Arrow – Head Over Feels We Just Have A Lot Of Feelings Tue, 14 Nov 2017 15:48:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 47147277 ‘Ship / Wrecked: Why DC is Better for TV ‘Shippers Than Marvel Thu, 10 Mar 2016 15:34:46 +0000

Posted by Jaime

Editor’s Note: Everyone welcome Jaime Vazquez to Head Over Feels! Jaime is a stay-at-home dad, a long-time comic book nerd, and a huge fan of reading too much into TV shows. (Follow him on Twitter, or check out his interview with Community creator Dan Harmon here.)

The problem with being a TV ‘shipper in general is this: if a show’s writers are any good, they’ll come up with clever ways to show you that your favorite two characters are perfect together, and immediately follow that up with compelling reasons to keep them apart. Good writers make us root for amazing couples while simultaneously reminding us they can never be together. Even when they tell us the smart money is on the poison, they get us to bet on Romeo and Juliet.

In the world of TV superheroes, it’s no different: both Marvel’s and DC’s shows are filled with heart-meltingly good, yet doomed, romances. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage open up to each other, then have surprisingly hot superhero sex, but can never be together after he learns the truth of what she did while under Kilgrave’s spell. (Although if they did stay together, the show would have to move from Netflix to Cinemax pretty quickly.) Marvel’s Agent Carter has pitch-perfect flirty banter with Wilkes, who quickly becomes a ghost with no physical form. Even though we see how happy The Flash is with Patty Spivot, he cares too much to put her at risk, and has to break up with her. Perfect, but ill-fated loves: those are the rules of TV romance, and it’s the belief in those rules that allows us to forgive the writers each week, even if Barry really belongs with Patty. Because he does. (I won’t even go into that last kiss of theirs.)

It’s a funny thing, though, because Marvel and DC play by these rules in very different ways, ultimately making it a lot easier to be a ‘shipper on the DC side. In the DC TV universe, couples are granted brief happiness before our hearts are torn in two by their splitting up. In the Marvel TV universe, there’s no such thing as relationships that work, and we’re left with star-crossed lovers who are as miserable about their love lives as we are. (As others have noted, this is especially true on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

Don’t get me wrong: both DC and Marvel TV give us plenty of opportunities to yell at our screens over romances that should happen but don’t. I’ll never forget the moment when Simmons was gobbled up into another dimension moments after agreeing to go to dinner with Fitz, or the Season 2 finale of Arrow revealing that Olly confessing his love to Felicity was a ruse (my wife stood up at that very moment, declaring as she left the room, “That’s it. This show is dead to me now.”).

But here’s where the writers of DC shows give us more compelling romances to watch: even when we know a relationship is headed for doom, they give the characters–and us watching–moments of happiness before things go haywire. Those brief respites of love make it easy for us to see why they care for each other, and give us ‘shippers moments to melt. On the Marvel side, it’s all build-up to a tragedy; on the DC side, there’s always an intermission of happiness before the inevitable end.

An interesting example is how both The Flash and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had their romantic date scenes turn out this season. On The Flash: although his first date with Patty Spivot went comically bad, Barry’s temporary blindness somehow endeared him to her. Her figuring out that he was trying to hide his blindness made for a clever meet-cute, and by the end of the episode, I was more than ready for her to be the woman in his life (and honestly, Iris’s selfishness had really been bugging me by that point).

Compare that date scene with the date that Fitz set up for Simmons this year on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: their evening is marred by Simmons’ PTSD, and is awkward and sad from start to finish. Neither Fitz nor Simmons can acknowledge the elephants in the room: they care for each other, but it’s never going to work. The night ends in tears.

Like I said, I get the rules: neither couple can be together. The Flash and Patty eventually had their relationship end tragically, and Fitz and Simmons had to contend with her ex from another planet. But the quick few episodes we got of Barry and Patty together, as a couple, were so freaking cute that it was easier to get invested. She loved his wit, and he loved her gumption. (In contrast, it’s been two and a half years, and I’m still not certain what Fitz and Simmons like about each other. Even after this week’s declaration that they’re “starting over” in their relationship, if history tells us anything, it’s that it’s going to be a while before we see them kiss again.)

Some other stray examples worth pondering:

  • Roy and Thea on Arrow weren’t together long, but didn’t we all love how they rescued each other?
  • It was pretty obvious that Ronnie and Caitlin on The Flash weren’t going to be able to stay together for long after they resurrected him, but we got to see them reunited, and reconnecting.
  • An odd DC outlier: Supergirl has been friend-zoned by Jimmy Olsen. Nonetheless, my fingers are crossed.
  • Diggle and Lila are cute new parents. I know something bad is bound to happen to them soon, and even though I know that, I’m still going to curse at my TV when it does.
  • Hunter and Mockingbird from S.H.I.E.L.D. are getting their own show next year. I’m rooting for them as a couple (and they are married, after all), but their chemistry seems to rely on violence. We’re likely to get more Mr. and Mrs. Smith from their show than When Harry Met Sally. I’m not holding out out a lot of hope for getting any feels from them.
  • May and her ex-husband might have shown a spark to rekindle their romance…except for that whole him-being-a-serial-killing-monster thing.
  • An odd Marvel outlier: Wilson Fisk and Vanessa (from Daredevil) weaved a romantic origin story for the Kingpin. Their relationship, while dark and violent, feels authentic–she accepts him for who he is, and he is vulnerable to her only. As a show, Daredevil did an exceptional job letting their relationship bloom, getting the audience invested in them as they got invested in each other.

In the end, I’ll keep watching both universes, and I’ll be a relentless ‘shipper on both sides regardless of how tragically their relationships end. I’ll keep watching and ‘shipping, partly because I’m a geek, but mostly because it’s somehow comforting to think that even though we don’t get to live in a world where people have superpowers, we do get to live in a world where love can last (and doesn’t have to end tragically). I like to think we got the better end of the deal.

Fan Video Friday – Welcome Back TV! Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:30:53 +0000 please come back

Posted by Kim and Sage

Summer is fine. It’s the season of re-watches. Of catch-ups. Of Cat Deeley. But even with all the changes the medium has undergone over the last couple of decades, fall is still the best time to be a TV fan. We’re about to embark on the first of several premiere-heavy weeks, and the only emotion that can match our giddiness is ice cold fear that we won’t be able to keep up with it all.

The 2015 crop of pilots isn’t too promising. We’ll be lucky to get a regular timeslot or two out of it. But who cares, when so many old friends are returning? This week’s Fan Video Friday post is a tribute to the shows we’ve missed so thoroughly all summer and can’t wait to have back in front of our faces. Happy watching.


“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” – How to Get Away With Murder

Sage: Like most things Lana Del Rey does, this cover is ridiculous and lacking in subtlety, which makes it an excellent choice for fan-vidding a soap-y melodrama like How To Get Away With Murder. The freshman season of the Shondaland legal thriller held back nothing…except most of the answers and all of Annaliese Keating’s motivations. I’m eager to see where Season 2 takes Professor Keating and her little murder minions, once the Lila Stangard case is put to bed.

Edit: this cover is actually by Lorde, but all opinions about Lana Del Ray still stand.

“Latch” – Jane the Virgin

Kim: No offense to Brett Dier’s Michael (he just wants a Feeling Award, you guys), but I am FIRMLY on board the S.S. Jafael and have been from the very beginning.  Yes, they’ve had their issues (mainly stemming from Rafael’s insecurities and fucked up family). Yes, they have different value systems and come from different worlds.  The odds are stacked against them, quite frankly, and their relationship will ALWAYS be hard work. But there’s no denying that when these two find themselves on the same page…magic happens. Much like Jane, I see the sparkles whenever these two share the screen. “Now I’ve got you in my space, I won’t let go of you. Got you shackled in my embrace, I’m latching on to you…”

“Worth It” – Flash and Arrow

Sage: WHEW, am I glad we picked a Flarrow ladies tribute video. Because I am not speaking to Stephen Amell right now.

Titular comic book heroes mostly come straight out of the text; it’s the development of compatriots and especially love interests that set a truly great superhero show apart from the just okay. The Flash and Arrow aren’t above criticism for how their female characters fit into the world around them (see: Season 1 Laurel and 2/3 of Season 1 Iris), but overall these ladies are serving up intelligence, sarcasm, and courage, and handily carrying their own storylines. P.S. I will always ship Barry and Felicity AND Barry and Caitlin a little bit, and nothing you do can stop me.

“Love Me Like You Do” – Nashville

Kim: In last week’s installment, we spotlighted the tortured OTP of Deacon and Rayna.  However, the reason I tune into Nashville every week is Juliette Barnes.  We’ve made it no secret that she’s our favorite.  I hate hate hated what they did to her at the end of last season (Super crazy postpartum depression pushing her marriage to the brink of destruction? Be a little more original, show.) so I am super curious how they are going to right Juliette’s path now that Hayden is back on the show full time.  Less Crazy Lady and more Bad Ass Country Diva, please and thank you.

“You and I” – The Mindy Project

Sage: OKAY, this video isn’t the newest Mindy and Danny video on the YouTubes. But think of it as capturing a particular moment in time, the hesitation right before the sparring partners figure not just that they’re crazy about each other but that it might be time to act on it, instead of boo-hooing about past loves gone wrong. Also, it’s to one of the greatest ballads in the One Direction discography and the Secret Santa hug hits right at Zayn’s legendary high note. Multi-sensory bliss.

“XO” – Sleepy Hollow


Season Two of Sleepy Hollow may have had its rough patches (HA) creatively but what never wavered was the fact that Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie are beautiful and that Abbie and Ichabod have all the eye sex and UST a viewer could want. We have a lot of changes coming in Season Three…a new showrunner, dead weight cut loose (bye Katrina and Henremy, we won’t miss you), and NOT dead weight cut loose (WHY FRANK WHY I DON’T UNDERSTAND).  But one thing will remain steadfast, no matter what: Ichabbie’s devotion to each other. Witness represent.

Also…for those of you who still care (and plenty of you do, judging by Twitter) a recap of “Tempus Fugit” IS coming your way next week.  I promise.

“My Heart is Open” – Scandal

Kim: We are KNOWN haters of Olitz here (who likes Fitz? WHO? Explain yourself.), so naturally the season finale reduced us to quivering blobs of RAGE.  We’re not worried though.  This is Scandal, after all, so we KNOW that Fitz and Olivia’s happiness will only last a few episodes at most.  Until then, we shall console ourselves with videos like this one.

Yes, I realize that Jake has had his fair share of fuck-ups when it comes to Liv.  Both of her man options have viewed her as a pawn in a game at SOME point, so really, she’s better off alone.  Basically, I’m on #TeamOliviaKicksAssAndRulesTheWorld.  SPEAKING OF, how is there not a Scandal vid to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”?  It’s a PERFECT montage song for all these power hungry animals.

“Love Without Tragedy” – Empire

Sage: First of all, There are certainly not enough Empire fan videos out there, and people much more talented than me should get on that. Secondly, Lucious Lyon is fingernails down the chalkboard of my soul and I am ready for him to die of whatever he has this season so that my precious Lyon brothers and their mama bear can be left to rule the music industry themselves. (HE THREW JAMAL IN THE TRASH. Also: he cannot sing for shit.) I marathoned this show in a frenzy over two days this summer, and was left with “Drip Drop” on a perpetual loop in my head and a strong investment in the relationship between Cookie Lyon and her favorite son. I am prepared for Empire to go next-level Dynasty this season. And I’ll be the first person out of my seat if Taraji’s name gets called at the Emmys this Sunday. You better ask about her.

“Golden Leaves” – Agents of SHIELD

Kim: When I started my SHIELD binge post-SDCC, I was warned I was in for a hell of a lot of pain when it came to FitzSimmons. That was an understatement.  I had heard that something horrible happened to them in the season one finale…but I honestly had no idea JUST how horrible those scenes at the bottom of the sea would be.  And then…AND THEN the angst of season two.  Poor mentally and emotionally broken Fitz talking to Simmons in his head.  Simmons taking undercover assignments because she couldn’t bear to be around Fitz.  The pain of them being put back together and NOT CLICKING LIKE THEY ONCE DID.  The way they got to know each other again.  The way Fitz worked up the courage to ask her out and the way she said yes.  Oh. AND THE WAY SOME BLOB ATE SIMMONS RIGHT AFTER IT HAPPENED.

I hate you Joss Whedon.  Bring on Season Three.

“Uptown Funk” – Agent Carter

Sage: Don’t believe her, just watch.

Agent Carter Season 2 isn’t getting a fall premiere, so I supposed including Peggy on this list is just a tad cruel. But I’m still overjoyed that we’re getting her back at all, and I tip my hat to Marvel’s ties with ABC and Disney for keeping this mission afloat. Peggy and Jarvis are taking LA this time around, and we could all use a little ’40s noir realness in our lives.

“Ends of the Earth” – The 100

Kim: You know that we’ll never pass up the chance to spotlight one of Kerry’s FABULOUS videos.  There are so many things I love about this one, from the contrast of the very gentle song vs. the brutality of The 100 to the fact that we first time we SEE Bellamy in this is when he grabs Clarke’s hand as she falls into the pit.  (Timing it PERFECTLY with the beat kicking in? Stop it, Kerry, you’re too much.)

We don’t get season three until early 2016, so that leaves you plenty of time to binge seasons one and two on Netflix.  Do yourself a favor and watch, okay?

“Let’s Be Crazy” – Castle

Sage: It’s been on forever, but how can I get sick of two people who are this cute? I cannot and will not, please don’t even think it.

I get that there are people who only watch TV to be challenged, and certainly Castle isn’t the show to do that. But there’s room on the schedule for a procedural that’s accessible, meta, sexy, and silly, with two immensely likable leads and a neverending supply of themed cases dreamed up just to get those leads into costume. It should be noted that I think of Caskett as one of my fun, not demoralizing ships, but I did get a little teary at the mini-montage of Rick and Kate saying the same thing at the exact same time. I’m not made of stone.

What show’s returns are you looking forward to this fall? Let us know in the comments; extra points if you’ve got a fan video recommendation to go with your pick!

“I thought we were going to have whiskey on this panel!” – SDCC 2015, Part III Fri, 24 Jul 2015 21:34:16 +0000 Team BAMF: Bad Ass Major Feels
Team BAMF: Bad Ass Major Feels

Posted by Kim

By Saturday, we felt like SDCC pros. We were getting into all the panels we were wanting to see. We had scored the exclusive merchandise we had lusted after.  We had partied the PERFECT amount to where we didn’t feel like zombies the next day.  We were, in a word, killing it. Would Saturday proved to be as charmed of a day as the first two?  Read on to find out!

Walking the Exhibit Hall

We live at the convention center now.
We live at the convention center now.

