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Rinzy Reviews ‘Undone’ (2019)

Release Date:

Network: Amazon Prime

Starring: Rosa Salazar, Siddharth Dhananjay, Angelique Cabral, Bob Odernirk, et al.


Undone is a beautiful show. A fresh of breath air.
Raphael Bob-Waksberg and Kate Purdy, two of the minds behind Netflix’s brilliant BoJack Horseman, are the creators of Undone. But this is different from the former. It’s not everyday you see an animated show that looks like live-action at the same time, something called rotoscoping. Actually, Undone’s made history by being the first serialized show to actually feature this technique. Isn’t that great?

We’re quickly introduced to our dysfunctional protagonist Alma (Rosa Salazar), a daycare employee in a weird relationship with her boyfriend Sam (Siddharth Dhananjay). Her younger sister Becca (Angelique Cabral) is about to get married but she doesn’t feel bad about it. Alma breaks up with Sam and gets into an argument with Becca just before getting into an accident, which marks the beginning of visions of her father and the story proper.

Undone’s plot is hopeful and simple, and it works its way quickly to an even more hopeful finale. It’s a story about family, sacrifices, and responsibility mashed together with the ever jeering element of time-travel.

Much of what Undone did this first season is mostly setup for other seasons, it opens the door to endless possibilities in this universe. Time-travel is possible, and bringing the dead back to life is also possible, if this isn’t the kind of show that brings sweet chill to your body, what is?


Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Power: Tasha Wants To Teach Tariq The Drug Game

Tasha has to be the world’s coolest mom now, right? Imagine how the world would be if every mother out there gave into their innermost yearning to see their child happy by giving them exactly what they wanted irrespective of its legality in the country and the child’s soul?

I guess you’re cringing right about now, but that’s exactly what Tasha just agreed to do with Riq in last week’s episode (S06E07). She’s promising to make him better than Ghost ever was, and I just can’t deal.

I can’t even figure out where Tasha learnt the game that much. Yeah, I know the show keeps talking about how good she, Ghost, and Kanan were back in the days, but they’ve also done a poor job making her a believable Drug Lord-ess as much as they did with the other top-guns in the Power-verse.

There’s reports about a Power spin-off in the works, maybe this is how they intend to carry on the show’s legacy, with Tariq St. Patrick. Poor choice if you ask me because people will never learn to love this kid even if he goes full-blown gangstar and has all the juicy TV sex in the world like his father.

It’s a lost cause Courteny Kemp. Abort!

Power: Ghost, Tommy, Tasha, And Keisha All Work Together To Save Tariq

This week’s episode of Power (S06E06) is my favorite in a very, very long time! Post Angela Valdez, the show’s definitely not pulling its punches. And also, because this is the final season, every possibility, as far as its remotely interesting, is fair game.

If you haven’t seen Power S06E06, you should leave now. SPOILER ALERT!!

Seeing the old gang work together again was euphoric. All four of that, and yes, the count includes Keisha aka Mama Kash, aka Tommy’s new Holly, aka Lil Big Ms. very annoying to watch on TV.

The acting in this episode was good, even for Lala Anthony (Keisha)

Ghost has some balls robbing his own place. That’s the side of him I love to see; a man willing to risk everything for what he wants, not whoever that was always pining over Angela in the past.

Ramona will figure out Ghost had something to do with the robbery at the club.

Alfonso got stupid, and Ghost wasted no time throwing him under the bus. His death was a big win for Rashad Tate’s campaign.

Cousin Benny is not to be trifled with; he’ll definitely be on to Tommy soon, and I think Tariq will be a casualty of the ensuing assault.

And, why’s Tacha so shocked Tariq can lie to her face? After all, she and Ghost, by their actions and inactions, helped teach him the art, coupled with his internship with Kanan 🤷.

At this point, the reason for Keisha’s hatred of the St. Patrick’s confirmed. She wants her and Tommy to become the new powerhouse couple so bad she can’t see her hate of them is stemmed from jealousy.

Jason is beginning to get on my nerves. The effontry; who does he think he is? Should James and Tommy put asides their differences again because of him, he’ll to exiting the show in a body bag like all the connects before him. I hope he says “hi” to Lobos for me.

Vincent too should be getting ready to exit this life as he knows it. He messed with the wrong crew.

