Wednesday, April 11, 2018

TV Review: Solomon's Perjury

                                                  Solomon's Perjury Review
Solomon's Perjury is about how after a student Lee So woo is found dead on school grounds after either falling or being pushed off the roof the school tries to cover up the his death as soon as possible in order to save the school reputation. A fellow classmate being found dead at school shortly after he was unjustly expelled by the school and a rushed investigation leaves the students with many questions that school doesn't just refuse to answer but refuses to ever allow the students even to ask them doesn't sit will with many students. Go Seo yeon who was one of the two students who found So woo's body and one of the many that witness him being beaten up by school bully Choi Woo hyuk which is an incident that led directly to So woo's expulsion, Seo yeon can wants answers to what led to So woo's death and she's one of the few people who was willing to stand up and asks the questions that they all had but no one was willing to truly ask.

Shortly after So woo's death Lee Joo ri, an unpopular girl who acts like a queen bee, writes a letter were she claims that she saw Woo hyuk along with two of his friends push So Woo off the roof on the night of his death. The majority of the school start to question whether So woo really committed suicide or if he was murdered since pretty much everyone believes Woo hyuk to be capable of such a thing. Seo yeon decides that the best way for them all to get the answers about what really happened to So woo would be hold a trial and she works hard to pull off the trial along with her friends and Han Ji hoon a mysterious boy from another school who decided to join their school trial as Woo hyuk defense counsel.

The trial has Seo yeon working as the prosecutor and Ji hoon as the defense attorney and it leads to many things that Seo yeon would never even guess being revealed as time goes on. Seo yeon has to deal with surprise after surprise during the trial and on top of that she not even confident that Joo ri's statement is even something that can be trusted and that's the only concrete evidence that she has. On the other hand Ji hoon is much more confident about Woo hyuk's innocence because it's clear to the audience that he knows much more about So woo's death than anyone else since they were best friends which is something he is keeping secret from the others, it becomes quite clear early on that Ji hoon as another a agenda for this trial and it's interesting watching it slowly become clear what it is.

I overall loved this series I thought that it had a really good plot and I thought that it's plot had a lot of intrigue to it which made the show very interesting to watch. This series is one that had pretty good characters that you become very interested in figuring out and invested in their emotional journey's as well. I really loved the tone that this series set with both the music and cinematography which were both really great. This series was really good and I would recommend checking this one out because it's a very underrated series. Please tell me your thoughts on this show in the comment section below.

Book Review: Heartless

                                                            Heartless Review
Heartless is a story that is set in Wonderland and is about the future Queen of Hearts who in this story is a young woman named Catherine Pinkerton. Catherine is a lady that has no desire to become queen and instead dreams of opening her own baker with her best friend and maid Mary Ann which is something that her parents especially her mother disapproves of since her mother wants her to become queen because of all the benefits it would have on the family's social standing. On the night of the ball Catherine ends up meeting and falling for Jest the court's new joker and from that day onwards Catherine can't get him out of her head.

As the story goes on Catherine dreams not only of opening her own baker but now she also dreams of being able to have a relationship with Jest but it seems that everyone around her including Jest who despite returning her affections, thinks it would be for the best if she marries the king. It is eventually revealed that Jest is actually from the kingdom of Chess and that he came to steal the Queen of Hearts, heart and he believes that Catherine's heart is the one that he's meant to take but finds that he can't bring himself to steal her heart because he has come to love her. Catherine despite having no interest in the king finds it impossible to say no to him when he asks to marry her so this leads to her and Jest deciding to run away to Chess together but things go terribly wrong before they can get there.

The Wonderland of this story is one that feels like Victorian times with a slight element of fantasy rather than a land of madness and impossibility that original Wonderland that was portrayed in Alice in Wonderland which was something that I found disappointing. Another thing that sadly fell short in this book was the attempts at language humor such as Margaret's always saying the wrong morals which is something that feel like could have been a lot of fun if it was done better although to be fair I find writing things such as this well to be very difficult. I probably would've been able to overlook the thing with the language humor if it wasn't for the fact that the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events came out while I was reading this book and that series is much better at the way it plays with language, this also led to me comparing the series to this book in other ways as well such as how despite having more things limiting their agency the Baudelaires are a lot more proactive in their story than Catherine is in hers which is something that bothers me more the more I think about it.

Overall I thought the book was okay but I felt like it didn't quite capture the magic of Wonderland which is something that really disappointed me since that was a big selling point for this book. Please tell me your thoughts on this book in the comment section below.

