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Outlander, season 3!

Outlander is my latest cable television addiction.

Based on the Diana Gabaldon series of books, Outlander is the story of Claire Randall, a British woman who has been serving in World War II as a nurse. Claire and her husband Frank travel to Scotland to enjoy a second honeymoon after the war.

Claire’s husband Frank is a history professor, and he is doing research during their honeymoon. Claire goes off by herself to collect local plants for medicinal purposes. Claire is busy collecting her plants when she time travels into the past.

Outlander is a historical romance story, but it’s also fantasy. Claire falls in love with another man (Jamie) in the past, and their love scenes are steamy! Heads up: there is a lot of violence in this story, if this bothers you.

The series airs on STARZ, and it’s a wonderful story.  The scenery is beautiful, the acting is well done, and I love the time traveling!

If you enjoy historical-romance-fantasy stories, Outlander is worth your time!

“Loch Ness” on Acorn TV

I love Acorn TV.

British murder mysteries are so well done, and are lots of fun!

Here’s Acorn’s description of Loch Ness:

The beautiful, haunting shores of Scotland’s most iconic loch is the stunning backdrop for the new six-part crime drama. In a community nourished and sustained by myth and bordered by untamed nature, the search for a serial killer becomes a matter of life and death for local detective Annie Redford (Laura Fraser, Breaking Bad). Within the tightly knit town, a sense of horror begins to dawn as the villagers realize that there is more than one kind of monster in their midst. Also starring Siobhan Finneran (Happy Valley).  

I would love to visit Scotland someday! It looks beautiful!

Loch Ness started out kind of slow for me, but by the second episode I was hooked. The murders are awful (but murder always is, right?). Murders in small towns and villages (e.g., Midsomer Murders, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple) seem worse to me. I’ve always hoped that small communities are immune from human evil, but life experience (and a lifetime of reading) have proved me wrong.

Series 1 of Loch Ness is a well done crime drama. I thought I had the story figured out, but I didn’t. I love when that happens. Great characters, good writing, solid mystery.

And the scenery is beautiful!

And no, I will not tell you if “Nessie” shows up!

I’m hoping there will be a season two.


How ABC’s Resurrection lost me as a viewer last night

2014 ABC ‘Resurrection’ TV Show Spoilers: Omar Epps Finale Bomb; Season 2 Renewed Despite Falling Ratings? : Offbeat : Classicalite.

A few spoilers!

I’ve been watching Resurrection every week, either via On Demand or live.

Last night, Resurrection lost me as a viewer because it didn’t give me enough to keep my interest. I quit watching after 24 minutes, because I was bored. I switched to Game of Thrones.

I will admit that storytelling is a tough job sometimes all the time.

First of all, you need to entice me to keep watching, by dangling information in front of my nose and yanking it away quickly, before I see too much. I did not get enough last night to keep me watching.

Next, if you are going to take a character down a dark and winding path, you need to make me give a shit about him as a character. I need to feel some sympathy for him as a character, as a human being. I know what the sheriff’s motivation is (the guy’s heart is torn to pieces), but I don’t care about him. Well developed characters pull at your heart strings, make you want to weep or kick their asses when they go bad. I want to see the sheriff’s guts churn, and I do not blame the actor playing the sheriff–Matt Craven is a solid character actor. The storytellers need to up their writing game and craft a better story.

I tried watching the finale again tonight and gave up.

Whether I will try again is anyone’s guess.

I had many hopes for this series, and I hope the writers can pull this story out of the slush pile.

The story referenced above was written by Shane Jordan at Classicalite.

Summer 2012, When I learned to appreciate Grimm


Here’s the synopsis of Grimm from

A supernatural crime drama involving a police detective (played by David Giuntoli) who can see the dual nature of creatures among us hiding in human form. As the descendant of the Grimms, he can see their inner natures. He also has the responsibility of being judge, jury, and sometimes executioner for crimes among these “others” for which there are no human laws that apply.

When I’m not working these days, I’m into pure escapism. My job tends to be stressful (but who’s isn’t?), and I come home and want to immerse myself in fantasy. Books, movies, and television programs that scare the willies out of me.

The biggest obstacle I’ve faced getting into Grimm is its time during the television season. Grimm is on every Friday night at 9 p.m., and that’s the same time as Fringe.

No excuse on my part, as I’ve got cable television and could have kept up via On Demand.

But it’s summer, there are no new episodes of Fringe for awhile, and I started watching Grimm to get my fantasy fix. It’s helped that one of my favorite actresses, Mary Elizabeth Mastrontonio, is guest starring on this fun series.

If you have not watched Grimm, I hope you get a chance to check it out. It’s fun, there’s lots of things that go bump in the night, lots of scary creatures, blood and gore.


be still my beating heart

I’m all excited.
Well–it’s the weekend.
It’s been a challenging week for this grand-maw, but now it’s time for two days off.
I’m going to read and comment on some blogs, work on my memoirs (more to come on THAT issue), get my hair cut, and read a few books.
My favorite television shows start up again next week, so get ready to hear what I think about the new season. Or ignore them, if you wish

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And now, I’m going to take a bubble bath.
C-ya around ye old Internet.

"Fringe" White Tulip (2010)

television”Fringe” White Tulip (2010):

Get ready folks.

The new television season starts in about a month, and I’m ready to watch new episodes of my favorite shows.

FOX finally started reruns of Fringe, one of my favorites, last night.

The best thing about Fringe is actor John Noble as the tortured/brilliant/wacky scientist Walter Bishop.

In one episode, I can watch Walter rave about coffee yogurt, milking his cow Gene, or providing long-winded explanations about time travel and other icky stuff I won’t give away right now.

Good fun.

Last night’s repeat episode, ‘White Tulip,’ gave me a chance to watch two tortured scientists bonding.

Peter Weller guest starred as MIT scientist, time traveling Alistair Peck.

The ick factor was, as usual, extreme last night,  as Weller’s character  performed unspeakable acts on his body, as a way or reuniting with his dead fiance. I won’t give away any more details, as I’m hoping you’ll  take a few minutes to watch Fringe and get hooked.

Again, good fun.

And Happy Friday!

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Glued to the tube

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It’s the finals for American Idol.

I may not get to your blogs tonight, so I’m going to apologize in advance.

You know I’ll make it up to you 🙂

10 things you need to know about Battlestar Galactica before tonight’s series finale – The Ampersand

10 things you need to know about Battlestar Galactica before tonight's series finale – The Ampersand

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Battlestar Galactica has been on television since 2004.

I have not watched this program, at all, until catching the last 60 minutes of the finale last night.

My loss.

I enjoyed the story, the interesting characters, and the humor.

Oh yeah, and the use of the word frakkin.’

So now I’m going to watch B.G., from the beginning, thanks to Netflix.

I hope you are all doing well.

Sunday night, 24, and radio shows

Well, I can’t watch good old Jack Bauer.

Watching children being used for war is not my idea of entertainment, I guess.

Too much reality.

I deal with harsh realities every day, when I’m working, and my off hours are precious.

Right now, I’m listening to Imagination Theater on my transistor radio (yeah, I still have one). Radio stories about crime seem to be less violent, I guess because there’s no picture!

Anyhoo, it’s Sunday night, a short week for me, and I’m getting really excited about spending the holiday with my family.

I hope you all have a great Monday.


BTW, the photo above is not a picture of my transistor radio. Mine’s newer than the one shown.

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‘Heroes’ gets caught in a rut – The Boston Globe

‘Heroes’ gets caught in a rut – The Boston Globe.

I’m not blogging tonight because it’s the season premiere of Heroes.

Let’s hope I do not agree with this Boston Globe review.


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