Throwback Thursday: The White Queen

In preparation for The White Princess, which premieres April 16th on Starz, I thought I would repost my blog about its prequel The White Queen, which was originally posted at Aye, Tortuga!. I updated a few sections, otherwise, these were my first thoughts about the series.

I am really enjoying The White Queen, but no one else seems to be talking about this summer mini-series. The show is based on The Cousins’ War book series by Philippa Gregory and focuses on Elizabeth Woodville (wife of Edward IV), Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry Tudor), and Anne Neville (wife of Richard III).

The story begins in 1464 during the Wars of the Roses. The House of York and the House of Lancaster are at odds over who is the rightful King of England. With the help of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, also known as “The Kingmaker,” the Yorkist Edward IV has taken the throne. He soon falls in love with and secretly marries a Lancastrian commoner named Elizabeth Woodville. Warwick feels betrayed by this marriage, and threatened by Elizabeth’s family, and begins to make plans to regain power. Part of this plan involves using his daughters, Anne and Isabelle, as bargaining chips. Still loyal to dethroned Lancastrian King Henry VI, Margaret Beaufort believes that her son is destined to one day be king and does everything in her power to keep him safe from the Yorkists who would seek to destroy the Lancaster line.

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Quotes of the Week: March 5-18

I was out of town last weekend, so these are my favorite quotes from the past two weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Mercy Street
Major McBurney: See that he sees to it.
Dr. Hale: And I’ll see that she sees to seeing to that …sir.

Mary: A better world is coming.

Black Sails
Max: How could we all have sacrificed so much and none of us has anything to show for it?

Big Little Lies
Madeline:She wouldn’t leave if she knew I had cancer.
Ed: Well, you don’t have cancer.
Madeline: But, I’d be willing to get it.

Time After Time
Wells: The man who raises his fists first is the man out of ideas.

Supergirl
Kara: Supergirl is what I can do. Kara is who I am.

Travelers
Mrs. Bloom: I know what happened, dear. I’m from the future.

The Flash
H.R.: I found my place. It’s standing here, with these people, against you.

Barry: Fear makes us do a lot of things that we shouldn’t.

This Is Us
Randall: You got white doves?
Beth: They don’t make black ones, Randall.

The Americans
Claudia: Nothing scares those two.
Gabriel: Everything scares those two.

Legion
Syd: Who teaches us to be normal when we’re one of a kind?

The Vampire Diaries
Stefan: Let me do this for you.
Damon: No.
Stefan: Then let me do this for me. Please.

Stefan: It’s good to see you, Elena.

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8 Musical Moments…

I am very excited for the upcoming Supergirl/The Flash musical crossover, and am especially hoping for a Jeremy Jordan/Jesse L. Martin duet of some kind. In preparation for this episode, I started thinking about some of my other favorite musical television moments.

1. Smash – Don’t Forget Me
There were a lot of great performances in this series, but this one still gives me chills. While I do feel that ultimately Ivy made the better Marilyn, I was rooting for Karen when this finale episode aired and this performance, in particular, really moved me.



2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Going Through the Motions??
This is not necessarily my favorite number from this episode, but it is the one that set the tone. A musical demon is making everyone sing their feelings, and sometimes those feelings are things people have been keeping hidden from everyone else. Since Buffy was brought back from the dead, she has been ‘going through the motions’ and she’s finally admitting it out loud.



3. One Tree Hill – Brooklyn
This was really the first show that made music into one of its characters instead of just something to set the mood in certain scenes. Grubbs only stuck around for one season as the bartender at Tric, and was played by Wakey Wakey’s Mike Grubbs. For some reason, his acoustic performance of Brooklyn has always stuck with me. I could not find a clip of the actual scene, but here is another performance of this great song.



4. Eli Stone – Faith
Eli is a San Francisco lawyer and he begins to have visions that encourage him to choose more virtuous cases. In this first episode, he believes that God is speaking to him through George Michael. It was a brilliant, but short-lived, series.

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Quotes of the Week: February 26-March 4

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Black Sails
Madi: It will be difficult, but since when did we expect it to be anything else?

Israel: You don’t know, hmm? You don’t know? Why should I follow you if you don’t know? Why would anyone? I don’t give a shit what goes on in there. Fuck Flint. Don’t fuck Flint. Fuck Billy. Don’t fuck Billy. I don’t give a shit what you choose, but fucking choose! And don’t make me suffer the thinking. Worry ain’t a good look for a king. Not in a kingdom like this, where loyalty is in short supply.

