#9: The devil on vacation

Welcome to episode number 9 of the OTLE podcast for beginners and intermediates.

Today, Jennifer will discuss about the series Lucifer.

Good morning everyone! How are you doing this week? It’s time for another episode! This time, it is for beginners again. We are going to talk about… the devil? You can ask me: but the devil? What do you mean? Yes, the devil 😊 I even have a picture with the devil’s wings that I took during Comic Con last year. You can see the picture in our website: onthelastepisode.com/09b

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Do you know the series called Lucifer? I like it a lot! It is a very funny story. Who knew the devil could be funny? The series Lucifer is about Lucifer, of course. The devil was tired of being alone in hell so he decided to take a vacation. And what better place to do that then in the city of angels? So he went to Los Angeles. There, he bought a nightclub.
What I think is so funny about this series is also the fact that the Devil has a British accent and lives in US. He is very charming and always gets people to do what he wants. But he doesn’t need to hurt them for that. He also has a special power that he can make people tell him their darkest secrets and desires. Well, this works with everyone except one person, a female detective.
Lucifer and the detective meet when a singer that Lucifer helped become famous gets killed in front of him. Lucifer wants to help solve the crime, but the detective doesn’t want his help. When he tries to use his powers of persuasion with her, it doesn’t work. She is immune to him. He then gets curious and becomes a consultant for the police, so that he can be near her and figure out why she is different.
During the series we also see the difficult relationship he has with his father and some of his brothers, but especially with Amenadiel. Lucifer is determined not to go back to hell. He even cuts off his wings to make sure this wouldn’t be possible. God sends Amenadiel after some time to convince Lucifer to go back to hell, as it can’t stay without a boss for very long.

The series also makes us question a few things. Like how we sometimes form an idea about someone based on what we heard or on how the person looks like. Many times we can get the wrong idea. Just like with Lucifer. Is he evil or did he have to do evil things because of the place he was?
Lucifer tells many people who he really is but only very few people believe him. But from time to time he has to show his true face to some bad guys. He is immortal but for some reason, when he is near the detective, he can get hurt and he even bleeds. Lucifer tries telling Chloe, the detective, who he really is but of course she still doesn’t believe it.
The series is in its third season and it’s getting better actually. The story and the plot are getting more and more interesting. Do you watch Lucifer? Do you like it? If you don’t watch it yet, will you give the Devil a chance now?
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#8: A hero coming home

Welcome to episode number 8 of the OTLE podcast for beginners and intermediates.

Today, Jennifer will discuss about the movie Spider man – Homecoming. Have you watched it? It is a great Marvel movie!

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Good morning everyone! How are you doing this week? It’s time for another episode! This time, it is for beginners again. Do you have any idea what we are going to talk about today? Yep, you are right! Spider man!
I am not a big Spider Man fan. This is probably why I waited so long to watch Spider Man Homecoming. This new spider man is amazing! It is very easy to relate to him! I like that we don’t have to see again how he got his powers. We just see Peter Parker as a teenager trying to find his place. As a teenager, he has normal teenager problems. And he is not exactly the most popular person in school. He is sort of a nerd.
Something that I also like very much about this new Spider Man, is that Tony Stark is helping him, trying to be his mentor. Life is hard enough as a teenager. So I think it was very smart to use Tony Stark as a role model for him. And who doesn’t like Tony Stark? I just love the guy! Maybe they thought that, even if people don’t like the idea, if they like Tony Stark and see him often enough it will be okay. Well, it worked! Some people even say that Tony appeared too much in another superhero’s movie. I don’t know, I liked this balance.
Peter is still learning how to use his powers and is still very naïve about so many things. He certainly needs guidance and help from someone with more experience. Being a superhero is a big responsibility. Tony also gives peter a new suit and he spends a good part of the movie trying to figure out everything this new super intelligent suit can do. There were some very funny scenes there.
It is a new trend to make those hero movies funnier. Not just drama and action, but also to make people laugh. I haven’t seen Thor Ragnarok but from what I hear they went too far with that one. But with Spider man I think they found an almost perfect balance between everything.
The movie starts when Peter goes back home after helping the Avengers in Berlin. This happened in the movie ‘Captain America: Civil War’ (in case you don’t remember or haven’t watched the movie). Of course, Peter is very excited. He just fought side by side with some of his heroes. He also knows now how it feels to help people, to make a difference. He is so eager to help and make a difference that he ends up putting himself and other people in danger sometimes. No one ever said being a super hero was going to be easy, Peter! I also loved the scene when Peter’s best friend finds out that he is Spider man. That was so funny!
So, if you are looking for a movie that yes, has action but not too much and that is funny and is just easy to watch you will like Spider man, even if you are like me and not a previous big fan of Peter Parker. Enjoy!
If you already watched it, let me know what you think! Did you like it? Do you think it was better or worse than the other Spider man movies? Which was your favorite part? If you liked it please comment, share and leave us a review! Talk to you next week! Bye bye!

