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 MECHANISM (2018 – )

 

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Creator: José Padilha

Cast: Selton Mello, Caroline Abras, Enrique Diaz

Based loosely on actual events taking place in brazil where an investigation took place because of corruption with the drug dealers, construction companies as well as the petrol company.

Loosely based on true events, Brazilian show The Mechanism is a fast paced crime thriller. The Mechanism is a great ride through the world of corruption in Brazil. The Mechanism’s story focuses on a small group of police officers struggling to uncover corruption leading all the way to the most powerful business men and women in the country. Led by  police officer Verena (Caroline Abras) alongside  Marco Ruffo (Selton Mello), the 8 episodes see an intriguing game of cat and mouse develop between the police and criminals trying to allude them. What begins as a simple task of capturing known crime boss Ibrahim (Enrique Diaz) quickly discovering  the highest levels of corruption in the justice system involving judges, politicians and big name company CEOs. Unbelievable when I was watching this I said to myself the police in Brazil has their hand full. The life of a cop is difficult here trying to get the warrant arrest from the judges who are reluctant to give them to they are corrupted as hell. It takes a toll on the personal life as well. The chemistry is there as well as the acting. It is addictive as hell I finished the series that is on Netflix in France in 3 days.

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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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MARONI ET LES FANTÔMES DU FLEUVE (2018 – )

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Creators: Aurélien Molas

Cast: Stéphane Caillard, Adama Niane, Issaka Sawadogo

English: Maroni, the ghosts of the river

First time in Guyana, from her first day in Cayenne, Chloé Bresson (Stéphane Caillard) has the feeling of losing ground. Determined to prove herself, she hides her hesitations and doubts from her new teammate. Guyanese of origin, Joseph Dialo (Adama Niane) knows this territory and the mysteries that it conceals. The murder of a Western couple and the disappearance of their child lead Chloé and Dialo to overcome mutual distrust and follow the trail of a ritual crime …

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First this series I saw it on TV in France on the Channel Franco-German called Arte. If you have the chance to see this see it. Maroni, the ghosts of the river leads us into a mystical thriller to meet the culture and imagination of Guyana through a rise of the river, a slow drift into the raw land of Guyana.  Maroni, the ghosts of the river is the promise of a long trip at the end of the Amazonian night, along the Maroni. Here is a cop Chloé who is here for the first time of her life who has a past which she is hiding from her partners and the rest of the gang. Has difficulty to follow the rules and the custom of the county. But the Maroni, what is it? The Maroni is a river of South America that borders Guiana and Suriname. Once again, French Guiana, this French department at the end of the world and source of thousands of fantasies, becomes the subject of a fiction. Let’s go back to it Now Chloé is stuck with a partner who has a past also a cop who does thing his own way. So the captain thought they should pair up. The series goes deep into the core of Guyana in the heart of darkness which is also in opening quote. it is a bit of across True detective the series and the film Angel Heart. Also we must not forget that Guyana is a forgotten territory of the Republic. I do hear too much of this country myself. A little funny thing there our President (François Hollande) not this one that we have now he is must smarter  believed it was an island. You have got to be kidding me where was he in geography class. In fact, it is an extremely rich cultural place, a multi-ethnic place with a very, very complex history and what a better way to do a series there.  The Guyana is the third character of the story. It is a series that mixes police investigation, suspense thriller, beliefs and mysticism to lead us far beyond a simple  crime. A season 2? It’s all depend on Arte, and the audience. But don’t miss this one.

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MANHUNT: UNABOMBER (2017 – )

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Creators: Andrew Sodroski, Jim Clemente, Tony Gittelson

Cast: Sam Worthington, Jeremy Bobb, Ben Weber

For 17 years an FBI case into a notorious killer in 1995, named  the Unabomber, who mails packages containing bombs to people across America which, unsurprisingly, blow up the unsuspecting victims.

There is a fine line between fiction and realty here the discovery channel and Netflix manages to keep it on the dotted line. We follows this talented FBI agent that is trying to understand the language of the Unabomber but his superior are old school and does not want to hear his theory. The investigation in 1995 is a jump forward in time to 1997, it goes back and forth. The show here is trying to do something different from the other series which the narrative is interesting and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Of course you are already familiar with the story you have already seen tin the new however if you are in Europe you might have heard it on some level, in the state we heard it for weeks every time a bomb went off. The acting is outstanding even the cast has great chemistry. A little different in telling the story, and enjoyable to watch.

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MINDHUNTER (2017 – )

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Creator: Joe Penhall

Cast: Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Anna Torv

Mindhunter is based on the book of the same name, John E. Douglas’ account of his interviews with serial killers when he was a FBI agent trying to understand the motivations behind their murders. He woke though barrier to get there so everyone in law enforcement could understand how the mind of a serial killer works.

Douglas (Jonathan Groff) a FBI agent a bit head strong who has a partner Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and goes along to interview real killers but at the time they were not called serial killer. The time line here is set in the 70’s. Those two FBI agent are traveling country and even teach the police to figure out a profile of a killer so they can catch them. Once in a while the get in on a  case that they solved with the police. The series here feels real with the testimony of those serial killers. It is a series Neo-Noir even the landscape is grippy and shift from time to time as the crime becomes more gruesome. Of course it is a Netflix series of 12 episodes. You will be hooked from the beginning. Both actors here are doing an outstanding job plus the go into their personal life a bit as the episodes goes on. Well written and at times the series goes into dark mode. As a  FBI agent told me once it is hard to jungle this kind of job and a family at the same time. You see it in the series. It is like you are living it and you are following the agent while discovering the atrocity that the serial killer describes. Entertaining yes and you want more each time.

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LIAR (2017)

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Creator: Harry Williams, Jack Williams

Cast: Joanne Froggatt, Ioan Gruffudd, Warren Brown

After going on a date with surgeon Andrew Earlham schoolteacher Laura Nielson accuses him of rape.

Here is a woman who goes on a date and the next morning is feeling that something is seriously wrong, she has this feeling she has been raped. Later she thinks that Andrew has put in something in her drink than rapped her. Here is a classic she said, he said on this touchy subject which is rape. The viewer has this view of a detective as the story unfold. One little flaw in the series in the third episode you will know who did it. What they should have done is let the story unfold where you will see both characters fight it out sort of speak, the reveal until the very end who did it. At first you go ok who is right and who is lying. On the top on that Laura will uncover secrets of others. The further she digs in the more she is going to piss off Andrew. The police even tells her let us do our job.

The drama is the grippy mystery with Joanne Froggatt is a powerhouse of an actress, while Ioan Gruffudd is superb and fits the bill perfectly well. This amount to some great drama / Crime / thriller with a cool musical score and great cinematography.

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