Now that the first season in its entirety has aired, I can fully assess the perfection of ABC’s sci-fi/fantasy drama, Once Upon a Time.

Created by two of the writers/producers from Lost (Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz), OUAT bears a striking resemblance to the iconic series, albeit with its own crazy and fantastic twists.

The show centers around 28-year-old Emma (Jennifer Morrison), a woman who grew up in the foster system, who is found in Boston by the son she gave up for adoption ten years prior. Her son, Henry (Jared S. Gilmore), tells her that he has been living in Storybrooke, a small town in Maine, where he was adopted by a woman he believes to be the Evil Queen from the Snow White fairytale (Lana Parrilla).

He also believes that Emma is the daughter of Snow White (Ginnifer Goodwin) and Prince Charming (Josh Dallas), who take the form of a school teacher and a coma patient in Storybrooke. According to Henry and his fairytale book (pictured in the photo above), the Evil Queen cast a curse on the people of the Enchanted Forest, trapping them in monotonous small town life where she has removed them from the people and things they love.

Although Emma doesn’t believe his outlandish claims, she offers to take the boy back to his adoptive mother. Whether through her newfound relationship with her son or sheer curiosity around the strange town he lives in, she finds herself drawn to Storybrooke and decides to stay indefinitely.

Each of the 22 episodes center around a certain fairytale character. The writers link them with their Storybrooke counterpart through flashbacks that reveal why they are often unhappy in our world, showing what they lost through the curse that the queen placed on the citizens of the fairytale world.

The Dwarves, The Huntsman (Jamie Dornan), The Magic Mirror (Giancarlo Esposito), Belle (Emilie de Ravin), Rumpelstiltskin/The Beast (Robert Carlyle), Pinnochio (Eion Bailey), Geppetto (Tony Amendola), the Blue Fairy (Keegan Connor Tracy), Little Red Riding Hood (Meghan Ory) and her grandmother, Maleficent (Kristin Bauer van Straten), King Midas (Alex Zahara), The Mad Hatter (Sebastian Stan) and Cinderella (Jessy Schram) were highlighted throughout the season, with episodes centered around Ariel, Rapunzel and Aladdin to come in season 2.

Not only does the show highlight some of the favorite classic fairytale stories, but it digs deeper. By intertwining all of the stories into one all-inclusive tale, the writers create a much more dramatic storyline that can still shock audiences and leave them on the edge of their seats every Sunday night.

In a time where many popular scripted dramas often fall short of expectations, Once Upon a Time constantly surpasses my expectations, leaving me wanting more and satisfying my love for fairytales in a more complex way that makes me feel like the adult I supposedly am. No matter how you felt about Lost or how much you enjoy fairytales, OUAT is well worth the watch. It’s the kind of television that makes its audience think and is incredibly well thought out by its creators and team of writers.

Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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Director James Gunn confirms the name of a Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 creature with the release of some concept art from the film.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have been pretty busy lately while they gear up for Vol. 2. On Friday we learned that they’ll be showing up in Avengers: Infinity War, and tonight we got a sneak peek of a creature the team will be taking on in the GotG sequel.

Taking to Twitter, Gunn showed off a piece of concept art created by Andy Park.

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In his replies, he names the creature and states that, no, they aren’t fighting in space.

Then taking to Facebook, Gunn replied to fans who had questions about the image.

An updated synopsis for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 reads:

“Set to the backdrop of ‘Awesome Mixtape #2,’ Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 continues the team’s adventures as they traverse the outer reaches of the cosmos. The Guardians must fight to keep their newfound family together as they unravel the mysteries of Peter Quill’s true parentage. Old foes become new allies and fan-favorite characters from the classic comics will come to our heroes’ aid as the Marvel cinematic universe continues to expand.”

So it looks like for those who were lucky enough to see GotG 2 footage at San Diego Comic-Con this year, you’ve already seen this guy in action.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’ lands in theatres on May 5, 2017

Maisie Williams freaks out over ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 scripts

"Nothing will prepare you for this."

7:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

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Maisie Williams finished reading the scripts for Game of Thrones season 7, and totally lost her sh*t on Twitter.

Williams, who plays Arya Stark, is no stranger to shocking moments on the HBO epic fantasy series. But it seems like the events of Game of Thrones‘ penultimate season are so intense, even the seasoned young actress is left flabbergasted.

Earlier this evening, Williams summarized her experience of reading the Game of Thrones season 7 scripts on her Twitter feed. Suffice to say, the stream reads something like a thrillingly ominous preview of what fans will experience when the show returns next year.

At first, Williams warned fans to steel themselves for the epic events to come.

…but apparently, no amount of mental toughness will be enough for season 7.

To summarize, Game of Thrones fans the world over are now sizzlingly jealous of Maisie Williams… and also, apparently, well and truly screwed.

With George R.R. Martin’s next installment in A Song of Ice and Fire still achingly absent, there’s almost no way to predict the major events of Game of Thrones season 7. Our only theory is that we should probably say goodbye to the feelings we managed to resuscitate after Jon Snow came back to life.

Williams isn’t the only member of the cast hinting at madness to come. Maisie’s on-screen sister Sophie Turner revealed that she too had advance knowledge while pondering Sansa’s future.

“I’ve actually just got the scripts for seven,” Turner tells Variety. “So I don’t want to say too much, because I’ll probably end up slipping some truths out!”

Seven forbid, Sophie. Seven forbid.

Game of Thrones season 7 will air some time in 2017, but not soon enough.

What madness do you think ‘Game of Thrones’ season 7 has in store?

Netflix adapting ‘Anne of Green Gables’ for new TV series with additional themes

Anne Shirley is returning to our screens!

2:45 pm EDT, August 22, 2016

L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

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L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables book series is being adapted for television by Netflix and Canadian network CBC.

The new series will begin filming next month in Ontario, Canada. Though CBC will be airing it in America’s neighbor to the north, Netflix will be distributing it in the United States and the rest of the world.

Breaking Bad writer and producer Moira Walley-Beckett is penning the entire eight-episode series and will run the show. It is expected to air on the CBC in 2017, and presumably it’ll run on Netflix around the same.

The eight-book Anne of Green Gables series has been adapted numerous times over the years (including the well-known, two-part 1985 televised miniseries), but this will arguably be the biggest adaptation to date thanks to the potential audience Netflix could pull in.

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According to Deadline, “the coming-of-age series will focus on a young girl who, after an abusive childhood spent in orphanages and the homes of strangers, is mistakenly sent to live with an elderly spinster and her aging brother. Over time — and thanks to her unique spirit, fierce intellect and brilliant imagination — 13-year-old Anne will transform their lives and eventually the small town in which they live.”

The new adaptation “will honor the foundation of the book, but will incorporate new adventures reflecting themes of identity, sexism, bullying, prejudice, and trusting one’s self.”

The series will be set in 1890. The first book was published in 1908 by Lucy Maud Montgomery and has gone on to sell over 50 million copies worldwide.

Will you watch Netflix’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ series?

If you’ve ever been interested in reading the series, now’s a great time to start!