T.V. Shows

Tangled: The Series Season 1 | Review

So Tangled is one of my favorite Disney movies and since I’m utter Disney trash, I needed to see what the T.V. show was all about. Tangled: The Series was getting many positive reviews much to my surprise, but trust me when I say that it is well deserved. I was a bit hesitant that it wouldn’t include the themes of the movie that I loved, but I was proven wrong. This T.V. show has the best balance of humor, character growth, an interesting plot and well developed relationships. Tangled: The Series also gave me major Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra (AKA the most iconic animated T.V. shows of all time) nostalgia. In general, this show was truly a pleasant surprise and I could absolutely see it moving on to become a great T.V. show. Also, yes I am aware it’s a children’s cartoon, but I could care less about the intended audience.

Spoiler Free Review:

The T.V. show takes place in the two year time period between the movie Tangled and Rapunzel and Eugene’s marriage in the short film, Tangeld Ever After. There is a movie that takes place before the first episode of the show called Before Ever After which explains how Rapunzel got back her blonde hair which you can watch if you like. I didn’t watch it yet and I still understood what was going on so I don’t think it’s necessary. Essentially, Rapunzel touches these mysterious black rocks that have been popping up all throughout Corona and it turns her hair back into blonde and it’s basically indestructible.

The show is a lot lighter than the movie, so there isn’t too much intensity at this point in the story. The plot does appear to be kind of self explanatory and predictable, but just wait it out until the end and there’s definitely more to the storyline than you think . In particular, the ending to Season 1 was a cliffhanger and it automatically reminded of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I definitely think the plot can only get better from here and although majority of the episodes aren’t focused entirely on the plot, I imagine Season 2 is going to have more plot driven episodes.

Rapunzel absolutely stays true to her character and don’t worry, she is played by Mandy Moore who voiced her in the movie (Every character from the movie pretty much has the same voice actor). She is still “a naive princess who makes horrible decisions,” but she also has her bad-ass moments as well. Eugene is still arrogant and sarcastic and everything we love about Eugene Fitzherbert. The romance is present, but it’s definitely not the main focus of the story. I actually really loved how Eugene and Rapunzel’s relationship was done. While they did have a lot of chemistry in the movie, they fell in love in three days which I know is pretty long according to Disney, but I wasn’t sure about the portrayal in the show. Eugene is seriously the most supportive boyfriend which is a rarity in it of itself. He always knows when to give Rapunzel space and they actually have a healthy relationship with communication. Shocker, I know.

Cassandra is a new character that is introduced who is Rapunzel’s handmaiden, close confidante and best friend (next to Pascal of course ;). I know a few people didn’t like how Cassandra seemed to be coming between Rapunzel and Eugene. But I think it was more so Cassndra and Eugene outside of Rapunzel and Eugene’s relationship. Cassandra does represent the tough female character archetype but I loved her character, nonetheless. She’s bad-ass and clever (and I totally headcanon her as a lesbian) and doesn’t take anyone’s shit. Definitely a combination of Korra and Asami if you liked Legend of Korra. It’s always important for me to see female friendships and Rapunzel and Cassandra have an incredible relationship.

I’m not going to say too much about the villian since he’s not necessarily your typical antagonist, but I can absolutely see him getting a redemption arc and becoming a morally grey charcter. Overall, I really loved Tangeld: The Series. I will definitely be watching season 2 and for a Disney show (since Disney T.V. is not the same as it once was), I was duly impressed. Also, the soundtrack is really great, specifically Ready As I’ll Ever Be (I need more of Zachary Levi’s singing) Again, if you like Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra, would absolutely recommend watching.

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Voltron: Legendary Defender Season 3|Review


Also, I’m sorry this review is super long, I can’t help me nerding out over T.V. shows.

