2017 Mid-season TV Premieres

 

Now the holidays are over, things can get back to the way they were. Or they could get better.

This is Rinzy Reviews compilation of returning TV series, and even better, the addition of new series premiering this 2017, with their airing dates.

Hurray!

We’ll be highlighting most popular TV shows, and their expected release dates.

 

January

Monday, January 2
8 p.m. – Shadowhunters – (Freeform)

 

Tuesday, January 3
8 p.m. — New Girl — (Fox)
9 p.m. — Chicago Fire — (NBC)
9:01 p.m. — Bones– (Fox)

 

Wednesday, January 4
8 p.m. — Lethal Weapon — (Fox)
8 p.m. — Blindspot — N(BC)
9 p.m. — Law & Order: SVU — (NBC)
9:01 p.m. — Star –(Fox) (**)
Thursday, January 5
9 p.m. — Nashville – (CMT)
9 p.m. — Chicago Medical – (NBC)
10 p.m. – The Blacklist- (NBC)

 

Friday, January 6
12:01 a.m. PT — ONE DAY AT A TIME — (Netflix)
8 p.m. — Rosewood — Fox (Time Period Premiere)
8 p.m. — Grimm – (Final season premiere) — (NBC)
9 p.m. — EMERALD CITY – (NBC)
9 p.m. — Sleepy Hollow — (Fox)

 

Saturday, January 7

8 p.m. — Ransom — (CBS)

 

Sunday, January 8

8 p.m. — 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards — (NBC)

 

Tuesday, January 10

9 p.m. — This Is Us– (NBC)
10:00 p.m. — TABOO– (FX) (**)
10:00 p.m. — Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.– (ABC)

 

Thursday, January 12

10 p,m, — Colony — (USA)

 

Friday, January 13
12:01 a.m. PT — A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS — (Netflix) (**)
9 p.m. –Great Performances: Bel Canto The Opera — (A PBS SPECIAL)

 

Saturday, January 14

11:30 p.m. — Saturday Night Live — (NBC)

 

Thursday, January 19

8 p.m. — Grey’s Anatomy — (ABC)
9 p.m. — Scandal — (ABC)
10 p.m. — How To Get Away With Murder — (ABC)
10 p.m. — Baskets — (FX)

 

Friday, January 20

12:01 a.m. PT — VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER — (Netflix)
12:01 a.m. PT — FRONTIER — (Netflix) (**)

 

Monday, January 23

8 p.m. – Supergirl — (The CW)
9 p.m. – Jane the Virgin — (The CW)
10 p.m. – Quantico — (ABC)

 

Tuesday, January 24

12:01 a.m PT — Gad Gone Wild– (Netflix)
9 p.m. – Face Off — (Syfy)
8 p.m. – The Flash — (The CW)
9 p.m. – Legends of Tomorrow — (The CW)
9 p.m. — Outsiders — (WGN America)
10 p.m. — Frontline: Trump’s Road To The White House — (PBS)

 

Wednesday, January 25
9 p.m. – The Magicians — (Syfy)
10 p.m. – Suits – (USA)

 

Thursday, January 26
8 p.m. – Supernatural — (The CW)
9 p.m. – RIVERDALE — (The CW)

 

Sunday, January 29
9 p.m. – Black Sails — (final season) — (Starz)

 

 

February

Wednesday, February 1
8 p.m. – Arrow – (The CW)
8 p.m. – Spy in the Wild – (PBS Miniseries)
9 p.m. – Criminal Minds – (CBS)
9 p.m. – The 100 – (The CW)
Thursday, February 2

8 p.m. – POWERLESS – (NBC) (**)
8 p.m. – The Big Bang Theory – (CBS)
8:30 – The Great Indoors – (CBS)

 

Wednesday, February 8
10 p.m. – LEGION – (FX) (**)

 

Friday, February 10

8 p.m. – The Vampire Diaries – (The CW)
9 p.m. – Reign – (The CW)

