Top Ten Television Crushes

Have I done one of these already? If so, I don’t care because I am doing another one! My list has certainly evolved the past few months with some pretty awesome and fine gentlemen working their way in! As I’m writing this the post is threatening to turn into a novel, so sorry for the long one!!

Special mentions:

Luke Danes – Scott Patterson, Gilmore Girls

Jon Snow – Kit Harrington, Game of Thrones

Jax Teller – Charlie Hunnam, Sons of Anarchy

Chuck Bass – Gossip Girl

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Jess Mariano – Milo Ventimiglia, Gilmore Girls

Character rating: 8/10

Smoky factor: 8/10

Final Score: 16/20

Jess comes in at number 10 because he is the perfect bad boy that every girl should have once in her life. He is not always good to Rory and his problems in life keeps him back, but later on in the story his character becomes extremely satisfying to see succeed.

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Seely Booth – David Boreanz, Bones

Character rating: 8/10

Smoky factor: 8/10

Final Score: 16/20

I LOVVEEE Bones. The show is good and takes place in a lab which, as it is part of my career world, I enjoy immensely (although the drinking and eating around human remains… nope).

Booth is so damn fine. The height, the size, the character, just take me now. I have a big thing for the whole injured soldier story so that factors in really well too.



Damon Salvatore – Ian Somerhalder, Vampire Diaries

Character rating:  7.5/10

Smoky factor: 9/10

Final Score: 16.5/20

I’ve only seen the first three seasons and I’m not that interested in seeing the rest because season three is already rather boring, but the main attraction of that show is Damon Salvatore. He is comfortable with his nature and doesn’t whine as much as his brother. Also, the eyes of Ian Somerhalder, paired with the black hair and that fuck-it-all attitude. Win.



Robb Stark – Richard Madden, Game of Thrones

Character rating: 8/10

Smoky factor: 8.5/10

Rating: 16.5/20

SOB. He was everything until George Martin was George Martin and killed him off. I’ve noticed that GoT has the same route – endear a character to the watcher/reader, and then pop him. Rob, with his curly hair, his kingly nature and his impulsive streak (that lead to said popping) made such a good character. Richard Madden was a great attribute to the show – looky wise, acting wise and execution of the storyline. He is sorely missed.



Tom Branson – Allen Leech, Downton Abbey

Character rating: 8.5/10

Smoky factor: 8.5/10

Final Score: 17/20

Tom Branson is initially introduced into Downton as a depiction of the unrest that was very much real in the middle and lower classes in Britain in the 1920s. Tom is adorable in his outspokenness and opinions and his fearless determination to give his opinion. His love story with Sybil is so romantic and fun because it is seen as inappropriate.

I love Tom. He is a good man and can see how the upper class isn’t all that bad although he disagrees with the class system. His grief at Sybil’s death had me so upset because it was done so well. His love for his young daughter and his determination to make life good for her.Just YES.



Khal Drogo – Jason Momoa, Game of Thrones

Character rating: 7.5/10

Smoky factor: 10/10

Final Score: 17.5/20

If this post was based solely on characters Khal Drogo would probably have been lower on the list. His character is cool but let’s face it – even though the love story between him and Khaleesi eventually becomes so beautiful it causes physical pain, the start of their sexual relationship is not at all consensual (at least in the series)

So it is thus the looks department that brings Khal Drogo in at number five on this list. He is so hot. All that muscle and manliness and the little scar above the eye and his looks and everything

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Dean Winchester – Jensen Ackles, Supernatural

Character rating: 8.5/10

Smoky factor: 9/10

Final Score: 17.5/20

Ah Dean. Supernatural is such a great show (until season 5) and I’ve been scared plenty of times watching it. We all know who the better Winchester brother is. Sam Winchester is the most annoying crying baby that any show has had (apart from Carrie Matheson in Homeland). Dean however, is everything. HE is strong and resilient and such a good brother and smoking hot. His taste in music, his taste in cars, clothing and food. Everything just wins where Dean is concerned!

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Peter Quinn – Rupert Friend, Homeland

Character rating:9/10

Smoky factor: 8.5/10

Final Score: 17.5/20

This could really be a list of my favorite shows too, as far as the numbering is currently going! I really enjoy Homeland and even though I find the drama, especially in Season 4, very much like a war propaganda from the US, I think the show is really well produced and the characters extremely well written. Carrie Matheson is the bane of everyone’s existence, not just mine, so the show’s quality relies on the supporting cast and the story.

