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[media] 31 Days of Halloween: #16 Goosebumps 1×02 It Came from Beneath the Kitchen Sink

Two big family events interrupted my 31 Days of Halloween schedule, so I will just pick up today and do however many I can before the end of the month. Appropriately enough, Brother and I were talking about old Goosebumps episodes (and the new movie) earlier today, right before he got married, because that’s the kind of pre-marriage talk we have in our family.

(Also, at the post-courthouse meal, one of the servers asked his new daughter whether he was lucky or her mom was lucky, and Niece chirped up that they were both lucky, because she is terribly adorable and smart. She got a free cookie to celebrate.)

Anyway, on to the episode.

cover of Goosebumps book, showing the cabinet under the sink with glowing yellow eyes

Goosebumps season 1, episode 2 “It Came from Beneath the Kitchen Sink”
Synopsis: There’s something creepy lurking beneath the kitchen sink. It may look and feel like a regular sponge, but it is no ordinary sponge — it’s alive!

I vaguely remember the book, but have no idea how it turns out. My guess: the kids vanquish the sponge, maybe with some sort of twist, but that’s just my Goosebumps expectations, not actually memory.

Family’s moving into a new house. That never, ever goes well. They have an adorable dog named Killer, and live close enough to their old neighborhood that their friends can come visit in less than 10 minutes on a bike.

Kitty, our narrator, is the only one not happy moving into the new house. Immediately, Killer runs into the kitchen and starts barking at the cabinets under the sink. Kitty puts him into the backyard, and then goes to look and see what’s under the sink. (A lot of crap, that’s what! Whoever owned this before didn’t clean anything out of this damn house. There are even spices and a flashlight in the kitchen.) While Killer wines and barks at the back door, Kitty climbs under the sink, thinking there’s a kitty under there. There’s not. Instead, there’s a sponge with glowing red eyes and big fangs.

Of course, by the time her family runs into the room, the sponge looks normal, even though Killer is freaking out and Kitty is adamant that it was alive. No one believes her, of course, and Killer manages to break some china when he lunges at it.

Kitty’s parents toss the sponge with the broken china. I doubt it will stay in the trash for long.

Sure enough, the next scene has the sponge slowly pushing open the bathroom door. Kitty is washing her face, and when she reaches for her towel, her eyes closed, she touches the sponge instead. In her fear, she knocks over a glass, and immediately after, her brother walks across it, cutting his foot. Of course, Kitty’s mother doesn’t believe her yet again.

Killer sleeps on Kitty’s bed, panting hard, until he starts yipping and whining at some scraping sound. It is the sponge, under the bed, which growls and slurps, and I am going to be really pissed if it just ate Killer.

… Killer is missing the next morning. No, seriously, DID THE DOG JUST FREAKING DIE? NOT OKAY.

Kitty says bad things are happening, and they are getting worse, which, okay, I’ll give her that, I guess, except they’ve all happened in one night, and she just recaps what we’ve spent less than 15 minutes watching. POINTLESS RECAP. As she wonders what will go wrong next, she realizes her bike’s brakes have gone out, and she has an accident.

You’re telling me a sponge sabotaged a bike?

Kitty keeps talking about the sponge as if they’ve had it for years.

It appears under her bike helmet, and this time her brother and his friend see it too. She picks it up with the fireplace tongues and puts it in a convenient hole outside, then buries it while it snarls at them. I’m sure that took care of everything.

Kitty sits outside, sadly squeezing a squeaky toy, waiting for Killer to come home. She believes everything will be all right from now on. Oh, you fresh faced optimist, you.

As soon as she and her dad go inside, the ground starts rumbling, the music goes “scary” and the next morning, all the grass and plants in the backyard are dying. They quickly dig up the sponge, and decide they need an expert, so Kitty is going to take it to her science teacher at school.

Of course, it doesn’t do anything weird at first when the teacher examines it. Even when it isn’t showing eyes and fangs, it doesn’t look like a regular kitchen sponge. These adults are ridiculous.

