Sense8

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This post was going to be an analysis of Sense8. However, I don’t really feel like writing that one after reading Netflix cancelled it today. I think it’s a shame they did so, and on a major cliffhanger (I will never know what happened to Wolfgang, if Lito told Hernando and Dani about being a Sense8, I will never see Felix reaction to be told about Wolfgang’s “Indian escape” nor will I never see Whispers being taken down once and for all). I hate cliffhangers in general, but this one actually hurt. I tried getting into the series when season 1 was released. I made it half-way through the second episode, and then I gave up. A couple of months ago I needed something to watch to distract me from things happening in real life. While searching on Netflix I stumbled upon the series (again). I decided to give it another try, and watched season 1 and the Christmas Special over four or five days. I was drawn into into it after reading online I should give it 3-4 episodes since it’s slow on the uptake. But once it does – it soars. I have never seen a more diverse cast – ever! And I really liked it.

For some reason I latched onto Kala and Wolfgang the most. Maybe because I’m a adopted from India (and it was nice seeing someone I could see myself in – looks and all) or maybe it was because I’ve visited Berlin so many times throughout the years that it felt like coming home.

However, I really liked all the main characters (and their quirky sidekicks – Felix, Jela, Kala parents et all.). It was like watching 8 movies in one.

  • Capheus is in an action/political thriller.
  • Kala is in a Bollywood/romantic drama.
  • Lito is in a Mexican telenova.
  • Nomi is in a hacker/techno thriller with a layer of sexual exploration.
  • Riley is in a Indie movie with a splash of Trainspotting.
  • Sun is in a material arts/prison drama.
  • Will is in a police procedural.
  • Wolfgang is in a crime drama.

The second thing I really liked about Sense8 was each member brought a skill to the cluster. Everyone one of them was important. I’m sure there are other bloggers who have listed them. The third thing I liked was how different lives protagonists lived and I loved seeing the different cultures each provided.

The cinematography was in a league of its own. From sunny Mumbai/Nairobi/Mexico City to dreary Berlin/Seoul/Iceland it matched the characters perfectly. I’m still amazed it was shot on location rather than in front of a crappy green screen. This added so much to the viewing experience.

Anyway maybe I will expand my thoughts on Sense8 when I’m not upset about the cancellation – I’ll probably forgot about it when Game of Thrones season 7 rolls around in July or when The Defenders get released in August.

My thoughts on DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

As I wrote in my last blog post, I had some problems with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. I would like to go more in depth with them.

Vandal Savage
It was a mistake to feature Vandal Savage from the beginning. They should have alluded to him, and instead have sent Chronos, the hunters and the Pilgrim after the team. The writers have essentially given Vandal Savage “Joker Immunity” – a term borrowed from the site TV Tropes. It is especially item no. 3 that caught my attention: “The struggle against a single major villain is the Series Goal and if that villain is defeated, the series would be over. If this is the case, then the Grand Finale will occasionally revoke Joker Immunity.”

This is a big problem! I am so tired of the team not succeeding in one upping him. He walks away again and again making the heroes look like bumbling fools. But if they defeat him the series is over. This is the main reason why I suggested sending in adversaries and keep the Time Masters and Druce, and Vandal Savage until the last episodes of the season. Surprisingly I am not bothered much about Time Master Druce – maybe it is because Martin Donovan is a good actor compared to Casper Crump. If I thought Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell chewed the scenery in The Flash I was wrong. Casper Crump is worse – I cannot stand him. I have not seen him in anything else than LoT even though he is from my native country. Unfortunately according to IMDB we are saddled with Vandal Savage for the last four episodes of the season. Hopefully, Kendra will be able to kill him. This leads to my next subject.

Hawkgirl
Kendra Saunders is supposed to be badass, but she comes off as very bland. I am very indifferent towards her and her love triangle with Ray and Carter (which up until the last episode – Destiny really did not exist as Carter died in Pilot Part 2). The writers made a mistake making her the only one who can kill Vandal Savage because it does not make sense in context. Why did Rip Hunter not find a reincarnation of the Hawks before now? We know he tried to kill Vandal Savage in ancient Egypt, but could not do it. Why has Carter not taught her how to fight? If she is the one destined to kill him she should really learn hand-to-hand combat. She has gotten a lot better during the series with a lot of help from Sara Lance.

The other problem with her character is her relationship with Ray.
1. It felt rushed
2. I did not tune into a superhero show to see a romantic subplot. I know it is a CW show – and that love triangles or relationships are necessary on that network. Supernatural have survived 11 seasons without being saddled with stupid romantic subplots – okay there was Jo, Bela, Ruby, Anna and Meg, but it never felt forced like her relationship with Ray does.
3. I would very much like to see a female character develop on her own. Why can’t a female character evolve without their life revolving around a man or men.
4. In the episode Marooned Kendra makes it clear that she is not interested in a relationship with Ray because she would not be tied down with a romantic plot after Carter’s death. Two episodes later (Left Behind) she shares a kiss with Ray after he nearly dies. WTF? I do not understand this. Maybe I should blame the writers for that one.

