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TV Review: Game of Thrones Season 4 (Episodes 9-10)

I am relieved that Game of Thrones‘s fourth season is over. I really hope that the next season will be more coherent, have better pace and less sexual violence against women. It might all be wishful thinking, but it doesn’t hurt to hope. There were some good and solid episodes, and some of the best scenes of the whole show, but overall, it was draining or boring on a regular basis.

I loved the ninth episode and the whole battle at Castle Black was outstanding. It was beautifully and meaningfully executed. It felt great to finally see Jon Snow gets somewhere and I loved how Sam also benefited from solid moments. The one thing I don’t get is why they crammed everything in this single episode. It made little sense to me, especially as we knew that it was coming. I didn’t see the point of putting a unique focus in this episode, contrary to how episodes are normally set up. I mean, we knew this was coming, so I don’t understand why they couldn’t split this battle over 2 or 3 episodes. It felt as if they suddenly remembered they had to handle this epic battle and put everything in this one episode, so they were over and done with it.

Source: Game of Thrones Wiki.

Source: Game of Thrones Wiki.

The finale of this season had important moments. Yet, some things also felt rushed, especially what happens with Daenerys’s dragons. I mean, we saw that the missing one was growing – as Jorah Mormont reminded her – in the first episode of the season, but it lacked build up to me. We didn’t see the dragons or speak about them for so long and suddenly Daenerys sees how dangerous they are, with one missing, and chained the two others. As heartbreaking as this scene was, I was disappointed in how they didn’t treat this aspect of Daenerys’s storyline with as much depth as they could have.

Cersei still annoys me but I was glad to see Jaime still growing as a character (though I still have issues with things that previously happened, especially him raping his sister, earlier this season). It was wonderful to see him helping Tyrion escape. I am still disheartened with what happened with Shae, and it made sense that Tyrion killed her after she tried to do the same with him, when he found her before escaping. The scene between him and his father was also poignant and once again, Tyrion’s choice made a lot of sense.

Brienne’s fight with the Hound was as epic as I had heard it was. I wasn’t surprised that Arya refused to go with Brienne afterwards, but I didn’t expect her to just walk away from the Hound and let him to die without ending him, even as he begged her and with how he had protected her for so long.

Overall, I am excited about season 5, especially as I think (hope?) it can only be better on a general level than this last one. I still want to believe that Game of Thrones can be the outstanding show it has been on many occasions. I hope I won’t be disappointed when it starts again next year, but I am going to nevertheless enjoy the break until then.

Television Catch Up List

While I am delayed in TV catch up, and not just because of the soccer World Cup, I realized that I still have quite a few series to catch up with or to start when they actually air. For some I only have a handful of episodes to watch, for others it is most of a given season or the complete one, in case they’re not back yet! One way or the other, I still have things to watch! And it doesn’t even include older shows or movies I have yet to check. The list below shows what I will be reviewing during this summer, when it comes to television series:

  • Beauty and the Beast (season 2)
  • Believe (season 1)
  • Continuum (season 3)
  • Crisis (season 1)
  • Defiance (season 2)
  • Falling Skies (season 4)
  • Game of Thrones (season 4)
  • The 100 (season 1)
  • The Last Ship (season 1)
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Image courtesy of worradmu / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

TV Reviews: Beauty And The Beast, Believe, Game Of Thrones

Beauty And The Beast 2.17 – Beast Is The New Black: I am so happy that this show is finally back on air! The break since March has really been too long! Tess and J.T. finally together is cute and it was good to have a happier moment in between all of this mess. I was glad to see Gabe willing to help and that he wasn’t involved in Vincent’s incarceration. I loved the scene between Tess and Catherine at the cemetery! These two are epic! I admit that I was pretty angry with the show for throwing this big mess after Vincent and Catherine had finally got back together, but like when I had been worried about the new direction at the beginning of season two, the show is reassuring me that the story is still solid. I like that the whole gang works together despite Vincent willing to plead guilty. I also like how Catherine tells men in her life to stop trying to protect her. I think that this is important because she is self resilient. At the same time, I like that Vincent says that besides that, it is important to him that she moves on with her life. I think that everyone is dealing with things as good as they can, with their own personality and background. It isn’t always the best approach and it doesn’t always goes as intended, but I like how it shows the humanity and layers of the different characters. I love the interaction between Tess and J.T. They are really great together. I like that Catherine doesn’t want to just let Vincent decide for both of them. The two of them stuck in her bathroom for their potentially last night together was cute and funny. Of course, the good moment didn’t last long. I was hoping that they could be together but both of them have to realize that they have to be separated for the time being was heavy. I loved the scene of Catherine going to tell J.T. about Vincent being gone. Then the scene between J.T. and Tess was amazing and proved their great chemistry. I don’t know what to make of Gabe’s reaction while watching TV. Catherine being attacked in her apartment right at the end? I’m so glad I only have a few days left before seeing the next episode!

