No Review 13/08/18

Hey everyone! No review this week as it is crunch time with dissertation and I have been writing nothing but! I am so sorry for constantly ducking out recently, but there’s a lot of work to do at the moment! Whilst I’ve been binge watching tele as I work, it’s not been possible for me to pay attention enough to binge and have an opinion enough to review, because I’m just so snowed under!

In a couple of weeks I have just under a whole month off, so I will be doing a big backlog of posts to get my ready for my first week of a real proper job (I know, scary times!)

I will be back next week with my review of Insatiable, where I want to discuss if it is really as controversial as it seems!

Is there anything you’d like me to review! I love hearing your suggestions! Keep them coming! Leave a comment down below! 

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‘Liv, you ate the girl’s temporal lobe. Going to the police with her potential murderer is the least you can do’ – iZombie, 2015-Present

Happy Monday everyone! It’s me, I’m back! How is everyone doing? Well, I hope. For anyone curious, I passed my maths test so no more revision needed for me! Which means a lot of binge watching has been going on! Without further ado, I want to talk to you about my new obsession – iZombie.

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The whole cast, from left to right; Peyton, Clive, Ravi, Blaine, Major and Liv – iZombie, The CW, 2015 – Present

iZombie is about a Seattle medical resident Olivia “Liv” Moore, who is turned into a zombie while attending a boat party. Liv isn’t like our stereotypical zombie, not stupid or wandering aimlessly. In fact she’s got more abilities as a zombie than when she was a human. Liv decides to take a job at the police morgue and eat the brains of the corpses she autopsies. Her boss, Ravi, finds out her secret when he caught her feasting on a brain of on of the victims. Soon he becomes Liv’s friend and confidant, and as a scientist, he is intrigued by her condition. She finds out that whenever she eats a dead person’s brain, she temporarily inherits some of their personality and experiences flashbacks of that person’s life. In the case of murder victims, the flashbacks offer clues about the killer. Liv decides to use this new ability to help Clive solve crimes. Though she initially passes herself off as a psychic, Clive eventually learns the truth about her and zombies. Meanwhile, Ravi works to develop a cure for Liv’s affliction, in the hope that one day she will be able to resume her human life.

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Liv Moore, a pun on the words “Live More”, our protagonist – iZombie, The CW, 2015 – Present

What I love about iZombie is how interesting each of the characters are. I haven’t watched a single episode where I haven’t thought “I can’t wait to find out what happens next!” I will be sad when my binge watching gets to the end, when I run out of episodes and have to wait for season 5 to air sometime next year.
There are probably a couple characters that do annoy me. For example, Major’s moods change like the wind. His love for Liv is there one minute and the next he thinks she’s insane. I kind of felt like he wasn’t realistic – but that may be the idea.
My favourite characters are by far Ravi and Peyton, who have come into their own in the storyline. I think they’re better main characters than our actual main couple!
Along the way Liv meets other zombies, including Blaine DeBeers. I think he’s a great antagonist, who actually has his own story ark. He’s not just a bad guy for bad guys sake. He has reasons for being bad, which are really compelling to watch.

I think The CW do some really good shows. I’ve loved pretty much all of them I’ve seen; Riverdale, Reign, Gossip Girl. They’re right up my street.

Have you seen iZombie? What did you think? Love it or hate it? Who’s your favourite character? If you haven’t seen it, would you? Leave a comment down below.

 

 

No Review 30/07/18

Hey all! This week has been super busy (writing for my dissertation and revising for an exam) that I’ve not had the time to do any reviewing this week! Fear not, there will be a review next week, I promise! I’ve been watching a lot of iZombie as I’ve been working, so I’ll probably have all that watched by next week!

Tell me what you’d like to have me review, it can be anything – books, movie, comics, tv! You name it, I’ll try get it done!

What do you want to see me review? I’m up for anything! Leave a comment down below!

