Confession: I’m Not Sure How I Feel About The Flash

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I’ve been watching The Flash for a few episodes now, and I have to admit: I’m not in love. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I’m not enjoying the show, but in the face of shows like Supernatural and Arrow, I feel like The Flash is missing something for me. However, I remember Arrow took a few episodes for me to be fully hooked, so I’m still giving The Flash a chance. I’m in no way about to bid farewell to Barry Allen (especially since The CW has officially ordered a full season of the show), but here are a few things I want to see happen over the coming episodes:

More Explanation Around Harrison Wells. Seriously, wtaf is going on with this guy?!?

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I like to think Harrison Wells mourned the failure of his particle accelerator in a similar fashion to Dan Dorian.

I love Tom Cavanaugh, and I think he does a great job as Harrison Wells. However, I have no freaking idea what the heck is going on with him. Twice now, we’ve had him go into his super-secret room, stand up from his wheelchair, remove his glasses (is anything real about you, Harrison?!?), and act fairly sinister about Barry’s future as The Flash. Maybe this is a nod to comic book readers, and they totally have an idea what’s going on here, but I’m completely in the dark–and not in a good way. 99% of Harrison’s interactions with everyone points to him being a good guy. Sure, maybe he’s a bit of a misguided scientist, but he doesn’t seem particularly evil…that is, until he jaunts over to his secret room. While I get the writers don’t want to show their hand too early, I really hope we start getting bigger views into Harrison’s actual character, rather than these overly ambiguous, highly confusing mini-scenes.

A Clearer Mission for Barry 

I love Barry Allen. I think he’s the most adorable thing ever, and I love how nerdy, goofy, and awkward he is.

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But The Flash? He’s kind of got a bit of a wobbly mission. There’s the fighting crime part of it, there’s the finding other meta-humans bit, and there’s the finding his mother’s killer bit. I get that this is setting up to be a huge universe with multiple seasons, but so far I felt like this season has been a bit of “Oh, wow, he runs fast!” and “I will find who killed mom…and other meta-humans” and “I can save this city”. Sure, we’re not too far into the season, but like Oliver and his list, I hope that we will start to see the makings of a clearer season 1 story arc for Barry and The Flash.

Continue Being Besties with Team Arrow! 

arrow-flash-spinoff-gifs-cw-doctorI’ve talked a lot about stuff that I don’t like about The Flash, but I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention how much I love that Arrow and The Flash work together so closely. I think they bring such interesting dynamics to the other’s universe, and I like the mentor relationship Oliver has with Barry. I just don’t want Barry to end up with Felicity. #Olicity 

Keep Developing the Characters

the-flashI was thrilled to get a closer look into Caitlin Snow’s life and her fiance, Ronnie (played by Robbie Amell). We’ve also gotten a glimpse into Barry’s childhood living with Det. West, as well as a particularly touching story from Barry’s dad about Barry learning to walk. This show has several characters bursting with potential, and I hope the show keeps giving them room to grow and develop. However, with new character introductions each week it seems, I’m hoping that the show doesn’t get too caught up on introducing us to new faces rather than fully forming the ones we already know.

What do you think of The Flash so far? Let me know in the comments! Also, be sure to check out the trailer for next week’s episode of The Flash, “Going Rogue”, below –Felicity Smoak is in next week’s episode, guys!

5 Fandom Friday: 5 Must-See Halloween Movies

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I love horror movies, even the craptastic horror movies, so I couldn’t wait for this week’s Fandom 5 post: 5 must-see horror flicks for this Halloween. Here’s my list, in no particular order. Let’s get to it:

1. The Conjuring

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This movie is a must-see for all lovers of horror. The Conjuring is an allegedly true story (I’m always dubious when horror films say this) starring Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson as real-life demonologists, Ed and Lorraine Warren, who are most famous for their work on a haunting that would come to be known as The Amityville Horror–in fact, they even allude to this at the very end of The Conjuring, with Ed and Lorraine talking about heading to New York for a new case. The Conjuring is scary start-to-finish, and paired with the filmmaker’s choice to give the movie and the score itself a real throwback feel to horror flicks in the 60s and 70s, the movie has a unique feel. This is also the film that introduced us all to Annabelle, the creepy-as-hell doll (who now has her own film that is still in theaters). Creepy dolls, classic horror throwbacks, and a genuinely terrifying story makes this a must-see for this and any Halloween.

