Trailers You Might Have Missed … (May 9-15)

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Most weeks these posts are very movie-heavy, but it’s that time of the year where a ton of shows get cancelled (you’ll be missed Undateable) and other new ones get introduced. Prepare for some very short teasers to possible new shows as well as the usual movie trailers!

Movies

Assassin’s Creed

Many people have feared and dreaded this trailer. Game adaptations don’t always work so fine, but I actually like this one. I guess the music is highly debatable and I’ve never played the game, but I think look-vise it seems legit. Any gamers who want to give us their input?

Nerve

I thought this actually looked like an interesting and funny sort of teen- or at least younger-ish audience movie. Then it totally turned dark and dangerous. I still want to watch it though.

The Accountant

Uhm, not a fan of Ben Affleck, so that sort of puts me off. Also, I am not sure how well he will mix with Anna Kendrick. But I bet this could somehow make an interesting Thriller if you are into it.

Indignation

Awe, Logan Lerman is seeming more grown up with each new film I see, even though I doubt that this is my cup of tea.

Hell or High Water

In the beginning I was like “meh, even with Chris Pine I am not sure” but the second half kind of made me want to see it. That’s some real sibling-love.

Into the Forest

This is not my kind of movie, because it creeps me out. But I do believe that this one has great and subtle cinematography.

TV Shows

Time After Time (ABC)

I am intrigued to be honest. Time travel shows are always interesting!

Still Star-Crossed (ABC)

An eternal curse on the families of Romeo and Juliet because of what they have done? I like it!

Notorious (ABC)

I don’t actually know what this is about, but the colours and the fact that Piper Perabo is in it kind of reminds me of Covert Affairs. Guess that’s definitely not it.

Conviction (ABC)

ABC must really like Hayley Atwell. I am not super into law dramas (which I am guessing this one is) but I will check it out nonetheless.

Imaginary Mary (ABC)

This already looks super awkward and kind of hilarious. Her imaginary friend reminds me of the worry eaters though.

Speechless (ABC)

Well, that left me a little speechless.

Dark Matter & Killjoys Season 2 (Syfy)

I LOVE BOTH THOSE SHOWS SO MUCH! *fangirling over*

So, that was a lot for one day. What are you going to watch? What are you going to pass up?

The Magicians (TV Review)

I did something stupid and watched the special preview of The Magicians and as expected I loved it and now I am angry with myself for having to wait so incredibly long. I will only roughly mention what happened, because I don’t want to spoil anyone, but I cannot help needing to talk about it.

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For all of you who still don’t know, I’ve read the Magicians trilogy by Lev Grossman this year and it’s left quite the impression on me. I already did a little trailer talk for the show, but I honestly have to say that I am relieved that I actually loved it as much as I did in the end! The series is about Quentin Coldwater, a guy who never felt like he belonged until he got invited to study at Brakebills University for Magic. In a way it’s Narnia with a dash of Harry Potter but for grown-ups (and I really mean that last part!).

The pacing in the first book was a little strange by rushing through Quentin’s education and now the show definitely isn’t wasting time either. I think it’s even more extreme than the book in some ways, but to go into detail would mean that I have to spoil you for the premiere and I don’t want to do that. Somehow they have managed to stay very true to the story and change almost everything at the same time. They’ve stayed faithful with so many details, but then they just up and went to change the timeline, names, the whole story of some characters. It’s odd at first, but because they’ve done it in such a great way, it simply works!

Another thing I have to commend Syfy for is the casting! Okay, not everyone looks the way they did in the book (I’m looking at you Penny!), but I think they made the perfect choice anyway. Jason Ralph as Quentin is this cute dork and just so much more likable than his book-version. My favourite character, Elliot, looks exactly the way I pictured him and Hale Appleman gives him exactly the right attitude. And then Julia! Stella Maeve seriously knows how to portray her despair! I could swoon over the rest of the cast just as much, but maybe you should just take a look at yourself.

The first episode pulled you right in, was funny, intriguing, extreme and fast paced. It left with a huge cliffhanger so I am happy to hear that the actual Premiere on January 8, 2016 will be a double-episode. As an enthusiast of the books, I have to say that the show gave me everything I wanted and so much more! I hope you’ll give it a try in 2016 so we can all gush together! Did anyone else watch the Special Preview?

The Magician’s Land Book Review

The Magician’s Land is the conclusion to the Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman (soon to be seen on Syfy as a TV show). If you missed it, you should check out my reviews of book 1: The Magicians and book 2: The Magician King. Beware of Spoilers ahead!

23398891Cast out of Fillory, Quentin Coldwater returns to the place his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. All too soon, however, his past comes looking for him, and Quentin sets out to face his fears and put things right—or die trying. Filled with riveting battle scenes as well as intriguing new characters and the return of beloved favorites, The Magician’s Land brings Grossman’s epic tale to its magnificent conclusion.
(source: Goodreads)

Grossman broke a little with tradition on this one and didn’t split it into four parts. I kind of missed it, but the flow was still pretty nice. It still switched between POVs though, namely the one of Quentin, the people in Fillory and new addition Plum. Also, there were a couple of chapters that were a story within the story and I quite enjoyed how everything just seemed to come together in the end. It was one of those everything and everyone is connected in some way.

So, Quentin really grew into himself and by now I actually cared about him and even liked him, which was just extremely difficult in the beginning. I am so glad he finally did get his Discipline, even though Minor Mendings seems pretty underwhelming at first. I love that they brought back Alice and that she and Q didn’t just go back to how everything was before – they actually have to start over which seems realistic after what they went through. A lot of the characters are still pretty crazy (especially Janet), but not everything is doom and gloom like it was in the Magicians. In hindsight, I have the feeling that the first book is not the best representation of the series and with its weird pacing and mood it probably put off a lot of readers from continuing with the trilogy.

It wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t show you the map of this book as well (unfortunately I didn’t find it coloured anywhere like the others were):

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Fazit: 3.7/5 stars. It was funny and a great conclusion to the series. However, I am still not sure I would want to revisit it because it’s not one of my favourites.

In the end, my personal ranking of the books would be as followed:

  1. The Magician King
  2. The Magician’s Land
  3. The Magicians

Another book to scratch off my September TBR. What are your thoughts? Have you read the series as well?

The Magicians TV Show Trailer & Thoughts

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As I mentioned in my last post, The Magicians by Lev Grossman (click here to read my full book review!) got adapted as a TV show by Syfy. You can watch the Trailer below and then I’ll share some thoughts about the differences and similarities between the book and what I saw of the show so far. This will include Spoilers for the book though!!

So, first off, I imagined this all VERY differently. None of the people look like I thought they would, but maybe that’s for the better. The cast is mostly unknown or at least not super famous and includes: Jason Ralph, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Stella Maeve (is that why you left Chicago PD Nadia?), Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, Arjun Gupta, Rick Worthy and Anne Dudek

For those of you who know the characters, will be happy to hear that Quentin, Elliot, Alice and Julia exist and Julia plays an even bigger role than she did in the first book. As for Janet, she’ll be called Margo now (apparently because there were already too many names with “J”!) and Penny is there too but is Q’s roommate (that so can’t work …) and he’s not a punk at all. There’s no Josh or Anaïs though …

I think the show will focus a lot more on Quentin’s time at Brakebills, the College for Magical Pedagogy he attends. We can already see Quentin’s entry exam in the trailer, which looks fairly accurate to me. There is not much trace of Fillory yet and the blurb on imdb doesn’t mention it either. BUT it was said that we’ll get an early glimpse at it because Quentin will daydream about it a lot and obviously he’s reading the books. I have no idea when exactly it will come into play, because I could imagine that they just loosely based it on the novels and want to make it a more adult Harry Potter instead. I don’t know that for sure though.

There really can’t be much more deduced from the trailer, what are your thoughts? Either way, I am excited for the show simply because it’s about magic.

Dark Matter Season 1 Finale

What a journey it’s been! So many twists and turns and revelations. I hope you enjoyed Dark Matter as much as I did and therefore won’t mind the upcoming Spoilers!

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So neither Killjoys (which ended last week and I didn’t write a review for – sorry!) nor Dark Matter have been renewed for a Season 2, which is a real shame in my opinion. Renew the shows already, because they definitely were great summer sci-fi programs that I’d like to see more of!

I think we can all agree that we learned a lot about the characters, while still having to learn a lot about them. Especially after the finale!!! Let’s break it down one crew-member at a time to see what we discovered about them throughout the season:

  • One: So, he’s not actually Jace Corso. We now know that he actually came on the ship to revenge his murdered wife, but his rivalry with Three definitely made him blind to the real traitor among the crew. His relationship with Two is also a bit rocky … at least he might have a legit excuse to get released by the Galactic Authority since he’s not Corso?
  • Two: FINALLY the mystery was resolved. She’s pretty much an engineered being that should not be captured or she’d be in real danger of being destroyed. There is still a lot we don’t know about who really constructed her and for what reason. We got a glimpse at it, but there’s still so much more to find out. I’m sad to think that Five doubted her, but I probably would have too. Well … Two is still boss and I bet she’ll find a way out of this dilemma.
  • Three: Who would have thought the guy had such a heart? I didn’t trust him in the beginning, and trust might still be a strong word, but I definitely like him. He’s one of my favourites and cracks me up every episode. I wish they wouldn’t have taken away his love interest that quickly though.
  • Four: I am glad he considers taking his empire back, although that seems pretty difficult from where he’s currently at. However, I was so excited to hear that he is training Five and that he was the one who let her stay on ship in the first place. I think seeing some training scenes would be awesome in the future!
  • Five: She’s my favourite! Those goggles and her outfits – could she be any cooler? I like her innocence and her wanting to belong to the crew. And I love how everyone wants to protect her, even though she’s quite capable herself. She’s just an amazing character!
  • Six: HOW DARE YOU? I don’t even know who he is anymore. I just don’t understand how he could do this to his friends, especially Five. He was like father to her! There needs to be some serious explaining in Season 2 (and yes, I am just assuming there will be one)!
  • Android: Can we all just agree on how amazing Zoie Palmer was as the Android! I loved how she wasn’t just like a robot, but actually their friend and with some really funny quirks to her personality. Also, people who can play a double-role are always cool! I hope she won’t be rebooted with a different personality!
  • He’s not a crew member but it was still a mighty fine surprise to see Wil Wheaton on Dark Matter. Even though the same can’t be said about his character …

So, what do you think? I have no idea how the crew is going to get out of this and how they’ll ever forgive Six but I NEED MORE! That’s my opinion, but what is yours?

The Notebook TV Show!

Yes, my friend, you read that right! They are planning to turn the 2004 movie The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (based on Nicholas Sparks novel of the same title) into a TV show!

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The CW has teamed up with Nicholas Sparks himself, who’s been very involved with the movie adaptations of his books, to create a TV show out of the story. The project is purely in development right now, so there is no specific information available at the moment. Still, it makes you wonder if it could actually work.

It seems that TV shows based on movies are very much in demand right now. Just think about Dominion (based on Legion/on Syfy) as well as upcoming shows Minority Report (Fox), Limitless and Rush Hour (CBS). Yet, the Notebook is a pretty iconic movie by now and many people automatically associate it with Gosling and McAdams in the lead roles.  It is going to be extremely difficult to pick the right actor/actress to replace them and with the CW being the network to take on the project, I hope they’ll go with some fresh faces instead of some of their repertoire-actors and -actresses. Come on, they do tend to use the same people over and over just in different shows.

However, I am also sort of glad that this is done by the CW. Some people don’t like the network very much, but I actually really appreciate their content. Also, I think that, due to its very romantic tone, the Notebook will fit in nicely with the other shows. They have proven to be able to pull of a costume drama (Reign) as well, so I am not even that worried about the show being set after World War II. (As of now, the Notebook TV show will only feature Noah and Allie in their youth and not when they’re older, but that could still change.)

What do you think? Could this be the real deal or should they just leave it alone?

P.S.: Because I couldn’t resist, here’s a BuzzFeed video of guys watching the Notebook for the first time. See, it’s not only for girls!

 

Summer Review: Killjoys

The last shows I reviewed were Science Fiction shows, so I thought, why break the streak? Killjoys is another show that airs on Syfy and Space that is rocking futuristic outer space this summer! As always, beware of mild Spoilers!

So, we’re already a couple of episodes into the show and the main plot revolves around a team of Killjoys, who are basically nationless mercenaries that capture (and sometimes kill) high value targets. The team started out as a duo, but soon takes on a very personal mission, involving the brother of one of the members being the target of a kill mission. In order to get him out of the mess, they offer the company another thing or rather person they want and recruit the brother for their own team.

The leads all have great chemistry with each other, there are a lot of mysteries surrounding the characters as they each bring baggage from their past. So far, I find Aaron Ashmore‘s character to  to be the most likable of the bunch, mostly because I don’t yet understand the others as well or at least think that he has the least secrets.  The setting is perfectly standard Sci-Fi, which, in my opinion, makes Killjoys an enjoyable genre-piece. The show is fast-paced with a lot of action and fighting, different missions each time and still a lot to discover.

I heard a lot of people compare it to Firefly, but that’s not what comes to mind for me. I would go into this, not having too high expectations for the show and just enjoy it. It airs on the same night as Dark Matter and somehow I could see them being in the same universe. I don’t know for how long those shows will survive, but if they do, a crossover would be so cool (maybe the Killjoys get a warrant for the crew of the Raza?).

What are your thoughts?

Summer Review: Dark Matter & Humans

Sorry for my brief absence, but I had to study for my final exams and now I officially have a Bachelor degree of arts in business (*doing a little victory dance through the apartment right now*). Never thought that would happen so fast, but now it’s over and I have to figure out what to do next. In order to “celebrate” I’ll review not just one but two new Science Fiction TV shows that started airing this month. Enjoy and beware of Spoilers!

Dark Matter

Dark Matter is a show based on a comic book series of the same title that started airing on Syfy last week. It follows the six members of a space ship, who awaken from stasis just to find that they have lost their memory. In order to find out information on who they are and what they were about to do, they try to find the ship’s original destination.

I think the show started deliberately slow in order for the audience to get used to the different characters and show the confusion that they must have felt. It takes the entire first episode for them to find out who they are and leaves us right at the most exciting moment. It turns out they weren’t supposed to help the people on the planet the ship brought them to, but instead five of the crew members are murderers and they were meant to kill them. That was the point at which I was most invested in the show, just to get ripped out of it and told to wait another week. It’s smart really, but also highly annoying.
Somehow I was reminded of Firefly and several other shows set in space, simply for the reason that everyone and everything has a very familiar feel to it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because I liked all those shows, but it also doesn’t give it that vibe of excitement that comes with new things. Lastly, it doesn’t look like it had the biggest budget, but it definitely has potential. I will make sure to check out a couple more episodes!

Humans

Humans is based on the Swedish drama Real Humans and follows several storylines throughout a universe that has developed artificial intelligence in the shape of Synths. They are programmed to be humanity’s slaves, but things get interesting when some of them develop feelings and a consciousness of their own.

I originally started watching this show because of Colin Morgan (previously known from Merlin, Doctor Who and Testament of Youth), but I got hooked right after the first episode. The three main storylines are very diverse and therefore cover all sorts of emotions. On the one hand you have a family where the arrival of a new Synth threatens the mother of the household since she feels she’s loosing her place in the family. And on the other hand, you have an elderly man who’s created a father-son-relationship with his Synth and doesn’t want to get him upgraded in order not to loose him. Lastly, there’s Morgan’s storyline which is too complex to fully comprehend after just one episode. Let’s just say he is pro-Synth and wants to protect the ones who have a mind of their own.
The whole dilemma of whether artificial intelligence is a danger to humanity or not and if they deserve to live their life as they wish to if they have feelings and emotions like us is extremely intriguing to me. I hope the show will continue to have a controversial point of view on the topic and show both sides of the story.

So, the reviews were pretty short, but could I spark your interest in the shows nonetheless? I’d love to talk in the comments!

Bitten Season 2 Premiere

Last weekend the 2nd Season of Bitten started and that means I need to talk about it. Spoilers ahead! (For the first episode as well as what’s to come!)

So, as the promos for the new season already suggested, Bitten has gotten a lot darker and bloodier, but not actually a lot has happened in the first episode so far. Let me recap the main points:

  • (pregnant) Rachel is still missing after being kidnapped last season finale, which has Logan in fits.
  • Elena, while being with Clay (finally!), is of course worked up over the beheading of her ex-lover.
  • Jeremy gets threatened by the other alphas that they’ll take over his territory if he doesn’t kill his father within a week. Unfortunately, as long as they don’t have Rachel, they can’t do that.
  • A lot of people with strange signs “tattooed” on them want to kill Malcolm Danvers as well.
  • And last but not least, it’s always a feast to watch Nick Sorrentino at “work”.

That’s really it! I wish there was more to say about the first episode, but I just don’t know what, because that’s pretty much all that happened. So, instead, let’s talk about what’s to come this season. First of all, we have witches in the universe of Bitten now. That’s not really a strange thing to have, considering that we are talking about a fantasy/horror/supernatural TV show, but it’s still a nice addition. It was already teased that, just like Elena is the only female werewolf, the witches have only one male member and that he is likely to connect with Elena because of that. Yet, it seems the coven isn’t the only new enemy the pack will have to face. According to some sources, the television show creators want to stick to the storyline of the second book “Stolen” (which I haven’t read yet, but click here to read my comparison of the first book to the show), which would mean that there is a sort of military facility that captures and studies supernatural creatures. Those rumours aren’t confirmed, as far as I know, but from what we saw, there was a person dissecting a werewolf and the episode’s start hinted at that as well.

That all sounds very intriguing and I am happy to have the show back! What are your thoughts?

Bitten Book vs. TV Show

Bitten is a TV show produced by the Canadian channel Space (shown on Syfy in the US), but it’s originally based on the “Women of the Otherworld“-series by Kelley Armstrong. The show started airing earlier this year and I just finished reading the first book of the 13-part-series by Armstrong two days ago, so I thought it would be fitting to compare the two by the end of this year. There will be a spoiler-free and a spoiler-y section, so beware as you read on!

First, let me start by saying that I love both, the show and the book. I like supernatural stuff and this series just really hit the right tone with me. I always thought that I wasn’t a big fan of werewolves, but since I watch Teen Wolf, True Blood (rooting for Alcide all along) and Bitten, there is really no use in denying that they are sort of cool. I think the problem I have with the visualisation of werewolves is that the CGI and visual effects are mostly terrible and unfortunately I can’t say that they are very good in Bitten either. But that is totally besides the point, because I still very much enjoyed the show. Let me try to sum it up for you:

Elena Michaels is the only female werewolf on the planet, but she never wanted to be turned. All Elena wants is to be normal, so she tries to live as normal a life as possible given the circumstances with her unknowing boyfriend in Toronto. She thought she’s finally gotten rid of her past, when her Pack Alpha, Jeremy Danvers, summons her back for a Meet. Not being able to ignore his call, she has to go back to her former home, Stonehaven. There she has to deal with her ex, her true nature and murderers of a different kind.

The story is mainly focused on Elena and how she has to deal with her two lives. Especially while reading the book, I thought that Armstrong was great at conveying Elena’s thoughts and feelings in a way that we could entirely understand her even though this is such a surrealistic topic. Bitten is fast-paced, thrilling, exciting, dark, violent, funny and lovely at the same time –  I can only recommend it!

I guess this is all I can say for the non-spoiler section, because from now on everything I say gives something away. In short: Spoilers ahead!

When I actually read the book, I was surprised at how faithful they stayed with the storyline throughout the show. Of course there are differences in appearances of the characters and the likes, but they totally managed to capture the gist of it. The various actors and actresses portray their characters so well, I can’t say anything other than that I’m really happy (especially because Steve Lund plays my favourite Nick Sorrentino just perfect!). The changes they did make, don’t actually bother me that much. Remember though, that I’ve only come as far as to read the first book. I don’t know what happens in the rest of the series (not yet!). Having said that, here are the most obvious things I noticed that differ between the book to the TV show:

  • In both, the book and the show, two major Pack members die. While it’s Logan and Peter in the book, Peter and Antonio are the ones to die in the TV show. I don’t know which combination I prefer, because I was truly sad in both cases. Since Nick is somewhat of my favourite, I was sad to see him having to deal with his father’s death, but it couldn’t have been easy for Elena to loose her best friend either. And Peter was just a really nice guy.
  • Speaking of Logan surviving, that of course opened up a whole new storyline (him getting his girlfriend pregnant and not wanting to give her up, etc.) in the show that will be important during the second Season as well. Also, Logan did keep in contact with Elena in both cases, but they didn’t actually both live in Toronto in the book. I guess while reading the book, I connected a lot more with Logan because I saw the show first though. Just wanted to add that.
  • Elena’s life in Toronto is a lot more detailed in the TV show than it is in the book. Because of that, Philip and his family play a far more important role as well. They are slightly different than they are in the book, even though the general constellation of Philip having two sisters stayed the same. Additionally, Elena has a different job. She’s a photographer in the show and a journalist in the book.
  • While Elena’s backstory wasn’t changed that much. The child molester turned mutt wasn’t her abuser in the book though, only in the TV show. But I think we got that she had a rough childhood nonetheless.

I love it when TV shows just add to the story instead of changing it entirely. I can’t wait for the next season, coming February 2015, and reading the rest of the books from the “Women of the Otherworld“-series. Let’s discuss in the comments! Did I miss something crucial?