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  1. The Top 20 Television Moments of 2014 – Part One

    December 18, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    hannibal love your work

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    As all our shows go home for their winter breaks (with 60 pounds of laundry for mom!), it’s time to embark on our annual year-end coverage!

    We kick off our celebration of all things 2014 with part one of our Top 20 TV Moments. Trust us when we tell you that this has been a 12-month discussion; we’ve been analyzing and re-analyzing our picks since this year was even a thing.

    A few disclaimers:

    1. These moments are presented in no particular order. Feel free to rank in the comments, but we’re not doing the dirty work for you.

    2. Spoilers obviously present. If you are phobic, you might want to scroll down and take a look at the tags to keep yourself safe.

    That said, here are half of our favorite TV moments from this jam-packed year. Remember – there are ten more coming. So you can’t yell at us for leaving anything out. Yet.

    1) Sherlock kisses Molly – Sherlock

    Watching any episode of Sherlock is a heady experience. They are few and they are precious. When I watch one for the first time, I’m caught between a desperate need for the adventure’s conclusion and “DON’T FORGET ONE MOMENT OF THIS, SAGE.” It’s a thin line to walk.

    After two years of the waiting game, season three opened with an escape sequence of Bond-ian proportions. And the cherry on top of the whole sexy spy act was the moment that Sherlock Holmes crashed through a glass window like a damn hero and reminded Molly Hooper why she keeps on dealing with his nonsense.

    It is a genuine, pearl-clutching moment and, as Kim just said to me, “pure fanservice.” Up until this point, this swashbuckling, bodice-ripping Holmes only existed in fan fiction. And then Benedict Cumberbatch is on our TV screens (laptop screens, for those of us who are crap at waiting) ruffling his Sherlock locks (Just keep the curls for ONE hiatus, BC. We’re begging you.) and taking Molly’s face in his hands to give her something to remember him by. It was barely January and the first entry on this list was locked down like a cell block.

    I maintain that this moment is canon, even if the rest of Anderson’s action-fantasy is not. My reasons for this are four-fold. Firstly: Molly Hooper deserves this. I want so much to believe that Sherlock acknowledged her sacrifice; she had more to lose than anyone. Secondly, they’re suuuuuper weird around each other the rest of the season, especially when the conversation comes down to love and sex. Something totally went down. Next, we find Molly in Sherlock’s mind palace in “The Last Vow.” She’s vital to him. And finally: I ship it and I want this and this is about me.

    Irregardless of the reality of the situation, this was good, panty-droppin’ stuff. I’ll leave you with Louise Brealey’s thoughts on the matter, because she sees us.

    louise tweet kiss

    And maybe she is us.

    –Sage

    2) Pierce Hawthorne’s Last Will and Testament – Community

    Season Five of Community was a mixed bag creatively, especially in the back half of the season after Donald Glover left the show.  Maybe it is because the show blew its wad on the one-two punch of “Cooperative Polygraphy” and “Geothermal Escapism” because those two episodes were perfect send-offs for two of the Original Greendale Seven, Pierce Hawthorne and Troy Barnes.  The final scene of “Cooperative Polygraphy” is the perfect mix of sweet and sour that is oh so Community that I am going to just paste all of the dialogue here.

    Mr. Stone: Britta Perry Do you know that you hate yourself more than you should and that your passion inspired me?
    Britta: No.
    Abed: That’s true.  She didn’t know.
    Mr. Stone: To Miss Perry, I leave my iPod Nano filled with music to take life less seriously by.
    Shirley: Oh, that’s nice.
    Mr. Stone: I also leave you this liquid nitrogen cooled cylinder of my hyper-virile sperm in case your lesbian lifestyle one day wears out and you wish to raise an army of geniuses.  Shirley?
    Shirley: Hmm?
    Mr. Stone: Did you know that you are not only a credit to your race and gender, but to our species, and that I was intimidated by your strength of character and business acumen? To Shirley Bennett, I leave my spacious timeshare in Florida, where she can take What’s-his-name and however many children she has now. I also leave you a cylinder of my sperm. Annie Edison. Did you know that you were always my favorite?
    Annie: You mentioned it once, but…
    Mr. Stone: I leave you this tiara, which you once refused to accept. It’s the same tiara I used to wear when my mother would verbally assault me for not being a little girl. Also sperm. Jeff Winger, did you know you’re gay?

    Jeff: No.
    Mr. Stone: Agree to disagree. To you, I leave this bottle of fine scotch so that you’re less tempted to drink this cylinder of even finer sperm. Abed Nadir, did you know that you are insane and nothing that you said ever made any sense to me?
    Abed: Yep.
    Mr. Stone: Here’s your sperm. Troy Barnes, did you know that you possess the greatest gift life can give: The heart of a hero. And that it’s up to you not to waste it like I did?
    Troy: I think.
    Mr. Stone: To Troy, I leave the obligatory sperm.
    Troy: Maybe it’s because everyone else got one, and because it’s an old man’s semen, but, um, I’m kind of disappointed.
    Mr. Stone: In addition, I am prepared to leave Troy Barnes my remaining shares in the Hawthorne Wipes company, currently valued at $14.3 million. On one condition. You must first sail my boat, the Childish Tycoon, by yourself around the entire world.
    Troy: What?
    Mr. Stone: When I was 23, my father asked me to do the same thing to earn my adulthood and his fortune. Of course I cheated and floated off the coast of Belize for a year doing coke with John Denver. I always regretted it. I’d like to give you a chance to do what I never did…Become your own man.

