Spoiler-Free Review of “Only Murders in the Building” Season 2 on Hulu: Who-Dun-It this time?

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“I don’t do podcasts…”

Only Murders in the Building season two premiered on Hulu on June 28th 2022. The comedy crime series will have ten episodes in total. The first two episodes are available to stream now and the remaining eight will air weekly. The show stars Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez. Each episode runs for approximately 30-35 minutes.

After becoming famous from their hit podcast, Mabel, Charles, and Oliver are back to solve a new crime…only they may be the prime suspects.

Here is the trailer:

Only Murders in the Building quickly became one of my favorite series from last year. Will the new mystery have the same quirky charm? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Picks up right where we left off.

There was a major cliffhanger at the end of season one that really set up season two perfectly. Well, we pick up right where we left off as Mabel, Charles, and Oliver are thrown into a new murder mystery to solve. Things get a bit complicated this time around since it seems like someone might be trying to frame them. There’s plenty to be excited about so far in season two. The mystery is a good one and the comedy is delivering once again.

These three characters are so much fun to watch on screen.

I can’t wait to find out more!

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New players in town.

We’ve got a few new faces this time around so it will be interesting to see who we can trust and who will become one of our new suspects. There is a new neighbor, a new potential love interest, and a few more to keep us on our toes. So far I am loving the additions and I’m interested to find out more about them.

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Mabel’s fashion is on point again!

As if there was any doubt? I absolutely loved Mabel’s fashion in season one and so far she is already delivering with her fantastic coats and bold patterns. I’d love to raid her closet!

The Cons:

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I have to wait for more episodes!

I love this show and I have been looking forward to its return. After watching the first two episodes, I immediately wanted more, but I kind of like the weekly episode release because it gives me time to run through my own list of suspects so I guess I’ll just have to be patient!

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

One of the best shows on television!

Fun, charming, and addicting in all the right ways!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Only Murders in the Building season 2 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…

My young adult thriller is out now. I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Surviving Summer” on Netflix: Blue Crush style Coming-of-Age Series

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“Are you into surfing?”

Surviving Summer released on Netflix on June 3rd 2022. The Australian teen series features ten episodes available to stream now. The show stars Sky Katz, Kai Lewins, Savannah La Rain and Dustin Clare. Each episode runs for approximately 26-30 minutes.

A wild teen from New York is sent to Australia to live with family friends she hasn’t seen in years, introducing her to the world of surfing.

Here is the trailer:

Surviving Summer will remind you of Blue Crush and Dive Club, but does this coming-of-age story add anything new to the genre?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Aesthetically pleasing.

This series was gorgeous to watch. The scenery was incredible and the music soundtrack complimented it well. I felt like I was being transported somewhere else while watching it and I think the “summer” premiere was a smart one. I’m ready to hit the beach after watching this…

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Likable characters.

I would have preferred a little bit more edge to some of the characters, but much like Dive Club, this series was very family friendly. I liked a lot of the characters and I appreciated that we spent enough time peeling back some layers. Even though this was a story I have seen over and over again, it was still entertaining to watch because of the characters.

The Cons:

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Predictable with unnecessary montages…

The montages were a bit much in this one. The episodes were on the short side, but I’m not sure that we really needed ten of them. I think this gave us a lot of unnecessary fluff when the story itself was entertaining enough to keep me invested. The ending was also really predictable as well so I’m not sure that this coming-of-age story really did anything that different to make it stand out in the genre.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

This series had its charms and it was absolutely stunning to watch, but I wanted a little bit more from it. If you enjoy Blue Crush, you will find a lot to enjoy with this one, but you’re probably better off just re-watching that film.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Surviving Summer 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 “The Hardy Boys” Season 2 on Hulu: A Mystery with Edge

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“Find another mystery…”

The Hardy Boys (season 2) premiered on Hulu on April 6th 2022 with ten episodes available to stream now. The series stars Rohan Campbell, Alexander Elliot, Bea Santos, Keana Lyn, Riley O’Donnell, and James Tupper. Each episode runs for approximately 42-44 minutes. 

Based on the iconic book series, this new re-imagining of The Hardy Boys takes place in the 1980’s. Frank and Joe Hardy are back to solve a new mystery plaguing the town of Bridgeport, but are they in over their heads this time around?