After walking the now familiar route around the top floor of the convention hall (Me: “Let’s do a lap before we commit to a location”) to settle into the line for the Exhibit Hall, we had one goal in mind: getting to the Legendary Booth for a chance to win a ticket for the Crimson Peak signing (HIDDLES) later that afternoon. The autograph culture at SDCC is much different from the one at NYCC.  At NYCC, as long as you have the money and the willingness to stand in line, you can get the autograph you so desperately need.  Not all of the talent attending NYCC (especially your A-Listers) does the autograph booths, but if the object of your desire does do them, you can get your autograph for a sum ranging from 20 to upwards of 100 bucks.  (This also applies to paid photo-ops, also known as what currently decorates my kitchen walls, also known as that time Stephen Amell caught a bit of Sage’s side boob.)  At SDCC, all the autographs are free and the A-list talent DOES participate. The catch? It’s all based on a lottery system.  That’s right…some people will line-up in the wee hours of the morning for a chance to DRAW A TICKET to win a chance to get autographs from the Game of Thrones or Arrow casts.  I have a hard time comprehending that, to be honest. When we camped out for 21 hours, we at least KNEW we would be guaranteed to be in the presence of Peter Capaldi.  I digress.

Once the exhibit hall opened, we made a beeline to the Legendary Booth, taking full advantage of our New York City honed power-walking skills (NOT RUNNING!).  Alas, the line to draw a ticket was capped by the time we made it there.  Clearly, the universe knows we aren’t ready to be face to face with Tom Hiddleston.

Free Star Wars buttons!
Free Star Wars buttons!

Since the majority of the early morning crowd was occupied with getting exclusives, we took advantage of the lighter traffic flow and walked the exhibit hall from end to end. I highly recommend anyone attending a major con to do this.  There are so many unique booths and vendors to discover outside of all the licensed merchandise. The degree of creativity displayed in the hall is astounding, from traditional comic book art to handmade toys to prints inspired by various fandoms.  These are the best souvenirs, in my opinion, because despite the “exclusive” merchandise, these are the things that are truly unique to each con.  Before I came to SDCC, I had vowed not to buy any fan art due to the fact that my available wall space was rapidly decreasing. On the exhibit floor, however, my attitude was thus: “GIMME ALL THE ART”.  I was on the hunt for a good gift for Kelly, who was graciously watching my dog for me.  In the course of doing so, naturally things like this happened…

Honestly, as soon as I bought those Rose and Nine prints, I knew I wanted to keep them. I knew deep in my heart I wanted to find something X-Files themed for Kelly anyway. One would think that X-Files art would be easy to find. Nope. Whenever we would ask a particular booth whose style we enjoyed whether or not they had any Mulder and Scully, the reply was always the same: “No, but I should TOTALLY do them!!”  Yes.  Yes, you should. I expect there to be an abundance of Mulder/Scully art next year people. We did find that Joe Harris, who illustrates the comics for The X-Files, had a booth. He had a limited edition (there were only 100) print of Mulder and Scully for sale. I was unsure about getting it because I knew we had NO time to go back to the apartment that day and I was concerned about toting a print around all day without damaging it. He saw me waffling, grinned, and pulled out another print that he had limited quantities of.  I immediately forked over my money without giving it a second thought.  Why? Because this one had Mulder, Scully, AND Skinner.

Joe also recognized Kelly’s blog series, “Times Mulder and Scully Should Have Made Out This Week” (“It’s so clever!”) and wrote her a personal message on the back of the print. Thus, I left the exhibit hall with my wallet lighter but secure in the knowledge that I had scored an amazing gift for my friend. Mission accomplished.

On our way to our brunch destination, we had to pass through the crowds of protestors that had amassed outside of the convention center. Yep. Every day there were radical Christian and Anti-Abortion protestors outside the center with their bright yellow signs and fliers.  Perhaps they were taking advantage of the massive crowds or perhaps they really DID think we were all hell-bound for attending Comic Con. I’m not sure which. I’ll leave what Sage oh-so-eloquently said to a person who tried to shove an anti-abortion flier into her hand to your imagination, but just know it was amazing.

Party poopers. #SDCC

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Then we ran into what I consider to be one of the most brilliant publicity stunts I’ve seen. Well done, Team Damien. WELL DONE. (They often stood with their signs right next to the legit protestors, these guys were just on their break.)

Party starters #SDCC #Damien

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Brunch with OJ and a side of BAMF

Yay for mimosas!

It goes without saying that we were devastated when Sleepy Hollow pulled out of SDCC because of production conflicts. Not only because the show missed out on some much-needed exposure (When someone on the floor saw Sage’s Ichabbie shirt we overheard them say “Is Sleepy Hollow still ON?” #promoteSleepyHollow) but because we had been counting on getting into its press session and getting face-time with our beloved cast.  We were delighted when our friend Terena informed us that she was coordinating an intimate offsite brunch event with Mr. and Mrs. BAMF themselves, Orlando Jones and Lyndie Greenwood. Time with two of our favorites, plus delicious brunch food (Crab cakes Benedict!! Chocolate pancakes!!), PLUS legit bottles of champagne for only 8 bucks? SIGN US UP.

I love that even though Orlando is leaving Sleepy Hollow (I can’t talk about it yet, you guys), he’s still the biggest ambassador to the fandom. Some performers THRIVE on interacting with their fans and Orlando is clearly one of them. Orlando didn’t sit down ONCE during the 2 hour event, instead choosing to visit every single table and spend a good amount of time with every attendee. When he arrived, he literally bumped into our waitress, whose hands were full of plates for another table. She was absolutely paralyzed with delight at seeing him and he promptly took the plates out of her hands and personally delivered them to the proper table. That’s the kind of guy he is. When we later teased him about how he worked the room, saying “Dance, monkey, dance,” he BELLY LAUGHED, teasing “I don’t appreciate your choice of animal!” Basically, he’s the best and we’re best friends now.


Lyndie Greenwood arrived a little late because she walked over to the restaurant on her own, rather than taking the car offered to her (she is THAT down-to-earth). She also arrived in a handmade cosplay of an obscure comic character that was SUPER HOT. She had tweeted earlier in the week that she had cleaned Party City out of its stock of mini-skulls, so it was awesome to see the fruits of her labor. We asked her if she was planning to walk the floor after brunch and her response was a giddy “Hell yes!”  She squealed with delight when she noticed that my phone case was Abbie and Ichabod (which I had completely forgotten about until the moment we took our picture together) and flailed when I showed her a picture of the Ichabbie prints I had bought at the Sherlock party the night before. “You don’t see NEARLY enough Sleepy Hollow art,” she exclaimed. “Tweet me the name of that artist!” ONE OF US.


It was neither the time nor place to try to get any scoop about what’s to come on Sleepy Hollow (we didn’t want to be THOSE people), so sadly, we have nothing to report on that front.  (Hopefully Sleepy will have a big presence at NYCC and we’ll be able to bring you all the scoop then!) We were just grateful to be able to have some time to celebrate our show and to hang out with fellow Sleepyheads. We should do this every year…someone get it on Tom and Nicole’s calendar for next July!

I enjoy this candid shot so much. FRIENDSHIP.
I enjoy this candid shot so much. FRIENDSHIP.

Seth MacFarlane Animation Panel


Let it be known that SDCC is all about sacrifices and hard choices. Saturday afternoon’s schedule was jam-packed with everything from the offsite official Doctor Who meet-up to John Barrowman in a room with a microphone to the EW Women Who Kick Ass Panel and Crimson Peak (HIDDLES) in Hall H.  And where were we? Suffering through an HOUR AND FORTY FIVE MINUTES of Seth MacFarlane and company all in the name of getting good seats for Outlander and Hannibal.

And that’s all I have to say about that.  However, I will begrudgingly admit that it was pretty impressive when they did a live-read of a few Family Guy scenes.


These assholes.

Our latest obsession is Outlander.  It has everything we could ever want or desire in a show. Time travel. SCOTLAND. (When Sage started her binge I told her she had to text me when she got halfway through the theme song aka when the bagpipes kick in. Her text? “SCOTLAND MOTHERFUCKERS!”) An uber-feminist heroine. A ginger leading man whose heart is tender and whose body is carved from marble.  (Seriously, Sam Heughan, I can’t even understand your body.) LOTS of sex that focused on female pleasure.  Oh yeah…and fantastic acting to boot.  What more can ask for from a show?

It turns out that we can ask for a pretty raucous panel.  As Sage tweeted, “If you had live readings of 50 Shades and straight whiskey shots on your bingo card for this Outlander panel, circle gets the square.”

  • On the panel: Executive Producer Maril Davis, Series Creator Ronald Moore, Outlander Author Diana Gabaldon, Caitriona Balfe (Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser), and Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser, light of my life)
  • Sam pulled out Diana’s chair for her because he is a damn gentleman.
  • We were immediately treated to a teaser trailer for Season 2, which doesn’t air until NEXT YEAR. (#Droughtlander) Hilariously, the trailer played at double speed which lead them all to sound like chipmunks. “And that’s why we’ll be playing it again at the end of the panel,” Ronald Moore quipped.
  • Sam and Caitriona passed notes back and forth during the panel.  My kingdom to know what they said.  Also God Bless the gif maker who painstakingly giffed Cait’s reaction to one of Sam’s notes.
  • After a few moments of relative seriousness, EP Maril Davis exclaimed “I thought we were going to have whiskey on this panel!” Thus a bottle of whiskey and glasses appeared and everyone was poured a shot.  Best panel ever.
  • The panel was given fan-submitted lines from the Outlander books that they had to read aloud without laughing or they would have to drink. (So I am pretty sure some of them laughed on purpose.) The line Sam had to read? “The thought of grinding your corn does tickle me,” which he delivered with a straight face and perfectly in character. He took a sip of whiskey anyway.
  • The panel was then each read a sentence and they had to say if it was from 50 Shades of Gray or Outlander.  “Oh that’s DEFINITELY 50 Shades, I didn’t write that,” Diana said, throwing the perfect amount of shade. (Ugh, pun unintended.)
  • DVD Scoop! The set (coming out this fall) will feature a new cut of 1×09 (the episode told from Jamie’s perspective and the episode where he notoriously punishes Claire for running away).  According to Moore, this version is how he intended the episode to be and now I am SUPER curious as to why it was not the one to see the light of day before now.
  • The gag reel was a delight, featuring everything from falling down to a long line of spit stringing between Sam and Cait’s mouths while they were filming the wedding night.
  • Sam estimated that he is asked “at least once a day” what’s under the kilt.  He’ll be kiltless for the first half of season two, as Claire and Jamie are at the French Court, but we were promised that his trousers were VERY distracting.
  • Sam was asked if Jamie would consider going through the stones for Claire…

What this didn’t capture is that Cait immediately made vomit noises after he did this.
  • If we thought Claire’s skirts and corsets were intense for season one, we ain’t seen nothing yet.  Referring to the new “bum roll” for the French costumes, Cait said “My first week on set all the men were like ‘DAMN!'”
  • Tweet from Whitney: Everytime Sam speaks @DramaKim leans back and gasps as if touched by an angel. She’s not WRONG. (Sorry not sorry)
  • Earlier this year, Sam bested Once Upon a Time‘s Colin O’Donoghue in E!’s “Ultimate Alpha Male” Poll. Kristin Dos Santos, who was moderating, reminded Sam that he needed to make good on a wager where he would have to dress up like Hook. “Why do I have to do this if I WON?” Sam cried.  “Because we all win,” Kristin replied. INDEED WE DO.


  • Thus, Sam did the rest of the panel as a pirate, which made it very difficult when he was asked serious questions about filming the final two episodes of season one with Tobias Menzies. “It was all about trust, really.”
  • A fan asked Sam what he would sacrifice for love…

The face of a man who knows exactly what he is doing.
  • When they got the signal that it was time to wrap up, Kristen Dos Santos exclaimed “What’s next? CANCEL IT!” thus unknowingly rubbing salt into the wounds of several thousand Hannibal fans.

Hannibal Pannibal

From its first appearance at SDCC, the Hannibal Pannibal established itself as a can’t miss event so we knew we had to be there for its final (*sob*) appearance. Hannibal is not the easiest show to connect to.  It’s complex and often obtuse, filled with subtle (yet in your face) performances. It’s beautiful to look at.  It DEMANDS your attention to detail and extreme focus.   But those who connect to it REALLY connect.  Fannibals are their own special breed.  They are passionately devoted and incredibly intelligent.  As Sage bluntly put it before the panel started, “stupid people don’t watch this show”.  So we knew we were in for a treat and the Fannibals surpassed our highest expectations.

  • On the panel: Creator and Human Ray of Sunshine Bryan Fuller, Executive Producer Martha De Laurentiis, Hugh Dancy (Will Graham), and Richard Armitage (Francis Dolarhyde).  The moderator was EW‘s “Doc” Jeff Jensen, who I forever worship because of his Lost recaps.
  • When he was introduced, Richard came out toting a Red Dragon beanie baby that he placed by his placard.  Later, the dragon sat on his head in the midst of his flower crown.
  • We were treated for a trailer for the back half of the season, which follows the storyline from Red Dragon.  GUYS.  We are in for an effing treat. It was stunning.
  • Naturally, Bryan was immediately asked about the status of the show’s search for a new home.  Despite all the news about everyone passing on it and the actors being released from their contracts, he remained hopeful that Hannibal would continue in some capacity.  “We’re looking at the possibility of a feature,” he said, prompting the room to roar in approval.  Hugh affirmed his devotion to the show, saying he and the rest of the cast would show up whenever and where ever he was asked to.
  • “There must be NO flower crowns left in the world!” – Hugh delightedly looking out at the audience.
  • The panel was promptly gifted with flower crowns from the audience, which Bryan jumped down to retrieve and distribute. “I want the one with the antlers!” he cried.
Precious Blueberries.
Precious Blueberries.
  • Jeff Jensen started to talk about the episode that had aired on Thursday and was met by screams of terror from the audience, the majority of whom had not seen it yet.  “You guys have to keep up,” Jensen admonished. “THEY ARE BUSY AT COMIC CON!” cried Fuller, proving he is truly one with his fandom.
  • Fuller also promised that Richard Armitage’s ass, blurred in the preview and for network purposes, would NOT be censored for the DVD/BluRay. Very important information.
  • Best cosplay of the convention? Everyone at this panel.

  • Fuller confessed that even he forgets what some of the more obtuse scenes/images are supposed to mean.  Which made me feel a LOT better about myself.
  • More important information:

  • “Thank you for not telling rape stories. That always needs to be said.” Bryan responded to this fan comment by saying the reason that he avoids rape storylines is that he feels that unless you can TRULY dedicate the time to explore what a violation it is and the effect it has on the victim. The constraints of producing a limited run series does not give him the freedom to do so, thus he refuses to do it. Can we put in him in touch with the showrunners of Game of Thrones, please and thank you?
  • What will they all take away from their work on Hannibal? Bryan: “The Fannibals.” Hugh (right on cue): “Literally”.  Thus most of the audience shouted they were ready to go wherever they wanted them to. It was an incredibly rare and special experience to be in a room filled with such love and devotion to such a dark and macabre series.  You could SEE how much it affected Bryan and Hugh.  “It’s like the best hug in the world,” Bryan said, choking back emotion.
  • Richard waxed poetic about the make-up process for applying Dolarhyde’s full body tattoo saying, “They were both knelt at my backside – painting my crack.” So what you’re saying is you are REALLY not kidding about the nudity.
  • The panel close on a super emotional note when Bryan asked what his favorite part about being on set was.  His answer? “Having actors who have my back.” Cue Hugh very nearly losing his shit.

DC TV Presents Superhero Saturday (aka The Arrow/Flash/Legends of Tomorrow/Gotham/Supergirl mega-panel)

The cast of Arrow
The cast of Arrow

After the Pannibal, we made our way back to our old friend the Hall H line to wait to get into the mega SuperHero Saturday panel, which showcased ALL of DCTV’s properties. This panel was a big success last year as it united the casts of ArrowThe Flash, and Gotham before the latter two shows had even seen by the general public.  The gifs that came out of that panel (Amell showing the audience his abs) were one of the final tipping points in getting Sage and I to watch Arrow.  Surely now that The Flash and Gotham were established hits and DC had two new series in the pipeline (Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl) this panel would capture the same magic, right?


Look…stuffing a whopping FIVE SHOWS (all with sprawling casts) into a two-hour and twenty-minute window (because the last 42 minutes of the three hour block was devoted to screening Supergirl, despite the fact that not only had it leaked online, it had been screened in Ballroom 20 on preview night) is a BAD IDEA.  Arrow and The Flash are popular enough that they could easily have filled Ballroom 20 (if not Hall H) on their own accord.  They definitely have enough cast members and content to fill their own 50 minute panel, both with moderated discussion and fan Q&A.  So why shrink that time down to a mere 28 minutes (rough estimate, 140 minutes divided by 5. MATH!) with each show, 20 minutes if you count the time devoted to sizzle reels and parading massive groups of pretty people on and off the stage?  It was basically a meat parade as opposed to an in-depth look at these shows.  I don’t get it at all. This panel was the biggest letdown of the convention for sure.  Next time, we choose the dance party at Nerd HQ, which had booze and kept rocking till the wee hours of the morning.  Lesson learned.

  • We ran across these ladies while we were waiting in line and we squealed with delight when we realized what their cosplay was.  JUSTICE LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN.  Not long after we posted this on Instagram, one of our followers tagged us saying she had found the other two ladies of this group over at Nerd HQ.  These women are my new life heroes.
There's no crying in crime fighting!
There’s no crying in crime fighting!
  • We knew the panel was going to be interesting when John Barrowman posted this video while we were waiting in line. The cast of Arrow had most DEFINITELY indulged in some adult beverages beforehand.  Whitney came up with the theory that Amell texted his castmates after learning that he would be opening the panel IN CHARACTER in the new Green Arrow costume and they needed to do tequila shots with him in solidarity. Head canon accepted.
  • The panel was emceed by Boone Carlyle…welp…The Vampire Diaries‘ Ian Somerhalder, who also seemed to have joined the Arrow cast in their pre-panel funtimes.  Or he was just SUPER confused as to why he was there.  I’m still not sure which.
  • My reaction to the Arrow sizzle reel? “Do we really need to be reminded how bad this season was?” Not sorry.
  • We were promised that season four would have more levity and humor than past seasons.  That’s setting the bar pretty low, in my esteemed opinion.
  • New characters coming to Starling: Anarky (which got a huge reaction in the room while we just said “we don’t know who that is”) and Mr. Terrific.  The latter is going to be played by Ben and Kate‘s Echo Kellum and is going to be Felicity’s new gay BFF.  Now THAT we can get excited about.
  • Willa Holland said she cried tears of joy putting on her new Speedy costume.  Let it be known that none of the Arrow ladies like playing damsels in distress, which is another theme we can totally get behind.
  • Diggle officially has a costume, the image of which was greeted with a roar of approval from the audience.  His alternate name? “Black Driver,” David Ramsey joked.
  • This is your reminder that Paul Blackthorne rates 10/10 on the “would bang” scale.  In fact the alternate title for this panel is “Hot Dad Figures That HOF Would Like To Bang”.
  • Emily Bett Rickards dropped an f-bomb, which sent John Barrowman into (tequila fueled) hysterics.
  • The fan questions for this section (and the whole panel really) were TERRIBLE and ALL came from teenage boys, which had me crying foul on whoever was screening them. You can’t tell me that not a single Olicity fangirl made the sprint to the mic for the (incredibly brief) fan Q&A.
Grant Gustin, Tom Cavenaugh, Danielle Panabaker, and Carlos Valdez
Grant Gustin, Tom Cavenaugh, Danielle Panabaker, and Carlos Valdez
  • Grant Gustin is just as much of a precious China Doll in real life as he is on-screen. Also, what elixr is Tom Cavenaugh drinking? Because he looks better NOW than he did on Ed. Same for John Wesley Shipp.  10/10 to both of them. #allthehotdads
  • Carlos was asked about how Cisco’s burgeoning powers would affect him in the upcoming season. “Changes in his body for sure. Not puberty.”
  • “We’re going to see Iris finding a new sense of agency.” – Candice Patton on her journey in season 2.  Cue cheers from the Iris West Appreciation Brigade on Tumblr.
  • Characters from Earth 2 will be appearing in Central City this season, along with Zoom, who appeared in the sizzle reel in the form of a Blue Streak. We don’t know what that means, but we’re excited. (We REALLY should educate ourselves on the comic world, sorry!)
  • Nobody told the moderator that Jesse L. Martin pulled out of the panel at the last-minute, which led to an awkward moment of her addressing a question to him (See? This whole thing was a MESS). However, I would like to take this moment to remind you that he falls into the 10/10 category as well.
  • Another horrible fan Q&A with questions from all boys.  One of which TOTALLY wasted his moment by blatantly asking Carlos if Cisco would be transitioning into Vibe this season. (LIKE THEY WOULD TELL YOU, YOU JAG.) This did lead to an adorable moment with each cast member passing the question off to a fellow castmate, with Grant finally saying “Sure he is.”
  • “We’re done already?” – Grant, just as confused as we were that this panel was so short.
Greg Berlanti, John Wesley Shipp, Candice Patton
Greg Berlanti, John Wesley Shipp, Candice Patton
  • NOT on the panel for Legends of Tomorrow, despite being spotted playing ping-pong with Daniel Radcliffe later in the weekend? Arthur Darvill. Why oh why have you forsaken us, Rory Williams?
  • Early episodes of Arrow and The Flash will be used to introduce characters from Legends of Tomorrow.  I’m all for that, as long as it’s along the lines of Barry Allen’s introduction vs. Ray Palmer’s utter destruction of season three of Arrow.  I love that all of these shows exist in the same universe. It’s thrilling to see them all be so interconnected…as long as we’re not sacrificing the integrity of individual shows to set up franchises.
  • EP Andrew Kreisberg promised that Legends would provide a venue for all the ideas that are “too crazy” for Arrow and The Flash.  To be frank, this scares me.
  • Kelly officially ended her friendship with us (for that day anyway) due to the fact that we were in the same room as Victor Garber.
  • “We get to make silly stuff look awesome!” – Brandon Routh on the joy of playing superheroes.  Legends has its work cut out as far as making me like Ray Palmer. This didn’t help.
  • As long suspected, Sara Lance is taken to the Lazarus Pit and emerges as The White Canary.  As we saw with Thea Queen this season, the person coming out of the pit is much different from the one that went in. Caity Lotz asserted that even with a villian like Captain Cold on the show, that White Canary would be the most dangerous of the bunch. Why? “She’s not afraid to die because she already has. How do you control a person who has absolutely nothing to lose?”
  • Someone cracked a Titanic joke at Victor Garber’s expense when he was asked where he would travel back in time to. His reaction to that made my evening.
Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicondova
Donal Logue, Robin Lord Taylor, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicondova
  • The sizzle reel for Gotham had me pondering my decision to give up on the show, proving that I am highly susceptible to good montages.
  • Season Two is going to be known as “The Rise of the Villains”.
  • EP Bruno Heller reduced Barbara Gordon’s journey to that of the “crazy ex-girlfriend from hell”, which left Sage seething with rage in her seat. (Also that should give you every indication of how Bro-Heavy this entire night was, which is odd, because I feel with Arrow and Flash especially that a huge chunk of the audience is WOMEN…yet none of the women were given much respect.)
  • Sean Pertwee completes your tour through the gallery of all the Hot DC Dad Figures we would bang.  We hope you’ve enjoyed your trip with us today.  Please come again soon.
  • Pertwee promised that you would see more of Bruce and Alfred being integrated with the rest of the cast this season.  He also coined it “Operation Good Guys” which was precious.
  • Again the Q&A was ALL BOYS and one of them used his moment at the mic to confess his crush on Camren. Her reponse? “Uhhh…thanks for supporting the show.” BLESS.
  • The Q&A was interrupted with a stunt involving Cameron Monaghan (who will be playing the Joker) stealing the mic from a fan and howling “How high is your pain tolerance?” He was “dragged off by security” with Ben McKenzie gamely shouting “I’m going to find  you Jerome, and I’m going to take you down.” from the stage. EYE ROLL.
  • And then the panel was over and Morena Baccarin never got to utter a word because she is a woman and thus unimportant.
"Don't you know I was on Firefly, you bastards?"
“Don’t you know I was on Firefly, you bastards?”

While there was still a panel for Supergirl to come, we were FREEZING, annoyed, tired, and hungry (a BAD con combination), so we left before our entire day was soured.  We stumbled over to the Sports Bar at the Hilton Bayfront for some much-needed hot food and beer before retiring for the night, refusing to the believe that this madness would all be done the next day.


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HOF at SDCC – Our Expectations and Wildest Dreams Mon, 06 Jul 2015 20:35:04 +0000

Posted by Kim and Sage

It’s finally here.  Tomorrow we get on a flight to head to the Super Bowl of Fandom: San Diego Comic Con.


We still can’t believe that we’re going.  After weeks of arduously reading every fan forum we could in order to get insider information, after studying the schedule meticulously, after making to-do list upon to-do list, the time has finally come to just shut up and DO THIS.  We’re ready…yet not ready.  As professional attendees of New York Comic Con, we’re aware that no schedule can be set in stone. Panels fill up unexpectedly and things can change at the very last-minute.  Nevertheless, we have our ideal schedule along with our expectations and dreams for them.  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram all week for our updates.  Detailed posts will go up when we return from the con bruised, bloodied, utterly content, and ready to do it all again in 2016.  LET’S DO THIS.

— Kim


The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

hunger games cast

Wildest Dreams: Jennifer Lawrence orders pizza for all of Hall H and we just hang out for an hour.
Expectation: Actually, that could happen.

Doctor Who

doctor who cast

Expectation: We get a trailer for Series 9 and Steven Moffat swears Hall H to secrecy.  Peter Capaldi will be dead sexy in his first Comic Con appearance.

Wildest Dreams: Said footage will include canon Whouffaldi. Peter and Jenna spy us in the audience and demand that we be cast in the Christmas Special.

Con  Man

con man cast

Expectation: Someone in the audience makes a “Sudden but inevitable betrayal” reference.
Wildest Dreams: Con Man is actually the production code name for Firefly Season 2

Geeks Go Glam Party

felicity wedding

Wildest Dreams: We actually get there in time to get gift bags.

Expectations: We party for 20 minutes before passing out Gallifrey One style.

And we're spent. Good night moon. Good night room. Good night Gilian's face. Good night Gally 1.
This never ceases to amuse us.


The 100

the 100 cast

Wildest Dream: That Sage won’t be spoiled for the entire series.

Expectation: She will be.

Minority Report

Expectation: No one misses Tom Cruise.

Wildest Dream: Stark Sands jumps on the table and gives us a little “Soul of a Man”, reprising his Tony-nominated role from Kinky Boots.

Marvel Television Presents

nailed it hayley james

Expectation: Hayley Atwell is flawless and makes a reference to 90’s hip-hop.  James D’Arcy makes us swoon.  Clark Gregg is a precious feminist sunflower.

Wildest Dream: Kim starts to care about Agents of SHIELD.

Orphan Black

orphan black cast

Expectations: Tatiana Maslany is a perfect unicorn and makes the whole room cry. Everyone mourns Delphine.  Kristian Bruun is a teddy bear.  Kristian and Tatiana recreate the Alison and Donny twerking scene.  We weep outside the doors of this panel because we stayed at the Marvel Panel too long.

Wildest Dreams: Jordan Gavaris gets locked out of the panel too and we spend the whole panel gossiping and trading skin care tips in his hotel room.

Nerd Nite Party sponsored by National Geographic Channel

breakfast club brian

Wildest Dreams: We find nerd boyfriends.

Expectation: We stuff our faces with the free food.


Breakfast with OJ and a Side of BAMF

Wildest Dreams: Over mimosas, our new best friend Orlando Jones tells us he was just kidding about leaving Sleepy Hollow.

Expectation: Our new BFF Lyndie Greenwood hogs all the waffles.


Wildest Dreams: A massive group singalong to the theme song, complete with live bagpipers.  Sam Heughan does the panel wearing nothing but the Fraser Tartan.

Expectation: Being impregnated just from being in the room with Sam Heughan despite him being in street clothes and sporting his naturally dirty blonde hair.  Getting a sneak peek at season two.


Wildest Dream: Gillian Anderson shows up.  Bryan Fuller tells the room that this whole business about the actors being released from their contracts is NONSENSE and that Amazon will be producing two more seasons.

Expectation: A love fest to send our favorite cannibal off to that great big TV set in the sky. Bryan Fuller is a Hannigram Tumblr account come to life.

DC TV Night

Wildest Dreams: Stephen Amell does the salmon ladder shirtless. Arthur Darvill remembers us since we’ve met him multiple times.  Jesse L. Martin serenades the room with the “I’ll Cover You” reprise. Marc Guggenheim assures us that everything in Arrow Season 3 AFTER “Don’t ask me to say that I don’t love you” was but a fever dream.  Grant Gustin cries like the precious china doll he is. We get confirmation that Iris West will flourish like a precious butterfly. Supergirl  is everything we WANT it to be.

Expectations: Brandon Routh is smug.  Arthur Darvill is self-deprecating and wearing a t-shirt with cats on it. Amell flashes his abs for the audience (again). Grant Gustin is an actual puppy dog. Supergirl will have its problems but we’ll watch it anyway.  Iris is shoved aside for another Felicity-esque character. Victor Garber will be a boss.

Geek Nation and Epic Pictures Roof Party

Wildest Dreams: We do shots with Retta and become best friends.

Expectation: We don’t get in.


Stalking Nerd HQ’s Conversations for a Cause

Wildest Dreams: We manage to sweet talk our way into another edition of “Tom Hiddleston takes you to church” when he announces a surprise panel.

Expectation: We wait several hours hoping to get standing room tickets to ANYTHING that day.

Offsite Adventures

Wildest dreams: We’ll find everything we want to see without any problem.  Also all the offsite events will still have swag to give us on Sunday.

Expectation: We’ll get lost and have to go into the map several times.

Heroes Reborn

Wildest Dreams: Someone comes up with a better tagline than “Save the Cheerleader, Save the World”. Heroes recaptures the magic of its first 13 episodes. The Quinto gives us eyebrow maintainance lessons.

Expectations: We remember how much Heroes went off the rails post season one.

Will YOU be at SDCC 2015?  What’s on your list of things to see? Let us know in the comments! 

