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Montreal in the Rain

Part 2 of our Montreal trip!  Our last full day was super rainy, but we had a lovely time anyway & got to road trip home through Vermont!

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2014 Favorites

It’s that time!  With the year winding down, here is my very own Obligatory 2014 TV Favorites List.  Now, if you’ve been reading for a while, none of these should surprise you.  I thought it might be a fun thing to do year to year, so even though you’ve probably read a million of these, I’m giving you another.  I’ve got two categories for you; my favorite things, TV & video games.  Without further ado:

 

TV Shows

5. Orange is the New Black | Probably my most anticipated new season of the year, OITNB’s second season did not disappoint!

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LostGirlTVSeriesLogo4. Lost Girl | I stated watching this late last year, early 2014.  This show hit every note for me, and I recommend it for Buffy fans and similar.  It’s final season is just beginning, so jump on this train.

 

Ecran_Titre_d'American_Horror_Story3. American Horror Story | Coven straddled 2013 and 2014, and Freak Show will bleed into next year.  I’m just so onboard with this show and especially Jessica Lange.  I only hope she is as onboard as I am for the next season!

 

 

The_Walking_Dead_title_card2. The Walking Dead | I watched the first season years ago, and picked up again recently just in time for the mid-season finale.  I am constantly impressed with the emotional depths this show brings me to.

 

1. Orphan Black | Recommended to me in late 2013, I watched the first season of this show just in time for the second to begin.  You may have caught my Clone Club Catch-Ups, and expect to see more next year.  Tatiana Maslany’s masterful performance as almost all of the show’s main characters is always worth watching.

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Honorable Mention: Top Chef | Another show whose seasons straddle two years, I absolutely loved New Orleans and Boston might be my favorite season ever.  Stay tuned for more recaps!

 

Video Games

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03. Super Smash Bros. WiiU/3DS | Okay, this is two games.  I’ve played the 3DS version more because it’s portable, and I’ve had it longer.  This is my favorite installment of Super Smash since the original N64 version.  The novelty of this concept has not worn off!  Kirby smashing up Pikachu is still awesome.

02. Mario Kart 8 | I hate to say this, but I’m not really a Mario Kart girl.  Sure, I loved Super Mario Kart, but the N64 days had me with Diddy Kong Racing and don’t even get me started on Double Dash.  MK8, however, single-handedly justified purchasing a WiiU for me.  I am so impressed with this game.  I love the online component, and find the DLC exciting.  I keep on coming back for more!

01. Pokémon Alpha Sapphire & Omega Ruby | Hoenn was always my favorite region so I was more excited than ever before for these amazing remakes.  I got through Alpha Sapphire fast; faster than X by far.  These games have even reignited my desire to complete an Unova adventure.  I’m so happy that more people will be introduced to this region and this story.  These games are fantastic and I can’t wait for what Pokémon has in store for us next!  I’d write more about how much I’m obsessed with these fantastic games, but I want to go wonder trade.

And there you have it!  What are your favorite shows and/or games from this year?

Clone Club Catch-Up: Season 2 finale

As “By Means Which Have Never Yet Been Tried” begins, we weave in and out of two hostile scenes.  The first, a verbal argument between S, Fe, and Sarah.  S yells: “I thought it was you!  She looked like you–” Sarah interrupts wrapped S up into a hug.  “I don’t know who’s side you’re on,” Sarah says, “but you always put Kira first.”  With that, it’s clear that Sarah trusts S.  The second: “My name is Sarah Manning, and this is my unconditional surrender.”

Dr. Nealon introduces himself to Sarah from across the table.

A nurse tries to swab Kira, who finally acquiesces.  She then steals the nurse’s phone when she’s not looking.  A male voice answers on the other end.

Cosima finds out Dr. Nealon is her new physician.  Rachel tells Delphine that she is no longer working with the clones, effective immediately.  In retaliation, Delphine sends Cosima Rachel’s agenda, revealing that Sarah is to have a procedure with Dr. Nealon.

Dr. Nealon explains to Sarah that they would like to harvest her eggs when she ovulates.  She signs his consent form in exchange for seeing Kira.  This, unfortunately, is done through an observation room.

Fe overhears S’s phone call, which involves a car bomb.  A knock at the door reveals Cal, who Kira had called.  Seems Cal has figured out that Sarah has genetic identicals and that he’s done a lot of digging into Dyad to helo.  Fe then gets a call from Art, who has a guest currently eating in his kitchen.  “Hello sistra-brother, I want to see Sarah,” says Helena.  S advises Fe to go over there and watch her.  When he arrives, she explains where’s she’s been these past few weeks.  “Helena, did you burn down the fish people’s ranch?” Fe asks.  “No!” she says with a wry smile.

Prisoners Sarah and Duncan intercept each other.  “Don’t despair, my dear, don’t despair.”