Kitty leaves it with Miss V to dissect or something. Even though Kitty warns her to put it back in its cage after she’s done, Miss V doesn’t, and things start breaking in the lab.

According to an encyclopedia of the weird, the sponge is a grool, “a mythical creature believed to be a living bad-luck charm” that then feeds on the bad luck it causes, and as it feeds, it gets stronger. Of course, the book says nothing about how to stop it. (The book also talks about vampire potatoes. Delightful.)

Apparently, if the owner gives the grool away, the owner dies. Well, that’s just great.

Kitty, her brother, and his friend go rushing back to school to get the sponge. There’s a janitor singing his way about his work, and a weird little slimy trail. I’m guessing SPONGE TRAIL, but okay. They don’t find the sponge in the science room, so they start searching for it.

The sponge is hiding in the janitor’s cart, and the slime trail is its path.

Even though the kids went into the science lab behind the janitor, he then goes into it and they have to hide while he wipes things down. The sponge he’s using doesn’t work the way he expects, and then the lights go out. He goes to the fuse box in the corner to fix the lights, and that’s mighty convenient a location for it. He hits his head and knocks himself out.

Instead of running, the kids check on him, and then when they hear the sponge, Kitty leaves the boy with the unconscious janitor and goes searching for the sponge. She finds a shaky stool under some acid, and falls off the stool, bringing down the hole cabinet when the sponge lunges at her. The fallen cabinet blocks the door, and all sorts of things (acid and other things) are spreading across the floor.

As they try to move the janitor, they can hear his music, and it starts to make the sponge shrink. They use the happy music to make the sponge shrink more, but then the tape player breaks (tape player). They start to tell the sponge sweet, nice things to make it shrink until they can get it in the cage; it works for awhile, but then the chemicals are mixed and make the sponge grow again.

The janitor wakes up and sprays things with the fire extinguisher, which I’m not sure would actually work for that mix of chemicals, but okay, let’s go with it. The sponge shrinks, and Kitty puts it back in its cage.

Since it is now Kitty’s problem forever, she makes a nice home for it, talks sweetly to it, and plays cheerful pop music for it all day.

Killer turns up, too, and I am thrilled. Yay, no dead dog.

Except, so usefully, Killer brought back the vampire potato, because of course he did. What a helpful puppy. Kitty and Killer could go be a monster hunting team.

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[media] 31 Days of Halloween: (Belated) #3 Goosebumps 1×01 The Girl Who Cried Monster

Decided to try some shorter things to catch up, since this is a busy week. R.L. Stine is one of those authors I read a lot growing up, mostly his books for teens, but I never really watched the Goosebumps show. Time to remedy that!

Monster from the show, with sharp teeth and bulging eyes.

Goosebumps season 1, episode 1 “The Girl Who Cried Monster”

Synopsis: Lucy loves telling monster stories, but her family and friends are tired of her wild tales.
Oh, man, the glorious cheesy effects just in the title intro is wonderful, though mostly it makes me want to go watch Are You Afraid of the Dark again.

Lucy loves to scare her little brother, Randy, with monster stories until he begs her to stop. Aww, Lucy, you’re just doing what big sisters do. First monster we learn about: the razor-teethed toe biter, which can camouflage itself as anything.

The library in this town was designed to look like a creepy old castle. I’m sure that’s useful for monster stories. And it has black cats falling out of the sky. No wonder you hang out here so often, Lucy. It’s pretty much made for you.

She goes back to get her “blades” which she conveniently forgot, even though we never actually saw her with them, and sees the librarian with spiders. This scene is creepy enough I had to look away (arachnophobia), but based on the language, I’m pretty sure he eats one. Don’t mind me throwing up in the corner. Oh, wait, maybe just he and the spiders eat crickets. Never mind, crickets are fine to eat.

Oh, yes, I managed to look back, and he turned into a monstrous creature and ate crickets.

