Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nikita – 4.06 –Canceled – A to Z Challenge – Day 14


“Parting is such sweet sorrow.”


‘I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing so until the end.’
- Abraham Lincoln


Prologue

Today, I'm discussing the series finale of Nikita, episode 4x06: Canceled. I was sad to see this show go. I was most perturbed by the fact the show only got six episodes to wrap up their story (I mean even Gossip Girl got 10 episodes).

When I was a kid, I spent a lot of my time watching cable TV (that honestly hasn't changed much), more specifically, the USA Network. I loved Highlander and La Femme Nikita. Those two shows were my JAM! I loved the TV show so much so that I even did a little leg work and watched both films that the show was based on. Now, that's dedication, at least what an 11 year old is capable of dedicating their time to a TV show between cello lessons, ballet recitals and archery tournaments.

When it was announced that The CW was going to be 'reimagining' the show I was excited. I loved all of the casting, especially Shane West. I was surprised to see him not only on the small screen but on The CW no less. But most shockingly, in a spy thriller. From the pilot I was hooked. It was a good mix of procedural, serialization, character development and action. When the ratings started to slip, I knew it was the beginning of the end. But I enjoyed the ride and was glad they show was given a chance to wrap things up for the fans who had stuck by the show throw all the twists and turns and ups and downs.

About the Show

Seasons: 4| No. of Episodes: 73
Premiere Date: 09/09/2010| End Date: 12/27/2013 |Status: Off-Air
Genre(s): Action, Spy fiction, Thriller

Story in a nutshell: The series centers on a secret government-funded organization known as Division, who recruit young people with troubled backgrounds, sometimes directly from prison. Division erases all evidence of their past lives and molds them into efficient spies and assassins. The recruits generally do not have the freedom to leave the agency. While in the previous series, recruits are warned they may be "cancelled" (killed) if their progress is deemed unsatisfactory, in the new series, Division also implants in them tracking devices along with kill chips. Having broken away from the government, Division now performs operations for their own gain, hurting their country if need be. However, Nikita, a Division agent, has gone rogue after her civilian fiancé is killed by Division. She makes it her mission to bring down Division.

Best Reason to Watch the Show: By now, you should be well aware that I love a show with a strong female lead. The fact that Maggie Q did all of her stunts was very pleasing. It was fun but at the same time the plot was an endless wonder of where the mythology could go. At the beginning of each season you literally never knew where the season was going to end and I love when a show can keep me guessing.

The Best Thing about This Episode: It starts off focusing around a love story but there is so much more to the show than that. It had some of the best action on TV and the characters were very fleshed out but at the same time you wanted to dig as deep into their background as possible to see the ‘how and why’ their lives lead them to Division.

Here’s What You Need to Know: At the end of the third season Nikita goes rogue all on her own, leaving the team behind. The first episode of the final season picks up a few months down the line where Nikita is being framed for the murder of the President. It is soon discovered that Amanda and the Group have created exact human replicas of high-power government officials, dubbed the "Doubles", who are subject to the group's rule. Nikita and the team try to clear her name leaving destruction behind. Michael and Nikita's relationship has hit a rocky patch. Alex is on a mission to save the world and also clear Nikita's name, encountering old enemies along the way.
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Title: Canceled| Writer: Albert Kim & Carlos Coto| Director: Eagle Egilsson

Episode Summary: The episode starts with a flashbacks of Nikita and the time she spent in Division.

Nowadays, after witnessing Ryan Flecher's death, Nikita is even more vengeful and convinced of the need to kill all members of "The Group", including Amanda. With the marines on their way to stop Nikita and start shooting, Michael alongside Birkhoff and Sam, tries to convince her to back off. However when Nikita kills the rest of "The Group", Alex is forced to attack her from behind in order to save her life.

After Alex, Birkhoff and Nikita are arrested, Michael and Sam decide to team up in order to save them and get them out by tracking down and releasing "The Group"'s imprisoned victims whose imposters are under Amanda's control throughout the world. While she is arrested, Nikita is visited by Amanda who reveals that she has full control now that all members of "The Group" are dead.

However, Nikita gets free and locks Amanda, revealing to her that she didn't kill the members of "The Group", she only used them to track down Amanda. Nikita leaves Amanda locked up alive in the prison, in a place where nobody can find her, but will be kept alive for life. Nikita walks out saying, "Welcome back to the basement, Helen", referencing Amanda's childhood where she was used as a lab rat for her father's inhumane experiments--in a season 3 episode.

In the end, Alex and Sam start a relationship, Birkhoff reveals more information about Shadownet to the public, while Michael and Nikita — who are happily married — reside to Mompiche, Ecuador with both of them vowing to keep going on missions.
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Awards


Character of the Night
• Nikita

Best Character Interactions
• Nikita & Alex
• Nikita & Michael

Most Memorable Moment
• Nikita’s locks unlock and Amanda begins to realize she has lost.

Best Line
• Alex: You know if you want to invade the moon, I’ll find the next rocket ship.

Best Scene
• The montage of the gang’s ‘happily ever afters’

That Awkward Moment Award
•That awkward moment when you’re yelling and screaming at your TV because there is only 10 minutes left and there is still so much to ground to cover.

The ‘Best Resolution Possible with the Time Allotted’ Award
•Nikita was only given six episodes to conclude its final season. For five weeks, the whole entire Nikita fandom was wondering how the show could possible bring all of things that were happening to a head. The cast and crew really did an amazing job with the little time they were given. I was very much satisfied with everyone’s “happy” endings (except for Amanda, I really did want Nikita to kill her).



Miscellaneous


Favorite Main Character
• Alex

Least Favorite Main Character
• Michael

Favorite Side Character
• Birkhof

Least Favorite Side Character
• Owen

Did You Know?
•Maggie Q did all of her stunts.
•The show has won two Primetime Emmys in the category of ‘Outstanding Sound Editing for a Series’.

Fun Fact: The series borrows many characters, or at least their names, from the 1997 television series La Femme Nikita.
Tasty Tidbit: The series is said to be more closely tied to Luc Besson's 1990 French film Nikita than the 1997 television series, La Femme Nikita, at least originally.

Side Note: The pilot episode drew 3.57 million viewers on its initial broadcast. The CW broadcast an encore of the pilot the following day, which drew approximately 2.6 million viewers
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Grade: A
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Comparable Shows
If you are interested in finding more shows like Nikita then I recommend you watch one, some or all of the following shows: Alias, Covert Affairs and/or Le Femme Nikita.
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Up Next: Tomorrow I will be writing about one of my favorite episodes of the Netflix break out hit, Orange is the New Black.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Melissa & Joey – 2.07 –Mixed Doubles – A to Z Challenge – Day 13

“So You Think You Can Matchmake”


‘Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is a war; love is a growing up.’
– James A. Baldwin


Prologue

Today, I’m writing about my favorite episode of the ABC Family sitcom, Melissa & Joey.

