This Week on TV: Galavant (season 2)

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I’ve mention a couple times how much I love Galavant, right? Well, the second season just finished and let me tell you this: it was EPIC!

I thought the season had a couple of episodes in the middle that were a bit of a miss, but the last 2 episodes more than compensated for that.

I loved watching Richard grow to be the King he was supposed to be, and finding love in the process – yes, he’s my favorite character! And OMG, he HAS A DRAGON!!!! lol.

I loved that Isabella and Galavant got their happy ending, though I didn’t find their story as good as in season 1. I adored Garrett and Madalena together. SO GOOD!!!! And the Jester got a bigger part this year and I loved it. And Sid saved the day. And everyone got their HEA, while poking fun at everything in real life.

Galavant is a gem in the TV world, and I do wish they get a 3rd season, though I don’t think it will happen =/

This Week On TV: The Royals

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Those of you that actually follow The Royals, know that the season has ended for a while now, but I was a bit behind, ok? I only finished it a few days ago and let me tell you: this season was spectacular.

Season 1 was good on itself, but the personal drama of each of the family members overshadowed more important issues. Well, not on season 2.

The plot and overall direction of the show this season was fantastic, with each member of the family trying to find their own direction, while trying to find Simon’s killer and their relevance as well as the crown’s.

The characters got better, the visuals got even better, the direction was stunning. There’s one episode towards the end of the season where the transitions between scenes just blew my mind. Genious! And the acting! OH MY! If you’re not watching this show yet, you need to tune in now, because this cast will blow your mind. Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park, Tom Austen and Jake Maskall were beyond wonderful this season *claps, and then claps some more*.

I admire how the show managed to keep some people, who are no longer present, relevant in this season. And OMG! The music! They use the most amazing tracks this season.

I was shocked about the direction and on finding what had really happened. I felt sorry for Cyrus and disgusted at the same time. I cried for Len and Jasper, and clapped effusively to Liam’s speeches. And Queen Helena stole my heart this season… I think I love her now. And Mr. Hill… oh you wonderful human being!

I can’t wait to see where next season will take us. Does that hand really means what we think it means? And what will that mean for the royal family? What will the paternity test say? What happened to Ted? Will we see Ophelia again (though I somewhat hope not)? Will Helena keep supporting her children? Will Len stay on the right path? She’s forgiving Jasper, right? And I need Liam happy… ok?

Now people, go check it out if you haven’t yet, because The Royals is truly a delight!

This Week on TV: Shadowhunters

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As we all know by now (or at least SHOULD know), Shadowhunters premiered this week on Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family). After watching episodes 1 and 2, I wanted to share with you guys my thoughts on it. 😉

I’ll start by saying that my expectations were very low. First of all, it’s ABC family, so I wasn’t expecting a masterpiece in terms of budget. Then they went with pretty inexperienced actors for the main roles, and from the promos we could see that some of them weren’t exactly that good. Then Kat @Life and Other Disasters and Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much did a good job at lowering my expectations, given that they had both seen the episodes before I got a chance to.

But to be totally honest, the movie was pretty terrible, so I went to the series thinking that nothing could suck more than that, and I was pleasantly surprised really, because it wasn’t half as bad as I was dreading. So I’ll just present my opinions in the form of list because I don’t want to rant too much about it :).

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  • Alberto Rosende as Simon was definitely a brilliant casting choice. And to be honest, he was one of the best parts of these episodes. Keep the good work! Book-Simon for me is a pretty meh characters until he starts dating Isabelle, but Series-Simon is funny as hell, and that boy CAN ACT!

  • Matthew Daddario nailed Alec! This is very important people! First-book-Alec is not likable, and we don’t get to actually know him, Movie-Alec was just too terrible to even mention, but Series-Alec was perfect :D. Matthew just nailed it, totally nailed it, he felt like Alec and I was so happy that the writers at least got some character totally right. By the way, I loved that he was the first one seen on the first episode :D.

