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TV Review: “Jessica Jones” – Series 1

Now, I know it’s a bit late, but after marathoning the Netflix original series Jessica Jones in three days, it’s impossible not to write about it. I was honestly surprised at how much I enjoyed the show and how quickly I was drawn into its complex yet focused story lines.

I began watching it not expecting very much, simply because I’m not a huge fan of Marvel. Yes, I’ve seen the typical films, but unless there’s absolutely nothing else to watch, I usually put off having to sit through three hours of fight scenes.  Continue reading TV Review: “Jessica Jones” – Series 1

Movie Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

Captain America: Civil War opened in theaters nationwide on Friday, ushering in the time of year where action movies abound.  Much like last year, when Mad Max: Fury Road began the action-movie season, this year’s summer opens with an impressively made, well-directed film, with outstanding performances from all cast members.  Unfortunately, also like Mad Max, Captain America is not written half as well as it is acted or directed.

In Lagos, Nigeria, Captain America, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, and Black Widow fight and defeat Brock Rumlow, preventing him from stealing a WMD.  In the process, however, Scarlet Witch attempts to control a suicide bomb Rumlow detonates, but instead, it accidentally explodes and kills Wakandan humanitarian workers.  At the same time, Tony Stark is sent on a guilt trip by the mother of an American boy who died while spending his summer in Sokovia.  The latest incident, coupled with all the other destruction the Avengers have left in the wake of fighting evil, leads to the creation of the Sokovia Accords, which states that the Avengers would be under the authority of a special UN panel.  Continue reading Movie Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

TV Review: Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Season 2

After the huge success of last year’s release of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the show’s second season was made available on Netflix early in April. The show follows the titular Kimmy Schmidt, a woman who spent her formative years locked in an underground bunker with three other women and the cultmaster who had kidnapped them, as she finds herself and adjusts to the modern world in New York City. Season two starts not with a bang, but with an “Eh…” The premiere episode, “Kimmy Goes Roller Skating”, feels less like a  season premiere than a continuation of the first season. Undoubtedly Netflix had binge watchers in mind during production, assuming that as the show continues, viewers will be watching these seasons in quick succession. However, the premiere fell short for those of us seeing season two for the first time, and I personally questioned whether it was worth continuing.
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TV Review: The X-Files, Season 10

After a fifteen year hiatus from TV, The X-Files returned for a six episode run in January. With this quick run, the new series managed to hit all the bases from the original show, though not always in the best ways.

One of The X-Files‘ greatest strengths has been the chemistry between the characters of Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson). Throughout the season, Duchovny and Anderson reprised flawless and mostly unchanged versions of their characters. The new episodes delved further into the relationship between the two agents, revealing that they had, for the most part, remained separate since the events of the season nine finale. Scully blames this on Duchovny’s depression, and erratic behavior based on his beliefs and doubts in the X-Files.

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