Peter Quinn came to Homeland in Season 2 but never really received the proper character development he deserved. Every season would start off with some introduction on his life and extraordinary work skills and then just fade as Carrie’s crying face got all the attention.

Season 4 finally really starts to focus on Quinn, and although I retched when his feelings for Carrie came out into the open, I really enjoyed that he got more screen time.

Quinn is efficient and loyal and dedicated to his team, all of the things which Carrie is not. When he goes into avenging mode, it is damn hot and I just want to jump through the screen. I enjoy the many layers the character has and how he struggles with many of the decisions his superiors make.



Sherlock Holmes – Benedict Cumberbatch, Sherlock

Character rating: 9/10

Smoky factor: 9.5/10

Final Score: 18.5/20

Sherlock comes in a close second on the favorite characters list. He is so intelligent and quirky and Benedict Cumberbatch brings the legendary sleuth to the screen in the way that no person could have thought possible. The three seasons are all highly entertaining, the banter between Sherlock and Watson is sharp and acerbic and the chemistry onscreen between Cumberbatch and Freeman contributes to the enormous success of the show. The story is sharp and layered and excellently written and produced. However, without Cumberbatch this show would have been really good, but I don’t think that it would have been as excellent. His unique features and nature brings the character to life – no one will ever be Sherlock as well again as he. Then there are Cumberbatch’s eyes and that voice that just kills me. (The hair and his height and his trench coats too)



Matthew Crawley – Dan Stevens, Downton Abbey

Character rating: 10/10

Smoky factor: 9/10

Final Score: 19/20

Matthew Crawley has forever ruined television crushes for me, because no one will ever be able to compete against him and walk away the victor. I don’t always go for blonde haired guys, so when I do, you must KNOW that it is for character reasons as well as looks. Matthew really perfected my standards here. His character is amazing. He is kind and compassionate in situations where it wouldn’t be unfair of him to lose his temper. He goes through so much in the show and he remains this gentle soul. I love everything about him and I can’t see myself ever giving this spot away to anyone else.

Series Review: Bones Season 2

Bones Season 2 DVD cover

Long post that contains SPOILERS

Read Season One’s review here

The Titan on the Tracks:

Dr. Temperance Brennan, or Bones (Emily Deschanel) is back from vacation and she’s decided to keep on looking for her father, ignoring his warning via telephone that she should not search for him. Their first case after her return involves two victims found at a derailed train, where it crashed into a car that was parked on the tracks. The victims are an ex-basketball player and a senator. Initially it looks like the driver of the car was ex-basketball player Warren Lynch. Warren is soon found comatose in the hospital, and that the driver of the car died several hours before being struck by the train. Further investigation shows that Rick Turco, a private investigator, made plans with Lynch to stage his death to cash in on some money, and that Turco went one step further and actually killed Lynch.

Back at the lab Dr. Camille Saroyan (Tamara Taylor) is the new Head of Forensic Division at the Jeffersonian Institute. Everyone wonders why Camille got the job and not Bones, but after she stands up for her team everyone knows she is well suited. Camille is very set on knowing everything that goes on in the lab as part of her managerial duties and this doesn’t jibe well with anyone, especially Bones, Zack (Eric Millegan) and Jack Hodgins (T. J. Thyne), who loves to have unauthorized experiments. Angela (Michaela Conlin) says that it is obvious there was something between Camille and Booth (David Boreanaz).

Mother and Child in the Bay

Booth and Brennan set to identify the remains of a woman and her unborn baby found washed up. The woman, Carly Richardson, pregnant at her death, disappeared a year ago and back then it was prominent news. Her husband, the main suspect at the time, disappears, things doesn’t look too good for him. Booth is having some issues with his son Parker (Ty Panitz) spending too much time with his mother’s boyfriend, and worries that he is missing out on his son’s life.

The Boy in the Shroud

A young man is decomposing in garbage, and Angela quickly identifies him. When it is found out that his girlfriend is in the foster system Cam identifies her as a prime suspect. This doesn’t sit well with Bones who was in the system as well. When the girl is found and admits to the crime Bones is stunned and still doesn’t believe it, and it quickly becomes obvious that everything isn’t as it seems. The tension keeps rising between Cam and Bones when they disagree on how work should be done, and she threatens to fire Bones. Everyone, including Booth, assures Cam is she does that she will not only lose the top forensic anthropologist in the country but the rest of the lab as well.