I know TPTB pitched Legends as a TV-Show with Kendra as the main character and I am so happy they decided to turn it into an ensemble cast since everyone is acting circles around Ciara Renée. She is not the best actress in the world and that saving the world hinges on Kendra is not good. In River of Time she chose the love of her life instead of the entire humanity. I do understand the reason behind it, but I still think she made the wrong decision. And capturing Vandal Savage is going to bite the team in the rear because he is always one step ahead of them.

Update: And it did bite them in the rear – spectacularly! Rip, Ray, Kendra, Carter, Mick, Jax and Stein was captured by the Time Masters.
Vandal Savage worked with the Time Masters and still killed Rip’s family. I actually had an inkling that they worked together.
Sara and Leonard to the rescue – and in the end the latter ended up sacrificing himself. More on that later.

Rip Hunter
Rip is the worst leader ever! He has no authority over the team – they do exactly what pleases them and often for very selfish reasons. I loved Arthur Darville in Broadchurch (never seen Doctor Who), but I am not sure if he is the right one to lead the team. So far Leonard Snart has been much more genre savvy about decisions. In Marooned he pointed out that it smelled fishy to him that the other ship needed their help – and he was right. In River of Time Rip gambled with Jax’s life by making him repair some stuff Rip himself should have done. This caused Jax to age rapidly before finally being sent back to 2016 against his will by Stein. The latter spend much of the following episode dying because his other half (Jax) was in 2016. They need to fuse from time to time in order to maintain their health.

Much of the time he just sulks on the ship while the team screws with the timeline again and again. He only sounds mildly exasperated when unwanted guests enters the Waverider. The character is not compelling to me.

Leonard Snart
After watching the last episode (Destiny) I’m very conflicted. I love what LoT did with Wentworth Miller’s character, Leonard Snart (Captain Cold). I think Leonard Snart’s death hit harder than other deaths I have watched on the silver screen because he CAN comeback in other ways. He is based on a comic book character, and they are notoriously for escaping death. The writers just stuff them on a new earth and voila they are fit for fight. I am so afraid how different Leonard Snart will be when he returns to The Flash. He went from being a villain with a capital V to some sort of anti-hero. I am afraid all his character development in LoT will be tossed to the wayside in favor of him going back to his villainous ways. If you compare his first episode (Going Rogue) on The Flash to Destiny and you clearly see a huge amount of character development. I just cannot see this Leonard Snart as a villain. He is supposed to lead the Rogues Gallery on that show, but with all the character development LoT gave him.

I have lost many favorite characters over the years of watching television – Joyce (Buffy), Charlie (Lost), Ellen, Bobby and Jo (Supernatural) – somehow I continued to watch these shows without them. Maybe it was the fact I knew they could never come back permanently as Leonard Snart is set to do in the fall. If they appeared, it was in flashbacks that made sense, and interacted with the people they cared for. I am still wondering how they will pull this off with Team Legends. Maybe I continued to watch because I found the other characters compelling and likable. I do not really find any of the others characters except maybe Sara Lance (White Canary) enjoyable to watch on her own. I am willing to suspend my disbelief concerning Team Flash, but he has personal ties to Team Legends in form of Mick Rory, his longtime criminal partner/best friend and Sara Lance.

For the first time I openly admit that, I was a shipper on deck for Leonard and Sara. Their actors had much more chemistry than other supposed romantic pairings. Maybe this has tainted my glasses – I do not know. The build up to their relationship was slow and nice. Not rushed like Ray and Kendra’s developing relationship, which took place almost off screen thanks to a nifty time skip.

I am going to miss the incredible chemistry he had with Ray, Sara and Mick. His snark and sass. Actually; him, Sara and Mick have received the biggest development of the nine main characters. I have a feeling it has to do with one how they write for them and two how much charisma each individual possess.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

I have always been more interested in the Marvel Universe to some extent. I chalk it up to the first superhero movies I watched was in fact the X-Men-series and the Spider-Man trilogy from the early 2000s. However, I have always known about DC universe – and seen movies with both Batman and Superman. Last weekend I started watching Legends of Tomorrow because I was bored and all aired episodes were on Netflix. I did watch season 1 of Arrow and dabbled into the Flash. I did know of the TV-universe DC and the CW is building, but again I was too busy watching the various MCU related things and other TV-shows to fully commit to Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin).

I have heard some people calling Legends of Tomorrow a cross between Doctor Who (time travel) and Guardians of the Galaxy (the cosmic thing). As I have never watched Doctor Who I cannot really relate to that notion, but it does reminds me a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy – just less funny. Though, some of the dialogue is pure gold in Legends of Tomorrow.

All my opinions come from only have seen some of season 1 of the Flash and season 1 of Arrow + some episodes from later seasons. Oh, and beware of spoilers!

Top 3 things I like

1. Captain Cold, Heatwave & White Canary
The odd friendship developing between Leonard “Captain Cold” Snart (Wentworth Miller), Mick “Heatwave” Rory (Dominic Purcell) and Sara “White Canary” Lance (Caity Lotz). Wentworth Miller has excellent report with both his co-stars. Yes, I know he and Dominic Purcell played the Scofield brothers’ in Prison Break – and that might be the reason why there is good chemistry there. However, I feel it is just as easy with Caity Lotz. It probably help that all three characters are kindred spirits of some sort. They are all on the fringes of the group as they are categorized as “villains”. It is lovely to see them all evolve into sympathetic characters as the series progress. And it’s White Canary  who pulls for Heatwave’s release after it’s discovered that he was Chronos (the bounty hunter). In return, Heatwave has delivered information of his time with the Time Masters.

