TV Review: Arrow (S05 E17)

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Oliver Queen has failed this city!

Let me reiterate an already established point – Prometheus is a worthy villain for the Green Arrow. His addition to the series has really caused things to be on edge.

This episode saw the return of one familiar face and another not seen in a while. Malcom Merlyn appeared in the flashbacks, and Evelyn Sharp in present time.

Picking up from where the last episode left, Adrian Chase has Oliver in custody, and unapologetically tortures him into confessing – at first, this seemed strange, because I wondered what confession he wanted to hear.

In flashbacks, Oliver killed his current nemesis, and nearly crossed paths with Malcolm, who was in Russia doing business.

Back in the present, Adrian baits Oliver into confessing else he kills Evelyn who’s been missing in action for a while now. Adrian did snap her neck which turned out to be a ruse, but Oliver had already been broken, and let out the shocking confession Adrian wanted to hear – Apparently, Oliver killed people before because he liked it.  Haha!

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Adrian Chase on Arrow.

Adrian did let Oliver go as promised, but not after burning off the Bratva tattoo on his chest.

This season has continued on its promise to keep delivering intriguing episodes again and again. Time will tell how Arrow regains his dignity.

Arrow airs Wednesdays on The CW.

Feud’s feud is phenomenal

When FX’s new anthology serial by Ryan Murphy was announced to be about historical feuds between people of some sort of importance, I wondered how such was going to work, but for the fact Ryan Murphy whose works on anthologies – America Horror Story and America Crime Story – argued he could do no wrong, I became interested in watching. I want to say that after 3 episodes I’ve become invested enough to want to see how the 8 episode story will wrap.

Hatred is a powerful tool, Joan and Bette don’t have any shortage of. The hatred is extremely convincing. The complicate feeling of admiration and constant jealousy is obvious and well defined that it gets me wondering how these women actually were in real life.

For those not watching yet, RR recommends Feud – a picture were hatred, anger, and jealousy gets center stage in all of its feminine glory. Ryan Murphy can do no wrong… he’s a production god, and that speaks so much about his choice of cast and crew.

Feud airs on FX, Sundays.

TV Review: Into The Badlands (S02 E01)

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Six months have passed since we left the Badlands.

Into the Badlands is back! After more than a year away, AMC’s hit is back for a 10 episode story. Last time we left this world, Sunny (our favorite Clipper) was expecting his first child and leaving the Badlands, the was Baron dead, and chaos everywhere. In this episode, we’re shown just how much things can go wrong within 6 months.

Sunny is somewhere outside the Badlands and is a property of a wealthy merchant who forces all his subjects to mine for him. For whatever reason, Sunny tries to escape but doesn’t go full Clipper-mode that we all know he can, and is captured again. We are made to understand he’s been separated from the love of his life for a while. His attempts to escape and be reunited with her is further frustrated when one man who recognized him as a Clipper from the Badlands, ousts him, and reports to the Merchant.

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Sunny in captive.

In the Badlands, in the wake of Baron Quinn’s son, his incompetent son have taken over as Baron, and is already making bad leadership choices. For whatever reason that he could keep The Widow’s oil refinery to himself, he’s quickly proven wrong, and his fragile wife spared by the second to deliver a message to him, should he try to take back the refinery, there will be more bloodshed, and most of which would be his. At this point, I’ already in love with Widow – she’s awesome, and her daughter is just as awesome as she is.

M.K. is somewhere in training with other kids with special abilities. M.K.’s storyline in this premiere gave me the vibes of Iron Fist all over again (martial arts and all.)

The episode left us with one big reveal – Baron Quinn is not just alive, but is the one taking care of Sunny’s woman and new born. Things are about to get further complicated – This is the Badlands, and no one is innocent here.

Into the Badlands airs Sundays on AMC.

 

TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (S02 E15)

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has come a long way this season, especially after a not so wonderful first season.

The penultimate S02 E15 touched on a lot of topics – religion, friendship, trust, etc. – which have been central to the series, further exploring character and plot growth that has been instrumental to this season’s success.

The Legion of Doom roaster saw an expansion in this episode, with Leonard Snart (Captain Cold) returning come back, and Mick Rory (Heat Wave) banding with his best friend in joking ranks with Eobard Thawne, Damien Dahrk, and Malcolm Merlyn. In a series that deals with time-travel no one stays dead for long; Snart’s return wasn’t a shocker, so also Rory’s alliance swap.

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Heat Wave and Captain Cold.

Everyone of the villains have had one reason or the other for wanting to rewrite destiny, the original trio being well defined and understandable; Mick claimed to have something he also wanted to change and. I can’t help but think what it is. For Snart, it could be to rewrite his death so that he never becomes a time aberration.

The Legends went on a quest to retrieve the blood of Christ as the only weapon that can destroy the spear, but they lost it. Defeated on both grounds, I wonder how they’ll be prepared to defeat the Legion of Doom, especially as the episode ended with then rewriting destiny.

With only one episode to go, I wonder how the season will end. The season has been extremely entertaining, and I hope they end it right. Something tells me, Mick might die: might be the only logical thing to do since Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Millar might have a career once again in Prison Break.

LoT’s season finale airs next Tuesday on The CW.

RR Recommended: Prison Break

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Original air date: 2005 – 2009

Seasons: 4 (81 episodes)

Episode duration: 42 mins

Network: Fox

Cast: Wentworth Millar, Dominic Purcell, Wade Williams, Robin Tunney, etc.

