frelling_tralk: (SV Lex envy by eternity-fate)
The Top 25 Smallville Episodes

Hourglass, Shattered, Transference, and Nemesis were all major omissions to me, personally I would have replaced season 4's Onyx with Transference. And while I agreed with *some* of the finales and premieres that were included (Crusade, Commencement, Odyssey were all unarguably epic episodes) I didn't agree with including the less memorable ones like Phantom and Bizarro. I especially wouldn't have put the series finale in the top five, cause really? It felt like the list was at times just going with the ~obvious~ choices of the bigger episodes, rather than the actual best episodes. Well the best ones IMHO anyway g*

I'm not even sure what my top 25 would be at this point though, it's been so long now that a lot of it is kind of a blur to me, but hopefully I'm going to pick my SV re-watch back up at some point. I watched seasons 1-4 last year originally intending for it to be a complete series re-watch, but there's just sooo much more tv to keep up with every year that I keep falling behind with everything :( I still need to pick my X-Files re-watch back up with season 6, I want to fit in a complete rewatch of Farscape, and then there's Gilmore Girls 7 seasons as well before the Netflix episodes...Oh and I want to re-watch The Good Wife from the beginning soon too when the DVDs for the complete series come out. And maybe Nikita too, I would like to re-watch Nikita...Hopefully I will start on season 5 of SV soon though, next year maybe
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I just got more interested in The Good Wife spin-off, although I can't actually link to the deadline website for some reason, LJ keeps calling it spam? But I read an article on there today which makes The Good Wife spin-off sound promising enough that it will most definitely be on my watch-list in February

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Other new shows I plan to check out are Luke Cage, The Good Place, and The Gilmore Girls revival. And then my returning shows are The Vampire Diaries, iZombie, The Big Bang Theory, Empire, and Pretty Little Liars. I also need to start catching up with From Dusk Till Dawn and Wentworth

How about everyone else, what shows are people planning on watching this year? :)
frelling_tralk: (Doctor/Martha Human Nature)
Steven Moffat Denies John Barrowman's Hint That He's Holding Up More Torchwood

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Well this all seems a bit awkward! I'm not John Barrowman's biggest fan frankly, but I can understand why he's so frustrated at the BBC seeming to have forgotten Torchwood. It always seemed to do very well in the ratings, so it is a bit puzzling why they just stopped making it. Blaming Steven Moffat is a stretch through, it seems more likely to be because Chris Chibnall and Russell T. Davis have other stuff going on now, and they were the original executive producers?
frelling_tralk: (X-Files Mulder and Scully sitting)
Urgh sorry to have been so MIA lately, I know that I've been terrible with commenting and keeping up with my flist, we've just been having so much internet trouble still :( It went back off-line again for a while, and TalkTalk are coming back on Wednesday to take another look at the router :sighs:

Anyway! I finished season 5 of The X-Files! :D I enjoyed the number of stand-out episodes that year, you could really tell that they were having fun playing around with the format. I guess my only quibble would be that it didn't feel all cohesive as a season, it's one I enjoy more for random one-off episodes, rather than really coming together as a season to binge-watch. They could have made Mulder's lack of belief in aliens more of a throughline for the season IMO, it was interesting to see him become just as dogmatic and stubborn about not believing in the possibility of aliens in Patient X, but the show only ever brought it up in that two-parter (well other than the one off-hand mention in The Post-Modern Prometheus I guess). It could have been kind of a cool turnaround to have an entire season of this slightly bitter Mulder being sceptical about other supernatural phenomenon, and Scully having to be more open-minded to make up for it, but the show never seemed interested in going against the status quo too much with their characters, so Mulder's new (lack of) belief system is only ever an issue in the mythology two-parter sadly

And I'm sorry, but I thought that Redux was a truly terrible start to the year. It's like Chris Carter thought that he was writing a novel instead of a television episode, it's practically all told in voice-overs by Mulder or Scully throughout the entire hour?!? And even when there was a dialogue between two characters (Mulder and military guy) it seemed to go on forever. I'm genuinally shocked at how boring this was for a season premiere, it could have easily been condensed down into one episode, *nothing* happened in the first half. And it's frustrating because Part 2 was actually really great and a ton of stuff happens, so I don't know why they couldn't have condensed it down into one episode, that way they could have had a kick-ass premiere. There were a ton of really powerful moments with Scully and Mulder in the hospital (major aww at Mulder's, "I'm only half dead" <3 ),and then everything with CSM and Samantha

