Defending Logan Huntzberger

Because I’ve already trash-talked Dean Forester and waffled over Jess Mariano, I’ve decided to dedicate today’s post to my favourite of Rory Gilmore’s boyfriends: Logan Huntzberger. I know that Alex and Emillie are shaking their heads at me right now, but my sisters also prefer Logan, so I know I’ll have their support at least. Plus, while looking for images, I stumbled across this article (funnily enough, I was going to use a very similar title for this post) the other day, which proves it’s not just a family trait to be on Team Logan.

Rory’s Happiness

I would argue that Logan just wanted Rory to be happy. Even if quitting school “wasn’t like her”, he didn’t try to dissuade her or tell her how to live her life. He also (eventually) committed to her, even though it wasn’t his style, because he understood how much their relationship meant to her, and he was willing to change to make it work. He even proposes to her and he was definitely not the marrying type when they first met.

Her Provider

In that heartbreaking episode when Luke and Lorelai break up, Logan offers Rory his limo to save her the bus trip back to Stars Hollow. In the revival he also (probably) pays for her to fly out to London (that’s the only explanation I can come up with, because she sure as heck couldn’t afford those flights herself). Doesn’t everyone secretly want someone rich to provide for their every whim (I know I wouldn’t say no!)?

It’ll be fun, it’ll be a thrill. Something stupid, something bad for you. Just something different. Isn’t this the point of being young? It’s your choice, Ace. People can live a hundred years without really living for a minute. You climb up here with me, it’s one less minute you haven’t lived.

That Charm

I guess if you don’t like Logan you can’t see it, but he’s charming af (shout out to Matt Czurchy for that adorable smile). The way he calls her “Ace” is absolutely precious (did any of her other boyfriends come up with sweet/flattering nicknames for her? I don’t think so.) He has that delightful combination of intellect with a dash of bad behaviour, so you know any time spent with Logan would be an adventure. I mean, that first Life and Death Brigade event he takes her to? So much fun!

Breaking Boundaries

Speaking of Life and Death Brigade: Logan encouraged Rory to break out of her shell. Since her happiness was a huge priority for him (see point #1), he didn’t make her uncomfortable, but he pushed her to try new things, whether it was bungee-jumping using an umbrella, or, yes, stealing a yacht (I’ll get to that in a minute).

Now, to be fair, here are some cons:

Bad Decisions

Rory admittedly made a lot of poor decisions when she was with Logan (both in the original series and the revival), like stealing the yacht, quitting school, and carrying on an affair with an engaged man. But really...how was that HIS fault? Isn't she supposed to be an adult at this point?

No Spine

The argument I often hear against Logan has something to do with the way he doesn’t defend Rory when his father upends her life by telling her she’s not cut out to be a journalist. Actually, he DOES offer to fight Mitchum, and it’s only at Rory’s request that he backs down. And if she assumed he agreed with his father because he didn’t expressly disagree...well, it’s mostly conjecture on her part. So unless Logan did something truly heinous in season six (which, I’ll admit, I’ve mostly blocked out because everything was garbage), I really don’t get this point. 

(I just remembered that he cheats on her, but I swear they were broken up at that point. Not that I'm condoning his actions, but is she really the best person to judge other people's infidelities *cough DEAN WAS MARRIED cough*?)

Master and Commander

Logan was a bit of a playboy when they met, and he wasn’t the most faithful of boyfriends when they first started dating, but, like I said at the beginning of this post, he DID change (only to revert back to his playboy status in the revival, but then again, literally everyone except Luke was garbage in those four episodes). So I can see why people were turned off when he originally made his appearance. 

And there you have it. While I acknowledge that he’s not perfect (but who is?), I’ve spent thirteen years on Team Logan, and I don’t think that’s going to change any time soon. 

If I could, I’d also like to say a few words about my girlfriend of the last 3 years. You amaze me, Rory Gilmore. Everyday, everything that you do, everything that you are. This past year I learned that I don’t know a whole lot more than I thought I knew, if that makes sense. I’m sorry, I’m a little bit nervous and I didn’t think I would be. What I’m trying to say is, I don’t know a lot. But I know that I love you, and I want to be with you.

Though I’ll say that Jess has definitely grown on me during this most recent re-watch!

The IT Crowd

A couple of Squeeing Saturdays ago, I mentioned how I had started watching The IT Crowd. After forgetting about it for a couple of months, I finally got around to finishing the series (four seasons, and an hour-long special).

The IT Crowd is about the adventures of Reynholm Industries’ IT department consisting of Roy, Moss, and their relationship manager Jen. And it is HILARIOUS. Seriously, I laughed so hard (though I feel like the fourth season wasn't as funny, which is probably why it ended when it did). And in between the LOLs, I also learned some valuable lessons, including the following: 

How to talk about football:

How to get out of a bad situation:

How to act in a social situation:

How to fix any technical problem: 

How to call for help in the UK:

And, as a bonus, the most important lesson I’ve ever learned: piracy is a crime. 

Watch Superstore and Have a Heavenly Day

Once again, I find myself watching (and loving) a show Jane recommended a year ago, but seriously, you guys need to watch Superstore. Especially if you – like me – happen to work in a retail store. 

