Friday, 31 October 2014

I hope you all have a Blessed Samhain!



Most of you will no doubt be celebrating Halloween tonight, I hope you have a great time! As a pagan I celebrate Samhain, which is a festival to mark the end of the harvest season, and the start of the dark half of the year. Traditionally, it is a night to prepare for winter, in times past stores would be filled and livestock slaughtered in preparation for winter. There is some evidence that many pagans celebrated Samhain as the start of the new year. As a modern pagan, sadly I can't ever know fully how it was celebrated, so I have developed my own rituals and traditions. I use the festival as a time to remember those I have lost. I light a white candle in our windows, to guide our loved ones home. Another thing I used to do (before I was the mummy to furbabies, who tend to eat anything which isn't nailed down!) is to leave a lost loved ones favourite food with the candles, it is all symbolic obviously, but it brings a measure of peace and helps to honour those we've lost. The scary aspects may stem from people attempting to scare away unfriendly spirits. Now, it's a nice day for kids (and big kids!) to have fun and dress up, trick or treat and go to parties. Some people may expect me to find modern Halloween offensive, but I don't. We all have our rituals and traditions, while I celebrate in my way I'm glad others are marking the day of a ancient festival to this day!





So, everyone, be safe! Have fun! Celebrate with all your might! Ian and I will be doing one of his traditions, which is now ours, by watching some of the Halloween movie series snuggled up in the dark, with a white candle lit to guide our loved ones home......



Hopefully I will be feeling better soon and can get back to posting regularly! 

Thanks for popping by!

Love 

Jan

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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Christmas 2014 Gift Guide - Arkham City Converse

As Jan is still incapacitated with her M.E...incapacitated is maybe a little strong of a word for it but, I like it, it's big and makes me sounds clever(!)...anyway, I thought I'd share with you my first post from my Christmas 2014 Geeky Gift Guide...

Hope you enjoy!

Ian.

With October quickly approaching nearly over, stores are now full of Christmas paraphernalia. With that in mind, I thought I'd try my hand at the job of Santa's little helper (as in elf, not the Simpson family dog), and point you in the direction of some cool gift ideas... Allons-y!

With Gotham having started last week, this first pick, could almost be seen as topical...it's Batman, Arkham City Converse (Chuck Taylor's for my US readers).


If you head over to converse.co.uk (converse.com - US), you will be greeted, with many great options. I suggest bypassing these options, for now, and heading to Create (Custom - US). Within Create, you will find, the Batman Arkham City custom Converse.


As the name suggests, these are fully customisable and, you can tweak everything about them until they are just the way you want them. You can choose from six graphics, featuring iconic characters from Arkham city (one per shoe, either same character or different). Once you have selected your hero, or villains, you can customise everything else about them. You can choose a lace colour, interior colour, tongue colour, stitching colour, racing stripe colour...the list goes on!


With standard Converse normally costing between £20-£40 (don't quote me, I did a quick Google search), you obviously pay more for these, what with the customising and Batman branding. In the UK they are currently priced at £60 and, in the US they will set you back $80.


If you are interesting in getting a loved one a pair of these, I suggest acting quick. Currently, the estimated delivery time is around 3-4 weeks. I would think however, the closer it gets to Christmas, the greater delivery time will become.


So, there you have it...my first gift idea of my Christmas 2014 Gift Guide. I hope you will find this, and future ideas useful.

Do you have a pair of these? Do you want a pair? Who is your favourite Batman character? Leave me your thoughts below.

Thanks for stopping by, I do hope you enjoyed yourself.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Back In 10 Minutes...Sort Of!

As you may have noticed, Jan hasn't posted in a while. She hasn't been well, in fact, she still isn't well. She is currently having a nightmare of a time with her M.E, which is somewhat exacerbated (I like that word, and not just because of Shaun Of The Dead) by the treatement disabled people receive from government appointed agencies...I'm talking about you ATOS!

Anyway, I just wanted to pop by to let you know she will be back as soon as possible.

Ian.

Thursday, 9 October 2014

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 episode 3 'Making Friends and Influencing People' recap and review

Episode 2 left us assuming Simmons had turned to the dark side...which as it turns out was a masterpiece of trailer editing! So, onto episode 3, Making Friends and Influencing People.....




Daniel Whitehall is pouring himself a drink and reminiscing about how he bought the case when he enlisted for $10, now each bottle is worth over $2000. Nice reminder that he's been around since World War 2! He talks about patience paying off, how $10 seemed so expensive to him then, but how well it's paid off for him. He's talking to a woman, Agent 33, who is strapped into a frame, watching psychedelic images. He's attempting to brainwash her.

We see Simmons in bed, her alarm goes off, playing a nice jaunty tune, and we see her getting ready for work....all very cheerful and normal! She gets to work, has a lovely chat with the security guard, who searches her bag, before walking over to the lift, where she scans her thumb print - no ordinary workplace!  She walks through a state of the art, posh lab where she puts on a black lab coat. Her boss walks past her and then past the HYDRA sign eek!

Skye is at the shooting range, hitting the targets by imagining them as Ward. May is unimpressed, telling Skye that she should imagine them all as targets, and not to get cocky. May gives her a speech about control, then checks her heart rate, 61 beats per minute. May is impressed. Hunter and Mac turn up with inventory - and a bet over whether Skye attended the Academy, winner doesn't have to record the inventory. Hunter loses, Skye was a field agent, with a badge - at least for a day - but she tells him it was 'a work study thing'. He tells her that he knew his old teammates so well, that he knows what they would do in any situation - he doesn't know the team well enough to do that now. Hunter needs to know more about Skye so that he knows what she might do. May is still pissed that he shot her, despite numerous - 470 to be exact - apologies! Skye tells him that she's never taken anyone out, since she correctly guessed that's what he was asking..