Heatwave: Why does this stupid station play nothing but reruns?
Jax: Don’t even bother trying to explain.
White Canary: Am I the only one on this ship who could really use a drink? I say we go get weird in the ’70s.
Captain Cold: Excellent idea.
White Canary: I got the perfect outfit.
Gideon: Perhaps Captain Hunter was unclear with his instructions to remain onboard.
Heatwave: Shut it, metal mouth.

– Pilot Part 1

Heatwave: Ah. Dollar beers. You got to love the ’70s. Who wants to listen to some Captain and Tennille? My mother played it. A lot.

– Pilot Part 1

2. Firestorm
Victor Garber as one-half of Firestorm (Martin Stein). I remember him from his Alias days and of course Titanic. He was excellent in both as he is in this TV-show. He seems to have so much fun playing Martin Stein, which really shines through. I just wish they would put some spotlight on his relationship with Jax (the other half of Firestorm played by Franz Drameh) because the pair seem underdeveloped and have no time on screen together. They are mostly paired up with others during missions, but when they do have a scene it heartwarming. I guess they do this for budgetary reasons as Firestorm is expensive to make. Oh, I do not condone drugging anyone and dragging him or her on an adventure without his or her initial consent. Maybe the writers should have delved more into that problem since it is kind of big.

Stein: Are you coming?
Jax: I’ll stay put.
Stein: You’d rather stay with them?
Jax: They didn’t drug me.
Stein: Point taken.

– Pilot Part 1

Gideon: Captain Hunter told me you’d try to do this, and he also told me not to listen to anything you say.
Jax: Well, you are a computer. You have to listen to me!
Gideon: You seem overwrought, Mr. Jackson. If you’d like to go to the MedBay, I’d be happy to prescribe you a sedative.
Jax: I do not need another roofie!

– Pilot Part 1

3. Gideon and Waverider
Gideon is giving J.A.R.V.I.S. and Friday (from MCU) a run for their money. I love the A.I. and her quips. The Waverider is awesome – and it actually looks very cool inside. However, I am a little confused about the layout of the ship.

Gideon: I am unversed in modern American colloquialisms. Is “Whoops” slang for “Oh”…
Rip Hunter: Yes, Dr. Palmer seems to have thrown a spanner in the works for the entire timeline.

– Pilot Part 2

Honorable mention
The dialogue is sometimes very on the nose, hidden easter eggs only the savvy will recognize, zingers and references to other media. Especially Leonard Snart is the master of sass, but the others are not far behind. Maybe I should post another blog containing my favorite quotes from this show because there are many.

Rip Hunter: This mission doesn’t require your particular skill set. Yet.
Captain Cold: Meaning you don’t need anyone killed, maimed, or robbed.

– Pilot Part 2

Rip Hunter: Now, in order to capture him, I require the services of…
Heatwave: A killer, klepto, and pyro?
Rip Hunter Bingo.

– Leviathan

Top 3 things I dislike

1. Casper Crump as Vandal Savage.
The role is not suited for him or maybe I am just tired of seeing the Legends fail repeatedly when having the opportunity to kill him. I have to compliment his English though – it is way better than Mads Mikkelsen*. I hate to put down someone from my native country, but I will take Vincent D’Onofrio’s portrayal of Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) from Daredevil any day. That is a sinister villain, who is not overpowered, but savvy enough to run a criminal empire from prison. Maybe my other problem with Vandal Savage is that he really is only connected to people on the team (Kendra “Hawkgirl” Saunders and Captain Rip Hunter), and I do not really care about the former and the latter is growing on me.

2. Kendra & Carter/Kendra & Ray
I did not tune in to watch a superhero show to see a romantic plot take center stage. It probably does not help that I find Kendra (Ciara Renée) very bland and boring as a character. The romance plot is dragging the show down and taking focus from other aspects I find more interesting such as Firestorm and the odd friendship between “the Rogues”. Carter (Falk Hentschel) was a creeper and kind of a stalker towards Kendra, and Ray (Brandon Routh) is just a lovesick puppy. I do not think it helps of my perception that Kendra is the only one who can kill Vandal Savage – I do not really like that when the TV-series is about a team.

3. The CGI
It seem very hit and miss to me. I know they have a TV budget to work with and good CGI is expensive. Sometimes it is great and sometimes it is just plain bad. A little consistency would not hurt. Kendra’s wings especially looks wonky at times. It looks like most of the budget is going to make Firestorm look cool (pun intended), which he to their credit does.

Honorable mention
Time travel. How does it work? I am so confused about the concept works. The characters interact with their younger/older selves without any consequences and in one episode Sara tells Ra’s al Ghul to name his unborn daughter Nyssa. How can she do that? I am baffled and I would like to get a more in depth explanation of how it works.

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*Side note
Casper Crump isn’t the only Dane gracing or have graced the silver screen in America. Actually, it has teemed with Danes in various roles (mostly villains). Here is a list on the top of my head:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister in Game of Thrones)
Ulrich Thomsen (Kai Proctor in Banshee)
Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal and among other movies roles including Le Chiffre in Casino Royale)
Birgitte Hjort Sørensen (Ingrid in Vinyl)
Stephanie Corneliussen (Joanna Wellick in Mr. Robot and Valentina Vostok in Legends of Tomorrow)
Pilou Asbæk (Euron Greyjoy in the new season of Game of Thrones)
Jesper Christensen (Mr. White in the James Bond franchise)

Reunion

N.B.: This was originally published in 2012, but the post weren’t imported from Tumblr to WordPress like it was supposed to.

