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Becoming rather British – Downton Abbey

28 Apr

After making my way through Doctor Who I decided to give another British series a try, Downton Abbey. I watched one episode last year after it became popular in the US as well but I didn’t have the patience then. Also, my ear wasn’t used to the British accent as it is now after seven seasons of Doctor Who and multiple viewings of Sherlock.

Now that the understanding problem was out of the way, I really enjoyed the show. The cast is brilliant, I especially love a lot of the employees but also the family is pretty incredible. I could go on and name all the pretty faces and great characters but I really love them all, even Thomas and O’Brien. They tend to plan intrigues like I change my socks but during season 3 I really started to enjoy them. Thomas is not all bad and you get a glimpse into how difficult it is for him to be gay in the beginnings of the 20th century while it was technically illegal to out yourself. Everyone at Downton knows about his sexual orientation but it wasn’t a real  problem as long as nobody asked and he didn’t have to tell. But he is lonely and I can hardly imagine how difficult it must have been to find companionship in those days.

The estate is just gorgeous. If I had the money, I’d love to live there.

As the UK is not the biggest country, the more shows you watch, the more people you see reappearing in different roles. One of those is Penelope Wilton who played Harriet Jones, Prime Minister on Doctor Who. Even after three seasons I still expect her to introduce herself as: “Harriet Jones, Prime Minister” like she did on DW all the time. For those who know DW will (probably) understand me.

 

 

 

 

Then there is the amazing Maggie Smith, forever ingrained as Professor McGonagall in my mind. She plays the Dowager Countess of Grantham (I had to look it up cause I usually get her title wrong) and is the sassiest of them all. God, she is fantastic in this role, I wish I could hang out with her and snark the hell out of the high society. Oh the fun we’d have together.

I wasn’t on board with all the plots, some made me cringe because I hate seeing things go off course but in general the writing is very pleasing. Some story lines made me cry, of course, this is a British drama after all, it can’t go down without tears and character death. Some hit me harder than others and I am looking forward to how this show will continue in the future.

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10,9,11 – I’m a Whovian now!

25 Mar

Holy TARDIS of Gallifrey, I really did not need to become part of another fandom but alas, here I am. I spent the last weeks making my way through Doctor Who and I’m enchanted. This show is brilliant. Granted, it has a tendency to rip your heart out, make you ugly cry and bring it all back together and I love it. I love this crazy show with all of my heart!

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AL may be able to love every Doctor the same amount but I can’t. I like them all but I rank them anyway. My favourite is the Tenth Doctor. He is so fast and perfect and argh, I just want to run away with him in his blue box. Ok, I want to do that with all of them but still. With him, I really, really fell in love with this impossible show so that’s that. My number 2 is the Ninth because a girl never forgets her first Doctor. The gap between Nine and Eleven is not big, they are pretty equal in my liking for them but still Eleven ranks a tad lower than Nine. Let’s just say, to me, he’s an acquired taste. He is great but not as great as Ten, I’m sorry. I know this is different for every Whovian so let me have my opinion.

I won’t even go into telling you about all the travel companions The Doctor has because I love them too. OMG. At the moment I’m really into River Song because she is fantastic. And that’s the beauty of the show. Every time I thought I wouldn’t like a change in the cast because of pictures I saw on Tumblr or wherever I was proven wrong. Before River turned up I’d seen pictures of her and thought I wouldn’t enjoy her character because she looks rather old in comparison to the others but her character is magnificent! I keep hoping she turns up in episodes because her presence alone makes them way better. I love her, her flirting with The Doctor and keep hoping she will be around for more than one episode at a time.

The funny thing is, this show is not all about aliens and spaceships. I mean, of course it is but it also tells the story of one man, the last of his kind, keeping the universe save for all of us. He’s got a big heart that’s heavy with sorrow for those he lost and he lost many. He never promotes violence but instead tries to solve problems nonviolently. He believes that every human being is excellent and important but then again, he loves every creature. He’s never afraid because his brain and sonic screwdriver usually get him out of trouble, even if he needs to recreate an entire population.

