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Sydney Bucksbaum
Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the Hollywood.com staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.
  • TV Tidbits: 'Secret Circle' Alum Goes 'Under the Dome'
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 25, 2013
    Secret Circle Alum Goes Under the Dome: Former CW star Britt Robertson has joined the cast of CBS’ Under the Dome. She’ll play Angie, “an attractive young waitress and aspiring nurse who’s always dreamed of escaping the town of Chester’s Mill.” That’s going to be pretty hard to do now that there’s a giant transparent lid covering the town for some unknown reason. Under the Dome premieres on CBS June 24. [EW] Fun with Ratings: Thursday night's Glee saw a boost in ratings paired with American Idol, rising 31 percent and drawing its best numbers since this season’s second episode. ABC’s Last Resort finished its series run on an high note, rising 6 percent. The penultimate episode of NBC’s 30 Rock was up 12 percent, delivering a season-high audience. The CW's The Vampire Diaries dropped 7 percent, while Beauty and the Beast returned up 14 percent. [TVLine] The Fringe Legacy Lives On: Days after Fringe aired its series finale, Fox has given a pilot order to a new sci-fi drama from Fringe‘s J.J. Abrams and J.H. Wyman. The untitled Warner Bros. TV/Bad Robot-produced project is described as an action-packed buddy cop show, set in the near future, when all LAPD officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids. [Deadline] The CW Goes Sci-Fi... and Historical: The CW ordered three new drama pilots. The Hundred, based on the forthcoming book series of the same name, is an hour-long show set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization. A spaceship housing the lone human survivors sends 100 juvenile delinquents back to Earth to investigate the possibility of re-colonizing the planet. The District 9-themed Oxygen is a science fiction drama, revolving around an epic romance that ignites between a human girl and an alien boy when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they and hundreds of others landed on Earth and were immediately consigned to an interment camp where they've been imprisoned ever since. Reign is a period drama, focusing on the previously unknown and untold story of Mary Queen of Scots’ rise to power when she arrived in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. The hour-long effort will touch on the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue. [THR] Battlestar Galactica Prequel Gets Premiere Date: Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, prequel to popular blockbuster franchise Battlestar Galactica, will have its world television premiere as a two-hour full-length TV movie on Syfy on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 9 PM ET/PT. Blood & Chrome takes place in the midst of the first Cylon war. As the battle between humans and their creation, the sentient robotic Cylons, rages across the 12 colonial worlds, gifted fighter pilot William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) finds himself assigned to one of the most powerful battlestars in the Colonial fleet: the Galactica. Full of ambition and hungry for action, Adama quickly finds himself at odds with his co-pilot, the battle-weary officer Coker (Ben Cotton). With only 47 days left in his tour of duty, Coker desires an end to battle as much as Adama craves its onset. [Syfy] [Photo Credit: Getty Images] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: TV Tidbits: Brooke Shields Joins 'Army Wives,' 'Wizards' Reunion Gets a Premiere Date TV Tidbits: 'The Vampire Diaries' Takes a Bite Out of Ratings TV Tidbits: Meredith Vieira In Talks To Host Her Own Daytime Talk Show From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • Kristen Stewart Cheating Scandal Update: Liberty Ross and Rupert Sanders to Divorce - REPORT
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 25, 2013
    Model/actress Liberty Ross has filed for divorce from her director husband Rupert Sanders, TMZ reports. Hollywood.com had not heard back from the couple's reps at press time. The pair's marital issues came to light after Sanders was photographed having an affair with his Snow White and the Hunstman star Kristen Stewart, so it was only a matter of time until Ross officially severed ties with her husband. Though Ross and Sanders stated they were trying to work through the scandal, it clearly didn't take. Ross filed her paperwork in L.A. County Superior Court, TMZ reports. She asked for joint custody of the couple's two kids, spousal support, and attorney’s fees. Sanders reportedly filed his response to the divorce petition, also requesting joint custody. Stewart and her boyfriend Robert Pattinson seem to have gotten past her indiscretion, however, and are still together. [Photo Credit: Getty Images] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Holy Crap, Sandra Bullock's Wax Figure Looks Real! Let's Play: Real Person or Wax Figure? Which Handsome Hollywood Star Is Hiding Under This Scary Puppet Head? — PHOTO Shirley Temple Black Joins Twitter, Is Adorable You Might Also Like: 20 Hottest Celebrity Bikini Bodies Joe Biden?! Surprisingly Hot Young Photos of Politicians
  • Sarah Palin Leaves Fox News
