Saturday, March 31, 2012

The X-Files Saturday: Scully's Abduction

It was a series defining story arc brought on by off-set circumstances. Gillian Anderson had to be written out for an episode because she was pregnant. What's the easiest way to get rid of her? Yes. She was abducted by aliens.

Lucky for us, it all started with Mulder going for a little swim.

David Duchovny as Fox Mulder on The X-Files 
I have no idea what this scene was about other than Mulder wearing red speedos. This was almost a post of just this scene. But the abduction was more important.

It starts with Duane Barry, an alien abductee who has taken a few hostages at a travel agency. Mulder has to go in and negotiate. The X-Files are still officially closed, so Scully gets involved via phone and research apparently only she can do. Mulder spends a lot of the episode as a hostage. Then Scully comes in and tells Kyrcek to back the eff off.

David Duchovny as Fox Mulder on The X-Files
Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully on The X-Files
The conspiracy comes in at the end--metal tracking devices were found in Duane. Scully has them at home because sure, why wouldn't she? While leaving a message on Mulder's machine, Duane Barry makes a thump. He's outside Scully's window. She screams and calls for help. Then we're to be continued.


Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully on The X-Files
When we come back, Mulder is sad, upset, angry, and brooding. The entire time.

David Duchovny as Fox Mulder on The X-Files
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder on The X-Files
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder on The X-Files
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder on The X-Files
He looks this way because he secretly loves her, and does not want her to be gone, especially by way of alien abduction.

After an episode about modern day vampires where Mulder tries to mask his pain with shaving and whores*, Scully comes back, quite a bit worse for the wear.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully on The X-Files
Mulder spent the episode trying to figure out "who did this to her" and he tossed a few rooms and threatened good old CSM. His anger convinced Skinner to reopen the X-Files because that's what they feared most. That must have been the push Scully's spirit needed, and she magically woke up from her coma. Then Mulder made hot sweet love to her held her hand and it was lovely.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully and David Duchovny as Fox Mulder on The X-Files
*Ok, since you asked so nicely, the shaving and the whores:

David Duchovny shirtless as Fox Mulder on The X-Files
David Duchovny as Fox Mulder on The X-Files

Friday, March 30, 2012

Game of Thrones: The Others - Drogo, Loras, and Gendry.

There are roughly seven billion characters on Game of Thrones and most of them are awesome. Unfortunately for me, the three hottest actors had some of the smallest roles.

Oh, Kahl Drogo. Jason Momoa is hot. Kahl Drogo is less hot... 

Jason Momoa as Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones Season One
Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa as Danenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones Season One
That beard and that hair and those clothes... not my fave. That doesn't mean I'm not super upset that he died. He was a better king than any of the kings we'll be getting in season two. And he definitely had the most on screen sex. But no more. Kahl Drogo rode his horse off into the great beyond, never to grace my television screen again.

Emilia Clarke and Jason Momoa as Danenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones Season One
And Ser Loras. The prettiest guy on the show. Also, the one who is boning the (now dead) King Robert's little brother, Renly.

Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell and Rory McCann as The Hound on Game of Thrones Season One Sandor Clegane
Finn Jones as Ser Loras Tyrell Knight of the Flowers on Game of Thrones Season One
Their relationship is slightly more subtle in the novels, but not nearly as sexy. I look forward to more Ser Loras and his rainbow guard.

And I've saved the very best for last. Gendry!

Joe Dempsie as Gendry on Game of Thrones Season One
Gendry is the bastard son of King Robert and therefore, one of the 492 candidates for king. He's also seriously strong and nicknamed The Bull.

Joe Dempsie as Gendry on Game of Thrones Season One
Plus, he's Joe Dempsie! It's a pity there's such a large age gap between him and Maisie Williams because they're the only couple I'm interested in shipping. We'll see how their travels go in season two. Mayhaps I'll say screw it and ship them anyway.

