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Is Death On TV Becoming Boring?

Death is all around us. It’s inevitable, it’s heart-wrenching, it’s devastating and sometimes, despite the pain that it causes on those left behind, it can be beautiful. It makes us think about what we want in life, about the people around us, about what we wish we could’ve said and we could’ve done. So it makes sense that good fiction, which is often based on exploration of humanity, would show us death and how it affects its characters and everyone around them. But have we reached a point where death on television has stopped being gripping and interesting? Where it has become boring instead? I think so.

There are several blog posts written right now about the current death toll on TV. It seems that death is hitting our favorite shows more than ever and it is worth noting that the victims have been, save for a few exceptions, anything but straight, white guys. There are a thousand reasons behind this, but because I want to avoid the “not everything is about race/sexuality/gender” argument, let’s look at it at a different way:

Let’s put sexuality, gender and race aside (you will realize as I give my examples this is rather impossible, given the current panorama on TV, but I will try not to use it as part of the argument). If we take a look at television at the moment, it seems that death has become a very cheap, very repetitive resource to get out of bigger narrative issues that writers do not want to face. When I first created this blog, I wrote about the M.S.F.D. and here is how I described it.

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.

The thing is, it’s no longer happening during midseason finales anymore: death on TV can come at any moment. Any character could die any episode, and while that should be something that actually makes it interesting and thrilling to watch, what’s happening is that it is exhausting for the viewer, because as much as they want to be entertained, they are also now more critical than they ever were.

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Women Making Me (And You) Love TV Right Now

It is the time for women on TV. They’ve got a chance to be difficult, wrong, fallible– even unlikable!– and surprisingly, those shows are making it on the air. Women have also started to embrace the love for other women, and lists like this one are a must in entertainment blogs. There is still a long road to walk, but we can be happy to say TV is making space for some of the best female characters in a long time. These are some of my personal favorites from this and last year.

Jessica Huang – Fresh Off the Boat

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Jessica Huang manages to be a pretty amazing mother with a career of her own and she also gifts us with hitting teenagers with a car or dedicating a song to her best friend that’s not a duet. Not to mention, she is hilarious.

Peggy Carter – Agent Carter

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A badass from head to toe, Peggy never stops feeling real. She is rough, she fights dirty and somehow she manages to do it without smearing her signature red lip all over her face. But most of all, she’s human and she is vulnerable, and the show makes sure to remind us that there is more to the woman that founded S.H.I.E.L.D. than her fighting skills.

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Three Weeks In: How Are Our Favorite Shows Doing?

Fall TV has been back for now three (four, for some and two for others) weeks, and it is time to look back at our favorite TV shows and check how are they doing? Let’s see what Doctor Who, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., iZombie and Sleepy Hollow have brought to the table in their new seasons

Doctor Who

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Doctor Who is possibly in one of its best seasons since its revival. Peter Capaldi has completely made The Doctor his own, 100% Rebel Time Lord. The new two-parter format, reminiscent of the classic stories, allows the writers to set up more complicated adventures that wrap up beautifully at the end of the second episode. Missy’s return (and posterior disappearance) were brilliant, and the cast in ‘Under the Lake’ and ‘Before the Flood’, including a hearing-impaired character was amazing. I am also quite enjoying how the show is dealing with Clara and The Doctor’s codependency. Contrary to what the show did with the Tenth Doctor and Rose, this is not painted in a positive light. These two would bend the rules for each other, and it’s very clear that they both have gray areas when it comes to what the right thing is. Clara is not the companion to stop The Doctor from going too far anymore and he can see this. The thing is, he doesn’t know how to stop it because he needs her in his life, wholeheartedly. It’s a very dark path to take the characters in and I am enjoying it a lot. Of course, there is a huge sense of doom above them, but I give the show props for embracing it. Prepare for the heartbreak, my friends. The glory days of The Doctor and Clara are soon to be over.

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My fall 2015-2016 TV schedule

Upfronts are done! The most stressing time of the year for TV watchers, where we find out whether our favorite shows have been renewed or cancelled is finally gone. There are some broken hearts, petitions to save shows and resignation for those who lost their favorites, and happiness for those whose favorite shows got renewed. I was lucky enough to have every show I currently watch renewed, which honestly freaks me out a little, because it never happens.

It also crowds my TV schedule quite a lot more than it already is, both during fall and midseason, but we’ll deal with that when the time comes.

So what are the shows I’m watching next season, and what new shows I’m giving a chance to? Find out below. Continue reading My fall 2015-2016 TV schedule

The Katrina Problem

Sleepy Hollow hasn’t been at the top of its season 1 game for a while, and that has been pretty obvious for many fans of the show, who have either stopped watching– as shown by the huge drop in ratings compared to last season and the fact that it hasn’t been renewed as opposed to other shows in the FOX schedule– or have taken it to social media to complain to the writers and executive producers of the show. 

Whether you find this fair or not, most of the complaints have been reasonable. The erasure of characters of color to highlight white characters that has been pointed out not just by the viewers but by the critics is real and the fact that some characters who don’t work have been given more screentime than one of the main characters (Abbie) is undeniable.* 

Obvious diversity problems aside, many complaints do come together in one name: Katrina.

Yesterday, Katia Winter, who plays Katrina herself, posted this on twitter.

It honestly made me a little sad. Now, what can you do as an actor when you know the material you are given does not live up to the audience’s expectations and to make it worse, it doesn’t live up to yours? Katia Winter’s performance has never been the problem when it comes to Katrina, and the fact that she has had to address this means there is a lot of work to do to fix this problem.

So what can the Sleepy Hollow writers do in order to make Katrina an interesting character? No, I don’t mean likable and I don’t mean lovable. I mean interesting. Here are some ideas:

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Midweek Review

When you watch as many TV shows as I currently do, reviewing each and one of them is hard. Having said this, I wouldn’t be me without having a lot of opinions. That is the reason why I’ve created TWO new sections for the blog: Midweek Review, posted on Thursday for shows airing Sunday to Wednesday and Weekend Review, for shows airing from Thursday to Saturday and posted on Sunday. This way I will be able to cover more shows, with shorter reviews that go straight to the point.

If at any point an episode is so good – or so bad – that a whole review is necessary, it will simply get its own post.

And without further ado, here is your first “Midweek Review”, featuring: ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’, ‘Galavant’, ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Broadchurch’ and ‘Cougar Town’.

Agent Carter’ will be the lucky gal to get her own post this week.

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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

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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

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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