Stephanie Watches Game of Thrones: 4×02 “The Lion and the Rose”

Well! This was quite the episode, wasn’t it? The fandom is afire with happiness and satisfaction–something not often seen in a show where fan favorites are killed off in terribly gruesome ways. Not this time! Spoilers ahoy!

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Stephanie Watches The Crazy Ones: 1×20 “Love Sucks”

Although the title of this episode is “Love Sucks,” it is surprisingly not about Sydney and Andrew. Ha. It’s actually about Simon and Gordon’s love lives.

Simon is crazy about a new woman, played by Pam Dawber aka Mindy from Mork & Mindy, while Gordon is in despair because his long-term boyfriend left him. They try to get to the root of the break up and determine that Gordon just isn’t spontaneous enough. So, Simon tries hard to help him, only to fall victim to his sad, loveless rut, ruining a date with his new girlfriend.

Eventually, while out at a gay karaoke bar with Gordon’s ex, Gordon makes a very public display of affection by singing Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball” and wooes his boyfriend back. Simon realizes that love isn’t hopeless and tries to win Mindy back. She tell him he “must be from outer space.” Hur hur. But ultimately, slams the door in his face.

Earlier in the episode, Sydney tripped over Gordon and sprained her ankle. She proceeds to be overly dramatic about the injury, to the point of using crutches. But no one will listen to her pleas for attention.

Andrew and Zach found a pair of keys in the elevator that belong to a very annoying person in their office, one who will latch on and never let go. Because Andrew decided to be nice and return the keys, he was stuck with her for a few days. But then they find a way to pass her off to Sydney, who finally has someone to talk to and will listen to her dramatics about her foot. It’s a win-win.

Only two more episodes. Both will air next Thursday, back-to-back! See you then!

Judging from her most recent tweet, Sarah is very excited!

Stephanie Watches The Crazy Ones: 1×19 “Danny Chase Hates Brad Paisley”

In order to win a new spicy BBQ sauce client, Zach and Simon promise that they can get Brad Paisley to do a jingle for them. Only problem is the jingle writer Danny Chase aka Josh Groban has a beef with Brad Paisley and doesn’t want to work with him. And his ego has inflated quite a large amount since his last visit to the show. Danny will only agree to write the jingle if Brad Paisley apologizes to him for embarrassing him several years ago.

They lie to Danny, saying they did get his apology, but once the recording session starts to happen, the two get into a fight. And the entire fight is recorded. Although they are without a jingle, they do have Brad Paisley shouting “Ow, Dawn!” They choose to incorporate that into their pitch to the BBQ sauce folks, having the bottle proclaim, “Ow, Damn!” every time it is opened. The BBQ sauce ladies love it and they’ve won a client!

While all this is going down, Sydney is very excited about her new assistant Allie. Everything about her seems perfect, except that she starts dating Andrew. She makes Andrew break up with her, leaving Allie completely devastated and unable to do her job. Lauren accuses Sydney of being jealous (duh!), but Sydney tries to blow off this accusation by making Andrew go out with her again because he “broke her assistant.” Of course, she wants him to make Allie hate him in the process.

This plan backfires and Andrew and Allie have a great second date, much to Sydney’s dismay. Lauren assures her, “Not to worry. We always want them a little more once they’re unavailable, right?”

I’m thinking Sydney’s assistant definitely won’t be lasting too much longer…

Only three episodes left, guys! And still no mention of renewal or cancellation from CBS. Hmmm. Tonight’s episode “Love Sucks” features a Mork & Mindy reunion, so that will be interesting to see!

Stephanie Goes to Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014

Nick and I went to Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con a.k.a. Firefly Line Con this past weekend. And we had a job to do. And that job was to meet Nathan Fillion.

Nick was Mal and I was Inara from Firefly. We were sad not to have more of our crew, but people still appreciated us. It helps that we continually wander by the Firefly autograph lines… Heh heh.

