You Should Try…. Chopped & Big Little Lies!

Happy Monday Novas! Thank you for reading today’s blog post which will focus on those tv shows that friends have recommended to you. A quick update with me…. My birthday was Thursday April 26th so I took a 12 day vacation from work. During my relaxing staycation, my friends recommended tv shows to me and I was able to catch up and binge watch a few days of my vacation. Here are my 2 recommends from Friends!

Featuring: Chopped & Big Little Lies!

 

Chopped is recommended by my co-worker that knows I love watching cooking competitions. I watch Top Chef and Master Chef in particular and was recommended Chopped for the first time. I’m not sure why I was never drawn to this show before, but I’m glad that I gave it a chance.

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Premise: 4 Chefs compete in 3 rounds to crown a winner of Chopped and $10,000. Each episode is an hour and has a different theme. Based on the theme of the show, the chefs will have to prepare a dish using ALL of the mystery box ingredients. Each round has a time limit and the worse dish is CHOPPED while the others move on. Normally the rounds are Appetizer, Entree and Dessert.

 

Mystery Boxes – The mystery boxes are what makes Chopped an addicting show. 3 out of the 4 mystery items will be somewhat normal, while the final ingredient is usually something off the wall or not well known. Mystery box

 

Ranking: I’m really enjoying chopped and I would give it a B and high recommend to binge watchers that loveeee cooking shows.

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The 2nd show recommended to me is Big Little Lies on HBO by my friend Erick. I have wanted to watch this show since seeing previews for it last year, but never got around to it. Hulu offered me HBO Now at a great rate of $4.99 a month for 6 months, so I signed up and binge watched the show Saturday Night.

 

Premise: Big Little Lies follows the lives of mothers in the town of Monterey California. The cast follows Madeline, the Rich, Popular Mom, Jane the new single mom in town, Celeste, the Beautiful hot shot ex-lawyer, Renata the Corporate mom and Bonnie the relaxed organix moms and they’re lives in Monterey. The series begins at a fundraiser where there has just been a murder. Witnesses answer questions to the investigators but you do not know who was murdered until the finale.

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Secrets: The best thing about Big Little Lies is that everyone is hiding something in theirs lives. These secrets threaten to tear their families and friends apart, but appearances must be kept. I even love that the secret of the person murdered is not revealed until the finale. The 7, 1 hour episodes recall the events leading up until the fundraiser where all is revealed.

 

Ranking : I give Big Little Lies a B+. They were renewed for a 2nd season but it will not be released until 2019 :(.

Those are my 2 currently recommends. Are you currently watching any shows recommended by friends? Do you have any tv show recommends for me to try? Which shows are you currently Binge Watching? Let’s talk shows!

-Luna 🙂

Luna’s Rankings: Favorite Game of Thrones Characters!

Happy Tuesday everyone! Every Tuesday I will try to upload a Rankings post where we rank our top 5 items in a category from the least loved to the totally Favorite ranking. If there are more than 5 items in the category, the top 5 results are essentially my favorites and I am ranking their placings. This year I want to try something new, so I will be asking for your feedback as well to feature in the next week’s rankings!

Game Guide:

  • Respond in the comments with your top 5 placings
  • Tune in the following Tuesday to view the results of the Community’s Rankings and see your answers featured!

It’s that easy! Furthermore, if you would like to participate in my Rankings Post each week, let me know in the comments and we can set topics to post each Tuesday!

The Community Rankings for last week’s Favorite Star Wars movies are:

  1. Empire Strikes Back
  2. A New Hope
  3. Return of the Sith
  4. Return of the Jedi
  5. The Force Awakens

1. Empire Strikes Back
2. A New Hope
3. The Last Jedi
4. Return of the Jedi
5. The Force Awakens

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Here’s my personal list:
5. Revenge of the Sith
4. The Force Awakens
3. Return of the Jedi
2. A New Hope
1. The Empire Strikes Back

5. Force Awakens
4. Last Jedi
3. New Hope
2. Return of the Jedi
1. Empire Strikes Back

There were other participants like Frazier’s Racket and The Crown. Let’s see what’s going on this week!

