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How To Get Away With Murder: Parts Of The Show We Don’t Like To Talk About

Thursday nights won’t be the same without Shondaland’s How to Get Away with Murder to keep us company anymore, that’s for sure. It’s weird, but the show is finally over. And with it, all the mysteries, tension-driven Annalise courtroom dramas, and pleasant moments of listening to Tegan pronounce the villainous Castillo surname as Cas-TEE-yoes.

After six seasons, multiple deaths, mindboggling questions, and measurably satisfying answers, there’s almost no doubt the show has done well for itself. Watching the electrifying series finale, we can also agree it served its characters well and gave them different doses of poetic justice.

But the question now is, how did it achieve all that? Now that the show is over, it’s easier to view the whole thing in retrospect and try to figure out which parts of the road leading to the finale worked fine, and which parts weren’t all that great.

Don’t worry, you won’t end up hating the show, its legacy is already cemented. It’s our opinion. You don’t need to take it that seriously, unless you think we’re right, too.

The Show’s Big Bad. Who?

Every show needs an overarching big bad, right? For ‘Game of Thrones’, that was the Night King. For ‘The Vampire Diaries’, we can also agree that was the elusive Katherine Pierce.

A hero is only as good as the villain they contend with. And for everything we loved about Viola Davis’ portrayal of the fierce Law Professor, Annalise Keating, neither Governor Lynne Birkhead, Jorge or Xavier Castillo come close in opposing measure.

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For the benefit of the doubt, this isn’t to apportion blame on the actors, I think they all did good jobs with what they were given. Birkhead’s cold, unconcerned demeanor is something to be desire, but it just wasn’t good enough for her to be taken as a real threat by me (the viewers). As the show ends, the inner workings of Birkhead’s mind remains shrouded in mystery, and her real motivations remain unknown until the very end, which shouldn’t have been. How does a public servant get so pissed at one citizen, to the point that she piles up countless murders just to take her down? Pretty sloppy if you ask me.

It’d have been great if the show shone a little more light on her and the Castillos, too. It would’ve greatly helped us (the fans) understand why they all did what they did, and why trying to ruin Annalise was so damn important to them, other than implying it was to make a statement.

Nate’s Hatred for Annalise.

When we first met Nate, he was a police officer; not sure if he was decorated, but he was a man with a dying wife, still serving and protecting lives. Annalise happened. Then we saw Nate the adulterer; the widower; a son estranged from his father; a son trying to fix things with his father; and, finally, a son without one. It was a mixture of fun and sadness following Nate through his journey, but that was before he started to hate Annalise for a next-to-no reason.

Now, I know AK framed him for Sam’s murder to help those ungrateful kids in season one, and I’m not trying to justify that. But she did atone for that sin. That should count for something, right?

She also tried getting his old man out of jail. And, although Nate Lahey Sr. died, on the orders of the Governor (another lame thing the Governor did without us understanding her true motives) Nate Jr. knew who was responsible. He knew Annalise did everything she could to help his dad, so I never really did understand his whole anger against her, even going as far as agreeing to be an informant for the FBI against her.

Lame!

Not to forget his double stunt at murder; RIP DA Ronald Miller, Nate had more dirt on his hands than a lot of the other characters. All those talks about forgiving Annalise in the finale; man really did get away with murder(s) and to think he never attended Annalise’s class.

Michaela isn’t Really a Bad Person.

Talking about people who attended Annalise’s classes – Michaela Pratt deserves a spot on the Hall of Fame for b*tchy attitude.

If desperate ambition could be personified, Lord knows Michaela would fit that bill. Same Lord knows I hated her for a very, very long time. Gosh! That girl was so annoying. And that’s a testament to the top-notch performance Aja Naomi King put into the role.

But, is Michaela a bad person for wanting to be somebody in a world that’s mostly seen her as a nobody? I don’t think so.

Yeah, maybe her approach was aggressive, but there isn’t really anything wrong with putting yourself first every time. No law against that. The only logical end to such an ambitious, selfish character is allowing her get everything she ever wanted but at the expense of her relationships. The show does a good job of portraying that in the finale.

