Retro Tv Review: Supergirl Season 1

super1I have to be completely honest, I wasn’t looking forward to begin watching Supergirl, not being a DC fan, was one of the main reasons why. I always thought that Superman was a bit too powerful, too good to be liked, if that makes any sense.

But I’m glad that I watched, Supergirl Season 1 was a lot of fun, maybe not as solid as The Flash or Arrow ( which I’ll cover in the future), but with tons of great moments and action scenes.

In the first episode, we meet Kara Danvers or Kara Zor-El, that will be known as Supergirl, working for Cat Grant at Catco, Kara is a shy assistant, trying to appease her ever so angry boss.

The relationship of Kara and Cat Grant was great, the actress that plays Cat Grant, Calista Flockhart, did an amazing job with the character, she is witty, mean, funny and has the right dose of emotions in her scenes with Kara/Supergirl.

She is the cousin of Superman, but when he escape pod from Krypton was traveling through the galaxy, it was hit by asteroids and sent off course, that delayed her getting to Earth by 24 years.

When she finally gets to Earth, she gets adopted by the Danvers family, consisted of Alex, and her parents Jeremiah and Eliza. The very cool part is that Jeremiah Danvers is played by Dean Cain, the actor who played Superman in the 90’s TV Show.

Supergirl in the first couple episodes, catches the eye of the DEO and her adoptive sister, Alex Danvers, is a member of the DEO, an agency tasked to protect Earth from alien threats, and after finding out that her adoptive sister works there, mainly to protect her too, she meets the Director of the DEO, Hank Henshaw, that it is in fact the Martian Manhunter, a shapeshifter alien that was being hunted by the DEO in the past, and after the death of the real Hank Henshaw, takes over his life.

The first couple of episodes are full of introductions, at the DEO and more importantly at Catco, where Kara meets Winn and Jimmy Olsen, both who will cause a bit of love triangle in the first half of the Season.

Jimmy Olsen becomes a very important character in the show, his relationship with Supergirl grows in every episode, and with Winn, they make the show a lot more diverse, when Supergirl has to be Kara Danvers and not just fly towards a threat all the time.

I don’t hate the romance aspect of the show, can’t say that I love it too, it is there and with the superheroes TV shows nowadays ( The Flash, Arrow, Black Lightning ,etc), it is to be expected.

But after the first 2 or 3 episodes, we get to see more action in the show, and Supergirl in action against some super powered villains, the special effects in the show were great, the fight scenes are very cool and not for one moment they looked cheap or not well acted.

The main villains of Season are Astra and her husband’s Non, Astra is Kara Zor-El’s aunt and wants to implement a program called Myriad, which it would turn humans into mindless people that will act on verbal command.

I won’t spoil the ending of Season 1 but I can say that Astra and her husband were very good, menacing antagonists with clear goals, and that helps in the enjoyment of the show, before watching, I was reluctant because Supergirl had a chance to be “too vanilla”of a show, but a good villain always makes for a good show, and that happens to Supergirl Season 1, the show has his “vanilla” moments but the action scenes and the grow of Kara Danvers/Supergirl is very enjoyable to watch.

7.5 out of 10. Strong first Season, interesting charactres plus a great ending.

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Retro Tv Review: Futurama Episode 2

Episode 2 The Series Has Landed futurama crew

The episode starts off strong, with a great cold opening, reminds me of a couple of my all time favorite shows, The X-Files and The Office, that used cold openings so well.

The title of the second episode shows what t expect, after a great pilot, the series has begun and the crew is out to make their first delivery job.

But before that, we meet 3 new crew members, Amy Wong, an intern, Dr Zoidberg, a crustacean like alien and Hermes, an accountant and all around helper when it comes to anything bureaucratic.

Their first mission is to deliver a crate of toys to the Moon, and we discover that it is actually an amusement park, called Park. Fry wants to explore the Moon’s surface, outside the park’s secure boundaries and persuades Leela to go with him, while Bender and Amy are doing the delivery.

We get to see how much of a troublemaker Bender is, lying, stealing, drinking…it is a lot of fun to watch a robot with such behavior, he has the best funny moments in the episode for sure. 

We get see Leela and Fry’s relationship too, Fry still with his roots in the past and remembering his dreams of becoming an astronaut and one day visiting the Moon, while Leela thinks that the Moon is boring and has no interest in exploring it at all.

It is a good episode, full of cultural references, which is a great characteristic of the show, because is set 1000 years in the future, the show runners are always playing around with that, infusing very cool mementos to old movies, shows, music, personalities, politicians …and with only 2 episodes in, we can see that the show is not only quirk, funny but very intelligent too.

Score 7 out of 10. Not as solid as the pilot but still tons of fun.

Retro TV review: FUTURAMA

Episode 1 Space Pilot 3000

Plot : On New Years Eve, a pizza delivery boy ( Fry ) accidentally falls into a cryogenic chamber, and wakes up 1000 years futuramalater, having to deal with the future and meet new friends.

What a great pilot episode, it gives you right away the kind of comedy that you should expect from Matt Groening, one of the creators of Simpsons . Witty and wacky at times, being labelled The Simpsons in Space is dead on, and it is as good as it sounds. 

Fry might not be as a main character, as popular as Bart Simpson is, but leaving comparisons apart, he’s the dumb but funny kind of character that makes you laugh and sometimes even feel for him. Finding out that he has a new chance in life, does not bother him, even so after he finds out that a relative of his, a great-great….great and many greats after nephew, named Professor Farnsworth is alive.

During this pilot, we meet some other characters, the first one is Leela, an one-eyed alien that is chasing Fry during most of the episode and then Bender, a troublemaker robot that is trying to commit suicide because he is unhappy with his work. They are very unique support characters, and bring and add a lot to the show’s quirkiness.

