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TV Thursday – Letter C

Caprica (2009-2010)

Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences. – IMDb

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Source: Battlestar Galactica Wiki.

Continuum (2012-Present)

A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future. – IMDb

Source: Continuum Wiki.

Source: Continuum Wiki.

TV Review: Continuum Season 3

When I watched the first four episodes of Continuum season 3, I was a bit doubtful of how this new season would turn out. I loved the development over the first two seasons, but as much as I thought that the new timeline twist and the whole freelancer business was clever, the beginning of this new season left me unsure of how I was feeling about the actual delivery of this new plot. The characters were still great, there were amazing moments, but something felt slightly off to me, as if the writers were trying too hard, pushing things too far too quickly.

So, I took a break in watching, because I felt that – just like with The 100 season one – it might put me in a better mindset to pick it up when I did. I finally did this end of July and I went on a marathon of season 3 episodes 5 to 13 in less than 2 days. I couldn’t stop. From episode 5 and especially episode 6, things felt right again.

Source: Continuum Wiki.

Source: Continuum Wiki.

I love how bold and complex Continuum is, but I like when things don’t feel all thrown together on a too intense level, to the point things just seem too much. This season was mind blowing, the characters continued to grow so much. I liked how new, and sometimes most unexpected dynamics, happened. There was much ass kicking moments and that made for epic battles, but this is only a fraction of this season’s wonderfulness.

The way things came together as the season progressed was brilliant and made the narrative even more compelling. There was a lot of emotional times as well, and I definitely had teary eyes on a few occasions. It feels that everything that happened in the previous seasons meant something and led all the characters to grow, many in the good, some in the bad direction.

As I write this post, there is still no word whether there will be a fourth season or not, but I definitely hope there will!

TV Reviews: Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time 3.21 – Snow Drifts and 3.22 – There’s No Place Like Home: This two part finale was a very strong episode and concludes a great season. I liked how it focused on relationships and family a lot. While it is a common pattern in the show, I like how it was done in it. There were so many emotional moments, from the beginning. Time travel can be tricky and I was starting to fear that this show was trying to do my head in as normally Continuum does! I liked how Emma could see the story, the fairy tale, and not just through the book. I still don’t like her much anymore, but if she could only have some thing now drilled into her head, I would be grateful. While she eventually kissed Hook, I still feel rather bad for him given how she has treated him until then. Hook is a very compelling character and it was great to see him talk more with Charming in the past, as they had only begun to talk more in recent episodes. Regina was really great as always and her moments with Robin melted my heart. I am angry at the script writers for suddenly bringing his wife back into the story. That was an extremely cheap move, but I have an upcoming post about Emma, Regina and their love interests that comes up soon, so I’ll leave it at that now. I loved the Star Wars reference, with Emma being “Princess Leia” in the past. It was great, and Hook was very fitting as the scoundrel! It was also great to see Ruby/Red Riding Hood again as I adore her. And I didn’t see Snow’s and Charming’s new baby’s name coming. It was a beautiful choice and definitely made me rush for the tissue box. Regarding Rumplestilskin and Bella, I loved their wedding ceremony but I am still uncomfortable with how he had duped her about the dagger. I think it was counter intuitive. Finally, the choice of bringing Frozen in Once Upon A Time? Brilliant! Is it season 4 yet?

Source: Once Upon A Time Wiki.

Source: Once Upon A Time Wiki.

TV Reviews: Believe, Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People

Believe 1.09 – Prodigy: I am sad that the show got cancelled as I think it still had so much potential and that the characters had developed solidly despite only a few episodes. I’m curious about the new girl they brought at Orchestra, and she can be quite scary. I really hope that they can get Channing out of the huge trouble she is in.  Yet, I was mostly interested in the scenes regarding the current person to help with Tate and Bo. I love how they are bonding and how things are evolving. I like how they aren’t perfect either on their own or with each other. How the federal team and Skouras managed to get information from Channing with the new prodigy and then make their way to the safe house was suspenseful moments for sure. I really hope that someone can stop Skouras. I’m feeling sorry for the poor girl Bo helps because of how she is kept under her mother’s thumb. I was relieved when Skouras was caught by Milton. This is quite a confrontation and I’m glad that he did that to get Channing back. I like how Bo and her closed ones too, help people. I know that I repeat myself at every episode but this is the truth. I wanted to strangle Skouras myself when he shot at Milton and that Channing took the shot. And the new Orchestra prodigy definitely scares me.

