6 Reasons (Besides The Obvious Ones) Why Timeless Is Awesome

So for those of you who don’t know (and quite possibly) have been living under a rock, Timeless is this super cool time travel show that got un-canceled because the fans loves it so much!

Me included!

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Besides the great premise which is both fun and somewhat educational, we got interesting characters (both in the “good” and “bad” guy camps) and enough of a mystery with first Flynn and then Rittenhouse to keep the suspense up. Plus every week a new set of era-appropriate costumes!

While those bits are all great, part of why I love this show is all the small details that just make you either laugh, go ‘awww’ or ‘hum, I wonder how that might affect the timeline’.  There is also the whole time travel bit that I’m still not hundred 100% about how it works, but that makes me want to watch more to understand things better.

Awesome thing 1 – Their “Fake” Identities 

From Lucy’s “This is Doctor Dre and I’m Nurse Jackie, we’re from General Hospital” to “Juliet Shakes-man” to “I’m Dr. Quin and I’m a medicine woman” or even her using their normal names and being all “You never heard of Wyatt and Lucy?” when talking to Bonnie & Clyde, whenever Lucy is picking their names it’s sure to be something that makes you crack up a little (at least I do).

The rest of the gang have clearly picked up on this too, Wyatt’s fake FIB badge names him as Agent Mulder and one of Rufus’s driver’s licences says Wesley Snipes and he calls himself Denzel Washington and Kanye (which elicits the hilarious response ‘whoever heard of a name like Kanye, sounds made up to me‘).

These are just some extra little fun touches but they add so much. It’s a ‘hey, this is serious but we’re still normal people’ vibe to the show. And let’s be honest, it would be really easy to just use TV and movie characters (and actor names) when pretending to be someone else in the past. It’s fun, easy to remember and takes the edge off the seriousness of the situation a little.

The “Ma’am” Thing

So Wyatt and Lucy’s first meeting goes something like

Lucy: Are you asleep?

Wyatt: No, ma’am.

Lucy: Oh, okay…Do you know why we’re here?

Wyatt: No idea, ma’am.

Lucy: You know, we’re pretty much the same age, you can just stop calling me ma’am.

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So yeah, I think this was pretty much when the shipping for these two began (for me at least). But it could have been in the Lifeboat (the name of the time machine) when he once again calls her “Ma’am” and she tells him not to.

Then we have him calling her ‘ma’am’ after helping her by talking about finding a reason to fight and after she thanks him he says “Sure thing, ma’am” and they’re looking at each other all adorably. Now the ma’am has gone from something he did to annoy her to something else.

The next ma’am moment is when he tells her he’s stealing the lifeboat and going to get his wife back. Which is an all-around heartbreaking scene, made even more so by the conversation Lucy has with Jiya about it later (“Wyatt told me.”), but anyways. He calls her ma’am and by this point it just makes you go ‘aaahww so cute’. At least I did.

So with Wyatt stealing the time machine and all he gets shipped off to a black site and Lucy and Rufus get stuck with another soldier. A buddy of Wyatt’s actually. Only when Fake!Wyatt goes all ‘ma’am’ on Lucy, she’s like “Lucy is fine” and you can just see it’s totally making her think about Wyatt.

Last one his the funniest one, when yet another soldier) – this one, one of the bad guys – calls her ma’am, she’s all “Don’t you ma’am me!”efbfecc9b968dea4adca4fc5f15282a4

Okay, I’m not sure if I explained that but just go watch the show and listen for the ma’ams and you’ll see how the ma’am thing is just a nice little touch that adds a lot.

The Gang Feels

So starting out neither Lucy, Rufus or Wyatt know each other. We already got the (sort of) meet-cute between Wyatt / Lucy and the time travel reveal (Rufus already knew about it since he’s working on the project.)

The gang goes on their very first mission and by the end of it they’ve been arrested, escaped from prison, stopped a bomb from going off and grounded an airship by pretending to be terrorists, watched a woman die in front of them. Pretty intense first few hours of knowing each other. And by the end of it (and through the following episodes), they kind of bond.

Trouble is Lucy has some secret conversations with the bad guy and Rufus is recording them for the other bad guys. Which is really sucky for Wyatt who is all “I don’t trust either one of you”. But it makes them saving, helping and re-learning to trust each other even more awesome.

The banter about stealing cars and who is better at hotwiring them is fun. Chocodiles. Lucy being kidnapped and the guys going to save her (and ending up needing to be saved by her) is so sweet. Wyatt asking Rufus to go with him to save his wife in the past, him telling Lucy because he trusts her and just the all-around team feels throughout.

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Lyatt (Lucy / Wyatt)

If you read my post about my favorite love stories, you know I’m a big fan of action/ adventure with a romantic sub-plot. Timeless has that in both Lucy / Wyatt and Rufus / Jiya, even though my shipper heart beats extra strong for Lyatt because of the potential for angst with them. You know with the whole he has a dead wife that could possibly come back (because of drama, probably right when Lucy / Wyatt get together) to life/ never have died.

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Things to come…

Also, I like that there hasn’t been a huge focus on the possible Lyatt romance, instead letting season 1 kind of lay the groundwork for things to come. Sure, we did get that  Bonnie & Clyde ep where they were pretending to be a couple which was kind of fun (and awkward). But what really makes me ship these are the small things like Wyatt helping Lucy with her seatbelt in the Lifeboat, how they just look at each other and help each other deal with the trauma of being time travelers (and other stuff). I love organic relationships a lot more than the ‘omg we met two minutes ago, let’s get married’ ones and I feel like Lucy and Wyatt got something that’s grown pretty naturally.

Number 5 &6 on the awesome list are Amy + Changed Timeline (Need More Of It)

So Lucy’s sister Amy going missing (or well being erased from history) and Lucy trying to get her back is just a really cool touch. Plus even though we didn’t get to see much of them together, I really liked what we got from the sisters, it was sweet and nice.

And while I really hope Lucy gets her sister back I love that they did change things big time for Lucy in the Pilot and kind of wished more things they did in the past would alter the future/ present somehow during the season. Like them actually coming back to a different world because the screwed up somehow. I get that there was so much going on in season 1, they didn’t have time for that, but part of why time travel timeless season 2is so interesting is the possible ways the world could change. Is it a butterfly effect (one small thing become a huge one) or more of a fate one (smaller changes will correct themselves) and even though the show has touched on fate/destiny / free will, I’d love to get more of it.

In fact, I want a lot more time machine stuff and questions answered in general.

Like, it would be good to know just how it would work if one of the team members accidentally erased themselves in a Grandfather paradox kind of way. Like how Flynn suggested Lucy might not exist after he took out Rittenhouse. Would they come back and just not have ever existed and kind of slowly begin to fade (Back to the Future style), leaving the rest of the gang to try to go back to fix things? Get arrested because no one remembers them going in the time machine?

Or are the protected in the lifeboat? Amy’s picture stayed safe in there and then remained afterward (could have disappeared once they got back to the present/ out of the Lifeboat) as did Lucy’s memories of her.

Does that mean the time machine exists outside of space-time? Agent Christopher wanting to keep her USB stick of her family in there seems to imply that is how it is. Do Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus exist outside of time too now? Does Jiya with her weird flashback?

Then if Flynn managed to destroy Rittenhouse and they went to a future without Rittenhouse (who paid for the building of the machine) would the Lifeboat remain because once built, it is outside of the time-space stream? Or would the machine blink out from existence since it wouldn’t exist in the new present?

And, a question I’ve been wondering about since day one…

How does the time machine teleport?

HOW?

Is it a Tardis? If so, where is the Doctor?

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Once Upon a Time + Lucifer and not much else

So usually in the fall sometime I tend to write up a little collection of reviews of all the shows I’ve just started watching and some of the oldie good ones I’m coming back too.

This year there really haven’t been many new shows I’ve been interested in. I’ve half halfheartedly started watching The Good Doctor which is interesting but I’m not super duper hooked. I have some hopes for Fox’s Ghosted but haven’t gotten around to checking the first few episodes out – but it looks pretty funny, right?