It is a great start, and I highly recommend it for fans of shows like The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, King of the Hill and some others, give Futurama a chance, you’ll be reminded of the Simpsons but enjoy some unique moments too.

Score: 8 out of 10. Solid pilot with many funny and quirk moments. 

Writing Horror, the journey begins.

For the past 6-7 months, I got into horror books, not that I did not like horror before, but besides Stephen King, I was not looking for other horror stories. So after I began looking into more horror novels, my brain began to boil some ideas for horror novels, and that is where I encounter myself now, working on writing a horror story.

I decided to use Wattpad for this project, I am not computer savvy so I like the way that Wattpad works, it is very usr friendly and it has a good community, nothing huge but as a beginner, it is great to have a place to share your first writing works.

Around December of last year, I began writing my first horror story, called “The Ghost Killer”, I did not do much outlining beforehand, I just had a main idea, a ‘ghostly’ killer, that can be human or supernatural, a school and some kids dying, that was enough to start. Today I finally submitted the second chapter, I plan to have 8-10 chapters at least, so I have a long way to go, but I have to keep working at it and most importantly, get some words down, it is the only way to get better at writing.

I’ll share here the story as I write it, like I wrote, the first 2 chapters are complete and please feel free to check it out and provide any suggestions, criticisms… I would welcome any input.

Here are the links:

 

 

 

The Poetry bug got me

I have been writing more and more poetry, they are very raw but I do not mind that at all, I’m a newbie so I need learn by writing.  Here is my latest one, it is called “Red Moon”.

 

Red Moon

 

Tried many ways to reach you…

Never thought I would be such a fool.

Toyed with my heart and now, you think you’re through.

Lied to my face, didn’t give a choice, nothing else I can do.

 

Promised loyalty, passion, you knew me well…

I got emptiness, illusion and coldness, I broke the spell.

The rage was coming, taking over, invading me…

It will explode, your had it coming, I’ll make you see.

 

Bitting on my lips, that’s the passion you lacked…

Scratching on my face, finally, hate brought you back.

Kicking me with anger, while trying to grab my neck…

Your rage is beautiful, full of passion, that’s the girl I once met.

 

Maybe I should let it go, rethink and forgive you…

Blood on my hands, I remember now, this sure was due.

My grip is getting tighter, heavy breathing, it’ll be fast…

Gave you love, you brushed me off, my patience couldn’t last.

 

You call my name, screams, you feel it’s near…

Outside the window, she smiles, only I can see.

Closed eyes, bones breaking, the hour of doom…

She is happy, another smile, my new love, the Red Moon.

Poetry, a new passion.

leaveI am not an expert on poetry, very far from that, but I love writing it and the main reason is the freedom that you can have. I know that stanzas, lines, rhymes and many other things can be used one way or another when writing poetry, and that we have many different poetry forms, but I just do not feel the need to find out all of those poetry forms and be bound by them, I feel that a poem can be something that evokes so much freedom, just write what you feel and go from there.

With that in mind, I’ll tackle poetry many times here in this blog, and because of this amazing Halloween mood that the month of October put us on, I’ll try to mesh some horror and poetry these coming weeks. So buckle up and enjoy the ride with me.

Here is a new poem that I just wrote while finishing my shift at work this evening.

 

Payback

 

Running down all corners, every crevice, nothing to be found,

Some traces that were there, now gone, darkness all around,

Losing can’t be easy, time won’t heal, as tough as it sound,

From happiness to delusion, I fell, soul and heart, straight to the ground,

She’s leaving, laughing , almost flying and I feel that I just drowned,

Shouts, screams and cries, I try and she laughs, many laughs, too many to count,

Like daggers, bullets and punches, her laughs, hitting deep, it’s done, I’m downed,

Finally, I stop, enough damage, this time I’m the one who has been clowned. 

 

Stories to write, Movies to watch & Books to read!

I have been taking too long with some of my projects and that ends now. Not just books are a new passion for me, but movies and TV shows too. I always liked movies but had the habit of watching the same 12 to 15 movies over and over again every year( some of them are Lord of the Rings trilogy ,Blade Runner, The Thing, Alien, South Park, Jaws,Ghostbuster..)  I’ll still watch some of those, they are my absolute favorite movies of all time, but I do want to open my mind to new movies and even new genres. The same goes for many TV shows, I have watched things like X-Files, South Park, The Office, Dr Who, Lost and some others too many times, time to try new ones.

The same thing when it comes to books, I have many novels at my house that I bought but did not get to read them yet, around 40 of them. I have read books like The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho or LOTR  and a couple of others so many times, but I can’t find the time to grab a brand new book and dive into a new story, I have no clue why it has been so hard for me to do that but it stops this weekend.

So my project is to write 1000 words a day, watch at least 5 movies a week and find a couple of TV shows that I have never seen before and watch it, every week. I’ll pick a show, watch the first 3 episodes and see if I like it.

When it comes to books/short stories, I have a goal that I set to read at least 15 for the year, We are already in the middle of October and I’ll push myself to read at least 6 novels until January 1, I’m already reading 4 novels that I stopped in the middle of it, so it won’t be as hard as it looks to read a full 6 novels.

Some TV shows, movies and books on my list:

Tempest Outpost, Brad Harmer-Barnes

Swamp Monster Massacre, Hunter Shea

Ghost Story, Peter Straub

The Montauk Monster, Hunter Shea

Planet Leviathan, D.J Goodman

Some TV shows:Hemlock Grove, Sherlock, Luther, Torchwood, Iron Fist…

Movies : Sharknado, Cube, Europa Report, Son of Frankstein, Cloud Atlas, The Road and many others.