Review: Larry Crowne

I saw Larry Crowne back in 2011 when it was first released. I remembered enjoying it. When it showed up on Netflix I watched it again. I enjoyed it just as much the second time. Continue reading “Review: Larry Crowne”

Recap: Lost Girl, S4, E1 In Memoriam

A truck rolls into a warehouse with Kenzi (Ksenia Solo) hanging on underneath. She creeps out and watches some dudes put a wicker basket full of something (perhaps the Una Mens) in storage. Someone catches her just as Dyson (Kris Holden-Ried)  and Hale (K.C. Collins) come to the rescue. She tries to convince the dude holding on to her as a terrorist that’s she actually Fae by putting on a little fireworks show with sparklers shooting from her hands.

Kenzi gets sparkled
Kenzi gets sparkled

She is released, Dyson and Hale walk her out. Dyson calls her Sparkie and Tinkerbell. Hale says she smells like sunflowers and chardonnay (he’s sweet on her for sure) and reminds her that her fake Fae powers are temporary.

At the clubhouse, Kenzi is wearing Bo’s kimono, talking about thongs. Dyson says the thongs sort of fill the place up, but he doesn’t mention the missing Bo, who should be filling up the place.

It’s as if Bo was never there. She’s completely out of the conversation. Kenzi claims she’s not lonely. Dyson says, “Why would you be lonely with me here?”

dyson and kenzi kissing
Dyson and Kenzi kissing. What?

Dyson deals with the sight of a beautiful woman in Bo’s kimono by launching a memory sub-routine he can’t articulate. He kisses Kenzi-the-stand-in-for-Bo. Kenzi really gets into the kissing when suddenly Dyson remembers his buddy Hale, who been carrying a torch for Kenzi since forever, and stops kissing. Crikey, mate, it isn’t like Hale was grabbing a lot of kisses from Kenzi on his own initiative. I’m all in favor of people kissing Kenzi – in fact I’d like to see Bruce give it a shot and I wouldn’t mind Kenzi getting Hale’s shirt off again (please). But kissing Dyson feels a little too much like sister sabotage, except for the little plot point that she can’t remember her sister-friend Bo even exists.

Dyson asks, “Since when are we – this?”

Aife
Aife’s lost her daughter

A knock at the door. It’s Aife (Inga Cadranel), who needs a private investigator to help her find her daughter. Her daughter named Bo. Dyson and Kenzi look at each other like who’s Bo? Kenzi says, “Kind of a dude’s name, am I right?”

Aife, Dyson and Kenzi go to a restaurant to talk private investigating. Aife reminds Dyson they’ve met before – at Taft’s lab. He remembers being at Taft’s lab and that Aife was there, but not Bo.

Kenzi is trying to wrap her head around the idea that this sexy woman has a 30 year old daughter. Aife says there’s no record of her birth but she’s pretty darn sure she has a daughter and that she would have named her after her own mother. She says she knew as soon as she found this photo that it was her daughter.

The photo of Bo
The photo of Bo

Isn’t that the photo of Bo that Dyson kept in his night stand?

Dyson looks at it and says, “This is a beautiful woman.”

Kenzi grabs it and says, “Yeah, if your into like faces and bodies, whatever.”

Aife pulls down her lower eyelid for some show and tell.

see my eye
See that?

Dyson and Kenzi peer into her eye and see a dark spot. Dyson says, “That’s a requerdo coil (or something phonetically close to that). Hard proof that a Fae has been messing with her memory.”

Aife mentions paying well, so Kenzi agrees to take the case. Dyson’s phone alarm goes off and he gets up to go to the spot where he goes every day in search of Tamsin, who somehow saved him by going all Thelma and Louise and driving her truck off a cliff with Dyson in it. Seems Tamsin hasn’t been seen for months.

Charm the waitress
Charm the waitress

The waitress brings the bill, which Aife gets out of paying by laying some succubus charm on her. Since it’s the exact same waitress that Bo pulled this trick on in episode 1, Kenzi has a moment of dissonance because she recognizes the situation even though she doesn’t remember why. Her reaction is the same as in episode 1: larceny. She wants to be Aife’s manager.

