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Summer Shows

Hello all four of you! Are you ready to read another exciting installment of me babbling and forgetting what I originally wanted to say when I started this post? I hope so, because that’s about to happen!

Spring and fall. Two seasons which hold you captive to your couch because all your favorite shows are on. Sure some take place during the winter too but many shows take a hiatus during the holiday season as so not to lose viewers (although with my shows that always seems to backfire). As May rolls around and shows get renewed/cancelled (still not going to let Revolution go) and the season/series finals come upon us we are left in despair because for the next three months, or longer for some shows. We will have to go on with our daily lives without wondering what is going to happen next week on the talking box. Some people go on vacation, some people get jobs, others take summer courses, but there are the few, like me, that stay inside all day. Now watching Jerry Springer reruns are entertaining, but my mind turns to mush after about ten minutes. Luckily the big networks realize they need to fill the empty time slots with something other than a news broadcast and they create……. wait for it…….. wait for it……… SUMMER TV SHOWS! *cheering! excitement!*

I have realized that some of these summer shows, which are usually forgotten about and don’t really have a chance of surviving, are really good. Or the commercials make them really good and I have my DVR set to record them. And then there are the ones that I could care less about which are the ones that do get renewed because the TV people like to watch me suffer.  Some of the shows that are airing now that I enjoy are: Black Box, The Legend Of Korra, Dominion, The Wil Wheaten Project, The leftovers, and Defiance. Some shows that haven’t aired yet (or I forgot to check my DVR) are: Extant, The Surge, and The Bridge. And finally, two shows that I am going to mention that I don’t watch are TeenWolf and Under the Dome. Now is for the fun part where I go into detail about all of these shows for no reason other than I don’t know how to blog.

Black Box is surprisingly not a sci-fi show but I enjoy it. It follows the day to day lif of a woman who works in neuroscience. She has Bi-Polar disorder which she has to keep secret from almost everyone. Dr. Black, our protagonist, is engaged to a man who wants to live a peaceful live and she is cheating on him with a surgeon she works with and drama unfolds. She also has a daughter but not wanting to be like her whack-a-do mom she let her brother and his wife adopt the kid so that she can still see her daughter and be in her life without screwing her up. I am really bad with pronouns. [Edit:] Sadly this show did not get renewed, it left off with a little bit of a cliff-hanger but I wont dread on it [:End edit].

Legend Of Korra is the steampunk-esque sequel to Avatar The Last Airbender which was my all time favorite cartoon growing up. It didn’t start as a summer show but I guess it was only able to manage a time slot for this season during these months. Like everyone, I believe ATLA was way better but I like how this show is too. There are some clichés that get annoying or some things that I am waiting to get fixed but all in all I find it a pretty good and exciting show. [Edit: This show has now come to an end, finishing up with four great seasons [:End edit].

Dominion is a futuristic show where angels decided to slaughter us and there is only one good guy angel who has kept the humans alive to fight another day. It’s not the best show but it is interesting. Plus, the guy who plays Nathan in Repo! The Genetic Opera (one of the best movies EVER) is in the show and he is one of the human bad guys.

The Wil Wheaten Project. Syfy’s 30 minutes a week to keep up with all things sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. It is in a comedy show format and I enjoy Wil’s commentary very much. And yes it is one L, not two. I wish that that show was able to take up an hour time slot so that more could be put into it but since this is only the first season Syfy probably wanted to test it out and see how people would react. [Edit:] Sadly this show did not get renewed [:End edit].

The Leftovers is a show on HBO which depicts some small town America after some sort of judgement day/rapture occurred. All season it was a pretty complex show but it was very exciting seeing how everyone was affected by the loss of their loved ones. The main characters were a family that has since been torn apart. They didn’t lose anyone in particular in the rapture thingy but each member of the family saw someone disappear and each of the family members have dealt with it in different ways.

Defiance is a show that I mentioned in an earlier post. It is about a futuristic Earth where aliens and humans live side by side. This season is much darker and complex than the last season was and there are many more mysteries that are about. This can also be due to the fact that I binge-watched the first season and I have realized that binge watching has a way different effect on a show than watching it week by week when it is on.

Now for the shows that have yet to air. Extant looks like another alien show. The Surge looks like a zombie apocalypse show that isn’t The Walking Dead. and The Bridge just looks plain creepy. If I had waited a week or two for these shows to air I would have more info on them but oh well.

Now to the shows I don’t watch.

Teen Wolf I am only mentioning it because one of my friends on Facebook updates her status every minute when she watches tv and during the week she shares way too many pictures of the cast members and such. I think that werewolves and vampires have been played out for the next three decades (zombies are getting close to that point too) and also, anything that starts with Teen or has teen in their title just can’t be that good. I don’t care how hot the actors are (or aren’t). This is not a show for me.