Lucy flees, the sounds of his evil monster laughter chasing her. She immediately runs home to tell her parents there was a monster at the library. Her parents don’t believe her, of course. Her dad talks about the monster talk being a phase she’s going through, and Lucy tells him life is a phase she’s going through, which is pretty adorable.

She decides to go back to the library to take pictures of the monster librarian because no one believes her. First they have a conversation about the Frankenstein monster being the most sympathetic character in the book (which is a true statement), and how it’s possible everyone has a little bit of monster in them. Is this the story where Lucy and her parents are also monsters, she just doesn’t know it yet?
Lucy creepily lurks in the stacks after pretending to leave, waiting to get a picture of the monster librarian. I’m just hoping there will be no more spiders, but I’m pretty sure – yup, they’re back again. He transforms into his monster face and picks up a spider; I had to look away, but this time I’m pretty sure he’s eating them.

Lucy takes a picture, but leaves the flash on, because she’s suddenly an idiot. She runs away throughout the library, ending up in a closed off aisle, and he ambles after her, until he finally traps her. She escapes by crawling through his legs as he laughs at her.

She talks to her best friend Aaron after she makes it home, and he reminds her that her library card has her address on it, and therefore monster librarian knows where she lives and she should leave. She tries to go, but sure enough, librarian is on her porch. He’s brought her the backpack she dropped at the library. Lucy slips and tells him her parents aren’t home, then says they’ll be home in a minute, and then says they’re in the bathroom and her dad is cleaning his gun. Lucy, you are ridiculous.

Finally, the librarian leaves her backpack on the porch and she closes the door, hiding inside until her parents come home. She tries to get them to take her to get her film developed, and though they tease her about monsters, they end up taking her. Of course, she runs into the monster librarian with her freshly developed pictures, and her parents invite him over for dinner.

Lucy tries to claim he’s a monster because he didn’t actually show up in the pictures she took of him, but her mother shuts that argument down. (“I don’t care if he’s a drooling werewolf, he’s coming to dinner.” I love you, Lucy’s mother!)

They serve meatballs as appetizers on what looks like a cake stand. Monster librarian creepily takes one and then asks what’s for dinner. Lucy’s parents smile and tell him it was going to be a surprise, but since he asked, he is. I knew it! They show off their fangs (snake-like fangs), and turn into lizard-like people. After they eat him, they remind Lucy and her brother that they can never tell anyone they are monsters and they can never allow other monsters to live in the town.

The kids will get their training fangs soon, and they’ll be able to transform too.

Adorable cheesy horror is both ridiculous and delightful.

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[media] Media Monday: I don’t believe in printers. I don’t.

Books

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Just started AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld. I reread his Uglies trilogy + sequel earlier this year, and I hope I enjoy AFTERWORLDS just as much. Finished and reviewed UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler: 4.5 stars.

Movies

Sarah’s been telling me to watch Unfriended for awhile now, because, in her words, it’s just like a Point Horror, only better. Sarah and I LOVE (and LOVE to HATE) Point Horror, so this was enough for me, but her hubby also watched it and really liked it, which is unusual for horror movies. That convinced J to watch it with me.

Verdict: Sarah was right, it was very much a Point Horror on screen with social networking and technology. I found it ridiculous and cheesy and predictable, and a lot of fun. J hated it. A lot. Cheesy teen horror + technology is far more my style than his.

That being said, I do not believe so many of those teens had working printers set up. DO NOT BELIEVE. No one prints things anymore.

Television

I’m in the middle of yet another Criminal Minds rewatch, because I can have it on while I do other things, and I’ve had a hard time focusing on new television lately. Still need to get back to Pretty Little Liars.

Music

Nothing stands out, musically, this week, except listening to the high school drumline practice. Marching band season is coming.

