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How to Get Away with Murder: Getting Away with Details

I have been hearing good feedback about this series and I decided to start watching this. As I am writing this review, I am in the middle of season 1 and I, somehow, have mixed feelings about this.

As far a the storyline is concerned, it is made well and I love the twists and turns. It does put me at the edge of my seat. As far as the castings are concerned, a remarkable ensemble. Acting was great and believable.

But eventually, episode after episode, something caught my attention. I am not sure if I am the only one who notices this. Let me break it down for you.

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The base of the story is that in a classroom set-up in college (criminology class), there were students who were selected (5 students) to work with the defense attorney, Annalise Keating (played by Viola Davis), which is a good plot of the series. But the thing that became a pet peeve for me was that in every scene of the classroom, Annalise would engage the students with some questions but she would only choose among the 5 particular students that she selected to work with her on her cases. I know the questions are somehow connected to the plot of the episode but the little details that annoys me is that the class if full of students, trying to learn. When a question is being asked, she only chooses within the 5 students. What is the point of that scene? Would it be better if it was like a special class where the 5 students are the only ones in the room then Annalise then could bombard them with questions of the different cases. The other students in the classroom just looks so irrelevant and yet they all had to be in the scene. For me it was not a critical or make-or-break scene or detail. It could have been simplified and simply relevant.

Also I noticed that Annalise’s personal life is somehow mixed in to the storyline and the students are exposed to this. Well since it’s a pressure setting to be the best among the 5 students like a competition, those “personal mishaps” of Annalise could actually be used to blackmail her to pass the class or win the competition. I know it’s a bit on the darkish but then again isn’t it the core of this series? It could have been titled as ” How to Get Away with Blackmail” – sounds catchy isn’t it?

Nevertheless, it’s still a good series, I must admit. The twists and turns are very addictive and it would leave you to think for yourself on who the real murder is and how the murder was committed.

4/5 Stars rating

Downton Abbey Season 5: Keeps on Getting Better

I will admit that I am a die-hard fan of Downton Abbey. My family and close friends knows this very well.

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I just finished the 5th season marathon and what I can say is that it’s been awesome. For the first time, the way the season ended was splendid – not what I expected. Normally, with all the twist and turns of the plot, there are always something tragic at the end of every season (christmas eposides). But the 5th season was something refreshing. I was expecting as the positive build up is on-going, I thought there’s something that will always turn out to be a downer in hoping to entice the viewers for the next season. But the thing is with the build up of positivity and it ended with a good note, this is something that makes me anticipate for the next season on how things will turn out.

My highlights of this season (spoiler alert):

  • The birth of John and Anna Bates’ son. Finally they have their own family
  • The retribution of Thomas to be asked to replace Carson as butler in the Crawley household
  • The relationship of Edith and Mary as sisters have improved
  • The marriage of Mrs. Hughes and Carson. It was about time.
  • The return of Branson to Downton Abbey and he is back to stay

Downton Abbey never ceases to amaze me with it’s plot and storyline. I find the period plot is very appealing and very much appreciated. When I have a chance to talk to my family and friends about this, the greater majority either does not get it or is not aware of this. I don’t blame them with all the offerings of television series. So I turn to this blog to show my deepest appreciation of the series.

Kudos to the show and looking forward to the 6th season.

5/5 Stars rating

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