Series Premiere: Fear the Walking Dead – My Thoughts

Fear the Walking Dead posterMy initial reactions to tonight’s series premiere of Fear the Walking Dead:

Frank Dillane (known to us Potterheads as Tom Riddle from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) did an excellent job playing Nick, one of the main characters who is a junkie who witnesses first-hand the beginnings of the zombie apocalypse. It’s hard to play a junkie who is both an asshole and vulnerable and sympathetic, and he does it extremely well.

The episode started off quickly, then kind of lagged a bit while it took time to introduce the characters and the relationships between them all, but it didn’t drag on to the point where I wanted to turn the TV off, as some first episodes do. Because I know that walkers are coming (eventually), I was on the edge of my seat with anticipation of seeing them in droves. But that would negate the need for a whole season’s worth of buildup, right?

Alycia Debnam-Carey is good at playing bitchy, moody characters that I actually like. (See: Lexa, The 100).

I’m not really feeling the Travis/Madeline relationship yet, but again, this is only the first episode.

It’s nice to look at walkers pre-deterioration. Still gross looking, though.

Am I being hyper-sensitive in thinking that Matt and Artie are both going to be dead before mid-season?

Madeline as a counselor sucks. “If there were something going on, they’d tell us.” Does she not watch any TV or disaster movies? When the zombie apocalypse pops off, they ain’t telling us naythin!!

Cal is an asshole and got what he deserved.

Overall: I’m hooked.

 

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Sleepy Hollow star Tom Mison added to guest list for Dragon Con

Sleepy Hollow's Tom Mison will appear at Dragon Con. Credit: Brownine Harris/FOX

Sleepy Hollow’s Tom Mison will appear at Dragon Con. Credit: Brownine Harris/FOX

Ichabod Crane is venturing out of Sleepy Hollow.

Tom Mison, who plays the loveable and out-of-time Ichabod Crane on FOX’s Sleepy Hollow, has been announced to appear at Dragon Con Labor Day weekend. Mison joins cast mate John Noble, who plays his son Jeremy Crane/Henry Parrish on the hit show loosely based on Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” tales. In the show, Mison’s Ichabod Crane is awakened after a 250-year bewitched sleep to join forces with Lt. Abbie Mills, as the biblical witnesses of Revelation with the purpose of averting the apocalypse. Crane and Mills fight various demonic forces – sometimes from within their close circle of allies – while Crane slowly learns to navigate life in the 21st century, all while connecting the present day with events from the past.

Sleepy Hollow‘s season 3 premiere is scheduled for October 1.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

Sci-Fi Party Line #220: Game of Thrones – Hardhome

imageIn the latest episode of the Sci-Fi Party Line Podcast, we discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones, “Hardhome” and also talk about the controversy surrounding the last few episodes and how the violence of the show compares to other shows we currently record about. Emotions are high in this episode, and the language is a bit more colorful than usual, but it wouldn’t be good TV if it didn’t provoke these responses, right?

The crew for this episode are myself (@hmrpotter), Cat (@fancyfembot), Carl (@robominister) and Eric (@bullittWHO)

http://scifipartyline.com/?powerpress_embed=3089-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio

I will need a clone for Thursday nights this fall…

Sleepy Hollow moves to Thursdays 9/8 EST this fall. Credit: FOX

Sleepy Hollow moves to Thursdays 9/8 EST this fall. Credit: FOX

First, Sleepy Hollow; now, The Originals.

In announcing their fall schedule last week, FOX confirmed that the surprise hit Sleepy Hollow would be moving from Monday to Thursday nights at 9pm for their third season. As Thursday night in my household is already a TV-heavy night (we watch The Vampire Diaries, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder almost religiously) this announcement already gave me a bit of a headache.

Now, it has been confirmed via The OriginalsInstagram account that it, too will be moving to the same day and same time slot.

Get ready for #ThirstDays! #TheOriginalsmoves to Thursdays at 9/8c, right after #TVD this fall! – @theoriginals

I don’t know what I have ever done to the TV or fandom gods to deserve this…I wonder if the clone gods at Orphan Black is taking requests?

John Noble announced for Dragon Con 2015

John Noble will attend Dragon Con 2015 in Atlanta.

John Noble will attend Dragon Con 2015 in Atlanta.

