Outlander 3.04 “Of Things Lost”

As the title suggests, episode four of the season centered around things lost to our favorite characters. This episode is crucial to the direction of future episodes and even seasons. And it cements many of the traits we already know about many of the leads. I am going to center my top five around each character and what they have lost or stand to lose! 1. Claire The simplest thing she had lost was the pearls Jamie gifted her from his mother. She had given them to Mrs. Graham upon…

Outlander 3.03 “All Debts Paid”

This week’s episode of Outlander, “All Debts Paid” got back to the tone I want to see in the show. This episode is full of story and sets up many of the events that will carry through the season. We meet Lord John Grey, a character that will continue to be an important addition for seasons to come. 1. Pacing, Pacing, Pacing The pacing of this week’s episode was excellent. We moved seamlessly through Jamie’s new time at Ardsmuir Prison and Claire’s life in Boston. We cover years of story with…

Outlander 3.02 “Surrender”

Episode 2 of the season is Surrender. It is the perfect title, as many characters do just that. As everyone surrenders to their lives as they are now, the loneliness oozes off the screen. I also found myself longing for some elements of the book that were changed. Overall I have to say this is one of my least favorite episodes. While I feel I am generous in understanding major changes from the books, I feel like several choices in this episode change my long term feelings towards many characters.…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.6 ‘A Woman’s Place’

In A Woman’s Place, the Hulu original series strays further from the book than ever before, but it’s pretty fantastic. They added back story to Serena Joy, explained the far reaches of the reproduction crises, and even explained a little of economics in this new world.       The Cleaning of the Wall “I guess you get used to things being one way”. How is it that crazy, one eyed Janine/Ofwarren says some of the most important things in this show? Maybe it’s because she sees past the charades,…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.5 ‘Faithful’

‘Faithful’ opens with Offred, skirt up to her knees, playing games with the Commander and drinking. In this episode, Offred tests her newfound freedom, we revisit the old Ofglen and meet the new, new ties are made, and boundaries are pushed.       The Magazine The Commander gives Offred a gift; an old Vanity Fair type magazine called ‘Beauties’. What seems like a silly, frivolous, and trashy magazine, is an incredible luxury for Offred. Not only is it her opportunity to read, it’s her time travel back to her old…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.4 ‘Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum’ Top 5

‘Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum’ picks up where ‘Late’ left us. Offred is locked in her room as punishment for not being pregnant, but we are now seeing her weeks after the Wife threw her in the room. With so much time to herself, she explores the room and finds Nolite Te Bastardes Carborundorum carved into the wall in her closet. She knows it is latin, but she knows not what it means. This episode is a story of rebellion.   The Bathroom “It sounds like forced surrogacy to me” oh…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.3 ‘Late’ Top 5

Late is the most intense episode of The Handmaiden’s Tale to date.  It opens on Ofglen, as we find out why she didn’t meet Offred at the end of ‘Birth Day’. We find out that there is a secret network among Marthas, and that a van of Eyes showed up at her house. We also find out very early why the episode was named such, as Offred is assumed to be pregnant since she is late to her period. The episode that follows is a shocking update to Offred, Ofglen, and leaves…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.2 ‘Birth Day’ Top 5

We have learned SO much in Birth Day. Not just about the characters backstories, we also learned about the world. We learned that Anchorage is now the capital, and that the flag has only two stars. But what do these stars represent? Some questions were answered, some history was given, but ‘Birth Day’ still left us with many questions.       The Before In ‘Birth Day’, we are told more about Ofglen and Ofwarren’s past than ever before. We see the story of the birth of Ofwarren’s daughter, which teaches us…

The Handmaiden’s Tale 1.1 ‘Offred’ Top 5

The Handmaiden’s Tale is based on a book written in 1985 by Margaret Atwood. It’s based in a dystopian future where women have been stripped of all rights. The announcement of this show was the kick in the pants I needed to finally read the classic, and it honestly left me more than a little shaken. But to see why, let’s look at the new Hulu original show. I appreciate the fact that The Handmaiden’s Tale opened on Offred’s backstory, rather than her life as a scarlet clad handmaiden. It gave…

What Should I Read Next? Part 2

It has been awhile since I revisited the age old question, what should I read next? Between work and school, finding time to read for pleasure can be tough, but the holidays provide some much needed down time to catch up. While none of these books are hot off the press, they were all fantastic reads, and I highly recommend giving them a chance.     If you liked Supernatural + CSI = Read “The Harry Dresden Series” What it is: Harry Dresden is a wizard in present day Chicago,…

Outlander 2.13 “Dragonfly in Amber” Top 6

If you are reading this, I assume you have made it through the stones to the end of the Outlander season 2 finale, Dragonfly in Amber. If you haven’t, then stop now! Go watch it! What are you doing reading posts online? I was completely surprised that they managed to squeeze in every remaining important plot point from the book into these last 90 minutes. I really shouldn’t be surprised at this point. The skill these writers use to make engaging television without losing the major scenes, themes, characters, and…

Outlander 2.12 “The Hail Mary” Top 5

As the title The Hail Mary implies, many of the events of the episode cover the last chance efforts by Claire and Jamie to derail Culloden. In many ways this episode felt like a finale of a season of Doctor Who where we need to clear the path story-wise for the movie to come. I am inclined to think Diana Gabaldon would approve of that comparison since the general idea of Jamie was sparked by an old episode of Doctor Who. The “movie” for this will be July 9 when…

Denver Comic Con – Day 3 Roundup

Sunday is usually the wind-down day at most conventions, but that wasn’t even close to the case at Denver Comic Con!  I didn’t stop sprinting from panel to panel until the very end of the day, and even then the convention was still going strong.  Typically everything is dead by 3, but Avistrum Academy’s panel was at 5:15 and they were filled from the gills.  With preliminary numbers of 114,900, it’s not hard to see why!   The final day of the show kicked off with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who…

Outlander 2.11 “Vengeance Is Mine” Top 5

Jesus H. Roosevelt Christ! That was quite the episode of Outlander! Written by Diana Gabaldon herself, our race to Culloden continued to take our breath away. The episode covered several events from the book, and we even got a reprieve on a few deaths I was bracing for. This week you can set down the tissues and grab the arms of your chair as I cut right into the top 5 topics of episode 11, Vengeance Is Mine. What a well written episode. Diana really was showing off. What I…

Denver Comic Con – Day 2 Roundup

Anyone who’s attended a comic con before can attest that there’s no scale to explain the kind of tired that is con tired.  Your senses are constantly bombarded all day long as you try to take in all of the amazing geekery that you’ve been waiting all year to be a part of again.  It’s that deeply satisfying kind of tired.  The type that comes with a sleepy smile and the satisfaction that you spent a day (or several) inundated with all of your pop culture favorites.   Denver Comic Con…

Denver Comic Con – Day 1 Roundup!

Wow!  W.O.W.  What a busy day!  When it comes to cons, Denver Comic Con is still in its adolescence, especially when you look at shows like San Diego, and New York, but don’t let its age fool you.  While it hasn’t been around as long as some of the others, DCC still brings it when it comes to geek game, and it certainly hits the ground running when it comes to programming. From the Pop Culture Classroom events, to its packed line-up of guests, the DCC team doesn’t take Friday…