Flesh and Bone

8 Creepy Sibling Relationships…

This Sunday, April 10th, is National Siblings Day, and as someone who has an older brother, I get VERY, VERY creeped out by TV siblings that have sexual relations. Just typing those words nauseates me. I realize that the actors themselves are not actually related, but I still do not like watching it at all. This is my list of characters who have inappropriate family relationships.

1. Cesare and Lucrezia Borgia – The Borgias, played by Francois Arnaud and Holliday Grainger.
From the beginning of the series, Cesare and Lucrezia were always way too close, and often jealous of each other’s love interests, but it was not until the third season that they took their relationship too far. These characters are based on real people and their incest was merely a rumor at the time, people thought that Lucrezia’s first child was in fact her brother’s.



2. Claire and Bryan Robbins – Flesh and Bone, played by Sarah Hay and Josh Helman.
At first, it seems like Bryan had previously raped Claire, and she has come to New York because she is trying to get away from him. But when he tracks her down, she seems to need him near her and also wants him to leave at the same time. Eventually she sleeps with him voluntarily, so it is hard to say exactly what is going on with them. Either way, it is weird and gross.

3. Cersei and Jaime Lannister – Game of Thrones, played by Lena Headey and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
Not only are Cersei and Jaime twins, but all of Cersei’s children are Jaime’s and do not belong to Cersei’s husband, King Robert Baratheon. In the very first episode, Jaime pushes Bran Stark out a window and, at the end of the first season, they have Eddard Stark beheaded in order to keep their secret. Before his death, Ned discovered that they had his predecessor as Hand of the King, Jon Arryn, and King Robert killed as well. Cersei also has several affairs with various Lannister cousins.



4. Helene and Anatole Kuragin – War & Peace, played by Tuppence Middleton and Callum Turner.
In Tolstoy’s novel, this relationship is merely a rumor. However, in the first episode of the mini-series you actually see Anatole climb into bed with his sister, while simultaneously talking to her about their father wanting to find them appropriate marriages. It may be a relatively short scene, but still creepy, none-the-less.

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8 New Fall Shows…

There are a lot of new shows that plan to check out this year, but these are the ones about which I am most excited.

1. Hand of God released September 4th on Amazon Prime, stars Ron Perlman, Dana Delany, Julian Morris, Alona Tal, Andre Royo, Garret Dillahunt, Elizabeth McLaughlin and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Perlman plays a corrupt judge who has a breakdown after his son tries to commit suicide. He starts to believe that God is leading him down a path of vigilante justice. I watched the pilot episode last year and really enjoyed it. This show has a great cast and I am very much looking forward to seeing where they take us in the first season.



2. The Bastard Executioner premieres on FX, stars Lee Jones, Stephen Moyer, Katey Sagal, Flora Spencer-Longhurst, Sam Spruell, Sarah Sweeney, Danny Sapani, Kurt Sutter, Darren Evans, Timothy V. Murphy, Sarah White, Ethan Griffiths and Elen Rhys. Set in 14th century Wales, this show follows Wilkin Brattle as he decides to abandon his life as a warrior and become a journeyman executioner. I am still in mourning over the loss of Sons of Anarchy, so I am hoping this will fill that hole in my heart.



3. Blindspot premieres on September 21st on NBC, stars Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Rob Brown, Audrey Esparza, Ashley Johnson and Ukweli Roach. A woman is found naked inside a duffle bag in Times Square and she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. The only clues she has are the tattoos that cover her body, which include the name of FBI Agent Kurt Weller. It has been described as a ‘procedural with a twist,’ I just hope that it does not get too bogged down in the procedural, and that the twists are feel organic. There is nothing I hate more than twists just for the sake of twists. That being said, I think this show looks great and I have high hopes for it.



4. Heroes Reborn premieres September 24th on NBC, stars Zachary Levi, Judith Shekoni, Jack Coleman, Henry Zebrowski, Robbie Kay, Gatlin Green, Danika Yarosh, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan Guzman, Rya Kihlstedt, Masi Oka, Greg Grunberg, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Noah Gray-Cabey and Jimmy Jean-Louis. Four years after Claire Bennet revealed the existence of people with special abilities (a.k.a. Evos) a terrorist attack decimated Odessa, Texas. The Evos were blamed for the event and have gone into hiding or are on the run. I recently rewatched the original series in preparation. I loved the show when it started, but gave up halfway through season three, so it was interesting to see where the show had ended up. This reboot seems a little grittier and hopefully refocuses on the human aspects of these people with extraordinary abilities.

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