Silver Screen (Previously On…)

bannerBlindspot – To simply put the premise of the series Blindspot follows a mysterious woman found in a duffle bag in the centre of Time Square, naked and covered in tattoos. Jane Doe has no memory, therefore, no recollection of her own identity. The FBI lead by Special Agent Kurt Weller and his team, Natasha Zapata, Edgar Reade, and Forensic Scientist Patterson, discover that each tattoo contains a clue to a crime they will have to solve to save thousands or even one life each crime uncovers the conspiracy within government agencies or high-level personnel.

In the first few episodes, we learn the Jane has muscle memory and that she was once a highly trained individual which makes Jane Doe my favourite character on television. She has no memory and must trust the people of the FBI to protect her and help her figure out the truth. Jane Doe’s character is incredibly vulnerable, but her forgotten past means skills are unmatched creating a multidimensional kiss-ass lead female character. It is often described as the female Jason Bourne.

I don’t want to give too much away, but I beg you to watch the first season before reading the blog posts on Blindspot. You will not regret it.

Characters:

Jane Doe (Consultant to the FBI to help solve the mysteries of her tattoo)

Kurt Weller (FBI Agent)

Edgar Reade and Natasha Zapata (FBI Agents)

Bethany Mayfair (Assistant Director of the FBI)

Allison Knight (US Marshal and Weller’s ex-girlfriend)

Nas Kamal (head of Zero Divison, a secret part of the NSA)

 

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Offspring – Offspring is centred on 30-something Melbourne obstetrician Nina Proudman and her family and friends, as they navigate the chaos of modern life. Nina dabbles in fantasy and it comedically comes into play when Nina dreams of potential loves interest in her life. In season one it was Dr Chris Havel; two saw the introduction of beloved Dr Patrick Ried and at the end of season 4 discovered that together Nina and Patrick were going to be parents. Patrick stayed through to the end of season 4 (No spoilers, but it was the most talked about episode of television drama of 2014). Season 5 saw Nina adapting to motherhood with the dramatic birth of daughter Zoe in season 4 finale and had two potential love interests.

Then after a two-year hiatus and party due to popular demand and online campaign Channel 10 brought back a much-loved drama. Season 6 continues 18-months after the last, Nina and Patrick have broken up and the death of father Darcy Proudman brings the family together. It was a little slow, but I only attributed that to the fact they needed to set up new storylines since they weren’t starting where they left off and a lot has changed in that time frame. It felt a lot like a re-pilot. From the ads, it was easy to pinpoint all the plot lines but there is room to improve. Nina is still awkward and her relationship with Billie is funny as always.

The Blacklist – Coming Soon

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How To Get Away With Murder –  The series follows criminal lawyer and Middleton University law professor Annalise Keating and her selected five students who intern at her firm: Wes Gibbins, Connor Walsh, Michaela Pratt, Asher Millstone, and Laurel Castillo (Known as the Keating 5). They work with Annalise’s employees, Frank Delfino and Bonnie Winterbottom (Paris Gellar from Gilmore Girls) who is an associate lawyer.  Season One introduces occasional clients for the Keating and Associates and explores two related murders using flash forwards and flashbacks to create suspense and intrigue. A clever tool to keep the audience hooked.  We spend the whole season guessing who killed Lila Stangard, mistress of Annalise’s husband, a student at Middleton; and Sam Keating, Annalise’s husband, at the hands of Annalise’s interns. Thrilling right!

The first nine episodes alternate between the present-day timeline, depicting Wes, Connor, Michaela, and Laurel covering up Sam’s murder by disposing of his body, and the flash forwards detailing the course of events leading to Sam’s death: Annalise becomes involved in the Lila Stangard investigation at Wes’ urging because the main suspect was his neighbour this leads them to discover Sam’s affair and creating suspicion that he was the one to kill Lila to cover it up. That thrilling saga takes you to the mid-season finale and damn was it dramatic, then the final six episodes explore Annalise’s attempt to help her interns cover up Sam’s murder and legally implicate Sam in Lila’s death because dead men don’t have a defence. In the final episode, the flashbacks lead to the moments Lila is killed and revealing her killer. The final episode finished with another murder of….. I will let you watch to find out.

Season two follows that same principle instead there is a new overall crime of the murder of prominent family where two adopted children are accused of murdering their parents for the money. There is a multi-episode arc exploring Annalise’s connection to Wes which introduces Famke Janssen (Jean Grey in X-Men) as Eve Rothlo which was brilliant performance and a fantastic addition to the series and Annalise’s arc. And it wouldn’t be called How To Get Away With Murder if there was not a murder. The death of the opposing lawyer  Emily Sinclair and the shooting of Annalise leaving the episode with her life hanging in the balance. The season ends with Annalise being attacked by a known suspect and Wes learns the truth about his past leaving him standing in the street covered in blood.

Scandal – Episode 100

Orphan Black – Season Five coming June 2017

Outlander – Season Three coming late 2017

 

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