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What I’m Currently Watching #15


Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #15 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. Last week I skipped the reviews mainly because there wasn’t a lot on and I got lazy, but this week is gonna be pretty packed so brace yourselves haha. With that out of the way let’s talk about some TV! 😀 Oh and careful for minor spoilers below…

In The Badlands “The Fort”

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This is probably the last new show of the 2015 that I’ve wanted to see, from the time I read about it in the IGN Fall Preview I was intrigued because of the martial arts element. For those unaware I LOVE me some good martial arts in film and in the world of TV it’s never really been that big and for the longest time there hasn’t really been a notable show that’s shown off martial arts since Martial Law and that was AGES ago in the 90’s. So I watched the first episode yesterday and I liked it. Plot-wise the show has some familiar elements with main characters have ties to a specific place, evil people in power with loads of followers willing to kill for them, people shifting alliances, a special person with fancy abilities, you know that kind of stuff. I do like the setting and some of the mythology that’s been set up with the Barons, talk of potential war, and Sunny being this super feared “Head Clipper”. But the main stand out of the show is the action, and its handled in a beautiful way. No martial arts sequences have looked as good as this in other TV shows, it is stylish, violent, well-shot and choreographed so beautifully especially that fight in the rain.

Supergirl “Red Faced”

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This was probably my favourite episode so far. Since the beginning I’ve liked Melissa Benoist as Supergirl, but I’ve not found a reason to get behind her as a hero, but this week’s episode really made me like her. So far Kara’s been a nice and very forgiving person considering all the drama she’s had to deal with in her personal and superhero life, but this week we got see some good character progression. What I mainly liked was seeing her flip out and I love it when heroes get angry. Kara tried to do her job as a hero, she got told off by Hank and General Lane, she tries to do her normal job and gets verbal abuse from Cat and her mother, and it was good to see her get aggressive, whether she shouted at Cat (which was amazing by the way) or was beating up on Red Tornado. Oh and how cool did Benoist look when shooting her lasers at Red Tornado? That was badass. This episode had her confront her emotions and realise certain truths about how she feels about her life. Besides Kara, even though I didn’t like the look of Red Tornado I did like the way his abilities were handled, also Glenn Morshower showing up as another government official was great, his character was a douche but he was played well. I still feel bad for Winn, he’s got the hots for Kara would do anything for her and yet he’s invincible to her went James is around and the fact that she said that she couldn’t have a relationship similar to James and Lucy’s without even acknowledging his existence was mean.

The Flash “Legends of Today”

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So here we have the first half of the The Flash/Arrow crossover and man a lot happened in this episode. Let me start by saying that Vandal Savage is awesome, I’d heard a lot about this character long before his appearance on TV, but I didn’t know he’d be so menacing, cool and troublesome, he killed those innocent men at the docks, got hit with arrows and fell off and building, and even fought Flash and Arrow and kept coming. The dude was a beast I liked him a lot. It was also nice just to see these heroes from different cities team up again, whether it was Barry and Oliver noticing things that had changed in each others abilities or locations or just their comrades getting to hang out, it was fun and entertaining to watch, There was also some great mythology being created in this episode with the introduction of Carter Hall (Hawkman), Kendra and their history together but also with Savage too. I also liked how Caitlin and Wells worked together to create a drug to make Barry faster, but what was even more interesting was after Wells was shot by Patty (damn it woman, you done goofed), it was Jay Garrick, the person who was adamant about not taking the drug who ended up having to use it to save Wells. Also there was a few small moments that made me smile whether it was Cisco talking about his hair conditioner being on-point or Thea not knowing about the Flash or how Malcolm Merlyn and his men kept emerging from the shadows in the Arrow layer (that last one was amazing and hilarious). Oh and finally what the hell was that bit in the beginning about Oliver having a secret child? I thought I’d missed an Arrow episode like what happened at the end of season 4 of Buffy with Dawn’s reveal, but apparently that’s a thing and we got to see possibly a link to that at the end of this episode.

