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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 #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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QUICK REVIEW: Gotham Season 1

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a TV review and today I’m gonna be giving you my quick thoughts on Gotham. When I did my post on comic book TV shows from last year until this year, a person mentioned in the comments that I missed a show out and it was this one. I think that should say something about how I feel about this show, but I feel like I should clarify my thoughts on the show so here we go.

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What bothers me about the show is that it showed so much promise. I mean sure the concept of a Batman show that didn’t have Batman in it and instead focused on the origins of James Gordon, the main villains and a young Bruce Wayne wasn’t exactly what a lot of fans were crying out for. However, the fact that it was giving us an origin to the villain-based characters and had a police drama element incorporated to it had me intrigued, and for the first few episodes, I was into it. I liked the combination of James Gordon and Harvey Bullock as the main cops, Oswald Cobblepot was an interesting sneaky little man, I liked the sassy yet stern nature of Fish Mooney, oh and the awkward yet hilarious Edward Nygma, and the list goes on. Basically, the show was making a lot of good moves by creating a grounded approach, with a slightly more adult tone and different style to what fans have seen adapted to screen in the past. The only problem is that the show never finds its footing.

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Without going into spoilers, Gotham‘s first season seemed to be all over the place in terms of the tone. Sometimes it would emphasise humour, other times it would be super serious, sometimes the stories would be fairly light-hearted and other times there’s get violent and dark, and sometimes all of that would happen in the same episode. I thought the show was going to be cop drama focusing on James Gordon and a handful of villains, but the show gets lost in a sea of its stories, and after a while situations that were once engaging and compelling start to fall flat because they’re either drawn out or lead to bad changes that feel like they were made on the fly rather than being thought out.  As for the references to the source material, some of the name drops and visual easter eggs while interesting occasionally felt shoehorned in and not entirely necessary. Plus I got so uninterested in the show that I dropped it for like six weeks before I came back to another episode, then left it again for ages before I watched the final five episodes.

When it comes to the characters things get complicated because there’s a lot of characters not only at the start but also as the show progresses which leads to a lack of focus on who should have screen time. The focus would shift from one main character story to another when one was clearly more interesting than the other, and some minor characters felt like they were dropped into an episode just to remind you that they still existed. As for the cast, they’re a mixed bag. Some are good while others were never that interesting to begin with, so I’m just going to talk about the people worth mentioning briefly.

Ben McKenzie as James Gordon was good. He was tenacious and headstrong and wanted to do the right thing, but also had to learn about the facts of life and make comprises. Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock was great, this guy was a douche, but he was charming, aggressive and smart about the way things worked in the legal system. Gordon and Bullock have pretty good chemistry and their partnership is what mainly holds the show together. Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin was one of the strongest people in the cast, at first I loved his character, he was the underdog, intelligent and crafty, yet feeble and unable truly have anything he really wanted. As time goes on Oswald goes to some interesting places, but he eventually starts to become a little cartoonish and uninteresting. David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne was a mixed bag, sometimes he was smart and resourceful, but other times he felt naive and immature and some of that was due to the script other times it was due to Mazouz’s acting skills. Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth was pretty good, while it took me some time to adjust to the accent, but this version of Alfred was just as cool, active and smart and I had hoped for.

Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma was another person I liked, while he wasn’t necessarily evil, he had already gotten his Riddler-like personality traits and that was alright because he was quite fun to watch. Morena Baccarin was good as Leslie Thompkins, she was one of the few characters I didn’t hate because Baccarin brought a charm, elegance and endearing quality to her character. John Doman as Carmine Falconewas pretty good and I also liked David Zayas as Sal Maroni too. Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney was initially one of my favourite characters. She was smart, cunning, vivacious and doesn’t take shit from anyone, however after a while as her story becomes a little random and crazy and Smith started to go a little too over-the-top with this role and that’s what killed it for me. Camren Bicondova as Selina “Cat” Kyle was another character I started liking from the beginning, but eventually, she became annoying with random appearances in episodes and her schizophrenic like attitude towards Bruce and certain other characters got pretty tedious. Erin Richards as Barbara Kean was someone I never liked from the beginning, I found her dull, annoying and troublesome and while she became more interesting towards the latter half of the season I still never cared for her that much. And finally, Nicholas D’Agosto was fine as Harvey Dent but didn’t leave a lasting impression.

The one thing that Gotham gets right is the presentation. Visually the show looks nice with a solid use of lighting, colour and overall cinematography. Gotham City looks lovely and has a much better presence and style than the latter Chris Nolan Batman films.

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In conclusion season 1 of Gotham, I wouldn’t say it was a complete waste of time, but at the end of the day, I just wasn’t that captivated by this show. It started it out well and had some interesting elements with the characters and certain plot points as well. However, tonal inconsistencies, drawn-out stories, boring characters and lack of “wow factor” culminated in a show that had ideas, but didn’t know how to properly execute them. Now I know there’s some people who liked this first season but for me it was just a bit meh.

Rating: 5.5/10

So have you season 1 of Gotham and if so what did you think of it? Do you feel I’m being too harsh on the show or am not being hard enough? Also if you’re a Batman fan how do feel about this approach the comic book mythos? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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My Thoughts on Gotham So Far

Howdy ladies and gents, with my recent look at how season 2 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is going, I thought I would pass continue this semi-review style with another comic book show, Gotham. Now at first I was sceptical about there being a prequel TV to the Batman era of Gotham city, but when the early episodes had positive reviews I thought I’d give it a shot, and I’m glad I did.

