Netflix’s Stranger Things Season 1 Review

Do yourself a favor and watch it!

Goonies meets Poltergeist meets E.T. mix it all together and it’s one hell of a show!

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A young boy, Will, goes missing and shit hits the fan really quickly. His friends last saw him the night before, after an intense game of Dungeons & Dragons and take it upon themselves to find their friend.

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Back with the adults, Will’s mother Joyce (Winona Ryder) starts seeing creatures come out of the walls and begins to believe that the lights in the house are a way to communicate with him. The Chief police, starts to investigate more into the disappearance and comes up with more than just one case and some serious weird shit.

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A search party begins and the kids head to the last place they saw Will and they find another mystery. In the last place Will was seen, they find a scared lost girl, with a buzzed hair cut and wearing a shirt 5 times too big. The group of kids take the girl back to on of kid’s house. There the realize that the girl isn’t lost but a run away. On the girl’s arm is a number, 011, and reveals that is her “name.”

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At the beginning you’re in three sections. The mother who you know can see and hear her son through the lights and the wall. The group of kids who found a girl, who happens to know Will and has powers. Finally the Chief police trying figure out what is true and find logic.

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Stranger Things is an 8 episode series that grabs you from the beginning. I can’t say more without spoiling pretty much everything. Just know a boy goes missing and a girl is found who just so happens to have powers. The girl whose name is Eleven not only knows about Will but can communicate with him.

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This show of mystery and sci-fi, contains perfectly executed humor with an 80’s timeline that not a lot of shows can pull off. Millie Bobby Brown who plays Eleven is a fantastic actress and I’m sure we will be seeing a lot more of her in the future. Stranger Things is a must watch, definitely binge-able.

 

 

 

Sword Art Online Season 1 Review

I’m surprised I can’t speak Japanese after watching Sword Art Online so much! Obsession with this show…there I said it! The first season is in English and the second is in Japanese with English subtitles. 

I’ve always wanted to get into anime but never knew where to begin. My 12 year old nephew has been on a anime craze and told me about this show. SO GLAD HE DID!

A virtual gaming system known as NerveGear is released to the public along with the world’s first virtual reality game called Sword Art Online. Kirito is one of the best players, logs in to Aincrad which is the setting of SAO.

Kirito believes that the virtual world is better than reality, and that concept goes with a lot of the players in the game. I found it intriguing how each player sees themselves as something more than what they really see in the real world.

Kirito befriends another player named Klein and after hours of teaching Klein how to become a better swordsman they decide to log off. With a flick of their finger they can open their main menu, only to discover that the log off button has disappeared.

They’re suddenly sent to the main city of Aincrad, where their surrounded by every player. Akihiko Kayaba, the game’s creator, announces that they can not escape the game. If their Neargear is removed in the real world they would be killed instantly. That also includes dying in the game, die in the real world. The only way to log off is to clear all 100 floors of the game. Akihiko wants to be God of all and he is the DICK OF ALL DICKS!

Win the game and you can leave it alive.

2 years! The players have been stuck in the game for two years. In that time Kirito has mastered the sword and is known as The Black Swordsman as well as a solo player. Kirito believes that taking on someone is a responsibility, in not just their life but his own. Determined to finish the game and again save himself and everyone else, he sets off to win the game.

Sword Art Online is a mixture of Kill Bill ,The Matrix and Zelda! If that doesn’t make you want to watch you’re definitely missing out! SAO has friendships, first love, heartbreak, and swords and a lot of it.

As I mentioned in the beginning, the players in the game created their avatars as their alter-ego, someone they wished they were. Another reason the players were so drawn to that world was that most of them didn’t have much of a social life in the real one.

Shocking right?

Even though Kirito and the players he ends up meeting and befriending, there is difficulty in finding out their true identity in the real world. In the game they choose an online name instead of their own. Yes, even Kirito isn’t his real name.

I love that! I know we all wish to be someone else, someone who we picture to be better and bad ass!

I can’t be the only one!!

Each episode is a level the Kirito must pass to get him one step closer to freeing himself and the rest who are trapped in the game. The series also has some backstories of some of the characters that explains why their in the game.

I couldn’t get enough of it and I’m still hooked and want more. The entire story and characters, as well as the concept, drew me in and kept me on edge. Sword Art Online is said to be one of the greatest anime and I can see why.

