My performance of the week ending 6/22/19 on TV goes to…

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones on Netflix’s Jessica Jones, season 3.  Even though I was extremely underwhelmed and disappointed with season 3 and the end of the series, there was one redeeming light that kept my attention and that is the talented and captivating Krysten Ritter.  Please note that I have not included any major spoilers for your convenience.  I have always been a fan of Krysten Ritter, but she really found her perfect role in this series, as she embraced it completely and really nailed the conflicted character.  Even though Jessica sometimes comes off abrasive, Krysten still makes her incredibly charming and brings a likability to her, as you find yourself sympathizing with her circumstances. 

Jessica has been through so much, but she still tries to repair and hold on to her friendship with her adoptive sister, Trish, but that proves to be quite the challenge in season 3.  A lot of the episodes in season 3 moved incredibly slow and it felt like more of an obligation for me to watch, but I continued to be impressed by Krysten’s performance and it is worth mentioning here.  Unfortunately Krysten couldn’t save the show enough to make this an entertaining watch for me, but I am still a fan and I can’t wait to see what role she takes on next!

What’s next for Jessica Jones?  Well not much, since this is the end of the Marvel series on Netflix, but I am somewhat pleased with how they left the end of the show, deciding not to leave us with any loose ends that will continue to bother me later.  I won’t give any spoilers here, but I think that Jessica Jones has been battling her own inner conscience for the entire series, which has been far from easy for her.  While she previously just accepted being broken in some episodes, she does try to do the right thing, which makes her a reluctant hero, but a hero nonetheless. And I think that’s why we can all relate to her so much.  She’s an everyday hero who has to deal with her own struggles in her life, but she still tries to make a difference.

If you do decide to sit through season 3, you will see Jessica and Trish’s views clash on how to make things right, which comes down to one’s moral compass.  Sometimes it seems like the answer is to run away, but Jessica ultimately decides to face a lot of her problems head on, which makes me root for her that much more.  Even though we are saying goodbye to Jessica Jones, I think it’s important to recognize Krysten Ritter’s performance throughout the series.  Krysten really elevated the show and mesmerized me with her portrayal again and again.  Bravo!

Stay tuned for a recognized performance on TV each week!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 4: “A Hoe Even in the Afterlife”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 4 last night, I realized that hell can literally be your own personal nightmare.  Whether that means standing in a line for eternity like in Supernatural or working a customer service job in a department store, there are plenty of scenarios to go around.  While this doesn’t sound so bad compared to a hell filled with fire and despair, stacking towels can be quite monotonous.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Could It Be … Satan?” we get a detailed flashback into Mr. Langdon’s past and learn a lot more about the rivalry between witches and warlocks.  Meanwhile, we opened the door to another season of AHS and got to see some of our old favorite characters once again.  Episode 4 continued to have some fun Easter eggs and even made a reference to one of my favorite television series of all time.  Did you catch it?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 4 are:

5

“Bad news bitch.  You’re back from the dead.”

After the return of some of our favorite witches from Coven, Mallory is surprised to be alive again.  Madison tries to snap her back into reality, but Cordelia explains to Mallory, Coco, and Dinah, that an identity spell was cast on them for protection.  This explains why Mallory felt like some other force or being was inside her when she was interviewed by Mr. Langdon in the prior episode.  We also get a detailed flashback to the past and fans were delighted to hear the familiar Coven theme music play when the camera zoomed in on the “Academy of Exceptional Young Ladies.”  I was excited to see the return of Zoe, played by Taissa Farmiga, who was busy training some new witches.  Mallory stood out as her absolute favorite and we learn that her ancestry line goes all the way back to Salem.  While we know a little bit about Mallory’s ancestry, Madison hints at Dinah’s when she says it is linked to that “backwards voodoo shit,” which could mean she comes from Marie Laveau’s line.  We don’t receive too much information on Coco’s former identity yet, however.  It is important to note that this is not the first time that a hint has been thrown around that Mallory is unique and extremely powerful.  Is she a match for Michael Langdon?  I’m not sure, but she may be the key to everything and I’d be happy to have her assemble or dissemble a bouquet of flowers for me anytime.

4

“I didn’t know that was inside of me.”

