“I think you’re a man out for his own gain no matter who you’re charging. You are constantly finding holes to slither your way into in the hope of finding loose change, only to cry when you’re bitten by another snake. You’re a man who says, “I love you”, whilst looking over a woman’s shoulder into the mirror.” – Agent Carter confronting Stark after discovering that he tasked her with collecting a piece of “his” stolen technology containing a vial of Steve Rogers/Captain America’s blood.
Spotlight Challenge: Working in randomly assigned teams of 2, play the role of an evil game engineer (a la The Hunger Games or The Running Man) and create your very own predator which incorporates the elements of a deadly animal and an exotic plant.
Guest Judge: Josh Hutcherson
This challenge was cool especially because the teams were often made up of people from different coaches so the coaches had a chance to collaborate and interact with each other more than they did last week. I’m still waiting for the coaches to get a little more involved with the artists, but I suppose there are still too many of them to really dig deep with everyone every week. The teams worked really well together which always surprises me because I don’t know many artists who are into the idea of collaborating in this kind of setting. Ve and Glenn were very specific when presenting the challenge to the artists. They wanted to make sure that the creatures were actually menacing and scary and that the plant and animal were really well integrated into the design. I think that the teams that took this advice to heart were far more successful than the teams that didn’t keep it in the front of their minds while they worked.
Also, it is my dream to be a Face-Off model. Just once. Syfy, call me!
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I don’t know when Netflix will start airing the prequel series to Wet Hot American Summer, but I am counting down the days. Watching these actors (Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Michael Ian Black, Judah Friedlander, Janeane Garofalo, Ken Marino, Zak Orth, David Hyde Pierce, Joe LoTruglio, Christopher Meloni, Marguerite Moreau, Michael Showalter, and Molly Shannon.) reprise these roles just tickles me so much. This is the best.
This week is more of a stream of consciousness recap than one with a lot of structure. There are still too many girls to really keep up with and we haven’t really seen any major connections for Chris quite yet (although I think there were the beginnings of a couple last night). In other words, it’s still all drama, drama, drama with no real outcomes. Continue reading
“Play me something worth dying over.” – Fiona to Gus, Shameless, Season 5, Episode 3 “The Two Lisas”
It’s not that I didn’t watch Gilmore Girls when it was airing, just that it wasn’t “must-see-TV” for me at the time. THANK GOD for Netflix and the ability to watch all 7 seasons online! I especially love all of the things I notice watching the episodes in huge chunks instead of spread out over the course of the season. For example, I never realized how little emphasis was placed on romantic relationships on this show, especially during season 4. Sure, they were there. Lorelai (Lauren Graham) dated her father’s business partner, Jason/Digger and Rory (Alexis Bledel) dealt with the aftermath of Jess and another ramp up with Dean, but for the most part, season 4 was all about ladies doing it for themselves. Continue reading
Friends is pretty much my favorite sitcom of all time which is why, when I came up with the concept of doing a Top 5 every week, I decided to start with my top 5 favorite Friends episodes. Let’s get the toughest Top 5 out of the way first.
In no particular order:
1. The One with the Embryos (Season 4) – It is the heaviness of the A plot – Phoebe being implanted with her brother and sister-in-law’s embryos – in combination with the utter ridiculousness of the B plot – the quiz to win Monica’s apartment and the seriousness with which everyone approaches it – that puts this episode on my top 5.
2. The One where No One’s Ready (Season 3) – No one does bottle episodes better than Friends and this was probably one of their best (the other being “The One where Ross Got High”). Every plot in this episode is firing on all cylinders and they all dovetail to the same end.
3. The One with All the Poker (Season 1) – I love the way all of the friends come together to show Rachel their support at the end. And the rhythm of the comedy in that final poker game is just killer.
4. The One where Ross Got High (Season 6) – I have Mrs. Gellar’s speech memorized. It never fails to make me laugh.
Sure, these are a little early series heavy, but what are you gonna do. Those are my Top 5.
Last night’s episode of Parks & Recreation made me sob. No joke, total ugly cry on my couch. P&R has always sort of been the little sitcom that could and part of its success lies in its balance of over-the-top ridiculousness with honest human emotion. Last night’s episode was a perfect example of this. Continue reading
“It’s not love on which the strongest foundations are built. It’s the decency of merciful lies.” – Klaus, The Originals