Friday, July 03, 2015

Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice - Exclusive Pictures From Entertainment Weekly

It might be another eight months before Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice hits the cinemas but with Comic Con coming next week, Entertainment Weekly have released some pictures and I decided to pick my favourite ones for this blog.

First of all - that cover is amazing. I might still have a lot of reservations for the movie itself after that underwhelming trailer from a few months ago but the cover is a work of beauty. On it, we've got Bruce Wayne/Batman (Ben Affleck), Diana Prince/Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill). Anyone else notice that Wonder Woman's costume actually has more colour to it than previous pictures had shown? Definitely an improvement.

A further six more pictures were released including a rather suggestive one of Bruce and Diana at a social gathering as well as Superman meeting an eager public. There was also this little beauty as well where we got to see Affleck's Batman with his eyes lit up facing Superman in a fairly intense looking scene. Of course one picture I definitely had to share here ...

Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor with a full mane of red hair as well to boot. Now whether he loses his hair throughout the movie or not, it's an interesting look for Eisenberg's Luthor. Meanwhile the cast and crew for the movie will be attending Comic Con next week (July 11th), so another trailer may also materialise.

More Pictures:

Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice will be released in cinemas from March 25th 2016.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Sense8 - W. W. N. Double D?/We Will All Be Judged by the Courage of Our Hearts

Two thirds into the season and the arc has taken some interesting turns as several characters get more information on their connection when not placed in morally compromising positions.

Nomi Marks: Now these two episodes really seemed to play on Nomi's hacking abilities to the max. Not only did she meet up with a past hacker friend called Bug but both her and Amanita stalked Dr Metzger's place, learned more about the creepy organisation after the Sensates, which then led to them coming directly after Nomi by paying Amanita's mother a house call. I did like that with the connection to Will, Sun and Capheus that Nomi was able to escape from her would be captors for the time being but at the same time, I'm now worried for Amanita and her mother though. Ooh and Nomi interacted with Jonas again.

Lito Rodriguez: This was not a good set of episodes for Lito. First of all, Daniela's abusive ex-boyfriend was able to get her back and use some suggestive pictures of Lito and Hernando to break up the fun trinity while at the same time, Lito and Hernando then broke up after the former made no effort to get Daniela out of harm's way. Much as I feel bad for Lito, I'm actually on Hernando's side in this one. Hopefully in the remaining episodes, Lito will be able to get Daniela away from her abusive boyfriend and reunite with Hernando as well as come out of the closet as well.

Will Gorski: The gang subplot that Will has with his partner wasn't particularly riveting to watch but the slow burning connection that he's forming with Riley (not unlike the same dynamic with Wolfgang and Kala) is actually quite lovely. You could argue about it feeling contrived but it really doesn't though. It's been handled so believably well that when the two of them are talking about their homes, it's genuinely lovely to watch. Other than that though, Will ended up getting suspended (not good) but at least the combination of him, Sun and Capheus managed to save Nomi though.

Riley Blue: The last few episodes have been great for Riley. I've enjoyed her interacting with other Sensates, particularly in one scene where her and Capheus shared a flight together and the romance with Will has been beautifully handled as well. More to the point, taking the character out of London and back to Iceland and having her reconnect with her father has been great for the character.

Kala Dandekar: Like Riley, the last few episodes have also been great for Kala. The eighth episode particular ended in a shocking scene where she witnessed her future father in law being stabbed in public (which even I didn't see coming) - the same future father in law who also seemed savvy enough about her true feelings for his son. Then there was her getting a better insight into Wolfgang's terrible childhood and friendship with Felix as well. The only thing I do want though is to see Kala interact with some of the other Sensates aside from Wolfgang as well. She seems to be the only one who hasn't yet.

Wolfgang Bogdanov: These last two episodes not only gave me a better insight into Wolfgang and Felix's friendship but also a rather horrible look into his childhood as well. Seriously, in a show that has had some horrible parents (and great ones like Amanita/Capheus's mothers, Riley's father, all of Kala's family), Wolfgang's father is arguably worse that Nomi's mother but at least we saw just how much of a great friend and ally Felix has been to him over the years. It does look like for now that Felix is touch and go, so he might survive the season while Wolfgang and Kala's connection also seems to be growing as well.

