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Neden sen türkçe konuşmaya başladın?!
Gizli bir Türk sevgilin var mi?
Türkiye'ye taşincek misin?
...yoksa sen tamamen deli mi?

Yok annem! sakin ol! ben deli değilim.
Gerceklik? Benim çok fazla zamanim var...


So I have been learning Turkish for the past few months. 
And it all started when I came across this show called 'Al Yazmalim'(or The Girl with the Red Scarf). It was this romantic drama about two young people from the Turkish countryside. The show was alright plot wise, but somehow, I found myself getting hooked to it.
Eventually I got up to episode three I think, before 'Gaaspp, no more subtitles'. I was watching it on Youtube and could not find subtitles ANYWHERE after the third episode, which if you ask me, is probably the most evil thing that someone could do.
I mean if I had known that there were only subtitles until the third episode I wouldn't have started watching in the first place! Now how do I get to know what happened to Asiye and Ilyas? If they were torn apart by their family or did they finally get together?
After contemplating the situation, I came to the obvious conclusion that all that was left for me to do is to learn Turkish. So I went on Duolingo and have been hacking away at it for a few months now. 
I've also gotten hooked on other Turkish TV shows. My favorite by far is 'Kara Para Aşk'.It has suspense, romance, crime and drama.. the whole works. I've finished watching the entire series and I absolutely loved it. Ne harika bir dizi! Cok sevdim! And recently I've started watching 'Babacan Dir' which is lighter and more of a rom-com. 
Turkish culture is quite similar to Indian culture and its language similar to Indian languages yet their TV shows are about a billion times better.
As far as learning Turkish goes, I have progressed a lot, but my goal is to be able to watch and understand the show without subtitles.
I did that with the pakistani show 'Zindagi Gulzar hai' and was surprised to find that I understood Urdu.. 
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Period Dramas Are LIFE

When you are someone like me who has an obsession with historical fiction, where would you be without period dramas?!

I made a comprehensive list of period dramas by chronological time periods. I have watched a few of these but not all. Some of these are more popular (Downton Abbey, Mad Men) while there are some really great underrated series too. Not gonna lie though, some of these are downright cheezy and may not even be historically accurate. But who cares?! I’ll take a dashing Mr. Darcy in his breeches sipping tea by a quaint thicket in his lavish garden any day.

ROMAN ERA

Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010) 100BC-71BC
Rome (2005) 50BC-30BC

MIDDLE AGES

Vikings (2013) 793
The Last Kingdom (2015) 872
Marco Polo (2014) 1271-1368

RENAISSANCE

The White Queen (2013) 1464
Isabel (2012) 1472-1492
Da Vinci’s Demons (2013) 1470s
The Borgias (2011) 1492

TUDOR ERA

The Tudors (2007) 1525-1540s
Wolf Hall (2015) 1500-1535
Reign (2013) 1542-1560

GEORGIAN ERA

Black Sails (2014) 1715
Poldark (2015) 1780s
Banished (2015) 1788
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015) early 1800s
The Red and the Black (1993) 1814-1830

REGENCY PERIOD

Great Expectations (2011) 1812
To the Ends of the Earth (2005) 1812
Garrow’s Law (2009) 1810s-1820s
Vanity Fair (1998) 1811-1820
Lost in Austen (2008) 1811-1820
Pride and Prejudice (1995) 1810s
Emma (2009) 1810s

VICTORIAN ENGLAND

Martin Chuzzlewit (1994) 1842
Cranford (2007) 1840s
North and South (2004) 1840s
Wives and Daughters (1999) 1840s
Jane Eyre (2006) 1840s
Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) 1848
Bleak House (2005) 1852-1853
Little Doorit (2008) 1855-1857
Desperate Romantics (2009) 1850s
Doctor Thorne (2016) 1850s
Daniel Deronda (2002) 1865
He Knew He Was Right (2004) 1860s
The Way We Live Now (2001) 1870s
The Buccaneers (1995) 1870s
Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) 1870s
The Paradise (2012) 1890
Murdoch Mysteries (2008) 1890s
Lark Rise to Candleford (2008) end of 19th century

The Forsyte Saga (1968) 1886-1936
The Forsyte Saga (2002)

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR & OLD WEST

Underground (2016) 1857
Copper (2012) 1860s
Deadwood (2004) 1876

EDWARDIAN ERA

The Knick (2014) 1900
Berkeley Square (1998) 1902
Mr. Selfridge early (2013) 1900s
Another Period (2015) 1900-1910
When Calls the Heart (2014) 1910

