Now onto the premiere, “The Lady in the Lake” and “A View in the Dark”. Continue reading
We at The Viewing Party are so psyched for Agent Carter season two next week. We’re planning the menu and breaking out our Peggy Carter nail polish to celebrate the occasion properly.
In the meantime, now is a good time to refresh yourself with season one (or catch up for the first time – we won’t tell) and catch up with Sara’s season one recaps over at The Televixen! With only 8 episodes it’s a breeze to get back into tip top shape for our fave SSR Agent. Continue reading
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
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
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?
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.
This one’s got us. Continue reading
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.
(Warning for discussions of rape and abuse under the cut. Also contains spoilers for “The Reckoning” and book talk)
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
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
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.
I definitely did a double take when I saw the new key art for season 1b. Continue reading