Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dead Rising on American TV

Nope, I'm not talking zombies, I am talking TV and it's new trend of killing pretty much anyone.  If you haven't watched the following shows (and plan to) READ NO FURTHER:  Person of Interest, Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Boardwalk Empire, Being Human (The UK version) or read The Divergent Series.

Okay are all you guys out?  Last chance.

Good.  So last night, I, a huge J.J. Abram's fan, was settling in to watch Person of Interest.  Well, for me this season has been a bit of "Person of no interest at all whatsoever".  I was starting to find the plot tired, the characters tired and I was considering cutting the show from my epic TV schedule.  But, I was impressed with last week's episode of Detective Carter pretty much single handedly taking down the corrupt cops of HR.  I was down to watch last night's episode to see how the plot would thicken, the previews leading me to believe it would be the end for Detective Fusco.  I had mentally prepared myself for the loss of one of my favorite characters, but when he freed himself from a bad situation, I was overjoyed.

Then again, this is network TV.  Nobody ever actually dies.  I mean, you kind of know it, don't you?  The most shocking death I can remember on network in the last few years is when they killed Kal Penn off of House, but then again we knew that he would be leaving when he took a job at the White House.  So, when Fusco didn't take a bullet to the brain, I was slightly relieved but not too surprised... however, in the final seconds of the show, just when we think we are out of the woods, a payphone rings with a new number and CARTER IS SHOT TO DEATH!

Now, to be fair, I have always felt that Taraji P. Henson was too good for this show.  Not that the show isn't wonderful, it's just that she is such an amazing actress with a RANGE, a tough cop character was not enough for her, in my opinion.  She is an incredible actress who I truly fell in love with in her her Oscar nominated role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.  But the second Harold heard that payphone ring I knew it was either curtains for John or Carter, thinking it may be John after his number had already come up and Root had hinted at Harold losing other partners.  But no, when corrupt HR 2nd in command Simmons finds the two, he hits Carter who was defending weaponless John.  And since I was so used to Network close calls I was waiting for the miracle, for the ambulances, for the emergency room OR scene, but none of those things came.  Carter was dead.

Well, lots of fans out there may be angry or upset but I am overjoyed.  Of course I am sad to see Henson leave, but the networks are FINALLY catching on to what cable networks/BBC have already discovered.  When nobody is safe, people will watch.  For God's sake, BBC's Being Human killed off every single main character, poor Nina not even getting an onscreen death, and people STILL watched.

And your little wolf too.

It seems like this new trend on American TV started with shows like The Walking Dead, and HBO's Game of Thrones, who killed Ned Stark the apparent main character in the first season.  And let's not forget this years Red Wedding (pictured above) which had fans declaring they would never watch the show again.  To be fair, both of these are based on books, but when Boardwalk Empire abruptly killed main character Jimmy despite his widening character arc, people were shocked.  But the value in these deaths is that the audience gets an adrenaline rush every time they watch the show.  Nobody is safe, not the main character, not your favorite character.  Nobody.  And isn't that real life?!  Cop/fire fighters/soldiers husbands and wives worry everyday for the safety of their loved ones.  It's not like TV where you know they will survive because they are  the main character or "the good guy."

Now, as a Doctor Who fan I should be used to character favorites dying (most recently Rory, Amy, River Song and shortly #11), I should know better that just because it's for "kids" doesn't mean people are safe.  Having just finished the Divergent series I surprisingly left angry as (SPOILER) THE main character Tris died within the last few chapters.  "THIS IS YA!"  I practically screamed, "HOW COULD THEY!"  But, this was the wrong way to look at it.  I should say "BRAVO!  This is REAL!" just like I do with TV, but then again, I think you get a little more invested with books.  So shame on me.  I will be interested to see how moviegoers who did not read the book react when the final film comes out.

