iZombie Season 2 Premiere

I never thought that I’d b into a zombie story as much as I am into iZombie. They ended with quite a bang last season and now Liv has to deal with the aftermath. Spoilers for the Season 2 Premiere ahead!

As a little reminder, here is what happened last time we saw iZombie: Liv used up the entire cure Ravi found on Blaine and Major. Since she therefore is still a zombie, she couldn’t donate blood for her injured brother – her family didn’t take that well. Also, Peyton left (Ravi broken hearted).

Now that we continue with Season 2, I’ll break it down into all the characters as always:

  • Liv’s brother really didn’t take it well that she didn’t help him. Her mother neither, but the thing is, why couldn’t she just lie to them? Tell them she had some sort of blood disease? No one said she had to go with the zombie-thing. Either way, I get why they are pissed at her and she’ll need to do a lot of fixing on that front.
  • They are not the only ones who are not talking to her though – Major is avoiding her as well. Clive thinks he has something to do with what happened at the meat shop, which he obviously did, but Liv is protecting him.
  • Blaine is far from having gone legit after being turned human, but at least he is now providing brains from already dead people for his zombie clients. I will never forgive him for what he did to Lowell, but I do like him as a character so very much. I think it’s going to be fun to see him being human again and kind of having to team up with Liv. They just really remind me of Buffy and Spike sometimes – anyone else get that vibe?
  • Ravi is a little frustrated with Liv, because he can’t replicate the cure again. They don’t know how long it will last and if it is a permanent cure at all. However, apparently the ex-zombies can now feel other zombies when they are around – they have an actual physical response to their presence.
  • The villain of the season is someone we actually know: the people at Max Rager, who were responsible for the zombie outbreak in the first place. They are truly evil – they forced Major to become a zombie killer. Yeah, I know that he actually wanted to do that last season, but he had reasons to dislike those particular zombies. I feel so sorry for him, especially because they want him to kill Liv. I wonder how long he can put it off.
    And then the shocker that they’ve already infiltrated Liv’s life in form of her new roommate is so creepy! They must have bugged the entire place and her phone and who knows what else …

Now, I hope Peyton comes back soon and I hope she’s on team zombie/Liv! Also, I wouldn’t mind if it were somehow possible that Lowell came back, but I guess there are some things even a zombie can’t recover from … What were your thoughts on the iZombie Season 2 Premiere?

Hitman: Agent 47 Movie Review

To be completely honest here, I probably wouldn’t have watched Hitman: Agent 47 in the cinema if I hadn’t won tickets for the Austrian premiere. Since I am such a lucky person though, you’ll get a review for it! Win for everyone! (Please beware of Spoilers! I couldn’t tell you anything if I had to leave those out …)

Some main facts:

Genre: Action/Crime/Thriller

Length: 96  minutes

Cast: Rupert Friend, Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Ciarám Hinds, Thomas Kretschmann, Angelbaby

Director: Aleksander Bach

I think I’ve seen the last Hitman movie with Timothy Olyphant and I say “think” because I can’t remember a single scene from it. That’s how much of an impression it left on me. However, the premise of Hitman: Agent 47 is pretty similar. The agent program modifies genes to create a faster, stronger, better human, who can turn off emotions like regret, fear but also love. Agent 47 teams up with a woman named Katia to find her father, the creator of the now shut-down Agent program before their enemies get their hands on him.

There is not much I can say about the movie. It is fairly predictable, but surprisingly funny at times. There are some gory scenes in the movie, but they don’t overshadow everything else. I think I liked the movie because the main character’s name was Katia and that’s my name (well, mine is Katja but that’s only details) and that’s not a name that’s often used in movies or shows. (Except for strippers … I’m looking at you Chicago Fire!) So, every time someone said her name, I involuntarily tensed up or paid more attention as if they were actually addressing me. I can’t imagine how people feel who’s names are always used in movies. Must be a great sensation!

My friend and I were most impressed with the fact that Katia van Dees actually meant quatre-vingt-dix which means 90 in French and makes her an agent as well. I mean that was pretty smart! Her dynamic with Agent 47 was really brilliant and I would actually like to see some more of them together. And just to be clear, they’re like brother and sister and not lovers or anything like that.