In Cal’s research, it seems he’s discovered an insider who knows Sarah & Kira and both at the Dyad.  S tells him to ask if this contact can help and to tell this person he’s with Siobhan Sadler.  The answer: Ask her about Castor.  This triggers S to meet up some military-looking men, including Paul.  The two have a plan to get Sarah out of the Dyad.  I’m still confused, but so amazed by everything coming together!

Rachel meets Duncan watching home movies of her as a child.  She’s brought tea.  “Just hot water for me, he requests, I’ve brought my own tea bag.”  The two argue about the key to his genetic cypher.  She wants to know where it is, but he counters: “My dear, I didn’t write it down,” citing that he can recite pi to 6 thousand places.  “Do you recall Rachel, not the memory, but the feeling of how much we loved you?” he asks.  She responds, “The reason I watch these tapes so often is because I don’t remember that.”  She turns as he drops his tea cup, having poisoned himself.  “You can’t leave me again!” she cries.  He struggles to let out: “I’m afraid you don’t deserve me anymore.”

Cal in a black car pulls up meeting S and military Paul, who laughs when he learns Cal is Kira’s father.  “Just look at the two of you,” comments S, “I don’t know how she does it.”  Paul gets into the black car Cal just got out of to meet the mysterious Marian.

Cosima visits with Kira.  She teaches her a little science lesson about force and they do an experiment to get a pencil through a piece of paper.  They then draw a picture to show her mom the results of their experiment.  This scene is juxtaposed with Cosima and Scott doing a little experiment of their own.

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Sarah is taken, strapped down on a gurney, to Dr. Nealon.  Scott is present.  Nealon explains that they are to remove one of her ovaries.  Rachel, also present, asks for a second to speak to her sister.  With her hissy fit she throws stamping over the bone marrow collected from Kira for Cosima, she also brings Sarah the picture that Kira drew.  The picture, shows a fire extinguisher along with some of the clones.  Sarah notices a fire extinguisher nearby, a skull and cross bones drawn upon its tag with the word Squeeze.  Sarah does indeed squeeze, which forces a pencil out of the fire extinguisher right into Rachel’s eye.  Scott helps her up and out.  Sarah arrives at Kira’s room to see Marion getting her ready to leave.  She says they are free to go, but this does not end with Rachel.

Cosima, Alison, and Sarah are reunited at Fe’s.  Cal meets the group, who upon his departure, demonstrate their approval for him.  Fe via Art brings in a new edition to the Clone Club, Helena, who really wants to meet her sisters.  They receive her warmly, although warm is different for Cosima and Alison.  The warmest reception comes from little Kira, who runs into her arms.  The new Clone Club takes a couple moments to decompress, and goodness is it glorious.

Helena's dance moves, though.

Helena’s dance moves, though.

Ah but Helena, she still makes me nervous.  In the quiet moments of sleep, she pulls out a jumbo container of nitrogen.  Then she sneaks from Fe’s, clutching Jesse’s hat, only to be kidnapped.  We see Helena held captive by the military.  Paul and S are present.  “Sarah will never forgive me,” says S.

Sarah takes that same black car to the enormous residence of Marion.  Here she finds little Charlotte, an 8-year-old with a limp, and another clone.  Marion reveals there were 400 attempts to make more clones and Charlotte is the only survivor.  She’s her mother and like S, she says, she’s invested.  She explains that LEDA was never shut down: Dyad carried female clones but the military carried the males.  This, she says, is Project Castor.  The male clone looks just like Mark, the Prolethean runaway, who right before the Castor reveal is shown marrying Gracie.

Kira comes to Cosima to reach her a story.  After one about a puppy, she asks for another and hands over The Island of Doctor Moreau, revealing Duncan’s writings to the one person we trust to understand them.

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HOLY CANOLI GUYS.  Well, I personally love the direction they took with Cal, bringing him back into the mix.  I loved the picture of the new Clone Club, and the new layer of Charlotte.  I loved the moment of Kira handing over what I’m expecting to be the key to curing Cosima.  Gosh, I was so scared she was dying there!  As for Project Castor, I’m not really sure how I feel.  That male clone they showed looked SCARY but definitely military in nature.  Mark’s pretty scary, or at least he was in the beginning.  I’m nervous for Helena.  Are she and Gracie really going to give birth to more clones?  Can the Prolethean agenda succeed like that? (What actually was the Prolethean agenda?)  And Marion, I was not expecting!  I definitely thought she was not on our side.  I’m still convinced S is, even though, like I said before, I’m nervous for Helena.  I’m sure we’ll see Delphine again, but I’m nervous for her too.  I mourn for Duncan, but that was a mad who deceivingly had his wits about him!  I’m expecting Rachel to come back with an eyepatch next season, and I fully support that decision.  I can’t think of a character more befitting on an eyepatch.