This episode is notable for a fun allusion to Clarissa Explains It All and also features an actor that appeared in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

The Allusion to Clarissa Explains It All: Ryder suggests that Lennox call her blog "Lennox Explains It All" when she has difficulty picking out a fitting name. Lennox refers to the idea as "original," though the name refers to the 1990s teen sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart.

Trivia: John Ducey co-starred alongside Melissa Joan Hart in the seventh season of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, as Leonard, Sabrina's creepy co-worker at Scorch magazine.

About the Show

Seasons: 3| No. of Episodes: 71|Premiere Date: 08/27/2010| End Date: N/A |Status: On-Air

Genre(s): Sitcom

Story in a nutshell: Mel is a local politician from a political family. When a family scandal leaves her niece, Lennox, and nephew, Ryder, without their parents, Mel takes them in. Meanwhile, Joe is a former commodities trader left bankrupt after a Ponzi scheme, and finds himself searching for a job. So when Mel finds it hard to handle an instant family and her own life, she hires Joe to become the family's new male nanny, or "manny".

Best Reason to Watch the Show: The two stars are unconventional lead choices for a ‘will they or won’t they’ scenario but it oddly works. If you are a 90’s kid like am, then you are probably super familiar with both Melissa Joan Hart (I know her best from Sabrina the Teenage Witch but she was also in Clarissa Explains It All – a show I didn’t watch during its original run but am a fan of now). You might have also been a bit obsessed with Blossom as well which starred Joey Lawrence as the dumb middle child (If Joey Lawrence or any of other Lawrence brothers weren’t a crush of yours in 90’s I don’t know if I can trust your judgment, XD). Confession: I still have Joey Lawrence’s single from when he tried to launch his singing career. The stars are what drew me in initially but I stayed because it’s a pretty good show.

The Best Thing about This Show: I’m a huge fan of ‘Who’s The Boss’ and this is basically just the 21st Century’s version of that show. It’s 30 minutes of light hearted fun with bonus inside jokes for 90’s kids who have watched a few the stars other earlier projects.
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Title: Mixed Doubles| Writer: Jennifer Glickman| Director: David Trainer

Episode Summary: After a conversation about each other constantly seeing the wrong people, Mel and Joe agree to date someone that the other person set up for them. Joe goes on a date with Ariel (Dilshad Vadsaria), one of Mel's business colleagues, and it seemingly goes well until she refuses to partake in Joe's interests. Mel sees Clark (John Ducey), a friend of Joe's, who gets overly emotional when reminiscing about his ex-wife. Lennox is kicked off of the school blog and so she decides to create her own, devoting all of her free time to it. This annoys her new boyfriend, Haskell, whom she begins to ignore.
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Awards


Character of the Night
• Mel

Best Character Interactions
• Lennox & Rider

Most Memorable Moment
• Mel trying to knit

Best Line
• Mel: You know what you need? A woman like me… that can stand you.

Best Scene
• Mel tells Joe that he is dating the wrong kind of women

That Awkward Moment Award
• That awkward moment when you are out on a date and the other person can't stop talking about their ex. - Poor Mel, that guy Clark was super obsessed with his ex wife. She never stood a chance.

Highlights


Memorable Moments

• Mel & Joe dance together

• Rider suggests some titles for Lennox’s blog

• Ariel & Joe flirt with each other


Notable & Quotable

• Ariel: Are you trying to get me drunk and take advantage of me?
Mel: I haven’t given up on men completely just yet but if I do, you are totally at the top of my ‘if I were gay’ list.
Ariel: Aww, that’s so sweet.

• Mel: OK, hot and flaky. You’re dating puff pastry.

• Mel (about Lennox and Haskell): They totally get each other, it’s sickening.

Superb Scenes

• Mel tells Joe about her date with his friend.

• Mel and Ariel relax over wine.

• Haskell comes over and he and Lennox figure out how to make their relationship work.



Miscellaneous


Favorite Main Character
•Mel

Least Favorite Main Character
•Ryder

Favorite Side Character
• Stephanie Krause

Least Favorite Side Character
• Holly

Style Spotlight:

Did You Know?
• Did you know that Joey Lawrence starred in ‘Gimme a Break’?
• Did you know that Joey Lawrence sings the theme song for Melissa & Joey?

Fun Fact: Melissa & Joey stood as Wednesday's #1 cable TV telecast at 8 o'clock in Adults 18–34, Women 18–34, Women 18–49 and Females 12–34 Demographics.

Tasty Tidbit: Melissa Joan Hart was the first woman to direct an episode of the series.

Side Note: Hart and Lawrence have co-starred together in another ABC Family production; the 2009 television film, My Fake Fiancé.
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Grade: B+
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Comparable Shows
If you are interest in finding more shows like Melissa & Joey then I recommend you watch one, some or all of the following shows: Baby Daddy, Cougar Town, State of Georgia, and/or Suburgatory.
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Up Next: I'm going right back to my bread butter of Sci-Fi & Fantasy with a strong female lead tomorrow. Be sure to come back to the blog if you are interested in hearing my thoughts on the series finale of Nikita.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Lost Girl – 1.01 –It's a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World – A to Z Challenge – Day 12


“Not all those who wander are lost”


“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”
― Aristotle


Prologue

Today, I’m writing about the pilot of Lost Girl. This episode falls firmly into the category of ‘Firsts’.

A majority of the shows that I’m obsessed with fall into the Sci-Fi & Fantasy genre and it more often than not has a strong female lead. Lost Girl is such a show that falls into my wheelhouse. But not just because it’s a Sci-Fi/Fantasy show with a strong female lead (and not to mention 3 out of the five main characters are women as well). I LOVE the mythology of fairies. Another reason I gave the show a shot was my friend told me, Emmanuelle Vaugier, who has been one of my lady crushes since forever was in the pilot. So, it was pretty much inevitable that I would check this show eventually.

I am a casual viewer of this show. Currently, the show has four completed seasons and right now, I’m only at the half marker of season 2. I’m trying to get all caught up for the season 5 premiere that will be occurring in the fall of 2014. I like the show well enough but it’s not amazing enough to be put on my weekly TV viewing schedule. But it could possibly get there because with every episode I watch I find more things to love and fewer things to complain about.

About the Show

Seasons: 4| No. of Episodes: 61|Premiere Date: 09/12/2010| End Date: N/A|Status: On-Air

Genre(s): Mystery-Crime, Supernatural drama

Story in a nutshell: Lost Girl is about the life of a bisexual succubus named Bo, as she learns to control her supernatural abilities, help those in need, and discover the truth about her origins.

