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STAR TREK Discovery Finale – REVIEW

Are we finally going to see what happened on the USS Enterprise ?

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“Oh My !” like would George Takei say… the ending of the last episode of the first season of Star Trek Discovery, was absolutely intense ! I was this close to drop tears : in a split second it was starting to feel really emotional.

If you’ve watched the Star Trek reboot movies, then you know that Kirk’s dad was the commander of the USS Enterprise when something bad happened and they had to send a distress signal that was intercepted by the USS Discovery on their way to Vulcan. I’m not sure what went down, but we all are aware it’s commemorated as a tragic incident… so maybe in season 2 we will get to see that ? Fingers crossed !

To go back to the episode itself, it was a wild ride. It was full of action and there was kind of unexpected moments, so that was cool. I love being surprised with where the storyline is heading.

Captain Georgiou is taking command, but she’s from an alternate universe where “Terrans” are roughless, untrustworthy and violent. They play on fear, and thrive from that. Which makes pretty much everyone uncomfortable because it isn’t The Federation ways. They call up to her help anyway since the situation is critical, they are afraid the Klingons are going to attack and destroy Earth – which is The Federation’s homeworld.

Captain Georgiou makes out a plan that she doesn’t disclose entirely to Burnham, Tilly, and Tyler who are accompanying her on the Klingons homeworld thinking she isn’t seeking out total obliteration of Qo’noS but are quickly deceived when they find out that she was. Then Burnham takes command off her, and decides to save both worlds by coming up with an insane plan involving convinving L’Rell (a Klingon they held captive on the USS Discovery) of their good intentions and somehow she manages to do that, with great timing and self-control.

I’m really shortening things right now, but I promise the development of the series and this particular episode was quite spectacular. All ends well, Burnham gets a pardon for her astounding services, Georgiou escapes for her freedom, L’Rell and Tyler stray away together to work on the unification of the Klingons, the other crew members are all thanked and get medals of honor.

RATING – 8.5/10 Awesome ! damn this had become one of my favorite shows to watch, I am so bummed it’s already done for this year… you should totally binge it on Netflix, the visuals are incredible and it’s so well thought and the costumes, makeup and everything are totally amazing.

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The Good Place – Season 2 Finale Review

Season 2 was a great run !

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I hate season finales… I mean I love them, but I hate them at the same time if you know what I mean. It’s just that the whole season builds up to the finale, but then when it’s there you realize : oh gosh, this is the end & you gotta wait an entire year to find out what’s next. It’s not cool, I wish my favorite TV Shows would never take breaks. I know it’s not reasonable 🙂

I started The Good Place on Netflix a little bit out of boredom (that’s actually basically how I start anything on there) but it was so good ! I got caught up into it completely, I loved the concept, and the storylines and it’s so much fun ! Made me laugh a ton. Kristen Bell is absolutely glorious, I adore that actress and I think this role of Eleanor Shellstrop fits her really well. Everyone’s pulling off their characters in a great way, and that’s what makes the show even more enjoyable.

This is not much of a review as it is a talk about the season 2 finale. I’m just left with so many questions ! It didn’t really end, it’s an open ending and I dislike those because I’m impatient and I cannot believe that it’s gonna take forever for them to follow up on it. A lot happened this season, but if I fast-forward it I’ll put it this way.

First after Eleanor and her friends figured out they weren’t actually in The Good Place that it was a lure, they tried to escape it without success. Then they got their memories wiped out and they had to relive variants of their time spent there. Lastly, the demon known as Michael decided he didn’t want to be a “bad guy” anymore and helped them escape where they were all heading, which is The Bad Place.

Wasn’t easy, they had to meet a Judge who was a little cuckoo like most of the characters in this show, and they came her-the Judge and Michael the-demon, to an accord as to (I guess) put them back where they died. Like a resurrection ! Just so they could see if their time spent in the fake-Good Place made them into better people, and if they deserved to go to the real-Good Place after they pass. Very exciting stuff, except it ends right there and then… and we don’t get to see where Tahani and Jianyu went.

RATING – 7/10 Nice ! I love the ideas and where it’s heading, but I wish it was a longer episode because there’s so much left out… for season 3.

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WESTWORLD Season 2 – Trailer

This is gonna be freaking awesome !