Arrow (Season 4) “Legends of Yesterday”

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And now we have the second half of the Arrow/Flash crossover and it was good for the most part. What I didn’t expect was the big time travel element as we saw Vandal Savage basically kill everyone except the Flash who ran away straight back into the past, and thanks to him telling Oliver a few things about his future encounters the heroes were able to have second chance at being Savage. Time travel is always a tricky thing because there are many rules and some shows abide by the basics or create their own or throw the rules out altogether and do whatever they want and with this show I think it did a decent job at allowing characters like Oliver, Barry, Cisco and Kendra specifically to change their future. Finally getting context on Oliver’s hidden son was good and it was interesting to see how he dealt with it and how the secrecy almost cost him his relationship with Felicity, and while I’m not quite sure about the need for more complications in Oliver’s life with a secret son on top of the stuff he’s dealing with already, it was certainly interesting to watch. I did find this episode less exciting and engaging than The Flash half, but it was certainly entertaining and finally, what the hell is Merlyn doing with Savage’s ashes? Mad man!

Moonbeam City “The Legend Of Circuit Lake”

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This week’s episode of Moonbeam City was ridiculous, probably the strangest stuff I’ve seen since episode 2 or 7 in terms of the content being stuff that was really weird but surprisingly humourous. This week had Rad trying to get revenge on Dazzle by locating info on Dazzle’s history in the virtual reality archives, however, he ends up befriending a virtual woman and her son and builds a life with them. This was seriously weird shit, besides the virtual people looking all strange in 3D, it was the fact that Rad forgot who he was a just accepted the life he had, while on the outside he was trapped in an abandoned room of the police station with his body covered in rats and spider eggs (eww). Beyond that Dazzle was accused of killing Rad and was sent to jail where he befriended a jail computed system and they had some form of sex which was the most bizarre thing I’d seen in a cartoon in a while, Dazzle’s grinding movements is something I haven’t been able to forget haha. Besides that it was interesting to see Pizzaz actually sad about Dazzle’s imprisonment or in the interrogation seen when Pizzaz, Chrysalis and Dazzle pretty much gave reasonable cause for Dazzle to be Rad’s killer.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “The Future of the Force”

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This episode was pretty cool with the return of the Inquisitors on the hunt for Force sensitive children and it was down to Ahsoka, Kanan, Ezra, Zeb and Chopper to stop them. I thought it was pretty cool seeing the Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister back on-screen as these baby snatchers, but also as ruthless villains who while not always great at their job, can be pretty scary and dangerous causing havoc for normal bystanders and giving Kanan, Zeb and Ezra trouble as they were being hunted. But Ahsoka, damn, what a beast. She was really cool in this episode when she stepped in to take on the Inquisitors with her white lightsabers and man she just owned them, she showed that the wasn’t just skilled in combat but also with her use of the Force, and she made it apparent that the Seventh Sister is clearly the stronger of the two Inquisitors at least that’s the way I saw it. This episode was really good for the visual presentation with some awesome lighting, animation and art design when it came to the cities and sense of scope, and man was I happy to get some lightsaber fighting, I love that stuff and it was really well-choreographed here.

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 December 3, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #13

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

South Park (Season 19) “Naughty Ninjas”

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

Castle (Season 8) “Cool Boys”

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

Supergirl “Fight or Flight”

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

The Flash “Enter Zoom”

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

Arrow (Season 4) “Lost Souls”

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

Moonbeam City “Cop Con”

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

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

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

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

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

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #11

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

Alpha House (Season 2)

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

South Park (Season 19) “Tweek x Craig”

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

Castle (Season 8) “The Nose”

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

Supergirl “Pilot”

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

The Flash “The Fury of Firestorm”

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

Arrow (Season 4) “Beyond Redemption”

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

Moonbeam City “Lasers and Liars”

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

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

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

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

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

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #10

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #10 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. Because of a busy schedule I haven’t watched Gotham, Castle or Arrow this week so I’ll be skipping them and then talking about their follow-up episodes next week instead. With that out of the way let’s crack on, oh and careful for spoilers as we continue…

South Park (Season 19) “Safe Space”

