SO Lifetime is not my standard jam. However. Then UnREAL happened. And now I feel the need to suck others into my obsession because the fandom is hella small. There are a lot of reasons to watch Lifetime’s new show, UnREAl. Here are five:

1. It’s based off of the real life struggles that self-proclaimed feminist Sarah Gertrude Shapiro had to endure when her contract roped her into producing The Bachelor. The main character, Rachel, constantly battles with how far she’s willing to go to–as she puts it–”torture women” for entertainment value.

2. Speaking of Rachel. Allow me to introduce this morally ambiguous female MC. Flawed heroine A+. And her flaw isn’t that she’s too perfect. She has real, serious flaws and is massively manipulative on a daily basis.

3. Oral sex. Women receiving oral sex. Remember a time this used to make the ratings people freak out? Yeah. Now it’s on TV. On Lifetime. You’re welcome.

Also bonus points for our female MC masturbating to kinky BDSM-style porn on her phone:

4. Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl trope gets switched on its head with Brooding Girl, Gentle Boy.

5. Real talk about mental illness. Like, real respectful talk. Preach. 

In short: yes I know it’s Lifetime but watch it so I can squeal.

Ok, I know we joke about the Gay Migration, and that we want to see Alycia (she’s the only reason I watch ftwd), BUT ftwd is worse in rep than The 100.

They literally killed 92382 poc characters for drama and manpain, including Alycia’s boyfriend. Matt is like Wells, but far worse. And we have a scene where Alicia hurts herself doing a tattoo because of him, but they are already talking about a new love interest for her.

LGBT+ people don’t even exist in this tv show until now. Everything is so straight I’m dying

The story is centered around men. Even the main blonde woman is sidelined.

They have an actress like Alycia and use her as only the moody teen, because… what else a young woman could be, right?

Is hard to be worse than the 100 at this point, but I think you understand what I’m talking about. I can’t believe this is all we have now.

well, this and elyza lex.

So. Here’s the thing. I don’t watch Pretty Little Liars anymore. I haven’t seen a full episode since 5x14. I stopped watching because for one, the show just wasn’t as good as it had been before. I think most fans can agree with me on that and I’ve seen a lot of fans say so themselves. Some people still like it and that’s fine, but for me it was far past it’s due date. The other reason I stopped watching was because they took Paige off the show. Paige was undoubtedly my favorite character on the show, which is odd and probably confusing to some people because she was never a main character, but that’s the truth. Paige was a character that felt the most real to me. Like I could be friends with that girl in real life. I can relate to her, I can understand her and I feel like she’s not just some character in some show that I’m going to just forget about.

Paige McCullers is a girl who represents so many people in this world. People that have fallen down and wanted to never get up again, to not even want attempt to push themselves up off the ground and keep moving, but then just before it was too late realized that it was actually worth fighting for. That giving up and giving in to the people who hurt you and tell you that you’re not enough aren’t worth a damn. That giving up wasn’t the right choice. Paige was pushed and bullied,  yes bullied even though I know there are those out there who want to make every and any excuse in the world to defend their evil leader, but it’s true. She was bullied and pushed to the brink of suicide but she survived. She managed to push herself up from the ground and keep on moving. She got stronger, braver and showed more strength, integrity and growth than any other person on that show and she got the girl that she had always dreamed of having. It didn’t work out in the end, but that’s okay. Cause all of those things made her better, made her stronger and gave the life she had wanted to no longer live at one point so much more meaning.

And you know why? You know why Paige felt real and why she’s someone that so many people, myself included,  have connected with and fallen in love with? Because of Lindsey Shaw. Because despite the lack of effort the writers put into her character half the time Lindsey fucking nailed every performance that she was given on that show. She brought Paige to life in a way that nobody else could have and in a way the writers didn’t even expect her to, which is why they brought her back in the first place. Because she made Paige who she was. Brave, strong, caring and the kind of person that you’d want by your side as a friend or girlfriend.

