WHEN THEY SEE US (2019)

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Cast: Asante Blackk, Caleel Harris, Ethan Herisse 

The true story of five teenagers who are accused of raping a woman in Central Park in 1989. The thing is they did not commit the crime.

1989 five boys as forever known as the Central Park Five when they were put on trial for a crime they did not commit. Coerced confessions that didn’t even have consistent details of the crime, the press and the prosecutors in New York City convicted Antron McCray, Yusef Salaam, Raymond Santana, Jr., Korey Wise and Kevin Richardson, sentencing them to years of prison . While the NYPD harassed and terrorized these minors, the actual criminal walked unseen through Central Park. The story has been told as the documentary The Central Par five. When They See Us uses a four-episode Netflix miniseries, starting with the events of April 19, 1989, when investment banker Trisha Melli was brutally raped and left for dead in the North Woods of Central Park and ending in 2002 when an inmate confessed to the crime. Some scenes are horrifying, harrowing, upsetting and infuriating. To think that the police has done their job and still today they think they did their job is unbelievable. The series never loses sight of its thesis statement that Black and black people are presumed guilty at all times. The series is not going to let you forget how the justice system and the press have failed even today nothing is changed. The system failed those kids. You will see how the interrogation was coerced then the trial. The last episode unleashes the full horror of both prison life and the assault on Melli. The NYPD was tormenting the Central Park Five, the real rapist was walking  through the park covered in blood and free to commit a few more attacks before being captured. A Horrific and hard to watch series. Sadly it is still going on today.

 

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COUNTERPART (2017 – )

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Creator: Justin Marks

Cast: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd  

Howard Silk, a modest employee, discovers in spite of himself that the agency for which he works is only a facade. When the existence of a portal, leading to a parallel dimension, with another version of itself, is revealed to him, a new and dangerous world opens up to him. He still does not know how much his life will be turned upside down…

Here is a series that is worth looking at. Counterpart here is a mystery / Thriller / espionage And a cold war fell to it. Of course there is the cat and the mouse game no surprise there and danger at every corner and the fact that the characters does not know who to trust. It has a sci-fi feel to it that makes it a little jewel of a series. You will be hooked as soon as you see the first episode. It is interesting because you will see two world different from each other. And what is their supposedly double are doing on the other side? .K. Simmons (Whiplash, Spiderman) is brilliant in both version and so is the ensemble cast. It is taking place in Berlin but I don’t know if it is shot really there. PLus the actors plays a different role in a different setting, it is nice to see how talented they are. Counterpart is an Original idea that works well and intelligently written. Trust me you will not be disappointed in the climatic season finale nor the second season.

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CONDOR (2018 -)

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Creators Todd Katzberg, Ken Robinson, Jason Smilovic

Cast: Max Irons, William Hurt, Leem Lubany 

Joe Turner a CIA coding analyst while outside with one of his co-worker taking a break gets an inch of his life by almost getting killed at the office. All his co-workers are dead and his has to outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.

Ok the series is based on the film Three days of the condor. But it is on today’s turf with the computers and cell phone well you get the point. Joe has created a computer program that helps identify terrorists prior to them committing violent acts. When his station is attacked Joe who is the only survivor will have to find out while on the run who is responsible and who he can trust. Maybe his program was used for something else something evil. Brendan Fraser who have not seen him for years here has returned in this series and what a great role he has. Also you will find a terrific cast like William Hurt, Bob Balaban and Mira Sorvino. But the thing is who is lying and who is not, who to trust. Yes there are twists and turn which it be expected. It is a bit formulaic and stylish but it works here for now. It can be addictive but there are a bunch of spy thriller Australian series and polish series that are on Netflix also. It looks like the network are going this direction.

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DAMNATION (2017- )

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Creator: Tony Tost

Cast: Logan Marshall-Green, Killian Scott, Sarah Jones

During the Great Depression, a stranger with a violent past is a pastor and pushes farmers to strike in an Iowa campaign.

Damnation’ focuses on some historical events in the United States during the decade of the 1930s. The industrial revolution is at its highest peak, but when the 1930 arrived and the depression sets in it is all going to hell. Of course greed will set in and violence will rise, people pout of jobs does not fly to well with them. Everyone survives their own way. Sam Davenport, a preacher, is in this town where chaos is going to reign. He is trying to find a medium between the banks their customers and the farmers, you see the banks exploit them. The writers here has told the story like supposedly it was back in the 30’s of what they can recollect. Also The farmers are striking because the price-fixing makes it impossible for them to pay back the loans on their homes, allowing the bank to profit on their foreclosures. Amelia (Sarah Jones) here is to believe is the wife of the preacher and a tough one at that at least she can handle her own and guns, well she can shoot. Steth here has a past we know that because of some flashback and his wife is wondering about it. Of course you have the sheriff Creeley Turner (Logan Marshall-Green) who is going to great length to satisfy his employer’s demand.  The drama is well crafted here and it is holding but USA did get the rating that they wanted and I have heard that they canceled the series but Netflix might pick it up. I hope so.

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Damnation - Season 1

GOOD GIRLS (2018- )

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Creator: Jenna Bans

Cast: Christina Hendricks, Retta, Mae Whitman

Three suburban mothers suddenly find themselves in desperate times and need more money  which all have different money problems. So they decided to rob a supermarket and it turns out they  are up into their neck with  one problem after another.

Here are three women who needs to do something to get out of the rat race that they are in. Beth (Christina Hendricks) wants to get rid of her cheating husband (Matthew Lillard) without losing her house. Her sister, Annie (Mae Whitman), is in a custody battle with her ex (Zach Gilford). Ruby (Retta) has a daughter in need of an expensive medical treatment that must be paid for out of pocket. The series looks like breaking bad but with females but they have bills to pay and need money fast. So they rob a supermarket just to get at least $30,000.  They pull the job off but get a at least $500,000, and come to find out that it is going to open a can of bad worm. Ok great series it has comedy into it and it works but the series seems to forget that crime is a little more serious than that , I know it is just TV. They get into it deep and  how are they going to get out of this deal? No doubt it is just pure fun to watch . Two things that I like it is taking place in Michigan well I lived there 15 years (Maybe it is shot in Canada like everything else those days) and they did not put beautiful thin women for the role like they always do. They put real women, everyday woman who are a little overweight due to the fact they gave birth to kids. Take a look around you people are different shape and form  that is the facts of life in real life. If you want a good ride and laugh this one’s for you.

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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 a 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 and 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 the job; 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. It does not surprise me. There will  be a second season.

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