Black Sails Episode 404

Let’s do this! black-sails-tv-series-on-starz-cancelled-no-season-five

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There is something really wrong and off about what is going on in the most recent episodes since Jack and crew’s capture. I just don’t understand how they can be so resolved to being the Governor’s prisoners. It just seemed like their surrender was too easy, too simple. There has to be a greater plan!

Well, after this episode, I am having a very hard time believing in my own theory. The Governor has Blackbeard’s Man O’War Queen Anne’s Revenge and more than half of the crew was slaughtered in the belly of the Governor’s ship as Jack slowly picked each member to fight until death. This storyline is really irritating me at how basic it is. If there really is no greater plan than to die and/or be turned over to the English in the New World, then I have no faith for the last episode of this series or just the overall story ending as a whole.

John is really playing up his part as Long John Silver and throwing his weight around, but as always, Flint one up’s him. Flint giving himself over, promising Eleanor the Urca cash, is another silly decision. How the heck does it tie in with Treasure Island? If it is to be a true origin story to Treasure Island, then Flint won’t be giving her the prize, but as we have seen in Blackbeard’s death, Black Sails isn’t totally true to the epic novel. I just can’t understand why he would make this promise to Eleanor without having a slip knot in the tie.

There was a scene of an absolute grotesque beating. I don’t do well with torture. This beating was because the Underhill plantation had been taken by Billy’s crew and to show the other slaves what would happen should they rise up. Well, that kind of backfired because they did just that. Led by Julis (I believe his name is), slaves are now rising against the British, but also against the pirates with the sole mission to take Nassau for themselves. Why bring in a new foe this late in the game?

The exchange between Eleanor and Max after she is traded for twenty pirates is odd to me. Eleanor asks Max where they would have gone had she said yes when they had been together. I can’t help, but think that Eleanor is somehow regretting or weighing her options for escaping Nassau or taking it back from the pirates. The only thing that really throws a wrench in my theory is that she’s pregnant! I really don’t understand why they would throw this in the mix. It makes no sense unless her mindset is changing to survival mode for her child rather than desire to control Nassau which might be happening with this character since she made the deal with Flint.

I can’t say that I am particularly happy with how this season is playing out especially since there seems to be no real direction or plan deeper than controlling Nassau. In past episodes, it just seemed that so much more was at play between the crews and the strong-willed captains. Now it just seems so generic. I’m hoping I’m wrong and there is more that I am not seeing going on. On to the next!

 

Movie Review: Arrival

mv5bmtexmzu0odcxndheqtjeqwpwz15bbwu4mde1oti4mzay-_v1_sy1000_cr006401000_al_Hubs and I have been playing catch up on our movie watching. The Arrival movie was not one that I was particularly interested in, but hubby wanted to see it. Jeremy Renner is in it, so I figured I’d take one for the team.

IMdB: When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team – led by expert linguist Louise Banks – is brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers – and to find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

The above descripition is way more dramatic than I actually think the movie was, and I’m really not sure what chance they are referring to. Silly, IMdB. It could have been a decent movie, but it was ruined for me.

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Black Sails – Episode 403

I’m just going to jump right on in here and give you the lowdown on the third episode of this season.

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This episode was fantastic and gruesome and fast-paced all in one exhilarating hour worth of pirate drama. I liked this episode, but it almost seemed like they crammed as much as they could into it.

Max and the general guy that I didn’t even care to remember the name of because he was such an ass get into a verbal battle where he insists on her delivering her informants or else be charged with treason and death. Max blows him off and further fortifies why I love her character so much. Loyal and strong no matter the price!

The Governor lays a trap for Blackbeard, Jack, and Anne and overtakes them. He then tortures Blackbeard until finally putting a bullet in his head. What a minute here! Captain Edward Teach, Blackbeard, the man, myth and legend does not die by the hands of England in Nassau or anywhere near it! He is in Treasure Island, for pete’s sake! How could they possibly kill him off?! The entire time he was captured and being drug beneath the ship I was waiting for something to happen, a plan to unfold, but nothing happened! Blackbeard died! How?! It was so rushed and glanced over, they hardly gave him the due camera time for a dignified death! Don’t get the wrong, the torture scene turned my stomach, but even that seemed rushed.

Then we get to the battle in Nassau, and again, so rushed! The general jerk dude didn’t listen to Elenaor when she gave him very clear advice. John Silver and Flint walk into the hanging square and wreck the place. At first it looks like no one has their back, but then people join behind them, even Billy shows up! Billy is obviously there because he supports John, but this will be interesting to see how the dynamic between him and Flint plays out. Finally, Hands slots the generals throat and the episode ends as the fighting resumes on the streets.

