Images from Dressing Downton at the Driehaus Museum

My husband and I recently visited the exquisitely built Driehaus Museum to attend their Downton Abbey costume exhibit, Dressing Downton: Changing Fashion for Changing Times

As any Downton fan can tell you, a major part of the show’s charm lies in its impressive array of early 1900’s costuming.While some items are genuinely vintage pieces others had to be constructed from scratch to help the designers convey the intended look for a specific character.

Dressing Downton showcased both vintage and newly created pieces in what is arguably the most perfect setting. The Driehaus Museum is an intricately and lavishly designed 19th century Chicago mansion and it becomes quickly evident from the first steps into the museum why it and Downton make such a fantastic match.

Below are just a few of the images from my visit.

Enjoy!

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Images from C2E2 2016

Here are just a few images taken during my time at C2E2. I attended for all three days so my feet felt sufficiently murdered by the end of it all. That being said, C2E2, like last year, was a lot of fun.

This year, I cosplayed as Agent Carter (pretty please get renewed!) and ran into a few other Peggys including one Mr. Carter (as you’ll see below).

Review: Supergirl Television Premiere

Supergirl Photo: CBS

Supergirl. Photo Credit: CBS

When I first saw the trailer for CBS’ Supergirl, I, like many others, couldn’t help but roll my eyes at the similarities it shared with SNL’s Black Widow Rom-Com Parody sketch. Despite this, I still had high hopes for the show.

First off, when I was a wee little youngin’, I spent a LOT of time reading Supergirl comics. That is until DC killed her off. Something I’m still angry at my brother for since he was the messenger of this heartbreaking news. Second, being that Captain Marvel keeps getting pushed back and Wonder Woman still seems quite awhile away, the idea of seeing an iconic super-powered woman on the small screen was exciting (I’ll be watching you too, Jessica Jones!).

I’m happy to say that after watching the pilot, I’m pretty pleased with the overall result. There are, however, a few aspects I could have done without.

Image from Supergirl Pilot. Photo Credit: CBS

Image from Supergirl Pilot. Photo Credit: CBS

The good:

Supergirl was fun!

Don’t get me wrong. Generally, I like my moody-broody-angst-ridden heroes who walk the dangerous line between darkness and light as they navigate the painful internal struggle of right vs. wrong! Supergirl, though, was very much in line with the reasons why my childhood self first gravitated towards the comics.  Kara was enthusiastic, longing to embrace her abilities and share the excitement with those nearest and dearest to her. She didn’t waste time letting friends, both old and new, in on her secret and beamed with joy as she finally got to flex her superhero muscles. Even when the battle was hard, she rose to the occasion quickly and with gusto, doubting herself only for a brief moment.

Supergirl‘s support system consists of adoptive big sister Alex, pining co-worker Winn and the sexy new incarnation of Jimmy James Olsen. The original Supergirl, Helen Slater and former Superman Dean Cain are also perfectly nostalgically cast as Kara’s adoptive parents. The opening episode also quickly establishes that Supergirl will have her own various rouges gallery to face in the coming weeks including a big bad that is sure to hit close to home.

The bad:

While I have nothing against Calista Flockhart as an actor, much of the dialogue out of Kara’s Devil Wears Prada-esque boss Cat Grant was a bit cringe-worthy. For example, I did not need the psuedo feminist rant on why the term “girl” is empowering.

At Kara’s expressed dislike for the term, Grant responds, “What do you think is so bad about “girl?” I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So if you perceive “Supergirl” as anything less than excellent, isn’t the real problem you?”

Um, no. It isn’t.

I have absolutely zero problems with the show being called Supergirl. That is, after-all, how the character has been referred to since 1959. While I do think the problem with the term “girl” is anchored to idea of maturity more than gender, the show really didn’t need to defend its title so much. If Grant had said, “‘Girl’ has more pep! It pops! Easier to use in a hastag!”, I would have thought that much more believable rather than a sophisticated adult business woman launching into a diatribe referring to herself as a girl.

I also couldn’t help but sigh when co-worker Winn Schott reinforces the tired old She’s-All-That trope as he comments how pretty Kara is without her glasses. Don’t get me wrong, I am in no way saying that one person can’t compliment the appearance of another. Not at all. I’d just like to see the “glasses as beauty’s camouflage” idea in regards to women, fade away.

