Gotham S3Ep13: Smile Like You Mean It Review/Recap

  • Starring: Ben McKenzie, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicadova, Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, Erin Richards, Don Logue, Jessica Lucas, Drew Powell, Chris Chalk
  • Network: FOX
  • Genre: Crime-drama

Smile Like You Mean It was filled with many comic book nostalgia, from the infectious laughter throughout the entire episode, the removal of faces, and then having said face reattached via staples. A real Death of the Family type of feels.
Mr.Clemens is seeking payment from Bruce for break of contract between him and Selina’s mother, much to the chagrin of Selina who discourages Bruce from handing over the money. Saying Clemens will only continue to ask for more. Though Selina instinct were right not to trust her mother or Clemens, what she later ended up figuring out is worse. Turns out her mother as only in town in order to used Selina as leverage against Bruce to get the money so she and her boyfriend, Clemens can live comfortably. Learning that her mother lied to her, and that Bruce had caught on to the lie, and neglected to tell her, Selina breaks off her relationship with both of them
Jerome’s body is busted out by a band of fanatics, and is being resurrected from the dead by means of electroshock therapy. But when resuscitation proves unsuccessful Dwight takes mattes into his own hands and removes Jerome’s face. Wearing Jerome’s face as a mask, Dwight encourages the fanatics that Jerome is with them, body or not, and they begin their assault.

At the police station Lee is held hostage in the examination room by Jerome where she’s question about the last moments of Jerome’s life has bits and pieces of his memory are scattered. Also the loss of his face upon waking isn’t helping. Disguised as a police officer, and stealing a car, Jerome heads to the scene where Dwight and his bandits are controlling a news station, and Dwight impersonates Jerome, calling it the awakening. But has Jim, Harvey, and the rest of the GCPD take control of the situation, Lee informs Jim that Jerome is alive and looking for Dwight. But before Jim can get a handle on the new ordeal Jerome has already taken Dwight to the power plant. While there Jerome staples his face back on, and goes live announcing his return, and showing a restrained Dwight with bombs strapped over his entire body. Before exiting, he promises that Gotham will know a world of darkness.

With no way to stop the explosion, Jim is forced to watch it from the rooftop, and watches has Gotham loses power and goes dark.
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The Queen of Zombie Hearts (White Rabbir Chronicles Novel) Review

  • Title: The Queen of Zombie Hearts (A White Rabbit Chronicles novel; book #3)
  • Author: Gena Showalter
  • Publisher: Harlequin Books s.a
  • Publication Date: September 30, 2014
  • Edition: 2014 paperback
  • Special Features: Note from Cole, bonus scene from ‘Through the Zombie Glass’ from Cole’s P.O.V, and a sneak peak at ‘A Mad Zombie Party
  • $11.99/9.99
  • Genre: supernatural, Teen Fiction
  • ISBN: 978-0-373-21186-9

If you’ve read the previous books, then you’ve pretty much read this one, minus a few little plots details, but it’s all pretty much the same only, wait for it…Ali and Cole didn’t break up in this book, or even really fight all that much. But the slayers versus Anima still continues, and the fight is still the same.

The only thing that differs between this book and it’s predecessor’s is we learn something pretty major about Ali, that is a blast from the past and is a game changer in the battle of Slayers vs Anima. But if anything Ali becomes more and more of a Mary Sue. The hammer’s being brought down, and the series is almost over so major changes a.k.a deaths have to be made, especially a major one.

But aside from two major differenence, this book felt very similar to the previous two books in this series. Even though this book was relatively the same, the few major difference made this book a little more interesting. Especially since there was little to no Ali and Cole drama, it made the book a little easier to read. Although Ali did make a few remarks that had me rolling my eyes.

My Overall Rating: 3.5/5 stars.