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Episode 20: Through the stones of Craig na Dun

We are back with another episode for intermediates and advanced students.

In this episode, Jennifer discusses the series Outlander. The series already has 3 seasons and season 4 is on its way. Do you know Outlander? Do you also cheer for Jamie and Claire? Are you excited for the next season?

From now on we will have episodes for intermediates and advanced students every 2 weeks again. Hope you enjoy it! By the way, ideas on topics are more than welcome! Do you have any favorite movies and series for me to watch and talk about?

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Good morning! It’s been a long long time, people! How have you been? How is the new year treating you? Are you improving your English? Did you maybe start classes? Point is, never stop having contact with the language and learning new things.
Today I’m going to talk about one of my favorite series, Outlander. I wanted to talk about it for quite some time already, but somehow Always decided to talk about something else. Or maybe it’s because there is so much to tell, that I’m afraid I won’t do a good job of it. And the series and the books are so great! They deserve a well thought review.
So, what’s it all about then? Why do I like it so much? When you first hear or read a summary about the story many men go like, this is a romance. So, it’s just for girls. And they are not completely wrong. But the story goes way beyond just a love story. In the beginning of the story we basically have 2 lines of time: 1945 and 1743, so 200 years in the past.
The story begins with the end of the Second World War. Claire, one of the main characters is a nurse. She hasn’t seen her husband for years. They had gotten married just at the beginning of the war. Claire and Frank decide to go to Scotland on a second honeymoon, so that they can get to know each other again and Frank, who is a Historian, can research about his family history there. This is also around the time for Halloween.

They are enjoying each other and Scotland very much. It seems like life is going to get back to normal after all. Even after Claire saw so many awful things during the war, while Frank had to work with the intelligence department. They visit many historical places, some of them where a member of his Family, Jack Randal, supposedly stayed or had been at some point.

Frank also gets acquainted with the local priest, as he is a history buff and has gathered many documents about the local history over time. They spend a lot of time together, trying to find documents about Frank‘s great grandfather and discussing history. Meanwhile, Claire talks to the housemaid. We find out later on, that she is some sort of druid. She is also focused with her new passion: botany. On Halloween night, they follow a group of druids to a circle of stones, a bit similar to Stonehenge called Craig na Dun. There they see them perform a ritual, dancing around the stones. In the books, she forgets a handkerchief there. In the series she wants to collect a plant and that’s why she decides to go back alone later that day.
That’s when the story begins. When Claire touches one of the stones she gets unconscious. When she wakes up again she realizes that her car is gone, as well as the road that she took to get there. She doesn’t know it yet, but she just travelled 200 years to the past. The world she knows is gone. Her husband doesn’t exist yet. She is alone in a time that’s not hers. She hears guns being fired and she starts running. At some point she meets a man by the river who looks just like her husband Frank. To her surprise, that’s not Frank, but his great grandfather Black Jack Randal. And he has nothing to do with the kind and gentle Frank. As he was attacking her, she was saved by a stranger. He is one of the Scots that were fighting the British soldiers. By the way, Claire is British. She is also sort of their enemy.
This stranger takes her with him to a cabin, where his friends are gathered. That’s when she finally meets Jamie. The second or third main character from this story. The first book and season of the series are focused on Claire trying to figure out how to survive and get back home to Frank. Claire but also we get to know during this time a little bit about how it was when there were still clans in Scotland. How their society was divided, their habits.
I love history. So for me, series like this or stories like this are a gift. Because I can learn and at the same time enjoy a nice story. When there is a good dose of romance, battles and intrigue it’s even better! Many found the second season a bit boring after all the excitement from season 1. And I can understand. In book and season 2 the focus is more on the political side of things. Claire will also try to change the past in season 2. Will she succeed? She wants to avoid the death of many people. But I found season 2 fundamental for season 3. It helps understand a lot of decisions made by the main characters.
So yes, if you are watching season 2 and thinking: man this is boring! Just hold on! Get over it and get ready for season 3! It is totally worth it! My favorite book so far is book 4, so I am looking forward to see the new season this year. Right now I am reading book 6 and it is good! Book 5 was very long and the first half was quite boring. But towards the end it got very interesting again! You will see that season 2 is basically in France. And the focus is around the whole Jacobite movement. Claire and Jamie try to avoid a war. If you ever wondered how life in the French court was, you will like this season too. The rhythm of season 2 is a bit like Downton Abbey. We see a lot of daily life. I found it quite interesting nonetheless.
In season 3 we will see quite a few different places: USA, England, Scotland, the Caribbean… And in season 3 time goes by very quickly, we see a summary of what happens in something like 20 years of their lives. And we will meet quite a few different people who will be very important for the future of the story and that will cross paths with our main characters quite a few times.
So, what do you think of Outlander? Have you watched it yet? If yes, what did you think? Are you anxious for season 4? And if you have never watched it. Do you think you would give the series a chance? Oh, by the way. If you are watching season 1, you better be prepared for episode 15!
I wish you an amazing week! Talk to you soon everyone! Bye bye!

