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28 January 2015 @ 08:40 pm
We're not too cool to dance...  
++ Rutina Wesley has joined Hannibal. Most will know her as Tara from True Blood, and here she will play opposite of Richard Armitage's Francis Dolarhyde in the third season as Reba McClane, his blind love interest. So far the casting for S3 has been exceptional. I wasn't much of a True Blood watcher but I have seen her scenes (since Tara and Layfayette were the only characters I cared about, tbh) and I very much enjoyed her performance there, so I'm particularly intrigued with this particular role and how she and Richard are going to play their scenes together.

++ So incredibly happy that Orange Is The New Black and How To Get Away With Murder won at the SAG awards the other night, and the fact that both Uzo Aduba and Viola Davis won, both giving amazingly beautiful and powerful acceptance speeches, proves how much better it was in comparison to the lack of diversity in the Oscar nominations. Just the acknowledgement that stories about minorities, stories about women, stories written by women for women, this kind of representation matters and is important to show recognition for.

++ Even though they're on hiatus at the moment, I'm sort of pausing my watch of Lost Girl until after the show ends to see where it all goes. As of right now I'm not particularly liking what they're doing, especially in terms of character relationships. In general they've been rather lackluster with how they've been treating this season, almost like it's not the last season at all. The slow pacing, main characters exiting while new ones are introduced with no relevance or contribution to the plot thus far. I don't know, it's confusing to me. I'm also going to be catching up with Pretty Little Liars and with Agent Carter, the latter in which I'm hoping gets renewed because it deserves it. Galavant was amazing as usual, sad that it's over though. I haven't been keeping up with Sleepy Hollow and with the disappointment it's been this season I don't expect to be rushing anytime soon. At least there is some acknowledgement about its decline, from the audience and critics to even the actors, which I hope the direction of the show gets corrected soon, otherwise it'll be yet another wasted potential show that started off good but turned into an unwatchable trainwreck.
 
 
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potentiality_26potentiality_26 on January 29th, 2015 04:52 am (UTC)
Agree re: Sleepy Hollow. I've known some shows to get worse and then get better again, and with the widespread acknowledgement of the new season's problems, I definitely hope things will get better again.

I hope Agent Carter gets renewed too. Lots of good stuff going on there.
Renéerogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2015 08:00 am (UTC)
I'm hoping that's the case, and that the writers will take the criticism and try to turn around the mess they've created. I really enjoyed the direction that S1 had and I kind of want that level of entertainment back.
you half wit scruffy looking NERF HEARDER: TA: Peggy 2hanorganaas on January 29th, 2015 05:08 am (UTC)
I agree about Sleepy Hollow. The whole Katrina Mess -clicks lips-

I AM SO HAPPY VIOLA AND UZO WON THEY ARE AMAZING ACTRESSSES BY GOD AMAZING!!!

I hope Agent Carter gets renewed. I think it will. Marvel and Disney have ABC by the balls hence why Agents of SHIELD is most likely to be renwed.
Renée: Elementary. Joan Watson.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2015 07:45 am (UTC)
I'm just so over the whole Katrina nonsense. Unless they give her something worthwhile and not resort to reducing the other characters to being in the background, they really need to drop her entirely. They've been basically trying to turn everything into the Crane Show when that's the opposite of what I (and others) want.

I've seen some worries about the ratings of Agent Carter, and the concerns on what it means about having a female-fronted show of the Marvel franchise. Honestly, I wish we didn't have to rely on getting good enough ratings in order to prove that hey, women can carry a show by themselves.
Say what?sometimesartist on January 29th, 2015 06:48 am (UTC)
The only redeeming factor of Lost Girl is Lauren. I mean right now about everything else I do not give a flying fuck.
Renée: Lost Girl.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2015 07:20 am (UTC)
For me it's Tamsin. She's the only character on the show I truly care about and want a happy ending for, and has been the only redeeming quality for the show in my eyes (the only other character besides Kenzi, of course). But after what I know what happened in the recent episodes I'm just really afraid for her, tbh.
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M: LG - my reason for watchingmfirefly10 on January 29th, 2015 08:10 am (UTC)
I don't watch Hannibal but I'm glad Rutina's getting work. She was the only reason I watched True Blood as long as I did.

