Cozy Period Pieces for Winter Evenings

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Winter is my season to watch Period Pieces. I’m not sure if that’s influenced by the return of Masterpiece Theater or the fact that I drink buckets of tea when it’s cold out, but come January, I inevitably start in on British, historical dramas.

Last year, I binged the first five seasons of Downton Abbey while simultaneously watching the sixth on PBS (which was a tad confusing, I’ll admit). In 2015, I watched The Paradise–which was alternately legitimately enjoyable and legitimately hilarious depending on which season I was watching (the second season definitely falls into the “So Bad It’s Good” category). Unfortunately, I haven’t settled on which Period Piece I’ll watch in 2017 (I had to finish Alias before I could tempt myself with any such question), but I thought I’d recommend some of my favorite Winter-y Period Pieces to you.

May they keep you feeling cozy and entertained this frosty season!

Cozy Period Pieces for Winter Evenings

Bleak House

I’ve watched Bleak House in both the Summer and Winter, but it feels so much more appropriate watching this particular Dickens’ adaptation when cuddled under a blanket with coffee in one hand and a plate of cheese and crackers in the other. The setting of Bleak House is chilly, damp, and desperate and the entire story peopled with bizarre characters than one can quote at any moment (“Brimstone beast!”). I’ve seen this miniseries about once a year since it aired and I’ve not gotten tired of Esther, Mr. Guppy, and the gang yet.

The Way We Live Now

It took two viewings of The Way We Live Now for me to properly fell in love with this political satire. You might thinking “Political satire doesn’t sound like something Melissa would like,” and you’d be right. The characters, however, make this mini series for me. Between Matthew McFadyen and Shirley Henderson’s performances are reason enough to watch this Trollope adaptation (also, Miranda Otto’s horrible American accent).   

North and South

I don’t feel like I need to sell watching North and South to you. If you’ve seen it before, there’s probably not a moment when you don’t feel like rewatching it, and if you haven’t seen it before, you should just go watch it immediately. It’s like all of those Pride and Prejudice adaptations you’ve adored but better. Trust me.

Our Mutual Friend

It may have taken me two viewings to fall in love with The Way We Live Now, but it took me at least three to fall in love with Our Mutual Friend. Again, it’s the bizarre characters that finally made this mini series for me, and yes again, I have found myself quoting this film with the one other person I know will recognize my references (my mom, basically). If you ever found Colonel Brandon attractive in the 2008 version of Sense and Sensibility, I’d recommend not watching this. You will never look at him the same way again. Everyone else, enjoy Eugene Wrayburn and Lizzie.

Elizabeth I: The Virgin Queen

Anne-Marie Duff plays my favorite Queen Elizabeth I in this biopic mini series. She’s fierce and perfect, and I like to pretend this is the sequel to the TV series, The Tudors–in spite of the fact that Michael Hirst wrote the Cate Blancett version. On top of the impeccable Duff, Tom Hardy plays Dudley and dances the volta. To me, that’s all the reason you need to give this a watch.

What Period Pieces Do You Like to Watch in the Winter?

Read Like a Gilmore: A Starter’s Guide to Rory’s Reading List

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Rory is a hardcore reader–at least in the first several seasons of Gilmore Girls. As the show progresses, she reads less and less AND YET she still manages to read and/or name drop 339 books over the course of the series. That’s a lot of books, particularly when you take into account most of them are Literary Fiction, Classics, or Nonfiction. Those genres lend themselves to hefty reads.

The whole, wild list can be found here. Check it out and take in all those titles. I may have read a lot of Epic Fantasy and Literature in high school and college, but I certainly didn’t read that much–even as an English Major!

Thanks to the sheer overwhelmingness of the list, I decided to make my own abridgement to it. I haven’t read everything Rory has, but I’ve read enough to give a starter’s guide to some of the best of the best on her bedside table. (I’ve actually read a good amount of these books this year so I can attest they hold up outside of a college classroom!)

