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Stranger Things 3 Summer Blockbuster


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Alrighty folks… Stranger Things returned for a third season on Netflix this summer!  Mike, Will, Lucas, Dustin, El (Eleven), and the rest of the kids face a whole new evil brewing within the new Starcourt Mall.  Will is triggered yet again from horrific forces from the Upside Down.  It’s yet another explosive summer (literally!) for the kids at Hawkins, Indiana.

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To sum it up, Stranger Things was absolutely amazing yet again.  This incredible 80s sci-fi-themed series killed it with another chapter of the battle within the Upside Down.  Even with the kids growing up over the years, they still came together to defeat the evil in the world.  Stranger Things was definitely a big hit this summer.

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As a matter of fact, Stranger Things was so big that it was a blockbuster hit for Netflix.  The newest season proved to be much popular than the previous one, with over tens of millions of viewers watching the whole season merely days after it released on the Fourth of July.  With over 150 million Netflix subscribers active, that comes out to more than a quarter of them binge-watching the series.

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The main reason for these high numbers stems from both great content and great marketing.  Its these key strategies that helped drive more users towards Netflix.  When Netflix creates amazing content that is marketed the right way, the ending results lead to even more audiences.  Amazing TV series like Stranger Things are already popular among fans, so adding more to the story will only bring them back for more binge-watching.

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With that, Stranger Things is more popular than ever.  The newest season did well on Netflix, with a little help from marketing of course.  It was the perfect summer season for a perfect blockbuster TV series to release this year.

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After another glorious day of summer, be sure to binge-watch Stranger Things 3 on Netflix!

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Neon Genesis Evangelion (Netflix Version)


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During my vacation time, I have been watching this classic anime series called Neon Genesis Evangelion on Netflix.  Neon Genesis Evangelion is set fifteen years after a worldwide apocalyptic event that erupted within the futuristic city of Tokyo-3.  The series is about a young boy named Shinji Ikari who was recruited by his father to the organization Nerv to pilot this giant bio-machine mecha known as the Evangelion.  He uses the Evangelion to defeat the alien beings called Angels that wreak havoc in the city.  As he continues fighting the Angels each episode, Shinji and the other Evangelion pilots.

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Neon Genesis Evangelion was originally released in the US on October 4th 1995 and aired on Cartoon Network (Toonami) as well as Adult Swim.  It was released on Netflix back in June 21st.  Interestingly enough, there were some striking differences between the original version and Netflix release.  Some were minor while others changed the course of the story within the Netflix series.

Here are some of the notable changes within the Netflix release of Neon Genesis Evangelion:

#1: Ending Credit Song

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Each episode of the original version concluded with a different version of Frank Sinatra’s classic lounge hit ‘Fly Me to the Moon’.  In the Netflix version, the covers are missing and replaced by a piano version of a different song.  This was due to one reason only – licensing fees.

#2: End Credit Song Within Series

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Not only was ‘Fly Me to the Moon’ obsolete from the end of each episode, but it wasn’t present for many episodes of the show.  This shifts a difference in tone within some scenes, especially one involving a heartbreaking voicemail message.

#3: Voice Cast

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The Netflix version also features a completely new dub by new actors.  While the new voice dub isn’t problematic for the story, the change still feels somewhat jarring throughout the show.  One silver lining is that Shinji Ikari was voiced by trans actress Casey Mongillo.

#4: Script Re-Write

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It wasn’t just the voice-over dubs that changed with the Netflix version.  The script itself changed as well.  This new script seems more of the literal translation of the original Japanese writing.

#5: Gay Subtext

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One random example of script re-writing involves one male character telling another that he is “worthy of love” and says, “I love you”.  Instead, the Netflix version has him saying, “You’re worthy of my grace” and, “I like you.”  It is both totally awkward and alters the meaning of the whole scene.

#6: Onscreen Text Translation

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Within the Netflix version, almost none of the onscreen Japanese writing is translated into subtitles.  This leaves a major mystery for many people who don’t read Kanji.

