What to Expect from TNT’s The Librarians

By Kristina Manente

I can tell you right now, there is no show I am more excited about than TNT’s The Librarians. Think of Indiana Jones meets Supernatural meets a bottle of tequila, and you’ve got The Librarians. A group of genius and gifted misfits including a math and science prodigy with synesthesia played by Lindy Booth , a lumberjack art historian played by Christian Kane, John Kim as a rascally thief, and Rebecca Romijn as a counter-terrorism expert. The cast also includes John Larroquette as Jenkins, Mathew Frewer as the big baddie, and welcomes back Noah Wyle as lovable dork-in-chief, Flynn Carsen.

In college, my roommates and I fell in love and laughter with the original Librarian films and so when I heard there was going to be a television show, we went crazy. The movies were fun, even silly, but they were fabulous adventures. To have a hero that’s not only as socially awkward as myself, but as dorky, is a great thing to see… and the fact that’s going to be expanded to a whole team is just a joy.


But to backtrack for those who may not be on The Librarian bandwagon (how dare you), basically it’s about this organization that protects and curates all the mythical and magical relics of the world (Excalibur, The Golden Goose, The Spear of Destiny, etc), and the curator of all this is Flynn Carsen… a major dork with 22 degrees, as played perfectly by Noah Wyle. There were three tv films on TNT: Quest for the Spear, Return to King Soloman’s Mines, & The Judas Chalice. They were all ridiculously fun, goofy, and full of adventure and flailing. They were also some of the highest audience grossing programs on TNT.

So, it wasn’t too much a surprise when the television show was announced, perhaps it was always a question as to when rather than if. So how did The Librarians television show come to be? According to show runner John Rogers, it was because “Michael Wright, Dean Devlin and Noah [Wyle] loved the movies so much.” They spent years trying to get the rights, and when they finally did, John called up Noah to break the good news.

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My NYCC Re-Cap!

I’m babbling on Your Friend Elle again, but this time, it’s about New York Comic Con! See, this was actually my first time going. I’ve been to San Diego Comic Con two years running now, but I’ve never dared to traverse the Javits Center in October. It’s a lot different from the massive spectacle that is SDCC, but it has a lot going for it.

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Click the screenshot above or follow this link to read my re-cap of my first ever NYCC.

Episode 2: Da Vinci’s Demons at NYCC

I had the chance to interview the cast of STARZ’s Da Vinci’s Demons at New York Comic Con, and it was a riot!

Photos by Kristina Manente.

From beards to the changing relationship between Leonardo and Riario, the cast and executive producers talk about the show so far and what to expect in Season 3. Do be aware the interviews contain Season 1 and 2 spoilers.

Tom Riley as Leonardo Da Vinci and Gregg Chillin as Zoroaster. First look at Da Vinci’s Demons Season 3.

The action adventure drama from the mind of David S. Goyer, helmed by showrunner and EP John Shiban (writer “Breaking Bad,” “X-files”), follows the adventures of a young Leonardo da Vinci, on the cusp of greatness. In season three, which returns to STARZ in 2015, da Vinci’s world comes crashing down when the city of Otranto is torn apart by an Ottoman invasion.

Tom Riley as Leonardo Da Vinci, Gregg Chillin as Zoroaster, and Blake Ritson as Riario.

NYCC: Final Fantasy Type-0 HD


Final Fantasy is one of the most respected gaming dynasties of all time. There’s no denying that. They have a way of breathing life into the industry, even when it’s at its best. Final Fantasy always seems to make it better. So getting to play the demo for Final Fantasy Type-0 was a treat for multiple reasons.

I’m one of those plebeians who have never gotten to play on a Playstation 4 yet, so that was fun, especially when some of the controls were still Japanese based (damn you O button!). But regardless, Type-0 is a Final Fantasy game you will NEED to play… and here’s why.



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NYCC: Kingdom Hearts ReMIX 2.5

title_SQ_1000Getting the invite to the Square Enix media suite was a joy and a half. Since my Assassin’s Creed binge extravaganza, I’ve been desperate to really throw myself into gaming. Square Enix was the first company to win my heart with Kingdom Hearts back in the day, so when I saw they were offering a chance to play with ReMIX 2.5, I jumped at the chance. I also noticed they were offering demos of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, and so I lept at that as well.

