Best TV Moments of 2015

December 31, 2015 at 12:25 PM | Posted in Fandom, TV | Leave a comment
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As 2015 draws to a close, let me just list the top five shows that made my TV viewing experience memorable this year. While some of these shows ended the season in a cliffhanger, there were those that left me either in tears, extremely pleased or with puzzling questions. The episodes I listed below are what I consider to be the most memorable ones for me.

Suits (Season 4, episodes: “Intent” and “Not Just a Pretty Face”)

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As a Darvey shipper, I consider these two episodes to be the defining moments of Donna and Harvey’s (Darvey) complicated relationship. For many seasons, Suits‘ showrunners have teased the viewers with hints of a possible romantic relationship between these two characters. On the surface, they had an existing and solid working relationship. Harvey was a hotshot lawyer while Donna was his loyal secretary. But aside from that professional relationship, they were also best friends. They had a bond so tight and knew each other so well that Harvey even considered themselves as one. But all of that changed in the “Intent” episode when Donna was in trouble with the law and Harvey had to help her. It showed how much Harvey cared for her and the measures he was willing to take just to protect her. Then it happened. After winning the case, Harvey finally admitted to her that he loved her. The only problem was, he couldn’t tell her how he loved her. Did he love her as a friend, as a loyal employee or like a sister? But he refused to explain when she asked him. And this story arc ended in “Not Just a Pretty Face” with Donna eventually leaving him to work for another lawyer. That final scene in the episode where Donna walked away just brought me to tears.

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The Big Bang Theory (Season 10, episode: “The Opening Night Excitation”)

Where can you find a show where an episode is a mash-up of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the sexual awakening of a brilliant, adult male scientist? Only this show! This is the episode where Sheldon Cooper and Amy Farah Fowler finally did it. Sheldon – being a germaphobe that he was and generally disinterested in sex but worship science – finally decided to “have coitus” with his long-time girlfriend, Amy. When I heard the news that this was going to happen, I was delighted. It was a long time coming. Sheldon and Amy are my favorite couple on The Big Bang Theory and I’ve watched them through the years never expecting that they would finally consummate their chaste relationship. But they did – and it was hilarious!

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Orphan Black (Season 3, episode: “Certain Agony of the Battlefield”)

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“It was never Beth I loved.” These were the last words spoken by Paul to Sarah before he died. I was heartbroken when I saw this episode. For one, Paul sacrificed himself so that he could save Sarah and possibly eradicate the threat that Project Castor posed on the Leda clones. Secondly, the episode’s flashback scene with Beth Childs was just riddled with emotions. It was emotionally crushing to see Beth with her heart broken after she found out about Paul’s real motive for being with her. Like many fans, I was also curious about Beth’s background and this episode finally shed some light on her, albeit short. But where there’s heartbreak, there was also humor in this episode. Who could forget that twerking scene between Allison and Donnie? That was completely fun and hilarious to watch! It really made my day. I mean, Allison has always been the prim and proper clone compared with Sarah, Helena and Rachel. But that twerking scene just proved that there’s more to Allison than just being a soccer mom.

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Downton Abbey (Season 6, Christmas special episode/series finale)

I’m a huge fan of Downton Abbey and despite the fact that the show lost some of its luster beginning the fourth season, I stayed with it until the very end of the series. Season 6 ended in a happy note with everyone getting their own happy ending. Anna gave birth to a healthy baby with Mr. Bates as a proud father. Thomas was rehired and came back to the abbey after a short and miserable stint in another aristocratic house. What’s more, Lord Grantham appointed him as the succeeding butler after Mr. Carson resigned. Branson returned from America as well with little Sybie in tow. And can we talk about Lady Mary? Oh my God, I think she just outdid herself this season! She got so bitter and mean to Lady Edith and the two feuding sisters had a big catfight. Now I know Lady Mary had always been haughty and snob but for some reason I loved that about her. But I think she mellowed down a bit after she married Henry Talbot. And I’m so glad she apologized to Lady Edith after their fight and took the effort to make it up to her. As for Lady Edith – the one person who badly needed a happy ending – finally got hers. She married the man she loved with a little help from Lady Mary. I shed a tear when the servants downstairs sang “Auld Lang Syne” at the end. It was so heartfelt and touching. What a fitting way to end the series.