During episode 4, we get a detailed flashback into Michael Langdon’s past as well.  While I originally thought that Ms. Mead could be based on Constance Langdon, we quickly learn that she was based on a woman who murdered her previous husbands and worshipped Satan.  While we don’t know what happened to Constance just yet, it’s safe to say that her return might shed some light on this for us.  Even though Constance was not around to be a guiding mentor for Michael, he clearly loved the woman who Ms. Mead is based on very much.  Michael explains that she never betrayed him and his powers began emerging when he was trying to protect her honor after a rude Butcher refused to apologize.  While Michael’s actions are beyond extreme, his heart had initially been in the right place.  Michael’s powers seem to be more than he might be able to handle, however.  During this episode, we also meet several warlocks who come across a tape of Michael’s abilities and witness him brutally killing someone with his mind.  The tape reveals that Michael was in room 237, which is significant to fans of the film, The Shining.  We get a glimpse into the “Hawthorne School for Exceptional Young Men” and are pleasantly delighted when one of the warlocks tells a tardy student that he might end up doing magic tricks with Neil Patrick Harris if he doesn’t take his studies seriously.  Neil appeared briefly in Freak Show so this is a fun throwback to him.  When Michael is at the academy, the warlocks put him through several tests and he passes them all with flying colors.  He is even able to turn water droplets into snow, which starts out beautiful, but almost turns deadly, revealing that his powers may be out of everyone’s control.  While one of the warlocks recognizes that his powers are malevolent, the others are more concerned with having a true match for The Supreme, but at what cost?

3

“Because I’m The Fucking Supreme.”

Members of the Coven are called to the Hawthorne Academy for an emergency meeting of sorts.  The warlocks explain that they have a male student that might be more powerful than a Supreme.  Cordelia, Zoe, and Myrtle initially seem doubtful, explaining that “no man has ever approached the level of Supreme.”  The warlocks ask Cordelia to administer the “Test of the Seven Wonders,” but Cordelia is more than hesitant to do so.  Cordelia reminds us about what happened to Misty, who died because she wasn’t truly ready to face the Seven Wonders.  Cordelia doesn’t want that fate for anyone else and is even further upset when the warlocks bring up Queenie.

2

“Solitary it is.”

While fans knew that we would get connections to Coven and Murder House, the link to Hotel was a delightful surprise.  We all remember “Hotel Cortez” all too well and recall that Queenie was trapped there back in season 5.  Cordelia explains that she tried everything to help save Queenie, but that “Hotel Cortez,” was “an entryway to all things dark.”  She further explains that they went through every door and window numerous times, but could not find a way for Queenie to escape.  Cordelia even compares it to a “Hellmouth,” which is a fun reference to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is one of my all time favorite shows.  I mean Buffy did say “If the apocalypse comes, beep me,” and we have arrived there for sure on AHS.  We know that vampires have resided in “Hotel Cortez” and this is also significant because Buffy is known as “The Chosen One” and the warlocks are convinced that Michael Langdon is his own kind of chosen one, known as an “alpha.”  The idea of an “alpha,” brings us back to Marvel again, as we know that there are “alpha” mutants who are considered to be the most powerful.  We also get to say hello again to James March, played by Evan Peters, who is passing his time in eternity by playing cards with Queenie.  When Michael Langdon later shows up to do what Cordelia could not, March recognizes his power and realizes that his card partner has gotten her own “get out of jail free card.” 

1

“No, but I have a fucking name tag.”

After Michael Langdon rescues Queenie, he explains that they have one more stop to make.  Madison has been living out her own personal hell, which involves her wearing a name tag and working in customer service at a department store.  This is absolutely hilarious because we know that Madison is not in the business of serving anyone other than herself.  As if arguing with customers over her celebrity status wasn’t bad enough, Madison is horrified when her manager is called and she is forced to stack and organize the towels.  Poor Madison.  Madison immediately recognizes that Michael Langdon does not belong here and propositions him all too quickly.  Queenie hilariously says that she is “a hoe even in the afterlife.”  Michael Langdon interrupts their reunion to explain that he needs them both to prove a point.  Michael shows up at the academy with Madison and Queenie and Cordelia is more than shocked, passing out at the sight of them.  Michael has completed tasks that a Supreme could not, so what does this say about his power?  Even though we know he is beyond strong, we can’t ignore the fact that his powers are based in darkness.  Overall, this episode had a lot of fun Easter Eggs and references to doorways and other realms, which reminds us that this is not the last crossover or link we will see during the season.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  Cordelia is also the name of one of the main characters on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  Apocalypse below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “American Horror Story: Apocalypse” season 8 episode 3: “Surprise Bitch! I Bet you Thought you’d Seen the Last of Me”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the FX network’s American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 3 last night, the moment we have all been waiting for is finally here.  Are you ready?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch the latest episode yet.  In last night’s episode, “Forbidden Fruit,” Mr. Langdon continues to interview potential candidates to determine if they are worthy to join “The Sanctuary” and discovers a surprising secret about Mallory while revealing one of his own as well.  Meanwhile, we learn more about Ms. Mead’s past, Ms. Venable announces that Outpost 3 will be celebrating with a Halloween Soiree, and the Easter eggs kept us focused and entertained.  Did you catch them all?  My top 5 moments from American Horror Story:  Apocalypse season 8 episode 3 are:

