Taken


10pm (est)   NBC  stars Clive Standen (Vikings)  Jennifer Beals , Gaius Charles   (IMDB)

Taken the tv series is a prequel to the movie series, that made Liam Neeson an action star in his mid-50s.

Its  the origin story of Liam Neeson’s Taken movie character Bryan Mills. to which we meet at 35 years of age, a former  green beret and yes ladies the character is single!  Although it’s a genesis series depicting the evolution of the character, it does take place in present time, and how the hero became the hero, before he had the full ‘particular set of skills’

Star Clive Standen a martial arts master who is best known as Rollo in the History series Vikings first had to shed some of his bulk of Rollo’s 220 pounds before filming.

Besides the trailers I was able to see the opening scene before the premier of the show, and between the two it looked like it was worth a watch (even if you are not in Vikings withdrawal) and a good action show. The first movie was pretty cool but then there were the sequels.

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APB


I thought to give this a try even though I’m not big on procedural shows, if you’d call this that. To me there are already too many cop dramas on in various forms and I normally save mine for Wednesday & Friday nights, in Lethal Weapon and Hawaii 5-0. That later for me is a 1 hour vacation of beautiful landscapes and I don’t have to pay to travel for.  I like the 5-0  chemistry, especially Dan-O and McGerrit they crack me up when they start to argue. There’s also the chemistry of Lethal Weapon’s characters, and like Hawaii 5-0 its not all seriousness. Yes they are very similar and why

I gave a chance to APB, because I wanted to see what it would be like with the cutting edge technology in it. Would it be full drama, or would we have some funny moments like with Hawaii 5-0 and Lethal Weapon.

As far as the first episode goes,  there was the drama of Precinct 13 not having the funding they need to do their jobs so it’s an incredibly bad area. Billionaire Gideron buys the precinct, and when the APB app comes out, the war on crime takes a turn in the cops direction.

(why isn’t there an app like this in real life? I mean you can’t always make a verbal call, especially when a text won’t get you shot! Just make sure you put your phone on silent mode  if they haven’t seen you yet!)

 

Wow those cops fight great! They don’t fight like the cops on any other show, that looked like there was some martial arts thrown in. Oh yea and fast choreography. So we not only have some cool fast fight scenes, chase scenes as well.  I do like those jackets but I thought they were fully bullet proof.  Also they look a lot more comfortable and moveable in.

After watching a few weeks  (it takes the time slot of Lucifer which I think had its season finale) I find the angle of the technology in it interesting.

Its a crime of the week sort so I wouldn’t call it binge worthy, but should definitely watch the first 3-4 episodes.

 

 

 

 

Supergirl


While Supergirl was on CBS, the only episode I watched was the Flash crossover. being as I watch Flash I figured it might be a good idea to watch in case something carries over from the Supergirl episode. With this one episode..

To me in the coming attractions and even this one episode I really could not stand the actress that played Supergirl,to me she came off as insecure/self conscious and there was something else I  still can’t quite pinpoint what it is or was, I could barely watch crossover episode, even with Flash in it.  Also I wasn’t crazy about the overall pace and storyline of the cross over.

So maybe others felt the same way as I in one way or another, and so with the show

Now on the CW for season 2, I thought I’d give it a try (well when its posted to the free on demand channel)

I still can’t figure out why CBS had the show in the first place, especially when all the DC comics shows are doing so well on the CW.

before I get to Supergirl herself  I will say I definitely did not like the actor portraying Superman…in this. I do wish ‘Smallville’ would make an appearance in some way ..sorry I should say Tom Welling and anyone else from that show, After all, this is a multi-earth/dimension universe. Well so far no ‘Smallville’ but we get Dean Cain!!!

So far she still comes off as… maybe its not insecurity but awkward to me and that’s WHEN she’s Supergirl. This is even as I finish writing this up in March (of season 2 with the finale likely to air in May). I would think the ‘Awkward’ and anything I didn’t like about a character or actor would have subsided by now. I do in a sense like the actress, she’s cute Kara wise, even when she’s perky and I hate perky but for her it works. There is still a little something there that bothers me when she’s Supergirl. I will also say the show is a lot easier to watch than when it was on  CBS.

