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Is ‘Marvel’s Runaways’ Season 3 A Bore To Watch?

Release Date: December 13 (Hulu)

Staring: Rhenzy Feliz, James Marsters, Brittany Ishibashi, et al.


FYI, Marvel’s Runaways isn’t terrible, but it isn’t good enough to remember once you’re done watching. For me, that’s always been the biggest problem about the show; asides, of course, its cringe-worthy dialogues and painful expositions.

The titular Runaways –one of the last surviving shows from the old Marvel TV division– try to make sense of their continued war with the aliens still possessing their parents’ bodies. In 10 very long hours, the show wraps off two lingering storylines and still manages to find time for a crossover with an already cancelled sister show.

The third and final season of Marvel’s Runaways isn’t a bore; its only crime is trying to conclude a story no one really cared about.


Rinzy’s Rating: 3/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Little Monsters’ (2019)

Release Date: October 8 (Hulu)

Starring: Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England, Josh Gad, et al.


For Little Monsters, I did something unusual before watching. I didn’t see the trailer, which is something I do with other movies. There’s was no precedent for this, but as the plot unfolded, I was really glad I didn’t. The only information I had diving into this movie was that, Lupita Nyong’o was playing a school teacher with a penchant for musicals. So, imagine my pleasant surprise when ‘Little Monsters‘ turned out to be a musical-comedy mashed-up with zombie-horror? A welcome delight!

Little Monsters‘ is light-hearted, fun, and refreshing. It puts children at the fore-front of the action and gore but, with its thoughtful narrative, manages to preserve their innocence, whilst providing enough adventure to inspire England’s manbaby character, Uncle Dave, to finally grow up.

Lupita Nyong’o in ‘Little Monsters’

The plot revolves around Uncle Dave (Alexander England) and Ms. Caroline (Lupita Nyong’o) protecting a bunch of school children from a sudden zombie virus outbreak, whilst still finding enough time to kiss and fall in love. Just in case you thought that wasn’t funny enough, think about Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake it Off‘ changing the world, at least that’s what this movie tells us it’s good for.

Everyone’s having a good time – the children, the adults, even the zombies because they aren’t the worst creatures in this universe, that’ll be Josh Gad’s Teddy McGiggle, a TV star with a villainous delight and soulful disdain for children and censorship.

Little Monsters‘ is a feel-good movie. I really think you should see it.


Did you catch that nod to the MCU movies, when Ms. Caroline charged at a hoard of zombies with a shovel? Lupita exists in the MCU as Nakia, a Wakadian warrior.


Directed by Abe Forsythe
Rinzy’s Ratings: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Runaways’ Season 2 (2018)

Release Date: December 21

Network: Hulu

Starring: Gregg Sulkin, Ariela Barer, Annie Wersching, James Marsters, et al.

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There’s something about TV shows and their decline in quality as they progress. Well, I want to tell you this isn’t one of those cases. Marvel’s Runaways, at least this second season, is a vast improvement from its predecessor.

The sophomore outing of Marvel’s Runaways is a high octane adventure story that arrives just in time to keep you occupied and entertained this Christmas season. Whosever had the idea to release all episodes at once to binge-watch, unlike the first one, deserves high accolades.

The season picks up moments after the last one and starts off strong. The kids are on the run, and have finally earned the title of runaways. Remember they were framed for the murder of Destiny Gonzalez at the end of last season? So, they’ve got so many things working against them riding in. But together, they rise above all these many limitations and gain grounds towards stopping their parents and the many evils they perpetrate in the names of their children.

We see a lot of great character arcs between the children and their parents, a dynamic that works considerably well bearing in mind the commendable acting talents tasked with making it happen. Alex and Nico find time amidst the dramas in their personal loves to step in as team leader; Gert battles with her live without her antidepressants and balancing her love life with Chase; Molly is tasked with growing up too fast; and Karolina has to face the fact that Jonah is her father and that there are infact other people like her in the world. This particular arc makes up a bulk of the season’s story, which gave us one of the most intense scenes of the season when Jonah’s seemingly defeated.

The show tries very hard to make filler episodes not seem like fillers at all, which is very commendable. The whole plot between Pride and the corrupt police team was just them bidding time enough till the plot twist between the magistrate and his family gets revealed. I thought it was impressive though.

As I’ve said before, the second season of Runaways is a remarkable improvement over the first one. So, if like me, that one left a bitter taste in your mouth, be sure this one will wipe it off.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Rinzy Reviews ‘Light As A Feather’ Season One (2018)

Release Date: Oct. 12, 2018

Network: Hulu/ 10 episodes/ 25 minutes

Starring: Liana Liberato, Peyton List, Haley Ramm, Dylan Sprayberry, Brianne Tju, Ajiona Alexus, et al.

