Sunday, 12 February 2017

An Update And The Notorious Finale Review From Spoiler TV

Hi everyone. This morning I am posting Marco Pekic's review of Notorious, the Season Finale. I found this show to be in my guilty pleasure realm of TV choices, much like Scandal, (whoops, I had better not let Ms Shonda Rhimes hear me say that) Desperate Housewives, which I never made it through and; oh well, shall I go on? I think you all get the picture.

Seriously, just seriously! How could I forget Melrose Place, this show was the ultimate guilty pleasure. Oh how I love this show and Amanda and Alison and their famous cat fights. And for the record Ms Rhimes: The next time someone refers to Scandal, Grey's Anatomy, How To Get Away With Murder or any of your shows as a guilty pleasure, it is meant as a compliment because that is how it is intended, I loved Melrose Place and could not wait to watch it every week.

Now I don't usually watch TV shows that I think might only get one season, but by episode three, I was certain this show had potential, until their episode order was cut back to only ten.

I still don't know whether Notorious was renewed, but then again I was under the impression that these things are not announced until around April or May. Anyway if I hear any whispers that Notorious may get a second season, you will be the first to know. I have posted a recent article below for any readers here who are interested in whether their favourite show is returning next season. It's an interesting read and I will try to discuss it a little next time as there were a few things in this article that warrant a discussion.

And lastly, I would just like to apologise for not being able to write for this blog as often as I would like. I'm writing a series of books, and that is taking a lot of time and will amount to paid work.

I am however; planning to post a series of reviews and articles and as many updates as I can so you, my faithful readers are being kept up to date. Always remember to check on the Facebook page and the Twitter page, as I often post stuff there before I get a chance to get it on the blog.

So, I had better stop crapping on now and leave you to read Marco's review. There will be more to come in the shape of articles and reviews from the talented writers at Spoiler TV and other places around the net. Below is a brief outline of what's in store in terms of people who I consider some of the best reviewers online:

  • Pip Maxine, also known as Brouhaha is Spoiler TV's Grey's Anatomy reviewer and has recently started reviewing new HBO show; Divorce. I recall a really entertaining interview she did with an actor from Grey's Anatomy. She lives in the UK, her favourite TV show is: Foyle's War and she love relaxing with a cup of tea. Maxine writes fiction and spends time chatting up a storm on Twitter regarding current events and politics.

  • Specs, a fiction author, loves Scandal and reviews it every week. She really enjoys writing and her Scandal reviews are extremely comprehensive. I love Specs' reviews' as she covers so much detail and clearly outlines how the events of the episode affected her. It so clear in her writing that fiction is definitely where her talent lies. 

  • Bradley Adams is another wonderful, talented writer, who also partakes in the Spoiler TV Podcasts. Formerly the Person of Interest reviewer, he has taken on other projects, including Nolan's new show; Westworld.

  • And of course, Marco Pekic. Marco not only writes the Notorious reviews, he writes for Gilmore Girls, Speechless, Fresh Off The Boat, APB reviews, and much more. Marco is from Serbia and says he watches to much TV. Marco also loves Grey's Anatomy, American Crime (another show I need to find time to watch), Code Black, Vampire Diaries, and Charmed.

Notorious: Taken - Season Finale Review: Courtesy of Spoiler TV Writer: Marco Pekic

After an unusual and unnecessary 3-week break Notorious returned last Thursday to air it's trimmed season 1 finale. "Taken" was written by Allie Hagan and directed by James Whitmore, it was a nicely paced episode with a solid built up and a bit predictable resolution. Let's dig into the meaty season 1 finale of Notorious.

The episode picked off right where "Choice" left off with Julia getting kidnapped by El Torro's people. It was a nice twist to see it was a mix-up and that Louis was the initial target of the kidnappers and that only cause of Louis and Julia switching rooms is why Julia found herself in this predicament. The interaction between Julia and El Torro were intriguing, charged with tension and quite interesting to watch. I liked how Julia embraced the situation and fought to get the upper hand instead of waiting for someone to come and rescue her. Piper did an excellent job in combining her powerful attitude and the fear radiating from her eyes, her performance came off quite believable and engaging. Eventually, El Torro agreed to do the interview with Julia, instead of Louis and that was one hilarious moment. El Torro went totally double personality on Julia and played the calm and insightful hero for his nation, Antonio Jaramillo's performance was impeccable and truly entertaining.

Meanwhile, Julia's friends and family started a rescue mission and were willing to do anything to get her back. Jake even travelled to Mexico and teamed up with Louis to get Julia back. Their scenes had a nice flare to it, felt new and refreshing as we didn't saw them interact too much out of LHL. With the help of Ella and Bradley, Jake and Louis found Julia and used El Torro's brother Raul to cut a deal and escaped the clutches of El Torro, after Raul killed him. I have to give major kudos here to Johnny Ortiz, who played Raul's son and El Torro's nephew. The American Crime season 1 alumni delivered and exceptional performance during his talk with Ella and Bradley. I love the small Tremor in his voice which comes up every time he tears up, it was so convincing during his American Crime appearance and was so captivating in Notorious' final season 1 outing.

And while the main action was going on in Mexico the show kept up its pace as Megan and Ryan tried to produce a Julia-centric LHL episode despite the network's CEO wishes. This attempt forced the CEO's hand and she fired Ryan's dad, Darin for disobedience. But with the news out Megan and Ryan were able to continue the show and it turned into an emotional one when Megan spoke up live on air pleading the abductors to let Julia go. It is really a major shame the show just started to exploit Sepideh Moafi cause she really rocks. Another great guest star was introduced through LHL this week, Rebecca Breeds played Avery Whitsell, who played Louis' replacement for the day. Rebecca was radiating on screen and captivated every moment she was in a scene. Her emotional outburst after seeing the pictures of Julia's trashed room was truly convincing, I hope Rebecca gets a new pilot this season. I think she is quite the actress.

The most annoying part of this episode where the final 30 seconds where it was revealed that Maya Harman committed suicide upon her mother's murder confession. It was an unnecessary cliffhanger to an already closed story. Especially considering how low the chances of renewal are. Before sounding off let's do a small season recap:

- Favorite character: Jake, after a shaky performance in the pilot he turned into the true star of the show.
- Favorite episode: Missing, 1x05
- Best fight: The Louis-Julia fight about Dana Harman after Louis burns Dana live on air
- Best Louis Moment: Her inviting Ryan, played by Ryan Guzmann, to join her in a threesome.

What did you think of Notorious' season/possible series finale? Are you happy with the way the show concluded its first season? Did the show live up to the notorious title i owns? Feel free to sound off in comment section, cause it can be you very last opportunity to do so.

You can read more of Marco Pekic's articles and reviews on Spoiler TV, the best place on the net to get all the goss on your favourite TV shows.

Great review Marco, and agree with you on many points. I have to admit I was getting into this show and then I heard about the original 13 episode order being cut to 10. I gotta be honest, it left a really bad taste in my mouth. I had the last 6 episodes saved on my HDD for the ages, and I now wonder if my daughter hadn't wanted to see it, would I have bothered?

Anyway, the final episode, while it was good and all the kidnapping stuff was totally predictable, even the fact they kidnapped the wrong hostage....funny! I liked how it all turned out in the end. And for me it felt as though the story had been wrapped up, until that young woman left her car on a bridge in the middle of traffic and it looks as though she jumped, perhaps to her death.

At the time, I just sat there and said, "Now why in the fuck did the writers have to go and do that?" At first I thought perhaps the scenes had been filmed before the episode order was cut, but then I though that's what talented editors are for. In my mind the story was wrapped up until Dana took a swan dive off a bridge and it would seem, for no reason at all.

Suffice to say, my biggest pet hate in television is writers/show-runners pull this kind of crap. It makes absolutely no sense to leave the story unresolved when it's not looking good for a renewal next season. I really wonder whether they do it on purpose. Or maybe it's a PR stunt to get the fans talking. Frankly; if I had to guess, I'd think it's the show-runners getting pissy with the network because they weren't able to finish telling their story. A final "Fuck you," if that makes sense. If I'm right, then I'm right, but if so, then that just stinks to high heaven.  

At least the show-runner over on The Walking Dead last season, knew they'd been renewed and if I had to go there, and I won't; my rant about Gimple would be epic, but not today. Except to say that what he did was worse; another rant for another time. But; to include a cliffhanger in the final seconds of a show which in all likelihood was being axed is seriously screwed up. Shit like that for no good reason annoys me no end.

Okay; end of rant and now I'm off to work on my book. Writing about blood and guts, monsters, mayhem and murderous rage and killing people will cheer me up, it always cheers me up when I create something new.

Have an awesome Sunday you lovely people. I'll be back.

Here's an interesting article printed around four days ago regarding TV shows being cancelled. Read the little blurb about the Blacklist. The Blacklist is in its fourth season right? I love and adore TV, I know my TV. I love writing about TV. Their TV writer does not. At least not in my opinion.

Here is the article if you're at all curious:
Entertainment Cheat Sheet: 14 TV Shows Likely To Get The Axe

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