Being that this was the pilot, I expect the show to have a few growing pains, but overall, I think Supergirl is off to a strong, fun and exciting start.

Up Up and Away!

Up Up and Away!

iZombie Premiere Recap: “Grumpy Old Liv”

“Grumpy Old Liv” Photo Credit: The CW

Season 2 of iZombie is FINALLY here!

When we last left our heroes and villains, things were in a state of disarray for just about everyone.

After months of hiding the truth from her ex-fiance Major, the truth finally comes out as Blaine points out what’s been in front of Major all along. Things, however, take a turn for the seemingly on top Blaine as Liv injects him with Ravi’s untested cure turning him human. He is, of course, royally pissed as this puts a damper in his gourmet brain business (but shortly thereafter is seen blissfully enjoying non-brain burrito).

Before returning to the land of the living, Blaine mortally wounds Major leaving Liv with only one option other than letting him die and infects him with the zombie virus with the lightest of scratches. Liv later tells Major that they “can be together”. Not in the way they wanted, but it’s what fate dealt them. Major reminds Liv that it wasn’t fate, it was her and her secrets that got them where they are. So Liv decides to give Major the remainder of the zombie cure (without asking!).

Liv’s brother Evan, is unaware of the epic Meat Cute shoot out, and shows up for his first day at work only to blown away by the explosion that zombie Lt. Suzuki sets off while still inside.

Liv rushes to the hospital and when is told by the doctor that her blood type is needed to save her brother’s life, she solemnly replies, “No.”

David Anders returns as Blaine Photo credit: The CW

David Anders returns as Blaine Photo credit: The CW

Season two picks up three months later.

Evan’s managed to survive after having had multiple surgeries and blood donated from another doctor. Liv’s Mom is royally pissed and accuses her of being on drugs. Even Evan tells Liv to “Go away” and “Don’t come back.” So while we can breathe easy that Liv doesn’t have to carry on the weight of her brother’s death on her shoulders, things are less than sunny in the Moore family.

I like the fact the the show didn’t pick up directly where it left off and gave some time to the grief, turmoil and aftermath of the season finale. In life, people don’t get over things super quickly. Since it’s understandable that a show that consists of watching people wallow in misery isn’t exactly must see tv, a time jump is a good way of acknowledging that people need time to forgive, forget and move on.

Clive, while still not aware of the current Seattle zombie population, definitely thinks something is off about Lt. Suzuki’s supposedly heroic death and he has his sights sets on Major. Liv and Major haven’t been on great terms either after her string of secrets and bad decisions but manages to pick up the phone to take heed to Liv’s warning of Clive’s suspicions.

We also learn that with the absence of Peyton, Liv is learning to live with, as she describes, an exceedingly dull new roommate.

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iZombie — “Grumpy Old Liv” Pictured (L-R): Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux, Rahul Kohil as Dr. Ravi Chakrabarti and Rose McIver as Olivia “Liv” Moore –Photo: Diyah Pera/The CW Network, LLC.

Liv, Clive and Ravi investigate the death of a curmudgeonly semi-racist old man who died after being crushed underneath a car. Of course his brains become Liv’s next meal as we watch her respond to the world around her accordingly. She moans and groans to Clive about a young man’s apparel “His pants are hanging so low they looks like a bra for his ass!”

While I generally enjoy the banter between Clive and Liv,  the awkwardly uncomfortable moment when her old man brain causes her to racially refer to Clive as “one of the good ones”, made me feel that maybe that line might have gone a tad too far, considering Clive is unaware of Liv’s condition. While his “I’m just gonna try and forget you just said that” retort was amusing, in the long term I don’t see how he can keep looking past her behavior. Especially when it takes a somewhat racist turn.  Hopefully his detective skills will help him to start asking the right questions soon so we can move on from the case of the week plot points.

Speaking of plots! Freshly human sophisti-Blaine “consoles” a couple in mourning as owner of the appropriately named, Shady Plots Funerary. “Let’s take this journey together”, he says, with his trademark charismatic smirk.