Source: Believe Wiki.

Source: Believe Wiki.

Believe 1.11 – Revelation: The opening dream/nightmare sequence was troubling as always. They are really well done in this show. Channing’s situation is concerning and I was glad to see Tate comfort Bo as she deals with the situation and also what happened to her mother. The exchange was very emotional. Milton is such an awesome character. I like the main four (Bo, Tate, Channing and Milton) a lot but Milton is almost my favorite from the group. I was surprised to see Tate be on board with Bo’s idea of confronting Skouras right away. Loving the father and daughter interaction. Their bond has grown so much over the course of the season. Very well done (and why again did this show get cancelled?) The whole illness appearing in the different prodigies at Orchestra came out of nowhere. I’m not saying it doesn’t make any sense, but I’m really unsure about why they sprang that on the viewer in this episode. The more we find about this in the episode confuses me, because I find it weird that we’d only find about this now if it is such a big deal for Orchestra prodigies. The confrontation between Skouras, Bo and Tate was something I would have expected in the season finale, not in this one. I was impressed by the new trick Bo used to hide with Tate, when security broke in. I also love the interaction between Winter and Channing. I liked that Tate gave the choice to Bo to leave or to go back with the others and find out what the truth is regarding her mother’s death. Bo asking Winter whether her mother died because of him was such an important moment and it made me cry. I was shocked to see Bo leaving with Tate, though I was glad she forgave Winter. Seeing the group split made my heart break, because to me they are a family. Skouras calling Milton and asking for his help was a shock.

Game Of Thrones 4.08 – The Mountain And The Viper: Seeing the Wildlings again was to be expected. I liked that Ygritte left Gilly and her son alive. Seeing Jon Snow and Sam (who believes Gilly dead) deal with the news at Castle Black was great given the situation. And we get man ogling naked woman again out of what seems sheer gratuity. It could have been done quicker and differently. I understand how it builds up to the following scenes and does for character development, but it always feels gratuitous when the gaze is unbalanced. I really enjoyed the scene between Missandei and Daenerys. Seeing Grey Worm come to apologize to Missandei afterwards was a positive surprise and made for a delicate and touching moment. I still can’t get interested in anything Theon Grejoy. Sansa lying to save Baelish shows that she is able to manipulate people and not just being manipulated now, but I still don’t think she is that safe with Baelish, who is still a very creepy character. What happened with Ser Jorah and Daenerys was one of the most heartbreaking moments in this season. I understand that she was in shock, but I hope that one day she can forgive him, because no matter what, he has been here for her and stuck with her to protect her for years. The Hound and Arya having scenes together is always a treat. The grand “philosophical” discussion between Jamie and Tyrion was bizarre but had some solid bonding moments, which suited the eeriness of the situation. In the last episodes, Oberyn has really grown on me, so I guess it should be no surprised that he dies in this one. The combat scene was very well done and once again, if I didn’t know that Peter Dinklage’s contract runs until season six, I wouldn’t have much hope for Tyrion’s survival.

TV Reviews: Believe, Game Of Thrones, Pixie Hollow Games

Believe 1.10 – Collapse: The opening dream nightmare sequence was creepy. Very touching moment between Tate and Bo when she woke up. Milton and Channing bantering as he is to remove the bullet she took from him, was a great moment. I love these two as well, as much as I love Tate and Bo. I find clever that Bo can have a hard time exactly figuring things out, from her visions when they translate to real life. I think it is well done how she has these powers but hasn’t fully mastered them. Tate, Bo, Ferrell and her daughter Sasha stuck together was an angle I hadn’t expected to see but makes for many great moments and much character development. Skouras still scares me and I guess that Zoe might bite the dust sooner than later (later scenes in the episodes confirm my inkling). And the new Orchestra prodigy, Dani, is kind of terrifying. Seeing Tate and Ferrell, Bo and Sasha, bond when stuck underground made for great scenes. I didn’t expect Milton to be able to reach them there on the phone. I like how they show that Milton still has his close bond with Bo. It is really important for Milton and Channing to still be big parts in Bo’s life. Seeing how great this show is growing, it makes me sad to know that it was cancelled. At least, I’m glad they’re airing the remaining episodes of this only season. Seeing Tate and Ferrell work together to get the bomber – despite her pushing him away – was one of these moments I wouldn’t have thought I’d get to see. Their discussion afterwards was compelling as well. The reunion scene with Bo, Tate, Milton and Channing was one of these family moments I adore. I was glad to hear how Ferrell wouldn’t work on the case anymore when we saw her at the hospital with her daughter. The last scene between Tate and Bo was so cute! They have come such a long way, together.

