Jen

Jen

About Jen

I'm pretty much just a big nerd who loves to interact with other people as obsessed with TV as I am! Some of my all-time favorite television includes sci-fi and fantasy staples like Buffy, X-Files, and Battlestar Galactica, but I won't attempt to list all the shows I watch and love currently - I'm kind of an addict. I'm also a big fan of reading, writing, gaming, and dancing (to make up for the rest of my lazy hobbies).
Posted 1/9/13 at 1:12 am ET

Revenge recap: Justice is served

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Yay, welcome back, Revenge! The holidays nice and all, but why do my shows have to go on hiatus? There are only so many things to decorate and cookies to eat before you want to sit down to some pretty people exacting cold hard vengeance. Hope everyone had relaxing and relatively scandal-free holiday break.

When we left off before the break, Emily and Aiden had hooked up and were making out on a regular basis, and that very agreeable trend has continued this week. An episode that opens with a sexy sparring-match turned into a sexy…um…sex between our favorite revenge ninjas can’t be bad. Side-note: I was MIA during the last couple of episodes before the break due to Life Things, so I didn’t get to comment on how heartbreaking and adorable it was when they snuggled after Emily asked if they’ll ever be able to have a normal life. I like their relationship, so I find the rest of the episode a bit distressing.

The Initiative

So the Big Bad of this show has shifted from being the Graysons to The Initiative. We’ve seen a much more sympathetic side to the Graysons this season. We’ve seen Conrad standing up for Victoria and their (rather dysfunctional, but still) loyalty to each other.
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Posted 11/6/12 at 9:07 am ET

Revenge recap: ‘Til arrest do us part

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“If we choose to, we can live in a world of comforting illusion. We can allow ourselves to be deceived by false realities. Or we can use them to hide our true intentions.”

From the first line of Emily’s opening monologue I knew this was going to be a badass episode. I mean, come on, how perfect is this theme? The signature schemes and deceit are fully ramped up and epitomized by Conrad and Victoria Grayson’s marriage of convenience. As the episode begins we see the Victoria doing her makeup and preparing for her wedding, her sickly sweet fake smile plastered to her face.

The Setup

The next couple of scenes involve some classic plotting: first between Daniel and Aiden, who are trying to get solid intel on David Clarke’s investment in Nolcorp, and then between Emily and Amanda. Emily is coaching Amanda on their cover story for her lack of the scar Treadwell creepily noticed. She also has a master plan to take him out of the picture and get some sweet revenging done in the process.

Back at Grayson manor, Kara is still kind of creepy and mentally unstable and fishing for information about Gordon Murphy. We see a flashback to the two of them being the most adorable mental patient and hired killer you have ever seen.
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Posted 10/30/12 at 3:41 pm ET

Revenge recap: What’s a little attempted murder between friends?

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So it seems like Emily is still trying really hard to come off as a hard-ass bitch despite the fact that she is pretty much an emotional train wreck right now. Before this season, if you had told me that Emily can cry I would have laughed and told you that her tear ducts dried out years ago. Then the last three episodes happened. At the start of the episode she wakes up basically spooning with Aiden after breaking down in his arms the night before (aww) but then she tries to write it off like, “you could have been literally any person on the face of this planet and I would have let you comfort me. Victoria could have walked through the door and I would have sobbed onto her cold, perfectly postured shoulder.” I get why Emily is pushing Aiden away and all, what with his past betrayals and the general question of whether he is really on her side, but come on. Look at him. And his face when he’s like, “are you ok?”

Nolan’s feels are a bit hurt when he finds out that Kara is back, and he shows up to find out WTF is going on and make her feel like a terrible person because she didn’t even know that his father died.
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Posted 10/24/12 at 6:00 pm ET

Revenge recap: Memories better left forgotten

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This week we see the culmination of all the harm Emily’s vendetta is doing to Amanda’s would-be normal life; Daniel starts getting a little sneakier and a little smarter; the mystery man Declan robbed becomes more mysterious; Nolan starts an adorkable relationship (thank you Zooey Deschanel for the existence of that term); and we learn some pretty terrible things about Emily’s mother.