Here is the trailer:

The Hardy Boys managed to omit a lot of the teen drama that can sometimes weigh down shows like Riverdale and Nancy Drew in season one, making it a welcomed addition to the amateur sleuth genre, but does season two do enough to bring the audience back for more? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Darker mystery this time around…

I enjoyed season one, but the mystery was just kind of okay for me. Season two pulls us in right away with a darker mystery with supernatural elements which gave this series a more mature edge this time around. I think this worked in the show’s favor and I actually got through these episodes fairly quickly because I was so intrigued by what was really going on.

Loved it!

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Supporting characters get more development.

Season one focused primarily on the Hardy brothers, but I appreciated that season two took the time to really develop some of the supporting characters. Everyone contributes to the “Scooby Gang,” but we actually got to give some other characters with potential a chance to shine, which was nice to see.

The Cons:

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Frank’s trippy visions…

I didn’t mind the visions, but I had an issue with the way they were portrayed to the audience. They were just really distracting and they took away from the nostalgic Hardy Boys feel just a little. I also felt like I needed to do a re-watch of season one to remember a lot of what was going on since it’s been some time since that aired. There was a lot to remember!

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I actually enjoyed season two more than season one. The 80’s nostalgia and music soundtrack was fun once again and we got a chance to actually develop some of these interesting characters a lot more with a super creepy mystery!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Hardy Boys 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 “Bel-Air” on Peacock: “The Fresh Prince” gets Flipped-Turned Upside Down

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“This town will try to make you forget where you came from…”

Bel-Air released on February 13th 2022 with the first three episodes available to stream now on Peacock. The remaining seven episodes will air weekly. The re-imagining of the iconic 90’s television sitcom series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, is a drama starring Jabari Banks, Olly Sholotan, Adrian Holmes, Coco Jones and Cassandra Freeman. Each episode runs for 45-55 minutes.

After his life is put in danger in his home town of Philly, Will’s mother decides to have him move out to Bel-Air with his aunt and uncle for his own safety.

Here is the trailer:

Bel-Air takes an extreme approach to the idea of the “reboot” as it switches genres completely to paint a more realistic picture of Will’s coming-of-age journey. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Talent and potential.

Banks is off to a great start with his portrayal of Will. He channels the original style in a lot of ways, but he really makes this role his own. I liked a lot of the nods at the original series and I thought that Banks was charming and likable. He is already bringing lots of layers to his character, which is important, since this is supposed to be a drama.

The other actors are doing a decent job too and I’m curious to see each character fleshed out more.

Tackles important issues.

The original series did this as well, but it was a sitcom, so there was a lot glossed over. This series is spending a lot more time on issues of racism, class, and drug abuse in a compelling and effective way. I also really appreciated that we got to spend a lot more time in Philadelphia this time, which we did not really see at all in the original sitcom series.

The Cons:

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Needs some more humor.

I get that this is supposed to be a drama, but everything is so serious and intense. This isn’t a bad thing, but even great dramas have some comedy sprinkled in here and there. We may get that more with Jazz in the mix, but so far it is emotionally draining at times.

What’s the hook?

The series is paying respect to the original series and there’s lots of potential here, but I want to really understand and feel the hook of this series to keep watching. Major issues can’t always be solved in an hour long episode. I’m hoping we get there, but the show needs to remember this so that its intention doesn’t get lost along the way.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

Bel-Air takes the idea of a re-imagining to a new level that has the potential to be pure genius, but it needs to smooth out its tone and intention to keep its audience coming back for more. We can absolutely get there, but I’m hoping this show can really push the limit with its content and step away from the original series to find its own magic.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “How I Met Your Father” on Hulu: Hilary Duff is back on TV

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“I want to tell you the story of how I met your father…”

How I Met Your Father released on January 18th 2022 on Hulu with the first two episodes. The remaining eight episodes will air weekly. The sitcom is a standalone series in the same world as How I Met Your Mother. It stars Hilary Duff, Chris Lowell, Francia Raisa, Kim Cattrall, Tom Ainsley, and Josh Peck. Each episode runs for approximately 23-25 minutes.

The re-imagining of the series follows Sophie in the year 2022, as she searches for the love of her life and bonds with her group of friends.

Here is the trailer:

How I Met Your Father brings fans of the original series some nostalgia while sprinkling in some welcomed Easter eggs, but does the series do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Likeable cast.

Hilary Duff is always magnetic on screen and should thrive in this type of series and I’m a big fan of Chris Lowell from Veronica Mars as well. The other characters all seem nice enough for the most part. It’s too early to tell who my favorites will be, but I think that it’s important for us to care about these characters and so far the show is heading in the right direction with this. 

Heads in a different direction.

