The Flash Season 2 Premiere

Why stop when I am on a run? So, let’s also talk about the Flash Season 2 Premiere. Like always, beware of Spoilers ahead!!

The Flash Season 2 Premiere takes place a couple months after the occurrence of the singularity. The public is celebrating the Flash, wanting to give him the key to the city, but Barry has retreated into himself. He’s turned into a lone wolf, because he blames himself for the past events. But the team won’t give up on him

Here’s the break-down:

  • The team is divided. Barry thinks he can take on the world by himself, but he couldn’t defeat the weekly villain by himself. He blames himself because he couldn’t stop the singularity and Firestorm had to step in. They had to separate in the eye of the storm and that lead to Ronnie dying “again” and only Dr. Stein getting saved. He’s a funny addition to the team and  has sort of assumed the role of Dr. Wells. Cisco even let him pick out a name – that has to mean something. But Garber has also signed up for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, so while we will definitely get to see a lot of him in the future it’s not necessarily on the Flash.
  • Caitlin left STAR labs after the incident, but she wasn’t mad at Barry, she blamed herself instead. So, basically everyone felt guilty somehow. As Joe said in the end, everyone made their own decisions that day (also poor Eddie) and they therefore equally share the blame.
  • Wells is apparently not entirely evil because his last will is a video in which he admits to the murder of Nora Allen and exonerates Barry’s father. Yet, Henry decides to leave, which makes Barry very sad but gives him the chance to mature.
  • The real big event took place in the last seconds of the show though. Jay Garrick (played by Teddy Sears) appears and warns the gang about what’s to come. He was the Flash in his own universe and apparently will become something of a big brother to Barry since he has a lot more experience.

While I really do like the Flash, it wasn’t one of my most anticipated returns of the season. I think the first episode set up some interesting things for the rest of the Season, but we will have to see in which direction it will really go. What did you think of the first episode of Season 2 of the Flash?

The DUFF: Book vs. Trailer

In my Taylor Swift Book Tag I mentioned how much I was looking forward to reading the DUFF (=Designated Ugly Fat Friend) by Kody Keplinger and now I finally got around to it. As you may or may not know, I buy a lot of the books I read after watching the trailer for their movie adaptation and this one was no exception. All throughout the comments on YouTube people complained about how different the movie looked from the book. I thought this was just the usual annoyance that came with movie adaptations barely ever being faithful to their underlying material, but now I can tell you that the two are really nothing alike. I don’t know what the studio was thinking when they produced this film, but it has nothing to do with the story the book tried to tell.

So, basically the movie looks like a typical generic teenage RomCom – nothing wrong with that. Themes like the one from “She’s All That” and “Mean Gilrs” have been copied a million times for a simple reason: they work. I’m not one to judge them for that and quite honestly I would watch it for the simple reason that it has Robbie Amell in it, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s not the book.

Warning: from here on there will be Spoilers for the book (and possibly the movie)!

The DUFF by Kody Keplinger is about Bianca Piper, a cynic girl who deals with her problems by entering into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with the person she hates the most: Wesley Rush. She starts avoiding her friends and bottles up her emotions which inevitably leads to a lot of chaos. Despite what the trailer suggests, the story is a lot deeper and deals with multiple issues that not only teens are confronted with. Here are some of the major differences I’ve spotted:

  • Bianca doesn’t come to Wesley for help. She despises him and solely uses him as a means of escape, well until it turns into something else. It’s different than in the movie though. She doesn’t want to change her appearance, or herself in general, to make anyone like her and he doesn’t fall for her just because she’s slowly changing for the better, but because they have a genuine connection. Bianca knows that for the people who really care about her, she doesn’t have to pretend.
  • I have no idea who Bella Thorne is supposed to be. There is no mean girl in the story. Of course there are the obligatory bitchy cheerleaders, but not a particular mean girl who rules the school. Was that really necessary to add?
  • There is some hope in me that they will deal with the family issues of the characters in the movie, even though it doesn’t look like it from what I could tell from the trailer. But I thought it was important to have Bianca’s father’s alcoholism and her mother being away all the time as well as Wesley’s judgmental grandmother, his sweet little sister and so on in the book. The cast list doesn’t really reassure me though … we’ll see.
  • The movie makes it look like the goal of it all is to make Bianca datable for prom – she doesn’t even go to prom! Neither does she go to the Homecoming or any other school dance, because they just aren’t her thing. There better not be some big showdown at prom …
  • The Nest just doesn’t exist. Seems sad to me, since I really wanted to see Joe.
  • I suppose there will be a lot less sex in the movie. Just an educated guess.
  • I suppose the only thing that will be the same in the movie and the book is moral of the story, which means that Bianca soon discovers that everyone who has friends feels like the Duff at some point.

I hope it came across that I really don’t think the stories have anything in common. I mean not even the set up is the same. Have you read the book? Let’s talk about it!

The Flash Mid-Season Finale

It’s Christmas! Well not yet, but it definitely was Christmas time during the Flash Mid-Season Finale. Beware of Spoilers!

This episode had some major reveals in it and it should have blown me away. Somehow it didn’t. The episode wasn’t very balanced and I enjoyed it a lot less than last week’s crossover titled Flash vs. Arrow (which was hilarious and brilliant, mainly because of Cisco). But let’s dive more into this week. What do I mean by it wasn’t very balanced you may wonder. Well, the Reverse Flash and the Firestorm storyline are huge and interesting things in my opinion, but the focus was more on Barry’s feelings towards Iris. I just wish that wasn’t such a big deal in the show, because while I do like Iris better than Laurel, I just don’t see her with Barry. He has much more chemistry with Caitlin, or is it just me who thinks that? I just keep realising that they have these really cute little moments and I don’t see those with Iris.