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After last week’s funky yet funny episode. Like before SP is continuing its continuity not only the last episode but also the start of the season with its focus on political correctness and current social issues that are real and relatable (I know how Randy felt when it comes to the charity stuff). The musical number in this episode was very strange yet fun, but what was great about it was the character of Reality and how he was actually a physical character in the real world, his comments about their poor use of money, how not everyone in the world is nice and being public on the internet was harsh but hilariously very spot on. Oh and the fact that he got hanged in the end was jokes. 😛 There were parts of this episode that really had me laughing, like when PC Principle shouted at that girl in the assembly or Steven Segal showed up or when Randy met with the Whole Foods man the second time and had to deal with the touchpad and hungry child cutout to get his change, that was some funny stuff. But seeing Butters suffer, that was painful but also hilarious. I knew he’d end up having to help Cartman, but seeing him run into the ground because of his social media filtering, I felt for the guy and then seeing mad, run naked through the school and jump out the window, that was amazing.

The Flash (Season 2) “Family of Rogues”

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The Flash continues to be one the best shows on TV with its blend of action, drama, humour and great use of superhero codes and conventions. I really liked the story involving the Snarts, it was very interesting, compelling and really added layers to Leonard and Lisa. Having their father Lewis be not only the main brains of latest potential crime, but also be a merciless killer and the source of so much pain for his children made him a great antagonist and put both Lisa and Leonard in tough positions which created issues of trust and uneasy alliances between these siblings and Team Flash. I love Wentworth Miller in this role and he was great in this episode, his character got some great development which I think was foreshadowing for the Legends of Tomorrow. In addition the main story, I also enjoyed discovering the deal with Iris’ mother and why Joe hid that information from her, it led to a really emotional conversation between those two and Jesse L. Martin continues to show such skills when it comes to the dramatic material as Joe West. Outside that stuff I like how Patty Spivot’s developing especially with Barry, Cisco and Lisa’s moments alone together were nice (especially their parting with that kiss) and seeing Harrison Wells pop in from the stabilized portal was random and intriguing. I’m not sure if I like Caitlin’s feelings toward Jay, seems like there’s set up towards a potential pairing, and I don’t mind the flirting but it could be building towards more than that and even though Ronnie’s gone I’d prefer for her not to enter into a new relationship so quickly because: 1) It would seem like she’s easily forgotten the past. And 2) Not everyone has to hook up on this show, I like some people just remaining friends.

Moonbeam City “Glitzotrene : One Town’s Seduction”

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Glitzotrene : One Town’s Seduction” may be my favourite episode so far. While Moonbeam City has yet to have me laugh really hard, there’s a charm, randomness and sense of fun that keeps me coming back. This episode had a better use of the main characters and a plot that was totally ridiculous but also quite funny and felt like a more mature version of what Regular Show would come up with. I liked the introduction of Mayor Eo Jaxxon, his demeanour, personality, his tigers and dwarf bodyguard, and his lack of interest for the police department made him one of the best parts of the episode. The best aspect of this episode was how Dazzle, Chrysalis, Pizzaz and Rad came together to deal with a big situation, it was nice to have them all on the same page, Dazzle was his usual silly self, having Rad pretend to be a villain created a lot of crazy situations, but Pizzaz was the most improved as she wasn’t just moaning and being a bitch, but contributed to planning and was quite fun to watch. The only issues I had with the episode was with Pizzaz’s fate with the Major and that in the end Dazzle and his friends’ actions still didn’t affect the fire department, as cool as Sizzle Conrad and his showboating crew were, they were assholes and I just wanted to see them knocked off their high horse or something.

Star Wars Rebels (Season 2) “Relics of the Old Republic”

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So the first episode of season two was pretty good and “Relics of the Old Republic” continued Rebels’ clean streak. Seeing this bond between Ezra, Kanan, Zeb, Sabine and the old Clone Troopers was fun, there was a natural connection starting to form between them, and while Kanan still had trust issues it was great to see him finally start to accept the fact that in times of peril, the right moral choices had to be made. Also I didn’t expect Agent Kallus to actively go into battle and hunt our heroes down, I’ve always liked this guy and seeing him in the thick of the action only made me like him more. I have to mention how good this show looks, the animation is solid and fluid, but it is the art direction that I really admire with the vivid colours and balance between realism and it’s 3D CGI style diverse. Oh and finally we got to see one of the new Inquisitors and this guy doesn’t look to friendly, I fear for what he’ll do to the Ghost team later down the line.

