#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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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?

If you want to read the transcript, just click bellow.

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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

 

DOWNLOAD THE TRANSCRIPT: HERE

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 [simple_tooltip content=’V. to establish a colony in or on; to send people to live in and govern another country ‘]colonize[/simple_tooltip] a planet called Homestead II. The journey is [simple_tooltip content=’be supposed to: to have to; to have a duty or a responsibility to; believed, aleged’]supposed[/simple_tooltip] to last 120 years, all passengers are [simple_tooltip content=’V, to place:to put something or someone  in a particular position ‘]placed[/simple_tooltip] in [simple_tooltip content=’This is the content for the tooltip bubble’]This triggers the tooltip[/simple_tooltip][simple_tooltip content=’the condition or period someone or something becomes inactive or dormant’]hibernation[/simple_tooltip] pods. [simple_tooltip content=’Adv. quickly and unexpectedly’]Suddenly[/simple_tooltip] you wake up, you are  [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. weak and unable to think clearly or walk correctly, usually because of tiredness or illness’]groggy[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’V. become fully aware of something as a fact; understand clearly’]realize[/simple_tooltip] it’s too quiet. There are 5.000 people inside the [simple_tooltip content=’synonym to spaceship’]ship[/simple_tooltip]. But there is no one to be seen.  Who never had a dream or a [simple_tooltip content=’ a very upsetting or frightening dream’]nightmare[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’the situation of being alone without other people’]solitude[/simple_tooltip] before you.

Passengers – a summary

Starship Avalon is taking 5 thousand colonists [simple_tooltip content=’Prep., Conj. added to; and also’]plus[/simple_tooltip] [simple_tooltip content=’a group of people who work together, especially all those who work on and operate a ship’]crew[/simple_tooltip] to another planet. This journey will take 120 years and the passengers are supposed to wake up 4 months before [simple_tooltip content=’the fact of arriving somewhere’]arrival[/simple_tooltip].  During the journey, [simple_tooltip content=’conj. but; despite the fact that’]though[/simple_tooltip], the ship [simple_tooltip content=’V. to meet unexpectedly’]encounters[/simple_tooltip] an [simple_tooltip content=’it is a circumstellar disc occupied by numerous irregularly shaped bodies called asteroids or minor planets’]asteroid belt[/simple_tooltip] and gets hit. This causes a [simple_tooltip content=’a failure to work or operate correctly’]malfunction[/simple_tooltip] 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. [simple_tooltip content=’while something else is happening’]Meanwhile[/simple_tooltip] he tried everything possible to go back to hibernation or to access the [simple_tooltip content=’the raised part of a ship on which the captain and other officers stand and from where they control the movement of the ship’]bridge[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’a very difficult task that you can do only by making a great effort’]struggle[/simple_tooltip]. Should he wake her up and [simple_tooltip content=’V. to impose a sentence on; to cause to suffer something’]sentence[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’a person or thing that is different from what is usual, or not in agreement with something else and therefore not satisfactory’]anomaly[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’ the speed at which someone or something moves, or with which something happens or changes’]pace[/simple_tooltip] of the story [simple_tooltip content=’V. to make someone feel happy or satisfied’]pleased[/simple_tooltip] me a lot, in general. Jennifer Lawrence is amazing and she works quite well with Chris Pratt. But the way Jim started [simple_tooltip content=’V. to illegally follow and watch someone over a period of time’]stalking[/simple_tooltip] Aurora’s life and woke her up is a bit [simple_tooltip content=’strange or unnatural and making you feel frightened’]creepy[/simple_tooltip], if you ask me.

 

SPOILER ALERT HERE:
Yes, in the end everything is oK and they live happily ever after on the spaceship. On their own private world, [simple_tooltip content=’using the real or original meaning, not the colloquial meaning’]quite literally[/simple_tooltip]. But he did sentence her for a [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. happening or done too soon, especially before the natural or suitable time’]premature[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’V.to finish something successfully or to achieve something ‘]accomplish[/simple_tooltip].  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 [simple_tooltip content=’V. to age: if someone ages or something ages them, they look older’]aging[/simple_tooltip] much. And he took that away from her.

Is a love story really [simple_tooltip content=’be worth it: to be of reasonable or good value for the price’]worth it[/simple_tooltip]? 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, [simple_tooltip content=’Phr. v. if two or more people get along, they like each other and are friendly to each other’]get along[/simple_tooltip]. He was very [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. someone who is selfish only thinks of their own advantage’]selfish[/simple_tooltip] in my opinion. Or am I being too [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. based on clear thought and reason’]rational[/simple_tooltip] here? Maybe he thought it was love at first sight. And love [simple_tooltip content=’V. to deal with or successfully fight against a problem or an unreasonable fear’]conquers[/simple_tooltip] it all, right? But isn’t [simple_tooltip content=’the belief that you can trust or believe someone or something’]trust[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’a new presentation or publication of something old’]revival[/simple_tooltip] I decided to have a Prison Break [simple_tooltip content=’something (as an event, activity, or session) characterized by great length or concentrated effort’]marathon[/simple_tooltip] and to watch all the old episodes before it started. I must [simple_tooltip content=’V. to agree that something is true’]admit[/simple_tooltip] I was positively surprised by how much I liked it. The producers found (in most episodes) a way to keep us [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. enjoying something so much that you are unable to stop having it, watching it, doing it, etc.’]hooked[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’Phr v. to break out: to escape from prison’]break[/simple_tooltip] his brother out of prison. His brother Lincoln was [simple_tooltip content=’V. to accuse: to say that someone has done something morally wrong, illegal, or unkind’]accused[/simple_tooltip] of killing the vice-president’s brother.Lincoln [simple_tooltip content=’V. to swear: to promise or say firmly that you are telling the truth ‘]swears[/simple_tooltip] he didn’t do it. And his brother believes him. So we [simple_tooltip content=’V. to use time doing something or being somewhere’]spend[/simple_tooltip] all of the first season [simple_tooltip content=’Adv. on the inner side;in or into the interior ‘]inside[/simple_tooltip] the prison, preparing for the escape. As the plan develops some other [simple_tooltip content=’a person who is kept in a prison or a hospital for people who are mentally ill’]inmates[/simple_tooltip] get involved in the project. Some of them are not such good people. Or maybe they are.

Season two [simple_tooltip content=’Phr. v. to focus on sth/sb: to give a lot of attention to one particular person, subject, or thing ‘]focuses on[/simple_tooltip]  what happens to them right after they escape the prison. The life [simple_tooltip content=’if criminals are on the run, they are trying to avoid being caught’]on the run[/simple_tooltip]. Being [simple_tooltip content=’V. to try to find something or someone’]hunted[/simple_tooltip] by the police, FBI and the Company. Some [simple_tooltip content=’Phr v. If people stick together, they support and help each other’]stick together[/simple_tooltip] longer, [simple_tooltip content=’conj.during the time that, or at the same time as ‘]while[/simple_tooltip] others [simple_tooltip content=’go ones own way: to do what you want without considering other people’]go their own[/simple_tooltip] 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, [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. prepared and suitable for fast activity’]ready[/simple_tooltip]to go when everything changed. Michael [simple_tooltip content=’Phr. v. to end up: to reach or come to a place, condition, or situation that was not planned or expected’]ends up[/simple_tooltip] in Sona, which is a prison that is [simple_tooltip content=’V. to be in control of something’]run[/simple_tooltip] by its own inmates. There, Michael has to deal with the [simple_tooltip content=’the act of helping someone out of a dangerous or unpleasant situation’]rescue[/simple_tooltip] from a man [simple_tooltip content=’Adj. wished for and loved by other people; being searched for by the police’]wanted[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’Adv. continuing to happen or continuing to be done’]still[/simple_tooltip] after them. But this time they decide to change the game and to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to try to hurt or defeat using violence;  ‘]attack[/simple_tooltip] the Company first. Everyone is after something called Scylla, so Michael decides they are [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to try to get something’]going after[/simple_tooltip] it too. They find some strange and [simple_tooltip content=’adj. something that is unexpected is surprising, because you did not expect it at all, or you expected it to happen in a different way’]unexpected[/simple_tooltip] allies along the way. Enemies become friends and friends become enemies.

