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True Detective

We get the world we deserve

I still believe that True Detective is one of the best TV shows to come out in the 2010’s. Though, at times, the first half of the season was slow paced, had a tangled plot and lacked the rhetorical philosophy of the first season, the things started to take off as the conclusion was coming upon.

In that regard, I’m not trying to say that the first half of the season was bad, but rather that it seems to have left lots of people with a bitter taste. The show introduced the characters and the plot in the first half, but somehow, I didn’t cared for it that much. Nevertheless, as that epic shootout took place, everything changed: suddenly I was hooked..

True Detective

Never do anything out of hunger

I think that what mattered most this season was not the plot (who killed Casper), but the characters, their dynamic and how I started to care for them more and more to the point where I was screaming at my TV in the finale. Though the relationships seemed out of place in the beginning and the characters themselves seemed to be reticent towards each other, it all started to change as they were pulled into a criminal conspiracy bigger than any of them (and sadly, than all of them).

One thing that ate me up in the finale is how the world is owned by those who are corrupt and willing to cross any line in order take and keep the power for their own, twisted purposes. Even if our characters tried to stand up, they didn’t managed to change much, but rather lose a lot in the process… Contrary to Rust and Marty, not many got to walk the scene this season, but rather leave it with a bang (both literally and figuratively) and though it made me very sad, I am happy with how things got to play out…

 

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This was legend… wait for it…

How I Met Your Mother

Big shows always went off with controversial endings: Seinfeld, The Sopranos, Dexter, you name it. In fact, endings are always hard and I’ll try to make few points here of what I thought about the series finale of How I Met Your Mother.

Max Nicholson of IGN gave the finale 9.7/10 rating, saying “How I Met Your Mother‘s series finale was a beautiful end to a great show”. I perfectly agree.

It’s been 9 season, 9 years and over 200 episodes. That’s a lot of time, lots of memories, jokes, laughs, slaps, hugs, loves, high-fives and tears… and when I look back I see how many things happened along the way, how much we changed… how some things stayed the same… it’s amazing… The journey has been a big part of the show, but time tells me there’s more to How I Met Your Mother than story.

I don’t know for sure. I’d be on the gang and the fact that we all saw ourselves in one character or another. There’s also the situations, the stories, the relations, the laughs, the tears, and maybe the life itself this show was so filled with… Many things… After all, How I Met Your Mother always felt real to me, but maybe I’m a hopeless romantic… Ted’s a hopeless romantic…

How I Met Your Mother

Cheers to a great couple of people and their friendship!

I know there’s lots of nostalgia talking through me now, but nostalgia is not a bad thing, especially now. In fact, nostalgia is only one of so many feelings (good ones) I experienced during and after the finale. Feelings were never out of the equation with this series. I loved the character, loved the stories, everything… and that’s what mattered the most to me. I got attached to this show like I haven’t before.

Feelings and relations, characters, were all big parts of How I Met Your Mother and the finale definitely did justice to those parts. The gang saying good-bye to Ted, the empty apartment, the last picture in the bar at table, Barney and his girl, Marshall succeeding as a judge, Robin succeeding as a new anchor, Lily and Marshall having a third child, Ted falling getting married and having 2 kids and even the final scene, which I know bothered lots of people, they were all soul-wrenching and tears bearing moments and I’m not gonna hide that because it was great.

How I Met Your Mother

The gang was always the core of the story… Just look at them…

The finale wasn’t only trying to rip of some tears and play the drama card, but to say good-bye and conclude the story that went on for such a long time. And in many ways, it did that. It did justice to the first half of the series with its brilliant and unconventional comedy and strikes of drama. It did justic to the the last half of the series, the last couple seasons when the characters got to grow a lot. The finale was a tribute to all that.

I think most people had this vision of the ending that didn’t concur with the structure, but that only made the end more memorable. Bays and Thomas outdid themselves this time. The finale felt like having a season’s worth of material told in only two episodes and that felt more real than the whole 9th season.

Friends grow apart, marriages change lifestyles, things fall apart and even loved ones die… Nothing lasts forever… Life isn’t always fair or easy. It changes. Life is complex and the finale ended on that note, a beautiful note and I think most people got scared because they were used with this group of friends being together and seeing them grow apart made everyone sad.