Detour was really fun! I especially enjoyed the idea of Mulder and Scully at a “teamwork seminar“ lol, I loved how they tied back in with that later when Mulder and Scully build a tower of bodies to escape from the hole *g* I liked how it felt like a classic old-fashioned monster tale amidst all of the new things that they were trying that year, and it's just a really fun episode for Mulder/Scully interaction too, it reminded me a lot of earlier episodes like Darkness Falls and Quagmire. Gotta love that moment when Mulder takes the first opportunity to run into the forest, and Scully looks so amused when she starts following him *g*

And then The Post-Modern Prometheus is one of my favourites of course. I just kind of let myself get swept along with the more troublesome implications of the script frankly lol, because the whole episode is structured as such a fairy-tale anyway, and it has one of the best endings of the entire series <3

And it wasn't even real cream cheese, it was light cream cheese! )
frelling_tralk: (X-Files FTF By frey-at-last)
To be honest I'm not sure quite what to make of Never Again. I think that it was a really interesting idea for an episode to take a closer look at Scully's character and how Mulder's quest has overtaken her life as well, it's the kind of examination of the central character that we expect in shows this days as a matter of course, but I'm not sure it really works as an X-File? Shows today would generally build up to a development like this over several weeks, making sure that Scully's complaints feel organic and we understand where she's coming from, obviously that was never going to happen in a 1990's episode of the X-Files, so instead it feels a little too random for Scully to suddenly come up with all of these frustrations with Mulder out of the blue. Certainly interesting, but with no real groundwork for us to understand why she is suddenly so sick of her life. I've loved past examples of episodes taking a closer look at the main characters, but I'm inclined to say this one is an awkward fit in the context of the show, it's all about Scully expressing her frustration with the current state of her life, and yet we know that it's never going to get followed up on or even mentioned again. I guess you can fanwank it as being part of the cancer arc and Scully reevaluating her life because of that, but the diagnosis is never brought up in this episode (it was apparently intended to air earlier in the season), so it never actually comes across as that being the case idk

I found the episode a bit slow and draggy in parts too tbh, it felt like Scully's ~walk on the wild side~ should have been more exciting than it ultimately was, and it says a lot about CC's view of the character that he reportedly insisted on any potential sex scene being completely cut out, even though the writers have talked about how they (and Gillian) had been excited to create a steamy sex scene for her character in this one. (Complete sidenote, but it did strike me as funny on this watch that the X-Files was the opposite of most shows in that it took pains to never sexualise the main female character, yet Mulder and Skinner are shown shirtless in quite a few gratuitous shots over the years! It really stood out to me just how often Skinner is shown with no shirt on when he's at home, or he'll be answering the door to Mulder in just a towel or something. And the show seemed to *really* like their scenes playing up Mulder being naked and vulnerable, whether it's Scully coming across him shivering in a bath, or she's putting him to bed in his boxers. And then there's the infamous red speedo shot from season 2 as well. Whereas Scully is pretty much always kept in the professional business suits...)

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Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, a four-part event, premieres November 25!

frelling_tralk: (X Files Scully by big_blue_bin)
Home really horrified me, especially when Mulder and Scully first come across the mother screaming under the bed. :is scarred for life: And then the ending :( :( :( It's one of the episodes that I have no recollection of watching before actually, so I'm not sure if it was ever shown on the BBC? Kim Manners did a fantastic directing job with really making it feel cinematic in the way that it was paying homage to old horror films. On this watch it's definitely standing out just how much the success of The X-Files owed to the directors and the cinematographers, it's become a bit of a cliché to say about tv episodes now, but many of them really do have the feel of a big-budget film this season. (And hmm in retrospect that kind of epic we're doing this like a feature film feel was missing from season 10. Apparently all of the writers directed their own episodes, but they should really have brought back some of the original directors)

I liked how Home was so creepy partly because it was all about deconstructing the dark underbelly of this idealised vision of life in a small town/wanting things to stay the same. Even Mulder got nostalgic about wanting to live somewhere like that, but then you get the Peacock's determination to procreate and stay ~within the family~ as a reminder that romanticising the past isn't necessarily a good thing. I especially loved how they juxtaposed the old-fashioned music that the Peacock's car played with the brutal killings that they were carrying out to protect their way of life

One question I did have was that it wasn't very clear to me why the baby was being buried in the opening teaser though (and the alternative audio makes it clear that it was intended for the baby to still be alive when they buried it). Umm this was clearly not a family that cared about genetic mutations, and they were obviously upset and wanting to continue the family lineage, so why would they bury the baby at that stage?

The Blu-Rays include a deleted scene from Home that's a cute little moment, but heh I can see why they lost it. Maybe I'm wrong, but it kind of felt more like David and Gillian ab-libbing than it did M/S, I just can't see them joking about Mulder's "pen light" like that

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Comic-Con: 'The Vampire Diaries' to End With Season 8

"We all have discussed it and we've made the decision that this is it," Plec told fans Saturday. "This is going to be the final season of The Vampire Diaries. It's bittersweet and emotional and we're all going to be crying in a minute. It's been a beautiful run.... Get ready, because it's going to be an epic ride."

The final season also will be a shortened one, consisting of 16 episodes. The show returns Oct. 21 at 8 p.m.

While once the cornerstone of The CW, The Vampire Diaries, based on the books of the same name, has, like many other veteran series, begun to show its age. In the past few years, the drama was bypassed as the network's most-watched show by The Flash as The CW has made DC Comics fare (including Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow and CBS import Supergirl) a priority.

“The Vampire Diaries has meant so much to so many fans around the world, and has meant so much to all of us at The CW,” network president Mark Pedowitz said in a release shortly after the news broke at Comic-Con. “I am a huge fan of the show myself, and I’ve seen every episode. So I am very happy that we can give Julie and Kevin the chance to finish their story the way they have envisioned, and to give viewers a fantastic conclusion to eight spectacular seasons.”

I haven't had a chance to watch the panel yet, but supposedly Kevin Williamson will be coming back for the final season as well? I'm happy that they're going out on their terms anyway, it feels like it's time. It was always my hope that the writers would know from the beginning of that season when the show would be ending, so hopefully this will give everyone a chance to work towards the ending and wrap things up properly.

And TVD being cut down to 16 episodes clears up what some of us were wondering about the number of shows that the CW renewed, it sounds like TVD (and possibly other shows?) will be finishing early to make way for the many other shows on the schedule. Honestly I'm a little bit surprised that they didn't want to end with the usual 22 episodes, but still 16 episodes isn't a bad number, and it will be a good thing if it means taking less weeks off in-between episodes! I assume they wouldn't be taking so many breaks anyway, that they'll want to finish the run early next year so that they can introduce their mid-season shows to the schedule?

frelling_tralk: (Hannibal trial by sourburst)
I'm really intrigued by American Gods, it looks absolutely fantastic in the trailer, and I was already thinking of checking it out anyway because Bryan Fuller is adapting it. (I'm a little bit surprised that it isn't going to be out until 2017 though, I always thought that they start working on it towards the end of 2015 after Hannibal finished, so I was expecting it out this year tbh)

Has anyone read the book, if so how did you find it, and do you think that it would it be worth catching up on before the tv show airs?
frelling_tralk: (X-Files Scully by fracturedshapes)
I wasn't really a big fan of The Blessing Way tbh, it felt very typical Chris Carter with the looong monologues and all of the new age mysticism. It feels like the kind of thing that everyone would roll their eyes at CC for these days, but I guess that it worked for audiences more in the 90's, these days it feels really self-indulgent

Scully looking into the chip and (finally!) getting curious about her abduction and undergoing hypnotherapy was the more interesting part of the premiere for me, in fact there's a deleted scene with Scully and her family members talking which I would far rather have seen in the episode than the Mulder monologues *g* CSM and Skinner also got some pretty great scenes in both episodes, Paper Clip dealing more with the conspiracy was a lot more interesting than The Blessing Way for me, and who could forget, "This is where you pucker up and kiss my ass" <3

And then D.P.O was a pretty good MotW episode. Having Kim Manners there to direct really helped make a lot of the sequences stand out, the opening teaser was fantastic and very creepy, the lighting getting called down from the sky was another great moment, and the death of Jack Black's character

Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose was absolutely brilliant, but it's harder to think of what to say when you basically loved everything about an episode *g* I love all the comedy of course, especially the twist in the opening teaser when it's Mulder that gets thrown out for being the skeptic lmao. But also I loved what a tragic character study it was, Scully had some really touching scenes as she began to emphasise with Clyde and how meaningless everything seemed to him. I liked that it was an episode more from the PoV of Clyde Bruckman, so that you kind of saw Mulder and Scully through his eyes a little bit and emphasised with how disturbing he found the show's typical detachment to death

