Like an RPG blowing up your favorite romantic dinner spot, the third season of Arrow began with more plot, exposition and character development than a skid full of C4. Following quickly on the heels of last night’s very well-received premiere of The Flash, it was Arrow’s turn to assert itself. The gold standard of comic book-based series, there were a lot of expectations for this first new episode of the season, but did it deliver? Mostly yes, but a little bit no. This premiere episode has packed from beginning to end with some slick action, interesting new characters, interesting twists for old favorites, and a gut punch in the end that will have reverberations all season long. (more…)
*** Caution: Spoilers for the Finale of Hannibal Season Two Ahead… ***
For all those who tuned into the climax to Bryan Fuller’s homoerotic romance between Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) and Hannibal Lecter (a/k/a Mizumono, the Season Two finale) what was left in the final moments of the episode were merely broken, bloody bodies. Alana Bloom (Caroline Dhavernas) was tossed out a window. Jack Crawford (Laurence Fishburne) was stabbed in the neck and locked in Lecter’s stainless steel wine cellar. Abigail Hobbs (Kacey Rohl) was revealed to be alive and presented as an offering to Will before Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) slit her throat. And finally, as he was in Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon, Graham was gutted and left for dead as Hannibal exited in the rain and boarded a plane with his coy therapist, Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier (Gillian Anderson). It was an operatic set piece worthy of Brian De Palma (and certainly reminiscent of the finale of Raising Cain), delivering geysers of blood and numerous unanswered questions as the credits rolled.
Now, Bryan Fuller is weighing in on what fans should expect come the beginning of Season Three. But don’t expect him to tell you who lives and who dies…because that would just be rude. And we all know what Hannibal does to the rude. (more…)
With about a month to go before the release of the second season of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black, it appears that the online streaming site is jumping the gun and presuming the popularity of the new episodes by renewing it for a third, 13-episode season. The announcement isn’t official, but it has been confirmed by a couple of sources close to the production as legit, which is good news for the show’s growing fanbase that has continued to be built up since the show’s premiere last summer. (more…)
You don’t know yet how he comes back. You don’t yet know if he does come back. You don’t yet know how his partner will cope with that emotional roller coaster. But in the end it doesn’t matter because one thing’s for sure: three is not enough for Sherlock. Season three has come and gone in Britain, and even though it hasn’t premiered yet in the U.S., Sherlock is ready and raring to go for a fourth season according to showrunner Steven Moffit. (more…)
If you were dreaming of some quality Brit TV this Christmas, it seems that BBC One has answered your wish. The network has announced that the new season of Sherlock will premiere on New Year’s Day with the first episode of the three-episode third season. That’s the good news. The bad news, at least it’s bad for American viewers, is that you’ll have to wait till January 19th. (more…)
First some really good news for the fae-thful, Showcase has renewed Lost Girl for a fourth season! The news, which broke late last week, is really a no-brainer as Lost Girl is both Showcase’s number one show, and the number one show on Canadian basic cable overall. The show was also trending worldwide on Twitter the night of its season three premiere.
“Lost Girl remains an anchor series for Showcase, and with its sharp writing and palpable cast chemistry, it has amassed a fan following second-to-none,” said Barbara Williams, Senior Vice President, Content, Shaw Media, owners of Showcase, in a press release. “We are delighted to bring fans another season of the series and can’t wait to see where the creative team takes the story next.”
Shooting will begin on season four sometime this spring. No word yet on if Sy-Fy is going to pick it up, but I can’t imagine why it wouldn’t, it barely costs them anything and Lost Girl is one of like five original shows on the channel that aren’t reality-based.
But for now, we’re literally in the middle of season three, and last time (after a week off because of the Oscars, I guess), we got some serious answers to many of this season’s biggest questions. What did Kenzi spill on herself at the Norn’s? The essence of another Fae called a Kitsune, a trickster Fae that can take the form of others. The Norn took the Kitsune’s powers, which Kenzi then spill on herself causing her rash, which acted as a lure for the fae who kidnapped Kenzi, took her powers back and ingratiated herself on Kenzi’s life.
