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"Lucifer" is over

"Lucifer" is over.

The last season has only ten episodes, but it took me weeks to get through it and finally watch the last episode. It wasn't the best season, but I can say the finale was satisfying.

Spoilers below.

[Spoiler (click to open)]I was worried that both Lucifer and Amenadiel would stay on Earth and live like ordinary human beings, so I was glad that they stuck to their celestial roles. Since season 5, it was obvious that Amenadiel should become God - which turned out to be more like a function than a person. The original God was wasted as a character, and now I think it would be better if he showed up only for one or two scenes, said "you figure it out" to Amenadiel and Lucifer, and disappeared. I like that Amenadiel realised he can rule with his siblings. The writers could base it on his work in the police - his job never made much sense, but they could make him see how a good team with the same aim can successfully work. Too bad they made him fighting racism in the police instead.

Lucifer's role is even better - he came back to hell like he was supposed to since the beginning, but he realised he could work with the damned souls and bring some of them to heaven. I read that hell as therapy isn't a new concept, but it is pretty new to me. No one is damned for good and hell is more like purgatory where you work on your problems and hope that one day, you can find peace. Isn't it better than eternal pain and fire? Why does the church keep scaring us the vision of demons torturing people, with no chance for salvation? I believe there is a place for christianity in XXI century, but it has to adapt for modern times and change its black and white vision and psychology from medieval ages. "Lucifer" adapted some biblical characters and themes pretty well. "The Goddess" was a failure, but the series made a nice comment on Adam and Eve, even if it has subtlety of a road roller. I wish they did Jesus, I am really curious what they would come up with.

I didn't like the idea that Chloe had to sacrifice her happiness for Rory. With a series that progressive, a mother sacrifying for her daughter feels few steps behind.

"Lucifer" is a weird series. It changed many times, sometimes it was a classic procedural, sometimes a celestial soap opera, sometimes there was logic in it and more often no logic at all. It had some great characters and some really bad. But something made me come back to it and I'm glad it left me with a feeling that I was told a story that meant something.
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La casa de papel 5 vol. 1

The first five episodes of season 5 of "La casa de papel" (or, if you prefer, "Money heist") are out. Two days before the release we could watch first 15 minutes of the first episode. They made it look like a leak - the link was on Twitter and ot was only in Spanish, and I realised that after six months of learning Spanish I can without any problems understand that the characters were speaking too fast for me to comprehend. At least I got "hostage" and "heist", so I can claim that I rewatch old episodes for educational purposes. Next day the "leaked" video was already on some oficial account on youtube, with subtitles. And next day we got season 5, part one.

SPOILERS below.

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I can't say I disliked it. I liked many parts of it - the scenes with the Professor and Alicia, the way the gang worked with Lisboa, Arturo's rage, the "I don't have a name from a city" line... But I missed the mind games from seasons 1-3, I'm tired with flashbacks with Berlin (he's dead, get over it already), I don't like that everyone at the police and army is ridiculously evil, I'm angry about the fact that every action can be undone so it lacks drama, and Rio gets told off because he didn't shoot Gandia but no one remembers that Palermo was the one who freed him?! The documentary clearly shows how difficult it was to shoot all those action scenes with shooting, fighting, explosions and everything else, but it's not entertaining for me. I fell in love with the show when the Professor came to a hospital full of cops, dressed as a clown, and wasn't caught. And when one hair ruined his great, elaborate plan. I loved when Tokio was kicked out of the mint and when Berlin died to buy the gang some time. When actions had concequences and plot twists were surprising. When you watched the heist and couldn't help thinking, maybe they're a bit right...? Now you watch them running and shooting and the show tells you in caps lock that IT'S ABOUT FREEDOM AND YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO ROOT FOR THEM AND IF YOU DON'T YOU'RE A FASCIST, and guess what, I don't really feel like rooting for them now. Well, I still care about them, but I don't think they deserve to escape and live free. But I guess they will, except for maybe one more gang member that will die and they'll tell us two episodes earlier.


Of course I'll be watching part two in December! The fan doesn't quit. I hope it will be better. And even if it's not, I need to know which fan theories will be proved right.

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La casa de papel 5 vol. 1

The first five episodes of season 5 of "La casa de papel" (or, if you prefer, "Money heist") are out. Two days before the release we could watch first 15 minutes of the first episode. They made it look like a leak - the link was on Twitter and ot was only in Spanish, and I realised that after six months of learning Spanish I can without any problems understand that the characters were speaking too fast for me to comprehend. At least I got "hostage" and "heist", so I can claim that I rewatch old episodes for educational purposes. Next day the "leaked" video was already on some oficial account on youtube, with subtitles. And next day we got season 5, part one.