Sun Bak: We've gone all Orange Is The New Black/eventual Prison Break perhaps with Sun's storyline now. She's stuck in prison but aside from one mean spirited lag, the majority of the prisoners are either helping her to learn to sew, are bringing her food and generally being nice to her. Also after that little prison yard scrap, only a stupid person (that lag in particular) would be deluded enough to physically take Sun on in a fight. I also enjoyed seeing her and Nomi interacted as she showed the latter how to fend herself from some federal agents belonging to Whispers.

Capheus: Poor guy. The more involved he got with Silas and interacted with his daughter in order to help his mother, the more it forced him to realise that getting in bed with a crime lord wasn't a smart idea. Unfortunately (and expectedly), he's just gotten himself in too deep to really get out and now we've got a plot with a rival gang who want Silas's daughter as well. On the plus side at least Capheus had some great interactions with Will, Riley and Nomi in the last two episodes.

Next week, I'll recap/talk about the episodes Death Doesn't Let You Say Goodbye and What Is Human?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Recap/Review: Penny Dreadful's 2x09: And Hell Itself My Only Foe

It's time for the penultimate episode in the current season of Penny Dreadful and it's certainly an episode that contained some rather surprising moments, if also a few rushed ones too.

Written by John Logan
Directed by Brian Kirk

The Witch's Lair: After nine episodes of this season, the moment finally arrived for Vanessa and Evelyn to properly face off (and Hecate too). Of course Malcolm being kept as prisoner was going to be more than enough for Vanessa not to listen to her friends and go to save her 'father' of sorts. I really liked the confrontation between Vanessa and Evelyn - restrained but effective as the latter more or less began to drip feed her general plot to Vanessa while Hecate continued to undermine her mother at every turn as well as trying to make Vanessa jealous by discussing Ethan. Come next week though, this mother and daughter duo won't be a problem for anyone ever again.

The Wrong Time To Change: In the first ten minutes of this episode, one of Ethan's ongoing problems was taken out the equation. However Rusk is still around to make Ethan's life a living hell and Hecate certainly took delight in trying to tempt Ethan into her way of thinking as well. However I did massively enjoy the scenes between Ethan and Sembene in this episode as the latter encouraged Ethan to tell Vanessa the whole truth about himself. Unfortunately given the way this very episode ended, things don't look so good for Sembene who really has come into his own this season.

Family Torture Hour: For this week, both Malcolm and Victor had to deal head on with their failings as fathers in a pretty interesting way. Malcolm was reminded by his wife, Mina and Peter about his responsibility for their deaths while Victor ended up facing Caliban, Lily/Brona and even Proteus as well. I did find it interesting that both Malcolm and Victor ended up locked in the same room, unable to help each other as well.

Rule The World: I am really liking this darker side to Lily/Brona/whatever she's calling herself these days. Not only does Billie Piper pull it off so bloody well but it's also moving things forwards as well. After Dorian figured out that Lily was Brona, he then got into something of a faustian pact with her as Lily manipulated him into revealing more about his darker side. It does make me wonder if the show is setting up both Lily and Dorian (maybe less so) as the main antagonists for the third season? Interesting if they are.

Caged Poet: Well, it finally happened. An episode appeared where I felt sorry for Caliban. After Lily reduced him to a whipping boy last week, this week Lavinia and her awful parents decided to trap caliban in a cage with a poetry book so they could run their own little freak. Caliban might be one of the few characters I'm happy for this show to lose but even I don't believe he deserves this fate. Hopefully next week's finale will see the end of Lavinia and her parents.

Next week, it's the finale as Vanessa and Evelyn go to battle.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Heroes: Reborn - Airdate/Trailer/Cast Pictures Released

It won't be another three months but after months of small teasing and casting announcements, NBC are now powering ahead with the promotion for Heroes: Reborn.

First of all, the official press release for the upcoming miniseries ....

