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TV Review: Crisis

When I learned about Crisis‘s cancellation, it was somewhat of a relief (in opposition to the six other shows whose cancellations leave me sad). I understand that it didn’t last, and my Gillian Anderson’s fangirl side crosses fingers that she will get to star in a show that I like more (she is stunning and the wonderful actress she is in her portrayal of Meg Fitch in Crisis, but Crisis doesn’t do it for me, and I can’t put myself to watch Hannibal even for her recurring part in it. I watch The Fall, but I would be happy to see Anderson in more than one series that I can watch and enjoy).

I tried the show out because of Gillian Anderson being part of the main cast, and continued watching only because of her character, Meg Fitch and Special Agent Finley. The idea behind the show is brilliant and there is solid execution of some of it. The problem with it (from start) is that (at least for me) most of the characters are just uninteresting or outright annoying. I can’t put myself to care for the kids (save for Anton whom we briefly saw in earlier episodes) and while I understand part of Susie Dunn’s behavior, I never really like her or care for her, except maybe in a couple of scenes with either Finley or Meg, especially in the latest episodes that aired.

I watched episodes 5 to 8 tonight, and will continue to watch the remaining episodes left to air. I am curious of how things will turn out, but it is kind of really sad because even if some of the kids died, I would just be sorry for their parents. It is the parents that I feel most sorry for in the show, as weird as it might sound. Once again, the idea behind the show was great, but I think that the gallery of characters and how things either feel dragged on or rushed, depending on the moment, didn’t help Crisis be the show it could have been.

Source: TV Guide.

Source: TV Guide.

TV Reviews and Links

Last night, a bout of insomnia saw me catch up with TV to a greater extent than I had first planned. This is why you are getting reviews for a few episodes. The only shows I won’t include today are Killer Women whose pilot I fell in love with (Tricia Helfer was amazing) and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. I will review both shows once I am done with the seasons I am currently watching (first one for Killer Women and second one for My Little Pony).

Crisis – 1.01 Pilot: I checked this show because of Gillian Anderson being part of the cast, which should come as no surprise who knows me. I don’t really watch actual thrillers these days, because I am not so much in the mood for them. So, I didn’t know whether I would get into Crisis. It already is one hell of a ride. I admit that I don’t really care about the kid characters, but I love the tension, the atmosphere and most of the adult characters. My favorites are Meg Fitch, Susie Dunn and Marcus Finley. These three characters are extremely interesting and I can’t wait to find more about them. I love how the pilot already provided a lot of great plot twists and I can’t wait to see the characters develop, including the relationship between the two sisters.

Believe – 1.01 Pilot and 1.02 Beginner’s Luck: I like some of Cuaron’s work, so I got intrigued by the show, but I didn’t have any big expectations. I found the pilot interesting but the second episode really won me over. I like “special child” themes and they are doing it really well. There are elements that remind me of The X-Files, Dark Angel, Children of Men and Bird on a Wire. I like the cast and I find that the way they give information about who’s who is pretty well done so far, between the two episodes. The build up is well done and I love the interaction between Bo (yes, I think about Lost Girl every time I hear her name) and Tate. I like that Bo is a smart kid, but still a kid. She has a good heart and yet she isn’t perfect at all, which makes her all the more credible. I am definitely going to keep watching!

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – 1.15 Yes Men: I got excited about this episode from the moment I knew that Sif would show up. She is one of my favorite female characters in the Avengers verse. It is always a treat to see her and I really hope that she could get her own movie at some point. Seeing her join forces with Melinda May was awesome. There was again a lot of interesting moments between the characters and I like how the team is now. The episode completely reminded me of the first season Stargate SG-1 episode Hathor, but it didn’t feel like a poor rip off, so I didn’t mind it. The final scene with Melinda May left me staring at my screen.

Continuum – 3.01 Minute by Minute: The cliffhanger at the end of the second season was one of the worst I had ever seen and I couldn’t wait for this episode. I wasn’t disappointed at all. I was expecting a lot, and my brain got fried even more than I thought it would be. It went beyond all my expectations. Time travel is a very tricky business, but this show is doing very well with its theme. Seeing Kiera and Garza in their scenes together was something I hadn’t seen coming at all, and Kiera had outstanding moments. The story was good as usual, and I can’t wait to see the direction of this new season. It is dark and I have the feeling it will go darker, but I love the show to pieces. I’m so glad it’s back on air!

Once Upon A Time – 3.13 Witch Hunt: I still remember how I tried this show because I wasn’t sure I had much left to watch back last Fall. I then went through a marathon of everything and couldn’t get enough. I still feel like that now. This show is one of my favorite ones right now and I love what they have done with the fairy tales and assorted imaginary worlds in the story. This episode was great and I like how they jump back and forth in the timeline. It is well executed and easy to follow. Regina and Emma teaming up and being sneaky was great and the banter between Regina and Robin Hood worked well in my view. I’m going to keep repeating it until it happens, but I can’t wait for Regina to smack the Wicked Witch!

Links: Writing, the Six Million Dollar Man and the Bionic Woman and Pocahontas

The “Three” Questionnaire, for Writers

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Image courtesy of  Renjith Krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

When I saw this questionnaire on Jodie’s blog, I couldn’t resist filling it myself. I thought it would make for a good Monday post!

THREE THINGS ABOUT YOURSELF:

  • I am French and Versailles is my home town.
  • I am looking for a job, if possible a university teaching position, in the USA.
  • I love cats.

THREE THINGS THAT SCARE YOU:

  • Snakes.
  • Black Swan.
  • Wandering in the house at night without the lights on.

THREE OF YOUR EVERYDAY ESSENTIALS:

  • (Sparkling) water.
  • My laptop.
  • Music.

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE HOBBIES:

  • Role-playing (i.e. more writing)
  • Vidding
  • Baking

THREE CAREERS YOU’RE CONSIDERING/YOU’VE CONSIDERED:

  • Writer.
  • University teacher.
  • Director.

THREE BOOKS YOU HAVE RECENTLY READ:

  • Star Wars Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells.
  • Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi: Into the Void by Tim Lebbon (currently reading).
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle (currently reading).

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WORKING ON, WRITING WISE:

  • Writing the introduction of my contracted book Women in Science Fiction Television.
  • Plotting an upcoming paper on Lost Girl and Once Upon a Time.
  • Plotting a book proposal about The X-Files.

THREE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO BEFORE YOU DIE:

  • Complete a Ph.D.
  • Move to the USA.
  • Publish a novel.

THREE CELEB IDOLS:

  • Gillian Anderson.
  • Cher.
  • Geena Davis.

THREE QUOTES:

  • You can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears. – Gillian Anderson.
  • It’s not what you say or what people think of you, it is what you do, that counts. – George Lucas.
  • May the Force be with you. – Star Wars.

The Beauty Of Writing And Some TV Rambling While On It

You can do anything you set your mind to, but it takes action, perseverance, and facing your fears. – Gillian Anderson

I discovered that quote from a mug on Gillian Anderson’s official site. Easy to say that this mug has been on my purchase list since then, and for many reasons! Not only is she my favorite actress, a talented and inspiring person, but this quote just rings so true in regards to what I believe!

I was reminded of that quote/mug when I discovered The Literary Gift Company through a friend. That website has so many nice items! For anyone who loves reading and/or writing, this is a website to check! Reading and writing have been such an important part of my life and shaped who I am that such a place is heaven on the internet!

Speaking of writing, I wrote the introduction of my book chapter about Aeryn Sun (Farscape), Susan Ivanova and Delen (both Babylon 5) last night. It feels good to be back to work on that project. I like that I always try to work with well broken down structures for any paper, so it makes it easier to go through writing it bit by bit and see progress.  That method has worked for me during the past  few years, so I’m sticking to it.

Speaking of writing and reading, I found out about The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink. It is available for free until January 15. I made sure I could add it to my Kindle library as soon as I read not only about the topic, but also the table of content, with so many important topics and gifted contributors. Here is part of the blurb (you can find all details on the link above):

The report is a groundbreaking investigation into the millions of women who are doing it all and barely scraping by, struggling to provide and parent in a nation that hasn’t kept pace with the modern realities of their lives. It combines research, analysis and ideas from the nation’s top academic institutions and think tanks, essays by leading thinkers, stories of real women struggling with our modern economy, and a comprehensive poll.

I am looking forward to reading it at some point, despite already having an indecent pile of books to read and that doesn’t even include the books on Amazon Wish Lists! Did I say proud book worm?

Besides writing and reading, I have also caught up with some TV yesterday. I watched Lost Girl 408 and 409. The fourth season is still one of the strongest of the show so far and I really hope they renew it for (at least) a fifth season. 408 was kind of boring at times, as I’m never a big fan of time loop and some supposedly funny things didn’t make me laugh. Yet, it had great character moments (as always) and some important revelations. 409 blew my mind and I was stuck to my screen and I can’t wait for 410 to air!

I also watched Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D 111 and the show keeps getting better in my view. The characters are better developed, there is a real team/family spirit growing and the story is interesting. I think that this second half of the first season opened with a strong episode and I hope they keep continuing on this track, and that it will lead to a renewal.

Last but not least, I gave a try to the new series Intelligence. I am a big Josh Holloway fan and have been hoping for him to get something great since the end of the mess called LOST. I was a bit sad to hear that Meghan Ory wasn’t in Once Upon a Time anymore, but when I learned it was because she landed a part in Intelligence, it only made me more eager to check it out. Holloway and Ory give flesh to their characters and the pilot was full of promises in my view. I was already grinning to recognize some secondary faces as well, making me think “I see fandom everywhere” all over again! The script has potential, the visuals as fine and Holloway and Ory have good chemistry, so I will definitely be following that show!