So long Season 2! It's like you were never here...
A new premiere, a new mystery and now a new showrunner. A lot has happened over the last several months that has created some optimism for the new season. Revenge suffered a fate that most must-watch shows face: the sophomore slump. Someone decided that more mysteries, more plotlines and more characters were what was needed for the second season but the show ultimately suffered. Too much was going on and it showed when viewers stopped tuning in live (DVR and online became the new normal). After Revenge was renewed, the showrunner left and an overhaul was in the works to fix the problems of the previous season. Did it work? Possibly. We'll have to see as the season develops.
This week on Revenge, Emily turns against a former frenemy, Charlotte gets a backbone (and some much needed attitude), Victoria finds happiness, and Jack breaks a heart.
Oh the red sharpie, whenever you reappear I fall in love all over again. Emily tends to use the red ink against those who've slighted her father but this week saw her target a former friend, Ashley. Upon returning to the Hamptons, the former Grayson Political Campaign and PR Manager tried to blackmail Emily into inviting her to the annual Grayson Memorial Day party. While it scored her an invite, Emily directed her main focus at tearing down a potential thorn in her side.
During the unveiling of Conrad's painting, he succumbed to a temporary poison (supplied by Nolan and Emily) and was rushed to a nearby hospital. News surfaced about Conrad's fake condition and Emily skillfully placed the blame on Ashley. With help from Victoria, the social climber was forced to leave the Hamptons (and the US) forever. Poor Ashley, she didn't stand a chance... and not just talking about her storyline.
BANGS AND BACKBONE
Victoria found peace (and dare I say - happiness?!) over the summer break. Patrick, her long lost son, arrived at the end of season two and the pair bonded to reclaim any lost time. The only person that wasn't excited to see the blonde boytoy: Charlotte. She returned from her Europe trip (minus pregnant belly - so long season two storylines!) with a new mature look and a new icy attitude. In the matter of one episode, she called out her mother, played doting daughter to her father and confronted her half-brother. Patrick went running back to the city but Charlotte stood her ground and I can't wait to see what evil she'll be bringing to the new season. Now that Ashley is gone, it'll be great to have a devious character around causing chaos to the characters.
THE KISS GOODBYE
Season two ended on a cliffhanger. SPOILER ALERT: Emily revealed to Jack that she was Amanda! With the time jump after election night, we're left waiting to find out how Jack reacted but he left the Hamptons, along with his son Carl in toe. Jack has never had the best storylines on Revenge but he has had some of the best one-liners and shocking comments. After kissing Emily in a heated conversation, he feels NOTHING(!) and wants nothing to do with her ever again. He gives her until the end of the summer to complete her revengenda.
On the wedding front (I haven't forgotten), Daniel and Emily have set a date: August 8th. That's right! Their wedding is 8/8 - oh the irony.
Will Ashley return for HER revenge? Anyone else like this new mature Charlotte? Can Conrad bounce back from the fake diagnosis? Can Patrick be trusted? Share your thoughts by posting in the comments below.
A mixed ending to a controversial season.
Floaters are the cursed word of the Big Brother series and this year found three floaters at the end. Whether it was the twist, the mentality or just the houseguests this season, nobody wanted to shake up the game and the house banded together to knock out the bigger threats. In an unsurprising final vote, 26 year old Andy Herren defeated 32 year old GinaMarie Zimmerman by a vote of 7-2. Rounding out the final three was Spencer Clawson.
As is tradition with the last post for Big Brother Canada, I will be critiquing the final three on their season performance and the finale.
Spencer (Third Place)
There's playing the game as a floater and then there's doing nothing - Spencer did nothing all season. He was the ultimate pawn and currently holds the record as the most nominated houseguest in the history of Big Brother. Being nominated isn't an excuse for lack of moves; a player can continue to play the game even when their neck is on the line. In the first third of the season, Spencer "gave up" and instead competed for a jury spot/second place. I'm not going to waste more time on a houseguest that didn't really play.