May sees Coulson and catches up to him, and asks after Agent 33. He tells her that she was taken by HYDRA. He's tired of losing his best and brightest.

Simmons is talking to her boss about some of her results, he needs to know what to tell them 'upstairs'. As she's telling him she's sees a photo of the subject, Donnie Gill, who she and Fitz helped in season 1. As many of you may know, he's developed freezing powers as a result of being struck by lightning while touching his ice machine. He takes out some agents in Marrakech by freezing them solid, where he's hiding, who have been sent after him.

Simmons gets home and hears a noise. She pulls her gun and swings round the corner to find Coulson waiting for her and asking if she thought he'd never find out....as it turns out he means about her terrible diet! He's brought fixings for a healthy steak meal! She debriefs as he cooks. Simmons hasn't made friends - aw - but she needs to in order to advance. She tells Coulson about Gill....then Coulson goes to brief the team. He says that HYDRA want Gill or they'll take him out. Fitz gets confused when he's trying to say that Donnie had trouble making friends. 



Skye goes down to talk to Ward again, to find out how HYDRA gets such loyalty. Ward says HYDRA didn't control him, that he was only loyal to Garrett. He tells her that his family knocked him down, and that Garrett built him back up to be what he wanted him to be. She mocks him for this, saying that she knows who his family is, and that they're pretty much universally loved. After slipping by talking to him about anything but what she needs to ask him, she gets the questioning back on track. He tells her that they will either recruit gifteds or take them out. He tells her that this is why HYDRA will always win, as they're not looking for the morality of the situation.

Gill has just found out who the agents were going to take him to, once they recaptured him, Maribel Del Mar. Turns out it's a ship....so he proceeds to freeze it in place while he investigates further. As you do.

Simmons is hard at work in her HYDRA lab, when she's accosted by some burly armed guards and escorted 'upstairs' for questioning over a security matter. Whitehall's right hand man has found out that she's been lying to them - eek! While she told them she was a Level 5 S.H.I.E.L.D Agent, she didn't tell them she knew Donnie - which is a tad unfair as she had no clue who the subject was til she saw the photo in her boss' files! Terrible employers, HYDRA. It's like they're an international terrorist organisation or something. The quicker Simmons is back in the good guys fold, the better - seeing her in the lair of the beast makes me jumpy! She masterfully manages to lie without really lying...yay Simmons! She says that she's loyal to science, and she goes wherever she can do her work. Creepy McRighthandman makes a veiled threat about loyalties being tested, poor Simmons!

Whitehall is still working on Agent 33, she's still managing to resist and even manages to get her wrist free, but to no avail. Whitehall catches her. He wheels out the Loki speech, heard it before! Creepy McRighthandman asks for permission to 'evaluate' Simmons...eek.

The Scooby Gang are leaving for Marrakech to pick up/take out Gill. Mac is happy to have the night off but Fitz is upset that he's being left behind. He knows they're keeping things from him....I just want to give him a cuddle!

Simmons is being marched down a white corridor by The Burlies, understandably nervous. Creepy McRighthandman is taking her to find Donnie, seeing as she knew him.

Donnie is systematically taking out the ship's crew.....he's pissed. 

Fitz and Invisible Simmons are arguing about him going to see Skye's 'asset' - he had no idea it was Ward. His reaction is heart wrenching. He starts having an anxiety attack, Ward tries to talk to him. He seems genuinely sorry for what he did to him.

Skye and Hunter are getting ready to jump from the bus. He asks if it's her first jump - other than with Coulson in Lola, which she starts to explain but gives up....she tells him it's her first. Her heart rate had started to rise, but she manages to rein it in.

Ward is telling Fitz that he did his best to avoid killing him and Simmons, Garrett expected him to put a bullet in their heads. He says he tried to give them a fighting chance. Fitz can't remember the words he needs, so he decides to show Ward instead. He turns off Ward's oxygen supply to show him what hypoxia feels like. He says everyone has gone after Donnie and he should be with them, that it's Ward's fault that he isn't. Ward tries to tell Fitz something about Donnie, but he's struggling without air. He manages to tell Fitz that they don't know what they're walking into.

Simmons is searching the ship for Donnie. Creepy McRighthandman has told her that he'll stay in contact through her earpiece, and that if things don't go well there will be an opening at the HYDRA lab....meanie. She sees the frozen corpses dotted around the ship, but keeps on calling for him. He shows himself to her and wants to know who sent her and what side she's now on. She tells him she wants to help him again, and that's she's on his side.

Some of the HYDRA team are wandering round the ship, and give the Scoobies the chance to get past them. Hunter tells Skye to cover the door, she responds by telling him that he doesn't give the orders, then calls him 'Trainspotting' - he is (quite rightly!) peeved by this and tells her he isn't Scottish! Wonder if/when America will realise that there are different countries within the UK?! Hunter and May enter the ship to find Donnie. 

Mac is enjoying himself on his night off, playing video games (no idea which one, I'm not a gamer, unlike Ian!), when Fitz rushes in to try to tell him what Ward has said about Donnie. 

