Tuesday 24 November 2015

Just A Girl Geek! Episode 3

**SPOILER WARNING** In episode 3 of Just A Girl Geek, I get a little animated as I discuss Reign (00:59), The Flash (1:36), Agents of SHIELD (2:31), The Vampire Diaries (3:00). Grey's Anatomy (3:38), Scandal (4:51), How To Get Away With Murder (5:54), Jessica Jones (6:05), Supergirl (10:20), Doctor Who (11:36), The Walking Dead (14:41), and Entertainment News (15:27). Follow me on Twitter @ChristinaBeeMe Like me on Facebook at Facebook.com/JustAGirlGeek Visit thetelevixen.com for amazing TV news and recaps. Thank you to Marian Call for the use of her music, mariancall.bandcamp.com.

Friday 13 November 2015

Podcast Episode 2

In this episode I discuss Supergirl (00:37), The Flash (3:07), Agents of SHIELD (4:29), Scream Queens (5:21), Blindspot (6:46), Arrow (7:40), Code Black (7:50), Grey's Anatomy (8:55), Scandal (11:18), The Vampire Diaries (11:58), How To Get Away With Murder (12:55), Doctor Who (13:38), and entertainment news (17:17).

Also mentioned in this episode is The Televixen. Please visit thetelevixen.com. 
Theme song by Marian Call. mariancall.bandcamp.com
Corrections: The Doctor Who episodes mentions should be called The Zygon Invasion and The Zygon Inversion.

Friday 6 November 2015

Podcast: Episode 1

In this episode, I talk about The Flash (begins at 1:48), Arrow (begins at 4:42), Agents of SHIELD (begins at 7:54), Grey's Anatomy (beings at 9:50), Scandal (begins at 12:22), and some entertainment news (begins at 14:03).
Theme song by Marian Call. Visit her at mariancall.bandcamp.com. 

Friday 23 October 2015

Christina Watches: Gilmore Girls S01 E4

This week on the Gilmore Girls watch, we're up to The Deer Hunter.

In this episode, Rory gets a D on her first big paper, so she and Lorelai stay up studying for a week to prepare her for her big Shakespeare test.

Unfortunately, they both sleep in on the day of the test, and Rory gets hit by a deer while driving Lorelai's car on the way to school. That makes her too late to take the test. Yes, you heard that right. She gets hit by a deer.

She argues with her teacher, and when he doesn't allow her to join her classmates in taking the test, she loses it. She (finally!) calls out both Paris and Tristan, and she's sent to the office.

Lorelai is called, and when she arrives and learns that Rory wasn't allowed to take the test, SHE loses it on both Mr. Medina, and the headmaster, Mr. Charleston. Mr. Charleston sends the women home with orders to give serious thought about whether or not Rory belongs at Chilton.

Rory and Lorelai have a heart to heart, and Rory chooses to stay at the prep school. She knows that once she catches up with the other students, she'll start to shine again.

Meanwhile, Sookie is having her own issues. The inn's restaurant gets a great review in a local magazine, but Sookie focuses on the fact that the reviewer called her risotto, "fine". Just fine won't do for her.
Sookie does some sleuthing and figures out that the reviewer had paired the wrong wine with the risotto. 
Sookie finds the reviewers address, goes to his house, and in a very weird scene, makes the reviewer eat her newly prepared risotto with the proper glass of wine. 
It's a weird scene because Sookie never once looks at the reviewer--she actually keeps her back to the guy the whole time she's talking to him, and stares off at nothing. Because of this, we also never get to see his face.
I don't know if this was because he's going to be someone important in the future and we need to be surprised about that, or if it was just an oddly (and stupidly, imo) written scene.

There's also some obvious chemistry between Lorelai and Mr. Medina, and I'm going to guess they start dating, making things awkward for Rory. 

So, another mostly boring episode. And this time, I didn't even get enough Michel to make it worthwhile.
Come on, Gilmore Girls! You're killin' me here! Please, please, get better!

Thursday 22 October 2015

Christina Watches: Gilmore Girls S01 E3

Welcome back to my "Gilmore Girls" watch! This time it's Kill Me Now

In this episode, Rory has to choose a sport to play at school, and so she goes golfing with her grandfather to learn the game.
Along the way they bond, and they actually have a great time together.

Lorelai, on the other hand, is planning a huge double-twin wedding at the inn, and when she hears that Rory and Richard actually had fun together, she gets jealous and petty. She starts a fight with Rory about boob sizes, which, of course, is resolved before the episode ends.

Michel is his usual grumpy self, and I actually laughed out loud three or four times during this episode because of him. He gets some awesome lines.

Sookie is another great background player, and her banter with Jackson is adorable and amusing.

In the end, everyone learnt a valuable lesson, and I've learnt that the show is slowly improving and finding it's stride. 

However, I still feel like I'm waiting for something to happen....anything, really. I'm not yet emotionally invested, and that's very important for me when it comes to TV shows.
I'm also not yet in love with the main characters. I hope something happens soon to fix that.
I know, I know, it's only episode 3...but if I compare this to other shows I love, like Grey's Anatomy, Veronica Mars, or Friday Night Lights, by now I was already completely hooked and invested in the show.

Will that happen soon with Gilmore Girls? I truly hope so. I want to feel the way you all did when you watched it for the first time!

Until next time!

Wednesday 21 October 2015

Christina Watches: Gilmore Girls S01 E2

Welcome to episode 2 of my "Gilmore Girls" watch, The Lorelais' First Day At Chilton!

