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What I’m Currently Watching #38

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. It is week 38, and today I’ll be giving you my thoughts on Big Mouth,¬†Inhumans, Lucifer, and Star Wars Rebels. Be careful for spoilers! With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! ūüėÄ

Big Mouth (Season 1)

So at the request of a mate from work, I decided to give this show a chance and its been an interesting watch. Big Mouth’s very bizarre, crass and overtly sexual, and sometimes you’ll be surprised by what the creators of this show were able to put into this cartoon. The style of humour which focuses on sex-related material has never been my cup of tea as it can sometimes feel juvenile, crude and over-the-top just for the sake of shock value, and while not every joke this show threw at me worked, there was something oddly captivating about this world, cast of characters, storylines and humour that kept me coming back, Big Mouth is surprisingly fun, creative and relatable in a strange and stupid kind of way. What I really liked about this show is the core concept of these main children hitting puberty and transitioning into teenagehood and having these physical manifestations of their hormones contribute to their real-life decisions. While episodes could be treated as singular episodic adventures, the plot points started in certain episodes continue throughout the season with some interesting and hilarious outcomes. It is a simple, smart and creative way of providing a fictional yet realistic way to why teenagers at that age would act in such an erratic, impulsive and bizarre manner. While some of these scenarios could only exist in the realm of fiction, the show presents os many real-life issues when it comes to relationships, friendship, being affected by physical body changes or problematic parent relationships. I could see some of the same anxiety and issues I experienced back in school in some of these situations. Visually the show’s solid, the animation is good, but it is the art that starts out the most. Like the show’s humour and the concept it is a bit odd, most characters have exaggerated body features especially when it comes the big heads and lips. The character designs are a tad simple not that appealing to the eye, however, they certainly are distinctive and if you don’t like it at first you’ll eventually adjust to it after a few episodes. Oh and the cast and characters are all good, but my favourites would be¬†Nick Kroll as the creepy yet entertaining Maurice the Hormone Monster, Jordan Peele as The Ghost of¬†Duke Ellington (he’s so weird and funny) and Maya Rudolph who kills it as the sassy and crazy Connie the Hormone Monstress.

Inhumans (Season 1)¬†“… And Finally: Black Bolt”

And so after 8 weeks, Inhumans¬†has ended its first season with episode 8, and all I can say is wow, what a waste. To talk about the recent episode briefly it ranged from okay to terrible, there were some decent parts here an there, but as a final episode, it left me wanting more. The fact that Gorgon was able to be “cured” of his madness from his resurrection via¬†terrigenesis from having Karnak and Black Bolt talk to him was horrible, I wish it had been an issue that had taken longer to cure. I did enjoy seeing Triton fight some dudes and the final scenes with Black Bolt and Maximus was good, thanks mainly to Anson Mount’s body language and facial expressions, and while Black Bolt sealing his brother away on the moon alone instead of killing him is a plot element I have seen done before, it was one of the better moments in the series. Clearly, those markings on the chair in the throne room means something, but I doubt we’ll see a follow-up to that anytime soon. As for the Inhumans little triumphant moment on Earth where Medusa makes her speak about changing the status quo and making a new life, it felt so unearned and cheap.

As for the show on a whole. Everyone knew it’d be bad especially from the trailers, but it is sad that there weren’t any hidden redeeming qualities for the show beyond what the marketing shared. I thought that the first 3-4 episodes were underwhelming, but had some decent elements and showed promise for something decent. But annoyingly the issues that the show had from the beginning when it comes to bad dialogue, okay to weak action scenes, dull cinematography, basic visual effects and set design, unlikable characters and a painfully basic and unsatisfying story continued right into the end of the season. From the beginning, things are spelt out pretty clearly, the royal family are unlikable protagonists and Maximus is the antagonist who will rise up and overthrow them, and because of the bad writing, you’re on the side of the bad guy. Until later you see he’s a selfish asshole with an inferiority complex who will dispose of anyone who isn’t on his good side, so you want to see the heroes take him down even though seeing them in power wouldn’t rectify the issues that existed when the show started. However, because of their experiences on Earth, they’re changed people which means they’ll be better rulers. And by the end of the show it feels like they’ve learnt some life lessons, however, I don’t feel like these characters should have been like this in the first place. Most of the characters are boring, generic, selfish and clich√©, lots of supporting cast members come and go whether they are human sidekicks or Maximus henchmen, none of them stand out in a significant or memorable way, at least not in a good way. The only good characters were¬†Black Bolt and Karnak, the latter I liked because of his ability and character arc, but it was mainly Black Bolt I enjoyed. While his character doesn’t change much from episode 1-8, he has the best scenes, interactions and screen presence, and that’s thanks to Anson Mount who basically carries this show on his shoulders, without him the show would have been so much worse. And Iwan Rheon as Maximus, there was an inkling of a good villain, a tragic one that would have worked, but he was given such terrible material to work with that he became more of a nuisance than an engaging character. So after this, I doubt Inhumans will be back for another season unless it was extremely¬†overhauled or rebooted, and as it stands while Iron Fist pissed me off with how boring it was, this show stands right next to it as an example of how to waste such good source material and turn it into a disappointing and meandering mess.

