Ropher Awards 2010

“Stop that right now! I can hear the smacking.”

The ship that made us want to punch someone in the face.

Rophy says: House/Cuddy. Let’s be real. House as a show has been over for a long time – well, not over as in off the air, which is unfortunate because in that case it would still have its dignity – but over as in stick it in the bin, you left it in the oven too long without bothering to baste it and it’s a dried up piece of crap that only a maggot could love. House/Cuddy was not the cause of that. But it was the nail in the dried up piece of crap coffin. This year we only watched clips on youtube and read hilarious episode reviews, but it was quite enough to earn Huddy this spot, we assure you.

Rin says: I just hate that that was the first thing you had to witness when viewing this page. I assure you it gets better…um.. once you get past the next graphic too.

Heather says: My worst ship is Mandeh/Emily, and I’m calling it a ship because I got FIVE emails after I called that girl Giant Not-Naomi in the Skins 4.07 recap. These people liked Mandeh. LIKED HER WITH EMILY. THOUGHT EMILY DESERVED BETTER THAN NAOMI. And I swear to God, you guys. Like. I don’t even think my absolute horror came through in my recap. I hated Mandeh. I fucking hated her. I wanted her to die in a fire or drown in the ocean or I wanted to murder her with my bare hands. I was like, “Are you TOUCHING Emily? Emily is not yours for TOUCHING.” The thought that people shipped her with Emily makes me ill.

“Okay then. Give us a kiss.”

The tingliest kiss.

Ropher says: That kiss? That kiss was like the first deep breath you’ve taken in weeks. For something so brief and so simple it’s almost shocking the emotional impact it had.

“But I can feel my skin humming.”

The tingliest thing that wasn’t a kiss.

Rin says: H/Hr dancing in Deathly Hallows. Perfection. I knew of the scene and had seen some of those preview pics etc. going into the film. Even when I knew it was coming it was everything I could have hoped for and more. It reminded me of why I shipped H/Hr from the start, and why I continue to ship what could have been.

Sophy says: Freddie tells Effy’s demons to fuck off. Okay so this was less traditionally romantic and more heart-clenchy, throat-lumpy, can’t-quite-move-a-muscle. But there were tingles going on, I swear it. Tingles and awe. (And hey do you know what would be next on my list? That time Freddie bathed and clothed Effy and tried to take her hand but she took his right back. Oh episode, you were so full of amazing.)

Heather says: I loved both of those things. The Harry/Hermione dancing scene in Deathly Hallows was one of the few things the movies have actually done better than the books. But my favorite tingliest thing that wasn’t a kiss was when Sarah beat the hell out of Chuck in Chuck Versus the Three Words. She was like, “You can’t hurt me!” ‘Cause he’d hurt her so badly she was bleeding all over the place. And it took the form of ass-kicking.

“And she’ll never have eggs or yawn or brush her hair…”

The death we’re still sniffling over.

Rophy says: Rita. Rophy aren’t wimps like Heather Hogan. We’ve been watching Dexter with our heads in our hands for years. But that? THAT? That was traumatizing.

Heather says: Who the fuck is Rita compared to Dobby. DOBBY. “What a beautiful place … to be with friends. (I’m going to need a minute.)

Rin says: Dobby is cheating. He died, like, three years ago. Even though I totally cried like a little bitch when it happened.

“Come on, let’s get this gay show on the gay road.”

How is this not a gay show?

Ropher says: Heather Hogan agrees with Rophy that Rizzoli & her special lady Isles are gayer than a couple of windows. Come on guys. Heather Hogan would know.

“And frankly, it’s ludicrous to have these interlocking bodies and not… interlock.”

The couple who weren’t a couple who should have been a couple.

Sophy says: Damon and Elena – I use the term should lightly, since, you know, he is somewhat of an evil douchebag, and she is somewhat in love with his brother. But whatever. OTP.

Rin says: Harry and Hermione? But that’s my own kind of really old issues. :) So. Maura/Jane. Just, wow.

Sophy says: Seriously. I don’t even care that their bodies don’t ~interlock. They can damn well make them interlock.

Heather says: Ann Perkins and Leslie Knope on Parks and Recreation. I’m not even saying that like a delusional gay. They have better chemistry than any other pairing on the whole show.

Sophy says: By that logic Blair and Serena should be lesbian gay-type lovers. Which… well… they really, really should.

“My calculations are precise.”

The show that should have had twice as many episodes.

Ropher says: SKINS OH MY GOD… and also not. Because the Brits know when to fold ‘em and we respect that. It’s like Joss Whedon used to say – give them what they need not what they want. What we want is for Naomily to go on forever and ever. What we need is for Naomily to have a glorious arc that leaves a glorious scar on our hearts. Having said that, due to the shortened season four, we’re not sure we really got that. So bring on the movie, okay?

And can we get ten eps for series 5, k thx.