Under the Dome is supposed to be based off Stephen King’s book but isn’t. The directors wanted to take this excellent 1074 paged book that I read in about a month to prepare for the show and butcher it up in tiny pieces and make their own story out of the ruins. And Mr. King is pleased with it! I only watched 1.5 episodes last season before I couldn’t take it and gave up. They made someone who was completely innocent in the story kill someone within the first ten minutes of the series. That should have been the moment I stopped watching but instead I tried to give it a chance to see if it would improve. It didn’t. I know that the book only lasts a week and they wanted to make the show last longer than that but come on, so many things were changed and it disgusts me. And that folks is why you don’t read the book before seeing the tv/movie adaptation (I wont listen to my own advice).

And there you have it, a list of some of the summer shows that I have noticed these past few weeks. I figure I should mention that my brother and dad are enjoying this season’s 24 very much. If one or both of the last two paragraphs upset you  I don’t and never will care (yes I know at least one of you reading this is offended by the Teen Wolf thing but you should know me by now and I wont get in the way of you continuing to watch that show). Are there any summer shows that you like that you hope gets renewed or even placed into regular programming? I just remembered that last summer I watched a show called Siberia that probably will not get renewed because of low ratings, but what can you do?


[Edit]: I came in here to fix some typos but I decided to update you all on my summer show watching. Extant proved to be an excellent show and may be having it’s season finale soon. The Surge was actually a vampire show and it was kinda confusing so I gave up watching it. The Bridge turned out to be a second season so I didn’t bother with that. And finally I will add four and a half more shows to this list (I say a half cause one is just reruns of a show that I missed during regular season but season 2 will return in October).

The Quest is a reality show with a fantasy plot. 12 paladins are brought to the kingdom of Everrealm and they have to train and go through missions to see who is the one true hero to wield the Sun Spear and save the kingdom from the evil creature Verlox.

Welcome To Sweden and You’re the Worst are two comedies that I decided to watch out of nowhere and I find them very funny. Both of them have been renewed. The Sweden one is about a man who has a Swedish girlfriend. He decides to pack up his lucrative life in New York and move to the Scandinavian land from which his girlfriend hails. You’re the worst is about two people living in LA who hook up after a wedding they were invited to and have a pretty rock relationship. Also, I binged-watched for two days on Growing Up Fisher which was cancelled on NBC but was still on demand. It was about a boy whose blind father and neurotic (but not blind) mother got a divorce and it was a pretty funny show.

And the “half” show is The 100. Another scifi post apocalypse show. This is a show about 100 teenagers who were prisoners on a spaceship 97 years in the future. They were sent down to Earth to see if it was survivable but what they didn’t know is that there were still people alive somehow on the planet. Each episode is extremely intense. :[End edit]

Your friend,
Who should be doing more with her summer than watching television



I am back! Now that introductions are over let’s get into this.

In the beginning of May every TV show is thrown under the bus to see who will survive and who will never again have a new episode. During this time I was more petrified about the fate of my shows rather than the final exams I should have been concerned with. And I had reason to be this way if you remember one of my earlier blog posts. Some shows that I watch (mainly non-scifi shows) were renewed, whether it was mentioned in this May or at some other point in the year. I am going to list them: Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, The Following, Resurrection, Game of Throne (yeah I finally started that), Vikings, Helix, Defiance, American Horror Story, and Survivor. Two other shows that I watch that I am unsure of as of now to their fates are Twisted (I have to have some stupid girly shows), and That Metal Show [Edit:] Twisted was cancelled, That Metal Show has returned [:End edit].

Anyway, now that you have seen my long list of TV shows you must be wondering, why is this post called “Cancelled”? Well if you look closely at the list above and at the list on my old blog post you may see four shows missing. Those shows are Almost Human, Intelligence, Believe, and sadly my beloved Revolution. I will now go into each of them.

Almost Human was the first one I found out to be cancelled. I was devastated because this was an excellent show. It wasn’t just sci-fi but it was also comedy and a drama. You got to see how John and Dorian evolved into a great friendship and crime solving buddies. The show didn’t end on a cliff-hanger which is always a good thing but many of the episodes throughout had left some things a little open ended to make part two episodes in the future and there are still some mysteries that were never solved. This show seemed very promising and I guess just not enough people wanted to watch it, I don’t understand why though.

