Category Archives: Marie Gilbert

Sleepy Hollow S02 E14: Kali Yuga


Possessed portraits, serial killers and dating 101 were the topics on last week’s episode of “Sleepy Hollow.” Poor Ichabod, he’ll need to put more fizz into his romancing techniques if he’s going to win Katrina away from the very passionate and dashing Abraham. We’ve learned the backstory of all the characters, except one. What’s Nick’s worst nightmare. Meet Nick’s childhood caretaker.

Colonial Karaoke

Ichabod, Abbie, Jenny and Nick are hanging out at a club where Abbie does one hell of a karaoke song. There’s no Katrina in sight, so maybe that first date didn’t work out after all. Abbie talks Ichabod into doing a karaoke song. I think our stud muffin should have gone with “All About the Bass” by Meghan Trainor because the song he went with was a downer. Jenny is into Nick, and I think he feels the same way about her, although earlier in the season he made a play for Abbie. And they say girls are fickle. When Nick gets a message that that he’s to pick up an artifact, he leaves the party.


There’s been a rift between Ichabod and Abbie. She’s been keeping secrets from him and doing cases without him. Has she lost faith in her demon fighting sidekick? I think it’s more than that and I know just who to blame. Katrina has Ichabod dangling on a string, and if last week’s date was any indication, then this has to be the most passionless marriage, ever!  I’ve never trusted Katrina and feel that her loyalties are to Abraham and Henry.


Nick meets a woman from his past. It’s the woman who raised him after his parents were killed. She’s like a female version of Indiana Jones and she needs Nick to help her. Now, before I go any further with this review, I have to say how freaking happy I was to see one my favorite actresses on Sleepy Hollow. Jaime Murray who is in Syfy’s hit show, “Defiance,” is just the shot in the arm that Sleepy Hollow needs to bring up its ratings. I did an interview on Jaime and she was a joy to chat with. You can find the two part interview here and here. Jaime plays the mysterious Carmella, who is a servant to dark mother, Kali, and our monster of the week. We don’t want to piss off Carmella. She’s got a bad temper and venomous claws.


Nick is torn between helping his former caretaker and protecting his friends. When he breaks into the archives better known as Ichabod’s Cabinet of Curiosities, the alarm goes off bringing Abbie, Jenny and Ichabod in Nick’s red sports car. Does Ichabod have a driver’s license?

The chase through the underground tunnels brings Abbie and Ichabod face to face with Carmella. She escapes before they can capture her. While Abbie and Jenny try to locate Nick, Ichabod and Katrina are going through the archives to see what’s missing. I did have to chuckle at Katrina’s opinion on a book about Mary Poppins.

With the blueprints that Nick took from the archives, he and Carmella plan to break into the Knox vaults to get a statue. Nick is unaware that Carmella plans to use the statue of Kali to make slaves. Ichabod and Abbie’s entrapment inside the vault give them time to talk.

Captain Irving

I guess it’s good to have a lawyer in the family, because Frank needs all the help he can get. Cynthia Irving gets Frank out of trouble, but she isn’t sure if husband is alive or dead. She asks Katrina to help her. Frank gets a clean bill of health from Katrina, but I have my doubts.


There’s been talk that the Fox Network is worried about the low ratings for this show. Having a monster of the week is a sure way to bring up the ratings, but we need more than monsters to fix the lagging storyline. Adding Nick Hawley (Matt Barr) to the plot helped, but somehow the possibility of him and Ichabod doing more adventures together, fell through. It’s a shame because having two stud muffins on the show definitely raised the ratings. While Abbie and Ichabod battle the slaves of Kali, Jenny saves Nick from Carmella, and we get to see Nick without his shirt. In this episode we learn that Nick is leaving. After giving Jenny a kiss goodbye, he’s off to track down Carmella. Will he be back?


Ichabod was upset and maybe jealous of Abbie’s connection to the angel, Orion. He found something belonging to the angel at the archives. Abbie has feelings for Ichabod, but he is trying to fix Katrina and Henry. Abbie needs a partner she can trust. Ichabod needs to choose between Abbie and Katrina.

