Spoiler-Free Review of “Mare of Easttown” on HBO Max: Compelling new Mystery

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Kate Winslet returns to the small screen!

Mare of Easttown premiered on HBO and HBO Max on April 18th 2021. The series is set to air seven weekly episodes. It stars Kate Winslet, Julianne Nicholson, Angourie Rice, Guy Pearce, and Evan Peters. Each episode runs for approximately 50-55 minutes.

Kate Winslet stars as Mare, a local small town basketball hero who now is a detective. A new case is thrown her way that connects to an unresolved mystery from her past, involving the daughter of one of her former teammates. As Mare attempts to deal with the harsh reality of her own life, she tries to put the pieces together to solve this mystery.

Here is the trailer:

Mare of Easttown presents us with a bleak view on life, but its intricate details and compelling plot draw us in to this new mystery as we attempt to discover the truth along with Kate Winslet’s character. Is the series worth a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Kate Winslet delivers.

I’m already a huge fan of Kate Winslet and she is one of my favorite actresses of all time. In just the pilot episode, she has managed to completely captivate the audience with her gritty portrayal of Mare.

Mare is far from perfect and she is dealing with a lot in her life, as we slowly start to unravel some of the tragedy that has taken place in her past.

I’ve seen a lot of shows featuring a small town detective immersed in a compelling mystery, but sometimes they can get lost in the midst of the plot.

That doesn’t happen here. Kate Winslet is so magnetic on screen and even in the quiet moments, you find yourself drawn to her, which makes this show that much more interesting in my opinion.

She is the one drawing us in and the mystery almost takes a back seat.

Incredible story-telling.

Every detail of this show is so well done. Even though there is this dark and depressing undertone, it doesn’t overwhelm the show. Every character and every moment shown to the audience is important in some way.

I often get bored with some of the set-up and fluff, but I didn’t feel that way here. I thought that everything was really interesting and when we finally got to the reveal at the end of the pilot episode, I was completely immersed into this show.

The Cons:

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Slow burn approach.

This isn’t necessarily a con to me at all. I actually think that the slow burn approach works with this particular show because Kate Winslet is so strong and the other performances really hold up as well.

However, if you are looking for a fast paced action thriller, you won’t get that here. I think that the slow burn reveals are rewarding enough and I can’t wait to learn more, but prepare for a slower pace overall.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Mare of Easttown is gritty, compelling, and all consuming. It is already so interesting and intriguing with just the pilot episode and I can’t wait to find out more. Kate Winslet is incredible and I can already see an Emmy in her future…

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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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 “The Sister” on Hulu: Bone-Chilling Twists

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“Things that go bump in the night…”

The Sister premiered on January 22nd 2021 on Hulu. The limited series originally was released on ITV back in October. There are four episodes in total for the mini-series. The show stars Russell Tovey, Bertie Carvel, Amrita Acharia,and Nina Toussaint-White. Each episode runs for approximately 45 minutes. 

Based on the Neil Cross novel, Burial, this mystery crime thriller follows Nathan, who gets an unwelcomed blast from his past when Bob shows up on his doorstep, as past secrets unravel and dangerous decisions are made.

Here is the trailer:

The Sister presents us with a premise that initially seems quite easy to solve, but the slow burn approach and jumbled pieces of the puzzle present us with chilling reveals that will continue to haunt you after the show is over. Neil Cross is the creator of the show, Luther, but does he also deliver with The Sister? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Edge of your seat thrills and reveals.

Similar to some of the Harlan Coben series I enjoy, The Sister was very strategic at creating a slow burn approach to revealing the mystery weaved into Nathan and Holly’s lives. While it took a while to get there, once the pieces of the puzzle came together, I was on the edge of my seat and I could not stop watching, which is what I wanted to get out of this series.

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Bob is one of the creepiest characters I have seen in a long time.

From the voice, to his demeanor and then oh yeah…he’s an expert on all things paranormal and researches them. At first, I almost didn’t buy the fact that Nathan would partner up with him at all, but as the reveals were presented to us in past flashbacks, things started to make more sense.

Bob’s character may seem jarring and off-putting initially, but he quickly transforms into someone who is beyond creepy. The performances were really great in this show, but it’s not easy nailing this vibe without overdoing it.

The Cons:

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Slow moving at first.

The first episode was intriguing, but I almost felt slightly frustrated because I wanted to know more right away. There are only four episodes and you may be wondering if the reveals are actually worth it from the first episode.

Well, they are! While I admit that I was kind of on the fence during the first episode and slightly worried, I quickly changed my tune as the rest of the mystery unraveled. The reveals are rewarding, but if slow burn thrillers aren’t your cup of tea, then you might want to move on.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

This show was so chilling and well done. I could not stop watching it and the final scene still has me on edge. The slow burn approach really worked, presenting us with a mystery that will have you questioning everything. I highly recommend this show if you enjoy mystery thrillers.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

DON’T TAKE THE JOB…

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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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My performance of the week ending 2/22/20 on TV goes to…

Cynthia Erivo as Holly Gibney on HBO’s The Outsider.

If you are a fan of slow burn mysteries, this show may be perfect for you, but I was not sure how I felt about it until Holly Gibney showed up, lighting the way to an intriguing story and some spine-tingling moments that still have me cringing.

Cynthia Erivo’s portrayal of Holly is so incredible and she is the BEST part of the series.

**Please note major spoilers have been left out for your convenience.**

The mystery behind The Outsider is dark and disturbing, as a hooded stranger seeps into the cracks of this small town with threatening and cryptic messages, along with some unspeakable acts. To make matters worse, he seems to be getting away with his unspeakable crimes, infecting people who essentially take the fall for his bad deeds. But, is this town capable of accepting a supernatural presence that defies all rational explanation?

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Well, one person is ready and willing to look deep into the depths of this mystery. Holly asks, “Can a person be in two places at the same time?” Everyone recognizes that it’s not possible, but when evidence says otherwise, Holly is willing to search every lead to get to the truth.

Even when the others don’t believe her or think that she is wasting their time, she continues to do her job, showcasing her extraordinary attention to detail. Seriously, if I needed a private investigator, I would want Holly on my case.

Every scene with Holly is so incredible, as you almost feel like you are right there along with her, trying to figure out the mystery. Holly is brave and resourceful as well, proving to be a worthy opponent that no one should underestimate.

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What’s next for Holly? Well, we know that the supernatural threat wants her out of the way, but I’m anxious to see how Holly will ultimately outsmart him. She has proven to be extremely perceptive and smart, but perhaps she needs some help. It’s time for someone else in town to have her back already!

Either way, I am extremely impressed by Cynthia Erivo’s performance and she never disappoints. Everyone on the show is incredible, but Erivo still stands out every single week. I’m not sure if I would have stuck around if not for her, which just goes to show you how much range she has as an actress. She pours her heart and soul out in every single role and she is so talented and believable.

I can’t wait to see what she does next!

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Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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