TV shows are pretty much on a break for the winter. I thought I would get a few thoughts down.

Spoilers for Supergirl season two )

Spoilers for The Flash 3x09, "The Present" )

Spoilers for Arrow 5x09, "What We Leave Behind" )

Spoilers for Legends of Tomorrow 2x08, "The Chicago Way" )

And jumping comic book universes, over on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ...

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season four )

I'm actually glad that my TV shows are on a winter hiatus. It gives me time to watch other things I've been meaning to watch. But soon we will have new Doctor Who and Sherlock to watch. :-)
- So, that's how they ended Castle?

Spoilers for Castle 8x22, "Crossfire" )

It's funny, but I think this is the first time I was glad that a network cancelled a show. How often do you hear that?

- Damn you, The Flash!

Spoilers for The Flash 2x22, "Invincible" )

- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had their finale. After all of the hype...

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x21 and 3x22, "Absolution" and "Ascension" )

- I finished an awesome book the other day. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. If his name sounds kind of familiar, it's because he's the showrunner/head writer for the Doctor Who spin-off Class. He's the only reason I'm willing to give Class a chance.

Short review for The Rest of Us Just Live Here; no spoilers )

- I also had time to finish the first book in a cozy mystery series (let Wikipedia explain what a cozy mystery is). I usually have no interest in these things since they are absolute fluff, but then I discovered a series that has a knitting theme. A knitting theme! So I had to check it out. Now, I get why cozy mysteries are popular, they're fun and breezy and there's very little violence, but the writing is not great. I had a hard time keeping all of the characters straight because they were so generic. And of course, the main character meets a guy she just can't stand, but darn it if he's handsome and polite and always helping her out. Ugh. I thought the knitting element would be the saving grace, but it's really not. There were knitting patterns at the back, which was kind of cool. I may inflict this series on my book club. I'm sure my friends will enjoy it more.
First off, TV show renewals and cancellations:

- Well frak. ABC has cancelled Agent Carter. :-P Damn you! Please move the show to Netflix. I need more Peggy in my life.

- Incidently, ABC also cancelled Castle, which is a good thing since the show was going to suck without Beckett around. I wonder how they'll end the show. I read they filmed an extra scene just in case they didn't get a pick-up. Hopefully no one dies.

- Thankfully, Supergirl got renewed for another season. And it's moving to the CW! Crossovers galore! I think the show is also moving to Vancouver to take advantage of the low Canadian dollar. Makes sense. The Flash can do weekly wonders with a CW budget in Canada, so Supergirl can now follow suit. Now they just need to figure out how to incorporate Kara's world with Earth-1.

Moving on to general TV show thoughts:

- So Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did have a reference to Captain America: Civil War.

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x20, "Emancipation" )

- Kevin Smith's episode of The Flash wasn't bad. I don't think I've ever seen any of his movies, so I don't know what his directorial style is like, but I didn't feel like the tone was out of place. There was a tad more humour, but given the situation, you can't help but joke.

Spoilers for The Flash 2x21, "The Runaway Dinosaur" )

- Oh, there was something from last week's Arrow that bugged me.

Mild spoilers for Arrow 4x20, "Genesis" )

- The description on my PVR for the latest episode of Legends of Tomorrow started off with the words: "Rip and Rory..." I'm sorry. I instantly pictured Rip and, well, Rory from Doctor Who. If you must, please refer to Heat Wave as Mick and not Rory. But this also gives me a germ of an idea for a Doctor Who/Legends of Tomorrow fanfic.
My god, it's only Friday and I'm already wiped. I'm getting old.

Parade details and photos behind the cut )

I'm hopeful it'll be a shorter day tomorrow. I have to get Billie Piper's autograph and photo-op, but the rest of the day I could spend in the big panel room. A day of sitting would be awesome.
Whoo, the comic book expo just announced Clark Gregg as a last minute guest!!!!

That's going to be so awesome. He's just here on Friday, but that's okay. Hey, Friday is parade day. Maybe he'll be in the parade!

I wish I could break out my Melinda May cosplay, but I'm doing my femme!Four on Friday. Whatever, I still want a photo with the Director. :-D
With most TV shows done for the winter, I just wanted to get some thoughts down.

Spoilers for Castle season eight )

Spoilers for Supergirl season one )

Spoilers for The Flash season two )

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season three )

Spoilers for iZombie season two )

Spoilers for Arrow season four )

Shows to look forward to in the new year:
- Agent Carter season two
- Legends of Tomorrow
- The X-Files revival

I'm super stoked for the return of Peggy but I'm also super excited for Legends of Tomorrow. I'm mildly interested to see the return of The X-Files, but I don't think I'll be able to watch it live. The Flash and Arrow will be on at the same time as Legends of Tomorrow so that's a lot of TV to watch in a week. Man, DC will be dominating the airwaves in the new year. With Supergirl, that's four straight days of DC content. If only their movies looked just as appealing...
- Turns out, if you want to be on EI, you have to provide bi-weekly updates to the government. You have to provide proof that you're looking for work. Back to the employment agency I go.

