Category Archives: TV Reviews
If you heard anything about the Netflix drama Stranger Things about a young boy in a small town disappearing under creepy, otherworldly circumstances, it puts your knowledge of 80’s films to the test by referencing everything from E.T. to Akira and cherry picking elements from classic Stephen King stories.
What is it about great time travel stories that are so popular? Everyone has their own personal favorites and reasons. I like how there’s so many ideas and ways that a story can be explored through time travel. It also captures my imagination seeing how directors and storytellers envision what the future has in store for humanity.
There are a tonne of time travel series going on right now. 12 Monkeys and Continuum are two different kinds of time travel shows. What they have in common is that they are both filmed in Canada and air on Syfy network.
The Leftovers (A Spoiler Free Overview)
Cast: Justin Theroux, Amy Brennerman, Carrie Coon, Christoper Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Margaret Qualley, Chris Zylka, Ann Dowd, Regina King, Kevin Carroll, Jovan Adepo, Janel Moloney
HBO’s The Leftovers is one of my favorite TV shows going on right now. I just finished binge watching the second season last week and can’t stop thinking about it. I want to share my experience of watching the show in a completely spoiler free way. I won’t go into too much detail, but I’ll try to give enough explanation so you can decide if it’s a show you might be into.
Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 6 “Blood of My Blood”: How the High Sparrow is a Master Manipulator
Spoilers Ahead on Game Of Thrones S06E06
“Blood of my Blood” is a fitting episode title. Of course, it’s a direct reference to Dany’s speech to her Khalasar. It also relates to Sam’s kin and his new makeshift family of little Sam and Gilly even though they aren’t blood relatives. Family is a thread which also connects to Bran’s storyline where Uncle Benjen makes his return.
Wayward Pines Season 1 (A Spoiler Free Overview)
Cast: Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino, Toby Jones, Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard, Shannyn Sossamon, Juliette Lewis, Reed Diamond, Charlie Tahan, Hope Davis
The opening to Fox’s mystery thriller Wayward Pines is a close up shot of a man’s eye as he wakes up in a forest. Who is this man dressed in a business suit out in the middle of nowhere? What happened to him and where exactly is he? My immediate reaction is that it’s an homage to Lost which had the exact same opening. The difference between how Wayward Pines handles the mysteries compared to Lost is that it’s based on a novel series where the answers are already determined and not made up as the show goes along. Wayward Pines is originally conceived as an 10 episode mini-series so there’s a greater urgency to explain everything in a self-contained story.
Game of Thrones Season 6, Episode 5 “The Door”: Discussing how Bran’s time travel power will impact the show and going in-depth on Hodor’s origin.
Spoilers Ahead on Game Of Thrones “The Door”
The connective tissue throughout “The Door” is about explaining origins. It’s a common thread between many scenes: The children of the forest created the Night King. Jaqen H’ghar explains that the faceless men were once Volantis slaves. The red priestess sheds light about the night Varys became an eunuch. Hodor’s origin and why he repeats the same word is finally revealed. Some of these exposition points serve to deepen the mythology and address long-standing mysteries, while some may also prove to be significant in setting up future events.
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When I first started blogging I wondered how long I would stick with it? A big reason why I never got tired of blogging is because of YOU!
Thanks to everyone who has made this blog a lot of fun for me.
I truly appreciate everyone who has ever stopped by to read, like and/or comment on a post. I’m especially grateful for all the regular visitors, fellow bloggers and commentators (you know who you are).
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Rick and the gang arrive at the Hill Top, makes new enemies (Spoilers Ahead)
“Knots Untie” has a lot of elements brewing under the surface. While this episode doesn’t come to a boiling point we can see that the introduction of new characters and a settlement are building towards a pay off by season’s end.
“Your world is about to get a whole lot bigger” sums up where Rick’s group and the show are headed. Over the seasons Rick’s group have gradually moved onto progressively bigger settlements from Hershel’s family farm to the prison and now Alexandria safe zone. The idea that there are multiple communities out there opens up new ideas that the show can explore. The rebuilding of civilization is a logical extension from the “how to persevere your humanity in the post apocalypse” formula which the first five seasons have played out.
Rick and Daryl Find Jesus in “The Next World” (Spoilers Ahead)
If last week’s mid-season premiere came across as a season finale, the follow-up episode entitled “The Next World” is like a new beginning. A new important character is introduced and two of the show’s main characters start a new romantic relationship.
The other reason why “The Next World” feels like a fresh start is that usually a time jump occurs in between seasons or after the mid-season break. Several weeks have gone by since Carl got shot in the eye. It’s a little surreal at first seeing Carl up and about, joking about toothpaste. But overall, the time jump worked to bypass story beats that didn’t need a whole lot of screen time and transitioned right into setting up the next major arc.