  • Simon and Clary felt like best friends. They did, as much as I had a problem with Kat’s portrayal of Clary, her best scenes were definitely with Simon. Maybe Simon just makes everything better.
  • It was funny! I had a few problems with the writing, but the overall feel of the series was fun and action packed, so, well done with that, because that is just how the books are.
  • Alan Van Sprang was pretty great as Valentine. He managed to show us just how crazy Valentine is, while making it pretty clear that Jocelyn is super important to him. Well done.
  • Dot, I liked Dot. At first I wasn’t understanding why they were changing so much of Doroteia, but I like how they did. They made her a support system for Jocelyn and Luke, and making her a real warlock, they also opened up more of her storyline. I didn’t like Doroteia in either the book or the movie, so I was pleasantly surprised here.

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  • Kat McNamara as Clary was as terrible as I feared. Well, no, that’s not entirely true. For the first few minutes of the episode, she was way better than I thought she would be, and then she was just awful throughout the rest of the thing.
  • The writing! OMFG, what was that? I swear that some lines made no sense to me and were a bit cringe-worthy. I realize that these were only the first couple of episodes, and I do hope that going forward, that the writers got a better feeling of their characters and situations, because people, these episodes had some bad lines.
  • The delivery! As if the bad lines weren’t enough, we then had a few characters who just couldn’t deliver their lines… at all. Dominic Sherwood had a definite problem saying his lines, and I’m hoping against hope that it was an accent thing, and as the series progresses, it will get better.

  • The seraph blades… no… no… Now, from the moment I saw them in the trailers and sneak peeks, I knew that the weapons would be a problem. They look like plastic! And they’re retractable?! WTF?! And demons use some kind of seraph blades too… what?! Any shadowhunter can use them? No naming? Bahhhh… I didn’t like the ones in the movie either, but these were pretty terrible.

  • The CGI. Now, I know this show is bound to be on a low budget, and I get that, what I can’t for the life of me fathom is that this is the best they could do. Have you seen that portal?! NOOOOO!!!!
  • Clary and Jace have 0 chemistry… and that just sucks :(.

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  • The Institute. I’m kind of OK with the modernizing the institute and having a  bunch of people there… it definitely feels a little more believable than having 3 kids all alone running around saving the city alone, but I’m not sure how it’s all going to play out.
  • Hodge Starkweather… I DON’T KNOW… yeah, Jon Cor is hot as hell, and hot-Hodge being half naked on his first appearance was a bonus, but having him offer up so much info from the get go like that felt weird to me somehow (maybe because he seemed sincere).

  • Maureen and Simon’s “band”. LOL. I have to laugh at this, especially when Maureen call Clary their “only fan”, considering that that is Maureen’s role in the books. I kind of like that they made Maureen older and Simon and Clary’s friend, it will make the inevitable more painful and her craziness less weird. I’m a bit worried though by how much she looks like Maya, and I’m a bit scared that they might choose to cut Maya from the equation, especially considering how close Simon and Izzy are already.
  • Luke and the werewolves. I kind of like that Luke is now a policeman, and I really like Captain Vargas – I hope she doesn’t turn bad – I think it makes sense with this new arc they’re introducing about the mundane blood, I just wish we had some more explanation about it. Also, I didn’t like his scene with the “2 witnesses”, I know we’re supposed to doubt him, just like Clary, but it felt weird to me.
  • I like the new trajectory they’re setting for Isabelle, where she’s definitely less angry than on the books and more lovable. I guess this is explained by the fact that she doesn’t know about her dad’s cheating, so she never started mistrusting men. I kind of like it. It definitly makes her more fun. I just hope it doesn’t make her less of a kick-ass.

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  • Why oh why was Jocelyn giving Clary a stele? I get that the wards were getting weak, and that she would start remembering, but it was very unlike Jocelyn to do that…
  • The story is definitely going fast, and I sort of get it, I would obviously like to see new material not covered in the movie, but I’m a bit scared that they’re just going too fast here. Still, I’m still holding judgment on that front.
  • I’m with Kat on this one: why Chernobyl? 😕 I don’t really get it… but hey, maybe it will be explained?
  • The freaking runes!!! Now, I wasn’t a fan of the runes of the movie, but they were somehow consistent… while I think that here they are trying to show the various degrees of a rune, they are not exactly succeeding, because Jocelyn is supposed to have some permanent runes on her. I also didn’t like how they just appeared on the first episode and I was a bit happier when Jace actually drew a rune on the second one. Let’s see how they’ll do it from now on.
  • Magnus Bane. Now, I love Magnus. Book-Magnus is magnificent! What are they doing with him here, I’m not really sure. Magnus isn’t supposed to run. Nop Nop Nop…


Either way, I can’t wait to see the rest of the season, because it sure as hell was entertaining :D.

