Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Lovecraft + King = Weird dreams.

I've been tearing through The Skeleton Crew lately. After reading Firestarter, I wanted to be able to go through some short stories, and I had been wanting to read The Mist. So, I finished reading The Mist a couple of days ago (which is the first story in the book), and now I'm in the midst of the second to last story of the book. And earlier I dreamt that I was stuck in this supermarket with bags of fertilizer in front of the front doors to keep the monsters out (and at some point, a guy started getting the crap kicked out of him, which I think had something to do with the story "Nona").

::shakes fist at Papa King::

But I suppose that's what happens when you down a bunch of creepy stories in a row. They're bund to give you Lovecraftian dreams ... especially when they're written by Stephen Freaking King.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

'The Time of the Doctor' -- DX 2013 Xmas Special

Warning: Spoiler Alert

I just saw the mini-episode "The Night of the Doctor" (which should be watched before the 50th anniversary special "The Day of the Doctor"). I don't know how I didn't hear from someone that it was out there. It's not really necessary to understand what is going on with "The Day of the Doctor," but adds a little bit of filler, and finally lets us see the death of the 8th doctor. And even if I don't count 8 as my doctor (since it was 10 that actually got me into the show), he was still my first doctor, and it was nice at least be able to have a visual to see what had happened to him.

This year's Xmas Special ...

I don't know if I have just gotten so used to the Uncle Rusty years and how 9 and 10 regenerated that I was expecting something long those lines, but ... I thought that this episode was rather disappointing. It felt like there was all kinds of build up and no real pay off. Sure, it was cool to see the Weeping Angels, the Silence, the crack in the wall, and Amy again, but ... it just didn't quite live up to what I thought that it could have been.

Also what didn't live up to what it could have been ... how the doctor got more regenerations. And I kind of wanted to scream at someone that they were counting the creation of Tinkerbell!10 as one of the regenerations (and having 11 say that 10 just kept his face, cuz he was vain). Turning 11 into 13 and having the Time Lords just send him some regeneration energy through the crack so that he could turn into 12 seemed far too much like deus ex machine. I wanted there to actually be something to him getting a new life that we might have bee sure that he wouldn't have been able to have gotten before without it feeling like the writers were cheating (and maybe hadn't really thought the whole thing through, or that they just couldn't figure out an answer for how he would have gotten more lives).

11 sending Clara away every chance that he got, I get that the writers were wanting us to see it as the doctor being selfless and wanting to help people, but also wanting to make sure that his companion didn't get hurt, but that isn't how it came off. It may have a bit to do with the fact that up to this point, we haven't really gotten to know Clara all that well (she's still relatively new to us), but the way that it was written felt much more like a bit of misogyny (making sure to keep the little woman away from the danger, cuz she wouldn't be able to handle it, and the big, strong man needed to protect her from it). I'll fully admit that I have a bit of an issue with Moffat's writing of women and that may be part of why I am completely dissatisfied with Clara in general, but she seemed a bit useless and helpless in this episode (which made me feel even more dissatisfied with her than I normally am).

I'm not sure if the Dalek's turning everybody into Dalek's was supposed to be a nod to the fact that when we first meet Clara, she's been turned into a Dalek (and doesn't realize it), or not, but it didn't quite work for me. It felt like a combination of overkill with the trying to make nods to other things that have happened in 11's tenure, and having something happen within the story that didn't quite make as much sense as it could have (if that particular ship was as powerful as 11 was making it out to be, I want more than an, "Oh, BTW ... psyche! Everyone's a Dalek!"

Also, what is with saying that every companion is the doctor's best friend? Ever since Donna (at least, that's when I first noticed it), the writers have some sort of comment made (whether it's in canon, or in blurbs about the episodes) about how the companion that he's with at the time is his best friend. Not every one is going to be bestie materiel. He might like some of them pretty well, but that doesn't mean that they are BFFs. Rose was BFF for 9 (even if neither of them said it), and she was true love always for 10. Martha was a good friend and someone that 10 could trust, but they weren't besties (partly cuz he was still trying to get over Rose). Donna was BFF. Period. End of sentence. If 10 could have grown old, Donna was the he would have shared a flat with, and the two of them would have grown old together (while driving each other crazy). Can you tell that Donna is my companion? Amy was very special to 11, but I don't know that I would have called them besties. The fact that he came into her life when she was a child changed the dynamic of their relationship, so that there was a paternal vibe there (or at the very least, he was that crazy uncle that she liked to spend time with). Clara is/was the mystery. Yes, 11 was fond of her (and I'm sure that 12 will be, too), but the mystery dominated too much of their relationship in the beginning (and they were together, as far as we have seen, too little for there to be any bestie feelings. They haven't known each other long enough, or have the connection that 10 and Donna had from almost the beginning).

ETA: I have to agree with the timey-whimey of what happens to the other incarnations of Clara that are put forth here, as well as some of the other things that were lacking in this episode.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Desolation of Smaug

Warning: Spoiler Alert

So, I had the afternoon off after going to an interview earlier, so I went to see The Hobbit (you can't really beat a $5 movie in the theater). I didn't really go into it with high hopes, since I had still managed to get a vibe that it wasn't terribly fantastic, even with my phobia about spoilers.

Plus, there was the fact that Evangeline Lilly was in it, and she had two things going against her from the word jump: I have never cared for her, and I tend to lean toward being a Tolkien purist. But I was kind of surprised by the fact that I not only didn't have a problem with the addition of her character (a character that is nowhere within the legendarium), or the addition of the love triangle between her, Leggy, and Kili (something else that doesn't occur in the legendarium), but I actually kind of liked her. Sure, they changed some stuff with Kili to accommodate the addition of her character and the fact that he is now suddenly in love with her, but it felt almost like they were trying to tie The Hobbit movies to LotR (via Gimli being bonkers over Galadriel). My purist leanings were a bit bothered by the fact that there are four dwarves that are not at the Lonely Mountain (and who are instead in Lake Town) at the end of the film (especially since shit is going down).

I will admit hat I had a bit of a squee over the Easter Eggs that appeared in the film ... like PJ showing up in Bree (a la FotR, complete with carrot), Stephen Colbert in Lake Town (which I might have missed if I hadn't been prepared for it), and Leggy talking crap about Gimili to Glóin. Plus, I did nerd out a little over the fact that Gandy and Radagast visited the grave of the Witch King, and Gandy talked about the fact that Sauron was calling the Nine to him. Yes, complete set up for LotR, and not something that actually happened in The Hobbit, but it still made me happy.

That being said, I am not entirely sure as to why this film was called The Desolation of Smaug, when the fight with Smaug (and the destruction of Lake Town) isn't going to happen until the next film. Keeping the fight with him until the next film makes it feel like there's going to be a rush to get through the next one, since they still have to have Bard kill him with the black arrow, and there's still the Battle of the Five Armies. Bilbo getting back home is still needed as well, but there isn't necessarily a whole lot that is needed to be shown with that. But the death of Smaug and the Battle of Five Armies are two pretty huge things to leave for the end (and that's not even counting the fact that they still need to get all of the dwarves back together again as well ... and get Gandalf back with the gang, who is trapped again at the top of a tower. Can he get through either trilogy without getting trapped? Seriously); it almost feels like having two finales instead of pacing it.

I was also expecting there to be a little bit more with Beorn than there was. There was so little of him in the film that it almost didn't seem necessary to add him, and he almost could have gone the way of Tom Bombadil. As it was, it felt like the only point of adding him was to make sure that the dwarves got ponies for a portion of their journey (so, he really was the Bombadil of this trilogy), but the ponies were only use for all of three seconds.

