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TV Thursday – Letter B

Babylon 5 (1994-1998)

A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga. – IMDb

Source: Babylon 5 Wiki.

Source: Babylon 5 Wiki.

Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)

When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurfaces and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protects a small civilian fleet – the last of humanity – as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony of Earth. – IMDb

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Beauty and the Beast (2012-Present)

Detective Catherine Chandler (Kristin Kreuk), shaken to the core over the fact that everything she thought she knew about her life has been a lie, is determined to get answers to the secrets that have been revealed about her family. – IMDb

Source: Beauty and the Beast Wiki.

Source: Beauty and the Beast Wiki.

Bionic Woman (2007)

A reimagining of the popular 1970s TV series about a female athlete who is given bionic strength. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Birds of Prey (2002-2003)

In the future, long after the Batman has driven himself into exile, his legacy lives on in the form of the Birds of Prey–Black Canary, Oracle, and the Huntress. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)

A young girl, destined to slay vampires, demons and other infernal creatures, deals with her life fighting evil, with the help of her friends. – IMDb

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Shows I want to check out starting with a B: Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990).

TV Review: Beauty and the Beast Season 2 (Episodes 18 to 22)

I recently caught up with the final season 2 episodes (18 to 22) of Beauty and the Beast and I wasn’t disappointed. I think that the show turning into a single man’s mad vengeance with Gabe worked very well, more than I first expected. I think that the writers did a solid job at having the character evolve since the first season and how his madness grew bit by bit. It made his fall credible. I was pleasantly surprised that it was Catherine who ended his life in self defense, instead of Vincent being the one doing the kill, and that they had both tried to get him to justice first.

Source: Beauty and the Beast 2012 Wiki.

Source: Beauty and the Beast 2012 Wiki.

Catherine and Vincent still have good chemistry and I like how their relationship can still grow  through their struggles. I think that the writers are doing an interesting and meaningful job with this central narrative. I also enjoyed how we saw glimpses into Catherine’s ancestor and her past and how it impacted Catherine, prompting her to eventually make her own choices.

I still don’t really know how I feel about Catherine’s younger sister. I always want to like her, but I don’t know…

I loved to see more of Tess and JT as well, as I think their relationship works nicely too. I was horrified when a beasted Gabe turned JT into shreds and until the last moment, I really thought that the character would die (and I would have been very angry with the writers).

Finally, I liked how they brought new players in, planting seeds for the third season. I am very curious to see where this is going.

Television Catch Up List

While I am delayed in TV catch up, and not just because of the soccer World Cup, I realized that I still have quite a few series to catch up with or to start when they actually air. For some I only have a handful of episodes to watch, for others it is most of a given season or the complete one, in case they’re not back yet! One way or the other, I still have things to watch! And it doesn’t even include older shows or movies I have yet to check. The list below shows what I will be reviewing during this summer, when it comes to television series:

  • Beauty and the Beast (season 2)
  • Believe (season 1)
  • Continuum (season 3)
  • Crisis (season 1)
  • Defiance (season 2)
  • Falling Skies (season 4)
  • Game of Thrones (season 4)
  • The 100 (season 1)
  • The Last Ship (season 1)
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TV Reviews: Beauty And The Beast, Believe, Game Of Thrones

Beauty And The Beast 2.17 – Beast Is The New Black: I am so happy that this show is finally back on air! The break since March has really been too long! Tess and J.T. finally together is cute and it was good to have a happier moment in between all of this mess. I was glad to see Gabe willing to help and that he wasn’t involved in Vincent’s incarceration. I loved the scene between Tess and Catherine at the cemetery! These two are epic! I admit that I was pretty angry with the show for throwing this big mess after Vincent and Catherine had finally got back together, but like when I had been worried about the new direction at the beginning of season two, the show is reassuring me that the story is still solid. I like that the whole gang works together despite Vincent willing to plead guilty. I also like how Catherine tells men in her life to stop trying to protect her. I think that this is important because she is self resilient. At the same time, I like that Vincent says that besides that, it is important to him that she moves on with her life. I think that everyone is dealing with things as good as they can, with their own personality and background. It isn’t always the best approach and it doesn’t always goes as intended, but I like how it shows the humanity and layers of the different characters. I love the interaction between Tess and J.T. They are really great together. I like that Catherine doesn’t want to just let Vincent decide for both of them. The two of them stuck in her bathroom for their potentially last night together was cute and funny. Of course, the good moment didn’t last long. I was hoping that they could be together but both of them have to realize that they have to be separated for the time being was heavy. I loved the scene of Catherine going to tell J.T. about Vincent being gone. Then the scene between J.T. and Tess was amazing and proved their great chemistry. I don’t know what to make of Gabe’s reaction while watching TV. Catherine being attacked in her apartment right at the end? I’m so glad I only have a few days left before seeing the next episode!

