Last week saw a lot of epic television, but I’m going to try and focus on a few in particular this time – especially the ones that I inadvertently left out last post.
Lost Girl – Tim usually writes the episode recaps, and while I thought of trying to write one for last week’s insanely huge ep, I foun I really had no idea what to say. HALE!!! WTF?! NOOOOO!!!! My inability to string together a coherent sentence tells me that it was a fantastic episode, but the downside of that is that I can’t say anything intelligent about it. I never really got on board with the romance between Hale (KC Collins) and Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), so I was all judgmental through the first half of the ep…like, dude, don’t surprise her with a visit from her estranged mother and then propose in front of her! So much pressure! But then Ksenia’s performance when Hale was struck down was so powerful I was in tears for a romance I didn’t even believe in! I think the shock also hit me because I was distracted by Hale touching his ear right after he Sirened his heart out….I thought maybe something was wrong with his power if he was bleeding from the ears. But I barely had time to think, “Oh no…” when the best abs ever were impaled from behind, and my brain was in denial. Part of me still doesn’t want to believe it. This episode had 2 other characters who were presumed dead (welcome back Linda Hamilton!!!), and this is LOST GIRL. Anything can happen. However, having the balls to kill off a beloved major character like that deserves HUGE kudos and respect, and the creators have both of those things, and more, from me. Just, you know…DAAAMMN!!!
The Following – I am so freaking happy that this creepy damn show is back! Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) is the coolest thing since Jack Bauer (who I will also gladly welcome back in a few months!), and James Purefoy’s Joe Carroll is the most amiable serial killer ever. It’s easy to see why he has so many devoted followers. He’s so warm and kind…right up until the moment he stabs you and giggles while you die. That was just disturbing. But his attempt at a southern accent was comedic gold, and the sad tension between Hardy and Mike (Shawn Ashmore) is just heart-breaking to watch. I want them to work together again. It’s dangerous, but they are better together than separately, and something tells me that they’re going to need each other before too long. Those twins are BADASS. Okay, and here’s something I just this moment found out – the twins are played by the same guy! Sam Underwood plays both roles so convincingly I thought it was actually a set of cute identical twins in the roles! Perhaps he’s the male version of our favourite clone, Tatiana Maslany? Anyway, the storyline is slowly kicking into high gear with 2 segments of the cult, and Joe back in action after his first new kill in recent months. I love seeing how the cult members contact one another, and the Joe Carroll masks are disturbing as hell! So love this show, and can’t wait for whatever happens next. Oh, and, Ryan Hardy? My money’s still on you!
Teen Wolf – The blacklight party the kids held this week was awesome – it was sexy, it looked crazy cool, and it was the perfect place for those creepy black figures to come out of the dark and brand our heroes. Seriously?! Who came UP with those things! I love Lydia (Holland Roden) giving the gears to her twin, while the other twin (Max and Charlie Carver, but I always forget which is the “gay one”) flirts shamelessly with Danny (Keahu Kahuanui), but I am torn watching the sweet chemistry developing between Allison (Crystal Reed) and Isaac (Daniel Sharman), and between Scott (Tyler Posey) and Kira (Arden Cho). I still want – and expect – Scott and Allison to end up together, and I think they do, too. Just, in the meantime, there are other fascinating people on their radars! I hope we get to find out more about whatever Kira “is”…her photograph when the flash is on looks cool! I am also interested to see what she thinks of Scott being a werewolf, too. Her family probably doesn’t hunt them, at least, so that’s something. I was NOT expecting that end bit with Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), either! HE left the message on the blackboard?! Holy crap! What’s happening to our boy?! This is one show that continues to refresh itself and keeps itself moving forward in new and unique ways. I can’t wait to watch each and every episode!
Saving Hope – Oh man, this episode was a heart-breaker, too! Alex (Erica Durance) went above and beyond to try and save her poor patient, only to realize too late that the possible answer had been staring her in the face the whole time. Devastating! I love the talk time between Charlie (Michael Shanks) and Gavin (Kristopher Turner). I actually put one of Charlie’s lines into my phone’s notes because I laughed so hard I didn’t want to forget it: “I don’t like your couch. it smells like onions. And shame.” I’m glad that Charlie tossed his pills at the end, too, as not taking them could have made a difference in saving the patience, too. Though if the medication was actually having an affect, what does that say about the “ghosts” he’s seeing? I’m very happy to see more use being made of Zach (Benjamin Ayres) in recent episodes, too. He melted me with a lie for a kid’s sake, and I’m glad to see some of his comedic side getting play, as well. Ah, Hope Zion, how I wish you were real so that I could wander your halls, too!
