DARK (2017 – )

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Creators: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

Cast: Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel

Netflix’s first original German series, Dark, will inevitably be compared to Stranger Things, but it is much different and well though out. Both series focus on children who have gone missing; both are set, in a dark setting , in the 1980s; both involve unexplained phenomena that cause lights to flicker, among other things; and both reveal a pathways somewhere in a cave that connect to a mysterious facility that’s key to the show’s central mysteries. Than in Dark is becoming totally different as the story goes along.

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The series tales place in Winden a little town in Germany. There are quiet characters to follows and you will be sucked in as well as addicted as I watched the series.The show opens with a voice-over explaining that “everything is connected,” which turns out to be true of the relationships between the parents and children in four families that are introduced. There are a lot of characters to keep track and you must pay attention because if you blink you will miss something. We meet Jonas (Louis Hofmann), a teenager who has spent time in a mental hospital following his father’s suicide that is the beginning  scene , Jonas and several friends go on a late-night expedition into the woods to see if they can recover some drugs that Erik stashed away in a hiding spot, Erick is the one who disappeared at he beginning of the story. They get spooked by going to a cave where you should not go in some kind of nuclear underground stuff, in the process, a friend’s younger brother, Mikkel (Daan Lennard Liebrenz) disappears. The town may not know where Erik is, but we do. Erik is sitting in a chair like an electric chair and you will see someone briefly in the room. You will not know what is going on too much. Town goes searching for Mikkel and now there are two kids missing. He gets weirder from here on out, you will not believe where Mikkel winds up at, and that is all I am going say.

Dark is concerned about atmosphere and suspense with a cliff ending at the end of the series. The series setting is autumn, darkness, rain, and the smell of death is everywhere. It is going to become a chilling classic creepy thriller. Dark is stubble and as the horror element in it even a little bit of neon-noir in there. And yes I think Netflix has a hit on their hand. I can’t wait until next season.

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ZONE BLANCHE (2017 – )

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Creators: Mathieu Missoffe

Cast: Suliane Brahim, Hubert Delattre, Laurent Capelluto

Villefranche is a small isolated town in the heart of a gigantic forest, a green labyrinth of thousands of hectares making any telecommunication hazardous. This place is not quite like the others has its unmapped areas, its crimes, its disappearances and other mysteries to be elucidated and a rate of homicide six times higher than the national average … but apart from it all everything is fine. , The city can count on its sheriff, Major Laurène Weiss (Suliane Brahim), a girl of the strong country in mouth and strangely connected to Nature. As she continues to investigate, she sinks farther and farther into the forest she discover secrets even some from her own adduction 20 years ago.

Viilefranche is a fictional town somewhere in Belgium. It has 8 episodes and it is a French Belgian series. The filming took places in between the Voges and Belgium. So you can feel the fog, the nature and the thousand of ares of forest, it is a perfect setting for this kind of series. It is dark, intriguing and mysterious and when you watch it the story will have some twist and turns that you won’t expect. Well casted and written which I can’t wait for season 2 to come out. I just finished watching the last episodes this week and what great ending which you are going to want more. Do not miss this one.

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LEFTOVERS (2014 – )

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Creators: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta

Cast: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston

This spooky series where a 140 millions people just vanished off the earth like babies, lawyers, drunks, thieves, surgeons, murderers, grandmothers, bartenders, celebrities and even the pope. Where did they go?

Three years after 2 percent of the world’s population  disappeared, a lots of people believe it was an act of God, but nobody has any answers. Some churches close, and new cults form, including one called Guilty Remnant, whose followers wear white, take a vow of silence and chain smoke. Too funny there why I am not surprise and what is up the chain-smoking they have nothing to look forward to ,so why not catch cancer. Most survivors just try to get back to normal, but some how the cult will not let them forget.

“The Leftovers” has an intriguing premise that is intelligently and well presented. There are a lot of series with fantasy theme here those days and I think that is where we are going . But is France going to follow the trend most of the time it does not happen. Well will see. there is something that is unexplained in this series but maybe by second season we’ll know more. well do not miss this one.

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RIVERDALE (2017 – )

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Creator:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Cast: K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes

In a small town life is almost perfect at Riverdale until a teenager disappears plus Riverdale has a facade well a little strange even weird but wholesome to a certain extant.

Here is the new high school noir from the Archie comic books franchise. It is steamy, weird a little gossip in there as well as wholesome notes much but it is there it fells like twin peaks. The familiar characters are back, as are landmarks like Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe. On the inside the town fells like this squeaky clean that is  hiding decay, corruption and secrets.

Jason Blossom (Trevor Stines), who disappeared while going out  in the woods with his girl twin sister Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch). Archie (K. J. Apa) — an aspiring musician with six-pack abs — witnessed a key bit of evidence but can’t talk because of the circumstances (see the series). Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel), now a sultry knockout.  Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), the super hot rich girl, is coming  from Manhattan whose father is in jail for fraud. Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), a gay student. Well you have at least to put in the gay student now days it is the hip thing to do. Then you have the mayor, the principal and the girl group Josie and the Pussycats which I love the great name for an  all African-American band. The malt shop is still in business, but the drive-in is closing down. If you have not guess yet the story has been reinvented. It has also a feel of blue velvet here as well. It is fine series here especially for teenagers who will talk about it after school or on their cell phone or social networks. The all thing works here to the costume, the design, even the casting stand out. Have fun with this one and enjoy it for what it is .

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SPRINGFLODEN (2016 – )

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Cast: Kjell Bergqvist, Julia Ragnarsson, Johan Widerberg

English: Spring tide

In the summer of 2015 a young Stockholm police academy student, Olivia Rönning (Julia Ragnarsson), is giving this assessment of investigating a 15 year-old unsolved murder. a pregnant woman who was murdered on the beach on Nordkoster Island, and was subsequently drowned by the incoming tide. She comes to find out that it is a case that her father did not solve before he died.

Olivia is this student that is going to put her nose where he does not belong well you have too if you investigate a case but the professor told her look at it and the evidence  of this case but do not try to solve it. the more she dig in and is going to investigate people are getting nervous and who are those people? It is going to cause her problems and even almost her life but Olivia will find out something about herself where is it going to be a shock.

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To start it off the series get going with a bunch of murders of the homeless people where teenagers are filming while the other beat the shit out of him or her and puts it on the internet. The police however can not trace it. As the investigation goes on they find out that one of the homeless guy is an ex-cop with his help they have finally on a piste to go on to catch those bastards it is connected to underground  fighting  and in the mix there is a woman turn call girl who has tried to take care of her son. The further Olivia  gets in the more she discovers. Here is a Swedish series that is kicking ass big time well written and you think you are going to figure it out it will take a turn here and there. Julia Ragnarsson here does an amazing job here. she had a small roll on the terrific series Bron/Broen (The bridge) which the US has remade of the same title.  A series of 10 episodes. I might add a terrific ending as well.

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WAYWARD PINES (2015 – )

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Creator: Chad Hodge

Cast: Siobhan Fallon Hogan, Toby Jones, Shannyn Sossamon, Matt Dillon

It’s a 10-episode thriller based on a series of novels by Blake Crouch it has an edge of Twin Peaks but is not as imaginative and the series works.

Ethan (Matt Dillon)  is on assignment in Idaho, investigating the disappearance of two other agents, when he has a car accident and awakens in a suspiciously empty and creepy hospital in Wayward Pines. The only person he sees there is Nurse Pam (Ms. Leo) and it feels like she is nurse Rachet fencing at that. When he makes it outside the town it is clear to him that something is going on. The phones are not in working order, everybody is strange and makes strange remarks, and the Sheriff Pope (Mr. Howard) well like ice cream that is all he eats plus he won’t give him too much information. Ethan tries to call his superior and his family but can’t get though. He gets to dig around a little more and find out…….

Ok it is a little bit predictable here and it seems that you already saw that but it is still entertaining and has some sense into it. As humans we are going to have arguments and we are going to turn against each other but the ending is just right. What I would you for the second season is getting the creativity going let’s make a 360. I hope they do otherwise well you know.

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THE OA (2016 – )

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Creators: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling

Cast: Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson, Alice Krige

The OA centers around a woman we’re introduced to as she jumps off a bridge. The woman (Brit Marling), who initially refers to herself only as The OA, is  to be Prairie Johnson, who went missing almost 8 years ago. She has strange scars on her back, doesn’t want to talk to anyone, and isn’t blind anymore. As she tries to readjust to life, she enlists some neighborhood kids, and one teacher, to listen to her story over the course of several nights and theoretically help her… with something.

Here is surprisedly  the new big thing on Netflix. It is this brilliant series, mystery like that is going to be addictive. It has the same feel like the other Netflix series Stranger things even the intensity of it. Amazingly as you watch the episodes you want to see the other immediately. The acting is and even the cast is perfect here.The OA is far from formulaic. With the first season only containing eight episodes you will most likely turn off your Netflix device feeling that you watched sixteen episodes. You have to pay attention here there is information that you can not miss or other wise you are not going to understand what is going on. There will be a lot of question after you watched the first episode. It looks  like Netflix is reinventing television. Wait until the last 15 minutes of the last episode. I can’t wait until next season.

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