‘We get many letters asking, “Can I fight like Oni?” No, no you cannot! … Sorry.’ – Agents of Mayhem, 2017

Hey everyone! How has your week been? Mine’s been full of writing a dissertation and enjoying the heatwave! Who knew that a lido would be like being on holiday, who needs Spain when you have the British summer, ‘ey?
@sebonthesilvermountain has been with me, as said last week, so whilst I was writing he was playing games. Game of choice this time has been Agents of Mayhem, made by the people who made the Saints Row franchiseWithout further ado, here’s my (perhaps our?) thoughts!

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Franchise Force in full view; Hollywood, Fortune and Hardtack – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

Agents of Mayhem is an open world adventure (much like it’s Saints Row predecessor) The game takes place in a Seoul, the city of the future. The game features twelve agents, which are comprised in four trios: the Bombshells (Italian engineer Joule, Indian immunologist Rama, and German football hooligan Red Card); the Carnage a Trois (American field strategist Braddock, American derby driver Daisy, and Russian “Cold Warrior” Oleg Kirlov under the alias “Yeti”); the Firing Squad (American gang leader Pierce Washington under the alias “Kingpin”, Japanese hitman Oni, and Middle Eastern assassin Scheherazade); and the Franchise Force (Colombian former sky pirate Fortune, United States Navy chief petty officer Hardtack, and Canadian actor and proclaimed “Face of Mayhem” Hollywood). Three additional agents are provided via DLC – Seoul police lieutenant Johnny Gat; Moroccan soldier Fatima Daoud, also known as “Lazarus”; and genius hacker Kinzie Kensington, under the alias “Safeword”.

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In homage to the superhero TV show, there are many clips in the game like this – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

Seb and I really enjoyed Agents of Mayhem. Whilst, yes, it wasn’t Saints Row, which really upset a lot of people, it was a pretty good game. The writing was funny, the gameplay was immersive. There was the ability to change squad members to be your own, and match your gameplay style; the use of gadgets and legion tech allow the player to tailor to how they want to play. I liked the guns ablazing characters (Daisy and Braddock) whilst Seb was into the close fire and melee damage ones (Yeti and Oni).
Some of these names of characters will be familiar with Saints Row players. This is because this game is set in an alternate reality, where the player character of Saints never existed, but the secondary characters did. Instead of being scouted by the player character (who becomes the President of the USA) they are scouted by Persephone, the leader of the Agents of Mayhem.

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Fortune giving us a good view of Seoul – Agents of Mayhem, Deep Silver, 2017

It felt like Saints Row, in the story telling and game play. The only thing that’s missing is the multiplayer. That’s the thing that upset people. And it honestly feels like multiplayer should have been a part of it. There’s a few things that give this away. The extra squad bonuses (of extra XP etc.) show that a squad should have been you and a friend, and not you swapping characters yourself.

Honestly, give this game a go! If you liked Saints Row you’ll like this game. It’s very similar. This game got bad stick for no reason. We both liked it enough to complete it and look for all of the outfits etc.

Have you played Agents of Mayhem? Or even Saints Row? Did you like either of them or not? Leave a comment down below! 

No Review 16/07/2018

Hi guys! No review this week because it’s @sebonthesilvermountain‘s birthday today and so we’ve been having a really nice long weekend together! We’ve been watching a lot of movies though, so maybe a movie review for next week? Who knows! All I know is that we’ve been having a great time together, and will be for the whole week!

Speak to you guys soon!

Loving what I’m doing at the moment? Is there anything you’d like to see me review? Perhaps you’d even like to wish Seb a happy birthday? Leave a comment down below

‘Will you help me into my Birthday Suit?’ – Steven Universe, 2013 – Present

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! It’s another swelter of a week, and we 100% need some rain or I think we’ll all melt into small puddles soon! If only British houses had air-con!
As I’ve been writing a really long dissertation, I’ve been watching stuff in the background. Today’s show is one that I’ve had on the radar for a very long time, but Season 1 has only just been put onto Netflix (I know it’s on other stuff, such as Sky, so will be catching up the rest there)! So this won’t be a review of a recent season, but just the show and characters as a whole! And only from what I’ve seen so far! Don’t worry – I am catching up!
Without further ado – here comes Steven Universe!

