Friends from College Netflix Original

21 Jul

Hi all, trying out this new Netflix show, Friends from College

MY rating 0 out of 5 possible stars.

I was not that impressed with episode one despite Cobie Smulders from How I Met Your Mother. The first thing I thought when I saw she was with a black/multiracial guy was oh NO they have put her out to pasture.  I say that because in my mind as soon as an actress/actor starts having lead roles with others outside their race then suddenly every project they get is with actors outside their race. I realize that sounds racist but in America I totally think that is how it works.   I could be wrong and I hope that I am, but it was a thought that I had, we will see what happens.  Personally people are all the same to me.

The actual show has some serious problems.

1. The main problem stems from serious topics such as adultery being treated as no big deal.  Two of the characters have been having an affair for twenty years.  No idea how only one other person knows, except till now they have lived in different states.  Turns out the guy is popular around town which makes no sense because he just moved.  A major plot hole.  The infertility of a couple is also treated as a joke which is in the second episode when they go to the clinic, the interaction with the doctor is nonsense, weird jokes and he writes on a piece of paper the amount of the procedure instead of having them speak with financial department.  Doctors don’t do the numbers, they just pick up the checks, don’t the writers watch tv.

2. None of the characters are likable.  The two having the affair are not sympathetic characters. She has money and over compensates but being overly generous and the husband that guy from Allie McBeal that was totally obnoxious says he doesn’t care about any thing but his family, not a real compliment to anyone, just sounds selfish.  Even the wife and husband being cheated on have plot lines that at this point I don’t know or care about. The wife, Cobie, has fertility issues which is sad but the dryness of her personality is beyond boring.

3.  Another thing, I am on the second episode and I cannot tell you any of their names.  Its because again I don’t care enough about them to want to remember.

4.  Fred Savage is one of the college buddies who was a cute tv kid, and now handsome actor.  I think he is the publisher for the cheating guys book or something.  Its not a riveting topic.  Cheating guy wrote a book his wife loves but everyone else that read it thought it sucked.  Hmmm, boring tv.

There are other friends in this show, I think, but mostly its about cheating guy and his wife.

I go back over to watch more of the second episode and a guy in the middle of the office surrounded by a bunch of other men, in a meeting pulls out his “**nis” I mean really does it and puts on the table.  Who writes these crap shows.  I am done!!

Supernatural FanGirl The Beginnings!

17 Jun

I thought it was time I revealed some Supernatural fangirl thoughts I have been having about the show.  I believe having a blog gives you that opportunity to share about what makes you think the way that you do, in this case why I chose to watch some shows over others.

———–NOTE: when Supernatural was in Season 1 Cassie was a female any reference to Cassie in my Posts are about HER not Castiel————–

It all started not so many years ago, close to fourteen, I suppose as the time in supernatural world has flown by for me.  There was a time in my life while I was an avid Christian lady who wouldn’t dare watch such shows about demons and monsters.  Of course not saying that is wrong or right but in my mind it just wasn’t what I was about.  There are several shows including: Grimm, Hemlock Grove, Vampire Diaries and more. I would not have ever watched without being introduced to the horror/demon hunting/science fiction but more genre that doesn’t really exist without the nurturing of this one show, Supernatural.

Now I am going to take the assumption that as a person who uses the internet that you don’t know me personally or have any knowledge of how my life turned around while writing fanfiction about the show, Supernatural.

Before I can get to that story, my Supernatural tv show journey all started because of my curiosity.  One night while watching Gilmore Girls they showed an commercial for an upcoming television show called, Superntural.  On first glance it wasn’t my thing but then I saw the names of the actors.  Something about the name Jensen Ackles rang a bell to me but I didn’t quite know why at first.  Luckly for me a cursory google search showed me that Jensen had been in Superman.  Well Superman was a show I had seen with my son a few times, and I had personally watched it up through Season 4.  Yes, Season 4 was when Jensen had appeared as Jason Teague, he single handedly kept me watching the show when I would have stopped, I know shocking right(note: being sarcastic).  Then of course Jared was familiar because of Gilmore Girls, so the connection made me curious to see what the show, Supernatural could be about.