WORLD WAR 1

Parade’s End (2012) 1914-1918 (WW1)
Downton Abbey (2010) 1910s-1920s

THE 20s

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (2012) 1920s
The House of Elliot (1991) 1920s
Little Doorit (2008) 1920s
The Grand (1997) 1920s
Downton Abbey (2010) 1910s-1920s

PROHIBITIONIST ERA

Boardwalk Empire (2010)  1920-1933 (Prohibitionist era)

THE 30s

South Rising (2011) 1930s
Mildred Pierce (2011) 1931
Dancing on the Edge (2013) 1930s
Poirot (1989) 1932-1936
Upstairs Downstairs (2010) 1936

INDIAN BRITISH RAJ

Indian Summers (2015) 1932
The Jewel in the Crown (1984) 1942

WORLD WAR 2

Home Fires (2015) 1939-1940
Island of War (2004) 1940s
Land Girls (2009) 1940s

THE 50s

Call the Midwife (2012) 1950s
The Bletchley Circle (2012) 1952-1953
A Place to Call Home (2013) 1950s
The Hour (2012) 1950s
Masters of Sex (2013) 1950s-1960s

THE 60s

Pan Am (2011) 1960s
Our Mutual Friend (1998) 1960s
Mad Men (2007) 1960s

 

I will keep updating this list as I discover new shows. Maybe get around to watching them.

There are many period dramas from other languages and cultures too, but I haven’t ventured there yet. Also I am very tempted to put Arthur on this list but I don’t think it qualifies as a period drama..

The Darkest Timeline

How am I supposed to get anything done when Sherlock and Community are releasing the same week? First of all, let me just begin by saying that I have been a huge Community fan right from the airing of the first season. I can not emphasize how much I fell in love with that show (title of this blog), right from Jeff’s first monologue. When NBC announced that the show was going to be cancelled right after the second season I was furious, “six seasons and a movie!” I demanded. So far, the first couple of seasons were phenomenal. The fourth season, however was a huge letdown. Actually it was so bad, it was almost depressing. I don’t even want to talk about it. In fact, its probably best to pretend it didn’t exist at all. With Dan Harmon leaving, the entire show spiraled down into a pile of shit. I endured.
Then it was announced that Dan Harmon would be returning for the fifth season. There was hope. The show could be saved yet. True, Chevy Chase will be gone and the show still needs to be pulled out of a ditch , but with Dan Harmon’s ingenuity the original Community I loved can be resurrected for sure!
So I was really counting on season 5 to pull things around. After watching the first two episodes ‘Repilot’ and ‘Introduction to Teaching’ I had mixed feelings. I get it. Its hard trying to smooth things over. Its hard finding a reason for everyone to end up in Greendale again and make it work. But I mean Pierce is dead and his hologram tells Jeff not to screw Greendale? And what is the deal with Chang/Kevin (yes, he is funny but…) why is he still around? Yet the episodes were and not terrible. Then I hear that Donald Glover is leaving. This really puts me off. Troy is leaving. The whole Troy and Abed relationship is one if the greatest highlights of this show. What about ‘Troy and Abed in the Morning’? What about the pillow forts? The handshakes? Inspector Space Time!! Losing Pierce was bad enough but I think Troy leaving would throw the whole show off balance. This might actually be the darkest timeline. That is when I realized something. Some things are better left just as they are. I wanted six seasons and a movie but maybe four terrific seasons are better than six seasons of a patchy show. Maybe its better to jump rather then try to save a sinking ship. We don’t need more sketchy episodes like we don’t need another Shrek movie. Although I continue to watch this show I think the first three seasons were a masterpiece in themselves.

Sherlock is Back!

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS!

After what seemed like ages and eons of time, Sherlock finally returned for Season 3, episode 1: The Empty Hearse. The amount of expectations I had for this show were tremendous and YES, it was amazing! Seriously did not disappoint this time. So I’m going to go ahead and recap the show without fangirling too much.

The different fan theories: I loved both of them. Anderson’s involves an elaborate scheme which includes Derren Brown and uses advanced technology to create a mask resembling Moriarty on the spot. It was all Mission Impossible like. He even even swoops in through the window bungee jumping and makes out with the leading lady. Classic. I almost wish this was real.