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Read Like a Gilmore: A Starter’s Guide to Rory’s Reading List

The Fun Stuff

  1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
  2. Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
  3. The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien
  4. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling

The Spooky Stuff

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  3. The Lottery and Other Stories by Shirley Jackson
  4. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
  5. Edgar Allan Poe: Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Carrie by Stephen King

The Awesome Women’s Stuff

  1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  2. Emma by Jane Austen
  3. The Portable Dorothy Parker by Dorothy Parker
  4. A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf
  5. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

The Other Stuff

  1. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  2. Sonnets by William Shakespeare
  3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  4. Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  5. Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi

What’s Your Favorite Book On the Rory Gilmore Reading List?

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Drink Like a Gilmore {Gilmore Girls Mug Round-Up}

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It’s almost here. The Gilmore Girls Revival is just about nigh, and it’s time to mentally preparing ourselves for whatever’s to come. I’m both excited and terrified for the new series. My greatest fear isn’t that the four new episodes will be bad. My greatest fear is that Rory is going to end up with Dean. (Trust me, my mom and I scoured the trailer for clues, trying to figure out which ex she’ll most likely get romantically involved with in the new series. Sadly, Dean seems the most probable.) Whichever way the new series goes, I know it’ll be fun to watch it collectively with the rest of the fans (and my mom–who I dragged into this mess).

For fun, I decided to round up nine Gilmore Girls-inspired mugs today. I don’t know about you, but I plan to have a freshly brewed pot of coffee when I sit down to watch the revival, and any of these mugs would be most appropriated drink-ware for the occasion.

Drink Like a Gilmore {Gilmore Girls Mug Round-Up}

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Cake Quote by Kacien

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Luke’s Diner by Joseph Ernst

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You’re the Lorelai to My Rory by Shaileyann

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Gilmore Mug by Moremeknow

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In Omnia Paratus by Little Inklings

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Drinking Coffee Like a Gilmore by CreeksideCrochetShop

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Coffee, Please & A Shot of Cynicism by It’s Always Autumn Here

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The Gilmore Life by White Cedar Cabin

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Vicious Trollop by ConfettiPrintsShop

What Quote from the Series Would You Like to See When You’re Sipping Coffee?

My Favorite Podcasts

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Whenever I’m off-desk at work, I put on my earphones and start up a podcast. It’s calming to shut out the noise of the library and focus on the hosts’ voices and their stories. Since music has never been a huge thing for me and audio books don’t hold my attention, I’m glad there are so many podcasts out there that are funny, educational, and focused, more often than not, on Pop Culture. I’d really be struggling for background noise if podcasts were not such a thing right now.

I’ve listened to a lot of podcasts over the past year, but there’s a few in particular that I keep downloading to my beloved iPod Shuffle, Honey Lemon. I thought it’d be neat to share some of my favorites with you–mostly because I want you to share your favorites right back so I can have more to listen to.

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My Favorite Podcasts    

  • Dear Sally ~ A Felicity podcast that’s a perfect mix of nostalgia and jokes. I haven’t even watched that much Felicity, but I still enjoy hearing these two friends talk about who won each episode: Noel or Ben.
  • Gilmore Guys ~ After I watch a particularly annoying episode of Gilmore Girls, I download the companion Gilmore Guys episode right away. The two “Gilmore Guys” and their guests always have hilarious and insightful takes on the episodes.
  • Common Room ~ #PotterWeek was amazing and Common Room just started a series recapping the TV show, Lost. No matter what sort of geek you are, there’s almost certainly a Common Room episode/series for you.
  • Mousterpiece Cinema ~ Again, with the nostalgia! I have a thing for retro movie and television podcasts. Can’t you tell? Mousterpiece Cinema is Movie Mezzanine’s Disney podcast. Mostly, the hosts review Disney films from the 80’s and 90’s, but there’s a couple of modern movies thrown in too.
  • The Nerdist ~ If you like listening to writers, actors, and directors talk about their craft and other, much more random things, The Nerdist podcast will suit your fancy. I skip around and pick episodes based on my tolerance for the guests, but others might not be so picky.
  • Rosie and Jessica’s Day of Fun ~ A little bit of everything is in this podcast. Most of all you should know they talk about knitting and baking.
  • Nerdonomy: Nerds on History ~ My inability to finish historical non-fiction makes me very thankful for all the history podcasts out there. Nerds on History is VERY eclectic–which is fun because you learn a bit about everything listening to it.
  • You Must Remember This ~ Thanks to The Hairpin’s “Scandals of Classic Hollywood” series, I’ve been getting more and more into Hollywood history. You Must Remember This is a great way to satisfy curiosity about old timey actors and the stories behind their films.