There are a few other new shows I’m mildly interested in, but so far I’m not super excited about any of them. Maybe 2017 is a bad TV year for me or perhaps I’m growing up and getting too busy to nerding out (naaww, you never get too old for nerding).

Also I’m not sure if if the “new” Once Upon a Time should be considered a new show or an old one. All but four characters/ three actors are gone, totally new setting, and while the premises is the same as season 1 of OUAT it’s also different somehow.  After three episodes I’m kind of liking it enough to keep watching even though I was kind of prepared to not like it at all. I think a lot of why I like it is because in episode 2 (SPOILER) we did learn that Emma/RealHook along with all our other favorites in Storybrooke are living happily ever after. So that whole story haven’t been erased and re-set, which I knew wasn’t going to happen but I was still worried. And hopefully we’ll have Captain Swan’s kid meet Lucy (who thanks to the weirdness of the OUAT timeline will be about the same age as her). Can’t say that’s not a big part why I kind of want to keep watching!

So the gang in Seattle we got Regina who deserves a happy ending, AlterHook who is looking for his daughter and Henry just trying to figure out his place in the world/ hook up with Cinderella (the new version) from the Storybrook cast. These three I understand why no one is missing (especially since we learned that they teamed up to go look for Ella in ep. 2).

But what about Rumple? Didn’t he and Belle get their evil kid returned to baby shape and were off to live happily ever after?

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Did this new curse make Belle and everyone else forget about Rumple in Storybrooke? Or is CopRumple a dubble of Rumple just like Hook? I’m thinking/hoping we’re going to get the answers before soon.

Also Fiona from Burn Notice is the bad guy! (gal)! I loved Burn Notice and it’s so fun too see a familiar face. OUAT have a pretty decent record of making their villans have decent motives and backstory and redeeming them (occasionally) and I hope we get something more Regina like from Lady Tremaine(?spelling?). I mean dead kid is a pretty good excuse to go a little evil, right? Almost better than dead stable boy BF!

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I do feel motives are a bit fussy, which might just be me, but normally I know what’s going on with everyone. We got Hook/ Henry / Regina plotting against Evil!Fiona because…because? I get they each had some little motive but I’m not sure. Same with Rumple – is he on GoodTeam or BadTeam (or TeamRumple as always) – does her remember?

I Regina totally awesome as a bartender?

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The answer is so totally and completely YES! And the scene with her and Henry meeting and the whole ‘imagine if I walked in here and told you I was your kid’! Totally awesomesoup!

Anyways, OUAT without Emma and the Charmings feels a little weird but at the same time their stories are over. This season is something totally new, which I’m just going to attempt to enjoy. But I will admit part of why I’m watching is just because of the familiar faces and the hope of re-visiting Storybrooke to see how everyone’s happy endings turned out!

Now on to another favorite of mine – I was going to say old time favorite because it feels like I’ve been fan girling over Lucifer for years and years but this is only the shows third season 😛

Not much to say on Lucifer other than Clark Kent has joined the police department. He’s also gotten kind of old…which is weird. I hope we get more Maze – she was gone the first few eps and I was worried she was leaving the show – but it seems like she’s back now! Also more of the cute kid! Love her!

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Other than that, I really like that Lucifer was going to tell Chloe he was the Devil and show her his evil face and everything and I think that would have been really interesting and taken the show in a more magical direction, but I also get why they didn’t do that.

Arrow I didn’t watch last season (and barely the season before that) but I did check out this season premier and it seems maybe worth giving it anther go. I’m also way behind on Flash, which I keep intending to watch I just get so like confused and annoyed when I do with all the timeline shifts. Blindspot I kind of watched even though it was only really good for the first 10-15 episodes and the ending last season was really weird so I’m going to have to tune in for season 3.

Another show which started airing last year (I think) is The Good Place with Kristen Bell. That one had such an awesome season 1 and killer twist that I just don’t know how season 2 can hope to measure up. I checked out the first ep, but felt like with the secret out it wasn’t the same. But if you haven’t watched the first season yet GO DO THAT! It’s so fantastic!

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Did I forget / miss some good shows? New or old? What you think about the new OUAT season? Did The Good Place’s reveal surprise you or not? Do you think Arrow will be worth getting back into this season?

More Game of Thrones – Season 7 Ending Thoughts!

Okay so second GoT post in a row. Still kind of obsessing over it and need to vent a little about the end of season 7 and everything that’s been going down and change some predictions.

I’m still pretty sure about Jon staying alive but with all the talk of Dany not being able to have babies (which means she can) I’m starting to worry Game of Thrones is going to turn into Babies Ever After.  Okay, that probably won’t happen since it is GoT after all, but it does seem like the chances of Dany having a bun in the oven from the boat sex is likely.

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So I feel like I should correct my earlier ‘no-no that’s not going to happen’ thing. I guess something like it is going to happen. In the show. I really hope/ don’t think it will in the books. But what do I know! Anyway a possibly Jon-Dany pregnancy is going to cause quite a bit of trouble (if there is enough time to have actual thoughts about it. It might end up being a ‘I’m knocked up-oh no- I’m dead‘ situation).

We have a few issues and depending on what order the character get the info it will change how they handle it.

Let’s say Jon and Dany learn about Jon being the ‘true’ (at this point does it even matter whose the throne is by inheritance?) heir to the Iron Throne before Dany learns she’s up the duff.  Her reaction might range from murderous to miffed to Dany suggesting they marry to strengthen both their claims (she thought she’d marry her brother for most of her life so she won’t have a problem with the incest) or Jon might denounce his ‘claim’ and that will be end of it. Or she could be all super hormonal pissed about it. But it seems they’re making Dany more heroic and stuff, so she’ll probably be okay with it.

If Dany tells him she’s pregnant, even before any of that Jon will probably insist they marry  because of his whole bastard issue and they’ll probably be happy about it. (Until Jon learns she’s his aunt, but then it will be too late and he’ll be like ‘whatever’ after a minute).

Their marriage, from either baby-issues or Tag Iron Throne claim might fuck things up even more with the northers for Jon (more bending the knee) or not. They might be all, right, we have a norther as King of all of the seven kingdoms Go Team! They seem pretty fickle, first not following Jon, then following him, then wanting to make Sansa their Queen.

Sansa will probably not like the Jon/Dany thing, no matter what form it takes. She was all annoyed about him bending the knee, actually putting a ring on it might really piss her off. At this point maybe Arya and Sansa are on the same “team” and will both be Anti-Dany, which along with the Targaryen revelation might put some distance between them and Jon. They won’t like being expected to ‘kneel’ to the south again, now that they have reclaimed their home and the north and killed off Little Finger. Not sure. With the NK coming and stuff though, they might get with the program and be all “go dragons” though.

Over all though I liked 7×07. It was a lot more enjoyably than episode 6, which made no sense time-wise or motivation-wise. It was just for the Dany saving them/ Jon being stupidly heroic thing + so the WW would get a dragon. 7×06 was my least favorite episode of the WHOLE series. Seriously I’d rather do the Red Wedding again. All of season 7 and some of 6 have been a bit less awesome though, probably because that’s where the source material ends and GRRM haven’t been involved.

Anyways ep. 7 had lots of things happen and it felt like we made some progress. Dany showed off her dragon. Cerci was being her Cerci self – saying one thing and doing another and always having a devious plan. The Starks took down Little Finger, in a rather unsatisfying way, but whatever. Jon got to be honorable which fucked things up. As Always.

 

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Starks and their honor

I got a little bit of a ‘aww cute’ for the Dany/ Jon moment at the dragon pit but I’m still not feeling the pairing. It’s like when you have those two friends you thought would be great together and you set them up and they’re like “okay we’re supposed to like each other, we’re both hot and stuff so let’s sleep together” because people expect it. That’s where I’m at with the Dany/Jon thing right now. For me it’s more of a “we’re both pretty and young and have power so lets hook up” than true love vibe going on.

Despite it being a little convenient I liked how we got Bran and Sam figuring out Jon’s parentage parallel to him and Dany sleeping together. Thumbs up for that. I’m just not really sure what they’re going to do with Jon being the true heir, the Dany relationship or the Great War. Is Dany going to be the “Princess that was Promised” via her and Jons baby and die (along with her dragons) in season 8 while defeating the WW and the “Final Battle” will then be Jon leading her armies to destroy Cerci?

