Category: TV

Ranking Black Mirror (season 3)

So I only recently realised I’d never actually finished watching season 3, missing out on episode 6, well I watched it and can now make my definitive ranking. This was the first season that was more widely available to audiences worldwide as it aired on Netflix exclusively as opposed to Channel 4 like previous seasons.

Hated In The Nation (episode 6)

One of the more recent episodes I’ve seen and at feature length (being just shy of 90 minutes long), this episode feels like… a feature length film and less like a Black Mirror episode but it still contains the series dark sensibilities and cold social commentary. Featuring swams of autonomous bees that are used to attack and essentially kill people that get targeted through a viral hash tag on social media, the allegory is on the nose and obvious, the bees representing the swarms of people attacking individuals for perceived bad actions/behaviour.

The commentary is all the more biting because this happens right now, not to the extent of people being killed by robotic bees but you get the point, people have been hounded to death online and online bullying is a real thing, it’s a dark and sickening side to the internet but a side that we all know exists. Themes aside, the way the episode is shot, the pacing and the acting is all on point as well, resulting in a very high quality end product and the best episode of the season.

 

Playtest (episode 2)

Playtest feels like an episode right out of The Twilight Zone, an intriguing premise, twists and turns galore and an unwravelling plot that has you pretty much hooked from the offset. The acting is quite good in the episode as well and helps to make some of the more horror like scenes work, it’s a more psychological horror than a thriller in fact and there are some pretty genuinely unsettling moments. There’s also an interesting commentary on new technology, playing into our fears about the unknown when it comes to new technology and things that could go horribly wrong, not to mention the pretty harrowing and gut punch of a twist, episodes like this are what have the series so memorable.

 

Shut up and dance (episode 3)

One of the darkest episode in the whole series and another on the nose commentary of social medias dark side, this episode feels very poignant as we follow an individual who is harassed and forced to undertake crazy tasks to avoid his dark secret being exposed to the world, all for the enjoyment of people online despite him going through a living hell. You’re left after watching the episode wondering what the point of all it was, ruining someones life just because you can just for your own twisted entertainment? It seems completely sadistic and cruel but hey, trolls actually exist… again this feels all too real and helped with the emotional impact of the story.

 

Nosedive (episode 1)

Bryce Dallas Howard stars as the main character in this story just 5 minutes from now in a twisted alternate reality that sees everyones lives being rated, lower rated people are shunned out of society and frowned upon while the higher rated people live their best lives, it’s a twisted, warped version of reality but perception really can be real. And with social media, this concept of rating each others lives again feels very modern and not too far off in the future, though it’s taken to the extreme. I like the central message presented as well as I take it, that it’s okay to live how you want to and not feel like you need to conform to societal expectations, presenting a fake, superficial facade of yourself just to please others, I mean life’s too short for that anyway!

 

Men Against Fire (episode 5)

A weird sort of dystopian VR nightmare, this episodes story didn’t quite grab me despite an interesting looking premise, the acting is okay as well but the plot just felt a bit samey and I could sort of see where they were going with the twist/reveal which didn’t have too much of an impact.

 

San Junipero (episode 4)

This just might be the episode from season 3 I’ve seen mentioned the most on social media and in positive terms but it didn’t really do anything for me, in part because I’ve seen plots like this before in different forms and it wasn’t anything new, though despite that I appreciate that at the heart of the story is a touching, somewhat bittersweet love story.

Ranking Black Mirror (season 2)

So Black Mirror‘s sort of a brilliant anthology show that I’ve never really talked about on TheDoc but now with its growing popularity and everyone knowing about it because of Netflix, it’s on just about everyones radar and for good reason, with the quality of the writing and directing in a lot of the episodes.

 

White Bear (episode 2) 

There’s something satisfying yet also a bit twisted in seeing people get their comeuppance and taste of justice in the way Black Mirror does it anyway, but an intriguing premise and a feeling of karma drives the story, as we follow a bystander of an accident who didn’t help, now being recorded and watched by people as she seemingly embarks on a sort of reality show. The story is tense, keeps you guessing and makes a clear allegory to societies obsession with watching other people, especially at their lowest, the bystander effect is a real thing and is all too common in this day and age.

 

The Waldo Moment (episode 3)

Stinging political satire and all the more relevant in the age of Donald Trump and the circus-ification of politics, the premise is completely absurd but at the same time all to real and poignant in this day and age. A story that feels very relevant, even years before the state of politics as we know it now. It’s an interesting and it makes for a very irreverent, sarcastic take on the gamification of many aspects of society, including politics and how making a joke out of something can lead to a run away impact / monster that you can’t control anymore, just take a look at viral trends for a sort of comparison.This is Black Mirror at some of its most satirical and sardonic nature.