What Are Your Favorite Podcasts?

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My Fall To-Do List

Hamilton Songs On Repeat (2).jpgSweaters, electric blankets, hot chai, and new TV shows. Fall IS my season. I know you’re not supposed to wish your life away, but Summer is the worst and I’m so glad it’s over.

I cannot wait to eat all the (gluten free) pumpkin things!

Like with Summer, I figured I’d do a proper to-do list for Fall. Looking back, I can say I did alright on my Summer list. *Maybe* I didn’t get to any beach reads, but I did dash through Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and see Top Gun in the theater so the season wasn’t an entire waste. Also, I went to three new coffee shops and an artisan Ice Cream parlor. Living my best life right there.

My plans for Fall mainly include watching Gilmore Girls with my mom, but I figured it’d be nice to make a more ambitious to-do than just getting through seven seasons of a show before November 25th.

Okay, the list isn’t incredibly more ambitious than that, but Fall is the season for books, tea, and coziness. I don’t want to do too much adventuring when I could be reading the next A Song of Ice and Fire.  

My Fall To-Do List

  • Carve Pumpkins ~ I’m terrible at carving pumpkins (because sharp objects and myself do not mix), but I love it anyway. The last two years I’ve missed out on carving but not this year! I will carve something wonky into a pumpkin’s side and display it proudly for trick-or-treaters.
  • Star Wars Watch-Through ~ Last year, I rewatched all of the Star Wars films in the Spring. I wish now that I’d waited until right before The Force Awakens came out so it’d all have felt more fresh. That’s why, this year, I’ve been waiting and waiting to start my rewatch for Rogue One. Originally, I’d planned to try watching it in “Machete Order” since I’ve only ever watched the series chronologically starting with the prequels. I’m not entirely sure that’s the best way to go since that would mean watching A New Hope (the film closest chronologically to Rogue One) first. I’ll probably just go with “Chronological Minus The Phantom Menace” as per usual.
  • Art Museum Trip ~ I’ve only been to the Cleveland Art Museum once. I was up in the city for an interview and was able to spend *maybe* an hour there–which meant that I got through the Egyptian exhibit and very little else. I’ve been longing to go back for a second visit, and Fall seems like the perfect time to wander through galleries.  
  • Reread Jane Eyre ~ Is it just me, or is Fall the perfect season for reading the Brontes? I might make that association thanks to my English Major days, but the gothic setting of Jane Eyre feels October-y to me. I haven’t read Jane Eyre since high school, and I’m well aware that I didn’t understand it at all back then. I need to go back and be more open minded about Rochester (unlikely) and more accepting of Jane (much more likely).
  • Go to a Craft Show ~There are indie craft shows ALL THE TIME downtown where I work. Unfortunately, a lot of them occur on Saturday so I end up working through them. I want to take advantage of one of the few Sunday fairs, even if that means venturing downtown on a day I’m not actually working.
  • Find a New 3DS Game to Play ~ So, I bought a 3DS last Fall and I’ve only purchased three games for it–two of which I hated (Disney Infinity and Animal Crossing). Right now, I’m playing through Legend of Zelda: An Ocarina of Time and I’m enjoying it. . .kind of. I have to use a walkthrough to get through the story–which can get incredibly frustrating. I want to find a game with more of a puzzle aspect to it. I loved computer games that had a nice balance of story and puzzle when I was a kid (like Torin’s Passage and Dr. Brain). I’m sure there’s something out there along a similar line. If you have any recommendations, please let me know!
  • Drink Spiced Apple Cider ~ Pumpkin Spiced Latte’s aren’t my thing. They’re too sweet and not pumpkin-y enough tasting for me. Spiced Apple Cider is the real deal. Every once in awhile, I even get to drink apple cider from the apples we’ve grown–which makes it even better!
  • Play More Games ~ I own a decent amount of board games, but this year, I’ve been terrible about actually playing them. I still haven’t touched my copies of Munchkin, Iota, or Diamonsters. Before Christmas, at the very least, I need to give them all a shot (then I don’t have to feel guilty if I ask for a game or two for the big day).
  • Watch Horror Movies ~ I’m a complete wimp when it comes to horror movies. I’ve always loved horror TV shows (Hannibal <3) and novels, but films just seem so much more intimidating. I have a short list of movies I want to watch in October (The Ring, The Host, Cabin in the Woods, etc), but I could definitely use recommendations for horror films that are scary but not terribly gory–which means do not recommend a Saw film! I will not watch it. 
  • Bake a Gluten Free Pumpkin Pie ~ I already have a recipe picked out. This will happen!

