Jenn’s 2015 TV Recap #2

I need to change the TV recaps up a bit. So I think I’ll give you my favorite characters and a favorite moment from each of the shows on the recap this time. Oh, possible spoilers, so read at your own risk! :-)

Let’s start with…

Empire (Fox) 
I binge watched 7 episodes of this show over one weekend because the ratings kept going up and up and up and being the pop culture freak I am, I  had to know what the fuss was all about. The fuss is Cookie. I loved Taraji on Persons of Interest and stopped watching the show when she “left”. Her and Jamal are my favorites on this show so far, but the cast is amazing overall. I love the soap opera-ness of it but I like the fact that it’s not too over the top like Revenge but more grounded and gritty.

The music? Fantastic!

My favorite moment was when Jamal went off on his father “…your played out homophobia” and just about every scene they had together with Jamal calling him out. I always love when the underdogs stand up for themselves and Jamal has no problem doing that.

Glee (Fox) 
Yes, it was the end for Gleeks all over the world. While this last season wasn’t the best, it was more a fan letter to us. I didn’t like what they did with Sue, thought it was silly, but I did like what they did with Will and how they folded him back into the core group of Glee Kids. The first couple of seasons of Glee were amazing and it’s something I wish all young kids will watch at some point in their life because the can learn a lot from a show like this.

My favorite moment was when Sue and Roz try to interrogate Becky’s boyfriend and he…well, calls them out. I see a trend here. LOL

Scorpion (CBS)
I couldn’t figure out why I liked this show until I realized it’s like a cop mystery show without the cops and procedure. From the very first episode, I loved the chemistry between all the characters and how real they came across even with all their awkward anti-social issues. I like how the team figures things out together, and I love their chemistry with the youngest and most fun character, Ralph. He’s such a cutie and great actor for his age. He and Happy are my favorite characters at the moment. :-)

My favorite moment was probably in last week’s episode when Ralph went to save Walter and used his action figure to seal up the whole in the vent shaft. That was awesome. And Katherine McPhee’s reaction when they pulled him out of the shaft was amazingly done. I thought she was really pissed at him! lol

The Walking Dead (AMC) 
Thinking back, this was a very emotional season of TWD. I’m glad the group split up for a while and then came back together, it gave us some awesome scenes and set ups. Carol and Daryl are still my favorite characters. I think, out of all of the characters, they’ve had the most growth and change throughout the series with Glenn being a close third.

My favorite moment this season was a sad one, but powerful. When Daryl carried Beth out of the hospital, I actually felt bad that she died, even though I’d been wishing for her to die for most of the season. Bad Jenn!

The 100 (CW)
Many of you know how much of a CW Fangirl I am, well this show is so good I think it would have made it on any network to be honest. While the “teens” are the main focus of the show, the writers do a great job of bringing the adults and their drama into the fold. The twists and reveals are brilliant, and half the time I don’t see them coming, which is a very good thing. I found myself rooting for Bellamy this season, he’s become a great character, but my heart will always be with Lincoln. He and Octavia are so badass, I love it.

My favorite moment is hard, there were so many good ones. Jaha seeing the flying drone. Finding out the acid fog was man made, Reaper-Lincoln, the look on the Grounders faces when Abby saved Lincoln, Clarke and Lexa kissing! So many. I wish the books were as good. :-(

Helix (SyFy) 
This is one of the wackiest and weirdest shows on TV right now. I started watching because I love Billy Campbell and he does not disappoint on this show. Most of the cast from last season came back with a few new additions including the ever wonderful Steven Weber. He plays such a great creepy dude, I can’t even begin to describe it. Also, the way they use music on this show is amazing and creepier….

Which leads to my favorite moment when a bunch of kids beat the snot out of Dr. Summers while “Sunshine Day” from the Brady Bunch is playing for the audience. Perfectly creeptastic!

Hindsight (VH1)
VH1’s first scripted series is a winner. I think. Becca, getting ready for her second wedding, starts having second thoughts about the path her life has taken. Somehow, she’s transported back to the 90s days before her FIRST wedding. Now, it’s up to her to do the same thing or change it, so she changes it. But by changing the past, we all know what happens…the butterfly effect! And it hits just about everyone around her. Lolly is a great character and she cracks me up, she’s my first and second favorite character. LOL

Best moment was the cliffhanger ending, which I normally don’t like, but this one was a good one.

Have you watched any shows that ended already? Which were your favorites?

Special Guest Shawna Romkey!

