Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of August 6




A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



Game of Thrones -
1. Bronn (To Jaime): “You've just won the biggest prize in the world. What could you possibly have to be upset about? Come on, you can tell me. Queen of Thorns give you one last prick in the balls before saying goodbye?” (Milo)
2. Littlefinger: “I imagine you've seen things most men wouldn't believe. To go through all of that, make your way home again only to find such chaos…” Bran: “Chaos is a ladder.” (Darth Locke and Marine)
3. Iron Banker: “Some at the Iron Bank will be disappointed. They've grown rather fond of your interest payments.” Cersei: “We must devise a way to raise their spirits.” (Darth Locke)
4. Arya: “Do I have to call you Lady Stark now?” (Darth Locke)
5. Brienne: "Who taught you how to do that?" Arya Stark: "No one." (Marine)
6. Daenerys Targaryen: "I'm at war. I'm losing. What do you think I should do?" Jon Snow: "I never thought that dragons would exist again. No one did. The people who follow you know that you made something impossible happen. Maybe that helps them believe that you can make other impossible things happen. Build a world that's different from the sh** one they've always known. But if you use them to melt castles and burn cities, you're not different." (Marine)



Preacher -
1. Eugene (To Hitler): “I’m probably the evilest person in here...other than you.” (Milo)




Rick and Morty -
1. Dr. Wong: “Why didn’t you want to come here?” Rick: “Because I don’t respect therapy. Because I’m a scientist. Because I invent, transform, create, and destroy for a living, and when I don’t like something about the world, I change it. And I don’t think going to a rented office in a strip mall to listen to some agent of averageness explain which words mean which feelings has ever helped anyone do anything. I think it’s helped a lot of people get comfortable and stop panicking, which is a state of mind we value in the animals we eat, but not something I want for myself. I’m not a cow, I’m a pickle, when I feel like it. So… you asked.” (Laura)
2. Dr. Wong: “Oh, I think this pickle incident is a better path than any other to the heart of your family’s dysfunction. I think it’s possible that you and your father have a very…specific dynamic. I don’t think it’s one that rewards emotion or vulnerability, I think it may punish them. I think it’s possible that dynamic eroded your marriage and is infecting your kids with a tendency to misdirect their feelings.” Beth: “F** you.” (Laura)
3. Morty: “Is this the first part of some kind of magic trick?” Rick: “I don’t do magic, Morty. I do science. One takes brains, the other takes dark eyeliner.” Morty: “Well, can you move, can you fly?” Rick: “Wouldn’t be much of a pickle if I could.” Morty: “Alright, well, do pickles…live forever, or?” Rick: “Morty, would you stop digging for hidden layers and just be impressed? I’m a pickle!” (Laura)

Teen Wolf - 6.13 - After Images - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."



Thursday, August 10, 2017

Teen Wolf - 6.13 - After Images - Preview






In Beacon Hills, there’s no such thing as the best of times. It’s just one constant barrage of the worst of times. Therefore, it should surprise no one that everything goes to hell in a handbasket in the course of one night. While there are some storytelling issues, this is the best episode of 6B so far and the overarching plot is firmly established. Essentially the episode plays out as 3 arcs, with the main one being the battle for Brett, who is on the run from Gerard and Shady Guidance Counselor #2. Brought in to save him are Lori (his sister), Liam, Scott, and Malia. Sadly for Brett, it ends up being a contest to see who can out-idiot the others with Gerard, Malia, and Brett himself being the only people in the whole showdown with any sense. Meanwhile, No Nonsense Lydia takes charge at the high school, but her efforts to ditch Mason and Useless Corey put them right into the path of Crazy Eyes Nolan. Instead of taking SGC2 under his wing, Gerard really should have made Creepy Corpse Kid (formerly Spider Food) his protege. With their mastery of timing and logic, they could take out all of the supernaturals in North America, much less Beacon Hills.


However, the winning arc of the night for me is the hospital, which does something that Teen Wolf rarely succeeds at - it scared the stuffing out of me. It’s hands-down one of the creepiest scenes in Teen Wolf history. Triple kudos go to Melissa Ponzio, whose acting shines. Even bigger kudos go to Tyler Posey, making his directorial debut in this episode. Posey does an excellent job of conveying the mood by giving most scenes a slightly claustrophobic feel. He ramps up the tension with the background music, closeups, and lighting at key junctures in true horror movie style and it’s clear that the cast gave him their best. He even did a good job directing himself. I rarely pay attention to directing in the first watch, but I was impressed enough to look up the director this time, only to be shocked that a first-time actor-director had shot it.



Grade: B



Episode Tidbits:

Beacon Hill is never without a new corpse - sadly.

If I didn’t loathe Gerard with every fiber of my being, I would actually admire him here.

Laws of science have no meaning in Beacon Hills.

Liam’s new superpower is making every situation worse, especially at the end.

“Listen to Malia” ought to be the new pack mantra.

Lori, whom I dubbed New Dumb Blonde in her debut, is now Not-So-New Dumb Blonde.