 

Sunday, February 12

8 p.m. – 59th Annual Grammy Awards – (CBS)
8 p.m. – The Missing – (Starz)
9 p.m. – The Walking Dead – (AMC)
10 p.m. – Girls – (HBO)

 

Monday, February 13

10 p.m. – Humans – (AMC)

 

Sunday, February 19

8 p.m. — THE GOOD FIGHT — (CBS All Access)
9 p.m. — BIG LITTLE LIES – (HBO Miniseries)
10 p.m. — Billions — (Showtime)

 

Monday, February 20

10 p.m. — Bates Motel — A&E (final season)

 

Thursday, February 23
8 p.m. – THE BLACKLIST: REDEMPTION — (NBC) (**)

 

Sunday, February 26
89h Academy Award — (ABC)

 

Monday, February 27
8 p.m. – The Voice- (NBC)
9 p.m. – Africa’s Greatest Civilizations – PBS (Miniseries)
10 p.m. – Taken – (NBC)

 

 

March

Sunday, March 5
9 p.m. – CHICAGO JUSTICE – (NBC)
10 p.m. – Shades of Blue – (NBC)

 

Wednesday, March 8

8 p.m. – Survivor – (CBS)
10 p.m. – Designated Survivor- (ABC)

 

Friday, March 17
12:01 a.m. PT — Marvel’s Iron Fist– (Netflix)
8 p.m. – The Originals – (The CW)

 

Wednesday, March 29

Harlots — (Hulu)  (**)

 

 

April

Tuesday, April 4

8 p.m. – iZombie – (The CW)

 

Tuesday, April 18

8 p.m. Pretty Little Liars – Final Season – (Freeform)

 

Friday, April 28

9 p.m. – Hawaii Five-0 – (CBS)

 

 

 

Keys

Returning shows (+)

New season of returning shows (^)

New shows (*)

New shows super excited about (**)

 

 

Premiere dates not yet announced

The Americans,” returning in March to FX; “The Carmichael Show” (NBC); “Gypsy,” starring Naomi Watts as a therapist in a psychological thriller (Netflix); a sequel to “Prison Break” (Fox); “When We Rise,” a Gus Van Sant executive produced miniseries about the gay-rights movement in America, created by Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Van Sant’s movie, “Milk” (ABC); “Better Call Saul” Season 3 (AMC); “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo” Season 2 (SundanceTV); “American Crime” Season 3 (ABC); “Shots Fired,” a drama about race tensions and a crime (Fox); “The Son,” a miniseries adaptation of Philipp Meyer’s novel, starring Pierce Brosnan (AMC); “I’m Dying Up Here,” a new series about the Los Angeles comedy scene in the 1970s, from executive producer Jim Carrey (Showtime); “Twin Peaks,” a continuation of the influential series, from David Lynch and Mark Frost (Showtime); “Brockmire,” a comedy starring Hank Azaria as a sportscaster trying for a comeback (IFC); “The Leftovers” for its third and final season (HBO); and “Fargo” Season 3 (FX).

 

Unfortunately, we don’t have a date yet for Game of Thrones (HBO), returning for its 7th and penultimate season. I can at least tell you it should be returning in the month of May this time around.

 

Special thanks to – Cinema Blend, and Seattle Times.

Rinzy’s 5 worst performing movies of 2016

These 5 movies were Rinzy Reviews’ worst for the year 2016. After major hypes, and enticing trailers (God! We hate it when they use trailers to lie!) These movies fell way below expectations when we finally got the chance to watch them.
In increasing order of disappointment, they are:

 

5. Divergent: Allegiant

Budget: $110m
Box-office: $179.2m
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Jeff Daniels, etc.