My thoughts

I loved the way season one started. It had the right [simple_tooltip content=’a quantity of something’]amount[/simple_tooltip] of adrenaline, drama, love, funny moments. They also managed to [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to discover how to achieve or deal with something’]find a way[/simple_tooltip] to inspire those, who like myself like to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to think carefully about something, especially for a noticeable length of time’]ponder[/simple_tooltip] about life, to think about some [simple_tooltip content=’adj. very important and having a lot of influence on other people or things’]key[/simple_tooltip] issues. What are we ready or [simple_tooltip content=’capable of sth/doing sth: having the ability, power, or qualities to be able to do something’]capable of doing[/simple_tooltip] for the people we love? When is time to give up? Is there [simple_tooltip content=’adv. at any time ‘]ever[/simple_tooltip] time to [simple_tooltip content=’phr v. to stop trying to do something before you have finished’]give up[/simple_tooltip]? Does the end always justify the [simple_tooltip content=’a method or way of doing something’]means[/simple_tooltip]? Throughout the series Michael is conflicted with decisions like that. He has to hurt people he [simple_tooltip content=’v.to think that something is important and to feel interested in it or upset about it’]cares[/simple_tooltip] about to be able to help others, for example. Is that [simple_tooltip content=’enjoyable enough or producing enough advantages to make the necessary effort, risk, pain, etc. seem acceptable’]worth it[/simple_tooltip]?

For me, seasons 1 and 2 were amazing. Of course, sometimes they pushed it a little too hard. Making Michael [simple_tooltip content=’v. if you face a problem, or a problem faces you, you have to deal with it’]face[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’to have to stop doing something before it is finished’]cut it short[/simple_tooltip] because the ratings were bad or if that was the plan [simple_tooltip content=’from the very beginning’]all along[/simple_tooltip]. In season 4 they [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. pick sth up: to start something again after an interruption’]picked it up[/simple_tooltip] again. They changed things a little, but as with so many series before and after, at some point we get [simple_tooltip content=’adj. bored, annoyed, or disappointed, especially by something that you have experienced for too long ‘]fed up[/simple_tooltip] with seeing the same scenario [simple_tooltip content=’ happening or done many times’]over and over again[/simple_tooltip].  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 [simple_tooltip content=’v. to begin to exist or to make something begin to exist’]forms[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’v. to think or believe something will happen, or someone will arrive’]expect[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’adj.having a sharp, sometimes unpleasant, taste or smell, like a lemon, and not sweet ‘]sour[/simple_tooltip] taste of [simple_tooltip content=’the strange feeling that in some way you have already experienced what is happening now’]déjà vu[/simple_tooltip]? 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 [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to change sth up: to change something, especially in order to improve it’]changed it up[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’superiority of position or condition; something that makes one person or thing more likely to succeed than others’]advantage[/simple_tooltip] of being the first of its [simple_tooltip content=’a group with similar characteristics, or a particular type; category’]kind[/simple_tooltip]. After that, science fiction movies became big again and also the way Hollywood [simple_tooltip content=’V. to show; to give, provide, or make something known’]presented[/simple_tooltip] us alien [simple_tooltip content=’an occasion when an army or country uses force to enter and take control of another country’]invasion[/simple_tooltip] movies had changed. I still remember the [simple_tooltip content=’a part of a play or movie in which the action stays in one place for a continuous period’]scene[/simple_tooltip] when the [simple_tooltip content=’a vehicle used for travel in space’]spaceships [/simple_tooltip][simple_tooltip content=’ V. to appear: to start to be seen or to be present’]appeared[/simple_tooltip] and were so big, they [simple_tooltip content=’V. to block:to stop something from happening or succeeding ‘]blocked[/simple_tooltip] the sun [simple_tooltip content=’V. to cast: to send light or shadow (= an area of darkness) in a particular direction’]casting[/simple_tooltip] a huge shadow. That, for me, was impressive.

 

In the second semester of last year a [simple_tooltip content=’a book, film, or play that continues the story of a previous book, etc.’]sequel[/simple_tooltip] was released. I only watched it last weekend, [simple_tooltip content=’conj.despite the fact that; but ‘]though[/simple_tooltip]. The [simple_tooltip content=’a measurement of how good or popular someone or something is’]ratings[/simple_tooltip] were not so good, so I was not that excited about it and waited [simple_tooltip content=’a short distance or period of time’]a bit[/simple_tooltip]. [simple_tooltip content=’conj. despite the fact that; but’]Although[/simple_tooltip] it has many elements from the first movie, this time it did not [simple_tooltip content=’V. to cause someone to feel admiration or respect’]impress[/simple_tooltip] 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.

