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What I’m Watching: Pretty Little Liars

Just watched the pilot episode of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars. Surprisingly, I liked it a whole lot more than I thought I would. Still, it takes more than just one episode to tell if a series is going to be good or not … so ultimately the verdict is still out.

Pretty Little Liars is about 4 high school girls who mysteriously start receiving notes and text messages from someone named “A,” who threatens to reveal all their dirty little secrets.

All signs point to “A” being their catty former best friend, Alison. The only problem is that Alison is dead. And the girls all know something about Alison’s death they are not telling anyone.

Lucy Hale (seen here in a photo from her days on the CW's "Privileged") plays Aria in ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars."

My first impression is that this show is trying way too hard to copy Gossip Girl, and that it is going to be a glittery, shallow, salacious waste of my time. However, after watching the episode, I find myself kind of getting into it.

I want to know who “A” is and I want to know how the other 4 were involved in Alison’s death. So as long as Pretty Little Liars can manage to not suck, I probably will stick around to watch the next upcoming episodes.

The main problem I have had so far is keeping all the character’s names straight.

Aria (Lucy Hale) is the brunette who made out with a 20-something year old guy (Ian Harding) at a resturaunt, only to discover later on that he’s her new English teacher.

Spencer (Troian Avery Bellisario) is the other brunette who likes to put on bikinis and get back massages from her older sister’s good-looking fiance (Julian Morris).

Emily (Shay Mitchell) is the other, other brunette (yes, telling them apart is a little difficult at first) who thinks she might have a crush on the new girl (Bianca Lawson) next door. Scandalous.

Hanna (Ashley Benson) is the blonde one (but, just to make it more confusing, she looks extremely similar to Alison (Sasha Pieterse), who, though dead, is seen in multiple flashbacks throughout the episode). Hanna is a snobby brat and likes to shoplift  $350 sunglasses from the mall. She even gets arrested. But it’s okay, because her mom (Laura Leighton) sleeps with the cop to get her off.

Great morals this show has. Obviously.

So I may become a frequent watcher of Pretty Little Liars. Or I may decide it is a total waste of my time. That really depends on how the next couple of episodes turn out.

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Update: After watching the first 8 episodes, I revisit my thoughts about the show in this post. In another post, I get pretty upset when I think Lucas might be “A,” and I respond to the season finale here.

 
 

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Where Are They Now: Firefly 

Nathan Fillion: Firefly’s quick-tongued, swashbuckling fearless leader Captain Mal now stars as the annoying-yet-lovable crime author-turned-police consultant Richard Castle in ABC’s Monday night drama Castle. (Read my “What I’m Watching” review of Castle here.)

He’s also the greatest sleazy superhero you have ever loved to hate: the self-centered Captain Hammer, arch nemesis of Neil Patrick Harris’ titular supervillan wannabe in the comedic musical internet sensation “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.”
(By the way, Dr. Horrible is hilarious. I’m even providing a YouTube link so you can go watch it right now). Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Cancelled TV Greats: Firefly

I do not know why they cancelled Firefly. I mean, it is a show about space cowboys. What’s not to love?

Seriously, though, as weird as the Wild West-meets-outer space concept may seem, Firefly was a well-written, engaging show. I really fell in love with the entire cast of characters, so I truly enjoy watching as the actors have showed up in various other TV shows since then.

Helmed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel creator Joss Whedon, Firefly premiered in 2002 and aired only 11 episodes before its mid-season cancellation.

Yet, sci-fi fans are known for being particularly zealous, so Firefly geeks put up enough of an outraged fuss that Whedon was able to get enough funding to produce the 2005 feature-length film Serenity, which allowed him to address lingering unanswered questions and wrap up the Firefly storyline. Read the rest of this entry »

 
 

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TV & Vampires: A Quick Guide

Granted, Twilight is not a TV show. But these highly popular teen vampire novels and movies have made vampires all the rage. And TV channels are picking up on that, with shows like The Vampire Diaries and True Blood. Yet even before Edward Cullen started sparkling in the sun and stealing the hearts of teen girls everywhere, vampires already had a fairly steady presence in TV culture.

 

Vampire Diaries (The CW)

The series debuted when Twilight was already in full swing, so the Vampire Diaries seems like the most obvious attempt to capitalize on Edward Cullen-obsessed teen fans.

Regular high school girl falls in love with brooding vampire classmate – it could really be the same story. Elena (Nina Dobrev)’s okay, but I actually find Stefan (Paul Wesley) a little dull.

It’s his older brother, Damon (Ian Somerhalder), who is actually the more interesting. Yeah, he’s a cold-blooded killer. But his wit and sarcasm make for some of the show’s funniest dialogue.

 

True Blood (HBO)

Louisiana waitress Sookie (Anna Paquin) falls in love with gentleman vampire Bill (Stephen Moyer). But if Bill is the “good vampire,” then area sheriff Eric (Alexander Skarsgard) is the “bad vampire,” and is vying for Sookie’s attentions, too. It’s worth noting that True Blood is aimed at an audience a bit older than the Twilight crowd, so the subject matter is aimed at more mature audiences.

So should Sookie end up with Bill or Eric? In what is beginning to become a bit of a pattern, I actually like Eric a lot more than Bill. Like Stephen in Vampire Diaries, Bill may be the series’ resident “good vampire,” but the character is just so dang boring. Yeah, Eric would snap your neck in an instant and not think twice about it, but at least his character has personality. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2010 in Review, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Vampires

 

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One Thing to Make V Worth Watching

So remember how I hate V? The stupid alien-invasion show I have blogged multiple times that I can’t stand? Don’t worry, I still hate V.

Well, sort of. I still find the show as a whole to be an annoyingly dull and cliche-ridden waste of time. That said, I have still watched all 12 episodes, including “Red Sky,” the season finale.

And to be completely honest, there is one reason for this. His name is Mark Hildreth.

The character’s name is Joshua and he one of the “good aliens,” a doctor on board Anna’s ship who has been secretly working with the Erica and the rest of the Fifth Column rebel warriors for quite some time now.

Joshua is very nice to look at. (You can’t quite tell from the poorly-angled still on this YouTube video, but I promise he is). He’s also one of the more interesting characters on this otherwise dull and obnoxiously boring show.

Of course, then the writers had to go and kill him off during the season finale. I vowed I had totally given up on V and would never watch the show agian.

But then the bad aliens brought Joshua back to life in the final seconds of the finale. So yes, his cover as a spy is blown, and he will probably just get tortured and then killed again.

However, there may still be hope for him. I have to know. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2010 in Review, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, V

 

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