At the Dal, Kenzi and Trick (Rick Howland) are looking at some steam punk gadget that looks like a junior high science project model of the solar system. They talk about the fact that Trick thinks someone is messing with the balance of space and time. He thinks its the Una Mens. Kenzi asks if that would do memory loss. He says no, asks why she’s interested. She says she needs a bead on a local Fae who could cause amnesia. Trick goes into his Fae Rolodex and pulls out the name of Dr. Snook.

Kenzi says, “Speaking of docs, any word on Lauren?” Tamsin she remembers. Lauren she remembers. Apparently only Bo is forgettable. Trick says Lauren abandoned the light Fae. Kenzi mentions the love of Lauren’s life – Nadia – and what the Fae did to her. She says Lauren is the only human ally she has. Trick says there are people looking for her. Kenzi says, “Yeah, I’ve heard that one before, Gramps.”

Who you calling Gramps?
Who you calling Gramps?

Trick looks at her like Gramps? revealing that he doesn’t remember he’s a grandfather, even though the word trips so easily from Kenzi’s lips. She quickly corrects herself by calling him Trickster.

The memory worm
The memory snatcher

At Dr. Snook’s, the doc recognizes immediately that Kenzi and Dyson both have the recumbent coil (or whatever it is called) in their eyes. When Kenzi realizes someone has been extracting her memory her first thought is that she could be famous – a Kardashian – and not even remember it. Dyson asks who could put the memory worm in both humans and Fae. Snook says, “Someone more powerful than Snook.”

At the Dal, Trick says for a memory spell of this magnitude you have to find and shatter the requerdo compass. Trick says rumor is that Angorum (Englerum?), the collector, has the compass. Kenzi, of course, knows that this Angle Worm character is throwing a bash but he keeps all his collectibles under lock and key.

As Kenzi is leaving Trick’s lair, he makes her empty her purse of everything she’s lifted during her visit. When he sees and touches the photo of Bo, his hand shakes and he gets a sort of shock. He says, “Tell me everything you know about your client.”

We move to The Morrigan’s place, but Vex (Paul Amos) is in charge. There’s a wall sized poster of the former Morrigan (Emmanuelle Vaugier) on the wall.

Vex is large and in charge
Vex is large and in charge

Vex wants to go to the same party Kenzi was talking about and he’s obsessing about tickets. Dyson comes in. Dyson also wants to score tickets to the collector’s ball tonight. Insert joke from Vex about Dyson liking balls here. Dyson says that he needs to get back something that’s been lost and if Vex doesn’t help him, he’ll explain that Vex exaggerated the details of young Evony’s demise. Dyson can smell Evony hidden in the back and knows she isn’t really dead as Vex claims. Vex hands over 3 tickets.

Cut to the ball. Dancers, mood lights, Dyson and Hale are there waiting for their girl to arrive. She’s back at the club house worrying about her outfit. And thinking about Lauren. She calls and leaves voice mail for Lauren.

Massimo appears. Kenzi’s angry it took him so long to get there with his vial of spark extract. She wants him to make her temporarily Fae one more time. He only gives her a tiny bit because she still owes him for the first two batches.

Mossimo gets grabby
Massimo gets grabby

Massimo suggest there are other ways to pay if she’s short on cash and gets a little grabby with Kenzi. She pushes him away but begs for more sparkle power and promises his money will be coming.

At the ball, Dyson and Hale spot Kenzi. She looks stunning, which Hale appreciates completely. Dyson only complains that she’s late. Dyson says they gotta do something good to win the prize and get to meet the England Worm dude. Kenzi says she’s seduced plenty of rich guys and will show them her skill set. She drags Hale off to the dance floor.

Cleo wants Dyson to buy her a free drink
Clio wants Dyson to buy her a free drink

Who shows up hitting on Dyson but Mia Kirshner. This is no Mia Kirshner you’ve ever seen before. This Mia is a nymph named Clio. She’s bouncy, perky, smiley, and wants to mix it up with the wolf. She makes the terrible elevator speech blunder of telling him that she’s a nymph. (A nymph who can make puns using the word “faun.”) All Dyson has to hear is nymph and he flashes back to bad memories of other nymphs and too much tequila. Clio says not all nymphs are bad and laughs charmingly.

Dyson’s attention is drawn to the dance floor. Clio thinks Kenzi and Hale’s tango is more pathetic than Dyson’s small talk, but Dyson rushes to the dance floor to rescue the situation.

Love triangle tango
Love triangle tango

The trio produce an awesome tango. Kenzi-the-stand-in-for-Bo takes her love triangle to the dance floor with Dyson and Hale-the-stand-in-for-Lauren twirling her around and doing impressive lifts and tosses as they triangle tango their way to victory.

Mmm, leg.
Mmm, leg.

We’ve seen Ksenia Solo dance before whenever anyone asks where the toothpaste is located, but this is a real Dancing with the Stars production. She has moves, does Ksenia Solo. And legs. I assume you have noticed the Betty Grable legs on our favorite succubus sidekick. Those legs go everywhere a tango can take a leg and into a few spots Dyson and Hale invent on the spot. Look at those legs.

The dance ends and Kenzi is presented with the rose, which means she gets to go into the collector’s private chambers.

The Antiquities Collector
The Antiquities Collector

Kenzi calls out “Engleroom?” and who should appear but George Takei. (Incidentally, IMDB lists George Takei’s character name as “Amphisbaena.” Why everyone pronounces it like some variation of angleworm is not explained.) Turns out our collector is a gigantic snake with a gigantic lispy “s-s-s-s-s” in middle of everything he says.

Vex crashes the party
Vex crashes the party

At the ball, Vex crashes the party looking for the wolf and making dire predictions about the Una Mens. Vex’s fashion choices here run to high heeled shoes and a chest-baring shirt. Clio rushes over to Dyson and offers to show him how to get out of there for a price. He declines and Clio leaves him there to tangle with Vex on his own. Everyone runs from Vex.

Kenzi is struggling to explain to Mr. Giant Snake what her deepest desire is: The Ricardo Montalbán, The Ricky Martin, the compass thingy. Apparently he understands what she’s asking for and says, “That’s it? You’re kind of s-s-s-s-hallow.” They exchange a few fashion tips, and Mr. Giant Snake says, “I thought the little human would wish for her return.” She says, “What?” He tosses her the compass thingy.

Kenzi turns to leave. She says, “You called me human.” He says, “There was something so vulnerable about your tango.” For good measure, he says he plans to swallow her whole.

Dyson and Vex are trading insults. Vex says he knew all along memory was gone. He doesn’t want people to remember that he wasn’t always the all powerful messmer/Morrigan he is now. Hale shows up and joins in the battle by sirening Vex’s ears into submission. This frees up Dyson to rush in and save Kenzi by throwing a giant spear into the giant snake.

Outside the Dal, Trick and Aife meet. She calls him Daddy and goes to hug him.

Meanwhile Dyson and Kenzi are about to align the compass to true north. First Dyson has to tell Kenzi all the things he would say to Bo if he remembered who the hell she was. Instead he says them to Kenzi. Instead of kissing him, which is what he wants, Kenzi admits she is lonely. She says things aren’t right and her heart hurts.

They align the compass to restore everyone’s memory, and all the following things happen at the same time.

Aife pulls out a knife to kill Trick.

Kenzi, Hale, Dyson and Vex all remember Bo and say they are going to find her. Plus they want to find out who did the memory trick to them. Hale wants to talk to Kenzi but she says, “Until she’s back I can’t even breathe.”

The slimy thing in the wicker basket that we saw at the start of the episode starts showing signs of life.

Lauren

The memory bug really got Lauren (Zoie Palmer). Poor Lauren forgot everything – not just Bo. We find her waiting tables wearing the name tag Amber. Not Lauren, not Karen. Nope. The name she uses now is Amber. Since she’s waiting tables, we can assume she also doesn’t remember she’s a brilliant scientist who can toss out words like “sodium chloride” and remembers how to pronounce “formaldehyde” even when she’s in bed with a naked succubus. Lauren also forgot what color her hair is and how to apply makeup. She falls into a chair in amazement and says, “Bo. I remember.” Let’s hope she also remembers the way to the clubhouse and how to restore her hair to its former state.

Bo wakes up
Bo wakes up

Finally we see Bo, who apparently has been making like Sleeping Beauty. She opens her eyes and we see the familiar blue of succubus lust in her eyes.

But where is Tamsin?

Personal Thoughts

  • This was a great way to deal with the problem of the star needing a little more maternity leave time. It was surprising and fun and twisted in interesting ways.
  • It gave Ksenia Solo a chance to be the star while doing the tango. She handled both responsibilities admirably.
  • The episode sets up the Una Mens as the looming evil for future episodes.
  • I like wondering where Tamsin is. A little more suspense never hurt anyone.
  • I like wondering why Lauren didn’t remember the most basic things about her identity as a scientist.
  • I’m getting really tired of wondering who the Wanderer is. Tell us, already.

Lost Girl Season 4 Trailer: Here’s What We Know – Updated

If you’re lucky enough to be Canadian, you can start watching Lost Girl in November. As a deprived American, waiting until 2014 feels like agony.

Showcase is teasing us with this trailer.

Okay. Here’s what we know now about season 4.

  1. Although Lauren tried at least twice to break up with Bo, there will still be smooching with Lauren involved in season 4.
  2. Dyson got his love back, but he was holding back by letting Lauren have Bo. Apparently that deal is off, because Bo is busy ripping his shirt off his manly chest.
  3. Even having matching naked blonde kewpie dolls in your bed isn’t always enough to distract you from whatever is lurking at the foot of the bed.
  4. Kenzie is still by Bo’s side, helping kick butt.
  5. The Morrigan is still Bo’s nemesis.
  6. Bo never sleeps in a night gown, yet we see her running through the woods in one in a dreamlike sequence. She is apparently being chased by someone in sensible shoes who might just possibly catch her because, oh no, she looks as if she’s been possessed by something evil. Frankly, my dear, I like the blue eyes better.

YES! I’m in for all of that. Bring it to my television ASAP.

Just one question. What in the world is Lost Girl going to do with George Takei? I’m dying to know.

UPDATE!

I’m seeing a lot of searches for Lost Girl season 4 trailer in my stats. Maybe the trailer above is what you were looking for, in which case – hurrah – you found it. If you were looking for the super hot teaser of Bo washing a car, you can find the exclusive of it on AOL. You’re welcome. Also, hang on to your eyeballs.

New TV season shows I can’t wait to see

The summer shows are fun and I love quite a few of them, but I’m eager for the new seasons of some old favorites. Here’s what I’m looking forward to. What about you?

Lost Girl

Season 4 can’t get here soon enough for me. It airs first in Canada on Showcase beginning in November. Then there’s an agonizing wait for the U.S. showings on SyFy. At the end of season 3, Bo was off somewhere unknown meeting her father – maybe. Dyson and Tamsin disappeared in a puff of black smoke when their truck went over a cliff. Lauren was in a science lab creating Fae from humans and nobody knew where she went after everyone else escaped. Kenzi was driving a hot car with Bruce beside her. Trick had gone to Scotland with his lady love. And where the heck was Hale? Obviously the beginning of season 4 requires explaining where everyone has been and how they all get back together.

Guest stars that have been mentioned for season 4 include George Takei (from Star Trek), Mia Kirshner (from The L Word), and Ali Liebert (from Bomb Girls). If the guest stars are any indication, things should be fun on Lost Girl.

Here’s a bit of a teaser for season 4. Lost Girl season 4 is currently filming in Toronto.

House of Cards

House of Cards was Netflix first attempt at original programming and it was superb! (I can’t wait for season 2 of Netflix’s other great series, Orange is the New Black, either.) House of Cards won’t show up until sometime in the spring of 2014, but it is definitely worth the wait if it maintains the quality it had in season 1.

This political drama felt completely real. Or if not real, at least valid and true. Stars Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, and Kate Mara were especially good, but the cast was large and there were many compelling performances.

Netflix released this trailer for season 2, which is currently filming in the Baltimore area.

Nashville

Nashville season 2 begins in September 25 on ABC, less than a month away. I love anything with singing (Glee, Smash, Nashville – I’ll watch ’em all.) People we don’t normally think of as musicians are leading the cast of this show and doing a really fine job as Nashville singing stars: Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere, and Charles Esten in particular. Clare Bowen is my favorite in terms of singing. She plays Scarlett, a folky type who reminds me of Emmy Lou Harris.

A theme of the show has been the conflict between young and old country music, personified by Hayden Panettiere and Connie Britton. They get forced together in ways they don’t want and are very different. Both have confused personal lives and troubled love lives. A troubled love life leads to the finale of season 1, which was a disastrous car wreck.

I don’t know if you were a fan of Friday Night Lights (if you weren’t, you should have been) but there is just something completely wonderful about Connie Britton. She’s fabulous. I’m so glad we get to see her in another great series – with SINGING.

Here’s a teaser for season 2.

Grey’s Anatomy

Season 10. Can you believe it? We’ve been watching Grey’s Anatomy since Shonda Rhimes only had one show on TV. They announced recently that Sandra Oh is leaving the show. What will Meredith do without her person?

The new season begins in September with a 2 part opening episode. At the end of season 9, Arizona and Callie were in danger of breaking up, Richard was possibly electrocuted, Meredith was pregnant – the usual Grey’s drama. Over the years Grey’s has had its wins and losses, people have come and gone, story lines have succeeded and failed. But it’s always been engaging and I keep going back.

I couldn’t find an actual preview video for season 10, but three of the cast members do talk about season 10 in this video.

The Good Wife

I say that I want to see the new season of The Good Wife with some trepidation. Season 4 wasn’t good. They lost their way a bit. There were fabulous guest stars, but those guest stars got too much of the screen time, there were too many court room scenes, Kalinda’s (Archie Panjabi) story was just dropped, and Alicia (Julianna Margulies) can’t figure out what the holy hell she’s doing. I think Alicia is fascinating in her own guarded and self-contained way. However, the queen of self-contained and guarded is Kalinda. She is the most interesting character in The Good Wife. If we don’t see more of her in season 5, I think it’s going to be the end for me and The Good Wife.

When season 4 ended, Alicia was leaving Lockhart Gardner to start a new firm with Cary. That will add some drama to the relationships we already have going on the show. We don’t know where Kalinda will end up – I sincerely hope it’s with Alicia and Cary, but there haven’t been any clues.

The new season starts in September. Here’s a teaser. It seems to acknowledge that the show went off the rails a bit in season 4 with its claims to be back.

Scandal

Scandal, like House of Cards, has a ring of truth about politics and Washington that makes it fascinating. This Shonda Rhimes series begins in September with season 3.

I could talk about Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn and the other excellent cast members. They deserve the attention. Instead, I want to make a big fuss over Guillermo Díaz.

Guillermo Díaz has been around a while. You may remember him from Mercy or Weeds. There are currently 78 titles on his filmography page at IMDB, so I know you’ve seen him before in more than one thing. But the job he’s doing as Huck on Scandal is phenomenally outstanding. He should have had an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor, but he didn’t get one. As a defender of justice I’m here to announce that Guillermo Díaz is doing amazing work on Scandal and he should get a million awards for acting.

Now that I’m finished with my Guillermo Díaz rant, I can get back to the bigger picture on Scandal, which is the steely and powerful Olivia Pope and her Machiavellian schemes to control situations for people in Washington who screw up, including the President. I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next.

This promo video is more about Kerry Washington’s Emmy nom than season 3, but it’s the only thing available right now.

I haven’t even mentioned The Walking Dead or How I Met Your Mother, which is on its last season, or Elementary, or Castle or a whole lot of other good shows. Which of your favorites are you most eager to see?

Guillermo Diaz image from The Jasmine Brand.