Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Why Have I Been MIA? This Is Why!

Minecraft. Yes, you heard me right....Minecraft. ARGH, this game has sucked me right in!

I prefer the more peaceful aspects of the game...I've become a farmer for some reason and I keep cows, chickens and sheep.
I've built a fun farmhouse and I do a bit of mining here and there.

Ajay from SPACE created a multiplayer server for SPACE crew and fans and it's been a lot of fun chatting with them while I'm deep underground.

Does anyone else play? I'd love to hear what you think about the game!

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Once Upon A Time-The Price of Gold

This week we saw the tale of Cinderella. It was full of Rumple-ey goodness, which made me very happy.

In Fairytale Land, we see Cinderella make a deal with good old Rumple after he kills her Fairy Godmother.
He dresses her up all pretty and sends her to the ball, where she meets her prince, falls happily in love and gets married.
The catch, which she doesn't find out until much later?

She must give Rumpelstiltskin her firstborn child.
Working with Snow and Charming, Elle traps Rumple into making another deal which sends him to prison...and shortly afterward, Elle's love disappears.

In Storeybrooke, Emma meets a very pregnant Ashley. After Ashley disappears, Mr. Gold asks Emma to find her.
Emma realizes that Ashley was planning to give her baby to Mr. Gold after her boyfriends father persuaded her to do so.
Ashley changes her mind and tries to run....but as we find out, no one can leave Storeybrooke.

Emma and Henry find Ashley after she crashes her car, and in true TV fashion, she delivers her baby mere minutes after arriving at the hospital.

Emma asks Mr. Gold to allow Ashley to keep her child, and she and Mr. Gold strike a deal. Ashley gets to keep the child, and Mr. Gold gets a 'favour' from Emma, to be named later.
That just can't be a good thing.

In the end, we see Regina dressing and leaving a bedroom, telling the sooper-seekrit man in the shower that his socks are under the bed.
Who do we discover that sooper-seekrit man is? None other than our beloved Sheriff, who has offered Emma a deputy position on the Storeybrooke police force, which Emma accepts.

So! Here are the questions I have after this episode--

WHO is Emma? Henry seems to hint that she IS someone in Fairytale Land after saying she's 'not ready' to hear her code name yet. Hmmm!
Who is that darn Sheriff?!
Henry doesn't yet know who Mr. Gold is in Fairytale Land...When will he figure it out?
Now that Emma is putting down roots in Storeybrooke, will she be unable to leave like the rest?
What is the Sheriff's motive for asking Emma to be on the force?
Why is the sheriff sleeping with Regina? Does he actually WANT to, or is there more to it?

Now we get to wait TWO whole weeks for the next episode. ARGH!

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Supernatural-The Mentalists. My Thoughts

You know, I'm really loving this season. I mean LOVING this season.
I was a big fan of the early years, and I've said it before, it REALLY feels like they writers are bringing us back to the beginning.

It starts out with a seance gone very, very wrong.
Dean hears about the odd deaths of two psychics in Lily Dale (which is a real town full of psychics, by the way!) after he boosts a shabby-looking Impala. He must really miss his baby. ;)

Dean investigates the most recent death and finds that the psychic was a sham, with recording devices and buttons that mimic the ghostly happenings.

At a local cafe, Dean runs into...SURPRISE!....his brother, Sam!

Sam is still pretty pissed, but the boys agree to work together on this case.
As they're looking at the crime photos, they get their first lead. They realize that both victims were wearing the same necklace. The track it down through the granddaughter of victim #2 and discover it's a fake.

Flash to Nikolai, a spoon-bender the boys met at the cafe. He's working with his utensils when suddenly the room grows cold.
He's then lifted by an unseen force and impaled on the utensils.  Ouch!
Sam and Dean have a look at the crime scene and the police chief mentions that Nikolai said he'd had a vision of his death.

Melanie, victim # 2's granddaughter, calls Dean. Apparently she'd just checked her voicemail and her granny had left a message foretelling her own death.
The boys realize they're dealing with an actual ghost and they confess to Melanie that they're not actually FBI agents.

Flash to Melanie's friend, Camille. After reading bones for a client, she suddenly has a vision of her death.
Dean accompanies Melanie to talk with Camille. He checks a hidden camera in Camille's house and the footage reveals the ghost.
Melanie says she recognizes the ghost from an old photo in the museum.