What’s on your Fall To-Do list?

Stream It! {June Edition}

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The entire month of May, I struggled to find my next show to binge, and you know what? I wasn’t successful! To keep myself busy, I’ve been knitting and watching Vicar of Dibley–which is charming but not the sort of show I can really get into in a fangirl sort of way. I’ve been *thinking* about trying Orphan Black, The Walking Dead, or Miss Fisher’s Mysteries again, but seeing as I never made it past the pilots of any of those shows, I’m sort of reticent about giving them another go.

I get sort of listless without a TV show to watch so I’ll have to make a decision soon. If anyone has a lesser known show that they’d recommend or reasons I should give the shows above another chance, definitely comment! I’m obviously in need of a little help.

If you’re struggling with ideas of things to watch too, I’ve got some “Stream It” recommendations for the month.

And, by the way, I seriously hope I can avoid the “Steam It!” mishap from May in the future. It was a special sort of typo, that’s for sure!  

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  • The Paradise ~ Last Spring, my mom and I watched through The Paradise and were equally in love with it and frustrated by it. The show is about about a country girl–with ambitions–coming to town to work in a shop. The first season is absolutely fantastic in a sweet, cozy sort of way, but the second season goes off the rails. I’d still recommend watching it all the way through, but once you hit the Series Two, you MUST read Telly Vision’s recaps. They’ll greatly increase your enjoyment. I guarantee it.  
  • Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ~ AoS is one of those shows that I don’t bother to watch live. I mean, it’d be a shame to waste such a good binge-watch show on week-to-week viewing. Thankfully, Netflix releases the seasons quickly after they wrap up for the year. The third season will be out mid-June so, if you’re like me and need to catch up, this is your time!
  • Leading Lady ~ I mentioned this movie in my Monthly Round-Up, but I wanted to give it a proper shout-out. The film’s about a young actress who REALLY wants a role in her director boyfriend’s upcoming movie. To prepare, she travels to South Africa where she meets a hunky farmer and stages a play version of the film. The movie is just adorable and quirky. If you have seen Not Another Happy Ending with Karen Gillan and liked it, Leading Lady will be just your cup of tea.
  • About a Boy (TV Series) ~ I’ve read Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, but I’ve never seen the film. Instead, I fell in love with the TV show–which not enough people seemed to appreciate. It’s a cute, feel-good show that features an absolutely hilarious Minnie Driver. The first couple episodes are rough, but once the show realizes it’s actors’ strengths and weakness, it pulls together into a really great sitcom.
  • One Day ~ With Me Before You coming out this month, it’s only right to draw attention to the better weepy, British film. While I 100% believe that Anne Hathaway was miscast as Emma, the movie itself does a good job at keeping to the essence of the book. Besides, Jim Sturgess is the perfect Dex. It’s worth a watch just for him!

Honorable Mention: The entire series of Happy Endings is on Hulu Plus. If you like pop culture jokes and manic dialogue, watch it now!

What have you been streaming lately?

Stream It! {May Edition}

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I’m sorry I’ve been missing in action since April. I needed to take a bit of mental health break. Unfortunately, that need for a break means I haven’t finished The Silmarillion yet. Instead, I spent a decent amount of April binge-watching Arrested Development and Disney films since I didn’t feel up to much else.