The Blonde in the Game

Howard Epps, the thorn in Booth and Brennan’s side, is finally on death row after he fooled them in season one. Another victim is found murdered reminiscent of his murder style, one whose body has been missing for years. He plays games with the team, leaving them clues to another body that is only a week old, which means he is working with a copycat. Bones realise that another victim might still be alive and they race against time to find her and outwit Epps and the copycat.

The Truth in the Lye

A man is found nearly dissolved in a bath full of corrosive chemicals found on the construction site. The man murdered lived a double life with two wives and that immediately makes them suspect. Things get really confusing when another suspect is identified as well. Brennan sticks her nose in Booth’s business and asks Rebecca why she rejected Booth’s marriage proposal.

The Girl in suite 2103

The next case involves an explosion in a Miami hotel. Booth thinks Judge Dolores Ramos, who survived the blast, was the intended victim as she is an enemy of the Columbian drug cartel, and while searching for the bombers, diplomatic immunity quickly gets in their way of making proper arrests and Booth has to appeal to the decent side of the killer in the hopes to get an arrest out of the case.

The girl with the curl

When the body of a young girl is found in a water filtration plant, the team is confused by her facial construction and dental records. The young girl is Brianna Swanson, a girl who worked in child pageants. Her father is the initial suspect because he hated that she took part in the contests, but the team find more suspects at the dancing school Brianna attended and was known for bullying the other children. Hodgins and Angela have been flirting a lot with each other but she initially rejects that they go on a date because they work together. She speaks to Cam and Brennan and realizes it won’t hurt to go on one date with him, and is distressed when it goes perfectly because she had hoped there wouldn’t be anything between them.

The Woman in the sand

The body of a federal prosecutor is found in Las Vegas and is linked to the death of a female boxer. Booth and Brennan head over undercover and discover an underground boxing ring while Booth has to deal with his gambling addiction so close to all those machines.

Aliens in a Spaceship


Two teenage boys are found in a space like capsule and Brennan says they were buried live underground. They realize the murders are of the serial killer the “Grave Digger”, who is elusive and undertakes no bargaining once the victims are taken and is happy to let them die if the ransom does not get paid. Brennan and Hodgins gets taken hostage by the killer and is trapped underground. While they seek desperate measures to stay alive with the limited amount of oxygen available, Booth and the team desperately seek ways to find them alive.

The Headless Witch in the Woods

Bones and Hodgins are still recovering from their ordeal with the Grave Digger, and Hodgins especially has problems dealing with how close he came to death and that the Grave Digger is still on the loose. When a headless corpse is found in the woods with a frightening video tape of that night, they are all sufficiently freaked out. The woods are rumoured to be haunted by Maggie Cinders, a Witch who had her head chopped off after trial and is killing her victims in the same way. Bones meets the victims brother, who took care of his brother when his parents died, and she can’t help compare his behaviour to her own brother’s Ross, who left her in foster care. When they finally arrest the murderer, everyone is happy there isn’t a Witch running around chopping people’s heads off. Watching the video again, Hodgins and Angela notices that there is a silhouette of a woman with an axe heading to the victim before he was killed, and they are freaked out all over again. Angela asks that she stays at Hodgin’s places and he is more than happy to say yes.

Judas on a Pole

While Zack is busy defending his dissertation from a disapproving board, Booth and Brennan investigate a man that was found burnt like a scarecrow on the roof of a hotel housing Federal witnesses. The victim, they learn, was in witness protection for giving evidence against the organised crime syndicate he used to work for. Russ (Lorean Dean) calls Bones and tells her their father called him warning that they are both in danger, and that she and Booth should drop the case. They learn that the victim had been stalking Russ with the intention to kill him, and that Max Keenan (Ryan O’Neal), their father, is behind the murder to warn off people who wants to kill his children.

The Man in the Cell


Howard Epps (Heath Freeman) escapes from prison and goes on a revenge path. This includes terrorising Booth by contacting his son, Parker, and Booth completely freaks out. They know that Brennan irks Epps because she is everything he despises in a woman, and she gets FBI protection. They find the head of Epps’s wife, and when Cam opens the skull she inhales a deadly poison that nearly kills her.

The Girl in the Gator

Booth is busy on the phone and gets agitated by an animated clown on a truck. He shoots the clown and is ordered to seek psychiatric help, and he meets Doctor Gordon Wyatt (Stephen Fry) an entertaining and unusual psychiatrist. While Booth tries to get Dr. Gordon to sign his release papers, Brennan works with Agent Tim Sullivan (Eddie McClintock) – a man who perplexes Brennan because he is so calm. She realises that Tim is incredibly intelligent and a really decent guy, and when they solve their case together she agrees to go on a date with him.