Paige left the show and my interest in it left with her and honestly, I couldn’t be happier about that. Especially when I see how certain people in this show’s fandom behave. I’ve seen some bad stuff. I’ve seen disgusting, hateful and just downright degrading comments posted left and right over the past several years by fans of this show who didn’t like Paige for the simple fact that they wanted a different ship. So for years on end now Lindsey has been harassed on every social media account she has on a daily basis. And to all of the people who want to say it’s only one or two people I call major bullshit. It’s far, far many more people and it would literally take months and months of me sitting behind my computer for all hours of the day to gather all of the hateful comments that have been posted to her twitter and Instagram for no reason at all but to be rude and hateful to her because she played a part in a show that you didn’t like, but fortunately for me I don’t have that luxury to stare into my computer screen all day long like some people do. But it’s not hard to go see for yourself. I mean, it’s literally just about every tweet or picture she’s ever posted and you’ll see the ‘Pigskin’ and the ‘Your ugly ’ and of course ‘Emison’ I mean…really? Is that truly necessary to do that to her on a daily basis? She hasn’t even been on the show in over a fucking year. But none of that even compares to what I saw last night.

You all know what I’m talking about and the fact that NOBODY on this show has ever truly addressed this matter, in the past or even now at all, makes me that much more relieved that I am no longer apart of it’s audience. For someone to actually try and set up a RT session for Lindsey Shaw to kill herself is by far the most foul thing that I have ever witnessed in any show’s fandom. Plus the fact that people, sixteen people I believe, actually went and did in fact retweet it….really? And what for? Cause you thought it’d be funny? Because you think she deserves it because she portrayed a character that you didn’t like? Because that character had the potential to come in between your little fantasy fictional ship? Cause that’s what it is, okay? Emison, Paily, Emara, Ezria, Spoby, Haleb and whoever the fuck else there is…are fictional couples.

They’re. Not. Real.

I am a big Paily fan but at the end of the day i know they’re nothing more than a fictional couple. They’re not real, even as much as I have connected with them and they feel real to me, I know they’re not. I know Paige isn’t real even though I relate so much to her. They’re just made up characters in a TV show. 

Lindsey Shaw however, is REAL. She is a REAL human being with a REAL life and REAL feelings.

Get what I’m saying?

Then…Lindsey responded to the asshole who sent her the tweet and said that she had in fact attempted suicide a few months ago and I found that utterly heartbreaking. The same as I would for anybody. Anyone that gets to that point in their life when the only thing that they believe will make things better is to give up and end their life is a feeling nobody should ever have to deal with. And given the amount of love, support and kindness that Lindsey has shown to so many people, how much help she has offered people and fans not only in her portrayal of Paige, but just in general over the past several years since she got involved with PLL, it was sad for me to think that she had reached such low a point in her life. And while many of her fans were quick to send her well wishes and love to stay strong and know that people do care about her…others were more worried about other things. Like their ship not happening now because one of their members started the RT thing. And again…really? That’s all you care about?

Fuck your ship. Fuck ALL the ships. Again, they’re not real but Lindsey is.

Whether you’re a fan of hers or not, the fact that you’re more concerned about your fandom being punished in the end over the value of another person’s life is just astonishing to me. The fact that you think your ship not being together in the end of a stupid TV show would suck more than Lindsey losing her life is despicable.

Congrats, Marlene. You’ve got some really great fans there. Be very proud.

This is not to put down the rest of the characters on Vampire Diaries, who are mostly lovely and interesting, or the show’s talented cast. (Still wowed by Nina Dobrev’s Elena/Katherine act.) But at this point, the standout character on the show is clearly Caroline Forbes. And last night’s “The Downward Spiral” just proves it.

Until last night, I would have said the main reason why Caroline is the show’s MVP at this point is because she’s still got some sweetness and decency to her. She’s murdered people, sure, including a dozen witches at one point — but she still cares, and she’s a genuinely good person.

But no — it turns out that with her humanity “switched off,” eliminating any remorse or kindness or compassion, Caroline is still the best character on the show. Even better, if anything.

