THE PUNISHER (2017 – )

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Creator:  Steve Lightfoot

Cast: Jon BernthalAmber Rose RevahEbon Moss-Bachrach

After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle became a vigilante known as The Punisher and revenge is on his list.

The punisher was introduced in the second season of Daredevil which now has his own series. And the Punisher after seen his family murdered decided to avenge them and to kill everyone involved. He discovers that his family was not murdered randomly and it links back to his actions when he was in the military. And no he has no super power well he knows how to use a gun. In the title role, Jon Bernthal is fantastic and embodied his character beautifully well. He his on a revenge path but also became a psychopath capable of killing anyone and everyone,  and beside behind strong he has also a charming side. The series is making human at times a human who has feelings. The series has a conspiracy thriller and it works here very well. Yes there are the occasional flashback so you can see where he came from. And  Yes the Punisher has a big success on Netflix therefore they will be a second season.

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HAPPY (2017 – )

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Creators: Grant Morrison, Brian Taylor

Cast: Christopher Meloni, Ritchie Coster, Lili Mirojnick

An injured ex-cop turned hitman befriends a kidnapped girl’s imaginary friend – a perky blue flying unicorn who wants him to save the girl.

Here is an terrific series on Netflix It is on the sci-fi channel in the states. Happy is crazy, nuts and on steroid. It is made for Meloni only him could pull off the role. A girl imaginary friends ask this ex-cop turned hitman to find the girl because only him could do it; you see the girl sent him but Nick Sax (Christopher Meloni) is on the job and gets a password from one of the dying gangsters. The main gangster Blue wants the password but the rest of the scums is after it as well. To top it all off an imaginary friends wants him to help a girl who has been adduced by a bad Santa. You are going to be hooked right off the first episode. The series here is exceptionally smart and twisted and hilarious. It is a wild ride and it never stop until the end of the first season. Plus it is adapted from a comic book. Why is that not surprising me. They bank on those now. Fine with me and yes there is a second season.

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FAUDA (2015 – )

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Creators: Avi Issacharoff, Lior Raz

Cast: Lior Raz, Shadi Mar’i, Laëtitia Eïdo

Israeli secret services infiltrated the “occupied territories” of the West Bank, the mistaravim, kidnap a man in a mosque in Ramallah to tell him who is at the head of a nerve cell trafficking in Aqaba. In exchange, her daughter will receive a kidney transplant that will save her life. The leader is Abu Ahmad, known as “The Panther”, a Hamas fighter responsible for the deaths of 116 Israelis, whom the Misharavim believed to have been killed two years ago by Doron Kavillio, an infiltrator in retirement who decides to resume service …

Here is a Netflix series that is kicking ass I finish this one in 2 days it is so addictive. Fauda takes  us in the two communities , Israeli and Palestinian, portrayed with relative objectivity.  Hatred is fuelled by a war between the two communities for years , the most radical are not presented as an incarnation of evil: Both parties feel a deep affection for their family. Doron Kavillio and Abu Ahmad, whose fight takes on personal revenge, have a lot in common. Another open-minded sign of the series is in dialogues in Hebrew and Arabic, equally, and in a cast featuring some Palestinian actors. The series avoids the clichés, generates an impression of realism. The  scenario (FIPA d’Or in Biarritz in 2016): who does not have a spectacular twists, and managed to sustain a strong tension. But also you see the devastated land the houses run down, the sun bearing on the deserted land and the actors who incarnate their role very well here plus the cast has chemistry.

It is well-directed by Assaf Bernstein is the director  filmed with a mobile camera, the series is punctuated by scenes of action, violence with  an interference in their personal life-giving them empathy. And yes there is a second season. Have fun.

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ALTERED CARBON (2018 – )

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Creators: Laeta Kalogridis

Cast: Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda

Set in the near future A prisoner has a second chance after 250 years in jail sort of speak to go into an other body. As soon as he sees foot outside he is taken to where a rich man wants him to solve a murder in order to get full immunity.

In the new Netflix sci-fi  Altered Carbon, the human soul , its essence, is no longer contained in the body, but in a technological marvel called a “cortical stack” that is attached to the base of the neck. With the “stack,” people can change bodies regularly and live for decades, even centuries. The human body, called a “sleeve” can be changed as often as one can afford it . But if the cortical stack is damage it is the end of the road.

