Media Madness Monday: Kelis, The Returned

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I'm a media junkie, not just books, but TV, movies, music, podcasts, and internet nonsense. Every Monday I discuss something that's caught my interest this past week.

On the TV

I am already hooked on The Returned after watching the pilot episode. The Returned is a French series airing on the Space Channel here in Canada. The US airs it on Sundance. It’s creepy. The setting is in a French mountain village with an imposing dam. The dam isolates and dominates the town. There is something eerie about this place, though I can’t say exactly what it is yet.

In the pilot, we learn that a bus of 38 students died four years earlier. One of the dead students, Camille, returns to her home completely oblivious and wearing the same clothes the day that she died. To her no time has passed. She’s only concerned by the strange incident of awaking on the side of the road. Her mother, on the other hand, is shaken. Her reaction is one that makes the show so good. What is she thinking? It is a miracle? Is there a sinister reason for her daughter’s return? It’s so subtle but emotional.

The show is in French with large English subtitles, but there is so little dialogue that I barely noticed it. I squint at fast food restaurant menus, so there you go. I was riveted. It helps that everyone is an incredibly attractive French person!

This isn’t a zombie show. These are just humans who come back. I can’t stop thinking about it.

The Space Channel has been hitting it out of the park lately, with Orphan Black and The Returned. It’s more than just Sharknado!



Remember, Kelis? Her milkshake brought all the boys to the yard? I guess she got tired of just making milkshakes because she went on to become a chef. She must have put some of that knowledge into her music because her new album is titled Food and the songs are food related (Breakfast, Jerk Ribs, Biscuits and Gravy). I don’t even know what to do with this information.



I know I feature them a lot but the ladies of Stuff Mom Never Told You discuss such interesting topics. This week it was Women in Video Games. They actually had to make it a two parter. They talked about the female pioneers in gaming, the women who create the games, the women who play, sexism, and lack of diversity and misogyny in the games themselves. It’s sad to think of the hostility women face from the men in gaming. It’s should be fun for everyone. 


On the Web

From looking at my Pinterest page, I can see that a large percentage of pins come from The Beauty Department. The Beauty Department provides tips and tutorials for all the latest make-up and hair trends. Want to learn how to do cat eye liner? Several tutorials. Braids? All kinds. The posts feature eye catching photo graphics and step by step instructions.


  1. Oh, The Beauty Department is so cool. I always feel like I'm behind other women on hair and makeup skills. :p NYMag has been doing a thing recently where they post gifs of how to do different makeup skills, and it's been great. I wish everyone would do gif tutorials like that -- for hair too -- they're more useful than videos in a way because you can watch every piece of them over and over again.

  2. I've been wanting to see The Returned but haven't gotten around to watching it yet. As for Kelis's new album, I listened to it. It was harmless enough. :) Good? Meh. I guess.


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