TV Show Reviews

12 Monkeys Season 4 (2015-2018)


12 Monkeys Season 4 (2015-2018)

Network:

SyFy

Creator:

Travis Fickett

Terry Matalas

Starring:

Aaron Stanford

Amanda Schull

Barbra Sukowa

Emily Hampshire

Todd Stashwick

Plot:

Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race.

Review:

After four seasons of everything going wrong that could I was a bit afraid of this season. What if it didn’t live up to the others? What if the ending sucked? What if they all died and the world ended?

Well, a lot of people died, lots of tears were shed, everything that could do wrong did, and yet I still loved the ending.

SPOILERS

It was a bit sappy, but I freaking love sappy, especially after all the bad that’s happened to everyone. I was kept guessing up until the last minute, made me really doubt whether or not things would be great or just alright. So glad they went with great.

In order to know if they followed everything exactly and didn’t break any of their own rules I’d have to go back and re-watch the whole series and probably make notes. A lot happened, tons of time travel, lots of rules, and I’m not the most critical of those things, so it’s possible they messed up somewhere. I don’t think they did and if they did it wasn’t hugely obvious so I’m willing to cut them so slack.

I love time travel so I’ll always give it a shot, 12 Monkeys is much darker than I usually like, but it’s got just enough light and hope to not be completely depressing. The main and side characters are great, not too good or bad, flawed but ultimately do the right thing. I really loved the series and I’m glad we got the final season we deserved.

5/5

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Jane the Virgin Season 4 (2014-?)


Jane the Virgin Season 4 (2014-?)

Network:

CW

Creator:

Jennie Snyder Urman

Starring:

Gina Rodriguez

Andrea Navedo

Yael Grobglas

Justin Baldoni

Ivonne Coll

Jaime Camil

Anthony Mendez

Brett Dier

Plot:

A young, devout Catholic woman discovers that she was accidentally artificially inseminated.

Review:

I sobbed like a little baby in season 3 when Michael, Brett Dier, died. Gina Rodriguez’s gut wrenching scream/sob tore my heart. I took a while to warm up to Michael but once I did I was on board team Michael the entire time and then to have him die, it was horrible. I was so glad they did a time skip afterwards because I honestly don’t know if I could have handled the grief.

Anyway, the end of season 3 had Jane finding her first love and I immediately hated him. He would never be as good as Michael and he wasn’t, but I’d kind of warmed up to him and then he came out as Bi and I was really happy. Didn’t love him for her, but he was a good guy and I hoped he would at least stick around as a friend. We had a fairly good episode where he described what being Bi was and Jane realized she had an issue, but then came to terms with it. Next episode she’s deciding to tell him she loves him and he decides to leave for LA. I wasn’t a fan of the timing, it felt too much like bi-erasure, but I never wanted them to wind up together so I dealt with it.

Then Petra, Yael Grobglas, was revealed as Bi and things were fine. I loved that they never even really talked about it. She fell head over heels for Rosario Dawson, naturally, and apart from some surprise from Jane and Raf nothing was really said about it. It was great, she’s honestly one of the best characters, though, you never quite know if she’s telling the truth or not.

Jane moves on, things progress, tons happen, and naturally she winds back up in the arms of Rafael, Justin Baldoni, it was bound to happen, they’re always falling for each other at the worst times, but for once the stars aligned and things worked out. Not a huge fan of them together, but since Michael wasn’t around I was fine with it. They were happy, they have strengths and weaknesses that work together.

At the end of the season it’s revealed that Xo, Andrea Navedo, has breast cancer. It was rough. Those last few episodes I watched in terror of what they would do with her. The last episode I just kept waiting for something horrible to happen. Watching her and Rogelio, Jaime Camil, work on their marriage and become a strong couple has been wonderful to see. They work so well together and they seem solid which the series really needed.

The last episode was as climactic as I’ve come to expect. I actually screamed at the reveal and I never do that. My husband was laughing at me and I just kept screaming. I don’t know what’s going to happen. I don’t know how they’re going to explain it or how the relationships are going to change or even if I want them to. I need answers!!

I don’t have cable and I hate watching CW shows on their app or website, it never seems to work correctly for me, so I end up waiting for it all to be on Netflix. During that wait I end up forgetting how much I love Jane the Virgin but I doubt I will this time. I might actually have to watch live when the new season starts because I have to know. I have to!!

5/5

12 Monkeys Season 3 (2015-2018)

12 Monkeys Season 3 (2015-2018)

Network:

SyFy

Creator:

Travis Fickett

Terry Matalas

Starring:

Aaron Stanford

Amanda Schull

Noah Bean

Barbara Sukowa

Alisen Down

Plot:

Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race.

