TL;DR – This is a great introduction to the show by setting up the lore and giving us a taste of everything to come
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Today we look at a show that is really interesting for me. The Witcher has been this series, first books, then video games, that has permeated pop-culture for quite a while after coming out of its native Poland. However, for me, I have tried a number of times to get into it but I keep bouncing out of it. Well given that at the very least Netflix does not shy away from production and Henry Cavill has been ecstatic about being cast, I thought now was the best time to give it one last shot.
So to set the scene, in the swamps near the town of Blaviken a witcher called Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) is hunting monsters. As a witcher, he makes money by killing monsters that towns have put bounties on. However, when he arrives in Blaviken he discovers that there may be more going on behind the scenes that he first thought. Meanwhile, in the kingdom of Cintra, all is well, Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May) is even throwing a ball much to the annoyance of her granddaughter Ciri (Freya Allan). However, all of that comes to a halt when word reaches them that the evil Nilfgaard has set their sights on the city. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is a well-made
animation, with an interesting story, world and characters. Full of interesting
juxtapositions like magic and technology.
Score – 4 out of 5 stars
I was thinking the other day of my joy at the old Monkey Magic stories. It had me wonder that it has been a long time
since I have seen a good travel story where a group of disparate people are
brought together through fate and then discover all their flaws and joys in the
face of shared adversity. Well as fate would have it just a couple of days
later a little surprise dropped on Netflix which was everything I didn’t know I
So to set the scene, we open in on a desert wasteland on an alien (maybe)
planet with a disintegrating moon floating in orbit. Our first clue that this
is an interesting place is the image of a giant bull trampling across the
plains in search of a toilet. We cut to a town on the frontier full of dust,
wood, and a casual disregard for life. There are humans and other creatures,
and all sorts of robots, mechs, and mechanical augmentations. In the streets
walks Sam (A Special Associate Model) (Kamali Minter) from the faraway kingdom
of Botica. She does not seem to fit the tone of the local area, making friends
in a land of gunfights and wanton murder. But she is on a mission to find a
lost prince and the one person who can help her do that Philly the Kid (Kenn
Michael). One issue is that he does not really want to help, also he is cursed
and can’t die, also he had a large bounty on him that everyone is trying to
collect. So Sam, Philly, and Casey (Kamali Minter) a maintenance droid head off
on the mission in their pink coin-operated Mustang that can transform into a
bull. Now from here, we will be looking at the season as a whole, so there will
be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – It has an interesting
premise that sucks you in, great cast, great locations, but the story was a bit
hit and miss at times.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
In a world full of stories you can use to draw inspiration from, it is
surprising that more shows don’t make use of the mythology and stories from the
Arabian Peninsula. It feels like it starts and stops with Aladdin
at times, at least in shows that make it to the west. But there are such a variety
of narratives that you could draw from to tell interesting stories. Today we
are looking at a TV series that is taking that opportunity with Jinn.
So to set the scene, we open in on Amman, Jorden as a school group gets ready
for a bus ride to Petra. You have the usual clicks appearing, you have Tarek (Abd
Alrazzaq Jarkas), Omar (Mohammad Hindieh), and Nasser (Mohammad Nizar) who are
part of the popular crowd and who are happy to torment Yassin (Sultan Alkhail)
who they think is telling on them to the teacher Ms Ola (Hana Chamoun). You
have the power couple in Mira (Salma Malhas) and Fahed (Yasser Al Hadi), the
mythology nerd Hassan (Zaid Zoubi) that just won’t shut up about Jinn. When
they get to Petra they start messing around and Tarek takes pleasure in
tormenting Yassin, but later that night after a few drinks tragedy strikes when
Tarek falls down a canyon wall. However, the question remains, did he fall, or was
he pushed, and if he was, what or who pushed him? Now from here, we will be
looking at the season as a whole so there will be [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – While there has been patchy moments this season, I do think they stuck the ending.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
Well, here we are, the final ever episode of Game of Thrones (if you don’t count the multiple prequels in
preproduction at the moment). I can still remember that day when I first
watched the very first episode as a group of men from The Watch go north past
The Wall and discover there was something worse than wildlings waiting for
them. A lost queen forced to marry into a barbarian horde to secure her ungrateful
brother an army to retake their throne. A drunkard ruling a kingdom though all
he wants to do is hunt and joust and fornicate with people who are not his
wife. A family of noble people trying to do what is right, especially when it
is hard, and being woefully unprepared for the mess they were walking into.