Gaming

Update from the Media Monday: FAIR WOLVES FOR EVERYONE post: a werewolf mother and a fairy father will have one werewolf kid and one fairy kid, at least in the Sims 3 game I’m currently playing. So not quite a hybrid, but not a plain human baby, either. Werewolf toddler just started scratching at the furniture one day. Fairy baby was born with sparkly black wings.

Also, fairy baby is EVIL, so clearly she will be the heir in this legacy. EVIL FAIRY. (Redundant.)

Otherwise, nothing new.

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[media] Media Monday: FAIR WOLVES FOR EVERYONE

Books

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Still reading WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley and TOUCHED by Michelle Sagara, but didn’t have access to them for a bit, so read FEARSCAPE by Simon Holt (The Devouring #3) and TOP SECRET TWENTY-ONE by Janet Evanovich. I also finished FRENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Nora Olsen, and reviewed it: 2.5/5 stars, mostly due to unbelievable dialog and plot.

An awesome Tumblr post convinced me to order AFTERWORLDS by Scott Westerfeld, and I can’t wait for my copy to arrive.

Finally, devoured UNDER THE LIGHTS by Dahlia Adler in just a few hours (in the middle of the night). Review to come later this week, but, spoiler, I LOVED IT SO MUCH. Vanessa is a new character of my heart. So much love for her and her story.

Movies

J hates superhero movies, but loves James Spader, and finally admitted he wanted to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron. It was my second time watching it, because I love superhero movies. I disliked it even more than the first time, but have some thoughts about what makes a monster and why Natasha calling herself a monster pissed me off so much. (It has to do with the act of creation making you a monster versus the inability to create, basically. I’m working through these thoughts.)

Television

J’s been watching a lot of House, so that’s been on in the background while I read, but otherwise, I’ve not see too much lately. Lost my momentum on Pretty Little Liars over the Fourth and haven’t picked it back up again.

Music

Not really listening to music over the past week. Did spend some time on podcasts, though, particularly Stuff You Missed In History Class and Ask Me Another.

Mostly, though, listening to drumline music. Minion (my oldest nephew) started marching band camp this week, and so there’s been drumming, drumming everywhere. I love it.

Gaming

Started a new Sims 3 game in which my werewolf character fell in love with a fairy NPC, and this exchange happened.

Carla: So if a fairy and a werewolf have a baby, what does the baby come out as?
Sarah: A Fair Wolf!!!!! :D:D:D:D:D
Sarah: (Or if sims: a regular human?)
Carla: … I WANT A FAIR WOLF.

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[media] Media Monday: BUT WHAT IF ZOMBIE BEARS

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Books

Still reading WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley and TOUCHED by Michelle Sagara, but someone on Twitter was talking about FRENEMY OF THE PEOPLE by Nora Olsen, and something about the conversation struck me hard, so I grabbed it and bumped it to the top of my reading list. Review later this week.

Movies

Finally watched Hotel Transylvania, and though I was not a fan of the use of the dead mother trope, and I found the romantic lead incredibly annoying, it was a super cute movie that left me laughing and smiling and, for a tiny bit, tearing up. Absolutely adorable, loved the father-daughter relationship, and I hope the sequel is just as sweet.

Television

Pretty Little Liars: Finally caught up to the current season, season six, and man. It is something. The end of season five and the beginning of season six had some torture porn esque elements I hated, in part because it really felt, for the first time, that the girls’ agency was completely removed, and that sucked hard, because one of the things I’ve enjoyed most is that no matter what happens, no matter the bad choices they make, the PLLs get to make choices and see them through. Still love the characters SO HARD.

Z Nation: J and I started this awhile back, and about halfway through got distracted and quit watching. When we realized it, we marathoned the last few episodes, and good lord, this show is ridiculous and cheesy and delightful. Zombienado. Zombie tsunami. Zombie bear. Zombies on drugs. It’s basically one big BUT WHAT IF ZOMBIE {THIS}, and it is a lot of fun.

