Posts Tagged ‘Teen’

Review – The Vampire Diaries – The Birthday (S03Ep01)

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Damon is drinking and brooding. It must be a day ending in Y.

This week:
What a difference a Summer in Mystic Falls makes. Everything is the same, but also totally different. Elena and Damon still have unresolved feelings. Elena is pining over Stephan. Stephan is still on his blood kick. Klaus is still reading his own publicity. Caroline and Tyler are spending a lot of time together. Jeremy is seeing the ghosts of his ex-girlfriends and Ric is still lost. It doesn’t take much though to change the game…

Pluses:
Ripper Damon wasn’t just a lame copy of the idea of Ripper from Buffy. It is a little bit more literal than that.
Caroline and Tyler dynamic.
Jeremy telling the truth.
Andy’s exit.
Damon’s “humanity” and the contract to Stephan’s lack of control.
No actual witches on the ground this episode. Yes I still can’t stand Bonnie.

Minuses:
A lot happened, but at the same time, other than changing the dynamic, not a lot occured.
For a big bad, I find Klaus a tad lame. Bring back Elijah!
Brooding, dark Stephan (only mildly less boring that brooding, sanctimonious Stephan).
Donde estas Catherine?

This was a rollicking little episode that got us right back into the game that is Mystic Falls. Where the first families think they know everything but actually know next to nothing. Where life and death is only as real as the person with the power to make it so, and where dopplegangers, witches, werewolves and vampires are just your regular walk in the park.

#threehybridpandas

Review – The Lying Game (Episodes 1-5)

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Having everything, including a family who loves you, doesn't automatically make you a better person....

Synopsis:
If Ringer is twin swapping for adults (why it is on the CW I don’t know), then The Lying Game is twin swapping for teens. Sutton Mercer is rich, pretty and a bitch. She recently discovered that her parents lied about her adoption and decides to find the truth. She discovers she has a twin sister, Emma during this search. Emma is a foster kid, trapped in the system with a creepy “brother” who wants to sleep with her. Emma does a runner to Sutton after the brother tries to blackmail her into sex. Following? This is like the first 7 minutes. Sutton has a lead on their supposedly dead birth mother, and convinces Emma to swap with her so she can find her. What could possibly go wrong?

Pluses:
Nature vs nurture.
Teenagers having manufactured problems.
Twists and turns.
Adrian Pastar from Heroes.
Some very interesting choices for supporting characters (Tyler Christopher from General Hospital!)
Twists and turns.
Emma’s development.
Everyone lies (I sound like House).
Awesome sound track – got to the be the same guy who does TVD.

Minuses:
Sutton is a bit of a one trick pony.
Doesn’t seem to be a lot of grey to the characters – white hat/black hat.
Char has potential to be a really strong and interesting character, Kirsten Prout can act the socks of others in this show but hasn’t had the opportunity as yet.

For a bit of teen drama, this is much better than Pretty Little Liars, but I don’t think it will be as popular as it isn’t quite as OTT  and salacious as PLL. A fun 45 minutes of escapism each week – and we all know how much I love a teen drama!

#threeteenpandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – Season Two Wrap Up

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Catherine? Elena? Catherine? Loving a doppleganger and their original must be confusing.

This season:
It was the season of the witch in Mystic Falls. It was easy to work out who was a witch – they were African American. But the idea of balance – what witchcraft is all about we learn – was the underlying theme this season. From dueling and distrustful brothers (not just one set but two), double edged secrets, relationship roundabouts and giving up your life to do the right thing for once in your life: balance reigned supreme.
Caught up in the real world – I haven’t blogged an episode since Klaus. While that is only a day or two in Vampire Diaries time, it seems like years ago.

Pluses:
I freely admit to crying a heap during The Sun Also Rises.
Jenna’s choice (albeit unsuccessful) was magnificent. You could see her emotional pain and that realisation and decision. Brilliant.
Catherine having to go against everything she wanted to fool Klaus.
Caroline, Matt and her Mum.
Catherine’s last words to Elena. BOOM!
Damon getting his payoff.
The truth behind the myth.
Jeremy is seeing things?
THE BODY COUNT!!! (So many death scenes!!)
Brilliant soundtrack.