Speak of the Devil

By Shawna Romkey

 Book one in the Speak of the Devil series
After dying with her
two best friends in a tragic car accident, Lily comes back to life only to wind
up in the middle of a war between good and evil at a time when God has disappeared.
What happens when falling in love and
falling from grace collide?
After dying in a car accident with her
two best friends, Lily miraculously awakens to grief and guilt. She escapes to
her dad’s to come to terms with the crash and meets some people at her new
school who seem all too eager to help her heal. Sliding deeper into sorrow and
trying to fight her feelings for two of them, she finds out who…what they really are and learns they are
falling too.
Can she find the strength to move on
from the past, reconcile her feelings for Luc, figure out a way to stop a
divine war with fallen angels, and still pass the eleventh grade?

Buy Links

Barnes & Noble: http://ow.ly/L0mHh

About Shawna Romkey: Shawna
grew up around farms in the heart of Missouri but went to the University of
Kansas, was raised in the US but now lives on the ocean in Nova Scotia with her
husband, two sons, one rescue dog and one overgrown puppy from hell. She’s a
non-conformist who follows her heart.

She’s taught
English at the university and secondary levels for close to twenty years and
can’t quite fathom how all of her students have grown up, yet she’s managed to
stay the same.  She’s a huge geek and fan of Xena, Buffy and all kick ass
women, and loves to write stories that have strong female characters.

Links

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Special Guest: Author Gordon Davidescu!

Today’s Special Guest is Author Gordon Davidescu showcasing his novel Kate! Enjoy & Comment

While Jean-Michel Pinot attempts to find some semblance of love in New York, Felix Twickson just wants to go back to living a human life complete with feeling that there’s a reason to get up every morning. Sandy, one of Felix’s best friends who is finally getting over it, finds herself entangled in a relationship she isn’t even sure she can handle.

EXCERPT:

As Jean-Michel Pinot’s eyes glanced towards the heavens, his mind wandered away from the busy intersection where he was standing, awaiting the bright white walk signal. He thought of the cotton clouds hanging in the sky, like a baby’s mobile only without the delicate melody that would lull the infants off to sleep in their cribs.

That kind of pacifying effect was most needed in a city like this one, so tense and aggravated at times. What kind of melody might be playing, Jean-Michel pondered, for the enormous mobile that peacefully drifted above the island of Manhattan? Perhaps a delightful little piano rendition of Gershwin’s Embraceable You? It would be antithetical to all of the cacophony that went on down below. Were he not used to it, it would also be quite difficult to think at all. Yet it wasn’t quite that hard to get a good thought going – namely because he was used to the noise, and it had become a sort of a white noise, a background for his life. When he found himself in more suburban areas, the sudden noise of a police car racing by or an ambulance would give him a start – but here, it was just another note on the 88 keys of a Manhattan keyboard.

The harsh brushing of another man’s shoulder brought Jean-Michel back to the earth, where an individual of medium height had fired off a less than pleasant hand gesture to a taxi cab which had nearly hit him after running the light. What was the hurry, anyhow? Perhaps the people involved had no concept or grasp of their own mortality, and how saving a minute or two wouldn’t matter in the end since one would die either way. Where was he going that was so important that it merited the giving of the finger gesture? Unless it was to the clinic to get some dialysis work done, Jean-Michel thought, it probably wasn’t all that gravely important. Perhaps if he were going to the surgeon to get outfitted with a new heart, or if he had some sort of neurological disorder which caused such poor memory that he didn’t even remember that he had gone off to the deli to buy a sandwich for his post-delivery wife… more likely, however, the man just wanted to get home to watch the Knicks. Which wasn’t, he thought, all that bad in terms of reasons to rush somewhere… but certainly not middle-finger worthy.

Where was the cab going that it was in such a rush that it nearly hit someone? If it had hit someone en route, would it have been worth it? Probably not. A court case would surely follow, multiple lawyers would be involved, and thousands of dollars would be thrown in every direction trying to figure out if the driver was liable for damages, if some prison time was necessary… and all in the name of getting from where one was to where one needed to be as quickly as humanly possible. Would the cab company have to pay for the fees, or would it be the cab driver? What if the person that got hit ended up losing the case – would he have to pay for the company’s legal fees?

http://www.amazon.com/Kate-York-Living-Gordon-Davidescu-ebook/dp/B001RB1OMO
https://gordondavidescu.wordpress.com/

AUTHOR BIO:
Born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey on July 30, 1977, Gordon Davidescu has long been a fan of the written word. He wrote a trilogy of books centered around a fantasy world that was lost — alas, it was only backed up on floppy disc formatted for the Apple II GS. He aims to top Honore de Balzac’s record of novels written in a series.

He currently lives in Kew Gardens, New York, with his wife, baby, preschooler, and two teddy bears.