Emmy Nomination Reactions: Please No More ‘Big Bang’, I Wish I Didn’t Sleep Through ‘True Detective’, One Day Jon Hamm Will Win

Guess who’s back, back again? I apologize for the infrequent nature of my posts, I’ve been super busy in both good ways and bad (but that’s a post for another time). Right now I am here to talk about one of my favorite topics: award shows. The Emmy nominations were announced this morning and I can honestly say I have been waiting to for this list for a long time. I am more excited about this award show than I ever have been, maybe because I live in California now and I see those “For Your Consideration” advertisements EVERYWHERE (which I actually really enjoy). Or maybe it is because TV has just been SO GOOD lately and I have been indulging in my fair share…while still managing to never have seen even one episode of Breaking Bad. While it is said every year, I really think this year is has some of the best actors competing in some of the best roles representing some of the best shows.

Show without further ado…here are the nominees.

Best Drama Series
Breaking Bad- “Wow I’m so surprised the final season of BB was nominated” said no one ever
Downton Abbey- Kind of surprised to see this show still getting nominations when it is nowhere near as good as it used to be
Game of Thrones- Again, no surprises here
House of Cards- Netflix FTW
Mad Men-YAY
True Detective- I probably should’ve given this show another chance, but I kept falling asleep during the first episode 

*The only thing that could really give BB a run for its money is the super successful and critically loved True Detective. Other things these two shows have in common? Everyone watches them and I don’t.

Best Comedy Series
The Big Bang Theory- I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY THIS SHOW IS ALWAYS NOMINATED FOR THINGS, GIVE OTHER SHOWS A CHANCE
Louie
Modern Family- I just started getting into MF/appreciating how funny it really is
Orange is the New Black- More (well deserved) loved for Netflix 
Silicon Valley- On my ever growing ‘to watch’ list
Veep

*I wish I watched the final 2 shows on this list, I hear they’re really funny. Also, I’m surprised to see Brooklyn Nine-Nine  not nominated since they did win a Golden Globe after all

Lead Actor in a Drama Series
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Jeff Daniels, The Newsroom- I forgot this show was still on
Jon Hamm, Mad Men- One of these days Hamm will win for playing Don Draper, this is not that day 
Woody Harrelson, True Detective
Matthew McConaughey, True Detective- The year of McConaughey continues. I’d be shocked if he lost
Kevin Spacey, House of Cards- As good as Spacey is this season he was overshadowed by Robin Wright

*Interesting Harrelson and McConney are against each other for the same show, but I guess there is no way around that

Lead Actress in a Drama Series
Lizzy Caplan, Masters of Sex-YES. 
Claire Danes, Homeland- I get it, Danes is good, but I think Homeland‘s time has passed
Michelle Dockery, Downton Abbey- Lady Mary spent 90% of the season moping and the rest of the time flirting so I’m not sure how she managed this nom
Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
Kerry Washington, Scandal
Robin Wright, House of Cards- Well deserved nom, she killed it this season especially with that CNN interview episode

*I would be ecstatic for a Wright or Caplan win. Both play such different, but equally powerful characters.

Update: just realized Elisabeth Moss wasn’t nominated for Mad Men and now I’m a little sad. Although she did spend a lot of time last season being mad at other characters for seemingly no reason.

Lead Actor, Comedy
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
Ricky Gervais, Derek
Matt LeBlanc, Episodes
Don Cheadle, House of Lies
Louis C.K., Louie
William H. Macy, Shameless

*I’m sick of Jim Parsons always winning this category, but I don’t know who in this group is funny enough to take the throne away from him.

Lead Actress, Comedy
Lena Dunham, Girls
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Julia Louis Dreyfus, Veep
Melissa McCarthy, Mike & Molly- You go girl. Show people you can do better than Tammy
Amy Poehler, Parks & Recreation- I really need to start watching this show
Taylor Schilling, Orange Is the New Black- She’s good, but not in what I would consider a comedic sense

Lead Actor In A Miniseries Or A Movie
Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock: His Last Vow- Such a great episode in what really was a perfect season 
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Dancing on the Edge
Martin Freeman, FargoI love how great Freeman is as the bumbling man trying to reclaim his life. Also, his midwest accent is spot on 
Billy Bob Thornton, Fargo- Since they didn’t consider True Detective a miniseries this is Thornton’s to lose. I keep calling him Daniel Day-Lewis in my head when I think of this role THAT’S HOW GOOD HE IS
Idris Elba, Luther
Mark Ruffalo, The Normal Heart

*Haha Sherlock and Watson are up against each other in this category. Which table will Martin sit at?

Outstanding Reality-Competition Series
The Amazing Race
Dancing with the Stars
Project Runway
So You Think You Can Dance
Top Chef
The Voice

*I’d be pretty happy to see any of these shows win, it’s a good bunch. Although I do favor Top Chef. 