Why Jewish Sci-Fi Fans Must Watch Babylon 5

Amidst all the recent Jews In Space jokes that have been circulating Tumblr, one thread seems to have appeared throughout: the yearning to have a science fiction show where Jews actually exist in the future. Not metaphorical Jews, actual Jews. Babylon 5 is such a show. 

That’s Commander Susan Ivanova played by Claudia Christian (irony!) She is a main character on the show. She is not a metaphorical Jew. She is an actual Jew. She has plot lines about being a Jew. It is not an invisible or informed thing. It is actual text. She’s also bisexual for those who are interested in seeing more and better bisexual representation.

This is G'Kar (I’ve been abusing this image lately because it’s from one of his best scenes in which he is both laughing and crying at the same time). Ask most fans of the show for the best reasons to watch the show and they’ll probably say “Londo and G'Kar.” Londo is a Centauri, which is a race of aliens that sort of represents European decadence and decline. G'Kar’s people, the Narn, represent a combination of colonialized people and the Jews. G'Kar overtly associates with Jews in a few instances. He recognizes and acknowledges the parallels. I don’t want to get into spoilers, but I think Jewish viewers will be able to appreciate his arc in a way that gentiles really wouldn’t. 

While the irony of Claudia Christian playing a Russian Jew might bother some people, Russian-American Jew Walter Koenig, best known as Star Trek’s Pavel Chekov, gives a delightfully hammy performance as smug, telepathic super-cop Alfred Bester. Bester is a total schmuck, but a hugely entertaining one, delivering many of the series’s best lines with condescending, contemptuous gusto. Because he’s a telepath, he doesn’t even need setup lines for killer retorts. One of my favorite lines in the series is “anatomically impossible, Mr. Garibaldi. But you’re welcome to try.”

And last, but not least…

Theodor Bikel as SPACE RABBI. He’s only in one episode that gets Kashrut hilariously wrong, but SPACE RABBI.

There’s another one, too.

Also, it’s my favorite space science fiction TV show ever and it’s totally awesome. You should watch it.

Note: I constructed a bit of a new viewers’ guide a while ago if you’re unsure if you want to watch the first season which, sadly, is the show’s weakest. My wife, among others, started at season 2 and loved the show anyway.


This was probably the most emotional painful thing I have watched…they killed my main reason to watch the show I love this couple so much.
Wang eun truly became and loving husband and man.
Soon deok trying to save her husband who she insisted on marrying even know he didn’t know how to protect them.
Eun telling so that the only gift that he could give him is to let him die with his wife…his wife who he couldn’t leave alone…
Goodbye my beautiful babies

like im just saying if you have a show where there are four main characters there should never be a point where i feel like i know THIS much more about one of them than any of the other ones. with four main characters you have to realize that your audience is gonna have varying feelings on all of them, therefore they need to be developing evenly and have each grow at an even pace otherwise you’re going to lose viewers.
i know for a fact there are already people who dont watch SU anymore because of how often it seems like the show doesn’t give a shit about any character but pearl, and that should not immediately make the writers/fandom think “oh they just dont like how COMPLEX she is!!” because that is not at all the reason;
hell, the majority of pearl haters i know love complex characters! and in fact thats one of the reasons they dont like pearl, because she’s taking away chances for any other character to show how complex they can be.

what the show should be getting from all the pearl hate is “hey, maybe we DON’T need to have another pearl arc so soon” or “hey, maybe we have in several ways fucked up with pearl’s writing/the delivery of her character arc and it’d probably be best to sort out how to fix that as opposed to jumping right into new shit for her”

but instead we’re stuck with constant heavy-handed reminders that she’s the writers priority and if you don’t like pearl then clearly, you’re the one in the wrong here because how could anyone fuck up such a ~complex~ character like pearl???? 

Aria is A. Or IS SHE NOT? RANT!

Once upon a time in the spring of 2014 there was a pll fan who had been watching Pretty Little Liars for 6-7 months. The pll fan really loved the show. The pll thought everything was brilliant! Especially the mystery of A, the main plot. Pretty much like anybody else who watched it. One day, the pll fan came across a video on youtube. Called “70 reasons why Aria is A”.(My very first AriA video.<3) “That’s stupid. Why would she be A? None of the girls are A! Why would anybody even think she has something to with her worst enemy?” But decided to watch it. Just for fun and to see what “reasons” there were for her to be A. And after that, the pll fan’s eyes were opened. There was no way back now. The pll fan became a true and loyal “Aria is A believer”. There was no longer doubts and it was impossible to ignore all the clues around Aria. Once you’re in. There is no way out. That pll fan? Was me. One of the most harcore Aria believers there is.

There are so many things to say about this show. Characters, storylines, writing and e.g. other A theories! There are literally clues for everyone. But Aria is the one with the most clues, hints and proofs. (Or maybe except Wren?) And all the theories about her is just damn good and clever. And making one of the victims, the actual perpetrator, that is what I call a plot twist! They’ve could have done it so very good. And they almost did. It could have been an absolutely amazing story.

After the finale I watched a video on youtube with the spoilers for the original script for 6x10. They did not mention anything about Aria… though IF that would have been the episode in the end, would they reveal Aria later in the series? Maybe as Uber A. Just wishful thinking? At least I feel like there was a bigger chance that she would. ESPECIALLY since she there is connections and parallels to Wren and Melissa, they would both be revealed originally.
Now I kind of doubt it since Marlene said that the story of A is over. Just like that. You can’t drag on a story for that long and then just say “game over” at once, then the story is done and you just immediately makes a time jump 5 years forward?

BUT I will watch the whole show. (Ahh…like the first seasons. The good ol’ days<3 Can’t wait!), I will continue reading Aria theories. I will not hesitate to make my own theories about her. It’s still fun. I enjoy Aria theories more than any other theories. Actually, I would call Aria theories my actual hobby. I became so excited of the idea and now I’m stuck. Not that I want to let go either.

I’m sorry but unless I get a big ass fucking hella good explanation from Marlene and the other writers… maybe then I would sort of accept it in some way… that Aria is… innocent… Well, OK I doubt I would. To be completely honest. I KNOW it’s “JUST” a show and “JUST” a theory etc. BUT it is my LIFE. “Passion” like you Marlene recently called it

I stayed up many nights just to think about PLL and the great mystery and I could only fantasize what it would be like when they revealed Aria as A. I was… I AM, obsessed OK. I had several dreams because I was excited for an Aria is A theory video… This show… has destroyed me. I laughed. I cried. I’ve been so happy and so angry. And of course disappointed before, not like this though. Though I still remained hopeful. And for what? Apparently nothing.

I will always stick to this “Aria IS A. NO MATTER WHAT.” Always. Because… why are they way too many clues for her to not be involved then?If they made Aria A. Pretty Little Liars would be my favourite show… thing… EVER! One of the greatest mysteries ever created. Well, even though I just can’t let go. I am not good of explaining or convince you why Aria would make the best A or why I adore it so much. It’s just my opinion. Including “some” others. I guess I can’t express my disappointment enough. *Never ending sigh*

I’m not saying the theories are perfect. Because they’re not. No theory is. I mean, you can’t be right on every single thing in your theory, right? Of course somethings are far-fetched or was maybe explained later. But that’s not the point. There are still too much convincing and some really huge evidence that points to Aria Montgomery. That shouldn’t be ignored.
The “worst” I was expecting about Aria…. “was if she’s not A… Then she is at least being framed or she has a big, dirty secret.” But I guess “things went from worse to worser.” (To quote Hanna.) Well… “You know what they say about hope? Hope breeds eternal misery.” :( A certainly too accurate quote by Spencer, of course. I used to think that they would actually make something out of it.