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Is Jon vs. Cerci going to be the last war? Jon + Dany vs. Cerci + Euron?

I still refuse to believe the war with the WWs is the final battle. But maybe it will be. It won’t in the books but in the show it might…still I hope it will be something else and I really would have liked a Jon vs Dany conflict. I feel like that would really fit in with the whole show. Having the story’s two “heroes” got to war against each other for reasons we understand and agree with (on both sides) and us not knowing not quite who to root for.

Not sure, but for now I’m going to (try to) put Game Of Thrones out of my mind since it’s going to be more than a year (some say spring 19) until we get the last season. It’s going to be really interesting to see how D&D will wrap everything up and I really hope it’s at least going to be moderately satisfying.

I do wish they’d throw in a little more politics and shades of gray but with most power-hungry families blown up (or poisoned or set on fire and) Little Finger gone and pretty much everyone but Cerci and Euron on the same team it’s beginning to look like ‘white-ish team’ (Dany & Jon), ‘dark-gray’ (Cerci & Euron) and ‘black’ team (the White Walkers) instead of lots of shades of gray.

Speaking of gray, right now Jamie really is the most interesting of the bunch (he’s always been).  By their relationship to him Brienne, Cerci, Brom and Tyrion are also interesting. Jamie got his past, his present with Cerci and their possible baby as well as what his conscious, honor and heart tells him.  He is also the one character I don’t feel like I got pegged right now. Is he off to join the Starks/ Dany – how will that go? Or what? What’s his plan? What’s his next step? Will he find redemption? Will he return to Cerci? Will he actually fight against her?

He’s the wild card while the rest of the cast… I feel I got pretty well pegged.

Team Dany + Jon are planning to fight the WW. They will be joining up with Team Stark at Winterfell. They’ll fight the walkers and (at some point) win but with lots of casualties.

Maybe Dany and Jon will get married, maybe Jon will denounce his claim to the throne and end things because Dany is his aunt, but then with her probably ending up preggers change his mind? Whatever personal drama, I can’t really invest since I’m pretty sure she will die and I don’t feel like Jon knows/ loves her enough for her death to be emotionally devastating. It’s also like on one hand – zombies are coming to kill everyone and then other hand these people just hooked up and might be into each other. I mean you don’t watch Game of Thrones for the romance. So it’s like whatever. I’m more interested in how the Starks / Jon dynamic will be affected by his Dany relationship.

Team Cerci will be all ‘power, power, me want’ and she might go, full Mad Queen, if/when she loses her baby (and hears Jamie is dead). I’m thinking things will end tragically, but Cerci as Queen and actually ruling and commanding armies isn’t as interesting as it was when there was actual political maneuvering. And her costumes suck these days. And why isn’t her hair growing?

Those are our two teams. Jon and Dany will be off defeating the WW. Cerci will be conquering the seven kingdoms. I feel like that’s all rather predictable (but with GoT something totally unexpected could happen, but as of last few seasons it’s been pretty lacking in the OMG I didn’t see that coming department). At least one more dragon + ice dragon will probably die. I’m thinking Dany and Jamie too. After that it will finish off with some sort of big battle between actual human armies. Because the show is called the Game of Thrones not The Wall Comes Down or Team Jon vs Winter.

Whether it ends up being Cerci vs. the Starks/ Tag (which seems more likely than my original Targaryen vs. Targaryen theory), or something else remains to be seen. Maybe Dany will go Mad Queen instead of Cerci. Maybe Jon’s death causes it (even though I still don’t think he’ll die, but it would be interesting if he did). Or Dany will lose another baby but live herself and that will cause some Mad Queen stuff. Maybe we’ll have two pregnant Queens fighting the last battle and it will end up being called the ‘Battle of the Bellies’ like some funny person suggested (that’d be awesome)!

As for the absolute end predictions, I’m still thinking Sansa (possibly Jon) in Winterfell. The Iron Throne either melted to nothing or a bunch of new families struggling to get power. Dany + the dragons dead, but maybe she will get to sit on the throne first. I don’t think Jon will take the Iron Throne, but with how they’re playing things it seems more and more possible. Before I didn’t think Jon on the throne was possible, but now with him legit, I’m upgrading it to a possibly-maybe. Just because this for reals would be awesome!

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My death predictions are quite similar to my previous post. I still think Jon will live. Even if the whole The Lone Wolf Dies Sansa speech (lone-wolf has been Jon/ Arya for most of the show and now Arya is home but Jon is not) but then again he’s not a Stark. But he is, because he said Ned was Theon’s dad no matter what, which clearly applies to him. And him dying might be a trigger for Dany somehow. So not as 100% sure he’ll survive but still pretty sure.

I’m still thinking Dany is the one who will die. Ghost and Sansa will live, Arya and Cerci will die (or Arya will go discover what’s west of Westeros). Tyrion will live. Brom too. The thing I really changed my mind about is I now believe Jamie will die for a Stark, completing his redemption arc. Maybe Bran. Or Sansa since she has a connection with the tower Bran was pushed out from; it was where she lit a light for help when escaping from Ramsey. (Brienne would remember and maybe they’d use the system again? And if she and Jamie meet up, he’d go with her and they’d save Sansa together and Jamie would die – I’m just not sure from what since there aren’t a whole lot enemies left in Winterfell with LF gone.) I also think Brienne will live which I was a little iffy on in my first post.

As predicted/spoiled Little Finger died in episode 7, in a quite unsatisfying way. I mean all the Starks did was throw some accusations out there and execute him on the spot. Not cool. Balish not having a clue or a trick up his sleeve + him begging for his life felt kind of out of character.

It seems Tormund died at the Wall (maybe?). We didn’t get a hound/ mountain showdown which I thought was going to happen so that was a little disappointing. And it seems Gendry has been put back on a boat – maybe he died as the Wall fell too? We didn’t see him so let’s hope not. Maybe he’s just been hiding on Dany’s boat, chilling out. I really hope so because I want a Arya / Gendry reunion. Not sure what I’d want (I don’t ship them as a couple) from their meet but I do know I want them to reunite. Same for Arya and Sansa both meeting the Hound again.

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I guess we’ll see how it all turns out in 2019!

Game of Thrones – Why Jon Won’t Die and Other Predictions!

So I’ve recently become an obsessive Game of Thrones fan. I mean I usually marathon-ed each season after it was done airing, hating to wait between each ep, but last year I was just like ‘mmm no, I don’t have time and I just get annoyed because there is still so long until the end’ so I skipped it. So instead I watched some of season 5 and all of season 6 right before the start of season 7. And now I can’t stop obsessing over it. It’s really very annoying.

Anyway, on to my whole “Jon Snow Won’t Die” theory. Martin has said the ending will be bittersweet (or as Ramsey put it “if you thought this had a happy ending, you haven’t been paying attention”). Lots of people think that means Jon will die or the Starks will die or Jon and Dany will hook up and fall in love and then one of them will die and leave the other with their magic perfect Stark/ Targaryen baby to rule the seven kingdoms with Tyrion as his hand.

Um. No. Sorry to break it to you. That’s not going to happen. Nuhu. No. Nope. Not a chance.

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Best ending ever: All the characters die along with the WW. Pod will get the Iron Throne and together with all the whores in Kings Landing repopulate the world. LOL. No. Let’s be serious.

Sure, people will die. They’ll be dropping like flies this season most likely and in season 8 even more people will bite the dust. Before the end Little Finger, Cerci, possibly Arya and most definitively Dany will be gone (along with lots of other minor characters).

But Jon Snow (Targaryen) will not die.

The reasons why: he has already died once, he asked the Red Lady not to bring him back if he died again and finally because we kind of expect it.

A) Having him die once and then die again… I’m not sure if that makes sense. Especially since he died to bring the Free Folk and NW men together. I think Jon is going to somehow broker a peace between the WW and the Seven Kingdoms in season 8, and having him die for the ‘same’ reason (ie bringing two peoples peace) is not good storytelling. I don’t think so anyway.

