Person of Interest

Action, Drama, Sci-FiPerson of Interest

When I first started watching this show, I didn’t immediately get hooked on it. It actually took me a long while to really get into the story. I wasn’t even sure if it was going to make it to my September TV Show Picks, but I’m really glad that I didn’t give up on right away, because it’s an absolutely incredible show. After watching the season 4 finale, I decided to not only include it in this month’s TV picks, but to also write a separate blog post about it. It’s that amazing! I would say that it’s probably one of the best shows that I’ve ever seen, and I watch a lot of TV!

Person of Interest is a show about a reclusive programmer billionaire (Harold Finch) who tries to save the lives of thousands of people with the help of an ex assassin (John Reese) and a surveillance AI (a.k.a. the Machine). The AI sends them the social security numbers of people involved in impending crimes, but it leaves all other details of the crimes unexplained.

I’m going to try to not give away too much about the storyline, but I will say that the best part of the show for me are the flashbacks to when Harold first creates/tests the Machine. We get to see just how dangerous the earliest versions of the AI was, especially if left to its own devices. Throughout the four seasons of the show that has aired, we see how the Machine is taught to care for people, to value life. It not only developed a personality, but also emotions just like a human being. We got to really see that in the season four finale. I actually ended up crying! That whole scene with the Pink Floyd song in the background was absolute perfection. The writers did such an amazing job of bringing the Machine to life. It’s probably my #1 favorite character on the show, which is saying a lot because there are a lot of incredible characters on POI.

Person of Interest the Machine

I won’t list all of them out, because that would give too much of the story away. I will single out one particular character though… If you’ve been following my blog, you’d know how much of a crazy dog person I am 😀 So it’s pretty much a given that I’m going to like Bear, the badass military dog who chews on rare first edition books by day and fights crime by night. Who could resist that face?!

Person of Interest Bear

I cannot wait for season 5 to come out! I’ll be counting the days until then.

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TV Show Picks of the Month: August 2015

It’s that time of the month again…I’m actually embarrassed by how much TV I watched this August :S I clearly need to do more with my life lol.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s the list of my favorite shows from August.

Once Upon A Time
Adventure, Fantasy

Once Upon a Time

I know I’m really late on the OUAT craze, but it wasn’t until this month that I decided to give the show a try. It was surprisingly interesting. I like how the evil characters were given back stories that make them a bit more relatable in some way. A lot of them have redeeming qualities that make you sympathize with them despite all the bad things they’ve done, and continue to do. I particularly like Rumpelstiltskin. The actor who plays him is incredibly good at what he does. I don’t think there’d be a show without him.

I do have a couple of complaints about the show though. I feel like a lot of the spells are sometimes too convenient. There’s really no rhyme or reason to how magic works on the show. I’m not too impressed with the computer graphics on the show either. A lot of the effects that they use look really fake, but the story is still pretty entertaining, so it’s a small price to pay.

Castle
Crime, Drama, Comedy

Castle

I really was not expecting to like this one, simply because crime shows are way too overdone in my opinion. I’ve seen my fair share of police shows years ago. I used to watch Law & Order, and all of the CSIs. I thought Castle was just another cop show.

I’m really glad I gave it a try though. It’s actually a really funny show, but it does have its moments. There are some really interesting episodes, and some not so interesting ones.

Homeland
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Homeland

I binge-watched all four seasons of this show in just a matter of days. It’s incredibly interesting. It keeps you on your toes, trying to figure out whether or not a particular character has a hidden agenda. But I do have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Homeland. A few characters have sucked me in to the point where it was really hard to watch what’s happening in the show. Peter Quinn, for example, the Orlando Bloom lookalike, is a particular favorite of mine. Carrie (Claire Danes), on the other hand, is one of the worst protagonists that I have ever encountered. She’s brilliant, but she’s also incredibly unprofessional, and mentally unstable. It’s quite difficult to believe that she’s a CIA agent given all the things that she’s done on the show. Even so, it is something that I’m willing to look past, simply because it is a really amazing show. I like how not everything is portrayed as black and white. There’s a lot of blurred lines between good and bad. I think that’s what makes it so great. Otherwise, it would just be complete propaganda.

