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The personal likes of a music loving, book reading, film watching obsessive geek who spends way too much time watching TV and getting emotionally attached to fictional characters.

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Obsessions (Spring 2014 edition)

• Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. • The Americans • Brooklyn Nine-Nine • Bruce Banner • Bucky Barnes • Captain America: The Winter Soldier • Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers • Cast & Crew of Marvel Movies/Shows • Community • Enlisted • Game of Thrones • The Good Wife • Guardians of the Galaxy • Hannibal • Justified • Matthew McConaughey • Mark Ruffalo • Marvel movies • Natasha Romanoff • Orphan Black • Parks & Recreation • Reading • Rust Cohle • Sam Wilson • Science Bros • Sebastian Stan • Steve Rogers • Time-Travel • Trophy Wife • True Detective • Veep

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I’m scared Raylan
Don’t be. Everything’s gonna be fine

Justified 05x13 ‘Restitution’

Well shit I did not see that coming at all but how brilliant of a twist was that? All episode Ava insists she is not a snitch in prison only she ends up being one in order to get out.  The final season is going to be so hard to watch yet so great because it all comes down to Ava, Boyd and Raylan which is perfect because its how the series started.

Of course its not going to be a simple as Ava snitches on Boyd because despite the rough patches this season she clearly loves him still and even though Raylan seems up to the task of taking Boyd down once and for all will his heart really be in it when it comes to it?  

Katherine Hale is also an unknown, she could be very dangerous indeed and perhaps this is how Boyd gets out of the future trouble he is going to be in by stopping her.

Really can’t wait to see where it goes.

People smile and tell me I’m the lucky one, and we’ve only just begun.

Raising Hope, Series Finale

I am so sad that Raising Hope has ended, it was always an overlooked show that was sweet, surprisingly clever at times, did amazing parody episodes that Community would be proud of. it was always funny and had two of the best marriages on TV. It had heart, a big old heart which often wore a big silly hat.

I am going to miss it deeply and I hope that in years to come people discover it and wonder why they missed out the first time round.

Goodbye dear Chances, farewell Natesville.

Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in Begin Again (aka Can A Song Save Your Life?) (x)

 I love Matthew McConaughey, he’s like a brother to me. 

No Lori its not about you, I wouldn’t have children with anyone

True Detective deleted scene (x)

Oh crap Rust Cohle angst has destroyed my heart once again

You don’t pick your partner

True Detective: Form and Void Review: Breaking the flat circle

In the end it seems the darkest shows conclude with a hint of optimism. It is something I have noticed in other series I have loved over the years - characters were sent to hell and back only to find a kind of peace in the end – see Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe or Breaking Bad. I am not a fan of happy endings if they have not been earned but in those series they totally were and usually there is a bittersweetness to their fates which balances it out nicely.

So the conclusion to True Detective was pretty much everything I wanted and needed and yet it surprised me, whilst I’ve grown used to characters fighting against all the odds and somehow winning, whilst I know that has become quite a common way to end a series I wasn’t sure whether Martin Hart and Rust Cohle would be allowed that fate.

Yet I am delighted they were because it meant to they got to break the flat circle of time. Both Martin and Rust stopped being the men they were and found some kind of peace.

"I am…fine"

In many ways Martin Hart was never as intriguing as his partner simply because he was more straight-forward and for a lot of the series not a necessarily likeable man. Yet his character shifted in After You’ve Gone, the moment he saw the video tape and realised the truth of what had been happening he became a better person, a good man like Maggie always insisted he had once been.

For a long time I figured his daughters were abused by the Yellow King (and maybe they still were but it has never been explicitly answered) and that in the final episodes Martin would find this out and this would be the reason he went back on the case with Rust. It is actually way more satisfying that his motivation in the end wasn’t an act of personal vengeance but an act of justice. He needed to find the killer because it was right thing to do.

