#ShowsWeLove: Dark Matter

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Space… the final frontier

Gotta level with you here, I absolutely love fantasy but sci-fi and me are not good friends. Star Trek to  Star Wars I just couldn’t get into the great beyond like I could the magical world. Maybe it’s because space is real and there are clear rules and guidelines, maybe it’s because I prefer the unpredictability of magic to science I can’t say for certain.

I will say this, SyFy  seems to have a knack for writing shows I’ll watch. They created a space series I not only binge watched, but was truly disappointed a third season hadn’t made it to the streaming site.

It started with a brief period of withdrawal. I like to completely immerse myself in a show, internet stalk the cast and crew, find our what other projects they’re doing. This usually happens AFTER I’ve watched a series with 4 or more seasons.

There is a period of mourning when I realise it’s too soon to rewatch the show but i have yet to decide on a new series. Lost Girl was just that show. Dark Matter. My antidote.

Both shows are Canadian  (yay Canada!) Both appear on SyFy. Dark Matter, is based on the comic book of the same name. Though I have not read the comic series the show bumps it up on my to-do list. 

Dark  Matter. Opens with a group of six people waking up on a ship called the Raza.  No one has any memory of how they got there or what they were doing before they woke up. They name themselves One through Six and work on reclaiming their identities. 

I did hear word the shows third season premiered June 9, 2017. I have yet to catch an episode but I’ll keep looking. The first 2 seasons which are pretty action packed and full of angst are of course of Netflix. The fight scenes were my favorite.

Have you seen Dark Matter? Who was your favorite character? Let us know in the comments below!

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#ShowsWeLove: The Strain

At a child’s birthday party all the adults I know usually clamor to one room, forfeiting the house to the dominant species…The Children.

Little Miss Jada’s 9th birthday barbeque was no different. My friend and comic book sensei also happens to be a professional grade chef. Our domain…the kitchen.

As always after several platters of food have been devoured by our offspring. Plastic cups refilled again, the nerdlings within steer our conversation to the latest movie trailer releases.

A few remakes later and we’re talking about Hulu. The streaming service offers a variety of cable programs currently on air. The Strain happens to be one of those shows.

I grew up reading Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Anne Rice (pick a book I’ve read it). So Guilermo Del Toro’s The Strain brings back a traditional sense of what a vampire was for me.

Set to the theme of a viral outbreak backed by an ancient evil, it’s a great show if you’re into zombie apocalypse shows. Just replace the zombies by semi cognizant vampires and you have a show that has spanned three seasons.

We follow Dr. Ephraim Goodweather, head of the CDC’s New York-based Canary Project, on the case of an airplane that lands with everybody on board dead. His team discovers a viral outbreak, very similar to that of vampirism.  As the virus ravages the city Goodweather, his team and a group of the city’s residents wage a war that could hold humanity’s fate in its hand.

Original a book trilogy, The Strain officially aired on July 13, 2014 with the fourth and final series airing Sunday, July 16th, 2017.

The show’s executive producers include Oscar-nominated writer Guillermo del Toro and Emmy-winning producer Carlton Cuse.

Have you seen The Strain? What did you think?

My Netflix Addiction: Happy Tree Friends

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I am obsessed with cartoons. If I could make a living doing voice overs I would. While I work on my sound reel, let’s talk about this cartoon. I should start by saying this is not a cartoon for kids. In fact it probably isn’t a cartoon most adults would like. I have a morbid sense of humor.

In old school Tom & Jerry fashion (one of my faves) this show offers no messy dialogue, only squeaks and murmurs from our doomed animal cast. I won’t ruin it for you check out this clip below!

 

My Netflix Addiction: 13 Reasons Why

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*The content featured in this article could be seen as graphic, I am discussing a program which showed strong sexual content, minor abusing drugs and alcohol, strong language and rape. Basically you should not be reading this without permission if you are a minor.  Also spoiler alert.

I’d heard mixed reviews from friends, coworkers, Facebook followers people who’ve read the book and new it existed prior to watching the series. When I started watching i’d understood that i’d either feel a sense of kindred belonging or utter disdain for the late Hannah Baker.

Instead I felt myself feeling a both annoyed by her naivete and sad no one stepped in to save the histrionic young woman. Hannah Baker committed suicide by slicing her wrists in the bathroom tub, she’d endured 2 years of torture after moving to a new town and a new school. Sadly this was her only way out.

Before committing the final deed, she’d recorded 13 cassette tapes, (yes they still exist in 2017!) and confessed her sins and the sins of those she felt were most responsible for driving her to end her life.  Some would consider it a bit pious of her.

I at times agreed, the police would have and could have stepped in to bring justice to the stalker and the rapist. (i’m sure the later did face criminal charges once his confession was released.)  Some would suggest she merely get over the other teenage shenanigans.

I believe she could’ve used benefited from having a real counselor who could’ve guided her through a few minor struggles, had any adult been able to offer her refuge she could’ve had a chance.