2. Wait Until Dark

wait until darkThis is one of my favorite movies of all time. It stars Audrey Hepburn and Alan Arkin, and is brilliant in how simplistic yet utterly terrifying it is. The set, as you can see, is very minimal. The entire movie takes place here, in Susy’s (Hepburn) apartment. Susy is blind, and the entire movie is Susy trying to find and evade a “trio of thugs,” as IMDB calls them, that are in her apartment.  The plot is pretty basic, the set is minimal, and the filmmakers used things like light and darkness to add to the audience’s suspense. In fact, when it was in theaters, there was a portion of the movie where Susy turns out all of the lights in her apartment, and the theater would turn out all of the lights to add to the effect. The thrills in this movie are basic but highly effective, making it a perfect one for Halloween.

Also, I’ll just include this totally unrelated Halloween tip: remember Rule #2:

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3. Shaun of the Dead

shaunThis movie is an amazing mashup of horror and comedy. It’s got zombies, British humor, characters you truly invest in, and a story that pulls you without relying too heavily on the  “OMG, ZOMBIES” factor. Also, if you’re a fan of the show Spaced (which if you’ve never watched it you should remedy that ASAP), nearly the entire Spaced cast is in the film–some in zombie form, like Tyres–and it’s even said the film was inspired by an episode of Spaced.

4. 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later

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The 28 Days films are two of my favorite zombie movies. The story is simple, it uses the “dude wakes up in a hospital after zombies have wiped out the earth” theme, but instead of a rising of the dead, the “zombies” are created by an infection of the Rage Virus. Though the movie is nutty, taking an infection route rather than a “the dead are rising from their graves” route gives the story a bit of creepy credibility. Because of that, I probably wouldn’t recommend watching this if you’re super freaked out about Ebola right now. I think these films have great scripts and great characters, and, of course, there is plenty of gratuitous horror gore. Both movies are great for a Halloween movie marathon!

5. Psycho

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First of all, it’s Alfred Hitchcock, you guys. Second, this movie is basically the father of the big twist ending in horror. Psycho is horror royalty, and should probably become required Halloween viewing for all horror fans. Maybe they can do a 24-hour loop of this film like they do a 24-loop of A Christmas Story on Christmas. Okay, maybe not, but still. This film is horror gold.

Honorable Mention: 

Paranormal Activity Films

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While I never saw Marked Ones, I’m such a fan of the Paranormal Activity movies. I’m a big fan of the “found footage” horror film (V/H/S, Blair Witch, Rec, Quarantine, stuff like that), so I love the Paranormal Activity franchise. Though I don’t think any of the sequels were as good as the original, I still think they’re all a ton of fun to watch–and they do genuinely freak me out.

What movies are on your Halloween must-watch list? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to check out the other 5 Fandom Friday posts by following the hashtag, #Fandom5. 

Supernatural Recap: Soul Survivor

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Be sure to check out my recap of last week’s episode, “Reichenbach“, and as always, for those not caught up on Supernatural: spoiler alert.

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This week’s episode of Supernatural had Jensen Ackles returning to his role as director, and he did an amazing job! Let’s talk about the episode.