I have just watched Reunion on Youtube. It aired in America in 2005 on Fox and due to low ratings in only aired 12 out of the planned 22 episodes season 1 was going to have, episode 13 was never shown i America, but in other countries. The last 9 episodes was never filmed. If I remember correctly this TV-show wasn’t the only one screwed over by Fox, I think Firefly was on the same channel as Reunion.

Reunion_TV_Series-644087065-largeThe plot
Six best friends;  Craig Brewster, Samantha Carlton, Aaron Lewis, Will Malloy, Jenna Moretti and Carla Noll graduate from Bedford High School, NY in 1986. Craig, Aaron and Will come from different backgrounds (rich, middle class and poor respective) and the girls seems to come from middle class backgrounds with the exception of Jenna. She and Will are on the same level. However on the night of graduation they gather to celebrate, they are soon running out of beer and while on a beer run Craig and Will are involved in a car accident. Craig begs Will to take the fall because he was drunk driving, and a sentence would ruin his chances of going to Brown University. Will, who isn’t going to college agrees to take the fall out of loyalty, but he soon regrets this decision. The day after the driver of the other vehicle dies and Will is charged with manslaughter. The Brewsters’ pay his lawyer bills and they all think he will get of with probation and community service however the judge decides to make an example out of him. He is sent to a prison for young men for 12 months. Meanwhile Sam finds out she is pregnant – with Will’s child. They had a short tryst when Craig and she was broken up. She tells Will and later lies to him about it being a false alarm. Instead she and Carla, who is nursing a broken heart do to the fact she is in love with Aaron (who in turn is in love with Jenna) hooked up with Jenna goes to London.

20 years later in 2006 when they all six gather to attend their 20th High School Reunion one of them is found dead. Detective Marjorino (who has a personal interest in the case) interviews them
all in turns dead set on finding the killer of the victim.

This is a premise of the show. Each episode takes place the year after the other. I just summarized episode 1 above.

Since it was canceled, it leaves many unanswered questions! Beware of spoilers.

1) Why is Craig faking being paralyzed 20 years later?

2) Why did Will become a priest?

3) Did Carla’s husband Peter die of his leukemia? 4) Did Megan fake Amy and her own death because Paul had found out where they were?

It’s a shame the show was canceled it provided something fresh and nothing I have seen before. The idea with each episode jumps a year is actually a very good idea, much better than when an existing show suddenly jumps 5 years into the future.

Cast:
Dave Annable as Aaron Lewis
Alexa Davalos as Samantha Carlton
Will Estes as William Malloy
Sean Faris as Craig Brewster
Chyler Leigh as Carla Noll
Amanda Righetti as Jenna Moretti

Will Scarlet

I haven’t really seen Once Upon A Time since season 1 or something like that. Lately I’ve been drawn to the show once again – and the sole reason is the introduction of Will Scarlet (Michael Socha). I really like his humour and sass. Seldom have I seen a character who has so many funny lines. Every single line is pure gold. Such a shame they moved Michael Socha from Once Upon A TIme In Wonderland to the mother ship without giving him any decent screen time. He has had less than 30 minutes since his introduction in season 4 episode 3, Rocky Road.

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I have never seen Once Upon A Time In Wonderland and thus I don’t know Will’s adventures there with Alice nor how he ended up with the Red Queen/Anastasia (Emma Rigby). But I think I’ll give it a try when I get some more time on my hands.

Side note: Emma Rigby was awesome in the English Soap Hollyoaks where she played Hannah Ashworth. She was on the show in (what I think was the golden years) with Guy Burnet (Craig Dean), James Sutton (John Paul McQueen), Loui Batley (Sarah Barnes) and Jessica Fox (Nancy Hayton). I simply loved this 6th form group and their storylines.

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Rumbelle, Scarlet Queen or Scarlet Beauty? That is the question.
I found myself liking the idea of Belle (Emilie de Ravin) and Will together. Though there’s an outcry from Rumbelle (by the way this is a horrible ship name, Rumple and Belle) and Scarlet Queen (Will and The Red Queen, not one of the other queens who’s running around).

As I wrote before I can’t really have an opinion on Rumple and Belle since I haven’t watched their relationship grow. However what I’ve figured is that he lied to her during their marriage. Quite frankly I don’t understand why people ship them. It seems to me – who is on the outside looking in – that it’s not a healthy relationship. He has abused her mentally for a long time – not only in Storybrook, but also in the Enchanted Forest. I don’t blame Belle from finding comfort in someone else. What I don’t understand is how Belle and Will got together. It was never addressed on the show since there was a six week time jump between season 4A and season 4B. This ties into how underused Michael Socha really is and to a lesser degree Emilie de Ravin. Not that her role in Lost was much bigger.

Side note: I loved Emilie de Ravin in Lost and I really liked her (unlikely) relationship with musician Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan).His death still ranks in my top 5 over the saddest moments in television. It was just so sad and so unnecessary. At least I think it was since Desmond’s visions never came true.

