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Review: Sense8, Season 2

Posted May 17, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Starring: Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Brian J. Smith, Freema Agyeman, Alfonso Herrera, Erendira Ibarra, Toby Onwumere
Creators: J. Michael Straczynski, Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski
Release Date: May 5, 2017
Rating: TV-MA
TV Show Type: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Sense8 tells the story of eight strangers: Will (Smith), Riley (Middleton), Capheus (Toby), Sun (Bae), Lito (Silvestre), Kala (Desai), Wolfgang (Riemelt), and Nomi (Clayton). Each individual is from a different culture and part of the world. In the aftermath of a tragic death they all experience through what they perceive as dreams or visions, they suddenly find themselves growing mentally and emotionally connected. While trying to figure how and why this connection happened and what it means, a mysterious man named Jonas tries to help the eight.

Meanwhile, another stranger called Whispers attempts to hunt them down, using the same sensate power to gain full access to a sensate’s mind (thoughts/sight) after looking into their eyes. Each episode reflects the views of the characters interacting with each other while delving deeper into their backgrounds and what sets them apart and brings them together with the others.

I spent the weekend binge-watching the second season of Sense8 and while it took me a while to catch up (it’s been a while between seasons), I’m glad that I stuck with the show because this season really packed a punch that hit me all over the place. In the end, I was an emotional wreck but I’m so pumped for the third season that better be forthcoming.

So the first season left us on edge because Whispers (the bad guy) is now in Will’s head and the only way that our cluster knows how to keep Whispers from finding and capturing Will is to drug him up so for a huge chunk of the season, Will is drugged out of his mind. So the main focus of the show is trying to evade Whispers and BPO, the company trying to capture Will and his cluster mates for experiments. Will and Riley are in hiding while the others are still living their lives and are available to help when needed.

Individually, each sensate is going through something. Nomi is still on the run from all of her shenanigans from last season, Lito is dealing with the aftermath of being outed as gay in his acting world, Sun is plotting her revenge on her brother, Kala is dealing with being married to a man when she’s in love with another, Capheus is dealing with his rising status in his small town and Wolfgang, he’s dealing with a whole bunch of stuff.

I really enjoyed being in this world again. The first season set the tone for this show and I think the second season kept the party going. I thought the second season was excellent and the pacing was well done. You get a lot of face time from each sensate and each sensate’s story adds to the overall arc of the show in a way that was interesting and just flat out good. I love seeing the bond between each sensate grow over the course of the season and I love how they help each other out. There’s a balance in their cluster where everyone is equal in their worth and I think the writers did a fabulous job of letting the viewers see each sensate learn and grow throughout the season. They’re a lot stronger than they were last season. You can see how much they’ve grown into their abilities and their bond. They’re not strangers anymore but a unit and they work incredibly well together.

The dynamic in the cluster is pretty interesting too. Some are dealing with being alone in the world and the cluster is there to remind them that they’re not alone. Others are dealing with so many different people in their minds and the cluster is there to remind them that they don’t have to do everything on their own. It’s okay to ask for help…and they all need help from time to time. Their cluster is a family and nobody gets left behind.

When Will decides to stop hiding, I about stood up and applauded because, for me, that was a long time coming. I loved seeing each of the sensates grow in their determination to fight the good fight together. I’m pretty anxious for the next season so I’m seriously hoping that there is one coming. I’ve got my fingers, my toes, my eyes all crossed because another season needs to happen. I’m so thirsty for more.

The acting was fantastic, I even liked the new Capheus. If I had to pick a favorite, I think my favorite this season would be Sun. She’s freaking awesome and I love, love, love her. Everyone is pretty great. I’m glad to see that Riley has really come full circle from her woe is me crap from last season. I will rejoice when Kala finally gets her head out of her ass and divorces her husband then goes to get her man Wolfgang. Lito is still the bomb and cracks me up at every turn and Nomi is still a boss lady with her hacking genius self. Capheus is really growing into a full character that I’m taking notice of and seriously, the cast is so wonderfully refreshing and diverse that I’m just a huge fan of all of it.