I kept wanting to shake Thorin, especially when he started talking crap about Bilbo (calling him "The Burglar," instead of Bilbo. This bothered me more out of the fact that at the end of An Unexpected Journey, he had finally seemed to accept (and respect) Bilbo, but the gold fever had wormed it's way into his head far too far by the time that they actually made it to the Lonely Mountain.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

'Twelve Days of Krampus' -- Grimm 3x08

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Oh, how I loved this particular episode. It made me all kinds of happy on the inside. I loved the idea of them using Krampus in the Grimm universe, and that he didn't know what or who he really was (once he was no longer Krampus and was back to being a regular schmuck). It brought a new aspect to the mythos in general, and brought an interesting question of what do you do when someone doesn't know what or who s/he is, and can you really blame one aspect of a person's personality if another aspect of themselves is doing something outside of their knowledge or control. I suppose that bringing Krampus to the council's attention (once they knew who he was when he wasn't in his serial killer form) was the best thing that they could do under the circumstances, but it still doesn't mean that Nick won't have blood on his hands if the council decides to hill the guy (which they very well may do, seeing as how they were so willing to kill a child a couple of episodes ago when they didn't understand what was going on with the kid). Still, even if turning the guy over to the council means that they're going to kill him, I'm still glad that Nick didn't have to pull the trigger himself; I didn't like the idea of him having to do it cuz he felt like he had to, when he felt so conflicted about the whole thing.

But the fact that the guy who turns into Kramus ... shouldn't he be a little more worried about the fact that he knows this happens every year? And should he be able to hold down a job, or be able to pay for a mortgage, or remain married (if he is), or look like he is healthy and well-fed without someone stopping and piecing something together? I would have thought that maybe he would have been the first one to have pieced together the fact that there is something seriously wrong with the fact that he blacks out for three weeks every year, or that he ends up in random other parts of the country. If he has only been living in his current home for the past three years, was it cuz he had to move cuz he (or the police) figured out that there was something fishy about the fact that there were all of these murders going on during the time that he was blacked out? And if he had to move, would he have also had to get a new job? If so, what job is going to give him three weeks off every December (especially if he's new)? And if he hasn't been around long enough to get enough sonority to let him get that amount of time off, how is he able to hold down a job? I NEED SOME ANSWERS!!!!!!!

And I suppose that we know now that the writers really are going to continue to give Nick super powers that he will be able to use in later episodes. First, it was the super hearing. Now, it's the zombie abilities (which will stop him from being choked out by the crazies that want to try to kill him with their bare hands). I still want to know if this is something that happens to all Grimms (where they adapt to the things that happen to them so that they are more efficient killers), or if it's just something that happens to the people that are in Nick's famiy (I still like my idea that the Grimms started off being a mutation of a form of Wesen and that's why they are able to see Wesen in Woge form, and I think that I might be able to headcanon Nick going into zombie form (and even his sonic hearing) if I say that he is able to adapt to the things that happen to him that happen cuz of Wesen using their abilities on him).

Was I the only one who went, "::snort:: Of course Bud knows where the tallest tree is. He's a freaking beaver"? Bringing Bud into the episode just for that scene seemed a little bit sloppy to me, but I suppose that they may have needed something to move the plot along a little bit and make sure that the Scoobs were able to get the kids before they were eaten.

I also like the idea that Wu might be a Grimm that was put forth here. Wouldn't that be fantastic if he was? It makes me feel a little bit better that he's just on that side of being told everything that is going on. And who would suspect Wu of being a Grimm, what with him being the comedic sidekick to the Nick and Hank? It would make sure that he was able to help them out much more than they are aware of.

'Cold Blooded' -- Grimm 3x07

Warning: Spoiler Alert

I'll have to admit that I wasn't all that impressed with this episode. It actually bored me quite a bit and had me bored me pretty quickly (and I couldn't wait until it was over). It wasn't just that the MotW wasn't at all interesting to me, the legend of the alligators in the sewers isn't one that I think is altogether interesting. Maybe that might be different if I lived in another part of the country, a place where that bit of urban legend has taken more of a foothold? Or maybe it's just that I'm not all that interested in reptiles or stories that involve them. But then, it might have also been that the writing wasn't as strong as it could have been (even if I'm not all that interested in a particular bit of folklore, if the writing is strong, that can make a difference).

So, even while I was kind of disappointed with the folklore side of things, I was glad to get a bit more about what is going on with the captain and his whole working with the resistance thing. It was also nice to be able to get a look at who has now taken over as the crown prince (now that Eric is gone). I wasn't sure if they were going to show us who the new adversary of the captain was going to be, or if hey were going to have us wonder about it for a while. But the actor that they used, it doesn't matter what else I see him in now, I will always think of him as Wesley. That's just how it goes.

And the fact that not even Eric trusted this particular cousin of theirs makes me think that there is going to be some real bad news in store for Sean and all of the people that have joined forces with him. The fact that he's spying on Adiland doesn't necessarily mean anything (since I wouldn't have put something like that past Eric, or even Sean), but the fact that Sean is so super leery of him cuz Eric thought that he was untrustworthy (giving the impression that those who aren't trusted by those who are untrustworthy makes them even more dangerous, instead of having it be a case of the enemy of my enemy) makes it seem like the resistance is going to have even more trouble with the cousin than they did with Eric.

I still don't trust the idea that Eric is really dead, but I don't know why Eric would have gone into hiding (or why he would have let someone else take over the reins as the crown prince).

And speaking of Adalind ... it makes me wonder what's going on with the baby after seeing the pattern of the goo that she has to keep putting on her belly. To me it looked like a spider when she did it in this episode, and I wonder if there's any special significance to it. Maybe there might be? To my mind, it gives me an icky sort of feeling that there might be danger involved with it (like the baby might be a danger to other people).

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

"Almost Human"

I really didn't intend to get hooked on "Almost Human," but I kind of think that I have. I'm not entirely sure if it's helping the show or not that whenever Karl Urban is on screen, I keep going back and forth between when McCoy first met Kirk and when Éomer finds Éowyn on the Pelennor (a scene which still kills me, BTW. ETA: And I still love the fact that Aragorn and Gandalf are just standing around watching Éomer loose his mind over his sister, as though his grief is a fucking show. Way to go, guys).

There have been several times already where the show has made me giggle like a mad thing and have to rewatch whatever the scene was that made me giggle. I am kind of needing to give the writers a big hug for that fact, since so many shows out there are supposed to be funny, but I think that they're just dumb.

Also with the love for the writers? The way that they've played with the human v. robot thing. Of the two main characters, the one that's the android is played as being way more human, and the human character is played as being cut off from his feelings (and way more robotic ... and not able to interact with people all that well).

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

'The Golem' -- SH 1x10

Warning: Spoiler Alert

On one level, I'm really glad that we didn't have to wait that long to find out what happened with Jeremy (or to find out his name), but on the other hand ... that's not the way that I wanted things to go for him. I was wanting him to live a long time and be happy, not have everything go to crap for him. But if the coven used a sell on him to make his heart stop, there's at least hope that something may be done to wake him back up. Maybe, at some point, Ichabod will be able to get Jeremy so that he can wake up, and get Katrina out of Purgatory; and then, they can be a family. I want this to be the thing that happens ... even though I don't think that it will. The three of them are completely boned.

And it seems that the captain is really beginning to believe what is going on with Ichabod and Allie, and with the town itself. It's obvious that he doesn't like the idea that he's probably just as boned as they are, but at least he's on board with heping them, and that makes me happy on the inside. Also that makes me happy on the inside ... that the Sin Eater is now willing to help them out as well. The more time that goes on, the more it seems that the people that are supposed to be around them are the ones who have been pulled to them (for one reason or another).

But now that we know that Jeremy was put in the ground before he was able to have a family of his own, there doesn't seem much chance that the Sin Eater is actually a descendant of Ichabod's ... unless I was able to somehow handwave what we know so far and headcanon the idea that Jeremy was able to get himself free of what the coven did (since he's apparently so powerful), but I don't think that anything like that will have happened.

So, Ichabod is supposed to do something to give up Abbie's soul to He Who is Horned. I see a bit of a problem with this, in that I don't see how anyone can get someone else's soul damned. From everything that I've ever seen before (whether in fiction, folklore, religion, or anything else), people are only able to damn themselves, or give their own souls away to the Above or the Below. If he were able to capture it, and keep it inside of some kind of trap before giving it to our Horned Overlord, that might be something different, but I'm not sure that that's what we're talking about in this instance. Seems much more like the Horns That Must Not Be Named would want Abbie free somewhat (instead of in some confined box or trap) so that he would be able to torment her to his pleasure ... but then, again, he might be able to do that if she were boxed and wrapped with a bow. But maybe they're going to be doing something other than that, and as long as they get the logic of it down (and stick to it), I don't think that I'd have a problem with whatever it is that they come up with.