Intelligence was the last of these to give the news on it’s cancellation. Intelligence is actually the one I am least sad about going off air, but it was still a great show. Like Almost Human, this show did not end with a cliff-hanger. There wasn’t as many, if any at all, mysteries left to be discovered in a second season but they could have dived further into expanding the character stories if it continued. With this show it is kinda easy to leave as it ended or to imagine the path it seemed like the writers were heading towards if that’s what you want. All and all it was a good show, it just didn’t have enough people to appreciate it.

Believe. This show didn’t get it’s own paragraph in the No Hope For SciFi post because it wasn’t on air yet but I did mention it. This show is about a girl with telekinesis powers who needs to be protected while her abilities grow stronger because there are some people who want to use her powers as government weapons. The girl, Bo, has a heart of gold and wants to help everyone who is in need of a hand. She has a team around her that each have a specialty in doing their best to keep her safe. The team helps break William Tate out of prison (count of two murders he didn’t commit) and makes him Bo’s protector because he is her father (although the two of the don’t find out until later). Over ten million people watched the first episode but from then it dropped and kept dropping until it came below the dreaded five million mark, probably because it was on at the same time as Game Of Thrones and Resurrection. Luckily this show also did not end with a cliff-hanger and everything seemed to be resolved, but it was still a pretty nice show.

And now we get into the one that made me the saddest of them all. Revolution. My beloved show that already had an entire blog post dedicated to it. For whatever reason NBC kept making this show have unnecessary breaks in between episodes. I understood the breaks from the Olympics but after that, they were pointless. Because of these breaks people didn’t know when it was on and I am sure that is the reason Revolution didn’t survive. All season the show was teetering on the fence between renew or cancel and sadly it fell to the wrong side. Also another thing that I think doomed this show was switching it’s time card from Mondays at 10pm to Wednesdays at 8pm. There are many online petitions trying to relocate and save Revolution. Although they basically never work I am being optimistic and hoping that this time they do. If you would be so kind to email or notify somehow Eric Kripke and the people of Netflix to let there be a season three of Revolution, I would be extremely grateful. I let Terminator the Sarah Connor Chronicles go (mainly because I didn’t know there were petitions to save it), I am not letting this one leave without a fight. Sadly, out of all the shows that I watched that were cancelled, this was the only one that ended on a cliff-hanger, just like TSCC did, and now I’ll never know what was to happen.

After reading all of that and seeing my list of renewed shows you must be thinking something along the lines of “You have so many other shows to watch, what difference does it make that these four didn’t get renewed?” and to you people I simply say shut up and I am greedy and passionate about the shows I watch and I want them all to go on for a long time. And I guess that is all for now.

Your friend,
Who is going to cry in the corner and complain about my shows being cancelled to everyone who passes by

No Hope For SciFi

The next sentence is complete fact and totally not just my opinion. Science Fiction is by far the best genre there is for television, movies, and books. Ok, now that we got the obvious out of the way let’s get into this. Everyone loves themselves a little scifi, despite what my English teacher says. Sadly, science fiction shows always have to fight and climb their way to get a large audience. Despite how amazing these shows are, the ratings always seem to be terrible. And sadly television prefers quantity over quality. Due to this, many shows that I and many other dedicated fans love get cancelled.

This upsets me very much because so many shows like Jersey Shore or Toddlers and Tiaras get renewed season after season and they have no point. Then you have shows that run for long periods of time and after a certain amount of seasons they decide to wrap things up on their own before they overstay their welcome (although some shows that run on forever just need to end), like 24 and House. But with many scifi shows they never get that chance. The show might have one or two seasons and you know they are going to do so much more with it and it will all make sense and be amazing, but because only 5 million people watch it they don’t get  a chance to get to where they want to be. Many shows I enjoy watching are on the chopping block due to low viewer ratings. And a few shows I enjoyed very much either were cancelled or have no hope for another season. I will now list some of these shows. I am going in no particular order.

Almost Human– This is a show on Fox right now what takes place in the year 2048. It is about a police force where it is required for every human cop to have a robot cop as a partner. Our main character, John Kennax, isn’t a fan of the synthetic cops but he deals with his partner Dorian. The show is mainly about the two solving cases and their growing friendship but there is just so much that the show can do. Technology has advanced like crazy and we have yet to see everything that there is. There is also so much that the show teases us with, different things that deserve back stories or more development but you can tell the writers are trying not to trap themselves in a corner with what they are going to do in the future of the show. Instead they just give us little tastes. Sadly, I think these little teases are all that we are going to get because there are rumors that this show may not get a season two. This show has so much potential and hopefully Fox or some other network can see that and look past the fact that the lowest viewed episode had 7.92 viewers (combination of live and DVR viewings).

