Post by Tommy West on Apr 30, 2014 15:47:02 GMT -6
Spoilers for 2x04 "The Race"
- The episode is focuses mainly on Drew and Brandon's relationships with others. - Chess will deal with family drama when Mr Bell decides he doesn't like her current attitude towards school and seeks advice from Chris and Viv. - A surprising conversation with Ezekiel (guest star SINQUA WALLS) about their sex-only relationship leaves Drew reconsidering his choices in life and love. - Drew and Brandon find themselves in the middle of a scandalous scenario at a remote cabin.
Spoilers for 2x05 "Birthday Cake"
- Drew's 17th birthday brings all of his friends (and some of his enemies) together for a night he will never forget. - Love is in the air as Drew receives kisses from two very different, very surprising people. - Mr Bell and Ms Irving (guest star JAIME RAY NEWMAN) take steps in their relationship as she meets Mr Bell's closest friends - Chris and Viv. - Special Guest Star CHRIS EVANS plays a crucial, shocking part in Drew's birthday celebrations.
Spoilers for 2x06 "Sexxx"
- Shannon (recurring star HOLLAND RODEN) is in charge of running the school's Safe Sex Awareness Play and manages to rope Chess, Brandon and Kian in to help her. - Alice confides a dark secret in Stacey (recurring star GREER GRAMMER) who offers to help her in a way only she knows how. - Drew's love of sex starts to drive a serious wedge between himself and Chess.
Post by Tommy West on Jan 27, 2014 17:38:13 GMT -6
For those of you who are not in the know, I’ve been working on an adaption of the Captain America comics as a scripted series for the online community BZN and after several months of planning, I finally released the 60-page pilot episode of CAPTAIN AMERICA & THE HOWLING COMMANDOS today!
Here’s the synopsis for the pilot episode:
When the Allied forces’ lead scientist, Howard Stark, is captured from a military base in Great Britain, President Roosevelt and head of the Strategic Scientific Reserve Jack Fury call together an emergency response team of highly-trained individuals to get Stark back.
Summoned back to the front lines to lead the team is none other than the USA’s most famous war hero, Captain America, but when a broken man is left in charge of a team that refuses to work together, things may not go so smoothly…
If any of you guys want to read the pilot, you can find it here and if you’re interested in giving some feedback, drop a message in my inbox or sign up to the BZN and join in at the show’s discussion board! You can also find details on the cast of characters and the show’s mythos in the discussion board.
2x03 - The Staff Room Well, this is a switch for “Easy” - instead of the younger generation being the focus, instead, we delve more into the grown-up side. With the introduction of Chris and Viv as main characters, Mr Bell seems to have taken a back seat in the past two episodes, but this one he comes roaring back to the front once again. The whole episode reminded me of “Glee” episodes that focus on Will Schuester more then the club members, and many of the teachers also had certain echoes of “Glee” characters and other teachers from various other shows, like “90210” and “Awkward”.
I do get quite worried sometimes that Mr Bell gets lost in the sea of teenage characters, especially when the other two adults are quite the pair of dramatics themselves! I think the comparison to Will-centered episodes of Glee is fair too. It wasn't on the forefront of my mind while I was planning the story of the episode with Trix, nor when I was writing it but I can see the comparisons definitely. I think Mr Bell's a bit more of a competent teacher than Will is though!
Chess, in some ways, reminds me of Alicia Silverstone’s character in “Clueless”, in that she’s more then happy to set others up, but her own love life is barely apparent. Part of me loved how blatant her and Drew, now taking his sex life by the balls, and running wild, have now gotten with the sex-talk, RIGHT IN FRONT of Mr Bell, while I also feel sorry for the poor soul… at least it’s not Chess’ sex life he’s hearing about though! It was also nice to see her talk straight to her father and Ms Irving, telling them to get over the awkwardness and just go on a date - the ‘pie’ reference made me laugh, a tip of the hat, I assume to “Pushing Daisies”?
I can't say that I've ever seen Clueless to confirm that it's a similarity but Chess is definitely the type of person who likes playing matchmaker and doesn't really think about herself. Don't worry, there'll be some love in the air for her soon enough!
Yes, the pie thing was a reference to Pushing Daisies! I haven't actually seen it but I knew the plot and thought it would be a fun in-joke for anybody who actually got it. Yay you!
I liked how the guidance counselor seemed to be a mix of Emma Pilsbury and the one from ‘Awkward’ at times, and her interactions with the kids was used both for comedic effect (i.e. the montage) and serious moments (Isaac’s ‘career’ choice). The other teachers, although mostly used for comedy effect, did have occasional moments of humanity - I personally wanted Brandon to punch the math teacher, as I have a pet peeve about teachers like that, who talk down at students and label them as failures in public.
