Fangirl Friday- Doctor Who

Welcome to Fierce Fangirl Friday! ❤

Fierce Fangirl Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Jackie over at toomuchofabooknerd where you have the opportunity to do some healthy fangirling on your blog!

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

The rules are simple ones, make sure you ping back to Jackie, and whenever there is a Friday that you need to fangirl, about anything, even if it’s not what your blog is usually about, have at it.

This week, I will be talking about Doctor Who. I was going to write this up after I watched the season finale but because I don’t have cable, I watched it several weeks after it aired so I felt like I missed the boat, but then the introduction of the 13th Doctor happened and I got a chance to talk about it here!

Firstly, I want to talk about this season so spoilers sweetie.

loved Bill. She’s great. She had that piece I think we’ve been missing in the last couple companions. She was just the chip girl. She wasn’t set up to save the Doctor, she wasn’t impossible, she was just a college student who worked in the cafeteria and served chips and she got dragged into this wonderful adventure. This is something that I’ve really missed in Moffat’s run as showrunner. This post will not get into all the other things I think Moffat ruined about the show but making the companion something that wasn’t just a shop girl, or a medical doctor on her rounds, or a temp, or whatever it was Micky was, and turning them into something else took something from the story for me. I wanted to feel like I can be the companion, and when that character is set up to save the Doctor somehow, it loses a bit of that feel. Bill brought it back, which was wonderful. She was great, not as great as Donna, but great.

The episodes that stand out are the 2 part finale, the one with the Roman soldiers and on where everything ends up being a simulation.

The simulation one was well crafted, something felt like something was off when the Pope wasn’t speaking English when the TARDIS was near by. At first, I was questioning why and then I figured someone forgot this plot point that’s been around since the start of the show because why not. As the episode ended it all starts to make sense and it’s very cool how it was done.

The Roman soldier one, the talk about the TARDIS translation thing where the Roman and Bill both say the other is speaking the language the other knows, reminding us that the TARDIS translates everyone so everyone can communicate. I liked the episode for more that just that, but that moment of remembering was cool.

The finale was great. The black hole thing, the weird guy who ended up being an old version of the Master before he went crazy at the end of 10’s run. The old extra scary Cybermen, there was a bit of Moffat from his early episodes before he took over. Not as creepy as Empty Child or Blink, but creepy.

loved how it ended with Mr. Filch appearing as the 1st Doctor. (I know this man has a real name and I know it’s David Bradley, but Mr. Filch.)

 

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I’m so excited for Christmas. I liked David Bradley as the first Doctor in the 50th-anniversary movie Adventures in Space and Time. To be fair, I have never seen episodes with the first Doctor, but I’ve seen Mr. Bradley in several things that aren’t Harry Potter movies and I think he’s very talented and embraces the role well.

And this brings us to Jodie Whittaker the new Doctor.

Firstly, I’m excited.

I really loved 12 and I think he lacked for storylines, but I loved Peter Capaldi’s portrayal of the Doctor and I feel like he’s leaving too soon. I feel like he has more the do, but I have felt that way about 10 and 11 as well. (I wasn’t watching “live” with 9, but I think more than one season with 9 would have been great as well.)

It’s been established that Time Lords can change genders. Example:

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These are the same character.

Listen, the Doctor is an alien, and a fictional character who changes faces every 3 years. So stop saying the Doctor can’t be a lady because yeah-huh, and the Doctor is going to be a lady in a couple months.

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In my opinion, each reincarnation of the Doctor “evolves” from the previous Doctor, at least in the new series. I have seen 3 whole episodes of the original series.

Nine is born of the war- which is why he’s dark and searches to save people

Ten is born of love for Rose- which is why he’s light a fun

Eleven is born of loss – which is why he’s silly and childlike

Twelve is born of the realization that it’s time to grow up

What will Thirteen be born of– we’ll see when we see her first couple episodes.

What I look forward to most is when Jodie Whittiker is at the end of this line of Doctors. My favorite part of Doctor Who is 1. when someone says “Doctor Who?” and 2. when all the Doctor’s pictures appear. I don’t think we’ve had that with 12, which means it better happen in the Christmas Special.

I’m so excited for what will happen with the show. We’re getting a new showrunner, a new Doctor, a new companion, and hopefully a new life with be put into the show.

Here’s to new adventures, with a Lady at the helm.

What do you think about Series 10? What about the new Doctor?

Until next time Internet

Deanna

Fierce Fangirl Friday! PLL

Welcome to Fierce Fangirl Friday! ❤

Fierce Fangirl Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Jackie over at toomuchofabooknerd where you have the opportunity to do some healthy fangirling on your blog!