 

Be Right Back (episode 1) 

‘Be right back’ didn’t really resonate with me that much but I appreciate the idea behind the macabre premise, though maybe because I’ve seen the idea so many times before it didn’t really make that much of an impact on me. That being said, the acting is decent and there is a strong emotional core to the story of two lovers trying to connect beyond death in a rather superficial way via technology. The emphasis here in my view being that technology can only imitate and provide virtual experiences, which can never beat the real thing, no matter how close they come…. even with futuristic technology.

Game Of Thrones season 7 x 7 ‘The Dragon and The Wolf’ – recap

So Thrones season 7 has now wrapped up with the season finale and let’s jump right in shall we – war. The army of the unsullied is in file and ready for action outside Kings Landing as Bronn and Jamie look on for the castle walls, both pondering on the battle to come, while the Dothraki come swooping in and add to their numbers, Bronn doesn’t seem to confident.

Meanwhile at sea, Tyrion, Varys and some of Danys cohorts travel to Dragonpit for the meeting between leaders, The Hound goes below deck to heck on the Wight and well, it’s…. still a wight. At Kings Landing, Cersei enquires about Danys whereabouts but is informed everyone but her is headed to Dragonpit, including Tyrion, she opts to go as well before giving the mountain orders to kill Dany, Jon and Tyrion if anything goes wrong.

Dragonpit

Tyrion, MIssandei and Jorah head to Dragonpit and discuss why it exists, as a place to house dragons in times gone by. Bronn, Brienne, Podrick and some Lannisters arrive to escort Jon and co to the meeting and The Hound spots Brienne and vice versa, awkwaaard. And speaking of awkward, the two converse over their past meeting and how they only fought over protection of Arya, The Hound is surprised to hear Arya’s still alive at Winterfell but as Brienne points out, the livewire Stark doesn’t need much protection anymore.

Tyrion tries to get Bronn to side with Dany but he’s not playing any dice. And now for the actual meeting, which is tense as you can imagine before a word is even spoken and holy re-unions Batman, Tyrion and Cersei, Theon and Euron, Jamie and Brienne, The Hound and The Mountain to name some, this meeting is full of people who want to kill each other, as you do. Where’s Daenerys, Cersei wonders…… and there she is, swooping down atop one of her babies and making quite the entrance, shocking Jamie a bit and Cersei too I’m sure, though she stays calm on the outside.

And as expected, the meeting is far from cordial, Tyrions opening statement is interrupted immediately by Euron who mocks both him and Theon but is asked back to his seat by Cersei (what a twat btw), anyway the conversation continues with the plans being laid out for a truce, though Cersei is doubtful of the truth behind Danys plans, not believing in the army of the dead which is perfectly reasonable, though she just saw a dragon and has a dead bodyguard at her side….  Anyway talking is getting nowhere as Tyrion points. so out comes The Hound with the Wight which is let loose, immediately charging for Cersei and making the point clear to everyone that hasn’t seen a Wight before, it’s dealt with by The Hound and then by Jon who points out how to kill them.

And… settle down, Euron is scared to say the least and opts to just get out of dodge pretty much, leaving everyone else to it, he says Dany should the same (what a twat!) but maybe not so surprisingly, even Cersei agrees to having a truce but wants Jon to remain in the North and not come south, Jon refuses as he’s already pledged to Dany, Jon dude you could have just lied… as Tyrion later points out. Angering Cersei who then retracts the truce and storms out of the meeting, Brienne tries to get Jamie to talk sense to Cersei but he points out that there’s not much use in trying anymore. Danys crew discuss how they’ve failed to gain any ground and how Jon should have just agreed to the terms but it’s no use now, Tyrion volunteers to go and talk to Cersei to smooth things out and that should be interesting.

An awkward re-union

Tyrion accompanied by The Mountain goes to Cersei, talking to Jamie first of all and while this seems like a terrible idea, it just could work. The two have a heated exchange as expected over past events and the state of the Lannisters, all Tyrions fault apparently and both sides have their valid points but Cersei refuses to just have Tyrion killed, though she could at any point. Things are complicated to say the least and Tyrion realises she’s pregnant, a point could be made about the future for her future child and a valid point at that.

Jon and Dany discuss the events of the day in Dragonpit, going over dragons of the past, after the dragons of old grew less influential, so did the Targaryens as Dany says, though Jon points out the noble family isn’t done with just yet. And result, Tyrion comes back to the pit with Cersei and co, annoucing she’ll pull her armies back to Kings Landing, agreeing to march some of her army north to fight the dead, importantly pointing out that she’s agreed to help out, which should matter after the war against the dead is over, what did Tyrion say I wonder….

