Cult: You’re Next

Have you ever seen Farscape? It was this lovely little show in which some of the characters were played by people and the others were played by puppets. It was basically awesome in a really weird sort of way. Cult, created by the same man who created Farscape, is awesome too. Actually, it’s the most awesome show I’ve seen on television in five years (or maybe ever. Time will tell).

The rundown:
Cult is a show within a show. You see, Cult is about the fans of a television show named Cult. (Meta, right?) The fans are obsessed with finding secrets hidden within the show. They go on websites and find links which take them to underground fansites. Those who get in that deep often are scared by what they find. Some disappear. Some even die.

Jeff, the hero of the show, is pulled into the fandom when his brother disappears. His brother had previously claimed that people connected with the show were following him. Jeff, knowing it seems crazy, suspects that somehow fans of Cult are involved with his brother’s disappearance. He visits the production lot and begins asking to see the showrunner. This is impossible because the showrunner, Steven Rae, is mysterious and reclusive. A research assistant on Cult, however, has been looking into these underground sites. She takes Jeff to a fandom cafe (I KNOW!), and they learn that Jeff’s brother and some woman cosplay the main characters of the show. At this point, things in our Cult begin to eerily mirror things happening on Cult’s Cult (the lines they say, the things that happen, and the people coming into play). Cult begins to look like it’s not just a television show, and Jeff begins to question what is fiction and what is reality.

Verdict:
Oh my gosh! If ever a show were written for me, this would be it. I love meta television, and this is the most meta-y-ish thing I’ve ever seen. It’s about television and fans and television productions. There are tons of little in jokes (the Fox/Joss line is the most fabulous thing ever), and it’s just a great and slightly frightening depiction of fandom gone wrong. I haven’t been this excited about a television show since Dollhouse. The cast is wonderful (T-Bag, Alaric, and Jo!) and the writing is clever and tight. Tonally, it’s very similar to Supernatural and X-Files, but it’s more intricate than either of those shows. Oh gosh, this is a really, really smart show with tons of layers. I can’t wait to watch it again. I will definitely be tuning in Tuesday, and you all should too. The previews are a bit vague and dark, but this isn’t some gory slaughterfest. This is an intelligent, highly addictive show. I love it and especially recommend it to fans of X-Files, Supernatural, Doctor Who, Joss Whedon, and Life on Mars.

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Bryan Fuller’s Hannibal Has a Premiere Date!

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I’ve been a huge fan of Bryan Fuller’s since Pushing Daisies.  I, of course, also love his short-lived Wonderfalls and even shorter-lived Mockingbird Lane (one episode, really?).  I’m really looking for to his Hannibal.  I mean, I’m not looking forward to a show about a cannibal.  Not at all.  But I am looking forward to a new Bryan Fuller show.  Every time I rewatch his shows (and this is often), I fall in love with his dialogue and zannyness all over again.  He’s one of the few showrunners on television that have a truly unique and defined voice.  Of course, this doesn’t seem to be working for him since all his shows get cancelled, but still, his fans love him for it.   I can’t wait to see the color and the tone he brings to this show.   I’m just a bit disappointed I have to wait until April 4th.  I was hoping that the cancellation of Do No Harm would move things up a bit.  Oh well.  At least, it’s coming to television.  Let’s just hope that the death slot of 10pm Thursday night doesn’t spell out an early doom.

Love at First Page

Today, being Valentine’s Day and all, is a lovey dovey sort of day so I thought I would share some of the books I have the most lovey dovey feelings for. All of the following books are my, of course, favorites, but they also have the distinction of being books that I felt in love with immediately–first page, first paragraph, first sentence.  I avidly recommend them all.

1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling (Children’s Fantasy)

2. Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Scifi)

3. One Day by David Nicholls (Weepy Fiction)

4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Also Weepy Fiction)

5. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (Urban Fantasy)

6. Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman (Mythological Fantasy)

7. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (Fantasy)

8. The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman (Historical Fiction/Fantasy)

9. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Women’s Fiction)

10. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson (Literary Fiction)

To Ship the Impossible Ship

Have you ever needed two characters to get together? Have you latched onto any and every brief scene they had together? Have you felt the sinking feeling when those characters go off with others you cannot even stand? Basically, have you known the pain of having a non-cannon opt? I have. I seem to have a habit of willing characters to be together who will never be united in love. The writers obviously seek to plague me with unrequited feels. The following five ships are my personal torment. Try not to judge my weirdness too strongly.

1. The Tudors: Charles Brandon and Lady Mary: I thought I’d start with my weirdest ship. Going into this one, I obviously knew they wouldn’t end up together, but even so, that doesn’t stop me from watching inappropriate fanvids of them on Youtube.com. These two are actually really sweet together in my head. Their tortured love affair would have had to be kept secret from the king–Brandon having learned his lesson after marrying Henry’s sister–and they would have had to have romantic rendezvouz in the woods and fleeting touches in corridors. Sigh. Of course, you kinda sorta have to ignore the fact that she had his granddaughter executed for the romance of it all to work. Still, wouldn’t Henry Cavill and Sarah Bolger have been beautiful together?

