The End Of Everything – A Flash Fiction

He scared me, with such a profoundness that I knew I would never be the same. Not that he was threatening, this fragile, old man with the broad rimmed hat, but his eyes, gazing at me with the intensitivy of a powerful personality, borred into my soul, and left a mark. His words, as broken as his body, where humblingly simple, yet held within them the moment I had been waiting for, dreading and hoping to never hear anyone say to me.
“It has begun!”

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

New Series “The Last Ship” Comands Attention

I was torn to watch last night between watching “Rising Star” or “The Last Ship” on TNT. Considering that I read the devastating reviews of the former, I am glad I met the decision to commit to the Drama.

And I think you should take a look at it too.

With the presence of a full force action movie, rather than an hour-long drama, the pilot pushed its way into our Sunday evening, never letting go, with dramatically and well performed roles, from the leads, all the way to the minor characters.
The man formerly known as McSteamy, Eric Dane, took control off every frame he stepped in, and not in the cartoonish annoying way he did in Grey’s Anatomy (can you tell I was not a fan?), to my surprise filling this role as the Commander of a Naval vessel with ease, without loosing his charm. Faced with a seemingly impossible situation – a pandemic killed off most of the Earth’s population, while they were on a mission that forced them into radio silence – the Commander and it’s crew, including a CDC Doctor, Dr. Rachel Scott (played well by Rhona Mitra) have no choice but to become a solution to a problem that seems to doom the world. They have become the only hope.

Here is the trailer:

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The Endgame (TV-Show) Review

As more and more providers of streaming movies and shows develop their own content, as well as feature exclusive content, I found it interesting to explore some of those options. The Endgame – streaming exclusively on Hulu is one of these options I came across this week.

The Endgame (TV-Series) Review

The premise is interesting and promising: A middle aged Russian Chess Grand-master becomes the witness of the murder of his fiance. As a result, he develops Agoraphobia, a panic disorder that does dis-allows it sufferers to enter certain spaces, they perceive as dangerous, or in some cases leaves them stuck at home, as outside is the trigger for an attack. In the main character’s case, he is confined to a hotel building, unable to leave, but also unable to pay the luxuries accommodations. In order to make money, he takes a variety of cases, in which the police seem not be able or willing to help, all with the help of some hotel staff, a few friends and a genius mind.

I fell in the love with the show from its first episode. The main character, Arkady Balagan (played by Shawn Doyle) is witty, smart, self-centered, but with a trace of kindness and humanity, that allows the viewer to connect and emphasize with its plight. While he is trying to move on with his life, despite the condition he is in, he finds a way to build a world around himself, that reaches far beyond the confinements of this luxurious self-imposed prison. His bluntness raises eyebrows at times, but he always manages to not get too mean, or too personal, while at the same time getting to the core of each situation.

I am hoping that Hulu will produce more episodes of this show, which only last one season (13 shows). Check it out!

V Is For Variety

Last night, a new show premiered by the name of “The Black Box” promising a unique variety to the usual drama shows, that currently are shown on the small screen.

The Black Box - Review

“The Black Box” follows a young Dr., who despite her age is an expert in her field – neuroscience,  carrying within her a pretty big secret – she is bi-polar. With this unique point of view she seems to be able to connect with her patients on a deeper level, while desperately trying to hang on to her own life, as a professional, as a fiance, and as a mother.

The premier in my opinion was great! Unique, out there, a little surreal and over the top, but different, which is such a refreshing aspect. The main character, Catherine Black (played fearlessly by Kelly Reilly) is eccentric to say the least, but her out of the box thinking is exactly what is needed within the field she specializes in.

Mental illness is an important subject, that is often overlooked in the creative cinematic arena, unless it makes a convenient serial killer, or used to explain behavior. This show has the opportunity to go deeper, to show how the day to day aspect of a live of someone with mental disorder is effected, and how it effects those surrounding them. I am exited to see what the producers and writers of the show will make out of this opportunity. I will be watching, and I hope you will give it a try.