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So far this season: The Flash

Fresh, and just premiering on Rinzy Reviews is ‘so far this season.’This is a platform where the current season of various TV shows will be analysed to know how well they’re doing with the viewers.

Today we’ll be discussing the third season of The Flash. Currently in its 14th episode, The Flash has been a mixture of lackluster and thorough-mundane.

Unlike the first two seasons where team Flash has had to fight a masked speedster and struggle to identify who’s behind the mask, they opted for another route of story-telling, and it isn’t working.

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The thrill viewers once felt watching episode week after week piecing clues left on the trail to deciphering who the Reverse Flash (S1) and Zoom (S2) was, that’s what made those seasons very enjoyable. This present season, what we have is a robotic/alien villain in the form of Savitar, who’s CGI is extremely unpleasant to the eye. Alchemy who was the first thrill of the season was quickly unmasked as a means of bringing Julian into the fold (Julian, who in my opinion isn’t needed on team Flash). All we have to look forward to this season is Barry trying hard to avert Iris’ death and Caitlin not going full-blown Killer Frost. (Not good!)

Recently in bad memory is the ‘Attack on Gorilla City’ two-part story, the CGI was horrible, and the story unnecessary; we get people loved Grodd in his little appearances in the seasons before now, but bringing him full fledged in a two episode story when The CW’s budget isn’t worthy enough to handle is a no no!

I think the problem this season started when the producers opted to have a taste of the flashpoint paradox storyline but couldn’t handle it effectively, and everything since then (including Iris and Barry’s love story) has been a bad taste of a meal that’s lost its scent while still cooking.

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The Flash airs on The CW, Tuesdays by 8pm.

TV Review: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. S04 E15

Instead of one simple story, AoS this season decided to go with a story spread over three pods (portions). It started with the introduction of the Ghostrider and the Darkholme, then the Life Model Decoys (LMDs), and now into the final pod, the Framework. This strategy has worked very well as AoS is at its strongest in terms of storytelling since its premiere in 2013; I like particularly how well the story-line has been progressive in terms of direction.

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The episode picked up almost the same place it left last week, Jemma and Fitz realize all their friends just returned from the battle at The Superiors submarine have been replaced by LMDs; as expected, they panic, and have to keep up the front to avoid exposing the only card they have – that they are in the know. AoS brought out thorough acting, one of the best of  Iain De Caestecker (Fitz) and Elizabeth Hendridge (Jemma Simmons), who were extremely wonderful in their interaction in this episode, and here’s why.

Between Fitz and Jemma, one’s a Life Model Decoy (LMD).

It took me a while to figure out whom. I know this praise should go to the Writers and Director who beautifully shielded this information within the whole accusation thing, but these actors brought the action to life, and it was very believable. Whoever has been following Fitz and Jemma’s love story since season 1 understands perfectly how much these duo love themselves.

Jemima and Daisy had to work together to evade the LMDs to get to safe grounds with a few other agents they were able to convince about what was really going on.

LMD-May was also brought back into commission this episode. Her programming had made her more human-like, softer than the real May, but I came to love her in this episode as well. LMD-May sacrificed herself to destroy LMD-Coulson so that Daisy and her team could escape from LMD-Fitz and LMD-Mace. Once in safe grounds, Daisy and Jemima with the help of Agent YoYo plugged themselves into Aida’s framework, yo go save their friends.

Talking about Aida, she killed her creator, Dr. Radcliffe, because her topmost priority to protect the Framework supersedes the need to protect his life, as he’s the greatest threat to the Framework. She plugged his dying body into the framework to preserve his consciousness.

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Inside the Framework we got a glimpse the many changes to the world we’ve grown accustomed to; Daisy is in a relationship with Grant Ward, May is at the Treskelion headed by Hydra, Jemma is supposedly dead, Fitz is a rich mogul, amongst other changes we don’t yet know about. With this new world AoS has built, it has the ability to tell any story with practically any character, living or dead, even with characters from the larger MCU.

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AoS returns in six weeks time, with an all  new action-packed episode, and answers to all our burning questions.

Let me know what you think in the comment box.

TV Review: TVD S08 E14

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Guess who’s back?

The myth, the legend. The baddest bitch of all, she’s back. Can you try? I am excited already.

TVD S05 E15 saw us saw goodbye to a fan favorite character, and now she’s back to wreck havoc on the citizens of Mystic Falls for the remaining two episodes of the series. My beloved Katerina Petrova a.k.a. Katherine Pierce is back. Remember my article on TVD’s Hell? Click here to read it again.

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How did we get here?