Seasons 1 & 2 are available for streaming on Netflix, which is how I watched it. I’ll review season 2 soon. I will say this about season 2, MUCH DARKER!

Sword Art Online is forever in my heart and I love Kirito each time!

 

 

 

 

The Walking Dead Season 6 Season Finale (Spoilers)

Mondays are hard enough but add in The Walking Dead to the mix and we’re fucked until it returns for us to feel normal again.

This is a warning if you have not watched last night’s season 6 finale do not read on because this review contains spoilers, I need to vent, so if you haven’t watched it go watch it, and then back. If you have watched it yes I am suffering with you. If you don’t care something wrong with you but you’re welcome anyway!

OK warnings over let’s go…

 

Negan has finally arrived but before we get to that it shit hits the fan real quick and leaves us feeling  vulnerable and anxious through the whole episode! I really don’t think it’s healthy for us to be in that high level of anxiety for that long, but the writers said fuck it!

Last episode Carol left and now Morgan has gone after her. Something’s wrong with Maggie and the baby. We still don’t know what happened to Daryl if he’s alive or not, same goes for Glenn and Michonne and Rosita. So there’s a lot of unanswered questions that we need answers to desperately.

Rick immediately takes action and orders that Maggie should be taken to the hilltop where they have a doctor. You know since the Dwight killed Denise. Accompanying Rick is Carl, Eugene, Aaron, Abraham and Sasha, and leaves the rest of the people to protect Alexandria from the saviors who they know will be arriving.

Rick and the group take the RV and head their way only to be stopped in every direction by the damn saviors. Maggie begins to worsen and you see Rick’s fear and hopelessness that they might not make it, not just to save Maggie but as well as themselves. With little gas left and the fact that the savior’s have greater numbers and more weapons, kaprelian Eugene comes up with a plan to divert the savior’s away from them. Eugene will take the RV them thinking the group is inside while the rest of the group take Maggie and head on foot.

Morgan finally finds Carol  huddled in a corner and wounded. Carol begs Morgan to leave her and Morgan tried to tell her that they need to return and that people care of for her. But you see Carol actually just wants to die and Morgan is confused by this because he’s seen her as a survivor and a kick-ass warrior and for her to change to this vulnerable, broken person doesn’t make sense. Carol sort of reveals why she left by stating that in order to protect the people that she loves, you have to kill but if you can’t kill you can’t protect them meaning you’re a danger to them.

Which I still don’t understand! You’ve seen Carol make hard choices before and lecture Morgan about his non killing rule. And now when she kills or is about to kill she breaks down, she’s hyperventilating and crying, which just doesn’t add up. Carol makes her escape leaving Morgan behind and ends getting caught by one of the savior’s who survived the car attacked in the previous episode. Just as the savior is about to pull another shot, I mean this guy has already shot her twice , Morgan shows up with the gun that Rick had given him and begs him to put his weapon down. The Savior refusing him Morgan takes not one not two but multiple shots and takes the guy down ultimately breaking his non killing rule… for Carol!

Just as Morgan tries to help Carol two guys show up, fully geared up with one horse who we did see one guy leaving the barn in the previous episode and wanting to help. Now I have not read the Comics so I don’t know who these guys are but based on their actions with Morgan and Carol I’m guessing they’re good guys and will have a bigger role in next season.

Rick and the group are carrying Maggie in the woods when they’re surrounded by saviors. WHAT THE FUCK!? Completely surrounded in nowhere to run and completely outnumbered as well are forced to kneel just then they bring out the rest which at this point we’re ecstatic that they’re even alive even though it’s a shitty situation. Daryl, Glenn, Michonne and Rosita are alive!! We also see Eugene beaten up beside the RV.

Inside the RV is none other than… Negan. Negan begins his lecture to the group about how he doesn’t appreciate them killing his people and then goes on that he ordered his people to kill Rick’s people and the fact that they retaliated was not cool. You listen to his “reasoning” and have to reactions.
1: is this guy for real? Of course Rick’s people were going to retaliate! That’s what happens when you mess with them!
2: this guy might be scarier and more deadly than the Governor or anyone we’ve seen so far… And it’s kind of twisted that he’s pretty awesome as a bad guy.

Negan continues and says that he wants them to work for him therefore he won’t kill them however the fact remains he needs to punish one for their “crimes against his people.” Holding a bat with wires around it that even has a name for it, Lucille, goes around each person and starts;
Eenie meenie miney mo… To choose who he’s going to kill! Twisted and dark shit!!!!

What makes it worse, I know how can I get any worse, is Rick’s facial expression. Rick’s belief that his people can overcome anything and survive anything is ultimately crushed and taken away from him and you see that! This beats every situation he’s been in, there’s no escape plan, there’s is no plan B, there is no help coming. And that is heart wrenching!!

 

Negan finally choosing someone and faces the camera and beat down on that someone, who we don’t see and we as a viewer that person is dead. I know what you’re thinking, you can probably guess who it might be by the order they’re in. Well you can’t! As painful as it is because I want to know who died I have to give credit to the editing team because they scrambled up every person he tries to pick which makes it impossible for us to try to figure out who it might be.

The only clues I was able to figure out was who didn’t die. Right before Negan beats down the mystery person, he says if anyone tries to move cut out the kid’s other eye, which of course refers to Carl.

Which rules out Carl being dead because why would you cut out a dead kid’s eye.

The second clue is Negan also said that if there was a movement that someone cut off the kids other eye and give it to his father.

Which means Rick’s not the chosen one. Which in another situation that would suck but in this case chosen one would be bad.

But that’s it! We still have Michonne, Daryl, Glenn, Maggie, Aaron, Abraham, Sasha and Eugene with fate unknown!

People were PISSED OFF because of that cliffhanger, which is understandable because yes I too am pissed. However, I’m no stranger to intense cliffhangers like this, and I look at it like a great way to start a new season. Sure it’s torture but the thrill of a new season that will answer burning questions and the excitement of it all, I enjoy. I seriously need help!

But this isn’t about me!

Season 6 was a great season and although the identity of the person Negan killed is revealed in the comics, I don’t want to know. I love the anticipation and the shock of the reveal. So no I will not read them to find out, though it is tempting. An applause to Jeffrey Dean Morgan who is truly frightening Negan, I can’t help but like a villain that is as they claim to be. I do fear for my favorite characters, but a show like this wouldn’t be as great as it is if there weren’t new challenges.

The Walking Dead season 7 premieres this October…let the torture begin!

 

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow Series Premiere Review!

The CW is not one to look passed when it comes to superheroes. DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is the new addition to the line up of heroes, that we must discuss.

So Roy, sorry he’s not Roy from Doctor Who anymore, I mean Rip Hunter played by Arthur Darvill is on the hunt for a special team to hunt a very dangerous man.

Remember this guy from our latest crossover episodes with Arrow and The Flash? You know the guy that just won’t die (Austin Power’s voice). Vandal Savage (Casper Crump) has killed Kendra/Hawkgirl (Ciara Renee) and Carter/Hawkman (Flak Hentschel) in every life, which grants him eternal life.

In order to stop an immortal like Savage, you must kill him before he becomes the power being he is in the present. Time-travel bitches!

Hunter must form a team to help him track Savage and kill him once for all.

  • Dr. Martin Stein (Victor Garber) and Jackson “Jax” Jackson aka Firestorm
  • Ray Palmer (Brandon Routh) aka The Atom
  • Sara Lance (Caity Lotz) aka once the Black Canary, will now be called White Canary
  • Kendra Saunders (Ciara Renee) aka Hawkgirl
  • Carter Hall (Falk Hentschel) aka Hawkman
  • Mick Rory (Dominic Purcell) aka Heat Wave
  • Leonard Snart (Wentworth Miller) aka Captain Cold

Everyone is hesitant on joining Hunter on finding Savage and you really feel the difference of each character, which I liked because everyone is different. Once they’re on board the travel to the groovy 70’s. They locate a professor that might help them locate Savage.

With a group of superheroes and with such diversity, they managed to fit. You have three superheroes, a incarnated immortal couple, a former assassin, and two criminals, working together to save the world. That’s just good story telling!

Pilots are meant to form the foundation of what the series will be, and the first episode did that. I look forward to find out more about Hunter, more on the group trying to work together, the missions and of course I love me some crossovers. Which it was announced today that an older Green Arrow (Stephen Amell) will make an appearance later in.

A new episode of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow comes on tonight on The CW!

Shadowhunters: The Mortal Cup Episode Review (Series Premiere)

Ages. It feels like I’m been waiting ages for this moment and now that it’s here…I’m not sure how to react.

Shadowhunters is a book adaption from Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before. Girl turns 18, finds out her life has been a lie, her mother gets kidnapped, she gets rescued by way too attractive people who are the protectors of the human world.

