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What I’m Currently Watching #31

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to 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. This is the 31st week, and today I’ll be talking about Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Lucifer, Grimm and Star Wars Rebels. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! ๐Ÿ˜€ Oh and careful for spoilers especially for Star Wars Rebels

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 4) “The Patriot”

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Now this was a good episode and probably my favourite since the origin of Ghost Rider in “The Good Samaritan” last year. Sometimes AoS fluctuates with the amount of engaging material in the overall story arcs with some episodes being really good, average or dull, but this episode was on the better end of the spectrum and had a lot of the key aspects that make this show worth watching. Straight from the beginning with Mace holding the press conference for Daisy I loved it, the way it was set up and framed with Coulson and Mac undercover, you knew something would go down, you just weren’t shure as to how it’d happen. It felt like a spy thriller set up from a film and more in line with the kind of material I wish this show would do more. Anyway, I enjoyed pretty much everything about this episode, it had action, suspense, mystery, cool reveals and moved at swift pace. There was a lot of really good material in this episode, but the main plot point with Mace and Colonel Talbot was great. Learning about the origin of Mace’s abilities and how Talbot not only had a hand in it, but also that the serum was a modified version of what Daisy’s dad used back in season 2? That was a crazy callback! I liked Talbot’s reasoning for why he did what he did even if his actions resulted in deception, being discovered and heated exchanges with FitzSimmons and Coulson. Plus it was great to get some insight into who Mace is, how he is good guy and has a moral code, but stumbled into a situation which he couldn’t escape from, this episode made me more relatable and human for sure. It was also great to learn more about Dr. Radcliffe and his plans for LMD May, Aida and normal May, oh and seeing Fitz still wanting to fix the other Aida was intriguing but bad as his secret will surely spell the end of the relationship with Simmons, I’m calling it right now (though I hate to). Also the humour was great, AoS has sometimes been hit and miss with its humour, though season 4 has been solid and this episode had some great one-liners from Coulson, Mace, Fitz and Simmons, and of course Colonel Talbot who had some great lines especially with the coffee.

Lucifer (Season 2) “Stewardess Interruptus”

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So Lucifer returned this week and it was another really good episode, I’m continuously surprised by how much love this show and its ability to create depth and development for all of the key characters while still offering fun and interesting episodic cases. This episode dealt with some really interesting things like: 1) The people that Lucifer’s slept with: It was funny and interesting to learn of the people that Lucifer bedded and their varying experiences of pleasure but also see that it was just sex for them and witness Lucifer’s happiness turn to sadness because their lack of emotional attachment to him. 2) The killer may return: I found it interesting that the victims were used for drug smuggling and when we were finally introduced to the bad guy, we never see their face and they were able to get away. I’m sure this can’t be over. 3) Seeing Lucifer’s mum and Amenadiel actively try help Lucifer and Chloe’s relationship was fun especially the conversation between Chloe and Lucifer’s mum. And 4) Lucifer and Chloe’s relationship: We almost had a kiss at the end of last episode/this episode yet it was offset by an unexpected guest, and from there Lucifer and Chloe had hilarious/troubled conversations about their “moment” and the state of their relationship. Towards the end of the episode it looked like the people behind this show was gonna put a reset on the Chloe and Lucifer’s relationship, even though these two cared for each other but just weren’t emotionally sure about committing to it. But after Lucifer’s heartfelt speech on the beach Chloe went for the kill, and man it felt nice! I’m curious to see where their relationship goes from next week onwards. Oh and the humour, so much of it was great including stuff with Maze, Dan and of course Lucifer, that “Booties call me” line was frigging awesome! XD

Grimm (Season 6) “Oh Captain, My Captain”