The boys head there and learn about the Fox sisters, who were among the founders of Lily Dale.
Kate was able to foretell one's death and levitate objects. The older sister, Margaret, was not a psychic.
The brothers find out they were buried in the cemetery.
As they're leaving, the curator takes Dean aside. He has a message from Ellen. Ah, Ellen. We miss you!
The curator tells Dean Ellen's message, "If you don't tell someone how bad it really is, she'll kick your ass from beyond."
Outside the museum, Dean confronts Sam. He apologizes for killing Amy but he knows it was the right thing to do.

The boys go to the cemetery to dig up Kate's bones. As they're about to burn them, Kate appears and pleads with Dean to listen to her.
Of course, THAT'S not going to happen and Sam burns the bones.

Dean calls Melanie to tell her it's safe and Melanie and Camille go to Camille's place. Her vision starts to happen and Melanie calls Dean back in a panic.
Dean tells her how to keep the ghost at bay, but in the end the ghost kills Camille.

In the morning, the Winchesters go to Margaret's grave and find her bones missing, which means that someone has bound them and is using Margaret to kill.
With Melanie's help, the boys discover that she's next on the ghost's list of 'people-that-need-to-die-a-horrible-death'.
Sam visits the emporium to try to find out who bought the ingredients for the binding spell. Jimmy, the emporium owner, sends him on a wild goose chase, and Sam realizes Jimmy is the killer.

At Melanie's, Margaret has shown up and Dean is trying to keep her busy until Same can find and burn the bones.

Sam goes to the address listed on Jimmy's card and breaks in. Jimmy explains that he and Margaret were both the real deal and he's tired of not getting the recognition he deserves.
When Jimmy lets his guard down, Sam shoots him dead and finds Margaret's bones in Jimmy's bed. He burns them in the nick of time, just as Margaret is about to kill Melanie.

The next day, Melanie thanks Dean for saving her life.
Dean meets up with Sam, who's putting his stuff in the trunk of Dean's stolen car.
Sam admits Dean was right to kill Amy, but calls Dean on his drinking and nightmares.
Dean finally opens up to his brother and tells Sam that he's had a hard time trusting anyone since Cas, and that he was having nightmares because he'd been lying to Sam.
After making up, the boys drive off together.

So! A fun episode that resolved some of the tension between the brothers. I enjoyed it!

What questions do we have after this episode?
-Is Dean holding anything back from Sam? I think there's more to his drinking than he's saying.
-Where are the Leviathans?
-Is Sam still hallucinating?

Best Lines:

"You are a verile manesfestation of the divine." -Cafe server to Dean.

"He broke my spoon" -Sam

"There's fake woo woo crap, then there's real woo woo crap." -Dean

"This could be looking like a needle in a stack of fake needles." -Dean

"Psychic ghost bitch on a leash." -Dean

Radio- "You’re listening to The Morning Chaos with me, Bananas Foster."
Dean- "The Hell I am, ass-hat."

Sam- "We gotta find those bones."
Dean- "So we gotta find the bonehead."

“Ugh. I can’t believe he was boning her." -Dean

“If you affirmate me, I’m going to punch you in the face.” -Dean

And lastly, I LOVED the nod to Buffy/Angel! The necklace was the Orb of Thesulah, which was used by the gypsies to restore Angel's soul. ;)
VERY cool!

So, what did you think of this episode? As always, comments are welcome!

Monday, 7 November 2011

Once Upon A Time 1.3-Snow Falls-My Thoughts

We begin with a brilliant opening in Fairytale Land.
Prince Charming is riding in a white carriage with an annoying blonde woman who turns out to be his fiancee.
A 'highwayman' ambushes them and steals the Prince's jewels from the carriage.
The Prince gives chase and discovers the highwayman is a 'girl'. She gets away and the Prince yells after her, "You can't hide from me! Wherever you go, I'll find you!"
A glimpse of things to come. ;)

In Storybrooke, we find Mary on a horrible blind date. After she exits the restaurant, she runs into Emma who is now living in her car.
Mary offers Emma a room...and Emma declines, saying she's not the roommate type.

At the hospital the next day, Mary finds Henry in 'John Doe's' room. John Doe is the coma patient who's fairytale counterpart is none other than Prince Charming.
Henry finds Emma and tells her that he's found her father and that they need to tell Mary that John is her true love.
Henry believes that if Mary reads their story to John Doe, John will wake up and remember who he is. Emma convinces Mary to do so.

As Mary is reading to John, he takes her hand.

Mary runs to get the Doctor (a new character, 'Dr. Whale'. I wonder who his fairytale character is?), who tells her everything is normal and that she must have imagined it.
After Mary leaves, the Doctor calls Mayor Regina and reports that there has been a change in John Doe's condition.