I laughed so hard at this show, I can’t even tell you. Each actor has fantastic comedic timing and the cast is a diverse melting pot of distinctive types, from flamboyant new employee Mateo, to their well-meaning but sometimes oblivious manager Glenn, to flighty teen (and soon-to-be-mom) Cheyenne, and no-nonsense associate manager Dina (who had some of the best lines in the show...it’s been weeks and I still haven’t stopped laughing at her retelling of the first time she got her period).

Balloons are like our souls.They want to go up, but can’t, and when you pop them, they scream.
— Glenn

While my store is technically a department store, it’s thankfully not a “big box” (like Walmart, or Superstore’s fictional Cloud 9), but wow, do I understand these characters! At one point, an old man dies in the store, and the most Garrett feels is apathy – he just doesn’t care – and I’ve never related to something so much in my life because I too am dead inside from having to deal with customers all day.

I’ve taken four breaks today, so I guess we both got stuff to brag about.
— Garrett

Then there’s the idea that customers will alternate between needing you to hold their hand to find the simplest of things (“The dress on the mannequin? It’s on the rack right beside the mannequin. Under the giant photo advertising that same dress.”), and treating you like you’re completely inept because you work in retail (“I just put your friend in a fitting room and you want to use the fitting room beside her? Why didn’t I think of that??”). The Cloud 9 associates have one thousand times more patience than I do – especially Amy, who’s been at it for ten years – because they never seem to lose their temper, no matter how annoying people are.

Tomorrow is gonna be just like today, and I know that because today is just like yesterday.
— Amy

And, like Jonah, I’m stuck in retail in my late twenties because I can’t get a “real” job (actually, Jonah abandons business school and ends up at Cloud 9 by chance, whereas I simply chose a field that has very limited job opportunities). So it’s kinda nice to see a character on TV who is around the same age as me and going through a similar career-driven crisis. 

That doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun at work, does it? Or try to find some moments of beauty in the every day?
— Jonah

I’d probably still find the show funny even if I didn’t work retail, but having such similar experiences really brings it home for me. You can just tell that the show writers had miserable retail jobs at some point, but managed to turn that anger and resentment into a hilarious and realistic portrayal of department store workers in America who just want to make enough money to be able to follow their dreams. 

Also, on a slightly unrelated note: I ship Jonah/Amy so hard, and I don't understand how they're going to get around the whole Amy-being-married thing, but I can't wait to find out!!!

iZombie's Sophomore Slump

A month ago, I talked about how much I enjoyed iZombie. Now I’m unfortunately here to tell you how disappointing season two was (for me, at least). 

It felt a lot slower and it was fifty-seven times more complicated. There were subplots upon subplots: Liv’s mystery solving, of course, but also Major/Chaos Killer/Max Rager, and Peyton/Blaine, and Liv/Major (which was thankfully short-lived and happily traded for Liv/Drake...which was also, unfortunately, short-lived), and Blaine/his flunkeys…

Idle brains are the devil’s workshop.
— Liv

AND THEN there were sub-subplots, like the redhead from Max Rager who was Liv’s roommate, but also secretly banging Major. Oh, plus Clive’s FBI agent love interest, and probably something else I can’t remember because I was so bored. 

I was able to work (i.e. write) while watching this season, which shows how dull it was because if it was truly riveting, I wouldn’t have gotten anything done. With so many plot points, it got tiresome waiting for all the characters to catch up - we, the viewers, would find out something from Liv, but someone else (Major, for example) wouldn’t be clued in for another three episodes, by which point everything is in chaos because NO ONE communicates. 

And I still don’t get how Clive was so clueless re: Liv’s zombieness (especially after he literally mentions Liv’s personality changes to Ravi)...I mean, what kind of detective is he???

There were some good episodes, but they were few and far between - a lot of filler episodes, compared to the fast-paced first season. Basically, Ravi was the best part of this season, because even Liv was pretty dumb sometimes. 

Your Next Netflix Binge: Santa Clarita Diet

I guess I've been on a bit of zombie kick recently: not only am I almost done season two of iZombie, but I spent a couple of days binge-watching Santa Clarita Diet - and you should too. 

Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant are Sheila and Joel Hammond, a realtor couple whose normal lives are thrown into disarray when, one day, Sheila vomits an insane amount, momentarily dies, and opens her eyes again with a sudden craving for human flesh. 

From that moment on, Joel dedicates time to understanding more about his wife's condition, even trying to find a cure...all while making sure she's well-fed, and avoiding their suspicious sheriff neighbour, Dan. 

The Hammonds' teenage daughter, Abby, also has to deal with her mom's newly undead status, while also becoming friends with her nerdy neighbour, Dan's stepson Eric, and just generally being really cool (there's one episode where she gets revenge on her friend's ex, and it's amazing). 

Most of the characters have their fair share of funny moments, but Timothy Olyphant is the scene-stealer. Whether he's dramatically reacting to a new effect of Sheila's zombiesm (like when she slowly starts deteriorating) or dropping a well-placed curse (the amount of swearing somehow makes this show funnier?), he's easily the best character in all of Santa Clarita....though you also have to give Drew Barrymore props for managing to combine her usual sweet demeanor with a more aggressive flesh-eating persona. 