    The INSTANT Britta was given the iPod nano, I started sobbing and cursing Dan Harmon’s brilliance because of the above image, hilariously from one of the most loathed episodes of Community, season one’s “The Art of Discourse”.  It’s a little serendipitous that Chevy Chase left the show in 2014 (hell, it’s serendipitous the show was still even AIRING in 2014) and while I doubt that this moment was planned from season one, the fact that the writers added in this callback shows JUST how much attention they pay to the rich history of the show (and that makes me angry when they DON’T pay attention like when they create a brother for Annie Edison out of NOWHERE.  I digress).  The whole scene was a love letter to the fans of the show, between the iPod, Annie’s Tiara, and Pierce getting one more “Gay” dig in at Jeff.  But most of all what this scene did is exemplify that Pierce, though he may have been a bastard and he may have been bad at showing it, truly loved and respected  his study group friends.  They were his family and he loved them and at the end of the day, he wanted to be sure they knew that.  The gifts he gave to them all proved that he knew all of them better than they thought he did…and that he believed in them.  And finding people who believe in you and love you FOR your weirdness?  That’s what Community is all about, my friends.

    — Kim

    3) Diamond Dan Dances for Mindy – The Mindy Project

    For most of the year, Danny and Mindy’s first kiss on the airplane had a solid slot locked down on this list.   On September 16th, everything changed.  Sage and I were at a screening of Gillian Anderson’s A Streetcar Named Desire the night of the season three premiere of The Mindy Project.  When we emerged emotionally exhausted from the screening, both of us had multiple (spoiler-free) text messages from friends making sure we were alive.  I rushed home as fast as the MTA would carry me and immediately queued up “We’re A Couple Now, Haters”.  When it was revealed that Danny Castellano had a stripper past, I immediately started saying Hail Mindys that we would get to see Chris Messina show off his moves (as we all knew he had them, thanks to “Christmas Party Sex Trap”).  And in the last minutes of the episode, my prayers were answered and I curled up on the couch making dying animal noises at my television screen.  “What did I do to deserve this wonderous moment,” I wailed at my TV.  “I must have been very very good this year.”  And then I promptly texted Sage to check to see if she was conscious.  (She was.  Barely.)

    Danny Castellano dancing to “American Woman” for his girlfriend is important for many reasons, not just for the fact that these gifs exist on the internet to cheer you up on a dreary day from here to eternity.  (Seriously…having a shit day?  Stare at these gifs for a while.) Diamond Dan is important because in a culture where it’s usually the woman doing the sexy striptease (Magic Mike aside), Mindy Kaling flipped the script and had the MAN be the one being blatantly objectified, while the woman greedily watches.  As Sage pointed out in her recap of this episode, the fact that both Danny and Mindy are DEAD SERIOUS in this scene is what makes it so special.  Mindy is not hooting and hollering like so many women tend to be portrayed as doing in a male stripper situation.  Danny is not doing some half-assed version of his routine as a joke.  He does the routine full-out, never taking his eyes off her.  In his seriousness, he makes it known that he completely trusts Mindy with his past. He also makes it known that this is a seduction to please HER and that there are going to be some SERIOUS sexytimes to follow.

    He IS like a thirsty camel at a desert oasis, after all.

    — Kim (and I am sure you won’t mind one more gif so here you go.  I SAVED THE BEST FOR LAST.)

    4) Clara Gets a Phone Call – Doctor Who

    It took us about 30 seconds to accept the Twelfth as our Doctor and savior, but Clara Oswald needed just a bit more time. “Deep Breath” did a fabulous job of transitioning a companion from a familiar, cuddly Doctor to his more dangerous and less knowable regeneration. And we can argue over the rules and what we consider to be the breaking of them, but that won’t make this surprise cameo by Matt Smith any less powerful.

    My heart aches for anyone who was spoiled for this scene. I myself was sitting in the dark among a few thousand Whovians (annnnnnd Peter and Jenna and Moffat, thank you very much) at the Ziegfeld screening when Eleven called Clara from Trenzalore. I promptly burst into tears.

    Clara: Hello? Hello?
    Eleven: It’s me.
    Clara: Yes, it’s you. Who’s this?
    Eleven: It’s me Clara. The Doctor.
    Clara: What do you mean “The Doctor”?
    Eleven: I’m phoning you from Trenzalore, from before I changed. It’s all still to happen to me. It’s coming. Oh, it’s coming. Not long now. I can…feel it.
    Clara: Why? Why did you do this?
    Eleven: Because I think it’s gonna be a whopper. And I think you might be scared. And however scared you are, Clara, the man you are with right now, the man I hope you are with, believe me, he is more scared than can imagine right now, and he needs you. Is that The Doctor?
    Twelve: Is that the Doctor?
    Clara: Yes.
    Eleven: He sounds old. Please tell me I didn’t get old. I was young. Oh. Is he gray?
    Clara: Yes.
    Eleven: Clara, please, hey, for me. Help him. Go on. And don’t be afraid. Goodbye Clara. Miss ya.

    Most of the criticism that this scene was met with accused it of being gimmicky – a shortcut to full companion/audience acceptance of Twelve. For me, it was a proper goodbye to Eleven, since “Time of the Doctor” was a sloppy travesty.

    Moreover, I don’t think that the call left the writers or the actors off the hook. If anything, Matt’s appearance highlighted the stark differences between Eleven and Twelve. “Miss ya,” Eleven says, with so much emotion in his voice that it hurts to hear it, right before Twelve reacts to Clara’s hug like she’s crawling with cooties. These are different men, and we’re going to deal with that. You better believe we’re gonna deal with that.