Back to Fairytale Land, Snow gets trapped in a net as she leaves her cave...by none other than Prince Charming...and we find out how he got the name 'Prince Charming'.
The Prince wants his jewels back...specifically a ring from his mother that he was going to give to his fiancee.
Snow discovers that the Prince is only marrying the 'nag' to merge the two kingdoms.
The Prince then tells Snow that he knows exactly who she is and that if she doesn't help him, he'll turn her in to the Queen.

In Storybrooke, Mary tells Emma and Henry what happened with John Doe and they all head back to the hospital, where they find John has disappeared.
They learn that Regina is John's contact person since she was the one who found him on the side of the road so many years ago and brought him to the hospital.
Regina takes Henry home and the Sheriff, Emma and Mary view the security tapes with Sleepy and Grumpy Leroy and Walter.
They discover that John left through a door that leads to the woods (Um, WHY does a door in the hospital lead directly into the woods, exactly?).
Emma, Mary and the Sheriff go after John.

In Fairytale Land, Snow tells Charming about the fairy dust she wears around her neck, and that they charges the Queen had brought against her aren't true.
Snow says the Queen blames her for ruining her life...but we don't find out exactly HOW she ruined the Queen's life.

Snow catches Charming off guard and knocks him into a river and flees...running directly into some of the Queen's men.

Snow is saved by Prince Charming, who pulls some nifty tricks with his sword and a bow. I swear, he just gets hotter and hotter as the show progresses. ;)
The two once again join forces to find the trolls Snow sold the jewels to.
In another wonderful scene, the trolls (who were very awesomely done, by the way!) discover who Snow is when they search through Charming's belongings.
She's able to get away, but the Prince gets caught while battling the trolls.
Snow returns and uses her magic fairy dust to turn the trolls into cockroaches, saving Charming's life.
We discover Charming's name...James.
The two then part ways, with Charming giving Snow the gold and Snow giving Charming the jewels. We get to see the ring when Snow puts it on to see 'if it's her style'.
You can see that both are reluctant to part ways, but they must. It's a bit of a sad goodbye for us viewers.

Back to the forest, the Sheriff tells Emma the woods are 'his world', giving me more reason to believe that he IS the Big Bad Wolf...although he's not really that bad!
Henry catches up to the trio in the woods and tells Mary that John is out there looking for her.
They find John in the water near the t(r)oll bridge. Mary starts CPR and John wakes (with true loves kiss), but doesn't remember who he is.
John arrives back at the hospital and in runs a blonde woman who looks suspiciously like the 'nag' from the carriage in Fairytale land.
Regina then tells everyone the blonde is John Doe's wife, who's real name is David Nolan. Now, if this isn't a BS move by Regina, I don't know what is.

It's obvious that she hired this woman to pretend she's 'David's' wife...and we find out that Emma agrees when she says as much to the Mayor.
Regina denies this, of course, saying she'd gone back to look at past security tapes and she'd heard John calling for a 'Catherine' in his sleep. After that, it was easy to put two and two together.
Whatever, Queenie.

Outside David's room, Catherine tells Mary that years ago, she and her husband weren't getting along and he walked out.
She thought he'd left town but now realizes that he'd obviously gotten hurt and that's why he didn't return home.

Mary goes home and we can see her playing with her ring. Yes, it's the same ring that Charming was supposed to give to his fiancee in Fairytale Land. Aww.
Emma knocks on Mary's door and asks if the spare room is still available....and now mother and daughter are under the same roof.

I really enjoyed this episode. I loved finding out more about Charming and Snow and I loved every scene in Fairytale Land.
Regina is the perfect 'evil queen'. She ticks me off just enough for me to mutter swears at my TV under my breath. ;)
I'm overjoyed that the writers have been able to produce amazing, fast-paced episodes and I truly hope they're able to keep it up all season.
Next week's episode about Cinderella looks like it'll be another hit!

What questions do we have after this episode?

-What did Snow do to the Queen that ruined her life?
-When does Snow find the dwarves and how?
-IS Catherine a fake?
-Who was Catherine's fairytale counterpart?
-Who is the Sheriff's fairytale counterpart?
-Who is Dr. Whale?
-How do Snow and Charming fall in love?
-How will David get his memory back?

And there were a few Lost references that I picked up...but, of course, I might be grasping at straws here. ;)
-Henry says, "We have to go back!" when talking to Mary and Emma in the diner about John Doe.
-Snow gets caught in a net, a la Rousseau.
-Charming's real name is 'James'.
-The wanted poster featuring Snow is just like Kate's wanted poster.

