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The New Normal
(2012)

It's got potential, and I look forward to seeing that potential unleashed.
So normally I'm not the type to really get into the more modern-day type shows that play on real life. I'd been hearing news about The New Normal for a bit, and thought it was already airing. When I saw that it was only the pilot that was up, I decided to give it a shot.

The story focuses on David and Bryan, a gay couple living an almost perfect life. To Bryan, the only thing that could make it even more so is having a kid.

Contrast to Goldie and her daughter and old fashioned (in the sense of being intolerant of racial differences and homosexuality) mother. After a shocking discovery by Goldie, she decides to take her daughter and leave to start her life over and start living.

Back to the boys, they go through an amusing process of screening potential surrogate mothers (including a pretty amusing scene with one of them), and the one they decide on just happens to be Goldie!

More dramatics ensue involving good old mother, and we're left with a cliffhanger of whether Goldie is pregnant or not.

I was actually pleasantly surprised with what I watched. The jokes were pretty alright, but I mostly just enjoyed the overall story itself for this show. I'm really excited to see how this develops. As the previous reviewer stated, it could go a couple of ways: Goldie could be pregnant and the series (the first or first couple of seasons maybe) could revolve around her carrying their child. Goldie could not be pregnant, but because of how she was positively pressured (the words of praise and the expensive present), she could have lied to the boys and a good part of the first season could revolve around her trying to find ways to get pregnant, with the end of the first season having her successfully be so (leading to interesting moments of tension and possibly one of them finding out that she was lying to them). Or she could not be pregnant and be honest about it, leading to other types of interesting moments.

Though at the beginning with the couple they played a bit on the contrasting stereotypes (one being a bit more feminine, the other being the more masculine), it's obvious that they're playing more at being much more closer to being in a happy middle for both of them, rather than being the extreme left and right that we're usually left to watch. Being gay myself and having the gay friends that I do, it was really refreshing to see that they're being portrayed closer to what people could actually attach to and even possibly relate to (not that there's too much wrong with the stereotype, but it normally seems like they're playing it off for the laughs only, which seeing it over and over gets insulting after a while since we're not all like that). I only do hope that they continue this instead of having them shift over to the same stereotypical characters that we see.

Again, I was very pleasantly surprised by the pilot. Pilots are pretty known to make or break a show, and as mentioned, I think this pilot definitely shows the potential that this show can have. I look forward to watching it and hopefully seeing that potential get unleashed.

Once Upon a Time
(2011)

One of the best shows I've seen in a while.
I'm a huge fantasy nerd, and I'm a sucker for anything that has to do with Fairy Tales. One of my favorite mini-series ever is the 10th Kingdom. So it should be no surprise that when I saw talks for Once Upon a Time, I was very interested to see where it was going to go.

I have to say, I'm very impressed with it so far. The pilot for the show was outstanding, and the episodes beyond have been nothing short of amazing as well. There've been some stale episodes with very little progression here and there, but what show doesn't have at least one or two of those?

Lana Parilla as Regina/the Evil Queen was a fantastic choice. I've seen many different interpretations of the evil queen, and she's by far my favorite. She's crafty, devious, and there are plenty of moments that you can see her trying to fight some of her more human emotions such as jealousy and sadness.

Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin was also a brilliant choice. He plays the subtle but crafty Mr. Gold very well, leading characters on without them even realizing it. And he plays the zany, few screws loose Rumplestiltskin in the fairy-tale world equally well. Along with the EQ, Rumplestiltskin is by far one of my favorite characters on the show.

Ginnifer Goodwin is definitely my favorite Snow White I've seen pop up this year against contenders Kristen Stewart and Lily Collins. No, the movies with those two haven't already come out yet, but already based on the trailers, Ginnifer Goodwin is definitely the fairest of them all. As Mary Margaret, she's got the gentle, sweet, and shy side that we all know and love Snow White for. As the actual Snow White, she's a very strong female that can take care of herself quite well (But still caring to the point of lying to the Prince to save his life).

Other characters are starting to amaze me with their origin stories, and I can only imagine that this show will continuously go on the amazing path that it has already laid out for itself. This show is definitely a must watch. It has everything you could want: comedy, romance, drama, action/adventure, fantasy, you name it, this show has it! Well, aside from maybe futuristic/sci-fi robot-pirate unicorns from outer-space, but that's just silly to ask for that in a fairy-tale story.

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