MR ROBOT Season 1 Review

MR ROBOT was a random pick up when looking for a DVD pick up on Amazon.  While reading the plot I was sat there wondering why I had not picked this show up already and the answer was because it was only available on Amazon Prime in the UK which is about the only service I don’t have. What I was expecting for MR ROBOT wasn’t what I got and I am so glad it wasn’t.

I was expecting more of Hackers starring Angelina Jolie in 1995 but this was completely different.  MR ROBOT is focused around a seemingly social awkward security specialists that show autistic tendencies and seems to be one of the best people on the team at his job.  Elliot shows us how someone that is very intelligent but struggles in social interactions and interacting with the rest of the world, only finding it easy to interact with certain people in his life.

As the season develops, there are some real twists and turns that are unexpected but the speed of the show leaves the viewer enough time to think about what has just happened.  This is a change with most TV shows not giving people time to think about what is happening but this is also the only downfall because sometimes it feels a little disjointed, because a few things happened and then they jumped away from it.

The acting and characters I think are well balanced and well performed by the actors.  Everyone seemed to be in the right role and all the characters seemed to bring something to the overall plot.

Overall I would recommend picking up MR ROBOT even if you are not a technology-minded because it is a mix of conspiracy theories technology and so much more.  The only way to describe this show is a mix been The Matrix, Fight Club and Robin Hood with how the plot develops.

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Boku No Hero Academia Review

Boku No Hero Academia is focused on one child in the world where most have special abilities and he is born without one known as a Quirk. The quirks have been slowly expanding through the population but Izuku Midoriya still holds on to the dream of being a hero.

Cover Art

Cover Art

Izuku decides early on that he is a late developer or that if he tries hard enough and puts in the effort that he can one day become just like his hero the All Might. This anime does have a feeling of the western world comics in it but was a little harder to follow for me than ReLife but that was mainly to do with the speed of the dialogue. The story itself is solid and has some really good feel good moments and twists along the way.

The animation didn’t seem as high quality as ReLife that being said it could have been the quality that was watching in and that was 480p. However, you did notice the difference between ReLife and Buku No Hero Academia at the same quality.

Boku No Hero Academia gets the balance of story and action just right and shows the development of characters really well. One of the first lines of the series is no one is equal and although this is the motto all the way through it does show how you can work hard to get where you want to be against all odds.

Students ready to action

Students ready to action

The Verdict

Boku No Hero Academia is definitely worth a pick up as it gives the right amount of balance of action and story, to make you invested in the characters but at the same time, the pace of the action is fast enough for you not to get too bogged down in the story. There are plenty of twists and turns and if the studios allow there will be another season of this awesome anime. So believe in yourself pick up this anime and watch how anyone as long as they are in the right place at the right time you can achieve anything.

ReLife Anime Review

ReLife is only my third trip into the world of anime and I have to admit I really enjoyed it. The reason for choosing ReLife was it was one of the top Animes on the list I was looking at and had a synopses similar to Plastic Memories which was the last anime that I really sat down and watched.

ReLife Cover Art

ReLife Cover Art

ReLife is based around Arata Kaizaki who is unemployed 27 years old that is bouncing between jobs where possible and is approached when he is at his lowest to take part in an experiment. The experiment is to take a pill and go that alters his appearance so that he can go back to high school. This sounds quite interesting because it’s like starting over again putting someone that seemingly is struggling in life back into an environment that they have been before and stable one to boot.

There are a lot of twists and turns in ReLife as Arata comes to terms with his personal demons some were completely out of left field and was not expected others you could see coming right off the bat. The Japanese humour can be missed in western culture from my limited understanding and research but there was some real laugh out loud moments when some of the characters were put in some awkward positions.