Intelligence– This was supposedly made to compete against Almost Human.  They both air on Mondays but this show is on a little later at night and is on CBS. This show follows Gabriel Vaughn who works for U.S. Cyber Command. He has a chip implanted in his head that lets him access the information grid. He and his assigned special agent protector, Riley Neal, are placed on tip top secret missions and they have to save the day. This show is also on the development of the friendship between our two main characters as well as learning the secrets of the government. Sadly this show too is on the chopping block after a serious plunge in views from episode one to episode two and a steady decline that all shows seem to face, especially my beloved scifi.

Revolution– I am sure all three of my followers have read my post on Revolution, and if you have not you can click on the link I provided to learn what this show is about. This epic show’s fate is sadly up in the air as of now as to whether it will get a season three or not. I demand that everyone else should demand to NBC to continue this awesome show!!

Defiance– This is a show that takes place on Earth in the future. It wouldn’t seem like we are still on this planet because many different species of aliens are living along with the humans. There was a war in the past between humans and “Votans” alike but they decided to end the war and live peacefully together. There is many new strange technologies, and most of the technology we have now doesn’t work anymore. This show mainly follows a man named Josh Nolan and his adopted alien daughter who travel to what was formally St. Louis but is now called Defiance. It is an awesome show on SyFy.

Siberia- This show had me until the very end of the first episode believing that it was a real reality show. Out of all these shows it seems the least science fictiony but none the less it fits here. 16 strangers are brought to Siberia and there are no rules whatsoever.  Whoever makes it to the end of winter will split the $1,000,000 grand prize. It was a good show to watch during the summer on NBC but it had very low views, the highest being 3.07million so I am sure, despite the cliff hanger ending, there will not be a season two.

FlashFoward– This show has already been cancelled, despite the awesome one and only season and cliff hanger ending. It was about these FBI agents trying to figure out what caused everyone in the world to blackout and for 137 seconds have a dream of an event that was going to take place in six months time. It was loosely based off a book which I will one day read to find out what was supposed to happen. This ABC show had pretty good views in the beginning of the show, but then they went on a rather long hiatus during the end of the year holidays and this affected ratings to be around 5 million an episode. I still would like to know how the show would have continued if they had a chance but I know that isn’t going to happen.

V– I am talking about the 2009 TV series with this one because this was also based off a book and it and it had a TV show before I was born. This show had two seasons on ABC before it was cancelled. It was about an alien race coming to America in big ships, promising only peace and prosperity with the humans. The main character of the show, who is played by the same person who is Rachel Matheson in Revolution, is an FBI agent who does not trust the aliens suspects they are up to no good, and it is slowly revealed that she and her merry group of rebels are right but they cannot prove it to the rest of the human race. The cliff hanger ending to this show will never be solved, but at least it was a little less mysterious than other shows and you have a little bit better chance of imagining what would have happened if the show continued.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles– If you want to push my buttons in anyway, just remind me that this show is cancelled. Until Revolution came out this was my all-time favorite tv show and this is what got me into the Terminator franchise. I love Terminator and this show did not deserve to end. This show followed a teenage John Connor a few years after Terminator 2: Judgement Day took place. He and his mom, Sarah Connor, believe that they were able to avoid the future war between man and machine until a terminator, Cameron, shows up to protect John from a new terminator programmed to terminate him. This show was amazing but sadly the average amount of views were cut in half from season one to season two and that caused Fox to terminate the best show of the 2000s. Many fans tried fighting for a season three and I am still patiently waiting for that to happen but it has been too many years. The creator has vowed to never reveal what he was planning to do if the show continued and that makes him so so evil. A new Terminator trilogy and TV show is going to take place and I am not so sure how I feel with is being rebooted. I just want TSCC to return!!!

Helix- Another show from Syfy, this one follows a group of CDC scientists at a place called Arctic Biosystems, a place for scientific discovery. They were called upon to deal with a mysterious disease that showed up in a couple of the scientists. The cause of the disease is unclear and not all of the infected are able to be contained which results in an outbreak. Also, the man in charge of Arctic Biosystems isn’t completely honest with his guests which eventually leads to everyone distrusting everyone else.

As you have seen these are all the scifi shows I watch/watched that I could think of off the top of my head. All of them deserve to continue but sadly they all aren’t going to get that chance. A new show is coming out on  NBC in March called Believe and that looks cool too, you bet I will be watching that. The same guy who is executive producer of Revolution and Almost  Human is executive producer of Believe. You go J.J. Abrams! Anyway, I truly love scifi and I want to expand my scifi knowledge (believe it or not but I never saw Star Wars or Star Trek, along with many other popular scifi movies/tv shows) and I just wish that these television networks would give science fiction a chance. Scifi fans may be few, but boy are they loyal.