Like last week, Amanda is extremely resistant to Emily’s plans when Emily requests that she bring David Clarke’s journal (fabricated by Emily) to Victoria in an attempt to guilt her into giving up information about Kara, Emily’s mother. Emily once again manages to enlist Amanda’s help by bringing her in on the fact that she is not just seeking revenge but trying to find out what happened to her mother. Amanda has just moved out of Jack’s place and into Emily’s thanks to Emily’s scheming the week before when she put the journals on Victoria’s radar in the first place.

Let’s talk about Jack. He seems pretty torn about Amanda leaving and later in the episode still refers to Amanda as his girlfriend. He is also dealing with the backlash of Declan’s recent terrible judgment. As it turns out, the man Declan robbed is working with Declan’s creepy stealing things friend in an elaborate scheme to get Jack to sell him his bar.
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Posted 10/17/12 at 10:40 am ET

Revenge recap: Family time with the Graysons

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Another Sunday, another scandal in the Hamptons. Tensions are high(er than usual) in Grayson Manor, Emily’s old flame is in the picture, Declan is now officially a hoodlum, and a cute and relatively normal person is crushing on Nolan.

Hello, sexy British ninja.

This was a very flashbacky episode, giving us a peek into the history between Emily and Aiden that was apparent in ep 1. As suspected, he was a fellow student of Takeda and they made out etc. when they weren’t busy learning martial arts and fighting off wolves. Seriously, why did you ever leave Revenge School? He ended up ditching her for revenge, leading to some really helpful life advice from Takeda about burying any love or compassion deep, deep inside a black cavern in her heart where sunshine and happiness will never touch it. So getting dumped by Aiden was part of what made Emily the warm, cuddly person we know today.

Emily gets back at Aiden by knocking him out after he kills the White Haired Man and literally dumping him. As in he wakes up in a garbage truck. He goes on to spend the rest of the episode tracking down clues from the WHM’s possessions that will help Emily in her mission, including bringing her the pilot box from Victoria’s plane.
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Posted 10/12/12 at 1:45 pm ET

Revenge recap: Twists and return from the dead

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Watching her sister connect with fake her.

This episode opens with a creepy as shit nightmare of Amanda hanging out with her mom until her mom morphs into Victoria. Unsettling! Both women are presumed dead and both will be resurrected in this season. I see what you did there, show!

Having successfully faked her death, Victoria wants to take Charlotte (and her inheritance money) and get the hell out of dodge. Two things get in her way: 1. Emily manipulates Charlotte into staying by making her aware of Amanda’s pregnancy; 2. Conrad has taken over Charlotte’s inheritance. Victoria’s plan depended on the inheritance to pay off the White Haired Man, so she ends up having to change course and rise from the dead. She contacts Conrad and they frame the White Haired Man, making it look like he abducted her and Conrad took Charlotte’s money to pay a ransom. Conrad and Victoria’s antagonism is absolute perfection when they are reunited. Love it.

Charlotte did not seem nearly as awesome as she did in the premiere. Of course, she got to deliver melodramatic lines like “You really are a monster!” Given the direction everything went with her dad coming out of it the hero, maybe she’ll retain some of her innocence.
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Posted 10/4/12 at 11:56 am ET

Bones recap: Watch out ladies, Sweets is playing the field

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Within the first five minutes I already like this episode. It opens with a murder scene. Like, a scene showing a murder happen, not the location of a murder. It’s a nice change from the usual goofy, no-name characters happening upon a gruesome corpse that is the norm on Bones. It’s a formula that I have to admit has gotten a bit tired for me.  I know there are only so many ways to set up a murder to be solved, but I hope they mix it up a little more often this season.

So the scene! We see a man walk through a dark parking garage and a shadowy figure is watching him. There’s a Big Gulp cup on the roof of his car, and when he grabs it to move it, BAM, the biggest explosion of all time ever.