Source: Believe Wiki.

Source: Believe Wiki.

Believe 1.11 – Revelation: The opening dream/nightmare sequence was troubling as always. They are really well done in this show. Channing’s situation is concerning and I was glad to see Tate comfort Bo as she deals with the situation and also what happened to her mother. The exchange was very emotional. Milton is such an awesome character. I like the main four (Bo, Tate, Channing and Milton) a lot but Milton is almost my favorite from the group. I was surprised to see Tate be on board with Bo’s idea of confronting Skouras right away. Loving the father and daughter interaction. Their bond has grown so much over the course of the season. Very well done (and why again did this show get cancelled?) The whole illness appearing in the different prodigies at Orchestra came out of nowhere. I’m not saying it doesn’t make any sense, but I’m really unsure about why they sprang that on the viewer in this episode. The more we find about this in the episode confuses me, because I find it weird that we’d only find about this now if it is such a big deal for Orchestra prodigies. The confrontation between Skouras, Bo and Tate was something I would have expected in the season finale, not in this one. I was impressed by the new trick Bo used to hide with Tate, when security broke in. I also love the interaction between Winter and Channing. I liked that Tate gave the choice to Bo to leave or to go back with the others and find out what the truth is regarding her mother’s death. Bo asking Winter whether her mother died because of him was such an important moment and it made me cry. I was shocked to see Bo leaving with Tate, though I was glad she forgave Winter. Seeing the group split made my heart break, because to me they are a family. Skouras calling Milton and asking for his help was a shock.

Game Of Thrones 4.08 – The Mountain And The Viper: Seeing the Wildlings again was to be expected. I liked that Ygritte left Gilly and her son alive. Seeing Jon Snow and Sam (who believes Gilly dead) deal with the news at Castle Black was great given the situation. And we get man ogling naked woman again out of what seems sheer gratuity. It could have been done quicker and differently. I understand how it builds up to the following scenes and does for character development, but it always feels gratuitous when the gaze is unbalanced. I really enjoyed the scene between Missandei and Daenerys. Seeing Grey Worm come to apologize to Missandei afterwards was a positive surprise and made for a delicate and touching moment. I still can’t get interested in anything Theon Grejoy. Sansa lying to save Baelish shows that she is able to manipulate people and not just being manipulated now, but I still don’t think she is that safe with Baelish, who is still a very creepy character. What happened with Ser Jorah and Daenerys was one of the most heartbreaking moments in this season. I understand that she was in shock, but I hope that one day she can forgive him, because no matter what, he has been here for her and stuck with her to protect her for years. The Hound and Arya having scenes together is always a treat. The grand “philosophical” discussion between Jamie and Tyrion was bizarre but had some solid bonding moments, which suited the eeriness of the situation. In the last episodes, Oberyn has really grown on me, so I guess it should be no surprised that he dies in this one. The combat scene was very well done and once again, if I didn’t know that Peter Dinklage’s contract runs until season six, I wouldn’t have much hope for Tyrion’s survival.

Upcoming TV Catch Up and Blog Announcement

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In the past week, I have been doing my best to relax because of my burnout and I hope that by early or mid May, I will be back on track. It is really weird not being able to focus on writing projects, but sometimes you have to listen to your body and brain. Okay, when it comes to the brain, you always have to listen to this pretty and creative devil!

In the upcoming couple of weeks, I hope to post a blog announcement which I hope might spark new collaborations down the road. I already have some points jolted down but I need to sit down more to put it in the right words so it makes most sense.

I have fallen on the way side of TV watching, since I have mostly been playing Torchlight II in the last days. I am watching the currently airing shows:

  • Agents of SHIELD
  • Believe
  • Continuum
  • Crisis
  • Game of Thrones
  • Once Upon A Time
  • Star-Crossed
  • The 100
  • The Tomorrow People

I am planning to continue watching all of them, but it is likely that I wait until Crisis, and maybe The 100 seasons are over to get back into them. I find good things in both shows, but I am not as deep into them as the others, so far. The rest, I will continue watching as it airs, except when I fall a bit behind as it is the case this week. Later this year, I also want to watch Angel‘s final season and continue to catch up with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I am also waiting for Beauty and the Beast to return in June, as well as Defiance and Falling Skies, and I’ll try The Last Ship when it starts.

