A Mish-Mash of Reviews: Part Deux

So, I’m thinking that until my daughter get a little bit older (and on more of a schedule), that consolidated posts may be more feasible for me to write. This is not to say, however, that if I can squeeze in a moment or so to hop on the computer—or if a movie/TV show deserves an entire post—that I won’t whip up a single review post (which I am hoping will happen sooner rather than later). I just have been plowing through a bunch of movies/shows and I need to take them off of my queue already.


I’ve been very into TV shows as of late. I’m not sure if this is because there are a lot of them in a season and they will last me a while or since they are broken up into episodes that it is easier for me to handle when interrupted. Nonetheless, there are a bunch of series that I now have under my belt (which is, in all honesty, a larger belt than before I was pregnant).


13 Assassins—I didn’t even remember putting this film on my queue until my husband started watching it one evening. 13 Assassins follows the title characters as they attempt to kill a ruthless and evil leader. However, there is a catch (there is always a catch). The apparent spawn of Satan is surrounded by an army at all times. This means that the last half of the movie is essentially a giant fight scene between thirteen warriors and an army. Kick ass! Also, an underlying theme in this movie is tradition versus modernization as the thirteen assassins are some of the last samurai (no, Tom Cruise was not one of them) and the army they plan to fight is armed with more modern weapons and fighting styles.

Score: A-


Digging for the Truth—This History Channel show is apparently the result of a torrid love affair between Indiana Jones and a PBS series. It is both informative and entertaining as the host (Josh Bernstein) attempts to unearth some of history’s greatest mysteries. As a history buff (ahem, or nerd), I really enjoyed this series. It’s fun and food for my brain.

Score: A-


Friday Night Lights—I love a good sports movie or TV show and I thought the first season of this was very enjoyable. However, as I watched the later seasons, I was not as much in love with the show. I was mostly annoyed that it seemed to take forever for some characters to graduate and that the writers took the plot twists to new extremes each season. Also, I was perplexed because it didn’t appear that the writers actually watched the previous seasons. In the first season, they kept saying how the town was a small town. However, by the end of season 3, suddenly the town was large enough to warrant two high schools. Oh well, I know I am overly picky some times.

Score: Season 1: A

Season 2: B+

Season 3: C+

Season 4: C+

Season 5: C-


The Gates—I’ll admit that the premise for The Gates is fairly interesting: a group of supernatural humanoids (vampires, werewolves, etc.) all live in a gated community to protect themselves from the outside world and vice versa. Of course, they need order so they hire (and house) a “regular” human cop to keep things in line. Then, the cop catches on that something is not quite right in the seemingly perfect gated community. Unfortunately, this show only lasted a season and left several questions unanswered at the end of the series.

Score: B


Sons of Anarchy—I know: I came to this show a bit late. SOA stars Ron Perlman (Hellboy, The City of the Lost Children) and Katey Sagal (Married with Children, Futurama) and follows the adventures of a motorcycle club in California that dabbles in the less-than-legal practice of gun running. Now, everyone and their dog seems to adore this show. Me? Well, I really loved the first season, but thought each subsequent season was not as good as the last. As for my dog? Well, he is more of a car fanatic than bikes.


Season 1: A

Season 2: B

Season 3: B-


Okey dokey. I think I will call that a day. I still have several more shows and movies in the wings awaiting my review, but until then, farewell!


Thanks for reading and have a fabulous day!


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