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Sense8 Revives in 2018!

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If you remember last month, we received the devastating news that Sense8 was cancelled after two seasons.  It was on the first day of Pride month (out of ALL months!) that the series got its axe.  I was just finishing up the last few episodes and was SHOCKED that the cliffhanger wasn’t going to be resolved.  Unsolved cliffhangers are one of my TV pet-peeves, making me go INSANE over what should happen in the end.

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That axe made me realize that even Netflix series can’t hide from cancellations.  Sense8 was popular, yet it was an expensive series to film.  After receiving the shocking news, millions of fans gathered to the internet to create a petition for reviving the groundbreaking sci-fi series.

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The bad news?  Sense8 still wasn’t going to be picked up for another season.  Ready for the good news?  It WILL give the audience the ending they deserve!

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You heard me right, folks – a special series finale of Sense8 will be out in 2018!  The two-hour finale will wrap up where the clusters left off.  No further details on what month it will be out, but an update will be released ASAP (that’s what PR pros do, ya know!).

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This is like a gift from the TV gods.  We’ll finally see how this all goes down.  All else I can really say is HALLELUJAH!

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Back to the actual story – the news broke out on June 29th when Netflix tweeted a video announcing the two-hour finale for the series.  The tweet read, “There are sensates within these walls, too. #WeAreTheGlobalCluster”.  It was retweeted more than 9,000 times, with fans shocked over the amazing announcement.

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What’s ironic about these stories is the awkward timing between the events.  Sense8 got its axe at the beginning of pride month and announced their two-hour series finale at the end.  It was a twisted turn of events, but we finally get the ending we deserve.

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I was so pumped on hearing about the Sense8 series finale! Since binge-watching the second season last month, I was really hoping to see that final showdown.  It’s true that I signed the petition, but it was because I truly liked the show that much.  The eclectic characters, rich story line, and breathtaking settings were a few reasons for why I looked forward to the show.

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It may be a while until the series finale actually drops, but we call all breathe a sigh of relief over the news.  Sense8 was one of those unique shows that we couldn’t put down yet.

Be sure to catch the two-hour Sense8 series finale next year!

Performing Oliver’s Salmon Ladder From Arrow

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Lately there’s been so many great content releasing on Netflix this month that it’s hard to find the time to binge-watch them all.  I am currently in the middle of season five on Arrow and it’s been amazing so far.  Arrow is one of those better superhero series, unlike some of the other programs (I’m talking to you, Iron Fist!).  The plot is easy to follow, dialogue is great to read into, and the overall violence is kickass for being rated TV-14.  Watching the Arrow beat up the bad guys is awesome, but what’s even better is watching him do the salmon ladder.

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Oliver Queen, the main character that becomes the Green Arrow at night, exercises with the salmon ladder as part of his training.  This intense exercise involves him pushing himself up to the top with the bar.  Seeing this superhero push himself to do this each season is incredible to watch (let’s be honest, what America needs right now is a whole episode of Oliver Queen performing the salmon ladder shirtless!).

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As hard as the exercise looks, there is a way to complete it.  The exercise a multitude of body parts including your core, upper body, ribs, intercostals, back muscles, shoulders, triceps, and lats.  You’ll mostly have to work on your upper body strength and perform some core exercise to get into the right shape.

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To start the exercise, you’ll want to warm-up with some pull-ups first.  Doing some pull-ups will get you into the movement of lifting up into the next rung.  As you are pulling up, quickly push your body up higher and move the bar out and up the next level.  Continue with this movement until you reach the very top.

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If these directions sound easier than done, you should practice with some more pull-ups first.  Again, performing pull-ups will help you get used to the movement you use to do the salmon ladder.  Watching clips of Oliver Queen doing it a few times will help as well (watching someone is part of practicing too!).

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This something I really want to try out!  I have been going back to the gym lately and would really like to start attempting this challenge.  While I haven’t been able to perform the salmon ladder yet, I thought it was an awesome part of the Green Arrow’s training.  It’s definitely a cool exercise that will help me bulk up.

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Working out doesn’t have to be so monotonous.  Watching Oliver Queen perform the salmon ladder made me want to try out new exercise moves as well.  You should check out other unique exercise programs if you want to stay in better shape.

