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Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23: In which we learn new levels of crazy.

Another Pilot Era Post

Pilot Era

First Aired:24th May 2012

Cast:

Kristin Ritter                                  Chloe

Dreama Walker                             June Colburn

James Van Der Beek                    Himself

Erik Andre                                   Mark Reynolds

Liza Lapira                                  Robin

Michael Blailock                        Eli Webber

Plot: A woman called Chloe enters an apartment and proceeds to have sex with the man there, including ending up on the birthday cake of her flatmate June.

A week earlier, June has got a new job at…

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Midnight Texas: In which we learn that no matter how strange you are, you’re not the weirdest person you know.

Thursday again and it’s a Pilot Era post

Pilot Era

First aired:24th July 2017

Cast:

Francois Arnaud – Manfred Bernardo

Dylan Bruce – Bobo Winthrop

Parisia Fitz-Henley – Fiji Cavanagh

Arielle Kebbel – Olivia Charity

Jason Lewis – Joe Strong

Joanne Camp – Xylda

Peter Mensah – Lemuel Bridger

Sarah Ramos – Creek Lovell

Yul Vazquez – Rev. Emilio Sheehan

Bernard Saracino – Chuy Strong

Kellee Stewart – Madonna Reed

Joe Smith – Voice of Mr Snuggles

Plot: A con artist poses as a medium, appearing to contact the dead husband of a wealthy widow. Problem is that Manfred is an actual medium and has the dead husband’s spirit finds his way into him and terrifies the client. That particular threat over, Manfred relaxes, only to get a call from someone called Hightower. Once that ominous call is ended, he is heading out of town with great haste. He heads towards the town called Midnight, at…

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Bones – In which we learn whenever you need help, you flash your boobs.

Another Pilot Era post

Pilot Era

First aired:13th September 2005

Cast:

Emily Deschanel  –  Dr. Temperance Brennan

David Boreanaz  –  Special Agent Seeley Booth

Michaela Conlin  –  Angela Montenegro

Eric Milegan  –  Zack Addy

T J Thyne   –   Dr. Jack Hodgins

Johnathan Adams  – Dr. Daniel Goodman

Synopsis: A Plane lands in Washington DC, Angela Montenegro looks for the arrivals and is getting nowhere, until she flashes one of the staff, only to find the person she was looking for, her friend and boss Temperance Brennan has already got off the plane and is behind her. They are immediately accosted by a Homeland Security agent, who doesn’t identify himself, leading Brennan to take the man to the floor, before being arrested. Then the FBI show up in the form of Seeley Booth. Booth wants Brennan’s help, but after their last encounter, Brennan wants no part of that and tells him…

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Friday Night Dinner: In which we learn that all families are like this.

Just wanted to put another one up

Pilot Era

First aired:25th February 2011

Cast (Main):

Tamsein Greig  – Jackie

Paul Ritterer –  Martin

Simon Bird   – Adam

Tom Rosenthal – Jonny

Cast (Guest):

Mark Heap  – Jim Bell

Matthew Holmes –  Chris Parker

Synopsis: Adam his older brother Jonny arrive at mum and dad’s for their usual Friday dinner, only to find the next door neighour Jim Bell using the downstairs loo, with his unfeasibly large dog Wilson standing outside.

The pair find their parents going through the shed, trying to sort it out. Mum, obsesses about the bum of a greek guy on Masterchef, while half deaf topless dad tries to save his New Scientist magazines, without his wife knowing, bringing his sons into this plot.

The family start dinner, backbiting and dad jokes aplenty as well as interruptions from next door neighbour Jim using their toilet again. Mum and Dad comment…

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Spin Off Special: Angel – In which we learn that vampires feed on blood and scenery.

Thursday again 😀

Pilot Era

First aired:5th October 1999

Cast:

David Boreanaz – Angel

Charisma Carpenter – Corelia Chase

Glenn Quinn – Francis Doyle

Christian Kane – Lindsey McDonald

Tracy Middendorf – Tina

Vyto Ruginis – Russell Winters

Spin Off Specifics:

Where did is spin-off from? Buffy the Vampire Slayer

When did it spin-off from? This season ran alongside Buffy’s season 4.

