For those of us who were a little late to the Nikita party (that would be the kicking butt and taking names party), we’re especially sad to see the series end. The final season of the CW show begins on Nov. 22 and we’re a little wary. Nikita’s fourth season is the finale and it’s only six episodes long! That’s not enough time to wrap everything up.
Here’s a quick recap: Nikita killed the president; her friends and her fiancé are mad at her; Amanda is still out to get her; The Shop (or The Group, or whatever that terrifying, faceless gang of international criminals wants to call itself) is still helping Amanda manipulate and take down Nikita; and — oh yeah — don’t forget Owen/Sam regained his memory and turned into a huge jerk. Aside from everything going on with Nikita, the writers are going to have to wrap up the stories of the other main characters: Michael, Birkhoff, Alex, Owen/Sam, and Amanda. It’s a lot to pull off in a measly six-episode season, how are they going to do it?
We might have our reservations about the final season, especially because the story was just getting good (and complicated), but the writers of Nikita have done well so far. They’ve created a wonderfully exciting spy drama up until this point with a good mix of heart-wrenching moments and fast-paced action. If anyone can pull off such a short final season (really, it’s more like a mini-series), this is the team to do it.
What little girl didn’t want to be a princess when they were growing up? Okay, maybe some. But for those of us who were invested in the stories of Snow White, Mulan, Belle, Ariel, and Aurora, it’s been fun to see them reinterpreted for ABC’s Once Upon A Time.
The show has changed many of the princess stories in order to fit within the more adult series. Mulan, for example, was recently shown to be bisexual and in love with Aurora (which, c’mon, we all totally saw coming last season). Snow White has also been transformed into a much stronger lady in comparison to the child in the Disney version. We love all the princesses on OUAT even if they’re different from the versions we grew up with as children, although Ariel and Aurora’s stories stayed close to their movie versions what with the fishtail-turned-legs and the sleeping curse.
Everyone’s favorite recreated princess on OUAT is as different as everyone’s favorite Disney princess. While we certainly love all the princesses on OUAT, Belle is pretty great. She hasn’t been around much this season, but we still love something she said last year: “No one decides my fate but me.” Those are some words to live by.
Okay, okay, picking our actual-favorite princess is too difficult. They’re all so cool — and they can kick some serious butt, which is a quality we love to see in a princess.
It’s happened to all of us: the moment you realize you’ve spent the past forty minutes scrolling through the new releases and every genre section of Netflix but you still have no idea what to watch. Then you switch over to the Just For Kids section because maybe — just maybe — you might want to watch The Magic School Bus. But then you change your mind. Again. So how do you get out of that rut and cure your indecision?
Well, if you’re organized and utilize the Instant Queue, try starting from the top and working your way down. Or you could pick something at random off your queue or in the particular genre of your choice (c’mon, you can make that simple decision, right?)
But maybe you’re looking for something you’re guaranteed to love. Why not try checking out that TV show or movie your friend or coworker recommended? If they can be trusted to give advice about important things like your love or work life, they can be trusted with something as crucial as what to watch.
Or you can always turn to the Internet for Netflix recommendations. For instance, we suggest Scandal, Continuum, and Lost Girl if you’re looking for some fantastic, binge-worthy TV.
If nothing else works, maybe just tell yourself to cut the indecisive crap and put something on. Or, turn Netflix off entirely; there’s always Hulu.
We can all agree that 2013 has been a good year for LGBT rights in the U.S. (Russia not so much,) and that includes the realm of American television. This summer, the public embraced Laverne Cox’s male-to-female transgender character, Sophia, on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black. How could we not? She has a winning personality and some serious crafting skills — don’t forget her duct tape shower shoes.
Now, as networks are developing new series for next season, two shows have caught our eyes for their guaranteed LGBT representation. The CW’s Ze will follow the life of a female-to-male transgender youth growing up in Texas. (Yikes, that’s sure to create some drama.)
More recently, NBC started developing a lesbian-centric comedy produced by Ellen DeGeneres and written by Liz Feldman (who’s currently working on 2 Broke Girls.) NBC didn’t have much success with last year’s The New Normal, which had an interesting concept but was way too yawn-inducing. However, anything from DeGeneres and Feldman is sure to be comedy gold.
