As you well know, I am obsessed with the television show The Quest. I've dedicated a whole different blog post to it before.
And I'm doing it again. You can stop reading now if you don't want to hear me wax lyrical about something this utterly mundane (trust me, I know how silly this obsession is).
Also, stop reading right this minute if you haven't watched the finale but want to. There is some serious spoiler territory ahead.
First of all, the finale was fantastic. I particularly loved that the other Paladins were given roles to play at the end; they got to battle evil forces in a bid to help the One True Hero (TM) defeat the enemy. That said, it was incredibly cheesy, the ending. Still good fun, and I am so thrilled the other Paladins got to participate.
What really made me happy, though, was that the One True Hero (TM) was a woman. Specifically, this one:
Being a fan of Xena: Warrior Princess since I was a little girl and being into all kinds of martial arts as an adult, I know women can kick arse. And she did.
Incidentally, I read somewhere in the comments on their Facebook page that some butt-hurt commenter believes that this show was rigged from the start for a "girl to win." As if a woman couldn't possibly have done it on her own without special treatment by producers.
This is supposed to be a light-hearted post, so I won't go into the various ways this really pisses me off. (Get a couple of whiskeys in me, though...). Here is a previous blog post that might help you understand my position.
Right, anyway, she won, and it makes me incredibly happy.
I was very sad to see Bonnie get banished. The same for Patrick. He seemed like a good person. Shondo, despite being physically up to the challenge, lost my vote ('cause clearly that mattered so damned much) when each Paladin had to make a case before the chief of the lizard people, whose race name I cannot for the life of me remember. I want to call them the Parda? Padra? Pada? Pana? Gods damn it! Something beginning with a 'P'. Point is, all the blustering made me sad. There is a fine line between confidence and arrogance, alas.
So, once poor Patrick was eliminated, I was hoping for Lina or Andrew. Lina mostly, because, well, it's nice to see women kick arse on screen.
As it turned out, I was wrong about two of the characters. Maybe. Turns out, this guy who was so obviously evil was actually evil:
And it made me sad, actually. As a bitter person, I would like to point out that it is possible to be bitter and not completely devoid of morality.
I figured there was some history between The Grand Vizier and Sir Ansgar. On Twitter, I posited that perhaps they were in love with the same woman; whom Sir Ansgar married.
Perhaps the Vizier blames Sir Ansgar for that woman's death?
I am, however, disappointed that they pulled a Wormtongue with his character. It was so obvious, I really thought they might try to be more clever with the character. It is possible to hate an ally, but recognise their necessity. And it is possible to love the queen and hate her champion, and doubt the prophecy, and to do so without betraying said queen.
Anyway, I am annoyed about this.
I am almost as equally annoyed about this guy:
I wish I was lying about that, but I'm really, really not. Seriously. Not.
Turns out, the guy could be trusted after all. For some reason this irks me. On Twitter, I said it was because you can never trust the pretty ones. Perhaps my afore-mentioned bitterness is clouding my judgement, but here was an opportunity for a deep, shocking betrayal...
And it was missed.
Of course, the man's a hero, and if I'm being honest with myself, I liked that he was ornery but basically decent and courageous and still dreamy...
...Where was I?
No, I didn't trust him. Yes, I was wrong.
That said, we didn't see to whom those hands at the end belonged. I contend that he may still be someone to distrust (even if it was only because of his capture... perhaps he was subsequently converted somehow and did not escape, but was set free). There is a distinct possibility that I'm over-thinking this.
Anyway, now I'm torn about his character. I think it would be neat if he was still not to be trusted, but now I kinda want him around and to remain his grumpy-but-basically-good self. Can't decide.
That irritates me too.
So, anyway, I'm chewing my nails until season two.
It is getting a season two, right ABC? Right? Right?!
FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS GREEN AND GOOD RENEW THIS SHOW!
Alrighty, I'm done.
I should go write.