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Pose: Stan Bowes vs. 1980s America

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As of now, there is just one episode left of Ryan Murphy’s Pose.  Pose chronicled life in the ball culture happening in New York City during the 1980s. For weeks, Blanca’s and Elektra’s team has been battling it out to be the best House.  After seven episodes left, we will see what season finale holds for the House Abundance and House Evangelista.

While the main storyline dazzled audiences with some fantastic battles, there is another battle happening on the side.  This battle involves Stan Bowes, his family, Angel Evangelista, and the Trump-era Universe of the late 80s.

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Stan Bowes (played by Evan Peters) works at Trump Tower for his kingpin boss Matt Bromley (James Van Der Beek).  He comes home to his wife Patty (Kate Mara) and his children in New Jersey.  Even in this perfect life, Stan is unhappy with his current conditions.

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Throughout the story, Bowes keeps one secret from everyone – his love of transgendered women.  On the side, he starts seeing Angel Evangelista.  Bowes works diligently to keep his secret from getting out.  His plans fall flat when his wife meets Angel after one of the shows.

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Both Stan and Angel had this unique connection for each other that was rarely seen in the late 80s.  It wasn’t just Angel that was missing from his life; rather, it seemed as though he didn’t find meaning in this ego-driven era he was in.

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What exactly was his motive for Stan to pursue Angel?  Was it his personal fascination for transgendered women?  Or could it possibly be that he de-taches himself from the societal norms of the late 1980s?  Better yet, it could even be a combination of both.

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You’ve heard of this story before – man is tethered to typical American lifestyle of being married with wife and have two kids.  Behind all of this is a tattered and beaten man who longs for his own personal goals.  Pose comes with this kind of side-story but presented in a unique way. Stan Bowes looks to leave typical American life to chase after Angel, a transgendered woman who competes in balls every week.

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There is the main battle going on between House Evangelista and House Abundance; but on the side, you have the battle between Stan Bowes and the 1980s Trump-era Universe.  Will Stan Bowes have the guts to go against American societal norms and be with his true love Angel?  Or will social pressures tether him from having life he always wanted?

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Tune into the season finale Sunday July 22nd to see how it all goes down.  A lot is about to go down in the end.


HIGH-Quality Storyline of High Maintenance

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Weed-related shows are some of my absolute favorite series to watch.  I always like when cannabis becomes the main subject matter in the story.  Bong Appetite, Weeds, Weediquette, and even Disjointed are some of many shows where the plot revolves around cannabis.  In a literature sense, cannabis was known as either a cameo or extra as part of the story in the earlier TV series (mainly because cannabis’s reputation was still heavily damaged in the 20th/early 21st century).  Now that the cannabis community continues to flourish, cannabis plays many aspects of the storyline.  Cannabis can play as part of the main setting, the theme, become tied in with the plot, and even become a major hand prop as well.

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It’s truly a blessing now that cannabis use has become increasingly favorable in the United States each year.  The liberal shift in public policy towards legal recreational use is reflected upon in the latest trending series.  Viceland and Netflix have their share of 4/20-friendly series, but there’s one hidden gem tucked within HBO.  That gem is known as High Maintenance.

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High Maintenance follows unknown cannabis delivery man called ‘The Guy’ (Ben Sinclair) as he delivers cannabis all around New York City.  Each episode showcases a small storyline featuring the clients who purchased the cannabis from The Guy.

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Here is what’s really interesting about this show – this is a series where cannabis takes a BACKSEAT in the plot.  Cannabis becomes a major hand prop for each of the characters, yet it doesn’t overpower the overall story-line.  It’s the character plots within each episode that really caught my attention.

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Each episode centers around various colorful characters– women finding a mouse in their apartment, a couple regretting their decision of moving into the suburbs, a cross-dresser dealing with writer’s block, and many other plots.  The desire for cannabis remains the same amongst each character, but their stories are vastly different.  They’re all visited by The Guy at some point of the episode.

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There’s something else I noticed – The Guy acts less as the main character and seems more like a minor character.  The Guy is the main character, yet his story remains unknown.  We don’t know much about his backstory, yet we learn about another new character in the next episode.  He drifts (both literally and metaphorically) around the storyline and pops up in the plot every now and then.

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I could even say that its almost as if there is NO major character of the story.  What I can say for sure is that cannabis is the major hand prop amongst the characters…and yet, it doesn’t make up the whole plot.  This kind of creativity makes for a very unique way of storytelling.

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This is NOT a show about cannabis; rather, this is more about cannabis consumers and viewing into the worlds they live in.  We know that the average cannabis consuming audience has dramatically changed over the past decades and High Maintenance showcases those new audiences.

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Our public stances towards a 4/20-friendly nation is being reflected upon shows like High Maintenance.  Many TV series and movies overdo it with the cannabis-themed plots, yet High Maintenance is one of few series that did things right.  Cannabis stars as the major hand prop amongst the characters and still came out to be an amazing series.

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In the end, High Maintenance is an amazing weed-themed series on HBO.  With its bold characters and their need for a weed delivery figure called The Guy, the show is definitely worth watching.  High Maintenance surely sets HIGHER standards as a weed-themed show.