Haven – Colin Ferguson has a certain boyish charm about him, but as William, that same charm works to make him rather disturbingly evil as he grins his way through the streets and mysteries of Haven, Maine. He’s told Audrey (Emily Rose) that they used to create Troubles together – to balance one another out. He creates a sound Trouble and gives it to a baby, so she is supposed to create a silent Trouble to give to someone else. Once she successfully accomplishes this task, she will remember who she was originally and, presumably, get back together with William. Nathan (Lucas Bryant) and Duke (Eric Balfour) aren’t having any of it, and Duke actually tries to convince her to give him his family curse back. The father of the Troubled baby is willing to let Duke kill him to end the curse for his son. Our heroes can’t come up with any other option by episode’s end, and we’re left waiting to see if Audrey will go through with it. Duke’s family is dead, except for the daughter he fathered who made him grow old unnaturally fast, so there won’t really be a way for him to get rid of it again, I don’t think. If any Crocker is going to shoulder the burden of that particular Trouble, though, I’m glad when it’s Duke. Not sure how long he’d be able to fight using it, but he has put up the most struggle thus far. Meanwhile, Jennifer (Emma Lahana), Vince (Richard Donat) and Dave (John Dunsworth) have to find the “heart of Haven” in order to get more instructions from the mystery book, and it turns out that they have to go check out the lighthouse. Of course…it’s always the lighthouse! Jennifer opens a trap door only she can see, and in a cavernous area below the lighthouse, the trio finds a giant replica of the Guard tattoo carved into the stone floor. There are 4 points to the compass-like image, and so they figure they need four people – one to stand at each point. I’m not sure it can be ANY four people, but we’ll see. I have no idea what to expect next, and that’s one of the billion things I love about this show. AND it has been renewed for a fifth season – with DOUBLE the number of episodes each previous season has had! I can not wait!!!
Bitten – I’m finding that every time someone from the Pack sneaks into a hotel room to check out a Mutt, I get stressed out. I know the Mutts can smell them, and vice versa, so I’m always stressed about them getting caught. And I’ve read the book! I love that there was a time for mourning their lost friend, and I love that Elena (Laura Vandervoort) does this thing with her hands when she’s upset. She doesn’t just use facial expressions to convey emotion – she uses her whole body. As does Greyston Holt as Clay. After Clay and Elena went for a run to wear off some frustration and anger, she made it clear that she didn’t want to be with him, and from that moment on, Clay walked differently; carried himself differently. He looked like a dog that had been kicked down one too many times. He looked cowed. It was just the slightest physical change, but it spoke volumes and encompassed how Clay was feeling for any viewer to see. The scrapbook was just disturbing, and that second trip to the adjoining hotel rooms was crazy tense! But Elena’s reaction to the writing on the wall? Perfect.
It’s a dark and dreary day as Sue and I make our way across the cityscape of Toronto, heading to the west side so that we can plunge into the mysterious, and enchanting world of the Fae.
Showcase has invited us to the set of Lost Girl!
We’re very eager to have a look, as we feared we would miss out this year, in fact we know that they are shooting episode 12 of a 13 episode season on this very day.
Arriving at our destination, a rather nondescript building we’d had the privilege to visit before for the Lost Girl Finale pre-show taping, we’re greeted by the unit publicist, Cynthia, who warns us, rather explicitly, that not only do we have to sit on this post until episode 9 of season 4 airs, we are actually not allowed to take any pictures, secrecy is paramount!!! We actually notice photocopied signs plastered everywhere reminding cast and crew that they shouldn’t be posting anything on social media.
They take their storylines seriously here.
Cynthia leads us from the front offices through a door, and suddenly we are in a completely different world, there is a brand new set that we only get glimpses of that is completely bathed in white… I peek in, but we’re bustled by it quickly, and deposited in familiar surroundings, even if we’d never set foot there before.
