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Tor Post: “SDCC: The Grimm Experience”

David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Russell Hornsby, Reggie Lee, and Sasha Roiz at the SDCC 2012 Grimm Panel. Photo by Emily Heyer. (@GotThatMoxie on Twitter)

As a proud Grimmster, the best part of my San Diego Comic-Con experience was the Saturday, which ended up being Grimm Day! Check out my piece over at Tor.com about all the fabulous offerings NBC provided for fans at SDCC to promote Season 2 of Grimm!

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FIRST ACT OF SEASON TWO OMGWTFHOLYCRAP! — Those in attendance at the Grimm SDCC panel were treated to the first act of the first episode of Season 2. I’m not going to spoil anything (even though plenty of other sites have — you want spoilers, you can go look for them), but I will say that the episode looks amazeballs. There are new saber-tooth tiger wesen that are really vicious; we find out not only more about Nick’s mom, but about what happened to his father; and there’s a violent encounter between Nick’s mom and Monroe! Also, there’s Captain Renard in casual wear looking suspicious even as he’s being really helpful, because that’s just what he does now.

For the full write-up on all the Grimm fan events at SDCC, or to comment on the post, CLICK HERE!

Tor Post – New Genre TV at SDCC: “Beauty and the Beast” and “Elementary”

I know, I know – it’s been a while. I’ve been traveling up a storm! First, I spent three weeks in New York, then I spent most of a week in San Diego for Comic-Con, so there’s been zero time to blog. Don’t worry, there will definitely be posts about New York and SDCC! Lots to tell and lots of pictures to show!

But right now, there’s my write-up at Tor.com of two of the genre shows I got to see previewed at SDCC: Beauty and the Beast and Elementary. One of them was really good, the other one was crap.

Wanna know which was which? CLICK HERE for the full post!

Tor Post: “Buffy Season 9: Dark Horse Lets Buffy Grow Up”

Check out my latest over at Tor.com today! I take on the Buffy Season 9 (and 8) comics and let you know why they’re they’re the best thing you might not be reading. If you’re a fan of Joss Whedon or the Buffyverse, go on and give it a read, will you? 🙂

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I’m 32 going on 33. The Buffy the Vampire Slayer film (starring Kristy Swanson as the titular heroine, and the dreamy Luke Perry, riding high on his Dylan McKay fame) came out when I was thirteen; when High School was still new and exciting, and a sixteen-year-old like Buffy Summers seemed so worldly. I saw the film in the theater, and thought it so awesome that I immediately got posters and bought the tie-in novelization. By contrast, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer television show (starring Sarah Michelle Gellar) came out when I started college. Suddenly, Buffy was two years younger than me, and watching her high school antics seemed more nostalgic than current. Over time, I fell in love with the show, mostly because of Joss Whedon’s writing and that of his brilliant team, but I didn’t watch at first, because the whole thing seemed a bit silly. What had once made sense to me as a high schooler suddenly felt cheesy.

Which is why I’ve been such a huge fan of the continuation of the Buffyverse in Dark Horse Comics. They allow Buffy Summers to grow up.

To read the full article, or to comment on the post, CLICK HERE!

Tor Post: Once Upon a Time Vs. Grimm – THE FINAL BATTLE

Well, we’re finally here! The moment Oncers and Grimmsters have been waiting for. The winner of the Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows has been announced at Tor.com! But first, reviews of the season finales of Once Upon a Time and Grimm

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Once Upon a Time

Everything that needed to happen, like Emma kissing Henry with the Kiss of True Love, happened predictably in a by-the-numbers way. And when things were unpredictable, like Emma suddenly believing in the curse despite being so reluctant for so long in the most inorganic moment I’ve seen in a while, they didn’t make much sense. The way that moment was handled, it looked as if she touched Henry’s book and it sent visions of the truth shooting into her, which was hugely unsatisfying. I’ve seen various explanations online that say that she believed in that moment either because “she was ready,” or because “Henry’s condition primed her to believe, the way that people will suddenly turn to God when loved ones are ill even if they’ve never believed before.” I would’ve believed either of those had they been indicated in the script at all, but they weren’t. Emma just went from not believing to touching the book and believing. Had there been moments of her deliberating in previous episodes, or even in this one, that moment might have been earned, but it was not. She’s been so adamant about not believing for so long that I just couldn’t buy this sudden turnaround, and it tainted the rest of the episode, because I couldn’t be as invested in her quest.

Grimm

However, that doesn’t mean there were no hiccups. The moment when Nick finally tells Juliette about being a Grimm was handled surprisingly poorly. I know that it was important for Juliette not to believe him, certainly not right away, but did Nick have to suddenly forget how to speak English? Rather than starting with the fact of the hair she couldn’t explain, as well as the fact that she brought up the point that perhaps stuff like Bigfoot was real, he just starts naming things around his trailer like a babbling idiot. Meanwhile, Juliette was way too skeptical from the get-go. She wants the truth, and yet everything she says and does leads us to believe that she’s dead set on not believing him no matter what he says. That entire section between Nick and Juliette didn’t play the way I think it was supposed to. Either that, or it did, and the way it was supposed to play was just wrong.

For the full reviews, to comment on the post, and to FIND OUT WHO WON, CLICK HERE!

