal, and is obsessed with finding his sister who had vanished when Mulder was a teenager. Convinced his sister was abducted by aliens and that there is a massive government conspiracy to hide the existence of said aliens, Mulder will stop at nothing to blow the lid off of the government coverup and bring back his sister. Scully is assigned to Mulder as his partner, originally to report back to their superiors about Mulder’s activities, and to debunk his work. She is level-headed and skeptical, and believes that many of these “paranormal” phenomena have scientific explanations.

Overall, X-Files episodes can be divided into two categories: mythology episodes, which are part of the overall arc about aliens and government conspiracies, and “monsters-of-the-week” episodes which are stand-alone episodes. In theory, one could only watch the mythology episodes and still get a killer story, but there are some really great stand-alone episodes that shouldn’t be missed. For categorization purposes, I’ve broken each season down into which episodes to skip, which episodes are part of the mythology, and which episodes are particularly notable. It bears worth mentioning that The X-Files ran 9 season, which was about 2 more than it needed to. Show creator Chris Carter believed the show’s 7th season would be the last, and most fans and critics agree that it could have stopped there. Seasons 2-6 are arguably the strongest.

Episodes skipped: 40 out of 202.

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24 7 / 2014

thingsconcerningthings said: I don't know how much you watch anime but I would love a list for Attack On Titan

I couldn’t stick with it past the first episode, but if anybody could that would be great!

19 7 / 2014

This list was submitted by Michael Rich!

Premiering a little over ten years after the Vietnam war ended, China Beach was about the Doctors and Nurses stationed in Vietnam who struggled to stay sane amid the war. ABC thought they had a good MASH-type show on their hands. While the show was a critical hit, it never got the audience ABC thought it should have had.

The first two seasons of China Beach were near-brilliant. The third season was less brilliant. The fourth season, which got cancelled early on and burned off the remaining in June and July of that year, made the unfortunate attempt to jump back and forth in time.Only the last few  episodes of that season 4 made any attempt to bring the characters’ lives into context.

Episodes skipped: 14 out of 64.

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19 7 / 2014

This list was submitted by Brandon Thompson!

This is what got Grant Morrison’s career off the ground in 1989. This lead to him doing JLA, Batman, New X-men, All-Star Superman (the best Superman story), Action Comics, Final Crisis, Doom Patrol, The Invisibles and the upcoming Multiversity and Wonder Woman: Earth One.

You might like to read Animal Man. Morrison’s Run goes from #1-26 and Secret Origins #39. It features art from Chaz Truog, Doughazlewood, and about 5 other artists and Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke) on covers. Now of course I would recommend to read all of it, but if you are in a rush or even buying them online, here is the list.

Issues skipped: 6 out of 27.

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18 7 / 2014

This list was submitted by Waldfield!

Alfred Hitchcock’s films

Hitchcock is considered by many to be the greatest director of all time.  But with over fifty films, where do we begin?

Bold will be for must-see films.  Plain text is for can-see films.  And strikethrough is for films that may be of some interest to fanatics but will be uninteresting to most. (Some of his more minor films in the early part of his career are left off the list entirely.)

Films skipped: 26 out of 41.

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18 7 / 2014

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This post was submitted by tumblr user feitclub!

With 23 “official” films in 50+ years, James Bond has a dedicated following around the world. But even fans admit (and debate) which films are must-see and which can be ignored. I’m here to deliver my definitive opinion which is completely arbitrary.

Films skipped: 11 out of 23.

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15 7 / 2014

wizardofooo said: Hi! Will there be a list for The Legend of Korra series? I loved the last airbender series but I've heard some really mixed things about LOK so I've been wary of watching it

I hope we get a list for that — it’d certainly be of use to me (I stopped at the S1 finale).