Friday, 30 November 2012

Glee: Thanksgiving Recap/Review

'Glee' is a little bit late with this episode, 'Thanksgiving' but it was one of my favorite episodes from this season. I wish that all the series regulars could be in every episode because it really helped to advance the plot and made this whole episode even more enjoyable. So everyone is back in Lima for Thanksgiving which is why Quinn, Puck, Mercedes, Santana, Mike and Finn all start the episode with 'Homeward Bound/Home'. I've really missed hearing all the old voices so I enjoyed this song just because I liked to hear Santana and Mercedes' voices together again. Marley then has a voice-over in which she tells us about a dream she had, in the dream she was on stage and ready to sing. I really liked how Marley talked about her dream, it really intrigued me. Well now her dream is coming true as sectionals are coming up. The old gang hang out at Breadstix and talk about their current lives. I love how Quinn said that she and Rachel still keep in touch. The next day, Finn pairs the new Glee club members with the old members, the old members acting as mentors. Puck is with Jake, Mike with Ryder, Marley with Santana, Kitty with Quinn and Wade with Mercedes. Finn then tells the Glee club that they will be preforming 'Gangnam Style' at sectionals. All the guys with be trying out to be lead male dancer with Mike and Finn judging. After the club meeting, Jake tells Ryder that he and Marley went out and Ryder seems fine with it. So they're cool now? I'm okay with this. In New York, Rachel and Kurt decide to not go home for Thanksgiving and instead they'll have their own orphan Thanksgiving.

The Vampire Diaries: My Brother's Keeper Recap/Review

Things just got more insane on 'The Vampire Diaries' this week with 'My Brother's Keeper'. I didn't think it could get more crazy but I was obviously proved wrong. This show is exactly how a TV show should be written, there should be a constant development of characters, stories etc. and the stakes should be raised. 'The Vampire Diaries' is successful in doing this and that's what makes it so enjoyable to watch each week. Rant over... We start with Stefan working-out in the woods while talking to Caroline on the phone. I love their friendship, it's gotten better over the seasons and I feel that Caroline is basically Stefan's new Lexie. Stefan tells Caroline that Elena said she has feelings for Damon which Caroline is very upset about because she's Team Stefan. As Stefan is about to leave his work-out spot, Klaus pops up to make sure that Stefan gets Jeremy to kill more vampires so they can find the cure. Sometime later, Damon catches Stefan leaving the Salvatore residence. When Damon asks Stefan where he's going Stefan reacts very moody and confesses that he and Elena broke up. Before Stefan exits, Damon says that they should find another hunter so Jeremy doesn't go off the deep end but Stefan isn't listening. At the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, Caroline and Elena are having some girl talk about Damon and Stefan when Professor Shane interrupts, it seems that Shane is a pageant judge. Elena thinks that Shane is a little odd, it's good that they're catching on but they don't do much about it. Jeremy and Matt are also helping to set up the pageant, we learn that Matt will be Elena's date to the pageant and Jeremy will be April's (who is running for Miss Mystic Falls). Jeremy also shows us that he is now Superman strong because his hunter mark has been activated. Meanwhile, Stefan is lurking around the hospital trying to find murderers to turn into vampires and he succeeds in his mission. Back at the pageant set up, Klaus appears to remind Caroline that he was promised a date so the pageant will do fine. Caroline resists at first but then gives in. Haley and Tyler are trying to break the sire bond on another hybrid when the pageant set up is happening. Tyler then asks Haley to be his date for the pageant. At the Gilbert estate (LOL), Jeremy helps Elena put on a necklace but he's a hunter now so he strangles her with the necklace. But it was all a dream! A sweaty Jeremy wakes up with a stake and knife in hand though.

