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What I’m Currently Watching #13

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #13 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. Since I’ve started losing time in the week I’m dropping a few shows from the list and will be focusing on the current seven for the immediate future. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers below…

South Park (Season 19) “Naughty Ninjas”

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This week’s episode was pretty funny. I love how the kids decided to be ninja but then be mistaken for Isis followers which scared the life out of the citizens of South Park, that was frigging awesome. I also love how this episode addressed how dodgy police officers are when it comes to abusing their power and beating up minorities upon their arrest and how that doesn’t occur with standard white folk. Also the reference to NWA with the town basically fucking off the police was great too. Oh and Officer Barbrady, what a legend, he’s always been incompetent, but this episode really highlighted that when he shout a minority and got fired. The first time it was hilarious and seeing him struggle was nice as we got to see more his life beyond his job (he looks strange without the sunglasses), but then once he got reinstated and shot another kid, that was just a little silly and for the town government to not foresee something like that happening again makes them look even worse by comparison. Plus Cartman, I love the guy and when he kept getting the boys confused as ninjas was hilarious, but when he does something stupid and tires so hard to pin on someone else for an entire episode, it gets old and makes him look like a damn fool. I’m also curious about this Leslie situation, that girl has been a mercy of PC Principal’s yelling for ages and now she’s been taken away, but there’s this organisation that’s been watching her and want Barbrady on the investigation? Oh, South Park, you better be going somewhere good with this.

Castle (Season 8) “Cool Boys”

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Castle said best near the beginning of this episode “This separation thing is starting to get really old.” I feel like the guy is saying what all the fans are thinking about this show at the moment. May this was intentional as the writers are aware of what the fans are thinking or it may just be just his thoughts, either way, a show where the two main characters aren’t an item after becoming one can be dull and Castle is falling into that trap. Beyond that, this was a solid episode even without Stana Katic around, sure Beckett’s absence was felt, but Castle and the return of Adam Baldwin as Det. Ethan Slaughter certainly made up for it. Ryan and Esposito taking charge of the police work while Beckett was away made for some interesting and funny moments, but the real meat of this episode was seeing Fillion and Baldwin together, while I wasn’t too keen on Slaughter back in season 4, here was a lot more useful and we learnt more about his character and his talents (like being a good cook and studying musical theatre in college). Oh but the best moment was when Castle and Slaughter broke into song to confuse and distract their enemies at gunpoint long enough to get the jump on them in a fight, that was totally unexpected and hella funny.

Supergirl “Fight or Flight”

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This was probably my lest favourite episode so far, while the character development was good for Kara and James, and the villain Reactron was better because he had a backstory, overall I still can’t find myself getting into this show the same way I have with other comic book shows. My complaints with the show remain like: 1)  The bad action sequences and questionable CGI. 2) The constant references to Superman, its like the show can’t function without referencing the man of steel. But I noticed some other things to nitpick like the fact that this show has too many similarities to The Flash in terms of the intro and tone. Also all the modern references to social media, the Kardashians and other bits and bobs feels forced and unnecessary and am I the only one who thinks that it’s too early for Kara to be falling for James Olsen? Its only been three episodes, and while their potential relationship has been foreshadowed since the first episode, it feels a little too soon for relationships to come into play.

The Flash “Enter Zoom”

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Man, I frigging love this show. The Flash is one of those shows that when its good its is SO good and this episode was one of the best so far. Now the first half of the episode wasn’t as compelling as the Zoom portion of the episode, but it definitely had its moments. The opening of this episode with Dr. Light defeating Flash was interesting, but then we get the whole backstory of everything leading up to that point with the original Dr. Light escaping and Linda from Earth Prime dressing up as Light in order to lure Zoom from Earth-2 into a trap. I loved the way Linda was handled in the episode, she had a lot of funny moments from her projectile training to her cheesy dialogue and man how hot did Malese Jow look in her costume? Damn. Anyway moving on… I also liked seeing more of Barry and Patty together, Team Flash’s suspicions of Earth-2 Wells and having more screen time with Tom Cavanagh, his version of Wells this season is so stern, mean and secretive but as we saw from Cisco’s vision and Wells’ speech, he does have good intentions and behind all the mean exterior the guy has a heart. But let’s talk about Zoom for a second, fuck me! What a beast! This guy has been labelled as bad news, but this is really someone not to be messed with, he found and almost killed Linda, he fought and crippled Barry and then displayed him across the city. And I loved the amount of tension, action and pacing of all that material as the episode was coming to an end. Zoom’s design and voice could come across as cheesy but I’ve found him just as compelling and engaging as a villain I’d watch in a film. Oh and as for Barry to not be feeling his legs after waking up from his battle with Zoom, damn, that’s just messed up. I wonder how long that’ll last?

Arrow (Season 4) “Lost Souls”

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This week’s episode of Arrow was good, however I had a few issues with it, mainly the whole Olicity situation. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good relationship in the world of TV and film, and in the realm of comics it is one of the quintessential elements that make superhero stories very engaging and emotional, however there is a limit to how much time they should be the focus of a story and that was certainly the case here. Oliver and Felicity’s constant bickering was such a pain in ass and while it was funny to see certain characters reacting to it (like Diggle’s face in the Arrow lair or Thea and Laurel’s response to hearing Olicity’s arguing on their communicators), for the most part it was annoying and unnecessary. Felicity, I love her, but bloody hell she really kicked up a fuss in this episode, I know her history with Ray made her want to do everything in her power to help him, but pushing mother and Oliver away, and then questioning her relationship with Oliver leading to a potential break-up was such an endurance test. Oh and after all that drama they ended up together all lovey dovey with some super cheesy dialogue which was so painful to watch. Besides all that nonsense. It was great to see Brandon Routh back as Ray Palmer, he was still funny and seeing what happening to Ray and how he had to be saved from the hands of Damien Darhk was great. The reintroduction of Donna Smoak was fun, while she can be a little annoying at times, I found her quite hilarious and damn Charlotte Ross is hotness so there’s that. Also was great to have Sara Lance back as the original Black Canary, Caity Lotz this looks as hot as ever in that costume and I loved seeing her kick some ass, though I was surprised that no one took precautions before they went into battle as she beat someone up and then killed a dude later on. Oh and I have to say the best part of the episode was with Oliver and Diggle drinking and chatting, it was a genuine heart-to-heart moment between the two oldest characters in the show and it felt good.