Best Reason to Watch the Show: This show explores the world of the fae. The fairy realms have an interesting mythology and it’s not done to death like vampires and werewolves.

The Best Thing about This Show: It is has a bisexual female lead character and it’s handled in a very matter of fact kind of way.
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Title: It's a Fae, Fae, Fae, Fae World | Writer: Michelle Lovretta| Director: Erik Canuel


Episode Summary: Bo is a young woman who has been living on the run for years, trying to figure out why she kills people (both men and women) when she kisses them. After leaving someone she kills out in the open, she is contacted by a group called The Fae. She discovers who and what she is, and is told to join one of two tribes, either the Light or the Dark. She refuses and chooses the side of humanity instead.
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Awards


Character of the Night
• Bo

Best Character Interactions
• Bo & Kenzie
• Bo & Dyson

Most Memorable Moment
• Kenzie asks Bo if she is a vampire.

Best Line
• •Bo: Kids at their camera phones.

Best Scene
• Dyson helps Bo prepare for her test.


That Awkward Moment Award
• That awkward moment when Lost Girl channeled its inner True Blood by having Bo utter, ‘She is mine! (in regards to Kenzie)’

Highlights


Memorable Moments
• The first thing we learn about Kenzie is that she is a pickpocket/thief at best and more likely a grifter at worst.
• Kenzie drinks all of the spiked drink in pretty much one gulp and blows the guy who bought it off.
• Kenzie films Bo draining the guys life force with her camera phone.

Notable & Quotable
• Kenzie: This is so going to be viral (as she films Bo sucking the creepy dude's life force from him).
• Bo: It was nice while it lasted.
• Bo: It would have dropped you off at home but none of these wallets appear to be yours.


Superb Scenes
• Bo intercepts the creepy guy who spiked Kenzie's drink in the elevator and sucks the life force out of him thus saving Kenzie.
• Bo and Lauren meet for the first time (and sparks fly).
• Dyson drops off Bo and Kenzie and offers his assistance ANYTIME.

Lowlights


• The show looks cheap & cheesy (I here production value gets better around season 3)
• The wardrobe is awful
• The hairstyles are laughable
• The acting was a bit stiff

Miscellaneous


Favorite Main Character
• Dyson

Least Favorite Main Character
• Kenzie

Favorite Side Character
• Evony Fleurette Marquise: The Morrígan

Least Favorite Side Character
• Clé Bennett

Style Spotlight: I am absolutely in love with these boots.

Fun Fact: As a promotional prequel to the show's premiere on September 12, 2010, Showcase released a six-chapter series of interactive motion comics, Lost Girl: The Interactive Motion Comic, on its Lost Girl website.

Tasty Tidbit: To promote the show's United States premiere on Syfy in January 2012, a limited edition comic book, Lost Girl: Prologue, was distributed during the Lost Girl panel on July 22, 2011, at San Diego Comic-Con 2011

Side Note: A series of four webisodes streamed on the Showcase website were created as a promotional lead-in to the premiere of Season Four in Canada, with the first installment released on October 13, 2013
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Grade: B-
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Comparable Shows
If you are interest in finding more shows like Lost Girl then I recommend you watch one, some or all of the following shows: Buffy, Haven, and/or Orphan Black.
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Up Next: If you are an avid ‘Who’s The Boss’ fan like I am, then be sure to come back tomorrow to read my take on the 21st century’s version, Melissa & Joey.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Beauty and the Beast – 1.01 – Pilot – Retro Review: A Stroll Down Memory Lane


“A Stroll Down Memory Lane”

‘I don't know if you've ever noticed this, but first impressions are often entirely wrong. You can look at a painting for the first time, for example, and not like it at all, but after looking at it a little longer you may find it very pleasing. The first time you try Gorgonzola cheese you may find it too strong, but when you are older you may want to eat nothing but Gorgonzola cheese. Klaus, when Sunny was born, did not like her at all, but by the time she was six weeks old the two of them were thick as thieves. Your initial opinion on just about anything may change over time.’

― Lemony Snicket, The Bad Beginning


Preface

Beasties, we have a date and it is June 2, 2014. A little later than expected but at least we know and at least we’re actually getting the episodes aired. I took a breather from any and all things BATB related. But I’m refreshed and firmly recommitted to eating, sleeping and breathing all things BATB. I promised you guys some ‘Retro Recaps’ and I’m here with my first installment.

I may have not been a Beastie from the very beginning but I can assure I will be one until the very end. I found the pilot to be pretty solid but it just didn’t hook me right away like some of my other favorite shows. To be honest, I wasn’t completely sold on the show right up until episode 1x05: Saturn Returns; that was the episode I knew that I was in love with the show and there was no turning back.

But the pilot is still in my top 10 favorites list and I always manage to find something new to love about it each and every time I watch it. I’m still blown away by just how awesome Kristin and Jay’s chemistry was from day one.

Enough rambling, it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane…

The Recap & Review


Title: Pilot | Writer: Sherri Cooper & Jennifer Levin | Director: Gary Fleder

Episode Summary: In autumn of 2003, 19-year-old Catherine Chandler's mother Vanessa was killed by two unknown hitmen; those men chased Catherine into the woods to kill her, too, where she was saved by a mysterious humanoid beast. In 2012, Catherine, now a successful New York police detective, is still plagued by memories of that mysterious beast as well as her mother's unsolved murder. "Cat" and her detective partner Tess are investigating the murder of blonde fashion editor Ashley Webster in a hotel. During the search, she finds fingerprints of deceased doctor Vincent Keller on the corpse. She learns that Keller was only helping Webster, whose death was the result of a previous poisoning. Ashley's husband Alex had been cheating on her; one of his mistresses killed his wife. Cat runs into Vincent as he again saves her during an attack by hired killers in a subway tunnel.
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My thoughts on the writer…
Sherri & Jenny are my favorite writers on this show. This show is their baby and it shows (at least during season 1 anyway). I love how fleshed out all the characters felt right away.

My thoughts on the director…
This was Mr. Fleder’s first and only time directing an episode of Beauty and the Beast. I thought he did a really great job and got a lot out of all of the actors. I think he really set the tone for what I look for in directors on the show. It was very simple, stripped down and knew when to let a moment breathe and when to get a little frenetic.

My thoughts on the case of the week…
A fashion editor at a premiere magazine is murdered. She was poisoned. Her assistant did it because she was sleeping with her husband, got pregnant and thought the only way they could be together was to kill her because they had a pre-nuptial agreement (which the married couple actually didn’t have, it was just the scum bucket of a husband’s excuse he used).