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Gossip Girl: Save the Last Chance Recap/Review

It was a very topsy-turvy twisty episode of 'Gossip Girl' this week with 'Save the Last Chance'. I lot went down and so much more developed. We started in bed with Dan and Serena who think that they should make amends with all their friends so they can finally come out as a couple. When I saw Dan and Serena in bed like that I expected Jenny to walk in, snap a pic and send it to Gossip Girl but no such luck. While Serena and Dan enjoy their morning, Bart has been turning Chuck's hotel room upside-down looking for the micro-film that could send him to jail if it were to leak into the wrong hands. Too bad that it's already in the wrong hands, Ivy's hands to be exact. Ivy basically owns these bitches now and she makes sure that they know it. We find out that Nate is still having finical problems with The Spectator but that's not nearly as interesting as Serena's efforts to be besties with Blair again. Blair is having none of it because her new line launches in a couple of hours and she doesn't want Serena to ruin it. Nelly Yuki appears again just to let Blair know that she'll be at the event tonight so it better be good. I'm not being rude or anything but what is Nelly still doing here? I'm not complaining but doesn't she have better things to do? Back in Chuck's hotel room, Ivy tells Chuck and Bart that whoever comes up with a plan to humiliate Lily will get the micro-film, until then she'll be waiting. However, she won't be waiting with Rufus but instead she's waiting in the Empire Hotel with William van der Woodsen! Ivy is actually in a relationship with William and is just pretending to like Rufus. Ewwww, what is up with this girl? Does she have a daddy complex? Anyway, William is in on Lola and Ivy's plan to take down Lily. Why? I don't really know but Lola brought Ivy and William together and that's why they are now a creepy item.

9O21O: 99 Problems Recap/Review

I thought it was interesting that the writers decided to name this week's '9O21O' episode, '99 Problems'. Are they admitting that '9O21O' has that many problems (or probably more)? Or are they trying to be clever as the 100th episode is coming up next week. I would say that it's the latter but it would be more accurate if it were the former. At the start of this week's episode, Silver takes a pregnancy test to find out that she isn't pregnant. I felt bad for Silver because she really wants to have a baby, are they ever going to let her have one? However Adrianna gets good news when she finds out that she'll be opening for Ne-Yo at the Hollywood Bowl. Dixon thinks that Adrianna should get a gift for all her hard work and then he asks Annie for money but not to pay for Adrianna's gift but to help his music career. I forgot that Annie is rich because we hardly ever see her spend much money anymore. At Naomi's, she helps Max pick a new business partner but only because she wants Max to sleep with her, she's so self-absorbed. People are going crazy for Liam ever since the sex tape scandal and the press are still hounding him when Silver arrives to ask him to go to the fertility clinic with her. Back with Naomi, she decides to surprise Max at his offices wearing nothing but a coat, I can't believe she's still doing that. But Max is in a meeting with Brice, a chick that Naomi picked to be Max's new partner. Although, when Naomi picked Brice she thought Brice was a man not a woman. Meanwhile, Liam finds a letter outside the bar that says "where's Vanessa? I know what you did. You can run, but you can't hide." How very 'Pretty Little Liars'/'I Know What You Did Last Summer'/'Desperate Housewives' of '9O21O'. In other words... how unoriginal.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Glee: Dynamic Duets Recap/Review

'Glee' took on the theme of superheroes this week with 'Dynamic Duets'. The only other Teen Drama that has done a superhero episode is 'One Tree Hill' in season 8 with the episode 'Holding Out for a Hero'. It's an odd theme to have running through-out an episode and I think that 'Glee' did an okay job with it. This won't go down as one of my all time favorite 'Glee' episodes but it was better than 'The Role You Were Born to Play'. The reason I mention this episode is because it didn't feature Lea Michele either and I just don't think you can have an episode of 'Glee' without Rachel Berry, she's what I tune in for and her storylines are the best in the show right now. So we begin this episode with a meeting of The Secret Society of Superheroes Club, which is a club dedicated to protecting the hallways of McKinley, much like Santana's Bully Whips Program. We get a rundown of everyone's superpowers and Sugar's is my favorite, her superpower is money. Then we find out that the Glee club's trophy has been stolen with a message left by a student from the Dalton Academy so it's up to this weirdo club of superheroes to save the day.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Gossip Girl: Where the Vile Things Are Mixtape

Last week, it was Frank Ocean. This week, it's the Australian indie rock band 'My Fiction' that are taking over 'Gossip Girl'. Three of their songs were featured on 'Where the Vile Things Are', and fit perfectly into the upbeat episode. The show seemed to be all about Aussie artists this week, as up-and-coming artist Tara Simmons was also featured. This episode provided many opportunities for great music moments and although I believe a few more songs could have been featured this week, I did love the songs that they did feature. I love that Gossip Girl is spending its last season doing what it's always done best; giving recognition to great artists.