The second fan theory was probably taken directly from a ‘Morelock’ or whatever that is fan fiction. It was downright hilarious. Moriarty and Sherlock giggled like schoolboys while they pushed an effigy taped with a mask with Sherlock’s face on it down the building. Then they made out. Awesome. Its like all the internet fantasies are coming true.

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Sherlock’s Parents: I think one of the biggest, most unexpected shocks was getting to meet Sherlock’s parents. As John put it, they are so ordinary. How do you have two brilliant children like that? Clearly it wasn’t genetics. I thought the whole scene was very cute. But why are Sherlock’s parents being introduced? I am anticipating the foundation for their role in future episodes. This is a whole other side of Sherlock. He seemingly doesn’t care about his parents (not as much as Mrs.Hudson it would seem) yet he told them about him faking the suicide. He didn’t want them to worry? More people that care about Sherlock. More weakness?

John: I really loved John’s reaction when Sherlock reveals himself at the restaurant. I was anticipating the reaction because this is something difficult and would have probably ruined my opinion on this episode had it not been portrayed just right. This reveals how amazing an actor Martin Freeman is. I like how he tackles Sherlock to the floor and later punches him in the nose as the keep changing settings throughout the night.

It looks like all the Sherlock/John shippers and fan fiction out there really influenced the show with all those gay references.

JOHN: I’ve met someone…We’re getting married. Well, I’m going to ask anyway.

MRS.HUDSON: So soon after Sherlock?

um… well yes.

Whats his name?

Its a woman.

A woman?!

Well yes, of course its a woman.

You really have moved on, haven’t you…

Mrs.Hudson! how many times?.. Sherlock was not my boyfriend.

Live and let live. Thats my motto.

Listen to me. I am not gay!

This conversation. ♥

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But really, I felt like this episode was loaded with a lot of character exposition focusing on relationships. i.e. Sherlock and John, Sherlock and Mycroft and his parents Sherlock and Molly, and even some Mary/Sherlock/John.

Mary: I find Mary interesting. I feel like she is going to be a big part of the upcoming episodes. For starters she takes Sherlock side immediately. Also when I paused at the scene where he is trying to deduce things from her a lot of words pop up and some more frequently than others. ‘Secret’ comes up a couple of times and the word ‘liar’ comes up several times. What is this in reference to? Is there more than meets the eye? Also, ‘tattoo’ comes up a couple times. I can only wonder where.

Sherlock’s motorcycle skills: Apparently Sherlock is rather great at driving the motorcycle. He even speeds down several flights of stairs in a grand feat with his super in-built GPS. Perhaps the thought of losing John brought out the action hero side of him. It was very touching to see the way he rescues him. I think that whole scene just brought them together a little more.

Mycroft: What is the deal with Mycroft? So he is just as brilliant and smart as Sherlock now? After a game of chess/operation and he reveals that his deduction skills might be on par with Sherlock’s. Also he learns Serbian in a couple of hours. Okay. I felt like this is quite different from the Mycroft shown in the previous seasons.

I  liked this scene because it gave a sort of peek into their complicated sibling relationship. And how much Mycroft hates musicals.

Molly (and more importantly) her boyfriend: WTF? That is about as elegantly as I can put it. Both John and Molly’s lovers seemed intriguing and suspicious to me. There is something seriously wrong with her boyfriend, apart from the obvious creepy-pseudo Sherlock thing. I feel like he might have something to do with John’s abduction and the man with the glasses. Sherlock’s new-found enemy.

Sherlock and his version: Sherlock’s personality was slightly different in this episode. He seems more capable of emotion; more human. Like how he says

“the one person that he thought didn’t matter at all to me, was the one person who mattered the most.”

*swoons* to Molly. Is there something in store for them in the future? Could it be? (Despite the creeper fiancé of hers of course.) Not only towards Molly but, also towards Mycroft and John, he seemed more emotional and understanding at a human level; though he tells Mary he knows nothing about ‘humans’ or ‘nature’. Apart from that he is also more funny in this episode which makes him seem more lighthearted than usual like pretending to be an Italian waiter!?

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Although the actual conflict the titled “empty hearse” storyline only began after three fourths of the episode the bomb scare climax was heart racing. It is one of the best climaxes I’ve seen, especially with Sherlock’s cockiness. Overall this episode was fulfilling after a two year long agonizing wait.