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

The rules are simple ones, make sure you ping back to Jackie, and whenever there is a Friday that you need to fangirl, about anything, even if it’s not what your blog is usually about, have at it.

This week, it’s saying goodbye to something that was pretty amazing. Pretty Little Liars.

I try very hard to do keep my posts spoiler free, but if you haven’t watched the series finale, which aired on Tuesday in the US, I would proceed with caution for the rest of this post. I will be talking #Endgame and a little about the finale.

As with most good things in my life, I got into PLL through my friend Jen. When I went to visit her last year, we watched some Netflix, as she caught up on Supernatural, and that was sprinkled with a little bit of season 4 of PLL. I had read the first books, which I now know is approximately the first two seasons of the show, but at the time, I thought I knew who A was and although interested in the show, thought I knew the mystery. I did not.

I’m not sure why I didn’t get into the show as it was airing because it’s definitely such a Deanna show, but I didn’t; maybe because it was on ABC Family and then Freeform that it just didn’t cross my radar, but *shrug emoji*.

When I got home from my visit to Jen, I decided to watch the rest of the show and started at the beginning and watched all of it up to the end of season 5 in, like, 3 weeks. Then Jen and I watched season 6 on Itunes. By the time we were done with that, season 7A was starting so I fell right in.

Let me just say that this show is the most ridiculous. I love it, but it’s so silly. There is so much drama. It’s a great teengirl show, the cast is a group of talented people, but it’s ridiculous.

Firstly, you cannot take you high school English teacher to prom, Aria. Even if that teacher has now lost their job. No school would ever allow that. Also, stop dating your High school English teacher, you are 15 years old.

Secondly, 2.5 seasons of the show take place between Halloween and Christmas of their senior year of high school, which I think should be addressed, because a lot of stuff happens, and the seasons change like 45 times.

Anyway, I think that there were some real issues discussed and betrayed so beautifully in the show. Starting with Emily. Her character arc, her coming out story, was so well done. In 2010 when that arc was playing out, things were different. I think that having Emily’s coming out and the acceptance and love that her friends and family show her and that fact that nothing changed in anyone’s relationship was huge. I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of an impact that could have had on the young people who watched this show.

The other big thing was bullying. I think that the show showed online bullying and clique fighting in an interesting way. Ally, especially first 5 seasons Ally, was a terrible person. I think that each of the girls realized this in their own way. Maybe not Emily, but the other girls did. Although that’s not really how it was shown in the show, I think that might have had an impact on way Ally disappeared at the beginning of the show. She was trying to insert that control over her friends before she lost all of it. Mirroring that in the series finale, with Addison, showing this girl who is so much like Ally was trying to manipulate adult throughout the last season was a great way to show just how obnoxious teenage Ally was from a more adult point of view.

I think the characters on the show, so wonderfully portrayed by the actors on the show, and so well written by Sara Shepard in the books, show different demographics of people. The mean girl, the smart one, the sporty one, the fashionable one, the artsy one, the ditzy one, and on and on many of these traits shown in more than one girl (Even the moms, oh do I love the moms show these different qualities and personality traits) Yet they are all friends and stay friends despite their differences. Yes, they do have this crazy person threatening to kill them that keeps them close, but they are friends, and their bond is what helps them figure it out and fight back against A and AD and all the other threats over and over.

Female friendship is one of those things in media that for whatever reason is always shown as catty and like the characters are never really friends. The Liars show a different side of that. Yes, there is drama and cattiness and in fighting, but at the end of the day, (episode, season, series) the girls are there for each other, would do anything for each other, love each other.

When it comes to the characters that I related to most, I am torn in many directions. There is something in me that looks at hopeful, optimistic Aria and falls in love with her every episode, but there is also something about smart and quick witted Spencer that draws me to her. I think that was a strong point of the show, the way each character makes you feel something. I watched Hanna grow, and I rooted for every step she took. I wanted Emily to succeed, I wanted Mona to get better. I wanted Paige to drown in the pool.

I rooted for the ships. Even Aria and Ezra even though you can’t take your high school English teacher to prom. Also, the Christmas episode with the Santa underwear scene is super inappropriate because you are their teacher, Ezra. It really doesn’t matter that he’s a young teacher it’s so weird and kind of creepy. Maybe because I’m 30 watching this show and my flashers of “Omg no!” Kept going off. It’s so weird. Please don’t date your teachers while you’re in high school. But in the jump, I rooted for it. (I mean, I always rooted for it because it was cute, but it still gave me weird feelings. And I was kind of hoping Ezra would fall off the ski lift and die when Aria discovered his creepy plan with the book and his alternative motives but *shrug emoji*)

I loved Hanna and Caleb, and Toby and Spencer, I hated Emily and Paige because I hate Paige and Emily can do so much better than Paige (and Ally. Emily, deserved way better but whatever).