This week we are ranking out favorite characters in the Game of Thrones series for 5th place to 1st place. I really love Game of Thrones and it’s been a year since I was introduced to the brilliant world of George RR Martin. Since we have to wait until 2019 for the new season, why not start out our year paying tribute to the characters that we know and love! You can read all of my Season 7 recap posts by clicking here! If you haven’t watched Game of Thrones, there will be mild spoilers in my post so this is your official *Spoiler Alert, Spoiler!”

Now onto the Rankings…

#5 Eddard (Ned) Stark –

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The Patriarch of House Stark has to make my list of favorite characters. This may be a surprise pick to many, but let me explain why Ned is on my list and should be on everyone else’s list! Ned is the ultimate “good guy” in the Game of thrones series. He is humble, loyal and a great person to have on your side as an ally. Ned is one of the strongest driving forces in GOT. Think about it, most of the action is driven by the 2 strongest families, the Starks and the Lannisters fighting each other. Ned’s death puts the Starks on a path of revenge against the Lannisters and in my opinion, strengthens the entire clan. If it wasn’t for Ned and his discoveries, along with his death, we would not have a Game of Thrones show.

#4 Cersei Lannister –

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So we’ve been down this road before with my love of villains. A great villain drives the story and adds the tension that propels our heroes to new heights. Cersei is probably one of the better villains ever portrayed. She is smart and ruthless, 2 deadly combinations. I have this debate with my friend Erick that Cersei is the smartest person in the show, he argues that her father Tywin was. I think that Cersei has committed unspeakable atrocities and she is the one that is prolonging her family’s name. Tywin set the framework, but Cersei was the warrior that kept the wolves at bay. I think that Cersei will make a cameo in our Memoirs of a Villain segment very soon ;).

#3 Jon Snow/ Daenerys –

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So I cheated a bit and combined Jon Snow with Daenerys. I personally feel that these 2 characters represent the same thing and are essentially the same. Both are striving for a new world of peace and equality. I thought about putting these 2 higher up on the list but I felt as though it’s a common thing to say Jon Snow or Daenerys and I wanted to provide a bit more diversity in this post. Jon is probably my favorite of the 2 because he’s brave, humble and he helps out the people in need, even when it could cost him dearly. Both Jon and Dany grew up in the shadows of their families, Jon for being a bastard born to a high noble house and Dany for being a displaced monarch on the run from the usurpers of her family’s throne.

#2 Sandor Clegane (The Hound) –

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The Hound is one of my favorite characters in the GOT series. His character most closely reminds me of what commoners personalities would have been in the Medieval time period. Think about it, most of the characters in the show are privileged, Sandor used his rage and strength to  the best of his abilities and became the personal guard of the Hound. Yes, he had to execute characters that did not deserve it, but he was being loyal to his prince. We see signs that the Hound isn’t as evil as we thought when he would save Sansa, try to talk sense into Geoffrey and when he looked after Arya. The Hound is awesome and his dry humor makes the show that much better.

#1 Arya Stark –

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This is probably no surprise as I think most people would place Arya in their top 5. She is the Stark that is bound by a different sense of honor. She still respectes the morals of her father Ned, but she has a higher sense of honor to herself. Arya believes that exterminating those who corrupt the realm is the best course of action. She doesn’t engage them to make truces and she doesn’t fall for the tricks of her enemies. Arya gets things done and if it be through slitting their throats after they have eaten pieces of their kin (Walder Frey), so be it.

Those are my favorite characters in Game of Thrones! Which characters are your favorites? List your top 5 Game of Thrones rankings to join the community board that will be posted in next week’s post. Let’s talk favorite characters!

-Luna 🙂

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Hulu Series of the Week: Harlots!

