I think they whole world’s been sleeping on one very awesome show, it’s name is ‘Dear White People’.
With two seasons of 10 episodes each under its belt, Dear White People is carving a quiet space, in the niche of satirical comedy-drama, for itself. In recent memory, I don’t think I’ve binge-watched any show as fast as I did this one. It was engaging from start to finish, across two seasons, 👏. And after that, I went online to source for articles and images, more stuffs to feed my hunger for more. I was disappointed to find very few links to relating headlines… Not even the tantalizing display of nude hot boys and girls could help spread its gospel. You might wonder why, just like I did? Is it because of its title? 🤔
Dear White People is a misnomer, for those who don’t know, and has a deeper meaning than meets the casual eye.
I kept digging, hoping to find something. A glimmer of hope for this beautiful piece of work created by Justin Simien. And… I came across one perculiar article.
First produced as a movie in 2014, ‘Dear White People’ had massive critical reception. For a crowdfunded movie, that’s a big deal. Fast-forward three years later, ⏩, Netflix decides to bring it to the small screen, but a lot of people opposed this move, acussing the show of being racist because of its title. And, now, even after two seasons, with both scoring a whopping 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, I understand the stigma from the accusation from still remains, resulting in lower online engagement.
But I say to you still having doubts about the show:
1.Dear White People is awesome to watch.
2.The characters are fun, their pains relatable, and the cast is topnotch.
3.The show hits on the racism topic in a fun, yet mature way.
‘Dear White People’ might not be a ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘Walking Dead’, but it’s a star in its own making. Give it a chance to shine.
With a sophomore season that’s arguably better than its first and a villain that’ll be remembered as one of the MCU’s finest, Luke Cage season 2 is one hell of an awesome ride. 😍.
After last season’s weak villainous baddies in the name of Cottonmouth and Diamondback, I was apprehensive on the direction new villain Bushmaster would take. His seeming obsession with correcting Mariah’s last name from Dillard to Stokes in the first few episodes cast a certain light of worry on the season’s run, causing me genuine worry. The beauty of any story rests in its hero, but a hero is only as good as the villain they’ve got to take down, and nothing makes a good villain as one with a relatable backstory as proper motivation for his/her actions. Bushmaster had all of this and more, which translated into an enjoyable season run. This is a big win for Marvel, as they seem to completely be shaking off their villain problem. They deserve some accolade…🏅.
The story this season takes us on a rollercoaster ride 🎢 and solid character development for practically all characters. From Misty to Mariah to Shades to Luke to Luke’s father and even Iron Fist – everyone gets an opportunity to shine and better flesh their character than what was obtainable in season one, and, in turn, what we get is a well written season that knows its onion. Even though I still maintain the 13 episodes season order by Netflix continues to hurt the Marvel shows’ pacing, Luke Cage’s second season manages this shortcoming with awesome writing. Kudos to the writers 👍.
Luke Cage’s second season leaves things at a very different place from where it started.
Mariah Stokes is dead; Shades is in prison; Bushmaster lives at the end of the season; Harlem is still standing, and Luke Cage might just be the new villain of his own show. Yeah, I know, the last one’s interesting. 😂. Mariah played one last, big joke on everyone, especially her daughter, before bowing out by gifting Harlem’s Paradise to Luke… Talk about the biggest, baddest bitch of them all. 😈. With the way I’m feeling now I can use another season of ‘Luke Cage’ next month.
1. Alfre Woodard (Mariah Stokes Dillard) is a terrific actress and deserves so much accolades for her performance this award season.
2. Claire and Luke’s relationship is so silly, especially the way they broke up.
3. The person who played Tilda Johnson (Mariah’s daughter) was superb. I want to see her and Bushmaster do villainous things next season 😈.
4. Shades is a terrificly complex character… And he looks good, too.
It’s that time of the year again. When TV lovers dread getting off the bed for fear of being greeted with the destabilizing news of their fav shows cancelled. Unfortunately, TV renewal and cancellation news are part of life and cannot be avoided (forever 😔). So, we’ll just get right to it: 2018 renewal and cancellation news compiled for your reading pleasure and/or displeasure.
NB: The shows listed here are ones I deem valid and necessary. The list isn’t exhaustive.
