Friday, February 19, 2021

Review: Tribes of Europa ep1

I was quite on the fence about watching Tribes of Europa since it seemed like nothing new to me, it reminded me highly of Into the Badlands and The 100 from the trailer. Even the war paint is similar to grounder's war paint in The 100 and they have a similar setting with the groupings of people as Into the Badlands. Only difference? People don't speak English (at least some don't).

Here's what I thought after having seen the first episode: as guessed, nothing new. It seemed to basically be what I thought, though toward the end it had quite a bit of unnecessary over violence (gore). Even if Into the Badlands is mainly people fighting and killing one another I never really felt the gore was out of place, in Tribes of Europa there's a scene which I feel was quite unnecessary, it didn't add - it was just shock value.

The series takes place approximately 50 years after a blackout which left everyone to fend for themselves outside of tech. And even it if it's 2074 same shit is same shit, men still rule everything and women seem to be commodities (SPOILER: there's a scene where a bunch of women looking drugged up sits around, quite much looking like prostitutes). I mean, come on, why can never dystopian futures actually have some thinking here, why is it that they have never evolved when it comes to gender equality? Give me a dystopian where there for one are more women and they are in more powerful positions (too).

The episode did however have a brief dialogue that checks off everything in the Bechdel test, almost a bit on the nose actually, like someone made an effort to write it in there just so it would pass the test. One woman says the name of the other and tells that woman what to do, to which the other woman responds with first woman's name and that she will do as ordered. And that is the ONLY dialogue where to women speak of anything else than men, in fact I can only recall one other dialogue between two women and they spoke about a man.

In other words, there is a serious scarcity problem with women, at least in this first episode. And not all of them make it through the first episode either.

So after having watched this first episode, my sentence: meh.

I will see at leat one more episode before I decide if it's worth continuing since it wasn't THAT bad but if it doesn't pick up soon then yeah scrap pile because there's nothing unique about this so far, it just takes the same old same old and reshape it a bit.

2,5 stars of 5.

Monday, January 07, 2019

Golden Globe 2019

Winners are marked in bold!

Best Motion Picture - Drama
Personally: Bohemian Rhapsody
Guess: No clue, so many good ones (A star is born)

Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Personally: Crazy Rich Asians
Guess: Crazy Rich Asians

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Personally: Lady Gaga or Glenn Close
Guess: Lady Gaga

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Personally: Rami Malek
Guess: Bradley Cooper

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Personally: Constance Wu
Guess: Emily Blunt

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Personally: N/A
Guess: No clue

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Personally: N/A
Guess: No clue

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture
Personally: Adam Driver
Guess: Timothée Chalamet or Adam Driver

Best Director - Motion Picture
Personally: N/A
Guess: Bradley Cooper or Alfonso Cuarón

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Personally: N/A
Guess: Alfonso Cuarón

Best Motion Picture - Animated
Personally: Incredibles 2
Guess: Incredibles 2 or Spiderverse

Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language
Personally: N/A
Guess: Roma

Best Original Score - Motion Picture
Personally: Ludwig Göransson
Guess: Ludwig Göransson

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Personally: Shallow
Guess: Shallow or Dumplin

Best Television Series - Drama
Personally: Pose
Guess: Killing Eve or Bodyguard

Best Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Personally: The Marvelous Mrs Maisel or The Good Place
Guess: The Kominsky Method

Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Personally: N/A
Guess: Assassination of Gianni Versace

Best Performance by an Actress in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Personally: N/A
Guess: Patricia Arquette

Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Personally: Benedict Cumberbatch
Guess: Benedict Cumberbatch

Best Performance by an Actress In A Television Series - Drama
Personally: Elisabeth Moss
Guess: Elisabeth Moss or Sandra Oh

Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series - Drama
Personally: Billy Porter or Richard Madden
Guess: Richard Madden or Billy Porter

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Personally: N/A
Guess: Rachel Brosnahan or Alison Brie

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
Personally: Donald Glover
Guess: No clue

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Personally: Yvonne Strahovski
Guess: No clue

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Personally: N/A
Guess: Alan Arkin or Ben Whishaw

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Regal Academy - Rose is a shitty person

I've been watching the kid show Regal Academy lately, just go have something easy between all the dark and grim series I watch. Today however I came to a tipping point.


In episode 10 season 1 Rose brings her fairytale collection to school and starts growing it mid-class... (which is a whole other issue) and she realises that all the humanlike animals actually have something on to make them so.

How she stumbles over this? By trying to take Puss in Boots earring, like, she goes up to him and says it's pretty and that she wants it. WHO DOES THAT? And instead of properly waiting for a reply she snatches it from his ear and he POOF turns into a small cat.

Her friends come and explain to her that everyone who looks like an animal but talk and walk like a human all wears something to make them this. Normal person would go: "Huh, cool". Rose however goes crazy, she has to check this theory. So, she runs out and takes the glasses off the duck guy in her class (AGAIN, WHO DOES THIS?) and then runs to the whale guy in her class just as he sits down on a dragon to fly away... and snatches his pin... so on top of a dragon he turns into a gigantic blue whale.

Her friends? Oh, they don't stop her or anything. The only one that actually does something is one of the teachers who take her fairytale collection as punishment. No comment about how you do not treat people like this, how you do not go up to them and take something from them? Nope.

The whale guy also had ALL the shrinking sugar they needed for potions class, which landed in the water together with him. Rose says she's sorry to her friends and instead of telling it like it is they're like "we will fix this together, what are friends for?" which is TOTAL BULLSHIT. I didn't watch much more after that, because I was rolling my eyes too hard.

