TV Review: DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (S02 E15)

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DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has come a long way this season, especially after a not so wonderful first season.

The penultimate S02 E15 touched on a lot of topics – religion, friendship, trust, etc. – which have been central to the series, further exploring character and plot growth that has been instrumental to this season’s success.

The Legion of Doom roaster saw an expansion in this episode, with Leonard Snart (Captain Cold) returning come back, and Mick Rory (Heat Wave) banding with his best friend in joking ranks with Eobard Thawne, Damien Dahrk, and Malcolm Merlyn. In a series that deals with time-travel no one stays dead for long; Snart’s return wasn’t a shocker, so also Rory’s alliance swap.

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Heat Wave and Captain Cold.

Everyone of the villains have had one reason or the other for wanting to rewrite destiny, the original trio being well defined and understandable; Mick claimed to have something he also wanted to change and. I can’t help but think what it is. For Snart, it could be to rewrite his death so that he never becomes a time aberration.

The Legends went on a quest to retrieve the blood of Christ as the only weapon that can destroy the spear, but they lost it. Defeated on both grounds, I wonder how they’ll be prepared to defeat the Legion of Doom, especially as the episode ended with then rewriting destiny.

With only one episode to go, I wonder how the season will end. The season has been extremely entertaining, and I hope they end it right. Something tells me, Mick might die: might be the only logical thing to do since Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Millar might have a career once again in Prison Break.

LoT’s season finale airs next Tuesday on The CW.

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RR Recommended: Prison Break

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Original air date: 2005 – 2009

Seasons: 4 (81 episodes)

Episode duration: 42 mins

Network: Fox

Cast: Wentworth Millar, Dominic Purcell, Wade Williams, Robin Tunney, etc.

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For those who didn’t watch the hit TV series – Prison Break when it was the only thing to watch (I included), here’s the opportunity to do so. Over the last week I’ve been binge-watching Prison Break with each opportunity I can afford to, and here are reasons why you should.

1. It is an evergreen show

Few shows stand the test of time, and Prison Break is one of such which has proven itself. With a production quality that can rival most series of this time, after 12 years of its pilot’s original air it is still the in-thing.

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2. It has captivating characters and wonderful actors.

The characters are simply wonderful, from Michael Scofield, T-bag, the shady DSS agents, everyone is beautiful written and powerfully executed by wonderful actors.

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Prison Break season one main cast.

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3. All the episodes are available for download or streaming.

For those who like to binge-watch, Prison Break has all its episodes available for your viewing glory.

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4. It is interesting.

So far, I haven’t had a dull moment, every episode just pulls you further in as you watch.

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5. A sequel is airing this year.

If you’re the type that likes to follow up on shoes are episodes are released, Prison Break is returning for a 5th season, continuing the story-line from where it left of in 2009. Most of the principal casts are returning.

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Prison Break returns April 4, 2017.

 

So Far This Season: 24: Legacy

In the year 2001, a TV series that redefined the meaning of action thriller premiered on Fox. That TV series went on 9 seasons; that TV series was, 24. Now, that series is back, though with a new cast it is continuing the legacy and it is rightly titled 24: Legacy.

Eric Carter is our hero; definitely not Jack Bauer but he’ll do; I particularly like his background story – an ex Army Ranger who has returned to America, and the trouble that follows him back, compelling him to ask Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) to save his life, and potentially stopping the largest terrorist attacks on American soil (Wikipedia). Not bad if you ask me.

The action doesn’t take long to start, bringing the thrills of the original 24 back to long time fans. Though many might see the casting of lead, Eric Carter (played by Corey Hawkins) a big deviation from Keifer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer, his performance so far has been superb; he was able to grab my attention from the first half of the premiere episode(s).

Story so far:

Eric Carter served his country by leading a team of men against a terrorist group, killing the leader, Sheik Ibrahim Bin-Khalid, in the process. Now living under a new identity with his wife Nicole he receives a call from one of his teammates, Ben Grimes, who informs him that Bin-Khalid’s people have killed the other four of their teammates, leaving both of them as the remaining survivors. This begins the story for another long day in TV story-telling. With each episode occurring over one hour of real time, 24: Legacy follows in the steps of its predecessor (24).

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Eric Carter and Ben Grimes.