Big Little Lies
Madeline: I love my grudges. I tend to them like little pets.

Supergirl
Winn: Holy Cadmus creme egg!

Mon-El: What do we do?
Kara: We get up.
Mon-El: Yeah, we do.

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8 More Mid-Season Shows…

Several more premiere dates have been announced since I made my original lists, and I needed to include some of my favorite shows, as well as a few new shows that I am excited to check out.

1. The Americans, season 5 premieres March 7th on FX, stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys, Noah Emmerich, Holly Taylor, Keidrich Sellati, Costa Ronin, Frank Langella, and Margo Martindale. The idea of Russian spies operating within the United States hits a little too close to home these days, but this show is set in the ’80s, so we can still pretend it is mostly fiction, right? This is one of the best shows on television right now, and each season it continues to get better.



2. Hand of God, season 2 will be available March 10th on Amazon, stars Ron Perlman, Andre Royo, Alona Tal, Julian Morris, Garret Dillahunt, Dana Delany, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Cleavon McClendon, Elizabeth McLaughlin, Johnny Ferro, and Maximiliano Hernández. Judge Pernell Harris is facing trial for the murder of a cop. His visions are exposing a conspiracy that is bigger than he could have imagined, but his wife is still not on board. Is God speaking through him? Or is he losing his mind? I really enjoyed the first season of this show. It was not perfect, but it was intriguing, and I am interested to see where it goes.



3. Tangled, the movie Tangled Before Ever After will air March 10th on Disney Channel, Tangled: The Series will premiere March 24th, stars Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Clancy Brown, Julie Bowen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Diedrich Bader, Jonathan Banks, M.C. Gainey, Sean Hayes, Jeremy Jordan, James Monroe Iglehart, Richard Kind, Peter MacNicol, Jeffrey Ross, Jeffrey Tambor, Eden Espinosa, and Paul F. Tompkins. The truth is, I probably will not regularly watch this, because it is on the Disney Channel, and I am not really their target demographic. However, I love that this has been turned into a television show, and I will definitely make sure that my niece watches it, because she already loves the movie.



4. Shots Fired, the series premiere is March 22nd on Fox, stars Sanaa Lathan, Stephan James, Stephen Meyers, Will Patton, Mack Wilds, Aisha Hinds, Clare-Hope Ashitey, Conor Leslie, Dewanda Wise, Richard Dreyfuss, Helen Hunt, and Jill Hennessy. This 10-episode event series takes a look at our criminal justice system and centers around two fatal shootings in a small Southern town. This is extremely topical, and I have been reading some good reviews, so I am interested to see what they do.


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Quotes of the Week: February 19-25

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Mercy Street
Jimmy: If I’m not the black sheep, I hardly know what I’ll be.

Black Sails
Flint: All life begins with violence and wailing.

Silver: We are at our least rational when we are at our most vulnerable.

The Royals
Helena: Live your life. Chase whatever makes your heart race.

Jasper: What’s wrong with you?
Sara Alice: The princess is leaving. What’s wrong with you?
Jasper: The princess is leaving.

Jasper: I know I hurt you, and I’m not expecting you to just run back into my arms but, if you leave this palace behind, don’t leave us behind. You’re my girl, Princess. And I’m gonna love you no matter what.

Big Little Lies
Bonnie: None of us really see things as they are. We see things as we are.

Supergirl
Kara: You can’t just put me in a wedding dress!
Mr. Mxyzptlk: Why not? It’s Vera Wang.

Kara: You can’t force love, Mxyzptlk. You have to let it find you.

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Quotes of the Week: February 12-18

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Black Sails
Captain Berringer: The time calls for dark men to do dark things.

The Royals
Lord Westcott: We saw a king today, and it wasn’t you.

Jane the Virgin
Alba: It will always feel different. You’ll always feel different. But you will be okay. And your life will be beautiful again. Just in different ways.

New Girl
Kim: I don’t have to explain myself to a chimney sweep!

Timeless
Wyatt: We gotta get outta here right now.
Rufus: We’re just supposed to leave him here like this?
Wyatt: What do you wanna do? Wait for the cops? We don’t have IDs. I’m wearing button-fly jeans from The Gap! There’s nothing we can do.

