Once Upon a Time: Moving Forward.

In all honesty the quality of ABC’s hit fantasy show based on popular Disney characters, Once Upon a Time has waned over time. In its earlier seasons (specifically, 1 – 4) it was a real delight to watch, and somewhere within season 5 it started to become a bore. Season 6 was mostly boring.

So, what went wrong? How does a series with fantastical elements suddenly become boring? We’re going to discuss some reasons we feel caused it, and how hopeful we are that moving forward with its plan of soft reboot the series can find its feet again.

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1. THE LOVE STORY

A large percentage of the public happen to enjoy love even in the most fantastical of stories. Do not get me wrong before I even land; I understand OUAT is built on the foundation that love is the greatest magic there is (recall season one’s finale). But, as at then love was used for specific purpose. Now, love is everywhere: if it isn’t Snow an Charming, it is Emma and Hook, Henry and Violet, Rumple and Belle, Regina and Robin, or even Aladdin and Jasmine. All these pair ups make the story look like child’s play. I do hope it’s something that’ll be taken into consideration as the series reboots itself. Enough with the excessive pairing.

2. MAKE THEM EVIL AGAIN

Yes! Wicked is sweet, but evil is greater. This is OUAT, as established in the series’ lore, there’s no light without darkness and as such every hero must have a worthy villain, and none has proven more worthy than the deadly duo, Regina aka The Evil Queen and Rumpelstiltskin; these two are a delight to watch in their evil ways. As the series progressed Regina and Rumpel kept getting closer and closer to the light and doing what is right, which in my opinion damaged their characterizations even though it helped the humanity of their characters.  Part of what made the series epic in the first place was the unpredictability of both as wonderfully played by both actors, Lana Parilla and Robert Carlye respectively. So, bring back the evil producers… we want it!

3. A WORTHY VILLAIN

If you paid attention you’d realize I meant in the point above, Regina and Rumpel remain as recurring villains, that would leave room for a worthy villain of the season. This would be an informed choice as whoever gets to be the hero of the season would have his/her hands filled. The villain would have to go to the land of villainy and learn what made all the ones before him/her awesome. I recommend visiting the universe of Arrow to learn from Prometheus). Haha!

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Regina and Rumpel

4. A TIGHTER STORY

This doesn’t always work, but more often than not it makes things better. If the idea of 22 episodes for a season has become more of a curse than blessing in terms of story telling, the season can be pruned, fillers reduced to the barest minimum and a more captivating story told.

5. EMMA SWAN. NO!

This is a personal opinion. I couldn’t have felt happier the day I saw the news that Actress, Jenifer Morrison was leaving OUAT. I felt the series would get better. The day I saw the news that the show was going for a soft reboot instead of a sequel season, I knew the savior has arrived for the ABC’s hit TV show (pun intended). I don’t really know if my pseudo-dislike for Emma is as a result of her characterization or the actress. I watched Jenifer in How I Met Your Mother and I loved her there; so… Be thou as it may, I feel keeping Emma’s appearance to the barest minimum will be in the advantage of this soft reboot.

What do you think about my list? Let me hear what you think in the comment box below.

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Family tree in OUAT
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Rinzy Reviews: The Exorcist (s1)

Original network: Fox

Episodes: 10

Starring: Alfonso Herarra, Ben Daniels, etc.

Rinzy’s Ratings: 3.5/5

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The Exorcist TV show is a sequel of the 1978 movie. It is well told, extremely captivating and entertaining in a neat horrific manner.

The story follows a young Reverend of a local parish, Father Thomas banding with a rebellious yet resilient Father Marcus to deliver a young girl possessed heavily by a demonic spirit.

