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HERCULES (2014) – My rating: 7.5/10

HerculesHo Hum, it’s pretty much the same story I’ve seen and heard many times before. While Dwayne Johnson makes a fantastic Hercules, he can’t change the redundancy of the story. Hercules is about a strong man or Demigod (which ever tickles your fancy), who’s family was killed while he was drugged by some unknown person. Since he doesn’t know what happened, he can’t defend himself against the accusation that he killed his wife and 3 children in a drunken stupor. In the meanwhile he’s asked to defend villages, towns and nations against armies, thieves, monsters and robbers because of his strength and knowledge. Finally he comes across a situation that encourages him to commit to saving Greece from a ruthless warlord only to find truth and freedom. I really liked Hercules because I really like period pieces. It was done tastefully and was entertaining. The cast was brilliant and well acted. I think we are at a point in history where not too much will surprise us and I don’t see plots and story lines being too different. I think Hercules is a decent investment of time and money.

THE BLACKLIST – My rating 9.5/10

BlackListI will start by admitting I am a stanch James Spader fan.  Having said that, I must further say The Black List is an outstanding series.  Of course James Spader is what makes The Black List so special — his unique acting abilities and deliverance is simply brilliant.  The story revolves around  Raymond ‘Red’ Reddington (Spader) who is on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list.  One day he gives himself up to the FBI and then makes a bazaar offer to help them capture the 10 most notorious criminals in the world.  There’s only one catch, that he has complete freedom to move about as he sees fit and he only works through FBI agent,  Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).  No one knows why he picked this particular agent since she’s not as seasoned as some of her fellow agents but suspicions are flying.  This drama is well written and well thought out.  Each week Red delivers and so does the Black List.  Very interesting.  I’ve been told The Black List is the #1 show on TV.  I share in the feeling that it deserves to be there.