Writing Progress And TV Reviews

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Writing has been going well for the past while. Today, I got the final chapter of my book Women in Science Fiction Television back from my proofreader, so I could go through the suggested edits. I also completed the Afterword, which was sent to said proofreader. I am very happy with the afterword so far, as I think it concludes the volume well and open doors to so much more. Tomorrow I’m going to start the introduction. It is hard to believe I only have 4,500 words left to write out of 80,000! Formatting and illustration preparation will be a piece of cake in comparison. Okay, formatting will probably drive me crazy, but it always does. At least on this project, I have precise guidelines which is a blessing for such tasks!

After the introduction, I already know what I will tackle. I am looking forward to writing an upcoming article and hope it will be picked up for publication once it is ready to submit. First, I also need to rework an abstract I recently submitted and plan to do this tomorrow. I already have ideas thanks to the editor’s helpful email, so it should go well. And once all of this is done, I have a book proposal to work on, which I am very very enthusiast about.

Intelligence 1.10 – Cain and Gabriel: This show keeps getting stronger as the first season unfolds. I love the whole team and it is great to get more insight into their lives. I loved how we discovered more about Lillian in this one, and the dynamic between Riley and her was compelling. The scenes with Lillian and her daughter were touching and the last one gave me teary eyes. The case was solid and again something else. I really liked Josh Holloway in LOST, but seeing more of his acting skills in this show is a joy. And his chemistry with Meghan Ory continues to develop remarkably. I can’t wait for Intelligence to be renewed, because it has to! I can’t believe there are only three episodes left!

Beauty and the Beast 2.16 – About Last Night: The love triangle mess is over. I can rejoice. Once again, I genuinely thought that if Vincent hadn’t been in the picture, Catherine and Gabe could have been great together. I find it interesting that with a close look, both men are far from perfect and in my view neither is better for Catherine. She made her choice. They both have negative sides but she made her choice and I’m glad that they didn’t drag this any further. And I loved the scenes between Tess and Jessie. My shipper heart was a happy camper in this episode. I liked the development/semi conclusion to the Sam arc too. And these evil last thirty seconds? Seriously? This was a mean cliffhanger. I can’t believe I have to wait until May now. I was starting to be relieved that they gave some calm before the storm, but of course the storm had to happen at the last moment!

Once Upon A Time 3.12 – New York City Serenade – The wait is over! The show is back on air! Yes, yes, I am very happy about it. The wait since December was long, and I am so glad to get the second half of the third season. It didn’t disappoint at all, except that Emma’s taste was profoundly questionable if not mind boggling. Seriously, I even wondered if Regina had messed up with her brain and senses for her to get in a relationship with that evil monkey in disguise. There were so many great moments in this episode. It definitely was a good start for the second half of this season. I hope to see Regina show who’s boss to the new villain in town!

Star-Crossed 1.04 – And Left No Friendly Drop – Until this episode, I was only watching the show in a casual way. The high school aspect didn’t draw me in, but I loved how intricate all the politics were, and quite impressed with this part of the story. This episode won me over for good. It shows better writing and now the characters start to get fleshed out more, at least these who interest me, and the relationships also benefit from this. I managed to be surprised a couple of times with the series so far, and I now am hooked on it, instead of just liking some characters and the interactions between factions at play. The show still has the bonus, just like Beauty and the Beast, of having a good soundtrack.

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

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.

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TV Reviews: Beauty and the Beast 2012, Intelligence, Lost Girl, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The After, The Tomorrow People

All these reviews were written while I was watching the episodes, so like the last time I made this type of post, the notes are a little jumbled as they were ‘real time’ reactions.