Liv soon pays him a visit telling him that she needs a vial of Utopium because both him and Major may not be as fully cured as they thought. While that remains to be seen we learn that the cure does have some interesting side effects as we see the hair on Blaine’s neck literally stand on end as Liv enters the room. His zombie sense is tingling!

Blaine enthusiastically enjoys some chocolate, seemingly agrees to make inquiries as he swears he is going legit in his current business ventures and amusingly mocks Liv’s ex-fiance’s name, Somewhere out there, Major Lilywhite, the most presciently named zombie of all time, roams the Earth. Liv is not buying into his sass or his supposedly legit story and retorts, “Oh, and you can save your respectable businessman jiggery-pokery for someone who might buy it.”

Speaking of Major, I find it interesting that he holds very little in the way of animosity toward his roommate considering Ravi has been aiding Liv in her secret. I guess that’s “Bros before hooo….ex-fiances” as Ravi says.

Shortly after Liv’s visit to Shady Plots, we watch as Blaine looks over his freshly delivered Utopium supply, housed in a casket of course, as well as pay a visit to Don E, the late Scott E.’s brother, for information on who cut the supply of Utopium with the zombie virus.

We also learn that Major experiences hair-raising tingling zombie sensations too as he meets up with a client in his personal training business. After-all, Major doesn’t have a great resume after the year he’s had. This seems like a good job for him. Put those abs to use buddy!

Steven Weber is back as Vaughn, the evil face of Max Rager. He now has a red headed femme fatale named Gilda, aiding him in his dastardly purposes as they blackmail Major into becoming their personal zombie slayer using a recording of his conversation with Liv, completely outing him as the Meat Cute assassin.

Oh, and how did Vaughn obtain access to Liv’s private phone conversations you ask? Liv’s new “boring” roommate is none other than Vaughn’s villainous partner in crime, Gilda.

WHAT A TWIST!

Overall verdict on this episode?

“Grumpy Old Liv” was a solid opener.

By allowing the passage of time we are able to see a change in some of our characters while also seeing where they are likely headed next. While I enjoyed the guest spot of Adam Rose as the accidental murderer, I think allowing Clive to be in on the big secret, rather than just around for the case of the week, might make for more interesting scenarios. Let’s hope we get there by mid-season. There’s only so many personality shifts Liv can have around him before he’s had enough.

Also, this episode only feeds into my obsession with David Anders and his ability to chew scenery like nobodies business. He just oozes charisma and I hope to see more interaction with him along with Liv and her group.

Also, Peyton, come home!

Looking forward to next week!

Enjoy the goodness!

Why you should be watching iZombie!

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Photo: The CW

Hello folks!

I know it’s been awhile but I’m working on getting back in the swing of things and plan on getting more posts up on this here bloggity blog.

Last month, I attended Wizard World Comic-Con Chicago and I promise to have those pictures up very soon.

First, I must write about my current obsession. One that I want to pass on to you so that perhaps you too may become obsessed with my obsession. This obsession comes in the form of a CW program entitled iZombie.

iZombie, a show loosely inspired by the comic of the same name, centers around the life of the recently zombified Oliva “Liv” Moore as she attempts to navigate her new undead life and the various social and physical difficulties that come along with it.

Let me share with you a few points as to why I’m so entertained by iZombie, and perhaps I can help you determine if iZombie is right for you! (I feel like I should include a list of side-efftcts after that statement but I’ll just go ahead and move on to the (brain)matter at hand).

1. Humor, violence and brains

The hot sauce will make more sense later.

The hot sauce will make more sense later.

Olivia “Liv” Moore is your average working zombie who chooses to procure her brain food the “ethical” way, via her job at the morgue rather than munching on an unsuspecting populace.  However, this new diet makes for interesting complications because in this world, zombies are the lucky recipients of visions every time they eat a brain, which makes for an uncomfortably close connection with their meals.

Furthermore, not only do we witness as Liv vividly experiences moments of the deceased’s life (and often death), but she typically acquires the more dominate personality traits and skills of the unfortunate victim. This often leads to some humor heavy scenarios or scenarios that are just plain heavy. More often than not, each episode deftly juggles the two.

iZombie, in this regard, filled the void I had been feeling since Buffy the Vampire Slayer ended its run. Though nothing can ever quite replace Buffy, iZombie shares many similarities in how it handles both the serious and the silly within a fairly macabre setting.

