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Dexter: New Blood Season 1 Blu-ray Review

Official Synopsis: The world at large believes Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) died in a tragic boating accident, and in a way the world at large isn’t wrong. Far from the life he knew, living under a false name in the small town of Iron Lake, New York, he’s successfully tamped down his Dark Passenger for nearly 10 years. With a normal job and a Chief of Police girlfriend, it seems he’s got life under control – until his son shows up and turns his world upside down. Rattled, Dexter yields to his homicidal urges and soon finds himself on a collision course with a very dangerous local.

I loved the original Dexter series, and while the revival, Dexter: New Blood wasn’t perfect, there was a lot to like about it. So being able to watch it again to review the Blu-ray was fun. I especially love Julia Jones as Dexter’s girlfriend and seeing the return of Jennifer Carpenter as Dexter adopted sister Deb. Having Harrison show up out of the blue definitely brought an interesting dynamic to both Dexter the man and Dexter the series!

As for the four-disc Blu-ray set, it features all 10 episodes that aired on Showtime plus some great extras.

Disc 1 includes episodes 1-3, “Cold Snap,” “Storm of Fuck,” & “Smoke Signals.” It also includes two special features: “Why Now?” — Showrunner Clyde Phillips and stars Michael C. Hall & Jennifer Carpenter talk about what to expect in the revival series; & “Dissecting Dexter: New Blood – Deb is Back” — Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter dive into their roles as Dexter and Deb Morgan.

Disc 2 includes episodes 4-6, “H is for Hero,” “Runaway,” & “Too Many Tuna Sandwiches.” It also includes the special feature “Dissecting Dexter: New Blood – The Kill Room” — Viewers get a behind-the-scenes look at Dexter’s kill room and the psychology of it all. Fascinating stuff, but I could have used a lot more!

Disc 3 includes episodes 7-9, “Skin of Her Teeth,” “Unfair Game,” & “The Family Business.” There are no special features on disc 3.

Finally, disc 4 includes the season finale episode, “Sins of the Father,” as well as the special feature “All Out on the Table.” Viewers will enjoy a whopping thirty-minute retrospective about the making of the show as the cast and crew lay it “all out on the table” to dissect their characters, as well as revealing exclusive behind-the-scenes moments, breaking down the emotional finale, and more.

Overall, this is a beautiful Blu-ray set and a fantastic show, well worth buying and watching for a first (or second!) time.

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If We Controlled Your Remote… 6/30/13

Happy Sunday! It’s the start of a new week—the last day of June! Time flies. It’s also gonna be a short work week for most people because of Independence Day on Thursday, the 4th of July. My husband has both Thursday & Friday off work, my kid is gone this week to visit my family in Oklahoma, so I’m gonna have a good week. 😉 And that starts tonight, with some fun new episodes! Check out what we recommend you watch.

Jenny’s Choice

foodnetworkstar2013smallLast week on Food Network Star, the contestants got to relax at the movies—NOT! Instead, they were split up into teams of three and had to draw themes to determine what genre of movie they would not only cooking for, but performing a trailer for in order to promote their food: Romance, Musical, or Western. The trailers were a mixed bag. The Romance was a little cheesy, got a little raunchy, but was pretty good. The musical was pretty funny, but mainly because two of the three have terrible voices, and the one that CAN sing mumbled so much you couldn’t understand it all. The Western was the best. I really enjoyed it—and apparently, so did the audience, as they were the top vote getters. Rodney, Lovely, and Viet were in the bottom three. Viet is too shy/awkward in front of the camera. If he could put out food that the judges know he can in addition to coming more alive in front of the audience/camera, he’d be golden. Rodney hasn’t been consistent with his food—even the pies, which is odd, since he’s the pie king. So he needs to step up his game. The judges feel he has promise, though, so he stayed. In the end, Lovely, who was having big trouble with her food, was the one sent home, which I was more than okay with.

On tonight’s episode, “4th of July Live,” the remaining contestants are challenged to take part in live television scenarios where “E! News” host Terrence Jenkins will test them. The competitors assist with a special Fourth fo July show that offers recipe & party tips (much like the Food Network Thanksgiving special each year, it sounds like!).

