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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.

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.

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.

TV Recap: The Flash – S03 E23 (Finale)

Someone died and it wasn’t Iris.

Remember when HR was introduced as a version of Harrison Wells from Earth 19? He came with a new toy that allows him wear the face of anyone. That toy came into play this episode; HR took the face of Iris somewhere along the line and sacrificed himself do that Iris might live. This heroic sacrifice of him caused the future to be restored and Iris to write the article when The Flash got missing in Infinite Crisis.

I keep wondering why no one is talking about Barry missing in the year 2024.

Savitar (Evil Barry) got to unveil his ultimate plan immediately after the shenanigan of Iris’ survival. He intends to split his existence throughout time, the past, present and future, that way the paradox of Iris’ survival won’t be able to wipe him out of existence. It was a nice plan but it lacked substance because Savitar required Cisco to make it happen. Instead of Cisco doing so, he causes the Speedforce bazooka to instead release Jay Garrick from his speedforce prison. In all the scuffle that ensure, Killerfrost (or should I say, a new version of Caitlin) saves Cisco from Savitar. It’s all fun and chill, three Speedsters, two Vibes and a host of others take on Savitar. I found it ironic that Iris was the one who struck the final blow – shooting Evil-Barry at the back before he could hurt good Barry. You should find time to ask, why Barry couldn’t phase into Savitar’s suit all season. Since that was a possible thing, why wait till now to execute in the name of anger.

Barry vs Barry

It isn’t The Flash if they don’t leave us with a cliffhanger into the next season. Because Jay was released from his prison the speedforce was short an occupant and decided to descend on the whole city in the form of special coloured lightening. Barry ever the hero sacrificed himself to save the city and invariably the world.
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Verdict

This season of The Flash has been fairly predictable, and I’m glad the producers hope to revamp the show by leaving the formula of unmasking an evil speedster. It did work before (especially the first season), but now, it’s extremely annoying. 

After building all season towards revealing Savitar as a force to be reckoned with, he finally was shown to be a weaker version of Barry – sort of a let down.

In all, this season of The Flash could have been a whole lot better. Hopefully, next season turns out fantastic. The Flash could take a cue from Arrow and get their act together.

RR rates the season a 6/10

TV Review: Arrow (S05 E23) – finale

He came alone, but left with many. His name is, Prometheus.

Rarely do we get a show that lost its way gain back its bearing. But that’s what Arrow did with itself this season, all thanks to a worthy villain, the kind we love to hate. I must confess, a part of me hope Prometheus would be given his own spinoff; the character was just too good. He had a good run and a more befitting send off, one that ensures he won’t be sticking around come next season, but here’s to hoping Arrow doesn’t lose its way again.

Adrian Chase (Prometheus)
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This episode saw the permanent loss of two players in the Arrowverse – Malcolm Merlyn, who’s been with us from the start and Captain Boomerang, who’s almost never been around. The man behind the Dark Archer (John Barrowman) intends to go unto other projects, that I get; his sendoff was great as there’s no greater love than a father willing to die for his daughter even when she resents him.

Slade Wilson and Oliver Queen

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If there’s one thing Prometheus/ Adrian Chase had always made clear all season, it’s that he’s always one step ahead of Oliver. He made it clearer in the finale ashe gave Oliver not much of a choice – kill me and save your son to lose your friends, or save your friends by leaving me to kill your son. See, not much of an option. Oliver does find a loop hole to recover his son (William) from the clutches of mad man Chase, and this forces the hand of arguably the greatest villain in the Arrow verse. Adrian Chase committed suicide. I almost didn’t see that coming. Yes, Adrian behaved suicidal for the greater part of the season, but I believed it was to send Oliver a message and not simply because he didn’t have any other thing to live for. But as it turned out Oliver resolve to not kill waned stronger, Adrian blow his own head. Through whatever form of science his death caused the spontaneous detonation of C4s placed all round the island. It wasn’t clear if Oliver’s friends got on the boat as Oliver directed, but I get we’ll have to wait till next season to see who died and who didn’t.

Those on the island were: Thea, William’s mother Samantha, Felicity, Rene, Curtis, John, Dinah, Laurel 2, Evelyn, Captain Lance, Slade Wilson, Nyssa, Talia, and a host of others without a name. All our fan favorites are there, so unless the producers have in mind to reboot the show like Once Upon a Time intends to do, I almost certainly believe that Team Arrow will be intact.

It was a wonderful ride. Arrow s5 was one of the shows I looked forward to weekly. Thank you Greg Berlanti for upping your game. A big thank you to the writers, producers and directors for a wonderful job.

I give this season a 10/10