Until then, keep working hard on the salmon ladder and don’t give up until you reach the top!

Netflix’s Sense8 Shocker!

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There’s been lots of amazing original series from Netflix lately.  Stranger Things, Lady Dynamite, and BoJack Horseman are just a few shows that come to mind when I think of Netflix original series.  These shows are chock-full of entertainment and they’re certainly better than what’s on cable television these days.  With these original series being streamed every day, you’d think that Netflix wouldn’t suffer from any cancellations…right?  Wrong!

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In a shocking twist of events, Sense8 was cancelled just a few days ago.  Netflix decided to pull the plug after releasing two seasons.  If that weren’t shocking enough, the decision came on the first day of Pride month in June.

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First off, I want to start by saying…NOOOO!  Why…WHY?  How could Netflix cancel such a beautiful series like Sense8?  It was getting SO good in season 2 and now I’ll NEVER figure out what happens after the cliff-hanger moments.  They’re all gone…Sun, Kala, Wolfgang, Lito, Nomi, Riley, Capheus, and Will.  All of the clusters vanished from our TV screens!

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As you can tell, I was very shocked and frustrated with this decision.  Sense8 was a really unique science fiction/drama series to binge-watch.  Since the news hit the internet, thousands of fans flocked to sign a petition to revive Sense8.  I was one of those participants (I was THAT upset that I had to sign for the sake of the show) and was hopeful that things would turn around soon.

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Unfortunately, things took a turn for the worse.  After weeks of debate, Netflix decided that Sense8 would remain cancelled.  The Netflix team thought long and hard about reviving the series and they stuck with their decision.  As far as we know, Sense8 will be on Netflix with only two seasons.

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Rather than dragging this news on any further, I’d like to point out that this wasn’t the only show that got the ax this month.  Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down was cancelled after just one season.  The musical drama series was set in the Bronx, focusing on the rise of disco and hip-hop music during the 1970s.  It received lots of raves from viewers, but still suffered the axe this year.

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To be honest, I don’t know the exact reason for why Sense8 and The Get Down were cancelled this past week.  What I can say is that both of these series were very expensive to make for each season.  Sense8 was filmed all around the world (Mumbai, Seoul, Amsterdam, Berlin just to name a few!) and was costly to film in these areas.  The Get Down was filmed in New York City, but still filmed with a high budget.

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Whatever the case may be, one thing’s for sure: Netflix original series aren’t immune from the dreaded ax.  Every TV series, no matter how amazing it’s doing, could get the ax at any moment (this certainly goes for Netflix series too!).  There’s a lot more original series streaming for Netflix and the competition is intensifying.

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I was really shocked when I heard that Sense8 would be cancelled!  It was such an amazing sci-fi/drama series where I was really rooting for the clusters (especially Nomi and Lito!).  Sad to see such a heartwarming series get the boot, especially on the first day of Pride month.  Hopefully Sense8 will get the revival it deserves and we finally figure out what happens after the cliff-hanger ending.  I’m not a fan of cliff-hanger endings, so I really need to see what lies ahead for the clusters.

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Until then, we have plenty of season premieres to look forward to this summer.  Just browse around the Netflix library and you’re sure to find another amazing show you’ll fall in love with.


Gettin’ Down with the Party of Five!

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Yesterday I was on a nostalgic 90s-mood.  I caught the last few minutes of my childhood favorite Pinocchio, watched a few minutes of Disney’s Hercules before starting my blog post, then heard some good tunes from Nirvana and Sublime while strolling through the beach.  We may be pacing through 2017, but my mind has been craving for some nostalgic 90s content.  As a matter of fact, one classic series I’ve been binge-watching lately is Party of Five.

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Party of Five is a classic 90s teen drama revolving around the Salinger family in San Francisco.  The cast stars Scott Wolf as Bailey, Matthew Fox as Charlie, Neve Campbell (star of the Scream films!) as Julia, Lacey Chabert (voice of Eliza Thornberry on The Wild Thornberrys!), multiple kids starred as Owen, and Paula Devicq as Kirsten.  The parents of the household were killed by a drunk driver, forcing the kids to grow up real fast.  A lot of dark issues pop up during the series, especially with the long-term effects of parental loss.  Other controversial themes that come up during the series include cancer, domestic/substance abuse, abortion, and other ideas.