I’m not so surprised this movie is here. The last two installments (especially, Insurgent) had been struggling to survive: with lesser box office revenues, and lower ratings, a lay-man would have suspected. And now, this once promising series has finally met its creator. It’s situation is so bad that Lionsgate (the studio in charge of its production) is considering sending the last installment to the TV to die.

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Photo credit: Lionsgate

 

 

4. Ben Hur

Budget: $100m
Box-office:$94.1m
Starring: Jack Huston,Toby Kebbel, Morgan Freeman, etc.
One of the movies to get me excited for it release through the awesomeness of its trailer was Ben Hur. This bible adapted story had a lot going for it in the trailers, but all fell short of the hype when it was released. Probably it is God punishing them for making a movie of a man during the life time of his son.

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Photo credit: Paramount pictures

 

 

3. Suicide Squad

Budget:$175m
Box-office: $745.6m
Starring: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davies, Jai Courtney, etc.

This David Ayer’s directed movie confirmed to me that DC haven’t perfected the art of making quality movie. Two things. They had either hire back Christopher Nolan. Or, they get Greg Berlanti of the Arrowverse (CW’s DC TV-universe Director) to handle the big screen for them. This was a huge disappointment, and having big named stars to its credit couldn’t save it.

Just like the other DC movie in this list, it raked in a lot of money despite its very poor review.

DC had better not repeat history with their planned DC Gotham City Siren movie.

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Photo credit: DCEU

 

 

2. Gods of Egypt

Budget: $140m
Box-office: $150.7m
Starring: Gerald Butler, Elodie Yung, Nikolaj Costar-Waldau, etc.
Talk about resources being thrown into the trash. After suffering through backlashes from the public for white-washing (using white actors to play traditionally colored characters) this movie still bombed big time. The graphics were so poor, too bright, yet poor. The story-line, painfully plotted. God have mercy.

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Photo credit: Lionsgate

 

 

1. Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

Budget:$250m
Box-office: $873.3m
Starring: Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, etc.

This is the most horrible movie of the year, 2016. I should have said it is the greatest bomb in recent memory, but the scar Fantastic Four (2015) left on me is still fresh. The trailers offered us hope. Batman, Superman, and Wonder-woman in the same movie. DC’s Trinity in the same movie! But the result after years of hope was painful. A poor plot. Common! Who stops a catastrophic fight simply because their mothers have the same first name? Worse was, How could Batman have withstood Superman for that long in a fight were a punch from Supes could wrangle Battie’s neck?

Zack Snyder really did outdo himself with this.

And messed up my year.

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Photo credit: DCEU

 

 

Notable mentions
– The Huntsman: Winters war: This was a very unwanted sequel. Though the hypes and talks of the dreaded Huntsman from Snow White and The Huntsman made us doubt our resolve to say no to more. This sequel confirmed our initial decision.

– Alice Through The Looking Glass: The movie producers of this franchise thought they could bait us with a half-baked sequel after six years of them making more than a billion with the first installment.

 

THE REASON FOR THIS SERMON

For those who haven’t watched to know what they’re going into when they want to.

RINZY’S MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIES OF 2017

With the year 2016 gone, it is more than due to unveil the movies that will rule this New year, 2017. From Tweets to trends all over the internet, the movies listed here are the most talked about. The once asterisked (*) are Rinzy’s most anticipated.

May we begin!

In the order of their release dates:

1. Underworld: Blood War (Jan. 6)

Joining Kate Beckinsale for her fifth adventure as protangist Selene. The battle between Vampires and Lycans continue as usual. The Underworld franchise hasn’t really been a financial hit, but they’ve been popular enough to get average tongues wagging in aticipation of their next installment. Moreover, Kate is a terrific actress for someone in her 40’s, and I’m sure she’ll be able to pull this one through too.
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Photo credit: Sony

2. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter  (Jan. 27)

This video-game adaption is finally taking a bow, after six installments. Finally, Alice (Milla Jovovich) might get to completely destroy the evil organization – Umbrella.

