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TV Tuesday: Zoo

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Post written by Ainsley Peace

Loosely based on the novel by James Patterson, Zoo was quite the surprise when I decided to watch it. I am glad that I finally jumped on it as there are many aspects of this show that play into our very real fears. It makes us question our place on the food chain and puts at the very bottom as animals begin to attack humans. The investigations bring’s together five very different individuals, tour guides Abraham Kenyatta and Jackson Oz, French Intelligence Officer Chloe Tousignant, Veterinary Pathologist Mitch Morgan and Journalist Jamie Campbell. Caught up in the investigations the team leads their old lives behind and realize that even when fighting the animals, humans really are the worlds worst predators.

There has been a lot of growth in the series and not all of it has been beneficial. It is normal to lose characters early on and new ones to be added. The changes that occurred in the second season may have changed things up quite a bit the added characters gave the show something more as the story developed and the problem grew larger. Now the show is in its third season complete with time jump and major character development it appears that the story may have take far too many sharp turns. What I loved about the first season with the viability and honesty that came with it. It was an adventure and the characters were relatable but still gave us someone to live through. I was enthralled with the story but as I went into season three I realized that so much about what made seasons one and two enjoyable are missing.

While I wouldn’t be so quick to recommend the series were it is now I would gladly send someone over to Netflix to watch the first two seasons. Two strong, independent female leads who don’t sacrifice their femininity for strength stands out. Friendships and a growing familia bond that is embraced over the course of the first two seasons adds to the heartbreak that comes with fighting the war on humans, a war that many of the audience members probably understand.

Zoo may take the story to extremes but as you watch this show you will probably embrace some of those fears we once thought as irrational while nodding along to the fears that are all too real on a daily basis. We are often told not to be afraid of animals because they are more afraid of us. Now I am beginning to think that is part of the problem.

TV Tuesday: Loch Ness

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Loch Ness also called The Loch

Broadchurch it is not but Loch Ness manages to draw you in to the mythical shores of Loch Ness to find what other monsters may lurk along the Lochs of Scotland. Set in Bonnie Scotland near the country’s most famous Loch, Loch Ness is a murder mystery starring Laura Fraser. Secrets and scandals thwart the investigation as a serial killer continues to haunt the town.

Available in the States on Amazon Prime, Loch Ness is a six episode mini-series also starring ‎Siobhan Finneran. The show itself is most admired for the beautiful images of Scotland herself. A country that deserves to have a starring credit. The gorgeous scenery is tough to ignore and, regardless of the weather, The Highlands still manage to shine.

The mystery itself is a slow burn until the final moments when things speed up a little too fast. This is a common mistake in most mysteries. They spend so much time on the suspense that they forget the importance of the pieces. Still, a great mystery with an interesting twist that resembles a few older tales, Loch Ness may surprise you when in reaches its climax.

TV Tuesday: Wynonna Earp

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Watch season two Fridays at 10 pm on Syfy

Syfy original series Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp’s heir as she takes on the Earp curse. Now twenty-seven, Wynona must wield Wyatt’s Colt to shoot revenants (returned out-laws shot by him) while dealing with the town of Purgatory’s judgement.

Created by the Show Runner of Lost Girl, you can be sure that this show has a lot to offer. The age the Earp curse begins, Wynonna has returned home after many years away. She is on her way back for a funeral when her bus has a malfunction and a woman dies. She returns home on foot and soon becomes partners with a US Marshall who is a member of the black badge division. Now in possession of her great-great grandfathers Colt, Wynonna is able to kill demons by shooting them between the eyes and she is the only one that can wield the weapon.

Airing on Space in Canada and Syfy in the US, Wynonna Earp has carved out a little cult following for itself. Holding a huge following in the LGBTA community, Earp’s healthiest couple is  a bisexual and lesbian woman. The main female is a strong, complex woman with a difficult past and a wild life. Going into its second season, Wynonna has an even more diverse cast. The show has proved itself worthy of a following as it continues to listen to its audience and maintains a strict rule that woman are always badass, even when they show weakness.

For the fans of Supergirl who have promised to boycott the show after a reckless display of ignorance during Comic-Con, you have a new show you can jump to and trust. There is a hilarious cast of people that support and love the community that loves them. The stories are cheesy at times but it remains true to itself, laughs at itself and doesn’t take itself too seriously.. Wynonna Earp is a show for Syfy lovers, strong woman lovers and people who want to be supported.

