Spartacus Rewatch: Becoming the Monster

spartacusWhen Spartacus got released on Netflix a few months ago, I absolutely devoured it. Seriously, I took all four seasons and was finished in just a few days. The last season I watched in basically one sitting, not finishing until close to 5am. I loved it. So much so that I pretty much immediately forced my sister to sit through my rewatch so I could have someone to obsess over it with. Sadly, she doesn’t live with me, so we were forced to marathon a few episodes at a time with weeks in between. So it took a little while to get through.

Truth be told, I think taking it a little slow the second time around was a good thing. It allowed for some breathing room, some thoughts and feelings to finish percolating. And having someone else watching with me, and someone who often has vastly different tastes when it comes to favorites (she does not share my love for Agron), gave me an opportunity to talk through some things. Particularly, we talked a lot about Season Four and how completely different it was from the rest of the series, and how absolutely necessary that was for the show to end in any kind of satisfying way while still holding on to its historical accuracy.

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Top Ten Tuesday: the Long Goodbye

Well this is definitely the roughest going for any post I’ve written so far. Let me tell you, finding and watching all these clips? I’ve been weeping steadily since about the third one. You’re welcome.

I think I’m in the minority when it comes to tv characters dying. And by that I mean I’m not often all that outraged by it. There are certainly characters that I have and will mourn, but I’m not throwing in the towel if my favorite bites it. And I’m not one to find death a cop out for the writers – I’ll leave it to others to think up crazy ways to write off their favs. Death happens to every one of us. It’s how all our stories will end. And it almost never gives us a clean wrap-up.

So I get that people are up in arms right now about Derek Shepherd’s last episode. But I’m not one of them.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ladies Night

This past Sunday was International Women’s Day (and also, my birthday which is almost as important). So for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday, we’re going to celebrate women. I realize that there’s absolutely no way to make a comprehensive list of awesome women and awesome female moments and relationships with just ten measly entries, so take this list as a jumping off point. This is a mere smattering of great characters and great shows, but it’s ten moments that have stuck with me: ten moments of women standing up for themselves, of women supporting other women, of women fighting for their families, and of women loving themselves. Enjoy the clips.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Black History Month

February is Black History Month. And as it’s winding down, I wanted to take the time recognize some of my favorite black characters, past and present, in television.

Diversity, in all its forms, is something that should be recognized and celebrated, and is a virtue that television is still struggling with. But I have faith that it’s working in the right direction. This season on broadcast tv alone saw the introduction of How to Get Away With MurderEmpireBlack-ishJane the Virgin, and most recently Fresh off the Boat – all programs that predominantly star and celebrate people of color. All five of these shows have done well both critically and commercially, and not just with niche audiences made up of the people the shows represent. More is needed. More is definitely needed. But strides are being made.

So please join me in celebrating just a small portion of black excellence in television.

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Spartacus: First Watch

Spartacus; EpisodeThis month, Netflix released Spartacus via its watch-instantly feature. I’d been a little iffy on whether it was something I was interested in seeing. I’d heard a lot of good things, but I was definitely hesitant. On the one hand, I am a history buff so I do like period pieces. On the other hand, due to unfortunate circumstances, the show has a slightly rocky storytelling order which is something that can really bother me, not to mention seeing a man tortured by having his junk sliced off is something I definitely could do without. In the end, it was all the Agron and Nasir gif-sets on tumblr that eventually did me in.

So, I went to bed a 5am this morning because I had to finish season 2. This afternoon I got in the first few episodes of season 3. I’m thinking I should be finished by Saturday, though there’s a part of me that just wants to scream GO BIG OR GO HOME and just pull and all-nighter to knock out the last seven episodes.

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