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Tor Post: Once Upon a Time Vs. Grimm, Part 15 – Hunting Season

Yeah, yeah, I’m late. There’s stuff and things going on. Sorry! 🙂

BUT, the Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows is back, and you’ll be getting a twofer this week! First, my reviews for last week’s episodes of Once Upon a Time and Grimm are up at Tor.com.

Excerpt:

Once Upon a Time

As good as the episode was, it promised a resolution that didn’t come. Obviously, resolutions don’t always happen when we want them to, but in the case of August Booth, the mystery had been coming to a boiling point, and should have bubbled over in this episode. We should’ve learned who he was. Yet, the entire episode was a red herring, and that felt cheap. Like a plot twist for the sake of a plot twist, a la M. Night Shamaylan in every movie after The Sixth Sense.

Grimm

This episode has given Grimm a global scope after hints in previous episodes, and it effectively introduces an entirely new aspect to the Grimm mythology by unironically tying the Wesen World to real historical events. The seamless blending of “Old World” and modern world has always been one of the strengths of the show, and “Cat and Mouse” is a prime example of how well it can work. Even as Nick resides in a thoroughly modern world, I couldn’t help but imagine the entire cast in period 1940s costume.

For the full reviews, or to comment on the post, CLICK HERE!

A Geeky Poem About Grimm (Audio)

So, this poem popped into my head as I was commuting to work the other day, and I spent the better part of yesterday scribbling this in a notebook. Couldn’t help myself! Consider this my really geeky contribution to National Poetry Month. Dedicated to Grimm fans everywhere – particularly the ladies. 🙂

Check it out over at my Cowbird page:

The Girlfriend, The Hexenbiest, and the Shopkeep

Tor Post: Grimm Special – “Love Sick”

I love keeping #Grimmsters in suspense. That’s really why I take my sweet time getting these up. It’s because I want to see you all squirm and jump like rabid wesen. 😉

We’ve got another Grimm Special, because Once Upon a Time wasn’t on this week, so Tor.com has my review of the Grimm episode, “Love Sick.”

Excerpt:

Interpersonal relationships were beautifully explored throughout the episode. The budding relationship between Monroe and Rosalee is touching in its awkwardness as they clearly have feelings for each other, but are too shy to act on them. Renard is apparently hexenbiest catnip as we learn that not only is Adalind in love with him, but he’s had implied “fun” with her mother. (awkward….) The relationship between Adalind and Renard as well as Adalind and Catherine is complex and heartbreaking. Adalind being left powerless showed how horrible Renard can actually be (He was only interested in her for her power. Now, he’s dropping her like a bad habit! That bastard!), and the fact that her own mother is willing to leave her out in the cold just as easily. Adalind being left alive but powerless was a brilliant decision, as she is now free to come back with bitter, human vengeance, which can be just as troublesome as any harm that magic can inflict.

For the rest of the review, or to leave a comment on the post, CLICK HERE!

The Fray Project: Research and Fellowships (Writing)

Hello, everyone!

And I was doing SO well. 🙂 But I missed Tuesday’s post, which was supposed to be a Writing post. So, I’m doing it today. Sorry about that.

On Sunday, I was fortunate enough to be able to meet up with a writer on one of my favorite TV shows, NBC’s Grimm. I reached out to her via Twitter and asked if she’d be amenable to sitting down with me over coffee so that I could pick her brain about writing – totally not expecting an answer at all. She surprised me by saying yes! I wanted to speak with her specifically, because 1) she’s a writer on a show of the type that I would like to write one day, and 2) she’s a newer writer who also happens to be a woman of color, and I wanted to get that perspective. She confirmed some stuff I already knew, but she also taught me a lot that I didn’t know. Here are some kernels of wisdom I gathered:

