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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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?