Finally!! After months of being “ho-hum” about the current guest list, I can finally squee in fangirlish delight: John Noble, most recently known for his work on the FOX drama, “Sleepy Hollow”, has been announced to appear at Dragon Con 2015.

Noble, who is also well-known for his work on “Fringe”, plays Henry Parrish/Jeremy Crane/Horseman of War in the hit show based on the tales of Washington Irving. The character was introduced to audiences first as Parrish, a “sin eater” who was seemingly on the side of the show’s protagonists, Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills. In a shocking season one finale, it was revealed that Parrish was actually Jeremy Crane – the son of Ichabod Crane and his wife Katrina, who is a witch. The character was also revealed to be the Horseman of War, a servant of the demon Moloch sent to begin a chain of events that would lead to Moloch’s rising and an inevitable apocalypse. Henry Parrish was killed off just before the end of Season 2, but dead doesn’t always stay dead in Sleepy Hollow, so whether his character is gone for good remains to be seen.

“Sleepy Hollow” was recently renewed for a third season, which will begin in the fall.

Dragon Con is the largest multi-media, popular culture convention focusing on science fiction and fantasy, gaming, comics, literature, art, music, and film. Every Labor Day weekend, about 40,000 people crowd the streets and take over the hotels of downtown Atlanta to meet friends, celebrities, cosplay and totally geek out. This year’s event will take place September 4-7. Ticket information can be found on the official website.

You can read more about my experiences at Dragon Cons past at this link.

SFPL #217: The Walking Dead Season 5 Finale

Lennie James' Morgan returns in a big way for the Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead. Photo credit: AMC

Lennie James’ Morgan returns in a big way for the Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead. Photo credit: AMC

When you have an epic season finale, you can’t do anything less than have an epic podcast to talk about it! Check out episode #217 of the Sci-Fi Party Line podcast, where ALL SIX of the rotating hosts (myself, Cat, Eric, Carl, Stephanie, and Darrell) talk about the amazing return of a little-seen fan favorite, have mini-heart attacks about characters and their way-too-many near death experiences, passionately debate the leadership styles of Rick and Deanna, and how Eric somehow turned the end of the show into zombie-porn talk (really, he did).

I will try to organize my thoughts into a proper blog post before the end of the week, but until then you can check us out below and feel free to comment with your thoughts on the show:
http://scifipartyline.com/?powerpress_embed=3062-podcast&powerpress_player=mediaelement-audio

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015 – The Grown Up Fangirl’s Year in Review

Goodbye 2014 Hello 2015 HD Wallpaper Images PicturesGoodbye, good riddance 2014!!! 2014 was the year I really could have used a clone, because I did not get to do nearly as much as I wanted to do, fandomwise. Not enough cons, not enough podcasting, not enough TV/movie watching, and not enough blogging. Even so, there were a few highlights to my fangirlish year, and it’s enough to motivate me to make more effort in the coming year. So…let’s cover a few things, shall we?

BOOKS – Trying to work full-time and go to school has gotten harder for me to juggle in the past two years, so I haven’t gotten to read quite as much as I wanted to this year (my reading goal on Goodreads was 25 books – I fell waaaaayyyy short of that goal). In anticipation of the reboot (which I still have yet to see), I re-read V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic for the millionth time (and am still adequately fascinated/disturbed at the story). I finally sat down and read/listened to the first novel in the A Song of Ice and Fire series (or, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the books, the series that HBO’s Game of Thrones is based on). I found some sense of closure with The Mortal Instruments: A City of Heavenly Fire, but was reluctant to give up on the Shadowhunter world, so I picked up The Bane Chronicles in an effort to get into the head of one of the more mysterious and interesting characters in the series, warlock Magnus Bane. As of right now, the jury is still out on this one; whereas most of the books I’ve read lately have been of the can’t-put-it-down variety, sadly this book doesn’t fall into that category, and I am finding it harder and harder to remember why I liked Magnus Bane in the first place. But the book series that has really had a grab-me-and-don’t-let-me-go effect is the Divergent Series by Veronica Roth.