We’re in the clubhouse, Bo and Kenzi’s place. It’s not lit, but despite that, it doesn’t feel eerie and dark, it feels welcoming and comforting… I know this place.
Cynthia leaves us so that we can get set up for our interviews, we’re allowed to shoot video for those, just not allowed to shoot the hot (camera-ready) sets or post anything that may reveal anything about the new season.
Instead, Sue and I wander about Bo’s place. We lounge on the couch, leaf through the amazing collection of books that production designers and props teams have filled the room with, the vending machine in the corner, theres is a work station just next to the kitchen area that is littered in a variety of mobile phones, blackberries… it looks like E.T.’s work station when he’s assembling his communicator.
There are piles of games, cds and movies piled on the mantelpiece below the television, but I don’t get a long enough moment to take a look at what music and games keeps Kenzi busy when she’s not onscreen.
It’s odd, everything looks so solid and real, but don’t lean against a wall or pillar, or look through the wrong door, because the illusion will be shattered.
If it’s possible, being on the set, everything looks cozier than it appears on television. That couch is so incredibly comfortable, it’s a wonder that none of the cast fall asleep in there. So comfy!!
We take a peek through one of the clubhouse’s doors, step through it, and in through another one, and we find ourselves in a desolate and barren Police Station. It seems so empty, there’s no activity, no people, but there are plenty of files… And if you ever get a look at it, you’ll find that almost all of it is about Kenzi! A whole police department devoted to Kenzi’s criminal activities!! There’s also a wicked looking BMW motorcycle parked in the interrogation room… is it for the show? Can we touch it? No one seems to have an answer…
We get a chance to say hello to Production Designer Ian Brock before we are whisked back towards the white-drenched set, I can make out rippled walls with flourescent light tubes running at wait height along its length… But we can’t quite make out what is going on there.
It’s always fascinating watching the reality of creating fantasy, bringing the Fae world to life. Like other sets we’ve been to, the sets are incredibly detailed, which not only creates the world of the show for the fans, but there is so much that viewers won’t see, and you know that they are there for the actors, and because people love designing things for projects they enjoy working on.
We’re joined by Stephanie from Geek Chic Elite for the day, and we all jot down our notes, and trade stories as we Cynthia takes us through the menagerie of sets.
We find ourselves stumbling into Bo’s bedroom, lush and gorgeous, and is it getting warm in here?
From there we’re led around and behind sets until we find ourselves in Trick’s Lair. It’s a cozy little nook, that is filled with lots of comfortable spaces that would just be perfect for curling up with a book and a cuppa, and forget the problems that mythological creatures are causing in the city.
We wander into the Dal, and update the picture Sue and I took their previous, and check the chalk board to see what is written on it this time, while crew movie efficiently through the surrounding areas to set up for the next shot. As we belly up to the bar briefly, Cynthia reveals some of the names that we can expect to see this season, but reiterates that we can’t share. We happily remind everyone we meet, that as a rule Sue and I don’t do spoilers, I’d prefer the surprise. I don’t mind knowing a certain actor is coming in to be on the show, but don’t tell me anything about their character or storyline. I’d rather watch and learn.
We wander back towards the studio entrance, as a friend wants to say hi. We pop into the writers’ room, and there is our friend, and Lost Girl showrunner Emily Andras, who greets with smiles and hugs, revealing that she and her fellow writers are just finishing up the prep on 4.13.
We hang out and chat for a while, as I just revel in the sensation that the words, the peoples, and the worlds of Lost Girl are created in this room, and right out that innocuous looking door, all of those things change from ideas on a page to a version of reality. That is just a cool feeling that I hope no one who works in a writers’ room loses.
Stepping back out on to the set floor, we see a group of chairs clustered together, and a couple of familiar faces waving at us, as we stride over happily to greet them.
Anna Silk embraces me, while Casey Hudecki gives Sue a huge bear hug. Then we swap. It strikes me that we haven’t seen either of these two women in a long time! We hadn’t seen Casey nor Anna since we last chatted with them on our show, but within moments we’re catching up like old friends, we talk about Sam, our mutual friends and our collection of pets.
