The Post-Modern Prometheus

We’re in the middle of an X-Files rerun and the fifth season is probably the best so far. After being treated with an excellent episode about the origin of the lone gunmen, we had what was probably our best X-Files evening with a black and white homage to Frankenstein.

Mulder and Scully find themselves investigating reports of a monster known as the Great Mutato in a small Indiana town after a woman reaches out to them to find out why and how she was rendered unconscious only to wake days later impregnated. They are led to a geneticist whose experiments resulted in the creation of Mutato, who was rejected and taken in by the doctor’s father who wanted to help create a mate for his new friend. Later, the townspeople come to realise that Mutato isn’t the real monster, it’s the doctor, leaning heavily on the themes of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. The episode ends with Mulder and Scully taking Mutato to a Cher concert.

Cher was asked to appear as herself, but decided against it, as it was just a scene of her singing, not really giving her much of a chance to act. However, the Post-Modern Prometheus is now regarded as one of the best episodes of The X-Files, leading to Chris Carter being nominated for Outstanding Directing by the Directors Guild of America, as well as seven Emmy Awards nominations, winning for Outstanding Art Direction. Cher is said to have noted that if she knew how good the episode would have turned out, she would have agreed to appear.


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Sabrina goes High School Musical and it makes the most corny among us cringe.

I remember watching the first season of this tv-show and being surprised on how much I liked this new version of Sabrina. It’s darker with a satanic twist and has more gorey scenes compared to the original series, which instantly got me hooked.

Then came the dreaded third season, it was such a disappointment. The great witchy adventures turned into a cringe worthy Scooby club meets High School Musical, I absolutely hated it. In season four, you feel that they’re trying to pick back up from where they’ve started, but it still has huge ups and downs. Too bad, cause this could have been such a great TV-show.

I wonder if there’ll be a fifth season, until now the show seems to have been cancelled, but you never know these days… If it won’t be renewed, I’ll miss the show never the less. I really like dark witches, don’t ask me why. I guess it must be my utmost repect for characters with a stong personality, unlike all of those Disney princesses out there. Like the actress, Kiernan Shipka, the show grew on me. At the beginning, I thought Ms. Shipka was a poor choice for Sabrina Spellman, but the further the story advances, the more I liked her. One of my favourite Sabrina-scenes so far (also; I really love this song of Billy Idol):

Will this be the last one? Or will there be more chilling adventures coming our way one day? Only netflix can tell.


What You Leave Behind

There are only three TV shows that I would give a 10 on 10: Star Trek – Deep Space Nine, Star Trek – Voyager and Breaking Bad. We love them so much that we watch them every Sunday evening for more than 15 years. Last Sunday, we’ve completed a rerun of Deep Space Nine and I can say that it still deserves its place as one of our favourite TV shows ever.

Sunday evening is not the funniest evening of the week, it’s the end of the only two days left free by our corporate overlords. As such, it’s an evening filled with anxiety. Deep Space Nine, with its soothing opening credits and and its far-from-this-world theme has helped us make of that evening a soft transition between the freedom of the week-end and the return to the endless grind that are our daily jobs.

I could talk for hours about what makes it so special to us but its real quality lies within the casting and the character development. From the friendship between Odo and Qwark, O’Brien and Bashir or Jake and Nog to the hatred between Sisqo and Dukat, the relationships between the characters are evolving through each adventure lived by the crew of the space station, until its conclusion in the last episode titled “What You Leave Behind”. When you spend months watching characters going through hundreds of different scenarios, it almost feels as if you’ve lived with them…. So, when we reach the conclusion, it’s always very emotional. I’d lie if I would say that our eyes weren’t a bit red when we watched the show finale.

This Sunday, we’ll start a rerun of Voyager. Another crew, other adventures…


We’ve Watched Buffy

Voilà, we’ve finally seen the last episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer…

When it first came out, in the 90s, I refused to watch it. Sarah Michelle Gellar was just too much of those blondes we loved to hate during the grunge time. She looked like a Paris Hilton with a brushing. I always wondered why she wore high heels and was dressed as if she was walking her puddle in the streets of New York… If you have to spend your nights in a graveyard, waiting for vampires to rise, wouldn’t you want to dress accordingly?

But, since last year, we try to catch back on those pieces of pop culture that we might have missed because of made up ideas, and Buffy was one of them.

Let’s be honest, on seven seasons, only three are good (1, 2 & 7), the rest goes from total garbage to barely watchable. Most of the actors can’t act and I’m not surprised that we haven’t seen them anywhere else. Also, even if the show is about slaying vampires, it seems that the entire plot revolves around Buffy falling in love with (and shagging) them (as depicted in the image above).

But, even if we wanted to stop watching the show many times, especially when it takes 3 full episodes for her mother to die (oops spoiler, sorry), I’m glad that we made it until the end. Buffy is a monument in fantastic and pop culture and it kept us entertained during many evening dinners. Now, let’s see what Angel is about…


Our Favourite Fargo

We’ve seen the third season and it’s without any doubt our favourite. We’re fan of the entire franchise (except maybe the fourth season), but the third season is so incredibly good.

The casting is out of this world! Ewan MacGregor playing both Stussy brothers, David Thewlis as Varga, Mary Elizabeth Winstead as Nicky, Carrie Coon as Gloria and Ray Wise as… God? Each character is fantastic and perfectly portrayed.

