February 2, 2020

Goodbye #Arrow - no spoilers.

As some of you may know, I love superheroes. My fascination with them started way back in the late
70s when shows like The Incredible Hulk and Batman were playing on my TV. Then there was this amazing movie called Superman which showed up on this awesome new cable channel called Home Box Office. You could watch THE MOVIES in your home without commercials!

Trust me, to an 8-year-old, watching a real movie at home was the most exciting thing in the world in the 1980s.

Something even more exciting happened in the early 1990s, they made an X-Men cartoon show just for kids and teens! Not only was it a great show, but there were several female superheroes mixed in with the males, which was something I was very excited to see having been a fan of Batgirl and her awesome purple motorcycle. (Hmm, maybe that's why it became my favorite color?)

Anyway, I missed a few fantastic superhero shows in the mid to late 90s - most of which I've since seen every episode of, yet, I never missed any of the superhero movies.

When Smallville started on the WB in 2001, I wasn't very interested. My BFF was already watching it, and I think he had it on one day while I was visiting. Imagine my shock when John Schnieder of Dukes of Hazzard fame popped up on the screen as Jonathan (Papa) Kent. I'm certain I wasn't the only one who started watching that show because of him, and I'm glad I did. Smallville was a fun, new take on The Man of Steel, and I am a sucker for an origin story, even if it lasts 10 seasons.

So many awesome characters showed up on that show. The Flash, Aquaman, Supergirl, and even The Green Arrow, who I didn't know much about. If you're a fan of This is Us, you probably know that cute Justin Hartley played Oliver Queen in Smallville. I thought he was great. Totally fell in love with his character.

When they announced that Smallville was ending, and there was mention of a new superhero show in the works, many of us fans thought that The Green Arrow with Hartley was a given.

Well, to say I was shocked to learn that wasn't happening was an understatement. I was mad. Hartley was a great Green Arrow. He had the look, the personality, and had already gained a huge fanbase. Still, I was mad. I didn't want a different actor to play Oliver.

Flash-forward to the Series Premier. Begrudgingly, I recorded the episode, since I had become a big fan of many shows on The CW, to at least give a fair assessment of why I was going to hate this show.

It took all of one minute and thirty-one seconds to prove me wrong.

From the opening scene, I was hooked. Damn it! I was still mad.

By the end of the pilot, I was all in.

And now, eight years later, it's over and I already miss it.

With each episode and season, Arrow got better and better. I loved the island flashbacks. I loved the fight scenes. I loved the characters and how much chemistry they all had. I loved all the guest stars from Spartacus (easter egg). I loved the villains. I loved the show even more when they added Barry Allen to the mix. I love all the new shows. I loved all the crossovers. I love it all!

The Arrowverse as they now call it, has become one of my favorite things ever on TV. Don't get me wrong, I love all the Marvel movies too, but I'm first and foremost a DC Girl. And while I'm very sad that I won't have the Arrow crew on my TV every week, I have the rest of the shows, and the hope that Stephen Amell will return one day.

Do you watch the Arrowverse? What did you think of Crisis? Which is your favorite show now?




October 17, 2019

#NewRelease & #Sale The Monarch Mission Files: Infiltration - #SFR #Killjoys #Helix #SciFi

Mari Yosoto thought sharing her deadly secret with her new friends would turn them away, not into a family. Now, the Monarch Crew’s next mission is to scour the solar system and take out the cult-like One Race Project. Standing in their way is Mari’s dangerous ex-fiancé, Nobu, whose obsession with Juniper and her enhanced siblings is only surpassed by his fixation on Mari’s cybernetic limbs and extraordinary blood.

Trevor Nash vows to protect Mari and the team from Nobu despite being out-powered and outmatched. He does his best to keep the crew sane and steady, even at the cost of his own mental health. Aware that Mari’s medical scans may be the key to finding and taking down the cult, he calls on his former commanding officer for help. But something sinister is brewing under the surface.

When Nobu manipulates Mari into leaving the ship and abandoning the mission, Trevor, Juniper, and the rest of the team break every rule to find her and bring her home. If the One Race Project gets everything they need to finish their 200-year-old plan perfecting human evolution, the fate of humankind will change forever.




Mari Yosoto has been keeping a dark and dangerous secret from everyone for the past three years. No one would believe her anyway, her ex-fiancé had seen to that.

