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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.

TV Reviews: Believe, Game of Thrones, Once Upon A Time, Star-Crossed, The Tomorrow People

Believe 1.09 – Prodigy: I am sad that the show got cancelled as I think it still had so much potential and that the characters had developed solidly despite only a few episodes. I’m curious about the new girl they brought at Orchestra, and she can be quite scary. I really hope that they can get Channing out of the huge trouble she is in.  Yet, I was mostly interested in the scenes regarding the current person to help with Tate and Bo. I love how they are bonding and how things are evolving. I like how they aren’t perfect either on their own or with each other. How the federal team and Skouras managed to get information from Channing with the new prodigy and then make their way to the safe house was suspenseful moments for sure. I really hope that someone can stop Skouras. I’m feeling sorry for the poor girl Bo helps because of how she is kept under her mother’s thumb. I was relieved when Skouras was caught by Milton. This is quite a confrontation and I’m glad that he did that to get Channing back. I like how Bo and her closed ones too, help people. I know that I repeat myself at every episode but this is the truth. I wanted to strangle Skouras myself when he shot at Milton and that Channing took the shot. And the new Orchestra prodigy definitely scares me.

Game of Thrones 4.05 – First of His Name: The scene between Cersei and Maergery was extremely interesting and a great moment between great actresses. Yet, I don’t understand how this scene unfolded. Cersei suddenly speaking about how Joffrey did horrid things and how she is civilized with Maergery and seems willing to have her there for her second born? It baffled me. I loved the scene between Ser Jorah and Daenerys! One of their best scenes in this seasons. I am relieved to see her take his advice and his support the way she does in this, because he realy his her friend and right hand, in opposition to the others. I don’t care for the scenes with Belish, Lysa, Robin and Sansa. In the whole bunch, I like Sansa best, that says a lot how I dislike all of them. I don’t like Sansa, but all this other bunch is so crazy and scheming I feel sorry for her to be there. Sansa was safer with Tyrion by her side in King’s Landing, in my view. Cersei speaking with her father about the upcoming royal wedding and looking fine with marrying Maegery’s brother all of the sudden still surprises me. I don’t understand Cersei’s change at all. I admit that this season tends to leave me scratching my head on several accounts. It was great to see Arya and the Hound again! They are some of the best parts in this season! I still wish that Arya had been the one to kill Joffrey. I never liked Lady Stark’s sister but I wish we didn’t have to put up with her madness. Brienne putting up with Podric having a hard time riding his horse cracked me up. The scene where the Hound and Arya discuss weapon training was also interesting, especially as this episode has very few moments that had me really care. I am very grateful for the scenes between Brienne and Podric. And what is the deal with sexual violence against women in this season? I am tired of this and I don’t see how it serves the plot! This really really angers me! I was relieved to see Jon Snow and the others Nightwatch members come to take care of that scum at the camp, but that other Crow kidnapping Bran wasn’t such a surprising twist and I was glad that he could be defeated. Bran deciding against reuniting with his brother was heartbreaking but showed great and strong personality. Jon fighting that filth and killing him was a meaningful moment and I also liked that one of the abused girls didn’t hesitate to hit that sadistic scum too. Jon and his wolf was one of the few happy moments in the episode. Seeing Craster’s keep burnt down was a relief, no matter how it can’t take away all the horrors that took place there.

Once Upon A Time 3.20 – Kansas: I was so happy when I heard that this show was renewed, as I had so many I liked getting cancelled. So knowing I’ll get a fourth season of this great show made me a very giddy camper. The storyline this season has been solid and I liked how some of the characters evolved. Regina’s change has been very well staged over the three seasons. Seeing her using light magic and saying how she makes her own destiny was one of my favorite moments of the whole season. Seeing Henry telling her she had to believe and wasn’t a villain anymore was powerful. Seeing them all be as a team, a family is one of the best things about this season. I was even surprised when David told Emma to keep Hook with her and support him about how he had been meaning to help her in the first place. I admit that while I really liked Emma in the earlier seasons, she leaves me rather indifferent now, and sometimes a bit annoyed. In a way, if she ended dying as the Savior, it could be one of the best story twists to happen and would leave her family with a lot to deal with and be a meaningful and sensible way for the character to go. I know that it might be some weird opinion, but the more I watch season 3, the more I think that. Regarding Rumplestiltskin and Belle, I was disappointed in him for lying to Belle, as I really thought he was better than this, as she told him. Anyway, I can’t wait for the season 2 hour finale!