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The Crystal Gems – Steven Universe, Cartoon Network, 2013 – Present

Steven Universe is a young boy who lives with the Crystal Gems – magical ladies (with magical powers) from a magical different planet named Pearl, Garnet and Amethyst. This all takes place in the fictional town of Beach City. Steven, a gem fusion of his mother (Rose Quartz) and his human father (Greg Universe) adventures with his friends and helps the Gems protect the world from their own kind.
Whilst this show may seem like it is for children, as with any other Cartoon Network show, it tackles hard hitting subjects (acceptance, LBGT+ rights, race alienation). Seeing the world through Steven’s eyes shows us, as the audience, that we are just as naive as he is on these kind of things. He’s walking through a world he feels he has no place being in.

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Our main foursome – Steven Universe, Cartoon Network, 2013 – Present

Steven Universe is a really easy watch. Each episode is only 10-ish minutes long, which means that you can literally binge watch a load in an hour. I have gotten through quite a lot in the past couple days, because I’ve just had them on in the background.
What I like about this show is the different personalities the Gems have. Although we have seen doubles of Gems (Rubies being the most prevalent), the Crystal Gems have their own personalities away from them.
The Gem’s abilities are also really cool. For instance, Lapis being able to control the oceans, Amethyst has her whip (also her story is very sad, just saying). And that, although there are lots of pearls etc. they all have their gems in different places, giving them their own personalities.
It is also interesting to see the Gem hierarchy on HomeWorld compared to how the Crystal Gems don’t have one.
Honestly, I’m loving every minute.

I can’t tell you to watch this enough. Though it’s mind numbing, I love the cute art style and I love the story it’s trying to tell.

Have you seen Steven Universe? What did you think of it? Do you like it or not? Leave a comment down below! 

“I don’t want to marry a fool.” “Then you will have to take a husband over thirty, Blanche” – Widowers’ Houses, George Bernard Shaw (1892)

Happy Monday, readers! Welcome back to the library! My first piece of info this week is that my newest short story is out for publication – HERE – It’s called ‘Sleep’, about a woman who has had her child taken away from her due to… well I hope you can figure that out when you read it! It’s not long at all, and won’t take you any time to read! Please check it out!
Anyway, thank you all for letting me have a day off, I had a great birthday weekend, which meant no time to write! We did something a bit different for it this year, and went to see an outdoor play, at a famous author’s house – George Bernard Shaw’s house to be precise! I studied him in my undergrad, so we thought we’d go see something in the outdoor theatre. It was a really lovely evening too, and I didn’t get cold once, which is a shock as I am always cold!

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Shaw when he wrote the play. At this point he was a young man! – George Bernard Shaw, Wikipedia

Shaw’s play begins as romcom (yes they existed in the late 1800s). On a holiday in Germany, on the Rhine, a young doctor, Henry Trench (along with his friend William Cokran), falls in love with Blanche Sartorius – she’s on holiday with her father Mr Sartorius, who feels like holidays are a great way to learn! The play really gets going in Act 2, after Trench realises that his prospective bride’s income derives from her father’s profits as a slum landlord (A slum landlord is a derogatory term for a generally absentee landlord with more than one property, who attempts to maximize profit by minimizing spending on property maintenance – you can min-max anything!).  This play is a debate about socialist ideas vs that of the conservative. Whilst no one in the play says they are socialist, and Henry is still willing to prosper for those who are less fortunate than him – he is very upset about having to do so. In the end it’s all happy families, but Henry and Blanche’s love is tested throughout. She’s a real fierce woman and he can’t take that. Nor can he take that his soon-to-be father-in-law is profiting off of those who are less fortunate than them, and he does not want to take their money. This is awkward as Mr Sartorius has told Blanche that she will have anything she wants, whether she is married or not! Blanche refuses to live off of £700 a year (around £20,000 a year nowadays if my calculations are correct. Sorry if that’s wrong.)