Monday, December 9, 2013

'Stories We Tell Our Young' -- Grimm 3x06

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Well, I have to give to the writers on this episode for actually having Nick go to Monroe and Rosalee and ask them a question about Wesen stuff (unlike what they've been doing with him and the whole "how do they know that I'm a grimm" thing). But I seem to get the impression that whoever wrote this episode couldn't help zirself and had to have Monroe and Rosalee go all confusing with the informations (and make sure that even though the question was actually asked this time, we still are no closer to getting any clearer idea of what the answer is than when we were when they first walked into the shop).

I almost want to say that we could use the captain as proof that a Wesen and a ... I can't remember the term for "normal schmuck," but that ... could have a baby, and the baby might be at least a little bit Wesen, but I'm not sure that he would be the best of examples. Even if the royals aren't Wesen (by the strictest use of the term), I don't get the idea that they're entirely human either. I almost get the impression that they're almost like Grimms, where they can't woge the way a Wesen would, but without the Grimm abilities. So, maybe they're something between Juliette and Nick in terms of what they are physically.

I'm really hoping that this whole thing doesn't come between Monroe and Rosalee, since they are so good together. I hope that they both realize that the other did what s/he felt like was the right thing to do (even if those things might have seemed like they were in opposition to each other). I want the two of them to stay together forever and ever and ever. Word.

Also, it was completely fantastic that Juliette was helping Nick to write in his Book of Shadows (or whatever fandom is calling it ... that just happens to be what I'm calling it). Like I said before, it's kind of amazing to see that she's jumped in feet first with all of this, and that it isn't scaring her away from Nick. I know that I'm in the minority on this one, but I like her, and I want the two of them to stay together to make fat little Grimm babies. It was also kind of fantastic to have her on the case on this one, what with her background. Sure, she's an animal doctor, but it would still give her a bit of footing when trying to help the gang figure things out when it comes to medical stuff.

It was interesting to see the writers use something this week that didn't have anything to do with the Wesen, but seemed to be something that the Wesen were kind of afraid of (like a boogeyman ... other than Grimms that is).

And I'm curious as to what the counsel is thinking about Nick. Dude said that Nick wasn't like the other Grimms that they have come across, but that doesn't give us a clue as to whether that's good or bad (though, I think that we're supposed to think that it might be a good thing). Maybe Nick's growing reputation as a "good" Grimm will get him even more allies in the Wesen world ... and maybe that will help the captain in taking down the royals.

Speaking of the captain ... I am so looking forward to watching him be a badass. I have a feeling that his family has underestimated him up to this point, and I think that they're going to get boned cuz of it. Oh, family. You had your chance to play nice. Too late.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

'Holy Terror' -- SPN 9x09

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Fuck you, Show. Why do you keep taking people away from me? LEAVE THE SECONDARY CHARACTERS ALONE!! I don't know why the writers of Show keep wanting to hurt me, but they do. They want to rip out my insides, and instead of walking away from the abusive relationship like any rational person would, I keep coming back and telling them that I would like to have another.

The feels are threatening to destroy me. I didn't expect that I would have such feels over the guy, but I do, and I want something awful to happen to Gadriel ... something awful bad like whoa.

However, I will say that I did let out a slight squee when it was reveled that we have actually been dealing with Gadriel all of this time, but that comes from the fact that I have used Gadriel in the first book of the series that I'm currently writing (and it was kind of cool to see someone else use him as well).

That being said, I do not like the fact that he was being used by Metatron to do his dirty work (now that he's not able to use Cas anymore), cuz now that we know a little bit more about what's going on with Gadriel, it seems like he's actually not a bad guy (and that he's being manipulated by Metatron to do his evil bidding). I get the feeling that he wouldn't have done what he did, and he wouldn't be doing anything else in the near future cuz of Metatron if he wasn't so desperate for the other angels to forgive him for what he thinks that he did. It's a bogus wrap, since it seems to me that he was destined to fail, but he's been carrying this weight on his shoulders for all of these years, and Metatron is completely using that to his advantage (cuz he's a bastard).

I would love, love, love if Cas was able to take back what Gadriel did, but I doubt that it's going to happen. There's already been so much of that this season that I have the feeling that the writers are going to make this one stick just to make it that much more gut wrenching (which makes me hate and love them). But now that it has happened, I want to know who is going to take Kevin's place, and if s/he is going to be someone who is going to be down with the Winchesters. It was kind of luck (in a way) that Kevin became an honorary Winchester (both in his mind and in their minds), but that doesn't mean that it's going to happen that way with someone else.

And you know what else, this would also be kind of a perfect time for them to actually explore what the hell happened with Chuck. Cas mentioned it once last season (it was last season, right?), and it hasn't been mentioned since. I'm really surprised that it hasn't bothered them at all, since they were buddies with him, and they know something would have had to've happened to him for Kevin to get tapped for his duties.

Also, speaking of Cas ... him taking Theo's grace and becoming an angel again ... you know what I would absolutely love? If we come to find out that angels can only ever really function with their own grace, and if they take someone else's, it's not only like trying to make something fit inside a container that is too small and the wrong size, it will eventually lead to angel goo all over all of the walls. I want this to only be a temporary fix, and he will eventually have to get back his own grace from Metatron to be right and whole (and a real boy).

Sunday, December 1, 2013

'El Cucuy' -- Grimm 3x05

Warning: Spoiler Alert

I would really like to know what the hell is going on with Nick's mom, cuz I have a feeling that there is far more going on than what Nick is suspecting right now. I'm also wondering why it is that she got into contact with him at all, since it seemed like she was going to bail and not come back into his life again (not now that she had the coins). And I'm kind of torn as to whether or not she actually cared about him at all. The way that she said that he was just like his father sounded so much like a cut down of both of them that it made me think that she planned her husband's death (as well as the death of her friend that everyone thought was her), and not just cuz it might have made people think that she was dead (and possibly get some heat off of her from all of the enemies that it seems that she has made over the years). I don't get the feeling that she has felt guilty about not being in his life all of this time, and she had only gotten in contact with him before cuz she had found out that the coins were in his possession. ::shakes fist at his mom::

I'm also getting the feeling that Juliette is going to be the go to girl when it comes to research. She really seems to dig it (the way a little kid would dig going to the park or getting ice cream), but sometimes she seems to dig it in almost a scary sort of way. The way that she went after the IP addy that the email from his mom came from ... that was kind of freaky, cuz she seemed so manic about trying to find out what the hell was going on (even if it might have come back to bite her in the ass, since (for all we know) the email might not have come from his mom at all, and it might have been one of the royals (or someone we haven't encountered yet) trying to do something sneaky). Still, I completely stand by what I was thinking about her last season (in that she would be a fantastic addition to the Scooby gang, and the best mommy to baby grimms ever (as well as a pretty good grimm SO)).

It seems like Nick maybe should have mentioned before that he had seen his mom again (and that she was still alive), as well as the fact that being a grimm is hereditary, since those are things that might be kind of important to their future together ... even if he hasn't really had the time to tell her just yet, and it may have slipped his mind with everything else that has been going on (like being turned into a zombie and killing a dude).

And can I just say how much I completely adored the dinner scene? Cuz I did. It was one of my most favorite of all the scenes of the entire show. Finally, all of the Scoobs are in the fight together, just like they should have been the entire time.

'The Good, the Bad and the Baby' -- Castle 6x10

Warning: Spoiler Alert

First of all ... writers ... Oxford comma. Seriously. It's your friend. The Oxford comma is only one of the best punctuation marks ever. Why? Cuz if you invited the strippers, JFK and Stalin to your party, what you are actually doing is inviting two strippers who also happen to be JFK and Stalin (not that you invited strippers, JFK, and Stalin as three different things). So, please, start using it. It will make me immensely happy on the inside.

I suppose that it was kind of natural that Castle might take some of his previous experiences and bring them into his current life (even if he's dealing with a different person than he was with Alexis's mom). I will give it to Beckett that she at least seemed like she would be willing to be the mom when/if the two of them have kids of their own. But I wonder if she would have even wanted to have kids in the first place if the idea hadn't been put in her head by the supposed time traveler. She doesn't exactly seem like the type who would want to be a mom (a step-mom type, maybe, but not necessarily a bio mom herself). She's always kind of struck me as the type who puts work on the front burner, even though she does love Castle. And when you put work on the front burner that way, it isn't always the best for having a family.

