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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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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.

Book Update, Falling Skies and Intelligence TV Reviews

My Iron Man upbeat video (yes I can make some of those sometimes) is a good way to illustrate how good and accomplished I am feeling about the progress of my Women in Science Fiction Television book project! I finished all the formatting today after having worked a lot on it for the past week. I reviewed everything again today, chapters, illustrations, bibliography and assorted documents. I was able to send everything to the collection’s director who is my contact with the publisher. I am really glad of how this project has gone over the last six months and I am looking forward to hearing back from my contact, to know what I can do to improve the book.

Last year, I finally arrived to the Falling Skies party. I fell in love with the show and watched the first two seasons back to back as soon as I could. Yet, I didn’t get around watching the third one until this week. I couldn’t stop as soon as I started the first episode. I liked how they had developed the characters, their dynamics and the stories in the first two seasons, but in my view, they have really pushed things even further with this latest season. Is it June yet so we can have the fourth season?

Having a jump in time, seven months further after the end of the previous season was a risky move, but they handled it really well. The information and developments were well set. I smirked when picking on Babylon 5, Battlestar Galactica and assorted references and nods throughout the season. Anne’s baby scared the living hell out of me. I tend to be scared with such things, as weird as it might sound. I also was glad that the season finale didn’t end with a nasty cliffhanger. I’m grateful when a show has some mercy on its viewers.

I also got to watch Intelligence season finale, 1.13 Being Human. I loved it and it was great to get to see more of Gabriel’s past and family history. Seeing the whole team be so close and work together to save the day also was a real treat. Mei Chen is still an interesting character, and while I wasn’t surprised so much by the final scene between her and Lilian’s father, I am still curious of the exact game at play there, besides the remaining Tigers. The last scene between Gabriel and Riley reminded me of some Mulder and Scully scenes in the X-Files. It was a lovely moment between the two. I hope that not only the show gets renewed as it’s one of my favorites in the shows that premiered this season, and that if so, we get to see more of Gabriel’s mother!

AcWriMo Recap

Now that November has  come and gone, I look back at what I accomplished during my first participation to AcWriMo. After a failed attempt at NaNoWriMo a few years ago, I wasn’t so sure that I was going to do that well, but I was surprised in a very good way. My final word count for AcWriMo is the following:

  • 25,482 (2 book chapters and 1 paper)
  • 9,805 (17 blog posts)
  • TOTAL: 35,287

I feel very accomplished with all of this, but I know that having had specific projects to work on helped me a lot. I hope I can take part next year, because it was a very enriching experience, either when it comes to “pure” writing, or about the feeling of community. I was glad to get to know fellow academics during this month and even take part to one AcWriMo Twitter chat at some point. I hope to be able to be part of the AcWri community on Twitter as well in the rest of the year, when it’s not AcWriMo.

Right now I am working on a fourth chapter of my book Women in Science Fiction Television. So far, I am struggling with the introduction, but I have all the detailed structure so that does help. Goal is to finish that chapter by the end of December (if possible before Christmas, since this is a shorter one in comparison to the previous ones I wrote).

I am also still catching up with TV. Plan is to (finally) watch Falling Skies and Game of Thrones third seasons during the Christmas break.Besides those, I also plan on watching the remaining episodes of Lost Girl, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Tomorrow People, Beauty and the Beast, before all of those get the mid season break.

This week, I watched an oldie I had never seen before. I watched all of the only season of Birds of Prey (2002-2003) because I had wanted to see it when it came out. I was also curious to see Rachel Skarsten younger, since I adore her as Tamsin in Lost Girl. I really enjoyed the show and the characters. I wish it had lasted longer to be honest. I liked the three main characters, but my favorite is Oracle. I just think she was such an interesting character! It’s the first time I watch a TV show or movie based on comics, and in which I see a character who actually makes me eager to read the comics they were featured in!

The two only things that I wasn’t big on in Birds of Prey were the flashback when Oracle was shown as Batgirl. I can’t help it, any bat related costume just makes me laugh like silly. And the other one was how I found Dr. Harleen Quinzel/Harley Quinn an extremely caricature-like and boring character. I thought it was a bit of a shame, because the trio of protagonists could have benefited from a more interesting enemy. Once again, I am not familiar with the character in the comics, but she just bored me.

