MyFanmail April Box Review: ‘The gang’s all here’

Hooray! It’s fanmail box time! This month’s theme is ‘THE GANG’S ALL HERE’IMG_2627.JPG
I really like the box design, it’s cute.

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A scarf with what I am told is the pattern from charmed on it

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A Jyn Erso/Rebel Alliance beanie

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A pin and a set of playing cards from rejected princesses, a book about often overlooked women in history

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Harry Potter postcard

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Harley Quinn Nail art

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A Guardians of the galaxy themed bath bomb with some kind of charm inside, I cannot tell you what charm because I do not currently have a bath.

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The box also contained a bunch of free previews, including a book preview, promotions for a game company and the legend of korra comic preview.

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There is also the card that explains what everything is, this time it also doubles as a colouring page! I really like this little card mainly because I. LOVE. LISTS and this card not only tells you what’s in the box but also all of the upcoming geeky shows and movies you’ll want to put on your calendar.

Overall I’m pretty happy with this month’s box, although all of the items this month are kind of flat in shape which somehow makes it less exciting than last month’s box to me. Is that a weird critique? That’s probably a weird critique.

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Let’s over analyse the EW Twin Peaks photos!

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First Cover: Nadine, Ed and James Hurley. 
Okay it may just be for the cover but if their positioning is indicating anything then it seems that, yes Ed has spent yet another twenty years married to a women he doesn’t love. If their faces are any indication Nadine is pretty happy about this while Ed not so much. Poor Norma.
James is also back, presumably with tales of his bizarre sub plot. So I guess that whole leaving Twin Peaks thing was just him being dramatic for a couple of weeks in his teens. He’s also apparently still dressing in the exact same style of clothing as when he was a teenage. I would take more issue with this except even within the original show Ed and Norma were stuck in their respective situations because of essentially one bad weekend from when they were teenagers. Everyone in Twin Peaks is kind of stuck in the past.

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Laura is back! Or maybe one of her identical relatives, I really.. can’t tell…
Biggest question of this cover (no it’s not about doughnuts) why is Audrey Horne leaning on Agent Cooper?? Is this just another one of their suggestive publicity photos of old, or could this suggest the two will/or have finally gone there with their relationship? If so I’m not sure how I feel about this because will I love Audrey and Agent Cooper I’m also fairly certain Cooper is possessed. Therefore my reaction is pretty much, get away from him Audrey! Get FAR AWAY.
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Looks like Shelley and Norma are still stuck at the dinner after all these years. I hope Norma has moved past Ed if he is still married. Hopefully Shelley’s been living free of Leo, though it looks like she may still be with Bobby which I guess means she and Agent Cole never worked anything out. Really Shelley? You haven’t upgraded in 25 years?

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James as we’ve already seen is back. But whose the kid with him? Random Extra or perhaps his son? They do kind of look alike.

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Denise! David Duchovny’s fan favourite character returns. I think the most interesting thing here is Denise looks like one of the only characters who looks like she’s maybe moved on up in life. I mean she could also be being fired at the moment or something it’s kind of hard to tell, but it kind of looks like she’s in some kind of powerful position. It will also be interesting to see how the show handle’s Denise’s character given the improvement  in transgender representation over the years. 000251624hr.jpgAgent Cole is back as is Albert played by the now sadly departed Miguel Ferrer. Perhaps they’re investigating the disappearance of Cooper?

000251630hr.jpgAndy and Lucy are back and like everyone else still working the same jobs. They look worried – about something murder and or Cooper related? Or maybe their kid grew up to be a trouble maker? It would be 25 by now…

Twin Peaks Revival: Predictions and Hopes

Spoilers ahead for all of  Twin Peaks

Predictions

Cooper is BOB
Lets get that elephant out of the room. When we left Twin Peaks Agent Cooper was still possessed. Now the question is, has that status changed at all in the past twenty years? I’d guess not. My prediction is that Agent Cooper is not only  possessed but is now also the face of BOB . After all the little information we have about the series reports Cooper as missing. Sadly the original actor (Frank Silva) who played BOB with such brilliantly terrifying ability passed away back in 1990’s.

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However it is unlikely that Twin Peaks will let go of its primary villain. Perhaps we’ll discover that the face we associate BOB with was never even BOB’s original face at all. I can see a reasonable explanation being that he takes on the face of someone if he’s been possessing them for long enough. After inhibiting his body for over twenty five years BOB could have taken on Coop’s face, allowing Kyle MacLachlan to take  on the role.

