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The Boys

Posted by Lauren Foster on October 16th, 2020

Amazon Prime’s highest rated series and the highest rated superhero show on TV.

The Boys isn’t your typical superhero show. In fact, it’s the complete opposite. If you’re looking for a show with constant swearing, dark plots, and messed up scenes, then this is the show for you.

There are currently two seasons of The Boys. Season 1 aired in the summer of 2019 and season 2 recently aired this year in September of 2020. After the release of season 1, the show received high ratings and tons of positive reviews from both critics and viewers because it involves a darker, more corrupt plot involving superheroes. The easiest way to describe this show would be to compare it to the movie Deadpool, but it’s darker, more twisted, more graphic, and there is swearing in every other sentence.

Season 1 starts out with Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) losing his girlfriend to an “accident” caused by the superhero known as A-Train (Jessie T. Usher). Wanting to seek revenge, Hughie gets roped into mayhem when stumbling upon Billy Butcher (Karl Urban) fighting against another ‘Supe’ who is a part of The Seven. While Hughie deals with the chaos that ensues, he realizes that he wants to take down ‘Supes’ with Butcher, Mother’s Milk (Laz Alonso), Frenchie (Tomer Capon), and Kimiko (Karen Fukuhara).

Left to right: Hughie (back), Mother’s Milk (front), Butcher, and Frenchie
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The Seven is a popular superhero group run by the company Vought that puts up an act making citizens believe that they safe and can rely on these superheroes. However, most of the ‘Supes’ are either corrupt, carrying baggage, or just putting up a front for the people. The head of The Seven and the most untouchable superhero is Homelander (Antony Starr). He runs the show and makes sure everything goes his way. He makes sure that everyone loves him and does what he says. There’s the Deep (Chace Crawford) who is very rude and ends up making crude gestures towards women. Black Noir (Nathan Mitchell) keeps to himself and tends to go on solo assassinations. Queen Maeve (Dominque McElligot) is Homelander’s number two who desperately wants a life of her own. A-Train who deals in illegal serums that Vought is trying to keep secret. Translucent (Alex Hassell) who has a bad run in with Hughie and Butcher. And lastly the newest arrival, Starlight (Erin Moriarty). Starlight dreamt of joining The Seven since she was a kid, but realty hits and she realizes that the whole thing is a corrupt sham.

Left to right: Starlight, Deep, Queen Maeve, Homelander, Black Noir, A-Train, Translucent
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With season 2, we get to learn the backgrounds of Butcher, Frenchie, Mother’s Milk, and Homelander. The season is more chaotic than the last. There’s the introduction of a new addition to The Seven, Stormfront (Aya Rachel Cash). Homelander begins to lose his title as the leader and the hearts of citizens. More ‘Supes’ are introduced along with new threats to Hughie and the others as well as Vought. If you thought season 1 was insane, then you are in for a wild ride.

The show is rated TV-MA due to constant f-bombs, sex scenes, and very graphic deaths. The fights are always bloody and the show continues to out due itself in creative deaths caused by superheroes. I definitely wouldn’t recommend this to the faint of heart. However, the show explores a whole new perspective on how people view superheroes, and I will keep recommending this to others because I have already done this to many friends and family members and they thoroughly enjoy the show.

If you want more reviews on the show or want to watch some interviews, then here are some links to check out.

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Stranger Things

Posted by Lauren Foster on October 8th, 2020

As we get closer to Halloween, it is time to review a chilling Netflix favorite.

Stranger Things is a very well-known show on Netflix. It has had several nominations for the Emmys, SAGs, Golden Globes, Grammys, and Director/Screen Actor Guilds, and more. Besides the countless nominations, the show has won some awards from People’s and Critic’s Choice, Screen Actor Guilds, Prime Time awards, and a few others.

With Halloween only a few weeks away, it was only fitting to include Stranger Things because it is a dark show that involves supernatural occurrences and terrifying monsters. The showed first aired on July 15, 2016, then October 27, 2017, and lastly July 4, 2019. Between the first and second season, the show incorporated Halloween episodes into the plots.

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There are currently three seasons of Stranger Things and a fourth one on the way. This show follows Mike Wheeler (Finn Wolfhard), Dustin Henderson (Gaten Matarazzo), Lucas Sinclair (Caleb McLaughlin), and Will Byers (Noah Schnapp) who meet this strange girl, Eleven, (Millie Bobby Brown) that has strange abilities. Hawkins, Indiana was a quiet town full of life, but that changed when a secret testing site lost their prized pupil Eleven. Besides Eleven, something else escaped. A creature known as the Demogorgon begins to wreak havoc in Hawkins which led to the disappearance of Will Byers. After Bill goes missing, his mother Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and Sherriff Hopper (David Harbour) try to find him while the rest of the boys try to help Eleven and learn about the Demogorgon.

With the start of a new series, season 1 tends to be slow. The characters are introduced and the plot slowly starts to form. However, with season 1 of Stranger Things, there were only a few slow bits throughout each episode instead of having one or two slow filler episodes. Also with the introduction of a new type of monster, the Demogorgon arc explores interdimensional plots about two worlds coexisting on Earth. With season 2, the show picked up by adding more versions of the Demogorgon and there was character development as well as the introduction of new characters. Steve Harrington (Joe Keery) became the most popular character by season 2 because his character arc switched from the “mean popular guy” to the “cool babysitter”. Lastly with season 3, the season explored the reality of something greater than the Demogorgon, and that there are more people like Eleven.

If you enjoy dark science fiction horror shows, then Stranger Things is the show for you. The show takes you through fun, dark, and twisting events as you watch the different characters deal with different events that all start to link together towards the end.

