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  1. Three Doctors, A Consulting Detective, A Demi-God and The Entire Wizarding World: A UK Adventure, Fandom-Style

    February 6, 2014 by HeadOverFeels

    Ron Swanson London Landmarks

    - Posted by Sage

    A true American like Ron Swanson may not understand the constant pull we fetish-izers of British culture feel to return to the Motherland. But anytime I’m not in London, I’m usually wishing that I were, scone in one hand, umbrella in the other. This January, thanks to the fine people who price the flights at USAirways, I was able to make a UK pilgrimage for what I usually drop in a couple of Etsy sprees. And you know I had to do it up fandom-style.

    Doctor Who British Flag

    *Anglophilia intensifies*

    As you know, the British Isles are home to many fictional characters we adore. Not only that, but – until we can seduce them over to Broadway – several of the actors who play said fictional characters can usually be found treading the boards in London. So, to sum the goals of my trip up in just a few words: 1) pay appropriate homage to British fandoms 2) watch the men I know as super villains and cheeky aliens stretch out their ample theater muscles and 3) eat all the pub food I can find. All of it.

    Sherlock Adventuring

    Here’s what I found when I crossed the pond, plus a few tips for getting the most out of your UK vacation.

    American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre

    Blasting straight through my jet lag, I spent my first night in London at the 325-seat Almeida Theatre in Islington. I’d known of the musical adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel for quite a while – since its successful Kickstarter campaign, really – and had it on my “probably” theater list for months. That is, until the morning that the Almeida announced that Matt Smith’s first post-Doctor Who role would be that of Wall Street psychopath Patrick Bateman. I hightailed it to the ticketing site immediately and snagged the last seat for this performance.

    Matt Smith James Corden Doctor Who Tea

    Watching THIS guy slice and dice hookers? How could I resist?

    Adaptations are just that – with heaps of artistic choices dictated by their medium. So, while not expecting American Psycho: The Musical to look exactly like American Psycho: The Novel or American Psycho: The Christian Bale Movie, I did have high expectations. The book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa pins down the particular humor of the existentially bleak source material; and Duncan Sheik’s original score, with the exception of one or two extraneous numbers, successfully leverages synthy ’80s pop to drive home the glossy and gothic materialism of Patrick’s world. Actual hits from that decade were inserted sparingly and to great effect, especially when Bateman commutes to work with “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” blaring through his Walkman.

    And what of Matt? Respectable American accent, serviceable singing voice, imposing stage presence, and really quite exquisite abs. You may have heard that he makes his entrance in a “tanning bed” wearing nothing but tighty whities. I’m glad I was able to mentally and emotionally prepare myself to watch that in the middle of a room full of strangers. Add some cool graphic direction by Rupert Goold and a supporting cast full of cute boys (special shout out to Jonathan Bailey of Broadchurch who played Tim Price like the young version of McConaughey’s character in The Wolf of Wall Street), American Psycho kept a weary traveler awake and excited about the future of musical theater. Did I mention that Matt Smith was totally in his underwear?

    Coriolanus at the Donmar Warehouse

    The hottest ticket in London right now is to a 251-seat theater for a little-produced, late-career Shakespeare play. Possibly because, under Artistic Director Josie Rourke, the Donmar has been consistently popping out work that makes a splash at home before an almost guaranteed West End or US transfer. Well, that…and Tom Hiddleston.

    Tom Hiddleston Coriolanus moves

    My brain and body were practically humming after seeing Tom on stage for the first time and in such a tour-de-force. But one thought rose above the general clamor: this is the beginning of his career. This man is 33-years-old. Think about the body of work he has ahead of him. It’s unfathomable.

    I don’t want to be that jerk and say that Hiddleston was just so present in his role. But I’m going to be, because he was. Like I wrote in our “Entertainer of the Year tribute to him, Tom approaches every role with the same amount of careful preparation and gusto. And in this part, he gets to rage, sass, patronize, kiss a boy, kiss a girl, sword fight, take a shower onstage, and break our hearts with wet eyes and a single speech. In the climax of the play, Coriolanus’s mother pleads with him to spare Rome. Until this point in the scene, Coriolanus has been cold and unmovable, even to his best friend and his wife. He faces the audience, his back to his mother. As she talks and without moving a single muscle, he just starts weeping. Full on, snotty-nosed, wet-faced weeping. I could not breathe. GET THEE TO BROADWAY, HIDDLES.

    The rest of the cast give knockout performances too, particularly Deborah Findley as Coriolanus’s steely mother, Hadley Fraser as his sworn enemy, and the one and only Mark Gatiss as – obviously – a dry-witted intellectual. Mark was battling a cold and didn’t come out to sign after the performance. A disappointment, since I really just wanted to shake his hand, thank him for Sherlock series 3, and get a Mycroft bitchy-resting-face picture with him. We were told by the staff that Tom was no longer able to come out to sign post-performance. It makes sense, since the Donmar doesn’t have the space to put up barriers, set up extra staff, or do much really to keep overeager fans from ripping his clothing to shreds. This is why we can’t have nice things, you guys. Behave yourselves.

    So no Me + Hiddles 4Ever picture to show you all, sadly. It’s cool though, since I happened to be sitting just two seats away from my sun and stars, Billie Piper.

    Rose Tyler Excited


    Being that I usually refer to Bills as my future wife, you’ll be impressed that I stayed relatively cool. She’s a featured guest at Gallifrey One in Los Angeles next week, so I decided to save the fangirling till then and satisfied myself with acting like a normal person in her presence. I did notice her take a photo and chat to a fan, so rest assured that she wasn’t putting off “leave me alone” vibes. She’s luminous and perfect and wonderful, always. So.

