Spoiler-Free Review of “You Don’t Know Me” on Netflix: Quick Mystery Drama with an Addicting Hook

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“Do you love her?”

You Don’t Know Me originally premiered back in December 2021 on BBC One, but released on Netflix on June 17th 2022. The limited mystery-drama series (based on the book of the same name) stars Samuel Adewunmi, Sophie Wilde, Bukky Bakray, and Roger Nsengiyumva. There are four episodes in total, which are all available to stream on Netflix. Each episode runs for approximately 55-58 minutes.

A man on trial for murder takes the stand to tell his side of the story, hoping to convince the jury of his innocence.

Here is the trailer:

You Don’t Know Me is a quick watch with an addicting premise and decent performances. Is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Really addicting!

I got through this series very quickly. There are only four episodes, which made it extremely easy to binge-watch and I was completely hooked while watching this mystery unfold. There were some really intense moments and just when I thought I had everything figured out, I was thrown for a loop in a good way.

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Believable performances.

The performances were really good in this one and it helped me connect more to the characters. The love story was intriguing, the reveals were well-timed, and I was honestly moved by Samuel Adewunmi’s performance in the final episode. He is very talented and elevated this series in so many ways. 

The Cons:

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The courtroom scenes weren’t as strong as the flashbacks.

I absolutely loved the flashbacks in this series and when we went back to the courtroom and the long speech, it didn’t feel organic to me. The transitions were abrupt and other than the scene in the final episode, I would have preferred to just focus on the events leading up to him being on trial. The flashbacks were a lot stronger and they held my attention more.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

If you’re looking for a quick mystery-drama that will keep you guessing, you’re in the right place.

An addicting and intense watch!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on You Don’t Know Me in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Hellbound” on Netflix: Horrifying and Addicting!

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“We have to be more righteous…”

Hellbound premiered on November 19th 2021 on Netflix, brought to us from the director of Train to Busan. The South Korean horror drama series consists of six episodes available to stream now. The show stars Yoo Ah-in, Kim Hyun-joo, Park Jung-min and Won Jin-A. Each episode runs for approximately 50-60 minutes.

Sinners are condemned to be dragged to Hell on a specific day and time, as unearthly creatures come to capture their bounty as the rest of the world watches in horror and attempts to follow The New Truth society to become more righteous.

Here is the trailer:

Hellbound may be one of the most disturbing and gripping things I have ever watched as it takes a relentless fear and shows us how dangerous belief can be in the wrong hands. Is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Takes on a fear that may be the most terrifying of all…

While there are plenty of monsters and gore, the most terrifying part of this series is how it reveals just how dangerous humanity and misguided faith can be in the wrong hands. The acts we witness are brutal and terrifying in a very real way. Extreme measures and things we cannot explain can lead to panic and it’s the real acts of violence and hate we see everyday that create a new kind of fear that cannot be quelled, which made this such a compelling watch.

Worthy characters.

It took a while to get going, but I had some favorite characters in this series who really gave it their all. Some represented hope while others represented the opposite side of the spectrum, but there were so many different emotions stirred during my watch and part of that was because of these wonderful portrayals.

Easy to binge-watch.

I loved that there were only six episodes in this series. This show could have easily dragged out with sub-plots and unnecessary fluff, but it managed to stay on track even with a time jump wedged in the middle. The pacing was done really well and I managed to watch all six episodes over the weekend.

The Cons:

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Messy start.

The opening episode was slightly all over the place and kind of confusing. I wasn’t really sure about continuing with the series, but once I reached episode two, I couldn’t stop watching. That being said, the chaotic plot could have been cleaned up a little bit more in the opening episode to draw viewers in even more.

If you’re thinking of passing on the show after the first episode, I highly recommend that you stick around for more, however.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

This show is the definition of a binge-watcher’s dream. I could not stop watching it and I was completely drawn into the plot. I was terrified, I was shocked, and I was even emotionally changed by the end, revealing just how complex and moving this show was.

If you’re looking for a new kind of horror, I highly recommend this show!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Hellbound in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

When former friends, Shay and Adriana team up to participate in a Halloween scavenger hunt with a cash prize, they temporarily put their differences aside to outsmart their opponents. However, they soon start to realize that a dangerous threat is playing their own version of the game, stalking them during each hunt.

Winning is now a necessity as their lives are at stake. As old wounds and memories re-surface, Shay and Adriana attempt to unmask the threat before the night is over, but soon learn that Scream Hunt is not done with them just yet…

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Clickbait” on Netflix: I Could Not Stop Watching this Show!

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“At five million views I die…”

Clickbait premiered on August 25th 2021 on Netflix. The limited series features eight episodes available to stream now. The show stars Adrian Grenier, Zoe Kazan, Betty Gabriel, Cameron Engels and Abraham Lim. Each episode runs for approximately 45-48 minutes.

Clickbait focuses on a man named Nick Brewer who has been kidnapped. After an online video is leaked, he is set to die for his supposed crimes if the video hits five million views, as his family and friends race against the clock to figure out the truth.

