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Bad Blood (2017)
No Sopranos but still ok
The first season was better. Anthony La Paglia wasn't very expressive but he was charismatic enough to create a complex character. Kim Coates was better suited to play the underdog, unlike in season two where he's hardly a credible boss. Plus, season two comes with some lazy writing, especially in regard with the two villain twins. Or the Reggie character that came out of nowhere, deus-ex-machina style, just to help with Declan's plot, evolution and vulnerabilities.
Still, I like the show, it's got its intriguing parts, some good actors, not bad overall.
Season 3 is horrible
You've probably already heard that Season 3 of Westworld managed to be even worse than Season 2. Not even the additions of Aaron Paul and Vincent Cassel could save this pretentious mess. The actions scenes are too many and yet too unimpressive, bringing nothing new or original with them. As for the plot, both the motives and the modus operandi of the main characters seem to change on every episode, or just to remain a clusterf... of confusion. Just to give the impression there's some philosophical depth somewhere out there. I'm gonna do myself a favor and skip season 4, if there will actually be one.
Ad Astra (2019)
Failure can come in many forms
You've got a Tommy Lee Jones and Brad Pitt playing at their best, you've got a script with so much potential, you've got visual effects that could create great artistry, and yet the resulting film is utterly dull, unprovoking, lacking any real substance and feeling. Not only it feels superficial, but it comes with all kinds of bad science type of goofs and inconsistencies that makes it almost ridiculous at times.
The first half of the movie is pretty boring and reminds quite a lot of a cheap 90s B-movie. Then there's the twist, and things get a lot more interesting. I felt like... my patience was at least partially rewarded.
Pena's acting is decent, but not impressive. I liked more the new guy, Israel Broussard, and Lizzie Caplan.
I still feel like the script had a lot more potential, but this movie is anyway better than its initial ratings show, especially since it comes after a pretty long series of recent Netflix disappointments.
The episode felt longer than it should. It has a bad pace, at times nothing interesting or even remotely relevant seemed to be happening.
Anyway, worst of all was the bear fight scene. It was so cringeworthy and badly-executed that I was hoping to end sooner. I get it, this is no Revenant and Bjorn is no Leo, but still, that bear didn't look perilous at any moment of the whole scene. It moved slower than my grandpa and it took worse decisions than a toddler.
The good parts of the episode were the Athelstan apparition, which gave me goosebumps and was neatly done, and the Berserker part, which unfortunately only lasted a couple of seconds.
Oh, and the episode should've been called "Bjorn screaming", it would've made so much more sense.
Vikings: A Good Treason (2016)
Good start (No spoilers)
Quite a few surprising decisions taken by the main characters in this episode, some of them creating dismay, others satisfaction, but in the end, all helping shape up their future paths.
It's a really good season start, even the single fight scene of this episode, seem to be improved considerably.
Overall, the show gets even more captivating as the plot divides into even more parts, focused on different locations and characters. Now besides the old Ragnar's path, there's also a Bjorn's one, Rollo's, Lagertha's, Aslaug's, Floki's... Even the English part, even though it's completely missing from this episode, won't be left aside (as presented by the end-episode teasers). In other words, the show's plot have become a lot more intricate than one could've foreseen two seasons ago. And that's not a bad thing at all.
Furthermmore, there are a couple of scenes that will surely be appreciated by those interested in history and historical accuracies. Some of them will probably create some debates, but in the end, Vikings cares to remind us that it's a historical show after all, and that's perfectly fine by me.
Vikings: Warrior's Fate (2015)
Battles Keep Being Awful
Action-wise, the shaky cam during the fights is awful, it's annoying the hell out of me. At least from time to time they pause to focus, in slow motion, on the faces of Ragnar or Rollo. But still, they use the infamous cinematic means of shaky cams or sporadic slow mos during the battles, and this already greatly downsizes the season in my eyes. It's starting to bother me that the producers just don't care enough for the battle scenes.
Tactical-wise, I cringed badly too, as many other people as it seems, at both the "splitting the forces" idea of the first episode, and even more now, at the incredibly stupid Mercians standing in that valley and making themselves easy targets, just like that, without proper explanations or something.
If all this was to show how inexperienced Burgred was as a commander, then OK, I get it. It's still quite incredible how such inapt people got to be leaders, but I get the point nevertheless.
I just reached a point where I desire there will be little, or no battles at all throughout the season, so that I can still enjoy and love the show as I do so far, yet we all know, the Paris siege is coming...