TL;DR – An unrelenting exploration of the subversion of the family unit.
Rating: 3 out of 5.
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Disclosure – I was sent a screener of this film
Warning – contains scenes that may cause distress.
Daughter Review –
Some films pique your interest because of the genre or the narrative framework. Some still come from a casting choice that you must see how it plays out. This week we are looking at a film that hits all of these as we delve into a dark world.
So to set the scene, we open on a dirt road as a lady runs for her life as a pickup truck driven by two people in gas masks chases her down. Later a woman (Vivien Ngô) wakes up shackled to the floor with Father (Casper Van Dien) looming over her. She is to be called Sister and will soon be introduced to Mother (Elyse Dinh) and Brother (Ian Alexander). She will not be hurt … as long as she behaves because Brother is exceptional, and she needs to help him avoid the sickness out in the world.
TL;DR – A beautiful episode about coming together through the pain of the past
Rating: 4.5 out of 5.
Disclosure – I paid for the Netflix subscription that viewed this series.
Forget Me Not Review –
Throughout Star Trek, there has been a long history of letting events happen, but to not really explore the aftermath. However, The Next Generation’s Family as well as, Deep Space Nine’s It’s Only a Paper Moon, both show that this can be some of the best the show can make. This week’s episode also knew this lesson and was the better for it.
So to set the scene, so far this season, Michael (Sonequa Martin-Green) got trapped in the future alone for a year, the USS Discovery crash-landed on a planet with ice that eats you, and last week we found out that Earth had become an isolationist power and the Federation had left 100 years ago. All of this is leaving a toll on the crew because there has been no time to process what has happened to them appropriately. Things are starting to fray, which is understandable given the circumstances, but who will be the first to break. Now from here, we will be looking at the episode as a whole, so there will be some [SPOILERS] ahead.
TL;DR – This is a show that
entrances you and then just when you think you have everything worked out it
shifts the game completely and you are left in awe with what just happened.
Score – 4.5 out of 5 stars
I have tried to keep up with all the new sci-fi shows dropping on Netflix, but
occasionally one of them slips through the cracks, and this week we are looking
at one of those with the brilliantly odd The
OA. When a friend highly suggested that I give it a watch I thought I would
get it an episode or two to see how it was and then at some point during Part 2
I looked up to see that it was 3 am and I truly wondered if I should watch the
two last episodes then and there, so that should give you an indication as to how
good the show is.
So to set the scene, we open with a rainy day as people drive over a bridge
when someone records a woman in white running across to the edge of the bridge
and then falling off into the water below. She survives, but won’t tell anybody
her name or where she is from. Meanwhile in a small town, in a housing estate
that was never finished, Nancy (Alice Krige) and Able (Scott Wilson) are going
about their day when someone sends them a link to something online and they
watch at their long lost daughter Prairie (Brit Marling) jump off a bridge.
They race to her hospital, retelling the story of how their daughter went
missing one day seven years ago, they race into her hospital bed where the
woman in front of them goes by The OA not Prairie and does not recognise who
just walked in, that is until she touches Nancy’s face. For you see when
Prairie was taken she was blind but now she can see. Now, from this point onwards, we will be looking
at Part 1 and Part 2 as a whole, so there will be [SPOILERS]