The Originals (S04 E05)

The Hollow is.coming for y’all.

After the epic close to last week’s episode, this one was well anticipated. As seen, Klaus and Marcel were infected by the Hollow, the only difference was in how each man fought off its effect.

Klaus, ever the tough bastard, he first brought in the high resistance needed to fight off the Hollow in the form of Mikael (yes, Sebastian Roche makes an appearance as Papa Mickelson). Klaus’ resistance pays off until the Hollow proves to him that it is no child’s play, by messing with his head, showing him images of people he loves dead and also threatening him with the one thing Klaus loves the most – Hope.

Marcel on the other hand confessed to his not-so trustworthy girlfriend that he believes himself infected by the Hollow. Come to think of it, Marcel’s lover’s back story hasn’t been addressed yet. I have a feeling the wait will soon be over. After consultations with a witch on recommendation, Marcel proves himself to be the stronger one against the Hollow’s effect in the forms of Klaus and Elijah. This toughness starts to fade during the confrontation with Klaus, because Klaus refuses to exercise chill.

The Hollow does want both super powerful beings dead, for their supernatural strengths (magic). Klaus figures this out, and spares Marcel’s life.

Klaus is only able to spare Marcel because he now has a means to kill him, courtesy of Freya. Freya has proven herself too resourceful, and she has her former captive, Keelin the Wolf-girl to thank for her efficiency. At this point, I don’t doubt both ladies are going to end up together, the chemistry and sexual tension is undeniable. I do have a problem with how Freya, who’s obviously straight would suddenly turn gay without reasonable time for whatever hate she once felt to bloosom into friendship and then intimacy.

At the end of the episode, the Hollow is once again stalled from its return to earth. A lot of new information are revealed, including how the Hollow’s responsible for Hayley’s parents and extended family’s deaths. This opens the story to a whole new possibility, including why it might be after Hope. The Hollow’s appearance is also revealed to be as a result of Davina destroying the spirit world in season 3; meaning the Hollow has had five years to manipulate people towards its imminent release this season. 

One more thing, Marcel’s girlfriend is finally revealed to be in service of the Hollow, as she plans her revenge against Klaus for a crime we haven’t been let into yet. I’ve always been of the opinion that The Originals’ 1000 years history makes the possibilities of enemies endless. I’d love to see how her revenge plot goes from here, especially as the Hollow has rewarded her and the witches’ service with a crown of thorns: one scratch can kill an Original.

 The Originals airs Fridays on The CW.

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Rinzy Reviews: Taboo (season one)

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5
Original Network: BBC One, FX.
Original Air-date: Jan. 7 – Mar.

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Taboo is everything a TV series should be; dark, mysterious, captivating. Tom Hardy brings his best in terms of story-telling, script-writing, directing, producing, and acting. If ever there was a definition for all round packaging in the movie world, this was Hardy’s resume; the job that’ll announce far and wide that this was a man of many talents, not just acting.

Luckily, this job resonates with many, RR included.

I must confess, when Taboo started I had hopes to binge-watch at a later date only because it was a passionate project of Tom Hardy. Having followed his top deliveries in recent years (The Dark Knight Rises, Mad Max: Fury, etc.) it is hard to dispute my interest. But then, I had not much expectations being that I didn’t really know well how such genre went. So, with an open mind I started to watch Taboo, and episode after episode I got more invested.

Tom Hardy portrays James Keziah Delaney, the mysterious only son of a rich and wealthy man. Once thought dead after a self-imposed exile to Africa, James returns at the death of his father, with an agenda of his own – To resurrect his father’s trading company against all forms of attacks from The East Indian Trading Company, The Americans, and The British Crown. Against all odds, James really holds his ground, proving himself a formidable foe against the big-wigs, especially The East Indian Trading Company which is easily revered as a god because of their wealth and wide reach. James was well believed by many to be the Devil – a title he earned by tales of his escapades in far away Africa, supported by his many devious acts upon his return. He eats flesh, he digs his teeth deep into the jugular artery of victims, he even has sex without being in the same room as his partner. His many pervertious acts cause many to fear him, and those who know him avoid him with reasonable distance. Of the many affected by this his gruesome nature is his half-sister cum lover, Zilpha, whose marriage suffers a reasonable depth because of James refusing to accept that what they shared died the ten years he was away. I must admit that the chemistry between both siblings is undeniably high that along the way we’re talking about the taboo that is blasphemy. At a point, I found myself rooting that Zilpha’s husband die so that both end up together, and when he finally does its gloom and doom all the way for her pitiable character. It’s a pity James with his magical mysteries couldn’t save her.

Finally, the battle of egos come to a full head on when James proves himself the smarter one to escape all trio of his rivals – the Americans, the Crown, and the Company. With the death of most of the players this season, we’ll be seeing lots of new faces by the time the series returns for the second season; something tells me the bigger boys will be involved, e.g. The men behind the Company, etc.

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Tom Hardy as James Keziah Delaney

I really enjoyed Taboo. It was very intriguing, captivating, and thoroughly enjoyable; it wouldn’t take a genius to realize this was a passionate project, and Tom Hardy nailed it. According to James Delaney, this time, the story is moving from his father to his mother, and there’s a whole lot to look forward to. I do hope it returns early for its second season, this time, I won’t waste time following it this time.

