The Dark Too/Two – Once Upon A Time, Season 5, Episode 8 and 9 Review!

Normally, I wouldn´t write about one specific episode of a season as it is much to detailed and would reveal a lot of spoilers. But I guess by now (be careful now comes the spoiler), everybody knows that during the double episode (episode 8: “Birth” & episode 9: “The Bear King”) in the fifth season  of ONCE UPON A TIME, a lot of appearently “juicy” infos were revealed.

There comes my review: Coming from the creatores of “Once upon a time” and their previous fantastic double episodes, this one was a very big disappointement to me. The revelation of Emma having turned Hook into another Dark One in order to save his life (may I remark here that even though he might be dark, he is alive, but he´s still complaining?) is somehow a little bit out of the ordinary, but nothing which made my heart beat faster. It´s evident that everyone would choose drastic measures to keep their loved ones alive and I am sure that Hook would have done the same thing for Emma (he just doesn´t want to admit it).And plus: What´s so dramatic about it? I mean, okay, it´s maybe not that wonderful and sweet to be dark, but wouldn´t it be awesome to see Captain Swan as the Dark Duo being crazy villian and all (after all, what are TV-series for if not showing us the things we actually wouldn´t really like to see in real life!). Anyway, the whole over-the-top drama made the episode “Birth” look more like a failed attempt to keep the “Dark-Swan”-plotline interesting – which for the moment is not really a burner – than an actual revelation. The only good thing about it all was probably seeing Zelena back as the Wicked Witch from Oz, because, let´s be honest, she IS the best villian the show has ever had!

Now, let´s move on to “The Bear King”. Not that I don´t like Merida and her story, but the plot of this episode was pretty shallow and actually, Merida hadn´t played that much of a part in the overall storyline. To get a whole episode for yourself…well that´s something to be jealous about, Zelena! However, the comebacks of Mulan and Red and their women-power were pretty great (though the scene between Mary-Margaret & Red was not that good) and produced enjoyable scenes to watch. But that thing with Arthur and the helmet…how irrational was that please? He took it from Merida´s father and it didn´t work and now he stil comes back for it…even though it didn´t work? I mean, could he be anymore contradictive? (see that “Friends”-reminiscence here?)

To sum up: If you haven´t seen the double episode yet, don´t put your hopes up too high. Let´s just hope there will be either some juicy, awesome Dark Duo scenes…or wish that the midseason finale arrives ASAP.

PS: In case you have been wondering, if they are not running out of ideas (appearently Cruella de Vil is coming back), what about the whole Aladdin-story? Just hit it in the comments, in case you would enjoy to see the evil Dschafar with his parrot in the TV-series!


Jurassic World: the modern Dino-(Re)-Mix or Remake?

Last week, movie theaters around the world opened their doors for the fourth part of the Jurassic Park-Saga. And just like in the movie itself, it payed off. The opening weekend of “Jurassic World” alone brought in over 500 million dollars worldwide – a little over 200 million are due to the US-americans. But what makes this movie this spectacular and worth to see?

“Jurassic World” presents us the best mix of danger, passion and terror. In the trailer it´s immediatly clear that with the endangered children, the scary monster and the handsome good-looking hero/badass, it would be impossible NOT to charm the whole world into watching this action-adventure motion picture. The target audience goes from young kids fascinated by the jurassic period, to teenagers who just want to get the adrenaline kick, until the fun grown-ups: it´s a movie for everyone and everybody.

Though, a lot of people hold grudges against the epic dinosaur-revival because of its lack of plot. Well, guys, I hate to break it to you, but if you go see “Jurassic World” because of the plot, I don´t think you really understood what the movie is about – it´s like critizing the absence of prehistoric species in “Gone with the wind”.

I believe that “Jurassic World” is a movie worth of your time as it is not only chills, goose bumps and high-pitched cries, but a possible portrayal of our near-future. With all the scientific and technological advance we have made in the past decades, we might loose our sense of limits and ethics and won´t longer recognize when we are satisfied with what we already have. We need more entertainment, more adrenalin and more gruesome – until fiction becomes reality. This makes me think about the first “Jurassic Park” of 1994, when all the technology a part of the world takes for granted today didn´t exist and science trespassed the limit of “okay”-dom. Over the past twenty-one years, the message hasn´t change. Does that make “Jurassic World” somehow a remake? Possibly, but it goes even further: Curiosity is legitimate, unless it is not under control.

Thus, my personal tip for you guys is: Go see it. “Jurassic World” is all fun & fear … until dinosaurs start to attack you. Then, you should grab your drink and run!