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TV Reviews Part 1: The Tomorrow People, Star-Crossed, The 100

I’m finally caught up with episodes from the past two weeks, and find myself with eleven episodes to review. So, I decided to break it into two posts, otherwise this would just be way too huge. I tried to find a way to organize, and ended putting the shows for which I have two episodes to comment on instead of one. It accidentally turns into a CW show review! I didn’t even think about that when I first came up with the order.

The Tomorrow People 1.16 – Superhero: Over the past few weeks, I kept saying that the show has found its pace and was becoming more solid. I confirm with these latest two episodes. The time when I sometimes wondered whether I would keep watching (always to be inspired to do so by the episodes’ ending) seems such a long time ago. I have no problem with shorter seasons if it means the show lasts a few seasons, but I’m nevertheless very happy to be able to enjoy some shows that still last 22 episodes per season like this one. I liked the ‘Scarlet Avenger’ idea developed in this episode and I hope we will see more of them again. It is good to see about other groups of gifted people out there. I was also happy to see more of Russel’s past as he is one of my favorite characters. Can I say I also love the super computer, Tim? I don’t remember if it was in this episode or the following one but when he wants to tell the characters something and they’re sleeping and says “Wake up! I’m not a bloody alarm clock!”, I found it hilarious! Seeing John and Cara back together made me happy. I thought it was interesting that Stephen could find his father’s body so “early”, as I was more or less expecting it to happen in the season finale. I still can’t figure Jedikiah out. He is a fascinating character to me. Oh and the scene when Hillary kisses Stephen? I didn’t see this one coming. I was very much “what the hell?” during it. I think it was also smart to uncover more about her past in this episode.

The Tomorrow People 1.17 – Endgame: It was interesting to see the latest breakout being Cara’s younger sister, Sofie. The reunion between both sisters and how Sofie didn’t want the life of a Tomorrow People added to how everyone can act differently and show how the life of a fugitive is difficult. I admit that while I liked how Cara gave the bracelet to prevent her sister’s powers from manifesting, I wondered how Sofie would justify wearing such a device all the time, especially as a ballet dancer as the costumes don’t really help hiding it. I wish we had seen more of Astrid in the episode, as she is one of my favorite character and always wish she had a more prominent role in the show. Regarding how all hell breaks loose regarding Stephen, Jedikiah and the Founder, I don’t know what to believe. I mean, Jedikiah is a very complex character and no angel, but I don’t like the Founder either. His hurt at the loss of his daughter seemed genuine, but given what he had put her through, it isn’t enough to erase what he did. I was glad to see more about Jedikiah and his brother Roger through the flashbacks. I really don’t know how things are going to go from there. So much can happen in the next five episodes! I’m looking forward to whatever whirlwind happens!

Star-Crossed 1.05 – Dreamers Often Lie: I’m glad that the show continues to focus on the political and societal aspect of the cohabitation and confrontation between humans and Atrians, as well as what happens within each groups because of subfactions. This is what interests me most in the show, though I really do like some of the characters as well, like Julia, Lukas, Sophia and Roman for the most part. I find that Teri is becoming more interesting in the past couple of episodes. I don’t dislike Emery, but she tends to annoy me at times. Finding out that Eljida actually exists so early in the show surprised me, though we didn’t actually see it. While I would have rooted for Lukas and Sophia as a couple, I found it great that Sophia admitted having an interest in someone else, in Taylor. I thought that making a non heterosexual female alien character was a great move though I was surprised that she had a crush on Taylor. I’m curious to see where things might lead given how intricate everybody’s crushes are.

Star-Crossed 1.06 – Stabbed with a White Wench’s Black Eye: It wasn’t my favorite episode. The whole tabloid reporter story bored me and kind of came out of nowhere in my view. The whole love triangle Grayson/Emery/Roman also made me yawn at times, though I loved the scene between Roman and Emery where he tells her he doesn’t have the right to ask her to wait because they can’t be together now. Okay, that scene got me. And how did Roman show up at Emery’s house in plain daylight, out of the sector, when they’re not at school in the last scene when he sees her comforting Grayson? I scratched my head on this one. One thing that I like in the show is that there women are shown in leadership positions, like Gloria Garcia at the high school and being a liaison with the US Government for the Integration project, Vega with the Trags and Grayson’s mother,  matriarch of the Red Hawks. I’m also more and more intrigued about Eva Benton, the biology teacher.

The 100 1.01 – Pilot: Just like when I tried Star-Crossed, I didn’t really have big expectations when I checked The 100 pilot. Within ten minutes, I was hooked and I didn’t change my mind after being done with the second episode. The show feels like some mix between The Hunger Games and After Earth, with a zest of LOST. As always, I spotted tons of actors I saw before, but I always find it fun, except when it’s actors I can’t stand, but it wasn’t the case here. I’m happy to see Isaiah Washington in an interesting and important role again. I remembered having seen comments about the diversity in this show, but I also found that they did rather well with cast and characters. I think they also do a good job with information dumping so to speak. I’m far from being that interested in all the younger main cast, but most of the adult one are pretty interesting. I like how there is the dual story between what happens on Earth and what goes on aboard the space station.

