Staff Recommendations – December 2014

The Adaptation staff have been relaxing over the holidays with the following. How about you?

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

My recommendation is Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. It’s a comedy about the apocalypse (yes, you read that right), and about an angel and a demon who are trying to stop it because they’ve come to like the earth too much. It is freakin’ hilarious, and for Supernatural fans out there, there is a demon called Crowley.


Good Omens on BBC Radio 4

Capitalizing on Jess, my recommendation would be the BBC radio play of Good Omens starring the voices of Peter Serafinowicz and Mark Heap! Only 3 weeks left to listen to the first couple episodes. You can find all 6 episodes via this link!


Columbo, Concluded after 10 Seasons

I recently watched through some episodes of Columbo, which is an old police procedural series.  It stars Peter Falk as Lieutenant Columbo, a seemingly bumbling police officer whose talent for observation is nothing short of Sherlockian.  Each episode starts off the same: we as the viewers actually see how each crime–most likely a murder–is committed, and by whom, so there is always a sense of dramatic irony.  The fun part, though, is seeing exactly how Columbo works out what we already know–which he inevitably does in the course of the episode.  It’s a really interesting show, and pretty darn funny too, which is always a good thing.


Lost Girl, Sundays on Showcase

I just recently caught up on Lost Girl, which follows a succubus, Bo, as she navigates the world and rules of the Fae after not knowing what she was or how her powers worked for most of her life. The show is really great at pulling out really obscure faery myths for Bo and her friends to tangle with, and though there are a few characters that fall flat for me, the other ones completely make up for it. I got stuck at the end of season 3 for a while because I wasn’t entirely interested in what was happening, but watching season 4 showed me that it was a mistake to stop. I felt like the writers finally hit their stride and the end of the season had me openly sobbing several times. If you’re into kick-ass female characters, empowering female sexuality and weird mythological creatures, be sure to check it out! I’m off to start season 5!


That’s it for us this month, but be sure to leave your own recommendations in the comments!

Staff Recommendations – October 2014

See what the Adaptation staff have been reading and watching in the month of October!


I recently started watching a 2004 BBC show called Hustle, which is about a group of con artists in London, and each episode features a new and intricate sting. It’s fascinating, and you definitely have to pay close attention to what’s happening if you don’t want to miss anything. If you like the Ocean’s movies, you’ll love this show, too. It pits the characters in that awesome gray area where they’re criminals, but you root for them anyway. This is helped along by the fact that they usually target the rich, mighty and corrupt, so it’s satisfying to see the mark fall.



Gotham is a great twist on the classic Batman story. Following Detective James Gordan as he begins his career in the Gotham PD, he is put on the case of the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne where he first meets Bruce and they form a friendship that acts as an origin story of sorts for Batman. Along the way, Gordon also comes up against the crime rings currently plaguing the city as well as future Batman villians like Selina Kyle and Oswald Cobblepot. We are so used to the super villains that are slightly outlandish characters (though we love those characters) and now we get to see a real Gotham with real corruption issues. I am thoroughly enjoying it!


Fables by Bill Willingham

I’ve been reading through the Fables comics published by Vertigo.  This comic series features a slew of characters from fairy tales and fables who were forced to flee their homeland after being attacked by the mysterious villain, the Adversary.  They take cover in New York City and form a clandestine community called Fabletown, where they live side-by-side with us normal, mundane people.  The story arcs in this series are imaginative and diverse, including anything from murder mysteries to animal rebellions to prophecies–all involving fairy-tale characters who are perhaps not as familiar as we would expect.


From Dusk till Dawn: The Series

I watched From Dusk Til Dawn: The Series on Netflix, which is an extension of the film and comic franchise. It follows the Gecko brothers as they elude Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez and the FBI, commandeer an RV owned by the Fuller family and end up at a strip club full of vampires, where they have to fight for their lives- say it with me now- till dawn. That satisfied both my horror and hot guy quotas for the month (Wilmer Valderama = baby daddy, HOLLA).


Horns by Joe Hill

The only piece of non-Adaptation-related media that I’ve consumed this month was Horns by Joe Hill, which I reviewed for River Ram Press. So I’m going to be a little lame this month and just link you to that review here. But be sure to stick around the Adaptation blog because next week I’ll be reviewing the film counter-part to the novel starring Daniel Radcliffe.


That’s it for us this month, but be sure to leave your own recommendations in the comments!

Adaptation #76: We Shave For Sherlock Holmes

header076In this overdue episode, the Adaptation Team tackles the BBC’s third series of Sherlock, discussing the perfection that is Mary Morstan, the nods to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original works and to the fandom and the mildly-disappointing lack of a cliff hanger, all while reeling from the fact that WE STILL DON’T KNOW HOW HE SURVIVED!

What do you think? Have a listen and then tell us your own thoughts on this series and how it stacks up to the first two the comments!

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For more fandom adaptations, check out our episodes on  The Hobbit: AUJ and DoS, Thor: The Dark World, Catching Fire, Star Trek Into Darkness and Once Upon a Time.

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