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Let me start off by saying this show has a lot of cheesy lines and acting. Way too much! I was expecting Katherine McNamara to have her share of awkward acting since she really hasn’t been in the Hollywood scene long, from what I see, but EVERYONE IS CHEESY!

I felt like they were trying too hard to portray this bad ass fighters that it came out unrealistic, in a fantasy world. How can you get that wrong?

  • Bonus points: The action sequences were awesome and I really enjoyed them. Isabella’s actions were just like the books.
  • Jocelyn’s returning to her fighting ways when she was being attacked was done very well. For someone who grew up fighting as a Shadowhunter wouldn’t easily forget and I loved that they kept her as a bad ass.

The only one that wasn’t cheesy and felt…well…perfect was Magnus Bane played Harry Shum Jr. What made it more impressive was that he only had about 2 minutes of screen time, if that. Yet he’s character was dead on from the books.

Okay, let’s talk about the actors as their characters!

Jace, played by Dominic Sherwood, as appearance goes he nails it! What I disliked was that he was trying to hard to be the Jace we loved from the book. Self- centered, conceited, flirt and just Jace. I will say I have hope he will improve in the following episodes, I hope, but he fell flat in this one.

Luke, played by Isaiah Mustafa, made you feel like he was a tough guy and that was a plus. However, what made his time meaningless was when had his dialog with the rogues. I am eager to see his role more.

Clary, Katherine McNamara, was definitely one that made it tough to get through. Her over the top acting and not acting enough when it’s actually needed, made the scenes hard to watch. I want to see her grow in her acting and her bring Clary to life and unfortunately it wasn’t here in this episode.

I was excited and nervous to see the show and with good reason, but I had high hopes! I want to see this show succeed and I want to see my favorite characters be brought to life. The series premiere just didn’t cut it for me. As I was watching I just kept hoping, “please get better.” That’s not something you want when you’re watch a show.

Will I continue watching? Yes, I want to be proven wrong and like I said I want this show to be awesome! To keep it simple I was a Supernatural meets Buffy. What I got was a Disney channel movie and no not a good Disney. Needs major improvements and fast before it falls and it will if they don’t fix it.

Shadowhunters is on FreeForm, formally ABCfamily, every Tuesday at 9pm. You can catch up on the FreeForm app and you can even watch episode 2!

 

 

Arrow Season 4 Mid-Finale (Spoilers!)

After a few days of utter misery caused by the mid-season finale, I’m somewhat ready to discuss it. Think of it as a stepping stone in therapy.

Oliver is still trying to make his city safe, without the hood, along side his team, also without their costumes. Just as things begin to look up, as always, Damian’s minions or mini helicopter shows up shooting innocent people.

Digg is having a difficult time with the reality of having his brother back from the “dead” and him being a total dick. However, Andy being the only who might possibly know what Darhk has planned, keeping Andy locked up is the only safe opinion.

FELICITY FINDS THE RING!! Okay, her mom finds it and goes bat shit crazy! We Olicity fans have been dying to know when Oliver was going to pop the question, or Felicity finding it. We finally have it! Now the new question was, does Felicity tell Oliver about it?

Oliver comes to the conclusion that the only was to stop Damian is to bring him into the “light”, meaning in gangster term rat him out! Oliver announces that a man by the name of Damian Darhk, has been behind the “ghost” and plans to see the city in runes.

Having Oliver stress, with good reason, about outing Darhk, I loved watching Felicity freak out about Oliver proposing. A girl can multi-task with saving the city and wondering if her boyfriend is going to pop the question.

The team have a holiday party, to show that they will not hide in fear from Darhk. A surprising couple emerges, and freaks Felicity out! Felicity finds her mother with none other than Detective Lance. He deserves to get some! Just saying.

Felicity has a breakthrough, and realizes that Oliver had planned to propose to her back when they lived in the suburbs, when Thea and Laurel arrived. When she confronts Oliver, she begins to feel that perhaps Oliver changed his mind in marrying her and that’s when Olicity exploded. Outside the episode of course.

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Damian arrives with hurt feelings in not being invited and causes chaos. As to be expected. Damian comes face to face with Oliver once again and takes Felicity, Diggle, and Thea.

Oliver goes on a rampage in search for Darhk and comes out empty handed. Malcolm shows up to land a hand only for the sake of Thea and offers the location of Damian.