Happy Friday Binge-Watching Addicts and welcome to the first series review of 2018! I was actually watching the Hulu Original Series of Harlots when it was premiering each week. I’ve finally decided to review the series and bring it to your attention!

London in 1763 is booming, and one in five women makes a living selling sex. Women’s opportunity for economic advancement is to marry well or be a prostitute.

Overview: Harlots was introduced to me by Hulu’s recommended list. It was also highly advertise during the time that I was watching as a Hulu Original Series so I decided to give it a go. The first episode was interesting and captivating that it held my attention and I watched every Wednesday when the new episode would release.

Story:

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Margart Wells (Left) & Lydia Quigley (Right)

Harlots is a series following the rival brothel houses and their owners Margaret Wells and Lydia Quigley in 18th Century England. On one side you have the high end escorts and courtesans of Mrs. Quigley and on the other side you have the respectable but indulgent gals working at Mrs. Wells. Mrs. Wells is raising her daughters and family in a world and a time where it is very difficult for women to have safety, security and any rights of their own. Each character has their own internal struggle to deal with and the struggles of their employers intensifies their anxiety.

Setting & Visuals –

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Harlots takes place in the brothels and on the streets of 18th Century London. The dress, language and visuals will be reminiscent of Georgian London. As I watched the series there were lower light shades emulating a colder, overcast weather. The days seemed gloomy but the lights were brought to light with the candles and vibrant colors of the women working in the brothel.

Characters & Portrayals –

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I don’t believe Harlots is based on actual events but it is based on the book Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies written by Hallie Rubenhold. I’ve never read the book so I am unable to comment on the portrayals and accuracy to the text. What I can comment on is the acting of the characters inside of the series and if they are believable. I enjoyed the acting of each character in the series. One of my favorite performances is by Margaret’s Daughter, Charlotte. Charlotte does an excellent job of portraying a woman that men would pine for, but also a smart business women as well. She protects her assets and comes to the aid of her family, especially her little sister Lucy who is old enough to become a professional.

Final Thoughts –

Harlots was very intriguing and a great show for my taste. Season 2 will be premiering sometimes this year. I will say that this show is not for everyone because there are some delicate scenes with maidenhoods being taken and the way women are treated in the show but I think it touches on what life was like in that time period. You will have your fill of powder makeup and powdered wigs, along with the seductively sensual language of people in the business of “pleasure.”

 

 

Play:

  • If you have read and enjoyed Harris’s List of Covent Garden Ladies
  • If you love period dramas
  • For a great story of rival ladies

Skip:

  • Because of the graphic nature in the some of the scenes
  • If you do not enjoy period based shows
  • Recommended for a more mature audience

I rate Harlots a solid 4 out of 5 screens!

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Thank you for reading! Have you watched or are interested in watching Harlots? Which shows are you currently binge watching on Hulu or Netflix? Any recommendations for additional period dramas that I should watch? Let’s talk television and shows!

-Luna 🙂

Countdown to 2018: Favorite Series of 2017!

Happy Friday Novas! Today is day 3 on the Countdown to 2018 posts! We started with Video games, added our favorite WWE Events and now we are ranking the top Shows or Series that we have watched (and reviewed) in 2017! As with all rankings posts, the order will be descending from my 5th favorite show this year unto my number 1 favorite show watched this year! Tomorrow we are diving into our favorite movies released in 2017!

#5 Medici: Masters of Florence medici

Medici: Masters of Florence was one of the first series that I have reviewed on the blog. It was recommended to me on Netflix because of the genre of shows that I like to watch (Medieval Time Period). I was interested in this show specifically because of another show that I have been watching called Reign, where the queen’s name was Catherine De Medici. I wanted to see the story of her family and how they ran the city of Florence as though they were monarchs. You can read my review of the series by clicking here!