Instead of wallowing in misery, she stays busy, shuttling cargo to the Moon and back, enjoying the easy work and time alone.

An old EarthCorps acquaintance asks for her help, and Mari can’t say no, even if it means working with the ex’s former best friend.

October 8, 2019

TV Pilots Fall 2019 - What did you think?

Well, I think I watched all the pilots that I was mildly interested. I'm super happy to say I only picked up half of a show. Okay, I'm recording Perfect Harmony, it's a comedy - I had to find something to replace The Big Bang Theory. So, I only half kept my promise.

Ah well.

I can't help it.

I love TV.

So, here are the pilots I watched and my thoughts.

Possible Spoilers!

Batwoman

I will, of course, watch any and all DC TV shows they put out there (as long as I can access them without paying extra), so I was 100% on board with a Batwoman show. Granted, pilots are usually introductions to a new world and don't always have the wow factor most people want these days, but I enjoyed this pilot overall. I didn't care for some of the narration and overreaching character dialogue "You're the female Bruce Wayne." Um, no. She's Kate Kane, she needs no comparison to anyone. I thought the cast was pretty decent and the action/fighting scenes were good for a pilot. I have faith that by episode 4-5 they will find their footing and blossom from there.

Emergence

Honestly, I wanted to watch this one because I used Emergence as the subtitle to one of my MIND books. I had to know if it was aliens. I'm not sure if it is, but it's about special powers or abilities. Sadly, it didn't grab me like I thought it would. The kids in the cast were great, the characters were well fleshed out and realistic, but eh, I don't really care enough to watch more.

Prodigal Son

If you've been reading my blog a while, you know I have a creepy fascination with Serial Killers. Mindhunter is the serial killer show I've been waiting for my whole life, so I honestly don't think anything will ever come close to it. However, this show did pretty well covering the whole psychological trauma of a family whose patriarch is a mass murderer. The rest of it felt very Sherlock to me, even down to two of the scenes, one where the protagonist was studying the victim, and the ending where you just weren't sure what was going to happen. If this gets picked up for Season 2, I may go back and watch. Not sure yet.

Stumptown

Not really sure what to make of this show. I'm still kinda over procedurals and despite the first episode being somewhat an intro, it feels like a procedural. The cast was pretty fantastic overall and the story was interesting. Just not my cup of tea right now. I'm a little tired of the same type of protagonist with similar kinds of issues who all just so happen to be super good at a couple of things that makes them so unique everyone wants to work with them. Eh.

Perfect Harmony

Anytime there is singing in a show, I will check it out. Yes, I even watched Cop Rock back in the day. Hahaha. I do love Anna Camp and Bradley Whitford. They have fantastic chemistry together. This is a fun, lighthearted show with a cute premise and some real life issues thrown in the mix. I hope there is a bit more "drama" and things don't magically get fixed every episode, but I think I'll be watching. I can use a little more glee in my life. Get it? haha

I know there are a few more shows out there. I think Nancy Drew is the only other pilot I'll be watching this year.

How about you?

Which shows did you watch? Are you going to keep watching? I'd love to hear!!

October 2, 2019

Cover Reveal - The Monarch Mission Files: Infiltration #SFR #Cyberpunk

It's here!!!

My new book cover!! I love it.

As always, Pretty AF Designs totally gets me. She never disappoints.

*Spoilers in the blurb if you haven't read book 1*

Mari Yosoto thought sharing her deadly secret with her new friends would turn them away, not into a family. Now, the Monarch Crew’s next mission is to scour the solar system and take out the cult-like One Race Project. Standing in their way is Mari’s dangerous ex-fiancé, Nobu, whose obsession with Juniper and her enhanced siblings is only surpassed by his fixation on Mari’s cybernetic limbs and extraordinary blood.

Trevor Nash vows to protect Mari and the team from Nobu, despite being out-powered and outmatched. He does his best to keep the crew sane and steady, even at the cost of his own mental health. Aware that Mari’s medical scans may be the key to finding and taking down the cult, he calls on his former commanding officer for help. But something sinister is brewing under the surface.

When Nobu manipulates Mari into leaving the ship and abandoning the mission, Trevor, Juniper, and the rest of the team break every rule to find her and bring her home. If the One Race Project gets everything they need to finish their 200-year-old plan perfecting human evolution, the fate of humankind will change forever.