Simmons is still trying to talk Donnie down by talking about how impressed Fitz was by him. Creepy McRighthandman tells her to repeat what he's saying, he starts to feed her the brainwashing phrases.

Fitz is struggling to explain what he knows about Donnie to Coulson. He says that Donnie didn't escape the Sandbox, he helped HYDRA to take it! They brainwashed him! Coulson tells May and Hunter to stop him talking to HYDRA - namely Simmons! Hunter gets ready to shoot her, but May recognises her just in time and shoots Hunter - thus getting her revenge for last week! Go May! With the re-brainwashing interrupted, Donnie loses it and tries to freeze Simmons. Luckily he only gets her jacket and she manages to wriggle out of it and run. May tries to shoot him as he chases Simmons, but she misses and gets the pipes, which Donnie helpfully freezes. Hunter, who was wearing a vest - luckily - tells Coulson that May shot him....which upsets Trip as he wanted to be the one to shoot him! May tells Coulson that Simmons is onsite and asks whether to maintain her cover - May knew Simmons hadn't left them completely! Coulson tells May to maintain Simmons' cover - to the surprise of everyone. Coulson tells them that if they can't take him in they need to take him out. Simmons manages to get to the HYDRA team, with Donnie in hot pursuit. Creepy manages to trigger Donnie's brainwashing, and tells him to stop anyone following them, so he freezes the door. Creepy then tells Donnie to freeze the ship and kill everyone on board. May and Hunter are trapped inside and Donnie is freezing the ship - until Skye takes him out. Poor Skye, first kill and it's a kid that she knows - but her heart rate stays steady at 61bpm. She fires at Creepy, giving Simmons the chance to push him out of the way, thus cementing her cover. HYDRA is leaving empty handed but the Scoobies manage to go home with loads of tech - so Mac is a happy bunny - other than the fact he needs to take inventory!

Hunter tells May that he's fine, he just has a nasty bruise. He wants to know if that makes them even....well, he's now even with May, but Trip still wants his revenge much to Hunter's dismay! Skye is sat on the holo table on the bus, it reminds her of before. She's been scanning law enforcement in Marrakech - the authorities haven't found Donnie's body yet. Skye is worried about Simmons, as she's a terrible liar. May reassures her, that Simmons is good and compliments Skye too, telling hr that Simmons isn't the only one that's good. Coulson tells Fitz that he sees that he's improving and that he's still an important member of the team. He watched the recording of Fitz and Ward, he's concerned that Fitz almost killed Ward. Fitz tells him that he isn't a killer. Coulson tells Fitz that he can't look at Ward, that he hates that he's there, but that they need him. Fitz wants to know if Coulson is keeping anything else from him - as he's Director he tells him there's lots of things he isn't telling him. He does tell him that Simmons is on assignment, that's why she left and hasn't been in contact. Fitz asks Coulson if Simmons asked to go, if she wanted to go on assignment, to leave him - Coulson tells him that what's she's doing is important, cleverly avoiding the question!

Whitehall and Creepy are talking about S.H.I.E.L.D becoming a problem. Whitehall wants to know who's in charge. Agent 33 steps off the elevator to bring some files to Whitehall - he finally broke her...boo! Creepy tells his boss that Donnie's programming was unstable, but boss man says it held in the end. Creepy then says there's a scientist in the lab who's talents are being wasted - he wants to bring her 'upstairs' - Simmons has achieved her goal of infiltrating the higher levels of HYDRA but I still don't like it! Creepy trusts her - for now. There's always the brainwashing option - noooo!

Skye goes to visit Ward. She asks about the brainwashing. Ward says he wasn't brainwashed, that he chose to do everything he did. Skye believes him, but she doesn't know what he's trying to achieve by his complete honesty with her. He tells her that her father is alive and looking for her, that he'll take her to meet him if she'll let him. She quickly leaves - her heart rate has skyrocketed - uh oh.

In the teaser for next week May and Coulson are undercover, and all glammed up! They're really dangling the relationship for us May and Coulson shippers! Looks like a fun one, which is well overdue! 

Another great episode, although I'm biased! I'm glad that we know where Simmons is, and that she hasn't deserted Fitz - is it just me who wonders if she's also using HYDRA's resources to find a way to help Fitz? I loved the fatherly way that Coulson treats Simmons, she seems so much more at ease with him now. Not sure about Skye The Unflappable, we have one of those characters in May. Skye's strength was in her emotions, her difference to everyone else on the team. She seems to still be reeling from Ward's betrayal, she's hurt and is trying to stop herself getting hurt ever again by shutting down the things that made her so useful before. I do, however, like the new relationship between her and May...it brings out a softer side of May - dare I say one which might start to see Coulson in a new way?? Seeing May smile more is a joy too....Ming-Na Wen shouldn't be underused! The relationship between Fitz and Mac is lovely too. Mac is the only one who didn't know Fitz before he was hurt, so he just accepts him on face value, which lets Fitz rely on him for help. The scenes with Fitz and Ward were just brilliant! So well acted, and so heart wrenching - bravo Iain De Caestecker and Brett Dalton! Will we see Donnie again? As his body wasn't found, it certainly seems like a possibility!

What did you think of this episode? Are any characters standing out? What would you like to change in season 2? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan

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Tuesday, 7 October 2014

The Originals Season 2 premiere 'Rebirth' recap and review

The day has finally arrived! The Originals returned for season 2, with a rather aptly named Rebirth. When we left out favourite vamp family, Klaus and Hayley had just become parents, but they had to sacrifice their happiness in order to save their daughter's life. Klaus handed his precious and longed for child to his sister Rebecca, in the hope that, by faking his daughter's death, she would be safe. Twas extremely heart wrenching! So, onto season 2....