Speaking of a sequel: I guess it depends on how the movie will be doing in the box office, but the post-credit scene definitely set us up for a continuation of the story.

Fazit: somewhat entertaining but I have definitely seen better things out there!

Summer Review: Stitchers

So, ABC Family’s Stitchers just came up on my summer-radar very recently and didn’t have much of a priority. Nonetheless, I still wanted to check it out. This review will include a summary of what the show is actually about, since the Trailer probably doesn’t tell you much, but not really of the entire first episode. Here we go!

Stitchers centers around brilliant student Kirsten Clark (Emma Ishta), who, after getting academically suspended, is recruited by a secret government agency for a special program. Since Kristen has a rare condition that makes it impossible for her to feel time pass or develop real emotions, she is perfect for the “Stitchers” program. During said experiment a person gets “stitched” into the memory of dead people to determine what happened to them. Kirsten gets the help from government agent Maggie (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), neuroscientist Cameron (Kyle Harris), bioelectrical engineer Linus (Ritesh Rajan) and her frenemy-roommate Camille (Allison Scagliotti).

Most of the actors and actresses were pretty new to me, so I didn’t have much motivation to watch the show. Unfortunately, it really didn’t resonate with me. While the premise is interesting enough, it all happened a little fast for me. Kirsten is quick to join the program, given she has no other choice, but it still bothered me that she was so willing to be involved in such a crazy experiment. To be honest, I found it extremely difficult to connect with a main character who apparently has no filter whatsoever and no emotions either. The only light at the end of the tunnel was her chemistry with Cameron … It might be interesting to see her exploring emotions through the memories of other people and to find out more about her background though. Also, there was a Doctor Who reference, so it gets plus points for that!

I will give Stitchers the benefit of the doubt and attempt to watch more episodes (because there isn’t much on during the summer anyway), but lets just say it didn’t rock my world.

Have you seen it?

Rookie Blue Season 6 Premiere

After the disappointment that was Season 5, not in terms of content but rather length, I was super happy to have Rookie Blue back! For all of you who don’t remember, they announced that Season 5 would be extended and have over 20 episodes, just to run it normal-length and have me on the edge of my seat waiting for its return.

Now, finally, it is back with “Open Windows“. So, beware of Spoilers!

The promo is obviously solely about McSwarek, but there was a lot more going on the actual episode. We finally got the band back together, starting off a couple weeks after the Season 5 Finale. There was a lot of stuff unresolved by the end of it all and they didn’t get much farther since we last saw our heroes. Going through it all, those are my thoughts:

  •  I guess I should start with the most pressing issue: Is McSwarek alright? I honestly don’t know. Marlo has finally told Sam about her pregnancy and that the baby is definitely his. Andy knew there was something bothering him, but she only feared that Marlo went off her meds again. She did not anticipate a pregnant ex getting in the way of her relationship. I know that Sam and Andy simply happy together is boring, but they would deserve it so much!
  • Someone tried to break in and rape Traci, but it was Andy in the apartment instead of her and she fought the offender off. That must be such a bad feeling though. Knowing that someone stalked you for weeks before trying to assault you. The Division is not allowed to investigate, so the case is handled by someone else and no one likes that.
  • It was only shortly mentioned that Gail’s quest for adopting Sophie is pretty rocky. I hope she makes it!
  • Diaz has an affair with the wife of his boss, who’s also an ex-addict. Not sure that will redeem him anytime soon …
  • Chloe feels like a Pariah and as if everyone is siding with Dov … She can’t just expect everyone to be cool about what happened, can she? Still, her scenes are definitely the most hilarious ones, especially when she’s with stoic Nick. Gotta love their friendship! Also, she has found a new girlfriend in Juliet (later more about her).
  • Dov has really stepped up his game! He’d have a chance as profiler in my opinion! Is he maybe out for a position of Detective?
  • And then there was Nick. He’s kind of my favourite by now and at the end of last Season he got stood up by a women he met in a coffee shop. Now it turns out that exact woman is a new fellow officer, Juliet Ward. While Nick originally thought about leaving for ETF, his new colleague has definitely got his attention and might just make him stay (please?). I was totally digging their reunion and crazy sexual tension until she got into a car with a guy and he asked her about what she’d found out. Is she undercover at the station? Why would anyone do that? I’m not shipping her with Nick anymore now, even if she feels remorse at some point. I’d rather have McCollins back!
  • May I just add that there was not enough Oliver in the episode? Good thing that’s noted!