Here are some other thoughts about the episode:

  • Poor Caitlin! She is one of my favourites of the show (duh!) and I feel really sorry for her. She’s so torn about how to feel about Ronny/Firestorm now that he’s back and clearly not the same person he once was. I definitely hope to see more of him soon. I need to see more of him soon! I find him a really interesting character and I’m interested to see in which direction they’ll take him, because he doesn’t seem like a typical antagonist/villain to me.
  • Wells is the Reverse Flash? There were hints that something was definitely up with him, but I did not see that coming. Am I that blind? And it was confirmed that there was another speeder besides the Reverse Flash at the murder sight of Barry’s mum. So, maybe my time travelling theory is right? Barry and Wells both going so fast they go back in time? Who knows.
  • Just when I started to like Eddie, he starts a task force meant to catch the Flash. I guess he’s strayed from that plan now, but still … how could he not see that the Flash is a good guy? Oh right, Barry beating him up probably didn’t help, but that was really the only time he didn’t help people. Now Eddie wants to move in with Iris and I am happy for them. I say, why not?
  • Speaking of Iris. Barry finally confessed his undying love for her. He didn’t phrase it like that, but can you guess what her answer was? Utter silence! That’s right, she said nothing. I think she may realise she has feelings for him too now, but as I mentioned above, if it were up to me they don’t have to get together.

The promo for the next episode looks interesting. The Reverse Flash taking Caitlin hostage and stuff like that. I’m looking forward to the other half of the season, but as a last thing I just want to say that even after the Flash‘s rocketing success, I still prefer the Arrow a little more. What are your thoughts?

The Last Post on New TV Shows

I think this will be the last installment in my series of posts concerning this fall’s new TV shows. If you haven’t read the previous posts, you can find the links at the end of this one. Also, if you are not happy with the shows I talked about and think I have missed something really crucial, please tell me in the comments below!

Sleepy Hollow

Sleepy Hollow is a new mystery-crime show on Fox. Even though it has characters and storylines that resemble the movie with the same title (especially in the first episode), it is completely different, because it is rather a modern-day retelling of Washington Irving‘s short story The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Amongst the main and reccuring cast are: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, Clancy Brown, John Cho, Nicholas Gonzalez, Michael Roark, …

In 1781 Ichobad Crane dies in the American Revolutinary War, but suddenly awakens in present day Sleepy Hollow. Nearly at the same time as Ichobad turned up a mysterious Headless Horseman appears and goes on a killing spree. With one of the victims being Sheriff August Corbin, Lt. Abbie Mills soon meets Ichobad and together they have to stop the Headless Horseman, while also proving they are not insane.

I really enjoy the whole “fish out of the water”-theme, since it creates some great comedy at times. That in turn brightens up the whole gloom and doom atmosphere, which isn’t a bad thing at all. I think it fits the show really well and adds to the mystery. There are certainly some questions raised in the first episode that keep you watching and I am almost certain that this show will soon have a great fanbase.

Reign

reignReign is a new period drama from the channel CW, that revolves around the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots and her time in 1557 France. CW usually provides us with shows that are fun and targeted at a young audiences, so they are definitely not known for having many period dramas (just look at some of their previous shows: Gossip Girl, 90210, One Tree Hill, …) and that is the reason why I won’t even comment on whether it is historically accurate or not. It is entertaining and nice to look at, so people should be happy enough.

The storyline mainly focuses on Mary’s relationships, be it with her fiancé, her friends, her admirers or her enemies. I am of the opinion that the show is quite intriguing and definitely worth a look at, because the first episode clearly established who is one who’s side, while still keeping a few secrets from the audiences. Also, I was already torn as to whom Mary belongs to (even though I think I like Bash more than Francis).

Some actors and actresses of the show include: Adelaide Kane, Toby Regbo, Torrance Coombs, Megan Follows, Alan Van Sprang, Rossif Sutherland, Anna Popplewell, Caitlin Stasey, Celina Sinden, Janessa Grant, …

The Tomorrow People

the tomorrow peopleThe Tomorrow People is a CW science fiction show, that is apparently based on a British show with the same name. I have made the experience that American remakes are never as good as the original, but since I have never seen the British version, I’ll let somebody else be the judge of that.

The Tomorrow People are evolved humans that can teleport themselves and are capable of telekinesis and telepathy. The story especially follows young Stephen Jameson, who’s powers just started to emerge and who doesn’t yet know how involved he actually already is with the Tomorrow People. His father, who disappeared years ago, was one of the most powerful Tomorrow People and wanted to look for a place where they could live safely, while Stephen’s uncle works for Ultra, an organisation that hunts Tomorrow People and neutralizes their powers. Now Stephen has to master his new abilities while also being caught up in the war between humans and the evolved species.

I guess the show is quite alright, nothing too special, but also not terribly boring. I’d like to know where it is going, but right now I wouldn’t be heartbroken if I never saw it again, because it is a typical superhero-story, but somehow I couldn’t connect with it just yet. The show is staring: Robbie Amell, Luke Mitchell, Peyton List, Aaron Yoo, Madeleine Mantock, Mark Pellegrino, Jason Dohring, …

Don’t hesitate to comment below and here are the links to the previous posts with the same topic:

https://theimpossiblegirlblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/new-fantasy-tv-shows/

https://theimpossiblegirlblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/and-some-more-tv-shows/

https://theimpossiblegirlblog.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/tvs-fall-season-has-started/