Ms Adams being like Emma and Valerie is definitely intentional. I love wacky guidance counselors, especially if they're mostly useless with the odd word of sage advice so that's what we were going for here. She won't exactly be a recurring character but she'll pop up every now and then. Who knows, Drew's got enough issues so he may have to pop into her office at some point.
Yeah, Mr Gardener is a prick. Most math teachers are, I've found! I don't think punching teachers would help Brandon's situation much though...
Although I commented on 2x02 review that I was glad Brandon is moving beyond his anger, it was also nice to see in this once, it hasn’t been forgotten completely - I love seeing the development of Chris and Brandon’s relationship - he didn’t seem to have much of a father figure in the first season, and Chris himself is a father whose son has essentially rejected him, so with Brandon, he gets to have another go, and do some good.
With Chris, I'd definitely agree that he sees having Brandon live with them as a second chance but it's not because Drew is some kind of failure of a son, it's because Drew is so distant with him and all Chris has ever wanted is a son that he can really bond with. He gets that with Brandon, who's only ever wanted a father he can look up to. They complement each other quite well so I'm really glad that you like their relationship.
Are we also seeing some development in Preston, besides being the ‘evil ex’ of Chess, and Viv’s ‘boy-toy’? Is Kumiko the one girl who might break through his arrogance, or it is part of something else that Tom and the others are cooking up? And, now my final though: Are student reviews a real thing?! Where were they when I was in school?!
You're going to have to wait and see what happens between Kumiko and Preston. It should be a fun slow-building story though, I'm excited to tell it as these characters become gradually more important to the season's main storyline.
As for student reviews, I don't think they're technically a real thing but I know at my school we did have to rate our subjects at the end of the year and give our teachers feedback so it was a spin on that. Then again, it's not like Sunset Valley High is an average school, is it?
Once again, thanks for the reviews! I hope you enjoy the rest of the season!
Airdate: January 26, 2014 Writer: Tommy West Story By: Tommy West & Trix Guest Star(s): Kevin McKidd (Coach Bradford), Jaime Ray Newman (Ms Soshanna Irving), Felicia Day (Ms Tallulah Adams), Wil Wheaton (Mr Dorian Gardener), Scott Porter (Bear), Niall Horan (Jensen & Jared Howell), Alex Pettyfer (Preston Wyndham), Greer Grammer (Stacey Redford) & Arden Cho (Kumiko Koizumi) The VPN's Official Description: School starts up again for the Spring semester and Mr Bell (Pace) receives some troubling student evaluation marks. As he tries to raise his popularity with the students, Chris (Renner) comes to him with an issue concerning Brandon (Hemsworth). Meanwhile Drew (Irvine) and Chess (Watson) uncover a secret about another teacher that directly involves Mr Bell and Isaac (O'Pry) is confronted with his own feelings about the future. Chris Zylka also stars.
Airdate: January 19, 2014 Writer: RJ Alden Lackie Guest Star(s): Alex Pettyfer (Preston Wyndham), Niall Horan (Jared & Jensen Howell), Greer Grammer (Stacey Redford), Naya Rivera (Carmen Sorrento), Drew Van Acker (Micah Littlewell), Holland Roden (Shannon Littlewell) & Zayn Malik (Ben Locke) The VPN's Official Description: Chess (Watson) and Alice (Hasson) go head-to-head in a battle to throw the best New Year's party while Drew (Irvine) attempts to help Brandon (Hemsworth) lose his gay virginity. Meanwhile Chris (Renner) takes more dramatic steps to try and fix his relationship with Viv (Carpenter). Sean O'Pry and Lee Pace also star.
Post by Tommy West on Jan 17, 2014 11:28:31 GMT -6
After a two month break from making videos, I finally got off my ass and filmed a new one! In this video I discuss how to trick friends into believing you have a super cool social life and also pull some weird faces. It makes sense in context. Kind of.
Thank you for watching and don't forget to like, share and subscribe if you enjoyed the video!
Airdate: January 12, 2014 Writer: Tommy West Guest Star(s): Niall Horan (Jared & Jensen Howell), Sinqua Walls (Ezekiel Noakes), David Gandy (Mr Rutherford) & Derek Theler (Matthias) The VPN's Official Description: As Christmas approaches, Drew (Irvine) struggles to move on with his past boy troubles and Chess (Watson) has to step in to try and help him live up to his promise. Viv (Carpenter) and Chris (Renner) make some changes to accommodate their new lodger, Brandon (Hemsworth). In New York, Isaac (O'Pry) has an interview with a modeling agency under the watchful eye of his controlling father (GUEST STAR David Gandy) and in Switzerland, Alice (Hasson) helps Kian (Zylka) get over Drew with the help of a hot local. Lee Pace also stars.