What is different? Rather than continue the high-school/college metaphor, this really looks at life in your 20’s after moving to a new place. It’s about finding out who you are and what you are here for.

Was it necessary? There wasn’t much left for Angel to do in Sunnydale and it was felt he could sustain a spin-off and the networks saw dollar signs, so there was room for it, but wasn’t really necessary.

How did it compare? It was originally a companion show, but very much became it’s own thing later…

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In which we learn that no one knows what an actual 16 year old looks like.

Here comes another Pilot Era post

Pilot Era

First aired:10th March 1997

Cast:

Sarah Michelle Gellar  –  Buffy Summers

Nicholas Brendan  –  Xander Harris

Alyson Hannigan  –  Willow Rosenberg

Anthony Stewart Head  –  Rupert Giles

Charisma Carpenter   –   Corelia Chase

Julie Benz  – Darla

Christine Sutherland  –  Joyce Summers

David Boreanaz   –   Angel

Eric Balfour  –  Jesse

Brian Thompson   –   Luke

Mark Metcalf  –  The Master

Ken Lerner   –   Principal Bob Flutie

Synopsis: Sunnydale California. A teenage couple are breaking into a school. The guy is interested in an illicit hook-up, too late realizing all that the girl wanted was dinner and he was the dinner. She chages into a vampire and quickly kills him.

Elsewhere, a young woman (Buffy Summers) dreams vividly of monsters before her first day at her new school. Somewhere else, three friends (slacker Xander, loveable nerd Willow and…

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Modern Fandom: Or, it’s really not that bad

I like liking things, I enjoy being caught up in a tv show, comic or film and enjoy talking about such things with like minded folks, or even ones that disagree with me, provided we at least try to see the other person’s viewpoint, or can agree that our tastes and opinions can differ. As I look at pop culture websites, youtube and facebook I can see that I am somewhat in the minority, or certainly the less vocal percentage of internet fandom. It may be an age thing, I have been around long enough to see much of the reasons for the vitriol before and am no stranger to long-standing properties undergoing changes that I either didn’t understand, nor approved of. I’m sort of tired of it now, because despite all the changes and things that aren’t as I remember them being, it really doesn’t matter.

Now hear me out, I don’t mean that these aren’t things to care about in the ‘more important things in life’ way. There’s validity to that, but I am a man wearing an X-Men tee shirt and have Marvel comics characters tattooed on both of my arms, so lets not be of the misunderstanding that I have my life in the correct perspective. What I mean is, so what if it has changed? Is that so bad?

Whilst I have seen this happen a few times in comics (a female Thor, a Captain America of colour and an Iron Man who is also a teenage girl of colour) it has never felt like any kind of betrayal or anything like that. Captain America has been replaced several times and my objection to the Sam Wilson era, was that Falcon was very much his own man as a character and sticking him with the name seemed to diminish Sam Wilson, rather than affect how I saw the name of Captain America. I read some of his appearances, saw that they were going for a man trying to live up to a legend, but believing he never would was a valid story to tell and I found it somewhat interesting. Thor as a woman, split the character and showed us a Thor who wasn’t worthy and another for whom wielding the hammer could be a death sentence, these were good ideas and led to interesting stories. A teenage girl in the Iron Man armour led to interesting things either and we got away with having the original Iron Man in that story well, so what did we lose? It seemed to me that people arguing these things, seemed bothered about something beyond their preferred characters not being the ones under the familiar name.