If you haven’t watched this show, you should fix that. This is one of the best shows that I’m watching and I can’t wait for more.

Season 2 Trailer

My Rating


5 out of 5

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Monthly Recap: April 2017

Posted May 9, 2017 by Rowena in Family, Features | 4 Comments

April was a really bad month, blogging wise for me. I just couldn’t drum up any enthusiasm to write anything or read anything for that matter. I’m hopeful that May will be better.

What I Did

  • Book Binge Turned 10! My book blog, Book Binge turned 10 last month and I’m still trying to wrap my brain around the fact that I’ve been blogging for 10 freaking years.
  • I went to San Jose for Brenna’s last Ninja Tournament. Brenna is wrapping up all high school tournaments and April was for her last Asian League tournament ever. I’m not mad about that but I wasn’t supposed to go on this trip. It was a spur of the moment trip that I’m glad I took. It was a relaxing weekend of basketball and I enjoyed myself.
  • Relay for Life. This year was the fifth year that my family participated in our local Relay for Life walk. We walk in remembrance of loved ones that have lost their lives to cancer and we walk in support of my nephew RJ who is a cancer survivor. It was another busy weekend but it was also a very fulfilling weekend. We walked for 24 hours and I walked a lot more this year than any other year and that made me happy.
  • We met Baby Caiden. Chloe and Markus came down for the walk and to introduce their bundle of joy to the California family. I love this little boy so very much. He’s adorable.
  • Jarred’s having a boy! My nephew Jarred and his girlfriend are having a baby boy! His little boy is going to be the cutest little hockey fan ever!

What I Watched on TV

The usual shows that I always watch. I didn’t pick up any new ones.

What Movies I Watched

I didn’t watch any movie in the entire month of April. At least none that I can remember. Yikes.

What I Listened To

For the Lovers Album by Tenelle. This album got a lot of play time in April. I think my kid is tired of hearing this album but it’s a great album. Great island music and I love it.

What I Read

April was an abysmal reading month for me. I just wasn’t in the mood to read anything so I really didn’t. Here’s what I did read though.

1. Corrupt by Penelope Douglas | DNF
2. Dreaming of You by Lisa Klelypas (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
3. The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan | 4 out of 5
4. Moon Called by Patricia Briggs | 4.25 out of 5
5. An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath | 4 out of 5

What I Reviewed

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven | 4 out of 5
Over the Edge by Suzanne Brockmann (Retro Review) | 4.75 out of 5
Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas (Joint review w/Holly) | 4.25 out of 5
The Thing about Love by Julie James | 4.25 out of 5
Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
Broken by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas (Joint review w/Ames) | 4.25 out of 5

What I Bought

Reasonable Doubt: Volume 1 by Whitney G.
Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Fast Track by Julie Garwood
All Played Out by Cora Carmack
Honor’s Splendour by Julie Garwood
Heat Wave by Karina Halle
The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan
The Play Mate by Kendall Ryan
The House Mate by Kendall Ryan
Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas
Swinging at Love by Kendra C. Highley
Almost Heaven by Judith McNaught

What I Got for Review

Wired by Julie Garwood
How to Change a Life by Stacey Ballis
Eye Candy by Jessica Lemmon
Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker
The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

What I Loved

Classic Chicken Salad (with no cheese) from El Pollo Loco

This salad is the bomb and I love the hell out of it.

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Week in Review (55)

Posted April 3, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments

This week was a pretty relaxing week when I wasn’t pissed to high heaven over little shits that can’t clean up after themselves and act like they’re above the rules.

To cap the week off, I had a birthday party to attend where I saw a bunch of family and friends that I haven’t talked to or seen in a while and that was nice. There was good food, great company and cake! Gotta love cake! Aside from the party and doing my nightly walks with my sisters, that’s really all I did this week.

Currently Reading

Corrupt (Devils Night #1) by Penelope Douglas

Erika

I was told that dreams were our heart’s desires. My nightmares, however, became my obsession.

