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"Arrow" S2 and S3 (and Happy New Year!!!!)

Oh Arrow, there is something off about you... To start things off my favorite character is Malcolm Merlyn and I miss the dubious Mama Queen. In a nutshell, the "kids" just aren't that compelling, yet somehow the villains and part-time villains like Deadshot feel real to me in a way Team Arrow never has.* Look, I understand Oliver's dark and gloomy characterization but his perpetual ambivalence hurts his effectiveness as lead character and so the entire premise is always hanging by a very fine thread. Arrow may be a sophisticated warrior but he lacks instincts and passion as he is either too angry or too melancholic to come across as complex and/or interesting. In fact, the endless flashbacks have done little to flesh him out and usually end up propping up his enemies, Slade especially, who besides becoming an irrationally sadistic murderer still managed to feel heroic, strangely. Sebastian Blood was terrible, but you could see the ambition in his eyes. You could also exactly tell the moment his entire world came crumbling down and the reasons his conviction wavered in the end. In my opinion this narrative imbalance is the result of casting excellent actors in the "bad guy" roles while continually saddling the "good guys" with enough bland internal conflict to last a lifetime. How is it that most of the conflict comes from Oliver's prolific love life? SpoilersCollapse ) It is deja vu all over again, every episode, not to mention gross. Oh and the fact that I'm supposed to believe that Shado fell for Island Oliver in that ridiculous haircut/wig instead of Slade is crazy, but credit where credit is due because the one thing the show has been consistent about is that no one can resist Oliver and that Oliver is even less adept at resisting anyone, and I do mean, anyone. Again, gross. Also disappointing is the fact that I love Katie Cassidy (I even considered watching the Melrose Place reboot just for her) but can't stand Laurel. Ok, that's harsh because I have sympathy for her, especially when she had to take the fact that Sara was back with Oliver again, because excuse me, that was super messed up. I just wish the show had done better with her from the start. Then there's Felicity and Diggle, waiting for the rest of the show to finally wake up and become about something.

Oliver's sad confession to Felicity SpoilersCollapse ) about how his life can only end one way was thematically legitimate and yet still managed to feel hollow, or hasn't Oliver realized that everyone will die at some point, regardless of manner, and that Felicity isn't exactly immortal? The show continually sets up this crazy dichotomies between the masked characters and everyone else as if the stakes are higher for the so called super heroes, when in reality all they do is fight each other for mostly personal reasons leaving the "normal" people to deal with the fallout of their ongoing war. Felicity and Diggle are braver than the super trained because they refuse to fear the predictable outcome of going up against impossible odds. But I shouldn't equate Felicity with Diggle when Diggle should be ahead of Oliver after two and a half years of training with him as well as watching all the other assassins that have come to Starling City over the years. I mean, if Thea can become a deadly ninja assassin in the span of six months Diggle should be heading his own League of Assassins by now. But of course this is only my personal take on the show, a show many people love for different reasons, so who knows.

*By "team Arrow" I mean the good guys not the original Diggle, Felicity and Oliver trio which has always been nothing short of delightful.
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"Arrow"

Season 1 is almost done and I still can't quite pinpoint what is it about this show that really bothers me. Ok, so I'm never going to be 100% fine with someone who isn't Justin Hartley playing Oliver Queen/Green Arrow on the CW, but other factors also weigh in. For example, while I usually buy the threat coming from the villains I rarely buy the take down. By the way, Felicity is amazing. Her character came alive from the moment she was introduced. Don't watch Torchwood so I only know Captain Jack from Doctor Who and I have to say that John Barrowman's presence has been a saving grace so far, same thing with Susanna Thompson's pitch perfect performance.
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"Sleepy Hollow"

Sleepy Hollow 2x13, "The Akeda"
The definition of mediocrity.

I don't remember a show so eager to embrace the very thing that has been threatening to blow everything to pieces, and now it has. There is a strong consensus among professional TV writers about what is wrong with the show, and plenty of fans vehemently agree, yet the ship sails triumphantly onward to its very own doom. Katrina and Henry need to go; it's been said time and time again, yet there they are.

In fact, I publicly acknowledge that Supernatural did a better job with the Apocalypse than Sleepy Hollow. Oh and to paint the critics as crazy Ichabod/Abbie shippers in an attempt to discredit the very valid criticisms of thousands of fans is pretty insulting. Then again, the poor quality of the episode as well as the entire second season speaks for itself.

Not much else I can say because Tom & Lorenzo's review of "The Akeda" once again hit the nail on the head.

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I also take back what I said about How to Get Away with Murder. It is a terrible show and I had to stop watching after the third episode.
m ♦ i love you... ›› yay books!

"Homeland"

Yes, Homeland was really good last night, yay! The best part however was the sudden and unexpected apparition of Bradley James playing the pilot in the middle of the premiere's controversial bombing. Great scene too. Love watching the Merlin cast in good shows.
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r ♦ sports ›› nyy

"How to Get Away with Murder"

Haven 5x03, "Spotlight"
Duke breaks my heart and I miss Jennifer. I know I don't have any credibility when it comes to Nathan's obsession with Audrey given the fact that I've never liked the couple, but isn't Nathan beyond pathetic? It's not that I don't understand how he feels, I do; but the guy is acting possessed. There is barely a struggle to let Audrey go or risk everyone in order to get Audrey back and it feels to me almost like he's programmed to reject any notion that puts Mara/Audrey/Entity at risk, regardless of how many people drop dead, Duke included. I mean, at least he was moved to look for the book Duke buried with his brother! That worry for someone else other than Audrey helped humanize Nathan for me. Maybe that's the point? Is Nathan being "controlled" by some other entity? I wouldn't doubt it for a second. Duke better live!