If not Kyle Maclachlan then Ray Wise will be the face of BOB

The other obvious candidate for the face of BOB is Ray Wise. This would also make alot of sense given that he’s signed up for episodes despite Leland’s death in the series over twenty years ago.He’s not Frank Silva but Ray Wise is a pretty close second, his performance as Leland creeps me out more than his performance as the devil.
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The original Twin Peaks ended on a question I’m sure we’re still asking now:

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It’s not looking good for her, I mean Twenty-five years ago a murderous spirit really wanted to know how she’s doing and now Heather Graham has stated she wasn’t asked to return.

What if Agent Cooper has essentially been caught up in the same terrible circle of BOB’s evil as Leland was? What if like Leland he’s been forced to carry out murders for the last twenty five years? Does Agent Cooper have his own Laura Palmer? And if so was she able to escape the same fate as Laura. Maybe she got out of town before her father could kill her and became the female FBI agent investigating the town that the promos have mentioned?

Another one of Laura Palmer’s suspiciously similar looking relatives will turn up

Seems a good way to get her back into the show, or Laura aged in purgatory? If any show is going to handwave ageing in purgatory as normal its probably a David Lynch show.

 Lucy and Andy’s baby

Is it gonna be played by Michael Cera? It is isn’t it?
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It would make sense to of the silliest doofiest looking characters in the show would have a child played by the silliest doofiest looking actor around (I’m sorry Michael Cera’s face I’m really sorry!). Honestly the real twist would be that that baby was being played by Amanda Seyfried.

 Ed and Norma are still circling each other:

Honestly one my favourite background things about Twin Peaks, was the revelation that apparently the reason Ed and Norma are in their respective miserable positions is because of one particularly bad weekend in high school that resulted in Norma ending up with  Hank and Ed married to Nadine, who lost her eye. The fact that there was a whole previous generation of teens who had also been involved in ridiculous soap opera shenanigans that had effected their entire lives made the shows teens plot lines a lot easier to swallow. And  It makes the idea in this reboot that everyone would still be hanging around their high school town still living down the things that happened when they were teens a lot more palatable. That’s kind of just what happens in twin peaks apparently.

Hopes:

And, yes all of these hopes are extremely childish and random

Audrey Horne is alive and rules the world
Although things didn’t look to good for Audrey when we last left her, chained to a bank vault which then exploded, the recent book ‘secret history of twin peaks’ has confirmed she survived the blast.

I love Audrey Horne and I can only hope that she’s gone on to achieve what you’d expect from her character. Because recently revivals seem to think to have a compelling story you have to shove your character all the way back to the bottom (Ahem Gilmore Girls). I’d rather see Audrey Horne in a similar position to her Dad. Ruling the world and fighting to stay there, rather than say discovering that after 25 years Audrey still hasn’t gotten to the top.

My one hope for this is that Audrey’s actress loves her probably more than I do. I think Sherilyn Fenn summarised it best in an interview with the AV Club.

AVC: Did you ever imagine her as being Audrey Horne if she’d never left One Eyed Jack’s, or was that just the Twin Peaks fans who did that?

SF: Yeah, that’s just them. I’m like, “Are you kidding? Audrey would’ve taken over her father’s business and would’ve been married to Agent Cooper with many children, doing everything correct. She wouldn’t have a fucking brothel!” [Laughs.] Not at all.

Although it may be best to scratch that Agent Cooper part if he is BOB

Ed and Norma are married 

Just when we thought those crazy kids were finally free to correct the mistakes of their teen years and finally settle down together, Nadine’s sudden regain of her memory but another bump in their plans to settle down. Let’s hope they didn’t spend another twenty years circling each other. (Even though we all know they probably did).

Ben failed at everything

I hate Ben

 Phoebe Tonkin makes a cameo

Even if its just a five second cameo I would love for someone to acknowledge the eerie similarities between Madchen Amick and Phoebe Tonkin, if Shelly’s produced any kids in the last 25 years or gained any similarly looking nieces, Phoebe Tonkin is the actor for the part.

If Harry’s no longer around then, there’s only one guy who should be Sheriff…..

HAWK
Hawk, the greatest deputy ever. It came to my attention while watching Twin Peaks that while Sheriff Truman and Agent Cooper were constantly off playing silly buggers, you know investigating dreams and stuff, Hawk was the one constantly doing the actual police work, interviewing suspects, doing the paperwork. Come up with a hare brain plan to infiltrate one eyed jacks? Need a useful deus ex machina? Look no further it’s Hawk!

Buffy The Vampire Slayer turns 20!

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It’s officially 20 years since Buffy the Vampire slayer hit our screens, so today the internet breaks out in blog tributes to her. I figured I may as well throw my Buffy loving ring into the hat, as #Buffyslays20. (I actually really like this hashtag, unlike most attempts to combined something old with modern slang this one kind of works, I guess because it works on it’s own, I guess not many other shows can use ‘slay’ organically- the ‘I Slay’ shirts are a bit far though).

Oh Buffy, what to say about you? You’re my favourite show, and have been since I was about 14 and tried out a 2nd hand DVD we had lying around the house. Although I didn’t realise at the time, you probably set my standards pretty high for a female lead and what she could do. You also set the standard of TV for me – to this day my favourite style of show is the one that combines episodes with a season long story arc, building up to a (often tragic) show down with the big bad in the season finale.

When I see you advertised and talked about now a lot now people often describe your appeal as camp. While some of your effects and outfits AND references are hilariously outdated now, this does you a true disservice. You’re a funny show, yes you have some great lines and a ton of hilarious moments…….

“Personally, I don’t think it’s possible to come up with a crazier plan”
“We attack the mayor with hummus”
“I stand corrected”

….. but man did you have some gut wrenching moments.

Even your infamous singing episode while full of catchy songs, ends with a break up, abandonment by a father figure and the confession that you didn’t save your friend from hell you stole her from heaven and forced her to come back to a world where she has to work at a burger place just to pay her bills. BTVS your greatest strength was mixing comedy with tragedy.

Beneath the kick-assery of being the chosen one there lay a real tragedy of a teenage girl who had a duty that left her with a very short life span. Sometimes it understandably got too much. Buffy telling Giles she didn’t want to save the world because “I’m sixteen years old, I don’t wanna die” broke my heart. Angel turning evil with a taste for the sadistic. 17 year old Buffy running a sword through her true love’s heart. The entirety of ‘The Body’. Buffy’s sacrifice. The lose of Tara. The yellow crayon. Everyone Joss killed in the final.Dammit Buffy YOU MAKE ME FEEL ALL THE FEELINGS.

So Happy Birthday Buffy, even though it’s an established part of the show that your birthdays always end in disaster, this one feels to big to ignore.

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No weapons… no friends… no hope. Take all that away and what’s left?
Buffy: Me

My Chicago Itinerary: Seeing Hamilton as a socially awkward nerd

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I thought that I’d write my Itinerary for Hamilton, just in case some other socially awkward nerd happened to be travelling sole and was frantically searching the internet for advice.

Because I was travelling sole I booked the Club Quarters Hotel, which also shares a building with the Central Loop Hotel, so you can book either one really.  The hotel isn’t to expensive – for a hotel. You can get a room for under a hundred dollars – my room was just under 90 dollars. The hotel itself is only a couple of blocks away from the PrivateBank Theater and it’s in a pretty public area so you don’t have to afraid to walk to and from the theater by yourself at night.

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The route from the Club Quarters Hotel, to the Theater

If you end up getting there too early, there’s a Starbuck’s just down the road that has charging ports for your phone.

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You can google where all the traditional tourists sites are in relation to your hotel so I’m just going to throw out a couple of things. A) The theater is close to Chicago’s version of Magnolia Bakery, yes I did buy myself cupcakes and ate them on my double bed in my hotel roomMagnolia Bakery.png

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The banana pudding really is that good, and this is from someone who hates bananas.

Also it’s right near the Disneystore!

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They had a sale on star wars figures when I was there and I definitely did not spend way too much on figures …..
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Hamilton Chicago: Some Observations

This is basically just a summery of some the thoughts I had/remember from watching Hamilton Chicago. Some of these are pretty common knowledge on tumblr but I decided to include them anyway in case people haven’t seen them.