 

[simple_tooltip content=’said when you think someone might not understand what you say, or be upset by it’]Don’t get me wrong[/simple_tooltip], the special effects were [simple_tooltip content=’adj. exactly right’]spot on[/simple_tooltip]! They also [simple_tooltip content=’V. to manage: to succeed in doing or dealing with something, especially something difficult’]managed[/simple_tooltip] to [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to start to do or use something that was done or used in the past’]bring back[/simple_tooltip] many of the original actors. It was nice to see that it was not just a sequel in the name. But I [simple_tooltip content=’V.to realize that you are in a particular situation or place, or doing a particular thing, when you did not intend to ‘]found myself[/simple_tooltip] laughing more than [simple_tooltip content=’v. to worry: to think about problems or unpleasant things that make you anxious, or to make someone feel anxious’]worrying[/simple_tooltip] about the invasion! There is something [simple_tooltip content=’informal: very’]seriously[/simple_tooltip] wrong with this film. I only wanted to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to use your teeth to cut into something or someone ‘]bite[/simple_tooltip] my nails [simple_tooltip content=’prep. in the direction of, or closer to someone or something’]towards[/simple_tooltip] the end when some of the good guys were being attacked from all sides and the [simple_tooltip content=’ a movement or set of movements needing skill and care’]maneuvers[/simple_tooltip] they did were pretty cool and you stopped breathing for a second there.

[simple_tooltip content=’det. different from or except’]Other than[/simple_tooltip] that, [simple_tooltip content=’adv. used to show that something is surprising, unusual, unexpected, or extreme’]even[/simple_tooltip]  the romantic couple was not that impressive. A [simple_tooltip content=’if something is described as a shame, it is disappointing or not satisfactory’]shame[/simple_tooltip] really. The movie had so many great elements but something was missing to [simple_tooltip content=’v. join things together using glue’]glue[/simple_tooltip] it all together with just the right amount of adrenaline. The fact that some other species heard our [simple_tooltip content=’a feeling of extreme worry, sadness, or pain’]distress[/simple_tooltip] call and decided to come and help was pretty cool, though. Of course, we [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to take sb down: to defeat or kill someone, or to stop someone from causing harm’]took[/simple_tooltip] our allies down 🙁 Another interesting point is that, in the movie, humanity [simple_tooltip content=’v. to unite: to join together as a group, or to make people join together as a group; to combine’]united[/simple_tooltip] after the attack. They also managed to save and use some of the alien technology to [simple_tooltip content=’v. to cause something to get better’]improve[/simple_tooltip] life on earth. That was a [simple_tooltip content=’ a minor, but pleasant addition to something’]nice touch[/simple_tooltip]!

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 [simple_tooltip content=’belonging to or shared by two or more people or things’]common[/simple_tooltip] 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 [simple_tooltip content=’adj. very good’]brilliant[/simple_tooltip]! Any GoT fan who, just like me, feels sometimes [simple_tooltip content=’adj. confused’]lost[/simple_tooltip] because we hear about a lot of facts that happened in the past (in the series and in the books) but never [simple_tooltip content=’ including or considering all the information about something or every part of something’]in detail[/simple_tooltip], will find some answers with the [simple_tooltip content=’a story, especially one that might be invented or difficult to believe’]tales[/simple_tooltip] of Dunk and Egg. The book [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to be something that is made or formed of various specific things’]consists of[/simple_tooltip] 3 tales or novellas: The Hedge Knight, The Sworn Sword and The Mystery Knight which had already been [simple_tooltip content=’v. to make information available to people, especially in a book, magazine, or newspaper’]published[/simple_tooltip] as part of other books.

The story [simple_tooltip content=’v. to have existence or come into existence’]happens[/simple_tooltip] around 100 years before Game of Thrones. We see Aegon Targaryen (the father of the mad king) as a boy, travelling [simple_tooltip content=’prep. from one end or side of something to the other’]through[/simple_tooltip] Westeros with a [simple_tooltip content=’a man of high social position trained to fight as a soldier on a horse’]knight[/simple_tooltip] called Sir Duncan the [simple_tooltip content=’adj. of more than average height, or of a particular height’]Tall[/simple_tooltip], or just Dunk for friends. They [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to start something new or important’]embark on[/simple_tooltip] many adventures together. The book just [simple_tooltip content=’v. continue; a way of talking or thinking in an easy natural way, without any pauses or difficulties’]flows[/simple_tooltip], is very easy to read, having less description of the [simple_tooltip content=’a view or picture of the countryside’]landscape[/simple_tooltip] and places than the GoT book series.