Having ambition is good. Ambition gets you your heart desires, most of the time. In the case of Michaela, it’s a judgeship. But, at what cost? The loss of her one-time friends and (hypothetically speaking) her children. Remember this scene? 👇

Michaela and her (supposed) granddaughter

Some people are willing to pay such a hefty price, Michaela’s one of such. If you think about it, she’s the only one who really did pass Annalise’s classes_ she survived and got away with…

Frank: A Keating²

I remember when we first met Frank and I couldn’t understand his devotion to Annalise Keating. It wasn’t until the backstory episode aired and I understood how much of his life he owed to that very-forgiving woman. And for the most part of it, I enjoyed watching him grow in and out of AK’s shadow, beating himself for what he did. And his zeal to want to become a better person, first for Laurel, and then for Bonnie.

I appreciated that character growth.

Then, came the whirlwind plot twist from hell (typical HTGAWM style). And just like that, Frank was revealed to not just be a Keating, but a Keating birthed by another Keating. Really, Murder Writers?

A few years ago, such an incest storyline would’ve been a BIG shocker, but not in this post GOT world.

I thought that plot was a bad idea, and really prayed against its confirmation after it got teased in the final moments of “What if Sam wasn’t the bad guy this whole time” – s06e13. We all know how that turned out.

The revelation may have explained some of Sam and Hannah’s motives, but it doesn’t excuse any of the atrocious things either of them did, especially the former and how he treated Frank. Once that secret came to light, I knew there was only one way Frank’s story would end — if the guilt of Annalise’s son could still be eating him up after all those years, imagine what’d happen when the label changes and he realizes that not only did he mortgaged the life of his unborn baby brother for a few thousand dollars, but that his father also sent him to kill another of his unborn sibling?

It’s Frank, the guilt would eat him alive.

And since there’s no Sam or Hannah to take out his frustration on, he’d go for the next best thing. I think that was an easy way for the show writers to tie off Birkhead, Hannah, Frank, and Bonnie’s stories.

Hannah’s Death was Lazy Writing. Yeah, I Finally Said It!

Still talking about loose cannons. I think Hannah’s death, the way it happened, was an easy route the show took to avoid unnecessary confrontation with Frank, which would’ve meant more airtime.

Who better to pin her death on than the Governor whose tab never gets full?

With all these intricate, last-minute plotting, it’s still a wonder how this show managed to get away nearly unscathed?

Gabriel was Underutilized

I don’t think I can ever forget the excitement I felt when Gabriel was introduced to the show_ s04e15.

Frank’s words in that season’s finale were: “the kid’s here” and they launched a new division of HTGAWM sleuths hoping to solve the mystery before the show returned for the next (5th) season.

The road towards his revelation as Sam’s only surviving child (before Frank entered the contest) took up a lot of screen time and, sadly, didn’t amount to much for we the viewers.

I think Rome Flynn is an amazing actor almost as good as his looks, or maybe better. But, boy, was he underutilized?!

He never really escaped being under Sam’s shadow.

The whole reason for his existence on the show was to bug everyone for the truth about how his dad died. And, while it was initially sad to watch Michaela and the others play him around like a ball, the end of his story arc didn’t leave much to pity anymore.

In the end, he gave up years of searching for the truth in exchange for a lot of coins and sob words from Frank to not let Sam ruin his life, too. Everyone has a price, and I guess Gabriel finally realized he needed to secure the bag for himself and his mom more than he needed to hear more painful truths about Sam.

The FBI

I’ll just say this… If the FBI in real-life is anything as portrayed on the show, the whole of the USA is in trouble. Why did that Agent Pollock have to kill Asher?

Enough gloom about the show. How about I highlight some of the things I thought worked with the finale?

So, What Worked?

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Annalise’s not-guilty verdict. She’s worked so hard and technically, remains innocent until the fact, to go to jail again for crimes she didn’t commit. More beautiful is that she went on to live a long, beautiful life with Tegan (and some other faceless people) … and that funeral eulogy from Eve. BEAUTIFUL!

Connor going to prison for 5 years and Oliver waiting for him. That was beautiful, and true to both character’s individual journeys and love together.

The fast-forward in time to reveal Alfred Enoch as Christopher and not Wes. That was really good.

The Bonnie and Clyde parallel to Bonnie and Frank’s end.

That’s about it…

Tell me if there’s a mostly unspoken truth about the show/ the series finale I missed, in the comment below.

HTGAWM: She is Annalise Fucking Keating! and She’s a Survivor.