Even though both Ze and NBC’s new project won’t premiere until at least next fall, it’s good to see a more diverse range of characters in the TV line up. To hold us over until next year, we’re looking forward to season two of Orange is the New Black.
No one is going to accuse Reign of being historically or culturally accurate. But while that might put off some History Channel scholars, we love the CW’s new series. Adelaide Kane stars as sixteen-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots as she tries to cement her alliance with France by marrying Prince Francis (Toby Regbo). But the task is nowhere near simple: Reign mixes magic, devious plots, and attempted murder to make for a delightfully dramatic show.
However, the fashion of Reign’s Mary is more like a modern girl dressing up as the famous monarch for Halloween. If you Google search Mary, Queen of Scots you’ll find more high-collared, full-body balloon-like structures than the deep neck, body-fitting dresses Kane’s Mary wears. But, in all honesty, we’d totally love to dress up as this new version of Mary for Halloween (maybe next year).
The music, as well, doesn’t resemble anything from the 16th century; well, it is created with instruments, but that’s about as far as the similarities go. Unless The Lumineers, Bastille, and Joshua Radin are time travelers from the 1500s (which we doubt), the music is entirely unconnected to the era of the show.
Then there’s the most irritatingly inaccurate aspect of Reign: the accents. The French have American accents while the Scottish and English have British accents (which is confusing since the Scots and Brits are at odds in the series.)
Despite all these historical inaccuracies, Reign has managed to pull it all together and make it work. Maybe it isn’t as gritty as Game of Thrones, or as truthful as a History Channel documentary, but Reign is entertaining and we’ll take that over accurate any day.
MTV has finally realized an absolute truth: fans of Teen Wolf will never be able to get enough of their favorite show, which is also one of our favorite shows. The network is delivering more fantastic Teen Wolf programming in the form of Wolf Watch, a Talking Dead-esque companion to MTV’s supernatural drama.
At the San Diego Comic-Con Teen Wolf panel the creator, Jeff Davis, and the cast announced Wolf Watch will premiere immediately after the show’s midseason return on Jan. 6. Jill Wagner (who played Kate Argent on Teen Wolf until her character’s untimely demise) will host the new talk show. Cast members and celebrity fans will appear on Wolf Watch to discuss the mythology of the show as well as the romances and bromances. (Scott/Stiles and Scott/Isaac anyone?)
Teen Wolf has had two different after shows in the past: Teen Wolf Revelations and the FANtastic Show. Revelations is sure to be replaced by Wolf Watch since they follow the same talk show format and have the same host. We’re certainly grateful since Revelations only aired twice a season and that was not nearly enough Teen Wolf discussion for us. The FANtastic Show, hosted by super fan Tyler Oakley and walk-on role winner Shantal Rhodes, is an online-only after show that most likely will be merged into Wolf Watch.
For those fans who can’t get enough Teen Wolf (even though MTV airs every new episode twice on premiere night,) hopefully Wolf Watch will fill the void. If not, well, you might have a problem, but we promise we won’t tell!
For the past couple years, vampires and zombies have been the coolest baddies in Hollywood. But now — at least, on television — the witches are taking over, and we’re totally okay with that.
Lifetime’s new series Witches of East End is a bit like a grown up version of Charmed and it’s a standard guilty pleasure show. Then of course, the new season of American Horror Story: Coven, is all about witches. It seems the execs at CBS are taking note of the trend and jumping on the bandwagon by rebooting Charmed. (Not the most original witchy idea, but it’s something.)
Even the CW’s The Originals — which is supposed to be a vamp series — has a lot of witches in the main cast of characters. Although, let’s be honest, if The Originals was only about vampires, we’d be totally bored. The vampire thing is over: the Twilight series ended and True Blood is on its last legs (they’re adding zombies next season, so you know they’re running out of ideas.) Zombies, as well, have been overdone in movies: Zombieland, Warm Bodies, and World War Z, just to name a few. Plus The Walking Dead has cornered the undead market on TV.
Maybe witches aren’t necessarily a new concept, but at least it’s something different from what we’ve seen in the past few years. Besides, isn’t everyone a little sick of vampires and zombies? We sure are.