5687429-MI really liked this play. As it was in three parts, there was ample time to chat about it with my parents and @sebonthesilvermountain who tagged along for the ride! Even though it was based in the late 1800s there are things that still ring true for today! For instance, landlords will still abuse their tenants by refusing to do any work to their properties, and kick them out if they complain.
There were a few lines that still run true to day too – Marrying someone over 30 if you don’t want to marry a fool, everyone has a right to their own opinions even if they upset someone else – small quips like this that I really engaged with.
It was really nice to sit outside, have a picnic and watch something be performed in front of your eyes. The actors did amazingly in the evening warmth – I would have needed sunglasses! I really did feel like I had been transported back in time to the 1800s!

I really think you should all go and see an outdoor play. In the summer they’re beautiful, and they really bring you into the story!
Watch an adaptation HERE – It looked quite good from my brief look at it!

Have you ever seen an outdoor play? What about a George Bernard Shaw play? Would you ever go see one? Leave a comment down below!

No Review 25/06/2018

Hey everyone!

Just a quick note to say that there will be no review this week! It’s been my birthday over the weekend, and some other hectic stuff, so I’ve had no time to write! A birthday party one night and a fete and theatre on the next! So much to do, such little time!

I will see you all next week with a great review!

I’d love to know what you have all been reading, watching or listening to! Leave a comment down below!

What I’ve been watching on TV, Summer 2018

Good Monday everyone! Just a quick one this week, as I’m super busy! Currently writing an MA dissertation and working alongside! It’s made my life a little crazy at the moment! I’m going to do a quick post about what I’ve been watching at the moment! As I’m writing, I like to have something in the background, which means a lot of tele (great view of it from my bed!) All of these shows are on Sky, as it’s what’s connected to my television! So either a terrestrial or Sky Atlantic subscription required for these! Without further ado, here we go!

SPOILERS AHEAD! 

 

Westworld, Season 2

 

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Westworld, HBO, 2017 – Present

Let’s start with a familiar one, shall we? Westworld is a crazy tv show about robots, which flashes back between the present, the future and the past (super over simplified, I know.) It’s based off of the original movie, but it goes into much more detail about the uprising of robot to human. We find out about the code Ford implemented in them, this season, and that he expected things to go this way. It’s a little confusing at times, and occasionally I watch this thinking “This is such a lovely story, but it can’t be told like this.” But honestly, it’s such a pretty show… I love it. People need to see it.

Humans, Season 3

 

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Humans, Channel 4, 2015 – Present

 

Still on the robot human relationship, Humans is about synths that live amongst humans. In this season, the orange eyed humans have taken over the jobs of the green ones, (a virus/code has given the green eyed robots humanity, and so the real humans have no one do to their chores anymore!
This is a show shows a big debate between humans and robots, if robots should be given the same rights as ‘real’ humanity. It’s very interesting to watch this unravel in a world set in the exact same year as ours. It’s very interesting to watch, and the parallels it draws to our lives. Again – give it a watch!

Patrick Melrose, Mini Series 1

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Patrick Melrose, Sky Atlantic/Showtime, 2018 

Patrick Melrose is the oddest tv show I have watched. An adaptation of Edward St Aubyn’s books (which are based on his growing up) and stars some big British stars (Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Raine etc.), it is basically an hour a week of a drug addled frenzy. I paused halfway through as I was so unsure how I felt about it, but have carried on to watch the rest. It’s actually quite good now it’s in the last episode. Perhaps I wasn’t mixing well with it because I wasn’t alive in the 80s, so didn’t understand how his life was working back then? It’s quite a hard watch, with the amount of drugs and abuse that happens in his life, but has made me want to read the books! So that’s a plus, right?

The Handmaid’s Tale, Season 2

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Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu/Channel 4, 2017 – Present

This was big hype last year, and for good reason. I’m glad they’ve brought it back for another year – it’s a world that’s super interesting. I was worried in the first series that there would be some kind of agenda in the show, but there isn’t, which makes me super happy. It means that it’s approachable for everyone to watch! The dystopian world that Gilead is terrifies me. As a woman, the idea of being forced to have someone else’s child because I may or may not have commited a sin (these include June, the main character, who married a man who had been in a previous relationship, or another handmaid who was a lesbian). The religious elements to this show indicate how bad things can become if we just listen to one doctrine above the rest, putting books and laws before humanity, can be detrimental to everyone. It’s not just women that are oppressed either, men are too! Whilst women who were ‘bad’ are made into handmaids, men are forced to go off to war, a war which probably makes little sense to them! As with everything else – worth a watch!