Even if each scene contributes to create the “Fargo ambiance”, some scenes are above and beyond, like when Nicky survives a manhunt and ends up in a bowling alley, having a drink with Ray Wise.

We are now suffering of post-Fargo depression, with a fourth season that doesn’t really feel part of the franchise…


The Boys

We’re not fans of super heroes, and I find it pretty depressing that Marvel is probably the direction that cinema is going to take in the next decade. But The Boys is the super heroes TV show we didn’t know we wanted.

And why do we love it so much? Because it goes all the way, and even beyond. It’s insane, in the best way possible. I don’t know how they’re going to top the couple moments of Stormfront and Homelander, but I’m pretty confident that they’ll succeed, and I can’t wait to see it!


Deadwind

Both Soforah and I have travelled through Scandinavia, sometimes together, sometimes on our own. While Denmark, Norway and Sweden have each a distinct identity, it’s Finland that feels the furthest from us, and not only geographically.

Murders, edgy cops and plots twists, all is there to make a great thriller, but it’s something else that makes the charm of Deadwind, a subtile feeling that it happens in a country that’s different, with people who are different.

The actors who portray Sofia Karppi and Sakari Nurmi are amazing and we almost instantly got attached to both of them. Sakari Nurmi drives a BMW 8-series coupe, which is a luxury GT car. When you walk in Helsinki, you often see cars of that genre, low, long and black, much more than I’ve ever seen anywhere else.

Finnish is also a fantastic language to listen to. You could think that the language is close to the ones spoken in the neighbouring countries, but both Swedish (one of the two official languages of Finland) and Russian belong to the Indo-European group of languages, while Finnish is a Finno-Ugric language. The latter group also includes Hungarian, Estonian, Sámi (spoken by the indigenous people of northern Finland, Sweden and Norway and northwestern Russia) and several lesser-known languages spoken in areas of Russia. Sorry for the involuntary lesson, I just find comparative linguistics fascinating.

Watching the second season was very cheering, as there’s a lot of snow, which changes from the usual grey landscape of a wintery Brussels. Who ever thought that a Nordic Noir would be the brightest thing we could see in January?


Supernatural: Season 15

Well, I guess that this is it, Sam and Dean Winchester are now officially done saving the world and hunting monsters.

While this TV-show kept us entertained during our dinner times for years, the very last episode nearly killed us with sadness. I know that this sounds dramatic, but they did everything possible to make even the toughest cookie shed a tear or two. SPOILER ALERT! Especially the entire scene with Dean’s death on “Brothers in Arms” of Dire Straits… They surely picked up the saddest song in the history of music. Seeing him afterwards with Bobby in heaven kind of lifted up the spirits though.

So many cool characters have joined and left each season, amongst our favourites were Castiel, Jack, Bobby, Crowley, Meg (our favourite bad mouthed demon), Rowina, Garth, and last but not least, Lucifer. Admit it, the man has class:

After the last episode both actors, Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles made a little goodbye speech for their fans. I think that it must have been hard for them ending their 15 year long adventure as the Winchester brothers.

Anyway, here are some of my favourite episodes that I’ll never forget:

  • Scoobynatural was one of my absolute favourites. I’ve always been a fan of Scooby Doo and seeing a crossover with SPN was awesome. Also, we had a super delicious pizza while watching this particular episode so, it’s branded in my memory as a perfect evening;
  • We’ve literally rolled over the floor of laughing with Yellow Fever. Seeing the normally fearless Dean scream like a little girl was hilarious;
  • Another one that made us laugh was Bad Day at Black Rock. Dean ends up having incredible luck which meant that the most unlikely things could happen. Writing this makes me realise how much we liked the character of Dean, the dude could be dead serious (way too serious at times), but also be the biggest clown. To end up on that note, here’s one of our favourite videos that we’ve watched quite a few times:

Like the show’s musical anthem says; “Carry on Wayward Son. There’ll be peace when you are done.” – Kansas. Rest in peace guys. It was one hell of a ride!


Vic Fontaine

“Vic Fontaine was a 24th century Human hologram on Deep Space 9 created as part of a program simulating 1962 Las Vegas on Earth. He was a singer-entertainer who ran Vic’s Las Vegas Lounge. His holoprogram, along with his charming personality, quickly became a favorite among the DS9 crew and was frequently accessed.” (source: Memory Alpha)

I love Vic Fontaine, he is awesome. We’ve just re-watched the episode that introduces him – “His Way” – and I bet you can easily guess the reference. Just like Frank Sinatra, Vic is classy and a straight talker too. He is such a great addition to the cast of Deep Space Nine, he fits perfectly in the ambiance of the space station and I’m delighted to know that our rerun has finally reached the episodes featuring the old crooner.


The Magnificent Ferengi

In Deep Space Nine’s sixth season, Quark is tasked by the Grand Nagus to assemble a team and rescue his mum from the Dominion. To do so, he hires a crew of Ferengis and plans to negociate an exchange of prisonners. The Vorta in command of the Jem’Hadar is no one else than Iggy Pop!

The DS9 writers had actually wanted Pop to play a role the third season, but he was unavailable due to a music tour he was undertaking in Spain. Ira Steven Behr is an Iggy Pop fan and pushed for his casting as Yelgrun three years later. A few days before filming his DS9 role, he was injured in a mosh pit during one of his concerts but played the role anyway. (source: Memory Alpha)

This is the second time that we watch Deep Space Nine but, for some reason, I absolutely didn’t remember this amazing episode, one of my favourites!

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