Monthly Archives: January 2012

Merlin’s knights of the round table banter, tease, and discuss Tom Hopper’s arms – Interview (Originally for CliqueClack TV)

“Let us not go to Camelot,” King Arthur famously said in Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “’tis a silly place.” If this is just as true of the Camelot of Merlin, this is almost entirely due to the resident knights of the round table — Adetomiwa Edun (Elyan), Tom Hopper (Percival), Eoin Macken (Gwaine), and Rupert Young (Leon). The four of them were kind enough to host a “round table” (hyuck, hyuck, hyuck) phone interview and answer a few questions.

What do you most enjoy about your roles?
TH:
I get to do quite a lot of physical stuff, which is a lot of fun … I get to do a lot of fighting and look cool with a sword, which is always a lot of fun.
AE: I’m right behind Tom when he says it’s a lot of fun getting stuff in with the action. You’ve got a couple of good ones in this season.
EM: This is Eoin speaking, and I concur.
RY: This is Rupert speaking. What does “concur” mean?

Is there anything in the upcoming episodes that the fans should be looking for that you would like them to see?
TH:
You should probably look to see how many hair flicks Eoin Macken does in an episode.
EM: I think you should try to spot the episode where Tom wears anything on his arms. That would be epic.

You mean besides young children.
EM:
Wow, you said that, not me!

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Republicans Search for Love (In All the Wrong Places)

When the results of the South Carolina primary came out and Newt Gingrich was the clear winner, many of my friends were, to put it lightly, dismayed. South Carolina, after all, has successfully predicted the Republican presidential nominee for the past thirty-odd years, and we were getting Newt? Unconscionable! A sign of our deteriorating political system! We as Americans deserved better than this!

I found the whole thing hilarious.

The difference, I have found, between people like me who are plain old amused and people who are outraged, is that the outraged people seem to have some sort of faith in the Republican electorate to make sensible decisions. And I… well. I think saying “I don’t” is sort of an understatement. If reaching to political consciousness in the directly post-9/11 era while being raised by two ardent democrats/socialists hadn’t already killed that, I think any and all Republican shenanigans post-Obama would have taken care of my remaining goodwill quite effectively. As far as I’m concerned, the Republican party has crossed the line of common sense/decency and is so far into Batshit country that they’re just never coming back. So to me, the more opportunities there are for things like Newt Gingrich congratulating the “diversity” of the presidential candidates when they are all rich, white, heterosexual, Christian guys, the better.  Vive la crazy! Let your racist, classist, sexist, homophobic freak flag fly, Republicans!

This notion has not comforted anyone I know who was upset about the Gingrich win, and they still are sniffy and muttering unhappily about our country deserving more and the state of political discourse today, blah blah blah, American ideals, blah blah blah. And as someone who both loved Jon Huntsman and sometimes just re-reads Dwight Eisenhower’s wikipeida page to weep over what Republican politics should be, I get that. But I think the reason I don’t think that this situation is the time or place to nurse that can best be explained, I’ve found, if you think of the Republican primary as a season of The Bachelor.
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Sherlock – The best and worst 90 minutes of your life (Originally for CliqueClack TV, Co-Written with Katie Schenkel)

Julia: So first of all, I feel like we should apologize to our readers for putting this up so late. It’s about 90% my fault because the only way I got through this episode was watching it in ten to fifteen minute increments spread out over two days because it was just too much for me to take all at once. My sister kept walking in on me curled in the fetal position around my pillow or violently pausing to shout, “WHY ARE YOU RUINING MY LIFE?!” at the computer screen and pointed out that this is why I never normally get into dramas. When I tried to explain to her that Sherlock is usually my happy place filled with vaguely gay, super-endearing British dudes who cavort around London solving crimes and being adorable to jaunty music, she was like, “You know you sound like you’re in an abusive relationship with this show, right?” And I was like “No! But I deserve to be hurt! And when it’s good, it’s so good between us! It’s my fault! Maybe if I just love the show more it will stop hurting me so much!” And then she shook her head and left the room.

No one in my family understands me. But you, Katie. You understand me.

Katie:  When I re-watched the finale, I just kept thinking, “This is … the best show on television. Hands down.” It’s so beautifully written, it’s so clever and it’s so moving.

Julia: I’m always reluctant to give any show the “best on television” moniker, especially when it’s not in a genre-specific discussion. That’s like choosing the best food — there’s no best food. There’s the best cake or best sandwich, but there isn’t, like, one food that’s better than everything. But I will definitely agree that Sherlock is the best drama on television.  And you can tell this because I actually watch without getting bored, rolling my eyes, and making fun of all the melodramatic music cues.

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Sherlock – The Hound cometh before the Fall (Originally for CliqueClack TV, Co-Written with Katie Schenkel)

Julia: I’m not sure if two seasons make it count as a trend, but historically speaking I don’t like the middle episode of Sherlock as much as I like the first and third. I’m not sure if I liked this or last week’s better, but I do know that this week when the episode wasn’t in London, it made me feel like some vital character was missing. Because it’s not in London, and because it goes too far into Brontë-esque Gothic whackadoo for my tastes,  The Hound of the Baskervilles has always been one of my least favorite Holmes stories. So I should admit that while I really deeply enjoyed the episode, it’s very hard for me to be totally objective with my bias that has preexisted ever since I first saw the Baskervilles episode of Wishbone when I was, like, five.

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Katie: While I’m with you on the first series’ middle episode, I actually enjoyed this episode far more than last week’s. I’m sure part of that was because I couldn’t for the life of me remember how The Hound of Baskerville originally ended, so I’m was really in the dark the whole episode (although I totally guessed who the villain was, just not how he did it). There was a whole lot of tension throughout the story, and I liked seeing Sherlock scared, even if he was mostly scared that he didn’t understand what his brain was telling him.

Sherlock – The arch-enemy, the woman, and the bromance (Originally for CliqueClack TV, Co-Written with Katie Schenkel)

“Well, wow.” That’s pretty much all I could think about regarding the Sherlock premiere after I watched it. Wow, and “I have no idea what just happened, but I’m pretty sure it was awesome.” Unfortunately, that is not really a good place to start if you’re trying to review a show. Fortunately, fellow Clacker Katiewas game to talk this episode out with me.

Katie: I am so glad they resolved the cliffhanger from the last series. It’s not how I expected it to be, but it’s pure Moriarty.

Julia: It’s so impossible for me to choose a favorite moment of the episode, but definitely in the top ten is the fact that Moriarty’s ringtone is “Stayin’ Alive“. And Andrew Scott is just so damn good as Moriarty. He reminds me a lot of Heath Ledger‘s version of the Joker, actually. He’s clearly terrifying and dangerous, but in that completely unbalanced, sickly-sweet way that taps into this really childlike terror so much better than someone who was just cold and competent ever could.

Katie: I totally agree about Moriarty. My favorite moment of last season was his indescribable, “NO YOU WON’T!” Very, very Joker-like. He’s such a great foil for Sherlock because Sherlock is so very dry while Moriarty is the definition of manic.

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