Also, the things we do for love. All of those years of story have been building
to this final episode, and I wonder can they stick the landing?
So to set the scene, during last week’s The
Bells a lot of things happen and a lot of people died. After the death
of Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) in The
Last of the Starks, Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) had become inconsolable,
and Missandei’s final word Dracarys sat in her mind so that even when she heard
the bells of surrender Dany decided to burn Kings Landing to the ground, not
really caring who or what got in her way. The complete slaughter of the capital
is something she has threatened since she arrived and finally showed what
damage even one dragon can do, insert the nuclear weapons analogies. The
capital is in ruins, Jon (Kit Harington) tried to do the right thing and
failed, Cersei (Lena Headey) and Jamie (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) had their whole
worlds crash down on them, oh and Euron (Pilou Asbæk) is finally gone. We open
with the aftermath as ash and snow still fall in the ruins of Kings Landing and
the dead and dying lay among the wreckage. Here Tyrion (Peter Dinklage), Jon (Kit
Harington), and Davos (Liam Cunningham) walk and see the damage their actions
have wrought and the potential hell that they have unleashed. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode
as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – The rushed final
season is starting to show its issues … badly.
Score – 2.5 out of 5 stars
I have honestly been really happy where the final season has been going so far.
I liked how Winterfell and A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms were these
slow-burn episodes giving us some much-needed character development and
interaction. I found The
Long Night to be a really emotional experience as the dead came
and slaughtered. I was ever really jiving with The
Last of the Starks up until that last 15 minutes. It was like a
speed boat suddenly threw out its anchor grinding everything to a halt. This
means for the first time, I am coming into an episode of this 8th
season, and the penultimate episode at that, with a lot of hesitation and I
don’t know how to feel about that.
So to set the scene, last week everyone was celebrating their win over the dead
and the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) but there was still one big threat on the
horizon. Cersei (Lena Headey) still controls King’s Landing, and with it the legitimacy
of the throne. Just one problem Cersei captured Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel)
and beheaded her in front of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) and well that did not go
down well. So we begin today with everyone getting ready for the final push but
some people have reservations and one of them is Lord Varys (Conleth Hill) who
is finally caught out. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a
whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead. This week we are going to
do something a little different and focus our review on different character relationships
because it is through these relationships we see the very highs of this episode
and the real lows.
TL;DR – An episode of two
halves that don’t work together, but at least it nails the first part.
Score – 3.5 out of 5 stars
One thing that always resonates in a good show is an impact. When you change
the game what is the impact on the characters and the greater world. This is
one area that historically Game of Thrones
has excelled at, and this might be the biggest impact we have had so far. After
the battle comes a moment of reflection, but then what if there is no time because
there are still enemies on the board?
So to set the scene, we begin in the moments after the end of last week’s The
Long Night. At the end of the battle, Arya (Maisie Williams) was the
one who finally stopped the Night King (Vladimir Furdik) destroying all of his
minions. However, this was not before thousands of lives were lost, including
the leader House Mormont Lyanna Mormont (Bella Ramsey). It was a major victory
but also a stunning loss, one that might have set the scene for a safer world
but at the cost of putting Cersei (Lena Headey) in maybe an unbeatable position.
However, when you have gumption on your side (and also some dragons) anything
is possible, maybe. Now
from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some
TL;DR – The storm is here,
the storm is coming for you, the storm bites.
Score – 5 out of 5 stars
Have you ever watched a show where over seven seasons of story led to one
moment, thinking back for me only maybe Deep
Space Nine, or possibly Fringe
funnelled everything into one moment. Well, today we have another example to
add to the mix, with just about every single person left alive in Game of Thrones all in the same location
waiting for the oncoming storm.
So to set the scene, during last week’s A
Knight of the Seven Kingdoms we got a chance to sit back and revisit
all the characters that we had gotten to know over the last few seasons, which
would have been great if this didn’t have the feel of one last happy moment before
the end. Jon (Kit Harington) told Danni (Emilia Clarke) about who he was which
yep shocker did not go down well. Arya (Maisie Williams) made it with Gendry (Joe
Dempsie), Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) plan out
their post-conflict lives and we get drunk by the fire. However, at every
moment there is the threat of death that will be with them before the morning.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, that time is here, and oh wow, just wow. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so
there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.