A year ago, a terrorist attack in Odessa, Texas, left the city decimated. Blamed for the tragic event, those with extraordinary abilities are in hiding or on the run from those with nefarious motives.

Two such vigilantes include Luke (Zachary Levi, Chuck) and Joanne (Judith Shekoni, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2), who are seeking to avenge a tragic loss.

Noah Bennet, aka H.R.G. (Jack Coleman, Heroes), has gone off the grid but conspiracy theorist Quentin Frady (Henry Zebrowski, A to Z) finds him and opens his eyes to the truth behind the Odessa tragedy.

While in hiding, some are discovering their newfound skills. Awkward teen Tommy (Robbie Kay, Once Upon a Time) just wants to be normal and win the girl of his dreams, Emily (Gatlin Green, Criminal Minds), but normalcy is virtually impossible after learning of a new ability that terrifies him. Coming from a very sheltered upbringing, a bold and ethereal teenager, Malina (Danika Yarosh, Shameless), has been told she is destined for greatness. In Tokyo, a quiet and unique young woman, Miko (Kiki Sukezane, Death Yankee 3), is trying to track down her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret that will make her a force to be reckoned with. Elsewhere, a different type of hero is emerging through former soldier Carlos (Ryan Guzman, The Boy Next Door).

Meanwhile, Erica (Rya Kihlstedt, Masters of Sex), the head of the highly successful tech conglomerate Renautas, has an agenda of her own.

For better or for worse, some are fated to cross paths with assorted heroes of the past, including Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka), Matt Parkman (Greg Grunberg), Mohinder Suresh (Sendhil Ramamurthy) and the Haitian (Jimmy Jean-Louis), among others. Yet, together, their ultimate destiny is nothing less than saving the world and mankind.

Joining Kring are executive producers James Middleton (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and Peter Elkoff (Sons of Anarchy). Heroes:Reborn is produced by Imperative Entertainment, in association with Universal Television.

Having watched the minute long trailer that NBC have released for the upcoming series, I have to admit I'm actually cautiously optimistic for this miniseries. I absolutely loved the first season like many did but the second, third and fourth season lost their way and struggled to maintain the interest, leading to the show's cancellation in 2010. With a mixture of some old faces and a slew of new people and a different threat, the show stands a very good chance of possibly recapturing it's original glory. I'm also hoping that with the diversity of cast members that maybe this time there might be an LGBT hero in the midst as well. If Sense8 can pull it off with less cast members, no reason this show but most importantly, I just there's more focus and cohesion to Reborn as well.

Press Release/Trailer:

Heroes: Reborn will air Thursdays at 8pm on NBC from September 24th. A UK broadcaster has yet to be confirmed.

Monday, June 29, 2015

The Selfie Culture

With some shows yet to return and others I'm doing more extensive reviews for, here's another look at some of the other series I'm watching at the moment.

Humans: For US viewers, they got the first episodes of this on AMC but on Channel 4 for UK and Irish viewers, we're nearing the halfway point and it's picking up rather nicely. While I still don't greatly like Laura or Matilda as characters, I do like that through their own methods, both are attempting to learn more about Anita and Synths going off script in general. I'm also liking the more volatile Niska, the continued partnership of Max and Leo as well as George doing his best to keep Odi while having to tolerate the rather strict Vera. Some things don't quite work though - mainly the sour faced detective and his personal life but overall, the series has continued to impress so far.

Orange Is The New Black: With the usual Netflix binging of sorts, I've now watched as far as episode six of the third season. At this point, I've seen Piper and Alex reconnect, Red use her charms on Healy to get her kitchen back, Nikki get transferred to another prison, an interesting aptitude test scene as well as backstories for Big Boo, Flaca and Chang and of course, the rather brief introduction of Stella. I'll admit this season isn't as great as the previous two have been but it's still making for some rather enjoyable television nonetheless.