Martin became a much more complex and intriguing character once this happened and the scene in the hospital as he recovers and his family visit him really showed that whilst Matthew McConaughey will surely win all the awards for the show, Woody Harrelson deserves that same acclaim.

Martin is genuinely shocked to see Maggie and his daughters, he really didn’t expect to see them ever again, he went into that show-down with the Yellow King knowing his fate would most likely be death and knowing that his years of adultery and inattention meant he didn’t have a right to be reunited with is loved ones again.

Yet he broke the flat circle, he stopped himself from being doomed to repeat everything again and again because for once in the 17 years the show has followed him (and maybe in his entire life) he focussed on his job rather than his personal life. He showed the audience and Rust that he was actually a good detective, able to find clues and track people down with tax records. He became the good man once again.

But I could still feel her love there. Even more than before. Nothing. Nothing but that love. And then I woke up.

Rust Cohle is one of the most interesting characters in recent years not because of what he says necessarily but what he does. In the early episodes we would hear 2012 Rust talk about the futility of mankind, whilst 1995 Rust had an equal amount of disdain for people finding comfort in faith or well for people existing period.

Yet his actions always spoke the truth, if he cared so little why did the mere thought of having to meet Marty’s family upset him so? Why did he try and find justice for 17 years in order to help the nameless missing women and the forgotten missing children of Louisiana? Why did he fall so easily for Maggie’s seduction and then get angry when he realised the truth of her actions? Rust Cohle cared too much about the world, never too little.

This is what makes the conclusion of Rust’s story so beautiful, he admits to being on the edge of finding his dead daughter again and the sadness when he awakens and realises he is alive and yet as Martin tries to comfort him it is the once self declared pessimist that offers a optimist ending to their journey.

"Once there was only dark. You ask me, the light’s winning"

The future for Rust and for Martin can be anything they want it to be. Whilst is unlikely they are ever going to be completely stable and sane they are no longer bound by their pasts. They could spend the rest of their lives drinking themselves to death; they could continue with Martin’s P.I. firm, they could spend their later years fishing or drawing.

It doesn’t matter what they do because they broke the flat circle of time and changed for the better.

“Do you have a chapter in one of those books on jumping to conclusions? You attach an assumption to a piece of evidence, you start to bend the narrative to support it and prejudice yourself” – Martin Hart, The Long Bright Dark

Some True Detective thoughts before the finale.

As True Detective a show that became a phenomenon in the space of two months concludes tonight the most important quote we should remember comes not from once forgotten books like The King In Yellow by Robert W. Chambers but from the opening episode of the show itself.

In The Long Bright Dark, Martin warns Rust about jumping to conclusions and really it serves as a cautionary tale to the audience.

I wonder how people will react to the finale tonight and judging by some of the critical reactions to the previous two episodes I can see it being a bit controversial.

There has been some incredible theories and investigative work done by fans and critics but will people be disappointed when there isn’t much of a twist? The nature of this show is that the clues are there and we are meant to figure it out but as creator Nic Pizzolatto has said he isn’t aiming to trick viewers but now everyone has fallen down the rabbit hole and become obsessed with every little detail will the ultimate answer disappoint? Or will the audience feel satisfied because they figured it out?

With only an hour to go it seems unlikely everything will be wrapped up, even the theory I’ve been obsessed with since The Secret Fate of All Life that Marty’s daughter(s) were abused by the mysterious cult at some point increasingly seems like it may go unanswered.

However the story ends though it is the time spent with these characters that have made it so rewarding, mysteries are enjoyable to a point but if we didn’t have two interesting characters to lead us down the path of the Yellow King and towards Carcosa it really wouldn’t have been as much fun.

Whatever happens in the finale I’ve not experienced a show like this in a while. Sure there was hysteria and hype around Breaking Bad final season last summer but that was a show that had built up its audience over the space of five seasons. True Detective has spawned theories, thoughtful essays, countless memes and parody videos all in the condensed timeframe of two months and that is impressive.