GinaMarie (Second Place)
GinaMarie had a good shot to win the game. She made some big moves, proved her loyalty and made a few good alliances. Unfortunately, her emotions and heated words destroyed any chance at winning. I don't excuse any of the vile, mean and ignorant comments that she has said all season (along with Spencer, Aaryn, Amanda and everyone else involved), but I hope that she grows from this experience and learns acceptance.
Andy (First Place)
There is no one strategy to win Big Brother. It can take any combination of moves, friendships and factors to turn the jury members to their side. Andy won the way of super-floater and the relationships he made with all the friends he betrayed on the jury. I respect him for winning the game but I don't respect his strategy. Andy never made a conscious decision to make a big move or create his own strategy; he literally no backbone or started the conversation himself. He would casually jump from room to room, conversation to conversation, listening in and picking the option he wanted before jumping ship the following week. I hope he enjoys the money because we will never see him on a future season of Big Brother again.
Which witch is which?
Will Katrina be freed from her world? Is Jenny the next target? What's the next modern item Ichabod discovers? Share your comments below about this week's episode.
Back for another week and suffice it to say: I'm hooked. I like the story of Sleepy Hollow and it's a good mix of unrealistic storylines with fun characters. I couldn't help but watch to if I still liked the show in the second week. (Sometimes the pilot can be the only impressive episode.)
This week on Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod adjusts to the real world, an evil witch rises from the ashes, and someone from Abbie's past makes an appearance.
BURN BABY BURN
The Headless Horseman returned but a new foe has emerged as this week's new big bad. Serilda, an evil witch burned by the townsfolk of Sleepy Hollow, returns to reclaim her earthly body. To complete her mission, the evil mirror demon resurrects Officer Andy (John Cho) - broken neck and all - to find the descendants of the man that prosecuted and condemned Serilda to death. By the time that Serilda has murdered one man and stolen the ashes of another, Ichabod and Abbie have followed her to her burial place beneath the city with hidden tunnels leftover from the war. She returns for a brief second before being set on fire with remnants of abandoned gun powder left. How convenient!
The loved ones came out in full force this episode; possibly to give Ichabod and Abbie more connections than just to each other? Katrina, Ichabod's departed love, foreshadows the four horseman rising and warns of the impending apocalypse while still being absolutely vague. Before Serilda bites the dust (quite literally), she confirms that Katrina is trapped in a world between worlds and Ichabod now has renewed hope to be reunited with his lady love. We also are introduced to two people from Abbie's past: her former boyfriend and fellow cop Luke and her sister Jenny. Luke may cause a little romantic trouble for Abbie but it seems that Jenny may play a bigger part of this Sleepy Hollow mystery than she realizes.
THE REAL WORLD: SLEEPY HOLLOW
Ichabod adjusting to the real world may be some of the funnier bits. The post-it notes explaining how to perform simple tasks, discovering donut holes and being outraged over the tax: priceless moments. I'd like to see more opportunities for Ichabod to be surprised and shocked - he seems to too well-adjusted for someone more than 250 years old.
Will Katrina be freed from her world? Is Jenny the next target? What's the next modern item Ichabod discovers? Share your comments below about this week's episode.
Beware of the Headless Horseman.
I remember from childhood the tale of Sleepy Hollow and its infamous midnight rider, the Headless Horseman. Simply a story written decades before that I merely read for my Grade 7 literary class, plus I did love the Tim Burton film with Johnny Depp. When FOX announced it would pick-up a re-imaging of the classic tale set in modern times, it sounded like an interesting premise to watch.
This week on Sleepy Hollow, Ichabod Crane awakens from his slumber, the Horseman marks his latest victims, and a mission to stop the apocalypse begins.
Ichabod Crane (played by Tom Mison) is a former British professor turned American soldier more than 250 years ago. After fighting a mysterious British soldier and slicing off his head (there will be a lot of headless jokes going forward), Ichabod collapses from his battle wounds only to wake up in modern times in an abandoned cave. For a man over 250 years old, he surprisingly took this new modern world pretty well. He made it into the town of Sleepy Hollow without becoming a raving lunatic before being arrested for no apparent reason (seriously, jay-walking isn't a severe crime). He becomes the top suspect for the latest murders... that happened only five minutes before... on the opposite side of town... while using an axe and a horse. I think the word missing here is logic.