Game of Thrones 4.05 – First of His Name: The scene between Cersei and Maergery was extremely interesting and a great moment between great actresses. Yet, I don’t understand how this scene unfolded. Cersei suddenly speaking about how Joffrey did horrid things and how she is civilized with Maergery and seems willing to have her there for her second born? It baffled me. I loved the scene between Ser Jorah and Daenerys! One of their best scenes in this seasons. I am relieved to see her take his advice and his support the way she does in this, because he realy his her friend and right hand, in opposition to the others. I don’t care for the scenes with Belish, Lysa, Robin and Sansa. In the whole bunch, I like Sansa best, that says a lot how I dislike all of them. I don’t like Sansa, but all this other bunch is so crazy and scheming I feel sorry for her to be there. Sansa was safer with Tyrion by her side in King’s Landing, in my view. Cersei speaking with her father about the upcoming royal wedding and looking fine with marrying Maegery’s brother all of the sudden still surprises me. I don’t understand Cersei’s change at all. I admit that this season tends to leave me scratching my head on several accounts. It was great to see Arya and the Hound again! They are some of the best parts in this season! I still wish that Arya had been the one to kill Joffrey. I never liked Lady Stark’s sister but I wish we didn’t have to put up with her madness. Brienne putting up with Podric having a hard time riding his horse cracked me up. The scene where the Hound and Arya discuss weapon training was also interesting, especially as this episode has very few moments that had me really care. I am very grateful for the scenes between Brienne and Podric. And what is the deal with sexual violence against women in this season? I am tired of this and I don’t see how it serves the plot! This really really angers me! I was relieved to see Jon Snow and the others Nightwatch members come to take care of that scum at the camp, but that other Crow kidnapping Bran wasn’t such a surprising twist and I was glad that he could be defeated. Bran deciding against reuniting with his brother was heartbreaking but showed great and strong personality. Jon fighting that filth and killing him was a meaningful moment and I also liked that one of the abused girls didn’t hesitate to hit that sadistic scum too. Jon and his wolf was one of the few happy moments in the episode. Seeing Craster’s keep burnt down was a relief, no matter how it can’t take away all the horrors that took place there.

Once Upon A Time 3.20 – Kansas: I was so happy when I heard that this show was renewed, as I had so many I liked getting cancelled. So knowing I’ll get a fourth season of this great show made me a very giddy camper. The storyline this season has been solid and I liked how some of the characters evolved. Regina’s change has been very well staged over the three seasons. Seeing her using light magic and saying how she makes her own destiny was one of my favorite moments of the whole season. Seeing Henry telling her she had to believe and wasn’t a villain anymore was powerful. Seeing them all be as a team, a family is one of the best things about this season. I was even surprised when David told Emma to keep Hook with her and support him about how he had been meaning to help her in the first place. I admit that while I really liked Emma in the earlier seasons, she leaves me rather indifferent now, and sometimes a bit annoyed. In a way, if she ended dying as the Savior, it could be one of the best story twists to happen and would leave her family with a lot to deal with and be a meaningful and sensible way for the character to go. I know that it might be some weird opinion, but the more I watch season 3, the more I think that. Regarding Rumplestiltskin and Belle, I was disappointed in him for lying to Belle, as I really thought he was better than this, as she told him. Anyway, I can’t wait for the season 2 hour finale!

