Posted 4/23/14 at 1:05 pm ET

Faking It ‘Pilot’ Review: #Karmy is born

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At first glance MTV’s rookie show Faking It sends up one big rainbow flag as being 2014’s show to bitch about and be offended by. But, if you dig a little deeper, past the stereotypical gay character, the overwhelmingly (almost unbelievable) tolerant high school, and borderline annoying Christian conservative… we find a truly relatable and intriguing story.

Amy and Karma are best friends. Karma wants the boy, the popularity, and the chance to be more than ordinary in a high school ruled by outcasts. Amy just wants Karma to be happy (and for the record doesn’t even like looking at her own vagina)… so clearly the only plausible solution is for them to pretend to be lesbians!

We see the madness unfold in this 22 minute series premiere, yes only 22 minutes of actual viewing pleasure, which is a travesty in itself. The charade begins when the girls are mistaken for lesbians after Amy’s soon-to-be step sister Lauren (the traditional overly-heterosexual character) takes a jab at the BFF’s in the schools courtyard.  Shane, Hester High’s token gay guy, thrilled by the thought of “lesbian energy” in his life invites the two girls to his party… which is the most happening party in Texas.
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Posted 2/16/14 at 7:22 pm ET

Lost Girl ‘Origin’ review: There will be blood oaths

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Just a very quick review before tonight’s season finale.

Season four of Lost Girl has been rocky at best. I think the better way to put it is that they’ve just been stalling everything until tonight’s episode. That would have been fine if there were other, more interesting things going on throughout the past 12 episodes. The sad fact is that there hasn’t been. Every episode ended with yet another stall tactic and a strange, non-sequitr MacGuffin to keep us busy for that hour.

In some episodes, this worked. That’s Lost Girl‘s strong suit, really, the campiness. But in others, when everything wasn’t firing on all cylinders, well it really didn’t work. And the explanation for Bo’s development this season has been shoddy, leaving audiences confused.

It’s strange, then, that a show that is so married to prolonging every plot detail would try to speed up the death of a main character and milk it for all it’s worth. Ksenia Solo is giving a good performance, but when I saw her twisting her engagement ring at Hale’s funeral, I rolled my eyes. The contrived way in which they were thrown together, only to appear as a couple for one episode in which Hale proposes way too quickly and then dies a couple of minutes later is making me feel nothing.
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Posted 2/13/14 at 5:27 pm ET

Reign ‘Inquisition’ photo recap: All the Queen’s Men

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I totally meant to recap the episode of Reign that comes before this episode. I even watched it, too! I don’t know where the time went. I used to be much better about time. But since there’s no new episode of Reign this week, I decided that I would have to recap the latest episode. Plus, it’s a celebration.

Didn’t you hear? Reign was renewed for season two! I’ve only watched three episodes, but even I know that obviously the CW execs were scared that Catherine might poison them.

So, anyway, sorry about no recap last time. You didn’t miss much. Basically, I was going to make Paganism a euphemism for something else and a shot of Mary and Son #1 kissing with the caption: “We need mops.” High-brow-type humor, you know. But in case you didn’t watch the previous episode, what happened was that Son #1 had a cousin who had a baby and now he and Mary have to hide him. In this episode, they check in on the lady who they have taking care of the baby. And this lady just loves this job.
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Posted 1/30/14 at 6:26 pm ET

Veronica Mars season one rewatch: Lil’ gumshoe

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I first watched Veronica Mars in the summer of 2006. Before then, I would see promos for the show and dismiss it as some cheeky teen girl drama. I was wrong. Before UPN and The WB merged into The CW, UPN was airing reruns of the show all the time. I was watching season two episodes, without context, and loving it.

I quickly decided that I needed to buy seasons one and two before season three began. It was August and I was watching several Veronica Mars episodes a day. The school year began and all I could think about in class was going back home to watch more Veronica Mars before Oct. 3. I finished some time in September and just waited for the premiere, but not without engaging with fans online — a forum here, a chat board there. Before I knew it, I was deeply emerged within the fandom. And when the end of season three reared its head, I did everything I could to make sure it didn’t get canceled. But it was no use. The CW president waited until summer to announce it was officially canceled, most likely to thwart off a negative reaction from fans.
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Posted 1/28/14 at 10:27 pm ET

Reign ‘For King and Country’ recap: Mary, marry, and murder!

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I’ve watched only about five minutes of Reign in total, so I’m going to be honest with you: I have no idea what is happening. Don’t expect me to have an accurate recap of what’s going down. I also have no conception of history, but maybe that’s a good thing when it comes to this show. People have been telling me to watch The CW’s latest hit. I knew as soon as my 25-year-old male cousin told me he was an avid watcher of Reign that I at least owed it to myself to tune it.

The previously on section tells us a lot of stuff happened, but mostly that Mary was going to marry some guy, but then ditched him last minute. So she runs away with her going-to-be-husband’s brother, except that they’re being followed by some goons and are met by a cliff, which is a dead end. Or is it?

That’s when we cut to this guy’s parental units being mad that this happened because how dare this girl leave their son before marrying him?

Oh, man, and this lady — this lady. She is insane. She is also hilarious. We’ll get into that in a little bit.
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Posted 1/28/14 at 4:59 pm ET

Lost Girl ‘End of the Line’ review: Siren’s swan song

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Don’t say they didn’t warn you: Hale’s bloody ear as soon as he and Kenzi solidified their relationship, creepy-under-the-graveyard lady telling Bo someone will die, and the absolutely rushed engagement. Hale has bit the almighty bullet. But did it feel earned to you?