THE HORSEMAN RIDES
Returning from the cold depths of hell is the Headless Horseman; an unnamed British soldier with a strange mark on his hand. Responding to a mysterious 911 call, Lieutenant Abbie Mills (Nichole Beharie) and the Sheriff arrive at a farm to discover that it's owner has lost his head - the first victim of the Horseman. Unfortunately for the Sheriff and his one pistol, Abbie finds her partner decapitated and the Horseman riding off with a stolen horse.
Ichabod, for some reason, is the top suspect but after passing a lie detector test, he's to be sent to an institution, ordered by Captain Frank Irving (Orlando Jones). Abbie isn't as oblivious as her Captain, she believes that something's wrong and when the next victim, the town Reverend, is murdered, she starts to believe Ichabod's story and breaks him free from the institution to find the horseman and his missing head. (Yes, I said his head!)
Returning to Sleepy Hollow, they locate the Horseman's head and a stand-off ensues to protect it until sunrise. They succeed and the Horseman is forced to live without hats for yet another week. Still, the image of the Horseman riding off with a machine gun might possibly be the best moment (see above).
SEVER YEAR MISSION?!
Prophecies are all well and good but everyone is surprisingly accepting this fate too easily. Earlier while in the burial cave, Abbie and Ichabod found a book left by Katrina (Katia Winter), Ichabod's wife and a burned witch, detailing the apocalypse and a coming battle. The Horseman is apparently one of the four horseman of the apocalypse and will bring about the end of days. Both Abbie and Ichabod are the chosen ones to fight a seven year battle! Seven years is a long time and to them it sounds like the best news; I would be breaking down hearing that time frame but don't worry, it's normal. A headless walking man, decapitated heads, witches, prophecies - it's all normal for Sleepy Hollow.
Who will be the Horseman's next victim? What items will Ichabod uncover in modern times? Will the show even last seven years? Post in the comments and share your thoughts on this week's episode.
Say goodbye to summer! Sun, sand and summer programming are almost a distant memory now as the upcoming fall season will begin this month. Last television year I had bad luck with the shows I picked for the Midseason 2013 list; I did well with the Fall 2012 list. Seriously, I shouldn't even bother picking my early favourites without fear of cancellation... but I'm going to anyway. I never can tell which shows I'll really like once I start watching the season. Several of my early picks quickly fell of my schedule within weeks (i.e. Deception and Hannibal).
Now that the first few premieres aired last week, I've thought of which shows I'm excited to see. The fall season features the top programs which networks promote to be their big successes and earn the highest ad revenue. While that's not to say midseason shows are treated less, the fall shows tend to get higher viewers and more press early on. It was hard to narrow my list down as there are plenty of shows I want to check out, but here's a shortlist of seven shows I'd like to watch the pilot.
Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)
Was there any other show that has earned more hype? While I haven't seen The Avengers quite yet, the early trailers and clips for the show look intense. Plenty of drama, action and potential cameos from big name stars and comic book heroes. The entire pilot episode was kept under lock and key by ABC from being leaked online. I've heard of rumours regarding a few cameos, but it must be an important episode to check out since it's gone to great lengths to not be revealed.
To be fair with my assessment, I've already seen the pilot for Sleepy Hollow. Possibly about a few months back near the Canadian Television Upfronts, I got a chance to watch the pilot beforehand. It had a nice mix of fairytale backstory while throwing in an apocalypse angle. Obviously the headless jokes are a bit cheesy but there's something to be said about the Headless Horseman and that axe. I would like to give this program a shot with a few episodes before I really decide. The standard is four so until then.
Reign peaked my interest since it's an unusual choice for The CW. The show is a period piece based on Mary, Queen of Scots (played by Adelaide Kane) throughout her teen years and may be a little too period for The CW's core audience. Also, the show was picked up to series over the highly anticipated (and expected) pilot The Selection and placed in the coveted post-Vampire Diaries timeslot. It's a gamble for the network and I'd like to see if they would be able to pull off an authentic period show.