Would I Recommend: If you’ve already started the series, you might as well finish it. If you’ve started and it’s not doing anything for you, I’d say don’t bother. For most of the book it was quite similar to book’s 1 and 2. If you’re indecisive about your feelings towards the series, give it a shot, the two new major game changes are interesting enough to encourage reading of this book.
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Vikings S4Ep18: Revenge Review/Recap

  • Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Alex Hogh, Marco Ilso, David Lindstrom, Jordan Patrick Smith, Gustaf Skarsgard, Clive Standen, Linus Roache, Moe Dunford
  • Network: History
  • Genre: Historical-drama

To prepare for the departure of her son and the great army, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) leads a sacrifice, and Earl Jorgenson offers himself as the nights sacrifice. Bjorn and Astrid sneak off during the ritual and continue their affair which Lagertha confronts them on during Bjorn’s (Alexander Ludwig) goodbye. Ubbe and Margrethe get married, but while they and Hvitserk celebrate, Ubbe sees the way they look at each other and offers to share his new wife with Hvitserk, who is more than happy with the arrangement, as is Margrethe. But Harald unfortunately didn’t, and isn’t going to get his happily ever after, because the woman who promised to marry him, if he became King of all Norway shows up, and confesses that she has married someone else. Someone of lesser status. Harald is heartbroken, and his brother, Halfdan encourages him to kill her as a way to reclaim his honor, but Harald refuses, claiming he still loves her.

In Wessex Aethelwulf (Moe Dunford) is feeling insecure about his father’s love, and doesn’t believe hie father to be a worthy King, that he’s become more and more withdrawn from the affairs going on in the world. In Northimbria, King Aelle hasn’t heeded Judith’s warning and is forced into battle with the Northmen when they arrive. But he and his army are unprepared, and outnumbered and quickly fall to the great Viking army.

King Aelle is captured, and taken to the spot where he killed Ragnar. While restrained Bjorn begins performing the blood eagle. When done, Bjorn and his brothers hang Aelle’s deformed body.
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Gotham S3Ep12: Ghosts Review/Recap

  • Ben Mckenzie, Robin Lord Taylor, Cory Michael Smith, David Mazouz, Sean Pertwee, Camren Bicadova, Don Logue, Morena Baccarin, 
  • Network: FOX
  • Genre: Crime-drama

Oswald is off his rocker. Or so he thinks. A journalist is after him to prove that he is still the same criminal he’s always been. The same old Penguin who was sent to Arkham Asylum for murder, which she was all to happy to remind everyone on national television. But a night prior to his television interview, Oswald (Robin Lord Taylor) is seeing his dead father wondering the mansion, and asking his son for help in finding him, and not to trust the birthday boy. Minutes later the police arrive to inform Oswald that someone has dug up his father grave.

The morning of the interview Oswald walks into a scene of staff members singing Happy Birthday to his new assistant, Ed’s replacement, and it sends him into a rage. Entering the assistants office, there’s a trial of muddy footprints leading to the closest, which reveals a large duffle bag. Inside, the remains of Oswald’s father. When his assistant walks in and starts asking questions, Oswald proves the journalist right by bashing the assistants head in with a trophy before making his way downstairs.

During the interview Oswald once again sees his father’s ghost and runs from the interview. Behind the scenes, Ed (Cory Michael Smith) is pulling the strings and using the Chameleon and having him shapeshift into Mr.Cobblepot, and to trick Oswald into thinking he’s going crazy, and this is only the first step in destroying Oswald.
While everyone is grieving for the loss of Mario, Lee and Falcone take it a step further and order a hit on Jim in retaliation for Mario’s murder. But not everyone is mourning the loss, while he may work for Falcone, Victor is actually relived that Jim killed the doctor because he, “never quite liked him”. But while Victor is happy, Falcone isn’t and Victor’s got a job to do. Kill Jim Gordon. But at every turn Jim manages to escape, and it makes you wonder just how good of a hitman is Victor?

Lee (Morena Baccarin) takes a trip to Arkham Asylum to visit Barnes to get a better look at what her husband would have become should he have lived. But whatever hopes she was looking for died was Barnes begins his rant of all he will kill when he’s released, and how he’s the city’s executioner. Seeing how the virus has caused such insanity in someone who was so level headed gave Lee pause, and begged Falcone to call off the hit on Jim.
But Oswald’s slow decline into the Penguin, and Jim’s near assassination weren’t the most exciting moments of tonight’s episode. Jerome is back! Or he will be soon enough, be it in physical form, or in memory, former employees from Indiana Hill have gathered former (dead) patients and are bringing them back to life, having already brought one girl back, only to lose her to a too high voltage that mushed up her brain. Their motivation? To bring Jerome back. Already he has a cult following who gather to watch the old police footage of him assaulting the GCPD with the MANIACS.
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Vikings S4Ep17: The Great Army Review\Recap

