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8 Series Finales…

In honor of last weekend’s season finales of Turn: Washington’s Spies and Orphan Black (which were both fantastic), I have made a list of other favorite series finales. Most of these finales are attached to personal memories, and some are just really good episodes of television. All these shows affected me in different ways at different times in my life, but I felt a real sense of loss when they ended. There were a couple great finales this year, but I did not include them because it is likely they will make my list of Best Episodes of 2017. As long as you do not watch the videos, there should not be any big spoilers.

1. Sex and the City: I was in high school when this show started, and I used to watch it at night when my parents were in bed, because my mother would have never approved. When I got to college, it was the show that everyone watched. It ended my junior year in college and I remember watching it with my roommates at our apartment in Elon, North Carolina. I would actually have preferred for Carrie to end up with Aiden, but I was happy with the way the other three women’s stories were wrapped up.



2. Parenthood: Jason Katims knows how to do a series finales, as evidenced by Friday Night Lights also being on this list. I do not like too much ambiguity in my series finales, and this let me know that the Bravermans would all be okay. I watched this finale at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas surrounded by other Parenthood fans for an ATX Television Festival event. There was something cathartic being in a theater full of people, all of whom were sobbing.



3. Sons of Anarchy: I got into SOA in the middle of season three. I had put off watching it because of the subject matter, but could not ignore the critics raving about it. It also came to me at a time in my life when I needed to just completely lose myself in a world so unlike my own. When I moved to Austin, I bonded with one of my new friends over our love of Charlie Hunnam and the show, and we started watching the episodes together each week at my apartment. Obviously, I wish every character could have had a happy ending, but that is not what this show was about. It was about dealing with the consequences of the life each of them had chosen, and the actions they had taken along the way.



4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I do not really have a fun story for where I was when I watched the finale of this show. I actually think I was alone in my parent’s basement, which sounds kind of creepy. I got into this show late, and I don’t think I had even caught up on all the seasons yet, but wanted to watch the finale live. I did not really know what was happening at the time, but have obviously gone back and watched the entire series several times since then. This speech still brings me to tears every time I watch it:

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Quotes of the Week: July 23-August 5

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.

Game of Thrones
Lady Olenna: The Lords of Westeros are sheep. Are you a sheep? No. You’re a dragon. Be a dragon.

Grantchester
Sidney: It’s one thing for someone to accuse you of not belonging. It’s another to know it in your heart that they’re right.

The Bold Type
Oliver: Real is good. Real is what makes you who you are.

Younger
Liza: You sure know a lot for denying you have anything to do with the stuff.
Redmond: Well, what else am I supposed to do alone on a Friday night after an entire bottle of rosé and seeing an ex on Instagram with his new boy toy in Costa Rica?

Killjoys
Gander: I can give you whatever you hunger for.
Delle Seyah: Said every gross man ever.

Wynonna Earp
Dolls: Neutral men are the devil’s allies.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Mary: The man you are is a man who would do anything for his friends.

Robert: Those whose sit on the picket fence are impaled by it.

Orphan Black
Felix: My sister and I are orphans, you see, and, um, we could’ve ended up anywhere. We could’ve ended up in any family. And if we had, we would’ve been entirely different people. But my mum, Siobhan, this woman, come on, this woman… This woman, she chose us as her own. We are who we are because she carried two little London urchins on her wings to Canada. Watching her raise my sister, watching my sister raise her own daughter, finding my biological sister… it’s quite mad. It’s taught me that we are all… mysterious works of chance. Of choice. Of nature versus nurture. So, to my galaxy of women, thank you for the nurture.

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Quotes of the Week: July 9-22

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.

Grantchester
Sidney: This is the life we are here for. We owe it to ourselves to live it.

Preacher
Jesse: This woman last night, she told me about some secret organization with designs on world domination. You know about that?
Cassidy: Yeah. Sure. Which one? Is it Z.O.G.? Rosicrucians, Reptilians? Secret society of alien lizards. They impersonate celebrities in an attempt to take over the planet through popular culture. Is that it?
Jesse: …No.

Will
Alice: You’re a man. Don’t talk to me about not being free.

