Random News – Just for Fun

In case you hadn’t heard….

Supernatural has been renewed for it’s 11th season. ELEVEN. 

Not only is this exciting for me as a fan, but it’s incredible to see a genre show with limited viewership get this far.

I keep hearing ‘that show is still on the air!?!’ followed by gaping jaws of disbelief. It’s been ten years and yes, it’s still on. And the best part? It’s still relevant. The show is about the boys again, and the current story lines are deeply personal and weighty (I was going to include a joke about how you can’t really relate to the Mark of Cain here, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it because it actually is very real and symbolic – someday I’ll write a whole novel about that).

So say what you will, I get that some people are annoyed about it but that’s the way it goes. I for one am ecstatic – deal.

That being said – Jane the Virgin was also renewed which isn’t surprising considering their Golden Globe win. To be fair, I haven’t seen any of the show, so I don’t really have any just reason to be as angry as I am. But it’s aggravating to see other shows with talent get passed up, especially for the CW. Let’s be real, there isn’t much there that is worth awarding (save for a certain show I could mention about a pair of brothers who hunt evil……ok and Whose Line – duh)

Lea Michelle and now Nick Jonas have joined Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens for the coming year. This terrifies me because I cannot stand Lea Michelle (I tried, I watched some of Glee and I tried)  and last I checked Nick couldn’t act for beans. Though I suppose in retrospect – Ryan Murphy is pretty hit and miss to begin with so we’ll see how that goes.

New photos from the set of Sherlock have emerged (I say new but it’s been, like a week). You can view the new and interesting costumes here. There are a slew of reasons why our Sherlock and Watson look like they’ve joined Guy Ritchie’s adventures and none of them make any sort of sense within the logic of the show. I’m doing my very very best to hold out my thoughts till the special airs, but I’m already massively annoyed with Steven Moffat as it is.

ABC just announced they’re ordering a crime-thriller from Shonda Rimes – it looks to be headed by solely females which I find fantastic. It’s also been pointed out that ABC is one of the most diverse networks on television. It’s just a pity that all of the shows are so formulaic and bland.

ALSO – big news of the day! Emma Watson has just been officially announced to play Belle in Disney’s new live-action Beauty and the Beast. It’s been a rumor for quite some time now and it’s nice to know it’s official. I should be wary – as we didn’t need a live-action anything. However I adore Emma Watson and Beauty and the Beast will forever be one of my favorite stories. And it’s Disney. I may just weep tears of joy until it’s release.

In case ya’ll are interested in more news like this – follow me on Twitter! I make valid attempts to retweet all the interesting industry news for those who care like I do. I like fun facts and staying in the loop!

Also – Happy Monday everyone – I’m proud of you for making it through the day!

 

 

 

‘It takes a special talent to make your viewers empathize with something they know doesn’t exist.’

I said that to my friend late the other night and she suggested I expound on that here. We were talking specifically about Doctor WhoSherlock, and Supernatural. Though really, this sentiment extends to anything in the genre realm – be it Game of Thrones, Guardians of the Galaxy or Agent Carter (Firefly, Star Wars, Fringe, X Files – the list goes on for years).

It really is a gift, to be able to take these characters and universes that are so far removed from our own and make us empathize and care for them as if they were real. And that’s the ultimate draw isn’t it? Sitcoms don’t address humanity in the way that genre television often does. The symbolism that attaches us to certain characters or stories just isn’t there.

Not only do these shows address humanity but they do so in universes that are far more interesting than our own. Doctor Who is set in a reality where aliens successfully take over the government, and where giant Titanic spaceship sails above our skies. The X Files is set in a universe where aliens exist under our very noses. The Originals, Buffy and Supernatural all have monsters living amongst us.

As a viewer we know aliens aren’t sneaking through our sewers, nor (generally speaking) do we believe our neighbor is possessed. But we still completely believe these worlds and buy into them.

I love it! I really love that some genius sits in a coffee-shop or in an office and comes up with these wonderful ideas. I love that someone else takes those ideas and creates set and light designs. I love that actors believe in these stories enough to tell them in complete honesty. I love that there are whole conventions devoted to bringing together people with similar interests, so they can enjoy these stories together.