Beauty and the Beast 2012 2.12 – Recipe for Disaster: The girly moment between Tess and Catherine made me grin. I adore their friendship because they can just have a girly moment one second and then kick the bad guys right away! I still am annoyed as hell by Tori. It’s not about another girl being possibly with Vincent, it is just that the character is a real annoying brat. The party for JT kind of feels like an end of season goodbye moment, especially with Gabe also saying he’s going to leave. Catherine willing to help Tori and Vincent on a personal level shows that she is a mature woman, which is always positive. I love the pattern about fate and moving on being discussed in the episode, between different characters. I’m still enjoying Landon’s character as well and glad to see her in the know. Seeing all the players in the whole Beast matter and having the story and research go back to a few centuries ago is one great development. JT and Vincent’s friendship is also one of the greatly interesting dynamics in the show. Catherine saving Vincent was a great moment. And yes, I know that Tori got in lethal trouble trying to help, but I was relieved to see her gone for good, given how much she got on my nerves about every single time she showed up on screen. Great follow up conversations between Catherine and Vincent and then between Catherine and Gabe. Very happy to see a follow up discussion between Landon and Tess now that the FBI agent knows about beasts. When Landon finds out her husband is still alive gave me teary eyes. This show often has a lot of great moments between characters, but this one is really outstanding on this one. JT and Vincent playing the blame game is kind of adorable. Then, when JT admits what had happened regarding the Murfield experience for Vincent and why he is responsible for Vincent becoming a beast, it was very poignant.

Beauty and the Beast 2012 2.13 – Till Death: Cute and funny opening scene between Gabe and Catherine – for the most part. So glad to see Landon and her husband back together! Catherine realizing that the next Saturday is Valentine’s Day amused me. Okay, I can’t stand Catherine’s and Tess’s new NYPD boss. Seriously. I can’t. And Tess almost spilling about her and JT at Thanksgiving was funny. And JT getting flowers for Tess is so cute. Vincent going on and on about Tori’s last words is quite a scene. And of course, the girls just stop by! Confused about what Gabe is up to. Great scene between Vincent and Catherine when they’re in the dungeon and they talk about relationship stuff. Tess complaining about the bouquet made me laugh especially with how JT tries not to go into hiding. Interesting to see roles reversed from the previous episode, this time with Vincent giving relationship advice to Catherine. Gabe versus Vincent showdown. That’s interesting and this is a huge mess because of everyone for sure. It’s interesting to see Catherine not making always good choices and be worried because of her past experiences, and screwing up. It’s good to see that she isn’t perfect, although she tends to be mostly mature and with a head on her shoulders. It is uplifting to see Landon and her husband reunited and planning to renew their vows after all they went through. JT being a happy camper when Vincent admits still having feelings for Catherine is great. These two guys are awesome. It’s good to see Catherine going to talk things through with Gabe. Of course, it is sad to realize that Sam, Dana Landon’s husband is involved in bad things. Feeling sorry for Gabe sitting in the car watching the others go to the vow renewals. I also loved when JT gave another solved case to Tess (and Catherine) as a V-Day present! Cute moment before the ceremony between JT and Tess. Good to see Gabe and Vincent teaming up again. I’m feeling so sorry for Landon to go through losing the man she loves again. It is heartbreaking. Great scene between Gabe and Vincent towards the end of the episode! Great talk between Vincent and JT right after too! Adorable scene between JT and Tess and then between Gabe and Catherine to end the episode! And yes, I do feel sorry for Vincent walking away on his own at the end, but I’m torn because I do love Vincent and Catherine, but I also think that Gabe and Catherine are a nice match.

Intelligence 1.05 – The Rescue: The political games and confrontations between different organizations and services are always interesting to see unfold. And I’m still so happy to see Cyber Command being led by a woman. Lillian Strand is a great character and such a clever woman. That doubled with Riley being Gabriel’s protector is something I love with this show.  Lillian’s father isn’t a character I like, for he is kind of condescending. I like seeing the confrontation between father and daughter though. Riley and Gabriel bickering makes me grin every time. Good slow motion in action scenes can be too much when done too often, but used wisely, it’s awesome. Riley playing hero even against orders is great. She has a good many skills and layers. She is a wonderful protector type character. Gabriel realizing Riley’s cunning way of giving her location away, and then how Riley shoots the man coming after them when Gabriel unties her feet was quite moments too. When Lillian isn’t allowed to have her agents shoot the cartel leader, I stayed here hoping that she would go against the others’ decisions. Gabriel and Riley make such a fine team! I love how their partnership evolves little by little with every episode. The last scene between them made me grin and chuckle. Lillian taking a stand with the cartel dealer and having him killed was a great final for the episode! The revelation about Stephen’s brother breaking out with his powers was a surprise.

Lost Girl 4.12 – Origin: I dreaded watching this one. The episode opening with Hale’s funeral is horrible. Dyson’s eulogy is beautiful and heart wrenching. I still want to throw tomatoes at the show because of Hale’s death. The female knight showing up and pledging allegiance to Bo at the funeral now empty location with poor Kenzi mourning is weird. Tamsin is still made of awesome. I’m glad that Bo agrees to make Massimo pay for what he did. Bo, Dyson and Kenzi coming after him is a powerful moment. I never liked Massimo but now I really hate him. And he’d better suffer and die soon enough. Kenzi’s reactions and feeling betrayed are natural, although Dyson’s and Bo’s decisions for the greater good, i.e. not killing him right away, make sense too.Lauren playing spy at the Dark Fae and eavesdropping on the Morrigan and someone else is stressful and great. I didn’t expect her to be talking with Trick! The Morrigan is one unbeatable villain. Can we also get rid of Rainer as soon as possible? Bo is going through a lot but the others around her don’t have it any easier. Bo annoys me a little bit at times with how she went all beloved Rainer and then isn’t happy with how the others had to deal with their own lives. Lauren going to seduce the Morrigan is something. I still have a bad feeling about Bo’s father even as things are revealed and hinted at. Vex has come such a long way since he was first introduced in the show. The scene between him and Kenzi is so poignant. And what a mess when Vex doesn’t let Kenzi kill Massimo. Lauren is such a tricky and talented person! Making a human out of the Morrigan is outstanding. So much love for Lauren right now. This is one of Lauren’s most bad ass scenes! Tamsin trying to lift Bo’s and Dyson’s spirits up brought a smile. We already knew that Bo had quite a destiny but the revelations in this episode go beyond what I thought this destiny might be! I can’t wait for Massimo to be killed. And him being the Morrigan’s son doesn’t make like him either. Kenzi telling Bo to unclaim her was another heartbreaking moment. So tired of Massimo. Even though Bo doesn’t marry Rainer for love but for what is best for her family, I don’t like it. This show has a lot of things to fix at this stage! I certainly don’t feel bad for the treacherous knight to be killed. I have a very bad feeling about the finale of this season. I hope they don’t leave us with a nasty cliffhanger next Sunday!

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.13 – T.R.A.C.K.S.: The team going undercover in the train makes me grin. Melinda May is such a great character! I loved how confused Grant was when she casually admitted telling Coulson they slept together. Skye and Fitz pretending to be a couple crack me up. Coulson and Jemma pretending to be father and daughter is priceless as well. Pretty good episode so far. I wouldn’t call it one of the strongest of the season, but it’s a good one. Ward and Coulson finding themselves off the train was a classic but good twist, before the train went poof. Ward trying to activate the holo table made me laugh. Coulson and him trying to make it work then is hilarious, just as the talk between them about Ward’s hooking up with May is. May is a solid and efficient character. Great moment between Coulson and May when he helps patch her up. there are some great moments between Skye and Fitz as well. Skye getting in trouble again is no surprise. Mike really went through hell and back. Solid suspense in the scene with him, Skye and Quinn. Did I say shock when Quinn shot Skye? Really. Grant, Coulson and May playing cavalry is great. Coulson finding wounded Skye was poignant. Jemma taking charge to put her in the pod thingy was clever. The episode wasn’t one of my favorite but this scene and all the ending ones as the team reacts to Skye’s critical state are beautiful and emotional. How do they dare take a one month break until March 4? I can’t wait for the next episode!

The After 1.01 – Pilot: I wanted to check this TV show because it was created by Chris Carter and one of my favorite French actresses – Louise Monot – is part of the cast. The others I knew by name as well from cast announcement were Aldis Hodge and Adrian Pasdar.  I was glad when Monot’s actress character in the opening refused to go for a slutty part in a production, which the director or producer considered “so French”. I shook my head at this one. The 1013 reference when people are stuck in an elevator made me grin. I still don’t like clowns either. Ten minutes in and it already feels like a bleeping nuthouse. A boring nuthouse. I am also tired of hearing everyone swearing so far. I’m all for mystery and hidden threat and good catastrophe stories, but so far I’m just staring at my screen waiting for… I’m not even sure what at this stage. The soundtrack reminded me of the X-Files theme for a brief moment. I adore Louise Monot but I’m so not interested in her character (nor in anyone else’s). And while she was gathering stuff in her room, she could have changed for something more practical than her little pink summer dress. Oh well that’s just another thing that I don’t get in this show. This show had a lot of elements for me to enjoy it, but the execution just leaves me bored. I loved other shows with a weird unknown threat, like Jericho for example, but this one doesn’t do it for me. And I see a bee and the Book of Revelations is mentioned. The shared birthday is a neat element of script. The voices in the dark are creepy. Waiting for the “boo” moment. Waiting… Sneaky hand in the dark, but no actual “boo” moment. And that doesn’t look human. Ouroboros tattoos ring another X-Files bell. “This can’t be happening.” Now that’s familiar too and this horrible creepy thing turning from demon shape to a Falling Skies creeper thing doesn’t make me want to continue watching. I’ve watched the pilot completely, but that’s it.

