Friday, January 18, 2019

Daemons Discuss - Podcast: TV Review! | A Discovery of Witches Season 1, Episode 1

 

TV Show Review - A Discovery of Witches - Season 1, Episode 1

Description: Our impressions, feelings, nitpicking, drooling, squeeing, dying on/over episode one, season (or 'series,' pick your flavor!) one of A Discovery of Witches

SPOILER ALERT! We (The Daemons) approach this podcast with an assumption that the listener has read All Souls universe books, including the trilogy (A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, The Book of Life), and  Time's Convert + snippits from The World of All Souls. If you haven't, and you don't mind, we certainly don't mind! Please be advised, we are approaching the television series (A Discovery of Witches) the same way, as it's released. 😊  Let's do this. *Note - this podcast is labeled 'explicit'

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1. Show notes:

For newcomers to the book series:
  • Our Daemon Guides to the All Souls Trilogy are available for download: ADOW, SON, TBOL 
  • If you'd like a ready-reference from the author herself, be sure to download the All Souls Real-Time Reading companion (free e-book at online booksellers via Penguin and Headline books). For a more in-depth view of the trilogy, The World of All Souls is available at all major book sellers, as well as the continuation volume written in this world, Time's Convert.
  • Deborah Harkness usually conducts a real-time reading on her Facebook Page (starting in September), and shares her posts across social media. Check out her website for all of her social media links, and of course all that she has to offer her readers! Be sure to sign up for her newsletter while you are there!
  • To see what's available on the web as far as the All Souls universe fandom, check our links page.
It's all about that book! Diana reviewing a manuscript at the Bodleian
In this episode:
Official episode summary:

EPISODE 1
From the press release:

In Oxford’s Bodleian library, brilliant American historian and reluctant witch Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up an ancient magical manuscript, Ashmole 782, which has been missing for centuries, and finds herself confronted by acclaimed geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont, who is determined to get his hands on the book. Diana’s determination not to be frightened by Matthew as he struggles to control his predatory instincts around her fuels a dangerous connection between the two of them. When news of the book’s appearance spreads throughout the world of daemons, vampires and witches hiding in plain sight among humans, the hunt for the witch who summoned it takes on a deadly intensity.
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Special thanks to our Patron sponsor for this episode: Sarah Markham

Reference material for some of our musings:

What do you guys think? Coincidence, or an intentional nod?
Diana's attitude throughout the episode:



This crazed face led to the smile below.
This tiny smile is a result of the crazy show above.
In closing...
Well, we covered a lot this episode, but here are the takeaways: Diana Bishop is NOT in the proverbial Kansas anymore. She goes from her nice quiet life in academia to opening Ashmole 782, and entering this whole other world, to which -- whether she likes it or not -- she belongs. From what we can tell (pretending we are coming to this sans the book series, of course), she wants no parts of any of this! From her run-in with this dark, mysterious vampire named Matthew Clairmont, to all of the strange occurrences surrounding her as a result of her encounter with the manuscript.

In the end, we realize Diana is fascinated with Matthew. The smile could've been because he didn't eat her for supper. That's it! She's thankful for his helpful advice on escaping him! ←Just kidding! She really likes him (spoiler) πŸ’—!

From the previews to episode 2, it appears that she's tired of running away, and is finally going to deal with this book and everything that goes with it. And the irony of it all! The only person she's willing to tackle this with is the person she's been avoiding the most in this episode; Matthew. More next week when we meet Juliette, Hamish, Domenico & Gerbert!

Informational Links:
  • A Discovery of Witches soundtrack on iTunes/Apple music & Spotify; Song of Home is included in this soundtrack.
  • The show,  A Discovery of Witches, is available on SundaceNow and Shudder (in the US/Canada! Other countries, we aren't leaving you out -- it's just that the majority of our listeners reside in the US/Canada. Those of you in the UK/Ireland and have never heard of the series (what?!) it will be available for you on SkyOne and NowTV. Please check with your television providers outside of the countries we mentioned
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Amira Gulch - not 'Elvira' ... sorry, audience!
  • Lullaby, by The Cure (that's the song we associate with the Diana's spider dreams -- indulge these GenX'ers for a bit! Watch/listen!)
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