Well if I didn’t watch it before or skipped an episode here and there… I’ve been making sure  I watch each week now that the charming Chris Wood (Vampire Diaries, Containment) in blatant CW fashion has yet again recycled (or is it re-purposed) him into another CW show. For him I’ll watch and see how his story arc goes. Plus I’m waiting for more crossovers of the collective shows…

I heard something about a possible musical but I don’t recall if it was flash and supergirl (which sounds really annoying to me) or maybe the crossover (nope… thankfully)… but I think a musical episode would have been better with Arrow (as long as John Barrowman was in it)

I do hope we get a mini movie with all the heroes in one show (one epiosde) at some point…maybe a 2 hour TV movie special. That would work well as a follow up on (or lead up to) a crossover story or the best way is to finish a season, and even better use for a series finale!

Hello @CW @DC do you hear me!!!! I’ve got some ideas for your show(s)!!! Make.It. Happen.!!!!

(Can we make the #ArrowMusical happen?  I saw @Stephen Amell & @JohnBarrowman singing at SDCC   (San Diego Comic Con)…

Definately IMPROVED (and saved)

 

 

Afterlife


BBC  S1.

Reluctant psychic/medium Alison who is burdened by her gift, butts heads with a psychology teacher (and former therapist) who is ‘treating’ her. Alison challenges his skepticism. He and some of his students sit in on some psychic symposium thing and Alison sees someone near one of his students, which is the little girl we see in the beginning.

 

Disk 1

In  More than meets the eye  a psychology class sits in on some psychic gathering. Where the reluctant Alison though refuses to come to at first, shows up. She picks out one of the students who is obviously freaked out, (as the psychic was spot on) and the student nose dives from there.

Lower than bones    Love the way it sounds, so suffice it to say it’s  my favorite title of the three. Alison helps a missing girl’s family.

Daniel one and two   This was the best of the three on the disk. It was a suspenseful mystery. Is Daniel being haunted or is he just delusional?

 

Disk 2

I didn’t list them but I think the first disk of episodes were most memorable.

The last episode on this disk still haunts my memory.  The episode alone is haunting, is she seeing the living or the spirits? We learn a bit more of her Train accident. Has she been dead this whole time?  It’s an interesting Drama but I think it only lasted for the 6 episodes.

the CW Invasion ~ Heroes vs Aliens


Based on the 1988 comic book miniseries Invasion! event from Keith Giffen, Bill Mantlo, Todd McFarlane, and Bart Sears, the plot of the story is The Dominators descended on Earth to bring an end to the “threat” of Earth’s burgeoning meta-human community.

So Supergirl kicks the whole thing off, however I don’t think I qualify it as cross over material. We just get what turns out to be a few time holes that pop into this scene or that and at the end (like the last 30 seconds…literally!) Barry and Sisco show up . For me that’s just a Supergirl episode, now if they had popped in half way through and participated more in the epiosde I would consider that a cross over. So as far as her episode goes, I’m not happy with it. If this were still on CBS I would chalk it up to that but sadly for me Barry and Sisco feel like they were just added to the story at the end and of course the time holes too. 

I will be re-watching the shows but this one I won’t as I do not recall anything in it having to do with the Aliens (aside from Supergirl herself and Mon-El)

 

I hope the Flash’s entry into the crossover event will be better.

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Kindred: The Embraced


Complete Vampire Collection Disk #2 (via    1996 4 episodes (4 hours)

C. Thomas Howell, Mark Frankel, Channon Roe,Kelly Rutherford

This was recommended to me by a friend in England. I rented it from Netflix on DVD sadly, they only had disk 2.

When I first herd the title of this I thought of the role playing game, Vampire The Masquerade but so far have not heard one mention to it or anything similar (not that I played but at least knew of it and little about it)

5 secret vampire clans who clash among themselves and mortals battle to rule San Francisco. The leader ‘Prince of the city’ Julian Luna (that sounds more like a werewolf surname than vampire) fights to keep his title.

