Alias

Alias

Sydney Bristow is an agent for a subdivision of the government called SD-6. Her fiance is killed and her world comes crashing down as she finds that she wasn’t working for the CIA as she originally thought, and she has actually been working for the enemy. She becomes a double agent attempting to dismantle the enemy’s organization from within. But is her director at SD-6 really one of the bad guys? Will she ever find out what happened to her mother? Is anyone ever really who you think they are?

This show is filled with twists and turns in nearly every episode, sucking you in with the very first one. It becomes much more than your typical government show as they unearth the prophecies of Milo Rambaldi, the creator of devices that have the potential to destroy the world. Alias is a genre mix of everything- action, science fiction, romance, drama, and even some horror. Along with a star-studded cast featuring Jennifer Garner as Sydney Bristow and Bradley Cooper as her reliable friend Will Tipping. This show truly has it all, Showing us another brilliant work by J.J. Abrams.

9/10

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Prophecy

There once was a man named Rambaldi

Who wrote about a world he could see

That in the future would come to be

From all his inventions and the small fee

Of millions of lives to create the world seen by he

And only one woman holds the key

To stop the followers of a mad man’s prophecy.

Charmed

Charmed

 

“Charmed” is a story about three sisters that find out they are witches, but that’s just the very tip of the iceberg. The Halliwell family has been known in the magical world for quite some time because there is a legend that three sisters will be born in the family and they will become the Charmed ones, the ultimate power to protect the fate of innocents.

The overall theme of the show is the balance between good and evil. The show is all about fighting demons, but my personal favorites were the episodes that included other magical/fantasy elements. The Charmed ones take their turns changing into various mystical beings such as a wood nymph, a vampire, ghosts, a harpy, and a fury (just to name a few) and they also encounter such creatures as leprechauns, fairies, mermaids, and even the Lady of the Lake that defends the notorious Excalibur.

Prue: Prue is the oldest sister and one of the original Charmed ones. She has the power to move things with her mind and uses it to get her out of sticky situations. A powerful moment for Prue was when she defeated her greatest fear of drowning to rid her and her sisters of the demon Barbas- a demon that used the greatest fears of his victims against them in order to kill them or manipulate them for their powers. I liked the fact that she was passionate about photography and found her calling before her unfortunate demise (it’s better that you know that it happens, because she’s a difficult character to get over). Personally my favorite episode with Prue was when Prue and Phoebe used fairy dust so they could regain their innocence and see the trolls that captured the fairy princess. It was a softer side of Prue that the audience wasn’t used to seeing and it was rather refreshing.

Piper: Piper is the rock of the family, she is the glue that holds it all together. She has always been a strong character in her own way, but really steps up her game when she deals with the loss of Prue. Piper has the power to freeze time, but the way her power works is that she slows down the molecules so much, that it freezes them. When Piper’s power grows, she has the ability to also blow things up because she causes the molecules to move much faster. I love the romantic side of Piper with Leo, and was rooting for him the entire time.

Phoebe: Phoebe was the most immature of the family, at least until Paige came along, but she grew a lot through love. She used her feelings to connect with the readers of a newspaper and was a very successful advice columnist. Phoebe has the power to see the future, but along the way she also becomes an empath (sense other people’s feelings). She becomes a little bit baby crazy toward the end of the show, but a lot of the times, Phoebe dealt with the funnier moments that the show had to offer. She was always the quirky one (especially with her style choices) and often caused a lot of trouble before she fully grasped the potential of magic. I absolutely loved Phoebe and Cole together. Cole was a very powerful demon named Balthazar (yes, two names, it can get a little confusing!) and it was very heartbreaking when Phoebe had to say goodbye to her love. She didn’t fully recover for a long time, but I’m glad the show had a happy ending for her and tied up all the loose ends that revolved around Phoebe.