B) He asked the Red Woman not to bring him back if he died during the Battle of Bastards, meaning he was sort of ready to die. I mean he was in a pretty bad head space at that point but still. I think Jon has always been ready to sacrifice himself, and it’s almost something he wants. I’m not saying he’s suicidal, just that he’s ready and willing to die for the right cause/ the people he loves. So he won’t. Simple Martin/ GoT logic 😛

C) Because we’ve been told the ending is bittersweet, it’s easy to think that means Jon dying for the “cause”  remembered by all as a hero. But I for one don’t buy that. I don’t even buy the whole final battle between the “dead and living” that’s too simple, too predictable. I don’t think it will go down like that at all (more on that in the Season 8 prediction section).

The bittersweet ending will probably be Lord of the Ring-ish, with Frodo never being the same but still alive. GRR Martain has said he was inspired by this when he first started the series, but we’ll see if D&D does something else. But this show has killed off so many characters so we’ve come to expect it almost. So they won’t do that with Jon.

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Cheer up Jon! You might not know anything, but you’ll live!

So, those are my reason to why I think Jon will live. I also think, that in a twist that gives him both what he wants and not, I think he’ll become Lord of Winterfell and possibly end up marrying his half-sister/ cousin Sansa. Even if that’s a bit icky.

Jon ending up with Sansa makes a weird sort of sense, even more so in the books. Sure there is the incest-factor or the “we were siblings growing up and are now cousins.” But come on. This is Westeros. Marrying your cousin was totally normal, DanyxJon is happening in season 7 (and nephew/ aunt is about the same as cousin/cousin). Sansa and Jon never spent much time together as kids when they meet at Castle Black they’re pretty much strangers (especially since they hadn’t seen each other in like 5 years).

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Best reunion ever!

So other than the related bit it makes sense. Sansa has been engaged and married to a bunch of total assholes (mostly Joffery and Ramsey, but the Tyrell guy (gay) and Tyrion (a middle-aged Lannister dwarf) weren’t exactly awesome matches either). There is also the Egg and Dunk Ashford tournament theory with the five suitors matching Sansas “suitors” and the last one is a Targaryen…and right now in the show the only male Targaryen around is Jon.

Anyway Sansa has had it pretty rough since day one (Lady, her direwolf was put to death, she was engaged to Joffery the cunt, had to watch her father be beheaded, was tormented at court, married off to Tyrion, had to escape after Joffrey’s death and then she ended up married to Ramsey an even bigger cunt. All while LF has been creeping around her being, well, creepy) and her story focus have always been who she should marry. Since day 1 she’s wanted to marry a prince and have babies. So either she’ll die or marry someone “…brave, gentle and strong…(That boy (Joffery) is no Prince Aemon, you must believe me.”) (book) like her father promised. Jon is a brave, gentle and strong + a Targaryen prince…or well king…both King in the North and the heir to the Iron Throne. He’s exactly what she wants…except she grew up being an ass to him, thinking of him as a bastard (mostly due to her mother hating him) so getting him would fulfill her dreams but in a totally weird way. Very Martin.

Same with Jon. He clearly wants to be a Stark, in the books he dreams of a family of his own, of being Lord of Winterfell and I think that kind of comes through a bit in the show too. He wants to not be a bastard and he wants to marry and have a family. He just gave that up to join the NW because he thought he never could have it. He always put everyone else first, always thinking he’s not really worthy because he is a Bastard. In the show Sansa has already made him feel more like a Stark than anyone (giving him a cloak like their fathers, saying he is a Stark to her etc) And we know he likes red-heads 😛

Them shacking up would make sense politically too, if it became known Jon was a Targaryen. Marrying the Lady of Winterfell would show he is still committed to the north. It might be something like that at first, just like with Cat and Ned, even though there are  some kind of interesting vibes between Jon and Sansa already (“Where will you go?” “Where will we go.” // The cloak / dress scene // Fight + the candle lights + “I won’t ever let him touch you again” // beating the crap out of Ramsey //bedroom conversation + forehead kiss// sitting together at the head of the table when Jon was named king // arguing like an old married couple // the whole “touch my sister and I will kill you myself” and slamming LF against the wall just like Ned back in season 1 for Cat. Of course, all those could just be explained as brotherly love and Jon wanting to protect the only family he has left).

I’m not sure if I ship them, but they do make sense in a GoT type of way, if they do decide to marry people off in the end. The only other possible match I see for Sansa is Gendry, if he’s legitimized, and to make the whole thing come full circle (with Ned and Rob B “joining” their house together like they wanted back in season 1). I kind of like that idea, because it would add some to the Sansa/Genry/Arya conflict.

But other than Gendry, Jon is the only guy left who makes sense for Sansa. But the show probably won’t go with Jonsa way because of possible backlash with the sibling thing and they’re doing the Jon/Dany thing. But it is still an interesting match. Sophie and Kit have good chemistry even if there is still a bit of incest ick. There are some people shipping it (here) but I expect that with the recent first meet of Dany and Jon there will be plenty of folks shipping the two Targaryens.

For me Dany and Jon… I just don’t see that. I mean, sure they’ll probably rip each other’s clothes off and fuck because…fanservice? but long term Dany and Jon wouldn’t work. She’d get bored, he’d feel weird about her sometimes “let’s kill/burn some people” vibes and he doesn’t want to be king and all she wants is be Queen and sit on the world’s most uncomfortable chair. And they’re both pretty suck-y leaders so them ruling Westeros together would blow the whole world up or something. But mostly because their stories don’t match.

Sure, they both had their first love die. Kind of because of them. And they’ve both risen to power. They have the whole fire and ice thing (even if Jon is both Ice and Fire, I think it’s fair to say Jon has more of a connection to ice at this point and Dany to fire). But Jon has struggled, building himself up from nothing and never asking for power. He’s looking out for everyone and it got him KILLED. Dany has always been about herself. She takes and been given things because of her name, her dragons and her beauty, not because she is a leader or is working for the good of everyone. People die FOR her, she doesn’t die for THEM.

I mean Dany is hot and seem awesome. Girl power right? But looking closer it’s pretty clear she’s not a very good ruler. She never had any training in how to rule and is very young (but she and Jon are almost the exact same age, both born at the end of the war. Not that Jon is super leader either…but better than her.) She’s selfish, untrustworthy and shortsighted not to mention violent.

She threatened burnt down a city if she wasn’t let in, she broke her promise to trade Drogon for the slave army, crucified all the slavers, put to death a slave that killed a slaver in custody, she wants to “break the wheel” and bring about her new world (which sounds nice and all because Westeros is kind of crappy, but still Adolf Hitler said something pretty danged similar and we all know how that turned out).

She let her dragons burn and eat a man because he was (possibly) in league with her enemies with no trial and killed all the Dothraki Khals and gave a rousing speech about killing people and tearing down the stone houses in Westeros. I’m not saying she has done something worse than any other character, but if she wasn’t a beautiful girl would we love her so much? I mean, what if she was a middle-aged man claiming she had the right to rule the world and stuff? Would she still be as sympathetic? Maybe. Maybe not.

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I mean, she’s a cool character and would/will be an awesome “villain” (GoT doesn’t really have straight up villains but you know what I mean). She started off like a pretty innocent character, we felt sympathy for her as she was “sold” and raped, when she lost her baby and Khal Drogo died. Then things start to get a little iffy. Season 2&3 she was mostly confused, trying to survive in any way she could while slowly getting some power. She isn’t evil-evil like Joffery or Ramsey or anything. She has good intentions. She just sucks at implementing them and actually ruling. And that is possibly more dangerous.

She thinks she’s right.

She (and lots of other people) thinks she deserves to rule/ sit on the Iron Throne and that her way is THE way. And she has dragons, which means once she gets tired of the whole taking the Seven Kingdoms without too much bloodshed, she can always just get on a dragon and be Queen of the Ashes. I mean seriously, her family motto is “Blood and Fire”. That’s not very encouraging but at the same time, Dany gets things done. Sometimes that is really freaking useful but still. Martin is not a fan of war and Dany “is a conqueror”, just like Daario (and Tyrion?) said back in season 5/6.

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Warrior Queen if I ever saw one…

So I don’t see a HEA for Dany and I think Jon will get some sort of OK ending so they can’t match them up. Jon’s ending won’t be ideal but I do think he will be Lord of Winterfell, he will know he’s not a Bastard but a prince/ king. But he will turn the Iron Throne down (if there is one at the end of the series), because all he ever wanted was to be part of a happy normal family. To not be a bastard, to be part of something (like the brotherhood that makes up the NW, which failed big time with them killing him and all).

Or he’ll just live while all other Starks die, Winterfell and Kings Landing might be destroyed and he’ll decide to go traveling off to some distant land (Frodo style). Or he’ll be the new Night King or something like that. Maybe that’s what the “prince that was promised” means, maybe they need a new king every few thousand years. Okay, I don’t really believe that but anything is possible in GoT.

Anyway, that’s my cup of tea. Maybe I’m just desperate for Jon not to die because he’s my favorite character but I think the signs do point to him being alive at the end of season 8.

Now on to some other Game of Thrones stuff. Last year apparently some scripts for season 7 were leaked. Since I’ve been obsessing about the show and needing to know what was going to happen…well I kind of couldn’t help myself.

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LEAKED PLOTS FOR SEASON 7 AHEAD!! BE AWARE

I know. I know. Part of the fun is not knowing. But It’s just so hard to wait. So I checked out the leaked scrips/ summaries for season 7. I didn’t really mean to read them all, just the 07×4 one. I only wanted to know when Jon would be reunited with Sansa, Arya and Bran and learn he’s actually a Targaryen. But once I got started I couldn’t stop.

Basically it seems like the season will go something like (from 7×04); Dany getting her burning people freak on (Feild of Fire), Jon deciding he needs to capture a wight and goes north to do so, LF playing mind games with Arya and Sansa but them killing him by the end of the season. While beyond the wall Jon will call upon Dany to come help him and his gang, she will bring her dragons, one of them will die and be turned into an ice dragon. She will be pissed, promise to help Jon stop the WW, he will offer to bend the knee if she promises that and they’ll sleep together. Bran and Sam will find proof that Jon is actually a Targaryen (legitimate) and the heir to the iron throne. Cerci will become pregnant but lose the baby. Sansa and Brienne will leave for Kings Landing to see the wight which the others are bringing to the capitol by boat. The wall will fall and the WW will come streaming into Westeros.

Hew.

Lots of stuff going down, not sure if it’s all going to come true but the first few eps have apparently been pretty accurate. I hope some of it is wrong but I’m going to assume it’s basically right and make some guesses for season 8 based on that.

PREDICTIONS FOR SEASON 8 FACTORING IN THE LEAKED PLOTS

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If all of the leaked stuff turns out to be true, I figure season 8 will open with the north gang + Dany somehow either getting Cerci to work with them or her going Mad Queen and blowing shit up after losing her baby (and possibly Jamie killing her).

Or Dany will just burn it all herself… which might make Jon a tad bit less eager to keep on banging her and might make him change his mind about bending the knee. At this point Arya will arrive, possibly with the documents proving Jon is the legitimate heir to the Iron Throne. This will not make Dany happy, she will have spent 6.5 seasons declaring herself the one and only rightful queen.

But I imagine they wouldn’t tell her having realized she really-really wants to be queen and Jon has no real interest in the throne. But Jon would probably stop having sex with her which would confuse and piss the heck out of her (since guys always fall all over themselves to be with her). Or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part, I mean the incest thing isn’t the same in Westeros as it is for us. Sinc Jon would keep his legacy a secret, the whole of the seven kingdoms would have to accept Dany as their queen and turn their armies north. Plus the gang have brought a wight so people will hopefully be taking the WW threat seriously. Even if they didn’t get an army together Jon will going back north once he learned that the Wall had fallen to try to protect his home and stop the army of the dead. (Arya might stay to try to strike Cerci off her list.)

Back home at Winterfell (Sansa still in charge), Bran manages to communicate with the WW, maybe sending himself back in time and seeing/creating the original peace treaty and becoming Bran the builder?  The wall has fallen and the WW are moving closer to them every day. Jon returns, the deal between the WW and the humans are possibly brokered by him and Bran, resulting in the ‘final battle’ not having to happen. (Something like the WW promise not to come south of the wall and the humans must remain on their side and probably some kind of yearly sacrifice like Kraster(? the yucky guy with his daughter-wives or the dragons being killed or sent away).

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Remember this?

BUT Dany would refuse this peace treaty.

She does not make peace, she conquers and destroys the way of the peoples she takes over completely. She did it in the slave cities (sure stopping slavery is a noble goal, but it was the way of that city for centuries! Some sort of slow political reform would have been much better and probably caused a whole lot less death and social/ cultural issues) and in a sense with the Dothraki, her trying to change them (stop them from raping and pillaging) was what lead to the death of her husband and child back in season 1. Plus, with the WW killing one of her dragons, one of her children, she would want them ALL dead. Burn them all style. (In that way she and Cerci are quite similar.)

Jon cares more about the people, as we have seen time and time again, with him bringing the Free Folk through the Wall, wanting to save everyone and is big into self-sacrificing, like when he offered to fight Rasmey rather than have thousands of men fight their battles for them. Generally, he isn’t into vengeance (possibly with the exception of Ramsey who ‘stole’ his childhood home, beat and raped his sister/cousin and killed his little cousin/brother right in front of him #shouldazigzagged). That kind of pissed him off. But even there he stopped himself from killing Ramsey.

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This!

So Jon would rally the north and possibly reveal his Targaryen heritage as the true heir, to try to get Dany’s followers on his side (or not, he might be able to claim the Stark name via Lyanna too). He might marry Sansa here to secure the north. Or not, the north might follow him despite learning he’s actually Targaryen (if Lyanna Mormont has anything to say about it they will).  Or Jon could make Gendry a Baratheon if Sansa would agree to marry him and they could claim the Iron Throne that way (but if Dany took the throne back Robber’s claim might be totally nullified, then again Cerci has no true claim to the throne either. Not sure how it all would work.)

The Night King would hand over to the ice dragon to Jon / or ride it himself into battle against Dany’s forces and this might turn out to be the final battle.

Jon (Jaeharys) Targaryen vs. Daenerys Targaryen.

Jon will have the alliance with the WW, which will guarantee that the world lives on once Dany agrees to leave Westeros with her dragons – and when she won’t even to save everyone – when her army / her dragons have been defeated. Dany will have a huge army and dragons and the belief that the WW are totally evil, Jon has betrayed her and only by killing them all (and Jon) will she and her dragon babies be safe, even if losing means absolutely everyone in the world dying.

Even if the reason for the war is something else, or the battle with the WW ends and it becomes known Jon has a claim to the throne (and maybe wins the Battle for the Dawn making people go all “we want Jon to be our king, go back to Meereen Dany”). Whatever it is I really think it will be between Jon and Dany. It’s simply the thing that will have the most impact on us all. This will pit everyone against each other.

Dany will be totally upset since she might have fallen for Jon and can’t understand his desire for making peace with monsters (ironic since her dragons are pretty monstrous) and will feel he has betrayed her, Brienne and Jamie (unless he kills Cerci and joins Jon, which seems unlikely) will be on opposite sides, the Mountain and the Hound (unless this happens earlier) will fight it out, Bron and Tyrion (possibly Jamie / Tyrion if Tyrion changes side to Jon) and probably more I can’t think of. Over all, this Dany vs Jon scenario, (not everyone teaming up to fight the WW) would create more emotional stakes and truly make this war a “A villain is a hero of the other side” kind of conflict.

In the end I think the dragons will all be killed (Bran might Warg one, which would be cool, or not since he’s beeing all ‘I’m the three eyed raven’ wacky). Dany will also die, probably by ser friend zone or Jon’s hand or the Ice Dragon. Magic might somehow be destroyed again, just like it was 8,000 years ago when the WW disappeared. Kings Landing is destroyed. Westeros is split into seven different self governing kingdoms, probably with Jon being King in the North, ruling from Winterfell. Or Kings Landing stands and another war about who will be king (once Jon decides he doesn’t want the Iron Throne) will start. The Game of Thrones will have no ending, showing the way that power struggles are eternal and no one ever wins…

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Final Fate Character Predictions 

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Sansa – Alive, living at Winterfell / Queen in the North. Possibly married to someone because else there will be no more Starks unless she has a kid.