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Photo credit: Sony and Capcom Entertainments

3. John Wick 2 (Feb. 10)

If there is one movie that surpassed even the expectations of its producers, it has to be John Wick. The story was refreshing, and coupled with the very believable performance by Keanu Reeve, one would be swayed the instant he/her takes a look at John Wick. The sequel promises to be just as much fun.

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Photo credit: Summit Entertainment

4. Fifty Shades Darker (Feb. 10) *

The first of Rinzy’s choice for 2017. I can remember when Fifty Shades of Grey was released, Feb. 13, 2014, the frenzy and all made me research the three books of the same titles by E.L. James. I was hooked. God help me!

Christian Grey and Annastesia Steele return to our screens soon.

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Photo credit: Universal Studios

5. The Wall (Mar. 10)

The Wall is an upcoming American war film directed by Doug Liman and written by Dwain Worrell, about two American soldiers trapped by an Iraqi sniper. The film stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and John Cena (Wikipedia).

I am not a fan of war movies. I know I should be, but its difficult.
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6. The Great Wall (Feb. 17) *

Give me Matt Damon in any form, and I’ll watch. Now, give me Matt Damon and some Monoglian action, and I’ll hail you non-stop. (Thank you Marco Polo!)
This movie is sure to be a hit. I look forward to it.
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7. Logan (Mar. 3) *

Each time I recall this is Hugh Jackman’s last outing as Wolverine, I feel sad: he’s been a terrific actor, and has played the part perfectly for the last sixteen years. Fareware, Logan.

With an R-rating, this is sure to be as hardcore as Deadpool was.
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Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

8. Power Rangers (Mar. 24) *

The trailer for this is really amazing; it had a different tune, more matured than the Power Rangers we grew up knowing. Really anticipating this.

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Photo credit: Lionsgate

9.The Fate of the Furious. …(April 14) *

Give this franchise a medal for knowing how to reinvent itself. Many (myself included) thought how the story will progress without Brian (Late Paul Walker) who was an inegral part of the story; never did we think we’d see what were given in the trailer. Dominic Toretto has gone rogue! And the guys are racing against a submarine! Just when we thought we’ve seen it all.
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Photo credit: Universal Studios

10. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. … (May 5) *

The first installment was a surprise hit. Marvel has established they’ve got the Midas touch. Time will tell what The Star Lord and his team have in stock for us.

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios

11. Kong: Skull Island (Mar. 10) *

Judging by the trailer, this movie means business. Kong is still as angry as ever (Even in a reboot!)
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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

12. King Arthur: Legend of the sword (May 12)

Another retelling of the epic story of Camelot. There’s Guinevere, there is Excalibur, but I haven’t heard anything about Merlin.

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

13 Beauty and The Beast (Mar. 17)

Riding in the stride of Disney’s resolve to make huge money from the live -action retelling of its classic cartoons, comes Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson is as beautiful in the role of Beauty as one would have imagined.

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Photo credit: Disney Studios

14. Alien: Covenant (May 19) *

Don’t shame me for confessing I just watched Prometheus (2012) during the Christmas break. I was a nice watch, and got my interest enough to research The Alien franchise. I need to see where the story goes from there, as this is a sequel to Prometheus, still set as the prequel to  Alien (1979).

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Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

15. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26) *

‘You will always remember this day as the day you nearly caught Captain Jack Sparrow!’

The above sentence will always resonate with me. Johnny Depp returns as the iconic Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of Disney’s hit franchise. This time he battles the Late, but not dead, Captain Salazar.

Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) makes a return as the Captain of The Flying Dutchman in this installment an absence in On Stranger’s Tides.