True Detective has captured a secret longing in us all; the reason why crime novels dominate the book market, the reason why characters like Sherlock Holmes are still popular hundreds of years later. We all like to play detective, we all like a mystery to solve. As Rust Cohle warned us though “This is a world where nothing gets solved” and we may have to live that

Crossposted to The Idiot Box

True Detective: The Secret Fate of All Life Review: All this has happened before. All this will happen again

The Secret Fate of All Life could have been a season finale if the tale of True Detective was purely based in 1995 with Hart and Cohle capturing and killing their man, but things are far from over.  The episode instead expanded the narrative, finally giving us a glimpse of 2002 and hinted at a much larger conspiracy.  It also confirmed several things the show has been hinting at since the beginning;

+ Cohle is the main suspect in 2012 and the reason Detectives Papania and Gilbough are questioning Hart a few days after their interview with Cohle is because they want his take on his former partner and whether he is capable of being not just a murderer but a serial killer.  They seem to think he is, Hart isn’t committed to it yet (and I think will now be playing his own game with them).

+ Both Cohle and Hart are definitely unreliable narrators, we saw this pretty clearly in Who Goes There when they both left out Cohle going undercover but this week’s episode the shoot out with Ledoux that has been alluded to throughout the series was revealed as a big old lie. As Hart and Cohle spin their version of the story the audience gets to see the truth - Hart messed up and executed Reggie Ledoux in a rather understandable fit of pure rage and despair and Cohle then helped cover it up and made it seem like it was the only option.  This is vitally important because it not only showed the depth of their partnership but also their willingness to keep it a secret after all these years.  Also just how much of what they have told the 2012 Detectives is the truth? Especially Rust who seems to be onto their game from the start.

+ The biggest confirmation this episode gave was that whilst Ledoux may be dead the Yellow King lurks and has evaded capture and justice for 17 years.  There is something rotten in South Louisiana, something deeply disturbing that seems to be wrapped up in preachers, politicians and of course as it often is in cases like these powerful men destroying women.

Now I have been unsure about the possible guilt of Cohle and even Hart for a while.  Initially it seemed that Cohle was the killer but that became too obvious and then I flirted with the idea that Hart with his issues with women and anger problems might be one. Whilst Papania and Gilbough seem convinced it us Cohle after The Secret Fate of All Life I am 95% certain he isn’t and Hart is also innocent - the time spent in 2002 is what confirms this for me.

In 2002 things are pretty great on the surface, Hart is a family man again, even Cohle has a long term girlfriend and a great record for getting suspects to confess. Of course the reality is Hart’s eldest daughter is a troubled teenager and he still has a disturbing contempt for women in general (that slap was brutal as was his slut shaming) and Cohle is about to spiral out of control thanks to new information which causes him to reopen the case.

It is the actions of Cohle in 2002 and the discoveries he makes that starts to slowly unravel the truth about what happened in 1995 and what is still happening 7 years on and then 17.  Whilst we don’t know the full extent of it and whether Cohle’s theory that the 1995 task-force was involved is true it seems clear Reverend Billy Lee Tuttle is involved and that it is some messed up religious cult and what perhaps causes the falling out between Hart and Cohle in 2002 is that Hart just can’t get on board with this giant conspiracy.

What happens in the decade that follows isn’t yet known but my guess is Cohle quits the state police and starts his own off the book and off the grid investigation, which possibly leads him to killing Tuttle in 2010 (he does know a lot about drugs and the cause of death was something to do with his medication). 

Now here is where I think Cohle may not be truly innocent, not just his possible involvement with Tuttle’s demise but with the death up in Lake Charles.  I kind of wonder if he staged this death to lure both the present day detectives and the big bad(s) out of hiding, it would seem like a Cohle thing to do – take one life to bring down a greater evil.  Still he could be completely clear of any deaths and just working the case without blood on his hands – this is what I love about the show I am forever changing my opinion on the stability and instability of Cohle (and to some extent Hart)

There is a darkness, one that could be widespread, one that may have touched Cohle and changed him completely or may have instead kick-started a quest for justice these past 10 years. There are many mysteries to be solved but can anyone stop a powerful force that has taken on an eerie almost supernatural presence? 