Moonbeam City “Cop Con”

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I think this is my new favourite episode. Cop Con seems like the most stupid, pointless and self-gratifying convention in existence, but that’s what makes it so much fun to watch whether it be the menu with all the police puns, the strange panels (like Dazzle’s on confiscating police stuff) or seeing a man shit his pants thanks to a new police gun. it’s all sorts of foolishness and I love it. Rad was at the background of the episode again, but when he was used it was funny like when he was bouncing on the bed or getting followers for his own convention. What really surprised me is the random sexual adventures between Dazzle and Pizzazz, before now there has been NO sign at all that these two would even touch each other because the hate and bickering was so strong, but here they were so civil with each other even outside of the sex like they were totally different people. This again proves that Moonbeam City would be better with a sense of continuity between episode and a bit more character development so certain events between characters doesn’t seem so out of left field. That being said, seeing Dazzle and Pizzazz having this crazy sexual tension and constantly needing to get it on was quite funny and was a welcome change from their normal behaviour. Also how good were those music numbers? Dazzle and his band were so random and funny, but those reformed gangsters with the “Leaving the H” song, that was so unexpected and funny, I loved it. Just seeing those gangsters change their perspective on life and become good guys while the police were away was fun, but as usual when something good happens it has to be undone and in this case the police come back from Cop Con and fuck up everything. Oh but my favourite moment would be with Chrysalis in her panel with that one guy asking her out to prom, and went she said no his reply of “I have a condition where I hear no as yes, so I’ll see ya there.” That was frigging jokes. 😛

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Wings of the Master”

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This was the first major episode for Hera and one that didn’t focus heavily on Kanan, Ezra and Rex, and while I mainly like Star Wars in general for the Jedi, Sith, lightsaber battles and most forms of action, I do like it when this franchise can give me something I wouldn’t expect to enjoy and I end up really liking it. “Wings of the Master” was cool for several reasons like 1) It really showed off why Hera is an essential member of the Ghost team, I’ve never thought less of her before, but this episode really illustrated who she is, why she likes to fly and how good of a pilot she is too. I loved the way she described her need to fly and the fact that she got promoted to phoenix leader made me smile a lot. 2) I loved Quarrie as a character, he’s a little wacky, strange, but smart and wise, and sometimes characters like these can be annoying, but luckily he had just the right level of humour and seriousness, plus his ship was awesome and I’m curious what kind of upgrades he could give to the rebels. 3) The fact that Empire are starving people and killing fire pilots during the first run of food supplies really adds to the fact that there are pretty big stakes out there and there are people relying on the rebel alliance to survive. 4) The music in this episode was excellent, really heartfelt and I did get some Empire Strikes Back vibes from it. 5) Kanan’s line to Ezra, “It makes me feel better when I say it!” Best. Line. Ever. 😀

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next Friday people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #12

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #12 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. So after last week’s post being delayed to Sunday, we’re back on track with the regular Friday schedule. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers below…

Grimm (Season 5) “The Grimm Identity”

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All I can say is FINALLY! Grimm is one of my favourite TV shows and is the last of my ongoing shows to return to air. After season 4 ended I couldn’t wait to see the next season, but knowing back in May that I’ve had to wait until around November for the show’s return just hurt me mentally. But the wait’s over and this episode did not disappoint. We picked up right where season 4 left off and so much happened as questions got answered, but new dangers and challenges were presented. Firstly I have to say David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, this guy always brings it, and in this episode I loved Nick as he was aggressive, reckless and unhinged, and rightfully so; both his mother and former lover are dead and then some shady people come along take Trubel away and drug Nick. After the guy wakes up, the house is clean and no one’s there and with Chavez as his only tie to all this madness he’s on a hunt for vengeance and answers. And while he didn’t quite get his answers, we did discover that Chavez wasn’t the main bad guy but that there was someone scarier at play. It was also great to see Monroe, Rosalee, Hank and Wu together again and seeing them try to process Nick’s news and actions, oh and Bud was hilariously annoying as usual, though the more interesting part was with Adalind finally giving birth to her and Nick’s son. After all the drama that nick endured, you could see the amount of mixed emotions in his face, but in the end he confirmed he’d be there for his child and maybe for Adalind too, oh and liked how she named the child after Nick’s mum Kelly. I just want to know who the new bad guys are and where Trubel is, I need my girl back yo!

Supergirl “Stronger Together”

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This was another decent episode, and while some of my issues from the last episode are still present and my early concerns about the show are starting to show up, otherwise, Supergirl is making small steps in the right direction towards becoming a good superhero TV show. What this episode does get right is the concept of Kara starting off small and learning the basics of being a superhero, from having doing smaller tasks and learning from her boss Cat Grant about not jumping into big things without gradual experience to Kara getting taught in combat and experiencing the harsher lessons of being a superhero under the spotlight of the world. It was also cool to have James and Winn come together and form this team with Kara similar to the teams in Arrow and The Flash, also I enjoyed the use of Alex and Hank more so than last week and seeing Astra come out of the shadows and confront Kara was good too. My issues with the episode go back to the presentation and ongoing story. The visual effects during the flying sequences seem awkward and choppy hopping from being fast to super fast with no smooth transition in speed, the rule applies to the fight scenes it’s just a bit jarring. Oh and that fight between Kara and Astra, I feel like that could have been a handled better, the wire-based fight in the air was painful to watch, I know it’s network TV but I would have preferred that whole thing to be CGI because it would have allowed for more fancy acrobatics. I also feel like the constant references and call backs to Superman aren’t necessary and feel heavy-handed much like the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and I’m curious to see where this show will go in the future when it comes to more compelling villains and storylines as well.

The Flash “The Darkness and the Light”

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This episode was a return to form for The Flash, last week was the first episode of season 2 that I wasn’t as keen on, but this week things were rectified as we got a very dramatic, layered and interesting story filled with character development and more mysteries being discovered. I really liked how Harrison Wells from Earth-2 was handled, he’s similar to the old Wells (Eobard), but he’s a lot more aggressive, blunt and as Cisco put it, a bit of dick. That being said he’s aware of his mistakes and is actively trying to rectify them by taking out the metahumans who are on Earth prime and he’s also trying to help Barry realise his full potential as the Flash. One other thing of note is that Wells has a daughter in Earth-2 and she’s being held captive by Zoom so I assume he’s here to help Barry get strong enough to take out Zoom which in turn will get his daughter back as well. This was also a big episode for Cisco as his powers were made known to his friends (unintentionally thanks to Wells) and I’m glad that happened because there’s only so long you can hold back these kinds of secrets. Seeing more of Jay Garrick was fun whether it be via flashback confronting Wells in Earth-2 or fighting Wells in present day, it’s always fun to see him around (besides when he and Caitlin snow are trying to form a relationship, I don’t care for that). Oh and finally Patty and Barry started this relationship of theirs, the blind date was odd but it did allow for some awesome Cisco dialogue which was hilarious.