1. The 100 (The CW)
2. 9-1-1 (FOX)
3. The Amazing Race (CBS)
4. American Idol (ABC)
5. America’s Got Talent (NBC)
6. Arrow (The CW)
7. The Bachelor (ABC)
8. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)
9. Black Lightning (The CW)
10. Blue Bloods (CBS)
11. Chicago Fire (NBC)
12. Chicago Med (NBC)
13. Chicago PD (NBC)
14. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (The CW)
15. Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
16. Days of Our Lives (NBC)
17. Dynasty (The CW)
18. Empire (FOX)
19. The Flash (The CW)
20. The Gifted (FOX)
21. The Goldbergs (ABC)
22. The Good Doctor (ABC)
23. Good Girls (NBC)
24. The Good Place (NBC)
25. Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
26. Hawaii Five-0 (CBS)
27. Hell’s Kitchen (FOX)
28. How To Get Away With Murder (ABC)
29. Jane the Virgin (The CW)
30. Law & Order: SVU (NBC)
31. Legends of Tomorrow (The CW)
32. MacGyver (CBS)
33. Madam Secretary (CBS)
34. Masters of Illusion (The CW)
35. Midnight, Texas (NBC)
36. Modern Family (ABC)
37. Mom (CBS)
38. NCIS (CBS)
39. NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)
40. NCIS: New Orleans (CBS)
41. The Orville (FOX)
42. The Resident (FOX)
43. Riverdale (The CW)
44. Roseanne (ABC)
45. Salvation (CBS)
46. SEAL Team” (CBS)
47. The Simpsons (FOX)
48. So You Think You Can Dance (FOX)
49. Supergirl (The CW)
50. Supernatural (The CW)
51. Survivor (CBS)
52. This Is Us (NBC)
53. Will & Grace (NBC)
54. Young Sheldon (CBS)
Cable and Streaming services
1. A Series of Unfortunate Events (Netflix)
2. American Dad (TBS)
3. American Horror Story (FX)
4. American Vandal (Netflix)
5. Archer (FXX)
6. Ballers (HBO)
7. Barry (HBO)
8. Billions (Showtime)
9. Black Mirror (Netflix)
10. Counterpart (Starz)
11. Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
12. Dark (Netflix)
13. Fear the Walking Dead (AMC)
14. Fleabag (Amazon)
15. Fuller House (Netflix)
17. The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu)
18. Homeland (Showtime)
19. House of Cards (Netflix)
20. Insecure (HBO)
21. Jack Ryan (Amazon)
22. Jessica Jones (Netflix)
23. Keeping Up with the Kardashians (E!)
24. Killjoys (Syfy)
25. The Last O.G. (TBS)
26. Lore (Amazon)
27. The Magicians (SyFy)
28. MINDHUNTER (Netflix)
29. Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (Netflix)
30. Narcos (Netflix)
31. On My Block (Netflix)
32. One Day at a Time (Netflix)
33. Orange Is the New Black (Netflix)
34. Outlander (Starz)
35. Power (Starz)
36. Preacher (AMC)
37. The Punisher (Netflix)
38. Queen Sugar (OWN)
39. Ray Donovan (Showtime)
40. Runaways (Hulu)
41. Santa Clarita Diet (Netflix)
42. Shameless (Showtime)
43. Shooter (USA)
44. Silicon Valley (HBO)
45. The Sinner (USA)
46. South Park (Comedy Central)
47. Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access)
48.The Story of God with Morgan Freeman (Nat Geo)
49. Stranger Things (Netflix)
49. Strike Back (Cinemax)
50. Suits (USA)
51. Van Helsing (Syfy)
52. The Walking Dead (AMC)
53. Westworld (HBO)
54. You’re the Worst (FXX)
1. Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox)
2. The Expanse (Syfy)
3. Harry (Syndicated)
4. Life Sentence (The CW)
5. Living Biblically (CBS)
6. The Mayor (ABC)
7. Me, Myself & I (CBS)
8. The Night Shift (NBC)
9. Ten Days in the Valley (ABC)
10. Valor (The CW)
11. Wisdom of the Crowd (CBS)
12. Zoo (CBS)
13. Quantico (ABC)
14. Designated Survivor (ABC)
15. The Exorcist (Fox)
16. Lucifer (Fox)
17. Inhumans (ABC)
Cable / Streaming
1. Ash vs. Evil Dead (Starz)
2. Beyond (Freeform)
3. Chance (Hulu)
4. Chelsea (Netflix)
5. Damnation (USA)
6. Dice (Showtime)
7. Disjointed (Netflix)
8. Everything Sucks! (Netflix)
9. Game Shakers (Nick)
10. Here and Now (HBO)
11. I Love Dick (Amazon)
12. Jean-Claude Van Johnson (Amazon)
13. The Librarians (TNT)
14. The Mist (Spike)
15. Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon)
SHOWS AIRING THEIR FINAL SEASON
1. The Middle (ABC)
2. New Girl (FOX)
3. Once Upon a Time (ABC)
4. The Originals (The CW)
