Monday, September 26, 2011

Glee Season 3 Premiere

The second episode is about to air and I still don't feel like writing a post on the season premiere yet and after the dismal ending of last season and the rush with which it finished I was seriously having doubts if I should continue or not because well I definitely didn't like how Jesse St. James aka the elusive Jonathan Groff was treated last season, sure cracking an egg on Rachel was so not good and he definitely deserved a bit of cold shoulder but the way his character was under-appreciated last season and the oh the hypocrisy of Rachel returning to Finn again when she made it clear in the same episode that she wants to concentrate on her future was enough for me to hesitate.......well you can't expect any less from a St. Berry shipper now can you.

But I suppose I should get on with the season 3 premiere review. The episode is titled "The Purple Piano Project" - its a new year, senior year for some the gleeks and again New Directions is in need of new members. Sam Evans has moved out of town, Lauren Zizes has also left Glee and broken up with Puck and Quinn has gone the rebellious way (dying her hair, taken up smoking, gotten a tattoo of Ryan Seacrest, and pretty much joined a group of outcast girls called the Shanks) and doesn't want to return to either the cheerios or glee. So the purple piano project is aimed at encouraging the student body to audition and join the glee club(expect the students hate the glee club).
Coach Sylvester is running for congress this year and is again up to no good. Interfering with the day to day activities of  the club and in general doing everything to stop the glee club progressing. To recruit new talent, Will places several purple pianos around the school and encourages the club to sing whenever they see one. When Mike and Tina play on one in a hallway, Sue interrupts them by snapping the piano strings with wire cutters, and is praised for doing so by an arts-hating teacher, who promises to vote for her. An inspired Sue goes on television and vows that, if elected, she will cut all funding for school arts programs until all students read at or above grade level.

Kurt and Rachel see Emma about their plans to attend college in New York City. She suggests they consider a top school for the dramatic arts there, and the two of them attend an Ohio "mixer" for students interested in applying. They have rehearsed "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead", expecting to overawe the other attendees, but are instead intimidated by their performance of an "Anything Goes" and "Anything You Can Do" mash-up led by Harmony (Lindsay Pearce). Although badly shaken, they vow to persevere.
At the end of the day they only get Blaine as a new member, who was convinced by Kurt to transfer from Dalton to McKinley and the episode finishes with Rachel taking the lead in the song "You can't stop the beat" from Hairspray.

So this was the first episode and lets see what is going to happen. Shelby Corcoran (Idina Menzel) returns this season and she is making an appearance in the next episode which is title "I am a Unicorn". Hopefully we might see Jesse again, although there no news yet to confirm it but yes hopefully this season wouldn't disappoint and they should keep the original songs coming in too.


Sunday, September 18, 2011

"The Secret Circle" Pilot - So begins a tale that is secret

So we finally have an ideal companion for the vampire diaries. Yes everyone I'm talk about The Secret Circle. Not only are both written by L.J. Smith but both are also associated with the supernatural and the paranormal. And based on what we saw in the first episode this is definitely going to be an adventure....with all the secrets going around it, it was mysteriously enjoyable. Since I have not read the book and I don't plan to read the book, simply because it will spoil all the fun for me so I am sitting here waiting every Thursday to be surprised.

Like every other show out there The Secret Circle deals with teens wrestling with their abilities and their relationships, the latter be the the result of a supernatural skill set that brings students together, or typical feelings of young love.

So the pilot lays out the blue-print for the show. Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson) moves in with her grandmother in small town Chance Harbor after a mysterious fire killed her mother (which may not be so mysterious after all). There she meets this group, the witches and finds out she is one too, which is hard for her to believe. Also she feels a certain attraction with Adam Conant (Thomas Dekker). I suppose the synopsis is good enough.

