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Buzzfeed Unsolved: Supernatural TV show review

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Cobra Kai TV show review

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Cobra Kai TV show review

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Probably the most surprised I have ever been by a TV show, ever. I was surprised by how much I liked it. I was surprised by how good it was. I was surprised by the direction they went. I was all around SURPRISED. Cobra Kai follows Johnny and Daniel thirty-four years after the events of Karate Kid. I had assumed, much like everyone else, that this was going to be a shitty cash-grab of a show and was completely unnecessary. The fact that it is a YouTube Red show didn’t bode well for it either. I watched it anyway purely out of curiosity in what they could even do. What is absolutely amazing is that this show isn’t just great compared to what I thought it was going to be, it was just great!.. The show opens on Johnny, who has gone on to live a horrible life and is at an all time low. Immediately it paints Daniel as a complete asshole who capitalized on his karate championship. However the very next episode it switches it around and makes you perceive the characters in the exact opposite light. It does this multiple times throughout the season, never allowing one of them to be distinguished as the hero or the villain. Each one of them has an apprentice of sorts as well, a young karate kid that they have taken under their wing. What I especially like about their respective apprentices is that they seem to go in the exact opposite direction you predict of them. The arc of the season is spectacular as well, it really feels like these characters are different, that their lives are different, and it leaves you hungry for the next season.

The Orville TV show review

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The Good Doctor TV show review

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I don’t have autism and therefor can not be the voice of autism, but from what I know and have heard The Good Doctor is a wonderful voice for autism and I think that is fantastic. The Good Doctor follows Shaun Murphy, a brilliant young surgeon with autism that is recruited into a high-end hospital as a surgeon. Not only is he recruited in, but he is recruited in with many people against it and rooting for him to fail specifically BECAUSE of the repercussions of his autism. Freddie Highmore plays Shaun and is absolutely fantastic, perfectly falling into the role and bringing nothing with him. The character of Shaun is deep on so many levels and he pulls it off perfectly. Richard Schiff plays his “adoptive” father and I love it. I have loved everything that Richard Schiff does since he was in The West Wing and it is nice to seem him again. Apart from those two however, the rest of the shows cast seems a little two dimensional. Even writing this review I can’t remember their names. Sure, they have stories, but they are all over the top and feels a bit too much like a bad soap when the story is focused on them. Other than that small detail, which hopefully works itself out in time, this show is wonderful. The depiction of autism is spectacular, the acting of the main two people is splendid, the problems feel real, and the storytelling style of flashbacks really makes you feel more deeply and understand a character that has a difficult time showing himself.

Stranger Things season 2 TV show review

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The second season of Stranger Things captivated the world in the same way the first did, building off of a nearly perfect opening season of television without being too outlandish, too similar, or too boring. It took everything we loved and expanded on it as well as adding in entirely new elements… Stranger Things 2 (not season 2, just 2) opens on an arcade in a similar fashion as the first season opening on D&D. All the guys are gathered around, including Will who seems to have recovered from being in the upside-down for the most part… Or has he? At the moment Will slips back in to the upside down momentarily, seeing a giant monster come for them before he snaps back to reality. Quite a few new characters were introduced in this second season, as well as a lot of new dynamics. Max, the newest addition to the group despite some peoples disagreement, though I believe she fits in nice. Billy, Max’s older brother that is there solely to be your stereotypical 80’s movie asshole. He has his moment though. Dr. Owens who continues to be a mystery to me and everyone else. But, everyone can agree that the shining star of this season was Bob Newby, played by the wonderful Seas Astin. Not only did was he a welcomed member after feeling awkward in the beginning but he had great call backs to his own 80’s escapades. As for the Dynamic switches, Hopper and Eleven have a great bond and I feel they need each other. Nancy and Jonathan CLEARLY belong together (that whole episode with the crazy guy was amazing)! The best dynamic though is without a doubt the Dustin and Steve brotherly bond going on. God damn Steve always exceeds my expectations…. As for the story and the big baddy, Stranger Things 2 had a lot to live up to after the demagorgen that is still a hot topic a year later. Although I liked (without spoiling too much) the shadow monster, he didn’t play much part. I felt that the demadogs weren’t anywhere near as scary or posed the threat the demagorgen did. Obviously the story is good though, I watched all this as fast as I could!… Long story short, besides the stupid Chicago episode I believe that this season is more impressive that the first season. I was left asking just as many questions, and just as blown away. The first season had the massive advantage though of being something completely different than we are use to, season 2 didn’t get that luxury yet was still phenomenal… See y’all for season 3 in a year!

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Game of Thrones season 7 TV show review

 

Well, as of yesterday I was FINALLY able to watch the season finale after somehow dodging every single spoiler for the last couple of days. As always my review will be spoiler free, BUT I will write a spoiler talk later on.

So, the season is over, leaving us with one final season of Game of Thrones. As far as I can tell this season has had a LOT of mixed reviews with seemingly no one in between. You either love it or hate it. I however AM in between. Although this season had a lot of fan service and we were able to see things we have all been wanting to see for seven years now, I felt like maybe it did that TOO much. I was able to predict almost everything that happened this season from the first episode and that is not what Game of Thrones is about. Game of Thrones is about the unexpected. Remember the red wedding? It almost feels as if the writers are afraid of upsetting the viewers now. What this season was more than anything though was an exposition season. A whole season of set up for the massive pay-off next season. I’m fine with that though! Sometimes things like that make the best episodes of Game of Thrones and I am now more psyched than ever for the final season. All in all although this season was missing a lot of the trademarks of GoT, it was a very good season, if not just for the fact that we are finally getting payoff on stuff we have wanted for years!

 

The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story TV show review

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Man, Cuba Gooding Jr. has come a long way since snow dogs, and if that makes you nervous, don’t be! American Crime Stories is a series that follows histories most famous crimes. Their first season was kicked off with the OJ trial. Or, as many people know it, the trial of the century… If you are a fan of biopics as much as I am you will instantly fall in love with this show. The acting is superb, stretching the limits of everyone involved in it. Gooding Jr. of course plays OJ Simpson. I was skeptical, not able to see him as a linebacker. However, if I try to picture OJ in my mind now I see Gooding Jr. David Schwimmer, who I am a fan of from friends, but, have never seen him in anything else, killed it! He had few lines, and what he did were not happy, but, I didn’t know he had drama ability like this in him. John Travolta also played cutthroat lawyer Robert Shapiro, which perfectly played into all of his strengths as an actor. I could go all day listing the amazing acting quality of every role in here, but, those are the big names and stand outs. Now, the verdict was close to a year before I was born, so, I don’t have any memory to go off for realism. I have talked to many people though and done much research, all which points to the absolute realism in the show, along with its rarity in it taking liberties at all with the story. The People v. O. J. Simpson: American Crime Story starts way at the beginning, opening up in a visually and audibly stunning way that made me believe I was watching a movie (that feeling never goes away). It begins when the police find the bodies of Nichole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman on June 12th 1994. From there it gives you every crumb of detail you could possibly want. Not only following Oj and his lawyers, as well as the District Attorneys, but, also the jury. The season, despite being short, spans sixteen months… Now, be warned, although you know it is not a happy ending, it still somehow comes as a surprise and if it hit me, it will hit you.

Ultimate Beastmaster TV show review

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Though a very clear rip-off of Ninja Warrior, that does not take away from the awesomeness of this show. Ultimate Beastmaster is a reality show where 12 contestants compete on an obstacle course to become the Beastmaster. On the tenth episode they take the nine winners and they compete to be the Ultimate Beastmaster. Competing are two members of six countries. USA, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil… A few days ago I sat down to watch one episode of this show, just to give it a shot, and ended up watching half of the season in one sitting. Having not only two competitors from each country, but, two commentators from each as well always keeps it interesting. On top of that they cut to the action and don’t make me watch the shitty contestants slog through the course! However, The Beast (as they refer to the course) is very biased. The course has a large advantage to those who are tall, making some obstacles damn near impossible if you aren’t. Yuuji Urushihara, the most famous obstacle course runner in the world, and the only man to ever beat Sasuke (Ninja Warrior) twice, was eliminated in the second round. Multiple contestants that were 5’6 or under were eliminated because making the twelve foot leaps and eight foot verticals are damn near impossible for someone that short, yet, a cake walk for someone over six feet tall. Despite that one flaw though, this show is absolutely phenomenal. I found myself yelling at the screen the entire time, and having more country pride than I have since the Olympics.

The Newsroom TV show review

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For fans of The West Wing (that have been unsatisfied over the years with television that just can’t live up to it), Aaron Sorkin gave us something that will satisfy us all! If only for a short period of time. The Newsroom is an HBO series written and created by Aaron Sorkin, It follows Jeff Daniels and his new team of reporters on an endevour to bring integrity back to journalism. Sadly, due to disagreements and writing problems it was reduced to a twenty-five episode series. Which, if you think about it, is a single season of most television shows. But, what this show brings you in three seasons, is fantastic and grabs you immediately and consistently. Being that it is based out of a news room, it touches on the modern issues, such as the Boston marathon and deep water horizon. The first season of this show is one of the best seasons of television I have ever seen, nearing the superb quality of the first season on Friday Night Lights. The second season is quite convoluted, all over the place, and sometimes hard to follow. It jumps around in time and I will be honest, I got a little lost. Despite that, I still binge watched it in a day. Season three, being only six episodes, is mainly wrap up and tying up loose ends before cancellation. Everything progresses nicely through and I was happy with how they ended it despite being unhappy it had to end. Jeff Daniels is fantastic, showing an acting quality I didn’t previously know he had even possessed. Emily Mortimer plays opposite him and they play off each other very well. This show has many, many other characters that all do their job very well and are all equally abstract and three dimensional as the last. The one who really stands out though, to me at least, is John Gallegher Jr who plays Jim Harper. Jim Harper is senior producer of ‘News Night’ (the news show they air) and BASICALLY Jim Halpert from “The Office”. I will tell you now though, this show is very political. It doesn’t advertise it as such, but it is created by Aaron Sorkin, a very active member of the Democratic party, and it is really obvious in this show. If you do not agree with the views of the party, but can look past that, you will enjoy it just as much! This show may have been short lived, but it didn’t limit it all in my mind. If anything, it prevented it from running out of ideas and remaining fresh.