See the fun tonight on Food Network at 9/8c.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing HGTV Star, Whodunnit?, Crossing Lines, Falling Skies, & Iron Chef America.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 12/16/12

Tonight is a very slow night for new TV, and because of that, JJ and Megan are taking the night off. But Kyle & I are here to tell you what we think you should be watching, so read on! 🙂

Jenny’s Choice

thenextironchefsmallThere are several things on tonight for me, a couple of which are actually surprising even to me. (I quit watching Royal Pains very early this season, but I want to watch Evan & Paige get married… And I didn’t watch Ashley’s season of The Bachelorette, but I’m a sucker for this type of thing, so I’ll be watching her wedding to J.P. 🙂 ) But the show I’ll enjoy most tonight is the new episode of The Next Iron Chef. Last week was all about fusion—awkward and just plain wrong food pairings, like chicken liver & peppermints, bone marrow & Skittles, calamari & mini marshmallows, and more. Surprisingly, the judges liked most of the dishes. In the end, it was Chefs Appleman & Mehta that got sent (erroneously, in my opinion) to the Secret Ingredient Showdown. Neither chef excelled in the challenge, but Chef Appleman won by virtue of his whole shrimp head he included in his dish, sending Chef Jehangir Mehta home. I honestly don’t know who I’m rooting for anymore. Some of my favorites coming into the competition have shown incredible attitude, so Chef Amanda Freitag might be my frontrunner now.

On tonight’s episode, “Transcendence,” the four remaining competitors encounter famed magician David Copperfield, who magically reveals an ingredient to be utilized by the chefs in a challenge that involves constructing a delicious Las Vegas-style buffet meal.

Don’t miss the competition tonight on Food Network at 9/8c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Next Iron Chef @ Clicker.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing Sugar Dome, The Bachelorette: Ashley & J.P.’s Wedding, & Royal Pains.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 10/7/12

Here in Canada, we’re celebrating a long weekend for Thanksgiving, so I plan on staying up late to catch up on all the shows I have saved up on my DVR, but that’s not until I take in some new TV tonight. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for television, and this week is shaping up to be just as busy. Let’s see what you should be watching.

Megan’s Choice

I can’t help but get sucked into The Amazing Race every single season, and this season is definitely no exception. Last week’s season premiere had me interested from the first second, although when they did the eating challenge where they ate the fallopian tubes—I may have turned away a time or two to avoid the nausea. I already don’t like Abbie & Ryan because they will never hesitate to step on another team, and while I understand it was for the $2 million, it still seemed a bit sketchy to me.

On tonight’s episode, “Long Hair, Don’t Care,” the race continues in Surabaya, Indonesia, where one team makes a bold move, but it could cost them the game, while another Racer breaks down amid the frustration of a roadblock.

Remember to adjust your DVRs because of the ridiculous sport they call football. To see how the racers manage this leg of the race, tune in to CBS at 8:30/7:30c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Amazing Race @ Clicker.

Tonight, I’ll also be watching/DVRing Once Upon a Time, The Mentalist, 666 Park Avenue, Breaking Amish, Iron Chef America, Homeland, and America’s Funniest Home Videos.
 
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If We Controlled Your Remote… 9/30/12

Yay! It’s a new week on the crazy train that is fall TV. We get a bit of a break mid-week because of the political debate, but not much of one. That’s ok, though… I’m loving all the great episodes so far! Tonight is a really busy night of premieres plus lots of other great new episodes, so check out what the four of us think you should be watching.

Jenny’s Choice

Last season’s finale of The Mentalist was suspenseful & shocking from beginning to end. It started six months after Patrick Jane was dismissed from the CBI and ended with Wainwright dead and Red John once again having escaped the grasp of Jane & the CBI, with the addition of the FBI this time around. Obviously, Jane has to stay with the CBI, but how has his time away changed him? Tonight’s season premiere should go a long way to answering that…I hope. 🙂

On tonight’s episode, “The Crimson Ticket,” while Jane tries to decipher Lorelei’s connection to Red John, the CBI team is forced to partner with the FBI to solve the murder of a hotel employee. Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) returns as Lorelei Martins, Polly Walker (Rome) guest stars as Senior FBI Agent Alexa Schultz, and Ivan Sergei (Gravity) guest stars as FBI Agent Gabe Mancini.

Don’t miss it tonight on CBS at 10/9c. Learn where to find episodes online of The Mentalist @ Clicker.

I’ll also be watching/DVRing The Amazing Race, Cupcake Wars, The Great Food Truck Race, & Copper.
 
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