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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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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The Fall | Season Three | Netflix

Synopsis:

British crime/drama series filmed and set in Northern Ireland.
Two hunters. One: cold, deliberate, and highly efficient. The other: strong, athletic, and married with children. One is a serial killer and the other is a cop.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Okay, so, um, yeah….

I have OBSESSED over this show ever since it premiered a few years back. However, almost a year passed between seasons 2 & 3. After watching the first half-hour of the season three premiere, I forgot what happened in the previous seasons. So if you have a bad memory, like me, may I suggest watching the last two episodes of season two – like a refresher course – before starting season three. Because season three LITERALLY picks up EXACTLY where season two ended.

Filmed in Northern Ireland, this British crime drama will grab you immediately. The relationship between police detective Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) and the serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) is nothing short of dynamic. It’s sooooo much deeper than your typical ‘good against evil’ or ‘light against dark’. The way she gets inside of his head, and the way he gets inside of her head, gets inside YOUR head and the psychological thrilling never ends. While she’s hunting him, he’s hunting his next victim, all the while taunting her. And maybe – in the end – just maybe, these two aren’t as different as they think they are.

Season three is a lot more graphic than the previous seasons – especially the hospital scenes. So. Much. Blood. You’ve been warned. There’s also less dialogue this season and more thought provoking actions than before. Some people thought this season too ‘slow’ but I completely disagree! In fact, I watched all six episodes in one sitting because I COULD NOT WAIT to find out what was going to happen next. Without giving anything away – I found myself screaming at the television, several times, uncontrollably. Luckily, all of my questions were answered before the finale.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

  • For a really killer review WITH SPOILERS click HERE!

 

 


The Fall received positive reviews from critics. Both the first and the second season received a rating of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. The third season has a rating of 75%.[40] The first season has a score of 81 out of 100 on Metacritic, indicating “universal acclaim”. The third season has a score of 60 out of 100, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.[41]

Black Mirror | Season Three | Netflix:

Synopsis:
Anthology series. Displaying the dark side of life and the scary side of technology.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

This show is OFF.THE.CHAIN. It’s way outside of my normal scope of television viewing. I’ve never been into anything remotely Sci-Fi. But, this isn’t really Sci-Fi in the traditional sense. Touted by Stephen King as, “terrifying, funny, intelligent” and “like this generations, Twilight Zone.” And that is completely accurate. It’s definitely mind-fucking, twisted, and intensely disturbing. You’ve been warned.

Season Three consists of six episodes – one hour each – but what’s interesting is that you don’t need to ‘binge-watch’ because none of the episodes intersect with each other. Each episode stands on it’s own. Some of those episodes really make you think and stick with you for days.

Without giving too much away, because I loathe when other people post spoilers, I will just list my favorite episodes of this season.

Episode 2  – Playtest
Episode 3 –  Shut Up and Dance
Episode 6 – Hated in the Nation

 

What are YOUR favorite episodes this season?

 

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HELLO … IT’S ME …

HELLO

IT’S ME

AND I’M STILL ADDICTED TO WATCHING TOO MUCH TV …

 

It’s been a while.

Yeah.

Like, a really long while.

Whatevs.

 

I’m not going to waste anyone’s time with details, excuses, or dramatic re-enactments explaining my disappearance. Aint nobody got time for that. This isn’t an episode of Snapped.

However?

And, luckily for y’all…

My undying love – for all things television – has NOT been compromised.

not. even. a. little.

In fact – during my unexplained absence – my love affair with TV has grown even stronger.

 

 

With the newest viewing options; from cable and networks providing ondemand capabilities – to Smart TV’s and RoKu apps, such as: Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime?

I’ve inevitably developed a sixth-sense.

For real, people.

I’ve been given a gift. Finding the most awesome television shows, ever.

Some people read fortunes, see the dead, or communicate with the other side. Other people provide stock options, develop retirement plans, or figure out super fancy shit with money. Some people learn. Some people teach. Some people have degrees. And some people just flip burgers or mop floors.

I am not any of those people.

I’m just a television junkie. Committed to all things TV since 1974.

 

 

And I am here to give you the inside info.

  1. I’ll let you know when something is worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you the reasons why.
  1. I’ll let you know when something is NOT worthy of binge-watching. And I’ll give you those reasons why.

 

Why?

Because I’m nice like that.

 

 

On the other hand?

I am NOT going to research facts, or spend hours perusing IMBD, or spend one second looking up Rotten Tomato or other notable Critic Scores. I am NOT going to read reviews before, during, or after – watching any show, on any venue, ever.

This is just an unbiased and un-researched television junkie’s blog.

That. Is. All.

 

So…

Brew some coffee, or pour yourself a cocktail, and let’s watch worthy TV, together, again!

