Terms and Conditions May Apply Review

Well browsing through Netflix after starting the revisited segment, I came across this documentary and it instantly caught my attention because one it was technology based and two because it had the Google colours in the title along with other big players in the technology industry.  At the moment I am Google mad as I’ve recently purchased a Chromebook, I will admit that and my thoughts on it after just one day can be viewed here.  Going into this documentary I thought it was going to be about what the companies put in the terms and conditions that we regularly just scroll to the bottom and accept.  Which is was about but it had more than that to it.

It was aiming at our privacy and how these documents have changed over the years, along with the real driving force is it the companies or someone else pushing these changes?  Don’t get me wrong now our data holds real value to companies and its in their interested but is their other organisations that can benefit from this?  In the news at the moment specially in the UK there is a lot of talk about the government and their emergency data laws.  So this is a very valid point and I think if anyone has Netflix should take the time to watch this documentary.  It holds very good points with the ultimate question how much is our privacy worth?  It even challenges the belief that some if not most people use and that is if you haven’t got anything to hide then what’s the problem?

The documentary is mainly aimed at the U.S. more so than anywhere else and does make a point of saying that the E.U. has stricter guidelines and what companies can do with our data.  However I feel that it was a very good documentary and asked many questions that will find you soul-searching and maybe even doubting your presence on-line.

I’d give this documentary 9/10 although maybe not the most factual in some respects however it wasn’t ever meant to be that type of documentary.  It challenged the ideologies and the very way we interact with the internet.

Skins Season 1 Revisited

The Skins Cast of Season 1

I thought that I would start a new segment and that’s revisited where I take some older movies and TV Shows from the Netflix catalogue and review them.  This segment might not be for everyone but it’s away of starting to get back into blogging again.

So Skins was the first show that popped up that I thought I haven’t watched that in a while, and I really enjoyed the first season.  I can’t quite remember when I stopped watching it and to be honest, I might carry on watching it and see where I give up this time.

I enjoyed the first season I think because of age and because at the time it was quite fresh nothing had quite been done this way before.  You saw the way people develop through college/sixth form and how their actions effected the group of friends and the others around them.  The main thing that dragged me to it was seeing how the characters developed and what caused them to act the way they did.  The concentrated episode for me that didn’t do that was the first episode in the season where it was supposed to be focusing on Tony.  For me it did focus on him but him now not the true development you got in the other episodes that you saw with the other characters.  That said because Tony was the focus point throughout the season you could see him developing through the season.  The emphasis of him being the main character made it through the first season and that made it even more interesting because although you were finding out specifically about the character that is specific to that episode you saw development in Tony as well.

Overall I would recommend this season to anyone at a loss end and give it 8/10.  If you’re at a loose end you might want to catch it whether you’ve seen it before or not.  Now that I am out of that age bracket and have seen it before I still have enjoyed watching the first season anyway.

Orange is the New Black Season 2 Review

I really enjoyed the first season and have been marathoning the second season this week because I realised that I haven’t really been using my Netflix the last couple of months and the price has gone up so having the time it was something that I could get into quickly or so I thought.

This is not a bad reflection on season two as the way it’s delivered they don’t need to do a recap because you have the first season in the back catalogue.  However I started watching the first episode of this season, wishing it had a previously segment because it has been so long since I had seen the first season and I was left asking myself where did this come from?  However getting passed the first few episodes I soon got back into the mind-set, and soon caught up with the characters.

Something that I would like to say Netflix has done this very well because the character development this season was amazing.  I feel that you saw new sides of all the main characters as the situation changes, even if they are all banged up.  It seems to explore the downsides to life in prison while adding drama and comedy to it.

This is a show that will keep engrossed because of the way you feel empathy for the characters and want to discover more about the character.  Each episode seemed to throw this little curve ball subtly unlocking either tougher or softer sides of people, you slowly get to see just how disturbed these individuals are.

I will say though there is some action if you’re looking for a prison T.V, series with loads of action this isn’t for you.  Also if you’re not a Netflix subscriber then I wouldn’t say that it is a show that you’d want to subscribe just for however if you are a scriber then I would say this is a must try.  Overall I’d give this a solid 7/10  come and enjoy the power struggles.

House of Cards Season 2 Initial Thoughts

House of Cards Season 2 is upon us and I have to admit I have only watched the first episode but thought it would be a good time to get this blog post out.

I must admit I really enjoyed Season 1 it was really quite refreshing being able to watch the entire season of something back to back as soon as it came out.  Along with being really well done, this season seems to be going the same way but there is one major flaw I would say is that they didn’t do a recap on the first season at the beginning.  I watch House of Cards Season 1 when it first came out, and its been a while now so although I really enjoyed it and remember certain things about it, to jump straight back into the story without a recap was a little jarring.

For the most part though as the episode went on I quickly started to remember what was going on. Obviously missing out details, that being said though if your going to watch House of Cards Season 2 then you do have access to Season 1 in full because it’s all Netflix based.  So I guess its me not wanting to re watch season 1 which is what I really should have done over the last week.

How have you found House of Cards season 2 so far?  Try not to give any spoilers though.

The Natural World: The Women that Swims with Killer Whales

Watching this program made me think about what we consider dangerous and whether we are right or wrong because here we had someone swimming with the top predator in the sea yet they were interacting with her not trying to kill her.

For me this led me on to thinking about how well do you know someone, when you don’t know them how do you know whether they are dangerous or not, different idea but stop and think just because they are top predator in the sea and have had incidents in captivity does that really mean these whales are a danger to us?  While I was thinking about this watching the program I started to realise that they have capability to be dangerous however these whales didn’t move a muscle to hurt this women that was swimming with them, they displayed high intelligents in the fact they were interacting with Ingrid.

In 2010 there was an incident where a Killer Whale in Sea World killed a trainer, but before you go blaming the whale I really do think we need to stop and think if wild Killer Whales interact or just ignore people swimming with them and cause them no harm what is the difference between them and their captive counterparts.  I am not qualified to answer that question but it is definitely worth thinking about because the documentary ok it was a little biased towards portraying these huge animals in a good light and how much we need to help them, but this women is doing this day in day out and not coming to any harm with them.

Captivity is something that I am on the fence with though, as I think they should be left in the wild and being kept in tanks isn’t good for them.  On the other hand having a few in captivity could be a good thing in the long run because your able to make people more aware of these animals along with breeding programs.  Which ok increase the population however whether or not they can be successful reintroduced into the wild I am yet to find a definitive answer for.

All in all though I found this documentary very insightful and if you get chance to catch it on BBC IPlayer it was while worth a watch.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/i/b0147dw3/

http://www.orcaresearch.org/