Jaime Murray is at her best when she plays bad girls. Her Stahma on “Defiance” is proof of that, and I enjoyed her bad girl Carmella, tonight. If you want the ratings to go up, keep bringing guest stars aboard like the lovely Ms. Murray.

I guess that little chat in the vault worked because Abbie and Ichabod are back at the karaoke bar and they are doing a duet, “Proud Mary,” and they were good. See you next week, my little sleepy heads.

12 Monkeys S01 E02: Mentally Divergent


Cassandra is having man troubles. On last week’s first episode of “12 Monkeys,” we witnessed the time jumping Cole causing all kinds of grief for our young Dr. Railly. Cole and Cassandra need to learn more about the group called 12 Monkeys, but they may have to wait until visiting hours begins at the mental hospital. If you’re ready for some time travel boogie woogie, then follow me. Read the rest of this entry

American Horror Story: Freak Show S04 E13: Curtain Call


Last week’s episode Of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” had us all reeling with plot twists full of revenge and lunacy. It was almost like watching Congress at work. What the freaks finally did to Stanley was a brilliant tribute to Tod Browning and his film, but I never expected Maggie to die. Elsa’s on the way to Hollywood, Chester’s in jail and Dandy’s the new owner. It’s the last performance of the season and the show must go on. Your ticket for tonight comes with a warning, “He who enters is doomed.” Read the rest of this entry

Sleepy Hollow S02 E13: Pittura Infamante


Ichabod Crane, our colonial stud muffin, has had to deal with demons, Moloch, an ungrateful son, headless horsemen, purgatory and, on the last episode of “Sleepy Hollow,” an angel named Orion. But, tonight Ichabod will handle his most dangerous quest; a date with his wife. Can Ichabod save his marriage Maybe Abbie will have some suggestions. Let’s hope it doesn’t involve the founding fathers. Read the rest of this entry

12 Monkeys S01 E01: Splinter


What would you do if a stranger told you that he was from the future? What if he needed your help to change that future? Would you? Could you? Last night’s premiere of the “12 Monkeys” series on Showcase and Syfy, inspired by Terry Gilliam‘s 1995 blockbuster film, asks that question as James Cole and Dr. Cassandra Railly race against time itself to stop a deadly plague. Grab your decontamination suit and follow me. Read the rest of this entry

Steampunk Granny Interviews Amanda Schull of 12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys - Season 1

Showcase has a new series premiering on Showcase and Syfy on January 16, 2015.. The anticipated series is called “12 Monkeys,” which is based on the film of the same name, but that is where the similarities end. Amanda Schull, who is not only an accomplished actress but also a professional dancer, has been featured in “One Tree Hill”, “Pretty Little Liars,” and “Suits.” I asked Amanda, who will play the role of Cassandra Railly on “12 Monkeys,” what to expect. Check out her reply after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

American Horror Story: Freak Show S04 E12: Show Stoppers


Holy Split Personalities! Dandy thinks he’s the reincarnation of Twisty and Chester thinks his dummy is alive, but I think last week’s episode of “American Horror Story: Freak Show” should have been called, “Another One Bites the Dust.” Elsa was packing for Hollywood, but she was also ‘packing’ as in gun; as in goodbye Dell. Will Marjorie convince Chester to use the twins in his act? Will Dandy stop him? Does anyone know where Jimmy is? Enter the sideshow tent to find out… if you dare. Read the rest of this entry

Marie Gilbert On… Alien

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Each week, one of Biff Bam Pop’s illustrious writers will delve into one of their favorite things.  Perhaps it’s a movie or album they’ve carried with them for years.  Maybe it’s something new that moved them and they think might move you too.  Each week, a new subject, a new voice writing on… something they love.

Biff Bam Pop!’s fearless leader, Andy Burns, once asked me what movie scared me the most. I would have to say it was Alien and the sequels that followed. Why aliens? I grew up during the Cold War and nuclear testing. Coincidentally there was also an increase in UFO sightings. Everyone was afraid of atomic warfare or getting probed by little green men. This fear was carried over in film. To find out why I feel that Alien is a great film, you need to step back in time. Read the rest of this entry


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