Halloween Horror Story!

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Happy Halloween everyone!  Today is the day to get your spectacular horror fest on.  Time to dress in your best costume and go trick-or-treating to collect all the candy you want.  Just be sure you know what’s actually inside your treats you collect.

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Oh that’s right… I’m guessing you haven’t heard of the latest tall tale.  It’s a horror story like no other, prompting you to think TWICE before collecting unusual pieces of candy.  The story happened in Los Angeles last year – three innocent boys took in a strange piece of candy, only to be in for the most bizarre night of their life.  This tale is called…Sugar High.


Note:  The names, identity, and locations have been altered due to confidentiality purposes.  Only the story itself remain the same. 

            Three high school kids were roaming around the streets of Los Angeles on Halloween night.  One was dressed as a football player, another kid was dressed as Batman, and the other was dressed as Indiana Jones.  They’ve been wandering for hours, taking in the same types of candy each house

“I’m so sick of getting the damn Nougat bars!”, shouted the football player.  “Why can’t we get some decent candy with good flavor to it?”

“Most of these houses suck anyways.  Their decorations are looking tackier now that that stupid Star Shower got so popular”, said the Indiana Jones character.  He lured around the neighborhood as trick-or-treaters wandered around each house.

Halloween was in full bloom in Los Angeles, with hundreds of kids roaming around the streets looking for their pieces of candy.  Everyone dressed in their favorite costume for this spooky night.

“Let’s not give up yet guys!” remarked Batman.  “There was a house I heard nearby on the corner gives out plenty of good candy.  Maybe they’ll hand out something tasty for once.”

“Come on man, get real”, said the football player. “What would be so special about that small and dingy place?  It sticks out like a sore thumb in this suburban neighborhood.”

“Well I say we check it out.”, said Indiana Jones.  “I’m still wide awake for some good trick-or-treating adventure.”.

The kids took off, walking closer towards the small house on the corner.  It sat nestled between two streets, pinpointed right at the intersection.  This bright yellow house had no Halloween decorations nor were there barely any lights on.  They knocked on the door a few times, waiting for some response.  Footsteps were heard from inside the house; an old man leaning onto a cane opened up the door.

“Ah, welcome!”, said the man.  “What brings you fine boys over here?”.

They all stared at each other, weirded out by their encounter.

“Uh, well”, the football player croaked. “We…we heard you may have some tasty candy for us.  Do you have the good stuff or not, old man?”

“Let me see here”, said the old man.  He rubbed his chin as he thought about what candy he could offer.  “I think I may have something extra special for you boys.”.

As the old man went into his house, the boys looked at each other for a bit.  What special treat could they be in for?  Would this candy be tasty at all?

“There it is!”, the old man shouted. “Got some special chocolates for you!”.

Lying on the man’s hand were three individually wrapped pieces of chocolate, each in the same size.  It was milk chocolate truffle with a hard shell on the outside and oozy flavor on the inside.

Not to seem rude, the three kids consumed the chocolate. “Oh wow!”, the football player cried.  “That was definitely delicious.”

“Definitely packed in the flavor with those.”, remarked Batman as he swallowed his chocolate.

“Oh absolutely!”, said Indiana Jones.

“Wonderful!”, the old man said with a grin.  “Glad you enjoyed those special chocolates.  If you liked those chocolates, then I got a REAL Halloween treat for you inside.  Come right inside and check it out.”.

Each of the boys agreed that they weren’t scared, so they went down the steps of his house.  Step by step, the room became darker and darker.  There was no light switch around and the boys kept walking down.  At one point, the finally got to the room.  Only problem was that they couldn’t see since it was so dark.

“I don’t see anything around here guys.”, remarked the football player.  “Any of you see anything yet?  Guys?”.

“I’m actually starting to get a dizzy”, said Batman.  “Is it just me or is the room really spinning?”.

One by one, each of their visions became blurrier.  In one motion, they fell onto the ground.

After minutes have passed, the football player was in a dimly-lit room.  He grunted until finally waking up.  The creaking sounds woke him up from his small slumber.  Dark red stains covered the walls, a small light-bulb was barely shining bright, the room echoes with series of creaks and croaks.  A small door was ajar in front of him.  Weird noises were coming from the other side, specifically grunts and moans from two creatures.

“What the—”, the football player whispered.  He slowly walked towards the door, curious to see what was on the other side.

What he peeped into was simply shocking– a naked male donning a deer’s head mask was banging another man who wore a mask resembling a pig’s head.  The two men moaned in ecstasy, banging each other for the sake of pleasure.  It was the most bizarre sexual scene he ever encountered — walls splattered with blood, a lightbulb dimly light in the middle, horror-themed music playing in the background, soaked sheets that barely stretched through the bed.

At one point, the men stopped moving and slowly turned their attention towards their open door.  They noticed the football player staring right at them.

“Oh SHIT!”, he screamed.  He slammed the door shut and ran out of the room.  Those masked men ran into the door, banging as hard as they could to break it open.  The football player hid into the corner, covering his ears and eyes while rocking slowly back in forth.  Bang, bang, BANG!  That door kept banging, until one point it suddenly stopped.

