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TV review: iZombie (S3E12)

I’ve never reviewed iZombie here, even though I’ve diligently followed it since its first season. Why? I really can’t say. Maybe because the show hadn’t given me a stronger reason to shout WTF! Until now.

The penultimate episode of the third season did plenty to shake things up, and I’ll try to talk about the noteworthy ones… the groundbreaking two.

1. Liv isn’t so holy afterall.

    If you’ve been following iZombie from the very beginning you’ll understand what happens to zombies after they take a snack on human brains – they tend to see visions and behave very much like the dead person they just feasted on. Now, in this episode, Liv ate the brain of Ravi’s former boss who had an oversized sexual appetite; something Ravi himself could attest to being that he had also slept with her in the past. Liv found herself visiting a bar one too many times until she hooked up with Filmore Graves. What makes this all the more noteworthy is that, Filmore Graves is the boss of Liv’s boyfriend, and all three are zombies. Yep! Zombies can only bone themselves.

    Liv is in a tight corner, though this plot might not be addressed until the new season, it’s still a wonder one: it raises the question of how much of you is you as a zombie under the influence of a new brain.

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    2. Explosion gallore.

    One of the dangling plot thread this season has been about Discovery Day (The day humans discover the existence of zombies). It’s been a real threat, becoming realer as the days go by. With a new  Mayor that is a zombie and a very wealthy firm run exclusively by zombies, I’ll say the undead have a better chance winning the way in Seattle. But when the major truth activist of the city turns into an undead against his own will and decides the best way to leave this world is with a bang, things take a drastic turn. I can swear I didn’t see that coming. Though iZombie has taken such explosive risk in the past, in terms of storytelling, this one managed to seem fresh and unexpected. This scene opens the door for so many questions because, as much as the bombed house contained lots of zombies, there also were lots of humans there. It makes fun at the entire reason why humans would be fighting the undead if it’ll cause them to be their own undoing.

    There you have the two shocking factors of this episode. I enjoyed this episode so much that I promise to review the season finale.

    iZombie returns next Tuesday on The CW.

    TV Review: The Originals (S4E12)

    I’ll start this review with the announcement that, Freya and Keel in finally did the deed.

    And… I give this episode a B+

    Still reeling from the events of the last episode, The Mikesons all feel relaxed and happy with the belief that they’ve defeated The Hollow (unknown to them its in their hope and salvation). Something happened in the first ten minutes of this episode that is common with most broadcast shows, Hope did something off that someone in the person of her mother realized but didn’t take serious. This is a common occurrence and for a show based on the supernatural, every detail should count.

    Anyways, it doesn’t take long for the quiet to fade. Sofia (Marcel’s gf) wakes up, and tells Marcel what he doesn’t want to hear. In extension, the whole squads hears about it. Everyone prepares to go deal with the Hollow proper once and for all. Did I mention that Rebecca tried to seduce Marcel just so that her family can remain in New Orleans? She failed woefully. This made me laugh at how much the dynamic of The Originals not been the number one beasts of the world anymore has come to stay.

    So, Vincent thinks it wise to channel Marcel to fully learn the spell Inadu’s mother used to trap her 1500 years ago, 

    Hayley’s particularly smart in this episode, quickly figuring out that The Hollow is in Hope. She and Freya blankly ponder on what to do as neither of them would hurt Hope. 10 points for The Hollow’s ingenuity! At first, I complained of Hayley’s lack of observation, up until this scene where she showed great observatory skill as is necessary between mother and child. Freya casts a spell that knocks Hope out and sends The Hollow’s essence away.

    Back from the land of the dead, Vincent and Sofia think it wise for Klaus to reach into Hope’s head to reassure his daughter to keep fighting The Hollow from the inside until her family can defeat the Big-bad Hollow. This fight from Hope’s angle requires that she not fall asleep else The Hollow wins.

    At the quarters, The Hollow, now in her own skin successfully puts every of the Bads down. Technically, this was all a distraction for Vincent to trap her and send her into her cage (the book) using her mother’s spell. Vincent failed. Hope disappeared from her father’s presence, The Hollow also from her confrontation with Vincent. Hope wakes up as The Hollow and the first thing she does is burn her book, the one that gave Vincent ideas on how to defeat her, after which she heads to the church to address her waiting disciples.

