Friday, January 24, 2014

New Year, New Look (For the Blog)

It's a new year, so I figure a new look is good for the blog. And also with the new year comes a new list of shows to watch for the first time. Some I've seen episodes here and there, and some never before at all. So I thought I would share my list and see if anyone wants to add to it. If there is a show you think I will like and have to see, leave me a comment. I'm always open to suggestions.

1. House of Cards
2. Frasier (seen some episodes, and am almost through season 1)
3. Entourage
4. Falling Skies (seen the first episode)
5. Twin Peaks (watching with Jordan, and almost done!)
6. Sex and the City (almost done with season 1)

For those that know me, you will know that this list won't take me long, maybe through April, so please list some other shows! Thanks :)

I'm also planning to do some re-watches in there too, and you can expect to hear about them. So for something to look forward to, here's my list of re-watches I have planned for this year:

1. Smallville
2. Scrubs
3. How I Met Your Mother
4. Arrow
5. Vampire Diaries

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Rewatch: Once Upon a Time

I recently did a re-watch of Once Upon a Time, over the past couple weeks. Regular TV wasn't back in full swing yet, and I got bored, so a re-watch of a show I like is usually my go-to solution. And with this re-watch there are a few things I learned (Spoilers for those who haven't watched the show yet, so just skip to the end of this post to not ruin yourself):

1. Season 1 is seriously amazing. I forgot just how good that season was. The discovering of who each person from Storybrooke is as a Fairytale character is so fun, and the fact that time starts moving again when Emma Swan comes to stay in town adds to the intrigue. I like the idea of the characters not knowing who they truly are, but at the same time the audience getting to learn their story. I also really enjoyed the backstory of how the curse came to be, and the spins on the classic stories was genius. But with all the good comes the bad, and just like I remember when I first watched the season finale, I was sad that they chose to end the curse so soon. I felt they could have easily gone another season without breaking the curse and telling more backstories on more of the characters.

2. When I was first watching Season 2, I remember it for one not being as good as the first season, and two that the story kind of jumped around. Re-watching Season 2 consecutively helped me to appreciate it more I think. There were some really interesting introductions in Season 2; we got more depth into the characters August (Pinocchio) and Neal (Baelfire). We also learned more about Emma's troubled past and subsequent relinquish of Henry at birth. We also get our first introduction to Peter Pan, or more so his shadow of which we learn is not at all like the fairytale we know. There were moments in the season that were down right boring; like when Emma and Snow were transported to the Enchanted Forest and befriended Aurora and Mulan (two characters I found very uninteresting). The only good that came out of them being there, was the meeting of Captain Hook (yum!).

3. The first half of the Third Season takes us to Neverland to find Henry who was taken there by Pan's minions. I have actually really enjoyed this Third Season. Definitely more than the Second Season. The actor who plays Peter Pan is really good at portraying the devious evil person Pan really is. The twists and turns the story takes while they are in Neverland were very interesting, and now the web of relation between characters is even greater. The mid-season finale left us with Pan re-launching the curse, but this time it takes everyone not from that world back to where they came from and leaving Emma and Henry together, but not remembering anything or anyone. I'm so nervous as to how the rest of the season is going to work out, but I feel it could be a wild ride getting Emma and Henry to believe all over again.

And just for fun here's a family tree to show all the ties between the characters on the show so far:

A little gem from Tumblr.

I highly suggest this show for your viewing pleasure. It's a family show, so the kiddos can watch too, and it's not at all like your typical fairy tales you're used to, so everything is new and exciting. And if you have watched the show, a re-watch is also suggested. Especially Season 1 because it's just that good.