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7 Interesting TV shows you should follow this summer

Hi! It’s summer again! And with it comes that drought period where it’s difficult to decide which TV show to follow. By now fan-favorite shows of broadcast stations such as The Originals, The Flash, Arrow, Empire, etc. are done for the season, this shouldn’t be bad news as there’s still plenty of entertainment to keep you glued to your screens. Rinzy will help you Review which shows you must be following at this moment.

In no particular order they are:


1.Game of Thrones

I know I said in no particular order, but it’ll be unfair of me to give this juggernaut any spot that isn’t number-1. Yes, for those that don’t know, GOT is back – thanks to delay in production due to special requirements for the story-line, GOT premiered this summer. With just one episode gone, this is a good time to follow one show that continues to unite every thrive and tongue.

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2. Power

It pains me to see that most people do not realize the awesomeness that’s this show aired by Starz – same network that brought us Spartacus (Remember?) Currently in its fourth season, Power continues to break new grounds with its unique mode of telling a familiar story about a former drug lord who wants out but is held back by complications in his life. #TeamGhost

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3. Preacher

For a TV show based on a comic book, Preacher is doing well for itself. Personally, I find it very entertaining, which keeps me coming back for more week after week. I see this series getting a third and fourth season, so yo should join the bandwagon.

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4. Orphan Black

Of all the shows on this list this is the only one airing its final season. BBC’s Orphan Black has treated us to five years of unique SciFi; not the type that rubs it in your face, but the kind that carefully drags you in with details. Tatiana Maslaney will make it big in the movie industry, pulling off about 13, 14, or is it 16 different characters with one face (I’ve lost count of the number of clones)

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5. Zoo

It’s not everyday you get to watch shows where animals deserve to get top billing credits (just as humans). Zoo takes us to a world where animals are evolving faster, are better coordinated, and want to eradicate humans before we do same. Currently in its third season, Zoo is still a delight to watch.

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6. Suits

Suits is back! Many (myself included) were skeptic on the fate of the show when Gina Torres (Jessica Pearson) left. Though not one of the fore leading characters, Jessica had that aura that made the very sight of her in any scene appealing. Though she’s no longer here, Suit still lives on our screens to the honor of her memory.

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7. The Strain

This is a wonderful show, and it’s also in its last season. A unique take of vampirism, which I’ve always loved as I’m a big vampire fans (#TVDForever). You need to watch this show now: four seasons isn’t much.

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Do you like my list? Which show deserves to be mentioned here? Talk to me in the comment box below.

TV Review: Game of Thrones (S07 E01 – Dragonstone)

Game of Thrones is back! Winter is finally here! Believe me when I say there’s a lot to be excited for about this season. After a delayed premiere due to a delay in production, GOT returns with a shortened season, and wastes no time picking up where our favorite characters left.


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Arya Stark of Winterfell

Starting the season for us is Arya – still on her murderous rage; shockingly still in Riverrun, as I assumed she’d have long been on her way to someone else on her murderous list. Arya completes her revenge by wiping out the entire Frey clan (those that matter), using Walder Frey’s face and poisoned winu; and dropping two quotes that threaten to become favorites for me:

  • If anyone asks what happened here, tell them the North remembers,
  • And that winter came for the Freys.

It’s a beautiful way to start the season especially since we all know that many more will die. At this point in the show’s existence – the final chapters – where everything is pointing towards the great war between the living and the dead, significant character deaths are almost inevitable.

We also catch up with the North and all things Jon Snow’s intentions to prepare the living for the long winter where the they’ll have to defend themselves against the dead. I noticed the seed of discord down by Littlefinger already germinating: More than once, Sansa tries to undermine Jon’s plans (words used by Jon himself). It’s understandable, the eldest Stark daughter has come a long way, having survived Cersei in King’s landing (an experience she admits caused her to learn a lot from the murderous new queen of the Andals), and sadistic Ramsey – Sansa is arguably the strongest woman in the game, after Cersei of course. (And yes! Sansa’s now a woman).

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Jon Snow and Sansa Stark

A brief trip is also taken to Bran who has arrived Castle Black. Through Bran’s eyes we’re able to see The Night King – the one who’ll end all of life… He sounds like The Keeper from Legend of the Seeker. Talking about the undead, we see their team now has all the giants we used to know, WunWun and his brothers. Things are looking rougher for the land of the living, and so it hurts me whenever I still hear them argue over something as stupid as who sits on the throne.

Mehn! Still so much to talk about.

OK!

Next, is The Hound – Sandor Cleagane. This premier finally transforms him into a protagonist. This is news because, when GOT started in 2011, The Hound was revered in the whole of the kingdom, and by we (the viewers) because we didn’t understand his motivations and scary look. Then he became an anti-hero. I want to announce to y’all that The Hound is now one of the good guys! Hurray! So, how did this happen? Remember last season he ended up with the Brotherhood without Banners? Good. To put Sandor’s questions to rest, the Priest of the Lord of Light decides to introduce Sandor to the power of their Lord in a burning flame – Sandor sees something that’ll definitely be of interest in the near future; he claimed to see the undead at the end of the wall that meets the river. In order words, the hell he saw in the flames caused him to become a believer. Personally, I believe the Lord of Light to be the most powerful god, as only his strength has been shown as significant (no offense to the many faced god).

OK!!! We’re almost there.

Next is Cersei. Sorry, Queen Cersei.

