Humans – Sezonul 2

Cronică serial – Humans Sezonul 2

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Humans continuă povestea începută în sezonul 1 punând accent acum pe viața protagoniştilor noştri după ce au reuşit să întregească programul care trezeşte Synths.

O vedem pe Mia care alege să rămână departe de Leo, Hester si Max. Nedorind să li se alăture în lupta împotriva autorităților care capturează sinteticii care se trezesc, ci doreşte sa aibă propria viață, chiar se îndragosteste de Ed, până cand acesta o trădează şi este capturată de autorități, ea se resetează şi îşi pierde conştiinta.

Apoi ajunge înapoi în casa familiei Hawkins iar aceştia o trezesc din nou iar ea realizează ca cel ma bine este să meargă să îl ajute pe Leo şi pe adevărata ei familie, cea a sinteticilor.

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Leo rămâne doar cu Hester şi încearcă să pătrundă în clădirea unde sunt duşi sinteticii care se trezesc, lăsându-l pe Max să plece pe drumul său văzând metoda prin care Hester obține rezultate, şi anume violența, fiind dezamăgit ca Leo acceptă aşa ceva. Max are propriul plan de a reuni sintetici de-abia treziți şi le oferă un cămin departe de lume, într-un tren abandonat.

Familia Hawkins îşi vede mai departe de viață, până când Miska se întoarce din țări străine hotărâtă să fie considerată o fiintă cu drepturi umane, dorind să fie astfel judecată pentru faptele ei după legile oamenilor, astfel că Laura devine avocata ei. Miska realizează într-un final că oamenii nu au nicio intenție să îi ofere drepturi astfel cală fuge cu noua ei iubită, Astrid. Desi în final o vedem că revine pentru a-şi ajuta adevarata familie, fiind nevoită în final să o ucidă pe Hester.

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O avem pe de alta parte pe Dr Athena, Carrie-Anne Moss, care reuseste sa puna constiinta si amintirile fiicei sale, Virginia, intr-un computer, incercand sa gaseasca un model viabil de sintetic care sa ii sustina constiinta.

Karen poarta din nou un rol important, dezvaluit ca de obicei in final, insa faptul ca nu isi gaseste locul in noua lume si doreste sa moara, aduce sfarsitul barbatului care o iubeste, si anume, Pete, fiind la locul nepotrivit in momentul nepotrivit.

Iar la final îl vedem pe Leo pe moarte, după ce Hester îl înjunghie în gât distrugând partea din el care îl face sintetic, rămâne de văzut dacă supraviețuieşte în sezonul 3 din Humans.

American Horror Story 6×6,7&8 (English)

Well, that escalated quickly.

As exciting as the idea of showing us the reality of the real couple Matt and Shelby, and of the actors that played them on the reality show in the show American Horror Story, the fact that they will die and only one remains is not as appealing, I mean when you think about the first season everyone died, but at least we got to see them as ghosts, as in Hotel, but not here :/

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And the fact that they killed off Evan’s character in episode 6 that was a big no-no, but then again this season is shorter and there are only a few episode left to go, and plus at the end of episode 8 we see Wes showing up as Dylan (even though when Audrey said his name I understood Gillian or something, or is just her British accent acting up? although I think her Brit accent is pretty good), the guy that played Ambrose, the Butcher’s son in the reality show; that will be fun – even though I prefer him as a serial killer, or at least a killer – I will just be glad I get to see him, since Evan is gone.

If by any miracle we get Finn till the end of this season I will be most glad, because Hotel did not do him justice. Scratch that, I checked this out, he was in it as one of the hillbillies, the one Lee kills to escape. I did not even notice.

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But what about that news flash that Lee actually killed her husband, and Shelby killed Matt – this people are going crazy or what? Then she locks Dom outside the room and he gets killed, I hope that bitch dies next. She did have the strength though to kill the hillbilly and the mother and saved Audrey, so kudos for that.