So a few days ago, Voltron Season 3 aired on Netflix and I’ve of course already finished it. My sister and I have no self control and since the seasons are always super short and show is incredibly addicting, we finished in 2 days. Though considering some people finished the entire season in a night, this is somewhat better. Overall, Season 3 was significantly better than Season 2 which had left me pretty underwhelmed. Even though Shiro was gone for most of it (I know, it killed me too), there was so much more character development, specifically with Keith and Lance, a new villain was introduced who is far better than Zarkon, and there were tons of Avatar references so it was an all around good season. It didn’t end on a huge cliffhanger like the past two seasons but still has me really excited for Season 4.

Storyline: Obviously, after the fight with Zarkon, who is now on his death bed, things still look bleak when Shiro is now missing. Season 3 picks up some after Shiro is nowhere to be found and it seems like the other Paladins have moved on a little and they’re still liberating other planets. Keith is clearly still struggling with the loss of Shiro and since the threat of Lotor has risen, it’s time to find another Black Paladin and the new leader of Voltron.

I think we all knew that Keith would be chosen as leader which I’m not really on board with. Initially, I wanted Alurra to be leader and in control of the Black Paladin, I mean how cool would it be to have a bad-ass woman of color in command of Voltron? Then I realized how similar Alurra and Shiro are when it comes to leadership. The team would have succeeded with Alurra in charge and it really doesn’t leave much room for development as a team. However, I still didn’t want Keith to be leader, it’s an overused trope to have the brooding, angsty dude to be left in charge. I still love Keith but I really didn’t want to see him as leader. Personally, I would have liked to see Lance become leader. You can clearly tell the poor guy wanted to be leader and I wished it had actually happened. The goofball of the team never seems to get a chance to become leader and it would be breaking that trope by having Lance become leader. Lance is much more strategic and logical (much like Sokka from ATLA), it would be great character development to see him shed that egotistical side to him and really grow into his own. Either way, it doesn’t bother me that much that Keith is leader, but there was definitely a missed opportunity there.

Lotor is introduced along with his elite squad of bad-ass ladies. I’m sure everyone got some ATLA vibes with how reminiscent his team was to Azula’s elite squad. Hopefully, we get to see more of the space ladies because not only are bad-ass, they seem to be really interesting. I was glad to see Lotor actually respect them, unlike Azula who basically used Mai and Ty Lee. Lotor was definitely a mixture of Zuko and Azula but I also got some serious Kuvira: The Great Uniter vibes. The line, “Anyone who stands in our way will be crushed.” That line was taken directly form the Legend of Korra! His plans and mindset is clearly different from Zarkon, but I assume he’s trying to create another Voltron rather than go after the old one like Zarkon. He’s far more patient and calculated, knowing when he’s lost and retreats to create a better plan. He reminds me a of Chase Young from Xialoin Showdown (clearly there’s a lot of references to early 2000s cartoons). I’m also curious about whether or not he’s actually Zarkon and Haggar’s son or not. He’s clearly half Altean and half Galra but when was he actually born? In the episode about the past Voltron team (did this remind anyone of C.HY.K.N. from the show W.I.T.C.H.?), there wasn’t any sign of Honerva being pregnant with Lotor. Speaking of, it was interesting to see how both husband and wife became power hungry together rather than one of them becoming evil. The need for Quintessence was the gateway to the two becoming evil. This remind anyone of Nerissa from W.I.T.C.H.? 

Not my GIF obviously, but I couldn’t help but add this it’s too funny.

Of course the biggest conspiracy theory from Season 3 is that Shiro is a clone named Kuron. I’m not entirely sure on how I feel about this. There’s some proof, Shiro’s return felt too convenient and there’s definitely more at play than what they’re showing. Also, after Shiro escaped, there was mention of Operation Kuron which is where the clone theories originally came from. I’m not 100% sure I agree with this theory because besides the convenient return, Shiro seemed like himself. Someone made a tumblr post saying that Shiro doesn’t know where he belongs in the team since the Black Lion accepted Keith as leader. But since the Black Lion didn’t accept Shiro does that mean that he’s a clone? I’m not sure at this point, so I’m 50/50 on this theory. Then someone mentioned that because the Galra experimented on him, he was a clone from the very beginning which how dare you? But seriously, that would be heartbreaking. I’m kind of hoping Shiro’s not a clone because let’s be real, this poor man has been through too much. Shiro deserves a break, better yet a vacation.