Arya – will be dead at the end of the series, possibly making heroic sacrifice. Or she’ll dying because she can’t let go of her kill list/ revenge. She’s simply to damaged to survive and I think despite her claiming it, she can never really be Arya Stark of Winterfell again. If she could warg, I would say living her life in Nymeria would be her best bet, which I think will be how the book ends.

Brandon – alive, but still the Three Eyed Raven and being all freaky.

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Cerci – dead, there really is no way she lives through this after everything she’s done.

Jamie – too soon to tell. possibly alive and going off to start a new life ‘Frodo’ style. Possibly dying while / soon after killing Cerci.

Tyrion – Alive. Just because D&D loves him and so do most fans.

TARGARYEN

Jon – alive. Possibly at Winterfell/ King in the North or doing a ‘Frodo’ like Jamie.

Dany – dead.

OTHERS

Little Finger – dead. Hopefully Sansa kills him but spoilers claim Arya. We’ll see…

Ghost – I really hope he lives through it all!

Gendry – could go either way, if he survives season 7, I think he might make it out alive. I think he’ll have a reunion with Arya but be shocked by how different she is.

Yara & Euron –  her capture by Euron will end with one of them dead and the boss of the Iron Islands. I’m hoping for Yara but I’m not sure. Could go either way in GoT.

Theon – I think he might mount rescue giving Yara the chance to kill Euron, but end up dying in the attempt but redeeming himself to his sis.

Sam, Gilly, Little Sam – I think the show will make Sam be the one who has been writing “A Song of Ice and Fire” all along. Sam and his little family will be the only ones to really live happily ever after because I think the tone of how he told it would be different if either Gilly or Little Sam was dead. Even if they don’t end up making Sam some sort of weird ‘narrator’ I really hope the Sam clan will get a good ending.

Ser Davos – I really hope he lives! He’s pretty good at staying alive by not being a hero. So either he’ll keep on doing that or he’ll be a hero one time a be dead forever…

Brienne – I think she might die but I really hope she gets to either hook up with Jamie or Tormund first. I mean she seriously deserve some happiness, but with GoT that’s unlikely. I did hear a interesting theory where she is the younger and more beautiful (she has a lot of inner beauty) prophesied Queen that will finally topple Cerci. It would love that but I don’t believe it will happen.

Tormund – if he lives through the WW capture mission he might be okay… which I really hope for because I want more Brienne/ Tormund.

Ser Friend Zoned – will die. Either on the mission to capture the WW or in some sort of final battle. I really hope Dany is there when he does die and actually one time tells him she actually loves him (in whatever way, daughterly, friendly or in love-love. I mean seriously, their send offs / reunions are the only times Dany seem to have emotions these days…)

 

What makes a good love story?

 

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John & Aeryn

 

Prompted by a cold and a rewatch of the 90s show Farscape, I’ve been thinking a lot of my favorite love stories and why I love them so much. I’ve shipped a lot of couples over the years; both in books and TV. Most of them have a few things in common, but it’s maybe not the things you would think.

They have a mission

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Abby & Connor

Saving the world from an alien invasion, finding murderers, escaping evil overlords or military vampires in bondage clothes, sending dinosaurs through time portals, going home, starting a PI business, stopping a plague, getting their jobs back or saving the city – most of my favorite characters have a lot of stuff going on outside their relationship with one another. They want stuff. Sometimes the same stuff and sometimes not. The mission comes first – at least at the start of the series – and it drives the story. It puts characters in situations where they need to act, choose and fight for (and occasionally with) each other.

Whether they are doing this in a living space ship, a crime lab or while saving history from a time traveling terrorist doesn’t really matter. The big thing here is that mission brings them together and along the way they fall in love.

Point: Your characters needs to have a strong want, desire, goal that at brings him in contact with the future love interest.  

They are part of a team

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Team Arrow

Because three is better than two. And five is better than three. After that it’s debatable. But most characters are part of a group that want something. The dynamic of the group is almost as important as the budding love story. Friends and family, allies and enemies, they all change our relationship, influence them.

Here the classic three people is fairly common – it’s Harry, Ron and Hermione. It’s Michael, Fiona and Sam. It’s Chuck, Sarah and Casey. It’s Percy, Annabeth and Grover. It’s Buffy, Willow and Xander (and Giles so I guess that’s four). It’s Nikita, Michael and Birkhoff. It’s the amazing power trio!

There is also the 4+ group; Stargate SG-1, Team Castle, the Farscape gang, Leverage, Arrow (post season 1) and Bones lab. 

However many they are, the team works as a second (or sometimes primary) family for our couple (to be). They’re all on the same side most of the time (but argue and disagree frequently), stick together through thick and thin, never leave each other behind. They’re willing to die for one another. They have each other’s back, but also provide drama and increased tension. Also the team can poke fun at each other. And we all know a little humor can go along way…

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I feel for you Johnny

Point: The team makes for more cozyness, drama and raises the stakes while also giving your characters people with different skill sets to help them and fight along side. Plus we all love people who are part of a ‘tribe’ that will do anything for each other, making the team more than the sum of their parts.

Their stories are not love stories

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Elfen Lied

This might be the most important bit of why I love the love stories I love. The story isn’t a love story. Not in a traditional way (as in on page 1: boy meets girl and the story is about boy-girl falls in love, losing each other and then finding one another again). The love story is second to the main plot. Nikita isn’t about Nikita shacking up with Michael. Vampire Academy isn’t about Rose finding true love. Stargate isn’t about Sam/Jack. Mercy Thompson isn’t about Mercy finding true love and eternal bliss and happiness with her super hunky werewolf hubby Adam (but that bit is important too). Their primary focus are other things.

This ties in with the whole they have a mission, but is also a stand alone point. Because a “normal” love story has a pattern, one most of us know. It’s the boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy regains girl trope. Which most of us are pretty tired of. At least because in stories where the focus is the romance, the thing that drives boy-girl apart often feel unrealistic or lame or just plain old stupid. It’s the misunderstanding, the accidental kiss with a drunk ex, the reveal that it was all a bet or wrong choice for no reason.

While in a show where the love story is an element of the plot, rather than the focus, the reasons for being torn apart make more sense. It’s about more than getting the girl. It’s about saving the world and getting the girl. It’s about finding the killer and getting the guy. It’s about bringing down the evil organization and making sure your one true love isn’t caught while spying on said organisation. It’s about vengeance and maybe getting the boy. It’s about nearly blowing up a galaxy (including yourself, your wife and newborn kid) to get everyone to stop killing each other and agree to peaceful negotiations.

Point: When the story is not a ‘normal’ love story and the drama is caused by a bigger storyline rather than something to do with a conflict between the boy-girl, it makes the story feel more believable and enjoyable.

They took their sweet time getting together

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Percabeth

It took Bones/ Booth like what? 5-6 seasons to get together. Castle / Beckett four. Mercy and Adam don’t seriously get together until book 3. Fiona and Michael have a one-off thing but don’t really commit for a long time. Percy and Annabeth don’t hook up until the end (granted they were kids in the beginning). Ron / Hermione took what? Seven books? Chuck and Sara? Well they fake dated but after that it took a while. Sam and Jack (Stargate SG-1) never ‘officially’ even got together. Eragon and Arya didn’t even get a proper kiss. Rose and Dimitri spend three books falling in love and then just as they get together he gets turned into a Strigoi. Heck it even took Katniss and Peeta ages to get together (I don’t really care about them but it’s still a good example).

But here is the important bit: even though the characters aren’t officially a couple, my fave ships are kind of together. They spend all their time around each other, saving each other’s lives, helping with each others problems. They trust each other. They’re just in denial about their feelings, don’t want to risk being hurt, their is bad timing. Point is, they’re a couple before becoming a real couple-couple. Sometimes they’re even together but haven’t quite worked out the kinks and end up breaking up but still beeing together-but-not-together.  Anyway, we know they love each other and are meant to be before they do, we feel and see the things they miss. 