What did YOU think about this week's episode? As always, comments are most welcome!

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Fringe 4x5-Novation--My Thoughts

Novation means, "the introduction of something new". A new universe, a new Walter, Olivia....a new Peter.

I must say that this episode was slightly disappointing. After the big reveal 3 weeks ago, I expected more. This was too...science-y. It focused too much on the Truss-Nadine plot and not enough on the Peter plot...although what we did see of Peter was wonderful.

I'm also having a difficult time relating to the characters I know and love. They've changed SO much because of Peter's non-existence, I feel like I'm almost back to season 1 and having to get to know them all over again.
To be honest, I miss MY Walter, Olivia, Astrid, etc.

But I digress! Onto the episode!

The human shape-shifter is back and she kidnaps Dr. Truss, a former Massive Dynamics employee. It seems that Truss was working on a project that involved cellular regeneration and replication.
Nadine, the shape-shifter, convinces Truss to help her with a story about how his research cured her cancer but left her cells unstable, so she's still dying.

Back at the FBI office, Peter meets with Walter and that...doesn't go well. Peter realizes that he was SUPPOSED to die in both timelines and that because he was saved, he created a paradox and had to be deleted. 
It's interesting to note that no one remembers the Observers either.

Olivia and Lincoln go talk to Nina to find out more about Truss and we learn that Nina raised Olivia and her sister after their mother died. VERY interesting!
Nina explains what Truss was working on and tells them that Bell shut down the project.

At the FBI building, crafty Peter rigs his intercom and overhears Broyles, Olivia and Lincoln talking about shape-shifters. Peter chimes up and tells them that he knows all about the memory discs that are implanted in the shifters and that's he's even decrypted a few himself.

He offers to help if they'll allow him to talk to Walter again. Olivia agrees and voila, Peter is once again working with the Fringe Division!

In a touching scene, we see Walter back at the lab going through an old metal lunchbox that belonged to his son. Inside we see the coin and Walter walks it along his fingers as he taught Peter to do as a boy.

Nadine takes Truss to a lab that her people built according to his plans. He has everything he needs to continue his work. He quickly figures out what's wrong with her and tells her he can help.

Nina visits Walter at the lab and tells him they need to try to get past their differences. Walter tells Nina that he's hated her for 25 years...that he blames her for Peter's drowning...and that over the years he's realized that he deserves to be punished.
He tells her that when he saw Peter at the FBI offices, he saw his son in the man's eyes and felt 'indescribable joy'...and that he doesn't deserve that joy.
So sad.

Back at Fringe Division, Peter is a huge help when he finds that these aren't just plain old memory chips.
These new shape-shifters can change into anyone they've ever taken. They replicate their victims down to the molecular level, making it impossible to detect the shifters from the real people.

Back with Truss and Nadine, he injects her and she reacts badly, changing into his ex-wife. Truss freaks out and tried to run, but she stops him. 
She explains that she didn't tell him the whole truth. His research did create her, but she's not done. He needs to complete his work.
He tries to fake a new serum but she's too smart for that and breaks his hand.

Peter finds a tracking system inside the shifter and Olivia and Lincoln find Truss.

Nadine takes the serum and flees, with Olivia hot on her heels.
The shifter pulls some crazy Spiderman moves and apparently jumps off the roof and into the water below.
Of course, we find out that the conscious agent is indeed Nadine when they pull a body out of the water, and when we next see the ambulance, it's empty.

Back at FBI HQ, Olivia experiences some kind of time-shift when she's handed the hourly reports twice by the same person.
Olivia is then rejected by Lincoln when she asks him out for a bite to eat. She's obviously having an off night.

Walter once again goes to see Peter and Peter asks him to help find out why no one remembers him.
Walter lovingly takes Peter's face in his hands and says he's always wondered what his son would look like as a man...and then says he doesn't deserve Peter and that he can't help him.

Back to the shape-shifter, she injects herself at the train station and the serum works.
We next see her in a uniform at a typewriter...and of course, she gets a reply from the other side.
It seems a lot more shape-shifters are on their way!

Questions I have after watching:
How will Peter get Walter to help him?
How will Peter make the others remember?
Will Walter accept Peter?
Is Olivia interested in Lincoln?
Who is Nadine taking to in the alternate universe?
What are the shape-shifter's plans?
What was that time-shift Olivia experienced?