    “Deep Breath” is a suspenseful debut in need of an emotional center. This scene brought us a welcome quiet moment for the Doctor and his companion to take stock and get back on the same page. And all three stars acted the hell out of it. Matt with his weary cheerfulness; Jenna putting on her brave face because she knows it’s the right thing to do; and Peter infusing this thorny Doctor with heart wrenching vulnerability. (“Please…just see me.”) Things for Clara and Twelve wouldn’t be easy from this point on, but at least she finally saw the person standing right in front of her.

    –Sage

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  2. Nicole Beharie: The Most Perfect Sunflower 2014

    December 15, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    She’s trying not to cry on finding out that she’s the Most Perfect Sunflower

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    We should know by now that when we issue the SleepyHeads a challenge, they always rise to the occasion.  When John Cho won Most Handsome Young Man, we wondered if they would keep the award in the family when it came to the ladies (as the men of Sleepy have held the title for the past 2 years).  Congrats, guys!!!!! Nicole Beharie is your Most Perfect Sunflower of 2014.

    While she faced some fierce competition from our runner-up, Nicole had the lead for most of the voting window.  What we DID love about this poll for the ladies is that the votes for all of our nominees spread out pretty evenly.  We loved people telling us that this poll was harder than it was for the men.  So all of our ladies should be proud and know that they are all perfect sunflowers on their own.

    But for now, let’s celebrate our winner!  We already waxed poetic on WHY Nicole deserved to win the title when we wrote about all the nominees.  So let’s just have a photo essay on her beauty and her personality, shall we?

    Nicole will be retiring to the Hall of Fame of Perfect people next year, joining her co-stars Tom Mison and John Cho.  So….Lyndie Greenwood for Perfect Sunflower 2015? Challenge extended.

    If they ever make a live action version of The Princess and The Frog, I humbly submit Nikki as Tiana.

    Perfect Sunflower = delivering sass whilst looking like a Disney Princess

    I don’t understand how someone who is 5’1″ has legs this long.

    YOU BETTER WERK.

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  3. “That’s for the smart kids!” – The Mindy Project Recap

    December 14, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    mindy project danny got in

    Season 3, Episode 11: Christmas
    Posted by Sage

    One of the lessons that Mindy Kaling obviously brought over to her show from The Office is that there’s inherent drama in a seemingly simple round of workplace Secret Santa. Last year, Christmas at Shulman & Associates yielded the Dance of A Millon Rewatches. (We’re obligated to mention it on this blog at least once a week or the Messina Mafia repossesses our laptops.) And this year, the gifts are even more personal.

    Though Danny pulled Morgan’s name this year (enjoy those AAA’s, buddy!), Mindy is still expecting the customary grand gesture. She thinks she finds evidence that her Christmas gift will come in the form of a diamond when snooping through Danny’s stuff in an effort to answer this age-old query: “When’s this idiot gonna lock me down?”

    mindy project engagement

    Turns out Danny had used his Catholic Rewards card at “Forever Stone” to lock down his dream burial plot, not his dream girl. Looking a little too far ahead there, Dr. C. Mindy (looking like a fucking angel, I should mention) is understandably crestfallen at their fancy, romantic Christmas dinner and lets the disappointment lead her back to an opportunity she’d all but written off.

    I’m a huge fan of Dr. Fishman, not just because Nicey Nash is such a welcome addition to the cast. The doctors needed an authority figure in their lives, and much to his chagrin, Jeremy ain’t it. This week, Jean opens a door for Mindy by recommending her for a fellowship at Stanford. Once pulled – kicking, screaming and threatened – into her teaching duties, Mindy actually excels at them. And don’t tell me her success isn’t due in some part to mimicking pop culture’s most inspirational teachers. (You know Mindy fancies herself one part Mr. Holland and two parts Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Minds.) She shows her students that doctor’s have a duty to see the person hauling around that pregnant belly. I know that I personally would welcome the distractions Dr. L would bring to my labor. For future reference: my favorite Wayne World’s scene is the one where Stacy gives Wayne a gun rack. Just kidding, I’m never subjecting myself to the horror of parenthood childbirth.

    At first, Mindy pursues the fellowship because she feels defeated. She might even be trying to scare Danny into making a move. But she accidentally gets attached to the idea. She’s earned it. There’s a concrete reward that she can obtain – one that’s going to make her an even better doctor and teacher. That’s the kind of satisfaction you can only get from your career or, like, distance running. You will get out what you put in. And if you’re seeking that kind of one-to-one output from a relationship, you’re doing it wrong.

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  4. Awards Season is here! Thoughts on the Golden Globe Nominations

    December 12, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    I can’t believe we’re going into our THIRD awards season as a blog, you guys.  Time flies when you’re consuming pop culture!  Awards Season kicked off in earnest this week (even though Critics have been announcing their awards since Thanksgiving) with both the Screen Actors Guild and the Golden Globes announcing their nominations.  The Golden Globes is consistently our favorite awards show, thanks to the free-flowing champagne, the TV and Film Worlds colliding, and (for the past 2 years) hosts and queens of the Universe Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Tina and Amy will be returning as hosts again this year AND George Clooney is getting the DeMille, so the night is already shaping up to be a good one (WHAT WILL AMAL WEAR???).  Let’s get right to discussing the nominees, as I have a lot of feelings.

