Netflix Original: The Santa Clarita Diet

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If you are into comedy and flesh eating zombie then this show is definitely up your alley. The Santa Clarita Diet is a morbidly hilarious show which pairs the acting talents of Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant. Joel Hammond (Timothy) and Sheila Hammond (Drew) play a husband and wife real estate agent duo who live in the Santa Clarita Valley in Southern California. Sheila, an organized, but boring wife goes about her normal routine with her caring yet timid husband Joel as they attempt to sell a property to a couple who cannot seem to make up their mind. In a rouse to make the sale Sheila begins to throw up literally everything in her system onto the new plush floors of the upstairs bedroom. In an awkward moment of silence she informs the couple that she is “sick” and runs to the bathroom. Later, she learns from the geeky son of her neighbor that she has supposedly died. In a moment of disbelief everyone begins to act different towards her except for their smart mouthed, but strong willed daughter who continues to dish out the same level of disrespect she always has. Sheila of course has the biggest change. She is no longer, monotonous to life, but now delves into her urges while living care free and of course feeding on random strangers when an intense hunger arises. The show adds different levels of humor ranging from how Sheila makes a complete transformation into a flesh eating zombie while trying to maintain her status as a mom, wife and friend to her gossipy neighbors, how Joel must break out of his timid demeanor and become an accomplice in his wife’s blood thirsty stints and how their daughter copes with everything while still trying to be a teenager.

If you have not seen the Santa Clarita diet yet, you should. This Netflix original is a great watch. Both seasons 1 & 2 are on Netflix now and season 3 will be coming soon…

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“Family Matters” Cast Reunion

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Its been a long time since we have seen the Winslow family on air. We all grew up to the beloved “Family Matters” TV show that taught us life lessons while including comedic stints. “Family Matters” was one of the best shows about family next to the Cosby’s and now we get a peek of what everyone looks like now.

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Check out the video from their reunion below:

 

What We Know About American Horror Story Season 8!

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We were all left on the edge of our seats after the twisted ending AHS Season 7: Cult. I have undoubtedly watched all seasons at least twice and continue to be hooked to the show as every episode leaves you wanting more. Seasons are too short in my opinion, but its good to end something good instead of watering it down with confusing, nonsensical additives like many other shows that have gone on for way too long. I like that each season is different and yet some of them tie into others with minor details. I actually wouldn’t mind another season of Coven  or even Hotel lol. But I guess thats a longshot. Noneltheless, the show deserves praise for its originality and inventiveness. And although it feels like the last season just ended, AHS Season 8 is underway as stated by the shows director Ryan Murphy. Never fully revealing his concepts for any of his seasons, Murphy always seems to be good at deception, small leaks of information at a time gets his audiences very anxious. However, there are a few things that we know so far about the next season:

It is said to be set in the future “18 months from last week”

Murphy tells his audiences on April 6, 2018 that the season was set “18 months from today” (Oct. 6, 2019) according to the Hollywood Reporter. Other statements taken from Murphy revealed him saying 10 -20 years in the future, but again deceit and secrecy for AHS is his motive most times. Although if truthful this could mean…

The theme may be Nuclear War

It would not be surprising that Murphy is building off the current issues across the globe due to the recent chemical weapon attack in Syria. In addition to this, October 6th would follow the 58th anniversary of the day US President JFK told Americans to prepare for war by building nuclear bomb shelters. Both of these statements could allude to the setting of a not-so-distant, possibly dystopian future that could place America into a war. And because this war deals with nuclear weaponry…

It is possible the next installment could be labeled “American Horror Story: Radioactive”

Murphy, of course, will not confirm if such speculation is true. However this would be cool to have such a setting especially if it is a dystopia. I did like the last season however it was different in comparison to the rooted idea of AHS; cult was too real, touching on topics that were too present. AHS is usually more creative and more abstract and I think a nuclear or dystopian theme could bring the show back to its original premise.

The show also includes the usual cast and some newcomers

Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters and Kathy Bates will make a return as headliners along with recent recurring actors such as Cheyenne Jackson, Leslie Grossman and Adina Porter. Newcomers Joan Collins will be a lead for the season and possibly Angelica Houston.

Leads Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters will also be directing a few episodes and production will begin this summer

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Stay tuned for more information

Marvel Series: Reviews

Several Marvel series have made their way to television in recent years. Most of them have been underwhelming in terms of action and being faithful to the comic series and some have been surprisingly decent. Here are a few:

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has successfully been running on the ABC network for around five seasons now and has gained fairly high praise. I have watched a few episodes here and there and have failed to see the hype in the show’s popularity. Although a few notable faces have appeared such as The Superior, Deathlok, Hellfire, Ghost Rider (the main staple in Season 4), Lash, Peggy Carter and The Clairvoyant from the Elektra series. In addition, Quake and “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez make great additions to the show’s roster, but the show is still centered around the lives and actions of the agents. It is a decent show, but I am just not in love with it.

Check out clips Here.

Marvel’s Inhumans

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I was never really a fan of the Inhuman comic series; the series focusing on the adventures of the Inhuman royal family consisting of such familiar faces as Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Triton, Crystal and Maximus the Mad. Although not a fan I figured that watching the show would change my opinion and further peak my interest in continuance of the series. I was sadly mistaken, the show only added to my uninterest, it did not perform to the level I assumed it would and the events moved too slow for my taste. There was no groundwork for the characters cast as they did not portray the characters in their best abilities, especially in the case of Iwan Rheon as Maximus. I am not sure if it was the script or his acting, but this role did not suit him which is surprising because he played an excellent villain on Game of Thrones as Ramsay Bolton. Some say the budget was an issue, mocking the cosplay-like outfits and the flashy but sub-par effects that only furthered the lackluster production design. Others put the director at fault for giving us a flat and uninspired rendering of the series. No matter the reason, “The Inhumans” is said to have been a flop and may be cancelled for the next season.