Star-Crossed 1.12 – This Trick May Chance to Scathe You: This is another show that I already miss. I love how it has grown so strongly. I really liked how the team going after the Suvek was so unexpected with Roman, Drake, Sophia, Lukas, Emery and Grayson. I like how Drake has developed in the last while. In this episode, he had great scenes, including with his mother. I like how the female characters are interesting in this show, and are well layered and in multiple types of roles, both as teenagers and adult women. I even think that amongst the adult characters, the women are way more interesting than the men. I admit that the interaction between Castor and Teri is quite creepy to me. I also liked how Emery had to calm Grayson and Roman down, when they were being idiotic guys (as annoying as it could be it was credible anyway for different reasons). I wonder about Teri’s choices and allegiances. It is hard to tell with her, though I admit I prefer her mother Vega to Castor, which shows how much I can’t stand Roman’s uncle. I guess that Teri handling Castor shows she is loyal to her mother. I have no idea how they’ll heal Roman yet, though the Atrian’s healing skills and herbs tend to be quite extensive. I loved the scene when Drake explains to his mother why he can’t go to Eljida with her. They have beautiful scenes together. I liked how the final scene between Emery and Roman echoed the first time they met. Is it the season finale yet?!

The Tomorrow People 1.22 – Son of Man: First of all, I was really sad to learn about the show’s cancellation as it’s been one of my big favorites of the show premiering this season. I loved it to pieces and it had so much more potential. The characters had solid development and I know that I’ll have much to write about in the future. The scenes between Jedikiah and Roger in the beginning of the episode were extremely poignant (I liked how we found out that the human body rejects the paranormal powers even if injected). I cried a lot and I still think that Jedikiah reminds me a lot of Snape in Harry Potter. His interaction with John is always very interesting and many of their moments in the episode were emotional. It doesn’t mean that Jedikiah can be forgiven for what he does to John at the end, turning him into some kind of super soldier again, but the character is still one of the most interesting “villains” I’ve seen in a very long while. The reason I was annoyed with that last arc is that it’s the only thing that really feels as a mini cliffhanger in the show, otherwise I loved how wrapped up things felt, even with the solid potential for more season. Seeing the team saving the world with Stephen, Cara, Russel, John and Astrid was really great. I was glad to see them all survive in the end, though I’m curious of how Stephen’s powers could expand. Seeing the Stephen/Cara and John/Astrid romantic direction also made me incredibly happy (and I can’t help but know that Astrid could have helped John go beyond whatever programming he underwent in a second season). There were still very great dialogues and thank you for funny bits in the middle of so much intense drama!  The kiss between John and Astrid before time was frozen for them reminded me of Crichton and Aeryn at the end of Farscape 4.22 Bad Timing. All in all, I am very much  missing this show and can’t wait for the right time and opportunity to write about this as there is a lot I want to talk about. I don’t know whether it’ll be in papers or a possible eBook, but I know that this show will show up in my future research and writing.

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

Source: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Wiki

I know it has been a while since I posted any review of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episodes, but I’m planning to watch the last four episodes of the season in a row and post a general review for them (as I will also do for Continuum season 3, Crisis and The 100 seasons 1). I am very very happy that Agents of S.H.IE.L.D. got renewed for a second season as I love it. And I can’t wait for the upcoming Marvel’s Agent Carter new show as well!

TV Reviews: Believe, Game of Thrones

Believe 1.08 – Together: The opening credits of this show is gorgeous. I really love them. I understood both Tate and Milton’s opinions about how Bo’s training. The discussion between Bo and Channing was great as we rarely get these “girl” moments. When Bo collapsed the wood planks to save them all, I thought about when Jaime jumps between buildings in the Bionic Woman pilot. Bo warning Channing to be careful gave me goosebumps. I like seeing the small team as a family, besides the father and daughter moments. Tate telling Bo how he met her mother was beautiful, so emotional. And the two were also cute and funny in it. I’m a sucker for a nice father and daughter bond and Tate and Bo are great together and I like how the bond is developing! Channing accepting the suicide mission to go to Orchestra to help Bo is an important moment and I have a very bad feeling about it, and not just because I am writing that on May 4th. I like how Bo is always willing to help people. I admit that this is one of the reasons why I love this show so much as it is shows some faith in human kind. Great scene between Milton and Channing before she goes into the tunnel, to Orchestra. I like that Channing seems to get more screen time in the past few episodes. She si a great character, as much as Bo, Tate and Milton. I didn’t see the whole horse matter coming up regarding the person Bo and Tate are helping. Bo loving horses and Tate being scared of them was classic (and it made for some funny moments in between the stressing parts of the story). Channing being at Orchestra just made me bite my nails. I loved the scene between Zoe and Channing. And the moment she is caught was expected but still. It confirms the bad feeling I had. Tate and Bo being lost in the woods on a horse was priceless. For sure, I was happy they could help the man and his family! It always does for fuzzy feelings! And the exchange when Bo knows Tate is thinking about her Mom and he remembers something, I had misty eyes. The team without Channing is not the team. The last scene wasn’t something I had expected either.