Thanks to Doctor Who, I will never be able to look at statutes the same way ever again. I will always expect them to attack me if I blink or look away because I see Weeping Angels.

Also, I’ll be waiting for a mad man with a blue box to come and invite me to be part of his adventures; to tell me to RUN.

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I’ve watched many shows in my life but now I understand you’ve never known heartbreak until you watched Doomsday and see the person you love being trapped in a parallel universe you’re unable to be in because it would mess up all of time and space.

You can only say good bye to her by burning up a sun which is btw, one of the most romantic things to tell a girl in my opinion. So sad, but so good at the same time.

Thankfully I caught up with the show in time for the new episodes of season 7 that will start on Sunday and I can’t wait.

Oh, and the soundtrack is also really good!

Can I be re-born as a Special Agent?

1 Dec

As I spent November talking about books, I will kick off December with fangirling over NCIS.

Two weeks ago, I got the overwhelming urge to watch the first two seasons of NCIS because those were the episodes with Special Agent Caitlin ‘Kate’ Todd, played by Sasha Alexander. I’ve never been into the CSI franchise, it never sounded appealing or I never liked an actor/actress that was in more than one episode of it, so I never felt the urge to watch them. I am however no stranger to police procedurals. As you can see NCIS was not that far out of my comfort zone. It was also my luck, that Agent Todd was in the first 2 seasons, so I didn’t have to go through hundreds of episodes to get to where I wanted to be.

NCIS started back in 2003 and is currently running its tenth season, I’m a little late to the party again. In the beginning I didn’t expect much of this show but the pilot episode was mostly playing inside of Air Force One with Agent Todd being on POTUS’ protection detail with the Secret Service and I was SOLD! This was so awesome. A fitting black suit and her handling a gun, what more could I ask for?! Also, the storyline was not as flat as I expected and all the other characters were pretty cool too.

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There is Abby, the forensic genius working for NCIS and Ducky, their M.E. Oh Ducky, you’re so adorable!! I ended up watching the 48 episodes in a week while I still watched other shows and went to uni. To my surprise, I was never disappointed with the writing, well most of the times not. There is still that season 1 finale that puzzles me a bit (well, not so much after watching it again but still a bit) but overall it was good. I was especially pleased by the way they handled Kate’s death in the beginning of season 3.

Kate gets shot by this terrorist that showed up first halfway through season 1. His name was Ari and he held Ducky, his assistant Gerald and later Kate hostage in the morgue. Kate being the kind of badass Special Agent that she was, attempted to kill him but couldn’t. Not because of lack of opportunity but because she hesitated, she saw good in his eyes and couldn’t go through with it. It was implied that she got emotionally attached to him, like Stockholm Syndrome, but that would have probably taken longer than a couple of hours to develop. Ari reappears in a couple of more episodes and kills Kate in the season 2 finale. She had just jumped in front of a bullet in order to protect Gibbs, her boss, (she WAS wearing a Kevlar west but still) and the team is happy that all of them survived the terrorist attack when out of nowhere, a shot to the head hits Kate. Roll end credits!

AAAAHHHHHH!!!!

The beginning of season 3 handles the aftermath of the shooting. Gibbs furiously tries to hunt down Ari but has to prove first that he actually was the killer. Meanwhile Ghost!Kate stays around and haunts her colleagues. This was all sorts of fantastic in my opinion. McGee, Tony, Ducky, Abby and Gibbs all remember her or fantasise about her in different ways that are so fitting to both Kate’s character but also the one she is appearing to.

Kate: “We’re NCIS agents, there’s a chance one of us might die everytime we walk through the door.”

Gibbs is literally haunted by Ghost!Kate because he feels responsible for her death even though it was highly likely due to her job. It’s a risk every police officer, soldier or agent accepts in order to do their jobs, save lives or protect lives and rights of others.

