So far this summer has been spent reading (my to be reviewed pile is beyond ridiculous. Probably why I continue to procrastinate. I’ll write some reviews…tomorrow. Try to chip away at that list that has me hiding. Seriously, it’s like some ever-growing monster that is stalking me!), hanging on a noodle in the lake with a cold beer in my hand (now *that* is summer!), and watching TV (rainy days only. It’s too pretty to be inside otherwise!).
There’s some seriously great stuff out there in TV land. Granted, it’s not at all balanced by the amount of utter crap and drek but at least there’s some! And some of it, you may not have heard of. Allow me to share my very (un)scientific findings with you:
1) LOST GIRL (SyFy, comes back in 2014)
Originally a Canadian show (yay, Canada!), Lost Girl traveled to the US, the UK and Australia via the SyFy channel a couple of years ago. Bo, our main character, is a succubus who doesn’t know what she is or much about her past until she stumbles into the wrong town and drains a random guy, leaving him dead and smiling. At that point, Dyson (hot wolf shifter — I adore the tattoo down the spine of his back — and cop) and his partner, Hale come on the scene, tracking her down to prevent her from feeding illegally again. Bo also picks up Kenzie, a sarcastic and street-smart human, who becomes her best friend. Fun, and filled with plenty of heat (ooh! some of those scenes *fans self*), Lost Girl has super-hot Fae of all kinds, humor, and lots of action. You can NetFlix this one and catch up with the first two seasons. It’s super-addictive!
2) LONGMIRE (A&E, Mondays @ 10pm)
And you thought I only watched fantasy/scifi/urban fantasy-type shows! Nope. I love a good mystery, too, and Longmire hits the spot. The story follows Walt Longmire, a grizzly and weathered Wyoming sheriff who’s just trying to do right by those in his county while getting over the murder of his wife. He’s also up for reelection and his brash (but hot), young deputy is running against him. So well-written and interesting (did you know there’s a population of French folks who immigrated and settled out there? I did not know that!). Plus, Katee Sackhoff is on it as one of the deputies — you know, Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica? — and she’s fantastic! You can NetFlix the first season of this show and watch the second season now.
3) ORPHAN BLACK (BBC America, back in the Fall)
This was a brand new series in the BBC America Spring lineup and, damn, it was good. Sarah’s just living her life (pretty badly, I might add) until she sees a woman who looks exactly like her jump in front of a train. Being a thief and a con artist, she snatches the woman’s wallet and takes over her life. Granted, it’s not quite as simple as all that because, it turns out, Sarah’s just one of many clones. Yep. You heard that right. And someone’s trying to kill them all. My favorite clone is the uptight housewife, Allison. That scene where she tortures her husband with a hot glue gun will stick in my memory for quite a long while! Anyway, there are so many twists and turns to this one it’s amazing. The actress, Tatiana Manslany, slides effortlessly from one character to the next, becoming cop-mother-con-scientist-psychotic and more as easily as we breathe (or so it seems). Fantastic. It’s not on Netflix, but it’s definitely worth your while to track down this first amazing season. I can only hope they don’t get too tangled up and lose the magic of this first season (as so often happens with this type of show).
So, any shows that I might not have heard of but should add to my queue this summer?