Series that came, I saw and dismissed or continued watching.

Hello my lovely and very patient hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course.

Life has been crazy these past few weeks. Got some bad news, making exciting new plans, am extremely busy with studying, working, knitting and everything.

Ok, first things first. I started a 10 week course to prep myself for the Cambridge CPE exam. Whoop, whoop. And in order to fulfil my homework duties, I need to watch lots and lots of TV without subtitles, or with English subtitles, I need to read English books, newspapers, articles etc. I need to talk a lot with English people and I need to listen to podcasts / radio shows. So basically nothing changes at the moment 😉

Although you will be getting a bit more blog posts compared to the last two months.

The winter season of the TV shows is slowly coming towards an end and I’ve been trying to find new shows I can watch. And guess what, not everything was as good as I suspected.

What I did watch and dismissed:

  • Helix
  • Misfits
  • From Dusk Till Dawn

What I did watch and stuck to it:

  • Believe
  • Game of Thrones
  • Musketeers
  • Star Crossed
  • The 100
  • Continuum
  • The After

helix-posterLet’s start with Helix. Synopsis according to IMDB: A team of scientists are thrust into a potentially life-or-death situation in this thriller, which begins with the group being deployed to the Arctic to secretly investigate what could be a disease outbreak. It sounded promising, a virus let loose in an underground facility in the middle of freaking nowhere, surrounded by lots and lots of snow and ice. Ok, it sounds like a lot of other ‘disaster / virus’ movies, but I like those a lot.

The thing is, Helix is made by the syfy channel and whereas it works brilliantly for Warehouse 13, it doesn’t work, in my opinion, for Helix. It has that whole, bad b-movie feeling towards it and basically, it sucks. But if you’re into that kinda thing, go ahead. I don’t mind. But the acting is bad, the special effects seem even worse and I wonder how the script-writers are getting paid for this.

Ok, moving on. Misfits. Synopsis according to IMDB: A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to misfitsdevelop superpowers. A nice American whovian pointed this serious out for me. And although I love British series, this isn’t my style. It reminds me to much of bad Dutch television, filled with swearing, violence, nudity and sex. And although I don’t mind any of those things, I mean I watch Game of Thrones after all, it seems kinda cheesy and sorry, I did try it, but I just don’t like it. Although people assured me season 2 gets better, I pulled the plug, halfway season 1.

from-dusk-till-dawn-tv-series-posterNext one on the list, From Dusk Till Dawn. Synopsis according to IMDB: A Texas Ranger is in hot pursuit of the infamous Gecko brothers. Oh, I love the movies, although progressing into movie number 2, 3 and four, the quality dwindles a lot. But it has that nice over the top vampire movie feeling, which I think is great for some stories. And at least it’s better than twilight, right? But the series, nope. They are trying too hard to remake the episodes into the movie. And even though I’m saying episodes, I just watched the first, found it horrible and not interesting enough to stick around for another one.

Ok, now onwards to the list of series I did watch and continue watching at the moment, if it doesn’t interfere with homework duties. Believe. The synopsis according to BELIEVE-TV-Series-600x337IMDB: A relationship forms between a gifted young girl and a man sprung from prison who has been tasked with protecting her from the evil elements that hunt her power. Oh I love it; you should also check the review Den of Geek did for this series. It has that wonderful supernatural feeling, but still pretty much down to earth and mixed in with some drama. And luckily, no freaking romance! Check it out for yourself.

game of thronesGame of Thrones. Synopsis according to IMDB: Seven noble families fight for control of the mythical land of Westeros .Seriously; do I need to say more? I’m still in the process of reading the books, but my hunger for the series doesn’t keep me back from actually watching it before reading about it. I’ve been following the series since the beginning. And thanks to social media, you practically need to watch it the minute it’s on US TV thanks to all the spoilers. Oh and everybody dies.

The Musketeers. Synopsis according to IMDB: Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, series gives a contemporary take on the classic story about a group of highly trained soldiers TV Musketeers 1and bodyguards assigned to protect King and country. I love British TV / drama. A well know story, hot men in leather, Peter Capaldi as an evil bishop or something. Those floppy hats and women who can kick ass. Sign me up for season two please.

kinopoisk.ruStar-Crossed. Synopsis according to IMDB: About an epic romance between a human girl and an alien boy when he and others of his kind are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after they landed on Earth and were consigned to an internment camp. It sounded promising, but it feels like the CW channel is taking one central story, boy meets girl, they fall in love, they can’t be together but are sneaking around, throw in a different background story and we have a new series. I like it, enough to keep on watching, but I can’t shake the feeling they are trying to teach the target audience, teenage girls, sneaky ways of a society that deals with racism. I like the whole alien race and stuff, but it sometimes feels as if the writers didn’t pay enough attention towards it. Let’s just see how the series is progressing.