#7: Cursing

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Several lines within the Netflix version omit some of the heavy cursing from the original series.  A crucial line from the series conclusion was altered from “I’m so fucked up” to “I’m the lowest of the low”.  Another similar change was the line “So fucking what if I’m not into you?” changing to “Fine, so I’m a stranger.”

#8: More Script Changing

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Even more script changes are found within the new Netflix series.  One other such surprising case was the line “All is right with the world” changing to “All is very good.”  Interestingly enough, the original line stems from a poem by Robert Browning that reads, “God’s in his heaven – All’s right with the world!”  What’s even more odd is that the poem is present elsewhere within the show.

#9: NERV

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For some strange reason, the Netflix dubbed actors can’t seem to agree on how to pronounce the word “Nerv.”  The dubbed version has the characters saying “Nerv” or Nairv”.  This piece of dialogue changes from time to time within each episode.

Queer Eye Season 4 (2019), Season 5 (2020)


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There may be only less than a week of Pride Month left, but it’s also time to celebrate another exciting time – the first full week of Summer.  Summer is all about warmer weather, ice cold drinks (craft beers!), and all of that nature goodness.  This will be a slower season for TV since its all about the summer blockbuster films.

But if you’re not into blockbusters and still yearning for more pride content, then BOY do I have some exciting news.  The Fab Five of Netflix Queer Eye was deemed so successful that is it is returning for – wait for it – SEASON FOUR.

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That’s right, folks – season four of Queer Eye is happening (#YASQUEEN).  Antoni, Karamo, Bobby, Jonathan, and Tan are returning to help out even more people in the new season installment.  Through their own personal skills, they will teach other individuals to love themselves and the life they have.  They will be returning to Kansas City, Missouri for the season.  Season four releases on July 19th.

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Oh yeah, it gets even better.  Queer Eye has also been renewed for season five as well.  Not only can audiences expect a new season in July, but they will be returning for a new season in 2020.  Ironically enough, we have two new seasons of Queer Eye announced in the ending week of Pride Month.

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Queer Eye has been a breaking hit as a rebooted series on Netflix.  It’s the kind of heartwarming series that teaches people to truly love themselves and understand their true nature in the face of adversity.  Each episode showcases the person’s various obstacles that they face in their daily lives.  The Fab Five gives them the right tools they need to become a better person.

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With that, Queer Eye returning for season four is one of the best news to hear during Pride Month.  That colorful pride magic still shining among the mainstream media every day.  Shows like Queer Eye are a classic LGBT staple in the Netflix library.

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Be sure to look out for season four of Queer Eye on July 19th.

Tales of the City (1993) Drops on Netflix


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To start off the week, we looked at the unique comparisons between the two Tales of the City series.  Both Tales of the City and Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City featured similarities in terms of characters, story and a guest cameo from Armistead Maupin himself.  There was the original miniseries that came out in 1993 and then there’s the Netflix remastered version that came out this year.

At this point, you can only find the remastered version to watch on Netflix…until now.

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The original Tales of the City miniseries will be releasing on Netflix June 28th.  It will be released within the Netflix regions of Canada, Australia, and the United States.  Further Tales of the City and More Tales of the City won’t be dropping in the United States, but you can watch them if you reside in either Australia or New Zealand.

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You can return to the original miniseries back where it all began.  There are the familiar characters within the story such as Mary Ann, Anna Madrigal, Mona, Michael ‘Mouse’ Tolliver, Dede, Dr. Jon Fieldman, Beauchamp, Edgar, and many others.  This news comes a mere week after the rebooted series dropped on Netflix.

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This is exciting news for Tales of the City fans.  Not only is the rebooted version up on Netflix now, but the original miniseries back in 1993 will be in the digital shelves as well.  Fans will be able to watch the story in full circle.  From the very beginning when Mary Ann Singleton first entered 28 Barbary Lane to when she moves back for good.

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If you enjoyed Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City, then definitely check out Tales of the City when it drops on Netflix this month.