The animation quality as I’ve come to expect is awesome, even watching in 480p the quality compared to some of the western counterparts was out of this world, but at the same time simple and not to complicated

The Gang off ReLife

The Gang off ReLife

The Verdict

ReLife is a romance anime but don’t let that put you off if your not into that type of thing, because it explores all aspects of social behaviour and has some really good character development. Along with some really interesting twists even towards the end, just as you think that you have the direction that they are going with it makes another turn. One that I would say is definitely worth catching if you’re low on anime and want a nice easy fix

The Flash Season 2 Episode 14 “Escape from Earth-2 ” Review

Escape from Earth-2 carries on straight from Welcome to Earth-2 and the cliff-hanger that Barry is held captured by Zoom and the problem with the breach being unstable.  The breach being unstable is huge because it means that the team that went to Earth-2 will not be able to come back.

Iris and Barry from Earth-2

Barry is struggling with the fact that he cannot get out of his cell on Earth-2 with Cisco and Wells worried that they might not be able to achieve anything without him.  The need to find Zoom’s liar has become even more important to get Barry back and within the time that they set themselves.  The problems for Earth-1 also continues as Geomancer is still running loose in Central City and is starting to make people more aware that they cannot just rely on The Flash. This is where Iris has a conflict because although she has written a positive article about the Geomancer situation her editor wants something a little bit more realistic and highlight the fact The Flash might not be able to save them all the time.

While in search for Barry and trying to save him from his captor, it leads Cisco and Wells to try to make a deal with Killer Frost.  Cisco hopes that reasoning with her about Deathstorm’s death in Welcome to Earth-2 will work but it does not go so well and they have to use force that they did not really want to use.  Jay was the focus in Escape from Earth-2 on Earth 1, this seems strange as all the action is happening on Earth 2 but in order to save Jay’s life and the city Caitlin needs to help him get his speed back.  The mystery character in the other cell adds another dimension and questions to the Jay Garrick character.

Cisco and Killler Frost and Iris from Earth-2 negotiating

The stabilization of breach from Welcome to Earth-2 seemed to be fixed a bit early in Escape from Earth-2 but leads to an interesting twist to it returning to being unstable.  The problem with this is that it just did not feel like the sequence was required.  That sequence, however, adds some more development for Caitlin and Jay.

The Verdict

Escape from Earth-2 is a good development from Welcome to Earth-2 but just doesn’t seem to have the freshness.  Grant Gustin puts together a good performance, it was interesting to see him play the Earth 2 Barry as the character seems completely different to the Barry from Earth 1 and Earth 2 Barry does get more exposure.  The cliff-hanger that the team is left with will ensure that there are definitely more crossover episodes to be seen and that is encouraging just to see how the actors deal with playing two characters at once.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 13 “Welcome to Earth-2 ” Review

Welcome to Earth-2 carries on from Fast Lane where they prepare and enter Earth 2 to help Wells save his daughter.  The team sorts everything out and has to say their goodbyes with some people not sure about whether it is the right thing to do for themselves.

Iris, Barry and Joe from Alternative World

Welcome to Earth-2 is an interesting mix as it enables people to be different, there is a distinct twist on the individuals in each world.  What does this mean for the story?  Not sure the actual meaning for the characters themselves as they deal with different emotions and their own mortality.  When entering Earth-2 Cisco and Barry are amazed by just how advanced it is compared to Earth 1 and this isn’t the only thing.  The problem here is that because it is so advanced they have to use CGI and although the CGI is normally well done in The Flash this just seemed to lack.  The lighting just seemed all off unless it was intentional to show Earth 2 more developed.

While the city effects wasn’t the most impressive thing in Welcome to Earth-2 the story was the other reality that Barry and Cisco find themselves in show depth to their characters they don’t even know existed.  Barry struggles with the dynamic his doppelgänger has with Iris and Joe.  Cisco is concerned that he can’t find his, but when he does he discovers something that perhaps he wished he hadn’t.