Anna pulls out her iphone to share lots of pics of little Sam, who really is the cutest baby I’ve ever seen, nor have I ever met one who smiles so much and so readily.
Everyone is called away for blocking and prep for the next scene, so we settle into their seats for a moment before working our way around when rehearsals are done. We pause long enough to see Anna, Seth Cooperman, and get introduced to little Sam, who seems to be taking very nicely to set life, thank you very much.
We head back to the clubhouse so that the cast can shoot their next scene, and we can all get ready for our interviews. Settling onto one of the chairs, the clubhouse has begun to feel like home, and it’s amazing how welcoming and at ease one feels there.
We wait until Cynthia lets us know that our first interview is ready, and we head back over to the police precinct…. The newly introduced, but much talked about Wanderer. Kyle Schmidt!
Sue and I have been fans of Kyle’s for a while as he constantly works with our friends April Mullen and Tim Doiron for their films, and he reveals that between days shooting Lost Girl, he’s actually traveling back and forth from Niagara Falls to work on their new movie. And amazingly, there wasn’t a single scheduling conflict!! Afterwards, a couple of the crew comment how cool it is that we’re conducting interviews as video-selfies, admittedly they don’t always look amazing, but they do tend to be fun!
Check out our chat with him here, as our video-selfies continue!
After our brief chat with Kyle, we get to settle in and catch up with Anna for a few minutes, which was nice, because we don’t see her nearly as much as we would like to…
Then right before lunch was called, we got to catch up with Paul Amos, who as we’ve seen, has a lot going on this season…
During lunch, which was amazingly good, we all chat and laugh, Paul Amos joins us for a meal, and then our friend Tanya Lemke arrives, as she was in the neighborhood and knew we would be on set today. The lunch room has been decorated since Sue and I were last here, and there are Lost Girl posters and pictures for various episodes encircling the room.
After lunch, we only have one more interview left on our docket, we finally will be given a chance to chat with Ksenia Solo!
In the interim, while they do make-up, block, rehearse and shoot, we adjourn back to the police precinct where Cynthia tells us about her time as an investigative journalist, and she has some amazing stories, and then we all start swapping our own ghost stories, or friend of a friend stories. It seems we all have spooky stuff that happens to us.
Secrecy abounds on this set. Whether it be sets, characters or plot points.
The refrain for the day is “You didn’t hear that,” followed by a stern yet friendly glare, reminding us to keep the secrets we learn. Of course, neither Sue nor I would want to ruin any of the show’s revelations before they air…
As we sit and wait, people pass by to and from sets, every time Anna happens by, she slows down to give us a hearty wave and a smile.
Eventually, the motorcycle is claimed, apparently it’s not part of the show… Kris Holden-Ried wanders in, gives Sue a big hug, I get a joyous handshake, and he reveals that the bike is in fact his. We chat for a few minutes catching up with one another, before he wheels the gorgeous vehicle out of the studios.
Finally, opportunity presents itself, and a gracious and very friendly Ksenia Solo joins us, thanking us profusely for waiting around for her. We, of course are delighted, and what better way to end our day on the Lost Girl set than with one of the few cast members we haven’t spoken to coming on our show…
And like that our day ends, we wandered through the sets one more time, looking, marvelling, wondering… then we pass through the door into the front offices and the world of Fae, populated by friends and acquaintances, is left behind.
We bid our farewells to Cynthia, thanking her for the millionth time that day, swap contact info with Stephanie, and then make for the TTC and the reality of our own magical lives…
This week’s episode takes us inside the mind of Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) as he is held by The Keeper (Christine Horne) and the Una Mens, not for his reaction at the end of last week’s episode, but for crimes of his past, murdering both human and Fae.
Bo (Anna Silk) refuses to believe Dyson would do such a thing, and she and Lauren (Zoie Palmer) recruit a channeler (Vanessa Matsui), to allow Bo to sift through Dyson’s memories to find the truth and establish his alibi.
This is the launching point for the episode which allows Anna to play Dyson, and the rest of the cast to take over roles in Dyson’s head as Bo’s mind merges with his so that some very familiar faces appear on different characters. Paul Amos plays the bushy-mustached Prince Phillipe, with a hilarious lisp, Ksenia Solo plays Angel, someone we start to seek out by the end of the episode, and Zoie takes on a forest nymph, performing in Angel’s Cirque de Ciel.
It’s a visually sumptuous episode allowing our characters to try on different personas and costumes, and they all look great doing it.
In the real world Hale (K.C. Collins) and Kenzi (Solo) try to help Dyson out, but Kenzi is captured and sentenced to death alongside Dyson. While there, he tells her the story that Bo herself is currently reliving within his memories. He also suggests that he start training her, when they get out, to be a Shadow Thief… which sounds pretty cool…
But it led me to a thought, something Kenzi says, Bo always saves them… While there has been an emotional cost to some of the things they’ve done, none of the core group has ever been in real jeopardy, we know they’re going to be saved. It’s safe.
Now to clarify, I don’t want any of these actors to be out of work, I’ve met them all, and they are warm and charming people, very aware of how blessed they are to be on such a beloved show…
Something catastrophic, something that can change the way the characters relate to each other, a death, a possession… something. Something to drive home the costs and the price…
I’m put in mind of the show Angel, when Fred (Amy Acker) becomes Illyria. It changed everything for the characters, but didn’t leave any of the cast unemployed.
It’s a great looking episode, with a tint added to Dyson’s memory to give it a slightly aged look, and despite, in some cases, it’s just Lost Girl sets redressed to look like something else, as Dyson’s and Bo’s memories merge, it looks completely unlike any episode that has gone before it. The costumes, the design… all of it looks gorgeous.
But now, Bo is going to be out there, looking for the Wanderer and the partner to the Hell Shoe that Dyson has.
I won’t lie, I got a little eye-rolly when I realized we were looking for a pair of shoes (and if they’re hell shoes… wouldn’t they have heels?)… still the rest of the episode shines!!!
What did you think of it?
Lost Girl airs Sundays on Showcase.
This week’s ep of Lost Girl, came across as a slower, gentler story that had some fun moments, and sees some great pay off finally for those who have been waiting for the Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) and Hale (K.C. Collins) romance to come to fruition.
We also learn that Bo (Anna Silk) while aboard the train, apparently chose to become Dark Fae. But I think there’s a plan there that Bo is just no longer privy too as she has forgotten it. She also is beginning to suspect that Rayner/the Wanderer may in fact be her father…
There’s a Russian songbird Ianka (Lara-Jean Chorostecki) who has a Fae ability that isn’t so dissimilar to Hale, and it makes Kenzi a little jealous to see the two of them together catching up on old times. But the final scenes, which sees Ianka deliver a death note may have had more of an effect on Hale than he’s admitting, but it’s very nice to see the two of them sharing an embrace and a kiss.
Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) and Bo have been warned not to fraternize together anymore now that she has pledged to the Dark, but that doesn’t stop the two of them from getting together…
The best stuff this week, for me anyway, is the final moments when Dyson is squaring off against the Una Mens and The Keeper (Christine Horne) and Bo knows that his power will be used against him, so there may be a giant dog fight in the bedroom next week, and to see those spooky contacts in Christine’s eyes is a little disturbing.
The other stuff I loved was all the stuff with Lauren (Zoie Palmer) and The Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier). It seems The Morrigan is trying to woo Lauren with all the wonders of the Dark side, and they spend the entire episode drinking beer (with a 25% level of alcohol), swapping stories, and learning that Lauren is a huge Trekkie! AWESOME!
But Lauren is a complete dolt, and obviously isn’t falling for all the wooing Ebony, as The Morrigan tells Lauren to call her, is trying to put over on her, as she has a very Mission: Impossible moment at the end of the episode, and pulls off a bit of covering on her lower lip, and stows it away safely in a petri dish…
The episode weaves pieces of the season’s arc around the Ianka story, and seems to be taking a bit of a breather before throwing us into the second half of the season as we know things are going to no doubt get very complicated and painful for our heroes…
And what plan did Bo come up with on the train?
It’s going to be an interesting second half of the season, and we also have our set visit write-up coming along with the on-set interviews we conducted… Stay tuned.
What did you think of this week’s ep?
Lost Girl airs Sundays on Showcase.