I haven't seen Lost Girl yet but everything I've read about this season has me less interested in watching it. Sure, it's better than season 4 but it would've actually been hard to be WORSE given how awful season 4 was. But yeah...I've heard this season has the same pacing issues and the fact that they're introducing new characters in the last season just annoys me. Why not focus on the existing characters?!

This week's episode of Sleepy Hollow was actually pretty solid. Not season 1 level, but much better than the season 2 average. But that doesn't mean they'll keep it up. Next week could be completely awful again.
Renée: Lost Girl. Bo. Succubus.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2015 10:57 am (UTC)
I've heard this season has the same pacing issues and the fact that they're introducing new characters in the last season just annoys me. Why not focus on the existing characters?!

Pretty much. I would've thought that, this being the last season, they would have wanted to have a singular focus on the main plot rather than lag on like they've done before. Like, okay this is the final season of the series and of Bo's story, gotta make every episode count, shit is going down. Unfortunately with the way things have been going I feel like we're still going to undergo all the same previous shit, and nothing serious is gonna happen until the last few episodes where they cram everything in as fast as they can. And honestly, I have no idea what happened, since I thought they used to do better than this. Maybe the central plot got too big for them to handle? If so, why add more things into the mix? Idk.

But that doesn't mean they'll keep it up. Next week could be completely awful again.

Unless the writers really start taking the criticisms of the show to heart, I doubt it'll be kept up. They say they're going to change things from how they've been, but who knows when that'll take affect.
R.: fairy tales are more than truependeries on January 29th, 2015 01:09 pm (UTC)
Hannibal's casting is amazing. Whoa.

I gave up on Lost Girl years ago. :p
Renée: Lost Girl. Bo. Succubus.rogueslayer452 on January 29th, 2015 01:24 pm (UTC)
Seriously. Last season I was stoked that they got Katharine Isabelle, and now this season it's Richard and Rutina. They are ace at casting some beautifully talented actors, aren't they?

I'm realizing now that Lost Girl should have probably ended some while ago, or at least gone in a different direction because last season was a bust and it seems to be happening again for this season (sadly with it being their last). I have loved it for what it was and could forgive some of the ridiculous storylines and subplots that happened here and there, and overall I have enjoyed the Fae lore and the found family aspect which is my ultimate weakness, but I think they got too big with their plot ideas which kind of took over everything else (kind of ironic seeing as how they don't really deal with it seriously until the last few episodes of a season). Like, at this point I don't really care about Bo's father, where she came from, her supposed destiny arc, etc. I just wanted her and Kenzi being partners in crime and getting into wacky Fae shenanigans.

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rhoda_rants: abbie millsrhoda_rants on January 29th, 2015 03:15 pm (UTC)
Hannibal has me SO EXCITED, you don't even KNOW! I keep forgetting Sleepy Hollow is back, just because the last season was such a disappointment. There were moments I did like (the episode focusing on Jenny and Abbie's mother was pretty cool), but the overall arch was a hot mess. I don't know where they're going to go once they run out of ways to forestall the apocalypse, which is kind of the problem with a plot like that.

I need to start watching Orange is the New Black. Along with a number of other things. There's so much interesting TV on right now, like even when certain seasons are weak, there's still so much else to choose from. It's a good time to be a fangirl. 8)
Renéerogueslayer452 on January 30th, 2015 11:02 am (UTC)
I don't know where they're going to go once they run out of ways to forestall the apocalypse, which is kind of the problem with a plot like that.

Yeah, I don't know either. Not that there aren't ways of telling the story differently once they've gotten to that point, but it all depends on how they deal with it, which from the evidence of how they've been handling with things so far is not very comforting.

It's a good time to be a fangirl. 8)

It truly is. It's just really fascinating to think that several years ago we didn't have all these different options with our television watching at our finger tips.
Kimsaturnsdaughter on January 29th, 2015 05:56 pm (UTC)
This season of Hannibal is going to be so awesome! I just wish we didn't have to wait until the summer.