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Photo credit: Walt Disney’s STudio

16. Wonder Woman (June 2) *

I really look forward to watching Gal Gadot as Diana of Themyscira.
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Photo credit: DCEU

17. The Mummy (June 9) *

Adding Tom Cruise gives this reboot hope. But I don’t think I liked the female Mummy from the trailers. Time will tell.
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Photo credit: Universal Studios

18. World War Z 2 (June 9) *

Bring it on, Brad Pitt. This sequel is long overdue.
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Photo credit: Paramount Studio

19. Cars 3 (June 16)

Everyone who grew up to watch Cars(2006), should be old enough to visit the cinema this time with his/her child. I won’t say more than that.

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Photo credit: Pixar Animation Studios

20. Transformers: The Last Knight. … (June 23) *

Another certain mega-hit. Just like Dom, Optimus Prime, has gone rogue. And he’s seen fighting Bumblebee (everyone’s favorite Auto-bot), Not good Michael Bay, not good!
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Photo credit: Dream works Studio

21. Despicable Me 3 (June 30)

Can we have more screen-time for The Minions. Awesome puppets.
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Photo credit: Universal Studios

22.Spider Man: Homecoming (July 7) *

Marvel and Sony present to us the first fruit of their collaboration. Tom Holland has shown us he can do no wrong with the role, judging from his performance in Captain America: Civil War.

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Photo credit: Marvel Studios

23. War for the Planets of the apes (July 14)

Another war between Man and Ape. Man had better win, else, we’d be going to Mars faster than we’ve planned to.
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Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

24. Dunkirk (July 21)

Another hit by Christopher Nolan.

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Photo credit: Warner Bros.

25. The Emoji movie (Aug. 4)

Another movie like The Angry Birds (2016)

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Photo credit: Sony Pictures

26. Kingsman: The Golden Circle (Oct. 6)*

Highly anticipated and overdue: people couldn’t stop clamouring for more after the first first installment.

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Photo credit: 20th Century Fox

27. Thor: Ragnarok (Nov. 3) *

Chris Hemsworth returns for his third installment as Thor (The god of thunder).  Mark Ruffallo and Benedict Cumberbatch as (The Hulk and Doctor Strange) respectively.
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Photo credit: Marvel Studios

28. Justice League (Nov. 17) *

After many years of hoping, it is finally happening. As directed by Zack Snyder. Let’s hope this isn’t another Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice Movie.
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Photo credit: DCEU

29. Star Wars: Episode VIII. … (Dec. 15) *

The Star Wars franchise continues to outdo itself with more spectacular performances with each new release. Lucas Films have a pot of gold in hand, and they wouldn’t stop milking it. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is still in cinemas breaking more records with each day.
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Photo credit: Lucas Film

30. Jumanji (Dec. 22)

A reboot of the classic movie Jumanji (1995) we grew up watching. It stars Dwayne Johnson (aka The Rock), Kevin Hart, and others.
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Photo credit: Sony Pictures

31. Pitch Perfect 3 (Dec. 22)

The Barden Bella’s are coming back for their third (and hopefully, last) outing. Anna Kendrick wowed us in 2012, with the Cups single. The second installment found itself struggling to tell a story. Let’s hope this one makes a difference.

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Photo credit: Universal Studios

The reason for this sermon.
It is a New Year, and everyone should have his/her movie calendars by their side for easy remembrance.

Author’s note.
I have 18 asterisked movies in the list. Not bad.
Let me know what you think about the list. Which are your favorites, and most anticipated? Let’s talk in the comment box below.

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Top TV shows and characters of 2016

I watch and follow a lot of TV series, so you can imagine how hard it was for me to make a list of the series that did it for me this year, in terms of story-lines, characters, actors, production, and a host of other minute attributes that sort of adds up inside my head.
I should state here that a lot of the TV shows in this list are newcomers; they are here not because they’re green, but because their stories are refreshingly packaged, and provide something new from the norms already shown on The USA TV.

Here are Rinzy’s top TV shows and characters of 2016.

WARNING! WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD!

