Shorter one this week, because I’ll be on a plane tomorrow.
National Geographic History September/October 2019: I really enjoyed the article on Boudica.
Writer’s Tools – Roy Peter Clark – This was an interesting book that contained 55 different rules to help writers, which were expanded on in about two or three pages each. Having the expanded explanation, plus examples of how the tools can be used, was really informative.
1×01 Pilot: Watching this show from the start again because I absolutely love it. I had actually forgotten that Marcus wasn’t in the pilot.
5×02 One Wrong Turn on Bourbon – So wonderful seeing Freya and Keelin reunite, and then, as this show is very good at, they ripped them apart again. I wish they’d included the deleted scene with Vincent comforting Freya.
5×03 Ne Me Quitte Pas – Oh Elijah, I don’t even know where to start with you.
5×04 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea – I like Ivy. And I feel sorry for Freya.
5×05 Don’t It Just Break Your Heart – I love Jaime Murray, but Antoinette is just annoying. It’s so weird to see Elijah this way, although it is an interesting technique by the writers because you wonder if he would have been like this without his family.
5×06 What, Will, I, Have, Left – Well that episode was painful. I cried. Again.
5×07 God’s Gonna Trouble the Water – And I kept crying. Honestly, what is this show doing to me? The one bright spark was Keelin returning to be with Freya.
5×08 The Kindness of Strangers – Well, Elijah just broke my heart. Also poor Freya. She’s really getting dumped on.
5×09 We Have Not Long To Love – Now that was a proposal. Freelin are adorable. Also, Josh is totally right about Marcel and Emmett. That being said, I’d really like someone to kill Emmett now.
5×10There In The Disappearing Light – And my wish is granted! Thank you, Hope.
5×11 Till the Day I Die – That wedding was perfect. Kind of mad at Vincent though – if Elijah was able to make it effort, Vincent should have done it too. Freya’s face when they both disappointed her was heartbreaking. As was the scene with Rebekah when she was afraid of being a danger to her own child. But the wedding was perfect. And I loved that Elijah gave Keelin and Freya the lake house that he and Hayley would have bought.
5×12 The Tale of Two Wolves – I love that Hayley told Hope to remind Elijah of their dance. It made my Helijah heart sing. And Hope is a beautiful wolf. Not ashamed to say I cried in that episode – Klaus looked so proud.
5×13 When The Saints Go Marching In – Oh wow. Well I was just in constant tears. Great finish to a great show. One of the few shows that as soon as you finish an episode, you HAVE to watch the next one.
Parents Watching The Originals
Mum and Dad have started watching The Originals and I’m enjoying their reactions. So far it’s been “When’s Rebekah getting back into her own body?” and “when does (insert character here) die?” Last night’s episode was:
2×12 Sanctuary: They both love Freya – especially when she killed the Kindred, Cassie and then told Rebekah to tell their brothers they better be on their best behaviour.
2×13 The Devil Is Damned Mum and Dad really enjoyed Finn getting blown up. I haven’t told them yet that Freya brings him back to life.
4×02 Off the Record
4×03 The Essentials – I will miss Nadine. Bebe Neuwirth is a class act.
4×04 Shutdown – Good, no more Jareth. He was getting on my nerves
4×05 Persona Non Grata – Confirmed no more Jareth. Hallelujah!
5×01 Smokey Putnam (No.30) – Yes to Samar and Aram. No to the rest.
1×07 – ALICIA CHECK YOUR PHONE!!!
1×08 – How appropriate that they find Marius hiding with the trash.
3×20 I Know Who You Are – Sometimes I just want to hug Cisco. Also Anne Dudek will forever be Cut Throat Bitch (House) to me.
3×11 Kahu – Loved Catherine kicking that guy’s ass!
Kommisar (Inspector) Rex
1×12 The Old Lady Murders – Man I love Rex. He’s adorable.
Interesting look at one of what is probably many untold stories about the Mikaelson’s through the years.
The Loss – The Originals Novel
Frankly, they just needed Freya alive in this one. This would have solved all the problems.
Wordslut – Amanda Montell
I really loved this book and the way it looks at language. It follows the traits of language that are more commonly ascribed to women, including uptalk and valley girl talking. I also like the way it investigates words that are often used to denigrate women and it is interesting to see that many of them started out as meaning quite different things.
3×02 The Linchpin
3×03 South China Sea
3×04 The Dissent Memo
3×05 The French Revolution
3×06 The Statement
3×07 Tectonic Shift
3×08 Breakout Capacity
3×09 Snap Back
3×10 The Race
2×3 – Love the new character of Jim Barney. He’s great at interviews. And Olivia’s going on a date!
2×5 – Not 100% sure about Kaye… I hope she’s not going to hurt Wendy.
