Book vs. TV Show: Wheel of Time – Season 1 (Part 2)

Hello, my darling readers!
We’re back for more Wheel of Time. No, there isn’t a new season out, it’s just that I’m not yet done with the first one!

The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):

Moiraine, a member of a magical organization, takes five young people on a journey, believing that one of them might be the reincarnation of the Dragon, a powerful individual prophesied to save the world or destroy it.

Book vs. TV Show:

Without any further ado, I’m going to jump right back into the review, picking up just where I stopped last time. As you’ll see, I am discussing a lot of details for both book and show, so beware of spoilers!

As Moiraine goes to visit the Amyrlin, we learn that they have a relationship. That did not exist in the novels. I’m not mad about them adding that in, but there is – as always – something I have to complain about. They are obviously trying to keep the relationship secret, evidence in point: Moiraine using a portal to go there, making sure nobody sees her. But then, when the Amyrlin has to pass a verdict on her (because of her actions outside of the White Tower), she addresses her in such a weird way. In no way, shape or form was that inconspicuous or would fly under the radar. She as good as announced that they are an item. It was such an awkward scene and didn’t make any sense. Books aside, even in the context of the show this was just dumb.

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TV Ramble: The Romanoffs

Hey, guys!
In October 2018 Amazon released the anthology web show The Romanoffs. I was super excited to check out the eight episodes that were produced. Well, it was not what I had expected and I’m still not sure how I feel about that.

The Plot:

Given that this is an anthology show, it is somewhat difficult to explain that plot. It’s set all around the globe, featuring different characters in each episode. The only common denominator is that the characters are somehow loosely linked to the Russian royal family, the Romanoffs.

The Review:

I need to be honest here. When Amazon announced the show, I got extremely excited. Anastasia was one of my favorite childhood animated movies, so I’ve always been fascinated by the Romanoffs. I didn’t bother checking out any trailers, as the description Amazon provided was right down my alley.

Well, the show was extremely different from what I had expected. When a show is called the Romanoffs, I actually expected there to be some link to the royals that is somewhat influential on the plot. However, calling this show The Romanoffs is more than just a slight exaggeration. Most of the episodes have literally nothing to do with them. Let me give you an example: once the only time the Romanoffs are even mentioned is in a single sentence where a character says “A friend of mine is writing a book about that topic”. That’s it. Some episodes are a little more intertwined with them but it’s still not what I had expected or wanted.

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The Man in the High Castle: Season 2 – A Review

Hey guys!
With season 3 of The Man in the High Castle on our doorstep, it was about time I finished #2. So let’s see whether it’s any good!

 

The Plot:
In this season, Joe finds out more about his past while John Smith has to deal with a plot against Hitler. Juliana is still trying to find out what the movies of the man in the high castle mean as the world falls apart…

 

The Rating:
You might know my review on the novel and that I was less than impressed by Philip K. Dick. I had expected to much more. And this show finally delivers. Season 1 built up to many of the fascinating moments in season 2.
I love that we dive deeper into the characters’ life and souls which makes the whole thing even more interesting. In this show nothing is just black and white. Even the worst monster has a humane side. The side plot with Smith’s family was very moving and extremely conflicting. There are many plot twist you won’t see coming and I can’t wait to see where season 3 will take us in that regard. Continue reading

TV Show Spotlight: Good Girls Revolt

Hello guys!
Today I want to introduce one of my new favorite shows to you! Good Girls Revolt is one of Amazon’s very own production. Unfortunately they cancelled it after one season and I am so sad about it 😦
Anyway, let’s talk about the brilliant season we got!

 

The Plot:
A few weeks ago I wrote about Lynn Povich’s book The Good Girls Revolt. She essentially tells the tale of her coworkers and her suing their employer, Newsweek magazine, for unequal treatment.
This show picked up the story. In the first season we follow the build-up until the women actually file a complaint and go public in the very last episode.

 

Why should you check it out?
Good Girls Revolt is an amazing representation of the 60’s. I love the fashion, the hairdos and most of all the music. There’s a playlist based on the shows soundtrack and I’ve been listening to that non-stop.
The cast was mostly unknown to me, but I there was not a single person there who disappointed me. Among the few big faces, especially the actresses playing the “good girls” had a hard time but they all did extremely well. The show features some real life people so it was even more of a challenge to get those to look authentic.
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Sneaky Pete: Season 2 – A Review

Hey guys!
The second season of Amazon production Sneaky Pete was released recently. I was quite fond of the first one, so I immediately started binge-watching! Let’s see what Pete has been up to…

 

The Plot:
We start right where we ended after season 1. While the family tries to clean up the mess they got themselves into, Pete/Marius is dealing with something different: some thugs showed up demanding to see his mother and the 11 million dollars they stole together – only Maggie Murphy is said to be dead, as far as Pete/Marius knows…

 

The Rating:
Let’s dive right in. While the first season had a bunch of rather light and funny moments, the tone feels much darker here – and it works very well. As just about every character has a body hidden in the basement by now, it’s good that they shifted the tone instead of desperately trying to keep it funny. There’s even more action going on than in season one and you’ll have to pay attention, otherwise you’ll get confused. We get quite a lot of different plot lines, each of them very cleverly created.  Continue reading

Book vs. TV Show: The Man in the High Castle

Hello my lovely readers!
Not too long ago, I did a book review on Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle. I was super excited to check out Amazon’s adaptation of the story into a series. So I sat down, and binge-watched…

 

The Plot:
America 1962. The Second World War ended almost 20 years ago, but it didn’t turn out the way we know. In this novel, the Nazis won. The U. S. was divided into different zones, occupied by the Nazis and Japan. However, a resistance is working against the regime…

 

Book vs. TV Show:
Those of you who read my book review will know that I had my troubles with Philip K. Dick’s novel. While I consider the story itself both fascinating and horrifying, the way he carried it out wasn’t really to my liking. As the book was rather short and many aspect felt undeveloped and pale, I was very excited about the TV show, as it would provide more time to lay out certain events. Moreover, the book ended kind of in the middle of everything, not answering a single question that was raised. That really annoyed me, so once more, I got my hopes up for the show to continue where the book ended.
So I sat down, made myself comfortable and waited for Amazon to blow me away.
Well, they did a pretty good job! The cast is very well picked and, honestly, I couldn’t find a single actor or actress who didn’t fit in perfectly. You can also tell how much effort they put into making everything look realistic. Every little detail was taken care of. Continue reading