Holiday Binge List

Well, the first half of the holiday season is gone and nearly so is 2015. And yes, although it is an awesome time for spending time with loved ones, getting good presents, and a brief…too brief break from work or school we all know another reason why the holidays are great.

Binging. Food, TV, movies, books, games, all of it!! This is what I’ve been catching up on, discovering and obsessing over:

Reading

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The Expanse book series by James S.A. Corey

Such a great space opera. I have been reading this nonstop. Finishing up Abaddon’s Gate and my copy of Cibola Burn just came in from Amazon. After that I have one more book, then the new one comes out in 2016. Read and binge!!

Watching

The-Expanse-Syfy

The Expanse T.V. series. Shown Tuesdays on Syfy

This should not come as a surprise. It took me a a couple of episodes to get into, but I’m coming around.  I guess what blocked me were the changes to the crew’s family/team dynamic and the casting choices…okay just Holden. If you’re looking for a space drama along the lines of Battlestar Galactica you might want to give this a shot. With only 4 episodes it almost doesn’t even count for binging!

Marvel’s Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D season 3

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I didn’t watch any episodes of the recent season until this holiday season. I’m glad I did! I don’t know how I would have survived waiting a week for the next episode! I think this is the best season yet. All I need is FitzSimmons to get together (damn you Marvel pleeeease?) and Black Bolt and I’ll be one happy fangirl.

Doctor Who current season

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I…have feels about this season.

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I’m always on/off with Doctor Who. Matt Smith was my favorite new Doctor, and Clara is the first Companion I really loved (next to Donna of course because Donna). Their chemistry was great and they were the first Doctor/Companion I really wanted to ship (sorry didn’t like Rose or Amy at all). I was surprised at how much chemistry Clara and 12 had. Shipping aside, I think this was a really strong season in terms of story and new characters (Ashildr/Me is awesome!!!). And with that ending, I’m praying for some side story/movie of Clara, Me and their adventures. What a great end for that character.

Honestly I’m not sure what else to binge on. I’m almost afraid to seek out more (but please feel free to recommend any!!). Don’t think my nerd heart can take much more. Although, I’ve been meaning to watch Sense8….

 

 

 

 

5 Reasons Why Mr. Robot Rocks My World

Guys. Guys. My faith in t.v. shows is almost restored.

Like many people, I am obsessed with USA Network’s show, Mr. Robot.

Their words:Young, anti-social computer programmer Elliot works as a cybersecurity engineer during the day, but at night he is a vigilante hacker. He is recruited by the mysterious leader of an underground group of hackersto join their organization. Elliot’s task? Help bring down corporate America, including the company he is paid to protect, which presents him with a moral dilemma. Although he works for a corporation, his personal beliefs make it hard to resist the urge to take down the heads of multinational companies that he believes are running — and ruining — the world.

That little summary is just the basics of the show, which should already capture some attention.  There are many, many blog posts on the awesomeness of Mr. Robot, so instead of trying to reiterate how great the show broadcasts the message of the current social paranoia of the digital age, the dissent, dissatisfaction and divide of the rich and the poor, I will just give 5 reasons why I fangirl over this. This is a fangirl site after all.

1. Cinematography

One does not need a film degree to see the beauty of the shots. The combo of the wide angle, over the shoulder and close up shots really add onto the paranoia and trapped feeling the characters and perhaps society in general is feeling. Definitely movie-level filming here.

2. Rami Malek (+ Christian Slater and cool actors)

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Sure, he looks a little bug-eyed and on morphine during the majority of the show (his character not him I’m hoping), but I got such an instacrush on him it’s not even funny. The interviews I’ve seen of him aren’t helping either. Seriously, his interview with Christian Slater on The Nerdist is pretty sweet. He’s like a puppy. Also, the rest of the cast: Christian Slater (enough said) and all the other actors are phenomenal in their roles. Martin Wallstrom (Tyrell) and Stephanie Corneliussen (Tyrell’s wife, Joanna) are so amazingly disturbing.

3. Issues

From the current uneasiness of the ever growing divide between the rich and the poor, the social perspective of how the digital age is affecting us as a society and how we connect, or not connect with people, to the internal struggles and personalities of  this diverse cast just keeps me coming back for more. Also the main character Elliot has severe anxiety and feels that he cannot connect with people. I too have severe anxiety and just started getting treatment for this so I can really relate to his motivations and actions on how he treats people he’s actually close too. I think it’s beautiful to see a show that’s representing so many current issues and treating it pretty damn well. Plus the fact that the main protagonist of the show is the one who has the mental illness is awesome.

