8/05/2015

Stitchers Season 1 Finale - Did Cameron DIE?


Last night's "Stitchers" finale brought a roller coaster of emotions with it. Coming closer to solving the unknown mystery about the stitchers programme and her mother's and father's involvement within that programme, Kirsten also gets to see blasts from the (or should I say her) past. And finally,  one of the most important questions all "Stitchers" fans are asking themselves - is Cameron dead or alive?

As Cameron (Kyle Harris) and Detective Fisher (Damon Dayoub) get shot, leaving Fisher in ICU due to internal bleeding, Cameron makes the ultimate sacrifice to help ID'ing the shooters accomplice - he stops his own heart. 


Kirsten FINALLY knows about Camerons feelings

Cameron planned on stopping his heart for 4 minutes, giving Kirsten (Emma Ishta) a 3 minute window to stitch into her partner in crime. During the stitch she got to see Cameron's most precious memories, which (to her surprise) all involved her. "I had no idea" she says as she sees the flashes of them in the past. The Camsten feels!


Kisten's and Cameron's past connection

Sticking to their past, Kirsten also finds herself in another memory of Cameron's; A memory from a long time ago. In a hospital a young Cameron, who just got out of heart surgery, wonders through the hospitals hallways, finding himself in Kirsten's mothers hospital room. Kid Kirsten then goes on to tell "Dr. Cameron" that her mother had been in a car crash but her father was going to save her. They had already met as kids, which makes for an even more interesting storyline, that could be further explored in Season 2.


The cliffhanger

After bouncing out of the stitch, Kirsten and the team anxiously gather around Cameron's dead body while a specialised team tries to retrieve him. But it's not going too well. Kirsten begs Cameron to wake up, while the unmistakable sound of the flatline is to be heard. Will Cameron make it? Let's hope so. 


Kirstin learns the truth about her condition

Moving away from Camsten and to Kirsten's parents, we also find out a new big shocker - Kirsten's dad gave her "temporal dysplasia" ! Click here to find out what "temporal dysplasia" is! We all remember that Ed Clarke left Kirsten a bunch of clues, ending with a key. Well, that key led Kirsten to a safe-deposit box, which then led her to finding a video of her father, while the very first "test run" of the stitchers programme was done. Who was the subject? - Kirsten's mother. The stitcher? - a young Kirsten! Unfortunately, the attempt to bring Kirsten's mother back to life doesn't go so well, leaving Kirsten with temporal dysplasia, her mother dying and her father leaving her with Ed Clarke. 

While this is all very shocking news, a few questions still get answered. The Stitchers programme was designed especially for Kirsten (as a way of saving her mother)!


What I noticed

Linus's outburst on Camille was also very wondering. While it is understandable for him to feel a tad left out, his childish behaviour did show a new side of him. I'm #teamcamille on this one!

Also, I really noticed Kirsten's and Camille's development in their friendship (right before the shooting). It went from "forced to live together" to mutual respect and now, maybe even to a fairly "normal" friendship?




Lastly, Kirsten's overall evolvement, putting her "unable to have feelings" in the foreground, really caught my eye. She has changed so much throughout the season and the writers did a great job in showing that. 


Thoughts on "Stitchers" 1x10

Overall, I couldn't have hoped for a better finale. It showed some heartbreaking scenes, answered some long wondered questions and left me waiting for more. I really hope Season 2 will roll right around the corner! I'll definitely stay tuned to see more of Kirsten's journey in the Stitchers world. 

What did you think about the finale? Let me know in the questionnaire above!


Open Questions for Season 2

Will Fisher be okay? Did he find a clue to Ed Clarks death? 
Is Kirsten's and Cameron's past connection important? 
Who hired the shooter and killed him as a message to Kirsten? Could it be Kirsten's mother? Is she really dead? 
Where is Kirsten's father? 
Will Cameron survive?



Click here to read my first review on Stitchers!


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8/03/2015

Film review: "Jenny's Wedding" (2015)


"She's always been so secretive."
"Not when she was little. She was really open when she was little."
"Yeah, she was. I wonder what happened."
"Who knows?"