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Queen Cersei Lannister

First of her name – Cersei Lamnister is queen of the Andals and seven (sorry, not more than three) kingdoms. This episode further proves how much of a realist Cersei is. She refuses to mourn To men, claiming that he betrayed her by killing himself. I think it’s because she’s had many years to prepare herself for the loss of her children – between when she heard the prophecy as a young girl and when Joffery died under not-so-questionable circumstances.

Cersei rightly points out that she and her brother, Jamie, the only two Lannisters alive that matter, are surrounded by enemies. This statement was funny as it led to a funnier one where Jaime pointed out that she’s queen of at most three kingdoms and that they’ll need allies being that a mysterious person just wiped out the Freys and their alliance with them. Nice work Arya!

Enter Euron Grey joy – The drunken master of an uncle hell bent on killing his niece and nephew, wants to marry Cersei as his price for helping her out. I find this fascinating because at the end of last season, Euron claimed it was Daenarys he wanted to marry. Hmmm! Cersei unsurprisngly refused his offer as we all know that only Jamie’s **** appeals to her. Euron promises to not stop vying for her affection, or reason, or hand… whatever it is he needs her to consent to his proposal.

And now, the one we’ve been waiting for – Enter Daenarys Stormborn Targayrean.

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Daenarys arrives Dragonstone

Been that the episode was named after the place Dany was born, most would have thought it’d feature her most. Trust GOT to always surprise you. Appropriately, Dany ended the episode on a wonderful suspense note. Her words, ‘shall we begin’ will continue to inspire unrest in viewers around the world until the next episode, next Sunday. Dany and her fleet arrive the magnificence that is Dragon Stone. I really appreciated the beauty of the place, and that every corner seemed to be filled with carvings of dragons… TARGAYREANS! Dany has no time for crafts, as she and her trusted advisors head straight for the war room to strategize for battle. Everyone awaits her, Cersei knows she’s coming, and Jon Snow will soon run coming (soon on this).

Before I end this recap I want to commend Sam Tarly on the important role he’s playing in the war to come, his research at the Citadel filled with creepy Maesters is already bearing fruits. Sam discovered that there’s lots of deposit of Dragon-glass underneath… Dragon-stone. Should his message get to Jon as intended, Dany and Jon would be meeting faster than most of us thought possible. All that’s left is for Bran to announce Jon’s true parentage, and let the real fun begin on dragons’ backs.

GOT returns next Sunday at 9 p.m.

Hollow vs Hope: The inevitable battle

I give it to The Originals: though this season has been a slow-burner it’s been building better towards the inevitable showdown of good vs evil, in this case Hope vs The Hollow. The Hollow has been shown to be a very powerful foe, not yet formidable but very powerful, and as she’s a child there’s only one child in the whole of New Orleans whom we know has the power to match hers – Hope Mikelson. Yes, daddy Klaus will be so proud his daughter would soon be knocking off teeth and chopping heads off.

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Hope Mikelson

The Hollow is deadly but time will tell what other trick she has up her powerful sleeve.

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Sign of The Hollow

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

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.

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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.

TV Recap: Supernatural -S12 E23 (finale)

A lot did happen in this season’s finale. We lost two major characters who’ve been with us for many seasons, which makes me think the show might be going for some sort of soft reboot.

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Dean, Crowley, Sam, Castiel

This season has been a let down of some kind to me; I feel the show has gotten to its apex and should take a bow before it gets any worse than it already has.

OK! So the two way battle that dragged all season:

  • The Winchesters vs The British men of Letters, and
  • The Winchesters vs The spawn of Lucifer.

Both came to a climatic end of some sort in this two episode season finale. After getting free in the previous episode and stabbing Crowley’s lifeless body, Lucifer set out to find his son. The reunion never happened, not for lack of trying but for the reason we all know – The Winchesters. Haha!!

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Lucifer

As for the British men of letters, I’ll say they’re one of the worst villains of this show (if not the worst). Their characterization was all over the place, switching from bad to good until they finally settled for killing all the American hunters in what I feel is the most uninspired plot for such grievous action. I’m happy every last one of them is dead (especially Mrs. S). Save for the mysterious voice at the other end of the phone, season 13 might not waste time on that silly organization anymore.

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Crowley

Back to Lucifer. Castiel tried his best protecting Kelly; even though he was doing a half baked job by not realizing the Enochian signal Kelly’s unborn child was releasing at every stop they passed through, he tried his best. One of those Enochian symbols resulted in a portal to another universe were Sam and Dean were never born, the earth drowned in the apocalypse, the demons have horns and Bobby is still alive. In the scuffle that ensued (which I found poorly choreographed) Crowley sacrificed himself to activate the spell that’ll keep Lucifer trapped on the other world. Lucy wasn’t trapped (at least immediately. Sorry Crowley, your death meant nothing until…)

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Castiel

Castiel was stabbed at the back by an emerging Lucifer. The Winchester boys weren’t let to grieve two of their long time companions when their mother (Mary) sacrificed herself to trapped Lucifer on the other world. The boys returned inside the house to find Kelly lifeless and bloodied footstep of a grown lad away from her corpse. Same followed the tracks and discovered a grown child of about 8 years, naked, crouched, an evil grin on his face and his eyes flowing yellow.

Talk about an evil child.

Lest I forget, Rowena (Crowley’s mother) also died in this episode: Lucifer killed her off-screen. Mehn! Too much loss.

Supernatural returns for its 13th season later this year.