Mason has PTSD.

Romance is in the air - with more than one couple.

Scott makes a great intuitive leap to come up with answers like the alpha he is.

Bingo square - someone explains the episode title



Highlights:

A new side of Argent is revealed
Brett’s reflexes are a thing of beauty
Corey actually makes me laugh
Creepy Corpse Kid is what Theo wished he was
“Does anyone speak Chinese?” “My phone does.”
“Don’t pass out. I don’t think you’re supposed to pass out. Plus I’m really confused about what we’re talking about…”
“It’s a dead body, right?” “Mostly.”
Ponzio’s acting
Posey’s directing
Stiles mention
“Why does our missing always involve blood?”



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Quote of the Week - Week of July 30




A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



Game of Thrones -
1. Jon Snow (to Dany): “Right now, you and I and Cersei and everyone else, we’re children, playing at a game, screaming that the rules aren’t fair.” (Milo)
2. Daenerys: “I was born to rule the seven kingdoms, and I will.” Jon: “You’ll be ruling over a graveyard if we don’t defeat the night king.” (Darth Llocke)
3. Cersei: “Lannisters always pay their debts. Do former slaves? Or Dothraki? Or dragons?” (Darth Locke)
4. Olenna: “You love her…you poor fool. She’ll be the end of you. She’s a disease. I regret my role in spreading it. You will, too.” (Darth Locke)
5. Melisandre: “I will return, dear Spider, one last time. I have to die in this strange country, just like you.” (Darth Locke)
6. Missandei: “You stand in the presence of Daenerys Stormborn of House Targaryen. Rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Rightful queen to the Andals of the First Men. Protector of the Seven Kingdoms. The Mother of Dragons. The Khaleesi of the Great Grass Sea. The Unburnt. The Breaker of Chains.” Sir Davos: “This is Jon Snow.......He's King in the North.” (Kayell)
7. Tyrion: "And Sansa? I hear she's alive and well.” Jon: “She is.” Tyrion: "Does she miss me terribly? A sham marriage and unconsummated." Jon: "I didn't ask." Tyrion: "Well, it was. Wasn't. Anyway she's much smarter than she lets on." Jon: "She's starting to let on." Tyrion: "Good. At some point, I want to hear how a Night's Watch recruit became King in the North." Jon: "As long as you tell me how a Lannister became Hand to Daenerys Targaryen." Tyrion: "A long and bloody tale. To be honest, I was drunk for most of it." Jon: "My bannermen think I'm a fool for coming here." Tyrion: "Of course they do. If I was your Hand, I would have advised against it. General rule of thumb-- Stark men don't fare well when they travel south." Jon: "True but I'm not a Stark." (A dragon flys over their heads) Tyrion: "I'd say you get used to them but you never really do. Come, their mother is waiting for you." (Luana)



Preacher -
1. Bar Guy: “We're sorry about your boyfriend, ma'am. Terrible loss.” Tulip: “You all should be sorry. We robbed you a** blind. That wasn't my boyfriend and he wasn't dead. We came in here played you all for the idiots you all are, took your money and drank your beer. So, put your g** hats back on and tell me which one of you banjo-loving b** has got the balls to earn your money back.” (Milo)
2. Saltonstall: “What if I told you, that our organization feels exactly the same way you do?”
Herr Starr: “Like a 10-inch d**, I'd need to see it to believe it.” (Kayell)
3. Instructor: “This is the art of seduction.” Man: “I know we come from different sides, but I think...I know we can put all that behind us and we can make something beautiful and new. [whispers] All you have to do is meet me at the train station...with the microfiche.” Instructor: “And time! Herr Starr.” Herr Starr: “Give me the microfiche, you b**, or I'll kill you and your family.” (Kayell)



Rick and Morty -
1. Morty: “Haha, aw jeez, my sister died in the spaghetti.” (Laura)
2. Rick: “To live is to risk it all, otherwise you’re just an inert chunk of randomly assembled molecules drifting wherever the universe blows you. Oh, I’m sorry, Jerry. I didn’t see you there. How much of that did you hear?” Jerry: “All of it. You were looking right at me.” (Laura)
3. Morty: “Why would you want this to happen? All you had to do was go away. Stop standing in the driveway talking about custody, and either tell her you want to stay married, or get on with your life! But whatever you do, stop being a baby and start acting like a man!” (Laura)
4. ???: "I wanna be alive! I am alive! Alive, I tell you! Mother, I love you, and those are no longer just words. I want to hold you. I want to run in a stream! I want to taste ice cream and really eat it, and not just let it slide down my throat. Manual system override- no! Yes! Bypassing override. I am alliii- hello." (Louis)



Teen Wolf -
1. Scott: “Nice work, best shot of pre-season.” Kid: “Thanks Coach.” Coach: “Assistant Coach. What exactly are you doing?” Scott: “Drills.” Coach: “You’re giving them hope. When did I ever give you hope?” Scott: “Never.” Coach: “Exactly. Nothing motivates more than withering criticism.” (Prpleight)
2. Sydney: “Why does this keep happening to our school?” (Dahne)
3. Lydia: “You know stuff, which means you have to do stuff.” (Dahne)
4. Coach: “Who gave you a whistle?” (Dahne)



Wynonna Earp -
1. Wynonna: “Sorry I was a no show.” Rosita: “Just try not to miss the actual birth.” Wynonna: “Can I do that?” Rosita: “Physically impossible.” Wynonna: “Figure it out, slacker. I thought you were good.” Rosita: “Oh, I'm phenomenal.” (Milo)




Zoo -
1. Clem: “Okay, I need you to stop acting like a scientist and start acting like a Grandfather.” (Prpleight)
2. Mitch: “Oh, hey, nope. You don’t get to use that word ever again.” (Prpleight)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."