When it came to movies and tv this seemed to get worse. Earlier this year, I watched Captain Marvel, which was the film that introduced the Carol Danvers version of that character ( the 5th Captain Marvel I believe) and there was so much anger over the character, the actress playing her and what seemed to be her insertion into the comics and the MCU as a major character. There is a couple of things to look at here, I am a fan of the other versions too. I liked the Mar Vell version when he was a spy for the Kree who fell in love with the Earth and out of love with the Kree. I liked the Genis Vell version too (mostly for Peter David’s writing) and I hold them dear to my heart, but Carol Danvers was a character going back to the early Mar Vell stories and had been a character under her own name as well as Ms Marvel, Binary, Warbird and Ms Marvel again, before getting the name Captain Marvel which wasn’t being used at the time. I read some of the character’s comics and they weren’t for me. But here’s the thing, it doesn’t have to be. I read a recent mini-series which did a bit of a secret origins take on Carol and that was actually very good and other appearances have been good too. The character isn’t for me, nor does it have to be. She was in a movie, which was slammed by some for being too feminist. That does take me to a quote I like from the author Salman Rushdie “Of course I am a feminist the other option is a$$hole.” I may not have read much of what he has written, but I like what he said there. Is feminist a bad thing now? Being raised by a strong woman, being married to one and working with a couple, I never thought of women as anything other than as good as a man at anything they do. But I watched the film and when the character of Mar Vell was gender swapped to be a female, posing as a human called  Wendy Lawson I didn’t think of it as a betrayal, but more of an interesting plot choice that I didn’t think of. If you change any of the cast to male, the story doesn’t really change too much and if we can be honest, haven’t enough men had this movie anyway? 22 MCU movies and only 1 is female led? That’s a pretty poor showing don’t you think? Whilst it’s not one of the MCU’s best, it is a solid midcarder of a film that was both fun and accessible. I was glad to see it come out and will no doubt pick up the Blu Ray before too long.

That came on the heels of last year’s recasting of the BBC TV series/character Doctor Who. So many people complained about the casting and overall direction of the show that I seriously wondered what they could have seen that would make reasonable people feel this way. Was it her well received performance on Broadchurch? Or her appearance in the apparently underappreciated Attack the Block? Was it that the role was just handed to her? Oh wait, it wasn’t. As far as I was aware, she hadn’t actually been seen on the show yet. So what was all the anger about? When it finally was on the air, I watched it.

It was enjoyable, good performances, action and writing and whilst not as good as Matt Smith’s the 11th hour, it was better than the rest of the new Doctor Who actor’s first episodes. The rest of the season was okay, some good episodes, some not so good, but isn’t that always the way? What about the quality had changed that so many people could be so down on it? The retorts of ‘SJW’ and ‘get your politics out of my …..’ etc etc as well as the usual ‘ruined my childhood’ rubbish came up. But here’s the thing, most heroic fiction has an element of social justice in it. It is built into the idea. The politics argument is also spurious as most good fiction and good science fiction in particular has politics or some message built into it. Doctor Who has had a go at taxation, prejudice, war, totalitarianism and a dozen other things besides going back as far as it’s pro-enviroment themes during Inferno over 40 years ago. It’s not the actor you are objecting too (no one could accuse Slyvester McCoy or Colin Baker of being master thespians) nor the writing (I watched Fear Her and 42 as well you know), so really what is it that you are complaining about?

This post (rambling as it may be) came about because our puppy isn’t always sleeping through the night and I have had a few sleepless nights as a result. After a couple of occasions of channel surfing, I decided the next time I would put a film on and the newest film I had bought, that I was able to watch at 4am was Star Wars episde XIII, the Last Jedi. Wow, did that film get a lot of unnecessary bile as well. But I watched it and it was alright. It was better then most of the prequels, better than the last one and I will be honest, I didn’t know what the fuss was all about. The grief that the cast has to deal with was ridiculous (one of the cast was chased off twitter) and for what? A film that many people didn’t like, but many people did? It was okay, there was a lot of good moments in the film and it pointed towards an interesting episode IX, yet once more we have the not my star wars people, the cries for re-edits and complaints of SJW agendas again (so we didn’t think that a film about a rebellion against a fascist empire wasn’t going to have any of that?) and discussion of the film seems to have been  shoved aside in favour of shouting about what the film means and how the fans have been betrayed by this newest installment. I may write more about this film as I have both positives and negatives about it, but it seemed to crystalise what I had been thinking.

