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Vlog Season 3 #3 – 2015 Wrap-Up

5 Jan

I’m back! Happy New Year!

I know I went MIA for a while, because life happened and the holidays happened and I got burnt out. But I have a lot of exciting ideas for this year (probably starting in March due to other commitments eating my life right now) that I can’t wait to share with you guys.

In the meantime, I wanted to record a new video with a quick run-through of some of the things I loved on TV while I was away.

What did you guys love this fall?

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What I Watched – February 28

28 Feb
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This was a BIG WEEK, with the end of Parks and Rec, plus the season finales of Agent Carter and Sleepy Hollow. Lots to talk about!

Episode of the Week

Parks and Recreation – “One Last Ride”
Could it possibly be anything else? The series finale was total perfection.

I completely loved the show’s approach to its final hour. Nothing big and fancy, just one last ride for the Parks team, helping to fix a swing for a citizen of Pawnee. And even that was mostly a framing device for the meat and potatoes of the episode – glimpses of everyone’s futures. It was not lost on me that Leslie’s touch is what triggered all the flash-forwards. She has always been the engine for this show (and an enormous influence in these characters’ lives) – it seemed very fitting.

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What I Watched – January 31

31 Jan
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Missed this last week due to some sort of mystery illness, but I’m back! I should probably mention that the Parenthood finale was BY FAR my favorite thing that aired this week, but I’m working on a full review of that episode to post separately, so I left it out of this.

 

Episode of the Week

Broad City – “Wisdom Teeth”
I continue to be completely in love with the ladies of Broad City. This week’s episode was weird in all the best ways, and utterly hilarious as a result.

The episode focused on Abbi getting her wisdom teeth removed (by Lincoln, but  more on him in a moment). Ilana, of course, jumped headfirst into being Abbi’s caretaker post-surgery – something she is absolutely not competent enough to do. So we were treated to the lovely combination of a stoned-off-her-ass Abbi and a panicked Ilana throughout a good chunk of the episode, and it worked WONDERFULLY.

I had my wisdom teeth removed shortly after I graduated high school, and I remember how dopey and unable to function those drugs made me. Abbi’s insane ramblings right after the procedure (not to mention her complete lack of awareness that any time had passed or the surgery was finished) were perfection.

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What I Watched – October 25

25 Oct
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© FOX

Wrap-up posts two straight weeks?! LOOK AT ME GO!

Episode of the Week

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – “Halloween II”
I have always been a big fan of sitcoms that feature a yearly tradition every season – the Ron and Tammy adventures on Parks and Rec, the Dundies on The Office, etc. So I was thrilled to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine call back to last year’s Halloween bet between Jake and Captain Holt, and set it up as an ongoing thing should the show continue past this season.

This year’s bet involved Jake attempting to steal Captain Holt’s watch off of his arm before a particular time. As with last year, Jake offers extra overtime hours for free if he loses – this time, “five-druple” weeks. It is that rather ridiculous claim that lures Holt in – in the way only Andre Braugher can, he agrees with a hearty “we have an accord!”.

It’s from here that things get really fun. Jake’s plan involves an elaborate distraction from the entire precinct and bringing in a real pickpocket (codename: Fingers, because of course) to swipe the real watch and replace it with a fake while Holt is preoccupied. The plan goes off flawlessly – except the criminal Jake hired runs off with the watch. This sends him and Boyle off on a ridiculous wild goose chase through Brooklyn on Halloween that ends with Jake getting arrested.

After bailing him out, Holt reveals his own elaborate plan, which began the day after last year’s Halloween bet. It involved every member of the precinct and even factored in Fingers the pickpocket. When told by Holt in his victorious, but still no-hint-of-fun deadpan, this was utterly hilarious.

In the midst of the Halloween bet shenanigans, Gina was having drama with her dance team (the wonderfully named Floorgasm) because she was missing rehearsals to go to night school. When Terry found out, he offered to join her for the dance competition, giving us the glorious visual of Gina and Terry dancing together as the episode ended.

All in all, a super fun outing for the show, which remains my favorite comedy on TV right now.

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Vlog Season 2 #3 – Characters I’m Loving Lately

24 Oct

New vlog day!

This week, inspired mostly by a desire to talk about my love of Carol on The Walking Dead, I talk a little bit about a few characters/performances that have really captured my attention in the first few weeks of the fall TV season.

What characters have been your favorites lately?

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What I Watched – October 18

18 Oct
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© AMC

I’m finally recovered from an AMAZING New York Comic Con weekend last week, and I’m getting caught up on all the TV I missed!