 

#7: Murder on a train

Welcome to episode number 7 of the OTLE podcast for beginners and intermediates.

Today, Jennifer will discuss about the movie Murder on the Orient Express. Have you watched it? It is a great movie based on a famous book by Agatha Christie.

 

#6: The Circle for a transparent life

Welcome to episode number 6 of the OTLE podcast for beginners and intermediates.

Today, Jennifer will discuss about the movie The circle. Have you seen it? It is a great movie that discusses the influence of social media in our lives and how much privacy we lose because of it.

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What’s up everyone! How are you this week? And the year is passing so fast! We are already in the middle of February! How was your 2018 so far? Are you prepared to make it an amazing year?
This week we will talk about the movie The Circle. Did you see it? If yes, what did you think? Did you like it? I liked it!
Emma Watson is Mae, one of the main characters of this movie. She is poor, she doesn’t have many opportunities. Her best friend Annie works for a big and famous company called: The Circle. This is a big tech company that is a mixture of Google, Facebook and much more in just one company. With Annie’s help, Mae also gets a job at the company and is very happy. She has now a good salary, benefits…
The company’s moto is that: sharing is caring. And they believe that knowing is good, but knowing everything is better. Does that sound familiar, maybe?
She and the other employees live and spend all their free time inside the company, doing things with the colleagues and sharing. The company develops a new type of camera and they want people to be transparent. What does that mean? To have a camera recording everything you see and do 24 hours a day, every day. With only a few offline minutes when you go to the toilet.
The movie is very interesting and makes you think and question a few things , especially about social media and its use. I really like how the movie criticizes social media. How we all share more and more online. And how we will probably share even more in the future. What about our private life?
The relationship between Mae and her family and friends also changed. Mae changes after she starts to work for The Circle. She doesn’t visit her family so often. She is always busy or doing something inside the company.
I don’t want to give many spoilers. Maybe you didn’t watch the movie!
But there are a few surprises!
Sharing can be good, but when is it too much? Can it be dangerous? Or liberating? Would you accept to have a camera recording everything
you do, 24 hours a day? Like an endless Big Brother? Mae has to deal with those questions at some point during the movie.

Do you think it could be good if people couldn’t lie or hide? What about the people who don’t want to be part of it? Today already people who
don’t use any social media are already considered strange. Do you think total transparency is good? Why? If you like technology, a bit of a
suspense, a good story you will like this movie! It also has some amazing actors!

Is there anything you did not like about the movie? And if you didn’t watch it. Do you want to watch it now? Just tell me what you think! I
hope you enjoyed it. And please yes, like, share, comment on iTunes or on our website. We always love to hear from you. And its also very
very important for us to see what you want, what you don’t want. What you like, what you don’t like. Okay guys? So, I will talk to you soon
again on the next episode! Bye bye!

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Game of Thrones S7: special episode 3 (S7, ep 3)

As Game of Thrones S7 continues, we are back for another episode of our podcast!

In this episode we will talk about the third episode of season 7, that was aired on Sunday (30/07). We will have on episode each week, giving you a summary of what happened, possible spoilers, theories, opinion…

If you would like to listen to some more episodes about Game of Thrones, here is a list of episode we already released about it:

THE NEW KING IN THE NORTH –   for beginners

GoT THEORIES (PART 1) – intermediate/advanced

GoT THEORIES (PART 2) – intermediate/advanced

The episodes about Season 7:

 Season 7, episode 1

Season 7, episode 2

We also wrote a Blogpost about a book that is a prequel  (the story happened before Game of Thrones) of the series:

GOT PREQUEL – A KNIGHT OF THE SEVEN KINGDOMS

Hope you enjoy it!

The audio for the intro and outro is a production by Rameses B. Go and check out his amazing work on Soundcloud! HERE

 

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Hello, hello and good morning from sunny Floripa! How have you been, guys? Good week, bad week, cold week, warm week… And what did you think of GoT episode 3? Man! This is… it’s good! It’s getting there. I mean, so excited! The thing is, that is also the problem, right?  The cooler it gets and then the harder it gets to really wait for the next Sunday and yeah… to see what is going to happen.

