Arrow Season 4 First Look

While Season 3 definitely had a lot more Olicity than usual, I think it was the weakest season thus far. Still, I am somewhat excited about Season 4 of Arrow returning on October 7. I am hoping it will get better again, take a look at what’s coming:

So, what were some things we saw? What can you expect from the Season? [SPOILERS]

  • Apparently Starling City gets renamed into Star City in Ray’s memorial. Guess they haven’t heard of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow yet. The promo also features the return of Sara Lance, who emerges from the Lazarus Pit and turns into White Canary who will be part of  the Legends of Tomorrow cast as well. I am so looking forward to that show. In the unlikely event that you haven’t seen the trailer, click here.
  • The Arrow retired, but is needed again. Obviously … because what else would the show be about. However, it did look mighty cute to see Olicity in a suburban setting. BUT Olicity never gets a break and instead Oli will get a new love interest. I am sorry Elysia Rotaru, but I am afraid I won’t like your character much … so far not a lot of details have been revealed about her, but she’ll be in flashbacks a lot.
  • Diggle gets a helmet, I don’t know how I feel about it. Cristina @MyTinyObsession posted a picture yesterday and it looked very Magneto-ish.
  • There will be a crossover with Constantine. I have to admit that I didn’t watch the show, so I am neither excited nor scared nor any other feeling. If you have watched Constantine, tell me about what you think!
  • Jimmy Akingbola was cast as Arrow’s new nemesis Baron Reiter, who will get a different backstory because they do not intend to let him turn into Baron Blitzkreig in the TV show.
  • Other new cast members include Neal McDonough as Damien Darhk, Echo Kellum as Curtis Holt (aka Mr. Terrific) and Alexander Calvert as Anarky.

I bet I forgot something, but let’s talk about that in the comments. What are your thoughts?

Chicago PD Season 3 First Look

Other than the preview of Chicago Fire, the First Look for Chicago PD Season 3 is much shorter. I don’t know why they did it differently for both shows, but 30 seconds is better than nothing.

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For all of those who can’t remember everything about the Chicago PD Season Finaleyou can read up on it here. Let’s just say, we all could see that Erin wasn’t handling Nadia’s death very well and we all got mad at her for the choices she made. Most of all Jay, because it is one thing to not want to be in a romantic relationship, but a whole other thing to just leave your partner without saying anything. That is a big deal and she really screwed up, but see what that leads to yourself:

Now, as far as Spoilers go:

Lindsay’s mom will appear a couple more times now to spend time (drinking) with her daughter. I do not approve of that, Erin needs to get back on track and not disappoint Jay and Voight any further. She’ll have to prove herself to the team and for the beginning, let’s just say there won’t be any romantic Linstead happenings. Speaking of Voight though, he’ll have to face some of the things he did in the past when a convict gets out early due to a mistake he made. The realisation of how dirty a cop he was mixed with some self-loathing will probably be the result of that. There is not much else to be found, since as always, the focus is mainly on Lindsay. BUT I personally expect to see some wedding planning for Burzek and Antonio working at his new boxing club. And I just want my Halstead to be okay, because that promo waws scary. That’s what I hope to see!

So, who else can’t wait for September 30? It’s less than a month away and I am so happy to have the show back!!!

Downton Abbey Final Series Trailer

I still can’t believe that’s it … on September 20 this year, the final season of Downton Abbey will air on itv. I love the show to bits and am really sad it’s ending, but there is always the consolation that there might be one or two movies with the cast afterwards, continuing the story at least a little bit.

So, as you can tell from the trailer below, it will be a very emotional farewell. Time to say goodbye …

There are surprisingly few Spoilers coursing through the internet about this. However, it is suggested that the Crawleys will probably have to sell off parts of their estate and let go some staff to adjust to the economy.

What are your thoughts on the final season? I bet tears will be involved …

Chicago Fire Season 4 First Look

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Everyone who knows me, knows that I am in love with the Chicago Franchise. After the Season 3 Finale of Chicago Fire there are a lot of exciting things to be expected from Season 4, so I wanted to share the First Look and promo vid with you!

Disclaimer: I don’t know for how long those videos will be available! NBC has the bad habit of taking them down after a while …

So, there is not much new to be found out about our beloved Firehouse 51 guys and gals. Themes from the last season will continue: the tension between Squad and Truck is still on, Casey is in trouble, Gabby has a lot to think about concerning her pregnancy and Brett and Roman apparently hit it off. However, we do have new additions to the cast. 51 gets a new recruit played by Steven R. McQueen (who many of you will probably know from the Vampire Diaries). Also, Brian White will join the cast (previously seen on Scandal and Mistresses), but to read about his role I’d suggest going to the Spoiler section below.

Now, if you want some Spoilers:
I read that Severide will be demoted for some reason and that’s where Brian White comes in as new Captain of the Squad. During Sev’s management-training course he meets his new love interest (and here I was seeing sparks between him and Gabby … guess that’ll always just be in my head). It definitely means there is not going to be any Severide and April action though, maybe she’ll meet someone new on Chicago Med instead.
So, whatever Casey will be going through, will take its toll. He survives (yay! It’s something!) but he will be in a dire state afterwards. Gabby’s pregnancy might be the silver linings Casey needs to get himself together again. Yet, Dawson still has her doubts about them as a couple, so it won’t be that easy in terms of the baby just bringing them back together.

There’s still more than a month until the Season 4 Premiere in mid-October, but are you as excited as I am?

Summer Review: Sense8

Sense8 is Netflix’ new original series and it’s the perfect show to binge this summer! (Seriously, no human being would be capable of watching this on a weekly basis only!) Since it is pretty difficult to review an entire series without giving things away, beware of Spoilers.

