Feelgood Friday?

Yesterday I heard that my older brother has Covid-19. He’s not been well for only a short time and had a fever for two days but seems on the mend again, so it looks like only a mild case for him. Now his partner and two teenage kids are tested as well and we have to wait what those results bring. This morning I hear my other nephew may have contracted the virus as well (independently from my brother), still awaiting results. Also this morning, the news comes that the US president now has Covid-19. So much going through my head on that one, so let me only share what Mark Hamill said to that and then leave that be. (By the way, since Wednesday we also have an advisory here in The Netherlands to wear masks at public indoor spaces).

I just need something to take my mind off all the doom and gloom and work is just not doing that. I’m so not motivated for work today, even though I try to do stuff here and there. So, to cheer me up on my break, and maybe others as well, here’s a really happy Miranda fan video I like…

And I’m following that by loads of fun Lucifer gifs (yeah, I’m still in Lucifer mode during my down time) that make me smile. Starting with a buttload of Amenadiel (DB Woodside) gifs…

… followed by fun Lucifer (Tom Ellis) ones…

… and go on, some Maze (Lesley-Ann Brandt) ones too…

An hour of looking at gifs, a video and blogging about it all has brought a smile back on my face… and now it’s back to work for a little bit before the weekend starts…

Or should I just give up and try again on Monday?

TDH people doing nice things

Lemme start with Richard Armitage. I loved this video posted to Facebook today on the release of Ken Follet’s new book. Richard’s enthusiasm is so sweet! And he’s looking good too (oh man, I love that hair!)…

The only Ken Follett book I have ever read is Pillars of the Earth which I loved when I read it a long time ago. As this is a prequel to that, I think I may want to give this book a go too. I think Mr Esther will be intrigued as well. I’m also curious about which Follet book Richard is interested in adapting for the screen. Don’t think it would be Pillars as that was done a couple of years ago. I wonder how close that, whatever it is, is to becoming realized!

But Richard is not the only tall dark handsome (TDH) person that holds my attention. In recent weeks I have become more obsessed with Lucifer than I ever thought I could be and there are two TDH actors in there that preoccupy me. First of all, especially DB Woodside has stolen my heart, even more so after that ‘Blackfolx’ interview he did that I referred to in this post. And this picture below from when his now 11 year old daughter was a baby completely sealed the deal. He’s been separated from the mother for a long time but they seem to be co-parenting their daughter very nicely together. I love that.

I’ve been rewatching some of him on Suits and have been collecting pictures for my screen saver… He looks big and fierce but there’s just such a warmth, soulfulness and kindness there, it fills my heart.

Next to that, Tom Ellis also still holds my attention. The second part of Lucifer season 5 is yet to be released and apparently there is a musical episode coming up. Last weekend a sneak peak of one musical number from that episode was released and it looked fun!

And apparently this little moment within that number was improvised. Totally cracked me up!

And there’s also a new season 4 blooper reel that includes my two TDH Lucifer men…

The cast (and for me most notably Tom and D.B.) are very outspoken anti-Trump on social media which is what I’m loving as well. Bring on season 5B of Lucifer!

Of course, Tom Ellis also brings me back to Miranda. I have been re-watching all episodes and man, I still love that series (yes, even more than Lucifer). I also loved the ending of the show which can still bring me to tears and I still miss it and hope for more. Tom and Miranda have both hinted over the years that there possibly could be more one day where maybe they could delve into Gary’s (played by Tom) and Miranda’s married life, but as yet there are no fixed plans and Miranda hasn’t written anything yet. In the meantime, we Miranda fans must make do with occasional small Miranda and Gary reunions…

… and best of all, enjoy the 10 year Miranda celebration that was held in a theatre in London at the end of 2019…

Looking at all that makes me really long for even more (even though Tom Ellis right now looks more like Lucifer than Gary here)!

As Miranda too is TDH, I figured I could fit her into this post as well. I ordered two books by Miranda Hart yesterday evening and finally subscribed to Miranda’s mailing list after watching the whole show again. The welcome message I received in my inbox after signing up made me feel a little emotional (this quarantine is getting to me, I think)…

Miranda very much tries to be there for people with mental health issues, she especially tries to reach out to people who are lonely, and the warmth she exudes is just such a beautiful thing to me. Let there be more Mirandas in this world, please. Yes, I love my TDH people. 🙂

I will survive

When I want to feel good, Gloria Gaynor’s I Will Survive will always do it for me. I already mentioned that that song was brilliantly used in an episode of Lucifer but it was also briefly used on the final episode of the wonderful BBC sitcom Miranda and it was used in my favourite German movie called Jenseits der Stille (1996). I was just looking at all the versions this evening and decided to stick them back to back in one video…

So, now, when I need a smile, I can watch this on loop and my heart will explode with happiness and warmth each time. I recommend this as happiness tonic for everyone. 🙂

Lucifer – so devilish

I have been binge-watching Lucifer these past ten days or so. And when I say binge-watching, I mean it. Literally every free second I had went into it and some very late nights (and not enough sleep).