Hope y’all enjoy my recommendations, as much as I enjoy watching these shows.

 

* PS: Suggestions are ALWAYS welcome, usually on my Facebook account. Except for anything SyFy and/or History. NO. Because, BORING. Denied.
FYI: I favor crime/suspense/murder/mystery – on any & all venues. And then I will lean on: Comedy, HGTV, IDTV, BRAVOTV, or even Reality TV, when desperate.

 

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Arrested Development – Season Four

 

I have loved this show from the very beginning.  The characters, the writing, the family dynamic, and all of its campy goodness have made me laugh out loud over the years.  And I was incredibly sad when the show was unexpectedly cancelled.

You can imagine my joy when they released Season Four on Netflix.

And I dove right in.

At first, I have to admit I was a little disappointed.  I am also not ashamed to admit that I didn’t really get what they were doing until about episode five.

After watching the whole season, I went back and watched it again.

And now?

Oh, my goodness.

It’s THE MOST tightly crafted thing I’ve ever seen.

 

 

The intersecting story lines, the esoteric references to episodes from nine years ago, the attention to detail.

Everything about this season is brilliant.

As a fan, I love this all so much.

And as an author, I am speechless with the writers’ precision.

Well done, Arrested Development!  Well done, indeed.

 


Via Wikipedia

Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of 15 episodes was released on Netflix on May 26, 2013.[1] The show follows the fictitious Bluth family, a formerly wealthy and habitually dysfunctional family. It is presented in a continuous format, incorporating handheld camera work and voice-over narration, as well as the use of occasional archival photos and historical footage. The show also utilizes several long-running “Easter egg” jokes throughout each season. Ron Howard serves as both an executive producer and the series’ uncredited narrator. Set in Newport Beach, California, Arrested Development was filmed primarily in Culver City and Marina del Rey.[2]

After its debut in 2003, the series received widespread critical acclaim, six Primetime Emmy Awards, and one Golden Globe Award, and has attracted a cult following, including several fan-based websites.[3] In 2007, Time listed the show among its “All-TIME 100 TV Shows”;[4] in 2008, it was ranked 16th on Entertainment Weekly‘s “New TV Classics” list.[5] In 2011, IGN named Arrested Development the “funniest show of all time”.[6] Its humor has been cited as a key influence on later single-camera sitcoms such as 30 Rock and Community.[7]

Despite critical acclaim, Arrested Development received low ratings and viewership on Fox, which canceled the series in 2006. Rumors of an additional season and a feature film persisted until 2011, when Netflix agreed to license new episodes and distribute them exclusively on its video streaming service. These episodes were later released in 2013.[8]

  • Netflix has also commissioned a fifth season of Arrested Development, which is expected to premiere in 2017. A script for an Arrested Development film has also been in development, with the main cast reported to reprise their original roles in both the fifth season and the film.

– ERMAHGAD?? Netflix has also commissioned a fifth season of Arrested Development, which is expected to premiere in 2017? ERMAHGAD?? ERMAHGAD?? ERMAHGAD??

House Of Cards

Ruthless and cunning, Congressman Francis Underwood (Oscar® winner Kevin Spacey) and his wife Claire (Robin Wright) stop at nothing to conquer everything. This wicked political drama penetrates the shadowy world of greed, sex, and corruption in modern D.C. Kate Mara (“American Horror Story”) and Corey Stoll (“Midnight in Paris”) costar in the first original series from David Fincher (“The Social Network”) and Beau Willimon (“The Ides of March”).

 

 

Um. Yeah.

Based on the cast ALONE?

Clearly, I have to check this out.

 

 

 

*ALL 13 EPISODES ARE NOW AVAILABLE ON NETFLIX*

SCRUBS!

Scrubs was created by Bill Lawrence back in 2001 and broadcast on NBC. The show has long since lived on my television. I welcomed the sixth season with as much anticipation as any other thus far.

I have to admit; once George Clooney left the cast of ER back in 1999, I vowed I would never to watch another “hospital” related series. However, Scrubs takes on a completely different approach to work and life in a hospital setting with a comical twist.

Scrubs, is somewhat like the series ER, with the fast paced medical crisis and deeper hidden meanings of life. Mixed with a dash of the Seinfeld magic (four main characters which all have equal roles in each episode) and you have one very brilliant program.

The writing isn’t packed with medical jargon or overly dramatic scenes. Instead the lines are peppered with cunning sarcasm and steadfast wit. The writing is what makes the show unlike anything else out there these days. The story lines, the acting, the ever so perfect sound track, all good reasons as to why this sitcom has outlasted so many others over the past five years that have fallen short and to the wayside.

