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Doom Patrol Season One Review

This review contains minor spoilers!

AWESOME, Awesome, awesome, and did I mention, awesome?! I’m late to the party, as this show has been out for months now, and I’m so happy that I finally got around to watching it! Doom Patrol is easily one of the best shows this year. The characters are all fresh, their storylines are beautifully written, and the character development – man, the character development, was done right! This show is weird, in the right possible way. Did I mention it was awesome?

Created by Jeremy Carver, and based on the comics of the same name, Doom Patrol is a DC superhero show, with some non-traditional heroes. Well, they’re not “squeaky clean,” how superheroes are usually portrayed, and they all have their own demons to work out. I mean, this one, Crazy Jane (Diane Guerrero), has 64 personalities, each with their own ability:

Yep, a lot of that goes on in this show! It’s packed with action!

But, let’s start from the beginning! Niles Caulder (Timothy Dalton), aka The Chief, is a genius level medical doctor who takes care of our heroes. Before they formed the team, Niles provided(or orchestra..nevermind*cough*) them sanctuary, in his mansion, to protect them from the outside world. The show starts off with the introduction of one of our heroes, Cliff Steele (Brendan Fraser), a former NASCAR driver who was in a bad car accident, with his brain being saved, and then transplanted into this robot, or cyborg:

Now, he’s like a baby, having to learn how to walk, and do things again in his new body. That’s when the other heroes step in, and help him deal with his new life and help him learn.

Meanwhile, the others are still trying to control, or learn, their powers. The Chief has hidden them from the world for decades, so they’ve never really got a chance to go out, and learn how to deal with their powers, or themselves, for that matter.

When they try to take a stroll through town, Rita Farr (April Bowlby), aka Elasti-girl, lost control of her powers, or self, and started “blobbing” out. I mean, she literally turned into The Blob. The Blob movie terrified me as a child, so I cringed a little, when I saw Rita turning into this thing. I mean, just look:

Though, Rita easily becomes one of the best characters by the end of the season! She’s very E&E – elegant and entertaining!

Here you have Larry Trainor (Matt Bomerpast self, before accident), aka Negative Man (Matthew Zukwrapped in bandages), who has a negative energy entity, from space, living in him. He’s a former pilot, who crashed, and body was badly burned. The energy inside of him is what keeps him alive. He has a lot of inner demons to deal with!

Actually, that’s how all of the Doom Patrol members received their powers. They were all involved in tragic accidents. This sort of unites them even more, as they can all relate to each other.

Vic Stone (Joivan Wade), aka Cyborg, also joins the Doom Patrol team! He becomes a great asset, who also has a lot of his own issues to deal with. It’s only befitting due to the fact that Cyborg received his enhancements through a tragic accident. He too, can relate to the other members!

The Chief is captured by Mr. Nobody (Alan Tudyk), the main supervillian of the season, who’s able to move through dimensions and alter reality. He narrates most of the show, like literally, narrates what everyone’s doing, and he can influence, or manipulate events. He’s crazy, but in the best way! He’s very thrilling, and you cant help but to laugh at some of his narrations. The team unites to save The Chief and stop Mr. Nobody.

There ya’ have it! That’s the jest of it, and it’s an awesome ride! A really good show, packed with drama, fantasy, and comedy! A combination that works really, really well. DC shows are taking over! The CW is full of them. Now, we have shows on the streaming apps like Titans, and this gem! A lot more happens on this show! I’m not going to spoil everything, so you guys should definitely check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

Doom Patrol has been renewed for a second season, set to premiere on HBO Max and DC Universe app in 2020. Check it out, you guys! You’re in for a marvelous treat!

Raising Dion TV Show Review

This Review contains minor spoilers! 

Raising Dion is an amazing, “ahead of it’s time,” superhero show. From beginning to end, the characters in this show has a grip on you, and doesn’t plan on releasing you until you’ve binged the whole first season! Raising Dion is based on a short film, of the same name, by Dennis Liu. It has a comic book series as well. I never knew any of this until watching this show, and now I’m eager to learn more about the series! That’s how good, and addicting, this show is!

Raising Dion follows the main protaganist, Dion Warren (Ja’Siah Young), and his mother, Nicole Reese (Alisha Wainwright), as they navigate their new life without Dion’s dad, Mark Warren (Michael B. Jordan). Mark died, which left Dion without a father, and Nicole a widow, and a single mother. I love how this show deals with real issues, although Mark’s death isn’t exactly something that happens everyday – unless you’re a Marvel/DC character. Part of the show is the mystery surrounding Mark’s death.

