Enola Holmes Review

When you hear ‘Holmes’ it sounds like an all to familiar story to write. However when you realise this is about a teenager carrying the name we see she lifts it very high to standout as a detective to take seriously.

Enola Holmes, played by the brilliant Millie Bobbie Brown, is out to find her mother after being left on her own before her infamous brothers come back to dictate her life.

Enola was raised by her eccentric mother, the most respected and loved person in her life. Her brothers left early and did not have any influence on her upbringing as we see when they return and try to correct her mothers ‘mistakes’.

Through her mothers tutelage she rejects the idea that she should have learnt to be a proper lady of the house and likes the idea she learnt some proper skills to use in life and maybe some useless ones (she’s clearly not a tennis player).

Sharing the screen with the iconic Sherlock and the outdated Mycroft, Enola stands tall to match their wit and carve her own story, without the need for anyone’s approval except for that of her mothers.

Enola carries the burden or being a Holmes, female and teenager with her and the audience on her back. Her pieces to camera work excellently to to give us a glimpse at her thoughts, whether this is in humour or to raise and eyebrow at the 1800’s period silly expectations.

Having Enola be fierce, intelligent and full of wit fills this film with substance and character. Her interactions with the other characters and the environment around her make for interesting viewing and each scene brings something worth watching.

Despite being set in the 1800’s it does a good job to bring modern normality to such a strange period that Enola must fight through. Millie’s excellent portrayal of Sherlocks younger sister shows just how talented Millie really is.

She leads this film with ease, shouldering many ideas that would normally fall flat without charisma or talent. The film runs at a pace to give the fast action a contrast from the sweeping countryside and chivalry of middle class England. Enola’s lack of respect for the ideals she is expected to portray add to the excitement of the mystery.

The final layer that Millie is able to portray as Enola comes as a story of a teenage girl trying to find her place in an ever changing world. This narrative gets her mixed up with a young Lord and trying to save women everywhere. It’s her growth from an introverted countryside girl to a captivating city female pointing at the world around her that gives this film extra dimensions and shows how Harry Bradbeer is great at blending genres.

At the very best this film is charming through its characters or score and it’s lows make for some silly detective work backed by a good story. There’s really not much to dislike here and I hope Netflix continues to back this lot and maybe give us a franchise backed by Nancy Stringers original literacy and Jack Thorne’s adaptation.

Starring: Millie Bobbie Brown – Enola, Henry Cavill – Sherlock, Sam Claflin – Mycroft & Helena Bohnam-Carter – Mrs Holmes.

Directed by: Harry Bradbeer

Written by: Jack Thorne (Nancy Springer adaptation)

Where: Netflix

Hades – Reaching way above the underworld

I’d heard of the game Hades from developers Supergiant games a while back in one of the many directs we’ve had in the last year. Little did I know that on full release I would be playing, possibly one of my favourite games of the year.

If you’ve been keeping up with the some of the gaming posts you’ll realise that Greek mythology within gaming is my Achilles Heel. Hades, as you can imagine fits right into that.

Hades is a roguelike dungeon crawler. In simple terms the objective of the game is to escape from the Underworld as Zagreus. However it’s unlikely you’ll do it on your first try and will need to start again.

With each attempt you learn more and level up a little bit. Each attempt is unique due to the random assortment of rooms that are put together. Each room needs clearing of enemies until eventually you are free.

As you progress, the enemies do get tougher but so do you. Each room completion provides you with a boon to add to your arsenal of weapons and skills. As it’s a roguelike these are only temporary for that particular ‘run’ or ‘attempt’.

The combat is excellent, a fast blend of skills and weapon use allows you to deal combos and waste your enemies in seconds. The movement matches this with an intrinsic ‘dash’ that lets you zip around the room avoiding any incoming attempts to squash you.

The aesthetic is such a fascinating style that matches the mood and the pace of the game. Fitting in somewhere between the 2d side scrollers and a manga comic it perfectly fits the personality of Hades.

Add in a heavy rock soundtrack, some cool dialogue and the ability to pick it up and put it down on Switch and you’ve got yourself one Hell of a game. It’s currently £17.99 from the Nintendo store!

NEw Mutants: New Characters same struggle

I finally got around to watching Fox’s last X-Men production yesterday and I wasn’t as disappointed as quite a lot of critics said I would be. Sure there were somethings that could have been better but I enjoyed a lot more than I disliked.

