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Clone Club Catch-Up: Beneath Her Heart

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What an amazing episode we got last weekend, Clone Club!  Alison has long been my favorite clone, and I am so happy we got an Alison-centric episode!  She’s really been disconnected lately– this season we’ve only seen her interact with her sisters through a computer screen.  Here in the final season, the flashbacks worked well.

“Beneath Her Heart” makes use of flashbacks from Alison’s life before the Clone Club was even a thing.  Alison is in full perfect homemaker mode and Beth is just a voice on the other side of the phone.  Even without Beth poking holes in her facade, Alison is feeling a bit confined in her life.  Hence, she accepts Ainsley & Chad’s invitation to try magic mushrooms.  While under the influence, she meets Cosima (orchestrated by Beth) and wonders what else she could’ve been having seen a cop and a scientist with her face.

In the present, the Hendrixes have been at the mercy of Engers and poor Art.  They come to execute a search warrant.  Engers plants evidence to incriminate them before stumbling upon Leaky’s body in the garage.  Just when we think there is no way the Hendrixes can get out of this, Alison pulls a power move and delivers Leaky’s head to Rachel.  Knowing it all goes back to her, Rachel tells Engers to stand down.

Present day Alison has changed a lot, but still has the same concern she did before.  She has something new to grasp on to, a new identity as a sister, but who is she?  That’s where the episode ultimately ends- -Alison deciding to go away and figure that out.  There are some seriously sweet moments with Donnie, and ultimately, an amazing episode for Alison and Orphan Black!

Clone Club Catch-Up: The Few Who Dare

In a show that’s already hard to keep track of, the season premiere of the final season of Orphan Black feels disorienting.  You may vaguely remember an island, a violent fight between Sarah & Rachel, and a roughly 170-year-old Westmorland.  That’s about as far as I got.

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So, welcome to Revival, the village of the cherry-picked genetically superior.  Cosima is stranded here, her reunion with Delphine cut short, greeted instead by a girl named Mud.  Sarah painstakingly made her way to Cosima to rescue her, but Cosima’s interest in science keeps her here.  Rachel has found a role with Westmoreland and the village.  She is just as invested as Cosima, she says, as she offers to give her the treatment she fought for.  Charlotte is here too.  Sarah tries to leave, finally, but is captured.

Meanwhile, the Hendrixes and Helene are living the trapping life in the woods.  Art is assigned a new partner, Engers, who knows what he’s up to… neolution has infiltrated the police.  Engers & co. captures Alison, though Donnie makes it away.  Helena comes to his rescue and comes away with an arrow sticking out of her stomach.  I hope her babies are okay!

There’s also Mr. Frontenac, who tells Felix there are no factions anymore.  I’m really not so sure of that, and we have no idea who he is.  All I know is:

  • the Clone Club is better together, and they’re very far apart at this moment
  • Kira is still spooky, and we should finally be getting answers to that

Hopefully next week will feel more familiar!  Thoughts as we start the final season?

Dragons & Deception

Today, I’ve got so many exciting things to share in partnership with Xpresso Book Tours!

  • First, “Songs of Insurrection” by J.C. Kang sounds excellent!  (There’s an excerpt for you reading pleasure under the cut!)
  • Second, it’s only 99 cents until March 10th (along with a couple of other of Kang’s dragon books)!
  • Finally– there’s an Amazon gift card giveaway to go along with this announcement!  (a Rafflecopter giveaway)

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The Game Begins

All weekend, I’m partnering up with Xpresso Book Tours to bring you sneak peek excerpts, cover reveals, and giveaways!  It’s no secret I love to read anything I can get my hands on, so I’m always jumping on the opportunity to talk about books!

Today, I’m talking about Victoria Danann’s “The Game Begins.”  The synopsis of this book really pulled me in.  It’s sounding like a darker, more adult Percy Jackson.

If you want to read this book, you can enter to win one of 10 signed copies!   Enter here!

And if you want to get started reading it now, there’s an excerpt under the cut:

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TV Lately: Stranger Things

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You’ve probably heard of this Netflix original.  I kept seeing tweets & Facebook statuses mentioning Stranger Things, but I hadn’t heard too much hype.  Still, the title alone suggested it was something I wanted to see.  One episode in, I was hooked!

Stranger Things is set in 1983 in rural Indiana and has a delightful X-Files feel!  It’s retro for a reason– not only does it lend itself to a killer soundtrack, but it puts us in a world without cell phones and a world ripe with paranoia about Russia.  Science fiction meets detective work in an 8-episode odyssey told mostly through the eyes of children.

It starts with four young boys playing Dungeons and Dragons.  These kids are full-out nerds, and completely lovable for it.  I found myself completely endeared to every AV Club and Star Wars reference they made.  After a rousing campaign in D&D, one of these boys mysteriously vanishes.  The remaining boys– Mike, Lucas, and Dustin– meet up with a mysterious girl, Eleven, and try to locate Will.  Will’s mother (Winona Ryder) and brother Jonathan and a particularly sharp sheriff investigate as well.  Mike’s sister Nancy joins in once her friend goes missing too.  Conspiracy unravels and you’ll be binging episode after episode until the end.

I watched the series in two spurts of four episodes, starting late last Friday night and finishing up on Saturday morning.  I can’t recommend it enough for X-Files fans, and sci-fi fans in general.  The finale wraps up well, but is just open enough for a season 2!

Have you seen Stranger Things?  Tell me all your thoughts!

Clone Club Season 4 Wrap-Up

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I only saw this poster like 2 weeks ago, and I really love it.

 

As expected, Orphan Black’s finale left us with more questions than answers.  So, what have we learned?

  • Evie Cho was replaceable.
  • Neulution’s founder, Percival Westmoreland, is still alive and kickin’, albeit very old.  He apparently has some sort of “Others” in Lost-esque camp on the Isle of Doctor Moreau and that’s where Delphine is.
  • Rachel is a cut-throat bitch after all.  I so wanted her to join the Clone Club, but even Susan Duncan is all set with her.  How about Susan stitching herself up?
  • Cosima finds the cure, and finds her way into the arms of Delphine once again!
  • Krystal is not buying the clone thing, due to the fact that she believes Sarah looks nothing like her.

I was pretty sad that Alison wasn’t in the episode at all, save for the “extended scene” playing during BBC America’s airing.  I’m dying to know what the deal with Rachel’s eye was– obviously, it’s a message from Westmoreland, but what does he want?  That really is the question, isn’t it?  I’m guessing we’ll learn a lot more about him in season 5, which is sadly the final season.

Thoughts?!