Of Musings and Wonderings











imagesCAEV2VH1I couldn’t even stay in my seat when I found out yesterday that Heroes was returning. Let me explain one thing. As much as I love Supernatural, American Horror Story, Once Upon A Time and all those TV shows I currently watch, Heroes was always my favourite. Coming out in 2006, when I was 16/17, Heroes, in a way, introduced me to American TV. Of course, growing up, I watched American shows – Teen Angel, Sister Sister, Kenan & Kel, Saved By The Bell – but they were kid’s shows. Heroes was something completely different, and it came out at a time when superheroes weren’t on our screens left, right and centre. It was also something different, at least to me. This wasn’t a show following just a small cast. Instead, we got to see a variety of different people, in different situations, waking up with powers and learning how to cope, as well as saving the world.

A Japanese office worker who finds out he can teleport and control time. A hospice nurse, kind-hearted, wanting to do the best for everyone, who finds out he can absorb the abilities of others. A politician who discovers he can fly. A single mother, struggling to get by, who develops a split personality. Her son, who can talk to machines. Among many, many others.

Seriously, how cool is that? Heroes was what made me start looking at other shows. I picked up Smallville, Dark Angel, Supernatural. I stopped watching Lost because I got bored. I never did get around to watching the doomed last series of Heroes.

Not until my internet got cut in my second year of University, anyway. I already had Volumes One, Two and Three on DVD, and watched them all, before heading down to the nearest Blockbuster and picking up the last season. And o, ye of little faith, I did find that it wasn’t as bad as some had made it out to be. It picked up, a lot. Whatever your views on the mid-seasons of Heroes, at least they tried, damn hard, with the last.

And it ended, in such an unsatisfactory way!

So much left unanswered! So much left open!

heroesThere is currently very little we know about Heroes Reborn. It’s by original creator Tim Kring, it’s a mini-series with only 13 episodes (such a tease!) and there’s a possibility that old, familiar faces will return. It may not happen, but personally, I really, really want to see Peter, Matt, Mohinder and Hiro back. Oh! And Daphne. Micah! All grown up! Maya was pretty damn cool, too. I’d be happy if Claire didn’t come back. And Masi Oka, who played Hiro, has stated on his Twitter “Time to dust off the sword?”

YES PLEASE!

Honestly, it could bomb. It could be a massive flop and end up terrible, but I’m going to keep my fingers crossed that’s not the case. Hopefully, they keep it away from the pretty boy, aimed-at-teenagers thing like The Tomorrow People, and keep it more focused on the sort of thing Heroes brought to the screen. Sure, there were the pretty boys – Peter, Isaac, Mohinder, – but there were also guys like Matt and Hiro and Ando. As for the girls, well, they were pretty much all stunning, but that’s besides the point. The main cast were a nice, brilliant mix, with interesting stories and lots of different things that could be done with them.

Personally, I think they need to remember the fans. The people like me who cried out on seeing the last scene, knowing there wouldn’t be another. Well, thinking there wouldn’t be. I think they need to pick up from exactly where the last series left on – come on, show us the impact that had! Show us a world where the public at large know there are people around them who can do amazing, wonderful things! And answer some of the questions the original show laid out!

Yes, I am excited. I’m the girl with a Hiro action figure! With the two graphic novels volume! I have a huge poster of Peter Petrelli on my wall, a Christmas present from my friend! (Actually, they were all presents. Because my friends know me very well.) Of course I’m excited! My favourite show ever is coming back to the small screen, and even if I have to wait over a year to see it…

It’s still coming!

And that, ladies and gentlemen, makes me very, very happy indeed.

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{October 2, 2013}   Atlantis – 1×1 [TV]

p01crz36I didn’t mention this in my addiction returns posts, partly because they focused on the US shows, and partly because, well, let’s just say I should start paying more attention to British TV.

Atlantis is your typical BBC, Saturday night adventure romp. It starts off in the present day, with Jason on a boat, talking to another man about how his father had previously descended into the same waters to see what he could find. The man cautions Jason. After all, his father never came back, but Jason knows this is something he must do. So down he goes, and finds some interesting things, including a sign in plain English for The Oracle.

A bright light appears, Jason is sucked into it, and he wakes up on a beach. Conveniently, there is a pile of clothes nearby, meaning Jason is fully clothed by the time he reaches the city. There, he is attached by a three-headed dragon before being chased by the guards and ending up stumbling into the home of Pythagoras. Yeah, THAT guy. All the while, not seeming to question the strange surroundings, the dragon, or anything else, until Pythagoras introduces himself and Jason exclaims “I’m in Ancient Greece?” Well. Yeah. I mean…look around you. Check out the clothes. The buildings. The freaking dragon! Jason, apparently, isn’t the brightest guy.

In the same home, we’re introduced to Robert Baratheon  Hercules, who apparently lives with Pythagoras because this is for families, and nothing needs to make much historical sense when just trying to make things exciting for kids. Hercules, as it turns out, is an overweight coward who tries to run away from being involved in the tributes. Tributes, meaning every citizen of Atlantis picks a stone, seven are black and these are sacrificed to the minotaur.

In my next life, I will be king. With a hot blonde wife. Yeah, that'll work out well.

In my next life, I will be king. With a hot blonde wife. Yeah, that’ll work out well.