Oliver, Laurel, Lance and Malcolm work together to get their people back. Oliver offer himself to Darhk and hope Damian will trade him for the others. What I loved about Darhk is how he tells Oliver “bad guy, remember.” Yes, I know he’s trying to kill Felicity, Thea and Digg, but as a bad guy he does it well. Of course I screamed when he forces the three into a gas chamber of doom while Oliver watches.

Using the cell phone they used to find Darhk, Laurel and Malcolm move in to save the day. The team escape only to be stopped by Damian…again. Dude just won’t die!

It was weird yet cool to see Malcolm wearing the Green Arrow suit and fight along side Oliver against Damian. Made me dislike him a wee bit less.

The team is safe…for now, at least. The gather the people of the town and Oliver makes a speech. Oh and it’s not your typical “we have fought and will fight to win,” speech.

BUT THE SPEECH THAT CONTAINS A PROPOSAL!

Oliver finally proposes to Felicity, to which she says yes, duh!

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Just as we sit and smile, while crying, Olicity is safe and….WTF!

Oliver and Felicity are attacked by gun-men, who I assume are Damian’s followers. Sarcasm. Oliver manages to flee the scene and finds Felicity had been hit. Bleeding in his arms Felicity lays unconscious.

Really Arrow writers! In the holiday season you end it will despair, depression, devastation, and a another D word I don’t know!

The grave scene was shown in the beginning of the episode and the sneak peak for when it returns. Why? WHY! My theories, as much as I want to stay in denial, come back to Felicity dying. I don’t want that and I hope it isn’t her.

But like any great show that hooks us in and want us to suffer, Arrow returns January 20th, 2016.

 

 

Jessica Jones Netflix Series Review!

Not all superheroes want the title.

When I first heard about a new Marvel series coming to Netflix, I was thrilled, since I loved Daredevil.

This is a whole new genre! Yes, it’s still Marvel and yes there are super powers involved, but it’s much more than that.

I knew absolutely nothing about Jessica Jones and everything I learned was from this show. Lie, I knew she was a P.I (Private Investigator) and gave up being a super hero. That’s it!

Jessica Jones isn’t your typical ex-hero or even typical P.I. Jessica deals with couples who cheat on their spouses and catches them in the act. Jessica (Krysten Ritter) is one hard drinker! But we can’t judge her when the majority is just as addicted to Starbucks as any alcoholic.

Jessica tried the super hero things, as she calls it, but quick when Kilgrave entered her life. Kilgrave is one of the scariest, twist villain I have ever seen in a movie/tv series.

Kilgrave (David Tennant) has the ability to control you with whatever he wants you to do. Not like Magneto shit! This guy tells people some fuck up shit! For example, he tells his housekeepers to “rip each others faces off if he didn’t return within 2 hours.”

David Tennant, for non-whovian fans, played Doctor Who and as a fan of Doctor Who it was difficult to see him act like a sociopathic dick on this show. However, his performance was awesome! As crazy as this dude is, you wanted him in every scene, with or without Jessica.

Jessica believed that Kilgrave had died, only to learn he still lives and after her. Kilgrave had forced her using his ability as a “lover” and made her do things she did not want to but had to. Jessica is determined to find him but help out another victim of Kilgrave.

Jessica’s personality is extremely rough around the edges, heavy drinker, blunt, sarcastic, and has super strength, to name a few but who root for this her. As along side her is her bestfriend/adopted sister Trish (Rachael Taylor), who is a well known radio star and reluctant to leave Jessica to do everything alone.

What I found most interesting was that she wants nothing to do with being a hero and Kilgrave turning people into suicidal or homicial, she helps them as much as she can. I like how she wants to do the main mission and not the side ones. It’s pretty much like every video game ever played!

Luke Cage is introduced in this show, who will also have his own spin off show on Netflix next year. Luke plays Jessica’s love interest, with a mess up circumstance that make anyone’s relationship complicated statues to ‘we’re good.’

This show didn’t grab my interest as fast as Daredevil did, but as I got further along, I was hooked. I’ll say again, this show is a Marvel show but has such a strong realistic feel to it that even if you take away the powers, which aren’t used as a focus on the show, you still have an amazing story.

Once it’s over you still want more, more on Jessica, more on Trish, Luke etc. That is how you know the show did it’s job! I’ve read a few easter eggs on this show and what might be happening in season 2, and I can say I’m eager to see where they take this show.