“Spotlight” was appropriately titled, as the episode primarily focused on the Nathan/Mara/Audrey dynamic. This is the big forever love, and creating what is nearly a bottle episode where Nathan and Mara face off alone in a cabin is an incredibly powerful tool to use at this point in the game.
The claustrophobia of the cabin oozed off the screen. Lucas Bryant and Emily Rose were fabulous, circling each other trying to find the way in, and the way out. Mara luxuriates in being bad, teasing Nathan about his gal Audrey while stripping for him. She needles him (perhaps rightly so) about his affair with another Audrey doppelganger, Sarah. She tells him he should have met more of them, he would have fallen head over heels for each and every one. She’s right. Nathan feels her and he’s in her orbit. I dare you to tell me that kiss wasn’t coming from both directions. Continue reading
The season 2 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. isn’t the first time the series has dished out references to the departed Whedon series Dollhouse.
Season One’s “Tahiti” Agent Coulson asked if he fell asleep, to which a mysterious woman responded, “for a little while”. This routine made us wonder if Coulson is a doll (this theory was later disproved). Dollhouse-eque behaviour has popped up elsewhere in the MCU with the treatment of Bucky Barns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. As he is wiped, stored, and brought back for missions time after time the scenario has echos of Dollhouse. Continue reading
“Time Heist” is probably about as far from “Listen” as Doctor Who could get in terms of story type – however it is still just as perfectly in line with what feels right for Doctor Who the show. That Doctor Who is not beholden to be one thing all the time is really part of the charm, as long as the characters at the core are internally consistent, we’re set.
Doing a quick spin from a character study to a bank heist (or, time heist), and doing it well sums up so perfectly Doctor Who. While didn’t quite rise as high for me as “Listen” did, it was just fine. It allowed Capaldi some excellent moments to be both obnoxious and hilarious. You know, calories consumed on the TARDIS don’t have any effect.
Following “See No Evil”, which reoriented us into the world where Mara is back and the lighthouse has been destroyed for the umpteenth time, “Speak No Evil” does some heavy lifting setting up our main characters for the season.
Nathan is looking as badly as the make-up team can make Lucas Bryant look, having been shot and all. He’s suffering from a Mara inflicted bullet wound, and while that would be the thing hurting a normal person it’s the anguish of heartbreak that’s really causing Nathan’s pain. It’s likely that the only thing keeping him alive as he bleeds out on the beach is his unbreakable optimism that Audrey must be in there because she didn’t actually murder him. Continue reading
“See No Evil” is so many of the things I had hoped for as we gain Mara as the big bad this season.
While we’ve lost “Audrey” before, it’s never been like this. Mara not only removes Audrey from the equation, replacing her with a strong antagonist, but the fact that she is a part of Audrey ups the drama in the betrayal of her friends. Mara, finally free from being all locked up in the cage of do-gooders for 500 years, is so deliciously villainous.
Mara has more knowledge, more power, and as the “original” she may even hold a greater claim to Audrey (Mara’s?) body. For a show entering its fifth season, this completely flips the script, keeping the show fresh while playing within the parameters of this fantasy world. Continue reading
The Bomb Girls Facebook page brought to our attention a new mural paying tribute to the real Bomb Girls of WWII in Scarborough (Warden & St. Clair). Montreal based graffiti artist, Omen, worked in collaboration with StARToronto (Street Art TOronto) to create this mural paying homage to the women who worked in ammunitions, “bomb girls”, and the history of the Scarboro Junction and beautifying our fair city. Continue reading
We don’t usually re-post straight press releases – but here’s the thing. We’re excited to see more from the mind behind Veronica Mars (Rob Thomas). We want you to know where and when you can get it (CTV Extend, CW Seed, & Now). I’ve always enjoyed Ryan Hansen’s Dick Casablancas – a character who seemed to go out of his way to live us to his namesake. Maybe he’s not most upstanding character from Neptune, but isn’t the seediness of the series that kind of the point.
In case you were concerned, yes. Kristen Bell is a part of this. So keep reading for the details – I’m going to go get this series started.
Don’t Blink. Don’t Breathe. Don’t Look. Just Listen.
In Capaldi’s fourth episode as Doctor, Steven Moffat managed to reach back and resist his worst tendencies and brought us the finely tuned, “Listen”. And I’m back on board, for now at least.
I recently wrote about my decision to lower my standards and learn to enjoy what Doctor Who has come to be. After “Deep Breath” (ugh), and “Into the Dalek” (fine) I wanted to at least like the show I once loved and continuing to hope for better felt more and more like a fool’s errand. I like Clara well enough – at least what Jenna Coleman does with her, and I’m enjoying what Peter Capaldi is bringing to the character. A different sort of scattered and well — unapologetically rude — and somehow both more and less human than his recent predecessors. So I keep watching.
Then “Listen” happened. I had heard mutterings around even cynical corners of the internet that “Listen” was truly a treat, even then I remained uncertain. But for once, I was not disappointed by the Doctor Who hype. Continue reading
HAVEN — Season:5 — Pictured: Lucas Bryant as Nathan Wuornos — (Photo by: Steven Wilkie/Syfy)
The Viewing Party had the chance to sit down with Haven’s Lucas Bryant at the Showcase offices in Toronto last month, while he was in town for Fan Expo Canada. We had some hard-hitting questions for him—all about Big Bad Mara, Nathan’s destructive devotion, Nova Scotia, pancake toppings, and our favourite Havenite—Stan the Cop. Continue reading
Doctor Who has been very frustrating lately for well, lots of folks. We miss having solid story, more substance and less pizzazz (or lots of pizzazz as long as the substance is there too) and characters we can relate to. The days when companions were our guide into this world and not just ciphers who’s existence revolves around the Doctor. I’m down with total full out silliness, I just need structure, characters, something solid to guide us through the weird.
[**note: Noelle Stevenson @gingerhazing occasionally tweets brilliant criticisms of Doctor Who that are so spot on it hurts. She's great. Follow her.]
I loved this show, I want to keep loving this show. After watching the first two episodes of season 8, I actually quite like Capaldi, and I’m finding myself more interested in Clara now that she’s playing off him, and Danny Pink and even Journey Blue. Continue reading