#ShowsWeLove:Passions

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Would you believe me if I told you that I’ve watched soaps?

Not a lot of them and in fact there has only been one soap in particular that I ever watched consistently.

Passions Cast 1999Passions however was the one show I obsessed over as a teenager. It took the concept of soap operas added some witchcraft and had me hooked.

Interestingly enough, I found it on YouTube and discovered a Passions Couplesfew things about the show and myself…

For One, I didn’t watch nearly as much of the show as I thought I had. Looking back on it all I’m not even sure how I convinced myself I’d watched most of it since the show originally aired in 1999 well before I would’ve sat down to watch it.

In fact I didn’t actually start watching until late in 2004 when a broken foot had me couch-ridden for a few weeks.

Passions Full Cast 2Since starting the show from the beginning a month ago, I manged to make it to episode 205 of the 2,331 episode series. I started for the Theresa/Ethan, Chad/Whitney story-lines but suffer through the terrible writing for the shenanigans of Tabitha and Timmy and the chance to see the exact day the characters I recognized came into the cast.

The show follows the lives and loves of the Lopez-Fitzgerald’s, Crane’s, Russell’s and Bennett’s; four prominent families in the lush New Passions Full CastEngland town of Harmony. The show is very much blue collar vs white collar with your standard mix of lust, drama and intrigue.

One of the first things I noticed is that I had no idea who most of the cast was. Apparently the cast I grew to love and root for are the replacements for the originals. The Russell’s remained in tact except for Simone who went through three alterations before the show ended.

Theresa, Luis and Pilar were there from the beginning but the Ethan I knew hadn’t taken over the role until 2002. Each episode is around 30 mins long or so, and has been playing consecutively in the background of my life.

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#ShowsWeLove – AHS:Cult (Marathon Stream Ep.1-8)


I am finally all caught with American Horror Story Cult, and I must say I am in a weird state of the unknown. Most seasons I can say with certainty that I either love it or hate it, (even Coven one of my personal favs that everyone else despises.) This season for whatever reason hasn’t shoved me over the fence, I’m still waiting for a glimpse of the truly horrifying.

It may even be the influx of new characters i’ve yet to connect with or the fictionalized aftermath of a very real reality. One thing AHS has been able to provide this season is gore and plenty of it. 

The members of the Kai Anderson cult dawn clown costumes to achieve their goals and to strike enough fear to swing the votes in his direction for city council. 

Like all cult leaders Kai is charismatic, easy on the eyes, criminally insane and full of baloney. Seeing the desperation and loneliness in his followers, that he himself posessess, he hand picks the poor souls he leads. In the beginning there seemed to be a method to his madness. His group offered solidarity to those who felt marginalized and unheard, after the election. Yet each week,  we see the continuous unraveling of the once captivating councilman as he slips into the throws of insanity and paranoia.

Ally Mayfair-Richards has also undergone a transformation. Once terrified of her own shadow, months of torment by the cult has strengthened her so much that she becomes a member and gets her therapist/Kai’s older brother murdered. 

Ivy who happily betrayed and assisted in the torment should probably sleep with one eye open especially since Beverly Hope has been transported to the room of isolation.

This seems very much like a real cult equipped with militarized chauvinists in matching outfits, love deprived women desperate for purpose and a hodge podge of confused individuals looking for a place to belong.

The killer clowns to sway the city council election is impressive! Next week we’ll be mimicking the Jonestown “True Believers” by poisoning some fruit punch. 

Halloween Horror Story, let’s go!

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Shows We Love: Once Upon A Time

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I’d just finished watching Episode Three of Season 7, Once Upon A Time on Hulu. As usual the previews for Episode Four were not included and of course no clip of that exists on HULU either. So I decided to hit YouTube because of course ABC has thought of this yes?

Opening up Google, my eye immediately snatches the top of Cinderella/Jacinda’s head. Obvi’s I was clicking it. The article from Deadline.com basically quantified what we all knew was bound to happen.

Proclaiming to the world,

‘Once Upon a Time’ & ‘Marvel’s Inhumans’ Slip To Demo Ratings Lows”

Nellie Andreeva who covers TV for the site states,

” ABC’s female-friendly Once Upon a Time (0.5 adults 18-49 rating, 2.52 million total viewers) that tied for the biggest demo drop (-0.2) on Friday to hit a new *L+SD series low.”

Once Upon A Time’s dip in ratings is just another symptom of all Season 7 shows, few survive to air a season 8.

Move it to Friday at 8pm when everyone is out doing stuff, watch the ratings plummet OUAT S7 EP 1 - Regina and Orig Henryand the hand them the axe. It’s not shocking, but foreboding of one of my favorite shows.  (and I’m still coming to grips with the end of Scandal)

The storyline though partially recycled actually has a creative twist with elements of the orignal show that we remember and loved.  Much how Snow White and the Evil Queen shared a sordid past that fueled Regina’s ire for Snow.  “Cinder” Ella has somehow played a hand in the death albeit a temporary one, of Lady Tremaine’s daughter Anastasia.

Lady Tremaine has figured out how to save the girls very last breath  (That’s new), She conceals her in aOUAT S7 Ep 1 - Cinderella Henry Carriage 1 coffin much like Regina kept Daniel in MythHaven.

Keeping the flashback’s we need to understand why any of this is happening, Once has so far mirrored the love story of Snow White and Prince Charming. Back in Hyperion Heights, Lucy struggles to help her parents remember themselves much like Henry had to convince Emma that she was indeed the savior.

OUAT S7 EP 3 - Ella and Tiana 1This Season definitely has seen a more ethnic presence in the cast, selecting both Cinderella a main female lead while making Tiana (who was black anyway) a series regular and what I’ll take a guess at is Hyperion Height’s version of either Ruby or Belle and with the inclusion of the Frog Princess there’s plenty more coming our way.

I for one would be crushed if they cancelled Once Upon A Time.  I’m invested in where this goes and need for Mr. Horowitz to stretch his brain to its limits until he has managed to Oncify every last fairy tale we can think of !

At least until Henry has kids, then maybe stop…

Just a side-note the article doesn’t account for all alternative viewings such as HULU and other streaming services only live and same day coverage.

So who knows, maybe they’ll make a deal with Netflix?

*L+SD – Live and Same Day rating

*Oncify and Obvi’s (obviously) are both made up and trademarked by Blu Moon Fiction

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#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!

#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: 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. 
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