The 100, synopsis according to IMDB: Set 97 years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity’s lone survivors sends 100 The-100-posterjuvenile delinquents back to Earth in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet. Another CW series. I like the idea, 100 kids dumped on earth after it was inhabitable for generations and the only way to let the other people on the spaceship survive was kicking them out. Although I question the whole dumping kids on earth thing. Hasn’t history thought us that we, as a species do everything to protect our offspring? And maybe, living on said spaceship for a couple of generations, something went horrible wrong. Ok and I don’t like the whole drama / love story thing again. But the people (teenage girls / young adults) clearly demand it, and that’s what we get.

continuumContinuum, synopsis according to IMDB:A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future. I missed the first two seasons, so naturally I watched them all in about a weekend, that’s the perk of having short seasons and I fell in love with it. It’s all wibbly wobbly timey wimey stuff, good stories, a brilliant cast and I seriously need to catch up with season 3 as soon as I have some more time, which will be never! Although I do have some questions about the leading lady adapting so quickly towards time-travel and being back in the past, understanding everything.

The after: Synopsis according to IMDB: Eight strangers are thrown together by mysterious forces and must help each other survive in a violent world thatthe after defies explanation. A promising first episode and I love to see more of it, unfortunately, we only have the pilot episode for now, but it got the go ahead to make a full season, so we have to wait a bit, I think until June or July before we can watch some more episodes.

And that concludes my list of newish series, together with the old stuff I’m already watching and looking forward towards Salem, Vikings and Fargo. Have you replaced some series? Are you watching something I should check out? Or are you watching any of the shows I mentioned above? Just let me know.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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Review: Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier

http://wac.450f.edgecastcdn.net/80450F/screencrush.com/files/2014/01/captain-america-2-poster-uk-full.jpgSoooo… Remember my review of Thor 2? I was not very happy with Thor 2. So when people were very enthusiastic over Captain America 2, I was still kind of sceptical. But man, I’ve been rarely so pleasantly surprised by a movie! Captain America 2 is everything Thor 2 wasn’t. And that made it a great movie. So I’m going to tell you how great Captain America 2 is by comparing it to Thor 2, while telling you as little spoilers as possible.

Story

In Thor 2, the plot of the movie is literally told to you in the first scene of the movie. Right from the start, you know who the bad guy is, you know why he’s evil, you know where the movie is going. This leaves no room for story development and the only thing you need to do as a watcher is sit back and enjoy the interaction between characters and the epic battles, without worrying much about plot development. In Captain America 2, you are in the dark about what’s happening for the first hour of the movie, just as the main characters. Your brain is trying to put the puzzle pieces together, and you see the main characters struggling with the same stuff too. This motivates you to stay focused and watch as the story develops, and this makes you surprised as plot twists occur. This makes movies unpredictable.

Supporting Characters

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In Thor 2, they reduced Jane Foster to an unconscious vessel with no importance to the story whatsoever. They could as well carry an actual vessel with them. Loki was an okay male supporting character, mostly because of the comic relief he brought and well… because he’s Loki. He’s only there for a limited amount of time though, and his presence overshadows the main character (not that that’s necessarily a bad thing). In Captain America there are also a female and a male supporting character, with the female character taking the exact opposite role as Jane Foster. I am of course talking about no one less than Natasha Romanoff, a.k.a. Black Widow. It’s refreshing to see that the supporting female character is not the love interest of the main character. Yes, there definitely is some sexual tension between her and the Cap, but hey, there is sexual tension between her and any man. But the writers succeeded to make her into something more than a sex symbol (because let’s be honest, that was her main purpose in the Avengers). In this movie they gave her a much bigger role than in the Avengers. She still is a mysterious character, but we get to see some of her inner struggles and emotions. In contrast to Jane Foster, Natasha can save her own ass and is a powerful woman. She saves the Cap numerous times and they gave her almost as much screentime as the Captain. I would even go as far as saying she’s not even a supporting character, but the second main character (again with the overshadowing, which is again, not a bad thing). The male supporting character is a new addition to the super hero family. I’m not going to say much about him to avoid spoilers though. His role is much smaller than Black Widow’s, but he’s an awesome newcomer.

Integration in the Marvel Universe

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As you might know, I’m a sucker for easter eggs and cameo’s. I love it when I can put small (seemingly unimportant) pieces into the bigger Marvel picture. The only connection Thor 2 had with the rest of the Marvel Universe was a casual mentioning of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a cameo of Captain America. Except for that, it was a stand-alone movie. Again, Captain America 2 is the exact opposite. Although the other ‘main’ super heroes don’t make cameo’s, you can’t see this movie separate from the rest of the Marvel movies. It’s fully integrated. But again, it’s hard to tell more without spoiling.

Bad points?

I’m the annoying kind of person who always has a few bad points, even if the movie was awesome. With Captain America 2, it took me a while to think of those, but I found one. The point I just made about integration, it can also be seen as a bad thing. Or at least an odd thing. Captain America is supposed to be the main character of this movie, but as I said, Black Widow plays an almost equally important role. This movie is so integrated, it’s more important to have seen the Avengers to understand the plot than Captain America 1. This movie is more of a spin-off of the Avenger movies instead of a full fledged Captain America movie.  It’s more like Avengers 1.2 or something. Yes, they pay attention to the Captains personal past, but it seems of secondary importance. The movie seems to be more focused on the internal troubles of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Captain just happens to be involved. It doesn’t feel like his personal movie to me.That doesn’t make the movies less amazing though. The story is great and, ah well, I think I’ve made my point in the previous sections. It’s just that it’s different from the other ‘personal’ super hero Marvel movies. I personally like that it’s so integrated, but the title can be a little misleading.