*One of the main reasons why I hesitated to watch this show in the first place was because it was billed in the press release as and I quote, ‘a procedural with a fairy twist’. I was burnt out on the procedural genre during the 2011-2012 TV season and wasn’t interested in any new ones. I was all about sticking to my new ‘serialized dramas with heavy elements of Sci-Fi and/or Fantasy’ rule. But I really did come to like the cases during the first half of the season, especially because Cat and Tess were good at their jobs (I know it inspired me and quite a few others to write ‘Lady Cops’ fan fiction).

My thoughts on the villain…
Muirfield is introduced right from the start. They seemed like they’re going to be the series long big bad. Muirfield seems mysterious and menacing and I remember the mystery of them and the cross species DNA being the biggest draws for me.

My thoughts on the theme…
Beauty and the Beast isn’t afraid to lay it on thick when it comes to permeating an episode with a theme that it wants to explore. But this episode didn’t have just one or two themes. It had the five main themes that show revolves around:
• Discovering who you are as a person.
• Finding something to fight for.
• Determining your worth.
• Everything is connected.
• You can never be sure who the real monsters are.
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Important Incidents


• During the 9/11 attack Vincent loses his brothers in the towers. – Makes Vincent enlist in the Army.
• Cat’s mother gets killed. – Drives Cat to become a cop.
• Vincent saves Cat.
• Cat catches a case that leads her to Vincent’s existence.
• Evan detects some “corrupted” DNA that is very similar to the cross-species DNA that was found at her mother’s crime scene.
• Cat goes back to JT’s place and discovers Vincent.
• Muirfield tries to kill Cat and Vincent saves her again.
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Actor Assessments


Austin Basis – I was very familiar with Austin Basis as I’m an avid fan of Supernatural and he starred on the web series ‘Ghostfacers’. But his best role was as Math, on Life Unexpected. Never thought I’d see him again after that show was cancelled so it was a pleasant surprise.

Brian White – Well, there’s a face I never thought I’d see on a CW show. I’m a huge fan of the man and couldn’t believe I wasn’t aware that he’d been cast in a show, which meant I could see his handsome face on a weekly basis.

Jay Ryan – I wasn’t familiar with him. But he was mightily attractive and figured they would go the Stephen Amell route and have him constantly flashing his abs (I was sorely disappointed on that front).

Kristin Kreuk – I like Kristin. I just felt bad that she had to be the one to play Lana Lang in Smallville. Lana Lang was always the placeholder for Lois Lane. They really made the character of Lana annoying but somehow Kristin Kruek always shined through the mediocre material they gave the character. I really like Ms. Kreuk as person from what I know of her. I was very shocked to learn that not only was she coming back to TV (in a ‘remake’ of a cheesy 80’s TV show) that she was also dealing with The CW again. She was by far the actor I was most excited about and reason I decided to give the show a shot.

Max Brown – Another unknown that won me over with his good looks, accent, comedic timing and incredible chemistry with Kristin.

Nina Lisandrello – Nina was also another person I’d never heard of before Beauty and the Beast, which is kind of funny because she instantly became my favorite character in the pilot.
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Character Contemplations


Cat – Strong, independent, commanding, competent, funny and compassionate. She also knows how to kick a little butt. All the things I love to see in leading female’s character. Cat also has some severe baggage, so she’s not perfect, nowhere near it, which is also something that I like in a leading character. I’m glad that Cat finally gets some relief about it not being her fault that her mother was killed very early on in the series. I’m also glad she can finally be sure that she’s not crazy and she did see what she thought she saw. I really like that they wrote in the gazes that Cat does at Vincent’s pictures.

Evan – Charming, smart, impeccable dresser and an accent to boot. I knew he was going to give VinCat shippers a run for their money (and he did, didn’t he?).

Joe – The quintessential police captain. Over worked, stressed out and can never get a moment’s peace when he needs it most.

JT – Funny and loyal. Right off the bat I knew that the JT and Vincent bromance was going to be epic.

Tess – Smart, tough and no nonsense. Tess managed to become my favorite character in 42 minutes and 10 seconds. She was funny on top of that. It’s hinted that she might be from a family of cops as well as that she isn’t so great when it comes to making romantic connections. All things those are interesting and endearing. Too bad we’ll probably never get around to fully exploring the character of Tess (unless she becomes the beauty and JT becomes the beast).

Vincent – A beast with a heart of gold. I thought that it was a nice touch that he was a doctor before he enlisted into the Army. Doctors usually fit a certain profile depending on their specialty. Vincent still has a yearning to help people and that is so very loveable. I like that Vincent recognizes that he should have asked questions when they were pumping him full of the serum. I also like that in the flashback right as he is being injected, a single tear rolls down his cheeks, almost as if he knows what is to come. Vincent doesn’t feel human anymore and he’s on the verge of giving up, Cat is just what he needs and he is just what Cat needs.
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The Highlights


Memorable Moments

1. When Joe is trying to eat and they’re talking about blood and bed bugs.
2. JT freaks out when Cat walks in and says ‘hey’ to Vincent.
3. Cat gets a guy she was seeing arrested by telling security guard he has pot on him.
4. The name of the bar that Cat works at is called ‘The Legendary Salty Dawg Saloon’ and it’s an actual bar that is in Woodbridge, Ontario, Canada and has also been featured on a Canadian show called ‘XIII: The Series’.
5. All of the instances where Cat feels a noticeable pull towards Vincent.


Laudable Lines

1. JT: This isn’t about that speeding ticket is it? Because I’m going to pay.
2. Tess: Is there any reason why Mr. Keller would want people to think he’s dead?
3. Cat: I believed them…until now.
4. Cat: And I have a feeling that now we’re going to have to save each other.
5. Vincent: I guess it just reminds me of who I use to be.
Cat: What, a doctor?
Vincent: Human…

Scenes I’m Smitten With

1. Vincent’s flashbacks
2. Cat and Tess talk about the Zeke debacle as they arrive to the crime scene of their latest case.
3. Tess tries to check in with Cat and to let her know that she is there for her if she wants to talk.
4. Cat interrogates her murder victim’s husband and tells him he may not have killed her but he is responsible for her death.
5. Cat discovers that Vincent is alive and well.

The Lowlights


• Vincent’s wigs were terrible. I think they might have borrowed that wig from Arrow (see island!Ollie’s wig).
• The show begins with voice overs, reminds me of the worse elements of the Vampire Diaries’ first season.
• The show starts with Cat writing in her journal, again, it reminds me of the worse elements of The Vampire Diaries’ first season.
• The visual effects for the beast are really bad.
• Tess’s accent is so thick, I nearly died from laughter during the first watch.
• The beast is way too hot to be a beast. The scar is actually a little sexy in the right light.