Here we go:

  • The first ALEXANDER HAMILTON was met with applause so long and loud they had to pause the song
  • Peggy’s first “and Peggy” is more of a sigh of exasperation – she does not want to be in town
  • Burr is the mom friend who is constantly SO DONE WITH THIS GUY – in Farmer Refuted, Laurens has to distract Burr so Hamilton can run off and get into an argument with the farmer – and by argument I mean he climbs on the guy’s podium
  • – And Burr pulls him down
  • George Washington enters the play with the expression and tone of WE.ARE. SO.FFFUUCCKKKEEDDD.
  •  By the end of Satisfied Angelica is full on sob singing. She’s barely keeping it together at the end of the song

  • When Alexander kisses angelica’s hand all the frozen dancers move a fraction like the whole room is swooning – it was one of my favourite moments in the whole play

  • This Angelica seems more I don’t know what the word is -scrappy? than I imagined her. This Angelica seems to have alot more of a hunger like Hamilton

  •  Hamilton’s lawyer table dance is super different here –  from the gifs on tumblr, so I guess each actor personalises it

  • The two beats at the end of Nonstop are Hamilton pulling his hands from the hands of  Angelica and Eliza

  • Unlike the other songs, that have to slow themselves down for audience applause, Jefferson actively encourages your applause when he first appears
  • Honestly even though its kind of obvious in retrospect Madison comes across wwwaayy more of a henchmen than I realised
  • You the audience, are the cabinet in the cabinet battle
  • Jefferson is so confused when Burr turns up in the middle of it ‘Washington on your side‘, he gives the audience a great  ‘WTF is happening’ look
  • Eliza’s encouraging hand waves to Philip during ‘Take a break‘ are so adorable – Eliza is a great mom
  • George Washington really does look ashamed when Eliza gives her line about fighting against slavery

  • I don’t know about New York but in Chicago’s production one Eliza’s line is notably different to the cast recording.  Instead of “Will they tell your story” she says ‘Will they tell OUR story’.
  • At the end of the play Hamilton takes Eliza’s hand and brings her to the front of the stage. The play breaks the forth wall as  Eliza gasps and smiles with happiness as she sees the audience watching Hamilton’s story

Watching Hamilton as a fan is gives you kind of weird feeling. It’s kind of like watching a really good book adaption of something you love but like in reverse. It has that experience of watching to see how they interpret the material ‘OH that’s how they did that’ or ‘OH that’s how that line is supposed to be said’ but unlike a book adaptation you’re seeing how they tell this story for the first time.

If you’re a fan of Hamilton you’re experience will probably go something like this:

After the 1st act: I SMILED THE WHOLE WAY THROUGH THIS IS AMAZING Yeah! I’m so f$@king pumped!

After the 2nd act: Nobody talk to me. I’m EMOTIONALLY RAW.

MyFanmail: February Box Review

I love subscription boxes, and I’m glad I can finally pretend that I brought one for totally responsible reasons of for a review instead of just I WANT IT.

The box is from MyFanmail a self described “mystery box for lady geeks”, that’s run by two geeky ladies. A one month subscription (for shirt sizes small – XL) is $21.99 before postage. Be warned all the postage options are pretty fast options so postage will add probably at least a fiver to your total.

This month’s theme was FAMILIARS AND COMPANIONS.

Even the outside of the box is pretty, despite the scuffs it received in the mail. I also love the logo!
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So what’s inside?

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As always there’s an original design shirt. This one features a cross over between Avatar’s Appa and Totoro’s Catbus!
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Plush Eevee.
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A sticker with a quote from Doctor Who‘s Donna Noble
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An exclusive necklace that is apparently from Sailor Moon
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An exclusive BB8  Pillowcase
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Pillowcase before and after pillow

An adorable Niffler themed pouch
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Finally there was also a “Get Shit Done” notebook and a quote bookmark that’s from a team up with Bookstr. I don’t know if the quotes vary from box to box, but I liked mine  because it’s from Christopher Paolini, as I love Eragon.
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Each box also includes a notecard explaining each item, as well as a list of all the geeky things coming up in the next couple of months. I have to say as someone who loves lists I rreeaaallyyy like this feature.
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So is the box worth your money? I don’t know, I’m not one of those blogs that does price estimates (sorry).  It is however a fun mix of geeky stuff that’s definitely fun to open! It also helps soften the financial blow, if your someone who gets hooked easily, (ahem definitely not me) that it’s a bimonthly box.

(I’d also recommend checking out the sites social media pages before buying a box, as they often put up hints of what franchises are included in each box – so you can make sure the items will be relevant to your interests)