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The ‘Once Upon A Time’ Soft Reboot Is A Welcome Development.

OUAT is back! Sort of. After the run of the not so good season six, many viewers were surprised to hear the show was going to undergo a reboot of some sort, with many of its principle casts not returning. In fact, only three of the principle cast + a grown up Henry. As at that time, it seemed like rocket science, I felt the show should have ended with the 6th season since it had lost the magic that once made it special. Haha! But the season seven premiere (S07 E01) turned out to be decent, nice, and had that spellbinding magic that made the show endear to our heart, once.

It turns out there are more realms in existence than the one we’ve grown accustomed to. And possibly, various incarnations of characters we’ve already come across, as we got introduced to another Cinderella (a latina, as played by, Daniella Ramirez). This means, we can have another Snow White, Prince Charming, and even Evil Queen, though I hope the story doesn’t delve in there.

The returning cast members – Regina (who now goes by Ronin), Hook (who’s a sergeant turned detective at the end of the episode), and Rumple (Hook’s new partner). It might take me a while to stop referring to everyone by their old names, so please, forgive me. But I really got excited watching this episode, it held promise, something I haven’t seen in OUAT in a while now.

The main plot revolves around a grown Henry, who set out to discover and write his own story devoid of his family. He met and fell in love with the Cinderella of this new realm and they had a daughter. There’s a new curse, and no one remembers their former lives, save for the little girl. Does this remind you about someone? Yes. Nostalgia’a *****

Various questions pop up now, such as:

– Who cast the curse?

– Where are the other characters?

– How did the Dark One get ensnared by a curse? and…

– What happened to Storybrooke, as the new story takes place in Seattle?

This and many more will certainly be answered as the season goes forward. Until then, enjoy the rebranded show called, ‘Once Upon A Time’.

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I Honestly Fear For ‘The Wedding Party 2’

I fear for ‘The Wedding Party 2’ and it’s for a good cause. Expectations are here. People are too excited. December 15 seems so far. But, what if our systems have gotten too excited nothing can gauge it? What if the movie comes out and we feel it’s same as part one, only recycled and more foreigner? What if we get too vexed that we start to notice the flaws we purposely overlooked in the first installment? 

God forbid!

‘The Wedding Party 2’ official poster

​I enjoyed ‘The Wedding Party’ so much, that if a sequel would spoil the memory for me, I’d rather not watch.

A popular trend is that the second never gets to be quite as entertaining as the first, but that has never stopped studio execs from green lighting a sequel when the first gets so popular its now referred to as pop culture. ‘The Wedding Party’ is one of our own pop culture, original and Nigerian, something we seem to be lacking in the scene. Hopefully, it breaks the jinx of Hollywood, and starts something new and great for us here – the new Nollywood we call it – our new way of life. 

The teaser trailer released days ago has done exactly as intented – to get people pumped and tongues wagging – pockets also itching to spend enough money that another box office records is shattered. So many familiar faces, old and new to the franchise, a phenomenal way to build a brand that’ll last a lifetime. Ebony Life has got a goldmine in their hands.

The success of ‘The Wedding Party 2’ is crucial to the way the Nigerian cinematic movie culture improves, we may not know it until 2018 has aged properly, hopefully, gracefully too. Be thou as it may, I’m waiting for the day; that date; December 15, 2017. Mark your calendars, friends, Christmas this year just got litter.

– RR.

9 Thoughts I Had After Watching ‘The Gifted’ Series Premiere!

1. The Xmen shows are on fire. First ‘Legion’, and now ‘The Gifted’, they’re killing it back to back.
2. The Gifted puts Marvel to shame by virtue of the critical flop that’s Inhumans.

3. Lauren Strucker’s ability looks like Jean Grey performing air bending. Her brother, Andy, reminds me of Lance from ‘Xmen:Evolution’.

4. Give me more Polaris and the spider-like Sentinels.

5. I want more shows based on the Xmen franchise. I WANT MORE!

6. With the success of this show, Marvel and Fox might be more unlikely to partner on the big screen due to envy.

7. I’ve missed Stephen Moyer so much. I wish his real life wife, Anna Paquin, can make an appearance as Rogue, on the show.

8. The Gifted tells a familiar story about family, only this time, there’s powers involved, which is a good thing. Family over everything.