1 . Game of Thrones
Season: Six
Network: HBO
Favorite character(s): Lyanna Mormont, Cersei Lannister
Starring: Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 9.5/10

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It is no secret, how much love I have for this world created by George R.R. Martins. Game of Thrones is a series that will be remembered for many years to come because of the beautiful imagery, story-lines, and cast it keeps bringing to our screens year after year.

This year, in its sixth season, Game of Thrones has still showed no sign of slowing down. Following the many cliffhanger that closed the fifth season, most of the speculations during the nine months break between seasons was if Jon Snow [our favorite self-righteous hero] was truly dead, and if yes, whether he’ll come back to life anytime soon. Luckily, our prayers were answered and here we are.
Over the course of its sixth season, Game of Thrones as usual, introduced us to a few new characters, and of the lot, the only to steal my heart, is young but fierce, Lyanna Mormont.

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Ever the tough one, Lyanna Mormont had little screen time that resonated with a large percentage of the Game of Thrones loving community [That is a lot of people!] That particular scene were she headed the chant, ‘The King in The North!’  to declare Jon Snow stole the heart of millions, including my stone heart. Here’s to hoping we see more of Lyanna in season seven.

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Another character that that I’ve always loved, and appreciated her art further this season is old but not senile, Cersei Lannister.

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Cersei went through a lot last season; from her lengthy torture at the hands of the High Septa, to her infamous walk of shame, last year wasn’t the best for her. But this year, she finally had the opportunity to take care of most of her enemies at once, in a scene second only to the infamous battle at black-water (in terms of similarities). If you haven’t watched the explosive scene for any reason, you really need a rethink. Wild-fire is bae [Ha Ha Ha!!!]

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Two other notable mentions of the season are: The battle of the bastards (Jon Snow vs Ramsay Bolton, for who controls The North). This was one, if not the best fight sequence I’ve witnessed on Game of Thrones [The Battle of Black-water comes to mind here]. Jon Snow of course won, and his victory brings us steps closer to reuniting The Starks, who have suffered the most on this show.
The other notable mention, is Daenerys Stormborn Targaryen – The Mother of Dragon. This season we felt for the first time the full effect of that name. Daenerys flew with her fully grown dragons, and brought the Slave-masters of Meereen to their knees. As of where the series left us, she’s on her way to Westeros [FINALLY!]

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Photos credit: HBO

 

2. Stranger Things
Season: One
Network: Netflix
Favourite character(s): Eleven, Duncan, pretty much all the children.
Starring: Wyona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, David Harbour, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 9/10

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With only eight episodes, this is one series that took everyone  by storm this year. Very unexpected that a show ran by children takes adult captive. Maybe its cos of the tribute to movies of the 80’s as older folks say.
I love Eleven so much because of the mysterious feel she has around her. She’s killed a lot of people, and the series found a way to not make the fact matter to the viewer, at all. Especially with the way the season ended, I’m certain we’ll be seeing more of Eleven, and whatever that Supernatural creature was that she gave her life up to seemingly-destroy.

 

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To the other children (Dustin, Will, Mike, and Lucas), I say a big thank you for making me want to relive my childhood again [Probably Will shouldn’t be in the list because he was missing for almost the entire season]. The way the boys run up and down piecing clues to find their best-friend is reminiscent of how most of us spent our childhood.

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Hopefully, season two will continue on the climax the awesomeness that was season one has built.

Photos credit: Netflix

3. American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson
Season: One
Network: FX
Favorite character(s): Marcia Clark
Starring: Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jnr., John Travolta, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 9/10

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Sarah Paulson! Sarah Paulson! Sarah Paulson! [How many times have I called you?] This is one of the most talented actresses in history. I’ve been a fan of hers from the American Horror Story series, but I am now a great fan: she pulled off the character of Marcia Clarke with so much realism, that it made me start researching the actual trial that the docudrama was based on.

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Marcia’s character is the one that did it for me in this series. The only other character that made me invested a little is John Travolta’s Robert Shapiro.

