LEFTOVERS (2014 – )

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Creators: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta

Cast: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston

This spooky series where a 140 millions people just vanished off the earth like babies, lawyers, drunks, thieves, surgeons, murderers, grandmothers, bartenders, celebrities and even the pope. Where did they go?

Three years after 2 percent of the world’s population  disappeared, a lots of people believe it was an act of God, but nobody has any answers. Some churches close, and new cults form, including one called Guilty Remnant, whose followers wear white, take a vow of silence and chain smoke. Too funny there why I am not surprise and what is up the chain-smoking they have nothing to look forward to ,so why not catch cancer. Most survivors just try to get back to normal, but some how the cult will not let them forget.

“The Leftovers” has an intriguing premise that is intelligently and well presented. There are a lot of series with fantasy theme here those days and I think that is where we are going . But is France going to follow the trend most of the time it does not happen. Well will see. there is something that is unexplained in this series but maybe by second season we’ll know more. well do not miss this one.

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KU’DAMM 56

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Creator: Annette Hess

Cast: Sonja Gerhardt, Claudia Michelsen, Maria Ehrich

The story is set in Berlin in the year 1956 and tells us about a dance teacher and her 3 daughters. And yes there is a little bit of everything here in this dysfunctional family. Homosexuality, happy and unhappy relationship, motherhood, a father that disappear after the war, an underground dancing contest.

From the beginning it never lets up. This series is flying with a strict cold-hearted mother that wants here daughters married to wealthy men. She will stop at nothing plus she has a dancing studio where she is stuck in old fashion mode and does not want to teach Rock-N-Roll dancing. Here is a lesson in modernisation if I ever saw one. The wall is not up yet but you begin to see that Germany is separated in two east and west. It is the whole question of the modernity with the rapid transformations of a society that are imposed on to Caterina Schöllack, a  mother with authority , who alone raises her three daughters to be ready for marriage. And yes there will be one who will rebel against her mother the youngest one Monika. It is the time of Elvis Presley and of James Dean here plus a lot of Rock-n-Roll came out and a lot of modern invention as well. Thing are moving fast in Berlin where the war is forgotten. The series explore the modern world that is going to emerge, with a family who has their own problems in the middle of it of which the mother is going to have trouble adjusting to it. A terrific series here from Germany that is worth looking at.

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QUARRY (2016 – )

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Creators: Michael D. Fuller, Graham Gordy

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Jodi Balfour, Damon Herriman, Peter Mullan

Cinemax here has done it again“Quarry” is torrid  pulp storytelling and sweaty  with original flavour, and yes it is fun as hell.

Quarry is the nickname of the story’s antihero, who just returned from Vietnam  named Mac Conway (Logan Marshall-Green) who was implicated in a My Lai-like massacre. Spit on by protesters at the Memphis airport, rejected by his father and unable to find a job, he somehow  finds himself working as a hit man for a mysterious boss called the Broker (Peter Mullan). The series is based on a series of novels by Max Allan Collins. The director Greg Yaitanes’s artfully composed Southern landscapes to go with the violence and his characters. The series gets just a little while to get started and then let the sex, gunfight, fist fight, couples fighting and bullet flying begin. The series fits the bill with PTSD-themed, post-Vietnam crime dramas and does it works here. It is well written as well as the costume with the cars and the scenery are as near perfect as it can be. And yes there is an explosive ending where you are going to say what the f–k! awesome. Is there an other season I do not know if there is please let me know.

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BEAU SÉJOUR (2016 – )

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Creators: Nathalie Basteyns, Kaat Beels, Sanne Nuyens

Cast: Lynn Van Royen, Inge Paulussen, Jan Hammenecker

Here from Belgium on the Dutch side a fantastic realistic thriller series. A hotel room under renovation and a girl who is in a blood bath in a bathtub. Someone knock on the door and she disappears. Later her body is found by the lake. She soon realise while solving her own murder that 5 people can see her.

