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TV Review: The Originals (S04E13 – finale)

Rinzy’s Ratings: 4/5 (B)

Every now and then TV shows deliver finales that are both  emotional and intense. This episode was one of such.

I know I must have felt bad for The Mikelsons more often than not right from their run on The Vanpire Diaries, but this… this finale… this finale shook the very foundation of family and what it means to love someone ineffably.

At the start of the episode, The Hollow wasted no time in showing her power to the witches of New Orleans by raising up Dominic (Remember that douche witch faithful?) It also didn’t take The Mikelsons long to agree to Vincent’s suggestion on how to defeat The Hollow, even though it’ll destroy them (Goodbye, Always and Forever). Quickly they dispatched the witches faithful to The Hollow’s cause, and Dominic (Bye-bye Dom!) The bulk of the episode rested on the repercussion of the terms agreed upon to defeat the unkillable Hollow.

Vincent’s crazily brilliant idea was for him to split The Hollow as was done in time past, into four, and send her to rest in the blossom of the four immortal Mikelsons – Rebecca, Klaus, Elijah, and Kol. A comdition they all naturally agreed on. So into the condition was Freya that she almost transitioned herself into a vampire to be fit to habour The Hollow, save for the timely appearance of Kol. The hard part of the condition was that, all four siblings could never meet again, least The Hollow tries to piece herself back. Very crazy plan right? Makes you wonder how on this earth the selfish Mikelsons who always profess to remain dedicated to themselves would agree to it. The answer is simple, because Hope is their salvation; the innocence they’ve all lost in themslevesand can only aspire to protect in the only candidate of the next generation of Mickelsons.

Elijah had it the worst: being that he has always been the one trying to get his family on track every time they hit a crossroad. This time, he sought Marcel and Vincent’s help to compel him to drop his natural instinct to preserve not just Klaus but the entire family.

There’s just one problem I had with this season – I extremely anticipated an all out battle between Hope and The Hollow, because of how much their great powers were teased. I still fan the flame of hope for this though.

By the end of the episode, everyone had began to live their different lives – Rebecca finally got her wish, as Marcel flew through to New York just to be with her, having ditched Sofia’s request off screen to flew around the role with her; Elijah at France, playing the grand-piano to the entertainment of free folks; Kol, off on his way to propose to Davina; and Klaus, hovering around Elijah. Hayley and Hope found themselves at Alaric and Caroline’s school for special kids (I guessed this one right). 

People… I lost a tear with Klaus in this episode as he wept for his daughter, Hope. It’s been fun watching the different shades of Klaus over the last seven years. He’s been a beautifully written character and at this point where his arc is at redemption, it’s been wonderful watching him express his pains at the glaring truths that he could fail Hope, his hope.

It’s certain The Mikelsons would be back together, through whatever witchy loophole the producers come up with. But till then, let’s revel in the depth of emotions this season finale has sent us to.

TV review: iZombie (S3E12)

I’ve never reviewed iZombie here, even though I’ve diligently followed it since its first season. Why? I really can’t say. Maybe because the show hadn’t given me a stronger reason to shout WTF! Until now.

The penultimate episode of the third season did plenty to shake things up, and I’ll try to talk about the noteworthy ones… the groundbreaking two.

1. Liv isn’t so holy afterall.

    If you’ve been following iZombie from the very beginning you’ll understand what happens to zombies after they take a snack on human brains – they tend to see visions and behave very much like the dead person they just feasted on. Now, in this episode, Liv ate the brain of Ravi’s former boss who had an oversized sexual appetite; something Ravi himself could attest to being that he had also slept with her in the past. Liv found herself visiting a bar one too many times until she hooked up with Filmore Graves. What makes this all the more noteworthy is that, Filmore Graves is the boss of Liv’s boyfriend, and all three are zombies. Yep! Zombies can only bone themselves.

    Liv is in a tight corner, though this plot might not be addressed until the new season, it’s still a wonder one: it raises the question of how much of you is you as a zombie under the influence of a new brain.

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    2. Explosion gallore.

    One of the dangling plot thread this season has been about Discovery Day (The day humans discover the existence of zombies). It’s been a real threat, becoming realer as the days go by. With a new  Mayor that is a zombie and a very wealthy firm run exclusively by zombies, I’ll say the undead have a better chance winning the way in Seattle. But when the major truth activist of the city turns into an undead against his own will and decides the best way to leave this world is with a bang, things take a drastic turn. I can swear I didn’t see that coming. Though iZombie has taken such explosive risk in the past, in terms of storytelling, this one managed to seem fresh and unexpected. This scene opens the door for so many questions because, as much as the bombed house contained lots of zombies, there also were lots of humans there. It makes fun at the entire reason why humans would be fighting the undead if it’ll cause them to be their own undoing.