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This I think is a key point in writing romance, and something that seems to be skipped over a lot. You have your characters, you have your love story thought out, you have the conflict and the thing that forces them to resolve it, the ‘boy loses girl’ and the reunion all thought out. The problem is, a lot of the time, authors / creators just tend to skip over the bit where we learn why the characters are perfect for each other. The actual falling in love. The good times when they’re actually working together and are talking (having lots and lots of sex do not count as falling in love, something lots of modern ‘romance’ novelist seems to have forgotten. Falling in lust is not falling in love).

It truly baffles me sometimes. Mostly when reading romance, where the characters just suddenly love each other. After seeing someone in class and speaking to them twice, they’re meant to be soulmates? That makes no sense. Same with some TV shows. Like why does Cat like Vincent so much in Beauty and the Beast? Willing to risk it all for him after five minutes? Why did Oliver pine so much for Laurel when they don’t match at all? Even when she hated him? Makes no sense! Clare in the Mortal Instrument and her love interest Jace have zero chemistry and he’s kind of an ass half the time (granted I only watched like five eps of this show) so why are they so into one another? Without the author they’d just leave another alone and get on with their lives.

Even some of my fave books are guilty. Like why would Harry suddenly like Ginny, his BFF’s little annoying sister? (I mean did anyone ship Ginny/ Harry? I mean I know he needed a baby mama to have the kids they were going to name all the dead people after but why not Luna who was so much more awesome as a character?) Sydney in Bloodlines go from slow burn sweet high school-ish love with Adrian to giving up her freedom to save him to married with children in two books. Kind of weird because two books ago she was kind freaked out by vampires. I still like her and Adrian but sometimes love is just rushed at that makes me annoyed. 

So while love at first sight might sound romantic, and maybe in real life it is, in fiction, suddenly meeting a guy and then being in love with him three hours later, willing to die, give up your goal, dreams and lifestyle makes no sense. Bella has known Edward for what? Four months and she wants to be with him forever and become a vampire (okay I would too, but not because I wanted to be with him forever (can you say boring) but rather because being immortal and having super speed and strength and lots of money seems like a sweet deal.) Every Cinderella story ever written is this: the girl spends a few hours with a guy and WHAM they’re soulmates.

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I mean, I can buy it in animated Disney movies (even though they do love better these days with both Tangled’s Rapunzel and Flynn and Frozen’s Anna and Kristoff spend most of the movie together before actually realizing they are perfect for one another and Frozen actually subverting this trope with the love at first sight with Hans) but live action TV and novels?

Seriously, to make a love story feel real, your characters need to experience some stuff together. Talk. Maybe have mad passionate monkey sex. Maybe not. Just don’t let the relationship just poof into being.

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It only took them 4 years…to kiss

I mean it took Castle and Beckett four years to even make out (well there was the parking lot). Jack and Emily take until the last episodes to finally hook up and get married. TVD’s Caroline/ Stefan were friends for like six seasons before they got their first kiss. I’m not saying either Castle, TVD or Revenge handled their ships perfectly but they worked a heck of alot better for me than the hello! I love you! scenarios you see sometimes.

Point: Just like real relationships, fictional ones take time to develop. Don’t rush into it. If you’re writing a series, let the romance go slow. If you’re doing something stand alone, don’t try to do too much and make sure to develop the love and not force it, before you have the couple actually get together.

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This was my thoughts on relationships based on some of my favorite shows and books. It’s not the ultimate truth or the perfect way to write a love story. It’s what I think works, what I personally enjoy. What I think makes for epic love stories. I like the slow burn, the mission, the action, the life and death and saving each other. And the world. Don’t forget saving the world. Unless your too busy blowing it up to save it.

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My favorite 2016 (fall) new TV shows!

Wow! I haven’t posted in a long while, been feeling really ‘meheww’ about writing (and thinking) for a good long while. But since….

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… and life was slow and boring last week I’ve watched the first few episodes of all the new shows I had decided to check out this fall. And suddenly totally wanted to share my thoughts.

So I didn’t have that many shows I was excited about coming out this fall. Lethal Weapon looked cool and I was intrigued by the Timeless concept and Westworld looked cool but kind of not my thing (I have issues with robots. they wig me out.)

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See! Super scary!

 

Okay! Let’s get to the reviewing!

Timeless

First of all, I was right that Timeless (check out the trailer) was going to be cool! I freaking love shows with stuff like this. Get in a cool machine and WHAM you’re in the past. (Makes me think of Stargate SG 1 except SG 1 was about going different planets…and aliens that all spoke English. Yeah, it’s a bit like that because even Abraham Lincoln is like “Dude, rock on”.)

Anyway.

This is Lucy. The weird metal thing behind her is the time machine.

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Basic concept: Terrorist stole a time machine and is trying to muck it up. Lucy (a slightly awkward history professor) and Wyatt (solider with dead wife as backstory) and Ruffus (their black driver…I mean pilot, who is smart and adorable) are being sent back in the “back-up” time machine to stop said terrorist from destroying the past and present/future. Kind of. With cool costumes.

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Okay so for me, this show totally works. It’s got a fun premise, the characters are different enough from each other to make for an interesting team and there is some action, some funny stuff, some history, really cool costumes and potential for lots of drama and moral discussions (like should we really keep history the same? Wouldn’t saving Lincoln from being assassinated be a good thing? Lucy’s sister disappearing because of history changing – can we fix it (yes we can…no builder Bob, back in the toybox) and saving Wyatt’s dead wife? (Could that be possible?) And some mystery about the whole Rittenhouse (the group the terrorist is trying to wipe from existence) and just generally where we’re going next!

Also Lucy -played Abigail Spencer – is so adorable and Wyatt is totally not bad to look at either…and I’m totally shipping them already. So they got that going for them!

And I love their fake names; Juliet Shakesman, Nurse Jackie, Denzel Washington, Buck Rogers and when they joke about future stuff and no one gets it but them.

What more can you ask for? I for one am really loving it and can’t wait to see what funny wacky adventures the gang ends up on next week! I’m also hoping for time travel smarty-pants breakthrough that lets you travel to places when you were alive (because I’m so totally thinking Wyatt is the ‘someone’ who saved Lucy when her car crashed…ten years before their first meeting. Okay maybe not, but it was just something about that story that made me think that. I guess time will tell…hehe time travel joke!)

There are of course some things that don’t make sense. Like what is really going on with Flynn? Is he from the future; where he knows Lucy who is helping them or some weird AU? Like an alternate timeline and he’s actually trying to fix history the way it was in his world. No…maybe. Probably not.

AND how is the time machine also a teleporter? (Is it like the Doctor’s box? Then why isn’t it bigger on the inside?) I mean time travel is impressive enough without teleportation added. But I get why they made it a teleporter too…because of FUN and COOLNESS! But still maybe someone should have explained it too? Like here is how you time travel (folds over paper) and here is how you teleport (folds paper into airplane…wait, someone already invented that).

The nitpicker in me also wonders WHY WERE THE LEAVES AND GRASS GREEN in December in western Germany? Why no frost and no one wearing gloves? Has no one been to West Germany in December? How about West Washington? I haven’t been to West Germany but I’m pretty sure it’s colder than that in December!

Also, did they really speak like normal English back in 1885? I mean they all sounded kind of stuffy, but how easy would it really have been to understand? And why is Wyatt’s hair so CUTE? I love that his hair is adorably messy but in like the 20-60s wouldn’t people be like…”who is this homeless person with the bed head!”

Timeless score

Awesomeness: 5/5

Plot logic: 4/5

Shipping potential: 5/5

Mainstream: 3/5

 

Next show on the list…

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Agent Carter has become a slutty but awesome lawyer. Hayley Atwell is really…well there is just something so compelling about her. No matter what she does, who she plays, or whatever, I just can’t not be fascinated. She’s simply cool and the character she plays is just such a mess!

But while I enjoyed Convictions first few episodes (well mostly Atwell being totally awesome as Hayes Morrison) there is one kind of big problem with the whole thing. Why would you hire someone – even an ex-first daughter – instead of letting them go to jail for drug possession (or whatever)? WHY? WHY????? I get that there is no show without it, but still. You knew it was going to cause trouble, yes I’m talking to you DA Wallace. Sure you want to sleep with her (again?) and you want to make her possibly soon to be President mom happy, but still… there had to have been a smarter solution.

