Excerpt from CliqueClack TV:
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and I go way back. We’re the same age, born in the “Orwellian” year of 1984 — I, to a pair of musicians in Chicago; the Turtles, to a pair of aspiring comic book artists in Northampton, Massachusetts. I cannot pretend to have grown up with Eastman and Laird’s Mirage Turtles. They were a little too mature for my age group. The Mirage Turtles drank beer, said “Damn!” instead of some variation of “Shell!” and they eviscerated their foes instead of clocking them with trashcans. They were badass. Dark. Gritty. Monochromatic.
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The author goes on to reflect on the 1987 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series as well as the 2003 series. Then she gets excited about the new Nickelodeon TMNT series and the new Playmates action figures of Leonard, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo - and, of course, the 1987 complete series Party Wagon DVD set, which is coming out in November.
- Current Mood: excited
2. The premiere of Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series (can't help it, I love all things TMNT!)
3. More MERLIN, starting September 29 - here's hoping the big reveal will happen soon
4. Sheldon holding Amy's hand in the season premiere of TBBT
5. A mind-blowing start to a mind-blowing final season of Fringe
6. Once Upon a Time, like we've never seen it before, with magic's arrival in Storybrooke
7. Deb's reaction to discovering the truth about her serial-killer brother
8. Community's "Hunger Games" episode (hell yeah!)
9. NFL and NBA action - my hometown teams have a lot to prove, and I've been waiting all summer for it to start.
10. The Hobbit - with so many favorite actors, like Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch, etc. I. CAN. NOT. WAIT.
For lovers of swords and cloaks and epic tales (myself included), this season brings us three new television series to satisfy all our escapist longings: The Borgias, Camelot, and Game of Thrones.
The Borgias - Review of the Premiere
The Poisoned Chalice / The Assassin
I love the Tudors, and so far I'm loving the Borgias as well. I think they cast this show really well. Obviously Jeremy Irons is great as Rodrigo Borgia, but also the actors who play Lucrezia, Cesare, Guilia, and Vanozza. All fantastic.
Camelot - Review of the Premiere
Homecoming / The Sword and the Crown
Any show based on Arthurian legend is going to have my complete attention. This one has a lot of potential. It humanizes characters like Merlin (Joseph Fiennes), Arthur (Jamie Bower Campbell), and Morgan (Eva Green), and suggests believable motives for why they do the things they do.
Game of Thrones
I haven't watched this one yet, but I know it's based on the famous fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R. R. Martin. Mayhaps this show shall fill the Legend-of-the-Seeker shaped hole in my life? :-) One can hope. All I know is, Sean Bean = awesome.
- Current Mood: cheerful
Ashley Magnus can't possibly be dead. First, there was no body. Second, nobody stays dead in sci-fi. Third, there is so much more story left to tell - she was just getting interesting! Fourth, the fans are rioting! With pitchforks! They are going to tar and feather Damian Kindler if Ashley doesn't return in season 3.
Unfortunately, it sounds like she's not coming back, despite the fact that the Sanctuary producers have said in interviews that they intend to bring her back.
In Emilie Ullerup's most recent interview, she says that she hasn't been contacted regarding reprising her role as Ashley, and she's decided to move on. That's a positive, gracious attitude to take. Kudos to her!
I think Sanctuary, however, would be making a big mistake in not bringing her back. There is a huge opportunity for more character growth and more compelling stories if Ashley returns.
- Current Mood: cranky
In the latest installation of the "Merlin Dialogues," Julia explains why she thinks Merlin is really Arthur's true love rather than Gwen. The accompanying poll suggests that most readers agree with her.
I think what makes this a difficult question is that there are multiple ways to define "love." Anyone who has read the excellent book, The Four Loves, can appreciate the complexity of the word. Arthur may truly love many things: Merlin, Gwen, his horse, his father, Camelot, Morgana, bacon and eggs... but he loves them all in different ways. They are all "true loves" of his.
In this particular episode, "Sweet Dreams," I believe it required a specific type of love to break the spell on Arthur. The spell caused Arthur to become infatuated with Vivian. Let's call that type of love "eros." So the only way for this spell to be broken was through true love's kiss. I would argue that the type of love needs to match in order for it to break the spell. Arthur's love for Merlin is a brotherly kind of love - it's the love you see between best friends. Let's call that type of love "philia." Arthur's love for Gwen, on the other hand, is that eros love - it's an infatuation, it's passion and desire. Therefore, in order to break the spell - which caused Arthur to feel eros love for Vivian - he needed to be kissed by someone he felt true eros love for - i.e., Gwen.
In short, I'm arguing that Merlin may be Arthur's true philia love, while Gwen is his true eros love. In this situation, it took true eros to break the spell of false eros.