Arrow
Oliver: We don’t run from hard choices. We rise up and we face tomorrow together.

Riverdale
Kevin: What was it like before she got here? I honestly cannot remember.

The Vampire Diaries
Damon: People do forgive, and when they do redemption *is* possible.

8 Muslim Characters…

This was, unfortunately, a much harder list to put together than my lists of Jewish and Christian characters. While we have started to slowly move away from the stereotype of Muslim characters only being depicted as terrorists, there still are not very many who are lead or recurring characters on mainstream television shows. I will preface this by saying I do not watch all of these shows, so I apologize if my descriptions of any of the characters is wrong.

1. Nasir Khan – The Night Of, played by Riz Ahmed
Nasir is Pakistani-American college student, born and raised in Queens, NY, who is accused of murdering a girl on the Upper West Side. He is denied bail when the District Attorney uses his Pakistani background to claim that he is a “flight risk.”

2. Nimah and Raina Amin – Quantico, played by Yasmine Al Massri
Arab-American twin sisters from Michigan who begin training for the FBI as one person to see if they could do the same while undercover in the field. Raina is the more conservative of the two, and the one that wears a hijab.

3. Arastoo Vaziri – Bones, played by Pej Vahdat
One of the Squinterns working at the Jeffersonian, he is originally from Iran but was exiled for his political views. His family still resides in the country, and Arastoo is allowed to visit Tehran when his brother is diagnosed with a brain tumor.

4. Aliyah Shadeed – American Crime, played by Regina King
The sister of drug addict Carter Nix, who has been accused of murder, she is relentless in trying to prove her brother’s innocence. She is American-born and a convert to Islam.

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Quotes of the Week: February 5-11

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Mercy Street
Chaplain Hopkins: In her grief is found our purpose. To comfort, not to confront.

Supergirl
M’gann: I’m brave because you showed me how to be.

Timeless
Josephine Baker: You know, Ernest calls them the Lost Generation, but I think he stole that from Gertrude.
Lucy: Lost Generation. I get it.
Josephine: Oh? How so?
Lucy: All seen too much violence. Aimless, confused, don’t know what’s right or wrong, good or bad.
Josephine: Sounds like you’re not just talking about them.
Lucy: I’m, uh… I-I was a teacher.
Josephine: Hmm.
Lucy: A good one. I loved the research, the facts. I love facts, they’re solid. You can trust them. Your personal life might be a mess, but you always have the facts. It’s like… standing on concrete. But then you realize you’re standing on quicksand, and nothing’s true.
Josephine: You know, you’re wrong about one thing.
Lucy: What’s that?
Josephine: When Ernest calls them the Lost Generation, he doesn’t mean aimless. He means battered. Broke down. But getting ready to stand back up. There’s a difference.
Lucy: I like that.

Wyatt: You can call it fate, or God, or the Force, but I am meant to do something. I am meant to protect the both of you. I see that now, and I will.
Lucy: You realize you sound like a crazy person, right?
Rufus: Mm-hmm.
Wyatt: I sound like you.
Lucy: Exactly.

This Is Us
Sophie: You better be dying. And soon. But you’re not, are you? No. Look at you. You’re glowing. God, that’s is so annoying. Why don’t you age?

Bones
Brennan: You’d think after 12 years you could handle a little viscera with your oatmeal.

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Quotes of the Week: January 29-February 4

These are my favorite quotes from the past week, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Black Sails
Silver: If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t considered killing you in months.

Victoria
Victoria: I have decided to go to Windsor.
Lord M: On a Wednesday?
Victoria: Yes. You know how fond I am of trees.

Albert: For me, this is not a marriage of convenience.
Victoria: No. I think it will be a marriage of inconvenience. But I have no choice.
Albert: Neither do I.

The Royals
Jasper: Maybe that’s what you need to see. She’s moving on, you can move on and never look back.
Liam: You give some shit advice sometimes, you know that? “She’s moving on”?… Eleanor had a date today.
Jasper: What? With who?
Liam: Just some naked prince. You tell me. That help you?
Jasper: No, you’re right. That was shit advice. It just actually made it so much worse.

Supergirl
Mon-El: I thought James was a professionally handsome desk person.

Livewire: You know what I love? Little boys who think they can do a better job than the woman who’s an *actual* superhero.

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