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Black Mirror – Season 4 RATED

My ratings are completely biased & subjective to my own taste

EPISODE 1 – USS CALLISTER

This was in my opinion, the best episode ever of Black Mirror… I’m not the only one to have thought so, people went wild online asking for a spinoff; I mean it was such an awesome episode that obviously we’d want a series made from it. Like, please Netflix : make it happen ! It’s Star Trek related, vintage style which makes it even cooler, the scenario is crazy. There’s this dude who’s made a game in which he can put people inside after extracting their DNA, and when he does that these people are like actually conscious in there, encoded to feel like they’re really inside.

Mind blowing ! But that alternative reality / world has many downs, and they’re trying to escape it and when they do (SPOILER ALERT) they find out that they’re in this wider online game, and being finally free they can live as if they were in the Star Trek series, and go wherever they want – can you even imagine how amazing it would be if you were part of a Federation crew on a ship in space, and could follow your dreams ?! WE WANT MORE !!

RATING – 10/10 Perfection !

EPISODE 2 – ARKANGEL

I didn’t like this episode… it was not my cup of tea, at all. I don’t want to be mean, and I can’t write a bad review about something because I understand and can guess how much hard work is put in every creative conception. So, I can tell you that it’s well directed, the actors are really good, the storyline is interesting. The problem for me was mostly related to the ending, and I’ve said this many times before, but if an ending isn’t up to my expectations then I’m not gonna like the whole thing. Just because the ending is the most important part for me, so if that’s kinda screwed up then it’s a no-go.

I also feel like they didn’t exploit the huge possibilities this could have led to. I guess that was a choice, but yeah… they’re injecting inside the brain of children some type of device or something, that allows the parents to control them basically via a tablet… see where I’m going with this. Well unfortunately, don’t let your imaginations run wild because what they’ve done is almost basic. It’s the teenage girl rebellion archetype drama, and runaway vision, that’s usually exploited without the need of a sci-fi aspect in teen angst movies or TV shows.

RATING – 5/10 meh… wouldn’t say it’s necessary to watch. You can skip that one.

EPISODE 3 – CROCODILE

I usually like anything related to psychopaths, but not so much this, because the main character isn’t actually the serial killer type, it’s circumstancial. So there’s this lady & her boyfriend, and they run over a guy, leave him for dead after throwing him off a cliff and into a river (or the sea, not sure it’s Iceland). They make this pact of going on with their lives and hiding this from the authority, to avoid jail-time. A couple years later, the guy still feels guilty and wants to come clean to the police about the murder, but the lady who’s made herself a quite comfortable life without him, can’t fathom losing all that.

She goes on a killing spree from that moment onward. She kills him first to preserve the secret, but some things happen afterwards and she’s made by someone, who she decides she has to kill as well. She’s kinda losing her mind and goes to the house of that victim to kill her family too, just because they were potential witnesses. Yeah, that’s basically it… at some point the police figures it out because it’s the future and they have these cool-ass Blade Runner type of machines to read memories, from humans & animals alike. That’s how it ends.

RATING – 5.5/10 okay… not as bad as Arkangel, but I would have given it a pass.

EPISODE 4 – HANG THE DJ

I don’t know… I’m not the romance type of gal, I’m so not into love stories. I can watch but I rarely enjoy. That being said, this episode wasn’t boring to my surprise. I kind of liked it. It wasn’t transcendental but it was cute and fun at times. I feel like you get it from the beginning, that this is not the real world. That it’s some type of alternative reality, or game or whatever. It’s just too odd to be “the future” or else. So actually it’s an app that measures people’s compatibility and provides them with a score.

To match them together, the algorithm goes through all kinds of scenarios that these encoded people are living with each other. I don’t have much to say about this, because it’s just a love thing. What’s cool it’s that it’s mixed with technology, and that this weird-ass alternative thing is super excentric in some ways. If you’re into couples and such, you probably won’t hate it.

RATING – 6/10 cool !

EPISODE 5 – METALHEAD

A black and white episode ? I already love the concept. The episode’s biggest flaw was that there’s absolutely zero context. You’ll guess that it’s a post-apocalyptic world, but there’s no clue on what happened and how it got to this. The storyline is not focusing on that, and actually the storyline is pretty shit… so apparently it’s dangerous to go out in the world, for any reason at all, and there’s a group of three people who decide to put their lives in jeopardy just to find a teddy bear for a little kiddo who’s dying from cancer.

Quite touching, but really ? You’re gonna risk your life for a toy ? Sounds quite fetched. Apart from that, the visuals are freaking awesome. I love black and white, and what I love more is when directors decide to make something in B&W just like they did for the movie Logan (which was incredible, better than in color). I like how harsh the world seems in this episode, and lonesome and wild with these insane killer robot dogs roaming everywhere. It’s totally my thing, but they could have made it longer and given it a context.

