You Need To Be Watching Crazyhead

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It’s the winter hiatus for most of our favorite shows right now, so it is the perfect time to pick up a new television obsession. So if you’re busy missing Supernatural, if you’ve never recovered from losing Being Human UK or US, or if you just want to see a show about two women kicking demon ass and taking names, you’ve got to check out Crazyhead. For now, there’s only one season (and a mere six episodes) of this spectacular show, but it’s six episodes of supernatural hunting fun. It’s streaming on Netflix so you can binge the whole thing over your winter break. Don’t worry, this whole post is spoiler-free, so if you haven’t checked out Crazyhead just yet, you can read on without fear!

Fans of Supernatural will definitely notice some…well…some differences in things like exorcism rites (it’s a bit more…personal and, well, flat out gross than simply shouting out some words in Latin), and the mythology and lore surrounding demons has a unique and interesting twist from what I’ve seen before (I’d go into it more here, but it’s a HUGE spoiler for the show). Still, it’s got that fun, other-wordly vibe that made us all fall in love with watching Sam and Dean kick monster butt. The show’s heroines, Amy and Raquel, are so much fun to watch together. The two meet for the first time in the show’s premiere, but by the season finale, you can’t help but want to be in Amy and Raquel’s squad.

The two are hilarious together, and Raquel is a perfect mix of tough, crass, and lovable. Amy is quieter with a more skittish and awkward nature, and watching the two women try to protect the earth from demonic threats is like watching two friends. Unlike Sam and Dean Winchester, Amy and Raquel didn’t grow up as trained warriors, and are both relatively new and uninformed about the dealings of demonic ways. So we get to learn right alongside the women as they get to know the underworld a bit more, and figure out the best way to get rid of demons once and for all.

One of the biggest complaints of Supernatural fans has been the lack of women hunters who aren’t killed off in some horrific fashion (read: Charlie, Jo, Ellen, and the OG, Mary Winchester). So it’s awesome to find such a cool, engaging show about two awesome women going up against the darkness. And without getting into any spoilers, they’ve set us up to explore a supernatural world outside of demons alone. So I cannot wait to see what exciting stories and frightening monsters we get to see Raquel and Amy fight in season two.

Have you watched Crazyhead on Netflix yet? What did you think of it? Let’s talk about it in the comments!

Image credit: E4/Netflix

In Which I Get Coffee at Luke’s Diner

I didn’t ever really watch Gilmore Girls when it was on the air. I remember watching it in college because ABC Family (or whatever it was called in the late aughts) used to air four hour blocks of the show in the afternoons when I’d have breaks from class, but they never played the episodes in order so even though I enjoyed the episodes I watched, I didn’t ever really follow the story.

When the revival was announced, I had several friends who were super stoked about the show coming back, and were shocked that I’d never watched. So after a fair amount of friendly bullying–and a friend actually coming to my house to force me to start the show by watching the first four episodes with me–I started watching Gilmore Girls, and was totally hooked. I’m not through the entire show, but I’m in the third season. It’s still weird for me to call Sam Winchester Dean

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…and I sometimes like to think of Gilmore Girls as this weird Supernatural side story where Sam gets left behind in Stars Hollow while Dean and his dad are hunting, I’m obsessed. So when I found out that Netflix was installing pop up Luke’s Diners all over the country, I had to see if there would be one in my city. While I figured there would only be shops in New York and LA, I was stoked to find one near me. So I got up early…really early…

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…and headed to my local Luke’s before work. It was a really good thing that I was getting up early with the sole purpose of grabbing coffee.

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Seriously. I woke up like an hour and a half early for this. Caffeine was a MUST. When I arrived, the Luke’s sign was right out front, and it was just adorable.

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There were LOADS of women out front getting pictures of the sign, awkwardly trying to take selfies of themselves with the sign (and then other people jumping in to help take a picture for that person). It was adorable. Even better, all of the baristas were wearing flannel with backwards hats.

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I think this actually was the uniform for the day. All of the hats said Netflix on them, so I’m guessing they were provided to the staff of all the pop up diners. But even better than the snappy outfits, there was a barista who really tried to channel Luke when he interacted with the customers–crusty but loveable (what I’d like on my tombstone, btw). It was great. While the shop itself (Kawa Coffee, for those curious) was adorable, they also added a few things to make the place feel more like Stars Hollow.