In some ways, I want to commend Lost Girl for going there. It’s been almost four seasons and no one really all that important has died. I don’t ever think of Lost Girl as the show where anyone will die, anyway. I mean, I think of Lost Girl as mostly campy fun. But season four has been getting into some dark territory, especially with Bo killing the Una Mens last episode. In this episode, she literally drinks blood. I heard that there was an interview somewhere where Showrunner Emily Andras said Hale is gone for good, but he honestly died a couple of scenes after Linda Hamilton (Linda Freaking Hamilton!!!) said, “No one really dies.” I know she said it about Massimo specifically, but this was also an episode with zombies!

Besides, Hale’s death came after several seasons of the show not really knowing what they should do with him. He was frequently absent with little to no explanation, and when he was in an episode, he didn’t have much to do.
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Posted 1/26/14 at 11:41 am ET

Lost Girl ‘Waves’ review: The Nutty Mermaids

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OK, I’m just going to say it: What? Right? Like I’m not the only person who is at all confused about all this, am I? Before we get into all of that, let’s talk about the mermaids and merman first.

That was a lot of fun! But what a coincidence that in my review of the previous episode, which you can read on mehlsbells, I mentioned that Kenzi had a complete Little Mermaid moment. In this episode, it’s no surprise that she’s a huge fan of the movie. Something tells me it might be more than just mere happenstance that she brushed her hair with a fork in one episode, and then had a total fangirl moment about The Little Mermaid in the next. Kenzi just really identifies with wanting to me “part of your world.” Plus, you know, mermaids are supposed to be cute and awe-inducing. (These mermaids were not.) If nothing else, season four of Lost Girl has really struck gold with its willingness to pair or group unlikely characters together. In this episode, it’s Kenzi, Dyson, and Lauren — and what a group they made. I’d be totally fine with more B-plots of them solving cases.
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Posted 1/25/14 at 10:37 am ET

The Vampire Diaries ’500 Years of Solitude’ review: Raise a glass

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Can you believe we’ve gone through 100 of these? I started reviewing The Vampire Diaries during the tail end of season two. Ah, season two. Good times. That was back when I, and everyone else, was trying to convince people that The Vampire Diaries is a show that is worth watching unironically. And it was. Characters’ actions were defined, the plot moved forward, and the mythology mostly made sense.

And now we’ve pushed through another 50 episodes, and well, I can’t believe how much time has gone by. For “500 Days of Solitude,” it appears the series can’t believe it either. As for the characters, they’re too busy blaming Katherine about everything that has gone wrong in their lives on the person dying upstairs. Weirdly, Katherine comes off as the most sympathetic character here. Yes, I’m sure that my bias is showing, but a character that doesn’t blame her actions on other people, who basically says, “Fuck it, I was trying to survive” gets points in my book against the characters that continuously say, “The buck stops… there.” I mean, some of their justifications are just laughable.

That’s kind of where we’ve gotten at this point in the Vampire Diaries‘ story.
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Posted 1/2/14 at 10:53 pm ET

Lost Girl ‘Groundhog Fae’ review: Opa and opa again

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Happy new year, everyone! It’s 2014, and I hope everyone had a really happy holidays!

This is one of those rare moments when I write a review several hours after I watched the episode — about eight hours or so. I mean, I don’t want to downplay my memory skills that much, but you know, that’s a lot of time for a twentysomething. What I very much do remember about this episode is that it was the most fun I’ve had watching Lost Girl. By now, we all know that Lost Girl really succeeds when it can surround itself around a campy plot device, but not something overly heavy-handed. So Crappy Santa? Good. Bird fae lady thing? Not so good.

But this episode went beyond just Crappy Santa, of course. Bo and Tamsin (and, as we later find out, Hale) are stuck in a loop during a party at Bo and Kenzi’s. It all takes place because Crappy Santa (which is, yes, what I will continue to call him, as Bo did) thought they were naughty. The reasons behind all of that are clouded in typical Lost Girl mythos, but quite honestly, I liked the results.

I mean, there’s not much more to say beyond that.
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Posted 12/23/13 at 8:55 pm ET

Lost Girl ‘La Fae Époque’ review: Dress-up

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“Well, I think we’re all done waiting… ’cause here I come.”

One can only hope so, Bo. When this episode first began, I was kind of dreading it. If there’s one thing you should know about me as a television viewer is that I kind of hate flashback episodes. They’re distracting, often boring, and most times don’t really give us much information about what is going on presently. But I think “La Fae Époque” subverted many of my dismal expectations. It started a bit slow, but quickly perked up into something quite entertaining.

Part of my problem with Lost Girl these days are just the myriad of different abilities and other fae quirks that pop up from time to time. Last week, it was a bird lady who could sing Bo’s memories back, this week it’s a red thread that can put Bo into Dyson’s memories (ha-ha, get it, threadtied?), and I suspect that this will continue to always be an issue of mine. And sometimes, the climax culminates on such levities: this episode, it’s a pair of shoes. A pair of shoes. I’m sure — or at least I’m hoping — that somehow these shoes are connected to Bo and her recent blackout/train limbo, but I can’t be sure of that just yet.
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