Rebecca is telling Klaus' daughter a 'fairy tale' about her father and why he sent her away, serving ably as a recap! Klaus has isolated himself, letting the wolves take New Orleans. 

Elijah is viewing an old, almost ruined building, wanting to preserve it. The wolves want to destroy it, to make way for a casino. Ha, slapped down wolves! Klaus is destroying blank canvases, he is pissed big time! He wants blood, mostly to use as paint. Elijah has found the last of the 12 rings that were made with Klaus' blood, that weakened him. Now they need to go after them and destory them. Hayley has also isolated herself, even from Elijah. She's in the bayou, looking at the remnants of her home. Marcel and Cami are getting busy, but without strings! He's still banished, but wants to take back his city. He doesn't understand why Klaus hasn't acted against the wolves. Cami tells him that Davina is doing well, she's back in high school and told her coven to shove it! Speaking of Davina, she's in a record shop, buying old Icelandic folk music - presumably for Michael - when Oliver, the creepy traitor wolf, comes in and tries to destroy the store owner as he's a vampire. Davina stops them, by giving the wolves a wicked headache! 

Francesca, the chief wolf woman, is pissed. Speaking to the witch who's making the moonlight rings for the wolves, Cassie, she wants to know why Davina is stopping them killing vamps. Cassie tells her that Davina isn't part of their coven, that the rules don't apply to her anymore. Francesca is cracking up, the threat of Klaus and his inevitable attack is too much. Cassie turns out to be extra creepy....implying she's their dead mum and talking to their 'brother', who is now in the body of a young black man!

Cami is being followed by wolves...she slaps em down pretty damned well! She goes to Klaus's house, he keeps playing hide and seek, standing behind her until she turns around then vamp speeding away. Elijah tells her Klaus doesn't want to see her. She tells him that Marcel wants to help them, they just need to use him. 

Marcel is trying out a new set of potential human recruits, apparently he's been trying out lots of these groups, but to no avail.  He's looking for a keeper. He influences them to not be afraid, and to listen to him, The he gives them a big speech about the potential of becoming vamps, which he demonstrates by whizzing a bloke at a building, where Josh catches him to stop him getting hurt. Marcel leaves a suggestion in their minds thanks to the vamp mind trick, that if they decide they want to be vamps they will find their way back. Klaus comes in, and basically calls Marcel family....

Elijah starts to dismantle the baby's cradle. Hayley walks in and throws a fit, she's not ready to clear out the room. We want a Hayley and Elijah baby!!!!

Michael is sulking about being controlled by Davina, he is extremely pissy! She won't let him kill Klaus until she has released her friends from his bloodline.

Klaus and Marcel are having a friendly drink, playing a game. Marcel wants to know why Klaus hasn't acted. He tells Marcel that he thinks that the wolves have the white oak stake, the only weapon that can kill him, he wants Marcel to help him get it back. Joe, the record shop owner, comes into the room, and Marcel introduces him to Klaus as someone who fought the Guerrera wolves in the 20's. Marcel tells him to leave town for a while, but Joes refuses to run. Klaus has clocked that the wolves don't have the stake, so are defenceless against Originals. Klaus offers Joe the chance to fight with them. They're going on a wolf hunt! Elijah isn't happy about the idea but, shockingly enough, Klaus is stubborn. Joe goes back to his shop, and tells Wolfboy Oliver that he wants to get his stuff and leave town, and that he has information that the Guerrera's want, he'll tell them if they'll let him leave. Oliwolf takes him to Francesca, to tell her that Klaus thinks the wolves have the white oak stake. She tells Cassie to cast a spell to find it. Elijah says they need to be united, in order to beat the Guerrera's. Klaus asks Hayley if she's ready to fight. She wants Francesca dead. 

Cassie can't find the stake with her spell. Francesca threatens to kill Joe if he doesn't give her more information. He says rumour has it that the priest, Cami's uncle Kieran, had it. The wolf lackeys go to Cami's and tear the place up until she tells them where it is. Once they leave with the location, she looks to the window and nods to Elijah. Nicely played! Francesca sends the wolves out to attack our team, while she stays locked safe in her house, because she thinks no vamps can get inside because they aren't invited. Josh locks some of the wolves in the old building with Marcel, who then wolfbane sprinklers their asses! More ambushes take place, and more rings found, usually still attached to body parts, Klaus is getting stronger with every one found. The Guerrera house gets attacked by Elijah, while Hayley kicks the arses of a group of wolves, including Oliver! She doesn't kill him though, sadly! Klaus finally gets to use his enemy's blood as paint, direct from the source, he's a much happier camper now. Francesca is happy because Elijah can't come in.....or can he? He tells a story about Capone being caught because he hadn't paid his taxes....then drops the bombshell that because the house has heritage status, which he fought for, it is open to the public, therefore anyone can get in. Klaus says he still isn't at full strength. Elijah tells him that Francesca ran....only to be found by Hayley! Yay Team Klaus!

Josh tells Marcel that Joe is dead,  and gets a speech about soldiers....Josh is unimpressed, he's a modern lad! Doesn't understand that they're fighting for the soul of the city, he thinks it's stupid to keep fighting over a few blocks of real estate. A girl walks in, unable to say how and why she's there...one of Marcel's recruits has arrived!

