February 16-22: Online

by Listener Archive / 07 February, 2013
Destiny's Child reunite and 31 Best Will They/Won't They? TV Couples.
Will They/Won’t They?

MOON DRIVING: In honour of Stargazing: The Event (click here for more details), here’s an amazing video of Apollo 16 astronaut John Young driving a lunar rover on the Moon. Astronaut Charles Duke took the footage, then a camera placed on the vehicle shows the lunar landscape up close. Spectacular, even 41 years later: bit.ly/UPAxaO.

SUPERBEYONCÉ: Beyoncé’s half-time show at the Superbowl XLVII was almost immediately online and the superstar songstress showed she does know how to sing live after being accused of lip-syncing at Obama’s inauguration. The show, a mini Destiny’s Child reunion, was notable for no wardrobe malfunctions or controversies, although speaking of wardrobes, does any performer wear pants these days? See it here: huff.to/WowEdW.

SHIPPING: Since Sam and Diane, “will they, won’t they” has been a time-honoured TV trope. It is being played out in New Girl (Four, Monday, 8.00pm) between Zooey Deschanel’s Jess and Jake Johnson’s Nick, and Zooey’s sister Emily has also done the “will they, won’t they” dance in Bones (TV3, Thursday, 8.30pm). EW.com has put together 31 Best Will They/Won’t They? TV Couples, from Kermit and Miss Piggy to Carrie and Mr Big, plus, of course, the cautionary tale that is Moonlighting. 

TROPE HELP: New Girl’s Zooey Deschanel has been accused – a lot –of another trope of television and film: the Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Her role in 500 Days of Summer possibly didn’t help, and she joins the likes of Melanie Griffith in Wild Thing, Kirsten Dunst in Elizabethtown and even Jean Seberg in French New Wave classic Breathless. Comedy group Natural Disastronauts have a bit of fun with the concept in State Home for Manic Pixie Dream Girls: bit.ly/YvNRRj. (Next week: the Manic Pixie Dream Boy, starting with Michael Cera.)
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