I had watched Lucifer a few years ago and then a second season hiatus came (I checked Wikipedia, that was in 2017) and I never continued watching after that. I started watching at the time because of Tom Ellis, whom I had loved in Miranda

Lucifer is about the devil who is sick of running hell and ditches it all for a life in Los Angeles as a nightclub owner with a faithful demon (his head torturer), who came with him, by his side. In L.A. he encounters detective Chloe Decker and starts helping her solve murders, along the way developing a special kind of relationship with her. He tells everyone very openly that he is the devil and speaks of God as “dad” but naturally no one really believes that he actually is who he says he is. His brother Amenadiel also comes to earth and tries to make him go back to guarding hell. As the series progresses more celestial beings come and go and complicate matters for Lucifer in the ‘real’ world. In a very funny twist Lucifer starts going into therapy, with other celestials following his lead, but this also helps the viewer understand him better and it helps him grow. The series has some high drama but also some great comedy as these celestial beings try to adjust to human life and humans wonder what the hell is going on (pun intended).

So, Tom Ellis is in Lucifer and I had really enjoyed him in the role when I first saw it, but I was not so sure about the female lead and I think that was one of the reasons for me to not stick with it when it returned after that second season hiatus; my attention was on other shows instead. In the intervening years since 2017 my son has started watching Lucifer and has been urging me to continue my watch as well. Then the other week Herba briefly mentioned Lucifer on her blog and as I was just in between projects, I figured the time had come to return to Lucifer. I didn’t regret it, it’s been a lot of fun! And not just because of Tom…

And yes, he does have a bit of a Richard Armitage vibe about him, but showier. Speaking of showier, there is quite some singing and piano playing done by Lucifer and I just adore this season 3 scene, have watched it countless times already…

Anyway, it’s not only Tom Ellis I am loving in this. I also fell in love with Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), Lucifer’s older brother, with his soulful, beautifully shaped eyes and the occasional smile that completely lights up his face…

I’d forgotten about D.B. Woodside, who was also in Suits for a season or so and whom I had really liked there as well. Even when looking fierce (which he does very well), there is a warmth and hidden depth in his eyes and the expressions on his face compleley draw me in. Yes, I’ve become a fan!

I also fell in love with Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt), the demon who is Lucifer’s right hand woman. Maze is a tough misfit, a fish out of water amongst humans and she really cracks me up.

I am also invested in the whole Lucifer – Chloe relationship. Lauren German as Chloe is fine but somehow her look is a little too Hollywood for me.

Therapist to the devil, Dr. Linda Martin (Rachael Harris) is awesome in her bewildered but still very effective counselling sessions. I loved Harris in Suits as well, she’s really good at the quirky characters that have depth.

And I love forensic scientist Ella Lopez, smart, quirky and loves to hug, so warmly portrated by Aimee Garcia. She is my son’s favourite.

I also really liked Tricia Helfer who was on for two seasons as Charlotte, a woman whose body gets taken over by Lucifer’s mother who has also escaped hell…

The murder cases are very much like murder cases on other shows, but the drama and humour in having celestial beings find their places amongst humans is what makes this show extra fun.

The show was cancelled after three seasons but after a huge online fan protest it was brought back and is now produced by Netflix (I am still hoping for the same kind of outcome for Anne with an E). Now that I am all caught up, I am really grateful that those fans (“Lucifans”) made the effort and that the show has been so successfully renewed. I’m not in full on fangirl mode but I do really enjoy the show and the casting. It’s such fun (as Miranda would say) to watch.

Let me just end by sharing this really cool and fun Lucifer fan video, I think my fave so far that I have seen. I wish I could make them like this.

The second half of season 5 is yet to air and a season 6 is already planned. More Lucifer to enjoy and I am very much looking forward to it!

Comic relief

Comic relief is better than getting super angry yet again at this morning’s Trump news. That man’s a menace! Anyway, yesterday evening our TV was switched off so I forgot about the Comic Relief Big Night In the BBC had put on to raise money for combating the Corona virus. Just a few quick clips here this morning before I get back to my boring work chores.

  •  Miranda is back with tips on how to get through these times of isolation. I loved how she got the primary cast to Zoom in with her. I follow her on Twitter and she posts a lot about mental health. She’s such a sweetie!

  • And Dawn French was back as the Vicar of Dibley, but alas without any Richard Armitage. It would have been nice if she had been able to Zoom with come cast members. Wasn’t as fun as I’d hoped but but I’ll take this too…

I understand the Big Night In has raised over 27 million pounds. Wow!

OK, gotta go, my meeting’s starting!