#4 Riverdale –
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Riverdale is one of the surprise series that I have watched this year. I still remember seeing the commercial and saying, ehh that looks interesting but not interesting enough for me to watch. One day Emily and I were bored at her  house and we both saw the show on Netflix. Almost simultaneously we looked at each other and said that we kind of wanted to watch it. That was all -she wrote! We binged watched Riverdale in a week ahaha. I didn’t read the Archie comics so this was new terrain for me. Similar to how the Power Rangers Movie this year had a darker twist, Riverdale brought out some crazy secrets. You can read the Review of Riverdale by clicking here!

#3 The White Princess –

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Here we are, back to a period piece drama and this time we are hopping aboard the start of the Tudor Dynasty in England. The white Princess is a Starz mini Series that talks about Lizzie the wife of Henry VII and her troubles as a queen of the enemy who overthrew her family, the Plantagenants. Lizzie is a princess and daughter of Edward IV. She is of the House of York and Henry Tudor was fighting on behalf of the House of Lancaster. The marriage  of these two joined Lancaster and York and created the combined white and red rose as the sigil of the House of Tudor. This series only has about 8 episodes that are an hour long, but it’s well worth it in my opinion. Checkout the spoiler free series review by clicking here!

#2 Reign

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Reign is one of the shows that started my obsession with the Medieval Royalty shows and documentaries. Reign is a dramatized story of Mary Queen of Scots and her fight to keep her country and her head. Mary is the granddaughter of Henry VIII and has a claim to the English Throne. Because Mary is the Queen of Scotland if she marries the Dauphin (prince) of France, she will have support from a nation of England that does not value a woman to rule alone. This puts a mark on Mary’s life and we get to watch the scenes unfold in the series. Reign has about 22 hour long episodes per season and 3 seasons so it’s a bit of a longer series. Emily doesn’t like time period dramas and she’s hooked! Definitely give it a try! You can read my Hidden Treasures Review of Reign here!

#1 Game of Thrones

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Coming in at number 1 will be Game of Thrones! Friends have recommended Game of Thrones to me for years and with my recent fascination with medieval kings and queens, I finally gave in and started watching GOT in January. Best decision of my life! I have to admit that the first few episodes didn’t sit well with me and I couldn’t see the appeal of the show, but after season 1 everything started to meld together. I am obsessed with GOT now and I can’t wait for the final season (which I hear won’t be until 2019 :((((). Game of Thrones is the adaptation of A Song of Fire and Ice. I am planning to read the books at some point, maybe that will get me through 2018. I’m sooo obsessed that I have a Game of Thrones page! Read some of my thoughts, recaps and theories by clicking here!

Thank you for joining us for today’s countdown! What are some of your favorite shows watched this year? Which shows are you currently binge watching on Netflix (or any other source)? Are you looking forward to any shows in 2018? Let’s talk favorite shows!

-Luna 🙂

You Should Try…Arrow!

Power up players and novas! I hope November is going really well for everyone. So NaNoWriMo is going really well and currently I am expected to finish the novel by November 28th, 2017 if I stay on the course that I am currently writing. I can already feel the pressure as my mind is circling thoughts of “Is this story good? Will anyone like it? What if this is for nothing? Etc.” I’ve been pushing those thoughts out of my mind and powering through although I have many doubts. Personally, I think the process of pushing through and completing your goals, no matter the results is the best part of this writing challenge. On to the topic of today’s post. We’ve all had friends, co-workers, family and acquaintances telling us that we should try watching a show or playing a game. I’ve been more open to playing games that I initially have no interest in and trying out shows that have been recommended to me over the years. This segment will probably go out every 2 weeks, detailing the activity that I have tried.

This week I will be talking about a series that was recommended. This show has been recommended to me a few times over the years. I finally listened to my friend Xsanie when I was on vacation last month. The topic: You Should Try… Watching Arrow!

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Arrow is the show following DC Comics character, Oliver Queen. Similar to Bruce Wayne, Oliver was a privileged kid who grew up in Starling City. The Queen’s own a large company and contribute to Starling city as one of the “It” social families. Oliver was reckless, he was selfish and he was “The Male Lindsey Lohan.” How could this billionaire bad boy turn into a vigilante against crime? A new death experience of course!