Overall, I found the Pretty Little Liars finale satisfying. I wasn’t as emotional as I would have been if I had been glued to the TV every Tuesday for 7 years or had gotten into the show more than a year and a half ago, but I found the ending satisfying. It had everything that’s needed to put a period at the end. The loose strings were tied in a bow, but not in a super cheese way. Including the very important “How did the moms get out that basement” plot point that was never brought up again after it happened. I could literally write a whole other post just about the PPL moms. They are so great.

The two-hour finale had all the drama and twists that we have come to expect from the show. I enjoyed every last moment of it.

TV is less rich without Pretty Little Liars. Their depiction of female friendship and female characters leaves a whole in television now that it’s gone. Here’s to hoping that somewhere that slack is picked up. Because we need strong independent girls being friends with other strong independent girls on our screens.

Fierce Fangirl Friday: STF

Welcome to Fierce Fangirl Friday! ❤

Fierce Fangirl Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Jackie over at toomuchofabooknerd where you have the opportunity to do some healthy fangirling on your blog!

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

The rules are simple ones, make sure you ping back to Jackie, and whenever there is a Friday that you need to fangirl, about anything, even if it’s not what your blog is usually about, have at it.


 

This week, I’m going a local.

On Tuesdays from June to August since 2004, I have had the pleasure of being an audience member of the Seacoast of New Hampshire’s Premiere Improv Comedy Troupe: Stranger than Fiction.

Recently, I’ve gotten a little bit better at taking pictures, so I’ve been snapping away capturing once in a lifetime moments in one night only performances. (with permission because I know that taking pictures of stage performances is usually a big no, but they say at the start of the show that I can take pictures, so I do.)

 

Improv Comedy is wonderful, getting to watch this cast grow, and create in the last 14 seasons has been so much fun. I, personally, will never get on that stage, but watching these actors every week during the summer and once a month during the rest of the year has been a privilege.

How did I get sucked into this wonderful madness? Well, I wanted ice cream and extra credit. 17-year-old Deanna had simple needs. I kept going because it took a ridiculously long time for the ice cream promise to happen. Like 6 years. It took 6 years to get my ice cream. I just wanted free ice cream, and I ended up falling in love with watching these shows and seeing these actors do things that I can’t imagine being able to do. These actors are so quick, and it’s just so fun to watch the scene play out directly from the minds of actors to stage.

While waiting for my ice cream, the shows became a cool thing that I did with my friends. There was a huge group of us that went nearly every week. For years the only show I had ever missed was the one after Harry Potter, and the Deathly Hallows came out, and I was a little sad. I would drive down from Waterville, Maine where I was going to college to see some of the shows. I love watching these amazingly talented actors.

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In recently years, the troupe has been doing some amazing themes. Like horror stories, puppets, Harry Potter (both Maurders era and 19 years later) they’ve done a show dressed as historical characters, childhood toys, and American Girl dolls. I’ve seen danger improv, space improv with a robot, a show inspired by John Hughes movies, several improvised musicals. There is just no knowing what’s going to happen when you enter the theater, but you know that you’re going to leave with sore sides and unable to really describe accurately to new people.

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Stranger than Fiction is an amazing group of people that I’ve gotten to know as a fan and in some cases as friends over the years. I can honestly never say enough about how much I adore these creative and unbelievably funny people. I have loved watching the show and actors evolve over the years.

I will never ever get on that stage except to walk across it to get my seat, but I love getting to a part of this as the weird girl in the front row that takes all the pictures. STF has become a staple in my life, and I could talk about them forever. I’m so thrilled that new summers season started this week and I can’t wait to see what else is happening this summer. The summer time is when many of us get to do a lot fun stuff that we don’t get to do during the rest of year. STF and Gishwhes are my summer staples.

Is there amazing local theater near you? Did it change your life? If you haven’t seen local theater, I highly recommend that you check out the scene near you. Who knows what treasures you will find.

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

 

Fierce Fangirl Friday: I have been emotionally compromised

CAUTION: this blog post contains spoilers to the 2 part Supernatural season Finale so if you haven’t watched it, don’t read this. Because I will spoil it.

Welcome to Fierce Fangirl Friday❤

Fierce Fangirl Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Jackie over at toomuchofabooknerd where you have the opportunity to do some healthy fangirling on your blog!

Whenever you have something, anything to fangirl about – whether it be a book, TV show, music, celebrities, your pet, the universe, finding your soulmate or just a recent meal that you’ve had – Fierce Fangirl Friday is your opportunity to do so! It doesn’t matter if it’s a recent obsession of yours or something you’ve been loving for a while!