Sadly I wasn't crazy about the next run of episodes. They all felt competently done at least, but nothing particularly inspired either. The direction of The List was actually pretty scary and really made me jump in places, but the story itself felt kind of pointless in how little Mulder and Scully understood of the case in the end. I didn't understand what Chris Carter was trying to say with it anyway tbh, all the talk of reincarnation was pretty confusing when the episode seemed to be presenting it as a typical tale of a ghost seeking revenge after death, where does reincarnation come into that? It's not how I understand that concept at all.

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I've probably talked about this before (well I feel like I've talked about everything Buffy-related at this point lol), but I've just been re-watching a few Buffy episodes and OAFA does such a terrible job with setting up Dawn's PoV as this neglected child. Firstly the opening seems to want you to feel badly for Dawn because Buffy is rushing off to patrol, so IMO it would have made more sense to then show that Buffy was secretly slipping off to be with Spike or something and covering up, or even just using vampire slaying in general as an excuse to stay disconnected. Instead we immediately see that Buffy *was* telling the truth about tracking down a new demon, in which case we are supposed to feel that she was being unfair to Dawn there how exactly? Or when Dawn asks Xander, Willow, and Anya if they can go shopping at the mall with her, and they explain very nicely that they can't because they have other commitments (work-related commitments for Xander and Anya). They even ask if Dawn is okay going alone, but apparently again we're meant to feel badly for Dawn because her older sisters friends can't make spur of the moment plans with her in the middle of the day, never mind that Dawn should have her own friends if she just wants someone to hang out with at the mall?

It seemed like the final message of the episode was that Dawn wanted everyone's lives to revolve around all staying together in her house all the time playing cards and having a slumber party, even though that's not remotely practical for adults. And it would be one thing if it was presented as Dawn being over emotional because of Joyce's death and having a skewed perspective, but the episode absolutely seemed to endorse everyone else being the bad guys and neglecting her, even though they were talking about having to leave for perfectly reasonable things like work or college classes. We're shown them all looking guilty when Halfrek talks about how much they're been ignoring Dawn, even though most episodes showed Buffy, Willow, and Tara particularly all making a big effort to babysit Dawn and look out for her (and Tara continues with the milkshake dates even after she breaks up with Willow). If anything they were over-protective of ever leaving Dawn by herself.

I can agree that Buffy was emotionally neglecting Dawn in season 6, but that didn't really seem to be what the episode was saying, it was all about them not spending enough of their time with her, even though I don't see how they were supposed to manage it differently when they had their own lives as well? And it ends on Buffy choosing to stay in with Dawn instead, but presumedly that meant that she would then be skipping patrolling for that night, so apparently the message is that keeping Sunnydale safe isn't as important as making time to hang out with her ignored younger sister? As Buffy once argued in Real Me, she only can't babysit Dawn because she's patrolling, it's not like she's not available for her sister because she's going to the sock hop

I really can't work out the perspective of the ME writers at times, one minute they're telling us that 20 year old Buffy is a failure as a grown-up because she's not able to run a household and financially support herself and Dawn without assistance from Giles, but then in other episodes they're telling us that 15 year old Dawn's emotional pain should take priority over the scoobies having work/college/patrolling to do
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The CW Fall Schedule has been announced

I know that this won't be popular with a lot of my flist, but meh I really feel like the CW have gotten O/T with superhero shows now, Friday is starting to look a bit out of place with the rest of the weeks line-up! :P I'm disappointed that there doesn't seem to be much space for anything else on their schedules at the moment, iZombie, The 100, Reign, and Riverdale are all being held back for mid-season. I assumed that iZombie had been picked up for 18 episodes again like last year, but apparently not?

