Da Vinci’s Demons Set To Return March 22

Da Vinci's Demons (2013) PosterNo, Da Vinci’s Demons doesn’t really have anything to do with the paranormal, supernatural or serial killers, but it’s still a show I find worth watching. It’s an interpretation of the life of Leonardo Da Vinci as a frustrated artist trying to deal with his genius. It’s his wild adventures as he builds weapons of war, escapes from prison, outsmarts the courts and tries to have a good time with wine, women and song. And a few other dalliances too.

I like history and TV shows that take real people and events and fill in the blanks entertain me. We must take all Leonardo’s adventures with a grain of salt, but his inventions are real and they make for some fun stories.

Anyway, if you’re looking for something a little different, give it a try.

Starz is also where you can find the rather racy Black Sails, based on the events leading up to the novel Treasure Island. That’s worth checking out too, just make sure the kids are in bed and the blinds are closed. It has a few scenes that might take you by surprise. :)

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The Bates Motel – Season 2 Coming March 3rd

image I had my doubts we would ever see the second season of Bates Motel since it’s been 9 months from the last time we heard anything about Norman. But fear not, there is a new season and it should air on March 3rd, 2014. That’s about three weeks away and I’m looking forward to more antic from Norman and his crazy mother, Norma.

When we last left things it had all gone to hell. Norma was in the midst of some deranged payoff with Jake, but Sheriff Romero comes to save the day. Norman goes to the winter dance with Emma, but eyes keep lingering on Bradley, who is more than likely going to sleep with his brother. After a bit of a scuffled with the currently Bradley boyfriend, Norman ends up walking home, but gets a lift from his English teach Miss Watson. Oh the naughty things going on in Norman’s head and throw us all off his mother is there (or is she) telling him the situation needs correcting.

And we all know that doesn’t end well.

It’ll be good to catch up with the old gang and see what kind of fine mess they can get themselves into. Scary that Norman’s delinquent brother Dylan is the sane one in the family.

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Hannibal – Coming back for another Season February 28th

image That wacky trickster of misdirection and fine cuisine, Hannibal will be back for a second season on February 28th. It’s been a while since last we saw Hannibal and I was worried we wouldn’t get to see more of his adventures. The audience is a fickle mistress and I felt like Hannibal didn’t pull in the audience like it should have. It’s a show that builds slowly, which is fine me, I like all the backstory, but I don’t feel others are so patient. My fears are put to rest and a new season is right around the corner.

When we left Hannibal, he’d been busy building quite the frame up job on Will. So much so, it left him behind bars and within an inch of his mind. Hiding his medical from him and doctoring the x-rays, Hannibal has spun Will right around. All the evidence in multiple murders point right at him and since he keeps blacking out and ending up in strange places in a compromising positions, it’s hard to defend himself.

So what treachery lies ahead for Season 3? Will Hannibal work to set Will free Is there someone else on his list to frame? And what new recipes does he plan to create?

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American Horror Story – Coven – Season 3

image With American Horror Story now done, my trilogy of shows have come to an end for the year. Was this one the best so far? That is a tough call. Season 1 was pretty damn entertaining. Season 2 was pretty damn shocking. And Season 3 was pretty damn weird. So where does that leave us?

I think this Season of American Horror Story had some great elements to it, but it also had a few things that left me scratching my head. I thought it was great how the witch and voodoo factions were against each other, but then needed to come together to defend themselves against the corporation. Although, the resolution to the band of witch hunters by bankrupting them felt a little shallow. They did try to make up for this with a good old fashioned showdown at HQ with the Axe Man. But there quite a few story lines that felt rushed and perhaps just thrown in to fill the episode. I felt that way about Season 2. New story lines were introduced and then dropped immediately.

I was downright excited to see the season finale. My friends and I had many discussions on who we though the supreme would be. My money was on Swamp Witch (Misty Day) or Nan. I thought Nan was a great character for this season and it was a damn shame ended up on the wrong end of a hot bath. I really hoped she was going to make it to the end and there would be some epic battle between her and Madison. Just as her powers were building too.

Speaking of Madison, wow, what a bitch. :) Funny thing is though, she had all the power and skill to take over and lead the Coven but somehow allows herself to be strangled by Kyle. She can go to hell and back but she can’t get out of a choke hold?

Speaking of hell, I’m disappointed with the last episode and how everything seemed so rushed with the Seven Wonders. Zoe impaling herself didn’t make any sense to me. There are better ways of killing her off if that’s what they needed. Misty getting taken out so soon was disappointing as well. I figured she would have gotten further than she did. And there was this big thing about going to hell and back and it takes mere seconds for the others to make the journey. It would have been more intriguing to see what each version of their hell looked like. And really, arguing with Kyle is Zoe’s version of hell? Weak.

It feels a little cliché that Cordelia becomes the Supreme, but only after being encouraged by Myrtle. The daughter of a Supreme becoming the next one makes sense, but not the way they put it together. And after her triumph she does a TV infomercial felt like a bad ripoff of X-Men.

I really did like the show, but the last episode kind of bugged me. Like I said, it all felt really rushed as though it should have taken two episodes to get all that done. But still, a good season and there is no doubt I’m tuning in for Season 4, which is such a long way away.

One thing did come as a complete surprise to me – Madame Delphine LaLaurie. I didn’t realize this was a real person and thought it was a modern interpretation of Elizabth Bathory. I thought the abuse to the slaves was a change to the virgins Bathory bled and then executed. But oh no, LaLaurie is real and is her own special kind of crazy. She did indeed murder slaves, but managed to flee and then disappear. It’s rumored she died in Paris. Pretty damn weird.

So what say you? How did American Horror Story Coven compare to Asylum and the original? I thought this season was really good until we hit the last episode or two. So many side roads that could have been trimmed to make more room for a better finale. Anyone else feel the same way?

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