Salvation: Just Another Summertime Diversion

Salvation

Premiered on July 12, 2017                            Rating:

When it is discovered that an enormous asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth, MIT grad student Liam Cole and tech billionaire Darius Tanz team up to save humanity from this impending apocalypse — without ever alerting the public. As part of the project, Darius recruits an aspiring sci-fi writer, Jillian, to work on a theoretical approach to saving humanity. While they try to save the world their way, the government has its own approach, with Deputy Secretary of Defense Harris Edwards spearheading the top-secret plan to deflect the asteroid.

When I saw the trailer for Salvation, I was excited. I thought, “Finally, they made Deep Impact into a TV show.” I loved Deep Impact, Armageddon and other movies that tackle one of the most terrifying possibilities (albeit unlikely) that there is. What if we’re just like the dinosaurs, and something is on the way to make us part of Earth’s next mass extinction event? It baffles me that I haven’t actually seen this premise on TV before, and thought it was about time… Unfortunately, Salvation doesn’t rise above the typical summer diversion.

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Marvel’s Newest Spidey – Spiderman: Homecoming

Spiderman: Homecoming

Released on July 7, 2017                 Rating:

Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Spiderman is the one superhero who seems to be box office magic no matter who plays him or what year it is, and Homecoming is no exception. Tom Holland plays Spiderman (his first turn as the web slinger was in Captain America: Civil War, and the film is referenced so much I really do suggest you watch that film first) and I’m still trying to figure out how I like him. Holland’s portrayal is the most relatable by far, but he is also the whiniest and perhaps the most annoying. I’m not sure if that is because of how he’s written in this film, or just Holland’s take but I hope in future films he is less of a dork and more of a nerd (I like Peter Parker as a nerd, nerds are cool, dorks can be a little… much).

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A Different Take On Transformers: The Last Knight

I had a very different title in mind for this review before I decided to see what other people had to say. Transformers: The Last Knight has been blasted with such harsh criticism I feel like some of it has become mob mentality or maybe I am just the one percent in this scenario. I liked the movie much more than I thought I would – I mean it wasn’t like the best movie ever, but I have more positive than negative things to say about it. So if you’re looking for a different, less harsh perspective on the fifth installment in the Transformers franchise read on, and if not, hope to catch you next time.

Transformers: The Last Knight

Released on June 21, 2017                               Rating:

Humans are at war with the Transformers, and Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving the future lies buried in the secrets of the past and the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Now, it’s up to the unlikely alliance of inventor Cade Yeager, Bumblebee, an English lord and an Oxford professor to save the world.

Transformers: The Last Knight doesn’t waste any time and we find ourselves right where the fourth film, Age of Extinction, left off. Cade Yeager is a fugitive on the run for helping the Transformers who are still banned from Earth. Optimus Prime is going back to Cybertron to tell his creators to leave Earth alone (I always thought this was kind of dumb, but at least they stuck with it) and that’s really all you need to know.

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A Wonderful Surprise – The Bold Type

This year there doesn’t seem to be as many new summer shows as there have been in the past, but if Freeform’s newest series The Bold Type is any indicator, perhaps networks have finally swapped quantity for quality.

The Bold Type

Premiered on July 11, 2017 on Freeform                  Rating:

Putting together a magazine is not an easy task, requiring a lot of teamwork to finish the job and get the publication on newsstand shelves. That’s why the staffers responsible for producing global women’s magazine Scarlet lean on one another as they try to find their own voices. While working together to publish each issue of the periodical, they struggle to find their identities, manage friendships and find love. The drama series is inspired by the life of longtime magazine editor and executive Joanna Coles, who serves as an executive producer.

When I saw the promo for Freeform’s The Bold Type, I thought it would just be another Famous In Love. Not bad TV, but certainly nothing memorable or of actual substance. Well I was wrong! The Bold Type is fresh, fun, and smart. On the surface is seems like a junior version of Sex and the City, as it follows three friends (Jane, Kat and Sutton) navigating life, love and work in New York City. If I had to compare this show to something, it would be more of a mash up of Sex and the City, The Devil Wears Prada and something we’ve never seen before.

All three girls work at Scarlet Magazine, a magazine that seems to mimic Cosmo in terms of history, evolution and current message. Sutton is figuring out what she wants, Kat is the queen of social media and Jane is a girl from a small town in Colorado whose big dreams of being a writer are forcing her to confront her boundaries and move past them.

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What’s In The Stars For Still Star-Crossed?

Still Star-Crossed

Premiered on May 29, 2017 on ABC           Rating:

This period piece from the minds of Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers builds on the ever-popular world first put to paper in the 16th century by English playwright William Shakespeare in the famous tragedy “Romeo and Juliet.” Picking up after the play’s end — with the titular characters both dead — “Still Star-Crossed” follows the lives of their families, the long-feuding Montagues and Capulets, as they continue to find themselves entangled through tragedy, palace intrigue and even more ill-fated romances.

Who doesn’t love William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? As a writer, and a romantic, I was so excited to see what this continuation would do and the places it would take us. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take us very far.

Still Star-Crossed is an interesting concept, what happens to the Montagues and Capulets following their children’s suicides. I’ll admit I like Shakespeare’s original insinuation that both houses would come together, not because it’s a happy ending but it has a sort of poetic “too little, too late” sadness to it. With both houses still going at it, it’s like Romeo and Juliet’s deaths had little to no significance. But of course if this was the case there would be no story for this series.

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