Telly Adventures

I am not going to make excuses for this sad behavior, I know what I am guilty of.

However I have a keen interest in television and its workings and so obviously, I had to start watching some of the pilots that aired this week.

Forever on ABC is the first new show I’ve experimented with this year, and will not be the last, though that may bode ill for me. (let’s be honest, quality television is slim pickings every year)

Forever is about Henry Morgan, an English medical examiner in New York who is incapable of staying dead. Every time he dies he wakes up in ‘water’, or in this case the Hudson, and he’s completely naked. (that part was stressed though I have no idea why, I imagine it’s a set up for when his cop friend has to come get him and ends in awkward ‘comedy’)

There were certain bits in the show that made me laugh, merely because they were so ridiculous. (he performs an autopsy early in the episode that is really him just waving those giant scissors out of the cameras view, at least it was entertaining?) The ‘I only ever die and can’t trust anyone with my secret, so I’m a loner’ shtick was slightly out of place, but not entirely surprising.

Do not be alarmed though, friends who seek decent television, it was a decent romp and I adore Ioan Gruffud. (if you haven’t seen Amazing Grace you need to rethink your life choices) Also, this was merely the pilot so I’m giving it a chance to fix it’s very minor issues and engage me. I’ll keep you updated on it’s progress.

ACROSS THE POND

I’m going to officially labeling this segment because it will probably keep happening and this will make it official and stuff SO, all that to say, on Monday my family finally sat me down to watch The Escape Artist. (if you know me and my family you know how big of a deal that is, I nearly had to sell my soul to get them to watch Doctor Who)

Originally aired on BBC One, the three part (or two part depending where you are in the world) premiered on PBS as part of the Masterpiece Mystery series. (which is utterly fantastic by the way, drop that CSI and catch up on Agatha Christie’s Poirot instead)

This particular story is a thriller about Will Burton, a barrister with a perfect track record who agrees to defend a murder suspect, Liam Foyle, despite having misgivings about his innocence. Will successfully defends his client, but his suspicions about the man are confirmed when his wife is brutally murdered and he sees Foyle at the scene.

The first three quarters of the series are mostly as expected, as you go through the first and then second of Foyle’s trials. The whole situation is played so very realistically and the tension conveyed through music, acting and camera angles keeps you glued to the story.The END though! The final act is brilliantly written. (and acted, because David Tennant, duh)

Definitely watch The Escape Artist, soon if not yesterday.

A++ in my book =]

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Finish what you start….Or, leave it hanging and start something else.

I know, I know.

I’m supposed to be finishing American Horror Story: Asylum. But it was midnight and I was restless and thought to my self, “why don’t you try out Twin Peaks? Haven’t you heard about that on Tumblr?”.

I mean midnight is a completely rubbish time to watch horror right? And I like a decent murder story right?

It wasn’t….I mean….

ok no, it was terrible. The pilot of Twin Peaks was terrible, but I didn’t turn it off, so that must mean something. I’m working my way through the second episode because supposedly it gets better. It will be a slow journey though….slow slow. Akin to the pacing in the pilot. **groan**

On a happier (?!) note, I’m on my way to catching up with Doctor Who, as I’ve just finished the Robin Hood episode. I enjoy Peter Capaldi, but I have yet to really attach myself to his Doctor. And that isn’t for lack of trying, this is the third season that Moffat has helmed the show and I’m still watching.

 

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Sketch for the day – Mickey Winchester!

My multiple trips to Disneyland this week inspired this, I’ll have more of Sam and Cas later, after I’m done working my soul away.

“Lawrence, Kansas, 22 Years Ago”

This is the first of probably (very) many posts on this topic.

I wish I could say I’m sorry but I’m not.

Today is the 9th anniversary of the first airing of the pilot of Supernatural.

Now I only hopped on this band wagon (fandom, looney bin, whatever you like to call it) two years ago. I’d actually been battling with myself for months prior to giving in because my friends wanted me to give it a chance. However I couldn’t bring myself to stomach a tween show with talent-less douchebags and gratuitous sex. I was wrong ladies and gentlemen, so very very wrong.

I won’t get on a soapbox about how great this show is, or how ridiculously perfect everyone on the cast and crew is, or how grateful I am for the amount of work that they put into this show, or how perfectly wonderful they are with the fans (as I’m sure I’ll do all that later).

I will say Congrats guys! Not only has it been 9 awesome years – but they’re going into their TENTH season and still going strong. It’s inspiring, encouraging and gives me all sorts of happy feels.

It’s the year of the Deanmon and ya’ll can find me at my TV watching the CW on Tuesdays nights. I have no regrets! xD

P.S. the artwork featured with this is unfinished more or less on purpose. I was focusing on their physicality, which I thought I captured quite well =]

Relevant Post #1

I know this is a little late, and you’ll find that when it comes to contemporary pop culture I am usually late, so I apologize in advance.

Two days ago I finished the first season of American Horror Story. Considering the premise of the show it’s embarrassing that it took me this long to watch it. I love the horror genre, especially ghost stories, and I really should have picked up on this sooner. That being said, I’m now working my way through season two and I am rather excited for season four.

Not enough circus tales are taken seriously in the horror genre.

Anyway, the main plot is fairly typical of a horror movie; a family, the Harmons, move into an old house in Los Angeles, hoping for a new start. Of course the house they’ve chosen is the mother load of haunted houses, and of course they have no idea.

I really enjoyed the fact that no part of the show ever felt really cliche. Sure there were plenty “Don’t do that! Don’t go there! Just leave already!” moments, but we all secretly love those don’t we?

The cast is incredibly solid, Even Peters was fantastic as Tate. He’s grown quite a bit from his Phil of the Future days. Jessica Lange (DUH) was divine and I would have loved more of Sarah Paulson’s character (though clearly I will get that in season 2).

My favorite part of the show was the pay off. The beginning of every episode answered questions from the previous episodes, and satisfyingly tied up all the loose ends. The story structure is unique and refreshing and you don’t ever feel bored.

I have yet to see too many shows that can do that, usually because they have longer seasons with slower pacing. I appreciated it though, and I hope more shows emulate that.

I’ve started the second season and have been informed that I will enjoy it much more than the first, I’ll keep ya’ll posted. =]

The Beginning

Day One:

I’m going to do this.

I am going to keep up a blog. Consistently.

This is far harder than it should be, but then my writing skills have diminished over the years.

I have always wanted to write a blog about the arts. Originally that’s why I started Tumblr but I rapidly got sucked into the world of fandoms and lost any sort of productive conversation. Not that I really lamented that in any way, it’s a wonderful forum that introduced me to some of my favorite shows and artists.

That being said, this particular blog will be for the productive commentary that I had intended.

Practice makes perfect right? So hopefully the more I do this the better I get.

More later! =]