Hannibal Season 3 Premiere “Antipasto” or The Seduction

The worst thing about Hannibal is that it’s almost impossible to watch during the day because exposing the darkness of the show’s deep colour palette to glare from the sunlight seems sacrilegious … alternately, the worst things might be the murder, the cannibalism, and the psychological manipulation.  Continue reading

Mad Men “Lost Horizon” Review: Let’s Hear it for the Girls

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To crib a totally sexist line from The West Wing, “those women”. I couldn’t help it. This is the line that ran through my head. I pictured Leo and Barlett and Sam and Josh standing by the door admiring the amazing women they work with. But this is me, in my living room, watching the women of Mad Men, seeing how far they’ve come, all showcased beautifully in “Lost Horizon”.

While Joan ultimately doesn’t follow through on her threats telegraphed in an earlier episode to burn the place to the ground. She is miles away from the woman she was when we met her. She was raised to be looked at, to be admired but not necessarily to be respected. The goal was a husband, that would equal financial security and a happily ever after, or some version of that. Now respect is the thing Joan craves the most, but is mostly left without the tools to really win it in this world, especially at McCann.  Continue reading

Mad Men “Time & Life”: Moving On

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This (half) season of Mad Men has been a strange one. The first two episodes felt like a strange game of withholding, as if Weiner wanted to see what we would sit through before getting to the good stuff. Fortunately for all of us, “Time & Life” delivered on that “good stuff” then inverted the pattern giving a strange feeling of relief and resignation. He’s telling us that no, it’s never going to be the same again, move on.

Everything old is new again, but this time it’s broken and it all falls apart. The questions “Time & Life” poses to our characters is appropriate on the cusp of a new decade, can they adapt to this brave new world or will they be left alone?

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On “The Force Awakens” and Rational/Irrational Excitement

Let’s mark this day,  April 16, 2015, as the day we lost of collective cool. We made it through the first teaser able to reserve some level of composure through our excitement when the falcon flew up into our screens as the memories of prequels past still haunt our Star Wars love …BUT DAMN.

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Outlander Episode 9 “The Reckoning” – H’s Continuing Thoughts on Adaptation and S on the Art of a Good Apology

It feels like it’s been a long wait since the first half of Outlander’s first season wrapped up last fall. Certainly there’s been a lot of anticipation to return to our favourite protagonist, Claire Beauchamp-Randall-Fraser, and her highland adventures–not least from this particular viewer. I may have had reservations when the show first began, based on my experiences reading the book by Diana Gabaldon, but the series soon won me over thanks to stunning scenery, some marvellous acting from series lead Caitriona Balfe, and a few minor tweaks to the original material that seem to have balanced pleasing the book fans while also pleasing those more critical people like me.

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Television

Photo Credit: Sony Pictures Television

(Warning for discussions of rape and abuse under the cut. Also contains spoilers for “The Reckoning” and book talk)
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The Walking Dead Recap “Conquer”

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Overall I found the fifth season to be quite strong. I loved the premiere, and the Carol heavy stories. I even got really into Beth’s story in the hospital and I continue to find the possibilities of Alexandria intriguing. But it’s no secret that The Walking Dead has more characters than it knows what to do with at any given time. Even after a particularly bloody season loosing Bob, Beth, Tyreese, and Noah in quick succession this second half saw many characters fall to the background in a pretty big way. Bob came back this week with a significance that was not in any way equal to his actual screen time or story in recent episodes, and Morgan popped out of the wilderness to finally pay off his brief appearance way back in the mid-season finale. Continue reading

The Walking Dead “Try”: Getting By With Help From My Friends

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Rick’s big breakdown was the “moment” in “Try”. Rick has always been, and will continue to be the centrepiece. But what I love about The Walking Dead is its (hit and miss) ability to nurture the peripheral characters giving them rich and interesting stories…and then sometimes killing them.

The best example of this is the work the show has done with Carol. Playing the long game from season one, building her into one of the show’s most complex characters through her tumultuous arc involving loss, change, and self-realization of sorts. She is a completely different person than the Carol we met in season one, but everything she is now is true to who she was and the experiences she’s had along the way.

But “Try” wasn’t about Carol and it was Sasha’s, not Rick’s, story I was invested in. Continue reading

Playing Spot the Differences with Outlander Key Art

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The second half of Outlander season 2 is coming up in the next few weeks and Claire, our bad ass time travelling heroine, has been through a hell of a lot in the first half season alone. Based on the cliffhanger we’ve been left on we can expect there’s a lot more to come.

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So Many Clones! Orphan Black Gets Multi-Channel Premiere & After Show

The Return of the Clones is happening April 18th and it’s gonna be big! Not only is there a full season 1+2 marathon coming up (Jello snacks with extra sugar for all!) beginning Saturday April 11 on Space, the big Orphan Black season 3 premiere is hitting 4 channels at once, Space, MTV, Bravo and CTV – so no excuses for missing out.

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X Company Premiere Review

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X Company a new WWII spy drama premieres on the CBC tonight (Feb 18) based on a real Canadian spy training camp. The big name that drew me into this one was Evelyne Brochu (Orphan Black), also starring Jack Laskey, Hugh Dillon, Warren Brown, and Connor Price. Some of you might recognize the co-creators Stephanie Morgenstern and Mark Ellis (Flashpoint).

I don’t want to say too much because I think this is a show best seen fresh. But, watch it. And watch it with a friend, someone you can grab on to, because it gets real. I say this as someone who watched it alone, in a theatre full of people and to resist strong urges to jump and grab onto my neighbour at certain points. The stakes feel so real and the tension is palpable throughout the hour. Continue reading