Movie Trailer – Star Wars: The Last Jedi

This teaser trailer is early, for a movie due in December. It does its job of raising interests and talks for the release.

Almost every major player makes an appearance. Kylo Ren is as terrifying as ever. The late Carrie Fisher’s back makes an appearance as her iconic General Leia.

Everything’s looking good, or should I say action-packed and intense.

Click here to watch the movie trailer.

Into The Badlands (S02 E03)

There’s a reason the pillars that hold the show are only three.

aMC’s Into The Badlands has wasted no time taking us into the kinds of awesomeness that made us love its first season. Most noticeably, Sunny was noticeably missing from this episode, but it still lwasmt lacking in action.

The Widow gears her meeting with the other Barons who hate her for the same old stale reason – she killed her abusive husband and seized power. As she rightly    said in her defense to the other Barons, she took back from Ryder the oilfields that were rightfully hers. She asked was it an offense because she was a woman, and why Quinn wasn’t called go a panel when he first took it from her. There’s something about The Widow has many attributes – her sassy attitude, mean woman all about female empowerment; the perfect depiction of a feminist.But what I must cherish about her is her ability to defend herself and all she holds dear without breaking a sweat.

All season, Quinn has been prepping for a battle, raising his army just the way he likes them. We get to see him attack the base of the Baron’s meeting in a well coordinated manner. In the ensuing battle of his grand ressurection, a lot of Clippers die though noticeably none of Quinn’s. Quinn does end up killing his son.

The Framework Is Twisted

I don’t think I can stop praising how effective Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has been this season with their storytelling. This weeks episode (S04 E17) did in no way slow down the high tide it’s been riding with.

The episode starts by rehashing the final moments of E16, when Xoulson remembered Daisy. It turns out he remembers mostly her name, while the rest of his memories are returning in pieces. He does turn out to be an effective ally for Jemma and the resistance though.

Who remembers Mack and the tale of his daughter who died? Both come to play also. Mack is living a quiet life with Hope, up until someone in the Triskelion has the brilliant plan to arrest them as bait for Daisy to finally oust herself as a terrorist; which is what Aida calls S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.

Talking about Aida, she goes by the name, Madame Hydra in this world, and she has Fitz so wrapped around her fingers, Jemma appears to have no hope getting through to him.

Jemma, Coulson, and Ward pay a visit to Radcliffe, searching for a way out. Things go horribly south. Madame Hydra and Evil Fitz arrive in all their glories to arrest the submissives. At first Madame Hydra thinks she’s losing Fitz to Radcliffe’s fatherly love and all, but then he quickly proves himself worthy of her love and his new evil status quo.

Honourable mention this weeks goes to Agent May, she’s still as badass as ever; every moral inhibition in the real world doesn’t exist here as she’s 100% pro-Hydra.

This was a wonderful episode.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs Tuesdays on The CW.

Prison Break (S05 E02)

Fan favorite TV series is off to a good start, still reeling on the awesomeness of its premiere last week (Read the recap here).

This episode is titled Kaniel Outis, which is the name Michael Socofield now answers I’m every document available.

Who is Kaniel Outis? – He is a criminal, a murderer, a bad man. And now, Michael Scofield is him, which makes me believe he is Michael Scofield (my early theory).

Michael Scofield as Kaniel Outis in Ogygia prison

The series makes an early suggestion that Michael might be behind the change of identity as insinuated by the man with many lives, Kellerman. Sara goes to see a social worker who turned out to be him. He forwards Michael photo evidences of Michael killing the Deputy chief of the CIA

Meanwhile, Lincoln and C-note work tirelessly towards getting leads on how best to rescue Michael.

Michael on his own appears to be cozy and very comfortable with his selfmate. This prison is a far cry from the beauty that was Fox River (in season one). This prison is hot, tough, and rough. Story-wise, it would have been impossible to have Sucre as Michael’s cellmate; his present bunkie can only hope to be a fraction of the entertainment bundle his predecessor was.

Michael does prove himself to still be the bundle of intelligence he is, a genius; by perfectly orchastrating events that’ll lead to his release from Ogygia Prison, even if it means being in bed with a terrorist.

This episode was decent, purposely forwarding most myths of the season established last week.

Prison Break airs Tuesdays on Fox.

Which Is Your Best Xmen Line-up?

In the year 2000, Xmen was released and it relaunched the way way we see Superhero movies even till this day. After the third installment in 2006, 20th Century Fox felt unimpressed with the reception of their latest movie an opted for a new direction. The planned Xmen: Origin stories failed on arrival, and this prompted the need for a reboot – a soft reboot – of some sort. This was the birth story of the Xmen: First Class movie.

The question is – Which do you prefer, the original line up, or the younger versions of their characters?

Characters like Wolverine, who’s been the leading man of the franchise up till Logan’s release earlier this month have been consistent over all movies in the franchise, hence, can not be stated as a reason for selection.

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Original Cast

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New Cast

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