This week’s episode of Lost Girl picks up exactly where last week’s ended with Bo’s (Anna Silk) confrontation with the Una Mens, led by The Keeper (Christine Horne) and the revelation that she is no longer unaligned, but has in fact chosen to be Dark Fae!!
Bo’s reaction is wonderfully Bo.
She’s warned that she must pay fealty to the leader of the dark Fae, hello Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier), before she can do anything else. Chatting with the Morrigan, which sees Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) flirting with her dark side, though bristling under the remarks about her being a pet, Bo learns that she has little time to back out of being Dark Fae, the next full moon, conveniently that night.
Bo has to track down Vex (Paul Amos), whom she believes is the one who has somehow fixed her alignment.
When told she must attend the Dark Fae gathering to learn where Vex is, she and Kenzi, with Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) in tow, end up there. Which ends hilariously as Tamsin finds herself in a dance-off… to the death.
We also finally get to see Bo and Lauren (Zoie Palmer) reunited, and a dumbstruck waiter stumbles upon the amorous couple… Ha!
When Bo tracks down Vex, we learn he is about to pull an Ash, and ends up like Luke in Empire… It seems the Una Mens has put a malignant mold on his hand that is very aggressive, and of course, if he loses both his hands… he’s a mesmer with no ability to feed, so he takes it to extremes… but Bo does save the hand… so who knows, they may be able to save it!
Trick (Rick Howland) returns, and is stunned to learn that his granddaughter is now pledged to the Dark Fae, while the Una Mens have offered him the opportunity to be the Acting Ash, though I suspect there are other political and controlling motivations behind their decision. There is trouble coming for Trick and Bo in a big way this season I suspect.
Bo is told to find out what really happened, she has to find her dark fae sponsor, someone named Rayner… hmmm, connection to the Wanderer comes to mind, but how did everything get signed?
I do like the fact that there is a bit of a mystery around not only her disappearance but her unexpected alignment. As we get further into the season, I expect we’ll see our favorite characters pushed into darker spaces, and making tougher choices, but that’s something you want to see, you want to see how your heroes behave under duress and wonder how you in turn would react.
We know the Wanderer is bound to show at some point, and we know the Una Mens are up to no good, especially now that we learned how they actually were created, and are unable to feel emotion, and are only worried about following the word of the law, and Trick will be in trouble if they cotton to who he actually is.
This season is looking to turn into a sprawling, treacherous adventure, and I am hoping it gets darker before it gets lighter.
What are your thoughts on the season so far?
Lost Girl airs Sundays on Showcase.
Since I have fallen so far behind on my PVR-watching, I’ve decided to just write about the shows I’ve been most enjoying the past few weeks, even though I may still have catching-up to do on a few of them. Sometimes there’s just a lot of good stuff on, and not enough time to write about it all!
So here we go, in no particular order:
Mom – I am still a few episodes behind on this one, as I tend to hold the half hour shows for when I don’t have the time or energy to watch another full hour, but every time I watch an ep of Mom, I laugh out loud – usually more than once! Allison Janney is particularly awesome, and can crack me up no matter what’s going on in the real world! The episode where she falls of the wagon was hilarious from start to finish!
Chicago Fire – As if the stakes of life and death aren’t high enough, the guys and gals at our favourite firehouse have managed to raise them all even higher, and for pretty much every character, it seems! I swear, if Boden (Eamonn Walker) ends up having to leave, I’ll be a very unhappy fan – but for now, at least, it looks like he’s not going anywhere without a fight!
Revolution – Every time I sit down to watch an episode of Revolution, part of me isn’t sure I want to continue. And then something inevitably happens on the show that makes me come back the following week. It’s not my favourite show, or anything, but I’m still engaged, and still care about the characters, so I’m still on board. Plus, I need to see what Aaron (Zak Orth) does next! Plus, I keep wanting to like Monroe (David Lyons) and Tom Neville (Giancarlo Esposito). I can’t help it!
