New series review: Wynonna Earp

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Today I will be reviewing Wynonna Earp, or at least the couple of episodes that have been aired up until now (that’s just 4!!!).

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I’m always on the look-out for new series to watch, yep, I have no life, at least not a social one (well, a partially social life). And this time I stumbled upon Wynonna Earp. Or as I call it, hopefully the female version of Supernatural, set in the Wild Wild West if Jo was still alive.

Wynonna Earp is brought to you by the syfy channel and it has that same feeling as a lot of their series. I don’t know what that is, but if you’ve been watching a lot of series you immediately can tell if it’s produced by syfy, or CW or HBO or any other network.

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Originally starting out as a comic book series and riding the success of the Marvel / DC brought to our screens. It specifies as an Action/Western/Fantasy/Horror series. Yep….

According to IMDB: Based on the IDW Comic, Wynonna Earp follows Wyatt Earp’s great granddaughter as she battles demons and other creatures. With her unique abilities, and a posse of dysfunctional allies, she’s the only thing that can bring the paranormal to justice.

But like I said before, it feels like the female version of Supernatural, only the sisters don’t travel cross-country but stay in Purgatory, the town, not the gateway to Hell.

I mean, there is Wynonna herself, leather jacket wearing, drinking, swearing, bad-ass with a gun, older sister coming back to her hometown where just about everyone hates her. She lost her father (shot him) and her sister, has a nasty prophecy hanging above her head and a special gun that can kill demons! Oh and she is trying to protect her still alive sister. (Dean)

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And we have Waverly, the younger sister, trying to bad-ass herself, bit of a dork, super smart, speaks Latin, does a lot of research, had an imaginary friend called Bobo, and wants nothing more than help big sis killing demons. (Sam)

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Agent Dolls, bit of a mystery man, can get his hands on some really old, creepy occult objects, knows his occult stuff, trying to teach Wynonna how to kill demons and other monsters and how to shoot. Doesn’t take shit from no-one but somehow will protect the girls. (Bobby)

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Doc Holliday, once a good-guy, now we don’t know yet, seems to be working for both parties, the good and the evil side, old but still good looking, there is some tension between him and Wynonna and you’re constantly wondering if she is gonna kill him or f*ck him. (Cas)

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And we have demons, not the black-eyed ones but these have red eyes, are stuck in Purgatory, again the town and trying to get out before Wynonna kills them with her special gun. If they are killed they get sucked back into hell, looks pretty cool.

So, we’re four episodes in and I kinda like it. It’s funny, I like strong female leads, it reminds me of Supernatural, I don’t know, it appeals to me for some reason.

Have you seen it? What are your thoughts? And no I haven’t read the comics so no spoilers!!!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy

The Strain, a series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Today a review about the Strain. And although it’s been going on for several weeks now. I still think it’s worth mentioning as a series you should watch. That is, if you like vampires or strange virus / disease programs. Without further ado and with spoilers I give you my opinion.

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Synopsis according to IMDB:

A Boeing 767 arrives at JFK and is on its way across the tarmac, when it suddenly stops dead. All window shades are pulled down. All lights are out. All communication channels have gone quiet. Crews on the ground are lost for answers, but an alert goes out to the CDC. Dr. Ephraim “Eph” Goodweather, head of their Canary project, a rapid-response team that investigates biological threats, gets the call and boards the plane. What he finds makes his blood run cold.

In a pawnshop in Spanish Harlem, a former professor and survivor of the Holocaust names Abraham Setrakian knows something is happening. And he knows the time has come, that a war is brewing.

So begins a battle of mammoth proportions as the vampiric virus that has infected New York begins to spill out into the streets. Eph, who is joined by Setrakian and a motley crew of fighters, must now find a way to stop the contagion and save the city – a city that includes his wife and son – before it’s too late.    

My thoughts:

First of all, let me state that this isn’t the best vampire series out there, or viral series for that matter. However, when something comes along about vampires, I am bound to check it out and I am a sucker for vampire series and films who give a different outtake to the ‘original’ vampire myth (sparkling not included).  Although it did remind me a bit of Blade II

I love the fact that they see vampirism as a virus and the vampires actually turn into some sort of zombies. Well, vampires are after all undead, and if you read the Anita Blake novels, you know they respond to her necromancy.