 

Marvel’s Jessica Jones (wow… just WOW!)

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I’ve finished Marvel’s Jessica Jones over a week ago, and I think I’m still recovering from it, because the show is just AWESOME!

I won’t go into a deep review of of season, first because you should really watch it without a preconceived notion of what’s going on, because it will BLOW YOUR MIND. And secondly, because I don’t want to review this show, I just want to gush about it. Is that alright?

I loved Daredevil, but I think that Jessica Jones was able to be even darker and grittier. It has less blood and fights than DD did, but its emotional punch is way fiercer. This is the kind of show that will make you truly uncomfortable, and it will make you sick, and you won’t be able to get your eyes off of it.

The acting is overall brilliant. ALL of the actors did amazing things with their characters, truly people, ALL OF THEM. But for me Krysten Ritter, David Tennant and Mike Colter, as Jessica, Kilgrave and Luke Cage respectively, just blew everything out of the park. I was always a huge fan of Krysten Ritter, but she’s just beyond amazing in her role as Jessica Jones. You just watch and you’ll see what I mean.

But David Tennant… WTFH???!!! Let me get this out of the way: Tennant is MY DOCTOR and he’s also one of my biggest celebrity crushes… but I was terrified of him in this series. Kilgrave is one of the worst (and best) villains in the MARVEL universe, and Tennant just did an amazing thing with it. He played it so perfectly that I was cringing and I was having difficulty to separate the man from the character (and that was never a problem before). Suddenly, I couldn’t conjure up an image of sweet and smiley David Tennant… oh no, all I could see was maniac Kilgrave! (and to make matters worst, he used his Doctor accent for the role, and he even gave one of my favorites “WELL…” and I died a little!)

Mike Colter was a really great surprise to me. I knew nothing about his character Luke Cage (other than he’s Jessica Jones romantic interest), but his interpretation of Luke made me super interested and super excited for his show to premiere.

I really liked the plot. Like Daredevil, it’s a bit concentrated on its repercussions – nothing huge like cities falling from the sky. But Jessica Jones is more personal, and with a bit higher stakes for all the emotional things involved. I liked it. A LOT! I hope there’s a season 2, because I need to see what happens next.

Have you seen JJ yet? What did you think? Did David Tennant scare the shit out of you too?

Galavant Season 2 Promo

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THIS JUST MADE MY DAY!!! I hope you know what I’m talking about here, because Galavant is, in my humble opinion, the best freaking thing that happened in television in the last few years. I can’t control my excitement right now…

The show will be back for a second season and it starts on January 3rd, and it will run for 5 weeks. OMG, it’s so great to see the gang back! Check out the promo below.

And, if you haven’t checked out season 1 yet, do yourself a favour and go watch it! Now! It’s very short and it’s very worth it.

Shadowhunters: Posters

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Yesterday, the Shadowhunters poster was finally released, as well as the character posters you can see below. I have to say, these posters look good, but Kat McNamara still has something about her that doesn’t scream “Clary” to me… I don’t know… What to you guys think?

This Week on TV: The Daily Show with Trevor Noah

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I’ve been a little out of tune with my TV Shows since they came back in September. Actually, I’m just up to date with a couple of shows =/ . But one show that I’ve been keeping track is The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

I’m a huge fan of Jon Stewart, so I was super sad to see him go. But I like Trevor Noah, so I was happy that he got the gig. So, how’s he doing since taking up the chair on September 28?

I think he’s doing quite well actually… It took him a couple of weeks to find his voice, but each week that goes by he’s doing better. I like his segments and his jokes – and his laugh is super funny. One thing I think he’s doing great are his interviews, a favorite of mine was his interview with Bree Larson – I laughed so much!

I like the new correspondents, but if I could change anything from the show right now, it would be the amount of time the correspondents are having. With Jon Stewart, those segments were sporadic – which made them funnier, but now the correspondents are in every single episode, sometimes more than one segment per episode, and I don’t really like it, it feels like he’s relying too much on them, and I want more focus on Trevor Noah.

Tell me, have you been following The Daily Show? What do you think of Trevor Noah?