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Really, the only thing missing was a town trubador. But the entire environment was great. Everyone was really friendly, and it was the perfect place to sit and read, like a true Gilmore.

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While there weren’t any stars of the show in my coffee shop–apparently Scott G. Patterson hit up some LA versions of Luke’s Diner–it was still wonderful. It was so fun to get to spend some time in Luke’s and feel like a true Gilmore, if only for a bit. It felt just like you’d expect Luke’s to feel, and since just about everyone there was in the shop to celebrate their Gilmore love, it really felt like a small, tight-knit community like Stars Hollow. It was amazing. I’m so hoping they do this again in the future, because I’m already missing Luke’s.

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Check out them sleepy, 6AM eyes!

Did you hit up a Luke’s Diner today? Tell me about it in the comments!

5 Fandom Friday: Favorite Fandom Guilty Pleasures

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I talk about fandom here. I’m a part of several fandoms myself, and there is nothing more fun than getting to spend tons of time in fandom-land. Some of my favorite aspects of fandom is wading into the “guilty pleasure” territory when it comes to celebrating my faves, and that’s what this week’s Fandom 5 is all about: my favorite fandom guilty pleasures!

Binging Shows

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I’ve made it no secret how much I love a good Netflix binge, even though I should probably be a bit less open about my Netflix binging habits. However, I just can’t help how much I love popping a show on and losing myself in that universe for a while. Thank you, Netflix, indeed.

Collecting Funko Dolls…and Keeping Them At My Work Desk

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This is only a small portion of my collection of work desk Funko dolls. Though  my collection is far smaller than some of you, I am proud to say my desk is guarded by an angel, a rebel princess/general, a shiny stormtrooper, a hunter/hacker, a vigilante, a Khaleesi, an Asgardian god, a droid, a Time Lord…and an Adipose. I just love these little guys way too much.

Quoting My Faves in Everyday Life

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75% of the things I say are just from movies and TV shows. Seriously. I’ve always been like this (my parents are the same way, it’s not my fault). I even managed to smush an Anchorman and Supernatural reference into my tiny Twitter bio. #skillz

Having a Serious Desire for a Fandom Tattoo

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Seriously. I talked about my top five fandom tattoos that I’ve always wanted in a previous Fandom 5 post. The Deathly Hallows symbol, anti-possession sigil, “all was well”, and the small scarlet pimpernel are my top tattoo dreams. I actually thought seriously about getting the scarlet pimpernel tattoo when I was in Europe, but ultimately decided against it–mainly because of time and my lack of ability to research the shop before I got the ink. But seriously, I have a mighty need for some fandom ink.

Paying Money to Spend Hours in a Line and 5 Seconds With My Faves

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I spent the entire time in line obsessing about what I’d say to her, stressing over the fact that I didn’t have some cute idea for a pic, and hoping that I didn’t say or do anything dumb. Turns out after the giant chunk of cash I shelled out and the literal hours in line, they were moving people through the photo ops with startling speed to fit everyone in (she had been scheduled for two days of photo ops and had to cancel one, so the line was EXTRA long). I had time to say hello, and that was basically it.

Still though! I got to meet (however briefly) Karen Gillan. Best. Day. Ever.

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Your turn! What are some of your geeky guilty pleasures? Let me know in the comments, and, as always, check out my other Fandom 5 posts. Follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today–and be sure to follow me on Twitter to follow the hashtag–-and be sure to check out the brains behind the Fandom 5 linkup, the awesome Kristen and Megan

Everyday Cosplay: Kilgrave

Yesterday an article I wrote for Geek & Sundry went live where I speculated on what could be next for Jessica Jones in season 2. Because of that, my mind has been on Jessica Jones a lot lately.Since I’ve already done an everyday cosplay look for Jessica over at Geek & Sundry, I decided to make an everyday cosplay look for someone else who’s had their mind on Jessica Jones a lot: Kilgrave.

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Shout out to the show for making a gif of David Tennant saying “I love you” creepy…

Kilgrave is a SUPER scary villain, and one of the things that made him the most creepy to me was the fact that he was WEARING THE TENTH DOCTOR’S FACE.

