When it rains, it pours!

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Having to work on a Sunday usually sucks – I usually enjoy it – not today! This week I decided that was about time to clean the whole lab, taking advantage of the fact that it was the last week in which I had 2 undergrads. So, we got to work (mostly them) on Thursday, when we clean the lab. Friday was the day to defrost and clean the freezer, which meant several hours of pouring small amounts of hot distilled water into the freezer in full lab gear, squatting in front of the machine, which means that yesterday my legs hurted so much that I could barely move… it sucks!

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So after spending most of yesterday barely moving, and finishing the reports I had due, today I couldn’t escape it, I had to come to work to finish an extraction and clean some stuff as well. So I got up, got dressed, got out – beautiful day – and then the bus just wouldn’t come… that’s when I realized that there weren’t going to be any buses until 12pm, because of some stuff in town, so I had to walk the 1.5 km to the train station… no biggie, right?! Usually, there’s no problem, but if you add to the fact that my legs still hurted, to the glorious fact that in that moment it started pouring… It wasn’t freaking OK!

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I got to the train, soaked to my bones, got off the train and got more soaked in the 500m it takes to reach my building, so when I got to the department, my pants were soaked almost to the knee and my sweater impossible to keep on.

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Then I got to work, never imagining that the rain wouldn’t subside… well, now I’m ready to go home and I can’t. Remember when I said it was pouring before?! It was nothing compared to now, and I have to gain some courage to face the fact that by the time I get home, not an inch of my body will be dry…

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Note to self: you should always have your umbrella!

PS: I actually love rain… I just don’t love it so much when I’m unprepared for it…

Scorpion

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Finally saw it and loved it! This one I’ll definitely be following. Scorpion is about genius who can do extraordinary things, working for Homeland Security, but lack socially and emotionally capabilities, what’s not to love about that?

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This show has a little Numbers‘ vibe and is full of lovable characters, from Scorpion himself, to Paige’s little kid. I even teared up a bit. And the pilot had some amazing action sequences and the special effects were a lot better than one would expect for a new series pilot. Well done!

Cast:
  • Elyes Gabel as Walter O’Brien
  • Katharine McPhee as Paige Dineen
  • Eddie Kaye Thomas as Toby Curtis
  • Jadyn Wong as Happy Quinn
  • Ari Stidham as Sylvester Dodd
  • Robert Patrick as Cabe Gallo

Outlander gets a return date

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The first part of the first season isn’t even over yet, and I’m already suffering with withdrawal. Still, now Starz has given us a date, yupppiii! Claire and Jamie Fraser will return on Saturday, April 4th, 2015. Yeah… it’s 6 months from now… 6! I honestly don’t know what I’ll do, I guess I’ll have to read the books ;-) !

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In how many pieces can SHIELD break my heart?!

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MARVEL’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. came back with a different (and awesome) vibe. A lot of new faces, a new location, new responsibilities. But the real question is: how heartbreaking was it?! The answer?! A LOT!!! MUCH MORE THAN IT SHOULD! Warning, it will contain spoilers…

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1. The first couple of minutes broke my heart for all the right reasons: Agent freaking Carter and two of the Howling Commandos!!! That’s right! The episode opens in 1945, with Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi) and Dum Dum Dugan (Neal McDonough) – reprising their roles from Captain America: the First Avenger, doing groundwork against HYDRA, setting the newly founded S.H.I.E.L.D., and it’s glorious! – Drum roll for tear number 1, 2 and 3!

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2. Leo Fitz… There’s a constant reminder throughout the episode that Fitz is very clearly not alright. He has trouble remembering words and forming coherent speech, most of the times managing to do so with the help of Simmons… – a lost count of the tears by now, seriously, Fitz is like that man-child that under no circumstances should be hurt, never, ever… and he has, and it hurts. Brilliant job by Iain De Caestecker through the whole episode.

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3. All the new faces, for what? Seriously people, what’s wrong with you? How do you figure: “let’s introduce all these great characters and then let’s kill most of them by the end of the hour.”?! Four new agents were introduced: Lance Hunter (Nick Blood), Izzy Hartley (Lucy Lawless), Mac (Henry Simmons) and Idaho (Wilmer Calderon). But by the end of the hour, and after Hunter performs and amputation on Hartley, two of them are killed. I was shocked, I thought that Lucy Lawless would be, for sure, a recurring guest star, I mean, she’s freaking Xena! – Tears number… (something) – this twist surprised me, it showed that they have balls on that show, and that this season is going to be unpredictable!

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4. No hugs?! I was expecting Coulson to at least give one small little hug to Skye… but no… sad!