I saw yesterday some spoilers, possible spoilers for the next episode. Man! Blown away! About the meeting from Sansa and Arya. So, so great! But well. Let’s start here with episode 3. What do you think? It was one of the most expected moments maybe from GoT. We finally see the meeting between Daennerys and Jon! And I mean, I don’t know what you were expecting but I kinda was hoping for a moment where they look at each other and the something happens or they realize they are like blood or something. But no, nothing.  Nothing at all like that. So I don’t know. Well, Bran said he needs to talk to Jon, right? So yeah, maybe that is when he’s going to find out what is going on. But so, okay, let me rewind here. And like always will give you like a summary and then at the same time say what I think, or some spoilers, some theories and things like this, Okay?

So yeah, the episode starts with Jon arriving at Dragonstone and…  it was very quick, right? I know that time in GoT is strange because we are never sure how much time has passed. But still, I mean, I was expecting at least to see him traveling, going to Dragonstone but  no, he was already there. So yeah, they really are getting to the point here.   When you only have 7 episodes I guess that’s what happens, right? And so, as Jon and Davos arrive there, we see how  they give up their weapons and then we also see how the Dothraki take their ship or ships, right. And then he already goes like, mhm maybe it was a bad idea to come. Maybe not. But he still wasn’t so sure what to think about , everything was going on. And then yeah, Tyrion and Missandei were waiting for him and and he talks to Tyrion. Missandei introduces herself or rather Tyrion introduces Missandei and she says that the Mother of Dragons is waiting for them. Then we see them like climbing Dragonstone if you want. Those stairs. And Tyrion tries to explain to Jon what happened to Sansa or with Sansa if you want, right. Because they got married and he says: Look. I didn’t want it but I tried my best to protect her. And Jon says well, it’s in the past.

And then we see, well, they finally see the dragons. Because Jon had not seen the dragons yet. And of course they get … I mean, they go down to the floor because those beasts are huge! And they were flying really low. So yeah, they were all quite scared.  At the same time we see Melisander. She is far away seeing everything that’s happening and then we see Varys with her. And he’s like: wow, you begged us to bring Jon here, don’t you think it’s a bit strange that you are no there to greet him? And she says she did not part ways with them in good terms. Because we all know she burnt the little princess and Jon has banned her from the North. So she said: I would only be a nuisance, I would only distract him if I was there. So she thinks is best if she stays away. She says she’s going back home to Volantis and Varys says: good idea. You shouldn’t come back. And she says: well, I need to die in a foreign country just like you. And then Varys looks like, how do you know that?

The we see finally yes, Jon Snow arrives at the Throne Room, I think it’s called. And there is Daennerys sitting in her throne and waiting for Jon.

And so she gets introduced, right. I mean, a lot of names. She’s mother of this and blah, blah blah. And she expects Jon Snow to bend the knee. And of course, he doesn’t. So, that is one moment that I thought was kinda interesting to see how they are dealing with the whole power thing. You know. Cause yes, she is the rightful heir but she says she’s the last Targaryen and we know she’s not. Because Jon Snow is also a Targaryen. She says well, I am the only queen from the Seven Kingdoms so if you say you are a king, from the North, then you are in act of rebellion. And that moment, when you see like, it was really getting stressful maybe, the situation. Yes, Varys comes in and he says something in Daenerys’ ears and the she’s… she takes a deep breath and just well… I forgot how tired you must be so you should just go and refresh yourself and see… then we will talk later. And then he asks if he’s a prisoner and she says: not yet. 

But yes, that’s the moment when Varys comes and tells her what happened to Yara, Theon and… I keep forgetting her name. The woman from Dorne.   Alarya, yes. And then well. When Daennerys finds out her whole plan just collapsed because, yeah, she doesn’t really have the ships to take  a siege of Kingslanding and she doesn’t really have the Dornish help anymore. So yup! Things are not looking good for Daennerys and we will talk until the end of this episode how… I mean, if you look in a very critical way. Actually it seems like the war is lost for her already and she has barely begun. Because yeah, she has 3 dragons but they can’t do the entire work alone, right? Even if Cersey doesn’t really have a lot of allies it does not look good for Daennerys. Not at all. Specially if she doesn’t have the help from Jon Snow and company.

So yeah, poor mother of dragons! But again. She was a bit like… how can I say it… nose in the air, maybe. Maybe the power is going to her head, you know. Cause she’s like: yeah…  I mean, the man doesn’t know her. The other way around it also goes. Jon then wants her to believe in his whole story of the White Walkers and that the dead are coming … and yeah, no one has seen a White Walker in I don’t know how many hundred years. And the same was true for dragons. No one had seen a dragon in 3, 400 years. They were all dead. They are like walking on eggs or something like that… egg shells… because they have responsibilities and they have power but at the same time they need each other and they will have to find a way slowly now … how to coexist, work together and things like this.

