Game of Thrones 7th Anniversary: What do you think?

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By Ruairi O’Connor

Game of Thrones celebrates its 7th anniversary today, so we asked a few De Montfort University students what their favourite moments from the smash-hit HBO show.

“My favourite moment from Game of Thrones so far was when Ned Stark was killed because it was a massive shock. I haven’t read the books and they built him up to be a main character and had a great story arc, bit of a surprise.”  – Talhah Mulla, 22, Biomedical Science student.

“My favourite moment from Game of Thrones is when Jamie Lannister pushed Bran Stark from a window, after he found Jamie and his sister Cersei, having sex. It was two shocking revelations in one!” – Kiran Bal, 20, Accounting and Finance student.

“My favourite moment from Game of Thrones is the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ because it was the culmination of events that were building for multiple seasons. It was visually stunning and a kept you on the edge of your seat.” – James Sampson-Brinkley, 19, Games Programming.”

“My favourite moment from Game of Thrones was when Ramsay Bolton is finally killed because Sansa gets her revenge on him by making sure he is eaten alive” – Ali Morgan, 20, Mechanical Engineering.

2 Broke Girls: And The Broken Record

Sassy attitudes and snappy one liners aren’t enough to salvage this filler episode, says Emily Paget.

Arts Review Image Max Black and SebastianAs the new season of 2 Broke Girls returns with a ‘booty call’ last Thursday, we’re left wondering what it was we just watched.

It’s payday for the girls, Max and Caroline but it’s a stranger in their apartment that catches them by surprise. After Caroline catches Sebastian in their apartment, she makes sure Max gets to know a little more about her Tuesday night mystery caller by introducing them. Before long, Max gets to know Sebastian as a DJ for Whole Foods; while Caroline gets the opportunity to have the last word, after she confronts an old rival.

This show definitely packs a punch with its staple sarcastic remarks and right from off, we see in true fashion how funny this show can be. Hilarious one liners like: ‘And you can just call me what you usually do. “Oh God.”’ provide a few sniggers, but the show struggles to offer anything more; despite what the canned laughter would have you believe. Instead, the show feels like it’s glued together with one liners that, to anyone watching at home, tended to fall on deaf ears.

Aside from the countless one liners offered, the plot feeArts Review Image Jesse Metcalfels awkward like the whole 20 minutes were a filler episode until something more interesting came along. The ‘relationship’ between Max and Sebastian felt stunted and awkward in places like the writers kept slamming on the brakes. Not to mention the sheer absurdity of having a DJ in a grocery store, it felt too over the top and almost an attempt from the writers to get some laughs.

It was no wonder the show brought out its big guns in the shape of guest star Jesse Metcalfe (who played Sebastian). The John Tucker Must Die star provides some nice eye-candy that occasionally distracts you from the plot and the cringe-worthy lines he delivers: ‘The music be bumping and we buying pumpkin’. Let’s just hope the writers take off the brakes on his relationship with Max, so Jesse can prove he’s not just a pretty face.

But the sole reason I still tune in to this series is for the stunning performance of Kat Dennings (who plays Max Black). Her sarcastic attitude, Cheshire cat grin and wonderful delivery of lines make you envy her and want to be her at the same time.

Broadening its horizons a little too much?




Review by Jessica Lambert

Broadchurch… Or should I say, ‘Boredchurch?’ Let’s face it, the second series of the hugely popular ITV crime drama hasn’t been too successful with viewers, despite getting off to a flying start with its first episode.

Anticipation for its return sky rocketed just before its release and viewers couldn’t wait to get their teeth into another whodunnit drama. However, the shows writer, Chris Chibnall, had other plans and decided to pick up where he left off, stating ‘the end is where it begins.’ Perhaps sometimes things end for a reason… And should stay that way.

Same town, same characters, same dynamic duo. Does that mean the same success? Evidently not. The BAFTA award winning show hasn’t managed to pull in the same amount of interest, with 2 million less tuning in this time round.

At the heart of the first series, we were all asking one simple question – who killed Danny Latimer? So far, no one really knows that the hell is going on with this second series. The introduction of a previous case has complicated things more than necessary, though without it I’m not sure the series would be substantial enough for an eight episode span.

The problem lies in the clear absence of the initial shock. A quiet, close-knit community torn apart by the murder of a young boy. Without the chance to unravel a murder mystery, this second stint of Broadchurch just isn’t as compelling.

The arrival of various characters has at times peaked our interest, especially Claire and Joe Ashworth. Their morbid relationship has kept viewers on the edge of their seats and it’s hard to work out just what Claire’s intentions are. Does she fear him? Does she want to take him to bed? (That, she did do, in the fourth episode!) Or is she secretly in love with DI Hardy? Who knows!

Although I do like Jocelyn, I feel the storyline with her blurred vision is there for the mere sake of it. In the same way that the defence barrister, Sharon, has her own demons in the form of her imprisoned son. Again, another distracting storyline that we don’t particularly care about.

Chris Chiball has succeeded in bringing Alec and Ellie’s chemistry to life on screen once again, however. Ellie isn’t the chirpy, go-happy detective she was in the first half of series one but she still captures her audience and has us laughing throughout. That in itself makes the last three episodes worth watching at least!

What will happen next for the 100?

Season two of The 100 kicks off as it means to go on with excitement, shock and tension as it throws viewers straight back into the thick of things.

Review by Iona McGregor-Nelson

The 100 is set to return on E4 for another hotly anticipated season of action packed life on the nuclear war zone Earth. We left the thrilling drama at the mysterious Mount Weather with Clarke (Eliza Taylor), Monty and other survivors of the rocket blast held in white washed medical cells. The last episode finished leaving viewers in limbo on a number of intense cliff-hangers including the whereabouts of some characters, and the anticipation of whether heartthrobs Bellamy Blake (Bobby Morley) and Finn Collins (Thomas McDonell) survived the rocket blast that burnt an army of grounders to a crisp. As well as this The Ark was preparing to embark on the treacherous journey to return to earth whilst Thelonious Jaha (Isaiah Washington) was resigning himself to death in space. But how many will survive?

This exciting new season takes on a slower pace with more scenes to jump between resulting in less action taking place each episode. This constant scene switching can be irritating, and viewer may find it hard to follow the relentlessly changing plot line. However there is no need to be disappointed. Each episode will leave you heart pounding on the edge of your seat cursing at the program for ending in such a way. With new unexpected romance budding, deaths in the camp, new enemies arising and an interesting chancellor named, viewers will have little to grumble about other than the sofa gripping cliff hangers each episode is left on.

Season two gives us the revelation of human life in Mount Weather. However Clarke seems to be the only one who doesn’t trust these uncommonly friendly, civilised grounders. But as their stay lengthens Clarke discovers just how much is hidden under the Mountain, how ‘guest’ and ‘prisoner’ can be used interchangeably and the shocking revelation of what they’re planning to use The 100 for. Season two will bring you, willing or otherwise, back each Tuesday at 9.00 PM to watch more… they must be doing something right.