The Librarians

Dear ladies and gents,

do you remember those Librarian movies with Noah Wyle? You know the ones. Looked like a low budget version of Indiana Jones? That seem to be sold in bundle packs with Steven Seagal and Jean Claude Van Damme movies?

Those ones. Looks totally naff, no?

Anyhow. It was made into a series. Which, you know, normally? Yawn inducing.

BUT… this is produced by Dean Devlin! The same guy who did Leverage! AND it also stars Christian Kane from Leverage!

The first two episodes aired one after another and I have to say I absolutely LOVED it!

The Librarians is balls out fun. No other way to describe it really. You throw some art, archeology and history together, then you mix it up with some random action sequences and a bit of magic shenanigans and you get the Librarians.

And it seems I am not the only one who loved it, because the series is the most watched cable series to launch this year (with 5.4 million viewers).

Look, this is not highbrow stuff – you don’t need to make notes or consult diagrams to understand what the what is going on (like let’s say Intruders). Also it’s fast paced (always a plus in my book!) AND there is minimum blood and gore (yes, I’d never think I would list that as plus).

Be as may – watch the Librarians. And if you absolutely hate it, you have my permission to call me a silly cow.

Supernatural – 10 years on and 200 episodes in.

Dear ladies and gents,

I was watching Supernatural the other day. And then it occurred to me – it’s been 10 years! 10!!!

That’s some marriages! Relationships! Jobs! In fact some marriages/relationships/jobs last a lot less.

So instead of being all like – OH NOES what am I doing with my time! And OH NOES where did the time go! I have decided to take on a more hm relaxed approach? Because you know… yes I might have been watching Supernatural for 10 years. And while it might not be all “PENNY IS MY CONSTANT”…

Image via Lostpedia

COUGH

… it has been damn fun spending time with the Winchester brothers.

So let’s see what we have witnessed over the past 10 years (please bare in mind this is by no means an extensive list. I wrote stuff down as I remembered it, please feel free to share stuff in the comments):

- ALL the monsters! And who knew there were so many.
- Bobby dying.
- Bobby coming back as a ghost.
- Dean going to Hell.
- Dean coming back from Hell.
- Sam going all evil and sh*t.
- Angels exist.
- Lucifer escapes from Hell.
- Cas becomes human.
- Cas becomes an angel again.
- Cas’s head explodes. (sorry, had to include this)

- Sam loses his soul.
- Cas goes all evil and sh*t, thinks he is God.
- Cas comes to his senses.
- Leviathans try to turn humans into a food source.
- Dean goes to Purgatory.
- Dean comes back from Purgatory.
- Metatron chucks the angels out of Heaven.
- Sam gets possessed by an angel.
- Sam gets unpossessed by an angel.
- Dean takes on the Mark of Cain.
- Dean turns into a demon.
- Dean goes all evil and sh*t, becomes BFFs with Crowley.
- Dean turns into a normal Dean again.

And that’s where we are at ladies and gents.

The thing is sometimes I do need to remind myself it’s just a show. Because I can’t help but feel bad for the Winchesters. Good Lord, have they been dealt a shitty hand! Everyone near and dear to them keep dropping like flies. The monsters want to kill/eat/blow them up/drag them to hell. Sh*t just happens. ALL. THE. FREAKING. TIME. And Dean eating all that burgers can’t be good for him.

And them I’m all like…

And…

But after 10 years I guess I am invested :)

What the what USA Network?!

USA Network does one thing well. And when I say well I mean REALLY well. Light, fun, frothy summer shows. Noone does them better than USA Network.

White Collar, Royal Pains, Suits, the now defunct Necessary Roughness, Monk and Psych, you get the gist. This is/was USA Network’s bread and butter.

Take pretty people, put them in nice clothes and gorgeous looking locations (with some to die for set design) and presto – you have a hit on your hands.

That’s why I don’t understand what the what they are trying to do with the new slew of shows.

For example – there is Graceland. Which I think was USA Network’s first foray into gritty cop show territory?

I know Graceland got renewed and all but as far as I’m concerned – gritty it ain’t

I watched their latest show Rush? Me thinks they wanted to go for House/Royal Pains hybrid of some sort?

Will Rush is a doctor to the LA’s rich and famous. People do stupid sh*t, people need to think of their image, people call Rush, pay cash and get treated, no questions asked.

The only problem being a) the main character is an arsehole and b) Tom Ellis the guy who plays him? He might be a good actor, but Hugh Laurie he ain’t. It takes serious skill to make me care about an arsehole is all I’m saying.

Satisfaction

Another new show Satisfaction is about a couple who have been married for a while. And then the husband finds out the wife is cheating on him. With an escort. Because she doesn’t feel appreciated enough? Be as it may – this one seems to look promising, but light and frothy it is not (also I *know* I’m a crusty b*sh but it kinda reeks of #firstworldproblems?)

tl; dr

If USA Network is going for edgy, dark and twisty I don’t think these two shows will cut it. They are kinda dark, but not all that deep?

And besides – what is wrong with light and frothy and fun? We all need more of that in our lives (says she after watching the Strain yesterday and dreaming about freaking worms all night (facepalm)

Broad City

Image: Comedy Central

Dear ladies and gents,

it’s been difficult to find comedy shows that I truly love (obvs I have my tried and tested UK comedies, but sometimes you just want something new, you know?) Last year it was Parks and Recreation, then IT Crowd, but that is about it. It is not that all comedy shows are SO bad, it just that they lack that little bit of extra me thinks? And are too formulaic? Does that make sense? If I get a couple of giggles out of any given show, I consider that success.

Then an article about Broad City popped up in my reader. A couple of days later, it happened again. And again. So I was like okay, let’s see what that is about.

Broad City was created by Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and it was originally produced as a web series. Then Amy Poehler got on board as the executive producer and the series got commissioned by Comedy Central.

Broad City is about two ladies – Illana and Abbi. They are in their 20s, they are best friends and they live in New York. They are kinda broke, they are kinda odd and they are well funny.

Like remember when you were in your twenties and you had a friend who just got you? Like really (REALLY!) got you? And you did silly things just because it seemed like a good idea at the time? Well sorta (hindsight and all that)? Yeah Abbi and Illana are kinda like that. And I love them for it. It took me about two episodes to get into it, but I found myself snorting with laughter episode after episode.

And to get it out of the way – even though the show is about ladies who are friends and who are living and dating and getting by in New York, Sex in the City it ain’t. And it’s all that much better for it. TRUST.

So yes, give Broad City a go, me thinks you will like it. On a side note – second season has already been commissioned.