Lucifer (Season 3)¬†“Off the Record

This week’s episode of Lucifer was not only the best episode of the season but also one of, if not the strongest episodes of the show so far. I thought it was interesting to see Reese, a man who apparently escaped death on this path of revenge after finding out his wife had been cheating on him with Lucifer. That alone was an interesting story for an episode, but considering that all of the revelations that showed up as the episode went on was nothing short of brilliant. Firstly having Patrick Fabian from Better Call Saul in this show was awesome, he’s an incredibly talented actor and he plays crafty characters so well. Seeing him pretend to be friendly to Lucifer and Decker, but then plotting and scheming in the background was very engaging. At first, he’s just on this simple path of vengeance, but after he seeing Lucifer’s face he goes to great lengths to take him down and by the latter half of the episode he’s made so many mistakes and missteps that it’s no surprise that he met his end by his own doing. I also loved learning the reveal that Reese and Linda were married and he’s still trying to rekindle the marriage, this was the best material Linda’s had since season 2 as it gave Rachael Harris ample screen time to do some really lovely work opposite Fabian. I also liked the case with the mysterious serial killer and his eventual reveal as the guy Reese seeks out to get Lucifer, his turn while talking to a dying Reese in his office was so sinister and cool. Tom Welling as always has the right level of charm, wit and humour that makes Lucifer such a captivating character, Decker didn’t get as much screen time as usual but I enjoyed her as well as the appearances of Maze and Dan. Also having the ending play out the same as the beginning was a smart/intriguing ending. Now it makes me think if that’s happened in the real world already and if so when? Oh one more thing, Lucifer’s devil face, if the events of this episode happened recently does that mean he has the face back? Or did this happen prior to the events of season 3? I’m so curious! ūüėõ

 

Star Wars Rebels (Season 4) “Rebel Assault”

So far season 4 of Rebels has been pretty cool, the first two episodes¬†“Heroes of Mandalore Part 1 & 2” and¬†“In the Name of the Rebellion Part 1 & 2” have been great, and I enjoyed most of “Kindred” too. And “Rebel Assualt” is the first taste of the tone, atmosphere and seriousness that I’ve been hearing about and looking forward to before this season started. We’ve heard for a while now, that season 4 of Rebels was when the Empire was going to step up and become a real threat and the rebels would start feeling the pressure and be less successful than before and that was certainly felt here. Hera and her assault team were able to break through an Imperial blockade but were mostly taken out by the second legion of ships, and while Hera, Chopper and one other guy did well to fend off that assassin Rukh, but in the end, Hera was captured by the Empire. It’s been a while since the heroes faced a real danger, where the odds we staked against them and the bad guys have felt competent at stopping the rebels. While Rebels hasn’t been the best debut for Grand Admiral Thrawn, he has shown moments of strategic talent, and this episode was good because it showed that he had planned ahead, so even if the rebels got through the space battle, on the planet he had another wave of ships to take out the enemy with ease. Good stuff. Also, I loved how serious and urgent this episode felt, from the beginning, you’re thrown straight into the action and get all these cool moments of hand-to-hand combat, dogfights between X-wings and TIE fighters and some small moments of dialogue, heroism and sacrifice. I really liked the way this episode looked, some of the cinematogrphy during the action sceens were great, and the colour scheme on Lothal epsiecally when the rebel ships were falling out of the sky, beautiful. I am curious what the Loth-Wolf told Kanan to do, guess we’ll have to wait until later to find that out.

Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of this show? 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, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #37

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. It is week 37, and I’ll be going back to the old format of having mini-reviews for several shows in the week and today I’ll be giving you my thoughts on¬†Inhumans, Lucifer¬†and Star Wars Rebels. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! ūüėÄ

Inhumans (Season 1)¬†“Make Way for… Medusa”

So Inhumans¬†episode 4, what can I say? This has to be the least engaging episode so far. While the plot of all the characters certainly advanced, most of it was very dull. I liked how things started off with Medusa and Louise on the hunt for Black Bolt in the helicopter, but their back and forth started to become tiresome, Louise was the character holding those scenes together because Medusa’s stubbornness and lack of knowledge for human-based rules became frustrating. Seeing Black Bolt and the other guy head to Declan’s facility only to find out it was dangerous after all was no big surprise, but what really bugged me was the fact that Declan was in contact with Maximus. I mean how many people does Maximus have in his pocket? It feels a little ridiculous that he knows so many people he’s in contact in Hawaii. The most interesting story was with Karnak and his new lady friend, I knew they’d end up together at this point, sure they had a relationship starting grow, but damn she got on him quickly and by the end of the episode she wants to shag the guy? That escalated quickly, maybe it’s Karnak’s tattoos? Haha. Crystal, the most boring of the main characters needed help with Lockjaw after he was hit by a vehicle at the end of the last episode, I’m glad he’s gotten medical attention, but unfortunately, it looks there may be a romance there for her character as well. Oh yeah and Gorgon, absolutely forgettable. The use of music in this show is really starting to feel like a CW show, they need to cut it out, it’s not cool it’s distracting.

Lucifer (Season 3)¬†“Mr. & Mrs. Mazikeen Smith”

This week’s episode of Lucifer was really fun, as usual, there were some laughs, mystery, interesting revelations and good character development. This episode featured Maze wanting more out of life so she goes on the ultimate hunt for a fugitive, however, as the story progresses it seems like there is more to this case than she realised. It was great to see the return of Maze, after last season she really did become one of my favourite characters, and I loved how this episode focused on not only her bounty hunting adventures (which is always fun), but also how on her wanting more out of life to keep things fresh and exciting. I like how the creators behind the show have given Maze more layers, shown that for a demon with no soul, she does care about her friends, knows to do the right thing when the time comes, and doesn’t have to be isolated. I also liked how Decker and Lucifer were integrated into Maze’s story through their own sleuthing, I also loved the interaction between Maze, Trixie and Decker, Maze and her bounty Ben, and Daniel, Linda and Lucifer have some fun moments too. Also, the action in the episode was quite good, the hand-to-hand combat was done well, and because of the Canadian setting, it made for a nice change of scenery not only in the cabin/hotel room but also out in the snowy mountains too. The ending also was sweet and further illustrated the core connection that the main characters have with each other.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 4) “Heroes of Mandalore Part 1 & 2”

Man, it feels like the wait for season 4 of Rebels has been incredibly painful, especially after the awesome trailers came out showing off all that delicious footage. But somehow October arrived a lot sooner than I expected and the show’s back on the air. So the first two episodes,¬†“Heroes of Mandalore Part 1 & 2” debuted this week and it was pretty good two-parter. Since last season I really started to get into the politics and drama surrounding Sabine and the Mandalorians, and this episode leans heavily on those plot elements from last season¬†with Sabine and her crew attempting to save her father from the Empire while the Saxon worked from the shadows releasing the superweapon on the Mandalorians. It was interesting to see Sabine in such a tough situation, with her still trying to rise to the occasion as leader of her people, but how her past actions cost the lives of some of her people and lead several other Mandalorians to mistrust her or want her dead. Poor girl. Luckily she kept her head and had the right support to help make the right decisions, though, seeing Sabine get a little dark and want to make the Empire suffer was an intriguing and engaging turn for her. On top of that, there were some great interactions between Sabine and her father about art, Ezra had some fun moments here and there, and the¬†appearance of¬†Bo-Katan was cool too, I’ve still not got around to watching The Clone Wars, but even in this episode she came across as a capable fighter, a confident individual and someone who should be respected. But the main interaction that I liked was seeing the moment between Kanan and Hera, while it has never been made overly obvious, I always knew there was something between them and their exchange was swift, playful and yet totally realistic. After three seasons my suspicions/hopes about them being an item are finally coming to light haha.¬†As usual, Rebels continues to be a beautiful-looking show, the lighting, colour scheme and overall cinematography is great. I also appreciated the sense of scale between the human-like characters and the ships and walkers was nice and the use of shadows during certain conversations was very effective as well.¬†The only stuff I didn’t like related to some of the moments of humour which again is mainly for kids, but I don’t think it landed that well especially with Ezra’s silly jetpack shenanigans, the writers really should just make him mature a little more. Also, some of the situations where the heroes were surrounded by Stormtroopers didn’t look that dire and could have been fought through in my opinion. And finally, I was pretty disappointed that Sabine’s mother and brother weren’t among the casualties of the superweapon, while death isn’t a requirement for a show to be good, I wish the show had gone for it. For a few minutes, I really felt for Sabine and thought Rebels had gone to a dark place, and considering Sabine’s recent reconciliation with her family it would have made for some sad yet engaging story and character development.

Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of this show? 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, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2017 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #36

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. It is week 36, and I’ll be going back to the old format of having mini-reviews for several shows in the week and today I” be giving you my thoughts on¬†Inhumans¬†and¬†Lucifer. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! ūüėÄ

Inhumans (Season 1) Divide and Conquer

Inhumans¬†continues to be an interesting yet frustrating experience, there are small moments of intrigue and decent material with certain characters, but this is hidden behind a story with varying levels of foolishness, uninteresting characters, bad dialogue and just a basic feeling overall. In this episode, we continue to see the Inhuman royal family separated on their own Earth-based scenarios, all of which are pretty lacklustre save for two people. Firstly there’s Black Bolt, I found it interesting how calm and compliant he’s been given his incarceration, but it was nice how he was paired with the other Inhuman dude in jail, they had some good scenes together and Anson Mount continues to be the most engaging of the cast because he’s charming, has a nice physicality to his actions and does well to act through body language and facial expressions. ¬†Oh and his action scenes during the prison riot wasn’t half bad, I liked it. Seeing¬†Karnak in a vulnerable state while being held hostage lead to the first scene where he didn’t come across as an asshole, but rather someone who has lost their focus and feels useless. Gorgon and his battle with Maximus’ henchmen proved to be less than stellar with a horribly choreographed fight scene, and Medusa’s story was really boring, besides when he somehow got into someone’s house as stole clothes and money, WITHOUT BEING CAUGHT AT ALL, it was when she got to the prison and just missed Black Bolt’s escape in the helicopter and then forced the science lady to follow along, that was decent. Beyond that, we got more scenes with Crystal and Maximus which was could have been so much better had the dialogue been less predictable, the same can be said for the flashbacks which felt like the emulated Thor so badly (in regard to the beef between young Black Bolt and Maximus) that it wasn’t funny. Oh and finally I don’t want to hate too much on¬†Isabelle Cornish¬†as¬†Crystal but good gravy she is my least favourite character, her delivery of her lines lacks conviction and I can’t take her seriously at all. So will I quit the show? Probably not because I’m a bit of a completionist when it comes to TV shows, hopefully, things will improve.

Lucifer (Season 3)

“They’re Back, Aren’t They?” and¬†“The One with the Baby Carrot”

So Lucifer is currently back on the air with its third season and it feels so good to have the show back. I liked season 1 a fair amount but good gravy season 2 took things to another level with cool stories, engaging characters and interesting mythology and by the end of the last season I was dying for more. So with the first episode of season 3,¬†“They’re Back, Aren’t They?”, it did well to address the major cliffhanger involving Lucifer from the season 2 finale. This episode did well to continue the story beats from last season while introducing new scenarios which will play out over the course of future episodes. I liked seeing Lucifer come to terms with some of the changes to his body and abilities and how they not only affected him but also the people around him. It was also interesting how the police case was tied to Lucifer’s previous situation and I thought they were tied together rather well. Also, the main takeaway from the episode was the introduction of Tom Welling as the new¬†lieutenant, Marcus Pierce, he left quite the impression as the sharp-tongued, no bullshit and quite frankly rude head of the department who clearly isn’t someone people should mess with. The next episode “The One with the Baby Carrot” was another solid episode as it had some interesting character development for not only Lucifer but also Marcus Pierce we learn he a bit of what his deal in relation to one of the people Lucifer is looking into and how it affected Pierce in the past. I liked the exchange between these two, it was heated, yet humorous and it is clear that this two will have more interactions as the season goes on which is great. I liked how the murder case was focused on comedy, stand up comedians and nature of how people become famous and what lengths they’ll go to keep themselves on top. The episode provided some great comedic moments not only for Lucifer but also Ella as she had some really silly and great moment. I also enjoyed the screen time given to¬†Amenadiel and Linda together as they bonded but also tried to make sense of¬†Amenadiel and his brother’s personal struggles. Anyway, so far so good for Lucifer season 3.

Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of this show? 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, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 14, 2017 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #35: Marvel’s Inhumans

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. It¬†has been a while, but I’m back in week 35, and today I’ll be giving you my late thoughts on the first two episodes of Marvel’s Inhumans. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! ūüėÄ

Inhumans (Season 1)

Behold… The Inhumans”¬†and “Those Who Would Destroy Us

By now, I assume most of you have heard about ABC’s latest Marvel show; Inhumans and how bad it is. From the time it dropped in cinemas, in IMAX last month, various critics and general individuals dropped their thoughts on the internet and unanimously that the show sucked, that it was the worst material that’s come out of Marvel’s television division and that people should skip it. Now there have been some defenders of the show, some who thought it was fine or actually enjoyable, but they are in the minority. So it is currently October and the show’s officially aired and I just watched it a few hours ago, and you know what, it wasn’t the worst thing ever, it was certainly disappointing.