Photos credit: FX

 

4. Westworld
Season: One
Network: HBO
Favorite character(s): Maeve, Dr. Ford.
Starring:
Rinzy’s rating: 9/10

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HBO over the years has established itself as one of the Networks willing to spend huge millions of dollars to produce quality TV shows. Westworld is HBO’s latest show riding on the horse of that pledge. With a cliche story-line of Robot vs Man, executed in the most uncommon of ways, Westworld earned itself the title of The Most Talked About Series of 2016 – Almost everyone (Film-freaks) were constantly discussing, week after week, the many possible theories of what exactly was happening at the Park.

With Game of Thrones coming to an end, HBO is desperate for another mega-hit to take its place. I certainly believe Westworld can do it. With a release date for next season slated for 2018, the year Game of Thrones airs its 8th and final season [Talk about conspiracy theory].

I’ve been a fan of Thandie Newton since I watched her in 2014’s Docu-drama – Half of a yellow sun, and it was wonderful seeing her when Westworld premiered. A few episodes in, and I was hooked to Maeve’s story-line (Maeve is Thandie Newton’s character on the show).

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Maybe not as intriguing as Dolores, but more compelling to follow, and she wins my love for this show.

Dr. Ford, always the sly. It wasn’t hard to realize he was playing God, and hence was the villain of the story. I still suspect he found a way to transfer human consciousness into hosts, hence his willingness to let himself be killed to set into motion his new narrative. Only time will confirm or disprove this theory [Only time will tell.]

Photos credit: HBO

5. Marvel’s Luke Cage
Season: One
Network: Netflix
Favorite character(s): Misty Knight, Mariah Dillard, Shades
Starring: Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 8/10

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Carl Lucas, Luke Cage. Which ever you choose to call him, he still remains who he is – Power Man.

I liked this series. It was a decent one. Most loved by me was Detective Mercedes Misty Knight. Asides being hot [Damn! She was hot] I was invested in her from the first episode, because of the way the series graphically described her detective-skills. I was waiting through the entire episodes for someone to confirm if that was just camera-awesomeness, or if Misty had super powers.

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It was an entertaining watch, save for the scenes Claire Temple were in. [Someone please tell her to stick to Hell’s Kitchen]

I also loved Mariah. She was crazy, and what’s worse was that she didn’t even know it till it was too late.

The only thing I loved about shades was the way he wore and took off his dark shades. A looked to me like a more mysterious character than the show’s producers tried to paint him. I want to believe there’s more to his backstory than the guy who contributed to turning Carl Lucas into Luke Cage.

Photos credit: Netflix
6. Narcos
Season: Two
Network: Netflix
Favorite character(s):
Starring: Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Paschal, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 8/10

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Talk about one series I wasn’t sure if I should watch. I actually binge-watched Narcos from season one, but this review is limited to the second season only.

Strange thing is I don’t have a favorite. Maybe its because I can’t get fully attached with any characters [Blame it on the language]. But then, Narcos is the first none-English film of any kind that I’ve had no problem watching, and understanding. That’s a huge feat. Pablo Escobar is a very compelling character [More compelling in season one]. He makes some terrible life choices, that made me google-search at every spot if it did happen. Talk about a savage.

Pablo may be dead now, but the underworld of the narcotics isn’t done with us yet.

Photo credit: Netflix

 

7. Orphan Black
Season: Four
Network: BBC America
Favorite character(s): All the clones (especially Crystal)
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Ari Millien, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 7/10

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Shout out to one of my best Actresses of all time – Tatiana Maslany. I keep wondering the amount of work she puts into filming her multiple personalities (clones) per season: An average person would break down.

And she finally got the Emmy she deserved.