So now it will be interesting to see if any other networks follow suit.  Just because somebody is in the poster, doesn't mean they can't die, in fact, in many action shows it's impractical.  So, BRAVO POI, while I am so, so sad to see Carter go I think it's a step in the direction of more interesting American TV.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

American Horror Story: The Axeman Cometh

So after last week, we were left with a lot of questions:  What is up with Zoe's sudden power... is she the new supreme or just married to the devil (my money is still on Misty for supreme).  What is Cordelia going to do now that she knows her husband is a psycho killer (Qu'est Que C'est)?  What the fuck is Myrtle going to do once she is heal?  Will we see Spalding in a dress again?  But most importantly, WHERE THE FUCK IS KYLE?!  Here is my live-blogged reactions of tonight's episode:

  • New Orleans 1919 looks pretty much like New Orleans today...?
  • We meet the title character in an ominous voice over, feels kind of Dick Tracy-ish.
  • Oooh Danny Huston!  I love me a great character actor!
  • Is it weird that this 1919 coven seems like a bunch of hipsters in brooklyn today "Should we bust out the Victrola and play some jazz yo?"
  • Of course, like hipsters, these bitches don't play jazz, they go with opera.
  • The death card does not mean, death.  That has always been a pet peeve of mine, generally the death card annotates a major change.  Sometimes it is a loss, but non usually.  I used to be really into Tarot okay!  Learn more here:  Death Card
  • Why are they stabbing him to death?  I mean, go women power or whatever, but can't they use their magic?
  • Zoe if you don't think Madison is dead, what are you doing with her shit?
  • Oh HELL NO!  Since I'm a kid I was NEVER allowed to have an ouija board, my mom told me they could let evil in and I have been TERRIFIED of them ever since.
  • Why is Zoe suddenly SO interested in being a witch? 
  • OH FUCK!  FUCK NO!  EEEEEEEEEEE This is the most scared I have been since season 1!
  • I thought Fiona wasn't gunna do Chemo....  and why can she read minds now... AND WHY CAN'T SHE CURE HER DAUGHTER???
  • OOoooh She is doing chemo for her daughter!  Maybe she does have good intentions.
  • ZOE!  STOP LOOKING FOR MADISON AND FUCKING LOOK FOR KYLE.  You are too dumb to be the supreme.
  • Oh MY GOD is that doll room CREEPY!
  • OH YES!  This episode is gooooooooooood.
  • Why the hell would you cheat on a witch?
  • Did Spalding get knocked unconscious by a doll.
  • <3 Hearing Dennis O'Hare's voice even if it was creepy as hell.
  • Lily Rabe is gorgeous..... wait is she growing Myrtle?
  • FYI did ya'll here Stevie Nicks will be making an appearance?
  • Will Kyle be able to talk at all this season.  I love Evan Peters TOO much to see him have a part that feels a little beneath him.
  • He does have the CUTEST tushie!
  • Awww.... He loves Zoe so much
  • When did this turn into the Bride of Frankenstein?
  • She has been dead for DAYS!!!  It seems CRUEL to bring her back!
  • OOOOoooo so hott Moira was a witchey-poo.
  • So THAT'S how the coven has gotten smaller each year!  He's a witch hunter!
  • Oh Lawd Laveau is PISSED.
  • Sarah Paulson is an incredible actress.
  • Can a ghost kill you?  I mean... they could season one but do the same rules apply?
  • Good God I hope next year they make Paulson a TOTAL badass.  I am sick of her playing the victim.
  • Oh GOSH Fiona is looking for her one last fling!  Is it going to be the Axeman?!?!
  • Oh the hat, fucking hell.
Next week's episode seems pivotal with Cordelia learning the truth about Madison's murder AND Queenie going to see Laveau.  Can't waaaiiitttt!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

American Horror Story: BURN WITCH BURN!

