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Breaking Bad Series Review (Seasons 1 and 2)

Season_1_posterI’ve never been a chemistry person, despite being so much like math because of its equations (which I love); I never really got the hang of it. Maybe because you had to memorize a ton of symbols and atomic crap that it felt so much like history at times (which I hate) that I just never wanted to notice it. So when I saw the logo for Breaking Bad, I immediately got turned off because of the chemistry reference. Also when I read the synopsis and read chemistry teacher, I said, this is not for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved my chemistry teacher in high school, he was so cool and so enthusiastic, it was just that I like physics and not chemistry. And not that I expected this to be a science show about chemistry experiments but I am the type of person that when I don’t understand the things people talk about in the show, I tend to lose interest (I’m just that type of nerd).

I never really wanted to see the show because not a lot of people are talking about it (this is limited to people I know), but after that one faithful day that I was done watching Hannibal season 1 and wanted to take a refresher from all the frustration and gore, I saw Breaking Bad (yeah, stupid choice for what I wanted but hey, it all turned out well).  So Breaking Bad is created by Vince Gilligan for AMC about an overqualified chemistry teacher (yeah, he got a Nobel plaque something), Walter White played by Bryan Cranston, who gets lung cancer and teams up with his slacker former student Jesse Pinkman (yo bitch! You’ll get this after you’ve seen the first episode) played by Aaron Paul as they
“break bad” and cook meth.

This series is about as much chemistry as the Big Bang Theory is about physics, and maybe even less so don’t worry about that aspect of it. This series is all about drama sprouting from human relationships, death, violence, morality, addiction, power and money. The plot and story of this is just so fascinating and the character arcs are so effing interesting. Of course the premise follows that Walt needs money so he turns to a drug producer using this chemistry skills to produce the best meth ever, but what everyone has to go through because of it is so tense that at times you just want to see how it all ends so you don’t have to hold your breath. The creator and the writers of this show are also a master of timing, I mean for the little humor that this show has, it really works. And the things that people get into, you really get tangled in the life of them that despite Walt turning into as asshole, you still feel for him and still on his side. I don’t want to get too much into details of what happen so not to spoil it, but take my word for it, the story of this is awesome.

The cast and the acting? Let’s just say Bryan Cranston won 3 consecutive Emmys and Aaron Paul won 2 so I guess that’s all the credibility it needs. They were just so good as their characters that you get hooked on how they eventually evolve into who they are. To further emphasize my point, when I saw Bryan Cranston in this role, I would have never thought he ever had an appearance in How I Met Your Mother because he was just so different in this. He owned being Walter White, from the good to the bad. Aaron Paul was also great in the first season as a slacker but come season 2 you get to see his real personality which isn’t what you thought he is which was really cool to see.

The supporting cast are also great, Anne Gunn as Skyler White was really good because she portrays that wife thing that wants the best for everyone without thinking about the consequences. She was good because she was annoying in her family role but she also had her own battles to take as she is pregnant with a baby when seasons 1 and 2 are happening. Dean Norris as Agent Hank Schrader, Walt’s brother in law from marriage to his wife’s sister Marie who is a bad ass in the DEA. He will get more involved as the story progresses so don’t put him aside like I did in the first season. RJ Mitte as Walter Jr was also a good supporting cast although his character isn’t more involved in the story for now (a good tidbit for this guy is he plays Walt’s disabled son with cerebral palsy which he does have in real life). Betsy Brandt, Marie Schrader, Hank’s wife and Skyler’s sister is also good as supporting cast as she provides a lot of talking points with her sister. All other cast and characters are great in the series, you never meet anyone in the Breaking Bad universe that is really a throw off, you can definitely kill them off, but they weren’t just there. Characters were always there to move the story along which was great for the series.

All in all, I just have to say that Breaking Bad is awesome, I don’t know why I waited so long to see it myself. And for anyone who has not seen this show, I highly recommend seeing it now as it is a MUST SEE NOW. Watch it and get your mind blown and think that the human drama in The Walking Dead is child’s play when you see Heisenberg transform from timid school teacher to an effing drug lord. The series will end this year as the last episodes started airing. I myself am only on Season 3 as of the moment will definitely try to see it as it airs towards the end.

If you like human emotions tangled in the choices people make and how to face the consequences of those actions, you have to see Breaking Bad. Even if you don’t like violence, you will have to give it props for every amount of emotion that they give into a character and the story.