Game Of Thrones 4.07 – Mockingbird: Great opening scene between Jaime and Tyrion. Seeing these two talk and actually listen to each other. The way they have been bonding over the past while has been a great development (though in the back of my mind I still have Jaime raping Cersei and it leaves a sour taste in my mouth). I was glad to see Arya and the Hound again. Arya killing the man after she knew his name (thus adding him to his list) as well as the whole scene before showed how far she is coming. Her dynamic with the Hound is still interesting too. Jon Snow continues to be a fantastic character and I feel like strangling some of the Nightwatch leaders and their narrow minded and arrogant view. The scene between Tyrion and Bronn was great and depressing. Daenerys deciding to have Daario was predictable. I’m still not really sold on Daario despite the change of actor (for the better) this season. The scene between Melisandre and Stannis’s wife was creepy and gave me a bad feeling about what is to come regarding Stannis’s daughter. Jorah is still one of my favorite characters in the show. I like the special bond he has with Daenerys. Having a second Arya and the Hound moment was a treat and it was a huge one for them both. Seeing the Hound open up about his past was a significant step. Brienne! This episode is really a good one. It is a good change not to be bored or annoyed with at least half the episode, which had often been the case this season. I was glad to see Brienne find information about Arya. I didn’t see Oberyn visiting Tyrion coming, nor him deciding to be Tyrion’s champion. Sansa in the snow covered courtyard was visually beautiful. Her cousin is a complete idiot and I was relieved when Sansa slapped him, I admit. Of course, sleazy Baelish had to make himself look good again. I am surprised that Sansa doesn’t annoy me the way she did until like a few episodes ago. She isn’t a favorite of mine, but she is growing on me. Baelish still makes me extremely uncomfortable and I can’t stand him. Aunt Lysa is a madwoman. Se is one of the most annoying characters of the whole show. When Baelish killed her, he made himself useful for once. Not having to put up with Lysa is a huge relief as I was tired of seeing her again in this season.

Source: Wikipedia.

Source: Wikipedia.

Pixie Hollow Games: I was giddy when I was able to find this. I admit that I can’t wait for the next Tinker Bell / Disney Fairies movie, which comes out in 2015. So being able to get a little more from this series, thanks to this special was a treat. I admit that when I started it, I found myself unsure of whether I would really like it. It turned out much better than I expected and it was very much in the spirit of the movies. I hope they do other specials focusing on the other fairies, as they did with this for Rosetta! I very much like the new character, another garden fairy, Chloe. I hope we get to see more of her in the future. I was glad when the extremely annoying male fairy, Rumble, was outsmarted and shown that his ways were wrong, by his own partner, Glimmer.

Movie Review: Pompeii

I fell in love with Pompeii‘s score by Clinton Shorter straight from the opening. I like that the hero’s mother was seen fighting as much as the men, and that she tried to protect her son. Seeing her killed (decapitated) without any rape happen was “refreshing” as horrible as it might sound, but with the rape culture that crawls everywhere, I was glad to see that. For what I gathered, other women were also directly killed without sexual abuse. This is worthy of notice. While I haven’t watched 24 in years, seeing Kiefer Sutherland as a Roman military made me think “oh Jack Bauer!” before thinking of Caprica because of Sasha Roiz. I really see fandom everywhere.

While my heart will forever belong to Maximus (played by Russel Crowe in Gladiator), Kit Harrigton is charismatic and shows his fighting prowess in this movie, differently from his Jon Snow portrayal in Game of Thrones. I love his voice. And this music, I’ll have to get it because this is one epic score!

I had heard about the horse scene, and wasn’t sure it would work for me, but it didn’t. There could have been many ways for the two characters to first interact, but though it’s supposed to show Milo’s kindness, I just found it way too far-fetched.

I love the visuals in the movie. Seeing Carrie-Ann Moss again was a treat. I love this actress! And she works well as Emily Blunt’s mother! Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje was another treat as part of a cast that made me impatient to see the movie since I first heard about it!

The movie definitely reminds me of Gladiator in some ways, but thing is that I don’t mind it because I can enjoy watching several productions in the same genre and the two movies are different enough that Pompeii doesn’t look like a copycat. Gladiator is one of my all time favorite movies, but I am nevertheless having a great time watching Pompeii. I checked that movie for entertainment and it is overall delivering.

I think that having the announcing signs of the catastrophe was a good idea. I admit that at first, I wasn’t so sure about Cassia, and worried she was a bit of a boring character, but she proved to have quite a personality and be more interesting than I expected, which was a nice surprise.

The music gives me so many chills. And I think that the build up for why Cassia goes with Milo, horse riding away from the residence makes sense with how she has behaved until then. Milo being so honorable and Cassia defending him was a good way. I like how they didn’t have much time away on their own, and that it added to the build up instead or rushing things too much. I also like Cassia’s handmaiden. She was a great character.

Source: IMDb.

Source: IMDb.