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Supernatural — “Soul Survivor” — Image SN1001b_BTS_0305 — Pictured: Behind the scenes with Director Jensen Ackles — Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

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Supernatural — “Soul Survivor” — Image SN1001b_0177 — Pictured (L-R): Misha Collins as Castiel and Erica Carroll as Hannah– Credit: Diyah Pera/The CW — © 2014 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved

At the start of the episode, Cas’ grace was all but spent, leaving Cas moments away from death. Despite Cas’ waning health, he and Hannah spend a great portion of the episode travelling cross-country to help Sam cure…*sigh* Deanmon.

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I promise I’ll never call him that again…. Anyway…

This isn’t great because Adina (Remember Adina and Daniel? The two hippie angels from the first episode? Cas and Hannah killed Daniel?) has been tracking Cas and Hannah, and she decides to beat Cas to death while Hannah watches. Not nice. Luckily Crowley is able to swoop in and save the day (not often you get to say that, eh?) killing Adina, taking her grace, and giving it to Castiel.

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Though this isn’t a permanent fix, it does sort of “restart” Cas’ clock. It also quells my worry, at least for this week, that Hannah will die so Cas can use her grace.

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Sam and Dean are back in the bunker, and Sam is working on curing Dean the same way he nearly cured Crowley.

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The only problem is, curing Dean is proving to be far more challenging than Sam thought. Not only is Demon Dean playing some hardcore emotional games with Sam, it also seems like the cure is killing Dean rather than fixing him. With Sam so worried he might be killing his brother, Sam doesn’t think about what happens when Dean’s blood has a higher human-to-demon ratio. Hint: it means Dean can escape the devil’s traps Sam has used to trap him, and allowing Dean to wander around the bunker, hunting down Sam with a hammer.

scary deanSam also comes thisclose to killing Dean with the demon bade after Dean tries to bash Sam’s brains out with his hammer.

doitThankfully, before Sam has to make the choice to either keep running from Dean or kill him, Cas appears, and performs an actual attack hug.

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Sam is able to get Dean back into the dungeon, and he finishes the cure.

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Dean Winchester is saved.

So much for the “year” of the Deanmon Demon Dean, amirite? I have to admit, after last week’s episode, I’m glad we have regular Dean back. Last season was incredibly brutal with Sam and Dean being at odds with one another after the whole Gadreel thing, and then with Dean growing darker and darker as The Mark took over, seeing Dean really embrace the demony darkness these past episodes as Sam tried desperately to rescue him while Cas died quietly in the corner?

feelingsStill, it did feel like a rather quick wrap-up of Dean’s stint as a demon. While I’m sure we’ll unpack more of Dean’s time as a demon/Sam’s time making questionable choices while hunting Dean, and there is still the issue of ridding Dean of the Mark of Cain, the Demon Dean story arc is largely over. Just like that.

In fact, this episode kinda moved us right along from Demon Dean with the episode’s big WTF moment where we met a red-headed woman–Was I the only one who thought it was Abaddon?–who apparently has a thing for hanging dead men from her ceiling.  That’s literally all we know about her at this point, so I’m interested to see what she has in store for us.

It also seems we’ll be getting sort of a palate cleanser from all the dark, heavy, twisty stuff with a good, old-fashioned werewolfy MOTW episode in next week’s “Paper Moon”. Judging by this picture…

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…it looks like next week will bring the return of werewolf Kate from one of my favorite episodes (though it gets a bad rap from some fans), “Bitten“.

It makes sense that next week will be relatively light because the episode after “Paper Moon”– that The CW says will not be airing until November 11–is the big, 200th, musical-ish episode, “Fan Fiction”.

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But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. There is still an episode between now and “Fan Fiction”. You can see the preview for next week’s episode, “Paper Moon”, below, and be sure to let me know what you thought of “Soul Survivor” in the comments!

Avengers: Age of Ultron Teaser Trailer Released

UPDATE: In addition to the teaser trailer, Marvel has also released a trailer poster. Check it out!