The plot

When we are introduced to the ‘New Mutants’ we see that the main character Dani Moonstar (Blu Hunt) is being hunted down before waking up in a hospital.

Here she is informed of the New Mutants programme, designed to help those transitioning through their powers. It’s much like you’d imagine a mental hospital to come across, with an old aesthetic, a kind nurse and lots of cameras and suspicious security. Dani is thrown into group therapy, there’s good patients and bad ones and in this case, powers.

As Dani begins to explore why she is truly in the programme, with some help from Maisie Williams’ Rahne (Wolfsbane) and Anya Taylor-Joy’s bully character Illyana (Magik), she begins to realise not everything is as it seems.

The other patients also begin to realise that something has changed when they start to vividly visualise nightmares that weren’t there before. Pointing the finger at each other they realise it’s time for out.

You’ll probably think that, with this plot, there’s nothing new about it and you would be absolutely correct. In my opinion it is a fairly safe plot to use just with added mutants.

The Good

There’s more good than bad, so it’s a good place to start. To begin with the characters are interesting. Whenever we are introduced to new Mutants (especially the ones we don’t traditionally know) it’s always fun finding out their story. In this case as they are in a hospital there’s even more to it.

With how the plot is worked each character has some really good set pieces. We are introduced to them by way of what really drove them to use their powers and find themselves needing help.

This is where the horror element we heard about years ago comes from. This horror part is both good and bad. It works as a really good angle to tell the story from. Some of the scenes do have a genuine tension to them. The setting is dark, the characters are alone and it’s all a bit weird as we don’t really know their powers or what’s going on.

Thing is, it’s a comic book movie about people with powers, so how scared can we get for the characters fate?

When the characters do use their powers they have been well done. The CGI is good and they feel almost down to earth, with maybe the exception of Illyana. We’re not bombarded with this constant display of CGI.

Illyana’s Magik does steal the show when we talk about powers. She’s the most ‘badass’ with her powers and would probably make a good protagonist in like a Deadpool kind of way. She has the ability to teleport, a dragon and a magic sword she wields in an armoured arm.

Her ‘hate everything’ grungy attitude means it feels cool when she launches into using them.

The film also has some serious issues such as racism and sexuality. The sexuality is a first for the comic book world in this sense. It’s something that maybe deserved more recognition for the way it’s so normally dealt with in the film. There’s no big moment or bells and whistles its just normal as it should be.

The Bad

So where does this film get it wrong? It’s the same problem I think a lot of the X-Men films have and that’s bringing it all together.

As I have said the characters are interesting enough and when we’re exploring their stories it’s really good cinema, New Mutants fails to bring it all together cohesively. The same can be said for Apocalypse and Phoenix.

New Mutants looks to be the product of what started of with a lot of passion that has been drained by studio interference, delays and Disney’s merge.

There’s some really lazy script writing, it’s relatively short and is missing something. That bit of flair or charisma that you would normally get from group movies. You get the feeling that this film was clearly to far along to cancel but not close enough to carry on supporting.

Final Thoughts

I hope this project gets picked up again in the future. I’m probably biased towards X-Men films for some reason as I normally love them. The idea is really cool and some of this film is very strong.

They needed to show conviction in making a horror or an action film. They needed a better script to really draw out these characters relationships with themselves, each other and the world around them.

There isn’t really a villain, which is okay but we needed more of a direction to the film. It shifts a couple of times towards the end.

Having actors that represent the characters better would be an improvement. Half of them had fake accents and I’m not sure why as their heritage was never a major factor in their stories.

It’s well worth a watch and if Illyana had a spin-off somewhere I’d be happy to see more of her character.

Quick Read: Ubisoft Forward

Yesterday Ubisoft had they next ‘direct’ to showcase a few bits they didn’t last time. It really only included details of 4 titles, Immortals: Fenyx Rising, Prince of Persia: Sands of Time, Riders Republic and Watchdogs: Legion (again).

So lets talk about my favourite, Fenyx Rising.

This game is an Assassins Creed x Breath of the Wild love child. It looks amazing with the scaled back, less realism graphics. It promises open world with 7 Greek god inspired regions, fluid combat and traversal and customisation.

Game Informer were able to play for 2 hours and have some really good thoughts, out in December I’m glad it’s so soon. Check out some images below.

Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake

Ooft, this looks rough to be honest. I’m excited the franchise that kicked of Assassins Creed is getting a remake but the graphics look dated, like PS3/ Xbox 360 dated.