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For those who didn’t watch the hit TV series – Prison Break when it was the only thing to watch (I included), here’s the opportunity to do so. Over the last week I’ve been binge-watching Prison Break with each opportunity I can afford to, and here are reasons why you should.

1. It is an evergreen show

Few shows stand the test of time, and Prison Break is one of such which has proven itself. With a production quality that can rival most series of this time, after 12 years of its pilot’s original air it is still the in-thing.

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2. It has captivating characters and wonderful actors.

The characters are simply wonderful, from Michael Scofield, T-bag, the shady DSS agents, everyone is beautiful written and powerfully executed by wonderful actors.

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Prison Break season one main cast.

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3. All the episodes are available for download or streaming.

For those who like to binge-watch, Prison Break has all its episodes available for your viewing glory.

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4. It is interesting.

So far, I haven’t had a dull moment, every episode just pulls you further in as you watch.

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5. A sequel is airing this year.

If you’re the type that likes to follow up on shoes are episodes are released, Prison Break is returning for a 5th season, continuing the story-line from where it left of in 2009. Most of the principal casts are returning.

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Prison Break returns April 4, 2017.

 

So Far This Season: 24: Legacy

In the year 2001, a TV series that redefined the meaning of action thriller premiered on Fox. That TV series went on 9 seasons; that TV series was, 24. Now, that series is back, though with a new cast it is continuing the legacy and it is rightly titled 24: Legacy.

Eric Carter is our hero; definitely not Jack Bauer but he’ll do; I particularly like his background story – an ex Army Ranger who has returned to America, and the trouble that follows him back, compelling him to ask Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) to save his life, and potentially stopping the largest terrorist attacks on American soil (Wikipedia). Not bad if you ask me.

The action doesn’t take long to start, bringing the thrills of the original 24 back to long time fans. Though many might see the casting of lead, Eric Carter (played by Corey Hawkins) a big deviation from Keifer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, his performance so far has been superb; he was able to grab my attention from the first half of the premiere episode(s).

Story so far:

Eric Carter served his country by leading a team of men against a terrorist group, killing the leader, Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, in the process. Now living under a new identity with his wife Nicole he receives a call from one of his teammates, Ben Grimes, who informs him that Bin-Khalid’s people have killed the other four of their teammates, leaving both of them as the remaining survivors. This begins the story for another long day in TV story-telling. With each episode occurring over one hour of real time, 24: Legacy follows in the steps of its predecessor (24).

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Eric Carter and Ben Grimes.

Rebecca Ingram (played by Miranda Otto) – the leader of the CTU as at when Eric and his team were in service is naturally the only person he trusts. The problem now is that she’s no longer i charge, and has no security clearance for the kind of operation the situation at hand requires. Rebecca’s husband, John Donovan, is a Senator of the USA, a presidential aspirant, a good man at heart who’s political aspiration’s caught up in the shenanigans of threats of terrorism, so far to the point that his father was the one who leaked the new identities of the late soldiers to the enemy so he could win the election. Rebecca, not able to stand the lies of her father-in-law (Henry Donovan) arranges for him to be hijacked and the truth flushed out of him one way or the other; this act’s sure to put a strain in her already strained marriage.

We also have the Carters… Eric, his brother Issac, and his wife Nicole… It doesn’t take long to figure out there’s something of a love triangle between them. Sometime in an unspecified past, Eric stole Nicole from Issac; worse is the fact that after all these while Nicole still has feelings for him. Eric charged Issac with keeping Nicole safe before he went on his self-sent mission of saving America, of which Issac’s been doing a horrible job.

The main villain of the story, Jadalla Bin-Khalid, the son of the late Bin-Khalid hasn’t really impressed up till this point; save for the time he shot one of his father’s most trusted henchman in the forehead at close range, he hasn’t really been an interesting villain to watch. Yes, he’s the leader of all the terrorist acts we’ve witnessed so far, he still has a long way to go before cementing his name as a villain we love to hate.

The trio villain – Amira, Harris, and Khasan – have been delight to watch; though their end was tragic, it did have its up side till the very end. Amira and Khasan are siblings of the Islamic faith – they’re one of the fifteen sleeper cells waiting for Jadalla’s activation all over The United States of America. Harris is a high school Chemistry teacher in a relationship with Amira. The siblings’ father disapproves of their actions but Amira is too in love with her brother that she sacrifices a good boy looking after her wellbeing, her father’s love, and her life to continue with their mission. Harris killed Khasan for the love of Amira, Amira killed Harris for the love of Khasan, and killed herself also for the love of Khasan. Haha!
The time as at episode 7 where this review stops is 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m., we’re heading to night time, and with 5 episodes to go the story is about to get more interesting.

24: Legacy airs Mondays on Fox.

Rinzy Reviews: Into The Badlands s1

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In commemoration of the season 2 premiere of martial arts series – Into the Badlands – RR brings you a short review of what went on in the first season.

Sunny – the main protagonist, is martial arts expert who goes on a wild journey with a young boy (M.K.) who holds a dark energy inside of him. Together they battle various forces of evil in the badlands – The Barons, Widow and co. etc.

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Sunny in action.

The bulk of the story-line though confusing at first make better sense on re-watch.

Into the Badlands’success stems from its novel approach to the old idea of martial art in movies. The post-apocalyptic feel of the Badlands mixed with blends of modern day tech, though not unique still makes it interesting to watch the show. Sunny’s martial art skills are particularly worthy to note, and worth the long wait to the season 2 premiere.

Into The Badlands airs Sundays on AMC.