The bonding between Milo and Atticus is also an aspect of the movie I tremendously like. I think that it was a good idea to focus on Pompeii in this movie, instead of Rome, besides the whole catastrophic event.

The whole replayed battle in the arena that didn’t go as it did in history was well done. Watching this movie makes me want to rewatch Gladiator so much. And Sutherland plays quite the arrogant and creepy villain. Cassia’s father is a character I don’t care for. To me he has little strength or wits, in opposition to his wife and daughter.

Cassia really grew on me and I’m glad that the singular combat in the arena is happening. I knew it was coming but it doesn’t make it any less enjoyable! I like how the fight as the catastrophe is really starting went to the rest of the slaves and began one huge fight. Aurelia’s dying kind of reminded me of Trinity’s death in Matrix Revolution; and I like how she asked her husband to kill Corvus though I wasn’t surprise to see him fail. I also liked how Aurelia asked Milo to save Cassia, in a way of giving her blessing.

The eruption and destruction were well executed! I like how Milo tells Atticus to go because he is now free. It was one of the most emotional moments of the movies to me. I was hoping that Ariadne would survive, but I think it was asking too much. Atticus is a hero and a great character. I am glad that he benefited from solid screen time (and he could even have had more in my view). It also makes sense that Atticus then tells Milo to go after Corvus while he fights Proculus. I’m very disappointed that Atticus died but I am glad that he found the last bit of strength to kill Proculus. That was a heroic death at least!

I liked that Cassia still try to save herself in the small way she was able to, not letting Milo do everything, showing her resilience again. The last fight between Corvus and Milo was great as well. And I liked that Cassia had a role in it. Atticus standing up to meet his fate, dying a free man was heart wrenching. Fine, the ending made me cry rivers. There, I said it.

I expected epicness, entertainment, “grand spectacle” as we put it in French. I got every bit of it. So Pompeii was very much worth watching.

TV Reviews: Game of Thrones, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic

Game of Thrones 4.06 – The Laws of Gods and Men: The opening with Stannis made sense in the story, but it isn’t part of what keeps my interest in the show. While I find Yara the only interesting character in the Grejoy family, I still can’t bring myself to really care for this story line either. Both Theon and his captors annoy me, so the whole first section of the episode was extremely long to me. The Daenerys scene was quite engaging, one of the most in the recent episodes, so it was a solid moment. I felt like rolling my eyes at Cersei during the Council meeting, and was glad to see that her father could understand that Daenerys might cause them problems given the extent and growth of her power and influence are. I was happy to see Tyrion again. It was good that they reached the trial in this episode. Tyrion was outstanding as always, and his witty responses had been missed. I also very much like that Tyrion still defends Sansa and her honor. Seeing Jamie standing up for his brother to their father made me think again how much I wish they hadn’t done the Jamie and Cersei rape scene earlier this season for so many reasons, from how it supported disgusting rape culture and how it damaged the great character development Jamie had gone through since the third season. The confrontation between Lannister father and son was one of the best in the episode. Great moment as well between Jamie and Tyrion right before the trial resumed. I didn’t expect Shae to testify at the trial. My shock in seeing her again was as great as Tyrion’s I think. Seeing her feed lies to the judges made me sick and sad. That was a painful scene. Tyrion’s speech afterwards was absolutely amazing and such a strong scene. I cried in front of it, and him demanding a trial by combat also gave me goosebumps. The whole trial segment of the episode was the show at its best and it was worth waiting for it.

Source: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Wiki.

Source: My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Wiki.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic Season 3: I watched it in the last couple of days. Before tackling some currently airing shows, including some season finales, I wanted a bit of a break, so I picked up this show again. I continue to like the show a lot and see the characters evolve, not just the main six, but also Princesses Celestia and Luna, and also the three little sisters. I find it interesting how they have different ages and development arcs, thanks to this and also their personalities.

I’ll admit that Pinky Pie is still the one I like least, as I find that she hasn’t grown as much. I feel the same lack of evolution for Fluttershy, Rarity and Spike. I think that Apple Jack, Twilight Sparkle and even Rainbow Dash have more consistent character development. I also like to see Princess Luna on a few occasions, including when she helps one of the little ones. I wish we saw more of her, as she is a very interesting character. I found it great that it kept capitalizing on previous events, such as when they brought Discord back. It was an interesting episode about redemption and understanding friendship too. At first, I wasn’t sold out on this, but liked how it was done.

I liked the Crystal Ponies that they introduced in the season and was happy to see Princess Cadance and Shining Armor again. Speaking of princesses, I didn’t see it coming that Twilight would officially become one at the end of the season. It was quite a twist and I liked how it was done and how her friends were happy for her and that due to how benevolent and supportive Celestia (and even Luna and Cadance) have been, it is easy to believe that becoming a princess won’t turn Twilight into someone she isn’t or become estranged from her friends.