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Fan Video Friday – “King and Lionheart” Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:45:56 +0000

Posted by Kim and Sage

Another Summer Friday, another compilation of fan videos to help you pass the time before you’re out of work for the weekend.  Welcome to Fan Video Friday, where Sage and I truly do God’s work.  This week we bring you videos set to Of Monsters and Men’s “King and Lionheart”.  This moody and atmospheric ballad is an excellent companion to your dramatic and science fiction-y OTPs.  It’s a perfect song for a pairing that is a true PARTNERSHIP, be it a Gal Friday/Superhero, an Elf/King, or a crime fighting duo stopping the apocalypse.  All that is required is a partnership where the two are halves of a whole and can’t function without the other.  ENJOY THE FEELS.

(Also…no Mulder and Scully video to this song? You’re fired, internet.)

— Kim

Steve and Bucky – The Captain America Franchise

Sage: Starting all things “King and Lionheart” off on a particularly tragic note, here’s the story of star-crossed best friends Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. The Winter Soldier is a “howling ghost” if I’ve ever seen one, and the entire second half of this video makes me want to throw my heart in the trash. Enjoy!

Twelve and Clara – Doctor Who

Kim: Sage wrote about this one when she did a compilation of all the best Twelve and Clara videos. But we couldn’t do a “King and Lionheart” post and NOT include this one.  This tends to be the first video we show people in order to drag them on board the S.S. Twelve/Clara.  It has a 100% return rate of convincing people.  We’ve verified this.  The vidder makes excellent use of shippy dialogue like “Beat that for a date!” and that TOTALLY unambiguous “I love you” from the end of “Mummy on the Orient Express”.  Join us on this ship, would you?  It’s not at all going to end in tears.

Also, if anyone deserves to be called “Lionheart”, it’s Clara fucking Oswald.

Oliver and Felicity – Arrow

Sage: FULL DISCLOSURE, Kerry of Veritas Productions is our pal. But who needs nepotism when the work is so damn good? Ship Captain Stephen Amell himself is among the many fans of Kerry’s excellent Arrow videos, and one should always follow her captain’s orders. So watch this video and admire fetus Olicity – all tentative feelings and reckless bravery. And listen up, CW: this is the Arrow I want back next season, you got me? Let the fanvids be your guide.

Abbie and Ichabod – Sleepy Hollow

Kim: “As the world comes to an end, I’ll be here to hold your hand.  Cause you’re my king and I’m your lionheart.” 

Um, yeah.  This song is about these two beautiful idiots who stand as the only thing between us and the end of the world.  And they stand together, hand in hand.  “I choose to forge my fate with you.”


Mal and Inara – Firefly

Sage: Fillion is basically a child here. And Morena Baccarin halted her aging process at 19, so that’s something she should teach us all how to do. Anyway, they are ATTRACTIVE. And while Mal and Inara are finally, FINALLY together in the Serenity comics, the show’s bullshit cancellation means that, on film anyway, this ship was all build-up and no…completion? Yeah, completion is the right word.

Much like in the 12/Clara relationship, I think that Mal’s friendship with Inara (and with the rest of the crew, but she called him out the most often) helped him to realize what a hero he’d been all along. He’s the king of his little sphere, made better because he wants to rise to his friends’ expectations of him. And Inara the Lionheart makes her way gracefully through a dangerous world by relying on her compassion, wits, and refusal to take shit. BAMF-est couple in the ‘verse.

Aragorn and Legolas – The Lord of the Rings

Kim: Everyone talks about Frodo and Sam as the TRUE love story/OTP of Lord of the Rings.  However, the Aragorn and Legolas friendship/bromance/love story is JUST as compelling and real.  Legolas could not be more steadfast in his devotion to Aragorn (his FACE when he thinks Aragorn died says it all), making him the very definition of a “Lionheart”.  And, lest we forget, Aragorn is LITERALLY a King.  So there.

Bilbo and Thorin – The Hobbit

Sage: I know a shippy video when I see one, and believe me, the interwebs are not wanting for achingly romantic edits of Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins. But this video in particular is about this unlikely partnership above any unrealized sexual chemistry. It’s about the way that the dwarf and the hobbit constantly surprised each other, how they allowed and forgave each other’s faults, and how Bilbo of the Shire stepped up to the plate EVERY DAMN TIME. A family of Lionhearts, those Bagginses.

P.S. Thorin and Bilbo were totally in love with each other though. And should Thorin have survived, they could have moved from Middle Earth to literally anywhere in the United States of America and gotten legally married. HAPPY PRIDE, NERDS.

Everyone – The Lord of the Rings

Kim: Why, yes.  That would be three Tolkien themed “King and Lionheart” videos in a row.  What is it about The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings that lends itself so well to this song?  Well, first of all, it is literally about Monsters and Men (ba-dum-dum-CHING!).  It’s about Kings.  And it’s about ordinary people finding their courage and strength in the most extraordinary circumstances.

What got me in this video is how the vidder layered Sam’s monologue from The Two Towers over the instrumental break.  I never pass up an opportunity to quote that speech, so here you go.

Sam: It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.
Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?
Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.

Plus, these movies are just really homoerotic, and you know how we feel about that here.

President Bartlet and his Staff – The West Wing

Sage: Kim is currently on suspension from being my friend and this is why. You don’t see a lot of group videos to this song – the two in this post were the only truly great ones we found. But what collection of humans are more worthy of being dubbed “kings” and “lionhearts” than the idealists of the Bartlet White House?

This vidder did a gorgeous job of covering West Wing ground in this piece, with the “King and Lionheart” distinction shifting from pairing to pairing every time the phrase is sung. (Santos and Josh, Josh and Donna, CJ and Toby, JED AND CHARLIE, etc, etc.) The legacy of this show (which Sorkin has never been able to fully recreate, sigh) is its hopefulness, and the belief that, in some universe at least, people who work together towards good things will achieve those things. The friendships in The West Wing lit up the screen, ESPECIALLY when they were tested. And those relationships always won out, even over the politics. Sorkin and his writers really knew how to create a moment (Josh giving Sam the “he’s the guy” high sign through a glass door; Toby standing alone at the homeless veteran’s military funeral; Jed stamping out his cigarette on the floor of a cathedral), which is why well-crafted videos like these always beckon me back for a series rewatch. Bartlet for America, Bartlet for always.

Clarke and Bellamy – The 100

Kim: I would argue that Clarke is the “King” in this scenario (Bellamy does call her “princess” after all), but let’s not get bogged down in semantics.  Like Lord of the RingsThe 100 is about ordinary people finding courage in extreme circumstances.  The show is fucking BRUTAL and it’s hard to watch at times…yet we do because of characters like Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake.  The show is NOT about these two pining for each other (ain’t nobody got time for that when they are being attacked by Grounders), it’s about them finding strength in each other.  It’s about them depending on each other to survive.  It’s about their partnership.  And there is nothing more romantic than that.

Do you have a favorite “King and Lionheart” video that we missed? Let us know in the comments! 

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10 Scenes That Were Hotter Than Olicity’s First Time Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:34:22 +0000 cher christian clueless
Posted by Kim and Sage

Sage: After nearly three seasons of build-up, Oliver and Felicity finally did it on Arrow this week. And it was…underwhelming.

I mean, I assume that they did it, since they acted like they did the next morning. (Before Felicity drugged Oliver to try to drag him back to Starling City so he wouldn’t become the heir to the demon, like you do.) But you wouldn’t know it from watching the love scene alone. The CW really talked this consummation up, going as far as to describe it as “explicit.” Now, I know we’re on network TV here, but unless all the sex-panicked teachers from my Catholic grade-school were serving as the censors, I don’t have a blessed clue why pants-on neck-kissing deserves that distinction. When I was a kid, I honestly thought that people fell asleep during sex, so many times did I see a show or an edited-for-TV movie cut from tame kissing to waking up in the morning under an L-shaped sheet. That’s what this scene reminded me of.

In the end, it is not about what we saw or didn’t see. Olicity was once a steamy ship – every interaction from about midway through season one on was loaded with tension. But blame the Atom or Oliver’s talent for self-flagellation – they just…deflated a little this year. I’m sticking with Arrow despite its recent missteps, but Jesus, I expected a little more from something that was this long coming. (Or not, as it were.)

Kim: Where is the heat? The urgency? The desperation? The spontaneity? The freaking CONNECTION?

After the episode aired, I sat and pondered why the long-awaited consummation of Oliver and Felicity’s relationship left me cold.  Was it because it was so blatantly spoiled by the promos?  Because my reaction when Felicity came into the room was merely “Oh it’s sex time”.  Was it because of the slightly icky scene with R’as where it was basically like “You need to do this now before he’s lost forever”?  I think that had SOMETHING to do with it, but honestly I feel like it was because everything about the scene was like a sanitized version of a teenage fantasy of what sex should be like.  The only thing missing was rose petals scattered on the bed. HOW was this explicit?  Because she was on top for some of it (god FORBID a lady take pleasure in sex and being in control)? Because she took her bra off and sat in his lap and showed her bare back?  For heavens sake, they didn’t show any kissing below the neck.  No passionate reactions.  I mean come on…at least give me an O-face before calling it explicit.

Don’t get me wrong.  There is a place for candles and rose petals and the like, but this wasn’t it. This was about needing to be the closest you can get to someone.  About needing that CONNECTION that only sex can bring. And I didn’t get that from this.  It felt so blatantly choreographed and like they were going through the motions without actually FEELING them.  It was soulless.  It didn’t have the deep meaning that it needed to…especially in the aftermath.  Really?  You’re going to have Felicity say “Well that happened?”  As if it was not completely calculated?  I don’t care how socially awkward she is, NONE of that rang true.  Not if Oliver is the man she loves with every fiber of her being.  I don’t buy it.  This should have been EVERYTHING…and it wasn’t.

The next morning, I was thrilled to hear that Sage and several of my other lady friends felt the same way about it.  So we set out to find other scenes from network shows that HAD the element of heat and that pushed the envelope when it comes to sex on TV.  For clarification, we stuck to shows that air “The Big Five” (ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, The CW/WB/UPN) because they are held to different broadcast standards that your cable and premium cable shows.  In no particular order, here they are.

1) “It’s not too late” – Oliver and Laurel, Arrow

See? Arrow CAN do passion.  We’re by NO means Laurel and Ollie shippers here, but if this scene doesn’t leave you fanning yourself, something may be wrong with you.  There are parallels to the Olicity love scene here (picking the women up is surely Ollie’s signature move) but this scene has a desperation that is lacking in the Olicity one.  It’s in the way Laurel lunges toward him and wraps her legs around him.  It’s the way they cling to each other and it is in the way it seems like they can’t get close to each other fast enough. It has an element of PASSION and carnal desire that is completely lacking in the Olicity scene.

And this is coming from someone who finds that Katie Cassidy and Stephen Amell have very little chemistry otherwise.

— Kim

2) Chuck and Sarah’s Morning Make-Out – Chuck

One of the many instances in which a Chuck and Sarah hook-up was foiled, this scene from the season two episode, “Chuck versus the Colonel” is definitely the hottest. They don’t even get all the way down to business, but it’s clear that they would have – if only someone thought well enough ahead to hide his condom stash from Morgan. Anyway, the ol’ “oh no, we have to share a bed!” trope is a classic for a reason. Chuck and Sarah’s journey to finally getting together for good was drawn out somewhat laboriously over the years, but their passion in this scene feels very real and cosmically inevitable.


3) Olivia and Fitz in the electrical closet – Scandal

Anyone who has read one of our Scandal gif-caps knows that we are 100% anti-Olitz.  But there is one thing you can’t deny about that relationship and that’s the UNBELIEVABLE heat Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn have between them.  This scene is not about love.  It’s about pure unadulterated LUST and need and the “I must have you RIGHT NOW” kind of sex.  And it’s undeniably HOT and sexy, even if Fitz is the worst.  Shonda Rhimes is the modern master of the envelope pushing television sex scene.  AKA the “how did she get the belt unbuckling and the pushing the panties down and the turning Olivia around so he could take her from behind” scene by ABC’s standards and practices division? There’s a reason her shows are on this list three times.

— Kim

4) Danny strips for Mindy – The Mindy Project

“Shut up about Diamond Dan, Sage.” I REFUSE.

I refuse, because this scene changed me and network comedy forever and I don’t care if you think I’m exaggerating.

I’ve already written at length (hey-ooo) about Danny’s striptease, and Kim has too. But allow me to briefly remind you that this is one of the far too few instances in mass market entertainment where the male gaze takes the backseat. Diamond Dan was all about Mindy. And us. And everyone who takes pleasure in watching Chris Messina take body rolling to a new level. Also, we all agree that this little display transitioned into some seriously worshipful sex, yes?


5) Kate and Sawyer in the cages – Lost

I find that this scene from Lost is the most similar to the Olicity scene when it comes to circumstance but they couldn’t be more different.  Sawyer and Kate are in a life threatening situation.  The Others could murder them at any moment.  The only thing they can do is find solace in each other.  Their kisses have a tenderness but the entire scene takes on an air of desperation as they move towards sex.  (clearly I like the desperate sex on TV, what can I say?) It’s about finding comfort in each other and it’s also about feeling ALIVE in that moment and acting on their basest instincts.  It’s everything the Arrow scene SHOULD have been.

Also bless Josh Holloway and his liberal use of tongue kisses.  WHERE WERE THE TONGUE KISSES AMELL?

— Kim

6)  “Dreaming of You” – Scrubs

This was an 11th hour addition to the list, prompted by the fact that the Hannibal threesome fantasy is not on YouTube and we’ve failed as a society. But I have no regrets, because this first love scene between J.D. and Eliot on Scrubs has the distinction of being the most perfectly soundtracked one here. Bill Lawrence shows are always good for some inspired music pairings, and I was introduced to several artists including The Coral via my fave hospital comedy. (And now I’m brainstorming a Top 10 Scrubs Music Moments list – “Overkill,” anyone?)

This is a long love scene for a comedy, paying off the sexual tension that had been building between these two since the pilot. Ignore Braff’s teenage boy torso if you can and focus on Sarah Chalke’s cute underwear set, the immediate need, and how great this show was when it was great.


7) Peter and Alicia in the bathroom – The Good Wife

This is your reminder that The Good Wife airs on CBS, a network famously associated with old people.  And it showcased a scene of a man going down on his wife because he was JUST THAT TURNED ON by how powerful she was in court.  I couldn’t believe my eyes and I certainly couldn’t believe that the show got away with it. It got away with him hoisting her onto the bathroom counter, and all sorts of hand business between them, and finally Peter slinking down her body saying “Let me”.  *fans self*

My favorite thing about The Good Wife is that it has ALWAYS showcased the power of female pleasure, which shouldn’t be something unusual, but sadly it is.

— Kim

8) Buffy and Angel’s first time – Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Nothing to raise the hackles of the censors here, unless they’ve got something against slayer/vampire coupling.

What made Buffy and Angel’s first time together so steamy was their status as the most starcrossed of lovers. (See Buffy/Spike for some spectacular hate-sex too.) It all happened off-camera, but the lovin’ was apparently so good that it turned Angel evil. See, CW? You can do this.


9) Meredith and Derek at the Prom – Grey’s Anatomy

Honestly, I can’t talk too much about this right now.  THE PAIN IS FAR TOO REAL AND FRESH.

All I can say is that this (TO ME) is the sexiest scene ever to air on Network Television.  It’s passionate, it’s intimate, it’s tender, and it’s completely carnal all at the same time.  Also it started Shonda’s theme of showing women losing their panties in case we were wondering what was ACTUALLY about to happen. Bonus points for hair pulling and burying his face in her bosom.