And it's looking like The Good Wife spin-off is confirmed now CBS plans 'Good Wife' spinoff led by Christine Baranski
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Not sure how popular an opinion this is, but I think "The Crimson Horror" was among my favourites from series 7, it's certainly one of the very few Mark Gatniss episodes that I've really loved! Ada's story was horrifyingly tragic, and I really found the reveal with the Doctor as the "monster" very effective and unnerving the first time I watched it especially, Matt Smith did a fantastic job with those jerky body movements and the way that he was screaming with his eyes. Most of the time Mark Gatniss seems to produce really ordinary and uninspired episodes (I definitely found 'Cold War' pretty dull), while "The Crimson Horror" was the first time it felt like he was stretching a bit and not just aiming for DW by numbers. The scenes between Ada and her mother got pretty dark for DW actually. And of course I loved "Asylum Of The Daleks" and "Day Of The Doctor", but those two probably go without saying *g*

I also really loved "Dinosaurs On A Spaceship", that seems to be another episode that has a middling reputation, but I just found it really fun. In fact I loved pretty much all of the first half of the year, it felt like every one of those episodes really did live up the hype of feeling more like a blockbuster film. Things mostly fell a little flat for me in the middle section, the direction for "The Rings Of Akhaten" especially was a bit flat and small-scale in comparison. It felt like they were still aiming for a big budget feel with all of the aliens and the effect, but the director really didn't bring much scope to the early corridor scenes on the planet for example, it felt so studio-based with the way that they filmed it.

I did love the direction for "Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis" though! That's an episode that I've seen criticised a LOT, and it's definitely frustrating that it doesn't live up to its potential of being an outright classic, but I still found it had some really fun ideas and looked great. The main frustration was the unnecessary B-plot with the three brothers, I wish that it could have been an episode with just Clara and The Doctor

And I enjoyed "Nightmare In Silver" more than I remembered from my last watch, but it does feel a shame that it really should be a great episode and it just doesn't quite get there. Apparently Neil Gaiman wanted to write it as a two-parter originally? I really loved "The Doctor's Wife" and this episode didn't live up to it for me at all, even though it did have a lot of interesting ideas. I guess that's one thing that stood out to me about series 7 actually, that it didn't have as many classic episodes as you found in series 5 and 6, maybe that's part of why the fandom doesn't look more favourably on it? It started and ended strongly IMO, but the middle section didn't have any really stand-out episodes like "The Girl Who Waited" or "Vincent And The Doctor". I get the feeling that "Nightmare In Silver" and "Journey To The Centre Of The Tardis" were intended to be the stand-out episodes, but unfortunately neither of them quite came together

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comment with a fandom (or more than one) & I'll answer

the character i least understand
interactions i enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is mostly like me
hottest looks character
one thing i dislike about my fave character
one thing i like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character i wish died but didn’t
my ship that never sailed
frelling_tralk: (Daredevil Karen and Frank cafe)
Netflix Orders 'Marvel's The Punisher' to Series

Netflix has ordered a full first season of “Marvel’s The Punisher,” continuing their unprecedented collaboration with Marvel Television.

Jon Bernthal will reprise his role as Frank Castle, introduced to fans earlier this year in the second season of the Netflix original series “Marvel’s Daredevil,” with Steve Lightfoot (“Hannibal”) serving as Executive Producer and Showrunner in addition to writing the series’ first two episodes.

Hmm not sure how I feel about this at the moment tbh. I think he worked really well as a supporting character, but I can't help feeling like a series focused on the Punisher as the main character might end up feeling a bit one-dimensional? Especially if it's the usual 13 episodes in length, I could see it working better as more of a 6-8 episode mini-series actually
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Tribune Media Company Resurrects Television Without Pity, Networks Prepare For New Wave Of Snark!

The devilish little mascot of Television Without Pity, the TV recap site that was the progenitor of so many other recap and review sites, has lain dormant for two years, since owner NBC Universal shuttered it in April 2014. But Tuesday, visitors to were greeted with a message from the site’s new owners, Tribune Media Company: "Welcome Back, You Devil."

Given the preponderance of pop-culture publications currently offering recaps and reviews, and given that most of the original writers had long departed, it seemed likely that TWoP would stay dead.

We reached out to Tribune and received the following statement from Josh Cogswell, Tribune Media’s chief product officer:

“Television Without Pity was once one of the best destinations for TV commentary. An overwhelming number of fans — including us — were saddened that it shut down. So we bought it and are now working with some of the industry's favorite talent, influencers and strategic partners on a relaunch. We can’t share anything more at this time, but to all fans past and present: Stay tuned.”

I know that a lot of people had issues with that site and the moderators, but any new discussion forum is a plus for me :D
frelling_tralk: (Daredevil Matt by iwillnotdance)
Finally all caught up with season 2 of Daredevil!

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