Out of the Darkness and Into the Light

An itty bitty analysis on why episode three of A Discovery of Witches is such a gorgeous hour of television.


It’s been a solid four weeks since it’s aired, plenty of stunning footage followed, and yet, I can’t stop thinking about how the untitled episode ends.

Cue, Lissie’s “Go Your Own Way” the most stunning cover of Fleetwood Mac’s original hit I’ve ever heard. Maybe throw a ton of bricks at me, I’d feel less than I did during the scene I’m going to discuss. There’s so much to be said about why this is the episode that sets everything into motion beautifully. (And the episode that had me officially hooked.) Where there’s a formidable hindrance in any relationship, the result of overcoming and giving in to the resistance could go a number of ways, and A Discovery of Witches may have just set the bar too high to meet. Matthew dropping to his knees as an immaculate effort to comfort Diana in a position of overwhelming uniformity showcased his very intentions with her beautifully. Intimacy is more than a physical touch or in this case, a breathtaking first kiss. Intimacy is the choice to share oneself with another — mind, body, and soul. Intimacy is the exhibition of complete and utter vulnerability, gorgeously validating that Diana has, in every way, captivated Matthew to his core — awakening the disposition to love that’s long been dead inside of him. Intimacy is a man with great strength and in this case, a threatening reputation, revealing himself in the form of pure humility in front of a woman he’d risk everything for. There’s nothing he wouldn’t do for her and the physical showcase of malleability brought his heart to life impeccably.

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The Ghostlight | Terra Incognita Productions


“In a place where reality and fiction collide, and your greatest desires intermingle with the darkest corners of your mind — this place can only be illuminated by — The Ghostlight.”

There’s a great deal I’m a fan of when it comes to story telling, and thought-provoking ones are at the top of that list. I’m also a fan of stories told by women because we’re finally at a time where it’s happening more frequently than not. And most importantly, I’m a fan of the way growth takes place in media that’s planned out. That’s why when my friends over at Terra Incognita Productions announced the start of their series, The Ghostlight, I knew we were in for something special. Also, this is coming from someone who’s not a fan of horror or anything that could potentially freak me out, I could vouch for it working for those faint at heart. (Plus, even for those who aren’t a fan of said genre, the Twilight Zone is universally appreciated for the riveting tales it told. Am I right or am I right?) The Ghostlight is a creative gem, a collaborative effort where each episode is uniquely intriguing. My only complaint? They should be longer, but I mean, fine — I get it, they’re meant to be short stories.

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TV Tuesday

October 13, 2015

Dancing With The Stars
Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough

It appears as though TV Tuesday will be heavily focused on Dancing With The Stars this season and we can’t say we’re displeased with the fact. There were plenty of excellent performances during this week’s switch up, but how could we talk about anything other than the first perfect score? It appears I’m one of the few who actually enjoyed the music choice — Bastille’s “Pompeii ” is a stunning number. While their dance was riveting in every way it could’ve been, what’s ultimately left me floored is the encouragement we watched Derek proudly give. Sometimes all it takes is someone constantly grilling you to believe in yourself. And those “I Am’s” sure paid off because Alexa PenaVega was astounding! (And exclamation point worthy). As she’s on our list of top performers, we cannot wait to see how gorgeously she improves in coming weeks.

Watch their dance below.

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TV Tuesday

October 6, 2015

Dancing With The Stars
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough

I brought back TV Tuesday from its Summer hiatus just in time to talk about the stunning performances during Dancing With The Stars’ “Most Memorable Year” theme. While each of the dances were wonderful (managing to make me cry more than once), it’s Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough’s contemporary piece that’s left me stunned. It’s always beautiful to see someone showcase their love for someone in a form of a dance, but what’s most astounding about this performance is how young Bindi Irwin is. We don’t give teenagers nearly enough credit for the strength they have within and it’s inspiring to see her positivity resonate so beautifully with audiences no matter the age range. Every time this darling girl is on screen, you can help but smile — the positivity and love she emanates is so inspiring. There’s so much strength in her and I love that her story allows others to feel that though they may be hurting, they can push through the pain and bring light into the world through kindness.

