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So unbelievably insanely good!
Every guy and some woman should watch this series, I think that it has everything you could want in an action series. Badass characters both male and female, amazing and brutal fight scenes, complex villains, even some sex, on quite a good amount of sex it was a Cinemax show after all, did I mention the action and fight scenes? This show is kind of like a comic series brought to life but isn't, there's good guys who are actually criminals, the main character the mysterious man with no name is one of the best thieves in the country. But there's also one of my favorite tv characters ever in Job, a cross dressing super foul mouthed and often times funny as hell Who happens to be a hacker so good that nobody knows who he really is and some think he is a myth. There's also one hell of a mama bear in Carrie Hopewell, not her real name either, seeing a pattern? And as I said a complex villain in the form of Kai Proctor an Amish man, well I guess you can say a former one who is like the town's mob boss. Man do I wish they had done a 5th season as sadly there are only 4 which is where they decided to end it so it does have a great conclusion to it. Watch this show!!!
12 Monkeys (2015)
You must watch this masterpiece of SF!
This is without a doubt one of the finest pieces of science fiction ever created for tv. This is like a novel told in 47 episodes over 4 seasons its amazing from start to finish. If you have seen the original movie, which is one of the best SF movies In my opinion, it is the same premise about a plague that wiped out 99 percent of the world and in the future a brilliant scientist creates time machine a sends a man named Cole back to our present to try and stop it. Along the way he recruits a Dr Cassandra Railly a virologist from the present, and that's it. It's the same story told with a complete reimagining of the mythology. There's also the character Brad Pitt played in the movie is now one of my all time favorite female tv characters, a kind of crazy pop culture referencing and adorable woman named Jennifer, and did I say I love her character? There is nothing bad I can say about this show the acting the writing and effects are excellent so watch this!
You think you know what this is...
And in some ways you do. Yes this show is kind of like the series Lost but on a space ship. It's a bunch of strangers thrown together who have to learn to live with eachother all the while trying to survive an unknown threat. These people all had some kind of pain or tragedy that led them to volunteer to go on a long journey to the first human colony on an alien planet called Thea. Each episode focuses on a different character and their back stories told in flashbacks and that's pretty much it. It also has a feel like the movie The Thing, but only in the sense that the creature was a body snatcher and the fear and paranoia that sets in and when people are they are afraid they can become monsterous themselves. So that's about t it, you might think you know exactly what's going to happen after watching the first episodes like I did but believe me stick with it cuz you don't. The finale was excellent and it explains all of the events of the season and like any good sci fi show ends in a cliffhanger that sets up a hopefully made season 2.
A great mystery
As others have said this is not for everyone, it's not a spoon fed action series, it requires your attention. I've seen people say it's slow and boring but I couldn't disagree more I was interested in what was going on the whole way through. The episodes are only half hours and I think interesting enough that I couldn't believe episodes were over that fast, just going to add how much I love shows in streaming services release all their episodes at once. The acting from the two leads in Roberts and James worked really well together and everyone else were amazing, of course Roberts always does a great job but I think she should get an Emmy for this role. I think it's cool that she decided to be a part of this show since she usually only does movies. It was also great to see two former Boardwalk Empire actors Shea Whigham and Bobby Cannavale in this. Of course I must mention the incredible cinematography done by director Sam Esmail and the writers created. It really gives you a sense of uneasiness, like there was just something not right going on, Kubrick and Lynch were for Inspirations for Esmail I think. I've never seen Mr Robot but I'm sure going to check it out now and from what I heard about it it's filmed the same way. Oddly enough if the series had just ended with the one season I would have been satisfied. I almost feel like there shouldn't even be a second season cuz I felt the first was really well done and answered pretty much all the mysteries with a solid enough ending, well almost feel like it. But than again like I said there are still some unanswered questions, like the finale post credit scene, and I won't say what else just that there is room for more. So really watch this series, it's one the most well made shows I've ever seen.
This is not a remake of the sitcom..
I rarely write reviews but I felt the need to. As I said this is not a remake, Its a new adaptation of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina comic that's been out for the past few years. So sorry anyone reading this if you think that this show is going to be the same as the light hearted sitcom you are going to be disappointed cuz this is NOT your parents Sabrina the Teenage Witch nor is it a kids show it's a dark story with a teenage lead, and unlike the sitcom Sabrina knows that she's a witch from the start which is also another thing from the comic. Also I've seen a few negative reviews here say that Salem was replaced by some random person her cousin, but just so you know Ambrose is in the comic so he's not out of nowhere and Salem is in it he just doesn't talk. As for the negative reviews from people throwing out the words "Agenda" and "Propaganda" simply because It has the young characters making a women's rights club, has non white characters and a transgendered teen? God forbid they make a show about a teenage girl with powers have at least some feminism and diversity in it, but I guess some people just want to feel threatened by that so don't listen to them. I guess they never watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer which had all of that. I will admit that it might seem disconcerting to see all the satanist witches stuff at first, but if you watch the second episode you will realize that this supposed "real free will" religion is an illusion, there are even more rules, restrictions and hypocrisy than any other one. Anyway the only other thing I was disappointed with was they did take out the Salem can talk thing from the comic cuz I found him amusing but but other than that The whole season was great, the cinematography is excellent and all the actors do a great job.
True Detective (2014)
Dark, Gritty, excellent
I don't know why but I can't enter my how many stars review, so I'll just write it here as 10
From the opening credits, which seemed like a combo of the credits of 'Six Feet Under" and "The Killing" with a little James Bond" look all with this ominous song, to the end I think this is going to be something great. It will not be for everyone, I already have seen reviews of people hating on it for not having action and being slow, well this show like many others is going to be a "Slow Boil" type of show. For those of you who don't know this story arc and actors/characters will not be continuing after this season, i just read that it will be a total of 8 epiodes with a solid conclusion and than will move on to another story in season 2 making it an anthology season series like American Horror Story. I'm really glad another show has decided to do that format and hope that there will be others in the future
The River (2012)
OK people just because it's people in a jungle does not mean it's trying to be Lost or a Lost ripoff!
I knew even before watching the show that there would be people who would be sitting down with a pen and notebook ready to nitpick and complain that this show was either ripping off Lost, or not enough like it. In almost every review here and most places people mention Lost. As I said these people are in a jungle, and there are strange, supernatural, and horrific things that go on there, in the first half it's something that makes a loud noise along with a voice behind it and people are crying "Black smoke monster!" The thing is neither black, smoke, or even a monster. after that the similarities with Lost end.
For example the supernatural elements in The River are based on real myths and legends of the Amazon. The dolls hanging in the trees was/is something the natives did to keep away evil spirits. And whatever the name of the thing was in the first half is also based on actual mythology. Now the supernatural elements in Lost were are completely original to the show. The Mythology of Lost was all made up by the producers and writers of the show.
Now as for the non Lost stuff, the show is shot in documentary style ala paranormal activity mixed with any other nature documentary ever made, with only SOMETIMES shaky camera work. In fact the majority of the camera work is like watching a DOCUMENTARY, when we aren't seeing a POV from someone holding a camera it's from a camera mounted or on a tripod or something. After all one of the show's creators is the director of the PA movies, and yet people seem surprised and even insulted by this!
Oh yes and to Mark Pittam who complained in his review that the missing boat they find had modern equipment. The boat had only been missing for SIX MONTHS, not since the 80's so pay attention next time. And to the person who gave a bad review because it was all unknown actors, Really?
Anyway The River is absolutely a truly fantastic and original show. It is not like anything that has been done as a TV show before. I suppose the name of the genre of movies like PA, Blair Witch etc is called "found footage" which really doesn't make much sense because that idea only applied to BW and Cloverfield. Nobody found the footage buried somewhere in the PA movies or The River but I digress. There have been plenty of movies like that but this is the first attempt at a TV show and I think it works better than most of those movies. The camera work even when shaky with people running is of higher quality and even the stuff that's supposed to be difficult to see is easier than the movies.
The plot starts out simple, the host of a popular nature documentary show, Dr Emmett Cole, went missing in the Amazon along with his cameraman and some other crew members on his boat "The Magus" Six months later a beacon or some kind of GPS goes off and Cole's wife convinces her estranged son to come with her to look for him. Along with them comes the show's producer, a shady "bodygaurd" with an arsenal, the boat's pilot and his teenage daughter, and some new camera people crew and and together they, well I don't think sail is the word but take off on their own boats down the Amazon river. Throughout the show we get some back story and some flashbacks about the Coles, and warnings from the daughter of the pilot. It's not very long into the first half of the show when they find "The Magus" and the beacon itself, but the boat is deserted. Then things really start to get creepy, watch this show with the lights turned off and the sound turned up and you will feel like you are watching a movie. From dragonflies, to dark spirits, to possessions, to communication through magic, to a tree with creepy dolls that should not be F'd with, and all that in the first two episodes. The River is a journey into The heart of darkness, the line that works that has been used before to describe this show would be "There are some places that we are not meant to go, oh yeah and don't f@#$ with things you don't understand