Anyway Scarlet Beauty is cute and pretty vanilla compared to Belle and Will’s true loves. But I guess they could help each other out.They have a lot in common from what I’ve gathered from the bits and pieces I’ve seen on the show and from what I’ve read online.

It was a nice touch to see in Unforgiven (4×14) Will pick up to cups of coffee at Granny’s and later see one of them on the counter in Mr. Gold’s shop. That was a very subtle hint to Belle and Will having some sort of relationship.

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This might be a bit spoilerish…anyway I believe the writers had plans with Will Scarlet just like they teased in the media before Christmas. Unfortunately they hit a bump in road. I believe they were negotiating with Emma Rigby, but they were unable to get her in season 4. Instead they reduced Michael Socha to a glorified extra and put Will Scarlet on the back burner. However I also believe that his story will unfold in season 5 (if he makes it so far).

Killian Jones/Captain Hook & Will Scarlet/The Knave Of Hearts
I really like his scenes with Killian Jones/Captain Hook. Their banter is hilarious.  Like i’d watch an entire episode of Cruella de Vil and Ursula snarking – I wouldn’t mind seeing an episode of Killian and Will’s excellent adventure! That would take snarking up to eleven.

From Enter The Dragon (4×15):
Killian: Well, look at which two Survivors found a dinghy together. I do hope I’m not interrupting.

Belle: Uh, Killian, this is… This is will. Have the two of you met?

Will: That we have, yeah. Ah. Now, before you give in to your pugilistic urges, Let’s take this outside away from the lady, shall we?

Belle: And you clearly don’t get along.

Killian: As much as I’d enjoy blooding you again.

From Poor Unfortunate Soul (4×16):
Will: why should I help you?

Killian: Because for once, we want the same thing… the Dark One gone. The key to making that happen is in here.

Will: Right. That your ship, is it? Bit small, isn’t it?

Killian: Careful, mate. It’s unwise to insult the size of a pirate’s ship. And you spent more time in wonderland than anyone I know. You must have something that can restore it.

Will: You’re in luck. I think I might have just what you need.

This is a pretty good picture of how they feel about each other. Problary doesn’t help that Killian punched out Will’s lights out twice without breaking into sweat.

The Walking Dead: The Distance (5×11)

The Distance

Last Monday I saw my first episode of The Walking Dead since season 1. I know it’s odd to start in the middle of season 5, but I decided to give it a go when I heard they were introducing two new characters – Aaron (Ross Marquand) and Eric (Jordan Woods-Robinson). I thought they sounded like some nice addition to the cast – and I was right. Or at least I would like to think I was.

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Thus he absolutely hates the applesauce Rick is forcing him to eat. Word of advice for anyone who finds them in a similar situation (I mean bound and being threatened with guns and knives) – eat the applesauce. Though I’m not really one to talk since I’m very picky! It was kind of funny to see him being spoon fed by Rick (Andrew Lincoln).2. “My mom used to make me eat foods I didn’t like to make me more manly. Salmon patties, applesauce, and onions. She was a very confused woman who tried her damnedest.”- Aaron. 

What did we learn about Aaron?

1. He’s a scout/recruiter from a gated community called Alexandria Safe-Zone near Washington D.C.
How one can become more manly by eating applesauce is a good question. I think he didn’t like it to begin with and his mother just ran with it.

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3. He apparently have been following the survivors for an undefined amount of time (the actor, Ross Marquand says 2-3 weeks, but it’s never really explicitly stated in the episode).

4. He left the group water bottles in the road.

5. He collects number plates – and has quite a collection. I’m wondering how he’ll get one from Alaska and Hawaii? However I don’t think, that I need to think about it since he loses the car and the number plates.

6. He worked for a Non profit Organization before the Apocalypse delivering food to the Niger Delta in Africa.

7. He has a boyfriend – and is gay. He shared a kiss with Eric who he believed to be in mortal peril and was relived that it wasn’t the case (he only had a broken ankle).

This brought some Twitter users some heartache since they are stuck in the Middle Ages. It’s finny how they condone violence, cannibalism, rape, mutilation and child endangerment (poor Judith! She has to eat crushed acorns and rolling around on the backseat of a moving car).

7. He has a quirky sense of humor! I found him pretty funny and I’d like if he sticks around.I learned the character, Tara (Alanna Masterson) is a lesbian, which they apparently (and conveniently) forgot. I rather think it’s the infamous double standard that comes into play. Girl on girl in hot! Guys kissing is gross. Welcome to 2015!

“I wish there was another word. Audition makes it sound like we’re some kind of a dance troupe. That’s only on Friday nights.” – Aaron.

The above line is like his third in the episode and fourth overall. His introduction was great as well.

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Plot Hole?
There is some incontinence and much confusion in how the thing with Aaron and Eric play out.

1) Aaron leaves Eric and goes to meet the group.

2) Aaron is knocked out by Rick.

3) When he comes around he tells them they had to leave the vehicles aid they left on route 16 due to the hurricane.

4) The fearless five (Maggie, Glenn, Daryl, Abraham and Rosita)* goes out to find the vehicles Aaron said they left on route 16 due to the hurricane.

5) Eric spies them from behind a tractor.

6) The fearless five returns with the vehicles (a car and a RV).