    Best Motion Picture, Drama
    Boyhood
    Foxcatcher
    The Imitation Game
    Selma
    The Theory of Everything

    I’ve seen Foxcatcher and The Theory of Everything.   While I enjoyed both movies (Theory especially), neither of them EXCITED me in the way that movies like The Social Network, Up In The Air, and 12 Years a Slave have in the past.  Neither of them screamed BEST PICTURE.  They were both more acting showcases.  I clearly have a lot of catching up to do.  Boyhood has been a big player in the critics awards, so it has to be the one to beat here.  But don’t count out Theory and Imitation…this IS the Foreign Press we’re talking about here.

    The biggest snub to me in this category is Wild, which has been one of my favorites of the year.  Earlier this week Nathaniel Rogers of The Film Experience (one of the most pro-Actress sites out there) pondered if Wild wasn’t catching on (other than for Witherspoon) because it’s a lady fronted film.  I think he’s right, especially when you look at the accolades racked up by similar male-led films like 127 Hours and Into the Wild.

    WOMEN!  Amirite?

    Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy
    Birdman
    Into the Woods
    The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Pride
    St. Vincent

    This category seems tailor-made for a big glossy musical like Into the Woods (IS IT CHRISTMAS DAY YET?), but with 7 total nominations, Birdman is the obvious favorite here.  Confession time.  I HATED Birdman.  I admired a lot about it, but as a whole, the movie just left me with a “WHY??” feeling.  So if it continues to win all the things, it’s going to be a VERY long awards season for me. People were very excited this morning to see Pride on this list, so it has bumped to the top of my must see list.

    I would have loved to have seen Begin Again in this category but it’s summer release is probably playing against it (and all the Once comparisons).  One movie I am THRILLED to NOT see here is the atrocious remake of Annie.  Guys.  It’s SO BAD.

    Best Animated Motion Picture
    Big Hero 6
    The Book of Life
    The Boxtrolls
    The Lego Movie
    How to Train Your Dragon 2

    The Lego Movie is one of the biggest commercial hits of the year AND it was critically adored.  Game Over, me thinks.

    Best Director
    Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Ava DuVernay, Selma
    David Fincher, Gone Girl
    Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Birdman
    Richard Linklater, Boyhood

    This is a super exciting category!  I was thrilled to see David Fincher included.  Also, I’m counting Linklater’s nomination as retroactive love for the Before Trilogy.

    And Interstellar has to be dead in the water now, as far as major awards, right?  I’m sure it will get a slew of tech nominations, but better luck next time, Chris Nolan.

    Best Actor, Drama
    Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
    Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
    Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
    David Oyelowo, Selma
    Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

    These five men, along with Birdman‘s Michael Keaton, are the ones fighting for the Oscar nominations.  6 men, 5 slots.  WHO MISSES OUT?

    This one is hard to predict for me.  Eddie Redmayne is PHENOMENAL but is he famous enough (he’s also SUPER young)?  This is my one hesitation with him.  Yeah, yeah, people keep throwing Adrien Brody at me when I say that.  But Brody is the exception to the rule when it comes to awards.  Can it just be a three-way tie with Redmayne, Carell, and Benny Batch?  Eddie and Benny can share custody of the trophy since they are besties.

    Best Actress, Drama
    Jennifer Aniston, Cake
    Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
    Julianne Moore, Still Alice
    Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
    Reese Witherspoon, Wild

    Wild is the best work of Reese’s career, hands down.  I love Julianne and Jenn, but I’m super annoyed that their films are only doing awards qualifying runs, meaning that the fact I live in NYC probably means that *I* will be able to see them before the awards, but the general public will not.  Such a disservice.  Don’t count out Pike, who turned in one of the most chilling performances of the year in Gone Girl. 

    Best Actor, Musical or Comedy
    Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
    Michael Keaton, Birdman
    Bill Murray, St. Vincent
    Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
    Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

    This should be a cakewalk for Batman…erm…Birdman.  Super sad not to see James Corden here.  Don’t worry, Craig.  You’re still number one in our hearts.

    Best Actress, Musical or Comedy
    Amy Adams, Big Eyes
    Emily Blunt, Into the Woods
    Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
    Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars
    Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

    Guys, I don’t want to hate on a child, but it is a TRAVESTY they nominated Wallis.  Annie is horrendous and she essentially sleepwalks through the movie.  You NEED to have a belter for Annie and a belter she is not.  She’s also not good at lip-synching and all the charm and promise she showed in Beasts of the Southern Wild is missing here.  (Perhaps this is the fault of the director?  It’s just bad.)  The Hundred Foot Journey was one of the most purely enjoyable movies of the year, but I expect its memory is too distant for the voters.  Moore will PROBABLY win in drama.  So it comes down to Blunt and Adams.  Amy is wonderful in Big Eyes, but Blunt’s role is showier and the most traditional musical/comedy performance here (as honestly, I don’t know what Big Eyes is doing in comedy).  I give the edge to Mrs. Krasinski.

    (The fifth slot SHOULD have gone to Keira Knightley for Begin Again)

    Best Supporting Actress
    Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
    Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
    Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
    Emma Stone, Birdman
    Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

    The big snub here is Laura Dern, who is absolutely luminous as Reese Witherspoon’s mother in Wild.  I don’t understand how this performance is not getting traction.  What I also don’t really get is how Emma Stone IS getting awards traction, other than riding on the coattails of all the Birdman love.  Don’t get me wrong, Emma is great in the movie, it just didn’t feel like an awards type of performance.  Meryl surely has the most attention grabbing role, but I suspect that if Blunt wins in Leading Actress, they may go in a different direction with this category.  Patricia Arquette has been getting all the critical love, so if she wins here, her road to Oscar looks pretty golden.

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  5. The Head Over Feels Most Perfect Sunflower 2014

    December 10, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    We’ve always said we are equal opportunity objectifiers here at Head Over Feels.  The Men have had their turn and in a fight to the finish, John Cho was crowned The Most Handsome Young Man.  Now we turn our eyes to the ladies.  This poll took a hiatus last year (SORRY WE ARE THE WORST) so Alison Brie and Christina Hendricks have enjoyed a long reign at the top.  You might notice that we changed the title from “Sexiest Woman Alive” to “Most Perfect Sunflower”, mainly in an homage to life hero Leslie Knope and her adoration of her best friend Ann Perkins.  But “Most Perfect Sunflower” also perfectly encompasses how we feel about these women.  Sure, they are all beautiful and sexy…but you won’t see any lingerie shoots in this post.  (Hey, we avoided shirtlessness for most of the guys, Stephen Amell aside, and it’s hard to find a picture where Amell is NOT shirtless)  We love these women for their looks AND their personalities.  These are the women who delight us on a weekly basis and the women we most want to have a slumber party with.  They are our (fantasy) friends and they are our role models and they are our beauty icons.  Perfect sunflowers, all of them.

    Be sure to vote in the poll at the end of this post.  Voting will close December 14th (this coming Sunday) at 9 PM.  Let your voice be heard.

    Gillian Anderson

    What the hell kind of reverse-aging voodoo is going on here and how do I get in on it?

    When I look at Gillian Anderson’s face, a neon-sign in my brain flashes the word “LUMINOUS.” Somebody left the light on inside her, and its our privilege to bask in it.

    Obviously, Gillian could be considered a Head Over Feels poster girl solely for her near 15-year run as Special Agent Dana Scully, blessed be her name. But the actress is having a renaissance of sorts. She’s been steadily working since the show ended, obviously. But the world-at-large seems to be rediscovering the actress thanks to her consistency, interesting choices, and, of course, hotness.

    Let’s start with Hannibal, in which Gillian plays the exquisitely named Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier. She fits into that gorgeous, opulent world like a figure into a painting. Step back, Olivia Pope. I could watch this lady drink red wine in expensive blouses allll day long. Bedelia will be back this coming season, under some…different circumstances. (No spoilers here!) Gillian is a regular this go-round, which means that one of the most beautiful shows to look at just got more so.

    Then there’s The Fall‘s Stella Gibson, the second best law enforcement professional Gillian’s ever played. For those of you who haven’t experienced this woman yet, DO. She oozes capability and sexual confidence, smashing the patriarchy to itty bitty pieces while she tracks an Irish serial killer. It’s required viewing for media-consuming feminists.

    On stage, Gillian took on the legendary role of Blanche DuBois in the Young Vic’s production of A Streetcar Named Desire. We saw it when Fathom Events hosted showings of the production in movie theaters across the country and walked out asking ourselves how the hell she pulled that off eight shows a week. I was exhausted just sitting on my ass and watching her Southern Belle flame-out.

    Beyond her range-y talent (did I mention she wrote a BOOK?) and ever-growing sexiness, what elevates Gillian Anderson to Perfect Sunflower level is her laugh. There are whole YouTube tributes dedicated to it. It’s totally un-self-conscious – when Gillian breaks, she breaks hard. And how can anyone on set be annoyed that the take is ruined when they’ve got this one giggling away in their presence? I’ve been a fan of this very singular laugh since The X-Files wrap party blooper reels started making their way onto the internet in the mid-’90’s. And I’m delighted that it and the cheeky sense of humor behind it haven’t diminished in the slightest. Gillian reminds me of a young Meryl in a lot of ways. She brings a profound sense of fun and play to even the most somber roles, and she never takes herself too seriously. No wonder David’s still sprung after all these years.

    –Sage

    Nicole Beharie

    The men of Sleepy Hollow have dominated the contest for the Men with Tom Mison winning in 2013 and John Cho winning this year’s poll.  Now we turn to Sleepy‘s pint-sized leading lady and SHAME ON US for waiting this long to celebrate the wonder that is Nicole Beharie.  Nicole is a KNOCK-OUT, y’all.  She’s got this beautiful (and glowing) skin, fantastic hair that looks amazing both in its natural and straightened state, Disney Princess eyes, fierce eyebrows (which I am beginning to think is a casting requirement on Sleepy Hollow), and lips to rival Angelina Jolie’s.  Her smile is like sunshine.  But what my favorite thing about Nikki is that her supermodel looks aren’t off-putting or intimidating.  She is utterly approachable and warm and we may envy her beauty, but we never hate her for it.  And unlike her counterparts on other procedural shows, you never look at Abigail Mills and don’t believe that she is a cop who could kick your ass (practical demon chasing footwear FTW!).

    Her ASS though. Perfection.