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TV Tuesday

April 7, 2015

iZombie (2015)

iZombie isn’t your typical (somewhat) post apocalyptic drama full of brain eating undead people. It’s hilarious. And sometimes when it comes to shows about supernatural figures, the world of television could use humor.

The humor, heart, and lighthearted realistic approach an unknown occurrence makes the show fun for the ones who can’t tolerate dramatic horror. And even if you’re a fan of horror, there’s something pretty awesome about a comedic take on zombies. If you aren’t yet watching, there’s no perfect time to start than right now. Plus, Rose McIver is perfectly adorable and completely badass as the leading lady.

TV Tuesday

February 17, 2015

Series: Boy Meets World
Episode: Things Change” (5×23)

Otherwise known as the episode Cory Matthews has a difficult time letting go of the fact that things are changing. And Eric Matthews later learns that Mr. Feeney is retiring. “There’s going to be a lot of changes in your life, Cory. It’s not the changes that matters, it’s how you react to the changes. That’s what makes you are.” 

So how do you react to changes? It seems that the most any of us can do when the changes in our lives have left us overwhelmed is to take it day by day. To understand that there’s nothing wrong with the unknown. There’s nothing wrong with not having it all together. There’s nothing wrong with taking things slow, being upset, being happy, and being confused. I’ve always believed that what Eric Matthews meant with the quote above is that as human beings, we must always remain true to ourselves no matter what occurred around us.

TV Tuesday

February 3, 2015

Series: One Tree Hill
Episode: 3×15 Just Watch the Fireworks” 

“The important thing is not to be bitter over life’s disappointments. Learn to let go of the past … and recognize that everyday won’t be sunny. And when you find yourself lost in the darkness and despair … remember it’s only in the black of night you can see the stars, and those stars will lead you back home. So don’t be afraid to make mistakes, to stumble, to fall, cause most of the time the greatest rewards come from doing the things that scare you the most. Maybe you’ll get everything you wish for … Maybe you’ll get more than you ever could have imagined … Who knows where life will take you. The road is long and in the end … the journey is the destination”

 – Whitey Durham

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TV Tuesday

January 13, 2015

Series: F.R.I.E.N.D.S.
Episode: The One With All The Resolutions” 

Much like everyone in the world right now, we’re doing a F.R.I.E.N.D.S. re-watch, so don’t be surprised if our TV Tuesday features a lot of the hit comedy.

Of all the resolutions, we found that Monica’s was our absolute favorite. She decides to take more photographs and photographs are always a good idea. They’re an incredible way to make memories and we feel there could never be enough photographs. And the awesome resolution aside, the episode is one of the most entertaining post new year episodes to date – filled with secrets, lessons, hilarious moments, and kind acts it showcases the importance of friends always being there and accepting all parts of one another (even the imperfect parts).

TV Tuesday

November 25, 2014

TV Series: One Tree Hill
Episode: “Pictures of You”

Today’s post will be taking it back to one of the most powerful TV episodes of 2007 that promoted self-love. We all have a certain image of ourselves in our minds, and for some of us, it’s not a great one. As human beings, we all deserve a positive self image of ourselves. We deserve to believe in the greatness that’s in store for us. We deserve to follow our dreams. We deserve to be seen the way we want the world to see us.

If you were a fan of the show, re-watch this episode, if you weren’t, give it a go and maybe it’ll inspire you, too.

TV Tuesday

November 18, 2014

TV Series:Once Upon A Time
Episode: “Smash the Mirror”

They accept us for who we are and that’s important, but it’s not enough. It’s on us, too. You have to love yourself, Emma – the good and the bad.“  Elsa of Arendelle 

Once Upon A Time never fails to tell beautiful love stories, but the strength of this show also comes from the stunning stories that are being told through platonic love as well. Most importantly, we admire the fact that this episode emphasized the notion of self-love being a form of healing — there is a massive difference between being selfish and loving yourself. It’s remarkable to have people believe in us, but the things they say will never impact us unless we begin to believe them as well.

Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to love ourselves, for surely we’ve all gone through things in life that’ve forced us to believe we weren’t deserving of the good life. At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that we’re all humans – we’ll all make mistakes and we’ll never be perfect. It’s important to accept every part of yourself for they’re what make you special. If we love ourselves, then we understand ourselves, and that’s the key to make right of our wrongs – to succeed in whatever area we’re hoping to.