Arrow (Season 4) “Haunted”

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So here’s the Arrow episode I’ve been waiting for, it’s the return of John Constantine (Matt Ryan) from the former NBC show, Constantine. And this episode was good but not early as great as last week’s, the story didn’t play out how I expected but I was satisfied. Matt Ryan hasn’t lost a step as Constantine, he’s still charming, charismatic, odd and rough around the edges, but damn it he’s still cool as hell and it was interesting to see through the flashbacks how he came into contact with Oliver and how in the present he used his magical abilities to restore Sara’s soul to her body. Though I have to say this episode really didn’t have as much as Constantine as I’d hoped and I was just waiting for the just to show up in the present, but he didn’t show up until last act which sucked! Beyond all the great stuff with Constantine, I enjoyed seeing Sara all crazy on the hunt for her killer, who in this case was Thea, also while I normally don’t care for Laurel and her whining when it comes to Oliver’s double standards about secrets, this time she had legit reasons for calling him out and it is true she’s not been treated as an equal. But I am glad that all the issues between her and Oliver and Thea are starting to be ironed out quickly and are not being dragged out for several episodes. And finally I’m really enjoying Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, he’s so witty, engaging and sinister and McDonough seems like he’s really having fun with the role.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Brothers of the Broken Horn”

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Brothers of the Broken Horn” was decent episode but is probably my least favourite so far. I’ve really been getting into the new story and characters that Rebels has been introducing with the old clones and new Inquisitors, but this episode sort of pushed that stuff aside for an Ezra-focused adventure where he and Chopper went off to help someone in need. While the episode as a whole wasn’t too captivating, it was good to further character development for Ezra as he not only questions whether he wants to be a Jedi or soldier, but it also allowed him to be heroic, tactical and show off his Jedi training with some nifty lightsaber moves and the use of the force. Oh and FINALLY he used the blaster part of his lightsaber, its like he’d forgotten that weapon had two functions until now. 😛 As for Hondo Ohnaka he was interesting character, on one hand I found him a little annoying and questionable in character, but on the other hand he was witty and funny especially in that scene when he was almost sucked into space and said “I’m rich!… I’m dead!” Best moment ever.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next Friday people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 6, 2015 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #11

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #11 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. I know this was meant to be out on Friday but time has not been my friend recently so it’s out today instead. Also this is a pretty meaty session, so try and make it through the entire set. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers below…

Alpha House (Season 2)

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The first season of Alpha House was good, I wouldn’t call it essential TV or super funny as a comedy show, but it had a great cast, interesting stories and a good deal of entertainment. So I started season 2 pretty quickly, at first it was a little strange to see things change so much for the main characters Gil John, Robert, Louis and Andy, however it allowed us to see different sides of their personalities, their struggles and interactions with other characters. I think I found this season not only funnier but more emotionally investing than the last because I’d set time with these characters from last season, but also because I believe the situations and jokes felt better than before. John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos are awesome in their roles and have such a great sense of chemistry and fun, in addition to that I really liked the character development for Andy and Robert. I’m a bit gutted that there’s not more of this show because I believe it could go on for at least two more seasons, but alas I guess for the time being things ended with season 2.

South Park (Season 19) “Tweek x Craig”

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This week’s episode was great, I really liked it. Bringing something as strange yaoi into SP was definitely going to be interesting and this episode delivered with its approach to that and political correctness when it comes to gay couples. I just loved how this episode treated the concept of being a homosexual in modern South Park with girls finding yaoi cute and boys being confused, and the adults finding young gay love progressive and sweet. It was great how Craig and Tweek treated the situation especially when it came to the break up with Tweek making a dramatic speech and leaving Craig looking like the asshole haha. This episode also felt like a minor link/continuation of the comment the mayor made about Craig being gay in “City Part of Town“. This episode was all sorts of bizarre from all the artwork of Craig and Tweek together to Cartman’s weird little cupid fairy thing to those hilarious songs played during the montages (I swear there was one that sounded like Peter Gabriel, that was great). The only stuff I didn’t like was that Cartman cupid fairy, that was weird and I didn’t need it.

Castle (Season 8) “The Nose”

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After a week away from Castle (which felt wrong) I’m back again to talk about “The Nose” and this episode was pretty good. The case wasn’t too interesting, but it was the characters around it that made the episode good. The main selling point of this episode was Mia Laszlo, a woman suffering from hyperosmia (a heightened sense of smell) and how she factored heavily into the case and Castle’s quest to get Beckett back, at first she was a little too frustrating for my liking but once her and Castle start bonding they end up having some hilarious and heart-warming moments together. Ryan and Esposito had their regular fun antics mixed in with a little drama with Espo getting the promotion while Ryan didn’t, and the random point when Ryan shot Espo in the ass, that was ridiculously funny. At this point I should mention that the whole Beckett and Castle separation thing has worn out its welcome and just needs to get sorted because the show, while still functioning, just doesn’t feel the same and more and more I’m wishing the show would have ended with season 7.

Supergirl “Pilot”

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So here we are with Supergirl’s first episode, and despite my hesitation from the trailers to be honest the episode wasn’t half bad. Best way to describe this episode is that it is Superman’s story all over again, except this time it’s from Kara Zor-El’s perspective as Supergirl. What we have is a lot of similar superhero origin elements to Superman when it comes to Kara’s first acts of heroism, becoming a notable superhero and finding her place in the world, but there are a few unique differences and modernisation involved with this episode that helps make this show stand on its own. This episode had some fun stuff in terms of Kara becoming a superhero, learning of not only the secret organisation monitoring alien activity but also the villain Vartox and how he works for a shady group of villain’s headed by Kara’s auntie! There’s some interest revelations, humour and action with some impressive visual effects and a great central performance from Melissa Benoist  who is very likeable and charming as the title character. With the whole “girl power” element wasn’t as heavy-handed as I thought it’d be, there were a few times where certain comments were made that just made me roll my eyes. I also have to admit I have a few other issues like 1) There’s an inconsistency with the action sequences when it comes to Kara fighting or flying, I know this is network TV so the visual effects won’t be amazing, but on several occasions when there was a blend of stunt work and CGI it looked like it didn’t gel well of flow properly. And 2) As much as I liked the tone of and feel of the show with a nice balance of drama and humour (kind of like The Flash), there were some moments that felt quite cheesy whether it be through the dialogue or choice of music in the soundtrack.