Check out clips of the Inhumans Here.

Marvel’s: The Gifted

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If any Marvel show has ever impressed me so far, it has definitely been because of this show, “The Gifted”. Although a lot of the characters are either fictional or based off of real comic heroes, there are still many faces in the series we do recognize like Blink, Thunderbird, Polaris, Shatter, Sage and Beautiful Dreamer. The series offers breathtaking originality with a combination of familiarity. We are taken on the journey with the Strucker Family, a seemingly normal suburban family with secrets all their own. The father is a district attorney for an organization that captures and holds mutant runaways and the children both have abilities hidden from their parents. However, events unfold where the children’s powers are revealed and both parents have to take them on the run from the government who seek to capture and hold the children. Their escape leads them to a group of mutant outcasts who dwell in an underground community which from then on leads the show to get even more exciting. It is especially interesting to see how the connection between the children amplifies their abilities making them nearly indestructible forces. The series is set to return for Season 2 in the Fall.

Check out clips Here.

Marvel’s: Runaways

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Marvel’s The Runaways is a show that I most recently began to watch although it originally premiered in November 2017. I never actually read The Runaways comic issues, but the show is said to accurately depict what is written in the pages. Opinon-wise the show is the most abstract from the other Marvel TV series which is a good thing. The teens involved do not display the typical abilities except for Molly Hernandez with superhuman strength and invulnerability, which makes for a truly original skill set and story, where such different abilities can effectively be showcased and grown upon. What is also unique about the series is that the premise focuses on six teens from different backgrounds who are uniting against a common enemy – their own parents. Their parents are apart of a criminal collective called The Pride, whose deal with three mythical giants called the Gibborim in the past , turned them into a villanous group whose purpose is to satisfy these giants with young female sacrifices every year in order to turn the world into a peaceful utopia.

Check out clips Here.

Marvel’s: Cloak & Dagger (Upcoming)

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When I initially saw the commercial I was not sure what I was looking at, but as the promo went on I began to get thoroughly excited. I remember reading Cloak and Dagger comics a while back and being surprised at how much I began to favor them as a team with a blend of unique abilities. I think it is interesting to see this combination in a television series and this could be Marvel’s next big hit similar to the impressive “The Gifted” series. Actors portraying Cloak and Dagger are Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt. Although the pair may seem like fresh faces they both have an extended background in television and film. Holt started off as a “Disney Kid” appearing on several different shows, then moving onto a few films and also making her mark as a music artist. Joseph has also appeared in a few films and television series. For those who are unfamiliar with the pair Cloak and Dagger shared a traumatic experience as teens, being subject to a criminal chemist who began testing experiemntal drugs on runaway teens, in their case a synthetic form of heroin. After surviving the injections both teens escaped and Dagger (Tandy Bowen), gained the ability to form daggers of light, being able to purge addictions from others and the ability to heal with her daggers; meanwhile Cloak (Tyrone Johnson) gained abilities of intangibility, teleportation and the ability to link to the “darkforce dimension”.

Here is the full story of Cloak and Dagger

Also check out clips from the upcoming show Here.

Series Review: American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace

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I should preface this by saying that there are spoiler alerts!

American Crime Story:  The Assassination of Gianni Versace recently wrapped up its eight-episode run on FX.  However, critics and fans, including myself, are wondering why the fashion house icon was named in the title at all.  The first episode of the show’s stint opened with the actual assassination of Versace; a chronological reverse of the real-life events, as we all know that he was the last to be murdered by his killer, Andrew Cunanan.  This is always a luring tactic.  It draws the viewer in, especially if it was a good ending/beginning introduction because you want to see how it happened.  However, with this season of ACS, it backfired.  Beyond the first episode, there were just brief flashbacks to Versace’s life and career during mid-season, and most of those did not include direct contact with Cunanan.

The primary focus of the limited series was on Cunanan’s killing spree; a spree that spanned over four months and four states with five victims.  Cunanan was hiding in plain sight in Miami, Florida, even though he’d since been included on the FBI’s Most Wanted List.  Cunanan was a very interesting person.  He was money hungry, a pathological liar, obsessive compulsive, and a murderer to boot.

Ultimately, the show failed to connect with viewers because we had different expectations.  Some of those expectations were more interaction between Versace and Cunanan and to understand if they had any sort of relationship and more about Versace’s life because Versace was very reclusive.  This was only to find that aside from a brief encounter, they had no real ties, connections, or anything even remotely relative.  Cunanan was just obsessed with the designer.

However, Cunanan lived an interesting life that honestly could’ve held a series on its own, without trying to tie it to Versace.  He moonlighted as an escort, lied about everything from his childhood to his financial status and wealth (he was dirt broke) to telling people about non-existent relationships with celebrities such as Versace.  He was truly a spectacle, and the show would have been just as intriguing had viewers known they’d be watching American Crime Story:  The Killing Spree of Andrew Cunanan.  You’re already interested, right?

It is worth noting that the performances by the lead characters, and some supporting characters, were great.  The show stared Glee’s Darren Criss as Andrew Cunanan, Edgar Ramirez as Gianni Versace (I personally think that Ramirez is one of the greatest actors of his generation), Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace, and Ricky Martin as Antonio D’Amico.  Who’s the Boss’ Judith Light also had a strong performance in her supporting role as Marilyn Miglin, the wife of one of Cunanan’s victims.  I was particularly wowed by Cruz’s transformation into Donatella Versace, as well as Ramirez’s transformation into Gianni Versace.  If anything, at least it had good casting.