Outstanding Variety Series
The Colbert Report
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Jimmy Kimmel Live
Real Time with Bill Maher
Saturday Night Live
The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon- I would love to see Jimmy win in not even his first year of hosting

Outstanding Miniseries
American Horror Story: Coven
Bonnie & Clyde- Wasn’t this just a movie? Or because it was a two parter they consider it a miniseries?
Fargo- This and only this
Luther
Treme
The White Queen

Outstanding Television Movie
Killing Kennedy
Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight
The Normal Heart- I’ve been meaning to see this movie, it’s a must watch before the Emmys
Sherlock: His Last VowI didn’t realize they consider this a movie. It was good, but can it stand up to the more dramatic ones on here?
The Trip to Bountiful

Supporting Actor, Drama
Aaron Paul, Breaking Bad- Yeah bitch! (That’s literally the only thing I know about this show. That and meth)
Jim Carter, Downton Abbey- Awh good ole Carson. Don’t think he can compete with Dinklage though
Peter Dinklage, Game of Thrones- I feel like it is Dinklage’s year to win again
Josh Charles, The Good Wife
Mandy Patinkin, HomelandWhile everyone else floundered this season, Patinkin did some great work, so unlike Danes’ nomination I’m okay with this one
Jon Voight, Ray Donovan

Supporting Actress, Drama
Anna Gunn, Breaking Bad
Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey
Joanne Froggatt, Downton Abbey- She’s one of my favorites on this show and she had a pretty heavy storyline to deal with this season
Lena Headey, Game of Thrones- Still love her as Sarah Connor on the Terminator TV show so I’m happy for her even though I’m not a GoT fan
Christine Baranski, The Good Wife
Christina Hendricks, Mad Men- Hendricks doesn’t get enough love for her work on Mad Men and she deserves it. She’s had some incredibly stirring moments 

Supporting Actor, Comedy
Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Adam Driver, Girls
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Modern Family
Ty Burrell, Modern Family
Fred Armisen, Portlandia

*I don’t have much to say about this category except that I think the guys from Modern Family are pretty funny

Supporting Actress, Comedy
Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory
Julie Bowen, Modern Family- She’s probably my favorite on this show with her deadpan deliveries and mom humor
Allison Janney, Mom
Kate Mulgrew, Orange Is the New BlackHappy to see more love for the OITNB cast, especially the always phenomenal Red
Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live- One of the funniest ladies on SNL. Olya Povlatsky is always a ‘Weekend Update’ highlight
Anna Chlumsky, Veep

Supporting Actor, Miniseries or Movie
Colin Hanks, Fargo- You’re making your dad proud with your work on this show, Colin
Jim Parsons, The Normal Heart
Joe Mantello, The Normal Heart
Alfred Molina, The Normal Heart
Matt Bomer, The Normal Heart
Martin Freeman, Sherlock: His Last Vow- Oh Martin, always a bridesmaid and never a bride. You’re so good, but up against stiff competition and even better co-stars 

*Lots of love for the guys of The Normal Heart, but does that mean they’ll cancel each other out?

Supporting Actress, Miniseries or Movie
Frances Conroy, American Horror Story: Coven
Kathy Bates, American Horror Story: Coven
Angela Bassett, American Horror Story: Coven
Allison Tolman, Fargo- She is the best part of what is an amazing show and I would love to see her win especially as a new comer 
Ellen Burstyn, Flowers in the Attic
Julia Roberts, The Normal Heart

*Allison Tolman should be proud to see her name listed alongside the rest of these incredible and long working actresses. Even if she doesn’t win that in itself is an accomplishment.

Guest Actor, Drama
Paul Giamatti, Downton Abbey- I rather enjoyed him as Cora’s rich American brother all the dads were creepily trying to set their daughters up with 
Dylan Baker, The Good Wife
Reg E. Cathey, House of Cards- He had a good story this season, but don’t know if it holds up along some of the others 
Robert Morse, Mad Men
Beau Bridges, Masters of Sex- His side story is probably one of my favorite parts of this show. I love how he plays Scully with a mix of pathos, self loathing, and denial 
Joe Morton, Scandal

Guest Actress, Drama
Margo Martindale, The Americans
Diana Rigg, Game of Thrones
Kate Mara, House of CardsHow’d she manage this nom seeing as…you know…
Allison Janney, Masters of Sex- The best part of the show by far. Margaret Scully’s self discovery and transformation are what make me come back to this show again and again. More than anything I would love to see Janney win 
Jane Fonda, Newsroom- Jane Fonda was on Newsroom??
Kate Burton, Scandal

Guest Actor, Comedy
Bob Newhart, The Big Bang Theory
Nathan Lane, Modern Family
Steve Buscemi, Portlandia
Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night LiveYES. I literally could not stop laughing for this entire episode. Especially when JT was playing Jimmy and Jimmy couldn’t stop laughing
Louis C.K., Saturday Night Live
Gary Cole, Veep

Guest Actress, Comedy
Natasha Lyonne, Orange Is the New Black-She is my favorite character on this show, so happy to see her nominated 
Uzo Aduba, Orange Is the New Black- If I was Aduba I wouldn’t worry if I lost this year, her performance in season 2 was even better
Laverne Cox, Orange Is the New Black- It’s so hard seeing these three OITNB  actresses nominated against each other because I want them all to win
Tina Fey, Saturday Night LiveI don’t remember watching Tina on SNL this season but I’m sure she was great
Melissa McCarthy, Saturday Night Live
Joan Cusack, Shameless

There are plenty of other nominations including categories like “Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming” (Go Anthony Bourdain and Parts Unknown) and “Outstanding Animated Program” (which reminds me I have to catch up on Archer), but here is where I end. Until the August 25th I will be finishing Fargo and 30 Rock (finally) while continually contemplating what show to start next.