Because this is Bones, we get to see all the little bits go flying in gratuitous “they can show that on TV?” slow motion. Later, when the team is scraping up the remains for study, the intestines fall off the ceiling and onto Hodgins’ face. I love this show.

The Case

The gist is this: The team IDs the remains from a facial reconstruction, but when they go to inform his spouse that her husband is deceased, he shows up.
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Posted 10/3/12 at 7:11 pm ET

Revenge season 2 premiere recap: The bitch is back

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How sweet it is to have Emily’s stunning red dresses, Victoria’s backstabbing bitchiness, and Nolan’s snappy one-liners back on my TV screen. Revenge returned Sunday night with a thrilling hour of trademark drama and intrigue. The episode opened by panning over bits of wreckage in the ocean not from Victoria’s plane, but instead Jack’s boat. Similar to the beginning of last season, this is a glimpse three months into the future, although considerably more vague than Daniel getting shot at his engagement party. So where are we in the present?

Emily has been training and building sexual tension.

Since we left off last season, Emily has resumed training with Takeda, her hardcore Japanese vengeance mentor. When we catch up with her, Emily is tied to a pole in the Ocean as the tide comes in, supposedly trying to free herself before it overwhelms her. As it turns out, though, she isn’t trying to get free – she’s getting near enough to drowning to unlock memories of her mother, who she learned last season may still be alive. Um, I’m pretty sure there are some hypnotherapists who could help you out with that, but ok. I get that you have to do things just a little more badass than the rest of us.
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Posted 9/21/12 at 6:26 pm ET

So You Think You Can Dance 9.15 recap: Season Finale

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: CW L-R: Top 4 contestants Tiffany Maher, Eliana Girard, Chehon Wespi-Tschopp and Cyrus Spencer on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE airing Wednesday, September 5 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2012 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Mike Yarish

Well, we have officially crowned America’s Favorite Male and Female Dancers. It just doesn’t have the same ring it used to, does it? The top 20 came back for one more evening of fabulous dancing and extreme hyperbole from Nigel before we bid our favorite (well, mine anyway) dance program adieu until next summer. My favorites of the night are in video form for your enjoyment.

Group Routines

Speaking of hyperbole, Nigel said that the opening group number was the best opening routine they have ever had on this show. See, I just don’t think you should set something up that way. The truth is the opening routine choreographed by Sonya Tayeh and Christopher Scott was very beautiful. It used gorgeous wind effects and costuming. But I can think of 3 group routines choreographed by Wade Robson off the top if my head that featured better musicality, more original choreography, and made better use of the space and number of dancers. That’s not to say that this routine wasn’t beautiful, but damn it, you said it was the best, and now I’m comparing it to every group routine I have ever loved. Oh, just thought of a NappyTabs one I liked better.
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Posted 9/20/12 at 12:26 am ET

Bones season 8 premiere recap: Bones is back with a vengeance

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The best season finale cliffhanger of Bones ever was definitely Brennan’s “I’m pregnant, Booth” at the end of season six. On the other hand, the setup from last season’s cliffhanger made for a more interesting first episode back and set up what seems like will be an intriguing season of crime fighting and forensic anthropology.

Last Season

When we left off in the spring, Brennan had been framed for murder by a computer genius/serial killer with a really creepy smile by the name of Christopher Pelant. She had just gone on the run with her father and her and Booth’s daughter, Christine. Booth was left behind so that he could continue trying to catch Pelant and avoid becoming an accomplice. Of course, given Booth’s over-protective nature, this was not by choice. Brennan decided to run off without him. I’m assuming she brought Christine with her rather than leave her in Booth’s care because being on the run is somehow safer? Although honestly, when it comes to keeping a baby safe, my money’s on Booth.

Blonde Bones

When we catch up with Brennan she has been on the run for three months and is wearing a TERRIBLE blonde wig as a disguise.
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