[Spoiler (click to open)]

I can't say I disliked it. I liked many parts of it - the scenes with the Professor and Alicia, the way the gang worked with Lisboa, Arturo's rage, the "I don't have a name from a city" line... But I missed the mind games from seasons 1-3, I'm tired with flashbacks with Berlin (he's dead, get over it already), I don't like that everyone at the police and army is ridiculously evil, I'm angry about the fact that every action can be undone so it lacks drama, and Rio gets told off because he didn't shoot Gandia but no one remembers that Palermo was the one who freed him?! The documentary clearly shows how difficult it was to shoot all those action scenes with shooting, fighting, explosions and everything else, but it's not entertaining for me. I fell in love with the show when the Professor came to a hospital full of cops, dressed as a clown, and wasn't caught. And when one hair ruined his great, elaborate plan. I loved when Tokio was kicked out of the mint and when Berlin died to buy the gang some time. When actions had concequences and plot twists were surprising. When you watched the heist and couldn't help thinking, maybe they're a bit right...? Now you watch them running and shooting and the show tells you in caps lock that IT'S ABOUT FREEDOM AND YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO ROOT FOR THEM AND IF YOU DON'T YOU'RE A FASCIST, and guess what, I don't really feel like rooting for them now. Well, I still care about them, but I don't think they deserve to escape and live free. But I guess they will, except for maybe one more gang member that will die and they'll tell us two episodes earlier.


Of course I'll be watching part two in December! The fan doesn't quit. I hope it will be better. And even if it's not, I need to know which fan theories will be proved right.

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"Blithe Spirit" (Polish title: "Jak wywołałem byłą żonę")

A writer can't write the script he's been asked for and he accidentally brings back the ghost of his former wife. She helps him, or, to be more precise, writes the script for him. So you can say... (wait for it)

... she is a ghostwriter.

I feel like the entire movie was written just to make that joke. And perhaps so they could cast Dan Stevens as another English aristocrat and fulfill the gap between "Downton Abbey" movies (I heard there is going to be a sequel). But, hey, at least the cinemas are still open.

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"H2O: Just add water"

I found on Netflix an old series I've been watching as a teenager, "H2O: Just add water". It's about three teenage girls who turn into mermaids when they touch water and have some powers over water. I'm impressed by the underwater scenes, there are many of those in almost every episode and the actresses not only keep their eyes open, but do a lot of things when diving. And they were 17 or 18 at the moment. Back then I didn't think about how it was all shot. What I also like is that the characters look like teenagers - they wear colourful tops and shorts, hairbands, they don't have heels or "grown up" hairstyles. Sometimes the clothes don't exactly match. I remember watching "The Vampire diaries" where in the first few episodes Elena wore bootcuts and t-shirts, but a season later every 17 year-old girl looked like a twenty-something woman dressed by a stylist. And it was supposed to be a small town. But maybe the difference is "The Vampire diaries" is set in the United States while "H2O: Just add water" is set in Australia?

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"Metro 2033"

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I've just finished the "Metro" series from Dmitry Glukhovsky. After the Third World War, half of Earth is destroyed and the surface is radioactive, but some people survived and live underground, in the metro in Moscow. They sleep on the stations and only brave people walk through dark tunnels. Danger is everywhere - radioactivity, animals that come from the surface, other stations that want to invade you, hunger, some tunnels that give you hallucinations, contagious diseases - but there are some people who can be heroes in those dark times. Or can't they?

What I liked about those books is that they were very different. In the first one, we follow young Artem and his quest to warn other stations about the mutants who are dangerous for the whole metro. We see how different life looks like on different stations and what people think and believe. There is even a new religion in one place, about a giant worm who created the tunnels and needs to be worshiped. And there's a twist in the end. In the second book, one of the characters is Homer, a person who wants to write a story about the metro and humanity, and looks for heroes and myths. But the people he meets, the events and reality don't match his needs. There's a lot of reflection about what makes us human in this one. And if you thought book one was pessimistic and grim, just wait for book three where humanity gets blow after blow, but it's hard to disagree and say: "no, we wouldn't do it". No monsters in this book and it's the scariest one.

I'm not a big fan of post-apocalyptic fiction, but it was an interesting journey. Now I need something light and funny to shake off dark thoughts.
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"The Handmaid's Tale" - season 4 has begun

No spoilers.

"The Handmaid's Tale" is back with season 4 (three episodes out already) and I think... Well, if you decide to release three episodes in a row, you kind of admit there's no enough things in episode 1 and even 1 & 2 to keep the viewer interested? But the problem is not the pace. A lot of things happened in those three episodes, and when I rewatched season 1 I realised the show was always very slow-paced. The problem is, the show seems to be drafting. It doesn't seem to lead anywhere. Some people say: a) it's like in the real life and b) tv shows are often like this, but a) good stories need structure and b) "The Handmaid's Tale" is not a soap opera you can watch every week and forget about it the minute it ends. We've been shown a terrible world with tragedies and suffering. Many people die and it doesn't change anything. Some people rebel and that doesn't change anything either. Neither in a big scale (yes, it would be a bit unrealistic if a dozen of handmaids destroyed Gilead but some local things could be altered) or in a small scale when a character changes or a certain point is made. There is no meaning. Why should we keep coming back to that world?

People often complain about plot holes, forgotten facts and the main characters having plot armors, and I agree, but I think the main problem is that the show doesn't tell us the story, but just keeps talking. Maybe some people can get their own meaning into it, but it doesn't work for me. Season 1 was really good. Maybe the story should have ended there.
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"The Professor's diary"

"The Professor's diary" is an "escape book" written for "Money heist" fans. I was surprised when I found out it was published in Poland (the original is in Spanish and I'm not sure there even exists an English version) and even more surpsised when I found it in my local library. Of course, I picked it up straight away.


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