“They’re bad calculations! Bad!”

The show that should have had half as many episodes.

Ropher says: Well you probably could have cut out half of Glee’s airtime and the show as a whole would have benefited.

Heather says: Then maybe Ryan Murphy would have had some stories to tell this season that weren’t batshit (sorry, Freddie) insane.

“What am I gonna do? Slay vampires on stage?” “Maybe in a funny way!”

The Boo Hiss award for wasting talent.

Sophy says: Well, Gossip Girl needs to release Leighton Meester from its sad, hackneyed jaws immediately… but I have to say Lisa Backwell was the biggest disappointment for me this year in terms of wasted talent. I still watch her little unseen from time to time and mourn the incredible episode that could have been.

Rin says: Agreeing with Sophy on the Lisa Backwell front. I would have preferred a Panda episode, with lots of Effy and Katie, than that JJ episode. AND JUST. The whole dad storyline would have been wonderful — and more engaging/original/heartfelt/etc.etc.

Heather says: You’re both very correct. And WTF is with Meester’s new movie called Roommate? I would like to take over making her career decisions.

“And when the music starts, we open up our hearts…”

Best use of a song in TV

Sophy says: Ebb Tide by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Skins 405, all the way from that bathroom to the hilltop, to the broken home and back. I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen such a beautiful use of a song in a TV show. I mean ever.

Rin says: Broken Records – A Promise. The way it invokes hope, especially after the previous 2 episodes, is pretty magical. Just a beautiful family moment, which is pretty rare in Skins. The crescendo takes us into the preview for 405 and guhguhguh it just works so well.

Heather says: Dinosaur Jr., Said the People. My heart has never broken like it did when Emily stepped into that frame outside of Naomi’s house. “Save me, save me, save me, save me.” (I’m going to need more minutes.)

Sophy says: Annnnd thank you Rin and Heather for choosing my second and third favourites of the year. All from Skins. Ropher is nothing if not sick with love.

She irons her jeans. She’s evil.”

Best/Worst use of jean shorts.

Ropher says: Sophia and Sophia.

“What are you doing here? Five words or less.”

Most annoying guest appearance.

Rophy says: Paltrow on Glee. Seriously, Rophy’s gleecapping factory may shut down if the sick, twisted rumours of a Paltrow/Schuster arc are true.

Heather says: This is going to get me in trouble with the gays, but Julianne Moore on 30 Rock was practically unbearable for me. Look, I have got an annoying accent, so I get it, but her thick, fake Boston one was distracting to the point of making me throw stuff. (Runner up: Summer Glau on Chuck and Alyssa Milano on Castle.)

Sophy says: Oh, no, as much as I love Julianne, even I’ll admit she was disastrous on 30 Rock.

Rin says: Let the record show that Heather is only upset because they didn’t utilise Summer’s potential. Summer is not meant for sandwich holding. OK?!

“It’s like being in the Real World house. Only real.”

Reality star we want to stalk (in a cute way).

Sophy and Heather say: Cesar Millan! Our doggies need him. We think only of them.

Sophy says: We’re hoping he can teach them to do this…

Rin says: Nat and Kat from The Amazing Race. They were awesome competitors. That last leg? No one even stood a chance. They’re totally gay for each other too.

“I can’t feel anything. Legs, arms, anything.”

The most disappointing TV moment.

Sophy says: Lost. I can’t even. And not just 2010. ALL. TIME.

Rin says: This is really tough. It’s a toss up between Skins 407/408 and then the Dexter finale. I don’t want to get into details about the Dexter finale because I know one blondie who hasn’t seen it yet. But yeah, I was disappointed. AND SKINS. I don’t know. Freddie and the bats. It’s not just the fact that it was such a random killing, it was the fact that they made way too much of a mess in the SECOND LAST EPISODE that it was near impossible for them to wrap that up and then everything else that had happened previously. It was supposed to be the gen 2 finale, not JOHN FOSTER IS A MURDEROUS BASTARD. Sophia.. Naomily… there was still worlds to go. Katie…who? Thomas, Panda. EFFY having gone through 4 seasons and not getting a send off at all. I just. Oh Skins.

Heather says: Outsourced. The fact that NBC picked up Outsourced at all is gross. The fact that they picked it up and gave it Parks and Recreation’s time slot is unforgivable. It’s lazy and jingoistic and everything that’s wrong with America.

“Well, see, I like that you’re unpredictable.”

Something that surprised us.

Sophy says: The Vampire Diaries. Occasionally – very occasionally – my love of watching terrible things purely to complain about them rewards me. Because The Vampire Diaries was awful – really, really, hilariously, dazzlingly awful – and I knew it would be and I basically chose to watch it for that reason. At first it surprised me by being not just bad, but so very bad that I almost didn’t enjoy hating it. But I stuck with it, sniggering miserably all the way, and the longer I watched the better it got. And now? Okay, so it may not be high art, but it’s probably the show I most look forward to week to week.