It can be kinda gross sometimes (seriously, Sheila vomits EVERYWHERE), but it's also clever and laugh-out-loud hilarious (it's from the creator of one of my favourite short-lived shows, Better Off Ted). With only ten episodes, it's easy to binge-watch. So what are you waiting for? Start the Santa Clarita Diet now!

Becoming a Whovian Fifty Years Late

I don’t watch a whole lot of TV, but every so often, I come across a new-to-me show that completely takes over my life. It happened with Adventure Time, and then again with Sherlock, and now it’s happening once more with Doctor Who (which, I realize, has been around for over fifty years, wow, sorry I’m behind on the times, I’m still working on building a TARDIS).

It would take me years to catch up on the classic Who episodes, so I started with the reboot, and I don't regret a single thing. I know my sister is probably reading this and thinking “You’re just in it for David Tennant”. And I’ll readily admit that she’s not wrong – Ten is a big reason why I wanted to watch the show in the first place, and is absolutely one of the reasons why I’m this obsessed. But David Tennant’s charming mannerisms and cute face (and great hair) aside, there are other reasons why this show speaks to me. 

As soon as I started watching it, I realized that Doctor Who is basically the live-action version of Adventure Time, except more time travell-y. Like Adventure Time (which, as I've mentioned, I LOVE), there are episodes that confuse me, but still leave me intrigued. And there are episodes that make no sense and bore me to regeneration. There are episodes that start to fill in the blanks left by those previous episodes so that I can “ooh” and “ahh” over all the foreshadowing. And there are episodes that reach into my chest and pull out my one still-beating heart and leave me completely devastated (graphic, I know, but I’ve been crying about the fourth season for WEEKS). 

Some people live more in twenty years than others do in eighty. It’s not the time that matters, it’s the person.

Not to mention I, quite simply, love a good time travel story. Time travel was the one redeeming quality of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (even if the rest of the story was nonsensical garbage), and I find the concept fascinating, if a little confusing. So the fact that the Doctor can go as far forward or as far back in time as he wishes is pure magic in my eyes. I especially love any time he ends up cavorting with historical figures: fighting werewolves with Queen Victoria, witnessing Shakespeare’s lost play, solving a murder mystery with Agatha Christie, etc. I like aliens and space adventures as much as the next person, but there’s something special about watching the Doctor insert himself into actual human history. 

People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... timey wimey... stuff.

Plot aside, I also enjoy the characters. You should all know by now how I feel about Ten, but Nine was also, in his own words, “fantastic” (I haven’t started watching Eleven’s seasons yet). Captain Jack Harkness makes any situation ten times as fun (and flirtatious), I need to know more about River Song, and Donna Noble...well, I’m dedicating a whole post to her next month, so you’ll just have to wait and see how I feel about her (spoiler alert: Donna is the flippin’ best). Even Rose and Martha, for all their faults, served a purpose; they may not have been my favourites, but they helped shape the Doctor – and the series – in ways only they could. 

I know at least three people who were shocked to find out that it took me this long to watch Doctor Who because it’s a show that combines a whole bunch of my favourite things into one neat (but expensive – great Gallifrey, the DVDs cost a fortune!!) blue box. As mad as I am that I waited this long to discover the Doctor, I’m so glad I finally took the leap.

The Doctor showed me a better way of living your life...You don’t just give up. You don’t just let things happen. You make a stand. You say ‘no’. You have the guts to do what’s right, when everyone else just runs away.

Zombies and Brains and Doctors, Oh My

Once again, I'm finally catching up on TV shows that Jane literally watched over a year ago. That's right, I watched the first season of iZombie, and, spoiler alert, I really enjoyed it. 

As Jane mentioned in her postiZombie is about Olivia Moore, a medical resident who becomes a zombie and uses her newfound powers to help the Seattle police solve crimes. It's a great concept, but, in my experience, great concepts mean nothing if the characters aren't well developed. Luckily, iZombie manages to provide us with both plot and character development.

Liv is a fantastic heroine, but - spoiler alert - since I've written a WCW post on her for next week, I won't spend too much time talking about her here. Let's talk about the rest of the characters instead.

My favourite character (apart from Liv) is her boss at the morgue, Ravi. When he finds out Liv is a zombie, he's utterly fascinated and immediately makes her undergo a series of tests - not just to satisfy his own curiosity but to see if he can somehow cure her. Talk about being a great friend! We should also commend him for being able to put up with Liv's mood swings/personality changes every time she eats a new brain, not to mention all the schemes she comes up with in between eating brains (like when she tricks him into moving in with Major). I like that he manages to hit it off with all her friends (not gonna lie, I ship him and Peyton) and maintains a good sense of humour, regardless of what kind of trouble he gets into when Liv's around (like the feral-zombie-in-a-hole thing that could have gotten him killed). 

I suppose Clive Babineaux - the detective who treats Liv as his personal psychic - is a good character too, but I'm sort of "meh" about him in general. He's smart and gets the job done and whatever, but he feels less developed than some of the others, even when he has complicated backstories about going undercover, etc. 

I don't like Liv's ex, Major, at all, but since I didn't like Robert Buckley when he was on One Tree Hill, it's probably a case of "actor indifference" and has nothing to do with the character. 