Unlike its predecessor, HIMYF decides to shake things up and reveal potential characters who could be the “father” at the very end of the first episode. I think this is a smart approach and it will keep the audience more invested for the most part. It’s not easy steering off from the original, but it’s important for the series not to fall into the trap that so many reboots so often do.

The Cons:

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Tries too hard to make the show relevant with today’s audience…

Tinder dates and Ubers are immediately thrown into the mix as the series tries to be relevant with a new generation. However, I thought this felt a little forced. I also think that Hilary Duff deserves a little more for her character. Sure, it’s really early, but it seems like she is defining her purpose by finding “the one,” and I couldn’t help thinking back to her character on Younger and how she placed love in the background so she could excel in her career. I get that this is a different show, but I think that Sophie could use some more “Kelsey” inspiration because she needs some layers.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

If you’re a fan of the original series, I think that you will find plenty of nostalgia with the new one, but I’m not sure that it is doing anything that different or unique this time around. That being said, the cast is really likable and I’m confident that Hilary Duff will shine in whatever project she is working on.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

This competition is killer…

Scream Hunt Halloween

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 “And Just Like That…” on HBO Max: Carrie Bradshaw is back

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“We can’t just stay who we were…”

And Just Like That… premiered on HBO Max on December 9th 2021 with its first two episodes available to stream now. The series is a continuation of the Sex and the City show. It stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon. There will be ten episodes in total that will air weekly. Each episode is approximately 42-44 minutes in length.

The new series follows the women of Sex and the City and their friendship, as they deal with a whole new set of issues in their 50’s.

Here is the trailer:

And Just Like That… gives fans a chance to catch up with some of their favorite characters even though Samantha is absent, but is the show still relevant enough to be worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The fashion and the setting.

I used to love tuning in to watch the original series because of this very reason and the show still delivers and then some. Carrie’s closet is still a dream come true and I feel very much at home watching them walk through New York City, which gives me a true sense of nostalgia for the original series.

Sprinkles of fun humor.

The series has some funny moments already and I always loved the conversations between the girls at brunch/lunch. I’m missing Samantha’s presence already but I think that the ladies are still holding up strong and providing us with plenty of entertaining moments.

The Cons:

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Feels a bit forced…

I understand that the show is trying to find its path toward relevancy, but a lot of it feels like it is trying a little bit too hard. I don’t mind the story-lines or the new adventures for Carrie, Miranda, and Charlotte, but I just want everything to feel a little bit more natural and seamless. 

Jarring first episode that switches genres.

There will be no spoilers in this review, but I am still in shock over the first episode and it really changed the overall tone of the series. That’s not necessarily a bad thing because it is a different show and it is tackling new issues, but I still don’t know how I feel about it yet. It may be what the show needed, but it is definitely a huge change…

So am I in or out?

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I’m in about 75 percent…

The show has its moments and is very watchable in my opinion. I thought the time flew by when I was watching it, but there were a lot of moments that just seemed really forced and fake and I want something a little bit more organic. 

The nostalgia is there and so is the fashion, but I just hope these characters find their own way without trying too hard to be relevant.

They deserve better than that.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on And Just Like That… 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…

My new young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Saved by the Bell” Reboot Season 2 on Peacock TV: Major Improvements for Bayside

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“Welcome back Bayside!”

Saved by the Bell season 2 premiered on Peacock TV on November 24th 2021 with ten new episodes available to stream now. The reboot sitcom stars Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Josie Totah, John Michael Higgins, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, and Mario Lopez. Each episode runs for approximately 25-28 minutes. 

Based on the original sitcom, which aired from 1989-1993, the reboot of the beloved iconic 90’s show brings us back to Bayside, as we watch a new set of characters find their own way through high school. This season features recurring roles for Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Lark Voorhies, and Tiffani Thiessen as well, bringing the gang back together again.

Here is the trailer:

Saved by the Bell season 2 has a lot of improvements to make from the first season, but does it finally find its own identity while balancing in some welcomed nostalgia for original fans of the series? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Nice to see the gang back together again.

Lisa is back in season two and we get to see more of Zack and Kelly as well this season, which was really nice to see. We rekindle some old flames, allow them to find their own lives away from high school (at least for the most part) and we even get to witness a moving tribute.

I loved all of the nostalgia once again and I thought that the references no longer felt as forced as they did in the first season. I also loved that the cast wasn’t afraid to make fun of themselves and even commented on some of the plot holes from the original series and some of their career choices later on in real life. Well played!

Stand-out character: Slater had me laughing through every episode!