How I met Your Mother

On that note, the final scene was a come-back to how things should have been. This was always the story of how Ted is in love with Robin, as his daughter put it. Don’t get fooled by the title, that’s a premise and the show is known to have plays the cards many times along the way. Even the fact that the series began with Ted seeing Robin and falling for her at first sight, took the story to the natural ending of them getting together. It was destiny…

The finale was soul wrenching, nostalgic, sad and many things, but it was conclusive, an ending in all the ways an end should be an end. One last high note and a special one…

PS: I guess some mysteries are meant to be unresolved – The Pineapple Incident. Not even Mosby Boys wouldn’t crack that one… And why did people got so attached over The Mother? She’s only been for a couple of episodes… The gang’s been 9 season with us. And the finale was about them.

How I Met Your Mother

A high-five to echo through eternity…

 

#MuchRespect.
To the end.
To the series.
To all the fans who watched.
To the creators and all the people who made it happen.

dary…

LEGENDARY

 

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Homeland

 

With almost one and a half month left until the premiere of the 3rd season of Homeland, Showtime has finally released the official trailer of the Golden Globe winner TV Drama and from what it looks like, this season promises to be again on the list of nominees and even winners at 2014 TV awards.

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Top Gear

Some say…

Top Gear is back!

Top Gear hit a big milestone yesterday with its 20th series premiere. That’s right! It’s been 11 years, but Top Gear still looks great. It’s a tradition for this show to keep its greatness, even improve itself as time goes by and the 20th series didn’t let us down.

A new not-so-resonably priced car made its debut along the series’ premiere. Apart from that, Hammond took three hot hatchbacks around the track while Clarkson and May conducted a race between a yacht and a Toyota Corolla in New Zeeland.

Overall, it was a great, normal Top Gear episode, but somehow not a great debut. Just remember the Pagany Huayra from last series, the Lamborghini Aventador and the McLaren MP4-12C from last year and you’ll see what I mean. But don’t get me wrong! The entertainment is at its home, time flies away while having fun, the cars are well-covered and overall, the show was great like it always was.

Top Gear took off well, but not amazing because of its very high standard. Nevertheless, it was fun to watch and they still have time to close up to the previous amazing series. After all, it’s still a great show.

My rate: 9/10

As for what comes next, here’s a sneak peek:

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Dexter season 8

Tonight’s the night

It’s been almost 7 years since we first met Dexter Morgan, blood spatter pattern analyst by day, serial killer by night, and over 7 seasons his world has been constantly and considerably changing. So, it’s no surprise that it all starts to fall apart for Dexter, but is he really going to hit a dead end?

There has been many speculations about where the show is heading and how will things wrap up and we finally have the change to see it, because Dexter will premiere it eight season today, on Showtime. The season will be running for 12 weeks with the usual 1 ep/week, the finale being scheduled to air on September 22, so I guess that the summer will be even better than I predicted.

You have the trailer of the 8 season below:

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Dexter

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It’s all on table… The 8th season of Dexter will be the last one for our beloved killer, no doubt. The news have been made public on April 18, increasing the impatience of the fans all over the world who are expecting the season’s premiere on June 30.

With this thought in our minds, Showtime released the first official sneak peek over the 8th season, just to incite us even more on this topic.

 

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Hannibal-Season-1-660x398 Hannibal is an American thriller television series, based on characters and elements appearing in the novel Red Dragon by Thomas Harris and focuses on the budding relationship between FBI special investigator Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a forensic psychiatrist destined to become Graham’s most cunning enemy. The series received a 13 episode order for its first season and premiered on April 4, 2013.

Hugh Dancy does a good job in portraying a gifted, yet unbalanced investigator with some real psychological issues. After all, our gifts are our curses as well… The energy Dancy puts in his character shows a dedicated actor. Therefore, I am interested in his evolution, both from acting and story perspectives.

Mads Mikkelsen plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a notorious serial killer and cannibal in the same time, but the season’s premiere put him in a corner of shadow. The character looks introvert, just in the right proportions, intriguing through his hidden darkness. Thus, the main two characters are opposite and they can have the spark of a great relation…

The show looks dark, literally. The image is cold, the direction is creepy and the plot is thrilling. All those ingredients are mixed into a look-like Antichrist with a “material” plot… Hannibal intends to show something from everything, heading towards the dark crime-thriller atmosphere.

Hannibal might have what is takes to make a good show: actors, script and direction, but only time will tell how good it can be…

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