Friday, May 8, 2020

Locke and Key 2020 Netflix Series

Of the NETFLIX series that I have watched so far, Locke and Key is probably my favorite along side Season 1 of Stranger Things. Even though I saw what happens at end of the season coming from a mile away the show was still engaging throughout.  The story focusing on a family that has moved back to their dad’s ancestral home after his tragic death.  It seems like the typical setting at the start of a horror movie.  Instead of a haunted house this house has a series of magical keys each with their own strange magical functions.   The story feels like a cross between The Goonies and The Chronicles of Narnia.

The best part of the show is what the magical keys do.  One key allows the user to go through any door and end up anywhere that has a door.   Another key allows a person or persons to go inside someone’s mind.  A fun concept and a great first season.   If you are in magical elements in shows definitely check this one out.  Season 1 left itself open to second season –although I almost wish that it had been a one season story. 

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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Firefly Re-Watch on Hulu. Quick thoughts on the episode Mrs. Reynolds

After binging Future Man on Hulu I decided I wanted to do a quick Firefly re-watch (also on Hulu).   Rather than do a review of the series as a whole I wanted to just talk about one particular episode that is pretty much Firefly at the shows best.

The episode Mrs. Reynolds is just about perfect.  The crew of the Firefly lifts off of a planet with a stowaway that apparently Mal accidentally married the night before (unbeknownst to him). This episode is pretty much is when the series cemented itself to me as a favorite.   I was already a fan of both BUFFY and ANGEL,  created by Joss Whedon,  so when Firefly came on the air I was already on board.  Nathan Fillion stars as Mal Reynolds (Basically a Han Solo type character) that captains a spaceship around the fringe frontier like planets of the solar system.   This episode for me is where the cast totally clicked.  The humor of Mal trying to deal with this stowaway wife was hilarious.  I was laughing at every single nervous facial expression as Captain Reynolds tried to sort things out while the rest of the crew made fun of him.  The chemistry of the cast felt like this show was already in its 6th season. Then the fun twist in the plot happens developing simmering plot lines between some characters that would carry throughout the rest of this short-lived classic sci-fi show.  

If you have never seen Firefly ---WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU and if you have already seen it –it may be time to revisit this show.  Nathan Fillion is probably my favorite TV actor now because of this show Castle and now The Rookie.    Watching this makes me want a Joss Whedon  Han Solo DISNEY+ Series.

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Saturday, May 2, 2020

Dracula BBC 2020 (Netflix Series)

Brief thoughts on BBC's  Dracula

I was excited when I heard about this show hitting NETFLIX.  The reason for that excitement was that it was by the same people that did Sherlock on BBC.  Sherlock is one of my favorite mystery shows and I was eager to see what they would do with a short mini-series based on DRACULA.   Each episode is basically like a mini-movie in length. 

The first 2 episodes I found to be really enjoyable.  The pacing of the episodes was slow -but purposeful.  The first episode basically covered the Bram Stoker tale in a style that felt very much like Sherlock.  

 The second episode featured Dracula’s voyage to England that played out like a murder mystery cruise with a shocking ending that left me excited for the finale episode.

Unfortunately, the third episode felt like a terrible movie sequel that you almost wish you hadn’t seen.  I was left so disappointed with where they ended up taking the story that I probably wouldn’t watch another season if the show returned.  

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Friday, May 1, 2020

The Witcher 2019 (Netflix Series)

I’m not at all familiar with the material that the series is based on so it was all new to me.  Season 1 of The Witcher on Netflix had a lot of buzz when it came out.  I think people were hoping and wanting to be the next Game of Thrones.  For me, it was a bit of a mixed bag.   Unlike Game of Thrones, this show mixes around timelines and tells s a non-linear story.  It was unnecessarily confusing at times because of this and the fact that the show's creators want the audience to figure it out on their own like Westworld.

The show has some really cool and interesting stuff and some corny stuff.   The show at times felt like a big budget fantasy film and at other times it felt like an episode of XENA Warrior Princess.    I would say that if you are a genre fan it is a good binge-watch, but it definitely isn’t a must-see.

What I LIKED about the show:    The Witcher character himself was cool. I wish the show had just focused on this character alone.  His adventures are captured my attention despite Superman’s odd choice of talking for the character. 

What I DIDN” T LIKE about the show:   The humpbacked witch storyline was completely uninteresting to me.  I just wanted to get back to the main character.  Both this character and the young girl character's stories left me bored.  

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