Sirens
Comedy

Sirens

If you’re interested in giving this show a try, watch past the first episode, because it gets so much better after that. It’s absolutely hilarious. So far, there hasn’t been a show with Michael Mosley that I did not like. He’s such a charming likeable character on Sirens – a far cry from his serial killer role in Castle. It just goes to show just how good of an actor he is. I also liked him in Scrubs. He’s probably the only good thing from that last season.

My only complaint about Sirens is the fact that it got cancelled after just two seasons 😦

TV Show Picks of the Month: July 2015

My Mad Fat Diary
Drama, Romance, Comedy

My Mad Fat Diary

I don’t even know where to start with this show…It has some really funny parts, but it can also be very frustrating. It’s a story about Rae, a troubled teenaged girl, who just spent several months at a psychiatric hospital after attempting to kill herself. The show starts off with her having to rehabilitate back into society, making new friends, and reconnecting with old ones.

The show does a really good job of portraying mental illness to the point where it actually gets a bit frustrating. You’ll see Rae fall back into the same pattern time and time again, but that’s just how it is. People with mental illness don’t magically get better.

The Comeback
Comedy

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This show reminds me a little of The Office. It’s what people call cringe comedy. It’s a bit of an acquired taste, so it’s definitely not for everyone. There aren’t really any laugh out loud moments, but it’s still pretty entertaining.

United States of Tara
Drama, Comedy

United States of Tara

I’ve already written a blog post about this show, but I thought I’d include it on here as well. It’s a very interesting show about Dissociative Identity Disorder or what some of you may know as Multiple Personality Disorder.

The Returned (Les revenants)
Drama, Thriller, Fantasy

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This was probably my most favorite show from this month. I was actually a bit hesitant to watch it at first, because it looked scary, and I’m a big scaredy cat lol. But it wasn’t really terrifying like I thought it was going to be. It was just creepy in the most amazing way. I am a bit disappointed by how the first season ended. It left so many questions unanswered, but I’m hoping that the second season will shed more light into what’s really happening.

How Not to Live Your Life (honorable mention)
Comedy

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This show has its moments. It’s pretty funny, but unfortunately, it didn’t completely suck me in, which is why it’s only getting an honorable mention. The cast is pretty weird, but in a really good way. They get into all sorts of ridiculous situations, which just makes the show all the more entertaining.

United States of Tara

Genre: Drama, Comedy

Ever since I read the book The Girls He Adored by Jonathan Nasaw, I’ve developed a rather unnatural fascination with psychological disorders, specifically DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) or what some of you may know as Multiple Personality Disorder. There’s a lot of debate about whether or not DID is real, but that’s besides the point. I’m not planning opening that can of worms.

A few months ago, I stumbled across the show United States of Tara on IMDb. After reading the synopsis, I knew I just had to give the show a try. The series revolves around a woman who’s struggling with DID, while trying to raise a family. In the beginning of the series, she has 3 different alters: a 60’s inspired housewife named Alice, an aggressive war veteran named Buck, and a promiscuous 16 year old girl named T.

United States of Tara

After having seen the entirety of the show, I have great respect for Toni Collette, the actress who played Tara and all of the alters. She did such an amazing job portraying wildly different characters. It amazes me to think that she’s that talented, and still pretty much “unknown.” I’ve never even heard of her prior to this show, which is a real shame.

Out of the three seasons of the show, the second was probably the best. It was mostly about Tara finding out what traumatic event caused her illness. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, trying to figure out what could’ve happened to make her alters “come out.”

Overall, the series was very well done. I have to say, though, that I wasn’t completely satisfied with the ending, but then again, I can’t really think of any other way they could’ve ended the show. Maybe my dissatisfaction roots from the fact that I just wasn’t ready for the show to end. In any case, I highly recommend this series. It’s probably not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you’re willing to give it try, you might just like it.

My love-hate relationship with Gilmore Girls

So…for the past week, I have been rereading the first book in the Game of Thrones series. I’m just about halfway through it, so it’s going to be a while before I can write a review on it. For that reason, I thought I’d share my thoughts on a TV show that I’ve been watching quite a lot of recently. I know I’m about a decade late on the whole Gilmore Girls thing, but it’s been somewhat entertaining. If you’ve read my recent post about my sitcom addiction, you would know that I’ve been scrambling to find a good show to watch. Having had no luck in finding another sitcom, I decided to give Gilmore Girls a try.