90210: The Con Mixtape

'90210' features many different artists every week, from multiple genres. Most of the artists featured on the show are on the brink of fame and waiting for recognition, and I love shows that support underrated artists, such as 'Gossip Girl' and 'The OC'. However, although '90210' is insistent on featuring different artists, I can't help but notice that these artists aren't getting the same recognition on this show as they would on any other. Although the songs are great, they don't seem to quite fit. Either the dialogue is overriding the music or the song doesn't bring across the emotion the writers want you to feel, and if they want to promote their actors' music, perhaps they should be taking notes from shows such as 'One Tree Hill'. I also love Ron Pope, but his song 'October Trees' just didn't fit in the ending montage. I think that if they had chosen a song which suited the dialogue and the situation more appropriately, and if the song didn't have a varying pace, it could have been much better. I believe that a powerful song like this works much better in an ending montage when there's as little dialogue as possible. When 'The Vampire Diaries' featured 'Ron Pope - A Drop in the Ocean', it became a massive hit, all because they managed to find the perfect moment to play it at, to really trigger emotion. '90210' has so much potential when it comes to music, it really does, but this week I felt certain songs were misplaced and drowned out.

Gossip Girl: Where the Vile Things Are Recap/Review

'Gossip Girl' was very tame and disappointing this week with 'Where the Vile Things Are'. I don't know what but it felt like something was missing. We began with Blair waiting for her mother to arrive and when Eleanor got there she was really angry at Blair's latest ventures. Eleanor told Blair that she needed to let go of her dark side if she wanted to run Waldorf Designs. Blair can't change though, scheming is what she does, it's why I love her. In Brooklyn, Ivy and Rufus find out that no-one will be attending his gallery opening because Lily is having a rivalry auction the same night, I blame Ivy. Chuck is still trying to find evidence of Bart's bad dealings, he is led to a man named Bruce who has given Bart an envelope of some sort in the past. Dan stayed over at the van der Woodsen's the night before and the sexual tension between Dan and Serena is undeniable. But Dan wants his own place so Serena takes it upon herself to help him find one. Outside, Serena discovers that Dan now has a vespa, if you remember season 1 then you will remember that vespas really turn Serena on. The pair quickly ride off on the vespa as the paparazzi jumps out of nowhere to take pictures of them. I feel like a Dan/Serena relationship at this point is very unnatural but a friendship does not, I would prefer it if they would just remain good friends. I don't think that's where this season is going though.

9O21O: The Con Recap/Review

Here we are again... 'The Con' was the name of this week's episode of '9O21O' and it wasn't a horrible, hard to watch episode. Although, it wasn't good either. The episode was about the gang all going to a Comic-Con like event named Phenomi-Con. We started with Liam and Lindsey making out in her car, Liam asks her to come to Phenomi-Con with him (he's going to promote his new movie) but she isn't ready to take their relationship public yet. I'm not a fan of this relationship and frankly it bores me. Max, Alec and Naomi try to think of a way to save Max's company. The program that Colin stole has details about the company's new groundbreaking gaming ventures. To fix the problem, they come up with the idea of showing a demo of the game at Phenomi-Con. However, it's going to take a lot of effort to get the demo ready by then so they have an all night coding session. At the college campus, Riley rolls up to apologize to Annie for the things he said at the pop-up. But they quickly start fighting again when Riley admits that he likes Annie and she says that she still wants to give Colin a chance. Isn't it funny how scenes take place on the college campus but we have no idea what classes these kids are taking. Anyway at The Offshore, Silver comes to talk to Liam about going to Phenomi-Con together. Before she sees Liam though she runs into Navid (again) and she is so not interested in him or his clubs, it's kinda hilarious how much she doesn't care about him. Things are not going good for Dixon and Adrianna as she's still angry about what he said to her at the pop-up. Adrianna kissed Taylor though, isn't she feeling at all guilty? Clearly not as she's still have secret rendezvouses with him.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