7) Rick decides to take route 23 north and drive at night instead of taking route 16 as Aaron proposed since it was “cleared” and go “now” (day).

8) They divide the group into the two vehicles – Aaron, Rick, Michonne** and Glenn in the car. The rest goes into the RV.

9) Glenn hits a herd of walkers/roamers and drive through it. The RV is gone!

10) The four in the car sees a flare lightning the sky and Aaron panics. He bolts from the car knocking Michonne over with the back car door.

11) Glenn saves Aaron’s life and they save Rick and Michonne from being devoured.

12) Aaron hands over/drops the gun (his own that Rick took from him) afterwards.

13) The four somehow find their way to route 16 and follows it to the water tower where they are reunited with the group and Eric.

* Maggie: Lauren Cohan, Glenn: Steven Yeun, Daryl: Norman Reedus, Abraham: Michael Cudlitz and Rosita (Christian Serrantos).
**Michonne: Danai Gurira

Question 1: Where is the RV when the car stops after plowing through the walkers/roamers?
I believe Abraham backed down the road when he saw what the others had gotten themselves into and found an alternative route.

Question 2: Was Aaron going to abandon his partner and boyfriend?
I think they (the whole group) were on their way to the water tower to collect Eric when shit hit the fan (pardon my French). Aaron would know to look for him there because I think they arranged beforehand that they would meet up at that particular spot if everything went south or if there mission was a success.

Question 3: How did Eric get the broken ankle? And how did he meet up with the group in the RV?
Unfortunately this happens off screen and so I can only speculate.

The fearless five took the vehicles and instead of following them on foot, Eric retreated to the water tower. He probably expected Aaron to stop and pick him up, had they followed Aaron’s advice on taking route 16 north. That night he ran into some problems with some walkers/roamners and fired his flare. He had his own flare gun and by this point Aaron was bound and confined to a car with Rick, Glenn and Michonne. Maggie’s group didn’t have a flare gun as Rick had taken the one Aaron was carrying. The four saw the flare as did the other group. Independently the two groups head towards it. Maggie’s group did that because they assumed it was Rick’s flare they were seeing, and Rick’s group guessed it was what Maggie would do and so the best way to rejoin her. Maggie’s group arrived first because they still had a working vehicle and saved Eric as a result.

Question 4: Why did Eric behave like he had never met Rick before?

I geniually believe they hadn’t officially met each other. Eric only knew Rick from a distance and not up close. So it’s not far-fetched they are meeting for the first time.

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The Oscars 2015

The 87th Academy Awards (or affectionately nicknamed the Oscars) aired on Sunday 22nd February 2015. I used most of the night watching it due to the time difference.

I actually haven’t really had time to read about or see any of the movies that was nominated this year. However the fashion was pretty good. Many pretty dresses on very skinny ladies. One would think they all had anorexia or bulimia. Nevertheless there was some standouts this year. Rosamund Pike, Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick springs to my mind.

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Anna Kendrick

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Rosamund Pike

There were misses as well…but we don’t talk about those…

I found the show a little boring – I had hoped for more. Maybe I had too high expectations…I don’t know. Neil Patrick Harris was okay, nothing more. Though I loved his opening number with Anna Kendrick and Jack Black. The sketch with him wandering naked onto the stage with a cameo from Miles Teller was brilliant executed. The rest was – kind of – meh…I mean bland and didn’t really appeal to me. The last one was the closet to an Oscar moment if I strictly look at the host.

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Anna Kendrick and Neil Patrick Harris in the opening numberAs I wrote before I can’t really speak of it was the right people who won the statues since I haven’t seen any of the nominated movies. I did root for either Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch for best actor.

The Theory Of EverythingandThe Imitation Game were the only ones I heard a little about beforehand. And I’ve seen both actors in other movies. I find them both brilliant. So I guess it was well deserved that Eddie Redmayne won the award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking.

The speeches were very moving this year. Covered everything from feminism (Patricia Arquette, best supporting actress) to suicide (Graham Moore, best adapted screenplay) to ASL (Eddie Redmayne, best actor) to race (John Legend and Common, best original song) to Alzheimer’s disease (Julianne Moore, best actress). The best one were Graham Moore’s! I quoted it below. That was a true Oscar moment along with Eddie Redmayne’s win.

Here are some snippets of some of the acceptance speeches:

“Thank you so much. I read an article that said that winning an Oscar could lead to living five years longer. If that’s true, I’d really like to thank the Academy because my husband is younger than me […] “There is no such thing as best actress as is evidenced by the performances of fellow nominees. I’ve been honored to be among you every step of the way. I’m so happy – I’m thrilled actually – that we were able to hopefully shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease,” the actress said. “So many people with this disease feel isolated and marginalized, and one of the wonderful things about movies is it makes us feel seen and not alone. And people with Alzheimer’s deserve to be seen, so we can find a cure.”- Julianne Moore

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Eddie Redmayne and his new companion

Thank you, thank you, Thank you to the Academy. I don’t think I’m capable of articulating quite how I feel right now. I am fully aware that I am a lucky, lucky man. This Oscar—wow! Um, this Oscar… This belongs to all of those people around the world battling ALS. It belongs to one exceptional family, Stephen, Jane, Jonathan, and the Hawking children. And I will be its custodian and I will promise you I will look after him. I will polish him. I will answer his beck and call and I will wait on him hand and foot.” – Eddie Redmayne.

