Raising Dion (Review)

Creators; Carol Barbee & Dennis Liu
Sci-Fi/Drama
50 minutes
Season 1 streaming on Netflix

I haven’t complained this much during a tv-show in ages.
First of all, let me start with that it ain’t all that bad, as much as I practically demolished it negatively episode by episode, I was still hooked on it – unable to stop myself from watching.
It is a kid-friendly-easy to watch and somewhat enjoyable show yet with the downsides of terrible acting and most of all, the creation of a certain character.

Dion, the kid who the show practically revolves around annoyed the living hell out of me – I’ve never experienced such dislike toward a child’s acting as I did when watching this show, he is obnoxious, annoying, irritating, and simply disturbing on a whole other level – his work of portraying this role is terrible and gut-wrenchingly bad.
I enjoyed the script, it had potential, it is the right story just with the wrong actors that sorts of ruin the good in the story and visual.
And the fact that kid NEVER listens to the mother just made me flip several times throughout, she never gets mad or puts him in place, always too emotional and pretty much lets him get away with everything.

The second character that annoyed me was Pat, Dions godfather. Toward the end, he becomes obsessed with Nicole (Dion’s mother) but in an annoying and ugly way – not the hot obsession like Ben Foster in Hostage, Mark Whalberg in Fear, or Michael Ealy in The Perfect Guy. Those roles had a slight essence of sexy in their possession behavior, here you just wanted to whoop his ass.

In conclusion, you love to hate on it! You want to continue watching it because in all its bad, it grabs you and doesn’t let you go and before you know it, you’ve binged the entire first season without realizing it. 4/10



The Handmaid’s Tale (Review)

Creator; Bruce Miller
Drama/Thriller
1h

Haunting, thrilling, exceptional, and brilliant – these are just a few words to describe the phenomenal show, The Handmaid’s Tale. A story that will crawl underneath your skin, move into your system and flow through every vein, leaving you gasping for air.
Based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel of a religious takeover of the USA that subjugates women, using them primarily for their fertility – to bear a child for couples who are unable to do so, by forced intercourse with the husband while the wife is present.

Though many moments goes at a very tortuously slow pace, probably to drag it out through several seasons, it’s still beautifully produced. However, it does come a point where you wonder when it’ll all end, will it get solved? Will these women be free?
The first and second season is close to being a masterpiece, though the third one is more of a snooze fest yet you cannot stop yourself from watching, knowing something epic will soon burst through the screen, leaving you mouth-dropping-eyes-wide.

The acting is close to perfection, every single character brings such powerful performance that you’re left in awe, such depth radiating through from the story, visual, and act. 9/10



The Act (Review)

Creators; Nick Antosca & Michelle Dean
Crime/Drama/Biography
1h
Season 1

A must see. A tv show based on a true story, a story so twisted, monstrous, and ill that you won’t be able to let it go once its finished, you are going to crave for more, every bit and piece of one of the most horrendous stories in criminal history. It almost becomes an obsession, because you cannot figure out how someone can go to such length to control someone, when loving someone so strongly, reaching unhealthy levels.

The Act is based on the nightmare story about Gypsy Blanchard and her overprotective mother, Dee Dee Blanchard. Following the story for quite some time now, by both documentaries and news articles it is said that Gypsy is guilty of second-degree murder and her boyfriend of first-degree murder because of the killing of her mother, Dee Dee. Killing someone is always wrong, you aren’t the one to decide over someone else life, but watching and following this, I can’t help but stand by Gypsy’s side, completely understanding her and what drove her to such extreme.
Dee Dee had her daughter believe that she needed a feeding-tube, had her teeth removed, that she had Leukemia, MS, an allergy toward sugar, and that she had the mentality of a 7-year-old. Controlling every aspect and angle of Gypsy’s life, watching her every move and counting every breath, she kept her sick in order that Gypsy would always need her and never leave.

The show is brilliantly made, thrilling to watch, and both Patricia Arquette and Joey King are PHENOMENAL. I strongly recommend everyone to watch it and get hooked on the heart-wrenching and soul-shattering story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard. 10/10



Nicky Jam: El Ganador (Review)

Biography/Music
45 minutes
Season 1 out on Netflix.

I haven’t been this obsessed, addicted, intrigued, and hooked on a show in a very long time. I binged the entire season in less than a week, it became a drug and just like a junkie I started to get withdrawals the second I couldn’t continue watching due to obligations like going to work, taking care of my puppies, or dumb shit like spending time with my man (Just kidding – no but seriously, I asked him to watch it with me, not my fault he wasn’t as into it as I was.)

It was highly entertaining, suspenseful yet interesting finding out how it all began, but most importantly how insanely motivating and inspiring it was, seeing from where he came to where he is today, and I couldn’t be prouder of him. Such motivational strength to struggle and fight for his goal, I’ve never seen anything like it, even though there were obstacles that kept on coming at him.

The show revolves around Nicky Jam starting off the first episode sitting down to do an interview, a raw and completely unfiltered tell on his life and everything behind the name that is NICKY JAM, then it develops into a tv-show based on his life with him being the narrator and explaining how and why every moment happened. His ups and downs, his darkness, and addictions that almost cost him his life.

The show is not only entertaining but phenomenal in all aspects of a tv-show. The cast is fantastic, from a young Nicky played by Darkiel to the actual Nicky Jam playing himself as he gets older and goes further both his personal life and career.
The beautiful visions of stunning Puerto Rico (a place I loved after visiting last year, San Juan is definitely a place I must go back to), and the great music. Altogether a brilliant show that I strongly recommend, I’ve definitely become a bigger fan and played his music much more now than I ever did before. 10/10


The Neighborhood (Review)

Creator; Jim Reynolds
30 minutes
Comedy
Season 1

The Neighborhood is a sit-com that is somewhat half-charming and semi-enjoyable but nothing else. It’s your typical comedy show with the laughters in the background and all-ages-friendly punchlines. However, you got great talent and potential and it’s all lost and wasted here. The plot is somewhat close to racist, a script about mocking white people and their stereotypes.

