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RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THIS WEEK’S Once Upon A Time
Episode 2.18 “Bleeding Through”
I took a few weeks off from writing about OUAT (to write about another amazing female-driven show, Orphan Black!) but now I’m back with more snarky thoughts.
Like the fact that this is probably the grossest episode title I have ever heard. Ew.
I love when two enemies have friendly-but-tense conversations! See also: Magneto and Professor X in X-Men. 
Robin Hood as a Hot Dad is like my crack. Also I’m 95% sure that kid is an adorable Muppet brought to life. 
Seems like cheating that Rumple can change the arrow’s target, right?
"Nothing’s worth the life of a child." I like this new Regina that’s motivated and powerful but not heartless. (I mean technically she is heartless but you know what I mean…)
"Relax. She can’t control me. I protected it from that." Last minute addition when the writers remembered how heart stealing works on this show?
Rose McGowan! Welcome back! You make an awesome young Cora!
I like the idea that a medieval fairy tale land has shifts for its servers. I wonder what POS system they use.
I just can’t handle the fact that when Charming and Snow talk about their unborn baby, Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin are basically talking about their unborn baby. META ALERT
I’m officially putting that flying monkey in the running for worst CGI of the year. Congrats monkey!
Props to Rebecca Mader who had to film an entire scene opposite  that crappy CGI monkey.
I lol’d at Snow’s shocked face when Regina called her a murderer. Also the fact that Emma had to hold Hook’s hook during the seance.
Ooh that rainy forest is BEAUTIFUL. Best setting on this show by far.
Credit where credit is due, the writers did a nice job of subtly reminding us that Leopold is Snow’s father with that discussion of baby names just before he appears in the flashback.
Glad to see the Enchanted Forest manufactures pale pink lipstick for Cora to wear.
Emma trying to flirt with Hook via magic is adorable.
Rebecca Mader’s hair in this dinner scene looks INCREDIBLE!
So Zelena’s mention of Neal all but assures he will be returning at some point, right?
Zelena’s master plan is basically to become a Time Lord.
How would Jonathan prove that the baby is his? It’s basically his word against hers, right? Cora shouldn’t have agreed to pay him off.
The fairy tale costumes this week are especially gorgeous.
If Zelena needs Charming and Snow’s baby for her time travel spell, wouldn’t Emma also fit the bill?
Cora could at least have given the baby directly to someone, right? Leaving it on the side of the road seems needlessly cruel.
How many younger ladies can we have Robert Carlyle make out with?!?! Reminder that he’s 53, Mader is 36 and deRavin is 32!
I don’t quite buy the Robin/Regina romance—mostly because it seems based on destiny and not chemistry—but that was a pretty great kiss.

RANDOM THOUGHTS ON THIS WEEK’S Once Upon A Time

Episode 2.18 “Bleeding Through”

  • I took a few weeks off from writing about OUAT (to write about another amazing female-driven show, Orphan Black!) but now I’m back with more snarky thoughts.
  • Like the fact that this is probably the grossest episode title I have ever heard. Ew.
  • I love when two enemies have friendly-but-tense conversations! See also: Magneto and Professor X in X-Men.
  • Robin Hood as a Hot Dad is like my crack. Also I’m 95% sure that kid is an adorable Muppet brought to life.
  • Seems like cheating that Rumple can change the arrow’s target, right?
  • "Nothing’s worth the life of a child." I like this new Regina that’s motivated and powerful but not heartless. (I mean technically she is heartless but you know what I mean…)
  • "Relax. She can’t control me. I protected it from that." Last minute addition when the writers remembered how heart stealing works on this show?
  • Rose McGowan! Welcome back! You make an awesome young Cora!
  • I like the idea that a medieval fairy tale land has shifts for its servers. I wonder what POS system they use.
  • I just can’t handle the fact that when Charming and Snow talk about their unborn baby, Josh Dallas and Ginnifer Goodwin are basically talking about their unborn baby. META ALERT
  • I’m officially putting that flying monkey in the running for worst CGI of the year. Congrats monkey!
  • Props to Rebecca Mader who had to film an entire scene opposite  that crappy CGI monkey.
  • I lol’d at Snow’s shocked face when Regina called her a murderer. Also the fact that Emma had to hold Hook’s hook during the seance.
  • Ooh that rainy forest is BEAUTIFUL. Best setting on this show by far.
  • Credit where credit is due, the writers did a nice job of subtly reminding us that Leopold is Snow’s father with that discussion of baby names just before he appears in the flashback.
  • Glad to see the Enchanted Forest manufactures pale pink lipstick for Cora to wear.
  • Emma trying to flirt with Hook via magic is adorable.
  • Rebecca Mader’s hair in this dinner scene looks INCREDIBLE!
  • So Zelena’s mention of Neal all but assures he will be returning at some point, right?
  • Zelena’s master plan is basically to become a Time Lord.
  • How would Jonathan prove that the baby is his? It’s basically his word against hers, right? Cora shouldn’t have agreed to pay him off.
  • The fairy tale costumes this week are especially gorgeous.
  • If Zelena needs Charming and Snow’s baby for her time travel spell, wouldn’t Emma also fit the bill?
  • Cora could at least have given the baby directly to someone, right? Leaving it on the side of the road seems needlessly cruel.
  • How many younger ladies can we have Robert Carlyle make out with?!?! Reminder that he’s 53, Mader is 36 and deRavin is 32!
  • I don’t quite buy the Robin/Regina romance—mostly because it seems based on destiny and not chemistry—but that was a pretty great kiss.