My initial bias of Arrow – We know that Netflix and the media have been revamping comics and superhero movies for a few years now. I initially confused Arrow with the Green Lantern and had no interest in watching another jaded superhero battle his demons and criminals.

After Episode 1 – After watching the pilot episode of Arrow I noticed that there was a pretty good underlying story. I found myself not much interested in the vigilante fighting crime, but in the flashbacks to see exactly why Oliver became the Arrow. This curiosity fueled my need to binge watch the first season of the show. Each episode a problem was presented, it was solved and a new question emerged. Great way to get someone hooked!

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After Season 1 – I’m invested in Arrow now. I will continue watching even though there are a few things that annoy me about the show. Look out for the season 1 preview of Arrow next week.

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Final Thoughts: Arrow is a great show and I can see it’s appeal. You do not have to have knowledge of the comic to enjoy the show. I really enjoyed that all of the questions presented in the series, were answered before the end of the season. I was pretty annoyed with Laurel’s character. Her facial expressions were exactly the same whether she was angry, confused, happy etc. I also didn’t like her character and what she would think about situations. Then again, I’m more of a villain person anyway.

Have you watched Arrow? What shows have you been recommended to watch? Let’s talk!

-Luna 🙂

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The Man In The High Castle: An Introduction

Happy Friday night all! It’s Maria, and as promised by last night’s post, a review on another show that I’ve been watching lately and am now addicted to is here. To start off, the reason it was long in coming is because I was trying to figure out how to set it all up: if I wanted to write a review on the entire first season or do it episode by episode. Eventually I decided to do it episode by episode, as that would be more engaging and interesting rather than knock the entire first season all out in one single review. And to be honest about this review, this is more of an introduction to it rather than a review on Episode 1, as to understand the premise better. You’ll see my view on Episode 1 tomorrow.

At this point, you are probably wondering what show it is that I’ve decided to cover on this blog, from the first episode to the very last. You may or may not have heard of it, since it has gotten popular since it first came out, on Amazon. Not on Netflix, and definitely not on Hulu.

Everyone, let me formally introduce you to…

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YES! If you thought I was talking about The Man In The High Castle, you would be completely right. I was introduced to this show by someone I work with, who warned others and I to start watching now since the third season is premiering this coming December. With that sound advice, I decided to renew my Amazon Prime membership (you can only watch this show if you have Amazon Prime, which is possibly the only downside) and start watching it myself. Well, let me tell you, from the first episode I was hooked…and binge watching the rest of the first season from there. (The best I could anyway, as I do work and study when I’m not working.)

In a nutshell, and for those not as familiar with the show, The Man In The High Castle focuses on an alternate history in which the Nazis and Imperial Japan have won World War II, and who have divvied up the former United States of America into the Greater Nazi Reich (basically all of the Midwest, southern states, and East Coast with some other states mixed in) and Japanese Pacific States (pretty much the states on the West Coast). A visual aid is below.

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(Note: Contrary to what this map says, that giant gray area  is the Greater Nazi Reich.)

The show hosts a colorful cast of characters, which I will detail in Episode 1’s review. As stated previously in this post, tonight’s review is primarily an introduction to the series itself. In the meantime, I have included the trailer.

 

First image: Wikimedia

Map: http://www.bigthink.com

Trailer: YouTube

4 Reasons I love House Stark!

Happy Monday Novas! Since I was unable to watch Game of Thrones last week, I thought I would do a post listing the 4 reasons that I loveeee House Stark! I know, I know, what you’re thinking but like it’s House Flipping Stark! They may be boring to some, but to me they are the best House in Game of Thrones! If you haven’t watched GOT you might want to stop rading as there may be spoilers below! **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert!**

Wolves: The sigil for the house is the Dire Wolf which is a gigantic wolf. Dire wolves are beautiful and dangerous. Sansa and Arya said a great reference at the end of season 7. ” Father said that even if the  leader dies, the pack will survive.” or something like that. The leader Ned died, but the pack (well most of them) still live on.

