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  1. BasilSeal

    S05.E13: Damocles Part Two

    I do think though that the writers had different plans for jaha than simply killing him in a minor flashback though, if season 4 was the end of his story, why not have him die in the finale? giving him the child to look after doesn't really serve any purpose in the narrative as it was presented, which is why i speculated that it was originally intended to be connected to the parent / child theme of season 5, particularly as Jaha's own some had been killed at the very start of the series, but for some reason they changed their plan and sidelined this character and the potential story line.
  2. BasilSeal

    S05.E13: Damocles Part Two

    yes, i just looked at the fan wiki and you're quite right, i wonder if i skipped an episode as i have no recollection of that whatsoever. I did wonder how they got the the fighting pit stage in the bunker, that makes sense.
  3. BasilSeal

    S05.E13: Damocles Part Two

    perhaps i missed that, when did that happen?
  4. BasilSeal

    S05.E13: Damocles Part Two

    Season six could well be similar to the Pandora series by Frank Herbert and Bill Ransom, except in this case the ship is not a sentient being. coming late to the party here as i've watched the two most recent series (4 & 5) over the holidays, I enjoyed this season but have mixed feelings about the ending and where it's going to take us for the next couple of seasons. Surely they can't expect to simply replay season one with the role of the grounders being played by either the descendents of the Eligius 3 crew or unspecified aliens? (the latter unlikely due to choice between expensive CGI or Falling Skies style shit rubber suits) I'd have been more than happy to see them take the valley and having learned from their mistakes rebuild the human race in alliance with the surviving convicts. It looks like the network want to flog this on for a while longer so we're going with the : "well, we've finally FUBARed the Earth, here's a new planet for us to fuck up on." plot development. The 100's writers are quite good at what they do, but there is a sense of what Jasper says in his farewell note to Monty, "there's no light at the end of the tunnel, just more tunnel" The continued need to up the ante WRT the apocalypse kinds of means that all the really awful things the protagonists did in the first three seasons were for nothing because the world and virtually all the people in it were destroyed anyway. One thing that did stick out like a sore thumb in this season was the notable absence of Jaha and the fact that this is only once ever remarked upon. I guess Isiah Washington didn't renegotiate a raise and walked because at the end of season 4 they appeared to be setting him up with a continued story line WRT him being the guardian of the boy whose father is thrown out of the bunker. that would have made sense as the relationship between parent and child was a key theme for this season, Abby / Clarke, Clarke / Maddie and ultimately Harper and monty's son. Presumably this was to highlight the difference between personal survival and the survival of the species. McCreary is the ultimate narcissist, prepared to destroy the whole world if he can't have it to himself, where as monty sacrifices himself, sort of, so that the human race can continue. Though how much of a sacrifice it would be to spend your life in peace with nothing much to do but have sex with Harper is a matter of opinion, particularly as it comes with the added bonus of missing out on whatever grim shit show will happen when Team apocalypse land on the shiny new planet.
  5. BasilSeal

    Van Helsing

    Poor old Axel, to be fair they did signpost that a fair bit, but of course, neither Mohammed or Scarlet absolutely have to be dead because: magic healing powers that can bring you back to life, er, sometimes. Julius and Phil seem to have almost immediate healing ability but Axel nearly dies from a minor infection, and if Phil can grow a new brain after sticking a gun in his mouth and pulling the trigger, how come Scab doesn't grow a new dick after the sisters cut his old one off? Then again if i were in his shoes, i probably wouldn't mention it if that did happen. But anyway, i'll be watching next year, but i have to admit this show could be greatly improved if it turns out Scarlet and Mohammed have the same top level healing package as Phil, and if Sam and Mr overacting himself Scab don't make it to the end of the first episode.
  6. BasilSeal

    Van Helsing

    I think Discount Kris Kristopherson was there as another aspect of the choosing good over evil theme of the show. also there's the them of determinism / fate; DKK simply accepts what fate has to offer him, in his case it's inordinately good luck avoiding vampires, he tells Scarlet she has to accept the Axel might not make it, but Scarlet doesn't accept this and saves Axel, thus showing that you can change fate (ie her and Vanessa's destiny where only one will survive) slightly annoying aspect to this is that once again it seems there are no hard and fast rules to how the whole vampire / cure thing works, Phil and Julius have instant regeneration ability and can recover from a point blank shot to the head, but Axel is going to die from an infection caused by second degree burns? how does that work, exactly? with one episode to go we're clearly going to be left with a heap of unanswered questions and a possible cliff hanger ending. they're clearly opening up a new plot line with the whole Love Land thing, presumably we get that laid out next week plus a big show down for Vanessa and Mohammed with Sam. So the big question now is will it get a fourth series?
  7. BasilSeal

    Van Helsing

    Like you i'm fine with an all Axle all the time episode, but it wasn't what i was expecting at this point in the season run, this was more like a filler episode from mid season than one nearing the end of the season with a multitude of loose ends unaccounted for. I was thinking we'd have one episode of Axle reuniting with Scarlet, another featuring the remains of the scooby gang in Detroit and / or Love Land Prison, followed by the finale being the show down between Vanessa and Sam. I'm assuming there's two episodes left, there's better be another season because they're never going to tie it all up in two more episodes. I also thought it was flagged up pretty early on that Lorne was a wrong 'un, i also saw the reveal abot the sister coming but i'm not sure there was enough time devoted to the development of this character to make her actions entirely believable. She's an independently minded strong woman in her thirties, it's hard to see why such a person would not have broken free from lorne's control and reported him to the police. Once again they're returning to the theme of forgiveness and controlling the anger that comes from experiencing geing on the wrong end of of other's. Vanessa steps back from the dark side because she is able to forgive Mohammed, Polly needs to forgive Lorne because if she doesn't what he did to her will define and consume her. there's also the issue of how Lorne could be punished for something he no longer remembers having done. This in turn has a parallel with the issue of people who were once vampires having to come to terms with the things they did when they were turned. Phil murdered his own children in front of his wife, now he's going to try and rescue his wife from the love land prison camp, how is she supposed to react to him after what he has done? One niggle was why foster dad guy didn't shoot Sam in the head when he;s so close to him, it's not like he would miss at that range, we get that he has super human healing powers but a shotgun blast to the head from a foot away? that would have to sting a bit.
  8. BasilSeal

    Van Helsing

    I'm in the minority because i really like this show, it has its flaws, but overall, i think the good outweighs the bad. what they did very well in series one was the dynamics of survival, the need to join with others vs self preservation, we had double dealing and betrayal, but we also had people failing just because they were scared, which was quite a brave move really. The second series was flawed but considering it was drastically re worked to fit round Kelly Overton's pregnancy, including the introduction of a complete new major character, i think it worked well considering. the vampires are the weakest element, and there are truly ridiculous bits like Scab offering the stuffed cougar to head sister, or basically everything involving Scab full stop really. sam's not nearly as interesting as the writers think he is but there is a reason he's there, one of the key themes is about the nature of evil. vampirism is a metaphor for the badness that is within everyone. Sam represents a sort of elemental evil as he has been bad since he was a child, he's had a bad start which has damaged him, but the prison guard offers him a way out, even when he's brutally attacked his tormentors in the young offenders institute, Sam rejects this in favour of murdering people for shits and giggles. an extension of this theme is having characters who return to being human having been vampires, and having to cope with what they've done as vampires. There's been some criticism of the show having a large extended cast but i actually like this aspect of the show, it helps to make the extended universe the show inhabits more real, i think for a relatively low budget show then do a pretty good job of creating a believable post apocalyptic landscape, particularly compared to the much higher budget shows like The Walking Dead. from the way this season is going, it looks like they'll be needing at least two more seasons to wrap it up, i'll be disappointed if they don't get them as I'm interested in what will happen and in the continued development of the characters.
  9. BasilSeal