Track by Track: Ultraviolence

Don’t ask me what it is, but I have a soft spot  for Lana Del Rey. I remember hearing “Video Game” and “Summertime Sadness” when they first came out and thinking that nothing on the radio sounded remotely similar. She is a performer in the way of Marina Diamandis of Marina and the Diamonds: a talented singer able to put on a persona that makes fun of the music she’s making while selling it at the same time. She has a “good girl gone bad”/ “I-don’t-play-by-the-rules” vibe which has gained her both supporters and haters alike. When the track list for Ultraviolence was released articles and social media sites sprung up both criticizing her choices (Rolling Stone called them “absurd”) and praising her for her unique edge. I loved each title and have had the the single “West Coast” on repeat since it was released.

I have been looking forward to this album, Ultraviolence, which was released last week on June 13th, but I am only getting around to listening to in full now. If you don’t like Lana you probably never will, but for those of us who want to celebrate summer with an album that sounds like it comes out of a 1950’s soundtrack, this is just what we’ve been waiting for.

1. Cruel World

There’s no doubt Lana’s voice sounds good on this song in a haunting and faraway way, but I’m not sure if this is the strongest song to start the album off with. Then again, when it was over it still lingered in my head. I think all of Lana’s songs warrant more than one listen because they are so complex especially once you really take time to listen to the lyrics.

2. Ultraviolence 

This song is one of those typical Lana songs that is much deeper than it appears on the surface, although the title does give it away a little more than usual. I love the way she drags out the singing of the word “Ultraviolence.” This song feels slick and dangerous which I think is appropriate considering the subject matter (“He hurt me but it felt like true love”/”He hit me and it felt like a kiss”).

Favorite line: He used to call me DN/That stood for deadly nightshade/Cause I was filled with poison/But blessed with beauty and rage

3. Shades of Cool LDR

I can imagine girls in poodle skirts and guys in bowling shirts slow dancing to this song in a high school gymnasium straight out of the 1950’s. That’s what I love so much about Lana’s music, she paints a picture with each song that you can clearly visualize upon listening. The song may be slow, but there’s a good beat and an awesome section with an electric guitar. There may be a vulnerability in her voice in this song more than her others, but there is still that feeling that this girl is someone you don’t want to mess with.

4. Brooklyn Baby

This song sounds most like the Lana I know and love. It’s half ode, half mockery of Brooklyn, the place that has become synonymous with hipsters, $5 coffee, and microbreweries. I can tell that this will be one of the songs I listen to most frequently this summer besides “West Coast” and that’s mostly just because I live in California now.

Favorite lines: Yeah my boyfriend’s pretty cool/But he’s not as cool as me/Cause I’m a Brooklyn Baby

5. West Coast

I have been listening to this song since it was released and so far it is my favorite on the album. Maybe it’s because I’m a west coast girl now and this song fits so well with my image of driving around Los Angeles, especially on the way out of the city and heading to the beach. (Mostly Venice Beach that is.) It’s most definitely a sexy song and I enjoy the sprinkling of Spanish lyrics.

Favorite lines: Down on the West Coast, they got their icons/Their silver starlets, their Queens of Saigon/And you’ve got the music, you’ve got the music in you, don’t you?

6. Sad Girl

The way this track list is going so far these could be chapters in my autobiography.

tumblr_mgeztjVnYI1rm50ceo1_r1_400

After the high of “West Coast”, “Sad Girl” is a little bit of a let down. I am actually having trouble thinking of anything to say about it and when it ended I forgot it. It’s okay, most albums have one of these and who knows, maybe when I listen to the album through again (as soon as I’m done with this post) it may grow on me.

7. Pretty When You Cry

This song is an interesting look at a relationship. Rather than the typical “girl love boy, boy loves someone else” it’s “girl loves boy, boy loves drugs more.” And while the girl loves the boy, she also seems okay with knowing she’s weak and that the relationship is toxic. It’s a subject that could become un-relatable , but Lana takes it to that place of “girl, I’ve been there too.”

Favorite lines:  I’m pretty when I cry/Don’t say you need me when/You leave and you leave again/I’m stronger than all my men/Except for you

8. Money Power Glory 

A lot of people dislike Lana’s music because they feel she is untalented and only after fame. I like how she uses this song to acknowledge that she knows what people think and doesn’t care. She’s making a statement about the lifestyle she supposedly represents and what it says about our culture. I feel like this song could be a response to Lorde’s “Royals”; we may never be royals, but deep down we all want the same things.

9. Fucked My Way to the Top

Another self aware song, but this one is more in your face and fun. Love her or hate this is Lana’s show and we are all just  a part of it. The opening line alone (which happens to be my favorite) shows that she knows it’s all a game. One she truly knows how to play. (She is famous after all.)