Game of Thrones 4.04 – Oathkeeper: Ten minutes just for Daenerys taking a city felt really long to me. I still like her, but many of the scenes in this season, and the one before are a bit boring in my view. Tyrion’s man winning against Jaime Lannister and kicking him using his fake hand was quite a great moment. Thing is that I have a hard time feeling positive about Jaime since he raped Cersei. It still feels counter intuitive in terms of character development, no matter how it made sense in a certain way (despite how it does certainly not excuse his horrible actions). I was glad to see Jaime go to see Tyrion at least. I hope that he can really do something for Tyrion. I like seeing Tyrion defends Sansa again! I have always hated Baelish but now I do even more with his scheming, using Sansa (and I don’t like her at all). Margery’s grandmother is quite the character and the manipulator as well. Seeing a scene with Jon Snow was a nice change of pace as the only other interesting scene for me was the one between Tyrion and Jaime so far. I wonder whether Cersei can have a scene without drinking. I find it weird that while Jaime raped her in the previous episode, she doesn’t seem to care about it, despite the fact that she keeps distance with him on a personal level. At the same time, she had already been keeping distance and blaming him for having abandoned her before he had raped her. When Margery went to see Tommen, the future king, I squealed when I saw the kitty, and it suddenly brought interest to the scene (besides how great Natalie Dormer always is). Natalie Dormer and a kitty in the same frame makes me giddy, and I thought about Dragon Age II because the cat is called Ser Pounce, so I wonder whether Anders’s cat is called Ser Pounce a Lot because of the books. The scene between Jaime and Brienne is outstanding, one of the best of the episode and even the season so far! There is still hope for Jaime, I guess. Oathkeeper is a beautiful name for a sword. Now these two scenes were Game of Thrones at its best! I am even madder at Jaime having raped Cersei because how counter intuitive it is with Jaime’s development since the third season and how it just massacred all the progress. Heck, even before the development and that I just wanted to strangle him, I didn’t picture him to be a rapist, so that just baffles me. The episode is turning better in the second half I find. Great scene between Jon Snow and Sam. Jon is so much more of a leader than Rob ever was, at least for me. That’s a powerful moment and when I see these last few scenes, I’m like “that Game of Thrones!” as I find the fourth season a little weaker so far, save for the season opening. And right after, the show makes me angry again. What is the need for this rape business? What is the point? And yes, I am really polite about this gratuitous crap. The scene with Bran was interesting and I would be glad to see more of his development, though I admit I miss Osha. I’m worried that they got caught by this band of insane and mean former Night Watch. The final scene between White Marchers and the baby was creepy to say the least.

Source: Believe Wiki.

Source: Believe Wiki.

More Vidding Thoughts

A while ago, I wrote about the videos I shared on YouTube, which had the most views, with how some of the results surprised me, while others didn’t’. I thought that it might be interesting to post about the other side of the coin, i.e. the videos I shared over the past few months that got less than 5 views for the time being.

#5. If I Will It All AwayAlien franchise, Music by Evanescence.

#4. I’d Give My SoulAvatar, Music by Within Temptation.

#3. A Tale As Old As TimeBattlestar Galactica, Music by Nightwish.

#2. Be Everything You Can BeStar Wars, Music by Shania Twain.

#1. We’re All Part of This Journey Battlestar Galactica, Music by Within Temptation.

When I look at this list, I find it as random as the most viewed ones (though the most viewed one included a Game of Thrones video which made sense with the hype around this television series, especially as this is currently airing). Contrary to the most viewed, I have sorted these out, not by number of view, but by posting date, for a few of them had equal views so far. Ironically, I find it weird that my Alien video has only so few views in comparison to the Prometheus one and I would have really thought that my Star Wars videos (one of my favorite ones I’ve made) didn’t get more popular either. As for the Battlestar Galactica ones, I’m surprised that A Tale As Old As Time has so few views, despite being a Starbuck centric, in comparison to my Anders one, for example.

Image courtesy of hyena reality / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of hyena reality / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

So, that was my little bit of randomness and vidding musing for today and I hope that you all have a good weekend. I have a few posts I have on my mind for the upcoming week, both the answers to the writing process blog hop (thank you Hayley for tagging me!) and some thoughts regarding academia and social media. I am also trying to come up with a good idea of post to submit to Fangrrrl.com, and might be inclined to write about Star Wars influenced me as both as a fangirl and a scholar.