The first episode was Live Hard, Die Young and Leave a good looking corpse

Ivan Sergei guest stars as some rock star named Zane and my Lost Boys addled mind sees way too many similarities between this episode and the movie. He sort of reminds me of a cross between Lost Boys  Jason Patrick’s character Michael Emerson and Queen of the Damned’s Stuart Townsend. (Only I think Townsend portrayed the rockstar image better) Wait did he just mention something about Jim Morrison? What the hell? Why does he always seem to be mentioned in or is somehow portrayed as a vampire? (Hello Queen of the Damned, The big Poster of Morrison in Lost Boys…Might have to look into that more)

Zane turns some girl against her will which threatens ‘The masquerade’  well there it is! definitely based on the RPG! But there ARE more than 5 clans in the game. There’s some clan name dropping (Toredor,Ventrue, Bruja) And they drop names Morrison, Cobaine (really Kurt Cobaine as a vampire?? I’ll have to ponder that a bit, yeah I guess he had the looks for it)

Humans seeem to know about them, or at least the cop. Channon Roe who plays Cash from the Gangrel clan looks more wolfish than vampire to me. Regardless he’s pegged to be a supernatural character as he already played a dark lighter in the (original) Charmed series (yes word is they are rebooting that too! but will be a prequel set in 1976)

Another few episodes..

The Rise and Fall of Eddie Fiori – The leader of the Bruja tries to take over the Masqurade

Bad Moon Rising – a member of Nosfratu clan steals a human’s baby for a ritual to regain their powers

Cabin in the Woods- The Prince of vampires goes with his reporter girlfriend to some cabin, she ends up finding out about the surpernatural world.

Get the DVD via amazon

Notes:  Asimites are chemeleons or shape shifters    Toredor are the artists

 

You can find more about Vampires here   (and I am trying to work on something for the RPG as well)

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& The Kindred The Embraced Wiki

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taboo


Tuesdays FX @ 10pm Est      Period Drama

created by  Chips Hardy (father of) Tom Hardy, Steven Knight

Even after having watched the first episode 2 or 3 times I still can’t quite explain the show.

I’ve seen 2 episodes so far (maybe 3 by the time you read this) and I am still not sure what exactly the plot of the show is.

Aside from Imdb ‘s description “Adventurer James Keziah Delaney builds his own shipping empire in the early 1800s.” which is quite vague for a plot premise as is!

I can tell you on his return home in the beginning of the first episode that his father, the owner of a shipping empire, dies. He shows up for his father’s funeral where gasps arise in the church as though he’s a necrophiliac but it’s because everyone thought he was dead; even his sister. He does some sort of mojo (voodoo?) during the funeral at his father’s grave. He walks around looking like the Babadook (sorry it’s that hat and long coat) he apparently has a son, he gives the boy’s adoptive father a payment for past present and future, and leaves saying he never wants to see the boy.

Oh back to that Necrophiliac comment, he seems to see the dead (ghosts?)  either that or he is going mad. Maybe he’s a necromancer, but then he would have been able to bring his father back from the dead.  The East India trading company is trying to buy some island from him and he isn’t biting. I can tell you Hardy does make brooding an art and frankly I think does it best… as long as you can understand what he’s saying, unlike when he played the English Mobster twins (sorry forget the name).  He was all mumbles with that. This one I understood every word except when working that mojo, which I guess was African which is where he was supposed to be for 10 years if I heard right.

Watch and Catch up on Amazon

WatchthatTV also has posted a review of the PILOT  and I think they explained it much better than I was able to.

It’s about time that the a show the UK is showing is on the same time as it is airing season wise in the U.S. (instead of the chance of being spoiled.) I know usually one side is usually behind in an episode or few but honestly if I didn’t know that Ragnar was going to die at some point in Vikings, I’d want a warning from a friend on that at least.

The series is worth a watch and to stick with.. It is a bit slow moving but all the more the payoff when secrets and mysteries are revealed!

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