Favorite lines: Life is awesome, I confess/What I do, I do best/You got nothing, I got tested/And I’m best, yes

10. Old Money

I love the sound of this song, the piano, the stripped down layered vocals, the sadness. Compared to the last two songs which were all about recognizing and celebrating her persona, this song seems the most personal and real. Or as real as we can get with Lana. She is still painting a picture, but it is one we can related to much more closely than her world of “dope and diamonds” from “Money Power Glory.”

11. The Other Woman

I have seen it quoted that Lana describes herself as “gangsta Nancy Sinatra” and when I heard this song I understood why. I could see this being in a Tarantino film, even though I have a feeling he’s not a Lana fan (don’t ask me why). It’s the shortest of the songs on the album and a breath of fresh air.

12.Black Beauty 

Another swaying song. This sounds more commercial than the typical Lana, but that’s not a bad thing. This album has a lot of different sounds while still maintaining her overall vibe.

Favorite lines: Life is beautiful but you don’t have a clue/Sun and ocean blue/Their magnificence, it don’t make sense to you

13. Guns and Roses

Another good groovy song with a nice beat. The lyrics are not as complex as some of the other songs, but not every one of them has to be a master piece. Sometimes you just need a song celebrating guys who love guns and roses. (And maybe the band too.)

Favorite lines: I should’ve learned to let you play/I wasn’t the marryin’ kind/I should’ve done it anyway

14. Florida Kilos 

I love the way this song starts out, it sounds so different from everything we’ve heard so far. It’s another song that paints a picture of the glamours fast life of drugs and money. I can almost picture what the video of this song might look like if it happens: awash in gold with lots of palm trees, convertibles, and Lana wearing killer shades and curls.

Note: There are 2 songs, one on the i-Tunes bonus version and one on the Japanese bonus version, that I have not listened to. I only listened to what is currently streaming on spotify.

Summer ’14, I’m ready for you.

giphy2

A Little More Personal: California Girl

It has been a little over a  month since my big move from New York to California. (If you want to read more about my roadtrip to get here and all the adventures along the way check out my short lived travel blog.)

It still feels so surreal, most days I can’t believe I’m actually here. Besides London and Paris, Los Angeles is a place I have dreamed about visiting for most of my life. And now I’m living here. And by living I mean couchsurfing because I don’t have an actual place of my own yet. All of my clothes are in the trunk of my car. I get dressed by the side of the road half the time and I’m pretty sure that everyone in the neighborhood thinks I’m homeless. (They wouldn’t be wrong.) But when I’m not freaking out about my lack of place to live and getting spammed by Craigslist creeps, I’m appreciating how lucky I am to have friends that will take in both me AND my roommate and a good chunk of our stuff. It’s been an adventure not only working, but also bouncing from place to place.

Displaying photo.JPGDisplaying photo.JPG

And yes, you read that right: I have been working! Not all the time/everyday, but enough to keep me happy and eating (which keeps me happy). I worked on the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon which will air in August and was the first show I have worked on for a really great cause. I also got to see Fall Out Boy perform and the 7th grader inside of me was very excited. I did one day on a dating game show pilot. And this past week has been the American Idol finale and preparations for next season. This upcoming week should see some time for me on the Last Comic Standing finale. It sounds cliche, but I do feel so #blessed for all of the opportunities I have had for work out here so far. As one of my friends put it:

“In order to get a job in L.A. you have to be here. You can’t sit in NY thinking about it, you just up and do it. And hope for the best and in your guys case so far so good.”

He’s right! And he’s a big reason my roommate and I came out here in the first place and the reason we had a place to live for a little while and jobs. I spent so much of my time saying “what if?” and for once in my life I am finally finding out. 

Sure there have been bad days. I’ll admit I cried on set.  A lot of people saw the puffy faced aftermath. I had to call my mom from a bathroom stall. I still don’t have a place to live or a permanent job or a date of when I will go home next. I miss my family and friends immensely. But I also really love it here. The good days are really good. I have new (mostly fellow production assistant) friends. I have gone hiking almost every weekend and I have gone to the beach twice and only gotten really badly sunburned one of those times. I am finding my way around places. I am learning to drive like everyone else which is to say crazily, but safely.  I thank my lucky stars for all the time I spent on the Long Island Expressway because as much as I hate that highway with all my being, it prepared me for the traffic and the assholes. (The “He who hesitates is lost” rule my dad always preaches is definitely in effect when driving ANYWHERE in L.A.)

crazy animated GIF

Don’t ask me why everyone drives so crazy in L.A. or why there is SO MUCH TRAFFIC ALL THE TIME. There are a lot of things about this place that confuse me. Like why every town has streets with the same name. There is an Alameda Street and an Olive Ave and a Beverly Boulevard EVERYWHERE. I don’t know how people get anywhere or end up in the same place. Other things I find funny about this place? How everyone (or almost everyone I’ve met) has a script in progress. Or the fact that I’ve done more juice runs than Starbucks runs. Or that there no Dunkin Donuts and the only places you can get “a slice” are New York style pizzerias and people there haven’t heard of things like Buffalo chicken pizza. Believe me, I could go on all day about the east coast/west coast divide.