- So I was watching Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. last night and for the first time in a long time, I was sad that the episode was over. I looked over at the clock and saw that it was near the end of the hour, but nothing had been resolved yet, and I couldn't believe it. Most weeks, AoS doesn't hold my attention like The Flash does, but this week, I think it's safe to say that both shows were excellent.

- But to be honest, The Flash still won the night. Why? Crossover! They dove right in and didn't look back. It was very much the Flash/Green Arrow hour rather than The Flash guest starring some characters from Arrow. The crossover is all about setting up Legends of Tomorrow, so there's a ton of set-up, but they had a lot of fun with this episode. I'm super hopeful that the second part tonight on Arrow is even better now that all of the exposition is out of the way. I'm not sure I totally agree with how they're handling the origins of one of the characters, but they'll probably expand upon it during the course of LoT.

- Oh, and for some reason, ABC has pushed back the premiere date of Agent Carter's second season. January 19 rather than January 5. I think that means that Agent Carter and Legends of Tomorrow will be airing against each other. At the very least, people will be comparing their ratings. As much as I love Peggy and her ass kicking ways, I don't know if she can compete against another comic book show that has like, six, superheroes in it plus time travel. So when it comes time to renew Agent Carter for another season, I hope the network execs keep in mind that there was stiff competition that year.

- And I'm nearly done Jessica Jones. Just three more episodes to go. It kind of feels like the show is running out of steam going into the final leg, like they only had enough content for ten episodes and they were forced to stretch it out to thirteen episodes. It's still a joy to watch David Tennant, though. He makes everything better. :-)
TV shows are done for the season for the most part. Some thoughts:

Spoilers for the latest seasons of Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash, and Arrow )

Oh, and the Supergirl pilot is online. Was it leaked so people could gain a better impression from the show? Maybe.

Vague spoilers for the Supergirl pilot )

Well, now I have the summer to do other things like knit and get caught up on my video games.
About time they made an announcement, but I guess they wanted to include it in the overall press release.

But another season of Peggy kicking ass. Whoo! I can't wait. Too bad we have to wait until 2016 to see any of the new episodes. Ugh, that's too far away. Still, I'm glad that ABC made the right (and only) choice. With the Captain Marvel movie a few years away, Agent Carter is the only female led vehicle Marvel has right now.

Oh, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got renewed, too, which is good, but I was happier to hear about Agent Carter's renewal. Sounds like this means the Mockingbird spin-off that was in the works is on hold. No offence to Bobbi, but I'm glad to hear it. A spin-off with her and Hunter would just be more S.H.I.E.L.D. related antics and AoS still needs to find its feet.

On the DC front, CBS ordered a full season of Supergirl and the CW renewed iZombie. The CW also picked up the Arrow/Flash spin-off, to the surprise of no one. The spin-off finally has a name, too: Legends of Tomorrow. The title is bleh but the premise sounds cool. Annoyingly, we'll have to wait until midseason to see this show, too.

Hmm, I wonder if we'll get more crossovers, across all three shows.

So my fall TV season looks like this (so far):
Castle
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Flash
iZombie
Arrow
Supergirl
Agent Carter
(midseason)
Legends of Tomorrow (midseason)

Heh, Castle is the only non-comic book show. I don't know what that says about me or the state of television.

Now to see if there are any new shows worth watching...
So glad I had today off to see Avengers: Age of Ultron. Something tells me the theatres are going to be very busy this weekend...

First, an aside about the trailers in front of the movie. There were five: a brief teaser for Mockingjay Part 2, the new trailer for Fantastic Four, the new teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a trailer for Ant-Man, and a trailer for Tomorrowland. No Star Wars trailer, which was a surprise, since it's Disney, which also owns Marvel. Though, you do end up with three Marvel/Disney properties, so you know who's winning in that department. Man, Batman v Superman better not suck or DC has no chance in heck in keeping up with Marvel.

Anyway, on to the Avengers:

Spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron )

And it's kind of crazy how Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had to do this mad dance for the entire season to get everything synced up for the movie.

Mild spoilers for 2x19, "The Dirty Half Dozen" )

And just a head's up: there's no post-credit scene. There's a quick mid-credit scene, but that's it, so no need to hang around to the very end of the credits. I can't believe people got up and left before the mid-credit scene, though. Have you never seen a Marvel movie before?
I'm on Ming-Na's Twitter!!!