The Vampire Diaries: We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes Mixtape

No show does music like 'The Vampire Diaries'. I first realised this when I watched the pilot, and 'One Republic - Say (All I Need)' started to play as Elena walked down the street. And then you get a tragic break-up scene accompanied by 'Jason Walker - Down', and all of a sudden you're feeling every bit as shattered as Elena did in that moment. Those epic moments in the show made me fall in love with 'The Vampire Diaries', because it became very clear to me that music in this show is just as crucial as the words written down in the script. And what I love the most, is that 'The Vampire Diaries' is consistent. After I watch a new episode, the first thing I do is research what music was played. And I've done this every single week since I've started to watch the show. Music is just as crucial in the show now than it was in the very beginning, and I love, love LOVE that Chris Mollere (the music supervisor on the show) recognises how essential it is to find that perfect song to match a certain scene, and suddenly you have something memorable and magical. But I believe that the music in 'The Vampire Diaries' goes beyond making it memorable and magical. It's a masterpiece.

Glee: Glease Recap/Review

This week's 'Glee' finally payed homage to 'Grease' with the episode 'Glease'. This episode was a big improvement from last week and it was much more enjoyable to watch. So Mr. Schuester finally tells the Glee club that he's leaving for sabbatical and the club is not happy about. I though Mr. Schue had already left. But Sue breaks up the Glee brawl when she calls Finn and Mr. Schue to Principal Figgins' office. Sue is upset with Finn after he called her baby a mean name last week (which I shall not repeat) so she doesn't want Finn to run the Glee club. However, Principal Figgins doesn't seem to care and either do I, Finn can be in charge of whatever he likes. When Figgins tells Sue this she gets super angry and starts abusing the children, I love it when Sue manhandles the students. In New York, we find out that Rachel has her first off-Broadway audition and she tells Cassandra that she should also audition. Bad move Rachel, when will you learn? I really missed Rachel, I can't believe they did an episode without her last week. When Cassandra asks Brody to be her new TA, he says yes but he wants to start next week so he can help Rachel with her audition first. In Marley's fitting for 'Grease' she becomes paranoid when he costume no longer fits her. Although, Marley hasn't gained weight, Kitty has been altering Marley's costumes. Let's just stab Kitty! Kitty then invites all the girls (including Unique) to a sleepover at her house. But Marley is still feeling down about her sudden weight gain so she asks her mom for advice. I love Marley's mom, she's so nice and helpful. Finn then goes to the teacher's lounge to say sorry to Sue about his comments but Scary Sue is back and she is not taking it. Sue actually isn't allowing Finn to rehearse in the auditorium for 'Grease' so Finn has the guys practice at Hummel Tires and Lube where they break out into singing 'Greased Lightin'. This isn't my favorite 'Grease' song but it was a good performance.

The Vampire Diaries: We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes Recap/Review

