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THE SERPENT QUEEN PART 3 (STORY ANALYSIS)THE SERPENT QUEEN PART 3 (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Serpent Queen Part 3

The Serpent Queen Part 3 is the third instalment of an American historical period drama TV miniseries revolving around the life of Catherine de’ Medici. Created by Justin Haythe, the miniseries is based on the 2004 non-fiction book Catherine de Medici: Renaissance Queen of France by Leonie Frieda.

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Plot
Entitled “The Price”, The Serpent Queen Part 3 once more is mainly focused on Queen Catherine’s retelling of her past to a housemaid. Thus, most of the episode is spent again in flashback. The young princess Catherine desperately needs to get pregnant in order to secure her position (and life, to be honest) in the court of the French king. Bad enough that sex with her husband is less frequent than ideal but then Henri actually returns from war in Italy with a mistress and a daughter!

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The main twist in The Serpent Queen Part 3 is the transformation of cousin Diane from mortal enemy to stanch ally, as Diane realises that her fate is linked to Catherine and thus, agrees to help the latter to get pregnant. Sadly, all these efforts are in vain. To compound matters, conspiracies abound in the court to kill Catherine, she is attacked in the forest but survives and accusations against the Dauphin Francis fall on deaf ears.

The Serpent Queen Part 3

Finally, Catherine resorts to the dark arts to fulfil her wish and engages fortune teller Cosimo Ruggeri to make it happen. But there is a “price” – which comes in the form of her dressmaker being accused of murder when the Dauphin dies due to a heart attack and Catherine points the finger at him – in order to save her own life – and he is executed accordingly. Soon after, Catherine’s dearest wish comes true – she is with child.

Characters
The Serpent Queen Part 3 is a critical chapter in Catherine’s development as she discovers an alternate means to her ends – by sacrificing those around her. Surely, this lesson will shape her future personality as her first major crisis is averted. Also, Catherine’s alliance with cousin Diane and the death of the Dauphin now place her with reach of becoming Queen of France!

The Serpent Queen Part 3

The Final Analysis
The Serpent Queen Part 3 was quite eventful and compelling TV overall. Highly recommended.

Now streaming on Starz.

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BAD SISTERS EP 7 (STORY ANALYSIS)BAD SISTERS EP 7 (STORY ANALYSIS)

Bad Sisters Ep 7

Bad Sisters Ep 7 is the seventh instalment of an Irish family crime drama cum black comedy streaming TV miniseries created by Sharon Horgen for AppleTV+. Set in Dublin, the miniseries is based on the Flemish series Clan, which was created by Malin-Sarah Gozin.

S P O I L E R S

Plot
Entitled “Rest in Peace”, Bad Sisters Ep 7 is a bit of a mixed bag as the Garvey sisters pick up the pieces of yet another failed murder attempt (in the past, of course). In the present, Thomas and Matt, the insurance company owners out to prove John Paul’s death was not caused by natural causes and therefore not claimable under the life insurance policy, finally get what they want – the exhumation of John Paul’s body for an post mortem. What will they find there?

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Bad Sisters Ep 7 also provides a plot twist (from the past) which was probably needed as the flashback narrative had hit the wall somewhat. And it’s a dum zinger! Becka snoops around John Paul’s mother’s basement and finds a freezer with John Paul’s dead father George preserved inside! What could all that possible mean? Is John Paul a murderer? Is his mother? So many questions!

Bad Sisters Ep 7

Characters
John Paul continues to be the biggest douche bag but that characterisation is wearing thin so Becka’s discovery is priceless in adding another dimension to John Paul’s toxic masculinity. Thomas and Matt have a reconciliation but that impacts negatively on his relationship with Becka. Ursula is confront by her husband about her missing family time and of course, her adultery weighs heavy on her mind but she seems unable to do anything about this, making her quite unlikable.

Bad Sisters Ep 7

The Final Analysis
Bad Sisters Ep 7 is a middling episode but considering the high bar set in the series still makes the episode very watchable. Still recommended!

Now streaming on AppleTV+.

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THE RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1 EP 5 (STORY ANALYSIS)THE RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1 EP 5 (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 5

The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 5 is the fifth instalment of the first season of a fantasy TV series streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Loosely based on the appendices author JRR Tolkien included in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, canonically, this series is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, whereas the Lord of the Rings was set in the Third Age. Much has been made about this series being unfaithful to Tolkien’s works and thus, we have decided to analyse the story of The Rings of Power on its own merits, while ignoring the accusations of virtue signalling race and gender swapping.

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ANDOR SEASON 1 EP 1 – 3 (STORY ANALYSIS)ANDOR SEASON 1 EP 1 – 3 (STORY ANALYSIS)

Andor Season 1 Ep 1 - 3

Andor Season 1 Ep 1 – 3 are the first three instalments of an American scifi spy thriller television series created by Tony Gilroy for the streaming service Disney+. A prequel to the Star Wars spin-off film Rogue One (2016), the series follows thief-turned-Rebel spy Cassian Andor during the five years leading up to the events of the film. Diego Luna executive produces and reprises his Rogue One role as Cassian Andor. Kyle Soller, Adria Arjona, Joplin Sibtain, James McArdle, Rupert Vansittart, Stellan Skarsgård, Fiona Shaw, Alex Ferns, Gary Beadle, Genevieve O’Reilly, and Denise Gough also star. (Wikipedia)

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HOUSE OF THE DRAGON SEASON 1 EP 5 (STORY ANALYSIS)HOUSE OF THE DRAGON SEASON 1 EP 5 (STORY ANALYSIS)

House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 5

House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 5 is the fifth instalment of an American fantasy TV drama series based on the Fire and Blood novel written by George RR Martin and is a prequel to the highly successful Game of Thrones TV series. House of the Dragon will focus on the war of succession within House Targaryen, the ruling House of Westeros, almost 200 years before the events depicted in Game of Thrones.