Awards


Character of the Night
• Cat

Best Character Interactions
• Cat & Vincent
• Cat & Tess

Most Memorable Moment
• Vincent follows Cat to her father’s engagement party and watches over her.

Line of the Night
• Cat: It wasn’t luck; you always come running when I need you.

Scene of the Night
• The fight in the subway

That Awkward Moment
• That awkward moment when your date has another date.

The ‘Ominous Foreshadowing’ Award
• Calling All Angels by Train is the song that opens the series, shortly before Vanessa Chandler is killed.
• Cat’s co-worker says: I’m totally going to call you if I ever get arrested or divorced.

The ‘That Was Scary’ Award
•When the raccoon jumps out of the dumpster. – It gets me every damn time.

Miscellaneous


Seriously?

1. We meet Mama Chandler and she dies in less than one minute of screen time. What is this Supernatural?

2. Cat drove a VW Beetle.

3. Cat actually dated someone named Zeke

Burning Questions

1. Whatever happened to the girl that Cat closed for?

My Biggest Beef

• In the fall of 2003, it is implied that Cat just graduated (or is about to) undergrad and is headed to law school, that would make her 21/22, meaning she graduated high school in 1999. Which would also make her 31/32 when our story starts. Not to mention in most eastern states in the US you have to be 21 to work in a bar. But the synopsis of the show clearly states that she was 19 (but if that is true then she would have not been studying for her LSAT’s, unless Cat is a smarter than the average bear and we are not aware of that fact).

Biggest Surprise of the Episode

James Binkley makes an appearance in this episode. That’s not really person you expect to see on The CW.

Fun Fact: Brian White was only supposed to be an occasional guest star.

Tasty Tidbit: Heather (Nicole Anderson) was supposed to be in the pilot but the episode was running long so they cut her scenes.

Style Spotlight: I absolutely love the motorcycle boots and Cat’s affinity for leather jackets. Catherine Ashton is one of the best costume designers around! Everyone has a motif and signature style for both work and personal life that adds to who the character is and never detracts from it.

Side Note – Did you know that ‘Muir’ is Scottish Gaelic?
Meanings:
1. Sea/ocean
2. Wave
3. Large billows
4. Worry, discomposure, mental suffering

Grade: A-
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Knight Rider - 1.01 - Pilot - A to Z Challenge - Day 11



“A shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist.”

'I have never been especially impressed by the heroics of people convinced they are about to change the world. I am more awed by those who struggle to make one small difference.'

― Ellen Goodman


Prologue

My secret shame is that I'm a huge fan of David Hasselhoff. I loved him in everything he has ever done. I have seen every single thing that has something to do with the Knight Rider franchise, so naturally I was excited and terrified when NBC announced plans for this show.

What can I say? Sometimes a person just needs some good cheesy fun that is fluffy and requires minimal brain processing power.

About the Show

Seasons: 1| No. of Episodes: 17|Premiere Date: 09/24/2008 | End Date: 03/04/2009|Status: Off-Air

Genre(s): Mystery, Thriller

Story in a nutshell: The story takes place twenty five years after the original Knight Rider series. Mike Traceur (who later changes his name to Michael Knight), son of the original Michael Knight, has become the driver of the next generation KITT (Knight Industries Three Thousand), now a Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang. Along with a former fiancée Sarah Graiman, the daughter of the scientist Charles Graiman who designed both KITTs, Mike becomes the new champion of Knight Industries, a high tech government and law enforcement contractor.

Best Reason to Watch the Show: It was as fun as it was cheesy and the cars are pretty dang cool.

The Best Thing about This Show: The cheesy title formula… they always used clichés that featured the word night and then replaced it with Knight.

Here’s What You Need to Know: There is a two hour TV movie simply entitled Knight Rider that served as the show’s backdoor pilot. If you’ve never watched the original Knight Rider and you are interested in checking this show out, you should probably watch it before you watch the first episode.
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Title: A Knight in Shining Armor| Writer: Gary Scott Thompson| Director: Gary Scott Thompson

Episode Summary: Mike goes after a woman from his past who abducts a man whose DNA contains a key to an unbreakable code.
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Awards


Character of the Night
• KITT

Best Character Interactions
• KITT & Michael

Most Memorable Moment
• The package gets his thumb chopped off.

Line of the Night
•KITT: You could probably move faster if you ate a healthier diet, decreased you alcohol intake and reduced your extracurricular activities with your lady friends.

Scene of the Night
• Mike and Sarah decide to give their relationship a fresh start, and it is also revealed that Mike's new last name is Knight.

That Awkward Moment Award
• That awkward moment when your ex-fiance finds out years later that on the day you proposed to her you were out kissing other women.

The‘How James Bond of You Award’Award
• Really, cuff links as mini explosive devices?


Highlights


Memorable Moments
• Turns out Sarah can kick butt too! .
• KITT's attack mode is pretty cool
• The opening title sequence rocks! (If you like cheesy)
Mike gets shot by Carrie.

Notable & Quotable
• Sarah: I hate needles.
• Sarah: Mike, you should really pay attention in the briefings.
• Billy: Thanks for the vote of confidence.

Superb Scenes
• Sarah tells Mike that he proposed to her, the same day that the footage of him kissing the female agent he is after was taken.
• Dr. Graiman and Alex discuss Michael’s condition and what will happen if he ever remembers while KITT eavesdrops on them.
• KITT and Mike talk about the upsides of being legally dead.

Lowlights


• The graphics were truly awful.
• The dialog was super cheesy.
• The character of Zoe was super annoying.
• The acting was stiff

Miscellaneous


Favorite Main Character
• KITT

Least Favorite Main Character
• Alex

Favorite Side Character
• Dr.

Least Favorite Side Character
• Zoe

Did You Know?
• There was a TV movie called Knight Rider 2000 which was made in 1991 and it was supposed to serve as a pilot for a new show but despite high interest the plans were abandoned.

• There was a TV show called Team Knight Rider that aired from 1997-1998 which is a syndicated television series that was adapted from the Knight Rider franchise.

Fun Fact: Val Kilmer was the voice of this version’s KITT

Tasty Tidbit: The KITT in this series is a Ford Shelby GT500KR Mustang. Over the course of the season we learn that KITT could transform into a Ford F-150 FX4 pickup truck for off-road purposes, a Ford E-150 van, Ford Flex, Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor, and a 1969 Mach 1 Mustang for disguise purposes.

