Following up with Fox for Almost Human

I wrote them again at: askfox@fox.com to plead for Almost Human, that series I told you about on March 12. I even edited my original letter into this letter just in case they didn’t get to read it the first time. They aren’t as smart as you, they don’t subscribe to my blog. ;)

Here is the new version:

I’m back again, to plead for this show. Please renew it. I sincerely loved it, and adding John Larroquette near the end of the season, as well as The Wall, was a wonderful lead in for new stories in a NEW SEASON.

Again I will say I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy have an awesome chemistry as partners, and the supporting cast and story line have been superb.

Don’t forget that I gave up a favorite show to watch this week after week because I am old school and only have an antennae and like to watch the show when it airs. After the 3rd show I was hooked for life. And still am….please don’t pull a Firefly on us this time. Please give us more than just one season. I don’t want to have to go into therapy for this series too! Please, please renew this show!! I honestly need it in my life.

Seriously, it is a great show and has a strong viewership. Even though our numbers may not be as large as you would like, the show will gain more of us as it continues. Many more will come. People are even using it as April Fool’s bait, trying to mock those of us that love the show so much into believing you did already renew it. You have to renew this show!

Thank you for taking time to read this, and know that I am a devoted fan of this show. I reiterate that I would love to have a new season to enjoy as well.

Sincerely,
Angela Fitch

I have no idea if anyone reads the emails at askfox@fox.com. But I guess I’ll keep sending them little notes just in case they do. I hope the show come back. Sci-fi withdrawals, le sigh.

Just for you entertainment, here is a link to the April Fool’s prank I mentioned. Hope I get to come back with news of a true renewal, no joke! :) See ya! Angela

 

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Perfect?

I’m sorry I wasn’t perfect. I didn’t mean to let you down.

I just wanted a friend who could love me all of the time.

We are called to love the unlovely, but that’s not really what we practice.

We want others to be perfect, then we’ll show no malice.

You say that wasn’t the problem, but because my behavior didn’t please you

I had to leave you sad, and walk away because I knew.

Jesus wants a relationship with me, not behavior modification.

If I have to prove to you I’m worthy, then you are not my friend.

“You can’t be hearing from God! I know it’s wrong! It’s not what I would say or do.”

And therein lies the problem, you aren’t my god and I’m not following you.

I have come to a place where I’m not rejected, I’m not despised, I am accepted.

You tell me He leads me with guilt, shame and condemnation.

But He says I’m free, and those things are not from Him.

I live in His conviction, a place that’s safe from judgment.

Do you really wonder why you are so unhappy? Why you feel so spent?

Because you aren’t following Love, you are following requirement.

So you look at yourself, at me, at the humanity at its worst and its best

To you, yourself included, all these imperfect ones are just a bunch of rejects.

We can never live up to all of that, and that is not what He expects.

Living our lives like that will lead to nothing but hate and death.

You won’t like the things I am saying, you aren’t rejected, you I accept.

Maybe someday you’ll love me too….not with callous words but with warmth and intent.

I’m sorry I’m not perfect, I didn’t mean to let you down…..

I forgive your self-importance, and love you . . . just the way you are found.

I’ll let Him talk to you, and ask for His sweet words to bring

His love so close to you that you will breathe Him in deep.

He’s the perfect one, in love and word and in deed…

Learn to love like Him. That is the behavior you need.

Angela Wilkerson Fitch on April 2, 2014

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The Monuments Men – A Really Good Movie

I love history. I forget that sometimes. Throw me in an old graveyard to read tombstones, an old building like the Biltmore House in Asheville, NC or a museum and I can get lost for days (if security would let me). So the historical perspective of The Monuments Men was a big draw for me. My review doesn’t have any big spoilers, but there may be a few small ones. Overall, they will not take away from your movie experience in and of themselves.

The plot kinda goes like this: Based (a little loosely at times) on a true story and events that happened near the end of World War II, The Monuments Men builds the story of a great treasure hunt for the booty the Nazi’s have taken from every country they have plundered. Not only that, but if the Nazi regime fell, they were going to destroy everything and wipe thousands of years of history off of the books. If they couldn’t own it, nobody else could either, I guess. The rescue of the world’s art is the concept, and an unlikely team is put together of mostly older gentlemen with either education or experience with art, and/or art restoration and history. The unlikely bunch portrayed in the movie slowly figure out how to work together, and make loyal bonds that we assume last a lifetime. It was honestly an impossible mission that somehow worked. These guys were willing to risk their lives to help in some way defend and rescue some of man’s greatest artistic achievements.

The movie has lots of action and drama, and a few really good lines as well. There were also a few ‘face palm’ moments for me, but you will have to figure those out for yourself. Over all though I really enjoyed how the characters figured each other out and bonded. There were a few tough scenes, after all they are portraying a war. Strangely, most of the critiques I read of this movie before we went wanted it to be tougher, harder, more true war action. Maybe I’ve just grown soft as I’ve aged, but in my opinion there was plenty about the reality of war in it. The reality of war isn’t all bombs and guns and death, although there are a few scenes that give you a taste of this. Sometimes though, most of the time, it’s about people forced out of their homes, living lives they never dreamed of in their worst nightmares, doing without and struggling just for basic necessities. There were several scenes that showed this reality, even though the movie didn’t dwell on it. I liked how they handled these scenes. The mission was important, and the movie focused on this as well as the strange turns of luck that sometimes made it all work.