Paige: Paige was an orphan. She didn’t know she had sisters, and she certainly didn’t know that she was a witch. You get used to having Prue around, so Paige can be a little bit difficult to adjust to, but she’s worth keeping with the show in the long run. Paige was half white-lighter and half witch which was an interesting addition to the show. She was able to move things with her mind by saying it out loud (I really wished this part would have grown a lot more!) and she was able to orb like Leo because her father was a white lighter. I really enjoyed the fact that Paige ran magic school for a while because it was a parallel to her helping future white lighters. She was half and half, so it made sense that she helped the younger generations of both. One thing that I wish would have happened for her was for her to fall in love with a magical being just like Piper and Phoebe, but I did like Henry’s character and the fact that he was a parole officer helping to keep troubled individuals off the streets.

Overall, Charmed had a lot of different things going for it with a vast variety of possibilities. It was a very enjoyable show for me to watch and I found myself watching it on a pretty regular basis. One thing that I enjoyed was the titles of the episodes. Most, if not all of them, were a play on words with other famous TV shows or movies and mixing it with magical themes/characters. Some notable examples are “Scry Hard” and “Kill Billie: Volume I”. I was scared about the two part series finale, but it ended in a way that tied up a lot of the loose ends and still had a happy ending. This was a show that I had been wanting to watch since I was a young girl, and I’m very glad I finally decided to watch it. If you like shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Grimm, or even Once Upon A Time, this may be a show that you will enjoy. I’ll give this one an 8/10 😉

 

NaPoWriMo day 7

Never Charmed

The triquetra is a symbol of unity, of sisters.

The Charmed ones are sisters with an undeniable bond.

Piper, Phoebe and Paige fight demons.

But what would have happened if they didn’t exist?

Weeds

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A suburban mother of two boys starts selling marijuana to support her lifestyle and her family after her husband passes away. She doesn’t initially realize all of the danger that it will put her family in, but she finds out very fast between a run in with gangsters of different races wanting to get her supply and run her out of business (and out of town), and several different moves that even send her trying to get new identities for her family and cross the border into Canada! Weeds was funny, albeit raunchy at times, and definitely brought the drama to Showtime.

My favorite characters

  • Nancy Botwin: The mother of the family, she never really smokes her own product (or anyone elses) and remains clean throughout the entire series. She significantly grew as an individual and stood up for herself and what she believed was right for her family. She had so much drama going on in her life that it really sucked you in, between being with her brother-in-law, a DEA, a Mexican politician that was also the head of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, and a Rabbi you can’t help but get sucked into Nancy’s romantic side and wonder what will come next.
  • Andy Botwin: Andy was a quirky individual that had a very hard time with his relationship with Nancy because he loved her, and he knew that she wasn’t right for him but he couldn’t help but try to be with her. He was there when Stevie was born and honestly, it was a very intimate moment when they were trying to raise a baby together and I found myself really hoping that things would work out between them.
  • Conrad: Conrad was another one of the romantic connections with Nancy. Conrad fell in love with Nancy when she first started buying her product from Heylia, and when they started being business partners, it was so difficult to pull yourself away from them because there was such a connection between the two characters. In the series finale, I was most excited to see Conrad and…. Guillermo!
  • Guillermo: Guillermo, Guillermo, Guillermo… Man, he was a very tough character. His personality was very dominant and very hostile, but he was a great character and a great contrast to Nancy. Nancy learned a lot from Guillermo even though he got her into A LOT of trouble. It was always exciting with Guillermo, though. One of my favorite parts from the show is when Nancy and Guillermo are standing on top of the hill watching the town of Agrestic (Nancy’s hometown) burn up in flames because of Guillermo. Guillermo was a big part of making Nancy who she was.

Another one of my favorite moments was when the family was in Ren Mar, it was hilarious watching Doug and Andy become coyotes and get people from Mexico to come to America, and I think Silas grew a lot when they were in Ren Mar as well.

