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Dark Days of Netflix’s Dark


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Greetings, fellow readers!  The first snowfall of the month happened here in Massachusetts over the weekend.  Many places in the North Shore/Boston area got hit with 3-5 inches of snow.  Just in time for the Christmas season that’s coming up soon (in just TWO WEEKS!).

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So what does a fellow PR pro like me do during a snow storm?  Binge-watch trending shows on Netflix, of course!  This was the perfect weekend to cancel plans and binge-watch the latest releases.

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One bizarre show I binge-watched contained a complex storyline within a span of ten episodes.  This show mixes Stranger Things and Twin Peaks, with a hint of German.  It’s time to discuss Netflix’s Dark.

Summary

Dark was released for Netflix on December 1st, 2017.  This German web series tells the tale of two young children disappearing in the German town of Winden.  The children’s disappearance brings light to double lives, fractured relationships, and a dark past of four families that reside there.  As the story unfolds, you will see a disturbing mystery that spans across three generations of families including the Nielsens, Kahnwalds, the Dopplers, and the Tiedermanns.

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Time travel plays a major part of the series.  The nonlinear story line takes readers back to three sets of years: 1953, 1986, 2019 (all spanning 33 years apart from each other).  Each event that unfolds in the time period produces a drastic effect for the other time period.  This possibility of time travel, as highlighted within the show, leads to problems with casual order of events and facts of history.  These problems are often illustrated by the Grandfather Paradox.

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Throughout the series, Dark makes reference to the 33-year lunar cycle.  The solar year has approximately 365 days and the lunar year has about 354 days.  After every 33 solar years, there is a difference of one solar year between the lunar and solar calendar.  It’s explained multiple times in Dark (being that the years are spanned out 33 years apart).

Concluding Verdict

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The ending verdict?  Dark was absolutely amazing to watch!  Even with the amount of lemon skunk cannabis I consumed earlier, I truly enjoyed the ever-complex storyline.  This is one of those series that you really have to pay attention at all times.  You have to watch for when the story shifts during each time period (hint: look at the fashion trends and you’ll figure it out!).  These shifts in time period made for a truly mind-boggling mystery that unraveled soon enough.

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It may not have the ‘upside-down’ concept like Stranger Things, but Dark provides a twisted secret in the forest.  Better yet, Dark is a more mature version of Stranger Things (what with the gruesome family history in Winden).  Dark also had that small-town, mine-shaft community similar to Twin Peaks.  The Netflix series was different from Twin Peaks in the sense that these disappearances were through a more complex and real occurrence.

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In the end, Dark is definitely worth checking out.  The nights are getting longer and the weather is growing colder, so this is definitely a Netflix series worth binge-watching.  If you long for Stranger Things, then Dark should be able to fill that hole in your heart for the upside-down world.

Pull up your warmest blankest and get ready to binge-watch the darkest Netflix thriller Dark.

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Schitt’s Creek’s David Rose = WIN


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Last night I finished another glorious season of Schitt’s Creek on Netflix.  This hysterical Canadian sitcom series was created by Eugene and Daniel Levy and follows the Rose family as they are forced to rebuild their new lives in a small town called Schitt’s Creek.  Johnny, Moira, Alexis, and David cross paths with hilarious problems after their lives are turned upside-down.

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It’s a great comedic series from Canada revolving around a dysfunctional family in a rural town.  The family has lots of funny quirks as well as the town’s residences.  While the story-line itself made me chuckle, it was the bubbly cast of characters that really made me laugh my ass off.  After finishing the third season, I must say that David is the best character to watch.

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David Rose is everything you need in this series – sarcastic, witty, bold, and colorful.  Even when he isn’t saying some clever remark, his expressions just say it all.  He’s been through some traumatic experiences and isn’t afraid to air out his feelings.  Out of all of the quirky characters in the family, David is the one that shines the most to me.  Here are just a few great reasons why David is so amazing:

Facial Expressions

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When doesn’t have any lines during the scene, his face says it all.  David’s animated facial expressions provide such amazing responses to his crazy life.  You know how they say a picture’s worth a thousand words? his facial expressions are those pictures and they certainly say a lot about what he’s thinking.