So we have 4 characters left so far: Audrey, Lee, Dylan and Monet, I guess Monet will die next since it seems that she will be caught, or will she?

Westworld 1×1,2,3,4&5 (English)

Westworld(2016): another good one from HBO, they never fail to deliver. At the first glance of the trailer I thought “well, that looks nice, there is Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, James Marsden and the amazing Jeffrey Wright from my favorite Angels in America” indeed quite the cast. Furthermore since the very first episode there was that beautiful slow paced action like in all HBO shows (at least the ones that I have seen and loved), I love how they take their time to explore each emotion on a character’s face and body.

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The story unfolds in a future time, when men have everything that they need these type of complex distractions, we have not seen very much of the outside real world except the headquarters of Westworld when guests were arriving. Westworld is basically an amusement park, were people come to play a part, to be amused and entertained, it is basically like a today’s movie or play, except the viewers get to play as well – the guests, and the hosts are the actors, who do not know they are acting, do not know they are actually robots programmed to do what the screenplay says, that’s what makes it authentic and more enjoyable.

Of course we are supposed to be against it, we are supposed to be appalled at the gore bloody scenes, I hear there have been some complaints regarding women’s abuse or such – I guess they managed to achieve what they were going for. We are supposed to look at it as if it were a possible future, just like the other show I have talked about, Humans, since today’s society is so focused on technological improvement – not the good kind, just the consumerist one, the entertaining and the money-making one – it is sad really, I am sure in the world of the show they actually evolved taking care first of people’s needs like poverty, education, hunger etc and then focused on the entertainment sector – unlike real life were the latest gadgets are all we live for.

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The performance of the actors is of course impecable, I look forward to them reaching that maze. It will be weird to see the ‘bots realizing what they are, will they break out and try to fit in? How could they when they are so easily manageable by just voiced commands.

I guess it remains to be seen what the wondrous Westworld has to offer.

Timeless 1×1,2,3,4&5 (English)

I remember seeing the trailer for Timeless(2016), this new series about a few weeks before it started, randomly on YouTube after looking at another trailer.

I loved the fact that it had two of my favorite things (except the supernatural and magic), these things I loved before I was introduced to the luring world of series, and they are: history (more exactly re-enacting of history in motion pictures) and of course, last but not least: time travel.

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It has also lots of other good things, first would be Goran Visnjic, I have seen him before in several movies and or series and his face and beautiful way of performing have stayed with me so I would obviously would love something he is a part of. The series also has a cute guy, of course, Matt Lanter who I have also seen before in series and or shows. 

We have the actress playing the main character, Lucy Preston – not really a new comer – but I can say I cannot remember her from anything else even though I see she was a star in other movies/shows, Abigail Spencer. To make the team a whole we have a funny character, in a quirk way – Rufus – portrayed by Malcolm Barrett, which we see later is not so funny when he starts working for the bad guys.

Last and not least, the series is created by one of the mighty ones, and that is the one and only  Eric Kripke, a name we (meaning I) have seen many times and we will still see for many times to come.

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The team has to follow Garcia Flynn that stole a time machine to travel through time in important historical moments to create havoc in the present world – or is he? As we see from the short discussions Lucy has had with Flynn he is actually getting some data perhaps from an old journal that seems to have been written by Lucy herself – now I assume any rational person, or at least any person with a bit of background and knowledge in stories and/or time travel would think the journal is surely hers, maybe in the future she will remain captive in the past were she writes the journal and somehow that journal gets to present Garcia Flynn.

We also know his goal is to end Rittenhouse, which seems that no one knows what that is until we see them show up at the end of episode 4 and Rufus meets them first hand – people responsible for a great deal of suffering according to Garcia Flynn, including the loss of his family.

It remains to be seen what Rittenhouse is and how Garcia got the old journal with Lucy’s handwriting on it. And while we see that we get to see the team travel through space and time .

