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.
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.
This is a great book that looks at all the daily rituals from some of the most creative people. This includes writer, artists, composers, philosophers and more. I really enjoyed reading it – it is something that you can use to discover what would help you in your own creative pursuits – whether it is a rigid schedule, or a peculiar one.
The Soul of an Octopus – Sy Montgomery
Not knowing much about octopuses, I found this an intriguing read. These creatures are so intelligent that in aquariums they are given complex puzzles and Lego’s to play with so they don’t get bored. I was shocked to find they only live four or five years – a male dies directly after copulation and a female dies when her eggs are hatched.
1, 342 QI Facts
I love fact lists and the geeky researcher in me loves that in these QI books they are all backed up by actual information you can access yourself. I only wish they’d done more of these books!
Inspector Soneri: Fog and Crimes 3 – Hard Times: The introduction of the little girl is a new twist. I’m also intrigued by Soneri’s new love interest, because a) Angela annoyed me and b) this one might give him a run for his money, but he was just a tad forward with her – seriously, going to kiss her in the elevator – take a woman to dinner first!
6×06 Breakfast in Bed
6×07 Blind Love – Hank was HILARIOUS in this episode.
6×08 The Son Also Rises
Arrow 5×17 Kapiushon
Wynonna Earp 2×09 Forever Mine, Nevermind
Legends of Tomorrow
2×15 Fellowship of the Spear – Ray cackling in the German’s cannon and spinning around to make it face them was just GOLD. I hope they are all going to be nice to my boy Rory now – he’s one of our favourite characters!
Rizzoli and Isles
7×11 Stiffed – As the series comes to an end, I’m finding myself missing the earlier seasons. Something has shifted and although I love the Frankie/Nina stories, I miss those old seasons.
Kommisar (Inspector) Rex
1×03 The Body at Schonbrunn: As someone who has been to Schonbrunn in the middle of winter – NOT MY IDEA – I almost didn’t recognise the place without it being covered in snow.
Elementary – 6×03 Pushing Buttons
The Blacklist 4×20 The Debt Collector (No.46)
3×18 Abra Kadabra: Ah, Barry? Travelling through time never ends well with you. I feel this is a monumentally bad decision
Born to Drum – Tony Barrell: I LOVE to drum. I learnt in high school and I was quite good – I won two competitions and I was able to learn things by listening to them. Unfortunately fibromyalgia means that drumming is now very painful, but I still like to read about it and listen to other drummers play.
Landwhale – Jes Baker: Really great book. Very personal story but lots of things resonate
1,339 QI Facts
4×22 Cry Havoc: Points to Trubel for finally knocking Juliette off
5×01 The Grimm Identity:Adalind has become remarkably less annoying as time goes on.
4×17 Requiem – Are we to assume that Kate’s version of the fire is the real version?
5×22 Moving Targets
5×24 Hurt Me, Hurt You That reveal that the woman that has been kind of stalking Sherlock is all in his head was such a huge twist that I never saw coming. These writers constantly hit it out of the park!
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.
Really enjoyed the article in the November 1983 issue about restoring the Last Supper and what the restoration revealed.
The Uncommon Reader – Alan Bennett
This is an interesting little book. It involves the Queen finding a travelling library on her back lawn, and how she becomes so interested in books that she starts ignoring her other jobs.
My Life With Bob – Pamela Paul
It’s so nice to find someone else who keeps a log of every book she reads. Mine is on my computer (simply because writing can be painful with fibromyalgia) and I keep list along with whether I finished it and whether I liked it or not. This was a great travel through the books and experiences that shaped her life.
3×3 A Dish Best Served Cold
3×4 One Night Stand
3×5 El Cucuy (the look of shock on Renard, Nick and Hank’s faces as they find out the scary monster Wesen is a little old lady is PRICELESS)
3×6 Stories We Tell Our Young
3×7 Cold Blooded
3×8 Twelve Days of Krampus
3×9 Red Menace
1×8 The Book of Revelations (Well, we knew Gambi’s secret had to come out at SOME point)
1×9 The Book of Little Black Lies (Mum and I have decided that Anissa is the most intelligent person on this show).
Agents of Shield
1×1 Pilot (Lola is awesome and so is Maria Hill)
1×2 084 (Melinda May is also awesome)
3×13 Attack on Gorilla City
15×19 The Numerical Limit (I feel since the last episode they’ve really upped the game. The show is good again)
8×16 Old Tricks (Always know it’s coming, but I still always cry when I see Hetty get Owen Granger’s letter and the special credit at the end of the show)
8×17 Queen Pin
8×19 767 (Let’s be honest, Cheryl is the real hero of the episode)
8×20 From Havana With Love
6×9 Ninety Degrees (I love Marlo and how she’s progressed through the show. Her comments on mental illness were spot on).
6x10 Breaking Up The Band
6×11 Epiphanies –
I’m going to miss this show, because Gail was my favourite character. I was annoyed that they took Holly away – that would have made the last season perfect. So glad Oliver still has Celery – she’s so good for him. I loved Gail in the final scene, standing up the front like Oliver’s enforcer.
I still find it interesting that every single character has progressed throughout the series…except Andy McNally. She showed in the last two episodes that she’s exactly the same as in the pilot. Everyone else (including Duncan/Gerald) has progressed.
So…big thumbs up to training boss Gail and her place as Oliver’s right hand-woman (guns and shoes!), but big thumbs down for dropping Holly out of the show. Not going to forgive for that one, showrunners.