The only person who wasn’t fooled, and continues to be unfooled is Bo, so naturally she ends up being caged up at the Dal by the others who worry that their favorite succubus might be getting out of control. (And incidentally, hasn’t Bo be spending a lot of time this season locked up? Just saying.) But as Bo tried to convince everyone that a) Kenzi wasn’t Kenzi, and b) she wasn’t crazy, Trick began to realize what the real problem with Bo is.
It turns out that Bo’s going through “The Dawning” a process where Fae mature to the next stage of their immortal lives. Typically, a Fae reaches this point after a couple of hundred years, but something has spurned Bo to mature a little bit quicker than the other girls. A ritual must be undertaken and passed by all those undergoing The Dawning, or else become an UnderFae. With only a couple of weeks prep, Bo must ready herself for the most important rite of a Fae’s life, so no pressure.
In other developments, The Morrigan tries to make Tamsin get the goods on Bo’s attack on the Dark Fae victim in the season premiere, but Tamsin is becoming more a member of the gang then she’d like to admit. She’s the first to believe Bo that the real Kenzi might be missing, and uses her rather creepy Valkyrie powers to help Bo escape from the Dal. Later, she uses her powers again to awaken Bo’s Dark Fae victim from his coma, under The Morrigan’s orders, to find out once and for all if Bo was his attacker, and even though he confirms, Tamsin lies to the Morrigan to protect Bo. Combined with helping to rescue Kenzi from the Kitsune’s cave, and her past as sorority sister, it was quite a week for warming to the buxom blonde Dark Fae who’s always been more bitter than sweet.
But now, we have to deal with the implications. Heading into this week’s new episode, “There’s Bo Place Like Home,” we have a whole new series of questions that need answers: What’s involved with The Dawning? How will Bo be tested? What’s changed about Kenzi? And when will she spill about why she was at the Norn’s in the first place? Let’s dive into this week’s precap:
1) Trivia Question – What was the name of the boy that Bo went all Rogue on the first time she fed as a succubus? If you can’t remember, don’t worry, this episode’s going to color in some detail on our heroine’s backstory.
2) Breaking Dawn Part 1 – As we learned last time, Bo is going through a period of transition for Fae called “The Dawning,” and something that normally takes years to prepare for, Bo just has days. At the top of the episode, Bo’s prepping with Trick by trying to unify her body and mind to step through a kind of portico or else get zapped by a force field. Naturally, this first test is presenting Bo some difficulty.
3) Case of the Week – As part of her Dawning prep, Bo must return home and make peace with her adoptive mother. Not a prospect that Bo relishes considering that the last time she saw her momma was the night she accidentally killed a boy with succubus powers, for which she was called a devil child by her mother and forced to runaway from everything she knows. Bo just wants to go home, and get it over with – like tearing off a band aid – but things maybe more complicated than that, both with her mother and with current events in her hometown, Grimsley.
4) It’s Complicated – It looks like Bo may have been involved with Fae business before she even knew she was Fae. Just in time for Bo’s homecoming, and the local Cherry Festival. Her name is Lady Polly, and let’s just say that she won’t be feeling very well by the end of the episode.
5) STELLA! – Trick recruits a Lode Star Fae named Stella to help Bo prepare for the Dawning. It’s Stella’s brilliant idea to send Bo home to Grimsley to forgive her mother, as trying to reconcile her past is one of the things that’s going to help Bo avoid being an UnderFae after the Dawning. In addition, Trick finds himself kind of sweet on Stella too. Stella is played by Toronto actress Deborah Odell who you may recognize from other genre shows shot in the Toronto area like Nikita, Alphas and The Dresden Files.
6) What About Kenzi? – Everyone’s favorite adorable sidekick has trying to adjust post-Kitsune kidnapping. Bo takes Kenzi along to Grimsley feeling that her BFF could use the road trip is spite of it being a very rural destination for our very urban girl. Obviously, talking about the kidnapping, and all the things leading up to it, is still kind of raw for Kenzi, but by episode’s end she may have to confront them point blank.