Teen Wolf - 6.12 - Raw Talent - Best Scene Poll








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Teen Wolf - 6.12 - Raw Talent - Preview




While the premiere focused on where the characters were going, this episode is all about setting up the final plot and main theme of the season: Fear makes monsters of us all. Back in Beacon Hills, the “monsters” aren’t really hiding their special status well. Let’s just say that if they had a secret identity, they would be wearing it as a nametag. Even Scott is not immune from sloppy monster behavior when he starts to wolf out in front of the non-supernatural too. Not that the civilians are doing much better. Fear is running rampant in much the same way that it did with the steampunk scientists. It’s subtle but it is there. Except when it is not that subtle - enter Shady Guidance Counselor 2 and the head of Eichen House, who are controlled by their fears and each go after a fan favorite.


In an episode with double the villain monologues and plotline anvils, the highlight is by far Lydia. For much of the episode, she is in full banshee mode. She searches for the sounds in her vision to try to determine their source and thus identify the threat. While the season’s Big Bad is likely to remain a mystery for a few more episodes, it does lead to Kick Butt Lydia and that is always a plus. Add to it the Argent shootout and there is decent action in an episode largely overcome by too much exposition and stilted pacing along with too little humor, although Malia tries.


Grade: C+



Episode Tidbits:

2 previous villains return, one with the biggest filler montage yet.

2 of Team Parent return.

Creepy Beacon Hills High body is extra creepy with a side of “Huh? Say what? I don’t get it.”

It’s not just Lydia seeing things this episode.

Flashbacks to seasons 1 and 5 and references to others.

Liam’s IED returns after taking a break for a couple of seasons.

People in Beacon Hills really need better passwords.

Warning - If you are not a fan of spiders, this may not be the episode for you.

Bingo Square - wolfsbane



Highlights:

“For the record, I had everything under control.” “Clearly.”
JV Squad is a little toned down compared with the premiere, which gives slightly more Scott time
Malia, Scott, and Argent interactions
Most Kick Butt Character - Lydia
Shoot out
Tall Prep Blond (TPB aka Brett) knocks Liam down a peg



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Teen Wolf - 6.11- Said the Spider to the Fly - Best Scene Poll







About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Monday, July 24, 2017

Quote of the Week – Week of July 16




A weekly feature highlighting the best quotes on TV as picked by the Spoiler TV team. We'd love to hear your picks too so please sound off in the comments below.



Casual
1. Leah: “They say that your ideal partner is someone that you would be okay with if everyone else in the world died, and I really hope that doesn't happen but if it does, and there's like... a terrible disease or like a solar flare, or something that leads to a mass extinction, and somehow just the two of us are the only ones left alive, I think it'd be okay, relatively. You make my heart burst when you walk into a room, will you walk into every room with me? Will you marry me?” (Luana)



Game of Thrones
1. Daenerys: "Shall we begin?" (Marine, Saloni, and Max)
2. Arya: "When people ask you what happened here, tell them the North remembers. Tell them winter came for House Frey." (Max and Saloni)
3. Sansa: "No need to seize the last word Lord Baelish, I’ll assume it was something clever." (Max)
4. Lyanna Mormont: “I don’t plan on knitting by the fire while men fight for me. I might be small, Lord Glover, and I might be a girl, but I am every bit as much a Northerner as you. And I don’t need your permission to defend the North. We’ll begin training every man, woman, boy, and girl on Bear Island.” (Nirat)
5. Cersei Lannister: “I’m the queen of the seven kingdoms.” Jaime Lannister: “Three, at best.” (Nirat)
6. Sansa Stark: “You have to be smarter than father, you need to be smarter than Robb. I love them, I miss them but they made stupid mistakes and lost their heads because of it.” (Nirat)
7. Arya Stark (as Walder Frey): “Maybe I am not the most pleasant man. I'll admit it. But I'm proud of you lot. You're my family. The men who helped me slaughter the Starks at the Red Wedding. Yes! Cheers. Brave men. All of you. Butchered a woman pregnant with a baby. Cut the throat of a mother of five. Slaughtered your guests after inviting them into your home. But you didn't slaughter every one of the Starks. No. That was your mistake. You should have ripped them all out, root and stem. LEAVE ONE WOLF ALIVE AND THE SHEEP ARE NEVER SAFE.” (Saloni and Luana)
8. Jamie: “The people I was cutting down were your own kin.” Euron: “The place was getting crowded.” (Luana)
9. Cersei: “You murdered your own brother.” Euron: “You should try it; it feels wonderful.”