4. Characters

A MC who has severe anxiety and morphine addiction, female characters who are flawed, but show both vulnerability and strength (actually this goes for all characters), and the haziness of who or what the villain of the show is/are….amaaaazing. Also let’s not forget the transgender female Whiterose and the creepy husband  wife duo who like manipulating the crap out of people and into BDSM.

5. Diversity

Kind of blends both #2 and #4, but can we talk about the diversity of the cast?!  Leading actor is of Egyptian descent, Martin is from Sweden,  the character hacker Trenton is a Muslim (hijab and all)….I was impressed with the ethnic and male and female diversity of this show.

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If anything, people should watch this show just to see something not only different, but also something that shows facets of our society we kind of keep under the rug or at the very least don’t represent it correctly in media (well hello there 50 Shades). Mr. Robot not only rips the rug out, but shows that there’s no reason to sweep it in the first place. If this is how society is, show it. If we have to keep hiding things and keep pretending some issues don’t exist or people are making a big deal out of nothing, well then…..

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Daredevil (Netflix series)

So. I just finished watching episode 1 of Netflix’s Daredevil series. Bear in mind that though I am a Marvel girl, DD was never in my radar, so my reaction to the show is to the show. I know the basics of his storyline, but never read the series.

Pretty sure that’s going to change now after what I saw in episode 1 because Oh. My. God.

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Wow. what a great start. From what I know, DD has always shown the “darker side” of the Marvel Universe. He’s the local superhero, the one fighting the thugs and fighting crime on the streets, rather than the cosmic battles the Avengers are up to. In fact, they do talk about the destruction of New York and how the damage affected the city and Hell’s Kitchen in particular. Love the connections Marvel!

I also loved how the origin story was pretty brief for a first episode. Sure we see how Matt goes blind as a kid, but next thing you know you see him as an adult kicking 4 thugs’ ass to rescue girls from prostitution. Throughout the episode the show lets the visuals and the character show how he uses his ability (they blur the lens when he realizes Karen is lying is an example) and even though this way of telling is a more visual, perhaps subtle approach, I can follow and believe it as a viewer. I actually appreciate that it cuts to the chase to him acting as Daredevil already. I’m sure the details will be delved into more throughout the show so I look forward to finding out more.

Verdict? After hitting post, I am going to binge watch this series. And possibly download some comics off Comixology. Pretty sure they’re having a Daredevil sale right now. Even if you’re not a fan of DD or even comics, this is a good show. I’m hoping the rest of the season will be just as good as the first episode.

Other thoughts going through my head as I watched.

Fight scenes: Quick and dirty. Love it

Opening credit scene: Oooh creepy. Also love it

The sound of Matt’s voice when  Karen admits to asking that guy out for a drink. “He was a nice guy. You go Karen. Yes, if we think a guy is worth it hell yeah we’ll ask first.

Love the Avenger’s movie reference. I love continuity and crossovers and all that good stuff.

Man…is it weird that I think Charlie’s hot as Matt? Or in general?

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Music: Huh, very Tron: Legacy-esque. Me likey. Well, one particular scene was very Tron-ish, can’t say I paid attention the whole way due to the amazingness that was happening before my very eyes.

Saturday TV: Worthy Male Characters to fangir—Admire

Since coming back from Japan, I’ve been trying to catch up with American pop culture in between job hunting. Apparently I missed quite a few things particularly in the TV show area. There are some pretty good shows out there. Plus I guess it doesn’t hurt that there are some *major* eye candy to go with these tv shows. Honestly, CW shows? Where do they grab these beautiful people? And why don’t I see them on the street? Shallowness aside, there are some pretty amazing characters that really drive the shows I love. After all, its the characters that make or break the story right? So I made a list of characters in TV shows I fangirl  admire greatly. The fact that they’re beautiful to look at is a bonus. In no particular order because I switch fandoms often.

1. Peter Bishop
TV Show: Fringe
Is he worthy? True regret: just discovering this show NOW. Genius intellect, sharp sarcasm, soft-romantic-on-the inside, and complicated daddy issues makes Peter Bishop an awesome character to watch. I’m so sad to see this show go.
Bonus? When he smiles and shows his caring side it melts my heart.

2. Dean Winchester

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Is he worthy? To me this character is more than meets the eye. He could have been a typical, I’m-sexy-and-I-know-it older brother (well sometimes he does know it), but this man and his looks are the last thing on his mind while he protects everyone he loves while hating himself and deeming himself unworthy to be saved due to “not being good enough”. UGH. I can’t stand and love this character so much sometimes.
Bonus? Geezus, *look* at the man.