The Flash “The Fury of Firestorm”

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The Flash continues to be a really solid show with more character development, strong themes about accepting change, letting go and moving on, and there was some interesting story points too. The big thing in this episode was dealing with Professor Stein unstable nature and his need to fuse with someone to become Firestorm again, and it was pretty cool to see Henry Hewitt and Jefferson Jackson, two potential candidates for Stein’s merger come along with their personalities and traits and branch off onto different moral paths. It has been said already but it bares mentioning again… HOLY SHIT, IT’S A FRIGGING MAN SHARK ON LAND! This was spoiled for me on the internet prior to watching the episode on Wednesday morning, but seeing it in action was no less surprising, I mean that dude comes out of nowhere, grabs Flash and is pretty much read to take him out, were it not for Patty and the timely appearance of Harrison Wells with his fancy gun, Flash would have been killed right there and then. I’m curious how Barry’s gonna react to seeing Wells again and what this different Wells from another dimension has to say to Barry.

Arrow (Season 4) “Beyond Redemption”

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Beyond Redemption” was a pretty solid episode and may be my favourite of the season so far. It had some great action, interesting story elements and good character development as well. I liked the idea of there being corrupt cops within the Star City police force, it illustrated how hard times had gotten for not only Captain Lance but the rogue cops as well, and it created some interesting moral and ethical dilemmas. In addition to that I appreciated Oliver going for the position of Mayor, it presents interesting opportunities for the future of the how but also allowed the people around him to reassess who is and how much he cares about the city. This was big episode for Lance as: 1) His alliance with Damien was discovered. 2) He found out about Sara’s resurrection and almost killed her. 3) And he had to deal with the corrupt members of the Anti-Vigilante Task Force and helped save Oliver in a tight spot. I’ve not been a fan of this character for a while but this was his most solid material in a while and I liked him a lot.

Moonbeam City “Lasers and Liars”

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Lasers and Liars” was a pretty good episode and to a degree I liked it more than the last. The opening with Dazzle with those two women in the van was hilarious mainly due to him having sex with them but them allowing the van to crash into a gash station and explode, that was random and amazing. But the other aspect I really liked was Dazzle hooking up with Panache, who we later find out is Pizzaz’s sister, this allowed for not only some tension between the two sisters and funny moments for Dazzle but it also expanded on the mythology of Moonbeam City and Pizzaz’s heritage. I really liked the ridiculous nature of Pizzaz’s sisters not only with their names but also with their personalities and obsession with slapping. With Pizzaz and her issues with her sisters breaking her down I thought that could have been a great moment for Dazzle to come in and defend her, but no, that didn’t come to pass. My issue with this episode (besides the levels of randomness and stupidity), is that after the main conflict is resolved it doesn’t add up to anything, there’s no proper satisfying conclusion. This show lacks character development and continuity, those are my two key issues. While not all comedy shows require those two things, it is those elements that make shows like Parks and Rec, Community, South Park and many others worth watching, and I believe this show could benefit from that.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Always Two There Are”

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So far, I love this season’s direction and after the end of last week’s episode I was hyped to see more. “Always Two There Are” was great, it showed the continued complex relationship between Commander Rex and Kanan, dedicated screen time to Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, and introduced new obstacles for the characters to overcome. The one of the major aspects of this show I was looking forward to was the two Inquisitors (specifically Sarah Michelle Gellar as the Seventh Sister) and they were great. I really enjoyed how easily SS was able to subdue Ezra and it was her plan to capture him and Sabine to lure the Jedi in to be killed. The episode illustrated how she was not only good with a lightsaber, but also how creepy, smart and seductive she could be especially when interrogating Ezra. I was I genuinely feared for these characters and their safety and wasn’t sure how they’d make it out of there alive, but quick thinking and luck was on their side when they escaped. I really liked how Zeb was handled, he’s not really had many moments to shine in this series, but this episode showed that he could be resourceful and heroic even against the likes of the Inquisitors. Once again I have to give this show praise for its presentation, the art, lighting, and animation were great, but in conjunction with the music it worked so well, it especially added drama and intensity to some of the action sequences. And that ending with Kanan, Hera and Rex contemplating about the information that just got from their comrades really adds to the sense of dread, fear and mystery that will surely follow as the series progresses.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next Friday people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 1, 2015 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #8

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #8 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. I’ve been watching a lot of stuff this week so there will actually be two posts instead of the usual one. Be care for some spoilers as read on below, okay? Cool, let’s do this thing.

Heroes Reborn (Episodes 1-4)

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So I was actually meant to do a review for the two-part premiere two weeks back, but I decided at the last minute to pull it from the blog post. Since so much happened in these first four episodes I’ll try to summarise. I won’t lie, the first two episodes didn’t do much for me. “Brave New World” reintroduced us to the Heroes world many years later, but then presented a tragic event involving terrorists in Odessa, Texas, people with powers are being blamed and go into hiding. So at the center of this madness you have Noah Bennet (one of the key characters from Heroes) out for answers not only about the los of his daughter but also for his actions in the past that have been removed from his memory. Add on top of that there are new characters discovering their powers and two hunters out to kill powered individuals. Even though I was interested in. Episode three was much more interesting as the scattered stories actually started to go somewhere and by episode four “The Needs of the Many” I was actually invested. There’s more to do for the new powered individuals in Katana Girl, Tommy Clarke and El Vengador to name a few, learning more about Noah is fun and having Erica and Harris as the main villains of the show with their plan for powered people feels very much like X-Men’s treatment of mutants.

Gotham (Season 2) “Strike Force”

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After last week’s episode I thought that a follow-up episode wouldn’t be as strong considering the loss of Jerome (SPOILERS!), but luckily there was enough new content to keep be interested. With Theo Galavan, he’s got plans to demolish the city’s current structure and a build a new city, but in order to do that he must become mayor. He’s already got the public on his side, but for that extra push he needs his competition taken out, so he blackmails Penguin into doing his dirty work because if he refuses Theo will kill his mother. Low blow man, I knew when he arranged to meet with Penguin that he had an ace up his sleeve. Poor Penguin by the way, this guy is great to watch when he’s all charismatic, charming and crazy, but he has a weakness and unfortunately this puts him at odds with James Gordon because of his recent activities. Speaking of Gordon it was interesting to see him working under a new captain in the form of Captain Nathaniel Barnes (played very well by Michael Chiklis), this new guy doesn’t take shit from anyone, he’s well-informed and wants to crack down on crime which i like. It is kind of random how he comes out of nowhere and assumes rank but whatever I buy it for now. Gordon’s in an awkward place now, he has history with Penguin and something tells me it’ll only be a bit of time before that dodgy transactions come to light. As for the rest of the episode, seeing Alfred slap Selina for the death of his friend was badass and making Bruce run home as part of his training, good stuff. And finally, having Bruce have a new potential love interest in the form of Silver was interesting, wonder if she’s around to lure him in and betray him later?