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THE RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1 EP 4 (STORY ANALYSIS)THE RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1 EP 4 (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 4

The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 4 is the fourth instalment of the first season of a fantasy TV series streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Loosely based on the appendices author JRR Tolkien included in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, canonically, this series is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, whereas the Lord of the Rings was set in the Third Age. Much has been made about this series being unfaithful to Tolkien’s works and thus, we have decided to analyse the story of The Rings of Power on its own merits, while ignoring the accusations of virtue signalling race and gender swapping.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE SEASON 5 EP 1 – 2 (STORY ANALYSIS)THE HANDMAID’S TALE SEASON 5 EP 1 – 2 (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Handmaid's Tale Season 5 Ep 1 - 2

The Handmaid’s Tale Season 5 Ep 1 – 2 are the opening instalments of the fifth season of a dystopian alternate reality drama TV series based on Margaret Atwood’s novel of the same name. In this alternate history, the USA has been taken over by hardcore fundamental religious fanatics and renamed as Gilead. In Gilead, women have become the property of men once more as the nation is ruled by theocratic patriarchy. 

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HOUSE OF THE DRAGON SEASON 1 EP 4 (STORY ANALYSIS)HOUSE OF THE DRAGON SEASON 1 EP 4 (STORY ANALYSIS)

House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 4

House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 4 is the fourth instalment of an American fantasy TV drama series based on the Fire and Blood novel written by George RR Martin and is a prequel to the highly successful Game of Thrones TV series. House of the Dragon will focus on the war of succession within House Targaryen, the ruling House of Westeros, almost 200 years before the events depicted in Game of Thrones.

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THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY: WHY IT WORKSTHE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY: WHY IT WORKS

The Lord of the Rings trilogy

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is an epic fantasy movie drama series directed by Peter Jackson, based on the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novels viz. The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers and Return of the King. The trilogy was released from 2001 – 2003 and was critically acclaimed and a smash hit at the box office (almost $3 billion), with the final movie sweeping the Academy Awards in 2004.

With the prequel series, The Rings of Power being – like most modern-day adaptations – highly divisive, it is probably instructional to analyse the reasons why The Lord of the Rings trilogy works in a way that seems to have eluded the folks behind The Rings of Power series. Thus, although almost everybody in the civilised world has probably seen these films, a spoiler warning is still necessary.

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THE RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1 EP 3 (STORY ANALYSIS)THE RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1 EP 3 (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 3

The Rings of Power Season 1 Ep 3 is the third instalment of the first season of a fantasy TV series streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Loosely based on the appendices author JRR Tolkien included in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, canonically, this series is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, whereas the Lord of the Rings was set in the Third Age. Much has been made about this series being unfaithful to Tolkien’s works and thus, we have decided to analyse the story of The Rings of Power on its own merits, while ignoring the accusations of virtue signalling race and gender swapping.

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NOPE (STORY ANALYSIS)NOPE (STORY ANALYSIS)

NOPE

Nope is an American scifi horror film drama, written and directed by Jordan Peele. The film stars Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun, Michael Wincott, and Brandon Perea. The film has been generally well-received and has grossed over $148 million worldwide with a production cost of about $68 million.

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HOUSE OF THE DRAGON SEASON 1 EP 3 (STORY ANALYSIS)HOUSE OF THE DRAGON SEASON 1 EP 3 (STORY ANALYSIS)

House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 3

House of the Dragon Season 1 Ep 3 is the third instalment of an American fantasy TV drama series based on the Fire and Blood novel written by George RR Martin and is a prequel to the highly successful Game of Thrones TV series. House of the Dragon will focus on the war of succession within House Targaryen, the ruling House of Westeros, almost 200 years before the events depicted in Game of Thrones.

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MIKE EPS 3 – 4 (STORY ANALYSIS)MIKE EPS 3 – 4 (STORY ANALYSIS)

Mike Eps 3 - 4

Mike Eps 3 – 4 is the third/fourth parts of a biographical drama TV miniseries based on the life of heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson, played by Trevante Rhodes. The series is a stylised retelling of Tyson’s life from the perspective of a one-man show. Tyson has is not involved in the miniseries and he has disavowed it with a tweet – “Hulu used my Undisputed Truth show as the back drop for their Unauthorised Truth series about my life.”

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THE RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1 EPS 1 – 2 (STORY ANALYSIS)THE RINGS OF POWER SEASON 1 EPS 1 – 2 (STORY ANALYSIS)

The Rings of Power Season 1 Eps 1 - 2

The Rings of Power Season 1 Eps 1 – 2 are the first instalments of the first season of a fantasy TV series streaming on Amazon Prime Video. Loosely based on the appendices author JRR Tolkien included in his Lord of the Rings trilogy, canonically, this series is set in the Second Age of Middle Earth, whereas the Lord of the Rings was set in the Third Age. Much has been made about this series being not true to Tolkien’s works and thus, we have decided to analyse the story of The Rings of Power on its own merits, while ignoring the accusations of virtue signalling race and gender swapping.

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