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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2013 was a year of satirizing those who yearned for fame and fortune

Or, On Miley Cyrus and her summer anthem "We Can't Stop"


It’s the end of 2013. And naturally, this is the time when we all reflect on the past 12 months of our lives — where did it go wrong? where did it go right? what were the big events of the year? And I don’t know why I woke up this morning thinking about this, but one of the biggest events of 2013 is Miley Cyrus. I know she’s a person and not an event, but throughout the year it seemed that Miley Cyrus wasn’t just a person, or a pop star, or a Disney actress going through a “transition.” She was a spectacle, a topic to be discussed (also, disgust), a chance for talking heads to get on their soap box. As she said in her MTV “documentary:” This was a strategic hot mess. She even states that now no one can put her face on something and just sell it like they used to in the heyday of Hannah Montana. Miley traveled so far to the other side of the spectrum so that people would stop associating her with her Hannah Montana alter ego, so that they couldn’t stop talking about her.

We can’t stop stalking about her.
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Interview: Ashley Clements talks The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, fandom, and her career

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Last year The Lizzie Bennet Diaries revolutionized the web with its charming adaptation of Jane Austen’s much beloved Pride and Prejudice. Featuring a grad student who week after week shared the goings-on of her life with thousands of people through her vlog, LBD stole the hearts of viewers scattered all around the world and skyrocketed its way to the top of Best P&P Adaptations lists. I had a chance to chat with Ashley Clements, the talented actress who brought Lizzie Bennet to life twice a week for a year. The result is a fun interview where she proves to be as delightful as her character, and talks about her future projects, how she relates to Lizzie, and her holiday traditions.

CCI have to ask, what did it feel like to bring such a universally beloved character to life? Were you nervous when you first got the part?

AC: I was nervous but not because of portraying a famous character, I didn’t actually think about that. But I was just nervous that people wouldn’t like it, and because I was the face that they would direct that at me. And people who’d been doing stuff on the Internet for a while warned me that there might be some hostility; you know, we’re messing with something that’s really beloved, and that that might be directed at me, just because I was the face of the show.
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What did you get for Christmas?

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Ah, the day after Christmas. That holiday spirit is reaching a plateau in the most pleasant way possible. You’re a day removed from the high of playing with your gifts. So my question is, did you get anything TV related under the tree?

About ten years ago, what I would have gotten for Christmas was another season of Friends on DVD, and a friend or two would gift some other show — Reba or Family Guy. A couple of years ago, it was Chuck on DVD or something to that effect. And so it has always been that some show I like on DVD is a pretty safe bet to get me for Christmas, as well as anything else TV-related. The pattern didn’t change much this year.

Here’s what was waiting under my tree for me this year!

Sony Blu-Ray Player (BDP-S5100)

The first blu-ray player that I have ever owned! You might already say that blu-rays are on their way out in favor of streaming, and I wouldn’t completely disagree with you. I love my Roku and my Apple TV just as well, but for the TV shows (and sometimes movies) that I truly love, I always want to own those on a physical disc.
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Lost Girl ‘La Fae Époque’ review: Dress-up


“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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PSA: If you’re watching Chuck on Netflix, make sure to watch episodes in correct order

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If you’ve never watched Chuck and you have Netflix: congratulations, you have the ability to watch one of television’s fine, little-known series — and my absolute favorite show of all time.

However, if you’re watching for the first time, you might not know that two season two episodes aired out of order. President Obama preempted television on Monday, Feb. 9, 2009. Meanwhile, NBC had scheduled a Valentine’s Day-themed episode of Chuck (“Chuck vs the Suburbs”) on Feb. 16. As such, it aired “Suburbs” then anyway and decided to air the preempted episode the following week, which threw the narrative all out of whack.