Obviously, I’ve been getting a lot of use out of my Netflix subscription between these binges and rewatching Lost (don’t even get me started on that show), and that reminded me that I’ve been wanting to do “Stream It!” recommendations for awhile.

Once a month, for here on out, I’ll try pick out five (or so) TV shows, films, etc. that I love and think you should watch (or even rewatch). They won’t always be new releases, but that doesn’t matter since there’s a decent amount of buried treasure hiding in Neflix’s categories.    

Oh and one more thing, thanks for sticking with me through my break! I try to blog consistently, but it can be hard when I’m not feeling mentally up-to-par. *Hopefully,* I won’t need another long hiatus for awhile.

Stream It! {May Edition}

  • Beauty and the Beast (CW TV Show) ~ With Rookie Blue and Under the Dome cancelled, my Summer TV viewing has been robbed of almost all it’s melodrama. Thankfully, there’s still one season of Beauty and the Beast left to keep me entertained. If you’ve somehow missed this wack-a-doo Dark Angel ripoff,  the first two seasons are on Netflix. This show will be perfect for you if you are either a hopeless romantic or someone who is endlessly entertained by over-the-top romantic adventure stories. Watch the first two seasons (and part of the third on Hulu Plus) before the fourth airs in June! 
  • The Great British Baking Show ~ If you somehow haven’t watched this masterpiece, you need to. Now! It’s sad to me that so many of the seasons aren’t available to stream in the U.S., but at least, PBS airs them eventually. Hopefully, a new season will come out this fall.
  • Bride and Prejudice ~ Winter is the season for Charles Dickens. Fall is for the Brontes. And spring is the perfect time of year to binge Jane Austen adaptations. One of my absolute favorites is Bride and Prejudice–a Bollywood adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. If you’ve ever wanted to see Sayid from Lost dance, this is the movie for you. 
  • Begin Again ~ I never liked Keira Knightley as an actor until I started watching her in non-period piece films. Most recently, I’ve loved her in Laggies and Begin Again. Begin Again, so you know, is about struggling musicians and it features Keira Knightley in an enviable wardrobe and Adam Levine acting (which is something that all people need to see because it’s weird). The movie’s sweet and filled with decent music. It’s also by the same fellow who did Once–so it has a respectable pedigree.
  • World of Tomorrow ~ It irks me that World of Tomorrow didn’t win best animated short film at this year’s Academy Awards. It was my favorite because it was funny and bizarre and not sentimental. It’s seventeen minutes long and I won’t spoil what it’s about. Just watch the weirdness unfold. It’ll be worth it.

Honorable Mention: If you have Hulu Plus, now’s a good time to watch/rewatch Wayward Pines. That bonkers show is coming back May 25th.

Have you streamed anything good lately?

The Show that Made Me Want All Its Funkos

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I tried to come up with an answer that would be more surprising for this week’s Funko Fridays post, but I couldn’t. While I have some Doctor Who Pops and some Once Upon a Time Pops, the only show that I’d really, really love to have ALL the Pops from is Gotham.

Surprised?

Yeah, probably not. I’ve been growing my DC Comics collection since Christmas and Selina and Bruce are two of the Pops I’ve added to my collection. They’re absolutely adorable and are currently standing next to each other in a cozy fashion on my bookshelf (partly because Bruce is liable to fall over if not leaning on Selina a little bit).

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Since getting those two, I’ve not been actively looking for more Gotham Pops to add to my collection, but I love the show so much that, if I had more room, I’d buy every single one of them. As it is, I know I’ll be getting Penguin if they ever come out with an Edward Nygma figure. This season made me fall in love with the two of them as a pair so, some day, I would love it if they were also standing cozily next to each other on a bookshelf.

Other Pops on my “Gotham Wish List” are Theo Galavan, Jerome (preferably in his Arkham garb), Selina Kyle (either her party dress or with her rocking Fish Mooney hair), Ivy, and maybe even Barbara.

Basically, in my dreams, I’d own all of the characters and about five variants of Selina Kyle.

It’d probably be in my best interest if they didn’t come out with ALL of those because my DC-themed bookshelf only has so much room and there’s a whole lot of Batman V Superman Pops on my other Batman-related wish list. We’ll see how it goes. . .

