Posts Tagged ‘TV’

We’ve been watching Once Upon a Time since it premiered last year, and I’ve had so-so feelings about it all along. I think it’s a show that has a lot of potential, but it just hasn’t had enough forward movement to be truly engaging. It came back from its holiday break this week with a new episode. Ava is doing the official Fandomania reviews for this show, so I’m putting my own thoughts here instead of there. If you haven’t seen up through the newest episode (“Desperate Souls”), beware of spoilers beyond this point.

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The most recent half-season of Doctor Who and the Christmas special that followed left me pretty disappointed, to the point of questioning my faith in Steven Moffat. When Russell T. Davies was running the show, the episodes Steven Moffat wrote are some of my very favorites. The two parter with “The Empty Child” and “The Doctor Dances” has some genuinely creepy moments, and it introduces Jack Harkness, who would go on to be one of the best characters created by the revamp. “The Girl in the Fireplace” is a fantastically tragic time travel love story that plays with the problems and nuances of jumping through time and space. “Blink” probably is my all-time favorite Doctor Who episode and just might be the overall creepiest episode of any TV show I’ve ever watched. I even enjoyed the two parter that introduces River Song, “Silence in the Library” and “Forest of the Dead.” In those, River’s story is intriguing, and she’s a character I wanted to know more about.

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George R. R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire begins its TV adaptation this weekend with the first episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones. As a longtime fan and evangelist of the book series, I’m naturally excited about the TV show after seeing what appears to be a staunch faithfulness to the original material. Advance reviews have started showing up online, and one in particular has stirred up a hornet’s nest today.

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I had heard about Top Gear for a long time but never had seen any episodes. As I’m not at all a gearhead and know the bare minimum I need to know about cars in order to move them efficiently from point A to point B, I didn’t think the show would have much appeal for me. But then BBC sent us seasons (or series; it’s British, after all) 14 and 15 of the show to review for Fandomania, and I started realizing that the cars are just vehicles (pun only slightly intended) for the craziness the show’s hosts get up to in each episode.

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