Elijah finds Hayley tearing apart the baby's room, in an angry, tearful rage. She ripped Francesca apart, and killed 8 other wolves. She tells him that she felt that she had finally found what it was to truly be a wolf while she lived with the Crescents in the Bayou, and now she's lost it. She hates being a hybrid....she thinks she's a monster, that Elijah looks at her differently now. 

Davina goes to Joe's record shop to find it's closed. The cute boy she saw the last time is there too, he introduces himself to her as Caleb....dodgy I'm guessing!

Klaus and Elijah are working to destroy the moonlight rings. Klaus is devastated that he brought it all on by his behaviour. Elijah encourages him to talk to Hayley, to try to help her.

Cami and Marcel are back in bed together talking about the fight, and if anything will change. She tells him they have to stop, that she needs to help humans and if they carry on, she'll keep being pulled deeper into the supernatural world.

Klaus is telling Hayley that things will get better. Tells her that immortality means loss and pain but she will only remember the good moments, everything else just fades away. She just wants her baby back, and Klaus says that she will. He tells her she is now the queen of the wolves, that they will now follow her. He says they will face all the enemies together as a family.

Cami meets her new advisor....he's the man who was with Cassie, who turns out to be Esther Mikaelson. It turns out that Esther, the mother of The Originals, has brought back the soul of her son, Finn. He's Cami's new advisor! Oh, and Caleb? Yup, he's another brother, Col! Bad bad bad!

I thoroughly enjoyed this episode, unsurprisingly! The pain of Klaus and Hayley was portrayed perfectly by Joseph Morgan and Phoebe Tonkin. Of course, Daniel Gillies is always sublime as Elijah, and his quiet strength, supporting and fighting for those he loves, still trying to find Klaus' redemption, shine through in this ep. Long live King Klaus! 

Do you love this show as much as we do? Who is your favourite character? What did you think of this episode? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan

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p.s. Here are a couple of cute photos of the cast in their downtime, just for fun!
Sebastian Roché, Phoebe Tonkin, Paul Wesley and Daniel Gillies...how cute are they??!


Awwwwwww!

Sunday, 5 October 2014

New and returning US shows to look forward to w/c 5th October...plus some notes on last weeks TV

Another week, another crop of shows to get excited about! This week is dominated by The CW network, with some firm favourites and some newbies....

Sunday 5th October

Mulaney




I haven't heard of John Mulaney before....I'm guessing he's not put too much time into crossing the pond yet! This one has a great cast....a show with Elliot Gould and Martin Short deserves a look!





Monday 6th October


The Originals




In the words of Grav3yardgirl, I am 'SO EXCITE' for this! I love this show.....it leaves The Vampire Diaries in the shade (or to quote Ian, 'in the sunshine'....vampire joke there!)! There isn't even one character I dislike, and I'm rooting for Klaus to finally get the family and acceptance he's always wanted....despite all his attempts at self sabotage! Elijah, oh Elijah! I would worship at Daniel Gillies' feet if I could....so damned sexy! So want him to finally get the girl....




Tuesday 7th October


The Flash





Another one that I am 'so excite' for! We love Arrow and we love comic books and their adaptations, so this is bound to be a favourite. We also love The CW's adaptations, I know some people dismiss the network but there are few shows aired that we dislike.




Supernatural




I have to admit that I have fallen woefully behind on this, but no matter what I still love it! Ian and I are going to have to have a catch up day soon!




Wednesday 8th October


Arrow




For some strange and unknown reason, we haven't watched the last couple of episodes of season 2....I genuinely don't know why we never got around to it! That will be rectified before Wednesday though!



Friday 10th October


Cristela




This one stars another American comedian (comedienne technically I suppose) I have never heard of! This one is Cristela Alonzo and, as you can see from the title, this show is centred on her! Having never heard of her before I can't really tell you what she's like, but I'll give it a go!




That's it for this week, so lets talk about last week's TV....

Brooklyn Nine-Nine returned, as funny as ever.....love Andy Samberg!

Castle is back, but the mystery surrounding his disappearance continues.

Scorpion, Gotham and Sleepy Hollow are still really good, and I hope they survive!

The Big Bang Theory is as funny as ever!

Manhattan Love Story was very funny....just hope it gets the viewing figures it needs!

Selfie is good, but Ian wasn't too sure!

Forever is getting even better, but I am scared it isn't doing as well as it should in the ratings.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are as kickass as they ever were....I want fun, quippy Coulson back though!

NCIS: New Orleans is still fun and I love the setting so much, so beautiful and interesting!

The Goldbergs is going from strength to strength.

Law and Order SVU is still depressing yet addictive!

Red Band Society is good, but renewal isn't looking likely apparently, shame.

Criminal Minds came back, with a new team member, but no cliffhanger to resolve....which felt odd.

Stalker started well, although I didn't like seeing Wendell (Michael Grant Terry) from Bones being naughty! Glad Maggie Q is back on TV!

The Mysteries of Laura is hilarious and I so hope the ratings pick up, as it seems America doesn't like it too much! Weird!

Bones upset me so much that I couldn't do a recap this week! Damn you John Francis Daley for needing to continue your career elsewhere (although I am very happy that you're doing so well, big fan!)....I love Sweets! Hopefully I will be less emotional next time and can recap again!

How to Get Away with Murder is still not quite sitting right with us yet. We can't decide if we like it or not! There are some hints of stuff we like, but not enough yet....

