Things to Make the Week Bearable

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Hey guys,

Yes, yes, it’s been a while since I’ve written anything on this blog. It seems like the past few days just have been a series of ups and – well, who am I kidding – it’s just been a load of downs. I think even my dreams have been reflective of how psychotic my mind has been. Thankfully I’m somehow so tolerating of bad dreams that I’ve been more fascinated by what warped visions my brain can conjure up, as opposed to shriveling under my covers in fear.

And such dreams so happen to contain wall-and-ceiling crawling apparitions bathing me in voodoo curses, to shark-infested killer waves staining the seas blood red, peppering body parts all over the surface, to blood-thirsty hitmen grabbing me by the throat unexpectedly, to high precarious staircases that I’m forced to navigate to shipwrecks and more drowning in shark-infested waters.

Psychoanalyse that, why don’t you.

But, among all the bad, I think this week I’m finally reaching the light at the end of the tunnel. Please let it not be a dud.

So here are a few wonderful things that have made my life a lot better:

1. The Lizzie Bennett Diaries


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So yes, let’s address the obvious thing here, I’m slow on the bandwagon. Exactly two to three years slow. But better late than never, I suppose. I was never a fan of 19th century literature such as that of Jane Austen or the Bronte sisters, so please excuse me with this very reason as to why I never watched this Youtube series (despite hearing so many snippets about it from random friends).

If you too have not heard of it (*high five*) it is a Web series that does a wonderful job at adapting Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice for the modern audience.

While it was initially difficult for me to fall in love with Lizzie (the protagonist pictured in the photo above), being brutally aware of the blatant hypocrisy in which she speaks of the pride and prejudice of others and yet was desperately ignorant of her own, it didn’t take long at all for me to warm up to her and feel like she was deserving of some respect and, perhaps, adulation. I was immediately in love with her older sister Jane and her younger sister, Lydia.

And it only took me this weekend to complete the 100 episode series from beginning to end (don’t worry each episode is only 3-5 minutes long, so it was such a heavy feat as it sounds).

I am resisting the urge to post any pictures of Bing Lee (Bingley) or Mr Darcy as I felt that the surprise at finally seeing them was paramount to the tension and addictive nature of the series. So if you have yet to take up the task, then I suggest you start at the beginning and refrain from any sneak peeks!

2. CrashCourse


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Another Youtube channel that just made my weekend – or more like my day (specifically today) more bearable is CrashCourse. Again, possibly late on the bandwagon. Specifically, it’s the World History playlist from this channel that I am oddly addicted to.

What’s it about? Well it’s John Green – yes, The Fault in Our Stars, and Paper Towns John Green – serving a dish of historical pie to the supposed History last-minute exam crammers. Surprising the audience for these videos do not merely include those who require some historical education – or maybe not surprisingly cause John Green somehow makes civilisation-learning fun – but it also contains a whole bunch of people who binge watch it for entertainment. Yes, world history as entertainment.

And because of these videos I had the etymology of barbarian, Barbary Coast, ashur, pantheon and Zoroastrianism clogging up my tabs.

My head almost exploded after the perspective-taking of the Persians and the Greeks – empire vs. democracy – speech that I had to take a break today.

3. Teen Wolf Season 5


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It’s been a pretty grim beginning to the new season of Teen Wolf and I’m already slowly developing my own theory as to the role and purpose of these new nemesis, the ‘Doctors’.

There is nothing much to say really, apart from the fact that, since the episodes come out on Tuesdays, there is always something for me to look forward to at the start of these weeks. Which makes everything so much better when I can see Kira and Lydia slowly growing into their element.

Well, those are the three things that make my days slightly better. They could also equally be the contributing factor to my current wild dreams – at least I know that Teen Wolf should be partially to blame for them. No psychoanalysis yet?

Oh, and sideline things making me happier, I made a pre-order purchase of Ernest Cline’s new book, Armada, that is, according to Book Depository, on its way to being shipped. If I manage to finish it, I’ll probably do another book review. As you can probably see from my Books Read List of 2015, 2015 has not been my year for reading. It’s been abysmal at best.

Let’s not dwell on that – have a bearable and, maybe even, amazing week, guys!

Till next time,



The Last of Us Musical?