  • Of the list of shows that I want to spec, she said Castle is my strongest choice, because it’s a popular, long-running procedural. My choice of Fringe is less strong, because it’s not clear that Fringe is gonna get another season. (Sad, but true! Please, FOX. Season 5?) She didn’t say anything about my desire to do a Doctor Who episode, but she did say that my wanting to spec Grimm was a good choice now that they have a second season, since they are also a procedural, but it’ll also allow me to get my genre-show groove on. Ultimately, since the specs are mostly for submission to writing fellowships and not necessarily to get me jobs on their own, I should choose shows that I’m passionate about, or at least choose shows in the genre I’m passionate about. Because it’s easy to tell if one is writing something he/she isn’t really into.
  • I should just have lots of stuff. Specs, original pilots, even short fiction or plays, etc. She got her job on Grimm off of a short story she wrote that her agent submitted for her. It was a modern re-telling of a fairy tale, so it was more perfect than any of the scripts she had at the ready. The point is to keep producing stories you love and always have a ready stable of current writing samples, because specs and even original pilots can become irrelevant really quickly, depending on what showrunners and producers are looking to read. Also, the short stories are helpful, because sometimes folks just don’t wanna read anything as long as 50 pages, since they get so many submissions.
  • She reminded me that there are  network writing fellowships other than the Disney/ABC Writing Program and the NHMC Writing Program, both of which I’ve applied to before, and NBC Writers on the Verge, which I was already planning on applying to this year. She received the first CBS Writing Fellowship through the USC Screenwriting program, and reminded me that CBS also has a Writing Mentorship Program through their Diversity Institute to which I can apply. Warner Bros. also has a Writer’s Workshop, as does FOX (FOX Writer’s Residency) and Nickelodeon (Nickelodeon Writing Program). So, you know, I’ve got my work cut out for me. Most of them have upcoming deadlines. 🙂
  • She recommended that, in addition to the ever-elusive writing assistant job (getting hired as the writing room assistant on the show, which means that you take notes as the writing team throws ideas around, sometimes getting to contribute, sometimes not), I should work on getting hired as a PA on stuff. Basically, any job that would allow me to be on-set is an advantage. Now, I’ve already been doing volunteer PA-ing on stuff, because I just wanted to learn how a set works and build contacts, but I didn’t really think about it in terms of it eventually getting me into a writing room. Huh. Anyway, she suggested just looking up PA jobs online – that that stuff is always posted. Usually around now. Um, OK!
  • She also did warn me that, while networks are definitely making an effort to be more diverse, 1) obviously that’s not enough. You have to be good. (Duh) and 2) that the “Diversity hire” can face hostility, depending on the show/showrunner/other writers/writing room environment. Not that it’s all horrible, but if you come up through a diversity initiative, you might be a little suspect. Meh. I can deal with it. Once I have the job, it doesn’t really matter to me what people think of my having that job. I’ll work my ass off and prove how much I deserve to be there. Which I will, of course.

There was some other chatter, but that was pretty much it. It was a really great conversation, and it basically gave me a lot of homework! I’m hoping to enter most of the fellowships this year, and in order to do that, I have to finish this Castle spec and work on a new one, which will likely be Grimm. Apparently, I’m working toward being an expert in nerdy procedurals. 🙂 My first priority is to finish my Castle in time for the CBS deadline, then start my Grimm and finish it by June in time for ABC (I already entered the crappy version of my Castle script to ABC last year). Depending on which script has turned out best, I’ll send either one to the rest of them. So, my timeline looks like this:

  • Finish Castle script and submit to peeps for notes by – April 26th
  • Get and incorporate notes, get other CBS application materials together by – April 30th
  • Mail full application packet to CBS – May 1st (must be postmarked by this date!)
  • Finish 1st draft of Grimm script by – May 17th
  • Get and incorporate notes, get other ABC and WB application materials together by – May 30th
  • Send complete application packets to ABC and WB – May 31st (needs to be postmarked on or before June 1st!)
  • Send complete application packet to NBC by June 29th (postmark date)
  • Send complete application packet to NHMC Writing Program by Aug 13th
  • *bite nails as I wait to hear whether or not I’ve been accepted to any programs until Fall*

This is gonna be an interesting and busy couple of months, huh?

Tor Post: Grimm Special – “The Thing With Feathers”

Once Upon a Time took Easter Sunday off, so that means a Grimm Special this week at Tor.com, which is just as well as “The Thing With Feathers” was so ridiculously awesome on so many levels it deserves its own column!

Excerpt:

I only hope that by the end of the season [Hank and Wu] aren’t simply being saved. I hope that they both, in some way, have a role in overcoming whatever’s coming to a head for Nick. It should be Nick mostly, but it shouldn’t be Nick all alone. He has an entire team at his disposal, not just Monroe, and they should all come together on his side by the time all of this is over. This includes Juliette, who clearly wants to and is capable of being included. She followed Nick into the woods, and he trusted her to hold a gun on someone! Why he hasn’t already told her about being a Grimm, I don’t know. He clearly knows it’s best, and she’s made it clear that she prefers honesty to secrecy and that she can handle herself. The show seems to be setting her up as another partner in the field for Nick, and I hope they follow through on that. I like them together, and I like Juliette involved. Nick needs to read the memo.