Star-Crossed 1.12 – This Trick May Chance to Scathe You: This is another show that I already miss. I love how it has grown so strongly. I really liked how the team going after the Suvek was so unexpected with Roman, Drake, Sophia, Lukas, Emery and Grayson. I like how Drake has developed in the last while. In this episode, he had great scenes, including with his mother. I like how the female characters are interesting in this show, and are well layered and in multiple types of roles, both as teenagers and adult women. I even think that amongst the adult characters, the women are way more interesting than the men. I admit that the interaction between Castor and Teri is quite creepy to me. I also liked how Emery had to calm Grayson and Roman down, when they were being idiotic guys (as annoying as it could be it was credible anyway for different reasons). I wonder about Teri’s choices and allegiances. It is hard to tell with her, though I admit I prefer her mother Vega to Castor, which shows how much I can’t stand Roman’s uncle. I guess that Teri handling Castor shows she is loyal to her mother. I have no idea how they’ll heal Roman yet, though the Atrian’s healing skills and herbs tend to be quite extensive. I loved the scene when Drake explains to his mother why he can’t go to Eljida with her. They have beautiful scenes together. I liked how the final scene between Emery and Roman echoed the first time they met. Is it the season finale yet?!

The Tomorrow People 1.22 – Son of Man: First of all, I was really sad to learn about the show’s cancellation as it’s been one of my big favorites of the show premiering this season. I loved it to pieces and it had so much more potential. The characters had solid development and I know that I’ll have much to write about in the future. The scenes between Jedikiah and Roger in the beginning of the episode were extremely poignant (I liked how we found out that the human body rejects the paranormal powers even if injected). I cried a lot and I still think that Jedikiah reminds me a lot of Snape in Harry Potter. His interaction with John is always very interesting and many of their moments in the episode were emotional. It doesn’t mean that Jedikiah can be forgiven for what he does to John at the end, turning him into some kind of super soldier again, but the character is still one of the most interesting “villains” I’ve seen in a very long while. The reason I was annoyed with that last arc is that it’s the only thing that really feels as a mini cliffhanger in the show, otherwise I loved how wrapped up things felt, even with the solid potential for more season. Seeing the team saving the world with Stephen, Cara, Russel, John and Astrid was really great. I was glad to see them all survive in the end, though I’m curious of how Stephen’s powers could expand. Seeing the Stephen/Cara and John/Astrid romantic direction also made me incredibly happy (and I can’t help but know that Astrid could have helped John go beyond whatever programming he underwent in a second season). There were still very great dialogues and thank you for funny bits in the middle of so much intense drama!  The kiss between John and Astrid before time was frozen for them reminded me of Crichton and Aeryn at the end of Farscape 4.22 Bad Timing. All in all, I am very much  missing this show and can’t wait for the right time and opportunity to write about this as there is a lot I want to talk about. I don’t know whether it’ll be in papers or a possible eBook, but I know that this show will show up in my future research and writing.

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

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

I know it has been a while since I posted any review of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes, but I’m planning to watch the last four episodes of the season in a row and post a general review for them (as I will also do for Continuum season 3, Crisis and The 100 seasons 1). I am very very happy that Agents of S.H.IE.L.D. got renewed for a second season as I love it. And I can’t wait for the upcoming Marvel’s Agent Carter new show as well!

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.

TV Reviews: Believe, Continuum, Crisis, Once Upon A Time, Star-Crossed

Believe 1.05 – White Noise: It was one of my favorite episodes since the show started. I loved seeing so much of the team together, including Channing. The relationship between Tate and Bo continues to become closer. It is interesting to see how alike they can be in certain ways. The group taking refuge in a church completely reminded me of some Highlander moments, and I found it a nice touch. I liked seeing more of Bo drawing and painting and I hope they continue to explore this angle in her precognition gifts. I loved the scene between the future mother and Tate when she tells him that he was the one Bo asked to bring her plus tortoise, Stanley, back to her. It was an extremely acute and lovely moment. Bo being scared of her power and not wanting it anymore in the end of the episode, doubled with her “freeing” Tate were very emotional moments.