2×15 They All Asked For You – Freya! And Rebekah is apparently going nuts…
2×16 Save My Soul – Still love Freya. Still dislike Jackson
2×17 Exquisite Corpse – Go Freya!
2×18 Night has a Thousand Eyes – Dahlia is terrifying, but Claudia Black is so fabulous at this role. I felt sorry for Freya at the end of the episode. Her last connection with someone who knew her before Dahlia took her is gone.
2×19 When the Levee Breaks
2×20 City Beneath the Sea
2×21 Fire With Fire – Not sure Elijah will ever forgive Klaus for what he’s done to Gia and Hayley
2×22 Ashes to Ashes – Loved this episode. Still love Freya, and glad that Klaus trusts her now. That scene of Freya saving her siblings was great.
3×01 For the Next Millennium – Love Freya. I can already tell I’m going to hate Lucien
3×02 You Hung the Moon – Hayley! Let’s not hit Freya. She’s trying to help. Loved the moment with Elijah’s confession. His devotion to Hayley is beautiful. I also surprisingly enjoyed Elijah and Jackson working together against Lucien.
3×03 I’ll See You In Hell or New Orleans – And Tristan is just as bad as Lucien
3×04 A Walk on the Wild Side – Loved seeing Elijah and Hayley dancing together.
3×05 The Axeman’s Letter – Well, Aurora is completely nuts
3×06 Beautiful Mistake – Love Freya just astral projecting in and snapping the necks of the Strix. As you do.
1×11 Escape to Death
Huaka’i Kula: I love Melanie. Seriously, she’s fantastic.
Lucy – Well, that movie was a trip. Brought up a lot of interesting questions – particularly about what would happen about using 100% of our brain capacity, and would we really want to? I do wonder about the fact that you would be aware of the subconscious things your brain does – such as filtering out the sound of your eyeballs moving, and things like that.
Shockingly nothing in this section this week, because I spent a lot of time starting random books and finding they didn’t grab my interest. Hopefully I’ll have better luck next week.
1×11 Game On
1×13 Chains of Command
1×14 Whisper of the Ax – I love Gordon and I love that he just sits on all the chairs like he belongs
1×15 The Ninth Circle
1×17 Face the Nation
1×18 The Time is At Hand
6×3 Our Time Is Up – Joan’s sister Lin is hilarious and such a great addition to the show
3×8 Wahine’inoloa Steve’s mother is terrifying
3×9 Ha-awe Make Loa – was this a filler episode or something? It seemed like one.
3×19 The Once and Future Flash – I know it was for dramatic effect, but I really couldn’t see a world where Barry Allen abandoned everyone – especially Joe – particularly after he’d made that promise to Iris.
Carlo and Malik
1×1 L’apparenza Inganna Prima Parte
1×2 L’apparenza Inganna Seconda Parte – this is a lot lighter and funnier than most Italian cop dramas, so I look forward to watching more of it.
Inspector Soneri: Fog and Crimes 3
Off Season – this was a wonderful ending to this series. It showed awesome character progression – from the earlier seasons with Angela where he had to be literally forced to go on vacation, to now with Chiara, where he is the one suggesting it. Great finish to the show.
Wordsmith’s and Warriors – David and Hilary Crystal
This book was a travel through Great Britain looking at how the English language formed and the famous (and not so famous) places that are associated with this formation.
1,234 QI Facts to Leave You Speechless
More facts! I love random facts.
Notes on a Nervous Planet – Matt Haig
This is a book about living with anxiety in the modern age.
Dinner with Churchill – Cita Steltzer
Churchill did his best negotiating and dealmaking over food, and this is a great look at some of the important meals he had and the favourite foods and drinks he liked.
5×07 – Eve of Destruction – No joke, she is far more interesting and fun as Eve than she ever was as Juliette
5×08 – A Reptile Dysfunction
5×09 – Star-Crossed
5×10 – Map of the Seven Knights
5×11 – Key Move
5×12 Into the Schwarzwald
5×13 Silence of the Slams
3×1 La O Na Makuhine
Wynonna Earp – 2×07 Everybody Knows
Arrow – 5×15 Fighting Fire With Fire
Legends of Tomorrow – 2×13 Land of the Lost
Rizzoli and Isles – 7×09 65 Hours
Kommisar Rex (Inspector Rex)
1×1 Pilot – We are watching this show from the start again because we really love it. Only the seasons in Austria – we tried the seasons in Italy and didn’t like them – they killed a dog so that was it for us.
It’s a special double issue this week because the ankle surgery has left me feeling a bit worn out. Enjoy.
Astrid Lindgren by Jens Andersen
The Durrells of Corfu – Michael Haag: I really liked this one because we got more information on things that Gerald didn’t write about. I had no idea that Gerry’s friend Theo studied radiology with Madame Curie! However I did not like that the author was so graphic with what happened to two of their dogs.