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What television character would you most like to be made into a Pop?

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First Impression: Legends of Tomorrow

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Arrowverse has been gearing up for the premiere of Legends of Tomorrow all season. First, on Arrow, we got the return of Ray Palmer and Sara Lance. Then, on The Flash, we learned more about Leonard Snart and added a new member to the Firestorm team. Finally, we got the backdoor pilot/crossover which introduced Hawkman, Hawkgirl, and Legends’ big bad, Vandal Savage.

With all that build up, there was a good chance that Legends of Tomorrow wouldn’t be able to rise to the occasion as the newest (hopefully hit) show to enter the Arrowverse. In the end, it met my expectations and exceeded them, but it remains to be seen whether it can hold it’s own with Arrow and The Flash.

The Plot

Things are bad in the year 2166. Vandal Savage has become the supreme leader of Earth, but a time traveler–by the name of Rip Hunter–wants to journey back in time to stop him from coming to power. His fellow Time Masters don’t think it’s their business to interfere with the timeline. Respectably disagreeing, Rip steals a time ship and heads to 2016 to collect a group of heroes and villains to join him on his quest.

Coming along for Rip’s ride is Ray Palmer a.k.a. the Atom (who was last seen not-being-dead on Arrow). He’s being heroing since rejoining the land of the living, but he’s not thrilled about his failure to leave a legacy. Rip offers him a chance to be a legend, and Ray’s willing to try anything to make a difference in the world.

Also joining the team is Sara Lance. She’s a member of the no-longer-dead team too (only in her case it’s more literal), but she becomes a time traveler because her sister, Laurel, convinces her that it’s an opportunity to come into the light and be a hero called the White Canary.  

Meanwhile, the duos of Heat Wave & Captain Cold and Firestorm join the ranks as well. Snart and Mick come along because they dream of being the greatest thieves of all time (literally because: time travel) and Dr. Stein drags Jax along (again literally because: drugged) since he wants to science the heck out of time travel.

Lastly, the bird gang of Hawkman and Hawkgirl feel duty bound to join the quest since Vandal Savage’s fate is inextricably tied to theirs. Above and beyond that, they learn that if they aren’t the ones to deal Savage a death blow, his deadness will be less than permanent.

Once the “Legends” are successfully drawn together, Rip takes them to the 1970’s to meet with Dr. Boardman–the only authority on Vandal Savage and the Hawkpeople–to find out where they might be able to intercept Savage in the past, present, and/or future. Unfortunately, they have a bounty hunter on their tail and deadline to beat.

So That’s a Lot Characters, Right?

Not a lot happens plot-wise in the pilot of Legends of Tomorrow. That’s mostly because so much time is spent bringing the characters on board. It’s understandable that things would get off to a slow start when you have this many individuals to wrangle together, but that doesn’t stop the pilot from moving at a snail’s pace until the first jump in time occurs. After that jump, everything starts pulling together. The characters start interacting, the plot jumps forward, and everything gels. It just takes awhile.

As pilots go, Legends of Tomorrow is successful at giving us the basics of what’s going on while establishing characters and interpersonal dynamics. It might not have been as strong of a pilot as The Flash or Arrow had, but it got me caught on the show anyways with it’s sass, style, and Ray Palmer’s tears.

Atom’s Super Now

Brandon Routh is one of those actors that I’ve sort of had a crush on for ages. I adored him in Superman Returns, and I was very excited when he joined Arrow. Unfortunately, he wasn’t great on Arrow. He was the boy-version of Felicity and that didn’t work so well (since there can only ever truly be one Felicity).

Taking him off Arrow and transplanting him on Legends was the best thing that could happen for his character. There’s still his boyish, geeky wonder, but it’s tempered by him having a heartbreaking afterlife crisis.

After discovering that his “death” left no impact on the world, Ray Palmer’s definitely a mess. He had been trying so hard to make a difference that it shakes him when he realizes he didn’t succeed. That absolute pep he had on Arrow is finally gone and it gives him a depth that he originally lacked.

