Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. : another Marvel’s show


Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is an American television series that airs on the ABC channel.

The famous organization S.H.I.E.L.D. that appears in many movies of the Marvel (see The Avengers), is the protagonist in this TV show. The main characters are the new team assembled for Agent Coulson, together they will face alien threats and fight Hydra, the long-term enemy of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The team is originally meant to include Agent Philip Coulson, the team leader who is seen dying in The Avengers, Agent Melinda May, the stoic pilot called “the Cavalry”, Agent Grant Ward, the “I work alone” guy, and Agents Fitzsimmons: Leo Fitz, engineer and Jemma Simmons, biochemist. Skye joins the team in the first episode, she is a hacker they encounter on the mission and she has a lot of trust to earn to fit in with the team.

As the storyline goes, it’s all pretty basic: spies, secret agents, big bad guys, new technologies, cool planes and weapons, friendships and betrayals. Nothing new, yet a good spy show/movie can always be appreciated, but it needs a good acting and some good stuff in the story. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. definitely lacks a good acting – and I can tell you, having to watch a few episodes in Italian was pure torture because it gets even worse with the dubbing, it’s painful to watch.

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is one of those shows you watch in a lazy afternoon when you’re chilling on the couch, nothing on your mind, your brain happily dozing off. Surely it’s not a series you can actively follow, although I tried for the sake of it. I caught the first (second, really) episode by mistake, I was at my father’s – I’ve got nothing to do when I’m there – and I had just enjoyed a long, late lunch, my stomach was full and my brain taking a nap; the episode didn’t look so bad if we pass over the acting.

Reasons to watch it:
1) Skye, Jemma and Fitz are very cute;
2) May is kinda bad ass;
3) you’ve got nothing else to do.

Reasons not to watch it:
1) the acting is very poor;
2) the storyline is lacking as well;
3) you’ve heard it all before;
4) the characters are really not that interesting;
5) you have better things to do.

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Once Upon A Time: The fairy soap opera

 

Once Upon A Time is an American television series about fairy tales and drama.

The main characters come from the most known fairy tales, at the beginning of the first season they all are in Storybrooke, trapped in town by a curse cast by the Evil Queen, Regina Mills, who’s now the mayor of the small town in Maine.

The curse is destined to be broken by Emma Swan, Snow White and Prince Charming’s daughter; when that happens everyone will remember who they are, for the curse made them forget their story and created new memories for everyone who was transported in Storybrooke.

Henry is the one who brings Emma in town to break the curse, he is Regina’s adopted son and Emma’s biological son.

The complicated relationships between the characters soon turn the show into a soap opera with a fairy tale storyline.

 

Regina Mills is the Evil Queen, she is Henry’s adoptive mother and her love for him is what will bring her to change a lot through the seasons.

Emma Swan is the Savior, she’s Henry’s biological mother and she’s destined to break the curse and help everybody get their happy ending.

Mary Margaret Blanchard is Snow White, she sent Emma to the real world to save her from the curse.

David Nolan is Prince Charming, he is Snow’s side kick husband and appears to serve no other purpose than to be a loving and heroic partner at her side.

Henry Mills is Regina and Emma’s son, he is the true believer.

Mr. Gold is Rumplestiltskin, he’s the one who gave Regina the curse, believing it could be his way to find his son.

Other story tale characters are Belle from The Beauty and the Beast, who is in love with Mr. Gold (who represents all Rumplestiltskin, the Crocodile and the Beast), August/Pinocchio, Ruby/Red Riding Hood, Captain Killian Hook Jones, Robin Hood and Zelena/Wicked Witch of the West, Mulan, Aurora, Maleficent, Crudelia…

 

The idea of making a family show gathering all the fairy tales could have been a good one – “could” being the key word. The acting is poor, the only ones who give a good performance are Lana Parilla as Regina/Evil Queen and Robert Carlyle as Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin, the storyline becomes boring very quickly, the plot twists are not as spectacular as they want to seem. The characters have no real depth, the insight they flaunt is trivial and obvious and doesn’t surprise one bit.

One good thing about the show is that I think they portrayed the characters well from a stereotyped point of view, meaning each character has the traits you would imagine from the stereotype of the fairy tale, luckily that’s not all that makes the character. It’s just nice to watch actors play those characters as they were animations like the Disney originals. The costumes are good too, which is always nice in a show.

If you have time to waste, want to have a laugh or are really bored to death, watch it. Otherwise, do find something better to occupy your time with.

 

Quotes Wall: His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman


 

Then Lyra gave a cry so passionate that even in that muffled, mist-hung world it raised an echo, but of course it wasn’t an echo, it was the other part of her crying in turn from the land of the living as Lyra moved away into the land of the dead. “My heart, Will …” she groaned, and clung to him, her wet face contorted with pain. And thus the prophecy that the Master of Jordan College had made to the Librarian, that Lyra would make a great betrayal and it would hurt her terribly, was fulfilled.

 

“We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not,” said the witch, “or die of despair.” 

 

“I told him I was going to betray you, and betray Lyra, and he believed me because I was corrupt and full of wickedness…. I wanted him to find no good in me and he didn’t. There is none. But I love Lyra. Where did this love come from? I don’t know; it came to me like a thief in the night, and now I love her so much my heart is bursting with it. All I could hope was that my crimes were so monstrous that the love was no bigger than a mustard seed in the shadow of them, and I wished I’d committed even greater ones to hide it more deeply still…”

 

And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

 

The intentions of a tool are what it does. A hammer intends to strike, a vise intends to hold fast, a lever intends to lift. They are what it is made for. But sometimes a tool may have other uses that you don’t know. Sometimes in doing what you intend, you also do what the knife intends, without knowing.

 

“For a human being, nothing comes naturally,” said Grumman. “We have to learn everything we do.”

– quotes from “His Dark Materials” by Philip Pullman

 


Quotes Wall: Albert Camus


 

I knew a man who gave twenty years of his life to a scatterbrained woman, sacrificing everything to her, his friendships, his work, the very respectability of his life and who one evening recognized that he had never loved her. He had been bored, thats all, bored like most people. Hence he had made himself out of whole cloth a life full of complications and drama. Something must happen and that explains most human commitments. Something must happen even loveless slavery, even war or death. 

 

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.

 

We don’t have the time to completely be ourselves. We only have the room to be happy.

 

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.

 

The purpose of a writer is to keep civilization from destroying itself.

 

People hasten to judge in order not to be judged themselves.

 

Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal.

 

At the heart of all beauty lies something inhuman.

 

Fiction is the lie through which we tell the truth.

 

– quotes by Albert Camus

 


Maleficent: the lost wings of Disney

It has been some years now since Disney has started producing new movies retelling the stories from their animated film. I have been mostly disappointed with those, but Maleficent stands proud among the others.

The idea of showing Maleficent as a hero rather than a villain is a nice one, it is nice to see the story from a completely different prospective. And Angelina Jolie’s performance was simply stunning.

Maleficent is a good fairy at the beginning, she foolishly trusts the boy she fell for and is betrayed by him. At first her crime is only defending her home, but after the horrible betrayal she seeks revenge and her magic turns dark.

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Quotes Wall: Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach


 

Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect. -And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.

 

Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.

 

“Your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip,” Jonathan would say, other times, “is nothing more than your thought itself, in a form you can see. Break the chains of your thought, and you break the chains of your body, too.”

 

He was not bone and feather but a perfect idea of freedom and flight, limited by nothing at all.

 

You have the freedom to be yourself, your true self, here and now, and nothing can stand in your way.

 

To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is, you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived.

 

You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves.
That’s what I mean by love.

 

Overcome space, and all we have left is Here.
Overcome time, and all we have left is Now.

 

We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.

 

– quotes from “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” by Richard Bach

 


The Shannara Chronicles: find the chemistry


The Shannara Chronicles is an American fantasy drama television series based on The sword of Shannara Trilogy by Terry Brooks, it premiered on MTV at the beginning of 2016 and a second season has already been confirmed.

Human civilization has been destroyed thousands of years ago, Elves are now the dominant race and demons are starting to return after being banished from the world, locked in the Ellcry tree, that is now dying.

The task to save the world falls upon the last Chosen, who just happens to also be the Elven princess Amberle. She has to go on a journey – because the good guys never manage to keep what they need to fight evil close and they always end up walking for a long time while the world is being destroyed – and her companions are Will, a half-human half-elf, and Eretria, a human and a rover.

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