We have a few episodes left to watch of season 1 of Reign, but looking forward to watching last week's episode 1 of season 2.

We only managed to watch 10 minutes (if that!) of Gracepoint. It's just terrible! Waste of time! Even David Tennant couldn't rescue it for me! They'd just tried to recreate Broadchurch scene for scene but failed miserably, with a list of differences noted by Den of Geek here. The differences are basically to take everything out that had some bite and cynicism and, well, Britishness. All that is left is bland Americanisms, no swearing, no sarcasm, no cynicism of authority, or anger at the tabloids....it's utterly pointless now...everyone wears sunglasses for fecks sake! Anna Gunn wasn't a patch on Olivia Colman, and the so called emotion shown by the mother of the murdered boy was laughable! When watching the REAL version, your heart just broke, unlike watching the US version! So that's off our viewing list!

Bad Judge was great! So funny! Hope it does well, cos we'd be gutted to see it go!

A to Z was sweet, it's a nice concept! 

Last Man Standing returned with a double bill. It still troubles me though, some of the views and behaviour of some characters makes me very uncomfortable. Luckily, everything does tend to work out well, and not too right wing!

I think that just about covers it all!

What are your favourite shows? Are there any new shows you're looking forward to? Any oldies you love? Any you really don't like? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Criminal Minds Season 10 premiere 'X' - recap and review

Criminal Minds is back for a 10th season, with a brand new cast member. Now, I'll admit I was a tad sceptical when I heard that Jennifer Love Hewitt had been cast as SSA Kate Callaghan, but she actually seems pretty good so far. No cliffhanger ending last season, bizarrely, so no real catch up needed....



The premiere opens with a boy wandering through abandoned shacks, generally being a little delinquent and poking around. After his latest excursion, however, he may be scared straight, seeing as he stumbled over a woman's torso. 

Next, we meet JLH's new character, Kate. She's undercover, she's been working to take down a paedophile for 3 months. She says the trigger phrase and brings the other agents of her unit down on him, commenting that she's amazed men like him always fall for it. Good job really or nobody would ever get caught!



She meets Reid in the lift on her way to interview for a job in the BAU. He remembers her from karaoke at the Benjamin on the night it closed. She makes a joke about the new place but Reid doesn't quite grasp it! Turns out she's the 10th agent to try out and that Prentiss turned down an offer to return. Hotch snaps her up after just 2 mins, to her surprise. She seems to be a joker, which I quite like so far! 

The team are being briefed about the torso discovery in Bakersfield, turns out it's the 3rd victim and they've been consulting with local law enforcement from Quantico. A new victim, however, means a trip out to the scene, so off they fly, along with the new girl.

A kid is being sent off to school by his dad, played by Kerr Smith. It gets infinitely creepier when the dad trots off to his garage/shed/'workroom thingy' (direct quote from Ian!) and gets out a severed leg which he proceeds to stroke! Um, ew. 

On the plane the team are looking a crime scene photos of the previous victims, while discussing why bits were chopped off! One victim was male, and had no DNA traces found on him, so he was killed for a sexual motive. The ME says that the Unsub has some knowledge of anatomy, as the disarticulation shows some skill. He removed the breast implants of one victim to stop identification by the serial number. He's smarter than they thought.

Rossi and Kate go to the latest scene, discussing her past cases. They discover that he's revisiting the torsos, as he didn't bother to bury them. They need to set up surveillance of other sites. Problem is, he's watching Rossi and Kate.....

Reid manages to work out how to ID the latest victim, from body type, weight and surgical history of missing persons. He knocks them out, he isn't charming enough to get them any other way. Garcia traces the preservatives they suspect the Unsub uses on the limbs to 2 men in the area with the isolation and facilities needed, both are married with children. Again, ew. One of which is Kerr's character, Frank.

Back to Frank in his garage/shed/workroom thingy. Just as he's about to whip out his leg for a little one on one time (yup, I feel a little queasy typing that!) his son comes in looking for a screwdriver so he can change the batteries in the remote (geez Americans like to have secure remotes if they screw on the battery covers!). Dad gets pissy at the kid for interrupting him, but manages not to, you know, scar his kid for life by letting him see his little buddy (thankfully I don't mean that as a euphemism for penis). As he shoos his kid out the doorbell rings. Turns out that Rossi and Kate have turned up to ask to see his preservatives (ok everything I say sounds sexual to me now!).....they've caught their Unsub quickly, or have they? Dad is nervous and doesn't hide it well, refusing them entry without a warrant, and basically holding up a flashing sign that says 'I'm a big weirdo who like whacking off using severed limbs'. He also pisses Kate off with a crack about how she must have worked extra hard to get her badge. Shockingly enough, Rossi and Kate clock that he's dodgy! Dodgy Dad sets off with his box o'limbs and stops in a fields, which just so happens to be private property so the team can search the car. Guess what they find? 2 severed legs in the boot and one on the front seat (thanks to Ian's OCD, the main issue he had with the leg issue is that he didn't have 2 full sets! I married a nutjob!). 

In the interview room, Kate and Rossi try to bug him into a confession. Rossi asks why he hates women. His wife is somewhat perturbed, but turns out she'd caught him rubbing himself against a disabled mannequin before they were married! Lost some empathy for her there seeing as she still married the freak! Dodgy Dad is refusing to talk, so Kate and Rossi talk about him while he's sitting in front of them. Eventually they learn that he didn't kill the women, he 'just' bought their limbs! Ah the joys of the internet! You can literally buy anything online! Turns out he just gets his rocks off to severed limbs, not murder, which is SO much better....