PSA: Asylums are still creepy

I finally finished American Horror Story: Asylum.

It took me a truly embarrassing amount of time, though this season is far more squeamish than the last. It just wasn’t something that was easy to watch in a pitch black house at 1 am.

My favorite part of this show is the cast – not only their character work but their work together as an ensemble. Zachary Quinto literally made me squirm(he’s terrifying and you can’t convince me otherwise) and Jessica Lange creates a character that is so well-rounded.

The story takes place in an insane asylum(the title didn’t give that away at all) in the early 1960s. Not only does the season explore the obvious terror factor in an asylum(old psychiatric practices are akin to Saw, so it’s the perfect playground for a horror show) but they also address the misogynistic society of the time. Women were degraded and tortured for ‘their own good’. Men, in this case Doctor Arden, the Monsignor and Doctor Threadson, use their ‘psychiatry’ or their ‘sanity’ to silence women who’ve found out the  horrific truth about them.

An interesting theme was the contrast of absolute darkness attracted to absolute purity. Doctor Arden’s Nazi background and complete apathy for humanity countered his obsession/love for the nun Mary Eunice. I also appreciated the culmination of Kit and Sister Jude’s stories.

Truth be told, this season gave me quite a bit of paranoia and anxiety, in the best way possible. Thought provoking, chilling, and terrifying. Absolutely what you want out of horror television.

For the fans

Late late late – that’s all this is and I won’t bother to make excuses for it.

Here are my thoughts on Fan Fiction and Ask Jeeves. (spoilers ahead….ish)

Fan Fiction 

Here it is at last, the celebrated 200th episode.

Was it good? Did it nod appropriately to the past ten years and the fans that have followed the show so closely?

Yes and triple yes. It was the basic monster-of-the-week plot, that just happened to take place in the theatre department of an all-girls school. The department that just happened to be performing a musical of Carver Edlund’s book series Supernatural. (aka the boys lives in case you missed season….4,5,6 and 7)

The music was incredible, it was catchy and sincere. The episode was funny, but never patronizing. Every aspect of the fandom was touched upon (destiel, wincest….Adam) and never once did it feel like they were talking down to us (I’m speaking for myself at least). Each ship was treated with respect and there was a clear message of acceptance ( ‘We have our version and you have yours’).

Not to mention we got to see the boys being the WinchestersBrothers. Dean’s quips are back ( ‘say that again but more like Schwarzenegger’) and they’re working together.

This episode reminds you of why this show is still alive and why we’re still so invested. It was a beautiful tribute (yes, I cried).

Ask Jeeves

I screamed when I saw the preview of this episode. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and watching Masterpeice Mystery (usually BBC productions of Agatha Christie’s aaammmaazzing work). So obviously I was pretty excited about an episode based on CLUE (let’s be honest, I’m still excited about it).

The boys get a call on one of Bobby’s old phones that Bobby (or his next of kin) is a beneficiary to a certain Bunny Lacroix and their presence is needed for the reading of the will (heehee). This leads to two murders, one family of pretention and loads of Clue references.

It was a great monster-of-the-week story, akin to the several before it. However we’re reminded that all is not well in Winchester-land when at the end Dean gets a little carried away when he takes out the shifter. Sam confronts him about it and Dean shuts him off, refusing to converse at all. Looks like we’re back to the old game of deceit again, though it was inevitable considering the Mark of Cain still hasn’t been resolved.

Next week looks to be much more plot than we’ve had the last couple of episodes (Cas, Hannah and Crowley are back **squee**).

I get anxiety just thinking about it (good anxiety I am SO excited). Can’t wait for the rest of the season! (JODY MILLS, CHARLIE, SHERIFF DONNA) **hem**

Paper Moon (but I’m singing Paperback Writer)

Episode 4 – Paper Moon 

We’re ONE DAY away from the episode – the big 200. Ecstatic joy for that aside, we can’t forget last weeks episode.

Small monster of the week plot, no big myth arcs or overall plot points. No Cas, no Crowley and you know what? That is just fine.