Poldark, Season 4 

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Poldark, BBC, 2015 – Present

As with every other British woman, we are super happy when Poldark is back! Set in the late 18th Century, it tells the story of a man named Ross Poldark, who comes back from the American Revolutionary war to chaos at home! This season tells of the story of Demelza cheating on Ross (after he did the same to her last season). Both still love each other, but have struggled to be around each other, with temptation coming for them from every angle. I have loved this show since the beginning, and keep promising myself that I will watch it all the way through again! I can still recall the night that Ross and Demelza got together! I really hope that they do every book in the series (it’s an adaptation of the Winston Graham novels), just so I can get more of it. If you love a good bit of historical adaptation, then go watch!

There we go! There’s what I’ve been watching! I really recommend every show on this list, even if you just give them a go! You never know, you might love every episode!

Have you seen anything on this list? What do you think of them? Love or hate them? Leave a comment down below! 

“Need anything?” “Equal rights?” – Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2018

Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Sorry I wasn’t around last week, I was writing this post before I went to Serbia, but something came up and messed my whole week up! I completely forgot to finish! Luckily, it’s still in the cinema now, so this topic is still relevant! A couple weeks ago I said I went to the cinema, and it was to see Solo: A Star Wars Story! Long and short, I really liked it. But I shall tell you guys why! Let’s get into this review!

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Artwork for Solo featuring Han Solo, Qi’Ra, Lando and Chewie – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm Ltd., 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story a stand-alone installment set prior to the events of A New Hope, it explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who also meet a young Lando Calrissian, as they are involved in a heist within the criminal underworld.
It begins in Corellia, where Han originally grew up. Han and his lover Qi’Ra plan an escape off world. Obviously it all ends in disaster, it wouldn’t be a Star Wars movie if it didn’t, but this is where the story starts.
This movie is where we meet, not only Han Solo, but Lando and Chewie for the first time. We understand how their relationships started – why Lando is so standoffish with Han, but also respects him. How Chewie and Han became friends. And how the Millenium Falcon came to be in Han’s shady but capable hands.

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The Millenium Falcon, alongside a tonne of other space junk – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Lucasfilm Ltd., 2018

The women in this movie are amazing. My favourite robot was in this movie. L3-37 (yes, her names spells LEET, and yes I said her!) is a sassy, takes no prisoners kind of character. She 100% rules over Lando, and doesn’t let him take any kind of advantage of her. She’s absolutely amazing, and one of the main reasons to go see this film! She’s played by FleaBag (also known as Phoebe Waller-Bridge). I spent a long time trying to figure out who on earth she was just by the voice. I was shocked it was her. I know her from BBC3 tv shows and the occasional advert, so props to her for getting herself into Hollywood!
Qi’Ra is also amazing. She’s very straightforward and refuses to be taken for granted. Imagine Han Solo as we know him, but female and probably much more ruthless. Very much out to save herself, and doesn’t care (or tries not to care) about other people’s feelings. She’s incredible, and played amazingly by Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame.
I wasn’t very keen on the casting of Han but did really like the casting of Lando. Maybe Alden Ehrenreich just needed a movie to get into the role? Who knows. But there’s a whole character now resting on his shoulders!

 

I can’t recommend this movie more. It was up there with Rogue One (2016) for me. I don’t know if I’ve spoken about it before, but I’ve found the new movies (VII and VIII more so) to be awful and are pretty franchise ruin-y for me. The Star Wars stories have been really good so far. Hopefully they’ll not let Ryan Johnson touch them!

Have you seen the new Star Wars movie, Solo? What did you think? What was your favourite and least favourite part/person? What was your verdict on Alden Ehrenreich as Han or Donald Glover as Lando? Did they do a good depiction or not? Leave a comment down below!