The lead character, Dr. John Dorian, “J.D.”, played by (none other than) Zack Braff, provides the viewer with his inner monologue during each episode. The seamless integration of reality and fantasy scenes are impeccable. J.D. embarks upon his forever battle to win the respect from his superior Dr. Percival “Perry” Cox, played by John C. McGinley. The never ending longing for approval and sheer nuisance of J.D’s desperate need to bond like father and son with Dr. Cox, gives way for multiple scenes in which Dr. Cox seems to get off degrading J.D. with the constant use of different female nicknames such as Vivian or Fiona. To quote Dr. Cox, “Back off Tiny Dancer, I have work to do.” Berating, all in the name of mentor.

The show becomes even funnier when it is complimented by J.D.’s ‘man-love’ for his best friend, the surgeon, Dr. Christopher Duncan “Turk”, played by Donald Faison. J.D. and Turk have an onscreen friendship that leaves you wondering, scratch that, knowing, they must be having a great time while filming. They make you want to drink apple martinis and get to know them in real life.

You add one gangly, neurotic, basket case, smarty, (and hottie) Dr. Elliot Reed, played by Sarah Chalke, a woman everyone can relate to. Every woman has been an ‘Elliot Reed’ in one situation or another. Lest not forget to mention Sarah Chalke has a gift for the scenes that require some pretty crafty physical comedy as well.

Top that with the gossipy, know what’s best for everyone else, can’t take her own advice, heart of gold, Nurse Carla Espinosa, played by Judy Reyes. Nurse Carla Espinosa is married (on Scrubs) to surgeon Dr Turk, aka “Dr. Turkleton”

One of the key characters in the show has to be the Janitor, played by Neil Flynn. The Janitor is the arch nemesis to J.D. Only, J.D. doesn’t know the exact nature of the Janitor’s hatred, even though it is apparent the Janitor is out to get J.D. at every turn. He may not be a lead character, but the series would not be complete without our “jumpsuit.”

The all mighty head of Sacred Heart Hospital, Dr. Bob Kelso, played by Ken Jenkins. The best way to summarize Dr. Bob Kelso is to quote him. “What has two thumbs and doesn’t give a crap? Bob Kelso, Nice to meet you.”

For the hospital’s legal department you have a mid 40 year old, spineless, still living at home with his mother, incapable of confrontation without passing out unconscious, Ted Buckland, played by Sam Lloyd

Last but certainly not least you have a possibly gay? Possibly straight? Always inappropriate, high “5” obsessed, surgeon Todd Quinlan, played by Robert Maschio

I look forward to every single new episode. I own all of the previous seasons on DVD. The sound tracks are downloaded in my ITUNES. I watch Scrubs via syndication on Comedy Central. If you aren’t watching Scrubs, you are seriously missing out on some of the best television program to come along!

What are some of you favorite lines in the show? Feel free to quote the characters in the comments!

 


Via Wikipedia

Scrubs, produced by the television production division of Disney–ABC Television Group, premiered on October 2, 2001, on NBC. The series received a Peabody Award in 2006. During the seventh season, NBC announced that it would not renew the show. ABC announced it had picked up the eighth season of the series, which began January 6, 2009. The ninth season premiered on December 1, 2009. On May 14, 2010, ABC cancelled the series.

On May 14, 2010, it was officially announced that the show was canceled. The season nine finale, titled “Our Thanks”, aired March 17, 2010. Five days later, on March 22, 2010, Zach Braff announced, via the official Facebook page, that the ninth season of Scrubs would be the last, commenting that, “Many of you have asked, so here it is: it appears that ‘New Scrubs’, ‘Scrubs 2.0’, ‘Scrubs with New Kids’, ‘Scrubbier’, ‘Scrubs without JD’ is no more. It was worth a try, but alas… it didn’t work.”[45][46]

Zach Braff, Sarah Chalke, Judy Reyes, John C. McGinley and Neil Flynn reprised their roles as J.D., Elliot Reid, Carla Espinosa, Perry Cox, and the Janitor to make a cameo appearances in the 2003 Muppets film It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, trying to reanimate Miss Piggy. Eventually, Piggy and the Scrubs cast break the fourth wall, with the actors portraying themselves and Bill Lawrence appearing as himself/the director of the current episode.

Sam Lloyd reprised his role as Ted Buckland in the season two finale of the Lawrence series Cougar Town. In the episode, written and directed by Lawrence, Ted is in Hawaii and says his girlfriend, Stephanie Gooch, has run off with Dr. Hooch.[47] Lloyd reprised his role again in a season three episode which also featured Ken Jenkins, Robert Maschio, Zach Braff, Christa Miller, Sarah Chalke and the Worthless Peons in cameo appearances at the end of the episode.