Lost Girl (2010 -)
Recently I had a conversation with a friend of mine regarding the explosion of the fantasy genre in film, which is happing for some time now. We were discussing about fantasy books and the adaptation made for them – such as Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series – and he recommended me to watch Lost Girl, stating that I will enjoy it because it is similar to Clare’s books.
Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural crime drama television series, that was released on September 12, 2010 and recieved a fourth season coming out this February. This television series was created by Michelle Lovretta and it presents the story of Bo (Anna Silk) a young woman with incredible powers that discovers she is a succubus in a world in which myths are true. Together with her human best friend Kenzi (Ksenia Solo), Bo opens a private eye company, in order to help those whose problems are out of the ordinary.
This TV series is lacking in some criteria, being visible in the first season that not a lot of money was put into it and the acting was sloppy at first, but what it is lacking in some points it is gaining in others. The cases Bo and Kenzi take on are quite entertaining and the characters are very well put together. For me this show is a combination of Psych (2006 – ) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003). It has the mystery and attractiveness of detective/ private eye stories and the mystical, fantastical world of the supernatural creatures, also it can be incredibly funny.
Momentarily I am at the second season and I am slightly confused, because it seems that the main story is forgotten. They draw you in whit the first two episodes, which gives you information about what is going to happen in the season and it gets you excited about it, leaving you empty until episode 7. The same thing happened in season 1 and it just left me wondering, if those episodes are stalling for time or they actually have information that adds to the main story of the series.
I really enjoy this series and I really do not want it to be like Ghosts Whispers (2005-2010). Overall I have fallen for this show and I have my friend to thank for telling me about it. The only similarities that I found with The Mortal Instruments series, is that both female leads are unaware of their true nature and that both have really good looking guys helping them out with their quest of selfhood. Awesome story, awesome characters and the acting/filming/ props get better with time. I recommend this one for all you fantasy/detective lovers out there. Enjoy!
Adventure Time (2010 – )
What time is it? It is time for a new post. The TV Series that I am going to review today is called Adventure Time. After going through a few animation series from my childhood, I came to the conclusion that many of them are like Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novella Le Petit Prince (1943). While I was studying literature, my professor told me that this novella holds a different meaning for each stage of life – child, adult, elder. Watching the kid shows that my parents allowed me at an adult age, I am left amazed and stupefied. Most of these shows are not for children, their plot and narrative are not child appropriate, even though the content is presented in a childish manner and this TV Series is one of them.
Adventure Time is an American animated television series created in 2010 by Pendleton Ward for Cartoon Network and the show is on-going, so new episodes coming soon – hurrah. The plot of this series is genius and in combination with the original drawing style this show manages to entertain not only visually but also intellectually. The plot presents us with a post-apocalyptic world in which the humans are mostly extinct except for Finn, who is a 14 year old boy (voiced by Jeremy Shada), who is adopted by a family of magical dogs. He has an adoptive brother and best friend, named Jake (voiced by John DiMaggio) a magical shape shifting dog.
These two characters go on a diversity of adventures in which they save princesses and take on different challenges that are a rite of passage in their becoming of age and true heroes of the Land of Ooo. Many fans of this show consider that it would look much better if it would be drawn in an anime style, but I disagree, because this style gives the narrative a certain easiness in assimilating it and attracts children by its bright colours and characters. I love anime and manga, but the Eastern drawing style many times seems too serious for me and more focusing on young adults than children, even though the content of Adventure Time is not really child friendly.
Many times the problems that Finn and Jake try to fix are actually serious and realistic, although explained and told in a childish way. A random fact that I found interesting is that the source of inspiration for this show was the fantasy, role-playing game Dungeons and Dragons as well as video games. This is show is extremely funny, put together in a smart way, leaving you wanting more and with every eleven minutes you feel like you are truly on an fantastic adventure.
My favourite Adventure Time character is Marceline the Vampire Queen (voiced by Olivia Olson). Which one do you guys like?