Except Skins. Always except Skins.

Rin says: HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. I was blown away because I didn’t expect it to be nearly half as good. It was Dreamworks ffs. But they finally got what Disney/Pixar knew from the beginning. I was crying a lot in this film, and sometimes I didn’t even know why. Like that whole sequence where Hiccup is drawing and Toothless grabs a tree and draws too and and… BAWLS.

Heather says: The Three Brothers animation sequence in Deathly Hallows. I don’t have any words to add. It was perfect.

Rin says: OMFG YES HEATHER. I was floored by that. Like, as if I wasn’t already having the time of my life during this film, they had to go and create this gorgeous sequence.

“Come with me now, if you will, gentle viewers. Join me on a new voyage of the mind, a little tale I like to call…”

The movie that had us on the edge of our seats with our heads in our hands.

Rin says: Deathly Hallows. I was literally on the edge of my seat, with my head in my hands. I think it was also the fact that I had done an epic reread and ended up reading the first half of DH the day of. It was an unreal experience, having the words so fresh in my mind and then seeing it exactly as I’d pictured. I think this was easily the best book-to-film translation of all the Potters. Plus, all of that Hermione.

Heather says: Rin, yes! One thing that worried me about Deathly Hallows was: How was David Yates going to really be able to capture the essence of the aimlessness and loneliness and growing desperation the trio experiences in the book? But the wandering was one of the best parts of the whole movie. Also, for me, The King’s Speech. Colin Firth better get his damn Oscar this time.

Sophy says: I agree entirely, Colin Firth was tremendous in that film. I was pleased to find that all the hype was justified.

My favourite film of 2010 was Glorious 39. I might be cheating a little here, since it came out in the UK at the end of 2009. But I don’t think it ever actually even reached Australian theatres, so I had to wait for the DVD and whatever okay, it’s a 2010 movie for me.

Let’s face it, I was always going to like this film. I love Poliakoff, and I love Romola Garai; I seem to remember actually jumping up and down when I heard they were working together. And then we have Bill Nighy, Jeremy Northam, Julie Christie, Hugh Bonneville, David Tennant… Come on, how wrong can it go?

For my part the answer is not at all wrong – though I can see how it might divide the critics. I don’t agree with those who say it’s an old-fashioned thriller that doesn’t thrill. I’m not at all sure it’s supposed to thrill – that is, not in the gotcha way. This is one of those films that makes you think and feel – that makes you think-feel, really. And I guess I’m still think-feeling about it. I’ll get back to you when I can sum up its brilliance in 200 words or less, which will probably be never. For now I will say: Watch it. Whatever you may think of it, it’s worth it for Romola Garai’s performance alone.

Rin says: I loved Glorious 39. I agree that it’s a very think-feely film, and for me it was pretty thrilling. I was frightened a lot of the time.

“Well, from the title I thought it was about food.”

We want our money back for the ticket and the pretzel bites.

Sophy says: Eclipse. I haven’t actually seen Eclipse, but that is neither here nor there. I don’t need to. See I already know that Jacob Black wears jean shorts and sneakers. I know that they cut out the one scene I might have been interested in watching. And, you know, I know what happens, and am therefore painfully aware of how dirty and insulted I would feel by the time the credits rolled.

So yeah, I may not have seen Eclipse. But I feel I should be financially compensated just for knowing it exists.

Heather says: Sex and the City 2 wasn’t just the worst movie of 2010; it was the worst movie EVER MADE. Runner-up is You Again. Kristen Bell is another person whose career I’m going to take over. She needs some serious decision-making help.

Rin says: The worst movie I saw at an actual cinema was StreetDance. It was free tickets…but I still want to be reimbursed?

“Are you going like stalker-boy on me now?”

Most watched wife.

Rophy says: Romola Garai :)

Sophy says: I think I got Rin to watch, like, five or six of her projects in a few short weeks. After which she finally agreed that she belonged in the glass cage with her fellow wonderful people. 8-. And I re-watched them all alongside her, because that’s what I do, so this totally counts as Rophy’s most-watched wife.

Sophy says Heather says: Yyvonne Strahovski. We explained to Heather that multiple episodes of the same show didn’t count, but she insisted her twitter stalking more than made up for it and oh please, if general unhealthy obsession counted we all know who Rin’s ~most watched wife would be. (I’ve seen the binoculars. And the cape.)

“It’s really nice that you guys missed me. Say, you all didn’t happen to do a bunch of drugs, did you?”

The year’s best fandom.

Rophy says: What kind of a question is this? Obviously the Rophy fandom. What? Jade and Dave said we were a fandom. THEY SAID IT. YOU CAN’T TAKE IT BACK.


Skins fandom of course! We may have our differences, Skins fandom, but we love you guys, like, fierce, you know?