Viola Davis continues to beat the odds and I'm loving every second. :)
Renéerogueslayer452 on January 30th, 2015 11:09 am (UTC)
Same. Although I'm rather curious on how well it's going to do during the summer. I know there are some concerns since it's not typically a summer show, being too dark and grotesque, but we shall see.
Julie: Michiko to Hatchin ★ unstruck matchesragnarok_08 on January 29th, 2015 06:54 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree with you on Sleepy Hollow.

YES~!! I am so happy that Viola and Uzo won - they are really amazing :DDDDDD
goldenusagigoldenusagi on January 30th, 2015 06:16 am (UTC)
I was underwhelmed by Galanvant's finale...

Re: Lost Girl: when it comes down to it, I don't really think the writers are very good at telling stories, lol. Even the first few seasons were nonsensical when you stripped it all down. But they were campy and fun, so who cared. But now that they're trying to up the stakes, the subpar writing really shows. Sure, it's season 5, let's bring in new characters! And finally we get her father, but I wish this whole thing with him had been introduced a lot sooner. I fear we're not going to get much follow through on it. Not to mention Bo's dull as dishwater love triangle and who she's going to choose. I never liked Lauren, really. I just can't find anything interesting about her character, so I'm miffed as to why Bo is so taken with her.
Renée: Lost Girl. Bo. Succubus.rogueslayer452 on January 30th, 2015 12:22 pm (UTC)
I feel with the way it ended, there might be a chance it could be renewed for a second season.

I don't really think the writers are very good at telling stories, lol. Even the first few seasons were nonsensical when you stripped it all down. But they were campy and fun, so who cared.

Yeah, that's how I feel about it too. The earlier seasons did have a more simplistic angle to them, since it was mainly about this young woman who didn't know what she was and where she belonged and along her journey of self-discovery she found her own version of family. That is basically my weakness in any kind of story, plus meshing with the lighthearted campy entertainment is what made it so charming. Again, it's what reminded me of BTVS in many ways. It had the mythos and lore of the Fae, it had the character connections, the found-family aspect. Obviously they had to progress the story and that's just natural considering, but it didn't attempt to be something bigger or grander than what it. It just was what it was and I loved it for that.

But it seems like the last couple of seasons tried to become much bigger than it is and thus got more complicated and confusing, and it's weird since they don't really treat it as such until the last few episodes where they just cram information in to deal with it all.

I fear we're not going to get much follow through on it.

Yeah, same. I feel like there's too much that should have been introduced earlier, and things that started out should have had better execution (the whole Wanderer mislead was such bullshit), and with all the new stuff being introduced there is no way that there's going to be a proper follow through.

Not to mention Bo's dull as dishwater love triangle and who she's going to choose. I never liked Lauren, really. I just can't find anything interesting about her character, so I'm miffed as to why Bo is so taken with her.

SAME, OMG. I can't believe they're pulling this love triangle again, now of all times. I'm tired of this being the only thing writers go to when they need something ~dramatic to happen. We already dealt with this nonsense when it was Lauren vs. Dyson in the earlier seasons, it was bullshit then and it's bullshit now. And ITA about Lauren, as a character I found her bland and not really fleshed out enough because they kept focusing on her being the love interest for Bo instead of her own person. As far as that relationship goes, I never understood it. There's no chemistry between them, and the way Lauren has treated Bo has pissed me off on numerous occasions. And now they're playing the "endgame" card when in reality Bo should really be in a polyamorous relationship and just, ugh.
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hamarakissa: TVD - Katherine // I winhamarakissa on January 30th, 2015 08:58 am (UTC)
I can't wait for this season of Hannibal!!! :D I'm happy Rutina has a character in this - she is a good actress :)

I am enjoying Lost Girl this season, I'm sad that Kensi is gone :( PLL has had some interesting twists and I wasn't 100% happy with this last episode due to some ships... but over all I'm enjoying this season as always. I haven't been watching Agent Carter or Sleepy Hollow and plan on catching up in the Spring/Summer
Renée: Lost Girl. Kenzi.rogueslayer452 on January 30th, 2015 02:38 pm (UTC)
I agree, I'm quite pleased with what I'm hearing about the new season so far. It sucks that we have to wait until summer, though.