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Yes, the Starks will fight, yes they each have a different opinion on what needs to be done but as Sansa, Arya and Bran proved, no one, not even Littlefinger can tear them apart. They will in the end come together as a pack and destroy their enemies.

 

Fight: If you notice, all of the Starks are excellent fighters! Jon of course is a master swordsman and as dog fodder Ramsey described him “Probably the best fighter anyone has ever seen.”  jon fight  Arya is skilled in fighting, she took on Brienne in season 7 and has been carving up targets left and right (How many people are left on her list anyway?). Ned was an extroadinary swordsman as Jaime Lannister learned.  Jaime’s own men thought he was in danger to lose the fight and drove a spear into Ned’s leg.

Skills: Each member of the Stark family has an impressive skill that other houses just do not possess. Arya is an assassin and very skilled with weapons, Sansa has the diplomatic skills of a Lannister (which can be a double edge sword),  Jon has the leadership skills and tenacity of the best warrior around, Rob had the same leadership qualities and then there is Bran, the 3 eyed raven. Need I say more?

Honor: You cannot mention House Stark without mention their Honor! Many get mad at the Starks for not bending the rules and doing whatever they can to win, but I admire them for sticking to their morals. It is entirely easy to break the rules to get what you want.  ned  When you stand for something and stick to it no matter what, you should be commended. The Starks do not follow the crowd, their honorable and noble. Yes, it may get them into crazy situations but that’s the price or being honorable. Everyone in the 7 Kingdoms know that a Stark’s word will not be broked and can be trusted. It’s why they are so likeable by the other houses.

Those are my top reasons for loving House Stark! Which House is your favorite in Game of Thrones and why? Let’s talk GOT!

-Luna 🙂

 

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Game of Thrones S7 Finale

Happy Moonday Novas! Last night was the epic finale episode of Game of Thrones season 7 and we’re here on Monday morning to provide a recap and our thoughts.  Before you begin readin I will have a recap of some scenes so this is your official **Spoiler Alert, Spoiler Alert** warning! 

The episode was the longest of the season tieing up a few loose ends that we wanted to see as the episode ran. We start with the Unsullied and Grey Worm standing outside of kings landing in a face off with Bronn and Jaime while Tyrion and Jon pull up to King’s Landing on the water. This scene was very intense and awesome as we see faces of characters that have not intereacted in some time. Similar to how the group Beyond the Wall talked through their differences, this group for peace were sizing each other up.

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Brienne sees that the Hound is alive after she left him for dead a few seasons back. The Hound finds out that arya is alive from Brienne when they encounter each other at King’s Landing.

Cersei gives the mountain orders on who to kill first; Dany, Tyrion and Jon Snow in that order. Cersei the makes an entrance after the others are seated with Qyburn, Jaime, The Mountain and her army. Upon her arrival her disdain is obvious when she notices that Dany is not present. Of course, she had to make the grandest entrance on the back of Drogon with Rhaegal flying in the background.

All characters enter the dragon pit (where the meeting is to take place( and it’s as intense and eerie as we would expect. It’s quiet until Sandor and Gregor Clegane have a moment. The Hound confronts his older brother in front of everyone, then turns to retrieve the “surprise” for the audience. Since the interruptions have begun, the every brunt Euron calls out his nephew. Everyone sits back as Euron threatens to kill Yara if Theon does not surrender to him. Very bold move indeed and as expected Theon just sits there.

After everyone’s feelings are known, The Hound brings out the walker and lets him loose for everyone to see. Cersei and Jaime are visibly shaken by the creature and now understands the threat that everyone is talking about; or so we think. A scene that was interesting to me was when Qyburn, Cersei’s hand and the once outlawed maester, got up to examine the Undead hand of the walker. There’s something peculiar about that scene but I can’t quite figure out why it makes me uncomfortable.