His name is Michael Crist.

My boyfriend’s older brother is like that scary movie that you peek through your hand to watch. He is handsome, strong, and completely terrifying. The star of his college’s basketball team and now gone pro, he’s more concerned with the dirt on his shoe than me.

But I noticed him.

I saw him. I heard him. The things that he did, and the deeds that he hid…For years, I bit my nails, unable to look away.

Now, I’ve graduated high school and moved on to college, but I haven’t stopped watching Michael. He’s bad, and the dirt I’ve seen isn’t content to stay in my head anymore.

Because he’s finally noticed me.

Michael

Her name is Erika Fane, but everyone calls her Rika.

My brother’s girlfriend grew up hanging around my house and is always at our dinner table. She looks down when I enter a room and stills when I am close. I can always feel the fear rolling off of her, and while I haven’t had her body, I know that I have her mind. That’s all I really want anyway.

Until my brother leaves for the military, and I find Rika alone at college.

In my city.

Unprotected.

The opportunity is too good to be true as well as the timing. Because you see, three years ago she put a few of my high school friends in prison, and now they’re out.

We’ve waited. We’ve been patient. And now every last one of her nightmares will come true.

I started this book because I’m reading it for my Totally Doable Reading Challenge for April and it came highly recommended from different bloggers so I went in. I didn’t get very far because I’m kind of not into the attitude of the hero. I don’t know what he plans but the whole, “We’re going to make her pay” shit does not make me want to get to know him…especially since the feel I get from his squad is that they like their sex rough and they’re a bunch of violent assholes.

I’m not into rape, or the forced and rough seduction scene so…I’m on the fence on if I’m going to finish this book.

What I Read

Frisk Me by Lauren Layne | DNF
Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty | DNF
Overruled by Emma Chase (re-read) | 2 out of 5
Appealed by Emma Chase (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5

I did a lot of DNF-ing this week. I’m not sure what that’s all about but it happened and I was pretty shocked, especially because I DNF’d my very first Lauren Layne book. I wish I could say that it was a mood thing or what not but nope. I just hated the heroine’s bratty attitude and then I was annoyed that the cop hero let her get away with all of her bratty, bitchy shit. I wasn’t in the mood for stupid heroines so I gave that one up.

Charmed Thirds is a book that I’ve been meaning to read for years and I opened it on a whim while browsing through my kindle and about half way through, I was just meh about everything going on so I moved on to some re-reads for my book club meeting tonight.

I did read Overruled and Appealed by Emma Chase all the way through, both of which are re-reads. I needed to be prepared to host discussions on both books so I read those two and while I enjoyed Appealed, Kennedy still got on my nerves and I still hated Stanton and his hoe ass shenanigans.

Book Boyfriend of the Week


Brent Mason in Appealed by Emma Chase

Brent completely won me over the first time that I read his book and he did it again with my latest re-read. He really redeemed himself with Kennedy and I was glad to see that he was genuinely remorseful of his actions from when he was a teenager. Kennedy was hard to take and she really got on my nerves but Brent handled his interactions with her superbly and I just loved the hell out of him. I didn’t question his feelings for Kennedy the way that I did Stanton. Brent was a great friend, a great son and he was a great boyfriend. Love him.

What I Reviewed

Crushed by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5

What I Posted

I really need to step my game up. Sheesh.

3/27: Week in Review (54)

What I Got

Nothing new this week. My bank account is happy with this news but me? Not so much. Haha. Maybe next week…

What I Watched on TV

I have one more episode to watch before I’m done with the season. I’m really enjoying it and am watching it with my kid which is a bonus. We don’t like very many of the same shows so it’s nice when we can watch something together and discuss. I don’t remember much from when I read the book so watching it was fresh. I only remembered what the general synopsis was and certain characters. Man, my heart hurts for Jeff. And holy cow, these kids are such assholes!

What Movies I Watched

None. I binge watched 13 Reasons Why and didn’t even try to watch any movies.

There you have it, my week in review. How was your week?

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