Characters: Keith and Lance definitely had the most development out of all the characters. Last season, Keith discovered his Galra heritage which wasn’t actually brought up at all this season and I would’ve liked to see mentioned at least once. But I do feel like there’s a bit too much of a focus on Keith, why does he seem to be the special snowflake? I would love to know more about Hunk and focus more on Pidge (though I think we might be getting that in S4). One thing I can appreciate is that there was more to Hunk than his love for food and there was more to Lance than just being a flirtatious goofball. I was so happy to see him not flirting with Alurra anymore. It was getting to a point where it was annoying, so it was nice to see them get along and have a sibling like relationship like Katara & Sokka. One of my favorite lines:

Pidge: Maybe somone should suggest to Alurra that flying the lion is different than flying the castle.

Lance: Hey I already told her yelling at her lion wouldn’t work. Didn’t go over well, she yelled at me too!

SIBLINGS. This is a total Katara & Sokka interaction.

Even if Alurra didn’t get to be Black Paladin, it was still awesome to see her be a leg, AKA the Blue Paladin(the pink suits her). You could clearly tell that it fits her so well and it was nice to see her kicking ass rather than staying behind in the castle and commanding (which was still great too). Also, I realized that her grief over the losing Alteans is very similar to Aang’s grief over losing the Air Nomads. I assume they might have drawn inspiration from Avatar.

A lot of people were freaking out about klance this season and how the scene in the bedroom that everyone was screaming about was romantic. I don’t really agree with it. I think all of the klance this season was all platonic and really them just growing as friends. In the first two seasons, their was rivalry between Lance & Keith and now we got to see get along and Lance acting as a right hand man (anyone see this as Hamilton reference?). I was really happy to see Lance mature and begin to accept that Keith was the leader at this point. More of insecurity of his placement on the team was shown. He went to Keith rather than Shiro (who’s far better at reassurance) which goes to show the amount of trust he has in Keith. Let’s be real, Keith didn’t offer great advice, but that’s because the dude doesn’t really know how to comfort people. Hopefully, this comes up again because it seems that people are brushing aside Lance’s insecurity as a member of the team. Either way, I saw their interactions as platonic and growth in their friendship. The two definitely have a connection, the way Lance is Keith’s impulse control was interesting. Though to be completely honest, I don’t think klance is going to be canon, if it is I’ll be happy of course, but at this point I think the writers are headed towards a strong friendship which I’m pretty okay with.

My sister and I discussed the pacing earlier and I think the one thing that felt off about Season 3 was the pacing of the plot. I get that they more trying to focus more on the character development, but it felt there wasn’t much progression in the plot. It felt like Lotor was just going after them each time and them trying to figure out how to defeat him. I think this definitely has to do with how short each of the seasons are. It feels like the Legend of Korra all over again where the pacing was way too fast and they’re trying to cram everything into a small amount of episodes. I really wish they had more time to explore and balance out the plot and character’s journeys. Hopefully, there will be more of that in the future.

Overall, I thought Season 3 of Voltron was a success, I had pretty minimal complaints and it was a lot of fun. They’ve already released a teaser for Season 4 and we get to see Matt and Pidge fighting together which is everything I wanted and more! Sibling dynamics are my favorite kind in books and t.v. shows and I can’t wait to see the two reunite. We’ve all been waiting for Matt so I’m hoping his character won’t disappoint (I’m getting serious Donnie vibes (from TMNT) when seeing him fight with a staff).

-Saowbia 🙂


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Predictions & Theories: The Flash Season 3 Ep. 19

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So I actually planned on doing an entire Season 3 Review, but since I have a lot of theories on this week’s episode, I need a place to let my feelings out. This will be more of a theories/predictions rather than a review, but I will have an overall season review coming when Season 3 ends. Also, this will have MAJOR SPOILERS for Episode 19, so if you haven’t watched it, I would strongly suggest you do. Otherwise, you can read my nerding out below. 🙂


So Episode 19 was all about Barry going to the future and try and find a solution to beat Savitar before he kills Iris. Caitlin has become Killer Frost, things have gone sh*t. The episode was pretty gloomy and sad, but it did get intense towards the end. Barry returns with a lead and the goal is to find Caitlin/Killer Frost before she teams after Savitar. Little do they know, Savitar has already found her. The episode ends with Savitar wanting Caitlin to accept herself as Killer Frost and to show his trust he reveals himself. Now there was apart of me that actually thought Savitar’s true identity would be revealed, but that wouldn’t work. If they’ve been teasing us for a while, why not tease us a a little more. The episode ends with barely a glimpse of a human coming out of the suit. Caitlin widens her eyes and immediately trusts him. Now the question is, who is the person Caitlin would trust immediately? Who is Savitar?

The rest will be a bunch of theories and ideas. So my first thought was Savitar is totally Ronnie (which I’m sure everyone believed). But then after some consideration and looking through other people’s predictions and thoughts, I came to the conclusion that it couldn’t be true. I can totally understand why some people might say it could be Ronnie. In season 1, Ronnie sacrificed himself and supposedly ended up dying in the wormhole. But what if he survived and ended up in the speed force. But why would he want revenge on Barry and want to kill Iris? Also, in the future, who Wally saw as Savitar traumatized him and he doesn’t know Ronnie. Also I feel like that the writers want us to think Savitar is Ronnie.

Another prediction is Cisco being Savitar. Cisco definitely has the motive and is someone Caitlin would trust. But Cisco isn’t a speedster so I’m not sure how that would work. My main prediction is Barry himself. When Savitar said to Barry “I am your greatest enemy”, the implication was that Barry’s greatest enemy is himself. My sister actually had the prediction that Barry could be from another Earth and in that Earth, Iris ended up dying. Barry’s twisted idea of revenge is to go to all of the Earths and kill Iris so the other Barrys can feel his pain and anguish. Or Barry is the time remnant that he made in the Season 2 finale and he’s somehow after Barry. Another theory is that it is Barry from the original timeline and he’s come after Barry. Or since Savitar is from the future, Future Barry is Savitar from when he went missing when he went after Reverse Flash. I also saw a theory that what if Savitar showed himself to Caitlin as the person she is most closest to which in this case is Ronnie. Somehow, Savitar is able to morph himself into whomever the person is closest to. Which means whoever Wally saw as Savitar must be himself because it traumatized him so badly. This theory is really interesting and the one I agree with the most. The question is who truly is Savitar?

So here are all of the theories, some are mine and some I’ve seen on Twitter or Tumblr. I’m really excited and dying to know what happens next in The Flash. Let me know some of your theories in the comments!

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Review: Shadowhunters Season 2 (Ep.1-10)

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Season 2

Episodes 1-10

City of Bones (Mortal Instruments #1) Review

City of Ashes (Mortal Instruments #2) Review

Spoiler Free Section: 

If you’ve watched my reviews for the Mortal Instruments series, you would know I am not a fan of it. I have a multitude of issues with it which I do go in more depth in my reviews if you like reading rants. So why would I even bother watching the show? I could say one word: MALEC. But also because I see so much more potential in the show to remedy some of the flaws I’ve seen in the books. Also, there are a lot more POC as well so that’s of course a plus. 

The first season of Shadowhunters was obviously terribly cringe worthy and all around cheesy. But I was honestly impressed with how much improvement there’s been in Season 2. There’s been little to no cheesy dialogue, the pacing did suck for the first few episodes, but that improved as well. Also, in my opinion, I genuinely like where the story is going and there’s a lot of conflicts that I hated in the books that’s been improved. Is there room for improvement? Always. But in general, I really liked this half of the season and I’m excited to see what 2B holds. 

Spoiler Section:

PLOT: So I’m going to be honest, I don’t pay nearly as much attention to the plot as I do the characters. Basically, the season begins with Jace being with Valentine and Clary and crew are trying to find him before the Clave does. I wasn’t too interested in this aspect of the plot. I never liked Jace so you can see why (nothing against Dom Sherwood, he’s great). Jocelyn, Clary’s mom ends up dying, which was a total surprise. I guess they didn’t really have a use for her but she really didn’t need to be killed off. I think her death might be a plot point later on. Also, the whole thing with Simon and his mom wasn’t really handled realistically either. His mom seemed to accept of Simon so easily, I mean if it was my mom she would demand answers out of me for disappearing for so long. Not to mention call the police to come and find me.

Izzy ends up addicted to yin-fen which was an interesting character arc. I don’t think Raphael should have been brought into it, since their relationship was extremely unhealthy. Then of course we get to Valentine wanting to activate the Soul Sword which would ultimately destroy the entire Downworld. Clary has angel blood, Jace thinks he has demon blood and can destroy the Soul Sword, but he ends up activating because turns out he has angel blood as well. What a surprise. But what was really disappointing was when he activated the sword, only the Downworlders in the room died. It really undermined the power of the Sword. I mean, they could have activated the sword without any Downworlders in the room and no one would have to die. Right? Why go through all that trouble in the first place?

Also, the big “you’re not siblings” reveal happened, which was a pleasant surprise. Personally, I hated that whole aspect so I was glad they got rid of it pretty quick. In the books, it was super uncomfortable and felt like incest(even if it wasn’t). But I think the way it was revealed was underwhelming. Why would Valentine all of a sudden reveal that Jace and Clary aren’t siblings without an ulterior motive? I think there’s a lot more to it than was revealed. Episode 10 ends with a mysterious shadow walking off with the Soul Sword. Who could that be? I mean we’re all aware it’s Sebastian. Even if Sebastian was super creepy in the series, he was pretty interesting so I’m excited to see his introduction to the show. Overall, the plot started off a bit messy and all over the place, but it did improve and I am genuinely interested to see where it goes in the second half of the season.

CHARACTERS: Starting off with our main protagonist, Clary Fairchild. I don’t think I’ve mentioned this before, but I like T.V. show Clary so much better than book Clary. Book Clary annoyed me to no end, but this Clary is so much more mature. A lot of the girl drama and shallow attitude wasn’t present which I really appreciated. Also, Kat MacNamara is a total cinnamon roll and so sweet. Not to mention, Clary and Izzy’s relationship is one of the best aspects to the show. They took out a lot of the initial girl hate between the two in the books. I think you could take it as both platonic or maybe something more. I don’t care what’s supposed to be endgame, I will always ship Clizzy. 😉

Jace was actually a lot better in this season, in Season 1 he felt pretty bland and boring to me. This season, there was more of an internal struggle with his character. In addition, what I hated about the books, specifically City of Ashes was the way Jace treated Clary when they were “siblings.” The T.V. show took out a lot of the obnoxious attitude and petty drama. I especially loved the scene where he respected Clary and Simon’s moment and didn’t intrude. Also, the scene between Jace and Simon in episode 8 was too great. I ship them. You could say, this show has me shipping the “never to happen” non-canon ships. 

As for Malec, AKA the main reason a lot of people watch the show, I thought it was done really well. When they fought, (more so Alec being a dick) Magnus didn’t take his shit and they talked it out like a healthy couple. There was a lot of development for their relationship and they’re pretty much the power couple in Shadowhunters, let’s be real. Of course there was a lot of controversy surrounding the cut off sex scene. Which I definitely understand, since we had to out up with that extremely uncomfortable scene with Jace having sex with a Seelie which lasted a few excruciating minutes. Of course, there was barely anything of LGBT couple. It’s really unfair that so many Malec scenes are cut off or very short. Considering, they are the more popular ship, they should be getting more screen-time. They could be teasing us so we’ll see. The Malec scene at the end of episode 10 was my favorite and I probably watched it like 10 times.  

So that was an unnecessarily long review and I honestly was not expecting it to be this long. Overall, this first half of the season was mostly a success and I can’t wait to see what the next half of the season holds. 

Rating: 8/10