Selfie: This show might have been dropped after thirteen episodes courtesy of ABC, but it found a home for Irish viewers on RTE2 this month. Now I love Karen Gillan as much as the next person and while her and John Cho have an excellent rapport in the series, it's not a surprise this show got cancelled. Not only was the premise somewhat restrictive for a long term sitcom but a lot of the writing in the first two episodes alone is genuinely horrible I'm afraid. No matter how good Gillan/Cho are with each other, neither of them can elevate the pure dreck of this show. I've heard from some people that the show gets better and there's at least one episode where Gillan gets to showcase her vocal talents but I'm not sure I want to continue to watch to find out really.

True Detective: I enjoyed the first season of this show quite a lot, though at times the Breaking Bad style hype it generated was a little tiresome. On the plus side, the complete cast/location/story change for the show's second season so far has worked. I've only seen the first episode but already I'm enjoying Rachel McAdams hard bitten Ani and Taylor Kitsch's sheriff, Paul while both Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn (especially the latter) have been a pleasant surprise too. Unlike the first season, I think there's going to be less supernatural/occult elements to it but with a striking new theme tune, great cast and a nice sense of California Noir, I'll be sticking with this.

- Charisma Carpenter and Roger Bart will be playing the parents of Ariana Grande's character in Scream Queens.
- Emma Roberts will be returning for the last few episodes of American Horror Story: Hotel.
- Hannibal has been cancelled by NBC after three seasons.
- John Barrowman will be back as Malcolm Merlyn for Arrow's fourth season.
- Contrary to recent rumours there won't be a Hawkgirl TV series. The character however will be a regular on Legends Of Tomorrow though.
- Aisha Tyler has joined Criminal Minds for it's 11th season.
- Penny Dreadful has been renewed for a third season of nine episodes.
- Sinqua Walls is returning as Lancelot for Once Upon A Time's fifth season.
- Aquarius has been renewed for a second season.
- Chris Rock will play an inmate as well as a person from Lucious' past in the second season of Empire.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Gotham - Season 2 Airdate Confirmed/New Villains Announced & Cast

While it won't be until September before viewers can catch up with the second season of Batman prequel series, Gotham on FOX, filming has already begun and a lot of casting announcements have also been made too.

First of all, Morena Baccarin (Leslie Thompkins), Nicholas D'Agosto (Harvey Dent) and Chris Chalk (Lucius Fox) have all been made regulars, following the departures of Jada Pinkett Smith, David Zayas and possibly John Donam. Meanwhile, Erin Richards will still be a regular for the show's second season and in a press release, it seems that Barbara is now being categorized in the villain segment, mentioned alongside Selina, Edward and Oswald as Barbara will become increasingly unstable. The idea of Barbara as a villain is actually pretty appealing to be honest. The upcoming season will also explore the origins of both the Joker and Mr Freeze as well - the former pretty early in the new season.

Of course the Clown Prince of crime and a certain chilly customer aren't the only ones for GCPD to be worried about as well. James Frain, recently seen in Orphan Black and True Detective will also be a regular this upcoming season. Frain will be taking on the role of villainous billionaire, Theo Galavan. He will appear to be heroic and sexy to the citizens of Gotham before taking extreme measures to his sister, Tabitha in order to bleed the city. Speaking of his sister ....

The role in question will be playing by Jessica Lucas, best known for the movie Cloverfield. Lucas's character, Tabitha is not only the sister to Frain's Theo but she is also the supervillainess known as the Tigress. Described as sexy and violent — and toting a bullwhip! — she’s the opposite of her cold and calculating brother, deriving a sensual pleasure from the mayhem she’s tasked with making. After Fish Mooney, it's nice that we're going to have another main female antagonist for the upcoming season.

Last but not least (for the time being), Dustin Ybarra (The Goldbergs) has been cast in a recurring role of Arkham resident/cannibal Robert Greenwood. His character is described to having eaten over a dozen women as well as the apt description of "his appetite for murder is only surpassed by, well, his appetite."

So that's a former love interest taking a dark path, a sexy but dangerous brother/sister act and a cannibal. After the plethora of mob related plots for the first season, this seems like a welcome step into making Gotham a lot closer to the comic world than the Nolan movies ever did. Along with the planned origins for Joker and Freeze (and probably others in the second half of the season), it really looks like the show is seriously going to hit it's stride with it's second year.