I also really enjoyed the actors in this movie. It was a big name cast that played very well together: George Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville and Cate Blanchett. Bill Murray did an excellent job with his role as Richard Campbell. His character gets teamed up with Bob Balaban’s Preston Savitz. Their relationship starts off pretty rocky at first, and I won’t spoil it all for you. Suffice it to say that they find some creative and very touching ways to get along. They were my favorite pair, but I really enjoyed each character. Sometimes the jump between scenes was a little wide for me, but you follow the story pretty well and there is a part of the rescue that sews the whole movie together.

I love these guys.

This was a fun and enjoyable movie. There are other blogs that are documenting glitches in history or action that the movie had, so I’m not going into that here more than to make a couple of points. Some of the characters portrayed are made from a historical composite of a combination of people. Also, the actual team for the real projects was around 400 people. You have to conclude in the movie that there are lots of people working with the team to save the art, even though you are never directly told this. You will want to watch some of the credits too. There are black and white photos of the real Monuments Men with some of the art they saved. I will leave you with some of my favorite quotes from the movie.

George Clooney as Lt. Frank Stokes: “You can wipe out an entire generation, you can burn their homes to the ground and somehow they’ll still find their way back. But if you destroy their history, you destroy their achievements and it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants and that’s exactly what we are fighting for.” (speaking to the President and some executives)

He rephrases this for his men later – Lt. Frank Stokes: “If you destroy an entire generation of people’s culture, it’s as if they never existed. That’s what Hitler wants, and it’s the one thing we can’t allow.”
Bob Balaban as Pvt. Preston Savitz: “So we get to shoot some Nazi’s?” (in answer to Lt. Stokes)

Hugh Bonneville as Lt. Donald Jeffries: “Well, the chaps are all very anxious to get started. We have your architect from Chicago, a sculptor, a director of design at the school of fine arts, and a few other experts in various fields of art.” (Describing this unlikely military team)

Matt Damon as James Granger (who has been trying to get the character Claire Simone to help them most of the movie) “This is a directive signed by Hitler that says if he dies or if Germany falls, they are to destroy everything.”
Cate Blanchett as Claire Simone (finally!): “How can I help you steal our stolen art?”

To help clarify this quote and why I like it: The character of Claire Simone appears to have been based on Rose Valland, a Parisian museum curator who was drafted by the Nazis during the Paris occupation to assist with art “acquisitions”. As depicted in this film Valland secretly kept a detailed ledger of all works that passed through Nazi hands, the original (often Jewish) owner of each work, and the location in Germany where each item was eventually transported. The Monuments Men had another valuable treasure in this ledger with all of that information.

I came for the history, I stayed for the characters. I hope you also watch and enjoy it. I plan on purchasing it and adding it to my current movie collection. When you have a chance to see it, come back and share your favorite quotes with me. :)

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Almost Human – My Letter to Fox

I watch some TV, but not a lot. I watch NCIS. All 11 seasons of it thank you. I watch a couple of other comedies and one drama regularly. But as you can see from this list I don’t watch a lot.

There is another show, a wonderful new show on Fox. (Well it was on Fox. It’s in limbo right now. That’s what this post is about.) The name, as you may have guessed from my title, is Almost Human. It stars Karl Urban, Michael Ealy and a great supporting cast. It is sci-fi, has great plot points and action with humor! What’s not to love? And did I mention Karl Urban? :D Why yes, yes I did!

When Fox released their list of renewed series, Almost Human was on the “probably not” part of the list, aka not on the list at all. :( I have posted a few times on their Facebook page ( Almost Human ) and someone suggested emailing Fox directly concerning this. So I did. Immediately. Why didn’t I think of that before? Below is the letter I shared with them:

To: askfox@fox.com concerning Almost Human:

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series. Karl Urban and Michael Ealy have an awesome chemistry as partners, and the supporting cast and story line have been superb.

I gave up a favorite show to watch this week after week because I am old school and only have an antennae and like to watch the show when it airs. After the 3rd show I was hooked for life.

Please, please renew this show!! I honestly need it in my life. Seriously, it is a great show and has a strong viewership. Even though our numbers may not be as large as you would like, the show will gain more of us as it continues.

Thank you for taking time to read this, and know that I am a devoted fan of this show. I would love to have a new season to enjoy as well.

Sincerely,
Angela Fitch

End of letter.

Have you ever written to a network about a show that you loved, or hated? What are some of the series you have been enjoying so far this year? I have written my note, so that is that. I hope at least that it is read by someone, some intern or VP, somebody. And I do sincerely hope that Almost Human makes it in and we get to see a second season. Until we don’t, there is always hope. :) Hope, hope hope!!

Hoping this finds you happily enjoying life and a little tv as well, maybe it’s on in the background while you are reading this. Until next time, Angela

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