RATING – 7/10 Nice !

EPISODE 6 – BLACK MUSEUM

This came close to being the best episode this season, and is definitely in the top 3 or 5 of “the best episodes of Black Mirror” – haven’t watched the previous seasons (yet), so this is like my second fave so far. There’s so many easter eggs, it’s wild ! You’re gonna love that especially if you’re a hardcore Black Mirror fan… okay, so there’s this museum that’s in the middle of nowhere really, in the US desert and it showcases all kinds of artifacts that are related to murders or other bad things that someone did. The proprietor tells stories about some, and his dialogue is totally quotable at key moments. I like that.

It’s all about pain, and feelings, and impossible situations that make humans interact and act a way they normally wouldn’t. I totally related to some of the things that were said, which is what caught my attention mostly… plus as you know, I like psychopath stuff, and this is it. The ending is perfect and totally badass. I don’t really want to spoil this episode, you should watch it ! I’m recommending it like 100%.

RATING – 8.5/10 Awesome !

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STAR TREK Discovery – REVIEW

Season 1, episode 10 – Despite Yourself

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I love Star Trek so much… dang it. I was impatiently waiting for a new episode of Discovery on Netflix, I hate when good shows like this one take breaks because I want to be able to keep binge watching forever. Unfortunately, this show is subjected to the same rules as the ones broadcasted on TV channels; I mean at least the impatience builts up the excitement for when there’s finally an episode released.

This is a “to be continued” type of episode, it’s gonna leave you on a cliffhanger but that’s not for the worse, because the storyline is so interesting that you’ll want the writers to explore it further, like in more sequels. Anyway, Captain Lorca has pushed Lieutenant Stamets over his limits, even though he was aware of his medical issues. Stamets main function was to be the ship’s spore drive, which means he was vital for the crew to make rapid jumps in space. But he’s unable to after making one too many, and he’s in a weird state, between talking giberrish to throwing punches. He also transported the ship by mistake, in an alternative universe where everyone’s stuck until they figure out another way to get back home.

So that’s where we’re at ! In this alternative universe, the Federation doesn’t exist as we know it. It’s governed by xenophobic Terrans under “The Empire” who rage war on Klingons, Vulcans and the Andorians that have formed an alliance against them. The USS Discovery crew is forced to transform the ship into a Starfleet ISS battle cruiser, and change their appearance as well so they can pretend they’re part of the Terrans, as no other species would help them. While all that is going on, Ash Tyler who’s going through some wild flashbacks, breaks the neck of Doctor Hugh Culber… I am so disgusted and disappointed that this happened.

Apparently, while Ash Tyler was held captive by the Klingons, they made modifications to his body & mind and he’s basically living as if he were two people at once ?! Which would totally explain why L’Rell is obsessed with him… he’s like half part Klingon now, and Stamets between his giberrish talks said he was the enemy on board. Oh la la, that does not quite sound good for whatever’s gonna happen next. We definitely can’t trust Tyler.

The crew managed to come up with an insane plan, where Captain Lorca becomes a bounty found by Michael Burnham, who wait for this : is the Captain of the ISS Shenzou. That’s how they get onto that ship from The Empire. I’m not sure what they’re looking for, but some type of information or assistance as to how to get out of this freakish universe they’re not from, before they’ve been made and all hope is lost for a getaway plan. & that’s how it ends ! We’re gonna have to wait for next week to know if they’re gonna make it or not.

RATING – 8/10 Great ! it’s a good idea for an episode, I’m anxious for what’s to come but can’t wait to find out.

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How to watch the EPIC DC Comics crossover “Crisis on Earth-X” ?

This isn’t a review

This year’s DC Comics crossover was epic ! but… if you aren’t following every show : Arrow, Supergirl, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow then you might be wondering how to catch all the episodes ? and in which order…? well this post is here to answer just that.

No spoilers, I mean apart for some stills, and no review but if you want to know if it’s worth catching up, definitively ! It was well written and directed, I wish there were more use of the Legends and Supergirl’s strength but all in all it was an amazing job and a cool storyline.

It begins with Supergirl, watch episode 8 from season 3 to get you started; then go for Arrow, the sequel will be on episode 8 of season 6 ! yeah, long time running show 🙂 The third part is shown on The Flash, again episode 8 but from season 4 and finish with the incredible Legends of Tomorrow, their episode 8 season 3.