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 25, 2013
    Sarah Palin is leaving Fox News and will no longer serve as a contributor. Fox News announced Friday it is parting ways with the 2008 Republican vice presidential candidate/former Alaska governor. Bill Shine, executive vice president at Fox News, said the network has enjoyed its association with Palin and wishes her the best. Now that Palin won't be gracing our TV's on a normal basis anymore, what does that mean pop-culturally speaking? Have we lost the chance to see any more guest appearances by Tina Fey on Saturday Night Live (doubt it)? Will the Palin family debut another reality show (probably)? Or will the "you betcha!" winking "political" figure finally fade from the pop culture universe? Here's hoping! [Photo Credit: Getty Images] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Holy Crap, This Sandra Bullock Wax Figure Looks Real! So, Let's Play: Real Person or Wax Figure... Which Handsome Hollywood Star Is Hiding Under This Scary Puppet Head? — PHOTO Shirley Temple Black Joins Twitter, Is Adorable From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • 'Spartacus: War of the Damned': What To Know Before the Last Bloody Chapter Begins
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 25, 2013
    To the bitter end. The tagline for the last chapter of the Starz Spartacus series describes the long, bloody journey that looms ahead for our titular gladiator as the dark, final season bows on Friday, Jan. 25. The premiere opens many months after Gaius Cludius Glaber was defeated, and the rebel army, led by Spartacus (Liam McIntyre) and his generals Crixus (Manu Bennett), Gannicus (Dustin Clare), and Agron (Dan Feuerriegel), continues to amass victories over Rome. With the rebel numbers swelling to thousands of freed slaves, and Spartacus more determined than ever to bring down the entire Roman Republic, the horde becomes a force that challenges even the mighty armies of Rome. Together, the rebels engage in one bloody skirmish after another and prepare for the inevitable: a full out war. However, there is discord among the ranks of the rebels, and not everyone agrees on an important issue: are all slave owners evil? Should they all deserve to die? The premiere, titled “Enemies of Rome,” opens with Spartacus as he continues to assemble a formidable army and outwit Rome’s finest commanders. The desperate powers of Rome are forced to turn to the wealthy and ambitious Marcus Crassus (Simon Merrells) to aid in the campaign against the rebellion. As we embark on another full season of all the blood, gore, and sex you’ve come to expect and love from the gladiator series, be prepared to meet some new – yet familiar – faces. Most important of them all is a young Julius Caesar (Todd Lasance) who is nothing like the man that history books have painted. He is young, poor, noble, and most importantly, unknown. Don’t expect to hear any utterance of “Et tu, Brutus?” anytime soon, as Caesar plays a much different role in this show. And speaking of expectations: if you thought Spartacus could not possibly get any more violent and gory... well, let's just say you haven't seen anything yet. “Our take on this classic tale comes to an end with War of the Damned,” creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight says. “Yet I am confident that many more iterations of Spartacus shall follow in the years to come. It is a story worth telling and I am deeply honored to have had the opportunity to expose a new generation to it.” Spartacus: War of the Damned premieres Friday, Jan. 25 at 9 PM ET/PT on Starz. [Photo Credit: Starz] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Comic-Con 2012: 'Spartacus' Final Season Trailer Debuts 'Spartacus' Marches Into Final Season: Quitting While It's Ahead? Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre on Death & Dying in 'Spartacus: Vengeance' — EXCLUSIVE CLIP From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • 'OZ: The Great and Powerful': Is That Mila Kunis or My Grandma's Porcelain Doll? — POSTER
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 25, 2013
    Four character posters for OZ: The Great and Powerful have just been released, and while we are excited to see Sam Raimi's epic take on the classic Wizard of Oz story, we are more than a bit baffled at one of the images. Looking at Mila Kunis's character poster above, we're left wondering: what on earth (or Oz) did they do to her face? Is this really Kunis, or a porcelain doll you'd find on a shelf at your grandma's house? Now, we're not saying the woman in the image looks bad - it's just not Kunis! Methinks the art department was a little too heavy-handed when it came to Photoshop... When you can't even recognize the actor in your image, that's usually a good sign that you should stop airbrushing. The other posters for Michelle Williams, Rachel Weisz, and James Franco's characters are much more aesthetically pleasing, since they, you know, actually look like them. Check the rest of the posters out below: OZ: The Great and Powerful hits theaters March 8, 2013. [Photo Credit: Walt Disney Pictures] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Oz the Great and Powerful' is Not Your Grandma's Land of Oz — POSTER OZ The Great and Powerful’ First Look is Imaginative, Illustrated — POSTER Comic-Con 2012: 'OZ, Great and Powerful' Footage Overflows with Imagination — VIDEO You Might Also Like: J. J. Abrams and ‘Star Wars’: Has the Lightsaber Been Passed to the Right Director? 100 Hottest Women of the Century: PICS