Not out until January I wonder if there will be any enhancements.

Riders Republic

A racing game based online and in US National Parks (geographically accurate. Includes up to 50 players at once. Not much else to it, I think it’s trying to branch out from the very introverted Trials franchise that is pretty popular and bring in some more fans that maybe miss the likes of SSX.

Watch Dogs: Legion

They talked about some of the DLC content that would be coming to Watchdogs including a Stormzy character. Seems a bit like forward thinking before release so let’s check back on that one.

The Division: The Summit

Division are launching a new PVE (Player versus Environment) game mode called the summit. It’s 100 floors of a skyscraper that you fight enemies on each to progress gradually getting harder.

Personally I love The Division and will at some point check this out. When, I’m not so sure I just need to buds to squad back up!.

Final Thoughts

All in all I liked what they had to show. Fenyx appeals to me massively as I’m a huge Assassins Creed and Greek mythology fan. I’ll likely be putting in a pre order for that one. Also Ubisoft are a good dev company, with some flaws but some good products.

Going forward Ubisoft are likely in for a good ride with Watchdogs, Valhalla, Far Cry and more launching in the next 6 or so months.

Avengers – PS4 REview

The Avengers recently found their way onto our consoles for a serious action RPG based on the comics. It’s an original piece of work with a lot going for it, unfortunately it’s a big hot mess right now.

Since Friday I think I’ve played around 30 hours worth of this game, but I’ve finished the ‘main’ campaign. I say ‘main’ as it has a campaign that includes multiple different sets of missions and stories but ‘Reassemble’ is clearly the main one.

The Plot

So what is this about then? Well as you can imagine it wanted to carve out it’s own story. The games from movies era ended long a go where we might have seen an Infinity War game to go with the blockbuster film.

In essence the plot of this game is actually a Ms Marvel story, with the main Avengers in support. All throughout the story it centers around Kamala Khan, a massive fan of the Avengers.

She is the representation of the proper Fan Girl type, she’s 11 when we first meet her and by 16 nothing has changed. Her room is adorned with Avengers posters and she has all the memorabilia to go with. During ‘A-Day’ we see how she is unapologetic for her fan girl status and it’s great to see. I know I’ve always struggled to show off about the things I really love.

During her time in A-Day, searching for comics, meeting the Avengers and generally ‘geeking’ out it all goes to turmoil when there’s an attack on the Golden Gate bridge and later the Helicarrier where A-Day happens.

We come to realise the Avengers have been set up and 5 years in the aftermath AIM (an evil tech company) have taken over. When The Helicarrier was attacked it released a gas that turned everyone into Inhumans. If you have seen Agents of Shield it’s all very familiar.

Kamala vows to try and find out what happened that day and in doing so pulls the wrong strings. She finds herself in the middle of a plot to kill all Inhumans with the Avengers to support her.

Gameplay

The gameplay is very hack and slash, just with punches and kicks. It’s what you would imagine a comic book to feel like as a game. You get to play as each Avenger (Ms Marvel, Black Widow, Hulk, Captain America, Iron Man & Thor). Each one feels different to the last but it is all a bit button bashing to throw light or heavy attacks.

The enemies come in many varieties but don’t always feel different from the last. It’s all based in AIM’s robots so there’s not many people enemies and it makes sense because you end up fighting thousands of them.

One of my hopes was that we’d see some really cool bosses. Marvel have a tonne of cool villains that might finally get some screen time. We start the game off with a fight against Taskmaster, which is cool as fuck but that’s all we see of him until post game.

Together with Abomination they are the only meaningful character bosses you face, the rest are just big machines.

Once you finish the main story the game is then just rinse and repeat. You have 2 levels to work simultaneously Power and Character. Neither impacts the other and I find the whole RPG side a little unsatisfying.

Character levels unlock skill which improve your gameplay. I would recommend getting your characters level up a bit before finishing your story as it helps immensely (i didn’t do this and hated it).

Power level comes with gear and adds to your stats and gives bonuses. This can help if you know what you have as it will make you play in certain ways to maximise your build. Loot is thrown at you all the time and it becomes very not important. If you’ve played Destiny 2 this will feel familiar overall as the system is almost identical.

Post game feels a lot like The Division where you just repeat old missions to power up to play higher level old missions to power up etc etc. There’s no purpose to any of it right now in the game. The gear needs to have more meaningful choices.