Joe Dempsie as Gendry on Game of Thrones Season One
Game of Thrones comes back for season two THIS Sunday! I. Can't. Wait.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Game of Thrones: The BEST - Tyrion Lannister

He has a tender spot in his heart for cripples, bastards, and broken things.

Peter Dinklage as Tryion Lannister on Game of Thrones Season One
Hands down the BEST character on Game of Thrones. He's smart, he's clever, he's intelligent, and he's far less redundant than I am. Looked down on, mocked, and living amongst the tallest, blondest, most scandinavian family out there, Tyrion knows he's lucky to have been born to in to a noble house. Otherwise, he'd have been cast out as a child.

Peter Dinklage as Tryion Lannister on Game of Thrones Season One
Peter Dinklage is far more attractive than the Tyrion described in the book, although if truth be told, he can't quite pull off natural blonde. But perhaps that's for the best.

Peter Dinklage as Tryion Lannister on Game of Thrones Season One
Not only is Tyion the most intelligent character, he's also the funniest. He's got some of the best lines and there's always truth at the heart of what he says. He sees to the core of people, recognizing what they think of him and what they think of themselves. He's incredibly empathetic toward all the other characters who find themselves outsiders in some way, and more often then not, he does them a kindness or grants them helpful advice.

Peter Dinklage as Tryion Lannister on Game of Thrones Season One
He's got the lion's share (see what I did there?) of daddy drama in the Lannister clan. And probably some deep seeded self esteem issues thanks to his douchehat father and sister. (Jamie is actually quite fond of him, one of the things that makes Jamie a terribly interesting character.)

Peter Dinklage as Tryion Lannister on Game of Thrones Season One
Are there t-shirts yet that say Tyrion for President? Because there should be and I want one.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Game of Thrones: The Brothers - Viserys Targaryen and Jamie Lanniser

Ah, the incestuous blonde boys. Creepsters to the max, both of them. (More spoilers ahead, obvi)

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones season one Kingslayer incest blonde
Jamie is the beautiful blonde twin of beautiful blonde Cersei and together, they've got a beautiful blonde brood of kids in line to be king. He's also famous throughout the lands for having killed the previous king. As nicknames go, Kingslayer is one of the coolest.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister on Game of Thrones season one Kingslayer incest blonde
Jamie can also be a real douche. But there's something fun about the devils who hide behind beauty and charm. I like Jamie and I like twisted. And we all know he'll do pretty terrible things for love. Like shove a child off a tower. It's awesome.

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jamie Lannister and Lena Headly as Cersei Game of Thrones season one Kingslayer incest
And then Viserys. He owns the second most awesome moment of the season.

Harry Lloyd and Emilia Clarke as Viserys and Daenerys Targaryen on Game of Thrones Season One khaleesi 
After marrying his sister off to Kahl Drogo and telling her all the Dothrakis and their horses could screw her if it means he gets to be king, he finally earns his crown.

Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones Season One
As much fun as it was to watch him be a dick for five episodes and THEN watch him get murdered in one of the most brutal manners imaginable, again, I'm bummed he won't be around anymore. He was a sick, creepy, entitled little puke and hating him was fun.

Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones Season One
But thanks to Drogo and his fast melting gold, Viserys is no more.

Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones Season One killed by Khal Drogo molten gold crown
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones Season One killed by Khal Drogo molten gold crown
Charming villains are a specialty of Game of Thrones. Considering bad guys and blondes hold the monopoly on 'having all the fun,' these two were a delightful spice throughout season one. I'll miss Viserys and his wicked ways but man was it cool when his head hit the ground with that sickening CLUNK. Jamie, on the other hand, we'll get to see plenty more of. And I can't wait. Only four days, ya'll!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Once Upon A Time: Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter

**Update** For the most recent Jefferson post, click here!

I wasn't planning to talk about anything other than Game of Thrones this week, but last Sunday's Once Upon A Time was just too damn good to ignore.

Sometimes I find Once flat out depressing. The poor Mad Hatter. Or... Jefferson apparently.

Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
First, did anyone other than me watch Kings? It went kersplat so obviously the audience was pretty small. But Sebastian Stan played Prince Jack, the closeted son of the king who acted the part of the womanizing party boy by day. It was delightfully angsty.

Sebastian Stan as Prince Jack on NBC show Kings with Ian McShane
Sebastian Stan as Prince Jack on NBC show Kings with Ian McShane
He's been hanging around Gossip Girl the past few years, but his stellar  turn as The Mad Hatter on Once reminded me why I loved him so much on Kings.

Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
On OUAT, he plays Jefferson, a young father in Fairyland struggling to take care of his daughter. He makes the horrible decision to trust The Queen, taking her to Wonderland in exchange for the money he needs to make his daughter happy. (All she wants is you, Jefferson! Don't go!)  Unfortunately for him, the whore of a queen traps him there, forcing him to go mad as he tries to make a new spinning-world-portal-hat-thing.

Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
In Storybrooke, he remains Jefferson, once again without his daughter. His share in the Queen's curse means he remembers everything about this true life while his daughter does not. She lives across the street with a new family and a new life. He knows he's her father, but he watches from afar as she lives without any knowledge of him. Yeah, that could drive a person mad. It's really very depressing.

Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
He tries so hard to convince Emma that what he's saying is truth. But she refuses to believe. He also had one of my new favorite OUAT lines: "You know what the issue is with this world? Everyone wants some magical solution for their problem and everyone refuses to believe in magic." I do believe in fairies! I do! I do!

Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
Apart from being a really well written character, it was played marvelously. A little crazy, little fun, a little sweet, and awfully angsty. Plus, he's a young dad, which pleases me greatly. Also, I've never hated Emma so much as I did when she swung that telescope at him.

Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
All I can say is that I'm going to be really pissed if this show doesn't eventually get to the happy endings. This guy deserves his happiness. Look at that awesome beheading scar on his neck! v v v Love.

Sebastian Stan as Jefferson The Mad Hatter on Once Upon A Time OUAT Season One
Sebastian Stan is going to be playing, "T.J, a lost soul struggling with addiction — the polar opposite of his “perfect” twin brother, Douglas" on the upcoming USA show, Political Animals. That just might be enough to get me watch something on USA. In the meantime, I look forward to his return to Once Upon A Time!

Game of Thrones: The Sons - Robb Stark and Jon Snow

Truth time. I don't much like eldest Stark son, Robb. In the novels, like many of the characters, he's much younger. There's something intriguing and sad about a fourteen year old who has to step up to the plate and be king.

Richard Madden as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones
But in the television series, he's roughly eighteen. And I find him to be a whiny bitch. In this universe especially, eighteen is very much an adult. He should have the poise and grace of his father. When he's pompous or over-eager, he just seems weak. He doesn't have the folly of youth to hide behind. And therefore, I find him a much better character in the novel.

Richard Madden as Robb Stark on Game of Thrones
Jon, on the other hand, is a great character either way. The bastard of Ned Stark, he grew up being hated by his father's wife. He was a constant reminder that Ned had been unfaithful and Catelyn had no qualms showing him her disgust. In the pilot, when Jon finds the dire wolf pups, he doesn't even think to take one for himself until a 6th one - the runt - is found. He feels his outsider status acutely. And it's angsty.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones Season One bastard of Ned Stark
When Jon goes to The Wall, the quality of his character comes into focus. He becomes a mentor to all his fellow outsiders and protector of poor, craven Sam. He far better represents the honor and dignity of house Stark than Robb.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones Season One bastard of Ned Stark
He also has a fun little speech about how he couldn't bear to sleep with a whore because he feared creating a new bastard. That sort of self loathing immediately earns him great sympathy.

Kit Harington as Jon Snow on Game of Thrones Season One bastard of Ned Stark
With his outsider status, his mommy angst, and the fact that he's actually one of the more decent human beings on Game of Thrones, he wins my vote for best Stark son. Plus, between him and Robb, I find him much easier on the eye :)