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After binge-watching two seasons, Party of Five has been amazing to check out.  It’s an emotional roller-coaster through some of the episodes, yet it’s got some mature content for a TV-PG rated series.  This is one 90s classic you can easily binge-watch all seasons on Netflix.

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If Full House and Shameless got together and made a baby, that baby would be Party of Five.  As a matter of fact, I noticed some strikingly similarities to Showtime’s Shameless in many ways.  For one thing, both sets of kids had to grow up quickly once their parents weren’t around (Frank and Monica are alive, but they were deadbeat parents that really weren’t around for the Gallagher clan!).  Both series explore some controversial ideas within each season.  Only difference is that the Gallaghers aren’t shameless about their actions (it’s called Shameless for a reason, duh!).

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Party of Five didn’t have as much diverse characters, but there were truly some colorful people hanging around the Salinger gang.  Ross Anderson came out to Claudia when she set them up on a date on season 1.  Either way, the family accepted Ross for who he was (because the 90s weren’t that homophobic).  Shameless featured not just one, but multiple gay characters in the series.  Ian Gallagher came out to Fiona near the end of season one and had an on-off relationship with Mickey (btw props to Ian for being shameless about his sexuality!  #GoIanGallagher).  Both Shameless and Party of Five have their share of colorful characters in each season.

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Other than the bold characters, both shows features characters doing drugs/alcohol in some of the episode.  Bailey’s former girlfriend Jill was hooked on speed and died of a cocaine overdose at the end of season 1.  There’s lot of drinking scenes, but the craziest of them all was when Claudia got caught drinking with Jody in her tent (FYI, Marla Sokoloff’s bad-girl personality can also be seen in Full House & Fuller House!).  As for Shameless…well, pretty much EVERY drug was used each season.  Cannabis, alcohol, cocaine, heroin, meth, and many other substances were shown since the end of season 7.  While drug/alcohol use was a big deal in the Party of Five household, everyone in the Shameless family were shameless about it (especially with weed!).

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At the end of my rambling between Party of Five and Shameless, I conclude that Party of Five is definitely an interesting show to start on Netflix.  It’s definitely a toned-down version of Shameless, yet features similar concepts between the two series.  I haven’t gotten through half of the series and I look forward to see what new adventures arise for the Salinger clan.  Who knows what crazy drama will stir up next in season 3 of Party of Five.  Who knows, we could see some shameless characters in the future!

13 Reasons Why to Avoid 13 Reasons Why

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While I’m binge-watching the 90s classic Party of Five on Netflix, the latest hit series that everyone’s turned on to is 13 Reasons Why13 Reasons Why is a drama-mystery series that hit the digital shelves on March 31st, 2017.  Based on the 2007 novel of the same name, the series revolves around high school student Hannah Baker who commits suicide after suffering through demoralizing circumstances at her school.  Each episode provides a tape that reveals more insight into why Hannah committed suicide.

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Instead of curiosity getting the best of me, I decided to devote my time to creating a fun blog post out of this provocative film.  Instead of using my free time to binge-watch 13 Reasons Why, I jotted down 13 reasons why I would skip this series.  Each reason, whether for personal or humorous, details why I would refuse to watch something like this.  I’ve pondered about checking this series out and realized that this was not the type of show.

With that, it’s time to reveal 13 reasons why 13 Reasons Why is not a great choice to binge-watch on Netflix.  Here are the 13 reasons:

#1: Depressing

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The first reason for why I’m skipping the series is because it seems like a really depressing series.  Just read this summary right here – “On tape, Hannah unfolds an emotional audio diary, detailing the thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Her instructions are clear: each person who receives a package is one of the reasons why she killed herself, and after each person has completed listening to the tapes, they must pass the package on to the next person. If anyone decides to break the chain, a separate set of tapes will be released to the public.”  Yeah, those sentences alone already make you sad enough!

#2: Awkward Conversation

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13 Reasons Why would not make for a good conversation piece with your friends.  You and your buddies/gal pals wouldn’t want to discuss such a depressing series over some beers or wine.  I certainly would not bring this movie up when I’m drinking with my friends in Boston.  Here’s how the conversation could go:

Me: Hey guys!  Anyone seen that series 13 Reasons Why?  You know, the one where that high school girl Hannah kills herself and her students find tapes to figure out why she ended her life?