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So this is my first Grimm review for a while it feels and it feels good to finally be talking about the show again even though this is the final season ๐Ÿ˜ฆ But anyway let’s talk about episode 3 and man it was a doozy. Grimm always finds ways to create interesting storylines, and some of the creative and impossible tasks the creators find for our heroes to try and overcome is fascinating and fun to watch. So this episode dealt with the manhunt for Nick and any of his associates while our heroes tried to come up with a way to stop him and good gravy they came up with a dangerous plan; to turn Nick into Renard with magic and make a public announcement to renounce his candidacy as Mayor and clear Nick as a uncover agent. That was a crazy plan with a lot of humourous and dangerous moments not only with the media attention, but also with the real Renard once he found out as well. Doppelganger episodes are always tricky to pull off because of the stakes and story involved, but I think this was done well and Sasha Roiz did a great job playing himself and Nick. Also I knew that once Nick got stuck in Renard’s body, it would somehow fall to Diana to be the one to turn him back to normal, the moment she saw Nick (as Renard) I knew she’d probably see through it, so yeah Nick’s back to normal again, yay! But that look on Diana’s face was worrisome, she’s had no reason to mistrust Nick before but she does now, oh dear. But that was not the only surprise of this episode, as soon as Renard got home we saw Meisner again, now clearly this must be one of Renard’s visions, however, if that’s not the case then how is he still alive?

Star Wars Rebels (Season 3) “Trials of the Darksaber”

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Well I’m calling it now, this might be the best episode of Rebels to date, talk about drama! This kind of emotional depth has been missing from this show for a while now, and when I go on about how great this show is I am talking about episodes like this, where the stories transcend just kid-friendly material, and dive deep into mythology but also present you with character-driven material that older audiences can appreciate as well. Straight from the beginning of the episode this episode felt different with a more somber and serious atmosphere, and that carried on through to the end of the episode. It was fascinating learning about the history of the Darksaber and how it tied into Mandalorian history and the significance/weight it put on Sabine. Since season 2 Sabine became one of my top 3 characters, but this episode really gave us our best look at her when it comes to inner conflict, combat abilities and backstory with the Empire and the Mandalorians. Seeing her train and get frustrated with not only her technique, but also with Kanan’s training methods and dealing with Ezra as a training partner/teacher was interesting and showed her at her most vulnerable. I loved seeing Kanan as the stern master and Sabine as his capable yet unbalanced student, it was handled wonderfully with the dialogue and sword fighting, and it felt like the kind of material you’d see in a classic film (like a martial arts film).

The visual material was superb with great sword stances, fight choreography, rich colours and wonderfully framed shots. I also loved the music as it had such a great sense of presence, drama and had an oriental feel during the training moments. I also liked seeing how everyone reacted to Sabine’s situation with Kanan being frustrated with her because of her Mandalorian tendencies and inner conflict, how Hera could relate to Sabine because of the family issues, and how Ezra, even though he was quite annoying, had a moment to remind Sabine that she at least had family to go back to. And of course I can’t talk about this episode without mentioning Sabine’s heartfelt speech while fighting Kanan, I love how Kana pushed her to the point of an emotional outburst which was raw and intense, and I got flashbacks to Return of the Jedi (Luke vs. Vader). Just hearing Sabine’s lament about how she was responsible for what happened to her people and tried to speak out, but was abandoned by the people she wanted to protect, its gut-punching stuff. And finally to see Fen Rau, Ezra and Kanan kneeling and saying they’d follow Sabine as a leader was beautiful, I really want know where this storyline goes.

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 watchingย  too. Until next time, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Posted by on January 22, 2017 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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TV Shows That Makes You Wanna Shout!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a quick and random blog post. Today I was watching the latest episode of Grimm (which was pretty good by the way) and it got me thinking about TV shows and how one reacts to them. Everyone has their own ways of reacting to the stuff that they see on TV, and much like when you’re in the cinema there are things that make you wanna laugh, gasp, cry or shout, and today I want to talk about some of the shows in opinion that make you want to shout.