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Genuinely funny this time around!

One of my biggest complaints with the first season of the reboot was that the humor did not really land and it was almost painful to watch at times because of this. Season two makes a drastic change and finds its own identity with enjoyable humor. Sure, some things still feel over-the-top and silly, but that doesn’t stray too far from the original series.

I thoroughly enjoyed a lot of the episodes this time around and I also finally started to connect to the new group of characters. They got their time to shine in a good way!

The Cons:

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Discusses the pandemic in a weird way…

I know that a lot of shows are trying to include the pandemic to be relevant in today’s world, but it felt really odd and forced. Some shows have been really successful with this. For example, I thought that the final season of Shameless really nailed it but Saved by the Bell could have benefited from leaving this out because it just felt out of place and awkward.

Sure, the kids are back to school after being remote for a year, but no one is wearing a mask and it just seemed like a passing thought to mention that they have been apart for a while when they could have easily just been on summer break or something.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I was on the fence about this reboot in season one, but I really enjoyed my watch of season two. There were some fantastic stand-out episodes and I think that the series finally found its identity without relying too much on the original cast members.

I thought the transitions to the original characters worked for the most part and we got a really great balance this time around!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Saved By the Bell season two 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 “The Sex Lives of College Girls” on HBO Max: Coming-of-Age Gem

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“You’re gonna love it here…”

The Sex Lives of College Girls premiered on November 18th 2021 on HBO Max. The comedy series (brought to us from Mindy Kaling) stars Pauline Chalamet, Alyah Chanelle Scott, Reneé Rapp, Amrit Kaur and Gavin Leatherwood. There will be ten episodes in total. The first two are available to stream now and the remaining will air weekly. Each episode runs for approximately 35-45 minutes.

Four new college roommates bond over love, change, and everything in-between as they try to figure out who they are and who they want to be.

Here is the trailer:

The Sex Lives of College Girls is witty and charming with surprisingly not that much sex mixed in, making it a fun coming-of-age story to indulge in. Is it worthy of your next binge-watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The college setting works!

I’ve seen so many shows like this before featuring high-school aged characters so it was really refreshing to have another college show out there. The show really explores a lot of the fear and excitement embedded into starting life at college without making it too cheesy.

The sarcastic humor really adds a lot to the show.

I don’t usually laugh at shows like this, but this show really had a great dry humor sprinkled in. It’s clearly a Mindy Kaling show and it almost gave off an unrated Mean Girls vibe which I really enjoyed.

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Relatable characters.

The characters could have easily fit into tropes and it may appear that way on the outside, but we are really starting to dig in to what makes these ladies tick and through their flaws and strengths, they actually seem like real people, which is difficult to portray in shows like these sometimes.

I really like all of the characters and I’m excited to see them grow more throughout the show.

The Cons:

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The title is sort of misleading…

I almost passed on this show because I thought I was going to get a Sex and the City rip-off but the show has a lot of good messages in it and doesn’t focus on sex that much. I think this show should have been called something else because it may lose out on an audience that might really enjoy this show.

It’s catchy and all and grabs your attention so I understand the point,  but I think there is a lot more going for this show and it deserves some attention.

Explores a lot of themes I’ve seen before.

A lot of the plots and dilemmas are very familiar. The show isn’t exploring anything that new or different, but it still is a fun watch so far so I’m not too disappointed here. However, I would like to see the series branch out a little bit more but I think we will get there with the next episodes.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked this series. It’s well written, funny, and a blast to watch!

If you’re looking to take a break from some of the fantasy or action series, this is a nice change of pace!

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

PLAY BY THE RULES…STAY ALIVE…

Rule number 3

A harmless night of fun turns deadly for six college friends but the game has only just begun. Take a mystery thrill ride right from your own living room. Dash and Seek is out now! I hope you enjoy!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Yellowjackets” on Showtime: Your Next Obsession has Arrived!

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“So what do you think really happened out there?”

Yellowjackets premiered on November 14th 2021 on Showtime. The series will feature ten weekly episodes. It stars Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci, Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Ella Purnell and Sammi Hanratty. Each episode runs for approximately 53-55 minutes.

On their way to nationals, a female high school soccer team survives a plane crash in the middle of the wilderness. Years later, they try to cope with the horrific events that took place after the crash.

Here is the trailer:

Yellowjackets effectively blends several genres together, leading us into a twisted mystery with a great cast and a disturbing plot. Does it do enough to earn a watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Does plenty to bring you back for more!