After the demonstration and annialhation of the walker, Euron flees to the Iron Islands with the Iron Fleet. Later in the episode you find out that this was a plan all along by Cersei to allow Euron to take the Iron Fleet to pick up mercenaries. My question is, how did Cersei know when he would leave? Was it planned that no matter what they brought that Euron would turn tail and run?

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So that’s enough of a recap as that was one of the most important scenes of the night. We expect Jon and Dany’s camp to be hopeful that Cersei will accept the truce, but we now that it’s not going to be an easy task. Cersei is bent on being the only ruler, she calls Dany out by saying “How do I know that you will not use my ceasefire to raise more armies to your cause?” This shows that Cersei has not intention of calling a truce with the enemy. She’s always thinking 1 step ahead, which is what makes her dangerous.

A follow-up scene that had my heart racing was Tyrion literally stepping into the Lions den. When he faced Cersei, I didn’t know what to think and since no one had died in the episode yet, I was really nervous. The standoff between both Cersei and Tyrion explained motives behind Cersei’s behavior even after knowing that he didn’t kill Joeffrey. Cersei straight up blames Tyrion for their family falling apart. She says that him killing their father Tywin, left the family open and unprotected in the views of everyone else. She states that Tommen and Myrcella’s deaths are direct results of people no longer fearing the Lannisters. Cersei played Tyrion, by not killing him she allowed him to believe that she was willing to call a truce to preserve what’s precious in life.

Another important scene was the trial of Arya. Sansa has been trained and manipulated by Littlefinger to think of the worst possible outcome. I’m not going to lie, this scene had me verry upset at Sansa, I just knew she was about to fall for another trap by Littlefinger. I’m super glad that I was wrong! Sansa, Arya and Bran all played littlefinger like a fiddle. I remember a few episodes ago when Bran gave Arya the dagger how I mentioned that Bran had to be plannin planninggn, well this was it. The same dagger that tore the family apart sliced open the throat of Littlefinger. It was epic, I was happy, all is good with the world in Winterfell.

In Winterfell Sam and Gilly arrive which reveals another great piece of information. We knew from a few episodes back that Jon was not a bastard and the heir to the thrrone. I did wonder how they married if Lyanna was “abducted.” Sam asked Bran if he could see the events now as he told him about the High Maester’s reports, wheeew, Sam was listening to Gilly! Bran, who is learning to control his abilities, went back to see that Lyanna and Rhaegar were in love and that the coo brought on by Robert Baratheon was a sham.

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Is it me or does Rhaegar look like Viscerys?

We also get Jon’s birth name; Aegon Targaryen!

 

This episode set a collision course for the next season. What will Jaime do now that he knows Cersei’s intentions and plans? Will Jon finaly find out his origin and what effect will this have on his relationship with Dany? What’s next for the Stark girls now that Littlefinger is a cold corpse? Most importantly, what will happen when Jon and Dany find out that Visceron is a part of the undead army? There’s so many moving parts for next season and I cannot wait!

Quotes:

“I was on trying to protect her.” -Brienne

“You and me both.”- The Hound

“I left this sh** city because I didnt want to die in it. Am I goimg to die in it?” -Hound

“The king of the north will not take sides.  I know that Ned Stark’s son will be true to his word.” – cersei

“I’m about to step into a room with the most murderous woman in the world, who has already tried to kill me twice… that I know of. Who is the idiot?” – Tyrion

“I’ve traveled all over the world and this is the only thing that’s scared me.” -Euron

“I loved your mother since I was a boy.” -Littlefinger  “and you betrayed her.” -Sansa , “I’ve loved you the most.” -Little Finger , “And you betrayed me.” Sansa.