Continuing here we see Theon being rescued… so, some people from the Iron Islands, they rescued him. They ask him: is you sister dead? He says: well, no. Euron has her. I tried to rescue her but I couldn’t.  And the the guy looks at him and says: well, if you has really tried, you wouldn’t be here. And I guess he knows that… we all know that, right? If he really had tried to save Yara he would be dead. Maybe that’s why he chose to jump ship.

And then we see how Euron arrives at Kingslanding with the 3 women behind him and man! People are cheering and they are so happy to see him. Like a parade, you know. And he’s feeling good! He’s like: Oh, man! That’s the life! That’s what I want! People love me! And it’s really funny because he seems to be very cruel. Some people even say he might be even more cruel then Ramsey. Not sure about that yet. Could be. The present he promised Cersey in this case was Alarya, right? He gives her Alarya and her daughter. And apparently he will keep Yara for himself. And what he said when he gave her Alarya, I thought it was very interesting. He told her: I give you justice for the murder of your daughter. Because that was something that Jamie could not do. Because yeah, by the time Mircela died, they were already in the middle of the ocean and on the way home. So he didn’t really just turn back and try and find whoever poisoned her. That was a very interesting point too. And the she (Cersey) tells Euron he will get what he wants . But, they will only get married after the war is won. Very clever that woman! In the end you must like her. I mean, it’s impossible not to see just how clever and intelligent she is. She’s really really good! Specially with what we see later. What she did. Where she put all her soldiers and how she attacked. Wow! She was born to be a leader! She’s a bad one. But yeah, if she wasn’t so crazy and so mean, she would be an amazing queen.

Then, of course, we see Cersey telling Alarya how she’s going to make her pay for killing Cersey’s only daughter. And we see that she intends to make feel the same she felt. Because she gave Alarya’s daughter the same poison that killed Mircella. And of course they are both trapped in a dungeon or something. She said that Alarya is going to stay there and have to watch her daughter die slowly and then she will stay there and she will have to wait and see her daughter rot. How cruel is that. I mean, yeah, okay. she loved Mircela, but still. Come on. That is way too cruel! But okay, that’s Cersey, right! The one who exploded and killed everyone downtown.

So, what else do we have here. Oh yeah. Right after that she goes to Jamie’s room or maybe  Jamie was in her room and they spend the night together and then in the next morning someone knocks at the door and Jamie says: don’t open it because people can’t really see us like that.

And she says: Well, I’m the queen now. So, who cares. I can do whatever.

And she goes and opens the door. Someone tells her that a visitor from Bravos is there and as Cersey goes to see and talk to that person we see that it is someone from the Iron Bank. Because as we know, they owe a lot of money to the bank and yes, Castlery Rock doesn’t have any gold left. The situation is bad. So the guy tries to convince Cersey tp give him the money they owe because otherwise maybe they will go and give money to Daennerys. And as they talk and talk and she says: Look, if you stay -I think a fortnight or something like this – then I will give you all the money I owe you. I’m not sure how she intends to do that. Maybe because in Highgarden they have money and she is expecting Jamie to come back or something. So that she can give the guy the money. Or that Euron had some. I don’t know where she’s… where she thinks she’s gonna get the money so quickly. But well, she thinks she can and of course, for the bank money is money, right. They don’t really care who seats on the Throne. As long as they have the money they are happy.

Then we see…. We go back to Dragonstone. Yeah, we spend a lot of time in Dragonstone this time. And we see Tyrion and Jon talking. Jon of course is not very happy. He feels like a prisoner. And Tyrion said he has his troubles too, right. Cause he just found out all their allies are dead or gone. And the, in the end , Tyrion knows. For him it’s clear. They need Jon’s help. And the help of the North. And so he asks Jon what he can do for Jon. I mean, if Jon has  a request that he could actually try and convince Daennerys to grant. And so yes, Jon says okay well. Maybe you don’t want to help me defeat the White Walkers but maybe you could let me mine Dragonglas. Because that’s one of the reasons why he went to Drangonstone in the first place. Because they need Dragonglas. So Tyrion talks to Daennerys and in the end she agrees to let Jon mine it. And she even says that she will give him manpower to do so. I mean, anything he needs. Someone.  Probably the Dothraki or someone else. They will help him. To mine it and do whatever he needs. So that is cool and then he asks her if that means that she believes him. She doesn’t answer. She just tells him: You should hurry. So yeah… do you think what? She still doesn’t…  he’s hard to believe, right. When you haven’t seen them (the White Walkers). But do you think maybe she just doesn’t want to say yes or no or maybe she’s doubting … but they seem like… more friendly maybe. One thing I don’t understand is why it is that so far she hasn’t even contemplated the idea of marrying Jon. Because yeah, if he’s the King in the North. She needs him, he needs her. An easy way to solve this problem would be for them to marry. Because then yeah, who cars. He’s the king, she’s the queen. But yeah, maybe she’s not ready to get married again. Cause she lost Drogo, the she had that lover … yeah, maybe she’s not ready. Who knows!