    Don’t even get me started on how amazing Grace Abigail Mills is and how wonderfully Nikki brings her to life.  Abbie’s brilliant, she’s determined, she’s tough…but she also feels things incredibly deeply and is fiercely devoted to the people she cares about.  She’s been through a lot of shit in her life, so she’s emotionally guarded for very good reasons.  That’s why it’s so amazing that she opened her heart (not even in the romantic sense) so quickly to Ichabod Crane.  Ichabod, with all his freely expressed emotions, may be the heart of Sleepy Hollow, but Abbie is the SOUL.  Sleepy Hollow works because of Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie’s performances (and I love that they are as wonderful together OFFSCREEN as they are ON).  Their chemistry rivals David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson’s (hence the reason we often compare Ichabbie to Mulder and Scully).  It’s lightning in a bottle and Nicole’s performance is so grounded and honest that you always believe her, whether she’s chasing down Wendigos or teaching Ichabod the ins and outs of baseball.  We’ve been promised a big Abbie story for the back half of Season Two, and I for one, can’t wait to see what Nikki does with it.  If it’s anything like her performance in “Mama”, we’re in for a real treat.

    Like Gillian Anderson’s giggle, what elevates Nikki to Most Perfect Sunflower status is her DELIGHTFUL facial expressions.  The woman has zero poker face in interviews.  (NEVER FORGET her face as she watched Tom play Marry, Fuck, Kill at SDCC this year.) Her reactions are priceless and begging to be made into gifs.  I just love that she has a great sense of humor and also wears her heart on her sleeve.  Having interviewed her at NYCC 2013, I can say that she is a DELIGHT in person and I could make a flip book of all her facial expressions.

    Y’all know we love a gal who can rock some polka dots.  (Note from Sage: taking this picture was one of my proudest moments of NYCC)

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    The gauntlet has been thrown down, Sleepyheads?  Don’t you think Nikki is worthy of Most Perfect Sunflower?  Tom certainly seems to think so.

    — Kim

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  6. “Willing to Make That Sacrifice.” – Sleepy Hollow Recap

    December 10, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 11

    “The Akeda” 

    Where were we?  After a treasure hunt that would make Dan Brown jealous, Abbie and Ichabod are now in possession of the sword of Methuselah and it promises to be the ultimate demon killing weapon.  Frank Irving is on the run.  And despite Katrina’s (minimal) efforts, not only is child Moloch still alive, he’s an adult now (They grow up so fast!).  The apocalypse is about to be unleashed…so why are we wasting time in this intro?  Let’s get straight to the rankings!

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    In what MUST be the demonic version of a Bar Mitzvah, now that Moloch is all grown-up, an apocalyptic storm rages over the city.  Strangely, no one other than Abbie and Ichabod seems to be freaking out over it (they must all be having an end of the world party at the bar with Hawley).  There’s freaky red lighting that seems to be anticipating every move the witnesses make, as it strikes down their car, stranding them on the side of the road (Ichabod: “Forgive me for not trusting an electronic device in an apocalyptic storm”).  The lightning then knocks out the phone lines when Abbie and Ichabod try to call a cab (I wonder how much a driver would charge when you get into a cab and say “I’d like to go to a demonic lair please”?).  Hmmmm…it’s almost as if the storm doesn’t want them to get anywhere?  They commandeer a motorcycle (BELIEVE ME, more on that later) and make their way to Frederick’s Manor where they find the model of the city that Henremy’s been working on since “The Root of All Evil”.  In my recap of that episode, I pondered if Henremy was specifically painting the buildings where he had wreaked havoc and it turns out I was right, so score one for me.  The witnesses tie a string around the path of destruction and “Son of a bitch,” Abbie says.  “It’s a pentagram over the city.”

    Son of a Bitch is right.

    It is in that moment where Katrina is in need of rescue AGAIN as Abraham has gone ahead and decided that it’s time to get on with that binding ritual because getting her to fall in love with him is just taking too damn long (or is it)?  Ichabod draws the sword, Abbie says “Go get ‘em, Crane!”, and I swoon at the hotness with which Tom Mison wields the sword.  Once Abbie frees Katrina, she does some useful magic (for once) and extends the power of the amulet so the witnesses can see his face.  Abraham has a VERY convincing argument as to why his life should be spared (more on that in What the Damn Hell, because really WHAT THE DAMN HELL) so he is instead taken to the archives and back to his Jefferson Designed and Witch Endorsed cell.  There, he gleefully fills the witnesses in on the rest of Moloch’s earth warming party.  Turns out, he is burning each of the four white trees.  The first tree brought the smart lightning, the second will bring blood down from the sky (all the bonus points to Lyndie Greenwood for her delivery of “IT’S HAILING BLOOD.”), the third will bring Moloch’s demon army from purgatory, and the fourth will usher in his reign on earth.  “Time is not on your side,” he taunts.  Good thing the witnesses have a sword that can vanquish all demons, right?

    Wrong.

    Score one for the Doomsdayers.  10/10 Sandmen.

    #WHATTHEDAMNHELLHOLLOW

    When Ichabod threatened to kill Abraham back at Fredrick’s Manor, he borrowed a line from Once Upon a Time and said “All magic has a cost.”  Turns out, while the sword of Methuselah IS an all-powerful Moloch killing weapon, but whoever wields the sword loses their soul.  HA!!!  It’s the greatest trick in the world.  (Abraham also implies that’s how Methuselah lives to be 900+ years old, therefore blowing all my Sunday School lessons to shit.)

