Sense 8 | Season One | Netflix

Synopsis:
A group of eight people are linked telepathically and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat.

 

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

First of all – this is THE MOST UNDERRATED series in the history of television. It’s also one of THE MOST BRILLIANT shows ever filmed. The concept is so fresh and so fascinating it will blow your mind. Blow. Your. Mind.

Warning: The first episode is very confusing. Not only are there eight main characters, with their own story line, that intertwines with the other cast members – the show is also ALL OVER THE MAP. And when I say, “all over the map,” I literally mean all over the map. Filmed in eight different countries and cities: From Chicago, to San Francisco, to Iceland, to Nairobi, Korea, Germany, India, London, Mexico, Berlin, and Mumbai.

I don’t know how the The Wachowski siblings – creators of The Matrix movies – managed to slip between so many different countries and so many different characters and sometimes even between the past and the present, so seamlessly!!! It’s truly UNLIKE ANYTHING I’ve ever watched. EVER. The scenery alone is absolutely breathtaking and the cinematography is unbelievable.

Eight strangers: Will, Riley, Capheus, Sun, Lito, Kala, Wolfgang, and Nomi – from different cultures and different parts of the world – suddenly start to experience dreams or visions of each other following the tragic death of their unifying connection. These visions start to conjoin them emotionally and mentally. Telepathically. Giving them access to each others knowledge language, and skills. While trying to figure how and why this connection happened and what this connection means, another mysterious man named Jonas tries to help the eight. Each episode reflects the views of the characters interacting with each other while delving deeper into their backgrounds.

Episodes two and three aren’t quite as fast as episode one, which is good, because it gives you the chance to figure out who is who and what the hell country your in. By episode four, you should have a complete understanding of each character, what their ‘special power’ is and how and why they interact with each other.

I found myself experiencing every human emotion possible. I laughed, I cried, I screamed, I cheered. I sang, I stood up and danced, and I sat down and yelled.

I cannot say enough good things about the series without giving away spoilers. And I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for Season Two to be released on May 5th!

 

* HIGHLY RECOMMEND! 5/5

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Fun Facts:

* Because the series takes place in so many different locations in eight different countries around the world, by the end of the shooting, the cast and crew had completed 100,000 miles of flight time, the equivalent of going around the globe four times.

* Filming in Iceland happened twice. The first time in the summer of 2014 and the second time 6 months later during the winter months.

* Co-creator J. Michael Straczynski, has written fan-favorite runs on comics such as Thor, Fantastic Four, and the Amazing Spider-man.

* Jamie Clayton is transgender, just like her character, Nomi. The doctor who performed the gender confirmation of Jamie Clayton was Dr. Toby Meltzer. In the series Nomi’s doctor is called Dr. Metzger.

 

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Hunted | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:

Sam is espionage operative for “Byzantium” a private intelligence agency. She survives an attempt on her life, which she strongly suspects was orchestrated by members of the company she works for. After recovering and returning to active duty, not knowing who tried to kill her or whom to trust. It becomes evident that the attempt on her life is tied into a horrific event from her childhood.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:
This spy-mystery-thriller is kind of like a watered down version of the Showtime Series, Homeland, and I didn’t really like the first episode. It seemed a bit too unbelievable and totally over the top. But, since I have a personal rule: ‘any new show gets at least two episodes’ I stuck with it. And man I’m glad I did! Once I decided to suspend reality, I was able to get on board with the plot.

The eight-episode series centers on Sam Hunter – who works for a private intelligence agency. She’s like the female version of James Bond, or better yet, Jason Bourne. It starts out in Tangiers where she survives an attempt on her life and is left for dead. After hiding out in Scotland and self-training she returns London, with no explanation. She is assigned to infiltrate a ruthless criminal, Jack Turner, and goes undercover as a nanny inside their house. She needs to find out who tried to kill her, but she doesn’t know whom she can trust. There are frequent flashbacks to her childhood when she witnessed her mother’s death and her subsequent kidnapping. It takes all eight episodes to figure out how her past is connected to her current assignment.