Everyone: *Awkward Silence*

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Yeah, you can practically hear the crickets chirping.  Avoid using this movie as a conversation piece so that things don’t get awkward.

#3: Weed-Buzz Killer

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A series like 13 Reasons Why would definitely kill my weed buzz.  I’ve got some great Bubba Kush at hand and my buzz would definitely go flat when I start watching this series.  Why would I binge-watch something depressing with cannabis that will keep me uplifted?  Yeah, its DEFINITELY not a 4/20-friendly show.

#4: Too Long

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            This Netflix series has 13 episodes with each episode being 50-60 minutes.  That’s an HOUR each episode about some girl that took her life.  I really couldn’t find the time to watch an hour an episode about some high school girls suicide.  To feel more positive, I’d spend that hour walking along Revere Beach or Nahant on a beautiful day!

#5: Awareness

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Before hearing about this series, I’ve read enough studies/articles about our national suicide rate each year.  I KNOW that suicide is a problem around America (22 vets commit suicide a day, more suicide rates among LGBTQ members, yeah I get the picture!).  Watching 13 Reasons Why will only repeat information that I am already aware of.

#6: Global Awareness

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Not only am I aware of our country’s suicide rate, I’ve also read about other nations dealing with this crisis.  Suicide is a problem spanning all throughout the world (FUN FACT: South Korea has the highest suicide rate out of all Asian countries).  Again, don’t need to reiterate facts about such a depressing problem.

#7: Glorifying Suicide

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Rather than teach people about the dangers of suicide, it seems as though this series glorifies it instead.  13 Reasons Why seems to glorify the idea of suicide and the people who commit these acts.  These people are NOT leaders or heroes!  They are high school kids that were crying for help.  Glorifying the act of suicide isn’t going to help solve the problem.

#8: Lots of ‘13’s

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There’s a theme of the number 13 surrounding this series.  13 tapes, 13 episodes for the first season, and even the title is 13 Reasons Why!  The number 13 is associated with bad luck in society so…yeah, this show would be unlucky.  It may have generated positive reviews, but it got unlucky with its controversial ideas.

#9: Acknowledgement

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Hannah Baker is a fictional character from a novel that was later made into this Netflix series.  Since I don’t know her, why should I feel for her?  I’ve heard of REAL friends that tried to take their life and I feel for them because I actually met them earlier.  It’s times like these where I acknowledge my REAL friends rather than the fictional characters and their drama.

#10: High School Drama

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Graduating from high school meant leaping out of the high school drama that I dealt with at the time.  I live in the real world to deal with REAL WORLD problems, not to hear about some high school soap opera.  Now’s the time to watch series with characters living in the big, bad adult world and not the ‘safe spaces’ of high school.

#11: Title

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Seriously folks…the title for the series is just flat-out vague.  13 Reasons Why…why, what?  13 reasons why she made tapes?  Why she offed herself?  WHERE…is this title leading?

#12: Watch-Party

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If you’re looking to host a watch-party, 13 Reasons Why should not be the theme of your event.  Everyone will be having a great time with some drinks and good weed.  Your guests won’t be having a good time once you start the series.  Those beers and bongs will quickly be replaced by Kleenex boxes as well as trash bags.  To liven up your watch-party, avoid 13 Reasons Why as the show to binge-watch.

#13: Recommendation

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At the end of the day, I simply cannot recommend 13 Reasons Why to anyone.  It simply isn’t the type of show I would be excited about enough to spread the word around to my friends/family.  Instead, this is a series that I DON’T recommend to anyone.

And there you have it – thirteen reasons why 13 Reasons Why is something that I will avoid on Netflix.  If you have any reasons for why you shouldn’t watch it, just read this list I provided.  Instead of binge-watching this tragic series, turn the TV off and go outside for the day.  Stay FAR away from the series, put some music on, and go for a nice walk outside.  That activity alone would convince you that life is purely AWESOME.

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Life is a BEAUTIFUL thing, folks.  Live your life every day the way you see fit.  Suicide is NOT an option, so find the right solution to your problem instead.  Peace, Love, HAPPINESS.