Spoiler-Free Review of “Safe” on Netflix: The Perfect Binge-Watch for fans of “The Stranger”

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If you thoroughly enjoyed your binge-watch of The Stranger, you might have been endlessly skimming through Netflix recommendations for something to measure up. Well fear not, as Netflix gets it completely right with its latest recommendation…Safe.

Safe actually premiered on Netflix on May 10th 2018, but it has been gaining popularity ever since The Stranger premiered. It features 8 episodes (40-45 minutes in length) and it stars Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, Amy James-Kelly, Amanda Abbington, Marc Warren, and Hannah Arterton.

Like The Stranger, Safe is also brought to us from author and creator, Harlan Coben. It is a mystery thriller that follows Tom Delaney’s search for his missing daughter, Jenny. Once again, dark secrets are exposed as several threads begin to unravel together, leaving us on the edge of our seats with constant twists and turns.

The show has a very similar feel, almost making it seem like part of a thriller anthology series, but does Safe measure up to The Stranger? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Once again, an amazing cast!

Michael C. Hall was absolutely brilliant as Tom Delaney and as a huge fan of Dexter, I was pleased to see him thrive in another role. The rest of the cast was fantastic as well, making the character dynamics that much more more intriguing.

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Another surprising mystery.

Even though I preferred the approach of an actual stranger exposing dark secrets, I thought that the mystery behind Safe was just as compelling. Once again, I found myself completely invested to see how things would unfold, coming up with my own theories and suspects along the way. The show is far from predictable and each episode leaves you wanting more and more.

The Cons:

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Too many sub-plots.

Much like The Stranger, we ended up lost in several side plots and characters along the way. Some of them connected to the main mystery centered around Tom Delaney and his daughter, but others seemed out of place and strange. That being said, I thought that Safe did a better job with this than The Stranger, connecting as many dots as possible for us without completely overwhelming us.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent again! After watching The Stranger, I was endlessly searching for something similar to watch and I love that we now get the chance to discover the hidden gem of Safe. I didn’t even know about this show when it premiered, but hopefully more fans of The Stranger will discover it and give it a chance because it can stand on its own as a worthy thriller series.

Even though I think that I enjoyed The Stranger a little bit more, Safe did not disappoint at all. Once again, Netflix delivered with the perfect binge-watch and we can never get enough of Michael C. Hall, so that was an added bonus!

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Safe in the comments section below. You can check out my review of The Stranger here!  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

Best,

Amy Koto, TV Fanatic Girl

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Spoiler-Free Review of “The Stranger” on Netflix: A Complex Thriller Worthy of your next Binge-Watch

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“A secret revealed is a secret destroyed.”

The Stranger premiered on Netflix on January 31st 2020 with 8 episodes (40-45 minutes in length).  It stars Richard Armitage, Siobhan Finneran, Anthony Head, Dervla Kirwan, and Hannah John-Kamen.

The show is based on the book of the same name by Harlan Coben.  It is a mystery thriller that follows the lives of several families, as secrets are exposed by a stranger, creating a vortex of lies, murder, and a quest to uncover the truth.

This is not the first crime thriller that Netflix has released, but it’s difficult to deliver some worthy twists without over-complicating things.

If you enjoy movies like The Call, The Girl on the Train, and Gone Girl, this new show will make you feel right at home, but does it do enough to stand out as a worthy thrill ride?  Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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The mystery will keep you invested and guessing the entire time.

Adam Price basically has his entire life turned upside down when a stranger approaches him with a shattering secret about his wife.  As we begin to uncover the truth with Adam, you will find yourself on the edge of your seat, which makes the watch entertaining and fast-paced.  Unnecessary set-up does not get in the way, as we dive right into the mystery from the opening minutes of the series.

An amazing cast.

Richard Armitage does a fantastic job with his role, but I was also really impressed by Siobhan Finneran’s portrayal of Johanna Griffin.  Let’s not forget that we also have Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum, Anthony Head playing a supporting role to perfection.  The list goes on and on and every single performance was spot on.

The Cons:

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Way too many sub-plots.

Yes, this is one of those shows where everything connects.  However, we certainly get a lot thrown our way and some of it seems beyond outrageous.  If you pay attention, a lot of the connections and reveals make sense later on, but some of them are actually never explained, so I’m wondering why we didn’t just focus on the main mystery, which was compelling enough.

