Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Gearing Up for Once 

The return of fall TV has not excited me for years. The last show I was an honest fan of was The X Files. Not necessarily because the shows of the last decade were lacking, but because I did not have the time to commit my energies to a set hour every week. Well, DVR has changed all that.

Last season I got completely hooked on Once Upon a Time – the creative re-telling of popular fairytales. It's got a delicious evil queen (I love you Lana Parrilla), a spunky Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin is a surprise treat) and a conflicted Prince Charming (jury is out if I'm in love with him).

But most of all it has one of the best acting performances I have seen on the small screen of late – Robert Carlyle as Rumpelstiltskin. This actor needs an Emmy people! His subtle expressions, his guarded eyes, his knowing grin – he is really what keeps me tuning in week after week just to discover what secrets swirl around his devious brain!

But perhaps what I love best about the show is the theme of choice. Even though the show follows many characters, their struggles stem from the dilemma of choice - and with every choice comes a consequence. "All magic comes with a price," says a grinning Rumpelstiltskin. Man, is he right. It is easy to lay blame for the lack in our lives onto the heads of others – our parents, our friends, our government. But it is far more dangerous to realize that we have the power to choose our path, and that any choice we do make will have far-reaching effects into our future lives. I love a show with a good life lesson.

This season will begin with all of the fairy tale characters remembering who they are. Let's hope the delicate balance between current day Storybrooke and past life Fairy Tale Land is maintained. I will probably be talking a lot about this show as the season progresses. Not because anyone really needs to know what I think, but because the show offers up good fodder for conversation. Season premiere is this Sunday. I am there with bells on.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Here I Go Again

I am not ashamed to admit I am a sci-fi geek: formerly closeted, now out and proud. I AM, however, ashamed to admit that this is my 3rd attempt at a blog. Previously, I tried to start a coffee-lovers blog (I was out of ideas) and a Mommy blog (aren't there enough?) I've spent the last 2 years in-between nap-times, play-times and poopy diaper-times writing my very first YA science fiction adventure novel. So I figure - why not start a sci-fi/fantasy lovers blog for everything on the movie screen, the TV screen and in print? We'll see how it goes. And if it fails, I'm open for ideas on blog number 4. :)