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Story

The plot for the show is pretty good as it has a main overarching storyline but also has individual stories that develop the characters and expands the world of Gotham. We get tales of murder, kidnapping, drug-related incidents and corruption with the police, government and criminal underworld and it works well because the stories are pretty interesting and engaging with good dialogue and character moments. The cool thing about this show is that it is a show that exists within the world of Batman, but is able to function without the dark knight himself, instead what we are given in the origin stories of these key characters before they become the iconic people that we all know and love, and while some of these starting points seem a bit bizarre for comic book fans, after a while you start to see certain things unfold that give you an idea of where these characters will go in the future. Another great aspect of Gotham is the fact that it plays out like your typical police drama, it has all the basic codes and conventions, but enough unique plot elements and characters that it works in its own way. The only thing that concerns me is how long will the show be able to function in this pre-Batman era of Gotham before it gets dull? I’m not saying that there aren’t possibilities, but I assume there will have to be some kind of time skip if the show is to continue into a second and/or third season.

Tone

When it comes to the tone of this show it is very mature and doesn’t hide away from the very adult problems that reside within Gotham. You have violence, murder, prostitutes and while it’s not 15 rated material, it definitely feels like it’s edging in that direction. I just like how adult the show is, it doesn’t shy away from the problems within the Gotham city police department, the dodgy feelings with crime bosses and politics, and just one the streets of the city itself.

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Characters

But what is a good story and tone without a good cast? Luckily this show has a great cast and the good thing is that everyone is relevant, but there are certainly some stand-out performances.

Firstly there’s Ben McKenzie as James Gordon, at first I wasn’t sure if I was going to like McKenzie as Gordon, but now I really like him. This young version of Gordon is fresh on the scene and believes in justice, however starts to realise that the traditional means of police work does not apply Gotham. What you have to appreciate about this guy is that he’s righteous, tenacious and willing to do whatever it takes to get justice. Someone who is just as impressive is Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock, he’s Gordon’s partner, he been in the police game longer than Gordon and is already corrupt. He’s a dodgy detective who has very questionable morals and ethics and doesn’t really adhere to the proper ways of police work, however the guy is really funny and engaging. David Mazouz is decent as Bruce Wayne, in this show we see the early days of Wayne after his parents are murdered and how starts to start conquering fear and getting into detective work. While it is interesting to see this what young Bruce is up to, sometimes I feel like his appearance is shoe-horned in and not as interesting as other character stories. Also Sean Pertwee is a very interesting and different as Alfred Pennyworth, this version of Bruce’s butler has more a cockney accent which was the biggest thing I had to get over, but other than that he’s fine.

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Robin Lord Taylor is the really the star of this show as Oswald “Penguin” Cobblepot. At first I wasn’t sure if this character would be that engaging but now I LOVE him. He’s an underling with big ambitions and the gift of the gab and slowly but surely starts to show his true nature and my god, the stuff this guy gets up to is nothing short of captivating. He’s smart, cunning and calculated and to see him go from strength to strength is utterly fascinating and it helps that Taylor is such a fine actor. Jada Pinkett Smith is just incredible as Fish Mooney, this is a woman who is as elegant as she is deadly. She’s a powerful woman in the criminal world who has many connections and she works under Don Falcone, however wants to take him out because like more gangsters, she’s greedy. Smith has been in such an engaging role in years, but I’m loving her charisma. John Doman is good as Carmine Falcone, this man is respected but also feared, and has many connections throughout the city. And while he’s old and looking to be taken out by certain other parties, he’s not stupid, he’s pretty cunning and knows how to stay ahead of his enemies. And finally there’s David Zayas who is awesome as Salvatore Maroni, he’s the leader of his own crime family and is an opposing force to Falcone. This is a man who is very funny, larger-than-life and smiley, however he has a big temper, doesn’t like to lose and wants more from the city of Gotham. Camren Bicondova is good as Selina “Cat” Kyle, she witnesses the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne and now has a connection with James Gordon and Wayne manner. Selina, while not the perfected thief, is good at stealing, acrobatics and hiding in plain sight and Bicondova is quite pleasant and amusing in the role. Cory Michael Smith is cool as Edward Nygma, his involvement in the show is small working for the police department as a coroner and forensics operative, but when he is on-screen he’s so fun.

Presentation

One thing that really helps this show is the production values, visually this show depicts Gotham as this dark, dreary and dirty city with a lot of shadows, muted colours and lovely cinematography. This is probably the best-looking version of Gotham City since Tim Burton’s Batman back in 1989, this version of the famous city has a look and style to it that’s unique and feels like a solid adaptation of the comic book source material. One of my main issues with the Christopher Nolan films is that after Batman Begins, Gotham lost its unique style and turned into generic-looking city with no style or substance, but this is not the case with this show, it looks great.

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Conclusion

In conclusion Gotham is some really good stuff. It is a show not bound by its source material and can stand on its own feet with its original stories and nice interpretations of what we’ve come to expect from the Batman mythos. Only time will tell whether this show will be able to keep up this momentum, but so far so good, Can’t wait to see how things turn out at the end of this season.

So have you been watching Gotham and if so what do you think? 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 November 10, 2014 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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