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I won’t go into great detail about this comedic show.  My daughter and her fiance introduced me to this show.  In a word, it is hysterical!  It was love at first sight.  There was one episode, if my father was alive to see it, I think he would have laughed till he cried.  I gave out many guffaws and belly laughs and did cry!

I highly recommend this comedy series.  Maybe I’ve been watching The Big Bang Theory too long, because this seems 10 times funnier than that.

More on this soon… highly recommend seeing this ASAP!

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I was thrilled to see the most recent Star Wars film, The Last Jedi.  It had the feel of the very original films, Star Wars, and The Empire Strikes back.  However, it felt like a recap as well, which I suppose can be good and bad.  I imagine diehard Star Wars fans to be completely enthralled by this revisiting of the old films.  I have mixed feelings.  I understand keeping the fan base, but I think it bogged down the storyline and seem to be a “let us fit this recap into this part of the film”.  In particular, where there is yet another fight on the frozen tundra planet.  I did love the CGI ice foxes though; very creative and loveable.

My absolute most favorite part was the filming on Skillig Michael Island, Ireland.  The funny birds that were CGI were based on the puffins that live on this island.

I went to this island 34.5 years ago on my honeymoon.  Seasick all the way there and back.  Luckily for the Star Wars production crew, there is a helicopter pad.  See my pictures of Skellig Michael, on my blog Star Wars: The Force Awakens &; Skellig Michael Island: A Force to be Reckoned with!

Although a lot of the film was a rehashing of the other films, it has merit.  Yes, it is a overkill of good versus evil again, but I loved the fact that the next Jedi is a woman, Rey, played by Daisy Ridley.

Everyone who went with me to the film agreed that Princess Lelia should have died when she was in a coma.  Not to be crass because Carrie Fisher then died in real life, but because her purpose in the storyline had become very limited.   She was barely a “Force” to be reckoned with.

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Tell me what you think of this film!

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Episode: First Wife

Outlander is back in all its glory!  I was a little concerned with the last episode, but all is well.

It has been 20 years between Jamie & Claire seeing one another & they are having growing pains.  They have to play catch up, but it is obvious it is painful.  Both of them had their own lives, albeit they were incomplete without one another, for years.  They had learned to live with the void, and even tried to fill it.

With Claire and Jamie ultimately facing their pasts and their present all at once is an overwhelming task.  I am sure the audience feels their emotional conflicts, and their pain at trying to get their indescribably intense love back on track.  Coming back together has pulled at their heartstrings and throws Claire a huge fact to be reckoned with… Jamie’s second marriage to a woman that tried to kill Claire.  And now I say, why hadn’t Claire told him the truth about her all those years ago?  They did after all, tell one another everything.

What do you think?

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This has been a remarkable series, well, I am only on Season 2 so I can’t tell completely.  I have enjoyed the characters no matter how diabolical they all become, or are shown to be.  It somehow gives me a sense of the corporate world, as well as the political one. Scary stuff indeed.

I am however, mortified by the real Kevin Spacey’s sexual deviances.  A long time ago my mother told me she couldn’t stand watching NRA member, actor Charlton Heston because of his Republican politics.  I decided that I would watch him for his acting ability, his magnificent voice and the interesting projects he picked to act in.  Spacey however, just may have ruined it for me watching the rest of House of Cards.  Imagine how many people will lose their jobs, including him, due to his brazen sexual prowling.  His kind don’t stop, obviously.  So can I separate his excellent acting persona from his real life choices?

So far I have moved on to The Bridge.  I will blog about this magnificent Danish/Swedish series ASAP.

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I had this feeling a while back that I was being too complementary to most of the films and television shows I critiqued, but now it seems the tide has turned and I have nothing but negative things to say.  Is it because with most television series, with the exception of the Law & Order series, I think things go downhill over time.