Silas was a character that it was very easy to fall in love with. He loved working with the plants and really cared about them. He was good at what he was doing (growing the product) and he had a lot in common with his mom. Between the two boys, it was Shane that I had a problem with. Shane was a controversial character because he was kind of the black sheep of the family. When everyone else was working on setting up a new business, Shane was busy becoming a cop (which was smart, until it showed the characters in 8+ years and Shane was needing to go to rehab). Also, Shane was the only character from the family that I believe flat out killed someone. Granted, I enjoyed the fact that he killed Pilar, because that was a pivotal moment in his life- after he killed Pilar, he started to feel invincible and very cocky, and it was these very factors that got him into the most trouble.

The show felt complete when it ended, but I think they ended it a little bit fast. The last episode or two of the series show the family 8+ years later. You didn’t get to see the relationship between Nancy and the Rabbi blossom, but apparently they were married, and it leads you to believe that he committed suicide. It also shows Stevie celebrating his Bar Mitzvah, but the last time you see him before that, he was only five years old! I felt like there was a lot more that could have been done with the show, I would have liked Season 8 to end regularly, and then possibly start a new season showing how much their lives had changed. That being said though, I did like seeing Nancy run a legitimate business and being rich for something that she was good at, I also loved seeing all of the old characters from the past seasons, but I missed Celia and I wish they would have showed her. It was also hilarious that Doug became a Guru running his own cult!

Overall, Weeds is a hilarious show and I loved everything that was going on with it. It’s difficult to keep up with at parts, it’s not the best written show out there, but it is very entertaining if you’re willing to put up with the raunchy parts. I loved it! 10/10.

Rescue Me

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Warning: laced with mild spoilers

Medium: Film, TV

Genre: Drama, Comedy

My personal favorite characters were Sean Garrity, Lieutenant Kenneth Shea, Chief Reilly and Tommy Gavin. Personally my least favorite character was Sheila Keefe, but she provided the show with extra humor, drama, and was helpful (albeit annoying) in a few situations.

I remember seeing previews of Rescue Me every time a new episode would air on TV and it would always leave me curious and wanting more. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to watch this show. When I finally fed myself to the flame, so to speak, I was not disappointed.

Rescue Me is a television show that aired in 2004 on FX. It takes place in fast-paced New York City and focuses on the life and trials of Tommy Gavin and his family. Tommy is a firefighter for the FDNY during the after shock of 9/11 where he lost his cousin and fellow firefighter, Jimmy Keefe along with 343 fellow men. Tommy is haunted by ghosts, or his own guilty conscience, from those that he was unable to save throughout his time as a fireman and he finds solace and safety in several elicit acitivities and mediums including the comfort of Jimmy Keefe’s widow, Sheila.

The premise of the show was to give the reader a glimpse into the life of a firefighter and everything they must do on and off the job and to show how different people deal with loss in general. The show was expertly written with each episode having both serious and funny moments; most hilarity was instigated by Garrity, Shea, or Silletti. I loved every episode and the suspenseful moments of the men fighting fires, getting stuck in burning buildings and ultimately saving lives truly kept me at the edge of my seat throughout the series.

In the end, a good firefighter died, but I was not disappointed or surprised because the show foreshadowed the demise of this specific character. The very last episode was reminiscent of the very first episode and pulled together the ending of the show very nicely by keeping the overall theme from the very beginning all the way through to the very end. Overall, Rescue Me was one of the greatest shows that I’ve seen yet. I personally give it a 10/10.

 

Let’s leave the laughs to lesser days
Where we will weep in different ways
Over the times that we thought were worth toasting
And better yet, brought to the brink of boasting
Oh, when we were young and we were sane

We were young and we were sane
But now I’m a soul that needs rescuing
Haunted by ghosts that I can see
Why can’t you see that I need peace?
Search for me, rescue me
I’m a soul that needs rescuing

Mostly my mind makes no mistake
But sometimes breathes and takes a break
To follow my friends who had fallen fast
And plastered their purpose in my past
Now I see spirits and sacrificed souls
Gallivanting ghosts and gobbling ghouls.
They’re only in my mind, you see,
But what would you do if you were me?

We were young and we were sane
But now I’m a soul that needs rescuing
Haunted by ghosts that I can see
Why can’t you see that I need peace?
Search for me, rescue me
I’m a soul that needs rescuing