Finally a new show to get excited about! Gotham premiered yesterday and it proved to be worthy of everyone's expectations! The origins of Detective Gordon, Bruce Wayne, Catwooman, The Riddler, Penguin, Poison Ivy and the Jocker (small debate there as to whether actually saw him or not on the epilot episode), are unraveled and Gotham City comes to life.
Ben McKenzie is Detective Gordon, who reminds me a lot of Gary Oldman's version (at least a younger, less experienced one) and the talented Donal Logue plays Harvey Bullockin the first live-action portrayal of the Detective. Jada Pinkett Smith plays sassy Fish Mooney, in a TV comeback after 3 years, Robin Lord Tayor is amazing as future Penguin Oswald Cobblepot and the junior league features young talents David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne, Camren Bicondova as Catwoman and Clare Foley as Poison Ivy.
What I liked about the pilot:
The show airs every Monday on FOX.
Arya kills for the first time
And so it is….. Another Game of Thrones season ended… Valar Morghulis my friends... No one is safe...
An amazing season I would say with lots of WTF moments… Let’s recap a bit the season through those jaw dropping moments! (It goes without saying that this post is full of spoilers to those who have not yet watched season 4!!)
Arya makes her first kill on episode 1, with the help of the Needle while the Hound delivers the “chicken speech”! “Every fucking chicken in this room…“
Oberyn... in every scene
Oberyn in every single scene! Whether it is the introductory scene in Littlefinger’s brothel, his touching discussion with Tyrion about the first time that they actually met or his marvelous death….
“- Are you going to fight that? - I am going to kill that.” An amazing character that was built up in only one season and made us all morn his death at the 8th episode…
The Purple Wedding
Well, who can forget the first major WTF moment of the season: The Purple Wedding! Joffrey’s death was such a shocker although everyone waited/hoped for it. The way that the episode was building up to this, makes this the second best episode of the season!
Littlefinger has big plans
Littlefinger’s betrayals were revealed during this season. So yes, it seems (at least for now) that this Irish is behind everything! His ultimate WTF moment: the moon door…
Following Littlefinger’s Machiavellian ways, Sansa makes the ultimate surprise by supporting his story and then has a makeover (to hide her red Stark hair) revealing a more goth look….
The controversial scene
At episode 3 we had one of the most controversial scenes..... A rape that ends up consensual? Jamie and Cersei have sex/Cersei is getting raped (I told you: controversial scene) on their son’s death bed. Doesn’t get nastier than that...
Ygritte knew everything
After the jaw dropping best episode of the season with Oberyn’s death, the action is tranfered at the Wall where I think the most WTF moment was Ygritte’s death… “You know nothing Jon Snow..”, she whispered for the last time...
Take a walk on the wild side (with the whitewalkers)
And who can forget the white walkers?? We (finally) saw them again, and it was spooky!!
Hodor! Hodor! Hodor!
Hodor was playing a bigger part this season, with him finally taking a stand (with the help/possession of Bran) and shouting proudly “Hodor” to whoever was in his way!
A moment that is not so much WTF but will be the key to Peter Dinklage winning yet another Emmy, was the powerful trial speech scene with Tyrion telling the population of King's Landing exactly what he thinks of them.
"Father, I wish to confess. I wish to confess…"
And I believe the last WTF moment(s) came at the season finale, with Tyrion escaping (thankfully) but facing Shae and his Father….
Sansa slapping Robin
Reek’s bath (of horror)
Olenna's been a bad girl...
So, I finally finished watching season one and I have to say, True Detective turned out to be indeed one of the best shows of the last years. Starting watching it after it became the talk of the town, made me having rather high expectations; thankfully I was not let down (at least that much).
It is always exciting when film stars are involved in TV projects but I have to admit that when I heard that Matthew McConaughey was the star of the show, I was a bit concerned. You see, I had not yet watched Dallas Buyers Club and I had the same opinion as the rest of the planet regarding McConaughey’s acting skills. But then (alright alright, alright!) it happened. He turned his whole career around with this film, this TV show and of course his Wolf of Wall Street cameo role.
True Detective is a show with great performances, compelling photography and irresistible darkness. A cop show by definition, but at the same time not a cop show at all. The story revolves around a certain case that the two stars of the show (Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson) were investigating in 1995, with flash forwards to 2002 and today. Despite the fact that the story line follows the investigation, the show goes beyond the police case, portraying human relationships and philosophical issues.
The show is pretty much based on the McConaughey’s monologues about life, space, philosophy – you name it - and this might become the reason why you love or hate this show. For me, it was indeed tiring at some points, but the good thing is that there was balance that came with Harrelson’s character’s reactions. Lines such as “Let’s make the car a place of silent reflection from now on, ok?” really enforced the partners’ chemistry and dynamics.
Through this bizarre bromance, we witness the facts that led to the resolve of the case, as well as the way that the characters’ lives turned out. The powerful performances and the stunning settings of the Louisianna swamps make this show addictive to watch, but having finished the season, I have to admit that I did not feel that the balance between the case and the characters stories was equal. It seemed as if (SPOILER ALERT) the way that the clues were piling up, did not make any sense and then boom! “Why green ears?” Seriously? That’s what gave him away? I don’t know - I was expecting it to turn out differently…
Nevertheless, True Detective is still one of the best shows on TV for the last years and what’s even better is that the creators did a really clever thing: they decided to move with different cast for season 2. Of course this could go both ways: either lose its audience because the stars of the show that made it what it is will no longer be part of it, or become an even better success, as rumors have it that the show will continue with yet again an "A" star cast: Brad Pitt’s name has come up more than many times…. And who can blame them? The whole style of True Detective is clearly influenced by Se7en, so who would be better for the job than the original Detective Mills?
It seemed like a (Westeros) winter has passed, but now the time has come: Game of Thrones is back with its 4th season! By now we are all well aware that no one is safe and the series of posters that were released for the new season proved our fears: Valar Morghulis; All Men Must Die. As to what is meant by "men" and whether it is the generic human term or the male term, we will have to watch the season and find out....
Until we see the first episode tonight, let's try to feed our appetite with the available trailers so far, as well as the amazing season posters!
The cult 90s film "From Dusk till Dawn", is brought back to life, this time to the small screen!
Robert Rodriguez directs the series, the first extended trailer is out and it looks gooood.....
Tune in on March the 11th for the series premiere!
It is only in an event such as Comic Con San Diego, that fans from rival comics, TV nerds, Sci-fi nerds and Marshmellows, can gather and together, in prosper and peace, celebrate their favorite shows and films.
So, which Veronica Mars team are you on?
One of my absolute favorite shows is returning at the end of September, for a third season full of mystery, fairytailes and lots of magic! Have a first look of one of the new characters visiting Storybrooke: it's Ariel the little mermaid!
Old legend. New blood. At least this is what NBC hopes to bring us next fall when they introduce the new TV show "Dracula" starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
Ever since I first set foot on a cinema theatre, I knew that something magical was happening there....