This is a recap-review of the series finale of How to Get Away with Murder – s06e15


How to Get Away with Murder has ended, and TGIT nights won’t be the same again without AK and the Keating minions using the law to break the law.

The series finale has been receiving unanimous acclaims from fans all over the world, and I’ll tell you why.

It’s because it was a simple episode.

It didn’t try to play smart or add the same kind of jaw-dropping twists the show was well known for. It knew to not give more questions, but provide answers to already existing one, and that was a smart decision.

And so, we draw the curtains on what will unarguably go down in history as one of the best TV shows of it’s time. HTGAWM, one of the G.O.A.T.s!

Which moment from the series finale was your favorite? There were a lot, so feel free to make multiple choices.

For me, it just has to be the revelation of Alfred Enoch’s return as a grown-up Christopher and not Wes coming back form the dead.

Aside for the fact that I’m not Wes’s biggest fan 😈, the route the show went was better and, remember, simpler.

Simplicity isn’t always bad. Infact, HTGAWM has proven, once again, that simplicity is good and can be a tool to be reckoned with.

(Insert whichever show’s season finale you’re still not at peace with here 🤡)


Honorable mentions from the series finale:

Eve’s return.

The aging make-up and shots used.

AK + Tegan = 2geda 4eva.

Nate Lahey’s Center for Justice.

Gunshots at the Law court.

That sexy, jaw-dropping Spanish accent.

The death of the Governor.

Lonely, Michaela’s lonely.

Connor and Oliver, together forever.

Which moment from the series finale was your favorite? Tell me in the comment below.

Money Heist: 9 Things Bugging Me About Season Four – Not A review.

Netflix’s very popular telenovela makes a return for its fourth season. The show has come really far, and it seems just like yesterday when the rave first started. The badass Spanish heist everyone couldn’t stop talking about.

These days, Money Heist is mostly a shadow of its former glory. It keeps going in circles and repeating itself with slightly cooler tricks just to justify its continued existence. Think Raquel/Lisbon’s rescue paralleling Tokyo’s, and Alicia uncovering The Professor’s hideout just like Lisbon did when she was still a police inspector.

The show is excruciating to follow now, but I can’t stop. It hurts me to admit it, but I think I’m addicted.

So, instead of whining about all the things I didn’t like, but can’t change about this new season (4), I’ll instead talk about the questions I’ve still got ringing in my head, two weeks after its premiere on Netflix.

1) The best thing about this (4th) season is easily Gandia, The Head of Security at the Bank of Spain. He’s deadly, so why would the gang still keep him even after killing Nairobi? There’s almost nothing as dangerous as having him in the same space as the rest of the crew.


2) Talking about dangerous people. What is Palermo’s deal? I still don’t fully understand why The Professor would bring someone as unstable as him to this kind of delicate mission. But then, he brought Berlin and Tokyo (and even Denver), so I guess him agreeing him bringing Pallermo along isn’t so farfetched.
His actions led to Nairobi’s death. I don’t think that should be forgotten or forgiven.


3) Can this show please kill Arturo?

That. Man. Is. Annoying! And disgusting, too!


4) When it was shown that The Professor was behind the helicopter stunt, I legit thought the show was about to pull a crappy escape stunt on us. Thankfully, that wasn’t the case, but it left wondering… How will these guys escape with all that gold?


5) Money Heist has shown it isnt afraid to kill off its characters but why did it have to be Nairobi? For convenience, because she was already shot and the most likely to die from Gandia’s assault?

Nairobi was one of (if not the only) smartest characters on the show, after the professor, and now she’s gone. Who’d be able to lead the team efficiently now? Tokyo? Stockholm? Or, maybe that’s why Lisbon was brought in? Oh!


6) Why did The Professor have Lisbon brought into the bank? Could it be because it’s the safest place for the gang in the whole of Madrid (Spain), or that was a bad move on his part?


7) Since Arturo deserves to die, who deserves to kill him? Stockholm, Denver, Amanda, or the Governor of the Bank of Spain?


8) Does Nairobi’s death mean we’ll be seeing her backstory, just like Berlin? I think I’d like that.