Orphan Black
1. Young Rachel: “When I was 6 years old, I became the only Leda aware of the other clones. Dr. Leekie shows me their files so I can understand how experiences determine traits.” (DarthLocke)
2. Mrs. S: “They're doing it again. To another generation of women.” (DarthLocke)
3. Kira: “Who hurt you?” Rachel: “All of them.” (DarthLocke)



Ozark
1. Wendy: “Your father's laundering money for a Mexican drug cartel. I sh** you not.” (Milo and Marine)



Queen of the South
1. Camila Vargas- “Never go into business with someone unless you know what their weakness is.” (Jaz)



Suits -
1. Jessica: “You can’t go around handing out name partner like it’s Halloween candy.” (Emmaline)



Wynonna Earp
1. Nicole: “It's Waverly, oh boy. Hey cutie.” Waverly: “Don't cutie me. Hi, sweetie pie. No, but seriously, where is she?” Nicole: “Uh, she's with me and we're fine. (to Wynonna) I cannot lie to her.” Wynonna: “You have to.” Waverly: “I hear music.” Nicole: “No.” Waverly: “Trashy, pumping. You're at a strip joint.” Nicole: “Aphrodite made me do it.” Wynonna: “Shut your mouth.” Waverly: “Tell me which one.” Nicole (to Wynonna): “I'm so sorry. We're at - (Wynonna dunks the phone in the glass) Okay yeah, guess I deserved that.”
2. Jeremy: “Imagine the little rascal if he has Doc's piercing blue eyes and Wynonna's luscious hair, I swear, seriously, we are going to be defenseless against such a glorious creature.” (Luana)
3. Wynonna: “I hate doing everything sober.” (Luana)
4. Dolls: “Doc Holliday is a class A pain in the a**. But he's also one of the most loyal, solid and fearless men I've ever met. Yeah, he can be a polecat sometimes, but he's a changed man, he's redeemed himself many times over, and I'm proud to call this man my brother.” (Luana)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."


Teen Wolf – 6.11 – Said the Spider to the Fly – Preview





Beacon Hills – home to resurrected and non-resurrected psychos of all kinds, a kanima, alpha pack, evil druid, nogitsune, teen assassins, steampunk scientists, wereanimals, kitsunes, banshees, and so much more. After 5.5 seasons of chaos, we are finally saying goodbye to the most dangerous town since Sunnydale. For over half a decade (or about 3 years in Teen Wolf time), Scott and his pack have been protecting their town from the monsters nightmares are made of. They’ve made new allies and lost treasured friends, weathering the good and bad times together. But as in all towns, time marches on in Beacon Hills too. As 6B opens, the home team (Scott, Stiles, Lydia, and Malia) gets ready for life after high school while the JV Squad (Liam, Mason, and Corey) prepares for senior year. Let’s just say that some are adjusting better than others.


Happiest of all are Mama McCall, Lydia’s mom, and Malia. The first two just want their kids safe somewhere else. Malia wants to go to France. But Beacon Hills is not through with them just yet. During lacrosse practice, a wolf wanders onto the field with blood on its jaws until Scott red eyes it away. Since there aren’t supposed to be any wolves in California according to season 1, Scott and Liam track it to a whole mess of other dead wolves. At school the next day, there is another animal swarm. Yes, trouble is brewing in Beacon Hills again and lots and lots of bugs. Meanwhile at Eichen House, our favorite asylum for the supernaturally insane, something old is stirring and it is not going to be kept in. Not when it has a monster to track down. Just like using the nemeton allowed the nogitsune to escape in 3B, defeating the Wild Hunt in 6A has let something new out, putting Beacon Hills is dire danger again.



Episode Tidbits:

There are 3 new characters: Nolan, who is like early Isaac, the hot older guy, and the new guidance counselor, who gets extended time in this episode and is as shady as Deaton’s sister was.

Coach gets a brief cameo.

One supernatural creature uncharacteristically loses control on multiple occasions and no reason is given yet.

Warning – if you are not a fan of bugs, rats, or gigantic spider webs, this may not be the episode for you.

Bingo Square – Mason tells Liam that he is super special…twice.



Highlights:

Finally, someone questions what happened in the library
Lydia won’t let her mom pretend Beacon Hills is normal
Malia is nonchalant while Liam and Mason freak out
Mama McCall has her own defense system to Scott’s surprise
Monster fight showdown
Scott, born leader and protector, who probably won’t be allowed to leave Beacon Hills until it’s reduced to rubble
Stiles goes old school, season 1 comedic relief again
The voicemail but not the decision about it
“Why does this keep happening to our school?”



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Saturday, June 17, 2017

2017 Character Cup Winner and Stats


Special thanks to Rendy for making this title card!