We promise to be nicer to JJ. Maybe.

If he gets that baby anywhere near the Skins movie, all bets are off.

Heather says: My real answer is Rophy Fandom. One of the best days of 2010 was the day I read your 408 recap on LiveJournal. Mandeh, Sophia, Freddie pointing the bread, the gayest race: I would have stalked you from afar if you’d never emailed me back.

“That’s right! I’m back, and I’m a bloody animal!

The greatest comeback.

Sophy says: Piper Perabo! I think a Golden Globe nomination officially puts her back on the map. Actually it puts her on another map. A better map that doesn’t show you the way to Coyote Ugly.

Heather says: I gotta say Conan. Getting shafted by NBC was the best thing to ever happen to his career.

Rin says: Agree with BOTH choices. Piper and Conan, sitting in a tree.

“Isn’t it pretty? It raises the dead!”

How were we living before we found this?

Sophy says: Harry Potter. Rin needs to learn to draw faster so I can share my ~magical journey faster.

Rin says: Rophydoes. Seriously, I don’t remember what I used to do with my time beforehand.

Sophy says: What??? You can’t say rophydoes, that’s cheating! YOU GREAT BIG NAOMI.

Heather says: Skins. I watched my first episode on Jan 1, 2010.

Sophy says: THAT’S CHEATING TOO!! Goddamn you 2009 :-.

“Check. No more butt monkey.”

Put a fork in it; it’s done.

Sophy says: See above re: House and the maggots. But Gossip Girl also needs to stop please.

Rin says: Anything to do with vampires that isn’t Vampire Diaries (for Sophy) which is pretty much me saying NO TO THE BUFFY REBOOT. How dare they try to cash in on the flavour of the month using the Whedonverse but not Whedon himself.

Sophy says: I love your Sophy-caveats. So thoughtful. And yes, I agree in general. Enough with the vampires. The market is saturated and we are covered in mediocre.

Heather says: I’m done with American Idol. I’m done hearing about it. I’m done having to write about it. Simon’s gone, it’s over.

“Oh that’s the sound she makes when she’s speechless with geeker joy.”

The best thing that happened to Ropher.

Ropher says: Ropher.

“Peas in a pod. Bonded peas.”

And this is why Ropher are soulmates.

Rophy says: Dude. Turns out all three of us cut our fangirl teeth on Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain. How special is that?

Heather says: I also love it that we don’t read each other’s Skins recaps until we’re done writing our own, and we always deconstruct the same way. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Sophy says: I find it reassuring.

Rin says: Like your Depends.

Sophy says:

“Wow! They should film that story and show it every Christmas.”

The best macro Rophy made.

Heather says: The Mandeh macros from 408 are going to always be my favorites ’cause those are the first ones that made me roll in the floor and clutch my stomach and howl with laughter. My second favorite is the one when Rin’s cartoon hand pets Naomi in her sleep and then leaves her a sketch of herself! And my third favorites are the Gayest Race. Oh! And “I hope it all comes true!” from 301. (See Rin’s “The Winner Is” video for the more poignant, moving version.)

“My heart expands, tis grown a bulge in it.”

The best sentence Heather Hogan wrote.

Rin says: Best SENTENCE? Screw that. I can break the rules cause we made them. I’m going to say one of things that will always stand out in my mind when thinking about Heather’s words is the last page of her JJ recap. I felt emotionally rocked after reading it.

Sophy says: I know, I was a bit mean trying to make you isolate one sentence. And since I totally failed also, I’ll let it slide.

First of all I completely agree with Rin on the whole last page of JJ sentiment. I had actual tears reading that, because oh Heather, you are so damn beautiful at cutting to the quick of human experience via the means of excellent TV. But I also wanted to include the above little section from the 305 recap, because when I first read it I actually thought a keyboardmash. As in ‘;SDLKFJSLDKFJ’ popped into my head. IN NEON.

“And then Dawn said we were a cute triangle!”

The Second-Cutest Human Ever Award.

Sophy says: Jennifer Morrison in How I Met Your Mother. A perfect addition to the cast. I say this having only ever seen the episodes with her in them. I am at peace with that fact.

Rin says: Sara Quin started jumping around on stage during performances last year. It’s the cutest thing I have ever seen. (Which was 3 times in 2010)

Sophy says: She said Paramore inspired her to do the jumping. It ruined it for me.

Rin says: I know. I chose to ignore that part.

Heather says: Lily Loveless IRL.

Rin says: Goddamn you 2009 :-.

Sophy says: :-.

“The wedding. What wedding?”

Best Future Husband.

Rophy says: Jack Thorne. It’s okay, Mr Thorne, it’s just face braille.

Um, seriously though, you are our favourite male person of 2010, for delivering Cast-Offs unto us and for slaving over that Skins movie script, and for having the immense wonderfulness to let us interview you.