So Britt Robertson as Cassie has definitely laid the foundation for the character. She plays young, shy, naive and strong willed rather nicely. Phoebe Tonkin as Faye, well she is the mean girl and she knows how to use her powers. Although it is good to have someone as rational and level-headed as Diana (Shelley Hennig) but to balance out the quota someone like Faye is needed who doesn't have qualms about using her power as she sees fit and tends to go wild.
Adam, how do you describe him...he is well perfect, handsome and charming. There is definitely a bit of a love triangle here. Cassie is attracted to Adam but he is dating Diana and has been dating Diana and as a matter of fact been dating her for three years. So we may expect some tug-of-war here for in Cassie and Adam's case fate is at play and "bad things happen when you mess with fate"...ohhh spooky!

Very little is shown about Nick (Louis Hunter) besides the fact that he is her neighbor and their windows are adjacent. Melissa is also not given much space besides the point that she is Faye's partner in crime and holds some sort of a secret.

The most aspect of the show is definitely this inter-generational war that is going to be a major factor. Something had happened 16 years ago - some "accident" occurred and many deaths took place as a result. There is a rather rich and meaty past here which is somewhat revealed during the interaction between Jane Blake and Dawn Chamberlain. So Diana's dad and Dawn seems to be conspiring together. The Circle will take care of it without knowing it.
There is a deep secret around the town. Who is after Cassie? What do Charles and Dawn want with her? What had happened 16 years ago that has the elders scared enough to abolish witchcraft. Lots of details and lots of secrets - I am definitely on board for some witchy action. See you all again with another TSC post when the season goes on hiatus in December.


Saturday, September 17, 2011

"The Vampire Diaries" Season 3 "The Birthday"

Its back in full swing for season 3 and pretty much everything is topsy-turvy since we last had been to Mystic Falls. A strong attribution to the ever changing and ever evolving prowess of The Vampire Diaries writers. And is the model example of the new normalcy.

So lets recap the last season finale and then move onto this season's first episode. As you all clearly remember Tyler Lockwood, our resident werewolf had bit Damon and he was going through the same ordeal like Rose had and Stefan had struck a deal with big bad Klaus that he would do anything to get the antidote or in this case Klaus' blood which heals the wolf bite. So true to his word Stefan is stuck with the bad guy with his internal switch flipped over and going full ripper mode while Damon stays in Mystic Falls.

So its season 3 and as expected everything has taken the sharpest u-turn ever. Stefan has re-entered his dark phase and literally gone full ripper mode and I don't really think I need to elaborate on what that means since he toys with them, drains their blood and when all done puts the body parts back together in an act of remorse.

And like Paul Wesley's character every other of then has transformed but this much is clear Stefan is honorable and an upstanding sort of a guy who'd do anything to save his loved ones and everyone he cares for.
Hitching a road trip with a hybrid is also not the coolest experience. A bloody saga follows everywhere, it is clear enough Stefan is the one doing the dirty work for Klaus while he stands and entertains himself. And their one priority is - find werewolves for Klaus' ultimate race and though it seems that the old Stefan is gone...well definitely not true, he is still in there and taking it all in as it happens - if you have seen the episode you'll know what I'm talking about here.

Damon for a lack of a better word has gone the detective way. We all know Damon is like a free spirit and definitely does not want to be restrained in a place. He has now been bound to stay in Mystic Falls not only trying to prevent Elena from doing anything that might draw the attention of Klaus to the fact that she lived the season 2 ordeal and likewise trying to find out his brother's whereabouts and well in a somewhat relationship with Andie Star - before Stefan puts a stop to it.

Caroline and Tyler as well on the border of friendship and dating. Both are horny and the added bonus of being a vampire and werewolf. Holy crap...the sexual tension was out of control, and the sex itself was even more out of control. Their chemistry is a treat to watch, and not only when half-naked - their back-and-forth exchanges offered some legitimately fun moments. But at the end of the day Mrs. L guns her down with vervain most likely. Double crap she knows something.
While Jeremy is happy with Bonnie (who is sorely missed in the first episode) is seeing his two dead girlfriends as ghosts. Why? It is not certain. But they spring up in situation not expected at all. And it all goes and finishes with a TVD vintage ending with a huge shocker just before the the credits rolled.

So conveniently enough the series premieres with its own style and swagger and all the spooky cliffhangers as the credits roll and I shall again be meeting you with another TVD post as the season goes on hiatus in December.

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