The first time Supernatural aired was a Tuesday night after Gilmore Girls, great start looking for the Jared Padalecki crowd I imagine to be hungry for more of that lanky cutie.  I was at home alone, luckily because my husband would have none of that nonesense, LOL.  I sat ready to be frightened out of wits with my hands around my pillow in our small one bedroom apartment near Lake Michigan not far from Milwaukee.  It was all very interesting to me, especially the Woman in White theme.  In Texas where I also grew up, like the boys, I had heard the legend about a place near White Rock lake of a woman ghost wandering the streets.  I liked the use of the urban legend.

Wow, its still so amazing how that moment was one to turn me in a direction that led to a total change.  Now when we series aired episode 13, Route 666, the biggest shift happened.  I decided to write a better story for Cassie and Dean.  I had no idea there were fans out there already writing away about “the boys”.  I found them at supernaturaltv.com, joined the community and began writing all the time. Admittedly I started with Supernatural, wrote a bit of Gilmore Girls, some unpublished One Tree Hill and later Experimented with TVD, but I digress. I have so many versions of how  Cassie Robinson and Dean Winchester could have been together its unreal.  You can find them online at fanfiction.net (Matchmaker131, SuperfanGil, SuperFan3) I am also EdenWrites and Cheridan Allen on other sites.

This isn’t about my fiction though, one day while researching, yes fan fiction writers do that, I found information about being an empath.  I couldn’t stop crying.  The empathic qualities were ones I possess.  Whoa, now that was a change that turned my life around.  No, not a stretch that the show was a catalyst for it, not at all.  I also met more friends by writing fan stories and attending conventions over the years because of the show than I would have met just being who had become.  Not that it was bad but I was not an open outgoing giving person at that time, I believe I was closed and stringent with myself and others.  Of course, that is my own non-judgmental opinion of myself.

The first time I met Jensen Ackles, who seemed like a genuine nice guy, I realized that it would be hard to go back to my old life and now after missing two conventions I do miss that fun.  It had become a large part of my life, not the pomp and circumstance but the community of people that gather for a LoveFest of a sorts. My yearly ladies weekend were something I had looked forward to actually as a way to be ME.  Admittedly, I found another way by going Nomad and finding a new life all together but I do thank the universe for that moment I saw that AD, and we all hate commercials but sometimes they can lead to something magical and life changing.

Love to all Supernatural Fans, past and present.  “Love those boys.”

chad

My first chicon picture from the days when actors just roam the halls freely in 2008, me with Chad Lindberg, please do not copy, alter, manipulate my picture, its happened before but I trust fandom has grown up since then, don’t make me regret daring to post it.  Thanks for reading.

 

Merlins Adventures Continues… for Me

15 Jun

So for a while now i have been Watching the Adventures of Merlin over and over again. I thought something was seriously wrong with me that I enjoyed this show soo much Suddenly it hit me, its not just Bradley James’ pretty face, though it is a nice draw. 🙂

I am literally starved for GOOD Wholesome viewing content!!  What I find that I enjoy about the show is the Principles and Ideals of the characters.  In our modern world this may seem unrealistic, prudish or old fashioned.  Dying for a kingdom or giving your life to save a friend isn’t something we regularly hear about.  I am not saying it doesn’t happen, because I am sure in real life it does in other countries more than America I think.

NOTE: Let me clarify I am not for people dying for a CAUSE or PERSON but it is the Intent to make things right for others that I enjoy that the sacrifice is a way of saying that.  Actually in all CASES the sacrifice is not MADE except one it was the Willingness, the heart of it, that did it!!

This thought came to me when Arthur tells Merlin that he should make sure that Gwen has a happy life because she deserves it while Arthur himself is off  planning to sacrifice himself for Camelot to heal the veil between worlds.  WOW!  Very powerful storylines there, I get chills just thinking of those words.