What else happened . Then we go back to Winterfell and we see how Sansa is all: I am the Lady Sansa Stark and she really was prepared to be a lady, right. So she’s giving orders, she’s asking questions, she’s making sure they have enough food. Because they don’t know how long this winter is gonna last and she really is stepping up. I thought this was really great. And it really suits her. She’s good at that. And Littlefinger knows that too. Because he goes to her like: yeah, you were born for that and she just looks at him like: Aha.keep hoping. You’re not getting it, man! And then someone arrived and it was Bran! And Sansa was really moved. She was happy to see him but I thought it was so strange when she huged him. She was all crying and everything and his face was like. I don’t know, blank. Without any feelings. I mean, it almost looked like he was annoyed. And that I thought was very very strange. What d you think this means? Cause I mean we all know Bran knows the past and the future. So, do you think maybe this means Bran knows Sansa is gonna do something and something that he does not agree with. But he can’t really influence her maybe now or something like this. I don’t know. I just really thought so strange. And then they go to the Old Gods and they talk and Bran tries to explain to her how it works, being a 3 Eyed Raven. But Sansa doesn’t get it .To try and prove to her what it is that he can do, he starts telling her about the day she got married to Ramsey. Because he wasn’t there. He was nowhere near there. But still he talked about how it was snowing, how beautiful her dress was… so she said: well, I need to go. And she went. She did not wanna listen anymore.

And then we see Jorah and he seems cured. His skin doesn’t look so good yet but yep. They are letting him go. And its all because of Sam! Of course they lied to the Maester and the in the end, when Sam and Jorah, they were saying goodbye they say they they’d meet again. I think it might happen. They might cross paths  again. And then we see how Sam talks to the Maester  and of course he’s afraid they might expel him, he’s not so sure what’s gonna happen. And the the Maester tells him: Look, you should be proud, you saved his life. But it was very dangerous, what you did. Because a lot of people had tried it and it did not work. And then, when this happens, of course Sam thinks: Okay, so now he , he’s going to reward me for what I did. But he doesn’t.  Or maybe he did, and Sam just doesn’t realize it. Because we are not sure what is written in all those papers he’s supposed to copy. So maybe all those papers are about the White walkers. And the guy found this as a way to indirectly maybe help him in his search. Who knows. Could be.  

And what else. Yeah, some people really think that all those things happening with Sam, they are big indications that in the end we will find out the story was already written by Sam. So everything we see now already happened and Sam of course already knows the end of it. That would be interesting, right. To have like a last scene where we see Sam closing the book. That he was reading, who knows, maybe to his son or something like this. But back to episode 3, so we see then the Unsullied attacking Castlery Rock and later how the Lannister Army attacked Highgarden. And that I thought was so clever. They all thought the army was going to be guarding Castlery rock but of course they were not, because they know Tyrion and as Tyrion is the one who was doing the whole strategy, they though we’re gonna play him. They only left enough people in Castlery Rock for them not to get too suspicious maybe. And then Euron Greyjoy burnt all the ships so now they can’t just leave by sea, they will have to march. And winter is coming so it’s not gonna be anything beautiful to see. And in the meantime they (Lannisters) were attacking Highgarden and the we see in the end as Jamie is talking to … I always forget her name… Olenna. And he gives her this poison and they are talking. She said: Well, Cersey. She’s gonna be the end of you. And he says well, maybe. But then right before she dies, we see her all proud telling him she was happy, she was not going to die like Joffrey. And she tells him actually, she is the one who killed Joffrey. And the Jamie goes like:  what? But well, yeah. It’s too late. The poison he gave her Is not going to make her hurt half as much. But she tells Jamie: Please tell Cersey. I want Cersey to know I did it. So it wasn’t Tyrion. It was no one else. It was her. She was responsible for killing Joffrey. Men, what an ending!

So, what do you think is gonna happen next week. Do you think… on the next episode. Do you think Daennerys and Jon will get along? Well, like I said, from the spoilers I saw already we will have this meeting between Arya and Sansa . it’s about time! Arya finally arrives home, so we will have 3 of the Starks back home now. Sansa, Bran and Arya. And what else do you think is gonna happen? I think is also about time that we see the Hound again and where he and those other guys are. If they are going to the Wall or wherever it is that they are going. I think we might also see how Jorah gets back to Dragonstone and I am really looking forward to see how it is that this is going to play out. Is Daennerys just going to agree that Jon returns home? Is she going to agree that Jon goes to the wall and finds a White walker and then brings it to her to prove that he’s not crazy? I don’t know! What do you think is gonna happen? As the story develops, you get more and more obsessed with what is going to happen, right? Spoilers are good but sometimes the surprise is very good too. Right guys? So, I wish you and amazing week, and we will talk again very soon on the next episode! Bye, bye!