Here is the trailer:

Clickbait has an intriguing premise that pulls you in right away, making you contemplate everything and everyone. Is this series your next binge-watch obsession? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Hooks you from the start.

The series didn’t really waste any time. We were presented with minimal set-up and dove right into everything as a viral video begins making news, threatening a man’s life. The pacing was done extremely well in this show and I lost complete track of time watching this.

It is a binge-watcher’s dream and it will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time.

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Clever story-telling.

I really liked the way this story unfolded. Each episode focused on a different character as we were presented with new potential suspects and secrets that added to the puzzle. I thought this worked well because it allowed the viewer to become a participant in the show.

We weren’t just watching the plot. We were almost a part of it as we tried to tackle the case the way anyone would. This helped the show stand out from the Harlan Coben mysteries and Hit & Run. I love these shows and I was worried that Clickbait would pale in comparison, but this show managed to find its own identity by presenting the story this way and I thought it worked extremely well.

The Cons:

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Slightly outrageous at times…

There were several plot points that had me scratching my head a little. I started to wonder how the police missed so many clues and I thought some reveals were a little bit over-the-top, but everything was still very entertaining so I can’t really fault it too much.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

I finished this show really quickly and it kept me guessing until the end. I thought I had everything figured out and it threw me for a loop. 

This show was intense, fast-paced, and beyond addicting.

Your next obsession has arrived!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Clickbait in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

It was only supposed to be temporary…but when Olivia Crewe accepts a new position that seems too good to be true, she soon discovers that twelve other girls previously had the same job as her. Only none of them lasted for more than thirty days. No notice. Nothing…right before they mysteriously disappeared without a trace.

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Spoiler-Free Review of “You” Season 2 on Netflix: Lifetime Dexter Does It Again

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Obsession looks good on Joe Goldberg, played brilliantly by Penn Badgley.  After season one became a streaming sensation on Netflix, I was slightly worried that season two would not be able to deliver, but starting over in a new town gave us plenty of opportunities to witness Joe’s dark narrative come alive once again.

You (season two) began streaming new episodes on December 26th 2019 on Netflix.  Season two features ten episodes (about 50 minutes in length).  It stars Penn Badgley, Victoria Pedretti, James Scully, Ambyr Childers, Carmela Zumbado, and Jenna Ortega.

In season two, Joe moves from New York to L.A. and is determined to get a fresh start as “Will,” but things get complicated when he falls in love with his new romantic interest, Love.  He quickly becomes entangled in her family drama, which mostly involves her twin brother, Forty.  Joe tries to be a better person, but the darkness within him continues to stir, as he starts to lose self-control once again.

If you loved season one, you are probably wondering if season two lives up to it?  Let’s find out!

The Pros:

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Strong supporting characters that steal the show.

As much as I love listening to Joe’s moody narrative, it can get a bit stale if we don’t shake things up with some interesting characters.  My biggest issue with season one was that I actually really didn’t like Beck as a character.  In season two, I really thought that Love had a lot of potential, but I was also intrigued by her twin brother, Forty, who is absolutely hilarious.

Joe’s new neighbors, Delilah and Ellie, are also both fantastic.  You care about their stories and they really allowed us to see Joe/Will’s struggle to be a hero you can count on.  Being a serial killer can get in the way of this; however, but these characters spark a lot of goodness within him, which really helps him grow as a person despite all of his past inner demons.

Joe’s backstory is revealed and seamless connections to season one questions.

We get a lot of flashbacks sprinkled in during the episodes about Joe’s childhood, which help us understand him a bit more.  Even though we get a new setting and characters for season two, I thought the connections to season one worked perfectly.  They weren’t forced or excessive and they really answered a lot of questions that I had without hitting us over the head with unnecessary cameos.

Really great twists.

I did not see the ultimate twist coming and I was very impressed with it, bringing me in that much more.  This show is addicting and I tend to watch it all in one sitting because I don’t want anyone to spoil it for me.  Each reveal was well timed and I actually thought this season was even better than the first.

The Cons:

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Less kills than season one.

I mean, I guess that shows growth in Joe’s character, but I kind of missed seeing all of the Dexter-like kills from season one, but the ones we do get are rewarding enough.  That being said, it’s hard to continue listening to Joe’s conflicted narrative when we don’t get some surprising kills thrown into the mix to balance that out.

Can’t escape that Lifetime feel.

The show actually did originally air on Lifetime and Netflix ended up picking it up, but there are a lot of scenes that just scream Lifetime with so many over dramatic moments.  But to be honest, that’s why we are watching this.  I can’t say that this surprised me and we witness so many real and honest performances to balance this out, but there were some scenes that were just a little bit too outrageous.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!  I really enjoyed season one of the show, but I loved season two even more. “I wolf you season two!”

This show is beyond addicting.  It’s dark and obsessive, but it also has so many genuine moments of compassion and humor. 

Stand out character:  Forty, who basically stole the show for me. 

Season two was also not afraid to make fun of itself, even having one of the characters comparing Joe’s actions to Dexter, which I appreciated.

The twists were so great and the pacing worked so well, making this show the perfect one to binge-watch.  I hope that we get a season three because this show is fantastic!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on You in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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