— Kim

10) Connor extracts information the fun way – How To Get Away With Murder

We decided to stick with network sex scenes on this list to prove that Arrow had the room to give us a little more. But if we hadn’t limited ourselves, the very first Justin and Brian scene from Showtime’s Queer as Folk would have been here. Back in 2000, it was the first display of a certain tongue-dependent sex act on premium cable. In 2014, Shonda Rhimes brought that same act to network television. What a time to be alive.

On How to Get Away with Murder, Connor’s loose morals are the gift that keeps on giving. We got familiar with them early on, when our little legal minx takes one (or more) for the team in the show’s pilot. Shonda, meanwhile, deserves all three of her placements on this auspicious list, for diversifying sex on TV (and the people having sex on TV) like she does. Hooray for inclusion and normalization, is my point.


Was the long-awaited Olicity scene all you wanted?  What are YOUR favorite network sex scenes? Let us know in the comments!

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The Best Performances of 2014 Mon, 29 Dec 2014 11:48:31 +0000

Posted by Kim and Sage

We’ve named our Top 20 moments of 2014 (re-live those moments here and here) and now it’s time to turn our eyes to our favorite individual performances of the year. As usual, we make the disclaimer that we are but two modest bloggers and cannot see everything, so try not to get too worked up if your favorite isn’t here. Still, we live for nothing if not to celebrate great work when we see it. Help us do that, won’t you?

1) Julianne Nicholson – Masters of Sex

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Guys, I don’t understand why EVERYONE isn’t talking about Masters of Sex.   I’m still in the midst of watching season two (I watch it on my iPad at the gym, which must make for amazing over the shoulder watching for whoever is on the machine next to me.)  While Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan’s performances carry the bulk of the weight, Masters is incredibly rich in its supporting and recurring characters.  I love Julianne Nicholson’s Lillian DePaul because she is the anti-Virginia.  Where Virginia is warm and emotive, Lillian is awkward and tenacious and to the point.  Lillian is abrasive and seems to always be clawing her way up, believing her intelligence should stand on its own, whereas Virginia smoothly slides herself into the places she needs to be, unafraid to use her feminine wiles.  These women are two sides of the same coin, which is why they gravitate towards each other (even if Lillian does it kicking and screaming).  Obviously, the relationship between Virginia and Bill is the driving force of the show, but the unsung relationship of the show is Lillian and Virginia and what these two women learn from each other.  Virginia helps soften Lillian and teaches her that sometimes intelligence and passion isn’t enough to get you where you want to be, while Lillian, in her incredibly rigid way, teaches Virginia to expect MORE from herself and respect her own intelligence.  It’s a fascinating relationship and I love how Lillian isn’t afraid to call Virginia out for the way the affair with Bill is offensive to her.

“Don’t you understand what you’ve done makes it harder for every woman who comes after you?  Easier for every man that has designs on that same woman?”

The best friendships are the ones where one is not afraid to call the other out.  “Giants” is a spectacular episode for that very reason, as Lillian and Virginia end up screaming at each other in her office.  Neither is in the right, as Lillian disregards Virginia’s emotions, while Virginia refuses to admit that she is doing anything WRONG. (“We’re participating in the study” is the LAMEST excuse ever.)  It’s the kind of fight that would end a weaker friendship.  But when Lillian’s cancer flares up at the end of the episode and she passes out, who does she call?  Virginia. (“I am scared though, for what’s ahead, which means I can’t really afford to be upset with you now, can I?”) And Virginia comes because her friend needs her. FRIENDSHIP.

Don’t even get me started on when Virginia tucks Lillian into bed and kisses her forehead like one of her children.  The pain is too real right now.

Nicholson is so wonderful in the role because she allows you to see the woman behind Lillian’s brittle exterior.  It could have easily been a one-note character, but instead you see a woman terrified that she is losing the one thing she has always counted on and the only thing about herself she’s always prized: her mind.  Lillian has so many wonderful unexpected moments, like when she pulls a bottle of liquor out of her desk to have a post-work drink with Austin or when she slyly refuses to outright apologize to Virginia after their fight (acknowledging the non-apology IS the apology).  Given her character’s diagnosis, I always knew Julianne’s time on the show was limited…but that doesn’t mean I didn’t sob like a baby when Lillian died.  Because she did it on her own terms, blazing her path on her own, like she had always done.  HERO.

— Kim

2) John Barrowman – Arrow

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You all know that John Barrowman can do no wrong in our eyes and we love Arrow for bringing him back to our television screens on a regular basis.  There is little to nothing redeeming about Malcolm Merlyn.  He’s a ruthless business man and an even more ruthless assassin.  His only loyalty is to himself.  Just when you think there might be hope for him in the form of love for his daughter, he turns around and drugs Thea, forcing her to murder Sara (with no memory of doing so) for some reason I’m STILL not entirely sure of other than fridging one female character whilst taking away the other’s agency. (Seriously, writers.  This is supposed to one of the most pro-lady shows on TV and you are failing this gender.)  It takes an actor with an innate sense of over-the-top theatricality to make all of these dastardly deeds seem grounded and realistic.  Luckily, John Barrowman has that in spades.  What elevates Barrowman’s performance is the fact that you can SEE how much fun he is having bringing this bastard to life.  He chews all the scenery with a fervor usually reserved for meals at five-star restaurants.  It’s nothing short of delightful.

— Kim

3) Jenna Coleman – Doctor Who

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2014: The Year of Clara Oswald.

Before Series 8 premiered, I was very lukewarm on Clara as a character.  This is not a slam against Jenna Coleman at all…she’s always been wonderful on the show, she was just saddled with bad writing and being reduced to a plot device.  Clara was a cipher, a puzzle for The Doctor to figure out, which did not do much for her in terms of a personality.  She showed flashes of who she was outside of being “The Impossible Girl” in “The Day of the Doctor” but that was lost in “The Time of the Doctor”.  Then Matt Smith regenerated into Peter Capaldi and EVERYTHING changed.  In the wake of having the Doctor go through an identity crisis, Clara’s personality solidified and what emerged was WONDERFUL.  Clara became a Type-A control freak who desperately wanted to “have it all” in her life.  Gone were the days of her being a nanny (really…what was that?) and she blossomed in her position as an English Teacher.  She moved past her hero-worship of The Doctor and became unafraid to push his buttons and call him out on his shit.  She demanded more of him because she KNEW the type of man he was capable of being and she did not accept him being any less.  She fell in love but refused to compromise herself or bend to Danny Pink’s demands of the relationship.  She is passionate, she is self-assured, she is empathetic, and she is ruthless.  She is devoted to The Doctor to a fault and she’s addicted to the life that he has shown her though their travels.  She is incredibly difficult and complex.  She’s not an easy woman content with simple pleasures, and I love her all the more for it.

With better material, Jenna emerged as a brilliant actress who was capable of bringing incredible pathos to Doctor Who.  In Peter Capaldi, she got a scene partner who pushed her to bring her A-Game every episode…and she did.  Their chemistry is electric and unexpected and thoroughly watchable (and shippable WHOOPS).  If you had asked me a year ago if I was ready for Clara to move on, I would have probably said yes.  Now?  I screamed with joy and almost flailed off my bed when she was confirmed for Series 9.  Don’t ever leave me, Jenna.

— Kim

4) Jesse L. Martin – The Flash

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I’m still grappling with the notion that Jesse Martin can play a character with an adult child. For heaven’s sake, who’s holding down the anarchist movement at MIT??

Regardless. With Coach Taylor out of the game, Jesse’s Detective Joe West is the best dad on TV right now. Built on the sturdy base of Arrow, The Flash hit the ground running (hee) this year. The series boasts quality writing and very un-cheesy effects. But The Flash‘s ace in the hole? Its superhero casting. Grant Gustin is a find – heroic and unequivocally good, but without laying on the “gee, whiz” routine. I love the ingenuity of casting erstwhile nice guy Tom Cavanagh as the ambiguously unsavory Dr. Wells. And then, there’s Jesse. He’s just so WARM, you guys. I want him to bear-hug me into a coma.

I’m a sucker for a father/son relationship, especially a non-traditional one. And with Barry Allen’s biological dad (heeeeeey Mitch Leery) taking the rap for his wife’s murder, it’s Joe who’s held that position for most of Barry’s life. Like its sister show, The Flash wins at humanizing its heroes by focusing on the people who build them up and give them a reason to do what they do. In Joe, Barry has a boss, an ally, a possible future in-law, and the family he needs to keep on being that light. He’s the guy behind the guy.

When you first moved in with us, I thought it was going to be too much. I was already a single dad, finances were tough and you were a little boy who just lost his mother. But, man, I was wrong. Within two weeks you changed the whole dynamic of the house. Suddenly the house was filled with this light, this energy. I mean, you brightened up everything. You’ve seen more darkness than any man will in a lifetime and you never let it dim your soul. So there I was thinking that I’m changing your life by taking you in, but the truth is, you changed mine. So don’t lose that light, now, Bar. The world may need The Flash, but I need my Barry Allen. Let’s go home.

I think there’s something in my eye…


5) Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

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While everyone hemmed and hawed over the casting of Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike situated herself comfortably in the title role of this whole nasty business. (Also, Ben Affleck is an actor. He’s going to do movies. You may as well get used to it.) And she nailed it. Amy Dunne is a Hitchcock blond on Adderall. She’s cunning, merciless, vulnerable, and utterly insane. She scared the bejesus out of me. But because she also did that to every man in America, I root for her. Just a little bit.


6) Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

The only thing I can compare Eddie Redmayne’s performance in The Theory of Everything to is Daniel Day-Lewis in My Left Foot.  Both are extraordinary PHYSICAL performances that could easily feel gimmicky or like a blatant awards grab…but they are so rooted in the humanity of the men that they are portraying that they feel nothing but completely natural.  The difference in the performances is that Christy Brown was BORN with cerebral palsy, while Stephen Hawking went through a gradual decline thanks to ALS.  This gives Redmayne the opportunity to also grapple with the incredible struggle of being a healthy and brilliant young man being crippled by a horrible disease.  It’s a daunting challenge for any actor and Eddie Redmayne immerses himself in the challenge fully. The result is extraordinary. Physically, I don’t know how Eddie managed to contort his body for hours at a time…just looking at that gif makes my neck hurt.  The best part is how, despite the deterioration of his body, Eddie always keeps Hawking’s MIND alive.  It’s an incredibly aware and alive performance.  The wheels never stop turning, his eyes never lose the sly twinkle, even after he is no longer able to use his voice.  That’s right. In the final act of the movie, Hawking loses his ability to speak, leaving Eddie Redmayne with only his FACE to convey all the things going on in Stephen’s mind.  It’s mind-boggling.

— Kim

7) Robin Lord Taylor – Gotham

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I won’t speak for the rest of the cast of Gotham, but Robin Lord Taylor hits the sweet spot when it comes to comic book acting. He’s broad enough to read “supervillain” but not prone to unnecessary chewing scenery. (Calm down, Jada Pinkett. I’m begging you.) As Oswald Cobblepot, aka The Penguin, Robin works his unusual features to his advantage. He’s a shifty little creep, always calculating and subject to occasional violent outbursts. We can all agree that Gotham threw too much at the wall right out of the gate, and Cobblepot is the only standout baddie so far. The Penguin doesn’t have a clear motive yet beyond wreaking havoc, collecting favors, and turning his enemies against each other. He’s the chaotic force we associate with every incarnation of the Batman, and right now, he’s carrying this show.


8) Reese Witherspoon – Wild

I went into my screening of Wild filled with trepidation, expecting a movie that would be brutal and assault my senses in the way that 127 Hours did.  I could not have been more wrong.  I found Wild to be strangley uplifting and warm and that is mainly due to the wonderfully raw and honest performance by Reese Witherspoon.  Don’t get me wrong…the subject matter in Wild is tough, as Cheryl Strayed deals with her immeasurable grief over losing her mother and the way she allowed that grief to let her life spiral out of control.  Wild is all about the journey (literal and figurative) that Cheryl takes to get her life back.  I loathe to use the term “vanity-free” performance, because it gives too much weight to the fact that Reese goes make-up free for most of the movie, and to some critical eyes, that’s a very “brave” choice.  I like to think of “vanity-free” as an actor stripping themselves down to the very core of their craft.  “Vanity-free” is ditching all the typical actor tricks and giving a pure and honest performance, which is exactly what Reese Witherspoon does in Wild.  Yes, she is without make-up, but to me, she’s never been more beautiful than in this movie.  From the moment we first see her ripping off her toenail and subsequently losing her boot off a cliff to the final moments where she reaches her destination, Reese draws you into Cheryl’s journey, and in a way, you are healed right along with her.  It’s the best work of her career and I don’t know why she isn’t winning ALL the awards for it.

— Kim

9) Channing Tatum – Foxcatcher

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Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell are getting all the acting accolades for this film, but I urge you not to overlook Channing Tatum’s performance as easily influenced wrestler Mark Schultz.

The film opens on Schultz’s morning routine. And from the first seconds he was on-screen, it was clear that Channing had altered his entire physicality for this role. The way he walks, the way he speaks, the way he holds his jaw, even the way he stands still – the transformation was undeniably thorough. And we all know that Channing is a dancer, so I’m guessing that training his muscles to mimic the awkward, stilted quality of this specific type of athlete was all the more difficult.

Mark is a blank slate. Not an idiot, but someone who seems to lack a basic identity. His life is bare until DuPont comes along, and then he becomes the person DuPont wants to be around. This isn’t an easy job for an actor. The bigger the personality, the clearer the actor’s road map. So let’s hand it to Channing Tatum, who continues to prove himself light years better than the unfairly low expectations we have of him and who is also the best writer of emails in the history of digital communication.


10) Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley – Begin Again

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John Carney gets a kick out of making your soul sing right before he punches your heart in the face. Begin Again is a lovely little movie which flew under the radar for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a quiet, character study that was released in the season of superheroes and sequels. And, okay, one could argue that it’s Once set in New York with a bigger budget. Or they could, if Mark and Keira weren’t so gorgeously matched as disgraced producer Dan and reluctant talent Gretta. (None of this explains why “Lost Stars” is getting shunned in the Best Song category. Can you hear, Academies? ALMA, CHECK YOUR BATTERY.)

I keep using the word “warm” in this post, but sometimes it’s the only word that applies. Obviously, I’m talking about Mark Ruffalo. We know by now that no one can turn in an effortless, lived-in performance like he can. (And between this, The Normal Heart, and Foxcatcher, way to slay in 2014.) The redemption arc is predictable and the Loveable Messy Artist doesn’t break any new character ground. But the difference is in the details. Music is Dan’s great love. When he hears something that moves him, his eyes light up, his posture changes – you can see him being saved, song by song.

I wrote about my Keira Knightley conversion in my review of The Imitation Game, and this film played a big part in it too. She’s become a perceptive, understated actress. She never goes one step further than the moment requires, and I mean that in the best possible way. Gretta doesn’t jump at the chance to record with Dan, and that’s a tough choice to sell. She may have been abandoned by her rising superstar boyfriend (Adam Levine, giving in to our collective view of him. He’s good though!) in a foreign country, but she knows what she wants and she knows how to hold on to what belongs to her. That’s what makes her eventual collaboration with Dan so transformative and bittersweet. The chemistry between these two lost souls is never more palpable than in the scene where they pop in a headphone splitter and wander New York at night, sharing their lifeblood. We exist to make each other better, which is why Dan and Gretta can walk away from each other and still look at it as another in a lifelong series of beginnings.


11) Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons – Whiplash

Whiplash was the third movie in my annual Black Friday Triple Feature, and boy was I glad that I saved it for last, because had it been first, every movie afterwards would have been a let down. On paper, Whiplash is a simple enough story: boy genius and demanding teacher push each other to make beautiful music in pursuit of being the best in the world.  Watching it, however, is an incredibly visceral experience (I think I spent most of the movie curled up in a tense little ball…just ask TV Mouse) and that is due to the tour-de-force performances by Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons.  While I hated The Spectacular Now (sorry guys, I know most of you loved it, but no), I definitely respected Miles Teller’s performance and have enjoyed his previous work (how precious is he in Footloose?).  He is a revelation in Whiplash and definitely proves he is a young actor to watch out for.  Andrew is relentless in his search for glory, punishing himself emotionally (as he carelessly tosses aside sweet little Marley from Glee because what genius musician has time for girls?) and physically (playing until he is drenched in sweat and his hands are bleeding).  It’s an incredibly grueling performance, and it’s elevated even more by the cat-and-mouse game Andrew plays with his teacher, Terence Fletcher.

After decades of being “Oh THAT guy” or the doting dad (Juno) or the cartoonish crackpot (the Raimi Spider-Man movies), J.K. Simmons seizes his moment in the sun with a terrifying ferocity. Fletcher’s teaching methods are fucked up, and that’s putting it lightly.  He’s verbally and physically abusive, but does it in the name of pushing his students to greatness.  He inspires pure terror the moment he walks into a room.  Don’t even get me started on how a single hand gesture sucks all the air out of the room.  (Sorry for all the actual recoiling I did during the movie, Kelly.) He vacillates wildly from tender teacher (his monologue about a student’s passing is probably his Oscar clip, if only for the fact it’s the only long stretch of dialogue where he doesn’t say “fuck”) to an outright tyrant who will toss a cymbal at your head for not being on his tempo.  But yet…despite the abuse and the mind games, Fletcher’s students want to please him.  It’s a fascinating performance, and Simmons will likely walk away with the Supporting Actor Oscar come February.

“Oh, THAT guy” no more.

— Kim

12) Melissa McBride – The Walking Dead

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At The Walking Dead panel at New York Comic Con this fall, Melissa McBride broke out into tears when she talked about her attachment to and love for her character. TWD is – um – problematic, but they’ve always gotten it right when it came to Carol Peletier. But let’s not give them all the credit. Most of it goes to Melissa herself .

Melissa nails the delicate balance of kindness (her nurturing of bb Daryl, particularly) and efficient ruthlessness that make up the Carol we know and love. Tragedy and horror have been dumped on all of our survivors, but Carol more than anyone has allowed her defeats to harden into something useful. As in, literally everyone would be dead if it weren’t for this formerly downtrodden little woman.

Melissa has always put in good work, but the writers really blew out Carol’s arc this year. Lizzie unraveled – and it was as chilling as this show has ever been. Carol had no choice but to take her out. Lizzie was about as old as Sophia would have been if she’d survived, as we could see in Carol’s face as she instructed Lizzie to “look at the flowers.” She confessed her actions back at the prison to Tyreese, fully believing that he might choose to end her life but not being able to keep it from him any longer. Oh. And then she BLEW UP TERMINUS. Like the ballin’-ass bitch she is. What could Rick do but rightfully welcome her back into the group?

In 4.5 seasons, Carol went from barely participating in her own life to being the crafty, careful leader she is now. (Thanks, zombie apocalypse!) Thanks to Melissa McBride’s skillz, we see that new confidence, but also the toll it’s taken on her psyche. Praying that she continues to get material worthy of her. Because it’s The Walking Dead, and you never do know.


13) Audra McDonald – Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill

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One of the best choices Sage and I made this year was to get rush tickets to both Lady Day and Hedwig and the Angry Inch the week before the Tony Awards.  Both Audra and Neil Patrick Harris went on to win Tonys days after we saw their performances, making tickets nigh impossible to get (especially for poor people like us. #SugarDaddiesin2015please).  I’ve had the privilege of seeing Audra live many times.  Anyone who has seen her live knows how full-throated and clear her voice is, so when she came out on stage and opened her mouth and Billie Holiday’s signature gravelly sound came out instead, I had a full body reaction to it.  For 90 minutes I sat transfixed as Audra commanded the stage solo, with only her band and the audience surrounding her to interact with.  She sang Billie’s standards, she told stories about her life, and she steadily declined throughout the show, leading to a perfectly timed stumble into the audience which elicited an audible reaction from the entire house.  The thing that was most incredible about her performance is that we NEVER saw Audra McDonald playing Billie Holiday on that stage.  We just saw Billie. It’s no wonder that she won a record-breaking 6th Tony Award (and became the first person to win one in all 4 categories for their gender).

In December, it was announced that the show would be airing on HBO in 2015 and I could not be more pleased that the masses will be able to experience this performance.  It’s one of the all time greats, and it’s entirely possible Audra will be adding an Emmy to her overflowing trophy shelf next fall.


14) Vin Diesel – Guardians of the Galaxy

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He is Groot.


15) Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

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I love the intrepid spirit behind Boyhood, and the bravery of the actors to sign on for a 12-year gig. Think about it: whatever befell them, whatever they had going on personally. Even if they quit acting outright – they’d still be returning to these roles. It’s like they were living parallel lives.

And that’s what exactly what it should and does feel like. As Mason’s divorced mom and dad, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke provide the foundation for Ellar Coltrane’s performance. He grows up, uncontrollably and unpredictable, and they are bedrock.

I’d be perfectly content if Ethan Hawke devoted his life solely to Linklater movies. I would watch him smoke cigarettes and pontificate for hours. I have. He’s at home here, and possibly the most successfully naturalistic actor of his generation. And Mason Sr. – charismatic and irresponsible, but reforming – was obviously designed for him. I loved watching him grow up, right alongside his son.

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This leaves the un-fun stuff to Mom. And Patricia Arquette has the toughest gig in the film. Mason’s mom has devoted her life to her children. But she always picks the wrong guy (or the right guy at the wrong time, sigh) and they can’t help but blame her for it. Mason Sr. gets to be the romantic, wandering hero. But she gets the brunt of the tantrums and the heels-in-the-ground resistance to every way she tries to better her family, and for what? Certainly not for any credit. She’s done everything she’s supposed to do and we leave her depleted. Boyhood is a hopeful movie overall, but there’s still this nugget of unrest. It’s so important.


16) Everyone Except Johnny Depp – Into the Woods

Okay, okay…let’s be honest.  Johnny Depp was not as horrendous as we all feared he might be.  It’s just such an egregious casting stunt (The Wolf is normally played  by one of the princes in a delicious bit of *wink-wink-nudge-nudgeness* (go with it) considering how wolfish their behavior in the rest of the show is) that I can’t get behind it.  Depp’s interpretation is so out of sync with the way the rest of the cast plays the roles that he sticks out like a sore thumb.  None for you, sir.

That being said, the rest of the ensemble is pitch-perfect (see what I did there?) from top to bottom.  Into the Woods is a sprawling ensemble and it’s a true feat of casting that they got everyone so right.

*Everyone say a little prayer of thanksgiving that they re-cast the original Little Red, Sophia Grace, with the spectacularly talented Lilla Crawford.  Bullet dodged, folks.*

Everyone gets their moment to shine.  James Corden’s Baker is basically the fairy tale version of Craig Owens (“It’s always been you, Craig.”) and the whole time I watched the film, I was really sad that his Late Late Show gig would truly limit his ability to take on other film projects (but my TV wins, so it’s a wash).  Emily Blunt, who normally plays such chilly characters, brings true warmth and daffiness to The Baker’s wife, who is the great big beating heart of the show.  Anna Kendrick’s indecisive Cinderella is a revelation and now I really need her to be cast as Sarah Brown in that Guys and Dolls movie if it ever happens.  Cinderella could easily come off as flighty but Kendrick grounds her in the reality of a young woman truly discovering herself and what she really wants out of life.  And CHRIS PINE.  He can be in Guys and Dolls too.  “Agony” was the one time where the audience for my screening came to life (most of the people were thoroughly bewildered by the movie, judging by my eavesdropping in the bathroom line afterwards).  Meryl Streep proved her singing voice was so much more than what Mamma Mia was, as she tore into “Last Midnight” with a fury that left me clapping afterwards.  I was clapping alone.  I didn’t care.

One of the core messages in Into the Woods is that “no one is alone” and the cast of the movie certainly proved that.  They all worked together seamlessly, and while I do have some qualms with the movie (I’ll always have qualms with a musical adaptation), I could not have been happier with the finished product.  You’re forgiven for Nine, Rob Marshall.

— Kim

Honorable Mentions

1) Olivia Munn – The Newsroom

Olivia Munn was born to speak Sorkinese and she continued to be a revelation on The Newsroom.  Her on-air takedown of a smug app developer was one of the highlights of the season.  We demand a Sloan and Don spinoff as long as there are no icky storylines concerning rape on college campuses.  –Kim

2) Neil Patrick Harris – Hedwig and the Angry Itch

One moderate June day, I sat outside the Belasco Theater for seven hours just to have a shot for a standing room ticket to see Neil Patrick Harris take on the ultimate diva. No regrets. It was nothing short of a privilege to watch NPH strut, sass, belt, and emote all over that stage. One benefit of standing for the whole show? Dance room. –Sage

3) Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

The only reason that Benedict’s Alan Turing isn’t in the top 16 is that he did what we already knew he was capable of in The Imitation Game, so along with the whole of the internet, we’re just sitting back smugly as the rest of the world discovers his brilliance. The fact that Benny and Eddie Redmayne will probably lose that Oscar to Michael Keaton is deplorable.  –Kim

4) Sarah Baker – Louie


The truth hurts, but it will also set you free. When I first saw the now infamous “fat girl” monologue, written brilliantly by Louis C.K. and performed even more brilliantly by Sarah Baker, I didn’t know whether to laugh, clap, or cry. So I did all three. –Sage

And that’s it! Stay tuned for our fancy-pants ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR post, coming later this week. Who will it be?? Feel free to guess in the comments.

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The Top 20 Television Moments of 2014 – Part Two Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:09:37 +0000

Posted by Kim and Sage

When we posted our first ten moments of the year at the end of last week, one of our favorite commenters (you know who you are) said that she expected to see the How I Met Your Mother finale on the second half of the list.  “Absolutely not,” I countered.  Sure, the HIMYM finale has made a lot of other end-of-the-year lists, but for us, memorable does NOT equal best.  The HIMYM finale is memorable for all the wrong reasons.  It’s memorable for the rage it unleashes (I can’t begin to count the number of extremely heated debates I’ve had about that episode this year) and that rage does not have a place on our year-end countdown.  Am I still sad about the major death on The Good Wife?  Obviously.  Do I still talk about that death in all sorts of passionate “THAT WAS AMAZING TELEVISION” kind of terms?  YES.

That right there is the Head Over Feels definition of “Top Moment”, folks.

Looking at our 20 picks, I’m extremely proud at the breadth of television we’ve covered this year and our choices for the best of the best.  We’ve got comedies, dramas (both soapy and Comic Booky), reality shows, awards shows, and “news/talk” shows represented.  We MAY have a television problem.  It’s a problem we love to have.

— Kim

11) “Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?” – How To Get Away With Murder

Must See TV is but a distant, childhood memory. (Maybe because NBC doesn’t know how to treasure its comedies anymore, hmmm?) Thursday nights now belong to Shondaland.

One of the buzziest new series of the season, How to Get Away with Murder has a showrunner in Peter Nowalk and is overseen by drama queen Shonda Rhimes. Not a carbon copy of Grey’s or Scandal, HTGAWM quickly established itself as its own thing: a gothic mash-up of ’90s procedurals, primetime soaps and dark comedy, with the incomparable Viola Davis leading a cast of young unknowns.

Annalise Keating is fascinating. We’re a full half-season into the life of the show and still no closer to figuring out the law professor’s motivations than we were in the first minutes of the pilot. Viola plays Keating’s deep vulnerability to perfection, but any show of emotion is eventually revealed as another tool of manipulation. Does she feel anything? Or is she smart enough to know not to?

The focus of this pilot season has been the apparent murder of Keating’s husband Sam. Ever the doting spouse at university cocktail parties, Sam – like Annalise – isn’t what he seems. He was mixed up with a student, whose body ended up bloated and floating in a water tower. Already revealed as a cheater, could Sam be a murderer too? I honestly doubt that Annalise didn’t a) already know her husband was messing around, or b) cared one bit that he did. When would she have time? Between desk sex sessions with her giant cop boyfriend? No. This is a shakedown, my friends. Annalise always gets her man.

It’s the most striking scene in a show designed to fuel water cooler conversation. Annalise sits at her vanity and peels away the day. She wipes off all vestiges of the beauty standards imposed on women – on black women – and it’s not a dainty business. She uses pressure, rubbing the make-up away like she’s angry at herself for putting it on in the first place. She’s taking turpentine to a masterpiece she just finished painting. But when she confronts her suspect – a man she’s shared a bed with for years – she’s not going to do it as star defense attorney Annalise or molder of young minds Annalise. She’s going to do it as the bare canvas onto which she paints those identities.

And that LINE. Funny, shocking, emasculating. This is HTGAWM in nine simple words. And may the series bring us several more moments as indelible as this.


12) Don and Peggy have a dance – Mad Men

Reminder to all the awards bodies out there: Mad Men did indeed air episodes in 2014 and they were EXQUISITE so SHAME ON YOU for completely ignoring them in awards season.  Did the division of the 14 episode season into 2 “mini seasons” probably mess with the notorious slow-burn pace of a typical Mad Men season?  Absolutely.  Just when it felt like it was getting started the “season” was over!  Does that mean that the episodes are any less in quality?  Absolutely not.  “The Strategy” will surely stand in the pantheon of fantastic Mad Men episodes alongside “The Suitcase” and “The Other Woman”.  It was a beautiful episode, from Joanie turning down Bob Benson’s marriage of convenience (“I want love.  And I’d rather die hoping that happens than make some arrangement.”) to the way Pete longs for the family that he so carelessly threw away to the way Peggy and Don are at each other’s throats over the pitch to Burger Chef.  What transitions the episode from good to GREAT is the scene with Peggy and Don in her office as Peggy finally cracks the pitch.  Just like Don knew she would.

Peggy: Does this family exist anymore? Are there people who eat dinner and smile at each other instead of watching TV? Did you ever do that with your family?
Don: I don’t remember.
Peggy: What the hell do I know about being a mom? I just turned 30, Don.
Don: Shit. When?
Peggy: A couple of weeks ago.
Don: It doesn’t matter.
Peggy: I kept it a secret as long as I could. Now I’m one of those women lying about her age. I hate them.
Don: I worry about a lot of things, but I don’t worry about you.
Peggy: What do you have to worry about?
Don: That I never did anything, and that I don’t have anyone.
Peggy: I was in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania. I looked in the window of so many station wagons. What did I do wrong?
Don: You’re doing great.

PEGGY OLSON.  I have always loved her but I related to her SO much in this moment.  It was a rough season for Peggy.  She is still a woman trying to make her way in a man’s world (remember Pete thinks saying “She’s as good as any woman in the field” is a compliment) and she’s a woman wrestling with the life choices she’s made that have led her down an “untraditional” path.  Should she have gone another way?  Would she have been happy going the married and kids route?  She knows that she would not have…but she also knows that she is alone and that’s a daily struggle for her.

The Don and Peggy relationship has always been the core of Mad Men.  They are so alike, those two.  It’s why Don is so hard on her.  He sees her potential for greatness and her potential to surpass him, which both excites and terrifies him.  It’s often WHY he struggles to praise her because she’s making the same choices he has made (identity theft aside) and he knows how it’s turned out for him.  He wants more for his Peggy.  He sees her self-doubt and he offers her comfort in the only way he knows how…with a smile of pride and a dance.

And now, the end is here
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I’ll say it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
I traveled each and ev’ry highway
And more, much more than this, I did it my way…

The song choice may have been a bit on the nose, but in reality, there is no better song for these two lost souls to share a fleeting moment of connection and comfort over.  The next day will be back to business as usual.  Another pitch.  Another meeting.  They’ll probably be back at each other’s throats soon enough.  But for that moment…in that dance…they know that they can do it their own way and not have to be alone.  It’s beautiful.

— Kim

13) Amy Poehler wins The Pudding

The worst part of being nominated for any award is that despite your best efforts, you start to want the pudding. You spend weeks thinking about how it doesn’t matter and it’s all just an honor and then seconds before the name of the winner is announced everything inside you screams…”GIMME THAT PUDDING!!”

In Yes Please, Amy P. details the backstage machinations of all the plans she and her fellow nominees have concocted to get their minds off what she calls “the pudding.” And they’re all wonderful – the faux beauty pageant, Dog President, play-swapping speeches with JLD. But in 2014, the pudding finally went where it had needed to go for a long, long time. Amy Poehler won the Golden Globe.

It’s not special because anyone should give a shit about awards or that anyone is under the illusion that they always go to the right people. What was special about Amy’s win is that is that it was FOR Parks. I don’t mean that the nomination was for her work on Parks, I mean that this was an award for the entire show. One of the finest comedic ensembles on television in this decade or any other has been snubbed left and right for reasons that I can’t begin to understand. Amy, often the show’s sole nomination, has gone home empty-handed year after year. (Even the announcer sounds bewildered when he points out that this is her “first win.”)

So. When Amy’s name was FINALLY called and the Parks crew went ballistic, anyone could see that she was taking this one for the team. They stood and applauded and pointed at their girl. “Whoaaaa, Parks!” she shouted out to them, as I cried like a child. “The best cast in comedy and drama, as far as I’m concerned.” And the pudding was spread around, as it should be.


14) Cristina and Meredith dance it out one last time – Grey’s Anatomy

Cristina: Wait, we’ll call each other at least twice a month and we’ll text each other all the time.
Meredith: I hate texting.
Cristina: TEXT ME! Don’t let Owen get all dark and twisty. Take care of him. And Alex, take care of Alex. He needs to be mocked at least once a day or he’ll be insufferable. Don’t get on any tiny little planes that can crash or stick your hand in a body cavity that has a bomb in it or offer your life to a gunman. Don’t do that. Don’t be a hero. You’re my person. I need you alive. You make me brave. Okay, now we dance it out.

There was really no other way for Sandra Oh’s Cristina Yang to leave Grey’s Anatomy.  I sat through a good portion of the season ten finale, “Fear (of the unknown)” waiting for something absolutely horrible to happen to my beloved Cristina.  Shonda Rhimes DOES love to kill her characters, after all, especially on Grey’s Anatomy.  Thankfully, she had other plans for Cristina Yang.  Cristina Yang was going to ride off into the sunset…erm…Switzerland.  She was going to take her favorite student Smash Williams (honestly, I never learned his ACTUAL character name) to Switzerland with her so she could continue to teach him and extend her legacy.  She was going to change the face of cardiothoracic surgery and win all the awards now that she was free from GSMH.  She was going to do all of that…after dancing it out with her person one last time.

Cue me sobbing, especially since Cristina and Meredith danced to Tegan and Sara’s “Where Does the Good Go?” which was used prominently in the fourth episode of the series.  Grey’s has ALWAYS been good with the musical callbacks and the Twisted Sisters’ jubilant dancing was a perfect way to reflect on EVERYTHING they had been through together.  Ectopic Pregnancies and Dirty Mistressing.  Bombs in body cavities.  Near drownings.  Mass shoot-outs.  Plane crashes.  Marriages.  Divorces.  Births.  Career jealousy and competition.  Meredith and Cristina have been through it all together, and while their bond has been TESTED, it’s never been broken.  When someone is your person, they are your person for life.  OTP of the show.

Cristina’s absence has left a gaping hole on Grey’s Anatomy this season and I miss her terribly.  Yet, her influence is still felt in Meredith’s life, as every single action she’s taken this season goes back to this truth bomb her best friend dropped right before she left.

Cristina: I gotta go. You stay here. You are a gifted surgeon with an extraordinary mind. Don’t let what he wants eclipse what you need. He’s very dreamy, but he’s not the sun. You are.

You can’t GET more OTP than that.  (And if Sandra Oh doesn’t come back for the eventual series finale, I will cry SO MUCH.)

— Kim

15) John Oliver Breaks the FCC – Last Week Tonight

We were predisposed to love Last Week Tonight, because John Oliver brought us such joy as a Daily Show correspondent, and also because he’s “got a real big penis and drinks lots of tea.”

But we couldn’t have predicted the impact the show would have, pretty much from the moment it hit HBO. With Colbert on his way out, surely there’d be room for more comedy news on our TVs. But what could have weekly report have over a daily one?

Simply this: because LWT doesn’t have the responsibility to recap a full day (or seven days) of the news cycle, it’s expertly developed its signature, long-form style. John and the writers hit on a piece of information, usually something that they can’t believe no one has forced us to fully understand before, and they report the daylights out of it. The result is sharp, hilarious, fully fleshed-out segments that have been known to end in a call to action. And John’s fans are ready to go to work.

The cable companies have figured out the great truth of America: If you want to do something evil, put it inside something boring.

The first time we saw the true power of LWT‘s ready-for-viral reports was when they shined a light on the proposed de-democratization of the interwebs. Net Neutrality is a terrifying prospect – essentially making the internet a pay-to-play situation and enabling hateful cable providers to hold companies seeking hosting hostage. No one seemed sufficiently freaked out by this, possibly because the language used to describe it was drier than an English sense of humor. LWT spend ten minutes laying it all out for us (we have an attention span when there are Taco Bell jokes), and then dropped the challenge. The FCC had opened its site for feedback on the proposition. Knowing that this was the job web trolls didn’t realize they had been training for all along, John called on the underworld network of internet commentors to rise up and fight. (“Good evening, monsters.”)

And fight they did. Viewers were driven to the site and responded in such a massive way that actually crashed. And Last Week Tonight moved on to further crusade for truth, justice, and sex-crazed space geckos everywhere.


16) Eliza and Henry do karaoke – Selfie

SELFIE, you guys.  As Sage has pointed out before, this show is just too beautiful to live.  Shame on you, ABC, for not having the confidence in this show (never forget Selfie was a BRAND NEW SHOW stranded on a Tuesday night with no lead-in whatsoever.  And they are surprised it couldn’t find an audience?) and taking it off the air before it could become fully realized.  All hail Hulu for blessing us with the unaired episodes, because without them we never would have seen the perfection that is “Imperfect Harmony”.

The best comedies, no matter how light their premise, are not afraid to go dark.  “Imperfect Harmony” will rank amongst How I Met Your Mother‘s (spit on its grave) “Bad News” and Community‘s “Mixology Certification” as sitcom episodes that made me want to jump off my fire escape in the best way possible.  What’s been the most impressive about Selfie is the amount of character growth in both Henry and (ESPECIALLY) Eliza in the span of 11 episodes.  In a lesser actress’ hands, Eliza Dooley would have been a one note caricature but in Karen Gillan’s capable hands, she’s a fully fleshed out character with a real capacity to love and a real capacity to have her heart broken.  Eliza is used to getting everything she wants…and when she wants Henry and he rejects her, she’s understandably devastated.  But the devastation is deeper than just being turned down by a boy that she likes.  Henry’s rejection cuts deep because of all the work that she’s been doing to better herself.  She’s a “better” person and yet Henry is still afraid to be with her because she isn’t the safe choice.  Which really…that says more about him as a person than it does about her.

(Have you ever been there?  Have you put yourself through the wringer to change your life in some capacity only to find that it still leads to the same result?  It fucking sucks.  Eliza, I feel you, gurl.)

Reeling from Henry’s rejection/inaction, Eliza has to do her mandatory karaoke song (Can I work at this office please?) and she chooses Sia’s “Chandelier”.  It’s so fitting it hurts.

Party girls don’t get hurt.
Can’t feel anything, when will I learn?
I push it down, push it down.

I’m the one “for a good time call”
Phone’s blowin’ up, ringin’ my doorbell
I feel the love, feel the love.

1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink. 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink. 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, drink

Throw ’em back ’til I lose count. I’m gonna swing from the chandelier.

What KILLS me about “Chandelier” is the way Eliza sings it.  At first she is holding back tears, but as the song progresses, you see her eyes go dead.  You SEE the wheels in her head start clicking as she says “Screw ALL of this” and she backslides into the girl we met in the pilot.  She was fun right?  She sure as hell didn’t ever let a guy like Henry hurt her.  In a brilliant stroke of writing and direction, Eliza slides off the stage as the original track takes over and we SEE her be the girl that everyone has always expected her to be…binge drinking, carelessly stumbling about, and going home for some casual sex with her ex.  It’s devastating.

Remember this is a sitcom.

As for John Cho mournfully singing “Wild World” a capella at the end of the episode as he realizes he’s lost both his safe relationship and his exciting one? I’m just going to transcribe the text conversation Sage and I had right before she started watching the episode:

Sage: My body is ready. 
Kim: Not for the suit he’s wearing, it’s not.
Sage: …

Enough said.

— Kim

17) The final minutes of “Mizumono” – Hannibal

The last twenty minutes of “Mizumono” were a series reboot and a bloodbath, containing a few possible major character deaths, plus two jaw-dropping reveals. It makes our 2013 pick for Hannibal – Will Graham drawing a clock – seem downright cute.

Let’s recap: Jack confronts Hannibal in a bloody kitchen brawl, which ends with Jack possibly bleeding out in his pantry. Alana walks in on her lover being (Surprise!) a FUCKING SERIAL KILLER and Hannibal gives her the chance to walk away. (“Be blind, Alana. Don’t be brave.”) She locks herself in another room, shooting at Hannibal through the door until (Holy shit!) ABIGAIL HOBBS, PRESUMED DEAD FOR AN ENTIRE SEASON, steps out of the shadows and pushes her out of the window just in time for an arriving Will Graham to happen upon her broken body. Will and Hannibal share one last sexually charged moment (Surpr-! Actually, that’s pretty standard.) before Hannibal stabs him in the stomach. (“I let you know me. See me. I gave you a rare gift. But you didn’t want it.”) He makes sure he’s not dead yet though – not before Will watches him slit Abigail’s throat. Will and Abigail hold each other on the floor, drenched in blood, while Hannibal walks outside into a cleansing rain. Even Swiggity Swag the Nightmare Stag doesn’t escape unharmed. And, CREDITS.

BUT HOLD THE FUCK UP. Unconcerned which of his victims survived his little exit strategy, Hannibal relaxes thousands of feet above them. First class, natch. And who’s sitting next to him but his therapist, our Bedelia, who we were certain was on our side. They’re off to Europe to dress fabulously and, we assume, kill a lot of people.

This is first class horror. On TV. Just as psychologically unsettling as it is outwardly gory. And in season three, Hannibal will continue showing filmmakers how it’s done.


18) “You are all IDIOTS.” – The Normal Heart

Much like when Julia Roberts was cast as Barbara in August: Osage County,  I had a LOT of trepidation when it was announced that Julia Roberts would be playing the role of Dr. Emma Brookner in Ryan Murphy’s movie of The Normal Heart.  After all, Ellen Barkin (who is in the Ryan Murphy “Family”, having starred in failed sitcom The New Normal) had recently won a Tony Award for that very role, so why in the hell wouldn’t you cast her?  Would Julia Roberts be able to bring the same gravitas and furor that Barkin did? (I saw that revival of The Normal Heart and it remains one of the greatest theatrical experiences of my life). And would notoriously heavy-handed Ryan Murphy REALLY be able to bring a work like The Normal Heart to the screen and not cross into the beating us over the head with it kind of territory.

Well, like she did with August: Osage County, Julia Roberts took all my fears and doubts about her and tossed them out the window from the very first moment she appeared on-screen.  She is really doing the best work in her career right now, you guys.  Her Emma is fierce, yet compassionate.  She’s brusque and has a low tolerance for bullshit but she is also DEEPLY passionate about her patients and raising awareness about this disease that is wiping out a generation.  Emma Brookner’s shining moment comes about halfway through the film (if my memory serves correctly, this monologue opens Act 2 in the play) where she makes a presentation asking for government funding for her AIDS research, only to find out her request is being denied.  It is a blistering tirade against the ineptitude of the government and the blind eye that was turned towards these men for so long.  The scary thing is that the monologue feels just as fresh in today’s environment as it does in the 1980’s.  Roberts’ rage is palpable and the performance is all the more impressive as she’s confined to the wheelchair and can only use her voice, face, and arms to communicate her deep well of anger.  I love how she’s so angry she almost can’t BREATHE for it.

The Normal Heart was an EXCEPTIONAL movie (who’d have thought that Ryan Murphy had it in him?) and it’s an IMPORTANT movie.  The cast was uniformly amazing from the Ruffalo to Jim Parsons (proving that The Big Bang Theory is smothering his talent) to Taylor Kitsch (Hey Tim Riggins) and we could have easily picked other moments from the film.  But we settled on this one because it taught me that I should just shut the fuck up when it comes to Julia Roberts being cast in things.

— Kim

19) “Do you understand?” – Arrow

Usually this, the love confession in ambiguous context? It’s pretty lame. It’s a fairly unoriginal way to stretch out a ship that has no business being stretched out any further. Not here, y’all. NOT. HERE.

Oliver knows that Slade is watching the Queen family home, so this conversation is meant to position Felicity inside his operation so she and Team Arrow can take him down. The thing is, everything that Oliver says to her also happens to be true. And the show doesn’t need us to think otherwise. These idiots have been obvious since Jump Street. Just ask John Diggle. He’s exhausted.

Oliver: Slade took Laurel because he wants to kill the woman I love.
Felicity: I know. So –
Oliver: So he took the wrong woman.
Felicity: Oh.
Oliver: I love you. Do you understand?
Felicity: Yes.

Watch it a few times. (I know I have.) Oliver is saying what he needs to in the name of ~the plan~, but he’s also willing Felicity to read between the lines. Or to read the lines exactly, as it were. He smiles so slightly, right before he delivers the kicker: “Do you understand?”

Please understand,” he might as well be saying. Because he already knows he’s going to back off from it later. But maybe, just for now, he can risk his life and love Felicity, and she can know.


20) Maks and Meryl’s Freestyle – Dancing with the Stars

A) Honestly, we try really hard not to ship people in real life.  (HA!  Lies.)  But really…sometimes a couple makes it harder NOT to ship them, so you should just give in to the sweet sweet torment.

B) I had no idea so many of my friends watched Dancing With The Stars (I’ve been living with my love in secret for so long!) until this past spring, when my Twitter timeline had a meltdown every Monday night as we watched Maksim Chmerkovsky and Meryl Davis fall in love.


On paper, it was the perfect partnership.  Meryl Davis was the newly minted gold medalist in Ice Dancing (and her partner Charlie White was also competing) and a living breathing actual Disney Princess.  Maks was the bad boy of the ballroom, long known for his surly attitude, sass, and temper (and for constantly making the finals but never WINNING the mirrorball).  From the start, Maks knew he had the ringer of the group of stars.  Meryl had the skills and the polish and the fanbase to win the whole thing and he knew it.  They had incredible chemistry and they established themselves as frontrunners from Week One.  But then as the competition progressed, it became VERY obvious that it was about more than winning with Maks and Meryl.  Meryl Davis made big mean Maks an emotional Russian Teddy Bear.  They gushed about each other and were incredibly affectionate during their rehearsal packages.  They were head over heels for each other.  Everybody, including the judges, shipped it.  Could they have been playing it for the cameras?  Sure.  Everyone knows a good showmance can win votes. But if it was ALL fake, hand these two fools Academy Awards.

The Maksyl of it all culminated in their freestyle dance in the finale.  The freestyle is exactly that…the dancers can dance however they want.  It’s usually silly or hip-hop influenced.  Maks and Meryl instead did a breathtaking and passionate contemporary routine to Sam Smith’s “Latch” that set the journey of their relationship to dance.  I cried and yelled at the TV when they didn’t kiss at the end (THE WAY THEY SMILE AT EACH OTHER THOUGH).  All of Twitter cried and yelled at the TV when they didn’t kiss at the end (THE WAY SHE PLAYS WITH THE HAIR AT THE NAPE OF HIS NECK THOUGH).

Just when we thought it couldn’t get worse (and by worse, I mean MORE AWESOME), it did.  In the results show the next day, Maks, when asked by an off camera producer when he was going to propose to Meryl, replied “Tomorrow. I want to ravage her and have ice-skating, big mean Russian babies and call them Boris and Oleg.  Their nickname would be Bear.  Both of them.”

Maks and Meryl won, obviously.  We’re still waiting on that proposal though, Maksim.

— Kim

And those are our 20 favorite moments of 2014.  NOW you can feel free to yell at us for what we left out in the comments…though we’re pretty damn proud of this list. Here’s to many more moments like these in 2015!

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The Head Over Feels Most Perfect Sunflower 2014 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 02:22:37 +0000

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.


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)

Nicole Beharie looking fab at #NYCC! #SleepyHollow

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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

Karen Gillan

We have loved Kazza (yes, we only refer to her by the nickname given to her by Matt Smith and Arthur Darvill) since her days traveling in the TARDIS as Amelia Pond, The Girl Who Waited.  But with this year’s Selfie and Guardians of the Galaxy, we have come to appreciate her in a whole new light.  I was talking with a friend right after Selfie premiered and he had commented that he would have rather seen a Krysten Ritter type actress as Eliza and I VEHEMENTLY disagreed.  Eliza has a lot of flaws.  She’s selfish and self-obsessed and shallow. I LOVE me some Krysten Ritter (RIP Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23) but in her hands, Eliza would have been insufferable.  Karen Gillan brings her own inherent warmth and goofiness to the role.  She plays Eliza with such honesty and you can truly see that Eliza has a heart of gold underneath all the flaws.

Much of Selfie‘s charm rests in the relationship between Eliza and Henry and Kazza and John Cho have that in spades.  If you didn’t flail off your couch when Henry grabbed Eliza by the hips and pulled her to him, something is wrong with you (though we suspect many of you DID, given that John won Most Handsome Young Man).  And if your heart didn’t break in this week’s episode as Eliza sang “Chandelier” and then went on a self-destructive bender, you might want to check your soul.  (Seriously…this week’s episode though.)  It is the greatest tragedy of the television season that we won’t get more than 13 episodes with these two.  C’mon, Hulu!  Don’t you want to save Selfie?

We also love Kazza for her Scottishness and for the way America seems to completely confuse and delight her.  Just watch any late night interview she’s ever done.  She’s totally on our level when it comes to dating, telling the Telegraph “Americans seem to go about it in a different way where they date loads of people at the same time. It’s probably a healthier way of finding someone, because you don’t put all your eggs in one basket. But I’m like, ‘Are you kissing all of them?’  I prefer the UK way, where we just drink near each other and no one knows if it’s a date or not.”

We prefer that way too, Kazza.  Also any time you want to drink near us, we’ll be there.

In addition to her personality, Kazza has those looks.  Legs for miles.  Legs that Steven Moffat was often accused of exploiting on Doctor Who, as Amy was perpetually in mini-skirts.  (If you’ve got it, flaunt it, we say.  Also Kaz had a lot of say in her costumes, so she certainly knows her best assets.)  Flawless porcelain skin.  (“I don’t get to lounge about in the sun like everyone else.  I go bright red. It’s a ginger thing.”) And oh, yes…THAT HAIR.  Kazza’s red hair is the most glorious hair in the world.  There was a mourning party on Twitter when it was revealed that she shaved her hair off for her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.  Then we all threw temper tantrums because it just wasn’t fair how BEAUTIFUL bald Kaz was.  Seriously, woman.  You have to stop.


If Hulu doesn’t save Selfie, then I certainly hope Kazza finds another show worthy of her talents.  Every week that she won’t be on my television scene will be a sad (and less ginger) one.

— Kim

Anna Kendrick

2014 isn’t over and we haven’t even decided who our pick will be for this year, but that hasn’t stopped Kim and I from making some projections about our 2015 Entertainer of the Year.*

*Title subject to be changed to be less directly lifted from EW. Love you, bitches!

Based on her impressive upcoming release slate and the fact that every single person on the planet seems to adore her, we’re putting early odds on Anna Kendrick.

Anna will be showcasing her impressive pipes in not one but three musicals in the next year. First up, she’s a conflicted Cinderella in Rob Marshall’s adaptation of Sondheim’s Into The Woods. It releases on Christmas Day, but Disney dropped Anna’s version of “Steps of the Palace” last week and it’s already blowing our musical-theater-loving minds. In February, she takes on another beloved stage property, Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. We have reservations about the casting of Jeremy Jordan as a self-involved writer Jamie, but the trailer reveals that Anna will slay once again, this time as aspiring actress Cathy. WE ARE VERY SERIOUS ABOUT THIS SHOW. Few are good enough to take on JRB’s complex score, but Anna tackled this AND a Sondheim masterpiece with aplomb. Pitch Perfect 2 must have been a piece of damn cake.

Beyond being one of the only Hollywood actresses we trust to touch Sir Stephen, Anna has truly earned a spot on this list by being so damned delightful. She’s like…the cool, arty girl in high school – the one who would never seek worship but got it anyway. And once she got it, she never acknowledged it or let it make her into an asshole. She shares scenes with George Clooney and smolders in GQ photoshoots, but somehow, we still believe Anna’s insistence that she’s just a giant nerd in a tiny, glamorous package. Why? Let’s start with her Twitter account.

“Why are ALL these bitches after Peter’s D? What’s so great about him? (Other than the boobs.) #PeterPanLive”

“Cooking for one sucks because no matter how I portion it I seem to end up wasting food. Also loneliness.”

“Sometimes when I say I’m busy, it’s more that I’m trying to make sense of the chaos and disarray of my day-to-day life. Also, Bones is on.”

“Burned my thumb on set today. iPhone fingerprint ID won’t work. Pretty sure I can get away with murder as long as I only use my thumb.”

Lest you think that some aspiring joke writer is writing these tweets, Anna proves to be just as entertaining in person. (Though I can’t be alone in hoping she will write a screenplay some day.) In a whirlwind segment on GMA this week, she was her usual charming self. When her interviewer launched into a speed round of questions, Anna commented “It’s like Frost/Nixon all of a sudden,” a reference that I guarantee at least 1/3 of that room did not get. But she won my admiration (and maybe my vote? Hmmmm…) for this final answer, which proves my thesis that we would get along fantastically.

“What’s your secret talent?”
“Oh my god, I don’t know. Uhh..uhhh…I’m really good at flip cup? Maybe that’s why the ‘Cups’ song came naturally.”

Challenge extended, Kendrick. Meet you at the table.



The SAG award nominations came out this morning and again, the transcendent ensemble of Parks and Recreation was roundly snubbed. Don’t worry, boos. We got you. Every day is a celebration of this cast here at Head Over Feels. And the launch of our 2014 lady poll is no different.

From the moment we met Donna Meagle, she’s been a bright light in our lives. As the series has progressed, Pawnee’s femme fatale has taken on more and more characteristics of her real-life counterpart Retta, which has only made her more fabulous.

Those traits include Retta’s propensity to “live-tweet this bitch,” putting her followers into hysterics with her real-time thoughts on Scandal, Arrow, Downton Abbey, True Blood, and more. Her hashtag game knows no equal. She is an internet darling and we aspire to one day have half the flair that she does for social media.

One thing we do share with Retta is her tendency to get far too (for normals) attached to our most beloved characters. What makes Retta’s feed so engaging is that her snark and humor come with the love of a sincere fan. And because she straddles the line between the admirer and the admired, she gets special treatment…like when Josh Charles called her personally to make sure she was okay about a little development on The Good Wife. What a life.  In the event that Kim and I get famous, we have a list.

But let’s get shallow for a moment. Retta’s a stone-cold knock-out, which makes it a cinch to believe that Donna owns the Pawnee dating pool. And cheers to Retta for resisting the institutionalized effort to drape all bodies over a size 8 in shapeless sacks and dark colors. Before she steps onto any red carpet, we know that Retta will be looking bangin’ and body-positive in a bold color and chic silhouette. Would that this influence would trickle down the mass-produced fashion for plus-sized ladies.

But for now, let’s all look to Retta: comedienne, social guru, and style icon.


Emily Bett Rickards

Sage and I fell hard for Emily Bett Rickards and Felicity Smoak when we marathoned Arrow over the summer.  How we could not?  Felicity is the embodiment of geek girl chic with her glasses, her hot pink lipstick, and her killer wardrobe of boob-window dresses (THAT DRESS she wore when she went to see Barry though).  She’s a brilliant bitch with wi-fi.  She talks too much and she perpetually has her foot in her mouth (“I like having you inside me.”).  She shamelessly ogles Oliver while he does the salmon ladderr.  Basically, we are Felicity and Felicity is us.

Plus you KNOW we love any character who pulls a Donnatella Moss and goes from one-off character to Main Love Interest in the span of a season.


And what of the lady who portrays Felicity Smoak?  Just look at her.  With that mane of blonde hair and bright blue eyes, Emily Bett Rickards is the textbook definition of “California Girl”.  Which is hilarious considering she’s from Canada.

But seriously, is it any wonder that every man in Starling City (and Central City too) is in love with her.  Yes, even Diggle is a little bit in love with her, despite being the captain of the S.S. Olicity.  We feel some strong Walter Skinner-Dana Scully vibes there.

What I love the most about Felicity is her strength and her goodness.  Like all the other ladies on this list, she is fiercely devoted to the ones she loves.  Her faith in Oliver in unshakable, even when their personal relationship is filled with angst.  But what Felicity has discovered this season is her love for herself.  She has realized that she deserves MORE than Oliver’s declarations of love if they don’t have follow through.  Olicity shippers may be tortured right now, given the fact that Felicity followed through on the ultimatum she gave Oliver in the season premiere, but my respect for her has been strengthened BECAUSE she was able to walk away from the man she loved when he wasn’t able to give her everything she needed.  Life hero in a fabulous dress, you guys.

— Kim


And those are our nominees!  Vote now!

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John Cho: Your Most Handsome Young Man 2014 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 16:47:53 +0000
Shut the front door, I’m the Most Handsome Young Man.

Posted by Kim and Sage

We have a new Most Handsome Young Man…and your winner is JOHN CHO.  That’s right, the guy who brought the term “MILF” into our lexicon is now your Most Handsome Young Man.  We could not be more delighted.

It was a fight down to the last-minute.  John took an early lead the first day of the poll, but then Stephen Amell surged on Thanksgiving (THANKS FOR THE TRAFFIC ARROW FANS) and his lead seemed to be insurmountable.  But the ChoNuts and the Selfie fans never gave up (You know we love scrappy fans of endangered shows!).  They steadily chipped away at the Arrow’s lead, and when I came out of the movies yesterday, with 2.5 hours to go in the poll, they had closed the lead to 100 votes (Amell was leading by as much as 400 at one point).  By the time I got home, the lead had closed to 70.  By the time the polls closed, John and Amell had basically flipped places, with John winning by 104 votes.  WELL DONE, Selfie fans, who surely got a leg up from the Sleepy Heads.  They wanted to keep the Most Handsome Young Man award in the family, you know.

It’s like Tom is passing the torch…
He’s saying “You ARE a Handsome Man who loves my cardigan, John.”

Sage waxed poetic about why John Cho was worthy of the Most Handsome Young Man title in our post about the nominees.  I really can’t say it any better than that, so instead let’s just blatantly objectify him.  Is everyone okay with that? I thought so.

Never Fear…
Your Most Handsome Young Man is Here.
Also plays guitar for you.
Sick Dance Moves.

Hey girl…want to enjoy some whiskey in bed?
He’s mastered that whole “looking up at you sexily in the midst of a disaster” thing.
Seriously…Clooney would like his eye crinkles back.
Steely Determination = SEX
Cho. John Cho.
CAN HE WEAR A SUIT OR WHAT? Also, I believe that’s a VELVET blazer and therefore touchable.

Congratulations, John.  May your reign be HANDSOME.

Your Runner-Up: Stephen Amell

stephen amell arrow smile
Smile, Stephen. Your fans love you.

A firm handshake and an uncomfortably long (for him) hug to our second place finisher, Stephen Amell. Should John Cho even be unable to fulfill his duties as our Most Handsome Young Man (They’re in the fine print, boys. Shhhh…read them later….), Amell will step in. And by “step in,” I mean he’ll probably come crashing through a window and throw those duties over his shoulder in a fireman’s carry.

Stephen Amell Arrow Felicity Tarzan
You’d tuck perfectly into his side, you know. All the better for swinging away from danger and into serious UST.
Stephen Amell toys
Real men play with toys.
Stephen Amell Felicity look
Real men also make googly eyes at their soulmate even when their bros are around.
Stephen Amell shirtless bed

Congratulations to John and Stephen and thanks to all of you for voting! It’s good to know that there are thousands of you who are as passionate about recognizing handsomeness as we are.

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