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S2 Bonus "That's a wrap!"
That's it for the season until next year, and that's it for us until (on/about) the middle of May! We share our fond memories of covering the 10 episodes of this season, along with what we loved, and parts that, in our opinions, maybe fell a little short. Overall, this season -- for us -- did just what it was supposed to as far as bringing our favorite book of the series to the televisio...
Jane Tranter, co-founder of Bad Wolf Productions, and the British super-producer behind the likes of “His Dark Materials,” “The Night Of,” “Succession,” and (listed last, but certainly NOT regarded least) “A Discovery of Witches,” agreed to a sit-down with us; we discussed all sorts of things regarding the production of ADOW Season 2. From the challenges related to COVID-19, to her overall vision for the series, we covered ...
Jean calls this episode a prologue to Season 3, and it is, but it does manage to tie up Season 2 sufficiently enough for us. We say goodbye to Goody, the coven, Susanna, Father Hubbard, Pierre, Françoise, Jack (!), and Gallowglass in 1591. AND there is the "Hello/Goodbye" to Diana's Dad, Stephen Proctor!
Meanwhile, we are getting a glimpse of what the couple will be greeted with when they return to their modern live...
Where shall we begin? Let's start at the end: Heart vein! Kit and Louisa's botched revenge! Queen Elizabeth I! Walter Raleigh shows himself to be useless! A house raid! Meeting a weaver's familiar! William Cecil (Lord Burghley) is an an a$$hole! Kit tests Matthew's patience! A baby?!! Is Goody is on death's door?! Matthew puts his foot down! Ashmole 782! Needless to say, many events occurred in this episode,...
Diana studies the "Book of Death" with vigor, but she's not getting the answers she wants, and as a result, we aren't getting a lot of information either! So, let's go back to the future to try to get some news from the home-front.
Emily is still calling up the dead, Sarah busts her, and is rather pissed about it. Ysabeau scraps some more with Gerbert, while him and Peter are still scheming to rule the world....
After departing France, Sept-Tours, and Philippe de Clermont, we feel road-weary -- but the initial reason for this trip was to go to Bohemia and retrieve Edward Kelley and Ashmole 782. The Queen DID give her orders, so off we go.
We are met with a ruler who encompasses all of the deadly sins, Emperor Rudolf II. The machinations involved to soothe his cravings and get what Diana and Matthew need are draining, but our star-crosse...
Philippe de Clermont doesn't suffer fools lightly. Right now, he's got a couple of fools to deal with in his own house: Diana and Matthew ... yeah, we said it! We play the empathy game, put ourselves in Philippe's shoes, and see that these two star-crossed lovers are gonna make a mess if they don't alter their course soon! Like a weaver, Philippe's got a whole bunch of knots to tie. Diana's loyalty: chec...
As we make the long hard journey to France (while "roughing" it), Diana receives a lot of advice along the way on how to manage Philippe. Matthew's advice sort of fell flat for us, because he's still the difficult stubborn vampire we've all come to know and love. The correct answer -- of course -- is that no one manages Philippe. Also, side-saddles? BOO!
This is the part of the show where Philippe demonstrate...
We travel back to the future to visit with Marcus, Ysabeau, Sarah, Emily, Nathaniel and Sophie! With the good, we get the bad ... we spy a Gerbert, a Peter, and a Domenico! We also get to meet Phoebe, who is new to us in this series, but we should probably pay attention to her, because she has a vital role in Marcus's future; reading the books is NOT necessary for this observation to occur! Anyone paying attention will be a...
There is so much happening in this episode! Our bargain basement Philippe (Father Hubbard), accepts Matthew's confession and plea for forgiveness -- and Father Hubbard is willing to take it (with the offer of a good word to Philippe). Diana visits Mary Sidney in her lab, and learns that there may be a path to the book that both her and Matthew seek! Where does this path lead? It leads to John Dee and his vast library.
As we ...
Our adventures continue! Our present day matriarchs are concerned about our witch and vampire. Did they make it? And back in time, Matthew's past is both a help and a hindrance to their cause. Mary Sidney? Helpful ... maybe? Father Hubbard, hindrance, definitely(!) ... probably(?) As viewers, do we even really know at this point?! Susanna and Goody definitely seem helpful, so we can hang on to that as a tentative fact . . .
And off we go into 1590! Diana and Matthew make quite a splash into London! Their main mission: Find a teacher, and get Ashmole 782. In/out, and back to present time, right?! Yeah. No. There a few obstacles (real or perceived) that the duo must deal with. First, Kit -- he's not buying the fact that his BFF Matthew would take on a witch for a wife. Second, Matthew. He kind of forgot what it was he was actually doing and wher...
It's almost time for us to start covering Season/Series 2 of A Discovery of Witches!
What can you expect? What do we think? Can we give you a little taste? Why, yes we can, and amazingly we didn't spoil (much)!
In the meantime, here is our opening giveaway for 2021: visit.DaemonsDomain.com/Welcome2021
We'll talk to you all in On Saturday the night of the 9th of January/Sunday the morning of the 10th of January (depending...
Well, the title says it all! We do some Q&A with some of our audience. We give away some prizes. We bitch a little. We laugh a lot! This episode's cauldron has all sorts of things brewing, with a sprinkle of All Souls magic as a topping. Enjoy, and we'll talk to you in 2021 (Goddess willing!)
As this is a long episode, we suggest pairing it with last minute shopping trips, your bevvie of choice, and gift-w...
It's time for Take 80 -- an "On the Tens" episode. This time, we decided to put our wishes out into the universe for Season 3 of A Discovery of Witches. Yes, we are jumping ahead a bit, but it's filming now, so why not? :)
TBOL ch 11
Now that Diana, Matthew, Sarah, and Fernando have settled into life in the House, a comfortable routine has been established. Through a little Fernado story-time, we learn a little more about Fernando's life with Hugh and Gallowglass. We observe how Sarah's garden plays a major role in her work as a witch. We witness what an advocate the House is for Sarah's well being (it has a funny way of showing it!) All a...
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TBOL ch 10
To put it simply, we LOVE this chapter. This is the first time we get a glimpse of Sarah and Diana actually working together on magic. It was all so peaceful until the radio decided to suggest a playlist familiar to most of us born prior to 1985, and -- now -- GenZ, who through TikTok, have found an entirely new catalog of music to explore. Enjoy the episode, guys!
TBOL Ch 9
After everyone's apparent survival of the --now famous-- Lugnasidah party, the local coven witches who have been invited into Matthew and Diana's lives, suddenly get way more involved than anyone intended! This was the result of Diana's inadvertent burst of magic used to save young Grace's life. Suddenly, everything that Diana was saving to reveal only to Sarah is out in the open TO EVERYONE! Will the coven...
TBOL Ch 8
Instead of beating himself up, Matthew has taken to beating posts into the ground with the guise of repairing Sarah's failing fence. Well, we all know that our Matthew's got some issues! And if he doesn't beat himself up enough, Fernando is there to assist. Fernando knows him pretty well though, so he suggests Matthew take up the science-y stuff concerning his and Diana's genetics to occupy his mind. Miriam...
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