I gush a lot, so let’s talk about ReMIX 2.5 and what’s new about it~



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A Venetian Adventure on Your Friend Elle

Hey everyone! Sorry it’s been so long since a post. I finished my MA in Radio at Goldsmiths and moved back to the USA from London. It’s been a bit of a time and as I job search in the states, I am constantly reminded (& yearn for) my travels around the globe.

So, when the fabulous Elle of Your Friend Elle was looking for travel writers, I lept at the chance. And look, my first post is up!

YFE_VeniceClick the screenshot above or follow this link to read my tips for traveling the canals of Venezia. Unsurprisingly, Assassin’s Creed makes an appearance.

I hope you all enjoy and I hope I’ll be able to write more for Elle, it was super fun (& she was super patient as I moved across the pond!)


Was Robin Hood Real?

The Doctor is going to Sherwood Forest.


I feel ya Clara (though what are you wearing?) I love Robin Hood too. Vigilante types with a charming smile and the law unto themselves. Give me Robin Hood and Sir Percy Blakeney any day over Superman. When I first heard that Mark Gatiss was going to be penning a Robin Hood related episode for Peter Capaldi’s first season of Doctor Who, I nearly wet myself. All my favorite things rolled into one. If there’s something I love more than Sherlock Holmes it may just be Robin Hood. And that’s everything from the original Middle English ballads to that foxy fox to the horrible Kevin Costner movie (because omg Alan Rickman). Robin Hood: Men In Tights was my first Mel Brooks film and I could probably quote it word for word. I love the stories so much I have a truly horrible and cheesy German Robin Hood musical on DVD (and you can totes watch parts of it on YouTube).


So, you can understand my excitement that The Doctor is going to meet Robin Hood.

“But wait just a gosh darn tootin’ minute!”, I hear everyone say, how can The Doctor and Clara go see Robin Hood? He’s just a story…


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Nerdy Confessions: Korean Dramas


All of us have things we’re secretly nerdy about that we don’t really talk to anyone about. Which is silly, because you should never be ashamed of enthusiasm! So, I thought I’d start a segment here on Very Nerdy Curly where I and guests talk about their “nerdy confession.”

I’m sick. It sucks. But it does give me an excuse to binge watch telly. Now I could chip away at my very long list of dramas and comedies that I’ve been meaning to watch for years… or I could get sucked into Korean dramas. Guess which one I chose?

Ding dong! K-Drama! There’s something to be said for the romantic melodrama genre that South Korean has the monopoly on. Mistaken identities. Farcical comedy. Super intense drama. And of course, l’amour. South Korean puts out an alarming amount of dramas ranging from insanely detailed (& beautiful) historical pieces to adaptations of popular comic book series (manwa in Korean). They’re addictive to boot, which is always good for a binge watching session. A lot of them are incredibly charming and can be properly dramatic. A lot of them are sugar coated cotton candy. They’re all great.

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Jurassic Heart… it’s a dating sim with a dinosaur.

Sorry for falling off the map there for a bit. Lots of travel and a nasty sinus infection got me down. But I’m back with something that I hope will make up for it. Or rather amuse you as much as it amused me, then again, I am high on cold meds. I mean, how often do you come across a dinosaur dating sim?



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Get Capaldified: 5 Shows to Watch Before Series 8


I love Peter Capaldi. No, you don’t understand, I love him. A beautiful versatile and cathartic actor, this damn man has made me cry and howl with laughter so many times I think I have a hernia. He’s a fearless and emotional actor who is going to do amazing things with his new role as The Doctor. When the speculation was abuzz about who was going to be the next Doctor, we all had our favorites. When Capaldi’s name was thrown into the ring, I jumped on it. I thought it was a dream and far too good to be true. It was the perfect casting in my eye and when the announcement was made… I fell off my bed. It’s true. I flailed and screamed so much I genuinely fell off my bed. I was so excited and I am STILL so excited. When he briefly appeared in the 50th Anniversary episode I screamed again.

I fucking love Peter Capaldi.

His first proper adventure as the 12th Doctor premieres on the 23rd of this month on BBC One and it’s feature length. Not only that, it’s getting a red carpet premiere in Leicester Square and you can watch it in cinemas around the world. To say we’re all ready for The Doctor’s return is an understatement.

Some of you, however, may not be as well acquainted with the glory that is Peter Capaldi, so allow me to point you to some shows, or at least episodes, that you should watch to gear up for Deep Breath.

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