The episode centered around the boys and their recovery, which is so rare. When was the last time we saw them just sit and drink beer? (and I don’t mean ‘I’m gonna drink this till I can’t feel anymore’ drinking, just relaxing – yeah, I’ll let you go think about that)  The ‘no hunting’ sign was such a wonderful touch (I may or may not have cried a little bit). Not only that, but the boys actually speak to each other. Dean goes out of his way to talk to Sam, to make sure they’re on the same page. Sam opens up to him so that Dean can understand him and vice versa. The boys are rebuilding themselves together. 

If that isn’t everything you want from this show, then you may need to rethink your priorities.

Yes, there was that whole sub-plot with Kate (remember her? from that terrible found footage episode from two years ago? yeahhhhh that one) who’s turned her sister into a werewolf so she won’t be alone anymore. Obviously there are repercussions as her sister doesn’t really care too much about staying on the straight and narrow, despite how far Kate goes to protect her.

The girls are really a litmus test for the boys, especially Dean. 8 years ago we could have predicted both of the boys every move, and now that they’ve been shaken and put back, are they still fundamentally the same? The answer is very much yes. After all of the crap they’ve been through and what they’ve done they are still the same. Season 10 Dean is still very much little Dean from 10 years ago, and the same goes for Sam.

Episodes like this do make me lament that guest stars are rarely on the same level as the boys (aside from the obvious exceptions) however after watching television with the rest of America this year even the best of television isn’t up to par (there really are very few exceptions to this, at least admit to yourself that you’re watching crap).

This was a great episode for our boys, and that’s all that matters right?

Saving People, hunting things, the family business.

 

– I – Survived

I didn’t think I was going to. But I did, I survived episode 3 of Supernatural. 

Soul Survivor, directed by Jensen Ackles himself, was one of the best episodes of this series in a long time. Now it’s difficult for me to say that because as a fan I recognize how much of this season relies on its seasoned audience. So I’ll amend that – for people who’ve been watching since the beginning, this was one of the best episodes in a long time. (and even then I hesitate with that because the build up to this episode has been utterly fantastic)

This episode was ultimately, Sam healing Dean(spoilers, sorry). Dean and Sam are holed up in the bunker, the former tied up in the dungeon. Demon Dean does everything he can to get Sam to stop the healing ritual. (if you didn’t see that coming go back and watch the season 8 finale) When his terrifying lies don’t work he escapes and goes after him with a hammer. (there was quite a bit of #hammertime during the live tweeting) Throughout the ordeal Sam never gives up, despite having to face the fact that Dean may die in the process.

Cas and Hannah are on the way to the bunker and Cas makes his priorities quite clear. (TO THE BATCAVE) He realizes that Sam will need all the help he can get with Dean, especially if the ritual doesn’t go as planned. Of course they can’t get there in one piece, as they’re attacked by one of the rogue angels they were looking for earlier. The attack was short-lived when Crowley came to save the day, killing Adina and giving her grace to Castiel. (what was that about you not being sentimental Crowley? hmm??) Cas gets to the bunker just in time to save Sam and to assist as they continue to save Dean.

I loved Cas’ reactions in this episode. He acted completely differently to Hannah then he did Sam; (granted that probably had something to do with the new grace he’d just received) every conversation with Hannah was very human, empathetic and kind, understanding, and when he spoke with Sam and Dean he was far more angelic, detaching himself from them. He was never lacking in compassion, and I love this about Cas, but he also clearly separated himself from the boys.

Best part of the episode? The emphasis on family, and not just family but their family. The very reason that the brothers had even come this far was their unconditional love for each other. Throughout the episode the family theme played in different variations, reminiscing of better times for the brothers relationship as well as emphasizing the heart-wrenching struggle that Sam was going through to save what they had.

There was a simple scene with Sam, he is in Dean’s room and finds pictures of their family amongst his thing. It served not only as a reminder to Sam of what he was trying to save, but also as a reminder of who the true Dean is. Dean Winchester is many things and his demon calls into question much of what goes on in his mind, but his core is his family, always has been and always will be.

In the end Dean is saved (mostly) and we’re left with the reminder that it isn’t over. The mark of Cain is still a big problem, but Sam is going to take on one thing at a time. So he goes off to feed his brother junk food and the audience sits glued to the TV waiting for next week (or was that just me?).

