H’s Confession Time: an Outlander review

This post does contain some spoilers for the first two episodes of Starz’s Outlander, as well as some references to the events that take place in the book.

 

So first things first, I have to make a confession: I hated Outlander.

Perhaps a weird place to start for a post all about the brand new and long-anticipated Starz series, currently airing on Showcase in Canada (Sundays at 10 pm), but bear with me a while and I think you’ll understand what I mean.

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Outlander Premiere: Claire Randall, Grown Ass Woman, Time Traveler

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*** Notes and Spoiler Warning: S writes this post coming at Outlander cold. As in, not a book reader (We do have a book reader review for you too, right here). If you don’t know the premise of the show, then you’ll be spoiled for episode one, but really?!?! ***

If you’re going to take away one thing from the Outlander premiere, the thing that’s really going to carry you into the next episode, it’s Claire Randall, grown ass, actual adult woman. Claire was a combat nurse in WWII and is attempting to get back into the swing of civilian life on a second honeymoon with her husband in Scotland when a little exploration leads to some pretty major time travel.

If you need two things, there’s also the beauty of Jamie (played by actual Scotsman Sam Heughan), and the beauty of actual Scotland, the gorgeous landscape of which is showcased throughout the episode. Continue reading

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Summer Rewatch: Gossip Girl Season One

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The dog days of summer call for lazy days of rewatching old series, avoiding the hot hot heat … or in the case of this strange August, avoiding the annoyingly autumnal weather.

Gossip Girl’s first season  is top notch summery froth filled with drama, scandal and fashion. All this, plus being available on Netflix, made it a prime contender for a summer binge-watch.  Continue reading

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“Under the Dome”: Watch Out, Ladies

***This post contains spoilers for Under the Dome up to and including the season 2 premiere. You know the drill, process with caution.**

under the dome sheriff linda esquivel natalie martinezWe enjoyed Under the Dome when it premiered last summer. The premise seemed just goofy enough to pique our interest and the mystery set up in episode one kept our interest through the fairly well paced 13-episode season.

We also noticed an unfortunate trend. In a show like this we expect there to be a death toll, that’s the nature of the beast and that’s not really the problem. But with the exception of Duke, all major character deaths have been women. Continue reading

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Clone Club Cuteness Break: Mini-Clone Dance party

Who knew that after the finale the best moment of Orphan Black season 2 was yet to come? Remember that adorable mini-clone looking up at Sarah? Well, Cynthia Galent, the actress playing the second-gen Tatiana Maslany clone took her awesome to the next level when she decided to recreate the Clone Club dance party at home.  Continue reading

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Orphan Black: No Boys Allowed in Clone Club

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Spoilers for Season 2 of Orphan Black ahead. You know the drill.

While the first rule of Clone Club may be, “Don’t talk about Clone Club”, the second rule, with the obvious exception of Fee and any male clones sharing identical DNA, has been an unspoken no boys allowed policy. Continue reading

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Defiance Season 2 Premiere “The Opposite of Hallelujah”

Tony Curran as Datak Tarr, Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan, Stephanie Leonidas as Irisa, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley, Julie Benz as Amanda Rosewater, Jaime Murray as Stahma Tarr and Jesse Rath as Alak Tarr in Defiance. Season 2 premieres Thursday, June 19 at 10pm ET/PT on Showcase.

Defiance returns with its second season tonight (June 19th).  Nothing says summer like a solid sci-fi series with interesting drama, conflict and cool effects weeks to week, right?

I generally find myself on the line with sci-fi series that contain actual aliens (this is coming from a Farscape fan, mind you), it’s an extra hurdle of suspension of disbelief that the sincerity of the story needs to clear.  If you’re coming into this without having seen the first season (well, go watch that), know that this isn’t a problem with Defiance, a series that sets up conflicts and relationships that feel real from the get-go, something that is certainly present in the second season premiere.

Minor but not really spoilers below. If you’re truly concerned, come back after you watch “The Opposite of Hallelujah” tonight at 10pm and let us know what you think.  Continue reading

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Orphan Black “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion” – Our Brains Explode with Theories Galore!

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Episode 2 of Season 2 “Governed by Sound Reason and True Religion” continued at an unrelenting pace (part of what we love) – and while we didn’t necessarily feel like we were moving in a distinct direction point in the second season story it had more than enough to keep us hooked.

In the conversation about the episode topics quickly veered away from the episode as a single entity and instead had us thinking about what the show was doing in it’s larger mythology and more generally about the conversation the show is having with the audience.

There has been so much more happening in this story at this point; the discovery of clones and learning about each other, that we’ve hardly stopped to think about why. Project Leda has been name dropped a few times, but diving further into the Dyad Institute, and Mrs. S’s network has led us to really start to question where this all started, and why. Continue reading

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Orphan Black Hits the Ground Running in Season 2 Premiere, “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed”

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[Spoilers ahoy for Orphan Black Season 2 Premiere "Nature Under Constraint and Vexed" and prior. You know the drill.]

Let’s be honest – did anyone not spend about 5 minutes in the first half of the season opening thinking “Wow. So much Felix butt.”, because I did. It was just out there and everything. I kinda love it. Isn’t that what the show is all about – just putting it all out there, up front and then driving ahead full tilt? Continue reading

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Veronica Mars Movie: She Didn’t Have to Choose Piz But I Wish She Hadn’t Chosen That

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Warning: this post contains spoilers from the Veronica Mars movie, but you really should have seen it by now. 

There are some characters that we relate to in a way that their struggles, heartbreak, and accomplishments feel real to us, like we’re watching and supporting a friend. Veronica Mars is one of those characters to me. It probably has something to do with her being a girl in high school (initially), and the age I was when I first watched it. I often feel this way about Buffy too.

The film is entirely based in going back, for the fans to this story we left years ago, for Veronica, returning to Neptune, the place that turned her life upside down, and like she said in her interview with Jamie Lee Curtis’s Gayle Buckley, getting in too deep cost her big time. Continue reading

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