2. Rookie Blue: Peck and Luke: I don’t think anyone else ships this. There are no fanfictions for it online and no videos. I must be alone in thinking that these two tortured souls deserve each other. Okay, confession time. I have this weird obsession with Rookie Blue. It’s really not a great show, but it draws you it. It’s like watching a train wreck unfold. In the last two seasons, the only bright spot I find in watching this show has been my desire for Peck and Luke to get together. Unfortunately, Luke was almost non-existent in last season. I was freaking out at the end, however, when he showed up and was interviewing her in the hospital. There was nothing romantic about it, but all the same, I swooned. The writers, like everyone else, don’t care about these two. I alone will languish over their suitability until the show it cancelled.

3. Arrow: Oliver and Felicity: I just discovered her name two weeks ago, but I have shipped them from the very first. Forget Laurel. Felicity is the one for Ollie. It’s too early to tell if this ship is hopeless, but I have a feeling it will be. My only hope rests on that fact that in Smallville, Ollie ended up with another clever blond. Oh gosh, Felicity is awesome and funny and obviously has eyes for the hunky superhero. I’m hoping that she will be brought in on the secret soon and get to spend more time with him. He’ll have to see her amazingness then, right?

4. Once Upon a Time: Hook and Aurora: I’m sorry. This is more about The Tudors than anything else. Colin played the Phillip Mary didn’t marry in that show. I want them to be together now since they didn’t get their proper chance before. Besides, she need someone to make her forget about her lost love. Hook would definitely do that for her. Sigh, oh gosh, I love Hook so much. I think he could legitimately end up with any female (or maybe male) character on that show. Aurora and he are just my top choice. Maybe he and Belle next. All I know is that I don’t want him to end up with Emma because. . .

5. Once Upon a Time: Emma and Rumpelstiltskin: I have shipped these two from the very, very beginning. Yes, I realize that he is her son’s grandfather. You know what? I don’t really care. They would be great together. I was really hoping in the last episode that this roadtrip would be the perfect opportunity for them to fall in love. Unfortunately, stupid Henry had to come along. I still am holding out hope for them. The only thing that complicates matters is that Emma seems to have a veritable harem of men clambering at her heels. I have no idea what the writers’ endgame is. I can only hope she choses Rumpel and NOT Hook or August or her ex or any of the others.

Historical RomComs: Best of the Best

I love Romantic Comedies. When Harry Met Sally. While You Were Sleeping. Sleepless in Seattle. Sigh. Watching them is like curling up in a warm blanket. Of course, RomComs come in all shapes and genres. My personal favorite subgenre is the Historical Romantic Comedy. The following movies come highly recommended and are even some of my favorites of all time.

1. Casanova: Starring Heath Ledger and Sienna Miller, Casanova is literally my favorite movie. It’s a beautiful film–full of gorgeous Venetian scenery and an equally gorgeous cast. (Natalie Dormer, my fav actress, is adorably hilarious in it as lusty, young Victoria.) The film includes sword fights, crossdressing, and a pet pig. Basically, it’s perfect.

2. Shakespeare in Love: As a romantic comedy for literature buffs, Shakespeare in Love contains the required sword fights and crossdressing which make Historical RomComs the bomb. It also has plenty of Shakespeare-worthy innuendo and the ever gorgeous Joseph Fiennes. This film will make you swoon and then make you want to watch it all over again right away. (Gosh, it is about time I rewatched it.)

3. Hysteria: The word to best describe Hysteria is adorable. You wouldn’t think a movie about the invention of the vibrator would be adorable, but it absolutely is. While there might not be sword fights or crossdressing, the movie is redeemed from this oversight by a spunky feminist heroine and bicycling. Hugh Dancy is, again, adorable as the poor, confused doctor who learns to understand women over the course of the movie. Watch this movie if you haven’t. Trust me, it’s even better than you expect it to be.

4. Mansfield Park: While not the most literal translation of Jane Austen’s novel, the film itself is wonderful. It’s romantic and a bit sexy. Fanny Price is intensely likable as a Jane Austen/Fanny hybrid, and Edmund, played by Johnny Lee Miller, is attractive in spite of being a bit of a flake. This adaptation is much better than the Billie Piper one, and it just an all around beautiful and romantic film.

5. Emma: This is the movie that introduced me to Jane Austen. The cast is absolutely perfect in their roles (you won’t find a better Mr. Elton or Mr. Knightley in any of the other adaptations). The film is hilarious and bright and sparkling in the sort of way that I think all Jane Austen adaptations should be. I like the romantic fantasy of the Regency period, and Emma (1996) definitely delivers the fantasy. I’ve watched it many, many, many times and not yet grown tired of it.

Ladies Kicking Butt: La Femme Nikita

So it begins…La Femme Nikita a.k.a. the French film which spawned the American adaptation, Point of No Return, and three television shows (Nikita, Alias, and La Femme Nikita). The film is dark and less action packed than you might think, but it’s really a must see if you want to see the film that inspired J. J. and Craig Silverstein to make their (sometimes) awesome TV series.

(Spoilers After the Break)

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