5. Scandal (ABC)
6. Shades of Blue (NBC)
Cable / Streaming
1. 12 Monkeys (Syfy)
2. The Americans (FX)
3. Being Mary Jane (BET)
4. Halt and Catch Fire (AMC)
5. Love (Netflix)
6. Major Crimes (TNT)
7. The Mindy Project (Hulu)
8. Nashville (CMT)
9. Portlandia (IFC)
10. Red Oaks (Amazon)
12. Star Wars Rebels (Disney X D)
13. Survivor’s Remorse (Starz)
14. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)
15. Vice Principals (HBO)
16. Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s (OWN)
17. Young & Hungry (Freeform)
Netflix has been around for sometime now distributing DVDs around the U.S.A. But since the release of ‘House of Cards’ in 2013 they haven’t slowed down and have continued to churn out more and more original contents with a promise to completely take over the market from traditional forms of programming. This daring move has seen them release so many critically acclaimed shows, and movies. As it seems, there’s definitely no stopping them.
With over 100+ original programmings and more being added to their catalogues daily, it’s almost impossible catching up to all in record time. But those who manage to binge-watch successfully attest to the quality of most of their shows. This makes it somewhat difficult to decide on a favorite.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Mindhunters, 13 Reasons Why, Sense 8, Narcos, A series of Unfortunate Events, Dear White People, Orange is the New Black, Ozark, Bojack Horseman, The Publisher and Glow are some of the beat works produced by Netflix.
So, I ask, which are your favorites? Feel free to choose up to five (5) shows that made you happy watching them.
The second season of Jessica Jones is an almost different show from what we saw in season 1. With the death of Kilgrave many people, myself included, wondered the direction the show would be headed moving forward. Allow me quell your worries, this season is wonderful, creative and a mild slice of heaven. It isn’t as good as the first one, but it’s still a nice watch.
[SMALL SPOILER ALERT!!! 😂]
The big-bad this season brings with her (yes, it’s a she) a surprise twist to the show’s mythology; something unexpected, yet very welcome – she’s Jessica’s long lost (once thought dead) mother. After this revelation, the story dragged for a while: I found it annoying. At the core, it became more of a family-drama than one belonging to the superhero genre, which in itself wouldn’t be a bad thing, but the story drags too much (starting from around Ep. 9) that it becomes stale, annoying and somewhat predictable.
I loved the character-arc of supporting characters this season, old and new: Trish, Malcom, Jeri, Trish’s mom, Oscar, Carl, etc. I loved them all. I feel the strength of the season was built around these people’s journey and I really loved it. More compelling is the fact that the villains this season appear sympathetic, at a point you start to root for them. This makes sense because in the real world there’s almost no clear hero or villain, it’s just people making various decisions, simple or complex, to survive and live another day.
If you still haven’t seen it, I recommend this season of JJ to you, you’ll love it.
PS: Kilgrave’s brief stint this season was a welcome idea. It was short, precise and permissive with the rest of the story; it painted more light on the internal struggle going on inside Jessica’s head even as she takes care of every other person’s shit.
With the way the season ended, we know Trish now has powers. Asides quick reflexes, we’d have to wait till next season to see the full range of her skills.
‘House of Cards’ to resume production on its sixth and final season early next month.
Following the needs of several sexual allegations levelled against lead Kevin Spacey, he was fired and the show’s production subsequently halted.
With this letter, we can rest again knowing production will resume shortly… without Spacey of course.
Here’s the letter.