Rebel Wilson - I think that could basically sum up an entire explanation on why to watch the show. She's funny, I loved her in Pitch Perfect and from the few clips I've seen, it looks like a pretty interesting half-hour comedy. Similar to The Mindy Project, this will be heavily dependent on Rebel's performance and it will determine the success of the show. Though, I think it could do somewhat well in the initial first weeks based on clips alone.
The Blacklist (NBC)
A bit of a change in gears for choices this post. The Blacklist stars James Spader as an FBI most-wanted criminal who helps the police track wanted criminals and terrorists around the world from his handy list of contacts. I didn't know what to expect until I saw the trailer and I was blown away. This might be one of NBC's best new shows of the year and could help them score a ratings boost for fall.
Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (ABC)
Is it a spin-off or a limited series? Originally it started as a limited series to fill in the gap of Once Upon A Time in the middle of the third season but now it's a full-fledged show. My only hesitation is that nothing will hopefully change between both the main show and its spin-off since they're both set in the same universe. The Mad Hatter was already introduced in one show and I wouldn't want details to be altered between both storylines. If the show doesn't get picked up moving forward, I wouldn't be surprised to see the characters appear in the main series.
Another vampire show? I liked the Originals from The Vampire Diaries and I was glad to hear they survived the deaths in the main storyline. The CW is obviously hoping that fans will carry their fandom to another night and save Tuesdays, which has shaken its line-up similar to the other nights. I'm not too fond of the storyline but it has potential and it could be a more darker than its parent show.
There were a lot of good shows to add to the list and I still have plenty of new picks like The Crazy Ones (CBS), The Tomorrow People (The CW) and Dracula (NBC) to name a few. Similar to the last few picks, I'm always open to hear your choices on which shows I should be watching. The cancellation axe will hopefully be merciful this season but we won't know until it comes crashing down.
Already have your favourites this season? Share your comments below on which new TV shows you’ll be tuning in... and tuning out!
The unthinkable happened: I created a tumblr.
As mentioned weeks ago in my previous blog post, I debated whether to create one or solely stick with my other accounts. It looked fun to do, might be something quick to manage, and a great way to have a few laughs. Yes... I drank the Kool-Aid.
My Tumblr is called "TV Said It, Not Me" and it's basically about television quotes (with some real life and movie quotes) thrown in that interest me. I love finding hilarious and dramatic posts directly from my favourite shows; though, anything that catches me eye will get thrown in too.
I find it quite relaxing. It reminds me of Pinterest where I can just sign on and share a few posts throughout the day. This website and blog is still my top priority for full content and updates - the tumblr will be a great way to have a few laughs. Feel to check it out with the link above!
Wasted potential is a sad sight to see.
Showmances cloud the judgment and can cause the ruin of several powerful players in Big Brother. This season saw early on the effect of how showmances lead to potential strong players being evicted one after the other. This evicted player's girlfriend was evicted earlier and it was only a matter of time before it happened to him.
The fourteenth person evicted was McCrae Olson, the 23 year old pizza delivery man from Minnesota.
Let's Meet McCrae...
McCrae is the funky super-fan that served as the second half of this season's powerful showmance with Amanda. He won the first Head of Household (HOH) and joined the Moving Company, a secret all-male alliance with Nick, Spencer, Howard and Jeremy. This alliance crumbled when they plotted Amanda's demise and McCrae took a backseat to the game. He barely did anything on his own and let Amanda overshadow his presence. He was nominated for the first time in week 9 but Amanda won the Power of Veto (POV) and saved him. The following week both him and Amanda were nominated together, he won POV and she was sent packing. The next two weeks saw lucky breaks by winning an HOH and POV that kept him safe for two rounds but his luck eventually ran out. On Day 84, he was evicted by a vote of 1-0.
Why Did He Lose?
McCrae fell to the curse of the showmance. When players are in a powerful and cohesive pair, sometimes both tend to faze the other houseguests out and destroy their social game. Amanda, on the one hand, killed her own social game by being antagonistic while McCrae simply ignored everyone. He slept for hours and relaxed with Amanda; completely forgetting to build relationships and keep strategizing. Amanda was the mastermind and once she left, he made plenty of stupid decisions like nominating Elissa; arguably his only trustworthy ally left against the Exterminators. It was only a matter of time until McCrae couldn't win the competitions to save himself.
