My Top 10 Ships of 2014

I am a shipper, that is who I am. I think watching TV shows and not getting invested in the characters’ relationships makes no sense. I believe every TV show is an exploration of the human experience, and the human experience includes falling in and out of love. When I am told I am watching wrong because of it, I simply laugh at the implication. I don’t think my judgment or my critical thinking is clouded by shipping, quite the contrary, it’s because I am invested in these characters– not just those I ship, but all of them, because that is just how I watch TV– that I can be critical, otherwise I would just sit in front of the TV, be fed a ton of crap and consume it mindlessly, which is in many cases what many of these so-called “true fans” want people to do.

So I ship. And when I do, I ship hard. These are the 10 ships that forced me to tweet in capslock this year:

10. Ichabod and Abbie, Sleepy Hollow

TVLine/FOX. Note: WHY WAS THIS DELETED? Um.
TVLine/FOX. Author Note: WHY WAS THIS DELETED? Um.

These two are last because this year Sleepy Hollow has toned down a lot the relationship between Abbie and Ichabod by having Katrina back and Henry releasing useless monsters of the week, to the point that it really has hurt the show and their dynamic. It’s been all about Ichabod and very little about Abbie, and sometimes I wonder if the writers just decided to back away from the possibility of these two being romantically involved in the future. But it’s not just that, it really has made it seem like Ichabod only cares about saving Katrina and redeeming Henry and won’t remember how much Abbie is sacrificing for him. It has taken episodes like ‘Weeping Lady’, where Abbie has truly been in danger to see Ichabod’s appreciation of Abbie come out. However, ultimately their lives depend on each other and they’re the one person the other trusts with their life. I just wish the show did a better job at giving us back the two people who forged the strong bond I loved so much last season, because I still ship it, just not as much as I want to. And I really want to, look at their faces.  Continue reading My Top 10 Ships of 2014

Marathoning ‘The 100’

After ‘The Walking Dead’ betrayed me the way it did this season, I felt a post-apocalyptic show-shaped hole in my heart that needed to be filled with something. It was then, upon the cries of several friends who felt lonely in their timelines watching every Wednesday and claimed this show had well-rounded female characters that were used for more than furthering men’s storylines, that I decided to give ‘The 100’ a go.

And ‘The 100’ is good. It’s really good. I am here to tell you my favorite– and least favorite– things about it, only 2 days after I finished my marathon, just in time for the midseason finale:

Warning: if you want to skip the spoiler-filled part of this article, don’t read “The bad” section of it, this show has more good things than bad things, anyway.

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The M.S.F.D. Virus

There is a virus that has been spreading around our television shows for the last few years. It appeared out of the necessity to keep audiences engaged and thrilled throughout the Christmas hiatus, but the problem is, it has become dangerous. It no longer infects the viewers and leaves them wanting more. Instead, it destroys the subjects and leaves them in a constant state of anger, sadness and impatience:

It’s the M.S.F.D. (Midseason Finale Death) virus.

Note: there are SPOILERS for several shows in this article, so proceed at your own risk.

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5 Reasons To #SaveSelfie

Back when the Pilot for ‘Selfie’ aired I didn’t think I’d find myself campaigning for it to be saved. Not because I didn’t think it would need saving– people have been predicting its demise way before it started– but because I watched it and didn’t think it would be a show I would watch weekly, but would most likely binge-watch when it was cancelled.

It’s a harsh but true reality: the first three episodes of ‘Selfie’ were rather rough, and even though Karen Gillan and John Cho are incredibly charming leads, the show was struggling to find its tone.

But around episode four, the show started being sweeter and more heartwarming, and the things that made other Emily Kapnek shows so special, like the feel-good elements, started taking over and ‘Selfie’ became a show that today, regardless of its cancellation by ABC and consequent move to Hulu, I REALLY want to see succeed.

So why should Hulu give ‘Selfie’ a season two? I’ll give you five reasons:

1. Eliza Dooley is the hottest dork

Eliza is selfish, she is shallow (on the surface) and shameless, but she is also in many ways, extremely oblivious to her still underlying dorkiness. Karen Gillan is incredibly gorgeous, yes, but she is also a tall and lanky woman and her physical comedy is on point. Here is an example:

Is this hot? Is it embarrassing? It’s both. That’s the magic of Eliza. Continue reading 5 Reasons To #SaveSelfie

An Open Letter To The Writers of ‘The Walking Dead’

“I know you look at me and you just see another dead girl. I’m not Michonne, I’m not Carol, I’m not Maggie. I survived and you don’t get it, ’cause I’m not like you or them. But I made it! And you don’t get to treat me like crap just because you’re afraid!”

Dear The Walking Dead writers,

Back when Beth Greene said those words, it felt as if she was talking to the audience. An audience that would immediately put in doubt her presence in an episode with the series’ most famous character, who would immediately say she didn’t deserve to share screen time with their beloved Daryl Dixon. An audience that would probably be angry by the time she said those words that she wanted to grieve the way her father had grieved when he lost his son and his wife (many people think of several Hershel and Beth parallels, but they seem to forget after the walkers in the barn were shot, Hershel went off to a bar to drink, and I don’t see anyone calling him out about that.)

It turns out, those words were the start of what I believe is the most emotionally manipulating and extremely unsatisfactory Walking Dead storyline up to date.

Here is what you guys decided to do with Beth Greene:

You gave her a big episode with one of the most successful members of the cast and brought her to the front and center. You highlighted her hope, her inner strength, her ability not to take shit from anyone. You made Daryl Dixon open up to her like he hadn’t opened up to anyone before. You cemented the base of what seemed would be a romantic relationship with said character. You had her kidnapped and taken away from him. You built up an entire storyline revolving around her where she proved, once again, that she was not useless and not a burden. That she was smart, she was strong. She was a survivor.

And then you killed her. Not just killed her. You killed her without a proper reunion with the group she believed in the survival of. You killed her by having her make a decision that made no sense whatsoever. That was completely out of character for the character she had turned out to be. That was completely out of character for the rest of the characters in the scene, who didn’t even attempt to stop her from stepping towards Dawn. “I get it now” were empty words because Beth had caught up on Dawn’s bullshit way before the moment she wanted Noah back. Her death was not heroic, because it was mind-blowingly stupid for you to believe the audience would buy the same girl who had elaborated an escape from the hospital would think stabbing a bulletproof vest-wearing woman on the shoulder was a smart decision.

I have no idea how you finished writing this script and thought “he he he we’re SO SMART, aren’t we going to SHOCK everyone?”

Because yes, you did shock me, with your crappy writing. Continue reading An Open Letter To The Writers of ‘The Walking Dead’