Episode of the Week

The Walking Dead – “No Sanctuary”
I have such a love-hate relationship with The Walking Dead. It is so often a few infuriating choices away from being a really good show it makes me crazy. But then it occasionally throws out an episode like this week’s season five premiere (premieres have always been a strong point for the series), or last season’s stunning “The Grove”, and I remember why I stick around through the frustrating episodes.

“No Sanctuary” was a great hour of TV. The show jumped right back in where we left off last season, with the bulk of the group locked up in the boxcar in Terminus. The episode wasted no time getting to the action, beginning with an excruciating sequence that saw Rick, Daryl, Glenn, Bob, and several people from another group tied up and lined up over a trough. The non-main characters were then knocked out with a baseball bat and had their throats slit one by one, in almost assembly line fashion. Gruesome stuff.

Meanwhile, Carol and Tyreese are slowly heading towards Terminus with Lil’ Ass-kicker baby Judith in tow. Tyreese is still visibly shaken from the Lizzie incident, unable to even bring himself to kill walkers. While they’re out walking, they stumble upon a guy from Terminus and overhear him talking about “the chick with the sword and the kid with the hat”. Carol immediately snaps into action mode.

I’ve written here before about my absolute love for Carol, and I’ll be talking about it again in my next video (Spoiler alert!), so I won’t get into it too much, but needless to say – watching her save the day in this episode was IMMENSELY satisfying. I love that this woman has become perhaps the strongest, savviest person in the group, able to immediately sense that something is wrong, put a plan in action, and save the people who matter to her.

Once Carol blew the ever-loving crap out of the Terminus compound – letting in a nearby zombie herd – all hell broke loose (in the best way!). The rest of the gang spent their time in the boxcar fashioning makeshift weapons out of whatever they can find. Wooden planks, Rosa’s earrings, pieces of pipe – you name it, it was getting sharpened for battle. Good thing, too, since it allowed for some very creative zombie killing as everyone escaped.

It probably got a little lost in the theatrics at Terminus, but I thought what the episode did for Tyreese was really well done. This is a guy we’ve seen struggle with loss and doing what needs to be done at times, but if he’s going to make it he’s going to have to learn to make the tough calls and do things that might fall in a morally gray area. Seeing him snap back into bad-ass mode to save Judith was a great step in that direction.

I’m curious to see where they’re headed this season – we’re starting to get into the chunk of the comics I don’t remember as much. Since they spent the time showing us the (albeit brief) origins of Terminus, will we see Gareth or any of those folks again? And what happens if/when Morgan finds the group (super exciting to see him again, by the way). Great start to the season, looking forward to what comes next!

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Vlog Season 2 #1 – Fall TV Preview

26 Sep

Another new vlog – but this week, the first episode of SEASON 2! I decided since it’s been over a year, it was time to kick off a new season of my videos, just in time for a new TV season.

In this episode, I talk a little bit about the shows I’m most looking forward to this fall, both new and old.

What are you guys looking forward to this TV season?

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Vlog Episode #7: Best of 2013, Part 1

21 Dec

No weekly wrap-up this week – I’m STILL getting over the evil death-cold/bronchitis or something, plus there’s barely been anything on – but I’m finally back with a new vlog!

This week’s episode is the first half of my best shows of 2013 list. The top 5 will post in my next episode in a few weeks.

After the jump, a few shows that narrowly missed making the list – the honorable mentions, if you will. SO MUCH GOOD TV!

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Week in Review – November 9

9 Nov

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Another week, another wrap-up. Tough one this week, there were a lot of good episodes!

Episode of the Week

Agents of SHIELD – “F.Z.Z.T”
This was, by far, the best episode yet of Agents of SHIELD (I refuse to put the periods in there). Whereas most of the early episodes so far have focused on a case of the week, giving us very little opportunity to learn about our agents (with the exception of Skye), this week they solved the case relatively easily, with one minor problem – Agent Simmons was infected with the Chitauri virus causing the craziness-of-the-week as well. So we get to spend a good chunk of the episode watching Fitz and Simmons fight to save her life, which gives us a great peek into the dynamics of their relationship. The high stakes really allowed us to see the team come together and show some emotion – which we haven’t necessarily seen – and I thought it worked really well.

Additionally, Coulson and May have a huge moment at the end of the episode – Coulson admits he doesn’t feel like himself, and May seems to imply she has died in the past too. There’s clearly a ton of history with May, and between the two of them, that the show is building towards – and I can’t wait to see what they have in store.

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Vlog Episode #5: Returning Fall TV

9 Nov

My latest vlog for The Daily Elixir is live! It’s kind of continuation of my last episode – instead of talking about this year’s new shows, I broke down what I’m enjoying (and not enjoying) about a few older series.

As usual, some content didn’t make it to the final edit of the video because I talk too much, so extra thoughts after the jump!
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