When a woman wakes up surrounded by dead bodies with her memory erased, she must uncover her mysterious past to learn the truth.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is how a premise should be. Short, intriguing and just enough information to pique your interest.
Now, here's the blurb from the book:
Myfanwy Thomas awakens in a London park surrounded by dead bodies. With her memory gone, she must trust the instructions left by her former in order to survive. She quickly learns that she is a Rook, a high-level operative in a secret agency that protects the world from supernatural threats. But there is a mole inside the organization, and this person wants her dead.
Battling to save herself, Myfanwy will encounter a person with four bodies, a woman who can enter her dreams, children transformed into deadly fighters, and terrifyingly vast conspiracy.
Suspenseful and hilarious, THE ROOK is an outrageously imaginative thriller for readers who like their espionage with a dollop of purple slime.
Here's my low-down:
Myfanwy (as in Mif-anny, rhymes with Tiffany) wakes up with amnesia in the middle of the Millennium Bridge in London during a rainstorm with 6 dead bodies surrounding her. What's the first thing you would do in this situation?
Myfanwy finds a note to herself and does what her previous self says to do─run.
The STARZ original follows the book by Daniel O'Malley but the TV show has gone a tad more serious route than the books. Daniel O'Malley's cheekyness is a little lost in translation.
I know a lot of big wigs have poo-poo'd this series (like Rotten Tomatoes) saying the dour tone and convoluted machinations overshadow its intriguing premise. But I do wonder if Stephanie Meyers (yeah, that Stephanie Meyers of Twilight) directing (or apparently being involved and then tapping out as the filming began) has anything to do with it.
Maybe they just have it in their heads that it's going to be bad. Maybe they were expecting it to be just like the Daniel O'Malley's book. Maybe they wanted purple slime. Whose to say.
What I do know is that when you go in with expectations it has a larger than a mountain potential to ruin the experience.
Awaken the Power Within
Suspects and Allies
Alex, Teddy, Eliza, and Robert Gestalt
Gestalt is the "hive mind"─four siblings sharing one consciousness. Thus why I've grouped them as one below.
Alex and Teddy (identical twins), Eliza and Robert appear to be individuals, each with distinctive manners and tastes in dress but this distinction is a facade to enhance their value as agents. They are, in fact, one person, silently sharing every thought.
Their oneness is fascinating and creepy and the actors play it so well! I look forward to their interactions especially with Myfanwy. *SPOILER ALERT* Talk about a moresome!
The premise is intriquing and the mystery is there to be unfolded TO you. I realize it's hard to put the inner editor away, but if you can, you will have an enjoyable time.
While I can't help but try to figure out what's going on, the events of Myfawny's "past life" comes creeping back while she tries to put things in place and find simple questions like─who's trying to kill her, much less, why?
This is the type of story I love to noodle on. Unraveling the mystery is fun from the couch.
I found the show keeping my interest to where I'll follow this season till it's end because STARZ has "promised" we get to find out.
From here I go into spoilers.
I spoke about Conrad and his protection of Myfawny. His actions seem more protective while Farrier seems like she's an ally, she may have ulterior motives for her Rook. Conrad doesn't tell Farrier about a certain encounter which makes me wonder if he's going to make a power play for the King seat. Monica seems very invested in the death of her former lover and seems to be sticking around for revenge. But everyone keeps a cool head.
Except for Teddy Gestalt. Teddy is getting angry over the fact that Myfawny is not broken hearted and fighting for him─them─to further their relationship. Plus Myfawny is acting weird. Of course she is─she's no longer who she used to be. She's forgotten all the experiences that made her. In my mind the Gestalt's appear to be different emotions of the same person.
Season 1 has concluded and the very last episode wraps everything up and comes full circle to the Millenium Bridge. However, the pace that was set during the rest of the season makes the ending feel a little abrupt.
We're left with more questions for Season 2─which is great! I want another season─but the "finality" of the season's end felt rushed. It makes sense and yet I have a niggling of dissatisfaction.
I'll ponder and think upon what it is about the ending that has me feeling this way, and if I reach a conclusion, I'll post an update! Or if you agree and have "put your finger on it", tell me in the comments! I'd appreciate someone to noodle about it.