Your Friend,
The bitter scifi fan

The Olympics

One of the greatest events in the world, to me, is the Olympics. Watching the best of the best perform something they live, breath, and bleed with such ease is amazing. From the successes to the fails I am always in awe of these athletes. Although I personally like the summer games more, every two years I am excited to catch at least a glimpse of the events.

I really don’t know where my love for the Olympics came about. I remember years ago when it was in Beijing was the first time I actually paid attention to the Olympics. I was at my cousin’s house for the opening ceremony and I only saw a bit of it on TV before I was dragged out of the room. I do remember seeing the little girl in her red dress “singing” her song (later during the games it was reveled that she lip-synced and the little girl who actually sung the song wasn’t pretty enough or whatever to sing in front of the world). Throughout the 2008 games I remember watching a lot. One thing I specifically remember watching was Michael Phelps win his eighth gold medal at that games; I was so tense and even hugged a pillow (again, pronounced pallow for me) with nerves, wondering whether he would make it. When he did I jumped and cheered for joy. I also remember watching some reporter lady go around Beijing and trying the local cuisine. Scorpions on a stick, candy roaches, duck feet/bill and much more that reminded me why the only [American] Chinese food I eat is the fortune cookies. The only events that were really shown on TV were gymnastics and diving, probably because China is so far away from New York that they could only show highlights, and also because those events were dominated by the Chinese. I do remember watching Usian “Lightening” Bolt run the 100m dash and SLOW DOWN at the end but still win. My parents looked at each other thinking “What was he doing?!?!” when he slowed down, but it didn’t matter to him.

In 2010 there was the Vancouver Olympics. I completely missed the opening ceremony. What I remember with this one seeing Apollo Ono in interviews and during a couple of his races. I remember at the end of a snowboarding event the camera was on the Finnish team and the reporter said something along the lines of “The Finnish team, they all speak Finnish!!!” as if it was a surprise that they spoke the main language of their country. I remember watching the different skiing events (there are so many and to be honest I don’t know the different names of each). In one of the women’s events it was snowing pretty bad and you couldn’t see too far in front of you but they still had to keep sending skiers down the hill in, let’s say, 30 second time intervals. One of the girls, an American I believe, fell and the girl behind her wasn’t aware of it so she kept going. When she got to the sight of the fall a couple of officials made her stop and wait for them to clear the track of her fallen teammate. The second American girl was allowed to go back to the beginning but she didn’t have as good of a run the second time she went down the hill.

In 2012 on New Year’s Day I remembered at dinnertime that it was an Olympic year. I was so excited that when I finished I rushed to the internet to find out what day it started and counted down the 208 days until July 26th when it began. When it finally came to the day I found out that we were going to the same cousins house from 2008 and I would miss the opening ceremony. Upset, I recorded the show on the DVR and then as we were getting ready to leave my house the power went out. When we got to my cousins house I took over the TV and made everyone watch the ceremony and I loved it. The parade of nations, the whole Shire thing, the Queen supposedly jumping out of the plane with James Bond, it was great! When I got home it turns out because of the power turning off the recording started in the middle of the Parade of Nations. For the next two or so weeks I tried to absorb as much Olympic action as I could. Men’s and women’s indoor and beach volleyball, handball, kayaking, rowing, archery (although I personally didn’t see enough of that), ping-pong, track and field (again, didn’t see enough), basically everything I could. All I wanted to avoid was diving because I saw way too much of that in 2008. I remember when my parents and I watched ping-pong there was an Asian woman on the American team who said “Cho” (it sounded like that at least) which I believe the reporter said means “good shot” after every time she got a point. The Brazilian girl she was playing against started to do something similar after a while. Now my dad always teases my dog by saying Cho! It makes her bark and go crazy. There was so much that I watched in this Olympics that I can’t pick out the top stuff to write about. I just wish that I could have seen more in some of the sports, and at least a little bit in other sports I missed. NBC had a terrible time with the five hour delay between England and the East Coast and they didn’t show everything.

Now it is Olympic time again. I made sure two nights ago to watch the opening ceremony from Sochi and it was also amazing, except for the little glitches that I am sure you have heard about by now even if you didn’t watch it. Being that it is a winter Olympics and I personally don’t feel like there is enough of various sports, I wasn’t too excited this year to watch it but I have gotten glimpses of things. Before typing this I was watching the men’s ski jump on the “normal” hill. That hill is taller than Big Ben, the dudes are flying for over the length of a football field, and there was only one wipeout. My dad and I agreed that those guys are insane. How they got into the sport, I don’t know. And this year there is now women’s ski jumping. Good luck ladies, I don’t know why you want to do that but have fun. I also have seen some figure skating and a little snowboarding. I watched some of the men’s biathlon and I don’t understand how anyone can ski uphill, for that long of a distance and then shot at targets. I do want to see the speed skating, not too interested in the rest. I am getting a kick out of all the Sochi Problems that are on Twitter and the rest of the internet. A bobsledder from America was trapped in the bathroom, some reporter couldn’t get into his hotel room, everything is still being constructed, the water is brown, cameras in the showers. It’s crazy over there right now! Also, my parents and I watched the movie Cool Runners based off of the Jamaican bobsled team, funny movie.