The point of this incredibly long diatribe is this. If you do not like it, that is okay. The world is full of things that I do not like, but others do. The world also has stuff that I like and others do not. That is okay. Not everything is for me. I am quite fortunate, being a straight white man, quite a lot of fiction is for me. But I have also enjoyed stuff that shines a light on other points of view and perspectives. Many of my favourite shows have female leads, or leads of colour and not seeing myself reflected in this fiction is not a problem to me. But having that broader range of appeal and greater representation does mean something to other people. If I can see myself reflected on TV or film in a leading role, why shouldn’t everyone else. If a lot of TV and film and comics is aimed to me as a demographic, why doesn’t every demographic have the same thing? If something is for me, or if I can enjoy it, fantastic. If it isn’t, well that’s okay too, because it doesn’t have to be and it will be for someone else. If The Last Jedi isn’t my star wars, well that’s okay, because there’s another 7 or 8 movies that might be, no point getting all aireated about it. My not liking it, doesn’t make it wrong, any more than my liking it makes it right. If the new stuff doesn’t do it for me, that’s not a betrayal of the fans or the ruining of my childhood, that’s okay, because I have a lot of stuff that does do it for me and more seems to be coming up all the time. You can reboot, recast or remake whatever you want, it doesn’t ruin my childhood, because I had those things then and in terms of popular culture, my childhood was pretty damn good. Most of the things that I enjoyed as a kid or available now still. I can watch 80’s cartoons, 70’s movies, 90’s tv shows and so on and share them with those I love and every now and again, something new will appear that will impress and/or entertain me.

If you like something, enjoy it, share it and be thankful for it, because it does enhance your day. If you don’t, what you can do is, walk away. If you don’t like the new Doctor Who, don’t watch it, millions of others will and the older stuff is still there for you to enjoy. If you don’t like the way the new Star Wars films are being done, then vote with your £ or $ and don’t go to see it. You are not harmed by these things and this bile and vitriol is neither helping you, nor changing anything. Several times I have walked away from stuff that I felt wasn’t for me, sometimes I go back, sometimes I don’t and in neither instance is anyone else affected.

If watching a female Doctor Who doesn’t do it for you, don’t watch it. The complaining, the hate-watching isn’t necessary. Some little girl might watch that and be inspired, the way that you were once inspired when they were a he. The geeks of the world like to still see ourselves as the keepers of these myths, these fragile things that need to be protected from the newcomers, but weren’t not. These stories belong to all of us and maybe you need to be a little less precious about them. The greatest stories grow and change and aren’t the same decade to decade. We need to let new people enjoy them, new people create them, so they are sustained and continue to enhance all of our lives.

Wow, kind of went on a long rant there, didn’t I?

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Moonlight: In which we learn that inappropriate is not just for humans.

Wanted to post something on the weekend for a change

Pilot Era

First aired:28th September 2007

Cast:

Alex O’Loughlin  –  Mick St.John

Sophia Myles  –  Beth Turner

Jason Dohring  –  Josef Kostan

Jacob Vargas  –  Guillermo

Brian White   –   Detective Carl Davis

Kevin Weisman  – Steve Balfour

Tami Roman  –  Mo Williams

Shannyn Sossamon   –   Coraline

Synopsis: LA. A vampire called Mick St.John sleeps in a fridege, dreaming of being interviewed and revealing to the world the existence and nature of vampires.

Beth Turner, an on-air reporter for a ‘new’s website is investigating the murder of a local college student. Mick is there too, either for the murder, or for Beth, it’s never made clear. She muses about the headling of vampire murder as she bumps into Mick. She seems to recognise him, but doesn’t really know from where. Before she can ask an further questions, Mick vanishes.

Beth is at her office…

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