Dear Cast and Crew,
As we move into the holidays, we want to express our appreciation for all of the meaningful messages of support we have received from you and want to update all of our loyal cast and crew on our progress and where things currently stand.
We continue to work with Netflix with the hope of resuming production soon. As we continue these discussions, we have determined together that the crew will be paid for an additional two week hiatus – beginning on November 27th and continuing through December 8th.
In addition to the writers, there will be a small contingency of office/accounting staff who will remain in the production office on a continuous basis. Our hope is that the entire crew will be able to reconvene when production resumes, but we want you to know that we will certainly understand if crew members need to find other work in the interim, which will prevent them from re-joining us. We sincerely appreciate all you have done.
Cast and other union members who are not actively working will be paid in accordance with applicable union guidelines through this period and we will be reaching out directly to your representatives to work through the details; we will get to everyone as quickly as possible and appreciate all of your patience here.
These last two months have tested and tried all of us in ways none of us could have foreseen. The one thing we have learned throughout this process is that this production is bigger than just one person and we could not be more proud to be associated with one of the most loyal and talented production cast and crews in this business.
Starring: Pedro Pascal, Damian Alcazaseas, Michael Stahlward, Matias Varela etc.
Rinzy’s Rating: 4/5
With the death of Pablo Escobar at the end of Narcos season 2, many thought Narcos was done; ‘What more is there to act?’ Many asked. But Narcos returned with another intriguing and thoroughly captivating season that sets things up for at least one more season: You want to know more, continue reading.
9 Thoughts I Had After Watching Narcos Season 3 – It's a thread!!!
The Cali Cartel, led by Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela, had Miguel Rodrigeuz-Orejuela, Helma ‘Pacho’ Herrera, and Jose ‘Chepe’ Santacruz-Londono, to make up a four man power squad running the whole of Cali in Columbia.
Though dreadful, I’d like to state here that the Cali gentlemen had nothing on Pablo Escobar. See, Escobar was a boss, he lived and fought like the chairman he was, only to die as a rat though. The Cali Cartel were brought down by their man helping the DEA, his name was Jorge Salcedo, he was their head of security, also my favorite character this season.
Every scene with him was a must watch; suffice it enough for me to be invested in actor, Matias Varela, future works.
Based on true life stories on the era of cocaine boom from Columbia to the world (particularly The US), Narcos works almost like an anthology. The story this season felt a little bit disconnected from where we stopped at season 2 finale, and it’s for good reasons. This season’s story was told from Agent Pena’s POV.
After his success nailing Pablo Escobar with Agent Murphy (who’s missing throughout this season), life wasn’t all rosy from there; infact, he had more of bad days that good ones, up until he found his mojo again working with two fellow agents, Chris Feistl and Daniel Van Ness, to bring down the Cali Cartel against the American and Columbian government’s wishes. As Pena would find out the hard way, compromises in work places are a necessary evil for greater goods to be acheieved. This line of reasoning didn’t go well with Pena, who saw it better to resign than work in such an unhealthy environment.
At least, something good came out from all tgose trouble, we’re going to Mexico next season (if there’s going to be one).
I feel the move to Mexico is a good thing: the Columbia story is already fatigued, it’s time to move forward.
The Cali gentlemen playes it safe, they were smarter than Escobar, had too many dramas in their lives that seemed to interfere with their business. I liked their leader, Gilberto, he was very smart; definitely the brains of the organization.
I liked Miguel his brother too, more hotheaded, but still sane when compared to Escobar. Pacho Herrera was a delight to watch: I feel his character could have beem better improved on had more time been imvested in him. Chepe was the only one I couldn’t really connect with; too bad.
In all, I believed the Cali gentlemen were trying too hard to not make the same mistakes Escobar did, but ended up seeming like a cheap imitation. Too bad. Do not get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoyed the season, it was captivating, but didn’t come close to the terror Escobar was (especially in the first season).
I will not end this review without mentioning some minor characters who helped this season. Remember: David, Miguel’s annoying son, who met a very satisfying end? Pallomeri, the annoyingly funny accountant for the Cali cartel? Maria Salazar who kept doing what was necessary to protect her snd her son? Franklin Jurado who made me miss Sense 8 some more? And many more I can’t rememebr now.
I do hope Narcos gets a new season order, I really do.
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