2. The show is created by Rob Thomas (of Veronica Mars fame, not Matchbox Twenty)

Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell at Paleyfest.

Rob Thomas and Kristen Bell at Paleyfest.

Veronica Mars wasn’t a show that I watched while it was on the air. Once I did, I gave myself a good swift mental kicking on missing out on such a wonderfully well written show for so long. If you are a fan of Veronica Mars but fear the horror/sci-fi elements of this show will lose you, fear not!

Rose McIver does an excellent job portraying Liv and it’s not hard to see similarities between her and Ms. Mars. Rob Thomas gives us an excellent female lead who despite her zombie state, is smart, confident and funny.

3. It stars David Anders

David Anders as Blain in iZombie

David Anders as Blaine in iZombie Photo Credit: (Diyah Pera/The CW)

David Anders is my boyfriend one of those actors who has probably popped up at one point or another in a show that you’ve watched. He got his big start as the villainous Julian Sark on Alias and went on to do recurring roles in Heroes, The Vampire Diaries and Once Upon A Time as well as having made appearances on 24 and Arrow.

In the world of iZombie, Anders’ job is to basically chew up the scenery like nobody’s business as the cruel yet cool zombie entrepreneur Blaine DeBeers. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer‘s Spike might be interested in the blonde baddie for he too is the type of charismatic villain you love to hate (or maybe just love).

Season 2 will surely see some interesting obstacles for our charming villain but I won’t spoil that one for you.

4.Great title sequence

While I know in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t necessarily the most important aspect of a television show, I appreciate the effort of a unique title sequence. This one pulls from the show’s comic origins while also giving us a memorably catchy theme song “Stop, I’m Already Dead” by Deadboy and the Elephantmen.

Additionally, as we return from commercial breaks, each act of the show is prefaced with a comic style image screen and title.

5.Great ensemble cast

iZombie Cast Photo

Much like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the ensemble cast of iZombie compliment each other wonderfully with each member bringing something special to the table. Often times while watching other shows, I’ll find myself wishing that a character would be written out or killed off entirely but a small tear forms at the thought of losing any one of these characters.

Season 2 of iZombie will premiere on October 6, on the CW. Season 1 is currently available for purchase digitally but will also be available September 29 in DVD format. You can also currently watch a handful of episodes via Hulu.

Here’s hoping I helped sparked your interest in iZombie.

Are there any shows out there right now that you feel are extremely underrated? Share in the comments!

So much tv, so little time: What I’m watching right now

“That’s how I was raised and I turned out TV.- Homer Simpson

I’ve been watching ridiculously large amount of television as of late. I mean really crazy stupid amounts. I have a long to-do list that’s barely whittled down because I’m either trying to catch up on old programs or I’ve made the ill-advised decision to start watching something new and have therefore sealed my unproductive fate.

The silly little problem I’m currently experiencing is that, in terms of television, we really are living in the golden age. With more and more shows really pushing the boundaries of production quality as well as attracting some truly top notch actors, it’s no wonder theater attendance has dwindled down over the last few years. The tables have turned recently as fans have flocked to theaters in anticipation of watching their favorite programs being given the big screen treatment with screenings of HBO’s Game of Thrones on IMAX as well as The Walking Dead finales and premieres.

Not only have cable companies like HBO, FX and AMC seen an unprecedented boost in viewership but streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon have thrown their hats in the ring receiving critical praise and high viewership ratings for their original programming.

So I figured I would incorporate my poor excuse of a hobby and share a few of the shows that have contributed in keeping me from living in the land of productivity.

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Black Mirror –  Image Source: BBC

Black Mirror (BBC)
I started watching Black Mirror when I came across one of those “THIS IS THE BEST SHOW YOU’RE NOT WATCHING!” posts which described it as “a Twilight Zone-esque sci-fi series” based around technology. At first I feared this was going to be some heavy handed metaphor about the evil path that technology has taken us down but instead it tends to focus more on the pre-existing dark side of humanity and how we manipulate technology to feed it. It’s also one of those shows that will have you checking IMBD fairly frequently as plenty of recognizable faces tend to pop up from time to time.