How Could He Stay?
Moving past his inability to play when Amanda was around, his first mistake was nominating Elissa. Had he kept her around, a bigger target would still be in the game and he'd have an ally. Beyond that he should have teamed up with GinaMarie and Judd to break up the alliance of Spencer and Andy since they're basically a strong pair. He should've pushed harder to target the right people instead of bending to the will of the house.
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McCrae is the super-fan that let down the super-fans. He got too comfortable, let his showmance dominate the game and showed his inability to separate from a pair. Many would've guessed he might win and I thought so for a while as well but after seeing Amanda's downfall, McCrae could never bounce back. I'm glad he had a fun summer and enjoy the last few weeks after the season when he's still dating Amanda. Let's be real for a second... that relationship won't last.
Only a few houseguests in Big Brother history have ever earned a second chance to compete again in the same season after being evicted. It's a chance for redemption and to learn from their mistakes to win the season. Amy (Big Brother 3), Kaysar (Big Brother 6), James (Big Brother 9), Brendon (Big Brother 13) and this evicted player are the only houseguests to earn the power to return. While many of them have crashed and burned, this player successfully tried to clean the slate but fizzled out.
The thirteenth houseguest evicted was Judd Daughtery, the 26 year old property appraiser from Tennessee.
Let's Meet Judd...
Since this is Judd's second eviction, I've already recapped his earlier season performance. After returning to the game in the double jury/Head of Household (HOH) competition, he tried to clear the air and come back with no agenda against any of the houseguests. He played a low-key game and eventually teamed up with Andy, GinaMarie and Spencer to create a new alliance called the Exterminators. While it proved to be successful by surviving three evictions (two weeks), Judd still couldn't shake being bottom of the totem pole in his alliance. On Day 82, he was evicted by a vote of 2-0.
Returning players in a single season carry a stigma. Most houseguests feel it's unfair for them to receive a second chance to win the game since they were already evicted. Judd did well in shedding the reputation but he couldn't completely shake it. Only Amy from Big Brother 3 was successful in making it farther after returning; she went from third evicted to fourth place. Had it not been for Elissa winning HOH, Judd would be evicted in his returning week. Many still held reservations against him even after two more weeks in the house.
Being in a four person alliance that had to evict someone within lead to Judd's downfall. McCrae, the initial target, won Power of Veto (POV) and could no longer be evicted. The Exterminators scrambled and Judd didn't have the personal relationships to convince the men to target GinaMarie. A weaker and injured person like GinaMarie looked more favourably than a likeable and returning Judd.
How Could He Stay?
Judd needed to be more focused and make his case. GinaMarie was injured but she's still a competition threat and could earn favour with the female jury. If he had saved Elissa the week prior, GinaMarie would be gone and he'd have the allies to stay. However, since he sided with the Exterminators, he just needed to make a case.
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J-U-Double-D is gone for the last time. His personality shined and he was a fan favourite to say the least. Was he a great Big Brother player? No. He was far from it and did well enough by joining a somewhat powerful floater alliance to not squander his second chance. The Exterminators helped him survive two more weeks, another double eviction and could've lead him to the final four had it not been for McCrae's POV win. Congrats to him and I wouldn't be surprised to see him again in another season. Though, he needs to drop the floater act and actually play a more stronger game.
So long to the Big Brother MVP.
Would anyone else really get the title? The double eviction claimed another victim and all we could do was watch an hour long train-wreck. While the twists this season were questionable and the houseguests' personal biases were apparent, this evicted houseguest caused a lot of passive-aggressive drama in the nicest way.
The twelfth houseguest evicted was Elissa Slater, the 27 year old nutritionist from North Carolina.
Let's Meet Elissa...
Elissa is the impulsive and soft spoken sister of Big Brother veteran Rachel Reilly. Coming into the game and fooling no one of her sister's identity, Elissa carried a huge target she couldn't shake - she was almost evicted two weeks in a row because of it. Her only power was the Big Brother MVP twist, which was awarded to her for the first three weeks of the season. Pairing up with Helen and Candice early on, Elissa felt safety for the first time all season but as her allies/alliances dwindled and the houseguests' personal feelings boiled over, her future looked bleak. On Day 77, she was evicted by a vote of 3-0.