Dre has the police watching him, and still has the guts to stab someone in broad daylight. That’s some big, saggy balls! 😂

Last, but most important; when will Ghost and Ramona do the do? The suspense is killing me. 🤦

This Is Us: There Are Many New Characters In Season Four’s Premiere

This Is Us’ is back for its 4th season, people! And the show wasted no time in getting us in the mood for more tearjerking. My advice: stock up on tissues, for you’ll be needing them.

DON’T WORRY, I WONT BE POSTING SPOILERS.

The bulk of the season premiere was spent on new characters, whose lives, one way or the other, will impact The Pearsons across generations. But don’t worry, we get enough of Jack Pearson and Rebecca Pearson to douse our summer-long hunger.

It’s good to see Jennifer Morrison on the small screen again; I’ve missed her since ‘Once Upon A Time‘ ended last year. The producer(s) of the show says she (and the other new characters) are important to the storyline this season, so it’s safe to assume we’ll be seeing more of them.

Keep an eye out for Ashante Blackk (Kevin Richardson in Netflix’s ‘When They See Us‘); he plays Malik this season. Should his story-arc progress the way I think it will we should be looking at another Emmy-nomination for this talented 17 year old.

Have you seen the season premiere? Did you enjoy it, or are the many new characters to care for something of worry for you? Do tell.

Power: So Angela Is Really Dead.

Starz scored a big hit with Power. Sure, a TV show with the premise of a black man running a drug syndicate in New York was always going to get some form of traction. Six years later, after countless murders and numerous sex scenes, here we are.

In last season’s finale, the biggest cliffhanger yet happened when Tommy went after Ghost and missed because Angela got in the way. The long year wait was spent debating if the not-so-much fan-favorite character was going to survive that assault or not.

Two weeks after the season six premiere, and I still can’t get over the showrunners’ decision to kill off Angela Valdez being that she was a major character, a source of constant, tantalizing sex scenes, and had been around since the first episode of the show.

On the plus side, Angie’s death opens a plethora of possibilities for the show to move on with, amongst which is freeing Jamie for another love interest with new kinds of sex scenes to look forward to.

Though shocking, it’s a good thing whenever shows take such bold step and cancel Christmas on a major character’s ass. It means no one’s truly safe, and that makes for really good storytelling.

Rinzy Reviews ‘The Boys’ Season One (2019)

Release Date: July 26

Network: Amazon Prime

Starring: Karl Urban, Anthony Starr, Jack Quaid, Jessie T. Usher, Erin Moriarty, Laz Alonso, Tomer Capon,



If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in superhero teams like the Justice League when Darkseid or Doomsday isn’t threatening the existence of life on Earth, The Boys might just be what gives you some perspective. The series exists in a world where superheroes are public knowledge, and are monetized by Vought, a company bent on gaining control of the world’s security.

In the world of The Boys, like most other comicbook based properties, superheroes leave collateral damages in their wake, and there are people willing to do something about it.

Enter Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) and his merry team of amazing boys men.

Butcher recruits Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) after fastest man alive A-Train accidentally runs through his girlfriend, Robin. That scene sets the tone for the rest of the series that is is going to be a ride gritty enough to give HBO a run for its money. Hughie is written as a sympathetic character, one whose loss and anger is capitalized by Butcher, who nurses intense hatred for all superheroes – particularly Homelander. He finds in Hughie an easily influenced ally, and together they recruit two friends from Butcher’s past – Frenchie (Tomer Capon) and Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso) – and that’s when the real fun begins.

One compelling thing about The Boys is its unique approach to superhero storytelling; centering more on the characters as against ostensible acts of heroism commonly obtained in it’s counterparts. It doesn’t take long for one to understand one truth the series bares right from the start – superheroes are the villains of this story. And through the eight episode journey, understanding the motivations for these characters help viewers better appreciate their complexities, and how different they are from their more popular counterparts. You can’t help but think about how if Homelander were to be raised by loving parents (preferably farmers) he’d be more like Superman. It’s this unique angle to storytelling that makes the characters better appreciated even when they’re being bad.

The world of The Boys feels relatable, like what the real world would be like if superheroes really did exist. There are people pulling the strings behind the scenes, full-time PR management, heavily-funded marketing for more publicity, movie deals, and so many other shenanigans that’d normally take a backseat in other superhero stories. Superheroism is a business. Businesses are controlled by people. People are subject to corruption. Superheroes too can be corrupt. It’s this parallel that makes The Boys so much fun to watch.

The show’s casting is terrific, and is as much responsible for the value of the series as is the story. Karl Urban as Billy Butcher works. His undaunting ability to switch from smile-to-scary within the twinkle of an eye is quite terrifying, making him a delight to watch. Jack Quaid is also great as the coming-of-age Hughie. He brings so much dexterity to his craft that makes his grieving for Robin and eventual moving on with Annie/Starlight quite believable. But it’s Anthony Starr’s Homelander that really steals the show. Starr has come a long way since his stint as Lucas Hood on Cinemax’s Banshee. His turn as evil-Superman is downright terrifying. The extreme lengths Homelander would go to keep his secrets are quite disturbing, and how oblivious the general public is to how unsettling their favorite superhero is in private reminds me of how little of someone’s true nature is known to the public eye.

Frenchie and Mother’s Milk start out like one-dimensional, comic-plot characters, but have more depths and layers added that by the end of the eighth episode a feel of familiarity and longing for more is established. Queen Maeve (Dominique McElligot) and The Deep (Chace Crawford) of The Seven feel underused, but there’s still enough of them this season to give an idea of possible paths their characters could follow moving forward. Black Noir on the other hand feels absent from the most part of the series, the character’s scenes could be entirely removed and the show would go on exactly the same. Hopefully, that changes next season.

In a year that’s out to alter the narrative of superheroism in the media The Boys is a welcome addition to the ranks of DoomPatrol, Brightburn, The Umbrella Academy, and the likes. And with that cliffhanger at the end of the last episode, the possibilities for this show moving forward remain bright and endless.


Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Stranger Things 3’ (2019)

Release Date: July 4

Starring: Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard, David Harbour, et al.

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When Stranger Things first arrived in 2017, it rode high on people’s feelings of nostalgia for the ’80s, and quickly became one of the best original series of this generation, further catapulting Netflix higher among the big wigs in entertainment. These days, the show’s become its own entity, is currently the biggest young-adult series on air, and is now fully able to express itself and tell its perculiar breed of horror-SciFi stories without relying much on external nostalgia. Stranger Things 3 does reference some pop culture materials or the ’80s – Terminator, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Evil Dead 3, etc. But its greatest references comes from its earlier seasons, and that works fine too.

I enjoy watching kids grow up in movies – Arya and Sansa’s arcs were two of my favorites in Game of Thrones. For the Stranger Kids, adulthood beckons, and with it all the quirks that follow; a new kind of drama abounds – and that includes teenage love, with sub-themes of understanding, commitment, and how not to lose yourself while in a committed relationship. The show handles these mature topics well, even better than most movies centered around adults.

Millie Bobby Brown is a terrific actress for her age, and part of what makes Eleven’s naivety and bravery believable is thanks to her portrayal. It’s good to see her better hone her craft as well as her sense of style this season.

As the never-ending drama between the children’s club vs. the demons rages on, it’s become more incredulous seeing the Scooby-gang as Earth’s first defense against enemies of life and the United States. It’s even more unbelievable when you consider the lack of strong reason the show keeps revisiting the same plot over and over again. It was easier when all we we had to deal with watching Eleven battle Demogorgon beasts trying to usurp our world, but when you add a Russian spy plot (with a Terminator-looking agent at the forefront) believability gets thrown into a mix.

It’d be expected that since the show returns to the same central conflict of man vs. demon again and again it’d be boring already, but Stranger Things 3 works so well because it’s mostly character-driven, even the Mind-Flayer is given a rebranding push, becoming a gigantic goo.

Stranger Things 3 is great because it lets its characters (old and new) play and grow in ways the last season didn’t, making it a better and well-rounded one. It still isn’t half as good as the rollercoaster ride the first season was, but it’s far better than the mostly lacklustre sophomore outing. And even though the characters are mostly separated into factions for the better part of this season, they mostly play off into one another, making the story feel like different parts of the same body at the same time.

My verdict: Stranger Things 3 doesn’t disappoint. It’s an 8 hours of entertainment well spent, and I can’t wait for the next installment. If you wait around long enough, you’ll catch the mid-credit scene, and have an idea of what’s in store next season. More monsters and, hopefully, a resurrection for our fan favorite character.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5