Notable Scenes:

  • Jaime challenging Cersei
  • Cersei noticing 2 dragons instead of 3
  • Ending scene of the Night King coming through the wall

Let’s just all take a moment to realize how incredibly smart Cersei is. She’s probably the smartest character in the show and you can’t helo but admire her. I can see why Sansa was infatuated with her during her time at King’s Landing. Ok, that’s enough of my thoughts, what did yuo think about the episode? What di you think will happen in season 8? Who’s dying first out of the characters that we have remaining? Let’s talk Game of Thrones!

-Luna 🙂

 

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A Very Gilded Drama

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Good day all! It’s Maria again, and as promised, I’m here to review the Hulu series Versailles. I figured that since my review of Split was on the dark end, I would bounce back with something a bit more cheerful and pleasant.

I understand that some of you may have watched this before, and a girl I know actually recommended this series to me a while ago. However though, I did not get around to watching it until fairly recently. Versailles can be found on Hulu, and originally aired on Canal+ in France before going to Canada, Britain, and ultimately here in the States. Currently, there are two seasons of the show, and a third one in the works.

In a nutshell, Versailles is pretty self explanatory–it is, of course, about the historic structure in Versailles, France, which was built by King Louis XIV during his reign from 1643 to 1715. But the series is far more complex than that; it actually goes into more than the obvious construction of the famous Palace. You will see yourself looking into the lives of Louis XIV, his family, and the nobles who have found themselves living there despite their feelings of rebellion against the monarchy. There is definitely a lot of drama, secrecy, and political maneuvers going on underneath the gilded and lofty outer facade of Versailles.

I will admit, I like watching shows whose premise is drama and secrets: Gossip GirlRiverdale, etc. But a show with genuine historical background makes it much more gripping and interesting. And that is what Versailles is. As you continue to watch the show you’re basically trapped into the inner workings of what the Palace really was: a place of glory, brutality, politics, and most of all, intrigue. And that is why it’s definitely enjoyable. And you will not want to stop watching it.

I give it a 4.5/5.

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Netflix Series OZARK-

If you are in a dark and spiraling Show-hole, like many Netflix users after a long weekend of binge-watching, then I have found your saving grace or at least your next addiction…OZARK. **Episode 1 Spoiler Alert, Again Spoiler Alert!**

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Now I know what you’re thinking,.. “What the heck is that?”

Don’t worry. It can’t be as bad as what I thought. The name literally made me think of Noah’s Ark and I’m not even that biblical.

OZARK is a hot, new  original Netflix Series that started this year. So far, there is 1 Season with 10 Episodes, each lasting about 1 hour. The show stars Jason Bateman, who plays Marty Byrde,ozark2 an extremely, intelligent, financial advisor who must devise a radical plan to make millions to save the lives of himself and his family after his Business Partner/Best Friend  cheats a dangerous client. Oh, and did I mention that the dangerous client is apart of the second biggest Mexican Drug Cartel… Yeah, it’s pretty intense!

In Episode 1: Sugarwood we learn that…

  • Marty is a financial advisor who secretly cleans and launders money for Del-a Mexican Drug Cartel Lord-
  • Marty’s Business Partner/Best Friend-Bruce- has cheated Del over 8 million dollars in the past three years….(spoiler Alert….he dies).
  • Marty’s wife of 22 years-Wendy- is cheating on him and making DIY Adult Films every week with a lawyer (he dies too).
  • Marty has promised Del that he can clean and launder hundreds of millions dollars at Lake OZARK without any US Federal Agency finding out.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed but Marty isn’t having a good day when we first meet him. ozark-serie-2

The entire first episode consisted of me, sitting on the edge of my couch, holding my hands to my face, screaming “OHHHHHMYYYGAWDDD!” I felt as if I was riding an emotional roller-coaster with a twist and turn at every corner! So far, I have only watched the first episode but trust me when I say that I will be watching this to the very end!

Best Episode Quote: Marty Byrde: Money is not peace of mind. Money’s not happiness. Money is, at its essence that measure of a man’s choices.