My beloved would say she needed “thicker skin”  The series as a whole was pretty interesting and I would even consider watching a second season if they bothered to continue the show. The book was a stand alone project but who knows Season One left room for a 13 Reasons Why I shot up the school or 13 Reasons Why I Ran Away.

Secret Life of the American Teenager 

When it first aired I too was sold on the great Molly Ringwald’s return. If seen Sixteen Candles and The Breakfast Club. Secret Life was one of those shows that I caught just before college. 

Basic premise is Amy is a high school freshman who finds out the hot bad boy she banged in band camp got het pregnant.  Along with normal social issues, Secret Life explores Amy’s life as eldest daughter, expectant mother all while dealing with the struggles of maneuvering high school.

I gotta be honest here, I don’t know who’s secret life this is but I feel terribly sorry for them and the townies that surround them.

After a series of partner swaps and questionable plot twists my senior year Netflix binge fizzled during the 4th season premiere. What was once ABC family offered both and entertaining yet loosely family focused program that sometimes teetered on x-rated. 

These kids got more tail than I did during my senior year of college. Any who I found myself having mushy drama overload and quit watching before the series finale.

I recently rediscovered Secret Life and jumped right back in where I left off. Turns out Ben, spiraled after Amy and Ricky got back together and unfortunately as of Season 5 episode 10 he was still waiting for Amy and Ricky to split up even if he had to wait until they were geriatric. 

There’s a new girl in school who gets to be pregnant and we get to see history repeat itself while a new young guy tries to save the young mother.

Where am I now?

Molly Ringwald, “Amy’s Mom” is a lesbian, Amy and Ricky are pretending to have eloped while their families plan a large wedding. Ben is semi stalking her whilst having also ran through the graduating class. Ricky, Jack and Adrian are all attending the same college.

For some reason there was a pimp roaming campus who beat up Jack. We’ll see how this works. 
For more about my insatiable Netflix addiction. Check out other articles from Blu Moon Fiction!

The X-Men: Gifted

Saw a commercial for a new show called, “The Gifted”  apparently it’s  Marvels second attempt at a tv show to expand the X-Men franchise. So far the only actor i recognize is Coby Bell, Jason Pitts from “The Game” which makes me want to watch.  The show follows what happens when two “ordinary” parents take their family on the run from the government when they discover that their children have mutant abilities, and join an underground community of mutants who have to fight to survive. Maybe i’ll add this to my fall program schedule, “The Gifted” airs on Fox on October 2, 2017.

#ShowsWeLove: Once Upon A Time: Season 5 Episode 16 – Our Decay A.K.A. Cora Pt. 2

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Zelena a.k.a. The Wicked Witch of the West’s character is a notable one. First-born of Cora, a miller’s daughter, a.k.a. Queen of Hearts. Abandoned, so her mother could grab the crown she so desperately craved, she’s resents Regina for being the one Cora kept. So eager to surpass her sister, Zelena has managed to repeat her mother’s mistakes.

Tonight’s episode takes us back to OZ for a glimpse of the puzzling romance of Zelena and Hades startign with the spell that’d bring them together. Zelena, still ruling in OZ had plans to create a time spell that would send her back to before Cora abandoned her.

OUAT 5X16 Hades-She’d need a brain and having kidnapped the scarecrow she nearly succeeded in stealing his. Until Dorothy, who returned to Oz per the request of the Munchkins, came in to stop her. With the help of TOTO they escape leaving Zelena furious.

She immediately rushes to Munchkinland demanding answers, what she gets instead is attention from the Underworld’s Lord and Master. Hades spins a tail of treachery, that Zeus somehow tricked him into being stuck in the Underworld with a frozen heart and that only true love’s kiss will start his heart again. He means to use her time spell to go back and change his fate. The two bond over their vengeance and sibling rivalry.

He offers to help her by leading her to Dorothy, in turn she will help him with a spell of his own. Zelena tracks down Dorothy and manages to get the Scarecrows brain. Returning to her lair, Hades reveals that he is now in love with her. When she spurns him he vows she’ll regret it. OUAT 5X16  - Zelena

Rushing to the present day Underworld we see that Rumple is being forced to create a portal to bring living beings there. Rumple succeeds in doing so just as Zelena posing as the Blue Fairy comes to steal Baby Hood from Belle. Her plans when the real Blue Fairy appears but most importantly when the portal opens she and Belle and Baby Hood are sucked through it. Zelena injured and magicless is bested by Belle who runs to find help.

She finds Rumple who reveals, he’s still the Dark One; she’s pregnant, and that the baby will belongs to Hades.  Demanding he fix things, Belle takes the baby  and continues to look for help.  Zelena limps her way to Regina and Robin asking for help. Eventually tracking Belle down, as we suspected Zelena tries stealing her away.  Helpless to stop a crying baby without magic, Zelena decides the safest place for the child is with Robin and Regina.

Zelena goes off to find Hades, but as the two square off he confesses that this was all a ploy to show his love for her. Claiming to have tried to smuggle the baby away for her he begs to prove his love. Tearfully she declines this time leaving to go get her daughter back.

Let the games begin, the underworld just got more hectic. Next week Rumple faces off against Gaston….OMG!