Tell me yo’ thoughts on Orphan Black season 2!  Go!

Clone Club Catch-Up: Rachel Snaps

“I think those are his brains,” says Donnie as we open “Things Which Have Yet Been Done” on he and Alison disposing of Leekie’s body.  Alison is living her bizarro play all over again, eh?

We then move to Helena, who we haven’t seen for a while, who’s having her embryos implanted at the Prolethean homestead.  The girl doesn’t know what her cervix is, but she certainly wants babies.

Rachel and Delphine discuss Cosima’s diagnosis.  Does anyone else think it’s weird that Rachel calls her father by his last name?  Rachel asks Delphine to take over as interim director of the program, saying she’s uniquely qualified and that she and Rachel could take it in a whole new directly.  Delphine, “the new Leekie” goes to Sarah and Mrs. S to discuss forging a new relationship.

Cosima, Sarah, and Alison Skype together like the good ol’ days.  Alison dries her tears seeing Cosima’s state.  She keeps Donnie’s secret of having killed Leekie.  The couple works out why Dyad would tell everyone he died on a plane.  Alison rightly guesses that they believe he is dead, or gave him every indication that he should be.  “Maybe they told him to be dead and live in Guadalupe, but he’s in our freezer,” she ventures.  They apparently settle on burying the body below the concrete of their garage.

Don't worry, Donnie; Alison's got this.

Don’t worry, Donnie; Alison’s got this.

The Prolethean homestead gets even weirder, as we see a preschool on sight.  Helene really does like kids, but yo, there are a lot of kids here.  Who do they belong to?

Back at Mrs. S’s, S says she knows a pediatrician that could help out with harvesting Kira’s bone marrow.  Fe isn’t in favor, and Sarah is torn between not wanting to involve her daughter and not wanting “her sister” to die.  S points out, it’s not any of their decisions.  Sarah talks to Kira about bone marrow, needles, and Cosima’s state.  Kira agrees to help Cosima.  At first, I wondered why this pediatrician doesn’t think it’s weird that all of these Dyad folks are present for Kira’s procedure, but then I remembered that everyone S knows is sketchy.

Scott and Ethan Duncan locate the infertility sequence in the clones genetic code, which is long and encrypted.  “I brought the cypher,” Duncan says, pointing to his head.

While Donnie and Alison dig in the garage, Vic pays a visit to their home.  Though they try to shove him away, he hangs around and watches Alison measure the new garage crater made to hold Leekie’s body.  Donnie presses a gun to his head and holds him over the opening.  He spills that there’s a cop outside.  “Angela DeAngelis?” Alison asks.  Vic confirms and adds he doesn’t think it’s official, since Angela thinks there are 5 of them.  Donnie pipes in, 11.  Newly badass Donnie goes out to Angela’s van and threatens her to back off.

Hendrick mentioned earlier that it was time for his daughter to bear fruit.  We now see what he meant, as they implant embryos in Gracie as well.  So, do Proletheans not have sex?  Helena sees Gracie’s sadness and asks why she doesn’t want to be pregnant.  Gracie reveals that her father is the father of the embryos, and that Helena is the mother.  Gracie asks, haven’t you been listening to anything my  father says?  “Not really,” admits Helena.

Marian and Rachel meet.  Is Rachel’s hair darker?  Marian wants to know about Sarah and why she is who she is.  Rachel grabs a martini and watches home videos of her life with the Duncans.  Oooh, she’s not in a good place.  She drains the drink, tears fall, and then she changes the image on the screen to photos of Sarah and Kira.  Jealousy is ugly, Miss Duncan.  Back in her office, Delphine pays a visit and sees Benjamin Kirkland’s name pop up on the screen.

With a better grasp on what’s happening on the homestead, Helena decides to flee to her sistra.  Gracie decides to come too, since she’s having Helena’s babies.  Her father stops them, knocks Helena out and locks up Gracie.  Mark, enamored as he is with Gracie, will not allow her to stay in that cage.  “You had to put your own child inside of her?  You had to be the father too?”  As he yells, Helena gets up and attacks Henrik.  She tells Gracie and Mark to run.  After a completely vile but fitting punishment, Helena burns the Prolethean homestead.

In Kira’s recovery room, S tells Sarah that Delphine is here to see her.  Delphine tells Sarah about Benjamin being compromised by Rachel.  Sarah runs in to get Kira out of there, and Fe springs into action asking her what’s going on.  Just then, his phone goes off… it’s the real Sarah from the car with Delphine.  This has been Rachel, and she takes Fe down.  Real Sarah walks in, accuses Benjamin of taking Kira, but S knows it was a trick and Rachel’s taken her.

Kira wakes up in a flowery bedroom to Rachel.  Rachel has kidnapped Kira, just as the Dyad did to her years ago.