  • 'Community' Is Back! Because the Feeling's Right, and It's October 19th  - VIDEO
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 25, 2013
    Being a Community fan has not been easy. For months, we've suffered severe blow after devastating blow, unsure if our beloved TV show was ever going to be renewed, when it was finally going to air, who would be the new showrunner, would it even still be the Community we know and love after all the behind-the-scenes drama, etc. etc. etc. Despite having one of the most passionate fan bases gunning for its success (#sixseasonsandamovie? Please?), we haven't had anything to cheer about in a long time. When would October 19th finally arrive? Will we ever find out if our favorite community college students remain community college students? And finally, finally, finally, we have been rewarded for our agonizing wait. Behold, a music video detailing all the awesomeness of Community to date in one remix, celebrating both the show's past and the upcoming new season. Community is back, because the feeling's right! We're back on Thursday night! Check out the just released Thursday Night Remix video below: We can't help but gain a little satisfaction from that meta dig at the end. "You tried to destroy us, but you only made us more awesome!" You hear that, NBC? What didn't kill Community has (hopefully) made it stronger! Community returns with all new episodes Thursday, October 19th February 7th at 8 PM ET on NBC. [Photo Credit: NBC] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Community' Cast Spoofs Season 4's Delayed Debut on 'Troy & Abed In the Morning'--Video 'Community' To Return in February, Back on Thursday Nights Cast of 'Community' Hold Adorable Kittens Because: Internet — VIDEO From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • TV Tidbits: Brooke Shields Joins 'Army Wives,' 'Wizards' Reunion Gets a Premiere Date
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 24, 2013
    Lifetime Adds a Leading Lady: TV icon Brooke Shields is joining Lifetime’s lady drama Army Wives. According to a press release, Shields will join the cast as “brash and brilliant” Air Force Colonel Katherine “Kat” Young. Kat is a guy’s girl who can definitely hold her own in the boys' club atmosphere of the military, but it won't take long before she’s butting heads with Army General Michael Holden (Brian McNamara). Army Wives fans can look forward to seeing Shields' character in a full-fledged power struggle with Holden to see who’s top dog on the base. But of course it wouldn’t be a Lifetime show unless Kat was holding onto a deep dark secret. “Only after their initial skirmishes does Holden learn of Kat’s tragic past, discovering they have more in common than he thought.” Shields is just one of the new additions to join the drama this season — Ashanti and Torrey DeVitto are also set to join the cast. Fans can catch the Season 7 premiere of Army Wives on Sunday, March 10 at 9 PM. [Lifetime] A Witchcraft Reunion: Grab your spell books and wands because Disney Channel is reuniting the cast of Wizards of Waverly Place! Selena Gomez is back as Alex — the snarky best friend you’ve always wanted — in a one-hour special airing Friday, March 15 at 8 PM. The Russo family will travel to Tuscany, Italy for a family reunion, but in a attempt to show her serious magical skills, Alex accidently splits her personality in two: good Alex and bad Alex. (Side note: Didn’t they already do an episode like this? I'm pretty sure I've seen this already...) In a totally believable twist, the two Alexes battle for the fate of their family and the world atop the Tower of Pisa. [TV Guide] Going Through The Gates... Again: Ken Marino and Aasif Mandvi have joined the NBC comedy pilot The Gates. Based on the British series, The Gates is an adult ensemble comedy set at the front gates of an elementary school drop-off and revolves around the parents, school staff and 15-minute social minefield they navigate at the beginning and end of each school day. (Side note: We're getting another case of deja vu here. Wasn't there already a TV series The Gates? On ABC? In the summer of 2010? Yes, yes there was...) This new incarnation centers on type-A Helen (Kathleen Rose Perkins), who just moved to town with her husband Mark (Marino) and their 8-year-old daughter for Helen’s big new job. Mark is described as a loveable, sweet, well-meaning, puppy-dog of a guy, a type B, or C, maybe even D to his wife’s type-A personality. Since he owns a construction business, he’s got a more flexible schedule than Helen and is at their daughter’s school more than his wife. Mandvi will play another dad at the school, a super-driven, competitive Yale-educated lawyer who’s one of these comedically intense guys who pushes his kids way too hard. [Deadline] Party Down Parties On: This reunion is definitely one worth noting. On Feb. 9, San Francisco’s Sketchfest will reunite the cast of Starz’s brilliant-but-canceled catering comedy Party Down. Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, and Ryan Hansen are already locked in as attendees and it has just been revealed that Lizzy Caplan will join the group at this sold-out event as well. [EW] It's Still Pilot Season, Y'all: NBC greenlighted a single-camera comedy from The Office developer/executive producer Greg Daniels starring Craig Robinson. The untitled project is about a talented musician with rough edges who adjusts to his new life as a music teacher in a big-city middle school, where he encounters teacher politics and the temptations of single moms. CBS has handed two more pilot orders to comedy Bad Teacher and drama The Advocates. Bad Teacher, a single-camera comedy series adaptation of the hit 2011 movie of the same name, is about a sexy, foul-mouthed divorcee who becomes a teacher to find her next husband. The Advocates, which had a pilot production commitment, centers on a female lawyer and a male ex-con who team up as “victim advocates,” going to the edge of the law to right wrongs and fight for the underdog. [Deadline, Deadline] [Photo Credit: WENN] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: TV Tidbits: 'The Vampire Diaries' Takes a Bite Out of Ratings TV Tidbits: Meredith Vieira In Talks To Host Her Own Daytime Talk Show 'TV Tidbits': Ali Larter Joins 'Legends,' 'Once Upon a Time''s Snow White Gets a Mom From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • Beyonce's Super Bowl Set List Is Mostly Destiny's Child and That's Not Okay
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 24, 2013
    Beyonce is ready to make us all forget about her unfortunate Inauguration lip-sync situation by reuniting with her former girl group Destiny’s Child for the Super Bowl halftime show on Feb. 3 in New Orleans. To be fair, this was planned way in advance of the Inauguration controversy, but still, there's nothing like a nostalgic reunion for Queen Bey to pour some brain bleach on her formerly adoring public and reclaim her place as the other First Lady of the United States. She didn’t get to where she is today by lip-syncing! Unfortunately, the alleged set list for the halftime show that just leaked features way more Destiny's Child than anyone needs in the year 2013. Us Weekly reports that Beyonce will perform her solo hit "Crazy in Love" to kick off the show before bringing in her DC bandmates. Kelly Rowland, 31, and Michelle Williams, 32, will join her to sing a medley of their biggest hits, starting with "Bills, Bills, Bills" (which technically didn't include Michelle but we'll let that slide) before segueing into "Survivor" and ending with the group's new track, "Nuclear." Now, there's nothing wrong with a little Destiny's Child reunion. In fact, there are many things that are right with a Destiny's Child reunion, aside from the fact that over the past 14 years "Bills, Bills, Bills" has become an insufferable earworm that won't dislodge no matter how hard you try. Just when you think you've finally achieved relief — bam! Can you pay my billlllls? No! I won't! Stop asking! But here's the real problem: ONE true Beyonce song?! Three quarters of the set list is Destiny's Child and that is not okay — there's a reason Beyonce's career is legendary. DC is just a nostalgic reminder of what songs in the '90s sounded like. Let's flip that ratio around, shall we? Give DC one song — they are only guests on the stage, after all, Beyonce is the halftime performer! — and let Queen Bey do her thang the rest of the time. Then we will be perfectly content. Hell, we're even okay with the girls lip-syncing the entire halftime show while wearing some fly matching House of Dereon outfits as long as Bey gets her solo on. (But please, we beg you, cool it with the "Bills, Bills Bills!") [Photo Credit: WENN] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: Beyonce Lip-Synced the National Anthem? Why We’re Refusing to Believe It In Honor of Beyonce's Lip-SyncGate, 10 Performances We Wish Were Lip-Synced Beyonce Announces New Destiny’s Child Music: Next Stop, Super Bowl? From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • 'Beauty and the Beast': Jay Ryan On the 'Love Square,' Vincent's Past, and the Rest of Season 1
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 24, 2013
    It’s been more than a month since that doozy of a cliffhanger on The CW’s Beauty and the Beast, and when the show returns from its holiday hiatus on Thursday, Jan. 24, don’t expect the drama to settle down. In fact, when Jay Ryan talked to Hollywood.com about tonight’s midseason premiere, “Seeing Red,” he couldn’t stress enough about how high the stakes have been raised. After Catherine’s (Kristin Kreuk) car crash/shootout at the end of the midseason finale, we saw Vincent, in beast mode, holding an unconscious Catherine while Evan and Heather arrived on the scene. How did the beast get out of that situation with his secret identity in tact? And how will our favorite star-crossed lovers cope when Vincent’s former fiancée Alex (guest star Bridget Regan) discovers he is alive when he visits Cat in the hospital? Meanwhile, J.T. (Austin Basis) gets a surprising visitor asking about old research he did on mutant DNA, complicating his bromance with Vincent. Before you watch tonight’s episode, read up on all the spoilery tidbits Ryan revealed about the complicated “love square” between the major characters, the consequences of Vincent’s past catching up with him, and the focus of the rest of the