Hawkeye (Pilot) | The Hero’s Apprentice

Review: Before I got a chance to watch this show for myself I was told to lower my expectations, which made sense because by nature Hawkeye is just human, not enhanced. Unlike WandaVision, Loki, or even Falcon and The Winter Soldier – that has one non-enhanced character out of the two title characters – this TV show is more grounded and realistic because it deals – so far – with regular street level antagonists.

Although it starts in a very cinematic fashion with a clever link to The Avengers (2012) in the opening scene. The show gradually gets scale down to a point that out of all the MCU TV series – so far – Hawkeye feels like a step down in quality but it’s not. The quality is fine, even great considering what the show tackles when it comes to Clint or even Kate, but the spectacle is for sure not as grand – at least not in the first two episodes – as one might expect. It’s not reality bending, multiverse breaking, or world-wide terror attacks in Hawkeye but low level street fights.

The series show focuses more on Kate, her family life, her skills, and then on Clint’s grief, regrets, and the toll avenging has had on him. It’s actually where the strength of the series lies, when it’s heavily focused on Kate or Clint it’s amazing. The two characters are interesting and they have great chemistry but as soon as that focus retracts from them, most of the secondary characters seem plucked out of a CW and/or Marvel Netflix show. It’s not necessarily a bad thing but it adds to this feel of a downgrade I got at times. The story is average and lacks the complexity of previous MCU projects.

However this show has enough personality to make it fun and entertaining to watch.

Rating: 8 out of 10.

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The Wheel of Time (Premiere) | Fast Paced and Engrossing

Rafe Judkins (Showrunner), Robert Jordan (Novels)

CAST
Rosamund Pike
Daniel Henney
Zoë Robins
Josha Stradowski
Madeleine Madden
Marcus Rutherford
Barney Harris
Michael McElhatton

Review: I think I became aware of “The Wheel of Time” book series at about the same time that I started to read Brandon Sanderson‘s “Steelheart – I was not even half-way through that book that I was trying to find out what else did Sanderson wrote, and found out that he penned the remaining three out of the 15 books of The Wheel of Time after Jordan’s death. Anyway, since I’ve read “The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time #1)” I was glad to see this world come to life because there are a few things that I was looking forward to and this show delivered, faster than I expected them to.

The first three episodes are good, not only they look great, the cinematography on some of those wide shots are stunning, but we’ve been presented with most of the main players in a digestible and quite comprehensive way.
In the pilot episode alone we’ve seen a few Aes Sedai from different Ajah – I think that’s the right word, though they haven’t said it yet, it’s the name for the different groups of Aes Sedai, each one having their own purpose and rules – The series has already given us an inkling as to what the red Ajah Aes Sedai stand for. We’ve then even seen a Dark friend, Whitecloaks, a special prisoner and of course a particular gleeman. The show is also…sexier than I would have guessed with some characters are already in a relationships – and I can already see the ensuing drama they’ll bring – others take baths together. Let’s hope the drama is used wisely.

The Two Rivers five also got a decent chunk of screen time enough to give us a sense of who they are, but the focus is on Moraine – and her Worder, Lan, who’s got a nice tush BTW. There are changes from the books but that’s no big deal. However I was surprised about Perrin’s situation, I figured something would change that but I did not expect it to go like that. Rand seemed brattier at some point and I did not miss that he’s got the bow and arrows as well as his sword while Mat was stripped of a lot. Egwene is fine but Nynaeve is really striking, mostly due to Robins who easily pulls focus. She also needs to drop that hair care routine because I’d be bald if it was my hair.
I get expediency but the way the group do easily followed Moraine and Lan didn’t make much sense particularly when they didn’t know they were in danger before the attack. It’s not like they felt watched or something. They were rounded up and convinced to go on that journey quickly. I wouldn’t have been convinced that the Trollocs were specifically after me given how the events unfolded.

There are clever little moments throughout the show, for one they’ve showcased the Whitecloaks’ hypocrisy, they hunt and kill Aes Sedai and yet they advise you to seek one if you’re wounded by Trolloc poison?

I like how Moraine is portrayed here – Pike is amazing in the role – whether through action or words she is more in the gray area, which makes for an interesting character. She’s as much of a badass as the others, in fact I also loved that the villagers weren’t helpless and too afraid to defend themselves. Moraine’s action scene in the pilot was just awesome, great VFX and an impressive display of her powers.

The Wheel of Time‘s pacing goes from 0 to a 100, which works extremely well in most areas, they’re nailing almost everything in this adaptation. The show’s captivating and what’s to come seems promising.

Rating: 8.5 out of 10.

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Dexter: New Blood (Pilot) | Welcome Back Dexter!

Clyde Phillips (Creator)

CAST
Michael C. Hall
Jack Alcott
Julia Jones
Jennifer Carpenter
Clancy Brown

Review: When this show was announced, I was excited about it, I watched the whole run when it aired. The show might have lost some steam as the seasons went on but I still have fond memories of it. And this latest season seams to have the same edge and quality that the first few seasons of Dexter did.

