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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S1 Episode 16 End of the Beginning Preview

With the ratings for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. slowly dipping the race is on to prevent the show from being cancelled at the end of its 22 episode first season run. I think the show is worth saving because of its very high entertainment value but only if some appropriate alterations are made. During the last few episodes we have already seen alterations such as changing the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization into a protagonist/antagonist organization as well as expanding the cast with characters from Marvel’s Universe. However, the show has also developed some nasty habits. At times it can be unnecessary frivolous and campy. I was certainly not...

Edge of Tomorrow - Tom Cruise as Lt. Col. Cage

Edge Of Tomorrow trailer 2 released

On June 6th the first summer block buster Edge of Tomorrow will be released by Warner Bros. When I say block buster I of course hope the movie will fare well, but that is hardly guaranteed despite a cast such as Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt and a 110 million dollar budget. Edge of Tomorrow has so far failed to receive the stellar buzz that movies such as The Hunger Games: Catching Fire or Captain America: The Winter Soldier have. In fact some fans have joked about whether Tom Cruise is starting to be typecast as the middle-aged sci-fi hero often depicted...

Continuum Season 3 - Minute Man - Vancouver in 2067 not 2077

Continuum S3Ep2 Minute Man Review

The third season of Continuum is now in full swing with the episode Minute Man. Last week’s episode felt like a necessary reboot when it showed Alec and Kiera travelling back one week to undo the damage they did at the end of season 2. Kiera has a second agenda, she now works for the freelancers and hell-bent on stopping both Alec’s from making anymore mistakes. On top of that she has to solve a murder. That of her own, for this she enlists the help of Carlos who in my opinion was underused during season 2 despite being one...

Mentats of Dune cover

Mentats of Dune Review + Free Giveaway!

Another year has passed so we can read yet another novel of the Dune Expanded Universe. This year the book is entitled Mentats of Dune. Though there are many mentats in the story the title is mostly used for decorative purposes in a way similar to all Brian Herbert/Kevin J. Anderson Dune novels. Mentats is the second book in the Schools of Dune trilogy that focuses on the creation of the Empire after the Butlerian Jihad. Specifically it focusses on organizations such as the Bene Gesserit, The Mentat School and The Spacing Guild. As this is the second book in the trilogy it is blessed with not being obligated to lay down...

Continuum season 3 - minute to minute - Garza and Kiera try to escape

Continuum S3Ep1 Minute To Minute Review

During the season 2 finale of Continuum and the preview of season 3 that I posted a few days back I went on for a long time about the deficiencies of season 2. Afterwards I promised myself that I won’t mention them again and look as season 3 with a clean slate. Well, I have already broken that promise and not because the season 3 première is so awful but because it addresses a lot of the issues as well as giving the show a new impetus. You could almost call it a series reboot, but we will have to wait...

Helix - Black Rain - Hatake and Julia going after the infected

Helix S1Ep11 ‘Black Rain’ Review!

This weeks episode of Helix puts the emphasis back on the deadly pathogen and those who have been infected. The idea that those affected obtain superhuman strength and a strong desire to infect others places the show at least one foot into the zombie genre. Though I am not sold on that actually being a good idea. Without the zombified aspects the deadly pathogen Narvik was enough of a menace especially considering Ilaria corporation intended to use it to wipe most of the world’s population. This episode quickly alluded to the fact that Alan and Julia were trying to discover a cure for...

Continuum Season 3 - Erik Knudsen as Alec Sadler

Continuum Season 3 Preview!

With all the episodes of Person of Interest, Agents of SHIELD and Almost Human you would almost forget that there are other shows. One of those is Showcases’s/Syfy Channel’s Continuum which will be back for its third season on March 16th. That’s right, on Sunday evening. I only heard of the show just a day before season 1 was supposed to start airing. I really do wish Syfy Channel would promote it more. That said, the March 16th release is for Canada only. So unless you got a subscription to Showcase or are willing to download an episode from the Internet...

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D S1Ep15 'Yes Men' - Elena Satine as Lorelei

Agents of SHIELD S1Ep15 ‘Yes Men’ Review

The events of the previous episode ‘T.A.H.I.T.I’ have severely altered the emotional level of this show. Suddenly its tone has gotten quite  big darker. The organization that or gang belongs to, S.H.I.E.L.D, has always been depicted as a sort of benevolent C.I.A despite being oppressive, bureaucratic and secretive. We always knew that there must have been an other side to the organization and slowly it is being revealed as one with a very dark secret. From now until the end of the season we can expect Coulson to be severely at odds with S.H.I.E.L.D which in my opinion means a divorce...

Tatiana Maslany as Sarah in Orphan Black season 2

New Orphan Black season 2 trailer!

For some April 19th can’t come soon enough, because on that date the story of Sarah, Alison and Cosima continues as they uncover the truth about their cloning. All three characters are of course played by Tatiana Maslany who plays each with such conviction that at times I really forget all are played by one actress. I am not sure if higher praise is possible. Fans were fuming she only got a nomination at the Golden Globes. For those unaware of what Orphan Black is… I am not surprised, the series was certainly under advertised before its release. Consider it...

Person of Interest - RAM - Kara Stanton and Mr. Reese

Person Of Interest S3Ep16 ‘RAM’ Review!

Person of Interest has managed to get itself nicely on track after the death of Detective Carter. It wasn’t that her death was necessary as she was a great character but the show had lost a lot of the momentum it had during season 1. Ever since Carter’s sacrifice old enemies and new ones as well have given PoI new impetus. One flaw that remained and which I remarked on during a previous review was that the back story of both Mr. Reese and Mr. Finch were pretty well-developed which gives them less to do. This week’s episode RAM overcomes that deficiency...

Almost Human - Kennex and Dorian final scene

Almost Human S1Ep13 Season Finale ‘Straw Man’ Review

After not doing a preview of this weeks episode of Almost Human I completely missed that yesterday’s episode was also its seasons finale. Almost Human is sadly one of those shows that ahs to make do a with a half season of just 13 episodes. After the partial reboot of the show after episode 9 the stakes have risen and the cliffhanger at the end of ‘Straw Man’ proofs. I will miss Almost Human, hopefully just because it’s a long way to go until its second season airs but also because with its low ratings there is a risk it...

Helix S1Ep8 ‘Bloodline’ Review!

After Jeri Ryan’s spectacular entrance as Constance Sutton, a cold-blooded corporate genocidal murderess, Helix was in need of a brief break from last weeks fast paced events. Bloodline offers this break by first concentrating on giving every character some time to deal with the latest revelations. After this has been accomplished the second part of the episode moves into a higher gear for the confrontation between Hatake and Sutton, which I can spoiler, does not disappoint. Bloodline Julia, Allan and Sarah are discussing Julia’s recovery over lunch. She states she has done every conceivable test but no trace of Narvik-B remains...

A Day in the Future Chapter 8

Read the first 2 chapters of ‘A Day In The Future’!

Well, it’s Monday and the last article I wrote was the review of the seventh episode of Helix on Saturday. When I am not busy with college or work I tried to write an article every two days or so. However, Monday has been a slow news day. Sure, the two teaser trailers for Star Wars: Rebels are nice but chances are you would have already seen those before you reached my blog. The same goes for the behind the scenes images of X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Well, with a title like that you know they are just milking it....

Helix - Survivor Zero - Jeri Ryan as Constance Sutton

Helix S1Ep7 ‘Survivor Zero’ Review

Jeri Ryan’s spectacular entrance as Constance Sutton, a Ilaria Corporation bigshot, was a welcome addition to what has been a restrictive character roll over the first 6 episodes. Her character changes the dynamics of pretty much every relationship. Suddenly Hatake does not seem to be all that bad, though his personal motivation stay unknown. Major Balleseros also knows Ms. Sutton as is evidenced by their sexual contact after she beats him up. And despite Alan’s escapades with Sarah he also falls into Sutton’s orbit when she manages to deftly influence him by suggesting that she needs him to find a...

Almost Human - Perception - Karl urban as Kennex suffering from flashbacks

Almost Human S1Ep10 ‘Perception’ Review

Last weeks episode of Almost Human practically rebooted the series and re-introduced The Syndicate as the main villains. This week’s episode ‘Perception’ also introduces new features to the show such as Detective Stahl’s genetic enhancements and Kennex’s drug addiction that was last mentioned in the pilot episode. Both this episode and that of last week make up for some of the deficiencies of the first 8 episodes, namely a future world that seemed far too shallow and little in the way of an overarching story to keep everything focused. ‘Perception’ essentially has two storylines. The first is about Kennex and...

Helix - Jeri Ryan as Constance Sutton

Helix S1Ep6 ‘Aniqatiga’ Review

After the first 4 episodes Helix finally seems to have found some solid ground. The episodes have developed a certain rhythm of generating both small and large crises that led to cliffhangers and unexpected denouements. I use the word rhythm as the show hardly has any procedural aspects such as found in Almost Human or Person Of Interest. Instead the serialized nature of the plots keep reminding me of Lost. This weeks episode ‘Aniqatiga’ seems to conclude the trilogy of episodes that started with episode 4, as such it acts as conclusion to some established storylines while also acting as a...