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Rachael Kates is a freelance writer available for the commission and execution of articles, interviews, reviews, essays, fiction and any other forms of literary composition you may or may not have yet imaged. At the moment she reviews TV and movies, writes articles and conducts interviews with interesting people about ‘stuff Lori, things’. She supplements her income and keeps her edge by braving the wilds of American high school classrooms as a substitute teacher. She graduated from the Florida State University with a BA writing and a minor composed of other classes that didn’t start before noon; including The Slavic Vampire, The History of the Deep South in Film, and Sexuality in Antiquity - all of which have already been more useful in her real life than Algebra. You can contact her by ask, twitter, or email.
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[Nichelle Nichols, Gene Roddenberry, and DC Fontana]

This is why JJ Abrams needs to leave Star Trek right now and never ever come back. "It always felt too philosophical to me." [source] Seriously? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. could see the importance of Star Trek’s philosophical nature but as the artist entrusted with the material you couldn’t? Step away from this series, JJ. Your willful ignorance is sullying our ongoing revolution.

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Premiere Review - Sons of Anarchy is Back with a Vengeance- aka The Show Making Me Love Reprehensible People Since 2008 - By Rachael Kates - Published @ AntennaFree.TV

For those of you who do not watch the show, yes, that is a member of the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club drowning a Very Bad Man in a bathtub full of human urine. I screencapped it myself to capture for this post the glory of the most creative murder thus far on FX and I’m including Nip/Tuck and both seasons of American Horror Story. Well played, Sutter. Well played. *slow clap*

Did my heart love till now? Forswear it, sight!/For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night[…] O, here/ Will I set up my everlasting rest,/ And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars/From this world-wearied flesh... Romeo and Juliet

My love affair with Shakespeare took a solid ten years to develop - I started like every other seriously annoyed “oh my god why are we doing this” 6th grader and moved through high school english, basic and honors college Shakespeare, British Literature, feminist literature, and queer theory, all the movies of the class dialogue and adaptations and was able to attend viewings of a live performance of the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon before things really gelled. I can’t say what did it because there was no revelation watching David Tennant and Patrick Stewart stalk each other across the stage as Claudius and Hamlet. I wish it was as it would make a better story because they were exceptional - its David Tennant and Patrick Tennent! HOW COULD THEY BE ANYTHING ELSE? No, somewhere after all those experiences I had from eleven and twenty-one the Shakespearean dialect and rhythm just clicked like learning a foreign language and the plays made sense. The jokes were funny, the insults were biting, and the flirtations and implications were scandalous or incendiary - depending on their intention and few things are as awesome as the stage direction “Exit stage, pursued by bear.” No, really. I want to know all about the costuming involved in the 16th Century productions of a Winter’s Tale just for that one moment. 

What really happened was I was hit with the realization, while watching Grey’s Anatomy of all things, that in all likelihood, Petruccio and Caterina an the Elizabethan Meredith and Derek, the Tempest was a smarter Lost and Hamlet, well, if you aren’t watching Sons of Anarchy (which creator Kurt Sutter repeatedly says is Hamlet on motorcycles) a Netflix subscription is only 8 bucks a month and the first four seasons are there, Cut soda out of your diet for a month and you can afford a year’s worth…in case you were wondering how my broke ass I afforded mine.

Bottom line being, for the most part the bard’s plays were popular dramatic fiction. They teach us in high school that Shakespeare wrote to a pay check for a paycheck yet only when something like 10 Things I Hate About You or Sons of Anarchy is released am I really reminded of that undeniable truth. Warm Bodies is another of those modern adaptions of based on the pop fiction Shakespeare foundation. It’s the most recent one and for my money, it’s the best. Basing Warm Bodies off Romeo and Juliet, a story where the romantic leads end the story dead, and starting it with one of them dead already, turns the whole concept on its head. That is pure brilliance that should be appreciated for it’s own sake. That both the book and the movie catch my heart, squeeze it so hard I’m lucky nothing’s burst feels almost like a bonus when you come at it from a Shakespearean perspective.

Be rough with love is right, M.

Damn.

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My MacbookPro has been in the shop for a week so in honor of its return and at the final confirmation that my lovely editors at Den of Geek definitely do not need this footage - I present to the internet some exclusive content from leftover from the insanity that was ComicCon back in July. I ran into Keahu Kahuanui aka Danny Mahealani of Teen Wolf at a rooftop party at the San Diego Hard Rock Hotel looking fantastic in full cosplay glory. I hope you can see it but he had costume contacts in that were almost completely white with tiny black pupils that were very creepy and went well with the stripe of silver paint down the right side of his face.