Music

My mental health has not been great, and I’ve been listening to this song on repeat: “Lost in Darkness” by Escape the Fate.

Games

Nothing new on my gaming, but I just learned about the UpUpDownDown YouTube channel hosted by Austin Creed (aka WWE superstar Xavier Woods), and I am utterly charmed. My geeky little heart grew three sizes watching Creed and WWE superstar Seth Rollins play Turtles in Time (one of my fave classic games) and talk. As I said to Sarah, NERRRRRRRRDS. ADORABLE NERRRRRDS.

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[media] Media Monday: Getting the Band Back Together

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Books

Still reading WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley and just started TOUCHED by Michelle Sagara, which is the sequel to SILENCE, which I loved. (Review here.)

Movies

Had a mini-reunion with some of my law school bffs over the Fourth, and we went to see Magic Mike XXL. I haven’t watched the first one, but XXL is ridiculous amounts of fun. Watching it brought more joy than any other movie I’ve watched this year, despite my love of the Marvel cinematic universe and Jurassic Park series. Surprised the hell out of me that it was one of the most body positive movies I’ve seen lately, too.

Television

Pretty Little Liars: I’m racing through season five. Each time I sit down, I plan to watch one episode during lunch, and then I end up watching two or three in a row. I don’t even care where this story is going (well, more or less), I love the ride. The second half of the season has me filled with chosen family feelings. I love how those girls love each other and the people important to them. (Except for Ezra. Ezra can disappear any time.)

Music

The road trip home from Chicago was basically All Covers All the Time because I found out J had never heard any of the “Radioactive” covers, so I played them, and then of course my second favorite song to be covered, “Bad Moon Rising.” (My favorite is “Carol of the Bells” but I didn’t have any on my device.)

Radioactive: Imagine Dragons, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling cover, and the Dirty Tees mix.

Bad Moon Rising: Mourning Ritual and Thea Gilmore.

Games

No time to play because of Chicago road trip + reunion, but we finally got the band back together for some Rock Band, so that was pretty epic.

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[media] Media Monday: Sleep all day, party all night…

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Books

Still reading SILENCE by Michelle Sagara and WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley, but set them both aside to read THE CROSSROADS OF SHOULD AND MUST by Elle Luna, which law school BFF brought down. It is a beautiful book; the layout and design is well done, and the artwork really nice. I’m not sure how helpful it is otherwise, and a lot of it was a little too touchy feely for me, but it was an interesting read.

Movies

The Lost Boys: The June 27 #80slivetweet movie was TLB, which has been one of my favorite movies (and, until Lilo & Stitch came out, my absolute favorite) since I first saw in the late 90s. I had a blast watching and tweeting along with everyone, and loved the movie as much as ever. Plus the people who participate in the hashtag always have such smart, hilarious, and fun things to say. #80slivetweet is hosted by BlackGirlNerds, and is a fantastic experience every time.

Television

The Flash: I finally finished the last two episodes of the season. I love this show SO MUCH. It’s been one of my favorites this season, in large part because the characters are so wonderful. I am not a fan of how long they kept Iris in the dark, but other than that, I love it. I love it a lot.

And how much do I love Captain Cold and Golden Glider? Rogue siblings that snark at each other hard core. Delightful.

That ending, though. WTF? Cliffhanger what?

Pretty Little Liars: Somewhere around the end of season four/beginning of season five, I just stopped watching. And I did this twice, because I started a rewatch in early 2014 that ended the same way. I’m trying yet again, because I love this show and these characters. I’ve made it up to mid season four. I’m trying to push through so I can watch season six in a timely manner. Still hate the Aria and Ezra relationship, love the girls, love all the mothers and Emily’s father, and love Emily’s girlfriends and Caleb and sometimes Toby.

I’m finally into episodes I haven’t yet seen (starting after the Halloween episode that spun off the Ravenswood short-lived show). I am so glad that my hate on for Ezra has been (at least temporarily) validated. I’ve always found him creepy, and now he’s just acting creepier and creepier every time he’s on the screen. Even after (some) more truth came out about him, he’s still creepy as hell.

