My Summer Television Binge or 4 Shows You Should Be Watching

Summer is a great time to catch up on good television. Last summer, I binge watched Supernatural and found myself in a fandom (for better or worse). A few years ago, I did the same with Dexter and True Blood, then Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy. My normal schedule demands I chose my weekly shows carefully, as I don’t have enough hours in my day to watch everything I want to. So each summer, I get to watch off-season shows that I missed during the rest of the year. It’s always a difficult decision, but I knew at least two shows I really wanted to see in time to catch up for their second seasons, one I am somehow compelled to watch (I blame the Collectress) and one I just sort of fell into.

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Promo cr: FOX

Sleepy Hollow Season 2 Promo cr: FOX

I started with the one show I was dying to watch; Sleepy Hollow. It is an old tale, but an American classic. This interpretation of Washington Irving’s short story is exciting, terrifying and even a little funny (Ichabod Crane cracks me up). As a close and personal Twitter acquaintance to Mr. Trollando Jones and, after seeing the #SuperSleepy antics during SPN S09, I knew this show would be worth the wait. There are only 13 episodes in the first season and I was hooked at the pilot. Each episode is fairly intense and connects to a larger narrative that audiences are not quite yet privy to. This is a show I deliberately left out of my earlier piece this summer on FOX dropping the ball on sci-fi, because I hadn’t started the season and couldn’t comment quite yet. Let me say, this is an excellent television show, complete with a diverse cast, intelligent writing, an interesting set and effects. When the network announced they planned to renew for a second season, I am not ashamed to admit I did a happy dance.

And yes, I am definitely a cheerleader for team #SuperSleepy. MAKE IT HAPPEN Robbie Thompson!

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The Collectress Picks 5: Books About Writing

Time for a nerd-fession: I spend much of my hard-earned money on grammar and writing books. Ultra nerd-fession: I’ve been known to special order them.

Having participated in two simultaneous BB Fanfic extravaganzas this year, I’ve written more in a shorter amount of time than I ever have in my life. With no time to leisurely amble through the writing process, I’ve had to be at the top of my writing game, and well, I got by with a little help from my books.

Here are my 5 favorite books on the craft of writing, in no particular order. Pardon the low-quality photos; these are from my personal collection.

1. The Elements of Style by Strunk & White

Available here on Amazon
Available here on Amazon

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Fanvid of the Week: “to rise again”

Vidder: KatrinDepp

Ok, so I have recently finished my entry for the After Camlann (BBC Merlin) Big Bang, and I’m just having all kinds of Merlin feels. This vid captures my feelings after the end of the show: anguish, devastation, and then a glimmer of hope. The editing is smooth, the song choices are spot on and there really isn’t anything I don’t love about KatrinDepp’s work.

Watch, have some feels, repeat.

-The Collectress

Doctor Who: “Deep Breath”, Moffat’s Long Con and the Right Questions

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S08xE01 “Deep Breath”

On Saturday, Whovians everywhere (including my own living room) sat in from of the telly to watch Peter Capaldi begin his run as the Doctor on the longest running sci fi show in all of humankind (Chris Hardwick’s words, not mine). The episode after regeneration is always a bit rough, as we are all getting to know this Doctor as not just a renewed version of the Timelord, but also a special incarnation with unique characteristics all his own. It has taken me a few days to mull over what I wanted to do with this series in terms of writing. I don’t particularly want to pen recaps each week, instead I will touch on a few really interesting points and look at the overarching continuity of Doctor Who. Yes, friends, I’m going meta. (Spoilers ahead!)

The Clockwork Droids

Twelve and the Paternoster Gang made a slew of past Doctor references, some of which I got and some of which I missed. Let’s start with the most obvious, the clockwork aliens who use living parts to work themselves and their spaceship. In series 2, the Tenth Doctor, Rose and Mickey Smith met Madame de Pompadour in “The Girl in the Fireplace” and the clockwork droids attempting to harvest her brain to pilot their space ship, The SS Madame de Pompadour. We find out that the ship posing as a restaurant is none other than the Marie Antoinette, the sister ship to the Pompadour, which, although viewers may recognize the connection, the Doctor does not. In “Deep Breath” Twelve cannot remember why the clockwork aliens are so familiar, and leaves the mystery for another day. Amnesia isn’t out of character for a regenerating Doctor. We know that the regeneration process shifts the thinking and interacting skills of the Timelord, and no two Doctors have quite the same personality quirks, including what they choose to remember as important from their previous regeneration. As Twelve might say, the question is not why he doesn’t remember, but who are these clockwork droids and why are they back?

Steven Moffat wrote “The Girl in the Fireplace” in 2006, and we know the writer is aces at long term continuity (may I present you the story of RIVER SONG), so it isn’t surprising that he has an overarching plot point originally addressed eight years ago. Moffat is king of the spiderweb plot, in which he weaves intricate storylines together over a long period of time. Mostly, he picks them back up and blows our minds, and so I am looking forward to seeing how this particular plot point will effect series 8.

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