 

Passengers – the worst experience could mean the greatest adventure

Imagine you are on a mission to colonize a planet called Homestead II. The journey is supposed to last 120 years, all passengers are placed in This triggers the tooltiphibernation pods. Suddenly you wake up, you are  groggy but the main computer tells you this is normal. You get scanned and checked and then the computer shows you the way to your room.

On the next day, you get out of your room and realize it’s too quiet. There are 5.000 people inside the ship. But there is no one to be seen.  Who never had a dream or a nightmare similar to this? This is how the movie Passengers begins. What would you do in a situation like this? You still have 90 years before arriving at the new planet and before the others wake up. You have 90 years of solitude before you.

Passengers – a summary

Starship Avalon is taking 5 thousand colonists plus crew to another planet. This journey will take 120 years and the passengers are supposed to wake up 4 months before arrival.  During the journey, though, the ship encounters an asteroid belt and gets hit. This causes a malfunction and one passenger is now awake: mechanical engineer Jim Preston.

After a whole year of isolation, having only an android bartender  as company, Jim is desperate. He is thinking about suicide. Meanwhile he tried everything possible to go back to hibernation or to access the bridge of the spaceship without success. One day, as he is checking the pods he sees Aurora Lane’s pod and starts falling in love with her. He sees her video profile, reads her books (she is an author). It is almost as if he knew her.

There comes the big question and struggle. Should he wake her up and sentence her to die on the ship with him? If yes, how could he ever tell her the truth? She would certainly hate him, wouldn’t she? In the beginning he lets her think an anomaly woke her up too. But he knows, he will have to tell her the truth someday.

 

Thoughts and opinions

No surprise here, it is a sci fi movie again. Even though the story had some big problems, the special effects  and the pace of the story pleased me a lot, in general. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing and she works quite well with Chris Pratt. But the way Jim started stalking Aurora’s life and woke her up is a bit creepy, if you ask me.

 

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Yes, in the end everything is oK and they live happily ever after on the spaceship. On their own private world, quite literally. But he did sentence her for a premature death when he decided to wake her. Did he have a right to do that? I don’t think so. After she wakes up we find out all the plans she had for the future, all the things she wanted to do and accomplish.  She wanted to see the future. To be the only person alive to have had the experience of going to a colony and going back home 200 years later. Without aging much. And he took that away from her.

Is a love story really worth it? What’s worse, when he woke her up and got obsessed about her he did not know if it was going to work. If they would have chemistry, get along. He was very selfish in my opinion. Or am I being too rational here? Maybe he thought it was love at first sight. And love conquers it all, right? But isn’t trust a big part of it too?

What do you think? What would have done in such an impossible situation?

 

 

 

Who knew breaking out of prison could be so much fun: a Prison Break marathon

When I heard Prison Break was having a revival I decided to have a Prison Break marathon and to watch all the old episodes before it started. I must admit I was positively surprised by how much I liked it. The producers found (in most episodes) a way to keep us hooked to the story. Always wanting more. Always wanting to watch the next episode as soon as possible.

Here goes a trailer in case you don’t know what I’m talking about or if you aren’t so sure if you watched it or not.

Prison Break – the plot

Basically, the series starts as Michael Scofild tries to break his brother out of prison. His brother Lincoln was accused of killing the vice-president’s brother.Lincoln swears he didn’t do it. And his brother believes him. So we spend all of the first season inside the prison, preparing for the escape. As the plan develops some other inmates get involved in the project. Some of them are not such good people. Or maybe they are.

Season two focuses on  what happens to them right after they escape the prison. The life on the run. Being hunted by the police, FBI and the Company. Some stick together longer, while others go their own ways right after the escape.

Season 3 was a shorter one, as Michael is sent to prison in Panama. Michael and Sara were already on the boat, with the money, readyto go when everything changed. Michael ends up in Sona, which is a prison that is run by its own inmates. There, Michael has to deal with the rescue from a man wanted by the Company. This time he only has a week to do it.

The fourth and final season shows their lives after the escape from Sona. The Company is still after them. But this time they decide to change the game and to attack the Company first. Everyone is after something called Scylla, so Michael decides they are going after it too. They find some strange and unexpected allies along the way. Enemies become friends and friends become enemies.

My thoughts

I loved the way season one started. It had the right amount of adrenaline, drama, love, funny moments. They also managed to find a way to inspire those, who like myself like to ponder about life, to think about some key issues. What are we ready or capable of doing for the people we love? When is time to give up? Is there ever time to give up? Does the end always justify the means? Throughout the series Michael is conflicted with decisions like that. He has to hurt people he cares about to be able to help others, for example. Is that worth it?