3. Oliver Queen 
TV Show: Arrow, Wednesday @ 8PM on CW
Is he worthy? Honestly, he’s the closest I’ll probably ever get to Batman on my TV screen. I *love* characters with dual personas. A rich guy who’s tragic past motivates him to become a vigilante and bring his own brand of justice to criminals while hiding behind a playboy facade fascinates me. I’ve never read any Green Arrow comics so I can’t say how close Arrow follows the comic, but if you don’t take it seriously it’s an entertaining, fun show. Would still choose Batman over GA any day though.
Bonus?

I’ll let his abs speak for me

4. Ryan Fletcher
TV Show: 
Nikita, Fridays @ 8PM on CW
Is he worthy? Gotta love the honest, straight-as-an-arrow character. His pure sense of right and wrong is a refreshing view for Team Nikita, especially in seasons 1 and 2 when Nikita’s gang was dealing with taking down Division. Though season 3 is probably putting his views to the test since he became head of Division and balancing between satisfying Nikita and the US government. Poor Ryan.
Bonus? I’d say so! He has that nice, puppy thing going for him.

5. Miles Matheson
TV Show: Revolution, Mondays @ 10PM on NBC
Is he worthy? Again, that whole, dual persona thing. Most of the time he shows his douche-y, snarky attitude, but near the end of the mid season you peel back the layers and realize the price he’s paid for the dystopian world he lives in. The fact that he sees proof of what he’s done every day probably doesn’t help matters. And the confrontation between him and ex-BFF Monroe? Kills me. I find this show hard to swallow sometimes with its plot and protagonists that make it hard to root for them, but Miles is the reason why I keep coming back for more.
Bonus? If you love gruffy, snarky guys who can handle swords.

6. Daryl Dixon
TV Show:
  The Walking Dead, Sundays @ 9PM on AMC
Is he worthy? Geezus, what ISN”T worthy? I love how the show slowly shows he’s more than a redneck who knows how to use a crossbow. Man has a heart of gold, or as close to one as you can get in a screwed up world with zombies. I’m so glad Shane got the boot and Daryl got promoted to Rick’s right hand man. How he’s related to Merle is one of the bigger mysteries of the show. I can’t love this character enough. Just don’t let him name babies.
Bonus? Straight-forward guy, knows how to handle himself in a fight, can hunt/possibly cook… yup all good in my book.

7. Castiel

TV show: Supernatural, Wednesdays @ 9PM on CW
Is he worthy? An angel of the Lord who, through the influence of the Winchesters (or Dean) *chooses* to side with humans and aids them. His bumbling, awkward way of learning human manners is so endearing how can you NOT like him? It breaks my heart to see what’s been happening to him these past seasons. All because he believes in Dean which doesn’t make Dean feel any better and its a vicious cycle and my heart can’t take it!!
Bonus?
Okay, I have a shallow confession to make. It took me a while to debate on starting Supernatural because I didn’t think I’d be able to handle the horror parts of the show though the Winchester brothers’ story made me intrigued. Then I saw a promo pic of Misha Collins as Castiel. Of all that is good and holy I’ve never crushed on an actor so hard and fast in my life. Next to JTT during Home Improvement but *still*.

8. Nolan Ross

TV Show: Revenge, Sundays @ 9PM on ABC
Is he worthy? Honestly everytime Nolan opens his mouth and speaks it brings a smile to my face. And his dedication to Emily/Real Amanda is awesome, to the point where I kinda sorta wish they would get together. I’m probably the only fan in the fandom who wishes it and I know it won’t happen but there it is. His little rivalry with Aiden is all sorts of cute.
Bonus? Who said geeks can’t be attractive? And shout out to ABC for those early Revenge promo pics of the men half naked in black tight pants. Nice to see men being objectified for once. This show is full of beautiful looking people it’s almost disgusting.

9. John Watson/Joan Watson

TV Show: Sherlock, or The Sherlock Holmes series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or Elementary, Thursdays @10PM on CBS
Is he worthy? I’m probably the only one who loves the Sherlock Holmes series for John Watson. Sherlock can suck it for all I care. I love how next to someone like Sherlock he’s ordinary and unassuming, but in reality he’s so much more than he shows. And Watson *wants* it that way. Plus the character is the only one who can put up with Sherlock’s crap gives him automatic BAMF status in my book. I guess that’s why I really enjoy Elementary. The show evens out the playing field between Sherlock and John/Joan. Her medical knowledge plays an important role in solving the cases. Bonus? A war veteran and a skilled doctor it’s no wonder women over 3 continents swooned over Dr. Watson. His danger streak also is a nice kick to his otherwise ordinary, nice guy personality. My love for Watson male and female versions knows no bounds!