I thought that Season 6 might be the last one, but Showrunner Tassie Cameron has announced that there’s still the possibility of a 7th Season. I keep my fingers crossed for more of Rookie Blue, but only as long as the storylines still make sense and they don’t stretch it out unnecessarily. What do you think?

iZombie Series Premiere

So, I am not a huge fan of the whole zombie trend and I don’t usually go out of my way to watch zombie movies or read zombie books, but I simply couldn’t resist checking out iZombie when I heard that Rob Thomas was involved! Prepare for Spoilers ahead for the iZombie Series Premiere!

iZombie is based on a comic book series by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred which now got adapted by the CW with the help of Rob Thomas, the genius creator of Veronica Mars. I honestly couldn’t be more psyched since I never really got over the cancellation of Veronica Mars and while it may not look that way, the shows are very similar.

Olivia (Rose McIver) or, as she’s often called, Liv is an overachiever, very focused and determined to get what she wants in her life. Everything goes according to plan until she goes to a boat party with an inexplicable zombie outbreak. She survives, but in the process she got scratched by a zombie and is now one herself. After that she turns her life upside down: She doesn’t pursue a career as a heart surgeon any longer and changes to a position at the morgue instead. Also, she breaks up with her loving fiance (Robert Buckley) because she doesn’t want to burden him with her zombie fate. So, just like Veronica, she’s a strong female character with a bit of an identity crisis, but the similarities don’t stop there. You are what you eat was never more true than for Liv, because whenever she eats a brain (which she has to do in order to not turn full on zombie) she gets the memories and sometimes even skills and characteristics of that person. Working in a morgue, her “patients” haven’t all died of natural causes and eventually she finds her purpose in afterlife by helping out the local detective (Malcolm Goodwin) as his psychic sidekick. So, basically she’s a zombie Veronica Mars kind of detective and I love it!

The show is hilarious and weird, which is just the way I like my television program to be. But here are some other things I really love about iZombie:

  • Rose McIver looks great as a zombie. She’s not the brain-dead version, but a sarcastic and bad-ass kind instead. Also props to the make-up department, they did an amazing job!
  • Rahul Kohli as Liv’s confidant is just hilarious! His comments crack me up every time, I love his accent and I am so happy that she has someone to talk to who’s so cool and nonchalant about the whole thing. Also, he tries to cure her, so she really couldn’t have hoped for someone better to find out about her secret.
  • At the end of the pilot episode, we find out that Liv isn’t the only zombie, but that there is another (male) one out there, played by David Anders. I love David Anders! Just knowing that he was in it, made me want to check it out and I can’t wait to see what his part in the show he will be. I have a feeling he is not as controlled as Liv.
  • Apparently Bradley James is set to appear in the show as well! Again, cannot wait!
  • Last but not least, it takes place in Seattle and I just really, really like that city!

I kind of feel like I want to check out the comics to see what to expect from the show as it goes along, but I’m not sure I have any time (or money for the matter) to do so any time soon. Have any of you read the comics and want to share your thoughts? I’d love to hear from everyone if they are as psyched as I am to have another Rob Thomas show on TV again.

Eye Candy Season Finale

Seriously, people who are following me on Twitter know how obsessed I was with this show, live tweeting every week (and luckily getting retweeted by cast and crew) and generally getting way too emotional about it. Now the first Season is over and I want to recap/review the Season Finale of Eye CandySpoilers ahead!