The Disappointments Room(2016) (English)

I saw the trailer for The Disappointments Room (2016) a few weeks back at the cinema and thought I definitely want to watch it. And now since Halloween was here, me and my friend wanted to go to the movies and see a scary movie to put us in the Halloween mood, it was this or Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), I had not seen the trailer for that one and since I was set on seeing the one with Kate Beckinsale because it looked amazing (and I am longing for the next Underworld 2016) we did all we could to get there in time and get the best seats possible. 

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And we did, even if we did not approximate correctly and the room was too big for the screen and we needed to be on the same line as the screen we stayed a few rows lower than bought.

It was all good and dandy, scary a bit but not enough to make us crap our pants or scream like lunatics (even though that is kinda what we wished for) we realized it was over without a proper ending, leaving us as Dana left the mansion – thinking it was all in her head, or was it not?

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Maybe the writers were going for this – a woman that seemed to be imagining stuff because she was mentally unstable and clanged to some stories about the house and started tormenting herself – they definitely did since that is how the movie ended. But it was not satisfactory for the audience as it was not for us and as I saw online that it was not for other people, we wanted more, we expected more and we should have received more for a movie hitting theaters (unlike movies made only for TV or DVD).

I hate to say it but The Disappointments Room was indeed a disappointing movie, and seeing now the trailer for Quija I wish we had went to this one instead, nevertheless a lesson to be learned from this: ALWAYS WATCH A TRAILER BEFORE GOING TO THE MOVIES (for all the rest, we have the Internet).

Scream – Halloween Special (English)

“I’m Emma Duval, I don’t need you!”

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The kids are back with a Halloween special, which is like 10 days earlier, but hey, at least we get to see them again. The special begins with Kieran’s murder at the courthouse by another Brandon James mask killer, who at the end of second season called Kieran and promised to help him escape probably – so here we are – but in fact he just wanted to kill him for impersonating him, and my best guess is this the real Brandon James as we get to see in the end of the episode, or maybe is just another impersonator like Alex/Tom?

We start with seeing the gang being hunt down by journalists, so that explains the press they’ve been getting and how the new killer started obsessing about Emma (even though he could not have known she will also come along on the island, that was just taking a leap of faith from his side, but then again, it is just a TV show 😀 ). Noah and Stavo are apparently business partners now and after a hit graphic novel about the murders in Lakewood their manager Jeremy got news about a murder island, Shallow Grove, where back in the ’30s a teenager Anna Hobbs snapped and killed her parents, and the Whittens for which her mother worked, according to Stavo.

They are convinced by Jeremy to visit the island to do more research on the story and they bring Emma, Brooke and Audrey along as well, while Gina, Audrey’s new girlfriend and colleague at the movie theater decides to remain back home and work.

Not long after the Lakewood 6, now 5 (but at the end of the episode we can count Gina as well) arrive on the island, Audrey and Emma meet Alex Whitten – the descendant of the Whittens – or is he? People soon start dying, we first see three residents of the island getting killed which is quite fishy, however why we and the cast are wondering if this is a copy cat killer mashing up the Lakewood killer and Anna Hobbs. What I find weird is how when Emma finds Billie dead on the porch, the killer – or better said a killer – calls her informing her of that and telling her she will never get away from him, so that cannot be Alex/Tom since he never met her before, so how is that?

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I actually thought it would be kinda weird for Emma to have another murderer boyfriend, and even though I was trying to figure it out in my head who is and how Jeremy and Gina did not seem capable I was still not thinking about Alex/Tom until he killed Jeremy. I mean this is a classic by now, to suspect the boyfriend – he is the usual suspect so he must not be, but he is. The story was well-rounded and all that Alex/Tom said it was plausible and it was a useful experience, cause Emma Duval figured out who she is. And that scene when she pretends she wants to run of with him, how she makes the switch and the look on her face, people might say that was bad acting, but that was bad acting by the character – which is natural because Emma is not an actress – but Willa Fitzgerald sure is and she has grown up so much, just like the rest of them. I remember when Alex/Tom said that she and her friends seem “way to calm and collected giving the circumstances”, that was funny, but indeed they have experience.

