The Musketeers Season 1 Review



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The Three Musketeers is one of my husband’s favorite novels (and mine), so we were excited to hear about this new show based (loosely) on the story. Although the characters will be familiar to fans of Dumas, most of the storylines are not and some of the others are changed almost beyond recognition. Instead of being a simple adaptation, the show takes an episodic approach to the series, with the Musketeers facing different villains every week, sometimes hampered (or occasionally helped) by Richelieu and Milady, sometimes not.

The Musketeers is at its best when it doesn’t take itself too seriously – a few episodes were a bit heavy-handed with some extremely anachronistic social justice themes and a few others with the angst – but overall it’s a light-hearted, energetic show that’s lots of fun to watch, especially if you can revel in a little ridiculousness (such as the occasional moments when the show suddenly turns into CSI: 17th Century) instead of being offended by it.

The show benefits from a solid and charismatic cast in the lead roles, and I liked that, with the exception of the perpetually bumbling Red Guards, the main characters and villains alike are clever and quick-thinking. Contests between equals are so much more fun! There is plenty of eye candy to go around (especially Lucrezia Borgias’ beloved “Narcissus”, reborn a century later – and with a much sexier hairdo – as d’Artagnan), lots of entertaining and well choreographed fight scenes, and healthy dashes of humor, witty dialogue, and forbidden romance.

In short, don’t skip the novel, but if you’re in the mood for some swashbuckling fun, The Musketeers is an excellent choice.

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Friday Night Lights Season One Review

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I grew up in one of the most football-crazy states in the nation, and as a non-fan, got so sick of hearing about it all the time that I almost didn’t give this show a chance just from sheer dislike of the sport. However, it got such good reviews from critics and several (more football tolerant) friends that I eventually gave in and ended up really enjoying it.

Friday Night Lights paints one of the most realistic portraits of life in a football-crazy small town America that I’ve seen on screen, both for the team, their coaches and fans, and those like myself who are indifferent or even resentful of the sport’s prominence.

The acting is excellent, especially Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton as the team’s coach and his wife, who has to juggle her role as “Mrs. Coach” with her duties to students both on the team and off as the school’s guidance counselor. The show doesn’t flinch from exploring human pain, failure, and weakness in many different guises, but at the same time, its central characters (especially Coach and Mrs. Coach) are essentially good and moral human beings in a way that inspires the best of human nature not only in many of the other characters, but also in the audience. In a time when dark, grim narratives are common on television, Friday Night Lights is fundamentally uplifting. And there’s something to be said for shows like that.

Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.

My rating: (4.5 / 5)

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 3 Review

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Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Head, James Marsters
Director: David Greenwalt, David Semel, David Solomon, James A. Contner, Joss Whedon
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Running Time: 990 minutes

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4.7 out of 5 stars (649)

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I have a hard time deciding whether season two or season three of Buffy is my favorite. I think I would have to say that I like individual episodes (Innocence, Passion, Becoming 1 and 2, etc.) in season two better than any single episode in season three, but season three was much stronger and more consistent overall. The pod people, for one, seem to have spent the season on vacation, so there are no clunkers on par with “Bad Eggs” or “Go Fish,” thank the muses. The Mayor is also one of my favorite Big Bads.

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Unfortunately, despite the fact that it’s one of my favorite seasons, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve seen any episodes other than my favorites (Lover’s Walk and Graduation Day 1 & 2), so I’ll have to do a rewatch before doing comments on individual episodes. Oh the pain. 😀

My rating: (4 / 5)

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 2 Review



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Season two might be my favorite season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m always a little torn, because the bad episodes in season two were really, amazingly bad and I think some of the later seasons were more consistent overall.

But the good episodes were great, and the Angelus storyline starting in the final moments of Surprise is one of my favorites of the whole show. (I’ve never been much of a Buffy/Angel shipper, mainly because I always thought David Boreanaz was clearly having much more fun as Angelus.)

Another season two vampire bonus: Spike, when he was still un-chipped, un-souled, and cheerfully ripping out throats. \o/

My rating: (4 / 5)

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Supernatural Season 4 Review



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As you may have guessed from my review of season 3, I started losing interest in the show a bit during season three and never really regained it in season 4, to the point that I was actually surprised to realize that I’d watched every episode. The angels versus demons plot just wasn’t that interesting to me.

There were a few highlights, most notably the badass introduction of Castiel in “Lazarus Rising” and meeting young Mary Winchester (pretty badass herself) in “In the Beginning.”

My rating: (2.5 / 5)

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Supernatural Season 3 Review



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While I appreciated that Kripke and the writers didn’t allow the Yellow Eyed Demon storyline to drag on and on, it left them without such a strong arc and much of season three seemed to be grasping at straws trying to fill in the gap. On top of that, the Writer’s Strike forced the season to be shortened (16 episodes instead of the usual 22), leading to the compression of several storylines, inconsistent characterization and plotting, and inadequate payoff at the end of the season. Thus, I consider season three to be the weakest of the first three seasons, even though many individual episodes are actually quite good. (I’ve starred the good ones below for your convenience.)

My rating: (3 / 5)

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Supernatural Season 2 Review



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Season 2 of Supernatural was stronger and more consistent than season 1 while continuing the first season’s strengths.

My rating: (4 / 5)

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Supernatural Season 1 Review



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Horror isn’t usually my thing, but so many of my friends were falling head over heels for this show, I decided to give it a shot, and found it much more enjoyable than I expected.

Supernatural follows a pair of brothers on a cross country road trip looking for their missing father, stopping to hunt supernatural baddies of various sorts along the way. The monster of the week plots are generally entertaining, but the real draw of the show for me was the first class family drama. Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki have great chemistry together as brothers Dean and Sam Winchester. I also enjoyed the show’s soundtrack of classic rock, the focus on small town and rural backroads America (my America) rather than big city locales like New York and LA, and, of course, the eye candy.

My rating: (3.5 / 5)

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Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 3 Review



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Though not quite as consistent as Book 2, Book 3 is a strong and satisfying conclusion to the series, with many excellent episodes and an especially strong character arc for Zuko.

My rating: (4.5 / 5)

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Avatar: The Last Airbender, Book 2 Review

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My favorite season of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Starting with the introduction of Toph in episode six, “The Blind Bandit,” the show knocks it out of the park with a string of almost unbroken awesome until the season finale.

Along with Toph, who is tied with Iroh as my favorite character in the show, the season also introduces Zuko’s badass sister Azula and her equally badass friends Mai and Ty Lee as new antagonists, cementing Avatar’s position as one of the best depictions of strong, complex, and diverse female characters on television.

My rating: (5 / 5)

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