Orange is the New Black Season 6 – A Review

Hey guys!

In my attempt to catch up with all the new seasons out there, I finally finished Orange is the New Black season 6. After season 5 ended with a big cliffhanger, I was excited about this one! So let’s see what happened…

 

The Plot:
After the riot of season 5, the inmates are assigned to new blocks. Piper, Alex and the others find themselves in the middle of a gang war. Good old friend is not exactly on friendly terms with both gang leaders…

 

The Rating:
There’s only one word to describe this season: boring.
I had never expected to be gang wars being this uneventful. For the most part there is absolutely nothing going on and even the background stories are rare. Even the storylines that seemed promising fall flat. For example the story surrounding Caputo got more or less reduced to him being/not being in a relationship with Figueroa.
By now I am so annoyed with Piper I had the urge to skip the scenes that contained her. Continue reading

3 Thoughts on American Horror Story Season 6 – Roanoke Nightmare

Hey Guys!
It’s been two weeks already since the final episode of American Horror Story’s 6th season aired. This season was something completely different from what we got before (for some more general info on this season click here). Let’s see how it turned out!

 

Thought #1 – The Format:
This season is not what we are used to. Although every season had something different to offer, this one had the biggest change (so far). Roanoke Nightmare doesn’t simply follow a narrative. The show kicks off with a fake show within the show! You get some people sitting ona chair, facing the camera, telling their story, while some actors re-enact whatever they went through.
To be honest, I usually don’t watch the kind of show they did in this season. It took me a bit to get used to it but as they executed the whole thing very interestingly. But – here comes the big but: they overstretched it. The first show within the show actually ended halfway through the season. After that they did another TV Show were the guys from the first one returned to the horror house. By that point I started to be annoyed. While the first one actually was interesting this was just cheap and the kind of stuff I would never ever watch.

 

Thought #2 – The Actors:
So due to the format we got two actors for one role in the first half of the season. To be honest, it felt like most of the actors didn’t get to show their full potential (or even half of it). At some point I got the impression that it was just an excuse to bring back all the fan favourites. While there was more stuff going on in the second half of the season there wasn’t much depth to most of the characters, thus resulting in annoying characters played by bored actors.

 

Thought #3 – What is going on here?
The original idea for this season was the disappearance of the Roanoke colony. Turns out the didn’t disappear or even die, they are still around and hunting everybody who even gets near the house. While I am certain that this would have been enough to make a very fascinating plot line, there is much more stuff going on: Everybody who was killed by them seemed to hang around to. An Asian family, two murdering sister, … In addition to that we get Lady Gaga as some sort of witch who is roaming the woods and on top of that: a super weird hill-billy family that is not only creepy but also very dangerous.
For me, it was just too much. Some of the stories were only briefly touched and the viewer was left wondering. New ones were constantly introduced without giving much explanation. Reduction would have been the key word here.

 

I have to say that Roanoke Nightmare irritated me at first. While I was prepared to accept the new format, I ended up very disappointed that they exaggerated it so much. This season started out very promising but especially after about half of the season was but one thing: annoying.

 

Did you watch Roanoke Nightmare? Let me know in the comments what you think!

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American Horror Story Season 6 is here! – 3 Thoughts on Episode 1

Hello Folks!
As you know, I’m a huge fan of American Horror Story, one of the best horror shows that is currently around. After seasons about Murder Houses, Asylums, Covens, Freak Shows and Hotels, I was super excited to find out that season 6 has in store for us!

 

Thought #1 – My Roanoke Nightmare:
That’s the title for this season. To be honest, at first I didn’t really know what this is supposed to mean. However, I ended up on Wikipedia reading about the history of Roanoke. Believe me when I say that it is pretty creepy: an entire colony simply disappeared in 1587. Nobody knows where they went or what happened to them.
This background promises some intense horror for this season!

 

Thought #2 – A new way of story-telling:
What sets season 6 apart from all of the other five season is the way this story is told. It basically feels like an interview. Several persons tell their story facing the camera. In flashbacks you get to experience what they were talking about. The interesting twist about this? There are two actors for each character. For example: there is Lily Rabe telling the story while Sarah Paulson actually plays the part.
To be honest, it does take a little time to get used to it. Furthermore, I’m unable to predict what they are up with this, so be excited!

 

Thought #3 – Returns and new Arrivals:
One thing I’ve always enjoyed about AHS is that the actors get to show their full potential by playing such versatile roles throughout the season. Some amazing actors were added to the cast throughout the show. So far some of my favourite actresses have already appeared in this season. There are lots of rumors about who will return aswell.
However, this season’s cast also features some great additions. The new actors also showed great potential and we’ll get to see even more of their talent!

 

Have you already seen the first episode? Let me know what you think in the comments!

6 Thoughts on Game of Thrones Season 6

I know, I know. It’s been some time since the finale of Season 6 aired. But I guess by now it’s safe to assume that you are all done watching Game of Thrones and I can throw in as many spoilers as possible 😉
So let’s talk about season 6!

 

Thought #1 – The Arya story arc:
Annoyed doesn’t nearly describe my feeling for this story line. Arya is an interesting character and from what the books indicated this was super promising. But how it turned out in the show was a huge letdown. Basically her whole time in Bravos was superfluous.
The show makers really pissed me off with not even trying to make it better. It felt like this was a part of the plot they just wanted to get over with. I mean, Arya, trained assassin, knows that the waif is up to kill her simply strolls around with her guard down, then gets stabbed several times and is miraculously cured by a bowl of soup. Yeah, sure… Continue reading