Last year when I traveled to Texas, I watched the pilot of Once Upon a Time, at the friend’s I was staying with. I had enjoyed what I had seen, despite not having been blown away in comparison to other shows I fell in love at first sight in a more significant fashion. Since I am running a little out of shows to watch, I decided to pick this one again. I am currently (re) watching the second episode of the first season, as I had forgotten I had actually seen it along with the pilot. I am curious to see how it continues to unfold.

A Bag of Mix and Match

Hello Monday! I’m working on the introduction of my eBook about Star Wars: The Old Republic and gender dynamics, which means a pile of books on the table, including the SW:TOR encyclopedia. Having played  the game again for the past week reminded me of a more elements I want to address in the eBook. I have also sent the finished drafts of my Farscape and Supernatural papers. I’m still waiting to hear whether another couple of papers will be picked for publications. Hoping they do, especially as one of them isn’t my usual topic (Bollywood).

During the weekend I’ve kept catching up with more movies and TV shows. As always, it makes for a rather eclectic mix. I’ve finished the second season of Falling Skies. I started the show in April while traveling and really loved it. I originally tried it out of mere curiosity and because I heard it was a bit similar to Jericho (which I finally finished earlier this year). As much as I liked Jericho, I find Falling Skies much more engaging. I think that most characters interest me (contrary to about half of the ones on Jericho) and that there is the threat more present makes Falling Skies a more enjoyable watch. Like in Jericho I love the family ties that are explored and believe they are a crucial part of the show. While I won’t say that Falling Skies is a revolutionary TV series, I still think that it is one of the few good Science Fiction shows that currently air. After all, revolutionary is a big word, and many movies, TV series, books or games can be engaging even when they aren’t all that original, as long as the overall narrative makes sense and that characters are layered and interesting.

I have also finished to watch the Twilight movie series. I still like the books much more and think the movies could have been (much) better, but I really enjoyed the last two installations. I regret that the movies are so unequal in quality. There are some gorgeous pictures at times, but on the other end the vampire design was kind of a fail, especially with how white the make up was at times, which was just distracting. I enjoyed how the last two movies showed the more witty and bantering aspect of the relations between the characters, which is something I really enjoyed in the books. I find it paradoxical that moments like the wedding and the honeymoon that could have been just boring and too sugary (as it was a big issue in the first three movies) were just great with funny and sweet moments. I even managed to find Pattinson decent in the last two movies, which was a surprise, as I still wish they had picked another actor for Edward (otherwise I think they did a really good job with the cast) but I accepted the choice better in Breaking Dawn Parts I and II. At least, it will make it easier for me to vid the stories withotu having to ‘recast’ Edward in my mind! One thing I found really well done in terms of visual design was when Bella becomes a vampire and has her new and ‘better’ perceptions. I also found it pretty neat that they added people from all movies at the end credits of the final movie as well. There was at least one thing that was equally great throughout the five movies: the music, either the songs used or the original soundtrack.

Speaking of music, I was amazed with the score of the Tudors until the very end of the show, which I finished recently as well. I had started the show years ago, but finally caught up those last two months with seasons three and four. That show was really outstanding until the very end. It is hard to find one thing to complain, as actors, locations, costumes, jewelries, weapons were impeccable. The one thing I couldn’t stand was the fifth queen. The five or six episodes where she was in, it was quite a torture to watch. I couldn’t wait for the moment she would be executed. Afterwards, the end of season four was back to being the grand series I loved to watch. I enjoyed how the King had visions of his deceased wives in the final episode, and how the stream of memories that came back to him in the very final scene. That specific time reminded me of the finale of Highlander where Duncan McLeod had memories of everyone, to the point that I was almost expecting Bonny Portmore by Loreena McKennitt to kick in (which also means that I now plan to make a Tudors video on that song). There were so many emotional moments in that final episode as well, including the final moment between Henry VIII and Charles Brandon, before this last one passes away. When I watched The Tudors, I couldn’t help but wishing that we could do such series in France, especially when we have such an extended history. Wishful thinking doesn’t hurt at times!

So, next on the TV catch up list is Buffy the Vampire Slayer (season five), and also Babylon 5 (season three)…