Now, this year on Orphan Black did a lot of things, most noticeably, it showed us Rachael Duncan can never change, as she’s still the same manipulative, conniving bastard she was from the first day we met her. She killed her mother (Susan Duncan), just when we finally confirmed Susan was one of the good guys. Damn! Things are bound to get messier [and more interesting] as Sarah, and her clone club head into their fifth and final season. I believe a lot of questions will be answered in the new season; whoever is truly running the show at Neolution will finally be exposed [and euthanized if need be].

Photo credit: BBC America

8. Darevil
Season: Two
Network: Netflix
Favorite character(s): Frank Castle (The Punisher), Elektra Natchios
Starring: Charlie Cox, Jon Bernthal, Elodie Yung, etc.
Rinzy’s rating: 7/10

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Every scene Jon Bernthal appeared here as The Punisher, he stole the show: almost forcing Daredevil to be a recurring character in his own show. I also loved Elektra. Simply because I’ve loved the character since her appearances in 2003’s Daredevil movie and her 2005 solo movie outing with Jenifer Garner, I anticipated her introduction, and I wasn’t disappointed.

Photo credit: Netflix

There you have it Rinzy Reviews the top TV shows and TV characters of 2016. As always, forward ever, backward never, 2017 promises to be a better year.

Coincidentally, most of the series here are from Netflix, which makes my subconscious want to tell my conscious that Netflix produces better series than any other Network. [Nah! HBO is still number one!]

WORTHY MENTIONS
Ghost-Rider (ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD): He’s been very awesome since the season started. Who doesn’t love Ghost-Rider? Who?

TV shows such as The Crown, Preacher, Atlanta, The Night Of etc., are still in my waiting list, hence I couldn’t  pass my personal view on their wide acclamation. But I sincerely believe they’ll be good views as most critics have already said. I’ll talk about them as soon as I’m done.

THE REASON FOR THIS SERMON
TV shows have come a long way from what they used to be; I believe that soon, TV shows would be in more demand than Movies. Time will tell. This ranking appreciates the effort these Actors, Producers, Directors, etc., put into their crafts. We thank you all. We know 2017 will be a better year. Cheers! Happy 2017 in advance.

How do we start?

Over the course of this holiday I’ve got a lot of movies on my laptop waiting for me to devour. Fresh ones, old ones I’ll like to re-watch, and old ones I haven’t watched before, all begging for my attention, and hoping I pick them first.

I’ve triumphed in watching a few already: Slum dog millionaire (HW, 2008), The Conjuring 2 (HW, 2016), The Visit (NW, 2015), and Transformers 2: Revenge Of The Fallen (HW, 2009). I accomplished these feats all on Christmas day, that is to tell you how bored I am here.

Before the advent of the holidays I tried so hard to watch a lot of the miniseries I have been hoarding: Westworld s1, Stranger Things s1, American Crime Story: The People vs OJ Simpson, Orphan Black s4, Narcos s1&2, Marvel’s Luke Cage s1, and a host of others I can’t seem to easily recall.

The sermon here is that I’ll start my reviews from the list of films I’ve recently watched, and as time goes on, even as the fall break of most series comes to an end, I’ll have a specific schedule for my programming. I promise to find an easy way to segment my posts so that movies and TV series posts don’t cluster.

I believe we’ll have a nice time here, as I’ll try as much as possible to breakdown the stories/plots using easily understandable languages.

Lest I forget, I’m a big fan of story telling; watching too many movies has caused my eyes and mind to be unholy to the point that they itch to create their own. So, I think i may be posting one stories I have come up with, with the hope that you find my story-lines captivating, and worthy to tune I’m regularly to continue reading.

My name is Rinzy Talius Dike, and I welcome you to Rinzy Reviews.

Keywords
NW: Hollywood
HW: Hollywood

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It’s been a few years since I became engrossed in the art of film-watching, a few years for story-writing, and approximately a year since I nursed the idea of  having a platform where I communicate my many theories and film ideas to a public as enthusiastic as I am about films (Movies and TV series). Here we are, Rinzy Reviews: A dream come true.

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