9) When will Alicia give birth? I can almost swear that he tummy is a ripe as it can be, pushed to its very limit. But this fiesty Inspector/negotiator isn’t letting that slow her down. Last we saw her, she had a gun pointed at our dear professor. What if he labor starts in the middle of that confrontation? Is The Professor ready to become a daddy midwife? 😂

Altered Carbon’s Second Season Feels Like A New Show Existing In An Old One – Review

I’m not sure if the title of this article makes sense, but that’s exactly how I felt after binging all eight (8) episodes of the long-awaited sequel.

After the climatic events of the first season, it’s taken Taekeshi Kovacs (now played by the more-handsome-a-little-less-brooding Anthony Mackie) 30 years before he’s faced with a worthy new another adventure.

It’s not like time really matters in Tak’s world, a generation that has found a way to defy death, the concept of time is very much different than it is in today’s real world.

The first season of Altered Carbon will probably go down in history as one of the best cyberpunk storytelling of all time. And while this new season does its best to live up to that high standard, it marginally fails to.

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Altered Carbon had a rocky trip to a second season, at a point we weren’t sure it was ever going to happen (which puts a third season up for more serious contention, all things considered).

One of the blows, when it finally got greenlit, was that Joel Kinnaman wasn’t going to be returning as Taekeshi Kovacs. Although that news felt like a knife through my heart, storywise it made sense. Taekeshi was simply going to jump into another meat sac same way he did into Kinnaman’s. The problem was, Kinnaman had come to make the character his own in ways even the original Tak couldn’t.

This isn’t me taking a swipe at the man who’s played Falcon for six years and is about to take up the mantle of Captain America, no. On the contrary, I think Mackie is very talented, but his Taekeshi Kovacs felt very different from the one we all fell in love with last season.

IN FACT, THE ENTIRE SHOW FELT DIFFERENT.

Different isn’t a bad thing, I like different. I like the story this season sort to tell – about family, love and honor – I liked the new characters -Trepp, Denica Harlan, et al.- I liked the old ones, too, given new depths -Poe, QuellChrist Falcona. But overall, I loved the first season more, by a margin.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

If you’ve seen both seasons, tell me which one you prefer.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Locke & Key’ Season One (2020)

Release Date: Feb. 8 (Netflix)

Starring: Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones, Leisla De Oliveira, et al


Locke & Key‘ is a pretty cool show, better than some of the teen shows out there. Yes, there’s love angst, deceit, back-stabbing, and all the familiar element in the teenage genre lot, but there’s some genuinely cool surprises, too.

The story’s progression starts a tad slow at first, but then picks up steam and becomes almost impossible to drop until the binging is over.

My favorite character on the show is Bode Locke and I believe he’ll easily be yours, too, if you watch. Although the youngest, Bode showcases more maturity and makes comparatively wiser choices than most of the adult characters, which says a lot about how efficient children can be with making the best out of situations, in the real world.

The show’s set up a future of endless possibilities with its explosive finale, but more important is the fact that it needs to take some steps back in time and provide answers to a lot of questions it should’ve already answered this first season like, where do Dodge and the keys come from, and what makes the Lockes and key-house so special? Hopefully, we get these sorted out once Netflix greenlights another season. Until then, we’ll make due replaying some of the poor chocies these characters made and plotting how best they can still redeem themselves.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Review: Power Series Finale Is Disappointing

I have no more hate to give to Tariq anymore… nigga simply disgusts me.

Ghost, Tommy, Angie, Saxe, and everyone who laid the solid foundation at the start of the show deserved better than this resolution we got. Ghost deserved better than Tasha and Tariq.

Rather than marry a wife like Tasha and have a son like Tariq, I’d rather die a monk.

Tueh!

I really hoped the season finale would have, at least, one more trick up its sleeve; apparently, it didn’t. It was a straight-forward, annoying in some parts, weak resolution to six-years of storytelling.

Who do they think will watch whatever bigger trash they’ve got planned with the spin-off?

PS: That epilogue of Jamie, Tommy, and Angie back in 1996 would have had a more fitting punch if only they’d gotten better actors. Sorry Carl Gallagher.

Rinzy Reviews ‘Les Miserable’ (2018)

Network: BBC

Starring: Dominic West, Lily Collins, David Oyelowo, Olivia Colman, Josh O’Connor, David Bradley, Ellie Bamber, et al.


Putting it mildly, Les Miserable is a story of how much good can still come out of a person, even when the world is being evil.