Yay, she actually posted the photo she took of me! She says "top picks", which seems to imply that she saw a lot of Melinda May cosplayers, but I didn't see that many. Wouldn't it be funny if the three she posted were the only three she saw.

Thank you, Ming-Na. You are even more awesome to me now. :-D

Sunday recap is coming soon...
Whew, that was a long day! I don't think I've ever attempted to get that many autographs done at once. Despite all the running around I had to do, it was a very satisfying day. But let me start at the beginning...

A full day of geeking out behind the cut )

Last day tomorrow. Slack day. Hayley photo-op, then her panel, and then Arthur's photo-op. Then I can go home and maybe catch up on some sleep before it's back to work on Monday.
- I followed [livejournal.com profile] f_march_madness this year, and it's the first time I've actively paid attention to it, and I was very pleased to see that the the bulk of the characters that made it into the later brackets were women. This is solid proof that all of the awesome characters in TV and film are female. :-) The last two characters in the final bracket was an impossible choice: Veronica Mars vs Peggy Carter. Who do you vote for?!?!

In the end, I had to go for Peggy (sorry Veronica). But it's awesome that Veronica made it to the final bracket.

- Mark Hamill's episode of The Flash is airing this month. March 31st! Mark your calendars! They released a trailer for the rest of the season and apparently there's footage of him as the Trickster in it, but I couldn't bring myself to watch it. I don't want any spoilers. But I can't wait. I managed to watch his first Trickster episode of the 1990 The Flash and he was absolutely brilliant in it.

- I splurged and bought a replica Melinda May vest off the internet for my Melinda cosplay. It's actually not that bad. The pattern is nearly spot on and for faux leather it's not smelly at all. The leather is a bit thicker than I expected, so the vest is little heavy, but I can live with that. The only thing that seems off is the length of the vest. The hem on Melinda's touches the top of her thighs and mine ends around my hips. I have a short torso, though, so I'm glad it's not too long. The rest of the cosplay is really easy and I love it. A blue shirt with thumb holes, black pants, and black knee high boots. I found an awesome pair of boots on sale and it has the double bonus of not having zippers up the side. My calves are fat so I can't fit into high boots that do up with zippers, so it's a great find in my mind. And I can wear them to work after the comic book expo. Triple bonus! I just need to buy some S.H.I.E.L.D. shoulder patches (or make some) and I'm all good.

- Speaking of the comic book expo, I also decided to get a custom t-shirt made for when I meet Stephen Amell for his photo-op. I know, I know, I could dress normally, but I wanted to have something Arrow themed. It's not anything fancy, just me playing around in Photoshop with the filters, but I think it turned out really good:


And it took like two seconds to make at the custom t-shirt place. It's just an iron on and a fancy press that dings when it's done baking the image. I don't know why I was under the impression that it was a more involved process but it's definitely better than what I could do with some transfer paper bought at Staples or Michaels or wherever.
Well, the first half of the current TV season seems to be done. Most shows have had their fall finales. Just wanted to jot down some thoughts on my shows.

Spoilers for the current season of Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Flash, and Arrow )

Hmm, I'm only watching four shows this season. I didn't bother trying to watch more of Gotham and none of the other new shows have caught my fancy. The only thing I'm looking forward to in the new year is Agent Carter in January. Oh man, I hope it lives up to the hype. They've seeded a few things for the show on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so it will be cool to see the follow through.

Now the only thing left to watch this year is the Doctor Who Christmas Special aka the best part about Christmas. :-)
- Ugh, I have jury duty. :-P Went through the selection today and my number was called within the first 12 people. As a jury consists of 12 people, I wasn't not going to be picked. It's only for three working days for me (as I have the Friday off), but the trial starts on my birthday and that's the last thing I want to be doing on my birthday. Alas, nothing can be done. It's a civic duty. Unfortunately, that means we're down to one admin at work, as I was supposed to cover for the other admin who's on vacation right now. I just hope the remaining admin doesn't get overwhelmed. Fingers crossed that the rest of the team actually helps her out.

- I see that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got renewed. 13 episodes, so not a whole season, but that's still good. I was worried it would be cancelled. I guess the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier gave the show the boost it needed. To my surprise, I saw that ABC greenlit the Agent Carter TV show, too. That's so great. Peggy's such a great character and that's an interesting time frame for the Marvel Cinematic universe. And we need more shows with strong, female leads. And the showrunners are women, too, so the show is in good hands. Entertainment Weekly has a good article online about why Agent Carter will be awesome and I totally agree with all points.