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “The Lost Commanders”

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So after the longest wait ever, Rebels is back on TV and I am so happy as this was a solid start to the season! This episode has the Ghost crew split up with Asoka sending Kanan, Ezra, Sabine and Zeb to a distant planet to find some old allies to assist them in their fight against the empire, it is only after they get there that they find out they’re former clone troopers (which doesn’t sit well with Kanan at all). I like how this episode immediately references the events of Lothal with the rebels still in need of allies, Asoka going off to gain more info on Darth Vader, Kanan’s painful memories of the Clone Wars and mistrust of clones, and Ezra’s continued growth and contributions to the plans and actions of the main characters. As usual the show does a great job of balancing humour with the character-driven drama and providing potential foreshadowing for the future too. There were some nice references to The Seige of Lothal, the Clone Wars show, Order 66 and Revenge of the Sith which just makes this universe feel so large in scope and awesome with the amount of stories that have taken place over the main canon timeline.

Castle (Season 8) “What Lies Beneath”

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The opening for this episode was pretty dramatic, a guy in church praying to god ask for a sign to know if he’s on the right path, and then gets shot in the chest. Damn! The dude asks a simple question and gets killed in a church, it is one of the most memorable opening death for this show in a while. Anyway this week was more in line with a regular Castle episode as it was a case of the week situation and the ongoing story with Beckett chasing leads on people tied to Senator Bracken was more of a subplot. Castle and Beckett are still not together, and it sucks. While I’m not as actively annoyed with their separation as many other fans, it is starting to get a bit tiresome, like last episode the show proves that these two are better when they’re together solving cases, being in love and having their banter together. Outside of their continued separation, the case this week was quite interesting with a famous author, a con man, lies and deceit and a blind priest… Who actually wasn’t blind at all. I will say seeing that priest run away from Castle and Alexis into that crowd was frigging amazing haha and the funny moments between Ryan and Esposito were great too.

The Flash (Season 2) “Flash of Two Worlds”

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So we have another strong episode for The Flash this week with us learning the identity of Jay Garrick, Earth-2, the pockets in time left by last season’s portal and having another metahuman out for Flash’s blood by order of the mysterious Zoom. Once again this show is solid because of its embracing of the comic source material, but also of superhero conventions in terms of the plot and narrative codes and conventions too. I like how Barry was dubious of Jay because of his history with Harrison Wells (Eobard Thawne), but eventually came to trust him when it came to defeating Sand Demon, oh and how cool is it that Barry can now throw lighting through his speed? Nice. There were also plenty of humourous moments between Cisco and Dr. Stein, Caitlin and Jay, Joe and new character Officer Patty Spivot, or Joe trying to understand the concept of time travel and multiple universes. And speaking of Spivot I like her, she seems like a bubbly, tenacious and cute lady when trying to be on Joe’s metahuman task force, but later on discovering her true reasons for joining were quite emotional and justified. Plus I like her interaction with Barry, they seem cute together, I can already see them being shipped.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. I’ll see y’all with the next review by Sunday at the latest, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 16, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #7

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #7 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. I was hoping to have this done by Friday instead of today but things got really busy and I wasn’t able to get to my computer as much as I would have liked. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀

Gotham (Season 2) “The Last Laugh”

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SPOILERS AHEAD. So Gotham‘s episode this week was probably the best one yet. I liked it, seeing the Jerome front and center was great whether he was talking to his dad or entertaining people at the magic show, he was great, so imagine my partial surprise to see that he died. I technically got spoiled on the internet prior to seeing the episode a few days later, I knew Jerome was gonna die so when he got taken out a lot of the shock value was taken away, but even without the spoiler Jerome’s death I could see coming. Theo Galavan planned it out so perfectly, he basically takes a stand against the bad guy, gets hurt, comes back later and unbeknownst to the bad guy (Jerome in this case) takes him out permanently to ensure his status as the hero is exact. This is a familiar storyline I’ve seen used a few times before, but it is a device that works and I liked how Theo calculated it all and basically knew from the outset that he’d have to take Jerome out. Outside of that key stuff. I liked seeing Alfred trying to flirt with Lee Tompkins, though I hope it doesn’t become a frequent thing or anything more than that because those together is just creepy in my mind.

Castle (Season 8) “PhDead”

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This week Castle a student at a university dies in a prison uniform and so to uncover the murder Castle gets a job at the university to gain some information, this is also the case that Beckett’s working as well. As you can tell this is not a smart plan considering their recent break-up, but Castle hopes to uncover the mystery of the murder to gain Beckett back. I really liked this episode because of the drama, interesting twists and turns, but mainly the way it brought the cast together and made use of everyone, whether it be Ryan and Esposito pretending to be university students (which was hilarious), seeing the return of Lanie for something interesting screen time or Alexis going undercover to get information from a potential murder suspect. Oh and Castle playing Beer pong, great scene haha. By the way I really liked Molly Quinn as Alexis here, I kind of lost interest in her character around season 5 to 6, but she’s definitely being utilised properly with her working with her father on cases… Oh and by the way she looked hot in the angel costume, just saying. 😛 It can be hard to see Castle try so hard to get back into Beckett’s life especially when he’s not at fault and when you know her reasons behind her decision. But as a viewer you can’t help but love Castle’s attempts at getting back into Beckett’s good graces by being the same silly, aggressive and quick-thinking individual that we’ve known since the start of the show. And even though emotionally it’s not good for Beckett, when these two are together, its magic. At this point Fillion and Katic just have the perfect on-screen chemistry when they’re solving mysteries, having emotional moments or finishing each others sentences when they figure something out. I will say that Beckett’s side story isn’t as compelling and the whole pushing Castle away thing is getting tiring, I want these two to be together sort things out before it gets too depressing and lacking in the fun factor.

The Flash “The Man Who Saved Central City”

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Well this was a good episode for sure, I loved the way it began, felt like typical day in the life of the Flash with him taking down Captain Cold and Heatwave in humourous and cool way with the help of Firestorm. I loved how energetic and fun that opening was, and Wentworth Miller, still love him in this show. I liked how the events of last season were not only covered via flashback but also showed the cost of what it took to save Central City and who was lost. Now things has changed, Barry’s operating on his own and shutting his friends and family out, while the other have taken on responsibilities elsewhere. That is until a new threat comes along that requires everyone’s help in order to take the bad guy down. I loved Cisco’s humour once again, Joe has some lovely moments in the show, Professor Stein had some hilarious moments too and seeing the reunion of Barry and his father on the outside after Harrison Wells (Eobard Thawne) confessed to murder of Barry’s mother was great also. I will say that the villain of the episode wasn’t very engaging, personality-wise was bland and his powers didn’t seem too cool either, plus the CGI used on his growing and shrinking looked really awkward and ugly. Other than those nitpicks The Flash returned with a strong episode and has me super excited to see what happens later on in season 2.