Thankfully in two years the summer Olympics will be in Brazil and the timezone they are in is only one hour ahead of EST so hopefully NBC screws up less. Maybe I will be able to see some of the events I really want to see and possibly even live! The next two after that are taking place in Asian countries so I wont be as lucky then.

As an athlete myself it would be great to be able to partake in the Olympics but I know I will never be up to their standards.  I do do many different sports, I just consider them as hobbies, that are in the Olympics. I am not very good at any of them but I have fun while doing them (most of the time) and that’s what matters. A list of them is: Cross country running, golf, archery, ping-pong, cycling (my worst out of all of these), and ice-skating (second worse, can be read about here). I used to also play volleyball (was terrible), badminton (not much better), softball (always played in the dirt but I did have a good throwing arm, if only I had good aim), and even gymnastics. It would be awesome to do any of those spots while representing my country in the biggest sporting event there is but that’s not gonna happen. No, instead I’ll sit on my butt and snack on some chips like most Americans while I watch the elite make their sports seem easy.

Your friend,


Due to the fact that I don’t feel like studying for my midterms which are tomorrow and also since Revolution isn’t having another episode until after the Olympics I felt that I should share with you my favorite TV show on air. Note, I will do my best to not have any serious, show ruining spoilers but no promises.

Two years ago while I was complaining about NBC screwing up with when they aired the events of the summer Olympics I kept seeing commercials for a new show called Revolution. It looked pretty good and I planned to watch it. I missed the first episode on TV so I found it on NBC’s website and I have been hooked ever since. I will now spoil the first five minutes of the show (Yes I am aware of what I wrote in the first paragraph).

Revolution takes place in America 15 years after a worldwide blackout turned off everything with electricity. TV, cars, batteries to flashlights, anything and everything. The show begins with the Matheson family at home, Rachel Matheson is talking to her mother on the phone while cooking food, Charlie (short for Charlotte) Matheson, age five, is watching TV with her brother Danny Matheson, age three. Ben Matheson, Rachel’s husband and father to the kids, comes home frantically and starts to give Rachel instructions. She hangs up the phone and realizes exactly what Ben is talking about. The scene switches over to Miles Matheson in the car driving back to his army base with his best friend Bass (nickname obviously). The two of them are discussing a girl Bass is texting when Miles gets a phone call from his brother Ben. Ben tells Miles that “It’s all going to turn off and never turn back on.” Miles is confused but after twenty seconds into the conversation his phone, Bass’s phone, and the car start to malfunction and turn off. At the Matheson house all the power goes out and Ben steps outside to see every light in eyes-view go out, those electrical wire boxes on poles start to burst and a plane crashes. You hear screaming everywhere. On the highway Miles and Bass step out of the no longer moving car to see everyone else’s cars stopped and their lights go out. That is the first three minutes.

After that it skips ahead 15 years and you hear a voice over talking about the blackout while you see short snipits of what America looks like. The voice over is done by Aaron Pittman. He is a teacher in a small cul-de-sac and he is telling his students what happened after the blackout. People started to starve because we rely on electricity to get food, people fell ill because there were no medications any more, the smart people left the cities while those who didn’t died there. Governments fell, militias took over. As you can see life wasn’t pleasant after the blackout but of the few who survived (few in comparison to the seven billion people alive today) they were able to adapt to this lifestyle and are living decently in the 15 years since. In the first few years, which are shown through flashbacks throughout the series, you see that it wasn’t as nice as it is in the start of the show. Anyway, Aaron struggles to get his point across to his students and the scene switches to Ben. He is having coffee, I assume, and is walking through his small cul-de-sac and it shows everyone in town farming and living pretty happy. He sees Aaron, class must have ended. While Aaron is drinking from his flask he tells Ben that he had a raccoon in his backyard that night and that Ben’s kids went out hunting.

That is where the first five minutes ends but already you have met most of the major characters in the show and if I wanted to go another five minutes you would find out the event that triggers the entire first half of the season, but I wont cause I want you people to watch the show. I’ll now go into a little detail about the main characters, only using the names they go by in the first episode (all except for one of these appears in episode one).