Blaine, meanwhile, does a decent enough job as the villain of the piece, but since I currently can't remember his motives for zombie-fying everyone, I guess he doesn't leave that big of an impression. I also wish he had an English accent (like Liv's short-lived zombie boy-toy Lowell...or Ravi, for that matter) because I probably would have liked him more. 

The rest of the supporting cast - Liv's best friend Peyton, her mom, and her brother - are in so few episodes, it's hard to really get a feel for them, but I hope the second season will give them a chance to develop into fully-fleshed characters. 

Ten Reasons I Love Ten

Happy Valentine's Day! While 90% of the people I know are celebrating this romantic day with a significant other, I'm spending a couple of hours swooning over the Tenth Doctor (because I recently started watching Doctor Who and am OBSESSED). Here, in no particular order, are ten reasons why:

1) His pop culture references are A+

The first time he has to save the world (post-regeneration), he quotes The Lion King. And then he only went and made not one, but TWO Harry Potter references in one episode and my fangirl heart exploded.

2) His glasses

As someone who's worn glasses for over twenty years, I love when actors (and musicians) slap on a pair (just cuz I have poor eyesight, doesn't mean I can't be as cool as everyone with 20/20 vision). I always know that the Doctor is close to solving his problem-of-the-week as soon as he whips out those tortoiseshell frames. 

3) His fashion sense in general

I live for Converse, pinstripes are one of my favourite patterns, and I love a good trench coat. All that to say I very much enjoy the way Ten dresses. 

4) "Allons-y"

I know it's only one word, but dudes speaking French = heart eyes emoji. Enough said.

5) So passionate

Nine was enthusiastic, but Ten dials it up to passionate. I mean, sometimes he seems unnecessarily angry/aggressive, but I chalk it up to him being an impassioned individual prone to emotional outbursts.

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6) Six impossible things before breakfast

Speaking of passion: more often than not, the Doctor will exclaim that something is impossible, but it doesn't stop him from digging into it for more details so he can understand it better. If he had to write a resume, he could list "problem-solving", "thinking outside the (TARDIS) box", and "eager to learn" under his special skills.

7) That raised eyebrow (and also all facial expressions)

I'm not saying I swooned when he winked at Martha in season three's "Smith and Jones", but I definitely did. He's also the best at making surprised faces. Or shocked faces. Or just any expression in general, really.

8) #MyEmotions

Similarly, when Ten feels an emotion, he expresses it so well that I too feel that same emotion. When he's sad, I'm sad - I was, for example, unreasonably devastated when he was too late to see Mme de Pompadour one last time. And while I haven't come across the "crying in the rain" scene yet, I've seen the gif and it's enough to bring a tear to my eye. 

9) I ship Ten/everyone he ever meets

Ten is absurdly charismatic - literally everyone loves him (and I don't blame them). My sister isn't into the Doctor/companion relationships, but I kinda am: when he and Rose are separated at the end of season two, I was pretty emotional (and I know at least two other people who were traumatized by this scene). See also my feelings re: Mme de Pompadour. 

10) David Tennant is a ten (out of ten)

I considered starting my list with this fact, but then I wouldn't have needed to come up with nine other reasons (and then I wouldn't have had to look up corresponding gifs!). I became mildly enamoured of David Tennant after watching Broadchurch, but at this point, it's a full-blown obsession. All I'm saying is that it's gonna be weird when I start rooting for Barty Crouch Jr. the next time I watch Goblet of Fire with my niece.

The only thing that could have made Ten even more magnificent would have been if David Tennant got to keep his Scottish accent...but at least we have season two's "Tooth and Claw"

A Series of Unfortunate Events

Apart from Harry Potter, A Series of Unfortunate Events was one of my constant childhood companions. I can’t count the number of times I’ve reread them, the hours I spent trying to work out what VFD stood for, and the frustration I felt when the series ended with so many unanswered questions. I actually enjoyed the 2004 movie, even though it wasn’t an entirely faithful adaptation (I tend to think of them as two separate entities), so I was intrigued when Netflix announced the TV show. 

I binged the show in a day, and I must admit I’m disappointed. A lot of the reviews I’ve read seem to be favourable, but I felt like it left a lot to be desired. 

Let’s start off with the characters. I wasn’t completely sold on Neil Patrick Harris when he was originally cast as the dastardly Count Olaf, and I’m still not 100% behind his portrayal. I think it’s because I can’t separate NPH from Barney Stinson after watching him in the same role for a decade, but also Jim Carrey cracked me up in the movie. The children, meanwhile, were okay, but I didn’t love them. I felt like they were very wooden; in the books, they felt so much more real than they did here. Violet also came across as younger than 14 whereas the book-Violet is much more mature. Having recently watched Stranger Things, I know that there are superbly talented child actors out there, but these guys...I don’t believe they are who they claim they are. 

I also wasn’t into Patrick Warbuton’s on-screen presence as Lemony Snicket. I don’t mind the narration, but most of the time, it sounded like he was phoning it in. Jude Law did a better job narrating the movie from the shadows (I liked that we never knew what Lemony Snicket looked like), but perhaps it was the English accent that I appreciated?

One good thing they did with the casting was the amount of diversity. From Count Olaf’s henchmen to the children’s other guardians, they made the effort to cast non-white actors, and I appreciate the effort - it doesn’t change the story to make Aunt Josephine black (plus Alfre Woodard was a delight).