I Would Recommend This to Fans of:
Science Experiment Gone Wrong
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I got this off the Amazon website for the book. I'm not sure if AMC is going to follow the book precisely. But this blurb does tell you what the story is about. The third paragraph seems like it would be the second book of the series since the AMC series is about Manx hunting Vic.
Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.
Charles Talent Manx has a way with children. He likes to take them for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the NOS4A2 vanity plate. With his old car, he can slip right out of the everyday world, and onto the hidden roads that transport them to an astonishing – and terrifying – playground of amusements he calls “Christmasland.”
Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.
I found this blurb for the television show:
Based on Joe Hill's New York Times best-selling novel of the same name, "NOS4A2" is a different kind of vampire story. It follows Vic McQueen, a gifted young woman who discovers she has a supernatural ability to find lost things. This ability puts her on a collision course with the evil and immortal Charlie Manx. Manx is a supernatural villain who feeds off the souls of children and then deposits what remains of them into Christmasland -- a twisted place of Manx's imagination where every day is Christmas Day and unhappiness is against the law. Vic strives to defeat Manx and rescue his victims -- without losing her mind or falling victim to him.
We follow three main characters in the AMC television series.
Charlie Manx (left), Maggie Leigh (center), Vic "The Brat" McQueen (right)
After some research, I’ve come to the conclusion that the origin of Nosferatu was a word inspired by a talented writer who founded the word anew. This writer found the word cool and put it in with their scary story. Mr. Talented Writer named their type of vampire a Nosferatu and thus it became synonymous with vampire.
I’m not talking about the 1922 film that added “A symphony of horror” to the definition of Nosferatu either. This was way before that. So long in fact, the origin of the word can’t be found and is so different from “vampire” which makes me come to this conclusion.
Forward to 2019 and we have NOS4A2—a clever license plate and a very fitting one for a 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith. It’s also fitting that the driver sucks the life out of children.
The stories mystery and fresh twist on “abilities” is spellbinding. Answers do not abound in the episodes but enough information is given to figure out the details. Do not haphazardly watch this show or suffer confusion. Only those sharp and vigilant catch the subtle clues left behind. Horror, children in peril, a reluctant hero, a determined medium and a villain that twists the circumstances to justify his actions, makes for a sophisticated story that will stand-up to an age.
Season End Update
This show ended way too soon, I wanted more! And, with an "ending" like NOS4A2 it looks like we will get more!
As the season progressed, we got to see more of Charlie Manx's world. It was interesting and pulled some pieces together. It also brought a family issue to a head that also tore them apart. I had a few issues with a few things that happened in which I argue with myself, justifying the choices the writer's made. But I'm not giving spoilers so that's all I'm going to say.
All-in-all, I would watch Season 2 and anticipate the shows return. *cross your fingers*
I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS TO FANS OF:
CHILDREN IN PERIL
COMING INTO SUPER POWERS
SUPERHERO ORIGIN STORIES
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THE GUARDIAN OF THE MOON
NOTE: I've combined a few synopsis together to give you a better idea of the story-line.
When an evil magma demon and his minions steals the sun of a magical world, the new guardians of both the sun and the moon must embark on a quest to retrieve it and save their world from disaster as the moon faces destruction as well.
As legend has it, the first Guardian of the Sun threw a harpoon into the cosmos and roped the sun to bring light and warmth to all of humanity. Then the Guardian of the Moon lured the moon to the Land of Darkness to provide a balance to the sun and supply the world with dreams.
At a momentous ceremony to appoint the two new guardians, the heir apparent is passed over, and the title Guardian of the Moon is bestowed on the waif-like Mune, a small and frightened forest faun who seems wholly unprepared to take on such a weighty responsibility.
This news excites Necross, the nefarious ruler of the Underworld, a corrupted ex-guardian who decides to take advantage of Mune's weakness and steal back the sun for himself. Now it is up to unlikely hero Mune and his friend Glim - a headstrong young girl with wax for skin - to save the sun and restore order to the world.
Mune was a film that took me a good fifteen minutes to adjust to the animation. The story was one either made up or that I'm not familiar with but I loved the concept. The creativity within this project needs a huge applause.
The voices were perfect. I enjoyed each and every scene. I can't say enough about the imagination that went into this story. While it took me a while to realize Mune was a faun, I noticed the resemblance Sohone had to a lion straight away. Temples pulling the sun and moon were a new and fascinating concept for me.