Charlie Matheson- She is a young woman who after the blackout left Chicago with her parents. She grew up in small little farm towns and is very protective over her younger brother. She is very naive and dreams of the world with lights. She always wants to do things the right way but as the show goes on you find that the right way, isn’t always the best way. By the middle of the season she becomes more of a fighter and by the end of the season she is a warrior.
Danny Matheson- Danny is an asthmatic teenager who is the symbol of innocence in the show. Even when his life or freedom is at stake he never wants anyone to get hurt and at some point in episode one he even feels like he was too much of a burden to someone who did very little to help him.
Miles Matheson- He is a torn man with a very troubled past (or at least 15 years) that is slowly revealed through the show. He reluctantly helps Charlie out but he and her butt heads a lot through the first part of the show. Where Charlie sees hope, Miles sees someone he has to kill, more or less. If this was future Lord Of The Rings, Miles would be Aragorn. He does eventually soften up a bit to Charlie and others, but he always tries to mask it.
Ben Matheson- He is really a minor character in the show so you don’t know too much about him except that he loves his family and that he knew what caused the blackout.
Rachel Matheson-  She is a very intelligent woman who has had a hard time facing the 15 years of darkness, for various reasons revealed through the show. She is very independent, stubborn, and always has her own reasons for doing things. She also knows why the power went out.
Nora Clayton- (introduced in episode two) She is an excellent fighter, explosives expert, and just purely awesome. She is my favorite character. She and Miles had a past together and that is slowly revealed through flashbacks. Nora is fighting in something called The Resistance which is a group of people who want to bring the United States back. She always seems to know a person wherever they go. Even though it is never really mentioned, Nora becomes a sort of role model to Charlie.
Maggie Foster- She is a sweet woman who is very knowledgeable in medicine. Before the blackout she was on a business trip in Seattle but when the lights went out she had no way of getting back home to  England. She traveled across the country to the East Coast trying to find a ship that would take her home, but that didn’t work. She met Ben and he took her in and lived with them since. She and Charlie don’t get along too well but she tries her best to set Charlie straight and be as kind as she can to her.
Aaron Pittman- He is your average nerd. Got picked on in grammar school, never got out much, got two (or three, I forget) degrees from MIT, and created Google. When the power went out, so did his. He has no survival skills but somehow managed to  live. He is always questioning things, being a scientist and all. It is from his constant questioning that he learns what caused the blackout (that is in the second half of season one). He is like an uncle to Charlie and Danny. Even though he is always terrified of the situations that happen to our main characters, he always does his best to help his friends, even if that puts him in harms way.
Sebastian Monroe- He is our main antagonist. He started the Monroe Militia which fight for the Monroe Republic (Northeast America). Monroe shows no mercy to anyone if they cross him. He wants what is best for him, never caring how many lives are lost because of it. Monroe does want one thing which is slowly revealed through the show until season one’s mid season finale. Monroe is also a troubled man but as a general to an army, you kinda expect it.
Tom Neville- He is seen as our first antagonist in the show. Tom is a very cunning and intelligent man. In the beginning of the show he obviously is high ranking in the Monroe Militia but he had to struggle and climb to get to where he was. His motto basically is “whatever it takes to survive.” Tom is generally kind to those who earn it, not so much to those he sees as below him. He always puts himself (and eventually his family) first and everyone else last. As one character said in the most recent episode “honey drips from his lips” because he is always able to talk himself out of bad situations and even get people who want to kill him to work for him.
Nate- I forget his last name but that isn’t important. Nate meets Charlie in the first episode and he is very mysterious. You don’t know where he came from or what he is doing but he saves Charlie and Co.’s life from smugglers and he starts to travel with them. By the end of the episode it is revealed that he is part of the militia and has a mission to follow. As the show goes on he runs into Charlie a lot and saves her an multiple occasions because he has a sweet spot for her. He does his best in the show to impress those above him while struggling to be himself and do good.
Grace Beaumont- She is another minor character, but has serious influence over some things. She is one of the few who know why the power went out and in both seasons comes at random points to basically educate the main characters (mainly Aaron) on what is going on in the world.

That is all the people who are important in the first half of season one. The show has had two seasons so far and both of them have mid-season finales so I break it up in four parts in my head.
Part one’s plot- Rescuing one of the characters listed above, and learning how everyone seems to know each other
Part two’s plot- Finding out why/how the power went out, and fighting against  Monroe
Part Three’s plot- Redemption of character for each person after the events that happened last season, science, and the rise of a new enemy
Part Four’s plot- (The part we are on now) Delving deeper into the science-fiction part of the show, and family
Those are probably poor ways to explain the show but I don’t want to reveal too much.