Aesthetically, the show is gorgeous. The bright colours of Justice Strauss’ home compared to the Gothic feels of Olaf’s house; the reptilian hedges and steampunk-y door at Uncle Monty’s; Damocles Dock and Aunt Josephine’s wide window; and burned down Paltryville outside of the Lucky Smells Lumbermill. I loved that the books never specified a time/place for these unfortunate events and the sets did a good job at continuing that timeless feeling (are they in the past or in the future?). 

My favourite part was all the allusions to the rest of the books: confirming what VFD stood for (and all the different meanings); talking about Lemony Snicket; the SUGAR BOWL; even a vague reference to the All the Wrong Questions series (“when did you see her last?”); and, of course, the dedications to Beatrice at the start of each “book” (two-episode arc). I like that all those elements were included, but it doesn’t make up for all the random characters that were introduced.

I thought the way the Quagmires were introduced was interesting, but there was a part of their story line that was frustrating because it was so confusing and misleading. The Quagmires are one of my favourite parts of the later books, so I hope they're given a decent amount of screen time.

Overall, I was left feeling unsatisfied, a word which here means “disappointed by how different the show was, compared to my beloved books”, but I’m interested to see how they do a second (and third?) season, since they have another nine books full of characters and content to cover. 

The Show You Should Definitely Not Sleep On: Sweet/Vicious

I haven't been watching a whole lot of TV lately. Not for any particular reason, but an episode of The Crown here, a season finale of The Good Place there, and I've been pretty much set for television. My friend had been telling me about an MTV show called Sweet/Vicious, about two college students who decide to become vigilantes to combat campus rape. This show seemed right up my alley but I was dragging my feet about it. Last night, I decided, was the night to finally check the show out. I finished it this morning.

Suffice it to say that this show is for me. It's badass, it's emotionally distressing, it's real, and over-the-top. The two leads are both forces to be reckoned with. The show doesn't shy away from the very real threat of sexual assault and rape on university campuses, nor does it beat around the bush about how the administration often doesn't deal with it. Women (and men) are left to fend for themselves after devastating violations. It makes sense that someone would want to take justice into their own hands, especially when the culprit always seems to get off scot-free. 

There is still time to catch up on Sweet/Vicious before its two-hour finale and I highly recommend you do. The entire series is available to watch on mtv.ca and you can too revel in beatdowns, group therapy and a really hot gamer guy (who is my exact type and actually gives me heart palpitations). I believe the show is currently on the bubble of being renewed and it needs all the support it can get. We need to reward shows like this that take on brave and tough subjects and treat them with the dignity and respect that they deserve. 

Sherlock: The Final Problem

The season four (series??) finale of Sherlock aired this past weekend and naturally I was losing my mind for about a day, so I’m going to talk about it here. Consider this your SPOILER ALERT...if you haven’t watched it yet (and are planning on it), DO NOT scroll past the following image. 

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Well. That was quite a ride, wasn’t it? As you may recall, I had a lot of Thoughts about the season four premiere, “The Six Thatchers”, and the second episode, “The Lying Detective”, blew my mind (in the last ten minutes. I spent the first hour going “Is this real life or is this just fantasy?”). Since all I could think about for the past week was “Sherlock has a sister???”, I was eager to learn more about Eurus Holmes and how she fits in with everyone’s favourite curmudgeonly detective. 

So let’s talk about Eurus for a bit. First of all: girl is insane. Like actually, literally insane. So insane that she’s being kept in a facility that looks like Azkaban but is really called Sherrinford (so clever). I liked how she was explained – how Sherlock had blocked her out of his memory for killing “Redbeard” (which is a whole other thing to unpack!), even the way Sherlock forced Mycroft to confess. My issue with Eurus’ story line is that it was confusing, a mystery wrapped in an enigma and all that. It took several hours for me to really work out how Eurus did everything: how she managed to manipulate everyone in Sherrinford so that she was able to go in and out of her cell. How she was both the girl in the plane and the mastermind behind the game. But my real question is: how can I too get Jim Moriarty as a Christmas present??? (I guessed he was who Mycroft referred to the first time he mentioned “Christmas” but that didn’t stop me from yelping anyway). 

I may have spent forty minutes searching every variation of “Moriarty The Final Problem gif” I could think of because that was easily one of my favourite scenes to ever exist, and I’m still not over that blasted subtitle of “five years earlier”. I LOVE that they managed to bring Moriarty back into this episode (brb, weeping over Andrew Scott in a suit), but WAY TO PLAY WITH MY HEART by making me think he was alive, only to have his death confirmed (again). As if I wasn’t already screaming during the first scene with that phone call, they had to go and get my hopes up. Still, I spent several days listening to “I Want to Break Free” for a piece on idobi earlier this month and now I guess I’ll have to listen to it again because WHAT AN ENTRANCE. 

This episode was probably one of the most stressful that the series has ever done. It reminded me of the season one finale, "The Great Game", where Sherlock had to solve multiple cases otherwise innocent people would be killed, especially the last game when he realized a child’s life was at stake. Except the tension from that episode was multiplied by 221320947 because I was on tenterhooks the entire time. I was absolutely terrified for Molly – like a YA heroine, I let out a breath I didn’t even know I was holding when their phone call ended, but it broke my heart that Molly confessed her love for Sherlock and, while he said it back, he didn’t mean it the way she did. I believe Sherlock loves Molly in his own way, but not the way Molly wants or deserves. If there’s another season, I hope Molly gets a chance to shine – she’s an underrated character, but, as Sherlock once said, she does count. 