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  2. Breaking Down the Golden Globe Nominations

    December 12, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    I have a confession to make.  Yeah, yeah The Oscars are considered the “Super Bowl” of Awards shows, but The Golden Globes tend to be my favorite of all the awards shows out there.  Maybe it’s because they celebrate both film and TV, meaning that many more of my favorite people are in the room.  Maybe it’s because they split the movie awards into Comedy and Drama, giving more films and performances the chance to be honored.  Maybe it’s because out of all the awards bodies, the Globes are the ones most likely to think outside the box and honor new shows (they were the first champion of Mad Men after all).  Maybe it’s because that many celebrities + free-flowing champagne = the potential for all sorts of shenanigans.

    Wait.  I KNOW it’s because of the free-flowing champagne induced shenanigans.

    The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globes were announced this morning and I found myself faced with a peculiar feeling.  And that feeling was…happiness and excitement.  Definitely not one I am used to feeling on Nomination Days.  I’m used to feeling RAGE.  Perhaps I am growing less grumpy in my old age or perhaps the fact of the matter is that The Globes got WAY more right this year than they did wrong.  Sure…there were some moments that had me perplexed (NO MAD MEN), but there were more moments that had me squealing with joy (MONICA POTTER Y’ALL!).  Let’s break down the categories, shall we?

    Best Television Series — Drama

    Breaking Bad

    Downton Abbey

    The Good Wife

    House of Cards

    Masters of Sex

    The shocker here is the exclusion of awards darling and winner of this category for the past 2 years Homeland.  I’ve only watched the first nine episodes of the show, so obviously I am behind, but I have really heard NOTHING good about Season Three.  So props to the HFPA for not just sticking to the shows they have honored in the past just cause they are the trendy ones.  Mad Men is out of this category for the third year in a row (Again SO WEIRD because like I said…the HFPA were the first ones to reward this show), so while I am MAD, I am not surprised.  Thrilled to see The Good Wife here because this season has been AMAZING.  But really the favorite in this category HAS to be Breaking Bad for its masterful final season.  Though House of Cards could be a spoiler if the HFPA is feeling tricksy.

    Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Drama

    Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
    Liev Schreiber, Ray Donovan
    Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex
    Kevin Spacey, House of Cards
    James Spader, The Blacklist

    This Category is where the HFPA REALLY shook things up, with only ONE returning nominee from last year, in the form of Bryan Cranston, who lost last year to Homeland‘s Damian Lewis.  This makes me quite happy, as it really irks me when the same people get nominated every year because it feels like the nominators don’t even WATCH submission tapes (LOOKING AT YOU SAG AND EMMY).

    I called it the moment that The Blacklist premiered…James Spader would get a Golden Globe nomination for his performance.  So you can imagine I felt quite smug when his name was called this morning.  I just started watching Masters of Sex and while I think Bill Masters is KIND OF the worst, I think Michael Sheen does brilliant work.  The nomination for Liev Schreiber is the only one that strikes me as ODD, but the Globes ALWAYS have at least one WTF nominee.  Who is usually a famous person.  BUT JON HAMM THOUGH.  I guess I am resigned to the fact that his awards days are over.

    Bryan Cranston has to be the favorite here for his brilliance in Breaking Bad, but watch out for Spader.  He has an extensive history with the Globes and they LOVE HIM.  I would not at ALL be surprised if he walked away with the trophy.

    Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Drama

    Julianna Margulies, The Good Wife
    Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black
    Taylor Schilling, Orange is the New Black
    Kerry Washington, Scandal
    Robin Wright, House of Cards

    With two-time winner for Homeland Claire Danes out-of-the-way (seriously guys, they must have HATED season 3), I really feel like this is ANYBODY’S to win.  Once again, the Globes did a clean sweep of this category, with only Juliana Margulies returning from last year’s crop.  I could hear screams of joy from my friends all over the world when Tatiana Maslany’s name was called.  I PROMISE I will watch at least SOME of Orphan Black before the Globes so I will GET IT.  I am QUITE surprised that Taylor Schilling is the sole nominee from the buzzy Orange Is The New Black, considering that it is a show I really thought the Globes would embrace.  I’m very sad that Lizzy Caplan didn’t get in for Masters of Sex, but this is a TOUGH category.

    My pick to win is Kerry Washington.  If there is any organization that would embrace a show as crazy as Scandal it is this one.  Plus Kerry has movie star cred, which the HFPA loves and oh yeah…she’s fucking brilliant as Olivia Pope.  She’ll need to watch her back for Maslany, but for now, I give this one to the Gladiator.  It’s handled.

    Best Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

    The Big Bang Theory
    Brooklyn Nine-Nine
    Modern Family
    Parks and Recreation


    If you are a regular reader of this blog, you KNOW how we feel about Parks and Rec.  Will it win?  Probably not.  But it got recognized and we’ll take it.  Yes, I yawn at the inclusion of The Big Bang TheoryModern Family is always a given in this category.  And the HFPA loves Girls, as it won this category last year.  And I imagine it will win again.  But with the exclusion of Glee and nomination for Parks and the SUPER surprise nomination for newbie Brooklyn 99, there will be no table flipping gifs here today.

    Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

    Zooey Deschanel, New Girl
    Lena Dunham, Girls
    Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
    Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Veep
    Amy Poehler, Parks And Recreation


    *mic drop*

    (Also, subbing in Edie Falco for Tina Fey and you have the EXACT same line-up as last year.  Lazy.)

    Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series — Comedy Or Musical

    Jason Bateman, Arrested Development
    Don Cheadle, House of Lies
    Michael J. Fox, The Michael J. Fox Show
    Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory
    Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

    Aside from the surprise nomination for Andy Samberg, this category bores me.  And the nomination for Michael J. Fox is a bit of a joke to me.  Unless the show has MAGICALLY gotten better.  Next please.


