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Tuesday Tales: "Last Words" (Doctor Who)

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Title: Last Words
Rating: PG-13
Show: Doctor Who
Pairing: Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Summary: A particularly angst-ridden take on the Singing Towers of Darillium and a case study on how a marriage comes to a close.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/308354

Sunday Synopsis: 8/20/12 - 8/26/12

Spoilers for the most recent episodes of Warehouse 13, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Pretty Little Liars, Royal Pains and Suits


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Once Upon a Time may only have one season under its belt but it's already a huge success and a creative gold mine. Much of the show is based on Disney interpretations of classic fairy tales but imagination (and reimagination) is clearly evident in many episodes, particularly those used to explore the backgrounds of lesser known characters including the Huntsman and even the Evil Queen. These five episodes particularly stand out:

  • Skin Deep - This take on Beauty and the Beast was a perfect mash-up of Disney's bookish, yellow-clad Belle and the much darker, more suggestive classic tale. The idea of Rumpelstiltskin as the Beast was a brilliant overlap of characters and stories, creating the idea that these fairytales do not live independently of each other but are a part of each other's stories. Plus, the introduction of not only a love interest for Rumple but also a wonderfully tragic Belle offered shippers a wealth of possibilities (not to mention the surprise reveal ending!)
  • Fruit of the Poisonous Tree - Many fans had figured out Storybrooke's Sydney Glass, reporter for the Daily Mirror, was the incarnation of the Evil Queen's Mirror from Snow White. But this episode made him not only a whole character but a rather tormented one at that. The idea of the Mirror in love with the Queen is a smashing idea to begin with but to have him blamed for her treacherous murder of her husband and then trapped by his own wish to be with her always was both poetic and imaginative.
  • The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - This episode, exploring the background of the Huntsman and his task to kill Snow White, as well as the first instance of a Storybrooke character remembering their previous life, was really the clincher for Once's future success. The shocking death at the end and Regina's ruthlessness in both hunting Snow and killing Graham, took the entire story to a whole new level of dark.
  • Hat Trick - The much-anticipated Alice in Wonderland episode made up for its somewhat psychedelic special effects with an absolutely fascinating Mad Hatter character, Jefferson. It reminded us that Regina can be both simultaneously cruel (abandoning Jefferson) and wonderfully human (rescuing her father), gave us someone other than Henry who not only believes in the fairytales but remembers them, and again toed the line between Disney and dark with Jefferson's kidnapping of Emma.
  • The Stable Boy - The ultimate Regina-centric episode, this one made her both sympathetic and even more terrifying. The reveal that Snow really is responsible for a murder as she claimed earlier in the season was absolutely heartbreaking and the idea of Regina as a carefree young woman in love was a jarring contrast to the vengeful, hateful woman we're otherwise familiar with.

Tuesday Tales: Fringe & Once Upon a Time

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Title: Slip Away Across the Universe
Rating: R to NC-17
Show: Fringe
Pairing: Peter Bishop/Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop/Alternate!Olivia Dunham, implied Alternate!Charlie Francis/Alternate!Lincoln Lee/Alternate!Olivia Dunham
Summary: Years after the end of the world, Peter Bishop dropped his young son off at school and went in search of the woman he had lost over and over and over again.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/290778/chapters/465122
NOTE: More chapters to come on this one!

Title: Reeling and Writhing
Rating: NC-17
Show: Once Upon a Time
Pairing: Emma Swan/Jefferson
Summary: Jefferson tries to find the trigger to Emma's magic.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/373947

Sunday Synopses

The first round-up of summaries and best quotes, scenes and pairing moments from the past week's shows!

Spoilers for the most recent episodes of Warehouse 13, White Collar, Covert Affairs, Pretty Little Liars, Royal Pains and Suits


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Friday Favorites: Top 5 Buffy Episodes

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer recently made #1 on Entertainment Weekly's Top 25 Cult TV Shows and for good reason. The show was bursting with interesting characters, fascinating backstories and complicated mythology, not to mention some of (what will no doubt be) the most classic and enduring love stories ever. Certainly Buffy had its fair share of silliness but these five episodes went above and beyond to prove it was a show worth sticking around for.