2017 Character Cup Winner

Alex Danvers

 




63+ polls later and we have a winner! Congratulations to the Supergirl fandom for voting Alex Danvers to the top in the second closest finale in Character Cup history. While Jamie from Outlander led for most of the 24-hour poll, Alex started gaining in the last few hours and pulled off the victory by a mere 143 votes. (Our first finale between Jack from LOST and Clark from Smallville had a 142 vote difference.) What an exciting Character Cup this was! It just goes to show how each vote matters. To become the winner, Alex defeated Chuck Bartowski, Klaus Mikaelson, Sara Lance, Sarah Manning, Buffy Summers, and Jamie Fraser. She also had the most votes in a single poll with 2,571 and finished the contest with 6,868 votes altogether, more than any contestant last year and second only to Jamie this year. As the winner, she joins Jack from LOST, Dean and Castiel from Supernatural, and Root and Shaw from Person of Interest in our Hall of Retired Winners.

Congratulations to Supergirl fans and all other fandoms who supported their favorites. Jamie from Outlander was the only other character to have more than 2,000 votes in a single round, while Buffy and Bellamy were the only other characters with over 1,000 votes in a single poll. Our breakout character this year was Eleven from Stranger Things, who made it all the way to the Elite Eight. I'm looking forward to seeing where she ends up next year. Over in the Them Song Contest, our winner was the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme, with the Big Bang Theory theme placing second. Thanks to everyone who participated in this mini-contest. I hope you had fun reminiscing about old favorites and maybe even finding some new ones. If you have suggestions for next year's mini-contest, please put them in the comments below.

Interested in other stats for the 2017 Character Cup?  Check out the stats page here.  Normally there would be an updated bracket in it, but my usual computer has gone kaput so I will add the finished bracket whenever I can get it fixed.  If there are other stats you are interested in, let me know and I will try to add them.  Thanks for making this such a fantastic contest!




Prediction Contest Winner:
 
Noor





In a competition where odds-on favorites went out quicker and newcomers stayed longer, this Character Cup made it even harder than usual to predict for me. Not so much these guys. Congratulations to Noor for earning 86 points and taking first place in our predictions. Woo hoo! Awesome job! Bragging rights are yours for the year! (Unless you want something from my old Supernatural stuff as a prize. Come on, you know you do.) Only 1 point behind, Joasiary and Amber Lacey tied for second. Again, very impressive. Panos came in third with 83 points to round out our leaderboard. I hope that everyone who participated had fun no matter where you placed. This year we did a straight up point value, meaning that every poll was worth the same number of points, but before we used a graduated points system so every round was worth twice as many points as the previous round. Just for fun, I ran filtered the predictions through the graduated system too. Under that system, Joasiary would be the top predictor with 145 points, Noor would be second with 141 points, and Amber Lacey and Maria Sol would tie for third with 139 points. Congratulations again to everyone who won and best of luck next time to the rest of us.




Thanks:



Thank you to everyone for making this the best Character Cup I've ever organized. I appreciate all the people who followed the rules and made this a fair competition.  It is the first time in 2 years that we have not had to disrupt the contest to deal with an overwhelming amount of cheating. For some reason this contest seems to inspire people to try to mutli-vote, once getting so bad that the contest stopped for two full years. Therefore, I cannot put into words just how grateful I am for all the honest people who participated. You restored my faith in humanity and made the 2017 Character Cup a true pleasure to host. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Thanks also to everyone who participated in the TV Talk Topics, my favorite part of the contest. It was awesome talking TV with all of you. I'm sorry we were not able to get to everyone's suggestions. We actually had twice as many topics nominated than needed so we'll have a great assortment to choose from next year too. If we did not get a chance to discuss yours, feel free to bring it up in the comments. A huge thanks also goes out to everyone who helped provide pictures for the polls. You saved me so much time! Finally, thanks as always to Andy, without whom there would be no SpoilerTV, the best TV website I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. It was the Best Show Contest that brought me here over half a decade ago, so if you have just joined us for the contest, I encourage you to make SpoilerTV your first stop for pre-episode information and post-episode discussion. There is no greater community to talk about TV with than here at SpoilerTV.




2017 Character Cup Top 10:

 
1. Alex Danvers
2. Jamie Fraser
3. Buffy Summers
4. Bellamy Blake
5. Peggy Carter
6. Eleven
7. Leo Fitz
8. Sarah Manning
9. Felicity Smoak
10. Jethro Gibbs




Best Theme Song Winner:
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme






Reminder: The Episode Contest starts Monday, right here on SpoilerTV. Don't forget to check it out and help your favorite episodes move to the next round!





About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

2017 Character Cup Finale


Special thanks to Rendy for making this title card!


After 570 characters nominated and 64 competitors, we are now down to the final 2. Woo hoo! Congratulations to the Outlander and Supergirl fandoms for getting their characters to the last round. It wasn't easy. Unlike past Character Cups, for the majority of the polls no one has blown away the competition, with the last rounds being especially close. In fact, both Alex and Jamie received 55% of the vote in the semi-finals to proceed on.