Hannibal (Season 3, episode: “The Wrath of the Lamb”)

This show had its main characters literally went off a cliff after the end of the final episode. Talk about a cliffhanger! In this episode, Will Graham enlisted the help of Hannibal Lecter in luring a serial killer that the FBI had been wanting to get their hands on. The scene on the cliff was beautifully and masterfully done with Will and Hannibal both fighting and eventually killing the serial killer, Francis Dolarhyde, a.k.a the Red Dragon in slow motion. I admit it wasn’t as great as the “Mizumono” episode from season two, but it’s good enough. In this scene from season three, the Will and Hannibal bromance was shown in full glory as Will hugged Hannibal after they successfully killed Francis Dolarhyde. Their chemistry in that scene was electric. Bloody and wounded, they just held each other for a few moments at the edge of the cliff before Will eventually hurled himself over the cliff along with Hannibal. And of course there’s that extra scene at the end where Bedelia du Murier, Hannibal’s psychiatrist, sat on a dinner table alone with her leg cut off – the severed leg being on the table cooked and ready to be served to her guest. My interpretation of that scene was that Bedelia cut her own leg off for Hannibal to eat. I presumed Hannibal managed to avoid death and was still alive after that scene on the cliff. However, other fans suggested that it was Hannibal himself who cut off Bedelia’s leg. We could never know for sure since the show ended already.

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Penny Dreadful (Season 2, episode: “And They Were Enemies”)

Vanessa Ives had finally beaten Evelyn Poole and the witches in a creepy showdown of dark incantations between her and Lucifer. Vanessa is my favorite character in Penny Dreadful since the pilot episode. It’s amazing to watch her fight the forces of evil despite her troubled, traumatic past. Her will to be on the good side despite several temptations took tremendous courage and that was clearly manifested in this episode where she chose to confront Evelyn’s master herself and rejected his offer of joining him. I was at the edge of my seat while watching this episode. I hated Evelyn and her witch daughters and I was so glad when they finally got killed – well except for Hecate. The scene where Sir Malcolm and Victor were tormented about their past was also compelling. I was fearful that the two men would eventually succumbed to the apparitions’ urgings and kill themselves. Thank goodness Ethan came just in time. Speaking of Ethan, I was glad that Vanessa finally knew the truth about him being the Wolfman. Knowing the truth about him would better help them in battling whatever evil forces may come their way. I was left hanging by the end of the episode as I wanted to know what would happen to Ethan now that he surrendered to the police. Well I’ll just have to wait and see next season.

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My Top 5 OTPs

November 29, 2014 at 12:30 PM | Posted in Fandom, Movies, TV | Leave a comment
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A fangirl of a fandom will most likely to have her own OTP (One True Pairing) at some point or another. In fact, a fangirl is almost always synonymous with a shipper. There’s just something about an OTP that makes fangirls ship them obsessively. In Philippine showbiz, this pairing is called “loveteam.”

I myself am a shipper of several TV fandoms. And as a tribute to my favorite fandoms, here is a list of my five favorite OTPs of all time:

1. Mulder and Scully (a.k.a MSR, or Mulder and Scully Relationship)

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This OTP is the mother of all ships. Fans of The X-Files such as myself were the ones who invented the term “ship” back in the 90’s long before any other fandom. The Mulder and Scully relationship is my very first and most favorite ship of all time. But it didn’t start that way. I’m a fan of The X-Files since my college days but I didn’t initially ship MSR. I was a fencer back then. But when I first saw The X-Files: Fight the Future movie and seen the bee sting scene between Mulder and Scully, I instantly became a shipper. Since then I’ve been shipping them.

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Through the years I’ve come to love MSR because of their unique bond and unwavering support and belief in each other despite of adversities. They’ve been through a lot as FBI partners – from alien abductions and black oil virus outbreaks to government conspiracies. As a fangirl, I’ll never forget such memorable lines like, “Even when my world was falling apart, you were my constant. My touchstone.” and “You’re my one in five billion.” MSR is a classic you-and-me-against-the-world love story and I love it.

2. Donna and Harvey (a.k.a Darvey)

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Darvey is my most recent OTP. I’ve been a fan of Suits ever since its first season aired on local TV. But I didn’t ship Donna and Harvey until the show’s third season, although I already suspected that there was something going on between them when I saw season two. Donna and Harvey didn’t start out as a potential couple in the show. In season 1, they were presented to the audience as merely boss and employee, with Harvey being the boss and Donna as his secretary. But their story began to unravel in season 2, when the show hinted of their past together. Like many Darvey shippers, I’ve become fascinated with their dynamic relationship. Their witty banter, teasing innuendos, meaningful looks, and loyalty to each other keep me glued to the screen. Their scenes together are just oozing with UST. Not to mention that they have a weird and mysterious can opener ritual that viewers are not even privy to. Season 3 validated what Darvey shippers have long suspected about their past relationship, and that became a culminating point for me to become a full-pledged Darvey shipper.

3. Booth and Brennan

Bones is one of my favorite crime drama shows since CSI. Its main characters, Special Agent Seeley Booth and Dr. Temperance Brennan, are reminiscent of the MSR dynamic – one is a skeptic and the other one is a believer. I love the fact that Booth and Brennan became a couple only after several seasons and the transition from crime partners to lovers was seamlessly woven into the story.