Arrow (Season 4) “Green Arrow”

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Alrighty then, Arrow season 4, something I honestly wasn’t too interested in watching. But out of curiosity and love for the first two seasons I went back in. That opening, ewww. No offence, but the whole domesticated life for Oliver and Felicity, that was so cheesy and hard to watch, besides the line about Felicity failing the omelette, that was funny. So this episode deals with Oliver coming back to Star City and having all of the people that he knew give him the cold shoulder, but also introduces Damien Darhk, the big bad who has many underlings and wants to destroy the city, oh and he has mystical powers. I like Damien, he has a nice classic villainous presence and he’s intimidating too. Also it was interesting to see Diggle, Thea and Laurel take on the bad guys in their new little team, and I know its been said before but it bares mentioning again… Diggle’s helmet still looks horrible and the back half doesn’t even cover the whole of his head! That’s not practical at all! Oh and the flashbacks are back and I’m still not too interested, that being said, the fact that Oliver was heading back to Lian Yu can only make me hope that it’ll finally bookend with the opening of season 1 for good. I’m curious to know who died at the end when Oliver and Barry were standing over that gravestone, I hope its Felicity (I know that’s mean, but hey I’m dark like that haha).

Moonbeam City “The Strike Visualizer Strikes Again”

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Moonbeam City, I’m still liking it. While it isn’t a great show, it is a good way to pass 20 minutes. What I’m still liking about the show is its random nature, quick fire humour and violence. “The Strike Visualizer Strikes Again” was a fun episode because of the focus on bowling and the animations that go with it after getting a spare or strike, some of them were really elaborate and crazy. I will say that the show’s starting to feel a little tiresome with some of the character traits from Dazzle and the other main characters. Again I like Dazzle because he’s voiced by Rob Lowe, but Dazzle still doesn’t have any redeeming qualities so when he messes around or acts like a fool I don’t like him too much. Pizzaz just moans all the time and that’s getting annoying and Chrysalis while smart and resourceful, is just kind of there you know? She’s a bit bland. Basically I want some character development and possibly some long term stories, but considering the comedy-based format of this show that’s unlikely to happen.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next Friday people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Life, Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #6

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #6 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. Since I’ve recently done my review on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., I’ll probably just be excluding the show those from this series of posts because I’ll be reviewing it weekly like season 1. With that out of the way let’s go!

South Park (Season 19) “The City Part of Town”

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I really liked this episode. In “The City Part of Town“, South Park got slammed by Jimmy Fallon on TV so the film of town decide that they need Whole Foods in order to be respected in the eyes of the media and the rest of the US, so they upgrade the town and do a lot of crazy things to obtain a higher class status. While this episode wasn’t laugh-out-loud material, there were plenty of laughs to be found, from those really fancy adverts for the new area of South Park to the City Wok man to the line about Craig being a homosexual. I thought the humour was great, the references to political correctness and modernising of cities/towns were smart and true to life and again I’m just loving how this show is slowing changing its basic formula and seems to be evolving with the times with the material its producing so far. The concept of Sodo Sopa, its many upgrades, those hilariously smooth narrated ads and the fact that these new establishments were built around Kenny’s house was jokes.

Castle (Season 8) “XX”

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This week’s episode of Castle was pretty interesting. Last week we saw Beckett on the run and here we got to answers at to what she was up to through flashbacks and why she was doing it. As usual there’s mystery, intrigue, humour and drama. It got pretty dense with the amount of information relating to previous seasons when it comes to Senator William Bracket, who he was involved with and how they tie into Kate Beckett’s current situation. I loved the drama, tension and emotion that came with this episode whether it be from Beckett’s speech at the police station, the moments between Alexis and Castle or the backstory involving Beckett and Vikram. There was a lot tension and drama between Castle and Beckett considering the trust issues between them here and what happened with Castle’s disappearance last season, some tough choices were made it broke my heart to see these two in such a difficult situation where the truth just couldn’t be relieved. As usual the performances from all of the cast were great especially with Stana Katic and Nathan Fillion, also it was nice to see Jack Coleman again as Bracken.

Gotham (Season 2) “Rise of the Villains: Knock Knock”

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So in Gotham‘s second episode things got intriguing, but not anything special. It was good to see Jerome and his crazy friends on the run, and some drama between Bruce and Alfred. The focus of this episode was on the people that escapes Arkham Asylum, how they’re running amuck and how Jim Gordon has to take them down. If there was any weaknesses of this episode it was in the humour, the campiness when it comes to the villain escapees (I’m just not a fan of the tone), also the fact that Harvey bullock is whipped and domesticated thanks to his new fiance sucks and the whole Edward Nigma inside voices thing, that’s getting old and uninteresting.

Fear The Walking Dead (Episodes 1-4)

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Man this show, wow. I’m enjoying it to a degree, but good god does it frustrate me. I’m only four episodes in and a good number of the characters I want to kick in the head in the hope of knocking some sense into them. From the time the first episode dropped I wasn’t totally into it, but I thought, “This a prequel to a much better show, the people behind the show are showing the genesis of the virus and how the apocalypse started. Give it time, I’m sure things will get better.” Oh, that is not really the case with FTWD. Don’t get me wrong, there are certain aspects that have improved like some of the story elements and characters. However what bugs me about this show is how annoying and dumb these characters are. Several times the main characters make rookie mistakes or do things that are completely idiotic like: 1) Trying to talk to a recently turned zombie was their friend. 2) Withholding important information from each other. 3) Basically not applying logic to dangerous situations. If you think I’m exaggerating read this article which perfectly illustrates my issues  with the show in a fair and smart way: http://www.inquisitr.com/2435203/fear-the-walking-dead-are-the-characters-too-dumb/ I think another major issue relates to the fact that fan of the TWD already know what’s up. They know about Walkers, what they are, their weaknesses, how to fend them off and what comes later down the line beyond this show. We’ve been spoilt, so when these people have no clue you can’t help but moan or shout at the screen telling them what to do. Anyway I’ll continue to watch because I hope it gets better but I’m not holding my breath though.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next time people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2015 in Life, Media, Television

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #5

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #5 on What I’m Currently Watching where I give you a tiny update on what TV-based stuff I’m watching and give mini reviews/impressions on them. In this edition, while I’m still watching Alpha House and Justice League, I’m focusing on more of the newer stuff I’ve been watching. With that out of the way let’s go!

South Park (Season 19)

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It feels crazy that South Park is back on the air, it feels like ages since last season, but I guess because of the development of Stick of Truth it was gonna take a while for Matt Stone and Trey Parker to get  the wheels turning back in the TV department. Anyways I’m just glad that it is back and so far I’m liking it. “Stunning and Brave” and “Where Have My Country Gone?” have been funny and insightful, SP feels just as funny as ever with all of its pop culture references, violence, and the crude and blunt nature of the show is intact. I like how these first two episodes are directly linked and seem to be embracing change when it comes to the characters and scenarios they are tackling. Sure there has been continuity between episodes before and it may just be a while before they switch things back to normal like they’ve done before, but beyond the standard SP codes and conventions, it has been interesting and refreshing to see immediate cause and effect between episodes. And while the episodes weren’t instant classics or made me laugh so hard, I’m just glad to have one of my favourite shows back.

Castle (Season 8)

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This week Castle returned with its first episode of its 8th season and I have to say I was really into it. It does feel like what the people behind the show have done is turned what happened to Richard on its head and made Kate Beckett out to be enemy of the state with her disappearance, the secrets and lies and everyone left wondering just what Beckett is up to. There’s drama, tension and that trademark humour too. There’s a scene involving spiders which I can imagine was pretty hard to watch for certain viewers and even though I’m fine with those critters even I felt a tiny bit squeamish. So far I’m liking the direction of this 8th season, there are ties to previous season material, new characters in play and new scenarios to encounter.

Moonbeam City

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I think the name alone for this show got me on board haha. No but seriously, after I saw the trailer on IGN’s Fall TV preview I knew I had to put this on my watch list. Moonbeam City feels like a throwback to the 1980’s with its parody or cop shows from that era, the visual style and choice of music, both of which are awesome. And I had to say that the visual style of this show is incredible, its vivid in colour, has a unique art style that feels like it belongs in a comic book and the animation is smooth. It reminds me of really great Flash animated movie you’d find on Newgrounds, and I mean that in the nicest possible way. The animation isn’t super fluid and the movements are limited, as is some of the background art, but it seems to balance the line between detail and simplicity. As for the first two episodes “Mall Hath No Fury” and “Lights! Camera! Reenaction!” I like them, while they’re not completely hilarious, they have their moments and I think I liked episode two more because it was more ridiculous. I think Rob Lowe is great as Dazzle Novak, Lowe’s charisma and charm help elevate the character beyond some of his less charming qualities. Now this show will immediately get compared to Archer and to be fair they do share some similarities especially in the art and animation department, though this is a slightly different beast. I do think it needs a few more episodes to prove whether it has any staying power or not but so far I’m liking it and I can’t wait to see more.

Gotham (Season 2)

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So Gotham‘s back, the second season which promises to be better, more serialised and focused… So how’s it doing with episode 1? Not bad. Like before, when it comes to some of the larger-than-life/weirder characters in Arkham or Edward Nigma, the acting can get a little silly and you can’t take the show too seriously especially with the music feeding into that too. However I did like path they’ve put Gordon on and how’s he’s had to get his hands dirty to get what he wants, and I liked Penguin’s use in this episode, he’s powerful, charismatic and charming. The stuff with Bruce, it was interesting, but still my least favourite material. That Zaardon guy, what a weirdo, but at the same time he was quite humourous too.

Hand of God

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Besides Alpha House and Extant, this is the other Amazon show I’ve taken a look into and even though I’ve seen the first episode I’m super curious to see more. I saw adverts for this show on TV around 2 or 3 weeks ago, and while the concept sounded interesting, it wasn’t enough to bring me to watch it. However, after really getting stuck into this TV business over the summer I decided to give the first episode a watch and I have to say it was pretty impressive. For those not in the know, the show focuses on a judge who’s suffered a tragic loss, has been born again and believes he’s been contacted by God to seek justice. However his actions to everyone around are seen as crazy delusions and put him at odds with a lot of people, especially those close to him. Like I said before the show’s concept is interesting, but I love how it justifies the potential presence of God through the judge’s visions and actions with situations that look like they could genuinely be supernatural or pure madness from an outsiders point of view. I will say that there are some points where it gets hard to watch, when dealing with subjects like life or death or dealing/reliving traumatic experiences, it can never be easy to deal with and that drama is real and uncomfortable at times. While Ron Perlman’s character isn’t the most likeable guy you do sympathise with the guy and want him to succeed and it helps that Perlman is so good in the main role. I’m also loving the appearances of The Wire and Fringe actor Andre Royoand my man Maximiliano HernĂĄndez from the Marvel Cinematic Universe too. I’m curious to see where this show goes in future episodes.

Blindspot

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So this was another show that I had to watch after I saw it on IGN’s TV preview. The premise sounded good and it had Jaimie Alexander in it. That was reason enough to give it a try. After watching the first episode I am intrigued to see more. The show basically revolves around Jane Doe, a tattooed woman who has no memory of her past or her own identity, so she ends up with the FBI and using her tattoos as clues they fight crime. This first episode slowly peels away the mystery of the Jane Doe (Jaimie Alexander), giving us pieces of she can do and what her presence life was like, but doesn’t give away too much and keeps the questions coming when it comes to her connections with certain characters. She seems like a very interesting character with a lot of potential depth to her if the show is handled in the right way. I like the way the show is shot and the action was handled well, there is a decent amount of tension and mystery and I love Alexander in the main role and Sullivan Stapleton did well in his role too.

Well that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of these shows? If you have any thoughts be sure to drop a comment below and let me know what TV shows you’re currently watching  too. Until next time people, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2015 in Life, Media, Television

 

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My Quick Thoughts on Castle Season 7

Howdy people of the internet, how’s it going? Since Castle, one of my favourite TV shows is back on-air with the first episode of season 8 currently out, I thought I’d given my quick review/thoughts on season 7 since there was no official review written beforehand.

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For my previous reviews check them out below:

  1. Season 1
  2. Season 2
  3. Season 3
  4. Season 4
  5. Season 5
  6. Season 6

With Castle season 7 it was a lot of fun, it was all the usual fun you’d get from the show with thrilling cases and character-driven stories. I have to admit, going into this season I hyped to see more Castle and find out what happened after the season 6 finale, though over the course of this season I found myself getting a little fatigued with the show and that’s not to say that it was boring, but that it had gone on for 7 seasons and really needed to finish strong before it got dull or less engaging.

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The quality of this season was good with some interesting revelations about Castle’s disappearance and the progression of Beckett’s career, but the highlight was certainly the return of the 3XK storyline (“Resurrection” and “Reckoning“) which was satisfying for sure. I also loved the episode that focused on Richard’s reason becoming a mystery writer, “Hollander’s Woods“, the Ryan and Esposito-focused episodes (“Kill Switch” and “At Close Range“) were also good and episodes like “Last Action Hero” and “The Wrong Stuff” were fun. What bugged me was the initial treatment of Richard’s disappearance and return, because of his lack of memory and questionable evidence surrounding him, it painted him as the enemy of his own show and put him at odds with not only Kate but his friends and family too. It wasn’t handled the best way, then was swept under the carpet for a while only to be explored fully a while later in “Sleeper“, and while it’s impressive, it’s a little far-fetched too.