Bryan Elsley and Jamie Brittain? You can be our best men.

Rin says: Not to mention he wrote scripts for both Lily and Kat. We’re waiting for Touch and Goths (co-written with Ben Schiffer) with bated breath.

Sophy says: Katie Fucking Fitch will have a lot to say about Goths, via the means of us.

Heather says: Colin Firth. The answer is always Colin Firth.

“My wedding! I’m getting married, can you believe it?!”

Best Future Wife.

Rophy says: Emma Watson. She’s just so…

Our knees. They is jello.

Heather says: Gwen Cooper from Torchwood.

“Me sharpening my pencil, me reading, writing, falling asleep on a big pile of books…”

The Hermione Granger award for reminding Ropher of Hermione Granger.

Rophy says: Maura Isles. Seriously.

Heather says: Sophy [Last Name Redacted] is the Hermione Granger-est person I have ever known.

Rin says: Don’t say that, it’s going to cause me to have very confusing feelings.

Sophy says: … I think… she means another Sophy… *backs away*

“That’ll put marzipan in your pie-plate, bingo!”

The Rin will cry if you don’t get a trophy award for being loved by Rin.

Rin says: Jane Rizzoli :((

Sophy says: *pats head*

Heather says: *also pets*

“When I look into the future all I see is…”

What we want from 2011.

Ropher says: The Skins movie to happen? Skins UK to be awesome? Skins US to be awesome? All things Skins for ever and ever?

“Sassy eggs.”

And the winner of the gayest race for 2010 is…

Sophy says: Effy. *pats Effy’s head*

Rin says: Please.

Heather says: Hasn’t Effy suffered enough this year? Here you go, Effy Stonem. Four for you, Effy Stonem. And none for JJ. Bye.

62 Responses

  1. Jilyssa
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    This is my very first post in the Rophy/Ropher fandom but…


    I was SO on board with them and it just… never happened. Sadface everywhere. BUT that dance scene in Deathly Hallows was perfection. It was actually the only part of the film where I shed a tear and it was, in essence, the almost-happiest part of the film.

    1. Sophy
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      :ooooo first post! Welcome :)

      1. Greytune
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        I am so ridicolously excited for you to start reading the books where they’re older and what you’re going to ship. It should be illegal.

        (Oh, and I am totally a H/Hr shipper as well.)

  2. Pao
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    skins skins skins
    the tingliest kiss Naomily <3
    Skins the movie!
    Best/Worst use of jean shorts. "She irons her jeans. She's evil" i love it!
    Lisa, Lily <3, Kaya
    I would have love to see Kristen Bell in "The Second-Cutest Human Ever Award" :( But there's Lily :)
    Ropher in 1 word: awesome!
    thank you guys!

    1. Pao
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    2. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      aw, we adore KBell, just not especially so this year. But she is definitely stupid amounts of adorable!

  3. Kelly
    Kelly at · Reply

    Sophy says: … I think… she means another Sophy… *backs away* HAHHAHAHAHAHAH

    I loved Rophy! You two are freaking hilarious!

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      I’m glad my unease amuses you. I’m sure you’ll be delighted to know that I’ll be the one sleeping with one eye open from now on. :((9

  4. uber
    uber at · Reply

    I love Ropher. I love Ropher so much. Thank you guys for injecting so much love, lolz and happy into my 2010

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      You are welcome uber, we love you right back :)

  5. carly
    carly at · Reply

    These are all so amazingly spot-on! Seriously, Ropher has pretty much been one of the biggest highlights of 2010 for me!! Thanks for doing all that you do, Ropher, and for keeping me entertained!

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      We love to do it! Thank you for visiting us :)

  6. diggablu
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    5 emails (from 5 degenerates) does not a ship make….mandy was just a tool (in every sense of the word) for Naomi to realise what she was potentially losing. NOT A SHIP PEOPLE! Just a thing that happened once…like that time Cassie ate a cheeseburger.
    I guess that rant was the equivalent of me wanting to punch someone in the face so…yeah, ok, Ropher award worthy.
    Also, award for best use of obscure Buffy quotes in context goes to Sophy. Scary good.
    Best single panel comic goes to Rin – I haven’t laughed this much at cartoons since “the far side”. On that note let me just say that even though you guys are way cute in real life or whatever – you will always be rin-drawn in my heart.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      Agreed. It’s not a ship. Which means Heather cheated. TYPICAL.

  7. Emma
    Emma at · Reply

    You guys. I love you guys. So so fucking much. Can I just say the way you manage to fit Buffy into everything whilst keeping it relevant is a talent worthy of worship? BRB flinging self at altar of Ropherism.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      There’s an altar now???? GOSH, I wish we’d made rophydoes years ago ♥

  8. Paige
    Paige at · Reply

    You three bring ridiculous amounts of joy to my life! This is the best fandom ever!
    Yay for Effy’s Gayest win!