That depth makes him a promising lead character on Legends of Tomorrow. While the show is technically an ensemble, it could benefit from having one or two of its nine(!!) characters taking the forefront. Ray Palmer is the obvious choice because he has a struggle that’s both interesting and tied in with saving the world. 

Sara Lance would be second on my list for focal character.

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Getting Weird With Sara Lance

Never in a millions years would I have expected my new brotp to be Sara Lance and Captain Cold, but the pilot proved that Sara’s at her best when she can get weird with some baddies.

I never much cared for Sara during her time on Arrow. She and Oliver never had the chemistry that the show, obviously, wanted them to have and her plot was filled with too much brooding and melancholy to be interesting in a show already filled to the brim with brooding and melancholy. As a character, Sara had potential, but to fulfill it, she’d have to be free of Ollie’s orbit.

Legends of Tomorrow frees her.

Not that they really have a choice–what with her having the bloodlust from the Lazarus Pit and all–but it seems like she can embrace who she is now that she’s not being watched by Oliver, the guy who feels the need to make every woman in his vicinity behave as he sees fit.

While she’s the White Canary now, it still seems like she’s relishing being a blunt fist rather than actually playing the fallen angel. Not surprisingly, her natural companions in Legends are Snart and Mick.

I appreciated the trio of them going to the bar and getting in a fight (with Captain and Tennille playing in the background). That scene was my favorite of the pilot. It brought out the best of Snart’s sassyness and, surprisingly, coaxed some snark out of Sara too. Those two immediately became the duo to beat on this show. As much as I love seeing Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller back together, Purcell’s Mick doesn’t add much to the show. He doesn’t have Snart’s depth or charm, and I wouldn’t shed a tear if he were to be left in the past, giving Snart and Sara a chance to become BFFs.

The Hawkpeople are Not the Best

Hawkman (who will henceforth be caIled Hawkguy for reasons) and Hawkgirl, in contrast, are my least favorite duo simply because they have no chemistry and, boy, does Hawkguy ruin everything by being incredibly dull.

I had nothing against Kendra on The Flash. She was cute, smart, and a decent foil for Cisco. She had potential as a hero, but it’s been squandered already by pairing her with her “destined lover.”

While occasionally that sort of story can be romantic, here it’s just ew.

There’s nothing really to say about birdman, Khufu. He talks about destiny, has abs, and is otherwise a nothing character in the ranks of Mick. On a show so bloated with characters, he’s really unnecessary (and dull. Did I mention dull?).

Above and beyond that, their story in the pilot was a complete emotional waste. Once it’s revealed that Dr. Boradman is their son, it became obvious that this was going to be a throwaway story about one of their children from another life. The problem with that is that this person is their son. That could have carried a lot of emotional weight. Unfortunately, it that bit of the story was over so quickly that I was disappointed a promising plotline like that was wasted so early in the series.

(I guess with time travel it’s possible we’ll see Boardman again. I hope, at least, that will be the case.)

Martin Stein is the Worst

I spoke too soon when I claimed that Hawkman and Hawkgirl were my least favorite duo. Stein and Jax are technically my least favorite–even though after this episode, I’d hardly call them a duo.

I never liked Martin Stein on The Flash. He was unpleasant and snobby, but somehow, my low opinion of him managed to worsen with the Legends pilot. He is an awful, awful person, isn’t he? He drugged his Firestorm companion, Jax, to get him on the time ship, knowing full well that Jax was adamant about not joining the Legends team. That’s abduction. That’s taking away a person’s free will. That’s just plain wrong.

Because this show loosely exists in the morally weird zone that is the extended Arrow universe, this doesn’t end up being a bad thing. I can’t forgive it though, and I hope Jax gets a better Firestorm partner in the future. Stein’s just not cutting it and should get left in the past because he is the worst.

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Fridge Time with Rory Williams

Rip Hunter (a.k.a. Rory Williams from Doctor Who) is the last of our heroes and, by far, the most distracting character on the series. Not only is he a Time Master (presumably similar to a Time Lord), he also wears a long brown coat and steals a Time Traveling ship. If that doesn’t sound passingly familiar than you must not be a Whovian.

It wasn’t only the weird Doctor Who parallels that threw me off but also his part in the worst bit of the pilot.