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Save it, Ten…

Watching David Tennant use his “Doctor voice” (which, let’s be honest, is just an English accent) and use his gorgeous face to play the most evil villain out there was hella unsettling. But I think that’s what made him such an interesting villain to watch. Fan of Doctor Who or not, you’ve got to admit that David Tennant is kind of a gorgeous man, and he’s got some serious puppy dog eyes. He’s got a face that makes you want to trust him, even though Kilgrave is a complete, evil nutter under that sweet smile. So I wanted to create an everyday cosplay outfit that was equally as sweet and unassuming. You can decide how evil you want to be when you wear it.

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Was it creepy for you to watch David Tennant play an evil mastermind like Kilgrave, or did it not bother you? What are you excited to see in season 2 of Jessica Jones? Let’s talk Jessica Jones in the comments! 

British Shows I’m Watching to Fill a Who-Shaped Hole

If you haven’t heard already, there are big changes happening in the Doctor Who world. The show’s intrepid leader (love him or hate him), Steven Moffat is leaving and turning the show over to Chris Chibnall, Peter Capaldi will likely end his run as Twelve after season 10 of the show, and to top it all off, we’re not going to get the tenth season of Doctor Who until 2017. You heard me right, the only new Who we’ll get in 2016 is a Christmas special

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Who knew that the biggest heartbreak of all wouldn’t be a Doctor regenerating, it would instead be a year-long silence from our favorite Time Lord…

So what the heck am I supposed to watch without any Doctor Who in my life? To make matters worse, Doctor Who has been pulled from every streaming service so I can’t even watch old episodes. I’ve heard rumors that it’s to prepare for the launch of a BBC streaming service, but come on, you guys. How many streaming services am I expected to buy??? I mean, come on, Netflix and BBC!

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The sudden but inevitable betrayal of Netflix and the BBC aside, the fact remains that I need to fill the TARDIS-shaped hole in my life. So I’m significantly upping the British television in my life to show myself and the cable and streaming service powers that be that I’m an independent woman and I don’t need no Time Lord.

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So here are the shows I’ll be watching/re-watching this year to distract myself from the dull ache of missing the Doctor.

Shows I’m Re-Watching

Being Human UK

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This show isn’t terribly related to Doctor Who thematically with the exception of being a bit weird and having a bit of a wibbly-wobbly time line at times (especially in the later seasons). However, like many BBC shows, there are several actors in the show who’ve been on Who–like Russel Tovey, Lenora Crichlow, and Sinead Keenan–so it’s close enough.

The IT Crowd

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I’ve watched this entire show several times through, but I just love it so much. It’s hilarious and never ceases to brighten my mood after a bad day. Besides, since it doesn’t have a real season or series-long story arc, it’s easy to watch episodes here and there. It’s a good one to watch if you want to go on a Netflix binge–it’s hilarious and tons of fun–but the lack of a Big Story makes it one to watch if you’re trying to not go on a proper binge.

New Shows I’m Watching

Peaky Blinders

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This has been on my to-watch list for some time, and I’ve heard from several people I trust that the show is great. Plus, I love Cillian Murphy so much. Ever since he ran around London running from the Infected, I’ve been obsessed with stuff he’s in. With a gripping actor like Murphy, plus a story set in 1920s England, I’m sure to be hooked quickly.

The Fall

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I don’t know much about this show, if I’m honest, but I do know two things: it’s a mind-bending show about a detective trying to catch a serial killer, and Gillian Anderson is in it. Sold.

Black Mirror

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This show is supposed to be hella creepy, and I’m all about that. It’s set in a not-too-distant future, and it shows a world that has taken some seriously dark turns thanks to society’s relationship with technology. I’ve heard this show called a horror show with dark humor with Twilight Zone vibes. That plus familiar faces (it’s the BBC–what do you expect) like Domhnall Gleeson and Leonora Crichlow pop up for extra fun.

Black Books

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As somebody who’s job relies on books and bookstores, I’ve got a soft spot in my heart for any show set in a publishing office or bookshop. Black Books is a show about a small bookshop and the two guys who run the shop (and their friend who used to work next door). I’ve already watched a few episodes of this show, and it’s hilarious and ridiculous. Since a lot of the shows on my list are heavy, it’s good to have something lighthearted, right? I’ve also been told Inbetweeners and Peep Show are good ones to add, but I haven’t decided on those two just yet.

And One American Show For Good Measure:

Legends of Tomorrow

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This one’s a no-brainer to add. It stars Rory Pond Arthur Darvill, and is essentially a superhero version of Doctor Who. Darvill’s character, Rip Hunter, is a Time Master (seriously), he talks frequently about how time isn’t linear (is it wibbly-wobbly, perhaps?), harps on the importance of protecting the timeline (fixed points in time, you mean?), and he ran away from the Time Masters with one of their time machines–though this time machine has a functioning cloaking device, and it doesn’t make a wheezing sound when it lands.  And, if that wasn’t enough, the crew of Legends also made Arthur a makeshift Dalek. I know that this isn’t a Doctor Who AU, but since they’re making me wait a YEAR for more Who, I’ve got to get my Whovian fix wherever I can get it.

What shows are you watching while you wait for more Doctor Who? Any suggestions of good British shows I should add to my watch list? Let me know in the comments!

We Aren’t Done With Jessica Jones, Right?

I am a seasoned Netflix-binger. When I decide to Netflix a show, I commit. I have no time for those people who watch an episode or two a week. If the generous Netflix gods are keen to provide us with several episodes of a show, you bet I’m gonna jump in, face first, and watch them all as quickly as I can.

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When it comes to watching shows like Supernatural or X-Files, it’s not a huge deal to pound through episodes because there are SO MANY to watch. But when it comes to Netflix originals, once you chug through a season, you’re done for like a year.

I finished Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in about a month.

I finished the new season of Arrested Development in a few weeks.

I finished Master of None in a few weeks.

I was not going to do the same thing when it came to Jessica Jones. No, I was gonna make this show last. The thing is, that show is hella addicting, so I zipped through the first ten episodes crazy quickly. Then, I freaked out a little.

I was nearly done with the series, and there isn’t any word on season 2. I couldn’t keep up with this breakneck pace, so I decided to STOP. I stopped watching the show for about a month. Jessica Jones can’t end for me if I never finish the season, right? I had unlocked the key to Netflix binging: binge until the final few episodes, and stop cold turkey to avoid ever ending the show. Great plan, right?

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That awkward moment when you use a Tennant as Ten gif in a Jessica Jones post…

Well, I couldn’t stand it anymore, and I finished season one of Jessica Jones yesterday. What did I think of the show? Here is the official summation of all my feelings for Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones and the entire show in general:

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I won’t bore you with my thoughts on the whole season since there have been plenty of others who’ve written about how the show is the best thing ever. Suffice it to say that Jessica Jones is a solid superhero, and she seriously breaks out of the mold of most of the superhero stuff we see on TV today. She’s complicated, she’s damaged, she can be mean, she’s sarcastic, and I love her so much. Krysten Ritter unsurprisingly does a stellar job of bringing her to life. With the news of Daredevil season 2 getting a teaser trailer and release date, I figured we couldn’t be too far from hearing about season 2 of Jessica Jones. But not only do we not know when Jessica Jones season 2 is coming, we don’t even know if Jessica will even get a second season. That’s right. Netflix hasn’t even gone as far as to renew the show.

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Reasons for the lack of renewal have been things like the focus on launching The Other Avengers Defenders (which will be comprised of Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Luke Cage, Jessica, and potentially others). Since Jessica will be in that, Netflix is focusing on featuring her there rather than expanding on her crazy successful show.

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Don’t get me wrong, I dig crossover stuff, and I love the Avengers and how heavily those guys play in each others films. So yeah, Defenders sounds rad, but…why can’t we get more standalone Jessica and have Defenders? You know, like they’re doing with Matt Murdock? Maybe time and resources are an issue, but why not even say the show is renewed? Why is Netflix deciding to sit on a show that fans are obsessed with and actually differs a bit from every other superhero show and movie out there? Ultimately, I have no idea. Money, resources, and actor availability are real things that Netflix is juggling, but I know one thing for sure: we need more standalone shows and movies about female superheroes.