5. Melinda “mama” May! Oh yeah, May is in full protective mode. She’s more “human”, I like her even more!

6. It’s all a matter of priorities. Coulson establishes in this episode that he has stepped in his role as SHIELD director, which means that he had to set his priorities straight and think about the greater good and not on what’s best for the people he loves. This is heartbreaking, because you know he has to be like that, but it’s like losing the part of Phil Coulson that I love. Let’s see what the next episode brings.

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7. And it turns out, there was no Simmons there after all… yeah, Simmons left, apparently because she felt that Fitz would be better off without her. Except that he isn’t. He sees her, he only talks to her and she’s just a figment of his imagination, of his need for her… I’m curious to what led her to make her decision, because there better be a good explanation, otherwise, I don’t know if I can forgive her :( !!!

Gotham

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Since it was announced that FOX would be making a show, a Batman prequel, based on the life of Jim Gordon, there has been a lot of hype about it. If I’m being honest, I wasn’t expecting all that much, because if I’m being even more honest, Batman was never a superhero I admired (and sometimes, even liked). But now Gotham premiered, I saw it and I liked it!

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Jim Gordon and Alfred were always my favorites in the Batman stories, and that pretty much sticks on Gotham. More than that, Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock is a scene stealer, but that may just be because I really love Donal! Another scene stealer is young Bruce, played by David Mazouz, that boy is just outstanding.

Great pilot, awesome to see these little (and some not so little) teasers of what’s to come. Episode one, and we already have Penguin, The Riddle and Poison Ivy, and let’s not even mention Catwoman.

Forever… I’ll be watching!

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The premise is not exactly new, either way you look at it… a medical examiner partnering with a detective?! It happens a lot on TV. An immortal guy?! Sure, we had a few of those… An immortal medical examiner helping a Detective… well, that’s kind of new.

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Sure, is it silly, yeah, but fascinating as hell, because immortality is one of those things that will always be interesting, such as time travelling, because it’s so “unreal” and yet, wouldn’t you want it not to be?

So the show focus on Dr. Henry Morgan (Ioan Gruffudd), a man who found out that he was immortal over 200 years ago and has since died often and always come back totally naked in a body of water. He has no idea why it is that he can’t stay dead, but is determined to find an answer. Helping him, is his only friend and confident Abe (Judd Hirsch), that promptly tells him that being alive is not living, and whose relationship with Henry we begin to understand as the pilot draws to a close (and if you don’t shed a tear at that, I don’t know…).

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Alana de la Garza (Law & Order alumna ;-) ), plays detective Jo Martinez, a widow with a liking for alcoholic beverages. And Joel David Moore (Colin Fisher for us, Bones fans) plays Lucan Wan, a medical examiner, colleague to Dr. Henry.

Forever is somehow fresh and funny, and at moments, unexpectedly deep. So yeah, I’ll be watching this one.

2014/15-TVshows Week planning!

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The season of 2014/15 TVshows is officially open! There are so many shows, that sometimes it’s hard to keep track when each one airs, so, here is how my week looks in terms of shows that I watch and intend to follow this season (some I still have to catch up, but I’ll get there)…

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Doctor Who: Listen

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That was bloody brilliant, that was! About time too… Doctor Who didn’t have an episode of this magnificence in a good while. But Listen was everything we could hope for and more. After a weak 7th season, the 8th is looking promising.

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Listen was not only a great story, that we all can relate to, it also moved forward without compromising what was previously established. I am so glad that Clara is being such a great character this season, and her talk to the Doctor in the barn was heartwarming – her whole performance was great.

And can we have a rom-com spin-off of Clara and Danny trying to go on dates? Because that was hilarious. And hey, you know that it turns out ok… time-travelling… it runs in the family! :D

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 “Listen. This is just a dream. But very clever people can hear dreams. So please just listen. I know you’re afraid, but being afraid is all right. Because didn’t anybody ever tell you, fear is a superpower? Fear can make you faster, and cleverer and stronger. And one day, you’re going to come back to this barn and on that day you are going to be very afraid indeed. But that’s OK. Because if you’re very wise and very strong, fear doesn’t have to make you cruel or cowardly, fear can you make you kind. It doesn’t matter if there’s nothing under the bed or in the dark so long as you know it’s OK to be afraid of it. So listen. If you listen to nothing else listen to this. You’re always going to be afraid, even if you learn to hide it. Fear is like a companion. A constant companion always there. But that’s ok, as fear can bring is together. Fear can be bring you home. I’m going to leave you something just so you’ll always remember. Fear makes companions of us all.”

Outlander’s Skye Boat Song

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I’m still in a deep state of awe over the last episode of Outlander (such a perfect hour of television), but in the meantime, I can’t get the music out of my head!

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye

Billow and breeze, islands and seas
Mountains of rain and sun
All that was good, all that was fair
All that was me is gone

Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
Say, could that lass be I?
Merry of soul she sailed on a day
Over the sea to Skye

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