Thanks to google I was able to do a little research that looked further into female representation on the small screen and female viewership. Over the past five years a lot has changed. There are more female centric shows on then ever and female viewership continues to grow. Women watch about four minutes more TV a day than men but their representation has been the decision of groups of mostly white males gathering in a conference room. Luckily we have those that have our backs, women who don’t take no for an answer and many ways to prove how much we really need something.

Via Comic-Con we found out that this feminist, female centered, LGBTQ representing, Sci-fi Drama was renewed for a third season. Ten years ago I may have been surprised that this show made it past the first season and in 2017 I am glad to say that I am not. Wynonna Earp deserves at least two more years under its belt for the many things that it offers its audience and that includes a safe space to spend a Friday night.

Watch season one on Netflix. Season two airs Fridays on Syfy. Wynonna Earp has been renewed for a third season.

 

TV Tuesday: Riverdale

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TV Tuesday, written by Ainsley Peace

For the first TV Tuesday I will talk about The CW’s hit neo-noir drama Riverdale; an adaptation of characters from the Archie Comics focusing on the town and its inhabitants. The first season revolves around the investigation into the murder of Jason Blossom and the affect it has on the less than picturesque town. These aren’t the characters we see in the comics. While fans of the comics may fear this to be “just another teen drama,” it has a lot more to offer. The mystery mixed with the complexity of the whole story, Riverdale gives us something to root for.

In Riverdale Archie is an oblivious brooding jock with a heart of gold. Always wanting to do the right thing, Archie often makes mistakes regarding his relationships but always tries to make it right. Torn between music and football, Archie is falling more in love with his musical side everyday and he might just leave the sport behind as he teams up with his musically inclined friends to pursue his dreams.

Archies best friend is Jughead Jones, most known for his love of hamburgers in the comics. However Riverdale’s Jughead is a little different then the character we know and love. While he spends the majority of his time at Pop’s, Juggie as Betty affectionally calls him spends more time consuming coffee then food. He is writing a book about Jason’s death and becomes a suspect in his murder early on. Still sporting his ever present hat, Jughead is the outcast of the town and who often has to deal with the many bullies Riverdale has to offer.

Betty begins the series as a lovelorn girl who wants to be more than friends with Archie. The Betty of Riverdale has a darker side that scares her but excites us none-the-less. Wanting to make a difference and tell the truth, Betty reopens the Blue and Gold at her school, gets revenge on Chuck Clayton for his slut-shaming behavior and joins the river vixens along side reformed mean girl Veronica Lodge.

One half of V & B is struggling to accept her new life and to live below the means she has become accustomed. While the version of Veronica in print is a rich white girl, Lodge at sixteen in Riverdale is a woman of color who’s rich father has gone to prison for Ponzie scheme antics. The cast is full of adapted characters including mean girl Cheryl Blossom, gay best friend Kevin Keller, Archies rival Reggie Mantel, front woman Josie McCoy, appearances by Jason Blossom, Dilton Doiely, Chuck Clayton, Ethel Muggs and a bevy of others.

Riverdale is a great show for women to sink their teeth into. The female characters may be role models but they are real. The female characters of Riverdale are people who change, grow and develop like the male characters of the show. They fight back, make mistakes and lose control without it being used to titilate the male audience. There is kissing and crushes but hardly any sex. The affair between Archie and his teacher Ms. Grundy, don’t worry she is younger than the white haired lady from the comics, made some cringe but it gave was a look at the female predator. In her exit we see who she really is. A woman devoid of remorse and any understanding of her actions and we the audience are devoid of sympathy for her.

The show contains great direction and cinematography. It is well written with witty dialogue and a slew of smart pop culture references. The cast members and the characters they play are perfect. While they mirror the characters in the comic universe, the Riverdale incarnations are more complex as are the relationships. You even sympathize with the bad girls and get mad at the good ones. The good guy has you livid at times and the bad guys have out root for them. Riverdale is how a teen drama should be written and how a comic book like Archie should be adapted.

At the end of the first season we learn who killed Jason Blossom but not everything is tied up with a bow. The actions of the first season and the last episode will spill over into season two. Character development will continue and relationships will struggle. New characters will be introduced and the darkness of Riverdale will remain. If you are looking for your typical teen drama, Riverdale is not for you but if you are looking for something with substance and intrigue you might want to give this show a shot.

Riverdale will return to The CW on Oct 11. Riverdale is available to stream on Netflix. Grab a milkshake, a burger and some fries and settle in to a night on the couch as you binge this teen drama with a twist.