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Sherlock Series Review (Seasons 1 and 2)

poster-image-gambar-snapshot-download-movie-film-photo-video-clip-sherlock-tv-series-baker-street-londonNever was a fan of Sherlock, never read the books and was only slightly amused by the movies (there were two of them right?). But anyway, I saw this series because Benedict Cumberbatch kicked so much ass in Star Trek Into Darkness that I wanted more. I wanted to see him in more crap and what more can you ask for if you watch the series where he is the main character, and thus started the amazing ride that is Sherlock.

 

Take precaution, this series is a bit of a mind bender, as Sherlock is a genius in what he does, he always assumes that you see what he sees and therefore in the same state of mind as he is, which is the double edged sword of his story and his character. This is because you do feel that this is what makes Sherlock special, his special ability to deduce everything within moments of seeing what he does, but at times, you have to stop and think before you can get on board with his ideas. But fear not as in the series, he will rant a page of dialogue explaining what he sees and what it means so you won’t get lost.

 

The creators really thought about this before they went on and did it. There are a lot of allusions in the episodes that hard core Sherlock fans will definitely enjoy. I think one of the cool things about this series is the setting. As we all know Sherlock was set in the Victorian era (I guess that was in the late 1800, I may be wrong as you know I suck at history) but the series is set in the current time which makes it much more accessible to viewers (I think they finally got that Shakespearean language sucks and that no one wants to listen to it despite the cool content, so kudos to the creators!). But anyway, they transform the old materials to a new setting relating the books to an updated time, like taxis, cellphones, the CIA and the like. Although this is set as a series, it somehow feels like each season is a movie, a long movie as each episode is 90 minutes long with each episode tied with each other. But you can’t feel that time when you see the series as it is full of mysteries that will keep you guessing about what happened and what happens next (especially because the end of both seasons are effing cliffhangers).

 

Although the series has its fascinating stories, some twists and a lot of turns, the series is also dependent on the relationship between Sherlock and Watson, yeah, the bromance here is so apparent that you know they cannot be separated from one another (I mean that literally). Their relationship is very convincing which lends a great hand to great storytelling and acting.

 

For the cast, the only thing I can say about this is that Sherlock is Cumberbatch and Watson is Martin Freeman (can someone explain to me his last name? aren’t black guys the only ones to have that last name? anyway, as I have said a million times, history dummy). That’s it, everyone else you need to meet when you watch the series because I might spoil it for you if you know who is in the series beforehand. But in terms of the acting, Cumberbatch is awesome as Sherlock. At first, I did have trouble trying to relate Khan (oops! Sorry for those who have not seen Into Darkness) as being Sherlock, because for one, he spoke very  slowly in Star Trek. But I have to say, after the first episode, he is a better Sherlock than Robert Downey Jr. Not discrediting Downey but Cumberbatch is just better in my opinion. In addition to that, I also think that Freeman is a better Wilson than Jude Law (although the latter is definitely hotter). In this version, you really get to feel for Wilson, you really understand him as a character and not just someone who cleans up after Sherlock.

 

There’s really not much more to say other than this is a really good series. As a test to it’s quality, my boyfriend who is baffled by the English accent (and hates British humor, he just doesn’t find it funny) saw this series with me without complaint on the accent or the humor. So there, that’s the best testament I can give to those who feel skeptical about how good this series is.

 

I really think that Sherlock is a MUST SEE NOW. I think you can now see that about 90% of my reviews are MUST SEE NOW. Be it movies, books or series, and that is because I only things that are interesting to me and that I can recommend to everyone else. I just don’t to waste my time with crap and die tomorrow wishing I had spent my time better. And with the great shows that are on TV now, I think you can just find a show that you like in any channel and stick to that.

 

But I think this success is because TV writers now really are fans of what they write. I mean that is the brilliance of the current TV series today, the biggest factor of that is the creators and writers of these TV shows are fans first of the material. And from that they recreate the things that they love about the character or the story into something relatable which makes us, the audience, love what they love. They make something that is not palatable to the general audience and they make it as interesting as hell which makes it so successful. Well anyways, I just have to say, watch Sherlock. You will be surprised of how awesome it is even if you’re not a Sherlock fan.