TV Review: The End of the F***ing World Season 1

                                        The End of the F***ing World Season 1 Review
The End of the F***ing World is about two teenagers that end up impulsively running away from home together shortly after they start dating and things soon get out of hand. Alyssa has recently moved to town she has a habit of deliberately pissing people off and she doesn't really fit in and she doesn't trust really trust anyone that does which is why she decides that it would be a good idea to date James who clearly doesn't fit in. James believes that he is a psychopath and has killed plenty of animals already and thinks that he should kill a person soon and he thinks that Alyssa would be interesting to kill so he pretends to fall in love with her. Alyssa and James end up starting a strange and awkward relationship together both because their odd people and because neither of them has any idea what a real relationship looks like. Alyssa after being basically told by her dick of a step father that she should leave decides that since she already doesn't really like her life that she should change that by running away tells James that they should run away and steal his dad's car which James agrees to since he figures that he could always kill her later on.

Once they leave it becomes clear that there are a few problems with Alyssa's plan such as they don't have anywhere in particular that they are going and they have no money and they end up crashing the car very early as well. Early on Alyssa decides that they should break into a guys house in order to lay low after she blackmailed a guy and things end up going very badly when the home owner comes back and this leads to James and Alyssa being on the run from the cops for the rest of the series which makes the series a lot more nerve racking to watch since their really terrible at covering their tracks and the series was really good at make us care about them.

The thing that ended up surprising me the most about this show  was how well the show ended up developing the relationship between Alyssa and James because based off the premise and the trailer for the show I was expecting more of a dark comedy(which it is)than a love story which it is unapologetically a love story. I liked how the show was able to show how James went from thinking of Alyssa as someone he wanted to kill to someone he actually started to care about and that he was able to accept that he was capable of having feelings rather quickly and it surprisingly always felt natural.  I also like how it became clear when Alyssa started to see James as someone she did care about rather than some she could care about and I liked that the two of them as time went on became more honest with each other and more vulnerable with each other in a way that you never would've guessed they'd be capable of when you watched the first episode which makes their relationship feel more genuine.          

Overall I really loved this show the acting was fantastic, the writing was brilliant and the directing was quite beautiful as well. Another thing I really loved about the show was the soundtrack which seems to have been filled love ballads from the seventies which really fit really well with the show. This show is great and if you haven't watched it I really think that you should give it a chance because it will probably end up surprising you with how much you end up caring for the characters since they're the types of characters that are a bit difficult to like but by the end all you want is for things to turn out okay for them. Please tell me your thoughts about the series in the comment section below.                                                

TV Review: The 100: We Will Rise(4.06)