The first two episodes tell the story of the Inhumans, the human/alien hybrids with abilities who live on the moon. There’s a royal family who lives in luxury and rules over everyone but then is usurped by the brother of the king, they are then separated with several of them set to Earth, and so it is a race against time for the royal family members to regroup on Earth and get back to the moon and restore order. Now on paper this sounds like an interesting watch, and it is because I’ve seen in comic form, alas clearly the people behind this show didn’t have the right creative vision to bring this property to life as there it was a fairly basic and generic start to a superhero property that should have been much better.

These first two episodes throw every generic story element at us from the jealous brother who is secretly bad to the queen and brother of the king having a history which creates some dramatic tension, to an outsider usurping the royal family and causing a revolution/uprising with the lower class citizens, to having a fish out of water kind of story for several of the humans dealing with issues on Earth.¬†From the opening sequence on Earth, I was less than impressed. There’s a chase sequence involving two Inhumans evading humans and it was less than stellar. Most of it was all in slow motion, possibly add a sense of drama and highlight some visual detail, but it was more annoying than engaging. And then we move to the moon where most of the key story elements come into play and it isn’t that captivating. With the introduction of the Inhumans in this show, there was no mention who/what they are until later on (very briefly I might add), and what information we are given is bare bones, there’s far more to these superpowered individuals and we’re given such simple mythology. I feel like the show just assumes you watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or know the source material and that excuses them from providing basic information which should not be the case. Anyway most of the material on the moon is okay at best, but things get worse on Earth, some of these supposedly smart and superpowered individuals make some of the most stupid and illogical decisions for people who are aware of and constantly looking at Earth.

One of the best moments in the show, alas it is just one moment.

When it comes to the characters they’re not too likeable, all of them are incredibly one-dimensional and boring for the most part. The most likeable character isn’t even human, it’s a teleporting space dog called Lockjaw and he is delightful and for a CGI creature on TV, he looks good. Firstly there’s Black Bolt, king of the Inhumans and probably the best of all the human characters, as someone who can’t speak he does well to communicate his feelings through facial expressions, body and sign language. He has the best material on Earth as he has some interesting interaction with humans in humourous and subtly dramatic ways, it is too bad Anson Mount wasn’t given better material to work with because he was decent in the role.¬†Serinda Swan was very pretty, but not much else as¬†Medusa, I felt like there were layers to this character but she wasn’t too interesting beyond her animated hair and relationship with Black Bolt. And speaking of that relationship my initial impression wasn’t great, they’re just a loved-up couple who are selfish and ignore their responsibilities and would rather make out. Lame. The rest of the family is basically dull, Karnak¬†(Ken Leung)¬†is an interesting yet incredibly logical and insensitive prick,¬†Gorgon (Eme Ikwuakor) is an overconfident doughnut, and Crystal (Isabelle Cornish) is the worst as one of the most forgettable characters. And¬†Iwan Rheon does his best as¬†Maximus but he’s hardly written well, Maximus is diet Loki who you can see his evil deeds coming a mile away and while it seems like he’s conflicted at certain points, other times he seems so ruthless. Other characters felt so paper-thin and insignificant, and holy cow some of the extras chosen for the scenes on Earth were bloody terrible either due to bad dialogue or poor acting.

Visually the show is fine, the shots of scenery are nice and the visual effects are decent, but could be better. Besides the one use of Black Bolts voice with a police car, the action scenes are terrible, they are so slow, and plain in the choreography department and don’t make very good use of some of the characters abilities or supposed fighting skills. Oh and that intro is one of the laziest/plain intros I’ve ever seen especially for a superhero show. Also, the soundtrack by Sean Callery (from Jessica Jones) crafted music that was decent at times, and terribly bland on other occasions. And the use of notable songs during some of these notable scenes in the show is bloody terrible, such a waste.

In conclusion, Inhumans‘ first two episodes aren’t the worst TV I’ve ever seen in the Marvel TV world, that still goes to Iron Fist haha. But in all seriousness, Inhumans has small elements of potential but is bogged down by some bad storytelling, bad dialogue, a lack of flair and style in its direction and bad action scenes. I’ll keep watching to see if it gets better but it is highly doubtful at the moment.

Well, that’s what I’ve been watching. So have you seen or plan to watch any of this show? 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, laters! ūüėÄ

 
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Posted by on October 2, 2017 in Reviews, TV Reviews

 

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