Well, I'm happy that at least you're enjoying the season. I was at first but I'm finding I'm disliking about the way they're handling certain things, especially if this is their last season and all. It's not what I expected, that's all. I know that despite being in less episodes this season Kenzi will definitely be returning, probably more towards the end of the season to close out the series.
Naomi: Hannibal blood smearfrelling_tralk on January 30th, 2015 05:11 pm (UTC)
I can't wait for season 3 of Hannibal!
natalki.sestra on February 1st, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)
Suuuuper happy with the OITNB wins!
giallarhorn: Lost Girl- Tamsingiallarhorn on February 3rd, 2015 03:42 am (UTC)
I'm still wary of Hannibal's S3, partly because of how badly S2 was handled past the halfway point.

Sleepy Hollow...well. It's still weird? It hasn't gotten worse, but it hasn't really gotten back into its stride yet either and is in that weird limbo space. I'm not sure of how they're going to try to fix the wreck of S2, or enough to climb back out of its hole.

I'm not willing to get my hopes up for a renewal for Agent Carter, mostly because it is Marvel, ratings are lackluster (???) and there still isn't a Black Widow movie even planned yet. Not to say I'm not hoping, but it seems the odds are against it.

I think the fundamental problem with Lost Girl is that it's biggest weakness is that the writers aren't very good. Or they don't know how to write a story that actually makes sense and doesn't try to bite off more than it needs. Or something like that. Basically, bad plotting.
Renée: Lost Girl.rogueslayer452 on February 3rd, 2015 09:02 am (UTC)
I'm not sure of how they're going to try to fix the wreck of S2, or enough to climb back out of its hole.

I feel like they just really need to start anew. Attempting to fix the damage might only make it worse. We'll have to see what happens.

I'm not willing to get my hopes up for a renewal for Agent Carter, mostly because it is Marvel, ratings are lackluster

ABC has defended and backed the show despite the ratings issue, so at least there is some level of support on their end.

As for Black Widow, I really want there to be a movie franchise for her, but the likelihood of that happening seems less and less as time passes. At least we're going to be getting Captain Marvel, so that's something at least. But the fact they haven't even considered giving a known female superhero of the MCU her own film is indeed very troubling. I mean, I know that Agent Carter is going to introduce the Black Widow Program to coincide with Age of Ultron, but what better way of needing an actual Natasha-centric film to show her own origin story. I mean, it's such a no-brainer, honestly.

I think the fundamental problem with Lost Girl is that it's biggest weakness is that the writers aren't very good. Or they don't know how to write a story that actually makes sense

Sadly, I agree. It's become more apparent as the seasons progressed that they really can't do anything worthwhile in regards to plot. It's their blind spot. They have ideas about what to do, but they just don't know how to do it, hence why everything is always so crammed towards the last few episodes of a season and that there's no build-up to anything (Rainer, for example, was horribly introduced and that whole relationship came out of left-field, we still don't understand his entire purpose as a character and it just ruined the entire Wanderer mystery that should have been epic from the way it was being portrayed, yet the ending result fell incredibly flat). They think bigger than they actually can produce, and therein lies the weakness of the show that brings everything down with it, unfortunately.

I much prefer the simpler storylines, where there is a central plot but it's not overbearing or complicated. I wanted more of Bo discovering herself and of her family, both biological and found, but I didn't need this "chosen one" storyline which kind of defeats the purpose of what the central message was from the beginning. I mean, before Bo had that intro monologue where she says, "I will live the life I choose", and for some reason they don't have that intro anymore. As if that doesn't matter anymore.

There are some shows that don't need a larger than life way to end a series, and Lost Girl was one of them. But they got too big with their thinking and overestimated how much they can do, and I feel that the show is going to end on a disappointing note than an uplifting one.
an idea is bulletproof: Dr. Horrible - Hammernesselizalavelle on February 8th, 2015 08:36 pm (UTC)
I am so excited for more Hannibal!

I don't watch award shows usually but I am happy to hear about the wins at the SAG awards. Excellent shows with excellent casts!

LG is falling apart this season even more. I would have thought that knowing it was the last one would have given the writers reason to really put together a great ending. It feels like they just picked a big topic which doesn't really fit with the usual fae lore anyway and are being lazy otherwise. The episodes barely have continuity within themselves let alone carrying a plot week to week. It's really disappointing.