Caitlin and Ronnie make and appearance and after seeing Danielle Panabaker play the good girl for the entire show it was nice to see her in a more menacing role.  This was one of the bigger performances because it isn’t expected although the story could be seen playing out that way it is such a stretch from what we have seen until now that that’s what stands out.  The performances as always from Grant Gustin as Barry was well done but Danielle had such a change in character it made her stand out this episode.

 

Killer Frost and Deathstorm

The Villains also are well done this episode as Villains recently have felt a little detached and not necessarily a threat or a danger, but the way the alternative universe impacted the people that needed to be taken down added an interesting threat but not only that they felt sinister.

Jay also had to step up to the plate this episode with Barry gone and this was a good touch because it showed how much of an impact that Barry has on central city and that when he is missing they miss The Flash.  How Jay was used however was great because the revelations he admitted to Caitlin was huge although they felt small.  They showed even the person who is suppose to be The Flash in the alternative world seems to have more flaws than Barry.

The Verdict

Welcome to Earth-2 is fast paced but didn’t skimp on building suspense.  The concerns of Season 2 not being able to live up to the success and feeling of Season 1 has been unfounded as Barry and his team now get to deal with an alternative universe.  An alternative universe that will show them sides to their characters they didn’t even know that existed.

The Flash Season 2 Episode 12 “Fast Lane” Review

Fast Lane takes an interesting turn after a rollercoaster of emotions that was seen in The Reverse-Flash Returns.  The focus is now brought back to Wells and his relationship with Zoom or more to the point his need to save his daughter and the fact that he is not working with the team not that they know about it yet.

Barry and Wells trying to Solve a problem

Barry starts the episode charging around Central City at a bit of a loss that can only be put down to the fact that Patty has left, along with the fact that now that Wally is now a more prominent figure in the West household he feels a bit forced out.  This isn’t as bad as it seems because away of dealing with the loss of Patty and probably the feeling of isolation because the family that has been a part of for years needs its own space, is throw himself into work.  Throwing himself into work is an attempt to try and close the portals dotted around Central City with a hostile Wells.  The real problem is that Wells isn’t working on closing the portals he is working on trying to take Barry’s speed.

The main villain of the episode was Tar Pit which had an interesting premise and looked promising but has to go down in history as one of the most anti-climatic villains due to the fact he just wasn’t imposing.  The character itself had quite a good revenge back story but the actions in the episode just weren’t threatening enough.  Tar Pit had been threatened by some hit man and left to burn alive in some Tar while the Particle Accelerator exploded and caused him to be buried alive in this tar.  It is a miracle that he survived but knowing that he did the solution to defeating him was relatively easy and Barry although let down by failing speed found himself able to save the day.

Zoom and Wells with some of Barry’s Speed

The West Family drama has to be one of the most interesting points to the episode because Joe had always been a character that felt that he had things sussed and was a guiding influence on all the major characters in the season.  The problem is he feels lost with Wally and it is well depicted as he inevitably puts Iris in danger because he wants Wally to trust him before he can start trying to guide him in life choices.

The Verdict

Fast Line follows on from The Reverse-Flash Returns but has some major downfalls after quite a well put together season so far.  This is most part to do with the lack of threat that Tar Pit had on the people even if it did have what could be life-threatening results.  This, however, is well balanced with an interesting dynamic between Barry and Wells and whether or not Wells will completely sell out Barry and the team in order to save his own daughter?

The Flash Season 2 Episode 11 “The Reverse – Flash Returns” Review

The Flash has taken many twists and turns in Season 2 but no more so than in The Reverse – Flash Returns. Zoom now needs to take a backseat as they team is faced with the return of the reverse flash but this time, it is the real reverse flash and not just the Dr Wells 1 imposter.

Patty question Joe about Barry and The Flash

The return of the yellow suit has really brought back some mixed emotions and bring together some very awkward questions while some of if not all the characters are going through a really rough time in their personal lives. Barry is still keeping his true identity hidden from Patty and with the revelation that happened in Potential Energy because the distance The Flash had put between the two. Barry has forced himself into rushing around the city solving or helping every emergency call and Patty is going along with her everyday life hoping that the situation between her and Barry wouldn’t be too awkward.

While Barry is chasing down the Reverse Flash it is apparent with just how badly he is dealing with the breakup and how leaving his life, although amazing with his powers to save people, it will also mean they he needs to try and limit the people he cares about knowing so his enemies can’t use it against him. This isn’t anything new because it was discussed in previous episodes but there Is a touching moment between him and Joe that they discuss the fact, that with Barry’s current powers he is going to have to learn to let people go because there is a hint that he will outlive most.

West Family Reunited?

Francine West also makes another big appearance in this episode, however, her fate becomes a reality in this episode and leads to some very touching scenes between her and Iris, but it also holds hope that West Family will come together after Wally does turn to Iris for advice and support. The other huge thing to come from the episode is Caitlin and Jay coming to the realization that unless he gets his speed back her will die that brings even more of Caitlin’s past to late. Along with Cisco with the help of Wells learns what triggers his vibe, however, the newly found method of could have drastic consequences.

The Verdict

The Reverse-Flash Returns is a very well balanced episode with the emotional turmoil that the team finds themselves in. The return Eobard Thawne and the outcome of the capture was huge. Along with emotional scenes between Patty and Barry along with the West Family and what they are having to face made this a must watch episode and continues to keep the interest in the season. As there was a look between Thawne and Wells that just asks the question with Wells 2 go down the track of Wells 1?

The Flash Season 2 Episode 10 “Potential Energy” Review

After quite a break The Flash is back in Potential Energy. The end of Running to Stand Still is quite a nice one they are all there to celebrate the festive season, and Wally knocks at the door right at the end of the episode, although this is a really good nice ending to the middle of the season things can’t be that simple can they?

Patty and Barry enjoying a dance at an art function

In Potential Energy, all that is blown apart with the team having issues as normal but the issues are caused by the meta-human battle that is raging. In the more recent episodes up until now, the character’s turmoil have been caused by relatively normal reasons but now Barry is having nightmares about Patty and Zoom the question then becomes is she safe? Barry is seeing Zoom kill Patty and he wants to keep her as far away from The Flash and the truth as he can to try and protect her, but that only causes strain on the relationship and now with Patty’s unresolved issues now dealt with regarding her Father is that enough for her?

In a change of pace, however, the team are going after a meta-human that has some real meaning to the storyline in turtle. Up until now in this season, all the villains have been aiming everything at the Flash and actually not feeling too threatening but this was different. Turtle is someone that can slow time down so much that he can steal things and get out before anyone has time to react even The Flash. Realising this the team think he holds the key to defeating Zoom and want to capture him in order to try and get his power off him. In an interesting twist though Turtle goes after things that are of not necessarily high value in monitory terms but in sentimental terms. As they track him down though and Barry deciding he is going to tell Patty his true identity he puts her in harms way and she becomes Turtles target.

Patty captured?

As Joe discovers more about Wally it might be the easiest thing to swallow after quite a rough reaction when discussing way Wally didn’t come to dinner. The chip on Wally’s shoulder that he doesn’t need Joe and that he was a bad detective if he didn’t even know he had a son. Will they patch things up in time?

The Verdict

Potential Energy is a refreshing episode of The Flash with the recent episode becoming a little predictable at times this episode throws some curve balls into the mix. The character development might be going to a darker place at times are always met by the light-hearted humour we have come to expect. Wells also continues to keep us on our toes to which side is actually on.

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 13 “AKA Smile” Review

AKA Smile the season finale and did it ever deliver some dark places. The writers went to town in this episode concluding the season in the way it was supposed to conclude because although it had some moments of comedy in it. There were so much dark and openings for new storylines.

Jessica and Trish finally get a lead on where Killgrave is and find his hideout, where Jessica discovers Albert with some information about Killgrave and the fetus that Jeri had taken early on in the season. This was quite fitting because although we knew that Jeri had used it in the hope of getting Killgrave’s powers she hadn’t managed to so and kind of felt like a dead end. Albert admitted to using the fetus, however, to amplify Killgrave’s power that Jessica needs to be careful.

Trish’s reaction when Jessica tell her she loves her

Trish and Jessica, however, have some very interesting dialogue and just how close they are even if they don’t tell each other just how much they mean to each other. The subtle way that the code word becomes I love you is quite ironic because Jessica is telling her that she loves her but backhanded because it is admitted that it is something she would never say. The way Trish gets more information gets more information IGH says that there is going to be something in the works with that. What it isn’t clear and as the season as come to an end, it’s an open-ended book but something that might become clear in the future.

The major scene, however, is the one where Killgrave thinks he has Jessica in his sights and she is working in with music playing and hood up looking down at the floor. There was something huge about it especially when it comes apparent that it isn’t Jessica. When Jessica does come into the scene though it is really well done and captured very well by Krysten Ritter because you can see in her own face that she isn’t sure who has control.

Jessica and Claire breaking Luke out of hospital

Another interesting dynamic is the discussion between Claire Temple and Luke, Claire is left with Luke in order to try and help keep him alive, she believes in both Jessica and Luke for being positive influences. It is quite refreshing to have someone else believe in her as well as the main cast because it felt like an outsiders point of view.

The Verdict

AKA Smile is a really good end to an awesome season, it has left so many subplots open and yet developed the characters in such a way that it feels like a convenient breaking point. The voice over at the end also keeps the character alive and conflicted not wanting to except she could be a Super Hero. Could Malcolm be her guardian angel to help her concentrate on being the hero everyone knows she can be?

Jessica Jones Season 1 Episode 12 “AKA Take a Bloody Number” Review

“AKA Take a Bloody Number” see’s Luke introduced back to the fold and has Jessica asking questions. The problem becomes is whether or not to trust Luke or not. They both know that Killgrave had control over Luke but the question still resides to whether or not Killgrave still has control over him or not? With Albert working to make him stronger.

AKA Take a Bloody Number feels really subdued after the build up of AKA I’ve Got The Blues and the awesome fight that Trish and Jessica had with Simpson, this issue kind of takes a back seat at this point however because focus now that Luke and Jessica is back together is Killgrave. The dynamic of Luke and Jessica really is interesting this episode as they are dealing with past issues, they have a very good moment up on rooftop while scoping out a lead.

Jessica and Luke on the Roof top

Killgrave on the other hand, just as you thought you could start sympathising with him a few episodes ago, starts turning demonic as the dynamic between him and his father is shown. His regard for his family and his father is shown to be non-existent when he forces his father to work harder without sleep by having his father hover his right hand above a blender with the threat of having him push it down to the blade.

Trish finds out a new discovery though that could blow the whole thing sky-high when she gets help from her mother. This does seem a little odd and although Trish doesn’t really want to deal with her mother due to the abuse that was inflicted on her as a kid, and explained in AKA I’ve got the Blues. She has some information that Jessica might need but will she tell her?

Killgrave and the Blender trick

When Jessica and Luke, however, do eventually catch up with Killgrave there is a shocking discovery and Jessica is forced to fight Luke. This scene is really well done because Jessica is forced to fight someone that she cares about and is actually stronger than her. She pleads with Luke to fight what Killgrave is doing to him but can her or will she have to do something unthinkable?

The Verdict

AKA Take a Bloody Number is all about trust, will Jessica trust Luke and can Trish trust her mother in order to get some vital information about Jessica and try and put the pieces together. The other thing to note of this episode is how Malcolm and Robyn seem to be getting closer. The episode although feel subdued in the beginning soon picked up the pace and started to ask even more questions, with some really good dialogue and action to boot.

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