Sense8 is about a cluster of people around the planet who are “Sensates”, which links them mentally and lets them share their feelings, skills and knowledge. To me, it’s very much a mix between the web series H+ (click here to watch it on YouTube!) and Joss Whedon‘s In Your Eyes, seen as H+ has this global touch and In Your Eyes is about sharing that special mental connection. Netflix has planned to force their program to become more important globally, which they definitely managed to do by including people from all continents in this show (… even if they still all speak English, at least they have specific accents according to their territory. I get that no one likes to watch shows with subtitles).

First, I want to make clear that I loved the show! I am more than happy that Netflix took a risk with it and really plunged into the genre here, but it’s also in no way perfect. One of the problems of the show is that it takes quite some time until you figure the whole “Sensates”-thing out. At the beginning that is fine, because you are just as clueless as the characters are, who mostly think they are going insane. But, if it weren’t for Naveen Andrews‘ character Jonas (who I had a hard time not calling Jafar) we probably wouldn’t know anything at all about the “Sensates”, since he’s the one explaining it to the audience as well as the characters.

Another thing I want to talk about is not really a problem, but a bit of an inconsistency throughout the Season: pacing. For one, there are scenes where characters literally sit down next to each other for 10 minutes and just talk. Don’t get me wrong, that can be just as emotional and beautiful as any other scene, but when it’s followed by an over-the-top and unrealistic action scene (and I’m not talking about Lito’s scenes for his movie), it just feels a little weird. In general, there can be a lot of over-exaggerated scenes that weren’t really my thing (e.g. “the orgy” (actually no, I take that back, that was pretty entertaining … and hot), the birthing scene, Wolfgang’s confrontation with his family, …).

But enough complaining, I started by saying that I loved the show and here’s why:

  • It tackles a lot of serious topics such as homosexuality, transgender relations, racial differences, feminism and many more without ever doing it in a tacky or pretentious way.
  • You feel connected with all the characters and share their emotions as if you were in the cluster with them. Often their connection is portrayed in a beautiful and poetic way, mostly underlined with great music which makes it a real feast to watch (and to sometimes sing along). Also, the I just loved all the different relationships and how the characters’ fates were intertwined!
  • Still, with everything I just mentioned, Sense8  also has some hilarious moments that had me laughing out loud for minutes.
  • Last but not least, the cast is simply amazing, varying from names such as Naveen Andrews, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman, Tina Desai and Tuppence Middleton to Max Riemelt, Miguel Àngel Silvestre, Aml Ameen and many more.

So, even though it might not have been all it could’ve been, I like the cast, I like the ambition and direction of the show and most of all I really want to know what happens next. Netflix hasn’t yet decided on whether they’ll renew or cancel it, but I am hoping for a future for Sense8 and maybe an even more amazing Season 2. What are your thoughts?

P.S.: Have I mentioned how happy I am to see German actor Max Riemelt in this? That was seriously one of my personal highlights!

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?

Fall Review: The Flash

Now, I’ve been looking forward to this for a very long time. I know that the pilot episode of the Flash has been leaked months ago, but I wanted to wait until it actually aired on TV, just to have a shorter period until the next episode. This review will contain Spoilers as I am just going to share my general thoughts, feelings and questions about the pilot episode with you!

So, let’s start with the basics! The Flash is a superhero from the DC universe and therefore the show is about the same guy, Barry Allen, who got struck by lightning, which in turn gave him the power of super-speed. Not only is he incredibly fast, but he can also heal quicker than normal humans. The cast consists of Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Rick Cosnett, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin and Patrick Sabongui.

Basically, the first episode was just a nice introduction to all the characters and helped establish the universe we’ll be in for the rest of the season/show. I think they did all that quite well, but it was a little repetitive for people who’ve already seen Barry on Arrow. I guess you can’t just assume that everyone who watches the Flash has seen Arrow though. But here are my more specific thoughts on the events of this episode:

  • I like the basic concept of the show and that’s always good. It has a lot of humour (“Run Barry, Run!” and “Lightning gave me abs?” anyone?), heroes and villains and all the people inbetween.
  • I’m not a huge fan of Iris to be honest. Maybe it’s because she brotherzoned the adorable Grant Gustin as Barry … or it could be because I’m a huge Felicity Smoak fan and I ship her with everyone. (Well, I’m preferential towards team Olicity, but she was still very cute with Barry.) But I don’t know how exactly I feel about Iris just yet. I’m getting somewhat of a Laurel (from Arrow)-vibe from her and that’s definitely nothing positive.
  • It’s always funny to see CW actors and actresses appear in a show after they’ve died in another. All through the episode I was wondering where I knew the guy who plays Eddie (Rick Cosnett) from, until it dawned on me that he was also on the Vampire Diaries.  I actually like it when the same actors/actresses appear on the network more than once, but I always need a little time to assess how I should feel about them now and if they play a similar character as they did before.
  • I was really happy about the short cameo of Oliver Queen/Arrow/Stephen Amell. I’m really hoping for a real crossover episode soon!
  • While the first episode was definitely exciting, it also opened the discussion for several questions: Who was the man that killed Barry’s mum? Was it maybe even Barry himself? Are we going to learn more about Caitlin Snow’s (this so feels like a Game of Thrones kind of name) dead fiance? Can Harrison Wells still walk, or can he just walk in this special room? Can Wells see into the future? Who else has superpowers now and what powers are there? So much to think about!

All in all, I was happy with the pilot and am looking forward to the rest of the season. What are your thoughts so far?