A List of Sci-Fi and Pop-Cultural Allusions & Borrowings in Defiance

H & S just sat down and watched the first episode of Defiance.There was one thing, or shall we say several things, that we couldn’t help but pick up on. That being the many many sci-fi and pop-cultural allusions and references from our other Viewing Party faves. Continue reading

J Shares the Castle Love Forever and For “Always”: A Review of the Suspense, Revelations, and Grand Romance in the Season Finale 4×23

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Things happened. Big things. Things that are meaningful and irrevocable and wonderful. So let’s jump right in as I try, like so many fans out there, to make sense of my Castle/Beckett feelings.

We begin with Beckett clinging to the edge of a building, calling out for Castle as she loses her grip.  Just as all hope seems lost, we cut to three days earlier. Oh, season finales. After discovering what appears to be a gang-related murder in an alley, Beckett, Castle, and the boys soon discover a link to Montgomery’s home and the files he was trying to keep hidden. Drama, stolen glances, and intensity ensue, highlighting how much Castle, Ryan, and Esposito love Beckett in their own ways. Each of them will do pretty much anything to support Beckett and keep her safe, and we see this play out throughout the episode. Of course, Castle is keeping a secret about the files and the case, and we all know that it’s only a matter of time until it comes out.

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Top 5(ish) Father’s Day Edition: Our Fave TV Dads

For Father’s Day we’re celebrating by putting together a list of our favourite small-screen Dads! Funny, Brave, Badass or all of the above, you’ll find him here.

Did we leave out your favourite TV Dad? Let us know in the comments.

Wilf Mott, Donna’s Granddad, Doctor Who
(Bernard Cribbins)

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Bernard Cribbins as Wilf Mott with the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) in the Tardis

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Almost Heroes Series Premiere: Terry and Peter vs. The First Episode

The First Episode is a great gateway into Terry and Pete’s world. The show jumps right into the thick of things at the funeral at the comic book shop, Silver Salmon, for Peter and Terry’s Father. From the moment Terry can’t stop calling everyone at the funeral nerds, and Peter’s eulogy digresses into the logistics of dismembering the newly undead body of the recently deceased if he were to rise, we know what kind of ride we’re in for, and it’s very promising.

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Doctor Who (6×06) S on “The Almost People” The Meandering Road to the Point & The Impossible Amy Pond

I want so much to love everything about Doctor Who, I was as optimistic as possible after last week’s let down in “The Rebel Flesh” that this week “The Almost People” would pick up the pieces and spin the story into something great. I was once again let down. At least this story actually picked up on some of the seasonal clues we’ve been following albeit at the last minute. I was glad to finally be offered a direction and a link back to the AMAZING two part season opener “The Impossible Astronaut” and “The Day of the Moon”.

Telling a story of the creation of sentient life is no easy task. The story of the resistance of the enslaved creatures and the humans that created them is a complex tale and felt rushed and confused over the two episodes given over the past couple weeks.

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"Trust Me, I'm the Doctor"

Not all was lost in “The Almost People”, there were some really fantastic comedic notes hit perfectly by Matt Smith playing opposite himself, as the cocky cool Doctor these moments were hilarious and spot on for eleven’s personality. Matt Smith gave us a treat interpreting several Doctors’ past in his wacky transformation scene. I can’t help but think that this episode could have risen to a much higher level of wacky hilarity instead of a strange confused morality take had the two Doctors been allowed to play off each other for a greater portion of the story.

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Top 5: BSG TV Moments not actually on Battlestar Galactica

Inspired by a recent spiral back into my BSG and Caprica obsession brought on by the Flesh in Doctor Who’s recent outings I’ve decided to drum up a list of my favourite Battlestar Galactica moments on TV… that didn’t happen on the Battlestar Galactica series itself. – S

Here goes…

Sarah appears in a FRAK OFF T-shirt on Chuck vs. The Nacho Sampler

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Yvonne Strahovski rocks a Battlestar Galactica cut off tee

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Can Matt Smith burn like Tennant? Are Gangers like Cylons? S is kinda puzzled by Doctor Who 6×05 “The Rebel Flesh”

I was sadly disappointed with this week’s installment of Doctor Who with “The Rebel Flesh”, keeping in mind this is only part one of two, I’ll try to keep this recap brief and hold most of my thoughts until after I’ve seen the second hour. Either way this is television and we’re only seeing one hour at a time. This is something that should be kept in mind by the creators. Please, make each hour entertaining on its own, even if the story carries over two weeks.

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Matt Smith as the Doctor in "The Rebel Flesh"

I can’t wait until next week where I’ll take a look at what I’ve written here and hope to see that the show will have proved me wrong. I love the ideas, and where they’re coming from but I’m finding the execution to be lacking. I can’t pinpoint just what it is, either that it was slow, or The Doctor seemed oddly useless not only to the situation but to the story.

The Io9 review of “The Rebel Flesh” written by Charlie Jane Anders says The Doctor himself seemed to actually detract from the first hour of the story and only becoming significant in the final moments. I agree with this assessment. We better get major payoff for this wait next week.

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Top 5 Mother’s Day Edition: TV’s Awesome Moms

In honour of Mother’s Day, we at The Viewing Party have put together a special Top 5 list of some favourite TV moms.  Whether annoying, comical, or just plain sweet, these ladies all embrace unique interpretations of motherhood.  Enjoy!

Lwaxana Troi from Star Trek: The Next Generation

She’s the Betazoid mother of Counsellor Troi that Captain Picard loves to hate.  What happens when you combine a hilariously overbearing personality with telepathic abilities?

Jackie Tyler from Doctor Who

Rose’s mum who shows up periodically throughout the first three seasons of (new) Doctor Who is perhaps a bit of a floozy, but she’s always there when Rose needs her.  Plus she adds to the great comedy of the show!

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Top 5: Cases of the Giggles

Whether letting off steam, showing their goofy side, or just plain losing control, I love it when we get to see TV characters laugh! I must say right off the bat that Laura Roslin and her pre- debate giggles (from Battlestar Galactica) should be high on this list, but I couldn’t find a video clip of the scene. She definitely gets an honourable mention, though.

#5: The Doctor and Rose (Doctor Who)
Rose has a lot of great laughs with the Doctor, especially Ten. This one is from
the beginning of “The Impossible Planet” (2×08).

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