Terrific  series here where the tile is the name of the hotel. Beau Séjour is the collective creation of Sanne Nuyens, Bert Van Dael, Kaat Beels, Nathalie Basteyns, the  two last one being also the directors of the episodes. Kato is a ghost, but of a very special type: five people can see her, communicate with her … and even more, Her alcoholic father, a policeman who does not hesitate to eliminate evidence, his half-sister Sofia, devoured by jealousy, Ines, a friend who rounds off his end of the month by hard drug trafficking and Charlie, a Another friend just out of a psychiatric asylum. But the police investigation is the main part of the plot with the elimination, one after the other, of people wrongly suspected. Secrets will emerge left and right. It has been rewritten as almost the same style as the film named Six sense , where the ghost is trying to solve her own murder. In order to make it sinister the series was shot in the winter to reinforced the landscape that got with the theme of the series. The rumors that circulate on a season 2, in the form of an anthology with another story and other characters, have not yet been denied, nor confirmed. I ham hoping for a second season.

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RIVERDALE (2017 – )

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Creator:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Cast: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

In a small town life is almost perfect at Riverdale until a teenager disappears plus Riverdale has a facade well a little strange even weird but wholesome to a certain extant.

Here is the new high school noir from the Archie comic books franchise. It is steamy, weird a little gossip in there as well as wholesome notes much but it is there it fells like twin peaks. The familiar characters are back, as are landmarks like Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe. On the inside the town fells like this squeaky clean that is  hiding decay, corruption and secrets.

Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines), who disappeared while going out  in the woods with his girl twin sister Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch). Archie (K. J. Apa) — an aspiring musician with six-pack abs — witnessed a key bit of evidence but can’t talk because of the circumstances (see the series). Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel), now a sultry knockout.  Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), the super hot rich girl, is coming  from Manhattan whose father is in jail for fraud. Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), a gay student. Well you have at least to put in the gay student now days it is the hip thing to do. Then you have the mayor, the principal and the girl group Josie and the Pussycats which I love the great name for an  all African-American band. The malt shop is still in business, but the drive-in is closing down. If you have not guess yet the story has been reinvented. It has also a feel of blue velvet here as well. It is fine series here especially for teenagers who will talk about it after school or on their cell phone or social networks. The all thing works here to the costume, the design, even the casting stand out. Have fun with this one and enjoy it for what it is .

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IRON FIST (2017 – )

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Creator: Scott Buck

Cast: Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Jessica Stroup

Danny Rand (Finn Jones), who returns to New York City despite being presumed dead for 15 years after a plane carrying him and his parents crashed in the Himalayas. The  young Rand is the only survivor  who was adopted by monks from a mystical dimension called K’un-Lun, where he was trained in martial arts.

So when we meet him he tries to return in the corporate world where his father left off because the plane crash. If you ever seen Arrows the same thing almost his boat sank, the lost of his father and the daughter. Olivier was on an island got trained and came back with the list of his father of people he should out to jail. There are similarities here. Og course here Danny has learned new sills like martial arts. The thing is that the it is missing something here it is not moving as well as the others. But it is watchable. But they have to speed it up on the second season here or otherwise it is going to sink. Danny here does not want the money but wants to reconcile with the family that he has left. Plus he wants to teach others. He is trying to make friends but it is not going to be easy. The other cast members works well here. Well we are going to see it holds for next year.

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DESIGNATED SURVIVOR (2016)

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Creators: David Guggenheim

Cast: Kiefer Sutherland, Natascha McElhone, Adan Canto

During the annual State of the Union speech, one member of the administration is chosen to stay behind at a safe location in case an attack wipes out the rest of the government. This has never happened so the writers said to themselves what if?

Tom Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) is the outgoing Secretary of Housing and Urban Development but disaster strikes, Tom is quickly sworn in as leader of the states and yes there are people who thinks he can do the job others not so much. Seth Wright (Kal Penn), a speech writer that does not think the new guy has what it takes. Nor do any of the military leaders and is understandable here the military people wants to find out who did this to the country and strike but the new guy thinks we should make sure who did this then strike. So there is going to be conflict here. Yes it is an intelligent script here and works well. Tom here is not military he wants the people who did that behind bars but he has to make sure who did it. He is the brain of this investigation, the military the muscle. The thing is the show is moving a little quickly I am not sure if it is a good idea but it is still watchable. the cast however is just fine Natascha McElhone  as Tom’s wife, Alex, Italia Ricci  as Tom’s aide, Emily, Adan Canto  as the new president’s, well, tutor seems appropriate though isn’t entirely accurate, Aaron, LaMonica Garrett  as a Secret Service agent, Mike, and Maggie Q  as an FBI agent, Hannah. voila have fun.

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