The Game Ends For Another Season

The North is burning down, alliances formed, a brother returns home, acts of betrayal and the freeing of a city….what more could you ask for in a season finale? HBO has looped us in to counting down the days until the next season of Game of Thrones next summer.

In an hours’ time they found a way to incorporate almost every character and give them a starting off point next season. Jamie, at long last, has returned home to his family. It took a long time for Jamie to get back to Kings Landing, but better now than next season.

In curious of how Brienne is going to react to the demise of Catharine Stark. She pledged her alliance to the Starks and now with them all murdered, how would she react? By killing them? Now with no one to join will she fight for the Lannisters? All questions to be answered next season.

Jon Snow got exactly what was coming to him. He broke that poor girl’s heart and got shot in the back for it. Served him right. Now back at Castle Black with the Nightswatch, the war with the Wildlings is beginning.

Poor…..Theon, that’s all I have to say. I hoped it wouldn’t come to “that”, but it did. Too gross to explain….he got his penis cut off…..give the chills just thinking of that.

Theon’s story spawned what I think is the most interesting of the new storylines going into next season. Yara is taking a ship with 50 men and combing the lands for her brother. This story looks awesome to me and I can’t wait for the next season because for this alone.

Bran wants to go beyond the Wall for some reason. Really don’t know why exactly. He says he has to, but we really don’t know what he’s going to do there.

Gendry is on the run after being released by Davos. Gendry was to be executed by the Red Witch, but is now sailing to somewhere else. Davos on the other hand is back fighting for Stannis after hearing word that the Whitewalkers are coming.

Arya and The Hound have formed an unlikely friendship and seem to be traveling together. Most likely to Jaqen H’ghar and the rest of the Brotherhood. She’ll probably become a master assassin now.

The season ends with Dany liberating a city of its slaves. No fighting, they all just walk outside. First she acquired an army and now people. Her forces continue to keep growing by enormous numbers with every passing episode.

Overall this was an incredible season finale. It talked about every character and set the tone for next season which should be even better that this season….if that’s even possible.

Joe Reyes

 

 

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The Worst Evil Plan?

I see a bad trend happening in the movie business. I want to talk about a pair of incredibly evil characters with horribly idiotic master plans. Characters that are portrayed in such an awesome way, that it is such a disappointment to see what their plan really is.

Silva, from Skyfall, was one of the best Bond villains ever portrayed. He was always a step a head of Bond and the rest of the agency. He was the flamboyant character that movies have seemed to stray away from today. He added style to disturbed individual and made a lasting impression. He was scary when he wanted to be and he lightened the mood in certain situations. In some scenes, he portrayed death in an almost comedic manner.

Bane took intimidation to a whole different level. From the very first scene, we were shown a character that was the biggest threat to Batman and anyone who challenged him. Besides being massive and a skilled fighter, he was also incredibly smart and planned several moves ahead. Things he did in the early scenes shed light to an almost incredible evil plan. The key word being “almost”.

The fault in these 2 characters, and what I think is a writing injustice to the actors, was what their master plan was all about. Silva was a former operative with MI6 and captured and left for dead. M at the time could’ve bargained for his life, but chose not to. This led Silva on a revenge fueled quest to kill her and free himself for the horrors he endued. The main problem is found with him is that he had this incredible criminal syndicate built on years of evil and destruction.

In the end, nothing else mattered, but trying to kill M. Even at times trying to sacrifice himself just to kill her. I don’t like a character that built years and years of resume of evil, to just throw his life away in a baby like manner. I understand he wanted revenge, but don’t do it in a way that you are ending your life just to end hers.

Bane had an army. Bane had a purpose, destroy Gotham and Bruce Wayne. Simple, but interesting in the approach he took. He destroyed Bruce’s financial and made him broke. Then later, he broke him physically. Now the best part about it that there were other characters involved in the takeover of Bruce’s company, but Bane was just perceived to be the muscle to get the job done. What later came to light was that Bane was playing everyone. He had a master plan, which had to have taken years of planning.

What I hated the absolute most about this movie and Bane, was what his plan was unfolding to be. He had a nuke that he placed in Gotham and it was going to go off in about month or two, I forget how long but it was a long time. The plan was to have Gotham run by the criminals and the city would literally destroy itself. Bane was there the whole time and was going to blow up in the explosion also. He eventually became a suicide bomber and wanted to die in the explosion.

Both characters were very similar. They both were smarter than everyone else, they both were intimidating foes and both wanted to die in the end. Now I could understand if they went out all Gun-Ho and died in the process, that I can understand. But both men’s plans WERE to die. They built up huge legacies of evil just to die for a very petty cause to say the least. Silva was revenge, which he could’ve easily achieved. M was an old woman…couldn’t be that hard to kill her.

Bane’s character dropped off when he stayed to die in the explosion. Right there his character lost all credibility and intelligence. He was a man who could’ve taken over the world if he wanted to. But instead he chose to want to sit and die for a cause that wasn’t even his own.

I think Bane had the worse plan in the end. It was the biggest disappointment I have witnessed in movies in recent years. Again, both characters were portrayed brilliantly, but when the winding minutes of the movies occurred, we saw right through them for what they really were. And without spoiling it, the way they both died was quick and just like their plans, wanted so much more.

Joe Reyes

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Skyfall

                Long have I awaited this movie coming out. I’m a HUGE Bond fan. I think  Craig is the best Bond ever and I will write another article explaining that. This wasn’t the best Bond movie. I was actually alittle disappointed with the way this movie progressed.

                First, a spoiler. Skyfall? What is it? The answer to that reminded me of a Family Guy clip.

                 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ILSbYH9pvjQ

That’s kind of what Skyfall means.

The plot is very simple and the main villain, Silva, has a main goal that in the end confuses me. Without giving away too much, his plan is to kill M. So this man spent the bulk of many years becoming the head of a criminal empire and his main goal is killing a woman who let him out to die.

In the new Batman movie, I was upset that Bane’s master plan was blowing up Gotham. I was mad because he became a suicide bomber, rather than just blowing it up and staying alive to inflict more chaos upon the world. Silva eventually has a plan like that. Not saying he blows himself up, in the end he doesn’t kill himself, but something similar to that happens.

It’s not a spoiler, but in one scene Silva puts the gun to M’s head and puts his head next to hers so the bullet will kill them both and says “Do it. Set us both free.”

The action was intense from beginning to end. The comedy is what made the movie even better. It kind of reverted back to the old one liner Bond days. Where everything Bond says is funny. In one almost shocking scene, Bond is strapped to a chair with Silva in front of him. Silva, who I think is gay, starts rubbing Bond’s legs and says “This is probably your first time” Bond looks at him and says “Who says this is my first time?” and Silva almost faints after hearing that.

The ending was the only problem. It was really dark. And a lot of it didn’t make sense. The guy wanted to kill M, so why just Bond and M go to a house in the middle of nowhere waiting for Silva? A lot didn’t make sense. What annoyed me was that Silva was smarter than everyone! Even the new Q. Silva’s plan was too perfectly executed.

Even though it sounds like I didn’t enjoy it, I still would see it again. A 4/5 and a must see for Bond fans.

Joe Reyes

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