However, this issue has never been corrected. Not on DVDs and blu-rays. And when the series came to Netflix, I thought it would finally be corrected. Not so. So if you’re watching on Netflix (or any other medium, really), here is the correct order of episodes:

Season 2, Episode 12 - “Chuck versus the Third Dimension”
Season 2, Episode 14 - “Chuck versus the Best Friend”
Season 2, Episode 13 - “Chuck versus the Suburbs”
Season 2, Episode 15 - “Chuck versus the Beefcake”

It’s awful that with every medium, this has to be noted. Kind of laborious.
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Lost Girl ‘Of All the Gin Joints’ review: Till the bird lady sings

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I don’t think there’s been any scene more blunt than Dyson and Bo having sex, Dyson pleading for Bo to give him the intimacy that he desires so, and her denying him that for her personal pleasure. If you’ve been wondering whether or not Bo has changed, this was the writers’ way of telling you that she has. Of course, it’s not unusual for Bo to think of sex as just sex (or a way for healing), but it’s not often that she doesn’t seem present. Bo has been moving fluidly between Dyson, randos, Lauren, and back to Dyson. Even Bo isn’t sure where she’s been. Sure, she was on Train Limbo, but she references that Bo as “her” and “she.” Definitively, the new Bo decided to align herself with the Dark and none of it makes sense with Bo as we’ve known her.

I mean, that said, I don’t exactly think Bo being aligned with the Dark is all that out of character. What is it that Kenzi said? The Light are assholes and the Dark are assholes who have fun? Bo has always been about never truly trusting people until they’ve earned it (except for where her insta-family is concerned) and defies society’s expectations.
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Top 10 TV shows of 2013: Girls, Hannibal, & more


It’s that time of the year again when we reflect over the best in the past 12 months. And, of course, that means more best-of and top this or that lists. Well, you’ve probably already seen a top 10 TV shows of 2013 list on every site on the Internet at the moment, but none of them are mine. That’s got to mean something, right? No? Well, OK. But I promise there are at least a couple of surprises on this list!

But before we get to the list, let’s talk about a few of the honorable mentions: Parks and Reacreation was still fantastic as ever this year; Nikita continued to be the most mature and compelling series on The CW (regardless of hackneyed sci-fi technology); and House of Cards was a splendid way to spend 13 hours. Those series and many more just barely missed the top 10. There are only 10 slots, so it was definitely difficult.

Full disclosure: I don’t watch every series on television, though I wish I could/did. Here are my top 10 series of 2013:

10. The Mindy Project

I don’t want to hear it. I just do not. Look, we all know the world loves New Girl and Parks and Recreation a whole heck of a lot more, but to be quite honest, the sitcom that I look forward to the most every, single week is The Mindy Project.
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Revenge ‘Exodus’ review: Plans going overboard


The main problem with Revenge‘s midseason finale is that it took forever to get to that certain plot point. You know, the one they’ve been teasing since the premiere. And then again in all the promos since ever. In fact, I’d be surprised if we got more than 60 seconds past Emily getting shot of new footage to hold on to. We know Emily was going to get shot for real, which in effect makes that certain cliffhanger moot.

But what is interesting is just who shot her: Daniel. In a postmortem with TV LineRevenge showrunner Sunil Nayar said that he hopes audiences completely bought that Daniel was in a place where it made sense for him to shoot Emily — that he had been cheated out of a life with his true love, who just tried to attempt suicide, because his wife lied and said she was pregnant. That’s all very fine and dandy, but I don’t think that particularly screams murder. The unfortunate thing with Revenge is that it doesn’t always hold up with the details. What’s much more compelling would be that Daniel heard she was a fraud and saw Aiden use chloroform on his mom.
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It’s safe to watch Revenge again, everyone

After a disappointing second season, "Revenge" has regained its bearings.


The midseason finale of Revenge airs tomorrow night, and it will most likely be met with middling ratings. After a convoluted second season (paired with a move to a different night), audiences jumped ship on the frothy drama. No one can blame audiences for abandoning what was once a fun summer-in-fall soap turned complicated mess. But something happened during season three of Revenge: it got good again. Everyone’s goals were clear. The stakes were raised. And none of it included superfluous, huge conspiracies (ahem, The Initiative, otherwise known as they who shall not be named). Revenge decided to recalibrate and got to the core of the show — Emily’s revenge, especially onto those it makes most sense for her to revenge. Yes, season three is all about Emily versus Victoria, and it’s been fantastic.

The frame of this season is Emily will be shot on her wedding night and fall into the ocean, seemingly dead. Obviously, there are more episodes this season, so we know that Emily won’t die. (Not just yet, anyway. That could possibly happen in a series finale. Who knows?) But what the frame has done is classic Revenge. We’ve gotten to see how Emily’s plans are unfolding and just exactly how all those plot points move closer toward the inevitable flash-forward.
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