When They See Us is about the story of the Central Park Five where 5 boys (4 African-American and one Hispanic) are taken into questioning for the rape of a female jogger. The police don’t hold back and they are beaten and mistreated while in custody. The series follows these boys before their questioning and follows them through the aftermath.
This version of What We Do in the Shadows takes place in New York City and centers around a new group of characters. Kayvan Novak stars as Nandor with Harvey Guillén as his servant, Guillermo. They live with the vampire couple of Nadja (Natasia Demetriou) and Laszlo (Matt Berry) as they attempt to prepare for the arrival of a very old vampire coming to check on them to see if they have conquered Staten Island.
Well good news to one and all, the TV series stays true in tone and spirit to the 2014 film. It’s hilarious, inventive, and has quirky characters. With creators Jermaine Clement and Taika Waititi returning to help with the series, the TV pilot was a huge hit at SXSW. It was a definite highlight for me at my time there.
In the fast talking, 1950s high society of the New York Upper West Side, Miriam Maisel (Rachel Brosnahan) is back and better than ever in season two of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. After the fallout of season one with Miriam’s (also known as Midge) ex-husband Joel (Michael Zegen) walking in on Midge doing a stand up set, which was his dream, Midge now finds herself touring different venues to try and make a name of herself.
Rachel Brosnahan once again shines as Mrs. Maisel, she brings such charisma to this character and owns this show. I enjoyed Susie (Alex Borstein), Midge’s manager, more this season and her relationship with Midge. Zachary Levi surprised me this season as I had no idea that he was in the show but gave a fine performance as Midge’s new love interest, Benjamin. And the writing from show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino continues to be strong, though it is less centered this season.
Season 2 of The Punisher finds Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) keeping a low profile until a troubled teen named Amy (Giorgia Whingham) gets hit-men after her and Frank reverts back to killing to protect her. Billy Russo (Ben Barnes) also finds himself recovering and doesn’t remember what he did and what happened to him, with Agent Madani (Amber Rose Revah) keeping a close eye on him.
Season two was a big disappointment for me, it was a big step down from the first season. These 13 episodes really need to be trimmed down by Netflix (though I doubt we’ll have anymore Marvel/Netflix shows). There is more action this season, but none of it wowed me.
Halloween is over, but if you’re still in the Halloween spirit or are a fan of spooky shows, this is a great show to watch.
The Haunting of Hill House surrounds the Crain family as their traumas as children living in a haunted house comes back to haunt them after a family tragedy occurs. Now the Crain’s must grapple on whether to let this tragedy divide them or bring them together.
This ensemble works magnificently well. Both the Crain family as kids and as adults have great chemistry. Each character has their own episode and it’s really cool to see how each person in this family experienced the Hill House and what affect that has on them as adults. Victoria Pedretti and Oliver Jackson-Cohen stood out as Nell and Luke. Carla Gugino was another highlight as the unhinged mother, but really as said before all the cast works great.
Daredevil season 3 surrounds Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as he recovers from his injuries from the end of The Defenders. He is struggling with his faith, when he finds out that Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onfrio) has been let out of prison and is again slowly rising to power.
This is the best season that Marvel and Netflix have produced. The action is great. There were some really great additions to the cast specifically Wilson Bethel as Agent Poindexter (aka Bullseye), Joanne Wallay as Sister Maggie, and Jay Ali as Agent Nadeem. The character work was great this season, specifically for our hero, Matt Murdock, who is in a really dark place this season. Everyone has their own story line and they all tie into the main story of bringing the Kingpin down.
The ladies are back in GLOW season 2. Now that the wrestling show has been officially picked up, the director, Sam (Marc Maron), stressed out about the show and being a father to his daughter, Justine, leaving Ruth (Alison Brie) to try to amp up the girls and finds herself having a newfound admirer. Ruth and Debbie (Betty Gilpin) are still on the outs, and Debbie is spiraling with her divorce.
If you haven’t seen GLOW already I highly recommend it, the first seasons surrounds a group of ladies auditioning for a wrestling TV show having no clue how to wrestle and end up being a dysfunctional but fun female family. The main characters – Ruth, Sam, and Debbie – continue to shine in season 2. And it’s nice to see what challenges this group of women continue to face with their cult level of fame.
Luke Cage is back with season 2. This time around Luke struggles with the fame of being Harlem’s hero, has some major anger issues, and tries to protect Harlem from the newest villain, Bushmaster, who is out to get one of last season’s villains, Mariah Dillard.
Let me start off by saying this – don’t watch all of this season. The start of this season was so boring and uninteresting, you should just skip the first half all together. Pacing has always been an issues with these shows because this, and arguably, all the Marvel/Netflix shows do not need to be 13 episodes. It shouldn’t take 8 episodes in for the show to hook me, that just wastes my time as a viewer and makes other viewers quit the show. It also made Luke unlikable especially at the beginning.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a sitcom starring Andy Samberg as Jake Peralta, a detective who is a childish workaholic competing with Melissa Fumero’s Detective Amy Santiago, a Type A, organizational, and workaholic cop for having the best arrest record. But the carefree attitude of the precinct changes when the new no nonsense Captain Raymond Holt comes aboard, played by Andre Braugher.
This is the premise of the first season at least and wow Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an absolute delight. The supporting cast is equally as great as the main stars – you have Terry Crews as the family man Sergeant, Joe Lo Trugelio as Charles Boyle, Jake’s worshiper and best friend, Stephanie Beatriz as the intimidating, bad ass, and no nonsense Rosa Diaz, and finally Chelsea Peretti as Gina Linetti, the Captain’s assistant who’s more preoccupied with herself than helping out at the precinct.
The newest season of Jessica Jones dropped yesterday and I, personally, couldn’t wait for it. Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, is my favorite of the Marvel Netflix superheroes because she is such a deeply flawed, damaged human and rightfully so given all that has happened to her.
Season 2 is definitely not as good as season 1. Season 2 revolves more about Jessica’s past and her origin, all of which is interesting, but I think this season definitely lacks a center focus. With season 1 the focus was on Kilgrave, a villain played by David Tennant, and Jessica. But with Kilgrave gone, there wasn’t a main antagonist presented until about episode 5 which definitely made the first part of the season drag along. But the latter half of the season definitely picks up.