Conclusion

Captain America 2 is one of the best Marvel movies so far. I think I maybe even liked it better than part 1. It’s fully integrated in the whole Marvel Universe, there is good storytelling, and character writing is excellent. There is action, there is humour. It’s got the whole package (except maybe romance, but I actually don’t miss that). And hey, Chris Evans is hot. Go see this movie! But remember: you’ll understand it a lot better if you’ve seen Captain America 1 and the Avengers movie first!

Oh yea, to understand the Avengers you have to watch Cap 1, Thor 1, Iron Man 1 and 2… You know what, just watch all of them if you haven’t done that yet!

Hot cute girly geek and Tekira in Paris!

 

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course.

Sorry for the long absence from writing, as usual, busy. Real life is in the way of my weekly blogging, together with my Etsy shop and work. But I decided a nice update on my latest holiday adventures was a good way to come back to everything.

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And as you can see by the title, I was not alone! Every year my work organizes a trip abroad for everyone who is part of our staff association and this time Paris was on the menu. And because Tekira is one of our interns at work we decided to go together. Yay! Geeky blogger trip to Paris, and boy was it geeky.

I’ll spare you the details of all the touristy stuff we did, it’s Paris and full of touristy stuff you can visit. But we decided to incorporate a bit of geekyness as well. Besides us talking about geeky stuff pretty much 24/7 and the amazing amount of fandom shirts I packed as well as my epic, homemade Tardis bag.

Ok, first stop on our geeky agenda:

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Dernier Bar avant la fin du monde. Or roughly translated: the last bar before the end of the world.

DSC_0107what is it? Well, only the most epic geeky place you’ll find in Paris, 400 m² filled with references to science fiction, fantasy, manga, television series, movies and literature.DSC_0156 A place for all geeks to eat, drink, play games, and generally geek out over everything. If you are a geek in Paris, get your geeky butt down there asap!

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The bar has a well stocked wall filled with games you can freely lend to play with fellow geeks. Everywhere you look it’s geek paradise with popular references to all yourDSC_0108 favourite geek shows, series, comics, movies, like Star Wars, Doctor Who, V for Vendetta and tons of manga and anime stuff I’m not familiar with but had Tekira in a right geeky flailing mode.

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You can eat, although the menu for dining isn’t that great, think more along the lines of snacks, they do have stuff on the menu like triforce chips, dark side cookies, a ‘hello sweetie dessert’ shhh, spoilers (yes I ordered one, and no it didn’t turn magically into a glass of champagne). DSC_0115

DSC_0110And if you love alcohol, the drinks menus is even more spectacular. What about Captain Picard’s Earl Grey (Computer-tea-earl grey-hot), tenth’s health potion (justDSC_0109 brilliant!), the serenity, bad wolf, 42, Lannister, a Tardis, green dragon and many, many more.

The cupcakes come in gaming theme’s, the staff is brilliant and after some hard questioning say they have the best job in the world.

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And I got jumped by a 10th Doctor female cosplayers who geeked-out over my tardis bag in rapid French. After I calmed her down she continued in English and we quickly bonded over cosplay, Tardisses and the Doctor. It was brilliant. Safe to say we ended up there both Friday and Saturday night.

Our second geeky stop was Museé d’Orsay… ok, how can a museum be geeky. Hello, Vincent van Gogh, Doctor Who, epic fangirling anyone?!

The enormous line in front of the museum didn’t hold us back, so we waited like good little fangirls in line and met up with an American family of whovians, again, they spotted my bag. DSC_0122DSC_0123Americans are crazy, but I almost adopted this cute family and it was fun to see that wherever you come from, your dad will always embarrass you in front of strangers. Well done whovian dad.

We got to see some brilliant paintings by Van Gogh and (shhh don’t tell) I was a bit naughty by taking some pictures. Seem familiar???

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And of course we found the only English bookstore in Paris for our little geeky hearts to enjoy, it isn’t Waterstones but WHSmith does have a nice Sherlock selection and I found a lovely Doctor Who mug for my collection.DSC_0087

Although when I went to pay for it, something strange happened and we ran as fast as we could out of there.

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Oh and a visit to Paris wouldn’t be complete without visiting Shakespeare and Company where I finally found a copy of Good Omens, which I have been looking for, for ages!

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We did learn on our last night there was an exhibition about Marvel, but unfortunately running out of time and money we didn’t have time to visit. But if you find yourself in Paris before the 31st of August go check it out: http://artludique.com/marvel2.html

And I did spot some random cool Ninja Turtles posters near the Montmartre.

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And after three days in Paris it was time to go home. We had an epic weekend in Paris and I might return some day, but first London!!!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy and Geeky sidekick Tekira.