  3. The Top 5 Things We’re Thankful For This Year

    November 28, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!  I’m getting ready to head to Brooklyn to cook Thanksgiving Dinner for 10 of  my friends (I TOLD you I was Monica!).  But before I cook all day and then stuff myself silly (but not TOO much, I have a birthday party dress to fit in to in 2 weeks), I thought I would take a moment to reflect on the top 5 Pop Culture things Sage and I are most thankful for this Thanksgiving.  Because without them, this site wouldn’t exist and the world would be a much less flaily place…

    1) Community

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: falling in love with Community changed my life forever.  I’ve attended TWO CommuniCons this year.  I’ve met many many Twitter Communies this year, and they’ve moved beyond just internet friends to ACTUAL friends. I’m so so so grateful for this weird little show about a study group at Greendale Community College and the JOY it has brought into my life, through both the television screen and the relationships I have formed because of it.  Thank you, Dan Harmon for your madness.  Thank you writers for your words.  Thank you to the cast for your performances and your love for the fans and being all around delightful Human Beings.

    And thanks to NBC (I guess) for airing it.  Season 5 starts in a little over a month!!!

    2) Parks and Recreation

    Parks is the ultimate show about optimism and finding the goodness in people.  I swear my heart grows three sizes every time I watch it.  Amy Poehler/Leslie Knope is obviously our life hero.  I could wax poetic on all the characters, but that would make this post WAY too long.  Parks has the best ensemble on television, and that’s coming from a die-hard Community fan.

    NBC has been scaring me with its treatment of Parks this year, which leads me to think, that with the loss of Rashida Jones and Rob Lowe, this COULD be its last season.  I truly hope not.  Television will be a less sunny place without the citizens of Pawnee.

    3) Doctor Who

    I think Sage said it best in her post on “Day of the Doctor” , it is a WONDERFUL time to be a Whovian.  We may be relatively new to the fandom, having loved the show for only a few years, but being the fangirls we are, we love deep and we love hard.  Our mutual feels about the Doctor was one of the driving forces that made us START this blog.  We are so thankful for our Doctor, his companions, and their adventures.  We are thankful to Russell T Davies and Steven Moffat for destroying us with emotions.  We are thankful to Doctor Who as a whole for celebrating the extraordinary in the ordinary. All of time and space…

    This Christmas we will witness our first LIVE regeneration.  While we are excited for Peter Capaldi, we know we will be destroyed by the loss of Matt Smith’s Eleventh (Twelfth?) Doctor.  In the words of Ten…we don’t want him to go.

    4) Sleepy Hollow

    We are thankful for Sleepy Hollow for many reasons.  One, it gave us our Sexiest Man Alive in the form of Tom Mison.  Two, it was an unexpected DELIGHT in a fall season that has been lean in new television hits.  We never expected to love #SassyHollow as much as we do…and now we can’t imagine our lives without it.  It has been amazing getting in with this fandom on the Ground Floor.  It’s been a totally new experience for me, as while I was with a show like Lost from the very start, it was before I fully allowed my inner fangirl to flail about freely.  It has been amazing discovering this show right along with everyone else.  I can’t wait to see how the season ends.

    Though I can imagine the ensuing eight months without my Ichabod and Abbie fix.

    5) Tom Hiddleston

    Because everyday during the press tour for Loki: The Dark World I woke up to a twitter conversation screaming over something ridiculous he had done.

    That’s what we’re thankful for this year!  What about you, dear readers? Let us know in the comments!  And enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  4. “Thank God I Still Love Doctor Who” – Graeme Burk and Robert Smith? at LI Who

    November 16, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    While I was at Long Island Who (a general post about the weekend is coming, I promise) I also had the pleasure of spending a good amount of time with Graeme Burk and Robert Smith?, authors of Who is The Doctor and the new book Who’s 50 – The 50 Doctor Who Stories to Watch Before You Die. Who is the Doctor is an analysis of the new series, episode by episode, through the end of Series 6 and Who’s 50…well that is self-explanatory, is it not? I think that these two books are must haves for any Whovian’s library, and I am not just saying that because I think the authors are delightful human beings.  The books are smart, they are chock-full of tidbits and history, and they are funny.  They read like the transcript of the impassioned debate over your favorite episodes that you have most definitely had with your friends at your local pub or on Twitter.

    But what is the best about these books is that the overwhelming love that Graeme and Robert have for Doctor Who is evident in every word.  So often these “Unofficial Companion” books can feel dry and “facts only” but that is not the case here.  What’s one of the most engaging things about the books is that Graeme and Robert have very different opinions on how Doctor Who should be made.  As Graeme put it at the con, he tends to look at the episodes more in the context of the big picture of the series, while Robert gets analytical about the details of the episodes.  These differing opinions lead to some great and impassioned debates about the merits of episodes and their place in the Who canon.  I can’t recommend the books enough, so I’ll leave it at that and stop gushing.  For now.

    Graeme and Robert hosted a panel at the Con where they talked about the process of whittling down all the Doctor Who episodes to their top 50 and they also read excerpts and took questions about their choices.  They came up with their list by individually making their own list and then comparing notes (which made me chuckle, as that was the exact way Sage and I came up with our lists for our top episodes of The Office and The X-Files!).  They actually matched on 33 out of 50 (wow!) and then broke up the remaining episodes between them and decided that neither one of them could object to the episodes that the other chose…which I LOVE.  That is how, as they put it, some unconventional episodes wound up in the book.  It wasn’t about picking the BEST or most IMPORTANT episodes (because there are tons of books that do that), it was about picking out the episodes that meant the most to THEM…which is why Who’s 50 stands out among the rest.

    Whoops.  Gushing again.

    To open the panel, Robert read an excerpt from their section of “The Green Death”, a Third Doctor story, and the first episode he ever watched.  To give you a taste of just how good this book is, I’m going to share some of what he read…

    “I’ve seen amazing episodes of this TV show – including falling in love all over again with the New Series – that I continue to adore.  But no experience in my life has ever been or ever will be as profound or worldshaking as watching the thrilling finale of “The Green Death” at five years old and losing my Doctor Who virginity.  I went in as a boy and came out a fan.”


    Since the New Series is my area of expertise, I thought I would take a look at the episodes that they chose to include in the book.  Several of them matched up with the list that Sage and I chose for people who wanted to get into Doctor Who, which again made me feel like we were doing things right here at Head Over Feels.

