Tuesday, 4 August 2015

Person of Interest: A Farewell To Arms

 “The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”― Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

From starting as a well made, clever Crime procedural to moving into new highs with Season Four, Person of Interest is by far the most innovative and game-changing TV show on at the moment. You can keep your Game of Thrones, Breaking Bads and Mad Men. This is where the best and brightest currently reside.
"It's way too smart to be mainstream and makes sense for its story of the secret war going under our nose." i09 
The story is the creation of a Machine that watches everyone, observing and analysing data to try identify potential threats to American National security. There is two lists: Relevant and Irrelevant. Harold Finch the creator of the Machine enlists troubled ex-CIA operative John Reece to help him save the "Irrelevant" people.

Quite a convoluted premise in my amateur sum-up but the show expands to such heights; that if I wrote a show half as well as this is written I'd be very happy.

Technically, it is a Science-Fiction but more and more the show stretches into "Science-Fact", with National Surveillance a very real topic for debate, with not just America and the UK, but soon potentially a very real way of life in Australia.

This brings up a whole bag of issues, with privacy, information and technologies influence on people.

Morals, humanity and "Relevance" being key themes within episodes and over arching character development. With strong Crime, and Film Noir aspects this show will definitely has something for everyone.

I will be discussing a lot of the newest season, so if you haven't watched stop reading! 

Here be spoilers...

Friday, 28 June 2013

Orphan Black: Individualism, Identity and Humanity

As an avid watcher of Science Fiction TV shows, I've always been drawn to the ones that tackle the heavy subjects.

Who am I? Where do I belong? What's my place in the world?

Orphan Black doesn't just highlight these profound yet global questions; it uses them as a core theme for each and every character.

Put yourself in Sarah's shoes; you've just found out that you are not as individual as you once thought, in fact you are one of several clones. I struggle to think how it wouldn't make anyone look at who they are.

Orphan Black is without doubt your new favourite TV show, it's bold, hard hitting, honest, blunt, routed in an over arching humanity theme.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

4Kast Episode 5 - Man of Steel

The latest 4Kast with Lucy Smith and Jonathan Palfrey discussing the new Superman film; Man of Steel!

We talk about its highs and lows, and the superhero film trend in Hollywood.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Game of Thrones: The Rains of Castamere


So, so close.

So close to seeing a Stark reunion, something we have been waiting for since Season One, and naively thinking that something was finally going right for the Family from Winterfell.

That scene was one of the most powerful ten minutes of television that I have ever seen.

I knew something was coming, and arguably it has been built up since Ned Stark's death in season one.

This is the scene that has defined it for the book readers (admittedly I am not one of them) and nicknamed the "Red Wedding".

This episode had obviously a lot to do in creating the tragedy and grief that was portrayed in the book and bring it alive on screen.

And it did it.

Monday, 13 May 2013

What makes Tomb Raider so brilliant?

It is very easy with a lot of games to react initially after the first couple of hours, and with Tomb Raider with it's fast paced starting seemed to feel like a spectacle that would lead to a quieter middle of the game with open-world exploration.

How wrong I was.

My first playthrough, and what struck me was the quality of the action scenes, story, gameplay, the lot is still going. It's going to give me a heart attack at this rate. After two playthroughs I still am overwhelmed at the quality that was brought to Lara's reboot.

Let's explore each element of the game and why I can't seem to fault it. I'm thinking my Game of the Year.

Thursday, 7 February 2013

The Return of Lara Croft

March 5th marks the release of the new Lara Croft adventure aptly named "Tomb Raider".

As a long-standing gaming icon, whatever the outcome of the game, the journey will be an interesting one.

With a long checkered history of classic games and feminist issues, this is always an interesting subject to broach. I even wrote about Lara Croft in an college essay.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Zero Dark Thirty: Cinematic Truths

Zero Dark Thirty isn't your average trip to the cinema, let's make that clear. You have to work for it, and personally; that's why I love it.

Let's firstly talk about Jessica Chastain. A rather new actress on the scene, only other major film before Zero Dark Thirty being The Help, where she was nominated for the Oscar. No biggie.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Friday, 18 January 2013

Fringe - Looking Ahead to the Series Finale: Liberty/An Enemy of Fate

Well, it's the day before the Fringe finale and I feel I should do a quick pre-viewing post looking back to the past episodes of Fringe, and what I hope for the double episode of this finale.

Fringe overall has come very far since it's pilot episode, yet surprisingly (or unsurprisingly) still kept the core theme that it developed in the beginning: Love.

The three main characters Olivia, Peter and Walter have all developed far but still not lost their characteristics that made us like them instantly in the first season.

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

Fringe - An Origin Story: Blade Running

Season Five. Episode 5. 8 Episodes to go.

"'More human than human' is our motto."

"If we gift them with a past, we create a cushion or a pillow for their emotions, and consequently, we can control them better."

Recognise the quotes? You should, and if you don't; go watch Blade Runner. Right now.

I have often mentioned Blade Runner when it comes to Sci-Fi and more specifically this season of Fringe seems to be directly inspired by the 1982 cult classic.