That being said, it's quite possible that if she really decides that she wants to go all in with the whole family things that she would at least try to do her best ... even if her best might not always be completely right. Hell, the way that she treats Castle so much of the time makes me kind of wonder if she wouldn't sometimes need someone to slap her upside the head when it comes to the kiddies as well (since she can be so all about herself, and kind of missing of the point ... to the point that it almost seems like she's doing it on purpose).

Poor Ryan. He really is all thumbs when it comes to babies, isn't he? But I have the feeling that things will be different when it's his own baby, and not just cuz he's going to love the bugger like all get out. It seems like he'll try really hard to get as close to right as he possibly can when it's time. He's just a sweet boy, and I really need to pinch those little cheeks of his ... hard. And if I didn't know any better, I'd almost think that not!Cosmo was doing it on purpose, crying to mess with Ryan's poor little mind. It certainly seems like the way to go to me.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

'Rock and a Hard Place' -- SPN 9x08

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The more that we have something to do with Ezekiel, the more that I think that there's something really wrong with him. I know that he says that Sam isn't ready to hear that he has an angel living inside of him, and maybe he has some special beat on what Sam is and isn't ready to hear (cuz he can hear Sam's thoughts, or something), but the fact that he got in the way of Dean finally telling him what is going on made me not like him even more. I am quite sure that Sam isn't going to be ok with what's been happening since the end of last season, but he should know what's going on ... especially if there is something wrong with him now (seeing as how he says that he can't "charge his battery" anymore. That could be nothing (as in it taking longer for Ezekiel to make him feel ok after doing stuff), or it could be really important (like Ezekiel is trying to zap all of the power away from Sam and leave him as nothing more than a husk on the ground of some truck stop somewhere). And the more time that goes on, the more I keep thinking that they need to get rid of Ezekiel. Pronto. Despite of how badly Sam might be doing, cuz I think that it'll be better to get rid of him sooner (rather than later). This whole thing with him using Sam as a suit is going to end badly; I'm sure of it. And it won't just be bad for Sam either. It's going to be bad for the entire gang. Maybe not for Crowley, since I have the feeling that he's a survivor, and he'll be able to use whatever mess falls down around him to his own advantage.

And having Dean get someone to break her vow of chastity ... come. on. Isn't that trope a little bit tired by now. Yes, we realize that Dean is a complete horndog, but we also know that he is completely capable of being the loyal boyfriend. Can we at least keep a little bit of the loyal boyfriend in there, since the boys have seemed to swap the places that they had when we first met them? To keep running that into the ground that Dean will make a pass at anything with boobs is beyond old at this point (and I would love to see it die off ... but I will also admit that that may be just me and my desire for some actual plot).

Also, I can understand them bringing in Zeus, Artemis, Prometheus, and Osiris ... but Vesta? She isn't exactly one of the big name pagan gods, and it would almost seem like the writers were scraping the barrel a bit to bring her on board. The others (from the Greek/Roman or Egyptian pantheons) were at least relevant for the overall story arch, but bringing in the goddess of the hearth and virginity ... not so much (especially when they only focused on the virginity part of it). If the writers had decided that they wanted to do something with Vesta in relation to the fact that the boys have now found a place that is their home, after never really having a home before the bunker, that would have made more sense; even more so if they also put into play the fact that Dean made such a big deal to Kevin that they're all family now (and no one gets left behind), and then, Dean kicked Cas out cuz Ezekiel is a possessive freak.

I don't know so much anymore why I keep watching this show, but it's like a bad habit that I can't quite shake off yet.

'Sanctuary' -- SH 1x09

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So, now we know that Ichabod and Katrina had a son. Interesting. And the bad things were kind of desperate to get ahold of their baby, which really makes me wonder what ever happened to him. I don't think that he ended up in the hands of anyone associated with Moloch, cuz I get the feeling that the tree thing wouldn't have been hanging around the house where he had been born for so long ... and I think that he has something to do with why Katrina is stuck in purgatory (but that's just my assumption on this). I get the feeling (from what very little we know about him and the world of "Sleepy Hollow" at large) that there is something really important about him, and that he may be the thing that ultimately gets rid of the Horsemen and/or Moloch (but that is mostly cuz that's what I want to find out).

And wouldn't it be all kinds of wonderful to find out that the sin eater is actually related to Ichabod and Katrina ... like he is one of their descendants? At this point (after finding out that Abbie and Jenny are descendants of the woman who was Katrina's midwife) that may be a little bit too ... neat (like putting a bow on everyone and everything ... kind of the way that George Lucas likes to do), so if there's a better idea out there, I would love to see it. But as for right now, I would like to find out that the sin eater has some kind of blood relation to them.

Also, am I the only one who thought that the death of the tree/scarecrow thingy was a little bit too easy. Yes, I realize that Ichabod was full of righteous indignation, but it still seemed like it was a little bit too easy. If it had been able to kill someone from Katrina's coven (someone who had been able to keep the area so very protected for so very long, and from so many people and things), it would seem that it would have been a little bit harder to be able to kill it (especially when using nothing more than rage and an axe). As such, I have a feeling that we might be seeing said tree/scarecrow thingy again sometime later on.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

The DW 50th Anniversary Special.

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I'm still trying to get all of my thoughts together about the 50th anniversary special, cuz it wasn't exactly what I was expecting ... at least as far as how they were going to bring in 10 and Rose (cuz I was kind of expecting that they would bring in Tinkerbell!10 and the real Bad Wolf, but that was probably a little bit too obvious, especially since they've already had Rose break through the barriers of the universes before, and it nearly cost them all everything ... even though Mickey also did it, and everything is fine ... but thinking too hard when it comes to wibbly-wobbly will only make your brain hurt).

I did appreciate the fact that they brought in 12, even if it was only a shot of his eyes and only for 2 seconds (long enough for us to realize that he was there, before they took him away again); it was still super nice to be able to have him acknowledged in the special. Also with the love? The fact that ... what are we calling John Hurt's doctor? I haven't been looking around at spoilers, or anybody's reviews of the episode, so I'm not sure what everyone is calling him ... so I'll just call him 8.5. Anyway, I thought that it was nice to be able to see 8.5 just start to turn into 9 (and do it right after he said that he hoped that he wouldn't have the goofy ears that time). From everything that I've seen or heard before, Christopher Eccleston was kind of stressed out by his time on DW had hasn't really wanted to join back in on it, but it was still nice for them to still be cool with him (even after he said no to being involved with the special) and giving him a bit of fan service.

It was so nice to be able to see 10 again!! How I've missed him (like whoa!!). I even was glad to see him when his hair was lying flat (and wasn't all crazy like it's supposed to be ... but it was still 10!). And when he said that he didn't want to go ... oh, the feels!! The feels nearly tore me apart! The writers should really not do those sorts of things to me, since it made me have to relive that whole series four finale, and 10 turning into 11. :(

But the fact that they counted 8.5 and 12 as part of the doctor's regenerations, that would make 12 his 13th incarnation. I'm sure that the writers are going to have a way around stopping him at 12 (or 13), but I'm still wondering how it is that they're going to do that. It's quite possible that he may have gained some of River's regenerations when she used up her regeneration energy to save him, or ... maybe the Moment could have changed something about him so that he will live past 13 (since she/it did say that he would have to live with what he had done to Gallifrey ... but maybe it won't work that way, since he didn't actually destroy Gallifrey, and it seemed implied that he would be forced to live if he killed them all. Still, that doesn't mean that she didn't so something to him. Maybe he will be forced to continue living, until he is able to figure out how to get Gallifrey out of the artwork that he put it inside).

I have the feeling that the finding of Gallifrey may be something that will be kind of big for the remainder of 11's time, and will carry over into 12's ... at least, I hope it is. I hope that it isn't something that's just solved in one series (but will last at least a couple), but the fact that each series seems to have its own theme may mean that it will only last through series eight ... but the fact that finding Gallifrey is something that is so huge could possibly mean that it might last a little bit longer. Oh, I hope that it does.

Also, it almost seems like they're kind of going plastic!Rory with Clara's memories (where she remembers things that she shouldn't be able to, since it was actually alternate versions of her that were making those memories, and not actually her; just like the centurion wasn't actually Rory, and there shouldn't have been any way that he remembered anything that the centurion did). But as long as it isn't played into a bunch (like they did with Rory), I think that I'll be able to ignore the fact that it was even made reference to. But what I would like an explanation to ... what happened with the kids that Clara was looking after. Did they just get too old for her? And are they going to tell anyone what happened with Clara and the doctor? Answers, please.

