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.