In Wintefell, Littlefinger and Sansa discuss current events, including Jon leaving to go and help Dany, with Littlefinger implying Sansa could and should take the throne, though she seems doubtful over doing this, Sansa ponders over Aryas motivations in her actions and while we don’t know what this is, Littlefinger has an answer, “assume the worst”, lovely chap. And his plan is in motion, laying out a plan for Arya that may not really exist, this is all fictional of course and Sansa shouldn’t believe it but she seems to… Littlefingers plan seems to be working. In Dragonstone, Dany agrees to Jons plan to sail north to Whiteharbour with Jon, showing a united front to the Northern lords, though Davos has concerns over her safety.

Theon has a word with Jon over what Jon did at Dragonstone, being true and honest, Theon muses over his past actions and regrets over doing them, though Jon is forgiving and has choice words for Theon, reminding him who he is and what he did in the past doesn’t matter anymore and Mr greyjoy sets about to try and save Yara, the only person who came to try and save him from the cruel Ramsay Bolton. Theon tries to convince some of his soldiers to sail to Euron and try and save Yara and after a bloody battle and display of courage, he convinces the men to sail with him.

Back up north… and back South

Arya summons Sansa to the great hall where she stands accused…. Sansa and Bran sit at the high table while Sansa reads off the accusations of treason and murder, is it game over for Arya…… mic drop, no it isn’t, the accusations are for Littlefinger aka Lord Baelish who seems shocked and this whole thing was a ruse to out him. He denies the accusations stating no one was there to see what really happened with Lady Arryn, Ned Stark etc and he’s true… but Bran was, sort of, he’s the three eyed Raven now so he kinda knows everything, no way out for you now Littlefinger! The lying, scheming manipulator begins to panic as his plans are laid out, he wants to be escorted back to the Vale but is denied, his pleading gets a bit desperate but you know, what else do you expect to happen to you after all you’e done to the Starks and he is summarily executed by Arya, a huge character gone but good riddance.

And while seeing a cowering character die is always a bit cruel, in the world of Thrones you live or you die by your actions. In Kings Landing, Jamie prepares the expedition north for the Lannister family but what do you know, Cersei still wants to let Dany and Jon do their thing up north and stay in Kings Landing (the fool!), taking back land they’ve lost. Jamie is staunchly against betraying the truce but Cersei stands firm, The Golden company is the next step and the Iron Bank has enough money to get 20,000 soldiers on their side, it turns out Euron has sailed to retrieve the army and isn’t just running away. And after a tense encounter with the Mountain by her side, Jamie leaves Kings Landing, disillusioned and feeling betrayed, where is he off to I wonder?

Samwell arrives at Winterfell with his family, meeting the now woke Bran, learning of his new powers, Sam wants to offer his assistance but Bran brings a new bomb shell, the fact that Jon is the son of Rhaegar and Lyanna, he’s not a Snow or Stark but he’s a Sand, R+L=J indeed. And Bran sees this in a vision, Rhaegar didn’t kidnap or rape Lyanna in fact and that whole story was a lie. Jons real name is ‘Aegon’ Targaryen.

Aboard a ship, Jon goes to make love to….. Dany, his relative, his aunt technically speaking. But yeah wow, this isn’t news to a lot of fans but Jon is the true heir to the Iron Throne being a Targaryen but no one knows this apart from Sam and Bran, huge news that could disrupt their alliance and partnership and cause further tension.

Winterfell

Sansa and Arya muse over recent events in Littlefingers death, discussing their current roles, Arya the executioner, Sansa the lady and they look like they’re back to normal as sisters, as close to normal as they can get anyway. Bran is warging and in some crows and is by the wall, manned by Tormund and Berric and there they are, the army of the dead marching forth but wait they can’t get through the wall but an ice dragon can, breathing magical fire on the wall and down it comes in quite spectacular fashion, the dead are coming, led by the Night King on a dragon….

And well there is, we are at the last season of Thrones and with a pretty fantastic finale, it’s been… fun re-capping the episodes week by week and it certainly flew by, there’s a lot to wrap up and look forward to in the 8th and final season in, 2019, apparently?

. What good will the Golden company be for Cersei when and if the Dead win the North?

. What will Jamie do now that he’s officially done with Cersei? Plan to kill her and stop her plan?

. Is Cersei the master schemer in this episode, is she even pregnant or did she use that as a lie?

. What will Sansa and Arya do when they find out the Dead are coming?