I always get mad at shows with only ten episodes, because they last for such a short time, but on the other hand they are often more precise in their story arc than longer shows. Eye Candy (or rather MTV) really surprised me with barely having any bad episodes and mostly being on point and topic-related. Just as a little summary/reminder: Lindy, a hacker, starts working with the NYC Cyber Crimes Unit after it turns out one of her online dates is a serial killer. (That’s really the short, short version – click here to read my take on the Series Premiere!)

Now let’s talk about the finale:

  • The obvious elephant in the room first: Who would have thought that Jake is the flirtual killer? Just when I was about to semi-accept Jindy as a thing … Well, better him than Tommy. After getting a glimpse of Jake as a kid (adorable but disturbing), we find out more about his motivation behind killing and his obsession with Lindy. I think the voice-over of the killer (which I actually loved) just really threw me off his tracks. So, very well done, especially kudos to Ryan Cooper for the creepy acting in the last episode!
  • I just need a second to express my appreciation for Harvey Guillen as George. That guy is hilarious!
  • Connor probably wasn’t my favourite character this season, but I do feel sorry for him. His friends just keep dying – first his date, then Tessa and then Sophia has a close call. Let’s hope for a bit of a less eventful time for both of them to recover.
  • Now, last but not least, Lindy. She finally found a clue about her sister that might actually lead somewhere. I get why she left immediately, but I hate that Tindy is apart for now (just like Bellarke on the 100 – not cool!!). That last cyber farewell with Tommy was heartbreaking, because I truly love all their scenes together and I would have liked for them to have an actual conversation face-to-face. I am glad she forgave him, but I think he would have helped her in her search for Sara. He clearly stated that he would never stop looking for her and he even “stole” equipment from the Cyber Crimes Unit in order to help her, so her leaving is a bit pointless.

With the Sara-cliffhanger (Who was she afraid of? Who did she want to protect Lindy from?) I definitely want or rather I NEED another Season. I am desperately hoping ratings were good enough. I definitely loved it either way!

What were your thoughts on Eye Candy?

UPDATE 4/18/2015:

The show has been cancelled and I am devastated!!!

Eye Candy Series Premiere

MTV is really stepping up their TV show game by introducing darker and more intense series each season. Teen Wolf was already a bold step from their usual reality shows and they really hit the right tone with Finding Carter as well, but Eye Candy is something entirely different. Beware of Spoilers for the series premiere right ahead!

Eye Candy is based on the novels by R.L. Stine and follows Lindy, a young hacker, who, after her sister Sara got abducted, uses her skills to find missing people. She’s been in trouble with the police before, but needs their help after one of her online dates turns out to be a stalker and serial killer. The pilot episode is already a fast paced mix of action, drama, suspense and romance, which seems promising for the rest of the season. Of course there are some flaws, like the desperate need to look young and cutting edge, but the show was a lot better and more exciting that I expected. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • So, the casting is certainly debatable. Victoria Justice as the lead just really wouldn’t have been my top choice. Of course, she’s grown up since Nickelodeon‘s Victorious, but still, she’s just not the one I expect in a rather serious psychological thriller. In addition to that, the acting is sometimes mediocre, but somehow I can overlook that in MTV shows. Also, as I mentioned above, the cast is very young, good-looking and of course their characters are skilled in whatever they have to do. Real life isn’t like that, but who cares, it’s entertainment after all.
  • After Game of Thrones, people just aren’t that shocked when characters get killed off anymore, but I was surprised that Lindy’s love interest was murdered right in the first episode. I quite liked her dynamic with Ben and would have loved to find out more about their history. Maybe they’ll show it in flashbacks nonetheless.
  • I find it interesting that the serial killer gets his own voice over. Usually the psychopaths don’t get to tell their point of view.
  • The abduction scene with Sara was just odd. Why didn’t anyone of the other vehicle owners, who got Lindy stuck, help her sister? That whole storyline is a bit of a mystery to me. Why her? Why in broad daylight and at a drive-through? I guess we’ll find out at some point.

So, for now I definitely think I’ll continue watching the show, just because I am curious to see how it continues. From what I’ve seen in the promo, Lindy will start working with the cyber crime unit and have other cases next to the one about her stalker. Did you check it out as well? What was your first impression?