Dion eventually starts manifesting powers, which throws his mom into disaray. I was seriously worried about Nicole, but just like a strong mother, she pulled through it all, and even found a way to help Dion with his powers.

Having powers is one element of the show. Loyalty, racism, betrayal, family and friendships are more elements to the show.

Here you have Pat (Jason Ritter), who was the best friend of Mark, and also god-dad to Dion. He steps up as a father figure for Dion, which Nicole greatly appreciates. Though, she does find him annoying, and doesn’t hold her tongue in telling him. He’s also the first person who Nicole shares Dion’s secret powers with. Pat is…definitely a character full of secrets. That’s all I’m going to say!

While in school, Dion deals with racism, and yes, racism happens to people of all ages – kids included. It’s truly sad. A bully tried to steal Dion’s watch, which led to an altercation, that the assistant principal blamed Dion for, because he’s black. This led to Nicole having to explain to Dion about the harsh realities, of the world, that he’ll face being a black boy. Serious stuff, and very sad indeed. Dion’s best friend, Esperanza (Sammy Haney), is the kind of best friend everyone needs. She’s wheelchair bound, and yet that doesn’t stop her from getting around and learning everyone’s business. Which she states is because she’s invisible. She uses this as a weapon to help her friend, and doesn’t let it bother her. She’s always there for Dion and has his back all the time. She’s an awesome character and a great friend to Dion. She also knows about Dion’s powers.

Dion deals with a lot. Nicole tries her best to protect Dion through it all, yet there are people in the world who’s going to want to exploit Dion somehow. Whether if it’s for experimentation reasons, or even survival, as Dion can also heal – people are going to eventually try to come for him. There’s also a giant thunder storm after Dion.

No, literally, a big storm that shoots out lightning bolts is stalking Dion. This giant storm murders super-powered people, and absorbs them to stay alive. Yes, you heard right. He’s like Cell from DBZ, only scarier. The reveal of who this…creature is, is shocking too. You’ll never see it coming. Spoiler: Mark went up against this thing too.

Well, there you have it. That’s the jest of the show, and that’s not even the half of it. So much happens in this show that I didn’t talk about. You guys will be so surprised when you watch! Check out the trailer! Raising Dion has nine episodes, and they’re available on Netflix to watch. I highly recommend checking it out! It’ll leave you wanting more!

Carnival Row TV Show Review Part Two

This will contain only minor spoilers.

So, I’ve finally finished the entire show, and let me tell you – this show is unpredictable, in the BEST way, and I loved every part of it!

Vignette(Cara Delevingne) and Philo(Orlando Bloom) rekindle their love, after a backstory showing why Philo originally deserted Vignette. Philo was also outed as being half fae, and then wrongly accused of being the monstrous serial killer. That too, was revealed in the season finale! Believe me everyone, it was a really good reveal!

The show also touched on an incest plot. The two sibling lovers are definitely showing elements of Cersei and Jamie Lannister from Game Of Thrones. If the two pair of siblings ever fought, it would be hard to tell who the victors would be. I’m not going to reveal who the sibling lovers are yet – it would spoil almost everything for you. Like who the killer is, motives, etc., so you guys should definitely check out the show! It’ll leave you wanting more!

The show does couples so well. Whether it’s friendships, enemies, or lovers. Speaking of, these two together are the highlights of season one, for me:

The characters, Agreus (David Gyasi) and Imogen (Tamzin Merchant) make a deal to help one another: Agreus needs accepting from the human faction, and Imogen needs money. Seems like a fair trade right? Their relationship and banter with one another is addictive, comedic, and has its fireworks. It’s one of the best storylines of the season!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a show, without a rebellion of some sorts. These guys decide they’ve had enough of the way they’re treated, and decide that it’s time to fight back, and what they start doing is shocking. You can’t really blame them. The humans are really disgusting in their treatment of the fae. I’m kind of on their side here! 🤷🏽‍♂️

So, there you have it. There are quite a few deaths, the identity of the monstrous serial killer is revealed, relationships are formed and tested, discrimination with political play is at an all time high, a new power rises, and a rebellion has begun. Looks like Season Two is going to be very explosive! Can’t wait!

Carnival Row airs on Amazon Prime Video and consists of eight episodes. It has already been renewed for a second season! If you haven’t watch this, I highly recommend that you do. With Game of Thrones gone, it’s been hard to find a really good show to watch. And now we have one! Check it out you guys!

Titans TV Show Review (Season Two)

This review contains spoilers!

Season Two is already underway, and it’s off to an awesome start! First things first, it’s about time that they fixed Starfire’s (the gorgeous Anna Diop) hair. She finally looks like the beautiful princess that she is. *Clap Clap* I just had to get that out of the way.

This season starts off where season one ended. Trigon(Seamus Dever) is still trying to break his daughter’s, Rachel/Raven’s(Teagan Croft), heart and start an apocalypse on Earth. If you haven’t watched season one, Trigon is a demon entity that can’t enter Enter, and start an apocalypse, unless his daughter brings him there. Once she brings him to Earth, the only way he can remain is unless he breaks her heart. Whelp, he’s definitely not getting any father of the year awards!

This leads to the Titans(Dick Grayson/Nightwing, Wonder Girl, Starfire, Robin/Jason Todd, Gar/Beast Boy, Hawk and Dove) coming together and preparing to kick some Demon God’s ass. This didn’t work out as they imagined, as Trigon quickly corrupted them all..

Of course he still doesn’t succeed, and ends up making his daughter even more powerful, just for her to use that power to stop him! It was a great magical battle, but Trigon should’ve known his daughter’s human side would prevail! It’s what makes us humans so great – we’re emotional and stubborn beings.

After the magical showdown, the Titans decide to split up, for now. Now, a little more happened than that, but I don’t want to spoil everything for you guys – I want you guys to check it out when you have time!

Dick Grayson(Brenton Thwaites) Rachel, Beastboy(Ryan Potter) and Robin(Curran Walters) decide to kick ass together, and they form their own Titans team.

Dick visits the one and only Batman(Iain Glen), who hooks Dick’s team up with some Batman wisdom. Which leads to the reopening of the Titan Tower.

Wonder Girl/Donna Troy(Conor Leslie) and Starfire decided to hit the road together, forming their own Titans dual, which is really cool! These two didn’t get along at first, so it’s cool to see them together. It’s also nice to finally see Donna Troy in something Teen Titans related! She has always been one of my favorite Titans, and I’ve always felt that she didn’t get the recognition she deserves. Now, she is!

Hank/Hawk(Alan Ritchson) and Dawn/Dove(Minka Kelly) decided to continue as the loving, badass, fighting couple. They’re so sweet together.

So, now we sort of have the Old Titans and the New Titans. This season is really good so far. I enjoyed both episodes released. The latest episode showed the introduction of the Wilson family.

Badass Deathstroke(Esai Morales)is going to be the main villain, and that’s his daughter, Ravager(Chelsea Zhang), trying to get the hell away from him – this leads her right in the path of Dick’s Titans. Now, they better be careful. Deathstroke is not someone they want to battle. We’ve all seen the cartoon, right? He kicks their ass in every variation. Though again, they now have Wonder Girl! Look, you guys, I’m a HUGE fan of the Wonder family – bare with me!

Great start to season two! They still haven’t introduced Superboy, Aqualad, Cyborg, and Jericho(Deathstroke’s son). That goes to show how amazing the show is, and how well written the characters are. They haven’t introduced everyone, and yet, you’re still on the edge of your seat every week. At this point it’s like eating cake. You can’t just take one bite!

Titans premieres on the DC streaming app DC Universe. You do have to pay a fee, which can be monthly or yearly, and it’s worth it. It’s DC’s version of Netflix or Hulu. Again, it’s so worth it! There’s so much material on the app that you’ll always find something to watch, or read, as it also has comics. You can’t get that from any of the other apps, and plus, DC is awesome! Just sayin’! Titans airs every Friday. S2/EP 3 was released today, so I’ll be watching after work. Check out Titans everyone. It’s action packed with great fight scenes!!

Charmed (Reboot) Review

This Review contains spoilers!

What a spectacular time for TV shows! Though the beloved Game of Thrones is over, there’s plenty of room for new shows, new seasons, remakes, and adaptations. I’m late to the party, as usual, but thanks to Netflix/Hulu/Amazon, I can play catch-up before the new seasons arrive. Now, to be fair, I wasn’t even going to watch this show. I was stuck in my ways, and I didn’t want to see any new faces as The Charmed Ones, originally created by Constance M. Burge. As far as I was concerned, no one could ever replace Prue (Shannon Doherty), Piper (Holly Combs), Phoebe (Alyssa Milano), and Paige (Rose McGowan). Well, this show didn’t even try to replace them. The remake, created by Jennie Snyder, Jessica O’Toole, and Amy Rardin, did something better! They developed new, original Charmed Ones! And let me just say, they are pretty awesome!!

A lot to catch up on, so let’s just dive right in:

The show starts off with the two younger sisters, Mel and Maggie, and their mother, Marisol. Their mom, who’s been drinking, gives off a monologue about how she loves her daughters, they are special, lovely, beautiful, wonderful, spectacular, and stronger together. These weren’t her exact words, but you catch my drift, right? We’ve all seen a scary movie, so we know this is a recipe for the grim reaper. The sisters go about their ways, only to later receive texts from their mom to come home. They rush home and find her dead(like accidentally took a tumble out of the attic window, dead).

Fast forward, Mel(the “older” sister, but actually the middle), knows their mom didn’t actually fall out of the attic window, though no one believes her, and blames it on the a a a a a alcohol… 🎶. Mystery #1 right off the bat! Soon after, we’re introduced to the actual older sister, Macy, who just moved to town, comes to the family manor, meets her sisters, shows them a picture of baby Macy with their mom, and then BOOM, sparks happen. Like an actual spark that blew out the power in their house.

Soon after, their powers start manifesting, and now the show starts to get good!!

We’re introduced to their white-lighter(teacher/protector of witches) Harry, who explains that the sisters are actually witches, CHARMED witches, the strongest of the strongest, and their mother was actually murdered. This is one of the many GOOD twists of the show, especially when they find out who/what did it!

Their powers are pretty much like the original Charmed.

The oldest sister Macy (Madeleine Mantock) is really badass! She’s a telekinetic witch with demon blood, so her powers are amplified. She has a PhD in molecular physics, and works in a lab. She’s pretty awesome, and probably my favorite!

The middle sister is Mel(Melonie Diaz). She’s outspoken, doesn’t take any shit, and devout feminist. She’s also a graduate student. She can freeze time, and doesn’t waste any time on using it!

The youngest, and more outgoing, sister is Maggie(Sarah Jeffery). She’s a college freshman and sweetheart, being the first one to accept Macy as her sister. She is a telepath, being able to read thoughts. This is different from the original, where Phoebe had premonitions.

Throughout the series, the sisters are introduced to various demons, mythological creatures, a HALF human/demon, and a HALF witch/white-lighter. The reason why I capitalized those is because if you’ve watched the original, you know that Cole was the half human/demon and forbidden love interest of Phoebe. This show uses that theme – And better, the half demon hybrid’s(Parker) dad is one of the main villains. The half witch/white- lighter, in the original, was for the introduction of Paige. This show introduced a completely new, non Charmed One, for the role, and she’s actually pretty cool. She’s apart of a secret group of witches called the S’Arcana, and becomes a love interest of Mel. You also have the Elders, a group of ancient witches, able to do incredible things – such as creating white-lighters. This is different from the original, who’s Elders were ancient white lighters.

The battles throughout the show are amazing. One thing I really LOVED about this remake is that they introduced new types magic. They introduced the religion Santería, and magic used in this practice. This type of magic was able to assist the Charmed Ones. Necromancy is also pretty big in this show. This really set the show apart from the original!

Overall, this show is amazing! The Charmed Ones battle a huge variety of demons and even evil witches. You don’t really know who the good guys are, and that even goes for the actual good guys. Remember, Macy(eldest sister) has demon blood. 😉 That’s another thing, they deal with the issue of why she was abandoned, and the creators do it in a big way!

This show has definitely done well with separating itself from the original. The characters are very lovable, the magical battles are intense, there’s a lot of mystery, heartbreak, and everything you need for a wonderful show! The original Charmed will always be in our hearts, but this is a worthy remake, and quite frankly, stand-alone show!

The show is on hiatus, but you can catch it on Netflix! Season 2 premieres on the CW- October 11, 2019 at 8:00PM(ET). Plenty of time to catch up, and I highly recommend you do. Check it out, you’ll definitely be in for a satisfying treat!

Beyoncé -Spirit (The Lion King)

Wow, can I just say WOW, what an experience with Beyoncé’s new music video, Spirit, from Disney’s The Lion King!

Now, to be fair, I haven’t watched the new Lion King yet. I like to wait until the hype goes down. Call me the tardy guy. 🤞🏾😜

With that being said, this video is a work of elemental art. From the emotive dancing, to the beautiful lyrics, the colorful scenery, and the appearance of Blue Ivy, everything fit together perfectly. It felt like Mother Nature birthed out this video.

Can we talk about the dancing? Did it have anyone else dancing, or trying their best to move with spirit?! If it did, we were doing this together. Listening to this song, you can’t help but to sing and dance. The choreography is amazing, add Beyoncé’s remarkable vocals, and you have a showpiece.

This video will have you high off life. Everyone has probably watched it, though if you’re like me, and always late to the party, I definitely recommend you catch this masterpiece.

The Lion King premiered last Friday, July 19th, in the US. I’m going to wait to go see it – probably give it another week. Until then, here are the showtimes for anyone that hasn’t seen it. If you have seen it, let me know how it is!

I’m going to go watch the Spirit music video for the millionth time!

American Gods —Review

This Review contains spoilers! 🤞🏾Read at your own accord, though I’ve warned.

Season One and Season Two

Rarely nowadays, has a show had me so intrigued with the storyline, that I’m glued to the TV every week. I realize that that’s how we had to watch shows before the Netflix/Hulu era, but come on, we all can agree that binge watching is much more convenient and fun! It’s also cheaper. I stopped paying for cable years ago, though thanks to my grandmother being in the golden ages, I’m able to enjoy her cable, with her cooking. Love you grandma! Based on the extraordinary Neil Gaimam’s book with the same name, STARZ really has a gem with this show. Developed by Michael Green and Bryan Fuller, American Gods tells the story of Shadow Moon. Shadow Moon is released from prison, and he soon meets the con-man, Mr Wednesday. Shadow’s life starts spiraling out of control. His wife, Laura Moon, dies in a car accident, while having an affair with his best friend, who also dies in the accident. She’s soon brought back to life, to the shock and confusion of Shadow. Throughout Mr. Wednesday’s escapades, Shadow is introduced to different Old Gods like Chernobog(Slavic religion) and Mad Sweeney(Irish). He encounters the New Gods like Media(Goddess of Media), Technical Boy(Tech God), and even Mr. World himself(leader of the new Gods). He becomes intertwined in a battle between the Old Gods and New Gods. This show is ideal for everyone, though if you are keen on mythologies and religions, you’d especially LOVE this. This show incorporates Gods from all different types of mythologies and religions.

You have every deity from Thoth (Egyptian mythology) to Jesus Christ himself. This show also incorporates Odin(Norse God), Bilquis(Hebrew Queen of Sheba/Goddess of Love), Anubis(Egyptian God), to Mama Ji/Kali(Hindu Goddess).The cinematography and graphics are breathtaking. The storylines in season one and two are exhilarating. And can I just say, Gillian Anderson’s character Media is spectacular. Though the character is played by a different actress in season two, who’s also amazing, Gillian’s Media definitely stole every scene she was in. Such a marvelous actress. Between the season one scene with Bilquis, played by the gorgeous Yetide Badaki, who’s vagina literally sucked a man into her……paradise, to the Mr. Wednesday reveal as Odin scene, season one was spectacular and will definitely have you on the edge of your seats. How could I forget the awesome Mr. Nancy(Anansi, the spider trickster God), who starts almost every one of his scenes with thought-provoking, hardening, and revelatory stories. Season two is just as extraordinary and introduces even MORE Gods!!

What I love about this show is that it’s all based on beliefs. With many myths and religions, this show explains how if you believe in it, you’re essentially bringing it to life. That’s what American Gods does wonderfully. It explains how human beliefs are very powerful, and we can take them wherever we go.

If you haven’t watched this show, I definitely recommend you do! If mythologies and religion isn’t your thing, that’s okay, you’ll definitely enjoy the comedy, drama, and action this show offers. The scenery is beautiful, the acting is superb, and the characters are so complex and enjoyable, you won’t know who to root for. Thank you Neil Gaiman for this work of art, and to the show creators for bringing it to life! Definitely worth a watch.

Although the show is currently on hiatus, it usually airs Sundays at 9:00 PM/ET. Perfect time to catch up before the new season starts!