divergent1Until June 2014, I had worked the past two years in the public library system, and the Divergent books were always in the hard-to-find category, especially with to the March release of the first film in the series, Divergent. For awhile I had given up on trying to read the books, deciding that I would just wait until I bought them to read them. However, once I sat down to finally watch the film, I was drawn in by the chemistry of the lead characters Tris and Four (portrayed onscreen by Shailene Woodley and Theo James, respectively). So, Halloween weekend consisted of me reading Divergent (Friday), Insurgent (Saturday), and Allegiant (Sunday). I followed up with Four a couple of weeks later. Even though I’m late to the faction party, I’ll probably end up doing a re-read and then blogging about the books at some point, because those books were a doozy to read. But I haven’t fangirled about books/movies as much in the past few years as I have in the past few months with these characters, so that’s a good thing. (BTW, I will totally spaz out if I ever get to meet Theo James in person. Just warning y’all in advance). Oh, and if someone could find a way to convince Veronica Roth to write more books about Four, I’d appreciate it.

TV – Television was kind of huge for me in 2014. I enjoyed some of my newer favorites (Game of Thrones, Sleepy Hollow, Walking Dead, The Originals, Orphan Black), fell back in love with an older one (now that’s the Supernatural I know and love), said goodbye to an old friend (rest in peace, True Blood) and got sucked in to a couple of others (How to Get Away with Murder, Teen Wolf).  Scandal consistently kept my jaw on the floor, and The Vampire Diaries is getting interesting again now that Delena isn’t so much the focus of the show. I am currently catching up on Season 4 of Lost Girl, but am apprehensive because I already know one of my favorite characters dies. Oh yeah, speaking of beloved characters dying…

WTF, Walking Dead and Sleepy Hollow? (Spoilers be ahead, for those of you not caught up).

I know that in the reality of the zombie apocalypse, it’s unrealistic to think that all of our favorite characters will escape unscathed. Episode 1 of Season 5 nearly gave us a heart attack thinking that Glenn was going to be head-bashed with a bat not once, but twice, Carl was almost raped by a rather ogre-ish looking biker dude, and even little baby Judith was threatened with a knife to the throat (RIP Martin…not). But we knew someone from the group was gonna have to die, and unfortunately the first casualty was Bob Stuckey. After what happened to him (being bitten by a walker, and then taken hostage and partially turned into Bob-B-Q by some survivors of Terminus), I expected him to not make it. No, the death that got me was Beth. Beth’s death for me equaled the WTF? incredulity I had when Hedwig was killed by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. It was just one of those deaths I really feel was unnecessary to the whole of the story; it really serves no purpose except to solidify the fact that the group needs to pay attention to Rick when he tells them that being nice isn’t getting them anywhere. And poor Maggie’s face…

Moving along to Sleepy Hollow – I will admit that I am still pissed about the killing off of Captain Frank Irving. That was another WTF? for me. Orlando Jones is a talented actor and his character brought a sense of balance to the group of Ichabod, Abbie, Katrina and Jenny. It was bad enough that the character was grossly underused in the first part of season 2 (bring him back and send that damn Sheriff Reyes away, okay? She irks the hell out of me and serves no purpose), but then to kill him? (Although the manner of death was heroically glorious). However, I do realize that dead does not always mean dead in Sleepy Hollow and hope that there’s some great way the writers will bring back Irving’s character.

In the meantime, check out this HILARIOUS video from the Captain himself, giving us a recap of his character’s journey through Sleepy Hollow:

MOVIES – I totally suck in the movie department for 2014 – aside from Divergent, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy (last week), X-Men: Days of Future Past (two weeks ago), and Maleficent (opening weekend). Pathetic, I know, and I will hopefully get a chance to change that in 2015.

PODCASTS – Due to scheduling conflicts and other real-life BS, I only recorded a few episodes on Sci-Fi Party Line this year. They are as follows:

20140830_215700CONVENTIONS – I only got to attend one convention this year: Dragon Con. The experience wasn’t as great as previous years, mainly because I spent most of the week prior sick as a dog and literally had no energy, but it wasn’t a total flop. After podcasting together for 5 years, I got to meet Cat (@fancyfembot) in person!

I also got to meet Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter) and Osric Chau (Kevin Tran, Supernatural – he was there as an attendee but was nice enough to pose for a photo when I recognized him outside of Starbucks). I got to ask Karl Urban (The Chronicles of Riddick, Almost Human) a question during his panel, and I was a panelist on the “Growing Up to Save the World” panel on the Whedonverse track.

All in all, not such a bad year, but I plan to do so much more in 2015. To those of you who follow and have stuck with me, thanks again for another great year! Happy New Year 2015!!