- So that means there will be quite a few superhero/comic book TV shows in the fall. The Flash show got picked up, too, and there are a few others. I'm dubious about Gotham, though. A Batman TV show without Batman? How can you have Bat villains without Batman? A TV show strictly about Gordon in his early days sounds great, but I don't need to see Catwoman and Poison Ivy and Penguin before they became villains. I mean, how will you sustain the show? The good stuff is with Batman and his crazy villains. How they turned into villains might be interesting, but I don't know. Plus, it's on FOX and I don't trust FOX to treat it right.

- Is it bad that I hope I come down with the flu before my jury duty starts on Tuesday?
It's the winter break for most TV shows, so I thought I would post some thoughts:

Spoilers for the current season of Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Arrow )

I didn't pick up any other new shows. Maybe once the season is over and shows get renewed I'll check some of them out.

And Sherlock is back on January 1st! YAY!!!

In honour of it's return and Doctor Who's approaching Christmas special, have a Wholock vid:


It's quite good overall but there are some bits that look a little weird. Shame this will never happen in real life.
I saw this on io9.com and thought it was pretty awesome:


So much Superman history in just two minutes. I adore Bruce Timm. His animated Batman series was a huge part of my childhood. Also, deep down, I'm a DC girl. I grew up reading my mom's Silver Age comics that she collected and read when she was a kid. Somewhere in my grandmother's house are boxes and boxes full of cheesy Lois Lane comics, among other DC series. Entertainment Weekly has a short, but cool, article about the short.

Also, there is no greater Superman theme than John Williams' version. I think Bruce Timm said this in one of the commentaries for the animated Superman series and he's totally right: a great Superman theme has "Superman" built into the music. Just listen to the theme to Bruce Timm's animated Superman series. Later on in the short it cuts to the Man of Steel theme and it's just not the same. It just lacks, I don't know, presence. It's just not dynamic enough for me.

And further on the DC front: Arrow!

Mild spoilers for Arrow 2x01 )

On the Marvel side, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was better this week than last week. I'm getting distracted by the settings, though. Obviously they're not travelling all over the world, so they're using back lots. I swear the one they used this week was the same one MacGyver used 25 years ago. :-)
- So fed up with work right now. Too many things to do and not enough time to do it all.  Plus there are people at work who are stubborn and don't listen and we're getting zero support. Our manager is supposed to stand up for us, but that's not happening. Sigh.

- Thank god for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Okay, so the second episode wasn't super awesome, but the whole point of it was to see the team working together and in that sense it worked.

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1x02 "0-8-4" )

- 30 days until Halloween. The costume is progressing, but with my lack of sewing skills it's going to take time. And I have to make two! I'm seriously going to have to work full out on every weekend to get everything done.

- Arrow's back next week!
So happy to see the Mutant Enemy guy running across my screen again. : -)

Awesome start. The episode felt a little slow, but it's a TV show, not a movie, so it can take its time to set up things. I have to say that a lot of the plot was in the trailers, though, so some of the great lines I had heard already. Oh well, that's what you get when you have a major network and a major studio backing your show. Exposure by the boats load. Still, there were things in the pilot that I hadn't seen so it's great the episode still managed to surprise.

Spoilers for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 1x01, "Pilot" )

Joss Whedon is back, baby!

TV time!

Sep. 10th, 2013 07:42 pm
locker_monster: (I Love TV)
I think I'm right in saying the new TV season starts next week. A few shows are premiering next week with a major roll out the week after.

Shows I will be watching for sure:
- Castle
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Arrow
- Sherlock

Castle I watch purely for Nathan Fillion. I'm not sure I agree how last season ended. The show also needs to make better use of the supporting cast. Yes, it's great and all following Castle and Beckett, but the rest of the team deserves some time in the spotlight, too. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is a no-brainer. Joss Whedon + Marvel Cinematic Universe + Coulson = awesome! I'm excited to have Joss back on the television. It's about time he had a show that's a big hit and lasts longer than a season or two. Arrow's not back until October, but it'll be great to have it back. It got surprisingly good as the season went on. Summer Glau's the villain for the season so that should be great, too. And I still have no idea when Sherlock is back. Come on, BBC!

Shows I might be watching:
- CSI
- Almost Human

I'm really tempted to give up CSI. It's sort of my guilty pleasure show, ironically. I'm not a big fan of the police procedural so CSI is my one allowance. As for Almost Human, I'm on the fence. On the one hand, Karl Urban. On the other, FOX and JJ Abrams. :-P FOX doesn't have the greatest track record with sci-fi shows and I'm not a huge fan of JJ Abrams. He tends to slap his name on a show and then just watches it from afar.

There might be other shows I'm interested in. I just have to make an effort to read about the fall schedule.

Honourable mentions:
- Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special
- "An Adventure in Time and Space" (the docudrama about the show)

Title of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary special behind the cut and some thoughts )

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