I’m a big fan of anthology shows which are essentially like reading short stories. They often don’t get weighed down by long winded origin stories and instead typically just drop the viewer smack dab in the middle of a confusing, often nightmarish situation. What if our entire lives were recorded from our own perspective and could be accessed and projected for all to see at any time from our own minds? What if you were asked to do a perversely horrific act in front of the entire world to save one person’s life? What if you awoke to find yourself void of any memories only to discover that while most of the world was watching you, the rest was trying to kill you?

Black Mirror is not a happy show. In fact it’s a very bleak one. Though it may be lacking in joy, it’s certainly not lacking in quality.

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The Originals –  Image Source: The CW

The Originals (The CW)
The Originals focuses on the world’s first vampires, The Mikaelson siblings, as they attempt to restart their immortal lives in their old stomping ground of New Orleans with psychotic high-tempered brother Klaus leading the way as a soon-to-be-father who is hellbent on reclaiming his Louisiana “throne”. Things take a complicated and violent turn as he attempts to take power from his once progeny as well as protect himself and his family from both the literal and metaphoric demons of their past.

The Originals is a spinoff of another vampire drama The Vampire Diaries, which for some viewers may not exactly be a mark of high quality, however don’t let that idea discourage you. The Originals remains a complex and often violent hour of network television that has also managed to successfully do things with their roster of actors that few shows have, often replacing key characters with new actors in effectively inventive ways. This as well as a combination of a charismatic cast and a gorgeous New Orleans setting, makes The Originals definitely worth your time.

The Leftovers - Image Source: HBO

The Leftovers – Image Source: HBO

The Leftovers (HBO)
The best description I’ve read of the The Leftovers (based on the book by Tom Perrotta) is that it is like “an extended Twilight Zone episode” in which 2% of the worlds population, without warning, just disappear. The point of the show is not to discover some big reveal as to why this has happened but instead to take a journey with the folks who are left behind to continue on with their lives. Much like Black Mirror, this show rarely ends on a happy note and much is left of to viewers’ interpretations.

While the departing of friends and family does happen on a universal scale, The Leftovers focuses on the lives of those who live in the fictional small town of Mapleton, New York and how they have dealt with the variety of loss thrust upon them. The antagonist for this show are the cultish group known as the Guilty Remnant, who harass and frustrate the townspeople through silence, excessive chain smoking and a major lack of fashion sense (among other things).

While I’m not exactly sure what to make of this show, I couldn’t help but binge watch the living hell out of it.

Orphan Black - Image Source: BBC

Orphan Black – Image Source: BBC

Orphan Black (BBC)
Orphan Black initially focuses on the street smart/vagabond Sarah Manning, who while attempting to figure out how to be a part of her young daughter’s life, encounters the suicide of her seemingly identical twin. Of course, as you can determine quite easily from the show’s trailers and #cloneclub marketing campaign, she’s something far more unique than a twin.

A huge part of Orphan Black’s success is reliant on the remarkably subtle and complicated acting skills of its lead Tatiana Maslany, who by all accounts should just win every award ever. Orphan Black is one of the few sci-fi shows that manages to play well at the idea of existing in the real world (unless you’re some kind of nitpicky scientist person).

Orphan Black’s supporting cast of characters helps to create a captivating and innovative piece of entertainment unlike much of what’s currently out there.

Marvel's Agent Carter - Image Source: Marvel/ABC

Marvel’s Agent Carter – Image Source: Marvel/ABC

Agent Carter
If you’ve been following this blog, it’s no secret that I’m a huge Marvel fan, both of its cinematic universe as well as its comics. When Marvel’s Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D. first aired, it admittedly was a bit of a struggle maintaining the same level of excitement for each episode like I had for each MCU film. Eventually though, the show managed to find its groove before taking its winter break allowing Agent Carter to take over for an eight episode series.

I’ve often said that not every show needs to go on forever and that perhaps allowing shows to work within shorter seasons may help to strengthen their direction and focus. Whether that is the case with Agent Carter is a matter of opinion, as personally, I find the series’ main selling point being both their charismatic and extraordinarily talented cast combined with a beautiful noir 1940’s setting.

