Gotham, a new series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Sometimes I wonder if I have a life because of the amount of books I read and series and films I watch. But then again, I mostly do this during the evening of my weekdays.

I have another new series to talk about. Usually I wait for 2 episodes to write something about it. But just like Scorpion, I’m writing about Gotham just after one episode.

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Synopsis according to IMDB:

The origin story behind Commissioner James Gordon’s rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman’s arrival.

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My thoughts:

First things first, I only know the Batman universe from the films, not the comics, so my opinion is based on said films. I loved the ‘90’s films, not so much the newer ones and I remember watching cartoons and a series on tv. I grew up with Batman and Robin and I much anticipated the new series Gotham.

I loved this episode! It’s like watching the muppet babies in the Gotham universe. Everyone is so young! Again, the pace was really high.

We start with the most important scene from all Batman universes, the murder of Mr. and Mrs. Wayne. And a terrible young Bruce Wayne aka Batman still a little kid, crying over the brutal murder of his parents and a young James Gordon, still a Detective and just started working at the Gotham police department. Promising young Bruce to catch the killer.

We see a young woman, almost a teenager, behaving catlike, jumping and climbing on and off buildings, feeding stray cats with stolen milk. Catwoman anyone?

We see a young psychotic Oswald Cobblepot, his facial charactaristics very familiar, and basically lashing out to everyone calling him penguin as a nickname.

We also get to meet Ivy Pepper, a sweet poison Ivy in her younger years.

A lot of characters from the Batman Universe get there introduction and even more references are being made toward people like the Riddler and Dr. Freeze and my guess is I still missed half of them.

And with the first episode giving us al these characters they need a hell of a story to keep things interested for the rest of the season. Gotham laid all its cards on the table, and although, what I know of the series, it’s not a new Batman story, but revolving more around James Gordon and how he came to be the Commissioner, it still leaves a lot of questions unanswered.

Oh and can we talk about Alfred Pennyworth? I mean, in every depicture of the Batman world you see him as the stiff upper lip butler, the best of the best in British servants and here? He’s like this though bloke from around the block, cussing his way trough things he doesn’t agree with and not the smart, some what docile / senile Alfred we know.

All in all, I really loved the first episode and I’m really curious as to see where the storyline brings us. And if our young Catwoman and young master Bruce get to meet as well.

So, have you seen Gotham? Any thoughts? Did the first episode live up to it’s expectation? Let me know!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

 

 

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Scorpion, a new series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Winter is coming and summer hiatus is finally over. Fall is also the start of many new series. Everything that interests me I’ll watch and I’ll let you guys know about it. Just like last year.

For now, let’s have a look at Scorpion, a new series by CBS:

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Synopsis according to IMDB.

An eccentric genius forms an international network of super-geniuses to act as the last line of defense against the complicated threats of the modern world.

Official website

My thoughts:

Geeks, nerds, autism, hackers and highly intelligent people are hot at the moment. A lot of series use these characteristics as a main focus in their series. Look at Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory, Sherlock Holmes in BBC Sherlock, Chasing Shadows, Numb3rs, the film Hackers, the Net and so many more. We have a huge hackers theme going on in the ’90, with the uprising of personal computers and the world wide web. And now it seems it’s all coming back.

If we look at Scorpion it’s a combination of all of these series above with a bit of McGyver in there as well. And I think it has a lot of potential, but for the love of god, please let the scriptwriters consult with real hackers. The numerous mistakes made in just the first episode are astounding and I’m not even a real IT nerd. But even I cringe at the ridiculous solutions the series presented. Although it’s supposed to be based on real events.

I mean, obtaining a LAN connection between a Porsche and a moving plane? Come on. Or what about destroying a hard-drive in a car door because of the speaker system?

The soon to be named Scorpion team consists of 4 people: Walter O’Brien, the über smart hacker. Toby Curtis, the über smart psychology major who can deduct human behaviour just like Sherlock. Happy Quinn, our über smart hardware / electrician and Sylvester Dodd, the über smart maths guy. Combined they have an IQ of almost 700. They can do everything they want concerning there field of expertise, but forget to eat proper, keep relationships or pay there bills.

But it does have a lot of potential. The first episode had a high pace and you really needed to keep your attention towards the screen to catch everything. I like the main character (although the first couple of minutes reminded me a lot of Hackers), a young boy, hacking into NASA and being picked up by one of the numerous US alphabetic agencies, his brilliant mind being used to develop (what later is explained as a weapons system, killing lots of innocent bystanders.

And one thing I didn’t like was the whole, oh we’re really smart, so we function on a different level. We recognise emotions but don’t know how to act on them. Although, if you look at the end of the episode, that was what needed to create a new human element in this ‘McGyverish’ team.

It is heart breaking to see the little kid being lost in his own mind and our four savvy techies recognising him for what he is, explaining his behaviour towards his ‘normal’ mum.

What I’m trying to say, it’s a lot of stereotype behaviour, and in my opinion, giving a very wrong signal about how these kids are, behave and function. Not all kids / people with a high IQ are beaving like autistic people. A lot of them can function just like you and me, although there interests lie elsewhere.