Altered Carbon is part Blade Runner, The Expanse, and Firefly, with a conceived mystery with action tossed in the mix.  And by god you will be hooked. Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) here has this life time sentence and after 250 years has a new body and find himself working for Bancroft (James Purefoy) so he can solve the murder Bancroft ’s own. There are quiet of colourful characters in this one it is like a sci-fi Neo-noir plus Altered Carbon takes us on quite the wild ride during its 10 episodes and there are twists and turns enough to keep you occupied. There is one character named Poe which runs the hotel where Kovacs reside. Poe here acts like is a security personal and his concierge as well. Joel Kinnaman does a great job incarnated his character which has plenty of demons. There it is on Netflix so don’t miss it. 

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FLASH (2014 – )

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Creators: Greg Berlanti, Geoff Johns, Andrew Kreisberg

Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

After being struck by lightning, Barry Allen wakes up from his coma to discover he’s been given the power of super speed, he decided that he is going to clean up the city of its criminals. 

A youngster Barry witness the murder of his mom but the police locked up his dad for life due to the evidence. Barry now is all growing up and he is a crime scene technician in Central City. He was raised by Joe West (Jesse L. Martin), the father of his best friend Iris (Candice Patton). Dr. Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) labs is going to flip the switch on his new particle accelerator, but something is going to go wrong and Barry gets hit by lightning more than a few times. He soon discover that he has the super speed of a super human. As the series goes on secrets stats to unveil one after an other. Barry has one obsession solve the murder of his mom so his dad can get out of jail. Yes of course you will get the villain of the week that will appear and do something bad.

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The thing is that is the series takes lighter side unlike the other where they are dark and violent. This is going to be a change for you guys and it is funny at times, but as the first season almost end he gets a little serious and more secrets will be revealed. The cast is beautiful and everything seems to be in place. We will see if the second season holds or go a notch higher. Remember one thing the comic book series all connects.

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THE HANDMAID’S TALE (2017 – )

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Creator: Bruce Miller

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes

Set in a distant  future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under , well a new world order.

Based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel and taking place in a near-future in the states a society overtaken by religious extremism where women who are fertile are used as pregnancy surrogate like sex-slaves for the largely sterile commanders of the new world order.

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This series that I have found on OCS in France is worth watching for. The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the 1985 Margaret Atwood novel, is a cautionary tale, a story of resistance and a work of great story telling. This new religious extremist here are not fooling around as you see the handmaid who waits for the other handmaid at the same time everyday to go shopping for the commander keep in mind that they are dressed like the 1600’s, they travel in pair for safety purposes even they are guard at the gates of the commander’s house. You will see people hanging in the street I guessed those who did not obey or those who rebelled. They are offered an other name. as you see in the flashback little by little you will see June (Elisabeth Moss) that her husband and her kid has been killed and they took her to train her as a handmaid. It is a captive story and shocking at times, they have a ruthless dictator. they called themselves the Republic of Gilead they pray on fear and they praise motherhood, feminism but look out if you are gay well so long. As the story goes along you find out that some of them wants a way out. Plus other things will develop. The music fell terrifying and loud and make its point. The thing is people believe that the abnormal is normal. The series has won two golden globes, best series and best actress Elisabeth Moss.

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER (2017 – )

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Creators: Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson

Cast: Sam Worthington, Jeremy Bobb, Ben Weber

For 17 years an FBI case into a notorious killer in 1995, named  the Unabomber, who mails packages containing bombs to people across America which, unsurprisingly, blow up the unsuspecting victims.

There is a fine line between fiction and realty here the discovery channel and Netflix manages to keep it on the dotted line. We follows this talented FBI agent that is trying to understand the language of the Unabomber but his superior are old school and does not want to hear his theory. The investigation in 1995 is a jump forward in time to 1997, it goes back and forth. The show here is trying to do something different from the other series which the narrative is interesting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Of course you are already familiar with the story you have already seen tin the new however if you are in Europe you might have heard it on some level, in the state we heard it for weeks every time a bomb went off. The acting is outstanding even the cast has great chemistry. A little different in telling the story, and enjoyable to watch.

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