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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left last week, Jemma and Fitz realize all their friends just returned from the battle at The Superiors submarine have been replaced by LMDs; as expected, they panic, and have to keep up the front to avoid exposing the only card they have – that they are in the know.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.

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!!!

Rinzy Reviews: Teen Wolf season 6a

Date of run: Nov. 15, 2016 to Jan. 13, 2017
Network: MTV
IMDB’s Rating:7.7
Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

 

After a climatic fifth season with the Dread Doctors and The Beast of Gervude, Teen Wolf returned to our scream last November, for the first half of its sixth and final season.

Teen Wolf’s producers wasted no time in introducing us to the villains of the season – The Ghost Riders of the Wild Hunt – within the first seven minutes of the season, and we had a lot to chew all through the rest of the half-season story-line.

I particularly liked the way the season started; Hayden and Liam are running in the woods, and suddenly notice the sky has green linings. They also see a car driving itself there way. On examination they find a young boy, Alex, hiding at the back-seat, he said, ‘Don’t let them take me. Don’t let them take me too,’ referencing his parents who had already been kidnapped by the mysterious villain. Further investigation into the head of the only surviving son, by Scott, showed that his parents were taken by a mysterious, tall, mouth-less male figure, cloth in black cowboy-like attire, and riding a dark-horse.

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The story carried on with the pack figuring out that The Ghost-Riders take people, and when they’re taken, those they leave behind forget everything about them. Stiles found himself taken, and the rest of the season follows the different things that happens for the pack to remember that someone like Stiles once existed in their lives. During this story we got something that had been teased since the first season of this show – Stiles and Lydia. I think this is where I’ll start my review of the season from.

1. Stiles and Lydia’s kiss.
Rinzy’s rating: 3/5.
After being teased for six years, Stydia (portmanteau for Stiles and Lydia) finally happened. Everyone who’s been following this show since its first season knows that Stiles has always been obsessed with Lydia, who never really cared about him until she became invested in the world of the supernatural. They shared a brief kiss in season , but Lydia claimed it was to help stop Stiles’ panic. In as much as Stydia happening is for fan-service, I’ll like to see what they do with it in the final ten episodes of the series.

2. The Ghost-Riders
Rinzy’s rating: 3.5/5
What’s a good story without a memorable villain?
The Ghost-Riders, though captivating in their first few scenes, soon became a bore, and chore to watch. In typical Teen Wolf stile, where the vast majority of their villains do not speak (remember The Onis, The Beserkers, The Dread Doctors?) the Ghost-riders are no exception. I for one, have always loved as Teen Wolf is able to constantly re-brand itself , season after season, giving me the chance to appreciate new story-lines.

3. The Nazi Wolf
Rinzy’s rating: 3/5
Probably to make the story appear full circle and connected, Teen Wolf’s producers thought it best to bring in the mysterious creature in the Dread Doctor’s lair in season 5 into this story-line. And they also thought it best to make him a teacher in Beacon High (I’ve lost count of how many of their teachers have gone rogue.) I didn’t really enjoy it. I thought his motivation for wanting to join the world of the Ghost-Riders and Beacon Hills together as weak and uninspiring.
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4. Coach
Rinzy’s rating: 4/5
Every scene with this man is pure bliss. Though not in any way furthering the plot, Scott’s lacrosse coach’s appearance has always been a welcome comic relief. He wasn’t around for long, but his appearance was very much appreciated.

5. Stiles
Rinzy rating: 3.5/5
Maybe Dylan O’Brien is becoming too busy, that’s why this season we had too little Stilinski, and that isn’t good. Stiles has always been the heart of this show, and it would be good to always have him around going forward in the last stretch of the series.

6. Parish Hell-Hound
Rinzy’s rating: 2/5
The Parish is being utilized on this show hurts me, because this is a character that has so much potential. Though the producers did a non-existent job in explaining why the Ghost-Riders were able to control him in Hell-Hound mode, every scene with him was a delight to behold.

Over all, the season was a decent one. I’d like to see how the series concludes a lot of hanging threads of story-lines, Theo’s redemption, Malia’s mother/desert wolf, the new Argent and McCall lovers, Stydia, Derek, Issac, and Pa Gerard’s whereabouts, etc.
Though not my best season (in terms of story-lines) it certainly isn’t my worst.

I rate it 3.25/5

TV Review: TVD S08 E11

Unhappy Bonnie Bennett!

God! A very sad episode. Can Bonnie ever be happy?

At this point, I don’t think so: TVD has vowed to make Bonnie the saddest character in all of TV land: whenever it appears she’s close to happiness, something terrible comes along to rip it away, leaving her reeling in pain as she’s still expected to sacrifice everything for her friends. (Do you remember all her many sacrifices over the years, most notably the ones of season 4 and 5 finales.)