But even though I think the series got so many things wrong, for me it’s really good entertainment and I look forward to the second episode. Although I get the feeling, if they continue in this path, there won’t be a second season.

What new series are you looking forward to? Have you seen Scorpion? What are your thoughts? Let me know.

 

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

Dracula, one episode in, a series review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. I’m gonna talk to you guys about the new series Dracula. Or rather rant and scream and bitch about the first episode. Normally I try to wait at least 2 episodes before basing an opinion. But in this case, sorry, I can’t.

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Synopsis according to IMDB:

Series introduces Dracula as he arrives in London, posing as an American entrepreneur who maintains that he wants to bring modern science to Victorian society. In reality, he hopes to wreak revenge on the people who ruined his life centuries earlier. There’s only one circumstance that can potentially thwart his plan: Dracula falls hopelessly in love with a woman who seems to be a reincarnation of his dead wife.

My thoughts.

I was really looking forward to the series adaptation of one of the biggest and most influential books in the vampire history. And boy was I disappointed. No scratch that, I was hurt. My vampire loving heart is bleeding of sadness.

Dracula is an American now. Renfield is sane, African American and looks like he took one too many steroid injections. The costumes are out of place and certainly not Victorian London. The conversations boring. And apparently Dracula invented Wi-Fi!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!! The first episode is messy, too many character introductions, a lot of boobs. (Ok I don’t mind boobs, but I do if they are literally pushed in your face every other second.)

We get glimpses of flashbacks that don’t add a single bit of information about the story. Seriously, Bram Stoker turned in his grave when it aired. The whole 45 minutes felt like hours and me sitting on the couch cringing at what was being displayed on my TV.

I can honestly say I rather watch all twilight movies back to back than watch this first episode again. And those are bad!

The only good thing, and I do mean only! Is that Dracula has proper fangs. That’s it. I can’t say anything positive about this adaptation.

Watching this felt like someone was staking me in the heart and slowly twisting and splintering the stake inside my body. And be assured I watched some dodgy vampire movies over the years.

I mean, Dracula, a cult classic, no matter what adaptation, stays true to the story. This abomination doesn’t. No, just nope. I just can’t deal with this level of … I’m gonna stop writing now.

Seriously, avoid this as the plague!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

PS: I really tried to be positive. But this feels like watching Elementary. And if you know me, you know how I feel about Elementary vs Sherlock. Just nope.

PPS: sorry for all the people who do love this new Dracula adaptation, I’m willing to try two more episodes but if it doesn’t get any better…

BBC Atlantis season 1, two episodes in.

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

I started watching BBC Atlantis. It’s not like I have anything better to do with my Saturday nights until Doctor Who starts again. And I thought it would be fun to do a post about it.

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Synopsis according to the official BBC site:

A fantasy drama set in a world of legendary heroes and mythical creatures. Far from home, Jason washes up on the shores of the ancient and mysterious city of Atlantis.

Meet some of the characters:

JasonJason: The main character played by Jack Donnelly. Jason is searching for his father who went missing with a sub. Jason decides to follow his tracks and finds himself suddenly in Atlantis. Within each episode he learns more about himself, where he belongs, discovering friends and fighting mythical monsters.  I never truly felt I belonged where I came from. I was always searching for something.” -Jason

Pythagoras: Played by Robert Emms. The nerdy sidekick and the one offering help to Jason on his quests to finding answers and yes he is the triangle Pythagorasguy. He often plays the voice of reason for the three friends. I would have to say the probability of us dying seems extremely high.” – Pythagoras

HerculesHercules: played by Mark Addy. Hercules is the one and only, well, sort off. Up until this point we’re still not sure if this is Hercules from the legends or not. Although he hints a lot about being famous and such. But this is more Hercules after his success and the more comical of the three main characters. Also, not so bright. “Finding boredom in one’s work is to be relished. It means you are being paid to do nothing.”- Hercules

The Oracle: Played by Juliet Stevenson. She is an oracle, she knows everything, says little, and basically that’s it. The images I see are fleeting.” – OracleOracle

MedusaMedusa: Played by Jemima Rooper. Although I don’t know it for sure, but BBC Atlantis twitter suggested it that she has more parts to play in the series. We see a young Medusa before all the gory snake bits are added. “Why do you look at me like that?” – Medusa

Ariadne: played by Aiysha Hart. Daughter of King Minos and Queen Pasiphae. Has a fancy for Jason and helps him with his quests if she can. “I take noAriadne joy in seeing men die for my entertainment.”- Ariadne

My thoughts:

I like it. It’s funny, the pace is high, not too long, add in some mythology and I’m sold. Ok it’s not Doctor Who, but I think this will run for at least a couple of seasons. The CGI is at least better then it was in Merlin. And a tip if you’re able to. Watch the show on TV with the British subtitles on. They are hilarious (mostly things we can hear that happens and how they describe it.)

I noticed on BBC America you guys have to wait until the 23rd of November. But if the series continues as it now does. I’ll keep on watching it. It’s just that light hearted in between series. I don’t think, for me at least, I will become a huge fan. But the entertainment value is something I appreciate.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.