Little recap :
SUPERGIRL – Episode 8, Season 3
ARROW – Episode 8, Season 6
THE FLASH – Episode 8, Season 4
LEGENDS OF TOMORROW – Episode 8, Season 3

Have fun binging !

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Stranger Things season 2 REVIEW (with spoilers)

Overall it was a great season, if you liked the first you’ll like this one

I’m not gonna do a review episode by episode, I finished binging the whole series today and I have a headache to prove it… it was good, I really had a fun time watching it and definitely thanks to Netflix for making an amazing season again. The retro-feels are there more than ever, I felt like you could sense the 80’s throughout every scene & there was a cool soundtrack that was totally nostalgic.

Eleven – El, goes off to her own path this season. She’s at first at a personal hideout of Chief Hopper’s kinda, in the woods. They seem to get along pretty well but she doesn’t like feeling imprisoned and misses her friends, especially Mike, and she’s basically been there for so long that an anger has built up in her and she explodes one night and has this big scary fight with Hopper. She decides to runaway the next morning, searching for her “mama” that she believed dead… and then she finds one of her lab-sisters in Chicago, who teaches her how to access more of her power. She finally goes back to Hawkins and joins the party, to save the world from an army of Demogorgons and the Shadow Monster.

The dynamic between the characters was switched up this season, they weren’t always together, pretty much split up into small groups or they were by themselves trying to save the situation the best way they saw fit. I really liked “Mad Max” the Maxine character, unfortunately she wasn’t really welcomed by the group and nobody seemed to care much about her / or her feelings, other than Lucas who was in love with her. They didn’t treat her the best, and up until the end of the show they still weren’t accepting her as one of their own even though she proved herself and helped as much as anyone else through it all, and that despite being rejected by them basically. That was like, the only bad vibe from Stranger Things this season. It actually bothered me so much that I’m gonna have to take one point down in my final rating.

This season was actually scary… okay, true that I get scared easily but in my honest opinion I found it way scarier than the first season. Which is good I guess… they made a whole deal about the Shadow Monster but in the end I felt like we almost didn’t see it in action. It was more about the creepy tunnels that thing made, spreading the Upside Down underground and reaching Hawkins all the way from the lab. It was also about the freaking army of Demo-dogs – the Demogorgons looked like rabbit dogs. I just wished the fight were between them and that huge Shadow Monster, facing them like face to face, which wasn’t the case. Hopefully, it will be for season 3.

There was a lot more going on this season, like many different storylines for every character which was the best thing. We could see the personal growth of each better, and it was interesting and got me more into the show because I could relate to some of them on some levels. Mostly Maxine though, because I’ve been / I am the outcast & rebel like she is, and was from a young age. I appreciated Steve Harrington’s character evolution, he showed bravery, acceptance and selflessness which was noticeable. He did a good job and I need to point it out ! Also Will, we barely saw him last season but here he got a huge part of the action, and was in the middle of everything and although it was difficult to pull out, he handled it so well.

Mike was totally weird because he didn’t have Eleven around, which is understandable, but he really made zero effort and was depressed and angry, what seemed like all the time. I have mixed up feelings about Dustin, on the one hand he’s totally an adorable dork, on the other he can be rude when he’s emotional and also he tried to make a Demogorgon his pet despite everyone telling him what a bad idea that was – I mean, that “friendship” was found to be useful at a crucial point, but still. Nancy, you know what… I still don’t like her. At all. This season she proved to be exactly what she was last, but worse. Her character just brushes me the wrong way and I don’t even want to get into that. The actress is gorgeous, but her character sucks.

Jonathan got what he wanted… which is Nancy. I’m happy for him, he’s a good guy even though he’s not very talkative and thus I still haven’t figured him out on the show. Joyce’ stress level throughout the whole series is up to no limit ! She was worried sick all the time, but I love Winona Ryder so much, she’s so beautiful, I couldn’t hate on her character’s crisis. Oh and Billy was a totall ass. By the way Lord of the Rings fans : Sam is in this season, he’s playing Bob and I was really sad when oops, he got eaten up my the Demo-dogs.

RATING – 8/10 GREAT It was a great season… despite how the writers managed some things. It’s a subjective review, so obviously it’s not gonna have a serious impact or anything. I would recommend you watch Stranger Things from the start if you’ve never seen it before, and if you have seen the first season, then what the heck are you waiting for ? Binge the second, you won’t regret it. It’s a cool trip down the retro 80’s and the sci-fi world. 

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