Remember the weapon Damon spoke of that could actually kill the Devil? It actually worked. They killed the Devil. More appropriately, Stefan stabbed the Devil in the heart and he exploded in flames.

Cade had wanted Damon to choose between Stefan and Elena, whom he’d prefer to save. This scenario’s one I’ve always wondered what would happen should the day ever come. Everyone knows Damon loves Elena, and that he also loves his brother. It gave me chills when Damon preferred to kill himself than either of them, shows how much Damon has come as a character – from selfish to selfless.

When it was time claim his soul, Cade had to battle it out with Bonnie who wasn’t ready to say goodbye to her best friend. Truth be told, Bonnie would have lost that fight had Stefan not stepped in to Stab Cade to death. The psychic blast from Cade’s death jumped Damon’s soul back into his body.

Now, Kai had told the crew that killing Cade was going to destroy Hell with him, and that was something the team was willing to do… sacrifice all the souls there just to get rid of Cade and his claim of their loved ones souls (Stefan and Damon.) It happened Kai lied (typical Kai); killing Cade let the next in line in the hierarchy of evil to ever walk the face of the earth but now occupying Hell – Katherine – to take over, and as Kai said, she’s coming to take her revenge on them for what they did to her. PS: Kai got locked up for trying to kill Josie and Lizzie (Alaric’s daughters).

By my calculations, Katherine has been gone for 6 years (3 years between season 5 to 8, and the 3 years time jump the show made); to be next in line after Cade to a place as horrible as Hell solidifies Katherine as indeed one of the greatest villains to ever grace the TVD world. Cade has been an immortal and ruling Hell since 4,000 B.C, Katherine had a lifespan of 500+ years, and a death-span of only 6 years, I’ll say she’s done well for herself.

What does Katherine’s return mean for the living?

With only 2 episodes to go, and Elena expected in the next episode (E15), Katherine doesn’t really have much time to cause mayhem, but I am certain she’ll make her mark be felt. Stefan’s about to get married to Caroline (E15 judging by the promo), I don’t think Katherine being Katherine would let that happen since Stefan is the love of her life, a feeling jot reciprocated. Elena is billed to return and if there’s something TVD had thought us it is how much Katherine hates her doppelganger for cheating her off everything good in life, so Katherine should have fun for a little while trying to mess up Elena’s life.

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I don’t think Katherine will have a happily ever after story like Elena is expected to, something tells me she won’t be on Earth for long; so it’s either she remains the Queen-B of Hell, only momentarily coming to cause havoc on this plain, or she she is sent into the world to freely live life to her terms (least probable), or she is killed again (looks most probable), time will tell how it’ll go. Meanwhile, let me celebrate the return of my number 1 character in TVD land. This final season has been wonderful in terms of fan service and wrapping up the various story-lines, I just hope they do justice to the final episode.

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TVD returns next Friday, March 3rd, 2017 on The CW.

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‘Reign’ is coming to an end

After three seasons (and a fourth currently airing), period political drama, Reign, is coming to end, and I feel sad already.

The 4th season has been announced to be the last for the series.

Though Reign was never been a ratings monster, its ratings were decent enough to carry it on, until the 3rd season: the series suffered greatly by the inevitable loss of lead character, King Francis II of France. The ratings plunged lower than ever before, mostly because of the love viewers had for the actor – Toby Regbo.

What does Reign ending mean for the story?

According to history, Mary still has a lot to accomplish: get married to her cousin, get killed by Elizabeth, etc. How possible is to cram all these into the final season expected to consist of only 16 episodes?

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1. Speed through time.

This is the most logical thing to do. The only problem with this is the news making rounds that Reign’s cancellation came before the shooting of the last sets of episodes. For this reason, I feel the race against time will be rushed, probably haphazardly done.

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2. End on a cliffhanger

With the rush to bring the story to a halt, it most probably would end on a cliffhanger. A cliffhanger is mostly used by producers to bait networks and viewers into wanting more. Most times this bait works, and the clamor (if loud enough) brings the series back for a decent conclusion or continuation, as the case may be.

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It hurts to say goodbye to Reign, over the years I’ve come to love and relate perfectly with the different Queens that make things happen:

Mary, the loving, kind, and compassionate Queen that isn’t content with ruling Scotland simply because she has a claim to England’s throne.

Catherine, the scheming, calculative, and manipulative Queen that’ll to anything to protect those she cares about, her children most of all. And to think Mary and Catherine didn’t used to get along; both characters have come a long way.

Elizabeth, the Queen in desperate need of love and friendship, determined to keep her father’s throne by remaining strong in the eye of those who find a female monarch unworthy.

We can only hope the sendoff is worth it.