Even though there was a lot of set-up in the first episode, it did a really good job of reeling the audience in right from the start. We see glimpses of several dark and disturbing moments in the past that left me wanting more immediately. I’m so anxious to explore the mystery surrounding these characters and I am completely hooked!

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All-star cast!

I expected fantastic things from Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci and Melanie Lynskey, but even their younger selves are stealing the show. There is a lot of talent here and I’m so excited to see them all interact more.

Effectively blends genres and time jumps without making our heads spin…

There is a lot to process, but I thought that this show managed to effectively jump back and forth in time. One of my biggest cons with Cruel Summer was that I felt like my head was spinning with the constant time jumps even though I loved the mystery at the center.

Yellowjackets gets this right and I actually thought the past plot was a little more intriguing than the present, but I’m confident that everything will seamlessly connect, bringing us a story worth getting excited about.

I also thought that the blending of genres worked effortlessly. There is something dark and horrific going on, immediately giving me vibes of Alive and The Wilds, but there are also some sprinkles of Big Little Lies too which should make an interesting mash-up.

The Cons:

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A lot to keep track of…

The time jumps were effective in this series, but the pilot episode was jam-packed with so much. Don’t get me wrong…I absolutely loved all of it, but it was a lot to process and I felt like I needed a cheat sheet at times for certain things, but there’s still plenty of time to figure everything out in ten episodes.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!

I’m so excited about this show and I can’t wait to see how things unfold!

The cast is out of this world, the past and the present both have compelling plots, and the dark secrets rooted in the past are so intriguing and I need to know more!

It’s safe to say that I am completely hooked and I think that you will be too!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Yellowjackets 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…

My new young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

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Spoiler-Free Review of “Locke & Key” season two on Netflix: Growing Up Isn’t Easy

*This is a spoiler-free review for season two so feel free to read on!*

“I found a new key…”

Locke & Key season two premiered on Netflix on October 22nd 2021 with ten new episodes available to stream now. The supernatural mystery series stars Emilia Jones, Connor Jessup, Jackson Robert Scott, Darby Stanchfield and Aaron Ashmore. Each episode runs for approximately 48-50 minutes.

The Locke family is back, but they realize that evil is still lurking in the shadows, determined to make a dangerous new key that could threaten the lives of everyone around them.

Here is the trailer:

Locke & Key season two has matured into a darker story, but does it still have enough magic in it to keep us entertained? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Supporting characters get their chance to shine.

In season one, I was mostly intrigued by the Locke siblings and the villainess, Dodge. A lot of the other characters felt mostly filler and we didn’t really learn much about them. I appreciated that we actually got to devote some serious time to their development in season two (particularly Uncle Duncan and Nina Locke).

This helped solve the slight disconnect I had with season one and I actually really enjoyed their story-lines!

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Dark fast-paced plot.

Season one of the series really had an innocence to it. It was a wonderful breath of fresh air and I felt like I was transported right along with the Locke siblings into each one of their new adventures.

There is a different feel to season two and it mirrors the struggle some of the Locke siblings are having when it comes to magic and growing up. Even though it was different, I still liked the overall plot. Things just felt much darker in season two. I loved a lot of the elements thrown our way and I thought that the episodes were fast-paced enough to keep me invested in the mystery at its core.

The Cons:

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Downgraded villains…

Laysa De Oliveira as Dodge was such a good villainess in season one. Things just didn’t have that same wicked quality in season two with our above partners in crime. I thought that Eden was a lot stronger than Gabe (plus she wore some killer heeled boots), but there was more of a whiny feel to them. They just seemed like teenagers acting as villains, where De Oliveira was the epitome of evil.

A lot to keep track of…

I felt like I needed to take notes just to keep up. If you are thinking of skipping the recap…don’t! I needed the recap and I probably should have re-watched the entire first season because there was so much crammed into season two and I had a difficult time remembering things. Maybe I need a memory key too…

The plot was good, but it was also slightly all over the place. We know that season three has already been confirmed so it could have been possible to carry over some stuff into the next season rather than jamming it all into season two, which was slightly overwhelming.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my watch. I think that the Locke siblings really work well together and you genuinely care about their well-being. The magic was still there, but it had a more mature feel and that’s okay.

I had some reservations about certain elements but there was enough happening to keep me entertained throughout my watch.

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

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

A Halloween they’ll never forget…

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…

My new young adult horror thriller is out now! I hope you enjoy!

Scream Hunt is available here!

**If you enjoyed this blog, I would love it if you would click the follow button on your way out to subscribe.  Thanks for your support!