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Netflix’s Maniac


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This Monday I kicked off the blog week with the latest Netflix series The Good Cop.  Tony Danza and Josh Groban played bumbling cops in this entertaining cop comedy-drama series.  I got hooked after the first few episodes because of its modern twist on the whodunit series.  It was one of Netflix’s amazing releases to the digital library.

The Good Cop was one of two series that will be discussed this week.  Our next latest Netflix series takes us into a mind-bending pharmaceutical trial.  Two people enter the trial for their own purposes, only to dive into one wild journey of their own.  This is Maniac.

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            Maniac is the story of Owen Milgrim (Jonah Hill) and Annie Landsberg (Emma Stone), two strangers who were drawn into a pharmaceutical trial by Neberdine Pharmaceutical Biotech (NPB).  Annie is fixated on her broken relationships with her mother and sister.  Owen is the fifth son of affluent New York Industrialists and has struggled with schizophrenia his whole life.  Neither of their lives turned great, so the promise of a radical kind of pharmaceutical treatment drew them and ten other people into NPD for a three-day drug trial.  They are assured that this trial will rid them of all of their problems permanently.

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This series starts off a bit slow; but a few episodes in and the true psychological trip begins.  Participants ingest pills during the duration of the trial, with each pill introducing a new adventure for Owen and Annie.  Throughout each journey, they are haunted by familiar faces from their lives.  The purpose of the trip was for them to face their personal demons.  Owen had his issues with his family while Annie feels responsible for the death of her sister Ellie.

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Almost every episode contained a mind-boggling, psychological acid trip.  It mirrored off a similar setup to Inception where the two characters were taking part of each other’s dream.  During these vivid dreams, Owen and Annie start working together to conquer their demons.  Each dream (brought on by the pill) helped bring them closer to finding a better life.

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With that, Maniac was truly a trippy sci-fi series to watch.  Owen and Annie are brought into this Inception-styled procedure where they take special pharmaceuticals each day, with the hope that they find peace in their life.  It won’t be renewed for another season anytime soon, but it still makes for an enjoyable show.

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If you loved Inception and are looking for another psychological sci-fi series, definitely check out Maniac.

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Netflix’s The Good Cop


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As we enter the Fall season, new titles pop up in the Netflix library.  Suffice it to say, there has been some amazing series that I got to check out the past month.  One of these titles is a quirky, yet interesting cop comedy-drama set in New York City.  The series involves a father-son cop team solving crimes around the Big Apple.  This is The Good Cop.

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The Good Cop was released on September 21st.  It stars Tony Danza as Anthony “Tony” Caruso Senior, a reformed ex-cop who was released from prison and fights for his redemption.  He is granted a second chance to partner up with his son Anthony “TJ” Caruso Junior (played by Josh Groban).  Anthony Senior and Anthony Junior work side-by-side to solve cases around New York City.  They also get help from Anthony’s co-workers Cora Vasquez (Monica Barbaro), Burl Loomis (Isiah Whitlock Jr.) and Ryan (Bill Kottkamp).

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Both of the Carusos have polarizing personalities – Anthony Sr. is a reckless cop who is also knowledgeable of the criminal underworld while Anthony JR. goes by the books with every aspect of his life.  The duo team up for treacherous (and sometimes humorous) adventures together in each episode.  Even though they both drive each other crazy, they end up helping each other and solve the case at the end of each episode.  Interestingly enough, watching this show reminded me of the USA series Monk (fun fact: Andy Breckman, who created Monk, also created The Good Cop!).  That little trivia only makes the show that much more intriguing.

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This series has some light comedy with some light drama aspects mixed in together.  It’s not too silly or too emotional, yet it still makes for an entertaining series to watch.  The light jazz music makes for great background audio throughout each scene (you can thank Pat Irwin for the soothing soundtrack).

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In the end, The Good Cop is a cop comedy-drama series worth watching.  Tony Danza plays a great rebellious NYC ex-cop and Josh Groban only adds more character into the show.  It’s not too funny, its not too dramatic – instead, The Good Cop has a great balance throughout.  This cop series goes back to the old-fashioned puzzle-solving stories that used be on TV (like The Rockford Files or Columbo).

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If you’re looking for a modern take on the whodunit series, definitely check out The Good Cop on Netflix.

Netflix’s Disenchantment


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Matt Groening’s The Simpsons is an iconic animated series about The Simpsons.  We look into the lives of Bart, Lisa, Maggie, Marge, and Homer as they go about their day.  The series is set in the present with references to pop culture throughout each year.

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Almost a decade later, Futurama was released on air.  Futurama was an animated series set in the year 3000, a millennium later into the future.  Phillip J. Fry wakes up to the 31st century after falling into a cryogenic pod, freezing himself just a few minutes into January 1st, 2000.  Fry gets a job at Plant Express as a cargo delivery boy and works with Leela, Bender, Dr. Zoidberg, Amy, Hermes, and Professor Farnsworth.  The series had a good run until its final episode on September 4th, 2013.

The Simpsons chronicled the life of the Simpson family during the present while Futurama took place over a thousand years into the future.  Groening’s latest animated series takes viewers into the medieval kingdom of Dreamland.  This is Disenchantment.