Going back to the Strain. It is sometimes gory, which you must love. Me? I love the old-fashioned hack and slash movies, so blood and gore is cool with me. It has an interesting backstory about the main vampire or I think first vampire? And the fact that they do keep a bit of the old rules (with a twist) in tact is great.

What or who I don’t like is the main vampire. I mean, at first we don’t get to see the main vampire, or just his form and some tattered clothes/drapes whatever. As the series progresses you do get to see the vampire full frontal and it is really disappointing. The prosthetics are terrible and he looks like he took a trip to many to a Botox clinic.

It does have a bit of comic relief in it, which sometimes feels really misplaced for a ‘scary’ program, but it isn’t distracting. The characters sometimes feel over the top, as I said, not the best series out there. But for some reason I am drawn to it and I keep watching every episode in a weekly basis.

Oh and I almost forgot to mention it. Sean Astin, everyone’s favourite Hobbit Samwise Gamgee plays a part as well!

Have you seen it? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek Mendy.

Z Nation, a series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. I am so glad summer hiatus is over, and new series are starting. This time we look at Z Nation. And as always, there will be spoilers, oh and zombies.

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Synopsis according to IMDB:

Three years after the zombie virus has gutted the country, a team of everyday heroes must transport the only know survivor of the plague from New York to California, where the last functioning viral labs awaits for his blood.

My thoughts:

I love monster movies, weather its mummies, vampires, werewolves or zombies. Bring them on. There are a lot of bad ones out there, which shall not be named, but just remember something sparkly and you know what I mean.

Zombies are a hot item at the moment. I’ve seen my classics like night of the living dead. We had a bit of an uprise in the ’90’s with resident evil, and only a couple years ago an epic movie came out. Zombieland! If you haven’t seen it already, I really recommend it. I mean, Bill Murray and a quest for twinkies, mix that with zombies, hell yeah! (It tried to have a spinoff series, which failed, but rumours are Zombieland 2 is in the making).

And of course for the last couple of years we have the Walking Dead. An epic, scary well-written zombie series (which is starting again in a couple of days).

New on your telly is Z Nation, which combines the humour of Zombieland with the epicness of scary zombies from the Walking Dead. This can’t go wrong, right? Oh and not to forget, it has my favourite hunter / newly made vampire in it as well! I’m obviously talking about the DJ Qualls.

He plays the hilarious role of Citizen Z. Basically the last NSA person still alive, surrounded by some epic computer shit so he can hack his way into, well everything, and in those lonely cold nights he also plays a DJ, cheering up survivors with good music. In one word, brilliant.

I like the zombies, I mean, they look like zombies, but I like theses fast zombies. It makes it a bit harder to get away. Also, apparently they react to specific noises or frequencies. It’s always nice to have a new twist in your favourite monster.

The rest of the survivor group is pretty much what you expect. Die hard veterans, bimbo girl, couple in love and so one. Also nice to know that no matter what happens, human beings are willing to do everything to survive.

Although I’m not a big fan of creepy CGI babies and zombie animals.

I’m curious to see where it goes and if there is room for two zombie series on TV.

That’s it for this review. Check it out or let me know what you think about it.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy. 

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.

Official website

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

 

 

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

Bitten season 1, a series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Thanks to all my regular series being in summer hiatus, I now have time to catch up with other series I wanted to watch. One thing I do love is binge watching a series. Just give me all the episodes at once please.

I have watched Vikings and Bitten, currently watching Crisis and I seriously need to pick up on last year’s Covert Affairs and True Blood. But that’s for another time. For now enjoy the Bitten review and beware of spoilers!

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Synopsis according to IMDB.com:

Elena Michaels thought she left the world of supernatural behind when she left Stonehaven behind ‘for good this time’ she thought. Until the night she got the mysterious call from her pack leader asking her to come back. So now she is heading back, leaving her life as a normal photographer in Toronto for the moment to re-enter the world of werewolves, rules about protect the pack and a man she has spent years trying to get out of her system. Oh and did she mention she was the only living female werewolf in existence?