Agent Peggy Carter, who appeared in Captain America: The First Avenger must fight her way through the misogynistic roadblocks of her peers as well as the various devious foes who cross her path. Even if Marvel and their roster of superheroes are not your cup of tea, Agent Carter very well could be.


Thanks for reading and rest assured this is just of the tip of the iceberg of my tv show rotation. I hope to share more viewing suggestions with you soon.

What shows are currently holding you captive to your couch? Share in the comments!

A tale of two finales: Gossip Girl and Once Upon A Time

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS ON GOSSIP GIRL AND ONCE UPON A TIME. STOP READING IF YOU ARE NOT UP TO SPEED.

So I watch a lot of television. Way too much television. I often say that I could lead a pretty productive and much more financially successful life if I could just step away from the tv. There’s a lot of discussion in my household as to what sort of tv set up would be right for us. To cable or not to cable? That is the first world question.

Currently we have basic Xfinity sans DVR with HBO (cannot skimp out on True Blood) and have added Hulu Plus and Netflix via our WII.  We watch a lot of shows the day after they air since that is when Hulu carries them which is fine as there is always a list of shows in constant rotation so there is rarely a time where we have nothing to watch.

So last night I actually watched Gossip Girl‘s Season Finale while it was airing with no fast forward commercials or pausing. Something told me just to get it out of the way. Now, before I go into detail about this, Gossip Girl isn’t my typical obsession. I generally gravitate toward things of the fantasy, horror or comedy persuasion. However, the show debuted during a time when I lived without a roommate or cable and I got myself oddly hooked into the overly dramatic, often self induced woes of the well groomed upper east side.

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So fans of this show know that there is a strong divide in terms of what relationships to root for. Most recently, there are those that worship Chair (Chuck + Blair) and those, a smaller group which I include myself in (though worship is a tad strong) that root for Dair (Dan + Blair). To put it quite simply, this finale made me want to take my tv and drop kick it out my living room window. Not since the series finale of The L Word have I looked at my tv in such disappointment. I wish I could say, fortunately, GG’s episode was only a season finale and not a series ender but I have little hope they are creative enough to dig themselves out of the messy hole they put their characters (and these poor actors) into next season. Stephanie Savage and Co. is probably patting herself on the back for a job well done not realizing they’ve taken all character logic in regards to growth and basically put it in a blender. Granted it was probably one of those really nice Kitchen Aid Blenders.

“Dan, you have my heart…but only till the end of this episode.”

Now, I’m not bitter because Team Dair came to an end. I’m bitter because I really enjoy the fantasy of storytelling. I want to believe that the things I’m watching were well thought out, put on to paper and screen with full on intention and purpose. However, I believe I may have been watching a show that was put together by the rejected gods of mischief drunk on their own sense power. For a good while I rooted for Blair and looked forward to every moment of growth the writers inserted to balance out her more often ridiculous and embarrassing Michael Scott-ish like behavior. It seemed, for a time, like they were foreshadowing with purpose but I think their goal is just to write a show where maximum damage is the main priority. Not good writing, not character development and certainly not plot. It’s gotten to the point where nothing anyone says should be taken remotely seriously because 9 time out 10 they will do a complete 180 by the episode’s end.

First Blair loves Nate, then Chuck, then hates Chuck, then loves him, then love-hates him, dates and marries Prince, still loves Chuck, then loves him but is not in-love with him, loves Dan because he holds her heart but was just in denial along because she truly loves Chuck.  No offense against actress Leighton Meester (I think she is quite talented actually) but Blair Waldorf has become the most ridiculous character by far on this show. I kept hoping the writers were working toward a new level of maturity with her but I guess I was fooled.

I’m sure Blair will continue to make horrible faux feminist decisions next season. Sorry, but taking over a company that your mother worked to create after dropping out of school, working an internship for 5 mins, marrying, cheating on and divorcing a Prince and going back and forth on a clearly abusive relationship after leaving one based on respect (mostly from his end) and intellect hardly constitutes as “building a name for yourself”. Oh and she also had a miscarriage that seemed like it bothered her for nearly two seconds which is probably a stretch of a statement itself. I will probably continue to follow this show next season for reasons I can’t understand myself. I think I suffer from tv masochism.