The Newsroom Series Finale

I am profoundly sad that the Newsroom is over. It’s like an era that has come to an end … the show will always have a special place in my heart. Beware of Spoilers for the Series Finale right ahead!

The video above pretty much sumarises all my thoughts about the finale. “What Kind of Day Has It Been” has been used for many a series finale by Aaron Sorkin and it fit this episode as much as any other. We reminisce about how it all started and how we got to the place we are today. I love the idealism of quality journalism, the need to inform the people and the heart and wit of every single character … just everything that the Newsroom stands for. I am going to miss it so very much!

But let’s look at it one last time:

  • This last episode was really an ode to Charlie’s character. We start at his funeral and begin to see that he was the one bringing the entire team together, keeping them together and fighting for them until the end. I love that we got to see that he wasn’t just a great co-worker and boss, but also a real family man.
  • Don and Sloan – I’ve grown to love them even more during the course of this series. They thought they were partially responsible for Charlie’s death, which was really heartbreaking to watch, when Charlie was in reality still counting on them to fight him. In the end, Don gets offered the position of Executive Producer of Newsnight, but refuses in order to stay EP for 10 o’clock with Sloan – they are on to something (good) there!
  • Neal comes back! Finally, he can set foot on American soil again without having to fear getting arrested and the first thing he does is scold the new guys from digital for ruining his effort of building a website with integrity. I was just so happy to see Dev Patel again. His storyline was really interesting and it’s a shame he wasn’t actually more part of it.
  • Maggie and Jim are finally (!!!) dating. After three years of ups and downs they are together now, but in that very moment they are about to become a couple, Maggie gets a job offer as Field Producer in Washington DC. Since Jim recommended her for the job, she fears that this means the end of their relationship, but he just truly thinks that she’s most suitable for the job. After he becomes Executive Producer of Newsnight, he offers her the job of Senior Producer, but she refuses. Instead she wants to try her luck in DC. For the first time in his life, Jim is willing to go the distance, because he loves Maggie and says that so very casually after three days of dating, that she can’t feel anything other than surprise. You have to love them!
  • Will was supposed to give a eulogy at Charlie’s funeral, but he couldn’t actually do it until much later. He also promises Charlie’s grandsons to be there for them. Additionally, he finds out that MacKenzie is pregnant, which spreads like wildfire after he accidentally spills the news to some co-workers. Also, after Lucas Pruit has some serious PR issues, he makes Mac (with some little help of Leona) the new Director of the News Division and therefore Charlie’s successor. I’m glad everything’s working out for the two of them.
  • As cheesy as it was, I loved the little musical performance of the guys, when they played “How I Got to Memphis” in the garage.

What were your favourite parts of the Series finale as well as the show as a whole? Did you enjoy it or was the Newsroom something that just wasn’t your thing?

The Newsroom – Season 3 Premiere

I am so happy to have this show back on screen! If you have no idea what The Newsroom is, I’m sorry, but you must have lived under a rock the past years. Click here to read my post from back in the days, which should give you enough reasons to start watching it soon! But this isn’t just a post about the show in general, instead it’s about the third and final Season PremiereSpoilers ahead!

It is so exhilarating to be back in the Newsroom. Seen as the show is one of the smartest and most perfectly written dramas on TV right now, I am sad to see it go. But let’s face it, the show always had an expiration date stamped on, because you cannot continue to tell stories like this forever, without losing credibility. Yet, Aaron Sorkin, creator and writer of the show, made sure that they’d go out with a bang!

