THE END OF THE F**ING WORLD (2018 – )

THE END OF THE F**ING WORLD (2018 - )

Cast: Jessica Barden, Alex Lawther, Steve Oram

James is a 17-year-old who believes he is a psychopath. He kills animals as a hobby, but gets bored with it. He decides he wants to try killing a human. He sees Alyssa, a rebellious 17-year-old classmate with issues of her own. She proposes they run away together, hoping for an adventure away from her not so good home-life, and James agrees with the intention of finding an opportunity to kill her. They takes off on a road trip across England, and begin to develop a relationship after a series of mishaps.

Here is a British dark comedy-drama television program, based on a graphic novel of the same name by Charles Forsman.This eight episodes show follows James (Alex Lawther) and Alyssa (Jessica Barden), two damaged teenagers, as they run away from home to escape from their not so good home lives.The storyline often switches perspectives between the two protagonists with voiceover narration. By the way it is on Netflix in France. This pair of misfits are going on a road trip but after an incident sort of speak the two are going to try to evade the police that are on their tails. Both does not like their life at home so the decided to run away. Little that they know they need each other. The two police officers charged with the case, Detectives Teri Darego (Wunmi Mosaku) and Eunice Noon (Gemma Whelan) form an oddball narrative which they are trying to work out their own complicated romantic mess as their investigations narrows on the two teens. The ending leaves you hanging. Hopefully there will be a second season.

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THE FRANKENSTEIN CHRONICLES (2015 -)

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Creator: Barry Langford

Cast: Sean Bean, Richie Campbell, Tom Ward

Inspector John Marlott investigates a series of crimes in 19th Century London. As he investigates he finds out it might be a scientist who is experimenting in re-animating the dead.

Yes for Netflix the series is kicking ass big time. Taking form the Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel it takes an approach from it all started at the beginning and yes the series is addictive. John Marlott (Sean Bean), a river cop who discovers the body of a small child on the beach. except it is several pieces of different part from other bodies saw back together. He’s hired by Sir Robert Peel (Tom Ward), an advocate for advanced medicine who’s trying to pass “The Anatomy Act” in Britain. Marlott goes to it but he has a past and has his share of pain plus he has a disease he can’t shake off. Sean Bean is perfect in this role and shines. The decor is perfect it feel dirty and hunger has set in plus the cold damp weather of London sets in.  Great writing the series moves along just fine. It is a bit rushed toward the end. It is a solid show that deserved to be watched.

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FAUDA (2015 – )

FAUDA (2015 - )

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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LE TUEUR DU LAC (2017 – )

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Creators: Bruno Dega, Jeanne Le Guillou

Cast: Julie De Bona, Lannick Gautry, Julie Depardieu

English title : Killer on the lake. 

Lise (Julie de Bona) and Clovis (Lannick Gautry) got married and are in this town called Annecy. She is a police captain, he is a gendarmerie commander. Tom (Valentin Desmazières), their son, has just been 9 months old. And Marianne (Marie-Anne Chazel), Lise’s mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s, lives near them on the shores of the lake in a specialized institution. They seem happy and united, surrounded by loyal friends, when two violent murders of women are discovered.

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Clovis may give the impression that everything as it should be a nice couple loving each other and happy, but the two characters will wake up during their investigation and old traumas that will hurt each other , their family life  and disrupt their work. Thus, the character of police captain Lise Stocker, (Julie de Bona) ,whose brighter face brings an interesting contrast to the darkness of the series, is decked out with a double trauma, one of her former life of her mother who has some secrets plus the murders that is going to pile up and who is this woman who her husband is seeing? All that will add up the stress of the relationship. Also you think you know you neighbours think again they have secrets too. All that will had up to the tension and the stress to find the killer in time so he does not kill again. With this breathtaking script and the beautiful cinematography here is a series worth the look.

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LES BRACELETS ROUGES (2018 – )

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Creators: Albert Espinosa, Pau Freixas

Cast: Audran Cattin, Tom Rivoire, Esther Valding

15-year-old Thomas (Audran Cattin), who has tibia cancer, enters the hospital for surgery. There he meets Clément (Tom Rivoire), his roommate, a regular visitor. Meanwhile, Sarah (Esther Valding), a 13-year-old daughter daddy’s girl, feels uncomfortable in the playground, while Mehdi (Azize Diabate) arrives on a stretcher with multiple fractures after a motorcycle accident.

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Adaptation of a Spanish series who had success on television Marie Roussin’s red bracelets society plunges us into the heart of hospitals in the daily lives of sick children and their parents. Keep in mind that the series in Spain has 24 episode , we however in France it is only 6 episodes. The Creators here did some research visited hospital to see how to write this and to keep the format of the Spanish series. Here is the unusual thing in the series it is real doctor who play themselves. The series is inspired by a story that happened twenty years ago so life in hospitals has changed a bit, so they changed it a bit and made it in today setting. The title of the series, The Red Bracelets Society, comes from the bracelet, generally red, which is put to the patients before each operation to be sure of their identity. And the real surprise of the series, is those very beautiful moments of joy and amusing scenes in a universe leaded by disease with death lurking. And those actors Thomas (Audran Cattin), Clément Tom Rivoire (Clément), Sarah (Esther Valding), Roxane (Louna Espinosa), Mehdi (Azize Diabate) do an outstanding job and it is a joy to watch. Do not miss this one.

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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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