                                            The 100: We Will Rise(4.06)Review
  • I find it interesting that Jaha mentions that the black rain won't actually be black and that the way they'll know it's black rain is from the chaos and death it will cause and I like how Jasper refers to that as the usual for them.
  • I like how Jasper tells Jaha to just except that they're all going to die because he'll be much happier once he realize that and Jaha says they'll find a way some how.
  • I like that Kane won't let his people beat Illyan to death because he knows allowing themselves to devolve into chaos isn't going to make things any better for them.
  • I like that Raven is running simulation on getting to and from space before actually going their but I'm worried about if that mission can be successful since she keeps dying in all the simulations because they don't have enough fuel.
  • I like the comments that Murphy makes as he looks after Raven while she's doing the simulations even if they aren't very helpful.
  • I like that Nilyah is worried about Clarke since she never seems to sleep and tells her that she's doing a good job leading her people. I like that Clarke asks Nilyah stay because she wants to make sure she's there to get the nightblood once it's ready.
  • I liked that when Monty was listing all the bad news about the damage of the ship that Bellamy asked if there was any good news and then Kane said the only good news is that nobody died.
  • I like that Clarke, Bellamy and Roan and some of his guards are all going to the island to give Raven the fuel she needs to get the rocket to space.
  • I liked that Kane wanted to go with to the island because he wanted to see Abby before she went to space because he knows that so many things can go wrong on that mission and he wants to see her one last time. I like that Clarke convinces him that he has to stay behind because he is the chancellor and there has to be someone here to keep the peace for their people.
  • I was a bit confused and angered by how Octavia all of a sudden really, really hates Bellamy again to the point that she flat out tells him that if he wasn't her brother she would have killed him already because since this season started it seemed like things weren't that bad between them and I really hate that she says these things because there awful things to say and Bellamy doesn't deserve this especially since he was just telling her that he was so afraid that he had lost her and that she saved their people so really don't get were this hostility is coming from.
  • I'm not all that surprised that Raven lost it on Murphy but I was a little surprised at the level of intensity that she had with it, I liked that Luna stopped Raven from attacking Murphy and calmed her down.
  • I liked that Clarke noticed that Bellamy's mood had become worse and that she figured it was because Octavia still hasn't forgiven him, I also liked that when Clarke said it would just take time that Bellamy pointed out that they don't have much of that left.
  • I liked that when Clarke got out of the rover to help the wounded even though there on a very risky mission that could go wrong at any second and Roan asked what was going on that Bellamy said Clarke's just being Clarke.
  • I'm worried about how they are going to get the fuel across this river that wasn't there a while ago.
  • I like how Luna tells Murphy that she doesn't think that Raven hates him as much as he hates himself although he disagrees with that. I like that Luna tells him that he can find peace someday because she has and I like how he says peace is overrated because it's the fighters who survive.
  • I wasn't surprised that after Bellamy and Roan separated from Clarke and his guards that something happened to them and the cargo.
  • I liked that when Jasper was handing out moonshine to people in a room with a man who was ranting about how they should kill Illyan, Monty asked if it was a good idea and Jasper said of course it is.
  • I like how Monty was telling Jaha how he should step up and control the situation because he has the power to do so and they need to find a way to keep things from getting chaotic.
  • I like that Murphy and Luna were able to help Raven think outside the box by telling her things don't have to be perfect just survivable and that a controlled crash into water could work.
  • I liked that Roan said that both him and Bellamy are alike in that they only really care about their own people while Clarke is different and is trying to save everyone.
  • I liked that when Roan figured out that it was his own people who took the fuel and Clarke that he told Bellamy right away.
  • I liked that Monty went to Kane and told him about Illyan being unguarded and that they went there to protect him from the mob.
  • I like Kane wants to stop the people from descending into darkness by murdering Illyan but I get why Miller's dad doesn't see the point in ensuring his safety when it seems easier to just give their people what they want.
  • I'm not surprised that Octavia is willing to let the mob beat Illyan as much as they want as long she's the one that gets to kill him.
  • I like that Roan was willing to jump on to the other transport to ensure that they didn't loose a drop of the fuel.
  • I like that Bellamy made sure to drive up ahead so that he could get a killer shot at the guy that was forcing Clarke to drive by holding a knife to her throat.
  • I liked how it turned out Kane and Jaha were working together when Jaha sounded the alarm for black rain which made the mob run back inside rather than kill Illyan.
  • I liked that Monty tried to talk Octavia down but he is really wrong about Octavia not being a murderer because she has murder plenty of people but it's sweet that Monty thinks so well of her still.
  • I liked that Kane pointed out to Octavia that she is doing the exact same thing to Illyan that Pike did to Lincoln which stops her from going through with it but if she was really a better person than Pike would she have had to have it pointed out to her that they are acting the same way.
  • I like that Jaha let Illyan go in order to save their people from themselves by making sure that he isn't around to be killed.
  • I find it sad how Bellamy calls himself Pathetic for keeping going back for Octavia even though she hates him because that sounds a lot like a victim talking about their abuser and that it isn't what Octavia should be for him.
  • I like that Clarke tells Bellamy that he isn't pathetic for still caring about Octavia and I like that she believes that Octavia will see that Bellamy is worth forgiving like Clarke has always, although I disagree with Clarke's view on Octavia I like that she gives Bellamy some hope when he needs it.
  • I'm really worried about the fact that they lost an entire barrel worth of fuel but I'm not surprised that it happened.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

TV Review: Timeless: The War to End All Wars(2.01)