The team deliver the profile to the cops, nothing I couldn't have told em myself! The Unsub has another woman, knocked out and tied up....poor lass!

Garcia does more research....an bonds with Kate over cute internet animals! Reid looks at the geographical profile, and it seems to imply he is more confident than they thought. Their research leads them to an anatomy professor, on sabbatical, who doesn't match their profile AT ALL, which bothered me big time. Evidence at the scene seems to implicate him though. The Unsub is busy gagging his hostage, and tying off her arm before taking a bloody great knife and chopping it off!

The team are still searching the prof's home, and they find evidence which contradicts their profile (the fact that the prof was obviously more confident, intelligent and qualified, with an intellectual job, apparently didn't clue them in beforehand!), such as family photos which show him to be an extrovert with a loving family. They then find a photo of the prof without his top on, and notice he has a tattoo on his chest in the area that the Unsub disfigured, and they finally catch onto the fact that he's the victim rather than the killer. Apparently, I'm a better profiler than them! 

Reid tells Morgan that the ME found chunks of leather and some horsehair in the stomach of the victims, indicating either another aspect of the fantasy, or that a bridle was close to hand....a horse ranch, of which there are just a few in the area! The new hostage tries to connect to the Unsub, by asking his name and introducing herself as Angie. This angers him at first, and he starts to gag her again, but stops. She tells him she's cold, so he covers her with a blanket, and asks it it's better. She reaches out to touch his face, which he seems to enjoy greatly! 

The team (finally) work out that the prof was standing between the Unsub and his target. They discover that he used to call a woman, who is now listed as missing. Garcia sends them a photo of the woman, who they state 'looks like the second victim'....if they only had a torso and no ID, how would they know she looked like the second victim?! Garcia finds out that she had a restraining order out on a man who was harassing her....which turns out to be our Unsub Steven. He was raised and still lives on a cattle farm/slaughterhouse....

Angie asks Steven if they could go for a walk. He helps her up, but she goes for the knife. He tries to stop her but she headbutts him! Yay for her! She then runs for her life! Luckily for her, the team are just arriving at the farm and she flags them down. They go in search of Steven, finding Angie's severed arm in the house. They split up and new girl Kate almost gets sliced and diced, but Hotch shoots Steven and saves her....go Hotch!

On the plane home JJ and Kate are comparing scars, when Morgan joins in....he wins hands down! She's one of the team now!

Kate pops in to see Hotch, something isn't quite sitting right for her. Angie was abducted from San Diego, not Bakersfield which doesn't line up with the profile. She shakes it off and heads home, where there's a teenage girl dosing on her couch having fallen asleep doing her homework. Kate tells her that she loves her, and the girl reciprocates, calling her Kate.....so who is she?

At the end of the episode a woman is jogging when she is flagged down by a couple in a van asking directions. She's snatched from the street into the back of the van. Then, various men are shown browsing through lists of people (mostly women) online, all looking terrified and drugged, all sold....until the newly abducted woman is added to the listing.....

It was a good, solid episode. Not as flashy as some opening eps, but with no cliffhanger to deal with there wasn't as much drama as usual. I quite like the character of Kate, she seems to fit in well with the team and is already quite fleshed out and multifaceted, not all sweetness and light (like JLH usually is!) nor all doom and gloom and angsty like other characters is dramas! Looking forward to more!

What did you think of the ep? Did you like JLH's portrayal of Kate? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season 2 episode 2 'Heavy is the Head' recap and review

Ian and I watched S.H.I.E.L.D Season 1 again over the weekend....I could lie and say it was for research purposes, so I could be a better recapper and blogger, but mostly it's just cos I love S.H.I.E.L.D! So, without further ado, let's look at episode 2.....



The ep opens pretty much where it left off last week, I actually wish they'd done a double episode premiere event, as it does feel like they should have been shown together. Plus, I just want extra eps so I don't need to wait a week in between! Hunter is still stuck in the SUV with the bodies of his comrades (still can't believe they killed Xena after 1 measly episode!), he hears an engine, which turns out to be May on the bike she randomly stole last week. He sends her after Creel while she leaves him a torch to cut himself out, and waits for the approaching soldiers. May races after Creel, who has stolen a truck, but Coulson orders her to observe, not to engage.

Skye and Trip return to base with the new quinjet. Coulson wants Mac to reverse engineer cloaking so they have the Bus back in action. Skye tells him that the Obelisk has the same freaky symbols that Garrett (and Coulson, but not Skye despite having the same drug in her system.....) was drawing but he brushes her off, to her disgust. Skye is pissed that Simmons has deserted all of them, not just Fitz. Fitz still seems to have issues, but Mac seems to be a good help to him....at the start he's still isolated. 

Hunter is dumped in a field where he is picked up in a copter by Talbot, who tries to bond over his service in the SAS. Talbot wants Coulson, so he tells Hunter to name his price. He wants $2m and a proper burial for Hartley, he doesn't want her branded a traitor for working with S.H.I.E.L.D. Talbot agrees. 

Coulson has finally learned how to use the holo technology! Skye tries to talk to him again, she wants to go into the field to help her fellow agents. She finds out that Hartley and Idaho are dead. She wants to help, but all Coulson will let her do is pack up Hartley's bunk. She tells Coulson to try yoga, and he tries to respond with humour, to start the banter they used to enjoy, but it falls flat.