10. Owen

TV Show: Nikita
Is he worthy? You would think he should be dead considering he did kill Nikita’s lover per Percy’s order, but nope! Instead he joins Nikita’s harem and helps her in her fight against Division. Now he has to deal with what Division, or Amanda has done to him while he was in Division and possibly a romance between him and Alex (ew no) now that Nikita is tying the knot with Michael. I loved the change of the special relationship between Owen and Nikita. If it weren’t for the whole killing your significant other thing, Owen would be my 2nd choice for a Nikita pairing.

Well, until I think of another list!

I'll be watching you~
I’ll be watching you~

Saturday TV: 5 points Why Fables Could Have Made It

Fable cover art by James Dean
Fable cover art by James Dean
Fables
Don’t get me wrong: I love Once Upon a Time, but seeing how successful it is just makes me feel that one of my favorite comic book series, Fables could have made it. Here are 5 points why.

1. The Fairy Tale

At its core, Fables  is pretty darn similar to OUAT. Fairy tale characters are exiled from their respective Homelands due to the invasion of The Adversary and make a new home in an area in NYC aptly named Fabletown. Instead of being under a curse, the Fables sought refuge in our world in order to live. I would think the idea of a group of people escaping oppression and starting anew in the good ol’ US of A would connect to viewers. Plus, there’s a lot more action: the invasion of the Adversary, the infiltration into the Adversary’s domain, the battle in Fabletown…so much war and fighting to go around. In between the Adversary stuff, other story arcs take on the form of spy thrillers, murder mysteries, etc. so Once Upon a Fable wouldn’t really be formulaic and there would be something for everyone. Eventually. And I don’t know if it’s the connection with Disney or what, but ABC is definitely sticking with the Disney-owned stable of fairy tales whereas Fables includes more of the lesser known European and Arabian tales. Fables even includes the non-human characters and gives them a home in the Farm. I know OUAT probably has a lot of licensing rights red tape to deal with, but I feel since Fables has more access to…well fables, the story pretty much has no limit. Except the red tape.

2. The Characters

Like OUAT, Fables takes our beloved characters and changes them up a bit. Snow White (okay pretty much every female in this comic series) as a bad-ass, I-don’t-take-crap-from-anyone mayor? Prince Charming as a douche? Boy Blue as a bishonen BAMF? Big Bad Wolf as a teddy bear at heart? Cinderella as a spy? Awesome, right? I think people would embrace the new twists on the characters. And of course Fables spotlights more than our Disney childhood heroes and princesses so viewers can also be enlightened by new stories (of course pretending licensing rights don’t exist I know I know)

3. The Spin-off Potential

Buffy had Angel. Fables could have Jack? Even a Sex and the City/Desperate Ex-wives version of the Princesses bitching about Charming and covering their own drama? A comedy spin-off about what goes on in the Farm?

4. World-building

OUAT is just starting to introduce us viewers to the fairy tale world(s). In a Fables show, there would be plenty of world-building when talking about the Adversary and dealing with the Fables’ history. And the Fables aren’t restricted to one town by a curse: they know perfectly well where they are so there’s the possibility of way more interaction with our world. But why would they right? That would be so…mundane.

5. Snow White and the Big Bad Wolf

As much as Snow White’s and Prince Charming’s romance is…charming it still had the meant-to-be-of-course-they’re-going-to-get-together vibe. In Fables, I feel the romance is a bit more modern; you see Snow White and Bigby’s love grow from hatred, to respect, then loooove. It just feels more substantial and real. The Big Bad Wolf may not be Prince Charming, but hey, maybe people change: princes turn out to be pricks and bad guys can change and be pretty swell guys. I think people would dig the girl and scruffy/kinda-bad-boy-but-actually-good pairing (I hear Beauty and the Beast is doing pretty well). There’s a lot more romance crossovers (well and a lot more characters) in Fables and I think fangirls (and boys) would just gobble that up.

I guess I enjoy watching Once Upon a Time because it reminds me of Fables a lot. It just makes me wish that fairy tale could be shared with everyone too. For those who love the show and read comics or want to, but don’t know where to start, this is an awesome comic book series. Go get your fairy tale on!