Rebecca Ingram (played by Miranda Otto) – the leader of the CTU as at when Eric and his team were in service is naturally the only person he trusts. The problem now is that she’s no longer i charge, and has no security clearance for the kind of operation the situation at hand requires. Rebecca’s husband, John Donovan, is a Senator of the USA, a presidential aspirant, a good man at heart who’s political aspiration’s caught up in the shenanigans of threats of terrorism, so far to the point that his father was the one who leaked the new identities of the late soldiers to the enemy so he could win the election. Rebecca, not able to stand the lies of her father-in-law (Henry Donovan) arranges for him to be hijacked and the truth flushed out of him one way or the other; this act’s sure to put a strain in her already strained marriage.

We also have the Carters… Eric, his brother Issac, and his wife Nicole… It doesn’t take long to figure out there’s something of a love triangle between them. Sometime in an unspecified past, Eric stole Nicole from Issac; worse is the fact that after all these while Nicole still has feelings for him. Eric charged Issac with keeping Nicole safe before he went on his self-sent mission of saving America, of which Issac’s been doing a horrible job.

The main villain of the story, Jadalla Bin-Khalid, the son of the late Bin-Khalid hasn’t really impressed up till this point; save for the time he shot one of his father’s most trusted henchman in the forehead at close range, he hasn’t really been an interesting villain to watch. Yes, he’s the leader of all the terrorist acts we’ve witnessed so far, he still has a long way to go before cementing his name as a villain we love to hate.

The trio villain – Amira, Harris, and Khasan – have been delight to watch; though their end was tragic, it did have its up side till the very end. Amira and Khasan are siblings of the Islamic faith – they’re one of the fifteen sleeper cells waiting for Jadalla’s activation all over The United States of America. Harris is a high school Chemistry teacher in a relationship with Amira. The siblings’ father disapproves of their actions but Amira is too in love with her brother that she sacrifices a good boy looking after her wellbeing, her father’s love, and her life to continue with their mission. Harris killed Khasan for the love of Amira, Amira killed Harris for the love of Khasan, and killed herself also for the love of Khasan. Haha!
The time as at episode 7 where this review stops is 6:00p.m. – 7:00p.m., we’re heading to night time, and with 5 episodes to go the story is about to get more interesting.

24: Legacy airs Mondays on Fox.

Rinzy Reviews: Into The Badlands s1

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In commemoration of the season 2 premiere of martial arts series – Into the Badlands – RR brings you a short review of what went on in the first season.

Sunny – the main protagonist, is martial arts expert who goes on a wild journey with a young boy (M.K.) who holds a dark energy inside of him. Together they battle various forces of evil in the badlands – The Barons, Widow and co. etc.

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Sunny in action.

The bulk of the story-line though confusing at first make better sense on re-watch.

Into the Badlands’success stems from its novel approach to the old idea of martial art in movies. The post-apocalyptic feel of the Badlands mixed with blends of modern day tech, though not unique still makes it interesting to watch the show. Sunny’s martial art skills are particularly worthy to note, and worth the long wait to the season 2 premiere.

Into The Badlands airs Sundays on AMC.

The Originals’ Back!

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The Originals’ back!

Season 4 just premiered and there are a lot of things to catch up to this season. Klaus is still in trouble… Hope is grown…. Five years have passed. There’s so much to catch up to! Since the acts of s03’s finale.

When we left last season, Freya put all of the Mikelsons (herself included) into a magical sleep to avoid Marcel’s wrath and newfound powers. Vincent puts us to speed on where we left New Orleans last – Cami’s death, Klaus’ defeat, severing of the Ancestral spirits to the witches of NOLA, etc. It’s a new dawn and there’s been relative peace for the last five years.

We’re soon introduced to our first Mikelson – Hope: all grown, smart, and beautiful, five years into the future. Hope wants her mother to reunite their family; and that has kept Hayley going the last five years.

Talking about the peace in New Orleans; there’s always been those wanting to bring trouble to the city on the annual celebration of Klaus’ downfall. As the anniversary approaches and people start to show up – one of such that arrive is Alistair. Sired by Klaus, Alistair holds a long time grudge against his sire for making him watch as his wife and child were murdered years back. It doesn’t take long for Alistair to challenge Marcel’s decision to keep Klaus (who’s the reason why the other Originals are still alive, according to his witches). Marcel agrees to a standoff at the wretched Mikelson’s compound. Klaus was brought out to the glaring view of Vampires, Witches and co. It doesn’t take long for Klaus to take charge of the show and sink his fangs into Alistair’s neck, killing him.

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Klaus and Marcel

Alistair had sent his men against Hayley, in a move to kill her because he believed she was the one helping to keep Elijah (and the other Originals) alive. We got to see Hayley in a lot of bad-ass Hybrid and full-wolf glory. A newly revived Hayley, revives Elijah, who then helps to finish off the last two men out to kill Hayley.