    Ninth Doctor: “Rose” and “Dalek”

    Graeme and Robert DID point out that the episodes they ended up choosing for the new series remained fluid right up until the very end.  They were originally going to spotlight “End of the World” and “The Empty Child/The Doctor Dances” from Eccleston’s run but finally settled on “Rose” and “Dalek”, which I wholeheartedly agree with.  The completist in me says you absolutely can NOT have a top 50 episodes of Doctor Who without including “Rose”, which was the jumping off point for SO MANY fans (including me).  It’s the perfect introduction for those unfamiliar with the Who Universe and had it NOT been good, the series probably would have flatlined.  Having rewatched “Dalek” recently, I also feel this episode is an excellent choice.  So much of Series One was about introducing a new generation of fans to the Doctor Who canon and “Dalek” introduced the storied battle between the Doctor and the Daleks in a wonderful way.  Eccleston really brings his A-Game in this episode, showing all sides of The Doctor, but especially tapping into the darkness that we all could tell was lurking just under the surface.  But what is also important about this episode is that it shows just how much Rose’s compassion and utter humanity is beginning to change the Doctor and heal him.  It’s a truly fantastic episode and I high recommend a rewatch of it if you haven’t visited it recently.


  5. Women in Doctor Who and Reclaiming “Fangirl” – Deb Stanish at Long Island Who

    November 12, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    While I was at Long Island Who this weekend, I had the pleasure of getting to spend some time with Deb Stanish.  Deb is the co-editor of the Hugo nominated Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and has also contributed essays to Whovian publications such as Chicks Dig Time Lords and Outside In.   Deb’s writing tends to focus on the female experience in fandom, from the depiction of women on shows to the experience of being a fangirl.  What follows is the transcript of our interview where we discuss everything from how we fell in love with Doctor Who to our favorite companions to women in Doctor Who in the Davies era versus the Moffat era.  Enjoy!

    (And buy her books, because they are excellent!)

    KR: When did you start watching Doctor Who?

    DS: I started watching in June 2005, right after Eccleston regenerated…because I had no interest, to be perfectly honest.  It wasn’t something I grew up with, it was like the weird kid across the street liked Doctor Who.  It just was weird, you know what I mean?  I would bump into it every once in a while on PBS and my response was just “Yeah…no”.  But then I had friends that I TRUSTED through another fandom who kept saying “No…you HAVE to watch this.”  And finally I thought, these are people who I have had intelligent conversations and discourse with and I trust their opinions.  So someone sent me “Rose” and I thought…it was alright.

    KR: “Rose” was my first episode too.  I’m a completeist, so I started at the beginning.

    DS: Yes!  And so the Doctor was talking to the Nestine Consciousness “I fought in the war, I was there” and I thought “This is interesting…there’s a bit of pathos there”.  So a few days later, I watched the next episode…it was still just okay.  And then the next…

    KR: So what hooked you?

    DS: “Father’s Day”.  My husband was away on a business trip, it was late at night, the kids were all in bed…and I watched “Father’s Day” and I CRIED like an 8-year-old girl who didn’t get a pony for Christmas.  And then my reaction was “Well, I can’t stop now, I HAVE to watch the next episode,” which, as you know, is “The Empty Child”.

    KR: I rewatched that the other day!

    DS: It’s SO Scary!  And then I went to “The Doctor Dances” and it’s 2 o’clock in the morning…and at that point I was all in.  And THEN in “Bad Wolf” when the Doctor is looking at Rose on the screen and he says that he is coming for her…I melted.  At that point, I was thinking “This guy is DEAD sexy”.  It’s not just an interesting character…it was the power and the raw energy.  You couldn’t do anything but fan yourself.  His regeneration RUINED me and I was like “Who the hell is this David Tennant guy?”.  I do think it helped that you had this transitional character in Rose made the difference and she eased the way for all these new fans that had just had their world rocked by the regeneration.

    KR: For me, I started watching when Community went on hiatus in its third season and I needed something new to watch, and because of the Inspector Spacetime connection, I went with Doctor Who.  The first episode I ever watched LIVE was “Asylum of the Daleks”!

    DS: WOW!  You’re REALLY new…wet behind the ears!

    KR: Yeah, I’m a baby Whovian!  But I fell hard and fast, because that’s what I do.  I’m a fangirl.

    DS: We love deep and hard.

    KR: I always joke that I have post traumatic stress from “Doomsday”.  I’ve only watched it once.  I literally threw my remote across the room and sobbed.

    DS: I know!  I hadn’t cried that hard in an episode since “Father’s Day”, it was so brutal.   And especially as a shipper fangirl.  I’ve always been a shipper of SOMETHING at some point.

    KR: It’s one of the most epic love stories in all of television.

    DS: I agree.

    KR: I get very angry when people talk about the Rose/Doctor love story in a negative way.  Or when they roll their eyes at me when I say “But I LOVE Rose and The Doctor.”

    DS: I do too.  I don’t necessarily think it was the HEALTHIEST of relationships towards the end, but it was definitely an intense and emotional relationship.

    KR: I think that’s why a lot of women hooked into the show.

    DS: It was a different emotional beat than classic Who had.  Classic Who  always had those intense relationships, but we watch television differently now.  We’re looking for that…especially women in a post-Buffy world.  That is as important element to the story as all the adventures.  We want to see emotional vulnerability.


  6. “Embrace Humanity” – CommuniCon Returns

    November 1, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim

    There are times when it is really hard being a Community fan.  We’re constantly fighting NBC to get on the schedule…and once we get on the schedule, we’re fighting to get them to PROMOTE the show (ahahahaha) and to get people to WATCH it (ahahahaha).  We’ve lost two of the Greendale Seven this year (and no matter HOW WELL they do it, I’m never going to get over losing Troy Barnes).  And most frustrating of all, the fandom has been subjected to tons of behind the scenes drama, thanks to the immediacy of social media and entertainment websites trying to out-scoop each other for page views.

    Use Twitter for GOOD, people.  That’s all I have to say about that.