Have I said how excited I am about this season? The arc is less about how many terrible things we can throw at the boys and far more about redemption and healing. It feels hopeful and progressive and I am thrilled (especially after all the terrible shows this season).

I’ll have more on this later – I can’t believe it’s only episode 3! So much to look forward too! (MUSICAL anybody?!?!?!)

 

 

 

Reichenbach

Now, before I get started, let’s clear something up.

No. Reichenbach isn’t, in all technicality, an actual word. Using my rather amateur internet sleuthing skills I confirmed that Reichenbach does indeed merely specify a location of waterfalls in Switzerland, or a rather significant episode in the life of the professional sleuth Sherlock Holmes. However with the recent BBC adaptation of Sherlock, more recent pop culture has devised an actual definition for the term. Aside from the obvious tie-ins to Sherlock, they describe it as dark emotion, associated with grief, abandonment etc.

With that said let’s talk about Reichenbach.

Wow. That’s all I have to say.

The opening scenes were so stressful. Between Dean and his bar fights and Cas’ clear deterioration, I was on edge. (granted, yes I am a little biased here) But the tone of the episode was quickly able to establish itself as significantly darker and more purposeful than the premiere.

We’re told of Cole’s back story (mostly) right away. He will prove to be a very interesting character and a new perspective, since we’ve all been down this road for so long. (poor Sam is listening to him like ‘revenge really man? come on’ clearly that will go down greeatt) Cole has no idea what he’s in for, and he’s not exactly open to it, which means he’s gonna have to learn the hard way.

There wasn’t too much on the Cas front this week. Hannah is learning about humanity and Cas’ empathy. Their mechanic makes the assumption that they’re a couple. I think I’d be ok if that is where they’re heading. Cas needs someone, if even just a friend to help take care of him.

 

Crowley has finally realized that his dream of the perfect hell won’t happen with Dean as his cohort. Dean botches a deal in regular ‘Dean’ fashion (albeit with more slicing) and Crowley responds in accordingly by giving him up to Sam. Crowley comments that Dean isn’t ‘relationship’ material (duh Crowley) and it cuts to Crowley speaking to Sam. Interesting.

‘Course Cole wasn’t entirely stupid in inadvertently letting Sam go, and he’s followed him to this bar to get to Dean. Where he promptly gets his ass-whooped. (surprised? no I’m not either) and Dean get’s caught by Sam.

So now Dean is on his way home, whether he wants to or not, with a brother who is intent on healing him. It seems that he’s more or less given up his struggle with humanity, after Crowley confronts him on it. (pick a side!) He’s going to do whatever the hell he wants and he won’t be stopped. (clearly this is him quitting responsibility, he doesn’t want to carry that weight anymore, what’s gonna happen when he comes out of this?)

Sam, on the other side, in heartbreaking fashion will not give up on his brother. (I nearly wept when he said ‘I’m here to take you home’) The question now is, how much is he willing to put into his brother to save him? Because a couple hours of human blood and a chant really is the least of their problems. That part is easy. That being said, I’m proud of him thus far.

As a whole, the episode was stressful, emotional and dark. It’s also becoming clear that the audience who will most appreciate this season are the fans who’ve watched since the beginning. Sure you could have hopped on in season eight or six or whatever, but the impact won’t be the same. (i can only imagine what it must be like for someone who started with this season haha) It was also amazing. Everything about it was top notch, and I cry for all the big shot networks that don’t get quality TV. (that’s a lie, you dug your own grave)  Now till tomorrow I’ll be busy petitioning for everyone to win Emmy’s. (I mean really. ‘The puppy dog eyes? What is this a Lifetime movie?’ chills.)

P.S. “My name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father prepare to die.”

 

 

 

 

Black (like my soul)

Tada! Here I am, late as always. There was meant to be a piece of art with this (hence why it’s taken so long) but I became rather annoyed at my lacking skills and instead burned said sketch with telekinesis. Also fair warning – spoilers for the Supernatural premiere ahead.