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There are lots of dudes in that space, and losing Jessica would be a huge blow. Krysten Ritter has already expressed that she’s more than game to reprise the role, so I really hope Netflix doesn’t cast Jessica Jones aside to focus more on stuff like Daredevil and Defenders. They’re building a really great and diverse group of superhero shows on Netflix, and I’d hate to see them toss out a great one that’s meant so much to so many people.

What did you think of Jessica Jones? Do you want Netflix to renew the show, or do you think one season is enough? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

Why It’s Awesome We Get Jessica Jones and Kara Danvers

I had no idea who Jessica Jones was when her show was first announced. Still, I knew I loved Krysten Ritter and David Tennant, so I planned on watching the show. It was around that same time that we started hearing about Supergirl starring Melissa Benoist. Where Jessica Jones is dark and twisty, Kara Danvers/Kara Zor-El/Supergirl is much more upbeat and positive. If you put the two together, Kara could almost look like an airhead when compared to Jessica. So much so that people starting saying the show’s first trailer looked eerily similar to the SNL Black Widow movie trailer–even though they were totally wrong–because I guess the only female superheroes that count are the ones who are the brooding types.

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Regardless, I knew that Supergirl could very well become that overly campy, SNL Black Widow spoof once it aired–happily, I don’t think it did. However, I’ve heard some folks I follow online gripe about Supergirl, pitting it against Jessica Jones or saying flat out that Jessica would save what Kara is ruining. I’ve heard a lot of positives about both shows, but I haven’t been able to shake those who praise Jessica Jones and poo-poo Supergirl for being too lighthearted.

Now that both show are out and I’ve been able to see solid chunks of both shows (I’ve not finished Jessica Jones just yet, I’m trying to pace myself), I have to say that I’m so incredibly stoked that we have both women on TV today. Is Supergirl perfect? Not at all! The tone is  pretty lighthearted nature which can draw fans away, it’s got occasional cheesy lines, and their use of worn tropes like the love triangle is a bit tired. However, I think we’d seriously be missing out if we only had Jessica Jones to watch.

Both Jessica and Kara are survivors of personal tragedies of different natures, Kara losing her home planet and her entire family (save her cousin, of course), and Jessica being taken by Kilgrave and forced to do horrible things for him for months on end. Both women suffered from very different forms of pain, both women have processed it and are continuing to process it differently, both women need different things from life, friends, and family, and both women have a very different outlook on life in general.

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Jessica is tortured by her past, and is trying desperately to move past it. She’s not the most social…like, at all. She’s got blood on her hands (often literally), she’s a functional alcoholic, she’s not great at relationships (romantic and friendship), she’s sarcastic, she can be mean, but ultimately she is fiercely loyal, wants to do something worthwhile and make a positive difference in the world, and help put an end to a man who she feels has ruined her life.

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Kara, on the other hand, is pretty well adjusted–especially after losing her home and her family. She loves her foster family, has a supportive relationship with her foster sister, she’s generally optimistic, she can be a bit awkward (especially around guys she likes and her boss), she was a bit naive when she jumped face first into protecting National City, but she loves fiercely, ultimately wants to do great things, make her parents proud, and help people with the gifts she’s been given.

I get that some people will be more drawn to Supergirl and some will be more drawn to Jessica Jones, and that’s okay. However, I think that if we make ourselves pick Jessica or Kara, or if we pit these two heroes against each other, we’re doing ourselves a disservice. I love watching Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, and I’d like to think that when push came to shove I’d have that steel resolve, intense bravery in the face of my enemies, and general badassery, but it’s not me. I love watching Jessica do her thing, but I don’t relate to her.

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I’ve known Jessicas in my life, but regardless of how many emo, goth, or hardcore phases I went through growing up, I was never a Jessica.

I’ve always been a Kara. I can be naive when I try to do something that I think will bring positive change into the world, and sometimes that naivete and ill-preparedness brings on more harm than good. I’ve always been intensely award around guys I like, and I’m very awkward around my bosses. I’m not always the paragon of confidence and boardroom ownership, and I definitely put my foot in my mouth on the regular.