  • Lover’s Walk (Season 3) - Spike's less-than-triumphant return to Sunnydale resulted in not only the dissolution of two relationships (three, if you count the affair that destroyed the first two) but a fascinating look inside the leather-clad softie's head. This episode really set up Spike's character for the rest of the series and gave us a great return to Drusilla's ever-creepy abandoned residence.
  • Passion (Season 2) - Perhaps no image is more iconic of Buffy than Angelus snapping Jenny's neck in front of the window at Sunnydale High. For years, the credits included the image of Giles smiling over the red rose Angelus had left for him, just moments before finding his girlfriend's body morbidly arranged on his bed. This episode made all of Angelus' previous crimes look like misdemeanors and really separated him from Angel in the viewers' heads.
  • Crush (Season 5) - Drusilla's return after the chaos she left behind on Angel was really a throwback to the days of the Fanged Four Three in Season 2 and did it brilliantly. The scene of Spike pressing a stake to Drusilla's chest and Buffy blowing him off (even while chained up underneath a cemetery - classic Buffy) was absolutely heartbreaking. After all, there he was with both women he loved more than anything and neither really wants him. "Crush" made Spike more sympathetic and slightly more terrifying, definitely a good combination.
  • What’s My Line pt. 2 (Season 2) - Kendra's entrance was great fun but it was the ritual scenes in the church, including of course, Spike's injury beneath the organ, that really made this one fantastic. Spike and Drusilla have honestly never been creepier.
  • Enemies (Season 3) - This episode really established the idea that Angelus is always right there, lurking beneath the surface and how hard Angel has to fight to keep him at bay, even with a soul. Faith and Angel made the connection that would serve them well later on Angel, even as she remained a tragic, lost cause sort of character. Plus, this episode resulted in some seriously memorable lines ("Well while you're up there, I mostly want you to wiggle!") and an awesome double-cross from Giles.
Honorable Mentions:
  • The Wish (Season 3)
  • Doppelgangland (Season 3)
  • Normal Again (Season 6)
  • Once More, With Feeling (Season 6)

Tuesday Tales: Amuse Me

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Title: Amuse Me
Rating: NC-17
Show: Suits
Pairing: Donna Paulsen/Harvey Specter
Summary: Donna issues a challenge regarding a certain unconventional use of the intercom that Harvey just can't resist.
Link: http://archiveofourown.org/works/486385
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Doctor Who is one of very few shows where it's actually okay to watch episodes out of order. In fact, for the most part, you can skip from season to season and back again with no problem. So for the newbie fan who just wants to get to the meat of it, rather than trudge through season 1...

THE ULTIMATE GUIDE TO NEW WHO STORY ARCS

THE MASTER ARC (including backstory so everything makes sense)
The Empty Child - Season 1
The Doctor Dances - Season 1
Bad Wolf – Season 1
The Parting of the Ways - Season 1
Human Nature - Season 3
Family of Blood - Season 3
Utopia - Season 3
The Sound of Drums - Season 3
The Last of the Time Lords - Season 3
Planet of the Dead – 2009 Special (not as important but makes End of Time make more sense)
The End of Time – 2009 Special
(There’s also Waters of Mars in between the last two which is really good but doesn’t pertain to the Master, I don’t think. It is important in its own way though, showing that, well, the Doctor’s off his rocker.)

THE ROSE ARC (including backstory)
Rose - Season 1
Father’s Day – Season 1
Bad Wolf – Season 1
The Parting of the Ways - Season 1
Rise of the Cybermen – Season 2
The Age of Steel – Season 2
Army of Ghosts – Season 2
Doomsday – Season 2
Turn Left – Season 4
The Stolen Earth – Season 4
Journey’s End – Season 4
(The 2009 specials all fit on to the end of this arc so it makes sense to watch them here as well.)

THE RIVER ARC
Silence in the Library – Season 4
Forest of the Dead – Season 4
The Time of Angels – Season 5
Flesh and Stone – Season 5
The Pandorica Opens – Season 5
The Big Bang – Season 5
The Impossible Astronaut – Season 6
Day of the Moon – Season 6
A Good Man Goes to War – Season 6
Let’s Kill Hitler – Season 6
The Wedding of River Song – Season 6

Also, once you’ve seen them all, it’s entirely too much fun to go back and watch them in the order that River experienced them instead which is as follows:

Let’s Kill Hitler – Season 6
The Wedding of River Song – Season 6
A Good Man Goes to War - Season 6
The Impossible Astronaut - Season 6
Day of the Moon - Season 6
The Pandorica Opens - Season 5
The Big Bang - Season 5
The Time of Angels - Season 5
Flesh and Stone - Season 5
Silence in the Library - Season 4
Forest of the Dead - Season 4

OTHER AWESOME EPISODES
The Girl in the Fireplace – Season 2
School Reunion – Season 2
Blink – Season 3
The Shakespeare Code – Season 3
The Doctor’s Daughter – Season 4
Midnight – Season 4
Amy’s Choice – Season 5
Vincent and the Doctor – Season 5
A Christmas Carol – 2010 Special
The Doctor’s Wife – Season 6
The God Complex – Season 6

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