                                 Timeless: The War to End All Wars(2.01)Review
  • I think that it's a pretty bad sign that Rittenhouse has already sent some back to world war one by the time the season premiere starts.
  • I like that both Wyatt and Rufus thinks it's strange that Lucy isn't showing up for the trip to go back in time to save her sister because at least they know that something happened to Lucy even if they aren't sure as to what.
  • I was surprised that Rittenhouse was able to blow up Mason's lab so easily but I'm not surprised that they would something like this.
  • I was surprised to find out that Lucy's mother and other members of Rittenhouse kidnapped her but now that I think about it that isn't really something that should come as a shock to me.
  • I like that Wyatt wants nothing more than to find Lucy and that he refuses to believe that she's dead even though no one can find any trace of her anywhere.
  • I like that Agent Christopher is trying to keep the remaining members of their team safe from Rittenhouse by making sure they stay in there new base and I like that she tells Wyatt that the reason she locks them in is because she doesn't trust Wyatt not to go off on his own to look for Lucy and possibly get himself killed which he is planning to do.
  • I like that Rufus is worried about Jiya possibly having one of those headaches that she had at the end of last season again but I'm glad that she seems fine now.
  • I'm really worried about Lucy who is being forced to go along with her mom's and Rittenhouse's plan to rewrite history.
  • I like that Lucy is trying to found out everything she can about what Rittenhouse is doing because she wants to try and find a way to stop it.
  • I like that Jiya was able to figure out exactly what needed to be fixed in order to make sure that the time machine work again.
  • I liked that Agent Christopher wanted to go with to help with the mission of taking down Rittenhouse but I liked that Wyatt refused to let her go because he believes that Lucy is alive in the past and that they're going to bring her home.
  • I liked that Lucy tried to distract the man that came with the solider that Rittenhouse is trying to save but I disliked that Emma the other Rittenhouse person on the mission ended up shooting him and made Lucy be the one to kill him to prove loyalty to them.
  • I liked that Lucy was excited that she got to meet Marie Curie and her daughter but was terrified of her going to help them because she knows Rittenhouse tends to kill anyone that sees something they shouldn't in the past.
  • I like that Lucy was able to get away from her mother and other Rittenhouse people long enough to find a grenade that she was planning on destroying their time machine with and that she plans to kill the solider that Rittenhouse wants to save because it must be for a bad reason.
  • I loved how relieved Lucy was to see that Wyatt was still alive and that he was happy to see she was alive but since he never let himself believe that she was dead it was less of a shock for him to see her, I also liked the hug that they shared.
  • I liked that Lucy was relieved to see that Rufus was alive as well and that they also hugged.
  • I like that Lucy tells Wyatt and Rufus her plans and that she tells them to destroy Rittenhouse's time machine for her and I like that Wyatt was reluctant to let her leave.
  • I liked that when Rufus said that Wyatt was happy to see that Lucy was still alive that Wyatt said he was because they need their historian and I like that Rufus doesn't believe that's the reason at all.
  • I feel bad for Mason since he lost everything that he has ever worked for and he now doesn't know how to make himself useful anymore.
  • I'm worried about Jiya since she still seems to be having those headaches and that they seem to becoming more frequent.
  • I like that after finding out that Lucy is alive that Wyatt seems much happier and is more optimistic about the mission while Rufus thinks that really not that much has changed about their situation.
  • I was glad that Wyatt and Rufus found out about the Rittenhouse agent who has become a captain in WWI and how they realized that Rittenhouse must have sent him back along time ago to raise up the ranks this far.
  • I liked how when Rufus was telling Wyatt how he is still worried about the woman that he loved that he thought Wyatt would understand because he's been doing that for the past six weeks and I liked that when Wyatt was confused about that, that Rufus pointed out that Wyatt is in love with Lucy whether he admits it or not.
  • I liked how Lucy bonded with Marie Curie's daughter about how they both have mother's whose expectations are very hard for them to live up to.
  • I was afraid for Lucy when her mother caught her trying to kill the solider that they saved but I was glad that she didn't kill her but instead said that they needed to bring back the solider to present day now.
  • I find it worrisome that it seems like it's Rittenhouse's plan is to shape the world the way they want it be using time travel so that they don't need to take it over in the future.
  • I liked that when Marie Curie and her daughter discovered the time machine that Lucy literally stood in front of them to save them from being killed and I liked that her mother did end up agreeing with Lucy's judgment on this matter.
  • I disliked that Emma revealed that Lucy was planning on destroying the time machine while they were all inside it in order to stop Rittenhouse once and for all because it led to her mother considering to let Emma kill Lucy.
  • I liked that Wyatt showed up just in time to save Lucy from being shot by Emma but I was sad that they couldn't kill the solider that Rittenhouse saved.
  • I was sad for Lucy when she was told that no matter what she did she will never get her sister back since Rittenhouse went back in time to destroy any chance of that happening.
  • I felt so bad for Lucy when she had to admitted to Wyatt that she wasn't sure if her mother really would stop Emma from killing her and I liked that when she said she lost everything that Wyatt told her that she hasn't lost him and I liked that the two of them almost kissed.
  • I find it very worrying that Rittenhouse has sent a bunch of sleeper agents into the past in order to shape the world the way they want it to be.
  • I think it's a bad thing that Rittenhouse brought the solider who wrote how Rittenhouse can use time travel to take over the world to the present day but I think it might be a good thing that they didn't kill him since he is Lucy's great-grandfather.
  • I liked that Agent Christopher went to Flynn for help in figuring out what Rittenhouse is trying to do and I'm unsurprised to see that he's only willing to talk to Lucy.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.

