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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.

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