Final Thoughts

Overall I did enjoy my time. My favourite character to play as was Black Widow, her style suited my own as I could zip to enemies, go invisible and had a really good ranged ability.

Once I put some time into level up her character I had more fun with it. However playing as anyone else at low levels then felt a chore and not very fun.

The game has a lot of bugs, like way more than a release should have. Cut scenes won’t have audio, very low frame rates and gameplay will freeze AI characters. Sometimes buttons won’t work so you can’t progress and I had a weird one where the level like overlapped.

The loot/ level systems need a bit of work and the post Reassemble content needs some work. I was happy that microtransactions aren’t an issue but the ‘character pass’ isn’t a quick level up (you’re restricted how much you can do a day if you don’t pay). But still it’s all free with the base game.

I reckon by the holidays this game will have a few patches and fixes that it’ll make a great present or cheaper buy. For now, unless you absolutely LOVE Avengers or action RPG games maybe just watch someone else on Twitch.

Tenet Review – Spoiler Free

Sorry posts haven’t been as frequent as I would like them to be, I’ve finally moved and settled in (&fixed my WiFi). However I did find time to watch Tenet in the cinemas.

First up my return to the cinema after AGESSSSS away was probably my worst trip ever! (Nothing against Tenet as you will see). Forget screaming kids, lights, mess or noisy neighbours no, this was sound mixing! Our screening started to go out of sync after about an hour. Awful business, so I’ll be going again.

Anyway, to the actual film. My god what a film. Early impressions are that it’s my favourite Nolan film. For some context Inception was my favourite before Tenet as I am not a massive Batman fan.

So, what’s it ACTUALLY about?

Tenet is for all intents and purposes a traditional spy flick. A lot of people around the internet has said this is like Nolan taking on James Bond. Which in some ways it is, just not as stylish in terms of characters.

The plot in essence is to prevent a bomb from going off that would end the world as we know it. Problem is we don’t know where the bomb is, hence spy.

Although as we have come to expect with Nolan’s original stories it’s not that simple. This also includes a version of time travel we have seen before but also we have not seen before. What haven’t we seen? Inversion.

What takes this away from a traditional spy action film is the use of time travel to tell the story. The Protagonist of this story must understand how time travel works and then find and disarm the bomb. Getting interesting now eh?

Inversion/ niosrevnI

One of the key things to understand about this film is the inversion mechanic that it is based on.

When we meet The Protagonist (that’s his name, seriously) played by John David Washington he’s in an extremely good mission to retrieve an asset. The score for this sequence and all sequences is incredible and high octane. This is from the first minute as well.

From the very start, this film fills you with intensity and pulls you in, which is something that I absolutely loved. It was immersive from start to finish.

During this sequence The Protagonist notices how a bullet rushes past his head, as though it had already been shot. Next thing we see is The Protagonist is ‘dead’ and being escorted for another mission where he is introduced to inversion.

The explanation of this is that everything that uses energy flows forward and inversion is the process to swap that so it flow backwards. This means you catch bullets, get cold from fire and even steer in the wrong direction.

The discovery of this then leads to its source and the discovery of time travel itself. How it is used in the film is extremely clever and it will amaze you.

Characters, what characters?

You’ll notice in this film that character development isn’t really a thing. It flashes forward so quickly we just don’t have time to understand the characters as people. John David Washington plays The Protagonist extremely well. He comes across as cool, cold and charismatic.

Robert Pattinson plays a character called Neal. For a Neal he’s not in any way boring. His chemistry with Washington is great and Neal’s story is one that is probably worth paying attention to the most. Pattinson definitely has a future as a cool, spy/ detective kind of role, (maybe even in a black suit and cape?).

The villian isn’t a nice person and has a rough time with Elizabeth Dibicki’s character Kat. They both anchor the film and begin to be the reason for the plot moving forward. Kat is troubled as you would expect (damsel in distress) and the villian is Russian and selfish for reasons we never really know why. There’s a lot of tropes with the characters and I think that’s intentional from Nolan as he was focused on the plot.

Will I Understand It?

One of the questions normally asked is will I get it. I know that not everyone will go to the cinema to be challenged and have to put pieces together and that’s okay.

This film will not hold you hand through the film.

The time travel and narrative can get confusing. There’s scenes designed to help you keep up but they’re not instructions. The voice/ score audio isn’t the best balanced as well you could easily miss some dialogue.

