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‘Girls’ in the Friendzone

When I was in high school, all my girlfriends and I would have DVD marathons of Sex and the City. We thought it was the most “relatable” show on TV as we struggled with boyfriends and the garden variety of school issues. We’d see ourselves in the various characters. I was unofficially dubbed Carrie because we were both writers. But I preferred being  Miranda for her sharp tongue and wit.

By the end of the Sex and the City, I really hated Carried. I thought she made some horrible life decisions. It really angered me that this was supposed to be the mirror that reflected our own lives. When in truth it did quite the opposite.

We were teenagers in the Bay Area. Some of us had jobs. Some of us were artists. We didn’t buy expensive shoes. Our social gatherings never rotated around brunch.

The closest thing we had to that was Lovejoy’s teahouse on Church street in San Francisco.

By the time GIRLS came around in 2012, I was intrigued. I was drawn in under the assumption that this was a “realistic” version of what I had missed in Sex and the City. My hopes were that GIRLS was delivering a version of life turned to art that I had only seen in shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

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Tea & Review: Attack on Titan: Season Two – Beast Titan + I’m Home

Attack on Titan‘s Season 2, Episode 1: Beast Titan throws us back into the hell behind and in front of the wall.

It has been four years since the Attack on Titan anime debuted in America and fans have been hungry for development since we last left Mikasa, Eren, and Armin.

Eren is still healing from his epic, Titan throwdown with Annie. But just because our main characters aren’t the focus of the season opener it doesn’t mean there isn’t anything happening.

Following the battle, it is discovered that there is a Titan built inside one of the protecting walls. We saw this at the tail end of the first season but seeing it again is still kind of freaky. Like, how long has the Titan been in there? How exactly do you build a wall without seeing a giant Titan? It seems unlikely. It also opens up the door of possibilities that the Titans have a deeper, more insidious relationship with the humans.

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Tea & Review: Legion – Chapter 8

The season finale of Legion is a bittersweet experience. Lucky for us, though, we will definitely be getting a season 2.

FX’s Legion Season 1, Episode 8: Chapter 8 brings an end to the first installment of David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) journey.

Artistically, Chapter 8 is an homage to the visual style representing David’s mental state for the full season. It is the moment that David is the most himself and less connected to the Shadow King.

This episode didn’t have the fancy sequences of earlier episodes. This is because David is no longer in the jittery mental state. He is now has a decent grasp of reality. The creative shift will probably continue into season 2. Fans who may not have been impressed with the season finale, because of lack of artistic craziness, may a hard time adapting to the new mental status of David.

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Tea & Review: Logan

The only unfortunate thing about the film Logan it is the last movie showcasing Hugh Jackman as everyone’s favorite mutant.

Overall, Logan is a big departure from what’s been expected of Marvel’s X-Men franchise.

Apocalypse was a bad movie. Sure, you could try to look for good moments (i.e. Michael Fassbender) but you’ll be hard-pressed to find a lot.

The movie Deadpool really opened up a lot for Logan. For a long time now superheroes have been good and shiny the way superheroes are “meant to be”.

But when Deadpool dropped Hollywood took a breath and stepped back. It was almost like they forgot what made certain superheroes so popular. Deadpool, for one, isn’t exactly a character that holds up the shiny, gloss like template like the many movies before.

With that in mind, the idea of a gritty, broken down superhero seemed like an obvious choice. Enter old man Logan.

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Tea & Review: Legion – Chapter 7

FX‘s Legion: Season 1, Episode 7, Chapter 7 spells it out for the audience on a drawing board, in the most literal way possible.

The past six chapters have been an abstract, creative buildup. Chapter 7, however, gives a literal breakdown of details of events that have transpired from before David Haller’s (Dan Stevens) birth.

Surprisingly, Oliver Bird (Jermaine Clement) is the one to figure it out. Oliver doesn’t have the best grasp of reality. But I suppose it takes one to know one in this universe.

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Tea & Review: Legion – Chapter 6

This story originally appeared on www.Film-Book.com

FX’s Legion: Season 1, Episode 6, Chapter 6 starts at the beginning of where it all began, with one small exception: it is definitely not real.

At the end of Chapter 5, we found our characters trapped in a memory. A re-creation of David Haller (Dan Stevens) and Syd Barret’s (Rachel Keller) time in the mental hospital. Unfortunately, no one seems to possess a memory of what happened prior.

This definitely has something to do with what Carry said previously. He suspected the being riding around inside David is also able to manipulate his memories. The creature is probably also able to change the memories of everyone else. At this point, everyone seems synced up together. Continue reading Tea & Review: Legion – Chapter 6

Tea & Review: Legion – Chapter 5

The review originally appeared on Film-Book.com

FX‘s Legion: Season 1, Episode 5, Chapter 5 once again proves that we know even less about David Haller (Dan Stevens) than we thought we did.

Ladies, if a man ever creepily whispers that he’s the magic man and that he’s found a way for you to be together: run, run screaming into the night.

Unfortunately for Syd Barret (Rachel Keller), it isn’t that surprisingly how someone so closed off for so long would ultimately be so accepting of this abrupt change in behavior.

Love is blind, just as sex is addicting. For Syd, the idea of sexual interaction blinds her to how oddly calm and collected David is. For the past four episodes, David has been an unstable wreck, held together with tape. It is a little hard to believe Syd would be fine with the “new David”. But you have to take into consideration this is the first time Syd has had a prolonged sexual experience. A sexual experience that didn’t result in her swapping bodies. Syd is finally able to experience physical joy without consequences. Like many that have come before her, that’s more than enough to make her look the other way on other things.

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Liberating The Astronauts Book Release

For some time now, Tea & Fiction have been releasing abridged portions of the poems from the collection of poetry by Christina Rau.

We are very excited to announce that the collection has finally been released and ready for your consumption!

In case you forgot! Here are a few of the excerpts that we posted not too long ago.

Astro-bite: Microsampling Mission

Astro-bite: The Remains Of The

Astro-bite: Neutron Dance

Astro-bite: Sounds of Privacy 

You have the option of purchasing a digital or physical copy here.

Tea & Review: Fiasco Theater Presents – Into the Woods

Into the Woods is what I would consider my first introduction into broadway musicals.

I’m a big fan of fairy tales. The fusion of old school fairy tales tangled together under a series of darker themes was intriguing to me as I rewound it again on again on my grandparents VCR.

Much like when Hollywood remakes things a certain magic is absent in the finished product.

Sometimes the most magic lives in the simple.

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