The Man in the Mansion

A man is found murdered in a mansion, tied to his chair, and Hodgin’s realises it is an old friend that he distanced himself from when his fiancé left him for the victim. Theoretically, Hodging’s shouldn’t be involved in the case but stays on, seriously endangering the case when it goes to trial. Booth is still seeing Dr. Gordon Wyatt, and the relationship between Tim and Brennan continues to develop.

Bodies in the Book

Brennan, who is a successful author of crime novels as well as a forensic anthropologist, releases her new book and it is an instant hit. However, things do not look good when victims show up around her, murdered in exactly the same way she described in the books. Tim agrees with Booth that Brennan may be a target for the killer, and this leads to Brennan disagreeing with them both because she is able to take care of herself. Brennan, after investigating the bones, starts to believe that she may be looking for three opportunistic killers instead of one psycho.

The Boneless Bride in the River

Bones is taking some well deserved vacation with Tim when Booth finds her, obviously frustrated that he has to work without her. Brennan is frustrated that she needs to give up some of her precious off time, and is even more infuriated when she the body pulled from water without any bones, which is kind of her area of expertise. Booth quickly finds the bones to keep her involved, and a strange, ancient ritual is discovered. At the end of the episode, Tim asks Bones to go on a year-long hiatus with him, and she declines, and he leaves in the boat he named after her.

The Priest in the Churchyard

After a main bursts and floods a cemetery, Zack and Dr. Brennan head to investigate. It seems like an easy task – there is not supposed to be any recently buried victims as the cemetery hasn’t been used for burials for over fifty years, and all the bones have been identified. One skeleton causes problems when they conclude that he was placed there within the last few weeks, and when they discover that the deceased was a difficult young priest sent to Father Dolan, the strict elderly church leader renowned for fixing troublesome young priests. He is immediately a suspect. Booth and Brennan constantly snipe at each other with their different religious views, and things become very tense between them.

The Killer in the Concrete

Next, a body is found in concrete. Booth thinks it has something to do with organized crime, and they stumble onto the chase for a former hit man by a dedicated bounty hunter. Booth is taken captive and tortured, but left alive. Frantic, Bones searches for her partner but it is only when her father arrives that she gets anywhere. Max, still wanted by the FBI, speeds up her search quickly and when Booth is safe again, Max escapes when Booth attempts to arrest him.

The Spaceman in the Crater

A dead astronaut appears to have fallen out from a high altitude. The team investigates members at the Space Agency, while the resident conspiracy-theorist Hodgins thinks there were aliens involved. Sadly, no aliens are involved, and Hodgin’s life gets sadder when Angela says no to his marriage proposal, but at least she tells him to keep on trying.

The Glowing Bones in the old house

Homeland security is perplexed by glowing bones found in a house and asks Bones and Booth to assist. They find the glowing bones but no sign of radioactivity. The team immediately identifies the victim but still has no explanation for the state of the remains. Eventually, they find both an explanation for the bones and the killer, and when Angela proposes to Hodgins and he accepts, the two of them are quite happy.

Stargazer in a Puddle

The season concludes with the case of Chelsea Cole, a girl with Werner’s syndrome and who had a talent of painting constellations. They eventually arrest Chelsea’s mother, who murdered her daughter when she thought that no one would be there to take care of Chelsea when she died of AIDS. Hodgins and Angela are very busy planning their wedding, where Bones will be Angela’s maid of honour. Angela’s father rocks up and he is a bit scary. Zack shares with Booth that he has been asked to serve in Iraq identifying bodies, and plans to leave after the wedding. Max Brennan rocks up and gives Bones a videotaping of her mother. He fights with Booth and after he loses, he allows himself to be arrested. Watching the video, Bones realises her parents left her and her brother so that they could be safe, and this helps her tremendously in dealing with her traumatic child years.

The wedding is halted when Caroline Julian (Patricia Belcher), a no-nonsense prosecutor, shows up and informs them that Angela is married to another man. Angela is shocked by it all because she thought that ceremony wasn’t real, but that still means she can’t marry Hodgins. Horrified, they don’t know what to do until Caroline suggests running away and not telling the guests what is happening. This works perfectly well, except that it leaves Bones and Booth standing uncomfortably at the altar.

Rating: 5.5/10

Best episode: Episode 9, Aliens in a spaceship.