Ranking the American Horror Story series

This is an interesting ranking post for me, I posted one previously a few years ago actually but nothing since then, almost matching my current lack of enthusiasm for AHS and how I feel it’s regressed over its’ series run but alas, here we are a few months away from the upcoming season 7 and the show is still going… strong, I guess? Here’s my ranking!

Coven – (Season 3)

Coven, for me represents the show at its most quirky, fun and irreverent with interesting alternate history, some of the most memorable characters in the series and consistently great writing, from Queenie, the Regent to Emma Roberts bitchy Shenae, the season is a real joy ride of ups and downs, twists and turns and importantly, it’s engaging. There’s a consistent through line to the overall story despite a few random injections of monsters and spirits but the plot remains mostly on course, plus some great performances from Lily Rabe and Jessica Lange really do a lot.

 

Murder House – (Season 1)

I love Murder House, ok saying that out of context sounds a bit weird but the show started off very strongly in my opinion, with a very dark, gothic feel to things, focusing on the most terrifying horror trope of all – ghosts of course, some of the scenes in Murder House are still some of the most creepy and disturbing in the whole series I’d say, with the gimp and certain visions of the paranormal. I also really liked the tight, straightforward narrative that got more elaborate and tense as it went on, there’s a very classic horror feel for the story, like a horror story from the 70s or 60s and it was also backed up by some strong performances from Dermot Mulroney, Evan Peters and Taissa Farmiga, not to mention the fantastic Jessica Lange.

 

Asylum – (Season 2)

Asylum seems to be a lot of AHS fans favourite season and I can understand that, it was an out and out bonkers but fun ride of a season with the literal devil, aliens, killer santa… and no seriously, I’m not even making these things up! It had a lot of features for sure but it was actually quite engaging, Lily Rabe slayed it as sister Mary Eunice and Jessica Lange was again great, Asylum falls short of being amazing for me just because of its lack of focus in the back half of the season and with the way it wrapped up or failed to wrap up a few plot arcs that kind of went nowhere. That being said, while it’s not my favourite, hats off to Asylum for its crazy ambition.

 

Freak Show – (Season 4)

I wasn’t huge on Freak show, it disappointed me but I didn’t entirely hate it, with one of the more out there, interesting premises for a season, I was always wondering where exactly the season would go with its characters and it turns out, the show was wondering too because it just sort of did away with them and that was the end, the lack of a majorly menacing antagonist/villain was a big negative as well. Slappy the clown was there but there for about… 3 episodes, literally, so yeah, talk about a missed opportunity.

 

Hotel – (Season 5)

Hotel marked a real downward trend for AHS, being interestingly set up but very disjointed in terms of storytelling, lacking a compelling and engaging major story arc, we did get a lot of Lady Gaga but she was pretty divisive and was far from enough to save the season. The characters were actually fairly decent but not enough was really done with them and their storylines didn’t go anywhere interesting either.

 

My Roanoke Nightmare  – (Season 6)

Ah Roanoke, quite easily the most disjointed, confusing and incoherent season of the show, I just don’t really know what to say about this season honestly, it felt like Murphy and the writers ran out of ideas, filling the plot with just a lot of gore and generic slasher tropes, with the weakest storyline of all the seasons, some cringeworthy accents and over acting. I think we’d all rather forget season 6 and move forward, righto.

And there my ranking is, AHS season 7 – Cult, is out in just 2 months and should be an interesting ride, hopefully a big improvement on the last 2 seasons, agree on the ranking? disagree? Feel free to comment and let me know what you think.

Game of Thrones season 7 x 5 – Eastwatch recap

Episode 5 is here and after some rather dramatic events in the last episode and how could you possibly top that this season? I wonder. Jon rallies forces and heads to Eastwatch to take the White Walkers on. What do you know Bronn and Jamie survived… much to no ones surprise and to put it bluntly, Bronn is not onboard to fight Dany and her dragons, though Jamie knows he needs to tell Cersei of the Lannisters predicament.

Dany offers a simple choice to the surviving Lannister POWs, bend the knee…. or die and 99% of them do, though not everyone does, in the face of a dragon no less and Dickon…. again, he refuses to bow and is… summarily burned alive, much to Tyrions dismay, though this puts the rest of the enemy soldiers in clear perspective of their situation. Jamie returns to King Landing (already!?) to report to Cersei and tell her of the situation, Cersei remains defiant but Jamie brings her a dose of reality, the two bicker over what to do next though they can’t quite agree, Jamie also reveals Olenna poisoned Joffrey, not Tyrion but that doesn’t sway her at all.

