Posts Tagged ‘HBO’

Review – True Blood – Season 4 (SPOILERS)

Monday, September 26th, 2011

I actually LOL'ed when they did the slow motion walk.

Over all, this season didn’t take me on the same sort of journey as previous seasons. We had vampires, shifters, fairies and wolves (oh my!) – but we also had witches and ghost whisperers.

Pluses:
Jason development (apart from the first arc).
Tara is dead! (I know she won’t stay dead and I am thinking a faery twist)
Alcide is finally rid of Debbie.
Tommy is finally dead (I hated that whole Mickens plot from last year).
Nan is finally dead – the true death.
Lots of puppy dog (and nekkid) Eric.
Andy’s journey.
Jessica’s development.
Loved the Rene moment!
Gran!

Minsues:
WTF? Ghost Whisper? The worst episode in TB – ever.
The break from the books – now normally I don’t mind – but the whole Eric and Sookie thing – too neatly wrapped up – the books did it MUCH better.
Jason’s “recovery” after being repeatedly raped.
Sookie did very little, if any, character development this season.
Sookie has very bland threesome fantasies.
MoonGoddess Yawn Emporium.
I didn’t think that the arc of “mainstreaming” really meshed neatly with the whole witch thing very well.

Any TrueBlood is better than no TrueBlood, but I do so hope next season gets back on track. The last episode helped me forget a lot of what I didn’t like, but still just an average season.

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Review – True Blood – She’s Not There (S04Ep01)

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

It is good to be the King, no?

This week:
She’s back (via the fairy dimension) but time has moved on, just like the people in Sookie’s life. The world comes crashing back in on Sookie and we find out what our favourite Bon Temps residents have been up to.

Pluses:
Bill did his house up finally.
Jason finally got his wish to be a Deputy.
Tara’s arc totally makes sense given what she has been through.
Pam being Pam.
Eric has lost a lot of his bulk from last season.
The poo is finally off Sookie’s walls.

Minuses:
Fairy realm. So poorly done and hopefully the end of this arc.
Necromancy (though I know where it is going).
Jesus and Lafayette.
Jessica and Hoyt.

This episode was a bit disappointing. As soon as they did the time jump I was really interested in seeing how some characters had developed – Everyone’s favourite baby vamp, Jess, was a character I was really interested in seeing. I know it is early days, but what was portrayed wasn’t very Jessica. I felt like they were trying to cram too much in to cover everything. Given how short a time span a series is, I hope we get to see more of the development and never go back to the fairy kingdom.

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Review – Game of Thrones – Winter is Coming (S01Ep01)

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

 

WHEE! Puppies!

Synopsis:
This is a hugely sprawling fantasy socio-political drama in a world quite different (but with relatable similarities) to our own. Factions, intrigue and a magic thoughs of years old and lost. Sometimes you really don’t see the forrest for the trees.

Pluses:
Loved the opening credits. So many shows now, the credits are all just like sex with a 16yo boy.
We meet the main players (there are a lot and this doesn’t dumb it down for you so hang in there) and get a sense of the menaces rising within and around Westeros – both manmade and supernatural.
Beauty really can be skin deep.
Deception is everything.
Power corrupts so wonderfully.
Accept the label that people give you and make it your own.
PUPPIES!
Bothers and Sisters – love, power, care and domination.
Alliances.
The ending – a great way to keep the tension.
Sean Bean – nuff said.

Minuses:
We didn’t really get a sense of the relationship between the Stark children and the dire wolves. It really should have been developed further IMHO given what is coming.

I have been following this since there were whispers of it being made, so I am just chuffed that it is finally out and I am seeing one of my favourite fantasy dramas coming to life. That HBO is doing vs Hallmark is a HUGE relief. So far it hasn’t disappointed AND it has already been renewed.

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Boardwalk Empire – Ivory Tower

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Boardwalk.Empire.S01E02.The.Ivory.Towe

Hi Mum!

This week:
Fall out continues from the hooch hijack. People make touch choices and are going to have to live with them  and their own fall out. Insight into the frailties of the “best of men.”

Pluses:
More back-story on Nooky.
Handjob in the woods.
Ribbon twisting.
Capone being a prat – twice.

Minuses:
I know it is still early days but I can’t wait to see some development of the supporting characters.
I am sure some people will say the show is slow – not me though, you know I am a fan of the long con.

Ivory Tower didn’t have that same sense of imagery from the first episode – life and dead on the boardwalk. The second episode was just as luscious as the first. I do adore the use of language and the acting is superb across the board. Also, the scope of this show is just so large, it really is like watching a movie. I can’t wait for some big events/confrontations – it is going to be A-MAZ-ING.

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Review – Boardwalk Empire – Pilot/Boardwalk Empire

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Boardwalk Empire Atlantic City Boardwalk Episode 1

Luscious, gorgeously shot and a delight.

This week:
We dive into the luscious world of Prohibition  Atlantic City. Al Capone gets his break. Murder. Mischief. Deals. Busts (both kinds). The beginning of letting go and finding love.

Pluses:
Fantastic sets and art direction.
Incredible acting – Steve Buscemi thy name is Emmy.
Brilliant set up to the series.
Ugliness countered with beauty.
Martin Scorsese.

Minuses:
I thought the opening credits are a bit contrived.

HBO is back with a vengeance.  Based on the real life character of Nucky Thompson – this series raises the bar for TV even higher. The word that keeps coming to mind is luscious. The scope of this show, the sets, the party scenes. Just amazing. No wonder that HBO renewed it after just one episode went to air. A quick Google and I couldn’t see when it was coming to our fair shores – it is available on the US iTunes site which is pretty easy for we Australians to use (if we are clever, which we are).

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