The first episode throws us back to 2013 and the bombing during the Boston Marathon. After the Genoa debacle, they want to do everything right and won’t air anything without double confirmation of respectable sources. The events of season 2 have definitely left their traces and our Newsroom heroes are all on different pages now. Let’s break it down a little:

  • The whole team seems a bit cautious when it comes to reporting the news now. In fact, they are about the last channel that actually talks about the bombing. Also, they only want to use credible sources, which of course is nothing bad, but Twitter and other social media sites spread information like wildfire and the Newsroom doesn’t acknowledge this new development at all. Of course you’d still need proper confirmation before airing, but sometimes it’s good not to discredit all social media sources.
  • Will and Mac are planning their wedding (about time!) when they find out about the bombing. They don’t seem as confident as they used to be to me, at least not when it comes to their job. But they still have their team’s back and would go the extra mile for them. Will wants to quit after hearing that ACN ratings went down, but I think he reconsidered by the end of the episode.
  • Neal seems to have landed a big fish, when someone tries to give him confidential documents. After receiving the classified information though, Neal wants something more concrete from the whistleblower. By asking for that, he commits a federal crime himself by inspiring someone to espionage. At least he needs a lawyer now and that means the re-entry of Rebecca Halliday into the show.
  • Sloan and Don are the best together! I just love them – individually and as a couple. Throughout the episode Sloan discovers that there is a hostile takeover in store for ACN and warns Reese about it.
  • Reese Lancing isn’t a character many people like – why would they? But I just can’t stop picturing Danny Castellano from the Mindy Project, so I’m glad the Newsroom staff has his back.
  • At the beginning it seems like everyone doubts that Maggie is still cut out for the job. But she gets to go to Boston with Elliot and does quite well there, until she accidentally gives Elliot a chicken salad with nuts, although he’s allergic to them. You’d think that he’d get really angry, but he tells her to go on air instead of him and she is brilliant. You go Maggie! And at least we also know that Jim never doubted her!

I still love the show to bits and can’t wait for next week. Let’s just hope it ends as well as the first episode did – “We’re not in the middle of a third act; we just got to the end of the first!” That seems highly promising to me. What do you think?

Let’s Be Cops! Review

A couple of days ago, I had the chance to watch an early screening for “Let’s Be Cops“. I know that it’s already out in the USA, but it probably won’t get released until January or so where I live, therefore I was extremely happy to get a chance to see it this early on. Nonetheless, I thought I’d make this a spoiler-free review, just in case you haven’t watched it yet.

The trailer should make it pretty obvious what this movie is about: Two guys dress up as cops for a costume party, but then get mistaken for real police men. But those guys take impersonating a cop to a whole new level – they buy a police car from ebay and they start their own investigative work. There’s actually a lot that you don’t see in the trailer, for example the fact that they get into a lot of trouble with a dangerous criminal early on in the story. Nina Dobrev‘s character is involved in that as well, but still can’t be upgraded to an essential character for the storyline in my opinion. The entire time I was watching the movie, I was just thinking of how illegal all of it is and that they simply can’t get out of this without some sort of serious consequences … but they did. I mentioned this would be spoiler-free, so I’m not going to say more, but I felt like it was essential for the review to clarify that not everything or in fact very little makes sense in this movie.

I’ve already seen the trailer a while back and thought the movie looked pretty funny, but I was a little concerned that they might have used all the laugh-worthy stuff for the promo already and that the movie wouldn’t be as great or funny. But that was definitely not the case – it’s like they took Nick and Coach from New Girl and just gave them their own bro-movie, which was hilarious to witness. Sometimes they’ve tried a little too hard to be funny, but all in all I sat there laughing – a lot! It’s just one of those movies where you cannot expect some sort of high-end humour, you have to realise that it’s going to be pretty stupid a lot of the time and then just roll with it. In my opinion it’s a less successful version of 21 and 22 Jump Street.

In the end, it very much depends on your sort of humour if you like the movie or not. I enjoyed it, but I watch about every movie or show that Jake Johnson stars in (if you like Indie Movies, I can only recommend Safety Not Guaranteed and The Pretty One!). The music was chosen brilliantly a lot of the time and the action scenes didn’t come short either.

Finally, just some hard facts about the movie to close this review:

Genre: Comedy/ Cop-Buddy Movie

Length: 104  minutes

Cast: Jake Johnson, Damon Wayans Jr., Rob Riggle, Nina Dobrev, James D’Arcy, Andy Garcia, Keegan-Michael Key, Jonathan Lajoie, …

Director: Luke Greenfield

Do you think you’ll watch the movie? Or is it just another useless American comedy?