    Klaus gives a heartwarming speech of how the family can’t give up until they save his heart and soul, Hope. Vincent takes away whatever inkling of family they have left by saying he has an idea but it will be the end of their greatest pledge to each other – Always and Forever.

    I think this was a wonderful penultimate episode. Next week’s finale looks to be explosive: I can’t wait to see what Vincent fully meant by his closing remark.

    The Originals returns for its 4th season finale next Friday on The CW.

    Hollow vs Hope: The inevitable battle

    I give it to The Originals: though this season has been a slow-burner it’s been building better towards the inevitable showdown of good vs evil, in this case Hope vs The Hollow. The Hollow has been shown to be a very powerful foe, not yet formidable but very powerful, and as she’s a child there’s only one child in the whole of New Orleans whom we know has the power to match hers – Hope Mikelson. Yes, daddy Klaus will be so proud his daughter would soon be knocking off teeth and chopping heads off.

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    Hope Mikelson

    The Hollow is deadly but time will tell what other trick she has up her powerful sleeve.

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    Sign of The Hollow

    Hope is Klaus’ Hope!

    Hope is Klaus’ weak spot!

    At the beginning of the season, Klaus is boring and unbearable to watch and this is because he has a daughter.

    Ha Ha Ha!! Scratch the above: I was just pulling your legs. We have a new Klaus and I’m loving him; he wouldn’t have been possible without Hope.

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    Hope Mikelson

    Episode 03 of The Originals’ 4th season dealt more on expanding on the new man Klaus has become in the face of his daughter. She’s his redemption, and as such, his Achilles heel. Worst thing is, I can’t imagine what sort of monster Klaus would morph into should anything happen to Hope; I don’t want to imagine it. But then, this kind of devotion makes you wonder what would happen with the series moving forward. If Klaus continues down this redemption path the series would become boring to watch. That’s why in episode 07, when Alaric Saltzman showed up and mentioned about his school for gifted children to Klaus, I was happy. That tiny scene provided the perfect destination should the threat of The Hollow come to an end. There’s no safer place for Klaus to drop his loving daughter off than at the school run by the one immortal girl Klaus has vowed to wait for no matter what; his epic love, Caroline.

    So, while we rejoice that Klaus might have found his redemption, his anchor to humanity, do not worry about the series becoming boring because Hope will be shipped off once her mission is complete.

     

     

    What is behind Elijah’s Red-door?

    I believe it’s safe to say one of the main plots of last night’s episode of The Originals (S4 E10) was the inclusion of Elijah’s infamous Red-door. If you’ve been following the TO/TVD universe since inception you must have heard about this door. The quest to defeat The Hollow aside, our favorite family spent the entirely episode trying to rescue Elijah’s fractured mind inside Freya’s pendant to be able to bring him back to life at a later date. At Hayley’s turn inside Elijah’s head (after Freya’s failed attempt), the Red-door appeared. The version of Elijah in his other memories kept fading away at every point of trying to make contact, but the one of the Red-door remained. This version of Elijah was a monster; the kind of monster Esther explained her son truly was. And Hayley experienced the full terror.

    Elijah Mikelson

    Behind that door is carnage, death, bloodlust, and destruction. Elijah was indeed a monster. It took the intervention of Hope to break Elijah out of his trance like state. This action sort of corrected his fractured mind, keeping him safe for whenever Freya would be ready to pull him out.
    Personally, I’m at a crossroad deciding what to make of the direction TO has taken Elijah as a character this season. It isn’t hard to realize that Klaus and Elijah have sort of swapped places in terms of impulse and response to situations. I understand it’s for the reason to further the overall story-arc of Klaus’ redemption relating to his daughter Hope, but Elijah has always been the heart of the Original family and now watching him delve further into the rabbit hole simply because the writers want a monster to replace Klaus hurts me. I’ve always known Elijah was the greater monster of both Mikelsons but watching it play out hurts.

    With three episodes to go for this season it’ll be hard to imagine Elijah will sit out the rest of the action, especially now Kol has involuntarily taken side with The Hollow to save his dear Davina.

    The Originals airs Fridays on The CW.

    TV Recap: Supernatural -S12 E23 (finale)

    A lot did happen in this season’s finale. We lost two major characters who’ve been with us for many seasons, which makes me think the show might be going for some sort of soft reboot.