To read the rest of the review, or to leave a comment, CLICK HERE!

Tor Post: Keep Your Mouth Shut, and Keep Your Hands Off the Cookies!

The Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows was back on this week! Once Upon a Time gave us a perfect Ginnifer Goodwin clone, Grimm gave Monroe a girlfriend, and characters on both shows learned some very important lessons the hard way.

Excerpts:

Once Upon a TimeIt is completely understandable that Snow would see one’s relationship with one’s mother as paramount, considering the loss of her own mother, and it makes sense that she would consider helping someone “not lose their mother” as a great kindness, unable to imagine a scenario where this would be undesirable. This is fascinating, because of how Regina reacts. She has lost her One True Love at the murderous hand of her own mother. Yet, rather than take her rage and sadness out on her mother, she takes it out on the little girl who made an understandable mistake. The punishments Regina inflicts on Snow/Mary Margaret do not fit her crime. They are misdirected. But this speaks volumes about Regina’s tragedy. Not even losing the only man she ever truly loved was powerful enough to allow Regina to act against her mother. Regina exhibits symptoms of an abused child. She’s been so intimidated by her mother’s magic and power that she is incapable, even when she’s acquired powerful magic of her own, of punishing her mother. It seems that Regina is as protective of motherhood as Snow.

Grimm – It opens with a wonderful scene between everyone’s favorite schemers, Renard and Adalind, complete with witty banter and a deeper glimpse into their relationship and Renard’s personality. There’s the way that the neighborhood wesen have taken to showering Nick and Juliette with gifts to appease them. There’s the fact that Monroe has a new lady love, because no one deserves a lady love more than Monroe. And, of course, there’s Wu’s new condition, which seems to have moved beyond a bad skin condition. The problem with the episode was that the wesen drug storyline was just plain boring. Watching Nick and Hank actually work the case just seemed like filler in between all the stuff I actually cared about.

For the full reviews, or to leave comments at the post, CLICK HERE!

Tor Posts: Fairy Tale Shows and a New Fantasy “Saga”

It’s a big Teresa day over at Tor.com today! First, there’s my weekly Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows featuring reviews of Once Upon a Time and Grimm.

Excerpt:

Once Upon a Time

In “Red-Handed,” Jane Espenson has given us an exciting, suspenseful, and ultimately heartwarming episode of Once Upon a Time that moves both plot and characters forward like a speeding train. Sure, what she did with Archie in “That Still Small Voice” was great, but Ruby is so. Much. Better. One can never look at the character the same way again after this episode, and her journey from dissatisfied waitress to discovering just how competent she is was fascinating to watch. Likewise, Red Riding Hood’s story. She is the Big Bad Wolf, and that’s when I fell in love with the character. The episode seemed to be all about the fact that we are our own worst enemies, our own harshest critics, and very often the only real obstacle keeping us from doing what we want and need to do with our lives.

Grimm –

I just want to give Alan DiFiore and Dan E. Fesman huge hugs, high fives, or whatever other congratulatory gestures they’d accept for their wonderful writing of Nick and Juliette’s relationship in this episode. All along, we’ve been getting bits and pieces the humor and the personality quirks that make them special, but this episode really showed us a fully-functioning (then dysfunctioning) couple. The scene where Nick has to defend himself against an accusing Juliette without telling her about his being a grimm is amazing in its total awkwardness and absurdity, and later, when Nick knows he’s going to have to go to Ariel’s home again, he makes sure to call Juliette and tell her in advance while also telling her that he’s going to take Hank with him. Rather than do the standard Male Character On TV Thing leading to more hackneyed misunderstandings later, he’s up front and prepares himself…like a real person would.

For the full review, and to leave comments, CLICK HERE!

Then, there is my write up of the Brian K. Vaughan midnight signing event at Meltdown Comics in L.A., moderated by Damon Lindelof!

Excerpt:

When Lindelof asked him if he has the ending to Saga planned, “because fans hate it if you don’t have everything planned out,” Vaughan half-joked, “Yeah, cause it’s so irresponsible not to have every single part of your story planned out from the beginning!” For Saga, as he did with Y: The Last Man, he knows what he wants the last page to be, but he’s leaving plenty of room for him and his artist, the fantastic Fiona Staples, to play between now and then. If things diverge from a certain path, it’s because they’re supposed to. Though Lindelof did reveal that when Vaughan came in to meet about writing for Lost, and he asked “So, what is the Island?” the response was, “What do you think The Island is? I mean, we know, but just out of curiosity, what do you think?” Heh.