The story happens in a time when Targaryens still [simple_tooltip content=’v.to be the king or queen of a country’]reign[/simple_tooltip], but conflicts [simple_tooltip content=’adv. in or into a room, building’]inside[/simple_tooltip] and outside the family make it a dangerous place for a prince to be outside the walls of a castle. That is why Aegon, [simple_tooltip content=’If someone or something is known as a particular name, that person or thing is called by that name’]known as[/simple_tooltip] Egg, travels [simple_tooltip content=’adv. avoiding being recognized, by changing your name or appearance’]incognito[/simple_tooltip] as Duncan’s [simple_tooltip content=’a young man in the Middle Ages who worked for a knight’]squire[/simple_tooltip]. Always keeping his hair [simple_tooltip content=’adj. small in length, distance, or height’]short[/simple_tooltip] as it would help people [simple_tooltip content=’v. to recognize someone or something’]identify[/simple_tooltip] him. Sir Duncan is a true hero (which is something [simple_tooltip content=’adj. different from others of the same type in a way that is surprising ‘]unusual[/simple_tooltip] in Martin’s world, where everyone has a dark secret) and his [simple_tooltip content=’the quality of being loyal’]loyalty[/simple_tooltip] to Egg, to  [simple_tooltip content=’the real facts about a situation, event, or person’]the truth[/simple_tooltip] and to what is right are [simple_tooltip content=’adv. completely; used tosay that someone or something is impressive, interesting, or unusual ‘]quite [/simple_tooltip]refreshing.

In this first book we also learn a bit more about the famous Blackfyre [simple_tooltip content=’ violent action organized by a group of people who are trying to change the political system in their country’]Rebellions[/simple_tooltip] where we had [simple_tooltip content=’a person born to parents who are not married to each other’]bastard[/simple_tooltip] Targaryens  fighting [simple_tooltip content=’prep. opposing; disagreeing with a plan or activity’]against[/simple_tooltip] [simple_tooltip content=’a legitimate child is one whose parents are legally married at the time of his or her birth’]legitimate[/simple_tooltip] Targeryen children for the Throne. It also helps us understand  more of the [simple_tooltip content=’adj. relating to, or characteristic of feudalism; feudal system: the political, military, and social system in the Middle Ages, based on the holding of lands in fief or fee and on the resulting relations between lord and vassal.’]feudal[/simple_tooltip] system of Westeros. We are presented to [simple_tooltip content=’someone s relatives who lived a long time ago’]forefathers[/simple_tooltip] of Houses Baratheon, Stark, Frey [simple_tooltip content=’also, too’]as well[/simple_tooltip].

The book helped me understand how the [simple_tooltip content=’adj. crqazy; mentally ill, or unable to behave in a reasonable way’]mad[/simple_tooltip] King [simple_tooltip content=’v. come to power: o be installed in high office, such as kingship, presidency, or prime ministership’]came to power[/simple_tooltip] (his father was the fourth son of a fourth son – so had very [simple_tooltip content=’det. some, or a small number of something’]few[/simple_tooltip] chances of becoming a  king), how the Targaryen family was already [simple_tooltip content=’v. to weaken: to (cause to) become less strong, powerful, determined, or effective’]weakened[/simple_tooltip], even before Roberts rebellion and, of course, the [simple_tooltip content=’the forces that control the relationships people or things have with each other and how those relationships can change’]dynamic[/simple_tooltip] of the Seven Kingdoms [simple_tooltip content=’conj. during the time that, or at the same time as’]while[/simple_tooltip] under the [simple_tooltip content=’a period of time during which a particular person or group is in control of a country’]rule[/simple_tooltip] of one family for hundreds of years. It is totally [simple_tooltip content=’v. to be worth somethng: to be important or interesting enough to receive a particular action’]worth[/simple_tooltip] reading! If you are a fan of GoT you will not [simple_tooltip content=’v. to feel sorry about a situation, especially something sad or wrong or a mistake that you have made’]regret[/simple_tooltip] it! Am [simple_tooltip content=’phr. v. to feel pleasure because an event or activity is going to happen’]looking forward[/simple_tooltip] to the other books 🙂 !

 

 

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