Marlowe: Greatness comes at a cost. Yours is to endure your guilt.

Animal Kingdom
Smurf: Everything’s fine. Bring your gun.

The Bold Type
Kat: Open a bottle of gin. Chase it with nothing. Start typing.

Sutton: I can’t have my hand up there an hour before I’m supposed to shake it with the entire ad sales team.

Suits
Harvey: You know I have more than one trick, right?
Mike: No, I kow you think you do, but just because you put on a different costume doesn’t make it a different trick.
Harvey: Yeah, I liked you better when you were drunk.
Mike: I liked you better when I was drunk too.

Queen of the South
El Santo: I will not be infected by your faithless deals!
Teresa: And yet, here we are.

Guero: I’m not saying I’m not gonna kill you. I just…I’m not gonna kill you right now.

Killjoys
Banyan: I thought you were just the funny one.
Johnny: I multitask.

D’avin: I know I should feel worse about punching an old blind dude, but I don’t, and I’m cool with that.

Playing House
Maggie: I want to shove my mouth full of meat, and then I wanna hit the dance floor!

Bob the Drag Queen: We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag!

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Anna: I don’t just have a job to do. I have a job to pretend to do.

Orphan Black
Krystal: She’s been poisoned…by big cosmetics. What about that is confusing?

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Quotes of the Week: June 25-July 8

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.

Grantchester
Archdeacon Atubo: We must put duty above our own needs. We must lead by example.

Preacher
Tulip: We’re in Texas. They pretty much grow dumb-ass crazy here.

Fiore: This is my only hesitation at helpin’ you, Preacher. My only hesitation, whatsoever. And that is…I really don’t…give a shit!

iZombie
Chase: I wish I had the luxury of hoping we could all just get along.

Broadchurch
Ellie: I think you should say sorry to Brian.
Alec: …Sorry, Brian.
Brian: And you wonder why we call him ‘shitface.’

Younger
Kelsey: Are you crazy?
Liza: No. Yes. I don’t know anymore. Probably.

Killjoys
D’avin: Hey, remember when we used to just catch bad guys? Yeah, that was fun.

Playing House
Zach: If you fall down, you’re gonna get back up again.
Bruce: Like Chumbawumba?
Zach: I don’t know what that is.
Bruce: Doesn’t matter.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Mr. Rivington: One cannot speak truth to power if power has no use for truth.

Abe: Anything I did, right or wrong, I did for you.

Doctor Who
Master: Is the future gonna be all girl?
Doctor: We can only hope.

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Quotes of the Week: June 7-17

Since the ATX Television Festival, my schedule has been little wonky. So, here are my favorite quotes from the past two and a half weeks, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

Orphan Black
Alison: Poop on a stoop!

I’m Dying Up Here
Edgar: That is not how a bladder functions.
Gabe: Shut up, Edgar. I’m Jewish, you’re Mexican, which automatically makes me closer to being a doctor than you.

Downward Dog
Martin: I think, so often I forget the really, really obvious things in life. Because I don’t think it’s all that hard to be happy. I…I think you just have to be grateful. Like, you have to remember to be grateful for what’s right in front of you. Because me and Nan are really, really different. Like…like, we’re, like, 60% compatible at best. And, like, we have these huge issues we have to work out. But, like, when you’re always running around looking for what’s wrong with everything you just – you just end up miserable. Yeah, like, I’m a trash dog and she’s, like, a fancy lady, but we have each other, and that’s what’s important. We’re not alone. And for that…for that I’m honestly, really, truly grateful.

Martin: One thing I’ve always wanted to ask is just, like, what if we never got out of bed? Like, ever. Why are we so convinced it would be bad? Like, that might – that might solve everything. Or we could not try my suggestion, and we could just, like, keep getting out of bed every day expecting somehow to achieve a different result, even though that’s the actual dictionary definition of insanity. I mean, I don’t know. Maybe it’s worth a try.

iZombie
Liv: He escaped.
Justin: How’d that happen?
Liv: Said the guy who showed up late.

Fargo
Emmit: A lie is not a lie if you believe it’s true.

Doctor Who
Bill: You’re not cowards. You’re scared. Scared is fine. Scared is human.