Further thoughts

+ Something terrible is going to happen to Audrey Hart isn’t it? If it didn’t already in 2002 I wonder if she ends up a victim of the Yellow King in 2012. Ditto with Lori, which of course would make Cohle more suspicious than he already is.

+ Just how widespread is the Yellow King crazy cult stuff if it is true? Could Papania and Gilbough really be involved? Were the cops in 2002 involved in the apparent suicide of Francis?  Is the task-force theory true? If it all is part of a conspiracy you can understand why Cohle losses himself in the investigation and goes off by himself – he wouldn’t be able to trust anyone.

Crossposted to The Idiot Box

Can you help me?

Ava Crowder in Kill The Messenger, Justified 05x06

Gonna set my soul free / Gonna throw my faith in the fire / Gonna burn it till the sin ain’t real (x)

TV First Impression: The After (Amazon Pilot)

The Show: The After

How to watch: Amazon has the pilot up as part of its model of getting audiences to decide on what shows should be picked up for full series. In the UK you can watch them on the Love Film site.

Premise:  The electricity goes out in a hotel, 8 strangers find themselves trying to get out. Something really bad has happened outside in the real world but it seems to be more than failed electricity and the phones being down, something much more sinister. This show is created by the man behind The X-Files, Chris Carter.

Pros: Whilst the plot is pretty predictable at times it is a compelling and suspenseful 54 minutes, you kind of want to know what the hell is going on. Not all of the characters work straight away but I am impressed by Aldis Hodge as Dee the escaped prisoner. It gets pretty tense at times and the ending is down right creepy.

Cons: Like I said predictable plot and paper thin characters. I don’t usually have any problems with swearing in TV shows but it kind of took me by surprise just how often ‘fucking’ was used almost like Amazon were trying to be edgy.

Overall: Ever since the success of Lost there has been many attempts to make big mystery sci-fi shows and they have largely failed. The After pretty much comes across as FlashForward meets The Event and Revolution and may end up with the same problems those shows have.

Despite this I think it has potential and often in pilots with a lot of things going on the characters are one note but get to expand later on.

Will I watch it again:  I would definitely want to see at least a few more episodes if Amazon picks it up just to see where it goes.

Crossposted to The Idiot Box

The world is full of empty promises Hayes

Boyd Crowder, Justified 05x05 ‘Shot All To Hell’

"God I ain’t prayed in a while, it’s just I…Listen I ain’t fixing to die out here in the woods like some animal you hear me? That’s bullshit. Jesus if you help me find him once I kill him I swear I’ll straighten up. I’ll go to church, Sunday school, whatever you want but goddamnit I’ve got to get this thing done you understand? I ain’t ever asked you for shit, least you could do is…"

Dewey Crowe, ‘Over The Mountain’ Justified 05x04

The power of Justified is making you feel for a character like Dewey, in another lesser series he would be either a straight up villain or a complete dumbass used purely for comedy.

In Justified you get layers with every character even the minor ones. Dewey isn’t a good guy but he isn’t as bad as those he has been affiliated with whether that is the Crowders, Bennetts or now his own family.

In this episode it was kind of heartbreaking seeing him struggle as he is forced to kill Wade because he is too scared to go against the wish of his cousin.

Dewey thought he had caught a break at the start of S5 with the payout but now he is far from his own man, he is caught in the trap that ultimately destroys most characters in Justified and that is fear and family.

Complete and utter kudos to the writers and to Damon Herriman for bringing Dewey to life and making him this fully formed human being we can laugh at, we can laugh with and we can secretly root for.

"That’s because we know what we want and we don’t mind being alone"

Rust Cohle, ‘The Locked Room’ True Detective