Father Marcus

I appreciate the manner with which the story proceeded. A well fleshed backstory to guide the lead characters of Thomas and Marcus, their motivations and all. Father Marcus is extrenely flawed, he could very well pass as a thug (should you stumble upon him), but all that is as a result of what he’s been through. Or better put, the exorcism that break him. Nineteen months before the series’ premise, Fr. Marcus carries out an exorcism without permission from the Papacy that led to the death of the possessed boy. The memory of that day taunt him up till now; same memory is what brings Fr. Thomas searching for him.

One family from the numerous in Fr. Thomas’ parish has something interesting happening with them. With a mother (Angela) barely keeping it together, a father recovering from brain injury, a daughter (Kathy) also recovering from an accident she had five months ago, and another daughter (Cassey) who’s bitchy and also possessed by a demon.

Casey’s the vessel the devil chooses to torment the earth with this time. A cheerful girl seeking for whom to befriend. The entire process started with her befriending an imaginary friend, an older man who showered her with love and attention. Even though Fr. Marcus’ expert intuition showed up on time, various actions and inactions causes things to go wrong and everyone out of time. When things got so heated, various secrets start to crawl back to the surface including that the demon after Casey used to be after Angela, her mother. Angela had to leave town and changed her identity after her mother used her experience to write a book for profit. Angela’s personal experience explains why she knew so much at the beginning of the series, why she was so convinced that her daughter was possessed by a demon.

Another interesting thing was that as all the actions were happening in the household of Casey, somewhere in the city of Chicago, a group of demons were killing people and harvesting their organs for a ritual to summon an entity, which turned out to very much be connected to the demon (The Captain) tormenting Casey’s family.

In all honesty, The Exorcist was a decent series, it did well for itself: at least it captivated me from start to finish and got me excited at the prospect of a second season because of loose ends (such as the origin of The Captain and his followers, Father Marcus’ past, Father Thomas’ desecration of his sacred vows, etc.)

The Exorcist returns on FOX sometime in the future.

Rinzy Reviews: 13 Reasons Why

Original Network: Netflix

Release date: Mar. 31, 2017

Episodes Duration: 13 Episodes (49 – 61 mins)

Starring: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4.5/5

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This is the story of Hannah Baker, her suicide, and why she decided to kill herself.

In recent years Netflix has been known for a long of magical contents when it comes to TV programs; 13 Reasons Why is the latest in their long list of awesome series to follow.

Hannah Baker is your average high school girl, glamorous, beautiful, in need of fun. She’s also naive, makes some senseless life choices, the full package of what life in high school can be. The sad thing about this story is that it starts with Hannah Baker dead, the rest of the story revolves round the reasons why she killed herself; or better still the people whose actions are the reasons for which she killed herself.

It’s a whole new perspective to hearing the side of a victim, more so one of intense bully that led to death (by suicide). Hannah’s decision to end her life doesn’t really come as a shocker because that’s the first thing the show throws to our faces, but as the episodes go by and we’re more invested in her life and the rest of Liberty Junior High School, we can’t help but wonder why she’d feel suicide was her best option. I’m forced to believe her mental health was questionable. 13 Reasons Why touched a lot of things that are prevalent and wrong with teenagers: intense bullying in schools, rape, peer pressure, what true friendship means, the concept of teen love, amongst other topics. The character of Clay Jensen is a perfect example of how loving someone but not able to read the signs that something’s intensely wrong. Clay loved Hannah, I could tell from the first episode, but he said nothing for a long time, stringing her along as she become the item of caricature in school because everyone believed her to the new girl who’s easy to get; everyone wanted a share of her. Clay could tell but he did nothing to stop it. More of Clay’s reactions to threats in his immediate environment are in his head, a case of what could be if only he makes a move. But he doesn’t.

Clay Jensen and Hannah Baker

There’s the truckload of friends who in their own different ways let Hannah down – There’s Jessica, Zack, Alex, Justin Foley, and co. Some contributed immersely in sending the fragile girl to an early grave, while for some doing some things a little different could have changed the outcome of things, and for others staying behind doing absolutely nothing sealed Hannah’s fate. A perfect example of the latter is the school’s counseller.
Then there’s another aspect of society the series also touched – How hard involved parties try to salvage their reputation, even if it means spitting on the memory of the deceased. The management of Liberty High hiring a very expensive law firm to represent against Hannah’s grieving mom’s accusation that the school did nothing to prevent her daughter from being broken emotionally. The school shows unapologetically its effort to portray itself as an all round secure space for students even though it’s not all true.

Hannah’s death takes its toll on a lot of people most notably her mother, Clay, and Tony. All have to live knowing that one way or the other they let her down, and that doing something different might just have saved her life. There’s lot of emotional scars on people Hannah leave behind, raised higher by the tapes to haunt then even from the grave, validating the saying that death doesn’t happen to you but to those you leave behind. We watch as Clay loses his sense of living and grasping reality from his make-believe fiction. We also watch as other characters like Tyler and Alex take actions in response to the bullying they also face at Liberty High.

All these talks about bullying and suicide makes High school seem like a scary place, but it’s still a beautiful space to grow. Taking your life isn’t the answer, it solves nothing. Hannah is dead, yes, but the lives of everyone she left behind both those she loved and those that taunted her are all screwed up. Nothing’s going to be the same.

Now that the series has been renewed for a second season we can see how much the other character’s lives are affected. People like Tyler (who’s stockpiling weapons for whatever reason best known to him), Alex (who shot himself in the head).

13 Reasons Why is available on Netflix.

Movie Trailer – Seven Sisters

Have you been following the BBC One series – Orphan Black? If yes, you’d very much love the idea of this new series. Seven sisters is set in what I can rightly call the future where the government have imposed a strict one child policy to help curb overpopulation among other inevitable disasters to still befall man. Naomi Rapace plays identical sisters – seven in number. Willam Dafoe plays their father who decided to keep his precious gifts a secret. He is successful until one day a grown up, Monday (the first of the girls) goes out and doesn’t return. The movie is sure to be explosive (no pun intended), the amount of explosions visible in the trailer seemed pretty much. Action is guaranteed. Seven sister all the day!

No released date has been announced yet. RR will keep you posted.

Click here to watch the trailer.

What is behind Elijah’s Red-door?

I believe it’s safe to say one of the main plots of last night’s episode of The Originals (S4 E10) was the inclusion of Elijah’s infamous Red-door. If you’ve been following the TO/TVD universe since inception you must have heard about this door. The quest to defeat The Hollow aside, our favorite family spent the entirely episode trying to rescue Elijah’s fractured mind inside Freya’s pendant to be able to bring him back to life at a later date. At Hayley’s turn inside Elijah’s head (after Freya’s failed attempt), the Red-door appeared. The version of Elijah in his other memories kept fading away at every point of trying to make contact, but the one of the Red-door remained. This version of Elijah was a monster; the kind of monster Esther explained her son truly was. And Hayley experienced the full terror.

Elijah Mikelson

Behind that door is carnage, death, bloodlust, and destruction. Elijah was indeed a monster. It took the intervention of Hope to break Elijah out of his trance like state. This action sort of corrected his fractured mind, keeping him safe for whenever Freya would be ready to pull him out.
Personally, I’m at a crossroad deciding what to make of the direction TO has taken Elijah as a character this season. It isn’t hard to realize that Klaus and Elijah have sort of swapped places in terms of impulse and response to situations. I understand it’s for the reason to further the overall story-arc of Klaus’ redemption relating to his daughter Hope, but Elijah has always been the heart of the Original family and now watching him delve further into the rabbit hole simply because the writers want a monster to replace Klaus hurts me. I’ve always known Elijah was the greater monster of both Mikelsons but watching it play out hurts.

With three episodes to go for this season it’ll be hard to imagine Elijah will sit out the rest of the action, especially now Kol has involuntarily taken side with The Hollow to save his dear Davina.

The Originals airs Fridays on The CW.