Side Note: On December 3, 2008, NBC reduced its season order to seventeen episodes.
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Grade: C-
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Comparable Shows
If you are interest in finding more shows like Knight Rider then I recommend you watch one, some or all of the following shows: Covert Affairs, Kingpin, and/or Raines.
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Up Next: Monday, April 14, 2014 is all about returning to where I live and breathe, Sci-Fi & Fantasy with a strong female lead. I’ll be writing about the pilot of Lost Girl so be sure to come back and check out the blog then. If you like Beauty and the Beast, Continuum, Grimm and/or Hannibal then come and check out the blog tomorrow.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Justified – 5.13 – Restitution – A to Z Challenge – Day 10


“You’ll never leave Harlan Alive.”


“In the deep dark hills of eastern Kentucky, That's the place where I trace my bloodline. And it's there I read on a hillside gravestone: You will never leave Harlan alive.”

― Brad Paisley, You'll Never Leave Harlan Alive, from the album Part II (2001)


Prologue

This episode falls into two categories, ‘Favorites’ and ‘Finales’. For the purpose of this little writing exercise, let’s file this under ‘Finales’.

There’s a saying in the Justified fandom, either you’re obsessed with this show or you’ve never even heard of it. I’ve been watching Justified from the beginning. With good reason too! The people I know that have heard of the show, seriously are obsessed with the show, everyone else pretty much has never heard of it. Yep, I really am just going to pretend that we can use anecdotal stories as empirical evidence - moving on...

I have a notorious fangirl boner for the FX network (with shows like The Americans, The Shield and Sons of Anarchy it’s hard not be). When it comes to the original programming they put on I’m usually pretty willing to give any new show a chance.

I love Timothy Olyphant to the core. Deadwood was my JAM (with so many of my favorite actors, writers, directors and producers crammed into one show, how could it not be?). I love the western genre; it’s one of many secret shames. So when I heard that FX had plans to make a show based on Elmore Leonard's novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and his short story "Fire in the Hole" I was already going to check it out. When I learned that Timothy Olyphant AND Walton Goggins were in it, I knew this was going to be ‘one of those shows’.

About the Show

Seasons: 5 | No. of Episodes: 65|Premiere Date: 03/16/2010| End Date: 04/2015 |Status: On-Air/Renewed

Genre(s): Crime, Drama

Story in a nutshell: Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is something of a 19th-century–style, Old West lawman living in modern times, whose unconventional enforcement of justice makes him a target of criminals as well as his U.S. Marshals Service bosses.

As a result of his controversial but "justified" quick-draw shooting of mob hitman Tommy Bucks in Miami, Givens is reassigned from Miami to Lexington, Kentucky. The Lexington Marshals office's jurisdiction includes Harlan County, where Raylan grew up and which he thought he had escaped for good in his youth.

Best Reason to Watch the Show: The show has the ability to suck you right into its world. The good guy is kind of bad and the bad guys can be kind of good on several occasions. If you like shows that love to explore the grey areas of life then this might be the show for you.

The Best Thing about This Show: The actors, the writing, the scoring and the cinematography. Basically everything about the show is a reason to watch. It has a near universal excellence rating among its fans as well as critics. That is not something you see every day. It’s usually one or the other, not both.
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Title: Restitution| Writers: Fred Golan & Dave Andron | Director: Adam Arkin

Episode Summary: Raylan has one last shot at taking down Art's would-be assassin, while cartel killers have Boyd's back against the wall.
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Awards


Character of the Night
• Raylan

Best Character Interactions
• Raylan & Winona
• Ava & Raylan
• Boyd & Wynn Duffy

Most Memorable Moment
• When Raylan looks at his baby girl with teary eyes and realizes he will get the chance to be with her finally.

Best Line
• Raylan: Man can’t hang himself if you don’t give him any rope.

Best Scene
• Raylan trades first kill stories with Kendall to convince Wendy he wasn't the one that shot Art.

That Awkward Moment Award
• That awkward moment when you can’t arrest or shoot the man who has caused so much havoc because he is currently the victim of a crime. – Sometimes I wish Deputy U.S. Marshal Rachel Brooks wasn’t such a goody two shoes.

The ‘Just When I Thought I Was Out They Pull Me Back In’ Award
• Seriously, I was so happy for Givens clan, finally they were going to be together and Raylan could leave Harlan, like he always wanted to. I should have known better, I mean every single season ends with a cover of the song, ‘You’ll Never Leave Harlan Alive’.

The ‘Crack Ship is Still Afloat’ Award
• Way back in season 1, I was all for Ava and Raylan to be a thing. Four seasons later, I’m still writing fan fiction about them. I know it seems like Raylan only got Ava out as the ultimate screw you to Boyd but I like to think deep down somewhere Raylan still has a thing for Ava.


Highlights


Memorable Moments
• Ava pulls up on the bridge to reveal herself as Raylan's criminal informant that will be Boyd's undoing.

Notable & Quotable
• Gretchen: You must be using your own product because you sound crazy right now.
• Ava: Word for something like where I’m from is, coward.

Superb Scenes
• Wendy gets Darryl to confess and shoots him as Raylan watches
• Raylan Skypes with Winona to tell her that he is getting transferred to Miami and they can be a family.
• Wynn Duffy and his associate summon Boyd to propose an new business arrangement, they want him to go back to robbing banks.
• Boyd and the other US Marshals get into a shootout with the cartel goons.


Miscellaneous


No, Baby, No
• Just leave Boyd alone, Raylan, go be with Winona RIGHT NOW.
• Ava better have a change of heart. Boyd loves her and she loves him. They need to have a happy ending. OK? Looks like my favorite ship is sinking fast (send help).

Favorite Main Character
• It will forever be a tie between Raylan & Boyd

Favorite Side Characters
• Ava Crowder & Wynn Duffy

Least Favorite Side Characters (EVER)
• The whole entire Crowe family.

Fun Fact: The working title for the series was Lawman.

Tasty Tidbit: Author Elmore Leonard ranked Justified as one of the best adaptations of his work.

Side Note: If you ever get the chance, you should totally marathon a little show called Boomtown, which Graham Yost created. The show has 2 seasons with a total of 24 episodes.
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Grade: A
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Comparable Shows
If you are interest in finding more shows like Justified then I recommend you watch one, some or all of the following shows: Deadwood, Sons of Anarchy, and/or The Shield.
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Up Next: If you love shows that feature talking cars then you are in luck because tomorrow I’m writing about the pilot of Knight Rider (2008).





Reign – 1.17 – Liege Lord – Review: A crown should never sit easy on the head.


‘A crown should never sit easy on the head.’


‘There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.

- Denis Waitley


Well, royals, I must say that Reign just keeps getting better and better. I’m not sure how they keep managing to exceed my expectations. I’m just glad that they do.

OK, seriously, this is getting crazy. Every single time I have a problem or concern with a plot or a character the writers of Reign have fixed it or have begun to address it by the next episode.