For now, however, I am just taking it one day at a time and trying to let it all sink in. There are still so many things I want to do (like go to the LACMA and Griffith Park Observatory and the El Capitan theater) and food I want to try (like every taco truck and Korean BBQ) and shows I want to work on (like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Top Chef and the Emmy Awards) so it looks like I am here to stay (for the time being). If you want to imagine what I am doing between this post and my next one picture me scouring Craigslist for an apartment, waiting for game 7 to see who my NY Rangers will be facing in the Stanley Cup, and working my butt off to find the next gig (and the next gig and the gig after that).

Until then, here’s another California post ending song:

Wonderful: ‘Once Upon a Time’ 3.20-3.22

I am going to come right out and say it: the season 3 finale ‘Snow Drifts’ and ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ are my favorite episodes of Once Upon a Time to date. They had everything I love about this show: Fairy tale characters! Royal balls! True Love! Plot twists! New baddies (?) revealed in the best way possible! I don’t think I stopped smiling the entire time…except for that one moment near the end when The Character We All Knew Would Screw Things Up was revealed. I knew from the moment this episode opened with the world’s cutest Outlaw Queen date night that something terrible was going to happen to Robin  Hood and it did…just not in the way I expected. Besides, I was so swept up in the magic and spectacle of the whole episode I forgot that feeling of foreboding and everyone knows the second you let your guard down in OUAT that is when things start to go awry.

That is how the beginning of the episode gets you too, ‘Snow Drifts’ starts out so normal and ordinary that I almost forgot it was the season finale. Everyone was at Granny’s (even Katherine (??) and Ruby) to hear the announcement of the Royal Baby name with more secrecy and press than Kate and Will’s. I honestly thought he was just going to be called Leo and that would be the end of it. Then Emma runs towards the giant firenado and things start to go down. Of course Emma and Hook are the one’s to be transported back in time because of Zelena’s curse, but I was okay with that. It was better than the whole town going and everything happening all over again like I thought it would. Oh can we talk about that curse? Apparently that pendant was SUPER flawed because even after Zelena was killed by Rumple her slime/spirit was still able to make moves and enact the curse. Who would put all their their trust in such a faulty piece of jewelry? Seems a little flawed to me. Also, Rumple tells Belle he trusts her completely and then lie proposes to her using a fake dagger. Not cool Dark One. I have a feeling that little lie is going to cost him down the line. It also tainted what otherwise would have been a lovely finale ending wedding. Side note: why was no one but Belle’s dad invited to the wedding? Doesn’t Belle have friends in Storybrooke? Why keep things on the DL? Also, what gives Dr. Hopper the power to marry people?

The whole idea of the finale and sending Emma and Hook back in time was wonderful because we got to see what we have been waiting to see for three whole seasons: Emma as a princess. I didn’t know how much I really needed to see that until this very episode. But more than that it was the story of Emma discovering where she belongs and finally realizing what True Love really looks like in more than one form. Seeing these adorable moments of Snow and Charming’s first meetings made me delighted all over again, but the best part was seeing Emma seeing them and interfering in a very Back to the Future type way. I was honestly worried for a moment when she had the ring that Charming was going to develop the hots for her.

But no, after Emma messes up the way her parents meet (the first time) she spends the rest of the episode scrambling around in Enchanted Forest appropriate clothing trying to make things right including a truly hilarious scene where she has to seduce/distract past Hook and present Hook gets jealous and knocks him out.

Then of course there’s the ball where Emma learns how to waltz perfectly in the shortest amount of time possible before getting herself arrested for helping Snow and insulting Regina. She ends up in the dungeon with a character who mysteriously won’t reveal her name which let’s you know she’s a Character Here Just to Mess Things Up. But Emma being the dim witted hero she is decides to not only save the mystery woman, but also take her back to Storybrooke. I don’t know, with all these  people who just show up in Storybrooke and end up being major baddies you think they would learn by now not to trust anyone. But it turns out she is not a major baddie, just Maid Marion. I was under the impression Marion died because she was sick. I guess that was wrong because right after the world’s cutest scene of Regina holding Roland’s hand and kissing Robin outside Granny’s Marion is reintroduced to her husband who promptly forgets Regina exists.  This poor woman can’t catch a break, especially seeing as she just got her heart back. It will be interesting to see what happens with this storyline next season, but something also tells me that Marion won’t last very long.

Another favorite scene of mine was Emma telling Rumpelstiltskin the truth behind what happened to Neal. I thought it was one of Jennifer Morrison’s best acted scenes of the season. She manages to pretend to be getting sucked back into the magic CGI portal all while crying and yelling at the Dark One to let Neal die a hero regardless of how much they both love him. Speaking of the dearly departed, we got to see another cute past-Emma-in-glasses and Neal scene on what seemed to be one of their first dates. I miss that Emma and Neal. And in yet another surprise the Charmings name their son not Leo, but Prince Neal which is cute and a little weird all at the same time. (And yes I did get choked up during that scene especially at Rumple’s silent nod in recognition.)

Even with all of those scenes, the best part of the episode had to be the very end when the weird gold container spilled and blue liquid started oozing out. As soon as it started harding into an icy form I started yelling “yessssss” at my computer because I just knew. Seeing the gloves and then the the cape and finally THAT BRAID made me squee with joy because even though Frozen isn’t my favorite film I love how OUAT incorporates new Disney characters into the show. Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis sure know what they’re doing. So the big question is will Elsa be next season’s big bad? And will Anna show up? Just please no talking snowmen.

I can’t wait for next season, they left us with just enough cliffhangers while tying up the whole Oz storyline. It looks like Arendell may be next. (If that’s the case be prepared for posts titled with the names of Frozen songs.) Until season 4 starts I’m going to be replaying Elsa’s intro in my head along with that truly giddy making  Hook/Emma courtyard kiss. (Sighhhh at the way he touches her chin.)

One last thing: now that Once Upon a Time is over I promise there will be more reviews of varying nature on this blog. However, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop writing about the magic, ridiculousness, and camp of one of my favorite fangirl shows.

Final Words

  • Seriously, does Henry ever go to school? What grade should the kid be in now?
  • Does Emma really not know how Hook got his hook? Does she know the backstory between Hook and NEAL’S MOM? (Weird.)
  • I really thought Emma was going to go with Prince Diana, but Princess Leia is SO. MUCH. BETTER.
  • I like how Ruby shows up, does her wolf thing and then disappears for episodes
  • Why did they mention the fact that Aurora is no longer a flying monkey. That has to mean something…
  • Josh and Ginnifer are going to make such good parents

Favorite lines:

  • Emma: What is he going to do? I have magic, he has one hand! (3.20)
  • Hook: One of these days I’m going to stop chasing that woman. (3.21)
  • Hook: Any idea how to get back to the future? Emma: Who do I look like, Marty McFly? Hook: Was he some sort of wizard? (3.21)
  • Hook: What are you doing? You’re depriving me from a dashing rescue. Emma: Sorry, but the only one that saves me is me. (3.22)

Thank Goodness: ‘Once Upon a Time’ 3.19

I know most of my recent posts have only be Once Upon a Time recaps and I apologize for that. I promise eventually I will resume posting about a multitude of things, especially as more and more summer films start coming out. Until then, let’s discuss “A Curious Thing.”  This episode was full of I-saw-that-coming moments, cheesy Charmings, and Henry and his adjusting voice.

I’m pretty sure 95% of the OUAT opening scenes/Enchanted Forest flashbacks begin with a hooded figure on horseback. I liked seeing that shortly after being transported back to the land of magic everyone had time for a quick costume change into their most majestic attire. I for one have missed Regina’s epic hair and dress combos. Snow was also appropriately regal and pregnant. Robin looked pretty much the same as he does in Storybrooke. Oh and Aurora and Phillip are back, but no Mulan who I guess is off in the woods somewhere with the rest of Robin’s Merry Men? For some reason Aurora and Phillip’s baby isn’t good enough for Zelena. Poor kids can’t even do that right. They tell Snow and Charming about Z’s plan for their kid before being promptly turned into monkeys by the wicked one herself. It’s definitely an improvement for those two. Zelena does some truly epic bad guy monologuing before flying off on her broomstick. She makes my skin crawl which again means Rebecca Mader is doing her job right. While I like Pan a little better, she is more than holding her own as the baddie du jour.

All of the EF scenes were much more interesting than they have been because we got to see what everyone was up to in the days leading up to the curse. Besides borrowing clothes from Ren Fair the unlikely group of Regina, Snow, Charming, and sometimes Robin have been breaking into castles, meeting Glinda the Good, oh and CASTING A CURSE. That’s right, the good guys cast the curse to get back to Emma after learning from the White Witch and Emma look-a-like that only someone who’s magic comes from the purest source can take away Zelena’s magic making pendant. Why do I feel like Emma can’t be the savior twice? I thought maybe Henry could do it this time, but I guess it depends on the definition of True Love. Also, shouldn’t that kid have powers of his own by now? Look at his linage, there’s no way he’s a squib.

I wasn’t surprised that Snow and Co. cast the curse, only how they did it. For just one second I thought, “Wait, is Josh Dallas leaving the show?” before remembering that no one dies for real in the EF. The whole “we have one heart let’s just share it” thing was a little much for me. But this show is a BIG fan of True Love and so it’s keeping with that theme. I thought the most powerful scene was Regina holding Snow’s heart in her hands and the look on her face at realizing how far she had come. Regina had wanted that heart for almost two seasons and would’ve done anything to get it back then. Now she here she is, holding it, and breaking it in half to help save her former enemy. That’s some character development.  While Lana Parrilla delivers some of the best lines of the show she is strongest when just relying on the expressiveness of her face.

Back in Storybrooke the same trio plus Emma and sometimes Hook have decided that they way to break the curse is the same as before: get Henry to believe in magic and then break the spell with True Love’s kiss. To make Henry remember all they have to do is find the book of fairy tales he read in the first place. Why no one has thought of that sooner is beyond me. The only important thing is that Henry does touch the book (that magically appears in Snow’s closet) and he does remember everyone again including Regina in the sweetest moment perhaps all season. Plus it is Regina who kisses Henry and breaks the second (Snow imposed) curse that gives everyone their memories back including how to defeat Zelena. The Wicked Witch shows up and tries to kill Henry (finally), but it doesn’t work because Emma whips out her super-powerful-when-convenient magic and burns the witch. And even though he tells the truth about his magic lips Emma tells Hook she can’t trust him because there can’t be a happy ever after ending just yet.

