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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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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SHOOTER (2016 – )

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Creator: John Hlavin

Cast: Ryan Phillippe, Shantel VanSanten, Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Bob Lee Swagger, a highly-decorated veteran who is coaxed back into action to prevent a plot to kill the President. The series is done as a thriller conspiracy theory.

Now days they are doing series off the film. Ok fine but this time done a little differently I think. You know it is going to be predictable well like  the instructor (Character in the series) tells Swagger “what they ask you to help them to figure out where the shooter is going to shoot the president and you didn’t see that one coming? “ exactly I saw that one coming as I watch the series. You damn well know that you have a sniper who is the best at his job, he is secluded for good reason and a man arrives at his home and said that they need for him to figure out if there were a shooter who is going to kill the president where who he take the shot. The thing is you know what is going to happen now you have a series kind of like the Fugitive. Swagger is now framed for the murder of a president and he is on the run.

Yes there are some shady characters in it and you do not who to trust. It is a fine series here but I wish they would make them less predictable I know not easy to do. The writing is fine and the actors has chemistry, and formidable. The series move along at the pace you want it to move no doubt and you are going to be addicted it is on Netflix In Europe. It is entertaining as hell.

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EL CHAPO (2017- )

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Creators: Silvana Aguirre, Carlos Contreras

Cast: Marco de la O, Danny Pardo, Humberto Busto

Too funny I heard on the news that El Chapo escape from prison but way later he got caught again and escape from prison once again in Mexico where he was detain. And now Netflix has done a story about his life. The most dangerous drug dealer from the Cartel family and the one who can escape jail .

You see El Chapo want to rise in power as fast as possible and he is not a patient man. But unfortunately he gets shafted left and right at times. You see the Mexican government has to call the military to try to caught those drug dealers because sometimes the police is too corrupt and they need help. The first season is about El Chapo personal quest of becoming the most powerful drug dealer. You will find out that it is not easy to be a drug dealer seeing the life of El Chapo who sometimes gets in trouble and over his head. However there is a couple of people who want him behind bars. It is not going to be as good an Narcos but it will come close. You will be addicted to it, and wanting more. It is on Netflix streaming so have fun with it.

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WONDER WOMAN (1975 – 1979)

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Creators:: William Moulton Marston, Stanley Ralph Ross

Cast: Lynda Carter, Lyle Waggoner, Tom Kratochvil

Assuming the secret identity of Yeoman Diana Prince (Carter), works for Major Steve Trevor (Waggoner) in Army Intelligence. But when trouble threatens, she goes into action with her great strength, bulletproof bracelets, and her magic lasso of truth. So spies, saboteurs, and schemers beware, because Wonder Woman is here.

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I remember this series back in the days, I was in this family where this boy about 10 years old used to watch it religiously every week even the reruns. He could get enough of it. He might have a crush for Lynda Carter. Watching the show is I noticed the preponderance of female villains Wonder Woman battles, from the spy mistress Baroness Von Gunther to Fausta, the Nazi Wonder Woman, to the trainer of that Nazi gorilla. You even get Wonder Girl, Wonder Woman’s kid sister, played by Debra Winger. The show was female dominated here and for cause, nothing wrong with that it is a nice pace a change. Lynda Carter was doing her own stunts what they allow her to do, she also, has a double for the one that was more complicated and dangerous. Linda fits the role beautifully well. It is a fun series to watch, it brings back memories.

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BATMAN (1966 – 1968)

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Creator: Lorenzo Semple Jr., William Dozier

Cast: Adam West, Burt Ward, Alan Napier

The fans of Batman are in mourning: the unforgettable Adam West, interpreter of the hero in the series cult and kitsch “Batman” of the Sixties and film “Batman” died this june 9th of leukemia. He was 88 years old. RIP Adam.

During three TV seasons, broadcast between 1966 and 1968 on the ABC channel and a movie at the cinema, the American actor incarnated his hero which the series became cult. In 2016, Adam West had agreed to resume his role for an episode for the series Big Bang Theory which celebrated its 200th episode. Most recently, the actor had lent his voice to the pilot of the Powerless series. Throughout his career, West had repeatedly taken over his Batman character, notably for Batman or Tarzan animated series, or the return of the Caped Crusaders, released last year. Of course he has done other roles in movies.

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When I first came to the US in the 70’s a teenager that I knew was watching this all the time. He so loved this series. I did do. Back then ti was the coolest thing. The series now is remastered on Blue ray DVD which I am going to get. The duo had chemistry on-screen. In different episode you will see the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), and the seductive Catwoman (Julie Newmar). The series became a success and very quickly became cult. Terrific series here to be seen over and over. Thank you for entertain us all those years Adam.

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