“If you’re lucky enough to have a parent or two alive, call them! Don’t text, don’t e-mail  […] Call them. Listen to them for as long as they want to talk to you.“ – J.K. Simmons.

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From left to right: J.K. Simmons, Patricia Arquette, Julianne Morre & Eddie Redmayne.”When i was 16 year’s old i tried to kill myself, because I felt weird, and different and I didn’t belong,” he starts. “Stay weird, stay different” – Graham Moore

“We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now,” he said. “We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and justice is real. We live in the most incarcerated country in the world. There are more black men under correctional control today then were under slavery in 1850 […] We are with you, we see you, we love you and march on.“ – John Legend.

It was bittersweet that Denmark wasn’t nominated in the best foreign language film category. Denmark has been nominated 10 times:

1959: Paw by Astrid Henning-Jensen1961: Harry Og Kammertjeneren (

Harry And The Butler) by Bent Christensen1987: Babettes Gæstebud (

Babette’s Feast) by Gabriel Axel1988: Pelle Eroberen (

Pelle The Conqueror) by Bille August1989: Dansen Med Regitze (

Waltzing Regitze) by Kaspar Rostrup2006: Efter Brylluppet (

After The Wedding) by Susanne Bier2010: Hævnen (

In A Better World) by Susanne Bier2012: En Kongelig Affære (

A Royal Affair) by Nikolaj Arcel 2013: Jagten (

The Hunt) by Thomas Vinterberg

Denmark won in 1988, 1989 and in 2010. In 2012 and 2013 Denmark were dark horses to win, but lost out to Austria’s Amour and Italy’s The Great Beauty.

Game Of Thrones: Fire and Blood (10×01)

Fire and Blood

My Thoughts

And I have finally reached the end of season 1 of Game of Thrones. It has taken me awhile to put down my thoughts on this episode. Mainly due to my increasing workload my university studies has offered me this semester.

The episode title refers to House Targaryen’s motto which is “Fire and Blood”. The first episode was called “Winter is Coming” which is House Stark’s words. It’s actually pretty fitting calling the episode “Fire and Blood” since the Stark’s has been scattered around Westeros – and it will only get worse. The dragons of House Targaryen is born out of the fire. House Targaryen is on the rise while House Stark is on it’s way to go under.

That was a bloody beginning of the episode – I mean with a sword dripping with blood – Eddard Stark’s blood!

Yoren makes sure Arya is “saved” by calling her a boy, cutting her hair and wowing to take her north – home to Winterfell. From now on she’s a boy called Arry. And we are finally introduced to Hot Pie and Lommy Greenhands. Uh and Gendry is back. Joe Dempsie is pretty hot. Always nice to look at.

Joffrey showing Sansa her father’s severed head along with Septa Mordane’s was just cruel. Well, what can one expect when he just ordered a singer’s tongue cut out because he didn’t like the song?

Catelyn is devastated upon learning of her husband’s death and Robb is taking his sorrow out on a tree. That can’t be good for his sword or the tree.

I have a couple of problems with Theon swearing fealty to the North. 1) He’s not a lord – his father holds the title Lord of Pyke and thus he has no right to swear fealty to anyone. It was a dumb decision by the makers of the television show to make this up as he correctly never does it in the books. 2) It undermines the whole plot about him going home to Pyke in the second season. Of course he would chose his own blood to that of his captors (the Stark’s). Theon was never a part of the family. He was a ward/hostage against his father’s good behavior. More on this topic in a separate blog article.

I like the conversation between Catelyn and Jaime. He is still as cocky as ever and she is heartbroken over her husbands execution.

I actually don’t like Shae at all. I wish she would disappear. She doesn’t bring anything to the story and she is boring.

I like how Jon was persuaded by Grenn, Sam and Pyp not to go south to King’s Landing or at least to join Robb. He would have been seen as a deserter and executed. It was a nice touch they said the oath of the Night’s Watch. I get goosebumps whenever I hear or read it. I think it’s beautiful in a melancholic kind of way.

Hear my words and bear witness to my vow.
Night gathers, and now my watch begins.
It shall not end until my death.
I shall take no wife, hold no lands, father no children.
I shall wear no crowns and win no glory.
I shall live and die at my post.
I am the sword in the darkness.
I am the watcher on the walls.
I am the shield that guards the realms of men.
I pledge my life and honor to the Night’s Watch, for this night and all the nights to come.

Lord Commander Joer Mormont leads an expedition north of the Wall and I like how Jon is like his right hand man. He is after all the lord commander’s steward.

Daenerys’ plot still doesn’t catch on. Her dragon’s are pretty and I guess it really is explicit told that she has the blood of the dragon by surviving the funeral pyre.

Grandmeaster Pycelle is hilarious and horny. No one would have guessed that he visited whores or anything like that. I really like that scene though it wasn’t completely necessary. And the gymnastic things he did was fantastic.

Littlefinger and Varys are equally hilarious as Grandmaester Pycelle and their conversation of Varys’ nether regions is epic.

All in all this is a nice send off. And I’ll look forward to seeing season two when I have time. I think I’ll return with my thoughts on it as well. I like doing it.