Review:

Season 2 of 12 Monkeys ended with Cassie, Amanda Schull, being captured and held by the weirdos trying to destroy the world from their city sized time traveling hub. She’s pregnant with the Witness and they can’t have anything happen to her. She’s an incubator for their future leader.

Season 3 picks up right where that left off, pretty much, and each episode builds. There is so much going on here and I’m sure if I sat down with a timeline I’d probably find some inconsistencies but I don’t care. It’s entertaining and high stakes and they get just enough victories to make me feel like they might succeed at this thing.

The Witness is born and revealed this season and so much happens on that side of things. You can feel things starting to wrap up and the end nearing. I’m so hoping with this fourth season, that’s currently airing, that we get a satisfying ending. I would love a happy one please, but we’ll see.

Honestly, my only complaint with the season was that Katarina, Barbra Sukowa, was so easily trusting of Olivia, Alisen Down. Katarina is a smart woman and Olivia has never been on their side and now she trusts her? Really? Stupid move, really stupid.

The show is dark but because of the love between the two main characters I’ve always got this hope that things will change. I’m forever complaining about the lack of positive Sci-Fi and this is certainly not positive, but I still enjoy it because of the hope that’s there. The hope that they’ll fix things and make the world better, despite all they’ve been through they all seem to think it’s possible, which makes me think it is, which I guess, in a roundabout sort of way, makes 12 Monkeys positive. Lol. Not really. We’ll see.

4/5

Lost in Space (2018-?)

Lost in Space (2018-?)

Network:

Netflix

Creator:

Irwin Allen

Matt Sazama

Burk Sharpless

Starring:

Molly Parker

Toby Stephens

Maxwell Jenkins

Taylor Russell

Mina Sundwall

Ignacio Serricchio

Parker Posey

Plot:

After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fight against all odds to survive and escape, but they’re surrounded by hidden dangers.

Review:

I have never seen the original TV show and only vaguely remember the movie that was made with Matt LeBlanc, so I was excited to see a SciFi tv show that was about a family surviving. I was hoping for a positive SciFi show finally, one in which there is a happy ending and the world isn’t bleak. This is not that show.

Earth is ruined, barely livable, so those that can are escaping. The Robinsons are an exceptional family, each of them super smart and skilled, in their own way. They love each other and even though there is some relationship drama between the husband and wife it’s all stuff they now have time to work on, since they’re on some strange planet just trying to escape.

Every episode presents a new obstacle and just when you think things are going to run smoothly, nope, something new pops up and goes horribly wrong. Every single episode they are trying to survive a new horror. The way the writers treat this family is like torture porn. If they’ve finally figured out a way to take on the planet Doctor Smith, Parker Posey’s character, is fucking things up for them. She is one of those characters that you just want to kill and the way the show ended at least her side of things is somewhat satisfying.

By far my favorite character was Don, Ignacio Serricchio, who is funny and a good person without being too good. He makes the right decisions when push comes to shove but he’s also not stupid and he’s thinking about his future. He’s great. Also, I totally ship him and the Robinson’s oldest daughter, Taylor Russell. Though, he is a bit old for her, but whatever it’s space! A new world! It could totally happen and not be gross.

Anyway, I liked the start of the show because I had hope that things would get better for them. They were smart and capable and loved each other and yet everything just keeps getting worse, and worse, and worse. They are making a second season and I will end up watching it, but it is not something I’m going to rush to watch.

3/5

Sense8 Movie

Sense8 Movie (2015-2018)

Network:

Netflix

Creators:

J. Michael Straczynski

Lily Wachowski

Lana Wachowski

Starring:

Doona Bae

Jamie Clayton

Tina Desai

Tuppence Middleton

Max Riemelt

Miguel Ángel Silvestre

Brian J. Smith

Toby Onwumere

Plot:

A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.

Review:

I am so glad that we got a movie. I would have loved three more seasons and I can’t think about all that we missed by having all of that cut, but actually getting an ending is so awesome.

Obviously, this was faster paced than the previous seasons. The pace was brisk, there were a lot of stories that had to be wrapped up and explained, and certain characters got more time than others, but I didn’t feel like they were hurried. Lito, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, did not get as much time as I would have liked, but I understand why he wasn’t as front and center, even if I wish he could have been.

So much happened in this two and a half hours and it did a much better job of wrapping things up than I ever expected. I still have questions, I would still love to know more, but at least there was a resolution and people weren’t left in complete limbo.

5/5

Side Note:

This movie was definitely made for the fans so if you haven’t watched the previous seasons don’t even bother.