Continuum 3.04 – A Minute Changes Everything: This show is so brilliant, and I know that I tend to say that with every single review I post. I found it interesting to bring back Alec’s brother and how Liber8 still inspire some of the youth. It poses important questions about ideas and means. I also like how we still have glimpses of Kiera’s life in the future (i.e. flash back from the future). It gives further insight into her personality and background. I wonder how downward Carlos might spiral given the scene when he goes to speak to the other Kiera’s corpse at the morgue. I think that using Becky as a bait for Liber8 now that they outed her is going to make for an interesting arc development. The scene where both Alec met was mind blowing and I wonder whether they will ever interact again. I still am unsure of how both Alec will end relating to Emily as I’m a bit confused on that matter.

Crisis 1.03 – What Was Done To You: I missed not seeing Meg Fitch (Gillian Anderson) in this episode, but it was a really solid one. I think that showing how far parents can go to get their children back is a brilliant plot idea. I like how Special Agents Finley and Dunn work together and their team evolves, given the short time they have been working together due to this crisis. I still don’t really care about any of the kids who are held hostages. So the less we see them, the better, for me. I want to be more invested in their well being, but I just don’t really manage to. What matters to me in their survival is for their parents. I like Anton though.

Crisis 1.04 – We Were Supposed to Help Each Other: I understand why Dunn wants no one to interfere in her investigation but I still don’t find her such a pleasant character. In that, I like Finley much more, though they make a great team. I wonder how things will go and whether Meg and her company will be able to find more with her resources now that she got access, thanks to the White House, to further documents. I found the whole affair matter regarding Meg’s former collaborator kind of cliché and a bit lame though.

Once Upon A Time 3.15 – Quiet Minds: I love this show and this episode didn’t disappoint! I’m glad that we get to see more of what happened in that missing year. The explanation of the voices and how Gold saved Neal – at least for a while – was very compelling. I also like how we still see how he cares about Belle (just as in the next episode when she tries to reach out to him). Seeing Neal return was one heck of a shock and I definitely cried when he died. I loved seeing Hook help him get on his way. The day that blasted Wicked Witch will meet her fate won’t come soon enough.

Once Upon a Time 3.16 – It’s Not Easy Being Green: The funeral scene was a beautiful and heart wrenching scene. All of them gathered as they were, it really spoke of family. I was very happy to see Tinker Bell in this episode again as she is a great character. I love her discussion/argument with Regina when Tink realizes that Robin is the one with the lion tattoo. Regina’s line “I think I would remember if my mother told me she had a lovechild with the Scarecrow.” was priceless and made my day. The more I watched Regina and Robin banter the more I loved them together. I like how their interaction is so far and it doesn’t feel rushed as it could have been. I also liked Hook taking Henry to his boat and tell him what he could about his father. I like that while Hook has feelings for Emma he still had genuinely taken care of Neal for years in the past and thus cared for him and Henry too due to that. It was interesting to see some of the Wicked Witch’s history but I still don’t like her though she is a great villain. I still am for sure on Team Regina whenever there is a showdown between Zelena and Regina!

Star-Crossed 1.08 – An Old Accustom’d Feast: This show keeps growing on me with every episode. I found it smart that since they had revealed what the biology teacher was really up to, she approached Julia and then forced her into the deal in this episode. It was better than if they had delayed it too long as it adds to the  general web of influences and political games and threats which are at stake. It was great to see the humans invited to the Atrian celebration. I liked how Sophia understood who Emery was because of the star she created for the Atrian kids. It also made a lot of sense that Roman’s and Sophia’s mother didn’t really see well that the humans were invited, especially Emery, though the explanation of why she showed up later on at the gathering worked well. Drake is becoming a more interesting and layered character and I was happy to see that the Atrian returned from the crate was his mother. Their reunion was a very touching moment. The accidental discovery Emery made because of the Atrian device was a clever plot twist too. And I’m glad that the love triangle is over as I don’t like them.

