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Letterkenny TV show review

With Letterkenny being moved to hulu and my excitement for that at an all time high, I felt that I should finally review it… Letterkenny is about a small town in Ontario Canada and follows Wayne, his friends, and all the other members of the town and the things they get up to.

I struggle to find a good way to describe this show. It has a near sketch comedy nature of story-telling. Jumping between different groups of characters (hicks, skids, and hockey players) during funny moments, yet also has enclosed stories in a broader arc. Letterkenny is carried on the back of its main character, Wayne, played by Jared Keeso who also created the show and basically wrote the whole damn thing. Keeso has stated that he wanted to make a show the truly showed what it was like to live in a close knit and fucked up small town, basing the show off of his very own home town in Canada.

This show is outrageously funny while having surprising character moments and sucking you in to their lives while you just think you are laughing at their antics. I can’t recommend it  enough.

 

Huangs World TV show review

So I went down a crazy Eddie Huang rabbit hole to end up watching this. First I watched Always be my Maybe and really liked Randall Park, so then I watched Freah Off the Boat to see more of him, then that brought me to Huangs World because I wanted to know why the kid had a show about his childhood.

Huangs World follows Eddie Huang around the globe as he tries different food and cultures… Although the show is TECHNICALLY about the food its obvious that the food is just a common ground for Eddie to talk to these people about their way of life, history, and problems. I really like that. The food pays a part, but i’m watching TV, I don’t want to look at food the whole time that I can’t eat. Its like a small and fun documentary in every episode.

Let’s talk about Eddie, because without him this doesn’t work. Eddie is a second generation immigrant from China that made his fame and fortune through restaurants and business. He doesn’t seem like that kind of guy though. Eddie is a huge fan of rap, a subject he knows a lot about and adopted into his own signature style. He’s also really rowdy, not at all shy about his love of clubs, parties, booze, and weed. What comes as a surprise though is the times when he is truly smart and knowledgeable, speaking to people all over with respect and dignity.

Huangs world was cancelled after only a couple seasons, but those were amazing times. Eddie was never shy about asking the big questions and really inserting himself into the culture when he wanted to. Sure, it got really political every now and again, but that’s just who he is. And like I said, it’s not really about the food. It’s about him and the places he goes.

Stranger Things 3 TV show review

Stranger Things, one of the few, if not only good show left on Netflix once again does not disappoint… Season three picks up on the following fourth of July after the events of last season. Everything has seemed to calm down in the small town of Hawkins. The kids are growing, dating, working, etc. Things end up going sideways quick though, as always.

Also as always, Stranger Things 3 is split up in to multiple different story lines carried by different characters. Steve, Dustin, and Rose (a new character and very fantastic) are off discovering a secret Russian facility that’s messing about with the upside-down. John and Nancy are investigating a case that ends up being about a monster, or flay. The rest of the kids are also figuring out whats going on with the flay, and how Max’s older brother Billy plays into all of this. Hopper and Joyce are trying to figure out whats going on with her CRAZY magnets!

Lots of aspects of Stranger Things 3 are awesome, and they are the same things great with the past seasons. Relationships, cinematography, crossing genres, nostalgia… But, this is unfortunately the weakest season. Not bad, just not as good. The kids are growing up and although that is inevitable, it does take away a bit of the magic we had at first and create awkward makeout scenes and them kinda being dicks. Hopper seems like hes being flanderized into a meat-head grump-ass. The plots in this season are much more generic horror tropes than in the past and barely involve the upside-down at all.

I don’t want to be a downer for this whole review so I’m going to leave you with a few things I loved this season…

  1. The friendship of Steve and Dustin as great, I love seeing the guy Steve has become and they are real goofy together.
  2. Dacre Montgomery did some of the best acting I have ever seen this season. He better get some kind of reward for that.
  3. The addition of the characters Rose and Alexi were great.

In the end I did sincerely enjoy myself watching this, though it went by too quickly. My wife and I will eagerly wait for the new season. Its basically the only reason we have Netflix now.

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!