I have an official new favorite television show: Marvel’s Runaways. Given that I was a huge Marvel comics buff when I was a kid (um..OK…so I still am…) and love pretty much anything to do with superheroes, I was excited to check out this new show — even though I did read the storyline years ago in the Runaways comics but can’t remember at all how it went.
The storyline is thus: Six teenagers from very different backgrounds and a rocky past come together and inadvertently discover that their parents are evil super-villains (collectively known as “The Pride”). Yes, I know we all think our parents are evil when we’re growing up. But in this case, it’s true! Learning their parents’ secret is just the beginning, however, as our teens experience all manner of twists and turns and at times, are not quite sure where their loyalties truly lie. Though they have their differences, they six kids come together to unite against their evil parents in this character-focused drama.
Our six teens are:
- Alex – a nerd who wants only to reunite with his childhood friends who broke apart after “The Event”
- Nico – a gothic-appearing Wiccan, still trying to recover from her sister’s death, who discovers a family heirloom with mysterious powers.
- Karolina – a young lady raised in an uber-religious household (complete with its own church) discovers that she has strange powers (picture glowing rainbow lights). . .and oh, she can fly.
- Gert – A social activist who has the strange ability to communicate with dinosaurs.
- Chase – Handsome lacrosse player by day, a brilliant scientist by night.
- Molly – The youngest of the group who one day discovers she has super-human strength — I’m talking “pushing a semi truck into a hole” kind of strength.
We also learn all about their parents: why they do what they do, what makes them tick and how they’re being controlled by a single, powerful, (and evil?) force. I’m not going to tell you much about them — half the fun of this series is figuring them out once their secrets begin to reveal themselves.
All in all, there are well over a dozen main characters in the show (it seems like a lot at first, but surprisingly, it works) and multiple storylines, resulting in a complex, gripping and captivating teenage mystery/drama complete with teen angst, family secrets, murder, kidnapping, super-heros and super-villains — all resulting in a compelling mystery with a dash of the supernatural (well, maybe more than a dash)
Now I will admit, after I watched the first two episodes, my initial reaction was lukewarm. A friend asked me what I thought, and I responded with “Meh”. But by the third and fourth episodes, I was hooked…bad. So bad in fact, that I binge-watched the rest of the season over a couple of days. So yes, it is a bit of a slow start but it’s worth it. The season gets better and better with each episode, leading up to the exciting season finale, which definitely left me wanting for more.
The first season of the series consists of 10 episodes was and was originally released on Hulu in November 2017. As far as I know, Hulu is the only way to watch it. I’m also delighted to announce that the series has been renewed for a second season. Yay!
So if you have Hulu and are looking for something fun and original to watch, Marvel’s Runaways just might be what you’re looking for.
When I was a kid, I fell in love with an old television movie (and the subsequent television series) entitled “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir” about a woman who purchases an old house that is haunted by the ghost of a Sea Captain. So I was delighted when I recently stumbled across the book entitled “The Ghost and Mr. Moore” by Ryan Field — a modern tongue-in-cheek gay retelling of the original movie. Mr. Field has written several other books in a similar vein (parodies of popular films), and I’ve enjoyed several of them so I thought I’d check this one out.
Famous child actor Dexter Moore moves into an old house in Provincetown along with his daughter and housekeeper. The house was once owned by a handsome sea captain (Captain Lang, who according to Dexter, resembles Hugh Jackman) and according to local rumor, the house is haunted. Sure enough, strange things begin happening shortly after they move in: cupboard doors open by themselves, strange breezes pop up out of nowhere in the house and the sound of laughter echoes through the rooms when there’s nobody around.
The ghost eventually makes an appearance and in no time at all, the ghostly Captain Lang and Mr. Moore have sex – lots of sex. Some might say, too much sex. But still, there is an interesting storyline, especially once a camera crew begins following Mr. Moore and his family around the house for a reality show. To make things even more interesting, Mr. Moore’s ex shows up and tries to win him back — which doesn’t sit too well with the jealous captain.
Like the original movie, Mr. Moore and Captain Lang sit down and write several books together about Captain Lang’s wild adventures at sea. But at the end of the day, the two need to think about the reality of their relationship and the feasibility of a human with a ghost lover.
I definitely enjoyed this light-hearted, low-angst story with fun characters and a storyline (with several subplots) that held my interest. The Ghost and Mr. Moore is a story with lots of heart and may even bring a tear to your eye from time to time. If you’re a fan of the original Ghost and Mrs. Muir (or ghost stories in general) and don’t mind more than a generous sprinkling of sex in your stories, then you may want to check out The Ghost and Mr. Moore. Mr. Field did an excellent job of this retelling of an old favorite and as usual, did not disappoint.
You can check out the Ghost and Mr. Moore HERE
I have just released Book 3 of the ghost oracle series entitled of “The Magician’s Secret”. The book is available on Amazon, Kobo, Apple iBooks and other online retailers. The book is also available in paperback from Amazon.
The blurb is as follows:
At a stage magic show, sixteen-year-old psychic medium Nick Michelson notices a frightening knife-wielding female ghost standing on stage watching the magician perform his act. Later, she disappears and Nick thinks he’s seen the last of her.
At the beach the next day, a strange girl runs up to Nick and asks him to help her before she is brusquely escorted away by her group leader. After she leaves, the same ghost from the previous night appears before Nick, claims her daughter is innocent and begs Nick to help her. She then vanishes.
Nick later discovers that the ghost’s daughter is accused of her mother’s brutal murder and is locked up at a psychiatric facility awaiting to be tried as an adult. After visiting the young girl at the facility, he reluctantly decides to help prove her innocence.
But why was the ghost at the magic show? And how is the magician tied to the murder of an innocent woman?
As Nick becomes more involved with the girl and her ghostly mother, things only get stranger in the coming days — and more dangerous for him, the magician and the magician’s son. When an attempt is made on Nick’s life, he vows to step away from the situation. But the ghost – and the murderer – aren’t so quick to let Nick get away.
Note: Though this book is part of the Ghost Oracle series, it can be read as a stand-alone novel.