The two clearly disagree on how to move forward, Jamie is not on board at all but Cersei won’t be swayed. At Dragonstone, Dany and Drogon arrive to meet Jon Snow, who seems to…. bond (R+L=J!?) and Dany questions Jon on Davos saying Snow ‘took a knife to the heart’, we know what this means but before we can get into too much detail, the serial friendzoner, Ser Davos returns. And everyone is teleporting across Westeros but hey, seeing Davos and Dany re-unite was quite sweet.

Back in the North….

Crows are disturbed by something.. and what do you know, that something is the army of the dead led by the night king – oh and those crows were controlled by Bran, who sends for a raven to The Citadel, meisters at the citadel then discuss the message, doubting its validity. Though Sam vouches for Bran and his visions, the meisters remained unmoved.

At Dragonstone, Tyrion and Varys discuss the vents of the day and Danys…. temper. And onto more current events, Jon is eager to get back to the North as news of the ever marching White Walkers has spread and a plan to bring a Wight back to Cersei and Kings Landing, ambitious no doubt but how on earth will they get one… and get it to the South? Jorah volunteers to undertake the mission but Jon Snow takes point on doing it but Danerys doesn’t seem to want him to go interestingly. At Winterfell, the Northern lords/men loyal to the Starks pledge their loyalties to Sansa and there is some clear dissent among the ranks with not everyone on Jons side as he left to go to Dragonstone.

The Stark siblings (Sansa and Arya) discuss how to rule and Aryas’ clearly not too pleased with Sansa listening to Jons critics but she brings up the good point that you can’t go around executing people for dissent – which is a fair point, we get a hint that Sansa may be hungry for power and leadership but she doesn’t address it.

And back to the south

Tyrion and Ser Davos arrive near Kings Landing. Meanwhile Bronn and Jon (hey it rhymes!) come to a crypt to rain but wait no they don’t, Bronn’s brought Jamie to meet Tyrion and have another re-union and to discuss potential terms between Cersei and Danerys. And another re-union, it’s only freakin’ Gendry who’s been MIA for like 3 seasons, so that’s cool, he’s been making weapons for the Lannisters by the way and he’s well on board to leave and join whatever else is going on in the North.

Two soldiers stop Davos and Gendry from leaving on a boat while Davos puts the sweet talk on them, Tyrion returns and sparks their curiosity as Gendry sneaks up behind them and does them in, so he’s been practising with weapons too eh? Jamie returns to Cersei to tell her she met with Tyrion while she was aware of Bronn arranging the meeting, Daenerys wants an armistice to fight against the White Walkers but Cersei still, remains defiant (somehow), Cersei in quite simple terms announces she’s pregnant and she also reminds Jamie of their fathers old saying “lions don’t concern themselves with the opinions of sheep”.

At Dragonstone, Davos introduces Gendry to Jon Snow and they quite humorously quip back and forth, over their fathers (Robert Baratheon and Ned) and what they remember of them, Gendry’s eager and wants to fight. Jorah sets off and leaves Dany (again), departing is such sweet sorrow… as does Jon, though Dany is quite sad to see him leave, it seems. Do I smell a romance brewing?

Back at the Citadel, Sam is frustrated at his situation, he wants to help out and fight the White Walkers but is clearly restricted. At night he takes it upon himself to be rid of the Citadel and sets off with his family to leave.

Winter is here

At Winterfell, Arya sports Littlefinger discussing something with a girl who he hands something over to, bit dodgy if you ask me, what is he up to…. And we see a man hand a certain scroll and or text which Arya then searches for after he leaves, though Littlefinger plotted this and was aware she’d look for the text. What is the text and what is its important… interesting questions.

At Eastwatch, Jon, Tormund and Davos discuss what they’ll do next but hey look it’s The Hound and two of brotherhood without banners discuss what should happen next, they want in on whatever’s happening and out of their jail cell and off they go into the frozen wastes on what could well be a suicide mission with an intriguing mix of characters. And well that was an interesting episode, not too much movement on the White Walker front (no pun intended) but a lot of things happening south, Tyrion and Varys are growing weary of Dany while Cersei plots to fight against the world but may seek to trick Dany in some way, while Jamie grows a bit weary of her himself.

Gendry is also back so, that’s kinda great. Here’s some thoughts going forward to the end of the season.

. Everyone’s teleporting but hey whatever, we’re running out of airtime to tell the story

. Gendry’s back, so he was just in Kings Landing the whole… time?

. What exactly does Cersei plan to do now? Or is she just going a bit mad herself?

Game of Thrones S7 x 4 – The Spoils of war re-cap

The fourth episode of season 7 of Thrones is out and we kick off with Jamie Lannister, Bronn and some of his army looking over their spoils from taking High Garden, Bronn seeks his reward for serving Jamie, reminding him that he’s owned a castle, though Jamies’ eager to remind him that he has a bag of gold with him and is therefore rich. Bronn goes off with the Tarlys’.