Filmed on location in Tangiers, Scotland and London, gives depth to the series. It’s also action packed with loads of fight scenes, chases, and crazy combat! If you like spy thrillers and are willing to believe a woman can be just as bad-ass as a man, then you should enjoy this show as much as I did. And I am totally looking forward to Season Two!

* Recommend 3/5

 

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Chance | Season One | Hulu

Synopsis:

A forensic neuro-psychiatrist reluctantly enters a dangerous and violent world of mistaken identity, police corruption and mental illness.

Trailer:

 

 

My Commentary:
Psychiatrist Eldon Chance, played by Hugh Laurie – is going through a divorce, has a strained relationship with his daughter, and struggling financially. Chance normally doesn’t ‘treat’ patients he just assesses them and referrers them to other doctors with a treatment plan. However, everything changes when he meets Jaclyn Blackstone, who turns out to have dark secrets and major psychological problems. Her immediate issue is trying to escape from her abusive husband who happens to be a corrupt cop. Chance falls for Jaclyn and becomes obsessed with helping her but quickly discovers he’s in over his head. He reluctantly gets help from an unhinged, emotionally disturbed, furniture maker, named D. D also happens to be highly skilled and calculated, with extensive knowledge of tactics, weaponry and hand-to-hand combat.

I was instantly hooked within the first five minutes of episode one, and not just because I love me some Hugh Laurie. This ten-episode season moves pretty quickly and even though some of the plot twists were predictable, I found myself on the edge of my seat.

I absolutely enjoyed this season and I am very much looking forward to the next ten episodes in season two!

*Recommend 3/5 stars

 

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The OA | Netflix | Season One

Synopsis:
Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:
I don’t like to write bad reviews. Mostly because I appreciate ALL THINGS TV. But, um… I feel compelled to share my opinions about this series. I actually hated the 1st episode. HATED. However, I have a personal policy to give each new show a MINIMUM of two episodes. And I was glad that I did. Because at the end of the second episode I thought we might really be onto something.

Sadly, that was not the case.

At no point, during the entire season did I feel any empathy or any connection to any of the characters. In fact, the leading lady made me want to stab my own eyeballs with rusty scissors. And while some of the co-stars almost convinced me there was a real story line, I was ultimately disappointed. It was slow. It didn’t go anywhere. And the finale shit the bed.

It COULD HAVE BEEN incredible because the idea was great. But the casting, acting, and overall story lacked emotion and momentum. Toward the end I found myself fast-forwarding just to get it over with already.

“In a series of recent interviews, Marling and Batmanglij have offered their thoughts and their defenses of that shocking season finale — and to reassure you that it’s okay to laugh at it a bit.”

* Laugh? No. More like felt annoyed. Shocking finale? No. More like totally-super-lame. Thanks for wasting my time!

  • DO NOT RECOMMEND. UNLESS YOU’RE REALLY FUCKING BORED!

 

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Leah Remini: Scientology & The Aftermath | Season One | A&E

Synopsis:
The series explores the experiences of Leah Remini and other former members of the Church of Scientology. The Church of Scientology is extremely critical of Remini, and the show, and established a website attacking both.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:
Many people have confused me as ‘That Girl’ from “The King of Queens.” Mostly because of the way I speak and less because of the way I look. However, when I was in my twenties, people said we could be sisters. And I liked being compared to her. And maybe we could pass as sisters from another mister?

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Over the years, our so-called-similarities drew me toward her as an actress.

And then I fell in love with her.

Alas, I had NO IDEA Leah is such a fearless warrior.

Until, now.

This eight part A&E documentary series goes behind the scenes of Scientology. It also shines a painfully honest light on the victimization of high-ranking-minions and other members.

Without giving too much away…

The first few episodes are filled with information the public basically already knew. But, each episode unwraps another layer until you start to realize this is some kind of cult craziness. Like Charles Manson – cult crazy. Only, it’s not just a few hundred Manson followers. It’s David Miscavige and a few MILLION followers. Like, Nazi Germany’s HITLER – cult crazy.