My thoughts:

Yay, another werewolf series! Although nothing can tip Teen Wolf (sorry, it’s just too funny). It seems like we’re not done with the Supernatural beasties for the moment. After the whole we love tormented sparkly vampires and zombies crawling out of their graves we move on to werewolves, one of the oldest monsters from the book.

The series is Canadian based (it seems that lately all TV series are either shot in Canada or have a Canadian origin, but I’m not complaining.) It revolves around Elena Michaels, and as the synopsis already told you, she’s the only female werewolf alive. Apparently in this ‘world’ women are too weak to carry the wolf genes and if they get bitten they die during transition.

A couple of things are different from the usual werewolf rules we know. These wolfs can change whenever they want, so they don’t need a full moon. We have just the one pack and one Alpha to rule over all the werewolves, but no Beta’s or Omega’s. Instead we have pack members and Mutts. And all the wolves, in their wolf forms seem to still have some control and can tap into their humanity when they are changed.

I like it. The series I mean. The story is good, although just like every other werewolf series the wolves seem to struggle for a power play and it’s nice to see a strong female lead character. It has a lot of really nice naked men in it as well. What I don’t like is again the CGI. Luckily they don’t look like the twilight wolves, but still. Another thing, can we please be done with the whole love triangle thing where the girl needs to choose between the two men that love her. I am so done with it.

You know what I would really like to see? And especially in this Bitten Universe? Some gay wolves, because let’s face it. The only wolves that are around are male and you can’t just sell it to me that there has to be some gay tension around there. The bromance is dripping from the screen for crying out loud!

Another thing I’m basically done with is the ‘I don’t accept the nature of my beast’ story arc. Just about every monster on screen seems to struggle with his / her humanity and acceptance and I’ve seen it all. I mean look at Louise from interview with the vampire, that sparkly vamp from the film we’re not naming any more, the beast from Beauty and the Beast and the list goes on and on. Can’t we, for once, have a monster or beast that is happy who he or she is and enjoying themselves instead of keep whining about how hard it is to change or crave blood or fight for your rights? Also, can it be the good guy as well instead of the bad boys who seem to enjoy themselves?

If you love beasties / werewolves, hot naked guys, some nice fighting scenes and a different Werewolf Universe I urge you to catch up with season 1 of Bitten. I hope you enjoy it!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

Almost Human, 3 episodes in, a series review.

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks. Ahhhh, it’s good to be back blogging. I really missed writing about all the geeky stuff I did, watched, read. Although November was kinda slow in that department cause of NaNo. But that doesn’t mean I was totally neglecting my duties as a girly geek.

I picked up a new show along the way and just watched the third episode, almost human, so here it goes, and as always, spoilers!!!

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Synopsis according to the official FOX website:

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer J.J. Abrams (“Fringe,” “Lost,” “Revolution,” “Person of Interest,” the “Star Trek” and “Mission: Impossible” franchises) and creator/executive producer J.H. Wyman (“Fringe,” “The Mexican”), comes ALMOST HUMAN. Starring Karl Urban ( the “Star Trek” and “The Lord of the Rings” franchises”) and Golden Globe Award nominee Michael Ealy (“Sleeper Cell,” “Common Law”), the new series is an action-packed police procedural set 35 years in the future, when police officers are partnered with highly evolved human-like androids.

The year is 2048. Meet Detective JOHN KENNEX (Urban), a cop who survived one of the most catastrophic attacks ever made against the police department. After waking up from a 17-month coma, he can’t remember much – except that his partner was killed, he lost one of his legs and he is now outfitted with a highly sophisticated synthetic appendage.

Suffering from depression, mental atrophy, trauma-onset OCD, PTSD and the “psychological rejection of his synthetic body part,” John returns to work at the behest of longtime ally Captain SANDRA MALDONADO (Emmy Award nominee Lili Taylor, “Six Feet Under,” “Ransom”). By mandate, every cop must partner with a robot. And despite his passionate aversion to androids, John is paired up with a battle-ready MX-43. But he abruptly terminates his partnership after the robot discovers incriminating information about him. So technician RUDY LOM (Mackenzie Crook, “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise) introduces John to DORIAN (Ealy), a discontinued android with unexpected emotional responses. Although such responses were deemed flaws, it is in these “flaws” that John relates to Dorian most. After all, John is part-machine now, and Dorian is part-human. John and Dorian’s understanding of each other not only complements them, it connects them.