We pick up with Dexter in a rural town with some woods around, it reminds me of the last scene in the previous season, but if memory serve that was suppose to be in Canada wasn’t it? Anyway, now his named Jim Lindsay – which I guess is a play on the name of the author of the books, Jeff Lindsay – he lives a simple and regulated life. He has a routine and he’s sticking to it. He hasn’t killed for a decade but he seems to be prone to worse hallucinations than he previously did, seeing someone than his adoptive father – I’m pretty sure it’s common knowledge but just in case I won’t spoil. I was excited to see her, it’s a nice and clever way to keep her in the show and I can’t wait to see them argue as things starts to get dicey for Dex, I mean Jim.

There’s also someone who tracked him down, and I’m so curious to know how he managed that, maybe it’s trap or a cry for help? Whatever it is I want to see it. That particular storyline holds most of my interest but I also want to see a rusty Dexter get back into it, after holding out for ten years I think he might go on a killing spree.

Anyway this premiere is all that I wanted and more. I didn’t know how much I missed this show until the theme at the end gave me goose bumps.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

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Morbius | Official trailer

  • Writer: Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless, Roy Thomas, Gil Kane
  • Director: Daniel Espinosa
  • Stars:Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Jared Harris, Adria Arjona, Tyrese Gibson, Corey Johnson, Archie Renaux, Michael Keaton

Since Marvel Studios announced Blade so many years ago I’ve been wondering how they would mesh vampires to the existing world. But Sony seems to be the one to try to add vampires, well at least one, to their MCU adjacent world and so far it seems to work. Morbius doesn’t look so out of place, the visual effects look good, however I’m just not sure about the story. I’ll have to see how the movie turned out.

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The Wheel of Time | Trailer 2

  • Writers: Robert Jordan (Novels), Rafe Judkins (Creator)
  • Directors: Uta Briesewitz, Wayne Yip, Salli Richardson-Whitefield, Sanaa Hamri
  • Stars: Rosamund Pike, Josha Stradowski, Marcus Rutherford Zoë Robins, Barney Harris, Madeleine Madden, Daniel Henney, Sophie Okonedo.

The first trailer gave us a good taste for the visual identity of the show, which looks amazing by the way, but this one gives us more story and action. I’m a little over half way through the book, but the show is very close to what I was picturing. We got a few good looks at the Trollocs and The Children of the Light, who by the way look far more dangerous than what

The Wheel of Time premieres on November 19th on Amazing Prime Video.

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One of Us Is Lying (Season) | Boy They Really Dumb This Down Didn’t They?

This American young adult mystery drama television series developed by Erica Saleh (Instinct) with Darío Madrona (Elite) serving as showrunner. The series is based on the 2017 novel of the same name by Karen M. McManus and stars Mark McKenna (Sing Street) as Simon, the deceased student, and Annalisa Cochrane (Cobra Kai), Chibuikem Uche (The Tomorrow War), Marianly Tejada (OITNB), and Cooper van Grootel (Mystery Road) as the main suspects, with Barrett Carnahan (Cruel Summer), Jessica McLeod (You Me Her, Death Note), and Melissa Collazo (Freaky) in supporting roles.

Premise: At Bayview High, five students—Simon, Addy, Cooper, Bronwyn, and Nate – are given detention. Simon, known for starting an online gossip group with his friend Janae to snitch on his classmates, suffers a sudden and fatal allergic reaction. The other four students had individual motives and reasons to kill Simon, and after it is determined his death was not an accident, an investigation ensues.

Review: Some of the changes that I noticed in the pilot seemed promising, but as the episodes came they either didn’t work or were outright useless. My guess is these changes were done to keep the book readers guessing, yet part of me thinks that the writers just wanted to make the source material their own and were angling for a second season.

Why give Brodwyn a boyfriend and cut Addy’s sister, Ashton, who was far more important for Addy’s growth? Because the drama involving Brodwyn’s boyfriend was useless he added nothing to the story. And Addy, the character that went from one being someone I didn’t care about to one that I appreciated in the book, just got a haircut. She had no personal growth. The tiny hint of growth we saw for that character was completely erased in the end. The same goes for Cooper, I thought race bending him would’ve brought more commentaries but they did nothing with it. They’ve even cut the relevant commentaries surrounding him and the sport world.

However, the biggest mistake they made was fundamentally changing Simon. He’s a gullible idiot in the show. It almost seemed like none of the writers read the source material, they just took the footnotes and blurb and ran with that. There’s a missed opportunity to talk about mental health, not even a commentary on the rich white straight son of the mayor is exposing other peoples’ secrets because he’s tired of their hypocrisy and entitlement. Are the writers not seeing the problem with that? Or just don’t know how to address it?

The series got steadily worse, halfway through it even became a chore. I won’t even comment on the acting because in my eyes the writing is the biggest problem, it’s dated and a bit lazy compared to what’s done nowadays. Anyway, I’ll admit that they’ve done a decent enough job with Nate and Brodwyn, enough to fool those who won’t notice anything besides that.

In this case I’ll say put down the remote and pick up the book, which is not perfect but much better than this.

Rating: 6 out of 10.

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