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.

 

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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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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Faking It: how average shows should be

 Faking It is not what you can call a great and deep TV show, but in its simplicity and even ordinariness it obtains something very few have. It is an average show, one like all the others you may catch on TV switching channels, but it’s a modern, more open-minded version of those silly shows.

 The topic through the seasons is teenage life, the daily drama of grown-up kids and their parents, just a common, overused, trivial topic we have seen millions of time on TV. And yet, the show comes as an amused breath of fresh air.

 It’s a comical show, exaggerated in its drama, ridiculous in most of its dynamics, and yet it also manages to offer some deep considerations. It can be watched as a light show to pass time, or it can be watched more carefully, paying attention to the messages behind the comical exaggerations of teenage drama. 

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A word about: Fanfictions

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Surely, you know what those are. Fanfictions are the best blessing fans can hope for. Whatever joy the show/movie refuses you, the fanfictions can grant.

It looks like a random topic, but I want to spare five minutes on it because a lot of people dismiss it way too quickly. Of course, a lot most of them are silly, stupid, merely for entertainment, for the sake of getting what you can’t have on the show. But sometimes you find talents hidden in some of those authors.

People don’t give fanfictions any credit because they think it’s just something one writes for fun, or to satisfy their wish that a certain thing happened on the show/movie. But fanfictions are a very good exercise for creative writing. There isn’t that much difference, really, between getting a plot you have to work on from a teacher, or getting it from the TV. It’s both easier and harder. Yes, you already have a world set out for you and the characters have a personality already so you don’t have to create it on your own, but that’s also the difficult part. You already have a story with its own life and characters with their own past, you have to manage to bring something original into that story, you have to make it yours without betraying the original story.

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Fear the walking dead: TWD spin-off

The Walking Dead is famous enough not to need introduction, but if you don’t know what it’s about you only need two key words: zombie apocalypse. It’s an American horror television series.

Fear the Walking Dead is the show’s spin-off, it’s an American post-apocalyptic horror drama television series that premiered on AMC in 2015.

It starts off in Los Angeles just before the apocalypse starts and it follows the lives of the Clark-Manawa family, composed by a mother and her new partner and his son from a previous marriage, the woman’s teen daughter and drug addicted son.

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