There’s the talk of a cult-like witch group with a particular fetish sigil hosting secret meetings at night, planning ways to unseat Marcel probably to claim Klaus for themselves. I believe this cult will he of utmost importance for the remainder of this season. Most intriguing is the fact that Hope (at the last scene of the episode) is shown to be having recurring nightmares of the sigil, as evident from the many paintings of it she’s made.

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The Sigil

Last point to note is Vincent’s possible love interest. Ever since Vincent was introduced as a new vessel for Finn in season two, he’s been a consistent embodiment of magic… the go-to guy should any of the major character want a spell. So it seems appropriate that his story-arch should be expanded to include s possible love interest – Maxine: a single mother who’s also a witch – judging from the fact that Maxine’s son was possibly kidnapped at the end of the episode, both adults night be spending lots of time together.

In all, this was a decent season premiere, taking its time to establish new story-lines that surely will see this smaller 13 episode season have closely knitted story with no room for filler-episodes.

The Originals airs Fridays on The CW.

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TV Review: Arrow S05E16

Adrian Chase is a bad guy!

During the last episode we found out Prometheus and Adrian Chase are one and the same; Oliver and team Arrow found out this episode from none other than Talia al ghul – who just as Oliver suspected trained Prometheus.

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Talia al ghul as seen in Arrow

The bulk of this episode dealt with how Adrian and Prometheus are one and the same, and not an alter-ego like Oliver’s initial stance as the Hood in earlier seasons.

Adrian keeps repeating the only thing he wants – to break Oliver – With his constant tagline being, I’m always ten steps ahead of you. He proved himself worthy of that tag when he stabbed his wife to death without batting an eye. Oliver had brought Mrs. Chase to help convince her husband; she was Oliver’s trump-card, and he helped discard it without a second thought, though he seemed pained by his decision to do so.

This episode showed how much work Adrian had put into his mission to break Oliver, and just how far he’s willing to go, including stabbing his wife and the police chief.

Oliver made a decision to kill Adrian in anger safe for the timely arrival of Talia who helped kidnap Oliver. With the Mayor of Star City missing one can only guess what Adrian has planned for the City through his office as the DA; he wastes no time blaming the death of his wife and disappearance of Mayor Queen on the Green Arrow, further increasing his citywide hunt.

Felicity gets a lot of time to shine in this episode with her recent alliance with the hacker group – Helix. They made her do something with Homeland security which I’m sure will come back to hunt her. In order to find Oliver, Felicity gave herself freely to Helix to use as they will.

The flashbacks continue with their mission of establishing Oliver as the man we met when Arrow season one premiered in 2012. They were wonderful fight sequences that showed Oliver almost completely modeled as The Hood.

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Arrow airs Wednesdays on The CW.

TV Review: The Flash S03E16

Barry Allen battles the Black Flash!

OK! Ever since the idea Black Flash was introduced in the season two finale of The Flash, comic book lovers have been on a frenzy, and when he appeared on Legends of Tomorrow necks snapped with excitement.

Barry predictably goes into the Speed-force to save Wally West. If there’s one thing I’ve hated about The CW’s depiction of The Flash is his predictability, his self-righteous character, his nagging hypocritical attributes… and his action to go into the speed-force follows in the limelight of that predictability.

Jesse Quickls takes it upon herself to steal the piece of Savitar’s body metal with the belief she’s going to defeat Savitar. Presently, Savitar has been depeocted as an all-knowing powerful being; almost always one step ahead of the team. My concern here is that he’s taken an interest in Jesse and time will tell how he intends to enact his plans for her. I’m guessing her running away to Earth-3 would find a way to work into Savitar’s plans for her.

In the speed-force, Barry has to battle versions of the force with faces of familiar characters, Eddy Thawne, Ronnie, and Leonard Smart. This time, the force isn’t pleased with barry and has vowed to make his visit unpleasant unless he leaves. The force presented a Time-Wraith and The Black Flash to force Barry to leave. I know it may seem inconsequential now, but this plot his to come full circle; the next time Barry will need to have a direct dealing with the force I am certain it wouldn’t go so nice.

Team Flash did have some major wins in this episode – Jesse’s action going after Savitar proved that he can be hurt, and if he bleeds means he can be defeated. Also, Barry comes to realise he can’t keep changing the future and that the only way to defeat Savitar and save Iris’ life was for his to embrace the future as it comes and give himself space from Iris.

Things are about to get more interesting!

Overall, this was a decent episode, one that furthered all available storylines.

The Flash airs Tuesdays on The CW.

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