It’s easy to get lost in this show and perhaps it is too complex for its own good, but there are enough reasons why you should still watch the show in its entirety anyway.

So am I in or out?

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I’m in 100 percent!  While the show may be unnecessarily complex at times, it is the epitome of the perfect weekend binge-watch.  You can watch all eight episodes in one sitting and you will probably want to because each episode leaves you wanting more, as you try to figure out the mystery going on.

I tend to thoroughly enjoy mystery thrillers with a touch of Lifetime drama thrown in and this show exceeded my expectations.  While this isn’t the best show or thriller I have ever seen, it delivers as a quick and entertaining show you can watch while throwing in some unexpected twists and moments that will keep you guessing.

Keep these coming, Netflix!

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

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The 2020 Mid-Season TV Premieres I am most looking forward to: Bring on the new episodes!

Greetings TV Fans!  As we approach Mid-January, some of our absolute favorite shows will be returning with new episodes and we can also look forward to some brand new shows as well that have a lot of potential.  Looking to find out when they all start?  You came to the right place!

While some of our favorite returning shows already have 2020 premiere dates announced, others are still giving out a TBD 2020 response, as I vigilantly keep checking to see when they will be premiering.  It looks like we have several new shows with a lot of potential and some of our returning favorites seem very promising as well.

Without further delay, the 2020 Mid-season TV premieres I am most looking forward to are:

The Outsider

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Premiere date:  January 12th 2020

Where to watch:  HBO

Based on Stephen King’s novel, this series will follow the murder investigation of a young boy, which leads a seasoned cop to question everything after discovering some supernatural forces and threats along the way.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Part 3)

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Premiere date:  January 24th 2020

Where to watch:  Netflix

Sabrina Spellman is back and we can’t wait to see what she does next!  Will she finally find a balance between being a mortal and a witch or will she lose herself to dark magic completely?

The Stranger

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Premiere date:  January 30th 2020

Where to watch:  Netflix

Adam Price seems to have it all.  That is, until a stranger approaches him one night and reveals a shocking secret that will change his life forever.  This new mystery thriller looks binge-watch promising for sure!

Katy Keene

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Premiere date:  February 6th 2020

Where to watch:  The CW

A spin-off of Riverdale Yes please!  Oh wait and it stars Pretty Little Liars’s Lucy Hale?  I’m in!

Locke & Key

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Premiere date:  February 7th 2020

Where to watch:  Netflix

Based on the graphic novel, this show follows a group of siblings who move into Keyhouse after their father is murdered, which leads to some creepy findings of their own.

Homeland Season 8 (Final Season)

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Premiere date:  February 9th 2020

Where to watch:  Showtime

It seems like it’s been quite some time since we’ve last checked in with Carrie Mathison, but it’s about time.  I can’t wait to see how it all ends!

The Haunting of Bly Manor (The Haunting of Hill House Season 2)

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Premiere date: TBD 2020

Where to watch: Netflix

The second season of The Haunting of Hill House already looks extremely promising based on the premise.  Much like the AHS anthology, we will see several of the stars return from season one as we are welcomed into a new story, which will loosely follow The Turn of the Screw by Henry James.  Can’t wait!!!!

Cursed

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Premiere date: TBD 2020

Where to watch: Netflix

A fresh take on the Arthurian legend starring 13 Reasons Why’s Katherine Langford?  I’m definitely in!  This show is based on Frank Miller’s novel and will center around the Lady of the Lake (Nimue) story in a re imagined way.

Lovecraft Country

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Premiere date: TBD 2020

Where to watch: HBO

A Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams team-up seems too good to be true, but that’s what we have here for this highly anticipated horror drama.  Based on the novel by Matt Ruff, this story follows Atticus Black, who is searching for his missing father.

Westworld (Season 3)

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Premiere date: March 15th 2020

Where to watch: HBO

Season 3 will bring us into a whole new world and if Aaron Paul is around for it, I’m in!

Little Fires Everywhere

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Premiere date: March 18th 2020

Where to watch: Hulu

Starring the talented and amazing Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington, this limited series will follow the fears of suburban mothers, which may give us some Big Little Lies and Desperate Housewives nostalgia for sure.  I’m in!