For me, seasons 1 and 2 were amazing. Of course, sometimes they pushed it a little too hard. Making Michael face a few too many problems. But disappointing was season 3. Maybe I was not the only one, as the season only had 13 episodes. Not sure if they cut it short because the ratings were bad or if that was the plan all along. In season 4 they picked it up again. They changed things a little, but as with so many series before and after, at some point we get fed up with seeing the same scenario over and over again.  The ending itself was quite surprising, though as one of the main characters died.

One of the things I liked the most about it were the complex and complicated relationships. As friends, like the one between Sucre and Michael or even the one that forms between Michael and Mahone (the FBI agent hunting them in season 2). But also to see how some people like T-Bag try to change.Is it possible to change who we are? How much is the environment responsible for who we become?

 

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Revival – what to expect

I am not sure what to expect from this Prison Break revival. From what we already know, we will be sent back to prison with the main character. Is this going to leave a sour taste of déjà vu? Maybe. I must admit that I am at the same excited and worried. It feels a lot like we are going to see it all over again, just in a new country. I hope they got creative and changed it up a bit.

Here you can see a video explaining a bit of what to expect from it. It also shows a lot of the actors working on i giving their points of view. Enjoy! 😉


Another independence day – 20 years later

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Do you remember the original Independence Day movie? It wasn’t that great but it had the advantage of being the first of its kind. After that, science fiction movies became big again and also the way Hollywood presented us alien invasion movies had changed. I still remember the scene when the spaceships appeared and were so big, they blocked the sun casting a huge shadow. That, for me, was impressive.

 

In the second semester of last year a sequel was released. I only watched it last weekend, though. The ratings were not so good, so I was not that excited about it and waited a bit. Although it has many elements from the first movie, this time it did not impress me. Maybe because this kind of production got so much better after the original started this movement. I almost feel like for a sci fi, it was a good comedy. If you know what I mean.

 

Don’t get me wrong, the special effects were spot on! They also managed to bring back many of the original actors. It was nice to see that it was not just a sequel in the name. But I found myself laughing more than worrying about the invasion! There is something seriously wrong with this film. I only wanted to bite my nails towards the end when some of the good guys were being attacked from all sides and the maneuvers they did were pretty cool and you stopped breathing for a second there.

Other than that, even  the romantic couple was not that impressive. A shame really. The movie had so many great elements but something was missing to glue it all together with just the right amount of adrenaline. The fact that some other species heard our distress call and decided to come and help was pretty cool, though. Of course, we took our allies down 🙁 Another interesting point is that, in the movie, humanity united after the attack. They also managed to save and use some of the alien technology to improve life on earth. That was a nice touch!

Towards the end we see them talking about intergalactic relations and travelling. Is there maybe a third movie coming? I know Star Trek already deals with intergalactic relations gracefully but I would like to see a new perspective to that. Especially because the friendly alien says there is a planet full of refugees from other planets destroyed by our common enemy. I guess we will have to wait and see!

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GoT prequel – A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms

 

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I read the book A knight of the Seven Kingdoms, a GoT prequel in December 2016 and the book is just brilliant! Any GoT fan who, just like me, feels sometimes lost because we hear about a lot of facts that happened in the past (in the series and in the books) but never in detail, will find some answers with the tales of Dunk and Egg. The book consists of 3 tales or novellas: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight which had already been published as part of other books.

The story happens around 100 years before Game of Thrones. We see Aegon Targaryen (the father of the mad king) as a boy, travelling through Westeros with a knight called Sir Duncan the Tall, or just Dunk for friends. They embark on many adventures together. The book just flows, is very easy to read, having less description of the landscape and places than the GoT book series.

The story happens in a time when Targaryens still reign, but conflicts inside and outside the family make it a dangerous place for a prince to be outside the walls of a castle. That is why Aegon, known as Egg, travels incognito as Duncan’s squire. Always keeping his hair short as it would help people identify him. Sir Duncan is a true hero (which is something unusual in Martin’s world, where everyone has a dark secret) and his loyalty to Egg, to  the truth and to what is right are quite refreshing.

In this first book we also learn a bit more about the famous Blackfyre Rebellions where we had bastard Targaryens  fighting against legitimate Targeryen children for the Throne. It also helps us understand  more of the feudal system of Westeros. We are presented to forefathers of Houses Baratheon, Stark, Frey as well.

The book helped me understand how the mad King came to power (his father was the fourth son of a fourth son – so had very few chances of becoming a  king), how the Targaryen family was already weakened, even before Roberts rebellion and, of course, the dynamic of the Seven Kingdoms while under the rule of one family for hundreds of years. It is totally worth reading! If you are a fan of GoT you will not regret it! Am looking forward to the other books 🙂 !

 

 

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