  • Starring: Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Gustaf Skarsgard, Alex Hogh, Jordan Patrick Smith, Marco Ilso, David Lindstrom, Clive Standen, Linus Roache, Moe Dunford
  • Network: HISTORY
  • Genre: Historical-drama

As the country’s largest trading centre, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) orders the building of defence towers, and ditches to protect them from anyone jealous of Kattegat’s wealth. While helping construct one of the towers, Ubbe (Jordan Patrick Smith) makes a show in front of Lagertha of setting Margrethe free, and asks her to marry him. Ubbe and his brothers then work together to summon Vikings across the country side to come to their aid in avenging their father. While the great army slowly begins to form, and feast are held in the great hall, Ubbe and Ivar make it the perfect opportunity to strike against Lagertha. Caging her, and some of her men within the hall, Ubbe blocks Lagertha from behind while Ivar (Alex Hogh) her front. But before Ubbe can strike the first blow, Bjorn storms in, and puts an end to the attempted murder stating, if they want to kill Lagertha, they will have to kill him too.

With the return of Bjorn and his party, it seems the favor is falling on Lagertha’s side as to how many of Ragnar’s sons want her dead. Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig) obviously doesn’t want his mother killed, Sigurd has no ill will against Lagertha for killing Aslaug, and is almost happy about it, and Hvitserk is in agreement with Sigurd. Ivar is practically drooling at the mouth for his chance to kill her, but Ubbe seems to be teetering in the middle, and can possibly be reasoned with.

While Bjorn may not want to see his mother murdered, I don’t think he can be fully trusted either. After having a fight with Torvi, and storming out, he finds himself in the company of Astrid. Let’s hope that Bjorn, and even Astrid don’t try anything that threatens Lagertha’s rule, or even her life.

With the great army slowly coming together, and the time for war upon them, Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) builds Ivar a chariot so he can fight along side everyone else during the battle.
In Wessex King Ecbert (Linus Roache) continues his studies with Alfred in preparation for when he is to become king. Meanwhile Judith travels to Northumbria to visits her family. While there she tries to persuade her father to join forces with King Ecbert in order to prepare for the upcoming Viking attack, but King Aelle refuses.
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Vikings S4Ep16: Crossings Review\Recap

  • Starring: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Alex Hogh, Jordan Patrick Smith, David Lindstrom, Marco Ilso, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Peter Franzén, Jasper Paakkonen, Linus Roache, Moe Dunford, John Kavanagh
  • Network: HISTORY
  • Genre: Historical-drama

Trouble is stirring in Kattegat for Lagertha, and it may have been a mistake to not kill Ragnar’s sons when she had the chance. With Ivar back, he has sworn to kill her after her refusal to fight him in single combat. Ubbe, and Sigurd plan their own revenge to take out the new Queen, but are doing so more discreetly. But with a man in black appearing, not only in Kattegat but across the Mediterranean Sea, he spreads the news of Ragnar’s death. More troubling news for Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick), not only having the news of Ragnar’s crossing over into Valhalla, but after visiting the Seer (John Kavanagh) she’s told her death will come by one of Ragnar’s sons.
Bjorn, Floki, Rollo, and the rest of their calvary have arrived to the Mediterranean Sea, and have invaded Spain. Rollo (Clive Standen) seems to be rejoicing in being a Vikings again, while Floki (Gustaf Skarsgard) seems more hesitate after walking into a temple and witnessing a prayer in session. After bursting into a room hiding a group of women, all are taken captive. Helga even takes a young girl for herself, because Floki refuses to have another child, and this young girl is the same age their daughter would have been. Floki if disturbed by the idea, but is powerless to stop Helga. After the raid, Bjorn (Alexander Ludwig), Hvitserk, Rollo, Flokie, Halfdan, and Harald are over looking the sea, when Bjorn and Hvitserk’s (Marco Ilso) attention is pulled away by non-other then Odin, and learn the death of Ragnar.