5

“It’s the one day of the year when the rest of the world puts in some effort to be fabulous like I am every other day.”

During the episode, Ms. Venable announces that they will be holding a Halloween Soiree to celebrate.  The theme of the party will be a Victorian Masquerade ball and everyone is beyond excited to have something to look forward to.  Only Ms. Venable plans on using the party as a way of arranging for everyone to eat the apples delivered from “The Cooperative” at the same time, which she poisons with the assistance of Ms. Mead with snake venom.  Everyone deserves just a glimmer of hope and happiness and they scamper off to get their costumes ready.  Mr. Gallant hilariously explains why he loves Halloween while he reminisces with Coco about their Michael Jackson costumes from when they were younger.  While the party is good news, Coco recognizes that they will probably announce who is going into “The Sanctuary” during the party.  She understands that everything has some kind of hidden agenda, reminding us that “the closest thing to a Christmas feast was stew” or does she mean Stu?  Sorry couldn’t resist.  Either way, the Halloween party will definitely be the most excitement they have seen in a very long time.  Although you may want to think twice about bobbing for apples anytime soon.

4

“Happy Halloween bitch.”

Surprise!  Brock is back, played by fan favorite, Billy Eichner.  We quickly discover that after Coco left her boyfriend, Brock, he has been living out in the wasteland for all this time.  Brock has been exposed to radiation and is sporting some bald spots and gruesome marks on his face that prove he has definitely been through the ringer.  While Brock initially seemed to be privileged and materialistic in the opening episode, he has shed that persona all too quickly.  Brock has become somewhat of a bad-ass and reminded me of “Mad Max” while out in the wasteland.  Brock explains that he is just looking for his girlfriend, but something tells me that he is not looking to kiss and makeup.  Brock is aware of the shelter and spots one of the horse drawn carriages, hitching a ride to Outpost 3.  Brock makes his way in and cleverly sports a mask of his own during the masquerade party, inviting Coco to dance.  Coco mistakes him for Langdon and begins coming on to him, desperately looking for a way into “The Sanctuary.”  Only Coco is in for a big surprise when Brock reveals his identity and she asks, “What happened to your face?”  Coco tries to explain her actions, but just digs a deeper hole for herself when she compares her love to Brock to her love for sushi, explaining that she had to lock away her feelings for both, which does not amuse Brock at all.  Brock brutally stabs Coco in the head and says, “Happy Halloween Bitch,” with no hesitation.  While I’m not so sure how Brock will come into play now, we definitely should not discount him, as he has been exposed to the brutal reality outside and is looking for payback.

3

“Some people just have nothing special about them.”

In the beginning of the episode, Langdon interviews Mallory and recognizes a potential darkness within her.  Langdon further reveals more about his own abilities when he says, “I can see into the dark places that people desperately try to keep hidden.”  Langdon refers to it as a sort of talent or “night vision,” but it’s clear that Langdon possesses a lot of power.  Langdon was not expecting the power of Mallory; however, who ends up setting the room on fire with her mind.  Mallory is just as surprised as Langdon, who demands to know who she is.  Langdon prides himself on knowing everything about a person and reveals his own true face when he is thrown off guard by Mallory’s power.  While we know that Langdon is the baby from Murder House, it now appears that he is the Antichrist.  Langdon even performs a dark blood ritual and calls out to his father, who we can only assume is the devil himself.  Mallory later confides in Coco and Mr. Gallant, explaining that she thinks she set the room on fire.  Coco hilariously asks her if she knocked over a candle and Mallory says, “I think I made the fire with my mind,” further comparing herself to Dark Phoenix.  Marvel fans rejoice!  This is not the first reference we have seen to Marvel during the show.  The song, “Time in a Bottle,” played during an important moment for Mr. Gallant last week, which Evan Peters knows all too well.  In X-Men:  Days of Future Past, my absolute favorite scene featured Evan Peters, who played Quicksilver and helped break Magneto out of prison while this song played and we saw everything in slow motion.  You can watch that original scene here!  Think this is just a coincidence?  Maybe it is.  However, Mallory also rises from the dead or the ashes, just like the actual Dark Phoenix, which makes me think otherwise.  Either way, I was truly impressed by Billie Lourd’s performance this week and I am looking forward to exploring more about Mallory and her abilities.

2

“All people if given the right pressures or stimulus are evil mother fuckers.”

Last week, we were completely shocked when Ms. Mead was revealed to be a robot of some kind.  In this episode, we learn more about Ms. Mead’s “false memories,” which all involve Halloween.  Hooray!  Ms. Mead remembers trick-or-treating as Rosie, the Robot maid, from The Jetsons back in 1962 and even recalls her first date in 1968, when she watched the movie, Rosemary’s Baby, which is definitely hinting at the idea of Langdon’s own existence.  Ms. Mead recognizes that these memories are false, but yet they feel somewhat real to her.  Ms. Mead prides herself on being loyal to Ms. Venable and is shocked when she turns the tables on her and shoots Ms. Venable, killing her.  Even though we initially thought the “poison apple” scheme was Ms. Venable’s idea, Langdon reveals that it was his own and that Ms. Mead is operating under his command.  He further explains that he made Ms. Mead to be a sort of prototype, based on someone he loved as a child.  Ms. Mead starts to understand the fading memory she has of a young boy, realizing that it must have been Langdon.  Who is Ms. Mead based on?  We can only assume that Langdon is referring to Michael’s grandmother, Constance Langdon, played by the fabulous Jessica Lange.  The pieces are coming together for sure, but there is still so much left to be uncovered.  I am absolutely looking forward to it, however.

1

“Surprise bitch!  I bet you thought you’d seen the last of me.”

After bobbing for apples, Ms. Venable invites everyone to enjoy their tasty treats.  The apples themselves and the title of the episode scream references to the bible and the Garden of Eden, but no one at Outpost 3 seems to be paying attention to that.  The apples are poisoned and we watch the disgusting demise of the characters we have come to know in the last three episodes.  When thinking of poison apples, Snow White also comes to mind, and we do see several women come back to life after eating the poison apple.  While I was initially upset to have invested so much time in the characters residing at Outpost 3, I was delightfully entertained by the return of three of our favorite witches.  The record player was initially playing the song, “Baby I’m a Want You,” by Bread, which you can listen to here!  The lyrics that stood out were, “Like a guiding light to help me through my darkest hour,” which seem beyond appropriate for the entrance of some of the members of Coven.  The record player changes to the song, “She’s a Rainbow,” by The Rolling Stones, which you can listen to here! Right on cue, Cordelia, Madison, and Myrtle Snow make a grand entrance through the gates and are here to save the day and protect the world from Langdon most likely.  They look for their sister witches and resurrect Mallory, Coco, and Dinah.  Madison, played by Emma Roberts, delivers her “surprise bitch” line perfectly and we are ready for the fun to begin.  Stay tuned!

P.S. fun fact:  The song, “She’s a Rainbow,” is on The Rolling Stones album, Their Satanic Majesties Request

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own theories and thoughts on American Horror Story:  Apocalypse below in the comments section.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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When Kallie Bennett, a jaded teenage girl plagued by her alcoholic mother and her peers molded out of sheer bubble gum perfection, chases after Alice in Wonderland herself, she ends up lost in her own version of Wonderland, which forces her to face her utmost fears and introduces her to familiar characters with a dark twist. Among these characters is Ches, a gorgeous vampire with a conflicted conscience, who becomes Kallie’s guide and blossoming love interest. She also crosses paths with Queen Hartley, a manipulative witch who has the power to strip away one’s memories and imagination, which brings a bone chilling new meaning to “off with their heads.” In The Search for Alice, Kallie starts to realize that her Wonderland is just as frightening as her own reality and that she cannot always run away from her problems. She must figure out a way to defeat Queen Hartley and return home before it is too late, but she soon learns that escaping Wonderland means leaving Ches behind forever.

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My top television shows of 2017 on Netflix: Binge-watching throughout the year!