Person of Interest – Despite the fact that you killed my FAVOURITE CHARACTER (Taraji P. Henson) – aside from Bear, of course – I still continue to love you, Person of Interest. You are smart, sexy, stressful, and…a word for funny that starts with an ‘s’…sense of humour! You provide a rich, detailed, intelligent show each and every week, and the fact that you aren’t afraid to kill off a FAVOURITE CHARACTER actually just proves that you have the balls to continue on as one of my favourite shows. Sometimes the good guy doesn’t win. But good shows should, and I hope you carry this level of intensity through for many more seasons to come. You’re awesome, Person of Interest…even without my FAVOURITE CHARACTER!!!
Vampire Diaries – These damn pretty people! They make me cry even when things are kind of okay! I cried when Bonnie (Kat Graham) died, I cried when Bonnie came back…good grief! I missed the first few episodes because the channel carrying it changed and my PVR didn’t know what happened. I kind of enjoyed saucy sarcastic Silas (Paul Wesley), but was glad to see him go, too. Do you think that everyone supernatural who dies in The Originals also has to pass through Bonnie now? Yikes!
The Originals – I’m actually not usually a fan of spin-offs, but this one I love love love! Joseph Morgan (Klaus) is someone I could probably watch for an eternity of my own, along with his lovely siblings, but the fact that all of the other characters have so seamlessly forged their existence into this already-established universe is something unexpected, and a true testament to the power of the writers and performers. It’s easily one of my favourite new shows of the year, and feels the least ‘new’ to me. It’s like The Originals have always been here…
Haven – I could talk about Haven for ages, and probably will at some point, because it has been and continues to be one of my most favourite shows that is on TV each year. I’ve liked it right from the start – kind of filled a hole left by The X-Files, and gives me a bit of a Stephen King kick once in awhile, too. I love the characters, the setting, the Troubles…well, I don’t love the Troubles, per se, but I do love the mystery and trying to figure things out alongside my intrepid gang of quasi-investigators! Did that even make sense? Things in Haven often don’t – at least at first – but it sure does feel like home. I can’t wait to get back into that world each week, and the end credits ALWAYS come too soon! So frustrated that it airs in Canada so much later than the US, but at least I’ll have more Haven joy going into next year, whereas they will soon be done for the season, so there’s that. It’s definitely one of my favourite shows, if not my most fave right now. I can’t get enough!
Played – This show just keeps getting better and better, so now it’s my fave new show of the season! I was drawn in by the names attached, and have stayed for the incredible writing and performances. Each episode seems to somehow up the ante for our characters more and more, and I find that the hour always flies by far too quickly, but only because I love it so. Great chemistry between the main group of characters, coupled with amazing guest stars and incredible, intense scenarios make for a sure winner! Plus, look at all the pretty!
The Walking Dead – I’ve had many problems with this show pretty much right out of the gate, and I intend to sit down at some point and read the comics, in the hopes that they’ll actually tell a better story with fewer gaping plot holes. Yet, I continue to watch and enjoy this one, in part because of the characters, in part because I enjoy making fun of it, and in part because I keep hoping it’ll grow into the kind of show I wanted it to be in the first place. I actually caught a glimpse of what I’ve been looking for in the Governor-centric episodes this season, but it wasn’t long before survival fell once again by the wayside in favour of war against the living, and I returned to my eye-rolling in frustration. How lucky for the Governor (David Morrissey), for example, that he chose the only day zombies weren’t pushing at the fences to invade the prison. There weren’t even any bodies laying about – Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and crew cleaned it all up nicely so that the Governor could roll right on in. Anyway. It is what it is, and if I hated it, I would stop watching it, but it’s kind of like a car wreck, so I carry on.
Elementary – I was never a big fan of Sherlock Holmes. I haven’t read the books, I only sort of enjoyed the Robert Downey Jr films (the one or two I saw, at least – how many are there?), and I haven’t watched a single moment of any of the BBC series episodes. I do, however, like Jonny Lee Miller, so I decided to give this series a try, and discovered that I quite like it. To be clear, I’m not a Sherlock fan, so I don’t care about whether or not this series stays true to the character or not. What matters to me is story, which this has, and interesting characters, which this also has. That Watson is a woman was of only mild interest to me, but that Lucy Liu pulls off an amazing female character who holds her own with her brilliant detective male counterpart makes for highly enjoyable television, as far as I’m concerned. Each season has given me more and more to love about this series, and I can’t wait to see whatever happens next!