    Abbie and Ichabod argue in typical fashion about who will be the one to lose their soul (really all I hear is “Leftenant, I can’t lose you” #sorrynotsorry) and Abbie continues to call out Ichabod on whether or not he’ll be able to kill Henremy when the time comes (“I will lay down my SOUL!” “But can you lay down your son’s?”). Ichabod references the Old Testament Story of Abraham and Issac (where God asking Abraham to sacrifice his only son as a testament of faith.  At the last minute, God provides a ram, as the mere act of him about to kill his son was enough.  I’m paraphrasing.) as he talks about his struggle when it comes to killing Henremy.  The big difference is, as Abbie points out, is that Issac was an innocent child and Henremy is anything but.  That has been the biggest source of frustration for both Abbie and the viewing audience when it comes to the redemption of Henremy.  He doesn’t WANT to be redeemed and as he has said previously, he fights against his own humanity willfully everyday.  FINALLY, Ichabod seems to agree with Abbie on that point but still says “It is an unreasonable request.”  “Nothing we’ve come across has been reasonable,” she says astutely.  TRUE THAT.

    Jenny and her fabulous eyebrows pipe up, and after she offers her standard sass (“Not what I was going to pitch, but thanks for thinking of me.”), she says what we were all thinking:  there IS someone in Sleepy Hollow without a soul (or whose soul is already claimed anyway) who IS on their side:  Frank Irving.  Abbie protests initially, citing that Frank has a wife and a daughter.  He has a FAMILY, he can’t possibly be asked to potentially make that sacrifice (theme of the episode!).  That’s the thing about sacrifices though…sacrifice is an active choice and Frank has to be given the option to make that choice.

    Ichabod and Jenny track Frank down in the tunnels of Sleepy Hollow thanks to coordinates that he cleverly left in his last message to Jenny.  “This is it, isn’t it,” he says as soon as he sees them.  Frank knew.  He KNEW this was coming, you guys.  And because Frank Irving is a BOSS, he doesn’t hesitate to step up to the plate once it becomes clear there are no other options.  “If we do nothing, we all die and you rise by Henry all the same.”  That’s all Frank needs.  He makes his wife-in-BAMFness Jenny (Ugh, such wasted potential there) promise to look after his family (“No, you PROMISE me!”).  He takes the sword and says “Let’s go see the Horseman” with a steely look of determination on his face.  Frank probably knew from the moment he took the sword that this would likely lead to his end BUT HE TOOK IT ANYWAY.  Frank could see the big picture and his role in it.  SACRIFICE.  HERO.

    I just have a LOT of feelings about Frank Irving right now, you guys.

    I love how Frank’s demeanor changed as soon as he decided that he would wield the sword.  Orlando Jones played Frank’s determination beautifully, especially in the scene where Abraham taunts him.  “Have you not sacrificed enough, Captain?”  Frank never wavers.  “I never studied fencing,” he says, holding the sword to Abraham’s neck (nice touch showing the sword burning him, by the way).  “This sword does all the work for me.”  Frank again asserts that this is a sacrifice he’s willing to make for the good of all mankind, and (as we paraphrase Dumbledore all the time) that willingness makes all the difference.  Frank gets the information Team Witness needs, but at Katrina’s request (SHADY LADY) Abraham’s “life” is spared.  For now.

    Back at the Four Trees, Henremy continues his blind adoration of Moloch, calling him “Father” and talking about how they are back at his true birthplace.  It’s pathetic really, especially as Moloch continues to berate him and say how LITTLE he matters.   “There were horseman before you, there will be horsemen after.  Be GRATEFUL for the sacrifice yourself for my glory.”  So let’s get this straight.  Another “father” is perfectly content to abandon Henremy.  Not just abandon, but as Henremy’s time with him continues, it becomes perfectly clear that Moloch doesn’t care about him as a son or even a soldier in his army.  Henremy is replaceable and Moloch makes sure that he knows that.  This won’t end well…

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  7. “The writing on the wall.” – The Mindy Project Recap

    December 8, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

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    Season 3, Episode 10: What About Peter?
    Posted by Sage

    Call me a little nutjob, but I do not think we’re building to a happy winter finale here. Mindy has been sowing seeds of discord in the Dandy relationship over these past few episodes, and I get the feeling it’s all going to play out ever-so-dramatically during the holidays.

    The source of the conflict is the age-old relationship conundrum of being on two different timelines. Ever since Danny read Mindy’s diary (and even before that, let’s be real), he’s known that Mindy is “all in.” And it’s not that Danny isn’t – or that he’s keeping an eye out for something better – it’s that he’s in no hurry to make anything official.

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    And there’s the sticky part. It’s absolutely within the Bill of Relationship Rights for Danny to want to stay in the slow lane for now, but it’s on him to be up front with Mindy about that. He’s not the most effusive boyfriend in New York. (Though I found it fairly adorable when he called Mindy his “little buddy.” And maybe I blacked out for a second after he winked.) In fact, most of Danny’s grand declarations have occurred under duress. “Try Again” ended up being a cheer-up gift for Mindy, but, had her man-trapping plan worked, it would have been a pick-me gift instead. He made his big move in the galley of that fateful plane because he knew that as soon as the landing gear hit the runway, Mindy would be back together with Cliff. And his behavior throughout the last third of season two was roughly 80% motivated by jealousy and fear of losing her. I’m not making the case that good relationships can’t get off the ground that way or that what Danny feels for Mindy isn’t real. I’m telling Danny to nut up. He doesn’t need to propose tomorrow, but he does need to fight for Mindy even when it’s only apathy he’s fighting against.