In the meantime I have a small defense for Theon Greyjoy written. I have a habit of going against the tides and liking characters others hate. That is why I like Theon and Percy Weasley from the Harry Potter books among others.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark) (credit only), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Aidan Gillen (Lord Petyr Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane) & Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister)

Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Director: Alan Taylor
Original Air Date: June 19, 2011

Game Of Thrones: The Pointy End (8×01)

The Pointy End


My Thoughts:

I think Sansa just made everything worse by pleading for her father’s life. It’s obvious she doesn’t have a chance with Joffrey anymore. They consider Eddard Stark a traitor and she is basically worth nothing to them now.

Syrio Forel was awesome! I liked how he fended off 3 or 4 knights with a wooden sword and protecting Arya. I wonder if he survived his fight against  Ser Meryn Trant of the Kingsguard.
Once again Tyrion proves how cunning and convincing he is. He might be a dwarf, but his mind is sharp as his brother’s sword. I’m impressed!

Uh direwolf sightings! Grey Wind and Ghost. They are still awfully cute, but uh they are quite dangerous at this point. I believe Grey Wind bit off two of Gretjon Umber’s fingers. Ghost is a pretty perceptive wolf since he sensed what was going to happen to Lord Commander Mormont.

I have one problem and that is I barely understood what the actor who played Greatjon Umber said which is a shame. I guess it’s good that I’ve read the books.

My heart swelled when Robb declared he would go to King’s Landing as Joffrey wanted – with his bannermen. It was a beautiful sight when the ravens left Winterfell. I think it was great they showed the house sigils of the North during the feast. House Hornwood  (moose head on yellow), Bolton (flayed man), Umber (silver chains on red), and Karstark (white sunburst on black) are clearly seen. It broadens the viewers horizon to other houses and not just the main ones like Lannister, Stark and Baratheon.

Jon Snow did the exact opposite of what Lord Commander Mormont told him to after  Ser Alliser Thorne made a jab at him and his father. If I’m not mistaken he treats all recruits badly, but he has some history with the Starks going back to Robert’s Rebellion. I believe he was a supporter of King Aerys Targaryen and was sent to the Night’s Watch against his will after Robert was crowned king of the Seven Kingdoms.

I still don’t care much for Daenerys or her storyline in Essos. I already know that Khal Drogo is going to die within the next few episodes. It was kind of stupid of him to let himself get wounded.

Oh I could have done without seeing Hodor naked. I have never seen anyone that pale before and I’d rather not see it again. On the other hand I like Osha more and more everytime she speaks.

I’m looking forward to season two where Theon Greyjoy will play a larger role because House Greyjoy is my favorite house.

No Jaime Lannister in the episode because he was busy taking Riverrun and make life hard for Lady Catelyn Stark’s family.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Michelle Fairley (Lady Catelyn Stark), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Aidan Gillen (Lord Petyr Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Richard Madden (Robb Stark), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark), Maisie Williams (Arya Stark), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann (Sandor Clegane), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: George R.R. Martin
Directed by: Daniel Minahan
Original Air Date: June 5, 2011

Game Of Thrones: You Win Or You Die (7×01)

You Win Or You Die

 

My Thoughts:
I could have done without the whore Ros and her plot. It seemed unnecessary to have Petyr Baelish explain his affection for Catelyn Stark while Ros and the other woman had sex. I’m liking her scenes a lot less than Daenerys’ scenes.

I don’t think Eddard should have confronted Cersei like he did. It was quite bold of him and I think it foreshadows the end of the beginning for him. Cersei was right when she said: “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.”

Clearly Eddard’s honor stands in the way otherwise he would have claimed the Iron Throne for himself after the Sack of King’s Landing – and not have given it to Robert. Robert dies in this episode after hunting a wild boar – and everything goes south after this. However, it is clever of Eddard when he wrote “the rightful heir” and not “my son” in Robert’s will or whatever it is. He even turns down Renly’s proposal of taking Joffrey into custody and away from Cersei.

Renly would have been a better king than Joffrey. This opens for Lord Stannis of Dragonstone (who we haven’t met) and Lord Renly to battle for the throne with Prince Joffrey. This leads his to Eddard’s downfall because of his honor and his trust in Petyr Baelish. Eddard commands that the arrangement about Daenerys’ assassination being undone. Varys points out that she could be dead already.

As much as I love Theon, I love the way Osha put him in his place. I think that, Osha is referring to the white walkers I think in her conversation with Maester Luwin.

Benjen Stark’s horse returns without its rider. And Sam whines some more.

A wine seller tries to sell Dany some poisoned wine and is taken down by Rakharo’s whip. I’m still not hooked on her plotline – unfortunately. Anyway it is revealed that Jorah is Varys’ informant which is kind of interesting.

Starring: Sean Bean (Lord Eddard Stark), Mark Addy (King Robert Baratheon), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Ser Jaime Lannister), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister), Emilia Clarke (Princess Daenerys Targaryen), Iain Glen (Ser Jorah Mormont), Aidan Gillen (Petyr Baelish), Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Alfie Allen (Theon Greyjoy), Jack Gleeson (Prince Joffrey Baratheon), Rory McCann  (Sandor Clegane) & Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo)

Written by: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss
Directed by: Daniel Minahan
Original Air Date: May 29, 2011