What else did I like? I liked that Sherlock and John’s friendship managed to survive such a stressful escape room game; I liked that Mycroft recognized how much John meant to Sherlock and went to great lengths to make sure his brother wouldn’t have to lose a best friend again (Mycroft is such an amazing character, oh my gosh, so many layers!); I liked that their parents showed up; I liked that Sherlock finally referred to Lestrade by his real name (without prompting); I liked that Sherlock has a real relationship with Rosie Watson; and I liked that Mary had one final message for her Baker Street Boys. 

I didn’t like that it felt more like a series finale than a season finale, but I suppose, if Sherlock has to end, at least they made sure they went out with a bang and didn’t leave too many loose ends. 

Touch the Skyrim

I truly haven't watched much TV in the past 10 days of 2017, other than one episode of the new series of The Bachelor (already a bit of a shit show) and a couple episodes of The Bachelorette Canada (100% a shit show). So today, I bring you another series in the Polygon pantheon, once again staring Griffin McElroy and Nick Robinson of "Car Boys" fame. Their new series is called "Touch the Skyrim", where Griffin plays through a modded-out Skyrim and Nick has to find everything that seems... altered. It's a lark and a half, as are all collaborations between McElroy and Robinson. There are only three episodes out so far, which is far too few, but at least you get a good taste of the tomfoolery to be had.

The Delivery Man...delivers

Last month, when I finally signed up for Netflix (don’t judge me for being so late to the party), my sister and I were delighted to re-discover the short but sweet (and hilarious) series, The Delivery Man

Starring the comic genius Darren Boyd (have you ever watched the British TV show Spy? SO GOOD) as Matthew, an ex-cop turned midwife, the six-part series is centered around the maternity ward of a hospital. If you’re thinking this is just a knock off of Call the Midwife, you’re mistaken. For one thing, it’s absolutely hilarious. And for another, it takes itself a little less seriously, choosing to show more light-hearted moments instead of focusing on, y’know, the actual births and deliveries of babies. 

The rest of the cast is made up of strong women who give beautiful comedic performances: Lisa (Aisling Bea), who Matthew has a crush on, even though she’s dating a volatile butcher; young and flighty Tash (Jennie Jacques); no-nonsense Pat (Llewella Gideon) who wouldn’t be afraid to cut you if you got in between her and a piece of cake; and the senior midwife/boss, Caitlin (Fay Ripley). There’s also Mr. Edwards (Alex Macqueen), the posh senior consultant obstetrician who delights in mocking the midwives, and Matthew’s cop friend Ian (Paddy McGuinness) who, after being suspended, ends up working as hospital security. 

Each episode focuses on a different experience in the birthing center, from a teen mom too scared to tell her parents who the father is, to a man whose wife and mistress are both in labour at the same time, to a C-list celebrity worried about her not-yet announced pregnancy. Along the way, Matthew, recently qualified, struggles to get his bearings as both a new midwife and as the only male midwife in the hospital. His colleagues help him out – to a certain extent – but they’re not above teasing him, or, in the Caitlin’s case, inappropriately flirting with him. The writing is clever and witty – if you’re into dry British humour like I am – and there’s nothing too unbelievable. Except, perhaps, for how not gross the newborn babies look (I’m just saying, a lot of them are TOO CLEAN to be a just-birthed infant). 

Because the series is so short, it’s hard to talk about without spoiling all the best parts, so you might as well just commit yourself to six hours of it: three hours for the first watch and then another three hours when you re-watch it because you missed half of it from laughing so hard (also because sometimes their accents can be hard to understand).

We Help the Helpless: Buffy Season Four and Angel Season One

You’ve probably forgotten by now that I’ve been re-watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, mostly because it’s been 4308435 days since I recapped season three. This is partially because I was alternating between Buffy season four and the first season of Angel, but also because MAN, SEASON FOUR IS SO DULL. 

Highlights

-the crossover episodes. I already talked about that heartbreaking two-parter here, but towards the end of Buffy season four, Faith comes back (Faith may be psychotic, but she’s hella entertaining), and after switching bodies with Buffy (and then switching back), she moves on to LA where Angel swoops in and tries to save her from herself. Classic Angel. 

-the return of Wesley Wyndam-Pryce in Angel. Wesley cracks me up and I like how his character develops from stuffy Watcher to Rogue Demon Hunter. 

-the “Hush” episode is pretty good, and that’s probably why it ended up being such a fan-favourite. Oh, and the “Superstar” episode because Danny Strong is always a great guest star.

-minor characters: Oz (in the first half of season 4), plus cameos from Darla and, as mentioned, Faith. Also Anya because you know I love Anya, and Doyle, who was great (but then died, so that was disappointing). And Christian Kane as Lindsey (my sister loves him). 

-Giles. Because Giles is the best. Especially drunk Giles/Giles serenading people with his music skillz (I never realized how much I love Giles until this re-watch). 

