Thursday, April 17, 2014

Survivor Cagayan

Season 28 of Survivor is well under way so I will share my thoughts so far. Having three tribes instead of two was a good starting point, because with the tribe swap there wasn't the usual majority vs minority when new tribes rarely are divided evenly. Now one tribe got all three remaining Brain tribe members, three Beauty people and Sarah from Brawn, when the other tribe got five former Brawns and two Beautys. Brains were about to perish but they got a new chance and Cliff who thought to be safe was the first one out.

Now it would seem that Tony runs the show on the island but since he blindsided LJ, who was Jefra's closest ally, Jefra might feel threatened and seek new friends in Spencer, Jeremiah and Tasha. Even Kass might realize that she's not getting to the final three with Tony, Woo and Trish and turn to her old alliance. I'm certainly hoping that somebody flips.

Speaking of Tony, he's a great villain but nobody deserves to get blindsided more than him. Trish is clueless and as long as she doesn't win I don't care about her. Woo I like, but he's too much in Tony's shadow. He should blindside Tony and jump ship to the minority alliance. In my dreams at least. If Tony, Woo and Trish will be the final three, Woo might actually have a case if Tony pisses off enough people.

I don't see Jefra or Kass getting to the final unless something dramatic happens but they have a key role in which threesome gets to the end. Spencer, Jeremiah and Tasha are the good guys but right now major underdogs, allthough Spencer has his Idol. Can't wait to see what powers the special Hidden Immunity Idol has, that could really mix things up.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Once upon a time: high hopes and unbelievable epiphanies

Season three is coming to an end with six more episodes (according to Wikipedia, the trusted! source of all my information). The first half of the season wasn't as epic as I wished, but now with the Wicked Witch twist the show has successfully refreshed itself. Only downsize to that is that I have never happened to read a single book about Land of Oz, so I'm afraid that I might be missing some genius references. This summer I'm definitely doing some reading concerning Oz.

Since I'm not familiar with the Land of Oz I have no idea what to expect from the last episodes of the season. Are the characters going to leave Storybrooke again and find themselves in the Land of Oz? Are we getting more new characters from the Oz universe or are they being combined with old characters (the latter is what I've read from comments in Youtube, another great source of information and especially spoilers). I don't even know what to hope,  I just want it to be awesome, whatever they do.

I was watching seasons 1 & 2 and there were some lines that could very, very faintly point at present event at the show, but I don't think the writers knew that far ahead. Still fun to speculate. One thing though is more than speculation: Zelina's father. In season two it was revealed that Cora and Rumpel had a little affair when she was young. Internet is betting heavily on Rumpel and in my opinion it would make sense. In that case Neal would be Zelina's brother and she just caused him to die. Will she regret that when she finds out or is Neal's destiny final? My money is on R.I.P Neal.

I still have my wishlist of fairy tale characters I'd like to see on the show and surprisingly 5/9 characters I listed did actually appear in one way or another this season. Rapunzel was a big disappointment but otherwise I'm quite happy how the others turned out. There has been rumors of some fairy tale characters appearing on the show and the creators have even made jokes about captain Jack Sparrow sailing to Storybrooke. I love Jack but I think one particular pirate is enough for now (especially when he's hot like hell <3). I wouldn't mind little PotC references though, the amount of Easter Eggs is getting smaller and smaller all the time (or I just don't spot them). Bring some of that first season magic back!

Edit: since the show is eager to get rid of villains for good once they are defeated (Pan, Blackbeard, Cora...), I have a wish for the next storyline. We have Robin Hood and his merry men, Sheriff of Nottingham dropped by briefly, so why not go a little further with that tale and bring along Prince John and Richard Lionheart (John being the villain of course). Because Prince John's personality is not so devious but rather spoiled, he would make an interesting and different type of villain than the ones we've seen so far.