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 23, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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What I’m Currently Watching #8.5

Howdy ladies and gents, and welcome to post #8.5 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. I’ve already done the 8th edition for this week, but since there were a good few more shows to talk about I thought I’d split this week’s reviews in half to save on amount of long text I’d end up writing in one post. With that out of the way let’s crack on, oh and careful for minor spoilers as we continue…

South Park (Season 19) “You’re Not Yelping”

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This week’s South Park episode was good, but not as funny last week. I thought the food critic angle was interesting and having characters like Kyle’s dad or that police officer believing that their reviews mattered the most was great, but my favourite parts were when Cartman made the speech to all the Yelpers outside his house and then they went on a rampage and destroyed Whistlin’ Willy’s and “beheaded” Willy which was frigging hilarious. What wasn’t as funny was Cartman and his need to feel important and taking jabs at David, it wasn’t all that funny and was quite annoying. Listen, I love Cartman, he’s the best douchebag on TV but even I grow tired of his antics at times and this episode highlighted that for sure. That song at the end was amazing, but just seeing people eat the food after what the chef and waiters had done to their food, fucking hell that was so cringey. Sure they deserved it and if was bloody impressive how Kyle, David, the government and restaurant people came up with this solution to the food critic situation.

Moonbeam City “Quest for Aquatica”

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Moonbeam City continues to be funny and random as hell especially with this week’s episode which had that crazy introduction on shooting and stabbing and then cutting to Dazzle’s birthday party, but things got weirder when Dazzle decided to hang around with a dolphin which he got enamored with for the majority of the episode. Patrick Warburton’s guest appearance was great as Chrysalis’ father and seeing Rad suffer near the end of the episode stuck in Russia in that whale machine was nice. My issue now with this show is that I’m getting less and less interested in it as the jokes are decent at best and there’s nothing truly amazing about the show that makes me want to see immediately or recommend it to friends, I’m still just watching for the visual style and Rob Lowe.

Black Jesus (Season 1, Episodes 1-4)

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This was a show that was in IGN’s fall season of stuff to watch, but I didn’t know that it was for season 2, so I’ve recently watched the first few episodes and I’m liking it so far. It is an interesting take on Jesus, religion and black humour. The show is incredibly silly and random, but that’s what makes it so good. Gerald “Slink” Johnson as Jesus is what makes the show work, at first you question whether this guy is the real deal as he’s so relaxed and has many bad habits, when he shows off his abilities and recalls stuff from the bible you see that he’s the real deal. Also Charlie Murphy and John Witherspoon are amazing in the show as well, I’ve seen them in quite a fw other films and TV shows and whenever you have them around you are normally in for some funny stuff and that is definitely the case here. One thin that surprised me about this show is that even though it’s a comedy there is an ongoing story, and while that’s nothing new for shows in this genre, I did assume everything would be episodic, so I’m curious to see where these characters and stories go in the future.

Arrow (Season 4) “The Candidate”

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Last week Arrow returned and while I didn’t enjoy the entire episode, it was a step in the right direction. And this week’s episode was another good episode, but I think I liked it better mainly because there wasn’t any Olicity lovey dovey stuff haha. It was interesting to see Lonnie Machin, his abilities and his ties to Damien Darhk and make sure that Jessica Danforth’s bid for mayor was disrupted. Also appreciated Felicity feeling more like her old self with her witty humour, cute and smart demeanour, whether she’s asking for a codename or dealing with issues at Palmertech. The flashbacks are starting to go somewhere a little, but again its still not very meaningful at the moment. I liked how the show finally addressed Thea’s aggression and crazy need to almost kill people, sure we’ve heard talk about the Lazarus Pit and it’s effects on people, but with Thea it seems to become an issue very sporadically. But now it’s happening more often to the point where she set a dude on fire! Even though I’ve not been to fussed about Thea’s dangerous tendencies and Oliver’s continuous lectures about her almost killing people, seeing her beat up Lonnie and set him ablaze was brutal and badass. I am curious to see what we will discover when Laurel and Thea go back to Nanda Parbat, but I think I’m more interested in seeing Sara’s nasty decomposing body being brought back (which is probably how she comes back in Legends of Tomorrow right?).

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 17, 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 #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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