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But I’m doing the best I can and working each day to make a positive difference with the gifts I’ve been given. I identify with Kara, and I know several Karas, too.

I think it’s great that we have two vastly different female superheroes on TV. It’s okay to have Jessica on one end, shotgunning whiskey, battling her PTSD, fighting desperately to keep people safe, and generally being grisly but awesome while Kara is over in National City getting her boss coffee by day and snorting around her crush (true story: thanks to my massive orthodontic work, I once actually drooled in front of my crush* and his mom, #sexy), and by night she can train with her sister, fight to protect the city from aliens seeking revenge, and fight to honor her family’s name. Just like every guy doesn’t identify with Steve Rogers and Wade Wilson, every girl doesn’t have to identify with Jessica Jones and Kara Danvers.

We’ve got a huge universe of male superheroes out there to cater to all sorts of superhero fans. Not everyone understands Steve Rogers, not everyone likes Tony Stark, not everyone understands Bruce Banner, and not everyone gets Wade Wilson, but the fact is they don’t have to. The point of superheroes is to show fans that whoever you are, whatever your backstory, you can do great things. It bums me out when I hear people pitting Kara and Jessica against each other when this is the first time we’ve had two live action female-led superhero shows on television ever. We need Kara and we need Jessica just like we need the Karas and the Jessicas of real life. Just because one of the heroes is a bit more brooding, hardcore, and serious than the other does not make her more valid, just like a more brooding, hardcore, and serious woman wouldn’t be more valid than her lighthearted counterpart.

Jessica shows women that they can overcome trauma, abuse, and whatever other horrors lie in their past. Jessica shows women strength in overwhelming odds, and Jessica shows women that even though she’s not always perfect she’s still able to do good–just like they can. Kara shows women that it’s okay to be lighthearted, and that being awkward or goofy doesn’t somehow lessen your worth as a woman. She shows women that you can dress girly, be upbeat and silly, occasionally act like a moron in front of your boss, and still be strong, brave, and go on to do amazing things.

I’m so happy that we have both of these women on TV, because we’re getting to see women portrayed as strong characters without turning them into the strong female character/Action Girl trope. We’re seeing two incredibly different types of women step up, be strong, and save lives. I think that’s awesome, and I can’t wait to see how Captain Marvel and Wonder Woman add to the space. If nothing else, the amount of little girls that I’ve seen swooning over Supergirl tells me that we’re doing something right.

What do you think of Jessica Jones and Supergirl? Do you like that there are two incredibly different superheroes shows out, or do you wish one would go away? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

*I ended up marrying him, so alls well that drools well, I guess…

Jessica Jones Teaser Trailer and Premiere Date Released!

I will be honest with you guys: before the announcement of Netflix’s show, (then-titled AKA Jessica Jones, now simply titled Jessica Jones) I really had no idea who Jessica Jones was. However, since I love Krysten Ritter and superhero movies, I was all-too excited to see what Jessica Jones was all about.

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If you’re like me, and you’ve got no idea who Jessica Jones is, start here, with Jessica Jones: Alias Vol. 1. This is the basic story line:

Meet Jessica Jones. Once upon a time, she was a costumed super hero…but not a very good one. Her powers were unremarkable compared to the amazing abilities of the costumed icons that populate the Marvel Universe. In a city of Marvels, Jessica Jones never found her niche. Now a chain-smoking, self-destructive alcoholic with a mean inferiority complex, Jones is the owner and sole employee of Alias Investigations – a small, private-investigative firm specializing in superhuman cases. When she uncovers the potentially explosive secret of one hero’s true identity, Jessica’s life immediately becomes expendable. But her wit, charm and intelligence just may help her survive through another day.

From the brief descriptions you can find online, it seems that the Netflix series is going to be following the graphic novel fairly closely. The show is said to be a psychological thriller, and though it will take some troubling parts of Jessica’s story farther than what we see in the comic–we’ll see how it ends up actually playing out in the show–I think it’s going to be AMAZING. Beyond the fact that the story looks awesome and I’ll watch any show with a cast full of people like Krysten Ritter and David Tennant, I’m stoked to see a female-led Marvel story come to life–especially while I’m stuck impatiently wait for Captain Marvel to hit the big screen.

Happily, we finally have an official release date for the first season of Jessica Jones, as well as a super-teasey teaser trailer. Check it out:

What did you think of the teaser? Were you familiar with Jessica Jones and her story prior to the show announcement, or are you like me and new to her story? Let me know your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to watch Jessica Jones when it hits Netflix on November 20! 

So You’re Watching an Old Show For the First Time…

There are a ton of great shows on TV these days. With the movie industry going through a fair amount of growing pains, television has really stepped up its game with some truly amazing and captivating programming. The thing is, we don’t all have time to watch All the Shows, and with evil empires like Comcast and Time Warner making cable cost a zillion bucks it can be hard to swing a cable bill. Happily, streaming services have made life a bit more awesome.

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Netflix and Hulu have become the great equalizers, giving more people than ever access to TV shows. Even better, they often carry older shows or international shows, so you can finally watch that show you always heard was so good, or finally check out that one British TV show you always see gifs of on Tumblr. It’s amazing, it’s addicting, and it’s kind of the best thing ever.

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Of course, there’s also a bit of a downer when it comes to Netflix. With all of this access to TV old and new, you’re bound to catch on to a show that’s well past its prime. Maybe you just watched a particularly gnarly episode of Breaking Bad for the first time…

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Gif provided without comment, to avoid spoilers for those of you who are behind the times watching BrBa, like I was.

Your world is rocked. The episode was insane, and you’re filled with All the Feels, and you need to talk about it. You go to work the next day, and you’re all ready to unpack last night’s episode, when you realize…it wasn’t “last night’s” episode. That episode aired several years ago. Everyone else has seen it and moved on. Maybe your friends who watched Breaking Bad live remember the episode and remember the wave of emotion they went through, but they’ve already processed it. They can’t share in the acute fandom feels you’re working through. It’s then you realize the sad, horrible truth. Yes, you’re finally getting to watch that show you’ve been hearing so much about, but you’re watching it late, so the majority of the herd has moved on.

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This is something I’ve really had to work through. I can’t watch a lot of shows live because of my schedule, and there were lots of older movies and television shows that, for one reason or another, I didn’t catch growing up. Whether its watching a show that’s long finished, or starting a show that’s several seasons ahead of me, my viewing habits on Netflix are largely games of catch up. While I love it, and I love discovering shows that I missed out on, it’s hard watching a new show without a ton of people to help you talk it through.

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After all, part of the fun of watching a show being able to process, speculate about the future, and generally fangirl with other people. Because of this–and because I’m someone who is perpetually behind on TV–I’ve worked up a few tips to help you catch up on old shows and make it feel just as special as if you were watching it live on network TV.

Find a buddy to watch the show with you.

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I watched Breaking Bad with my husband, and I’ll be honest, part of what made watching the show such a great experience was being able to watch each episode with someone else. Ideally, find someone who’s never seen the show before–that way you two can experience the show for the first time together–but even finding a friend who is a big fan of the show to watch it with you will be fun. Chances are, watching you experience the show for the first time will make re-watching the show with you super fun for your viewing buddy.

Throw an online watch party.

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Don’t have IRL friends who are willing to watch a show with you? That’s the beauty of the internet, kids. Your options for online watch parties are legion. You can throw a G chat watch party where you can virtually be in the same room with all your web friends, you can live blog, you can live tweet, or you can start a hashtag for people to interact with as they have time. Whatever works best for you.

Tumblr! 

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Seriously, you guys. Tumblr is your best friend when you’re watching an old show for the first time. Right now I’m watching X-Files for the first time, and I’m watching it by myself. Being able to find people still fangirling over the show on Tumblr has been so great. Sure, I’m willing to bet the impending revival has something to do with this, but I’ve been able to find thriving fandoms on Tumblr for all the old shows I’ve watched, from The IT Crowd to Breaking Bad, to a much older, British show called Spaced, and the more recently “finished” show (who knows what’s really next for this show) Arrested Development…trust me, if you’re going to find an active fandom for an old show anywhere, it’s on Tumblr.