Though it makes for a compelling story, it’s very sad: Bon-bon is one of the most loved characters on The Vampire Diaries, she deserves some happiness.

TVD’s eighth and final season has really upped its game in story-telling since it resumed the second half of the season; episode eleven continued on the stride of this roller-coaster of awesomeness.

Cade, the devil, is in town, and everyone’s beginning to feel his heat. He set Stefan free, and put him on an assignment. He later revealed to Damon that he gave his brother the same options as he did him – Kill one hundred guilty strangers, or kill the woman your brother loves. Unlike Damon who’s humanity caused him to choose sanely, Stefan instantly opts to kill Elena, who’s body is timely in the possession of Bonnie and Enzo in a far away land, because according to him, Elena has always been coming between them, and killing her will cause Damon to finally give up on him.

Matt as usual is always complaining about the effect the choices the supernaturals make, affects the humans. (I suspect before the series finale, Matt will be involuntarily turned to a Vampire, and he’ll refuse to complete the transition process. Talk about dying for your belief. Ha ha!)

Now, this is where things get interesting.

Stefan arrived the house Bonnie bought with her Dad’s money, and rips Enzo’s heart from the back, in one of TVD’s most heartbreaking scene in all its eight years.

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Bonnie is devastated. She knowingly injected Stefan with the cure she just recovered from Elena’s body (which was supposed to be used in defeating Cade.)

Stefan immediately fell to the floor, and Bonnie ran to cry by Enzo’s lifeless, desiccated body. She lets out a psychic scream.
This psychic scream connects in story-telling to what was said at the start of the season, that Witches and Sirens operate on frequencies that are almost same: that’s why the Siren’s tuning-fork was able to affect Bonnie when struck.

Now:
– I think, Stefan’s blood might be drained to get hold of the cure, if Cade is to be defeated. Unless there is a weapon existing that we do not know of yet.

– This might be it for Bonnie. After this, I do not think she can take anymore. The psychic scream also fits the explanation that was given as the origin of Cade’s power. Could Bonnie and Cade go head to head with the same magic variation?

– As a human, how is Stefan supposed to complete his deal with Cade, and how is Caroline supposed to live a happy life with him, if he survives the ripple effects of his recent actions?

And finally, who is worse? Damon for killing Tyler, or Stefan, for killing Enzo. Comment below.

Rinzy’s rating: I give it a 4/5

TV Review: TVD S08 E10

Nostalgia’s a bitch – That’s the title of the tenth episode of the eighth season of The Vampire Diaries, adapted from an episode in the second season something Damon said to Anna when she was reminiscing the life she never had.

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I must state here that I grade this episode an A! It was beautifully executed. Many deceased characters were brought to the screen again, without the usual drama of being brought back to life that TVD is known for.

How was this done? Read on.

The episode wastes no time in showing a catatonic Damon, fresh from the after-effect of having his humanity involuntarily restored by Sybil. Caroline and Bonnie attempt to hitch a ride into the mighty puzzle that is Damon’s head, but are sent back when all they see is a burning Damon in pain- this is his defense mechanism at refusing to own up to the many atrocities he’d committed without his humanity. The ladies reach out to Sybil, who agrees to help if only they’d return The Bell to her (the only weapon that can hurt a Siren). Sybil’s sister, Seline has plans of her own to use The Bell to unleash Hell Fire’s and wipe all of Mystic Falls (this is its true function as she revealed). Stefan finds this plan enticing as it would send lots of souls Cade’s way.

Over the course of the episode we got to see dead characters we’ve missed such as, Vicki Donovan, Sheriff Liz Forbes, Bonnie’s Grams. All these appearances felt organic, something TVD has been lacking in executing most of its story-lines for a while now.

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At the end of the episode, Damon had finally forgiven Stefan for turning him into a Vampire, and also apologized to Matt for killing his sister. Stefan was locked up, and Cade now has a foothold in our world, thanks to Matt who was compelled to ring the mystical bell if he couldn’t forgive Damon for killing Vicki. Matt rang the bell eleven out of the twelve required times to unleash hell’s fire on all of Mystic Falls. Cade killed the Siren sisters to announce his presence.

Thanks to Damon, the whole of Mystic Falls’ alive to fight another day.

Another thing that made this episode superb, is the lack of Elena, either through flashback or mention of her name. I must confess, I’m tired of hearing everyone whine incessantly about her importance, or lack of.

What did you think about this episode? Let me know in the comment box. If you have given up on The Vampire Diaries, I implore you to check this episode out, you’d love it.