I have to admit that I am hugely disappointed at the way Blindspot has progressed, or lack there of.  We see Jane and Kurt igniting Jane’s NEW tattoos that they are somehow related to the old tattoos – as if the woman isn’t covered enough.  And her brother, Roman, put them there at some convenient time.  No one knows why Roman put those tats on her.  Oh wait, we find out Jane has a price on her head and she is once again shoved in a suitcase.  At least this time it is in Venice.   

The relationships between the characters is forced, convoluted and predictable.  There must be a trick to how everyone gets just what they need at the exact time they need it.  Kurt gets a tank, armour, guns, planes, directions to his comrades in distress.  And of course in Venice Jane and Kurt get not just one boat, but two!  This series is now beyond contrived.  Do I still watch it so I can shake my head in disappointment?  Do I continue to watch so I can write on something that has gotten so trashy, I can barely write anything nice about it?  It is not as interestingly surreal as it once was, it a stupid television series on very thin ice.  Maybe you have to have several blindspots to keep watching.

What do you think?

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Outlander Season 3 Episode 6: A. Malcolm

Of course the love scenes are worth waiting for, but what about Claire telling Jamie that she was in a loveless marriage?  What about Jamie asking her about her unhappy marriage to Randall.  Their comments to each other seem superfluous.  And I am sorry, but the love scene seem staged, rather than like the wedding love scenes.  Could it have been who was directing it?

Then there is this great issue I have, as did my fellow viewers, these characters are THE SAME AGES they were when they were parted 20 years ago.  I’m sorry the glasses don’t quite do it for me.  I had glasses in University and I was a wee lass.  Claire should have left her (weird) grey hair from her future self.

And yes at the end of episode 6, once again Claire is threatened with being raped.  Can we not think of something original?  Like maybe the nasty guy has a foot fetish & wants to give her a foot massage.  To think Claire wanted to go back in time to be threatened with being raped several times again.

My fellow watchers & I also have an issue with Claire leaving her daughter Brianna.  Yes, they weren’t super close I suppose, but I can tell you as a mother who loves her children, I would not be digging up the dead, no matter how much I had loved that man.  I could never imagine giving up my child to maybe hit history in the right spot and see my true love again – but then this is true romance.  Truth be told, I am really enjoying the series, love the actors and excited to be in touch on Tweeter with Scott Kyle AKA Ross; loved his character.

I hope the next episode & subsequent episodes go back to the excellent, acting, direction, and storyline it had until now.

 

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IMDB – An English combat nurse from 1945 is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743.

The series Outlander, shown on Starz originally and now Neflix, is fantastic!  The storyline is original; the characters unique.  I am totally addicted to this series.  I have to admit I started this series toward the end of the second season.  It was so engaging, I decided to record the new ones, and then start the series from the very beginning.  What a great idea that was!

The main characters Claire (Caitriona Balfe)  and Jamie Fraser’s (Sam Heughan) chemistry is so wonderful, you truly feel their love, passion, fears, frustration and their anger.  They are indeed a pair to be reckoned with, and unbelievable actors.

Captain Randall and Frank are played by the same person (Tobias Menzies).   I have to give immense credit to this actor’s characters because I liked Frank in the beginning, he seems like a “good chap”… That is until you see the same guy play a Hitler like character Captain Randall.  One can never look at Frank in the same way again.  He has been sullied by his ancestor.

One character I truly like, whose thoughts seem to be given away by a mere expression is Murtagh Fraser (Duncan Lacroix).  A treat to read a characters thoughts without having to hazard a guess.  He shows how gestures and expressions are a language onto itself.  His interactions with Claire and Jamie are seamless and a thrill to watch.

The script is so well written that I feel like I am part of the world that has been created.  One criticism is, how many rape scenes are there in this series.  Since they are so acutely real, I have a hard time watching them… All of them.  Stick to the love scenes!  Wow!

I will write more on this as I progress in the series.  This series is a pleasure to cover.

Have you seen this series?  If so, what are your thoughts on this?

 

 

 

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