    There you have the two shocking factors of this episode. I enjoyed this episode so much that I promise to review the season finale.

    iZombie returns next Tuesday on The CW.

    Rinzy Reviews: John Wick: Chapter 2

    Remember how I ended the review for John Wick and said he rode into the sunset? Well, the second installment in this franchise proved me wrong. The first part was such a success that a sequel has been released, and another on the way.

    The second installment (rightly titled, Chapter 2) adds more flesh to the mythology of John Wick

    John thought he was free to go back to his hiding spot, but he thought wrong. Italian crime lord, Santino D’Antonio, comes to him demanded the payment of a Marker owed him. It’s revealed that when John set out to retire and marry Helen, Santino’s help made the impossible task possible after John swore to a Marker. A Marker is an oath tied by blood to a medallion. John refused, claiming he was out. Hurt, Santino responded by blowing up John’s house.

     

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    Common as Cassien

    John goes to visit Winston at the Continental Ground in New York for advice. Winston says something very important. He claimed there are two unbreakable laws:

    • No killing on continental grounds
    • All markers must be honoured

    He adviced John honours the Marker and execute whatever revenge fantasy he has for Santino later. John agrees.

    D’Antonio’s request’s for John to kill his sister, Gianna D’Antonio so that he can claim her seat at the High Table, a council of high level crime lords. By the time John meets up with Gianna in Rome it is revealed they’re acquaintances. He let’s her take her life before putting a bullet in her head. He incurs the wrath of Gianna’s bodyguard, Cassian, who pursues him to up lengths until they crash into another Continental Ground. Santino betrayed John by sending his goons on him once the Marker was completed. Worse was the bounty of $7m put on John’s head by Santino under the guide of avenging his sister. All the assassins that came for him including Cassien are unsuccessful.

    John makes an alliance with the Bowery King, which gives us a reunion between Keanu Reeves and Lawrence Fisburn (Matrix duo).

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    Lawrence Fishborne as The Bowrey King

    Santino evades John long enough to seek shelter at Winston’s Continental Ground. Santino taunts John with a possible fact that he could stay at the hotel for as long as their indefinite menu runs. John shoots him point blank and drops his gun on the table, replying Winston’s question with, “I’m done.”

    For breaking one of the unbreakable rules, Winston punishes John (painfully) by excommunucating him. For old time sake, he gives him an hour headstart before signalling every assassin of the underworld to go after him. John responds, “I’ll kill them all.”

    Rinzy Reviews: John Wick

    Movie producers realize when they have a hit at hand, and most times they don’t know. John Wick is one of those times they didn’t. A sleeper hit in its own right… John has done well for himself. Starring many power houses in its cast such as lead, Keanu Reeves, and veteran, Ian McShane helped the execution of this usual story in an unusual way. Yes, I said usual story; a man going to great lengths to avenge a wrong done against him is something we see almost everyday, but if the reason for his anger is the death of a dog and robbery of his car then something is off. In the course of his mission, John does kill lots of people, this is worrisome looking at it with the eyes of realism, but in terms of action, it does make an entertaining watch.

    OK! Let’s get started. Who is John Wick?

    John Wick is introduced to us as a retired member of an Order of Assassins who follow specific set of rules, two of which are:

    • An eye for an eye
    • No killing on the premises of various hotels around the world regarded as continental grounds.

    The first of this rule drives the story-line of this movie. John’s late wife set him a posthumous gift, a puppy. The stupid son of a Russian gangster breaks into John’s home, kills his puppy, and robs his car because John refused earlier in the day to sell it to him when they met at a fuel-station.

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    Ian McShane as Mr. Winston

    John, feeling he has been robbed of the last part of his wife goes after Losef Tarasov (the son of the Russian boss). John meets up with Viggo Tarasov (the Russian boss) and states the first rule to him. Obviously, this confrontation doesn’t go well and as expected lots of shoot-outs up until Viggo has no choice but to choose between himself and his son. I don’t know if it’s to show he understand the laws or just cowardice to stand up for his son, I had a problem with it.

    John succeeded in killing Josef, which naturally further angered Viggo who in retaliation killed Marcus (another Assasin who betrayed him to help John. Played by William Dafoe). Marcus’ death angered John who was on his way out of the city to return for Viggo.

    At this point I must introduce McShane’s character, Winston. Winston acts a mentor to John, and runs one of the Continental Grounds. As a father figure, Winston helps keep John in check as well as offer small tips to stay in the loophole of the laws of their profession. One of the ways was killing a female assassin who worked with Viggo for breaking rule number 2. He also gave John hints on where to find an escaping Viggo. John found and killed Viggo.
    At the end of the movie, John got another dog and rode off into the sunset to continue with his retirement having avenged his late wife’s memory.