 

Reign airs Fridays on The CW. Available for download Saturday morning.

Is Supernatural at its worst this season?

After 11 seasons (currently on its 12th) Supernatural may well be at the end of its game, and experiencing what is known as diminishing returns for a series that has done so well for itself over the last 12 years. We’ve met Angels, Demons, The Darkness, Lucifer, The Leviathans, and even God (Chuck). With an expansive use of mythologies from all works of life, Supernatural has done very well for itself, crafting engaging story-lines, which some might consider blasphemous depending on what he/she believes in. But, our analyses is just to try to justify this question – Is it time for Supernatural to call it quit, to end while the ovation can still stand?

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The ongoing 12th premiered sometime in October, 2016, and hasn’t been able to generate enough buzz. Not to say that the 13 episodes already aired are bad, but most have not been able to rise to critical acclaim level for which Supernatural is well known for, including the mid-season/ winter finale. Two episodes so far to have stood out are, episodes 9 (First Blood) and 12 (Stuck in the middle with you); just 2 out of 13.

 

I believe most of the problem is from The CW President, Mark Pedowitz publicly declaring his love for the series, which coupled with the decent rating the show has always gotten made the Producers of the series decide to keep the series for as long as the lead actors are willing to act. Who wouldn’t love such job security? Not a good thing if you ask me. For a series to work, it must have a definite story to tell, and Supernatural has passed that stage by 7 seasons. A popular belief in the world of TV, is that Eric Kripe (the man who created Supernatural) only wanted 5 seasons to tell his story, and when The CW Network wanted to continue, he stepped away. Those of us who have been with Supernatural from the beginning will remember season 5 as the season where the boys battled Lucifer himself. The season finale felt like what would have made a great series finale, but seven years later what do we have?

Supernatural has been a shadow of itself for a while now, but this season has been a No! No! It’s been Supernatural at its worst, story-wise.

 

The mess Supernatural is in now began with the way the 11th season was handled. For years many waited for the introduction of the character, God. He was introduced alright, but was so underutilized it would have been better to let sleeping dogs lie. I expected the 11th season to be the final season because, which characters could match up to God vs The Darkness? But, the story went south and Supernatural is left scrambling,searching for a way out.

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Enter the British Men of Letters – So far, this organization still shrouded in the mystery of what they truly want is the best Supernatural has got to offer. I do not find them compelling a bit. Each screen time they get tends to upset me more than the last. How am I to connect with whatever they’re supposed to be to Team Winchester if I can’t yet stand 60 secs with them?

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Enter Lucifer – As a character, Lucifer has been misused, bastardized; so much that even the face of his most popular vessel, Mark Pellegrino, cannot seem to save the character from being stale now. After he and God made peace last season, I was very surprised to see him acting as a villain this season, but then I remembered… the show must go on.

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Enter Mama Winchester – Mary was brought back to life by The Darkness as a parting gift to Dean at the end of the 11th season. In my opinion, the character is still trying to find her feet, and hasn’t really added much to the season in terms of story-telling other than make her boys (especially Dean) emotional.Let’s see how it goes. I’m holding out a  flame of hope because of the events of the 9th episode, when Billy the Reaper warned that if a Winchester doesn’t die by midnight they’d be consequences on a global scale because of the deal Sam and Dean had with her. She was killed by Castiel, and I felt a tingly feel of hope that something interesting might just be headed to Supernatural; only time will tell.

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Crowley and Castiel who used to be one of the fun things to watch on this show, have been extremely underutilized in recent times.

Although it is too early to we at RR can only hope it gets better.

 

Supernatural airs Wednesday on The CW. Available for download Thursday mornings.

 

 

Iron Fist is coming.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is at it again. The Netflix corner of the MCU has been heating up since the release of the first season of Daredevil in 2015. This continued with the release of Jessica Jones later that same year, followed by the second season of Daredevil in 2016, and Luke Cage the same year. Now, we are almost at the end of the road, the last character to be introduced in his own eponymous show, before the mini Avengers-styled TV Show titled – The Defenders slated for a release later this year. The Defenders will include Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and characters from all their respective shows.

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L to R: Luke Cage, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist

The second trailer for Iron Fist was release about a week ago, giving us a more detailed look at this new Marvel series. At this point, everyone has so much confidence in Marvel, because all their productions have been wonderful.

Click here to watch Iron Fist’s trailer.

