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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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]

The Kettering Incident | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:

Doctor Anna Macy finds herself inexplicably linked to the disappearance of two girls, fifteen years apart.

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My Commentary:

Filmed in Tasmania – an island state of the Commonwealth of Australia – Anna Macy is a highly-regarded doctor, working at a hospital in London, suffering from headaches and frequent memory lapses. After one of her black-outs, she wakes up back in her hometown, Kettering. She left the town 15 years prior, after the mysterious disappearance of her best friend, Gillian. Upon her return, another girl goes missing, forcing Anna to search for the truth about both missing girls.

I am a HUGE fan of Australian television, so I went into this with high hopes. The first seven episodes are truly phenomenal. Gripping. Chilling. Mind-bending. I loved those seven episodes so much that I went back and re-watched them with My Love so that he wouldn’t miss out.

And then? The season finale?

SHIT. THE. BED.

Absolutely, THE WORST finale, EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Worse than The Sopranos. Worse than Dexter.

In fact I was FURIOUS I had wasted sooooo much time on a series that completely dropped the ball and screwed the viewers out of something that could have been incredible. And, they left way too many loose ends. I was left with more questions than answers.

Apparently, according to this article:

Kettering Incident Season 2 Cancelled? Worst Finale Episode Ever?

I’m not the only one who feels this way. Moreover, as of now, there will NOT be another season. So viewers are left hanging, forever.

So, if you have 8 hours to waste, only to be sorely disappointed, then knock yourself out. Otherwise, sadly, this show is an epic fail. Don’t waste your time.

 

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From Wikipedia:

The Kettering Incident is an Australian television drama series screening on Foxtel’s showcase channel in Australia on 4 July 2016] It is created by Victoria Madden and Vincent Sheehan, produced by Porchlight Films and Sweet Potato Films and written by Victoria Madden, Louise Fox, Cate Shortland and Andrew Knight.

Fortitude | Season One | Amazon Prime

Synopsis:
Perched on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Fortitude is one of the safest towns on earth. There has never been a violent crime here. Until now.

Trailer:

 

My Commentary:

Okay, so, the first ½ hour of the first episode is SLOW.AS.FUCK.
I mean, holy shit slow.
SLOW. SLOW. SLOW.

But then, one night, home alone, sleepless, and raging with PMS – I forced myself to get past that dreadful ½ hour and almost out of NOWHERE the show completely explodes and takes off. And once it takes off, it hits the ground running, and doesn’t stop.

Fortitude is a British psychological thriller. Similar to shows such as: Top of the Lake, or The Killing. The scenery is absolutely incredible. Most was filmed on location in Iceland. And if anyone reading this knows me, you know I love all things snowy, icy, and freezing.

A mysterious discovery, by two kids, could potentially derail big plans for the glacier hotel – much needed boost to the local economy. And people are suddenly, brutally, murdered. An affair, shady law enforcement, and an infectious disease are destroying life on the island. Who lives? Who dies? Who’s doing the killing? What’s making the polar bears act so crazy? Why won’t the mainland help them? And what is with the pig in the hyperbaric chamber?

I’m not going to lie. This show is REALLY graphic. Like up close and personal graphic. There were scenes I watched covering my eyes with my hands – peeking through my fingers – hoping the camera would pan to another scene, and yet, I couldn’t look away.

Emmy Award Winning, Stanley Tucci, is one of my all-time favorite actors from movies such as: The Hunger Games, and, The Devil Wears Prada. So when he appears, in the second episode, as the main detective person, I was thrilled! I was not familiar with any of the other actors with the exception of, Nicholas Pinnock, who played the asshole-cheating-husband on the Netflix Series: Marcella. And I think I only recognized him, because he played the role of the asshole-cheating-husband in this series too!

The season is 12 episodes – each lasting one hour. And if you believe in karma, you’ll love the season finale.

I am not sure if it’s going to air in the United States, on any venue, but I am reading reports season two is set to premiere in January 2017.

“Now we have official confirmation that Fortitude season 2 is in the works and is expected to premiere sometime in January, 2017.”  …. Continue reading HERE with spoilers.

I can’t wait!

* Highly recommend

  • Not suitable for children.

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