In the last review, I talked about how unlikeable Lola would be to me if she didn’t fully disclose her situation to Lord Julien. I also hoped that the Bash and Kenna situation would show some promise.

While I have loved and supported Mary this whole time, if I’m honest she has been a little blandly heroic. I have been craving a darker and more commanding Mary. I really want to witness her grow into the role of Queen of Scotland. This episode showed Mary being a BOSS. I liked it and I hope they keep it up.
I really loved Francis reactions to her; on the one hand he was in awe of her in the scene where the men pledge allegiance to her and on the other he seemed a little frightened by her as well when she said that if it is a choice between her Scotland and hiss France, she would choose Scotland every time.

But Mary only told Francis what he told her at the start of the season. So what is good for the goose is good for the gander. I’m very interested in how this will affect their relationship. Their relationship is starting to get interesting so I say, ‘Stow the romance and bring on the political intrigue’…
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Title: Liege Lord | Writer: Doris Egan | Director: Allan Kroeker

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Long Story Short

Mary discovers that her marriage contract has a secret clause stating that if she dies without an heir, Scotland will belong to France. Mary and Francis secretly meet Scottish Lord MacKenzie (Andrew Airlie) to tell him of the contract so he can return to Scotland and protest.

Catherine learns of Mary's actions and has all the Scots who know of the contract killed. Mary threatens to reveal to all the French nobles that Henry is mad, which forces Catherine to burn the original marriage contract.

Francis is disconcerted by Mary's willingness to start a French civil war to protect Scotland.

Bash and Kenna's marriage has a rocky start but Bash later saves Kenna from Henry's attentions and promises to always defend her.

Lola confesses to Julien about her pregnancy but not the father; Julien accepts this and still wants to marry her. =====================================================================

Character Contemplations


Bash – I will not ship Kash! I will NOT ship Kash! Yeah, right. Welcome to my new crack ship.

Bash cares about people and I like when they display that quality. If he isn’t dubbed ‘Protector of the Realm’ before the series ends I might riot. But what I don’t like is Bash still being at Mary’s beck and call. I was not a fan of the love triangle (a lot of Royals were in that boat with me) so please let’s all just pretend like it didn’t happen. Bash and Kenna both made some pretty solid points about the other’s past. Kenna has every reason to avoid Henry whereas Bash doesn’t have any such inclinations to avoid Mary.

At the end of the day, I want Bash to be happy and to have a healthy relationship with his brother. So, I’m rooting for him and Kenna to fall in love and one day move out of the castle and out of Mary’s hair. Kind of like why I ship Olivia with Nostradamus. I really did enjoy Torrance and Caitlin’s chemistry when Bash came to Kenna’s aid. But I also liked when they were taking shots at each other. So in short I’m all for Heroic!Bash and really loathe Lovestoned!Bash. looking forward to seeing what character growth/development comes from this forced marriage for Bash.

ps: Do you think they were forced to consummate that relationship yet? Technically if they have not, there is still hope for annulment of the marriage.

Catherine – When you see a real queen, acknowledge it! I may love to hate Catherine but I have nothing but love for Megan Follows. She manages to give Catherine so much depth and range, it’s really something. Glad to see Catherine getting lucky and appreciated for the amazing woman she can be when she’s not being an evil and manipulative witch.
I also like seeing the darker side of Catherine. She is taking care of business and quite literally working overtime. Henry has become a bit of a handful, wouldn’t you say? Fun Fact: The real Catherine was not allowed to participate in foreign affairs and she was never able to get rid of the hold that Diane di Poitiers had on Henry. I’m glad they were liberal with those details because power hungry!Catherine and protective!Catherine is so compelling and juicy. It makes for a much better story, in my opinion.

I see a lot of the best qualities of Cersei Lannister (Game of Thrones) and Regina Mills Once Upon a Time) in the fictionalization of the character for some reason and I really love it. They way Catherine is written, it reminds me of one my favorite quotes, “Screw writing “strong” women. Write interesting women. Write well-rounded women. Write complicated women. Write a woman who kicks ass, write a woman who cowers in a corner. Write a woman who’s desperate for a husband. Write a woman who doesn’t need a man. Write women who cry, women who rant, women who are shy, women who don’t take no shit, women who need validation and women who don’t care what anybody thinks. THEY ARE ALL OKAY, and all those things could exist in THE SAME WOMAN. Women shouldn’t be valued because we are strong, or kick-ass, but because we are people. So don’t focus on writing characters who are strong. Write characters who are people.” And in my opinion that's just what they are doing with ALL of the women on this show and I couldn't be more happy about it.

Francis – I really wish Francis had more interactions with other people. Toby has kind of been shuttered away and shoved into a corner. Don’t get me wrong,
Toby and Adelaide have amazing chemistry but I just want Toby to be afforded the chance to stretch his chops because doting husband is starting to get to be a bit one note. So, I was happy to see that the writers are giving Francis something to do and worry about and in turn that should give Toby a chance to show his range. I’m very interested in Francis getting the chance to put his diplomacy lessons into action as well as contend with his wife who is a queen in her right and has demonstrated the ability to get men to fight for her cause.

Greer – Better luck next week! I think she got two lines and a total of a minute and half of screen time. I love the character and the actress so it sucked but we had more pressing issues to attend to so I forgive the writers as long as they don’t let it happen again. But it’s always nice when Greer’s ‘gals’ get to come out and play.

Henry – A mad king makes a country ripe for the picking. Henry clearly has a type: svelte, dark hair, dark eyes and ambitious. I swear all of this ‘madness’ business is probably just his way of throwing a temper tantrum about not having Diane around. I know is it’s a crackpot theory but I just can’t imagine not having Allan van Sprang around in season 2 and I really hope it’s not a tumor or something like that. Plus, they need to prolong Francis’s death for as long as possible so ipso facto they need to prolong Henry’s death as well. I just have to say I prefer mean, menacing and callous Henry. He felt very watered down this week. But the shots in the background of him with Penelope acting giddy as a school girl were priceless.

Keena – This was the turning point for the character of Kenna. I really hate reading that so many people dislike Kenna because I heart Caitlin so much! Kenna knows how others perceive her, yet she doesn’t care. She pursued avenues that she thought would better her lot in life. It kind of annoys me that Kenna has had so many quick turn arounds but I think it was the writers trying to figure out what works best for the character. This episode showed that Kenna has more depth than we all thought. I want to hug the writers so hard for that. I love that women seem to care more about their country and it’s well-being than men…

Lola – Whatever Lola wants, Lola gets apparently. Lola is the young lady that I thought she was. She gave full disclosure about her predicament and Julien still agreed to marry her. But now I have to give Julien the side eye… Is he a black widower? Does he secretly prefer the company of men… in his bed? Why is he willing to raise another man’s baby as his own? Lola, girl, you better watch out. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. I smell another Tomas situation all over again. Oh, dear!

