Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Continuing with Continuum

We have some changes coming to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday… but for now, those can wait.  Today, Amber West and I are going back to our old ways and we’re covering two different shows—she’s reviewing ITV’s mystery, Broadchurch, and I’m taking on SyFy’s newest drama, Continuum.

I love the supernatural; however, I’m not that big on science fiction television… not like my guy, anyway.  He has watched everything on the SyFy network, from Battlestar Gallactica to Caprica, and all the Stargate series.  Wanting to spend some quality TV time with him, I have jumped in and checked out a few of the shows on his favorite channel.  And I have found a few of the more recent programs, like Warehouse 13, Haven, and Being Human very enjoyable.

Last year, SyFy began airing Lost Girl, a TV series already primed for season two in Canada.  The network started the episodes from the beginning and ran them consecutively so US audiences were all caught up.  I loved it—watching Lost Girl every week for almost twenty weeks was like an extended season of supernatural greatness.

And now the network is at it again… only this time, it’s with the SyFy UK hit and Canadian series Continuum.  As this show prepares for season two in Canada, the American audience gets to first catch up.

So, in true Tiffany fashion, I decided to give it a try…

This science fiction program follows a group of convicted terrorists, or rebels (known as Liber8), from the year 2077 back in time to 2012.  Just as the gang was scheduled for execution in 2077, they somehow mastered time travel and jumped through a portal.  Inadvertently following them is Officer Kiera Cameron (Rachel Nichols from Criminal Minds), who takes it upon herself to prevent this group from altering events in the past and hopes to return them to their time.

Will Kiera control the past to save the future?

As one would expect, the technology in 2077 is far more advanced than we’re accustomed to in 2012.  In the future, Kiera and the other police officers wear special uniforms—suits that enable them to research, analyze data, and track criminals once they are “tagged” with trackers… kind of like a computer.  But technology isn’t the only difference between their time and our time; small things have changed too, and games such as Rock-Paper-Scissors don’t exist anymore.

Lost in this new world, Kiera attempts to make contact with her control station via her communications system, but instead connects with a teen (Alec Sadler, played by Erik Knudsen from Jericho) working out of his family’s barn.  This boy happens to be the one responsible for inventing the technology she and the police use in 2077, and he begins serving her as her guide and confidant in 2012.

While still tracking Liber8, Kiera finds she must do something to fit in with the current times.  So after helping a local detective (Carlos Fonnegra, played by Victor Webster from Charmed and Mutant X) solve a case, she accepts a position with the Vancouver police as a member of a terrorist task force—after all, the VPD believes she’s a federal agent and sees no harm in extending this offer to her.

The series also stars: Tony Amendola (Once Upon a Time) as Edouard, the leader of the Liber8 rebels; Roger Cross (24) as Travis, another Liber8 member who takes charge until Edouard arrives; Lexa Doig (Andromeda) as Sonja, one of the female Liber8 members; and Stephen Lobo (Falcon Beach and Smallville) as Matthew, a former Liber8 member, who, after having a falling out with his fellow rebels, decides to help Kiera in 2012.

Like I mentioned earlier, I’m not all that big on science fiction programs; however, I have managed to watch the first six episodes of SyFy’s latest series with my guy (who really likes it, by the way).  And while I still don’t think Continuum is the best show on SyFy, it’s not bad; therefore, I’ll award the Canadian hit with the JFTV rating.  When there’s nothing else to watch, I’ll continue with the series… kind of like when I am searching for something to satisfy my late-night cravings and a bag of greasy potato chips is all I can find in the pantry.

But if anyone was to ask my guy, he’d probably give it a MacTV rating.

What do you think?  Have you watched Continuum?  I’d love to hear from you! 

Now click over to Amber’s blog and see what she thinks about the ITV mystery she just so happened upon this last week…

Come back next week when we share some big news… and maybe review something too.