After cowering for a bit, the football player got up slowly and walked towards the door.  He creaked the door open, staring around the abandoned room.  The masked men were GONE!  One minute they were lunging themselves towards him and the next minute they simply vanished.  All looked the same, except for the masked men parading through their disturbing sexual ritual.

The football player screamed, running out of the bedroom and into another dimly lit room upstairs.  He opened up the trapdoor, only to see his friend staring aimlessly at the wall.

“Holy shit!”, the football player cried as he found his friend dressed in his Indiana Jones outfit. “Thank god your alive man!  Oh my god…I can’t believe I found you here.  What happened?”

“Oh I don’t know dude”, replied Indiana Jones.  “I remember swallowing that piece of chocolate.  Next thing you know, I woke up in this strange room.  I don’t know about you, but this room sure is trippy!”.

It certainly was trippy – various rubber suits hung onto railing, each one consisting of different features.  One particular suit, which featured a large spike on top of the head, was hanging off lower.  At one point, the suit fell onto the ground.

The boys yelped, looking around to see what made a sudden noise.  As they leered around the room, the rubber suit starting moving a bit.  First its legs slowly pulled itself up, then the body itself stretched for a bit.  It needed to stretch its legs after being hung on the rail for so long.  After stretching around for a bit, the rubber suit located the two boys and slowly headed towards them.

Both boys continued to look around, until they noticed the rubber suit with the silver spike heading their ways.

“Shit, dude!  RUN!”, shouted the football player. The boys quickly headed down from the ladder as the rubber man was edging towards them.  They shut the trapdoor, hoping the rubber man wouldn’t reach them anytime soon.

Shortly afterwards, they ran into their friend (the Batman!) lying on the ground.

“Wake up, man!  WAKE UP!”, they screamed.  There was no answer; their only option was to carry him up the dimly-lit stairs.  They pulled him up into the exit and quickly lunged the door open.  The trio walked faster and faster, getting far away from the house as they could.  It was truly a nightmare to behold, but their nightmare was finally over.

To this day, the trio still don’t understand what happened.  No authority figure believed their twisted tales of the disturbing sexual ritual or the rubber man chasing after them.  All that they recounted was that they consumed the special piece of chocolate from the old man and the rest became one horrific trip.

Was this all for real?  Or was they mind playing twisted tricks on them?  What kind of candy did they consume?

Either way, this twisted tall tale certainly proves one thing – always beware of unidentified pieces of candy that come in regular plastic wrap!

Sensing a new Sense8 Season for 2017!

We have less than a month until 2017 and there’s already been some exciting things lined up for the year.  Sony announced that the Crash Bandicoot series would be getting a reboot all three titles from the PlayStation 1 title (more on this news can be found here).  The game won’t be released for Christmas, but it’s still great to see Crash Bandicoot coming back next year.  Other than Crash making his comeback, there are also some exciting news from Netflix.

Netflix recently announced that a two-hour Sense8 Christmas special will premiere on December 23rdSense8 season one was released on June 5th, 2015 and there hasn’t been much update on the series until now.  No information yet on what the Christmas special story will be, so we’ll have to dive into this spoiler-free.

And the best part?  It gets even BETTER.  Other than the Christmas special set to air on December 23rd, season 2 of Sense8 will premiere on May 5th next year.  The next season will pick up the story from where season one left off on.

Sense8 is sci-fi drama series that portrays eight different people from various parts of the world.  These characters become “sensates”, people who are both emotionally and mentally linked.  They use their ability to help each other out in any way they can.  It had a multinational ensemble cast starring Doona Bae, Aml Ameen, Jamie Clayton, Tina Desai, Tuppence Middleton, Max Riemelt,  Miguel Ángel Silvestre, and Brian J. Smith.  Much of the series was shot in various places around the world in order to properly tell the international aspects of the story.

These are some exciting news from Netflix!  It isn’t even winter yet and it feels as though Christmas came early for us.  Not only will we see season 2 of Sense8 in May, but there will also be a Christmas special just a few days before Christmas.  2017 is definitely looking better and better each week.

I am SO pumped about this news!  Sense8 was really great last year and I am excited to see where the story goes in the 2nd season.  Christmas definitely came early for me because I am DEFINITELY checking out that special in a few weeks (thanks Santa!).  It’s one of those thought-provoking series that makes you think about close human beings are, even if they are thousands of miles away from us.  Surely there isn’t such thing as a “sensate”, but the world is getting smaller because of our rapid advancement of technology here in America.

Things haven’t been running smoothly for 2016 (especially after the election results!), but there’s definitely some great things to look forward to next year.  Crash is getting a reboot of his classic titles, recreational cannabis use will become legal for more states, AND Sense8 will be returning to Netflix in the Spring.  It’s time to do away with the bad and look forward to the good things happening soon.  In a time for anxiety and confusion, we could use any and all exciting announcements that will keep us looking forward to the future.  Here’s to the exciting announcement from Netflix about Sense8 returning in 2017!