Recapping season 5 of The L Word using nothing to tell the story but the opening credits. That’s what’s happening right here. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Five)”
I kept sticking with Under the Dome, largely because I have faith in Stephen King to tell a good story. It annoyed me for a long time, but the mysterious inexplicable happenings week after week finally started to pull me in. Now I’m hooked.
Since the show has been renewed for a second season, I can look forward to learning some of the answers to the inexplicable.
I’m getting attached to the characters, particularly Rachelle Lefevre as Julia and Mike Vogel as Barbie. These two are on a collision course and Julia doesn’t know it yet, but the viewers do.
Dean Norris is making himself a wonderful villain as Big Jim. Leon Rippy is another most excellent bad guy. Sometimes one nefarious character isn’t enough. (And to think, Leon Rippy was once an angel of God in Saving Grace. Is he now a fallen angel?)
Natalie Martinez as Sheriff Linda Esquivel is fantastic. I love the idea that a Latina actress has a significant part in this drama in a role that traditionally would have gone to a white good-old-boy type.
In terms of the inexplicable, the characters are as in the dark as the viewers. Everyone is struggling to make sense of the dome, and the egg. We thought two teens might have something to do with the dome, this week that circle enlarged to three and possibly a fourth. The teens, played by Mackenzie Lintz with Britt Robertson and Colin Ford as brother and sister, are the three we know about so far.
I’m glad I stuck with Under the Dome long enough to get hooked. What has your reaction to this series been so far?
Images ©CBS TV Under the Dome
Piper Perabo plays Annie Walker on USA Networks Covert Affairs, now in it’s 4th season. Annie Walker is a CIA operative who goes all over the world doing dangerous and exciting spy missions.
She goes undercover, she catches bad guys, she carries a gun, she dresses up as nicely as James Bond ever could, she chases people through the streets of strange cities, she drives a fast car better than Mario Andretti, she speaks about 57 languages fluently, and she kicks ass. And she does it all in high heels. If that isn’t an action hero, I don’t know what one is.
Of course, she’s just a girl, so no one has ever given her credit for being the best action hero on TV.
I’m here to correct that error.
Other CIA characters who surround our heroine Annie Walker include her handler, Augie, played by Chris Gorham. Augie is blind, but a genius at finding out anything Annie needs to know to carry out her missions. Once in a while Augie gets out in the field with Annie.
If you only know Chris Gorham as Ugly Betty’s dorky boyfriend – and took note of his amazing abs – you’ll be glad to know his abs are on display from time to time in this show, too. There’s a separate web series devoted to Augie called Sights Unseen. It features Augie’s history and story with the CIA before he went blind.
Some of the higher ups in the CIA who boss Annie around from time to time are Kari Matchett and Peter Gallagher, playing a married couple of CIA lifers. In four seasons, many characters have come and gone. There are family members, lovers, co-workers, spies, and assorted others needed to tell the spy tales in Covert Affairs.
If you’ve never seen any of the show, here’s a clip of Annie and Augie from season 3. No action hero antics going on, just a tame conversation in which our favorite man-who-is-stuck-in-the-office-because-he’s-blind plays up his male superiority to our helpless female CIA operative. (Actually, Annie is the bomb and Augie knows it.)
All images ©USA Network
This is part four of a series of posts that recap The L Word based solely on what you learn by watching the opening credits. We are ready to take on Season 4. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Four)”
Borgen is an award winning Danish political drama. The 3rd season just aired in Denmark. You can catch up in the U.S. by watching LinkTV for full length episodes. Season 3 will begin on LinkTV on October 4. Some episodes can also be seen on Dish and Direct TV.
Borgen is outstanding in every way. As a political drama we see how power changes people, the sacrifices and compromises it demands, and the steely strength it takes to wield it. As a character study we have a fascinating array of individuals to watch. It is produced by the same people who made The Killing.
Leading the cast is Sidse Babette Knudsen playing Birgitte Nyborg, who becomes the Danish Prime Minister and leads her country in a direction she believes is the best one. I tend to agree with her political choices, so I’m always rooting for her to win her political battles. We see her from her earliest and most idealistic days, through her rise to power, and through all the struggles to hold on to it. In her determination to lead her country she sacrifices and/or loses a great deal, most especially her personal life. While she struggles to lead a country, she struggles to be a parent and raise a family. Borgen is a study in how power shapes people and in how the use of power can be both a good thing and a bad thing.
Birgitte’s closest advisor is Kasper Juul, played by Pilou Asbæk. He is even more of a political animal than his boss. Kasper also has an interesting background, lots of secrets, and a truly messy personal life.
Part of Kasper’s personal life is in the person of journalist Katrine Fønsmark, played by Birgitte Hjort Sørensen, who reports on politics for both newspapers and television at various times in the course of the drama. Katrine has the most unyielding moral compass of any of the characters and is willing to lose her job for her convictions. She’s strong and tough like the people she writes about.
The stories are filled out by a marvelous supporting cast of journalists, politicians, family members and characters who revolve around the Danish government and political parties.
It’s in Danish, so you do have to watch the screen all the time to read the subtitles. There’s no time to play with a second screen and take your turn at Words with Friends while Borgen is playing. However, once you take a look at Borgen, you will not begrudge the attention it requires. You will be thoroughly impressed by the quality of the drama and the outstanding acting talents of the cast.
If you love good serious drama, are fascinated by character, and long for more television featuring well-written female characters, Borgen will not disappoint.
Look for Borgen UK on Facebook to keep up with announcements. You can read about all the awards this series and its actors have won on Wikipedia, where you’ll also find possible places to view it in a number of countries. The website is in Danish with some English options.
All images ©Borgen DR
The creators of Orphan Black, John Fawcett and Graeme Manson, talk with TV|Line about season 2, Emmy snubs, Tatiana Maslany’s mad skills, whether there will be new clones coming, and the goodies available on the newly released DVD set of season 1.
Nothing but the credits recapped here, right up to the moment when we see the director’s name. Then we stop. It’s really all you need to know. Continue reading “The L Word Opening Credits (Season Three)”
Gunsmoke was on CBS from 1955 to 1975. There were a whopping 635 episodes of the show. It was a western drama set in 1800’s Dodge City, Kansas. James Arness played Marshall Matt Dillon. Amanda Blake was Miss Kitty, the owner of the Long Branch Saloon. Other important characters were Milburn Stone as Doc, Ken Curtis as Festus, and Dennis Weaver as Chester.
When TVs started appearing in homes in the 1950’s, Gunsmoke was the thing to watch. For anyone who was growing up during the early days of TV, Gunsmoke was a regular part of the week.
Let’s talk about kissing.
In the early days of TV, there wasn’t much kissing. Even married couples on TV had to sleep in twin beds. There was certainly no sex outside of marriage, and Marshall Dillon and Miss Kitty were not married. Things were a lot different then.
Not long ago I was at a concert watching singer Claudia Nygaard perform. With no introductory explanation, she launched into a song with these lyrics:
She’s self-employed and runs a business out of her home,
She lives up over the Long Branch all alone
That’s all it took for me to get what was coming and I started to laugh with delight. The song turned out to be as much fun as I was expecting and it’s been a favorite ever since. The song is called “Miss Kitty.”
Wouldn’t it be fun to post a video of Claudia singing the song on my blog, I thought, as a tribute to Gunsmoke and the good old days. When I searched on YouTube for a video, I found this. Claudia isn’t shown in it, but it’s her singing. And it’s absolutely perfect. I hope you agree.
Here’s to remembering how it used to be.
Amanda Blake image ©CBS
Broadchurch is a small town on the coast of England. Broadchurch, a new series on BBC America, takes its name from that location. A young boy is murdered there at the opening of this excellent police drama.
Episode 1 aired last Wednesday, but you can watch it before episode 2 on this coming Wednesday. Stay tuned to find out where.
Two police officers investigate the murder. David Tennant from Doctor Who plays DI Hardy. Olivia Coleman is DS Ellie Miller. Their first interaction is unfriendly, since DI Hardy is new in town and new on the job. Ellie Miller, a long-time Broadchurch officer, thought the DI job was going to be hers.
Jodie Whittaker and Andrew Buchan play the murdered boy’s parents. Broadchurch is a small community where everyone knows everyone else. At least they seem to. There are secrets. The death of the boy impacts everyone in the community. DS Ellie Miller and her son Tom were close to the family of the murdered boy. In episode 1 we begin to see some of the ripples within the community as the town tries to deal with the event and the search for a suspect intensifies.
When news of the murder is leaked on Twitter, a media circus comes to town which adds to the ensemble of characters and to the drama going on in the homes of the community members.
I was immediately hooked on the drama, the characters, and their many secrets. The relationships between the police officers, the townspeople and the journalists is compelling.
Season 1 contained 8 episodes, which were well received in the UK. A second season is scheduled, even though reports are that we learn the identity of the murderer at the end of episode 8.
I recommend you watch the premier of this excellent police drama and check your local listings for the time you can catch the rest of the episodes on BBC America.
All images ©BBC America.