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Things the trailer told us:

1. Meet Danny Rand

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With a backstory similar to that of DC’s Green Arrow – rich boy turned vigilante, Iron Fist starts out the same way most superheroes do nowadays.
Danny Rand has returned to his city and father’s company, Rand Industries, after being supposedly believed dead after a plane crash that claimed his parent’s life. Danny had been fortunate to survive, and had learnt martial arts from the greatest masters in the cold region of K’un-L’un, “City of the Immortals” situated between cold mountains.
2. There is magic.

Everyone conversant with the magic knows that Danny learnt to harness the Chi that flows within him, concentrating it on his fist (hence the name, Iron Fist) to dish out punches with devastating effects.
3. Claire Temple

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I for one have gotten tired of seeing MCU’s favorite Nurse in every Marvel/Netflix show. Fortunately or unfortunately, she’s in this one also. First introduced as a love interest in the first season of Daredevil, Claire appeared in Luke Cage, featuring as his love interest, your guess is as good as mine what she’ll be doing again in this installment. Ha ha!!
4. Destruction!

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We love to see things blow up, we love to see things scatter, the trailer contained just enough to keep us invested in showing up for the series premiere come Mar. 17. Danny kicks a lot of asses with his bad ass martial arts skills, and blows up a lot of structures with his Iron Fist.

5. A Side-kick.

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In the person of Colleen Wing. She’s a supporting character with badass martial arts skills. He cage fight sequence in the trailer were awesome and I can’t wait to see her in full action.

 

Iron Fist looks promising enough for me to anticipate binge watching it. Marvel has had success with three of the three eponymous shows they currently have on Netflix, Iron Fist seems poised to toe and possibly best that line.
Iron Fist comes out on Mar. 17, on Netflix.

 

Rinzy Reviews: TVD’s Hell

In this week’s episode of TVD (s08 E12)  we were surprised with the return of one of TVD’s most brutal villain, but strangely, also one of its most loved character – Malachi Parker a.k.a. Kai, the man who killed his younger brother in a duel, his twin sister on her wedding night, the rest of his family, put a young woman under a permanent sleeping curse, and many other unmentionable atrocities. Yes, that guy is back.

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At the last moments of the episode, when Damon showed Alaric the weapon he believes can kill Cade, Kai surfaced, saying, Yea… sorry to interrupt, but what if I told you I have a better idea. As though that’ll make

With four episodes before we say our final goodbyes, TVD is really taking risks like never before, and this has reignited our interests, and caused us to be on edge a little. The last time we saw Kai was in season 6 finale, he put Elena in a sleeping curse, tying her life to Bonnie’s; this act causes him to lose his head at the hand of Damon.

How is Kai back… and what does it hold for the rest of the season?

Hell, Rinzy thinks. Kai is back because he slipped through the cracks between Hell and Mystic Falls. Remember when Matt rang the Maxwell’s bell eleven out of twelve time? If Cade could use it to have a strong foothold on this earth, why can’t one of his prisoners also slip through.

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If it could work for Cade, it could also work for other characters… is anyone currently thinking about Katerina Petrova a.k.a. Katherine Pierce.

Or, it could be the door Bonnie herself opened. Enzo’s death caused Bonnie so much pain that she experienced a form of magical surge. Most of us wished it was her magic returned, but as we later found out, it was her door to hell she opened; it could be possible this was Kai’s passage back to the land of the living.

Way back in season 5 episode 15, TVD’s producers teased the idea of Hell when Katherine died but her soul couldn’t move to the other side, but was swallowed into darkness. Bonnie pronounced then that Katherine had gone to Hell because of her many evil deeds. We didn’t understand what it meant then, but now, having met Cade, the Sirens, and the almost surprising return of Kai, we know fully well that Katherine making a grand reappearance is almost inevitable.

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This also raises another question… How many evil characters from the TVD universe are in Hell?

Truly, there are a few characters in TVD that have been so evil that they certainly deserve a spot in Hell… Markos (The s5 leader of the Travelers), Atticus Shane (The s4 Professor that wanted to raise Silas), Silas (The s5 immortal, the first of Stefan’s doppelganger), Dr. Wes Maxfield (The s5 crazy Vampire-experimenting Doctor) … etc. Though it wouldn’t make sense story-wise to introduce any of them at this point , especially with only four episodes to go, it’ll be nice if the Producers at least name drop those currently flaming the fires of Hell.

 

So, what do you think about Kai’s return, Katherine’s almost-certain return, and the fact that Kai wants to join forces with Alaric (the man he killed his wife on his wedding night) and Damon (the man he put the love of his life in a magical coma) to defeat the Devil (the one who’s probably been torturing him). Comments are highly appreciated.

Whatever theories we have would be disapproved or approved come Friday, 17/02/2017, when TVD returns for episode 13.

Comments are highly appreciated!!!