The Neighbors – Mo Purses Mo Money Mo Problems

25 Mar

I am almost ashamed to admit that I watch this show, but I am less ashamed of this than… well I’ll save that for later.  If you haven’t see it, the only “sci-fi” element is that it is a neighborhood full of crash landed aliens and one human family moves in.  It’s a quick watch and doesn’t make me angry, so it’s kind of relaxing and just silly.

This episode starts by the Debbie Weavers (human family) wanting to have a yard sale and Jackie (alien mom) wants to help out, but Larry Bird says that women cannot work outside the home.  Jackie proceeds to help anyways and they make a deal to sell handmade purses to a business woman and Larry Bird is helping with the girl scout like troop and ends up getting them to help make purses in a sweat shop style setting.  Meanwhile, Amber Weaver’s ex-boyfriend is trying hard to get her back.

It all comes to a climax when Marty Weaver “solves the puzzle” and lays everyone’s problem out on the table for them.  The best part is Reggie’s nerdy little girlfriend telling Amber that she will fight for the things she really likes, which is total a nerd thing.  Overall, I give it 4.5 aliens out of 10.

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Take the Human Test (Volume 1)

24 Mar

I came across this video on Geeks are Sexy and thought I would share it along with my answers. The end of the video says if you answer “yes” to five or more, then you are human. Watch the video and follow along, I have typed “yes” or “no” to the order of the questions in the video.

Now… Am I really human?

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I just barely hit five.  I suppose that means I am human for now.  What about you?

Arrow – The Huntress Returns

24 Mar

I need to start this off with a disclaimer.  I have been watching Arrow fairly regularly since it began and I quite enjoy it.  That being said, I have not read the original comic that it is based on (as is true for pretty much all superhero comics… and comics in general).  Any of my writing will come from the view as Arrow as it’s own thing, since I cannot compare it to the comic.  I also watch because it has John Barrowman in it… mmmm… Oh right… Arrow.

The episode starts off in a fitting manner with the title of the episode and we see The Huntress (Helena) kill her father’s attorney to try to get his location, I am assuming she wants to break him out.  Later in the episode she shows up in Oliver’s house asking for help to find her father to kill him.  When Oliver refuses, Helena threatens his friends and family.  At the club opening, she captures Tommy and convinces him to help her.  The heist is planned and Helena gets caught and Oliver breaks her out and leaves her.  She breaks in and forces Felicity to give her the address to the safe house where her dad is held and takes off and of course, Oliver goes after her and epic battle between the Arrow and The Huntress ensues.  Okay, maybe not so epic, but they fight a bit.  To make things even more messy and complicated, Oliver’s detective girlfriend shows up and ends up getting shot.  No, she doesn’t die, but she does decide to move away for rehabilitation due to her injury.  I think her death would had added to the animosity between Arrow and The Huntress that could really be drawn on later, but perhaps there is a part for her later in the series.

In the last episode, we are introduced to Laurell’s mother, River Song, well at least the actress that plays River Song (Alex Kingston).  Here Laurell’s mother confronts her dad with her idea that her sister may still be alive.  She even has proof with a picture that was taken by a tourist.  It takes some convincing from Laurell, but her dad finally agrees to sit down and listen to her mother’s ideas.  I am quite curious as to how this will play out.  This plot point will have to tie into the main idea, perhaps relating to who caused the boat to sink in the first place.  Maybe the sister was in on it and was used almost as bait.  Otherwise, it seems unnecessary to the show.

Another side story is Oliver talking to Tommy about him now knowing his identity.  Tommy refuses to see past the idea that Oliver is a murder and said he would not believe any of his reasons or justifications.  Tommy is mostly upset that Oliver would keep a huge secret from him.  It seemed like he would never come around to it, but by the end of the episode, especially after what happens with Oliver’s girlfriend.  Yey they are friends again!

The flashback scenes in this episode were few, but seemed unrelated to the overall progress of the show.  It starts by Slade and Oliver observing one of Flynn’s camps where he has managed to acquire a missile launcher and Slade suspects he is trying to start a war with someone.  They sneak into the camp to destroy it, but Oliver removes a circuit board (I don’t know much about missile launchers, though I’m sure they have them, but this seems like a simple way out) to use for leverage.  It ends by trying to barter with Flynn to trade the circuit board for a way off the island.  We will have to wait to see how this plays out.  I do not think Flynn will give a way off the island so easily and I’m sure he has some tricks up his sleeve.

I was a bit disappointed because Felicity had very little screen time.  Her geek girl personality really appeals to me and one of my favorite episodes was when she upgraded Oliver’s hideout and essentially forced herself in, at least until they find his step-dad.

Overall, this episode lead to some interesting thoughts for me.  The Huntress is back and wants to kill her father and there is growing tension between her and Arrow.  I am sure that we have not seen the last of her.  I give it 8 out of 10 arrows.

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Glee – Guilty Pleasures

24 Mar

So I’m not starting off with a horribly geeky series, but Glee has been a show I have loved since the beginning   I will admit it, I have a horrible addiction to musicals… Granted it has been a little rough lately, I still keep up with it pretty well.

This week’s Glee started with Blaine confronting Sam about stealing from the cafeteria only to find out that Sam has a guilty pleasure for creating portraits out of macaroni.  Yes… macaroni.  The portraits are pretty cool, but it was kind of a bizarre way to start off the show, but what more do you expect from Glee?  This scene sets the theme for the rest of the show: Guilty Pleasures.

With this theme, I can’t help but think of the first book in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurel K. Hamilton by the same name, which amuses me, but moving on.  The weeks homework for glee club is to sing songs from your guilty pleasure artist and it included Barry Malow, the Spice Girls, and Wham!.  It’s shocking that with the Spice Girls they didn’t include some Backstreet Boys or *NYSNC, oh wait… they did that last week.

The two major plot points were that Blaine is in love with Sam and Rachael finding out that Brody was a male escort to pay for school.  Neither are very in depth and they both seem like filler to me.  It was nice that Sam is okay with Blaine’s feelings, but the part with Rachael and Brody was disappointing.  Rachael freaks out over Brody’s method of paying for school, rather than trying to understand that not everyone has parents that are well-off.  It would have been nice to see more of an understanding, even if they do break up, rather than shaming him for what he does to get by.

All in all, it was an okay episode.  My favorite part was the creepy boyfriend arm pillow.  Especially since Kurt named his Bruce *snickers*  I give it 6 nerd glasses out of 10.

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Marvel Animated Short

23 Mar

I came across this on Facebook and thought I would share. Cute animation for various Marvel characters.

Frak you! I mean… welcome!

23 Mar

Hello sweetie!  Welcome to Frakin Spoilers!  I am Serenity Pond and I will be leading you through my thoughts, feelings and such on my geeky feelings on TV, movies, books, and possibly games (if I ever get around to and have time for them…).  The last year or so I have been going back and watching TV series that I never saw when they aired.  Last summer I watched all ten seasons for Stargate SG-1 and more recently I have completed all of Battlestar Galactica (which I will be writing a bit about).  I will end up mostly talking about TV series, because I simply watch a lot of series.  There are several I keep up with on a weekly (or somewhat weekly) basis and I do enjoy going back and watching other series that I’ve missed when my usual weekly shows are on hiatus.  This will be your only warning, there will be spoilers in probably damn near every post.  I mean come on, read the blog name again.  I will summarize and discuss my thoughts and feelings.  Now… on with the show! Hah, get it?!