But we’re just going to accept that’s what happened and move on. To the next kind of problem; why is there so much stuff happening? The premises of the show is this group of legal people from various parts of the criminal justice system try to ‘resolve’ cases that maybe weren’t properly investigated the first time around. Cool idea. We get a case of the week but it’s not ‘solve the murder and find the killer’ but more sort of ‘find the truth, maybe free someone maybe innocent’. So we get to root for the little guy, Hayes gets to stick it to the man and all that good stuff.

Except for fact that the case of the week take up like 1 % of the stuff going on. Okay, maybe a little more. But there is also Hayes and the DA boss guy – who is also her ex and dude she wants to have angry sex with – her Mom president to be, tension on the team (Jimmy Olsson wants to steal her job), plus her ragtag band of crime…reviewers? aren’t exactly working super well together yet and just general Hayes being Hayes. It just feels like too much stuff going on somehow.

Still, Hayes is such a hot mess it works. The cases seem to be getting more into focus and the team is more solid after a few eps. Hayes is still making a bit of trouble but she’s really into this new job of hers so she’s trying…But it’s not going super. Which makes us like her more! Why do we love people that are total messes? What’s wrong with us? And why did that last scene in the ep. with Haze and the olive tree make me want to cry?

Conviction Score

Awesomeness: 4/5

Plot logic: 3/5

Shipping potential: 5/5

Mainstream: 4/5

Bull

I actually hadn’t seen the trailer for this when I watched the pilot. Tony, tired of solving navy crimes has left the NCIS to become a jury fixer. Basically, he tailors a jury to make sure to get the right verdict for his client.

It’s kind of fun but in a while, I think it’s going to get a little boring. It’s always in a courtroom, always trying to get the jury on the right side. I don’t know, maybe they can make it work. And what’s up with all the employees, I get the tech girl and the FBI chick and the lawyer but the rest? It’s kind of bad sign when you don’t really know or can really super remember the difference between the characters after a few eps.

Things that don’t make sense: Where does the money to help these clients come from? Why is Tony getting so old? Is the point of this show to make me lose faith (if I ever had any) in the American justice system?

Bull Score

Awesomeness: 3/5

Plot logic: 4/5

Shipping potential: 2/5

Mainstream: 4/5

Lethal Weapon

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So this is also a FUN show. It’s also kind of got some real serious bits. Dead pregnant wife as backstory serious. But they’re still keeping it pretty light. It’s basically the budding partnership between these two very different guys. Things blow up a lot too, which is both fun and kind of annoying.

MacGyver (2016) 

Reboots are kind of hard. It’s OK but so far it feels like nothing is being MacGyver-ed! I mean sure stuff is being made from weird stuff but nothing super exciting. It’s all things I could work out with like five seconds on google and/or a life hacks vid on youtube! Or Burn Notice or Scorpion has already done it! And why does MacGyver look about 12? Why is the computer girl not in more scenes! She rocks!

The Rising

Planning on checking out Frequency, Van Helsing and Designated Survivor after their first seasons are done. Also Westworld. Maybe. If I can get over my fear of robots 😀 The No Tomorrow romantic comedy also seems fun but I think I’ll wait until the first season is done.

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Thoughts some of the other shows I’m following and how they’re doing on their second, third or sixth season!

I’m still fangirling Lucifer, which I got hooked on last year. Mom is awesome! Finally divorcing the ex is good. Amenadiel losing his wings after hooking up with Maze and just being bad is also cool!

Blindspot, which I loved so much when it first came out has lost some of its appeal but I’m still into it enough I’m watching every week. It feels like a whole different show in season 2, but I’m glad we’re getting answers about why Jane has the tattoos and Weller’s name on her back. But more tattoo cases! They were fun!

Arrow (+ Flash)I finally gave up on this year after one ep. I’m just going to erase like the last season and pretend it ended when Oliver and Felicity just drove off into the sunset at the end of season 3. Flash after Flashpoint feels weird and I’ll probably marathon the first half of the season over Christmas. 

Once Upon a Time is moving so sloooow, it’s like you need to watch four episodes for the main characters to actually do something because there are so many minor characters we(I) don’t really care about running around having their stories told. No offense but I want Emma! Snow! Hook! Henry! Maybe bring back Elsa she was so cool (I just had to!) This is the last season (or so I heard) and I just want good things for all the heroes, even Regina! And a Captain Swan wedding, if that’s not too much!

Limitless…is season 2 happening or what? It was canceled, then it was bought by someone else, then canceled again? Or what? I’m just confused because it was a funny show with so much potential!

Scorpion is getting annoying with all the Walter Loves Paige shit taking focus. It’s cute but stop rubbing our faces in it; it’s just weird now. Do love the Happy/Toby baby thing though! So awesome!

Quantico ended season 1 pretty well. It worked for me. Now season 2 (which I have yet to start watching) is going to be something similar but with a new government agency… is it really still cool to call it Quantico then? I don’t know. I’ll probably check out all the eps after the midseason finale.

Did I miss some awesome new show this fall? You like or hate any of the new arrivals I mentioned?

Review: Blindspot 1×10 “Evil Handmade Instrument”

OMG! Just watched the mid season finale of Blindspot (1×10 “Evil Handmade Instrument”) and can’t believe I’ll have to wait like three months to see what happens next. So unfair. Yeah, SPOILERS ahead, you have been warned, also if you haven’t watched this ep, I’d suggest stopping like five minutes before the end (somewhere around the “Great timing” line). That way the cliffhanger will make you less crazy (or well you’ll miss it which means it can’t make you crazy at all!)

Anyway, moving on the the actual review part of this. What to say about this episode…we had dead boyfriend, Russian spies, Jaimie Alexander speaking Russian, Patterson being kind of sad but mostly in denial, take down on a big boat, a Kurt/Jane kiss! (happy dance), Jane being kidnapped, the Natasha agent quitting (but since the bad guy blackmailing her dies (yay!) this is probably not going to stick and shocking (at least kind of) revelations about Jane’s amnesia and tattoos.

Over all this episode felt a little like it was trying to cram a little too much into it and while it did give us Cute First Kiss, I didn’t love it as much as I’d expected. Maybe because last week playing dress up and going undercover (and Rich .com) was so awesome and so much fun. Maybe because the ending leaves me too much to wonder about and makes me worried about if it’s going to change the shows awesome dynamics and stuff. Maybe I’ve just been obsessing to much about the show and have unrealistic expectations 😛

So my two favorite moment in this ep. actually follow each other and both come at the end; Jane and Patterson talking/ Patterson finally being sad and then Jane and Weller’s Cute First Kiss.

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“Just…I wanted a moment that was just us.”

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So glad they didn’t turn Blindspot into another one of those “Will-they-won’t-they” shows where it takes like three seasons before the couple you ship lip lock. Not that I don’t like those, but sometimes it’s nice when something a little different happens. Besides way more realistic this way, because if you’re really into someone you don’t just hang around them for years without making a move (yes I’m talking to you Richard Castle). I mean I guess some characters do, but I can’t really see Jane doing that. She’s a go and get em kind of girl.

Anyway really liked the Cute First Kiss, Jane being the one to initiate it, Weller’s little smile and the nephew interrupting. Jane / Kurt are seriously becoming one of my favorite ships! Do they have a ship name yet? Think I’ve seen Jeller and Kane somewhere. Kane sounds cooler but I’ve seen more Jeller so I guess that’s the one we’re going with!

So promo for the spring season. Half of the clips are from previous episodes, pretty much only the scene with the guy with the tree tattoos are new.

Most important question I hope we get an answer for in 1×11 is if Jane is Talyor Shaw. If she isn’t, then that raises the question of why she would send herself to Weller. If she is, then that still begs the question where has she been for twenty-five years? Why did Talyor/ Jane / whoever she is come up with this crazy plan?  What is the plan? Will this guy really tell her anything ? What are the “very terrible” things the FBI are into? Something to do with Daylight or Orion or something else?

I guess all will be answered…in three months *tear*

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