TV Reviews: Agents of SHIELD, Believe, Continuum, Star-Crossed, The 100, The Tomorrow People

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1.16 – End of the Beginning: It was a solid episode and threw the team off balance for sure. I was happy to see Skye become an official SHIELD agent. My favorite characters are still Coulson and May (and Fitz and Simmons my least favorite ones). The way the Clairvoyant was uncovered through the process of knowledge gathering was well done and I thought that it was a good twist. I really wonder what exactly May is up to and with whom. The episode definitely left us hanging with an evil cliffhanger. I can’t wait for the next episode and I hope that the team can sort things out, but they are in one hell of a mess for sure!

Believe 1.04 – Defection: I like the spirit of this show and I like how Bo has a gift and calling to help people. Maybe to some it might sound cheesy, but I think that such goodness is really a nice way of developing the show and the character, especially since Bo is still a girl her age and is far from perfect. Seeing the flashbacks of how Skouras pushed Bo when she was under his wing and how Winters was shocked and then eventually decided to defect with some of the team brought further insight on why the characters left as such, to protect Bo. I couldn’t help smiling and being brought back to my childhood when I saw Bo discovering the hidden letter and ring behind a brick in the wall, as it reminded me so much of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, both the novel and also the 1987 film adaptation that reminds my favorite screen version of the story.

Continuum 3.03 – Minute to Win It: This show is so brilliant. My poor brain has a hard time computing everything on a regular basis, but I love how they have come so far since an already strong premise in the first season. It isn’t always easy to have a story grow as well as its characters, but the Continuum cast and crew keeps blowing my mind every single week. Going back to Kiera and Carlos against Liber8 is entertaining. I also wonder what this device Kiera could retrieve and brought to the Freelancers can be. Her relationship with both Alec, truth and lies, is still extremely interesting and sometimes heart wrenching. Alec going through the discovery of who Escher was to him was also a great opportunity for his character, as well as what he uncovered about Emily. I wonder how everything will continue to unfold.

Star-Crossed 1.07 – To Seek a Foe: This show keeps growing on me with each episode. My favorite characters are still Julia, Sophia, Lukas and Roman. I admit that Drake and even Taylor might be growing on me with the latest two episodes, which is a surprise. I also hope we get to see more of Teri soon, as she had a lot of potential. Emery still doesn’t interest me that much, though she annoys me less than in earlier episodes. Sophia is an amazing character and I was very happy when she decided to help Lukas and not let Roman save the world alone as she told him. It was important. It is ironic how the main love story doesn’t interest me that much but that I find the show compelling in the friendships and general Atrian and human story lines.

The 100 1.03 – Earth Kills: I miss seeing much above the station in the present time in this episode, as I really love the dual story line aspect of the show and think this is one of its strengths. Of course, being able to see the flash back scenes was a great way to make up for it, but still. It was interesting to gain insight in the past regarding the Jaha and Griffin families. The scene when Clarke’s father was airlocked was extremely emotional and they really got me with this one. Wells was one of my favorite characters from the start and he grew even more on me in this episode and I love his scenes with Clarke. This is why the final scene of the episode wasn’t only a shock but really a disappointment. Seeing one of my favorite characters get axed so early in a show really sucks. It was also interesting to see the interaction between Bellamy and Clarke. For the first time, in his scene with Charlotte, Bellamy wasn’t annoying to me. I still enjoy the show but the final scene left a sour taste in my mouth, I admit.

The Tomorrow People 1.18 – Smoke and Mirrors: This episode was one of the best of the season so far, in my view. It was brilliantly done for the most part and the characters had some great moment, especially the ones between Jedikiah and John. The whole chess aspect and them discussing the present and future was some of my favorite moments. The double date kind of scene with Cara, John, Hillary and Stephen made me laugh a lot. It is interesting how I found this episode so compelling on a main arc level, but was annoyed with different things with the characters. I’m happy to see John and Cara be well together again so I found it stupid to have Cara be jealous of Stephen’s private life. It was kind of ridiculous and counter intuitive in my view. As for Stephen and Hillary? Really? I just don’t care for it. I think that Hillary has been benefiting from more character development than I had first expected, but I still just don’t see her and Stephen together.