Would I do that?  Would You?  So in the end Lancelot is the one that gives himself because he \ promised Gwen he would do anything to save Arthur.  All of this sacrifice stuff started when Merlin thought he was the one to give his life for Arthur, as Arthur’s protector he felt it was his duty and he was honored to do it.  Well there so much giving in this show it is something special to watch, nope not one sex scene to be found; it is a treat indeed.  I am not saying they don’t have sex I am saying we don’t have to see them doing it.  So happy #netflix is still running this show for now I will keep viewing it when I have the desire.

funeral for lancelot

 

 

Bates Motel Overview

26 May

Hello and welcome to another adventure in my mind.  Bates Motel isn’t a show I have wanted to review for a couple of seasons.  I decided just now I would share my thoughts before I watch the newest episode.

My favorite part of the show was getting to know about an actor named Freddy Highmore and having a chance to see Vera Farmiga on screen for many weeks at a time.  Those were definitely the best reasons to watch. They were excellent at embodying their characters, which made it a treat to watch. Even though I was obsessed with the fact it was a version of how Norma would have been in reference to the film, Psycho.

Pros:
1. I have been fascinated by the idea of seeing Norman as a young man since the movie barely etched the story of his adulthood,from what I remember so long ago.

2. In the movie, Psycho we only also get a hint of how Norman’s mother was toward him so its definitely an addition to the background to know all about Norma Bates.

3. I admit I haven’t seen the movie any many years but I don’t recall him having a brother or any relations the fact that they create a world that might be considered normal is worth a watch.

4.  Norman having a real life girlfriend or love life as he had with Bradley was a definite surprise.

5. The fact of Norman being prone to listen and be helpful with women of all ages makes interesting television despite his mother issues.

Cons:
1. The biggest problem I have had about the show is the *wink wink* times, because for me it pushes me out of the moment of the show.

2. The big build up with Emma that never actual had anything to do with Norman but instead Dylan.

3. Dylan’s storylines tend to seem like fillers, even though I adore his character, or maybe its just the cute almost innocent looking actor.

4.  Unless something happens before the end of the series, I don’t really understand the purpose of Emma other than to give Norma another girl to bond with at times.

5.  ***SPOILER*** After seeing the finale I was disappointed with the death of the main character, in an almost Bonnie & Clyde ending that made my references to the movie worthless.  😦

So after watching the finale it kind of makes me want all that time I spent watching the show back, does anyone else feel that way?

Feedback Please!!

 

 

 

 

How to Get Away with Murder Episodes 1 & 2

28 Apr

I am back again with a quick review of the new show, How to Get Away with Murder.  This should read OMG I can’t believe I never posted this LOL! Well the show is still on so it might be relevant!

 

First off I hate the title, even though it is what lawyers do every day it just doesn’t sound right to me.  I put that aside and watched the first two episodes.

Also…………………………………..warning for Possible SPOILERS!!!!!!!!!!

To made this short and sweet I will stick with what I like and don’t like so far.

Do Not Like:

1. Constant Flashbacks, they are not visually appealing and they take you out of the moment.

2. Viola’s Wig or brown hair whatever it is.  I believe a woman of her skin tone would do great with black hair and some highlights for edginess.

3.  The way they have taken someone who was supposed to be a STRONG woman and are making her a wimp.

4.  The idea to use anyone especially college students to commit a murder, well murder in general.

5.  They took the fun out of the interracial relationship by making her paranoid.

 

Do Like:

1.  The fact that there is an interracial relationship on any television show.

2.  Openly gay main character who doesn’t apologize about who he is, because we are all just people.

3.  The general idea of the law class, they haven’t used that idea much in the recent years, if at all .

4.  It’s kinda cool that Viola is a main character on the show.

5.  On another site someone said that Shonda Rhimes shows tend to last, that might help this show.

 

Now I will have to say my biggest disappointment of episode 2 was they have literally made Annalise into a soggy mess.  I think for some reason her being strong and staying strong was a plot device they forgot when they planned the script for episode 2.  It was not appealing and goes against the character she tried to portray in the first episode, strong vibrant take no prisoners black woman.  They really need to up their game and give her character a good talking to before the next episode Or at least I hope so.  Seriously not sure how much of that I can take.  They should pace themselves with showing a soft side, there is soft and sexy that can be something to work but don’t make the same person all weepy at the drop of a hat, cowering from her cheating husband and expect us to believe its real.  It could be they have no idea how this is all going to go over with the American audience.  Just because there is a love for Olivia Pope doesn’t mean America is ready for another Strong Black Female on ABC!  WE will see how it goes.

 

Here is a Short Recap from Zap2it

My outrage – against Programming (TV)

28 Apr

This could get dicey but this is your warning.  If you think that Television does every thing good and I am a prude just leave now, however I am willing to hear feedback.

Why

Image courtesy of Fox……….from the TV show STAR

Okay this picture reminded me of something I HATE about programming aka TV/Movies etc…

I have a hard time believing that any human being thinks these outfits are normal clothing.  I mean streetwalkers, YES I mean Prostitutes wear more clothes.  It is actually an insult to them.  When would a person feel comfortable in any situation dressed in a manner that at any point in time would produce a clothing malfunction giving the world a show of their bare boob?  Its obvious that they even glued the shirts down tight, WHY go through all of that instead of putting on a cute sexy top, not a half naked cover up.  No reason to go through this in a way that makes a person think they are almost nude, except what?  Exactly No reason!

So I think Programming that is TV is promoting this behavior.  And what happens next women/girls etc… dress in this manner in real life and then get all Crazy when guys think its okay to touch them, Yeah I know its not really how it works but if you see it on TV then in real life its confusing.  What is ALLOWED? What is expected?  What the Hell is going on?

Does anyone else see the problem?  If TV could just be a world of its on where no one gets funny ideas than fine but we ALL know its not like that!  TV world bleeds into RL and there you go, half naked girls on the street dressing like streetwalkers confused men wanting to see more or whatever and TV takes no Responsibility for putting it out there like normal everyday clothing, which its NOT!!

So do you dress like a street walker?  If so why?  If not why?

Leave your comments!!  I am now curious to see justifications and feedback.

 

 

 

 

Mama Winchester – Back on Supernatural

24 Feb

You may know I am a die hard Supernatural fan but this post is on my thoughts about the return of our beloved Mama Winchester.

The original issue I had with this topic of bringing back the reason the show existed aka it was Mama Winchester’s death that had the guys chasing the demon.  How in the world does she suddenly show up?  I wonder how many fans the show lost over this very concept.

I believe we have reached Jump the Shark territory. Oddly enough it has nothing to do with the character, Mary Winchester or the actor, Samantha Smith at all.  I actually enjoy that she is on the show, they needed a woman to balance all of that J2(Jensen and Jared) testosterone. It is odd that this character before now was seen only in her nightgown, except that one time when she was in the heaven episode. However, the young Mary was in several episodes such as “In the Beginning: where Dean meets his grandparents and finds out his mother was a raised a hunter.

I do think there were other seasons that could have used her more however.  Maybe after Dean came back to life in season 5 or when Sam was soulless in season 7.  This current version of the show at times seems like an attempt to make sure that J2 has company on set instead of it just being the two of them like old times.

You know the old times when all those sexy rumors were flying around about the two of them, because rumor is the fans have nothing else to do, but I digress 🙂

So far my favorite episode of season what is it? Hmm 12  Was when Mary was conflicted about staying with the boys but instead went off on her own.  So basically she shouldn’t be in every episode but like a good mother around when needed but otherwise doing whatever she needs to do to be herself.

Well that is just a little looksee in my head on that topic.

Have a great weekend!

 

The Adventures of Merlin-thoughts

24 Feb
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The Adventures of Merlin

No copyright infringement intended. (i will take it down if someone minds let me know)

The Adventures of Merlin was a show that had me curious.  I am an old school fan of Excalibur and other tales of Camelot  or Avalon from when I was young.  Just so everyone knows this is not going to be a review so much as my thoughts on the show.  I am on my second time viewing thanks to Netflix.  The first time I believe I listened to it more, because of multi-tasking, but this time I am seeing more of their pretty faces.

WARNING for Spoilers for the entire series if you have not seen it and plan to watch turn back now!!

Merlin played by  Irishman Colin Morgan is the main character and even though he is to become a powerful wizard we have a chance to see him as a servant to Arthur played by Englishman Bradley James, future King.  I like the idea that they grew up together because in the old Excalibur movie Merlin is older and set in his ways even a bit evil if I recall correctly.  In my mind I compare those two as my version of the Camelot story.

I researched the Arthurian legend of  Camelot after watching this show and it seems whether or not any of the actions that are accounted to Arthur every happened is suspect.  Based on what page you end up on while searching its a myth or a legend or a combination of both butup-in-the-air for sure, though all in all its probably not true at all.

Nevertheless, it is a fascinating tale and each week on the Adventures of Merlin we see them encounter a problem of the supernatural kind and end up using the forbidden magic to set things proper again. Usually Merlin is the one to see there is something amiss and receives assistance from Gaius.  Always Uther yells, it is an enchantment and groans about how the wizards/witches or whatnot are the worse lot of mankind.

That is all well and good, though annoying but we find out later on that Uther of all people has had some serious dealing with sorcerers.  First off it was a witch/sorcer who helped his wife get pregnant with Arthur and took the woman, in payment for the birth. Yes a life for a life they say.  Secondly, that dastardly Uther has used this very excuse of what happened to ban magic from his kingdom.

Interestingly, every week someone shows up with magic to wreck havoc on Camelot.  If that wasn’t bad enough Uther is surrounded my magic.  Not only is Merlin, a great magician but Morgana, Uther’s ward aka daughter has magic as they say.

It is bewildering that Arthur himself who is with Merlin every day is so unaware of all the magic around him.  I suppose with his growing love for the forbidden Gwen and being a scoundrel to poor Merlin he has no time to take is his royal nose from his arse LOL. Yes arrogant but so full of good morals and desires.

Don’t get me wrong the way Bradley James plays Arthur is sure magic itself.  I do have to criticize the way he walks sometimes is not a Kingly strut but oh my gosh is this scene over yet. They must have been hellava cold with all the layers they wear in this show.  As a person who tends to be a bit cold often I find it amusing.

I do appreciate that Guenevere is more observant than Arthur, at least she noticed a change in Morgana’s attitude almost as soon as she turned to her evil self.  Admittedly Uther not recognizing her as his daughter was a legit reason to feel a bit murderous toward him but to take it out on Arthur through Gwen was an overstep.  Seriously, the person who does the crime should pay, if she only knew Arthur would have given her the throne to be with Gwen and the show would have ended sooner, I know right.

Instead she uses her magic to repeatedly go after Gwen.  The first time Gwen almost loses her life over it, later on Morgana turns her into an ice queen with her enchantment.  Still at another point she has her pawing her old flame Lancelot whom Morgana brought back from death, yikes Necromancy.

I do adore that they used an interracial actress to play Queen Guenevere, Angel Coulby, I was so tickled by that, of course considering the story behind the show it was not relevant in relation to race. Also the fact that she is a servant doesn’t seem to be the original background for her but it works in this case as a way for them to insist that Arthur in his reign will make changes I assume in the laws regarding classes besides welcoming magic back into the land.

By the way, the Lancelot, Guenevere and Arthur trio was portrayed very PG like in this show which I respect.  I am no prude but I enjoyed that there is NO nudity and NO bloodshed in this series.  Really, how many times can you see inconsequential fake sex on tv and not wonder if there was a better way to play a scene without it.  Although I do think Arthur must have some serious self control in this show. 🙂

Things I enjoy the most.

  1. Interactions with Merlin and Arthur when he is not being  arrogant, there a few.
  2. Interactions with Arthur and Gwen while they flirt, long looks, when she encourages him to be a better him.
  3. Merlin and Gaius when they are solving a puzzle or mystery.
  4. Morgana before she went “dark side”.
  5. Having a chance to see a simple viewpoint of Camelot without smut and blood.
  6. Arthur being the hero that NO One ever could be, but its a good way to see life.

Things I do not enjoy

  1. Uther Pendragon and his bigotted attitude, the big king but others are inferior.
  2. The way the show is about magic but no one is supposed to use magic, honestly if you can’t get past that part then do not bother, but I endured.
  3. Uther who hates magic will allow others to use it when its for his family or him.
  4. I do not like the set formula way tv shows in general have you rooting for a couple that is always pulled apart.
  5. The way Gwen was treated by Uther was detestable but he also treated others as badly even Gaius, his old friend and physician.