For me I enjoying watching TV with other people but at the same time I love to watch it alone because I’m fully engaged and have the ability to shout out my thoughts at the TV/computer screen as I do like to react to shows by shouting. Whether it telling a character that they’re an idiot or giving a victory cry when someone saves the day, I love to make noise when I’m watching certain shows haha. So here’s some of the shows I’ve reacted to loudly:

Grimm

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Like I previously mentioned, I was watching Grimm today and that inspired this blog post. More than a lot of other shows, I normally am commenting on a good few things that I see as they happen. So when some unexpected human looks like they’ll be killed by a monster I’ll be there like “Don’t do it, don’t go in there.” And when said person gets attacked I’ll say “Ah shit man, that person got fucked up yo!” Or it could be like a massive revelation related to a character or storyline and I’ll be like “Damn! This show is getting good now!” Grimm just gets me so excited and giddy that I just have to make my feelings known by shouting them out when I’m watching the episodes.

The Flash

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As I’ve mentioned in my early thoughts on The Flash episode, this show reminds me a lot of Spider-Man in terms of the tone, sense of fun and types of superhero and personal drama that he faces in the ongoing storylines. And on several occasions the show has made me react loudly whether it was the whole Barry and his relationship issues or Harrison Wells in season 1, time travel, Zoom in season 2 or anything cool thing that Cisco does, this show makes me very happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Fringe

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Fringe is one of those shows that has gotten so much emotion out of me that’s its ridiculous. Never have I been more invested emotionally in a show then I was with this one and most times it was in relation to either the dramatic character moments between the main characters like Oliver, Peter and Walter or when some of the crazy science fiction elements of the world kicked in or if I was able to spot an Observer without an online guide, you’d normally see/hear from me. ๐Ÿ˜›

Parks and Recreation

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This show is very special to me in the sense that it’s the first show since Fringe that got me get so emotionally invested, but more in a positive way than a next a negative way. The people of Pawnee are some of the most fun, interesting and down-to-earth people, but they’re also beyond completely weird and foolish as well, and just seeing these characters interact and unction in their daily lives can lead to a lot of “What the hell?” Or more likely just a lot of laughing because the show is hella funny and any time Lesley, Ron, Tom and of course Andy are on-screen, they’re normally doing something that makes laugh a lot.

Game of Thrones

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But the show that’s gotten the most vocal reactions from me is GoT and if you’ve seen the show then you obviously know why.ย  Whether it be violent, sexual or something else entirely, nothing is quite as unique and shout-worthy as this show. When I saw the Red Wedding, like damn, I could make any noise because it was like 2 or 3am in the morning, but there was a lot of internal gasping and feeling of shock at what I saw. But GoT not content with just shocking me a few times through season 1-3 continued in the following two seasons with notable character deaths, fight sequences, dragons, and unfortunately rape as well. My hate for Joffrey Lannister and Ramsay Bolton has caused me to shout at my laptop on multiple occasions and when I’ve lost one of my favourite characters something along the lines of this occurs, “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Come on man! WHY!?!”

And that’s in for now, I mean I could have written about Breaking Bad, Agent Carter, Boardwalk Empire and a good few others, however then we’d be here for ages so I thought I’d keep it short. ๐Ÿ˜› So ladies and gents, is there any TV that makes you wanna shout? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next post, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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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! ๐Ÿ˜€ 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. ๐Ÿ˜› 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 watchingย  too. Until next Friday people, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

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

 

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Me and my love for TV shows!

Howdy ladies and gents, time for another blog post about me, but this time it’s about me and my love for TV. Now TV is something I’ve loved since childhood and it has shaped me into the dude I am today in a lot of ways, but its only in the last few years that it has become an essential part of my life especially in the live-action department. And since I talk mainly about films, ย wanted to make a blog post that focused on my TV obsession just to let you know that I do watch it haha. ๐Ÿ™‚

Now before we start just wanted to mention that I won’t be talking about cartoons in this post because consider them to be a totally separate entity from live-action shows and if I were to put them in the mix then I’d be writing and debating with myself for ages. Cartoons will have their own separate blog post, eventually. Anyways let’s move on.