    And then there are times when it is absolutely GLORIOUS being a Community fan.  The weekend of October 19, 2013 was one of those times.  A mere 8 months (give or take a few days) after its initial incarnation, CommuniCon made its return, and like its predecessor, proved to be a weekend filled with laughter, love, and all things Community.

    When my friend Gillian (the Queen of CommuniCon) emailed those of us that helped plan the original con over the summer saying that we were going to have a second con in the fall, I thought she was insane.  I also thought there was NO WAY I could go.  I had cashed in all my frequent flier miles for the first CommuniCon and don’t exactly have a disposable income.  So I resigned myself to the fact that while I would still help plan the con, I wouldn’t be able to go.  I responded to every one of Gillian’s emails with various versions of *sobs* *dies* *weeping and gnashing of teeth* and *throws self into traffic*.  And then the peer pressure began as more and more of my friends began booking their tickets to LA.  I still cried poverty.  Everyone that really knew me began saying “Kim, you’ll kill yourself if you DON’T go.”  I knew they were right.  I set a price alert on and promised myself if a good flight came up, I would book it.  And I did.  After all…that’s what credit cards are for, right?

    I was going back to Greendale.  And I couldn’t be happier about it.


    Early Arriving Communies held a Flashmob at NBC Universal

    And thus a mere 5 days after the end of New York Comic Con (for future reference, I TOTALLY recommend doing conventions two weekends in a row.  Exhausting and exhilarating.), I boarded a plane to Los Angeles.  While I didn’t arrive until Friday, Communies started trickling into the area as early as Tuesday.  While I was en route to LA (I was literally boarding my connection in Salt Lake City), the news came through.  Season Five of Community had an airdate.  Sure, it was back the 8 PM Thursday Death Slot (copyright pending) and sure it was premiering in the midst of College Bowl season, but at that moment, none of those things mattered.  WE HAD AN AIRDATE.  It was a good omen for the weekend.

    My flight didn’t arrive in time to join the flashmob at NBC Universal but it DID arrive in time for the free Happy Hour at our hotel.

    You read that correctly.

    This time around CommuniCon was held at the Embassy Suites in Glendale and let me tell you…if you are ever seeking a venue to hold a convention in, an Embassy Suites is the way to go.  The rooms are quite spacious and can comfortably fit five people.  They offer a FREE full breakfast that features everything from made to order omelettes to pancakes to all the bacon and scrambled eggs you have.  But best of all…they have an evening cocktail reception with snacks and complimentary cocktails.  I am sure it was not INTENDED to be a situation where people sit there for the entire two hours and get TIPSY…but that’s what we did.

    And then tipsily walked to the nearest In and Out Burger.  As you do.

    The Evening Reception

    The other wonderful thing about having the convention at a hotel was the fact that the majority of the attendees stayed there too, which meant lots of time for socializing, which is really the best part of CommuniCon.  After countless hours tweeting with each other, it was a real treat to get to hang out with each other in person.  I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again…I have yet to meet a Community fan who isn’t JUST as delightful in person as they are on Twitter.  We all piled into one hotel room on that Friday night for a raucous game of Cards Against Humanity that lead to a security guard (Officer Cackowski, is that you?) knocking on our door at midnight telling us we needed to keep it down.  Whoops.


    CommuniCon staff ready to go!

    The Con kicked off on Saturday with a writers panel where former Community writer Hilary Winston joined veteran writers (and past CommuniCon attendees) Andy Bobrow and Tim Saccardo and new season 5 writers Carol Kolb and Matt Roller.  In the green room before the panel, I took GREAT pleasure in showing off my “pathological” Jeff/Annie button to Andy Bobrow, who caused QUITE the Twitter kerfuffle earlier in the year when he lashed out against some VERY insistant Jeff and Annie shippers.  “Oh man,” he laughed.  “I’m really going to pay for that this weekend, aren’t I?”

    “Any teasing I do, Andy, I do in love,”  I replied.  I’ve got to  give Andy (AND all the Jeff/Annie shippers who sported the buttons) credit…he took the (gentle) teasing very well and all the fans just let their buttons speak for themselves.   As Jenn just said in a wonderful post about Jeff and Annie, we took the term “pathological” back and made it into an inside joke.

    Andy was sporting his own Pathological button by the end of the panel.


    Proud to be Pathological

    What I loved about the panel with the writers was the fact that while they DID talk about the work they are doing on season five, I still feel like I have no idea what is going to happen in the upcoming season.  And as a spoiler-phobe, I like it that way.  I feel like we knew WAY too much going into Season Four, and I think that was due to everyone’s desperation to get the fans to watch a post-Harmon Community and to reassure us that it was still going to be the weird and lovable show it was before.  And now with Dan back…I think they feel like there is no need to bait the fans.  They’ll be there.  Besides, leave the spoiling to NBC.  If they decide to promote Community that is.

    The writers praised the work that Breaking Bad‘s Jonathan Banks is doing on the show, but other than saying he was AWESOME (and terrifying) they were tight-lipped about what exactly he was DOING.  Instead of spoilers, we were treated to great stories about goings-on in the writers room, especially in the notorious marathon sessions where writers would be huddled up in a room breaking stories for hours on end.  They also deftly and gracefully avoided (or briefly touched on) questions regarding Dan’s infamous remarks on Season Four and the recent feud (was it a feud? We’ll just call it snarky tweets) between Dan and former writer Megan Ganz (I started rocking back and forth in my seat when someone brought that up in the Q&A).  They were gracious and most of all they were hilarious.  It was really lovely to see the fresh energy that Carol and Matt brought to the panel as new writers and you could tell that they were just loving their jobs.  I’m excited to see what they bring to the table this season.

    Also, Tim Saccardo has the world’s most expressive face and I wish I could just make reaction gifs of him.

    Hilary Winston, Andy Bobrow, Tim Saccardo, Carol Kolb, Matt Roller

    Hilary Winston, Andy Bobrow, Tim Saccardo, Carol Kolb, Matt Roller

    Immediately following the panel was the return of Fans vs. Writers Community trivia.  The fans still won, of course, but it was a much closer contest that at CommuniCon 1.  Clearly, the writers studied up this time.  Or maybe the questions were harder to preserve the writers’ egos and to keep the fans from steamrolling them.

    Maybe it was a bit of both.

    Sadly, there were no shirtless Jeff Winger questions this time.

    The Return of #TeamWives

    The Return of #TeamWives

    After a delicious lunch (seriously…I would consider moving to LA based on the fact that they bring out ranch dressing with french fries WITHOUT YOU HAVING TO ASK FOR IT) across the street, we kicked off the afternoon with the crew member panel, which was a new addition for CommuniCon 2.  Moderated by precious blueberry Andy Bobrow, the panel featured members from Costuming, Casting, Set Design and Construction, and Make-up.  Andy did a terrific job moderating, joking “This is educational for me too, considering I don’t know what half of you do.”

    The crew panel was a fascinating peek behind the scenes as we learned about everything from who takes the longest in make-up (Alison Brie, because they make her look younger.  Also Joel, because he is vain.) to specific wardrobe choices (they have specifically been modifying Annie’s wardrobe through the seasons as she has gotten more mature.  My tweet after they said that? THE WARDROBE DEPARTMENT KNOWS ANNIE IS NEARLY 23 WHY DON’T THE WRITERS? {sorry not sorry}) and the initial panic over the construction of the pillow fort.  One of the set guys was also a big Whovian and talked about attending Gallifrey One, which lead to me excitedly running up to him during the break to talk about all things Gally and what to expect from my first time there.  What amazed me the most about the crew panel was their attention to detail when bringing the world of Greendale to life.  They are so dedicated to their work and it was lovely to celebrate them.


  7. “…but it’s REALLY good!” – Head Over Feels at the Sleepy Hollow Press Session

    October 16, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    Other than get us into the Javits through a special entrance with no lines, our fancy press passes ALSO meant we got invited to special press sessions.  A week or so before the Con, we got the crown jewel of emails…an invite to the press session for our new favorite show, Sleepy Hollow.  Naturally, we RSVP’d immediately, hoping that we would score a spot.  Days went by with no word as to whether or not we had gotten in.  We resigned ourselves to the fact that unless Tom Mison decided to wander the show floor, we would miss him, as the Sleepy Hollow panel was at the same time as the Doctor Who Big Finish panel (which preceded the X-Files panel, which as you all know was our main goal of the whole Con).  And then Saturday night, magic happened.  I was getting a post-Con drink with Sage when I checked my email.  I promptly started screaming and hitting Sage when I discovered a message from the Fox PR rep.

    We. Were. In.


    As Sage said in her post about Day 4, The Comic Con scheduling Gods smiled down upon us on Sunday.  The press session fit perfectly in the window of time between the Gareth-David Lloyd panel and the Big Finish panel.  After charging up our phones in the press lounge (seriously…what WOULD we have done without that lounge?), we checked in at the press table and were promptly escorted back to the interview room (how much more LEGIT can we get, y’all?).  We snagged seats at our assigned table (super close to where the talent would sit, naturally) and started chatting with our fellow journalists.  After much flailing with one of the girls sitting next to us, I grabbed a business card and said “You’d probably like our blog!”.  She took it and looked at it and THEN SAID “Oh!  I’ve actually read this blog before!”

    You know that moment in When Harry Met Sally where Marie quoted an article that Jess wrote BACK to him?  Well now Sage and I know exactly how he felt in that moment.

    The format for the press session was a photo and video interview session first, followed by Roundtables with the talent.  Feeling oh so professional, we lined up with everyone else as the talent started filing in…

    Katia Winter (Katrina Crane)

    Katia Winter (Katrina Crane)

    Good God.

    Good God.

    Guys.  The photos don’t EVEN do Tom Mison justice.  He’s absolutely beautiful and charming and has NO idea that he is on the verge of being super famous.  As he was posing for pics, Sage and I noticed his very chic two toned green and brown boots.  Since we have zero filter, we said that we liked them and he heard us.  “Oh, thanks,” Tom said.  “My dad said they were rather snazzy!”  “AND they match your scarf,” I said.  “So the whole outfit is working.”  He grinned at us and then kept posing as we desperately tried not to faint from his dreaminess.

    Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills) looking FIERCE.

    Nicole Beharie (Abbie Mills) looking FIERCE.

    Orlando Jones (Frank Irving)

    Orlando Jones (Frank Irving)

    Nicole Beharie and Orlando Jones arrived shortly after Tom and Katia for their photos.  We complimented both of their outfits as well, even getting an “Oh, STOP!” from Orlando when we told him how dapper he looked.  What can we say?  We love fashion here at Head Over Feels, and we always feel it is important for someone, be it a celebrity or a regular joe, to know that we think they look good.  Pay the compliments forward, people.

    Once the photos and video interviews were done, we settled in at our tables for roundtable interviews with the talent.  Luckily, we got Tom (who was oh so Britishly cradling a cup of tea) and Katia first.  Sage and I also learned our lesson about being bold with questions after our experience at the “Asylum of the Daleks” Doctor Who roundtable last year, so we weren’t afraid to speak up.  Tom proved to be just as wry as Ichabod, frequently interlacing his interplay with the table with quips like “These WILD assumptions” when asked about the Ichabod/Abbie ship or telling one journalist she had a “silver tounge” when she talked about the differences between Irving’s portrayal of Ichabod versus his own.  He also adorably pointed his fingers at Katia behind her back when he was asked about what characters may not be all that they seem.  Like I said before, he’s completely charming and is now seriously threatening to break into my Top 5.


  8. “The F-Word.” – Head Over Feels Takes New York Comic Con, Day 4

    October 14, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Frodo It's gone

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    If our first experience at New York Comic Con HAD to come to an end (but WHY, though?), at least we went out with a mile-high mic drop. Sunday was our most productive day; from the second we stepped into the Javits Center, we were making moves, sucking every last second of nerdy joy out of our final hours. I swear that something wibbly wobbly occurred, because time flew by. Before Kim and I could get a grip on what was happening, we were spit back out onto 11th Avenue with the rest of the crowd, a little dazed and a lot elated. Hey, at least we got to meet Tom Mison.

    The Daily Show Mission Accomplished

    A Mison Mission, if you will.

    • Having learned our lesson from our failure to get into the Who panel on Saturday, we booked it over to the Gareth David-Lloyd Q&A the minute the doors opened. (Line free. Thank you, press passes.) Of course you know Gareth as the enigmatic tea boy turned bad-ass operative (and Jack Harkness sex toy, but really, who isn’t?)  Ianto Jones on Torchwood. I demanded we show up for his panel as our penance for missing The John Barrowman Bottomless Variety Hour at Stage 1-E the night before. And Kim, though I told her she was guaranteed to learn Ianto’s fate before the first question was even asked, was still game to accompany me. Only fair really, since the The Walking Dead panel spoiled me like it was My Super Sweet Sixteen. (“Not THAT car, Mom. I wanted it in BLUE. *cries* You’re such a BITCH.”)


    Gareth David Lloyd Q&A

    Where’s my pizza, Ianto? GOD.


    • Gareth was solo onstage and moderated the panel himself, so cheers. We were warned by some Con veterans that some of the audience would be writers trying to work out plot points in their fic. But that couldn’t be true, right? Until about five different versions of the question, “So…say Ianto came back. HOW would that happen? Exactly. In as much detail as you can give us,” were asked, we didn’t believe it. Write your own stories, girls. Gareth isn’t going to do it for you. But he DID express his desire to play an evil, alt-universe Ianto, so get to work on that one, Woodies.
    • Predictably, we spent a big chunk of the session discussing the whereabouts of John Barrowman’s member at any given time. Like in this exchange:
      Audience member: “Were there any props that you stole or wanted to steal?”
      Gareth: “There are lots of props I’ve wanted to steal, but you never know which ones John Barrowman has touched with his penis.”



    • Gareth also had to dispel some rumor about an untoward incident in the filming of the shed scene that John was apparently spreading in HIS panel. “He twists things around,” Gareth said. “He accidentally touched MY knob.” I don’t know WHO to believe, but at least somebody was touching SOMEONE’S and that’s all that matters.
    • We talked about Gareth’s band Blue Gillespie (Ianto has a metal band – who knew?), who are on hiatus for the forseeable future; his Hogwarts house: Slytherin, clearly; what Ianto would be like as a companion (“Brilliant!”); and how the absence of the Welsh backdrop affected the vibe of the Miracle Day series. He further won us over with his responses to questions about his character’s sexuality (“I don’t see how it’s different from playing anyone else.”) and by remembering the name of the THRILLED little boy who was obviously Gareth’s biggest fan. Thanks to Mr. David-Lloyd for an informative, funny panel and, most of all, for that threadbare t-shirt.


    Jack Harkness can't tell you what


    • After holding the door for Gareth, his wife, and baby daughter (Kim: “We are nothing if not polite), we scurried up to the Press Lounge to check in for the #SassyHollow press roundtable. Check out Kim’s post for all the details on our interviews with the stars and creators of our new favorite genre series!


    More for us.


    • We ended up not needing the Reserved Seating passes we scored for the Big Finish/Doctor Who panel in the main stage. The queue hall was strangely empty, with the brain-eating fervor of Saturday’s Walking Dead fanatics but a memory. If the session had been about the 50th or the television series in general, it would have been a different story. Still, 1-D was packed with fez-wearing, sonic-carrying Whovians. We wondered if the tween Claras and teen Elevens we saw would be disappointed by an hour-long discussion on radio dramas starring the Doctors from the classic era. And, though they were there to pimp the new audio story The Light at the End, the first question asked of panelists Nicholas Briggs (voice of the Daleks, Cybermen, Judoon, and more); Big Finish producer Jason Haigh-Ellery; and Sixth Doctor Colin Baker was, “Can you tell us anything about what happens in the 50th?” *sigh*




  9. “It’s Called The X-Files” – Head Over Feels Takes New York Comic Con Day 3

    October 13, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    Never gonna be over it.

    Never gonna be over it.

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    Our feet are swollen and aching from standing.  We greet the volunteers at the Javits Center now as if they were old friends.  We’re living on a diet of granola bars, chocolate covered pretzels, probiotic trail mix, hot dogs, GIANT soft pretzels, Gatorade, and water.  We measure time not in minutes but in percentage of phone battery left.  We’re exhausted from flailing about all day.  And hot damn if we’re not having the greatest weekend of our lives.

    Welcome to New York Comic Con, Day Three.  We would stay here forever if we could…


    * Our third day at the Javits Center started out with a bit of a disappointment: we were denied entrance to the “50 Years of Doctor Who” panel, which was one of the first panels of the morning.  We had thought since there was nobody super famous on the panel (no disrespect to the panelists, as they are all well-known Whovian academics who have written fantastic books on the show that everyone needs to read) we would be able to get in the room a mere 40 minutes before the panel.  WRONG.  We stupidly underestimated the Whovian fandom (who are we? BBC America using for the “Asylum of the Daleks” premiere?) and their passion for hearing anyone talk about their favorite show.  Let it be known that our press passes can only do so much.  And one thing they CAN’T do is allow us to jump the line.

    Not Allowed at NYCC

    * While we were sad about the Who panel, we refused to let it bring us down.  We’re at COMIC CON for God’s sake…and for every opportunity missed, a golden one lies right around the next corner.  We went up to the Press Lounge to regroup and recharge our phones and plan the rest of the day.  It was then that we realized that the ever delightful Zachary Levi was at Nerd HQ taking pictures for Operation Smile, so off we went back to the floor. Props to the staff and volunteers at The Nerd Machine booth, who managed to snake a line with multiple sections quickly and fairly through the Con main floor. (Because that could have gotten reaaal ugly, REAL fast.) And to Zach, who showed up on a grueling two-show day to shake hands and look pretty with his adoring fans. He’s taking part in a fundraiser that Sage is planning in November, so they had a lovely chat about looking forward to it. And now it’ll be that much easier for her to be cool in his presence when she sees him again. Or not, we’ll see.

    Sage with Zach Levi

    Said over and over again each time we looked at this picture: “He’s just so TALL.” *dreamy sigh*

    * We learned from the handsome and effortlessly sassy Clark Gregg (who was tragically in LA, much to our despair) on Twitter that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.s Fitz-Simmons were appearing over at the Marvel headquarters. Sage headed over to check out the precious Brits (who – confirmed on the panel – are NOT supposed to be brother and sister, so ship away, my friends) and ended up connecting with Marvel Television PR to get a solid in to the panel later that day. Head Over Feels: forever hustling.

    * While Sage was starting a Nerd Revolution with Zach, I made my way back to where the Who panel was to meet up with the panelists once it was done.  On my way there, I spotted Grace from Rotten Tomatoes, who had been one of the moderators of the panel we had attended the night before.  She was once again in her bad ass Cylon costume, so I had to stop and compliment her not only on her hotness but on what a great job she did the night before.  We had a great chat about movies and writing and fandom in general.  AND I won a free Starbucks gift card from a survey, so my coffee tomorrow morning is already paid for!

    Certified Fresh

    Certified Fresh

    * After I met up with the Who panelists, we made our way back to the floor and the Doctor Who shop booth where they were all signing their books (again…you should buy them).  Sage met up with me back there and we witness a completely spontaneous Whovian cosplay photoshoot that was nothing short of epic.  It all started with a couple of VERY accurate Nines and a Rose and grew from there.  Anytime a Whovian Cosplayer passed by they would jump into the picture.  Even Captain Jack Harkness showed up eventually.


    And then there was THIS little guy representing both Doctor Who and Harry Potter.  I snapped this after getting permission from his parents and he delightedly posed for me.



  10. “Your standards are too low.” – Head Over Feels Takes New York Comic Con: Days 1 and 2

    October 12, 2013 by HeadOverFeels

    John Green nerd life

    Posted by Kim and Sage

    Happy New York Comic Con, and GOD BLESS US, EVERYONE.

    It’s been an action and spandex-packed two days so far, as Kim and I are covering our very first Con as accredited members of the press. (That’s right, someone gave US a piece of plastic that INCREASES our access to celebrities. Good idea? GREAT IDEA.) From cosplay parties to rowdy panels to run-ins with seriously major Doctor Who villains, we give you the highlights so far.

    - Sage

    • We hit the floor after work on Thursday, and spent an hour or so just getting the lay of the land. The Javits Center is MASSIVE, and it’s easy to get lost. (“Haven’t I passed that same sexy Joker three times already?”) We scoped the Press Lounge (swag), eyed up some prints we had to get our hands on in Artists Alley, and met a really special lady over at the Marvel booth.
    "Don't touch her."

    “Don’t touch her.”

    • From there, it was over to Hudson Terrace for the New York Comic Con Cosplay Bash, hosted by Hello Hero, a brand new mobile RPG. We were all set with our Tenth and Eleventh Doctors costumes from last year, and props to us for each wearing some form of our cosplay all day at work without looking like fools. Kim’s sister Kaysie and our friend John were down to come along, and so threw together Ninth Doctor and Captain Jack outfits in record time. (Lucky that John owns a lot of Doctor-esque jackets, surely not by coincidence.) Basically, we rolled up into this party as Modern Who. The result being that every time we posed for our own pictures, a media photographer would say, “Do that again,” and suddenly we were getting snapped by everyone in the vicinity. We have no idea where all of this is going to end up, except don’t be surprised to see us in Complex Magazine. WHAT.
    It also helps to be three hot girls in miniskirts and skinny pants.

    It also helps to be three hot girls in miniskirts and skinny pants.


    • We rubbed elbows with the likes of Sharknado director Anthony Ferrante, who directed the game’s trailer. But there was something about the dress up aspect of the party (and the three hour, top shelf open bar, really) that had strangers talking like friends. Kim and I met and talked fandom with so many awesome people, including fellow bloggers who had some insightful advice for our year-old baby.  Also, we were later approached by two people who literally introduced themselves by saying “We’ve been waiting to talk to you guys because we saw that you were loud and fun and we want to be friends with you.”  And thus, we spent the rest of the party with them and they were awesome.
    • Two breakfast sandwiches and large iced coffees later, we met up the next morning for our first full day at Javits. While the crowd poured into panel lines, we went back to Artists Alley to get some of the incredible fan art we’ve had our eyes on. The first stop was the Sara Richard booth to pick up some of her breathtaking Doctor Who illustrations. Can you stand this “Idiot’s Lantern” print?

    Rose and Ten Sara Richard

    • Mark Dos Santos‘s booth caught our eye with his Norman-Rockwell-meets-comics style. Kim pimped Communicon to him, while I got my new Tony Stark print signed. And before we left the relative calm of the Alley to get back onto the madness of the floor, we had to meet one of our personal favorite fan artists, Karen Hallion.  Her booth was crazy packed (We met an awesome Clara and Martha there.) with fans buying her Disney Who art notecards, stickers and prints. While Karen signed our new purchases, she gave us a few scoops: Firstly, the Tenth Doctor and Hermione fireplace design IS coming. She knows how desperate we all are for it, so she wants it to be absolutely perfect. It WILL be suitable for a four-color print t-shirt! And secondly, she’s kicking around the idea of Ten dancing with a woman in a Con-inspired TARDIS ball gown on a beach. (Well, THE beach. You know the one.) Kim suggested she name it “You Stole Me and I Stole You,” so we expect royalties if you go with that, Karen! We kid, we kid.
    Completely introduced myself to Karen by saying "I'm obsessed with you." -K

    Completely introduced myself to Karen by saying “I’m obsessed with you.” -K

    Loaded up with purchases, we hit the main floor. Photo essay time!

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