Overall, it was a great episode, but again too much too fast! That one battle int eh streets should have been played out way longer than it was. Even Blackbeard’s final moments Gould have been granted longer time than five minutes! Silly writers. I just hope it means they are gearing up for the finally episodes. Going to miss this show.

Movie Review: Deepwater Horizon

If you have never heard of Deepwater Horizon, then my friend, you live under a rock and/or are a vampire. If it’s the latter then I’m glad we’re friends. It was a strange coincidence that my husband and I watched this literally the same week I had a discussion board assignment on the tragedy. There was obvious dramatization to some of it and inaccuracies, but overall I really think this movie was very well done.

mv5botezndu0otgxm15bml5banbnxkftztgwnja0odm2ote-_v1_sy1000_cr006741000_al_IMdB: In April 2010, there is no oil exploration operation in the Gulf of Mexico to compare with the Deepwater Horizon oil rig with its size or sheer depth of its drilling. However, the project for the BP oil company is beset with technical difficulties to the point where the general operational supervisor, Jimmy Harrell, and his Chief Electrical Engineer, Mike Williams, are concerned potentially dangerous trouble is brewing. Unfortunately, visiting BP executives, frustrated by the project’s long delays, order curtailed site inspections and slanted system tests to make up for lost time even as Harrell, Williams and his team helplessly protest for the sake of proper safety. On April 20, the workers’ fears are realized in the worst possible way when the rig’s various structural and system flaws spark a catastrophic cascade of failures that would create a massive blowout and explosion that threatens them all, even as it also begins the worst environmental disaster in US history.

I’m not going to claim any spoilers because as a proclaimed above, the Deepwater Horizon tragedy has been deemed the worst environmental disaster in US history, so you can pretty much guess what happens in the movie. If you can’t, here’s some light reading for you: 100 Days of the BP Spill. I absolutely loved this timeline as it was part of the reading for my discussion board in my Social Responsibility in Business class.

Mark Wahlberg had a great performance in this movie, but let’s be honest, when does he not perform well. I wonder if he spent any time with the man he was casted to play, but if you watched the CSPAN coverage of the Senate hearings on this tragedy, you heard his story already. Mike Williams stood before a selected committee and recounted the night of April 20, 2010 when Deepwater Horizon exploded and 11 people were lost at sea. This courageous man did everything he could to help his fellow shipmates, but this incident could have been completely avoided had BP not been so greedy.

I was a little wary that this movie was going to be a big political circus, but it was honestly just the retelling of a man’s story with a bit of Hollywood dramatization thrown in. It will make you mad, I promise you that, but not for the wrong reasons. The families that have been torn apart by this tragedy, my heart goes out to them still, even seven years later.

It was a great movie to watch, but the idea that these people had to actually go through something like this is crazy to me. It was 2010! How can something like this still happen? I’ve read where they tightened the regulations on the blowout valve to hopefully avoid another tragedy like Deepwater Horizon. Any engineers out there that can create an even better failsafe? I challenge you!

 

Movie Review: The Girl On The Train

Baby spent the night with her grandparents, so mommy and daddy had a pizza, movie, wine and beer night. I’m wine, he’s beer. Overall, a very healthy evening. (Back to that whole: Weight Loss or Pizza bit.) It’s been a while since we have been able to catch up on the latest cinema hits, so this may be a bit late, but I had to share my feelings on The Girl On The Train. This may start to read like a rant, so you have been warned.

girl-on-the-train-new-trailerIMdB: The Girl on the Train is the story of Rachel Watson’s life post-divorce. Every day, she takes the train in to work in New York, and every day the train passes by her old house. The house she lived in with her husband, who still lives there, with his new wife and child. As she attempts to not focus on her pain, she starts watching a couple who live a few houses down — Megan and Scott Hipwell. She creates a wonderful dream life for them in her head, about how they are a perfect happy family. And then one day, as the train passes, she sees something shocking, filling her with rage. The next day, she wakes up with a horrible hangover, various wounds and bruises, and no memory of the night before. She has only a feeling: something bad happened. Then come the TV reports: Megan Hipwell is missing. Rachel becomes invested in the case and trying to find out what happened to Megan, where she is, and what exactly she herself was up to that same night Megan went missing.

