Friday, 30 December 2011

Doctor Who-The Doctor, The Widow and the Wardrobe

Another Christmas has come and gone, and with it, another Doctor Who Christmas special.

I've found that there is no in-between with this year's special...People either loved it or hated it. Me? I loved it.
I've also found that the folks that hated this year's special loved last year's A Christmas Carol, and vise versa.
Weird, right?

Here's why I loved it--

It was light. After a series full of darkness and riddles and confusion, it was nice to not have to think and just enjoy this episode!

It was funny. A lemonade tap? I know! Chairs that move by themselves in the boring grown up room? I know!
I just loved Matt Smith here. He was at his very best in this episode.

It was touching. Yes, it was predictable. Yes, you could see that the father was going to be saved a mile off.
But if you didn't at least tear up when the Ponds told the Doctor that they ALWAYS set a place for him...and when he wiped away his own tear...well, you have no soul! ;)

All in all, I thought it was perfect for a Christmas episode. A great episode to sit and watch with the family after Christmas dinner.

Lets just hope it's enough to tide us over until series 7 premieres a long, long 9 months away, in early fall of 2012!

Until then, Whovians, have a wonderful and safe New Year!

Monday, 5 December 2011

Once Upon A Time-The Shephard. My Thoughts...

And now we know the story of Prince Charming/David.

This wasn't my favourite episode of the a matter of fact, I'd say it was probably the slowest and most boring. But in my eyes, this show can do no wrong, so I still enjoyed it.

In Fairytale Land, we learned the tale of Prince Charming, who, as it turns out, is actually a poor shephard and not a Prince at all.

Over in Storybrooke, we're rooting for Mary Margaret as David leaves Kathryn because he has feelings for MM...only to return to her when his memories return. :(

The biggest thing actually didn't happen during the episode itself! It came in the trailer for the next episode, which aired afterward!
Did you catch the HUGE spoiler about the Sheriff?! Well, now we know WHO he is in Fairytale Land...and I was wrong!

Sadly, I'm almost positive our poor Sheriff is doomed to die in the mid-season finale. I'll be sad to see him go.

And once again, Robert Carlisle was in amazing form as old Rump wheeling and dealing with the King and Charming.

We also found out who Kathryn is in Fairytale Land...Abigail, King Midas's spoiled daughter.

Lost references:

-MacCutcheon whiskey! 

What did you think of The Shepherd? Comments always welcome!

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Supernatural-Death's Door. My Thoughts...

Okay, if you didn't cry at least once during this episode, then YOU HAVE NO HEART!!

FINALLY we get the episode fans have been begging for for seven seasons...and what an amazing, touching, emotional, tear-jerker it was.

This was easily the best episode of at least the last 2 or 3 seasons! The writing was amazing, Jim Beaver was at his absolute BEST, and the directing was wonderful.

When we last left the boys, Bobby had been shot in the head after escaping the clutches of the Boss Leviathan, Evil Dick. (Ha! I totally just made that up! :P)

In a series of flashbacks, we travel through Bobby's memories as he tries to get away from his Reaper so he can wake up and tell the boys what he'd discovered before he was shot.
What was that, you ask? A number! What does it mean? I have no idea!

In these memories, we see the utter hell Bobby has lived through.
From his drunken, wife-beating father, whom he shot to death, to having to kill the love of his life (twice!).

It becomes clear that Bobby's most proud of 'his boys'. He realizes he's been a father to Sam and Dean and that, because of HIM, they turned out pretty darn well.
Considering he never wanted kids, he loves those boys to death. *sniffle*

I thought it was great that they brought Rufus back to help Bobby out in his memories, and be a voice of reason. I really loved the way they played off each other. We didn't often get to see Bobby and Rufus work together. Now I wish we'd seen more of it.

And I can't forget to mention how amazing both Jared and Jensen were in this episode. They didn't have many lines...they were mostly speechless with pain when they were onscreen, but their faces definitely told us enough.
Dean looks equally lost, hurt, angry and teary, and Sam quietly presses against the scar on his hand, hoping he's having another hallucination....It was painful to see them hurting so much.

The last word Bobby said to the boys was beautiful. That one word, "Ijits.", has meant so many things when he's said it to the boys...but most often it's meant, "I love you. I'm proud of you.", and the boys knew it. *tears*

We all know that there's much speculation that this is the series last season, and if it is, Jim Beaver can be proud. He's going out on a wonderful high and the writers did Bobby proud. Fans everywhere will remember that wonderful, amazing, gruff teddy bear by this episode...and we'll smile.

I knew Beaver was a great actor...He's been in many, many things and he's a talented man...but finally, FINALLY, the writers of our beloved Supernatural let him shine. His quiet tears while watching the fight with his wife to the pride in his eyes as he spoke about his boys was just such a joy to behold.

Well done, Mr. Beaver. Well done.

Did you notice?
-The headline on the back page of the newspaper Bobby's father is reading was, "The past is best left in the Past."?

Best Scenes:

Reaper: "Bobby, you've helped. You got handed a small, unremarkable life, and you did something with it. Most men like you die of liver disease, watching Barney Miller reruns. You've done enough. Believe me."
Bobby: "I don't care."
Reaper: "Why?"
Bobby: "Because they're my boys."

Bobby: "Well that's a load of crap. Who the hell were you to say?"
Ed Singer: "I'm your father. And you show your father respect."
Bobby: "The day he deserves it. You drunken bully. Punching women and kids, is that what they call fatherhood in your day?"
Ed Singer: "You deserved it. Believe me, you were nothing but ungrateful."
Bobby: "I was a kid! Kids ain't supposed to be grateful. They're supposed to eat your food and break your heart, ya selfish dick! You died and I was still so afraid I'd turn into you, I never even had kids of my own."
Ed Singer: "Good. You break everything you touch."
Bobby: "Well, as fate would have it, I adopted two boys and they grew up great. They grew up heroes. So you can go to hell!"

Dean: "Did we get licorice?"
Sam: "No, we did not get licorice. We got good snacks. Licorice is disgusting."
Dean: "I'm sorry, I didn't quite understand that, uh, Mr. "Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwich.""
Sam: "I stand by that sandwich. Nobody likes licorice. It's--it's made of dirt."
Dean: "It is a classic movie food. It's right up there with popcorn."
Sam: "Popcorn?"
Dean: "Yeah."
Sam: "You're out of your mind."
Dean: "What, it's like little chewy pieces of heaven."

Best Lines:

-Dean-"Will you please tell Sam that Chuck Norris could kick Jet Li's ass."

-Bobby-"Today, you're gonna throw a ball around. Just like evry other snot-nosed little jerk."

Questions after this episode:
-IS Bobby dead?
-If so, how will Sam and Dean cope?
-What did the number that Bobby gave to the boys MEAN??
-WHEN will the Leviathan story end already?!
-Where's Crowley and what's he up to?

And that's it until January, Supernatural fans! Enjoy the winter hiatus! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and I'll see you back here January 6, 2012!