Book Review: Isla and the Happily Ever After

                                              Isla and the Happily Ever After Review
Isla and the Happily Ever After is about a high school senior at a French American school in Paris named Isla who is shy and doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. Isla has had a crush on the artistic slacker Josh since she was a freshmen and when he starts paying attention to her she realizes that her feelings may not be so one sided. Isla and Josh get together fairly early on in the book and then Isla has to learn to balance her time between Josh, friends and school work but she tends to spend most of her time on Josh.

Isla and Josh's relationship starts to fall apart after Josh gets expelled from school early on in the school year which means that Isla and Josh are now in a long distance relationship and that he isn't allowed to talk to her for awhile. The distance and lack communication causes their relationship to become strained and it being strained leads Isla to believe that Josh doesn't really love her because she no longer believes that she is worth a guy loving because she doesn't know who she is.

The character of Isla feels like she becomes a different person in the second half of the book since in the beginning Isla just seemed like someone who was shy and a bit inexperienced but also someone that didn't doubt that she was worthy of being in a relationship despite not having her future planned out. In the second half of novel Isla become a character that thought that her relationship ending was a given so she decided to break her own heart rather than let Josh break it first, this mindset seemed too cynical and self sabotaging to fit with her characterization from the first half of the book.

Overall I thought that book was okay, it had a sweet couple that it's plot was centered around which made it easy to root for their happy ending even if I did think Isla's character changed rather abruptly halfway through the book. Another thing in the book that I didn't like was Anna and St. Clair suddenly getting engaged towards the end of the book because well I never liked those two together and it felt out of place and too soon for the characters to get engaged. Please tell your thoughts on this book in the comment section below.

TV Review: The Gifted: Got Your SiX(1.06)

                                         The Gifted: Got Your SiX(1.06)Review
  • I liked that we learned a bit of John's backstory about how he served in the military and that his father also served.
  • I'm not sure if it's a smart idea for them to sneak into the Federal building but I agree with what John says about how they need to start changing how they do things because Sentinel services already changed the game by turning other mutants against them.
  • I like that West a mutant boy that can create illusions seems to have a crush on Lauren.
  • I'm not surprised that Clarice was mad at John when she found out that he knew about what Sonya did with her memoires and decided not to tell her since they still needed her help.
  • I understand why Clarice left but I'm worried that her leaving might not be the thing that is safest for her.
  • I like that Caitlin finds the idea of them training the child mutants to use their powers to fight frightening but I understand what Lorna is saying about knowing how to fight being useful since a war is coming.
  • I'm not surprised by the fact that Andy volunteered himself to help out with the mission to break into the Federal building but I was a little surprised by how quickly Reed agrees to let him join in.
  • I like how Reed is using the time traveling to the mission as a way to reconnected with Andy since their relationship has been distant since long before he developed powers.
  • I thought it was interesting that Marcos was able to use his powers to blind someone from seeing what was in the back of the truck.
  • I find it interesting that the X-men chose John to lead the mutants and that they warned that a war was coming.
  • I really can't blame Reed for being a bit alarmed when Andy admitted that it felt good when he tore things apart because it's never a good thing to like destroying things and I think it makes sense that Reed worries that Andy might use is powers to hurt people considering what he just said.
  • I like that Caitlin wants to try and start up a school so that the mutant kids could have some kind of normalcy in their lives.
  • While I agree with Lorna that the kids need to learn how to fight, I don't think her training method of throwing hammers and saw blades at them is best way to do that since that could kill the kids if they don't react fast enough.
  • I liked that when Reed said that he felt like he blew it when talking to Andy about his powers that Marcos told him that he should keep talking to him about it because it's helpful to have someone to talk it about.
  • I liked that Reed and Marcos talked about what it meant to be a father and I liked that Reed told him that you don't have to be anything like your own father and that you start with the knowledge that nothing your kid does can make you love them less.
  • I dislike that Agent Turner is deciding to work with the scientist that even Sentinel services think goes too far when it comes mutants.
  • I like that Lauren talked to West about how she hid her powers for  a long time before they came here and that she told him how it felt like she was living a lie by hiding them. 
  • I like that Lorna, Lauren and West worked together to make sure that Macros, Reed and Andy were able to make it passed Sentinel services safely.
  • I find it worrisome that Sentinel services doesn't seem to be following the laws anymore when it comes to tracking down mutants.
  • I like that Reed told Andy that he's always been proud of him and tells him he can tell him anything.
  • I'm worried about what Carmen will ask Marcos to do this time and I'm sad that Marcos will have to go along with what she asks since she's blackmailing him.
Please tell me your thoughts on this episode.