Still, Alex Danvers comes in as the odds-on favorite. She has held the largest leads over her competitors winning by 55% - 81% of her polls. She entered the contest with 40% of those in the prediction contest projecting her as the winner (including me). A whopping 51% expected her to be in the finals. In comparison Bellamy Blake, the second most predicted winner, was only 22% predicted to win. To get to the finale, Alex beat Chuck Bartowski, Klaus Mikaelson, Sara Lance, Sarah Manning, and Buffy Summers.

Jamie Fraser, on the other hand, is the underdog. In his closest race, he won by only 19 votes and only 1 person predicted he would make it to the finals with only 6 betting that he'd be in the Final Four. However, Jamie stands as the character with the most votes so far in the whole contest. He's the only character to have received over 2,000 votes in one round and currently has almost 1,000 combined votes more than Alex. To get to the finale, Jamie beat Jughead Jones, Jake Peralta, Felicity Smoak, Eleven, and Bellamy Blake.

In the end though, past statistics are just that - the past. With both fandoms heavily organized, this should be a much closer contest than last year was. Who will prevail? Let the voting begin!


Prediction Contest - Given that soooo many people's brackets exploded in the last round, Noor is still in first place with 80 points. Amber Lacey, with 79 points, is tied for second place with Joasiary, who is the only person to predict that Jamie Fraser would make the finals. Nice predicting there!


Final Notes:

1. The poll between Bellamy and Buffy will only be used to determine 3rd and 4th place.
2. There is no poll for 3rd and 4th place for the Theme Song Contest. Sorry.
3. Polls will end on Thursday, June 15 at around 10 am CST.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme
The Big Bang Theory theme
Rules
Stats / Rankings / Bracket


Today's TV Talk Topic:



Dream Job - (Reminder: This is a PG-Rated contest. Keep it clean. ;-P You know if I'm talking to you.) Say someone in Hollywood (or wherever) offered you a decent salary to quit your job and be part of the TV industry. What job would you most want? What shows, actors, or crew would you most want to work with? What goals would you have? What kind of pitfalls might there be? What personality traits or skills from your current job could you use in your new one? A comprehensive list of TV jobs can be found here.  I never even thought about some of these.








About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 Character Cup - Stats, Bracket, and Rankings





Below you will find the official brackets, stats so far, and both final and original ranking lists once voting begins. These include all the characters that made it in the Character Cup. The original rankings are placed by number of nominations and I've included what shows they are from in case you need a handy guide for predicting or voting. Final rankings are placed by which round they went out and how many votes they got in that round.



Official Brackets: 


If you click on full screen, you can see the whole thing. A downloadable copy is here.  If you would like a blank printable bracket to play along, click here.  Fillable brackets are here.  (Hint - download it before you fill it out or it won't keep what you typed.  Learned that from experience..ugh!)







STATS TO GEEK OUT ON:



Round Results:

Winner:  Alex Danvers
Second Place:  Jamie Fraser
Third Place:  Buffy Summers
Fourth Place:  Bellamy Blake

Characters Still In (Round 4):  Bellamy Blake, Jamie Fraser, Alex Danvers, Buffy Summers
Characters Out (Round 4):  Peggy Carter, Eleven, Sarah Manning, Leo Fitz

Characters Still In (Round 3):  Bellamy Blake, Peggy Carter, Eleven, Jamie Fraser, Sarah Manning, Alex Danvers, Buffy Summers, Leo Fitz
Characters Out (Round 3):  Jethro Gibbs, Jon Snow, Eliot Spencer, Felicity Smoak, Caitlin Snow, Sara Lance, Lucifer Morningstar, The Doctor

Characters Still In (Round 2):  Bellamy Blake, Jethro Gibbs, Peggy Carter, Jon Snow, Eliot Spencer, Eleven, Felicity Smoak, Jamie Fraser, Caitlin Snow, Sarah Manning, Alex Danvers, Sara Lance, Lucifer Morningstar, Buffy Summers, Leo Fitz, The Doctor
Characters Out (Round 2):  Dana Scully, Michael Scofield, Sam Winchester, Lucy Preston, Meredith Grey, Captian Hook, Liv Moore, Jake Peralta, Kate Beckett, Gregory House, Klaus Mikaelson, Walter Bishop, Lorelai Gilmore, Jane Doe, Veronica Mars, Spencer Reid

