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TV Thursday – Letter A

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013-Present)

The missions of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division. – IMDb

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

Almost Human (2013)

In a not-so-distant future, human cops and androids partner up to protect and serve. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Angel (1999-2004)

The vampire Angel, cursed with a soul, moves to Los Angeles and aids people with supernatural-related problems while questing for his own redemption. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Shows I want to check out starting with an A: Agent Carter (2015), Ascension (2014).

Links: Feminism, Science Fiction, Redefining Disability, Tolkien, Writing

Mako Mori. Source: Pacific Rim Wiki.

Mako Mori.
Source: Pacific Rim Wiki.

Links: Feminism, Science Fiction, Redefining Disability, Tolkien, Writing

TV Reviews and Trailers: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, Killer Women, Intelligence, The Last Ship

I recently finished watching My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic season two. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first one. They really did a good and clever job with the character development. I appreciate how all the characters have their flaws and qualities. They are more realistic that way and more engaging to the viewer. I admit that Pinkie Pie still tends to annoy the living hell out of me, but even she has her moments and her development. I like how Princess Celestia always reminds them that they all have something to offer and can achieve much if they put their heart and mind to it.

I like that that the six ponies and also Spike take turn as focus of the episodes. It is always tricky when you have so many characters, but the show does well. Seeing the younger sisters on a semi regular basis is also a clever narrative choice for the show, because it gives another point of view and addressing different ages’ behaviors and concerns is important. The same way it is good to see relatives of all main characters’ because it shows more of their personality and their relationships.

I enjoyed all the season but the two part episode at the end of it was some of my favorite episodes since I started watching the show. I really wondered whether things would be solved by the end of the final episode or whether there would be a mean cliffhanger. I’m now looking forward catching up with season three!

While I don’t watch many thriller television series these days, I couldn’t resist checking Killer Women out, because of Tricia Helfer (and also Michael Trucco and Marc Blucas). I hadn’t realized when I recently checked the pilot, that the show had already been cancelled and that not even every episode had aired. It’s a shame because I found the show well executed, with solid characters and many topics brought up.

Helfer was amazing in it. To me it is her best role besides Six in Battlestar Galactica. Her acting was efficient, touching, funny making her character a very engaging one. I like that she had a lot of personal struggles and handled them the best she could. The whole part regarding her abusive ex-husband was one of the most important aspects in my view. It said a lot of things about how abuse victims can (or cannot) get around dealing with getting away from the abuser.

I also loved her brother (Trucco and Helfer as brother and sister was naturally awesome) and his family. They were interesting characters as well and I enjoyed seeing the interactions within the family. It was a great touch to add.

Intelligence 1.11 – The Grey Hat: This show keeps getting better and better. The whole team is interesting and it’s a pleasure to see the characters develop and the dynamics evolve. I love the dialogues in the show and the weekly stories are interesting with good suspense. This one made me emotional towards the end, and I had misty eyes when the day was saved and when Troy was reunited with his brother. I am looking forward to the two part season finale which started this week. I’m still hoping that just like Almost Human, Intelligence will get renewed for a second season. I know that both are unlikely, but I’m still crossing fingers regardless.

Did I say how much of a black hole YouTube is? I was checking for some links and trailers when one of the options on the side was the trailer for The Last Ship. I hadn’t heard about it, but I recognized Rhona Mitra on the still frame. I got curious and clicked. Now I just can’t wait for this show. The cast has several actors I like, besides Mitra (Eric Dane, Adam Baldwin). It does look like a mix between Battleship and World War Z to me, and I enjoyed both movies. So I’ll be watching when it starts airing end of June!

International Women’s Day, Writing, TV Reviews and Links

In honor of International Women’s Day, I am reposting a Star Wars video tribute I made a few years ago, featuring all female characters from both movie trilogies. Besides that, I have celebrated this day by working on two more paper proposals to submit (currently finishing the second one). Both of them focus on female characters. One is on female characters in James Cameron’s Science Fiction movies and the other is on the little girl named Morning Dew in the Yoko Tsuno comic book series. While on it, I also jolted down more notes about what might one day turn into my doctoral research, i.e. Warrior Mothers in Science Fiction (and possibly Fantasy).

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Thank you, Diana at Part Time Monster for nominating me for a Versatile Blogger Award! I found out about it while I was in the middle of typing this, so making sure to make mention of it! I am honored and will post with answers and nominations next week! Thank you!

I have also been catching up with the TV episodes of the week, starting with Beauty and the Beast 2.15 Catch me if you can. I very much enjoyed Vincent’s development in it. I am hoping that they are done with the love triangle within the next episode, especially given the ending of this one. Tess was great as always. I’d like if she had more screen time, because she is one of my favorite characters in the show. I always like seeing her and Catherine team together and kick ass. I also like that there is an arc with a “villain” and I wonder how this will continue to be depicted in the rest of the season, as it’s obvious that Sam will still cause trouble, despite having been arrested.

I am still in love with Intelligence! 1.09 Athens was brilliant and poignant. I love how they have been exploring the line between cybernetic and human for Gabriel in the recent episodes, more than in the earlier ones; I think this is extremely interesting and adds to character development. I really like the whole team and am glad that they’re taking the time to develop them all, and their dynamics. The show has a lot of short moments that adds a lot to how engaging the narrative is. I am glad to see both Riley and Lillian have such great roles to play and that they are both more than just “the guardian” and “the boss”. Strong characters are good, well layered ones are wonderful. I also like how even the “good guys” aren’t perfect and can even do questionable things at times, thus having to deal with them.

Almost Human 1.13 Straw Man didn’t disappoint after a very compelling first season. I can’t wait for the show to be renewed and hope it can last a few more seasons. While I love insane and well done drama, I was very happy that for once a season finale didn’t end with horrible loss and abominable cliffhangers. With how the case was looking into the past and Kennex’s late father, I was far from sure of how things would end. So, the closure aspect of the episode, as well as Dorian’s term renewal as Kennex’s partner were welcome. The final scene between the two cops was a great moment, with the usual Blade Runner vibe! The dialogs are a strong aspect of the show and I am curious to see how characters and dynamics will continue to be developed in future seasons.

I had been tapping foot for the latest Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode, 1.14 T.A.H.I.T.I. since I’d watched the previous one. I loved how the team continued to become a family, because of Skye’s situation. They all reacted in their own way, and the grief was almost palpable. I like how they were all able to keep functioning, but that they referred a few times to how Skye could have assisted as well. Finding more about how Coulson was brought back to life was also extremely interesting. I wonder whether the different reaction Skye had to the injection might reveal about her origins.

I still don’t really care for the whole teenage dimension of Star-Crossed. Yet, 1.03 Our Toil Shall Strive To Mend made me eager to continue watching. I love the soundtrack, but this wouldn’t be enough for me to actually sit through 40 minute long episodes. It is the political stakes that keep me watching. I like how all of this is so much more complex than I had first expected. I am curious to see things develop with all the new players added to the scene since the pilot. I hope that they keep things in line and don’t get muddled in the story, as it would be a shame. In terms of characters, I admit that I don’t like any of the characters so much. I think that the two I actually like are Julia and Roman.

The Tomorrow People is a show I wouldn’t have thought I would like as much as I do. By 1.15 Enemy of My Enemy, it is really finding its pace and the story line develops very solidly. I was very happy to see Astrid again! Her interaction with John was my favorite part in the episode and they have great moments together. I was glad that they got rid of Julian and could save Charlotte and the whole group! Russel was awesome as always. I hope that things can get better for the Tomorrow People as a group now that they are working on putting prior issues behind them. I am also curious about what will the invention from his father that Stephen found at the end, will turn out to be.

Links: Writing, Tolkien, Music, Video games

Thursday TV Reviews And Some Links

This week has been a bit of a waiting game on different things so far. I have more things I want to blog about in the near future, but today, this will be another TV review and link dump edition!

Almost Human 1×12 – Beholder was another solid episode for the show. I liked that we saw a bit more into the Chrome, including how Valerie Stahl negotiates being one, despite her unusual lifestyle choice for a member of this elitist part of the population. I found it interesting that the person in mad hunt for perfection was male and not female. I thought it was a smart twist. The evolution of relationships within the main group was still well done and I like the progression. There were hilarious banter moments as always. I hope that the show is renewed for a second season and I can’t wait to catch up with the season finale some time this weekend.

Star-Crossed 1×02 – These Violent Delights Have Violent Ends made me willing to continue watching the show. This series isn’t on top of my list of things to watch. I’m not all that interested in the love story and the teenager drama type tends to get on my nerves. What keeps me interested is the political aspect. I didn’t expect to have such intricate web of forces at play either in the human or the alien sides. I think that the show is doing a good job with this, and if they can keep up without muddling things together, it could really be a strong aspect of the storyline.

The Tomorrow People 1×14 – Brother’s Keeper confirmed how I’ve been feeling that the show is finding its pace for the past few episodes. I admit that I didn’t expect the dynamics to get messed up and so much conflict and new relations happen during the first season, or at least before the end of it. I’m not really sure of how things are going to be fixed within the core cast of characters, but I am curious to see how it will be handled. I also miss Astrid whenever we don’t see her in an episode, because she really is one of my favorite character. Anyway, I find that the show is now stronger than in its earlier episodes. Now I find the episodes more compelling and I’m not wondering during half of them if I’m going to keep watching the show.