Tor Post: Grimm Special – “Big Feet”

SEASON FINALES ARE UPON US! Once Upon a Time‘s season finale aired on Sunday, and Grimm‘s is TONIGHT (I’ll be live-tweeting on the #grimmlive hashtag during the West Coast broadcast). Up now at Tor.com is my last Grimm Special before my coverage of both season finales next week. Check out my review of “Big Feet.”

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The story not only provided a suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat plot, but gave Monroe, usually a fan favorite because of the comic relief he provides, more substance than he usually gets, which was really refreshing. Not since “The Three Bad Wolves” have we gotten to see something truly resonate with Monroe personally, and it was great to see his helpfulness on the case in this instance be less about wanting to help Nick and more about wanting to resolve things after a friend’s death hits too close to home. The issues of choice and identity that this case brought up for Monroe were beautifully explored, and fed nicely into Nick’s issues with his own identity that are starting to come to a head with those he cares about most.

For the full review, or to leave a comment at the post, CLICK HERE!

Tor Post: Once Upon a Time Vs. Grimm – Stepmothers and Stepsisters

Oy, oy! You lucky people! (anyone get that reference? Anyone? Lemme know in the comments below!) You get second helpings of Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows goodness this week, and this latest post brings us totally current!

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Once Upon a Time

And Henry. Wonderful, fabulous Henry. I knew the moment that Henry came over to Emma’s apartment that the only thing that would spur Emma to action would be if he ate it. But honestly? I wasn’t sure if they’d do that. Putting kids in danger, even fairy tale danger, is less palatable in a real-world setting than it would be if, say, Henry existed in the fairy tale world and we watched him be trapped by a witch. However, I’m so glad that the show was brave enough to allow this young character to do the necessary thing. One of the things I love most about this show is that it treats children with respect, and allows them to make choices for themselves, even questionable or harmful ones. In this moment, Henry got to be as noble and heroic as any fairy tale character, and watching him do it was magic.

Grimm

This episode was so bad, I found myself getting progressively angrier as it went on. Not since Episode 2 (ie: Gilda and the Stupid Bears) have I been so disappointed in an episode of Grimm. And they both contain blondes stripping down to their underwear for no good reason. Coincidence? I don’t think so. The fact that this was actually an episode written by the show’s creators was hugely surprising to me, considering that the biggest problem I had was that the main characters and plot were hardly a part of it. This felt like an episode they handed off to someone else, and that someone else got it wrong, but they had to use it anyway. This was not the case. *sigh* “Happily Ever Aftermath” was way too unbalanced in favor of the guest stars.

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

Tor Post: Once Upon a Time Vs. Grimm, Part 16 – Wood and Beavers

We’re finally back to another installment of the Battle of the Network Fairy Tale Shows! And there’s some clarification on the scoring process that I lay down in the comments, so make sure to give those a look, too.

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Once Upon a Time

Two things stood out during this episode. The first, of course, being the clever retelling of the story of Pinocchio. We all know the ending of Pinocchio — the Blue Fairy turns him into a Real Boy. But what happens after that? We don’t take into account the fact that the Blue Fairy did leave him with a challenge to remain “good, brave, and true,” and so it’s interesting to see that what has brought Pinocchio (now August) dangerously close to reverting to his wooden self is his inability to be true. It was inspired to put him in a long-term situation, like protecting Baby Emma, that would challenge the most difficult of the three things expected of him.

Grimm

However a majority of the episode, most of which had to do with Nick coming into his own as a Grimm, was wonderful. The humorous opening scene of Nick doing weapons training with Monroe set the stage for more humor between them as they try to navigate their relationship during dinner with Juliette. The humor of those interactions then proved a wonderful counterpoint to the end of the episode, where Nick is flipping over Reaper scythes to kill two Reapers who’ve come after him, and Monroe helps him chop their heads off so that he can send them to Europe as a warning. It was a delight to see Nick be his most badass self, Monroe at his most clingy and flustered, and the cracks starting to show in Juliette’s tolerance.

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

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.

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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!

Tor Post: Songs From District 12 – Producer Greg Wells Steps Into the Arena

Remember when I said there’d be three posts that feature my interview with music producer, Greg Wells, and his latest project, The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond? Well, here’s number two. 🙂 This time, over at Tor.com where, appropriately enough, it’s a more Hunger Games-focused review/interview.

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You’ve probably already seen The Hunger Games a million times by now. Read every magazine piece, watched every YouTube video. Have you listened to the soundtrack yet? Probably.

But if not, you should. The Hunger Games: Songs From District 12 and Beyond stands as one of the great film soundtracks of recent years. It, like T-Bone Burnett’s soundtrack for the Coen Brothers’ film O Brother, Where Art Thou?, as well as every soundtrack for every Quentin Tarantino film ever created, is a narrative in its own right, allowing the listener to know and live in the world of the film long after the screen goes dark. The album boasts talent like Taylor Swift, The Civil Wars, Kid Cudi, The Decemberists, Arcade Fire, and Neko Case, creating a rich tapestry true to the dystopian,  Appalachian core of both the Hunger Games film and the books.

I can’t stop listening to it.

To read the complete review and interview with Greg Wells, or to post a comment, CLICK HERE!

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.”

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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!

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