Black aired on Tuesday night. The season 10 premiere of Supernatural delivered everything it promised it would. Sammy is desperately searching for his missing brother, despite the note begging him to let Dean go. (nice to see he’s finally getting the memo) Castiel’s grace is slowly eating away at him and so Sam has chosen to step back so he can take care of himself. (not that he will, the boys never do) And demon Dean. (cos that is all that needs to be said)

There was a lot to take in this episode, but they handled it well and I never really felt overwhelmed. It’s clear that the season has a lot to address regarding the boys and Cas, and I’m intrigued about where it’s going.

First off, Cas and his grace is a big issue. He’s clearly deteriorated quite a bit since we last saw him but that won’t stop him from trying to help Sam, or subsequently Hannah when she calls on him. Hannah, his right hand man from last season if you recall, needs his assistance in hunting down angels that refuse to return to heaven. (Yes you heard that right) However, while it appears that Cas has become anti-free will once again, he is still deeply affected by his time as a human and I think he will be forced to choose between his two homes, unless he can combine them effectively.

In the meantime, not too much has changed with Sammy. He’s looking for his brother, which is a step in the right direction. But he’s also made some harrowing decisions. (when a demon calls you a monster, over your brother who is actually a demon, be scared) Decisions which then lead him to be kidnapped by some kid named Cole.

Cole. (or subplot #95, whatever you like to call him) Cole is a young ex-marine hunting Dean down for reasons as of yet unknown. I don’t know how I feel about him yet,(mostly cos he’s out to kill Dean) more on that as it unfolds.

Demon Dean is a package much more complicated than I expected. I knew he wasn’t going to care, I knew that he was going to do whatever he wanted. I just didn’t think that so much of Dean would still be a part of him.  It’s gut wrenching. (pff, I’m not desperately attached to this character at all)

Last but most certainly not least, Crowley. He’s never to be underestimated, ever. However his dependence on Dean is hilariously endearing. He also seems to have forgotten who he is dealing with. (newsflash Crowley: if Dean doesn’t wanna rebuild hell with you, he ain’t gonna do it)

As a whole, the episode was packed and will definitely need a rewatch (as soon as I am done with this) but it gave us what we wanted. There is so much to explore this season (after TEN YEARS) and I am thrilled.

Season 10 – here we come =]

Oops, it’s Been a While

Far more time has passed since my last blog than I intended. It’s been really nothing but work these days.  (yay the barista daily grind……heehee grind)

However I have accomplished two things this week!

One was visiting the preview (promotion? fundraiser?) of the Catfé in Chinatown. My friend took me as a belated birthday present so I could cuddle with kittens. (and weep inside when I couldn’t take them home) It’s a really cool idea, combining a café with the opportunity to cuddle with and potentially adopt kittens.

The second thing I did was hop to the theatre to see Annabelle, twice.

I enjoyed it. I thought it fit in nicely with the cinematic universe created by The Conjuring. The second viewing was far more enjoyable than the first, I could savor the jump scares as opposed to trying to figure the whole thing out. (simultaneously wondering when the movie will be over haha)

Sure, I thought the cult/demon plot was a little vague. The film is only an hour and a half and I would have appreciated more depth into motives and such. Considering the amount of demon lore that is around after all these centuries there could have been a lot to explore.

Also, yes, the acting is forgettable. But then, who went to see the film for any of the human actors anyway?

Things I really appreciated 1) adorable baby, like absolutely freakin’ adorable. That child made me want to have kids and I hate them. 2) you never saw Annabelle move, and that to me was incredibly terrifying and far more realistic. In real life we never have cameras to replay inanimate objects that cross the room, we just return and they’ve moved, no sign of how or why. I loved that.

Overall I’m gonna give this movie a B-. Not mind blowingly awesome, but entertaining and something I’d watching again.

Also on a closing note, there was a trailer for a cinematic re-release of Saw. I’ve never seen it and it looks terrifying but I will probably give it a try. I guess it’s a classic and it’s October so I feel obligated.

P.S. Tuesday, the 7th is the daySupernatural season (squeals) 10 premieres and I am apologizing in advance for the desperate amount of nerd that will follow. I’ve also just downloaded the first episode of Gracepoint and I’ll let you know how that went. (just go watch Broadchurch already yeesh)

 

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 =]