Yeah! Minotaur! Of course. Because this is Jason, this is Greece and we are in the world of ancient myths. To sum it all up quickly, Jason and co end up hunting down the Minotaur and Jason ends up killing him. Oh, before this he visits the oracle who gives some hints that Jason is there to save them all. And there’s a princess who disagrees with her parents.

Okay, so this isn’t exactly breaking brand new ground. Like I said above, it’s BBC’s typical Saturday night family romp. It’s not meant to be intellectually stimulating or factually correct. It’s meant to be enjoyable, for both adults and kids. It’s meant to whisk us away into a world of fantasy and root for the hero.

To be a true hero, you must appear topless within the first ten minutes.

To be a true hero, you must appear topless within the first ten minutes.

And it does that. Yes, it’s silly. But Atlantis’ first episode did what it needed to do. It introduced the hero and his sidekicks, the love interest and had a small adventure. It showed us the world we’ve been thrust in, and let us know that Jason himself came from this world. And we know what’s at stake without it being said by the show. If Jason doesn’t save Atlantis, will it end up underwater? Or is that an inevitability?

It follows in the path of Merlin and Robin Hood, and it does stand up well against them. It’s well made (silliness aside), with some beautiful scenery to admire around the characters. For however long it’s on, it’s going to offer a nice getaway on Saturday nights, a nice chance to sit back with a beer or wine and just immerse yourself in a different world. Yet again, the BBC pulls it off. Well worth checking it out, if you’re not too fussed on historical/mythological accuracy.

 



{September 13, 2013}   The Addiction Returns, 2013, Part II

Part One

Last Year: Part One, Part Two

Glee – September 26th

Last I heard, Glee was going to do two Beatles episodes and a special tribute to Cory Monteith/Finn Hudson, and then it was going to be a case of wait and see. But apparently they’ve been renewed for a sixth (and possibly) last season, so now it’s more of a case of can they actually keep doing it for two more seasons.

I love Glee. When it came out, I avoided it thinking it would be some sort of TV High School Musical, but a friend of mine made me watch it, saying I would love it, and I did. The first couple of seasons had a nice mix of songs, from current pop, classic rock and musicals. It was different and interesting. But the songs now seemed to be mostly pop songs, or whatever is popular at the time of filming, and a lot of the diversity in music is gone. Saying that, the last series was more grown up. It had harder hitting story lines, dealing with Catfish(ing?), male prostitution and a school shooting. It looked like Glee was shifting in a more serious direction.

The way I see it, Glee could shift in one of two ways. Overly happy and joyful, trying to draw attention away from the tragedy earlier this year, or it could become more sombre, dark, as it tackles issues of drugs, among other things. Though maybe it could strike a balance, maybe it could find a strange middle-ground. It’s hard to tell at this stage. I’m not sure Glee will survive a fifth season, let alone a sixth. It all depends, really, on what they chose to explore. Keep an eye out on my thoughts on this one once the first few episodes have been aired.

Once Upon A Time – September 29th

Look at all the archetypes! Yeah, it’s really hard to find trailers for continuing series that aren’t just clips of the previous season. Anyway. Once Upon A Time initially followed the tale of Emma, as she arrives in Storybrooke with her son, and discovers the town has more to it than meets the eye. (This and Haven have a fair bit in common, on that level.) The end of the first season saw magic arrive, the second season saw people trying to destroy magic, as well as Regina’s mother arriving in town. To be honest, the second season felt like two seasons pushed into one, but it still worked.

Now, with this season, we get to go to Neverland with Captain Hook, and face the dark, evil Peter Pan. One of the things I love about the show is how they deal with these characters. We know them all from the stories, but Once Upon A Time takes the traditional representations and flips them. Plus, the company that produces it is owned by Disney, so they get to have some neat references thrown in, as well as adapting stories, songs and clothes from the films many would have grown up with. They’ve managed to mix in some great stories and somehow, make it all work together, and now we get to see another world thrown in. Honestly, out of the series that are already around, I think I’m most excited for this one, so far. Well, except for…

Supernatural – October 8th

When I finally get the photos uploaded and a blog post about Cardiff Comic Con, you will realise how much I actually love this show.

It’s amazing, but even after eight seasons Supernatural keeps introducing us to new characters, monsters and demons. It’s still fresh, Dean and Sam are still brilliantly funny and witty, and the feels. Oh, God, the feels!! If you haven’t watched this, go do it. There’s something for everyone. Hot guys. Great storylines. Horror and comedy and touches of romance. I wrote my dissertation on the show, and still cannot get enough. It makes me laugh and cry. It knows exactly what tone to strike and when. So yeah, check it out, and then get ready for October 8th.

Arrow – October 9th

“I don’t want to be called the hood anymore.” “Well, what do you want to be called?” And we all know where that’s going.

So THIS is how you do a continuing series trailer. Half showing the end of the last series, half showing clips from the next. And did you see that at the end? There’s a lot to get excited for in this promo, and it looks like the season is going to ramp things up for Oliver and co. Yes, I only just finished the first series, so maybe that’s why I’m so hyped up for this. Arrow promises more action, a bigger bunker of toys and, it looks like, more from the supporting characters. But, damn it,  did they have to kill Tommy?

So, there you have it. The second part of my fall season run-down. Next up; the last four, premiering throughout October. (One brand new series, one continuation, one spin-off and one based off a very good book. Go on, take a guess.)

I am always on the look out for new things to watch and read. So if there’s a TV show, film or book you think I should check out, e-mail me or comment below.



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