Anyways let’s start!

The Early Days

When I saw a child the only stuff I watched was cartoons, that was my life right there. Even when I started to grow up and become a teenager and the people around me started moving on to live-action TV shows I still remained the same. There were a few exceptions like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Kenan and Kel, Moesha, Sister Sister, Malcolm in the Middle, My Wife and Kids and The Amanda Show that are nostalgic and I will always save a soft spot for. But other than those shows, there was never any live-action telly that I liked. However there are only TWO shows that I ever loved in my teen years and they are Hotel Babylon and The IT Crowd. Now Hotel Babylon I found randomly while skimming through TV and it was the first show I got attached to, but around series 3 it got pants and I dropped the show midway through series 4. As for The IT Crowd, that was my first TV obsession and it is the only TV show I’ve ever followed and consistently watched from its inception until the end. One of the funniest and best TV shows I’ll ever know.

My Childhood TV Shows

When I Moved To Uni

It wasn’t until I moved to uni in 2011 when I started to watch TV shows properly. And while it was mainly the one’s that were currently airing at the time, I found this window of TV shows that I never expected to like and now love thanks to the recommendation from friends. I think my first love was Fringe, such an amazing sci-fi show with characters I love and adore. Then there’s Community, the first comedy-based show outside of The IT Crowd I fell in love with that’s to its crazy cast of characters and insanely good parody episodes and pop-culture references. I also decided to re-watch 30 Rock from the beginning and found one of the strangest and most entertaining comedy shows I have ever seen that’s to it’s overly strange and elaborate storylines and cast.

Boardwalk Empire was another show I fell in love with due to its deep stories and characters and long build up to satisfying conclusions. It was also at this point I jumped on the Breaking Bad hype and discovered the incredible TV I’d been missing over the last few years, the incredible adventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were too good to ignore.ย Game of Thrones was another show I was hooked on thanks to the incredible cast, action and violence and mythology. And I think Sherlock was the other show I became addicted to thanks to the incredibly smart storylines and the lovely Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman.

My Current Fav TV Shows

These Days

At this current point in time I’m hopping forward and back in time with TV shows. Besides the shows I just mentioned that are still currently airing, I currently am watching: the-okay-but-needs-to-get-better Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I’m on and off with The Walking Dead, a show which I really like but has been hard to watch because of season 4’s rocky introduction. Grimm is a show I really ought to start watching especially after how addicted I was to the last two seasons. In between new shows I’ve been going back to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and discovering that for the first time and loving what I’ve seen so far. Even before Buffy I decided to go a Joss Whedon hype and go through all of his TV stuff and liked Dollhouse, but LOVED Firefly, such a short but incredible sci-fi show with a great cast of characters that remind me a lot of Cowboy Bebop. And yesterday I started a new obsession in the form of Parks and Recreation, it is a bizarre comedy show with a weird premise and funky cast of characters in main and supporting departments, but is what makes it so good. Really liking what I’m seeing so far and I’m only on season two.

Current Watching TV Shows

My All-Time Favourite Shows

  1. Breaking Bad
  2. Fringe
  3. The IT Crowd
  4. Firefly
  5. Hotel Babylon

I know this list isn’t very long but I haven’t seen that much TV and still have much to get through.

My Favourite Currently Airing Shows

  1. Game of Thrones
  2. Boardwalk Empire
  3. Sherlock
  4. Community
  5. The Walking Dead

Okay well that is it, that you for reading and hopefully that has given you some insight into the world of TV that I like to watch. Feel free to comment below and tell me what you think and possibly tell me your own kind of TV stuff that you’re into. Until the next time peeps, laters! ๐Ÿ˜€

 
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Posted by on January 16, 2014 in Life, Media, Television

 

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