Since I’ve Been Gone…

So, I took a hiatus because my husband, at the tender age of 47, had triple bypass surgery. His CVD is hereditary, but because of his youth and overall health, he was able to come home a mere six days later. He is on the mend at home and that is all that really matters.

However, while he was in the hospital and now that he is on the mend… television and books (read Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, so good!) has given me nice little breaks from everything that has been going on.

Outside of  Hollywood’s McCarthy like era of taking down all those that have sexually harassed anyone, BRAVO, TV has equally been interesting.

The biggest news to me is that Amazon is going to create it’s own Lord of Rings universe that will act as a prequel to the much beloved books and movies. This is amazing because we will be losing Game of Thrones in a couple of years and even though HBO is also planning on spin offs and prequels to it’s heralded series, this will be a great replacement for those of you that love high fantasy. Now, Amazon has to really invest in production for a multi-season series. We are expecting something huge in scope. If it pales in comparison to the Peter Jackson movies, fans will be disappointing.

The biggest episodes of the week were:

  1. Mr. Robot – The beauty of this show is that it takes risks in storytelling. This time, it decided to make the viewer believe that they were watching a single-shot sans commercials about Elliot trying to stop whatever the Dark Army wanted to accomplish on that day, but then he is on the run and E-Corp falls when a group causes mayhem in the headquarters. He ultimately fails because he was fired by E Corp before he could do anything, but then he learns that Darlene has been working with the FBI and that Angela is in cahoots with the Dark Army. He confronts Angela, but what the Dark Army needed on that chaotic day is done by Angela and we are left wondering what Elliot will do to Angela or if he will succeed, especially when he feels like he has no one in his corner. It was just a mesmerizing episode that had you on the edge of your seat the whole time and made you scream F!$k at the screen as the credits rolled. This is why I love this show.
  2. Outlander – Will this couple ever catch a break? Claire and Jamie leave Scotland to try to save young Ian, who was kidnapped as he tried to retrieve Jamie’s treasure, which would pay off Laoghaire ( pronounced as Leary) so he can go off and live happily ever after with Claire and still take care of the Laoghaire’s daughters. Along for the ride are Fergus and Marsali (Jamie’s step daughter) who are handfasted (married) and Mr. Willoughby. Everything is fine, until the wind dies. The crew want to blame whomever brought the bad luck on the ship. Be it a woman, be it a foreigner, or even a person who did not touch the sacred horse shoe.  When all hell breaks loose, Mr. Willoughby (the Hero of the episode) catches site of a shift in the atmosphere via a bird and distracts the frenzied group before they kill off one Jamie’s men by telling his story. That man can turn a phrase and it worked! The Wind was back and they set off again, but before you could catch a breath, Claire is kidnapped by a British ship which was in distress due to most of it’s crew falling to a mysterious ailment. Claire goes to help and since she is the only one that can help and with a promise to deliver her to Jamaica, she is kidnapped and both she and Jamie are at a loss. Will they see one another again? They better! There were a lot of classic moments between Claire and Jamie as they finally start to get back into the groove of being a couple, which was great to watch.
  3. Riverdale – How the tides have turned. Now that Riverdale is in a heightened alert mode due to the Black Hood’s shadow looming over Riverdale. It has actually affected Betty and Archie the most. Archie, because his father was attacked, as well as his friends Moose and Midge, and his ex-lover was killed by the Black Hood. Betty, on the other hand, is just being tortured by someone that is claiming to be the Black Hood in order to protect those she loves. What he wants is for her to turn her back on Juggie, Veronica, and Archie. This will leave her all alone and easier to swoop in on. All my fingers point to Dilton, as he seems a little dark and twisty. She uses Ronnie’s past to turn on her, as Veronica falls back on old habits when an old chum returns to town. This guy ends up preying on Cheryl and slips her a date rape drug, but luckily…Ronnie and the rest of the Pussycats rescue her. This helps Ronnie and Betty to reconcile, but she points the Black Hood to Ronnie’s old friend as a possible next target. She also breaks up with Jughead via Archie and as his heart is in tatters he turns to Toni for comfort. Why do people do that?  This group is splintering apart, so the question is (as we head into the winter hiatus time) if this group will find their way back to one another and can they defeat this Black Hood!

I want to give special shout outs to the Flash for giving us Drunk Barry and sleazy Elongated Man. These two gave us a lot to laugh about as the ladies rescued Caitlin from her alter ego.

The other shout out is to Gotham as it continues to evolve Jim into the Jim that we know oh so well. Unfortunately, that Jim will eventually have to deal with his ex-loves Barbara and Lee are both Queens of the Underworld.

 

 

 

News You May Have Missed…

Syfy: They are rebooting the Narnia franchise and it will be much darker. It will be released in 2019 and it will be Joe Johnston’s swan song.

TVLine: Katee Sackhoff’s will debut as Amunet, the one that left the message for Caitlin on her door, in next week’s episode of The Flash.

Also, I may start watching Legends of Tomorrow, now that Constantine is in an episode (and hopefully more).

Constantine and Ray

THR: This news made my day! There is talk that Amazon Studios may adapt Lord of the Rings into a series. If it is made into a series, whomever gets it will fill the void of fans that will be in mourning over the end of Game of Thrones. In order to do that, a studio would have to invest a lot of money in production and writing scripts that evoke the same feeling we had when we watched the Lord of the Rings movies.

Now, if this happens…it may help boost Amazon a bit after all the news surrounding members who have been swept up in the sexual harassment claims that have finally come to light across Hollywood.

If only someone could talk to J.K. Rowling to adapt the Harry Potter books into a series. Please do not let it be Nickelodeon or Freeform.

SyFy – Ben Barnes is back as Logan, but what about Jimmi Simpson as William. If you have not watched Westworld, you do not know what you are missing. Go watch it!