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#ATXPrep: The Fosters

With only four weeks until the ATX Festival in Austin, Texas, I’m getting all kinds of pumped. I’ve decided to marathon as many shows as possible that will be featured at the fest, mostly the ones that have been on my to-watch list for far too long or that sounded interesting.

  
First off: The Fosters

*spoilers ahead*

I just finished it today and I had a lot of pre-conceived notions going into it. I actually didn’t think I’d like it at all. It’s definitely a high-drama after-school kind of show, but I liked that it pushes a lot of social issues for what is considered a “family” show. 

We get plopped into multiple story lines surrounding the people in the Foster home, which doubles as an actual foster-home for orphans. I like that there’s a lot of discussion around the adoption process and foster-system. They don’t hold back on taking jabs at the convoluted nature of government entities and how they sometimes do a diservice to the children. Also great, the storyline about cultural heritage in a foster-home we see Mariana address at her quinceanera and later at the Mexican streetfair.

Stef/Lena – The moms. They do a great job of trying to do what’s right for their kids, but, for the sake of plot, the kids are constantly doing something crazy. One of Stef’s storylines deals with familial/religious conflicts around her sexuality. 

Callie – Main character really. Has been bounced around the system for years. Slightly in love with her foster-brother.

Jude – Callie’s little half-brother who faces interesting plot lines around the development of sexual identity at a young age.

Brandon – Stef’s biological son who is a piano genius/golden boy. We all know he and Callie will probably end up doing the dirty at some point in the future.

Mariana – Drama queen of the show, but she actually has interesting experiences if you can get past how annoying she is. Loved when she joined STEM club!

Jesus – Mariana’s twin brother. Poor think. His storyline was more interesting when they focused on his ADD issues and not his lady probs.

Overall, it’s a captivating show for the genre and audience it’s meant for. I will probably make every attempt to see the new episodes as they air.

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My first Doctor: On Doctor Who

My first Doctor was 10. My first episode was viewed via a local PBS station that for some (awesome) reason had the ability to air old episodes.

I remember trying to catch all the episodes because it was before online streaming became so prolific, so the only way I could watch was via PBS. (I also didn’t have BBC America.)

I remember I must have been around high school age because none of my friends had any idea what the show was. I think that was one of the first times I turned to online forums to be able to talk to other fans, I just couldn’t contain my excitement over the most recent adventures.

There was a particular incident in which two of my friends came over during the Doctor Who hour unannounced and could not fathom why I did not want to go out on a Friday night. The second the opening credits started rolling they somehow got the hint from my utter concentration that I was not going to leave.

It’s funny now because they are super into Doctor Who and I guess they finally understand why I was so diligent/obsessed.

 

And now I’m watching the livestream for the announcement and I’m just as excited as I was when I was waiting for the one showing a week on my crappy tv.

Show Review: Primeval

Now that I’m a week away from turning in my finished thesis and UNEMPLOYED… I have some time to drown my student-loan-sorrows. First in my queue was Primeval just because it seemed pretty silly and unlike Mad Men, I could walk away and do something, come back, and not be behind in a new plot point.

The show is essentially about these rips in time/space that pop up and sometimes dinos, disease or massive bugs come out. The team works to make sure whatever comes out doesn’t fuck up too much shit.

 

Season 1

Surprisingly good considering the quality of the effects is… BAD. I was pretty hooked and the episodes weren’t entirely formulaic (yet). There weren’t too many characters and there was a good balance of individual missions and individual character development. It was short (six episodes) and sweet. The finale was such a clincher in making me watch the next season.

Season 2

I wish they had stuck to Cutter’s mission to find Claudia. That’s really what it felt like the subsequent seasons were going to be geared toward, but NO. UGH. I would have been more interested in that plot line than just the Helen-is-evil stuff. The episodes became pretty formulaic starting this season and continuing on. It reminds me a lot of Bones in that the episodes are more about the current case and then they splash a little bit of character development. Just a splash.

 

Season 3

I’m not finished, but I want it to deviate from the formula. As of now there are only three characters remaining from the original cast, so if that’s not a signal of the end of a series I don’t know what is, but Netflix tells me that there are two seasons left. I did like how they included the medieval knight and showed how human history intersecting is part of the rips in time thing.

So I’ll probably finish the series in the next week.

ALSO, it really bugs me that none of the positions on the team are actually specialized. The Egyptologist can suddenly repair all the super-complex computer stuff. You know, because when you major in archaeology they also require courses in computer engineering. Not.

Quick Review: Being Human Season 4, Hysteria and I Like You

Being Human Season 4

I started watching BBC’s Being Human Season 4. Don’t do it. They tried to make it into a comedy. A really fucked up comedy. That isn’t all that funny.

Hysteria

What do you think was the greatest invention of the Victorian Era? Wrong. It was the vibrator. And if you want to see a dramatization of its invention check out this movie. Also, Hugh Dancy.

I Like You by Amy Sedaris

Read it if you need a laugh and find alcoholism jokes amusing.

Review: BBC’s Being Human 1-3

I’ve been meaning to watch this show since it started, but since I’m kind of OCD about shows it’s taken me awhile to get around to it. Having finally caught up on Futurama I thought now was the time for Being Human to consume my life (since Grad School isn’t busy enough).

ANGST
ANGST

I really liked the first season, we were given a trio of varying supernaturals that all had their own demons. Season one and two felt like the most balanced in terms of consistency with characters. Continue reading “Review: BBC’s Being Human 1-3”

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