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Despite Marvel’s plans to release the first official trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron during next week’s episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the trailer was leaked yesterday. While Marvel promptly pulled it down and made this official statement in regard to the leak…

…Marvel ultimately decided to give in to Hydra’s bullying and release the trailer earlier than planned. I’ll be honest, I’m not really complaining. Take a peek:

For those wondering, here is my official review of the Age of Ultron trailer:

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What do you think of the trailer? Are you as excited as I am for Age of Ultron? Let me know in the comments!

GeekGirlCon 2014 Wrap-Up: Part II

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If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my first post about a few of the highlights of GeekGirlCon ’14, and if you haven’t checked out my two pre-con posts, you can see those here and here. In my last GGC post, I talked about 5 highlights from the con. In this post, I’m going to talk about what I learned after my first convention as a member of the press.

1. The Red-Eye Flight 

GGC was in Seattle, so I had to fly to get there, which was fine. However, I didn’t leave myself a bunch of free time in Seattle before and after the con. I flew into Seattle super late the day before the con, and super early the morning after the con. I’m a bit of a night owl, so I had no trouble with the late night. Plus, going to the airport late in the evening does have its perks. Namely? No lines at security:

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This was the nearly deserted security line at the airport. Beautiful.

Going to the airport in the unholy hours of the morning, however? Not quite as special. First off, there are significantly more people taking an early morning flight. Still not as many as more reasonable times of the day, but they are still there. And a great deal of them are morning people.

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Secondly, if you are like me and you didn’t rent a car, that means you must take a shuttle to get to the airport from your hotel, as it is cheaper than a cab. So that means the shuttle will pick you up at 3:45 in the morning to ensure you make your red-eye flight on time. And, of course, since the airport is about an hour and a half drive from your home, by the time you finally arrive at your house?

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2. Cons are Crazy

Part of the reason I was so spent when I got home, and why a red-eye flight was a bad idea is because I was busy all weekend. It was a great busy, and a super fun busy, but that entire weekend, this was me:

BusySince I had a press pass, I wanted to attend as much of the convention as I could. Minus a migraine that came on in the afternoon on Saturday, I spent all day either at the convention center or asleep. I felt like everything was a bit chaotic while I was there because though I had a rough idea of what panels I wanted to attend, my schedule was pretty murky. Which leads me to point number three…

3. Pre-Gaming

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As far as I know, every single convention releases their schedule early. GeekGirlCon not only had a schedule up online, but it also had the schedule up on GuideBook. Instead of thinking about my schedule ahead of time, I kind of noted all the panels that sounded cool to me (which, of course, all overlapped). Once I got to the convention center, instead of taking a second to plan out my day, I continued flying by the seat of my pants (ex: like I said in my previous GGC ’14 post, I was pleasantly caught off guard by Anita Sarkeesian’s presence at the con, as well as Marissa Meyer’s). Con planning is a consistent problem with me. If you remember my Denver Comic Con ’14 post, I mention how I had plans to meet up with friends–a thought that never came to fruition because nothing was actually planned. So press or not, I need to get better at making a game plan for cons.

4. Packing Well

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My hotel room had two beds, so the second bed became the “toss crap here” bed.

Part of the pre-con pre-gaming is planning out the packing situation a bit better. I attempted to pack light, but things just got a bit out of control. I’d love to say that in the future I’ll pack on the essentials and I’ll have a highly organized packing system in my luggage, but I know that will never happen.

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However, once I arrive at my hotel, setting my stuff in a more orderly fashion will help me find things quickly, especially when I have to pop back in the room for something between panels. The other thing that would have been helpful was having a better organization system for all my stuff while I was actually at the con. I only had my giant purse, and that got cumbersome and annoying after a while. I scoffed at the Nerdist/Her Universe con hoodie when it first came out, but now it kinda makes a lot of sense.

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I also should have paid attention to the tips given to me from The Nerdy Girlie and Nerdist.

5. Connecting with Others

I’m an introvert, and I can be shy, especially in situations where I don’t know anyone. So attending a convention alone in a brand new city was a bit…intimidating. I can get really quiet and awkward when I’m uncomfortable, which is not a great way to make connections with others.

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The great thing about GGC was that everyone was incredibly friendly and super welcoming. For instance, when I attended the press and panel mixer at the Raygun Lounge, I ordered a drink, and immediately had one of the other bloggers there tell me to pull a chair up to her table. So while I should definitely work on being more outgoing at future cons, GeekGirlCon is awesome in that it makes even the most awkward and shy among us feel welcome.

GeekGirlCon ’14 was a truly amazing con, and attending was so fun experience and a great learning experience. If you’re interested in learning more about GeekGirlCon, head to their website. Everyone who works for the con is a volunteer, and they rely largely on donations. If you’re interested in donating to the con (they even have prizes if you donate certain amounts), you can do that here.

Her Universe Fangirl of the Day!

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It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with Her Universe--if you don’t believe me, check out my first Fandom 5 post. It’s like 95% Her Universe stuff. So I was thrilled when I found out this morning that I was picked as the Her Universe Fangirl of the Day! I’m so excited to get to keep the company of other amazing fangirls. If you want to hear more about Ashley Ecksetin and Her Universe’s Fangirl of the Day, watch the video below. If you want to submit yourself or another awesome fangirl to be an upcoming Fangirl of the Day, you can do that here. Also, don’t forget to check out my FGOTD post over at Her Universe!

 

The Mary Sue Post: The Walking Dead Recap

I’m over at The Mary Sue again today recapping last night’s episode of The Walking Dead. I hope you’ll join me over there.

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If you’re not caught up on The Walking Dead, this is your official spoiler alert. Also, be sure to check out my recap of the season premiere, “No Sanctuary”.

You know when you watch a little kid blow up a balloon, and they keep blowing more and more and more air into it? You know that balloon is about to pop at any moment, so as you watch the kid blow up the balloon you sort of hold your breath and wait for the inevitable pop? That’s kind of how the latest episode of The Walking Dead went for me. This episode just had too many happy, silly moments, from Glenn tripping over boxes on a supply run, to Daryl tossing Carol some water and dropping it, to a giant, rosy group dinner. I knew, I just knew something awful was on the horizon.

Last week’s episode reunited almost everyone in Team Prison, with a few additions. Our group of survivors hasn’t been this large in a really long time, so it has been great to see (almost) everyone back together. As the group tried to find a new place to live after destroying Terminus, they stumbled across a priest who was being attacked by a group of walkers, Father Gabriel…

Read the rest over at The Mary Sue!

Project-Nerd Post: Posthuman Project

I had the opportunity to review the film The Posthuman Project over at Project-Nerd. The Posthuman Project is an independent movie about teenagers who gain super powers, so of course I couldn’t wait to watch this film. I hope you’ll join me over at Project-Nerd to talk about the film!

With Marvel eating up the box office, and DC invading television, we’re not experiencing any sort of a shortage of superhero stories. FromThe Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, to Gotham and Arrow, there are a lot of costumed heroes guarding our cities. If you don’t look too closely, they can all start to look a bit alike.

Enter The Posthuman Project, a movie described as a film with the heart of a John Hughes movie, and the flare of one by J.J. Abrams. I will be honest, I would have never put those two things together myself, so I felt like I had to see this film–if only to slate my curiosity…

Read the rest over at Project-Nerd! 

 

Doctor Who Recap: Flatline

While I wasn’t able to recap last week’s episode of Doctor Who because I was at GeekGirlCon (but you can check out this recap on The Mary Sue), be sure to check out my recap of “Kill the Moon,” “The Caretaker,” and “Time Heist“. And if you aren’t caught up on Doctor Who, this is your official spoiler alert.

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This week was the week of Clara Oswald! Ever since Clara was able to move past the “Impossible Girl” story line, evolving into an actual person rather than an anomaly on the Doctor’s timeline, I have become such a huge fan of her. This episode in particular has been one of my favorite Clara episodes.

This episode had the Doctor and Clara separated for most of the episode, the Doctor trapped inside the TARDIS, and Clara running the show from the outside. Clara has to figure out what is causing a string of disappearances in Bristol, and ultimately has to fight an inter-dimensional battle with a creature that can hide and attack from the floors and the walls.

Also, we finally got the context of those tiny TARDIS pictures released by the Daily Mail over the summer.

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After months of speculation, we finally learn that the tiny TARDIS happens because the creature in this episode latches onto the TARDIS and scavanges bits of its technology, causing the TARDIS to be quite a bit bigger on the inside than we’re used to, ultimately shrinking it to a size where Clara is able to stow the TARDIS (with the Doctor trapped inside) in her purse.

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While an earpiece let the Doctor communicate with Clara while the Doctor was trapped in the TARDIS, Clara was basically on her own to wield the sonic and try to keep those around her–and the world in general–safe.

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I loved getting to watch Clara run the show. After several episodes of Twelve’s roughness, his lack of empathy, and his frequent rudeness, it was great to see Clara take up the role of “Doctor” to infuse some of that loveableness (is that even a word?) back into the role. Clara made tough calls, she wasn’t perfect as she was not always honest with the people in her care, but she was ultimately able to make the people around her feel safe. While Twelve can make you feel protected in a moment of crisis, Clara was able bring a bit of softness that we haven’t seen in the Doctor since the regeneration.

Ever since Clara blew up at the Doctor in “Kill the Moon“–regardless of what the Doctor says–I think he has been mulling over his actions and examining how he treats the humans in his care. So watching Clara act like the Doctor in his stead maybe showed him ways that he’s falling short.

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Of course, maybe not. After all, the Doctor did say that Clara’s “goodness” had nothing to do with how good of a Doctor she was. So it stands to reason that he sees a reason and importance to having less “goodness” than Eleven.

But, honestly, the Doctor was really a supporting character this week. It was really all about Clara.

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(C) BBC – Photographer: Adrian Rogers

For the past several episodes Clara has been juggling her life with the Doctor, her life with Danny, and trying to work out how she felt about the Doctor’s questionable tactics on the moon. While her relationship with Danny and the Doctor was mentioned, the focus of the episode was Clara. In this episode, we got to see how Clara faced a crisis on her own (mostly on her own, anyway). My favorite moment of the episode was when Clara stopped asking “what would the Doctor do”, and starting asking how she felt it best to handle the situation. I’m really loving how this season is showing us Clara and the Doctor’s relationship evolve from Clara fully revolving around the Doctor–her very existence being only to save the Doctor–to Clara having a life outside of the TARDIS, and making choices without the Doctor beside her to call the shots.

Also, and I’m just gonna say this once, I think watching Clara wield the sonic showed us how a female Doctor could actually be pretty awesome, despite objections from naysayers.

Ultimately, Clara is getting a chance to blossom into an extremely interesting character. I love that they allow Clara to be feminine and show her emotions, as well as show her being fully capable to do what needs to be done in a crisis. So often in television and movies we see female characters portrayed as either feminine and emotional OR capable in a crisis. I love that Clara is a bit of both.

As a side note, I’m interested to see what will happen with Clara and Danny. Danny has made it very clear how important honesty is to him, and Clara has been lying straight to his face about her relationship with the Doctor. Danny’s presence is in the trailer for next week’s episode “In the Forest of the Night” has only made me more curious.

What did you think of the episode? Let me know in the comments, and check out the trailer for “Forest of the Night” below!

Clip From the New Episode of Supernatural: Soul Survivor

The CW just released a new clip from next week’s episode of Supernatural, “Soul Survivor”, and I’ve got it for you here!

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out my recap of the season premiere, “Black“, and the most recent episode, “Reichenbach“.