And this is supposed to be for kids? About a shitty person who cares more about her fairytale collection than for other living and breathing creatures? Hell no. This was last straw for me, because even though it has been kind of cute it has some serious animation issues (for example that Rose backpack disappear and reappear).

Regal Academy gets 1 star from me, and that's because I'm nice.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

The Expanse s2 ep 5 - OH HELL NO [spoilers]

Read a few reviews after watching The Expanse season 2 episode 5 and I can agree to some of what is being written but other things I just cannot agree with. There's a scene in the show which some has described as beautiful, I say it was creepy, awkward and just NOPE. It was nothing beautiful about it.

[Spoilers below]

Miller is going to the core of Eros with his little nuke bomb. Eros is speeding fast toward Earth, risking the lives of everyone there. Miller realises a part of Julie's consciousness is still there, connected to Eros and the protomolecule. He says if he can talk to her he can stop her. So far, so good.

He follows a protomolecule bird (like why would she lead him the way, they have no previous connection - at least not on her side, this is just weird) into a room where he finds Julie. She's made of protomolecule, she's blueish and slightly transparent. She looks like she's laying in a dentist chair with loads of tubes attached to her body, everywhere. She's naked, but without nipples (and I'm assuming a southern region like Barbie). Almost floating, her hair flying. She looks very vulnerable and she says she wants to go home, she miss home (on Earth). It's like talking to a young girl with homesickness. A young girl in a naked woman's body, a woman who Miller has a crush on even though he's never met her, only when she was already dead. An idea of a woman he's never even had a conversation with.

The fact that Miller has a crush on her and that she's naked and vulnerable makes this scene already a bit cringey. But, and here is what other people rave as beautiful, Miller talks to her, caresses her cheek... and sacrifices himself for her. He embraces her and KISS her, which she let him do (why?). He lays his head on her chest in those last few seconds we see of them. She goes along. And then cut scene to Eros hitting down on Mars instead of Earth. I did not see this as a beautiful scene, it made me uncomfortable.

Sure, great that catastrophe was averted but... it gave me a bad aftertaste. A man taking advantage of a situation with a woman he has a crush on from chasing her all around space after seeing a photo of her and then her dead naked body. And now, he meets her (almost) in the flesh! Miller could finally touch and kiss the object of his desires, the idealised Julie Mao.

I like The Expanse overall, mostly because of the fantastic acting by Shohreh Aghdashloo as Chrisjen but this NOPE. I am so tired of naked women in sci-fi and men adoring them, or getting their way with them. Just no.

This sank the whole episode for me. This was a low point.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Violet Evergarden, age does matter

Violet Evergarden is a somewhat cute anime that has hit Netflix and I quite liked it until last week when I got two bad surprises in one episode (s1ep5). First, that Violet, the main character, is only 14... like whaaaat? Ok, I thought she was at least 16 from look/behaviour and how everyone is treating her (and the fact that she isn't in school). Now all of the sudden the last words of Gilbert, her guardian since years back, becomes less heart warming. He told a 14yo girl he's been guardian over for years that he loved her. Eh...

Second surprise was worse, it was the plot of the whole episode. It was about a princess who had fallen for a prince when she was 10 and he 20! She was now engaged to him and they wrote public love letters to each other and she's now 14. I mean... ok I have nothing against two consenting adults of 10+ age difference dating each other but she was 10 when they met for the first time (on her birthday when her parents paraded her around like a well bred horse to men, which is a whole other issue). Like... no, just no.

And nowhere in this episode did ANYONE feel like "Hey this isn't ok" but everyone was rooting for their relationship. If a 24yo would try shit with someone under 15 in Sweden (where I live) they could go to jail, in Violet Evergarden they get married*... apparently. The prince is clearly a paedophile, just sayin, so not such a romantic episode after all no matter how you try to frame it.

*Well aware this happens in other areas of the world, child marriage is never ok. Just to clarify.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Race to the edge s6ep5 - can you quit that shit?

How To Train Your Dragon has a series by the name Race to the Edge and here Netflix has just released season 6 and of course I'm watching*, but episode 5 really peeved me.

Ok, so the premise is that the twins has to go through some trials to become fully fledged Thorstons but since only one of them can get the honour they decide not to go through with the trials. But, their cousin try to coax them into entering. To Ruffnut he says that she should do it and win for her brother, give him the win because she will be ok but he will be a homeless outcast without the family name. So far, so good. But, when the cousin speaks to Tuffnut he says that without the family name his sister won't get married, she won't have a dowry yadayada...

I know it's supposed to be viking era but COME ON, seriously, the worst that can happen to Tuff is that he becomes homeless but to Ruff it's that she won't be able to marry? Talk about stereotyping. What annoys me is that this is aimed toward kids and they spew this kind of shit. Like, neither Ruff or Astrid has focused on family life, they're awesome as they are and skilled fighters so why not use something else, why go that sad shitty very walked road?

I just wish they could have taken another route, I mean, they could have just as easily used the same reasoning as they did with Tuff - that she could become homeless and outcast! Uuuurgh!

*If you're one of the adults who can't watch an animated show without a kid nearby I pity you.

Friday, February 09, 2018

Initital thoughts Altered Carbon (Netflix show)

Two episodes into Altered Carbon I can say it's glossy and fancy and such, it has an interesting mystery BUT I am so effin tired of these dystopian stories where women are trash, used and less than. I am so tired of women in series like these getting full frontal in every episode and fan service camera shots (like the one of Ortega in bed or the corpse in the water).

And no, it doesn't even out because we see one guy's dick or the chest of other men. I mean, we see more of the intro-woman surrounded by a snake than we do first time we see Tak in water!

I know the series is based on a book but I'm just so over this crap. I will continue to watch because of the overall story but it's basically a spank bank show just like GoT in the early days.


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