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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MINDHUNTER (2017 – )

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Creator: Joe Penhall

Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Mindhunter is based on the book of the same name, John E. Douglas’ account of his interviews with serial killers when he was a FBI agent trying to understand the motivations behind their murders. He woke though barrier to get there so everyone in law enforcement could understand how the mind of a serial killer works.

Douglas (Jonathan Groff) a FBI agent a bit head strong who has a partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and goes along to interview real killers but at the time they were not called serial killer. The time line here is set in the 70’s. Those two FBI agent are traveling country and even teach the police to figure out a profile of a killer so they can catch them. Once in a while the get in on a  case that they solved with the police. The series here feels real with the testimony of those serial killers. It is a series Neo-Noir even the landscape is grippy and shift from time to time as the crime becomes more gruesome. Of course it is a Netflix series of 12 episodes. You will be hooked from the beginning. Both actors here are doing an outstanding job plus the go into their personal life a bit as the episodes goes on. Well written and at times the series goes into dark mode. As a  FBI agent told me once it is hard to jungle this kind of job and a family at the same time. You see it in the series. It is like you are living it and you are following the agent while discovering the atrocity that the serial killer describes. Entertaining yes and you want more each time.

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13 REASONS WHY (2017 – )

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Creator: Brian Yorkey

Cast: Dylan Minnette, Katherine Langford, Christian Navarro

The series follows teenager Clay Jensen, in his quest to uncover the story behind his classmate and crush, Hannah, and her decision to end her life.

The series  from Netflix is based on the young adult novel by Jay Asher 13 reasons why. Before committing suicide Hannah (Katherine Langford) recorded 13 cassettes, each involving a  class mate that was somehow responsible to end her life. The tapes are to be listened to in its entirety and then passed along to the next person on the tapes until everyone has heard them. The series focuses on Clay (Dylan Minnette), one of the people on the tapes and how is he going to react to it after hear them.

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Here is a series for young adolescent but the adult can watch it as well. It is quit addictive. It has a bit of realism into it like the realities of teenage insecurities and the power people’s words and actions have over others. But the thing it is unlikely that a teenager will do that and leave tapes for everyone to hear. It is a fictional story here. Clay doesn’t listen to all the tapes in one night it does in 13 days one at the time and try to figure out why she ended her life. He is playing detective a bit, and the thing is you want to get to the 13 episodes to see why gives. The series is design well here to keep you interested until the last episode 13. Terrific series here on Netflix. Do  not miss it.

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THE DEUCE (2017 – )

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Creators: George Pelecanos, David Simon

Cast: Kevin Breznahan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margarita Levieva

The rise of the pornographic industry from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. In the specialty stores, another cinema is sold under the coat. Pornographic movies are made cheaply as fast as they can make them.  But soon, all this will change … At the forefront of this cultural revolution, two twin brothers who owns a bar serving as a cover for the local mafia, Vincent and Frankie Martino and Candy, a prostitute in search of freedom, a courageous visionary, listening to the evolutions of his time.

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It is New York and two twin brothers here who are working for the mob owning a bar so they can launder their money , their father in the construction business has on foot with mob also, plus the pimps and the hookers that are roaming the streets trying to make a buck. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an astute prostitute with aspirations, and Marty Hodas (Saul Stein), the real-life King of the Peeps, knowledgeably discussing what could be lucrative. The actual Deuce, is in the area of New York City that was Times Square/42nd Street. The deuce here is the real deal, you fell like you are in the 70’s early 80’s and that you are going a part of something. For those who were there back then it is going to bring back memories. I was there in the late 70’s in the U.S. and it is was the coolest thing back then. The cars, the women, booze, the bar scene the music it has it all. Maggie Gyllenhaal here shines big time she even steal the show, however James Franco who is doing double duty doing an outstanding jobs here of which the casting is near perfect I will even say perfect. I say this to you do not miss this one. The first season consist of 9 episodes of an hour and  1/2.

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GOOD BEHAVIOR (2016 – )

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Creator: Chad Hodge, Blake Crouch

Cast: Michelle Dockery, Juan Diego Botto, Terry Kinney

Letty Raines ( Michelle Dockery) is a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn on one  bad decision after an other. Fresh out of prison, she’s attempting to stay …

Based on the Letty Dobesh series of books by Blake Crouch, the show follows Letty Raines (Dockery), a woman who is out of prison for good behavior. And is she going to stay out of trouble. She has a son who is staying at her mom. She is certain that she can be a good person by not using drugs and drinking too much not to mention stealing. After being fired from her job for stealing which she did not,  so she gets into stealing in hotel in rooms of the guest. Well that is how she meets this hit man Xavier. Some how she is drawn to him but can’t seen to go on her own. And the adventure begins.

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Terrific series here that works well with a great cast. Letty here tries to be good but can’t help herself because old habit dies hard. Here comes this hit man and she kind of know that they need each other. Later in the series it is reveal how Xavier became a hit man and why he is  out of touch with his family for 20 years. The pilot sets up the series but still leaving you intrigued enough to keep you coming back for more. Letty is smart and quick on her feet, but also vulnerable. She is strong and find ways to succeed plus she want to in order to see her son again. Xavier is the same way but has anger issues and wants to get reconciled with his family especially his father. The series is character driven  full of twists and turns and Dockery and Botto bring a depth to the series that makes it not just fun, but interesting to watch.

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