Minuses:
Bonnie – yawn.
Stefan getting blood lust (Angelus was so much cooler).
Elena being all lack of choice but still insisting she is making decisions.
Did I mention Bonnie?
Alaric woefully underused.
No werewolf vampire face off – I was really looking forward to an all out war in Mystic Falls.

From a show I started to watch because it was the funniest show on TV (after FoxNews), it has grown into a really strong, emotionally driven show. Their approach to mixed living, humour, love and loss is both fun and mature. Next season, based around the Originals I would imagine, is going to be a doozy (so long as there isn’t too much Stefan).


#fourandahalfvampypandas

Review- The Vampire Diaries – Klaus (S02Ep19)

Monday, April 25th, 2011

No offense Klaus, but I think Elijah is just a tad hotter, and he doesn't look at me like your favourite meal. #justsaying

Thie week:
After raising Hell witin Alaric’s body recently, we get some Klaus and Elijah backstory before we finally get the meet the real Klaus. Everything we thought we knew, we didn’t. Talk about a twist!

Pluses:
Nice parrells between the sets of brothers – Elijah and Klaus plus Damon and Stefan.
No Bonnie.
Damon trying to stay in control.
Jenna! Was I the only one saying “YAY!”
Fantastic Klaus, Elijah and Katherine backstory.
The truth about Klaus.
The teasing and hinting about The Originals. (Anyone else think that is Season 3?)

Minuses:
No Caroline – we left that at such a critical juncture.

This entire episode took place over a couple of hours. It was full on, flat strap story and character development w very little “vampirism.” This episode truly rocketed along, not staying on any one arc too long. It successfully built up the tension and the speed at which things are coming to resolution as we approach the end of the season. Talk about a game changer!

#fourandahalfOMGpandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – Know Thy Enemy (S0217)

Saturday, April 9th, 2011

If you go down to the woods today, you're in for a big surprise.

This week:
After an agonising break due to poor weather, we are back! Jenna gets the shock and betrayal of her life. John gets a wake up call. Bonnie is still annoying. Jeremy is still a puppy dog. Damon and Stefan get a secret weapon and our heart breaks for Caroline.

Pluses:
OMG The Caroline arc!!! That was just brilliant. Heart breaking while really changing the dynamic of the story.
Jenna (Sara Canning) did some nice acting there – always good to see that the cast actually can act.
Plans come crashing down for everyone.
Getting compelled sucks if you are a vampire.
Nice little Klaus twist.
Seeing twitter go nuts when Damon took off his shirt in each time zone.
Cross and double cross.

Minuses:
Bonnie and Jeremy.
Wanted to see more of Jenna.
Very busy episode after the break, so lost some momentum going in (I think watching it back to back it wouldn’t be noticeable).

It was so nice to be back in Mystic Falls. This season is really building up to a lot of conclusions, major and minor arcs alike. I can’t wait to see how it all pans out.

#fourgrinningpandas

PS. And a special treat for all the younguns looking for pics of Damon when he takes off his shirt.

Settle down teen girls.

 

Review – Vampire Boys (2011)

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Vampire Boys know that shirts are optional and that a healthy tan is a must.

Synopsis:
Vampires made by an Ancient One on their 100th anniversary of becoming a Vampire must do the same else they and their progeny die.  Jasin (yes that is how it is spelt) and his “brothers,” come to LA to find “The One” for Jasin so they can all live together. Unbeknownst to Caleb, a young, gay, college swimming star from Ohio just moved to LA, he is “The One.”

Pluses:
Just how bad the dialogue was. It was awesomely bad!
The acting was so wrong. Their skills of fake drinking coffee were brilliant!
I had no idea it was a gay equivalent to Twilight, I was surprised when the leads were acting, well, gay.
The sunshine myth is just that, a myth – turns out Vampire Boys tan quite nicely.
Their abs weren’t nearly as fake as suggested by the poster.
It was just insanely fun.

Minuses:
The score/music – it was atrocious! That being said, once you got used to it, it kind of added to the experience.
The token female looked like an ex-hooker with bad plastic surgery.
What was with the shock shot of extra large genitalia?
Jasin’s hair.

A few of my friends and I love catching terrible movies – when I saw this was rated at 2.4 on imdb, I thought I had to see it. After a busy week and tiring Saturday, I skipped a BBQ and livetweeted the movie – you can see that here though don’t forget to keep clicking more till there aren’t any more – then read from the bottom up. It wasn’t the worst movie I have seen, but its approach was super fun, and I had an absolute blast watching it. As someone who doesn’t much care for the Twilight franchise, this was just brilliant. That I had no idea what I was getting myself in for, made it even more fun.