King Ecbert (Linus Roache) is unconcerned but Ragnar’s sons seeking out their revenge on his people because of the deal he made, but Athelwulf strongly disagrees. But with Ragnar’s death confirmed, will Lagertha, Ubbe, Sigurd, and Ivar (not likely) put their differences aside and seek out their revenge together. And what of Bjorn? Will he return to Kattegat and help, and what will he do when he learns of the threat against his own mother?
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Vikings S4Ep15: All His Angels Review/Recap (SPOILERS)

  • Starring: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgard, Alexander Ludwig, Clive Standen, Alex Hogh, David Lindstrom, Marco Ilso, Jordan Patrick Smith, Linus Roache, Lothaire Bluteau, John Kavanagh, Moe Dunfrod, Peter Franzén, Jasper Paakkonen 
  • Network: HISTORY
  • Genre: Historical-drama

MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! DON’T CONTINUE IF YOU HAVENT SEEN ‘ALL HIS ANGELS’.
Unfortunately it can’t all last forever. After causing mischief both on his homeland, and across the sea, Ragnar Lothbrok is dead after being dropped in a pit of snakes. The manner of his death shouldn’t have come as a surprise for anyone who knows the myth of the legendary Viking. But I wish we could have seen more accomplishments from Ragnar during his reign. I feel like we’ve seen him fail a lot in his battles. A lot of exciting moments, but also quite a bit of flops. So it made his death a little less impactful. I did like that King Ecbert took the time to walk all the way to where King Aelle was keeping Ragnar captive, and was there for his friend when his death sentence was delivered.

Still no news on Ragnar’s other son Bjorn, and his quest across the Mediterranean Sea, but back in Kattegat Ivar shares the news of Ragnar’s death with his brothers, Ubbe and Sigurd who in turn share the news of Aslaugs’s death. Being the closest to her, Ivar is beyond devastated, and angry over his mother’s death, which doesn’t look good for Lagertha’s new position as the new Queen of Kattegat.
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Vikings S4Ep14: In the Uncertain Hour Before the Morning Review/Recap

  • Starring: Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Alyssa Sutherland, Alexander Ludwig, Clive Stanen, Gustaf Skarsgard, Linus Roache, Lothaire Bluteau, Peter Franzén, Jasper Paakkonen, Moe Dunford, Alex Hogh, Marco Ilso, David Lindstrom, Jordan Patrick
  • Network: HISTORY
  • Genre: Historical-drama

Ding dong the witch is dead. Shortly after raiding Kattegat Aslaug (Aylssa Sutherland) surrenders, and vows to leave without violence and to never return. All she asks is for safe passage to where ever the gods take her. But as she’s leaving, Lagertha (Katheryn Winnick) shoots her in the back with an arrow.

Ubbe and Sigurd return to Kattegat and learn about the death of their mother. But while Ubbe wants revenge, Sigurd doesn’t seem to heartbroken over her death, claiming he barely even knew her towards the end. 
In Wessex Ivar, and Ragnar are taken prisoner until King Ecbert arrives. When he does, despite Ragnar being locked in a cage, and Ecbert mocking him with the key, it’s was almost like a reunion of old (hostile) friends. King Ecbert (Linus Roache) introduces Ragnar to his long lost son, Magnus, and informs him that Queen Kwenthrith is dead. And while Magnus is thrilled to finally meet his father, Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) burst his bubble by telling him that he’s a miracle child because he (Ragnar) and Kwenthrith never even had sex. Ecbert claims he’s had his suspicions about the boy for a while, and now that the news is out, he feels no need to care for the boy and sends him away.

During their chat, Ragnar and Ecbert get into a debate over who loved Athelstan more, and who he would have been more safe with. But when it comes down to it, they move still feel tremendous guilt, both for letting him go, and for being the reason he’s dead. And after years of fighting, and with the amount of burden fallen upon him, Ragnar is tried, and asks Ecbert to kill him. And though the two have been enemies for years, Ecbert refuses, both because the two seem to have actually become (distant) friends, but also because Ragnar’s sons will seek revenge.

To ensure that he gets what he wants, and so Ecbert is safe from the wrath of his sons, Ragnar proposes that Ecbert contact King Aelle, and give him the ‘honor’ of killing Ragnar. With the death of Ragnar on Aelle’s hands, his sons will ignore Ecbert and focus all their attention on Aelle. Ecbert is hesitate at first, and actually seemed pained at the idea of turning Ragnar over to be killed.
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