Links: Writing, TV Series And More

Sunday Writing, Vidding, TV Ramblings And Link Dump

I hope you are all having a good weekend. Yesterday was particularly productive in terms of book writing. I have now completed 71,500 words out of the 80,000 for Women in Science Fiction Television. Part of me still hopes that I might be able to write more books about this very topic. As accomplished as I feel about this one, I know that I still have so much more to say about so many more characters! Taking things one at a time is important though. I’m planning to finish the final chapter this upcoming week and then focus on the book introduction and afterword. Once these last parts will be completed and gone through proofreading, I will work on the formatting.

With the romantic movie blog series (for which I plan to post a conclusion this upcoming week) I haven’t posted much on my YouTube channel, since non Science Fiction and non Fantasy videos go to my Vimeo. Yesterday, I searched for a new video to upload and one that I can use as channel trailer for non subscribers. I picked the one posted above, See You On The Other Side, a Science Fiction/Fantasy crossover of many different sources. I had created this short video as some kind of trailer for a talk I gave back in 2010 about Science Fiction Franchises and Transmedia.

I finished to catch up with already aired episodes from Almost Human, i.e. 1.10 Perception and 1.11 Disrupt. I am still hooked on the show and can’t wait for the last two episodes of the first season and hope the show gets renewed. I enjoyed discovering new things about different characters and new things lurking in the dark about them in these two episodes. I think they are doing really well in terms of character development, including the dynamics within the group. I also enjoy how they explore the issues in the world as it is depicted in 2048. Overall, it is a strong show and I am very glad I got to watch it!

I finally took a deep breath and sat through Lost Girl season 4 finale, 4.13 Dark Horse. I was afraid of how all hell would break loose after how heart wrenching this season had already been. I was right to be afraid. This was one of the most brilliant episodes of the whole show, but it was a horribly emotional ride. I don’t think I have cried that much since I watched the finale episodes of Babylon 5 some time last year. Once again the writers are doing a wonderful job and the actors are all amazing. I still laughed in between crying. When is season 5 officially announced? There is so much mess to fix!

After assaulting my box of tissues for Lost Girl, I caught up with the latest Beauty and the Beast episode, 2.14 Redemption as I needed something to “relax”. It was a good episode, which served well the current narrative arc. I was happy to see Vincent use his medical background again and hope to see more of that in the future. So far I had no problem with the love/romance dynamics in the show (minus how Tori used to annoy me so so much but it had nothing to do with her possible romance with Vincent). Yet, I felt that the show was borderline in this episode with the love triangle. It wasn’t badly done and made sense, but I just hope they clear the air soon and don’t drag things down. I had a doubt about the direction of the show in early season 2, and was reassured almost within the next episode, so I am not worried too much.

Links: Olivia Wilde, Fangirls, Writing, Reading, Star Wars and More Writing!

More Science Fiction TV Shows, A Few Links And A Question

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I don’t know why I always seem to have my posts go into the opposite order of their titles. I am not even doing this as a special figure of style! Anyway, I would like to start by a question I forgot to ask in my recent post about the website updates. I am lucky to have interacted with some of you who read and comment on this blog. Is there anything you would like to see me write about in future posts? I am open to suggestions, for as much as I have ideas, there might be topics related to my usual themes I didn’t think about or am planning to. I am not saying I would write about everything mentioned in comments as I might not be familiar enough to produce valid content, but I am putting this out here.

I’ve recently enjoyed the following posts linked below:

In between working on the final chapter of my upcoming book Women in Science Fiction Television, I have watched a few TV show episodes. I actually tried out the pilot of Star-Crossed. I wasn’t sure about it because I wasn’t very interested in a teenager focused new series, Science Fiction or not. Yet, I checked it and was positively surprised. It is not ground breaking series and it has the limits of its genre. I mean, why can’t be shows that focuses on characters who attend university? I mean it feels that between high school and active life in mid twenties or whatever, there is no existing room. It is tiring. What was good about the show was that it took place a little bit in the future and played the upgraded technology and civilization. It felt like a middle ground between the re-imagined V and Roswell. I’m not sure how long I’ll follow it, but I will check the next episode at least.

The other show I tried out is Almost Human. After squealing about it on Twitter, including how it feels like Blade Runner meets Lethal Weapon, I have been marathoning episodes, one after the other. I fell in love with this show and I hope it gets more seasons. The cast is impeccable, the story is compelling. I like how gritty the universe can be. The banter and dynamics between characters, especially main duet, is awesome. I’m already finishing the sixth episode! I always have an interest in the thematic of cyborgs and this show is smart and brilliant. I don’t know how I managed not to check it before tonight, but at least it means I can watch many episodes in a row!

On a final note, I have to share the trailer for Continuum season 3. I can’t wait for the show to be back on air. The end of the second season was one of the nastiest cliffhangers I have seen in a very long while.