McGee is too scared to look at Kate’s body until the very end but Ghost!Kate appears as Trinity in front of him #amazing. Ducky performs the autopsy on Kate and as is his habit (he talks to the body’s of the victims on his table) he speaks to Kate but shock: Ghost!Kate answers him. Tony has inappropriate thoughts of Kate in her catholic school girl uniform and who can blame him. It’s both sad and funny. As is, when Ghost!Kate appears in full goth costume to Abby. The two of them together always had fantastic chemistry.

I admire strong female characters and a female ex-Secret Service now Special Agent for NCIS is definitely a strong character. She’s a badass, handles her gun like a pro and is a member of the boys club, her gender doesn’t matter much in her performance as an Agent.

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There’s for instance the scene where Kate and McGee wrestle and Kate is totally kicking his ass. It’s perfect! They get to do so many cool things, like fly on all sorts of military aircrafts, go on a submarine, jump down from heights, be on aircraft carriers and so on. I want to do all of those things!!! But then again, I’m the kind of girl that stares dreamily at big cranes and dredges because they are amazing and huge and all sorts of cool. I can’t even imagine how awesome an aircraft carrier is. The thing is HUGE and planes land on it and it FLOATS on water, you know, without sinking. I could go on and on but I will restrain myself for now.

There is only one scene I really have issues with. Tony, Kate and Gibbs are on a shooting range, this is somewhere in season 1, and they have to do practice shots or something. In order to make both of them take more care with their aim, he sticks a valuable item for each of them on the hostage’s face so they will only shoot the bad guy. But Kate misses and shoots her Palm-Pilot instead. I don’t believe this. Kate is supposed to be ex Secret Service, she was on the freaking protection detail of the President but she cannot not shoot her Palm Pilot under ideal situations on a shooting range? This really bothers me! Unless she is the one who jumps in front of the bullet for the President, she should have been able to take out any person that was trying to kill the President under stress and in a crowd and everything but she can’t? Maybe POTUS should be afraid if that is what his detail is made of. #justsaying

There are also a lot of great quotes, Tony and Kate banter and bicker a lot which is funny. Here are some of my favourites:

Kate: I earned my jock strap.
Gibbs: Ever give you that empty feeling?
Kate: What?
Gibbs: Your jock strap.
Kate: No, like some species of frogs, I grow what I need

Kate: What’s your clearance?
Tony: 
Confidential.
Kate: 
Confidential? What’d you do, kill someone in high school?
Tony: 
Hah! Funny, Kate. No, they screwed up my paperwork with another agent’s.
Gibbs: 
Apparently, DiNozzo died in a car crash last month. Very tragic.
Tony:
 Gibbs’ll get in. He’s got clearance that’ll let him see the dead aliens at Area 51.
Kate: ‘Cause he probably killed them

Tony: Have you ever been in a men’s room before?
Kate: No. Have you?

Kate: Oh!
Abby: Are you all right?
Kate: Gibbs is driving.
Abby: I’m saying a prayer in many languages.

Gibbs: [while Agent Todd is talking to Tony about sleeping with a gun under her pillow] You sleep with a gun?
Kate: Well… ah… yes.
Gibbs: [impressed] Good girl.

Kate: Give it five seconds.
McGee: Until what?
Kate: Until he notices there’s a…
Tony: Bikini contest!

Tony: Come on Kate, you’re only going 10 miles over the limit!
Kate: And that’s pushing it.
Tony: What good’s it being an armed Federal Agent, if you can’t drive fast?
Kate: You get to shoot bad guys!
Tony: True.

Abby: Even though the drive was reformatted, all the information it contained is still here. It’s just a matter of Humpty-Dumptying it.
Tony: I thought they couldn’t put Humpty Dumpty back together again.
Kate: That’s because the king only had horses and *men*.
[Abby snickers]

I wish I could do all those things Special Agents or cops do, wear a service weapon, get to shoot it, fly on Marine One, Air Force One, tackle criminals and so on. Sadly though, I’m not a badass like that and also, life is no TV show. Believe me, I know that. Nevertheless my inner kid never let completely go of the dream of being in law enforcement or becoming a P.I. So maybe, in my next life, I will be reborn as a Special Agent…or a cockroach *hmpf* #karma

Rizzoli and Isles

5 Aug

There’s so much on my mind and it’s mostly dark so what I do is dive into fictional worlds. In the last weeks, I grew to love the TNT show ‘Rizzoli and Isles’. It’s similar to Bones so I really had no chance of not liking this show.

I don’t really want to get into summarising the whole show here. But, maybe just real quick…Jane Rizzoli is a homicide detective in Boston and Dr. Maura Isles is the Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Together they fight crime but mostly it’s a show about their friendship.

The case of the week is usually not the most interesting thing about the episodes but that’s exactly how I like it. I never watched Bones or Crossing Jordan for the cases but for the connections between the main characters. To see their friendships, impending heartache and whatnot unfold.

Rizzoli and Isles are supposed to be heterosexual characters and that is fine by me. Only, they have more sexual tension with each other than with any other male character on the show. But no they’re so straight! Sure. Except when they stare longingly into each others eyes, touch each other over and over or fall asleep next to each other in bed. Just stuff good friends do, right? Um, no?!

And would it be so bad if these two gorgeous women would actually hook up with each other? The show is set in Boston after all…they could even get married #justsaying

But I am getting too far ahead of myself here. It took Booth and Brennan a long time to acknowledge their feelings for each other so there’s still hope, right? Until then I’ll just enjoy watching these two being just ‘friends’ and reading the hilarious subtext recaps on afterellen.com Because, believe it or not, there can be a lot of subtext in just 40 minutes of television :D And one can never get enough of Angie Harmon holding a gun *fainting*

So, I’ve never been a fangirl, never read fanfiction until now. Maybe that’s because until now the pairs I liked to see happening in TV shows actually had a chance of happening and eventually did happen. But these two? I’m not sure if they will ever go canon. Luckily there’s a lot of fanfiction out on the interwebs about them. I’m not alone in wanting them to be a couple, which is good.

Ding. Dong.

18 Jun

The witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead!

Finally!

I know it’s been a bit late but I just finished watching The L Word and I am so glad to have seen Jenny Schecter killed. This sounds bad, but really, I’ve never hated a fictional character as much as her!
Even Lord Voldemort, or the whole Twilight saga weren’t as bad as this little evil character.

There were ups and downs in this show, some characters I really liked but there was too much drama for my taste. Maybe it has to do with the fact that the show was on Showtime. I couldn’t bring myself to watch season 2 of Weeds until the end because I thought it was ridiculous and from what I read of the following seasons it got even worse. The L Word was not as bad but still comes close.

Personally, I run from drama in real life and it’s what made me stop watching Grey’s Anatomy after season 7 because I couldn’t stand to see all the couples constantly screwing around, screwing up, breaking up and getting back together, or not. Same here. There is almost no couple that made it through, I guess Bette and Tina came closest to a happily ever after but not really.

Happily ever afters are probably not as much fun for a lot of other viewers but I like them, it’s what I look for in a good show or movie even if it sounds boring. At least to me it isn’t.

For example, why was Alice not allowed to find lasting happiness? I liked seeing her with Tasha but they had to break up, naturally. I mean, why would they stay together? Because they loved each other? Oh please!  Just as Alice and Dana did before and then Dana even died which was even worse.

I must say that I was disappointed by the final episode. Not because it wasn’t revealed who killed Jenny. Honestly I don’t even care as long as she is gone. Maybe they pulled an Orient Express on her and everyone took a turn, I don’t know. But in total the episode was pretty uneventful. Bette and Tina prepare to leave LA for NY and throw a going away party and then the thing with Jenny happens only we saw this already in the beginning of season 6. So no surprise, and nothing really.

Ok, I think this is enough of a review for a show that ended three years ago and nobody cares about anymore, it’s just that I haven’t posted anything about TV in a while so I seized the opportunity.

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