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At the end of the day what mattered was the relationship between Richard and Kate, and that was still on top form thanks to great work from Nathan Fillion and Stana Katic. Honestly season 7 ended on such a great and strong note, it felt like series finale and I feel like the show should have ended right there and then… But NOPE! This show’s too popular to get rid of so ABC will continue to milk it for as long as it takes, I just hope season 8 is worth it and the show runners have some good material up their sleeve to keep us fans invested.

So have you seen season 7 of Castle and if so what do you think of it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on September 23, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Castle Season 6 Review

Good day to you ladies and gentlemen, today I continue my TV reviews and return to one of my favourites with the sixth season of Castle. So with season 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 being totally awesome, it is about time for me to get back to this lovely show and see what epic scenarios would be taking place this time around. So how does season 6 fare? Well, read on and find out.

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The plot for this show involves Richard Castle, a famous mystery novelist who is called in to assist the New York police when a serial killer begins committing copycat murders based on situations in his books. After Castle helps crack the case, he then decides to kill off his longtime character and create a new one, named “Nikki Heat,” and research her by shadowing Det. Kate Beckett. And now Castle and Beckett continue to work together on various crimes as they their relationship continues to grow and become deeper.

Story-wise this season is pretty great, the stories work individually, but are also connected throughout not only this season, but also tie back to episodes from previous seasons too. This season definitely knows how to get your attention from the get go and even though the main dynamic between Castle and Beckett has changed a little since they decided to get engaged, things are just as fun, exciting and dangerous as before, that being said, I liked how things didn’t stay in the Washington DC and found their way back to their natural routes in New York with the 12th precinct. One great thing this show does well is that it keeps you guessing, the people behind the show constantly find ways to blindside you with unexpected scenarios that you could never predict, especially when it comes to bringing characters and stories from previous seasons in new and intriguing ways. It is really smart and I love it. In addition to that Castle still has that trademark balance between humour and drama with there being a great deal of serious moments with just a nicely timed joke to balance things out as well.

Episode highlights include:

  • Valkyrie
  • Dreamworld
  • Need To Know
  • Number One Fan
  • Time Will Tell
  • Like Father, Like Daughter (personal favourite)
  • Disciple (personal favourite)
  • The Good, The Bad and the Baby
  • Under Fire (personal favourite)
  • Deep Cover (personal favourite)
  • Room 147
  • In the Belly of the Beast (personal favourite)
  • The Way of the Ninja (personal favourite)
  • The Greater Good
  • That 70s Show
  • Veritas (personal favourite)
  • For Better or For Worse (personal favourite)

When it comes to the cast they are wonderful, the main cast has been playing these character so well for so long that it feels like their good performances seem like second nature to them, and in addition to that the new recurring characters are pretty nice as well.

So let’s start with Nathan Fillion, who is once again brilliant as Richard Castle. Castle is the source of the best humour and moments of inappropriate behaviour, but he has a big heart and care very dearly for Kate, his friends and family, even if it does put him in very dangerous situations. Stana Katic is still killing it as Kate Beckett, she seems more driven and determined than ever due to her job roles, but she also shows a bit of doubt and trouble when it comes to some elements of her work and the engagement to Richard, but she still has some great moments of humour too. Once again Fillion and Katic have great chemistry and I feel like they could just be ad-libbing their material because their characters seem so comfortable and realistic around each other

Molly Quinn as Alexis Castle is still cute and pretty and even though she isn’t around as much, she still has relevance in her father’s life and this is probably my favourite season with her as she is less annoying and gets some good character development this time around. Susan Sullivan as Martha Rodgers, although not seen that much, is still the voice of reason and the source of humour and subtle emotional moments as well. I still have a lot of love for Jon Huertas and Seamus Dever as Javier Esposito and Kevin Ryan, as usual both of them have their moments in the sun for great humour, but also great drama and their chemistry together and with Castle and Beckett is awesome. Esposito is still my favourite, but Ryan is still pretty damn cool. Unfortunately Tamala Jones as Lanie Parish is seen a lot less these days, however she is still a delight to watch and is gorgeous, so pretty. At this point I really do think of Penny Johnson Jerald as part of the Castle family as Victoria Gates. Her character is still a by-the-book kind of police person, strong in authority and doesn’t cut people slack when she knows they are on the wrong side of the law. That being said, she does have a heart and in this season more so than than before, she’s had a substantial episode given to develop her and make her a more relatable person which I loved.

So is there anything I didn’t like? Well I have some minor nitpicks, with the crazy scenarios that have taken place in previous seasons, I feel like season 6 was lacking in some innovate and crazy situations, story-wise as there were no stakes that felt as nerve-racking as before. Also the initial move to DC for Beckett feels a bit redundant as she goes back to New York and gets back to her standard job a little while after.

In conclusion Castle season 6 is another good season of this great TV show, as per usual it presents new, exciting and crazy adventures for Castle and Beckett to investigate while also advancing their relationship and personal lives too. While I think that the previous season had a better sense of coherency and fun, this season was still very enjoyable and offered many great twists and turns, cool stand out moments for the main cast beyond just Castle and Beckett and some promising storylines for the future too. Bring on season 7!

Rating: 8.5/10

So have you do watched Castle and if so are you casual watcher or an avid fan? And if not you’re watching this show, then why not? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see you on the next review yo.

 
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Posted by on October 18, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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I’m Back Again And Ready To Rock!

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Yo yo peeps of the internet, I, the Hypersonic55 have returned to the world online once again except this time I am back and fully operational because I finally have my laptop back! Oh happy day! This is how I felt when I got my laptop back:

Now for those who aren’t aware, I had been without my laptop for three weeks because it was breaking down and needed to be fixed. It was in the repair place for AGES and during that time I was relegated to using my phone for the internet and watching normal TV, it was horrible and nearly unbearable. I mean sure I got to use my mum and sister’s laptop’s at points, but it wasn’t the same because so much was lacking when it comes to all my tabs, and files on my hard drive too. I swear the last few weeks have been an endurance test, I feel like god was testing me to see how I would survive without my technology, which truth be told I can’t. I am a tech addict to a degree and I need my stuff especially because I do my blogging and watch a lot of TV online too. But yeah I’m getting back into the groove and if you haven’t seen it already check out my review of The Expendables 3.

And now that I’m back I’ll be able to give you all my reviews from the cinema and get back to some of my TV reviews as well. I should have more from My Favourite Music In Video Games and I should be able to review season 3 of Buffy and season 6 of Castle before the month is out.

 
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Posted by on August 19, 2014 in Life

 

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