Mary – I’m waiting on the writers to have Mary say this line, ‘I'm no one to be trifled with. That is all you ever need know’, because basically that statement, pretty much sums up how Mary was feeling during this episode and it looks like this will be her attitude from here on out. Mary is embracing her power but does not take the responsibility lightly and it's quite admirable and refreshing especially when juxtaposed against the jaded and haggard Catherine and her willingness to sacrifice just about anything when it comes to protecting what's hers.

Penelope – Girl, Bye! Penelope is really pushing her luck. Poor thing will never see her demise coming. Funny how, Henry keeps coming back to Kenna and even admitted that Penelope’s voice grates his nerves. Since this sub plot was brewing in the background, I'll just assume this whole thing will come to a head very quickly and hopefully in a very messy and evil fashion.





Awards


Character of the Night
• Grand Prize – Mary
• Runner up – Catherine

Best Character Interactions
• Grand Prize – Mary & Catherine
• Runner up – Bash & Kenna
• Third place – Julien & Lola

Line of the Night
• Catherine: Welcome to being a ruling queen, Mary. Men will trust you and die. These are the first but they won't be the last. It will go on and on until you are dead because that's the way it works. And a beautiful young queen? Men are going to throw themselves into the fire for you my dear. They'll shouldered lost causes and take on risks they should never take. In time you will get use to it.

Scene of the Night
• Mary demands that Catherine give her the marriage contract that contains her signature or she will let everyone know that Henry is ‘a mad king’ and France is ripe for the taking.

Favorite lady-in-waiting
• Kenna

That Awkward Moment Award
• That awkward moment when your father thinks you raising his bastard would make a super awesome belated wedding present.

The “Are We Sure This Isn’t the Upper Eastside?” Award
• Once again, Reign has channeled its inner Gossip Girl by throwing a party to set a scheme in motion. – I’m not complaining. I love all the royal shindigs. I honestly wished we could see more of the more “mundane” things and people at French court.


Highlights


Memorable Moments

• Kenna keeps saying Anjou. - Bash, I think she is hinting that is where she would like to honeymoon.
• Bash ties Kenna’s dress for her.
• Francis is in awe of Mary when her countrymen pledge their allegiance to her.
• Mary slaps Catherine.
• Henry’s hallucination.

Laudable Lines

• Kenna: What are you complaining about? You are now married to a beautiful woman of noble birth.
Bash: Who is notorious for sleeping with my father. I see no awkwardness there.

• Bash: I won’t pretend I love you. But we should start liking each other at least.

• Mary: France cannot be governed by a mad king.

• Greer: Maybe he just needs a push.

• Julien: You are unusually clear about what you want from others, Lady Lola. I’m not complaining. We are well matched.

• Mary: I am the queen of Scotland not the queen of Mary de Guise.

Superb Scenes
• Bash comes to Kenna’s aide when Henry forces his whims upon her, in public no less.
• Bash and Kenna bicker about each other’s exes.
• Mary tells Francis that she was not bluffing when she told Catherine that she would let the cat out of the bag about France’s mad king if she didn’t give her what she wanted.
• Francis and Mary scheme together to make the secret marriage contract null and void
• Julien proposes to Lola.

Lowlights


• No Nostradamus. Y’all should be firmly aware of what a huge Rossif Sutherland fangirl I am by now so I would be remissed to not to mention his absence.
• Damn, was Greer even in this episode? Blinked and you missed her. It’s no secret that Greer is my favorite lady-in-waiting so when we don’t get much of her, I get a little grumpy. But at least they are doing something to expand the character of Kenna so at least Greer’s lack of screen time was used wisely.

Miscellaneous


Biggest Surprises of the Episode
• Mary did not tell Francis of her plan before hand; she did it behind his back.
• The massacre of Lord MacKenzie and all of his men at the brothel.

Burning Questions

• Who is the boy that Henry was hallucinating about?
Theory: It's some poor lad he killed in his youth and he's had these bouts of madness before.

Style Spotlight: All the other women’s wardrobe was a hot mess this week on Reign. Even though Greer didn’t have that much screen time this week, when we did see her, she was the definitely the fashionista out of the bunch. The picture to left is my favorite outfit that Greer wore this week.

Fun Fact: Mary had two illegitimate half-brothers that were sent to court with her.

Tasty Tidbit: It is reported that Francis stuttered.

History Lesson: Did you know Mary’s half-brother James Stewart, Earl of Moray was a protestant who led the Lords of the Congregation in rebellion in 1559? But he then turned around and advised Mary on religion when she returned to Scotland.

Grade: A
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Side Notes: The incident featured in this episode actually happened. The real Mary in her early years was actually a lot more naïve and trusting than the one portrayed in the show. How a mother could sell her daughter out like, I’ll never know. Please, let’s diverge from the history books and have Mary and Francis storm Scotland and behead Mary of Guise. Who’s with me?
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Friendly Reminders
Don’t forget to watch and live tweet with the show (@CWReign) & me (@lilithhellfire) every Thursday night at 9 pm EST.

Do Your Part
Royals, even though we have already been renewed for season 2, we still have to make every episode count for the rest of the season. If we don't we will get put in a death slot next season to wither away and die (see Beauty and the Beast if you don't believe me). It is very important to be stream the episodes. The biggest impact is to stream it directly off of the CW site. But Hulu counts as well. The biggest difference is definitely clicking the ads when you watch from a legit streaming site.

Also, even if you don't have Nielsen's box you can still help the ratings (a little) in your own way by live tweeting with show. You can pitch in by using the show's hashtag (#Reign) and the show's episode title in every tweet you make about the show on Thursdays. Prime tweeting hours to get the show trending are usually between 7 pm EST until about 1 am EST (after the west coast airing has gone off).

If you are Canadian and you’d like to help the show on the social media front, don’t live tweet on Wednesdays; do it on Thursdays instead with the US Royals. If you really have your heart set on trending, make sure not to over use the episode title in tweets prior to 7 pm EDT.

Social Media Checklist:
• Do you follow Reign's official Twitter account?
• Have you liked Reign's official Facebook page?
• Do you live tweet with the show every Thursday using the show's hashtag as well as the episode tile hashtag between the hours of 7 PM EDT and 1 AM EDT?
• Are you retweeting all relevant tweets from the and crew throughout the week?
• Are you checking in and leaving comments about the show on TV Tag?
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Well, now it's your turn to sound off in the comments section below. I look forward to reading your thoughts.

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