I’m talking about the fridging of yet another female character.

Legends of Tomorrow was doing so well with coming up with motivations for its characters until it got to Rip. In a TV universe that is notorious for fridging women (and otherwise treating them awfully to motivate male characters) I was furious when it was revealed that Rip’s wife and child were his motivations for his actions.  I’m very sick of fridging–to the point where it’s a reason I will stop reading books or watching shows.

Since the show did do so well otherwise with motivating its characters, I’ll keep watching, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t on good behavior for the foreseeable future.

Final Thoughts

I didn’t expect to like Legends of Tomorrow. I actually expected to hate it. Surprisingly, I didn’t. While a lot of the reviews I’ve read haven’t been overwhelming positive, I think Legends is a decent addition to the Arrowverse. Its pilot had rough points, but its characters show promise and the time traveling concept could be timey whimey fun.

I’d definitely say try it!

What did you think of Legends of Tomorrow? What’s your favorite Arrowverse show? 

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{Top Ten} My Fall TV Picks

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Looking at this Fall’s TV line-up has been disheartening. Most of the shows I’m really pumped about don’t premiere until mid-season (like Agent Carter, Galavant, and The X-Files). Having to wait for those shows isn’t fun, but it would have been easier to hold out if amazing stuff had been starting in the Fall.

No such luck.

There are a lot of crime dramas, doctor dramas, and dramas based off of movies I hated on the schedule.  I can’t actually believe that there are only two or three new shows I even want to try! There’s usually a few more than that.

At least, there are a bunch of middling-to-good superhero shows returning and a lovely comedy or two. Those will just have to tide me over until my beloved Agent Carter returns next year.

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  • Gotham ~ Last year, Constantine and Gotham were my two favorite shows on TV. Since Constantine’s not coming back, Gotham’s the show I’m most looking forward to this season. I’m super excited to see where Edward Nygma and Selina Kyle’s characters go, and I’m definitely longing for more cute Baby!Cat and Baby!Bat scenes.
  • Arrow ~ Season Three was not a good one for Arrow. I was so disappointed by how Felicity’s character was handled and how AWFUL Oliver was. Until a couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t even sure I wanted to keep watching this show. . .and then it was announced that John Constantine would be making a guest appearance. Yeah, I’ve changed my tune.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine ~ So I watched two seasons of Brooklyn Nine-Nine over the Summer, and now it’s my favorite comedy on TV. I love the show’s wacky humor and appreciate its diversity. What I’m most excited about for next season, though, is Bill Hader joining the cast. I cannot wait to see how that turns out.

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  • Supergirl ~ I want Supergirl to be good. It’s the first female superhero show on TV in years , and I’m rooting for it to be a blockbuster. I am trying to keep my expectations in check, however, because it is done by the same team behind Arrow and The Flash. Sadly, neither of those shows do right by their female characters. I’m hoping Supergirl will be different.
  • Once Upon a Time ~ Two words: Dark Swan.
  • The Flash ~ I don’t even know about this show. The best part about it was Dr. Wells’ mustache twirling villainy and with that gone (I guess?), I’m not sure what will keep me invested. . .unless it’s more awesome villains. Basically, all I like about this show is the villains—which, for me, is par for the course.

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  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ~ I want to love AoS, but it’s hard to sometimes. The first season was really good, but the second just had too many characters and too much plot going on. I’m hoping the show will be a little more character-focused this season and that Ward will get more screen-time because he’s got so much potential. If those things happen, my love for AoS will probably be restored.
  • The Mindy Project ~ I’m so glad Hulu saved The Mindy Project. It’s been one of my favorite comedies for years, and I cannot wait to see what sort of drama lies in wait for Danny, Mindy, and company this season.
  • Heroes Reborn ~ I never finished Heroes. I couldn’t do it after stupid Nathan Petrelli got raised from the dead for the fiftieth time. I’m going to give this series a chance though—mainly because of Zachary Levi and my favorite hero, Mohinder.
  • Crazy Ex-Girlfriend~ This show is probably going to be awful, but it had singing in its preview so I’m sold.

What shows are you looking forward to this Fall?

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