Himalaya – Michael Palin: Normally I love his travelogues, but this one bothered me. Not only did he ride on an elephant he watched a mahout hit an elephant with the front end of a bullhook. I really, REALLY hate that.
The Scarlet Pimpernel -Baroness Orczy: I mainly know this book from the mini series with Jane Seymour which I absolutely loved, but it was fun to finally read the book.
Respect: The Life of Aretha Franklin – David Ritz: I had no idea what her life was like so this book was a real eye-opener.
Domino 1 – Gail Simone: Any comic written by Gail Simone (a redhead!) is a plus for me, so I knew I had to try this one out and I’m glad I did!
9×13 Cac Thu Nhan
9×14 Goodbye Vietnam – having two episodes with Hetty’s friends was such a gift and I love that Linda Hunt got a great personal storyline
9×15 Liabilities – Hetty’s back! YAY!
9×16 Warrior of Peace – Nell continues to be awesome, but I found the story morally uncomfortable. Reminds me of an episode where they killed two Iranian security guards even though they didn’t have to.
9×17 The Monster
9×18 The Vendetta
9×19 – Outside the Lines: Nell’s in the field again! Rejoice!
9×21 Where Everybody Knows Your Name: I’m glad Deeks finally got his bar. I think this will be great.
9×23 A Line in The Sand: I’m totally with Deeks here. Mosley’s out of control and is going to get someone killed.
Hawaii 5-0 2×23 Ua Hala: The minute I saw Chin checking out Doyle from jail, I knew there was going to be trouble, and I was right. Also, Dad goes “I thought Steve’s mother was dead” and I said “Yeah, well when you see what she does, we’d probably all have preferred she was.” Plus, did Rachel really think Danny wouldn’t fight for Grace? The man literally uprooted his entire life to move to Hawaii just because she was there!
4×4 Dyin’ On a Prayer
4×5 Cry Luison
4×6 Highway of Tears
4×7 The Grimm Who Stole Christmas
4×8 Chupacabra – we fast forwarded past the dog getting killed (why do people find it necessary to put this in shows?) but we enjoyed Wu finally finding out that Nick is a Grimm.
4×9 Wesenrein -Well there’s a terrifying parallel with the Ku Klux Klan if there ever was one.
4×10 Tribunal – Dear Wesen Council – stay away from Monroe and Rosalee. Also, I loved Juliette going all Hexenbiest on the Manticore – I hope she does the same to Adalind.
4×11 Death Do Us Part
4×13 Trial By Fire
4×14 Bad Luck
4×15 Double Date
4×17 Hibernaculam: Well that was weird
4×18 Mishipeshu: This is just getting really weird. And Juliette is out of control
4×19 Iron Hans
4×20 You Don’t Know Jack: And this is just bizarre
2×1 The Book of Consequences Chapter 1 Rise of the Green Light Babies: Look if Jennifer wants to glow and float in her sleep, let her. And what would she tell a therapist? “I can self-immolate and I like to create growing protective bubbles?” Lynn annoys me.
1×8 Not commenting on that final choice. David and G should have won.
Rizzoli and Isles
7×8 ZM7258-100: I know where this show is heading, and I’m not too happy.
These were a couple of Miniature Collector magazines I picked up at a miniature’s fair ages ago and just got around to looking at (believe me, I have as many magazines piled up in the To Be Read pile as there is books). I like miniatures very much and always have, and I like seeing the different miniatures that people put in their collections.
1,411 QI Facts
I am a fact junkie so this kind of thing brings me immense joy. Even better, they always include a link so that you can see the sources of the information. A researcher’s heaven
Life of the Party – Bob Kealing
This book was about Brownie Wise who became the face of Tupperware and also the way she became so high up in management, which at the time was quite unheard of for a woman. She also empowered many other women to become essentially entrepreneurs as they became party planners for Tupperware
Head in the Cloud – William
A great book about knowledge and how to consume it.
3×21 The Inheritance
3×22 Blonde Ambition
4×1 Thanks for the Memories – Louise Lombard has arrived so everything is awesome
4×2 Octopus Head
4×3 The Last Fight – Louise is so awesome in this
2×22 Ua Hopu
2×5 Let’s Pretend We’re Strangers
2×9 And the Happily Ever Afters
3×14 Attack on Central City – I cannot stress how much I love Cisco.
9×6 Can I Get a Witness – love it when we get Nell in the field!
9×7 The Silo
9×8 This is What We Do – Nell is a badass
9×9 Fool Me Twice – yep, confirmed I still hate Joelle
9×11 All Is Bright – Christmas Nell is one of my favourite Nells. However I didn’t like in this episode that Deeks and Kensi made fun of someone who was clearly struggling while he was living with his mother. Not cool.
9×12 Under Pressure
I love Lego, and Brickman is very talented, but some of his judging decisions have been a little bizarre. However I really felt for him when he almost cried having to send the first team home.