-Spike. Because pre-in-love-with-Buffy Spike is also the best (after Giles, obvs. Side note: does anyone else ship Spike/Giles or just me?)

Lowlights

-Riley and his military team of whatevers. Honestly, that plot line was so dull, I kept forgetting that Riley was even a thing until about halfway through season four. 

-Adam as the Big Bad...more like Big Boring, am I right??! 

-oh man, I just remembered Kate on Angel. Talk about boring. 

-Oz leaving and Tara swooping in to seduce Willow. I have nothing against Willow being a lesbian - in fact, I think it’s AMAZING - but I can’t stand Tara. She’s so dull!!!!

-I don’t really like Cordelia that much - she’s great as a background character, but I find her tedious and annoying when she’s at the forefront. Unfortunately, she’s a main character in Angel, which is frustrating. 

It seems like there were a lot more highlights than lowlights, but I think it’s because I blacked out for ¾’s of season four and only remember the good stuff. I don’t remember season five at all, but I really hope it’s better!!

In the meantime, here's a funny Giles/Spike scene:

The Four Elements of Ooo: Adventure Time Season Six

I've been, slowly but surely, catching myself up to Adventure Time which means I spent the last month watching season six on DVD (yeah, I buy the DVDs because they have cute covers and also I don't have Cartoon Network/Netflix, etc). And to recap this season, I've divided it up using the four elements of Ooo: ice, fire, candy, and slime. 

Ice

The plot heavy episodes in this season were INTENSE. First we meet Finn’s dad (who is such a jerk, oh my glob), then Finn loses an arm (devastating), then the Lich gets turned into a giant child (so flipping cute)...and then it's episode three which focuses on something else entirely. This season explained more about Finn’s life pre-Jake plus referenced events that either led to the Great Mushroom War or directly affected the outcome. 

Fire

Comets (or things falling to earth) are a big symbol this season. We see some of the original inhabitants of Ooo getting ready for a comet that's on a crash course with the planet; Martin (Finn’s dad) lands a spaceship in the middle of the countryside; and Gunther, Ice King’s penguin, may be having prophetic dreams about something flying in from outer space. And then it ends with a really weird outer space scene that left me feeling stressed out and confused. 

Candy

In between all the serious biz, there are some light-hearted episodes. One of the highlights was “Princess Day” which paired up Lumpy Space Princess and Marceline (a truly magical combination that I didn't know I wanted until this episode) on a Thelma and Louise-esque adventure. There was also the baby Lich, growing up as Sweet Pea Pig-Trunks who was so cute! And the amazing glimpses into Jake’s family which included the story of his birth and a day spent with his brother Jermaine.

Slime

When Adventure Time is good, it's REALLY good. And when Adventure Time is bad...it's because it's trippy af and nothing makes sense. There were a lot of those episodes in this slightly-longer-than-usual season, filler adventures that didn't affect the plot at all and mostly left me wondering “What were they thinking?” The episodes weren't necessarily bad, they were just weird and occasionally used different art styles, which was pretty cool. And I'm furious that there were no Marceline-centric episodes...luckily she has a whole mini series/set of episodes in season seven!

Fave TV Couples: The Ones Who Didn't Make It

Two weeks ago, I talked about my favourite TV couples who stayed together; this week, I'm pouring one out for the ones who didn't make it. 

Lane and Dave

As much as I like Zack, Dave was pretty much perfect and he was so sweet to Lane (he learned to play Christian hymns for her!). I already talked about his speech, but also what about the time he ran to the hockey game because he couldn't stand the thought of losing her to Young Chiu?? SO CUTE. 

Robin and Barney 

I will be disappointed forever that they didn't work out, despite the ENTIRE SEASON that was built around their wedding weekend. I feel like Barney and Robin actually got each other because they were so similar, and their relationship was a heck of a lot less toxic than Robin and Ted’s. And it showed growth for the two of them to be able to commit to one person, but I guess that didn't last long since, after their divorce, Barney was back to his womanizing ways. 

Jeff and Annie

Their relationship was hella creepy when you consider their age difference so I feel weird mentioning them, but I kinda liked them together? Jeff was so protective of Annie, which was cute, but also somewhat dad-like. I chalk this one up to Joel McHale and Alison Brie having ridiculous chemistry. 

Basically all the couples on Buffy/Angel

My first thought was Willow/Oz but then I remembered Buffy/Angel and how eventually Xander/Anya break up and now I get the feeling that Joss Whedon didn't want any of his characters to be happily in love. So that's sad. 

Which other couples were you rooting for until they broke up? Let us know!

Revisiting Sailor Moon, 20 years later

When I was in kindergarten, I was paired with a girl in Grade 6, and we had to do a little report about our lives. The questions were pretty basic, how old are you, how many people in your family, what's your favourite TV show... Being the sentimental hoarder that I am, I found that report and looked to see what my favourite show as a kindergartener was. Turns out, it was Sailor Moon.

I decided to watch the first couple of episodes from the original series and I was shocked... they still kind of hold up. I still get that warm fuzzy feeling when Serena transforms into Sailor Moon, I feel like I'm recapturing my childhood, just the tiniest bit. It's still ridiculous and overly dramatic, and I love it. Here's the first episode.

Fave TV Couples: The Ones Who Made It

I've decided to do a two part series on some of my favourite couples on TV: this week is about the ones who were together by the end of the series (or at least, wherever I left off). 