How to Get Away with Murder Series Premiere
As if we didn't already know Viola Davis is wildly talented, this show comes along. I couldn't keep my eyes off her; she's magnetic. Ah, if only the unnecessary sex scenes would disappear. If only. I'll have to keep skipping.

I can't communicate how much I love movies/shows/plays set academic settings, especially mysteries. Right away the show reminded of "Tesis sobre un homicidio"/"Thesis on a Homicide" (2013) . Granted, the movie started out great only to fizzle halfway, something I don't expect from Murder, still there are a few common elements I'm expecting the show to develop in a way the movie wasn't able to do in a hour and thirty minutes.

I loved the student group, especially Wes. Aja Naomi King, who plays Michaela, played a cutthroat med intern on Emily Owens M.D. (still not over the ending); she's good at this. Now, the show is kind of ridiculous in a way. Unless they were already familiar with the criminal justice system as well as criminal law theories, there's no way these students would be able to keep up with professor Keating's assignments and questions. Sure they could help her out with the facts, establishing timelines and sussing out inconsistencies in witnesses' testimonies, but criminal law isn't exactly easy to understand. The concepts are fairly straight forward, but applying them to real life cases requires practice and skill. Not to mention the rules of Evidence, or the Constitutional force field surrounding all criminal cases, which the students wouldn't exactly be aware of unless they were already professionals, which plenty of law students certainly are.

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I always knew the day would come when Derek Jeter would retire, except that right now, even typing those words feels untrue somehow. I can't imagine what next year will be like without him. One by one -- Bernie, Jorge, Andy, Mo, etc. -- they've left, and now the Captain joins what to me once was a source of wonderful excitement (and I do mean wonderful) and terrible heartbreaks (and I do mean terrible). But I am upset. I'm upset that the team failed to make the Playoffs two years in a row, especially because neither Mo nor Jete got the opportunity to play in October one more time. I badly wanted to see it. We'll always have the memories, though and those will last a lifetime and will be never be taken away. Some truly amazing moments.

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The skin is warm and the hair is up

Summer flew by! Kinda wish I had one more month. Didn't go to beach once. Maybe next summer, or next week; here in PR it's always summer. And because I didn't get any reading done the last two months yesterday I finally decided to start Pride & Prejudice. It really is a lovely book, so many sassy characters. Hehe.
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m ♦ avengers ›› captain

Summer TV: "The Divide"

As far as I'm concerned the best show this summer is The Divide on WeTV. It isn't mind blowing, but it's gripping and beautifully shot. Britne Oldford plays Jenny Butler, which was a nice surprise after ABC Family canceled Ravenswood (I insist that the show's main problem was making Miranda the lead character, not only did the girl die in the Pilot, she became increasingly dull and whatever chemistry she had with Caleb vanished rather quickly. Besides, Caleb should have never been interested in anyone but Hanna).

The last episode of The Divide left me heartbroken so we'll see how the rest of the series goes. Right now I'm just sad for Jenny, Terri (that family blow up was so real and frightening) and our no longer fierce prosecutor Page. Christina possibly failing the bar was so bleak. Get it together girl!
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"Extant" Series Premiere

Extant 1x01
It's a Summer show! I loved it. The Pilot even managed to freak me out during the dead husband visitation/hallucination sequence. I'm looking forward to the next episode. If nothing else, it's leagues better than the silliness that turned out to be Under the Dome. Ok, that comparison may not even fair because the Extant Pilot was pretty decent IMO.

Murder in the First
Not great, definitely not great, but it's entertaining.

The Wire 3x09, "Slapstick"
This show proved elusive for a long time. It wasn't until I signed up for HBO Go that I was able to resume watching it (now it's on Amazon Prime as well, heh). THIS SHOW. This show has bewildered me, angered me, and it has made me cry. It has also broken my heart; this episode was one of those times. Oh Prez. :( You were so happy investigating and doing your Sherlock Holmes thing. Whyyyyyyy?
t ♦ power rangers ›› original 5

'Pacific Rim'

Very cool and infuriatingly predictable. Who didn't know character B would die ten minutes in as soon as he was introduced, or that the system would fail at the last minute causing characters X and Z to sacrifice themselves? 90% of Pacific Rim is basically every alien movie ever. I still liked it, though. Mako (Rinko Kikuchi) was pretty great and Charlie Hunnam was simply wonderful in this, so charming. The last five minutes were adorable. Idris Elba was awesome as the stoic Stacker Pentecost.

For me the most effective sequence was hands down Mako's memory/flashback. That little girl was fantastic; I was terrified for her. The moment Stacker comes out of his Jaeger and her face lights up with hope and relief nearly killed me. What a lovely thing after such a scary sequence! Like I don't care how derivative the movie is, if a child is crying out for her/his parents while a huge monster chases after her/him, I will lose it.

I need icons.
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t ♦ game of thrones ›› jon snow

The Black Parade (GOT 4x09)

My old DVR is done. I lost a ton of Orphan Black episodes (so far I'm liking S2 more than I liked S1); all the 24 episodes that aired so far; 90% of Raising Hope's final season; and the Suburgatory series finale, which I'd already seen, at least (still can't believe ABC canceled Subugartory!). Crossbones' second episode disappeared as well. The truth is I've been watching less TV. I dropped Hannibal halfway through S2 and I no longer agonize over catching up when I fall behind, so I'm good. New box is smaller, which is a plus.

Game of Thrones 4x09, "The Watchers on the Wall"
Jon Snow's big moment has finally arrived. I loved everything about the episode, especially Sam's heroics, Jon's leadership and fighting skills, and Ghost's shining moment. SpoilersCollapse )
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