'We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes' was the name of this week's 'Vampire Diaries' and it really fit with the overall plot of the episode as Elena was pretty much going insane. Remember how Elena killed Connor last week? Well Connor has been haunting her since his death, his ghost has been appearing all over the place. When Elena can't sleep she goes downstairs to get a warm cup of milk but Connor's ghost won't leave her alone. So Elena calls out to Jeremy for help but he takes too long so Elena just stabs Connor. But Elena actually stabs Jeremy, in her mind he just looked like Connor. Poor Jeremy, this kind of stuff always happens to him. It's okay though because Jeremy was wearing his ring that brought him back to life if he died by a supernatural cause. Elena calls Damon over because she needs someone to listen to her freak out and she doesn't want Stefan to come because he lied to her. Although Stefan comes over anyway and when he goes to talk to Elena she is too angry to talk. I don't really know why Elena is so angry at Stefan, maybe I forgot something from last week. Over at Tyler's, Klaus comes over to check on things after his trip to Italy. Klaus seems to be taking everything well, I expected him to be more upset about Connor's death. Caroline then shows up to keep up with her and Tyler's faux break up, she does this by giving Tyler back some of his things while Klaus watches. Klaus leaves them alone to fight but Tyler, Caroline and Haley just laugh about how Klaus is falling for it. While this is happening, Elena takes a shower to get rid of Jeremy's blood on her hands but the shower overflows with blood. This reminded me of the scene from Teen Wolf in which Lydia was taking a shower and it looked like she was seeing things. Downstairs, Stefan is on the phone to Klaus who tells Stefan that Elena is in for trouble because she killed a hunter. It just so happens that Klaus is waiting outside Elena's house so Stefan goes out to talk to him. I forgot that Klaus has never been invited in before but that's good, they should keep it like that. Anywho, Klaus tells Stefan that because Elena killed Connor, he'll now haunt her until she kills herself. Back with Elena, she starts seeing Connor again and she runs outside to Stefan so he can help her but Klaus grabs Elena and runs away with her.

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Gossip Girl: Monstrous Ball Mixtape

One of my favourite things about 'Chop Shop Music Supervision' is that while they’re adamant on finding the perfect song to highlight the perfect moment, they’re also not afraid to have fun. Promoting up and coming artists is what Alex Pastavas does best, and 'Gossip Girl' did an exceptional job on not only finding music to amplify the fun and dramatic moments in this week’s episode, but to also draw attention to an R&B artist who is taking over the music scene right now; Frank Ocean. For the first time ever, 'Gossip Girl' has solely used one artist's music to soundtrack an episode, and it is also the first time Ocean’s music has been used in a TV series. While this is a great and unique take on promoting an artist in a show, I can’t help but compare this episode to ‘Hi Society’ which featured several of my favorite 'Gossip Girl' musical moments, such as when Dan literally sweeps Serena off her feet and ‘Apologise’ by One Republic plays. Music was once able to make a moment magical in 'Gossip Girl', and I think that’s an element of season one that I miss the most.  Nevertheless, this episode featured five tracks from Ocean’s debut LP, 'Channel Orange', a wonderful choice to accentuate the drama and dancing in the 'Monstrous Ball'.

Gossip Girl: Monstrous Ball Recap/Review

'Gossip Girl' is now officially half-way through it's final season and there really haven't been many jaw-dropping, 'OMG' moments. Although, 'Monstrous Ball' was a fun episode that I really enjoyed watching. This whole episode revolved around the annual debutante ball, like the gang's ball from season 1 and then Jenny's in season 3. Blair is trying to get Waldorf Designs a good name again but all her designs thus far are too uptight, according to Dan; he informs her that she should have a more shocking approach. I love that the Dan/Blair friendship is back. Georgina then arrives to discuss business things. Serena and Steven are having a lovely morning, enjoying breakfast until Sage comes in with her dress. Sage is so annoying I can't handle her any longer. Serena wasn't invited to the ball but then Steven invites her last minute when the subject is brought up. Back with Georgina and Dan, Georgina is trying to get the next chapter out of him (which is the Blair chapter) but he tells her that it's not ready yet so Georgina gives him until noon to hand it in. Georgina is my soul sister, I love her that much. When Georgina leaves, Dorota comes rushing in with Blair's engagement ring and asks Dan if he's seen her as she has forgotten it. Considering this, Dan calls for his chapter to be picked up but he hands in a chapter about Chuck instead of Blair. Meanwhile, Ivy is still trying to find dirt on Lily and we find out that Rufus is having problems at his gallery. What is Ivy still doing here? Speaking of unnecessary characters, Nate and Chuck talk about Bart and then Serena has a chat with Nate about Steven. Serena and Steven's relationship bores me at this point. Chuck catches up with Lily on the streets of New York, Chuck tries to get Lily to help him get proof on Bart but Lily just wants a family. While Lily and Chuck talk, Ivy is spying on them in a nearby cab, when I saw her I couldn't stop laughing because she's so desperate. She asks Chuck if she can help him but he just walks away, which I thought was hilarious. Blair then meets up with Sage on the streets, Blair tries to get Sage to wear one of her designs to the ball but Sage tells Blair she ain't wearing Waldorf Designs. How dare Sage talk to Blair the way she did, that is enough Sage! Serena then thinks it's a good idea to snoop through Steven's things but she finds an engagement ring which Sage also stumbles upon. Isn't Serena's relationship with Steven still too early for a proposal though?