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    Dean, Crowley, Sam, Castiel

    This season has been a let down of some kind to me; I feel the show has gotten to its apex and should take a bow before it gets any worse than it already has.

    OK! So the two way battle that dragged all season:

    • The Winchesters vs The British men of Letters, and
    • The Winchesters vs The spawn of Lucifer.

    Both came to a climatic end of some sort in this two episode season finale. After getting free in the previous episode and stabbing Crowley’s lifeless body, Lucifer set out to find his son. The reunion never happened, not for lack of trying but for the reason we all know – The Winchesters. Haha!!

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    Lucifer

    As for the British men of letters, I’ll say they’re one of the worst villains of this show (if not the worst). Their characterization was all over the place, switching from bad to good until they finally settled for killing all the American hunters in what I feel is the most uninspired plot for such grievous action. I’m happy every last one of them is dead (especially Mrs. S). Save for the mysterious voice at the other end of the phone, season 13 might not waste time on that silly organization anymore.

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    Crowley

    Back to Lucifer. Castiel tried his best protecting Kelly; even though he was doing a half baked job by not realizing the Enochian signal Kelly’s unborn child was releasing at every stop they passed through, he tried his best. One of those Enochian symbols resulted in a portal to another universe were Sam and Dean were never born, the earth drowned in the apocalypse, the demons have horns and Bobby is still alive. In the scuffle that ensued (which I found poorly choreographed) Crowley sacrificed himself to activate the spell that’ll keep Lucifer trapped on the other world. Lucy wasn’t trapped (at least immediately. Sorry Crowley, your death meant nothing until…)

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    Castiel

    Castiel was stabbed at the back by an emerging Lucifer. The Winchester boys weren’t let to grieve two of their long time companions when their mother (Mary) sacrificed herself to trapped Lucifer on the other world. The boys returned inside the house to find Kelly lifeless and bloodied footstep of a grown lad away from her corpse. Same followed the tracks and discovered a grown child of about 8 years, naked, crouched, an evil grin on his face and his eyes flowing yellow.

    Talk about an evil child.

    Lest I forget, Rowena (Crowley’s mother) also died in this episode: Lucifer killed her off-screen. Mehn! Too much loss.

    Supernatural returns for its 13th season later this year.

    TV Recap: The Flash – S03 E23 (Finale)

    Someone died and it wasn’t Iris.

    Remember when HR was introduced as a version of Harrison Wells from Earth 19? He came with a new toy that allows him wear the face of anyone. That toy came into play this episode; HR took the face of Iris somewhere along the line and sacrificed himself do that Iris might live. This heroic sacrifice of him caused the future to be restored and Iris to write the article when The Flash got missing in Infinite Crisis.

    I keep wondering why no one is talking about Barry missing in the year 2024.

    Savitar (Evil Barry) got to unveil his ultimate plan immediately after the shenanigan of Iris’ survival. He intends to split his existence throughout time, the past, present and future, that way the paradox of Iris’ survival won’t be able to wipe him out of existence. It was a nice plan but it lacked substance because Savitar required Cisco to make it happen. Instead of Cisco doing so, he causes the Speedforce bazooka to instead release Jay Garrick from his speedforce prison. In all the scuffle that ensure, Killerfrost (or should I say, a new version of Caitlin) saves Cisco from Savitar. It’s all fun and chill, three Speedsters, two Vibes and a host of others take on Savitar. I found it ironic that Iris was the one who struck the final blow – shooting Evil-Barry at the back before he could hurt good Barry. You should find time to ask, why Barry couldn’t phase into Savitar’s suit all season. Since that was a possible thing, why wait till now to execute in the name of anger.

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    It isn’t The Flash if they don’t leave us with a cliffhanger into the next season. Because Jay was released from his prison the speedforce was short an occupant and decided to descend on the whole city in the form of special coloured lightening. Barry ever the hero sacrificed himself to save the city and invariably the world.
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    Verdict

    This season of The Flash has been fairly predictable, and I’m glad the producers hope to revamp the show by leaving the formula of unmasking an evil speedster. It did work before (especially the first season), but now, it’s extremely annoying. 

    After building all season towards revealing Savitar as a force to be reckoned with, he finally was shown to be a weaker version of Barry – sort of a let down.

    In all, this season of The Flash could have been a whole lot better. Hopefully, next season turns out fantastic. The Flash could take a cue from Arrow and get their act together.

    RR rates the season a 6/10