season. Hollywood.com: So when we last saw Vincent, he was in a very compromising situation with Cat. When we come back, what are the repercussions of his actions? Jay Ryan: Vincent’s left with the call of, 'Does he have his beast instincts take over and run off into the night with Catherine’s lifeless body or does he leave her there when Evan arrives so he can take care of her?' I think Vincent’s conscience comes into the beast and I think that’s the thing he realizes he needs to do. What she needs right now is a doctor, and as the beast he does not have those capabilities. It’s a very difficult thing for him to leave the one true love of his life in the hands of the guy that could realistically take Catherine away from him. Usually Cat is able to help calm him down when he's in beast mode. Is she able to get through to him in any way after the crash? Well, she’s unconscious. So it’s the first time that Vincent is really on his own to bring his own rage down and make a rational decision as a human being while this beast overtakes his body. I think you really see at that point that from the beginning of the series his feral, ferocious side of the beast is truly being tamed and he does understand what’s going on when he’s in this form. But it’s very difficult for him because he has to basically explain to Catherine when she’s in the hospital and he goes to visit her that the so-called doctor that saved her life was in fact Evan and not him. So it really takes a beating to his pride and ego in that point. He kind of feels again like this hopeless creature that could never ever give the love and support to a woman like Catherine that she needs. How does his ex-fiancee come into the picture? Well, while he’s at the hospital he has one of the greatest fears of his life happen, and that is being discovered by someone from his past and his old family. And that is Alex, his ex-fiancee. So Vincent has to very quickly decide, does he let it go and make her believe that she saw somewhat of a ghost, or a lookalike? All of these demons from the past, his past, resurface for him. He has to stand up as a man and finally take charge and explain to this woman what happened, where he went wrong, why he never contacted her for so long, why she thought he was dead, all these unanswered questions. Vincent’s very worried about how she’s going to react and once he tells her the truth of what he has become, she then becomes a target for his greatest enemy, Muirfield. So every time he goes to tell her, his instincts pull him back and he starts to make up elaborate stories about why he’s been away, like the CIA, blah blah blah. Every time he goes to tell her, Alex pulls him in and sort of reminds him of the love that they had, and whatever the secret is that he’s holding, that doesn’t matter. They can rekindle what they had. So I'm assuming Vincent still has feelings for Alex. Absolutely. And they’re unresolved feelings. He holds a lot of guilt, primarily, because Alex sort of nursed him through his meds addiction that he got when his brothers had passed on and he was in this really dark place. I think his anger at how his brothers died prompted him to pack his bags and disappear and go off to the military, without even giving her an option to talk him out of it or talk him through it or about where they stand in their relationship. So it’s been 10, 11, 12 years since Vincent walked out on his ex-fiancée and this is the first time he’s seeing her. So there’s a lot of guilt and a lot of stuff they have to talk about. That doesn't sound too good for Catherine and Vincent! So it really heats up into… kind of a love triangle, I guess. But it’s a very complicated one. Well, with Evan in the picture, wouldn't that make it a love square? A love square, I like that. Yes, absolutely. There is a love square. And the thing with Evan is that now he’s seen an image of this so-called vigilante holding Catherine. So his suspicion that Catherine may have some connection with this guy, he doesn’t really take Catherine’s word for it that she has nothing to do with it, with this creature. So the hunt and the passion for Evan’s drive to find this thing is more fun and more fierce. How is that going to shape the rest of the season? Well I feel like the show started out very much as two genres. You have the procedural and then the mythology of the beast. And the procedural was very much about establishing who Catherine was and her job and how great she was at it. And now I think we’re weaving even tighter those two elements. We’ll very much see the show changes course and the procedural will basically be this witch hunt for this so-called vigilante. It’s really great because I feel like all the pieces of the show are now connected. It’s going to be more of a fuller high-stakes romance, I guess, where all the worlds of our two lovers come crashing very closely together. Beauty and the Beast returns with “Seeing Red” tonight at 9 PM ET/PT on The CW. [Photo Credit: Ben Mark Holzberg/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: CW Asks 'Beauty and the Beast' To Be Their Guest, Orders a Full Season Your Guide to Surviving the 'Beauty and the Beast' Premiere 'Arrow' Recap: Trust Is a Two Way Street From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)
  • 'Supernatural' React: Back to the Good Old Days... Or Is It?