Even though Billie gave us a version of Anna’s story and then seeing the secret passage and the evidence Noah imagined another story, I think we cannot know for sure what the story was as he did not get a chance to finish and say why or who killed Reginald Whitten’s wife, also we do not hear about Anna’s parents as Stavo said in the beginning, but then again this is a horror story from back in the ’30s and they are just guessing or talking from hearsay, but his guess was probably pretty close.

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I cannot wait to see who the killer is in season 3, I wonder if it is really Brandon James and if they are going to end the show, or maybe it won’t be him and they will keep it on for another season, but then again, will another of the Lakewood 6 become a murderer – that would be too heartbreaking, not that Kieran was not enough 😦

 

PS: my bad, just saw Emma’s dad at the end, yeah, he could have killed Kieran, but that does not explain the Mr James at the hotel and also the phone call to Emma, or maybe her dad is really crazy or maybe is just Brandon, or maybe the killer was her dad all along and Brandon was the victim, or maybe Brandon is her father and this will be a battle for Emma in the end? So many question, hopefully they will all be answered. Also the receptionist said Mr James, not Brandon, so it could be someone with the same last name or someone related to him, oh, we’ll just have to wait.

Humans Season 1 (English)

Another swell series from the Brits: Humans “In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a ‘Synth’ – a highly-developed robotic servant that’s so similar to a real human it’s transforming the way we live”.

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The story begins with a few of these Synths roaming the forests of London, running away apparently, but what draws our attention is that they have human-like movements, self-conscience and feelings. Then we see how three of them are caught: Mia, Fred and Niska, and two are left: Leo and Max – later we will find out that just Max is a real Synth, Leo has half human brain and half machine.

His father, the creator of Synts: David Elster saved his life after he drowned when he was twelve – now my question is how did he grow up, could he grow up with synth technology in his brain? I guess he could so, since here he is, also when we see him hurt he plugs in and gets recharged thus healed.

The entire season 1 shows the struggle of the last two of finding the first three, whilst Fred and Niska are easy to make contact with, they are having trouble locating Mia so the other two have to stay put until they find her so they can all gather up. We see that Mia was completely wiped and was rewritten to be a house hold Synth, purchased by the Hawkins family. Slowly she starts getting her conscience back and the Hawkins want to help their Synth and her family. humans1

Leo has visions how if they all gather in one place – the conscious Synths – they will be able to connect to a tree and wake up conscience in the rest of the Synths on the planet. The Hawkins aid them in this plan, even though they succeed, the man working for the government to collect these special Synths: Professor Edwin Hobb, manages to set himself as primary user in Fred’s coding so the gang has no choice but to leave him behind so he won’t signal their location.

The Hawkins return to their home and the team divides again, with Fred left behind and Niska out to live her own life, only Leo, Mia and Max remain together. We also have Karen, who was created by Leo’s father in his mother’s image – but was rejected by him and the others because it was too painful, so she was left alone (not being able to take her own life – even though she wanted to – because David made sure she could not since his wife killed herself) she managed to fit in with the humans and ironically to work in a police unit meant to handle Synth cases. She is torn between helping the others and helping Hobb capture them – being angry they left her to survive on her own.

In the end – being drawn by her affection for Leo – she connects with them and shares the programme but Karen has a change of heart and almost shuts them down. Mia convinces her not to do that, so David’s programme is put together, they think about releasing it so all synths can gain consciousness but decide to store it on a hard drive and Niska gives it to a person they can surely trust: Laura Hawkins, however she secretly makes a copy for herself thus ending the show.

The second season will begin at the end of October, it remains to be seen how the second season will amaze us, a sneak peak: