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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.

 

Reboot TV is the NEW TV


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MTV recently aired the first episode of Fear Factor after a five-year hiatus.  The rebooted series featured everything from the original format – six contestants, three extreme stunts, and the $50,000 cash prize.  For a show that revived after being on break for that long, it actually turned out pretty good!  I would definitely flip back to MTV on Tuesdays just to catch the latest episodes.

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But this isn’t another promo post for Fear Factor (already did that on Tuesday!).  What’s interesting to point out is that Fear Factor isn’t the only nostalgic series that revived on the airwaves.  Showtime recently brought back the 90s cult classic Twin Peaks after being off the air for 26 years.  Agent Cooper was back on TV to admit that it was a DAMN fine cup of coffee!  Four episodes into the season and it’s already a hit with the audience.

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Even ABC is jumping on the nostalgic-bandwagon with plans to revive Roseanne in early 2018.  The wacky blue-collar family sitcom will feature the original cast in an eight-episode season premiere.  Their everyday struggles will still be relevant to modern-day America, even if it is two decades later.

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Other than Roseanne, Will & Grace is another classic sitcom being revived for NBC.  Eric McCormack (Will), Debra Messing (Grace), Sean Haynes (Jack), and even Megan Mullaly (Karen) are reuniting for 10 new episodes this fall.  It seems as though rebooted series is the latest TV trend this year.

So…what’s going on here?  Why are all of these series suddenly jumping back onto our TV line-up?  What benefits are TV networks getting by reviving these classic shows?

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Well folks, our answers all lie within what shows have been airing nowadays.  TV series these days are already getting the boot after less than 3 seasons.  Series like Aquarius and The Real O’Neals were cancelled after their last season aired (Imaginary Mary got the ax after just NINE episodes!).  These cancellations are causing TV networks to go back to square one in order to boost their ratings.

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For the record, FOX has already been running with this strategy.  FOX has found huge buzz by reviving classic series such as 24, The X-Files, and even Prison Break.  NBC took notice of this trend, thus motivating them to bring back Will & Grace for their audience.  Rebooted series is the new TV trend for cable television in 2017, with many networks utilizing this strategy to fight off their competition (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, the internet in general).  Networks like Showtime and ABC are looking to dust off old series for their returning audience as a means to boost their ratings/buzz.

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With more audiences flocking to Netflix or Hulu, you can’t really blame cable networks for going back to their own series.  Before the days of streaming content, shows like Will & Grace are what made NBC such a popular series.  But it’s not so much that the streaming series are ruining cable networks – the content itself is running ragged, with writers scrambling to produce something original in this 21st century.  Not only was Will & Grace popular for its humor, but it was also a groundbreaking series in its day (known for shifting public opinion of the LGBTQ community).  It’s hard to tap into that sort of creative energy that Will & Grace had and these new series (like Imaginary Mary) are struggling to keep afloat (the trailer alone for Imaginary Mary made me want to puke after watching!).

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What does the future hold for cable television?  Is rebooting classic tv series their last hope before streamed networks take over?  If there are “original” TV series coming out in the fall, would they even make it past the first season?  With these new shows being axed after the 1st season, is there any hope left for cable TV?

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To me, I think this is an interesting strategy for many cable networks.  Audiences have been growing bored with the “new” shows, so this is a shift in strategy to gain some more buzz or ratings.  Those “#1 new comedy!” advertisements really won’t hold true if they get cancelled after just ONE season (I’m looking at you, The Great Indoors!).  TV networks should work with the ‘rebooted TV’ strategy for a while until they really drum up some original series and not something that will air for just ONE season.

It’s tough to say what the future holds for networks like ABC and NBC.  They’ll have to hold onto the classic series for a while until shows are new and improved.  If not, these networks themselves will just become a reboot.

Fear Factor Returns!


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Back in middle school, the one show I always looked forward to on Monday nights was Fear FactorFear Factor was a game show hosted by UFC commentator Joe Rogan where six contestants from around the country battled each other through three extreme stunts.  These stunts challenged the participants physically (and mentally!) for the prize of $50,000.  Each stunt revolved around the contestants’ fear of bugs, water, heights, tight spaces, snakes, and other scary ideas.  It was the one show I looked forward to after the first day back at school.

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Fear Factor had a great run on NBC, with five seasons airing up until 2006.  They tried to revive it back in 2011, but it didn’t live up to the hype they had before.  MTV2 airs rerun episodes every now and then.  You won’t have to stick around for the reruns anymore because I’m happy to announce that Fear Factor is coming back!

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This is not a drill – Fear Factor IS returning to the airwaves with all new episodes.  MTV announced back in April that they are reviving the daring game show with a new season beginning tonight.  The 12-episode season will be hosted by Ludacris and will follow the similar format as the past season (six contestants, three stunts, $50,000, the whole shebang!).  Stunts for each episode will be inspired by elements of horror movies, pop culture, urban legends, and even viral videos.

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Rather than showcasing some gross-out stunts, MTV will shift its focus to lighthearted fare for the millennial generation.  We will also be seeing more younger participants (specifically, the millennials) competing in the series.  MTV is looking to showcase contestants empowering through their fears rather than being mean-spirited about what scares them.  With millennials being the majority of competitors, we could be in for some interesting stunts.  Maybe the millennials will have to pay bills or–dare I say it—start ADULTING!

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Whatever the case, we could be in for an interesting Fear Factor reboot.  A few aspects will change, but it will follow the original format as intended.  The first episode airs tonight, so hopefully things pan out great for the series.

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It was really surprising to hear that Fear Factor was returning!  I loved watching the series back in middle school because of the unique game show format it had on NBC.  Joe Rogan was an amazing host for the show, so Ludacris definitely has some big shoes to fill.  While it’s great to hear that Fear Factor is returning, I was concerned when reading about what direction the show will be going.  For one thing, the gross-out stunts were one of the main reasons why I loved watching the series.  It was worth getting my homework done early so I could watch contestants eat animal dicks for $50,000.

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And another thing…why is MTV looking to change format to show contestants “empowering through their fears”?  Wasn’t that the whole point of the series in the first place?  Watching contestants face their greatest fears for $50,000?  At the end of each episode, Joe Rogan would announce, “evidently fear is not a factor for you!” when he/she won the game (that phrase pretty much sums up the whole point of the show!).

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Sure, there was a lot of trash-talking and manipulation among the contestants…but that was the POINT!  It’s a COMPETITION, for Christ sakes.  Watching contestants eat live bugs for a chance at money may be grotesque, but that’s what Fear Factor was all about!  Hopefully they won’t dial down the gross factor too much because that’s what made the series what it was.

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In the end, I’ll have to check out the reboot tonight to see how it goes.  Hopefully there won’t be too many changes in the rebooted series.  As for now, I’ll head to my nearest TV to catch the premiere.

Check out the season premiere of Fear Factor tonight at 10 PM on MTV!

 

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!