I’m currently a few episodes into season five, and wow. This show. This show.

Music

Impromptu road trip over the weekend up to St. Louis for a surprise mini law school reunion. It was a lot of fun, but I ended up driving two hours back by myself right before sunrise. Thank god I have a great collection of music to keep me awake. Top three from the road trip.

Games

Not a lot of game time this week because one of my law school BFFs was in town, and then we had that surprise mini reunion, but the little time I have for gaming was spent playing Marvel Puzzle Quest and Nations.

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[media] Media Monday: Dinosaurs, Dudes, Dinosaurs

Books

I’ve not finished much of anything lately, but I’m in the middle of SILENCE by Michelle Sagara (and am enjoying it a lot), and I just received an arc of WHAT WE LEFT BEHIND by Robin Talley from HarlequinTeen.

Movies

Jurassic World: I’ve loved Jurassic Park, movie and book, for most of my life. I even love the second and third movies. Of course I’ve been stupid excited for Jurassic World since the first glimmer of it appeared. The second concrete information dropped, I was as worried as I was excited, because it looked like it was White Dude Saves the World, No Need for Anyone Else.

I watched it opening weekend, despite my concern. I loved the dinosaurs. I loved the raptors, as I always do. (Ever since Clever Girl, raptors have been the dinosaurs of my heart.) I loved pieces of the rest of the story, but it was terrible, too, and with just a few casting tweaks, it could have been awesome. I think Seanan McGuire said it really well: The park is open; your ticket is not valid.

Brave: J and I saw this in theaters when it first came out back in 2012; we’d been watching my mother slowly dying for years. A couple months later, she was dead. I hadn’t seen it since. I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to watch it again, but it was lovely and wonderful and full of joy and feelings. It hurt. But it hurt in a good way.

Television

House: J has started watching House. I mostly do other things while it’s on, because I have little interest in spending time with white asshole male characters like House, but I am entertained by how often I catch the beginning of an episode and am able to ask J if he’s sure he isn’t watching a horror movie.

iZombie: I’ve been delighted by this season to no end, right up until the episode in which Liv eats the brains of a murder victim who had a “psychotic break” according to the show, and then shitting all over mental illness and people who have mental illnesses abounded. It made me want to burn everything. I’m still furious, and not sure I’ll be able to keep watching. (Though I did finish the season with J.)

Music

Titus Jones: It has been all Titus Jones mashups all the time around here, especially during writing and cardio. My favorites include “Bad Things Will Roll With the Devil” and “Dance Alarm”.

Games

Sims 3: Haven’t played in awhile, so I created a new Sim and sent her out into the wide, wide world. She, her daughter, and her granddaughter have each promptly fallen in love with the cleaning person and wanted to become a vampire. This, even though the daughter passes out every time something startles her, from a fire alarm to meeting a werewolf for the first time. She then never learned to come in out of the sun and promptly burned. Oh, Sims.

Civilization V: I don’t care about fighting wars or killing barbarians, I just like building cities and creating a world of culture and science and wonder. So I’ve been doing a lot of that lately. It’s fun. I’m sure I’ll get back to world domination at a later date.

Nations: Oh, man, this game. It’s so simple, just building a nation, finding flora and fauna, researching technologies, building an army — but it is wonderful, too. Plus there’s a card collecting aspect to it that fulfills my desire to collect things without me spending actual money or filling the house with things.

Marvel Puzzle Quest: My writing group and I have an alliance, and it is so much fun. I play this every night before bed, because matching colors relaxes me, and the Marvel characters add a pleasant wonder to it. I’ve been a comic book fan most of my life. This, at least, doesn’t tend to break my heart.

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[watching] Werewolf Wednesday: Wolfblood 01×03 “Family Ties” recap

The Three Ks have a different sort of fashion emergency.