What’s the point of being good when you can be bad? Sure we all rooted for the princes and princesses in the fairytales when we were children. They were clearly good; they were clearly the heroes! Once Upon A Time, however, has blurred the distinction between good and evil, complicating those once-simple stories. We’ll concede that Emma is pretty cool, but Prince Charming and Snow White can get a little redundant with their “Good will conquer all” shtick. That’s why we enjoy watching the villains more than the heroes on OUAT.
Regina, the Evil Queen, and Mr. Gold, Rumpelstiltskin/the Dark One, were the biggest baddies in the first season. They constantly struggled with being evil while also trying to good for the people that they loved—Regina with Henry and Mr. Gold with his son as well as Belle. Then there was Captain Hook, the roguish pirate who only cared for himself. Though he was handsome (seriously: handsome) his selfishness prevented him from forming lasting relationships, like with Emma, who was totally into him.
Now we have Peter Pan. He is by far the most evil villain on OUAT, which is made very, very clear by the fact that the powers of Regina, Mr. Gold, and Hook are all useless against Pan. Yikes. Pan is also fearsome because he’s going after Henry, something none of the other villains have done. Pan wants to corrupt Henry and make him a lost boy, while also messing with Henry’s family. Pan might be a teenager, but he’s still the most powerful villain the heroes have faced.
Although it’s easy to root for the heroes, we watch OUAT more for the villains than the heroes. What we can we say, they’re just cooler and more interesting.
As we get closer to the release date of the Veronica Mars movie, more and more people want to join the craze — as well they should because Veronica Mars is awesome. Some new footage from the film was released recently that highlighted the love triangle between Veronica (Kristen Bell), Logan (Jason Dohring) and Piz (Chris Lowell). If you haven’t seen the show, you’re missing out on some major history, but these episodes will get you started on the right track.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. Fall in love with the show from Veronica’s first sassy remark.
“Like A Virgin”
Although Veronica’s romantic interests are pretty cool, her BFF, Mac, is cooler. Mac is first introduced when she makes a ton of money off of her classmates’ gossipy nature.
“Weapons of Class Destruction”
To understand why fans “ship” Veronica and Logan, it’s best to watch the episode where they first kiss. (It’s about as adorable as Veronica and Logan can be.)
“Ain’t No Magic Mountain High Enough”
Neptune, California is a town without a middle class. Watch this episode to understand the politics in Veronica Mars. (Plus Veronica demonstrates her super-cool sleuthing skills.)
“Spitt & Eggs”
Sometimes Veronica Mars can get a bit serious, especially in season three when Veronica solves a rape case on her college campus. But it’s important to know that Veronica isn’t one to back down from a fight.
“The Bitch is Back”
The series finale of Veronica Mars was not satisfying for even the casual fan. We never found out if Keith Mars won the election to become Sheriff! Hopefully the movie will wrap up some of those loose ends.
One of the best things about MTV’s Teen Wolf is the social media. They’ve been able to interact with the fans on a level that few other television shows have been able to achieve. The Teen Wolf Tumblr can talk about “feels” and “shipping” like any seasoned fan. It felt like love at first fanfiction. (Teen Wolf even held a fanfiction contest, proving that it's not like other shows, it's a cool show.) However, fans grow and change with the show and it seemed like Teen Wolf social media was stuck in the honeymoon stage.
As the first half of Teen Wolf’s third season aired, fans began to notice some major problems with the show. Teen Wolf was killing off a lot of ladies and people of color — but Colton Haynes, who left the show to join the CW’s Arrow, miraculously lived. A series that fans loved for being diverse and progressive was killing off all the characters that made it such.
Then Teen Wolf’s social media added salt to the wounds with their video attempt to persuade fans to vote for the show in TV Guide’s Fan Favorites contest. In the video, two actors from Teen Wolf threatened to kill Danny if the show doesn’t win. Not Danny! He’s the only LGBT character left! Fans were justifiably angry.
However, the leader of Teen Wolf’s social media team recently took to Tumblr to apologize for his crass joke about Danny, and the #KillDanny hashtag that accompanied it. Hopefully this will bring an end to the first fight of the relationship between Teen Wolf and its fans. (Seriously, we don’t like it when you guys fight.)