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      EFFY IS ON CLOUD NINE. The poor little love.

      1. SkepticEddie
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        I feel like this might be even more unhealthy for her than Effy/Emily? Consolation prize, Effy. Look it up.

  9. Mia
    Mia at · Reply

    For 2011 I want moar skins and as we get more skins I expect we’ll get more Rophy to cover all the new stuff, amirite? ;D
    So, that question mark at the end.. “Ropher says: The Skins movie to happen?” People on tumblr say that the skins movie is just a rumor and that it’s not gonna happen but you guys talked to the makers of skins and know for sure right? It is gonna happen, right? :/

    1. Sophy
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      Do you really think Jack Thorne would have been that tight-lipped if it was just a rumour ;)

  10. lolkat
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    I’ve not finished reading the article yet, but I’m distracted because I caught the word conjunction ” That time Freddie bathed” in the above post, and I was like “wait, I though this was supposed to be about things that DID happen in 2010?”

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      lol I kind of have a soft spot for grunge!Freds. Provided he didn’t take any tips on cleaning up after sex from Cook. Because omg I can’t even. ew.

  11. Amy
    Amy at · Reply

    I love you guys. Seriously. My first ever ship was Lois and Clark, and my 2 all time ships are Buffy/Angel and House/Cameron, and I obviously love skins since that is how I got here, but why the paramore hate? I really like paramore. That’s sad :-(

  12. lolkat
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    …And to follow on from my previous comment, having read the whole thing, is that I LOVED LOVED LOVED what you did there with the BtVS quotation headings. LOVED. Srsly. All award ceremonies should be structured around the liberal employment of BtVS quotations.

  13. Sanni
    Sanni at · Reply

    I liked DH part 1. It was the first HP movie I wasn’t disappointed with. It had the right pace and everyone in the trio had improved in their acting. Especially Emma Watson. And the Three Brothers-sequence was great.

    The Fitch family moment with Broken Records – A Promise is my favourite Series 4 moment, full stop. And the bat is my least favourite moment in Skins ever.

    I don’t know if I’m alone in this, but I really don’t want a Skins movie. Gen 1 is so precious to me. I think the Gen 1 finale was close to perfect. As much I love Jal, Michelle, Tony, Chris (R.I.P.) and most of all Cassie, I’ve already said goodbye to them. I liked their ending and I can’t stand it if the movie ruins it.

    Of course, the Skins movie could happen focusing on Gen 2, but I also don’t want a movie about Gen 2 without any mentions of Gen 1. Gen 2 needed more Tony mentions already.

  14. Amy
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    Oh the HouseCam is … Well it just goes beyond anything really. It is, sorry WAS the greatest thing since sliced bread before they destroyed it :-(
    And that truly does overpower any kind of paramore dislike. It was just a shock that’s all, it’s the first time I have disagreed with you guys and it just threw me that’s all.
    But house and Cameron,’man I just ….. Ugh no words can describe the hatred I feel for DS and KJ 1st for being big giant lying liars and leading all the shippers on, from both sides, but then for ruining the show so much that icant even bring myself to watch the good season/s cos it just hurts so much to think what it’s turned into. I mean I’m pretty sure you guys quit before me, but I lasted till camerons last episode, and it was horrible and stupid and I hated it, but I have never ever in my life given up on a show EXCEPT house. And it’s horrible

    Sorry for the novel, by when I get on a house rant I can last for hours, kinda like Sophy tends to when lost comes up…..

  15. blondie
    blondie at · Reply

    Lolling and head in hands from beginning to end.

    I’m with Heather, the Mandeh “I am Nothin” macro was the first macro of yours that made me incapable of breathing.

    And Effy finally becoming the gayest? Yay.

    What a great 2010 it was with Ropher.

  16. Mely
    Mely at · Reply

    Oh seriously guys, you are all awesome.
    The gayest race…omg. The macro choice was spot on me think, the look on Effy’s face …pure joy. :D

    I approve with each and every bits of what the three of you just said.
    The Skins Fandom IS the best fandom ever. Fact. Those who don’t agree, DEAL WITH IT. :)

  17. iampenbot
    iampenbot at · Reply


    They are so cute.
    I am in love with Ann.
    I don’t see ow Leslie can’t be.

  18. polymorph80
    polymorph80 at · Reply

    Seriously, “Best Use Of A Song In TV” should have a separate category because otherwise it’d only ever be Skins. (The music is one of the reasons I’m trepidatory about Skins US; I need to know that it’ll be able to preserve that. And I also want to know who’s playing the parents.) But I want to give honourable mentions to “Heavy Drug (Surrender Sounds Mix)” by UNKLE – the one that plays over the end of Cook’s episode – and, as much as you’re going to hate me, “True” by The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain. (My favourite all-out song to appear in Skins this year is a brilliant song, but in hindsight didn’t click as well with the scene as it might have – Tilly And The Wall’s “I Always Knew” from Katie’s ep.) Non-Skins, I’ve got to give a nod to the best use of a Wham! song you’ll ever see – “Club Tropicana” in the Ashes To Ashes finale. Chilling.