Doctor: That’s the trouble with hope. It’s hard to resist.

Turn: Washington’s Spies
Judge Woodhull: When the consequence of the day rears its head, then we’ll know what we learned.

Orphan Black
Rachel: You can be part of this change, or you can be part of the past.

Kira: I want to know why I’m like this!

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8 Bye Bye Birdie Dream Castings…

NBC announced last October that they were going to do a live production of one of my all-time favorite musicals, Bye Bye Birdie, with Jennifor Lopez producing and playing Rose Alvarez. Nobody else has been cast yet, so these are some of my dream casting choices for the main singing roles. A few of them may be completely unrealistic, but I am still putting them out into the universe just in case.

1. Zachary Levi as Albert F. Peterson
As soon as I saw him in She Loves Me last summer, I knew that he would be perfect for this role. I grew up watching Dick Van Dyke, and I think that Levi has a lot of that same earnestness and heart.



2. Selena Gomez as Kim McAfee
Not only does Gomez have a great voice, but she has that sweet, innocent quality that embodies Kim. She also has the ability to be a little edgier for Kim’s night out on the town with Conrad.



3. Jeremy Jordan as Conrad Birdie
For Conrad, the hip twitch is very important. I mean, he makes women faint with his hips. For the life of me, I could not find a good clip of Jordan dancing, but he has done plenty of Broadway shows, so I think he can pull it off. If nothing else, he definitely has the sincere bad boy thing down, and an incredible voice. I mean…



4. Grant Gustin as Hugo Peabody
He has that sweet, slightly nerdy quality that Hugo possesses. I am hoping that, for this production, they use the film version of ‘A Lot of Livin’ to Do,’ because Hugo does not sing in the Broadway version of the song.

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Throwback Thursday: Orphan Black

In preparation for Saturday’s final Orphan Black season premiere, I thought I would share the blog I wrote after watching the first season, which was originally posted at Aye, Tortuga!. I updated a few sections, otherwise, these were my first thoughts about the series.

I follow a lot of entertainment-related people on my Twitter account. I also tend to follow people that I agree with so, sometimes my perception of what the majority of people are actually watching and enjoying is a little skewed. From my Facebook feed, it seems like most of my friends have not yet discovered one of my new favorite shows, so I thought I would try to change that, especially considering those same friends compose the majority of my readers. (Sadly, this fact has not changed much since that first season but, there are a few more Clone Club members now.)

Over the past month, my Twitter timeline has been a constant love-fest for new show Orphan Black. I was not initially planning to watch this show, but I could not ignore the loud voices telling me how amazing it was, and I am very glad that I gave into the peer pressure. They were right and you should all be watching it as well.

While it was actually airing, I had only seen a few posts here and there about this new BBC America series but, again, mostly from entertainment writers and bloggers and mostly from the same few people. However, after hearing about Tatiana Maslany for four days straight at Season 2 of the ATX Television Festival, I decided I should probably see what everyone was talking about.

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Quotes of the Week: May 28-June 6

Since the ATX Television Festival is starting tomorrow, my schedule is a little wonky this week. So, here are my favorite quotes from the past week and a half, mostly from shows currently on the air, but also other random things I happen to be watching.

The White Princess
Duchess of Burgundy: We are none of us fearless, ma fleur tremblante. But we are women and we do what we must do.

Lady Margaret: Men are weak. Swayed by beauty. Women must be stronger.

Lucifer
Trixie: You don’t have to speak in code. I can handle adult stuff.

Downward Dog
Nan: Is it a bad sign if I like my dog less because he’s into Kevin?

iZombie
Clive: How do you like old Earl now, ya damn dirty lich?

Blaine: That’s from an impotent proctologist, by the way. Enjoy!

Fargo
Sy: The world… the world is wrong.
Esther: What are you sayin’, huh?
Sy: It looks like my world, but everything’s different.

Doctor Who
Missy: Your version of good is not absolute.

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8 Returning Summer Shows…

I know you have all been waiting anxiously for this list, so here are the returning shows that I am mostly looking forward to watching this summer.