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Black Sails – Season 4 Episode 1

Before my daughter was born, my husband and I would spend many hours binge watching television series and movies whenever we were experiencing bouts of laziness. I think we watched all four seasons of Breaking Bad in a week right before the fifth was airing. We were dedicated to say the least. During those early days of our marriage, we heard about a series called Black Sails on STARZ. Now if you know my husband you know he enjoys ninjas and pirates, typical guy, but when we researched and found out it was based on characters of Treasure Island and true pirate history, we knew we had to see it!black-sails-tv-series-on-starz-cancelled-no-season-five

Let me first say that this cast is full of beautiful people. I mean drop dead gorgeous men and women! The show is obviously supposed to take place before personal hygiene was ever a real concern, but even as greasy and dirty as some of the characters appear to be, it only adds to their sensuality. Tom Hopper, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, and even Toby Stephens are extremely gritty, tough men oozing with sex appeal. (Zach McGowan’s voice is so hot!) Hannah New and Jessica Parker Kennedy are beautiful and strong women who at times seem to have the upper hand on the men in their lives. (Jessica Parker Kennedy’s accent is sensual!) Clara Paget is a true pirate, but her moments of femininity show her for the true gorgeous woman she is.

The entire series has been building up to this season, and I am so sad that this fourth one will be its last. There aren’t any other pirate dramas on television that I am aware of, so for this storyline to be finished really hurts me! (That and the fact that most of the series we like are coming to end! *coughGOTcough*)

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HBO Series: Divorce

divorceBack in the day, I was a huge Sex in the City fan. I loved the dynamic of the four very different women together going through polar opposite lives, but still remaining friends. It was a teenage version of me that came to believe that was how life was going to be following marriage, kids, careers, etc. I’d work until lunch, go out with my girlfriends for a bite to eat before heading back to my job, then go home to my husband and kid(s). Sex in the City gave my young self a glimpse into a future I desired and aspired to. Part of the reason was because Sarah Jessica Parker was a writer as well, so it all just fit nicely into my young mind’s plan.

Now Ms. Parker has a new show called Divorce on HBO. The very name itself deterred me for months, but I finally sat down and watched the pilot episode. The show is only a half hour long, but upon finishing the first episode, I moved happily along to the next. In no way, shape, or form, do I desire the life Ms. Parker is now taking on as her Frances character as I was drawn to her Carrie character, but instead I’m drawn to the humor strategically placed throughout this series. Grant it, I’m only on episode three which is now playing as I write this, but Thomas Haden Church is perfect in this role! He literally has the best, most wittiest lines filled with dry humor and perfect delivery. He makes this show for me. Can’t wait to get to episode four.

Venting Post – Tomcat Mouse Killer

I don’t normally use my blog as a means to complain about something so completely off topic from my love of reading and writing books, and most recently my pregnancy, but I have to voice my opinion on this one.

I don’t watch much T.V. (I prefer books or movies), but the few shows that I do follow have been riddled with this commercial from Tomcat Mouse Killer. It starts with a curtain and a narrator saying something along the lines of “Because our product works so great, we had to figure out something to do with all of the dead mice, so we invented dead mouse theater.” The commercial continues to play out a staged scene of a town in the distance surrounded by water and a ship just off shore.

Two dead mice appear, one dressed up as a Viking and the other in peasant garb with black X’s over their eyes, and come to the foreground to hold a dialog about being friends from the past. The mouse in a Vikings costume declared that he was pillaging the peasant mouse’s town, and screaming and fire roar from the distance. The peasant mouse says “But we use to be friends,” and the Viking mouse basically says “Not anymore” and hits the peasant mouse in the head with a mace. The peasant mouse is left lying on the ground with a spilled basket nearby while the curtain closes and the narrator gives more information on the product.

I have seen this commercial now multiple times on various channels, and every time it comes on I find myself becoming more and more upset. I love animals, but do not think of myself as an activist. I would never want to see a creature hurt or injured, but I do understand the need for products like these. My issue is not that this product kills mice or even that they have a commercial saying their product kills mice. My issue is with the commercial itself.

Have we as a society really become so demoralized and uncaring that parading dead animals on T.V. is OK? Even if the mice they used on this commercial weren’t real like stuffed animal toys, has it really become acceptable to portray something as dead and broadcast it to millions? Whatever happened to valuing life and honoring death instead of playing with dead things and attempting to portray comedy with them. I understand they are just mice, and as I said above, the necessity to rid a restaurant or house of them, but to show their carcasses as play things is absolutely disgusting!

If a child were to act out this scene, or even if an adult were to imitate this display, their sanity would seriously be questioned, and they may even be evaluated in attempts to find a sociopathic trend. Serious psychiatry would ensue anyone who performed this play, but let’s put it in a commercial!

I digress. End rant.