Well that is the end of my thoughts, the eventual wedding of Gwen and Arthur is a bit rushed on the show as are all the potential events, probably based on tv timing but it was sweet.  Thanks for reading, and to leave your Merlin comments I am so behind on watching this show I have not had a chance to oooh and aahh with the fans.  🙂

 

Update: I wrote this yesterday and am seeing today that a potential spinoff was a no go for Bradley James.  My first thought was that just like the Supernatural stars are tired of being PG maybe that series had the same issue its time to move on to more mature acting roles or something. He is playing the anti-christ we know now as DAMIEN, can’t be more mature than that 🙂

The WeirdNess is Back

24 Feb

Just a NOTE: I am posting this way after I wrote maybe even a year but because the show is still around on Netflix I figured why not! Enjoy my thoughts, feel free to comment.

SPOILERS for the ENTIRE 2nd Season of HEMLOCK GROVE— You have been WARNED!!

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Netflix Original Series, Hemlock Grove

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Hi all I am back with a short review or in  this case an opinion about how I feel about Hemlock Grove the second season.  First off here are two lists.

Things I liked about Season 2, Reminder about SPOILERS

1. Roman’s new digs, very modern and suit him perfectly, colors were dark and brooding

2. Roman’s wardrobe it seems more fitting of a young executive, they must have graduated

3. Destiny, she seems more of a mother to Peter than Lynda who was like an older sister

4. Shelly

5. The baby who was randomly named Nadia which I didn’t like as a name

6.  Olivia’s new wardrobe

7.  Peter & Roman’s bromance

8.  Unexpected three way sexual tension appealing too bad it involved (Miranda see dislikes)

Things I didn’t like

1.  The randomness of the killings, it seemed an effort to incorporate extreme violence

2.  Killers after children, very distasteful subject matter

3.  The way they tried to make the killings part of the mythology of the show it seemed an after thought.

4.  The cruelty of what happen to poor Shelly after she was finally going to get a new body

5.  Olivia who supposedly had change was randomly violent two times without real cause

6.  Miranda, everything about her seemed forced except her BLONDness

7.  It would have been interesting to learn why Olivia decided to wear colors since last season black/white was her personality and it seemed an integral part of her character.

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I was looking forward to a new season of Hemlock Grove with excitement and I mostly feel let down now.  It’s not as though there were not really pivotal moments and what I hope is a continuing series.  It that there seemed a lot of missed opportunities for more.  I believe that happens quite often in television shows.

First instance, if Shelly had been given her new body it would have been so cool to see how she dealt with being wanted and adored as a new person, for once in her life.  Even if no one new that she was Shelly she would have had an entirely real chance at life.  I believe that even her uncle might have changed his mind about killing Olivia if Shelly had been given that opportunity, of course its speculation.

Another example of what could have been different is what if the three characters of Roman, Peter and the dreaded Miranda had set up house with Nadia.  That of course would have been an interesting set up on a different kind of show.  Hemlock Grove is all about shock value and so that idea is a pipe dream.

So back to reality, there was a lot of the same dynamic among characters, the anger and denial of brotherly love with Roman and Peter.  The loving brow beating with Peter and Destiny and the dreadful hatefulness of Peter toward his mother, Olivia.

What was different is that this time we had a chance to see inside the White Tower as well as the life of the doctor, even his bedroom which was appealing to me.  I wondered what made him such an arrogant prick before, but basically they have allowed him to have free reigns of the operations and he hadn’t been as prudent as he should have been.  He hired the best sometimes at a cost beyond funding.

No matter my opinion of season two I certainly did watch season three 🙂

Devious Maids Season Finale Review is UP

26 Aug Devious Maids, Evelyn Powell, Lifetime TV, Season Finale

Check out my latest podcast Review of Anatomy of a Murder >>  Devious Maids Podcast Season Finale Review

You can still the finale at the Lifetime tv link today.Lifetime TV, Devious Maids