The rules are simple ones, make sure you ping back to Jackie, and whenever there is a Friday that you need to fangirl, about anything, even if it’s not what your blog is usually about, have at it.

The Image I have set at the featured image was created by Jackie and it states in her post that we can use it, so I have. Thank you for creating it. 


I have not been a watcher of Supernatural since 2005, I didn’t get into it until I got really into Tumblr in mid-season 6, but I have watched every episode.

I have been through a lot in my time in the SPN Family. I spend many weeks a year in a state of shock and anxiety and not feeling okay with what happened, or angry because characters who aren’t main cast members are killed off and probably won’t come back.

Last night was the 2 part season finale of Season 12. Toward the end of the second episode, My Friend, Jared Padalecki tweeted  “How are  you liking the show?” and I replied, “I have been screaming for the hour and 51 minutes.”

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That’s how it was going.

THEN

the last ten minutes of the show happened. And I am EMOTIONALLY COMPROMISED.

Supernatural Season Finales are rarely fun. We’ve had what looked liked a deadly car crash, Sam’s died, Dean’s sold his soul to a demon, Dean’s died, Lucifer has been released for hell, Sam has died, Purgatory is opened, Dean and Cas are presumed dead/in purgatory, the angels fall from Heaven, Dean dies/becomes a demon, they kill Death/release God’s sister, and last season then a beacon of hope happened when Mary came back to life after being dead for over 30 years.

BELOW LIES SOME SPOILERS I AM NOT JOKING

AND THEN LAST NIGHT

The first episode of the night was emotional enough. Dean finally got to say all the crap he’s been through and not blame himself. He hasn’t done anything like that since he shot himself in the dream in Season 3. Sam had a moment where he took responsibility and also did something by himself without feeling like he needed Dean in order to do it. Dean got to use the grenade launcher. I cried, I screamed, I cried. All the Winchester’s hugged. the British Men of Letters mess was cleaned up, and then I leaned back and thought “We have a whole nother hour of this nonsense.”

To be fair, they did tie off the threads of the season well and started new ones for next season. I am still in a state of raw and intense emotion.

One thing must be addressed before I go off the rails. The fact that Cas used the alias “James Novak” and thought no one would find him is amazing. It is only slightly less obvious than using the alias “I am Not Castiel.” But does he still used Jimmy’s driver’s license? Did he go to the DMV and renew Jimmy’s ID so he would have identification? Oh, Castiel and your shenanigans. *sobs for several more hours*

I don’t think Rowena or Crowley are dead. I’m honestly on the fence about Crowley, but the show and it’s writers have gotten so much crap about killing women that I don’t think they would kill off a character like Rowena without giving Ruth an on-screen death. That’s not fair to her and doesn’t do justice to her character. So hopefully she’ll be back. If Crowley is dead, his last words “Goodbye Boys” and how he died was excellent for the character. So if Mark Sheppard is back, excellent, if not, Crowley’s death was redeeming and good for his character.

In season seven, when Cas walked into the water after eating the leviathan, there weren’t any wings. When angels die, if they are really dead the scorched outlines of their wings appear on the ground. Because there were no wings there was no proof. No wings no proof. All we got was a trench coat floating away, and then we got Cas back and everything was good.

Until yesterday.

Dean kneeling over Cas and seeing those broken wings on the dirt. Well, I have been emotionally compromised. It’s not okay.

So as far as I know, and this was basically the first coherent non “WHAT HAVE THEY DONE” posts on Tumblr after the finale, Misha Collins is a signed Season Regular for Season 13. The big fan convention in Rome is this weekend, so we’ll find out for sure if Misha is leaving the show and announcing that he’d been signed was hiding that they were going to kill him. Castiel has become such a part of the fabric of the show, and such a part of Dean’s life that the show will be so different with no Cas that I don’t think the producers would do this to us. As far as I know, Cas walking into that lake was supposed to be the end of Cas, but the fans were… what’s the word… angry? Jerks about it? Flipped out? that they brought Cas back, and Misha has been a regular cast member ever since.

This can’t be the end of Castiel. It can’t be. His death didn’t mean anything. The death of Castiel can’t be meaningless. They can’t do to him what they have done to so many characters (Charlie Bradbury) and kill him for the emotional reaction. Crowley’s death had meaning and sacrifice. Cas got stabbed in the back by Lucifer. Castiel doesn’t get to die that way.

And the season 13 had better fix this nonsense.

I did reach out to Misha Collins for comment, but he’s been in a very weird twitter silence since around noon yesterday when he told all of us to record our live reactions to the last 10 minutes of the second episode of the finale.

Until next time Internet,

Deanna