J.D. and Elliot

I weep every time they break up and weep even harder when they end up together. They had their flaws (individually and as a couple), but darn it all, I back them 110%. I basically shipped them from the minute they met, and honestly, the best part of season nine is knowing that they ended up married (and expecting a baby!). 

Jake and Amy

A new addition to my fave couples, I'm a sucker for a slow burn romance like theirs. From Jake’s secret pining to Amy’s reluctant admittance that she liked him too, and then having to act like a couple for a case??? That's straight up Nancy Drew and Frank Hardy in that one Egyptian mystery and I LOVE IT. Here's hoping they don't break up for some stupid reason this season. 

Luke and Lorelai

I hesitated putting them on this list because I don't know if they'll still be together in the revival (I'm setting fire to something if they're broken up again, I swear), but talk about a slow burn!! I literally waited years for them to hook up and re-watching the show kills me because I just want them to be happy together. I have a friend who thinks L&L are better off as "just friends" and I don't actually know what to say to her because NO, THEY ARE SOUL MATES. 

Dre and Bo

We don't see Dre and Bo starting a relationship since they're already married (with children), but they're so cute and supportive of each other. Even when they disagree with the other one’s schemes (any time Bo suggests that Dre save money and stop buying shoes, for example), they work it out like the adults they are and come up with a mutual solution.

Who are some of your fave couples? Let us know in the comments!

Yippie Kayak, Other Buckets: Brooklyn Nine-Nine Season Three

So a few months ago, I waxed poetic about my new favourite show, Brooklyn Nine-Nine. In anticipation of the fourth season, which started last week, I binge-watched season three a couple of weeks ago and have been laughing ever since. 

The Human Form of the 100 Emoji

I don’t know how they managed it, but they somehow made this season EVEN FUNNIER than the last two, and that’s saying something. Because I’m actually 12, the amount of fart jokes in the first handful of episodes made me laugh for hours. The cast is in top-form this season, and there are so many quotable one-liners (“Yippie kayak, other buckets!”; “What are those dicks doing out of their cage?” (it’s funnier when you know “those dicks” were kittens); “Shut your dumb poem mouth!”, etc). What’s more, this show manages to get guest stars that are JUST AS FUNNY as the main group, which is impressive. 

I know we have our history. Me vulturing your cases. Me telling you to eat my farts. But that’s all in the past. Because now that I run this precinct, things are going to get much, much worse. So suck it.
— The Vulture

Adrian Pimento

A big arc in the latter half of the season focuses on Adrian Pimento (Jason Mantzoukas), a cop who recently came out from being undercover for twelve years. Spoiler alert: Pimento is HILARIOUS. Often when shows bring on new characters for several episodes, they take the ensemble down a notch – they’re not as witty or they don’t quite click (think of all of Ted’s long-term girlfriends on How I Met Your Mother). Not so with Adrian Pimento (aka Paul Sneed, which was his undercover name) – from the minute he appeared on screen, trying to take back his desk (which has since become Jake's desk), he remained funny. And him and Rosa are just *kisses fingers* SO GOOD. I mean, Rosa actually SHARED HER FEELINGS this season! I didn’t think that was possible!

Jake + Amy Forever

Speaking of relationships, can I get a HECK YES for Jake and Amy??? Season two left us wondering if the love-struck colleagues would actually act on their mutual feelings, and season three does not disappoint. Not only do they actively put a lable on their relationship but they’re just so darn cute (I ship Peraltiago so hard, you guys). P.S. I LOVE how the show dealt with Melissa Fumero’s real-life pregnancy when her tummy was too obvious to keep hiding. So creative! 

And now, a message of hope. Everything is garbage. You find something you care about, and it’s taken from you. Your colleagues, your dream job, your mango yogurt. Never love anything. That’s the lesson.
— Captain Holt

Basically, season three was everything I wanted in the show and a little more, and I can’t wait to see what the squad gets up to next. 

"The Good Place" is Good... Really Good

When I learned that Kristen Bell was going to be on TV again, co-starring alongside of Ted Danson no less, I started my anticipatory countdown for when the show was going to air. I wasn't too concerned with what the show was going to be about, I just knew I wanted to watch it. The fact that it has one of the most interesting premises of a television show in a very long time is only a bonus. 

The Good Place is a new comedy by Mike Schur (of Parks and Rec and Brooklyn Nine-Nine fame), that finds Bell's character, Eleanor, in "the good place" after she dies, a place where only the best people on Earth find themselves after their demise. The thing is... Eleanor isn't good. She's actually quite bad. Someone has screwed up and soon, "the good place" starts to get wonky.

The show is very sweet and fun and inventive. Every person in "the good place" has a soul mate and Eleanor's is a wonderful Ethics Professor named Chidi, who attempts to teach Eleanor how to be good so she can remain in "the good place" and not get sent down to where she actually belongs, all while keeping her true nature a secret from Michael (Danson), the Director of "the good place."

The show will need to be able to keep up with its interesting concept, and so far it's doing an excellent job. It will be a challenge, as all conceptual shows are, and I hope it will be able to continue to find its groove since we need more high-concept shows on network television. So far The Good Place is really good. Let's hope it stays that way.