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The first time I can officially say TGIF! I’m proud to have completed an entire week of work. I’m also proud of the fact that I managed to blog on Monday and Tuesday this week as well. So, I hope you in turn have had a smooth weekday, and that your weekends will be enjoyable.

This one is for all The Last of Us gamers. Or, if you’re never going to go through the entire game, and you love musicals, this is still a good watch through. Very entertaining, I actually clapped at the end.

Well, I’m going to go watch the first episode of season five of Glee (and mourn of Cory’s absence once more). Again, enjoy your weekends!

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤

Where will Glee head without Cory?

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Cory’s death has resulted in much speculation as to what will happen to his character, Finn, on Glee. There is no doubt that Ryan Murphy, the creator of Glee, will ensure that Cory’s death is given recognition on the show, whether it be a reunion or covers of his most well-known songs:

Glee Season 5 will include a Cory Monteith tribute led by Lea Michele, according to speculations. Gleek creator Ryan Murphy is expected to honor Cory’s memory through songs he popularised in the show. – Business Times

However, this is apart from the actual plot of Glee. The big question and dread on many Gleeks’ minds right now is what will happen to Finn the character now that the actor so dearly loved and attached to the role is gone. Here are the options the Glee writers and producers are left with:

1. Recasting


I present the most improbable and hated (among fans) option first. Recasting has happened in many series however it is often in the beginning of the series rather than after such a long period of time like Glee’s, and often in hopes of a better fit for the role, which is a completely different case for Finn who was built around the characteristics of Cory.

The advantage of this choice (but at high risk) is that the writers will not have to change much of their plans for Finn’s character. Finn and Rachel can still end up together, Finn can still become a teacher and help out the Glee club and, hopefully, fans will grow to love the new Finn.

However, the risks in this case are far greater. The role, regardless of how similar the new actor may attempt to shape it, will not be as well-loved; the new Finn will definitely not have the same singing voice, the same mannerisms, the same humour. Lea Michele will obviously not take it well, having to develop a connection with the new Finn, a character whom she so intimately attaches with her ex-fiance. Knowing her, she has the professional skills to try and pull it off, but fans will definitely not buy into the forced chemistry.


So, as far as recasting goes, my guess is that Ryan Murphy is far more considerate and sensitive to the issue to recast. In circumstances like these, recasting Finn would be just disrespectful to everyone who knew and loved him.

2. Finn takes his leave as well

This option is far more possible, as sad as it may sound. And there are many ways in which the writers can attempt this.

The first is a departure of Finn that does not relate to death,  one in which he moves elsewhere so that fans can still pretend that Finn the character is still alive, living happily somewhere else, such as an amazing opportunity to study abroad, or he’s sent to return to the army where he was discharged too early. This option will mean that Finn is essentially still alive in the plot, but will also mean that the topic of Cory’s death will be brushed aside. Something I’m not entirely looking forward to if this does happen.

The other option is to reciprocate Cory’s death with Finn’s death, e.g. a car accident or a plane crash while he was on his way to visit Rachel in New York, probably to surprise her during her casting for Funny Girl. This will allow the cast to commemorate his death in a respectful fashion, the entire cast reunited to commemorate him.


Glee has been known to tackle difficult issues. I wouldn’t be surprised if Ryan Murphy allows the audience to see the stripped, vulnerable and relatable emotion of loss that the cast must be feeling now. This sort of event will probably stretch and affect a lot of the other plots within the series.

3. The End of Glee itself

I know many haters of Glee have been unwittingly joking that Cory’s death will hopefully result in the end of Glee, but one still must question whether his death will inevitably result in Glee coming to its final season. How willing will Lea be to continue this series? How much inspiration is left with the writers in keeping the episodes fresh?

After all, how far can Glee progress with such a strong and anchoring character like Finn gone? Especially since the bridging of season 3 and 4 still relies on Finn’s presence and support. Will Glee have to revamp itself into a new TV series after this season is over?

All these questions are left to be answered once the new season of Glee begins in September or, as news has been speculating, in November (if it gets pushed back due to news of Cory’s unexpected death).

In the meantime, as a watcher of Glee, one can only have faith that deliberation is progressing with much tact and respect during this difficult time.

Till next time!

cumuloq ❤