Since I covered my top favorite television shows that aired in 2017 on local and cable networks, I thought it would only be right to discuss my favorite shows that aired on Netflix as well.  While Netflix has been slowly taking away some of my old favorites series to make room for the new ones, I have been pleased with a lot of their new shows.  Don’t get me wrong, I desperately want them to bring back shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and One Tree Hill and to consider not taking Lost off.  Either way I will still dust off my old DVD sets and settle for some quality shows on Netflix as a compromise.  Netflix has done a good job of successfully providing me with the binge-watching we all crave once in a while with its lineup.  Who am I kidding…all the time!  Please note some spoilers are ahead.

The Best of the Best of television shows streaming on Netflix for 2017 are:

  1. 13 Reasons Why
  2. Stranger Things (season 2)
  3. The Punisher
  4. Ozark
  5. Orange is the New Black (season 5)

Orange is the New Black is a favorite guilty pleasure of mine and I admit that I look forward to every June for the premiere.  I tend to watch these episodes in just under a week because I am always sad when it is over to soon.  Season 4 ended with a cliff-hanger of Daya pointing a gun at a guard, leaving fans wondering what would happen next.  A lot of the season focused on the inmates refusing to be treated poorly anymore, leading to a riot that allowed the tables to be turned and the inmates to take control of the prison.  Each episode was jam-packed with drama and action, which had me contemplating when to start up the next episode.  I have to admit that it took a lot of self-control to watch everything over the course of the week, as it would have been very easy to finish this within a day or two.

When my friends told me about Ozark, they said it was sort of like Breaking Bad but not really.  Not really that specific of a review, but it did get my attention and I checked out the show featuring the wonderful and brilliant Jason Bateman.  Bateman plays Marty who gets caught up in a money-laundering scheme and is forced to leave his home with his family and set up shop in the small town of Ozark so that the head of the Mexican cartel doesn’t kill him and everyone he cares about.  Marty has a set of skills that are unlike many others and thinks on his feet quickly to come up with a business scheme that can work, all while trying to deal with the fact that his marriage is coming to an end and to keep his children happy.  Sounds like a tall order and it is.  While the series is no Breaking Bad, at least not yet anyway, it was entertaining and absolutely worth a watch.

I am a big fan of Marvel in general and The Punisher is one of my favorite heroes or maybe anti-heroes of all time.  Usually when I say this, fans question this and say why not Wolverine or Captain America?  The Punisher is so powerful to me because he has no super powers and his quest for revenge is sympathetic and tragic.  When Netflix’s Daredevil season 2 came out, the best part of it was the introduction of The Punisher.  I was ecstatic when I heard that the character would be getting his own series.  I am happy to say that I successfully binge-watched this show over the weekend and it is everything I could have hoped for.  Jon Bernthal is so believable as Frank Castle that you would think the comic series was based off of him.  He is someone to root for and although the violence may be extreme, the enemies get what is coming to them.  I also found myself investing time and energy into the supporting cast as well which is rare for me.  The villains are also so intense and heart-breaking, as Frank Castle finds himself being betrayed left and right while he is trying to make amends and bring those who deserve it to justice.

Stranger Things season 2 is absolutely worth a binge-watch and perhaps a second or third time through.  That’s how good it is.  The music alone sparked new life into this season, the characters and friendships were bonded further, and the quest to find out where one comes from and what “home” truly means is touching and beautiful.  Once again, this season blended the perfect amount of comedy with sci-fi mystery.  New friends and characters are introduced and the adventures don’t stop.  I don’t want to give away too much in case you haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet, but remember “friends don’t lie.”  So please watch and enjoy!

When 13 Reasons Why streamed on Netflix earlier in the year, it was considered to be very controversial because of the subject matter and targeted audience.  As a result, it got mixed reviews.  After watching the first episode for myself, I found myself binge-watching the season all in one day.  While I am sure many of you have done the same, the show did an excellent job of drawing the viewer in wanting to unlock the real reasons why Hannah Baker decided to end her life and how her friend, Clay Jensen is involved.  Rather than leave a suicide note, Hannah records everything on 13 audio cassette tapes and has them delivered to the different people responsible so that they can hear the whole story.  While the show makes you want to dive deeper into truth, there is something very raw and painful about the emotions that are revealed along the way from each character who wronged Hannah and how they are dealing with the aftermath of her death along with issues in their own lives that they are facing.  You connect with the characters so much which makes the ultimate fate of Hannah that more tragic and heart-breaking.  While the show is emotionally difficult to handle sometimes, it is worth a watch and reminds us about what is truly important in life.