What happened is that I watched a really good movie. And the thing is, I've never seen one quite like it. Nowadays the entertainment industry produces hundreds, if not thousands of movies or TV shows that are just made to address the mainstream crowd. They are purely there, to make money, not to tell a story. So finding a unique movie, one, that addresses things that people can relate to, that has an actual story behind it and has meaning is very difficult. And from time to time, I stumble upon a movie with an interesting description, thinking it might actually be good. And surprisingly, I found Jenny's Wedding to be good. 


The Story

Jenny, who has always been the favourite child in her family, finally decides she wants to get married. Her family has been pressuring her for a long time to find a husband and to start a family of her own. When Jenny mentions that she might be in a relationship, her sister goes around spreading the rumour that she's seeing a married man. (In her sisters defence, Jenny hasn't actually introduced them to anyone she's been seeing so her sister figures she can't and assumes it must be someone who's married) The thing is, Jenny is in fact in a long term relationship with someone - it's just not a man. Kitty, Jenny's "roommate" (so her family thought) is actually Jenny's girlfriend / fiancĂ©. Wanting to get married, Jenny has no choice but to finally come out and tell her family that she is gay. 
The story then goes on to show how not only Jenny, but also her family deal with the "new reality". Especially Jenny's parents, Rose and Eddie, have a hard time accepting the fact and turn their back on her, somewhat ashamed and wondering what they could have done "wrong" raising their daughter. 


The Main Characters

Jenny (Katherine Heigl) has been living her life, but has always been guilty for keeping a such important part of her from her family. The more time passed, the worse she would feel about "lying" to her family. As she finally builds up the courage to tell her family, it doesn't go quite as well as she had hoped. Stuck between choosing her family's happiness or her own, Heigl manages to bring across the role of Jenny quite well. Her acting in the more dramatic scenes is great. We all know that Heigl has done some good and some bad movies, the last ones being not so great. Because of that and her trashed reputation, she has had to take on smaller roles or move to smaller films (smaller budget, more unknown actors/producers/directors). In my opinion she is not a bad actress, she just got caught up in all the fame. But smaller films suit her. Way to go Katherine!

 

Kitty (Alexis Bledel) has been Jenny's partner for 5 years. She is supporting and loving. I would have loved if the film would have also showed more of Kitty as you don't get to know of her experience coming out to her parents - she also doesn't talk about it. The chemistry between Heigl and Bledel could have been better, but the movie didn't really focus on that too much. 




Rose (Linda Emond), Jenny's mother, is unsure how to feel about Jenny's "news". Being a loving mother, but also a housewife in a very talkative neighbourhood, she never thought something like this could happen to her family. At first she asks Jenny out of fear not to tell anyone other than herself and Jenny's father. She soon realises though that family is family, no matter what. Linda Emond does a great job, particularly in the more dramatic scenes.


Anne (Grace Gummer - Meryl Streep's daughter) is Jenny's sister and has always been very jealous of her mom's and  sister's relationship. She also likes to gossip quickly, even about her own sister. Deep down she is suffering in her marriage and when she sees how happy Jenny is, she wants that kind of happiness too and starts to make changes in her life. I found her character at the beginning of the film very annoying and that tells me that she did a good job of playing her part.



Tom Wilkinson was chosen perfectly to play the father role, Eddie. He is probably the most challenged by finding out that his daughter is gay. He doesn't like to talk about his feelings and hides his full opinion at first. Later though, in an outburst he exposes his true feelings. He also is the one that takes longest to accept Jenny the way she is. (ps. sorry that I couldn't find a more flattering image)


Reflecting on the movie and what I have written, I would recommend it. I do have some small objections in the movie, one of them being that I feel like this movie was directed at people like Jenny's parents. "Old fashioned"people. 
I've heard and read mixed reviews about this film, some say it should have been made 20 years ago, when gay people were bigger outcasts in our society and being gay was perceived as "wrong". I disagree. I think the subject is still very up to date. Just because times have changed (the legalisation of gay marriage in various countries, acceptance, ...), doesn't mean the people, their views and opinions have changed. 20 years ago, marrying someone from the same sex would have been unthinkable. Now it's possible. And people deal with issues very much like in this movie every day. 
In conclusion I give "Jenny's Wedding" 7/10 *
Also, if you've seen or heard about the movie, I would love to hear your opinion!

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