Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GLEE 5x11: "City of Angels"


New Directions travels to Los Angeles to compete for their second National championship, honoring Finn's memory in the process. With the fate of the glee club in their jazz hands, the stakes have (finally) never been higher.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

A Great, Big, Beautiful Tomorrow


"The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future
by merely changing his attitude."
- The Oprah

It's a new year, and with it comes a clean(ish) slate for us all. While I hope everyone's 2013 is off to a great start, I wanted to take a moment to make some announcements and address a few things. You may or may not have heard that I left my job as an Operations Manager - that's obviously the big one. It was ultimately one of the best (albeit scary) decisions I've made, as heading into the new year I wanted to focus on finding and cultivating my passions for the first time. Logistics was never really my thing, and despite all of the amazing people I've worked with over the years - it was time to make that leap.

Being unemployed for the first time in nearly a decade is a surreal but refreshing change of pace. While plotting my next move professionally, I've been able to recover from a lot of the stress and anxiety that I've been carrying around for far too long. In letting those things go, I suddenly found myself inspired in a way and on a level that I have never in my life experienced. I have always considered myself first and foremost a writer, despite what few genuine outlets I've had for my work. In the last year, Zip and a Kick! evolved into something very specialized. The recaps, photocaps, and reviews became my #1 priority creatively, and - at the risk of sounding full of myself - I'm immensely proud of the discipline that has gone into it, and the finished product that came as a result of that discipline. I have so much respect for the critics, journalists, and bloggers that do this sort of thing for a living - because it is HARD. WORK. For me, it has meant a lot of late nights, a lot of not seeing even my closest friends, and an entirely new kind of stress than what I was used to in my "day job". I've never been doing it for the money (a good thing, since I've never been paid for it), but rather because I enjoy putting my thoughts, opinions, and weirdo sense of humor out there for the world...and connecting with people in the process. That is the return on the investment of my time, despite it not being monetary. So what happened? That enormous inspiration that I mentioned above - that's what happened.

Enough beating around the bush: I've decided to begin work on my first novel. This will be my first attempt at the world of fiction, and it's a hugely intimidating prospect. I'm not ready to detail the concept just yet, however I will say that the idea is pretty ambitious. Hell, I may even be biting off more than I can chew. But in keeping with the risks I've taken as of late, it's a limb I'm willing to go out on. As such, I'll be taking my time on this project - it's one that requires a great deal of research before the narrative can begin to even loosely take form. In other words: Don't expect to see me promoting a finished product anytime in 2013. I'm happy to share my progress over time, though. What this means for Zip and a Kick!, however, is slightly more complicated. 

In order to do it right, I honestly feel that I will need to devote 100% of my creative energies to this undertaking. I'm not going to shut down the site, but there's a good chance that weekly recaps are going to have to be put on hold for the foreseeable future. It pains me to even think about it, but I truly feel that it's the right thing to do. I'm not saying you won't get some updates every now and then (The Carrie Diaries is just beginning, after all), but my efforts will need to be re-routed. Hopefully what I accomplish down the road will make this compromise worthwhile. I really believe that it will.



Literally infinite thanks to everyone for your support of the site and my work over the past four (!) years. Zip and a Kick! is an extension of myself, and means too much to me to simply let go - let's just say it's re-grouping. This isn't the end, but it is a new beginning. Wish me luck. Keep moving forward.

xoxo
JP

Thursday, November 22, 2012

GOSSIP GIRL 6x5: "Monstrous Ball"


Cotillion strikes again! As Sage prepares for her society debut, Serena discovers that Steven is planning to propose - which naturally sends everyone scheming to prevent the big moment. Blair attempts to capitalize on her provocative new reputation for her fashion line, after Dan gets in her head once again with a glowing chapter on Chuck for his serial. At last, the drama we've been waiting for!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

GLEE 4x6: "Glease"


Backstage drama threatens the opening of yet another McKinley High musical - but while Finn vows to keep Grease on course, Kitty shows her true colors in seeking vengeance against Marley. Rachel and Kurt return to Lima yet again to "support" their exes, and discover just how different their former home has become.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

GLEE 4x5: "The Role You Were Born To Play"


Artie convinces Finn to take a break from self-loathing and direct the school musical, but the auditions process is complicated by a harshly-opinionated Sue. Meanwhile, the Marley/Jake/Kitty triangle evolves into a square with the introduction of Ryder (The Glee Project's Blake Jenner), in the first installment to focus exclusively on the McKinley storylines. Sorry, Rachel!

Monday, November 12, 2012

GOSSIP GIRL 6x4: "Portrait of a Lady Alexander"


Dan finds new ways to be heinous, Blair & Chuck find "Lady Alexander", and Serena finds out that she's been out-slutted by her own mother. You'd think that on Gossip Girl the re-emergence of a sex tape would spice things up, but things continue to flatline on the Upper East Side.

Monday, October 29, 2012

MOCKINGBIRD LANE: A NICE PLACE TO VISIT


The Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane was unleashed on Friday, with NBC airing the pilot (not brought to series) as a one-shot Halloween special. While the characters aren't quite how you remember them from the 60s series, what's definitely familiar is the tone and style of writer/executive producer Bryan Fuller.

Friday, October 26, 2012

WHOA, CANADA!


Brace yourself, world: Degrassi is celebrating its 300th episode tonight. Our neighbors to the North have been pushing the teen soap envelope for a couple of generations now, and there's no issue - no matter how outlandish or obscure - that they won't tackle. And as over the top as the stories may be, the iTunes episode synopses are even funnier.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

GOSSIP GIRL 6x3: "Dirty Rotten Scandals"


In an episode ultimately about family, this week's Gossip Girl proves that dysfunction and dependency are the real ties that bind. Blair and Serena form an icy alliance when they need favors from one another, both involving the big Waldorf Designs fashion show. Meanwhile, Dan continues to burn bridges when he has doubts about publishing his serial in The Spectator - and Sage is still a hellish spin-off waiting to happen.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

OUT OF THE WOODS


In a new feature here, I'm giving hated movies one more try. Were they actually good, or were my first instincts accurate? To kick off, we'll take a look at one of the most reviled sequels of all time: Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. Worthless horror...or something more? You probably know the answer, but where's the fun in giving it away?