Because I am a very lucky woman, Keahu took a few minutes out of his evening to chat with me about how he made that awesome outfit(oh, yes, he made that himself) and talk a little bit about his character on the show, the Ethan relationship and just generally be a delightful human being.

He wasn’t at the Q&As so for those of you who were as disappointed by that as I was, here’s a little something to make up for that. Enjoy and share!!

I finally got to use the Taken monologue in real life today you guys. Wheeee! Let me tell you the story!  I tweaked my OkCupid ID(one day I will shift to JDate and stop messing around with the goyim but not today). Marlee - my therapist - would like me to stop messing around or being all alone because its all or nothing with me QUITE so often for me and it causes my dear therapist concern. This is not because she’s judging or slut shaming(Facebook people reading this who may not be familiar with some of the terminology - if you do not know a term - slut shaming for example - go look it up, come back through the link to my tumblr, leave a comment in my ask box we’ll talk about it!) but because of me and my connection and emotional intimacy issues which Im hiding with meaningless sex. She is more concerned with my intimacy and emotional walls than then the volume of partners I may or may not have encountered in the last ten years. Before things fell out of whack she said, now might be the time to sign you up for a dating site or something” and damn her. I think she was right because I’m kinda ready and kinda lowering a wall a little. Damn her. If she wasnt such a bamf then…idk what. But something.
Anyway, first day back, using a new picture from ComicCon that makes my face look actually attractive and accentuating my face are my boobs which justlook LEGENDARY. I would dare to say epic. In just a few hours now I’ve got a few one word responses and I got a few really nice messages. The world was in order and we lived in peace.
But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Wait. Wrong saga. Anyway, some weirdo hits me up and was was like //i reported ur sorry skank ass to police Loser. your trash anyway like ur mom//
Oh.
No.
He.
Did.
Not. 
*pinches the bridge of her nose* Listen, little man. There are rules okay? There are rules about my mom and rules about my sister. I am allowed to say shit about my mother and sister(behind Hillary’s back, in a whisper so she cant hear me hundreds of miles away, because my sister is possibly a supervillain, or superhero. I’m not sure but It doesnt matter. She could destroy me with her brain is the point). Anyway I live with my mom. I bitch at her. I was raised by her. I am taken care of by her in an emotional and often fiscal sense. Same rules apply to my sister for different reasons but the bottom line doesnt change. They are my family, they are my pack, and we may bite and tear at each other but thats us. 
But you, Mr Psycho? You do not get to speak about my mother that way.  Even if you did get to speak about her thusly, you definitely dont get to do it with such poor spelling. Ew on top of rawr. Seriously. 
SO! I gathered my shit together. And thought “What would season 1 Lafayette do to sass back agains a personal affront?” and then I thought “What is one of the bad ass motherfuckers defending their family?”
This was the final result. Enjoy::::

Thanks for letting me know. I’ll make sure to have soda on ice for when they get here. I do love a man in uniform. Cheers. P.S. I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you stop saying things about my mother, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will enact litigation, a restraining order and most likely other forms of annoy civil and criminal levies against you.

I finally got to use the Taken monologue in real life today you guys. Wheeee! Let me tell you the story!  I tweaked my OkCupid ID(one day I will shift to JDate and stop messing around with the goyim but not today). Marlee - my therapist - would like me to stop messing around or being all alone because its all or nothing with me QUITE so often for me and it causes my dear therapist concern. This is not because she’s judging or slut shaming(Facebook people reading this who may not be familiar with some of the terminology - if you do not know a term - slut shaming for example - go look it up, come back through the link to my tumblr, leave a comment in my ask box we’ll talk about it!) but because of me and my connection and emotional intimacy issues which Im hiding with meaningless sex. She is more concerned with my intimacy and emotional walls than then the volume of partners I may or may not have encountered in the last ten years. Before things fell out of whack she said, now might be the time to sign you up for a dating site or something” and damn her. I think she was right because I’m kinda ready and kinda lowering a wall a little. Damn her. If she wasnt such a bamf then…idk what. But something.

Anyway, first day back, using a new picture from ComicCon that makes my face look actually attractive and accentuating my face are my boobs which justlook LEGENDARY. I would dare to say epic. In just a few hours now I’ve got a few one word responses and I got a few really nice messages. The world was in order and we lived in peace.

But everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Wait. Wrong saga. Anyway, some weirdo hits me up and was was like //i reported ur sorry skank ass to police Loser. your trash anyway like ur mom//

Oh.

No.

He.

Did.

Not. 

*pinches the bridge of her nose* Listen, little man. There are rules okay? There are rules about my mom and rules about my sister. I am allowed to say shit about my mother and sister(behind Hillary’s back, in a whisper so she cant hear me hundreds of miles away, because my sister is possibly a supervillain, or superhero. I’m not sure but It doesnt matter. She could destroy me with her brain is the point). Anyway I live with my mom. I bitch at her. I was raised by her. I am taken care of by her in an emotional and often fiscal sense. Same rules apply to my sister for different reasons but the bottom line doesnt change. They are my family, they are my pack, and we may bite and tear at each other but thats us. 

But you, Mr Psycho? You do not get to speak about my mother that way.  Even if you did get to speak about her thusly, you definitely dont get to do it with such poor spelling. Ew on top of rawr. Seriously. 

SO! I gathered my shit together. And thought “What would season 1 Lafayette do to sass back agains a personal affront?” and then I thought “What is one of the bad ass motherfuckers defending their family?”

This was the final result. Enjoy::::

Thanks for letting me know. I’ll make sure to have soda on ice for when they get here. I do love a man in uniform. 

Cheers. 

P.S. 
I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you stop saying things about my mother, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will enact litigation, a restraining order and most likely other forms of annoy civil and criminal levies against you.

Hey look! Teen Wolf’s season finale sums my relationship with my dad in a 4 gif nutshell! This is the part of the 3b seaon arc I am most excited about because guess what? Not all paternal damage is the kind that beaten-battered-locked-in-a-freezer Isaac was dealt. Some of it can come from a normal-looking professional with an impressive white collar job who made your life hell without raising a hand or even voice to you. I had surgery last week and the flowers my dad sent me were the first time he contacted me in 2 years(the majority of that silence self-imposed to protect my sanity and serenity). My face was Scott’s face in the last image when I read the card. So yeah. Looking forward to this because this is a reality I can relate to. Errant asshole parents who are gone or dormant for years just SHOW UP out of NOWHERE and throw this careful equilibrium that you’ve built without them out of whack. I’ve dealt with this and actual physical violence. Personally, the reappearing parent thing was far more difficult for me to bounce back from than anything physical. That said, I’m satisfied because regardless of what comes in Teen Wolf 3B we have been given this crystalline moment where Tyler Posey managed to express in two silent shots what I and I’m sure countless of other children have felt for their failures of fathers. Even if Agent McCall does get a redemption arc, there will always be this moment, where he got the rebuff he no doubt rightly deserved that we, the audience of millions who have been in Scott’s place, can savor vicariously. 

dippity-do-not-touch-me:

Okay so SOPA is back, guys. This time it’s trying to make streaming copyrighted material a felony. Do you know what that means? It means you can be charged and even do jail time for

  • Making fanart
  • Covering a song
  • If there’s a song on on the background of a video, it still counts
  • Writing fanfiction 


There’s a petition to stop it from happening, and it still needs 53,000 signatures so please sign it here

I reblogged this because I can’t sign it again. If you live in the US - sign it, it takes about two minutes. Then if you have five minutes, instead of two, call your congress(wo)man and explain to them that we know they live in the pockets of the mega-corperations behind the media but that if that’s what they’re doing(and it is), limiting access actually reduces income and every statistic proves it. So if they want to keep getting fat bribes, I’m sorry, campaign contributions from Disney/NBC/SONY/etc then they should chill the fuck out and open their doors instead of closing them.

Countless articles cry out for with the same request: work with the internet instead of against it!

Change is slow and difficult but hey it could happen. So call your politicians and tell them we know that what matters to them is moneye. To quote Lewis Black, business and politics have been in bed together for years. Fine. We’re willing to support that because we don’t have any other choice It would be nice if for once the lawmakers in this country could be smart about it rather than cutting off everyone’s nose to spite statistics and facts and reality’s face.

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Agents of SHIELD ComicCon - Exclusive Interview with Composer Bear McCreary

Check out my one on one chat with Bear McCreary(Battlestar Galactica, Walking Dead, Davinci’s Demons) the man behind the music of Joss Whedon and Marvel’s upcoming ABC show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Pssssst. There’s a clue in the creepy music this season on Teen Wolf. 