    John Wick is a very interesting movie, one deserving of the accolades it’s got.

    Watch out for RR’s review of John Wick 2 tomorrow.

    Rinzy Reviews: The Boss Baby

    Release Date: March 31, 2017.

    Production company: Dream-Works Animation

    Duration:97 mins

    Budget: $125m

    Box-Office: $486.8m

    Starring: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi,  Tobey McGuire, etc.

    Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

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    Few babies can lay claim to what the titular star of this movie has done.

    I dont know how right i am valling The Boss Baby an original idea. Based on a 2010 book of the same name, this movie achieves what it sets out to, i.e. to entertain.

    The movie follows the plot of a baby who’s a secret agent in the secret war between babies and puppies.

    A certain manufacturer of a fast selling puppy brand hope to make the perfect puppy that people give up in having babies for them. Talking about having babies, this movie makes us understand according to its Genesis 1:1 that, babies come from the sky, more appropriately, a place called Baby Corp. The main competition for this place that mirrors Heaven, is the earthly base of operation for Puppy co. The powers that be at Baby Corp send, The Boss Baby to investigate if Puppy co now has the secret to completing its task, but it actually is his visit that grants them the number one thing they want.

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    The Boss Baby and his older brother, Alex.

    All the twists and turns brings The Boss Baby and his big brother closer, so much that by the time the adventure ended,The Boss Baby was so unfulfilled that he gave up his life of management upstairs for a life with Alex, his brother on earth. Hope you now get my initial joke about heaven and earth?

    The Boss Baby was an interesting watch. You should get good number of laughs warching this.

    TV Review: The Originals (S4E12)

    I’ll start this review with the announcement that, Freya and Keel in finally did the deed.

    And… I give this episode a B+

    Still reeling from the events of the last episode, The Mikesons all feel relaxed and happy with the belief that they’ve defeated The Hollow (unknown to them its in their hope and salvation). Something happened in the first ten minutes of this episode that is common with most broadcast shows, Hope did something off that someone in the person of her mother realized but didn’t take serious. This is a common occurrence and for a show based on the supernatural, every detail should count.

    Anyways, it doesn’t take long for the quiet to fade. Sofia (Marcel’s gf) wakes up, and tells Marcel what he doesn’t want to hear. In extension, the whole squads hears about it. Everyone prepares to go deal with the Hollow proper once and for all. Did I mention that Rebecca tried to seduce Marcel just so that her family can remain in New Orleans? She failed woefully. This made me laugh at how much the dynamic of The Originals not been the number one beasts of the world anymore has come to stay.

    So, Vincent thinks it wise to channel Marcel to fully learn the spell Inadu’s mother used to trap her 1500 years ago, 

    Hayley’s particularly smart in this episode, quickly figuring out that The Hollow is in Hope. She and Freya blankly ponder on what to do as neither of them would hurt Hope. 10 points for The Hollow’s ingenuity! At first, I complained of Hayley’s lack of observation, up until this scene where she showed great observatory skill as is necessary between mother and child. Freya casts a spell that knocks Hope out and sends The Hollow’s essence away.

    Back from the land of the dead, Vincent and Sofia think it wise for Klaus to reach into Hope’s head to reassure his daughter to keep fighting The Hollow from the inside until her family can defeat the Big-bad Hollow. This fight from Hope’s angle requires that she not fall asleep else The Hollow wins.

    At the quarters, The Hollow, now in her own skin successfully puts every of the Bads down. Technically, this was all a distraction for Vincent to trap her and send her into her cage (the book) using her mother’s spell. Vincent failed. Hope disappeared from her father’s presence, The Hollow also from her confrontation with Vincent. Hope wakes up as The Hollow and the first thing she does is burn her book, the one that gave Vincent ideas on how to defeat her, after which she heads to the church to address her waiting disciples.

    Klaus gives a heartwarming speech of how the family can’t give up until they save his heart and soul, Hope. Vincent takes away whatever inkling of family they have left by saying he has an idea but it will be the end of their greatest pledge to each other – Always and Forever.

    I think this was a wonderful penultimate episode. Next week’s finale looks to be explosive: I can’t wait to see what Vincent fully meant by his closing remark.

    The Originals returns for its 4th season finale next Friday on The CW.

    Movie Trailer: Flatliners

    As a big fan of Nina Dobrev from her work on The Vampire Diaries, I was so excited to see a trailer on YouTube bearing her name. Flatliners is a must watch for me, and I think you’ll love it too. Asides the excitement of having Nina on it, it bears credence to two genres I truly love: SciFi and Horror. Keep a date with it, September 2017.

    Click here to watch the trailer.

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