Gilmore Girls

I’ve just finished season 3 of the show, and to tell you the truth, I’m not exactly sure if I like it. Now why did I watch three seasons of a series that I don’t love? I don’t really know. At 22 episodes per season, binge watching three seasons of it in a two week period is no easy feat. I guess there’s just something about the show that’s sucking me in even as I’m sitting here, contemplating all of the things that I dislike about it.

Season 1 wasn’t that great in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t amazing either. I really didn’t feel any chemistry between Rory and Dean. They were completely wrong for each other. Dean was too boring, and safe. He’d do anything to please Rory, and while that is an admirable trait in a boyfriend, it really doesn’t make their love story that interesting or entertaining to watch. I actually found myself rooting for Tristan instead, because he’s the riskier choice. He would have made the story more fun and unpredictable. Unfortunately, the writers never really gave Rory and Tristan’s relationship a chance to develop.

Season 2 was when things got a lot more exciting. If you’ve watched the series, you probably know why…Jess finally moves into town! Need I say more? Jess is a way better match for Rory than Dean will ever be. I do think the writers made Dean seem a lot more stupid in the second season in order to make Jess look better, and boy, did they succeed! There’s really no contest between Jess and Dean. I think Jess (Milo Ventimiglia) is better looking, and obviously smarter. He has a lot in common with Rory, which is why I think they make a better pair. He’s also the main reason why I’ve been watching the show nonstop for the past two days.

I admit I probably have a weakness for the “bad boys” seeing as I was all for Tristan in season 1, and now I’ve switched to Team Jess. All I can say is that they add just the right amount of danger and excitement to an otherwise boring town.

I am rather wary of starting season 4 though, because Jess is basically gone from the show now. I’ve also read a ton of spoilers online, so I know that Rory is going to have an affair with Dean again -.- I really don’t like his character, as nice as he is. I am curious to see if I’ll like Logan (Rory’s next love interest) who’ll make his first appearance in season 5, but I don’t really want to watch all of season 4 just to get to that…To all the Jess fans out there, is the show still worth watching after season 3?

I’m also getting a bit tired of Lorelai. Another reason why I’m a little hesitant about starting the next season. She seems to get progressively worse and more annoying as the show goes on. She’s terrible to her parents. And while I get that they can be quite controlling and snooty, Lorelai just takes everything to a whole new level. I think I started to really dislike her when she freaked out at her parents after she found out that Rory applied to Yale. She just can’t help but look for ways to push her parents away whenever they try to get involved with her and Rory’s lives.

I also hated the fact that she can’t seem to make up her mind when it comes to the men that she’s involved with. First, she dumps Max because she thought that Rory was getting too attached to him. A few weeks/months after their breakup, she shows up unannounced at his door, and sleeps with him. They go on to date again for a while, and they decide to get engaged. Then, a few days before they’re set to get married, Lorelai suddenly realizes that she doesn’t want to marry him anymore, and takes off. Who does that?! And here’s the kicker: months after their cancelled wedding, she sees Max again and kisses him, looking to start yet another relationship. Seriously? Can you be any more indecisive?! 😡

Even with all of the things that I hate about Lorelai, I do want to see her happy, which is honestly quite astonishing. I don’t know how the writers did it. They made her so unlikeable that at times you just want to kill her, BUT even then, you still end up hoping that she’ll get her happy ending.

Game of Thrones Season 5 Finale?! What? Why would you do that to us George R.R. Martin?!

Aaaaaahhh!….I’m still reeling over the ending of the season 5 finale of Game of Thrones… Warning, there WILL be spoilers on here, so if you haven’t seen season 5 yet, you should really get on that before reading this post.

Game of Thrones

Let me begin by first saying just how much I enjoyed season 5 of GoT. It is, by far, the best season of show, in my opinion. Every episode has left me excited for the next. They’ve deviated quite a bit from the books, but I think it was a great idea, since it made the show a lot more interesting. I personally loved A Feast of Crows (book #4 of the series), because Cersei finally got her own chapters! It was really fun reading from her perspective, because she’s one of those characters that you love to hate. I definitely had high expectations going into the fifth season, but thankfully, the show did not disappoint.

