The X-Files

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!

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2016 To Watch

It’s officially 2016, we’ve sufficiently celebrated and then retreated to the comfort of our couches.  Let’s get to what’s important here: what we can watch in 2016!  Here’s the TV I cannot wait for in the immediate future:

January 10th, Shameless (Showtime) | Originally, this was set for January 17th (which I remember because it’s my birthday!) but I can’t complain that we’re getting season 6 a week early!

January 15th, Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) | This is always a favorite of mine, as big of a Gordon Ramsay fan as I am.  I’ll likely be keeping up with this one on Hulu, though it’s made appearances on the blog before.

January 24th, The X-Files (Fox) | There are literally no words for how I feel about this show’s return.  I should honestly be setting my DVR now, but this show will have a Monday night time slot which means I should be home to watch each week.

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February 2nd, American Crime Story (FX) | As obsessed as I am with AHS, I always figured I would watch this show.  I’ve seen a preview here and there for the The People v. OJ Simpson and I literally cannot wait.  I was super young when this happened, but I still remember it on the news.  Should be interesting!

February 14th, The Walking Dead (AMC) | Happy Valentine’s Day to me!  I love The Walking Dead and I’ve missed it so.  February seems like a while to wait for this mid-season return, but things could be worse.

February 21, Girls (HBO) | My Sunday night ritual!  Doesn’t Girls usually return in January?  The wait for this one has definitely been long, but I’ll be tuning in and definitely recapping for the blog!

What’s missing?  Oh, just a few shows I can’t live without!  Game of Thrones, obviously, which is set for April 2016.  Also, Orphan Black which is set to have season 4 pop up this year too.  Finally, probably my favorite show of 2015, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, should be coming back to Netflix for season two this year!

What shows are you looking forward to?!

Links for a New World [02]

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  • Padma on Ellen – I love Ellen, but I love Padma Lakshmi even more.  Top Chef Boston kicked off this week (did you read my recap?!) and in prep for that, Ellen had Padma on to cook, laugh, and be absolutely wonderful.  Plus, I think I could make tortilla chips now, which is great news.
  • Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce – I’ve been so excited for Bravo’s first scripted show for so long for the simple reason that it combines two of my favorite shows.  We’ve got Marti Noxon of my dearest Buffy the Vampire SlayerHouse alum and another lady crush of mine, Lisa Edelstein!  The first official trailer promises raunch, so what’s not to like?
  • The Moon – The Moon (pictured above!) by design firm Nosigner is a topographically-accurate LED light created based on data retrieved from the Japanese lunar orbiter spacecraft Kaguya.
  • Friends is coming to Netflix! – January 1, 2015!  I’m sorry to be controversial, but this is even better news than the arrival of Gilmore Girls.
  • Pictionary with Gillian Anderson – The gorgeous Gillian Anderson (aka Scully from the X-Files, Stella of The Fall) wrote a book!  In celebration, she’s all over the internet doing fun things like this.
  • T Map of Boston Eats – This handle map of Boston’s public transportation is marked with restaurants instead of stop names.  I’m thinking about riding my way through this one.  My friend Julia sent me this one along with the best burger per neighborhood, which is also very important.

 

Have a brilliant weekend, everybody!

Seeing Red

My hair’s been every natural shade from black to strawberry blonde, but I took a roughly six year break from hair dye and accepted my natural color.  A couple weeks ago, I broke my hiatus and went blonde for summer!  If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably seen my new tresses.  I’m loving being blonde again, but my true desire is to be a redhead.  Here are my hair idols.

Jenny Lewis

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My girl Jenny Lewis rocks a very natural shade of red, subtle but still lovely.  She’s my true hair idol, but I’m not prepared to take on bangs.  I think this is likely my future color!  This whole look is actually perfection.

Karen Gillan

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image: digitalspy.co.uk | with the Eleventh Doctor himself

Karen Gillan had gorgeous, long, red hair.  She cut it all off for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy.  Luckily, they made her a wig of her own hair… which she wears for Selfie.  Can I borrow that wig?

Christina Hendricks

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London Fog campaign

Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway rocks a vibrant, attention-grabbing red.  This is a red that makes no apologies.  It’s nice to see that Christina Hendricks can rock a coral lip with this hair color.  Very encouraging for me.

Bonus: Gillian Anderson

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She’s blonde now, and I’m pretty sure I can blame my going-blonde again on her.  Back when I first fell in love with Gillian Anderson, she was Dana Scully, and a redhead!  I could definitely transition with this strawberry shade.

So, red’s next!  Maybe for fall.  Who are your hair idols?

Detectives, Spies, and P.I.s!