PS: picture credit goes to the official BBC Atlantis website, along with the quotes as well.

Sleepy Hollow, 2 episodes in and my thoughts and hopes for this new series.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Since I still have some days left before going to work I decided to catch up on my TV series. I am currently way behind on watching some of my favourite shows and the new season are already starting so I am dividing my few days left between writing, reading and watching TV. Basically vegging on the couch and such. So expect a few blogs coming your way the next couple of days if I can keep up writing them.

Let’s start with Sleepy Hollow. One of the new shows I’ve been looking forward to watching. The first two episodes aired in the States and here is my review or opinion about it, also if you haven’t seen it yet, be beware of spoilers 😉

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Synopsis according to the official website:

Welcome to SLEEPY HOLLOW, the thrilling new mystery-adventure drama from co-creators/executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (the “Star Trek” and “Transformers” franchises, “Fringe”).

In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving’s classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and only one of the many formidable foes that Ichabod must face to protect not only Sleepy Hollow, but the world.

As Ichabod finds himself in 2013’s Sleepy Hollow, he discovers a town he no longer recognizes and grapples to understand. Teaming up with Lt. ABBIE MILLS (Nicole Beharie, “42,” “The Good Wife,” “Shame”), a young cop who has her own supernatural experiences, the two embark on a mission to stop the evil that has awoken along with Ichabod and that now is seeping into this once-sleepy town.

Clues from the past enlighten mysteries in the present, as each episode features a flashback to Ichabod’s life in 1776. Ripe with untold stories from American history and cloaked in mythology, the divide between present and past becomes dangerously blurred. Lives are in the balance, including that of Ichabod’s late wife, KATRINA (Katia Winter, “Dexter”), who is trapped in a mysterious netherworld. In his pursuit to save her, Ichabod uncovers secrets about her, leaving him with countless questions.

Not everyone believes Ichabod’s tales of 1776 and supernatural evils, especially the new head of Abbie’s police precinct, Captain FRANK IRVING (Orlando Jones, “The Chicago 8,” “Drumline”). When faced with bizarre events he can’t explain, Capt. Irving reluctantly turns to Ichabod and Abbie to investigate.

Ichabod’s extensive first-hand knowledge of our country’s hidden history, coupled with Abbie’s superior profiling and modern threat assessment skills, make them a formidable duo. The complex pasts of the pair, from Ichabod’s inclusion in the powerful and secretive Freemasons Society to Abbie’s childhood visions, will help them solve the intricate puzzles of Sleepy Hollow in order to protect its – and the world’s – future. As history repeats itself, the oddly-linked pair will draw on the real stories and secrets this nation was founded on in their quest to stop an increasingly vicious cycle of evil.

My thoughts:

I absolutely love it! Seriously! The first episode started with the famous music ‘Sympathy for the Devil’ by the Rolling Stones! How freaking awesome! But let’s start at the beginning as we see Ichabod Crane, played by the (sorry lads, a very hunky Tom Mison, seriously, the guy is one year older than I am, can I have a piece of him please?) You may know him from Parade’s End or Lost in Austen. Back to what I was saying, so we see Crane on the battlefield, fighting and dying 250 years ago and then waking up in modern day Sleepy Hollow.

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At the same time Lt. Abbie Mills (played by Nicole Beharie) and her partner the Sheriff (Clancy Brown) respond to some spooked horses. Basically, not only Ichabod woke up, but the headless horseman as well, he kills the Sheriff, Ichabod is arrested as the suspect, a wild Sulu appears, Lt. Mills and Ichabod have a nice chat about crazy stuff happening, they team up and a new OTP is in the making boys and girls.fall_tv_preview_sleepyhollow1

So that’s how it begins. Why do I love it? First of all, I love strong female leads. And although I described the pairing of our two main characters as an OTP (I haven’t checked tumblr yet, but there is bound to be some smutt written by now), I love the fact that it probably ain’t gonna happen. Mainly because Ichabod Crane is still in contact with his ‘not so dead’ wife Katherine, who’s a witch and lost in between the worlds. Not every freaking show needs a romance happening.

Also, it’s funny as hell to see Ichabod Crane adjusting to the new world around him. He is smart as hell (I do love smart guys) and his reaction is just priceless.

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And I love that, the funny bit I mean. I love me a show where characters speak their minds, make mistakes, screw up, are sarcastic and all is mixed up with some good old fashioned horror bits, the apocalypse rising, witches, a headless horsemen and a tall dark and British guy. (Although, why all the German? Still don’t get it.)

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No, but seriously. The first two episodes left me speechless on the couch and I hate that I have to wait until next week for the next episode. If the writers keep up the pace, don’t make all the different storylines and flashbacks to complicated, leave out the freaking romance, and add some more gory stuff this show is bound to be a winner. I am already looking forward to next week’s episode and I’ll leave you with the trailer for episode two and three (beware of spoilers).

All I can say is watch it. Especially my US based followers, keep up those viewing ratings so we get to enjoy more episodes!

If you have seen the episodes, let me know what you think!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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