Hannibal Series Review

Hannibal-NBC-Poster-2012-300x375As the summer movies are coming to a close and the fall movies are about to begin (yes, there is no fall where I come from AND I think September to November movies are becoming better than the summer blockbusters, Looper for example), I’m still waiting to see Elysium and Kick Ass 2. But since I come from a country where there are delays in movie releases, which sucks big time but I have no other choice but to wait. In the meantime though, I have been preoccupied with watching TV; not literally watching TV, but watching TV series. And after watching a bit of TV, I decided to make some reviews. But unfortunately, after my mind was blown with Game of (fucking) Thrones, I never had the nerve to review the series because it was way to epic to put into words.

 But I think to give justice to the current wave of awesome series that are now invading (and hopefully replace) the stupid reality shows, it’s good to review some of them so that people who are reluctant to watch them, will get that little push to finally see it. So I’ll be posting some reviews of TV series that I watch, maybe per season as it airs or just the entire series, we’ll know after I’ve posted the reviews. And we’re starting with NBC’s Hannibal.

 So I am a big fan of Hannibal, the movies definitely yes, the books, yes but still too scared to read through and through. So when my boyfriend was trying to get me hooked on the series when it started airing, I was a bit reluctant to watch it because it was gory. But finally, as there was a long weekend, I finally thought, hey, I’m going to make myself paranoid for three whole days and probably the next two weeks after it.

 Developed by Bryan Fuller (which I have to be honest, I have no idea who he is, have not seen any of the series he’s made before) for NBC, Hannibal is a thriller television series that’s based on Thomas Harris’ Red Dragon. It stars Hugh Dancy as Will Graham, Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter (yeah, the guy from Casino Royale), Caroline Dhavernas as Alana Bloom, Hettiene Park as Beverly Katz and Laurence Fishburne as Jack Crawford. 

The theme of the series is definitely great, think the gore of Walking Dead + cinematography of Sherlock + serials killers and team of Criminal Minds + Greg House as the devil himself with an even weirder accent that his real one. And although the series’ catalyst is serial killers and their crimes, a big part of it is the sort of thriller drama between Hannibal and Will. It’s about how to live and work with an extremely intellectual serial killer, and I say live and work because survive really isn’t a good way to describe what a person has to deal with in this series. Hannibal has complete control and you cannot outsmart him at all, not because he’s just brilliant, which of course is part of it, but because he has his reputation and you cannot tarnish that (by the end of the season you will get so frustrated with this fact that you want to kill him yourself), and people tell him EVERYTHING. It’s also not so much of a mind bender of who did the crime as you know that Hannibal is a serial killer the whole time but it’s more on how will Hannibal screw everyone else just to see these people fall from glory. The relationship between the cast is also essential to the series as the series also tackles on trust and redemption. You try to understand where everyone is coming from especially the main cast.

 The first half of the season, you really feel that the title should be Will Graham instead of Hannibal as it focuses mainly on Will and his special ability for pure empathy (nothing supernatural). But towards the last half, you really feel that Hannibal is pulling the strings on the entire charade that they play. He is an awesome puppet master to a stage of intelligent people who cannot figure out that, hey, the guy who gave you the advice is trying to kill you or get you killed. Towards the end of the season, you feel a slight amusement and a whole lot of hate towards Hannibal and an extreme frustration to the people around him. You just can’t help but be at awe and yell out the “obvious” things to you that they cannot put together.

 The acting is definitely good. Despite going back and forth with comparing their team with the team on Criminal Minds, I think they are a good FBI team, not awesome, but definitely sufficient. Hugh Dancy which I know as Claire Danes’ hubby is good a Will Graham, I mean you really feel for this guy. He’s just trying to do what he thinks is right but through the process he is literally losing his mind. His unique ability is his gift and curse and it takes him to a place and an ending that you cannot fathom. Mads Mikkelsen is a different Hannibal, for Hopkins’ fans, he is not that but he portrays a more severely sadistic Hannibal (yes, Hannibal can be more sadistic, who knew right?) His version of Hannibal is more liberated as he is not incarcerated nor hunted, he is more powerful and more egotistic that he definitely pushes his bounds on how to act and doesn’t care which crimes to commit as he feels he is smarter than everyone else. Fishburne and Dhavermas (the girl who looks like Victoria from How I Met Your Mother) are a good supporting cast, although at times you do feel like they are overshadowed by how well Hugh and Mads react and connect with each other.

 After three sleep deprived nights not from the watching but more on the paranoia from watching, I do think Hannibal is a MUST SEE NOW. It’s interesting, it’s clever and it’s gory ( I mean there were A LOT of scenes where I have to pull my eyes away because I could not process what I was seeing). It’s an awesome take on one of our most beloved villains and it’s definitely worth the fright.