Thursday, February 07, 2013

From Irena's perspective…


Well…sort of. In "The Americans" on FX both the husband and wife are KGB spies posing as a regular ole American couple in the 1980's. I heard about this show and was instantly intrigued given Jack and Irena's story in Alias. I also found it amusing that J.J. Abrams' darling Keri Russell plays the wife, which, after seeing her short-but-stellar spy performance in Mission Impossible III, I have no doubt she can pull off.

I haven't watched the show yet, but thought y'all might be interested. The show premiered on Jan. 30, but you can catch up online. If you have seen it, what do you think?

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Homeland

I was able to watch the first 2 episodes of Homeland, season 1. They were edited for On Demand, but it didn't take away from the story at all. I have a love hate relationship with Actor Damian Lewis. I have watched him in a couple series (The Forsyth Saga, Life)and I just had a hard time liking him. But he is perfect for this part. He is Nicholas Brody. He has this hidden anger, this awkward intensity that plays so well in this role. In the first episode, I was having a hard time believing Claire Danes as a CIA officer. She's always played these rather mousy, insecure characters and this woman, Carrie Mathison is one feisty little thing. She's willing to break all the rules, and I like that. I like it a lot. I'm only on the second episode of season 1 and I can tell you, I am already over Jessica Brody. MEH. She's annoying. Anyone agree? I feel like the storyline between her and Nick's best buddy Mike has already been done. It's to be expected, in a show where nothing is suppose to be as it seems. I am loving the premise for this show. I love play between Danes and Lewis, though they rarely do a scene together. I love Actor Mandy Patinkin, who plays Saul, Carrie's somewhat adviser and friend. He is great in this role and the danger, not only dealing with terrorists, but the defying the country you work for, has made for some interesting twists. I'm hooked. I might need to just order Showtime. Ha. Thoughts?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Last Resort

Thoughts? I just saw the promo commercial for this submarine-based, government conspiracy program. I think I may watch. Scott Speedman, 'nough said. He was JJ's very first "Vaughn." Love.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Is there a revolution?

I know that ABC's new series Revolution isn't a part of the spy-genre, but I thought I would throw another interesting topic on the fire. I've seen this sort of revolution or movement of sorts in television lately and I would love your thoughts. We've seen huge blockbuster movies create small screen copycats, writers, producers, directors, actors, feeding off the body of movie that hit it big. For instance, when the Twilight books and movie series came out, all the sudden there was anything and everything vampire. Shows like Vampire Diaries and True Blood have hit it large on the coat tails of one simple idea- fanged day sleepers. This concept hit me last night as I watched Revolution. I began seeing bits of Hunger Games- this young girl, bow and arrow in hand, fitting off militia, living in a District-like republic. Charlie is showing a little bit of Katniss Everdeen, and I'm not mad about it, but it feels familiar. The post-Apocalyptic premise has been done before, but with other series, like Walking Dead (which I am obsessed with by the way) it seems like the end of the world is rather interesting to viewers. My question is, when is enough enough? When are we going to get sick of the vampires and zombies and the wars, diseases and loss of electricity that end society as we know it? How do you think Revolution fare in prime time? Did you watch?

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

I Spy...

...with my little eye, an massive boost in spy television in recent years. Since our beloved show went off the air, scores of new spy-related programming has emerged. JJ Abrams himself has been on-board for many of these projects. This only pushes me to wonder what our obsession is with the spy world? Is it the idea that living among us as secret heroes, traipsing the planet, protecting our freedoms right under our noses? Or is it the constant chase? The notorious, elusive bad guy and the thrill of his (or her) ability to get away and present the next challenge? Let's take a look at some of the other television shows that have revealed the confidential work of the CIA, the FBI, MI6, the KGB, etc. Let's take a look at society as a whole, the population or demographic of the audiences who tune in to these programs. And let's explore why some of these shows, like 24 and Burn Notice have succeeded, while others have failed. I am back and we got some talking to do...

The Return....

Ahem, excuse me...hello? Anyone there? This is GIRLSCOUT speaking!!! Yes, I know, I've been radio silent for about, hmmm, say 6-7 years maybe. I've been thinking a lot about my Alias days and I've been reading over old posts and strings of comments and I can't believe how unbelievably amazing this little site is. I've missed the discussion and the sharing, and while our favorite show is long gone, there is still so much about Alias and new television programming to discuss. This will not be a full blown resurrection, as it were. But it will be the slow start of something great. I am excited to be back in mission-status and hope you'll stick around to see what's next. Hey, SRM?! I remembered my log-in and password!!!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Fall Show Lineup


Mark your calendars, Page48 did a fab job laying out the upcoming Fall lineup for our fav shows. His original post is below:

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So, now that we're in September, it's about time to figure out when shows of interest will either debut or return.

"Revolution" debuts Monday, Sept. 17 at 10:00 p.m. on NBC

H50 returns Monday, Sept. 24 at 10:00 p.m. on CBS

"Last Resort" debuts on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC

POI returns on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 9:00 p.m. on CBS

"Fringe" returns on Friday, Sept. 28 at 9:00 p.m. on FOX

OUAT returns on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 8:00 p.m. on ABC

"Homeland" returns on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 10:00 on Showtime

"Arrow" (I'll give this one a try) debuts on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8:00 p.m. on CW

"The Walking Dead" returns on Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9:00 p.m. on AMC

"Nikita" returns on Friday, Oct. 19 at 9:00 p.m. on CW

"Hunted" debuts on Friday, Oct. 19 at 10:00 p.m. on Cinemax or BBC

"Touch" returns on Friday, Oct.26 at 8:00 p.m. on FOX

"Burn Notice" returns on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 9:00 p.m. on USA

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Non-writer seeks new authors to give blog "lots of soul"


Happy 2012! I commented about this in the last post, but wanted to make sure people saw this call for authors. I apologize for the dead-ness of this blog. I basically inherited it by default of the owner disappearing, and on top of Alias going off the air, my life getting much busier in the last couple years, and not being a writer, writing blog posts is not a priority for me. I would be happy to add folks as authors if they'd like to post articles, and will still follow the blog and comment here and there, but I'm (obviously) not the person to keep it alive. Please let me know if you would like to be an author and I'll set it up!
~SRM