In season 5, we get to see a lot more of my favourite character, Arya. For the past few seasons, her parts in the show have been rather boring, but now we get see her in Braavos, where her storyline actually starts to pick up. The scene with her stabbing and ultimately killing the man in the brothel was so satisfying! I was silently cheering her on the whole time…You could say that I’m a little bloodthirsty 😈 but the man totally deserved it. If I’m not mistaken, that scene doesn’t actually take place in the book, but I’m glad that they added it in, because it makes Arya’s story a whole lot more interesting. I’m excited to see what’s in store for her in the coming seasons/books.

The show also did fantastic job with Dany’s storyline. To be quite honest, I started losing interest in her story after book 3 of the series, because it seemed like she was just dealing with one mutiny after another. She just seemed “stuck” in Meereen. The writers of show definitely made her storyline a lot more interesting this season, so I’m now very much looking forward to seeing what’s going to happen to her next. Pairing her up with Tyrion will surely make them unbeatable.

I do have one complaint about this season though. Ever since I finished reading book 4 of the series, I’ve been looking forward to seeing Cersei’s “walk of shame” on film. Reading about it in the book was so satisfying, because I got a look into what was going through her mind as it was happening, her hateful thoughts, her humiliation, etc. Watching the scene in the show, however, was not what I expected it to be. It didn’t give me the same satisfaction as it did in the book. It actually made me empathize with Cersei, and made me hate her less, which I personally didn’t like lol.

What’s up with the new member of The Kingsguard, by the way? The one who carried Cersei into the Red Keep? I’m pretty sure he wasn’t in the book. Is there some sort of Frankenstein shit going on here ❓ because I’m quite certain that that’s the Mountain, reincarnated from hell o_O

Anyway, I left this bit until the very end, because I’m still reeling over what just happened. I must have hit my head somewhere, and lost a chunk of my memory, because I don’t recall reading that in the book…BUT according to a friend of mine who’s also obsessed with the books, Jon actually does get stabbed at the end of book 5…Now, I feel like my anger and shock are completely misplaced. I definitely need to go back read the books again 😐 Hopefully book 6 will be out by the time I finish rereading the first five.

I do want to mention that there are a few theories out there regarding Jon’s death. I personally think he’s going to warg into his direwolf, but knowing GRRM’s penchant for killing off his characters, he could actually be dead. Well, here’s to hoping that he somehow survives being repeatedly stabbed in the gut…

George R.R. Martin, please finish book 6 as soon as humanly possible! I want to know what happens to Jon Snow! 😡

My sitcom addiction and “Raising Hope”

My name is Stephanie and I’m a sitcom addict…My latest obsession has been Raising Hope, a show about a man who becomes a single father after having a one night stand with a woman who turns out to be a serial killer. Sounds ridiculous? Pretty much…but it is, by far, one of the funniest shows that I’ve ever seen. This one is actually laugh-out-loud funny unlike most other sitcoms out there.

Raising Hope

For the past 2 weeks, I have been binge watching the show, going through 5 episodes or more every single day. It’s become such a staple in my nighttime routine that I’m going through major withdrawal right now :/ The only solution that I can think of is to find another fix. I’m frantically looking through IMDb for my next favourite show, but it seems like I’ve already seen all the good (and not-so-good) sitcoms out there 😦 So if you have any recommendations, please let me know! I’m desperate. I can’t go to sleep without my daily dose of sitcoms…

Anyway, going back to Raising Hope…I actually didn’t love it the first time I saw it, which was about a year ago. After watching the first 3 episodes, I ended up putting it aside, because I didn’t find it that funny. Then about two weeks ago, I picked it up again, because I didn’t have anything else to watch. And what do you know? I suddenly loved it! The first few episodes are still not that great, but I think it’s because the writers needed to set the stage first before getting into the funny bits. I definitely recommend watching past 5 or 6 episodes before you decide to give up on it, because it gets progressively funnier as the season goes on. I especially loved Maw Maw’s one-liners. I also had a lot of fun with the guest stars. A lot of them come in with references that you wouldn’t get unless you’ve seen shows like “My name is Earl” and “Yes, Dear.” Don’t worry though…you would still get the jokes even if you don’t get the little references.

I do think it gets a little bit less funny after season 2, but I still watched it until the very end. Now, I’m just sad that I have nothing left to watch, so please recommend me something 🙂