First! We met Summer Glau and got a photo with her. When we approached her, her eyes went wide and her mouth fell open. She jsut seemed so in awe of our costumes. She said, “You guys look great.” And then we took our cute picture and she just continued to look back and forth between us in awe. It was so cute.

And then we got in the autograph line for Nathan Fillion. I like to horn in on Nick’s celeb meeting since I’m the only other person who really does the celeb thing at cons. So, we were ridiculously giddy as we got closer and closer. And we could see him and hear his voice. Eeep!

He shook our hands! “I’m Nathan, and you are?” And told us we looked great in our outfits. Wooo! And then he proceeded to go into detail on how he does his hair. I may be remembering it a little incorrectly, but it was like, “You know what I do? I wash it. I comb it. I put on a hat. I let it dry. I comb it again. And I style it.” Perfect.

And then came time for the photo op right afterwards! When we first went in there, Nathan Fillion put his arms around my waist. *faints* And then we switched positions because Nick decided he needed to melt into a hug, which Nathan was all for. And I rested my head against his chest. It was so beautiful. *dreamy sigh*

On Sunday we got a photo with Adam Baldwin! He was wearing a RUSH shirt, which I appreciated, haha. And he was super nice. He shook our hands. And he even remembered Nick from meeting him at Dragon*Con last year! How cool! Anyway, he is very tall. And very nice!

The rest of Saturday and Sunday were spent with friends: Kevin, Dale, Karissa, Wendy, Jay, and Courtney. We did a lot of wandering. I spotted Matt Smith from Doctor Who, Eliza Dushku, and a zillion other celebs that were there. Much hilariousness was also had, as well as yummy food cooked by Kevin. And I got to have my Imo’s pizza/wings/toasted ravioli with my dad. AND I SAW CAPTAIN AMERICA 2. But…more on that in another post…

Here are some fun photos of the con! Including Kevin, Dale, Courtney, Wendy, and Jay!

(A wild Matt Smith appears!)

 

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Stephanie Watches Game of Thrones: 4×01 “Two Swords”

Game of Thrones season 4 premiered last night!!

And even though I was severely delayed to the overloaded HBO Go servers (grumble grumble), I at least got to watch it eventually!

This episode mostly consisted of lots of setup and a couple resolutions to some end of season 3 things.

I was confused as to why they were showing us Ned Stark getting iced (heh) again, but then I realized it was all to showcase Tywin reforging the sword for Jaime and Joffrey. Poor Jaime is having some issues being back at King’s Landing. Tywin doesn’t think he’s worthy of the Kingsguard with his missing hand and wants to ship him off to Casterly Rock, while Cersei is hurt that he seemingly abandoned her without warning.

At least Cersei went to the trouble of making him a new golden hand, but let’s be real, it was only because the stump grossed her out and reminded her of the time he was gone. We also see a relationship budding between Cersei and Qyburn, which will be quite important later on. So keep that in mind! Even with the stump covered, Cersei finds it hard to be with him. Jaime doesn’t understand. “I murdered people so I could come back to you!” (Ohhhh, Lannister logic.) And we all hop onto the merry-go-round of Jaime and Cersei hurting each other over and over again with their own self-destructiveness. Sigh.

While the Lannisters are my favorite screwy family, we finally got the introduction of my second favorite family in the ASOIF world: House Martell! Oberyn Martell, with his paramour Ellaria Sand, are in town in place of Doran Martell, who suffers from awful gout, so he cannot travel, to attend Joffrey’s wedding. And maybe sneak some revenge in. As you do.

Poor Sansa is still reeling from the Red Wedding, refusing to eat, spending all of her time alone in the Godswood, crying. And while in the Godswood one day, she comes across Ser Dontos, a drunken knight she saved from Joffrey’s torturous ways many moons ago. He offers her thanks and a curious necklace…

Tyrion tries to comfort Sansa to the best of his ability, which only seems to be angering Shae and making her more desperate to claim him as only hers. But they both may be in for a heap of trouble soon. One of Cersei’s little birds saw Shae leaving his room and reported it to her.