One thing this show is great for is giving the characters different layers. No villain is truly evil, they all have something that drove them over the edge. No good guy is perfect, everyone has skeletons in their closets. Each character has his or her strengths and weaknesses. Also, anything can happen. There is no guarantee that the main characters will live or that each mission will be executed flawlessly.

Revolution is an awesome science fiction show that I hope continues to air for many seasons. [Edit:] It was cancelled on May 9th [:End Edit]. So much takes place in the show and you’ll want to keep coming back for more. You can find old episodes online, either at the NBC website or other places, as well as on demand. Revolution comes back February 26th at 8pm on NBC. Watch it and I hope we can have long conversations about it.

Your friend,
The Revolution expert

The Grammys And Other Award Shows

Tonight is one of the most pointless nights in music, The Grammys. This award show has plagued the music industry for 56 years. In the past I am sure it wasn’t as much of a joke as it is today. Sadly, though, it is now a place where everyone who is played on z100 can gather together and combine their powers against music to create a monstrosity that is viewed on the televisions of millions of people worldwide. There are 82 categories  for awards and I will now list the number of possible awards for each genre that is listed on the website

Alternative- 1
American Roots- 6
Arranging- 2
Childrens- 1
Classical- 8
Comedy- 1
Composing- 1
Country- 4
Dance- 2
Engineer- 2
Film/TV/Media- 3
General- 4
Gospel- 5
Historical- 1
Jazz- 5
Latin- 4
Music video/film- 2
Musical Show- 1
New Age- 1
Notes- 1
Packaging- 2
Pop- 4
Producer- 2
R&B- 5
Rap- 4
Reggae- 1
Remixer- 1
Rock- 4
Spoken- 1
Surround sound- 1
Trad pop- 1
World- 1
Yes those do add up to 82. Now that I see this all laid out I am actually shocked by how little pop awards there are. But let’s look at the show. During the three and a half hours that the Grammys are on there will be 24 live performances (most of which are rap, hiphop, R&B, trance, house, dance, etc. All of these I just call pop as an umbrella term). Let’s just say each performance plays a single, four minute song. That will equal 96 minutes, so we still have a little less than two hours left. Now commercial breaks occur, let’s say, once every ten minutes and each break is about 3 minutes long. That means there will be 21 commercial breaks or 63 minutes of commercials. This leaves a little less than an hour for the awards. With presentation and acceptance speeches for each award, as well as the short snipits of each nominee, there is no way that all 82 categories will  be televised. According to Wikipedia there are four categories, known as the Big Four (The Big Four in my book is Slayer, Megadeth, Metallica, and Anthrax) so you know that those definitely have to be on air at some point. They are record/album/song of the year and best new artist. All nominees for these categories are under the umbrella of what I call pop (see above). That’s just great, isn’t it? Anyway, I got off track. Since there is such little time for any award winning (also known as the point of this entire show) during the 3.5 hours it is on, many awards that deserve to be viewed will not. I remember last year Scott Ian of Anthrax told Noisecreep (a metal news website) that the award for best rock/metal performance will be presented in the pre-show. You can bet your horses, or other animals, that will occur again this year. And not just for the rock categories, but also for jazz, classical, engineering, gospel/spoken word, etc. categories.

The thing is, the Grammys are just for the mainstream. Sounds hipsterish but it is true. This award show is only for the “pretty people” that all play songs they didn’t write with computerized music and auto-tuned vocals that are only popular because of the whack-a-do music video. These are the people they talk about on every news station and in every magazine because apparently the lives of celebrities are more important than worldly news. For whatever reason they feel that they need at least one night a year for the whole world to see them together and hear the same damn songs radio stations have on loop every hour for the past six months. The Grammys, VMAs, Teen Choice awards, and any other award show of the like is filled with people who need an ego boost. If you like rock and metal you are lucky enough to have both the Revolver Golden Gods and Metal Hammer Golden Gods award shows that get next to no publicity. If you like classical, jazz, blues, or other good music like that then you’re out of luck, as far as I am aware, because those genres do not have award shows of their own.

To me it is just sad how little talent popular entertainers have. The fact that they all receive awards for the little work they do is infuriating. And the fact that they all make millions while musicians who actually take time and effort to learn their instruments, write their songs, and get their name out into the open are all struggling to get by is a heartbreaking thought. Music is an art, and art is supposed to be an expression of the artist. Sadly, music is now made by computers instead of humans and the most creative things to come out of pop artists is their music videos and outfits. Music is supposed to be about what you hear, not what you see. If the Grammys and every other award show can get that in their heads then maybe things will take a turn for the better. I shall now conclude my rather long rant here.

Your friend,
The Grammy Hater

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