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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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.
Creators: Claude scasso, Patrick Benedeck
Cast: Arieh Worthalter, Brune Renault, Steve Tientcheu
Awarded at the Mania Series Festival in 2017, the sci-fi series Transfers by Claude Scasso and Patrick Benedek is on Arte the channel in France and I got to see it all six episode and what an imagination. The series is from the German film of the same name directed by Damir Lukacevic in 2010.
In the near future, the transfer of one soul from one body to another has become possible, sparking hopes, fantasies and new trades. Florian (Arieh Worthalter), a father in a coma, wakes up in the body of a policeman, Sylvain, charged with fighting illegal “transfers“.
Florian who wakes up does not know what happen and why he has a new body well not his. Because we are in the near future where it is possible to get someone soul into an other body. Here Florian was in a boat accident, in the coma his wife decided to transfer his soul to the cop’s body who has just been shot, the hero of the day. You see it is illegal to do that you must have consent from a certain some one. Here Florian is in the body of a cop (here it comes) the section BATI where they track people who transfer souls illegally. As he discover himself and wants to go back with his family which he can’t as his wife says to him but she has a plan, he discover other little secrets. Of course you will see that religion and politics and a priest who wants to be Number 1. It’s a series about identity, which questions identity. how a man who is in the body of another and how he will manage his life. Us human that is why we all live. We are all social animals that have an external identity that is not what we are really inside. They went there and more there are twists and turns as well, in hope that they will be an other season.
Creators: George Pelecanos, David Simon
Cast: Kevin Breznahan, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Margarita Levieva
The rise of the pornographic industry from the early 1970s to the mid-1980s. In the specialty stores, another cinema is sold under the coat. Pornographic movies are made cheaply as fast as they can make them. But soon, all this will change … At the forefront of this cultural revolution, two twin brothers who owns a bar serving as a cover for the local mafia, Vincent and Frankie Martino and Candy, a prostitute in search of freedom, a courageous visionary, listening to the evolutions of his time.
It is New York and two twin brothers here who are working for the mob owning a bar so they can launder their money , their father in the construction business has on foot with mob also, plus the pimps and the hookers that are roaming the streets trying to make a buck. Candy (Maggie Gyllenhaal), an astute prostitute with aspirations, and Marty Hodas (Saul Stein), the real-life King of the Peeps, knowledgeably discussing what could be lucrative. The actual Deuce, is in the area of New York City that was Times Square/42nd Street. The deuce here is the real deal, you fell like you are in the 70’s early 80’s and that you are going a part of something. For those who were there back then it is going to bring back memories. I was there in the late 70’s in the U.S. and it is was the coolest thing back then. The cars, the women, booze, the bar scene the music it has it all. Maggie Gyllenhaal here shines big time she even steal the show, however James Franco who is doing double duty doing an outstanding jobs here of which the casting is near perfect I will even say perfect. I say this to you do not miss this one. The first season consist of 9 episodes of an hour and 1/2.