Lannisters…. Starks  and debts 

And what do you know, the Lannisters payed their debts, Cersei pays off the debt the Iron Bank was in, with the spoils from High Garden and Cersei discusses future investments with the debtor, describing her need for her armies to grow and be funded, do I spot a partnership growing here? Back in Winterfell, Littlefinger has a chat with yet another Stark, trying to comfort a now very different Bran before Meera interrupts them and Littlefinger leaves (thankfully), Meera informs Bran that she’s leaving him now that he’s safe (relatively) before the White Walkers come and kill everyone.

Though Brans lack of emotion and indifference upsets Meera, he’s now the three eyed Raven, you see. And another Stark re-union, Arya makes her way to Winterfell and isn’t let in at first because of two rather douchey door guards, eventually she’s let in, before disappearing. Arya is down in the crypt by Ned Starks tomb and is found by Sansa, because sisters know each other and what follows is a rather sweet re-union, the two bond and re-cap over past events that they’ve been through, including Joffreys’ death and Aryas kill list, Sansa doesn’t believe her but Arya plays it off as a joke, again. The Stark re-union/love in continues as Sansa takes Arya to Bran – still the three eyed raven, guys and what follows is a bit of an awkward conversation, the Starks are now forever changed and mature, a world away from their season 1 selves, making for an interesting combination now in season 7.

In Dragonstone, Daenerys and Missandei discuss the latest events, including the missing unsullied until they’re called by Jon Snow who wants to show her the Dragonglass and…. something else, murals on a cave, painted by the Children of the forest, we find that the children and the first men fought together against the White Walkers, proving the Walkers existence to Dany, somewhat. This is a clever plot device to get Dany on Jon Snows’ side, although there’s still tension between the two leaders as Dany wants Jon to still submit to her. Varys and Littlefinger have news on the combat front, Casterly Rock has been taken but the Lannisters avoided a large fight there, Danys allies are mostly gone and she’s frustrated understandably, she wants to go straight to Kings Landing and attack much to Littlefingers dismay but she seeks Jon Snows opinion and he wisely (imo) advises her to not use the dragons to give people a reason to think she’s like her ‘mad’ predecessors.

Brienne trains Podrick in Winterfell, where she’s re-united with Arya, who wants to be trained with the knight and boy is this an episode of re-unions, it’s quite sweet to see Arya and Brienne re united after their fight with The Hound and Aryas confidence and mastery with a sword makes thing interesting, so Bran is now the three eyed Raven (yes, we know) and Arya is a deadly, killer assassin, Sansa is also more mature. Davos enquires about Dany to Jon and they come across Missandei, who describes a bit about her upbringing and how she came to be an adviser to Dany, Jon questions Danys leadership a bit though Missandei is unwavering in her support. A Greyjoy ship comes in from the bay and look who it is, Ree- I mean, Theon, with no Yara and no fleet, also re-uniting with Jon, the two of them didn’t leave on the best of terms, if you remember, anyway Theon comes to ask for Danys help to get Yara back from bad uncle Euron but…. Dany’s not at Dragonstone.

Daenerys the conqueror

The Lannisters continue to send their war spoils back to Kings landing, Jamie and Bronn speak with Dickon and Jamie commends his brave fighting and oh, a wild Dothraki horde appears to attack while the Lannisters prepare for defence, with Dany riding one of her dragons as well, go figure and much fighting ensues. Though things are  bit one sided in favour of Dany of course but maybe not by Jamies figuring as he aims to use a scorpion on the drogon a scorpion that Bronn manages to get to amidst the chaos and admirably uses, managing to hit it, sending it and Dany down to the ground but not in a crash landing, Dany then orders Drogon to destroy the scorpion.

While on the ground, Bronn manages just to escape certain death by fire and Dany tries to free her dragon from the arrow, leaving herself exposed to Jamie, though she cautions on to the threat and is very narrowly saved by what seems to be Bronn from certain death. And that’s the episode, and wow what an episode, a lot is going on with the Dany front, her dragons aren’t unbeatable but her army is still very formidable and the Lannisters definitely won’t have things easy in this war. Here are some more thoughts going forward.

  • Re-unions, re-unions everywhere
  • .Et tu, Jamie? I doubt that’s the last we see of him
  • Littlefinger and little Starks, I wonder what the so called ‘master’ schemer has in plans for the Starks
  • How will Daenerys react to Theons being back, in cowardly retreat?

And yeah, I’m very much looking forward to the next episode!

