Monthly Archives: December 2010

Katie McGrath is well-dressed, evil, and loving it (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

When the character of Morgana took a much darker turn for Series 3 of Merlin, Katie McGrath, the actress who plays her, was concerned about fan reaction. Namely — that they wouldn’t like her anymore.  Luckily for her, she says, she’s not recognized much. “I haven’t had anybody throw vegetables at me,” she laughed. “I haven’t made any children cry or tell me I tried to kill Merlin.”

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Bradley James and Colin Morgan – The conference call you’ve all been asking for (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

You people, so demanding. When I interviewed Bradley James, I didn’t include the audio, and you begged me for that, so I posted it. When I interviewed Colin Morgan, I was smart and posted the audio with the interview. But I did not post audio of the conference call with him and Bradley together that was after that. And man, have I been hit from every angle with people begging and pleading for that audio.

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Colin Morgan on Merlin, movies, and literary magic (Originally for CliqueClack Television)

My inbox is usually a pretty quiet place, but yesterday, everything went nuts. I’d put out some feelers to see if I could get an interview with a member of the Merlin cast before the third season premiered for American audiences (who, unlike me, had the patience to wait instead of shamelessly leeching off my British friends willing to illegally upload it).  I was expecting something along the lines of, “No, it’s Christmas and we’re all too busy”, but what should land in my inbox but news that this week the stars of Merlin are doing all their American press, and how would I feel about a one-on-one interview with Colin Morgan before listening in on a call-in conference call with him and Bradley James together?

If you think I even needed a millisecond before replying with a resounding, all-caps YES PLEASE, you clearly don’t know me very well.

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Bones – The confusion in the breakdown (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

So a little over 24 hours ago I fired up the screener we received for Bones, thinking to myself, “Hey, I’ll get a head start on writing my review and it’ll be done ahead of time and I’ll feel great!” Cut to now, when I’ve spent all day pondering on and re-watching this episode, and I’ve still got no clue on what to write. I don’t even know how I feel about it, yet. I’m just a big old blank.

Usually, my writing a review is really simple. I watch the episode, and take bullet points I put under the headers “GOOD” and “BAD.” At the end, I see which side had more bullet points, choose a few I feel strongly about, and write the review. Easy-peasy. This episode, not only did my bullet points come out about equal, but there was a third category I’d created with the header “?????”. And under all of my categories the bullet points, instead of reading their usual “scene w/Angela + Hodg. adorable!” had a lot of rambling capslock and over-punctuation, and at the end of each note is another note telling me that I’ve further discussed this matter in both of the other sections.

In short, we’d reached the end of what I considered a two part mega-episode about Brennan and her feelings. I was sure that by the end of it I’d know not only how I felt about this episode, but about the episode before it, and on top of that, I’d know about my feelings on this season as a whole, which has just felt so notably different from what came before.

But really, all I am is more confused than I started out.

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Merlin – The finale that fixed (almost) everything (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

It’s kind of awful to say the following, but it’s true — as a reviewer of television, you wish for bad episodes. Not so bad that writing about them is painful because it involves actually dwelling on whatever fresh hell you’ve subjected yourself to, but bad. It’s easier to complain about something than to praise it. Complaining can be broken down into arguments. But when you’re happy, there’s usually a lot of flailing. And it’s really hard to write when you’re too excited to get your arms to work properly.

Here’s the thing, though: I watched the second half of the season finale and I have … almost nothing bad to say at all. In fact, I’m overjoyed. I’m so overjoyed that I’ve watched the episode four times already (and some parts so many times I’ve lost count) and rather than becoming more rational as time goes on, I keep getting more and more jubilant. It’s taken me twenty-four hours to even process this episode, let alone write on it. I’m positively giddy. I don’t even know where to begin.

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Bones – The first part of the redemption (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

I really hate two-part episodes where you have to wait a week for the second half. I hate the week-long cliffhanger, which I feel is just cruel, and I especially am not fond of them when its my job to review the darn things.  It’s like reading half of a book, or watching half of a movie, or listening to half of a song, and then someone takes it away from you and goes, “Well, that’s all you get! Now tell me what you thought.” And this week’s Bones, to me, felt like the first of a two-parter.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I thought it was a good episode, but it feels really weird to review. I feel like, after seeing the preview for next week and hearing all the buzz, this episode exists purely to set up Brennan’s emotional breakthrough. Again, not complaining! Just saying it makes it hard to review.

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