Final Thoughts

As I said at the top, this is my favourite Nolan film. It appeals to me in so many ways. The characters are simple but there’s enough to get their personal motives. The narrative is good and well thought out and the plot matches that. The time travel element is the spice that is needed and elevates it to that level for me. Being asked to think during a film is something I love. Keep me guessing and surprise me still is the route to my heart most of the time. Inception did this, Shutter Island did this and Se7en does this all really well.

Most likely my film of the year. I said it would be in my article previously. I’d be surprised if there’s a film as good as this in the next 4 months.

PVRIS – USE ME

The third album from PVRIS moves them from a pop rock trio to a genre bending duo (with the recent announcement). This album marks a separation from PVRIS’ emo roots to an excellent writer capable from controlling the mood from herself into her songs.

The album as whole feels like the journey through a break up. Gimme A Minute talks about a lot of changes and brings a bit more chaos but is really asking for a moment of clarity.

It feels good to be alive but I hate my life.

Lynn writes about how emotions are constantly swinging from one to another. Stay Gold is about wanting to write a song about someone but not making them that important. Wish You Well is a final moving on piece, about having no bad feelings, sort of a letting go.

These songs all bring a bit more energy and more of a rock sound we are used to. They still however blend in punk, pop, electro beats for a unique sound. With Lynns powerful vocals they have carved out a unique sound.

Lynn Gunn from Instagram

The albums title song Use Me has hip hop influences throughout and shows the experimentation within PVRIS but fits well into the end of the album.

Overall expect a bit of everything within this album. Lynn’s song writing is excellent and the production is high. It possibly marks the end of PVRIS and the start of Lynn as a powerhouse in the scene.

Fall Guys – Standing Out of the Crowd

The sensation that has swept right through mainstream gaming and media is the hilariously fun and down right silly Fall Guys.

A game that places you as a jelly bean with arms and feet against 59 others to race, grab, push and jump to be the last one standing.

A fresh take on the enormously popular battle royale genre Fall Guys is refreshing and a much needed shake up to the stale shooters that are dominating at the moment.

Fall Guys takes inspiration from the likes of Takeshi’s Castle or Total Wipeout putting you in soft battle arenas surrounded by slime. You can knock, grab and bump into other players as you race to the objective.

Sometimes doing one thing really well works, well, well. There’s only three controls in Fall Guys, move, grab and jump. Its really easy to start playing.

The core concept that is so strange to everyone is the ides of just having fun. Fall Guys doesn’t track stats. You can’t brag about winning so many times and there’s a competitive edge that is so joyfully missing.

The satisfaction of winning a game is brilliant though and having that crown for a menu screen before it is lost is enough to satiate that need to win.

When you don’t win its ‘thats bullshit, he knocked into me’ or ‘I definitely jumped’ or I ‘have a crap team’. These may or may not be taken from Nathan Biggin 2020. But still you get over it quickly cause its fun and you’re having a blast.

There’s a season style pass that grants outfit options and currency for its microtransaction store but its all fun cosmetic stuff you can grind for.

They have promised more maps, outfits and fixes coming forward. Their PR is really good to follow so I recommend that. Its free to play on PlayStation and about £15 otherwise.

Pink Elephant – Stand Atlantic

Hear me out, it’s another album review but this is a banger.

The album is familiar to Stand Atlantics punk rock sound with a bunch of punchy energetic songs to kick us off before mellowing out to more lyric driven pop rock songs.

Stand Atlantic kick us off immediately with ‘Like That’ possibly my favourite from the album, with a catchy melody and heavy on the punkish rock. This showcases the band at their best when they drive up the energy and pop rock influence to deliver an excellent vibe.

The best tracks come when they repeat this formula over in records such as Shh!, Wavelength and Blurry.

Their rise is through the punk rock scene has been steady and this album will give them a little boost but doesn’t stand out from the crowd. That’s not to say that it is anyway bad.

Some of the tracks offer less of what makes Stand Atlantic great such as Soap or DWYW and begin to feel generic. Some of the energy is still there but lack that bit of passion we see with the likes of Wavelength.

Silk & Satin is another song that I really like, although its different but familiar to long time fans. It’s more of a throwback to their earlier Sidewinder EP and feels well written

Overall this is a very good 33 minutes. Its Stand Atlantics best record to date and shows growth both lyrically and musically. I’d love to see it on tour as I reckon it makes for some great gigs.