Here are some links if you want more information or reviews on Stranger Things.

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The Haunting of Hill House

Posted by Lauren Foster on October 2nd, 2020

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It’s the spookiest time of the year, time to review some scary shows…

The Haunting of Hill House is a ten episode mini series on Netflix that is full of fright, suspense, laughter, and heartbreak. This show will never fail to keep you on your toes when waiting for the next jump-scare.

The Crain siblings grow up at Hill House while their parents try to fix the place up in order to make it more family-friendly. However, what they come to realize is that the house has a troubling past and is accompanied by some unwelcomed guests. Each episode flashes between the past and present in order to fill in gaps as the story unfolds. So if you enjoy chilling ghost stories/shows then this is a must-see.

Viewers watch as Steven (Michiel Huisman), Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theodora (Kate Siegel), Luke (Oliver Jackson-Cohen), and Eleanor (Victoria Pedretti) deal with their mother’s (Carla Gugino) mysterious passing at Hill House as well as trying to process their time living there. Although they never wanted to go back to the house, something, or someone, keeps bringing them back. As an unexpected tragedy strikes the Crain family, everyone begins to question Hill House, and it seems that their father (Timothy Hutton) has been keeping secrets from them about their mother’s death.

If you scare easily, then make sure you watch this with a friend or surround yourself with blankets because the ghosts that inhabit Hill House are very unsettling. Their movements are slow, they’re uncomfortably quiet, and they can be seen as background characters throughout most of the scenes. It was actually a whole ordeal to spot every ghost in the background when the show was first released. For those of you who have already seen or plan on watching the show, you can click here to see if you spotted all of them. Geek Girl Authority created a guide on where and when each ghost appeared.

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I would recommend The Haunting of Hill House to viewers who enjoy watching creepy and dark TV shows. Also, this show is TV-MA due to heavy amounts of swearing, sexual content, used of drugs, depictions of death, and how dark the story is. So it’s definitely not for the faint of heart. However, the plot is well-thought out, the cinematography is phenomenal due to several one-take scenes, and the show never has a dull moment.

If you want to know more about the one-takes or other reviews on the show, then you can check out the links provided here:

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The Umbrella Academy

Posted by Lauren Foster on September 25th, 2020

With the start of fall, summer has officially ended. However, I'm here give you a review on Netflix's summer hit, The Umbrella Academy.  

The second season of The Umbrella Academy was released on July 31, 2020 and was heavily anticipated by critics, viewers, and fans. But before I review the season, I’ll try and give you a quick overview of season one for those who have not watched or heard of the show.

The Umbrella Academy is about seven individuals who were born with special abilities and raised by their mysterious and authoritative father. First, there’s Luther (Tom Hopper) who is very strong and has the appearance of an ape from his torso up to his neck, Diego (David CastaƱeda) with his extraordinary knife throwing abilities, Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampan) with her power to control people by saying, “I heard a rumor….”, Klaus (Robert Sheehan) who can see and talk to the dead, Number Five (Aidan Gallagher) with his time control, Ben (Justin H. Min) who’s dead, and lastly Vanya (Ellen Page) who seems to have no abilities. However, their father passes away unexpectedly which causes the Hargreeves siblings, except Number Five, to reunite leading to a series of uncovered secrets.

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Chaos ensues when Number Five finds a way to return to the present after being trapped in the future for several years. He tries to warn his family of the apocalypse that will happen in a few days, but he’s still not sure how it will happen. However through all of this The Commission, which oversees all of time travel, tries to hunt down Number Five. With all of recklessness ensuing, Vanya begins to realize that she might have abilities after all.

From that brief overview, it’s time to talk about season two. After trying to stop the apocalypse, Five saves his family by sending everyone to another point in time. Unfortunately he sent everyone back to the 1960s, but they all ended up in Dallas, Texas within a few years of each other. Now, Five has to reunite his family once again to stop another apocalypse.

This season is definitely crazier than the last. It included wild and hectic events that unfolded amongst the Hargreeves siblings. From cults to assassins, the show keeps you on toes with cliff hangers, dancing scenes, and more family drama. Season two was able to expand on Diego’s character development as well as learning about the life of Sir Reginald Hargreeves, their father. With the plot focusing on the lives of each Hargreeve’s sibling individually, the plot never seemed to drag on or seem stale/dry.

With the time set to 1963 in Dallas, Texas, this season tied in heavily with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Although the well-known assassination is a sore topic, Umbrella Academy was able keep a plot that didn’t disrespect or make viewers question whether or not the story should’ve tied JFK to an apocalypse. With Diego being so adamant on saving JFK as well as including scenes that expressed pure emotion on how the U.S. dealt with the assassination, the season was able to have a smooth and enjoyable plot.

Lila (left)

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We also see a new addition to the show with the character Lila (Ritu Arya) who is the Handler’s daughter and somewhat of a double agent between The Commission and the Hargreeves. Lila becomes a key character towards the end of the season because she partially sets up the plot for season three. With the season also showing the behind the scenes of The Commission, we watch as the riotous season unfolds between the Handler, the Hargreeves, and the Hargreeves’ father.

Umbrella Academy’s second season is just as outrageously fun as season one. If you enjoy super hero-esk tv shows with constant sibling rivalries and banter, then this is a must watch. It’s fun for the whole family, and I would definitely recommend it to those who need a new show to binge.

If you want to know more on Umbrella Academy, you can check out reviews from Vanity Fair, Rotten Tomatoes, and IGN for more insight and behind the scenes photos and interviews here.

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Posted by Lauren Foster on September 14th, 2020

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