During the ‘Character of Music’ panel at San Diego Comic Con, hosted by BMI and White Bear PR, Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis dropped a hint about this season’s biggest villain - the Darach - in the form of the show’s musical composition. He and composer Dino Meneghin let slip that one piece of music composed for the show is actually a highly important plot-point, namely, the chanting that accompanies the Darach’s sacrifices and has been haunting Lydia Martin this season. The piece itself is another clue as to who, or what, Lydia is that makes her immune and magically inclined to finding the sacrifices.

Since real Druids kept no written records, academic music historians gave Davis and company what they could, and then the creative team had free rein to come up with their own chant (in fact a Scottish poem translated into Gaelic and given to a full choir to sing). The rhythmic vocals can be heard at moments such as the music room scene from recent episode Unleashed because the poem was chosen specifically for content relevance.

In answer to the question of which poetic text had been chosen for the honor, Jeff Davis teased after the panel that it was President Lincoln’s favorite poem however as I lack audio source recordings, I could not write that as a confirmation on this article as it appears in the first published version as I can here on my personal blog. One of his fellow producers found it and he told me to “Google Abraham Lincoln’s favorite poem” because he couldn’t remember the name of the poem off the top of his head . My research arrived at the general consensus that said poem appears to be Mortality by William Knox, a fifty-six line verse contemplating death and the fragility of life.

You can read it yourself and draw your own conclusions  Does it shed any light on the threefold deaths stalking the residents of Beacon Hills? Does it help us understand the motivations of the killer? With the next episode promising to reveal the identity of the Darach, could Mortality’s presence in the sacrifices tell us any more about what’s to come on Teen Wolf?

(Written by me, originally published on Den of Geek and expanded here for my blog)

Teen Wolf Comic Con 2013 - Jeff Davis (Creator/Executive Producer) from the press room at San Diego ComicCon - Friday, July 19 2013.

Okay, so my notes on the youtube link are more professional and specific but hey! Blog! So, here’s something fun about this video. The other press at my table asked some seriously great questions. The press person beside me asked about the kitsune mythos and Jeff’s response is adorably quotable(“How do you shift into a mountain?!”).

Personally, I asked quite a few things - I dragged out my “how do you write specifically PTSD for Lydia/Derek/Stiles” question followed by “No really how far is too far to pull Derek down?” because seriously. Derek Hale. Leonard Hoffsteader needs to build you a hugging machine. I also asked the question about the Argent women - you know, as in, “where are they, if hunters are supposed to be matriarchal” - and he gives the answer you’ll hear in the interview and, as you’ll hear in the interview says I look dissatisfied.

You’ll note that I actually respond to that with my reasons for being dissatisfied. 

I honestly can’t believe I did that. I really can’t. However, Jeff freaking Davis was sitting across the table from me with that look. I rewatched this video a few times before I posted it and no, there is absolutely no comparison to what his expression was like in real life to what it looks like captured on film. None. The compulsion to respond to his curious, “please talk to me” expression was what I imagine the cenobites feel like when someone in the Hellraiser universe opens the Lemarchand box: You just have to do it. So, I did. Argh. You might notice that the filming gets a little shaky there - its because I’m simultaneously unable to stop myself from pointing out plotholes and having stroke from pure nervous energy. 

where is dylan?

He was at a table to our left & I was paraphrasing Julie Andrews from the Princess Diaries 2. My video of it is here

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Teen Wolf Comic Con 2013 - DylanDylan O’Brien and Tyler Hoechlin from the press room at San Diego ComicCon - Friday, July 19 2013.

There were 5 other people covering the table with me and the voices overlap some so to clarify - these are the comments questions that were mine:

You’re not late, everyone else is early. (paraphrasing Julie Andrews in the Princess Diaries 2)

The PTSD question.

Hold the door comment

The Derek’s personal history/background question.

The other questions and comments are from the other awesome insightful press representatives. It was an honor to share the table with them.

Told were the press rooms for Teen Wolf, Vikings and the amazing press experience for a panel called The Character of Music which featured the composers and creators of Teen Wolf, Hannibal, and Black Sails. To say that the coverage wrangled was amazing is an understatement - the actors and creative teams were so giving of their time and insight. As soon as I can everything - all my video will be up and so will blog posts. Time and internet is limited but watch this space. It will fill. Promise.

However, not to be remiss - I want to thank Tyler Posey for giving our table in the press room the first recorded video of him calling his fiancée a fiancée and wish him a huge congrats on his engagement! I already said mazel tov, Tyler but I still mean it. I’d say I couldn’t be more excited for you but you were so excited to talk about it clearly there are higher excitement levels to be reached. Congratulations!