A friendly and social family moves into a tougher community in L.A and tries their outmost to fit in.

It’s lighthearted, stale, and lacks originality. It’s not even close to good nor entertaining.
Highly doubt it’ll last long or get renewed, could barely watch the entire episode.
You’ll get a smile in with luck but not a full on laugh out loud moment. I wouldn’t recommend this. 2/10



Happy Together (Review)

Creators; Austen Earl & Tim McAuliffe
Comedy
30 minutes
Season 1

A charming and decent sit-com, noting more, nothing less. Though dated humor, it becomes quite laughable from episode to episode, delivered few smiles but that is pretty much it. It’s not great, but it ain’t that shabby. I had it in the background while cooking and it brought a sense of cozyness and calm to the atmosphere around me.

A mondane couple that spends their free time mostly staying at home watching Netflix, has a change of environment and routine when the megastar Cooper decides to crash at their place.

It’s an OKAY show, the usual sit-com with the audience laughters in the back, doubt it’ll last that long or even that it’ll even get renewed, but for the sake of the fanbase it’s gathered due to Damon Wayans Jr., I hope it does. 3/10

Young and hungry (Review)

Creator; David Holden
Comedy/Romance
22 minutes
On season 5

The writer behind The War At Home starting Michael Rapaport from 2005 deliveries a fresh, cute, and highly entertaining rom-com between a beautiful chef and a handsome tech guy, living in the charming city of San Fransisco.

I discovered this fun show when in New York, at night once I returned to my hotel room I was driving myself insane not knowing what I was in the mood for, and as most of you may know, in the USA they got a whole different and larger range of tv-shows and movies on Netflix (strongly considering of sending a mail to Netflix in Sweden, making sure they start adding the same titles here as well),
Throughout my endless searching, I found Young and Hungry, and thought why not? I then realized I wanted something light, not anything that I had to put all my focus and energy on, just something to keep in the background until I fell asleep, but that failed once I became addicted to it and had to binge watch all of the episodes.

Young and Hungry revolves around Gabi, a hungry for fun gal with spunk, and her roommate Sophia.
One day Gabby gets the gig of becoming Josh’s personal chef, a handsome, young, rich, and famous tech guy and it becomes a ride of laughter, drama, and delicious dishes. A show for everyone to enjoy during dull and cloudy days. 7/10



Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Review)

Creator: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Fantasy/Horror
1h
Out on Netflix

Riverdale meets Charmed with a splash of Harry Potter. The chilling adventures of Sabrina is a cozy mystery that came out just in time to watch during the Halloween weekend. Spread some pumpkins, light up some candles, and snuggle down with the perfect tv show that includes witches, magic spells, a puzzling town, and drama.

Though a remake from the Archie Comics classic, it is nothing like the Sabrina Teenage Witch series as we might remember.
Though most characters like Salem the cat, Sabrina’s aunts Hilda and Zelda, and Harvey are in it, it’s not as silly as the version from 96, this one is slightly more satanic, darker, and definitely more twisted.

The show revolves around Sabrina and her huge decision that lies upon her shoulders, on the night of her 16th birthday she must decide whether to follow the dark or light path.
With school and mortal friends and a mortal boyfriend, Sabrina has created a world she doesn’t feel comfortable leaving just yet nor is she ready to sign her soul over to the dark lord and praise Lucifer.
Secrets, romance, and two parallel worlds, you’re in a for a ride of magic and fantasy. 7.5/10



Riverdale (Review)

Creator; Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Crime/Drama/Mystery
45 minutes
Season 2 on Netflix.

Archie and his friends with a darker twist. Based on the comics, Riverdale will grab ahold of you whether you like it or not. It’s highly addictive, and though entertaining and will every now and then crawl underneath your skin, don’t expect it to be like the comics from the 40’s.

Riverdale, a small town with darkness and one mystery after the other surfacing its ”normal” facade. We get to follow Archie and his friends as they together try to live life as teens but also solving murders, clues, and dealing with parents and school.

Riverdale was brought to my attention by a friend, and since I was in desperate need to find something to binge, I decided to give it a try and just like that, I had found a new guilty pleasure that I could enjoy while snuggled on my couch on these dark winter days.

There’s teen love, that is intoxicating, exciting, and filled with passion. Drama and rival between characters, the thrill of the crime and mystery, and the warmness of small towns. It’s Gossip Girl meets Pretty Little Liars meets Twin Peaks. 7/10



Atypical (Review)

Creator; Robia Rashid
Comedy/Drama
30 minutes
Season 1 on Netflix.

Heartfelt, beautifully warm, and funny. All wrapped into an entertaining, brilliant, and informative show that will besides have you go through an emotional roller coaster, also teach you more about autism.

Randomly I decided to check out the Netflix Original Atypical on a gloomy day with nothing else to watch, so I had no expectations, hadn’t heard about it, and thought I’d give it a chance. I was hooked and ended up binge-watching the entire first season in two sittings.
It captures your soul with not only the phenomenal performance by the whole cast but the storyline is relatable when watching it from different perspectives and aspects.

They managed to so greatly combine autism with heart, care, and humor into a perfect blend of a tv-show that will steal your interest from beginning to end, and you will love every single bit of every moment.

We get to follow Sam, who is on the autism spectrum and his journey of finding a girlfriend, dealing with his family, school and relationship to his therapist.

I absolutely loved it, strongly recommended. 8/10