'Bad Boys' -- SPN 9x07

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Soooo ... Dean went to live in a boys' home for a couple of months (and it was the best time of his life). Oooookay. If that had been the case before three seconds ago, I don't see why he would have been such a Debbie Downer on Sam for running away (any of the times that he has), when he should then have an idea of how nice it could be not having to live the life of a hunter ... and he supposedly knew it before he started playing house with Ben and Lisa. Sure, he went back to the life cuz of the unhealthy relationship that he has with his family, and the fact that he always feels like he needs to take care of Sam, but that doesn't mean that he shouldn't have known what it was like to not have that whole life hanging over his head for a little while (and that doesn't mean that he had to be a dick about the whole thing).

Yeah, I realize that this whole thing is my INTJ brain trying to make sense of genre television, where there really is no sense, but I can't help wanting it to!! It would be great if there was any kind of consistency within the seasons (especially the seasons since Kripke left. I never would have thought that I would be saying good things about Kripke (seeing as how he always struck me as being somewhat of a baby), but at least there was some kind of consistency when it came to the first five seasons ... something that has been lost since he left. But then, back then, there at least seemed to be something of a goal (first with YED, and then, with Lucifer). But then, this season has pretty much run off the rails, so it's not as though I'm completely surprised about the fact that I want the episodes to be something that I can wrap my hands around the shoulders of so that I can shake the hell out of them.

I'm also kind of surprised that Sam seemed to naïve about where Dean was at that point, seeing as how he has been in the hunter's life all of his life, and he knows how his dad operated (as well as the fact that Dean was always a good little soldier when they were younger (and would have done anything that Papa had told him to, even lie to Sam)). He has always been billed as the smart one, so it would seem like he should have been able to notice the signs of Papa and Dean trying to pull a fast one over on him; he didn't always seem to notice it when they were kids, but then, at some point in his tween years, he seemed to grow out of trusting everything that was told to him. And he doesn't seem to be pushing too much into what Dean is keeping from him right now, but I'm handwaving that as maybe Ezekiel is keeping his suspicions from coming to the surface (and getting him to scream at Dean that he knows that there's something going on, and he better tell him what it is, damn it).

Speaking of Sam and Ezekiel (and figuring out that he's possessed by an angel), when exactly are we going to have Sam start to figure out that there is something going on? I mean, really? Come. on. In previous seasons, he would have already started throwing all kinds of bitchface at Dean by now.

'Disciple' -- Castle 6x09

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I'm not sure why it would make me feel happy to know that Lanie and Esposito are still at least somewhat of an item (even if they aren't exclusive, which I would love for them to be). Maybe it has to do with the fact that them still being at least somewhat together means that they are still at least somewhat together ... and there's maybe a little bit of a chance that they might get back together completely. I would love for that to happen, since I love the two of them being together (they make such an awesome couple, and I totally ship them).

But the fact that the fake Lanie had the exact tattoo that she had, in the exact place that she had it (and not that many people knew that she had it in the first place) gives me all kinds of the creeps. How would 3XK have known that she had it? Did he get to someone would have known (maybe the tattoo artist, or someone else that Lanie is seeing)? Or did he have someone sneak in and make the moves on her so that he could get as much info about her as he could? There has to be something there, seeing as how not that many people knew that the tat was there in the first place.

And the fact that Lanie and Esposito are still somewhat together makes me wonder if 3XK was consciously using their relationship to his advantage ... I would imagine so. And now, he's done things against everyone on the team (going after Beckett and Castle first, then Ryan, and now Lanie and Esposito), and he's made it personal for all of them ... and I imagine that he will make it even more personal for all of them before he's finally caught completely.

I think that it was pretty smart of him to have people pretend to be part of the gang on this so that he could get ahold of the information that they had on him; it will make it that much harder for them to be able to be able to catch him later on, but I have a feeling that if he continues to make it personal for them (and continues to rub their noses in the fact that he's still alive, and they haven't caught him), it will make it that much harder for him to remain free (since he will be the bee in their bonnets, so to speak, and they'll want to make sure that they catch him and get him back in prison ... but for a good long time this time, making it much harder for him to get out).

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

'Necromancer' -- SH 1x08

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And now we finally have the introduction of Bram Bones into the show's mythology, and within the story that they're telling, he really is the headless horseman (instead of it just being insinuated that he is, in an effort to scare Ichabod away from Katrina). It makes me all kinds of happy on the inside that this was put into the show's mythology this way; it makes my geeky heart go all aflutter with happy feelings.

In a way, I kind of feel bad for Abraham, since he really can't understand why Katrina would love Ichabod instead of him (thinking that he has everything that she would want cuz he's wealthy, but completely missing the point that that sort of thing isn't important when the heart is involved). If Ichabod could have explained everything to him, maybe things would have turned out a little bit differently, but probably not (since his heart was in the mix as well).

And if the Horsemen are really people who have been possessed in their dying moments (if we can take what happened to Abraham as what happened to the others as well), it brings a whole new interesting dynamic to the story of the Horsemen. If they were once people, maybe they can be defeated in some way cuz their former lives are still lingering somehow (Abraham's was lingering enough that he knew who he was before he became Death, and who Ichabod was, and who Katrina was).

It makes me wonder what else may have happened to the other Horsemen to make them become what they were, if Abraham was anything to compare them with. If it was his resentment of Ichabod (for being the one that Katrina chose) that opened him up to become Death, maybe something like that also happened to the others (where some kind of resentment or anger on their part opened them up to being turned into what they have become). Maybe one day, we'll be able to get into the stories of the other Horsemen (since the show has been renewed, and the writers will probably have time to explore a little bit where it comes to the others ... hell, they've already explored a little bit with one of the others, so it's probably likely).

I'm also now wondering how it was that Ichabod and Abraham met and become besties (it sounded like it was some time after Ichabod defected, so maybe they met each other cuz of Washington?). More fleshing out of the storyline now? Y/Y? That would be fantastic.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

'One Night Stand' -- Grimm 3x04

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Something strange is certainly happening with Nick. There's no way that he should have been able to stay underwater the amount of time that he did without there being something very wrong with him ... or at least something going on that there shouldn't be. It almost seemed like his body went into a kind of survival mode when he was under the water long enough, and he no longer needed to breathe (for as long as he needed to be under water). But the thing about that whole thing was that I don't see why it was so imperative for them to find Elle once she went into the water since she's a nymph (and it's not as though she would have drowned. All she would have needed to do would be to switch over to breathing through her gills, and it seems like her body would have gone into a reflex to keep her alive and would have brought out the gills of their own accord). But maybe the writers didn't want to have her automatically go into her nymph form so that they could show that there's something going on with Nick.

The email that Nick got (and which Juliette read) that was signed "M," I can only see as being from his mom, but I get the feeling that the writers are wanting to create a little bit of turmoil between him and Juliette. Maybe having two couples in love-bliss at the same time would be a bit too much for them? And it seems like the love-bliss isn't going to be interrupted when it comes to Monroe and Rosalee, so it's probably all going to be Nick and Juliette that get all of the crazy.

But then, if it was his mom that sent Nick an email (which is the only person that I can think it can be who sent that to him), I don't see why she would have sent him a message to tell him that she hadn't gotten rid of the coins yet. In the last episode that she was in, it didn't seem like she was going to get rid of them, or that she was going to contact him again (since she had what she wanted, and that wasn't a relationship with Nick). It seemed much more like she wanted to use the coins for something else (whatever that may have been).

It would be kind of cool if it came from someone else that we don't know about yet (since it turning out to be his mom would be kind of obvious), but then, that would seem like it came out of the blue if they did it that way. But if it was his mom, and this is a way to bring her back into the story, maybe we can get some more answers about what is going on with Nick and all of the weird things that have been going on with him.

I also still don't believe that Eric is dead. It's not only that it's that we haven't seen a body, it's that they've made too much of a big deal about the fact that he's dead and how much woe! there is about it. But at least we now have an idea of where the royals are from (and exactly the position that Eric was to the throne). At some point, I am sure that Eric is going to come walking back into the whole thing, and I don't think that Sean is going to be at all surprised about it. I just hope that he's ready for whatever Eric is going to have up his sleeve when he comes back.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

'The Midnight Ride' -- SH 1x07

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I love the fact that Ichabod couldn't help himself from dorking out and telling the tour guide that he was wrong, wrong, wrong about everything that he was telling the younglings (we were all British, dumbie, so saying 'the British are coming' would have accomplished dick). Oh, Ichabod. Could you be anymore awesome? I don't think that you can be. The fact that you want to smack someone across the face with an ironed glove makes me all kinds of happy on the inside. But those poor younglings. They would not have had any idea of what was going on, and he probably freaked them completely out.

And can we just stop for a second on just how OMG!balls Ichabod got over using a laptop ... and even more so when he somehow managed to open himself up some porn. I AM ESPOUSED TO ANOTHER!! Oh, Ichy. Never change. You are so freaking awesome, it makes my insides want to burst with happiness.

So, now we know that the captain officially believes Ichabod and Abbie about what all has been going on. He really did try to keep himself out of the loop for as long as he possibly could, didn't he? Just didn't want to believe that anything like a headless horseman could really have been roaming around the town and chopping the heads off people. And now, we can pretty much say for certain that it wasn't him that called in to the college and created the alibi for Ichabod when stalker ex-boyfriend of Abbie's tried to get more information on homeboy (cuz he didn't believe until he saw the horseman walking around). I hadn't thought that he was the one that had done it, since I didn't think that he believed, and now we know that he really didn't want to believe them ... but now, he kind of has to.

Speaking of the creepy ex-boyfriend, it looks like his encounter with Brooks really shook him up. I am curious as to what will happen cuz of that. Either he'll not want anything to do with Abbie or Ichabod, or he'll want all of the answers and will bother the two of them even more so that one or both of them will be forced to either lie (and make sure that they keep up the lie), or they tell him the truth about what's been going on. The two of them will probably try to continue to keep him in the dark (since I'm not sure that either of them can trust him), but they might be forced to tell him the truth eventually (especially if Abbie is really against telling lies about what's really been going on).

And now, we've got the Devil's Traps in this show as well. I wonder exactly how the writers for this show are going to use it (if it's going to be anything close to the way the writers of SPN have used it, or if they're going to do something at least slightly different). If they're going to use it the same way that the SPN writers have used it, they are likely going to use it to keep the horsemen out of the manuscript that Ichabod had seen it on, and they might also use it to help Ichabod and Abbie torture some answers out of Death (cuz I don't see those chains being the only thing that are going to keep him hanging around. Dude is too harcore for something like that).

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

'A Murder is Forever' -- Castle 6x08

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I have to actually give Beckett credit for this episode for not coming off as completely pushy and horrible when it comes to Castle and the things that make him who he is. Usually, she is so unbelievably impatient with him and does things that make me wonder why he keeps coming back to her, but she was actually kind of cool in this episode. I had almost thought that she was going to force him to get rid of the lion photo, since she didn't like it, but the fact that she didn't made me kind of grateful. Well, ok, she did go kind of sneaky about it and say that she would just sleep at her own place, but even that was kind of low-key for her (usually she's kind of over the top and in your face about stuff like that).

I almost thought that I had something when it came to the number that kept popping up on the victim's phone when the camera kept panning over to the number on one of the doors, but maybe that was something that was done consciously so as to psych people out (it certainly seems like it would be a possibility). But good on them for turning it around so that it was something other than what I thought that it was going to be, and not making it too obvious.

It was nice to see that there were a couple of guys involved with the case who looked like they could have been the one who was the murderer, but who both turned out to be ... not decent exactly (since they were both involved with shady stuff at least in some part of their lives), but at least they weren't killers (and that's something, I guess). Mostly it was that by making either of them the killer, it would have been entirely too easy (and would have been kind of sloppy writing). But there did seem to be all sorts of people in this episode that could have been the killer (more than what we normally get in any given episode ... at least that's the way that it seemed).

'Heaven Can't Wait' -- SPN 9x06

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The writers are getting even more sloppy with this ... not that I'm really surprised, since they've seemed to be sloppy pretty much with every episode this season. The whole thing with Cas and his manager ... it was far too obvious that there was a misunderstanding there, and that she wasn't actually asking him out (even though that's what he thought was going on). The fact that she didn't actually say what was happening, and that she just asking him to come over at around 7 (and that he assumed what she was talking about) made it kind of clear that he had misunderstood her. And it bothered me about that character that she asked him to come over and didn't clarify that she wanted him to take care of her baby, cuz she never once said that she was actually a mom and that there was an infant at home that he would be watching. What kind of mother asks someone to watch her infant while she goes out on a date, but doesn't actually tell the person that they will be babysitting a six month old? That screams of irresponsibility to me.

Even more with the lies between Sam and Dean, and I don't see how Sam isn't yelling at Dean yet that he needs to have some answers as to why his brother is acting all cagy (cuz let's face it, Dean has been acting fishy around Sam all season. At some point, Sam should have been demanding some kind of answers). Sure, he asked why Dean said "Zeke" during the Oz episode, but that's as far as we've really gotten, and Sam has to be more suspicious than that about what's going on, especially when there was a genuine case, and Dean is going it alone (which they keep saying is a huge no-no).

It was good to be able to actually see Kevin again, cuz it almost seemed like the writers were going to shove him off somewhere and not have him interact with the boys for a while (even though that probably wasn't the case ... it was probably more to do with availability of the actor). But the fact that Kevin is letting Crowley get to him, even though he has to know that Crowley is fucking with him is kind of disappointing. But then, I suppose that something like that would probably happen in the real world (not necessarily where someone lets a demon fuck with their minds, but that they let someone fuck with their minds, even though they know what's going on).

I'm still not sure how Crowley would have been able to get ahold of that syringe of Kevin's blood without someone noticing what was going on, since it wasn't as though Kevin and Sam weren't paying attention. But I am curious as to what was going on with Crowley mainlining Kevin's blood, cuz there has to be something to that (more than just the creep factor). I'm really hoping that they aren't going to do a reversal of Sam going all vampire with Ruby's blood (and yes, it still irritates me to no end that the writers keep saying that Sam was addicted to demon blood, since demons don't have blood, and he was just drinking the blood of her host).

Monday, November 11, 2013

'A Dish Best Served Cold' -- Grimm 3x03

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I am so insanely glad that what it looked like was going to happen from the previews didn't actually happen (with it looking like Monroe was going to go a bit crazy, and Nick was going to have to do something drastic to try and stop him). I love Monroe, and I don't want anything to happen to my favorite clock nerd, since it would make me all kinds of sad inside of that place where I am supposed to have feelings.

Also, Monroe asking Rosalee if she wanted to move in with him (seeing as how Nick was moving out, and the two of them are totes true love forever) was just about the most adorable thing that has ever been inside of my eyeholes. The way that he was just so nervous about asking her ... precious. Precious to the point where I wanted to pinch his cheeks ... hard. The two of them need to move in together and make foxy/wolfy babies, and that is no lie.

I'm not sure that this was one of their better episodes, only cuz it felt almost like it was pulling away from the momentum that the writers had seemed to be starting to create in the first couple of episodes; the momentum from Adalind trying to get her powers back and with the whole thing with Eric (who is still so obviously alive it's crazy; not obvious to the other characters, but the fact that we have still not seen a body means that he has to still be walking around somewhere ... even if it's kind of strange that he hasn't made his presence known after the news report came out that he had been killed).

Adalind crying ... I want to know what was up with the crazy color of her tears. I want to know if that was something that was normal for every hexenbiest, or if it's something that is only happening now that she's doing all of the stuff to try and get her powers back, cuz it seems like there might be different implications depending on each.

Also, it looks like the writers are going the way of having the zombie stuff change Nick the way that his hearing was enhanced. I'm still not quite digging that idea. I'm fine with grimms being able to see Wesen for what they are, and maybe having a different stamina than "normal" people, but this is creeping up into superhero territory, and I don't necessarily want superhero stuff in with my fairy tales (I'm more than fine with magic being in there, but magic and superheroes aren't the same thing). But now that they're introducing it, I want to know if the possibility for superpowers is something that any grimm can acquire (through accident or design).

'Dog Dean Afternoon' -- SPN 9x05

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Another episode where it felt like the show was running of the rails. It seemed a little bit too Turner and Hooch for me ... and not necessarily in a good way. More in the way where it comes off super corny, and it can't really keep you entertained with the whole thing.

The thing is that there have been episodes that have been super silly in the past, and they managed to at least keep me somewhat entertained with what was going on (Sam doing a commercial saying that he has the clap, that never gets old). But having Dean mind meld with a dog ... not really as entertaining as it could have been (and more something that feels like it has been run into the ground, in the "Dean is a such a dog" sort of way).

So far, it really feels as though this season has been dumbed down from the previous seasons, which is saying a lot when it's been kind of dumbed down for a while now. I'm still kind of romanticizing the YED years in my head, even while I know that they weren't perfect, but they were at least closer to what Show could have been than what all of this noise has become.

But it's coming even closer to either Sam finding out, or Dean telling him that Zeke is feeling him from the inside. There have been way too many near misses so far ... to the point where it's getting stupid ... where Sam should have been able to figure things out by now since he's not a stupid boy. And the fact that the boys have been tap dancing all over the line when it comes to Dean having a secret and Sam not knowing what it was isn't being handled as well as it could have been. So far, there has been no ZOMG! moments of Sam almost finding out. Sure, he's almost found out a few times, but it hasn't been anything where it created tension. At most, it created a shoulder shrug and that was all there was.

And the way that they keep using Zeke to heal him (or do some kind of super zonk that only an angel can do) is getting out of control. They are using him far too much, and it's going on overkill now. If they actually spread out the times when he did something, that would be one thing, but they use him every time that someone stubs their toe. It's getting to the point where I'm wanting something horrible to happen so that there would be no way for Zeke to be able to fix everything; Sam finds out what's going on; and the boys are royally boned (to the point where they both die cuz of it). Is it becoming evident that I've lost interest in Show?

Sunday, November 10, 2013

'Like Father, Like Daughter' -- Castle 6x07

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Hizzah! for getting a slightly Alexis-centric episode. It's always nice to be able to see Alexis-heavy episodes, as she is freaking awesome. And you know what? After this episode, I can completely see Alexis becoming an attorney and see her do all kinds of good in the world.

I'm glad that Castle was willing to help her with her whole thing (and getting dude free from death row), since he could have easily have told Alexis that she had to work on this whole thing by herself ... not that he would have, since that’s completely not his style. And even more than that, I’m glad that the two of them were able to make up (and that he seemed to realize that he had really upset her, and that he was really sorry about the whole thing ... again, even though it’s not his style, he could have told her that he was sorry, but not have meant it). Being able to see them work together was really cool, cuz we haven’t seen this part of their relationship before; up until now, it’s always only been father/daughter stuff (or how that works for them), but them working on a common goal that is outside of that brought a whole new dynamic to their relationship that didn’t seem to be there before.

Also, it would seem that perhaps Alexis really did have an issue with Beckett and the proposal (even though the two of them have been good with each other before this point), but maybe since she spoke with Beckett, the two of them can become friends with each other again ... and maybe the three of them could become something of a family now that the two of them are cool with each other (provided that they are cool with each other, which they seem to be now that they’ve had the conversation at the precinct).

The younger brother of the guy who was on death row was Wyatt on “Charmed,” and I couldn’t stop myself from keeping on thinking about the fact that he was Wyatt (or the fact that he’s such a horrible actor. Horrible, like whoa).

Saturday, November 9, 2013

'The Sin Eater' -- SH 1x06

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I'm always happy to see John Noble, even if my first thought in seeing him is that he was such a dick to Faramir in RotK. ::pets Faramir's head:: And at the same time that I was thinking about Denethor, I was also thinking of Eric from "Grimm," and going "I KNEW HE WAS ALIVE!!" Yeah, I'm such a dork!!

The fact that Ichabod was a Freemason kind of made me roll my eyes. Yeah, of course he was a Freemason. It might have been something that was more prevalent around the time of the revolution, but the fact that so many people want to make them out to be the boogeyman is what kind of made me wish that the writers hadn't added that to his storyline.

But what was completely awesome? Being able to see Katrina and Ichabod's first encounter. I need to be able to see more of the two of them together when it pertains to the real world (and not her being able to pull him into Purgatory). I have the feeling that the two of them would be completely adorable together ... adorable to the point of me not being able to stand it (like getting the sweetest cake ever and sugarcoating it).

Also, the thing that Ichabod thought as being his most horrible thing ever ... it makes me want to snuggle him until he is smooshed into nothingness. The man is so good that I don't see how he could ever not be one of the Witnesses. It makes me glad that he wished that he could have done more for dude that ended up getting killed by Haldir.

Also, part 2 ... I am loving the interactions between Abbie an Ichabod more and more with every episode. In this one, it was having Abbie tell him to "just say yes." You can tell that the two of them really get along in RL, and that they're kind of besties (or at least, I need for them to be besties in RL, cuz they are so freaking awesome together).

Sunday, November 3, 2013

'PTZD' -- Grimm 3x02

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So, they got rid of the zombie affliction from Nick ... for the most part. But there is certainly something strange going on with him looking ashen and feeling super cold to the touch. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that he's a Grimm? Maybe they needed to change the antidote somewhat so that it would have had worked better on him ... or maybe the whole zombie thing cannot be fully gotten rid of inside of a Grimm? I'm thinking it would have be more that since his system is different than normal humans, the antidote would need to have been altered somewhat to work fully on him.

At least the writers aren't going with fixing Nick completely within the second episode, since it seems like there should have been more drama surrounding him being altered the way that he was. Things getting fixed far too quickly not only takes away from the drama, it's kind of annoying.

And there's going to be at least a little bit of drama surrounding the fact that someone died cuz of the fight they were in with Nick while he was a zombie (seemingly anyway). There's bound to be all kinds of guilt for Nick cuz of what happened, even if he was unable to control what he was doing, and he didn't know what he was doing while it was happening. But then, there's also the fact that the others have lied for him (and if they haven't lied, they've conspired to lie for him) and that's going to lead to all kinds of guilt for Nick (and trouble for the others if they get caught).

I'm still kind of suspicious about the captain when it comes to the flashdrive. He may have shown Nick what happened (so that Nick knows that he has it), but he acted like he didn't know anything about it to everybody else. That may have been one thing when talking to Wu (since he's not actually part of the Scooby Gang), but it's another thing when he's talking to Hank (who is part of the gang).

I want to know why he wanted to pretend that his brother is dead, cuz he obviously knows that it's not likely that he is. But there has to be something going on with that; some objective that he has that he can only get to by making everyone believe that his brother has died. But it isn't something that is bound to last, since his brother is bound to resurface and let everyone know that the rumors of his death have been greatly exaggerated.

The captain's mom is alive ... good on her. I had kind of been assuming that she had been dead all of this time, what with his family being the way that it is (sneaky and not above shanking a bitch); but the fact that she's a hexenbiest (and one who was at one time the mistress to the king) means that she's probably sneaky as well. I wonder if we're going to be able to see her at some point, cuz I would actually kind of love being able to see her.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

'Get a Clue' -- Castle 6x06

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While I think that Alexis is completely right in putting Castle on blast (since the way that he was treating both her and Pi was completely unacceptable), it still makes me a bit sad that the two of them are in what appears to be a genuine fight. The two of them have always seemed so solid, and it could never be denied that they love each other (not that I think that they don't just cuz they're fighting), but I think that this is the most upset that one has been with the other since the show started. But like I said, Alexis has every right to be upset with him, since his attitude could have made Pi feel like he was unworthy, and make Alexis feel like he doesn't trust her, that he thinks he should be making all of her decisions for her, and that what she wants (even those things that she wants while she's trying to figure out herself) aren't valid.

But the things that she said to Castle when she was putting him on blast made it sound as though she didn't like Beckett, even though she seemed to like her before. But then again, things have changed somewhat (it's different when she was just the woman that her dad a thing for), and that may have changed her feelings somewhat. And to find out over the phone from someone else that he had proposed to Beckett after the fact, that couldn't have been fun (something similar happened to me, and I did not dig it).