Sure, not everyone can be pleased with A. I know there are many people hating on the Aria theories. Sure, you can dislike a theory. I dislike Wren theories, Melissa theories etc. I just don’t like the idea of them being A. But it doesn’t mean I will ignore the facts. (And never be rude to someone because of a theory of theirs.)
There are no coincidences in Rosewood.” Ahh, the (in)famous quote by Marlene King. Used by proably every theorist ever.
Buuut lol, apparenly there were apparently extremly many coincidences in Rosewood.

Well… I guess I take this way too seriously. I am way to dedicated. Too addicted. I need a life. Pll used to be so… I am sorry. I just had to finally say all of this.
In my dream world the episode was just a parody or something and we will get to see the finale soon. A finale that’s been worth the waiting.

That’s all for now.. end of rant. But; just for now.
So if Marlene & Co. decided to “nah” “the Aria thing”. The potential… well… it’s your loss then. Suit yourself. I’m done. (OK, I will continue watching in January obviously lol.) Conclusion: I don’t think they will make her A so much anymore. But I strongly believe she really is the real A. Umm… I need some DAMN good alternative ending… so… I guess the only way is fanfiction. For every theory there is. To make it fair, haha. And in my wildest dreams. Or I may just check into Radley at once!

To ALL of the theorist out there I LOVE YOU! YOU ARE ALL AMAZING! And a special THANK YOU to all the Aria theorists. Thank you so much.

xoxo –Ariathekiller

Hannibal spoilers (and TW for description of gore)

I’m sorry if this isn’t appropriate for this blog, but I’m just so mad right now. I started watching NBC’s Hannibal because I heard it had an awesome Asian woman in the main cast. And it did - Beverly Katz was a well written badass who’s storyline didn’t revolve around her gender or her race. 

And then she was killed off.

And this is the reason the show’s writer gave:

Bryan Fuller: [Immediately.] No, she’s dead.The way we find her is so horrific and such an affront, and Jack’s reaction when he walks in and finds her body… What we do is, she kind of becomes a Body Worlds exhibit where she’s been sliced vertically and laid out in panels like an accordion. It’s like she’s been dismantled, as she would dismantle a crime scene. It’s horrific for everybody because they see somebody who’s just broken down into elements, and it’s heartbreaking, but I felt like it was a great gut-punch for Will and a great launching point that brings Will, actually, closer to Hannibal as a result of his reaction to it. I’m excited about people’s reactions to all of that that happens in episode five.

Yep, you read that right. One of the better-written Asian women on tv was killed off so that the white male protagonist can feel some more man-pain.

Ugh. I’m just….sick of it. So very sick of it. I’m sick of women being fridged in tv shows. I’m sick of Asian women being expendable. I’m sick of getting attached to characters who are like me, only to get the constant reminder that I’m just a plot point with a time limit. We are so rarely portrayed as human beings. We exist to be useful to the white protagonists for a short while, and when we stop being useful, we’re killed off without a whim. And the part that sucks the most? According to the above interview, Beverly was given character development solely because it would make her death more tragic when she was finally killed off. Yep, she didn’t exist to diversify the cast, to represent awesome WoC women, or to actually help the protagonist solve the case. She existed to die.

And I fell into the trap of believing this show would be different. Hannibal is a high caliber, highly praised show. I really liked that it had two PoC in the main cast. And in this age of television, how often is it that PoC are main parts of the cast? In your True Detectives, Mad Men, Downton Abbey’s, Vikings, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, and so on, a lot of times they just aren’t there or they’re there in the worst ways. So for me, to knock them from the cast makes this show a lot like every other show out there. Sure, more PoC might be cast in future, but you figure at the end of the day they’re just as expendable. And that really hurts.

That’s not to say I don’t appreciate the people who work on shows like Hannibal, Elementary, and Sleepy Hollow for taking the “risk” of casting WoC (and it’s fucked up that it’s considered a risk but I won’t get into that) in big roles and giving them storylines that don’t revolve around their gender or race but that doesn’t ignore the fact that these issues still exist amongst PoC portrayals in the media. And it fucking sucks that an awesome Asian woman has been killed off for the sole purpose of making a white man feel sad. It fucking sucks that Beverly’s slabs of dead meat are more important to the show than Beverly as a living, breathing, human being.
Reasons I love Grimm:

Juliette isn’t just some emotional extension of Nick. She’s her own person and she kicks ass. She’s strong and caring and a little reckless sometimes but she tries her best to help people when she can and I love that about her.

