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Rinzy Reviews ‘Undone’ (2019)

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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

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 ‘Jack Ryan’ Season One (2018)

Network: Amazon Prime

First Air Date: 31st August, 2018.

Starring: John Krasinski, Abbie Cornish, Wendell Pierce, Ali Suliman, Dina Shihabi, etc.

Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5


Jack Ryan is a popular property, hence its frequent reoccurrence in the media (five movies already). Those who know me know I’m a fervent advocate for TV series and how they make every story better because of the greater time they devote to the art of telling it. That’s exactly what happened with this iteration of Jack Ryan – more time made it better, hence I had a good time watching and observing various characters develop.

Remember when some people said  2018’s John Krasinski’s year? They weren’t exaggerating. From ‘A Quiet Place’ to this, he really is on a winning streak, and judging by his performance in this, he doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon.

Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) works as an Analyst for the United States Government, a job that entails him ‘following the money’ as he repeatedly states throughout the eight episodes season. Not long into the first episode, he’s thrown into the field; a situation that, although is foreign to his job description, quickly reveals him to be a natural, and all this is in a bid to catch the big bad – Mousa Sulaiman.

Now, for everything Jack Ryan is, Sheikh Suleiman appears to be badder. A hero is only as good as the villain he/she has to surmount. And although Suleiman isn’t the villain of the year, he’s got a well spelt backstory that slowly reveals who he is and his motivations for becoming a terrorist; in his own misguided way, he’s getting even with the country (United States) that failed him.

I wasn’t entirely pleased with the way his motivations were detailed, especially in a scene that’s supposed to be the defining one – that between him and his brother (Ali) at the prison visitation room. But I guess it beats having nothing at all.

For every time Jack, his boss James Greer, and the rest of team USA thought they were breaking through in locating Suleiman about Yemen, it’s revealed he’s one step ahead, mostly by luck though. It isn’t until Suleiman’s wife, Hanin, goes rogue to save her children from having a future tainted by the actions of a father desperate for mass attention that the good guys finally get a chance. Funnily, that window of opportunity they get ties into Suleiman’s larger plan… Talk about impressive or predictable. 😁

You’d then think that with all these near grabs the resolution would be epic? That after all the slow build towards a catastrophic attack what ‘Jack Ryan’ had in store for us was something more than trying to kill the President of the United States with a weaponized version of Ebola – a bioweapon. But that’s what we get. And  all revered Sheikh Suleiman dies in a shootout at the hands of none other than Savior Jack Ryan. 

For a villain painted to be smart, ruthless and at the same time compassionate, Suleiman has all the ingredients to be a villain to remember, but for some reason he comes across as monotonous and inadvertently boring. That doesn’t make him a bad villain, he’s just not award material.

If you’re wondering where an Analyst, who spends his job hours sitting behind a desk and a computer punching numbers and tracing graphs, learnt how to shoot a gun really well, you’re definitely not asking the wrong question. A character once ( called Jack a wolf in sheep’s clothing… That he was hiding the best parts of himself under the guise of living a simple life. Even Suleiman buttresses this point when he refers to Jack as being more than an Analyst. And they weren’t wrong. Jack used to be a Marine until he made a mistake that cost him the life of 12 of his colleagues.

That revelation carried enough info to effect Jack’s personal life drastically. But asides the depiction of his handling PTSD from that event…

… I honestly didn’t see the impact of the backstory. The aftermath of the loss didn’t make Jack any less trusting of people as one would expect. If anything he improved on his skills and just didn’t trust the wrong person during the course of the show. I believe that plot could’ve been handled better.

Jack’s love life, James Greer’s personal struggle with his faith and Hanin’s unwavering love for her children make up the rest of the runtime for the season. I particularly liked how all of this plots were resolved and how, even though we’ll be having a second season, we won’t be focusing on Suleiman, but a new, hopefully, more worthy threat.

The production quality, acting talents and score were all great, in case you were wondering. John Krasinski is my Jack Ryan, at least that’s who I’ll be thinking of, for a while, whenever I hear the character’s name.