Grimm – I was excited about Grimm from the very beginning, and now that we are into Season Three, I like it all the more! I find that it stays fresh even as new creatures are introduced, and old characters return to hound our heroes. I love love love the relationship between Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) almost as much as I freaking adore the one between Nick (David Giuntoli) and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch). Having Juliette and Hank (Russell Hornsby) as team members who are actually in on what’s really going on is a wonderful addition, and I think it makes Nick stronger to have his friends and loved ones working with him as true partners. I’d say all we need now is for Wu (Reggie Lee) to be brought up to speed, as well, but I actually kind of love his ability to help without even knowing what the hell he’s actually dealing with – it’s endearing and hilarious at the same time, so it’s okay with me if he stays in the dark. At least for now.
Once Upon A Time – This show continues to be strong and refreshing without going the way of mushy and predictable, which makes me love it all the more. There is always something new over the horizon, and danger comes in more forms than one evil queen (Lana Parrilla), which is good for our heroes to learn. Plus, the kid who plays Peter Pan (Robbie Kay) is freaking brilliant! I am mesmerized by his performance every single moment he’s on screen, and even though he’s evil as heck, I still don’t want him to go anywhere. The dude rocks!
The Michael J Fox Show – here’s another one that keeps getting better – and funnier – with every single episode! I about died of laughter during the Thanksgiving ep, and can’t wait to see how things progress! So happy to have Michael J Fox back on my screen each week!!!
I of course also watch things like Murdoch Mysteries, Lost Girl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., etc, but since Tim covers those in detail each week, I thought I’d throw in a bit about some of the other shows I have on my plate currently!
Big things this week, as truths are outed, friendships reforged, and the big surprise…
Bo (Anna Silk) is no longer unaligned!!!
This week we find Bo and Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried) rediscovering their passion for one another, while Tamsin (Rachel Skarsten) goes through a growth spurt and takes on a recognizable form, not bad for only being two weeks old (Rachel gets some great moments to play because of Tamsin’s young age).
Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) is having problems with The Druid (Tim Rozon) who has been supplying her with her temporary Fae fix, but seeing as she is unable to pay, and trying to stem her thieving ways, he arranges for the Clubhouse to be robbed, and claims all of the girls’ stuff, discovering Tamsin in the process.
Kenzi and Bo, while temporarily holed up at Lauren’s (Zoie Palmer), deal with the grief Bo has for her missing ex, as well as a tough scene for Kenz when she comes clean about the secrets she’s been keeping. It obviously hurts both women profoundly, but it’s a testament to their love for one another that they find their way through it by episode’s end.
Also through all of this, Bo is being stalked by a bitey gargoyle, not a Weeping Angel, but a threat nonetheless.
Meanwhile we rejoin Lauren and Crystal (Ali Liebert) where they are being held in a dingy room, in a set-up that initially reminds one of Saw. They learn they are being watched, and that Lauren is there to do some emergency lab work for an unknown party. All we know is that the glimpse we get of them, is rather disturbing… I think part of that is the Turn to Stone from the title… perhaps there’s a gorgon at work in the Fae world?
Bo goes after The Druid after he seizes Tamsin, playing on the reborn Valkyrie’s fear that Bo doesn’t like her, and plans to harvest some of her hair to help his ailing mother.
When Bo arrives, Tamsin gets to show how powerful she has become, there are wings! and Bo resolves the situation, but has to live with another death on her conscience.
We also learn that the gargoyle is at the beck and call of the Una Mens, overseen by The Keeper (Christine Horne), and they are the ones who announce to Bo that she is no longer unaligned, that she has made her choice after all…
That choice is going to cause a lot of problems and friction, but perhaps not, because when was the last time we knew Bo to play by the rules.
This episode, more than anything, works to push our characters forward, we see them developing in new ways, hinting at new challenges coming their way, and consequently, the inevitable approach of trouble.
This one was fun, the scenes with Bo and Kenzi are going to go down as favorites I think, because yes, some of the things hurt both sides, but they find their way around it, and come back together, stronger than before. And they are going to need it for what’s coming…
What did you think of this week’s episode? What about Bo’s alignment?
Lost Girl airs Sunday nights on Showcase.