As he adjusts to working with his new partner, John also must learn to get along with his new colleagues, including the sharp and insightful human intelligence analyst Detective VALERIE STAHL (Minka Kelly, “Friday Night Lights,” “(500) Days of Summer”) and the distrustful Detective RICHARD PAUL (Michael Irby, “Law Abiding Citizen,” “The Unit”), who does not welcome John back with open arms.

ALMOST HUMAN will follow the week-to-week missions of John and Dorian, as they fight crime across this futuristic landscape, while the mysteries surrounding John’s attack and the larger mythology of this new world unfold.

ALMOST HUMAN is produced by Bonanza Productions Inc., in association with Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by J.H. Wyman, who wrote the pilot. The series is executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Wyman and Bryan Burk. Kathy Lingg (“Person of Interest,” “Revolution,” “Fringe”) and Reid Shane (“Fringe”) are co-executive producers. Brad Anderson (“Fringe,” “The Killing”) directed and served as co-executive producer on the pilot.

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My thoughts.

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I had high hopes for this series, I mean, the synopsis and the promotion sounded interesting to me. But upon first watching the first few minutes of episode one, I was kinda scared this show was turning into a mix between Stephen Spielberg’s AI and the sci-fi movie Demolition Man.

Luckily it wasn’t. Oh they do have similarities, but then again, you can make so much movies/TV series about androids and the future.

What I do like about this show that it tries to stay away from the bigger clichés in android land, sort to speak. Like androids turning evil, or slave androids in normal day to day households. Although you could say employing said androids for the police is some sort of slavery. Especially if you consider that they got rid of the more ‘emotional’ type androids and went for the newer models that just follow orders and make rational decisions.

But then again, we are just three episodes in, who’s to say we won’t end up to the path of cliché destruction.

Almost-Human-TV-Show-ReviewKarl Urban plays the main character, John Kennex, in this series, and as the synopsis suggests, he’s a pretty damaged guy. And I like it. Not per se the damaged part, but the whole, this isn’t another series surrounded by a bunch of good looking squealing teenagers. Just a normal guy, with normal problems, who struggles to find his way back into society, I do have one question. The guy has been in a coma for 17 months, had his therapy, I might hope, and his boss keeps nagging for him to come back. First day in the office and he’s already back in the field? Yeah right.

Michael Ealy plays his android counterpart Dorian, an older android model with emotions. Ohhh scary. But what it does is give the right balance HU_07-michael-ealy-grey_0548_rc_to John’s darker and more self destructive path. He sometimes acts almost childlike, not familiar with proper responses and functions of day to day human life. He acts as sort of robotic Jiminy Cricket, the voice of reason.

The chemistry between those two is amazing! John being al dark and sarcastic and unintentially funny. Come on, if you’ve seen the first episode, tossing his android partner out of the car was pretty hilarious. And Dorian with his dry humour, trying to reason with facts.

maldonado-almost-human-24049-1920x1200And some credit must also go to Lili Taylor, playing Captain Sandra Maldonado. I only know her from being the frail looking girl in horror movies and was really surprised she is pulling of this tough as nails captain part with a human side. Kudos for good acting!

At this point we have sort of a red line weaving in the story of the week series. Being John wants to know what happened to him when he got his accident and what his former girlfriend has to do with it. But it’s not overly done. We get hints and glimpses, but I like the series as it is at this point. A cop story a week and in the mean time work on finding out more about the accident.

Last person I will mention, because I do have a soft spot for geeks, Mackenzie Crook, playing Rudy Lom, the android techie guy. I love me some old fashioned nerds and mackenzie_crook_almost_humanhe is funny as hell.

So should you watch it? If you like sci-fi and robots, give it a try, it won’t disappoint you. Now hopefully the general audience picks up on it as well and we get more episodes along the line. I’m really curious to see where this series is going.

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy