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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THE INNØCENTS (2018 – )

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Creators: Hania Elkington, Simon Duric

Cast: Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce 

When two teenagers, Harry and June, flee their families to be together, their escape is hindered by an extraordinary discovery – June’s ability to metamorphose. As the young couple struggle to control this strange and new power, a mysterious teacher reveals that June is not alone: many people are capable of shape-shifting like her, and he promises help her control it and to reunite her with her mother who has deserted for 3 years. As the adventure begins thinks are getting complicated.

June (Sorcha Groundsell) and Harry (Percelle Ascott). June’s father is planning to move her far out-of-town on her 16th birthday. June’s dad may have had a very specific reason to get June far from civilization when she turned 16 because, well, June’s got some kind of power. The couple will discover it when a strange man wants to kidnap her but the couple seems to get away with one little problem: June can shapeshift, taking the form of someone nearby while that person’s body is incapacitated in something that resembles a coma. The couple will try to find out what is going on here but in the mix they are trying to figure out why this man wants to kidnap June. Meanwhile, in a remote commune at which June’s mother Elena (Laura Birn) is one of the residents. It’s run by the mysterious Halvorson (Guy Pearce) and Sigrid (Lise Risom Olsen). What is June’s mother is doing there? Well you are going to find to have to watch the series. The subtext here is simple kids sometimes does not know who they really are and kids do run away from home. Not too bad for a series but it is a bit predictable here. Did it do well on Netflix I assume so it is targeted to a younger audience but some adult will like it as well. The storytelling is fine but it is missing something. I hope season 2 will be better.

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THREE GIRLS (2017)

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Cast: Molly WindsorRia ZmitrowiczLiv Hill 

Three Girls is a mini series of child sexual grooming ring in Rochdale, where men had sex with teenage girls for years in the Northern English town and led to other cases being discovered across England.

we follow three victims of the grooming, Holly Winshaw (Molly Windsor), whose family recently moved to the town, and  Amber and Ruby Bowen (Ria Zmitrowicz and Liv Hill). These girls are given free food and alcohol by much older men before being sexually abused by them. During the four years the police ignore that those girls were being abuse due to lock of evidence. There are different aspect of the case the first one we see the girls groomed, and being raped and the network of men who are in line for sex. Plus one of the parents who tries to pull their daughter out but keeps in getting back to what she was doing like it is the thing to do. which we are getting to the second part of the interview with the girls and a new set of police officers reopening the case which was not easy to do due to the fact that the girls was pissed off because the first time the police didn’t help them. The third part is the trial and after the trial and the effect on the community. The director here made sure that the story was told like it was supposed to be told. It is a true story as they say in the beginning. Three Girls is obviously tackling a sensitive  subject and the mini-series is not for the faint of heart. Some rape scene where the director pulled away the camera so you can heard the noise and it is more freighting this way. The Rochdale case was controversial because the victims were white and the perpetrators were from Pakistani (That is all I am going to say here). The series here focuses on the girls how they fell into it and how the police failed them. Some of the girls were pregnant and as young as thirteen. Here is a brutal story which when they started investigating they found out that this was going on in at least two dozen cities in England. The thing is here it is the first time this has happen in England.

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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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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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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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