But Henry has his memories back! And he remembers and is not scarred by seeing Regina and Robin making out in the hallway. Actually Henry seems pretty psyched to have Robin as a new step dad even after all the paling around with everyone’s favorite Captain. He also remembers Neal who we even got to see in a brief moment this episode, sending Emma the memory potion like I always knew he did. As everyone is remembering the valiant hero who sacrificed himself to save them all Snow starts going into labor. Things are going to start heating up especially since there are only three episodes left until the finale. Let the baby snatching begin!

Final Words

  • I try to avoid OUAT promos as much as possible because they give EVERYTHING away, but I do see some things on tumblr
  • Henry would be a Yankees fan
  • REGINA BROKE THE CURSE WITHOUT A HEART. The power of a mother’s love, y’all.
  • Snow and Charming scenes are that much cuter because Ginnifer and Josh are real life husband and wife (as of recently too)

Favorite lines:

  • Snow: Regina, if I didn’t know any better I’d say you were smitten. Regina: If I didn’t know any better I would say Haagen Dazs is smitten with your stomach.
  • Hook: Henry, this is my friend Mr. Smee. Henry: Like from Peter Pan? Smee: You remember? Henry: I’ve seen that movie a million times.
  • Robin: Where I come from a simple “thank you” would suffice. (It’s the way she says it, just look at that eyebrow raise.)

As Long As Your Mine: ‘Once Upon a Time’ 3.17 & 3.18

I’m back friends and I just caught up to Once Upon a Time, “The Jolly Roger” (3.17) and “Bleeding Through” (3.18). These episodes were clearly written to put Captain Swan/Swan Queen/Outlaw Queen shippers into a frenzy as well as remind us that while the Charmings may be the world’s most boring couple, they need some love too. Let’s dive in, shall we? (Ha ha fish joke.)

So these two episodes serve to illuminate more of Zelena’s evil plan as well as gave us some interesting/confusing background on some of the characters lives. I swear there is more incest on this show than Game of Thrones. This is my understanding of the relationships in this show right now: Cora wanted to marry Leopold who instead married Ava. They had Snow White. Cora had Regina with…someone else(?). Regina wanted to marry Daniel, but ended up saving Snow White and then being forced by Cora to marry Leopold…who was her mother’s former fiance? Why didn’t Cora just marry Leo herself after Ava died? Oh and Cora also kills Ava at some point as well. I really can’t keep this whole mess straight.

I guess the relationships matter less than what they mean: Zelena wants to go back in time and kill Ava so her mom can be with the King and she can be trained by her father figure/wannabe lover Rumplestiltskin. If that plan succeeds Snow won’t be born, but neither will Regina or Emma or Henry. So there’s that. Also, can we talk about Z’s creepy obsession with Rumple? That scene made me so uncomfortable, my goodness. Out of all the characters Zelena has the biggest daddy issues and that is certainly saying something. I guess it makes sense that Rumple is the first person who thought she was worth anything and so she fell in love with him, but I thought she was smarter than to fall for his tricks. She learns just in time that he does not in fact want to make sweet love to her, but instead  is trying to get back his dagger. Boy, love really does make you blind.

So this whole plan of Zelena’s is VERY ambitious because as EVERYONE keeps mentioning, time travel is SO HARD. No one can do it. But wait, David (with the first smart idea of his entire life), mentions that maybe his yet unborn/unnamed baby must be the key! So any day now this baby should be born and Zelena will appear from the sky to use it in her potion making? I get the feeling that this baby is just a macguffin and will not exist past this Wicked Witch storyline. I guess I just can’t picture it actually existing because of how little we know (still) about the missing year and how it came to be in the first place.

Speaking of the missing year that No One But Hook Can Mysteriously Remember, we get a little about what he was up to during that time which was mainly moping about Emma in the most emo way possible and playing land pirate. One night he meets my tied-with-Aurora-for-least-favorite-character Ariel who accuses him of kidnapping Prince Eric in a storyline that’s basically just meant to show how tormented and damaged Hook is. It also leads to a confrontation with the Pirate Blackbeard, who, in case the writers of OUAT are unaware, is a real person and not a fairy tale character. But history be damned! Blackbeard and Hook fight and Blackbeard is made to walk the plank without disclosing the location of Eric. This is only important because Ariel shows up in Storybrooke once again looking for Eric and Hook once again has to  help her look for him. 

As soon as I saw redhead Ariel I was wondering if the show had reached their ginger quota or something because Zelena was mysteriously missing from the episode. Until it turns out she IS Ariel (not that surprised) and cursed Hook’s lips when he evoked the name of his love, Emma (swoon). The whole ending of “The Jolly Roger” made me mad because the number one problem the characters of OUAT face is NOT TALKING ABOUT THEIR PROBLEMS. Hook could literally walk up to ANYONE and say, “Hey, Zelena cursed me and if I don’t take away Emma’s magic powers she’s going to kill all of you.” That would be too easy though. Instead he spends all of “Bleeding Through” not engaging in witty banter with Emma and gazing wistfully into the distance.