She is very much a singular character within the show, not just the token main character’s girlfriend/wife/significant other.

So it’s universally agreed Felicity is the worst character on arrow right?

I mean just when you think her character couldn’t get any worse.

Everything has to be about her you can’t even watch the Flash without hearing about Felicity.Never forget 1 of the reasons everyone died in the crossover episode was because of Felicity making everything about her.

Then to top it off they make her walk again.Because she’s such a strong and powerful woman right? Don’t make me laugh.Felicity has gone through nothing compared to main woman on the show.

This is what happens when writers pander to shippers.Good show turns into a needless soap opera.

“Family Show”

So I was watching Girl Meets World the other day with my little sister. I hadn’t really watched the show before and I was actually pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. So a few minutes into the show my sister casually happened to mention that she thinks the two main characters Riley and Maya would make a cute couple. And After watching a few episodes of show I had to admit I agreed with her. However it’s what she said next that struck a chord with me. She said “but that would never happen because this is a family show”. That bothered me on so many levels because it’s something I’ve heard far too many times. As a fan of Once Upon a Time (a show with a more adult audience) I hear that argument thrown around every other week as a reason why the show shouldn’t have LGBT characters. The problem with this argument is that it makes absolutely no sense. It implies that LGBT issues are inherently sexual and that kids are to young to understand them. Here’s the thing though, THERE ARE LGBT KIDS!  There are kids with same sex parents, there are trans kids struggling to deal with being born in a body that doesn’t match up with who they are, There are gay bi, ace and pan kids fighting to find acceptance.  And they need to be represented. When I was kid I struggled with my sexuality I thought I was broken, I thought I had something to be ashamed of and I didn’t even know what to call what I was feeling. So I can only imagine what it would be like for a little LGBT girl to be able to see herself represented by people she admires. She wouldn’t have to feel alone and confused like I did. This is why it is so important that we keep fighting for representation. Family shows should represent every family not just the ones society deems “normal”. 

(There is a good side to this rant I guess and that is that things are finally starting to change. Later on as I looked up more about the young actors I had seen On GMW I found that they are amazingly well Informed and Out spoken on the same issues I mentioned above (and on other equally important issues). It’s great to see that youth of today are becoming more and more aware and I truly see a brighter future heading our way)

Reasons To Watch Penny Dreadful

- Deep, complex, and strong female characters - Vanessa in particular is so amazingly complex and interesting, and she’s very much a main and important character.

- Passing the Bechdel Test multiple times, and going beyond it with the above deep and complex female characters sprinkled throughout. I think the show does very well with its female characters. (Also passes ‘Mako Mori’ test. While we’re talking about tests, it passes the Russo test, too.)

- Wonderful Gothic horror theme, lots of supernatural happenings, lots of mystery and intrigue.

- Interpretations of multiple classic Gothic literature characters - Frankenstein and his monster, Dorian Gray, Van Helsing, and a few other characters from Dracula.

- LGBT+ representation - yes, we’ve gone beyond the T! Two bisexual characters (both main), one pansexual (also main), a gay man (recurring side character), and a trans woman (who, though newly introduced, I feel is probably going to be important).

- It’s a relatively new show, only starting its second season. Though it has a lot of room for improvement (POC representation, for example) it’s doing well in many respects. Hopefully with support and a good run, it can improve and get even better.


Penny is a fucking waste of screentime. seriously. She’s boring as fuck as a character and really overstayed her welcome. And it doesn’t help that she’s not pleasant to look at. She is the main reason why I decided to stop watching the show in the meantime. Greys has a lot of great regular characters and shonda is giving all the screen time to this bland character? It doesn’t sit well with me. It’s unfair and bullshit to be honest.