The Tomorrow People 1.12 – Sitting Ducks: Don’t tell me they’re killing Astrid! I’d be very annoyed because I really adore the character. Hillary is a combative character and it is understandable that she wants to climb up the ladder in Ultra. She is dangerous. I love the relationship between Stephen and Astrid. I don’t really understand why Cara is shown thinking that everyone else is just paranoid. It isn’t like her for she is rather practical and protective normally. I was relieved that John accepted to keep an eye on Astrid while Stephen goes camping with his family. It’s great to see John and Astrid interact. It is also interesting to see flashbacks of different characters’ experiences, this time being John’s younger years at Ultra. I had a giggle when Stephen referred to the Tomorrow People HQ as the Batcave. Okay, I can understand Hillary being ready to do anything to get a higher position within Ultra, but she is getting annoying. I loved Jedikiah retort to her when she asked whether he was going to kill Astrid: “If I say yes and you smile, you’re next.” It was priceless. So relieved that John saved Astrid at the last moment. I really thought that Astrid was history and was ready to be very angry at this show. John getting badly shot in the process adds solid suspense and anxiety in the episode! Wow, Stephen pushing his mother’s boyfriend to see whether he actually has powers was more than I had expected. Loving the scenes between John and Astrid!! I like that Astrid says that things got easier for her once Stephen had shared his secret with her, that it was better than not knowing nor understanding. OMG the scene when John passes out and Astrid sings for him, and the cut to Jedikiah having younger John watch as his human friend is killed is one of the most poignant moments in the whole show so far. Astrid contacting Cara is a smart move. Her having to remove the bullet from John with Cara’s and Tim’s guidance shows such great strength of character. Cara going in to rescue the two is good team work as well. I’m still rooting so badly for John and Cara to really get back together and develop their relationship. Cara going back to John was poignant as well and seeing Astrid at the Tomorrow People HQ was a big moment. OMG the reunion between Stephen and Astrid. Her call to her parents was very emotional. I didn’t expect to see another flashback of John’s younger years, this time with Stephen’s father.

The Tomorrow People 1.13 – Things Fall Apart: Lovely scene between Cara and John as she helps him while he recovers. Jedikiah is such an outstanding and scary villain. Stephen going up against him and saying he’s done with working for Ultra shows that while Stephen doesn’t always do the right choice – after all no one is perfect, he is becoming more assertive. Still enjoying the interaction between John and Astrid. The founder coming to Stephen and revealing that the new break out is his daughter was quite a surprise. The revelation about the synergists, children of two people with powers, is interesting about how they have heightened powers. The internal politics within the Ultra organization and the war between them and the Tomorrow People are always interesting. Marla barging in Jedikiah’s office at Ultra is an unexpected showdown! Her reaction to the founder walking in on her way out made me raise a brow. Cara investigating the Founder’s daughter adds new aspects to what Ultra might do in terms of testing. Russel calling John and Cara “mum and dad” was amusing though very short lived because of the tense and messy situation. To say that the Founder is scary is also an understatement. Cassandra walking in at the last moment to save Stephen makes me wonder how much help she might become or not. Great moment when Stephen tells Astrid she can go home, and can leave the Tomorrow People HQ. I like that she thanked John again before leaving. Cara and John arguing about their choices and her leadership was a difficult moment to watch. They both make valid and stupid points throughout the discussion. It definitely illustrates the title of the episode. The moment between Stephen and his mother is emotional and I really like Marla as a character. The discussion between Stephen and his younger brother didn’t go as I thought it would! The founder is really a strong villain and they aren’t going to dare do that! I am surprised that Marla had a bad feeling before the Ultra shooters showed up (props to Cassandra having warned Stephen). And I am in so much shock for how Marla is actually with powers and could save everyone. This is a wonderful twist!