9O21O: Hate 2 Love Mixtape

'9O21O' is a show that relies heavily on music, and is determined to feature the hottest artists on the charts. In season one, '9O21O' had the ideal music supervisors, such as Liz Phair, Marc Dauer and Evan Frankfort, and the show was once an amazing source for music as they were the first to feature up and coming artists such as The Kills, Lady Gaga, Regina Spektor and a personal favourite; Nico Stai. I remember the end of season 1 episode 22; ‘The Party’s Over’, where we saw a perfect moment shared between Navid and Adrianna. The scene was appropriately accompanied by my favourite Nico Stai track ‘Maybe Maybe’ which managed to encapsulate the emotion of the scene perfectly. In the latest season, '9O21O' has featured acts on the show such as Train, Carly Rae Jepsen, and most recently Nelly Furtado, and while the performances have been energetic and fun, I can’t help but miss when '9O21O' focused on the little musical moments that made up a show rather than being adamant on getting the best performances every week to bring in viewers. Don’t get me wrong, this season has featured great energetic music, and I happen to be one of Train's biggest fans, but I do miss when '9O21O' allowed a scene and a song to fit together perfectly, rather than focusing on one or the other.

9O21O: Hate 2 Love Recap/Review

'Hate 2 Love' was the name of this week's '9O21O' and to tell you the truth, nothing really happened in this episode. At least, that's what I thought when the episode was over. We start with Silver coming to see Navid but she runs into Liam instead, who is helping set up the new night club. The duo catch up with each other for a couple of minutes and then they hug, which Navid isn't too happy about. I wish that Liam and Silver had just stayed friends and the writers never went down the relationship route. Anyway, Silver only had time to catch up with Liam so she runs out and leaves Navid and Liam to talk about Dixon. Navid still feels like Dixon isn't ready to preform yet but Liam stands his ground. What is wrong with Navid? Just let Dixon preform already, you're not his father! Meanwhile, Max holds a meeting between Alec and Naomi as he tries to get them to settle their differences but Naomi still has revenge on her mind. It seemed like Max wanted to break up with Naomi last week so I was surprised to see him so calm with Naomi like all was forgotten. Annie is having a date with Colin when Riley comes in looking for Dixon, I forgot all about Riley. On the CU campus Taylor and Navid are handing out flyers for the club opening when they run into Dixon, who runs into Megan. Every time I see Jessica Parker Kennedy it makes me miss 'The Secret Circle' so much. Megan leaves and Adrianna replaces her in a hurry, she's basically just there to remind Dixon that he has physical therapy to get to. Dixon doesn't want no woman reminding him what's happening in his life so he snaps at her for no reason. Liam then employs his professor through her firm to help him settle matters at the bar/club/whatever. Does Liam really think it's a good idea to employ the professor who already hates him?

Friday, 9 November 2012

Glee: The Role You Were Born to Play Recap/Review

'Glee' just got back from a five week break which is a pretty long time to be leaving fans because if you're like me then you will tend to forget things. I felt like 'The Role You Were Born to Play' wasn't a very good episode for 'Glee' to be returning with after such a long break because it wasn't as good as previous episodes have been. One of my main complaints for this episode is the lack of Rachel Berry/Lea Michele, who wasn't in the episode at all. Kurt/Chris wasn't in it either but I'm most upset about Rachel/Lea. But the show must go on, Finn is now working at Hummel Tires and Lube when Artie comes to check up on him and ask him to co-direct the 'Grease' school musical. Finn agrees because I think he feels that he wants to do more than just work in a tire shop for the rest of his days. At McKinley, Blaine is being pathetic when he talks to Sam about how his relationship with Kurt is over. This leads into Blaine's performance of 'Hopelessly Devoted to You', I have no sympathy for Blaine because when he was poking other guys all over Facebook he wasn't hopelessly devoted then. Therefore, I did not like this performance as Blaine is not a victim, Kurt is. This song is actually Blaine's audition for the school musical and when Artie says that Blaine would be perfect to play Danny Zuko, Blaine says that he can't because Grease is a romance. I don't care Blaine! After this, we get a surprise when Mike and Mercedes show up to help with the production of the musical. I'm so happy to see Mercedes again, I miss her so much. Mike who? In other parts of the school, Emma and Will discuss moving to Washington with Coach Beiste. Emma agrees to go to Washington with Will but she looks unhappy, we'll circle back to this later. Artie, Mercedes, Mike and Finn try to brainstorm about who could play the role of Danny, they come to dead ends until Mike inadvertently suggests that Finn search the football field for any aspiring actors/singers. That's when Finn spots Ryder Lynn played by 'The Glee Project' winner, Blake Jenner.

The Vampire Diaries: The Killer Recap/Review

I feel like it would be hard for 'The Vampire Diaries' to top itself every week but 'The Killer' proves that this show just improves. I wish every show was up to this standard but that wouldn't make 'The Vampire Diaries so unique. We started this week with flashbacks to Connor's conversation with Professor Shane and in the present day we see that Connor has beheaded the hybrid he attacked last week and he's taking the wolf toxin from his mouth (that was kinda gross). Anyway, Professor Shane tells Connor to leave Bonnie out of it but Connor says that he will kill anyone who gets in his way. At the Mystic Grill, Jeremy is doing his first shift in forever, he hasn't worked there in so long that I thought they fired him. Connor then jumps out of nowhere and holds a knife against Jeremy's throat. Poor Jeremy, he really has no idea what's going on.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Gossip Girl: Portrait of a Lady Alexander Recap/Review

Let's be real, as a farewell season 'Gossip Girl' has been pretty dry and 'Portrait of a Lady Alexander' was no exception. They need to start kicking it into high gear because there aren't many episodes left until Gossip Girl says "XOXO, forever..." That's not to say that this episode was bad, anything is easy viewing after 9O21O (as I've mentioned before). Dan is attempting to stir the pot though as this week's episode opened with the release of Dan's new article, this time it was about Nate, who isn't too happy about Dan's portrayal of him. On the streets of NYC, Dan and Georgina talk about Dan's strides in the literary world, which isn't too far to Dan's dismay as Georgina tells him that people are starting to compare him to Perez Hilton. But Georgina doesn't care, she says that it's all about the image so they need to get Dan a new A-Lister girlfriend. When Steven finds out about Dan's article on Sage's boyfriend, Nate, Steven bans Sage from seeing him. However, Serena steps in and gets Steven to invite Nate to a horse show so they can bond. I think Serena and Steven's relationship needs to end, it's too weird. It might be coming to an end though cause Dan's article mentions that Nate and Serena dated, Steven is kinda mad that Serena never told him and he wants her to tell him everyone she has ever dated. Over at Rufus' loft, Lily has sent boxes full of Rufus' stuff over, who knew that Rufus had so much junk. Ivy takes it upon herself to snoop through the boxes until she finds a letter that Lily wrote to Rufus on the day of her wedding to Bart. Blair is feeling down after her fashion show disaster, she's dodging Eleanor's calls and diving into the mystery of Lady Alexander. I feel like Blair ignoring her mother's calls is very immature, especially now that she works for Eleanor. However, Blair is very helpful with the mystery when she finds out that some dude painted a portrait of Lady Alexander so Chuck and Blair high tail it to this guy's gallery. The best character in this episode, Lily, then discovers that someone made a post about her on Gossip Girl. The post just so happens to be about her wedding and Rufus, I wonder who it could have been? Lily seems annoyed that she's on Gossip Girl but I think that she's secretly happy that she's finally being featured. Back with Blair and Chuck, they find out that the portrait of Lady Alexander is a portrait of a horse meaning that Lady Alexander is/was a horse.