The 100 1.02 – Earth Skills: Just like in Star-Crossed, I don’t really care for all the romance part, or possible romance, so it’s secondary to me. I am more interested in the survival part of the story, both on Earth and aboard the space station. I am very curious about what is really going on with the grounders. The scene where Octavia is covered in some kind of blue butterflies totally reminded me of a scene in the movie Avatar. I like Clarke but I like her mother, Abigail, even more, I admit. I think that Abigail Griffin is my favorite grown up character while Wells Jaha, the councilman’s son, is the one for the group of teenager. I like that Abigail was given 10 days to prove that Earth was viable and find more about what is going on with the hundred teenagers sent there. Big stakes like that make sense, especially with a 13 episode season. It gives a little 24 feel with how urgent things are. The show has a pretty decent and interesting start and I hope that it has an even better development with the rest of the season.

Fan Videos Made in 2013

So, this is the last post of the year. It has been quite a busy one and it marks about my six months on WordPress. I am very glad that I made the move for my website to this platform. I am looking forward to post new content in 2014. I have a few posts in mind already for the upcoming weeks, but to end this year, I decided to go with the recap of the videos I made since April – since this was when I started vidding again.

2013 marked my eighth vidding anniversary, my 300th video and overall I got the surprise – when counting for this post – to see that I made 24 videos, which makes it quite a productive year, especially given all the academic projects I was busy with. I am happy that the vidding muses have been cooperative and I’m eager to make new videos in 2014. I even have some ideas!

So, below is the generic recap of number of videos per fandom. When some are posted online, the links are between brackets next to the name of the fandom, so you can check them on YouTube.

  • 4 x The X-Files [x, x, x]
  • 3 x Harry Potter [x, x]
  • 3 x Speechless
  • 2 x Lethal Weapon
  • 2 x The Dark Knight Trilogy [x, x]
  • 1 x 2001 A Space Odyssey
  • 1 x After Earth
  • 1 x Babylon 5 [x]
  • 1 x Brave
  • 1 x Game of Thrones [x]
  • 1 x Iron Man [x]
  • 1 x One Good Cop
  • 1 x Prometheus [x]
  • 1 x Star Wars [x]
  • 1 x Twilight

I hadn’t thought I had vidded so many fictional universes, including a few for the first time this year! Only one Star Wars video surprised me as well, but I guess I’ll just have to make more next year. I hadn’t seen the X-Files vidding rampage coming either, but that makes me very happy because I hadn’t vidded that fandom in forever! So without further ado, here is the last video for 2013, another X-Files one (focused on the first movie Fight The Future) on The Bee Gees’ I Started A Joke.

Happy New Year Eve!

Postcards and Projects

Science Fiction, Transmedia and Fandom is now back online. I am still on vacation, but will have time to work on polishing more content for this site once I’m back home. Right after, I will tackle the writing of my upcoming Ebook about female characters and gender dynamics in the MMORPG Star Wars: the Old Republic, which I am very much looking forward to. I believe that it will give me a reason to play some of my characters again, as a reminder of certain aspects I want to write about, with all the classes and NPC characters.

This vacation has seen me jumping into a good many books from the Star Wars EU, from Knight Errant by John Jackson Miller (not sure I’ll check the comics but really enjoyed the novel, and it confirmed my great liking for the Old Republic era) to the youth series Jedi Apprentice by Jude Watson (I had already read a few volumes, including the first one written by Dave Wolverton), which made me inclined to rewatch the Phantom Menace in the near future. I admit that I would also enjoy seeing a series in this pre Episode I era be made, like The Clone Wars was. I also came up to me as I was (finally) catching up with the beginning of The Clone Wars second season. That’s one good thing about being behind on TV shows and book series: you can’t reach the point where nothing left to watch or read.

I also read something else, that I didn’t expect to. While visiting a friend, I ended accepting to pick up the first book of the Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer. I have of course heard a lot about the saga since its original publication and then with the movie productions, but I never wanted to really look at it. All that I had heard about in negative really made me feel like staying as far away as possible from it. But like I did last year with Harry Potter, I eventually took a leap of faith and tried it. I read the four Twilight books in less than five days. I don’t believe that those are world changing books, but I found myself loving the story and appreciating how she spent time developing all of her characters throughout the story, and went from one stage of narration to the other, without stalling nor rushing things. I only saw the first movie so far, but planning on watching the rest now.

Due to the good surprise Twilight was, I’m now reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer. I’m a little curious about it. Either I’ll finish it before going back, or I’ll have to get my hands on the paperback version as soon as possible. What can I say? Having bookworm friends is a blessing.

This vacation also saw me go to the movies three times, for two different feature films. The first was After Earth. I had enjoyed the trailer, and was hoping it might be a decent movie, but it turned out to be better than I had expected. In my view, it is one of Will Smith’s best movies, and a good Science Fiction one altogether, with emotions, a good family story, and great visuals. So it is definitely something I’ll purchase on Bluray and I’m even tempted to write about it at some point, when I work on fatherhood.

The second movie I saw (twice and planning to go back a third time) was Man of Steel. Now I didn’t use to be a comics fan, but during the past few years I found myself enjoying a good many movies based on Marvel characters. I never really got into the DC universe. Yet, I wanted to see Man of Steel because of cast, director and music composer. I was blown away and I think that this is Zack Snyder’s best movie so far without hesitation. The whole cast was impeccable and I think it is one outstanding Science Fiction movie. There is so much I’ll likely say about it (though I am afraid many already covered the topic!) I can’t wait to see the movie again, and the day I get the Bluray I know that I’ll be vidding it for sure. And I really think that Russel Crowe should do more Science Fiction roles. I don’t really visualize him in the Prometheus sequel, but if Ridley Scott keeps going with more Science Fiction movies, he should definitely do one with Russel Crowe in main cast.