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About Tabz

Tabz (aka Tabitha Grace Smith) is a omnivorous geek with a special love of television. She's a writer, social media strategist, and teacher. In her spare time she blogs over at Doctor Her (a Doctor Who blog) and runs Between the Lines Studios.

Elementary Episode #019 – Snow Angels

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Join Tabz and Naomi as they discuss CBS’ Elementary.

This episode was edited by Tabz

A security guard is shot dead during a robbery of new release mobile phones. Sherlock and Watson work out that the robbery is a smokescreen to steal blueprints and head to New Jersey where to prevent the East Rutherford Operations Center (EROC) from being burglarised during the middle of a snowstorm. They meet a woman named Pam (Becky Ann Baker) who drives the pair around New Jersey in a snowplow. Ms. Hudson (Candis Cayne), an old friend of Sherlock’s, is dealing with a break-up and stays in the house with them. The visiting FEMA official helping out with the city’s emergency response to the snowstorm is revealed to be involved with the multi-million dollar heist.

DracuCast Episode #002 – A Whiff of Sulfur

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Join Tabz and Dan Shaurette as they discuss NBC’s Dracula, episode 2 “Wiff of Sulfur.”

In this episode, Grayson and Lady Jayne become lovers, despite his suspicions about her being involved with the Order of the Dragon. Mina asks for Grayson’s help with something that challenges her; Van Helsing continues his work on a solar vaccine for Dracula as Harker enters a bargain with the devil (from Wikipedia).

Links mentioned:

Why You Should Give Dracula a Chance – http://www.tvguide.com/News/Dracula-Premiere-NBC-1072465.aspx

Ratings –  http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-dracula-dips-nbcs-652758

Dracula Episode 1 had strong DVR numbers – http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-dracula-grimm-see-651871

DracuCast Episode #001 – The Blood is The Life

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Join Tabz and Dan Shaurette as they discuss NBC’s Dracula, episode 1 “The Blood is The Life.”

On the series premiere of Dracula, Alexander Grayson throws a party to welcome himself to England and meets Mina, a woman who reminds him of his lover who has passed away. But Mina is engaged to another (from TVFanatic.com).

Links Mentioned:

Dracula Rising (Prequel) – http://www.nbc.com/dracula/video/categories/dracula-rising/808005/

Ratings – http://variety.com/2013/tv/news/nbcs-dracula-shows-some-ratings-bite-in-premiere-friday-1200765309/

Elementary Episode #018 – Déjà Vu All Over Again

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Join Tabz and Naomi as they discuss CBS’ Elementary.

This episode was edited by Tabz

Watson’s first solo case is of a woman who has disappeared, leaving behind only a video reflecting on life after the news of a woman killed by an oncoming train. Sherlock investigates the murder of a woman, when an unidentified male hands her a bouquet of flowers and then comes back to push her off the platform. The train death is initially thought to be the same event, but the missing woman’s video was taped years earlier and her husband recreated the events in order to use the video as evidence that she ran away and to hide the fact that he did kill her.

Elementary Episode #017 – Possibility Two

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Join Tabz and Naomi as they discuss CBS’ Elementary and the episode Possibility Two.

This episode was edited by Tabz

Holmes tests Watson’s deductive skills and then is later asked to investigate a case where a wealthy philanthropist believes he was intentionally infected with an incurable illness —cerebral amyloid angiopathy; Holmes sends Watson to a suspicious dry cleaners to teach her deductive skills.

The Psych Analysis Podcast #022 – Review of Season 2 Episode 6: “Meat is Murder, But Murder is Also Murder”

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Tabz, Dan, Heidi and Kim discuss old detective shows, conveniently specific horoscopes, and food (of course).

Join our Facebook Group and discuss Psych along with us! www.facebook.com/groups/249249268439144

 

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Our theme song is by Beatnik Turtle.

Review: Littlest Lovecraft’s The Call of Cthulhu

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Anyone who knows anything about geek culture knows the recent uptick in Cthulhu’s popularity. Crazy squid-face has been making the rounds on tshirts, in games, on playing cards, and pretty much anything you can think of. Enter Littlest Lovecraft, a really cool idea between Tro Rex & Eyona Bella to publish illustrated books with an H.P. Lovecraft influence. I was happy to receive a free PDF review copy of their first book: The Call of Cthulhu. I’m a sucker for picture books, especially books as pretty to look at as this one.

First off, this book is decidedly Lovecraftian. I don’t recommend it if you don’t like horror. The book stays true to the Cthulhu mythos and the illustrations may be frightening to younger children.

The book is fairly long as well for a picture book. There’s fairly long chunks of text per page. This would probably ideally work for a high elementary or pre-teen. And, of course, adults who love pictures.

And the pictures are really the shinning star in this book. They’re beautiful, colorful and tell the story well. The style feels very horror without losing the kidish element to them. They’re all hand drawn and illustrated.

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The writing is fun with a very light rhyme scheme to it. Adapting a short story into an illustrated picture book is a huge task to undertake, but the characters, events and feel of the original story by H.P. Lovecraft are all there.

If you love all things Cthulhu OR don’t know anything about Cthulhu’s backstory – this is the perfect book for you. If you’re a parent who loves scaring your kids to death… um… you’re weird and will probably like this book too.

The book was a successful Kickstarter Project and, from what I’ve seen on Facebook, the advanced printed copies are looking FANTASTIC. You’ll want to order your own copy ASAP.

Find out more: http://littlestlovecraft.com

Order your own copy: http://littlestlovecraft.com/orders

Friend them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LittlestLovecraft

 

Elementary Episode #016 – Details

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Join Tabz and Naomi as they discuss CBS’ Elementary and the episode Details.

This episode was edited by Tabz

When Detective Bell survives a drive by shooting while driving his car and his suspected attacker later turns up dead, all signs point to a revenge killing. Holmes and Watson work the case hoping to clear the detective of any wrongdoing. Meanwhile their relationship takes an interesting turn as Holmes offers Watson a new position as his apprentice now that her time as his sober companion has expired

The Psych Analysis Podcast #021 – Review of Season 2 Episode 5: “And Down the Stretch Comes Murder”

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Listen as Tabz, Kim, Heidi and Dan as they discuss mini bats, how Lassie got a carrot for the horse, and ebay shopping.

Join our Facebook Group and discuss Psych along with us! www.facebook.com/groups/249249268439144

 

Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/BtLStudios

or over on Twitter: http://twitter.com/BtLStudios

Our theme song is by Beatnik Turtle.