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Friday, April 17, 2015


The cast of the police  procedural show CRIMINAL MINDS have  finished shooting Season 10 and with just two more episodes left, the viewers are left to wonder if there will be a Season 11. It's the hope that there would be a new season after this because the Criminal Minds fans aren't ready to bid the BAU team adieu just yet.

It's been a long road for the show and I can't believe it's been 10 years already. What first drew me to the show in the first place were the main cast members (I started watching from Season 4 & hunted for Seasons 1, 2 and 3)- all familiar faces except for Matthew Gray Gubler (Dr Spencer Reid with the eidetic memory) and Kirsten Vangness (the talkative technical analyst, Penelope Garcia).

It was a huge surprise to see  Thomas Gibson,  whom I remember mostly as Greg Montgomery in the sitcom Dharma & Greg, play the solemn and intense Special Agent Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner. His character was the complete opposite of Greg that I sometimes wondered if this was the same actor I saw in that sitcom, in the medical dram  series, Chicago Hope and the comedy The Flintstones In Viva Rock  Vegas.

The next surprise was Joe Mantegna who I never thought I  would see  play an FBI agent after his roles in  The Godfather Part 3 and The Last Don but I was pleased to see him take on the role of Agent David Rossi; more so after watching the previous seasons   and discovered he filled the void left by Mandy Patinkin who
played the original team leader, Jason Gideon and then left at the beginning of Season 3. The actor claimed there was a lot of violence in the show, hence his departure and he has a point; most of their cases make you feel very ill and wonder how some people can be so twisted and heartless. There's no question of Gideon ever coming back as his character was killed off in Season 10; "Nelson's Sparrow".

 There's the handsome ex The Young &The Restless actor, Shemar Moore, playing the tough yet compassionate Derek Morgan. Not so much of a surprise but until I discovered CM I did wonder where he ended up after The Young & The Restless; this role suits him completely and I'm glad he was in all 10 seasons.

 And there's the lovely A.J Cook. My first sight of her was in Final Destination Part 2 and since she was younger and  her hair wasn't blond in that movie, I didn't recognize her at first but I loved her character, level headed J.J immediately.

 Every Season has been eventful; not just because of the cases but in the personal lives of the characters and major changes. Lola Glaudini who played  Special Agent Elle Greenaway from Season 1 left in the middle of Season 2. She was replaced by the more popular Paget Brewster who played Emily Prentiss from Season 2 to 7
though her character was written off in the middle of Season 6 (A.J Cook too) but both brought back amidst fan pressure; and had a one episode comeback in Season 9.
Other events all through the show includes  Morgan facing an old nemesis in Season 2, J.J becoming a mother in Season 4, Hotch losing his wife to a serial killer in Season 5,  Emily's past unfolded in Season 6 and briefly replaced by Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols), J.J and Will finally marrying in Season 7,  Reid losing his girl friend and Section Chief Erin Strauss ( Jayne Atkinson) murdered in Season 8. The same season brought in Agent Alex Blake, played by Jeanne Tripplehorn but she later departed at the end of Season 9. Season 9, J.J is kidnapped and anti-violence Garcia is forced to use a gun!
 And there was the backdoor pilot episode in Season 5- The Fight- which later evolved to the spinoff,  Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior but was later cancelled after one season, which is a pity as Forrest Whitaker was very good as  the red cells' team leader, Special Agent Sam Cooper, who  strongly reminded me of Gideon.

The current Season 10 has been especially eventful. The new agent, or rather new addition to the BAU team was Kate Callahan and much to my surprise played by    Jennifer Love Hewitt. And before we could catch  our breath, Rossi discovers he's a father and grandfather but then loses an old war comrade (played by his real life friend Meshach Taylor), Kate is pregnant, Reid meets an agent that just might become  a new love interest and we are treated to another backdoor episode to another Criminal Minds spinoff- Criminal Minds:  Beyond Borders- guest staring C.S.I: N.Y alumni, Gary Sinise.

Criminal Minds is as different as they come from other police procedural t.v shows as the suspect's behaviour is thoroughly examined and profiled before the actual arrest. With its high ratings it deserves to have a new season; even if we have its new spin-off to look forward to.
Here's hoping for Season 11! 

Thursday, April 16, 2015


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I was very glad to read in The Punch this morning that the three Orekoya boys kidnapped by their nanny were found alive and reunited with their parents. After found abandoned at Shasha area of Lagos, the children were immediately taken to the hospital for a thorough check up and treatment. On hearing about their kidnapping last week, my heart immediately went out to the boys’ parents who were no doubt out of their minds with worry, especially after the kidnappers’ demand of 15 million naira for the safe return of their little boys. Just to show we should be more than careful about the hired help we bring into our houses! And what’s worse, the nanny was hired via; a popular online trading website.   No one could have possibly foreseen such a thing like this to happen and lord knows how’s owner or owners will get over this stain in its reputation.
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And even more good news; the “ Olx nanny”; who called herself Mary Akinloye when she was hired by the unsuspecting family was arrested last night; according to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Kayode Aderanti; thanks to the police investigators'  smart move of tracing her through the cell phone used to contact the children’s parents. Her accomplices, however, are still at large but hopefully the police will get them eventually; before they go after other children.
The Orekoya boys are safely back with their parents now and time and love will help them get over their 8 day ordeal. All’s well that ends well. But in the meantime it would be best to stick to buying and selling online; not hiring a stranger online to look after your kids.  

Wednesday, April 08, 2015


Two years ago, on the 13th of April,  two young horrors, Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev  planted bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring several people. Today, a verdict was reached and the surviving of the two  who caused so much pain and chaos- has been found guilty on 30 charges; making him eligible for the death penalty.
It still baffles me how anyone could have such a low regard for human life. It's  heartrending to see Islam's teachings blackened and misunderstood  and used as a reason to cause mass destruction. For those two to do what they did, one cannot imagine exactly what was in their heads when they planted those bombs- nothing except the intention to cause a major tragedy and for what? 
The Tsarnev boys chose to throw their lives away; Tamerlan's now dead and Dzhokhar, at 21, will probably be given the death penalty. He's probably not afraid of death since he regards his brother as a martyr in paradise, one wonders if the thought of being executed would  even terrify him.
Looking at his pic on the internet, I'm filled with nothing but disgust for him. When I think of the people who were killed and injured on that fateful day, I'm reminded of how he and his brother showed no regard for human life and causing  Muslims to be likened to terrorists. Killing and bombing is not way to win God's favour!
Whatever punishment that awaits this young man, he more than deserves it. I can say no more than that.

Sunday, April 05, 2015


Latest in "The Fast & Furious" franchise;  FURIOUS 7  has additional cast members; Jason Statham (The Transporter), Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) and veteran actor, Kurt Russell.  Sadly (As we all know) this is the final movie of original cast member Paul Walker who died in a car crash on November 30th, 2013.
Spoiler: Look out for a fight between Jason Statham and The Rock!
When I watched the first FAST & FURIOUS so long ago; I never imagined it would go this far- six sequels
Rest in peace Paul Walker.

Thursday, April 02, 2015



If anybody asked me the first time I watched THE SOUND OF MUSIC; I wouldn't know. This movie was an "often watched" one when I was a child; mostly on weekends. Dad would pop in the tape in the VCR and my brothers and I would watch the beautiful woman (Julie Andrews) appearing on the mountain and burst into song- a sight we were never tired of! The nuns didn't have to give their differing opinions about Maria- the main one being "Maria is not an asset to the abbey"- it was obvious to us even then that Maria stood out, despite her protests the abbey was her home and life. So we were rather glad the Reverend Mother (Peggy Wood) sent her off "only for a little while" to experience the world by being a governess to the Von Trapp children (Lisel, Fredrich, Louisa, Brigitta, Kurt, Marta and Gretl). Little did Maria know her life would be changed forever after meeting their handsome and initially forbidding father, Captain Von Trapp( Christopher Plummer).

Maria proved to be the family's guardian angel as she made some positive changes in the household, befriending and earning the trust of the children, teaching them to sing and there's the epic scene where she stood up to Captain Von Trapp and accused him of shutting out the children; drawing him back to their arms. I think the  part where  he realised she was right and apologised to her afterwards was when I started liking him; I couldn't see why any father would treat his children the way he did, even if he was still grieving their mother (how I hated that whistle he initially used to summon them). Hence it was wonderful watching the change from a cold man to a warm father.
Even a heart warming story like this wouldn't be complete without a little conflict, the conflict was in the shape of the elegant Baroness (Eleanor Parker) who immediately saw what the Captain felt for Maria before he even realised it himself and her subtle move of keeping them apart only brought them closer and I must say, the woman showed maturity by gracefully admitting defeat and leaving them to be together.
 To this day, the scene where Captain Von Trapp admitted his love to Maria at the gazebo is my favorite and the song 'My Favorite Things' was actually the inspiration behind this blog's title.
And there's the other conflict, the Nazis occupying Austria and the Captain, refusing to be one of them- "and joining them... unthinkable"- hence their flight from Austria to Switzerland and the beginning of a new life. As this is a true story, to the uninitiated fans; the Von Trapp family became professional singers, their legacy still continuing to this very day; one of which includes a music institute.

I have The Sound of Music on DVD presently and I rejoice with the cast as they celebrate its 50th Anniversary. I remember its last anniversary where Christopher Plummer and Julie Andrews appeared on OPRAH (still handsome, still beautiful) but was more enthralled when the children were summoned, via whistle! It's so great to see them all together again to celebrate this wonderful classic's anniversary. The Sound of Music is a tale of faith, unexpected turns of life and importance of family. It will always be a delight to me and millions of fans over the world and I wish it a very happy golden anniversary.

The Lonely Goatherd - The Sound Of Music, Sung by Julie Andrews as Wonderful Original Maria from Isaac Sarayiah on Vimeo.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015



 I really loathe writing on politics on my blog but this particular topic can not be avoided. Last Saturday, Nigerians came out en masse to cast their votes and today the results released by INEC has shown that APC's presidential candidate; Muhammadu Buhari is the winner, hence the President- elect.
Well there's been a lot of reactions; mostly positive ones as Buhari is seen as a positive change in Nigeria- "VOTE FOR CHANGE; VOTE BUHARI."
Once he's sworn in, our new president will have a lot of work to do; most especially (I hope) aside from making several changes that will benefit the country for the better, see to the rescue of the remaining Chibok girls who were kidnapped from their school by Boko Haram almost a year ago, we all hope to hear good news regarding them from now on.
Aside from the hiccup in Rivers and Enugu doing Election Day, one can say that the Election went very well and with the results; the Nigerian people have definitely spoken. This will be the second time the country will have Buhari as its leader and with the majority of Nigerians who believed in him enough to cast their vote in his favor- we hope he would do a very job and be a credit to the nation under his administration.
The very best of luck to the new President-elect.