For the full report, or to leave comments, CLICK HERE!

And yes, there will be a less professional, more fangirly report here at the blog shortly. 🙂 Stay tuned.

Tor Post: “Once Upon a Time Vs. Grimm: A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes”

We’re back to dual reviews over at the Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows as both Grimm and Once Upon a Time had new episodes this week, both of which gave us a deeper look into the dreams of some wonderful supporting characters.

Excerpts:

Once Upon a Time“Also interesting is the approach that the episode took to dreams. On a show about fairy tales, one would expect that dreams are all good and all possible. While several of the characters feel that way about it, the moral of the episode seems to be that some dreams need to be rewritten; that sometimes, if you love someone, and your dream is in conflict with something that’s good for them, you have to let your dream go, even if it makes you, well, Grumpy. However, it’s not as bleak as it sounds, because sometimes dreams come true in a way that you weren’t expecting, but in a way that’s good for you.”

Grimm“One of the most interesting things about this story was that it employed Greek mythology rather than Grimm’s fairy tales, giving the show a more global feel than Germanic tales alone would allow. The episode also, more successfully than “Last Grimm Standing” before it, had the case of the week exist firmly within the wesen world, which seems to be when Grimm does best. The story was fast-paced and enthralling, because the drama was so firmly rooted in the characters we love. From finding out that Nick’s parents were murdered, to Hank acting all crazy, to Monroe geeking out again about being in Aunt Marie’s trailer, to Captain Renard having an Evita Moment on his balcony, we received insights into the things that make us care about the show.”

For the full reviews, and to join the conversation, CLICK HERE! Please leave all comments over at the Tor post. Thank you!

Tor Post: Grimm Special – “Last Grimm Standing”

Better late than never, right? 🙂 Over at Tor.com today is my Grimm Special on Friday’s episode, “Last Grimm Standing.” It was an episode that gave us a lot in terms of the show’s mythology, while being a little lighter on the police procedural element.

Excerpt:

What redeemed the episode was the fun, humorous dialogue and the focus on the wessen world and mythology. From Nick going in to save Monroe, knowing his worth as a Grimm; to Captain Renard’s dealings with the wessen underworld, most of the story of the episode dealt with the show’s mythology and Nick, Monroe, and Renard’s places in it, and these are elements of the show that have been long time coming. Interesting, too, that we got to see all of this on the occasion of Nick and Juliette’s 3rd anniversary. Juxtaposing the wessen world with the most important thing in Nick’s personal life effectively lays out the direction for the rest of the show.

For the full review, CLICK HERE. And if you have any comments, please leave them over at the post. Thanks!

Fun With Fandom!

My Fandoms (ie: the fictional worlds I love, and that I love to explore with other fans):

Doctor Who (both New and Classic)

Grimm

Fringe

Once Upon a Time

Star Trek (all series, except Voyager, which is the only one I haven't watched yet)

Battlestar Galactica/Caprica (yes, equally!)

Lost

The Whedonverse

So…I came across this on Tumblr, but since my Tumblr’s so very specific, I don’t like to bog it down with fangirl squeeing (unless that fangirl squeeing has some sort of feminist bent!). But I love surveys/questions/memes like this, so I thought I’d bring it home to the blog. In a comment, choose three letters you’d most like me to answer, and I will reply.

Yay! I love answering questions!

FANDOM EDITION: Are these the kind of things you’d like to be asked? (courtesy of imafangirlnotadoctor)

A – Your current OTP
(“One True Pairing” for my non-geek friends!)

B – A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind

C – A pairing you have never liked and probably never will

D – A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t

E – Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what

F – What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom

G – Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it

H – Do you prefer characters from real action series or anime series

I – Has tumblr (or social media) caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why

J – Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr (or social media)

K – How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom

L – Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for

M – Your favorite fanart or fanartist

N – Your favorite fanfiction or fanauthor

O – Choose a song at random, which OTP does it remind you of

P – Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)

Q – A ship you’ve abandoned and why

R – A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships

S – Show us an example of your personal headcanon

T – If you mostly have homoships, do you have any heteroships

U – If you mostly have heteroships, do you have any homoships

V – Are you one of those fans who can’t watch anything without shipping

W – 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms

X –  3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms

Y – A fandom you’re in but have no ships from

Z – Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go

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