Why Did She Lose?
Elissa was a victim of reputation. She had power early on, friends in production and clearly had support from Big Brother fans - the other houseguests thought this to be unfair. After surviving the first two weeks, she retreated into the shadows and hoped to deviate the attention to other players. While it worked and she paired up with powerful alliances, no one could forget the reputation and held it against her. The house held consensus to make sure she didn't win the game and when McCrae made the stupid decision of nominating her, there was nothing she could do.
How Could She Stay?
Elissa did something most players didn't do this season: she tried to shake up the game. Keeping Amanda was a smart move on her part as having a bigger target could've kept her around longer. However, Elissa needed to continually play the game and drive a wedge between the floaters. If she reassured McCrae (and not just Amanda) that she was helping them, it could've driven some sense into his head that she was trustworthy. She wouldn't be nominated and someone like Spencer or GinaMarie would be evicted instead.
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I always hate an eviction when it's driven by personal feelings; similar to Jessie's eviction this year. The houseguests held a distaste for Elissa that went above gameplay. Nothing she did was cruel or mean - it was the actions of the game that rubbed people the wrong way. Winning MVP three weeks in a row, being liked by production, not needing the money and being related to a fan favourite were "big" things that clouded their opinions. It got so bad that they couldn't even stop attacking her after she left, especially mean comments from Andy. Was Elissa a great Big Brother player? No. She didn't really play on her own until she won Power of Veto (POV), but she did try and actually was one of the better players this season.
The Exterminators have struck again...
Similar to the first double eviction this season, they're a mixed occasion. While they do cause A LOT of drama, big players and stronger personalities are ALWAYS sent packing. This episode saw, arguably, the most powerful player and the most liked player (by viewers) evicted one after the other. This houseguest falls in the former category.
The eleventh person evicted was Amanda Zuckerman, the 28 year old realtor from Florida.
Let's Meet Amanda...
Amanda is the strong-willed and dominating houseguest who bullied the house into following her plans. In the first week, she struck a showmance with McCrae and both have worked together since in several alliances like 3AM. No target was safe from Amanda and her tactics: Howard, Candice, Judd, Jessie and Helen - all fell to alliances that Amanda was in. After finally winning the Power of Veto (POV) in week 9, Amanda dodged a potential blindside but she was soon nominated by Head of Household (HOH) GinaMarie the following week. On Day 77, she was evicted by a tie-breaking vote after a 2-2 split.
There are a multitude of reasons why Amanda got the boot. She's mean, she bullied everyone, she's strategic, a second half of a showmance, and she held the greatest potential to win the game. Amanda's target could not have been bigger unless she stuck a sticker of a bulls-eye on her forehead. With all those things in mind, she did play a good game but she forgot the biggest problem: Andy. Her alliance member and friend was the biggest backstabber in the game and he was ready to drop her. She thought she could trust him and when the vote came down to a tie, Andy did what he always did - he switched alliances and got rid of a friend. Amanda trusted Andy too much and forgot that he did the exact same thing several times before.
How Could She Stay?
Amanda almost had a shot to stay. She mended fences with Elissa, whom she had been bullying the last few weeks, and thought she had the votes to stay. Andy was the wildcard that betrayed her and Amanda made the first mistake the week prior. She should have evicted Andy instead of Aaryn as Andy joined the Exterminators. He would have been gone, Aaryn would have stayed and would have voted to evict Spencer, her fellow nominee, instead.
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Amanda was controversial to say the least. She ran the house, pushed people to the limits and proved to be a strategic force in a group of floaters. While I don't condone any of her actions, behaviour or any of the mean, vile and ignorant comments she's made, Amanda arguably was one of the better players of Big Brother 15. Will she be back? Definitely. There are only a few players this seasons with All-Stars potential and she's one of them. Though, I just don't know if I could stand her mean behaviour for another season. I guess we'll find out when that moment arrives...