Guest Lecture Project And TV Reviews

For the past few weeks, I’ve had nine episodes of diverse TV shows I’m following, pile up. I’m not even including my remaining box sets of Angel, since I still have most of the fourth season and all of the fifth one left to watch. I was in the mood to catch up with some TV today, and thus caught up with both Lost Girl and Beauty and the Beast. I now have some Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Intelligence and The Tomorrow People left.

I was also able to get some good progress in my upcoming guest lecture project, related to vidding and narrative tools. I’m  unsure of how I’m going to include actual bits and pieces of videos in it, and want to add some further readings at the end. I still left with quite some more to do for this project, but at least I’ve cracked some good work for the slides today!

Lost Girl 4.10. Waves: It was great to get some insight about how things really happened and were organized in the earlier part of the season, thanks to the flash back. It’s depressing to see Bo estranged from her family and friends, but I cheered when I saw Kenzi, Lauren and Dyson do outstanding team work and be there for one another. I still hiss at Rainer/The Wanderer when I see him on screen. The butchering of the Una Mens was deserved, but when Trick revealed what would happen next, that certainly was a big “oops” moment. I wonder how much mess is going to come to life with the new evil power revealed. I’m also extremely glad that no one died in the episode, as I was afraid it would be the case! Of course, the following episode made me regret my big mouth!

Lost Girl 4.11. End of a Line: The opening scene with Tamsin, Bo and Kenzi was great, and I had misty eyes at the Bo and Kenzi moment. These two are such awesome BFF even when one of them messes up. I love how their friendship is one of the big things in the show. I’m glad to see Lina Hamilton/Acacia back! She’s a great character and I was sad when I thought she was maybe history in the previous season. I’m also impressed with the character development Vex has been going through since he was first introduced in the show. Dyson and Tamsin seen as work partners is a great touch! The parts between Kenzi and her mother was heart wrenching, and it was interesting to see more into Kenzi’s family history, despite how I still hate her mother. There are so many feels in this episode! The box of tissues was never far! And I deny what happened at the end of the episode. I deny it. *wails* And I am angry at this show now. Seriously asking for a tiny bit of difficult but true happiness, is it too much?

Beauty and the Beast 2.10. Ancestors: I still consider having two women as cop partners, Catherine and Tess, one of the best things in the show. Their dynamic is great and layered and makes them both very real. Can Tori get lost already? Seriously, she is so annoying. I am fine with the direction of this season, as I think they’ve handled it better than I first thought they might. Tori is the worst that happened to the show so far, the one big complaint I have about it. Catherine is kicking ass – which she often is, and I find it interesting to see how the different stories are tied in this episode. One scene between Vincent and JT just made me laugh. It had been a while since Vincent and Catherine had such entertaining banter (at the reception) before all hell broke loose again. I like how the mystery is expanding with what is brought up about artifacts and gems. I’m curious to see whether they can actually keep consistence as they develop this larger arc. And while I can’t stand Tori, I really like Gabe, and he’s had solid and interesting character development since he was first introduced in the show. And I’m happy to see Elisabeth Röhm as FBI Special Agent Dana Landon, as I really loved her as Detective Kate Lockley in Angel!

Beauty and the Beast 2.11. Held Hostage: Tess’s birthday party brings nice and fun times. She is a really great character! Tess calling out Gabe and Catherine about them having a “relationship” conversation also made me chuckle. Oh the mess aboard the house boat when they come to fetch the necklace/Tori. I like how Catherine has anger issues but not simply out of sheer jealousy, but because of how many things are tied to her and she can’t explain them yet and wants to find answers. Tori is still immature and a real spoiled brat. Gabe’s line “I feel like I’m in the middle of a divorce and you two are fighting over the beach house” was priceless. Going for the hostage situation was a great idea for the episode. When well executed – like in this case – I enjoy a good hostage situation episode for it can do for great suspect and character development and unusual dynamics. It was also great that they revealed what the necklace does, so it didn’t drag on too much. There is still a lot of mystery and that’s great. And they did a great job with the interaction between Vincent and Catherine too, including in terms of conflict. I also like how grown up the characters can be. It is refreshing! Tess glomping Vincent at the end was heart warming too!