Game of Thrones season 7 x 3 The Queens Justice recap:

When Jon-y met Dany

So it’s finally here, the big meeting, we kick things off with Jon Snow, Ser Davos and some of his company are ashore on Dragonstone as he prepares to meet Daenerys, meeting Tyrion and Missandei first (fanboy squealing over this scene) and after Snows company hands over their weapons and some introductions, they all head off to the Dragonstone keep. Surprise dragons, Danys babies, well teenagers now I guess surprise Jon and Davos

Melisandre and Varys talk atop a cliff, with Melisandre wisely avoiding Davos especially as she parted from them in not the best terms, Varys warns her of returning to Westeros if she leaves but she insists she will and she will die in the country as well, interesting… and on to the actual meeting, Jon Snow meets Daenerys and she rolls off her titles right off the bat, Jon seems a bit nonplussed. Their exchange is.. frosty to say the least, Dany is unshaken by Jon Snows plight and tales of White Walkers, probably not believing him despite Tyrion vouching for him and Jon doesn’t want to bend the Knee for her, they seem to be at an impasse.

The two leaders exchange about their fathers was an interesting point as well, both Dany and Jon not wanting to live by their predecessors actions, though Dany wants Jon to serve as his ancestor pledged to serve house Targaryen, interesting how that works out. Anyway there is no moving forward at this point, despite Jon pleading and Tyrion tryin to get him to bend the knee and at a high point of tension, Varys comes in to deliver some news and Jon/Davos are taken out of the throne room “am I your prisoner”? asks Jon, “Not yet” is Danys reply. What was Varys on about? Well he’s letting Dany know about the Greyjoys ships that got attacked by Euron and the aftermath but not all of the Greyjoys died, Theon survived and is picked up by a not very pleased Greyjoy ship loyal to him.

A welcome for a king

In Kings Landing Euron arrives and is treated like well, a king, with Yara, Ilaria and the last sand Snake in tow, Euron lauds up his victory and makes clear what he wants as a reward (Cersei), much to Jamies chagrin and after a cheeky, brash comment from Euron, Jamie looks like he wanted to go at it with him but of course, this isn’t the place or time. And in a dungeon in the keep, Cersei exacts her revenge on Ilaria Sand, with her and the youngest sand snake chained up and after much taunting, she decides to condemn Ilaria to watch her daughter die by the same poison method that killed Myrcella, what a cruel, dark way to go.

Back at Winterfell, Sansa has a good hold on things and is advising on the food rations and how to well, survive the winter among other things, she seems to have a keen eye on details and is quite savvy in how to run things in peace time, Littlefinger pulls her aside to have a little chat but is abruptly stopped by an announcement, something showing up at the entrance and that something is….. Bran Stark and Meera Reed. The  first emotional Stark re-union of the season then and it’s great to see, Sansa and Bran catch up a bit in an unintentionally funny scene for me, with Brans new powers, Sansa doesn’t quite understand it all, how Bran can see all of time happening simultaneously but hey, being all seeing and all knowing is cool, I guess.

In the Citadel, a Maester examines Jorahs now dragonscale free albeit scarred body and comments on how well he was cured, seemingly unaware it was Sams’ doing and after the maester leaves, Jorah thanks Sam and it’s the least he could do, after Jorahs father did so much for him in the Nightswatch, to paraphrase Sam, Jorah is off to Dragonstone to re-unite with Daenerys of course because where else would he go? Later on, the same Maester has a meeting with Sam and knew that he carried out the procedure, against Citadel rules and instead of punishing him, congratulates him but still has Sam carry out menial administrative tasks in copying scrolls and manuscripts, so yeah fair enough.

A Lannister always pays their debts

Tyrion joins Jon Snow in Brooding atop another cliff on Dragonstone, Tyrion approaching him with several logic bombs on how Dany is right to not believe Jon to just go and fight an enemy she hasn’t seen and he asks Jon to go for a more simple approach, though he himself believes mr Snow anyway, Tyrion also approaches Dany and asks her to be more civil with Jon and let him mine the Dragonglass as it’s no big deal to them if Jon takes it or not. Jon and Dany ‘bond’? and at least agree to have Jon take the Dragonglass so things are moving forward for the two rulers, in some ways at least. Interestingly next up is a sort of play by play from Tyrion on Danys strategy moving forward to take on Westeros, the Unsullied have sailed to Casterly Rock and come up against an ‘impregnable’ defence but have a way around it, thanks to Tyrions knowledge, they take the castle but have been outwitted as the Lannisters left it mostly unmanned and attacked House Tyrell instead.