Dan and Georgina leave town in search for a better plotline. Good luck kids. We hope you find it.

Moving on to a finale that actually got something right. ABC’s Once Upon A Time (watched via Hulu Plus) hit the mark on what a good season finale can be.  Granted this show is still on it’s first season so typically that’s where shows are at a point where there is still a lot of story to tell. Overall I enjoyed this show but waited to start watching it about halfway through the season because  it seemed like the type of show I would dig but would likely get cancelled ala another ABC show, V.

Once Upon A Time

Now, if you consider yourself to be a truly cynical person this show is not the one for you. It’s contains  occassional dialogue along the lines of, “Love is the strongest magic and can break any curse” and lot’s of other similar sentiments. Apparently, “true loves’ kiss” can cure anything! I wonder if that will cure the migraine I got from writing about the Gossip Girl finale. Despite the helping of cheese that comes with this show it somehow works amazingly well. It takes its time telling it’s stories. It  focuses on character development consistently along with a spot on level of pacing which is quite a feat when carrying such a large cast that faces the task of playing dual roles, the original fairy-tale characters and their real world alter-egos.

Once Upon a Time certainly takes it’s liberties with its plot, picking and choosing elements from the traditional Grimm Fairy-tales  along with the more well known Disney-esque versions. Often though the show will do away with either element and create their own delicious twists. As long as you are not a hard-core purist of either, you should be able to find the fun in Once Upon a Time’s storytelling.  Robert Carlyle, is clearly the breakout character(s) as Rumpelstiltskin/Mr. Gold. He his one of those shades of grey type characters that you hope will find his way to being the good hearted soul you know he can be (as long as he doesn’t do Chuck Bass style flip-flopping for 5 seasons). Even when the writers deal with the wicked Queen herself (played by Lana Parilla) we get to see a nice well written layer as to how evil became a part of her existence.

Rumpelstiltskin. Creepy? Hot? A little of column A and a little of column B.

In the finale the writers give the viewers just enough of what they’ve been waiting for while still keeping enough unveiled so that we will return for the recently announced Season 2. Throughout this season the major goal was to see the spell set forth by Regina/Evil Queen become broken.  The spell in terms of plot has two big elements to it. The first being that memories of all affected had been erased as well as the fact that everyone has been displaced out of their fairy-tale world into the real one. In order to break the spell, Emma (Snow White and Prince Charming’s adult daughter) needed to believe in magic. Throughout the season we watched her biological son Henry (currently raised by the evil Queen) try with all his might to convince her. Through taking a metaphoric bullet for her (via eating magically poison apple turnovers) she was able to believe and we watched with glee as Emma partook in a sword fighting battle with the dragon Maleficent to break the cure free from inside the beast. Sadly, she was too late and little Henry flat-lined allowing us to see a vulnerable Regina as well. But alas! Do not forget that true love’s kiss cures all and little Henry is awakened along with all the memories of the townspeople as Emma verbalizes her feelings for Henry.

True Love’s Kiss. Works every time.

Evil Queen Regina retreats to her mansion after a quick tearful moment of swearing to Henry that she always really loved him. Rumplestiskin, then has a sweet moment with his love, Belle (ala Beauty and the Beast, for you see, he IS the beast) just before releasing his true love potion which releases an ominous cloud of purple smoke that begins to roll over and cloak the entire town as Regina grins from Henry’s bedroom window.

THAT is how you create  a cliffhanger. Are the fairytale characters returning to their home? Or is magic being brought to StoryBrooke? Will Regina have full power there? Will everything be as they left it? Will both old and new memories remain? The only way this show can go downhill is if Prince Charming starts sleeping with all the Princess’ and  little Henry becomes an evil war lord.

Rumplestiltskin and Belle. Less talking. More kissing. Now.

My advice (because I’m sure ABC and the CW really wants it) is to keep everyone from sleeping together and don’t pull a Ross & Rachel with any of the love interests because that can only go on for so long before we just stop caring. On a similar note, if you want to have a character seeking redemption then by all means redeem them, but if you have them revert to thier former ways over and over (pay attention Chuck Bass), by the time you reach your endgame we just won’t care.

What did you think about either of the finales? Good? Bad? Happy? Sad?

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Till next time folks,

KK