I love a good mystery.  The first thing I ever wanted to be when I grew up, thanks to a childhood obsession with Harriet the Spy, was a detective or a private investigator.  I think my career interests in journalism, information science, and HR can all be traced from this!  I’ve always loved these investigative tales.

In no particular order, here are my favorite TV detectives, spies, and P.I.s!

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1. Shawn & Gus (Psych)

Shawn Spencer claims to have psychic abilities that enable him to solve cases alongside the Santa Barbara Police Department.  Actually, he’s just hyper-observant.  Add best friend Gus and their detective agency is in business! And also quite silly.

 

2. Emerson Cod (Pushing Daisies)

Emerson Cod is a private investigator with an entrepreneurial spirit.  Who else could incorporate someone’s ability to reanimate corpses into a business?  Luckily, he loves serving justice just as much as he loves collecting payment.

 

3. Adrian Monk (Monk)

Monk may have a few fears and phobias– germs, heights, milk– but he always knows who the guy is!  This former police detective is a trusted consultant to the San Francisco Police Department.  He befits a classic detective definition: utterly brilliant, but flawed.

 

4. Mulder + Scully (The X-Files)

Two FBI agents– one believing that aliens abducted his sister, the other a doctor and a skeptic, relying on science– come together to be a force against the supernatural, the extra-terrestrial, and even the government.  And they’re both super sexy.

 

5. Inspector Gadget (Inspector Gadget)

You’ve got to have the right stuff to get the job done.  Inspector Gadget has that, and then some!  His arsenal of crime-solving tools and sheer luck get him through while his niece Penny and dog Brain do the real work.

 

6. Kenzi + Bo (Lost Girl)

Investigations are more exciting when the supernatural is involved!  With Bo’s unallied succubus powers and Kenzi’s penchant for finding trouble, these two freelancers help out bunches beings– magical and otherwise.

 

7. Maxwell Smart (Get Smart)

Max, also known as Agent 86, is basically Inspector Gadget without any of the gadgets.  (He’s also played by Don Adams who gave voice to Gadget!)  What he does have going for him is the backing of spy agency CONTROL and the beautiful, and way more competent, Agent 99.

 

8. Angel Investigations (Angel)

Angel, our Byronic vampire hero, dedicates his life to helping others for his soul’s redemption.  Initiated by Cordelia, this detective agency of sorts, headquartered in a formerly haunted hotel, can solve those cases that others can’t quite understand.

 

9. Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)

This police detective and now sergeant is the finest the Special Victims Unit has even seen!  Olivia has a heart of gold, but is tough as steel.  She’s a strong role model for women everywhere, and an absolute hero.  Plus she’s like, really pretty.

TV Black Hole: Alien Invasions

If you’re following me on twitter, you might know that I got cable installed last week! In the four years I’ve lived in this building, this is the first time it’s been available to us. I’m super excited to play around with On Demand and live tweet again. After Orphan Black this weekend, I got stuck in one of those cable black holes and caught a very interesting program on BBC America: The Real History of Science Fiction. It brought up so many things I love, and reinforced how much I really love this genre.

The episode that played this weekend, Invasion, chronicled the history of alien invasions in our science fiction. It all started with the H.G. Wells story, “The War of the Worlds” and the radio broadcast that made it so famous. This plays on the fear of an alien invasion of earth and inspired movies such as “Independence Day.” The episode touched on a couple of my favorite shows, Doctor Who and The X-Files.

It never hurts to see David Tennant on TV!

It never hurts to see David Tennant on TV!

In Doctor Who, we have maybe the only example of aliens that do not look like humans in costumes: the Daleks. The iconic Daleks are virtually indestructible, ruthless killers without a shred of humanity. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Doctor Who gives us the Cybermen. Cybermen want humans to become them— they replace everything that makes you human until you become a Cyberman. This is a similar concept to “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.”

This idea of science going too far ties in with Godzilla, and even Jurassic Park— why isn’t that on Netflix? I want to watch Jurassica Park now! This was one of many Steven Spielberg movies brought up in this program, as he sort of pioneered the next generation of the invasion movie with “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.” This explores the concept of aliens as a friendly pursuit, not for malicious invasion purposes. This was explored from a child’s perspective with “E.T. the Extra Terrestrial,” a little alien far, far from home.

The show brings up another movie that I randomly loved to explore the idea of aliens living peacefully among us, “Men in Black.” I didn’t realize how much this concept of invasions was integral to the science fiction genre I love!

I’m thinking I’ll be watching this program again next week. If you like Sci Fi, I recommend you check it out.

 

{photo via BBC America’s website}