From sexual abuse, forced abortions, and the purposeful separation of husbands and wives, to brainwashing, and beatings – I’ve never cried so much while cheering for those who’ve ‘escaped’ even when it cost losing their entire families.

Episode five opened my eyes in a way that would not have been possible without this series. Watching Leah literally get stalked, harassed and intimidated – BY THE CHURCH – is not only alarming and scary, but it defines her level of bravery because she refuses to back down and it only makes her dig even deeper into their corrupt and controversial ways.

I truly believe this series is actually protecting those who have spoken out against the church, because now they are on record, and on national television.

And DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE “SEA ORG” BECAUSE HOW IN THE BLUE FUCK IS THAT REMOTELY OKAY, OR EVEN LEGAL??? How is a 14, 15, or 16 year old capable of signing billion year contract. Yes, you read that correctly. A BILLION year contract. WTF? NO.

I have never been more fascinated or impressed with such a celebrity. At least not in a very long time. Here is a woman – IN HOLLYWOOD – using her celebrity to SAVE/HELP other people: women, men, children, families, and other unsuspecting individuals, from an inevitable demise. Rather than promote/market the latest fashion craze, or build an unnecessary empire with a new perfume line. She is choosing to put her privacy and her safety on the line – merely to expose one of the most dangerous cults of our time.

I raise my glass and tip my hat, to you, Leah Remini!

Keep on keeping on, woman!!

Here’s hoping they go down in flames.

* Highly recommend

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The Killing Season | A&E

Synopsis:

The Killing Season is a documentary about one of the most bizarre unsolved serial killer cases of our time. It primarily focuses on the deaths of ten sex workers discovered on Gilgo Beach, Long Island. Authorities believe these killings are the work of the Long Island Serial Killer, LISK, who remains at large, to this very day.

 

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Now y’all know I LOVE serial killing, murder, crime, suspense, and thriller TV. Give me documentaries – on that very subject – such as ‘Making A Murderer’ and my heart will skip a beat.

While this ten-part A&E special IS very interesting, it’s not exactly what I was hoping for. The first three episodes had me on the edge of my seat. But, then? Things took a weird turn and stopped focusing on the Gilgo Beach, murders.

I fully appreciate why things took such a drastic turn. And I fully appreciate learning about how many potential serial killers may be at large on any given day. Moreover, I felt an enormous sense of sympathy toward the targeted victims – all sex-workers – because other than their immediate families, and these two documantarians, NO ONE ELSE seems to give a shit about finding these missing woman. NOT EVEN THE POLICE. And no one is trying to figure out the possible connections between any these murders, or serial killing patterns.

Even though I was hoping/expecting for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT – like some sort of resolution, or new information leading us toward a definitive suspect as the LISK – this documentary still shinned a necessary light on the horrors I can’t even begin to imagine. And it makes me question, a lot, about police protocol and procedures.

Also? Thanks to this show, I am currently addicted to scouring THIS website.

  • Recommended 3 out of 5

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Good Girls Revolt | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:
Inspired by true events, the series follows a group of young female researchers in 1969 at ‘News of the Week,’ as they embark on their revolution journey for equality in the workplace. One small step becomes one big movement that sparks change and upends marriages, careers, sex lives, love lives, and friendships.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

First of all, I love anything ‘Period Piece’ so when a show like this comes along – set in 1969/1970 – I HAD to check it out. After just one episode I fell completely in love with every single character.

This is sort of like the series ‘Mad Men’ in that it deals with women issues of that generation in the workplace. Except it’s not about advertising. It’s about a News magazine. The music, the clothes, the makeup, the hair, and the jewelry are incredibly FABULOUS. The set is also perfection. You are literally transported back in time. From the vending machines, phones, typewriters, and old Taxi’s, the scenery make the series feel genuinely authentic.

The main character, Patti Robinson, is full of fire and gusto. She’s a rebel, beat-nick, hippie – passionate about her job, yet desperately wants to be more than just a researcher. She wants to become a reporter. But the magazine doesn’t allow women writers. Still, Patti busts her ass – using her resources and connections, even catches a secret midnight flight to California, to cover the story of the violence at the Altamont Festival. However, that story will NEVER credit HER work. This aspect of the job infuriates Patti which immediately causes her to form a deep connection with fellow researcher, Nora Ephron. Yes, THE NORA EPHRON who is all about fighting for women’s rights and introduces Patti to a black, pregnant, ACLU lawyer, named Eleanor Holmes Norton. There’s also an aspiring novelist, Cindy, who works in the newsroom before she is supposed to settle down and have a family, or will she finally discover herself and completely change her life path? And lastly, Jane Hollander, the proper lady expected of women in the sixties, resistant to any type of metamorphosis, at least, at first.

These women are fantastic. The cast is CRAZY good. It’s incredible to watch them come of age, so to speak. The challenges and changes they make in their personal lives and for society as a whole. I’m sure ANYONE who actually grew up during this time will also appreciate this series.

 

But here’s what I don’t understand.

Amazon decided to CANCEL this series.

Um.

Seriously, Amazon? WTF. You’re wrong.

  • Good Girls Revolt creator, Dana Calvo, says Amazon didn’t care about the show, Amazon disagrees.

I REALLY hope ‘The Revolution’ will be televised elsewhere, as THR also reports. ABC, Freeform, USA Network, Bravo and Hulu are all eyeing the series for a second season. Yes, please! Whoever picks this series up I will be there to watch!

 

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Sneaky Pete | Test-Pilot Episode| Amazon Prime

Synopsis:

Freshly released from prison, Marius, played by, Giovanni Ribisi, takes cover from his past by assuming the identity of his cellmate, Pete. After realizing he can’t go home, Marius moves in with Pete’s estranged and unsuspecting family, quickly wriggling into the family’s bail bond business. He’s a criminal taking down other criminals. But maybe, in the process, he will discover the family life he’s never had and always wanted.

 

Trailer:

  • SPECIAL NOTES = Via Wikipedia:

In November 2014, CBS gave a production commitment to Sneaky Pete.[3] And a formal pilot for the show, shot in New York, in March.[4] In May, CBS decided to pass.

Later, it was reported the pilot might move to cable networks, with many expressing interest.[6] In June, it was reported that Amazon was in negotiations to pick up the show with some tweaking and possible minor re-shoots before being made available to the viewers.[7]

The pilot was released on Amazon on August 7, 2015 – and after viewer votes – was ordered to series on September 2015.[8] The latest news regarding the release of episode 2 and the rest of the series appears to indicate that Amazon will have shows available in January 2017. [9]


My Commentary:

So, I watched S01|E01 without knowing ANY of the information above. Didn’t watch a trailer. Didn’t Google. I went into this series completely blind.

And loved it.

I loved the premise, the actors, the writing, the whole nine.

And then?

Bryan CranstonWalter White, of Breaking Bad – appeared.

And then?

I almost died.
Legit.
Almost. Died.

And then, while reading the credits, I discovered David Shore AND Bryan Cranston wrote, produced, and directed this series.

STFU.

Shut. The. Fuck. Up.

And then, I finally ‘Googled’ to discovered the information above!

And then …. * head explodes *

And now???

I’m anxiously awaiting Amazon to release the whole season.

YES, PLEASE!

 

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Fleabag | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:

A six-part comedy series adapted from the award-winning play about a young woman trying to cope with life in London whilst coming to terms with a recent tragedy.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Normally, I give any/all shows at least one full episode. If they have potential, two full episodes. But, if I’m not hooked by then? I’m out.

There have also been times when I’ve REALLY tried to FORCE myself to like a show, like: Game Of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and, Boardwalk Empire which I’ve dedicated two whole seasons before giving up, running away, and never looking back.

This show does not fall into either of those categories.

Sadly, I did NOT make it past the first six minutes. I have NO IDEA what tragedy the main character is trying to come to terms with and I have no idea if this show has the potential to be amazing – because I couldn’t last long enough.

And here’s why….

1. Usually, I enjoy random commentary [where the lead speaks to the camera as though the other characters aren’t even there]. But what I couldn’t handle was the incessant commentary. And by incessant, I literally mean every.two.seconds. To the point where you can’t even watch a five-second-scene without listening to the girl pontificate about what we’re already watching with our own eyes!!! Beyond overkill. No thank you.

2. We all know sex sells and it’s even necessary for certain plot lines; and I am not a prude, but I’m not really a big fan of sex scenes. In fact, seven years ago, I almost quit watching Shameless because there was way too much sex and not enough story lines. However, sex scenes, for a good reason: love, passion, heartache, heartbreak, ect… = TOTALLY AWESOME! * As long as it’s NOT just for ratings. And as long as it’s not just for shock value.

Within 30 seconds of this show, not only is the main character a blabbering, pontificating, windbag, she takes it up the ass from a booty-call. Which I guess might be the TRUE definition of a “booty-call” – merely for shock value, or, simply to make the already ‘trying-too-hard’ show seem intriguing.

And that’s just not my bag. And it’s not how to captivate MY personal interests.
Shit, I’d rather just watch porn. With less talking!

Although, the critics totally disagree with me [see below], and you might too.

So, if you’re into excessive explanations and watching ‘G-Rated’ drunk, lousy, anal sex? Have it at!

With so much else to watch and write about, I truly don’t have the time for this nonsense.

NEXT!!

 

  • Do NOT Recommend.

Via Wikipedia:

Fleabag is a six-part British comedy television series set in London. It was produced by Two Brothers Pictures for digital channel BBC Three[1] and in a co-production agreement with Amazon Studios.[2] The show premiered on 21 July 2016.[3] Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes and stars as the main character, Fleabag, a young woman attempting to navigate modern life in London.

Fleabag has received positive reviews. Metacritic gave it an 88 score,[10] with Emily Nussbaum from The New Yorker calling it “a precision black-humor mechanism, a warped and affecting fable about one single woman’s existence.”[11] Mo Ryan at Variety calls it scathingly funny.[12] Mike Hale in The New York Times praises the show for its “restless, almost feral energy and its slap-in-the-face attitude.”[13] Tim Goodman from The Hollywood Reporter sees the show as “heralding a very distinctive new voice on television.”[14] And Alan Sepinwall from HitFix describes the show as “something achingly beautiful.”[15]


 

 

 

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This Is Us | Season One | NBC

Synopsis:
It is about the family lives and connections of several people who all share the same birthday and the ways in which they’re similar and different.

 

Trailer:

 

 

My Commentary:

I’m not really a big fan of ‘Network’ TV. I’m not saying it’s lousy, I’m just saying with so many other options – and commercial free options – it’s rare to find such a GEM like This Is Us.

I don’t think I’ve truly enjoyed ‘Network TV’ since way back in the days of: M*A*S*H, Family Ties, Law & Order, Seinfeld, Scrubs, or Parenthood – just to name a few.

But every once in awhile? We get lucky. Every once in a while, there comes a show; so brilliant, so compelling, so real, so honest, so raw, and so poignant – you will laugh out loud and ugly cry all at the same damn time.  And THIS is that VERY show.

From the first episode with the craziest plot twist – a plot twist NO ONE WILL EVER SEE COMING –  all the way through the Mid-Sesason Winter Finale with the craziest plot twist – a plot twist NO ONE WILL EVER SEE COMING! UM!! OMG!!

You will fall in love with every character, even if you don’t want to. You will be forced to feel ALL OF THE FEELS, but in a really good, cathartic kind of way. Seriously, keep a box of Kleenex handy. And you will THANK THE SHOW for making you experience all of the feels. You will be left thinking, laughing, crying, and hugging your own chest. Hell, you might even hug those closest to you even more. I know I have.

And … If not?
You’re clearly not human.
And you have no soul.

* Honestly, this show comes with my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

I just hope the writers & network, keep up with the pace & fabulousness of this show. Because right now? It’s nothing short of phenomenal.

 

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PS: This show is sort of like the old network show, Parenthood, only on STEROIDS.
And the only cable comparison has to be my all time FAVORITE Showtime series, SHAMELESS. Yeah, it’s like that. Just not as ‘raunchy’