Neck Deep – All Distortions are Intentional

Neck Deep’s 4th full studio album is an easy listen with some excellent craftsmanship they have clearly gained over their many years.

The album is their punk rock/ pop rock style and stays within their comfort zone. This is what makes it a well made album. If you’re good at something don’t change.

My favourite from the album is Fall, the second track. It’s a bit darker in its tone but I love the melody. It’s about getting wasted because things might not be great but finding hope when doing so.

A thousand miles doesn’t seem so complicated, across the airwaves, with our connection.

Little Dove

Neck Deep have a way of writing that is great. This album is a story and draws on songs from The Peace and the Panic (excellent btw) and uses them to build a bigger story than the smaller ones we’re used to.

At around 45 minutes and 12 tracks it’s well worth a listen.

The Umbrella Academy Season 2

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 dropped for us on Friday just gone (July 31). As one of the more anticipated seasons to come out this year, this season lives up to the expectation and hype.

Reflecting back on season 1 I really enjoyed it as an alternative comic book/hero take. It brought a freshness mixed with maturity and story telling to carve it’s own little space in the over saturated market.

It ended with the team (known as the Umbrella Academy once upon a time) being cast back in time to avoid an apocalypse.

Season 2 picks up immediately where season 1 finished. In fact its one of the best scenes within the season (don’t worry we don’t peak early like a Lindsay Lohan career). It sees the gang back together all super’d up to prevent World War 3 in 1963. This is quickly ended when Nukes across the world go off and end the world, again and everyone is dead.

At the centre seems to be Five (Aidan Gallagher). Five seems to be mixed with time travel and at war with The Commission (like the Doctor Who’s of the world) that seems to end in catastrophe every time.

To try and prevent the next apocalypse Five travels back 10 days prior the end of the world to find his family and prevent the events, all over again. Problem is, his family didn’t land in the 1960’s together.

Throughout the seasons early episodes we see how each member landed at different points in time and adjusted to their new lives. Klaus (Robert Sheehan) had become a leader of a peace cult, Diego (David Castaneda) was convinced he needed to save Kennedy from being assassinated and locked up for it, Vanya (Ellen Paige) was on a farm after being hit by a car, Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) was married and a political activist for Black Lives and Luther (Tom Hopper) was an underground boxer working for a crime lord.

Their new lives provided us with much better characters than we saw in season 1. They worked off others to give us more of their development and a look inside their thoughts more. This only adds to the shows world building and our attachment to the characters.

We begin to learn about their vulnerabilities and their motivations. It’s here that the conflict of saving the world and returning from the 60’s isn’t in everyone’s best interests. Many of the family are happy, much to Five’s unhappiness. Five hadn’t considered that some had been in the 60’s for years compared to his days.

Saving the world isn’t so easy for Five. We learn that the assassination of Kennedy and their father seem to be involved in starting World War 3, so he and Diego (and a few others) begin to track down a younger version of their dad to find out what the fuck is going on.

Reginald (Colm Feore) is still a dick, seems he always has been and will be. However we see what he was like before being a mentor (more than a father) to the children. We see he’s shady, mysterious, powerful and how even now he has control over the kids through his years or mental manipulation.

The bar certainly seems to have been raised and met.

As the season moves on we’re treated to some excellent plots and sub plots. We see how each characters lives are bigger than they seem. As the apocalypse draws nearer the events get worse, for everybody. The bar certainly seems to have been raised for this season and it has been met. The series writer Steve Blackman has done an exceptional job.

The story moves at a pace you enjoy, the set pieces of action and violence are well handled and the sombre moments are given the attention they need. The chemistry between the cast is great and shines through. The humour works and feels natural with Tom Hopper leading the way, mostly.

One of the best introductions however is Ritu Arya. She plays a character called Lila that we meet when Diego is in a mental treatment facility. Seemingly a throwaway character she attaches herself to Diego and some of the family to help them prevent the apocalypse. As we begin to learn more about her we see how much of the plot is built around her.

She has great energy and brings a sassy style of humour, something that’s been missing. She also balances out the gender power as most of the male characters feel powerful next to the females.

All in all season 2 is well written, acted, paced, scored and it is refreshing. It builds a lot on what season 1 set in place but for the most part it only adds to it. As a comic book TV series its up there with the best of them, but don’t think it’s like the rest.