More wistful gazing that happened in this week’s episode? Regina and Robin. Somehow Zelena found that the Hooded one was holding her sister’s heart and sent Rumple to get it. Robert Carlyle is truly impressive in this scene as a man with no agency and no desire to do the things he is being force to. You could see the pleading in his eyes as he tries to get the heart from Robin without hurting Roland. I cannot wait for the real Rumple to come back, I miss his devious ways. I hope he is the one who gets to stick it to Zelena once and for all after all she has put him through. Regina understands Robin’s sacrifice and after a pep talk about her “resilient heart” with Snow goes and kisses the heck out of him. Which automatically makes me nervous. Zelena is out to hurt her and would stop at nothing to do it. Which means Robin is in danger. I’m pretty surprised Zelena hasn’t found out about Henry yet. I thought for sure when Zelena was in Regina’s house she would see a picture of Henry and figure it all out somehow. Speaking of the kid, where was he in 3.18? Sometimes he needs to be babysat and sometimes he just watches himself? Also, David teaching him how to drive was slightly funny, but more so for Regina’s reaction and quick cover up.

I dislike not being able to watch Once Upon a Time live (and 3 hours later than usual), but such is the price of now living in California. I think I’ll survive. When is the season finale for this show because I’m pretty sure the baby won’t be born until then or the end of the episode before. Also, the next recap/review should be back to one episode at a time!

Final Words

  • Why can Hook remember the missing year when no one else can??
  • David’s confusion at Emma saying they “Skyped” with Ariel and Eric was priceless
  • I like the name Leopold. Leo is such a cute nickname
  • Regina puts a protection spell on the Charming’s apartment and then they spend time EVERYWHERE but there
  • Where are Mulan and Aurora/why do I care?
  • Regina/Emma magic training scenes were pure perfection. I also didn’t hate the Regina/Snow scenes
  • Thank you for bringing back Rose McGowan as Cora, I love her to death in this role
  • That ‘Prince Jonathan’ storyline gave me serious Frozen flashbacks

Favorite Quotes:

  • Favorite quote of the series maybe so far- Regina: The number of spells involving baby parts would surprise you. (3.17)
  • David (assembling a crib): I’ve seen enemy battle plans that were easier to decipher than this. (3.17)
  • Regina (about Hook): He’s prone to violence, impulsive, and has a hook for a hand. What would a 12 year old boy not like? (3.17)
  • Regina: Don’t drink it! It’s a deadly poison for summoning the dark forces. David: I prefer Earl Grey. (3.18)

40 Days of Blogging: The Conclusion

When I started out on this 40 Days of Blogging journey I did not know two things:

  1. Lent is a period of 40 days WITHOUT counting Sundays meaning either I should have given myself off on Sundays or that I should have really been writing for 46 days. That would’ve been nice to know as I was labeling these posts because I kept getting VERY confused about the numbering.
  2. I would be going to California, leaving before Easter Sunday and therefore technically not blogging for the full period of Lent.

What I did know is that I made a promise to myself to write a post every day for 40 days. And for 38 days now I have kept that promise (minus yesterday because I was busy packing for my trip and visiting family). I have to say I am proud of myself for completing my goal. I know I technically did not make it to the big 4-0, but that was not by choice. I would keep writing everyday if I could, but I have adventures waiting for me out west and so it is with a tiny bit of sadness and a feeling of accomplishment that I write my last of my 40 Days of Blogging posts.

This experience has been more rewarding than I could have ever imagined. I have gained new followers, had people “like” and share my posts, and have thought of something new to write about each day without making myself fall asleep. More importantly, I have gained confidence in my writing abilities. My writing is the one thing I have always been something I am confident about because (luckily) writing  has always come easily to me. I was the girl who was confused by people who complained about having 3 page papers to write. I took a creative writing class for fun. I WAS AN ENGLISH MAJOR FOR GOSH SAKES. However, 9 times out of 10 I still find myself plagued with doubt especially when it comes to posting my writing online. Sometimes I don’t write reviews to movies or shows I watch because I think, “What’s the point?” If the film I want to write about has been out for weeks or years why I would even bother writing something other tons of people already have opinions on? Specifically those people with more experience and intelligence than me.

However, this project forced me to share my opinions. If I didn’t have to think of a new topic to write about every day I guarantee you that around 75% of these posts wouldn’t have been written. But  they were and people read them (shocker of all shocks). I proved, mostly to myself, that my opinion matters. And honestly I don’t care that some of my posts had 6 readers and that some had 65, what matters most to me is that I had the courage to put it out there despite my previous misgivings.

I know going forward onto day 41 and 65 and even further into the future that I will be more willing to put my thoughts into writing. If you know me, even just via twitter, then you know I have A LOT to say (and if you know me in person I apologize because you know A LOT doesn’t even begin to cover it). I also know that I will try and not just write movie reviews in the future, but continue posting about books and music and lists and a more personal things particularly with this new, west coast chapter of my life beginning.

40 Days of Blogging may be done, but I’m not going anywhere. Well, except to California. This blog will still exist…just maybe after a short break. As always, thanks for reading, following, tweeting, liking, and sharing. Keep an eye out for my next post which will more likely than not be brought to you from another time zone!

Final Word

  • There may have been a few days where I posted after 12 am and then edited the date/time so it looked like it was posted at 11:59…