It looks like from the preview that the two of them will at least be speaking to each other in the next episode, but that seems like it might be too soon since I'm not sure that he would have learned his lesson (he's kind of thick-headed about stuff sometimes). But if he has, maybe it would be a good thing that the two of them have made up ... provided that he doesn't continue to treat Pi like a bottom feeder, and Alexis doesn't get pissed at him again.

Am I the only one who wishes that The Da Vinci Code would just disappear? It was kind of interesting when it first came out, but too big of a deal has been made of it ... besides the fact that you have all of those people who really believe that Dan Brown researched his book and the things he talk about are real (instead of wild leaps and conjecture mixed in with his fiction ... see what I did there?). It's kind of gotten annoying how much that story has drilled into the public consciousness, but that may be just me.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

'Slumber Party' -- SPN 9x04

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I wasn't overly thrilled with this episode, cuz it felt very much like the writers went off the rails to the point that they are no longer giving a shit about what they're putting into canon. I have come across people who liked this episode, but the fact that they were using a land that came out of a series of books, it felt a little too much like they were tapping into that show "Once Upon a Time" ... which I have issues with as well. In theory, the idea that you would be able to unlock alternate dimensions (and ones that are from fairy tales) is something that you would think would normally attract me to a book or show, but it doesn't in this case (and when it comes to "Once Upon a Time," it's more a case of sloppy writing that I have an issue with). If the show had been set up to where this sort of thing was possible, I don't think that I'd have an issue with Oz being a real place, or Charlie going there. But the way that Show has been set up, it's based in our world, and even if they are able to mess about with time a bit, there is only going back or forward (without going sideways). But to add in the idea that Oz is a real place within this universe, and that there is a possible way for people to go there (and to come back from there), it opens up the possibility that they would be able to put in whatever alternate dimensions that they want where the lands are based on children's books or fairy tales. And really, it strikes me as being kind of a knock off of "Once Upon a Time" that they went this way (and if they're going to do a knock off of another show, wouldn't it make more sense to do it of a show that at least has something in common with Show? Like "Grimm" or "Sleepy Hollow").

What also may make me slightly upset with the whole thing of using the Oz books as a backdrop for this episode is the fact that they didn't get their details straight. Sure, there's going to be a bit of interpretation, but the premise was that Baum used the books as a way to give clues to Dorothy, and one of them was the shoes ... except that in the book, the shoes weren't red (let alone stilettos, since Dorothy was all of like eight in the book). In the book, the shoes were silver, and if Charlie had really read the books (and was as much of a nerd about them as she claimed), she would have known that. And I might have been ok with the writers changing a bit about Baum's life (like that he even had a daughter and the Oz stories were a guide for her), but what is it with show and turning all of the dads into shitty and/or absentee fathers? The heavy handed daddy issues that Show has been running with since day one is something that I could really do without (and would be more than happy to see go).

I have the feeling that everything's going to explode in Dean's face pretty soon. It's not just that Sam heard him call for Zeke when he came into the room, it's also the fact that Sam has started questioning Dean about Cas leaving (which I still think was stupid and makes Zeke look even more shifty, since the bunker is protected against every fucking thing, so they all should have been safe in there even with Cas there and all of the angels in Creation looking for him). Dean's going to have to either think a little more quickly on his feet (since he isn't lying very well when it comes to this), and hope to Hell that no one spills the beans about what is actually going on with certain aspects of the things that he's lying to Sam about (like Sam coming into contact with Cas, and Cas telling him why he actually left).

Also with the keeping people inside the safe zone: if Dean's going to tell Kevin that being in the bunker is the safest place for him to be, maybe getting him outside of the bunker (even if it's to let him clear his head) might not be the wisest plan (since up to now, the bunker is the only place that we have seen that no one has been able to break into, and anyone that's there had to be either brought there, or given "permission" to be there (which is how I see the boys being able to get in, since they were given the key by one of the last Men of Letters)). Knowing that Crowley is so close probably isn't the best thing for Kevin, but with all of the angels running around and wanting mess some shit up, and a Knight of Hell running around wanting to fuck some stuff up ... the bunker is the safest place for the Prophet to be. I did see somewhere where someone suggested that Zeke might have put the idea into Dean's head to "give Kevin a break" somewhere far away from them, which would make Zeke even more shifty (since it would mean that he's slowly trying to isolate the boys from everyone else, but especially from their family and friends (and anyone else who would be able to help them get rid of him, or stop him from whatever shifty plan he has in mind)).

So, Dean's going to have to think of a lie that is a bit more convincing than anything that he's been saying now to explain why Cas and Kevin aren't in the safest place that they could be. And he's going to have to think of some better lies as to why there's an angel in the bunker (when there shouldn't be, to Sam's knowledge), once Sam figures out how to get the angel locater working ... and we all should know by now that he's going to be able to get that fixed in the relatively near future. But, really, I don't see why he isn't already asking about Cas and Kevin, and isn't already suspicious about what's going on there.

Did anyone else think that scene where Sam, Dean, and Charlie finished watching season one of "Game of Thrones" was a bit awkward? Jared's delivery seemed a bit ... off when he was saying that he reads books without pictures. Maybe it was intentional? Maybe we're supposed to be thinking tat Sam isn't as good as we think that he should be with an angel inside of him helping him get on the mend (they've already had Dean give Sam the stink eye when Sam said that he'd never felt better).

Also, speaking of Zeke feeling Sam from the inside ... have I brainfarted when it comes to Angel's taking over human bodies? Cuz I can't remember anyone else having the glowie blue eyes the way that he does, which is making me think that there might be something significant about him. But there also might not be, since they still haven't explained why Crowley has red smoke, when all the other demons have black.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

'The Ungrateful Dead' -- Grimm 3x01

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Ok, normally, I'm on Team Juliette (and of the people that I know who watch "Grimm," I think that I may be one of the few people who is on her side), but she really got on my nerves in this episode. I get the idea that she was worried about Nick, and there were all sorts of bad things happening (to them, to him, to everyone), but it seemed like she was borderline standing around and ringing her hands. I realize that if this had been real life, not everyone is going to be able to cope when something crazy worrisome happens, and they're going to freak out to some extent (especially if they're kind of being thrown into a world that is still new to them), and it's unrealistic to expect every female that shows up in fantasy fiction to be Xena (even to kind of compensate for all of the years of the only women being present where the ones who needed to be saved from everything ... or the ones who were only here for the sexing), but it would still have been nice to have seen her be a little more together about the whole thing.

I will give it to her, however, for being clearheaded enough for at least some of her vet training to come through when it came to how to make the Happy Steamy Medicine to Take Away Your Zombie Crazies ... even if she had (only two seconds before that) been telling Rosalee and Monroe that they should totes rush off to save Nick without bothering to form a plan, or trying to figure out what it was that they might be getting themselves into.

And since Nick's hearing has already been heightened from things that have happened to him since he started beating up on Wesen, and we know that the zombie state (and the antidote for it) are different for him cuz he is a Grimm ... I wonder if the writers are going to use this as an excuse to give him some more super powers. Hopefully not. Hopefully that was a one off with his hearing, and it's just going to be his metabolism that is working through this in a weird way cuz he's not like other humans.

It doesn't look like they're going to keep Nick going in his crazed state for very long, and I'm not sure how I feel like that right now. It would be interesting to see him go all crazy and stay that way for a while, especially since it seems like the writers on shows set up for bad things to happen ... and then, they have the giant amount of damage that they've created fixed within a couple of episodes (when that's far too fast for things to go back to normal ... kind of like on "Castle"). But on the other side, they just had Juliette go through her whole memory thing last season, and that lasted for pretty much the entire season, and doing something along the same lines with Nick in this season seems too much like "let's break the primary and secondary characters in as many seasons back-to-back as possible." If they waited to do something like that, I think that I'd be more inclined to see how that whole thing worked itself out.

I kind of wish that Adalind had been written off the show after she lost her abilities ... even though it would be kind of interesting to find out who the father of her baby really is (since there's bound to be some kind of tension by the very fact that the child exists ... once it's born). But now that she has her abilities back, I can see the writers using her to create all kinds of other mischief in the show. She seems a bit too much like a tertiary character that wishes that she was at least a secondary character, and I'm not entirely sure that she has enough in her favor to be able to bump herself up a tier. But every time that it seems like her mischief has run its course, and she's bound to go off onto other things, she shows back up again. She's kind of like a bad penny that way.