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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 !

MADISON KENNEDY
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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.

MADISON KENNEDY
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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 !

MADISON KENNEDY
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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. 

MADISON KENNEDY
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Supergirl Season 3 Premiere review

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This review not only contains spoilers, but is probably completely biased as this show has become my favorite since it first aired two years ago. I have been dying of excitement for the Season 3 Premiere, I was finally able to watch it today and it did not disappoint me at all as a “Superfan”. So you guys have been warned, brace yourself for my review and by the way, I just love Kara’s new highlights !

The episode starts with Supergirl’s focus on Mon-El, and we can clearly see that she is heartbroken and is experiencing a time of grief which translates for darkness in Kara Danver’s world. But she’s decided to give her whole full warrior-badass potential into being the best superhero National City could ever hope for… unfortunately, that means that she is ignoring her “human” side, and life as Kara, becoming more Kryptonian on screen than ever before.

The new villain we are being offered is quite the manipulative and megalomaniac business type of guy. We don’t really know what all of his angles are from this first episode, but they’re clearly up to no good since he hired some guy to cloak a freaking nuke so that no one at the DEO, not even Supergirl, could see it coming when they would launch it to destroy the city; and they did all that during the inauguration of the Girl of Steel statue.

Supergirl showed a tremendous force of character during this whole situation, she almost died drowned but she managed to “wake up” figuratively and literally, and saved National City once more, by pulling with her Herculean strength a whole submarine from underwater. It was quite impressive, and I just thought to myself at that moment : that poor girl, all the things she’s been put through as a hero and person, and she’s always come through despite the harsh situations she’s had to experience. She deserves happiness, so I hope the writers will give her back some love by bringing back Mon-El into her life.

The mention of the biggest and gayest wedding to come, between Alex and Maggie who look adorable together, was one of those cool moments in this episode. Like Lena Luthor buying out CatCo and wanting to work there with her bestie Kara, and the touching moment between Alex and J’onn when she asked him to walk her down the aisle.

By the end of the episode, Supergirl was kind of back to herself, allowing her humanity to take over by trying to pursue what makes her whole. I don’t know if she’s gonna be able to leave all that darkness behind, but I am intrigued about this new character we’ve been shown, the future Reign… and this thing, that was uncovered in the waters.

RATING – 8.5/10 AWESOME ! I enjoyed this premiere so much, I am emotionally invested in this show and I found the beginning of the third season great and up to my wishes. I think it’s going to be an interesting season…

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Lucifer “A Good Day to Die”

A very emotional episode 

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This review contains spoilers

This was the mid-season finale, and I felt the emotional charge of the episode all the way into my guts. It really was beautiful, and intense but also sad. The ending was almost unexpected… all the actors played their part incredibly well, and they were brought together like teammates over a worthwhile cause.

Chloe got poisoned from her encounter with Carlisle, which got Lucifer totally freaked out. She’s basically his beloved, even though their romantic relationship hasn’t been able to start and become more serious between them. She means so much to him, that he even killed his brother Uriel in a previous episode, to save her. He also made a pact with his father God, to keep her alive (a pact he ended up not following through).

Besides Lucifer, everyone (except his mother) likes Chloe. When asked by Lucifer for help to save her, Amenadiel said that she didn’t deserve to die, and everyone else agreed and decided to join forces so that she wouldn’t pass.

Lucifer’s plan was to find out the antidote, but that required ingredients and a formula. The ingredients, despite being hard to come by and rare, could be taken care of by Chloe’s ex Dan, who is a cop and his coworker Ella, the forensics scientist who has a tumultuous and delinquent past. She has illegal contacts who could help her get her hands on some of the ingredients needed.

Getting the formula was another story though, much more complicated… since Carlisle killed himself, and no one else knew it, Lucifer decided to go to Hell find him and ask for it. Problem is, he has to die to be able to go back there and if he isn’t revived in time, he could actually be stuck in his own Hell forever.

That was a crazy choice to make, but with the help of everyone, including his mom ! He did it. The stroll back to Hell wasn’t a pleasant one… there were ashes falling and darkness all around. Lucifer found his way to Carlisle though, who was stuck for eternity in a hell of his own making, his guilt from the horrible actions he committed while alive figuratively eating him out.

He managed to get the formula pretty easily, and left Carlisle to his tortures, but got himself stuck in a room with his brother Uriel, killing him again and again… without the ability to stop himself from doing it. That’s when his mom appeared; they knew something was wrong when they couldn’t revive him, so she went to free him. In the process, she wouldn’t leave because she was reunited with Uriel but Lucifer pulled her out.

Amenadiel was impressive in this episode, he behaved like a guardian angel, he didn’t flinch from his position in Chloe’s room to protect her, despite being attacked by more than a couple security guards. Maze and Linda revived both Lucifer and his mom, and they saved Chloe. All seemed to end well ? but it didn’t !

Lucifer was really mad and upset at his mother for manipulating him to get to his father God, and thought even the fact she went back to Hell to save him was too little, too late. He left without a word, and disappeared, leaving Chloe heartbroken at the discovery.

 

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Powerless “Wayne or Lose”

Comments on the first episode

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Spoilers incoming !

I was really excited about this new series from DC Comics, it’s their first sitcom and it looked funny from the trailer, so I was impatient to see how they would play it out. It was good but short, only 30 minutes to introduce all the characters and the storyline of this new show but it was nice, and it definitely made me went to see more of it !

I also have to add that I love Vanessa Hudgens, and it was nice that they picked her to play the main part, totally got me more into it. I liked that they mentioned Bruce Wayne, and that we got his crazy-ass cousin Van who is not looking out for the best interest of the company, but his personal agenda…

So, the company in itself is like a factory where they’re supposed come up with ideas and build cool gadgets to help people who don’t have any superhero abilities, to basically get through their days better. It’s situated in Charm City, and apparently they have lots of incidents and it would be useful to prevent some of them.

But by the end of the episode, we hear that Batman used one of the latest gadget they came up with, and engineered it to his needs and used it purposefully to catch a villain… I have a feeling, this Wayne company is very much going to produce many things the Bat is going to use in the future episodes; that’s pretty neat !