Blog About It

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Maybe you can’t find an IRL friend to watch with you, maybe you’re not comfortable with an online watch party, and maybe searching Tumblr for others going crazy over your show isn’t quite doing it for you. If that’s the case, it might be time for you to start blogging about watching the show. If you have an existing blog, maybe just add a weekly or monthly post where you express All the Feels you have for the show. If you don’t have a blog, start one about your experience. If it’s an older show with several seasons like X-Files or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you could totally have enough content to make a pretty hearty blog. Writing up a blog can be pretty therapeutic when you just want to gush about your favorite new-to-you show, and who knows, your blog can maybe even help create a community for other latecomers to the show.

When you’re watching an old show for the first time, you have to work a bit harder to find “your people” who will gush about the show with you. The good news is, you can usually either find or create that community to go through the show with you. It’s just a bit more work than finding fans of a show that is currently on the air. How do you cope with watching an old show for the first time? What are some of your ways to find other fans and first-time viewers? Let me know in the comments! 

5 Fandom Friday: Fandom Guilty Pleasures

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I’ll be honest, this week’s Fandom 5 prompt was…confusing. I wasn’t entirely sure what was meant by “fandom guilty pleasures”, so I decided to define it for myself. So this week I’m going to talk about some of the fandoms I’m apart of that are a bit of a guilty pleasure, and some of the guilty pleasure I indulge in for a few of my fandoms.

Without further ado, here are my guilty pleasure fandoms:

Hanson

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Before you can say it, yes, I do mean the Hanson who introduced the world to the word “mmmbop”, but these guys are actually super active and have done a TON since they were singing nonsensical words. These guys are amazing, and I do everything I can to see them every single time they’re near me. Their concerts are great, they always introduce me to new music, and fellow Hanson fans are some of the friendliest in the world. Everyone always scoffs when I tell them how much I love Hanson, but they are truly a great band. Seriously, you should check out their more recent stuff, starting with their music video for “Thinking ‘Bout Something” (giffed above) that pays homage to The Blues Brothers.

Final Destination

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Is there a Final Destination fandom? If not, there totally should be. I am obsessed with these crazy flicks. Each film is more ridiculous than the last, the ways fate catches up with the characters gets gorier and more cringe-worthy the higher the sequel number, and, conversely, the plot gets thinner with each sequel. The Final Destination franchise sets the gold standard for craptastic horror in my mind.

Guilty pleasure fandoms are great, but we can’t forget those guilty pleasure we indulge in while expressing our love for our favorite fandoms. Here are my top three guilty pleasures to indulge in for my top fandoms:

Mashups

One of my favorite things is to imagine two worlds of fandom coming together. I rarely want them to ever become canonical (SuperWhoLock being one such fandom mashup I love but really don’t want to become canonical), but it’s fun to dream stuff up and surf Tumblr to find all of my fellow fandom members ideas for fandoms to blend. My favorite thing is when the actors take part in the mashup, without making it canonical.

Binging

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When I fall in love with a TV show, I fall hard. One of my favorite things is to go on hearty Netflix binges to really jump into a show. Of course, this does have its downfalls. Not only is there the slight embarrassment of saying you were watching TV for five hours, but there is also the issue of blasting through a TV show too fast. My hubs and I finished Breaking Bad in just over a month. I finished the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt in a few weeks. I re-watched all of Parks and Rec in about three months. Indulging my “Watch ALL the Episodes!” urge is one of my guiltiest fandom pleasures, but I love it SO MUCH. You know what they say, with great binging power comes great responsibility…

Talking and Thinking About My Fandoms WAAAAYYY Too Much

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Seriously, it’s a problem, and it’s only gotten worse since I’ve started blogging. Before Distracted Blogger, I could bring up my various fandoms, but I knew a lot of people didn’t want to hear me rant about Legolas surfing down a staircase on a shield in the Two Towers. Now? People actually ask me about this stuff. They essentially give me a free pass to geek out in public and all over them, so keeping a lid on my geek-versation and geek thoughts is far more challenging than it used to be. Still, I can’t help but love it when someone asks me questions like, “What do you think about the Walking Dead spinoff?”

What are some of your guilty fandom pleasures? Let me know in the comments! Be sure to check out my other Fandom 5 posts, and follow the #Fandom5 hashtag to see what everyone else is talking about today!