9O21O: Into the Wild Recap/Review

Just when you think that it can't get much worse, here comes 'Into the Wild'. This episode of '9O21O' was supposed to air last week but was delayed due to Hurricane Sandy, I wasn't that heartbroken. If this episode aired last week then it probably would have ruined my Halloween break. Speaking of, The CW promoted this episode as being a Halloween episode. There was nothing about this that resembled Halloween so I'm extra pissed. Let's get on with it, the girls (Annie, Silver, Adrianna and Naomi) are having lunch when Naomi tells them that she plans to take Max away for the weekend so she can tell him that Alec kissed her. Meanwhile, Silver learns that her nude photos have been posted online. It's not the first time Silver has photos of her naked body going around town (remember when Adriana sent a sext blast out in season 3?) Also, Annie starts flirting with a perfectly random stranger. So a normal Beverly Hills lunch. At the UCLA campus we learn that Liam has enrolled (I thought Liam didn't want to go to college, remember how Annie cried at graduation cause Liam had other plans?) and got an 'F' on his first paper, his celebrity persona really isn't helping things when his new co-star (Carrie) shows up for publicity shots. Naomi then reveals her plans to Max but he decides that a camping trip will be better than spending time on a tropical island. Adrianna arrives home to find Taylor working with Dixon on his new track and Dixon gets Taylor to help with Adrianna's new music video.

Friday, 2 November 2012

The Vampire Diaries: The Five Recap/Review

Happy belated Halloween from The Vampire Diaries! 'The Five' attempted to be a Halloween themed episode without actually being set in Halloween, like 'One Tree Hill' 304. This is due to The Vampire Diaries' tricky timeline, which should now be in the second half of the gang's senior year of high school. So was this episode a trick or a treat? I would defiantly say a treat, as we learned more about The Brotherhood of the Five and Elena experimented with her vampirism. The episode started with a brief flashback to when the five was created by a witch. Back in present day, we learn that Damon is going on a trip with Elena and Bonnie to a college campus so Bonnie can meet the man (Professor Shane) who now teaches Grams' classes. Did we know that Grams used to teach at a college? Stefan isn't to happy about this, when he questions Elena she says that she can't drink animal blood or blood from a bag, it has to be from the vein. Elena thinks that this is some kind of doppelganger curse, but does Katherine also suffer from this? Stefan gives Elena the okay on her trip with Damon, but he tells her to be careful because he doesn't want her getting caught up in the feed. Over at the Mystic Grill, Rebekah gives Matt the keys to a new truck, in hopes that he will forgive her. Although, he doesn't and Klaus laughs in her face. Also in this scene, Klaus tells Rebekah that The Brotherhood of the Five still exists. At the campus, Elena confesses to Bonnie that she doesn't think college will be in her future anymore. I hope that the gang do go to college next season but it would be kind of weird at the same time because I'm sure that not everyone will be attending. Bonnie, Damon and Elena sneak into Professor Shane's class but all Damon and Elena talk about is what kind of vampire she is, very rude. Klaus is also being rude, he has Connor all chained up, that is no way to treat a guest. Stefan comes to visit Klaus so he can learn more about The Five and he tells Klaus that Connor can't be compelled. In a flashback to 1114 Italy, we learn that Rebekah dated a member of The Five and that they were very dangerous. It turns out that Connor is the first member Klaus has found since then. In order for Stefan to find out more, he has to bring Rebekah to Klaus for a family dinner.