First off, I just want to say I was thinking about last week's Halloween episode, and I have to say, it was an awful lot like season 1's Halloween episode.  Season 1- Ghosts come out on Halloween, Season 3- zombies disguised by the guise of Halloween.  It is pretty obvious AHS is trying to back track on season 2 by going with plot lines, characters and actors that we loved in season 1.  Careful AHS, you are treading on trying to capture lightning in a bottle twice which we know just doesn't happen.... Except Home Alone 2... Then again there were a lot of new and exciting plot's including Cordilia's husband strait up shooting a chick's brains out and then having some kind of acid thrown in her face. Basically, Sarah Paulson is having another really shitty season. Here are my "live" thoughts on tonight's episode:

  • Let it be noted:  My upstairs neighbor is playing OBNOXIOUSLY loud rap/dubstep music and is sort of ruining the vibe of the show.  She is also stomping around and possibly throwing random objects on the floor.  She leads a life I will never understand.
  • My first thought was "is this a repeat but I never doubt my DVR.
  • Madam LaLaurie is a fucked up bitch.  She makes leather face look like a guy who has made odd fashion choices.
  • OH SNAP!  LaLaurie's daughters were planning on killing her!  Intrigue!
  • WHAT THE FUCK!  LaLaurie tortured her kids and then WEPT over their deaths.  Oh man, was is Kathy Bates the scariest fucking woman of all time?
  • They have been dead over 100 years... how the fuck did those girls stay in such good shape?
  • Honestly this looks like the beginning of the thriller video.
  • Oh man... Jessica Lange is giving us some grade A acting in this hospita.  She is amazing I can't even... but can't she just witch her eyesite back.
  • When the hell did Zoe become so in charge??
  • "Tell it to the Army of Darkness"  maybe the best line ever.
  • Oh no neighbor boy!  What are you doing???  I know your all churchy but those things gotta smell, wise up bro.
  • Can't go into Spaulding's room cuz I bet Madison has come back too!
  • Flash back to season 2 in the abandoned hospital wings.
  • What the hell kind of hospital is this?  No doctor are around and the lights are fucked...OH SHIT AND THERE ARE ZOMBIES MOVING AROUND.
  • What the hell is this blurry creepy still born baby scene?  Focus the damn camera!  Also... who i that actress and why does she look so familiar?
  • Okay... so she brings a stillborn baby back to life... but she can't magically heal her daughter?  This makes no sense.
  • Loving the "Night of the Living Dead" car seen.
  • Woah... Zoe has grown some balls.  Too bad she can't have sex with all of them and end this.  Some zombie orgy.
  • Don't you let your zombie daughter in!  Then again... you may be immortal soo....?
  • Spalding keeps giving the best "I am getting tired of your shit" faces.
  • SWEET VOODOO SCENE!  Love that they are filled with dust.
  • I am sorry, but a psycho bitch like LaLaurie doesn't ever change.  
  • Can we just talk about what an amazing actress Jamie Brewer is?  She is really rocking it this season.
  • WHAT THE HELL?!  ZOE IS NOW ASH!  WTF IS HAPPENING?!?!  She freaks out with the cops but can totally handle the undead?!?!
  • Yeah.. those things run on gas Zoe....
  • Well... I guess being married to the devil has some benefits... oh Man is Zoe the new supreme or just the devil?
  • What the hell is going on with the lights in this hospital???
  • I am getting seas sick watching this scene.. wtf is going on with the camera?? 
  • OH SHIT!  CORDELIA IS A BLIND PROFIT!!!!!!!!!!  We are getting all TIRESIAS up in here!
  • The council is bacccckkkkkk.
  • I can't deal with the epic-ness of Francis Conroy.
  • FML WAS IT REALLY MYRTLE?????  Did Myrtle really blind Cordelia??
  • OH FUCK!  Myrtle SNOW!  How COULD you?!?!
  • Seriously, Zoe has the best hats.
  • Damn, she is taking the fact that she is about to be BURNED TO DEATH really well.
  • Suddenly Zoe is squeamish again.
  • Give Queenie some spit water Fiona.
  • Is Fiona just going to tell everybody that they will be supreme?  Then axe them?  What goes on here?
  • Oh man... I thought her head was going to fall off... thankfully it was just her arm.
  • Misty here to save Myrtle!  Oh come on, Misty is SO the new supreme!
I just have one question... WHERE THE HELL IS KYLE?  Did Zoe kill him???  WHERE DID HE GO??