1. Animal Kingdom, season two premieres May 30th on TNT, stars Scott Speedman, Finn Cole, Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Molly Gordon, Aamya Deva Keroles, and Ellen Barkin. The Cody family dynamic has flipped in this second season, as the boys start to turn on their mother after a heist goes wrong. Baz, Pope, Craig, and Deran each begin to plan their next moves, while J is stuck in the middle, still trying to figure out where he belongs. I was not sure if I would like this show when it started last summer, but it is dark and gritty, with some humor weaved throughout. It is a fun summer drama.



2. Kingdom, season three premieres May 31st on Audience, stars Matt Lauria, Jonathan Tucker, Nick Jonas, Kiele Sanchez, Joanna Going, Natalie Martinez, Talia Shire, Kirk Acevedo, and Frank Grillo. Alvey and Lisa are still dealing with the loss of their son, while also trying to keep their gym afloat. Nate has finally admitted that he is gay, but is not entirely comfortable in his new relationship. And, as always, Ryan and Jay are sorting through their own demons, with a potential rematch still on the horizon. This show is so fantastic, and I am disappointed that more people are not watching it. The entire cast have continued to blow me away with their performances from episode to episode. As this is, sadly, the final season, I fully expect them to knock us on our asses, and I cannot wait.



3. Orphan Black, season five premieres June 10th on BBC America, stars Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Kristian Bruun, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, Evelyne Brochu, Josh Vokey, Skyler Wexler, and Maria Doyle Kennedy. Another one of my favorite shows is coming to an end this summer, and I am not okay with it. I have been rewatching the entire series to prepare for this final trip, and it gets better and better with each viewing. I continue to be amazed by the cast and, after four seasons, still need to remind myself that Tatiana Maslany plays half of the major roles. I cannot wait to see how they wrap up the story of these sestras, but will be sad to see it go.



4. The Great British Baking Show, season four premieres June 16th on PBS, stars Mary Berry, Paul Hollywood, Sue Perkins, and Mel Giedroyc. I have to admit, I was skeptical of this baking show when I first watched it with my mother while home for Christmas a few years ago, but I was hooked after the very first episode. This aired in the United Kingdom last Fall and is the final season with the original hosts. Bring on the crazy technical challenges and baking puns!

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Quotes of the Week: May 14-27

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.

The White Princess
Dowager Queen Elizabeth: What will you say to God when you see him? How will you explain all that blood on your hands?

American Gods
Zorya: You believe in nothing, so you have nothing.

Mr. Wednesday: So you didn’t believe ’til you did, and then the world changed because you believed.

Supergirl
Cat: I can imagine that you’re feeling afraid, and feeling like your world is spinning out of control but believe me, you have a power. And right now, you have a job to do. Resist. Resist these invaders with everything you’ve got. They come with empty promises and closed fists. They promise to make our world great again, and yet they know nothing about the people who make this world great. They think they can con us. And if that doesn’t work, what, they’re going to beat us into submission? They have no idea who they’re up against. Aliens and humans, we need to band together, and we need to stand up and fight back. Everyone needs to be a superhero. Everyone needs to get up and say, ‘Not in my house!’ Let’s prove to these thugs that we are strong, and we’re united, and we are not going to be conquered.

Lucifer
Linda: You’re trying to Parent Trap God and the Divine Goddess?!

Jane the Virgin
Rafael: When I think of family, you’re who I see.

Brockmire
Jim: You ever made eye contact with someone while they stuck a finger farther and farther up your butt? And you don’t know how much more you can handle, but they do?
Joe Buck: I am in the bathroom right now.
Jim: Ah, just answer the question, Joe.
Joe Buck: I was born in Florida. Of course I’ve had a finger in my ass.
Jim: Then you know what it’s like to be in love, Joe Buck.

12 Monkeys
Jones: My friend’s friend is no more trustworthy than my enemy’s enemy.

Jennifer: Okay, egg, listen up. You’re gonna see something weird. Don’t be scared, okay?
Young Jennifer: Okay, chicken.

Jones: No god shall forgive us this sin. Perhaps none should. For that, all we have is each other.

Athan: The history I’ve seen is one of great women sung badly by clumsy men.

Deacon: It’s the beginning.
Jennifer: The beginning of the end.

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