9. The show having just ten episodes is good: a short and concise story, with action, intrigue, suspense, and more action.




‘The Gifted’ Premiere Is Intense And Beautiful

Any movie/ TV show weaved from the Xmen continuity is a must watch for me; having followed the movies diligently and early this year’s Legion, Gifted was naturally anticipated by me. And I was not disappointed.

The Gifted tells the story of fear. Fear of an uncertain future, one laced with prejudice, discrimination and stigma for being different.


The Strucker family, whose patriarch, charges mutants to jail for a living, finds out his two children are mutants, and like most people clouded by love and other emotions, he goes against everything he had ever believed and work for to protect his children. Running a similar thread, are The Undergrounds, a bunch of misfits bent of fulfilling the wish of their missing leader, Magneto, to sibdue the world instead.

The Strucker Family

The premiere was a strong one. Even though experience has taught us not to judge an entire show by its first episode, I can’t help but predict this is going to be a wonderful ride. Bryan Singer does a great job using TV budget to begin a promising story that is visually stunning as it is entertaining. The cast is right in all ramifications, so far, everything points to this show becoming a hit for Fox.

The story continues next Monday on Fox. Tell me what you think of the show.

Marvel’s Inhumans Isn’t As Bad As They Say

After about a month of waiting after the IMAX premiere, Marvel’s Inhumans have arrived on TV.The Inhumans property has been troubled for many years now. It was first billed to appear in the phase three of the MCU, but for reasons best known between the two bosses at loggerhead – Ike Permulter and Kevin Feige – the project never moved forward. Later it was announced the show will premiere on TV, ABC, instead, with an eight episode order for a short and concise story. Then came the real issue… from the release of the first trailer to all the screenings that followed, the show was accused of being cheap, and Marvel of cutting corners. Add that to the array of lacklustre reviews from critics, of which the show has a very poor standing on Rotten Tomato. To cut ling story short, Marvel Inhumans makes Iron Fist (season one) look good. After watching the two episodes premiere myself, trying hard to avoid being biased by premeditated views of others, I can confidently say the show isn’t so bad.

Medusa and Blackbolt

Yes, I enjoyed it, and I’m looking forward to the third episode. This may or may not come as a surprise to many, but it’s my own view.
The costumes are cheap, very cheap, and unimpressive. I had a big problem with Lockjaw, as the CGI used to portray his existence kept rubbing on my face, announcing it was of low quality. But I tried to overlook all these, and keep an eye on the actors and the story.

Marvel’s Inhumans

The show boasts a very good cast. Take Iwan Rheon’s Maximus away (because ‘Game Of Thrones’ has shown us how good he is as an actor), I really got into Anson Mount’s Black bolt. For a character who didn’t utter a word, that says so much about the actor. Serinda Swan’s Medussa also impressed, enough for me to trace her TV background and realize she was Zatanna on Smallville. The bulk of the actors that made up the royal family were good enough, I enjoyed watching them move on screen. 

While the first ten minutes of the premiere wasn’t that impressive, the show soon really gets a hang over itself, and successfully establishes its plot. I do hope the story improved as it continues, as only word of mount (positive) can resurrect its dead bones.

Marvel’s Inhumans airs Fridays on ABC

Prometheus To Feature In Arrowverse 2017 Crossovers

Are you a fan of The CW Arrowverse?

Did you watch Arrow’s fifth season?

If you answers to both questions are yes, then you’ve met Prometheus (no relation to 2012’s Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel).

Prometheus

Prometheus was the villain to beat, a player on a whole new scale for Oliver and the other members of Team Arrow. Even though he died at his own hands at the end of the season, he won, he caused Oliver enough damage to last a lifetime. And now, its been confirmed that Prometheus, or at least a variant of the villain, will be appearing in the annual crossover event.
This year’s crossover is titled, Crisis on Earth-X, and will be a fallout between our heroes and villains around the multiverse on the occasion of Barry and Iris’ wedding. Prometheus, from Earth-X, has been billed to appear as a formidable foe for Oliver; it’ll be wonderful.

Crisis on Earth-X

The crossover episodes have become a yearly event since inception in 2015; every year keeps getting bigger and better. After last year’s Invasion, one might be tempted to think no way forward, but this year promises to be better.