American Gods is a book by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2001. It is also a television series based on the book which aires on the STARZ network. Both iterations tell the story of Shadow Moon, a felon who is released three days early from prison due to a family tragedy. On the way to the funeral, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a chauffeur, valet, and overall manservant. This encounter sets in motion events in Shadow’s life that are amazing, devastating, tragic, and triumphant. It sends him on a journey of discovery, whether he wants to go or not. In the end, Shadow could end up a hero, a martyr, back in jail, or the King of America.
Netflix has its fair share of foreign-language misses; most of which, I rage-quit within the first ten minutes. There’s bad dubbing, too-rapid subtitles, cheesiness, and poor production value, with varying combinations of those four main offenses. In fact, finding good films/shows on Netflix that I haven’t seen before has become a bit of a unicorn hunt these days. Foreign language or not. So when I do stumble upon that odd show that sparks new joy, I have to share it with you geeks. The Hookup Plan, or Plan Coeur, in French, is one such unicorn. Continue reading →
The holidays season is over, a new year has begun, and it’s time for life to find it’s natural rhythm once again. During the season, I found myself with an excess of vacation days and a scarcity of episodes from my favorite TV series. What’s a girl to do? Why, try new and interesting shows, of course! I dove into three different series to see what treasures I could discover. Here’s my haul:
For Whovians (Doctor Who fans), it’s an exciting time. We are less than three weeks away from getting a new Doctor. Anticipation and tension are high. Many of us are equal parts excited, nervous, curious, and anxious to see what this new Doctor will be like and what kind of adventures we can expect from her and her new Companions. Fortunately, it’s just about time to find out!
Some heroes are even more heroic off-screen. From creating online movements to raise awareness for their cause (I’m looking at you, @David_Ramsey, raising awareness of testicular cancer #DontQuit), to building entire charities from the ground up, these celebs know how to make their mark.
Below, I’ve listed a few CW actors you can really look up to. Read on to find out who they are, their cause, and how you can help. Continue reading →
Shark Week is one of my favorite ways to cure the mid-summer slump. Every year, Discovery Channel adds new shows, like Shaq Week and Guy Fieri’s Feeding Frenzy, but still airs favorites like Air Jaws and Alien Sharks. If you haven’t gotten in on the action yet, you still have time! Tonight, starting at 7PM ET/PT, Catch Cash Cab “Shark Week Edition”, Megalodon: Fact vs. Fiction, Bloodline: Spawn of Jaws, and Great White Shark Babies. Tomorrow at 9, Return of the Mega Shark and Sharks Gone Wild. And Sunday at 9, catch Naked and Afraid with Sharks. Plus, all day through Sunday, catch shark shows from previous seasons of Shark week.
What better way to celebrate the final days of this year’s Shark Week, than with a drinking game? And just because Shark Week makes me feel a little “extra”, I also created a specialty shot for the occasion– the Shark Attack. Continue reading →
Today, two badass women of current Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV come back to our screens with new seasons of their respective shows.
So this seems like a great time to highlight other badass ladies of Sci-Fi and Fantasy television who have been favorites of mine in the past. All these ladies still hold very special places in my heart. The list, of course, is not exhaustive. It just contains some favorites from my DVD collection. (These are in no particular order.)
If you know me, you probably know I love, love, and love me some Charmed, the WB/CW show from the late 90’s about 3 sister-witches who fought the forces of evil. I own the entire series (a complete 8-season set) on DVD and watch it at least twice a year. I have featured the Halliwell sisters here on the site in a stand-alone article and as part of a piece about fictional witches. In the latter, the lesson that I advise you to take away from the group is that you should not be defined by your powers (skills, knowledge, or talents). Instead decide who you will be and use your powers to show the world who you are. The show was (and still is) so good that you can pull wonderful nuggets like that out of it even while you enjoy the outlandish costumes, cheesy dialogue, dramatic sibling rivalry, outdated special effects, and wonderful late-90’s/early-00’s tropes.
After years of rumors, deliberation, and false starts, the CW network has decided to move forward with a reboot of the series. And I am NOT here for it. Here’s my case against the Charmed reboot:
If you blinked in 2004, you might have missed this gem of a TV show. Check out T. Mack and Taylor’s review this Friday to find out about this (mostly) forgotten series and where you can go to enjoy all 13 wonder[fall] episodes.