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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BALCK LAGOON (2006 – )

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Cast Megumi Toyoguchi, Daisuke Namikawa, Maryke Hendrikse

A Japanese businessman, captured by modern-day pirates, is written off and left for dead by his company. Pissed off and tired of the corporate world he sicks with the pirates that kidnap him to become one of them.

Here is definitely an animation  that is filled with action and explosions. there are plenty of gun action in this one. Plus boat chase, scuba diving, more gun action. The pirates here are the cool under dog here big time. Revi here is the girl in this gang who loves guns and action, Rock on the other hand is being kidnap and is a little  mellow and start up to warm up to Revi who does not want to do anything with him. And yes they even have the guy who stays in the back and takes care of the computers and such. Plenty of action in this one but I ma told that the company that made this series stop selling it over seas. So there is only 2 season so far of 12 episodes. Well I am going to have fun with this one anyway.

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3 X MANON (2014 – )

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Creator: Jean-Xavier de Lestrade

Cast: Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi, Yannick Choirat, Marina Foïs 

Manon is a 15-year-old teenager rebellious  against everything. She is sent to a closed educational center after stabbing her mother with a knife. She has six months to rehabilitate herself and think about her future.

Here is a terrific series that should of lasted only 3 episodes because it was rewarded with a Fipa award and the rating was there on the channel  Arte there will be a second season. And yes it is a joy to see such a great series from France succeed in creating such a quality series.

Here is a Manon (Alba Gaïa Kraghede Bellugi) who stab her mother who is a little too loving if you know what I mean., well you think she is a little strange. Manon get to go to a rehabilitation centre which she has 6 months to get rehabilitate. Once she gets there she is trying to control her anger but she  can’t help it, she react violently. She find comfort in this woman who is the cook there. But there is something there with Manon and her mom something  is not healthy and Manon most of the time does not want to talk to her on the phone. Marina Foîs here does an out standing job here to play Manon’s mom . she is a little disturbing. Manon  tries  to get it together but is she going to succeed?

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THE PRINCIPAL (2015)

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Creators: Kristen Dunphy and Alice Addison

Cast: Alex Dimitriades, Mirrah Foulkes, Rahel Romahn

Here is a great TV series from Australia that is worth seeing. It is a bit of a complex story here which involves muslin kids at school. The old way is not working and the kids are miss treated. The boys in the school are almost all traumatized by violence and some of them don’t make it out alive. Every years there is one or two that died. There are in territory ghetto where the drug dealers are king and deals in school.

Enter Principal Bashir who comes from an all girls school as a teacher now is a step up as the principal and yes he has his own issues to deal with , don’t we all. The opening scene show us a murder happening we do not even know who did what and who is the victim then we jump to 2 weeks before. When the principal comes in the school he did not get the welcome he was hoping for. He has a new way of getting the kids around respect them they will respect you. But is not an easy task because the teacher here does not know how to teach and to react toward the kids. But slowly they will come around. The police on the other hand are trying to solve the murder. Well acted and written in only 4 episodes , do not miss this one.

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OUTCAST (2016 – )

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Creator: Robert Kirkman

Cast: Patrick Fugit, Callie Brook McClincy, Madeleine McGraw

Robert Kirkman is the horror story-teller and has proven it with the walking dead the series that I love and so well written here. So now Kirkman here is second comic series The Outcast delivers the horror fans loves so much.

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Kyle Barnes (Patrick Fugit)  was abused as a child and has been plagued by demons ever since.They destroyed his mother (Julia Crockett) and his marriage. Now Kyle comes back to the house of his childhood in the same down that the demons killed his marriage his wife thought he was hurting his daughter. Now Kyle can not go near her daughter but he feels he has to protect her. And what is this evil force that is going to get him?

His sister, Megan (Wrenn Schmidt) brings him groceries and attempts to engage him, even as her husband, Mark (David Denman) does not trust him around his niece. Reverend Anderson (Philip Glenister) his helping him exorcise his  demons. Of course there is a police chief in the mix to stir things up.is  something is going on in the town and the reverend and Kyle are going to find out well that hell is going to break loose. Then series works here with a cliff hanger at he end of season one.

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SPRINGFLODEN (2016 – )

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Cast: Kjell Bergqvist, Julia Ragnarsson, Johan Widerberg

English: Spring tide

In the summer of 2015 a young Stockholm police academy student, Olivia Rönning (Julia Ragnarsson), is giving this assessment of investigating a 15 year-old unsolved murder. a pregnant woman who was murdered on the beach on Nordkoster Island, and was subsequently drowned by the incoming tide. She comes to find out that it is a case that her father did not solve before he died.

Olivia is this student that is going to put her nose where he does not belong well you have too if you investigate a case but the professor told her look at it and the evidence  of this case but do not try to solve it. the more she dig in and is going to investigate people are getting nervous and who are those people? It is going to cause her problems and even almost her life but Olivia will find out something about herself where is it going to be a shock.

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To start it off the series get going with a bunch of murders of the homeless people where teenagers are filming while the other beat the shit out of him or her and puts it on the internet. The police however can not trace it. As the investigation goes on they find out that one of the homeless guy is an ex-cop with his help they have finally on a piste to go on to catch those bastards it is connected to underground  fighting  and in the mix there is a woman turn call girl who has tried to take care of her son. The further Olivia  gets in the more she discovers. Here is a Swedish series that is kicking ass big time well written and you think you are going to figure it out it will take a turn here and there. Julia Ragnarsson here does an amazing job here. she had a small roll on the terrific series Bron/Broen (The bridge) which the US has remade of the same title.  A series of 10 episodes. I might add a terrific ending as well.

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FRONTIER (2016 – )

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Creators: Peter Blackie, Rob Blackie

Cast: Jason Momoa, Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle

This Series is the adventure  following the chaotic and violent struggle to control wealth and power in the North American fur trade in the late 18th century. The series takes place in a world where business negotiations might be resolved with close-quarter hatchet fights or death, and where delicate relations between Native tribes and Europeans can spark  conflicts.

This one you can watch it on Netflix. But the thing is here is how rough and tough was the fur trade business where others will cheat you, steal from you or even kill you plus the fact that one man wants to monopolise it. Young Irish-born Michael Smyth (Landon Liboiron)   tries to steal gunpowder off a fur trade vessel headed overseas to the northern wilds well he hides in the ship and ends up in Canada. His best friend is killed, his girl (Lyla Porter-Follows) is tossed in jail. Benton (Alun Armstrong) who is the  captain on the ship has this idea to sent Micheal to this ruthless fur trader Declan Harp (Jason Momoa) to see who is next move, in return he gets his girl out of jail.

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There are subplots here that works well the series is still watchable but I think it is missing  something. The episodes are full of tension, intrigue, and sure enough there are cliffhangers. I love the female characters here that are strong-willed, tough, intelligent  and trying to get trough the day into this man’s world. Back then the women had to be to stand on their own. Not bad for a first season here let’s see if there is an other.