Stay tuned for reviews, recaps, and top five moments!  I don’t know about you, but I am very excited for new episodes to return and I am really looking forward to exploring these new promising shows!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post the shows you are looking forward to premiering in 2020 in the comments below.  I always love discovering new shows and that’s where you come in!  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Riverdale” season 3 episode 10: “The Stranger”

Happy Thursday TV fans!  After watching the CW’s Riverdale season 3 episode 10, I learned that sometimes you just have to keep fighting.  But what happens when you lose sight of who you are in the process?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Chapter Forty-Five:  The Stranger,” we learn the fate of Archie Andrews.  Meanwhile, the SATs are approaching, Fangs gets invited to join the inner circle, and Betty finally pays her father a visit.  My top 5 moments from Riverdale season 3 episode 10 are:

5

“I will kill you…”

Fred Andrews steps up and channels some Dylan McKay, as he threatens Hiram Lodge.  Hiram has been pushing and pushing and Fred reminds him that he will not hesitate to kill him if he goes after his son again.  While Fred typically takes the high road, it’s clear that he has been pushed over the edge, but will his need for revenge get him into trouble?  Either way, it was great to see someone stand up to Hiram.  Hiram may be a master manipulator, but I have a feeling that Fred could easily take him in a fair fight.

4

“You are not cornering me into joining your cult.”

During the episode, Betty quickly learns that her mother, Alice, has given away all her money to the Farm.  When Betty questions her mother about this, Alice explains that the account has not been “drained, just transferred.”  Betty is beyond outraged and learns that Alice forged her father’s signature to make the transaction, which means that Betty will have to pay her father a visit after all.  While there has been quite a lot of set up going on for the Farm, I am really looking forward to seeing that story-line finally develop.  I want to know more about Edgar, their end game, and how they have managed to completely brainwash Alice.

3

“It’s over, isn’t it?”

After Archie returns home with quite a few scars inside and out, Veronica is beyond happy to see him.  It seems like these two are going to make it after all, but where does Reggie fit into this equation?  Reggie is willing to take the high road and allow Veronica and Archie to head off into the sunset together, but he unintentionally tells Archie what happened between them.  After Hiram is shot and recovering from surgery, Veronica and Archie have a talk and come to the conclusion that their relationship is over.  Is this really the end of Varchie for good?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Reggie has been eagerly waiting in the wings so Veggie fans can rejoice for now.

2

“To keep me coming back to you…”

So we finally get the meeting we have been waiting for, as Betty confronts her father, Hal.  Hal continues to play mind games and even claims that he was the Gargoyle King in the past and that he tried to take down the entire Midnight Club.  After some Nancy Drew investigating, Betty learns that Penelope Blossom has been posing as her mother to go visit Hal and has provided him with this Intel.  Betty soon realizes that Hal did this intentionally to keep Betty coming back to him.  Even though Hal is sick and twisted and a little bit too obsessed with punishing sinners, he does hold on to his connection to Betty.  Hal signs the affidavit for Betty, but it looks like this is a potential new beginning for these two.  Even though Betty swears that she will not return, she has a void at home now that Alice has completely given herself over to the Farm.  Betty continues to confide in her father, but will this eventually lead to her own darkness returning?  We’ll have to wait and see.

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“You’re looking at the new law in Riverdale.”

During the episode, it seems like everyone is on board to claim that he or she is the true Gargoyle King.  After Hal’s false confession, it seems like Tall Boy is the actual Gargoyle King, but my money is still on Hermione Lodge.  During the episode, Hiram decides that he wants Claudius Blossom to step up as the new sheriff, but Hermione is not happy with this decision.  Tall Boy and Claudius both don’t make it through the episode and even Hiram is shot and left for dead.  Only it’s not that easy to kill a cockroach like Hiram, as he manages to pull through surgery.  At the end of the episode, Hermione meets up with FP and tells him that it’s time.  There’s a new sheriff in town and it’s FP Jones.  It doesn’t seem like being the sheriff requires any type of credentials here, but I guess it doesn’t hurt to have FP leading the way.  However, Hermione has been strategically pulling several strings here, which is hard to ignore.  I have been saying from the start that I believe Hermione is the Gargoyle King, but perhaps she is not in it alone.  Either way, I think that this episode redeemed itself from the unnecessary fluff last week and I’m back on board.  However, let’s not forget about our girls, Cheryl and Toni.  Everyone deserves some screen time here in Riverdale.  Stay tuned!

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

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