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Disenchantment was released on Netflix on August 17th, 2018.  The series follows Bean, an alcoholic and rebellious princess of Dreamland who goes on adventures with her elf companion Elfo and her “personal demon” Luci.  Bean is the daughter of King Zøg, the king of Dreamland.  She rebels against her father’s wishes and goes on random adventures throughout each episode.

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After the first episode, I really enjoyed the idea of Disenchantment.  The characters come with their own humorous jokes and deal with problems in their own adventures.  It takes place in medieval times, but there’s a fantasy element involved in the series.  Fantasy elements such as dragons, wizards, jesters, as well as elves.  This series has a taste of Futurama, except the story line takes place in the past rather than the future.

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With its fantasy-themed medieval world, Disenchantment came action-packed with intriguing adventures each episode.  There is a shocking cliffhanger ending that will reveal more background story during the second part of the season.  Ten episodes later and I am definitely ready for the second part to release on Netflix.

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In the end, Matt Groening’s Disenchantment was well worth binge-watching.  It’s an amazing fantasy-adventure animated sitcom that borrows ideas from both The Simpsons and Futurama.  Bean is a badass heroine that goes on surprising adventures every episode.

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If you love Matt Groening’s work, definitely check out Disenchantment on Netflix.

Netflix’s Insatiable


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About a month ago, we took a look at the teaser for Netflix’s controversial series Insatiable.  Thousands of users flocked to social media, discussing how shocked they were to the amount of fat-shaming within the show.  The out pour of reactions was so strong that they even created a petition to prevent the show from even airing.

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But even after trudging through one bad review after another on the internet, I still decided to give Insatiable a chance.  I figured it would be this amazing underdog achievement story where Patty gets her redemption at life.  She would be this bad ass modern heroine that would teach people to fight for the good things you want in this world.  The teaser I watched earlier seemed so promising to me.

All right folks, let’s get to it.  After binge-watching halfway through the series, I can safely say that Insatiable was just ABSOLUTELY disappointing to watch.  What I thought would be this kick ass revenge series turned into a confusing series that contained nothing but nonsense.

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Now first off, the show wasn’t as bad when it started.  It started off with introducing ‘Fatty Patty’ and how she came rise from her obstacles.  She had the goal of entering beauty pageants to prove how far she has come in life. The first episode introduced the typical characters that would be in the story (Patricia Bladell, Coralee, Bob, Nonnie, Magnolia, Dixie, and Angie).  Their storylines become woven quickly as the episode go on.

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Somewhere along the way, we veer off from Patty’s story and keep getting thrown into other plot lines.  Sure enough, it becomes TOO much stories that it’s hard to pinpoint your focus on the show.  Too much of that going on ruined the jokes that were presented for the main storyline.  Whatever jokes were presented weren’t really that funny to chuckle at (better yet, NONE of the ‘jokes’ presented were really that good at all!).

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And for the record, some of these character plots become ridiculously absurd.  Take Bob Armstrong for example.  He starts hating Bob Bernard, calling him names and envious of what he has.  Episodes later, he starts making out with him after a heated fight in the office.  Bob denies his bisexuality, yet still has feelings for Bob Bernard.  Moments later, he has his ex-wife Coralee joining in on the action as well.  This whole bizarre love triangle happens within a span of just thirteen episodes.

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This is one of many examples of where there is too much happening within the series.  That presents the biggest problem with Insatiable, which is that the main story is drowning from all of the plot holes that it makes zero sense whatsoever.  What we are presented with is a terrible show with unfunny jokes.

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In the end, Insatiable is definitely worth avoiding on Netflix.  It’s not worth the weeknight binge-watch session at all.  The plot makes no sense whatsoever and its tasteless jokes will have you more bored than ever.

Netflix Title Request Page


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Netflix has some interesting tricks featured within its service.  Some tricks help you find more content you haven’t discovered before while others help put an end to the annoying buffering.  If you do a little digging around the program, you will be able to take full advantage of what Netflix has to offer.  Just goes to show you that Netflix has a lot more to offer these days.

Just a month ago, a hidden feature was discovered.  This feature was discovered within social media and provides more interactivity with its audiences.  The hidden feature that was discovered is a title request page.

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That’s right folks – Netflix has a title request page for its audiences.  Millions of users are able to request up to three titles to submit for Netflix.  Whether it is a TV series or movie, any title is up for grabs.

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This feature was discovered from a fan’s tweet about not finding Chelsea Peretti’s One of the Greats on Netflix.  Netflix replied with, “You know the drill” and linked to the title request page.  Chelsea Peretti then responded with, “LITERALLY NO ONE KNOWS THAT DRILL”.  Its an answer that echoes across many Netflix users worldwide.

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The tweet shocked audiences nationwide about this intriguing feature.  Providing something like a title request page increases interactivity among its audiences.  Not only is there more interactivity, but the feature becomes more personal to the users.  Users can choose THEIR favorite titles they want to see on the streaming service.  These users enjoy the thousands of titles to choose from and they are looking to expand the digital library.

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With that, you end up making Netflix even better.  Audiences can now take full advantage of this amazing feature.  Three titles can be selected of your choosing.

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If you want to binge-watch one of your favorite shows or want to track down a movie, head over to the title request page on Netflix here at https://help.netflix.com/en/titlerequest.