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2018 is a good year for popular games turning malicious and killing off teens one after the other -obnoxious and well-behaved alike. First, it was Truth or Dare, and, now, it’s the turn of not-so-popular Light as a feather, stiff as a board.

🎶 She’s dying. She’s dying. She’s dead. 🎵

‘Light as a Feather’ is a 10-episode horror TV show that features a game gone wrong, when a group of teenage friends begin dying off just as predicted and need to solve the mystery before they’re all gone. 

 Five people play the game, but only one person survives to play again with another set of five. Spooky, right?

The show makes it clear from the start who the villain is… Death. But even the greatest mystery of the beyond needs a person to help it interact physically, and in this light we’re introduced to Violet, the new, mystery girl. 

When Violet first comes on scene she’s introduced as a fragile girl helpless in the presence of bullies. This quickly changes towards the end of the first episode when her creative stories during the game tells us a bit of how fucked up her mind really is. As the show progresses, episode after episode, we understand, but aren’t really sure how messed up she is until the events of episode-8 when her grandmother collapses and she’s made vulnerable. I hoped there was a better twist to her story, something different from a helpless teenager submitting to the will of a greater power.

The only reason Violet was able to breakthrough the girl’s ranks. She was able to do so by capitalizing on their secrets and emotionally blackmailing them with it: think Candace and Isaac vs. Olivia or Alex and Jenna vs. McKenna. The moral of this story is secrets are never cool; they do more harm than good.

Although ‘Light as a feather’ passes itself as a horror show it easily comes across as angst-ridden. It also features a love triangle, which, thankfully, wasn’t dragged on for too long. It narrowly escapes The CW story treatment, I’d have hated if it behaved totally like another installment of Pretty Little Liar. 

Viewers who don’t fancy hardcore horror will be delighted to know that Light as a Feather isn’t the type of show that stays with you long after the end credits roll. It’s easily forgettable. Asides a few scare here and there, there’s almost nothing to worry about, I think. But that doesn’t mean an occasional thrill isn’t guaranteed while watching. 😁

McKenna is easily my favorite character. She’s my show lead because she gets the highest screentime and best backstory. Yeah, I liked the dead twin thing fighting for her from the great beyond. McKenna is compassionate, and that part of her shines throughout the story. It occasionally gets her in trouble as can be seen in minor clashes with her mother and that time in the season finale she decides to trust Violet against the better judgement of her remaining living friends. Tragedy was the catalyst that began her story arc -the death of her sister- and that same tragedy helped save the lives of her friends. At the end of the day, the price she gets to pay seems to be her soul; we’re not really sure how this happened, we’ll just wait until the show returns for a second season.

At first, I thought the show was a one-time thing, a miniseries. But after that season finale packed with juicy, somewhat unwarranted cliffhangers, a sophomore season looks inevitable; that’s if Hulu deems it worthy. I, for one, will like to know who took Henry. My money’s on Mark’s sister. 

Side note: It’s good to see Dylan Sprayberry back on screens. He was cool on Teen wolf.

Light as a feather doesn’t have the glam treatment most shows in this age easily command. Its budget might not be much, but it does have a decent production to boast of.

Rinzy’s Rating: 3.5/5

Hulu’s ‘Into The Dark’ Is The New ‘Black Mirror’.

Ever since Ryan Murphy brought us ‘American Horror Story‘, anthology series have been on the rise. A new market for the once dying television format. In the years since its first season -Murder House- other shows like Fargo and True Detectives have wetted raging appetites for this age old format. 

Since 2013, when ‘Black Mirror’ arrived on Netflix, the format was taken to a whole new level. Instead of the season reboot of story and characters as was familiar with the other ones, ‘Black Mirror’ gave us anthology on a episodic level. For new TV fans, this provided the opportunity to delve into any critically acclaimed episode without the bane of having to see countless ones before it to follow the story. This, to me, has been the selling point of the web-series.

So, when it came to my notice that Hulu was producing a similar, but unique content; one where the stories are episode-contained and, this time, with a holiday twist, I was elated. 


‘Into The Dark‘ is the answer to my prayer for something anthologically refreshing. The feature length first episode -The Body- tells the story of a hitman who runs into a snag trying to deliver a corpse to his contractor on Halloween night. The bulk of the episode shows him trying to tie up loose ends he unwittingly created for himself and his employer.
From a narrative angle, The Body doesn’t really try or pretend to be ambitious; old, recycled plot handled in same, old cliche manner. The Boogeyman successfully hunts down everyone who got in his way. The thing I liked about this plot was the surprise twist at the end.

Honestly, there’s nothing spectacular about The Body, but that doesn’t make it an unbearable watch. I sat through it and came out the other end without feeling like I’d wasted 80 mins. + of my life. I believe the show has potentials. Every month an episode is released gives it the opportunity to tell a horror story inspired by a popular holiday from that month. That gives it the opportunity to be everything Black Mirror isn’t.

Rinzy’s Ratings: 3/5