The Tyrells get swept over and Jamie goes up to the keep to have a chat with everyones favourite, Olenna Tyrell and after an interesting exchange in which we find out Jamie talked Cersei out of gruesome executions for Olenna and with some final words on Cersei, how she’s turning mad and on how she poisoned Joffrey which definitely riles up Jamie, Jamie gives her poison to take and she will die – at some point, though we don’t see it. And that wraps up a fairly engaging and eventful episode, Daenerys is making moves in Westeros now and so is Cersei, with malice and vindictive cruelty, Jon Snow has finally got his dragonglass and is warming to Daenerys and vice versa, it seems, I wonder what’s in store in the next 4 episodes, exciting stuff I hope. And here are some talking points.

. Why doesn’t Jon want Dany to know he’s resurrected? They clearly both believe in magic and that could help her to believe in White Walkers possibly

. Why would the Lannisters take on the Tyrells like that, was it just for Olenna? They’re already stretched enough and have like no allies at this point

. Where is Arya? And Gendry?!

Arrow (Season 6) comic con trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHZEeDEwRE0

The trailer for Arrows upcoming season 6 is up and after a rather explosive season 5 finale on Lian Yu, Oliver is back in Star City with his son, fighting crime (not fighting with his son mind you) and Black Canary alt, well the other, evil black Canary (Katie Cassidy playing another Black Canary) from another Earth is also back, as is the new Black Canary on Team Arrow (it’s all a bit confusing now). And they fight each other, naturally.

“It’s just a dream, where do you think the bad man is?” to quote Oliver as he talks to his son, William, “You” his son replies, so is this a dream sequence or…. not? I’m not sure what’s going on there and what Oliver was referring to in this conversation but it’s interesting, does Olivers’ son have nightmares about Oliver?

Oh and importantly, Manu Bennett is back as Deathstroke, I’m not sure if he’ll be a regular or anything now but he’s squaring up against Oliver in some scenes and shaking hands with him at the end, so I don’t know what’s really going on here. The fact we also don’t see Mr Terrific, Felicity, Diggle, Rene or Thea is interesting, I highly doubt they’re all dead but they’re probably not being shown for a specific reason. But yes so many questions, where’s Team Oliver? Where’s Malcolm Merlyn? Who’s the big bad of this season, if there is one? Will Oliver be going it alone, going by the looks of the trailer?

We’ll find out in a few months I’m sure, Arrow premieres on the CW in october.

The Flash (season 4) – comic con trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYDdu_mC6cI

The first look at season 4 of The Flash is out there in the wild now, following the events of last seasons finale with Barry now trapped in the speed force, Team Flash has had to move on, Iris especially who seems to be trying to come to terms with the idea of Barry never coming back, though Joe still keeps hope.

Nevertheless villains will still do their thing and Central city needs protecting so the new look Team Flash look to be fulfilling the role of The Flash, including a returning Caitlyn, now less Killer frost-y seemingly, interestingly it also seems that Iris has take on the leadership role for the team and co-ordinates them. We see a samurai like villain appear and call for the Flash, threatening the city at the same time and it sees like he may be a bit too much too handle for the team minus our favourite speedster B-A.

So the team devise a plan to get Barry out of the speed force, though Iris apparently isn’t on board with the idea strangely, anyway the team seems to have a lock on him but will they manage to get him out of there? I mean yeah, probably, he IS the main character of the show so you can’t really have a Flash show without The Flash but I wonder how many episodes they’ll go without him initially, I’m guessing not too many but I’m intrigued to see new look Team Flash and how they’re working out. The Flash premieres in October on the CW.

The defenders trailer #2 – Comic Con

Marvels fast approaching The Defenders has a new trailer, showcasing the four now heroes together, coming up against an ominous force as we’ve seen in the first trailer, the mastermind behind it all behind Sigourney Weaver or Alexandra in the series as she seemingly wants to use a re-born Elektra (Elodie Young) to take them on.

The defenders clearly don’t get along from the get go and seeing their mix of personalities try to co-operate should be half the fun of watching the series really, especially anything with Jessica Jones and Darddevil and well… anyone else in the group. We see that the friends and family of the defenders are being targeted deliberately as well to mess with them and interestingly even Madame Gao is in the picture, maybe unsurprisingly, though I wonder what she’d agree to do with Alexandra. Coleen Wing is also present as we see her in the first shot of the trailer.

And action, more action than you can shake a stick at really with the defenders going all out in combat together as they try to save New York, though things won’t be smooth sailing, Daredevil re-unites with Elektra and that may throw a spanner in the works, his ex-girlfriend now being a re-born brainwashed killer and you never know what circumstances may drive the group apart. Anyway overall I think the show looks good, they’ve upped the ante for the super powered characters and I always thought they’d need a formidable opponent for all 4 of them to take on, the stakes are high and it will be awesome to see the characters interacting.