    It’s been confirmed that Skins S5 is only going to be eight episodes.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      If they can take two away unceremoniously they can damn well add two in unceremoniously.

      (Also it was a joke.)

      1. polymorph80
        polymorph80 at · Reply

        Oh, I know. And honestly, from what I’ve seen, I can live with an eight ep S5. (Franky scares the living shit out of me for personal reasons.)

        I don’t think eight million eps would have been enough for Gen2, though. (S4 needed more Panda and less bats. I’ll still love JJ’s episode forever though, for the brilliant way it flipped the seasons’ theme on it’s head while still sticking to it.) I could watch most of that gang forever. (And probably will.)

  19. Valerie Anne
    Valerie Anne at · Reply

    This was all kinds of magical and perfect and I had to take a break halfway through because I realized I was only halfway through and that there was so much more awesome left that I was afraid I would explode from overawesomeness.

    *deep breath*

    Anyway…Thank you for this.

    And thank you for Ropher. The internet has never known such a perfect threesome.

    The Buffy quotes throughout really tied the whole thing together.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      haha oh Valeria Anne. Thank you :)

  20. Angie
    Angie at · Reply


    NAT AND KAT. So gay, idek.

  21. Michelle
    Michelle at · Reply

    Rophydoes and Ropher are the best things of my 2010.

  22. Buckbeak
    Buckbeak at · Reply

    I’m cracking myself up HAHAHA That Effy cap at the end just LOLz. What would this fandom be without you Rophy? Keep it up.

  23. harto
    harto at · Reply

    This was wonderful. I second the above comment wholeheartedly. Kudos to you guys for making it happen.

  24. folkpants
    folkpants at · Reply

    2010: I discovered Skins, then Heather, then Rophy. I cannot imagine one without the others.

    Ropher has allowed me to:

    -Love Buffy all over again.
    -Not feel like such a pedo/perv for loving L. Loveless as much as I do. I am not alone.
    -Be okay with the fact that in the end Lost sucked ass.
    -Realize grown-ups can love Harry Potter and cry like babies while reading. (This I knew, but the company is nice.)
    -Know that I’m not the only one who thinks Ann and Leslie are the cutest couple/noncouple around. (Rizzoli/Isles is SUCH a couple.)
    -Agree that everyone loves Colin Firth and Piper Perabo.
    -Know I’ve got people to call when I start stalking Nat and Kat.
    -Remember that tv can be great. GREAT!
    -Understand that nothing NOTHING is ever as funny/creepy to me now as jean shorts.

    I love you ladies and am so glad you are in the world making me laugh so much that I can’t breathe and/or piss my pants. Keep up the good work and rock the shit out of 2011!

  25. Rebeccapedia
    Rebeccapedia at · Reply

    I LOVE this! The influence you guys have on me is scary, I’d never even heard of Glorious 39, and before I even read what you’d written about it Sophy I started downloading it. If I don’t like I will become convinced I have the crazy penis disease from a Chumash tribe or Ebola or something.
    THE BUFFY QUOTES. Just a thousand times yes.
    Tingly kiss. JFC. You pick the little kiss, not the big,I’m so sorry/I really forgive you, I love you so so so much, public declaration, we haven’t kissed like this in forever, you are my universe, tears, love forever die for you kiss, but the little, drunk, slightly messy, more private happy kiss. PERFECT.
    H/Hr YES YES YES. You know that epilogue was just set two years before Hermione pops out a little black haired baby that clearly is not made of Weasley sperm anyway. And Freddie trying to fight Effy’s madness. The bath. You beat my emotional heart with that bat Jamie! ABUSE!
    Rita! :( I did not see this coming, not until that split second where you hear her phone ring. It actually broke me. I still can’t believe I actually liked season 5, and even worse, I might actually not be so heart-crushed over Rita any more! Those writers have proper mad skills!
    Rissoles love. Well duh. Maura as Hermione? YES. Rins special award? HELLZ YES.
    Panda and Cooper. Bawl. Fucking ukuleles!
    Family scene with A Promise. Part of the reason I think Katie’s will always be my favourite gen 2 episode, so lovely, so optimistic, so genuine.
    Jack Thorne. I got to go see Bunny in August last year, it is brilliant. If the Skins movie comes out in August you are also going (back for Heather!) to Edinburgh so you can see all the crazy talented funny friendly Skins people like Josie, Rob Fitch, Father Dougal, David Blood, etc for super cheap in crazy venues (Josie was in a CAVE! A cave that’s been converted into a nightclub, but you can still tell you’re in a cave, with no windows or airconditioning or anything!)
    The Heather JJ quote, everyone is everything, some people just aren’t brave enough to find it all. I love that Rophy picked to HH quotes that tie together so well. It’s PERFECT.