ImaginarySimmons is still appearing to BrokenFitz....but, is it just me that wonders if seeing her is his brain's way of accessing the knowledge he has, which he can't access because of the brain damage? It's all still in there, but without her he can't grab hold of anything properly. They decide to ignore the cloaking problem, and concentrate on trying to neutralise Creel's ability. They steal info about Creel's DNA....it's very sweet!

Creel is at a diner, having issues with his powers....it appears that the Obelisk has infected him. A waitress touches him and she starts to petrify, May races in at the sound of screams, but there's nothing she can do. 

The perimeter alert sounds, turns out that Hunter is back. Trip brings him in. Hunter rants at Coulson about losing his friends, and Coulson asks what Talbot wanted in return for freeing him. Hunter fibs slightly, mentioning only Hartley's burial, and conveniently forgetting the money he asked for. He does tell Coulson that e wants his pay, and that of Hartley and Idaho, to give to their families.



ImaginarySimmons and BrokenFitz are discussing Creel's DNA. Mac asks Fitz who he's talking to, ImaginarySimmons says she likes him, and encourages BrokenFitz to show him what he's working on. He keeps saying that he 'didn't solve this today' but Mac doesn't understand at first. Then he realises that Fitz means he'd already solved it before, with one of his other designs. They go back and find the design they need to make the disrupter.

Skye packs up Hartley's stuff, and she sees a framed photo of Izzy and another woman. Hunter walks in and tells her that she is Hartley's sister Jane, and that they were close. Skye asks how he met Hartley and he says it was through his ex wife. He takes a pendant from Hartley's stuff, to return to her sister, he says it was her mum's and that she died of breast cancer 5 years beforehand, and that Jane now has it too. 

Creel returns to his van, a tad panicked that he can't change the skin which has been infected by the Obelisk. His employers call him, they know he's been infected, and promise to 'take care' of him. Raina turns up to see him, she wants the Obelisk for her 'employer', and she offers a new substance for him....one harder than diamond which can store energy. Creel tries to intimidate her, then steals the substance. She then sends Coulson a message, with a number to call. When they do, she tells them that she's not working for HYDRA and that the thing he stole from her has a tracker. She offers them Creel. The team set off to take him down, armour piercing rounds and all. Hunter manages to persuade Coulson to send him with the team.

Creel meets with the posh bloke to drop off the Obelisk. Posh manages to reverse the Obelisk's effects by saying 'compliance will be rewarded', which seems to be a form of trigger phrase. Hunter knocks out the team, he wants to kill Creel himself, for Hartley. Posh runs when Hunter turns up with his big ass gun, but Creel manages to turn his skin into the material he stole from Raina, and the rounds bounce off him. He chases Hunter, while Raina nips in and steals the Obelisk. Creel starts to beat up Hunter, but before he can kill him Coulson appears and stabs him in the back with Fitz's device, which turns him to stone.

Hunter is watching Hartley's funeral, she is being buried with full honours. He breaks into a car and leaves the pendant behind. Coulson has followed him, turns out that he was responsible for her funeral. He offers Hunter a job, despite the fact that he shot 3 of the team. Coulson tells him that it was a bad move to shoot May, as she 'nurtures' grudges! Coulson doesn't actually trust Hunter, but he needs his help....luckily Coulson still has his George Forenan grill, despite losing everything else! He then tells Hunter to sell him out.....

BrokenFitz seems to have made a new friend in Mac, they understand each other. Skye and May are watching, they've been worried. Skye is also worried about Coulson, but May swears he's fine.....then we see her telling Coulson off for going into the field, and for fighting off his 'episodes'. He gives in and it turns out that the 'episodes' are his little art attacks, where he carves the symbols into the wall, as May takes photos of them.

Raina is admiring the Obelisk, when a strange man, played by Kyle McClachlan, walks in wiping blood from his hands. He tells her she did well....then tells her to pick up the Obelisk. She is obviously somewhat reticent, but does as he says, and the Obelisk doesn't actually kill her, but the symbols on the surface start to raise and glow. The man tells her that it let her live....then he tells her to bring his daughter to him and he'll show her why and how.

Coulson is stood alone in a field, next to a white van, as a cavalcade of SUVs drive towards him. Talbot emerges, as he believes Hunter has followed up on his promise and delivered Coulson. Obviously though, he's mistaken! Coulson tells Talbot that Creel is in cryostasis in the van, that he is stone but he probably won't stay that way. He offers to keep dropping such gifts for Talbot if he gives them some breathing room. Talbot scoffs at that, saying that Coulson doesn't have the firepower to back him up. Coulson tells Talbot that he has plenty, and the Bus drops it's cloak to show it hovering above them with its guns aimed at Talbot and his men. He tells Talbot that it's just the tip of the iceberg. Coulson walks away, to where the quinjet has just dropped its cloak and boards. He quietly tells them to get going before 'the iceberg runs out of fuel), exposing the bluff to the audience! Love it when Coulson shows off!

Next weeks teaser shows Simmons....working for HYDRA! Nooooooo!!!!!! I'm guessing she's only doing it to find a way to fix Fitz.....I hope.....

As I said, this may have been better as the second part of a two part premiere. I do miss the humour so far, but hopefully it will come back soon when the team find their feet. I do like Hunter, but I am still pissed that they killed Lucy Lawless after 1 episode! Now, is it next Tuesday yet?!

Did you catch episode 2? What did you think? Leave me a comment!

Thanks for popping by!

Jan

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