Episode 12, The Man in the Cell

Worst episode: The Man in the Manshion

I didn’t enjoy Season 2 very much. Season 1 of Bones was a fairly good pilot season and I was excited to see how it would develop. Season two just didn’t live up to my expectations. The storylines were weak with critically few episodes that were really attention grabbing.

Honestly, I hated Cam in the first bunch of episodes. She seemed in love with her authority and it looked like she took pleasure from bossing the squints around. I also think that they should have explored Dr. Daniel Goodman’s departure more because he just disappeared with little said about it.

Most of the beef I had with season one was with regards to how badly the episodes were wrapped up. The progress at the ending of Season 1 concerning plot developments and episode disintegrated and the first few episodes of Season 2 were horrible.There also a few moments where the camera work was very dodgy and I really didn’t like how they showed flashes of the corpse or the murder. It seems they wanted to make the show more procedural crime but they really didn’t have a solid plan as to how to get there.

I did enjoy a few things: namely how Bones and Booth are developed more and how both of them had a bit of their story told. I liked that Angela and Jack were romantically linked. They match even though their personalities and outlook on life are different. I also thought that the relationship between Jack and Zack is so sweet and how they become best friends.

The inclusion of the Grave Digger and Howard Epps finally brought some excitement to the table. It gave the show a foundation to work with, and those make up for the episodes i most enjoyed. Howard Epps was brilliantly done by Heath Freeman. He was so frickin scary and The Man in the Cell was brilliantly done. Epps fell into the freakiest-men-to-ever-meet category. I found the inclusion of his crazy wife very entertaining yet sad because I have always been confused by these women who love serial killers.

I really liked Tim Sullivan. He seemed an intellectual match to Bones (if there is such a thing). It was sad they couldn’t have dated longer but he didn’t fit with my plans with Bones and Booth getting together in the not too distant future.

I loved Stephen Fry as Dr. Gordon Wyatt. He brings some excellent acting to the show and I liked how the doctor dealt with Booth shooting the clown on top of the truck and how it showed deeper problems in his life.

Have you seen Bones season 2? Tell me what you thought!



Five things Friday: 5 Male Characters in a series who kicks ass while looking DAMN fine

It’s Friday, folks!

I really liked compiling last week’s five female characters who kick ass on the small screen, so today I am bringing you this: 5 Male Characters in a series who kicks ass while looking DAMN fine

Jax Teller, Sons of Anarchy, played by Charlie Hunnam


I was so happy when CH dropped out of the 50 Shades of Grey movie. Whether it was voluntary or they forced him, starring in that shit would have damaged how much I love Jax Teller.

SOA messes with your mind a lot because you are on the criminal’s side and JT even more because you are vouching for a man that is basically a murdering gangster with questionable morals.

However, I love how badass JT is. He is gorgeous to look at and he has such an attitude that I find extremely appealing. I like that he is at the most basic level actually a man with deep love for the people closest to him and how protective he can be when someone messes with his nearest and dearest.

Dean Winchester, Supernatural, played by Jensen Ackles


Ah, Dean. He is without a doubt the most appealing of the Winchester brothers. I hated the whiney Snotbag Sam Winchester and how Dean always had to clean up after him. I love Dean’s dedication to his job and his family, his music, clothes and food, his Impala and his courage to never stop moving.

I think Jensen Ackles was excellently cast as Dean Winchester. He was one of the only characters in the show I constantly had sympathy for and rooted for.

Special Agent Seeley Booth, Bones, played by David Boreanaz


Some characters you support because of their looks and some because of who they are. There is absolutely nothing wrong with how Booth looks, but it is mostly his character that got him on this list. I enjoy his relationship with Bones and how he protects her but understands that she is independent and needs to do some things on her own. I find his hero complex endearing and how he always needs to be there for the people in his life.

Harvey Specter, Suits, played by Gabriel Macht


It is the suits and the education and work ethic and that hairstyle that would have looked absolutely stupid on anyone else. He is hardworking and very dedicated to the people around him and is okay with lifting himself up. Harvey Specter makes Suits amazing – I think all the other characters just pale in comparison.

Patrick Jane, The Mentalist, played by Simon Baker

 Patrick Jane

He is without one of the most layered, complex characters on television. I thoroughly enjoy that attitude that gets him slapped ever so often, the dedication to finding his wife’s killer, and his own killer instinct when it comes to people bullshitting police investigations. Simon Baker was as well cast as Jane as Robert Downey Jnr. is cast as Iron Man – they both bring something essential to their characters that just make everything more believable.