ULTRAVIOLET (2017- )

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Creator: wendy west

Cast: Viet Anh Do, Karolina Chapko, Paulina Chapko 

A thirty-year-old woman (Ola Serafin)  leaves her husband and London, return to her hometown of Lódz, Poland. While driving her car one night, she witnesses a dramatic incident which looks like suicide, but which she finds suspicious. The police seems not too care about the incident, they thinks it is suicide anyway. Desperate, Ola looks for help on the Internet, where she finds a group of amateur detectives that solve criminal cases the police are unable to called ultraviolet.

Here is a cool cool little series that is worth to look an original Netflix series. When Ola (Marta Nieradkiewicz) returns to poland she gets a jobs kind like Uber. One night driving home she witness an accident that looks like an suicide but Ola is not convinced that it is suicide. Frustrated with the police who is indifferent about the incident goes home and search the internet for help finds a group of people who can help under the name of Ultraviolet that solve cases where the police is having trouble closing the case. Funny thing there’s a really imaginative use of technology throughout these cases to make them both interesting and intriguing. 45 minutes episodes to find out who is the murder. Later as the series progress Ola makes friend with a police detective and that is going to become handy for her and the gang of ultraviolet. Olga here is enthusiastic and it seems that she leads the gang all together. The police investigation are simple with some interesting murder but sometimes it is a bit predictable but at least enjoyable. The cast is awesome and the chemistry is there with humour in play. Ola is still obsessing over her brother’s death and blames her former sister-in-law for that. The series is inspired by the book The Skeleton Crew written by Deborah Halber and by the personal story of Wendy West.

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DOGS OF BERLIN (2018)

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Creator: Christian Alvart

Cast: Felix Kramer, Fahri Yardim, Samy Abdel Fattah

A murder of a soccer player forces two disparate detectives into a battle with the Berlin underworld and a confrontation with their own corruption.

The best player Orkan Erdem in the German national football team, is murdered in Berlin. Kurt Grimmer who is married but is with his lover nearby decided to check it out. As soon as he finds out who the body is, and suddenly the lights when on in his head. He thinks that the German national team, deprived of their best player, will lose the match, so he calls his bookie and decide to make a bet. Of course he tells the two cops that found the body to stay put until he comes back. He has to convince the coaches of the team to keep it a secret until the end of the match. In the mix there will be Neo-Nazis, Germans, Turks, Serbs, Arabs, mafia and gangs that are mixed in this business as well. Yes there are the crooked cops that are going to come along with racism, spouse cheating, mafia business etc…. You are going to have to follow very carefully this series it has a few twist and turns. it is moving as it should be at a fast paced in a form of a thriller. Yes it is a German Netflix original series.

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THE FOREST (2017)

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Creator: Delinda Jacobs

Cast: Samuel Labarthe, Suzanne Clément, Alexia Barlier

Sixteen-year-old Jennifer disappears one night from her village in the Ardennes. Captain Gaspard Deker leads the investigation with police officer Virginie Musso, who knew the girl well. They are helped by Eve, a lonely and mysterious woman.

The Forest is a mystery revolving around the disappearance of 16-year-old girl Jennifer. As the series develops which the plot tension is going to be tense , The Forest evolves from a detective mystery with family drama as secrets close to home are revealed. Girls has been disappearing years earlier and they think that the perpetrator is at it again.  Here is a French production on Netflix . Alexia Barlier who plays Eve portrays the kind of character that is tough and courageous as has a soft spot. It is at a pace of a thriller this series and the writers made sure to build up the tension until the end. And who is this mysterious woman who wants to help. The atmosphere is misty with some beautiful shot of the forest. Only 6 episodes for this mini series.

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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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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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LACASA DE PAPEL (2017 – )

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Creator: Álex Pina

Cast: Úrsula CorberóItziar ItuñoÁlvaro Morte

English title: Money heist

A group a robbers let by a genius called the professor planned a heist in the Factory of Moneda and Timbre which is going the perfect heist that Spain as ever seen in the total of 2.4 Billion Euros.

Here is a cool series from Netflix the most popular on Netflix today. A dude named the professor recruits delinquents to plan a heist int the Factory of Moneda and timbre, well where the print the money and the stamps. It is a heist with precision and well planned but the thing is that is it going to go as plan? Money Heist covers the story of one complex crime across the whole series (Parts 1 and 2 combined). The beginning of the scene set the series which   includes flashback from time to time. Where the robbers came from and how the got recruited. It is fast-paced, with cliffhangers, surprises and an ensemble of characters that is like family. And yes the professor has rules for a successful plan and yes there will be hostages and the police who does not know how to handle this but will caught on later on, maybe. The acting is great and the chemistry between the actors is there. It is a well written tied script. Of course there will be part 3 the next season. It is on Netflix now and you can watch the all first season as well as the second. The word is out it was supposed to be a only 2 season but due the popularity of this series there will be a third season in 2019.

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4 SEASONS IN HAVANA (2016- )

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Cast: Jorge Perugorría, Carlos Enrique Almirante, Luis Alberto GarcíaFour

We follows lieutenant Conde who solve crimes, sleep with beautiful women, drinks alcohol to forget his days, and the internal affair is breathing down his neck to top it all off his boss is watching him closely.

Seasons in Havana is a very stylish, well written crime series it has a fell Neo-noir to it. It is hot in Cuba you can sense the heat as you follow Conde where the landscape is dusty and the sun shine on th top of your head all the time. Conde the drinking smoking, having sex with beautiful women along the way is having a hell of the time to solve murder in Havana with the internal affair breathing down his neck along side his boss. It has 4 episodes of  one hour and a half. What I like about it is that Cuba is stuck in time so there is old cars from the 50’s 60’s and still a rotary phone. it is set in the 90’s so no computers yet nor cell phone. The drone shot here is fantastic and you will see the rich and the poor neighborhoods. The atmosphere is noir to the core, the bars, the night life, the crimes, the police corruption as well as the government. Is fun to see this series that is shot on location with the different decor and houses or apartments. The cast is perfect and stand out and so is this wonderful production. Do not miss this one. 

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