February might be the shortest month of the year but you've still got 672 hours to fill and there's only so much time you can spend outside your house talking to other people. If you're looking for a new show, podcast, game or wicked cool pop culture-inspired product, we've got you covered. Just in time for Valentine's Day, this list is culled from The Funkast's Cool Stuff We Saw Last Week segment, Netflix and the Funko hive mind.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Twelve
The first episode of Joss Whedon's beloved supernatural drama television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired on March 10, 1997. Seven season and 156 episodes later the show ended but fans and creators—including Whedon—weren't ready to let go so Dark Horse Comics stepped in to fill the gaping wound in our hearts with a continued storyline sometimes written and always supervised by creator Joss Whedon. The first installment of Season 8 in comic form was published in March of 2007, followed by Seasons 9, 10 and 11. But Dark Horse's 20-year Buffy license ended in 2018, concluding 21 years of stories and characters dearly beloved by fans. But not before Whedon had a chance to wrap it all up with Season 12, which Fansided called “a perfect conclusion.”
Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit
Everyone knows that getting cats to do what you want is super easy, so it stands to reason that organizing a cat show would probably be a cakewalk, right? If Netflix's utterly genius documentary Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit is to be believed, competing in and organizing cat competitions is stressful and hilarious. Really, really hilarious. GQ's “This Documentary on Netflix About Cat Competitions Will Make Everything Better” has this to say: “Catwalk: Tales from the Cat Show Circuit, currently on Netflix, is as close to a real life Best in Show as you can get. Trading dogs, it follows a few breeders, judges, and cat owners as they traverse the Canadian cat show circuit. I'm not sure if my life would be better if I traded in my free time to devote myself to grooming and showing my cat, but what Catwalk does best is engage people about their passions with no judgment … The comedy comes from the fact that we're dealing with cats here. In one scene, owners attempt to get their cats to run through an obstacle course, like a dog show agility competition, and it goes about as well as you'd think; cats knock over obstacles, ignore the tubes and tunnels they're supposed to run through, and generally go where they please. In another, a judge says he has ‘goosebumps' just being near Oh La La, who looks like Old Money Gritty. Everyone's clothing is covered in hair, their hands covered in scratches. It's like watching an hour and a half of Lisa Simpson trying to get Snowball to ‘be the baby.'”
Gavottes Dark Chocolate Covered Mini Crepes
Looking for a crisp, savory, indulgent and, yes, chocolate Valentine's Day gift either for yourself or someone you happen to think is really nifty? In addition to being able to call them “European snacking crepes” which sounds much fancier than "cookies" these desserts are made with entirely natural ingredients and contain no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Funko's Web Content Producer Erin Treat highly recommended these: “They're delightful. Whenever you get chocolate chip cookies they're normally heavy, cake-y or super-sweet. These are just a tiny indulgence.”
Hello from the Magic Tavern
Since 2015 improvised comedy podcast Hello from the Magic Tavern has been entertaining and delighting listeners with its whacky charm. This is what the podcast has to say by way of introduction: “Hello! I'm Arnie. I fell through a magical dimensional portal behind a Burger King in Chicago and found myself in a strange magical land called ‘Foon.' I'm still somehow getting a weak wi-fi signal from the Burger King so I host a weekly podcast from the tavern the Vermillion Minotaur, interviewing monsters, wizards and adventurers.” But don't take Arnie's word for it. The Guardian raved about the podcast's entertainment value, stating, “There is something so unabashedly goofy about Hello From The Magic Tavern that it's hard not to love. Even the biggest cynic can't help but laugh at the exploits of Arnie, who fell through a dimensional portal …”
Labyrinth Door Knockers
It's been 33 years since Jim Henson's Labyrinth debuted sparking mixed critical reviews and a militantly devoted fandom. In late 2019, identifying Labyrinth fans might become as easy as looking at their front door as Chronicle Collectibles is releasing a pair of metal scale replica door knockers depicting Left Door Knocker and Right Door Knocker. The price is undeniably steep at $675 for the pair but no one ever said being a fan was easy, or cheap and, according to the Nerdist, Chronicle Collectibles did consult The Jim Henson Company's actual props from the movie to accurately mimic the details.
If you aren't watching this charming Canadian comedy, what are you even doing with your life? In addition to being the first Canadian comedy series to be nominated for a Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, Schitt's Creek, which initially premiered January 3, 2015, was picked up by Netflix substantially increasing audience the show's awareness and ratings. Mashable acknowledges, “Schitt's Creek has morphed into that rare comedy which does everything—family dynamics, workplace humor, rom-com—well.” Vulture acknowledges the crowded landscape of quality television options, but still insists, “Do you really need another show recommendation? When it's Schitt's Creek, yeah, you do.”
Pop Culture Valentines
The oldest known valentine that still exists today is a poem written in 1415 by the Duke of Orleans, who happened to be imprisoned in the Tower of London at the time. The French medieval duke wrote the Valentine to his wife concluding with a melancholy, “I am already sick of love, My very gentle Valentine.” If you're in the mood for something a little more current that references you or your Valentine's favorite movies, television shows, games or characters, you (and your Valentine) are in luck. Etsy sellers thatCoolSign, kitschculturecanada and CambridgeCityLimits have genius cards ranging from a Dwight Schrute “MY HEART ONLY BEETS FOR YOU” to a Golden Girls “Bea Mine?” to a Bird Box “I KNOW I WON'T SEE YOU, BUT …. HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY.”
Quit Bugging Me!
Sometimes Valentine's Day inspires messages of love and admiration and sometimes it … doesn't. For those who fall into the latter category, the El Paso Zoo is offering up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. “What's the perfect Valentine's Day gift?” they ask. “Naming a cockroach after your ex, of course! Message us your ex's name and we'll name a cockroach after them! … Watch on Facebook Live or on our website's Meerkat webcam on Valentine's Day at 2:15 pm to see them devour these little bugs!”