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 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.

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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.

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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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