Brienne is trying to find her place in King’s Landing. She told Margaery the truth about what happened to Renly. She’s trying her hardest to convince Jaime to do the right thing and take Sansa away from there. But Sansa is a Lannister now, which makes everything more complicated. And Jaime argues that Catelyn Stark is dead, so how can he keep his word?

Jon Snow has returned to Castle Black. He is upfront with the higher-ups about all the oath breaking he did in order to infiltrate the wildlings. But he gave them useful information, so no execution for now! And Maester Aemon is sympathetic to his story.

Across the Narrow Sea, you may have noticed that Fabio Naharis has been recast. Thank goodness! While the new guy still doesn’t have the blue beard going on, from the moment he opened his mouth, I liked him a million times more. Also, the dragons!!! I couldn’t help “awwwwww”ing a whole lot with Drogon resting his head on Dany’s lap. The dragons are getting so big! And while that is a good thing….big dragons are hard to tame, as was evidenced by Drogon roaring at Dany when she tried to calm him down.

And finally, the episode ended with The Hound and Arya happening upon a bar, where a certain man who stole Needle happened to be eating and drinking. And, well, what happened next is pretty obvious. Arya has her Needle and one less name on her list.

This episode was a great setup, but felt a little disjointed and awkward at times. With so much going on, I think it’s hard to make smooth transitions between all the different characters and places, but it can be done. I felt the scene with Oberyn in the brothel was a little too lengthy. I think the same point could have been made if he, Ellaria, and a female and male prostitute were simply canoodling in bed together. Yes, canoodling. But HBO has its boob quota, I suppose.

Next week is a huge event in ASOIF world: The Purple Wedding! I can’t wait!

Stephanie Cosplays Black Widow from The Avengers

Black Widow – The Avengers

Conventions: C2E2 2012

Status: Getting a re-design

In honor of Captain America 2 releasing this week, I thought I should do a write-up of this costume. Two of my lovely friends were putting together Avengers costumes (Lady Loki and Captain America) and I was living with one of them at the time, so how could I resist ANOTHER bodysuit cosplay? Haha. (This is kind of a running joke. I either cosplay blondes or someone with a bodysuit or BOTH.)

I love Scarlett Johanssen and Black Widow is just an awesome character. She’s more than just the sexy chick in a bodysuit. She’s a super spy with epic ninja skills that just happens to help save the world sometimes.

Bodysuit: I bought a bodysuit on good ol’ eBay. Not much alteration was needed. All I did was sew some S.H.I.E.L.D. patches on the arms.

Belt: Missy sculpted the signature Black Widow belt piece for me. And we attached it to an old belt.

Gauntlets: While at Michael’s, we got the genius idea to use those mini kid markers to make the gauntlets. We took the marker part out, painted the markers black, drilled some holes into the sides, and linked them all together. Voila!

Wig: I really loved her hair in Iron Man 2 as opposed to the shorter style in Avengers, so I went that route insteasd. She also tends to have the longer hair in the comics, so I didn’t think it would be too painfully inaccurate.

Boots: Just used some old black knee-high boots I’ve used for a zillion other costumes.

Accessories: Thanks to my Resident Evil costumes, I have plenty of holsters for belts and legs, so I was all set for Black Widow’s weapon holsters.

On to the photos! By various people from cons…

Captain America: Nick; Lady Loki: Missy

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Stephanie Plays Bioshock Infinite: Burial at Sea Episode 2

Look, guys! I’m timely for once with a video game! But yes, I completed Burial at Sea Episode 2 and….wow, what can I say?

Having just completed Bioshock (because I am a lame-o who waits forever to play things), Burial at Sea was such a perfect way to tie both Bioshock and Infinite together in a raggedy, bloody, depressing bow. And it seems as though the circle will never be unbroken, as everything came together in such a complete one. Nope, I’m not crying. Just something in my eye…

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