#threepandaswhoaretheone

Review – Eclipse (2010)

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

So, if their clothes shred when they change, how is it they are still wearing shorts when they change back? Also, that makeup line is a bit noticeable.

Synopsis:
Edward is back and he and Bella are so on. She wants to be vamped, he doesn’t. He also doesn’t believe in sex before marriage. There is trouble in Seattle. Red Head is around making trouble. Jacob loves Bella. Bella loves Jacob but loves Edward more. Only Bella can sort out the secret of Seattle. (I can’t believe I just wrote that paragraph)

Pluses:
It wasn’t as bad as New Moon.
Edward was in sunlight a fair bit, which means I got a chance to say “Sparkles, the Gay Vampire” quite a few times.

Minuses:
The sub-plots didn’t even try to be about anything other than “Bella’s Choice.”
The whole love triangle BS.
Not enough school friends.
What a waste of Peter Fancinni (remember him in season one of Damages?)
Atrocious dialogue.
So slow.
Lighting was over or under done.

I only watched this because it was a) free, and b) I had already invested four hours in the previous movies, so felt I should continue this punishment. It certainly wasn’t the worst main stream film I saw last year but it was a long way from being enjoyable.

#onevampypandas

Review – Skins – Liv (S05Ep04)

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

 

If only there was a panda costume I would have been there!

This week:
We follow self destructive Liv as she falls from one bad decision to another and has to live with the consequences. We get a better understanding of the final cast member we have only previously seen glimpses of – Matty.

Pluses:
Costume escape.
Relationship with little sister.
Franky “bing.”
Lost mother – how can a teenager make good choices when a parent can’t?
Alo’s declaration.

Minuses:
I found this episode quite disturbing – maybe that is a plus, because this show is designed to shock and think – this episode just pushed me way out of my comfort zone.
Mini lost ground with me.

The disturbing nature of this episode has made me hold off watching the next episode based around Nik (my second least favourite character).

#threedisturbedpandas

Review – Smallville – Fortune (S09Ep15)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

Seriously dude. I had to dress as a Vegas Dancer and you still make me take my shirt off?

This week:
The gang decide to have a joint bachelor and bachelorette party. After some champagne to start them off, they wake up with no idea what happened, a la The Hangover.

Pluses:
Chloe + Oliver scene at the end.
The lucky monkey.

Minuses:
Where to start.
Not even close to an original idea.
Tess and Emile?
Emile as the new Elvis?
Seriously, Justin Hartly needs a new agent.
Been a while since Lois dressed stupidly, I guess we were due.

I freely admit I detested The Hangover, so this was never going to be an episode I liked. I felt it down played the relationships that were built up over the past few years, and did nothing to move the story forward. Where is Lionel? Where is Darkside?

#oneandahalfblahpandas

Review – The Vampire Diaries – The House Guest (S02Ep16)

Saturday, February 26th, 2011

So let me see if I have this. Jane walked, then she skipped and finally ran? No! Way! This is riveting.

This week:
Damon realises that Katherine was willing to sacrifice him so she could be free and isn’t thrilled. The Martins try and rescue someone important to their master plan. Girl’s night out. Product placement. Caroline sings and discovers that the truth won’t always set you free.

Pluses:
I do like Caroline as a character and as an actress, though she does scream funny. There has been talk of her playing the reboot of Buffy, would hate to lose her from TVD.
The cellar scene.
Caroline “breathing through it.”
Matt’s reaction.
Witch burial ground. That sounds like it will be big soon.
Katherine vs Elena.
Katherine playing Elena as she oft is want to do.
Katherine vs the floor thanks to Damon.
Ding Dong. Who’s that at the door? (no it isn’t Secretariat)

Minuses:
Elena’s response to her friend wanting to shag her little brother.
Bonnie finding what was lost – damn.
Bonnie and Jeremy.

This episode was a LOT better than last week’s. I only saw one of the twists tonight coming, and I think everyone would have guessed it. The rest, no way did I think things were going to occur the way they did. And that last scene? Poor Jenna.

#fourtwistandturnpandas