Vikings Season 5a – A Review

Hello my lovely readers!
I was super excited when Vikings returned for a 5th season at the end of November. The first half recently concluded, so it’s time to share my thoughts with you!

 

The Plot:
The season kicks off with Ivar, Ubbe and Hvitserk still in East Anglia while Bjorn and Halfdan set out for the Mediterranean Sea. Lagertha tries to keep things up back in Kattegat which proves rather difficult.
Soon before long all of them shall meet again…

 

The Rating:
I had been counting the days for Vikings to return with a new season! So you can guess how thrilled I was when they began with a double episode.
As you may have guessed, season 5 has everything to offer, we learned to appreciate during the last season: interesting places, strong female characters, great dialogues and super impressive battle scenes.  Continue reading

3 Thoughts on Orange is the New Black – Season 5

Hey Folks!
I’m currently a bit behind with catching up on all my favourite shows and the new seasons. However, I finally managed to watch Orange is the New Black #5!

 

Thought #1 – Piper:
Well, I mentioned this in my post about the fourth season, but let me say it again: Although Piper started out as the main character, I was really glad when the focus of the show shifted. At a certain point she began to bore me. After some more time, she annoyed me. She’s an interesting side character, but I’m super glad that in season 5 she’s not the main center of attention and action.

 

Thought #2 – The Background:
One of the things I appreciated most about the past season is how every character gets to develop and has many different layers. An important part of giving the characters depth, is telling their stories. So far almost all of those were intense and got under your skin. This season not that many stories are featured but believe me, the ones we get to see will hit you hard.  Continue reading

7 Thoughts on American Horror Story Season 5 – A Recap

Another season of American Horror Story – the notorious anthology – is over. The fifth installment “Hotel” spanned over 12 episodes and told the story of Hotel Cortez – a dark and evil place that no-one will ever leave neither alive nor dead.

The Positives:

#1:
First of all, I want to mention how absolutely divine Lady Gaga was in this show. At first, I had my doubts about whether she would be able to pull off such a big acting role but Gage really proved that she can do and was awarded a Golden Globe Award for her performance. Continue reading

5 Reasons to watch American Horror Story Season 5 “Hotel”

The frist episode of AHS season 5 is finally airing next week. I can’t tell you how excited I am. So, in honor of the 4 seasons we already had the pleasure to watch, I want to give you 5 reasons to check out the new one “Hotel”.

 

#1 You never know what to expect:
For those of you who don’t know AHS I need to explain that the series is an anthology. So the seasons tell completely different stories that have (almost) nothing to do with each other. So far we had a murder house, an asylum, a coven and a freak show. You can already tell that the last 4 season covered quite a range of topics, each of them with several fascinating plot twists. The new season is titled “Hotel” and I don’t know yet what to prepare for…

 

#2 The Actors get to unfold their Full Potential:
As I mentioned before, AHS is not telling one story that continues throughout the season, but a new one each year. However, the basic cast of the show stays the same. That means the actors get to play a variety of different roles and aren’t stuck in one corner until the show gets cancelled. For me it’s fascinating to watch the actors turn into a completely different character for each season.

 

#3 The Guest Actors:
Not only the regular AHS cast is impressive, the guest stars also never fail to impress. So far we had Stevie Nicks, Angela Bassett, Neil Patrick Harris, Wes Bentley and many more. For season 5 it was announced that Lady Gaga would join the cast. I’ve never been a fan of music but I’m excited to see her performance. I can imagine that her “weirdness” blends in perfectly and she will do a great job.

 

#4 The History Bits:
I always love it when a show manages to incorporate some real historic aspects. (I usually end up on Wikipedia researching what I just saw…) AHS has it’s very own way of doing that. In the first season Murder House for example we got a bit of the Black Dahlia Murder. Two of the characters in season 3 Coven are based on real personalities. I hope that more of that kind is coming in season 5, it impresses me every time!

 

#5 The Horror:
Ever since I was little I enjoyed good horror stories. In terms of that, AHS is one of the best things I saw in the last few years. Some episodes are pretty gory and guaranteed to give you the creeps. For me season 2 Asylum was so far the creepy-ist one but I have my hopes up for Hotel to be even better!

 

What do you think about AHS? Will you watch season 5? Let me know in the comments! =)

Game of Thrones 5 Thoughts on Seasons 5

I just finished watching the final episode and I am so done. With the books all read I thought I was prepared for this season, but hell no…

 

Thought #1:
I had a really hard time adjusting to the plot straying so far from the books. For the first episodes I was extremely confused but by now I simply accepted it (more or less). I’m still yelling “You can’t just die! You’re not even supposed to be here!!” at the screen…
However difficult it is to deal with, surprises are guaranteed. There’s no chance to feel save anymore, not even if you read the books!

 

Thought #2:
Dorne was a huge disappointment. As mentioned before, I read the books. So I was really excited to see Dorne, a vibrant place with fierce warriors and bad-ass women, come to life. But the TV version was rather pale. There was no depth, the characters remain but a shadow. I was hoping for so much more. What annoyed me in particular was the nude scene in the prison cells in Dorne. I am aware that the show features a lot of nudity but this scene was absolutely unnecessary.

 

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Game of Thrones Season 5 is here! (A recap on the last 4 seasons)

The new season of Game of Thrones finally started! I can’t tell how excited I am. I recently finished the books and wonder how the adapted it for TV. So far they did a great job transferring the books into a TV show.

 

Now that we are facing the new season I want to look back a bit. It took me some time to discover this show. To be exact, three seasons were awaiting me when I decided to give it a shot. However, from the first episode I watched, I was hooked.
You wouldn’t believe how richly layered a TV who can be. The books are incredible and after I read them, I’m even more impressed by the show. There are so many things, characters, stories, details – reading it you’d think it’s impossible to make a TV show out of it.
A big praise goes out to the people who did the casting. No way could there be a more perfect choice of actors. So far there was not one person I would consider unfitting for the role. Continue reading