Jean Valjean (Dominic West) has seen and lived through the harshness of this world to a very high degree, but yet outlandishly refuses to succumb to the high pressures of the dark side. Hot on his heels, through many years on the run, is Inspector Javert (played to near excellence by the very talented David Oyelowo). Throughout the course of the miniseries, Javert harbors a long hatred for Monsieur Valjean; with him claiming, more than once, that he can’t find peace until criminals like Valjean are brought to book. The farce here is that Valjean happens to be the most selfless character on the show, a fact that doesn’t bode so well for Javert when he finally realizes how wrong he’s been about him.

To Jean Valjean, Dominic West brings his A-game (well, at his point in his long career we’d expect nothing less). His facial cues and expressions are top-notch when he’s not speaking, making his character even more relatable.

The rest of the cast are wonderful in their respective roles. Olivia Colman is always a delight to watch, even when she’s playing a despicable wrench of a woman whose reward for living an awful life is rotting in jail. Not the end I was hoping for, but it’ll do.

The set is top-notch, it’s clear a lot of research and work went into the birthing of the show.

The six hours spent Les Miserable is a good investment in quality TV.

PS: This one isn’t a musical, not in the slightest.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Dracula’ (2020)

Network: BBC – Netflix

Release Date – January 1, 2 & 3

Starring: Claes Bang, Dolly Wells, et al


A better title for this miniseries should’ve been ‘The Charismatic Evolution of Count Dracula’ because, a transformation story is what we get in Dracula.

Since his first introduction to the public in Bram Stoker’s 1897 eponymous novel, Count Dracula has enjoyed an ever-increasing popularity with the masses. When report had it that the BBC and Netflix were teaming up to resurrect him once more, the news was very well received because there’s always going to be a new Dracula movie.

Does it live up to expectation?

For a three-part miniseries, things went to shit real fast on Dracula. Each episode runs for about 90 minutes, so that’s basically three movies for the price of one. The episodes boasts of commendable set pieces, intense plotting and some unforgettable dialogues like the one below, courtesy of the world’s most awesome nun (Sister Agatha):

Like many women my age I am trapped in a loveless marriage, maintaining appearances for the sake of a roof over my head

As the story progressed, the miniseries reinvented itself while still telling a central story about the titular, charismatic villain. The nature of this progression allowed the show morph through various amazing locations — a castle, a ship and a graveyard, amongst others — which helped elevate it even at times when the story quality waned.

Claes Bang’s performance as Count Dracula is terrific. He’s menacing, yet charming enough to draw unsuspecting victims in for his next kill. Dolly Wells, too, puts up a good one as Sister Agatha, the nun with trust issues pertaining God-stuff. Weird, right?

Verdict

The latest peak into the life and times of Count Dracula starts strong but quickly leaves much to be desired. Is that to say it’s terrible? NO!


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘You’ Season 2

Release Date: December 26 (Netflix)

Starring: Penn Badgley, Victoria Pendretti, et al.


The second season of ‘You‘ starts cool and ends with a killer BANG! Typical You style.

It’s the same Joe, but with a new name, in a new town and with new tricks up his sleeves. You tries to reinvent itself without having to lose all of the things that made it such an awesome hit in the first place. Luckily, it pulled it off.

Last season ended with Joe’s ex, Candace, return to life with a personal vendetta against him. To escape, Joe runs to Los Angeles, a place he knows Candace knows he hates and promises to turn a new leaf. Expectedly, this doesn’t hold up as he soon finds his new YOU to pine over – Love Quinn. Joe finds himself thrust into the extra-eventful drama that is life with Love, her hippie brother, Forty, and the rest of her family and friends.

Love takes an interest in Joe and, although he tries to fight it off at first, he succumbs to his desires and a romance kicks-off between them. To further prove himself worthy of Love’s love, Joe befriends Forty, who’s trying hard not to be seen as the crazily rich drug-addict posing as a writer. Although their friendship starts flawed, it quickly morphs into something genuine before the climax of that explosive finale.

Joe (as Will) tries to stay true to his sobriety, even after his cover is exposed by Candace’s arrival in L.A., but it’s like no matter how hard he tries to cover up the universe always finds a way to bring the real him out.

In Love, Joe finds a perfect partner, someone fighting her own demons and is willingly accepts him for who he is, but with a surprising twist, an unplanned baby on the way, a new life and a new neighbor to obsess over, the real question is, how long will Joe’s victory last?


Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5