    By: Sydney Bucksbaum Jan 24, 2013
    Last night’s Supernatural at first glance seemed to be a true return to form, a reminder of the happy, fun, and truly comedic aspects the show used to have back when Sam and Dean were truly Sam and Dean. The brothers were back together, hunting together, taking on the world together! We were back, finally! Or were we? Honestly, after ruminating on "LARP and the Real Girl," I’m even more worried about the future of the Winchesters. Sure, the episode was fun, and the brothers worked the same case after reaching their delicate, shaky truce at the end of last week’s episode, but there were a couple hints and subtle things I noticed that didn’t make me a happy camper. For one thing, no matter how hard Dean was trying to repair the brotherly bond with Sam (and oh, was he trying), they didn’t actually work the case together. After encountering some weird deaths in a group of Live Action Role-Players, they infiltrated the game of Moondor, running into old ally geeky lesbian hacker Charlie Bradbury. A quick aside: how awesome is Felicia Day’s Charlie? Answer: the absolute best. Not only is she a fully actualized lesbian, but she is portrayed in a way that doesn’t objectify or in any way treat her sexuality as anything but normal. She is as flirtatious as Dean, even more so since apparently LARPers are crazy horny. Seriously, what is in that water in Moondor? End of aside. So Charlie was actually the Queen of Moondor… because, of course she was. But who else noticed that while Dean went off with Charlie and Sam researched with that random girl who was trying to get with him hardcore (Anyone catch her name? No?), they both solved the case, coming to the same conclusion – someone was using fairy magic on their enemies – but on their own. Did the brothers both realize that they successfully hunted without needing the other? I hope they didn’t. That can’t mean good things for the future. Another thing I was none too please about was Dean’s explanation of what went down recently between himself and Sam, when he was filling in Charlie. From the way he told his side of things, it’s clear he truly blames himself for dragging Sam away from his attempt at normalcy with Amelia. Even though Sam made the decision himself to walk away and hunt with both feet in, Dean thinks it’s his fault. Plus, he hasn’t made it clear to anyone, not even Charlie, that he severed ties with Benny. He’s keeping all that sadness and loss bottled up, and Sam doesn’t even know Dean isn’t talking with his vampire friend anymore. That also can’t mean good things for the future. The clever thing about last night’s episode, though, was that all these worrisome aspects were hidden beneath a veneer of cheerful, fun, campiness via LARPing. Dean could hardly contain his boyish enthusiasm at the prospect of dressing up in medieval garb and strategizing with Charlie about where to best place the army for battle. He was having a ball. Especially when he and Sam finally got to wholeheartedly embrace the game at the end, and in full costumes and Braveheart face paint charged into battle – though not without first hearing Dean give the Braveheart speech, since it's the only speech he knows. The best quotes from "LARP and the Real Girl" came from an unlikely source: the random cop walking Sam and Dean through the night’s grisly murders. This guy should become a recurring guest star. Too bad they didn’t give him a name! Sam: Anything missing from the body? Cop: You mean aside from the arms and legs? Nope, all there, twig and berries too. Cop: Neighbor downstairs said she got woke up in the middle of the night by the sound of horses stomping their feet and galloping. Didn’t find any hoof prints. She probably heard the TV, or was having a bad dream, or she was high as balls. Cop: These kids today with their texting and murder. Cop: God forbid he was contagious. I’m going to go dip myself in hand sanitizer. Although I have to say, runner up with the best quotes was definitely (unsurprisingly) Charlie. Charlie: I’m dropping my sword and walking off the stage, bitches. Have fun storming the castle. Charlie: I’m just an IT girl, standing in front of a monster, asking it not to kill her. Charlie: Call me, maybe? [Photo Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW] Follow Sydney on Twitter @SydneyBucksbaum More: 'Supernatural' React: Sam and Dean Made Their Bed, Now They Have to Lie In It 'Supernatural' Midseason Finale React: Two Wrongs Did Not Make It Right 'Supernatural' React: What's Up Doc? From Our Partners: Celebs as Kids: Guess Who? (Celebuzz) Craziest Celebrity Swimsuits Ever (Celebuzz)