Season 2 Spoilers:

Gotham's second season will air Mondays 8pm from September 21st on FOX. A UK airdate has yet to be confirmed.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Sense8 - Art Is Like Religion/Demons

Now we're at the halfway point of this gripping Netflix series and things have certainly began to heat up immensely (including one very memorable scene as well) with our Sensates.

Nomi Marks: She's out of the hospital and when she wasn't interacting with Will for a second time (when he also wasn't rallying to her defence against her mother), Nomi got involved in the most talked about scene from the entire series so far. Well, Nomi and five other characters but more on that later. Other than that, we also had Nomi and Amanita hide out in the latter's mother's place where an interesting discussion as to whether or not Nomi can actually control her other selves as well. It's an interesting discussion and it's nice that Nomi now has someone along with Amanita who believes her as well.

Lito Rodriguez: Also involved in that infamous scene, the last two episodes have been some of my favourites for Lito. Not only do we continue to get a better understanding of him and Hernando together but the bearding storyline with Daniela is still working beautifully. However the highlights of these two episode were his interactions with Sun at the strangest of times as well as briefly meeting Will during the filming of an action scene from his movie too. And that other scene of course.

Will Gorski: Okay, no more crypticness - that scene. That unbelievably hot as hell orgy sequence involving Will, Lito, Nomi, Wolfgang and to a slight lesser extent, Amanita and Hernando as well. That scene had the potential to come across as sleazy and exploitative but instead it was carefully filmed and genuinely oozed of sensuality as well as sexiness as well. If there's a vote for best sex scene on telly, then this one is the clear winner. Not even a competition. As for the rest of the Will - I liked his interactions with Nomi, Lito and Riley in these episodes. Similarly with Kala and Wolfgang, you can tell that a romance is being shaped up with Will and Riley.

Riley Blue: Still not my favourite character (she isn't doing anything wrong, just the others are more compelling), I do however have to admit that these last two episodes have been good for her. Sure there was a few brooding scenes but there was also scenes where Riley nearly got killed by that creepy guy from the opening episode and her scenes with both Capheus and Sun were both exceptional stuff. The romance of sorts with Will seems a little predictable but the connection (given the premise of this show) at least works.

Kala Dandekar: Well, these two episodes were interesting for Kala. We had her hen party of sort and the wedding almost took place until the sight of a completely naked Wolfgang had her fainting and causing the whole ceremony to be put on hold. I do like that Kala has a supportive family and that her husband to be isn't being portrayed as an ogre either. As for her scenes with Wolfgang, I'm definitely enjoying them more than I thought I would. There's definitely a good connection with those two.

Wolfgang Bogdanov: Orgy scene aside (and yes, that scene is still stuck in my head), the last two episodes have gone to great lengths to make sure that Wolfgang remained nude as much as possible. And mainly for this nudity to be witnessed by Kala as well. Much as I enjoy his scenes with Felix and the whole heist subplot with his uncle, I think the scenes where he's interacted with Kala have certainly made him more likeable as a character, though I do want to see more interactions with the other Sensates too. Orgy scene aside of course.

Sun Bak: Oh dear, these two episodes were just not Sun's week. On the plus side, her scenes with Lito, Capheus and Riley were genuinely delightful to watch. In particular, both her and Capheus bonded over responsibilities for their families, her and Lito vented their rages and frustrations and her and Riley connected over suffering for other people's crimes. Having Sun take the rap for her feckless brother was horrible but I do like that she got to meet Angel at the end of the episode though.

Capheus: Well, he got some great scenes with both Sun and Riley where he offered some good advice and revelled in the amazement of being in London and Seoul. The subplot with him working for a crime boss isn't the most exciting but it has put him in a very compromising situation in order to help his mother get better. I did like his scene with the child of his new boss though. Some good writing in that scene to help explain Capheus's love of all things Van Damn too.

Next week, I'll recap/talk about the episodes W. W. N. Double D? and We Will All Be Judged By The Courage Of Our Hearts.