Remember to stop by the #watchwed hashtag in Twitter to discuss any of today’s reviews, or to mention any television programs that you’d like to see on Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday in the future.

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech
Inedible TV: Exactly how it sounds…

Friday FabOoolousness – Skulls, Time Travel, and YA Author Claudia Lefeve

Like most of the other writers I adore today, I first met Claudia Lefeve on social media last year.  Whoever says social medial is a waste of time, obviously hasn’t been hanging in the right hashtags and groups…

The adorable and talented Claudia Lefeve…

Anyway…

Claudia and I hit it off immediately!  Not only do we have writing in common, but we’re also both Texas girls, love football, enjoy the same television shows, and have crushes on some of the same TV stars.  Speaking of those crushes… our men even have the same belt buckle, an idea Claudia and I both borrowed from Fox’s Bones.

Yeah… it’s pretty awesome!

Born and raised in the Gulf Coast border town of Brownsville, Texas, Claudia noticed her hometown was a very curious place where folks see curanderas in lieu of shrinks, tortillas are served at every meal, and even gringos speak Spanish.  She currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and precocious pug.

Before we jump right into the interview, check out these blurbs from Parallel, Paradox, and Paradigm, the three YA fantasy books in Claudia’s Traveler Series.

Enjoy!

*****

Parallel

Destiny has a way of catching up.

Saddled with powers she doesn’t understand, Etta Fleming’s world is turned upside-down the day she meets Cooper Everett, the man who transports her to an alternate reality. A reality she was meant to be a part of. One minute, she’s an orphan living at Dominion House for Girls, an institution for delinquent foster kids, then finds herself attending the exclusive Dominion Hall Academy.

Plucked from the only world she’s ever known, Etta now has to deal with an aunt she never knew, a boyfriend she doesn’t know, and a best friend who can’t know.

Paradox

Everything is predestined.

Etta is slowly readjusting to life in her new reality, while still recovering from the shock over the news regarding her relationship with Cooper.

While learning more about her role as leader of the Council, she soon discovers that her future is linked to the five extraordinary individuals she must recruit in order to ensure her destiny.

Nothing is as it seems, as rivals become allies and friends become the enemy.

Paradigm

Take hold of your destiny.

Etta Fleming doesn’t know she was meant to return to her true reality four years ago. After years of being the “orphan girl” in the alternate world she grew up in, she’s finally carved a niche for herself with a great job, a steady boyfriend, and a best friend by her side.

Undeterred by the shift in the timeline, it is up to Cooper Everett and his friends to convince Etta that she is still destined to become their leader, fighting against their post-apocalyptic future.

Will meeting the ghosts of her past convince Etta that she’s part of a grander destiny? Or will her past, present, and future worlds collide?

*****

When you were a little girl, did you dream of one day writing a bestseller, or did you have something else in mind?

Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think I’d be a writer! Even as a child, I always pictured myself as an attorney (I would doodle names of law schools on my notebooks)! Now, I write full-time and teach criminal justice at the local community college on the side. I do, however, daydream about one day being like Joan Wilder in Romancing the Stone and being recognized by a Columbian drug lord as I traipse around Columbia with Michael Douglas! How cool would that be?

Oh, to be Joan Wilder… I still love this movie!

Who are a few of your favorite authors?

The usual suspects…Stephen King, Kurt Vonnegut, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Ernest Hemingway, and Anne Rice.

Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

I take my cue from stories that haven’t been told yet. I read a lot of books, and I love them all, but I wanted to write stories I hadn’t read yet. For my Travelers Series, I’d always been fascinated by alternate realities, so I went with that idea and ran with it.

The cover art for your books is beautiful.  Did you design them yourself?

There’s no way I could design the wonderful covers for my Travelers Series. Robin Ludwig Design deserves all the credit! I do, however, do a few of my covers (short stories, novelettes, etc.), but I leave the rest to the professionals!

Many writers imagine a celebrity or familiar face when developing their characters.  Did you have anyone particular in mind when writing your protagonist Etta Fleming and why?

Normally, when I read, I can always picture a particular actress. With Etta, I kind of draw a blank. But if I had to choose, she’d look a lot like Jennifer Lawrence (Hunger Games), but with darker hair.

Speaking of celebrities, who are you thinking of at this very moment?

David Boreanaz! Of course, it’s probably because I’m watching Bones on TNT right now!

I don’t care if he’s a vampire or working for the FBI, Mr. Boreanaz is pretty easy on the eyes…

How do you research for your books?

I had to read several physics books in order to somewhat explain the theories pertaining to parallel universes and time-travel. I also picked my father’s brain, as he teaches high school physics. But the fun of writing speculative fiction is the “what if?” component…I don’t have to do a whole lot of research!

Besides writing, I’ve noticed you’re infatuated with skulls.  How did this come about?

To be honest, I have no idea! But a lot of it has to do with my heritage. Growing up in South Texas (on the Mexican border), you kind of develop a morbid fascination with death and skulls. In fact, I named my book imprint, Sugar Skull Books, in honor of Day of the Dead. And for my birthday last week, my husband’s aunt made me the most fabulous Day of the Dead purse…looks like Vera Bradley, but with skulls!

What other hobbies do you enjoy?

The hubby and I are big into camping, so we try to go whenever we can. And I’m a tv-holic (see response below).

Claudia and her man out camping… I love how real and adorable this picture is. Thank you for sharing with us!

I wouldn’t be myself without asking about television –what are your four favorite television programs airing today? 

OMG! I don’t think I could list just four! In no particular order: American Horror Story, Fringe, Bones, 666 Park Avenue, Glee (just started watching and I’m hooked), and Gossip Girl. Oh, and Dexter!

Let’s go to the movies now… what is your favorite movie of all-time?

That’s an easy one. Sixteen Candles. I can watch it all day, every day. When I got married, I even inscribed a quote from the movie on my hubby’s wedding band!

You had your husband’s wedding band engraved with a line from Sixteen Candles?  Please share…

::laughs::  The inside of my hubby’s wedding band says, “Married? Yeah, Married!”

That’s great!  Classic Long Duck Dong…

What snacks do you order when at a movie theater?

Popcorn and Kit-Kats (and if there are no Kit-Kats, then M&M’s). I like to eat them together and pretend it’s chocolate covered popcorn!

Before we go, I’ve decided to throw in a completely random question… saying you’re infatuated with skulls made me think immediately of the movie Skulls with our Fringe hunk Joshua Jackson.  Have you seen it?  Do you believe in the secret societies as depicted in this movie?  Why or why not?

Joshua Jackson (yum). I totally believe there are secret societies hidden among universities, although I’m not sure if there are any truly completely secret. I mean, we know the names of many of them (i.e. Skull and Bones, Gridiron Secret Society, Cadaver Society, etc.), but its membership list is usually kept a secret. As for me, I’m a member of the first secret society for women!

Oh, Mr. Jackson… another great choice!

*****

Isn’t Claudia adorable?

Need more Claudia?  Catch up with her at her website, email her at claudia.lefeve@hotmail.com, or follow her via her Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Do you have a question for Claudia?  Have you read any of the books in the Traveler Series?  If so, share your thoughts here!  We’d love to hear from you! 

AND, because Claudia is such a fabOoolous person, she’d like to offer a giveaway to one lucky commenter…

The first person who can correctly comment with the name of the society/sorority that Claudia is a member of wins an e-book copy of all three books in the Travelers Series!

Ready…

Set…

Go!

 

Friday FabOoolousness – The Boo Factor: Dark Shadows

We don’t go to the movie theater often.  When we do actually go to the cinema, we rarely pick a flick on its opening weekend.  But at least once a year there is a movie release that I absolutely can’t miss — a film that I have been anxiously awaiting for months.

Readers of my blog know that I love scary movies – horror, slashers, psychological thrillers, classics, B-rated films, etc.  These are “my movies” according to my guy, and he usually insists that I see these with my girlfriends.

Two years ago, the film was the Nightmare on Elm Street remake starring Rooney Mara, Katie Cassidy, and Thomas Dekker.  My girls and I rushed out early on a Saturday morning to witness the “new” Freddy Krueger terrorize the teens of Springwood, Ohio.

In 2011, we again met at the theater for a Saturday morning viewing of Colin Farrell as the sexy vampire Jerry Dandridge in the remake of Fright Night – in 3-D no less.  As with Nightmare, this vampy flick put a new twist on the popular original which is exactly the kind of remake I appreciate (in most instances, not in The Clash of the Titans’ case).

But I digress…

Around December of last year, I knew exactly which film my girlfriends and I would see on its premiere weekend this year – Dark Shadows.

Dark Shadows is not new; it has been around for decades, literally.  In the ’60s and ’70s, Dark Shadows aired on the ABC network as a soap opera.  Dan Curtis’ melodramatic soap put the supernatural on the map – vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, witches, etc.  It also featured time travel and aspects of parallel universes, something that is extremely popular on TV today.

The soap opera launched into a phenom craze of its own, and MGM released two feature films based on the popular hit in the ’70s: House of Dark Shadows and Night of Dark Shadows.  Since then, the Dark Shadows franchise has grown to also include magazines, comics, and books.

In 1991, Dark Shadows aired on NBC as a primetime drama as a reimagining of the original series (also created by Dan Curtis).  The “new” Dark Shadows didn’t last past its freshman year, but the story grabbed a certain teenage girl in Midland, Texas who never missed an episode.  Yes, I’m talking about me…  Even today, I have my DVR set to record the ’91 series anytime it airs in syndication on SyFy or Chiller.

The Dark Shadows television series was almost brought back to life in 2004 by the WB, but the network passed on the pilot starring Alec Newman and other familiar faces: Marley Shelton (Valentine), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Alexander Gould and Martin Donovan (Weeds), Kelly Hu (Nash Bridges), Ivana Milicevic (Head over Heels), and Blair Brown (Fringe).  I am seriously bummed that this series didn’t make it.

So what makes Dark Shadows special?  Vampire Barnabas Collins

As if it wasn’t enough that Tim Burton is bringing Dark Shadows to the big screen, he cast one of the best actors of our time in the role of Barnabas Collins — the fabOoolous Johnny Depp.

Barnabas Collins, 2012

I’m a fan of vampires in general (the dark kind, not the lovey-dovey kind – yes, I’m referring to Twilight here).  The trailer has me worried that the film will be a bit “campy” for me, but I’m putting all preconceived notions aside and am looking forward to my movie date this weekend.  After all, Mr. Depp isn’t the only star cast in this cult classic: we also have Michelle Pfeiffer, Jonny Lee Miller, Chloe Moretz (Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass), Helena Bonham Carter, and Jackie Earle Haley (the “new” Freddy Krueger) to just name a few.

It’s also rumored that a few of the soap opera stars from the ’60s and ’70s will play a cameo in the film, something I truly appreciate.  Did everyone notice Chris Sarandon’s cameo in Fright Night (2011)?  Loved it – the “old” vampire Jerry killed by the “new” vampire Jerry.  Brilliant!

I don’t know what to expect from this movie, but I know I’m looking forward to it.  With the exception of The Rum Diary (in my opinion), everything Johnny Depp touches turns to gold.  Surely Dark Shadows will be another of his masterful character pieces and will leave all of us applauding him once again.  The man is simply fantastic.  Partnered again with Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter, how can it fail?

Are you a Dark Shadows fan?  Did you prefer the soap or the ’91 retelling?  Do you plan to see the movie?  I’d love to hear from you!

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