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Booth and Brennan complement each other. While Brennan likes to keep things objective and in the realms of science when solving crimes, Booth is the opposite. He is more emotionally invested in his work, relying on his guts and showing compassion to those who’ve been wronged. Over the years, they have influenced each other in a positive way. Their wedding scene was one of my favorite episodes of the show and every Booth and Brennan shippers’ dream coming true.

4. Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley

One cannot talk about Downton Abbey without mentioning the show’s main couple, Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley. I shipped these two since the beginning of the show. Lady Mary and Matthew Crawley were one of those classic couples who disliked each other at first but eventually ended up together. It reminded me of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice. Lady Mary was cold and snobbish towards Matthew when she first met him and he was wary of her initially because of her family’s attempts to pair him off. But she eventually warmed up to him and he to her and they tied the knot not long after.

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Unfortunately, this ship ended way too soon after the show decided to kill off Matthew. Like many Downton Abbey fans, I was shocked when I heard the news that Matthew had been killed off in the show’s Christmas special. I had to wait a few weeks after the Christmas special aired in the US to see for myself that Matthew was indeed gone. After that season, I had difficulty accepting that my favorite ship no longer existed. I could not even understand why Dan Stevens, the actor who played Matthew would want to leave the show.

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Now that the show is on its fifth season, I could not even bring myself to like Lady Mary’s new suitors, Lord Gillingham and Charles Blake. For me, Lady Mary and Matthew were the show’s ultimate OTP.

5. Michael and Nikita (a.k.a Mikita)

Of course when I say Nikita, I’m talking about the TV remake not the 90’s series nor the movie where the show was based on. Michael and Nikita started out as mentor and mentee but eventually evolved into something more. Both shared a troubled past that brought them closer together. What I love about Mikita is that they eventually joined forces after becoming adversaries. They knew they needed each other. They fought side by side against the Division, a secretive group of the CIA that trained assassins such as Nikita. They might had disagreements from time to time, especially when it comes to carrying out assignments but they would always resolve them eventually.

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That intense fight scene where Michael retrieved his stolen engagement ring from a bad guy and the look on Nikita’s face when she found out was priceless. And I love the fact that they remained a couple right up to the end of the show.

So there you have it. While one of these ships had a tragic ending, most of my OTPs already have a happy ending. Of course any shipper would want a happy ending in their OTPs. Who wouldn’t?

Holiday Binges

January 5, 2014 at 11:15 PM | Posted in TV | Leave a comment
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I had the opportunity to take a long Christmas break last December. And aside from visiting relatives and bingeing on food, I spent the holiday season binge- watching TV shows that I wasn’t able to watch for a long time. The holiday break was a chance for me to catch up on episodes of some of my favorite TV shows. Thus, I scheduled three shows to binge-watch:

1. Bones (season 8) – This has been a long time coming. I know I still have a lot to catch up on. I haven’t seen the first half of season 9 yet, especially that most-talked about wedding episode. I’ve been avoiding reading spoilers so hopefully I can catch up soon. Honestly, my interest in Bones has waned a little bit. The quality of the show has been receding and I think they jumped the shark when they did that Jersey Shore-like episode. But no matter, I’ll still watch season 9 for what it’s worth.

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2. Nikita (season 3 & 4) – Another favorite show of mine that unfortunately got axed too soon. While the third season wasn’t as fantastic and gripping as season 1 and 2, I enjoyed it immensely all the same. It’s just sad that the fourth season was the show’s last. This was the only good show worth watching on The CW. But at least the fans were justified with the fourth and last season. I got full closure after watching the action-packed season 4. I was at the edge of my seat the whole time and at least there was a happy ending, and for me that’s good enough.

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3. The Fall (season 1) – Finally, I was able to watch this critically-acclaimed British show. The show stars Gillian Anderson as Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson, who was called to Belfast to solve a murder case that turned out to be linked to other violent murders by a disturbed serial killer. Of course, being a fan of Gillian Anderson, I just had to see this show. The serial killer is portrayed by Jamie Dornan, who I was familiar with as the sheriff in Once Upon a Time. Watching him, I think I understand why he was chosen to play Christian Grey in the film adaptation of the Fifty Shades of Grey book series. Gillian’s performance on the other hand, was perfect as always.

Of course, Christmas wouldn’t be complete without me watching the Downton Abbey season 4 Christmas special. Thank God there was no death on the show that I had to deal with compared to the third season where Matthew met his untimely demise. Downton Abbey is one of my new favorite shows these days along with Suits. I also have a lineup of new shows I’ve been meaning to watch. If schedule permits, I’ll be watching them anytime soon.

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