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post some of your favorite television shows from 2017 that streamed on Netflix below.  Happy viewing and the countdown to 2018 is here!

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Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

Ranking the top 5 Binge-Watching worthy shows for the end of 2017: Filling the void of holiday reruns and specials

Happy Tuesday TV Fans!  As we approach the holidays, you may be preoccupied with your never-ending to do list, shopping, cooking, and spending some quality time at home with your family.  There is also that troublesome fear setting in that your favorite shows will be taking a break from new episodes and you will be left with a void of reruns and holiday specials.  So what’s a TV viewer to do?  Fear not, for there are plenty of binge-watching worthy shows to choose from when you may need a break from all of the holiday chaos surrounding you.  My top 5 binge-watching worthy shows to choose from for the end of 2017 are:

5) Fox’s The Mick.  I have been watching The Mick for two seasons now mostly because it stars the wonderfully funny Kaitlin Olson from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.  Since the show is on Fox, the humor is not as crude and extreme, but it is just as funny.  Olson pretty much plays a similar version of Dee from It’s Always Sunny, which is hilarious enough, but supporting characters like Alba and Jimmy steal the show.  They are laugh out loud funny.  There are a lot of sitcom-like shows that don’t make me laugh out loud and I find this is hard to come by now.  Here and there I’ll chuckle, but it’s not the same as with Friends and Seinfeld from years ago.  The Mick has the perfect balance of value, or maybe lack of family values is more accurate similar to Shameless, with over-the-top hilarious moments.  I absolutely recommend that you binge-watch this show and check out the Halloween episode from a few weeks ago which is one of my personal favorites.

4) Netflix’s Slasher.  So one of my favorite series of scary movies of all time is Scream and I was somewhat disappointed in MTV’s version of the show they produced.  Don’t get me wrong, I did watch and see it through, but there was something lacking for me.  The characters weren’t believable and there wasn’t that underlying fear gnawing at me.  Netflix got it right with two seasons of Slasher.  Each season is different, very similar to American Horror Story with familiar actors but a different premise, plot, and murderer.  There were moments I had to close my eyes because I was so scared in the first season and the main character is someone you desperately want to root for.  Having characters present that you actually want to see make it out alive does carry weight.  The second season has more of an Agatha Christie like vibe mixed with the movie, Heathers which I found to be very addicting once I got past the first few episodes filled with back story and flashbacks.  No one is safe and it provides some edge of your seat moments as a result.

3) Netflix’s The Punisher.  I am a big fan of Marvel in general and The Punisher is one of my favorite heroes or maybe anti-heroes of all time.  Usually when I say this, fans question this and say why not Wolverine or Captain America?  The Punisher is so powerful to me because he has no super powers and his quest for revenge is sympathetic and tragic.  When Netflix’s Daredevil season 2 came out, the best part of it was the introduction of The Punisher.  I was ecstatic when I heard that the character would be getting his own series.  I am happy to say that I successfully binge-watched this show over the weekend and it is everything I could have hoped for.  Jon Bernthal is so believable as Frank Castle that you would think the comic series was based off of him.  He is someone to root for and although the violence may be extreme, the enemies get what is coming to them.  I also found myself investing time and energy into the supporting cast as well which is rare for me.  The villains are also so intense and heart-breaking, as Frank Castle finds himself being betrayed left and right while he is trying to make amends and bring those who deserve it to justice.

2) Showtime’s SMILF.  There are only a few episodes that have come out so far so you have plenty of time to catch up and binge-watch this hilarious new show starring and created by the brilliant and lovable Frankie Shaw.  The show has you laughing, crying, and cheering for single mother, Bridgette who is trying to find her way and pursue her dreams while maintaining a strong bond with her son.  Bridgette is far from the perfect mother for sure, but she truly loves her son and is doing the best she can.  You find yourself truly invested in Bridgette and root for her through every moment no matter how ridiculous some of them are.

1) Netflix’s Stranger Things season 2.  This show and season is absolutely worth a binge-watch and perhaps a second or third time through.  That’s how good it is.  The music alone sparked new life into this season, the characters and friendships were bonded further, and the quest to find out where one comes from and what “home” truly means is touching and beautiful.  Once again, this season blended the perfect amount of comedy with sci-fi mystery.  New friends and characters are introduced and the adventures don’t stop.  I don’t want to give away too much in case you haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet, but remember “friends don’t lie.”  So please watch and enjoy!

 

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your thoughts and comments below.  Happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl