Thursday, September 23, 2010

Are The Gates Closed for Good???

So this past weekend the last two (EVER??) episodes of the supernatural show The Gates were broadcast. Although the show initially sort of appeared on the scene with little fanfare as far as I noticed it quickly became one of my favourite new shows. The mixture of the normalcy of a desperate housewives-esque modern reality with hints of horror as well as the normal politics of such an upper class closed off community makes for interesting viewing. It was interesting to see Rhona Mitra (remember when she was famous for being a Tomb Raider model) the last time I saw her was the recurring role on Stargate: Universe she does well in her role as Vampire and home maker.

The series grew from just being interesting because it was about the creatures of fantasy living in our world to generally holding up its own interest with an intriguing storyline and characters that you wanted to know more about.

Something else that surprised me about The Gates was the eye candy, let’s face it regardless of your gender there is usually someone on a show that makes your eyes light up or your heart beats faster. In my case there are two actresses Marisol Nichols and Janina Gavankar. I’ve seen Marisol in a few things beforehand a quick IMDB search suggests The Storm as the last thing I might have seen her in, apparently Janina was in L word but I never got to see that even though I know it had the redhead from Mutant X who is now in CSI I think came in much the same time as Fishbourne still though I no longer watch that.

[UPDATE: I have seen Janina before in an episode of NCIS one that centred on Tim in a women’s prison. She was the hot prisoner who kept threatening everyone. I realise it’s not very realistic but I distinctly remember her in the sexy vest.]

Anyway now that it is over I am hoping against hope that we will see more of that show, hey if Jericho managed it I don’t see why this shouldn’t. Even if the show has now ended I would suggest it is worth a look if you have the means to pick up the series on download.

Monday, September 13, 2010

I've been away but I'm here now


Hellcats is a College Cheerleader based drama starring Ashley Tisdale (of High School Musical fame) and is about a pre-Law student forced to become a cheerleader in order to continue her studies. It is set in Memphis which is interesting by itself and makes a change to everything being in the OC or New York. She starts out as the total anti-cheerleader stereotype but seems to get won over by the prep squad by the end of the first episode.
I think it is worth a watch even without all the tight, taut and tanned bodies of the young cast constantly being on show, there is nothing wrong with that aspect of it though and there should be enough for both sexes to happily perve at when not being enthralled by the plot.

Will be coming on tonight in the US and I am eagerly anticipating it. I remember catching the pilot all those months ago and thinking typical chick stuff and left it for months till the first season finally showed up over here in the UK thanks to ITV2. Even then I left it until I dunno the 5th or 6th episode. Slowly but surely it managed to grow on me. Probably thanks to Ian Somerhalder and his portrayal of Damon.
Everyone likes a bad boy and you need it next to the initially whiter than white Stefan and the wishy washy Elena. You got a witch and a group of good looking friends for side stories. In the second half of the season things got much better we had awesome guest stars, one Malese Jow for instance and a storyline that was actually worth tuning in for every week. So if you haven’t seen it head out and pick up the box set and if you have then get ready for the new season.
I have watched the VT premiere and I have to say I am impressed I don’t think I am truly spoiling anyone to say that Katherine is still around for the first episode and things go straight ahead full speed. The thing I found compelling at least from the second half of the season is the fact that all the cast of characters have some form of plot that keeps on going like True Blood I think is a good comparison. I see no reason to stop counting Vampire Diaries of one of my top shows and I highly recommend it this is only the 2nd season so catching up is easy.