What threw me off further was the inanimate objects being sentient such as Glimer (Glim), who was made of candle wax, but she seemed to be the oddball. Most other creatures were representatives of real animals. But they were drawn more like people.
Drawing animals as people is tight.
Each new scene brought with it a whimsical, fantastical world I will enjoy again and again. It felt new while also being the typical hero's journey. I fell into the world, the characters and the second time around I might be able to see more than just wondering what Glim was supposed to be. It took me a bit of watching until I finally "got" that she was a candle despite the obvious implications at the beginning of the movie. It was both a ahhh... duh... moment. Thankfully the awesome overshadowed my perplexity.
In the end it gave a happy ending kiss that didn't seem all that necessary but sweet. After searching the internet for images, I know fujoshi fan's went in their own direction despite the implication of Glim and Mune coming together at the end. (No pun inteded) :) Boys love forever! Sohone ♥ Mune.
I would like to add that the voices for the characters were superbly done. This feature was a surprise for me and I really enjoyed the story line. Unique. Bold. Refreshing. Something you won't find elsewhere. If you get the chance, and you like animation, this is a must see for at least the world development ideas it presents.
I Would Recommend to Fans of:
(even though it has myths unto itself and not related to any culture that I can tell)
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The disappearance of rich-girl-turned-political-activist Julie Mao links the lives of Ceres detective Joe Miller (Thomas Jane), accidental ship captain James Holden (Steven Strait) and U.N. politician Chrisjen Avasarala (Shohreh Aghdashloo). Amidst political tension between Earth, Mars and the Belt, they unravel the single greatest conspiracy of all time.
If you haven't watched The Expanse, then we can't be friends.
Okay, that's harsh, but this show has become one of the fundamentals of Sci-Fy that any who call them a fan of the genre need to at least watch it.
Encountering aliens isn't new. In fact, I'd say it's an important part of many Sci-Fy plots and The Expanse is no different. But the realism of this show is scary. How people adapt, how people differentiate others of even their own kind, reflects the strong value of this series. Belters vs. Inners shows the relationship between poor vs. rich.
But it's the many layers of each character and what they represent that makes me and others love this show so much. We root for Holden, the unlikely ship captain. We root for the underdog, corrupt cop in love. We root for the politician who wants to get to the truth even as she pulls her capitol strings. We cheer for the space marine with an altruistic goal. We go absolutely ballistic in joy when the underdog, cast-aside pilot saves his crew against all odds. We hold our breath and pray for the gunner finding his way from right and wrong. We listen to a mechanic's moral arguments.
Love them. Hate them. But they won't be forgotten.
How can they when each is the flag ship of a moral dilemma. A contrast of ethics.
Of course there are ships in this world and I root for many of them. These hunks of metal have a personality along with a crew.
Suddenly finding herself in feudal Japan, schoolgirl Kagome teams up with half-demon Inuyasha to retrieve the scattered shards of a sacred jewel.
What we have in this story is the "traveling angel" plot. Like Michael Landon in Highway to Heaven, there is/are "angel/s" character/s going around solving Other People's Problems.
In addition to InuYasha solving OPP, the collection of travelers are set on revenge on this one guy AND to collect shards of the four souls jewel... that was shattered by one of the main characters. It has a lot of good plot going on which creates a good enough series to keep me involved in the two seasons of the tv show.
If you're interested more about the meaning of his name, I found this wonderful Fanon:
There are many opponents and henchmen InuYasha and his crew come against but there are two main guys the pack goes after.
It was my guy who started watching InuYasha and got me interested in it.
The first 15 minutes of the show I was at my desk trying to work. I noticed he'd been trying to satisfy his samurai craving but this was the first anime he started watching on Netflix.
One thing I loved was the English dub was available. Anime is so much better when I don't have to read it. AND I love the voice actors that play the characters. Many times I don't like the voices and listen to the Japanese version and read the sub.
So right off the bat & a smile from InuYasha, I was hooked.
It's classic traveling Angel plot, collecting allies, barely defeating one foe in a surprisingly entertaining saga.
I'm on to Season 2 and it hasn't gone off the rails yet, so I have high hopes that this serial has closure. I'm looking forward to finding out.
I Would Recommend this to Fans of:
Swords & Samurai's