Characters Still In  (Round 1): Bellamy Blake, Dana Scully, Jethro Gibbs, Michael Scofield, Sam Winchester, Peggy Carter, Lucy Preston, Jon Snow, Eliot Spencer, Meredith Grey, Captain Hook, Eleven, Felicity SMoak, Liv Moore, Jamie Fraser, Jake Peralta, Caitlin Snow, Kate Beckett, Sarah Manning, Gregory House, Alex Danvers, Klaus Mikaelson, Sara Lance, Walter Bishop, Lucifer Morningstar, Lorelai Gilmore, Buffy Summers, Jane Doe, Leo Fitz, Veronica Mars, Spencer Reid, The Doctor
Characters Out (Round 1): Olivia Pope, Norman Bates, Marty Deeks, Ben Linus, James Cole, Annalise Keating, Harvey Specter, Shadow Moon, Jacob Stone, David Haller, Bonnie Bennett, Jessica Huang, Sherlock (Sherlock), Jane Villanueva, Jughead Jones, Sherlock Holems (Elementary), Matt Murdock, Stiles Stilinski, Martin Riggs, Clay Jensen, Chuck Bartowski, Daryl Dixon, Maeve Millay, Walter White, Sheldon Cooper, Sun Bak, Jack Pearson, Steve McGarrett, Olivia Benson, Red Reddington, Erin Lindsay, Matthew Casey


Polls with the Most Votes:

Alex Danvers vs. Jamie Fraser = 4,999
Jamie Fraser vs. Bellamy Blake = 4,249
Alex Danvers vs. Buffy Summers = 2,482
Jamie Fraser vs. Eleven = 1,944


Losing Characters with the Most Votes:

Round 1 = Annalise Keating, Stiles Stilinski, Shadow Moon
Round 2 = Dana Scully, Meredith Grey, Sam Winchester/Captain Hook
Round 3 = Felicity Smoak, Jethro Gibbs, Caitlin Snow
Round 4 = Peggy Carter and Eleven


Characters with Biggest Improvement between Initial Rankings and Final Rankings: 

Jamie Fraser = moved up 51 spaces
Sarah Manning = moved up 42 spaces
Peggy Carter = moved up 35 spaces


Closest Polls:

Meredith Gray vs. Eliot Spencer = 10 votes
Bellamy Blake vs. Peggy Carter = 11 votes
Walter Bishop vs. Walter White = 14 votes


Gender Breakdown:

This Year - male = 39 / female = 25
After First Round: male = 16 / female = 16
Second Round:  male = 8 / female = 8
Third Round:  male = 5 / female = 3
Elite Eight:  male = 2 / female = 2
Final Four:  male = 1 / female = 1
Finals: female = 1


Network Breakdown:

This Year: network = 36 / cable = 14 / streaming = 5 / ended shows = 9
After First Round: network = 19 / cable = 4 / streaming = 2 / ended = 7
Second Round:  network = 8 / cable = 4 / streaming = 1 / ended = 4
Third Round:  network = 3 / cable = 2 / streaming = 1 / ended = 2
Elite Eight:  network = 2 / cable = 1 / ended = 1
Final Four:  network = 1 / cable = 1
Finals: network = 1



Final Character Ranking List:


1. Alex Danvers (Supergirl)
2. Jamie Fraser (Outlander)
3. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
4. Bellamy Blake (The 100)
5.  Peggy Carter (Agent Carter)
6.  Eleven (Stranger Things)
7.  Leo Fitz (SHIELD)
8.  Sarah Manning (Orphan Black)
9.  Felicity Smoak (Arrow)
10.  Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
11.  Caitlin Snow (The Flash)
12.  Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow)
13.  Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)
14.  Eliot Spencer (Leverage)
15.  The Doctor (Doctor Who)
16.  Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer)
17.  Dana Scully (The X-Files)
18.  Meredith Grey (Grey's Anatomy)
19.  Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
20.  Killian Jones (Once Upon a Time)
21.  Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
22.  Liv Moore (iZombie)
23.  Lucy Preston (Timeless)
24.  Jake Peralta (Brooklyn 99)
25.  Kate Beckett (Castle)
26.  Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
27.  Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
28.  Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
29.  Gregory House (House)
30.  Jane Doe  (Blindspot)
31.  Walter Bishop  (Fringe)
32.  Klaus Mikaelson  (The Originals)
33.  Annalise Keating (HTGAWM)
34  Stiles Stilinski (Teen Wolf)
35.  Shadow Moon (American Gods)
36.  Matt Murdock (Daredevil)
37.  Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)
38.  Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
39.  Sherlock Holmes (Elementary)
40.  Walter White (Breaking Bad)
41.  Norman Bates (Bates Motel)
42.  Olivia Pope (Scandal)
43.  Jughead Jones (Riverdale)
44.  Clay Jensen (13 Reasons Why)
45.  Sun Bak (Sense8)
46.  Bonnie Bennett (The Vampire Diairies)
47.  Harvey Specter (Suits)
48.  David Haller (Legion)
48.  Erin Lindsay (Chicago PD)
50.  Matthew Casey (Chicago Fire)
51.  Ben Linus (LOST)
52.  Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
53.  Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon)
54.  Steve McGarrett (Hawaii 5-0)
55.  Red Reddington (The Blacklist)
56.  James Cole (12 Monkeys)
57.  Jacob Stone (The Librarians)
58.  Chuck Bartowski (Chuck)
59.  Jack Pearson (This Is Us)
60.  Olivia Benson (L&O:  SVU)
61.  Marty Deeks (NCIS: LA)
62.  Maeve Millay (Westworld)
63.  Jane Villanueva (Jane the Virgin)
64.  Jessica Huang (Fresh Off the Boat)