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I celebrated this Easter with an impromptu picnic at the lake. My roommate came up with the idea late last night and we sent out last minute invitations. The weather was warm but slightly crisp, and friends rotated in and out all afternoon. We spent a full six hours playing cards, singing songs, and taking lots and lots of photos. I’m thankful that the weather is finally getting warm again and that I have friends who enjoy being weird in public places. Happy Easter/Passover/Sunday to all of you!

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My Boing Boing Orphan Black coverage officially kicks off with my spoiler-filled review of the second season premiere!

It’s good to be back in the Clone Club. The return of Orphan Black quite literally hits the ground running and never lets up in this action-packed, clone-filled premiere. “Nature Under Constraint And Vexed” reintroduces almost every major player from season one, readjusts the show’s antagonistic forces, and ends with a bombshell reveal. I’m not convinced it’s a pace the show can maintain for the entire season, but it’s a hell of a fun way to jump back into the world of Orphan Black. [Read More]

My Boing Boing Orphan Black coverage officially kicks off with my spoiler-filled review of the second season premiere!

It’s good to be back in the Clone Club. The return of Orphan Black quite literally hits the ground running and never lets up in this action-packed, clone-filled premiere. “Nature Under Constraint And Vexed” reintroduces almost every major player from season one, readjusts the show’s antagonistic forces, and ends with a bombshell reveal. I’m not convinced it’s a pace the show can maintain for the entire season, but it’s a hell of a fun way to jump back into the world of Orphan Black. [Read More]

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I’m super pumped to announce I’ll be reviewing Orphan Black's second season for Boing Boing! I’m a big fan of the show and can’t wait to spend this season discussing clones, craft rooms, and clonesbians with all of you! (I’ve seen the season two premiere and it is, in a word, amazing).
I wrote up a spoiler-filled recap of the first season to help you get caught up and share my thoughts on just what makes this show so incredible. I’d love to hear from other fans about your favorite parts of Orphan Black. Feel free to send me a message on Tumblr or get in touch on Twitter! I’m excited to be a part of the Clone Club. 

What constitutes a family? Are they the people who give you life, the people who raise you, or the people you choose as your support network? Or are they your identical clones created by a mysterious organization seeking to advance human evolution to the next level? That last one might not be a question most family dramas are interested in asking, but Orphan Black isn’t most family dramas.
Like the best sci-fi shows, BBC America’s addictive Orphan Black uses its fantastical lens to explore realities of the human condition. Where Battlestar Galactica examined politics and terrorism using a fleet of spaceships and Buffy the Vampire Slayer depicted the struggles of adolescence through demons and witches, Orphan Black uses human cloning to explore the nature of family. That unifying central theme, a slew of fantastic characters, and an absolutely stellar central performance (well, performances) from star Tatiana Maslany combine to make Orphan Black one of the best shows of 2013 and one you should absolutely check out before it returns for a second season on April 19. [Read more]

I’m super pumped to announce I’ll be reviewing Orphan Black's second season for Boing Boing! I’m a big fan of the show and can’t wait to spend this season discussing clones, craft rooms, and clonesbians with all of you! (I’ve seen the season two premiere and it is, in a word, amazing).

I wrote up a spoiler-filled recap of the first season to help you get caught up and share my thoughts on just what makes this show so incredible. I’d love to hear from other fans about your favorite parts of Orphan Black. Feel free to send me a message on Tumblr or get in touch on Twitter! I’m excited to be a part of the Clone Club. 

What constitutes a family? Are they the people who give you life, the people who raise you, or the people you choose as your support network? Or are they your identical clones created by a mysterious organization seeking to advance human evolution to the next level? That last one might not be a question most family dramas are interested in asking, but Orphan Black isn’t most family dramas.

Like the best sci-fi shows, BBC America’s addictive Orphan Black uses its fantastical lens to explore realities of the human condition. Where Battlestar Galactica examined politics and terrorism using a fleet of spaceships and Buffy the Vampire Slayer depicted the struggles of adolescence through demons and witches, Orphan Black uses human cloning to explore the nature of family. That unifying central theme, a slew of fantastic characters, and an absolutely stellar central performance (well, performances) from star Tatiana Maslany combine to make Orphan Black one of the best shows of 2013 and one you should absolutely check out before it returns for a second season on April 19. [Read more]

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Check It Out!: Stuff I Love On The Internet

Tiny Nuts is a slightly off-kilter web series about two ladies living in LA with their chihuahua named Nut. It’s created by two of my very talented friends from college and you might as well start watching now so that when they become famous you can say you liked them first. Tiny Nuts has a slightly Broad City vibe, and I particularly like how the whole thing maintains a surprisingly optimistic view of life after college.

Above is the second episode, “BFF,” which is probably my favorite video released so far. New episodes debut every Tuesday. You can follow TIny Nuts on Twitter and check out their previous videos about dating, Vespas, and post-grad life.

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Chicago has been flirting with spring for a few weeks now, but yesterday was the first day that actually felt like the end of winter and the start of something new.

The temperature hovered in the high 70s all day, which of course necessitated a trip to the beach. It’s still much too cold to go swimming (or even wade into the water for more than a few minutes), but it was the first time I’ve been able to wear shorts outside in who knows how long (as evidenced by my pale, pale legs above).

I enlisted my always adventurous friend to join me and we had a fantastic time running along the beach, doing handstands (him, not me), and singing “Let It Go” into the wind. We even left our shoes for about an hour while we walked around and they were still there when we got back! We ended the night with margaritas and Mexican food at the Uptown location of Fiesta Mexicana.

Of course after yesterday’s glorious glimpse of spring, today is chilly and rainy (which is a good excuse to stay inside in my pajamas), but that glimpse of the weather-to-come got me very excited to shrug off this Polar Vortex of a winter and get ready for sunscreen and shorts full-time.

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