In this episode, Lorelai oversleeps on Rory's first day at her new school, which sets off a bad day domino effect.

Because she's slept in, she can't make it to the dry cleaners first to pick up her nice clothes. She has to resort to wearing a "Daisy Duke" outfit to meet the headmaster at Chilton. Great first impression!

To make things worse, Emily, who is apparently a good friend of the new headmaster's, has also decided to lend her support to Rory by showing up at Chilton. Lorelai is not only horribly dressed, but more nervous and awkward than usual. 

Once she's actually able to get to class, Rory notices that she's already made an enemy. Paris, the current smarty-pants "it" girl was able to steal Rory's school file. After reading that Rory is smart, motivated, and possibly after a job with the school paper--Paris's territory--jealousy rears its ugly head.
And to make things even worse, Rory accidentally ruins Paris's history project when she knocks it out of Paris's arms.

The boys of Chilton don't seem to be much better. The rich hottie, Tristan (played by current hottie, Chad Michael Murray!), weirdly insists on calling Rory, "Mary", which Lorelai later explains is because of Rory's "virginal" demeanor.

Lorelai herself isn't having the greatest day. Emily calls her numerous times, telling Lorelai she'd like to buy Rory's school clothes, a school parking spot...a car...
While she means well, Lorelai finally blows up at her. She wants to do it all herself, and she doesn't need her parents help, thank you very much!

We also get to know a teeny bit more about our background players:
Michel is as French and sassy as ever.
Sookie is as endearing as she is a death trap.
Lane desperately wants to be a normal kid, but her very overprotective mother constantly gets in the way.
Miss Patty, the chain-smoking dance teacher seems to be a town staple.
Drella, the slightly-rude harpist that Lorelai hired to play in the lobby of the inn.
Babette, the hillybilly neighbour (played by legend, Sally Struthers!).
And in some possible foreshadowing, Luke comes across as a wee bit jealous when one of the Chilton dads asks Lorelai out. Surprisingly, considering how promiscuously she comes across, Lorelai declines the offer. She's more worried about Rory's rep than in her own. I feel like this will be a trend throughout the show. 

While the second episode was better, it's still a very slow-moving show. Literally EVERYONE is full of sass, and that gets on my nerves. One or two characters, okay. Everyone? Just stop.

But I can tell that it's still trying to find its feet, and it has huge potential, so I'll keep watching. 

Can someone who's seen the series please let me know how soon it gets GOOD? ;)

See y'all next time!

Tuesday 20 October 2015

Christina Watches: Gilmore Girls S01 E1

Hello, and welcome to what I hope will be a new series of posts here on Just A Girl Geek!

Many moons ago, I put up a poll and some of you voted for the next teen show you wanted me to watch, and blog about, from the beginning.

Well, with many apologies, I threw that poll out the window. Now, I may go back one day and blog about the show you all chose....but today is not that day.

Yesterday, huge news hit the interwebs when it was announced that Netflix would be reviving Gilmore Girls. I've been meaning to watch the show forever, and this feels like a great opportunity to finally write about a show from the very beginning.

Please understand that I don't have a timeline here. I may go weeks between posts about Gilmore Girls. Life happens. I know you all understand. But I do hope you'll stay with me as I watch, write, laugh and yeah, definitely cry over Rory, Lorelai, and the seven seasons of their lives.

So, let's begin with the pilot!

In episode 1, we're obviously introduced to the cast of many characters. There's Lorelai, the fun, beautiful, young, open and moderately successful mom. Lorelai runs an inn.

Rory, the 16 year old daughter of Lorelai.
Sookie, the incredibly clumsy cook that works at the inn.
Lane, Rory's best friend.
Michel, the French, and absolutely hilarious desk clerk that works for Lorelai.
Luke, the health nut who owns the diner Lorelai and Rory frequent.
Dean, the hot boy that crushes on Rory.
And Emily and Richard, Lorelai's rich, and estranged, parents.

Of course, I may have some of these characters wrong. I've only watched one episode, and I'm guessing what most of their roles are.

So! In episode one, Rory is accepted into a very expensive prep school, and Lorelai has to ask her parents for help with the tuition.

Her parents agrees to pay, on one condition: they must be a bigger part of their daughter, and their granddaughters, lives.

It's explained that Lorelai had Rory very young, at age 16, and a mysterious baby daddy named Christopher is somehow still in the picture.

Lorelai's parents were none too pleased when she didn't marry Christopher, and this, along with the teenage pregnancy, is what caused the rift between them.

Meanwhile, Rory, at first very excited to have gotten into Chilton Prep school, meets a new boy at her soon-to-be old school and has second thoughts about leaving.

By the end, Rory realizes the sacrifices Lorelai has has to make to send her to the prep school, and she agrees to go.

My first impressions of Gilmore Girls is that it's a very dated show. There are tons of late '90s/early 2000s pop culture mentions, and the music is also classic.

I absolutely love Michel, and I hope he sticks around for the duration.
Jared Padalecki is absolutely adorable as Dean--and it's so hilarious that his character is named Dean.
I've already fallen in love with Lorelai--I can relate to her on so many levels that it's kinda spooky.
I like Rory as well, but I feel like it's going to take me a few more episodes to get to know who she is and why I need to love her.To be honest, if I didn't know from friends and reviews and Emmy nods that Gilmore Girls is a great, must-see show, I don't think I would have continued past the pilot.

But most shows have a rough first season. Buffy comes to mind, as does Supernatural. And so I'll stick with it, and I hope you do too.

See you all next time!