7) In Other Secret News – Trick comes to realize that Dyson got his love for Bo back, and that could mean some complicated dimensions for the Happy Sunshine Gang (HSG, which I know is The Morrigan’s turn of phrase, but maybe we can make it the new “Scooby Gang”). Or not.
8) Grimsley? – Fair question for American viewers, is there such a place as Grimsley, Ontario? Close. There’s actually a Grimsby, Ontario, a town with the population of just over 25,000 located in Ontario’s Niagara Region, southeast of Hamilton on the coast of Lake Ontario. Grimsby is known more for peaches than it is for cherries, but it is in the heart of Niagara farm country where a lot of the province’s fruit is grown. Grimsby is also notable for being the birth place of Barenaked Ladies keyboardist Kevin Hearn and Del Lord, director of more than three dozen Three Stooges short films between 1935 and 1945. And now you know more than you ever wanted to about Grimsby, Ontario.
9) Burning Questions – “Haven’t you always wanted a pet?” “Will I meet a brave knight and marry away all of my problems?” “Does a horse shit in the barn?” “What is this place?”
10) Klassic Kenzi – “Double Dutch? I thought that was only on Wii.”
11) How Does it End? – “Kenzi, why did you see the Norn?”
NEXT WEEK: Dark Fae scavenger hunt! Which probably won’t be nearly as awesome as it sounds.
AMC’s The Walking Dead significantly differs from Robert Kirkman‘s graphic novel. This creative liberation from page to screen has polarized fans. For the most part, though, it has all turned out pretty well. The changes have allowed for richer character development and fresher stories. Least not forget, the introduction of new characters whom have become fan favorites.
One of the biggest original characters to pop, and become almost the mascot to the series, is the crossbow wielding redneck Daryl Dixon played by Norman Reedus. He’s just a bad-ass through and through. Fans love him for that.
Anyway, Reedus spoke with The Hollywood Reporter on Daryl’s emotional changes in season 3. One big change being the adjustment to the role of a secondary leader among the group. You know, now that Shane has bite the bullet. Also, Daryl wears a poncho now (seen above). Ponchos are bad-ass.
“With the turn of how things are going with the apocalypse, he’s opening himself up to people and being respected in other ways and finding reasons to fight for certain people and be apart of a group,” Reedus said. “It’s a big deal for him. With Shane being gone, there’s more responsibilities … but Daryl doesn’t want the responsibility of taking over a group, he’s just trying to fit in.”
Daryl isn’t the only one learning to adapt without Shane.
Hershel’s daughter Maggie, played by Lauren Cohan, is coming to terms with the reality of her situation. Lauren spoke how Maggie is just trying to find some joy in her life, with her new boyfriend Glenn and the survival of her father.
“What’s exciting for Maggie now is she’s still trying to find a sense of joy in what they’re doing and joy in the victory of finding a safe-hold or in taking out some walkers,” actress Lauren Cohan said of her character’s development. “She still stops to smell the roses when she can but it’s ruthless and violent. The group before was on the road but now she’s joined them on this and they’re much more overwhelmed with the amount of walkers. She’s still a farm girl at her core but she’s seen a lot of death.”
So… emotions running high. What else would you expect from TWD? The real shit show, though, is gonna go down when our band of survivors hit the prison. It’s be an interesting dynamic, that’s for sure.
AMC’s Walking Dead returns October 14th.
Source: Splash Page
All hail the King-Beyond-the-Wall! HBO‘s Game of Thrones has found their Mance Rayder. Yes, in a land like Westeros with already more kings than it has thrones there’s another Your Highness running around. Though, if you were to meet Mance Rayder, king is hardly the word that’d come to mind. Author George R.R. Martin describes Mance as, “an ordinary-looking man with a broad chest and long, greying hair.” Born a wilding but given to the Night’s Watch, Mance was one of their best rangers, before he became frustrated with their strict rules and traditions and fled the order. Mance returns, heralded as the champion of the wildlings and reunites several of the tribes into one massive army. We got a glimpse of that army at the end of season two when Jon Snow “betrayed” his brothers and “turned traitor.”
So who have they cast as the wildling’s king? The quite regal-looking Ciarán Hinds probably best known for portraying Julius Caesar on HBO’s Rome. All right, so at first glance Hinds doesn’t fit with my image of Mance Rayder but I’ve be assured the man’s got the acting chops for the job. Plus, I have complete faith in the Game of Thrones team, I don’t believe they’ve casted a role poorly yet. And matching the book’s description isn’t paramount to casting the right actor. Take Ian Glenn for instance, he’s looks nothing like the burly, hairy Jorah Mormont described in the books but I couldn’t imagine a better actor for the role.
What do you guys think of Hinds casting as Mance? And of all the new faces coming in season three – Clive Russel as Brynden “Blackfish” Tully, Nathalie Emmanuel as Missandei, Mackenzie Crook as Orell, Kerry Ingram as Shireen Baratheon, Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Jojen Reed, Ellie Kendrick as Meera Reed, Richard Dormer as Beric Dondarrion, Paul Kaye as Thoros of Myr, Dianna Rigg as Olenna Tyrell – who are you most excited for?
Source: Screen Rant
In season three of Game of Thrones expect many new locations. Every season the world of Westeros and beyond has grown, and next season includes a stay at the castle of Riverrun, the seat of House Tully. It’s Catelyn Stark’s home turf and where we’ll meet her brother, Edmure Tully played by Rome‘s Tobias Menzies and her uncle, Brynden “The Blackfish” Tully, played by Clive Russell. Riverrun plays an important strategic role as it’s one of the few, and easily the most important ally, of Robb and the North in the river lands.
Picked up by HBO Watch, it’s suspected these few photos are our first glimpse at Riverrun. Not a look at an actual castle, as I’m guessing much of that will be CGI, but this could easily be part of a smaller set, like a dock, since Riverrun is located on a river. Go figure. You can distinctly make out the decorative trouts, the sigil of House Tully, and those flags appear to be the Tully standard.
Check em’ out below,
Like I said, it’s just a glimpse, but I take much delight in seeing anything from Game of Thrones. It’s a promise a new season will be in here … EIGHT MONTHS!! Oh god…this wait…it’s gonna be unbearable…
Yesterday we learned Game of Thrones had been greenlit for a third season and while I think not a soul was shocked we couldn’t be more stoked. Author George R.R. Martin took to his Livejournal to share some thoughts about season three and what his involvement will be,
Yes, it’s official.
HBO has ordered a third season of GAME OF THRONES.
Like the first two seasons, it will be ten episodes long. This one will cover (roughly) the first half or thereabouts of A STORM OF SWORDS, the third novel in the series.
I’ll be writing the seventh episode, with the working title “Autumn Storms.”
Martin penned “Baelor” in the first season and has written this season’s finale, “Blackwater.” Based on his track record, I’d expect “Autumn Storms” to be the game-changing episode for season three. And this is only proving how badly I need to reread these novels because, what could “Autumn Storms” be referring to?
Showrunners D. B. Weiss and David Benioff also talked more about season three to Screenrant. Weiss had this to say about how the books will be adapted from here on out,
Well… “A Storm of Swords” is too long to fit in a single season. And as readers know, “A Feast for Crows” and “A Dance with Dragons” takes place during roughly the same time frame, so we’ll have to fold those together. The plan, if we’re lucky enough to be given the opportunity to see it through, is to use as many seasons as we need to tell the story as a whole, to do justice to George’s entire opus.
We’re not looking at our series as a book-by-book adaptation so much as an adaptation of George’s entire saga. In other words, in our minds season two is not “A Clash of Kings.” It is the second season of our adaptation of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
I’d actually forgotten both A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons took place around the same time, each book just focuses on different characters. And yeah, how dumb would it be to have a season of the TV show without half your characters? I’m really excited to see how they weave together the different narratives from those books.
But, I’m getting ahead of myself, we’ve only just learned we’ll be getting a season three. Though, unless something catastrophic were to happen I can’t imagine the series won’t be renewed again and again.
For those who have read the books how do you like Weiss and Benioff’s adaption? (No spoilers please.) And for the ASOIAF n00bs, have you been inspired to pick up the books or do want to learn what happens along with the show?