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    This week’s relationship drama comes about via Danny’s new (to his dismay) neighbor, Pete. I have yet to come to terms with the fact that Peter Prentice is leaving us this year. My reasons are both selfish and not. Adam Pally is cute and funny and I’m seriously attached to the way he pronounces the word “girl.” But he’s also a vital part of Mindy’s life and the essential third to Danny and Mindy’s relationship. Pairing Mindy with girlfriends has never worked. Her relationship with Gwen was weirdly aggressive and kind of unpleasant to watch. But Peter provides the kind of enabling support that Mindy needs to keep on being Mindy. Bottom line is that it’s no fun to watch someone be chastised. Peter and Mindy are both messy works-in-progress, so they can give each other real talk without an uncomfortable power imbalance. (“Hello, fellow sexist.”)

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    It’s kind of the ideal situation. Mindy gets steaks and sex from Danny, and reality TV and brunch with Peter. She rescues Pete from his Bro of the Flies roommate situation for his own good, but gets a pretty good deal herself. In theory. (Sidenote: We FINALLY saw Pubes in the flesh! Nice to meet you, sir.) Cuddling with Peter and Nicole in front of trashy television before crawling into bed with Danny Castellano? Where do I sign up for this life?

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  8. “Happy As Queens” – Anne of Green Gables and Reign

    December 8, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kayti

    Note from Kim: Everyone welcome our new contributor Kayti Burt to the Head Feels Family!  Kayti is a shameless fangirl trying to make her way in a world still recognizing the perfection of Farscape. When not covering The Vampire DiariesPretty Little Liars, and The Originals for Wetpaint.com, you might find her writing about travel for the Go Girl Travel Network, debating the effectiveness of Steven Moffat with her roommates, or listening to songs she first heard on British television. You can follow her on Twitter at @kaytiburt

    If I could save one low-rated TV show on The CW, it would be The 100. But, if it were some kind of two-for-the-price-of-one deal, then I would throw Reign in, too. The soapy historical fantasy romance drama isn’t my favorite show on television, but it is one I look forward to watching week after week. It’s fun, full of awesome female characters, and is beyond beautiful to look at. On a landscape of television dramas filled with superhero stuff (that, don’t get me wrong, I love), it something a little different. Not to mention it fills the hole Gossip Girl’s ending left in my heart.

    Why am I telling you all of this? Because Reign is definitely in danger of being canceled, and my pillow feather dance scene-loving heart can’t take it. Partially for all of the aforementioned reasons, but mostly for the fact that it would mean no more Queen Catherine — aka the delightfully-quippy and morally-questionable queen mother played by Canadian Megan Follows.

    I have loved Megan since her work as Anne Shirley in the classic TV miniseries Anne of Green Gables, etc. As a kid, I watched her every year on PBS when they pulled out their most popular programs for fundraising campaigns. As an adult, I try to schedule in a viewing every winter. When Reign first premiered and I saw she was part of the main cast, I knew I had to watch it.

    Though Queen Catherine/Megan Follows isn’t the only reason I watch the CW drama, she is one of the best parts of it. And, in honor of my love for both of Megan’s best-known parts, here is a recap of Reign — through the eyes (read: gifs) of Anne Shirley…

    Reign tells the story of badass teenaged queen, Mary, Queen of Scots.

    Query: Would you rather be divinely beautiful, dazzlingly clever, or angelically good?

    Mary doesn’t have to choose. She’s all three — arguably, with some ground to make up in the angelically good department. (Ruling a country or two doesn’t come without its share of moral compromises, OK?)

    Mary is totally in love with her husband Francis aka the King of France aka Catherine’s son whom she would do anything to protect.

    For those Anne of Green Gables fans in the audience, Mary and Francis have a total Anne-and-Gilbert thing going on.

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  9. “I’ve Gotta Crow” – Live Blogging Peter Pan Live!

    December 4, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    I grew up wearing out my VHS tape of the Mary Martin Peter Pan,  so obviously when NBC announced that the successor to last year’s Sound of Music Live! would be Peter Pan, I was both intrigued and terrified.  While the Celebrity Casting is not quite as rage-inducing as last year'(In fact, I am more than okay with the casting, slight Network Nepotism aside), I can’t resist the opportunity to live-blog NBC’s latest venture into presenting a live “theatrical” production.   There are MANY moving parts in Peter Pan.  There are kids.  There are live animals (as Nana is being played by an actual dog, as opposed to the traditional method of having a person in a dog suit).  There are people flying on wires.  There’s Christopher Walken tap-dancing.  And it’s all LIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE!

    Will NBC strike gold a second time?  Join me here at 8/7C to find out!

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  10. “Just another dead girl.” – Blinding Rage, Manipulative Storytelling, and The Walking Dead

    December 4, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

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    Posted by Sage

    I can’t say I wasn’t warned.

    After spending an intoxicating hour with the cast at New York Comic Con 2013, I started in on The Walking Dead. My marathon stalled after a few episodes, but kicked back in in earnest when my internet friends, whose opinions I trust implicitly, were all a-flail over Season 4. I ignored complaints that the show’s pace was steadily unsteady and that story decisions often felt arbitrary. Y’all know I have serious TV FOMO. Nothing was going to stop me from catching up and getting in on the feels.

    Honestly, I’ve enjoyed the ride. Yeah, the Governor-centric episodes were a slog, but they were just a blip in a binge. I sat back and watched characters make decisions that seemed good only for getting themselves or their friends killed, but I also watched Daryl find the family he thought he’d always be denied and Carol lose everything but her inner survivor and Glenn and Maggie latch on to each other out of a necessity that grew into the deepest commitment. The Walking Dead isn’t Mad Men. It’s not Breaking Bad. It suffers, frankly, from being so universally adored. But there are good things here.

    HERE BE SPOILERS