#FashionWIN

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Another reason for why David is so incredible?  His collection of gorgeous sweaters.  David is the king of sweaters in this series.  Most of these sweaters are black, but they make up for their lack of color choice with amazing designs.  I wouldn’t know where to find these sweaters, but I’ll have to search for them around Boston!

Accepting, yet Prideful

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Even while living in the tragic dump that is Schitt’s Creek, David still holds onto his pride (not only his gay pride, but his pride as an overall successful human being!).  David knows his moral compass, so he navigates away from the toxicity within the area.  His new store is running successfully and he believes it will go well in the future.  Kudos for David for not losing his pride of who he is!

These are just some reason for why David Rose is everything you need in Schitt’s Creek.  His lively facial expressions, colorful fashion choices, and strong integrity make him such an amazing character.  The whole family is one dysfunctional-yet-hilarious ensemble of cast, but David is the one I enjoy watching the most.

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You go, David Rose – be your witty, colorful, selfish, intelligent self!

2017 Emmy Awards!


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Afternoon folks!  Another weekend flew by in the middle of September with Autumn starting in just FOUR days.  I certainly enjoyed munching on game day appetizers while watching the Pats kick ass yesterday (36-20 baby!).  Other than watching my favorite football team, I also checked out the 69th Prime-time Emmy Awards.

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Ah yes, the Primetime Emmy Awards – a glitzy and glamorous night celebrating the very best in television.  It’s the one night where all the trending series battle it out for the Emmy Award.  27 categories were featured in last night’s event, with awards ranging from outstanding writing to outstanding lead actor.

Here were some of the major winners of the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards:

The Handmaid’s Tale

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Racking up five Emmy wins was Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale.  Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson in Mad Men!) won for lead actress in a drama series while Ann Dowd won for supporting actress for her role as Aunt Lydia.  Not only did The Handmaid’s Tale win awards for outstanding writing and directing for a drama series, but it also won for overall drama series as well.  It’s interesting to note that The Handmaid’s Tale was on Hulu, a popular streaming service among television viewers.  Hulu is one of few streaming services that is slowly dominating the list of Emmy nominations.

Big Little Lies

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Another major winner was HBO’s Big Little Lies.  The limited series dominated their competition with five Emmy wins (even beating Feud: Betty and Joan, which racked up ten Emmy nominations!).  Nicole Kidman and Laura Dern took home awards for their roles as well as Alexander Skarsgård for lead actor.  HBO’s newest show even took home the award for outstanding limited series.  Even as streaming services like Netflix continue to climb up the ladder, HBO continues to be the most dominating network to win the most awards.

Feud: Betty and Joan

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Even though Feud: Betty and Joan didn’t take home any awards this year, it’s interesting to point out that the limited series received ten nominations.  FX series did take home Emmys in the past (for American Horror Story and American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson), but they were up against some heavy hitters up there.  Hopefully Ryan Murphy’s next series will stand out more towards its competition for the next award show.

Black Mirror: San Junipero

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Going back to the subject of streaming services, Netflix snagged some Emmys as well.  The fourth episode of Black Mirror titled ‘San Junipero’ won two awards – outstanding writing for a limited series and outstanding television movie.  As dark as Black Mirror can be, ‘San Junipero’ was one of the more optimistic episodes that featured a beautiful love story between Yorkie and Kelly.  It was one of the most praised episodes of the season and now it took home Emmy awards.  This is just another instance where streaming services (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) are dominating the list.

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That’s the highlight for some of the biggest winners/nominations for the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards.  Netflix and Hulu are gaining more recognition for their popular series, yet primetime networks like HBO continue to dominate the competition.  We’ll definitely have to keep watch of what surprises the streaming services have in store for us next year.

Who knows, Netflix and Hulu could become the dominating TV networks in the future!

Death Note(Anime) Vs. Death Note(Film)


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Netflix released some crazy-good TV series as well as some interesting flicks to check out.  A lot of movies, both old and new, pop up in the digital slot within the Netflix library.  I’ve already seen most of these movies before and it’s hard to keep up with the new indie flicks that come up (most of them were INTERESTING, to say the least!).

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A lot of movies seemed to be a miss for me, but there was one film that I was on the fence about for a while.  Based off the infamous manga series, Netflix released a live action film of Death Note.

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Before I start this review, I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect with this film.  I absolutely LOVED the Death Note anime series, so hearing of a live-action film idea made me wince in pain.  Death Note was one of few anime I watched over and over because it was just so brilliantly done.  Last night I decided to check it out (with a perfect ramen dish I made for dinner!).

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Selecting this film, I thought this would actually be somewhat decent…but WOW…it was just that ridiculous from start to finish.  I laughed, I winced in pain, I rolled my eyes, and I even face-palmed through this embarrassment of a live-action film.  Death Note fans should definitely avoid checking out this movie.  No amount of Blue Kush helped me enjoy this nightmare of a god-awful live adaptation stemming from one of my favorite anime of all time.

Now that I stopped cringing, it’s time to discuss what’s so horrid about the Death Note film:

Severed Storyline

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Let’s start with the storylines: The Death Note anime revolves around Light Yagami, a brilliant high school student who discovers the Death Note.  He picks up the notebook from the Shinigami Ryuk who explains that any name written on the notebook shall die.  All the user needs are a name and face in mind for the person.  Light Yagami attempts to create a world where he cleanses all the evil off of the earth, acting as a ‘God’ while using the notebook.  His god-like plans are continually thwarted by L, igniting a psychological cat-and-mouse game with his adversary.

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Now here’s the movie’s plot – Light Turner discovers a notebook from the Shinigami Ryuk, who bullys him into writing a name on the notebook.  After experimenting with a few criminals (most importantly, the man who killed his mother), he teams up with classmate Mia Sutton to rid the world of evil.  The duo team up in this vengeful scheme when L comes into the picture.

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So yeah, the storyline completely differs from the original manga series.  Rather than stick with the same storyline, they changed it around to become some vengeful romance story between Light and Mia.  I do give them credit for how Ryuk came out in the film.  Either way, it doesn’t work at all and turns the audience off from the film.  Death Note has a beautiful psychological thriller concept and there was barely any advanced psychological tactics featured.  They didn’t even showcase the notorious potato chip scene (out of ALL of best scenes, they don’t even have the freakin potato-chip montage!).

            Light Turner/Light Yagami

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Light Yagami is a gifted high-school student who was bored with his normal life.  He utilized the Death Note to create this whole new life free of crime.  His madness progressed throughout each episode as he climbs higher and higher into his ultimate goal.

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On the other hand, Light Turner was this whiny high school douchebag that had no clue how to strategize his plan.  Light kept looking for ways out, freaked out about the number of rules featured within the Death Note, and pretty much couldn’t handle the pressure at all.  He was not gifted at all nor was he successful with his so-called vengeance.

It’s safe to say that Light Yagami was a lot more interesting to watch than Light Turner.  Turner has NOTHING on Yagami!

            L as Antagonist

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Within the anime series, L is one of the smartest detectives around who has many strange quirks (eating lots of candy, squatting).  He is a very logical person that analyzes many aspects of his cases.  L is very cautious about how he approaches Light, keeping his enemy close in his mind games.

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In the film, L is sloppy in his detective work.  He doesn’t keep his emotions intact and acts in a hasty fashion when things go wrong.  It’s gets so sloppy that he starts chasing after Light with his gun (FYI, L doesn’t EVER use guns in the anime!).

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Between the two, L in the anime series was a much better antagonist to watch.  The other L was just an humiliating imposter that acted way too quickly on his impulses.  It was just sad to see this dumbed-down version of L presented to the audience (as a matter of fact, ALL of the characters were dumbed down in the live-action film version!).

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            At this point, I can conclude that this film is definitely worth avoiding.  This water-down version was so humiliating to watch that I cringed almost every minute of the film.  A severed storyline and characters dumbed-down to become almost idiotic made Death Note a serious miss for me.  If anything, I would definitely re-watch the Death Note anime.  This beautifully-crafted psychological thriller anime featured one of the best cat-and-mouse mind games I ever had the pleasure of watching.

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And with that, just skip the Death Note live-action film and watch the original Death Note anime series instead.

Baked Binge-Watch Session with Disjointed!


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Happy summer everyone (or what’s still left of it!).  We’re creeping into September and the cool, crisp air is blowing over to Massachusetts.  Summer may be ending soon, but the silver lining is all of the new TV series airing in the fall.

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While I’m pumped for the newest seasons to hit next month (mostly excited for AHS: Cult to start!), Netflix is still releasing some television gold these days.  I got to learn about lady wrestlers with GLOW, dived deep into the gloomy money pit of Ozark, watched old friends get together with Friends From College, and encountered a vicious battle happening in Castlevania.  This month’s binge-watching adventure took me to a new stoner-sitcom series that is Disjointed.

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Disjointed released August 25th with Kathy Bates starring as Ruth Whitefeather Feldman, owner of a medical dispensary in Los Angeles.  Feldman employs her son Travis and a team of young budtenders to help run her dispensary.  The stoner-sitcom series was created by David Javerbaum and Chuck Lorre (Dharma & Greg, Cybill, Two & a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory, Mom!).  Ten episodes were released with ten others slated to be released later on.

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I haven’t been the biggest fan of the latest sitcom series that have aired these days, but Disjointed was surprisingly good!  It’s a sitcom comedy series that takes place in a medical cannabis dispensary.  The characters are really wacky (especially Ruth!) and they fit the stereotypical stoners that people usually think of.

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What’s ironic is that the whole plot is a tongue in cheek scenario aimed at the cannabis culture (and it works too!).  From the trippy animated segments to the 4/20 smoke seshes, Disjointed has everything a stoner-sitcom needs to be successful.  Seeing Cheech & Chong drop by at episode ten was one of few guest spots I enjoyed as well.  It was definitely a go-to sitcom series after consuming some Blue Kush.

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Besides the series itself, Netflix created a genius marketing strategy along with the show’s release.  To promote the 4/20-friendly sitcom series, Netflix released 12 new cannabis strains the past weekend known as the “Netflix Collection”.  These 12 strains mirrored off of Netflix’s newest series and three of them are based off of Disjointed (which were Eve’s Bush, the Omega Strain, and Rutherford B. Haze).  Some of the notable strains that dropped were from highly-acclaimed series such as Orange is the New Black (Poussey Riot), BoJack Horseman (the Prickly Muffin), and even Arrested Development (Banana Stand Kush).  These Netflix-branded strains were sold at a temporary pop-up store over at Alternative Health Herbal Services in West Hollywood, California.  The sales may be over now, but it still made for an intriguing marketing strategy for promoting Disjointed.

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Overall, Disjointed ended up being a great series even though it went to pot (LITERALLY!).  The kooky hippy characters and far-out psychedelic animated segments really brought the show to HIGHER standards.  Most of the content pokes fun at the cannabis community with the stereotypical stoner characters and it ends up working well.  Their brilliant PR stunt promoted both the series as well as the cannabis industry.

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Cannabis-consuming audiences that are scouting for a new sitcom series should definitely start binge-watching Disjointed.  Chuck Lorre helped create some of the most timeless sitcom series and Disjointed is one for the new generation of sitcom-lovers.  Disjointed is definitely something to binge-watch after a nice joint!