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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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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Blue is the warmest colour: worst lesbian movie?

Unfortunately I went to see Blue is the warmest colour to the cinema. All my friends were enthusiastic of it and my best friend at that time told me it was her favourite movie of the year. If she liked it so much, I told myself, I must go and see it on the big screen.

 I wish I hadn’t. I was disgusted and honestly a bit insulted by this movie everyone declared the icon of lesbian love. I saw very little love and a lot of unrealistic sex. They acclaimed the actresses for their performance but I’ve seen better acting watching the Italian actress Monica Bellucci in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

 Blue is the warmest colour is based on a graphic novel of the same name, which people say is much better than the film adaptation. I haven’t read it, so I couldn’t tell, but I guess it’s difficult to do worse than the movie.

The story is about a young girl who finds out she’s attracted to girls and begins to discover her sexuality. She falls in love with an artist and drama happens. A lot of drama. So much useless drama that it’s unrealistic even for a lesbian movie (lesbian movies are known to be always full of drama).

The sex scene was the most criticised part, and although I hated it, I don’t want to be misunderstood. I’m glad that the director tried to do something new and challenging by letting it be explicit and without any censorship. But he didn’t manage to do a good job. It’s not a love scene, it’s porn. I agree that we should show love more freely, I agree that we shouldn’t care about scandalizing people, but porn is not love-making.

My impression of it was that of a movie directed by a man for men. The sex scene is obscene and likely similar to what a man’s fantasy about lesbians could be.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: the spin-off nobody needed

 

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is an American television series set in the universe of Arrow and The Flash, it’s a spin-off of the two shows on The CW.

Heroes, villains, saving the world, end of the world, time travel, we’ve got it all. Legends of Tomorrow gathers sidekicks and other characters from the two TV shows and makes them the team of a Doctor Who wannabe.

Travel through time and save the world from an enemy you haven’t destroyed because you left the ashes around the first time you defeated him. Cute.

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The 100: How to ruin potential

 The 100 is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg. The planet was bombed and civilization destroyed, almost a hundred years later the survivors of Earth are still on the Ark, the only space station left. When the oxygen is about to run out, they send their under-age criminals – who were waiting to turn eighteen to be executed – to Earth to see if it’s finally safe to go back. Landing on Earth the kids find that the radiations are not harmful any more and they struggle to survive in the wild nature. Things turn even worse when they learn they’re not alone on the planet. The grounders and the Mountain Men survived the bombs too.

 Clarke is a strong-willed girl who will take the weight of responsibility on her shoulders since she lands on Earth, she will lead her people, care for them, sacrifice everything for them. She will become a woman through the hard decisions she will have to make. She’s caring and selfless, she makes a passionate leader.

 Abby is Clarke’s mother, she’s a doctor and the Chancellor on the Ark. She’s a passionate woman and a concerned mother, it will take her time to accept that her daughter has grown up during her time on the ground. 

 Raven is a sassy brunette, a strong woman who will endure a lot, she will have her great share of pain and push through it.

 Octavia is a warrior, she’s one of the criminals sent down from the Ark. She’s the first to embrace the grounders’ culture and learn their ways, she proves herself suited to become a warrior and finds love among the grounders, as Clarke will.

 Bellamy is Octavia’s brother, he feels the duty to always look after his sister but his choices are often very questionable. He never learns to trust the grounders, but he works with Clarke to protect their people.

 Marcus is another Chancellor of the Ark and even if at first he doesn’t trust the grounders at all, he will learn to see them as more than savages.

 Jaha is the Chancellor of the Ark at the beginning of the show, he will have a huge role in season two when he makes a big discover.

 Lexa is probably the most beautiful character in the show, thanks to the actress (Alycia Debnam-Carey) this character stole the attention of the fandom becoming almost a co-leading character at Clarke’s side. She’s the Commander of the grounders, Heda. She’s strong and lethal, but will rediscover feelings she has long since buried when Clarke stands up to her and walks at her side into a war. There will be heartbreak and love, but this character had the potential to be so much more than what Jason made her.

 I do not recommend people to watch The 100 for two main reasons: 1) if you’re watching it for the story itself, it’s not a very original one, all the good ideas have been dismissed way too quickly, 2) if you’re watching it because you heard about how modern and progressive the show is, I can tell you that it’s all a marketing strategy.

 The 100‘s leading characters are mostly all women, strong, powerful women. That is true, Clarke, Octavia, Raven, Abby are wonderful women and Lexa is a fantastic addition. But if you think Jason handles it in a good way, think again. I find a lot of things offensive about how the show handles independent women.

 How do people face loss in The 100? The boys are allowed to grief and grief for entire seasons, they’re allowed to make really bad decisions and kill innocents because of their pain and are forgiven because “poor boy, he was suffering”. The girls have to suck it up and go on, they don’t even get the time to cry over a lost one. The message of the show is that to be strong boys only need to be males, girls need to get over their feelings and be strong all the time, never grieving or showing hurt. If a girl cries she goes back being considered the weak female, if a boy cries the character is modern because “boys should be allowed to cry too”.

 The ideas for the story are not original, in the first few episodes they just downright copy The Lord of Flies, then they start to throw in many typical stereotypes and eventually copy things from Game of Thrones. A show that starts off as mildly violent and presenting moral doubts and issues, becomes grossly violent in the third season, when it loses every good thing it had. 

 The characters are what you could really save about the show, or maybe were. Lexa, Clarke, Raven, Octavia, Lincoln are all amazing, well-written characters, the cast is wonderful and they give life to powerful characters. The whole cast is pretty good anyway, I would never say anything against the actors, the problem of this show is some choices of the writers and mostly its developer, Jason Rothenberg. He had in his hands a show that could have been really nice with a cast like that and he ruined all the good stuff.

 I would definitely not suggest to watch The 100, although it is really a pity to lose Alycia’s performance as Lexa: she’s very powerful. I do, however, advise to check out some of the actors, they really are good.

 

Actors I like in the show: 
Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin
Alycia Debnam-Carey as Lexa 
Lindsey Morgan as Raven Reyes
Ricky Whittle as Lincoln
Marie Avgeropoulus as Octavia Blake 
Christopher Larkin as Monty Green