The glyphs spelled- STILL
What does that mean? I have NO idea.

And did you spot the Observer?

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Supernatural-Slash Fiction--My Thoughts

So this episode opens with Sam and Dean robbing a bank and then brutally slaying all of the hostages.

Wait, what?!

Nah, not really. It was Sam and Dean doppelgangers, courtesy of the Leviathans!

With Bobby busy trying to kill the Leviathan from last week's awesome episode, it was up to the boys to stop their doubles.
Bobby sent them to Frank...a conspiracy nut who also happened to be pretty darn hilarious.
Frank gave the boys new ID's, new phones and a new car....complete with My Little Pony hanging from the rear view mirror. Of course, Dean was NOT too happy about that...although in the most hilarious scene ever on the show, he seemed to really enjoy the Air Supply on the radio.

After Dean's awesome lip syncing show, Sam figured out that the Leviathan doubles were hitting towns where the boys had previously had cases...going right back to the pilot episode.
Knowing that, they were able to figure out where the Leviathans would hit next.

Back at Casa Bobby, Sheriff Mills shows up unannounced with food and a six pack! After a quick sandwich, Bobby goes downstairs to do some more playing with the Leviathan prisoner.
The Leviathan takes Bobby's form and in a sad little scene, attempts to taunt Bobby.
Upstairs, Sheriff Mills accidently spills something and uses Borox to clean it up...which drips through a crack in the floor and lands on the Leviathan, burning the crap out of it!
Well, Bobby is so happy with this discovery that he gives the Sheriff a nice, big smooch!
It's about time Bobby had some romance in his life!

Sam and Dean arrive in Iowa and just as they spot their doubles, they're arrested by Colonel Tigh and his deputies!
Seriously, how awesome was it to see the old Colonel as a guest star? I loved him in BSG!

Ahem, anyway!

The boys are arrested and of course, the Leviathan doubles are quite happy with this turn of events, slaughtering a bunch of cops on their way to kill the boys.

Colonel Tigh allows Dean his phone call and Bobby is able to tell Dean about the Borox.
Tigh sees one of his officers chowing down on someone through a window, and Dean is able to convince the cop to help them.
He lets Dean go and in a fun scene, Leviathan Sam does battle with Dean...and Dean chops his head off after burning him with the Borox.
Meanwhile, Leviathan Dean is with Sam, having a little chat...and tells Sam about Dean killing Amy. *gasp* There it is, folks! We knew it had to happen!

Dean and Tigh kill Leviathan Dean and Tigh helps the boys get away, then lies to the 'FBI' so that Sam and Dean are once again declared dead.

Back at the cabin, just when we think Bobby is going to be all romantic and ask Sheriff Mills out....he hands her the Leviathan head and asks her to throw it in the lake.
What a guy, that Bobby!

At the police station, it's revealed that the FBI agent is a Leviathan and he kills Colonel Tigh. Aww.

In the next scene, we FINALY get to see the Leviathan Boss, who seems to be a politician of some stature.
The Boss gets into his limo and who poofs up in the seat across from him? CROWLEY!

And he brought a gift! 100% organic baby muffins! Aw, what a nice guy, that Crowley!

Crowley proposes a deal with the Leviathan Boss and is promptly shot down. It seems the Leviathans dislike demons just as much as they do humans. Interesting!

Back to Sam and Dean, Sam confronts Dean and tells him he knows what happened to Amy.
Sam then leaves Dean and walks off into the sunset.

I thought this episode was a lot of fun and we finally got some answers to some of the questions I've been asking.
We got to see crazy-killer sides to Sam and Dean, we got a great Pulp Fiction nod with the scene in the diner, and we got to hear the writers make fun of the boys in some of the lines the Leviathans had.

Best Lines:

Bobby-"Great. Just what we need, A Mensa monster."

Dean-"Sons of bitches Xeroxed us."

Sam-"The usual?"
Dean-"Rhymes with sing song."

Dean--"No one puts baby in a corner."

Dean-"Okay, let me get Mr. Wizard on speed dial."

Leviathan Sam: "Wanna trade? I mean, I’ll take Chuckles over schizo."
Leviathan Dean: "Nah. I like this one’s hair better. You can stay in the big one."


Will Sam and Dean make up?
Will Sam be able to forgive Dean?
Will Bobby and Sheriff Mills become a couple?
Will Crowley now try to make a deal with the Winchesters?
When will the boys find the Leviathan boss?
How will the boys find the rest of the Leviathans to kill them?

And as always, questions and comments are welcome!