Before I get to the recap, I have a clarification that needs to be made. There was some confusion on the title of last week’s recap in that I titled it Season 2 Premiere. Technically this is not accurate because technically this is the third season when you take into account the British show Chris Ryan’s Strike Back, which according to one of my commenters, helps explains part of the story that took place last season. Chris Ryan’s Strike Back was not a show that was aired in the US (to my knowledge) and it wasn’t ever aired on Cinemax. This current season is the show’s second on Cinemax and most of us Yanks, consider it the show’s second season. However…one funky thing about this show is there are no episode titles. They are simply numbered. Episode 1 was last season’s premiere, Episode 10 was the finale and the double-header last week were Episodes 11 and 12. To eliminate any further confusion, I will be titling these recaps to reflect how Cinemax titles each episode. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get on with it…
If I remember correctly, the general response to news of a Total Recall remake was simply: why? Remakes, reboots and re-imaginings are all the rage these days, so therein lies the answer. Even the original was based on established material. First came Phillip K. Dick’s short story, We Can Remember It For You Wholesale. Then we got the 1990 Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle that dealt with that whole Mars story. Which leads us to the new version, starring Colin Farrell that came out last weekend. Obviously there will be comparisons made because anything that is based on previously established material is prime fodder for comparisons and criticisms. But I can’t really compare this newer version to the others that came before it. I have never read the short story, and to be honest, it’s been so long since I’ve seen the 1990 Paul Verhoeven version, that all I can remember aside from Mars, is the bulging-eye part. I went into this film blind to its predecessors, which to me, is an advantage. So the question is, was it actually any good?
(Beware….minor spoilers ahead…..)
Last year Cinemax pulled a fast one on me with their original series, Strike Back. Originally a British series, Cinemax has taken it on as its own and after a bloody, explosive, sex and death filled first (or second if you count the original British series) season, it’s finally back. And from what the new trailer shows, it’s back with a vengeance.
Set about ten years after the events of Clash of the Titans, Wrath picks up with demigod Perseus (Sam Worthington), having shunned his demigod status and choosing to live a normal life, working as a fisherman and raising his son, Helius. There isn’t much mention of Io, his wife, aside from the fact that she died, but Perseus trudges on trying to raise his son away from the shadow of the gods.
Perseus gets a visit from his father Zeus (Liam Neeson), who tells him that because mortals have stopped praying to the gods, they’re losing their power. The lack of belief is creating a chain reaction, which results in the weakening of Tartarus, the underground / underworld prison where the gods sent the titans. It’s kind of like Azkaban, but without the Dementors. Anyway, Zeus asks for Persues’ help, which he refuses. Shortly after, Zeus is captured by his brother Hades (Ralph Fiennes), and his other son, Ares (Edgar Ramirez) so that they can transfer Zeus’ power to resurrect Kronos, father to Zeus, Hades and Poseidon. With me so far?