    Ummm…. maybe?:
    Half Glee. In theory yes, but then what if all we get is the bad half?! It’s a scary gamble. Plus half = less Rachel, and even crazy alt universe Rachel that pops up in the Glee world is better than no Rachel. If I really had a Glee wish it would be to stick Joss, Jed and Maurissa into the writers room, imagine what they could do with Quinn?! And Rachel! And Santana too. But not you Mercedes, you don’t deserve them, I don’t like you. Not at all. Not one bit.
    The Paltrow. I know I should hate her. But I didn’t. I saw the ad where she dissed Rachel and was already to throw my circley sword thing at her, but then, I don’t know, I liked her. I would pick her over Will any day. She’s in the maybe though, and not the no, wrong! one because of her Will connection. Some evil is too strong for the light.
    Lost. I lost Lost. I liked it at the end, but only because I gave up on it in season 3 and zombie watched it like a person who actually enjoys two and a half men or greys anatomy. I still love Suliet though! HA HA HA! (I’ve been practising my evil laugh :p )
    SATC 2. I didn’t really like the first movie. I thought it was kind of craptacular actually, so maybe it’s just because I had really low expectations, but this one I paid for and did not want my money back, it was fun (except the stupid secret ninja womens club. I’d feel ignorant about that statement, but really it was so offensive in the film, I can’t make it worse.)

    NO! Sorry, no. Sweet shit in a bucket, what’s wrong with you?:
    Julianne with the Boston accent. I LOVED her, and her crazy accent. I was sad when Jack picked Avery.
    THAT’S IT! (Well I don’t really understand the Teagan and Sarah thing, I couldn’t name a single song, but bopping -> hopping -> Kangaroos! -> Australia, yay! so you can have that?)

    If I was standing in a room and you were on one side and Joss Whedon was on the other and I could only talk to one side, I would cry a lot, consider trying to cut myself in two, and then I would pick your side. (Although I’d probably try and cheat by cutting off one of my fingers and putting super-glue on it and throwing it at Joss so then he’d have to come to the hospital with me, ha ha, SUCCESS!) But I’d still pick you. Because in case you didn’t know you’re all perfect. :)
    (Realistically this scenario has a lot of flaws because why would you not be with Joss anyway, and would you really stand there and talk to me while I hacked my own finger off and pain/missing finger means I probably wouldn’t be able to aim for him properly anyway, so just concentrate on the euphoric affection and awe I have for you all, that’s what I was going for.)

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      Oh Rebecca. We should probably make you some kind of trophy for longest AND THEREFORE BEST commenter ♥

    2. Mia
      Mia at · Reply

  26. Mia
    Mia at · Reply

    But if effy’s the gayest, where does that leave Naomily?

    ps: I ship Manffy.

    1. Sophy
      Sophy at · Reply

      Oh you. As gullible as Effy. *pats head*

  27. tapette
    tapette at · Reply

    It’s all about the jean shorts. You guys can talk jean shorts all day and it doesn’t get old. And when you mentioned Twilight I thought, ‘I would probably even watch that shit if Rophy recapped it’. Whoa, that’s some crazy shit.

  28. Gia
    Gia at · Reply

    Ohhhhhh jeans shorts. Reading this took me back to that night this blog made my life. I still remember posting that picture of my make-shift “one of us” tshirt. I thank you both for praising me like you did. I was so excited that the next day I brought my computer to school and showed my fellow rophydoes fan friend. Anyways, this post may be a bit late but it comes with a lot of love from a very big fan.

  29. SkepticEddie
    SkepticEddie at · Reply

    Rin, am I right in perceiving that in your last “Please!” you are speaking in your Lily-Loveless-in-the-Skins-Myspace-webchat-interview-when-Kat-accidentally-spits-on-her voice?

  30. LJ
    LJ at · Reply

    Point of interest after seeing the Mandeh cap. Her pants are the same as the ones Emily wears in the epic forest-sex scene. js.

  31. lanu
    lanu at · Reply


    that line almost got me going on murderous rampage. …how can anyone be “better than naomi” ….how?? …’s just not possible…. *shakes head slowly*

    my “something that surprised” would be the movie “Legend of the Guardians”… that movie was awesome! and i went in thinking “about owls?? and legends about owls nonetheless… really??”

  32. Lanu
    Lanu at · Reply


    that almost made me go on a murderous rampage *fume*… how can anything deserved be better than Naomi… how…?? it just isn’t possible…
    Naomi is heartaching perfection…!!

    And my “Something that surprised” would be the movie “Legend of the Guardians”. i went in thinking, “about owls…. really?? and ‘legends’ about owls nonetheless….. *frown*… uhhh… ok…..”. but that movie was super!! :D

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