    Van Helsing

    I've not watched the two most recent episodes yet but my reckon is that they're setting sam up to be an elder, the weird metal work project he makes as a kid is his totem. I suspect Sam knew what the dark one(?) would ask from him so deliberately shut Mohammed in the buried shipping container to save him, but it seems scary shadow lady was one step ahead of him. so we've got a show down between Sam and Mohammed coming, surely Sam has to win if i'm right about him either becoming an elder or being somehow instrumental in the raising of the dark one, as surely vanessa will be the one to end him? (soon, hopefully)
  10. BasilSeal

    S05.E09: Water Keepers

    You could be right. it's hard to tell with this show whether the thing about the delay in declaring him alive at Altura was significant or just a throw away joke. there does seem to be a reluctance to have any of the main characters turn talker though, the grenade makes Sarge's death final, (in a scene lifted straight from Van Helsing, BTW). when you have means to resurrect characters, you also need plot devices like the grenade to make sure the ones you want to stay dead stay dead. I'm wondering if this will be the final season, because they are moving towards a potential end game with the newmerica plot, plus the talker development (obviously a play on the term 'walker' and a parody of the whisperers concept), which means there will presumably be no more actual zombies. I'm thinking the writers intend 10K to make it to the end somehow because why else keep the red character hanging around for no apparent plot reason other then to be 10K's love interest? the writers have to keep her character in a virtual limbo (metaphorical, not the actual place), in order to maintain the group dynamic with the other characters. It's like she's only there for 10K to ride off into the sunset with at the end. (we've also got potential love interest for Doc and even Warren, though warren was playing hard to get by locking hers in a car boot surrounded by Zs after hitting him with a monkey wrench. He'll be back though.
  11. BasilSeal

    S05.E08: Heartland

    I'm guessing they freeze framed a scene where Addy gets a map out that shows Newmerica
  12. BasilSeal

    S05.E07: Doc's Stoned History

    You're quite right, i'd assumed the bakers were supposed to be from part of Canada where the people had Irish sounding accents, and apparently Newfoundland was heavily colonised by people from the south of Ireland, which is why the brudders sound like the come from Cork or Kilkenny.
  13. BasilSeal

    S05.E07: Doc's Stoned History

    the brudders had what sounded like Irish accents. Murphy's jacket was a reference to sons of Anarchy, which by coincidence had some appalling Irish accents, the worst i've ever heard in a tv series. I was expecting next episode to be Dante's trial with george playing Atticus Finch but it looks like we'll be spared that. Obviously Citizen Z's recording will exonerate Dante and most likely implicate Estes and prosthetic face lady. (I'm trying to work out whether lieutenant Dante is named after Dante Alighieri who wrote the Divine Comedy, or Joe Dante the Horror director, Z nation are big on nominative determinism, so i guess George is named for George Washington) Clearly this series is all about democracy and civil rights, and the dangers of demonising those who are different, it's not hard to see what inspired this theme.
  14. BasilSeal

    S05.E05: Killing All the Books

    Thanks for that. I thought that was the case but i couldn't remember who apart from 5K jumped off the cliff. so did Lucy and Addy break their fall by landing on top of The Man or something? Another bit i remember from the start of season 4 was some discrepancy between what Red saw re 5K and what 10K saw, 10K appears to see 5K's body, Red thinks he's gone and she might see him again, yet again i wonder if there's a reason for that or it's just sloppy writing, there's been some crow symbolism in this season so far, so maybe that has something to do with 5K? for some reason. Also re Cooper, first rule of the apocalypse, as stated by Murphy himself, 'if you didn't see him die, then he's not dead'. Mario will be back. I'm also starting to wonder if Newmerica is some sort of hunger games / Westworld type set up by the gamesmasters, they want the different factions to fight rather than form a unified country, for er, some reason. But i'm speculating on stuff that may already have been resolved in the episodes that have aired past this one, i'll come back when i've caught up to the latest one.
  15. BasilSeal

    S05.E05: Killing All the Books

    my memory of season 3 is a bit shaky, did we see how Addy lost her eye? or did she just show up with the eye patch after the time jump at the start of season 4?
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