HBO has done it again! They’ve taken preexisting source material, added a few new ingredients, stirred it a bit, and presented us with a delicious cocktail that goes down smooth and has just the right bit of kick . I’m talking, of course, about the new Watchmen series, based on Alan Moore’s 1986 comic series of the same name. If you haven’t yet experienced this show, you’re missing out, my friend.
Black women have a unique voice in the world of comedy. When I write this, please don’t read subtext. This certainly isn’t to say that others don’t have unique voices as well or that the voices of black women in comedy are somehow more valuable than others. Mine is just a simple statement of truth. Black women do indeed have a unique voice within the world of comedy. With A Black Lady Sketch Show, some of today’s most talented black comediennes come together to create a hilarious experience that’s quite unlike anything we’ve ever had before. Continue reading →
As a fan of The Vampire Diaries, even I realize the series fizzled out at the end. The final season was frustrating to watch, and I only stuck with it to see how they tied things up after 8 seasons (albeit, it sat in the DVR for about a year before I could make myself sit through it). I was already becoming disenchanted with the series by the time the first spinoff, The Originals, premiered, so I never even bothered with that one. I’ve heard good things, but I’ve been “vampired-out” for a while. So needless to say, when Legacies premiered, I rolled my eyes and moved on. But the beauty of having a streaming service like Netflix is that you get a second chance to catch some shows even before the second season debuts. I found myself bored and alone one afternoon and unable to watch any of my usual shows without causing a rift in my marriage, and here we are…
2019 seems to be the year of exploring alternative possibilities of what might happen if people were given ultimate power. First, there was Brightburn, a dark twist on the Superman origin. Now, Amazon has released the 8-episode first season of their original television series, The Boys. The show is an adaptation of the 72-issue comic series of the same name. Both the comic and the show are set in a world where super-powered humans exist and the media frenzy surrounding them has created celebrity status, movies and television shows, endorsement deals, sexual perversion, and corruption on every level. The superheroes, or “supes” as they’re called, care more about indulging their own depravity than actually helping people. And a ragtag group called “The Boys” are tasked with trying to take down the super-charged heroes. While The Boys can’t really be classified as “the good guys,” they are arguably leagues ahead of the heroes who are masquerading as exactly that. And the entire thing is one big, f—ing, entertaining-ass mess!
It’s summertime, kids! That means there’s extra time in the television schedule during the regular season hiatus. What should we do with all this extra time on our hands? Why, watch more television, of course!
This is the time to find fun and fabulous new shows. As your friend, I’m here to help guide you to a few that might be just what you didn’t know you always wanted! Continue reading →
As some of you may recall, T. Mack and I delved into The All Souls Trilogy back in 2015. We read the goliath of a novel that is A Discovery of Witches, drank some moscato, and dropped our wine-honest thoughts on camera so you could decide for yourself whether it’s worth the read (You can check that out here). But even though the series was a hefty endeavor, I still found some magic in it, and when I heard it was being made into a TV show, and that many of my favorite actors would be cast in leading roles, I couldn’t wait to check it out. That was four years ago! But finally, it’s here! I binge-watched it like a lunatic, and here’s what I have to say about this slightly pretentious, vampire/witch romantic drama:
The long night is over for Game of Thrones fans, who had to wait more than 595 days for the return of the series’ final season. On Sunday night, the show returned in all its epic glory and did not disappoint. There were awkward meetings as some characters came together for the first time in the history of the series. There were heartfelt reunions as other characters came back together for the first time in years. There were several key revelations, a couple of good chuckles, one horrifying scare, and a kick-ass dragon ride!
A whole lot was crammed into a single hour of television. I am not complaining, though. We’ve been waiting two years for this and with only 6 episodes this season, we have no time to waste. The episode was, in my opinion, a terrific start to the final season.
If you didn’t get a chance to see it, or are just wondering what all the hype is about, check out the HBO special below, “Inside the Episode” for details and the inside scoop on Season 8, Episode 1. (Watch at your own risk, for the video is dark and full of SPOILERS!)
Did you watch the season premiere of Game of Thrones? What was your favorite part? Which was your favorite reunion? Let me know in the comments below.
Netflix has become a powerhouse source for content. From Oscar-award winning films to critically acclaimed television series and even stand-up specials that become pop-culture phenomenons. Netflix is building a reputation for producing (or at least acquiring the rights to distribute) content that is intriguing and worth talking about.
One of their latest offerings is Love Death + Robots, an animated anthology series for adults in which each short episode tells a story of — you guessed it — love, death, and robots… or some combination of the three. Continue reading →
American Gods is a book by Neil Gaiman, first published in 2001. It is also a television series based on the book which aires on the STARZ network. Both iterations tell the story of Shadow Moon, a felon who is released three days early from prison due to a family tragedy. On the way to the funeral, Shadow meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job as a chauffeur, valet, and overall manservant. This encounter sets in motion events in Shadow’s life that are amazing, devastating, tragic, and triumphant. It sends him on a journey of discovery, whether he wants to go or not. In the end, Shadow could end up a hero, a martyr, back in jail, or the King of America.
Netflix has its fair share of foreign-language misses; most of which, I rage-quit within the first ten minutes. There’s bad dubbing, too-rapid subtitles, cheesiness, and poor production value, with varying combinations of those four main offenses. In fact, finding good films/shows on Netflix that I haven’t seen before has become a bit of a unicorn hunt these days. Foreign language or not. So when I do stumble upon that odd show that sparks new joy, I have to share it with you geeks. The Hookup Plan, or Plan Coeur, in French, is one such unicorn. Continue reading →