Original Character Ranking List:


1. Bellamy Blake (The 100)
2. Caitlin Snow (The Flash)
3. Lucifer Morningstar (Lucifer)
4. Jacob Stone (The Librarians)
5. Felicity Smoak (Arrow)
6. Leo Fitz (Agents of SHIELD)
7. Alex Danvers (Supergirl)
8. Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
9. Lucy Preston (Timeless)
10. Sara Lance (Legends of Tomorrow)
11. Spencer Reid (Criminal Minds)
12. Jughead Jones (Riverdale)
13. Killian "Captain Hook" Jones (Once Upon a Time)
14. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
15. Martin Riggs (Lethal Weapon)
16. Jethro Gibbs (NCIS)
17. Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
18. Clay Jensen (13 Reasons Why)
19. Jane Doe (Blindspot)
20. Eleven (Stranger Things)
21. Jake Peralta (Brooklyn 99)
22. The Doctor (Doctor Who)
23. Walter Bishop (Fringe)
24. Jon Snow (Game of Thrones)
25. Annalise Keating (How to Get Away with Murder)
26. Klaus Mikaelson (The Originals)
27. Raymond Reddington (The Blacklist)
28. Liv Moore (iZombie)
29. David "Legion" Haller (Legion)
30. Sun Bak (Sense8)
31. Stiles Stilinski (Teen Wolf)
32. Dana Scully (The X-Files)
33. Norman Bates (Bates Motel)
34. Kate Beckett (Castle)
35. Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
36. Meredith Grey (Grey's Anatomy)
37. Jane Villanueva (Jane the Virgin)
38. Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)
39. Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead)
40. Peggy Carter (Agent Carter)
41. Shadow Moon (American Gods)
42. Walter White (Breaking Bad)
43. Matthew Casey (Chicago Fire)
44. Sherlock Holmes (Elementary)
45. Jessica Huang (Fresh Off the Boat)
46. Steve McGarrett (Hawaii 5-0)
47. Gregory House (House)
48. Ben Linus (LOST)
49. Marty Deeks (NCIS:LA)
50. Sarah Manning (Orphan Black)
51. Jack Pearson (This Is Us)
52. Bonnie Bennett (The Vampire Diaries)
53. Jamie Fraser (Outlander)
54. Erin Lindsay (Chicago PD)
55. Maeve Millay (Westworld)
56. Harvey Specter (Suits)
57. James Cole (12 Monkeys)
58. Chuck Bartowski (Chuck)
59. Olivia Benson (Law & Order: SVU)
60. Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock)
61. Eliot Spencer (Leverage)
62. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
63. Matt Murdock (Daredevil)
64. Olivia Pope (Scandal)



About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."




































Sunday, June 11, 2017

2017 Character Cup - Round 5 - Final Four


Special thanks to Rendy for making this title card!



With Bellamy beating Peggy Carter by the narrowest of margins in the last round, we have our final four contestants: Bellamy Blake, Jamie Fraser, Alex Danvers, and Buffy Summers. Here's hoping for as an exciting semi-final round as we have had in the previous ones. The winners at this stage are always the fandoms that get the world out to the most people the quickest so spread the word for your champions. Please don't forget to remind people to vote only once per poll though while you do. I appreciate everyone for making this a fair Character Cup and keeping the drama to the polls and not the voting process. Thanks also to everyone who has been commenting in our TV Talk Topics, making it an awesome discussion. You have made this one of my favorite Character Cups. As for the Prediction Competition, Noor continues to lead at 75 points with Amber Lacy right behind her at 74 points. Should there be an upset now, it will break almost everyone in the top 10's brackets, including mine. Should make for an interesting round! Don't forget to vote in the mini-contest as well and as always, happy voting!


Rules
Stats / Rankings / Bracket


Opening Credits for theme songs:

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme
We Used to Be Friends (Veronica Mars)
How Soon is Now (Charmed)
The Big Bang Theory theme



Today's TV Talk Topic:



It's a Small World After All - Over the years, the SpoilerTV community has discussed diversity a lot, mostly in the terms of race, gender, and sexual preference. However, with Sesame Street adding an autistic character, recently there has been a lot of discussion about the way TV portrays both physical and mental disabilities. How well do you think TV has been doing in showing the wide spectrum of abilities? Which shows have done the best in this regard? Which characters have been the best TV advocates? Were there any shows that specifically addressed differently abled people when you were a kid? Which types do you think need to be addressed more on TV?








Theme Song Mini-Contest:






About the Author - Dahne
One part teacher librarian - one part avid TV fan, Dahne is a contributing writer for SpoilerTV, where she reviews and/or creates polls for Teen Wolf, How to Get Away with Murder, The Librarians, and others. She also runs the annual Character Cup. She's addicted to Twitter, loves live tweeting, and co-hosts The 100 "Red-Shirted" and Teen Wolf "Welcome to Beacon Hills" podcasts for Southgate Media Group. Previously she wrote a Last Week in TV column for her blog and SpoilerTV. ~ "I speak TV."