The Three Ks have a different sort of fashion emergency.

Show: Wolfblood
Source: online streaming
Show summary: Fourteen year old Maddy Smith has a secret: she and her family are all wolfbloods – people that transform into wolves. Her ancestors have lived in the town Stoneybridge for centuries, disguising their heightened ability of hearing and smell from the rest of the world and living as normal humans. But with a new wolfblood in the Smiths’ territory, and Maddy’s best friend suddenly obsessed with the thought that there is a beast out on the moors, the quiet little town Stoneybridge isn’t so quiet anymore.

Episode: Season 1, episode 3 “Family Ties”
Episode summary: A school art exhibit with the theme of family brights out discussions about several strained relationships — and ends in the exhibit being vandalized.

Recap

Roll Call!

Main:
Maddy Smith (Aimee Kelly): Our introduction to this world, and a delightful, tough, smart wolf girl.
Tom Okinawe (Kedar Williams-Stirling): One of Maddy’s BFFs, photographer, footballer, and all around delight.
Shannon Kelly (Louisa Connolly-Burnham): Maddy’s other BFF, photographer, obsessed with finding the thing howling on the moors and leaving pawprints, and, again, all around delight.
Rhydian Morris (Bobby Lockwood): New kid, the wolfblood trying, and failing, to be a lone wolf.

Supporting:
Emma Smith (Angela Lonsdale): Maddy’s mother, overprotective, cheesy funny.
The Three Ks: Kay (Shorelle Hepkin), Kara (Rachel Teate), and Katrina (Gabrielle Green) are the requisite popular (usually mean) girls.
Jimi Chen (Jonathan Raggett): Footballer, popular boy, jackass. Jimi runs around with two other friends whose names I never hear. They mostly echo Jimi, so not really important anyway.
Mr Jeffries (Mark Fleischmann): School administrator, tough on the students.

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[watching] Werewolf Wednesday: Wolfblood 01×02 “Mysterious Developments” recap

Rhydian and Shannon have a moment in the woods.

Rhydian and Shannon have a moment in the woods.

Show: Wolfblood
Source: online streaming
Show summary: Fourteen year old Maddy Smith has a secret: she and her family are all wolfbloods – people that transform into wolves. Her ancestors have lived in the town Stoneybridge for centuries, disguising their heightened ability of hearing and smell from the rest of the world and living as normal humans. But with a new wolfblood in the Smiths’ territory, and Maddy’s best friend suddenly obsessed with the thought that there is a beast out on the moors, the quiet little town Stoneybridge isn’t so quiet anymore.

Episode: Season 1, episode 2 “Mysterious Developments”
Episode summary: Determined to find proof of wolfbloods, Tom and Shannon go on a best hunt, just as Rhydian and Maddy learn there are wolfbloods who roam wild.

Recap

Roll Call!

Main:
Maddy Smith (Aimee Kelly): Our introduction to this world, and a delightful, tough, smart wolf girl.
Tom Okinawe (Kedar Williams-Stirling): One of Maddy’s BFFs, photographer, footballer, and all around delight.
Shannon Kelly (Louisa Connolly-Burnham): Maddy’s other BFF, photographer, obsessed with finding the thing howling on the moors and leaving pawprints, and, again, all around delight.
Rhydian Morris (Bobby Lockwood): Decidedly not Welsh new kid in town who is our titular lone wolf.

Supporting:
Emma Smith (Angela Lonsdale): Maddy’s mother, overprotective, cheesy funny.
Daniel Smith (Marcus Garvey): Maddy’s father, friendly and fun, very punny.
The Three Ks: Kay (Shorelle Hepkin), Kara (Rachel Teate), and Katrina (Gabrielle Green) are the requisite popular (usually mean) girls.
Jimi Chen (Jonathan Raggett): Footballer, popular boy, jackass. Jimi runs around with two other friends whose names I never hear. They mostly echo Jimi, so not really important anyway.

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