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

“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

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

J on Why Laura Benanti’s Baroness Was the Best Character in The Sound of Music Live

I guess you could call me a purist.  Scratch that.  I am a purist.

I have nurtured a loyal and passionate love for The Sound of Music since I was four years old.

I’ve seen the stage play three times.  I’ve seen the film more times than I can count.  I’ve researched Rodgers and Hammerstein’s creation of the musical.  My copy of Charmian Carr’s memoir is dog-eared from repeat readings (she played Liesl in the movie, and almost didn’t get cast because her eyes were too blue).  I’ve been to the Sing-Along Sound of Music three times and counting.  So yeah, The Sound of Music is one of my favourite things.

Naturally I was both excited and skeptical when I heard about The Sound of Music Live event on NBC.  After watching it, I have a lot of thoughts.

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Agents of SHIELD Premiere Review – S Isn’t Totally sold on the pilot Episode, but Loves the Pilot

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After the first 7 minutes (yes, I checked) most of the bright, shiny, sheen of brand new excitement had worn off and I started actually watching the show.  These first moments hit all my major buttons, the appearance of Maria Hill, J. August Richards, Shepard Book, and of course Agent Coulson – not to mention the cool loving shots of the ship (err…plane). Continue reading

It all comes together in Once Upon a Time’s Season Finale: “A Land Without Magic”

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Slaying a dragon, the Evil Queen taken down a peg, true love conquers all and Emma Swan finally believing in magic, the season finale has it all. Let me begin with telling you that I love this show, I know that it’s terribly cheesy most of the time and it’s kind of part of the charm. Once you accept the cheese and are ready to enter the world where true love conquers all, where subtlety goes out the window and the budget constraints are very apparent in the special effect, then you’re ready to sit down and really enjoy the little town of Storybrooke.

Once’s first season was uneven, hitting some bumps in the road as it careened through the back stories of a vast array of fairytale characters as it struggled to find a centre around the primary story, and perhaps even decide what that was going to do.  In the premiere it seemed like the heart of the show was going to be Emma Swan, the savior of Storybrooke, and her immediate family; Henry her son and her parents Snow White/Mary Margaret and Prince Charming/David Nolan. Through the season the show veered off track it eventually found its centre again in the latter episodes, the finale tying together the key plot points of the season and wisely leaving out many of the less relevant tales. These stories weren’t wholly useless, just executed in a way that dragged the pacing of the season. The use of the Mad Hatter and Belle in the finale was excellent and wouldn’t have been possible if we didn’t already know where they were coming from.

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‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ Mid-Season Review: Who is Torchwood Anyway?

torchwood-miracle-day-jacktop11headerI came into this season optimistic, believing that Starz and RTD could pull off a feat larger than the last. Instead I’ve found this season to be a disappointment coming off the emotional/action/alien powerhouse that was Children of Earth. I’ve found myself soldiering on through the series more because it’s Torchwood and general hope that it will get better than anything else.

“Miracle Day” is too big a story (and a little sloppy at times, but I digress) to be telling following the massive scale of “Children of Earth”, I’m not referring to budget, but the fact that “Children of Earth” pulled out all the stops. It was a simple concept that was clear and terrifying and destruction was unparalleled to anything the Torchwood ‘verse has ever seen before. I the first episode we were all asked “Who is Torchwood?” and I think that Torchwood’s identity has been lost, or confused in it’s journey across the pond.

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Must See TV Trailers & Previews Released at Comic Con 2011

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Nerds from around the world gathered in San Diego this past weekend for Comic Con. Amid all the madness, our favourite television shows had their panels and released juicy tidbits, trailers, previews and spoofs for their upcoming (and current) seasons. I’ve gathered videos from the most important shows all together in once place. Click more for video from The Walking Dead, Chuck, Fringe, True Blood, The Ringer, Dexter and more. Continue reading